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.

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Episode Two: Leading Yourself, Establishing your leadership voice

Welcome to Episode Two of the Tensions of Leadership: Leading Yourself – Part 1, Establishing Your Leadership Voice!

Discussion guide from the Tensions of Leadership, Episode Two:

1. What does it mean to cross the Knowing/Doing gap? Are you a passenger? Or are you a participant in a leadership journey?

2. “At this point, it is you on you. How are YOU going to show up?”

3. To establish your leadership voice, you have to get into the game. You CANNOT be reluctant.

4. The arc of your entire leadership career starts very early, and the first tension you face, is deciding to engage, and crossing the knowing/doing gap!

5. Establishing your leadership voice really comes down to EXPRESSING it! Your voice doesn’t matter if it is not heard.

6. This does take courage.

7. When it comes to capability building, do not ONLY focus on technical skills.

8. “Your work will NOT speak for itself. You have to express yourself vocally. You need to be engaging and influencing your stakeholders!”

9. So, how does this really take off for a new and want-to-be leader? It does require intense preparation and making important choices.

10. Mindful leadership (and what that means), and choosing NOT to be reluctant.

11. Boldly seeking entry points! You have seek them out, see them, and then seize them when the opportunity presents itself.

12. Why you might need to mentally rehearse expressing your leadership voice!

13. Come up with standard phrases to jump into an opportunity, at a business meeting for instance, saying things like: I want to add something here; I’d like to build on something here; I’d like to offer another perspective; or I’d like to challenge something here…

14. The nuances regarding establishing your leadership voice for both introverts and extroverts.

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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.



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Dushyant Sukhija: Leadership lessons learned from Cisco

Joined on the show today by Dushyant Sukhija, author of The Cisco Way: Leadership Lessons Learned from One of the World’s Greatest Technology Services Companies..

Discussion guide from my conversation with Dushyant Sukhija:

Dushyant Sukhija1. Digital distruption – What is it and how will it impact us?

2. How are players like Uber and Airbnb fueling the new digital disruption?

3. “Looking around the bend.”

4. Define both service + digital economy.

5. Does this apply to all types of business?

6. The Five-step operational blueprint.

7. The nine critical lessons of driving operational excellence from CISCO.

8. Leadership positioning from Cisco.

9. Skill sets needed!

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About Dushyant Sukhija:

An experienced and accomplished Senior Level Executive and General Manager, both domestically and globally, building and driving high performance global consulting and services businesses, teams, and channel partnerships across emerging technologies such as, Cloud, ITaaS, Unified Communications, Video, Mobile Infrastructure, and OSS/BSS for both Service Providers/Telcos and Enterprise customers alike.

A proven P&L leadership track record at leading IT vendors like Cisco Systems, and Hewlett-Packard, helping to grow Cisco Services to a $11.5B annual run rate; driving accelerated revenue growth in high double digits with increased margins while deploying innovative technology and adaptive solution and services offers to impact customer success globally.

A global technology executive and leader, author of the recently published business book “The Cisco Way” (www.theciscoway.com), widely published and invited speaker at several industry and CIO forums, who knows how to access and engage a global network of customers and partners; working with established relationships with CxOs at leading service providers, F500 companies and channel partners worldwide.

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Leigh Stringer: Boost the bottom line by improving the well-being of your employees

Joined in studio today by Leigh Stringer, a workplace strategy expert with EYP Architecture + Engineering, and author of The Healthy Workplace: How to Improve the Well-Being of Your Employees – and Boost Your Company’s Bottom Line.

Discussion guide from our conversation with Leigh Stringer:

Leigh Stringer1. Increase productivity, creativity and human performance at work

2. Increase movement and exercise at work

3. Improve nutrition through “choice architecture” and provisioning

4. Reduce stress and increase mindfulness during the workday

5. Improve ergonomics and the physical environment

6. Improve sleep by behaviors during the work day

7. Measure workplace performance

8. Integrate workplace design with corporate wellness programs

Find Leigh Stringer’s book here:

About Leigh Stringer:

Leigh is a workplace strategy expert and researcher whose work has been covered by national media, including CNN, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and Good Morning America. She works for EYP, an architecture, engineering and building technology firm. She is the author of the bestselling books, The Green Workplace: Sustainable Strategies that Benefit Employees, the Environment and the Bottom Line (Palgrave MacMillan) and The Healthy Workplace: How to Improve the Well-Being of Your Employees—and Boost Your Company’s Bottom Line (AMACOM).

Leigh is currently collaborating with Harvard University’s School of Public Health, the Center for Active Design in New York, and the AIA DC Chapter on Health and Well-being to create new tools to connect like minds and to blur the boundaries across industries in order to advance our improve our well-being at work. She is on the Advisory Board of a new nonprofit organization, Global Women for Wellbeing.

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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!

Click here to review a transcript of Episode One!

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.

Click here to listen to all of Season Four!


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.



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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.

Find Steven Blue’s book here:

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.

Find William Schiemann’s book here:

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.

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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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