Recruiter Rant: Exorcising Ghosting in Hiring
(Season 3 Ep.1)
Ever feel like you’re stumbling in the dark when it comes to understanding why candidates or hiring managers vanish into thin air? Ken is tackling one of his biggest pet peeves and one of the most irksome frustrations in the business world: ghosting.
From seasoned executives to top-tier job seekers, ghosting continues to plague the hiring process, leaving professionals scratching their heads. But fear not! Ken is here to shine a bright light on this elusive phenomenon, offering invaluable insights and strategies to tackle it head-on.
Join Ken as he delves deep into the heart of the matter, uncovering the hidden truths and consequences of ghosting. With his expert guidance, you’ll gain the knowledge and confidence needed to navigate the murky waters of hiring with ease.
Don’t let ghosting haunt your recruitment efforts any longer. Tune in to Ken’s transformative advice and revolutionize your approach to hiring, forging stronger connections and fostering a culture of accountability along the way.
Hiring matters — don’t mess it up!
Navigating the Unknown: Leadership Lessons from GlaxoSmithKline, Labcorp, J&J, and The Appalachian Trail with Cris Howard
(Season 2 Ep.10)
This week, you’re invited to venture beyond the boardroom into the wilderness, daring to challenge the very essence of comfort zones. Join Ken and our distinguished guest, the true trailblazer Cris Howard, as they navigate uncharted territories, embrace discomfort, and uncover the striking parallels between success in leadership and the courage to confront the unknown.
Join us on a captivating exploration of Cris’s illustrious three-decade career, where she honed leadership skills in Fortune 500 companies like J&J, GlaxoSmithKline, and Labcorp. Mastering the art of building and managing global teams, Cris shares real-world experiences, emphasizing that leadership is more about asking the right questions than having all the answers.
But the adventure doesn’t stop there. Cris’s narrative takes an unexpected turn as she leaves her prestigious position at Labcorp. Experience the awe-inspiring tale of resilience and determination, where someone with zero hiking experience embarks on a 2200-mile odyssey through the Appalachian Trail—14 states, 5 months, and a profound journey into the unknown. Cris’s transition from the boardroom to the trail becomes a testament to universal leadership principles, showcasing how resilience, adaptability, and strategic thinking prove indispensable in both worlds.
In this thought-provoking discussion, Cris leaves us with a powerful takeaway: leadership thrives when you push beyond your comfort zone. It’s about asking the right questions, not having all the answers. Cris challenges the conventional notion of failure, presenting it as an ongoing narrative rather than a final chapter. She advocates for viewing challenges as opportunities for personal and professional growth, highlighting the importance of perseverance and continuous problem-solving.
Join us for an episode that challenges norms, inspires change, and proves that true leadership happens when you step into the unknown.
Behind the Curtain: Wisdom from Zappos and Netflix with Rico Nasol (Season 2 Ep.9)
We’re unraveling the essence of leadership with a true pioneer in the field, Rico Nasol. With over 14 years of leadership experience at Netflix and Zappos, Rico has spearheaded creative teams for groundbreaking organizations and brings a wealth of insights. He unveils the wisdom from his latest book, ‘The Seven Figure Leader,’ emphasizing that knowledge is free, but implementation is the true challenge for leaders.
Join us as Rico delves into the importance of confidence, clarity, and culture for today’s leaders, drawing from his journey of problem-solving and impactful leadership. Rico explores why it’s more important for leaders to understand than to be understood. He dismantles the myth that leaders are made, not born, asserting that leadership is a mentality, not a title. This episode is a symphony of insights where leadership emerges as a powerful melody, resonating through the mindset of individuals.
Don’t miss this engaging conversation that transcends conventional boundaries, fostering a culture where collaboration and innovation flourish. Tune in and discover why, in the world of leadership, it’s not about commanding from the top but empowering from within.
EQ vs. IQ and Ego in Leadership with Zach White (Season 2 Ep.8)
The interplay between emotional intelligence (EQ), intellectual prowess (IQ), and the delicate dance with one’s ego creates a symphony that either propels or hinders leadership. While a high IQ may open the door to innovative ideas and strategic thinking, it is the often underestimated EQ that holds the key to unlocking genuine connections and navigating the complex landscape of human emotions.
In this episode, we delve into the complexities of effective leadership with my captivating guest—Zach White, the visionary founder of Oasis of Courage, a global coaching firm committed to shaping leaders. Zach brings a refreshing and dynamic perspective to leadership—one that recognizes the indispensable roles of both heart and mind on the path to becoming an influential and effective leader.
Explore a range of fascinating topics, from leadership intricacies to the foundations of knowledge. Zach shares valuable insights on how leaders can adapt to their team dynamics. Discover the impact of blending EQ and IQ as Zach draws insightful parallels. Finding the right balance between intellect, emotional intelligence, and ego is key for exceptional leaders who not only predict the future but also inspire their teams. Get practical tips and strategies to bridge the gap between intellectual strength and emotional understanding, creating a roadmap for excellent leadership.
Join us as we go beyond the surface of leadership, questioning the traditional belief that intelligence alone guarantees success. Zach unravels the secrets to making a lasting impact within your team by emphasizing the crucial role of emotional intelligence. This episode offers a fresh perspective on leadership, showcasing how cultivating emotional acumen is a key ingredient for leadership success.
Swapping Seats and Shaking Up the Org Chart – Where Leadership Takes the Reins with Sidd Vivek (Season 2 Ep.7)
We are challenging the notion that leadership is neatly outlined on the organizational chart. This pervasive misconception often limits our understanding of what effective leadership truly entails. Leadership goes beyond titles and positions, permeating every level of an organization. It’s not confined to the hierarchy; it’s a dynamic quality found in individuals who inspire, collaborate, and guide others toward shared goals.
Our guest, Sidd Vivek, the accomplished CEO of Junior Achievement San Diego, challenges this notion and unveils the universal truths about leadership, whether in the for-profit or nonprofit sector.
Sidd shares his wealth of experience, highlighting that every step up isn’t necessarily a step forward. The discussion revolves around the importance of envisioning your ultimate destination and how critical it is to understand that leadership isn’t confined to a specific title or position—it happens at every level. We explore how effective leadership is about moving people forward, overcoming challenges, and embracing opportunities.
The organizational chart is dissected, emphasizing that while there may be numerous positions, removing just one, even the CEO, doesn’t halt business operations. Sidd stresses the significance of recognizing that leadership extends beyond a single individual—it’s about the collective efforts of a team.
Life, as Sidd notes, is multi-dimensional and far from linear. We explore the concept of taking larger exits, understanding that career paths are diverse and unique to each individual.
The podcast delves into hiring practices, emphasizing that it’s not about filling positions but about bringing in people. Sidd encourages us to listen to our employees and teammates, allowing them to shift seats on the bus as they grow and develop. Leadership isn’t about titles; it’s about moving people forward.
Tune in for a thought-provoking discussion that challenges traditional notions of leadership and highlights the dynamic, multi-faceted nature of leading, no matter where you are on the organizational chart. Leadership truly happens at every level, and this episode will inspire you to rethink your approach to leadership in your own journey.
Workplace Bullying – A Failure of Leadership with Catherine Mattice (Season 2 Ep.6)
Workplace bullying and toxic cultures pack a powerful punch, leaving individuals and organizations grappling with its repercussions—drained morale, stifled creativity, and a work environment overshadowed by fear. It’s not just personal; it’s a direct hit on innovation and productivity, challenging the very essence of a thriving workplace.
Catherine Mattice is the Founder and CEO of Civility Partners, a renowned expert on workplace dynamics, and the author of three insightful books. Catherine is also a captivating TedX speaker and the mastermind behind a LinkedIn Learning Course that addresses toxic cultures and workplace bullies.
Join us as Catherine delves into the concept that each of us is constantly operating in Fight or Flight mode within the workplace. The key lies in understanding why this happens and how it affects our productivity, innovation, and overall well-being. Catherine passionately shares her insights into the crucial link between respect, productivity, and employee retention. Learn how fostering a culture of respect can lead to increased productivity, a boost in innovation, and longer employee tenure.
In this episode, Catherine also explores her philosophy on the possibility of change in people, even those who may have engaged in workplace bullying. Discover why she believes in the transformative power that individuals hold and how this perspective can positively impact workplace dynamics.
But the conversation doesn’t stop there. “Leader(shi*) Happens” takes a hard look at accountability, emphasizing why leaders must be held responsible for addressing and preventing workplace bullying. Catherine sheds light on the role of leadership in shaping organizational culture and how a failure in leadership can contribute to the toxic environments that foster bullying.
Tune in to this thought-provoking episode to gain valuable insights from Catherine Mattice, an expert who has dedicated her career to creating healthier, more respectful workplaces. Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your understanding of workplace dynamics and the pivotal role leaders play in cultivating a culture of respect. It’s time to explore the intersections of leadership, workplace culture, and the fight against bullying on “Leader(shi*) Happens.”
The Leadership Equation: One-Size-Doesn’t- Fit-All with David Newman (Season 2 Ep.5)
Brace yourself for a paradigm shift as we debunk the myth that outstanding employees automatically translate into great leaders. Guest David Newman, a world-renowned speaker, trainer, and author of the empowering “Do It” book series, joins host Ken Schmitt to unravel this and more. This eye-opening discussion challenges common leadership myths and highlights the crucial need for emotional mastery and self-awareness.
David and Ken tackle the impact of “short attention span theater” on leadership in our fast-paced world. They explore dynamic shifts in leadership styles and share actionable strategies for engaging and guiding teams effectively.
David shares his powerful philosophy on leadership – it’s not just about what you say, but how you say it. Learn why leading a team is like being a parent, influencing through mood, body language, and tone.
Get ready for a dose of “David-isms” – pearls of wisdom from David Newman that will reshape your approach to leadership and personal development. Listeners are in for a treat as they gain practical takeaways to enhance their leadership skills and create a positive impact in their professional lives.
Join host Ken Schmitt and the brilliant David Newman as they unravel the secrets to successful leadership in the modern age. This isn’t just a podcast; it’s a revolution in leadership thinking.