Lead with a Story Podcast: Lessons in leadership, one story at a time-logo

Lead with a Story Podcast: Lessons in leadership, one story at a time

Business & Economics Podcasts >

More Information

Location:

United States

Language:

English

Contact:

5132843714


Episodes

You’re a Leader, Not a Comedian — You Can’t Get Away With That

8/16/2018
More
It’s okay to be funny in the office. In fact, I think a sense of humor is critical to success in life and work. But at work, you’re a leader, not a comedian. You don’t have the same latitude as a stand-up comic on stage. And to confuse the two can be costly. To sort through the [read more] The post You’re a Leader, Not a Comedian — You Can’t Get Away With That appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:16:41

What To Do When the Unwritten Rules Rule

7/18/2018
More
Every company has two different sets of rules: the official rules written in the policy manual, and the unspoken rules that everyone actually follows. A classic example is working hours. Company guidelines might say that quitting time is five o’clock. But if everyone else works till six and looks at you funny when you leave [read more] The post What To Do When the Unwritten Rules Rule appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:04:28

The Monthly Challenge: How to Solve Tough Problems and Build Collaborative Teams at the Same Time

6/19/2018
More
A friend of mine we’ll call Tom was a partner at a big consulting firm. One day, he showed up at one of his client’s offices and heard this: Sorry, Tom. We’re going to have to cancel your retainer—at least for a little while.” Now, to a consultant, those are about the worst words you [read more] The post The Monthly Challenge: How to Solve Tough Problems and Build Collaborative Teams at the Same Time appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:05:20

Marketing 101: Lower-Tier Shouldn’t Always Mean Watered-Down

5/30/2018
More
In the late 1990s, Titleist had a 75 percent market share of the golf ball market among the best golfers in the country (those with a handicap of 15 or less). But that only represented about 5 percent of golfers. It only had a 20 percent market share among the other 95 percent of golfers. [read more] The post Marketing 101: Lower-Tier Shouldn’t Always Mean Watered-Down appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:04:31

Getting Personal at Work: Good Idea or Bad Idea?

5/9/2018
More
Is it a good idea to share your most personal struggles, thoughts, feelings, and stories at work? Tom Gartland thinks so. Tom is the former CEO of the Avis Budget Group, and the author of a new book called Lead with Heart: Transform Your Business Through Personal Connection. Tom joined me on my podcast this [read more] The post Getting Personal at Work: Good Idea or Bad Idea? appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:27:17

The 8 Types of Leaders in the White House (and Which One Are You?)

4/16/2018
More
Are certain leadership styles more prevalent than others in among Presidents of the United States? Which Presidents fit into which categories? What attributes of leadership do those types have? How can we find out which type of leader we are? And how can knowing that help us be a better leader? Those are the questions I [read more] The post The 8 Types of Leaders in the White House (and Which One Are You?) appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:21:28

In-Home Research: What a 6am Breakfast in Mexico Taught the CEO of the World’s Largest Cereal Maker

3/20/2018
More
It’s 6 A.M. in Queretaro, Mexico, about 130 miles north of Mexico City. Most of the residents are just waking up. But one woman is already dressed and has visitors in her kitchen. No, this isn’t the time of day nor type of guests she usually entertains. These are senior executives from the Kellogg Company [read more] The post In-Home Research: What a 6am Breakfast in Mexico Taught the CEO of the World’s Largest Cereal Maker appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:04:02

3 Steps to Giving a Presentation You Don’t Believe In

1/16/2018
More
Here’s a situation that happens far more often than we’d like to admit. What do you do when you’re told to give a presentation that you just don’t believe in? It usually happens to a midlevel manager who’s told they have to deploy the latest corporate mandate. Now they’re stuck in between the executives issuing the [read more] The post 3 Steps to Giving a Presentation You Don’t Believe In appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:04:52

Former Dun & Bradstreet CEO Sara Matthew on Leadership, Integrity, Courage, and Humility

12/26/2017
More
A leader’s skills, character, and values become clear only when they’re tested in challenging times. Those also happen to be when our skills and character are most likely to grow. I recently had a chat with Sara Mathew, former Chair and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet, about a couple of harrowing and humbling experiences that put her leadership to the test, [read more] The post Former Dun & Bradstreet CEO Sara Matthew on Leadership, Integrity, Courage, and Humility appeared first on Paul Smith |...

Duration:00:26:22

3 Bad Jokes and 1 Important Lesson in Courage from Comedian Drew Tarvin

12/4/2017
More
Professional comedian and self-described “humor engineer” Drew Tarvin recently completed a nomadic tour of the U.S. performing in all 50 States. His book The United States of Laughter: One Comedian’s Journey Through All 50 States details his funny, harrowing, and poignantly insightful experiences in each State. I recently caught up with Drew and asked him to share his experience in [read more] The post 3 Bad Jokes and 1 Important Lesson in Courage from Comedian Drew Tarvin appeared first...

Duration:00:16:08

“Do the stories I tell at work have to be true?”

11/13/2017
More
As a storytelling coach, I’m often asked, “Do my leadership or sales stories have to be true?” My perhaps surprising answer is, “No, they don’t. You can completely make up a story you tell at work, but only under one condition. And that condition is that you tell your audience you made it up. Otherwise, [read more] The post “Do the stories I tell at work have to be true?” appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:07:58

One Question That Led to an Innovation Breakthrough for Procter & Gamble and Can Do the Same for You

10/23/2017
More
TIDE HAS BEEN the number one selling brand of laundry detergent in the United States since soon after its introduction in 1946. The main reason for that is that the chemists and engineers at Procter & Gamble are committed to improving the cleaning formula year after year. In the late 1990s, one of the improvements [read more] The post One Question That Led to an Innovation Breakthrough for Procter & Gamble and Can Do the Same for You appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:03:39

Finding the Fire at Work: What We Can All Learn From the World’s Most Grueling Athletic Competition

10/2/2017
More
“Over 70% of people are uninspired, disengaged, and passionless at work” – That’s according to author and speaker Scott Mautz. Scott joined me on my podcast this week to talk about how to change that. He shared the results of his work in that area from his new book Find the Fire: Ignite Your Inspiration [read more] The post Finding the Fire at Work: What We Can All Learn From the World’s Most Grueling Athletic Competition appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:19:50

“How Did We Kill This Man?” A Management Nightmare that Led to a Better Leadership Philosophy

9/12/2017
More
I recently had the chance to visit with performance coach Cort Dial, author of the book Heretics to Heroes: A Memoir on Modern Leadership. He shared the story of a fascinating but tragic incident early in his career that led him to develop a very different leadership philosophy. It’s always more exciting to listen to [read more] The post “How Did We Kill This Man?” A Management Nightmare that Led to a Better Leadership Philosophy appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:26:52

How to Hire Top Talent in an Instant

8/14/2017
More
“Be slow to hire and quick to fire.” That’s the conventional wisdom in human resources. Take the time to make sure you’ve got the right candidate before making an offer. The result is a lengthy process that starts with a detailed online application and multiple rounds of interviews spread out over weeks. Some companies even [read more] The post How to Hire Top Talent in an Instant appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:16:44

How to Earn Trust on Day One

7/17/2017
More
In July of 1999, the New York Times and CBS conducted an interesting survey. They asked, “Of people in general, how many do you think are trustworthy?” The average answer was 30 percent. Then it asked, “Of people you know personally, how many do you think are trustworthy?” The average answer shot up to 70 [read more] The post How to Earn Trust on Day One appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:04:28

Two Leadership Lessons from an American Author’s Walk Across Spain

7/3/2017
More
This week my guest is Victor Prince. He’s a leadership trainer and author of the books, Inside the Box and Executive Farm. My last discussion with Victor was about lessons from the 2009 presidential inauguration. And I spoke previously with his co-author, Mike Figliuolo, about their book, Inside the Box. But today, Victor joined me to talk about [read more] The post Two Leadership Lessons from an American Author’s Walk Across Spain appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:14:12

Compensating Behavior: A Leader’s Guide to Finding Problems You Don’t Know You Have

6/26/2017
More
None of your problem-solving skills as a leader will work when the problem you’re facing is a problem you don’t even know you have. Before you can solve problems, of course, you have to identify them. Below I share a simple but highly effective way to do that. And the best way to explain it is [read more] The post Compensating Behavior: A Leader’s Guide to Finding Problems You Don’t Know You Have appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:04:39

Does Customer Service This Amazing Ever Happen at Your Company? If So, Would You Even Know It?

6/5/2017
More
When Ray Brook’s flight landed at Portland International Airport on Monday morning, he headed straight for National Car Rental where he had a reservation. He had a meeting with a customer in 30 minutes and a full schedule of visits to warehouses and distribution centers for the next four days. But when he tried to [read more] The post Does Customer Service This Amazing Ever Happen at Your Company? If So, Would You Even Know It? appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:07:07

Tough Feedback? Talk to My Agent. Receiving Performance Feedback Like a Pro

5/1/2017
More
There’s an endless amount of advice available for how to give tough feedback effectively, but very little on how to receive it well. One person who learned how the hard way is Gail Hollander. Gail has been in the advertising business for 25 years, and has worked in several of the most prestigious agencies in [read more] The post Tough Feedback? Talk to My Agent. Receiving Performance Feedback Like a Pro appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:04:46