The Culture of Leadership

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October 04, 2021 01:07:51
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60. The Culture of Ubuntu Leadership

In today’s episode, I speak to Jodie Hill, the founder, and director of a company called Custodians of Change. They focus on educating the world on self-sustainability and self-worth. Jodie is a brilliant speaker and articulates with near perfection a model she created around the concept of UBUNTU. This concept has been around for many years in the African cultures - and it means “I am because we are” - referring to the idea that as individuals, we are better when we are contributing to the collective community.  She experienced this idea most powerfully during her time living in South Africa. Her feeling, now, is that the rest of the world could greatly benefit from embracing an “Ubuntu” point of view - both personally and in business. Jodie shares great personal experiences and examples of people “living Ubuntu” and it’s difficult to argue with the proven success in using this outlook to help communities flourish and take care of each other. This episode is one that will hopefully help you see the ways in which you can help others win so that we as a community can win.    Discussion Points What is “Ubuntu”? Behind the philosophy fellowship The “Lebola” system The meaning of “Ubuntu” How Nelson Mandela lived “Ubuntu” Jodie’s experience in South Africa and connecting with the community Jodie’s Ubuntu Model Understand Being Unite New ...

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September 20, 2021 01:03:04
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59. Command and Control Leadership

Rex Buckingham is a self-proclaimed old-style leader. With his vast amount of corporate experience, he is able to help guide people to change the way they think and speak in order to change difficult situations. These changes can of course be applied in work situations but they are also powerful tools to use in personal relationships.  In today’s episode, Rex shares a bit about where he started his career and - that he, in fact, believes that those early days (and the managers he worked with) - played a major role in shaping his work ethic and helping him become the leader he is today. Rex shares some great examples of clients he’s helped and how we can each take responsibility for changing our situations.  Discussion Points Rex’s career history Command and control vs leadership Rex’s “old-style” leadership Intelligent disobedience Taking responsibility for changing your life Leadership style is linked to expectations Allowing command and control leadership Impacts of command and control leadership on mental health Rex’s thoughts on HR in a business The things that had the biggest impact on Rex   Resources Brendan Rogers Website Brendan Rogers LinkedIn The Culture of Things Podcast Website The Culture of Things LinkedIn The Culture of Things Facebook Page The Culture of Things YouTube Channel The Culture of Things Instagram  Woolworths ...

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September 06, 2021 00:50:35
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58. How to be an Effective Leader

Tom Lawrence started out as an engineering apprentice at an automotive company in Liverpool in the UK. He worked in this industry for a few years, throughout which he found himself working under multiple managers who were not particularly good leaders. These were the quintessential managers of the past… people who just focussed on “getting the job done”. Once he became a manager, he found himself scrambling to figure out the job of leading a team - wishing he had been trained by his predecessor. This led him to the realization that if a manager really does a good job, they are actively upskilling their team to become leaders themselves.  Today you will hear about how Tom came to write his book “Manager to Leader” and we dig a little deeper into a few of the topics he covers in this book. Tom is passionate about teaching people to lead well and I was inspired by his worldview on leaders.    Discussion Points Tom’s leadership journey Writing “Manager to Leader” Managers vs Leaders False influence vs genuine influence How to influence genuinely Leaders being developed before becoming leaders Insecure leaders vs secure leaders What is micromanagement? Changing managers’ mindsets Tips  Leading up What has had the biggest impact on Tom’s leadership journey   Resources Brendan Rogers Website ...

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August 23, 2021 00:49:17
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57. How to Communicate & Be Heard

In this episode, Amber and I are both in lockdown in our homes (once again) which means we could unfortunately not record this episode in person but we still managed to get into a cracker conversation about leadership, communication, and personal development.  Amber Daines is one of Australia’s most agile communications professionals. She is known for her ability to devise and implement successful strategies across all forms of external and internal communications. She helps leaders improve their ability to advocate for their business to their employees and the outside world through speaking and writing. By understanding how important communication is to success, she pushes leaders to understand that listening is the first step in being heard. So often leaders are in the position of simply telling people what to do without sharing the philosophy behind it. Amber shares that a leader’s philosophy (and the proper communication of that philosophy) is the thing that really gets the buy-in from his/her team. Without buy-in, unfortunately, a leader will struggle to gain trust which will, in turn, ensure a full effort from team members when working to achieve a goal.  Amber helps us understand the best way to go about getting ourselves heard through better communication.  Discussion Points Why is communication so important when you are a leader Remember who your audience is and remain consistent How leaders can get comfortable with who they are? The impact of a leader with poor communication skills The importance of vulnerability in a leader The media its ...

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August 09, 2021 01:10:40
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56. How to work with, and motivate disengaged team members

Today I’m talking to Erin Jewel - a Thrive Global top 10 coach of 2021. She is an executive mindset, growth- and performance coach, speaker, and professor of leadership at Villanova University. She has over twenty years of leadership experience in the healthcare sector, working at Pfizer, Boston Scientific, and Medtronic. She has become an expert in strategies to manage team performance and had built a successful consulting practice based on these strategies. Our focus today is on engaged versus disengaged team members and Erin unpacks a few of the reasons team members might be disengaged, things leaders can do to change the situation and things leaders should avoid doing that may cause team members to disengage.  Our conversation goes into some great tips that will help both leaders and team members to better engage with each other by focusing on themselves and what they can do to promote a better work environment.  Discussion Points Erin as Thrive Global top 10 coach Working with leaders in the vaccine development industry The impact of the pandemic on leaders in different industries The great resignation Engaged vs Disengaged What can a leader do that causes disengagement? The meaning quotient (MQ)  How to choose the right person to lead Transitioning from individual performer to leader Self-awareness in leadership Practicing what you preach as a ...

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July 26, 2021 00:59:34
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55. How to Overcome Ego & Win

Andrew Bartlow has 25 years of HR and organizational management experience. He is passionate about helping leaders identify their strengths and weaknesses and he has an empathetic approach to helping them improve the way they run their businesses and manage their employees. Andrew discusses a wide range of topics from his new book, Scaling for Success - where the focus is on people being the priority when working on scaling your business.  Andrew and I have very similar views on the use of personality assessment tools when making hiring decisions- that it’s a very poor way of identifying a good fit in an organization. We also go into quite a bit of detail around Andrew’s theory around the two founder archetypes - Mule-drivers and Prophets - both coming with their specific strengths and weaknesses. Andrew breaks down his process of working with each of these founder-types to help them understand their role in the successes and failures of their organizations. He works with these founders to improve their weaknesses or hire someone with strengths that complement their weaknesses. If you are a founder and not sure why there may be frustrations in your organization, listen up, you may just get the insight you need from today’s episode. Discussion Points All about ego The Ego traps The Mule-driver vs Prophet archetype founders Impact of people in a “Prophet-founded” organization How Andrew approaches these founders RACI - tool HR in a Mule-driver organization ...

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