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Welcome to the Intentional Leaders Podcast with Cyndi Wentland. Where we’re all about creating confident, successful, and focused leaders who manage with purpose and impact. I’m Cyndi Wentland, the founder of Intentionaleaders. And I’m passionate about learning, teaching, and coaching on all things leadership related. My purpose is to equip leaders like you with the tools, resources, and support to accomplish your goals. To learn when you want, how you want. So, if you’re an aspiring leader, first-time manager, experienced executive, or you just want to make a bigger impact in your role as an individual contributor—this podcast is for you. Because each week we’ll focus on relevant, applicable, and easy to implement skills and practices—to create focus and a deliberate path to employee engagement and business results. I know that leadership has its challenges but learning to lead shouldn’t be one of them.

Welcome to the Intentional Leaders Podcast with Cyndi Wentland. Where we’re all about creating confident, successful, and focused leaders who manage with purpose and impact. I’m Cyndi Wentland, the founder of Intentionaleaders. And I’m passionate about learning, teaching, and coaching on all things leadership related. My purpose is to equip leaders like you with the tools, resources, and support to accomplish your goals. To learn when you want, how you want. So, if you’re an aspiring leader, first-time manager, experienced executive, or you just want to make a bigger impact in your role as an individual contributor—this podcast is for you. Because each week we’ll focus on relevant, applicable, and easy to implement skills and practices—to create focus and a deliberate path to employee engagement and business results. I know that leadership has its challenges but learning to lead shouldn’t be one of them.

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United States

Description:

Welcome to the Intentional Leaders Podcast with Cyndi Wentland. Where we’re all about creating confident, successful, and focused leaders who manage with purpose and impact. I’m Cyndi Wentland, the founder of Intentionaleaders. And I’m passionate about learning, teaching, and coaching on all things leadership related. My purpose is to equip leaders like you with the tools, resources, and support to accomplish your goals. To learn when you want, how you want. So, if you’re an aspiring leader, first-time manager, experienced executive, or you just want to make a bigger impact in your role as an individual contributor—this podcast is for you. Because each week we’ll focus on relevant, applicable, and easy to implement skills and practices—to create focus and a deliberate path to employee engagement and business results. I know that leadership has its challenges but learning to lead shouldn’t be one of them.

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English

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6082123574


Episodes

What do you do when someone is hurting?

5/23/2022
<__truncato_root__> I sometimes wonder if a day goes by that we don’t encounter someone who is hurting (and in this context, I’ll talk about emotional hurt). And we’ll never really know because our encounters are so varied, work and life and the public which we will never know the depth or breathe of hurt we’re stumbling upon. But in this episode, I want to explore when we do know. When we see the signs, the cues, the facial expressions—which are often fleeting. And the reaction and...

Duration:00:13:49

Lessons Learned: An Interview with Dr. Shenita Brokenburr

5/17/2022
Lessons Learned by Shenita Brokenburr, Ph.D. https://www.linkedin.com/in/shenita-brokenburr-phd/ Bridge Braintrust is a human resources advisory, coaching and consulting firm that helps individuals and organizations move from now-to-next--- whatever that next is! As thought-partners, consultants, and strategists with subject matter expertise across the employee life cycle, we work alongside Chief HR Officers (CHROs) and other executives to help solve administrative, structural and...

Duration:00:29:08

Knowledge is Power

5/10/2022
If you are a leader, you have power. If you are an aspiring leader, or informal leader, you will need it. Power is about influence. It is about achieving results. Expert power is a lifelong commitment to knowledge or subject matter expertise. Gaining power thru knowledge is not as easy as it once was…years ago a person could focus on one deep area of knowledge and be influential. Today it’s also about serial learning. It’s not just about being deep in one area. (Example of an "M" versus a...

Duration:00:16:00

Understand Your Superpowers

5/3/2022
If you are a leader, you have power. If you are an aspiring leader, or informal leader, you will need it. Power is about influence. It is about achieving results. Sometimes it difficult to consider power without thinking of politics. Here are some thoughts from Art Petty: Unavoidable Facts of Organizational Life Back in 1959, two social psychologists John French and Bertram Raven studied and identified 5 bases of power. This was followed by Raven's subsequent addition in 1965 of a sixth...

Duration:00:19:10

Who me?! A micromanager? No way.

4/26/2022
LinkedIn reported that 79% of employees have been micromanaged at least once in their career. Micromanaging is controlling every part, however small, of (an enterprise or activity). It typically indicates lack of trust, freedom—the opposite of empowerment. It is a double whammy in being a demotivator and also “threat” to our need for autonomy. And results in: 7 kinds of micromanagement (by John Spacey): How to talk about it? #1 is to be assertive and use assertive language. Have a...

Duration:00:16:27

Feedback is a gift, right?

4/19/2022
It’s said that feedback is a gift, right? That we should receive it as such, as a kindness and opportunity to learn. It’s helpful to know how to react, and that your reactions do matter. Not just for the person that is gifting you the feedback, for you as well. I saw a list awhile back of all the ways we deflect. There were 13 ways, Can you imagine? I can because I just got some feedback last week. And maybe a lot of these did go thru my head. Typical reactions: Back to my example of...

Duration:00:13:11

Leadership Lessons: An Interview with Chad Melnick, SVP Kohls

4/12/2022
Chad Melnick, SVP Marketing Strategy and Promotions Visionary senior executive with expertise in driving strategy and innovation across marketing, branding, merchandising, and digital transformation for a multibillion-dollar retailer. Podcast Interview Questions: Find out more about Chad here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chad-melnick/

Duration:00:34:06

Are you addicted to urgency?

4/5/2022
I vividly remember one of the first I’ll call it self help books I read, Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and then his subsequent work, First Things First. This was all pretty groundbreaking for me, taught to work hard, then work hard, and well, keep going and well, you know the rest. “Anything less than a conscious commitment to the important is an unconscious commitment to the unimportant.” Whoa. Well this weekend I was dusting off some materials on time management,...

Duration:00:18:27

What are you willing to stand up for?

3/29/2022
Last week after a training session, I had an interesting conversation with a couple of participants. The class was about negotiating work assignments, difficult for most of us—saying no or even entering into a conversation about our capacity or capabilities is difficult. For many of us, we just suck it up and say yes. And then try our hardest to make it work, compromising ourselves, our stress, our families….and over time, our health and wellbeing. One young professional said, I didn’t know...

Duration:00:10:06

Diagnosing Conflicts: What is really going on?

3/22/2022
I know this sounds weird, but I love teaching classes on conflict. Because it’s so freakin’ stressful and most of us don’t like dealing with it. So, we avoid it. (See EP 54 Conflict Sucks ). And there are some darn good reasons, sadly we don’t think of the long term damage that lingering conflict does to trust and rapport. And our stress levels. In this episode think about a recent conflict that you’ve had, or perhaps one that you had to coach an employee on. Which is also an important...

Duration:00:11:57

Strengthen Critical Thinking & Collaboration with the 6 Thinking Hats

3/15/2022
How often do you have the same old meeting, the same old discussion? You know the one, negative Nelly is well, as brooding as always, because we’re still virtual half of our attendees are multitasking, you are pulling every trick out of the book to engage people in the discussion…because you want their insights….and you need their input. It's time. Time for a new strategy, and one that is so easy to implement. You will love it. It’s called the 6Thinking Hats. Developed by Dr. Edward de...

Duration:00:15:04

Leadership Lessons: An Interview with Andy Platz, Pres/CEO Mead&Hunt

3/8/2022
I'm excited to launch my inaugural Leadership Lessons episode, featuring Andy Platz, CEO and President of Mead & Hunt. Mead & Hunt is a national, full-service architectural and engineering firm that has been serving markets for well over a century. Today, the firm provides services nationwide and employs 900 people providing: architectural, engineering, construction, environmental, planning, sustainability and technology services. Learn Andy's insights from his 37 years of experience, as...

Duration:00:30:28

Beware! 3 Manager Pitfalls

3/1/2022
Moving from contributing to getting work done through others is a painful experience for many of us. In my work with managers over the years, here are 3 manager pitfalls that I frequently see: #1: There are various kinds of power: legitimate, meaning you have the title and role of manager, lead worker, supervisor, director or the like. Reinforcement (Reward) and coercive typically are associate with legitimate power because we have responsibility to hold others accountable (+ and -). Then...

Duration:00:17:23

Why you need to learn to forgive. Grudges, resentment, and spite—oh my!

2/22/2022
I read some recent statistics that around 77% of employees experience physical effects of stress and 63% of employees are ready to quit their jobs due to stress. But this episode is not about those external factors that affect us all—that wear at our emotional fortitude. No, this is about the people in your workplace that have harmed you. Take a pause right now and consider those who’ve negatively affected you at work (directly or indirectly). Yes, channel the resentment, just hold it for a...

Duration:00:14:14

Why are soft skills so hard? (Probably because they're vital to our success!)

2/15/2022
I have been working with organizations, employee development and leadership for over 30 years. And you know what? I have very rarely faced performance issues that have to do with pure lack of technical knowledge, or the actual capacity to do the job. When an individual is just not the right fit based on mental and/or physical capabilities. I have however experienced an overwhelming number of challenges in soft skills gaps. At their core, these are the skills that define how you work and how...

Duration:00:11:10

Oh, the workplace drama!

2/8/2022
Let’s talk drama. For most of us, we’ve experienced it, we tend to know what it is…and I hear about it quite frequently from managers I work with. We’ll focus on some of the reasons why it happens, and most importantly what to do about it. Starting with why. I mean, seriously why does this happen in professional adult environments? While it’s important to know why it occurs, we also have to be very clear what it means. Define it. For you. Because what you think and feel is “dramatic” is...

Duration:00:15:14

There are many ways to decide, are you choosing intentionally?

2/1/2022
The leader gets to decide how to decide. Think about that a little. I’d also encourage you to consider how leaders you’ve worked with have decided. There are a lot of options. Some of which are more inclusive than others. Recognize the choice they made and the impact on you and the organization. There are advantages and disadvantages to each. If we think from a spectrum perspective, let's say on the very left side is the authoritative stance. I decide on my own and take action. Or I could...

Duration:00:17:36

Conflict sucks. Until you consider the alternative.

1/25/2022
Look up the definition of conflict and here are some of the words you’ll see: serious disagreement or argument, protracted one, dispute, quarrel,incompatible, variance, clash, irreconcilable So who jumps out of bed and goes into work wanting to tackle conflict? Because if we actually do address the conflict and actually TALK to the person about it….well, it could hurt their feelings, or it might make the situation worse, and it takes time and energy, and it probably won’t change anything...

Duration:00:10:07

Got empathy? Cuz right now, we all need more of it.

1/18/2022
Some of us are wired naturally to express empathy, to be aware of and in tune with others’ feelings. Some of us, not so much. If you want to be effective as a leader, and well, as a human being, you need to understand and strengthen your empathetic side. Social awareness or empathy, is the ability to recognize and understand moods of those around us. Reading emotions of others as we interact one on one, and in a group-setting is vital to effective communication and building...

Duration:00:13:36

Choosing Discomfort: What I learned in 52 weeks.

1/11/2022
When was the last time you consciously chose discomfort? You made a deliberate decision to do/say/behave in a way that you knew would make you feel awkward, afraid, frustrated, or vulnerable? And how did you get the courage to take action? I want you to think about the moment you decided to lean into discomfort. This is an important moment. Because I’ve been doing this podcast now for one year. And it took me nearly a year prior to that to get the courage and the knowledge to even begin...

Duration:00:09:44