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This is a podcast for every leader and manager. If you are concerned about maximizing your impact by learning key new leadership skills, you have found the right source. Whether you are a seasoned leader or just starting out, I provide practical leadership tips that you can use this week. The show’s content is based on my thirty years of global leadership experience and designed to teach leaders sound practical leadership advice.
 
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In this episode I cover:Why should they follow you?What's more important in leadership: to make a mark, or leave a legacy?Why Should They Follow You?Of all the reasons why people should follow you, what means the most to you?They follow me because I am the boss.They follow me because they have to.They follow me because I pay them well.They follow m…
 
What I cover in this episode:1. Why poor delegation is so damaging in leadership2. Four questions every follower asks3. Why a lot of leaders suck at delegation4. Tips for excelling at great delegation - how to be hands off but not out of sight5. Leave you with ten great action points related to delegation…
 
Today’s Podcast is brought to you by the letter “S”. That is a letter that gets a lot of action! S is for “ Servant Spirit.”We are going to unpack the true nature of Servant Leadership - A topic I find is very confusing. I have shared about this important topic in past episodes, but I have some fresh new insights for you today.Today’s Podcast is br…
 
Resilience is very different than determination. In this episode I contrast difference. How flexible are you? Do you bend or do you break when things get difficult or when dramatic change occurs? One of the traits of an effective leader that every new leader has to master is becoming a resilient person. Resilience is being spongy, flexible and able…
 
Determination is a huge part of being a successful leader. Another word for this would per persistence or courageous leadership. I to start this podcast with a story of my own determination through a very tough time. We all face these times. If I asked you to name one of your top biggest times of discouragement, what would it be?I can think of a bi…
 
Did you know that accessibility is absolutely essential for today’s’ leaders? No corner offices and executive floors!Welcome back to our series on Learn to Lead: Ten Essential Skills Every New Leader Must Master. We have covered L: Listen and Learn, and E: Emotional Intelligence. Today I want to talk about A: Accessibility, and along with it Vulner…
 
Today we are going to cover the “E” in leadership. It stands for EQ, or Emotional Intelligence. It is also known by EI or EQ. I am going to use EQ.I had one of my listeners recently say this to me about my podcast. “It’s not really just about leadership, it’s about being a healthy person.” I loved that feedback. Really that’s what emotional intelli…
 
I am starting my new series on the top ten skills every leader must master in order to be effective.This new series is based on input from my listeners and my own journey of leadership. I am not going to tell you ahead of time what all the letters stand for..that is up to you to gather as you listen!Today we are going to cover the “L” in leadership…
 
This week I have a great interview for you with Dr. Mick Ukleja! Dr. Ukleja is a Consultant, Teacher, and Writer who studies and teaches leadership and works extensively with Millennials as they are the future of the workforce.Top Leadership Lessons that Dr. Mick Has Learned“Leadership is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simp…
 
How do you survive the rough and tumble of change warfare? Is it by developing a thick skin? DO YOU REALLY NEED A THICK SKIN?No. In fact, developing a coarse emotional hide is the worst thing you could possibly do. Making yourself impervious to pain means shutting yourself off from most of the nuances and intricacies of life — and business. I’ve se…
 
Welcome to episode 60! I am so excited to have been podcasting for 2 years, and have 60 episodes out there for you. I hope you are enjoying these shows and learning and growing in your leadership.“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with great talent. Genius will not;…
 
This is a continuation of my series on my book Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make. In this chapter we are discussing the communication in our organizations, some best practices, and how it evolves over time.In this episode I cover:Never assume that anyone knows anything.The bigger the group, the more attention must be given to communication.When left in…
 
This is the third in our series on my new book Launch Your Encore, written with my good friend Rick Hicks. In this episode we cover:1. The Old Man and the Sea2. Four Areas where Choices are Looming3. Old Dogs Can Learn New Tricks4. Gandalf - yes there are great lessons to be learned from the wizard!By Hans Finzel
 
This is the second in our series on my latest book Launch Your Encore, which I co-wrote with Dr. Rick Hicks. While the first episode covered some of the basic ground work on this topic, in this episode Rick and I are going to unpack the idea of having a vibrant life after your traditional career ends in greater detail.Life Stage DevelopmentDr. Rick…
 
This episode is part one of a three part interview with my co-author Rick Hicks on our new book Launch Your Encore: Finding Adventure and Purpose Later in Your Life. You can get more information on the book at it’s website: Launch Your Encore.com.Rick and I met about 20 years ago at a conference for leaders of missions organizations. After several …
 
This is a continuation of my series on my book: The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make. Today I am covering Chapter Six: Dirty Delegation.In this episode I cover:Over-managing is one of the great cardinal sins of poor leadership.Nothing frustrates those who work for you more than sloppy delegation with too many strings attached.Delegation should match e…
 
In response to asking my listeners to share their pain points with me, I share in this episode some of the biggest that I received. Thank you for doing that! I have collected a lot of great material – sorry for your pain! Today I am starting to talk about those points and how I would suggest dealing with them. I NEVER mention any names. Your sharin…
 
This episode is based on Chapter 5 of my book “The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make.”In this episode I cover the nature of dictators and why they are so terrible to work with and work for. Dictators deny the value of individuals.The major players in any organization are like its stock- holders: They should have a say in its direction.The one who does …
 
This episode is based on chapter 4 of my book, The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make.In this episode I cover what a maverick is, how to identify them and why they are so crucial for the future.Mavericks can save us from the slide toward institutionalism.Large organizations usually kill off mavericks before they can take root.Mavericks make messes by th…
 
This is the last in a series of shows on Passion in leadership, based on my new book The Power of Passion in Leadership. These episodes stand on their own but if you would like to “catch up” you can checkout episodes 46-49 for the related content.In this episode I cover:If your heart has been robbed of it’s passion, you have 2 options: get your gro…
 
his is a continuation of my series on the Power of Passion in Leadership, which is the title of my new book, due to on Amazon January 7th!In this episode I cover:A Pain point about being scared to confront problems on your team, including problem team membersGetting Your Groove BackAn extensive list of ideas for how to get your groove backSome grea…
 
This is a continuation of my series on my new book, The Power of Passion in Leadership,January. In this podcast you will learn about all the piranhas out to steal the passion from your heart.In this episode I cover:Piranhas that can rob you of your passionBoth professional ministers and “ministering professionals” can burn out and become a part of …
 
Do you know that there are wrong and right reasons for leading? You probably know some of the right reasons – calling, gifting, wanting to make a difference, stepping into a leadership vacuum, clearing up confusion, wanting to help everyone succeed. But do you know that there are deadly wrong motives that keep a lot of people in leadership too long…
 
The power of passion in leadership is something I have spoken about before, but over the next few podcasts I want to delve deeper into the issue. This is also the subject of my next book which was released in January of 2015: The Power of Passion in Leadership.In this episode I cover:A Pain Point from a woman in leadership who feels like she is not…
 
Today I want to talk with a millennial about millennials in leadership. I get a big kick out of listeners in that age group. After all, they are going to take over the world so we should be pouring our wisdom into them and listening to them as well.Among the answers I received regarding pain points in leadership, I received this great question:If y…
 
Leaders make things happen. People try to stop us. That is the reality of the way the world works. In order to be a leader, you must enact change. That is the only way things get better, no matter how much people don’t like it. We take people to the future by moving them from the comfortable to the uncomfortable. People try to resist us…but resista…
 
This episode is based on Chapter 14 of my book Change is Like a Slinky.In this episode I cover:The five different types of people on the change curveHow each of these groups thinksHow you should approach each group, and how to get them on board with your idea for change.Whenever someone has a great idea and pitches it to others, the idea can either…
 
Emotional Intelligence is known as one of the “soft skills” of work and leadership, which include things like being able to connect with people, to look them in the eye when speaking, or to be able to walk into a crowded room and connect with others without shying away into the corner. Traditionally when being evaluated for a job managers tend to l…
 
This episode continues my periodic series on the chapters of my book “The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make.” I am so excited that the audiobook version is coming out soon. A lot of people have asked for this so they can listen to the book while they are driving, or working out, or making dinner.In this episode I cover:Everyone thrives on affirmation a…
 
This is part 2 on how to be a great delegator! This is such an important topic that I just had to stretch it into 2 episodes so I could make sure I really cover it well.Delegation is really an issue of respect, and how much we respect those that are “under” us on our team. With responsibility comes the authority to do a job. If you respect people, …
 
This podcast is based on my book “Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make,” specifically Chapter 6: Dirty Delegation, Refusing to Relax and Let Go.”The important concepts to take from this chapter:Overmanaging is one of the great cardinal sins of poor leadership.Nothing frustrates those who work for you more than sloppy delegation with too many strings attac…
 
Are you “people oriented” or “task oriented”? This week I am going to address this topic as it appears in my book “The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make.”We all fight the battle of paperwork, especially today with all the different ways that people can reachus via phone, text, E-mail, instant message, and more, and all right on our smart phones that ar…
 
This is the second in a series on how to lead change effectively. If you have not listened to the first in this series that is okay because these episodes stand on their own as individual lessons that build on the theme of orchestrating change.Without Consensus, change is Dead on ArrivalIn order to orchestrate big change in your organization, you m…
 
This is the second episode with guest blogger and amazing leader, Kathrine Lee. Today she shares, "Women in leadership. I am asked about this topic quite a bit. I am not writing this from a political perspective, a position of hierarchy, and certainly not from a religious one. I am simply responding from my experience, my respect for men and love o…
 
A Guest Blog with Kathrine Lee, The Ultimate SourceA few years ago when Oprah launched her new network, OWN, she ran a contest for anyone whose dream was to have their own TV show. The grand prize was a contract with her network. Because I had the privilege of being on her show a couple of times, I was encouraged to audition.At first, I was excited…
 
Change is great when you are in charge of it, but not so much when it is thrust upon us. In this episode I want to discuss how leaders manage a major change initiative, get others to see the vision, and recruit them to help you lead the change into fruition.“A Change imposed is a change opposed.”-Spencer Johnson from Who Moved my Cheese?Today we ar…
 
Good News! After many requests, we are working on producing my best selling book “Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make” into an audio book, which should be out sometime later this year. To celebrate, I will be reading from some of the chapters of the book here on the podcast. In fact for this episode, I will be reading from Chapter One.What I cover in the…
 
OK, I am so confused. I love parts of my job but there are some that I just hate. Some weeks I am ready to hang in there, but more weeks I am ready to move on. I feel beat down. I have lost hope most weeks. I just don’t know whether to hang in there or start looking for work somewhere else. What I cover in the podcast this week: A common question, …
 
Thoughts from Henry Deneen:In determining fitness for hiring, or incompetency once hired, many employers focus on the so-called hard skills, including indicators such as aggressiveness, follow-through, speed, being fast and persistent. While these are important issues in hiring, training, and equipping employees, they are by no means the only or ev…
 
I had a board member of my organization that told me a couple of years ago, “Hans we don’t need to think outside the box, we need brand new boxes!” So how many of us are really comfortable with thinking that way? For most people, change is hard. But leaders have to change and they have to embrace dreamers.This podcast is about learning to take risk…
 
This podcast: Seven failures in my leadership and what I learned from each. What can we learn from our mistakes?I highly suggest you do a couple of things. First of all, listen to the podcast!1) Make a list of your greatest mistakes that YOU have done and what you learned from them. Reflection is a powerful tool for learning.2) Listen carefully to …
 
Thanks to all of you who wrote me tough leadership questions. I am going to tackle them today on my podcast. I am not going to mention the names of who wrote these questions because it could get you in to trouble with your supervisor or your direct reports! But thank you for sending them to me!By Hans Finzel
 
Listen, guys . . . you’ll never get to the bottom of the complex nature of the female heart. But try as best you can to learn all you can. It’s worth it.This is the challenge put to husbands as Hans and Donna Finzel humorously and poignantly engage a hard but true principle: If you don’t understand how you do it wrong, you’ll never know how to do i…
 
Listen to this interview with Rick as we discuss our new book, and why Boomers will reinvent retirement in the coming years.A lot of boomers we are asking the post career question, What’s next?” Our book is the answer to their question. Boomers must learnto be intentional about finding meaning and purpose in their sixties, seventies, and eighties (…
 
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