The Lead Up Podcast

The Lead Up Podcast

You are looking for quick answers and shortcuts. You want better results as a leader. All leaders desire better performance out of themselves and their teams, but you don't have time to waste. The Lead Up Podcast is your place for quick, actionable leadership lessons to get on the express lane of leading others. Great leaders know the way, show the way, and go the way. The best leaders step up to lead, they don't wait on others, they never stop working to make themselves better. They understand that everything rises and falls on leadership. The Lead Up Podcast exists to share ideas we have learned along the way and best practices in our interviews of thoughts leaders from around the globe.


January 27, 2023 32 min

On this episode of The Lead Up Podcast, Mike is joined by Susan Drumm!

Susan is a Leadership Coach who has worked with CEOs, fortune 100 executive teams, and more. She is on a mission to usher in a new era of Leadership: Enlightened Leadership!

Mike and Susan discuss her book, The Leader’s Playlist, and the theory within her book, unleashing the power of music and neuroscience to transform leadership and life. 

Susan explains how w...

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On this episode of The Lead Up Podcast, Mike talks about transforming yourself from a goal-setter to a goal-achiever!

Mike shares some of the principles he will be making into habits this year to help him achieve more in life and make the most out of every day. Mike gives us an insight into the commitments and goals he has set for himself for 2023, such as hiking the Grand Canyon, and how training for this is forming habits for him...

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A special guest joins Mike this week on The LeadUp Podcast. Sam Shapiro is a coach for mission-driven leaders, empowering them to lead themselves and others to greater fulfillment, enhanced well-being, and elevated impact.

Samantha has experience working in several healthcare facilities. She's learned that no matter how difficult the problems we are attempting to solve, our efforts to do so will only last for as long as our peo...

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On this episode of The LeadUp Podcast, Mike shares his 4 Corner Posts that you can utilize to make 2023 your greatest year.

Mike asks a few questions to get you thinking - Are you thinking or reacting? Are you making life happen or letting life happen to you? We have to ask ourselves these questions to know where our mindset is.

  • You have to get clear - Clarity is critical in creating action and trust.
  • Get Real - have a reality check...
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    On this episode of The LeadUp Podcast, Mike is joined by special guest, host of The Quote of the Day Show, Sean Croxton! Mike and Sean discuss a multitude of topics including expanding your self-image, how to let go of excuses, improving your commitment, and dealing with anxiety.

    Sean shares about his career as a Health Coach and how it made him realize that a lot of people use a Be, Do, Have formula to achieve success when really ...

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    On this episode of The Lead Up Podcast, Mike shares 23 practices you can begin implementing in your routine to help make 2023 your best year ever! He encourages you to grab a notepad and pen to take in these practices that will help you avoid stepping into the new year fearful and prepare to make it the best year ever.

    Mike asks you to evaluate yourself within areas you would like to see a change after listening to this episode, cr...

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    On this episode of The Lead Up Podcast, Mike is joined by guest, David Horsager. David is the CEO of The Trust Edge Leadership Institute.

    Mike and David talk about the key role that trust plays in organizations. David explains how he discovered, through lots of research, that trust is the biggest expense in an organization. He wrote The Trust Edge to teach leaders how to build trust within their teams.

    David shares the 8 pillars le...

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    On this episode of The Lead Up podcast, Mike is joined by guest Paul Gustavson.

    Mike and Paul speak about the power of imagination and how you can optimize your imagination to shape the future and those around you.

    Paul provides us with an insight into full-spectrum innovation and how you can implement it as a leader. They also discuss why it’s better to live in imagination as opposed to living in memory.

    Paul talks about his book,...

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    On this episode of The Lead Up Podcast, Mike is joined by Mickey Trent. Mickey works with Anteris Talent Advisors, a retained executive search and talent acquisition consulting firm. Mickey has over 20 years of healthcare executive recruiting experience and she shares how she got into recruiting and how the pandemic really changed the game for recruiting.

    Mike and Mickey talk about their favorite aspects of recruiting and Mickey sh...

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    In this episode of The LeadUp Podcast, Mike talks to us about dreaming big.

    He shares an acrostic for DREAM

    D is for desire

    R is for relationships

    E is eliminating bad relationships/habits

    A is action

    M is make mistakes

    Listen to this episode to learn how each of these can help you to dream bigger and achieve those dreams.

    We would love for you to leave us a review on your preferred listening platform and the podcast with your frie...

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    On this episode of The Lead Up Podcast, Mike is on his own today for episode 308 to share with you why mindset matters and how you can begin to strengthen your mind for success in all areas of leadership and life. Mike is also going to share with us 3 books he highly recommends, three practices you need to implement to create habits around, and three ways you can protect your mindset as you strengthen over time.

    Mike remembers a rh...

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    On this episode of The LeadUp Podcast, Mike is joined by guest, the human igniter, Carolyn Swora! Carolyn joins the podcast from Burlington, Ontario. She shares spent 17 years in the corporate world before branching out into her own business working on culture, leadership and helping leaders realize that self-awareness is the key way to lead in the workplace and in life!

    Mike and Carolyn speak about the following topics leaders sho...

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    October 27, 2022 24 min

    In this episode of The LeadUp Podcast, Mike is sharing the importance of choosing the right coach.

    What is a coach:

  • someone that comes alongside you and maybe helps instruct you in a specific area.
  • Why choosing the right coach is so important:

  • A coach can help you to set your goals and start living the dreams you have for yourself. We all have goals and this time of year we look at what we have accomplished with the goals we set fo...
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    On this episode of The Lead Up Podcast, Mike is joined by special guest, Chris York. Chris shares his journey throughout his career and how he has been in healthcare leadership for 30 years now, despite starting in industrial engineering.

    You will learn how Chris led his team through the greatest challenge to our healthcare system over the last two years. He shares what he learned about leadership, his people, and the challenges we...

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    On this episode, Mike shares 3 ways leaders can destroy confidence and sabotage high-performers in the workplace. 

    If you are trying to retain, but are vague with your words you could be doing more damage. You need to be specific when sharing praise for a job well done. Show you appreciate and value them as a team member.

    Being specific with how or what they did will let them know they were noticed and will in turn make them feel v...

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    On this episode of The Lead Up Podcast, Mike is joined by guest Nicole Malachowski. Nicole shares her incredible story of being amazed and inspired by the United States Air Force at the age of 5 years old. She joined the Air Force and served for over 20 years until her life took an unexpected turn due to an illness which lead her to become a leadership development coach and trainer!

    Nicole shares about growing up in a family where ...

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    On this episode of The Lead Up Podcast, Mike is joined by returning guest Rachel Gillette, a fantastic leader and CEO of Studer Community Institute! Throughout this episode, Mike and Rachel discuss topics such as the change leaders are being faced with due to COVID-19, the younger generations having different values and goals, how to create comfortable conversations with your teams around mental health and general well-being, and m...

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    On this episode of The Lead Up Podcast, Mike is joined by returning guest Kerry Wekelo! Kerry returns to the podcast to share some more inspiring motivation tips for leaders to use to motivate, encourage and create a goal-driven culture within the workforce.

    Kerry gives us an insight into her career background as the Chief Operating Officer for Actualise Consulting. She has been working with the company for 17 years with the past 1...

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    September 16, 2022 24 min

    This is a special episode of The LeadUp Podcast - It is episode 300! 

    WOW! It has gone by so fast.

    On this episode, Mike is sharing 3 things that he has done to be successful and also sharing some mistakes he has made during the process. 

    Mike's goal has always been to deliver content to help you as a leader and give you tangible tools to grow and to help you help your team. He continues to strive to get better himself to ensur...

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     On this episode of The Lead Up Podcast, Mike is joined by special guest SandyFenili to discuss how leaders can motivate and engage their employees. They talk about the difference between the old, ineffective ways leaders used to motivate and engage their workforce to the new, improved, and adapted methods leaders are using.

    Sandy Fenili created Modern Motivation, a women-owned business designed to help leaders create a more meanin...

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