124: WD-40’s Remarkable Tribe Culture

124: WD-40’s Remarkable Tribe Culture

124: WD-40’s Remarkable Tribe Culture

Imagine if there were a company that could consistently achieve an employee engagement score of 93 or 94? You don’t have to imagine it. That’s a reality at WD-40 Company. My guest Garry Ridge describes the elements he and his tribe have put in place and practice daily. You’ll be inspired by his passion and commitment to create a learning and empowering culture where every single person in the company thrives.

Garry is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of WD-40 Company. He now speaks and coaches with other CEOs to help them build positive cultures in their own organizations.

Garry is also an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego where he teaches the principles and practices of corporate culture in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership program. In 2009 he co-authored Helping People Win at Work: A Business Philosophy called ‘Don’t Mark My Paper, Help Me Get an A with Ken Blanchard. In 2020 he wrote TRIBE CULTURE: How It Shaped WD-40 Company and in 2021 The UNEXPECTED LEARNING MOMENT.

You’ll discover:

  • What “accidental soul-sucking” CEOs do to undermine a positive work environment
  • Why Garry refers to everyone at WD-40 as “tribe” instead of “team”
  • The 4 pillars of the fearless tribe at WD-40
  • The distinction Garry makes between empathy and ego
  • Why there are only “learning moments” and not failures or mistakes at WD-40

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123: What It Takes to Become a Thought Leader

123: What It Takes to Become a Thought Leader

123: What It Takes to Become a Thought Leader

Have you ever wondered what’s involved in the path to being recognized as a thought leader? Denise Brosseau has provided the answer in her timeless book, Ready to Be a Thought Leader? And in our conversation, she reveals the key elements required to achieve that level of influence. Denise helps clients overcome a major obstacle in this journey—their reluctance to give themselves credit for their well-earned expertise. You’ll find out her approach to moving them past these self-imposed limitations.

Denise is founder and CEO of Thought Leadership Lab, where she works with leaders and their teams to accelerate their journey from leader to thought leader. She founded the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, which is now Watermark, and co-founded Springboard, the prestigious women’s startup launchpad that has led to more than $10 billion in funding for women entrepreneurs.

You’ll discover:

  • How Denise defines “thought leader”
  • The essential steps for being recognized as a thought leader
  • Issues that hold people back from stepping into this role
  • The importance of champions and allies—and the differences between these two groups of supporters
  • Why Denise has focused on helping women entrepreneurs get funding for their start-ups

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104: The Power of Visual Thinking in Leadership and Life

104: The Power of Visual Thinking in Leadership and Life

Want to become better at communicating your ideas in a powerful way to others? Catch my fascinating conversation with Todd Cherches, where we discuss key ideas from his book, VisuaLeadership: Leveraging the Power of Visual Thinking in Leadership and in Life. Todd explains how to leverage visual thinking to paint a clear picture for your audience, whether that’s one person or 1,000s.

Todd is the CEO & Cofounder of BigBlueGumball, an innovative New York City-based management consulting firm specializing in leadership development and executive coaching. He’s a three-time award-winning Adjunct Professor of leadership at NYU, and a Lecturer on leadership at Columbia University. Todd is also a TEDx speaker and a member of Marshall Goldsmith’s prestigious “MG100 Coaches.”

You’ll discover:

  • How Todd’s conversation with Grant Tinker on a flight to L.A. changed his life
  • Visual models that Todd uses to make clear, easily-understood points
  • How you can use visual imagery and visual language to get someone else to see the idea in your head
  • Why visual metaphors are valuable in helping someone grasp a new concept
  • The role of storytelling in having strong, emotional impact

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098: Plastic Bank’s Extraordinary Leader: A Dedication to Becoming

098: Plastic Bank’s Extraordinary Leader: A Dedication to Becoming

​What if you could let go of the doubts and fears that could hold you back from pursuing your big dream? This interview can rock your world! My guest David Katz is founder and CEO of Plastic Bank. He’s beyond inspiring to listen to, as he describes his journey to create and run this company. David didn’t get bogged down in questions about HOW he was going to make it all happen. He focused on becoming the person he needed and wanted to be. David shares insights about his decision to create a company that’s having an impact on thousands (soon to be millions) of lives around the globe. Your heart and mind are sure to be touched deeply as you absorb the wisdom of this very special man. Truly one of the most impactful interviews I’ve had the privilege of conducting. I’m guessing you’ll feel the same after watching or listening to our conversation.

You’ll discover:

  • The moment David realized he could create a company with Plastic Bank’s focus and mission
  • How David supports his team members, no matter where they are in their own personal development journey
  • Why it’s more effective to focus on who you are becoming in the world rather than what you are doing.
  • The importance of vulnerability and integrity in a leader’s influence
  • The positive impact Plastic Bank is having on individuals and communities around the globe

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059: Develop a Strong Mindset to Avoid Self-Sabotage and Imposter Syndrome

059: Develop a Strong Mindset to Avoid Self-Sabotage and Imposter Syndrome

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059: Develop a Strong Mindset to Avoid Self-Sabotage and Imposter Syndrome

by Sharissa Sebastian

Want to discover practical tips for having more joy and less stress in your life? Listen to my interview with leadership and executive coach Sharissa Sebastian. Sharissa has more than 15 years of corporate leadership experience, and now she coaches Fortune 100 executives at companies like LinkedIn, Microsoft, Bank of America, and Intuit. Find out her secrets to helping leaders draw on their strengths, see their value and bring out the best in themselves and others all while having fun, being fulfilled and not burning out!

You’ll discover:

  • Ways to develop a strong mindset
  • Strategies for dealing with the current challenges
  • Why people often sabotage themselves…and how to stop doing it
  • How to avoid falling into imposter syndrome
  • What you can do to discover joy and happiness in any situation

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