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Leadership Happy Hour is where we discuss leadership, team strategies, have a little fun and, also, a few drinks! Grab a cocktail and catch up with topical leadership issues here! Please drink responsibly….we don’t want you to damage your computer.

Leadership Happy Hour is where we discuss leadership, team strategies, have a little fun and, also, a few drinks! Grab a cocktail and catch up with topical leadership issues here! Please drink responsibly….we don’t want you to damage your computer.
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Leadership Happy Hour is where we discuss leadership, team strategies, have a little fun and, also, a few drinks! Grab a cocktail and catch up with topical leadership issues here! Please drink responsibly….we don’t want you to damage your computer.




99 - The Curiosity Muscle With Diana Kander

It's time to pump it up and flex those muscles...well, it's time to flex your curiosity muscle. They say that curiosity killed the cat but, after this week's interview, I know it's the lack of curiosity that killed the company. My guest this week is innovation expert and author, Diana Kander, and we talk about her new book, The Curiosity Muscle. Diana shares the four questions leaders need to ask to keep their organizations from becoming irrelevant and keep their teams moving forward in...


98 - Digging Deeper With The Leadership Archaeologist, Krister Ungerboeck

Growing up, I loved the Indiana Jones movies. Yes, they were packed with action and a great story line but what really intrigued me was that Mr. Jones was an archaeologist. He did it all in the name of science...well, ok, maybe that is a stretch (but I still loved the movies). My guest this week is the world's only Leadership Archaeologist, Krister Ungerboeck. He's originally a mid-western boy (like me) but has been all over the world and, in this episode, he shares the insights he's found...


97 - Employee Engagement Solutions With Rene Johnston-Gingrich

Is your team busy? Ok, are they busy doing the right things? Busy doesn't mean productive...that's a fact! This week on the show we are tackling what's ailing most of today's organizations and answering the question of...How do we engage our employees? My guest this week is Rene Johnston-Gingrich. She's the owner of Employee Engagement Solutions and she shares some easily actionable strategies for you to get your team performing at the next level. We hit a wide array of leadership...


96 - The Secrets Of Mindful Leadership With Daphne Scott

"The best present you can give your team is your actual presence." - Chip Lutz Are you really busy? Do you spend most of your time thinking you don't have enough time to do all the things you want to do? Do you wish you could just take a moment to enjoy a moment when you have that moment? YOU'RE NOT ALONE! We all live busy lives and it is becoming increasingly difficult to be present when you have the opportunity. In this episode of Leadership Happy Hour I had the opportunity to talk about...


95 - Evoking Genius With John Hittler

People of humor are always in some degree people of genius." -S. T. Coleridge You're a damn genius! If I had a quarter for every time someone told me that...I still wouldn't have enough money to buy a cup of coffee. However, everyone has some genius in them and, according to my guest this week, it's as specific to them as their DNA. I am very excited to share this week's interview with John Hittler. John is a thought leader, researcher, entrepreneur, author and...the list goes on...is also...


94 - The Kindness Habit With Allison Clarke, CSP

"The person that talks and has no deeds...is like a garden full of weeds." - Unknown What's it cost to be kind? NOT A DAMN THING! So...if it's free why aren't more people practicing kindness? That's the kind of question that is best left up to asking Mr. Owl (of Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pop fame) but this week we do talk about the kindness habit with my good friend and fellow cowbell enthusiast, Allison Clarke, CSP. I've had the pleasure of knowing Allison for quite a while. She smart, funny...


93 - The Business Of Expertise With David C. Baker

Are you an expert? Don't over think this....yes, you are. In something...you are. Second question....do other people want to know about your expertise? Don't over think this question either because I am sure that other people not only want to know what you know they probably also want to be you. This week on the podcast I talk with the expert in being an expert, David C. Baker. He wrote the book (among many) on the business of expertise and I know you'll dig this conversation as much as I...


92 - Company Culture For Dummies With Mike Ganino

Stories are the cornerstone of our civilization. It's how we transmit norms and get things done. They are also the stuff culture is made of. What's the story at your company? My guest this week is, Mike Ganino. He's the author of Company Culture For Dummies and this guy is no dummy (but I am glad he wrote a book for me). We hit on all facets of culture but, most importantly, we hit on the question all leaders should be asking.....what are people saying the story is here? Mike is a barrel...


BONUS - Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of WWII

Happy Veteran's Day this weekend! This bonus episode is dedicated to all those that have served and continue to serve. I love history and also love learning about the military service of other people. On this episode, I had the great opportunity to combine those two things when talking with Liza Mundy about her new book, Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of WWII. This isn't something we ever learned about in history class but it's a story that needs to be...


91 - Break The Rules! With Todd Palmer

Rules are meant to be broken! I know it's not something you heard from your Mom but I know that's something you've heard along the way (I know I have). For me, as an Unconventional Leader, life is about looking at things (and doing things) against the norm and I know that's how you look at things as well. You're in luck because this week on the show, I talk with the Chief Rule Breaker, Todd Palmer. I really felt a kindred spirit with Todd going into this interview and solidified that...


90 - Moments Matter With Dave Sanderson

Way back when the world was young, dinosaurs roamed the earth and I kept all of my notes on post-its, a fellow Naval Officer shared her view with me on what the difference was between a good leader and a great leader. She said: "Chip, the difference between a good leader and a great leader can be calculated in moments. The moments when a decision needs to be made and you can make one." It was great advice and advice that I've thought about (and acted upon) a lot throughout my life. We all...


SPECIAL - Suicide: Having The Conversation With Frank King

Suicide isn't something we talk about in our society. There's a stigma associated with it that keeps most of us from having the conversations that need to be had. This special episode of LHH was actually recorded for my other podcast, Laughbox, but I thought it was so important to share that I decided to air it on this one too. Frank King is the guest and suicide is the topic. Frank is a comedian and former writer for the tonight show but don't let the funny man business fool you. He's...


89 - Speak With Impact! With Allison Shapira

I remember the first time (nearly 30 years ago) that I had to brief a group of senior officers in the Navy. I was so nervous that my hands were clammy, my heart was skipping and I didn't remember what I said after I was done. Ever been there? I lived through it but, at the time, it was horrible! As leaders, we're often judged by our ability to communicate a message. Further, if we want our teams to be on point, moving in the right direction, and motivated to get things done, many times, it...


88 - What's The Secret Sauce For a High Performing Team? With Jason Treu

I've been on a LOT of teams. I've been on big teams, small teams, teams that have done very little and teams that have done a lot. The best teams were the ones where high performance and innovation weren't a fluke, they were the norm. Thinking back...I've always wondered what it was that made the difference between the "meh" teams and the ones that fueled my fire. Well, this week that question gets answered for me by my guest, Jason Treu. He's an executive coach and speaker who's worked...


87 - Show Up And Lead Through The Chaos With Jeff Boss

What's the best present you can give your team? Your actual presence! But, let's face it, we live in busy times that are often very chaotic. As leaders, we're not just responsible for our own stuff...we're responsible for other's as well and it can be difficult to be on point and in the moment. This week, I have the pleasure of talking with leadership expert and former Navy SEAL, Jeff Boss. Jeff shares how to do just that...show up, be in the moment, and navigate the chaos that hits us...


86 - Growing Better Together With Mike Redbord

What do you hire for? What, specifically, are you looking for? And, once you get those people, what do you do to create a culture where they want to stay? It matters because it impacts everything. From engagement to the end customer experience, we all work and grow together. Get ready to enter the leader matrix with this week’s guest, Mike Redbord. Some conversations are so much fun and also so easy that I love having them and re-listening to them. That’s this week’s! Mike is a...


85 - Get the REAL Story With Stan Meytin

The heart of leadership is people. Every person is different and every leader is different which, yes, makes every interaction unique. Do you know how to connect with your individual team members and get their real story? You need to if you want to lead in today's world. You're in luck! This week's guest, Stan Meytin, is the master at getting the real story and on this week's podcast we talk about how to break down the barriers between you and the team to create real connections. This was a...


84 - The New Leadership Revolution With Paresh Shah

None of us are old enough to remember the industrial revolution or the agricultural revolution but we certainly benefit from them. Further, all of us have benefitted from the information revolution...I couldn't do this podcast without it (and you certainly couldn't listen to it). What here now? It's a new leadership revolution! The workforce has changed and we, as leaders, need to change with it. This week's guest, Paresh Shah, shares what's new, what's coming up and what's needed today to...


83 - Be The Sensei! With Jim Bouchard

It was the Taoist philosopher, Lao Tzu, who said, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a step." And, my friends, we are taking that step this week with my good friend, Jim Bouchard, the Sensei Leader! Jim takes Eastern philosophies and applies them to the much needed Western business world. His total person approach to leading is the topic this week and, after you listen, I know you'll agree with him that the "days of command and control are over." What's needed is for us to step...


82 - The Million Dollar Greeting With Dan Sachs

Are you too busy? Join the club...we all are. Even though we're busy as leaders we shouldn't be too busy to invest time in our team. We focus a lot on our external customers but it's the internal ones that will make or break the mission. That's the topic this week as I talk to, Dan Sachs, about his new book, The Million Dollar Greeting! We hit on a lot of leadership topics such as accountability, being a disciplined leader and the importance of authenticity in today's world. But the thing...