Cover art for Leadership Caffeine PodcastI’m excited to announce the launch of my new podcast series: The Leadership Caffeine Podcast, and I’m thrilled that Dan McCarthy, the proprietor of the Great Leadership blog, is here as my first guest.

Many of you know Dan through his 500 plus truly great posts on leadership and professional development, and now you have a chance to hear directly from this professional and gentleman.

If you’ve not met Dan before, his easy-going manner, infectious laugh and practical ideas on blogging, leadership and leadership development will underscore why I admire him so much and value him as a blogging colleague and friend.

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The discussion with Dan is a fun walk through his world of leadership blogging mixed with some thoughts on his 20-plus years involved in organization and talent development.  Although Dan has publicly indicated his “newbie” status as a podcast interview subject, he does a great job in this easy-going discussion, sharing:

  • What it’s like to write and sustain a high level of performance as a leadership blogger for over 500+ posts.
  • Ideas for aspiring leadership bloggers to get started and stick with it.
  • Thoughts on the relevance of leadership fundamentals in this changing world.
  • Ideas for new leaders starting out on their journey.
  • A bit about his suggested reading list for new leaders
  • Some thoughts on his new career adventure and what might be in store for him at his truly great, Great Leadership blog.

Next Episode:

Kevin Oakes, CEO of The Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) and co-editor of The Executive Guide to Integrated Talent Management.

A Bit About My Plans for the Show:

The idea for this show/series has been rattling around in my mind for awhile. I’ve long wanted some method that would allow me to better connect with practitioners, executives, management thinkers and doers and just about anyone else with big ideas on talent, development and performance.  And here it is!

It’s refreshing, invigorating and convenient to be able to listen to great people share their thoughts on success and high performance, and to be able to do it on the road, on the run or sitting at your desk.

My very noble goal with what I expect to be a long-running and regular series, is to share practical, powerful ideas to help listeners improve their performance and the performance of their teams and organizations. I look forward to living up to those lofty words.

Practice, Great Help and Diving In:

I’ve practiced a bit with prior stand-alone podcasts, and worked with the tools and importantly, I’ve connected in the past 30 days with some remarkable people on interviews (see upcoming guests below), and it’s time to get this show started!

I’ve been fortunate as well to gain some technical help from some remarkable people and great friends…Bob Lindner at DigiSage on technical issues, Amber Wallor of Left Hand Marketing for the artwork, Chris Colbert and his radio voice for the intro and outro, and Eric Rodriguez for editing and support. Their work is much appreciated and any and all mistakes or issues are mine, not theirs.  Of course, for anything good, credit belongs to them!

Upcoming Guests:

I’m well-stocked with recorded interviews and adding to the list every week. Just a few coming attractions include:

  • Kevin Oakes, CEO of The Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) on trends and best practices in integrated talent management.
  • John Baldoni, leadership expert and author and blogger extraordinare, shares some thoughts on his work and the leadership challenges of the upcoming generation.
  • Kevin Eikenberry, co-author of Bud to Boss, offers his expert perspectives and advice for professionals navigating that first-time leadership role.
  • Author Linda Finkle shares her expertise from her book, Finding a Fork in the Road, concerning that delicate balancing act of building partnerships that succeed.

Those are just a few of the great people and topics. Stay-tuned for more!

Have Some Big Ideas to Share?!

And of course, if you are interested in being considered as a guest here on The Leadership Caffeine Podcast, drop me a note via e-mail. I’m looking for professionals with big ideas who are passionate about developing others, driving great leadership practices and creating and supporting high performance.