Podcast

068 – Sarah Andreas | Learning to Lead Yourself First

“If you’re not leading yourself well, the chances of leading others well is truly diminished.”

Sarah Andreas, Ph.D., is the CEO of WiseWood, LLC, a leadership development company dedicated to helping people-first organizations develop whole leaders. She’s also the author of Invisible Roots, which dives into overcoming the complexities of being a woman in leadership.

For Sarah, invisible roots are the stories we tell ourselves about our ability to lead. These stories have taken root without your conscious thought or permission. How can you remove them, and develop new beliefs and behaviors that truly reflect what you think, believe and aspire to become? 

In this episode, you’ll hear Sarah share practices that you can use to help you become more aware of the invisible roots in your life that could be holding you back from being the leader you are called to be. 

Truth You Can Act On: 

  1. Focus on Filling Your Cup First. You can’t give if you’re empty. Remember, if you aren’t leading yourself well, you most likely won’t be leading others well either. 
  2. Make Reflection a Habit. Take time to pause and debrief your experiences to learn from them. This is a great way for us to work to get better.
  3. Proactively Seek Diverse Perspectives. Get involved with things you’re passionate about with others who are different from you and ask them questions to understand their viewpoint.
  4. Find Your Tribe. Have an inner circle that encourages you, and inspires healthy competition. 

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067 – Encouraging Personal Development [Part 2] | Tommy Richardson

“If there’s one thing that you can point to that leads to growth, work on your physical journey, because that creates the energy to develop in all of the other areas.”

As we launch Part 2 of this special two-part episode with mental performance coach and trainer Tommy Richardson, we’re diving into the physical side of personal growth.

If you’re not eating right, exercising, or getting enough sleep, your overall performance can be truly limited. It all starts with you, and it’s an inside out transformation according to Tommy.

In this episode, you’ll hear his advice on how you can grow in your physical, social, and emotional development journeys.

Plus, what tactics can you promote to encourage your people to develop in these areas as well? As Tommy says, the more we can develop the people around us, the greater the success of our companies, and ourselves. Listen in.

Truth You Can Act On:

  1. Purpose unlocks engagement. On your spiritual growth journey, understanding your purpose is key. As leaders, make sure you know your team members’ individual purpose. Help them help you understand their purpose.
  2. The mental game is huge. We choose our attitude, and you can’t be negative and in gratitude at the same time. Try shifting your attitude with the ‘cancel-cancel’ approach Tommy discusses in this episode.
  3. Physical development journey. Physical activity can help immensely with stress management, energy, and confidence. Whether it’s going for a daily walk or lifting weights, make sure your employees are getting the physical activity they need.
  4. Social and emotional development journey. Don’t live in isolation – it’s important to build relationships and meet new people. Spend time listening to and understanding others.
  5. Embrace feedback daily. Having a culture of feedback on your team can embrace transparency.
  6. The importance of reading. What are you consistently doing to develop yourself as a leader? Try having a book going at all times to further develop your growth journey.

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066 – Encouraging Personal Development [Part 1] | Tommy Richardson

Tommy Richardson is a mental performance coach and trainer, partner of Synergy Training and former International President for Toastmasters International, an organization dedicated to helping others gain confidence in public speaking. He has spent more than 40 years developing teams and people as a business coach.

In Part 1 of this special two-part episode, Tommy dives into personal development. As a leader, do you know your employees’ personal purpose? How can you unlock high employee engagement by utilizing your people’s purpose?

Listen in to Gut+Science as Tommy discusses how spirituality, mindfulness, attitude and more can impact personal development in the workplace.

Truth You Can Act On:

  1. Tune in to Part 2 of Tommy’s interview next week for Nikki’s full Truth You Can Act On, but in the meantime, share your takeaways and tag us on social media.

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065 – Engage Mentoring: The Importance of Being a Mentor and Having a Mentor | Alison Martin

“You should never stop mentoring and you should never stop being mentored.”

Alison Martin is the Chief Mentoring Officer at Diverse Talent Strategies, a training and development firm with a unique mentoring process aimed at talent development, promoting inclusion, employee engagement, and social responsibility.
As Alison points out, you would be hard-pressed to find a successful leader who doesn’t attribute mentoring as a key aspect in helping them reach success.

How can mentoring help you shine a different perspective on problems and bring in fresh, outside ideas?
In this episode of Gut+Science, Alison and Nikki hone in on the importance of peer, group, and one-on-one mentoring. Listen in to hear success stories of leaders overcoming challenges, tips on finding strategic solutions, and more.

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064 – The Science Behind Your Brain and How it Impacts Your Work | Neal Phalora

Neal Phalora (@NealPhalora) is the Founder of TheBrainWarrior™️ Method. He combines the metaphysics and the science of rewiring the brain to forgive the past and unleash the powerful present. Neal’s work has transformed individuals and companies to seek powerful, joyous, and abundant lives.
In this episode, you’ll hear Neal discuss the science of the brain and how it ties into engagement at work.
So, how can things like mindfulness and meditation impact your workplace?

Truth You Can Act On:

  1. Understand Your Biology. As leaders, when you start to understand the biology behind your brain, you can demystify it in a way that you don’t have to feel like you’re being controlled by it. Neal recommends meditation as a tool to combat that stressed or overwhelmed feeling.
  2. Emotion. Releasing and using your emotions is a core principle of mindfulness. As a leader, having emotions and showing vulnerability can bring your workplace together.
  3. How Stress Impacts Your Workplace. If your people are overwhelmed at work, their brain produces cortisol, which results in stress and takes away creativity and the ability to absorb information. Have a space where your people can rest their brains to feel refreshed.

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063 – Why Love, Service, and Leadership Go Hand in Hand | Marcia Barnes

Marcia Barnes (@HoosierMarketer), CEO of Valve+Meter, knows the importance of building relationships in the workplace, and she believes loving and serving our people is the key to unlocking strong relationships.

At Valve+Meter, Marcia and her team define love as acting in the long-term best interest of another. In this episode of Gut Plus Science, you’ll hear why the performance marketing company uses love as a core value in business.

How can you build trust with your people in order to get permission to lead them? And how do servant leadership and love work together? You’ll want to hear Marcia’s valuable advice.

Truth You Can Act On:

  1. Get Permission to Lead. Don’t assume people are ready. Building trust and building relationships with people take time – this doesn’t happen overnight.
  2. Serve Your People. What can you do for your people? Take time to listen to your employees and follow up on what you heard. People want to follow selfless servant leaders.
  3. Small Deposits Make an Impact. Know your people’s names, write notes, and remember what others share with you. It’s the little things that help people know you care.

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062 – The Power of Team Building | Don Brown

Don Brown (@DonBrownIndy) takes team building to a whole new level. His team will be the first one to tell you, “no one leaves [this company].”

As a successful serial software entrepreneur, Don, Founder and CEO of LifeOmic, is an active technology and business advisor, investor, and philanthropist. 

Listen in as Don explains why leaders need to take a time out – a true time out with no distractions – to focus on team building. For his team, this is a week-long retreat at his house in Park City, Utah, which most recently included more than 70 people camping in the mountains. 

How can relationships built through team-building trips promote growth and transparency in your workplace? 

Truth You Can Act On: 

  1. Take Time Out to Team Build. Spend time getting to know the people you work with. 
  2. Purpose is the Core of a Business. Reiterate the purpose of the company regularly and pour into the purpose of your people. What is their personal purpose? How does your business help that come alive?
  3. Leaders Are Doers. Jump in more often!

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061 – The Talent Shortage: Forcing Innovation + Collaboration | David Decker

Did you know there are 6.9 million open jobs in America and only 6.2 million people available to fill them?

In this episode, David Decker, Founder of Hub & Spoke, discusses how we can innovate and collaborate through today’s talent shortage. 

“We need everyone to come together and collaborate if we’re going to make a difference. Get together in your communities with other business leaders and brainstorm how you can actually make a difference together – because you’re not going to solve it by yourself,” David says.

Being innovative and taking action on new ideas is incredibly important. If anyone is going to do it, it’s you – as a leader. Where do you start? Listen in.

Truth You Can Act On: 

  1. Partner with K-12 to Attack the Talent Shortage Problem. We have to start educating children on career options earlier on and keep in mind the opportunities to skill up aside from the traditional college path.
  2. Who’s Your Team? Have a group of people that you can collaborate with and support each other to overcome problems. Be sure to email Nikki at nikki@emplify.com if you need ideas on how to find groups of people like this.
  3. Be Involved in Your Community. Everything works better with community participation.

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060 – Attitude: The Foundation to Success | Mark Schulman

In this special 60th episode of Gut+Science, Mark Schulman (@markyplanet), the drummer for P!nk and rockstar keynote speaker, dives into why attitude is the ultimate power – and how you can shift not only your attitude but the attitudes of others. 

“Understanding that you, as a leader, have the power to drive different behavior and actually produce different results is truly powerful,” he says.

Listen in as this rockstar drummer explains why “A times B equals C” when it comes to attitude, behavior, and consequence.

Truth You Can Act On: 

  1. We Can Shift Our Attitude in Minutes. Get cut off in traffic? Did an incident at work or at home get you down? Take a few minutes to list out the things you’re grateful for in life. Gratitude is the foundation to shifting your attitude. 
  2. Attitude Times Behavior Equals Consequence. Reflect on this in your current life scenario. Enhance your life by working on your attitude and behaviors. 
  3. As a Leader, Be Real. The way to be real? Be you! Relationships influence employee engagement so be authentic when it comes to interacting with your people.

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059 – Building an Engaged 1099 and Remote Workforce | Kate Colbert

Did you know 1 in 10 employees are remote? How companies resource and think about the talent they’re bringing on board is changing.

Kate Colbert, President of Silver Tree Communications, believes this mentality has shifted for the better to provide more control and flexibility to companies, as well as to contractors. However, not seeing your employees daily is still a struggle for some leaders. 

So, how can you invest in your remote employees and contractors? How can you make these people feel valued and respected? The relationship should never feel transactional, it should be about partnership, according to Kate. Listen in for her advice. 

Truth You Can Act On: 

  1. Focus on the Result. Lead with the end in mind and help your people see their goals clearly. Paint that picture of what success looks like.
  2. Leverage Technology with Video. Encourage both audio and visual aspects for remote meetings to bridge that distance.
  3. Treat Your Remote Workforce like Insiders. Take a look at how you interact with both 1099 and remote employees. How can you enhance this to treat them more like a trusted colleague?
  4. Constant Gratitude. As a leader, express your thanks in hand-written notes, calls, or texts. Gratitude is another key to relationship building. 

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