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Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak (c)

Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak (c)

By Brian Smith - PLD
Managing and leading others is a learned behaviour. I understand the challenges facing managers and business leaders today having spent a 40-year career as general manager for a major retailer, college professor and an award-winning entrepreneur. On my "Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak" podcasts, I will share with you my tips and techniques on what skills are needed to manage and lead others successfully. There is no question that If I knew then, what I know now, I would have managed differently. After listening to my podcasts I hope you will too. Thanks for tuning in.
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I've Just Been Promoted - What Should I Do Next?
Congratulations on your promotion. Your Management team believes you have the potential to take on a management or leadership role in your organization. Listen to this episode to find out what I think you should do next.
05:19
February 13, 2021
PLOCers Make The Best Managers and Leaders.
I can still see Ron Knowles standing up on his desk, plocking like a chicken and flapping his arms as if they were wings. Ron Knowles, professor extraordinaire, mentor and colleague, always tried to come up with interesting and unconventional ways to make learning fun. PLOCers make the best managers and leaders he would tell me. Are you ready to learn how to PLOC? Listen to this podcast to find out how.
05:17
January 20, 2021
Why Delegation Fails and What You Can Do About It
Some managers and business leaders still believe they must be involved in all things to control things. The truth of the matter is - it's bigger than you are. You can't control everything all of the time. In this episode I will share with you 8 easy steps to effective delegation and how to give up control to get control.
05:29
December 25, 2020
Why Collaboration Fails and What You Can Do About It
According to Wikipedia is the process of two or more people or organizations working together to complete a task or achieve a goal. It's aim is to increase the success of the team by finding creative ways to solve problems and eliminate potential road blocks. In today's episode I will share my recipe for building collaborative teams.
05:27
December 5, 2020
Throw Out Your Business Plan and Pivot
If this pandemic has taught us anything at all is that putting together a 3 to 5 year business plan is a total waste of time, money and energy. It's time to learn to pivot. Listen to my podcast for some ideas on what you can do to pivot and have a better chance of having a future.
04:19
November 22, 2020
Trust is a Two-Way Street
Sometimes you need others to take a leap of faith. If they trust you they will follow you. However, trust is not a given. You need to earn it one person at a time. Are you looking to establish trust? Listen to this episode of my "Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak Podcast" to find out how.
04:36
November 10, 2020
Stop Trying to Change People
Everybody is good at something. Spend your time discovering what people do well and put them in positions where they can play to their strengths. Do you have a question that is looking for answers? You can contact me directly at - brian@briansmithpld.com. Thanks for tuning in.
03:45
October 24, 2020
Learn To Count To Ten
Patience - a must needed 21st. Century skill. Some have it while others have to work at it. Do you need to develop more patience? Listen to my podcast to find out how. If you have questions that are looking for answers you can contact me directly at: brian@briansmithpld.com
04:16
October 10, 2020
How to Create a Competitive Advantage
The only competitive advantage you have is the level of customer service you provide. The 4 P's - Price, Product, Promotion and Place is no longer relevant. Listen to this episode of Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak podcast and I'II share with you what you need to do to provide exceptional customer service
04:31
September 20, 2020
Are You Using Your Personal Time Wisely?
We all have just 168 hours in the course of a week. How are you spending your 168? Are you spending some of your time on what's most important to you?
04:06
August 25, 2020
Three Must-Have Leadership Skills
If you do a Google search for the top ten traits of great leaders more than likely you'll find having the ability to make quality decisions, able to pass work to others and being exceptional communicators. In this episode of Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak Podcast I will tell you my top 3.
04:34
August 2, 2020
Learn to Delegate or Die a Slow Death
You've got to give up control to get control. Great leaders understand that they have to teach others what they need to know and then get out of their way and let them do it. If you don't delegate some of your responsibilities to others you are robbing them of their opportunity to grow. Here are 8 steps to effective delegation.
05:23
July 18, 2020
Are You Asking The Right Type of Question?
If you aren't getting the answers you are looking for, maybe it's because you aren't asking the right type of question. In this episode of Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak Podcast you'll learn about the 4 types of questions you can ask to get the answer you are looking for.
04:40
July 5, 2020
Avoidance Is Not Conflict Resolution
You can't ignore a conflict in hopes that it will go away. Avoidance is not conflict resolution. It's not going to go away by walking away. Listen to this podcast to find out five things you can do to resolve conflict
04:54
June 21, 2020
Is Your Cup Half Full or Half Empty?
Do you walk around thinking that your cup is half-full or half-empty? I choose to see my cup as half-full. I choose to see the positives in everything that happens to me because I believe everything that happens to me is a learning opportunity. Even the negative things that happen to you - and trust me there will be plenty - are really positive ones if you learn to look at them from a different point of view
05:24
June 9, 2020
Sometimes It's Best to Park Your Ego at The Door
You and I both know there are a number of ways to accomplish the same thing. Does it really have to be your way? You are going to get the credit. However, sometimes it's best to park your ego at the door and allow others to be involved in the process.
04:11
May 19, 2020
Sometimes Good is Good Enough
Paralysis by analysis. Over thinking can be a deal breaker. There is no such thing as a perfect plan. Strive for perfection? Yes - always - but understand that sometimes you cannot attain the unattainable. Sometimes you are going to fall short of your target. Sometimes good enough is good enough
04:28
May 12, 2020
Why Women Make Better Leaders
Why women make better leaders can be summed up in one word - Empathy. Empathy the ability to see a situation from another person's point of view. Women leaders from around the world are rewriting history. Putting gender aside. Do you have what it takes to be a world class leader? Listen to this episode to find out.
04:27
April 29, 2020
You Always Have a Choice
Attitude - Your attitude is 100% in your control. You are the Boss of you. Only you get to decide how you are going to react in any given situation. Only you get to decide if you have the strength to carry on or start on a new path. Today's episode is about taking chances.
04:12
April 17, 2020
The Four Cornerstones of Exceptional Leadership
Whether you are in a management position or play a leadership role in your organization the challenges remain the same. New leadership skills are required for an ever- changing, multi-generational workplace. For the first time in our lifetime we have the potential of working with 5 different generations at the same time. Today's managers and business leaders must have exceptional people skills. They must be able to connect with others - communicate in a style that others will understand - educate them on what they need to know and help them grow by delegating successfully
04:43
April 6, 2020
Establishing The "T" Word
Establishing trust is a 3-Step process I refer to as the 3 R's ……. Rapport, Relationship and Respect. If those you work with and interact with don't trust you - you stand little chance of leading. Without establishing trust you'll have difficulty getting people to follow you. In this - my 4th edition of "Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak - The Podcast (c)". I will share with you the 3-Steps you'll need to take to establish the "T" word. Leave me a message - let me know what you think. If you have a question that is looking for answers contact me directly at - brian@briansmithpld.com - To find out more about what I can do for you and your organization visit my website - https://briansmithpld.com - Subscribe to my blog and get a "Free" copy of my book "Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak - The Top Ten Sins Most Managers Make & How to Avoid Them". The link is posted on my website - https://briansmithpld.com 
05:26
March 28, 2020
Clearing Out The Deadwood
In Episode #3 of "Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak The Podcast" we talk about clearing out the deadwood - Jack Welch's way. Jack referred to it as his 70-20-10 rule. We all have deadwood in our organizations. Those are the ones that aren't pulling their weight. Have a listen. Let me know what you think.
03:33
March 20, 2020
Common Sense Revisited
The only thing common about common sense is that's it's not very common. Don't rely on common sense as part of your training program. Common sense is a learned skill. Your job as a team leader, supervisor or manager is to teach your people what they need to know. Thanks for tuning in to my "Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak - The Podcast". Leave me a comment - let me know what you think. Visit my website and subscribe to my blog - https://briansmithpld.com. I will send you a free copy of my book "Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak - The Top Ten Sins Most Managers Make & How to Avoid Them"  for signing up.  - Cheers 
05:10
February 9, 2020
Creating a Teachable Moment
Your job as a Team Leader, Supervisor or Manager is to teach others what they need to know. Adults can learn new things given the right set of circumstance and in an environment that is conducive to learning. This episode of "Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak" will teach you how to create a teachable moment and set the right conditions for learning. Send me a comment - let me know what you think. Visit https://briansmithpld.com and subscribe to my blog. I will send you a free copy of my book - "Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak - The Top Ten Sins Most Managers Make & How to Avoid Them" for signing up. - Cheers 
05:18
February 7, 2020