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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.



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AUTHORS, CONTRIBUTORS, LIFESTYLE, PERSONAL GROWTH, WELLNESS

Why You Should Run in the Rain

Literally. I don’t mean this as a metaphor (“Run in the rain so the shiny rainbows of life sustain you in the darkness where you light your candles as a beacon … ”) or in the completely non-literal sense of how we apparently are using the word “literally” these days.

I mean that if you’re a runner, or a cyclist, or a walker, or a hiker, you need to still do your thing when it’s raining. Or when it’s snowing. Or cold. Or dark. Or you’re tired.

If you’re building a habit in pursuit of a goal, it’s a habit in pursuit of a goal. Not a fair-weather habit that will get you started maybe on a half-assed goal. Your habit needs to literally (and I mean literally) be an all-weather, all-circumstance goal.

Just Make a Decision?

It sounds like I’m saying is that all you do is make a decision and then you do the thing. Of course it’s harder than that or we’d all have done everything we ever decided to do. There’s a strategy in changing behaviors (which is what habits are). The Fogg Behavior Model created by Dr. BJ Fogg, founder of the Persuasive Tech Lab at Stanford University, identifies three elements to creating a new behavior: motivation, ability, and trigger.

Ability is a function of whether something is easy to do or hard to do. I’m able to get up and run in the rain on a Saturday morning because it’s easy for me to do. Well, the actual running is always very hard, but one you’re out there, what are you going to do? Quit? In front of my team? Which is another way I’ve painted myself into the commitment corner, but that’s another topic for another day.

The Hardest Part

The key is to find out exactly the smallest bit that is the hard part. For most of us, getting up, getting dressed or changed when you get home, and getting started is the hard part. How many times have you struggled to get yourself up and to the gym, but then felt great once you got there and got started?

If the hardest part is starting, then find a way to make that easier. I’ve made it easier by not even having it be a decision I have to make when it is the actual time to make it. I decided long ago that I was running on Saturday mornings. And then I run in the rain because I’ve made the decision in advance. The rain becomes irrelevant.

It’s Saturday morning. I run. That’s what I’m going to do. I don’t have to spend any brain power that morning talking myself into getting up and getting out the door. I decided that yesterday. I actually decided it about two years ago – so I’ve also had some practice.

Make Fewer Decisions

If you’re trying to get an exercise or better eating or more writing habit going, the fewer decisions you make at that point of doing or not doing, the better. Deciding whether you’re going to do it is a big decision. Given the choice of running in the rain or not, my in-the-moment brain says “I’m warm and dry. Why would I even want to go out in this?”

Instead let your decision-making brain decide impartially in advance and set your schedule so it doesn’t matter what your right-now brain thinks. You’ve got a plan and now you don’t even need to think. Isn’t that what a job does for you? No, not make us stop thinking, but makes the decision for us that we’re getting up and getting started on our work. There’s no decision to make. It’s why I highly respect those who work for themselves and don’t procrastinate. Maybe they have applied this same strategy to their business and there’s no longer any question about whether or not they want to get the work done! They work “in the rain.”

Puddle-Stomping Fun

We haven’t had a lot of rain here in the last several years. Now that the Pineapple Express (the weather phenomenon not the movie or the “sativa-leaning hybrid”) is rolling through, I’m tempted to get some galoshes and just stomp through puddles. But, I do still like to pretend I’m an adult, so running in the rain is the next best thing.

There’s a slightly naughty sense of freedom. Defying fate to give us our death of cold. When you see other people out walking or running or riding in the rain, too, you want to give them a knowing wink. As if to acknowledge that feeling of getting away with something.

Since I’m not a witch or a little girl made of sugar or spice, I’m certainly not going to melt. On the contrary, I’ll come away from the run in the rain with a pile of wet laundry, stronger legs, and a greater belief in my own mental toughness.

Here’s to another rainy run!

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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.

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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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AUTHORS, BUSINESS, HR, HUMANITY, PERSONAL GROWTH

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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Mike Glauser: Build your dream company doing what you love where you live!

Joined on the show my Mike Glauser, entrepreneur, business consultant, univeristy professor, and author of Main Street Entrepeneur: Build Your Dream Company Doing What You Love Where You Live. Learn more about Mike here!

Discussion guide from my conversation with Mike Glauser:

Mike Glauser1. Mike and his team rode 4,005 miles across the country in 45 days, and interviewed more than 100 entrepreneurs.

2. From these conversations, he distilled the NINE keys for entrepreneurial success, nine keys to building your own business.

3. There is a serious employment crisis coming. What can you do to prepare?

4. In his book, Mike teaches us about building a purpose-driven business, meeting important community needs, developing a supporting cast, working with a zealous tenacity, giving mind-boggling customer service, diversifying revenue streams, giving back to the broader community, and ultimately, creating the lifestyle of your dreams.

5. You don’t have to build a business in LA, NY, or Silicon Valley. Magic is happening across American, in every small city and town. How can you?

6. We also discuss the physicality, training, and effort that went into actually biking across the United States.

Find Mike Glauser’s book here:

About Mike Glauser:

Mike is an entrepreneur, business consultant, and university professor. He has built successful companies in the retail, wholesale, and consulting industries. He has worked with hundreds of startup ventures and large corporations. He is currently the Executive Director of the Jeffrey D. Clark Center for Entrepreneurship in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. Mike’s great passion is helping people create successful companies, gain financial freedom, and live the life of their dreams.

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John Chisholm: Different is better than better

Joined on the show by John Chisholm, CEO of John Chisholm Ventures, and author of Unleash Your Inner Company: Use Passion and Perseverance To Build Your Ideal Business. Learn more about the book here!

Discussion guide from my chat with John Chisholm:

John Chisholm1. You are a 30-year Silicon Valley veteran, and your new book, “Unleash Your Inner Company”, distills that experience into a step-by-step guide that anyone can follow to start their own company. Where do you start?

2. You say that “Different is Better than Better.” What does that mean?

3. You have a chapter called “Growing Your Mind From the Inside Out.” What does that mean?

4. You claim to be able to turn anyone into an innovator. How?

5. STARS methodology.

6. The “inner game” of entrepreneurship.

7. The power of positive thinking.

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About John Chisholm:

John is CEO of John Chisholm Ventures, a startup advisory, consulting, and angel investing firm in San Francisco. John has three decades of experience as entrepreneur, CEO, and investor. He is the author of the Amazon best-seller, “Unleash Your Inner Company: Use Passion and Perseverance to Build Your Ideal Business” (Greenleaf, October 2015).

A pioneer in online marketing research, he founded and served as CEO/Chairman of Decisive Technology (now part of Google), publisher of the first desktop and client-server software for online surveys. Later, he founded and served as CEO/Chairman of CustomerSat (now part of Confirmit), a leading provider of enterprise feedback management systems. Most recently he has co-founded Pyze, a mobile intelligence provider.

He is a trustee of MIT and of the Santa Fe Institute and immediate-past president and chairman of the worldwide MIT Alumni Association. He is a contributor to Forbes and author or co-author of two US patents.

He holds BS & MS degrees in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School. An avid mountain climber, he has summited Mounts Rainier, Shasta, Whitney, St. Helens and live volcanoes in Chile & Indonesia.

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AUTHORS, MARKETING

Professor Bruce Newman: The 2016 Presidential Election Outcome Explained

Bruce Newman, professor of marketing at DePaul University, joins me on the show to discuss the surprising outcome from the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. And what you’ll find, it really shouldn’t have been a surprise.

Discussion guide from my conversation with Bruce Newman:

Bruce Newman1. Analyzing the race from a “true marketing perspective,” and understanding the candidates’ marketing strategy.

2. “Trump was more effective at talking about what mattered most to the American people. And Hillary was viewed as representing the elite.”

3. “Hillary spent too much time targeting Trump’s negatives. When customers buy, they want to know what you will do. Not your competition.”

4. “The Outsider:” Developing a unique brand identity.

5. The power of “Make American Great Again,” and how that fed the brand identity.

6. Trump’s strategy: Use of earned media, building and executing a much stronger data and targeting operation than anticipated, and pushing a largely “positive” message.

7. Trump’s surprisingly effective use of technology to reinforce his base, and Hillary’s failure to do so.

8. Hillary’s poor ability to build an effective relationship with her customers, and Trump’s ability to completely redefine the relationship between voters and a candidate for president.

9. Trump’s ability to work through and mitigate damage from various crisis situations, and how Hillary blew the big one from FBI Director Comey.

Find Bruce Newman’s book here:

About Bruce Newman:

Newman, author of THE MARKETING REVOLUTION IN POLITICS, is a professor of marketing and a Wicklander Fellow in Business Ethics in the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University and founding editor of the Journal of Political Marketing.

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