Episode 22: Mark Perna reads from Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generations

Answering WhyAmazon Best Seller in Human Resources & Personnel Management
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Bridge the Gap and Reach the Why Generation

If you’ve ever struggled to motivate the young people in your sphere of influence, Answering Why is the game-changer you’ve been looking for. From the urgent skills gap crisis to the proven strategies to inspire our youngest generations, Answering Why addresses the burning questions faced by educators, employers, and parents everywhere.

Author, CEO, and generational expert Mark C. Perna shares his wide experience and profound success as both a single dad and performance consultant for education and workforce development across North America. Readers will be empowered to:

– Embrace the branch-creak crisis moments of life
– Make meaningful, productive connections with the Why Generation (anyone under 40 today)
– Bring relevance, self-discovery, and passion to the learning process

The Why Generation is asking a serious question, and it’s time to answer it. This book will help awaken the incredible potential of young people everywhere and spur them to increased performance on all fronts, so they can make a bigger difference–which is exactly what they want.

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Episode 20: HV MacArthur reads from Low Man on the Totem Pole: Stop Begging for a Promotion, Start Selling Your Genius

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Originally, the bottom piece of the totem pole was actually viewed as the most critical structure of the totem pole. They would contract the best artists to carve out what would end up being the foundation of the entire piece. Somewhere along the lines we’ve lost sight of this concept and have begun undervaluing the critical role that each of us plays, regardless of title or hierarchy. We’ve handed over our power to be an “employee” vs. business owner. But the workplace is going through a revolution. We are experiencing more career fluidity than ever before. Organizations are getting flatter and flatter. At the same time, we are coming out of a tradition of extremely high levels of command and control that were great for efficiency when the work place was a simple assembly line structure, but severely limits the productivity of our current complex work environments. You owe it to yourself to take ownership of your work back, regardless if you are a an independent contractor, run your own business, or set up shop under the umbrella of a larger organization; you are a business owner. This book provides a road map where there is none. The tips, insights, and real-world examples are set up to help any individual carve out their own path, regardless if they are currently working in a job to make ends meet, sitting in an executive leadership position trying to carve out a stronger brand and broader influence, or a career “employee” getting ready to reinvent into the next chapter of work successfully.

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Episode 11: Leslie Peters reads from Finding Time to Lead: Seven Practices to Unleash Outrageous Potential

petersIf you’re struggling to find time in your day to do the “leadership stuff” you know you should be doing, this book is for you.

Whether you’re a CEO, a manager, or an individual contributor who wants to make a difference, Finding Time to Lead will provide you with perspectives and tools to maximize your capacity to lead.

Drawing from more than twenty years of experience working side-by-side with leaders of new organizations and new leaders in established companies, Leslie Peters offers a framework of clear and concise shifts, practices, and tools to put you in the fast lane toward becoming the leader you want to be.

What does it take to be a good leader? Are there shortcuts? How can you prioritize the limited time you have available for all of this “leadership stuff”? What should you spend your time on that will help you build a culture that will attract and keep great people?

You’ll learn about five specific skill sets that shape great leaders:

Identify and quickly access the powerful places from which your best work comes;

Productively engage with others to build the kind of trust that leads to commitment, collaboration, and innovation;

Confidently lead through change;

Prioritize your time to have maximum impact on your corporate culture;

Unleash the outrageous potential in your company and its people.
Leadership is not what you do; it’s who you are. When you take this approach to leadership, it’s easy to find time to lead.

“Finding Time to Lead compels us to explore the intersection of what it truly means to be a leader and to be human. Leslie Peters brings a no-bullshit, straight-talk perspective to the unique responsibility of leadership – with compelling real-life stories and a clear pathway to guide the very human leader inside us all.” –Dean Carter, Head of Finance, HR and Legal at Patagonia

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