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.


February 23, 2024 24 mins

When it comes to developing a culture that is mission-driven and retains employees at a high rate, it is essential that you are hiring top talent.

By top talent, I mean candidates that are not only qualified in skill set, but qualified in value set and are passionate about the mission of your organization.

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When employees decide to leave, their common explanation is inadequate compensation. 

For some, that may be true.

However, if you look a little deeper, you often find that their departure was actually a result of not feeling valued for their contributions. 

It's not just about the paycheck; it's about the...

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Culture is the root of all success or shortcomings of an organization. 

The organizational culture decides how well you attract employees, how well you retain employees, and how well you inspire employees. 

All of which are greatly important when working towards a big goal.

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Leadership is all about valuing your people.

How can you do that?

One way is by being the best part of their day!

On this episode of the Lead Up Podcast, I had the privilege of interviewing, special guest Dr. David Schreiner, author of ‘Be the Best Part of Their Day.’


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A workplace that prioritizes communication is a workplace that thrives. 

As a leader, it is your duty to develop a culture that encourages people to give feedback. 

In this episode of the Lead Up Podcast, we cover a tactic from the Quit Losing Talent Framework - RESPONDING TO FEEDBACK.

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Leading people is undoubtedly difficult. 

It’s your job to get people to do what you want, but no one likes being told what to do. 

So, how can you inspire people to work passionately, without making them feel forced?


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Most of us have missed out on opportunities because we weren’t willing to start. 

Don’t let 2024 be a year of “should have.”

Make 2024 a year of intentional action, and an abundance of success. 

This year, I’m using this DREAM acronym to help me get clear, and get st...

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Your mindset determines your level of success. 

This applies to any area of your life, and if you want to make 2024 a year of new heights, then you must make strides in your mindset and personal growth. 

For the first episode of the new year, Mike discusses his laws for success and some essential mental a...

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Everyone knows that how you start is how you will finish, but have you considered that how you finish is how you start?

As we put a bookend on 2023, it’s important that we don’t drag our baggage into the next year. 

This time of year is crucial for us to relieve any stress, mend relationships, and get clear on...

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December 22, 2023 17 mins

2024 is quickly approaching. An opportunity for a fresh start, and an opportunity to level up to the best version of ourselves. 

Are you ready?

Opportunities for growth will pass you by if you aren’t prepared for them. 

The end of the year is a crucial period. It’s a...

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Something I’ve been doing for the last few years is picking a word of motivation for the year.

A word that describes the person I need to be to fulfill the goals that I set out to achieve. 

I believe that when you establish a word of motivation or theme for the year, you set an intention for your thinking, you...

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December 1, 2023 22 mins

As the holiday season rolls around, it’s easy to take your foot off the gas and coast to the end of the year. After all, you’ve worked hard this year, right? 

Now, imagine if instead of easing up on your efforts, you decided to double down and make a final push toward the goals you set for this year. 


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Expressing gratitude to your peers and team is essential in creating a culture that works efficiently and retains great employees. 

A culture of positivity and gratitude isn’t built on an occasional appreciation, but consistent reminders of importance. 

Employees who feel valued are more likely to work ha...

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As a leader, the more genuine and authentic you become in your communication and connections, the easier your job gets. 

One thing is true of people from all generations: People stay when they feel valued. 

In this week’s episode of the Lead Up Podcast, my guest Geoffrey Roche, and I discuss the importanc...

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Attracting quality talent that shares common values is key to building a flourishing workplace that retains great employees. 

One of the best ways to attract top talent is to build your employment brand.

How your organization and culture are perceived in the marketplace determines the type of talent that you a...

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Although complete retention is the goal of every organization, you are bound to lose employees due to family obligations, personal reasons, etc.

When employees leave, you should take the opportunity to learn how you can improve your leadership and management. 

Believe it or not, using the 5 tactics I teach you in this episode, you can use employee ...

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As a leader, it is crucial for you to have a deep understanding of your staff’s perspective - their hardships, desires, and daily routine. 

The better you understand their unique situations, the better equipped you are to lead them and develop them to deliver excellence. 

In this week’s episode of the Lea...

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Having the proper skills and strategies is key if you want to retain your talented employees. Knowing how to hire the right talent, nurture that talent, and retain that talent is what creates a long-lasting, thriving organizational culture. 

In my Quit Losing Talent framework, I teach around 4 essential strategies: Attraction, Activation, Retention...

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The first 90 days of an employee's life are the most important. What most organizations consider the onboarding phase, I like to consider the activation phase. 

These initial days, weeks, and months should be as seamless and enjoyable as possible for new hires. For the leader, this is a time for you to build trust, establish clear expectations, and...

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