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The StrongLead Podcast

Welcome to the StrongLead Podcast, where we build strong leaders. This is the show that helps you master the craft of leadership so you can contribute something truly amazing to the world. Pull up a chair as the owners of StrongLead LLC pack 50+ years of leadership wisdom into 15-minute segments. Get the insight, encouragement, and lessons you need to grow into a strong leader.

Tracks

Ep. 136 - The Power of Sacrifice
Something that is in short supply these days is a willingness to sacrifice. However, sacrifice is at the heart of any strong leader. In this episode, Chad examines the power of sacrifice and how to apply it in your own life and leadership. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
17:56 11/28/2022
Ep. 135 - Bad Advice for Young Leaders
When you're young, people love to give you advice about how to succeed. Unfortunately, some of the most common advice is pretty bad. In this episode, Chad explores five pieces of bad advice and the how to learn from it even though it's bad. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
21:01 11/21/2022
Ep. 134 - Leaders Are Organized
Leading is hard work. Want to make it MORE difficult? Be unorganized. In this episode, Chad shares 4 areas leaders organize and how to do it. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
21:21 11/15/2022
Ep. 133 - Why Leadership Matters to a Community
Leadership matters at every level, but when a community is filled with strong leaders, it makes a big difference. This week, Chad shares 3 reasons why leadership matters, especially to the Catawba Valley community in which most of our listeners work and live. Respond to this week's episode at catawbaleadership.org Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
16:46 11/08/2022
Ep. 94 - Holding Others Accountable (Re-Broadcast)
Chad has been sick and lost his voice, so enjoy this re-broadcast of one of our most popular episodes! One of the biggest challenges leaders face is holding others accountable. In this episode, Chad discusses three things you want to get right when it comes to accountability: your mind, your timing, and your words. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
22:07 11/01/2022
Ep. 132 - The Power of Baby Steps
Life and work today requires change, and change is hard. A trusted approach to creating positive change is to start with baby steps. In this episode, Chad shares four reasons baby steps are such a powerful approach to change. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
18:16 10/25/2022
Ep. 131 - Routines to Keep You Focused
Routines are auto-pilot ways of behaving. When we have the right routines, we help our brain focus on what matters most (and stay focused!). In this episode, Chad explores four routines that will help you reach new levels of focus, performance, and productivity. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
23:06 10/11/2022
Ep. 130 - 4 Numbers that Must go Down as You Go Up
Most leaders focus on numbers they want to go up – revenue, profit, sales, etc. But there are some numbers that you want to go down. In this episode, Chad covers four key areas that the more successful you are and the higher you’re leading, the lower the number. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
18:33 10/03/2022
Ep. 129 - How to Develop Your Executive Presence
In order to influence those around you (a.k.a. "lead" them), they have to allow it. One of the most important ways you earn the right to influence is your executive presence, which is how you come across on the surface or from a distance. In this episode, Chad shares the killers of executive presence as well as the key areas to develop for a strong executive presence. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
19:35 09/28/2022
Ep. 128 - The Man in the Arena
In 1910, former president Teddy Roosevelt gave a famous speech in which he contrasted the man in the arena vs. the cynic. Life is full of cynics – those people who never try to do something but who can always find fault in those who do try. In this episode, Chad shares four principles we each need to practice based on this stirring speech. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
19:32 09/19/2022
Ep. 127 - 4 Kinds of Change
Like it or not, change is a constant. A key for great leaders is to execute the kind of change that's called for. In this episode, Chad shares four kinds of change based on the speed of change and the degree to which direction is changed. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
20:32 09/13/2022
Ep. 126 - Why Leadership Matters
As John Maxwell often says, "Everything rises or falls on leadership." But does it really? Does leadership really matter that much? In this episode, Chad shares the evidence of why leadership matters and five steps to strengthening your leadership so that more things rise and less things fall. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
18:15 09/05/2022
Ep. 125 - The Big Picture of Any Business
Sometimes things are clearer the further back you stand. In simple terms, every business has three core functions. In this week's episode, Chad shares the three functions of every business and why it's important for everyone in the company to get the big picture. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
18:24 08/29/2022
Ep. 124 - What's Your Company's "Why"?
Every company knows what they do. Some companies know how they do what they do in ways that make them distinct. Few companies are clear on why they do what they do. In this episode, Chad shares the importance of knowing your why and how it can help your organization thrive. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
20:20 08/22/2022
Ep. 123 - 5 Truths to Be an Adult
The shift from childhood to adulthood is marked by 5 essential truths. Unfortunately, many of today's "adults" haven't fully made the shift. In this week's episode, Chad shares the 5 truths and how you can support the maturing process in your own life and in those around you. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
19:37 08/16/2022
Ep. 122 - Your Biggest Battle as a Leader
Leadership is full of challenging battles. The most important and most challenging battle you will face as a leader is the overwhelming temptation to believe it's about you. In this episode, Chad shares three common battle fronts in the war of choosing what's best for me vs. what's best for the business. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
21:41 08/08/2022
Ep. 121 - You Need to Be More Assertive
A very common challenge with leaders at all levels is the need to be more assertive. Too many leaders confuse being assertive with being mean. In this episode, Chad shares the true meaning of assertiveness and five keys to asserting yourself well. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
20:43 08/01/2022
Ep. 120 - 3 Commitments Every Leader Needs to Make
Leadership is tough, so it takes commitment. Whether you're a top-level leader or someone exercising leadership way down in the organization, you need to make three important commitments. In this episode, Chad shares what the three commitments are and why each one is so important. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
21:13 07/19/2022
Ep. 119 - A Sense of Accomplishment at Work
In our final episode on business as a blessing, Chad examines how people are wired for accomplishment and how you, as a leader, can foster a sense of accomplishment. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
23:21 07/11/2022
Ep. 118 - Making Work Meaningful
If you're going to work people to life and not to death, you need to help their work be meaningful. This doesn't mean that every minute is chock full of deep and profound purpose, but it does mean that each person feels connected to something bigger than himself. In this episode, Chad shares how you can making work more meaningful for your people. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
21:44 07/05/2022
Ep. 117 - Positive Relationships at Work
If you're going to work people to life and not to death, you need to pay attention to the relationships you're fostering at work. Specifically, you need to do what you can to foster positive relationships among your employees. In this episode, Chad discusses the importance of positive relationships at work and five ways you can make those relationships more positive. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
19:54 06/27/2022
Ep. 116 - Workplace Engagement
If you're going to work people to life and not to death, your workplace needs to be a place of engagement. In this episode, Chad explains why being engaged is so good for the human soul and how you can foster a workplace where people are engaged in what they do. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
20:44 06/21/2022
Ep. 115 - Positive Emotions at Work
If you're going to work people to life and not to death, you're going to want a workplace that stirs up more positive emotions than negative emotions. In this episode, Chad examines the impact of emotions as well as the how and why of creating a positive emotional experience at work. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
20:09 06/06/2022
Ep. 114 - Is Your Business a Blessing?
When done properly, your business will work people to life, not to death. In this week's episode, Chad examines three ways you can begin to make your business a blessing for those who work there. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
19:47 05/30/2022
Ep. 113 - 5 Responsibilities Leaders Can't Ignore
There are many things a leader can delegate to others, and there are a few things a leader must be sure to take responsibility for. In this episode, Chad shares the 5 responsibilities every leader needs to take ownership of and make sure they are done with excellence. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
23:12 05/23/2022
Ep. 112 - Smart vs. Healthy
Is your business or organization smart, or are you healthy? Which is better? In this episode, Chad describes the difference between being smart vs. healthy, why you need both, and why it's more important to be organizationally healthy than smart. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
16:22 05/16/2022
Ep. 111 - 4 Lessons on Change from Moneyball
It's baseball season, so let's learn some leadership from the American pastime. In this episode, Chad shares four lessons on how to lead through adaptive change from the baseball movie Moneyball. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
22:13 05/10/2022
Ep. 110 - 4 Boundaries Every Leader Needs
Boundaries guard what's important and protect what's valuable. To be the strongest, best leader you can be, you need good boundaries. In this episode, Chad describes 4 boundaries every leader needs. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
15:35 05/09/2022
Ep. 109 - 7 Ways to Delegate Like a Champ
The best leaders are masters of delegation. Unfortunately, this important practice doesn't come easily to most of us. In this episode, Chad shares 7 ways to improve your delegating ability. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
17:40 05/02/2022
Ep. 108 - Going Negative
Some people are way too negative. But most of us struggle to be negative enough. In this episode, Chad shares three times it's appropriate to be negative and four ways to do it well. Audio Production by Podsworth Media.
17:53 04/26/2022