Pour Some Fuel in Your Leadership

“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 is a Forbes Top 10 Social Media Power Influencer and an Inc. Top 100 Leadership and Management Expert. This stance at the crossroads of social and leadership put him in a unique perspective to identify the demise of Industrial Age management and the birth of the Social Age. The result, after five years of trend watching, interviewing and intensive research, is his latest book, A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive, which he co-authored with Mark Babbitt. An inspirational speaker and popular blogger, Ted is a pioneer of the Human Side of Business (#humanbiz) movement. He is also a serial business founder and three-time CEO. When not speaking at conferences and corporate functions, Ted advises CEOs on how to become Truly Social Leaders, or “Blue Unicorns” as they put it in A World Gone Social, in order to bring their companies into the Social Age. Ted’s advice: “Change is only scary if it’s happening to you. Instead, bring the change your competitors dread. That is something only a Social Age business leader can accomplish.”

  • 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

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