Episode #186: Ending the Unconscious Habits that Hijack Your Business

With Ego Free Leadership co-author, Shayne Hughes

If you’ve been a member of the traditional workforce for any length of time, you’ve no doubt have come face to face with…ego.

Truth is, we all have. It’s just that sometimes, it’s our own. Ego, Shayne Hughes argues, is single-handedly working sabotage our businesses every day.

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Shayne and I discuss this topic in depth along with his book, co-authored with Brandon Black, called Ego Free Leadership: Ending the Unconscious Habits that Hijack Your Business.

I especially love how this book is structured, as it’s told from “two lively first-person perspectives.” The stories, all true, are woven quite effectively to help illustrate each of the authors’ points.

If you’re looking to break some bad and unconscous leadership habits, read this now!

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Episode #184: Alan Alda on The Art and Science of Relating and Communicating

From If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?

Over the course of my life, I’ve had the opportunity to interview and meet a lot of interesting and amazing people. It’s one of the many reasons I love it so much.

But if, when I started this project, you’d have told me I would one day interview today’s guest, I wouldn’t have believed it.

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I’m talking of course about the beloved American actor Alan Alda. Lucky for me (and for you) he’s written a book whose subject matter ties in quite nicely with a podcast like Read to Lead.

It’s a book all about the art and science of relating and communicating, something anyone who hopes to be successful has to do well.

There are plenty of bad examples around us of course. But, if you want to avoid being one of them, then today’s episode is for you.

I encourage to check out his latest book called, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look On My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating.

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Episode #182: The Top 10 Ways to Be a Great Leader

With Dr. Hans Finzel

I first met today’s guest at a conference and immediately suggested he needed to be a guest on the podcast. That was 2 years ago!

Well, better late than never, as Dr. Hans Finzel, president of HDLeaders joins us to talk about what he’s learned from over 30 years in positions of leadership.

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His latest book (he’s written 10!) is called The Top 10 Ways to Be a Great Leader. In it, he shares his top 10 leadership principles with each principle combining to form the acronym L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P.

Hans and I talk about the role that listening and learning plays as a leader, his study of emotional intelligence over the last few years, communication, humility and much, much more.

At the time of this writing, the hard cover of the book is just $8 US and available at the links above and below.

Whether you’re new to leadership or you’ve been at it a while, you are bound to improve your leadership skills by reading this book.

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Episode #179: How to Become the Person Others Follow

With Joshua Spodek, author, Leadership Step by Step

There is no shortage of books that talk about leadership. Few, though, actually help you learn how to lead.

Fortunately for you and me, our guest today has not only taken on the challenge of solving this problem, he’s done so quite successfully. I’m talking about Joshua Spodek, author of Leadership Step by Step: Become the Person Others Follow.

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The key, Joshua says, is practice. It’s the discipline that turns abstract concepts into useful tools.

Joshua’s book walks you through what to do and how to do it in an integrated and comprehensive progression of exercises that are designed to cultivate key abilities, behaviors, and beliefs through experience.

Exercises throughout help you accomplish the inner work and gain the social skills required for great leadership. In short, you’ll learn to:

  • Build self-awareness
  • Manage emotions
  • Speak in your authentic voice
  • Create meaningful connections
  • Inspire others
  • Lead with empathy
  • Support teammates

Leadership Step by Step will start you on the road to success.

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Episode #176: How to Find a Mentor and Why You’ll Benefit from Being One

With One Minute Mentoring author Claire Diaz-Ortiz

Today’s guest was first to appear on the show around three years ago. But then, she abruptly canceled.

More on the details surrounding that story inside today’s episode. The woman I’m referring to is Claire Diaz-Ortiz, probably best known as one of the earliest employees at Twitter, as evidenced by her first-name-only Twitter handle (@claire).

Her new book is one written with bestselling author Ken Blanchard (of One Minute Manager fame) and is called One Minute Mentoring: How to Find and Work with a Mentor – and While You’ll Benefit from Being One.

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While most people agree that having a mentor is a good thing, they don’t know how best to go about finding the right person. And even though there’s universal approval of the idea of being a mentor, most don’t think they have the time or the skills to be one.

This is a business parable with the book’s concepts interwoven throughout the story.

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