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Leadership Refined2022-03-08T17:39:11-07:00

Leadership Deep Dive: How to Get Curious

You've heard us talk a lot about the importance of curiosity. Today, we dive into how. From questions to ask and ways to hone your active listening skills, co-host, Brandon Smith, walks leaders through how to maximize this workplace superpower. [...]

February 26th, 2024|

5 Things Confident People DON’T Do

For this post I will be taking off my therapist hat and snuggly putting on my executive coach hat. As any executive coach would tell you, a good executive coaching process will highlight what you should “start, stop and continue” [...]

February 22nd, 2024|

The Inside Innovator with Louis K. Gump

As a leader, are you looking to drive innovation and foster the entrepreneurial culture inside your organization? Today's guest, Louis K. Gump, has literally written the book on how to effectively implement an intrapreneurship program. Drawing from firsthand experience, Louis [...]

February 12th, 2024|

Why Leaders Need to Love

Contrary to popular belief, LOVE is not a four-letter word in the workplace (I’m sure many of my HR friends are cringing right now, furiously composing a rebuttal).  And yet, it is a rare workplace in which I encounter a leader comfortable [...]

February 2nd, 2024|

Leading with Values with Doran Oancia

Today on the podcast, we're examining an often under-represented practice: setting and leading with company values. To help us along this journey, co-hosts Brandon and Randy, are joined by Doran Oancia, President and CEO of Chemex Global. Listen in as [...]

January 29th, 2024|

A Fresh Take on Annual Goals

Class is in session! Today on the podcast, Brandon Smith offers a new perspective on setting annual goals. Step back in time with us as we look at 2024 through the lens of a college student, focusing on your overall [...]

January 8th, 2024|

The Principled Leader with Author, Andreas Widmer

Co-hosts Brandon Smith and Randy Hain welcome Andreas Widmer on today's show for an insightful conversation about the entrepreneurial mindset. Andreas Widmer is an author, speaker and the founder and director of the Art & Carlyse Ciocca Center for Principled [...]

December 18th, 2023|

Leadership Deep Dive: Complexity vs. Simplicity

If you’ve caught recent episodes of the Leadership Foundry Podcast, you’ve likely picked up on a common theme: complexity vs. simplicity. Frank Blake, former chairman and CEO of The Home Depot noted that the best leaders “pull complexity up and [...]

December 11th, 2023|

Keep Your Team from Crumbling with Graciela Chadwick

Among tasks and teams, leaders have an overall essential balance that must be maintained and that balance comes in the form of relationships vs. results. How can leaders achieve this balance? Crumbl Cookies COO, Graciela Chadwick, shares from her extensive [...]

December 4th, 2023|

Changing Habits for the Better

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, I averaged two daily coffee meetings and a lunch with my clients and business network five days a week, and I had done this for more than twenty-five years. I largely built my network through this [...]

November 2nd, 2023|

Talking on Eggshells with Author, Sam Horn

We’re excited to welcome back author, Sam Horn, on today’s Leadership Foundry Podcast. She and co-host, Brandon Smith, discuss quips from her new book, “Talking on Eggshells.” It’s a great discussion for leaders looking to inspire their teams! 2:00 Meet Sam [...]

September 25th, 2023|

The Modern CEO with Rohit Verma

If you've tuned in to our latest podcast episodes, you're already familiar with Brandon recounting the story of conducting 360 interviews, during which one employee described their leader as a "modern CEO." Today, we have the privilege of hosting that [...]

September 11th, 2023|

What Leaders Need Now with Andrea Chilcote

As time evolves, so does the workplace. What essentials do modern leaders need today to stay connected with their teams, thereby nurturing trust and driving growth? Andrea Chilcote is CEO of Morning Star Ventures and Author of "What Leaders Need [...]

August 29th, 2023|

The Human Aspect of Leadership with Ciare James

 In the latest episode of The Leadership Foundry Podcast, our focus turns to the human element of leadership. Ciare James, Vice President, Brand Marketing at Bob Evans Farms poignantly reminds us that behind spreadsheets, behind computer screens and behind [...]

August 20th, 2023|

The Core of a Modern Leader with Glen Jackson

 Today's host, Brandon Smith, and returning guest, Glen Jackson of Jackson Spalding, discuss the five challenges modern leaders face today and how to step up to those obstacles. 3:00 Meet Glen and hear about the founding of Jackson Spalding. [...]

August 14th, 2023|

The Mistakes that Make Us with Author, Mark Graban

In the realm of leadership, errors are inevitable, but surprisingly, some of the most profound lessons stem from these very mistakes. Today on a new edition of the Leadership Foundry Podcast, Mark Graban joins co-host, Brandon Smith, to share about [...]

August 6th, 2023|

Let’s Talk More About “Opportunity”

I was speaking with a senior executive friend recently about the challenges of attracting, motivating and retaining talent in her company. She described at great length the generous benefits and perks offered by her organization to future and current employees and [...]

May 17th, 2023|

A Look at Leadership Today with Jamie Turner

Author, Professor and Speaker, Jamie Turner joins this week's host, Brandon Smith, to talk “leadership today”. How has leadership changed? What remains at the core of a great leader? The two discuss everything from executive presence to mindset. Listen in. [...]

May 15th, 2023|

Moving the Needle on Accountability

A common and pervasive challenge with leaders I encounter each week is their frustration with the lack of consistent accountability from their teams. We acknowledge it is a problem, but we typically struggle to address it in practical and meaningful ways. Maybe there is a [...]

April 17th, 2023|

Managing Conflict in Teams with Leslie Nydick

Tensions are high and the days are long. As a leader, navigating change isn’t always easy and for many, it feels like we’ve been navigating great change for three years! Today on a special edition of the podcast, we’re revisiting [...]

April 10th, 2023|

The Path to Your Career Purpose with Ashley Freeman

Leadership Foundry Coach and Facilitator, Ashley Freeman, joins Co-Founder, Brandon Smith, to talk career purpose, self-awareness and our emotions at work. 2:45 What's the importance of purpose? Ashley talks quiet-quitting and post-pandemic life in the office. 3:45 So where do [...]

February 27th, 2023|

Workspace Matters

I was thinking this morning about an email I received Friday from a former coaching client who I worked with in 2019.  The email simply read: “I can't thank you enough for the helpful advice. I made a lot of the [...]

February 1st, 2023|

The Attractiveness of Joy

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. - Edith Wharton, Pulitzer Prize-winning author I recently spoke with a senior leader in my business network on the topic of inspiring and encouraging employees [...]

December 5th, 2022|

The Power of Influence with Rob Pepper

What does it take to transform a business? On this edition of the Leadership Foundry Podcast, guest Rob Pepper, Sr. Director of Strategy and Transformation at Papa John's highlights the importance of influence. 02:00 Meet Rob and learn about his [...]

November 14th, 2022|

Showing Up with Retired Lieutenant General, Ken Keen

Today on the Leadership Foundry Podcast, Ken Keen, Associate Dean of Leadership Development, Senior Lecturer at Emory University - Goizueta Business School and Retired Lieutenant General, highlights the importance of showing up. While this is a leadership fundamental, Ken explains what [...]

October 17th, 2022|

Fixing Dysfunctional Business Meetings

Meetings are notoriously one of organizational life’s most insufferable realities. U.S. companies spend more than $37 billion dollars a year on them. Employees in American companies spend more than one-third of their time in them. And 71% of senior managers view them as unproductive.” - Ron Carucci, Harvard [...]

October 4th, 2022|

The Power of Anointed Credibility

I was sipping coffee this morning and thinking about a facilitated town hall/Q&A session I did recently for leaders and aspiring leaders of a well-known Atlanta company on the content from my last book, Essential Wisdom for Leaders of Every Generation. I [...]

August 30th, 2022|

The (Often) Neglected Practice of Praise

I was reminiscing this morning, the day after Father’s Day, about the many gifts and life lessons my 83-year-old father Steve has shared with me over the years. He is quiet and humble in the way he carries himself, preferring to [...]

June 20th, 2022|

Authoring Workplace Culture with Dr. Robert Nobles

Between the Great Resignation and new hybrid work policies, many leaders we engage with are currently guiding their teams through culture change. To help us on this journey, Dr. Robert Nobles, Vice President for Research Administration at Emory University, joins [...]

June 6th, 2022|

The 5 P’s of Resilience with Vivian Blade

Vivian Blade highlights the importance of partnership in resilience. That partnership begins with self, but then reaches out in the form of connection with others. During our conversation, Vivian walks leaders though each of the 5 P’s of Resilience, including [...]

May 9th, 2022|

Curated Content: The Courage to Get Curious

We're concluding our April focus on "Leading with Courage" this week with a curated episode on maximizing emotional intelligence. So far we’ve talked about the courage to lead, the courage to have difficult conversations–and this week we’re diving into the [...]

April 25th, 2022|

The Courage to Live Courageously

This month on The Leadership Foundry Podcast we have been talking a lot about courage. We’ve explored having the “courage to lead,” the “courage to have difficult conversations” and soon the “courage to get curious.”  Courage is a frequent topic of conversation [...]

April 22nd, 2022|

The Courage to Lead with Dave McKeown

 “Do you have the courage to lead?” Sounds like a simple question, but in a leader’s lifetime, there are many points of uncertainty. As a direct report, there are times when you must step up to fill the leadership [...]

April 18th, 2022|

The Great Resignation and 3 Things All Leaders Should Do

What motivated people to leave their jobs in droves this past year? Co-Founders Randy Hain and Brandon Smith sit down on The Leadership Foundry Podcast to discuss competing benefits, employee burnout and what leaders need to do to keep rockstar team members. 01:00 Brandon [...]

April 4th, 2022|

How to Identify and Thwart Time Thieves (and Not Become One)

Picture in your mind a likely familiar crime scene: the calendar. Every hour of every day during a typical business week, others (with likely good intentions) are trying to steal our time. “Time thieves” often hide right under our nose, comfortably situated between us [...]

March 31st, 2022|

When Leaders Embrace the Abundance Mindset

I was thinking about my mother Sandi this morning, who passed away almost 13 years ago. One of the many things I loved and admired about my mother was her generous nature and desire to help everyone she met. What you may [...]

March 24th, 2022|

Paying Attention to the Normalization of Defects

We all likely remember (or have read about) the tragic explosions of the space shuttles Challenger (1986) and Columbia (2003) and the deaths of all crew members in both accidents.  As you may recall, NASA’s investigation into both explosions uncovered [...]

February 24th, 2022|

Cultivating Curiosity as a Skill

The greatest compliment was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought and attended to my answer. – Henry David Thoreau Curiosity is one of my favorite skills and one I have worked hard to develop ever since [...]

February 23rd, 2022|

Three Things All Leaders Should Be Doing Right Now

I was reflecting this morning about the countless conversations I have had with leaders in my network over the last few months and the consistent themes that have been present in most of them. Many leaders are feeling challenged to varying [...]

February 2nd, 2022|

Clarity Matters

As I sat down to write this latest blog post in the Simplify series, I once again pondered the conversations I have been having with clients and other business leaders over the last few months and was struck by a central theme [...]

March 6th, 2021|

Doubling Down on Business Relationships

I was reflecting this morning on the numerous conversations I have had with senior business leaders over the last several months.  When I ask questions about challenges they (and their teams) are experiencing at work, I often hear comments like [...]

February 28th, 2021|

The Ripple Effect of Our Actions

Post #2 in the “Simplify” blog post series. If you are like most of the busy professionals I know, you will be facing a large pile of work in the coming week with limited time to get it all done [...]

February 21st, 2021|

3 Signs That Your Virtual Team Isn’t Psychologically Safe

Over the last five years, the concept of promoting “psychological safety” in teams has become more and more commonplace.  And for good reason.  Psychological safety has been seen to directly correlate to high-performing teams.  In Googles’ groundbreaking study of their [...]

February 19th, 2021|

Creating Space

Post #1 in the “Simplify” blog post series. Do you create space for yourself during a typical workday? When do you strategize, reflect, exercise, think, re-fuel or just catch your breath? Many of the leaders I work with find themselves [...]

February 18th, 2021|

Getting Others to Change: Cheer Them On

If you’ve been following the posts this month, we’re on a mission to get others to change. No easy task. We’ve already laid out the ways to get the urgency rate high and we’ve followed that up with a step-by-step action plan. So [...]

January 7th, 2021|

Getting Others to Change: Give Them a Plan

Our challenge this month is how do we to get others to change. In my previous post we focused on the first critical step in any change effort – establishing a compelling “why.” If you’ve successfully completed this first task, you probably [...]

September 6th, 2019|

Best Practices for Fixing Dysfunctional Business Meetings

“Meetings are notoriously one of organizational life’s most insufferable realities. U.S. companies spend more than $37 billion dollars a year on them. Employees in American companies spend more than one-third of their time in them. And 71% of senior managers view them as unproductive.” -Ron Carucci, Harvard [...]

September 5th, 2019|

A Road Map to Candid Work Conversations

You are in a staff meeting listening to a work colleague drone on about his success on a recent project, but you know he is actually behind and over budget. What do you do? One of your direct reports has a few [...]

April 21st, 2019|

What Great Leaders Can Teach Parents About Culture

I’m a culture geek.  I’m not afraid to admit it.  I’m a pocket-protector-wearing culture nerd.  While others think about stuff like who’s going to win the Super Bowl or the latest round of celebrity gossip, I think about culture.  Disney [...]

April 11th, 2019|

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