Tips For Developing Your Ethical & Moral Courage



In this episode of the Ultimate Leadership Chris is joined by the shows “resident expert” on  ethical leadership Charles “Chad” Weinstein. Chad shares his knowledge and expertise on developing the moral courage and gives us these three tips.

  1. Know Yourself and What Scares You
  2. Recognize your points of inflection and how to change directions
  3. Reflect on a daily basis

Chad then discusses how to practice ethical leadership while working in the virtual world during the pandemic, and the importance of developing mentorship to assist with cultivating moral courage.

 


Leadership Lessons From the Fire Service



There are leaders in every corner of the professional world. In this episode of the Ultimate Leadership Podcast, Chris is joined by Fire Chief Gary Ludwig. Chief Ludwig has over 40 years of experience leading fire, rescue and Emergency Medical Services. Presently is is the Fire Chief for Champaign Fire Department in Illinois. Chief Ludwig shares his vast experience in the nest ways to motivate the workforce, the biggest leadership lessons, and we chat about his latest book and insights from that reference.


How My Podcast Achieved 11 Million Downloads



In this episode Master Podcast Host Tony D’Urso joins Chris. Tony show The Tony D’Urso Show is heard on Voice American Influencers Channel. Tony’s show highlights successful entrepreneurs and humanitarian endeavors as well as the noteworthy career achievements of others.The Tony D’Urso Show gets up to 100,000 downloads per weekly episode. Tony’s shows have syndicated on Roku, Amazon Alexa & 16 AM/FM U.S. Radio Stations. Tony shares his expertise on how he attained almost 11 million listens of his show. How lead generation through social media builds business exposure. Tony also share his free tool The Vision Map with the audience.


5 Tips for Developing a Healthier You



In this episode of the Ultimate Leadership Podcast we flip the script a bit, we are not talking about professional development, but instead the 5 Tips you need to know about keeping yourself as healthy as possible. Chris is joined by Dr. Nick Barnes. In this crazy time of pandemic, what is the best way to keep ourselves healthier. Dr. Nick shares his expertise on developing a nighttime routine, clean eating, the power of movement, and how hydration aids the body in nutrition of the cells. This is a great show for amazing insight in becoming the best version of yourself. Come and join the discussion.


Tips to Stop Bullying at Work



In this episode of the show Coach, Speaker and Author Jeanie Cisco-Meth joins as a guest. When Jeanie was a young girl, everyone knew she was different. When she got into school, the labeling began. She had so many learning disabilities and physical differences she stood out. She had dyslexia, she couldn’t talk very well, she was legally blind, by the eighth grade she was six feet tall, she was a cancer survivor, and the list goes on. Jeanie has made the it her crusade to stop bullying, not only working in the corporate world, but taking her message right into the schools. Jeanie disses why people bully, how to confront bullies, and she share some insight from her two books.


The Coach & the Monk



One from the archives – This show was originally posted on April 18th, 2018

This week I have two amazing guests: Danny Creed and Craig Marshall. Together they are on a mission to help entrepreneurs make the most out of their ventures. Join us for a truly inspirational talk!

On today’s podcast:

  • How to deal with everyday stress
  • The benefits of meditation
  • Nevermind your failures
  • How to be comfortable with yourself

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How to deal with everyday stress

Danny works with a lot of executives and entrepreneurs, and he realizes that now that we have access to technology 24/7, most of us think that we should do everything. One of the first steps in professional relief of stress is to organize your day.

If anybody tries to sell you time management, run. You have to learn to prioritize the things you need to do and then manage your time accordingly.

A German philosopher once said, “Never allow the most important things in life to be at the mercy of the least important things”.

For thousands of years, yogis have known that most of us think, on average, about 1000 thoughts an hour. The goal of yoga is to slow things down so that we can go deeper and think more creative thoughts.

Yogis developed very simple breathing techniques. When you meditate, your heartbeat slows down and your thoughts slow down as well.

Nevermind your failures

Danny’s philosophy on a mistake or a problem is that it’s a failure only if you don’t learn something from it.

Danny’s four-step process to overcome your failures is:

  1. What happened? Be very honest and don’t point any blame at someone else
  2. Why did it happen?
  3. How will it never happen again?
  4. See you later aka move forward and don’t look back

It’s not a big deal to reframe our challenges if we really understand the need to look at them from another level.

We are all creating our own reality. Our thoughts are turning into things, so it’s really all about focus. If we frame something as a failure, we’re going to get more of it. It’s a spiral and there is no happy ending to an unhappy journey, as Craig likes to say.

We all have inner self-talk. Through meditation and mindfulness practices, we can reframe who we think we are.

Most people live a “circumstantial life”: they believe that once they get all their ducks lined up they will be happy. When we’re at peace, we draw all the circumstances we want.

How to be comfortable with yourself

We’ve been trained to give the easy answer instead of the right answer in life. Danny asks people “Do you live your life in survival mode or possibility mode?”

The Life Success Chart is a pie chart broken down into nine areas of life that Danny and Craig use. They ask people to put a dot in every one of these slices. If you put a dot in the middle of the pie, it means 0, if you put it on the outer side, it is a 10. So if you reply with a 5 at a specific slice, you would place your dot somewhere in the middle.

You end up with 9 dots on the pie chart. If you connect all these dots, it’s an amazing graphic picture to look at.

The word “yoga’ from Sanskrit literally means union. Yoga is a lifestyle, it doesn’t have to do just with the body.

In order to get a hold of our minds, we have to first recognize that sometimes our minds cannot control our minds.


Don’t Sacrifice Your Career for Your Job with Marshall Goldsmith



One from the archives – This show was originally posted on June 19th 2018

 

Are you aware of the habits that are limiting your career advancement? If you want to have more influence and more power, it’s time to put an end to certain patterns of thinking. To help you achieve that, I’ve invited someone I truly admire: author and executive coach Marshall Goldsmith.

On today’s podcast:

  • The profile of the leader of the future
  • Don’t always add value and listen to your people
  • Don’t sacrifice your career for your job
  • Become aware of what is limiting your career and start making changes

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The profile of the leader of the future

The leader of the future has to have four attributes, according to Marshall:

  1. The ability to think globally and being able to manage people in a global setting.
  2. Cross-cultural appreciation. Diversity is not just about dealing with minorities in the US, but also about dealing with different cultures all around the world.
  3. Being tech-savvy. We can no longer hide from technology.
  4. Being able to build alliances and partnerships. Nowadays leadership is much more across, instead of being top-down.
  5. Shared leadership. In the past, leaders assumed they knew more than the people they led. Today the leader is no longer superior. Leaders of the future have to quit being the smartest person in the room.

Don’t always add value and listen to your people

In his job as an executive coach Marshall gives people a lot of feedback. His clients pick the areas in which they need to make the most changes, and he helps them with that.

He says that managers have a constant tendency of giving too much value. It’s very hard for smart, successful people not to constantly add value. Your suggestions as an executive become orders and you can end up diminishing the ideas of your employees.

Before you speak, breathe, and ask yourself, “Is it worth it? If I am not the expert on this topic, why am I speaking? Anything I say will probably end up doing more harm than good.”

Don’t sacrifice your career for your job

Marshall’s latest book, “How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job”, is a collaboration with Sally Helgesen. The idea was to create a book for any woman who is ready to advance to the next level.

One of the brilliant concepts in the book is sacrificing your career for your job. Women are much more likely to do this than men. They can get so wrapped up in doing a great job, that they don’t really invest in their career. They tend to have this naive assumption that if they do a good job, it should be the best thing to advance their career.

What you should be doing is always looking at that next job. If you’re not careful, you can become indispensable. Then you’re really stuck. Indispensable means, “We can’t get rid of her, she’s adding too much value.”

Become aware of what is limiting your career and start making changes

Women are much better than men at giving credit to others and saying we instead of I. This is generally a good thing. The only problem is that sometimes you need to get promoted.

If you want to make a bigger, more positive difference in the world, you need to have more power. You can’t influence people with no power.

If you want more power, you need to be aware of the things that stop your career. If you think, “I love my team so much, I’m ashamed to be promoted”, you ultimately limit your career and the influence you can have in the world.

We hold on to mental models too much. If we say, “That’s the way I am” with no intention of changing anything, then we will always get what we always got. We always have a choice. If we want more power and more authority, we need to change this way of thinking.


Think and Grow Rich for Women

Think and Grow Rich for Women



One from the archives originally posted on February 21, 2018

Keynote speaker and business strategist Sharon Lechter believes that financial education should start at an early age.

She also wants to empower women to take control of their lives and explore a myriad of business opportunities.

On today’s podcast:

  • Are you feeling stuck?
  • Take control of your life and commit to it
  • Stop complaining and focus on the progress you’ve made
  • Fear will always hold you back
  • A board game for teenagers can teach them about finances

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Feeling stuck?

Sharon wrote a book inspired by Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, but oriented towards women. Her book is called Think and Grow Rich for Women.

In another of his books, Outwitting the Devil, Napoleon Hill focuses on the things that hold us back, on the obstacles that we create in our own minds.

Outwitting the Devil and Think and Grow Rich helped Sharon transform her mindset. If you feel stuck, you should go and read Outwitting the Devil, with Sharon’s annotations.

Take control of your life and commit to it

Sharon believes that the steps to success are the same for men and women, but we tend to approach them differently. She asks women how much money and impact they want to make, and what is their deadline.

Sharon was getting frustrated with the conversation about work-life balance for women. When you start striving for success, you are ashamed of losing your balance. However, nobody is in balance. Women have so many more components in their lives, besides work and life: their financial, physical, spiritual, business, family and friends sides.

If you feel guilty about what happened yesterday, you will waste precious time today. Just acknowledge it and spend today differently. Take control of your life and commit to living one big life.

Women should stop complaining, and focus on their progress instead

More and more women are coming to the business table. When men and women are both at the table, you have the best of both worlds.

Sharon was getting frustrated with all the negativity, with women complaining about the men holding them back. Complaining attracts negative things. Instead, women should earn their status, and celebrate the progress they’ve made. If women focused on the positive, they would see more change quicker.

Sharon’s goal was to change the dialogue towards positivity and celebration.

Fear will always hold you back

At the end of the day, we have things that are embedded in our psyche that create fear. This fear holds us back from achieving the success that we deserve. It’s not just fear of success, it’s also fear of poverty, illness, criticism.

When you think about the subject of money, what did your parents say about it? Most likely they’ve made negative comments on it.

As a result, it’s no wonder that we grow up with this fear of money, of scarcity. Money becomes an emotional subject. We’re afraid we will never have enough. When we become successful, we’re afraid we’re going to lose it.

Once you acknowledge all that, you can release it and start looking at the world of abundance that we’re truly living in.

Time to play

Sharon also helped developed a board game for teenagers, ThriveTime for Teens. She wants to help young people make better financial choices.

The board game introduces the concepts of assets and liabilities. It also has a lot of humor. Every situation in the game has happened to either one of Sharon’s children, or to one of Sharon’s friends’ children.

ThriveTime creates a lot of conversation around the table. It also creates the opportunity of having the money conversation with your children, without it being so personal.


A New Leadership Paradigm with Steve Piersanti

A New Leadership Paradigm with Steve Piersanti



This is a show is from the archives originally posted on January 17th, 2018.

On this episode of The Ultimate Leadership Podcast, publisher and speaker Steve Piersanti shares his new leadership paradigm, an essential and timely change in today’s leadership environment.

On today’s podcast:

  • Leading to serve your people
  • Why you should your company as a network
  • Moving towards more egalitarian structures
  • Why transparency matters
  • The mindset of serving other purposes, not just yourself

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Leaders should serve their people

Servant leadership is an important factor in today’s leadership environment.

Management expert Ken Blanchard emphasized that: “The world is in desperate need of a different leadership role model. People have been conditioned to think of leadership only in terms of power and control”.

We need to have leaders who lead by serving their people, rather than through power and control.

Organizing your company as a network

Rather than perceiving the organization as a pyramid, you should perceive it as a network.

People at every level of the organization should be making decisions, not just people at the top.

In their monthly staff meetings, any staff member can add an agenda or propose an initiative to change something. This keeps everyone engaged.

More egalitarian structures within your organization

If you want to move your organization into a more servant leadership model, you should change your systems and structures. You have to move from class systems to egalitarian structures.

Decision-making is important. If decisions are made by the people at the top and the staff doesn’t know how to push an initiative, then it’s a hierarchical system. You need to set up your decision-making so that everyone can enter into the process.

Many organizations have two compensation systems: one designed to pay executives as much as possible, and the other designed to control employee cost. You should have only one compensation system. Everyone should be on it and it should be transparent.

Transparency makes a big difference

The approach in many organizations is that information is restricted. In Steve’s company, information is shared broadly. Everyone knows the salaries of everyone else.

The more people know about the organization, the more trust there is going to be in it. The employees will raise more issues the managers might not have thought of.

The management team invites staff members to join them during their meetings and discussions.

A new way of planning

The traditional approach to change is: an outside consulting group will take the executives to a retreat for a few days, and they will craft the strategic plans.

The approach Steve uses: they will bring together 50 or 100 people representing their stakeholder groups in an interactive means of planning over a few days where everyone has a voice. The implementing is happening on the spot.

Leaders who serve their people

Steve doesn’t think that their approach can work for leaders who are only concerned about their own advancement or prestige.

It really only works when leaders are trying to serve others. There is a mindset that has to go underneath that. The mindset of having the purpose to serve other purposes, not just yourself.


Understanding Passive, Aggressive, and Assertive People



Behavioral Psychologist Dr. Denise Dudley take the guest chair and joins Chris on this weeks episode. Denise outlines a snap shot of passive, aggressive, and assertive people. She then adds some advice for leaders in knowing the best way to interact with these personalities. Denise then shares her definition of passive aggressive people and how to talk to an assertive person if they need to receive some corrective feedback.

This show really outlines the information needed to interact with these 3 personalities. This is a must listen show.