426 Solo Episode LITT

426 | Recruiting and Retaining Rockstars

Retaining rockstars at your company will help you create a team that can innovate and navigates change. I talk to many leaders that stress about retaining rockstars. It starts with a strong mission and includes the ability to recruit rockstars. Today, I share with you the truth about retaining rockstars that I learned from my interviews with the Inc 500 leaders. They are proud of the revenue growth that put them in the Inc 500, but these leaders are more proud of their retention numbers. They have nearly zero turnover rate.

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LITT 425 Featuring Stephen King

425 | How to Calculate the Cost of Retention with Stephen King

The cost of retention is massive for companies that have employees leaving before you are ready for them to go. To calculate the cost of retention you want to make sure you include the direct and indirect costs. My guest today is Stephen King, CEO of Growth Force. Growth Force is an outsourced accounting company that has done extensive research on the cost of retention. We talk about how you can calculate it for yourself and what you can do about it to make sure it is not an issue for you. Discover your cost of retention in today’s interview.

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LITT Solo Episode with Gene Hammett

424 | Your Team Wants These 4 Leadership Traits

Being a better leader requires you to have a variety of leadership traits. The leadership traits of an evolved leader must be continuously put on the forefront of your priorities. In my early days as a leader, I struggled to connect with my team and get them to think for themselves. I didn’t have a solid understanding of the leadership traits that matter. Today, I am sharing with you the four leadership traits that employees want the most. These traits will improve your influence and increase the profitability of your team.

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LITT Featuring Stedman Graham

423 | The First Step in Powerful Leadership is Identity with Stedman Graham

Powerful leadership starts with a keen understanding of who you are at a personal level. If you don’t know who you are, it is much harder to lead others. I remember having a team of 15 people reporting to me. It was a blessing to have a team and a struggle to lead in a way that developed people that can think for themselves. I really didn’t understand myself as a leader. What I am talking about is your identity. If you want to a powerful leader, you must be able to tune in to your identity. Today’s exceptional guest is Stedman Graham. Stedman has been writing books and helping people for years understand themselves. Stedman’s newest book is about Identity Leadership. For decades now, Stedman is also the significant other of Oprah. We talk about the power of identity in your journey of leadership. Discover insights from Stedman on how to engage in powerful leadership in everything you do.

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422 | Increasing Your Focus Will Change Your Impact

Knowing the steps to increase your focus are common. Doing them is an entirely different thing. Everyone has their way of increasing focus that works for them until it doesn’t anymore. I remember struggling with my focus when I would come to work. The list was planned out, and I was ready when I sat down at my desk. However, once the day started, and my team showed up to work, I felt more like a firefighter than a CEO. You have likely had similar moments too. Today, I am sharing with you some simple ways of improving your focus so that you can get the right things done. Discover one simple trick I use just before I open my laptop that has changed how productive I am. Increasing your focus will give you more time back for the stuff that matters.

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LITT 421 Featuring Kate Delaney

421 | Leveraging the Media with Kate Delaney

Leveraging the media can boost your brand and your business. However, not all strategies are going the move the needle. This is another special episode where I am talking to an expert about what I can do in leveraging the media to help me toward my goals. My guest today is Kate Delaney. Kate is an Emmy-award winning journalist, speaker, and author of “Deal Your Destiny.” She is known in business and sports. Kate endured five years of rejection in the sports world to make it as a hard-hitting sports journalist finally.

Today we talk about leveraging the media. You can pick up on the tips she shares with me. Then use those tips to leverage your media to achieve your goals.

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LITT 420 with Gene Hammett

420 | 3 Habits of High-Performing Teams

Discover how you can create high-performing teams. Team members can handle twice the amount of pain versus lone wolfs. Forming high-performing teams will not only allow your people to endure more pain but create more impact in their work. I spoke with Chief People Officer of Cisco Systems, Francine Katsoudas about her research on high-performing teams. Today, I share with you aspects of high-performing teams that will help you in forming and leading them within your organization.

 

This article was first published by Inc Magazine.297 Teams Were Analyzed to Determine the Best Predictors of High-Performing Teams

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419 | How Does it Feel to Be Coached – Gene Gets Coached by Cameron Herold

Have you ever wondered how it feels to be coached? The experience is not comfortable. You get insight into how you see the world and how you could see it. Your coach has a different perspective and is not emotionally attached to the way you currently are being and what you are doing. Today’s special guest is Cameron Herold who is the former COO of 1-800-Got-Junk, author of many books, founder of the COO Alliance and has many other accomplishments. I admire Cameron so much that I thought I would let him coach me on strategies for growth in my business. If you want to know how it feels to be coached, this episode shows you behind the scenes of the coaching experience. Cameron shares with me new strategies that are perfect for me.

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418 | Marie Kondo Can Have An Impact On Your Leadership Effectiveness

Leadership effectiveness is more determined on what you let go of than what you keep doing. Let’s start with a question. Do you know who Marie Kondo is? She is the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I have been watching the Netflix show with Marie Kondo. I started thinking about how leadership effectiveness and cleaning up are very closely related. I am sharing a personal side of me today to share insights on leadership effectiveness. You can learn from this story and make improvements in your leadership effectiveness.

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417 LITT Featuring Marco Santarelli

417 | Building Wealth Using Financial Diversification with Marco Santarelli

Building wealth remains a goal for many business owners and people in general. There are many paths to wealth. Some are better than others. Some are safer than others. Today’s guest is Marco Santarelli, founder of Norada Real Estate Investments. Marco shares how you can think about diversification in your journey to building wealth. We talk about different asset classes and focus on passive income using real estate. Tune in to hear about building wealth.

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416 LITT episode featuring Gene Hammett

416 | Leadership Development is Different than Creating Managers

Leadership development in today’s work is not a nice to have. It is a must. I share a story with you about training a manager when you should have created a leader. This story will help you see areas that you can improve as a leader and keep you focused on leading leaders. Leadership development is required if you want continuous growth in your company. When you think about leadership development, you must know the differences between leaders and managers. Just one of the differences is leaders are not afraid to fail in service of growth. Managers are risk-averse.

Tune in to hear about leadership development.

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LITT Episode 415 Featuring James Clear

415 | 21 Days to Form a Habit or is it 66 days with James Clear

Have you heard that it takes 21 days to form a habit? Or maybe you heard it was 66 days? What is the truth in days to form a habit? I chatted with James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, to understand if it takes 21 days to form a habit or more. James shared with me his latest research to help you form good habits. We also talked about how to break bad habits too.

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