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547: Be the Voice of Change - Ask Denis
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15:51How can our own voice become a powerful tool for transformation and leadership?Denis Gianoutsos delves into this inquiry, exploring the profound impact of using one's voice to initiate meaningful change. Drawing from his personal journey through a health crisis, Denis shares invaluable insights on transforming personal adversities into opportunities for leadership and influence. This episode goes beyond the ordinary, offering strategies for effective communication and leadership, empowering listeners to turn their challenges into catalysts for growth and positive impact in their communities and beyond. Join us as we uncover the secrets to becoming a voice of change and navigating the intricate pathways of leadership.In This Episode:Denis emphasizes the importance of using your voice effectively to lead and drive change.He suggests strategies for developing an influential voice, like educating yourself and communicating clearly.Denis explains how grassroots efforts and local communities can create change.The host describes the power of a collective "choir" of voices versus just a solo voice.He also discusses the ripple effect of an individual voice inspiring others.The speaker underscores owning your responsibility as a leader to be a voice of change.Denis offers executive coaching to help leaders strengthen their voice.Main Takeaways:Recognize your potential to influence change with your voice, in both formal and informal roles. See your voice as a tool.Continuously educate yourself on important issues and solutions. Knowledge builds credibility and informed arguments.Don't just criticize problems, also propose solutions. Demonstrate strategic thinking.Collaborate with others to increase the impact of your voice. There is power in numbers.Be proactive in taking a stand and speaking up. Don't wait for someone else to initiate change.Use your voice to enlighten, inspire, and lead others. See your voice as creating a ripple effect.Reflect on developing and strengthening your own leadership voice. Consider coaching if needed.Quotes:"Being the voice of change is more than just a call to action; it's a philosophy that empowers every person to recognize their potential to influence and lead change." - Denis Gianoutsos“The impact of your voice really depends on how you express your ideas… Respectful communication is more likely to be heard and taken seriously when you communicate clearly and with respect." - Denis Gianoutsos"It's not just about communicating clearly and respectfully; it's also about connecting with people." - Denis Gianoutsos“If you don't see things changing, or changing quickly enough, then take action. Don't just sit there and criticize; be the change that you want to see.” - Denis Gianoutsos"Every major movement began with an individual who dared to speak up." - Denis GianoutsosConnect with Denis: Email: [email protected]: www.LeadingChangePartners.com FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/denisgianoutsos LinkedIn: <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/denisgianoutsos/" rel="noopener noreferrer"...
546: From Tumor on Vocal Cord to Keynote Speaker
12:53How does one transform a personal health crisis into a stepping stone for leadership growth and success?Denis Gianoutsos shares his inspiring journey from overcoming a tumor on his vocal cord to becoming a keynote speaker. In the episode, he discusses launching his new speaker showreel and reflects on the importance of consistency and energy in leadership. He highlights the power of one's voice to impact others, the significance of embracing change, and the role of adversity in personal growth. Denis emphasizes the need for adaptive leadership in a rapidly changing world and the importance of leaders' mindsets in navigating challenges. He advises leaders to take time for reflection and planning to thrive in their roles.In This Episode:Denis discusses his transition from having a tumor on his vocal cord to becoming a keynote speaker.He talks about launching his new speaker showreel and the positive feedback received.Denis emphasizes the importance of consistency and energy in leadership roles.He explores the concept of voice impact in leadership, both positively and negatively.The episode covers navigating and embracing change, and the fear associated with it.Denis speaks about adaptive leadership and the necessity of staying relevant in a dynamic world.He advises on handling adversity and the significance of a leader's mindset.The importance of taking time for reflection and planning is highlighted.Main Takeaways:Challenges like health issues can be transformative, offering opportunities for personal and professional growth.A leader's words and actions can significantly influence others, sometimes affecting a larger chain of people.Regularly showing up with enthusiasm can amplify a leader's effectiveness and inspire others.Embracing and adapting to change is crucial in leadership, as change is a constant in technology, ideas, and leadership itself.In a fast-paced world, leaders must evolve to stay relevant and valuable.Taking time to step back, think, and plan is essential for clear direction and effective leadership.Sharing personal stories and experiences can be powerful in connecting with and motivating others.Quotes:"What we say and what we do has an impact. It's about the voice of impact." - Denis Gianoutsos"If you're consistently showing up with great energy, imagine what you could do as a leader." - Denis Gianoutsos"As an adaptive leader... for change to happen, we have to change first." - Denis Gianoutsos"The brain will work it out. Give it time." - Denis Gianoutsos"To thrive as a leader today, you have to be consistent in what you do. If you bring strong energy to it, passion, that's what's going to really help you move forward." - Denis GianoutsosConnect with Denis: Email: [email protected]: http://www.leadingchangepartners.com/Leadership Is Changing Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LeadershipIsChanging/Leadership is Changing LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/leadership-is-changing-podcast/YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@DenisGianoutsos Speaker Show Reel: https://vimeo.com/893549393/69c77928f8?share=copy...
545: The Importance of Sticking to Your Game Plan in Achieving Goals - Ask Denis
16:15Are you struggling to maintain focus and efficiently reach your goals in a world filled with distractions?In this episode, Denis discusses the importance of a well-thought-out game plan for achieving goals, especially in a world full of distractions. He emphasizes the challenges of maintaining focus and the need for strategic planning in goal attainment. Denis provides insights from his experience working with leaders globally and highlights the value of a game plan in directing efforts efficiently. He covers the benefits of such a plan, like maintaining focus, efficiently using resources, measuring progress, reducing overwhelm, and building resilience. Additionally, Denis touches on the challenges and strategies for sticking to a game plan, stressing the need for adaptability, realistic expectations, accountability, and celebrating milestones. He also invites listeners to review and recalibrate their game plans and offers personal coaching to help them in their professional journeys.In This Episode:Denis emphasizes the benefits of a structured game plan, like maintaining focus and using resources efficiently.He shares the importance of measurable progress and how to adjust strategies during the journey.He also shares strategies for sticking to a game plan, including regular review, adaptability, realistic expectations, accountability, and celebrating milestones.Main Takeaways:A well-devised game plan is essential for staying focused on goals amidst distractions and uncertainty.A strategic game plan ensures that time and resources are used effectively, prioritizing tasks that move you closer to your goal.Regularly reviewing and adapting the game plan is crucial for keeping it relevant and effective in changing circumstances.It's vital to set achievable goals and timelines to avoid frustration and maintain motivation.Sharing goals with a trusted partner or group can significantly increase commitment to the game plan.Acknowledging and celebrating achievements along the way boosts morale and motivation.Sticking to a game plan, especially amidst challenges, develops resilience and teaches the value of persistence.Quotes:"The effectiveness of a game plan lies in its ability to provide you direction and focus." - Denis Gianoutsos"A game plan is not just a roadmap; it's a commitment by you to the approach towards bringing your goals to life." - Denis Gianoutsos"With structure comes flexibility. The ability to have a game plan gives you structure, but it also offers flexibility." - Denis Gianoutsos"The path to achieving significant goals isn't a straight line. It requires constant navigation and sometimes recalibration." - Denis GianoutsosConnect with Denis: Email: [email protected]: http://www.leadingchangepartners.com/Leadership Is Changing Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LeadershipIsChanging/Leadership is Changing LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/leadership-is-changing-podcast/
544: Leadership is Changing Highlights 2023 (ft. Dan Michelson, Rajeev Kapur and Nancy Lyons)
26:48In this mashup, we delve into the intricate world of technology and leadership, featuring insights from three distinguished guests. From Chicago, Dan Michelson shares his journey from developing electronic health records to founding InCommon, highlighting the need for adaptive leadership, particularly during the COVID-19 crisis. Meanwhile, Rajeev Kapur reflects on leading diverse teams across cultures, the transition to remote working, and evolving leadership dynamics in a workforce increasingly influenced by Gen Z, millennials, and women. Rounding out the discussion, Nancy Lyons emphasizes the importance of aligning personal values with one's employer and advocating for intrapreneurship and risk-taking within companies. Together, these narratives intertwine to explore the challenges of leadership, the impact of personal growth, and the evolution of work culture in the rapidly changing tech industry.In This Episode:Dan Michelson discusses his 20-year career in technology, focusing on healthcare technology.He shares insights from teaching a class on decision strategy, emphasizing the importance of what one makes of their decisions.Rajeev Kapur discusses his journey from an inside salesperson at Dell to leading significant divisions in various global regions.He discusses the successful transition of his organization to a predominantly remote working model during the pandemic.Nancy Lyons discusses Clockwork, a technology consultancy she co-founded, focusing on regulated industries.She speaks about being an advocate for making work more meaningful and aligned with personal values.Main Takeaways:Understanding the importance of adapting to changes in the workplace and using them as opportunities for growth and innovation.Recognizing that personal development and seeking new challenges are crucial for professional satisfaction and advancement.Learning that effective leadership is particularly crucial during times of crisis, creating opportunities for positive change and progress.Embrace opportunities and adapt to various roles within an organization to climb the corporate ladder.Adapt business models to remote working environments effectively, focusing on employee satisfaction.Implement decentralization in decision-making to enhance efficiency and empower teams.Ensure your personal values align with your employer's to find meaningful work and fulfillment.Encourage a mindset of intrapreneurship within organizations to foster innovation and growth.Quotes:"Technology is wonderful... healthcare is the largest industry in our economy and the one most in need of technology." - Dan Michelson"We're going through the biggest and fastest change in the history of how we work and live... how do we make the future different from the past?" - Dan Michelson"We focus on making our employees the most important customer that we have." - Rajeev Kapur"We pushed all decision making down into the teams... corporate is no longer a bottleneck." - Rajeev Kapur"We aren't trapped. We're not in prison. We have power." - Nancy Lyons"Ensure that the place where you are choosing to devote the majority of your time and talent, make sure that their values align with yours." - Nancy LyonsConnect with Denis: Email: [email protected]: http://www.leadingchangepartners.com/Leadership Is Changing Facebook Group:<a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/LeadershipIsChanging/"...
543: Leadership is Changing Highlights 2023 (ft. Jason Radisson, Valerie Trapunsky and Wendy H. Steele)
24:20In this episode, Denis delves into the diverse world of leadership and entrepreneurship with three distinct guests. Jason Radisson, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Movo, recounts his rise to leadership through early job experiences, structured mentorship, and self-driven learning, emphasizing the significance of seizing opportunities and building networks. Valerie Trapunsky, transitioning from a personal assistant to the founder of ChatterBoss, shares her journey in the world of A-list celebrities and how mastering the art of delegation led her to establish a remote executive assistant service. Lastly, we hear from Wendy H. Steele, a former banker turned nonprofit leader who climbed the corporate ladder to senior vice president and then shifted to philanthropy, founding Impact 100. She highlights her journey of empowering women in community involvement and the unique challenges of female leadership in corporate and nonprofit sectors. Join us as we explore these varied paths to leadership and the impactful lessons each journey offers.In This Episode:Jason discusses his background as a serial entrepreneur and introduces his latest venture, Movo.Jason advises listeners on proactive job-seeking and networking strategies.Valerie discusses her background as a personal assistant and chief of staff.She explores her leadership style and approach within her company.Wendy discusses her background in banking and her transition to philanthropy.She reflects on her experiences as a woman climbing the corporate ladder in a male-dominated She advises on using volunteer work to gain leadership skills and experience.Main Takeaways:Embrace early job experiences as stepping stones to leadership roles.Leadership qualities can be cultivated in various settings, not just in business.Transitioning careers can lead to unexpected but fulfilling opportunities.Understanding the role of a thought partner can transform how assistance is utilized in business.Leadership can evolve from addressing community needs and taking the initiative to solve problems.Women in corporate environments may face unique challenges but can succeed with hard work and support from mentors.Quotes:"You just got to get out there and do it... It does work and it does." - Jason Radisson "Leadership is changing, life is changing, your career plans are changing." - Valerie Trapunsky"It's really about standing up and saying, I see a problem that needs to be fixed, and I'm ready to take responsibility to do what I can where I am, to help solve it." - Wendy H. SteeleConnect with Denis: Email: [email protected]: http://www.leadingchangepartners.com/Leadership Is Changing Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LeadershipIsChanging/Leadership is Changing LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/leadership-is-changing-podcast/
542: 5 Essential Tips for Leaders to Turn Failure into a Learning Experience - Ask Denis
16:35You as a leader can transform your approach to failures and mistakes into powerful tools for team growth and organizational development.In this episode, Denis discusses the shifting perception of failure and mistakes in the realm of business management and leadership. He shares five critical tips for leaders to turn failures and mistakes into stepping stones for success and emphasizes the importance of learning from setbacks and striving for continuous improvement both for personal growth and organizational development.In This Episode:Denis discusses the evolving approach towards failure and mistakes in business management and leadership.He explores five tips for leaders to use failures as stepping stones to success.Denis encourages listeners to reflect on their handling of failures and mistakes.He presented a call to action for listeners to identify which of the five tips they need to work on.Main Takeaways:Understand that mistakes and failures are crucial for personal growth and organizational development.Create an environment where team members feel safe to share their mistakes, fostering trust and psychological safety.Shift from blaming to problem-solving by focusing on root causes and empowering team members to find solutions.Promote regular self-reflection to understand one's role in failures and to avoid repeating mistakes.Use mistakes as opportunities to share insights and develop skills within the team.Cultivate an attitude that views setbacks as part of the journey towards success and continuous improvement.Quotes:"If you can foster a supportive environment that's focusing on constructive feedback, encouraging reflection, using mistakes as a teaching moment and promoting resilience and growth mindset, then leaders can effectively turn setbacks into valuable learning experiences." - Denis Gianoutsos"The way you, as a leader, handle mistakes and failures can really impact your team, impact them in their learning, and also in their development." - Denis GianoutsosConnect with Denis: Email: [email protected]: http://www.leadingchangepartners.com/Leadership Is Changing Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LeadershipIsChanging/Leadership is Changing LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/leadership-is-changing-podcast/
541: Leadership is Changing Highlights 2023 (ft. Bridgette McAdoo, Chris Caldwell and Vash Tomanec)
26:48How can individuals navigate significant career transitions and overcome challenges in leadership roles, and what role does personal well-being play in enhancing professional success and decision-making? In this episode, we delve into the diverse career paths of three remarkable individuals. Bridgette, the Chief Sustainability Officer at Genesys, shares her transition from aerospace engineering to leading sustainability efforts, highlighting her journey of 'purposeful pivots' and the challenges of being a young woman in leadership. Chris, transitioning from law and investment banking, delves into the world of renewable energy entrepreneurship after an enlightening MBA. He underscores the significance of wellness and exercise in achieving clarity and resilience in both professional and personal realms, along with his role in transforming the energy sector through United Renewables. Lastly, Vash recounts his evolution from a conventional employee to a successful entrepreneur, inspired by the insights from "Rich Dad Poor Dad." He narrates his bold decision to leave his job at Uber Eats, leading to the creation of three lucrative businesses, and stresses the importance of a strong personal 'why' in driving success and change.In this episode:Bridgette shares her unconventional journey from engineering to sustainability.She reflects on her early leadership experience at NASA, managing a diverse engineering team.She highlights the importance of building trust and listening in leadership.Chris discusses his transition from a legal career to investment banking, followed by entrepreneurship in renewable energy.He talks about the benefits of taking time out for health, exercise, and well-being in improving business performance.He shares insights about his organization, United Renewables, detailing its growth and challenges in the renewable energy sector.Vash recounts his transition from a conventional employee mindset to becoming an entrepreneur.He highlights the role of self-reflection in finding personal motivation and goals.He also speaks about the process of starting a business and eventually leading over 20 employees.Main takeaways:Effective leadership, especially in diverse settings, requires empathy and the ability to influence others positively.Having mentors and supportive colleagues is crucial for navigating professional challenges and personal growth.Bridget's approach to not internalize conflict and focus on her strengths highlights the importance of a resilient and positive mindset.Regular exercise and attention to health contribute significantly to professional efficiency and decision-making.The journey of entrepreneurship, especially in challenging sectors like renewable energy, requires resilience and adaptability.Taking time out for activities like exercise provides opportunities for reflection, essential for wise decision-making.Transitioning to an entrepreneurial mindset can open new paths and opportunities.Identifying a strong, personal reason or purpose is key to sustaining motivation and success.Spending quality time alone for introspection is vital for discovering inner motivations and strengths.Quotes:"I love working on work that absolutely allows me to extend my focus." - Bridgette McAdoo"You just try to stay steadfast because you know that your talent is enough to be in the position that you're in." - Bridgette McAdoo"After 10 years, the thought occurred, well, is there not more to life than this and chasing a kind of quarterly earnings and quarterly profits?" - Chris Caldwell"Exercise is my...
540: Leadership is Changing Highlights 2023 (ft. Matt McWilliams, Dawn Abbott and Jon Becker)
31:24Have you ever wondered how entrepreneurs overcome unimaginable challenges to build their dreams? In this episode, we dive into the lives of three inspiring individuals: Matt McWilliams, Dawn Abbott, and Jon Becker. Each faced unique hurdles, from personal tragedies to the daunting task of starting a business from scratch, yet they emerged stronger, wiser, and more successful.Matt McWilliams recounts his journey from a struggling author to a successful online marketer, emphasizing the importance of impact over income and the theme of 'iteration' in business. Dawn Abbott shares her story of starting a business at 21, facing the tragic loss of her husband, and how she turned her grief into empowerment for her team and personal growth, eventually leading to her son taking over the business with new strategies. Lastly, we hear from Jon Becker who started at 17 in the rock climbing equipment sector and grew to supply military and law enforcement agencies, advocating the importance of pushing personal boundaries and continuous self-development in leadership.In this episode:Matt talks about his book "Turn Your Passions into Profits" and its success in bookstores and libraries.Matt recounts his transition from teaching golf to starting his first website company and eventually becoming a successful online marketer.Matt emphasizes the importance of iteration in business, learning from small failures, and systematization over time.Dawn Abbott discusses starting her first business at 21 and eventually expanding to three businesses.She talks about managing her family and businesses through trauma and grief.She discusses her son's desire to take over the business and the implementation of EOS for business improvement.Jon Becker discusses starting his business with rock climbing equipment and expanding to military and law enforcement supplies.He talks about his passion for sports and activities that push his limits and foster personal growth.He also stresses the importance of mastering basic leadership skills and creating environments for team success.Main takeaways:Access to knowledge and resources like libraries can significantly influence personal and professional growth.Navigating through personal challenges like unexpected pregnancy and loss of a loved one while maintaining professional responsibilities.Learning to delegate effectively, especially during times of personal crisis, to ensure business continuity.The value of trusting and empowering team members to take more responsibilities and make decisions.Using personal challenges as catalysts for growth and reevaluation of life and business goals.Deep knowledge of your product is crucial for adding value to customers.Engage in activities that challenge and develop you both as a leader and an individual.Personal development should be a primary objective for leaders.Sharing experiences and knowledge is vital for preserving legacy and enhancing community learning.Quotes:"Make mistakes when you only have 140 subscribers... try everything when you have 500 people." - Matt McWilliams"Perfectionism is just an excuse not to take action." - Matt McWilliams"Once I realized things were going just as well, maybe better, without me having to make all the decisions... I should stand out of their way." - Dawn Abbott"The more time I spend pushing my boundaries... that is really where I grow and how I develop." - Jon Becker"Your job is to create an environment for your team where they thrive and are happy and are enjoying their job." - Jon...
539: You Have Your Goals Set - Now What? - Ask Denis
14:47How can transforming your goal-setting approach from a routine task to an exciting journey reshape your leadership and achievements?In this empowering episode, Denis delves into the art of effective goal-setting for leaders. He emphasizes the importance of setting inspiring, emotionally resonant goals and illustrates how to bring these goals to life through strategic planning, regular monitoring, and celebrating milestones. He challenges listeners to rethink their approach to New Year's resolutions and goal setting, encouraging them to set daring, almost daunting goals. Denis offers practical advice on monitoring progress, reflects on the importance of consistency in leadership, and underscores the value of mentorship in achieving these aspirations.In this episode:Denis discusses the significance of setting goals at the beginning of the year.He stresses how to avoid distractions and maintain a clear focus on your objectives.He highlights the importance of planning and setting achievable milestones.Denis explores the value of recognizing progress and having a proactive mindset.Main takeaways:Transform goals into captivating titles that resonate emotionally.Avoid mundane goals; aspire to those that inspire and motivate.Identify key milestones as chapters in your goal-setting journey.Understand the current state and the envisioned end state of your goals.Regular reflection and debriefing are essential for goal progression.Revisit your 'why' and ensure your goals align with your purpose.Embrace discipline and focus to drive consistent progress.Quotes:"You can have the best-sounding goals, the most good-looking goals. But it doesn't matter unless you do something with it." - Denis Gianoutsos"The key word of going from average to excellence is consistency." - Denis GianoutsosConnect with Denis: Email: [email protected]: http://www.leadingchangepartners.com/Leadership Is Changing Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LeadershipIsChanging/Leadership is Changing LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/leadership-is-changing-podcast/
538: Leadership is Changing Highlights 2023 (ft. Steve Sommerfeld, Ernie Sander and Jim Massey)
33:44In this episode, we delve into the captivating journeys of three remarkable individuals. First, we meet Steve Sommerfeld, a professional freestyle motocross rider turned business manager, whose path from an Australian dairy farm to international motocross arenas is a tale of resilience and adaptability, marked by a life-altering injury that redefined his career. Next, we explore the world of media with Ernie Sander, a seasoned media executive from Boston, now making waves in New York City. Ernie's extensive experience, from the Wall Street Journal to the forefront of digital media, provides an insider's look at the industry's evolution and the shifting work culture in a post-pandemic world. Finally, we hear from Jim Massey, a "five and dime behaviorist" with a diverse background spanning politics, marketing, and sustainability. Jim's journey, from his transformative work at AstraZeneca to navigating personal and global changes during the COVID-19 crisis, highlights the power of human behavior in driving ethical and societal progress.Join us as we uncover the resilience, innovation, and human insight that define these extraordinary lives.In this episode:Steve discusses his background, growing up on a dairy farm in Australia and how it led to his career in motocross.Steve recounts his severe injury that led him to relearn walking and how it impacted his career.Steve reflects on the unpredictability of life and the importance of being prepared for anything.Ernie discusses his current location in New York City and the dynamics of city life post-pandemic.He details his career progression from traditional journalism to digital media and his role at Pioneer Collective.He covers the transformation of the media industry from pre-digital to the current digital and diverse media landscape.Jim discusses his location near Washington D.C. and his background as a "five and dime behaviorist."He talks about embracing change and the concept of "always be changing."He also advises on coping with change, highlighting the importance of self-belief and readiness for the next challenge.Main takeaways:Steve's experience of relearning to walk after an accident teaches the importance of resilience and perseverance in the face of challenges.Being theoretically prepared for life's challenges is different from actually experiencing and overcoming them.The discussion on work-from-home dynamics post-pandemic illustrates the changing nature of work environments and employee preferences.Utilizing a support network of people who provide honest feedback and encouragement is vital during periods of change.It's important to have a balance of people who provide unconditional support and those who challenge you to grow.Quotes:"You don't take things for granted because anything can happen at any time." - Steve Sommerfeld"Being prepared for it and going through it are still two very different things." - Steve Sommerfeld"I describe myself as a five and dime behaviorist... trying to drive human behavior for good." - Jim Massey"Change is the only thing I know... it's all any of us know, and it's just increasing." - Jim Massey"Always be changing... never be complacent." - Jim Massey"95%t of the issue with change is in our head." - Jim MasseyConnect with Denis: Email: [email protected]:<a href="http://www.leadingchangepartners.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer"...