The Culture of Leadership

A podcast where we have conversations to help create confident leaders.

Hosted by

Latest Episodes

September 05, 2022 01:04:58
83. Weapons of Social Seduction (How we make decisions)

83. Weapons of Social Seduction (How we make decisions)

“If leaders don’t understand how the human brain works and how people perceive information, they’ll struggle.”  That’s a quote from today’s guest, Phill Agnew.  Phill is Sr. Product Marketer at Buffer, product marketing ambassador at the PMA, and host of Nudge, the only podcast dedicated to consumer psychology. Phill specializes in consumer behavior, looking specifically at how to apply behavioral science at each stage of the marketing funnel.  Phill shares a wealth of knowledge with us about how consumer (human) behaviors can be influenced, with a focus on how leaders can use this psychology to improve productivity and job satisfaction within their teams.  We’ll talk about basic psychological tenets such as loss aversion, anchoring, autonomy, purpose, mastery and scarcity when “nudging” people to make decisions or improve their performance.  Phill quotes multiple evidence-based studies and talks about his favorite leaders (like Steve Jobs) and other notable public figures, authors, and scientists who have used these basic theories to influence others. Discussion Points How applied behavior science is important in marketing What Phill finds so fascinating – there’s evidence that it all works Applying the science to leadership - Steve Jobs as a case study The Google cafeteria– manipulation or nudge? Competent and showing a weakness - the ultimate combination Can nudges make us do things we don’t want to do? The Milgrim experiment How leaders can improve teams - Autonomy, purpose and mastery Timing is critical for nudging underperformers - NBA basketball ...

Listen

82

August 22, 2022 00:50:59
82. The Centred Tradie (Mental Health Challenges)

82. The Centred Tradie (Mental Health Challenges)

Daniel Gaebler has an ambitious five-year goal – to reduce the number of suicides in Australia to zero. Dan is a Sydney plumber and has written a book “The Centred Tradie” about facing his inner demons and mental illness. Dan writes about confronting life events, and his mental health journey, and exposes his own extreme vulnerability in order to “help just one person”.  The book will speak loudest to men, especially in the trades (like plumbing), and encourage them to reach out to their friends and family, or different modalities of therapists, to help them get back on track and make life better for themselves and their loved ones.  I speak with Dan about how he recognized that he needed help, where trauma originates and how it can manifest later in life, the impact that poor mental health and suicide have on loved ones and communities in general, and the many people - therapists, coaches, mentors, and his wife -  that helped Dan along his journey. Discussion Points Dan’s first signs that he needed help Rage, trauma, and frustration as a teen Connecting with others, taking the first step to getting help Writing a book had tremendous healing power Love languages, Dan’s wife, and overcoming trauma Mental health in business - examples of helping team members Things you can do to improve your mental health Simple things we can do right now? Notice, listen, and ask, “Are you okay?” ...

Listen

81

August 08, 2022 01:27:21
81. Finding Purpose in Your Life

81. Finding Purpose in Your Life

Alex Lee sees purpose as, “The ‘why’s’ and the drive behind everything you do.” It takes some courage to follow your passion and find your purpose.  Are you leading a purpose-driven life? Alex Lee is currently the CEO of The Glen, a residential Aboriginal Therapeutic Community for men and women experiencing alcohol and drug dependence. Located on the Central Coast of New South Wales, The Glen sits on pristine bushland, which clients describe as calming and tranquil. The Glen’s programs are designed to treat clients holistically to address their issues, treating the person as a whole (spiritually, mentally, and physically). Indigenous values are adopted throughout The Glen’s program, evident through the strength-based approach which shows clients what they can do, not what they can’t do. In this episode, we’ll talk about Alex’s dark days during his teen years - including the pivotal point when he called a kids hotline for help - that started him on a long history of volunteerism.  From taking career breaks to help those living in detention centers off the coast of Australia, to working in Thailand, to helping his mom, Alex has a quiet way about him that hides a deep well of determination, perseverance, and most of all, a simple desire to help others avoid pain and suffering. Discussion Points Intro and background Alex Lee’s definition of purpose Dark days in Alex’s teen years led him to his purpose Some of the hardest times were trying to motivate volunteers to find their "why" Heidi, Alex’s mom, showed him  how ...

Listen

80

July 25, 2022 01:30:56
80. Feedback Conversations with Leisa Molloy

80. Feedback Conversations with Leisa Molloy

Have you received feedback from a leader that was vague, wishy-washy, or perhaps really harsh?  Were you upset, confused, or hurt by what they told you?  There are good and bad ways to deliver feedback to team members or employees.   My guest today is Leisa Molloy, a workplace psychologist, consultant, coach, and founder of Flourishing Minds Consulting.  Flourishing Minds is a boutique organizational psychology consulting firm that specializes in helping organizations, leaders, and teams to build stronger levels of leadership capability, alignment, trust, clarity, and psychological safety.  Leisa has spent more than 17 years helping leaders navigate important workplace conversations. In this episode, we speak about the three different types of feedback, what a good and bad feedback conversation looks like, how to prepare for a feedback conversation, and the very real risks of providing vague or ineffective feedback. Leisa also shares a step-by-step process that will help you immensely the next time you’re required to give feedback to one of your team members. Discussion Points The worst kind of feedback is that which is never given! Poor/ineffective feedback is vague, wishy-washy, or uses generic cliches like “you should be more strategic” Types of feedback: Appreciative Constructive/coaching Evaluative against deliverables/roles How appreciative feedback can go wrong Types of appreciative feedback: Meeting your goals Your good attitude Your great personal qualities Where responsibility lies for providing feedback ...

Listen

79

July 11, 2022 01:14:58
79. Ethical Leadership with Andrew Stotz

79. Ethical Leadership with Andrew Stotz

There is a very simple, easy way to differentiate yourself in this highly competitive world, whatever industry you work in: incorporate strict ethical standards into every aspect of your business (and personal) relationships.  Are you trustworthy, loyal, and fair? Do you reveal conflicts of interest? Do independent research? Do you continually learn and improve?  These are some of the ten components of ethical business and leadership that Dr. Andrew Stotz tells us about in today’s episode. Andrew Stotz is a former president of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society of Thailand and is one of Thailand’s award-winning equity analysts. He’s also the founder and CEO of A.Stotz Investment Research. He's an author, a university lecturer, and co-founder of CoffeeWORKS, Thailand’s specialty coffee roaster. Andrew is the host of ‘My Worst Investment Ever’ podcast, with 555 episodes and counting. He is also now the new host of the Deming Institute podcast called, “In Their Own Words.” Join us for a discussion around the ten ethics that Andrew stands for, and how you can easily adopt them in your own life – in order to become a rare and valuable member of any team, family, group, or society.  We’ll also discuss some of the major differences in Eastern vs. Western culture, with regard to ethics, corruption, and general business practices. Discussion Points Andrew’s background and many business ventures The Five Ethics in relationships:  Loyal Trustworthy Fair Confidentiality Revealing conflicts of interest Andrew’s parents led by example ...

Listen

78

June 27, 2022 01:06:10
78. One Mind, Many Matters (Strength & Resilience)

78. One Mind, Many Matters (Strength & Resilience)

Barnaby Howarth has faced more than his share of tragic experiences in life. From being diagnosed with diabetes at 14, to suffering a torn cerebral artery in a gang fight (and having a stroke 7 days later) to losing his first wife to breast cancer shortly after their honeymoon, to choosing to have his finger amputated because it was hindering his daily life, Barnaby has not had it easy.  But as he tells it, being an everyday “Joe Bag O’Doughnuts” IS enough, doing the best you can day to day IS enough.  Being a regular person who tries to put “small good” out in the world is all you have to do to live your best life. As a former AFL player for the Sydney Swans, the host of the “Everyday Greatness” podcast, and sought-after public speaker, Barnaby doesn’t just TELL an interesting story – he is living one. Discussion Points Why and how do you use the term “Joe Bag O’Doughnuts”? Some of Barnaby’s early stories around the AFL The gang fight and his friends– and subsequent stroke The tiny exercises that seemed ridiculous - moving paper clips and clenching buns The challenges Barnaby has to live with forever because of the stroke Good things/bad things happening to people has no logic Losing his first wife Angela to breast cancer How to move on after the loss What’s the buzz you get from public speaking? ...

Listen