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Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in Business, Featured, Leadership, Switch & Shift TV, The Human Side TV | 1 comment

Pour Some Fuel in Your Leadership

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“Good people chair committees. Smart people avoid them. Innovators can’t spell committee.” – Dr. Todd Dewett

Leaders, get ready to have your fuel tank filled to overflowing as I interview this week’s guest, a truly dynamic – and savvy – leadership expert!

This “retired” professor is author of The Little Black Book of Leadership, an inspirational professional speaker, and a member of our very own League of Extraordinary Thinkers here at Switch and Shift.

Here are just a couple of highlights from the start of our talk:

  • “I’m into authentic leadership, what it means to be a real person, not just a guy with a title.”
  • “People are a lot smarter than we give them credit for being. People like to follow complete humans more than just label-carrying leaders who occupy roles. We’re supposed to be polished and show people our professional image, but it’s not supposed to be so narrow that they don’t see us as a human being, and that’s a part of the problem.”
  • “The research shows more people like to go to the dentist than fill out an employee evaluation.”

And all that is even before we dive into employee engagement, fostering a culture of creativity rather than fear, and (my favorite) a possible solution to the common pitfalls of promoting a specialist into a leadership role, when too many of these candidates lack general leadership skills. Folks, this is a discussion no leader can afford to miss!


To get more of this fascinating speaker visit Todd’s awesome website! 

Don’t forget to check out last week’s episode with another one of our own, the one and only Irene Becker.

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Ted Coiné

Ted Coiné

Ted Coiné is co-founder/CEO of http://switchandshift.com, where he is host of Switch and Shift TV, weekly interviews with extraordinary thinkers focusing on the human side of business. One of the most influential business experts on the Web, Ted has been top-ranked by Forbes and Huffington Post for his leadership and social media influence. An inspirational speaker and author, his latest book, A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive will hit bookstores August, 2014. Ted consults with owners, CEOs and boards of directors on modern corporate strategy. He and his family live in Naples, Florida, where Ted is active in the local tech startup community.

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  • Gary Coulton

    Hi Guys, Great conversation and content. My personal observation of great leaders is that they understand that the title simply gives them the power to allow everyone else working with then to have influence. By that I mean they create a positive feedback system where you can have influence and are rewarded by seeing the incorporation of that influence into the mainstream of the business. That may or may not mean money but what it does mean is that every employee every day when they step foot in the building knows that they matter. There is no more potent fuel for internal motivation.
    Keep on doing what your doing!
    Gary