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178: How to Succeed at Work/Life Balance (Without Going Crazy)

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Imagine life is a game where you are juggling five balls. Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls — family, health, friends, integrity — are made of glass. James Patterson The first secret to work/life balance is recognizing that it’s not about balance.

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175: The Excellence Dividend | with Tom Peters

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In the next two decades, nearly 50% of white-collar jobs are at risk, either to automation or artificial intelligence (AI), according to analysis by Oxford University. Every leader and every worker need to ask: What will be left for people to do that machines can’t do better or cheaper?

WHE33: Engaging Wellness Solutions for an On-Demand World | with Lorna Borenstein

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Grokker is an on-demand wellness solution that engages employees with better health through video, experts, and community.

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172: Build One Powerful Habit at a Time

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Success is about doing the right thing, not about doing everything right. Achieving extraordinary results doesn’t require you to be a full-time disciplined person or team, where your every action is trained and where control is the solution to every situation.

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168: Singleness of Purpose

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Success demands singleness of purpose. Vince Lombardi, arguably the greatest football coach of all time Extraordinarily successful people, companies, and teams always have one product/service/idea they’re most known for or that makes them the most money.

165: Using the Domino Effect for Extraordinary Results

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When one thing (the right ONE Thing) is set in motion, it can topple many things. Even more significant, a single domino can bring down another domino that is 50% larger. That provides that opportunity not only for linear progress, but exponential progress.

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158: Multipliers — How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter | with Liz Wiseman

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Are you a genius or a genius-maker? We’ve all had experience with two dramatically different types of leaders. The first type drains intelligence, energy, and capability from the people around them and always needs to be the smartest person in the room.

164: The ONE Thing to Do This Week for Extraordinary Results

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What’s the ONE Thing you (or your team) can do this week such that by doing it, everything else would be easier or unnecessary? Behind every successful person is their ONE Thing.

176: Stop Networking — Start Applying Network Science to Transform Your Career and Leadership | with David Burkus

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This is a conversation about a book that’s not like any networking book you have read (or ignored) before. In fact, it’s not about networking; it’s about how networks actually work. Networking seems to many of us to be an insincere way to manipulate relationships for personal gain. And yet there is a significant body […] This is a conversation about a book that’s not like any networking book you have read (or ignored) before.

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167: How Top Performers Work Less and Achieve More | with Morten Hansen

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Why do some people perform better at work than others? This deceptively simple question continues to confound leaders, as well as all professionals who want to advance and succeed while maintaining balance and wellbeing.

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147: 8 Tips for Communicating Bad News to Your Workforce

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Communicating bad news — we all hate to do it, wish we never have to do it again, and yet recognize that there will inevitably be times when we need to do it.

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160: Building a High-Performing and Health-Driven Culture | with John Burke, CEO of Trek Bikes

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Trek Bikes grew out of one man’s belief that he could build a different kind of company. In a barn in southern Wisconsin, Dick Burke instilled the simple principles that continue to guide the company as it has grown into a worldwide brand: build things that last and leave a legacy of positive change.

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WHE32: Boosting Stress Resilience for Employees | with Andrew Shatté

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“Stress is the new fat.

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149: The Power of Beliefs in Business | with Ari Weinzweig

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In 1982, Ari Weinzweig, along with his partner Paul Saginaw, founded Zingerman’s Delicatessen with a $20,000 bank loan. They opened the doors with two employees and a small selection of specialty foods and exceptional sandwiches.

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162: Competitive Advantage — 4 Ways to Leverage Relationships at Work | with Todd Davis, FranklinCovey Chief People Officer

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How many times have you heard a leader say, “Our people are our greatest asset”? You’ve probably even uttered it a few times yourself. It’s a nice sentiment, but really doesn’t tell the full story.

150: The Data-Driven Leader | with John Johnson

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Leaders need data for at least two reasons: 1) so they and their team can make better decisions, and 2) to influence their employees, customers, or others to take action. In this episode, we discuss how to achieve both objectives better.

174: Managing Willpower for What Matters Most

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Willpower is the ability to control yourself to determine your actions. It allows you (and your team) to accomplish what matters most to you — solving a business problem, losing weight, cornering the market, getting out of debt, etc. To control many of your actions, you can use selected disciplines to build a powerful habit. […] Willpower is the ability to control yourself to determine your actions.

161: Becoming a Stress-Resilient Leader | with Andrew Shatté

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Chronic stress takes a toll on the quality of work and life, for both leaders and the people they lead. Stress muddies our thinking, impairs judgment, damages health and relationships, and causes people to burn out and quit their job.

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173: Clarity First ? Improve Performance by Eliminating Ambiguity | with Karen Martin

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Ambiguity — in the form of uncertainty or conflicting priorities — has become the default state for organizations of all types. It lurks in the background when leaders can’t explain what success looks like, or what aspects of performance matter most for achieving it. It saps energy from talented team members operating in the dark […] Ambiguity — in the form of uncertainty or conflicting priorities — has become the default state for organizations of all types.

152: Don’t Just Lead — 3 Ways to ENGAGE

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In the 21st century, those who are changing the world aren’t just leaders; they’re engagers. Managers and leaders try to get others to do what is needed. Engagers create conditions and cultivate a team that is fully energized to achieve the organization’s purpose.

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171: Stop Trying to Multitask — It’s Making You Dumb and Ineffective

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Multitasking doesn’t save time — it wastes time. When you try to do two things at once, you either can’t or won’t do either well. If you think multitasking is an effective way to get more done, you’ve got it backward. It’s an effective way to get less done. Every time we try to do […] Multitasking doesn’t save time — it wastes time. When you try to do two things at once, you either can’t or won’t do either well.

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169: Use a Success List (Instead of a To-do List)

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Instead of a to-do list, you need a success list — a list that is purposefully created around extraordinary results. A to-do list becomes a success list when you apply Pareto’s Principle to it. Does it seem like every day you and your team have more and more that “simply must get done”? Do you […] Instead of a to-do list, you need a success list — a list that is purposefully created around extraordinary results. A to-do list becomes a success list when you apply Pareto’s Principle to it.

156: The Leadership Gap — 7 Ways to Move Beyond It | with Lolly Daskal

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When successful people begin to feel uncertain or challenged at work, the one thing they want to know most is why things are going wrong after they have gone right for so long. Leaders tend to rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits.

141: Hire, Develop, and Keep Great Employees | with Paul Falcone

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People power your business — and success can hinge on your hiring, inspiring, and keeping the right ones. As a leader, are you cultivating this vital resource? Is there more you could be doing? Are you just winging it?

129: Stand Out – How to Be a Thought Leader | with Dorie Clark

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Many people in the business world believe that working hard will be enough to move their career forward.

159: Leading a Startup | with Josh Kent, CEO of SunFrog Shirts

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What does it take to lead a team that builds a startup into a nationally recognized company in less than three years, with an annual growth rate of more than 1,000%?

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145: Rethinking Accountability — How to Use It to Help Your People Unlock Their Strengths | with Jonathan Raymond

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Leaders everywhere talk about accountability, but nobody is defining what it really means — and more importantly, breaking it down into a set of skills that people could learn and apply. Accountability is about helping people unlock their strengths.

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126: Holacracy – An Agile Management System for a Rapidly Changing World | with Brian Robertson

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Holacracy is a fundamentally different “operating system” for organizations. Holacracy revolutionizes how a company is structured, how decisions are made, and how authority is distributed. Perhaps the best-known examples of companies who have adopted Holacracy are Zappos and David Allen Company. “No

GC35: Enhancing Millennial Performance at Work | with Aaren Terrett

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We are in the early years of a fundamental demographic shift. The Millennial generation — which is even larger than the massive Baby Boom generation — now makes up a third of the workforce.

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123: How to Rebuild Leadership Credibility: Lessons from the Reforging of a Navy Seal | with Jason Redman

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A few years ago, my local gym posted a photo of a handwritten sign that had been posted outside the hospital room of a Navy Seal who had been severely wounded in battle. The wounds I received,” wrote Lt.

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137: The Unplugged Leader — How to Take a Worry-Free Vacation | with Mindy Mackenzie

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With warm, summer weather arriving in the northern hemisphere, many of us have vacation plans. But what type of vacation will you take? Will it actually refresh you, helping you come back to work with new energy, fresh ideas, and a better perspective to help you deliver results that matter?

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166: Herding Tigers — Leading a Creative Team | with Todd Henry

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Leading talented people in creative fields requires a different skill set than what many management books teach. How do you ensure your team consistently delivers a brilliant work product from an inherently unpredictable creative process? How do you manage pushback from your team of super-smart, headstrong creatives? As a consultant to creative companies, Todd Henry […] Leading talented people in creative fields requires a different skill set than what many management books teach.

WHE31: Building a High-Performance and Health-Driven Culture at Trek Bikes | with John Burke, CEO

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The organizations that are most successful in building a culture of health begin at the top, with key leaders championing a vision that includes the wellbeing of every employee.

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WHE29: Behavioral Economics for Business Leaders: Turn Good Intentions into Positive Results | with Bob Nease

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The new book, The Power of Fifty Bits: The New Science of Turning Good Intentions into Positive Results, by Bob Nease, PhD, is the first practical guide for business leaders to apply behavioral economics to activate the good intentions of people in their workforce.

The Power of Everyday Sabbatical

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Several years ago, I called to reconnect with one of my mentors from my college days at Xavier University. Early in my conversation with Gene, I mentioned that I thought I recalled reading in Xavier’s alumni magazine that he’d recently completed a one-year sabbatical. (As

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151: Work Smarter, Not Harder – Productivity Hacks to Get More & Better Work Done in Less Time | with David Burkus

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David Burkus is the organizer of the upcoming Work Smarter Summit, an online video-based virtual conference where world-class experts share their proven tactics for getting more done, earning more money, and living a life of purpose and productivity.

157: The Aspiring Leader — Successfully Step into a New Leadership Role | with John Lawler

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Is your sight set on a new leadership role? Perhaps you’re the Director of Finance, and you’ve just been tapped to become the new CFO. What do you need to change now that your former peers will be reporting to you?

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134: Under New Management: Upending Business As Usual | with David Burkus

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Great leaders don’t innovate products, they innovate the factory. Through most of the 20th century, great leaders focused on reinventing the factory.

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144: Best Communication Tools for Teamwork

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On Engaging Leader, we share a lot of principles about leadership communication, but what about collaboration communication? In other words, what’s the most effective and efficient way to talk to the colleagues and clients you work with most closely in order to do great work together? That’s a trick question, because there isn’t (yet) a […] On Engaging Leader, we share a lot of principles about leadership communication, but what about collaboration communication?

148: 9 Ways to Thank Your Employees

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“Employees who report receiving recognition and praise within the last seven days show increased productivity, get higher scores from customers, and have better safety records. They’re just more engaged at work.” – Tom Rath Recently, one of my team members communicated heartfelt gratitude to another team member named Jenny for her consistently outstanding performance.

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