Leo was recently asked to pinch hit as a keynote speaker at a conference in San Diego for a highly specialized audience. Realizing his “power of peers” message had little to do with what the conference was all about, he understood it had everything to do with why they were there – to learn, connect and grow. This inspired him to create a new keynote titled, Maximizing the Value of Your Conference Experience. During our conversation today, we talk about how to tap into the greatest resource at these kind of events – your fellow attendees.
We also touch on the Washington Nationals sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals and the value of the special people who make a difference in our lives.
Today’s show isn’t about partisan politics. It’s not a conversation intended to further the polarization within our country. Quite the contrary, it’s about the power of collaboration and all the benefits we may be missing in our collective failure to wake up and figure this out. Today’s topics include compassion, forgiveness, consideration, cooperation, and collaboration.
People are training hard for it. There’s a goal with a deadline. Everybody shares the deadline and everyone is setting their own goals. It’s the 2019 Cabo Olympics slated for late October. Watch or listen to today’s show and we’ll explain.
Peernovation will address two major challenges for companies today: 1) The lack of ROI for employee learning and development programs; and, 2) the problem of alignment and employee engagement when implementing strategic initiatives. Bottary, who will serve as managing partner, will be joined by peer advantage group facilitator and podcaster, Randy Cantrell.
Peernovation will also assist organizations that assemble and facilitate peer groups for business leaders by helping members maximize their collaborative experiences to achieve more impactful outcomes. Bottary added, “When business leaders participate in high performing peer groups, they tend to be more adept at understanding the power of peers and creating more collaborative environments at their companies.”
Leo’s books – The Power of Peers and What Anyone Can Do
Today’s show is a discussion about how we can improve – as individuals and in our organizations – achieving our goals. We’re approaching the start of the second half of the year and many of us want to achieve some specific things before the end of 2019. Will we accomplish them? Or will we quit?
Today’s show was prompted by Leo’s participation in the C-Suite Network Thought Summit in San Francisco. He was on a panel about podcasting. Today we extend the conversation here on the WHAT ANYONE CAN DO PODCAST and discuss a few questions about podcasting.
How should you start your own podcast?
What makes a perfect podcast?
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If you want to connect with somebody who is a professional podcast coach, then let us introduce you to Dave Jackson, owner of the School of Podcasting. His site has tons of free resources and he even has a live YouTube streaming show most every Saturday morning where he’ll answer your podcast questions – Ask The Podcast Coach.
Here are the panelists who appeared with Leo at the C-Suite Network Thought Summit. Check out their profiles and their podcasts:
It’s funny how language can inspire aha moments. I love Sekou Andrews‘ work for that reason, because for me, he offers much more than clever turns of phrase. When you unpack his brand of poetry, there’s always such rich meaning to be extracted if you take the time to do so. He has since inspired me to look for that deeper meaning no matter who mouths the words.
So during a workshop I conducted for a Vistage Emerging Leaders Group in San Antonio today, one of the members shared that the group was incredibly effective because the members had grown to develop a “vested interest” in the outcome for each of their member’s actions. I immediately asked, “What do you mean by that?”
To digress for a moment, I’d like you to consider my frame of reference for asking the question. When I grew up learning this stuff during my early days with Vistage, part of the value proposition was that CEOs and business leaders could meet with peers who had no “vested interest” in the outcome – meaning they had no financial or professional skin in the game. The point was that they could receive impartial advice from people who knew exactly what it was like to sit in their chair and who had nothing to gain one way or the other.
The vested interest the member was referring to today was quite different. It was vested interest of a higher order. It had nothing to do with personal gain. It had to do with the emotional connection they’ve developed for one another when it comes to wins and losses. While members may join a group without having a vested interest in their fellow members’ outcomes, one could argue that, over time, acquiring this brand of vested interest makes the group that much better. If you think about it, this is exactly what every peer group should be shooting for.
Sekou says, “Tapping into the collective intelligence makes our whole greater than the sum of our smarts.” I learn something new every time I work with a new group. That’s why I love doing it so much! A big thanks to Sekou Andrews and to everyone who challenges us to think about the world a little differently.
Today, we continue our discussion on the 3 major elements required to have the most effective peer advantage:
Stepping up is exactly what Leo’s Boston Bruins did versus the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, sweeping the Canes 4-0 in a best of 7 series (yes, there’s a reason today’s graphic is sporting Bruins’ black and gold). Leo and Randy discuss the importance of trust and preparation in stepping up.
Some useful links for information mentioned in today’s discussion: