Every once in awhile, I come across individuals who inspire me by their enthusiasm and passion for their profession, their pursuits and for life. Eric Wallor and Michael Lucchesi, proprietors of the running coaching business, Full Potential Running, are two of those individuals. These two combine for a podcast more fun than any morning sports show, with some great business and life tie-ins.
Welcome back to the Leadership Caffeine Podcast series! While the series took a hiatus for an extended period during my last venture, the idea of bringing fresh voices to the important topics of management and leadership is an unyielding objective of mine here at the Management Excellence blog. I’m excited to return to the series and kick-off with Laura MacLeod, founder and proprietor of From the Inside Out Project, a firm dedicated to smoothing communications and relations between hourly employees and management.
There's a lot of new and a fair amount of new and improved coming soon at the Management Excellence blog. From the return of the Leadership Caffeine podcast to the new and improved Leadership Caffeine e-News, the Holiday Book List and the 2016 Coaching Calls Series, I'm excited to support your professional development efforts with all of these vehicles!
One of the many pleasures of this podcast project is the opportunity it affords to connect with remarkable people. While Susan Butler's excellent book, Become the CEO of You, Inc., offers great insight, wisdom and guidance for all of us (with an emphasis on aspiring female executives), it is her fascinating, trailblazing biography that serves as true inspiration.
Kellogg Professor and author, J. Keith Murnighan, offers up some fascinating and occasionally counter-intuitive (and research backed) ideas in Do Nothing! How to Stop Overmanaging and Become a Great Leader. This is a fun and eminently useful leadership read!
There’s a secret to why I have so much fun producing this podcast. I only interview people who fascinate and inspire with their ideas. The subject of this interview, , Executive Coach, business owner at Aspire CS and popular leadership blogger, Mary Jo Asmus, hits the bullseye on all criteria.
Unfortunately, good work alone is not always enough to stand-out from the crowd. In a noisy, competitive workplace, where others choose us for big projects and new opportunities, finding a way to stand-out...while not becoming one of those aforementioned obnoxious characters, is a fact of life. Joel Garfinkle, a leading executive coach, speaker and author, offers some excellent and practical guidance on this important but awkward topic in his latest book, Getting Ahead-Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level.
Run a literature search on decision-making, and you'll find a broad range of content, much of it focused on the cognitive issues and traps surrounding the process, and the balance focused on the disasters so widely dissected in our culture. For a fresh and refreshing view, enter Tom Davenport and Brook Manville with their book, Judgment Calls-12 Stories of Big Decisions and the Teams that Got Them Right.
Bob Frisch is one smart professional, with some great guidance for senior managers and CEO's in his new book: "Who's In the Room? How Great Leaders Structure and Manage the Teams Around Them." His lifetime experience as a strategy consultant working with senior management teams comes through loud and clear as he shares some fairly blunt and important perspectives on how decisions at the top are really made.
After a brief hiatus, the Leadership Caffeine podcast is back! I'm excited to be on the air again and I'm excited about the great line-up of experts, authors and executives ready to share their big ideas! Speaking of big ideas, there's no one better to kick us off for this round of podcasts than G. Michael Maddock (Mike), the leader of the innovation agency Maddock-Douglas, author of multiple books, serial entrepreneur and someone who is a one-person idea generating machine. Mike is here with his latest literary effort: "Free the Idea Monkey...to focus on what matters most," a follow-on to his excellent book, Brand New: Solving the Innovation Paradox.