Iron Sharpens Iron Movement The Iron Sharpens Iron Leadership Movement Thu, 08 Dec 2022 16:00:02 +0000 en-ZA hourly 1 Blubrry PowerPress/9.7.4 yes The Iron Sharpens Iron Leadership Movement will give you a focused set of ideas that can be applied in both your personal and professional life. The greater focus you spend on the “tools” that you have and the way you “forge” your relationships and presence, the stronger the others become.<br /> <br /> This movement will showcase that in order to make yourself better, there is a mutual benefit to making others better through mentorship, followership, and leading. Iron Sharpens Iron Movement clean episodic Iron Sharpens Iron Movement marketing@n2growth.com marketing@n2growth.com (Iron Sharpens Iron Movement) 2020 The Iron Sharpens Iron Leadership Movement Iron Sharpens Iron Movement https://www.n2growth.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/ISI_NEW.png https://www.n2growth.com/iron-sharpens-iron/ Weekly Episode 50! Now Its Time To Practice What We Preach https://www.n2growth.com/en_za/iron-sharpens-iron/episode-50-now-its-time-to-practice-what-we-preach/ Tue, 06 Apr 2021 07:00:48 +0000 https://www.n2growth.com/?post_type=iron_sharpens_iron&p=115829 Episode 50! Now Its Time To Practice What We Preach Well, we made it to episode 50! I want to thank all of you in the Iron Sharpens Iron movement, which together has grown and experienced the stories of some amazing people that I hope you then took and shared with others.

Remember, this podcast’s premise is to make yourself and others around you better every day. I am going to entitle this episode, “practice what you preach.” This will serve as a point of reflection and accountability to myself about season 1 and did we accomplish what we set out to do. I have always considered myself a servant leader and more recently changed that perspective slightly to a steward leader (meaning owning it and passing it along as a steward of this great responsibility of leading others). I was taught that by the Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service, the honorable Edward Kieswetter.

This brings me to some reflection…

  • In 2019, I had the privilege to travel to Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia to meet with leaders from all types of industry and scale, to discuss the topic of leadership and what they felt were some of the key points to discuss in terms of shaping the leadership landscape within the next few years.  What I discovered was fascinating… almost to a person. There was a focus on people-centric leading. It did not matter the culture or industry or the context of the fourth industrial revolution or the impact of AI or big data…what mattered was people. Without guiding the conversation, it was a natural progression of different perspectives that still provided the same ending…and that is that people matter most. This re-enforcement of what I held as my own core beliefs gave me the confidence to know this was a global perspective on leading, and now it came down (as it always does) to executing the art and science of leading.
  • Emboldened by what we discovered overseas, I planned on taking this same process and meeting the top executives from North and South America. But just as 2020 got underway, we were hit with the pandemic.  This was actually when the Iron Sharpens Iron Movement was born. Faced with not being able to travel, we decided to make a podcast as a platform to continue meeting with amazing leaders about the power of human-centric leading.
  • So here we are…After around the world trip and a year of podcast interviews, where do we go next? Hence the practice of what you preach title for this episode. I can not stop now, but I need to continue to get better… remember Iron Sharpens Iron.
  • I got with many colleagues, and we determined we needed to expand the platform and provide different venues to present ideas. So season two is going to be amazing!
  • We are building the movement on YouTube, and we will provide 3 really cool perspectives.
    • The first will be the traditional Iron Sharpens Iron Movement podcast but with video. The podcast will not be any different than season one, except I do plan to focus a bit more on CHRO’s and CEO’s that are on the front lines of business and how does leadership impact the bottom line and trends they see in leaders being able to truly move the needle in regards to performance and a people-first focus.
    • The second offering will be my mindset moments. This will be a mixture of my thoughts through my 30+ years of experience and a reflection on when I take notes during a podcast, and I really want to foot stomp on an idea.
    • The third venue is the power of threes. I will bring three key leadership takeaways in under three minutes.

I am really excited about each of these, and we are already starting to record some for future episodes. So here is to Season 1! We did it with your support and interaction. Season 2 will be a blast and make sure you tell a friend as we want to continue to grow our tribe.

Give us a few weeks to reshuffle the way we record and interview, and we will certainly provide updates and links to the Youtube channel that will host Season 2 (along with all the other traditional podcast hosting sites you can find us on).

Iron Sharpens Iron Movement – Resources:

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What are your thoughts on this episode? Post your comments below to start the discussion. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and tell a friend so we can continue to build our tribe of people who have a passion for followership, mentorship, and leading!

Join our Facebook group to get even more behind-the-scenes action and exclusive content for leaders. Until next time- remember that Iron Sharpens Iron, make yourself and others around you better every day!

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Episode 50! Now Its Time To Practice What We Preach Remember, this podcast's premise is to make yourself and others around you better every day. I am going to entitle this episode, “practice what you preach.” This will serve as a point of reflection and accountability to myself about season 1 and did we accomplish what we set out to do. I have always considered myself a servant leader and more recently changed that perspective slightly to a steward leader (meaning owning it and passing it along as a steward of this great responsibility of leading others). I was taught that by the Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service, the honorable Edward Kieswetter.
This brings me to some reflection…

* In 2019, I had the privilege to travel to Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia to meet with leaders from all types of industry and scale, to discuss the topic of leadership and what they felt were some of the key points to discuss in terms of shaping the leadership landscape within the next few years.  What I discovered was fascinating… almost to a person. There was a focus on people-centric leading. It did not matter the culture or industry or the context of the fourth industrial revolution or the impact of AI or big data…what mattered was people. Without guiding the conversation, it was a natural progression of different perspectives that still provided the same ending…and that is that people matter most. This re-enforcement of what I held as my own core beliefs gave me the confidence to know this was a global perspective on leading, and now it came down (as it always does) to executing the art and science of leading.
* Emboldened by what we discovered overseas, I planned on taking this same process and meeting the top executives from North and South America. But just as 2020 got underway, we were hit with the pandemic.  This was actually when the Iron Sharpens Iron Movement was born. Faced with not being able to travel, we decided to make a podcast as a platform to continue meeting with amazing leaders about the power of human-centric leading.
* So here we are…After around the world trip and a year of podcast interviews, where do we go next? Hence the practice of what you preach title for this episode. I can not stop now, but I need to continue to get better… remember Iron Sharpens Iron.
* I got with many colleagues, and we determined we needed to expand the platform and provide different venues to present ideas. So season two is going to be amazing!
* We are building the movement on YouTube, and we will provide 3 really cool perspectives.

* The first will be the traditional Iron Sharpens Iron Movement podcast but with video. The podcast will not be any different than season one, except I do plan to focus a bit more on CHRO’s and CEO’s that are on the front lines of business and how does leadership impact the bottom line and trends they see in leaders being able to truly move the needle in regards to performance and a people-first focus.
* The second offering will be my mindset moments. This will be a mixture of my thoughts through my 30+ years of experience and a reflection on when I take notes during a podcast, and I really want to foot stomp on an idea.
* The third venue is the power of threes. I will bring three key leadership takeaways in under three minutes.



I am really excited about each of these, and we are already starting to record some for future episodes. So here is to Season 1! We did it with your support and interaction. Season 2 will be a blast and make sure you tell a friend as we want to continue to grow our tribe.

Give us a few weeks to reshuffle the way we record and interview,]]>
Jim Hotaling 5:53
When We Care About Other People; It Changes You and It Changes Them With Brian Kibby https://www.n2growth.com/en_za/iron-sharpens-iron/when-we-care-about-other-people-it-changes-you-and-it-changes-them-with-brian-kibby/ Tue, 16 Mar 2021 06:00:39 +0000 https://www.n2growth.com/?post_type=iron_sharpens_iron&p=115308 When We Care About Other People; It Changes You and It Changes Them With Brian Kibby Brian Kibby is the CEO of Modern Campus, the leading SaaS solution for higher education student life cycle management and web content management systems.

What makes a CEO successful? They care more about their people than anything else!

Brian loves to say, “When we care about other people, it changes you and it changes them. I have been fortunate to have many who have invested in me. Therefore, each day I focus on repaying their trust by helping to teach and inspire others to dream bigger and to achieve more for their companies, themselves, and their families.”

When asked to reflect on his experience, Brian says “I am privileged to work at the intersection of technology, education, and leadership – these activities will largely define what type of world we create for future generations. I could not be more fortunate to be living my legacy while I’m still alive.”

Key Leadership Takeaways:

Building winning companies by focusing on:

  • Talent (attracting it/building it)
  • Culture (setting talent free)
  • Strategy (working with others to build it)
  • Digital (“pouring gas” on it as an accelerant, then getting out of the way)
  • When we care about other people, it changes you and it changes them
  • Work at the intersection of technology, education, and leadership

Iron Sharpens Iron Movement – Resources:

Discover More and Connect:

What are your thoughts on this episode? Post your comments below to start the discussion. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and tell a friend so we can continue to build our tribe of people who have a passion for followership, mentorship, and leading!

Join our Facebook group to get even more behind-the-scenes action and exclusive content for leaders. Until next time- remember that Iron Sharpens Iron, make yourself and others around you better every day!

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When We Care About Other People; It Changes You and It Changes Them With Brian Kibby What makes a CEO successful? They care more about their people than anything else!

Brian loves to say, "When we care about other people, it changes you and it changes them. I have been fortunate to have many who have invested in me. Therefore, each day I focus on repaying their trust by helping to teach and inspire others to dream bigger and to achieve more for their companies, themselves, and their families."

When asked to reflect on his experience, Brian says "I am privileged to work at the intersection of technology, education, and leadership - these activities will largely define what type of world we create for future generations. I could not be more fortunate to be living my legacy while I'm still alive."
Key Leadership Takeaways:
Building winning companies by focusing on:

* Talent (attracting it/building it)
* Culture (setting talent free)
* Strategy (working with others to build it)
* Digital ("pouring gas" on it as an accelerant, then getting out of the way)
When we care about other people, it changes you and it changes them
* Work at the intersection of technology, education, and leadership

Iron Sharpens Iron Movement - Resources:

* Brian Kibby on LinkedIn
* Brian Kibby on Twitter

Discover More and Connect:
What are your thoughts on this episode? Post your comments below to start the discussion. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and tell a friend so we can continue to build our tribe of people who have a passion for followership, mentorship, and leading!
Join our Facebook group to get even more behind-the-scenes action and exclusive content for leaders. Until next time- remember that Iron Sharpens Iron, make yourself and others around you better every day!]]>
Jim Hotaling 32:17
Remove the Mental “Leashes” Holding You Back With Jason Forrest https://www.n2growth.com/en_za/iron-sharpens-iron/remove-the-mental-leashes-holding-you-back-with-jason-forrest/ Tue, 09 Mar 2021 07:00:26 +0000 https://www.n2growth.com/?post_type=iron_sharpens_iron&p=114983 Remove the Mental “Leashes” Holding You Back With Jason Forrest Jason Forrest is a leading authority in culture change programs and an expert at creating high-performance, high-profit, and “Best Place to Work” cultures.

The winner of five international Stevie Awards for his training programs, Jason is also an award-winning author of six books, including Leadership Sales Coaching – rated as one of Selling Power Magazine’s Top Sales Books. In 2018, FPG earned a rare honor by being named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies list for the third consecutive year, one of just 1,200 companies nationwide to achieve that honor out of a field of more than 7 million.

In times of great change, the easy thing to do is sit back and wait for something to change. But what if it doesn’t? The most successful people upgrade their skillset and mindset to adjust to the times.

Key Leadership Takeaways:

  • SET THE BAR HIGH- You spend so much time and money hiring people who don’t produce. Your top salespeople have unique behaviors and beliefs that make them the best.
  • UPGRADE- your mindset, process, and language to meet the current circumstances.
  • TRUE- behavior change begins with your mindset.
  • DON’T- practice until you get it right, practice until you can’t get it wrong.
  • The brain connects uncertainty with pain, and the philosophy of a leader is that all human beings move away from pain and toward life improvement

Iron Sharpens Iron Movement – Resources:

Discover More and Connect:

What are your thoughts on this episode? Post your comments below to start the discussion. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and tell a friend so we can continue to build our tribe of people who have a passion for followership, mentorship, and leading!

Join our Facebook group to get even more behind the scenes action and exclusive content for leaders. Until next time- remember that Iron Sharpens Iron, make yourself and others around you better every day!

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Remove the Mental “Leashes” Holding You Back With Jason Forrest The winner of five international Stevie Awards for his training programs, Jason is also an award-winning author of six books, including Leadership Sales Coaching – rated as one of Selling Power Magazine's Top Sales Books. In 2018, FPG earned a rare honor by being named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies list for the third consecutive year, one of just 1,200 companies nationwide to achieve that honor out of a field of more than 7 million.
In times of great change, the easy thing to do is sit back and wait for something to change. But what if it doesn’t? The most successful people upgrade their skillset and mindset to adjust to the times.
Key Leadership Takeaways:

SET THE BAR HIGH- You spend so much time and money hiring people who don’t produce. Your top salespeople have unique behaviors and beliefs that make them the best.
* UPGRADE- your mindset, process, and language to meet the current circumstances.
* TRUE- behavior change begins with your mindset.
* DON'T- practice until you get it right, practice until you can't get it wrong.
* The brain connects uncertainty with pain, and the philosophy of a leader is that all human beings move away from pain and toward life improvement

Iron Sharpens Iron Movement - Resources:

* Jason's LinkedIn
* Jason's Website

Discover More and Connect:
What are your thoughts on this episode? Post your comments below to start the discussion. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and tell a friend so we can continue to build our tribe of people who have a passion for followership, mentorship, and leading!
Join our Facebook group to get even more behind the scenes action and exclusive content for leaders. Until next time- remember that Iron Sharpens Iron, make yourself and others around you better every day!]]>
Jim Hotaling 38:55
Meet the Unicorns–The First Married Couple in the World To Sell Their Company for One Billion Dollars https://www.n2growth.com/en_za/iron-sharpens-iron/meet-the-unicorns-the-first-married-couple-in-the-world-to-sell-their-company-for-one-billion-dollars/ Tue, 02 Mar 2021 07:00:17 +0000 https://www.n2growth.com/?post_type=iron_sharpens_iron&p=114791 Meet the Unicorns–The First Married Couple in the World To Sell Their Company for One Billion Dollars “The most important thing I have learned about decisions is to always use common sense: if it does not make sense, then it is wrong – all things must be simple”.-Samo Login

In 2009 these Slovenian tech entrepreneurs set out with the goal of creating a new startup that they would build into a successful business and sell in order to dedicate all their time to philanthropic pursuits. In just 7 years, the Login’s sold their $250,000 startup for $1 Billion to a Chinese investment group, catapulting them among the wealthiest Europeans and making them the richest Slovenes.

The Login’s are first married couple in the world to reach this level of accomplishment in business—creating a true “unicorn” in such a short time. This spring they are releasing a book, 7 Unicorn Drive, which explores how their unique approach to business and leadership paved the way to financial success and is now allowing them to invest their time and resources in sustainable and eco-friendly endeavors, including large-scale farming projects to help combat climate change.

Key Leadership Takeaways:

  • DECISION MAKING

    The most important thing I have learned about decisions is to always use common sense: if it doesn’t make sense, then it is wrong – all things must be simple. If somebody says that he can’t explain to you why his way is the correct way, but that he is an expert and he KNOWS how things are done, this only means he doesn’t have a clue and that most probably you should fire him :).

    Observe and learn everything. Try to be a good active listener. When it comes to decision making, don’t let others influence you with political pressures – they should influence you only with arguments. And don’t let your ego influence your decisions – you are the CEO and you don’t need to show power except when it is really needed. You need to show leadership. Don’t do things that damage the company only for political reasons.

  • BUILDING AN AUTHORITY

    You have 100 days to build your authority. If you miss this window, you will not be able to fix this – the only way to fix this is to actually change all of the people who report to you. Management should be working as a team – one team. The best thing you can do to build authority is to show power when you see alliances: when managers are intentionally not helping other managers and switching to management by excuse (having excuses why they have not achieved something).

  • ALLIANCES

    You should be ruthless regarding alliances – they will destroy the company. Either the managers work out their problems and start helping each other or you fire someone. If you let managers build alliances, it will be difficult for you to build authority, as every alliance will have its own “leader” and you can only be in one alliance (you can also be in none, but then you will not be seen as a leader at all).

    And if you miss the 100-day window of opportunity, you will most probably never have authority in this company.

  • THE REAL NEEDS OF TIME AND SPACE

    A clearly set purpose and business vision lead to setting high but conceivable goals. Too often, in business, we set only financial goals which are only the result of correctly implemented goals that meet the real needs of time and space whether it be services or physical products.

  • BALANCE = HEALTH

    To maintain a good homeostasis we need a healthy diet and if we feel that our body is out of balance we can add food supplements to our diet. We need probiotics which are so-called good bacteria. Good source of probiotics is fermented food such as tempeh, kombucha, miso, kimchi, sauerkraut etc. When you take probiotics as a food supplement you may experience bloating and notice a change in your stool, which means they are working.

    Prebiotics are types of indigestible dietary fiber that ferment in our gut and are food for probiotics. To increase our prebiotic intake we need to add plant based fiber to our diet. We find these types of fiber in apple peel, asparagus and beans. We usually don’t need to add prebiotics as a food supplement when our diet is diverse, nutritional, and plant based.

Iron Sharpens Iron Movement – Resources:

Discover More and Connect:

What are your thoughts on this episode? Post your comments below to start the discussion. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and tell a friend so we can continue to build our tribe of people who have a passion for followership, mentorship, and leading!

Join our Facebook group to get even more behind the scenes action and exclusive content for leaders. Until next time- remember that Iron Sharpens Iron, make yourself and others around you better every day!

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Meet the Unicorns–The First Married Couple in the World To Sell Their Company for One Billion Dollars In 2009 these Slovenian tech entrepreneurs set out with the goal of creating a new startup that they would build into a successful business and sell in order to dedicate all their time to philanthropic pursuits. In just 7 years, the Login's sold their $250,000 startup for $1 Billion to a Chinese investment group, catapulting them among the wealthiest Europeans and making them the richest Slovenes.

The Login’s are first married couple in the world to reach this level of accomplishment in business—creating a true “unicorn” in such a short time. This spring they are releasing a book, 7 Unicorn Drive, which explores how their unique approach to business and leadership paved the way to financial success and is now allowing them to invest their time and resources in sustainable and eco-friendly endeavors, including large-scale farming projects to help combat climate change.
Key Leadership Takeaways:

*
DECISION MAKING
The most important thing I have learned about decisions is to always use common sense: if it doesn’t make sense, then it is wrong – all things must be simple. If somebody says that he can’t explain to you why his way is the correct way, but that he is an expert and he KNOWS how things are done, this only means he doesn’t have a clue and that most probably you should fire him :).

Observe and learn everything. Try to be a good active listener. When it comes to decision making, don’t let others influence you with political pressures – they should influence you only with arguments. And don’t let your ego influence your decisions – you are the CEO and you don’t need to show power except when it is really needed. You need to show leadership. Don’t do things that damage the company only for political reasons.
*
BUILDING AN AUTHORITY
You have 100 days to build your authority. If you miss this window, you will not be able to fix this – the only way to fix this is to actually change all of the people who report to you. Management should be working as a team – one team. The best thing you can do to build authority is to show power when you see alliances: when managers are intentionally not helping other managers and switching to management by excuse (having excuses why they have not achieved something).
*
ALLIANCES
You should be ruthless regarding alliances – they will destroy the company. Either the managers work out their problems and start helping each other or you fire someone. If you let managers build alliances, it will be difficult for you to build authority, as every alliance will have its own “leader” and you can only be in one alliance (you can also be in none, but then you will not be seen as a leader at all).

And if you miss the 100-day window of opportunity, you will most probably never have authority in this company.
*
THE REAL NEEDS OF TIME AND SPACE
A clearly set purpose and business vision lead to setting high but conceivable goals. Too often, in business, we set only financial goals which are only the result of correctly implemented goals that meet the real needs of time and space whether it be services or physical products.
*
BALANCE = HEALTH
To maintain a good homeostasis we need a healthy diet and if we feel that our body is out of balance we can add food supplements to our diet. We need probiotics which are so-called good bacteria. Good source of probiotics is fermented food such as tempeh, kombucha, miso, kimchi, sauerkraut etc. When you take probiotics as a food supplement you may experience bloating and notice a change in your stool, which means they are working.

Prebiotics are types of indigestible dietary fiber that ferment in our gu...]]>
Jim Hotaling 54:57
The Better Your Leaders Are, the Greater the Chances of You Actualizing Your Strategy With Kevin Black https://www.n2growth.com/en_za/iron-sharpens-iron/the-better-your-leaders-are-the-greater-the-chances-of-you-actualizing-your-strategy-with-kevin-black/ Tue, 23 Feb 2021 07:44:16 +0000 https://www.n2growth.com/?post_type=iron_sharpens_iron&p=114479 The Better Your Leaders Are, the Greater the Chances of You Actualizing Your Strategy With Kevin Black Modern leadership development is underserving you. If you want to accelerate your growth and quickly raise your value as a leader, then you have to look beyond tradition and convention.

Kevin Black, MA, MBA, is a veteran US Army officer and seasoned entrepreneur, nationally recognized for learning and development services in leadership and strategy. His leadership workshops combine the excitement of eSports-like wargame competitions with advanced leadership development. The process enables companies to rapidly increase the value of their leaders and teams; it can also vet potential leaders for readiness or new hires for cultural compatibility. Kevin helps clients across a variety of industries, from start-ups to public companies, such as LifeLock, Medtronic, and McKesson. Overall, his work has helped to create over $500M of value.

He is the author of the upcoming book, Managing Chaos: The Emergent Leader, and host of the podcast, Black Market Leadership.

Key Leadership Takeaways:

Use the process below to help you when it’s your turn to lead a transformational change. Each essential element represents a step and/or stage during any major transformation. The better you understand them, the better prepared you are to achieve your goal(s), despite the inevitable friction that will be coming your way.

  • The first essential element is PROBLEM DEFINED. At this initial stage of the process, it is critically important for you to become fully aware of the challenge or the problem at hand. The first thing to do is to identify the root problem. This is tricky because many others around you will likely see a multitude of other problems, some serious, some not so much. If you get to the core of the subject, first, then usually other related challenges will diminish in effect, or just fall to the wayside. Next, define the problem, breaking it down into its essential elements. Critical to success is twofold: being able to articulate your definition, and then getting everyone else acknowledges that it is accurate.
  • The second essential element is SOLUTION PROVIDED. At this stage, it is important to offer a solution that addresses the root problem. Following that, make sure to establish the essential measures for success. Without metrics for success, the solution is not practical and will not be achieved as intended.
  • The third essential element is ENCOUNTERING RESISTANCE. Resistance will occur anytime you propose or deploy a new change to an existing process or tradition – especially one that has a deep, rich history. At this stage, leadership needs to anticipate objections and be prepared to address them. This is achieved by clearly communicating the solution; it also requires showing empathy for the concerns of team members, who need to adjust, adapt, and ultimately execute the new changes. Nevertheless, it is critical that the leader not compromise their commitment to making the change(s) occur, as designed and planned. This means be prepared to make organizational changes if necessary.
  • The fourth essential element is OVERCOMING RESISTANCE. As a leader, it is your responsibility to overcome resistance which can derail effective transformation. You must gain and maintain control of execution, including directly addressing any and all elements that are impediments to the progress. Remember success and failure ride on your shoulders. If you have authority, use it.
  • The fifth essential element is REALIGNING THE TEAM. Having a plan for transformation is one thing, getting buy-in and coaching others to execute it is another. Leaders must be prepared to explain why the change is occurring, then again be prepared to address individual’s specific questions and concerns. Be truthful in your message, and be clear and concise in explaining what is needed to achieve success. Articulate the expectations of each member, so they can contribute to how success is achieved.
  • The sixth and final essential element is SUCCESS REALIZED. Success comes in many forms, both big and small, directly and indirectly. In this stage of transformational leadership, it is important to examine all the outcomes of the changes that you implemented. Focus on the big picture, and then look beyond the immediate results to see the second-and third-order effects.

Iron Sharpens Iron Movement – Resources:

Discover More and Connect:

What are your thoughts on this episode? Post your comments below to start the discussion. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and tell a friend so we can continue to build our tribe of people who have a passion for followership, mentorship, and leading!

Join our Facebook group to get even more behind the scenes action and exclusive content for leaders. Until next time- remember that Iron Sharpens Iron, make yourself and others around you better every day!

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The Better Your Leaders Are, the Greater the Chances of You Actualizing Your Strategy With Kevin Black Kevin Black, MA, MBA, is a veteran US Army officer and seasoned entrepreneur, nationally recognized for learning and development services in leadership and strategy. His leadership workshops combine the excitement of eSports-like wargame competitions with advanced leadership development. The process enables companies to rapidly increase the value of their leaders and teams; it can also vet potential leaders for readiness or new hires for cultural compatibility. Kevin helps clients across a variety of industries, from start-ups to public companies, such as LifeLock, Medtronic, and McKesson. Overall, his work has helped to create over $500M of value.
He is the author of the upcoming book, Managing Chaos: The Emergent Leader, and host of the podcast, Black Market Leadership.

Key Leadership Takeaways:
Use the process below to help you when it's your turn to lead a transformational change. Each essential element represents a step and/or stage during any major transformation. The better you understand them, the better prepared you are to achieve your goal(s), despite the inevitable friction that will be coming your way.

* The first essential element is PROBLEM DEFINED. At this initial stage of the process, it is critically important for you to become fully aware of the challenge or the problem at hand. The first thing to do is to identify the root problem. This is tricky because many others around you will likely see a multitude of other problems, some serious, some not so much. If you get to the core of the subject, first, then usually other related challenges will diminish in effect, or just fall to the wayside. Next, define the problem, breaking it down into its essential elements. Critical to success is twofold: being able to articulate your definition, and then getting everyone else acknowledges that it is accurate.
* The second essential element is SOLUTION PROVIDED. At this stage, it is important to offer a solution that addresses the root problem. Following that, make sure to establish the essential measures for success. Without metrics for success, the solution is not practical and will not be achieved as intended.
* The third essential element is ENCOUNTERING RESISTANCE. Resistance will occur anytime you propose or deploy a new change to an existing process or tradition - especially one that has a deep, rich history. At this stage, leadership needs to anticipate objections and be prepared to address them. This is achieved by clearly communicating the solution; it also requires showing empathy for the concerns of team members, who need to adjust, adapt, and ultimately execute the new changes. Nevertheless, it is critical that the leader not compromise their commitment to making the change(s) occur, as designed and planned. This means be prepared to make organizational changes if necessary.
* The fourth essential element is OVERCOMING RESISTANCE. As a leader, it is your responsibility to overcome resistance which can derail effective transformation. You must gain and maintain control of execution, including directly addressing any and all elements that are impediments to the progress. Remember success and failure ride on your shoulders. If you have authority, use it.
* The fifth essential element is REALIGNING THE TEAM. Having a plan for transformation is one thing, getting buy-in and coaching others to execute it is another. Leaders must be prepared to explain why the change is occurring, then again be prepared to address individual's specific questions and concerns. Be truthful in your message, and be clear and concise in explaining what is needed to achieve success. Articulate the expectations of each member,]]>
Jim Hotaling 40:16
Surrender to the Uncertainty of Tomorrow With Eric Termuende https://www.n2growth.com/en_za/iron-sharpens-iron/surrender-to-the-uncertainty-of-tomorrow-with-eric-termuende/ Tue, 16 Feb 2021 07:00:44 +0000 https://www.n2growth.com/?post_type=iron_sharpens_iron&p=114158 Surrender to the Uncertainty of Tomorrow With Eric Termuende Eric Termuende is a globally-recognized thought leader, author, and international speaker on the future of work and building teams that thrive.

As co-founder of NoW Innovations, Eric Termuende advises industry-leading organizations, institutions, and associations on future-proofing their teams, talent management, and rehumanizing the workplace. His best-selling book, Rethink Work, has become a must-read for today’s leaders. Recognized as one of the Top 100 Emerging Innovators under 35 by American Express, his ideas have been featured in Forbes, Thrive Global, The Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, and more. From the stage of TEDx to BUILDEX to Coca-Cola and the Milken Global Conference, Eric inspires, challenges, and opens minds to opportunities and doors to growth.

ONE DEGREE IS SMALL. So small as to be easily missed.Indiscernible to the naked eye. Without tools, unnoticeable to even the most talented cartographer, the most perceptive visionary. If a plane is one degree off on a flight from New York to LA, that plane would miss LAX by 40 miles. In situations like these, where futures are at stake, teams are being built, and the long game is being played, one degree, while minuscule, becomes monumental. To succeed in the future of work, we must start with the root of our company—our teams. When it comes to teams, one person, like one degree, can have a monumental impact. Attracting that person, choosing that person, and making sure that person stays is tricky, to say the least. But with a few small, one-degree shifts, we can build teams that thrive in the future of work. We’re close. So close, we can even see it. But given the right tools, we can make the one-degree shifts that tomorrow needs. We can build teams that thrive. We can shift into a future where work works. A one-degree shift makes a world of difference.

Let’s reset the course together.

Key Leadership Takeaways:

  • Leaders are facing unprecedented challenges, making a competitive edge elusive. Many believe they have productivity, innovation, or product issue, yet most organizations have missed the root cause. The truth is, they are facing a talent crisis.
  • Wherever you look—the World Economic Forum’s ‘Future of Jobs’ Report, Royal Bank of Canada, McKinsey, etc.— it is becoming increasingly clear that to succeed in the workplace of the future, soft skills must be developed, and we must realize our full potential as a team. But traditional team building tips aren’t working. These tips are frustratingly elementary — even motherly. Worst of all, they don’t address the root of the problem: the team we spend our workdays with.
  • The World Economic Forum says we are now entering the fourth Industrial Revolution, one where we are no longer taking steps but leaps forward. As we forge ahead in the age of information and technology, what stories do companies need to tell to attract the right candidates from the workforce? Besides, how are we finding purpose in the work we do and happiness in our lives?

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Surrender to the Uncertainty of Tomorrow With Eric Termuende As co-founder of NoW Innovations, Eric Termuende advises industry-leading organizations, institutions, and associations on future-proofing their teams, talent management, and rehumanizing the workplace. His best-selling book, Rethink Work, has become a must-read for today’s leaders. Recognized as one of the Top 100 Emerging Innovators under 35 by American Express, his ideas have been featured in Forbes, Thrive Global, The Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, and more. From the stage of TEDx to BUILDEX to Coca-Cola and the Milken Global Conference, Eric inspires, challenges, and opens minds to opportunities and doors to growth.
ONE DEGREE IS SMALL. So small as to be easily missed.Indiscernible to the naked eye. Without tools, unnoticeable to even the most talented cartographer, the most perceptive visionary. If a plane is one degree off on a flight from New York to LA, that plane would miss LAX by 40 miles. In situations like these, where futures are at stake, teams are being built, and the long game is being played, one degree, while minuscule, becomes monumental. To succeed in the future of work, we must start with the root of our company—our teams. When it comes to teams, one person, like one degree, can have a monumental impact. Attracting that person, choosing that person, and making sure that person stays is tricky, to say the least. But with a few small, one-degree shifts, we can build teams that thrive in the future of work. We’re close. So close, we can even see it. But given the right tools, we can make the one-degree shifts that tomorrow needs. We can build teams that thrive. We can shift into a future where work works. A one-degree shift makes a world of difference.
Let’s reset the course together.

Key Leadership Takeaways:

* Leaders are facing unprecedented challenges, making a competitive edge elusive. Many believe they have productivity, innovation, or product issue, yet most organizations have missed the root cause. The truth is, they are facing a talent crisis.
* Wherever you look—the World Economic Forum’s ‘Future of Jobs’ Report, Royal Bank of Canada, McKinsey, etc.— it is becoming increasingly clear that to succeed in the workplace of the future, soft skills must be developed, and we must realize our full potential as a team. But traditional team building tips aren’t working. These tips are frustratingly elementary — even motherly. Worst of all, they don’t address the root of the problem: the team we spend our workdays with.
* The World Economic Forum says we are now entering the fourth Industrial Revolution, one where we are no longer taking steps but leaps forward. As we forge ahead in the age of information and technology, what stories do companies need to tell to attract the right candidates from the workforce? Besides, how are we finding purpose in the work we do and happiness in our lives?

Iron Sharpens Iron Movement - Resources:

* Eric's book
* Eric's LinkedIn
* Eric's Website

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What are your thoughts on this episode? Post your comments below to start the discussion. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and tell a friend so we can continue to build our tribe of people who have a passion for followership, mentorship, and leading!
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Jim Hotaling 43:08
Humans Are More Important Than Hardware: Why Coaching Matters With Andy Riise https://www.n2growth.com/en_za/iron-sharpens-iron/humans-are-more-important-than-hardware-why-coaching-matters-with-andy-riise/ Tue, 09 Feb 2021 08:00:28 +0000 https://www.n2growth.com/?post_type=iron_sharpens_iron&p=113957 Humans Are More Important Than Hardware: Why Coaching Matters With Andy Riise Andy Riise believes that humans are designed to perform, but we often get in our own way towards becoming the best version of ourselves.

Andy is the Mental Skills Coach for the Cincinnati Reds Minor League Baseball System. He is on a mission to help leaders, coaches and their teams in the arena get better at what they do and accomplish their goals. His teaching and coaching expertise is in the evidence-based best practices of Sport and Performance Psychology and various applied Behavioral Science disciplines with an emphasis on mental toughness and stress inoculation.

Key Leadership Takeaways:

  • Humans are more important than Hardware:
    • Why coaching matters for optimizing leaders’ resilience and high performance in a VUCA world
  • Getting uncomfortable being uncomfortable can help you grow over time (understanding stress and recovery cycles)
  • High-quality coaching can help you develop a plan and put mental skills training into action
  • High human skills related to the intangible attributes of leadership are so important:
    • The second Cognitive Revolution required for the 4th Industrial Revolution
  • Mental Health Resilience and Mental Performance are interrelated (Pathology, Prevention and Performance models) over the course of a lifetime (Resilience = playing defense and Performance = playing offense)
  • Core competencies of resilience and mental performance that all leaders need to have:
    • Self Awareness, Self Control, Situational/Environmental Awareness, and Influence

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Humans Are More Important Than Hardware: Why Coaching Matters With Andy Riise Andy is the Mental Skills Coach for the Cincinnati Reds Minor League Baseball System. He is on a mission to help leaders, coaches and their teams in the arena get better at what they do and accomplish their goals. His teaching and coaching expertise is in the evidence-based best practices of Sport and Performance Psychology and various applied Behavioral Science disciplines with an emphasis on mental toughness and stress inoculation.
Key Leadership Takeaways:

* Humans are more important than Hardware:

* Why coaching matters for optimizing leaders’ resilience and high performance in a VUCA world


* Getting uncomfortable being uncomfortable can help you grow over time (understanding stress and recovery cycles)
* High-quality coaching can help you develop a plan and put mental skills training into action
* High human skills related to the intangible attributes of leadership are so important:

* The second Cognitive Revolution required for the 4th Industrial Revolution


* Mental Health Resilience and Mental Performance are interrelated (Pathology, Prevention and Performance models) over the course of a lifetime (Resilience = playing defense and Performance = playing offense)
* Core competencies of resilience and mental performance that all leaders need to have:

* Self Awareness, Self Control, Situational/Environmental Awareness, and Influence



Iron Sharpens Iron Movement - Resources:

* Andy's co-authored book
* Andy's LinkedIn

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What are your thoughts on this episode? Post your comments below to start the discussion. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and tell a friend so we can continue to build our tribe of people who have a passion for followership, mentorship, and leading!
Join our Facebook group to get even more behind the scenes action and exclusive content for leaders. Until next time- remember that Iron Sharpens Iron, make yourself and others around you better every day!]]>
Jim Hotaling 47:07
Ever Wonder Why Certain People Get “Under Your Skin” at Work? With Susan Drumm https://www.n2growth.com/en_za/iron-sharpens-iron/ever-wonder-why-certain-people-get-under-your-skin-at-work-with-susan-drumm/ Tue, 02 Feb 2021 07:41:54 +0000 https://www.n2growth.com/?post_type=iron_sharpens_iron&p=113714 Ever Wonder Why Certain People Get “Under Your Skin” at Work? With Susan Drumm Feel like you aren’t having the right conversations in senior team meetings?  Susan Drumm has been at the forefront of applying the model of the Enneagram to leadership in business to help executives get clarity on these questions and shift to a higher level of performance.  She’ll share why this tool is far more powerful than traditional tools such as DISC and MBTI for leadership growth, and how it’s particularly impactful in unlocking team performance.

Susan Drumm is a CEO Advisor and Leadership Coach focused on helping leaders and their teams to develop the capacity and mindsets to lead in today’s disruptive environment.  She has worked with Private Equity firms and their emerging portfolio companies, as well as large corporations such as Oracle, Viacom, KPMG, A&E Networks, Genentech, and others.  Susan has graduate degrees from Harvard Law SchoolCarnegie Mellon University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

LEADERSHIP DRIVES BUSINESS OUTCOMES—NOW MORE THAN EVER. Today’s senior leaders face disruption and challenges that were unfathomable just 5 short years ago. Our current business environment is complex and constantly changing, and organizations must evolve to keep pace. This responsibility falls primarily on the leaders, who must help their teams become more efficient, more effective, and prepared to tackle new challenges and opportunities.

Key Leadership Takeaways:

  • Leaders of organizations must build the capacity and competency required to deal with this escalating rate of change.
  • Uncover the mindsets and assumptions that fuel performance—and those that get in the way of results.
  • Move away from reactive and potentially damaging behaviors and towards creative leadership, freeing up resources, time, money, and energy.
  • Embrace leadership assessments and development:
    • There are 9 different leadership styles and each has its own gifts and blind spots. When you understand your natural style, you can make the most of your strengths and overcome leadership weaknesses. And when you understand the styles of others, you can speak to them in a language they can hear, rather than getting caught up in what seems like perplexing behavior.

Iron Sharpens Iron Movement – Resources:

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What are your thoughts on this episode? Post your comments below to start the discussion. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and tell a friend so we can continue to build our tribe of people who have a passion for followership, mentorship, and leading!

Join our Facebook group to get even more behind the scenes action and exclusive content for leaders. Until next time- remember that Iron Sharpens Iron, make yourself and others around you better every day!

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Ever Wonder Why Certain People Get “Under Your Skin” at Work? With Susan Drumm Susan Drumm is a CEO Advisor and Leadership Coach focused on helping leaders and their teams to develop the capacity and mindsets to lead in today’s disruptive environment.  She has worked with Private Equity firms and their emerging portfolio companies, as well as large corporations such as Oracle, Viacom, KPMG, A&E Networks, Genentech, and others.  Susan has graduate degrees from Harvard Law School, Carnegie Mellon University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

LEADERSHIP DRIVES BUSINESS OUTCOMES—NOW MORE THAN EVER. Today’s senior leaders face disruption and challenges that were unfathomable just 5 short years ago. Our current business environment is complex and constantly changing, and organizations must evolve to keep pace. This responsibility falls primarily on the leaders, who must help their teams become more efficient, more effective, and prepared to tackle new challenges and opportunities.
Key Leadership Takeaways:

* Leaders of organizations must build the capacity and competency required to deal with this escalating rate of change.
* Uncover the mindsets and assumptions that fuel performance—and those that get in the way of results.
* Move away from reactive and potentially damaging behaviors and towards creative leadership, freeing up resources, time, money, and energy.
* Embrace leadership assessments and development:

* There are 9 different leadership styles and each has its own gifts and blind spots. When you understand your natural style, you can make the most of your strengths and overcome leadership weaknesses. And when you understand the styles of others, you can speak to them in a language they can hear, rather than getting caught up in what seems like perplexing behavior.



Iron Sharpens Iron Movement - Resources:

* Susan's webpage
* Susan's LinkedIn

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What are your thoughts on this episode? Post your comments below to start the discussion. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and tell a friend so we can continue to build our tribe of people who have a passion for followership, mentorship, and leading!
Join our Facebook group to get even more behind the scenes action and exclusive content for leaders. Until next time- remember that Iron Sharpens Iron, make yourself and others around you better every day!]]>
Jim Hotaling 33:56
Leveraging the Genetics of Leadership With Dan Edds https://www.n2growth.com/en_za/iron-sharpens-iron/leveraging-the-genetics-of-leadership-with-dan-edds/ Tue, 26 Jan 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.n2growth.com/?post_type=iron_sharpens_iron&p=113473 Leveraging the Genetics of Leadership With Dan Edds How Do 0rganizations That Consistently Perform at Elite Levels Approach the Practice of Leadership? They do it by custom-engineering an organizational DNA or genetic code that is systemic.

Leveraging the Genetics of Leadership reveals this revolutionary new approach to leadership. Daniel Edds documents, through meticulous research, case studies, compelling examples, and personal interviews with leaders of organizations innovating the very foundations of leadership. His research comes from multiple healthcare and manufacturing organizations, the US Military, and an elementary school that went from failing to one of the few to close the achievement gap.

Edds feels more than enough books have been written on leadership. But most of those books focus on the importance of personal leadership and how the individual reader can become a better leader. Edds takes a different approach by showing how leadership can be a system that governs how the entire organization operates. He then looks at what the DNA of that system would be, how the system would be structured, and how it would affect productivity, profit, and most importantly, job satisfaction among employees.

“I believe the next generation’s opportunity will not be to acquire and implement more technology but to design the ways humans must interact to unleash the basic human capacity for innovation, creativity, and transformation. If we can do this, the possibilities are endless.”-Dan Edds

Key Leadership Takeaways:

  • Making leadership systemic in organizations will also improve job satisfaction.
  • Systems always produce more than the sum of their individual parts.
  • Most organizations do not teach their managers and leaders how to lead. These leaders largely had to figure things out for themselves, and in the process, they got feedback and input from their staff to help develop a system that worked for everyone. The success of these organizations proves that systemic leadership does work, and it is likely the wave of the future.
  • Millennials want jobs they can emotionally and behaviorally connect with—jobs that help fulfill their desire for lives of purpose with healthy work-life balances. Employers need to understand that they must build a strong employee brand to attract millennials—or go out of business because they will have no workforce left once earlier generations retire.
  • One way to help employees get involved in the company’s leadership is for leaders and managers to stop solving problems for them. Doing so is disrespectful because it undermines the belief that humans are highly intelligent and capable of solving complex problems. Edds says that instead of being a problem solver, a leader must learn to become a problem framer. They must know how to frame a problem accurately so their employees can learn how to solve problems on their own and experience the satisfaction of doing so. This freedom raises employee esteem, creates a sense of ownership, and makes them feel psychologically safe so they feel encouraged to continue to be innovative.

Iron Sharpens Iron Movement – Resources:

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What are your thoughts on this episode? Post your comments below to start the discussion. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and tell a friend so we can continue to build our tribe of people who have a passion for followership, mentorship, and leading!

Join our Facebook group to get even more behind the scenes action and exclusive content for leaders. Until next time- remember that Iron Sharpens Iron, make yourself and others around you better every day!

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Leveraging the Genetics of Leadership With Dan Edds Leveraging the Genetics of Leadership reveals this revolutionary new approach to leadership. Daniel Edds documents, through meticulous research, case studies, compelling examples, and personal interviews with leaders of organizations innovating the very foundations of leadership. His research comes from multiple healthcare and manufacturing organizations, the US Military, and an elementary school that went from failing to one of the few to close the achievement gap.

Edds feels more than enough books have been written on leadership. But most of those books focus on the importance of personal leadership and how the individual reader can become a better leader. Edds takes a different approach by showing how leadership can be a system that governs how the entire organization operates. He then looks at what the DNA of that system would be, how the system would be structured, and how it would affect productivity, profit, and most importantly, job satisfaction among employees.
“I believe the next generation’s opportunity will not be to acquire and implement more technology but to design the ways humans must interact to unleash the basic human capacity for innovation, creativity, and transformation. If we can do this, the possibilities are endless.”-Dan Edds
Key Leadership Takeaways:

* Making leadership systemic in organizations will also improve job satisfaction.
* Systems always produce more than the sum of their individual parts.
* Most organizations do not teach their managers and leaders how to lead. These leaders largely had to figure things out for themselves, and in the process, they got feedback and input from their staff to help develop a system that worked for everyone. The success of these organizations proves that systemic leadership does work, and it is likely the wave of the future.
* Millennials want jobs they can emotionally and behaviorally connect with—jobs that help fulfill their desire for lives of purpose with healthy work-life balances. Employers need to understand that they must build a strong employee brand to attract millennials—or go out of business because they will have no workforce left once earlier generations retire.
* One way to help employees get involved in the company’s leadership is for leaders and managers to stop solving problems for them. Doing so is disrespectful because it undermines the belief that humans are highly intelligent and capable of solving complex problems. Edds says that instead of being a problem solver, a leader must learn to become a problem framer. They must know how to frame a problem accurately so their employees can learn how to solve problems on their own and experience the satisfaction of doing so. This freedom raises employee esteem, creates a sense of ownership, and makes them feel psychologically safe so they feel encouraged to continue to be innovative.

Iron Sharpens Iron Movement - Resources:

* Dan's Books
* Dan's LinkedIn

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What are your thoughts on this episode? Post your comments below to start the discussion. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and tell a friend so we can continue to build our tribe of people who have a passion for followership, mentorship, and leading!
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Jim Hotaling 59:02
Lead. Care. Win: How a More Caring Leader Is What Matters With Dan Pontefract https://www.n2growth.com/en_za/iron-sharpens-iron/lead-care-win-how-a-more-caring-leader-is-what-matters-with-dan-pontefract/ Tue, 19 Jan 2021 07:00:54 +0000 https://www.n2growth.com/?post_type=iron_sharpens_iron&p=113227 Lead. Care. Win: How a More Caring Leader Is What Matters With Dan Pontefract Full potential is possible!

With twenty-five plus years of experience helping leaders and organizations shift to higher levels of employee engagement, productivity, and bottom-line results, Dan Pontefract knows what it takes to make change happen. Dan is the founder and CEO of The Pontefract Group, a firm that improves the state of leadership and organizational culture.

He is the best-selling author of four books: LEAD. CARE. WIN., OPEN TO THINKTHE PURPOSE EFFECT and FLAT ARMY. A renowned speaker, Dan has presented at four different TED events and also writes for Forbes and Harvard Business Review. Dan is an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business, and has garnered more than 20 industry awards over his career.

His third book, OPEN TO THINK is the 2019 getAbstract International Book of the Year winner and the 2019 Axiom Business Book Award Silver Medal winner in the Leadership category.

Previously as Chief Envisioner and Chief Learning Officer at TELUS—a Canadian telecommunications company with revenues of over $14 billion and 50,000 global employees—he launched the Transformation Office, the TELUS MBA, and the TELUS Leadership Philosophy, all award-winning initiatives that dramatically helped to increase the company’s employee engagement to record levels of nearly 90%. Prior to TELUS he held senior roles at SAP, Business Objects and BCIT.

Key Leadership Takeaways:

9 leadership lessons center on your willingness to improve how you treat people, a call for meaningful change to:

  • Be relatable and empathetic
  • Act not out of ego but out of purpose
  • Share knowledge to build a wise organization
  • Stay present and attentive to the needs of others
  • Embrace change and the opportunity for growth it offers
  • Stay curious and adopt lifelong learning
  • Think and act with clarity
  • Commit to balance and inclusivity in all your dealings
  • Act with humility and thoughtfulness

Iron Sharpens Iron Movement – Resources:

Discover More and Connect:

What are your thoughts on this episode? Post your comments below to start the discussion. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and tell a friend so we can continue to build our tribe of people who have a passion for followership, mentorship, and leading!

Join our Facebook group to get even more behind the scenes action and exclusive content for leaders. Until next time- remember that Iron Sharpens Iron, make yourself and others around you better every day!

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Lead. Care. Win: How a More Caring Leader Is What Matters With Dan Pontefract With twenty-five plus years of experience helping leaders and organizations shift to higher levels of employee engagement, productivity, and bottom-line results, Dan Pontefract knows what it takes to make change happen. Dan is the founder and CEO of The Pontefract Group, a firm that improves the state of leadership and organizational culture.

He is the best-selling author of four books: LEAD. CARE. WIN., OPEN TO THINK, THE PURPOSE EFFECT and FLAT ARMY. A renowned speaker, Dan has presented at four different TED events and also writes for Forbes and Harvard Business Review. Dan is an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business, and has garnered more than 20 industry awards over his career.

His third book, OPEN TO THINK is the 2019 getAbstract International Book of the Year winner and the 2019 Axiom Business Book Award Silver Medal winner in the Leadership category.

Previously as Chief Envisioner and Chief Learning Officer at TELUS—a Canadian telecommunications company with revenues of over $14 billion and 50,000 global employees—he launched the Transformation Office, the TELUS MBA, and the TELUS Leadership Philosophy, all award-winning initiatives that dramatically helped to increase the company’s employee engagement to record levels of nearly 90%. Prior to TELUS he held senior roles at SAP, Business Objects and BCIT.
Key Leadership Takeaways:
9 leadership lessons center on your willingness to improve how you treat people, a call for meaningful change to:

* Be relatable and empathetic
* Act not out of ego but out of purpose
* Share knowledge to build a wise organization
* Stay present and attentive to the needs of others
* Embrace change and the opportunity for growth it offers
* Stay curious and adopt lifelong learning
* Think and act with clarity
* Commit to balance and inclusivity in all your dealings
* Act with humility and thoughtfulness

Iron Sharpens Iron Movement - Resources:

* Dan's Books
Dan's website
* Dan's LinkedIn

Discover More and Connect:
What are your thoughts on this episode? Post your comments below to start the discussion. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and tell a friend so we can continue to build our tribe of people who have a passion for followership, mentorship, and leading!
Join our Facebook group to get even more behind the scenes action and exclusive content for leaders. Until next time- remember that Iron Sharpens Iron, make yourself and others around you better every day!]]>
Jim Hotaling 45:05