Potential Leader Lab

Potential Leader Lab

Let me start by telling you that I don't have THE answers. So why listen to my podcast? Because I focus on asking the right questions, like: What if you stop focusing on what you are doing as a leader and shift to who you're being as a leader? Did you feel that uncomfortable twinge, deep down inside when you read that? That means we're making progress. It’s also the start of the journey toward realizing your potential as the leader you were meant to be. This pursuit of true leadership doesn't begin inside the next big business bestseller or with a high-powered leadership consultant. It starts with you, and your potential. Unlocking your potential as a leader requires a change in your beliefs about who you are and what you can accomplish. That starts within the Potential Leader Lab with our Explore. Experiment. Evolve. framework. Together, we'll seek out new eclectic and provocative insights to form new hypotheses about leadership. Then, we'll take these ideas into the world so you can see what works and what doesn’t. Then, and only then, can you begin your evolution into the leader you were meant to be. That's where the real transformation begins. Your potential —and your responsibility—as a leader—is ever-increasing and never-ending. This podcast is dedicated and committed to that pursuit. Welcome to the Lab.


September 11, 2023 52 mins

Eric Pennington is the founder of Epic Living, an entity he established in 2006 to help others navigate through life and develop strong leadership skills. While it initially served as a tool for his own entrepreneurial journey, Eric realized the importance of well-being and recognized the gaps in his leadership approach. Fast forward a few years, he met Jim and Lynette Vaive, the founders of Spirit of EQ, and joined their team as a...

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Hilary Blair is the founder and CEO of ARTiculate Real and Clear, where Hilary and her team work with high-achieving, self-aware, individuals and teams, that want to make a shift and are ready to receive real feedback on their communication and presence.

Throughout the episode, Hilary explores the concept of fear and fatigue as barriers to leadership growth. Drawing from her experience in helping individuals break down walls and be ...

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August 14, 2023 23 mins

Let's take a closer look at psychological flexibility, unraveling its significance and impact on our lives. We'll uncover the key steps to identify our personal values and learn the art of welcoming all emotions. But that's not all; we'll also delve into the power of beliefs, their influence on our reality, and the relationship between control and acceptance. Lastly, we'll delve into the importance of clarity, commitment, and actio...

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July 24, 2023 23 mins

In this episode of the Potential Leader Lab podcast, Perry Maughmer discusses the importance of choosing one's boulders wisely.

The acceleration of achieving our goals depends on the force applied and the mass of the goal itself.

We should focus on a few significant boulders rather than spreading our efforts across multiple ones. Reflect on what truly matters to you and ask yourself what you want most versus what you want now.

We h...

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July 10, 2023 20 mins

If we want things to change, we need to make different decisions and choices - which invariably require discomfort and risk. But as we become more successful, our propensity to take the risks required to evolve as both people and leaders becomes harder.

Without a granular understanding of how you want your life to be different, it’s difficult to do the heavy lifting required to make evolution a reality.

Perry believes the world dese...

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Nobody expects burnout to happen to them. But as our current professional environments demand more and more of our time, there is less energy and focus put on refilling the tank.

In this episode, Mitch Harrison of Refill Coaching joins me to explore burnout, the need for rest, replenishment, and recuperation, and how the 5R framework is providing high-performance teams with the tools and resources to create balanced workplaces.


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June 19, 2023 16 mins

According to French existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre, despite not creating ourselves and being put here without consent, we do have the ability, I believe it is a responsibility, to make choices and act freely in every situation. 

Looking around at our society today, I think sometimes we’ve lost that mindset and instead believe things happen to us (and not for us). To me the fact that we can always choose to act our way into bei...

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June 12, 2023 27 mins

As humans, the number one thing that drives our behavior is acting in a way that is going to relieve discomfort. But if we want our future to be different, we need to start acting differently in the present, which can be a deeply uncomfortable proposition. Growth is uncomfortable.

I believe the most important battle we fight in moving towards our goals and aspirations is the one within ourselves as we let go of our previous identity...

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June 5, 2023 20 mins

Management is what creates value, not leadership. And yet we’ve become enamored by leadership; the vision, the strategy, and the charisma. In the process, we’ve created an ecosystem that supports just one level of an organization to think creatively, come up with unique or interesting ideas, or build the vision of the organization, leaving it to others to implement those ideas.

80% of the important things that happen in a business ...

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May 29, 2023 22 mins

Most of the time, we aspire to chase big, hairy, audacious goals. We want to move far beyond what we’ve done in the past. And yet we don’t allow our future selves to define what those goals are - we think about where we’ve been and set about going in the opposite direction.

Evolving on purpose suggests two things; doing something with intention and moving towards a specific end state. To evolve is to be different. Not better, not wo...

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“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare” - Japanese proverb.

The #1 responsibility of a leader is to teach people how to think (not what to think), and the easiest way to do that is to create a set of guidelines or guardrails with the vision, mission, and values of the organization on one side and the financials on the other.

Your leadership philosophy should flow from your ...

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May 15, 2023 34 mins

Within your organization, there is a great chasm between what you know and what you accomplish. You create lists of initiatives and tasks so long that they become overwhelming and somehow distract us from the actions that have actual importance.

In this episode, I’m exploring the mechanisms that stop us from doing despite knowing. The cognitive biases around our underestimation of time, cost, and risk, and the need to focus on creat...

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So often we create boxes or cages for ourselves that stop us from being open to new ideas or ways of being simply because we’ve constructed a story that says it must be a certain way.

In this episode of the Potential Leader Lab, I’m exploring how we create self-imposed boundaries and what happens when we get out of our own heads and have the humility to listen to the universe when it’s presenting us with opportunities to work beyond...

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Prior to the late 1800’s the concept of retirement didn’t exist. And it wasn’t until the mid-1900’s that older people were financially compensated for leaving employment - at an age where they had usually outlived the average life expectancy of the time.  This antiquated concept of retirement no longer makes fiscal or social sense. 

In this episode I’m taking a look at the historical and financial impact of retirement and ...

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April 24, 2023 22 mins

As humans, we seek purpose and meaning from our work. In his book ‘Drive’, Daniel Pink states that workers are motivated by autonomy, mastery, and purpose in their work. And, that money is only a motivator if people have autonomy over the entire work process. In any other situation, money is a performance demotivator.

So why, as leaders, do so many of us insist our teams work to arbitrary revenue targets?

In this episode, we’re explo...

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April 17, 2023 19 mins

The average manager spends two full days per week consumed in meetings. And if that wasn’t bad enough, 71% of senior managers felt like meetings were unproductive and inefficient. 

Meetings that suck aren’t just a waste of time…they also cost companies billions of dollars in lost productivity.

In this episode, we’re exploring how you can redefine meetings in your organization. From getting clear on who can call meetings, trainin...

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April 10, 2023 18 mins

As leaders, we need to move quickly, but we can’t be fast all the time. And yet our default setting is to move fast, to categorize everything as important and urgent, requiring speed and efficiency. 

Leadership actually requires a focus on people, which requires proactivity, decision-making, exploring new opportunities, and reflecting on experiences. These actions demand time and effectiveness, not speed and efficiency.

Perry b...

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April 3, 2023 35 mins

To evolve means to unroll or change, with a speed limit. If we always see things through the same frames, then we’re always processing the information in the same way. Because our brain wants to do things as efficiently and quickly as possible, we need to be looking for different ways to challenge ourselves, our thoughts, and our way of being.

In this episode, I explore the ideas of, among other things, a growth mindset, locus of co...

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March 27, 2023 13 mins

The traditional mindset around leadership is that good leaders know how to act. Whilst that’s true to a point - leaders do need to take action - I believe more importantly, leaders need to think in order to create strategies or things of value that don’t exist but will improve the value of their organization. 

Leadership means doing the cognitive heavy lifting, understanding what action needs to be taken, and being in charge of...

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March 20, 2023 43 mins

In the US alone, $31b is spent annually on leadership training and development. And yet the consensus is that, despite strong leadership being integral to their very survival, it is still perceived as a weakness for most organizations. 

In this episode, we take a look at the wicked learning environment set up by traditional organizations and explore the mismatch between organizational needs, leadership training, and the develop...

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