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Internationally-acclaimed keynote and TEDx speaker, award-winning leadership writer, and author Tanveer Naseer explores the challenges and opportunities leaders face in today’s increasingly complex workplace environment. Join Tanveer as he speaks with Tom Peters, Guy Kawasaki, Stephen M.R. Covey, Liz Wiseman, Doug Conant, Tim Sanders, Whitney Johnson, and other leadership experts – along with his “Leadership Espresso Shot” series where he shares his own insights – on what you can do to impro ...
 
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In the previous edition of my podcast series “Leadership Espresso Shot”, I mentioned how to better appreciate the journey towards achieving success, we must learn to value failure as that necessary teacher that helps us reach our goals. Of course, if we’re going to delve deeper into understanding failure, I thought it would be a good idea in this i…
 
When I started my leadership podcast almost 10 years ago, I had a very simple goal - I wanted to create a platform where I could get the chance to talk with some very smart and really cool people. That’s why the first guest I had on the “Leadership Biz Cafe” podcast was Guy Kawasaki.But I have to admit all these years later, I never thought that th…
 
During a recent conversation with a group of executives about the growing importance of empathy and leadership, a few leaders brought up the issue of addressing failure and the importance of not only “failing fast”, but making sure efforts are made to understand what can be learned from this setback. As we didn’t delve much further into this subjec…
 
Over the many years I’ve been doing this leadership podcast, one of the common themes that comes up in any given episode is the fact that leadership is not about you; it’s about the people you lead. That’s why I’m delighted to speak with my friend (and fellow Canadian) Dan Pontefract about why the most successful leaders are those who care on this …
 
These days there’s a lot of discussion around what work will look like in a post-pandemic world. Most of that conversation tends to focus on whether employees will return to the office, continue to work remotely, or opt for a hybrid mix of the two. But in this latest installment of my Leadership Espresso Shot series on my leadership podcast, “Leade…
 
Over the past few years, there’s been a growing discussion around artificial intelligence (A.I.) and the potential risks that come with it. Just reading comments from Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates about the potential dangers of AI would certainly seem to be reason to give pause on the continued development of this new technology. And y…
 
The success in any change initiative is tied to how well employees are able to learn and adapt. But how can leaders encourage a learning mindset out of these pursuits? In this edition of my Leadership Espresso Shot series, I share three simple measures leaders can employ to promote a continuous learning mindset within their workforce.As I mentioned…
 
There’s no question that our mindset plays a critical role in how we relate to our world and those around us. But how can leaders make sure their mindset is helps bring out the best in others and not impede organizational growth and success? That’s the topic I’ll be exploring with my guest, Dr. Ryan Gottfredson, in this episode of the “Leadership B…
 
Have you ever thought about how how you’re communicating progress in your organization? In this latest edition of my Leadership Espresso Shot series for my leadership podcast, I share findings from a fascinating study that show this can have a powerful impact on sustaining motivation over the long term.With the start of a new year, there’s naturall…
 
One of the perks of hosting my leadership podcast is I get to speak with some fascinating and thought-provoking people whose insights help us to learn and grow. So for my last episode for 2020, I wanted to share some of my favourite moments from this past year where my guests shared insights that are both timely to what we’re dealing with right now…
 
Few words inspire optimism and hope for the future like "opportunity". But as I reveal in this latest installment of my Leadership Espresso Shot series, the truth is our relationship with opportunity is much more complicated and worthy of more reflection and review.Granted, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, pondering our relationship with opportun…
 
For most of us, the best leader we ever worked for not only led our team to succeed, but also helped us fulfill our career aspirations. So what is that ‘secret sauce’ that allowed these leaders to not only achieve their organization’s goals, but attract and grow employees under their care? That’s a question I’ll be putting to my guest, Professor Sy…
 
One of the key responsibilities of leadership is to provide a workplace environment that encourages people to do their best work. In this edition of the Leadership Espresso Shot series for my leadership podcast, I share 4 steps that can help leaders cure a toxic workplace.In my previous piece, I asked the question as to whether your leadership insp…
 
If ever there was a singular event that brought to the forefront the influence - if not importance - of good governance, there’s little question COVID-19 fits that bill. Indeed, throughout the world, we’re seeing a critical examination of not only how effective governments at all levels are at not only protecting its citizenry from this global pand…
 
During challenging times, it’s critical that leaders boost their communication time to provide clarity and assurance to their employees. In this edition of my Leadership Espresso Shot series, I make the case that it’s equally important for leaders to express more gratitude through their leadership when faced with uncertainty about the future.Now th…
 
With the COVID-19 pandemic expected to continue well into 2021, pandemic fatigue has become a real issue as prolonged stress has been shown to impact our critical thinking skills. In this special episode of my leadership podcast, I share 3 simple steps that will help you boost your critical thinking skills during this global pandemic.…
 
There's no question you'll make mistakes as a leader, no matter how experienced you may be. What really matters is how well you manage mistakes, especially when you're the one responsible for them. In this episode of my leadership podcast, I share 3 questions you should ask yourself to determine how well you manage mistakes.Of course, it's never ea…
 
In many organizations, it can take up to 10 years before new leaders get leadership development training, leaving most to figure things out on their own. So what should new managers be paying more attention to? And what mistakes are they more likely to make? That's what I'll be discussing with my guest, Inc columnist Peter Economy, in this episode …
 
How can leaders overcome those typical assumptions that not only distort what realities their employees have to deal with, but what their employees really need to be successful in their efforts? In this edition of Leadership Espresso Shot, I share 4 questions leaders can use to gain greater clarity in their leadership.The inspiration for this lates…
 
There's been a growing demand for leaders to be more 'human' in the way they lead. While this approach offers many benefits, it also can amplify our inner negativity that leaves us doubting our abilities. So how can leaders balance being more human with overcoming these negative elements that can drag us down? That's the focus of this episode of th…
 
Without question, the COVID-19 pandemic has created unexpected hardships and uncertainty. It's also amplified issues many leaders have failed to adequately address. In this latest edition of Leadership Espresso Shot, I delve into one of these leadership blindspots and reveal why leaders can no longer afford to put it on the back burner.In my previo…
 
Psychological safety in today's workplaces has been garnering a lot of attention as leaders and organizations look for ways to boost productivity and retention in their workplace. But is our understanding of this concept too narrow? Are we missing out on real opportunities to not just fuel engagement and collaboration, but innovation and untapped g…
 
One of the key metrics to gauge your success as a leader is how well you're able to get your employees to work together as a team. That's why in this latest Leadership Espresso Shot edition of my podcast, Leadership Biz Cafe, I share 4 lessons on successful team-building inspired from an unlikely source.Now there's no question team-building is both…
 
In today's increasingly complex workplaces, leaders need to be experts who can make the best decisions for their team. But how do you succeed at leadership over areas where your expertise is limited? That's what I'll be asking my guest, Wanda Wallace, in this episode of Leadership Biz Cafe.Wanda is the managing partner of Leadership Forum, where sh…
 
When it comes to leadership success, a key foundational stone is your ability to gain and foster trust within the organization. So why are we continuing to see low trust levels for those in leadership positions? What's missing in our understanding about fostering trust? That's one of the questions I ask my special guest, Stephen M.R. Covey in this …
 
When it comes to managing setbacks, the typical approach focuses on discovering what went wrong to prevent a similar issue from arising. But what we often overlook is the emotional context of managing setbacks, something I explore through a personal example in this latest edition of Leadership Espresso Shot on my leadership podcast, “Leadership Biz…
 
Many of us recognize the importance of storytelling in leadership to improve the way we communicate. But the truth is there's more than one story that a leader should be able to tell at a moment's notice in order to inspire, inform and provide direction to those they lead. So what are those different story types? That's what I'll explore with my gu…
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly created an unprecedented global crisis, leading to a wide range of responses and actions. In this special episode of my leadership podcast, I look at how one leader has been successfully managing this crisis and what 3 important lessons on crisis management we can learn from their example.…
 
If there's one aspect of today's workplaces most of us could do without, it's office politics. And yet, the simple truth is you need to master it to grow your career. Unfortunately, for most women, this is easier said than done. So how can they overcome this hurdle and become more valued contributors to their organization? Renowned executive coach …
 
When it comes to improving our leadership skills, there's an understandable tendency to seek insights on how to succeed at leadership. But what about taking a closer examination at how we lead to better understand the ways that we fail at leadership? It's something I explore through one leader's example in this episode of the Leadership Biz Cafe po…
 
It's become a reality of today's workplace that many of us feel swamped with demands on both our time and attention. But is the problem less a question of how we manage our time and more about how to better manage what we pay attention to? That's the idea I'll be exploring further with international speaker and trainer Maura Nevel Thomas in this ep…
 
Most people who choose to become leaders do so with the best of intentions because they naturally want to succeed. So why is it still common to hear people saying they left not because of their organization, but because of their boss? That's the question I get to the heart of with leadership expert Victoria Roos Olsson in this episode of “Leadershi…
 
Have you ever worked for a leader who inspired you to do your best work? Why were they able to? What was their secret? It's a question I aim to answer by sharing a personal story of working for one such leader in this latest installment of Leadership Espresso Shot for this 50th episode of my leadership podcast, “Leadership Biz Cafe”.If you're like …
 
Digital transformation has become a key focus for many organizations. But is the focus leaders put on digital transformation too limited and consequently leading organizations to miss out on the real potential of digital transformation? That's the focus of my talk with Cisco Chair and IMD Director, Michael Wade in this episode of my podcast, "Leade…
 
If someone were to ask you what 3 personal lessons do you attribute as being key to your success, what would you say? It's a question I've been asked and I thought it would be fun to share the answers in this 10th edition of Leadership Espresso Shot on my leadership podcast, “Leadership Biz Cafe”.Of course, the motivation behind this being the them…
 
Creating alignment in your organization's various processes is critical to being able to achieve your long term goals? But what about creating alignment in terms of how you relate to one another? And how do you go about achieving that? CEO and author Susan Steinbrecher describes how in this latest episode of my leadership podcast, “Leadership Biz C…
 
Without question, one of the skills to succeed at leadership is being an effective communicator. And one of the best ways to communicate a vision is through the use of storytelling. So how can we use this tool more effectively? That's the focus of this latest episode of my leadership podcast “Leadership Biz Cafe”.Of course, being both a keynote spe…
 
One of the key responsibilities of leaders is helping their employees to achieve their goals. And yet, with all the distractions and increased demands we face, sometimes this is easier said than done. Thankfully, Warren Buffet has shared a surprisingly simply strategy to successfully achieve our goals, a strategy I share in this episode of my podca…
 
Conflict is something most of us tend to avoid because we view it as being negative and counter-productive. But what if we're seeing this wrong? Could conflict actually be productive and beneficial for our team? That's the focus of my conversation with organizational psychologist and bestselling author Dr. Liane Davey in this episode of my leadersh…
 
In today's competitive market, it's critical that leaders use every tool at their disposal to ensure their organization's success. But how many of us are tapping into the power of expectations and the benefits it gives rise to? It's an idea I explore through a wonderful story I share in this episode of my leadership podcast, “Leadership Biz Cafe”.W…
 
For most leaders, improving the way we lead involves developing new strategies and/or processes to be more effective in getting the best out of others. But shouldn't we focusing more on better connecting who we are with how we lead? That's the idea I explore with renowned CEO coach John Mattone in this episode of my “Leadership Biz Cafe” podcast.Jo…
 
Key to succeeding at leadership in today is our ability to learn new skills to improve the way we lead. But how can we consistently apply these new skills over the long run, instead of falling back on old habits? In this episode of Leadership Biz Cafe, I share 3 simple steps that will make your learning more effective.As I share in this episode of …
 
One key to succeeding at leadership is creating a workplace environment that empowers employees to commit their best efforts. To that end, shouldn't leaders also be looking at measures to improve employee health and wellness to help attract and retain employees? That's the focus of my conversation with Virgin Pulse CEO David Osborne in this latest …
 
Driving collaborative efforts in today's workplaces has certainly become a key focus for many leaders. Unfortunately, there's a common mistake many leaders make about promoting collaboration, a mistake that I reveal alongside 3 powerful strategies to boost collaboration in this fifth edition of my podcast feature, Leadership Espresso Shot.My podcas…
 
Over the past few years, there's been a greater acceptance that one critical measure to succeeding at leadership is building and nurturing relationships amongst those you lead. Unfortunately, every few months a new study comes out revealing that many organizations continue to lose employees to their competitors because employees don't feel heard an…
 
Earlier this month, my second daughter turned 18 years old. I'll admit it's crazy at times to think the little girl who's artwork used to adorn a previous version of this site is now old enough to vote in Canada's upcoming federal election.But while there are times I miss holding the hand of that little girl who walked alongside me, I must admit I …
 
There's no question that leadership is hard work and requires a diverse tool kit of skills and abilities to do the job well. But are there actions and behaviours leaders are employing that are actually impeding their ability to succeed in their role? That's the focus of my conversation with this episode's guest, Scott Miller.Scott is the Executive …
 
The arrival of summer-like weather often leads not only to people spending more time outdoors, shaking off the dreariness of the winter months, but also discussions and planning of summer vacation breaks and spending time with family and friends away from work. Or at least it used to be.Every year, there's another study that comes out pointing out …
 
These days there's a lot of focus on organizational culture in terms of its ability to attract and retain employees in today's shrinking labour market. Naturally, any discussion of an organization's culture also includes an examination of its values, which serve to articulate what that culture looks like in action.And yet, despite this growing focu…
 
If you're a regular reader of my leadership blog, one thing you'll probably notice is how I love to draw inspiration and insight into how we can improve the way we lead from the most unexpected places. And I can't think of a more unexpected place to find an example that can illustrate a valuable lesson on leadership than sharing the story about one…
 
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