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Follow My Lead: Developing the Leaders of Tomorrow with John Eades

Every week on the Follow My Lead podcast, John Eades interviews exceptional leaders to extract their secrets and best practices to transfer knowledge to the leaders of tomorrow. The show focuses on helping modern professionals be better prepared to lead themselves and lead others. Popular topics include: Leadership, Management, and Motivation
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Sep 25, 2018

“We live up to the labels that are given to us”

In season 17 episode 5 we are joined by Mareo McCracken.  He is an advisor, writer, coach, and Revenue Officer at Movemedical. In our conversation we cover:

-What do most leaders care about; people or results?

- How does a leader not just say they care about their people?

- Why is confidence so important?

- What is self-esteem?

- What role leaders play in the development of confidence and self-esteem

Learn more about Mareo here

 

Sep 18, 2018

"A leader's visions must go beyond what the eyes can see"

In season 17 episode 4, John Eades covers the purpose trifecta in an effort to help you lead your team better.  In the show we cover:

- 3 types of people

- The purpose trifecta

- How to onboard a new team member

- What is being mission focused

- Why you must define core values

- Why you should be a visionary leader

- How to think about vision

Interested in helping with John's new book? eMail jeades@learnloft.com

Sep 11, 2018

"If you don’t have a game plan around accountability as a leader you shouldn't even try" 

In season 17 episode 3 we are joined by Todd Weiden.  He is the head of Branch Transformation at SunTrust Bank.  He has led teams and people for over 10 years with incredible results.  In the episode, he shares incredible lessons about:

- How to look for promotional opportunities

- How to turn around a team as a leader

- Why You should use a spark to get a team going

- Why You Have to Invite Your Team to Perform Better

- How to be Creative With Content As a Leader

- Why Consistency is so important

- Why Communication is critical to the success of any team

- How content can help build accountability and skill

- Why are priorities so important in leadership

- How to handle underperforming people

- How to think about accountability

- What’s the best way to think about hustle

- What’s harder leading at home or leading at work

This episode was brought to you by LearnLoft.com

Sep 4, 2018

"When you set standards and you allow your people to choose to meet or exceed them you get an entirely different response."

In season 17 episode 2, John Eades and Mark Houston go through the 5 Leader Profiles of the Welder Leader Assessment to help you on your leadership journey.  

In the conversation we cover:

- Where the welder leader research started

- Why Dabo Swinney is a great example of a Welder leader

- How should leaders define love

- How should leaders define discipline

- Examples of all 5 leader profiles

- Why it's important to help someone be at their best

- What do you do if people aren't meeting standards

- What do you do if you are a manager, ruler, pleaser, dabbler, or welder?

Take the free assessment at http://learnloft.com/assessment

Aug 28, 2018

“A leader shouldn’t just care about the job getting done but care about the person as a human being”

In season 17 episode 1 we are joined by Connie Hawkins. She is a master encourager and shares lessons about the power of encouragement you can't find anywhere else.  

In the episode we cover:

- What is encouragement

- Why is giving encouragement so important

- How can we all be better encouragers

- Why everyone needs encouragement

- Why are so many people discouraged today

- What happens when someone rejects discouragement

- What role should a manager play in encouraging their people

- What role a spouse should play in encouraging their husband or wife

- Why spouses give up too early

Aug 21, 2018

"The ability for a group of people to do remarkable things hinges on how well those people can pull together as a team."

In season 16 episode 8 John Eades covers teamwork and why it's so important to the success of any leader. 

In the podcast you will learn:

- 2 great examples of teamwork from the game of soccer

- How to run a meeting that encourages teamwork

- Why you have to change your mindset in order to have great teamwork

- How to make each member of the team feel valuable

- The three most important words a leader says to their people

This podcast is brought to you by LearnLoft.com

Aug 14, 2018

"Talented people are not attracted to empty core values, but rather the exercising of them."

In season 16 episode 7, John Eades covers some of the most important content ever covered on the show, 10 Tips to Effectively Lead a Team.  

In the show we cover:

- Why leading a team is so hard

- The 3 big elements of leading a team

- The two C's of leadership

- Why relationships are so important in leadership

- How to define core values

- Why having a safe and connected environment is so important

- How to coach for both short-term development and long-term growth

This podcast is brought to you by LearnLoft.com

Aug 7, 2018

“If you feel unqualified and out of your element, that’s the job you should take.  Follow your joy”

In season 16 episode 6 we are joined by Joanne Tate. She is an incredible leader who transformed schools and made an impact on students.

In our conversation we cover:

- What is the arch of a career?

- Why resisting a new job is ok

- Why core values, vision, and mission are so important

- What is the impact of leading the correct way

- Why culture is so important

- How often should a leader think about their impact

- Why relationships are so important in leadership

This podcast is brought to you by LearnLoft.com

Jul 31, 2018

“Talent is the unique way you think, you feel, and the way you act”

In season 16 episode 5 we are joined by Tim Hiller. He is a former NFL and Division 1 college QB. Today, Tim leads the Talent Management function of the Instruments division of Stryker, a Fortune 500 medical technologies firm based in Michigan.

- Leadership lessons learned from the football huddle

- Lessons learned from Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning

- Why commander’s intent is so important

- What is leadership?

- Why expectations are so important?

- Why talent is so important towards your success

- The difference between telling and asking

- How do you get your people to serve?

- How to look for talent

- Why striving is so important

- How to bring faith to work in a large organization

This podcast is brought to you by www.learnloft.com/ultimateleadershipacademy

 

Jul 24, 2018

"Spread leadership at all times, only use words when you have to."

In season 16 episode 4 John Eades covered the most important decision you have to make as a leader.  

In the episode we cover:

- Did you choose leadership or did it choose you

- What does it mean to be a leader

- Why knowing the definition of leadership isn't enough

- Why your example and the model you provide matters

- Are you interested or committed to being a leader?

- The Ultimate Leadership Academy

Learn more about the Ultimate Leadership Academy here or go to www.learnloft.com/ultimateleadershipacademy

Jul 17, 2018

“Your job as a leader is to lift other people up”

In season 16 episode 3 we are joined by Brad Lomenick. He was the CEO of Catalyst and the author of H3 Leadership.

- Why Habits are so important in life and leadership?

- Why it’s important you are developing people early on

- How leaders should look for character?

- Why do we have so many bad leaders?

- How do you prepare people to do their next job?

This podcast is brought to you by LearnLoft.com

Jul 10, 2018

“Communication is the key that keeps a company going. When it starts to break down, problems start to happen.”

In season 16 episode 2 we are joined by Allen Gannett. He is the CEO of Track Maven and Marketing Analytics company as well as the author of The Creative Curve.  

You can follow him on LinkedIn here, get the book here, or learn more about Track Maven here.

In our conversation we cover:

- Why maturity makes you a more effective leader

- How do you go about being vulnerable with your team

- How to be proactive to develop your culture

- Why hiring is so important in the development of culture

- Why people should care about creativity

- What are our two evolutionary urges

- Why you must do purposeful practice

- How to be a creative

- How to build a brand on LinkedIn

This podcast is brought to you by LightStream.com and the National Standards Institute.

Jul 3, 2018

"I try to encourage and inspire every leader in our company to serve their teams."

In Season 16 episode 1, we are joined by Jason Lippert the CEO of  Lippert Components Incorporated (LCI), a $2.0+ billion revenue company with 11,000 team members across the US, Canada and Italy. They are a supplier of specialized and complex component solutions for our customers in the RV industry, manufactured housing, leisure and mobile transportation industries.

In our conversation we cover:

- Why organizational leadership should stop managing based on results

- How generations thought differently about the development of people

- Why Jason believes "Everybody Matters"

- How to create a business where people are truly valued

- Why Core Values are so important in leadership

- What is a "dream manager"

- How to drastically reduce lower turnover

- Why culture is so important to LCI's success

- How to attract great talent

This podcast is brought to you by LearnLoft. Check out the Elite Culture Company survey at learnloft.com/welderculture.

Jun 26, 2018

"Everyone’s role is different but the status is the same"

In season 15 episode 8 we are joined by Villanova Head Basketball Coach Jay Wright and Citigroup CEO of Global Cards Jud Linville.

In the conversation we cover:

- How to be patient in your career?

- What are the leadership habits that make them successful?

- How do leaders lead in today’s social media world?

- How to think about talent and what to look for in people to ensure they are a culture fit

- Why you should put an intense focus on culture?

- How do you create more leaders instead of more followers?

- What is the single most important attribute of a leader?

- How to define leadership

- How these great leaders define leadership?

This podcast is brought to you by LearnLoft.com as well as the National Institute of Standards.

Jun 19, 2018

"The role of being in a leadership position provides an incredible opportunity make you more fulfilled at work."

In season 15 episode 7, I cover the important topic of fulfillment at work and how a position of leadership is handled correctly can make it a reality.  Instead of shying away or looking at all the negatives what if you looked at the great opportunity that comes with having an elevated position in an organization.

In the show we cover:

- The PEG Factor

- Why you should care about being fulfilled at work

- How to think about PEG Factor if you are already leading a team

- The amount of money you should focus on to provide

- Why experiences matter so much in your career and life

- How to know if you are growing in your role

This podcast is brought to you by the American National Standards Institute learn more here

It's also being brought to you by LightStream, find out more here.

Jun 12, 2018

“Successful crisis management requires effective simultaneous communication and action”

In season 15 episode 6 we are joined by Melissa Agnes. She is a leading authority on crisis preparedness, reputation management, and brand protection. She is also the author of Crisis Ready:Building an Invincible Brand in an Uncertain World.

In the conversation we cover:

- What's the difference between a crisis and an issue

- How to lead effectively through crisis

- What to do if crisis strikes your organization or team

- Why you must focus on action and communication in crisis

- Why crisis management is really about people

This podcast is brought to you by LearnLoft.com

Jun 5, 2018

"Emotional Intelligence is the ability to make emotions work for you, not against you."

In season 15 episode 5 we are joined by Justin Bariso.  He is an author, speaker, consultant and one of Inc.com's most popular columnists. He just released his new book EQ Applied: The Real World guide to Emotional Intelligence.

You can get the book here.

In the conversation we cover:

- What is emotional intelligence

- Why is EQ so important

- Can someone be trained to improve their EQ?

- 6 Surprising Ways to Build Emotional Intelligence

- Why empathy is so important in leadership

- How to influence others like FBI agent Chris Voss

- How do you develop EQ in kids

This podcast is brought to you by LearnLoft.com

 

May 29, 2018

“In order to improve performance reviews for your people you must collect data from more people than just yourself.”

In season 15 episode 4 we are joined by Dave Needham.  He is the CEO of Ohos a real-time feedback and performance evaluation software company. 

On the show we cover:

- How often should performance review be done?

- Why performance reviews are broken?

- How the best leaders do performance reviews

- How leading and lagging indicators play into performance reviews

- How managers think about improving performance reviews

This podcast is brought to you by LearnLoft.com.

 

 

May 22, 2018

“If you change yourself, you can change your organization and it will make you happier.”

In season 15 episode 3, Whitney Johnson joins us on the show.  She was named one of the world's fifty most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50 in 2017. She is also the author of the bestselling Build an A-Team (2018) and Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work (2015).

You can learn more about here.

In the conversation we cover:

- How to define success

- How do optimize your own learning curve

- How do you optimize the learning curve for your people

- How do you not get complacent when running your team

- How the best leaders help their people grow?

- How much the size of an organization play into the opportunity for growth

- How to become a talent magnet and build an ‘A’ team.  

- What is harder leading at work or leading at home?

This podcast is brought to you by LearnLoft.com. Check out the culture survey here.

 

May 15, 2018

“People are hungry for authentic and hungry leadership”

In season 15 episode 2 we are joined by Ryan Estis.  He is a highly sought-after speaker and trainer who supports some of the world's leading brands. 

You can learn more about Ryan here.

In our conversation we cover:

- Why watches matter

- Why time is our most valuable resource

- Why people are hungry for great leadership

- How Edward Jones provides a great example of leadership

- How you change an unhealthy organization

- What does the future of work look like

- Are people at an advantage without kids?

- What is one of life’s most interesting questions

- 2 daily questions you should ask yourself daily

- Why you should live with no regret

This podcast is brought to you by LearnLoft.com learn more about the 90 Day Leadership Challenge here.

 

May 8, 2018

In season 15 episode 1 we are joined by Sue Hiser.  She is the author of "Your Epic Adventure: A 90 Day Personal Challenge" To get us started in season 15, John has created a 90 Day leadership challenge we hope you join us on.

In the podcast we cover:

- The 90 Day Leadership Epic Adventure

- What is an epic adventure?

- How does someone hold themselves accountable

- Why 90 days is so important to do something epic

- Why you should think about a pacifier when in doubt

This podcast is brought to you by LearnLoft.com.  You can learn more about the challenge by emailing jeades@learnloft.com.

May 1, 2018

"Don't neglect your personal power to influence others in a positive way."

In season 14 episode 8, John Eades covers a story with Jimmy Collins the 3rd employee at Chick-fil-A around how Truett Cathy got "It's My Pleasure" a part of its culture.

In the podcast we cover:

  • Chick-fil-A personal power story
  • How to give great feedback 
  • The difference between "will" and "skill"
  • How to think about leadership differently
  • Why it's important to stretch how you think about leadership

This podcast is brought to you by LearnLoft.com

Apr 24, 2018

"Without being proactive, your gift of patience might never become a positive."

In season 14 episode 7, John Eades encourages you to continue to pursue your journey one day at a time.  

In the show he covers:

- The incredible story of Abraham Lincoln

- A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step

- Why patience is so important in your professional journey

- Why patience without proactivity is a mistake

- How to use courage to help your journey

This podcast is brought to you by LearnLoft.com

 

Apr 17, 2018

“If you got the news you had 6 months to live, how would your life change”

In season 14 episode 6 we are joined by Todd Gongwer.  He is the author of "LEAD...For God's Sake," a speaker, and trainer.  You can find out more about Todd here or follow him on Twitter

In our conversation we cover:

- What is the secret to success and longevity in life?

- How to think about ambition

- Why the concept of limited time is so important

- Why you should contemplate the consequences

- Why leadership goes beyond influence

This podcast is brought to you by LearnLoft.com

Apr 10, 2018

“When the brain is in a positive state it thinks more clearly, more creatively and it problem solves better”

In season 14 episode 5, Amber Selking of Selking Performance joins us.  Dr. Selking serves as the Mental Performance consultant for Head Coach Brian Kelly and the Notre Dame Football team, hosts a weekly podcast entitled "Building Championship Mindsets." She also founded The Selking Performance Group which emphasizes the power of Mindset and Leadership to drive lasting change in individual lives, athletic teams, businesses, and organizations.

In our conversation we cover:

- How to create an environment conducive to high performance

- What is a Championship Mindset?

- How does someone go about building strong positive beliefs

- Her favorite leadership lesson from legendary football coach Lou Holtz

- Why Jeremiah 29:11 is an influential scripture in life

- Why you can be transformed by your mind

- One of the best social media tactics you will ever hear about

This podcast is brought to you by LearnLoft.com

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