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February 22, 2021 9 min

When Skip was diagnosed with COVID-19, his initial thought as CEO was to be transparent about it to his team and employees. That was one thing he'd learned long ago: the importance of honesty in building bridges and maintaining clear communications. But throughout his illness and recovery, Skip also made discoveries about openness, appreciation, and vulnerability. This has been a challenging year for us all. But in the end, as ...

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In the previous episode of "Aim Higher," Skip and his panel discussed how you can cultivate approachability as a leadership skill. In this follow-up, the group talks about why this is an absolute necessity for successful leaders. Ask yourself: why do you think a good leader needs to be approachable? Employee engagement? Transparency? Sharing ideas? Whatever your reason, Skip says -- and his leadership experts agree -- that ...

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February 8, 2021 26 min

Skip and his guests often discuss qualities of leadership that you can work on by yourself; organization, planning, delegation... even gratitude can be something you reflect on personally. The thing about approachability, though, is that it's entirely dependent on other people's perceptions. In this episode of "Aim Higher," Skip and his panel of leadership experts discuss ways that you can chip away at habits that m...

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Legendary sports announcer and author Bob Rathbun has been observing successful athletes, coaches, teams, and leaders for decades. In this interview, Bob shares some great tips from his remarkable career on how to do well yourself and inspire others on their journeys. One of the most important things, Bob says, is to start with a dream... but then find someone who can teach you the steps. That way, once you make a decision, you can...

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January 25, 2021 27 min

Most of us say we want to improve our performance, and most employees report that they want more feedback from their managers. But very few of us actually prepare for (or are trained in) how to receive feedback well. In this episode of "Aim Higher" Skip and his panel of leadership experts go over some lessons they've learned in how to be more effective "feedback takers." They also reflect on 7 tips Skip has for ...

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January 18, 2021 41 min

As a leader or manager, you're going to be called on to give feedback more often than most people. How can you make sure that the critiques, comments, and assessments you provide to your team are helping them improve as much as possible? In this episode of "Aim Higher," Skip and his panel of leadership experts explore this vital skill and dig into some very necessary--and sometimes thorny--issues you'll need to addr...

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January 11, 2021 32 min

What is a "performance culture" and how do you transform your organization to get there? In this episode of "Aim Higher," Skip and his expert panel take on that challenging subject and discuss Skip's "7 Steps for Creating a Performance Culture." From an initial definition, through the importance of communication and internal selling, all the way to celebration... the group brings their insights and real-...

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December 21, 2020 34 min

Leadership, by definition, requires at least some minimal level of delegation. Yet we all know leaders who seem to feel as if their success is defined not by how well their team or organization does as a whole, but by their own individual performance. That's an obvious failure of both leadership and delegation. In this episode of "Aim Higher," Skip and his panel take you through his "7 Rules for Successful Delegatio...

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How, as a leader, do you model the benefits of self-confidence without falling into the trap of arrogance? In this episode of "Aim Higher," Skip sits down with his panel of experts to discuss the importance of self-confidence to leaders, both in terms of their own work, and as a leadership skill itself. As Skip says, "Confidence sweeps people to you, arrogance drives people away." Listen closely for some great tips ...

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December 7, 2020 29 min

The COVID-19 crisis has touched every aspect of our personal and professional lives, and leaders are certainly not exempt. How are you helping your team cope? And how are you taking care of yourself during this difficult time? Join Skip and his panel of experts as they discuss key aspects of leadership during this unique era, including stress, trust, vulnerability, and the role of technology. They all touch on some aspect of how CO...

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December 3, 2020 32 min

Our panel of executive experts discuss Skip's most recent interview with John Baldoni and dig deeper into "leading with grace". 

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November 30, 2020 25 min

In many areas of life -- business, politics, finance -- we think of power as a "zero sum game." If one person or side has it, the other doesn't. My guest on this week's episode of "Aim Higher," John Baldoni, turns that assumption on its head, with a philosophy of leadership based on grace: the idea that doing something for others and for the greater good can result in better outcomes for everyone. While it&#...

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November 23, 2020 28 min

In this episode of "Aim Higher," Skip and his panel of leadership experts discuss the importance of gratitude. We know that gratitude can be great for us at a personal level: lowering blood-pressure, reducing stress, calming tension, and improving personal relationships. But Skip points out that effective leaders practice gratitude intentionally. While saying, "Thank you" and providing end-of-project kudos are impor...

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Our panel of executive experts discuss Skip's most recent interview with Kary Oberbrunner and dig deeper on the idea of making your brain unhackable. 

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We spend a lot of time, money, and effort on keeping our computers, bank accounts and even our phones from being hacked by malicious actors. But this week on "Aim Higher," I talk to my good friend Kary Oberbrunner about a type of hacking that's even more important and more insidious: the hacking of our brains. A computer hack is simply "unauthorized access" to your systems. Have you asked yourself, though, "...

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November 12, 2020 30 min

Our panel of executive experts discuss Skip's most recent interview with Jason Dorsey and dig deeper on the subject of generational context. 

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November 9, 2020 36 min

Every generation has its strengths--and the role of leaders working with diverse generations is to leverage those strengths, make space for them to build bridges and engage with each other. That's the main message from Jason Dorsey, generation expert, author, and research guru. In this episode of "Aim Higher," Jason and I talk about how every generation has something to offer your business... if you take the time to lea...

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July 20, 2020 19 min

In this last session of the season, as I sat down with two of my regular “Aim Higher” guests—Tammi Spayde and Drew Bordas—we realized how many of my guests noted that excellence is more about sustained, steady growth than any single, massive change. My hope is that, during this challenging year, our podcasts have been part of your ongoing, weekly commitment to rising above mediocrity. That whether it’s in your person life, your car...

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In this episode of “Aim Higher,” my panel guests and I discuss a previous interview I did with golf legend Annika Sörenstam. She shares two ideas that are important for both individual accomplishment and success as a leader. The first has to do with how a simple phrase, shared at a key moment while she was very young, made a huge impact on her attitude. And the second is about how she overcame a fear— totally unrelated to the game ...

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July 6, 2020 12 min

Many successful people start from humble beginnings. But country music star Jimmy Wayne’s early life can only be described as horrific. As a child he was abused, abandoned and caught up in a foster care system that did him more harm than good. On this episode of “Aim Higher,” Jimmy and I talk about how these experiences shaped both his music and writing careers and his desire to raise awareness about foster kids—since the elderly c...

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