“We absolutely need more female CEOs that can set a positive example for women of the future, and that will change the world if we can accomplish that”
It's Brynne Kennedy’s mission to democratize global mobility for all of the 7.5 billion people in the world. She believes that more open borders and easier global mobility solves global problems, fosters opportunity, and drives economic growth.
Brynne Kennedy is the CEO of Topia.com, formerly MOVE Guides, a platform she founded for the world’s mobile workforce. Topia manages benefits, compliance and careers for employees who relocate, expatriate and travel frequently, a growing segment of the current and future workforce. Brynne founded MOVE Guides after being an extensive road warrior herself as an investment banker, and has raised more than $90 million dollars from top venture capital funds NEA and Notion Capital.
“Brynne Kennedy is the kind of role model that I want my Daughters to know about”
Brynne is also the Founder of #Mobility4All, to which she contributes corporate revenues to help those fleeing poverty and conflict. Brynne is frequently recognized as a leading entrepreneur and thought leader. She has won Entrepreneur of the Year in the Women in IT Awards and Women of the Future Awards, London Business School’s Distinguished Entrepreneur Award and Management Today’s 35 Under 35. In 2017, she was named a Workforce Game Changer, one of 25 people changing the HR industry, and recognized with the Meritorious Service Award from the global mobility industry. Brynne is a former elite level gymnast for the United States. She speaks four languages and holds a B.A. in History from Yale University and an MBA from London Business School.
Topia.com moves and manages the mobile workforce. We automate business processes, connect a global partner and support network and uses data science to reduce the cost and friction of mobile employees. We are the only software platform for the global mobility management market, replacing corporate relocation BPOs. We have raised more than $90M to help companies and individuals work everywhere.
Brynne Kennedy on LinedIn
Brynne Kennedy on Twitter @BrynneSpeak
“Sometimes, when you follow the Masses, the “M” gets dropped!”
Joshua Miller is a master certified personal & executive coach who spends his life supporting people to bury their bullshit and uncover the greatness they already have. He also just happens to be one of the most authentic people you will ever meet.
Joshua started his career as a Creative Director in advertising, responsible for the campaign strategies of Fortune 100 brands, and now creates and supports executive leadership development for many of the same companies. He’s a TED Talk speaker, a Linkedin Top Influencer with over 200,000 followers, a contributing writer for Thrive Global, Inc. Magazine and Medium, and creator of “myinstantCoach”, the first life-coaching app for the iPhone. Joshua is married with two children, living in California.
This former Manhattanite is currently dedicating himself to finding the best “slice” of pizza on the West Coast while he watches the exponential sales growth of his Best Seller book “I Call Bullshit - Live Your Life, Not Some Else’s”, a brilliant book that should be a must-read for everyone.
Join us this week on Inspiring Leaders as we zero in on how to Live Authentically.
Josh Miller on LinedIn
Josh Miller on Twitter
Josh Miller’s Website
Josh Miller’s Book “I Call Bullshit - Live Your Life, Not Someone Else's”
Next Week’s Show:
Brynne Kennedy, CEO of Topia.com joins us to discuss Global Mobility.
Nobody wants to work for an Intolerable Boss, but for many people, the Fear Monger just happens to be the worst of the worst.
When our safety is threatened, there is a chemical reaction that happens up in our brains. A part of our Hippocampus gets triggered into what is commonly called an Amygdala Response or our Fight or Flight Response. It’s an automatic response that happens in the oldest, most primitive parts of our brains. Researchers believe that early humans developed this response to protect us from attacks from Sabre Toothed Tigers. Well, there aren't many Saber Toothed Tiger Attacks in offices these days, but the Fight Or Flight Response is still there and it’s still automatic, beyond much of our choices. What happens when we are triggered is that the Amygdala floods the Brian with Cortisol, a hormone that prevents our Executive Functioning, or Logical Thinking from happening in the Pre-Frontal Cortex, the region behind our forehead. So in effect, the brain is protecting us by prioritizing a survival mechanism. We either run or start swinging.
It’s pretty safe to say that fighting or running away are not the most effective strategies in boardrooms. But before we dig into our recommendations to survive Fear Monger Bosses, let's take a closer look at this Intolerable Boss style so that we know what we are dealing with.
Yelling at people does work, at least in the short term. But while it may be effective in the short term, experts say that it doesn't work in the long run. One reason may be that bosses who spread fear are, well, let’;s face it, they are unapproachable. It is risky to talk to a Fear Monger about what is really going on. That leads to wrong assessments and labeling.
It could be that Fear Mongers are plagued by their own fears or maybe they lack self-confidence. Or perhaps the person learned as a child that the authoritarian who threatens consequences gets results?
What is really interesting is to learn that most Researchers believe that many Fear Monger Bosses don't even realize they're spreading angst. They simply think that they are “getting things done”.
If somebody is behaving in a way that seems evil to you, or if what they are doing seems incomprehensible, like they have bad motives, well, most of the time, in THEIR minds, they don't. THEY think that they are doing the RIGHT thing. It's just that their perspective is different from ours.
Here are five strategies that the Leadership Brothers recommend to survive a Fear Monger Boss. Please note that much greater details are available for each strategy on the audio show.
1. Become an EQ Ninja and use the Stop, Breathe & Check Intentions method.
2. Shrug it off. Don’t let it get to you.
3. Document and wait.
4. Suggest Assessment and Coaching.
5. Consider Exit Strategies.
For all the lovely details of each recommendation, click PLAY and listen to this episode. It might be the best thing you’ve done for yourself all week.
Emotional Intelligence book by Daniel Goleman
Terry Lipovski’s Website
Terry Lipovski’s Email
Pat Lipovski’s Website
Pat Lipovski’s Email
NEXT WEEK’S SHOW
Living Authentically with Joshua Miller
“Rock Stars create unique, special experiences for everybody”
They say that business is easy until you introduce people. While it is true that interpersonal dynamics can be tricky to solve, there are a few people out there who have it down to a science, and that is what we are here to discuss on this week’s Inspiring Leaders Podcast.
Former Rock Star Alan Schaefer is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Banding People Together, a super group of behaviorists, strategists and rock stars who teach people how to be their best selves when working with others. Ever since is Rock Star Days, touring with The Band, Alan has been fascinated with Interpersonal Dynamics and the previously unsolved mystery of how some people can make irresistible rhythms together while others just fall into distortion and sad reverb.
“If you’re getting the band in the room, how will you create the vibe or the magic?”
This fascination led Alan to create Banding’s “True Collaboration℠ Methodology” which includes their own diagnostic called “The Collaborative Harmony Index”. Now, companies like NASA, Netflix, Cisco and Verizon have all bought front row seats to Alan Schaefer’s unique solution, and it is creating harmonies for all of them.
Alan has been described as a “Maestro of Human Capital Excellence” and brings his unique perspective as a successful entrepreneur, recording artist, songwriter and consultant to his current work. Listen in to this week’s show to learn how Alan and his team of Rock Stars are solving the Interpersonal Dynamics Puzzle, and laying down some groovy tunes at the same time!
LINKS TO ALAN SCHAEFER
Banding People Together Website
5 Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
5 Behaviours of Cohesive Teams Workshop
NEXT WEEK’S SHOW
Intolerable Bosses: The Leadership Brothers are back to expose
The Fear Monger and explore what you can do to survive. Don’t miss it!
“Life is about creating and living experiences worth sharing”
Can you build a business around experience? Every now and then, someone comes along that sees the world a little differently. Joelle Parenteau has built several successful companies based on people’s experiences. In fact, she has taken the concept of providing the customer with an experience, strapping it onto a rocket and blasting it into a whole new orbit.
“When I hear things like ‘that can’t be done’, I see it as a challenge.”
Joelle is one of those founders who doesn't seem to understand the meaning of the word “Impossible”. She says to her it simply sounds like a challenge, and there's nothing she loves more than a good challenge. So much so that she decided to make this the mission of her second startup, XPR: creating access to world-class icons and ultra-rare experiences. Joelle humbly concedes that if she had a superpower, it would be making connections to make things happen.
“Inspired Leadership is about helping the right people connect”
And with her go big or go home mentality she thought what better place to start than the Entertainment Capital of the World itself - Vegas. From playing poker with the pros to a fight night with world champions, exclusive chef's tables and race days with NASCAR pros - she's a pro at making the impossible, possible.
Be inspired with this out of the box thinker, creative entrepreneur, amazing CEO and passionate person. Listen to this 20 minute episode for all the fabulous details.
Joelle Parenteau’s Email
Joelle on LinkedIn
Joelle on Twitter @JoelleParenteau
Emotional Intelligence, or EQ, is one the most important factors determining success in leadership roles. In fact, a recent study from Daniel Goleman and the Harvard School of Business found that EQ accounts for over 90% of the difference between successful executive and unsuccessful executives.
Join us this week for an unforgettable and deep discussion as Soul Coach Renuka Mohan helps us explore Emotional Intelligence, why it is so important for leaders, and what we can do to cultivate it in our own lives.
Renuka Mohan is a Certified Soul Coaching Practitioner, Add Heart+ Facilitator and Certified Coach in Calgary, Alberta. Her experiences include working alongside people from all walks of life over the past 23 years. She has been employed and contracted by national Canadian corporations as well as small and medium-sized businesses, ranging from cable and mobile telecommunications to customer service and sales support.
Personal growth and a thirst for continuous education and learning are the cornerstones of Renuka’s professional life. When not helping others, Renuka enjoys reading, cooking, and travel.
Renuka Mohan on LinkedIn
Renuka Mohan's Email
Renuka Mohan's Website
The Leadership Brothers are back to expose one of the most common types of Intolerable Bosses, the dreaded Micro Manager. Everyone agrees, Micro Managing is far too common in today’s workplace. It seems like every organization has at least one Micro Manager.
Exposing the Micro Manager
The Micro Manager is constantly staring over your shoulder, obsessing over every move you’re making, every step you take. They want to know what your going to do before you even do it. They want to now what’s in your calendar, who you are meeting with and when, what’s going to happen as a result of that meeting and what time you will have specific results completed.
The impact of Micro Management is devastating. This brand of Intolerable Boss has an overpowering compulsion to make it clear to themselves and everybody else that they are in charge. So the first and most obvious impact is that they’re the bosses that rob you of autonomy.
Another impact that Micro Managers have is that, because they insist on being involved in every detail of your work, and are more concerned about specifics, such as font size, rather than the big picture, they are stealing opportunities for their people to learn, grow and develop new skills. Micro Managers are obsessed with controlling the decisions and the outcomes. They own it, you are nearly their Minions doing the work that they decide is important.
The world revolves around these Intolerable Bosses. While they’re sucking the soul out of the organization’s culture, they are also creating a Blast Radius of demoralized employees all around them. This, in turn, impacts productivity, stifles innovation and it pretty much ensures that every customer is going to become a Demoter, rather than a Promoter.
How to Survive a Micro Manager
(listen to the show for details on each)
1. Figure out if you ARE Micromanaged
2. Don’t fight
3. Seek To Understand
4. Look In The Mirror
5. Increase trust
6. Find Out What They Need To Loosen His/Her Grip
7. Make upfront agreements
8. Keep your boss in the loop
9. Give feedback, only if appropriate
As we’ve said on previous Intolerable Bosses shows, if none of these strategies work, you need to ask yourself if you really want to work there. If your work environment has become toxic, you should consider transferring to another part of the company or finding another job.
Looking for more details? Listen to episode 47 and feel free to contact the Leadership Brothers for support:
Terry Lipovski’s Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ubiquity Coaching Website: www.ubiquity.coach
Pat Lipovski’s Email: email@example.com
Envision Group Website: www.envisiongroup.ca
Next Week’s Show:
Leading With EQ with Soul Coach, Renuka Mohan
In an era of inauthentic leaders, the stakes could not be higher for embracing a better version of yourself that propels you and your team to success. In a social media world there is an abundance of false narratives about happiness and authenticity, it is easy to get lost on your journey. This week, Authentic Leadership expert Dr. James Kelley shows that the key to personal and professional growth lies in how we respond effectively to adversity. In fact, what causes us and our organizations the most fear can be our greatest gift, creating a positive meaning out of challenges.
“People are distracted and unmotivated and engagement is at an all time low. A leader’s biggest challenge is finding purpose for the employees to get them excited about what they are doing.”
Who is Dr. James Kelley? Well, his path is still being built brick by brick and the current brick is a book: The Crucible’s Gift: 5 lessons from authentic leaders who thrive in adversity. The book unpacks the journey a leader takes to become more authentic, starting with their crucible.
“I love leaders who have a growth mindset, the servant leaders who use curiosity to inspire people to take their own journey and find their own truths.”
“All you truly own is yourself”
Gordana Biernat knows why she exists. She is here to help us see that we need to wake up.
“My purpose is to help people realize how powerful and unique we truly are”
If we don't know who we truly are, then every action is per definition an automatic, unconscious action. Recognizing our true potential as deliberate, incredible creators and becoming conscious to who we truly are puts each and every one of us in a very powerful position. If we all had an “aha” moment revealing our true self the world would change in an instant.
At age of 11, Gordana Biernat came to the profound realization that the stars in the heavens and the stars in her mind were made of the same stuff, and that truth changed the way that she perceived herself and set her on a lifelong adventure of exploring who we are and why we are here. Along the way, Gordana has inspired hundreds of thousands of people with her authentic, heart-felt writings and messages. She was named to Oprah Winfrey’s SuperSoul 100 List and is a SuperSoul 100 Teacher. Her new book, “Know The Truth, Why Knowing Who You Are Changes Everything” is a must-read for any leader or any person who wants to get more in touch with those universal and fundamental questions: Who am I and why do I exist? (....read more...)
“Inspiration connects us to purpose, while it’s opposite, desperation, happens when we are disconnected from purpose.”
Tim Stringer is a veteran of the technology industry, a professional coach and a recognized productivity expert. He has an degree in Engineering and has worked as a software engineer, development manager and project manager. Rather than looking externally for great examples of leadership, Tim Stringer advocates looking within to find your unique talents, skills, intentions, motivations and initiative. An integral part of this is to try new things, explore your passions and find your unique purpose to determine how you can use your gifts and benefit both yourself and others.
“Many organizations don’t really have a clear sense of purpose. If there is a clear sense of purpose, people will be naturally drawn to work there.”
In our modern age we have access to a wealth of technology. In theory this should be making life much easier for us humans, allowing us to focus on the things we love best while computers perform all the tedious tasks. The reality is that... (read more...)
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