Aim Higher: The podcast with purpose

Aim Higher: The podcast with purpose

Reach your full potential by joining a conversation with Skip Prichard and his array of guests as they share stories of their own leadership journeys.... Show More

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October 15, 2019 5 min

This week’s “Wednesday Wisdom” quote comes from John Patrick, an early internet pioneer, a former IBM executive, and a friend and colleague of Skip’s. John is the author of a series of “Attitude” books, the latest of which is, “Robot Attitude.” John says, “Think big, act bold, start simple.” Skip walks through this great quote and reflects on some personal stories that speak to these simple, yet important ideals.

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In this episode of “Aim Higher,” Skip and his panel discuss how servant leaders think: “you, not me.” This is the 7th of 9 traits of servant leaders, and it helps bring about a culture of empowerment. This week, Skip is joined by his regular contributors Drew Bordas and Tammi Spayde, and first time panelist Rebekah Kilzer, a leader in information technology and learning. While it may seem obvious that a servant leader “puts othe... Read more

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October 8, 2019 4 min

In today’s “Wednesday Wisdom” Skip quotes the Australian poet Erin Hanson, who wrote, when quiet young, “What if I fall? Oh but my darling, what if you fly?” Skip reminds us that all growth takes place outside of our comfort zone. Watching birds, we know this. They move out of the nest—sometimes with a push from mama bird!—and learn that by flapping hard, they cushion a fall. And then, they learn to fly. Our best success, likewi... Read more

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Over the past few decades, “authoritarian” style leadership – boss commands, workers obey – has, thankfully, been going out of style. Remnants of that behavior, though, still remain in many companies and for many leaders, especially in times of stress and for many people new to their leadership roles. In this episode of “Aim Higher,” Skip and his panel discuss how servant leaders get more from their teams by “selling the why” be... Read more

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October 1, 2019 4 min

Today’s “Wednesday Wisdom” comes from Bruce Lee: “The successful warrior is the average man with a laser-like focus.” How do we go from average or mediocre to successful? Skip says that daily discipline can make all the difference. Have a picture of what success looks like for you, and make small steps, every day, towards that goal. That kind of laser-like focus on your dream is what it takes.

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In discussing the 5th of 9 traits of servant leaders, Skip and his panel remark on how we live in an “encouragement desert.” Even if we were to give 6-9 times more encouragement, research tells us that it still wouldn’t be enough to fill the need we have to hear that we are worthy and valuable. How can you, as a leader, develop the habits – and a culture – of encouragement? Listen and find out.

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September 24, 2019 5 min

Today’s “Wednesday Wisdom” comes from legendary basketball coach, John Wooden: “Reputation is what you are perceived to be, character is what you really are.” Skip talks about how, while many of us think that our character is something fixed and permanent, it really isn’t! You can work your reputation, and you can also take control of your character. They’re both important! Find out how, and start today.

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In this, the 4th of 9 panel discussions about the traits of servant leaders, Skip and his panel talk about how important it is for leaders to recognize “the whole person.” Because even at work (perhaps especially at work), we’re not just workers. As Skip points out, we are more than “human capital” or other degrading terms like “head-count” or “warm bodies.” Servant leaders recognize that the best leaders respect, trust and care... Read more

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September 17, 2019 4 min

Today’s “Wednesday Wisdom” comes from Eleanor Roosevelt: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Belief is foundational to everything we do. It’s the power that connects our dreams, which may feel unreal, to a future in which we do what it takes to make them happen.

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Tim Sanders is a tech pioneer, NYT best-selling author and the former Chief Solutions Officer of Yahoo! In this interview with Skip, he shares the three keys to creating a sales leadership mindset. First, be intensely curious. Second, commit to delivering value with every interaction. Third, answer every question with a “Yes!” Tim also talks about the value of diversity of thought, and why “four is the magic number” when you’re ... Read more

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In this, the 3rd of 9 panel discussions about the traits of servant leaders, Skip and his three guests talk about how true leaders don’t just lead—they build up other leaders. Why spend time training others to lead? Because the only other option is to be, as Skip puts it, a “superhuman leader” yourself. That’s bad for several reasons. First, it puts all the pressure on you, leaving no room for error. Second, it provides no growt... Read more

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Amy Blankson is bestselling author of “The Future of Happiness.” A graduate of Harvard and Yale, she focuses on how to achieve happiness in a digital era.  She is a co-founder of the Digital Wellness Collective and most recently has shared her thought leadership as a speaker at TEDx and as a regular contributor for Forbes on Women, Technology, and Leadership, and as a featured professor in Oprah’s Happiness course. She and Skip ... Read more

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In this, the 2nd of 9 discussions about the traits of servant leaders, Skip and his panel talk about the importance of building a culture of trust. The conversation touches on the components of trust and how you can quickly identify which cultures are based on trust… and which are based on fear. Why worry about trust? Because, as panelist Drew Bordas puts it, “Trust gives you a shortcut to efficiency.”

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A servant leader is not one who does all the work or who is mild and easily swayed. Servant leaders provide strong guidance and direction by understanding what motivates customers, employees and shareholders. In the first of nine parts on this topic, Skip and his panel discuss how valuing diverse opinions is absolutely mandatory for a successful leader.

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In one of the most personal and wide-ranging interviews he’s done, Skip talks with former Dollar General CEO Cal Turner, Jr. Under Turner’s leadership, this global powerhouse grew to 14,000 stores and over $20 billion in sales each year. He’s a servant leadership expert who talks frankly about succession planning and the value of empowering others to set their own goals. And he shares personal stories about his inspirational jou... Read more

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August 4, 2019 26 min

In this episode, Skip and his panel discuss the ways in which courage is necessary for successful leaders and successful organizations. Tammi Spayde (Expert in Human Resources and Marketing), Drew Bordas, (Operations Expert and Customer Service Leader) and Elyse Wampler (Leadership Trainer) discuss the ways that leaders can inspire courage in others and find it within themselves. They share some tips on how seemingly mundane act... Read more

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In this episode, Skip responds to comments and questions from as far away as Dublin, Ireland. The episode on self-awareness resonated strongly with several listeners on a couple levels. For one, it was a question about how to help someone else be more self-aware. To which Skip replies... focus on your best-self, first. Other listeners commented on the power of the question “what brings you joy?” and asked... how many questions a... Read more

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In this interview with Maureen Metcalf, CEO of the Innovative Leadership Institute, Skip Prichard discusses her company’s approach to succeeding in a world where the workplace is changing very rapidly. In her “Innovative Leadership Handbook,” Maureen says that when you look at the stresses that businesses are facing, ideals of leadership really have to change. What’s the answer? She and Skip discuss how authenticity and openness... Read more

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July 24th marks the anniversary of Apollo 11 astronauts returning safely to earth after successfully landing and walking on the moon.  In today's quick-hit bonus episode of Aim Higher, Skip discusses how President John F. Kennedy's famous "moonshot" speech that lead to that historical moment uses attributes of classic goal setting by a leader.

“I believe that this Nation should commit itself to achieving t... Read more

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July 21, 2019 29 min

What one thing can you do to guarantee failure? Destroy the trust of the people who rely on you. Sometimes the key to getting better at something is first understanding how people fail at it. Skip and his guests—Tammi Spayde (Expert in Human Resources and Marketing), Drew Bordas, (Operations Expert and Customer Service Leader) and Bruce Rhoades, CEO and Strategic Business Adviser—talk through an insightful list of ways in which ... Read more

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