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Internationally-acclaimed keynote and TEDx speaker, award-winning leadership writer, and author Tanveer Naseer explores the challenges and opportunities leaders face in today’s increasingly complex workplace environment. Join Tanveer as he speaks with Tom Peters, Guy Kawasaki, Jim Kouzes, Stephen M.R. Covey, Liz Wiseman, Doug Conant, Tim Sanders, Whitney Johnson, Adam Bryant, and other leadership experts – along with his “Leadership Espresso Shot” series where he shares his own insights – on what you can do to improve your leadership craft.




Internationally-acclaimed keynote and TEDx speaker, award-winning leadership writer, and author Tanveer Naseer explores the challenges and opportunities leaders face in today’s increasingly complex workplace environment. Join Tanveer as he speaks with Tom Peters, Guy Kawasaki, Jim Kouzes, Stephen M.R. Covey, Liz Wiseman, Doug Conant, Tim Sanders, Whitney Johnson, Adam Bryant, and other leadership experts – along with his “Leadership Espresso Shot” series where he shares his own insights – on what you can do to improve your leadership craft.




Bertina Ceccarelli & Susanne Tedrick | Innovating For Diversity

We’ve all seen the studies that have shown how a diverse workforce leads to better productivity, increased profits and market share, and greater creativity and innovation. But with so many positive outcomes related to diverse workforces, why are so many organizations failing to attract and retain a diversified workforce – including in the senior leadership ranks? What are we getting wrong and what should we be doing differently? According to my guests on this episode of my “Leadership Biz Cafe” podcast, Bertina Ceccarelli and Susanne Tedrick, the key is understanding how to use innovation principles to drive an organization’s DEI efforts. Bertina is the Chief Executive Officer of NPower, one of the most successful non-profits in North America committed to helping young adults and military-connected individuals launch tech careers. And Susanne is the author of "Women of Color in Tech" and a cloud computing technical trainer for Microsoft. Together, they co-authored the book “Innovating For Diversity – Lessons from Top Companies Achieving Business Success through Inclusivity”, which makes the compelling case for why diversity and innovation are not just interconnected, but how innovation can actually help organizations succeed in their DEI initiatives. Of course, to succeed in these efforts, we first have to get a better understanding of what these terms of diversity, equity and inclusion really mean. And I’m grateful to Bertina and Susanne for not only helping to bring clarity to this in our conversation, but for also providing practical advice for how leaders can succeed at creating a more diverse workplace that will not only benefit their organization, but also those their organization serves. No matter what you might think about diversity in today’s workplaces, I want to strongly encourage you to give this episode a listen as I’m sure some of what Bertina and Susanne share in this conversation will surprise you and definitely give you some food for thought. https://open.spotify.com/episode/47U7MrcuCKe7ktRhJplt0y?si=0b6b810c9af84b8d Noteworthy links: Buy Bertina and Susanne’s book “Innovating For Diversity” on Amazon.* Learn more about Bertina’s work - npower.org Learn more about Susanne’s work - susannetedrick.com *sponsored link that helps to support this podcast. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


Is Your Leadership Facing A Kodak Moment? | Leadership Espresso Shot 53

It seems like every day there’s another news report about a company’s decision to have their employees return to the office. Of course, if you’ve been following the leadership space for some time, this isn’t too surprising. After all, it was only a few years ago that organizations were limiting smartphone use in in the workplace to company-approved devices, only for their leaders to turn around and offer bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies to attract and retain employees. Of course, the current debate over when and where employees work is not likely to be resolved as quickly as the BYOD debate. Creating conditions that allow your employees to work whenever and wherever they want is not just about giving employees a choice. It also represents a disruption to how we understand the nature of work, not to mention changing many requirements for what will be needed to succeed at leadership in this new world of work. Seen from that vantage point, it’s not surprising to see such resistance from organizations to offering employees flexible work options. Though that doesn’t mean this resistance and desire to ‘go back to the way things were’ is a good thing – both for the present and future. That’s why in this episode of my “Leadership Espresso Shot” series, I share the story of Kodak and what a critical decision made by the organization’s top leadership can teach us about how leaders should be approaching the current debate over the future of work. Trust me when I say it’s a powerful lesson leaders and their organizations can’t afford to ignore … if they want to ensure their continued growth and success. https://open.spotify.com/episode/6PMGlGdt4tqVIOJPbGLhnO?si=faddeb2942bd42f3


Joe Mull | 3 Keys To Igniting Employee Commitment and Retention

If there’s one challenge leaders everywhere share in common right now it’s how to ignite employee commitment. From the Great Resignation to quiet quitting, organizations have been grappling with how to motivate and retain employees who are critical to their long-term success and growth. Fortunately, my guest in this episode of my “Leadership Biz Cafe” podcast has discovered that there are three important keys that will ignite employee commitment and retention, three keys that every leader and every organization has the ability to employ … provided they’re willing to accept some realities about the new world of work. Joe Mull is a respected authority on what organizations need to do to drive commitment in the workplace. He’s written three books on this subject, including his latest “Employalty: How To Ignite Commitment and Keep Top Talent in the New Age of Work”, where he describes those three keys to igniting employee commitment. And as I told Joe during our conversation, one of them resonated strongly with me as it’s a common theme in many of my keynotes and workshops. So what are these three keys and how do leaders go about employing them? Well to find that out, you’ll have to listen to this episode. And I can tell you, some of them will definitely challenge many people’s thinking around issues like compensation and employee workload. But when you hear what Joe has to say about these topics, I know you’ll come to the same conclusion I did from reading his book that only those organizations that choose to embrace these changes will be the ones who succeed and thrive in the years ahead, while the laggards become this decade’s version of Blockbuster and Kodak. After giving this episode a listen, let me know which key resonated the most with you, and which one challenged you the most in terms of what you need to do to drive employee commitment and strengthen retention. https://open.spotify.com/episode/5q49VBdhE7ul5FPEMShbf1?si=529b7ef619ea4f0d Noteworthy links: Buy Joe Mull’s book “Employalty” on Amazon.* Learn more about Joe Mull’s work – joemull.com *sponsored link that helps to support this podcast. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


4 Steps To Encourage Employees To Ask Better Questions | Leadership Espresso Shot 52

This might come as a surprise, but one of my favourite things about delivering a leadership keynote is the Q&A session I have afterwards. I love this part not only because it allows me to hear what key insights or ideas have taken hold with my audience, but also because sometimes the questions I get asked spur on new ideas I want to expand on and explore. For example, my TED talk “Forget Passion - Purpose is the Real Spice of Life” was inspired by a question I was asked after one of my keynotes where one of the attendees wanted to learn more about my own leadership journey and what inspired me to take that particular path. Recently, I delivered another in-person keynote and during the Q&A session I was asked yet another one of those thought-provoking questions whose answer was something I wanted to expand on and share. The question was from a leader who’d been working on becoming more comfortable with asking questions and after hearing my keynote he had a question he wanted to ask me. His question – “How do I encourage my employees to get better at asking questions, too?” It’s such a great question that, just like my TED talk, I wanted to share the ideas it gave rise to with those who weren’t present to hear my answer to this leader's question. And so, in this edition of my Leadership Espresso Shot series, I share four simple steps any leader can implement towards creating an environment where employees feel psychologically safe to ask any question that’s on their mind. https://open.spotify.com/episode/2hg6lmgAQaPEz2eP3IOkug?si=70e380f4c5504d08


Tamara Sanderson | How Leaders Make Remote Work A Success

To offer remote work opportunities or not to offer remote work opportunities? If you look at the articles found in various business outlets these days, it would seem organizations are facing an existential crisis when it comes to how today’s workplaces should operate. At the heart of this debate is an on-going tug-of-war where leaders on the one hand worry about a loss in productivity and organizational culture, while employees on the other hand want the flexibility to decide when and where they do their work. But in our drive to figure out the future of work, are we focusing more on the symptoms rather than the root causes behind such issues as declining productivity, rising levels of loneliness, and diminished opportunities for career growth that are being linked to remote work? Thankfully, I’ve had the chance to speak to an expert – and seasoned remote leader – to help shine a light on what it really takes to make remote work, well, work and overcome those understandable concerns many leaders have. In addition to being a former Googler, Tamara Sanderson is the co-founder of Remote Works, an organizational design and consulting firm with a mission to liberate teams from the nine-to-five and teach them how to do their best work, anytime, anywhere. Along with her co-author, Ali Greene, Tamara has written a fantastic book called “Remote Works: Managing for Freedom, Flexibility, and Focus” that offers a clear blueprint to help leaders not only get better at leading remote teams, but details the systems and processes you need to have in place to help with onboarding new employees and strengthening your organization’s culture. And over the course of our conversation, Tamara shares a brilliant answer to my question about how should we address the loneliness issue in today’s organizations – whether your employees are working fully remote or in some hybrid work arrangement. If you’re struggling with how to adapt and transform your workplace to address the growing demands of employees for greater flexibility around the way they work, I strongly encourage you to make the time to give this episode a listen. It will give you a better handle on what you need to do to solve this issue in your workplace. https://open.spotify.com/episode/3sOY8opSN8yG5xY0Wh6a2z?si=cbfda8caba6d4586 Noteworthy links: Buy Tamara Sanderson and Ali Greene’s book “Remote Works” on Amazon.* Learn more about Tamara Sanderson’s work: www.remoteworksbook.com. *sponsored link that helps to support this podcast. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


How Going On Vacation Will Make You A Better Leader | Leadership Espresso Shot 51

During periods of economic uncertainty, a common response from leaders is streamlining their operations and focusing on what they deem as being essential to their organization’s ability to ride out the storm. Unfortunately, one thing that often is considered in these moments to be a luxury is taking time off work to go on a vacation. At a time where we’re seeing rising levels of employee stress and burnout, there’s certainly an argument to be made for why leaders need to model for their employees the importance of self-care and taking time away from work to spend with their family. But the truth is there are other reasons why leaders should seriously consider making time to go on vacation this year. In this latest edition in my Leadership Espresso Shot series, I share three powerful benefits you get from going on vacation that will make you a better leader. I hope you’ll check it out and that it inspires you to start making plans to block off time in your calendar to take a vacation break from work. https://open.spotify.com/episode/2PNeLXSdP7J8UfQFiZKxQm?si=6d1cb980a70d4fa6


Charles Conn | Six Mindsets Necessary For Succeeding During Uncertain Times

During times of uncertainty, it’s natural for leaders to want to lean into their ‘best practices’; of sticking to what they know and what got them to where they are today. But is this really the smartest and best approach? Or should leaders instead “lean into risk” by embracing different mindsets and conducting experiments to help gain new information and insights? It’s the latter approach that my guest on this episode of Leadership Biz Cafe advocates for, especially if leaders and their employees are to become better problem solvers and innovators during times of uncertainty. Charles Conn is an investor, environmentalist, and entrepreneur. He is co-founder of Monograph, a venture firm, the founding CEO of Ticketmaster-Citysearch, and was previously CEO of the Rhodes Trust in Oxford. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Board at Patagonia and sits on The Nature Conservancy European Council. Along with Robert McLean, he co-authored “Bulletproof Problem Solving: The One Skill That Changes Everything”. His latest book is “The Imperfectionists: Strategic Mindsets for Uncertain Times”, in which Charles makes the compelling case that there are six distinct, but critical mindsets leaders need to have if they are to become better problem solvers and innovators who embrace periods of uncertainty, while their competition hunkers down to hopefully wait out the storm. It's a fascinating discussion on leadership and uncertain times that not only challenges what many leaders are doing right now, but actually provides some clarity on leaders should be doing to not just how their organization endure periods of uncertainty, but thrive in spite of what’s going on around them. https://open.spotify.com/episode/5A8c5oqKN4Uu3cFbSxRi6J?si=cc67f34a68e74430 Noteworthy links: Learn more about Charles at Monograph. Buy his book “The Imperfectionists” on Amazon.* *sponsored link that helps to support this podcast. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


What It Takes To Inspire Others Through Your Leadership | Leadership Espresso Shot 50

Over the past several weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of delivering keynotes to several audiences on a wide range of issues leaders are grappling with today – from how to better navigate the current turbulent waters of change, to how leaders can create impact in a fast evolving and transforming workplace. While the insights and advice I shared varied, what I enjoyed immensely – in addition to being on stage in front of a live audience – was the depth and breadth of conversations I had with the leaders in attendance around what I shared and in particular, with these new insights in mind, where do we go next. It was during one of these conversations with these many leaders that I was asked an intriguing question – which naturally lead to a fascinating discussion – about how leaders go about inspiring their employees to not just deliver on stated targets, but to go beyond them. At a time of rising employee stress and declining trust for those in charge, how do leaders inspire others to do more than just survive the day, but to thrive in spite of what’s going on around our organization and at times, within in? In this latest instalment of my Leadership Espresso Shot series, I share two important and powerful truths about leadership and inspiration. And I’m confident once you become aware of them, it will not only change your understanding of what it means to inspire others through your leadership, but of our collective capacity to do so. As I spoke about in a previous episode of Leadership Espresso Shot, leadership is hard and it’s meant to be. But I hope this episode will give you the drive and yes, inspiration to recognize what your employees require from you to not just succeed, but thrive under your care. https://open.spotify.com/episode/2bMqUSVUBKZuvHFoQUCiVq?si=f62c38e44dfa4c7a


John Baldoni | Leading Through Change And Crisis With Grace

If there’s one certainty in leadership these days it’s that you better be comfortable leading through unending change. Key to your ability to succeed under such conditions is making sure you take care of your employees and also yourself, while also helping their organization prepare for the future. And according to my guest for this episode of the “Leadership Biz Cafe” podcast, John Baldoni, you have to do all of this with a firm sense of grace. John is a globally recognized executive coach, speaker, and author of 16 books that have been translated into ten languages. He’s been recognized by Thinkers 360 and Global Gurus as one of the world’s top thought leaders on coaching. And he’s written more than 800 leadership columns for a variety of online publications including Forbes, Harvard Business Review and Inc.com. John and I have been mutual fans of each other’s work, but we’ve never had the chance to sit down and speak about leadership and the current challenges leaders face. That’s why when he released his latest book, “Grace Under Pressure – Leading Through Change and Crisis”, I knew this would be a perfect opportunity for us to meet up and talk about a subject we both care deeply about. And I can definitely say the conversation was worth the wait. I hope you’ll check it out and let me know what you think of some of the ideas John and I talked about in terms of what leaders should be doing to help their organizations not just succeed today, but be prepared for whatever’s to come in the future. https://open.spotify.com/episode/6VSJkeiUhl35yMlHkZCXwS?si=9dccab1d51824419 Noteworthy links: Buy John’s book “Grace Under Pressure” on Amazon*. Learn more about John’s work on his website. *sponsored link that helps to support this podcast. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


How To Promote Team Harmony During Times Of Workplace Disruption | Leadership Espresso Shot 49

There’s a lot of attention and efforts being put forth by organizations and their leaders to promote ‘greater collaboration’ in their workplaces. This drive has lead some organizations to completely rework their office spaces in order to create “collaboration spaces” that would encourage the exchange and free-flow of ideas and thoughts. While it might be the case for some that this drive is an attempt to rationalize why leaders want more employees to return to the office, the bigger issue at play here is that mandating collaboration is not the same thing as empowering collaboration within the various teams in your organization. Indeed, what leaders should be putting greater focus on – especially as concerns continue to linger about the possibility of difficult economic times ahead – is how to engender and empower team cohesion at a time when an organization's workforce is being disrupted by both employees leaving and being laid off. That’s why in this latest edition of my Leadership Espresso Shot series, I explore three principles leaders in every industry and field should be employing to promote team harmony. At a time when things remain not only uncertain, but in flux thanks to issues as broad as a scarcity of workers to the burgeoning rise of AI, it’s becoming even more critical for leaders to ensure team cohesion no matter how often their team changes or will change in the months ahead. These three principles discussed in this episode of my leadership podcast will help you create conditions to ensure your team can weather any storm that crosses their path. https://open.spotify.com/episode/7A1H2RjwzEbZcpc1lTu9s6?si=1858843a62524689


Joel Garfinkle | How To Develop Your Executive Presence

If you were to ask a random group of leaders if they’d heard of executive presence, almost all of them would answer yes. But if you asked that same group of leaders how many could clearly describe what executive presence is, few if any would answer this question in the affirmative. But if executive presence is key to leadership development and success, why are so few of us capable of explaining it? And if we can’t explain it, how can we develop it? Those are questions I explore with my guest, Joel Garfinkle, in this episode of my “Leadership Biz Cafe” podcast. Joel is the author of 11 books and over 300 articles on leadership. He’s been recognized by Global Gurus as one of the Top 30 global coaching experts, and his executive coaching clients include Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Oracle, Deloitte, Ritz-Carlton, Genetech, NBC, and the NBA. Joel was one of the first guests I spoke to when I started my podcast over a decade ago, which is why I’m delighted to speak with him again, this time about his latest book, “Executive Presence: Step Into Your Power, Convey Confidence, & Lead With Conviction”. It’s a revealing conversation with some practical insights on how every leader – regardless of their gender or race – can develop and strengthen their executive presence and with it, become a better leader in their organization. https://open.spotify.com/episode/35QXOSIRIqwxM3nMZm4CqC?si=ca70672414924e00 Noteworthy links: Buy Joel’s book “Executive Presence” on Amazon*. Learn more about Joel’s work on his website. Listen to Joel’s previous appearance on Leadership Biz Cafe. *sponsored link that helps to support this podcast. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


What Does It Take To Lead In Today’s Evolving Workplaces | Leadership Espresso Shot 38

Over the past several months, I’ve noticed the rise of two troubling trends in the leadership space. While much of the focus these days is on the exponential rise and growth of AI, these other two trends will certainly play a bigger role in determining the kind of impact leaders will have on their organizations in the months and years ahead, and no doubt with it, how to address the current transformation to the way we work. I explore these two trends in this latest edition of my Leadership Espresso Shot series on my podcast, “Leadership Biz Cafe”. I hope you’ll check it out as this is an important issue every leader needs to be mindful of if they want to be successful not just in the short-term, but over the long term as well. https://open.spotify.com/episode/2Bke4wZNsTfvCCnjVCGAL9


Dr. Tina Opie | Using Shared Sisterhood To Overcome Racial and Gender Inequality

After the murder of George Floyd, the world seemed to rise up collectively to demand an end to racial inequality. And while many organizations openly spoke about commitments to improve racial and gender equality within their workforce, the situation hasn’t improved. In fact, in some cases, it’s actually gotten worse. So how do we move past performative efforts to genuine action to overcome persisting racial and gender inequalities in today’s workplaces? That’s a conversation I’m eager to have with my guest in this episode of Leadership Biz Cafe, Dr. Tina Opie. Tina is an Associate Professor of Management at Babson College and a well-regarded thought leader in the field of organizational behaviour. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Business Insider, O Magazine, Essence Magazine, The Boston Globe, and Harvard Business Review. In fact, Tina’s podcast episode “Lead with Authenticity” was selected as one of Harvard Business Review's Most Influential and Innovative articles from Harvard Business Review’s first century. Tina is also the co-author of “Shared Sisterhood – How To Take Collective Action For Racial And Gender Equity At Work”, which serves as the focus of this episode. I know for many people discussing racial and gender inequality can be uncomfortable, which is why I wanted to have this conversation with Tina – to start that conversation in the hopes it will lessen the discomfort so others can start having it in their workplaces. After all, a problem will not go away if we continue to ignore it. And being a leader means being willing to have tough conversations, and not just those you’re comfortable with having. I want to strongly encourage everyone to take the time to listen to this episode to learn what each of us can do to overcome racial and gender inequalities in our workplace. https://open.spotify.com/episode/4DFOwU4u5n2QUJS8Q4un6v?si=a5d8e91fda8e4a73 Noteworthy links: Learn more about Tina’s work here: drtinaopie.com Buy Tina and Beth’s book “Shared Sisterhood” on Amazon*. Listen to "Why Leadership Should Be Hard | Leadership Espresso Shot 29" *sponsored link that helps to support this podcast. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


A Lesson From Disney On What Leaders Should Be Focusing On | Leadership Espresso Shot 47

Last month, I was invited to speak to a group of European leaders about leadership competency and vulnerability. As part of the discussion, I shared a story about some recent decisions returning Disney CEO Bob Iger has made and what we can learn from them in terms of how leaders should address the current economic and organizational challenges many are grappling with today. Since then, I’ve read news reports that demonstrate leaders and their organizations are continuing to face this same challenge that undoubtedly will have long-term repercussions on their organization’s ability to adapt, evolve, and grow. So for this Leadership Espresso Shot, I’d like to share this story about Disney, along with a set of powerful questions leaders need to be asking themselves to ensure their decisions and efforts are not focused on strategies for short-term gains at the expense of long-term growth and success. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to give this episode a listen as I’m sure it will challenge your assumptions and maybe even some of the decisions you might be making right now. But it will also give you some much needed clarity for where you should be putting the focus of your leadership right now to ensure the collective success of your team and organization. https://open.spotify.com/episode/0PtmfaXMaZkRUHg00gI7QG?si=354a9f8d672c479d


Richard Safeer | A Well-Being Prescription For A Happier, Healthier Workforce

Rising employee stress levels and employee burnout are becoming a worrisome trend in today’s workplaces. And yet, despite the wellness economy being estimated to have a value of over $4 trillion, little if any traction is being made on resolving this mental and physical health crisis. Thankfully, it’s not all doom and gloom as my guest on this episode of Leadership Biz Cafe has a prescription that any leader and organization can apply to create a healthier, happier, and more resilient workforce. Dr, Richard Safeer is the Chief Medical Director of Employee Health and Well-Being for Johns Hopkins Medicine where he leads the Healthy at Hopkins employee health and well-being strategy. He also serves on the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst Insight Council and previously served on the board of directors for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. In his book, “A Cure for the Common Company – A Well-Being Prescription for a Happier, Healthier, and More Resilient Workforce”, Richard shares a simple, but powerful approach for how any organization can address the current workplace health crisis while continuing to achieve your organizational goals. Over the course of our conversation, Richard and I discuss: What organizations are getting wrong in their efforts to address employee wellness. Some simple measures leaders should employ to change the social climate in their organization so it better supports employee wellness and resilience. What are norms and how they impact employee well-being and our efforts to improve working conditions. What leaders need to be doing to create a well-being culture in their organization. Obstacles leaders should be mindful of that can impede their efforts to create a well-being culture. As my background is in the medical sciences, it was truly a pleasure to speak with Richard about this timely subject. And it’s especially encouraging how the ‘prescription’ he shares to build a well-being culture can be employed by any leader in any organization. Given how employee stress and burnout is a growing issue, I strongly encourage you to check out this interview to get some ideas on where to begin on finding a solution to this costly workplace problem. https://open.spotify.com/episode/56WYALsuX73vSVS2IPi89L?si=de60fad37c374336 Noteworthy links: Buy Richard’s book “A Cure for the Common Company” on Amazon*. Learn more about Richard’s work: richardsafeer.com *sponsored link that helps to support this podcast. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


Compassion Is Critical To Succeeding At Leadership | Leadership Espresso Shot 46

It seems like every day there’s another news report of yet another company mandating employees return to their office, another report of new findings about the consequences of rising employee anxiety and burnout, and more reports warning about the ever impending arrival of another economic downturn. Against that backdrop, I had the pleasure to sit down with a few friends as a guest on their podcast, as well as conversations with various leaders and leadership experts, to talk about these various issues and what it means about the future of work. In this latest episode of my Leadership Espresso Shot series, I make the case that what driving all these headlines in our news feeds is a lack of compassion in leadership, but that there’s still hope as we only need to embrace the innate behaviours we’re all hard-wired to express. Take a listen to this episode from my podcast and get inspired to bring more compassion to your leadership to help your employees and your organization at large to succeed. https://open.spotify.com/episode/5omqvHUrfxbaPvEIBX0ovc?si=cb315f504c0d44d6


Erika Andersen | Addressing Change From The Inside Out

Navigating change is a reality every leader has to face, and yet despite this truth, 70% of change initiatives end in failure. While we might think this high failure rate reflects a technical deficiency in leaders, Erika Andersen, my guest for this episode of my “Leadership Biz Cafe” podcast, makes the case that this reflects our innate drive for stability. And only once we adjust this mindset can we effectively lead and navigate change in our organization. Erika is the founding partner of Proteus, a coaching and consulting firm that focuses on leader readiness, and a columnist for Forbes. She’s also the author of four best-selling books, including “Leading So People Will Follow” which I spoke with Erika about in episode #12 of my podcast. In this episode, I welcome Erika back to talk about her latest book, “Change From The Inside Out - Making You, Your Team, and Your Organization Change-Capable”. Over the course of this episode, Erika and I discuss: How do we shift our mindset from seeing change as being costly and weird to being easy and rewarding. A simple, but powerful question that will help create clarity and a sense of direction. The one thing leaders are not addressing that’s not only fuelling organizational resistance but also ensuring a greater likelihood for failure. How to build a “change team” that can oversee and help drive the change initiative forward as things progress and evolve. How to make our new outlook and understanding of change stick to embrace future changes and adaptations. It’s a refreshing and insightful look at change and what leaders should be doing to be more effective change drivers. I hope you'll check it out and let me know about your challenges when dealing with change in your organization. https://open.spotify.com/episode/57KWUxvBtrq8rSUuPNOQb3?si=ea87f4f5e9504707 Noteworthy links: Buy Erika’s book “Change From The Inside Out” on Amazon.* Listen to my interview with Erika about her book “Leading So People Will Follow” *sponsored link that helps to support this podcast. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


How To Overcome Self-Doubt About Your Ability To Lead | Leadership Espresso Shot 45

Over the past several months I’ve had some interesting conversations with leaders who attended one of my keynotes or workshops. In particular, what was noteworthy was this common thread underlining each of these conversations. Whether it was a middle-level manager or an executive from the C-suite, in each of these interactions I couldn’t help but note the sense of self-doubt these leaders expressed about their continued ability to lead. Of course, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, considering what we’ve all had to endure the past two years and now in the face of an ongoing tug-of-war over what the future of work will look like between employers and their employees. While change and uncertainty has been present for several years now, as it many other things, the pandemic has only served to magnify them. Now this isn’t necessarily a bad thing – so long as you view this sense of self-doubt about your ability to lead through the right lens. To that end, in this latest Leadership Espresso Shot I share four simple measures leaders can take to help them overcome self-doubt about their ability to lead, something that as I’ve seen first hand becomes more pronounced when we’re facing uncertainty and radical change. I hope you’ll check it out and let me know how you’ve dealt with those moments of self-doubt about the ability to lead. https://open.spotify.com/episode/4SJHY42OWKDMJ0V1kUWN2Y?si=14c3960fce854535


My Favourite Guest Moments And Insights From 2022

The beginning of a new year is always an exciting time because of what it represents – a chance for new beginnings, to start something new, and build on successes gained over the past year. For my podcast, “Leadership Biz Cafe”, it also means the start of another season of speaking with people with fascinating insights and perspectives on the challenges of leadership today. But before looking ahead to who and what I’ll be talking about in upcoming episodes of my leadership podcast, I wanted to look back at the past 12 months and share my five favourite guest moments and insights from 2022. Now this isn’t one of those Top 5 list that we usually see around this time of the year. Instead, these are moments from the many conversations I had over the course of last year that really stuck with me and I think deserve a second listen, especially in light of various on-going debates and issues around leading today's organizations. Although I’m going to leave it to you to listen to this episode to hear what these favourite moments were, I do want to give a shout-out here to those guests who provided these fascinating insights – Tom Peters and Jim Kouzes, Stephen MR Covey, Dr. Marlette Jackson, Laura Kriska, and Faisal Hoque. And as I mention at the end of this episode, I’d love to hear what were your favourite moments from my podcast episodes of 2022. What stood out for you or maybe had you rethink your understanding of what a leader needs to do? Let me know as I appreciate hearing from my listeners about what resonated with them and why. https://open.spotify.com/episode/2fLO2yCfToni8i2EAkRIDx Noteworthy links: #109 - Tom Peters & Jim Kouzes On Today’s Challenges And The Future Of Leadership #105 - Stephen MR Covey | How To Trust And Inspire Others To Unleash Their Greatness #101 - Dr. Marlette Jackson | Addressing Diversity And Inclusion In Today’s Workplaces #113 - Laura Kriska | How Leaders Close The Us Versus Them Gap In The Workplace #119 - Faisal Hoque | How To Lead Through Revolutionary Global Change


A Year-End Reflection Exercise Every Leader Should Do | Leadership Espresso Shot 44

The last few weeks of the year mark a time when most leaders are busy working on getting the last of the year’s projects completed while at the same time looking at developing goals and strategies for the year to come. But this time of the year also marks an important opportunity for leaders to take stock of their leadership performance over the past 12 months. To examine and reflect on what they did well, what they need to change, and what unanswered needs will need to be addressed going forward. Of course, the caveat here is that leaders need to make the time to reflect on their past performance, as well as have a series of questions to help prompt their reflection process. That’s why for this edition of my Leadership Espresso Shot series, I want to share a year-end reflection exercise that every leader who’s interested in improving their craft should take the time to do. This reflection exercise will help you discover insights about your leadership over the past year and where you need to put your time and attention in the months ahead. As you prepare to wind down the year, I hope you’ll take some time to listen to this episode to help you reflect on what you need to address to do better going forward. https://open.spotify.com/episode/4cx5EAzpLw3vndMcjVZ9Ii?si=b2a3e9d3ed784303