Engaging Leader: Leadership communication principles to engage your team - hosted by Jesse Lahey, Workforce Communication

Engaging Leader: Leadership communication principles to engage your team - hosted by Jesse Lahey, Workforce Communication

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Principles to communicate, engage, and lead with greater impact. This weekly podcast will help you inspire trust, passion, and action.

204: The Role of Men in Tackling Gender Inequality at Work | with Michelle King, Netflix’s Director of Inclusion
Apr 1 • 28 min
When men are actively involved in gender diversity efforts, 96% of organizations report progress, compared to only 30% when men are not involved. However, many men don’t feel equipped to play any role in inclusion and equity. For some men, the traditional…
203: 4 Ways to Keep Work Fulfilling for Remote Workers | with Bruce Daisley, former Twitter VP
Mar 17 • 20 min
Due to the coronavirus, the number of people working from home is skyrocketing. Even without a pandemic, working remotely has become a very common arrangement, allowing companies to access top talent without worrying about geography, while offering…
202: Overcome the Invisible Barriers Holding Women Back at Work | with Michelle King, Netflix’s Director of Inclusion
Mar 4 • 22 min
In recent years, most companies have been trying to advance the representation of women and minorities in leadership positions. For example, most organizations have diversity recruitment targets as well as Diversity & Inclusion programs, including…
201: 4 Hacks for Bringing Joy to the Workplace | with Bruce Daisley, former Twitter VP
Feb 26 • 22 min
Burnout and unhappiness at work are a reality for the vast majority of workers. Fortunately, leaders — and employees themselves — can make work better. In his new book, Bruce Daisley shares hacks from science and his previous experience as Twitter’s VP of…
200: Discover How You Contribute to the World | with Tom Rath
Feb 10 • 22 min
Great jobs are MADE, not FOUND. If you aren’t loving your current job, how can you turn it into a job you want? Finding fulfillment in our life’s work requires contributing meaningfully to the world around us. We’re pleased to welcome Tom Rath back to the…
199: How to Tackle the 3 Toughest Conversations with Employees | with CHRO Paul Falcone
Jan 24 • 23 min
Have you ever put off a conversation with an employee for too long because just thinking about it made you cringe? Most leaders know how agonizing it can feel to address inappropriate behavior or communicate other uncomfortable messages. The good news is…
198: Want More Collaboration & Team Accountability? | with Kim Nugent
Dec 18, 2019 • 21 min
Organizations need more collaboration and teamwork, but how? Particularly when facing large initiatives or other challenges, stress can lead to problems such as burnout, finger-pointing, and project failures. As a leader, how can you troubleshoot the…
197: Leading a Healing Organization | with Michael Gelb
Nov 27, 2019 • 27 min
On the Engaging Leader podcast, we’ve often discussed why an organization needs to have a compelling purpose and vision, beyond just making money. There are so many reasons why it’s not only the right thing to do but also smart business – for example,…
196: How to Win Like Forbes 100 Most Innovative Leaders | with Jeff Dyer
Nov 6, 2019 • 28 min
How do you win the support needed from bosses, colleagues, and investors to bring to life you and your team’s ideas? Great leaders of innovation know that creativity is not enough. They succeed not only on the basis of their ideas, but because they have…
195: Engaging Generations part 2 — How to Communicate with Millennials and Gen Z | with JJ Lahey
Aug 19, 2019 • 20 min
In case you didn’t already realize it, the people who are graduating college now and entering your workforce are not considered Millennials … they are the next generation, Gen Z (sometimes called Post-Millennials). And even though Millennials have already…
194: Engaging Generations part 1 — How Millennials and Gen Z Are Reshaping Workforce Communications | with JJ Lahey
Aug 19, 2019 • 24 min
With four very different generations making up today’s workforce, how do you effectively engage them all? In particular, a frequent question we receive is how to communicate with younger employees. Today’s workforce is made up primarily of four…
193: Research Techniques for Identifying a Compelling EVP | with Matt O’Connor, PhD
Jul 14, 2019 • 15 min
When you identify the reasons why high-performing employees choose your organization, it serves as a compass in guiding your ongoing development of the employee experience. Furthermore, if you use those insights to craft an Employee Value Proposition…
192: How to Discover Your Employee Value Proposition (EVP) | with Matt O’Connor, PhD
Jul 14, 2019 • 20 min
What makes your company different from your competitors in the talent marketplace? Can you articulate the reasons in a message that is unique, authentic, and compelling? A strong Employee Value Proposition (EVP) is key to recruiting, retaining, and fully…
191: 3 Hacks for Emotional Transparency That Cultivates Accountability | with Jonathan Raymond
Jun 4, 2019 • 7 min
If it seems like you can’t trust your team to own projects and results, how can you improve accountability? This is the final episode in a four-part series of interviews with Jonathan Raymond about how to practice emotional transparency to cultivate…
190: 4 Steps of Emotional Transparency That Cultivates Accountability | with Jonathan Raymond
May 6, 2019 • 24 min
Many leaders feel frustrated by what seems like a low level of personal ownership among people in their organization. Things don’t get done on time, problems don’t get solved, and issues get ignored rather than proactively addressed before they become…
189: Dos and Don’ts of Emotional Transparency | with Jonathan Raymond
Apr 8, 2019 • 19 min
A couple days ago, the CEO of a small business complained to me that one of his managers has been displaying some of the classic signs of a lack of accountability — brushing off the severity of a mistake, letting tensions build with his own direct reports…
188: Emotional Transparency — The Secret to Accountability | with Jonathan Raymond
Mar 4, 2019 • 22 min
Accountability. Many organizations name it one of their top corporate values. And yet no matter how much they talk about accountability, leaders often feel frustrated by what seems like a low level of personal ownership among their employees. Things don’t…
187: 3 Strategies for Achieving Your Goals
Feb 4, 2019 • 23 min
Did you set any New Year resolutions for yourself this year … or goals for your team? If so, are you still on track, or have you given up? According to U.S. News, about 80% of New Year resolutions fail by the second week of February. Does that mean you…
186: 4 Tips from Brain Science for Communications That Boost Attention and Learning from Your Workforce | with Jamie Barnes
Jan 7, 2019 • 36 min
With so many things competing for attention, leaders at many organizations struggle to get their people to pay enough attention to important communications — such as for change initiatives. And it’s an even bigger struggle to get them to take the…
185: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation | with Dan Schawbel
Dec 20, 2018 • 33 min
The relationships between your team members make a big difference — both in terms of business results and each person’s wellbeing. As tempting as it is to rely on virtual communication and collaboration, technology too often contributes to workplace…
184: Using Storytelling to Lead a Transformation at Lowe’s (and Your Company) | with Kyle Nel
Nov 1, 2018 • 33 min
The home improvement store chain Lowe’s was named #1 among Fast Company’s 2018 Most Innovative Companies, for augmented and virtual reality, as well as #1 for innovation among specialty retailers on Fortune’s 2018 World’s Most Admired Companies. How did a…
183: Using the Fogg Behavior Model to Drive Change | with Jamie Barnes
Sep 11, 2018 • 27 min
When developing a communication strategy to drive change within an organization, we use various models and frameworks to help ensure we create a strategy that actually works. The Fogg Behavioral Model is a powerful framework for driving change. BJ Fogg is…
182: The Power of an Authentic Employer Brand and EVP | with Laurie Barnes
Aug 29, 2018 • 31 min
A strong, authentic employer brand is key to recruiting, retaining, and fully engaging top talent. The most effective companies build a differentiated employee value proposition (EVP). Many people think of an employer brand only in terms of recruiting new…
181: The Art and Science of Workforce Communication | with Laurie Barnes
Aug 21, 2018 • 29 min
You can’t achieve your potential as a leader or an organization without practicing effective communication. Organizations that communicate effectively with their workforce deliver better results. According to a study by Willis Towers Watson, companies…
180: Performance Management Truth & Lies | with Michael Bungay Stanier
Jul 24, 2018 • 37 min
Boom! That’s the sound of performance appraisal processes being blown up across the country. There’s been a collective lightning flash of realization that the old way of doing it just isn’t doing it. But what’s really happening? In a new piece of…
179: Leading with Emotional Courage | with Peter Bregman
Jul 10, 2018 • 30 min
You have the opportunity to lead: to show up with confidence, connected to others, and committed to a purpose in a way that inspires others to follow. But great leadership — leadership that aligns teams, inspires action, and achieves results — is hard.…
178: How to Succeed at Work/Life Balance (Without Going Crazy)
Jun 19, 2018 • 27 min
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…
177: Meaningful Work: How to Do Great Business, Find Your Calling, and Feed Your (and Your Employees’) Soul | with Shawn Askinosie, CEO of Askinosie Chocolate
May 22, 2018 • 68 min
This episode is about a true story that is interesting and well told — a story that is important for all leaders and entrepreneurs … especially those of us who aspire to use business not only to make a living for ourselves but to help make the world a…
176: Stop Networking — Start Applying Network Science to Transform Your Career and Leadership | with David Burkus
May 1, 2018 • 42 min
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…
175: The Excellence Dividend | with Tom Peters
Apr 25, 2018 • 38 min
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…
174: Managing Willpower for What Matters Most
Mar 27, 2018 • 23 min
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…
173: Clarity First ― Improve Performance by Eliminating Ambiguity | with Karen Martin
Mar 20, 2018 • 36 min
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…
172: Build One Powerful Habit at a Time
Mar 6, 2018 • 31 min
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…
171: Stop Trying to Multitask — It’s Making You Dumb and Ineffective
Feb 27, 2018 • 19 min
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…
170: Transforming Resistance to Change | with Christine Comaford
Feb 20, 2018 • 41 min
How do great leaders overcome resistance to change ― and the stress that accompanies it? Navigating change is hard, and people often get emotionally hijacked in the process. Leaders need potent, easy to learn, highly effective brain-based tools to…
169: Use a Success List (Instead of a To-do List)
Feb 13, 2018 • 33 min
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…
168: Singleness of Purpose
Feb 6, 2018 • 21 min
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…
167: How Top Performers Work Less and Achieve More | with Morten Hansen
Jan 30, 2018 • 42 min
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. We often equate working longer…
166: Herding Tigers — Leading a Creative Team | with Todd Henry
Jan 23, 2018 • 33 min
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…
165: Using the Domino Effect for Extraordinary Results
Jan 16, 2018 • 26 min
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…
164: The ONE Thing to Do This Week for Extraordinary Results
Jan 9, 2018 • 29 min
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. No matter how success is measured, personal or professional, only the…
163: Elephant in the Room: A Leader’s Guide to Tough Conversations | with Mike Bechtle
Nov 15, 2017 • 38 min
All of us have at least one person or group of people that we work with who has an issue that we really need to address — a performance problem, a behavioral issue, a piece of spinach stuck in their teeth — but for some reason, we avoid bringing up the…
162: Competitive Advantage — 4 Ways to Leverage Relationships at Work | with Todd Davis, FranklinCovey Chief People Officer
Nov 1, 2017 • 41 min
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. Simply having an organization full of stellar individuals…
161: Becoming a Stress-Resilient Leader | with Andrew Shatté
Oct 15, 2017 • 32 min
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. The solution,…
160: Building a High-Performing and Health-Driven Culture | with John Burke, CEO of Trek Bikes
Sep 15, 2017 • 31 min
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…
159: Leading a Startup | with Josh Kent, CEO of SunFrog Shirts
Aug 15, 2017 • 49 min
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%? Josh Kent is the CEO and founder of over a dozen startups, including SunFrog Shirts,…
158: Multipliers — How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter | with Liz Wiseman
Jul 15, 2017 • 43 min
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.…
157: The Aspiring Leader — Successfully Step into a New Leadership Role | with John Lawler
Jun 15, 2017 • 44 min
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? Or maybe you’re not yet in a position…
156: The Leadership Gap — 7 Ways to Move Beyond It | with Lolly Daskal
May 15, 2017 • 37 min
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…
155: How to Inspire Lifetime Loyalty | with Lee Caraher
Apr 15, 2017 • 42 min
As millions of millennials and the even younger GenZers come into the workforce with very different expectations and definitions of loyalty, companies need to shift to make the most of those workers’ energy, skill sets, and incredible potential. Those…
154: Is Your Personality Helping (or Hurting) Your Leadership? | with Ron Warren, PhD
Apr 1, 2017 • 46 min
Your personality at work determines your success and impact as a leader. Is yours helping or hurting your effectiveness and your team’s engagement? Contrary to what most people think, you can change aspects of your personality and become a more engaging…
153: How to Find Your Authentic Voice | with Joshua Spodek
Mar 17, 2017 • 46 min
To lead and influence others, whether as a workplace leader or as a thought leader, you need to develop an authentic voice. For example, let’s say you are a CEO delivering a speech to your employees, or a functional VP writing an email to your staff, or a…
152: Don’t Just Lead — 3 Ways to ENGAGE
Mar 1, 2017 • 23 min
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…
151: Work Smarter, Not Harder – Productivity Hacks to Get More & Better Work Done in Less Time | with David Burkus
Feb 15, 2017 • 38 min
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.…
150: The Data-Driven Leader | with John Johnson
Jan 15, 2017 • 35 min
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. We learn how to…
149: The Power of Beliefs in Business | with Ari Weinzweig, Zingerman’s Co-Founding Partner
Dec 15, 2016 • 47 min
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. Today, Zingerman’s…
148: 9 Ways to Thank Your Employees
Nov 15, 2016 • 28 min
“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…
147: 8 Tips for Communicating Bad News to Your Workforce
Nov 1, 2016 • 36 min
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. Whether it is announcing a reduction in force, a negative change in employee benefits or…
146: 3 Ways to Optimize Your Energy and Culture in the Moment of Truth | with Anese Cavanaugh
Oct 15, 2016 • 42 min
Culture eats strategy for breakfast. -Peter Drucker Many leaders and aspiring leaders think their skills and strategies are what create impact, and that perks and parties are what create culture. But in reality a much larger part is created by the…
145: Rethinking Accountability — How to Use It to Help Your People Unlock Their Strengths | with Jonathan Raymond
Oct 1, 2016 • 40 min
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. In…
144: Best Communication Tools for Teamwork
Sep 15, 2016 • 47 min
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…
143: Lessons from Starbucks on Leading with Values First | with Howard Behar
Sep 1, 2016 • 47 min
“We’re in the people business serving coffee, not the coffee business serving people.” ~ Howard Behar As the president of Starbucks North America and Starbucks International, Howard Behar spent over 20 years helping grow the company into a worldwide…
142: That’s Not How We Do It Here! — How to Stay Agile and Innovative as a Mature Company | with John Kotter
Aug 15, 2016 • 43 min
Increasingly, large organizations are finding their competitive landscape changing so quickly that they’re unable to respond fast enough to survive and thrive. Most mature organizations have a built-in tendency to kill off anything agile, innovative, and…
141: Hire, Develop, and Keep Great Employees | with Paul Falcone
Aug 1, 2016 • 36 min
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? Every HR executive has a laundry…
140: Cross-Generational Communications — How to Bridge the Gap to Engage Multiple Generations
Jul 15, 2016 • 34 min
We are in the early years of a fundamental demographic shift. What worked in the past will no longer be enough. In order to attract and keep top talent — and to influence their actions — you will need to change how you engage people. Today’s workforce is…