Todd Schnick

Founder and Editor-In-Chief of intrepid.MEDIA, Todd Schnick is a media + business strategist and talk show host + producer. He is a former marketing strategist, national political operative, and lobbyist. Todd has published five books, writes a business + lifestyle column, is a distance runner, and lives in Chicago with his wife Stephanie + family.

AUTHORS, BUSINESS, LEADERSHIP, PERSONAL GROWTH

Episode One – Introduction to the Tensions of Leadership

Welcome to Episode One of the Tensions of Leadership: What is a tension, what causes tension, and how to RESOLVE these leadership tensions!

Discussion guide from the Tensions of Leadership, Episode One:

1. What do we mean by tensions? What exactly is a tension in the context of leadership? Don’t forget that leadership is a skilled profession that requires discipline and practice…but what tensions to leaders face when they advance their leadership practice?

2. Tensions are things you, as a leader, have to resolve before you can advance in your leadership career.

3. How do you know when you are actually facing a tension? You are being prompted to do something, and you will either take action, or you will do nothing. Are you willing?

4. We will learn that the secret to being a successful leaders is learning to recognize these tensions, and then knowing what to do, and how to do it! In other words, leadership tensions are a good thing — they give you direction (an entry point).

5. Learning to tell the difference between distress and eustress!

6. Next, what causes leadership tension? An expectation of you that’s a stretch beyond your readiness; priorities are not aligned, for example.

7. The key to not allow the tension to become a pain point!

8. So, now you have tension, what do you do? (and note that a leader can choose to not take action, just as long as you do it conscious discipline, but communicate so people know why you made that decision).

9. When tensions become pain points, you lose focus, you decrease productivity, you lose creativity. Now when you take on the tension in a positive way, you move forward, and that’s the goal!

10. The internal battle you have to face when choosing to face on a tension is are you willing to take a risk, overcome personal resistance, and are you willing to be vulnerable. The external is that you have to communicate and articulate your choice to others around you.

11. Modern business leaders cannot succeed if you are NOT willing to take risks, overcome resistance, and be vulnerable. The new reality!

12. How to RESOLVE tensions: CHOICE (you can do this OR that); INTEGRATE (you can do this AND that); SEQUENCE (you can this AND THEN that).

13. Finally, we discuss some of the actual tensions we’ll discuss over the course of Season Four, when it comes to leading yourself, leading teams, and leading organizations.


Erica Peitler, intrepidNOW

About our host, Erica Peitler:

Erica is a Leadership Performance Coach who courageously partners with individuals, teams and organizations who want to realize their visions of success by transforming their leadership potential into visible, on the ground, breakthrough leadership performance!

With an engaging, provocative and straight forward approach, Erica inspires leaders to reach beyond their comfort level as they pursue becoming the performance based leaders they aspire to be in both their professional and personal life.

As a keynote speaker and author, Erica educates, entertains and enlightens audiences on leadership, transformational change and professional/personal growth initiatives.


Find Erica Peitler’s book here:

The essence of Leadership Rigor is creating change-ready leaders who can embrace challenges because they have the tools, models, and language to assess, structure, and facilitate aligned actions. They also have the mindset and emotional skills to lean into the change process despite its uncomfortable nature. By innovating on their preparedness first, these change-ready leaders are equipped to realize the growth in themselves and in their teams or organizations. Are you ready to take on your personal journey of Leadership Rigor?


Series co-host Todd Schnick is the Editor-In-Chief of intrepid.MEDIA and a media and content strategist. A former marketing strategist, lobbyist, and national political operative, Todd now lives and works in the Chicago Loop with his family. He is a writer, foodie, bibliophile, distance runner, and nearly full-time dog mom.



This series recorded LIVE from our Merchandise Mart studios in Chicago, Illinois! (Click on photo below for history of our studios!)

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Kay Lindahl on the art of listening

Joined in the studio by Kay Lindahl, along with my co-host Gareth Young. Kay is founder of The Listening Center, author of the award winning book, The Sacred Art of Listening, and a Certified Listening Professional.

Three key lessons from our conversation with Kay Lindahl:

1. There is a difference between listening to understand and listening to respond, and most of us spend too much time doing the latter;

2. Listening is an art, a choice, and a gift, and if we are to do it well, we need to train ourselves and to shift our culture;

3. Central to listening well is the use of silence. This can be moments – mini-pauses – in conversation, or more expansive periods of silence, all of which lead to more space and an open-mindedness.

This episode first appeared on Gareth Young’s New Business Mindset show, an intrepid.MEDIA production.

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Mackenzie Kyle: Understanding millennials and other cross-generational differences

Joined in studio by Mackenzie Kyle, Managing Parter Consulting Services of MNP LLP, and the author of The Performance Principle. Learn more about Mackenzie Kyle here!

Discussion guide from my conversation with Mackenzie Kyle:

Mackenzie Kyle1. Understanding how to work with Millenials – are they really ‘different’?

2. Why starting a conversation with a Millenial with “when I was your age…” is rarely helpful.

3. Addressing the top complaints millenials have about their workplace.

4. Cross generational differences and how this can create conflict in the workplace.

5. How to create alignment between personal and team/organizational goals.

6. Understanding the reasons why people do what they do, and some simple, practical tools that can help us (and them) understand why, and how to work with this.

Find Mackenzie Kyle’s book here:

About Mackenzie Kyle:

Mackenzie is the Managing Partner of Advisory Services for British Columbia for MNP. He has more than 25 years’ experience in operations improvement and restructuring, and has provided specific assistance in everything from strategic planning to performance management to managing projects. He has hands-on experience in a wide variety of industries, and his services are frequently of use in situations requiring the application of more than a single specialty. He leads a team of 100 professionals and staff in the British Columbia Region.

Mackenzie focuses on assisting clients with identifying and implementing strategic change and improving team performance, and leads the project management service line for the firm, providing a unique approach to project management that bridges the gap between theory and practical application of technique.

He has worked in a variety of industries including manufacturing, transportation, telecommunications, as well as the public sector and internationally in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. His first book Making It Happen: A Non-technical Guide to Project Management is published by John Wiley & Sons and has sold more than 40,000 copies.

Mackenzie is a member of the MNP Board of Directors.

Mackenzie graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Math & Statistics and graduated from McMaster University in 1989 with a Master of Business Administration.

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Steven Blue on American Manufacturing 2.0: What went wrong and how to make it right

Joined in studio by Steven Blue, CEO of Miller Ingenuity, and author of American Manufacturing 2.0: What Went Wrong and How to Make it Right. Learn more about Steve Blue here!

Discussion guide from our conversation with Steven Blue:

Steven Blue1. The decline of American manufacturing: what went wrong and how to make it right.

2. Why the United States is not currently considered a manufacturing powerhouse and how and when China, Mexico and other developing countries took the lead.

3. Whether the American consumers should stop buying products “Made in China” and if so, what steps should be taken.

4. What needs to be done and by who to revitalize America’s manufacturing industry – should government be responsible?

5. The 7 Values of Ingenuity™: what they are and why they are important.

6. How The 7 Values can transform any business – not just manufacturing – into a global powerhouse.

7. Why it is important to implement The 7 Values in a certain order, i.e., establishing leadership credibility first.

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About Steven Blue:

Steven is the President & CEO of Miller Ingenuity, a global supplier of mission-critical solutions in the transportation industry and author of the new book, American Manufacturing 2.0: What Went Wrong and How to Make It Right.

Blue is a nationally recognized expert in transforming businesses into global powerhouses by showing how to double and even quadruple growth. Steve regularly provides insight for leading media and industry outlets, including FOX, BusinessWeek, Forbes, The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, AMA, Europe Business Review, and The Wall Street Journal. He is also founder and a monthly contributor to American City Business Journal’s popular “The League of Extraordinary CEOs,” where he interviews fellow CEOs responsible for generating rates of growth from 200 to 2,000% in less than three years.

Through his keynote addresses to audiences, ranging from CEO Clubs International to Harvard University, Blue provides insights for the business community on how to out-do, out-innovate, and out-perform the competition. His insights have led many media outlets to refer to him as one of America’s Leading Mid-Market CEOs.

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Melissa Davies: How NOT to act like an asshole at work

Joined on the show today by Melissa Davies, president of Wise Ways Consulting, and the author of How NOT To Act Like An Asshole At Work: Seven Simple Reminders of How to Be Who You Really Want to Be at Work and in Life. Learn more about the book here!

Discussion guide from today’s conversation with Melissa Davies:

Melissa Davies1. Leadership + team development.

2. Why a parable book?

3. People as an asset.

4. The importance of emotional intelligence.

5. We need empathy.

6. Why we all need mentors and coaching.

7. How to handle ourselves during stressful times in the office, such as around the holidays.

Find Melissa Davies’ book here:

Melissa Davies

About Melissa Davies:

Melissa is an internationally respected expert on developing workplace environments where people are able to show up better, with more of their whole selves. She works with clients across North America and spends much of her time working with military organizations. She runs Wise Ways Consulting, which specializes in executive coaching, group facilitation, and high-engagement training. Melissa works with multi-national corporations as well as numerous U.S. Government agencies. A native of British Columbia, she lives and works in Northern Virginia.

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William Schiemann: What contributes to a fulfilling and satisfying life?

Joined in studio today by Dr. William Schiemann, Organizational Psychologist, CEO of Metrus Group, and author of Fulfilled! Critical Choices – Work, Home, Life.

Discussion guide from our conversation with William Schiemann:

William Schiemann1. Happiness vs. Fulfillment. “Purpose in Life.”

2. The research – which found that less than 20 percent of people feel fulfilled – why this is, and if it’s possible for more people to become fulfilled.

3. The five secrets fulfilled people use everyday.

4. The three key drivers to fulfillment — ACE.

5. Becoming fulfilled — how this applies to millennials, Gen Xers, and baby boomers.

6. Should companies play a role in fulfillment? Is this really their job and what the benefit is to those organizations?

7. The tools that fulfilled people use all the time.

8. Two things people can do right now to increase their fulfillment.

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About William Schiemann:

William A. Schiemann, Ph.D. is Principal of Metrus Group. He is a thought leader in human resources, employee engagement, and fulfillment, having authored scores of articles and multiple books on talent management, including The Rise of HR, co-edited with Dave Ulrich and Libby Sartain and sponsored by HRCI in 2015; Hidden Drivers of Success: Leveraging Employee Insights for Strategic Advantage, published by SHRM in 2013; The ACE Advantage: How Smart Companies Unleash Talent for Optimal Performance, published by SHRM in 2012; Reinventing Talent Management: How to Maximize Performance in the New Marketplace, published by Wiley and SHRM in 2009; and Bullseye! Hitting Your Strategic Targets Through High-Impact Measurement, published by The Free Press in 1999. His newest book, Fulfilled! Critical Choices – Work, Home, Life, published by Secant Publishing, is scheduled to be released October 1, 2016.

Dr. Schiemann is a frequent global keynote speaker and workshop facilitator for many public and private forums around the globe. He is a Fellow and Scholar of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and received a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Illinois.

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John Camillus: How to conquer complexity and confound competitors

Joined in studio by John Camillus, author of a new booked called Wicked Strategies: How Companies Conquer Complexity And Confound Competitors.

Discussion guide from our conversation with John Camillus:

John CamillusThe business of humanity.

“You sometimes don’t know that you have the right answer.”

What a wicked problem is, and why we are seeing more and more of them.

Why traditional strategies — like contingency planning or breaking a problem down into parts — are useless in the face of wicked problems.

How Wicked Strategies differ from traditional approaches.

How to embrace disruptive technologies as the foundation of a new business model.

How to bring conflicted stakeholders together so that they can co-create value.

What a “feed forward” approach is, and why it is essential.

How organizational structures must change to enable Wicked Strategies to flourish.

Find John Camillus’ book here:

About John Camillus:

John C. Camillus is the Donald R. Beall Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Pittsburgh. He earned his doctorate at Harvard Business School, his MBA at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and his B.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He has served as consultant on strategic management to over 100 organizations on four continents, including many Fortune 500 companies.

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HUMANITY, LEADERSHIP, LIFESTYLE, PERSONAL GROWTH, SIMPLE LIVING, WELLNESS

25 Things To Do In 2017

1. Eat less.
2. Be more active.
3. Read more.
4. Listen intentionally.
5. Stretch more.
6. Slow down and breathe.
7. Criticize less.
8. Encourage more.
9. Buy less.
10. Donate more.
11. Stop multitasking.
12. Save more money.
13. Stop lying.
14. Communicate clearly what you believe in.
15. Trust more.
16. Write/journal more (even to yourself).
17. Make something.
18. Pay more attention to the world around you.
19. Stop judging.
20. Eliminate regret.
21. Take pride in everything.
22. Value what you have.
23. Prepare better.
24. Enjoy right now.
25. Smile more.

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Halley Bock: Living life from the inside out

Joined on the show today by Halley Bock, the founder of Life, Incorporated, and organization that fosters mindful connection in all areas of life as the means to experience a wholehearted, fulfilling, and joyful life. She is also the author Life Incorporated: A Practical Guide to Wholehearted Living.

Discussion guide from my conversation with Halley Bock:

Halley Bock1. Key insights learned from coaching executives. And what exactly is wholehearted living?

2. The reasons behind why living in a hyper-connected world have resulted in a move disconnected self than ever before.

3. Cultivating long-lasting, deep contentment vs. short-lived bursts of momentary gratification.

4. “Live life from the inside out.” An important way to experience happiness and fulfillment is to first create it within ourselves.

5. Ways to rediscover our own self-worth, and tools to understand what makes us tick.

Find Halley Bock’s book here:

About Halley Bock:

Halley is the founder and CEO of Life, Incorporated–an organization that fosters mindful connection in all areas of life as the means to experience a wholehearted, fulfilling, and joyful life. Previously, Bock spent over a decade as a shareholder and CEO of a successful training and development company, where she both worked on and studied human dynamics and relationships and their impact on business and individual success. The focus of her company was on developing the art and skill of conversation as the vehicle for creating connection with teams, employees, leaders, and individuals, as well as transforming individual and collective results.

Based out of Seattle, Washington, Bock now spends her time writing, teaching, and leading her organization while also coaching executives. As a prominent thought leader, Bock has spoken to leaders and audiences across the globe on the topics of relationships, connection, culture, management, and fulfillment. She has also been relied on by substantial media outlets for her expertise. In addition, Bock serves on the boards of several nonprofits and can often be found exploring the trails with her wife and two children.

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Rachel Adams: How to go from lost to found

Co-host Gareth Young and I were joined by Rachel Adams, a realtor, public speaker, coach, author, and entrepreneur. Learn more about Rachel Adams here.

Key discussion topics from our conversation with Rachel Adams:

Rachel Adams1. We feel compelled to try to lead the Facebook life and find it hard to break out, but it’s important for us to recognize that what we see in social media is not reality and to move away from judging who we are from someone else’s perspectives;

2. It’s one thing to be honest with other people but it’s quite another thing to be honest with yourself;

3. There is a profound difference between putting others’ needs first on the one hand, and on the other hand living a life of service, which needs to include a sense of self-care and boundaries;

4. Being lost is a valuable experience, because from being lost one can become found.

A New Business Mindset, an intrepid.MEDIA production. This episode was originally published here!

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