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The Leadership Antidote Podcast

The Leadership Antidote Podcast

By Dr. Kim Hires
Decades old leadership principles don't work with today’s workforce and economy. What if Leaders relied on imagination and innovation instead of memory? This podcast shows listeners new ways of leading by interviewing Leaders from all over the world in every industry. Join Host, Dr. Kim Hires, each week to shake things up and create new leadership paradigms.

Dr. Kim is a PhD, CEO, Leadership Alignment Coach, Speaker, and Author based in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Episode 1: Why do we need an antidote for leadership?

The Leadership Antidote Podcast

Episode 31: How to Build Trust as a Leader
As we sift through all of the chaos and the noise of the current times, people are in search of leaders who they can trust.  Why is trust so important? How do Leaders build trust? In this episode, Dr. Kim answers those questions.
October 28, 2020
Episode 30: Redefine the Win with William Warren
In today's episode, Dr. Kim speaks with William Warren. In an incredible interview filled with expertise, vulnerability, and transparency, Warren shares his journey of redefining the win in the midst of crisis.  About William: William Warren is an entrepreneur, illustrator, and writer who has spent his career using visuals to help communicate ideas in an effective and enjoyable way. He is the Founder and CEO of The Sketch Effect, a Visual Communication agency that helps make ideas understandable and actionable through animation, live event sketching and graphic design. The Sketch Effect's client list includes top-tier brands such as Marriott, Walmart, Microsoft, Chick-fil-A, P&G, and Delta in addition to premier consultancies including Boston Consulting Group, Bain, Ernst & Young and Accenture. The Sketch Effect has sketched for thought leaders such as Steve Wozniak, Brene Brown, Malala Yousafzai, Sheryl Sandberg, Peyton Manning, and more. William lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife Monica and young kids, Liam and Gracie. To connect with William and his Team, visit 
October 14, 2020
Episode 29: Monday Motivation - Red Light, Yellow Light, Green Light
No, we are not playing a childhood game. In this Monday Motivation, Dr. Kim takes you through one of her favorite exercises to get through hectic weeks. 
August 31, 2020
Episode 28: How to Avoid the Ultimate Leadership Killers with Bill Treasurer
Leadership provides Power and Privilege that has the ability to corrupt Leaders with the best of intentions. In this episode, Dr. Kim speaks with international leadership Consultant Bill Treasurer about his latest book, The Leadership Killer: Reclaiming Humility in an Age of Arrogance.  The conversation dives into national leadership scandals, Black Lives Matter and all things in-between.  About Bill: Bill Treasurer is the founder of Giant Leap Consulting, a courage-building company, and the author of the international bestseller, Courage Goes to Work. He is also the author of The Courageous Leadership Training Guide, the world’s only off-the-shelf facilitator training program, and his courage-building workshops have been taught to thousands of executives in eleven countries on five continents. Bill’s newest book is The Leadership Killer: Reclaiming Humility in an Age of Arrogance, which he wrote with Captain John Havlik, retired Navy SEAL. Upon release in 2017, Bill’s book A Leadership Kick in the Ass became the top-selling leadership training book on Amazon. It focuses on the importance of leadership humility. Bill is also the author of Leaders Open Doors, which helps leaders shift from selfishness to service. Notably, Bill donates 100% of the royalties he receives from the book to programs that support children with special needs. For more than two decades, Bill has designed and delivered leadership and succession programs for emerging and experienced leaders from such organizations as NASA, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lenovo, eBay, UBS Bank, Spanx, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to founding Giant Leap Consulting, Bill served as an executive in Accenture’s change management and human performance practice, eventually becoming the $35 billion company’s first full-time internal executive coach. Bill attended West Virginia University on a full athletic scholarship for springboard diving and earned his Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. Bill’s most important roles are that of husband to his wife, Shannon, and father to their three beautiful children, Alex, Bina, and Ian. To learn more about Bill, visit 
August 14, 2020
Episode 27: Motivational Minute Monday - Elevating Awareness and Increasing Mindfulness
As Leaders, our Self-Awareness is crucial to our success. In this Motivational Monday episode, Dr. Kim challenges Leaders to elevate their awareness and increase mindfulness. 
August 10, 2020
Episode 26: Empathetic Leadership in a Season of Trauma with Dr. Kristin Moody
Leadership is dynamic but messy. It's really messy in the midst of a pandemic and racial reckoning. In this episode, Dr. Kim speaks with Empathetic Leadership Expert, Dr. Kristin Moody.  In between laughs, they define empathetic leadership, discuss how the most successful organizations are lead by Leaders  who practice empathy, and provide practical tips for increasing empathy and emotional intelligence for leaders across levels and industries.  
August 5, 2020
Episode 25: Motivational Minute Monday - Hearing vs Listening
Effective leaders are empathetic.  But before we can understand and feel, we need to listen. The forgotten first step for developing empathy is listening. For this Motivational Minute Monday, Dr. Kim issues a challenge to Listeners.
July 27, 2020
Episode 24: Reflection Friday - What Standard Are You Setting?
On July 18th, when Verizon store employees  in California asked a woman inside to wear a mask on Friday, she pulled down her pants and urinated on the floor.  Yes. You read correctly.  In this Reflection Friday episode, Dr. Kim is diving into what the woman's behavior really signals in society and what Leaders can do about it. 
July 26, 2020
Episode 23: Motivational Minute - Perspective, Wants, and Needs
There is a lot going on right now. Listen to learn a quick tip from Dr. Kim on how to keep your focus this week. Happy Monday! 
July 20, 2020
Episode 22: I Looked At My Schedule and...Decided Not to Fill It
Our suspicions of coronavirus being long term have now been confirmed.  Listen to learn how to use this time of change to your advantage.  In this Reflection Friday episode, hear what Dr. Kim has been up to and how you can make the unexpected work for you too.  
July 17, 2020
Episode 21: Less Compulsion and More Compassion w/ Jeff Mitchell
Dr. Kim has a rich discussion with US-based national Education Consultant, Jeffrey Mitchell about one of the most divisive topics in the COVID19 crisis: schools reopening.   As CEO of FYG Management, Mitchell uses over 15 years of expertise in the education industry to help educational institutions and their respective administrators create, manage, evaluate, and reform their educational programs, specializing in educational innovation and program evaluation.  In this episode Dr. Kim and Mr. Mitchell answer the following questions: 1. What is causing the delay in making a decision about reopening schools in the US? 2. What is the most important leadership quality needed to manage this crisis? 3. How could schools thrive in the midst of crisis? 4. What services should every parent advocate for with their children in virtual learning environments? And more...
May 27, 2020
Episode 20: Use What You Have (Part 1)
This is the 20th episode of The Leadership Antidote Podcast!  What better way to celebrate than with a very special guest. Today, Dr. Kim is joined by Chef Kyle Hires. He is the first guest from the culinary industry and delivered so much content, we had to record two parts! In this episode, he shares how restaurants and chefs can use what they have to pivot and thrive during the crisis.  Chef Kyle Hires has over 17 years of experience in the culinary industry. In 2008, he graduated in the top 5 from Le Cordon Bleu. Past professional experiences include Disney and Marriott brand hotels. He has worked as a Banquet Chef, Executive Chef and CEO, opened 200 seater restaurants, consulted on front of the house and back of the house operations and is a highly respected celebrity chef in Atlanta, Georgia. Chef Kyle is also the owner of The AfterGlow Experience, a full service catering company.  He and Dr. Kim answer the following questions: 1. What has this crisis revealed about the average restaurant owner? 2. Why are some of the biggest restaurant chains having such a hard time now? 3. What is the deciding factor for success with restaurants in a crisis?  4. What can owners do to keep their doors open? 
May 12, 2020
Episode 19: Leading After the Crisis with Ahli Moore
In this episode, Dr. Kim is joined by Mr. Ahli Moore.  Mr. Moore is an Atlanta-based business consultant, leadership coach, and strategist with over 25 years of organizational development, training, change management and business readiness experience. Since 1993, Mr. Moore has worked with senior executives, training organizations, and human resources departments to increase organizational efficiency and employee performance across a multitude of industries. He has consulted for several Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations including Delta Air Lines, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Science Foundation (NSF), United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), United States Army, Cox Enterprises, Fulton County Schools, Atlanta Public Schools, Allegiant Airlines, Abbott Laboratories, Heinz, and more. Mr. Moore founded X-Factor Solutions, in 2009 after spending over a decade with Accenture and a 3-year stint as COO of Giant Leap Consulting.  As the global reality of COVID19 sets in, leaders are beginning to wonder how to lead after the crisis. Dr. Kim and Mr. Moore tackle the following questions:  1. What strengths should Leaders exhibit now?  2. What is the role of mindset in leading organizations to thrive after the crisis?  3. How does the context of COVID19 impact leadership paradigms? 4. What are we learning and how vital are these lessons to leading after the crisis? 5. How might current implementation of lean management theory be harmful after the crisis? 
May 6, 2020
Episode 18: Reflection Friday - Leadership Tells on You
In this Reflection Friday, Dr. Kim shares a childhood habit and offers a candid but frank discussion on what this crisis is revealing about current Leaders. How can the mindset behind lockdown policies put future generations at risk? What we can do about it and how we can move forward.
May 1, 2020
Episode 17: Burnout - The Other Pandemic
Globally, we are facing two pandemics: COVID19 and Burnout. In 2019, the World Health Organization designated Burnout as an occupational phenomenon.  In this episode, Dr. Kim answers:  1. Why do we need to be just as sensitive to Burnout as we are to COVID19? 2. What is her experience with Burnout? 3. What are the signs of Burnout? 4. How do you recover from Burnout in a crisis?  
April 28, 2020
Episode 16: Motivational Minute April 27, 2020 - Perspective
We are at just over 40 days of sheltering in place here in Georgia, New York is at about 60 days and west coast has us beat! What does this mean? Listen to the newest Motivational Minute with Dr. Kim.
April 28, 2020
Episode 15: Motivational Minute - It All Starts with A Belief
Seeing a lot of people and businesses pivot in the midst of the coronavirus crisis? Secretly wondering, how can they pivot or embrace change so quickly? It’s not because they are any more special than you. Listen to today's Motivational Minute to hear the secret.
April 20, 2020
Episode 14: Reflection Friday
In this episode of Reflection Friday, Dr. Kim focuses on Creating Safe Spaces. Using the power of reflection, let's examine this week and answer the ultimate question: What role am I going to play as we move forward?
April 18, 2020
Episode 13: Psychological Safety with Roz Lindsay
The brain can interpret a threat within 1/5th of a second. Change is considered a threat. How can Leaders initiate and support change when the majority of their workforce is in a threat state?  In this episode Dr. Kim's guest is Roz Lindsay. Listen as they discuss strategies every Leader can implement today to navigate change.  Roz Lindsay is an experiential trainer, coach, and facilitator with a broad background in customer service, management, and professional development. She has a particular interest in the neuroscience of human interaction, adult learning, and team performance. Self-described as a veterinarian who found her way into the corporate world, Roz is based in Australia and has launched two successful learning and development businesses. 
April 14, 2020
Episode 12: Motivational Minute Change Theory
The entire purpose of coaching is to help healthy people move forward. At her core, Dr. Kim is a scientist. She doesn't  offer motivational coaching. Her approach is rooted in theory. Her favorite theories are Change Theories.  In this episode, Dr. Kim uses Change Theory to explain why one neighbor may be thriving while another neighbor may be struggling for hope. Learn how just one daily activity can help propel you forward. 
April 14, 2020
Episode 11: Reflection Friday: Give Yourself Some Mercy
Reflection is a vital component of effective leadership. Join Dr. Kim every Friday as she guides you through quick but effective reflection exercises.  This episode's theme is Give Yourself Some Mercy.  Who would have thought as we were all celebrating going into a new decade on December 31st that we would in the midst of a global pandemic about 90 days later.  How many times did you beat yourself up this week alone? Dr. Kim shares a candid story  of her own experience this week.
April 10, 2020
Episode 10: Deal and Heal
Albert Einstein said, "No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it." As of the release date of this episode, the United States has over 360,000 cases of coronavirus. Globally, we have over 1 million cases of coronavirus.  There is an AFTER with coronavirus. This will not last forever. But before we can move forward and embrace what’s to come, we need to deal with how we got here.  In this episode Dr. Kim answers: 1. How did we get here with the coronavirus global pandemic? 2. How do we increase our self-awareness of our own fears as Leaders? 3. What do we need to keep in mind about people in our organizations? 4. What's next?  *Trigger Warning*  Content in this episode contains information and discussions that some listeners may find triggering at this time. If you need support at any time please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention at for country specific crisis contact info. You can also text 741741 to speak with a Crisis Counselor 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.  
April 7, 2020
Episode 9: COVID-19 and Human-based Leaders w/ Colleen Davis
In a time of crisis, it is most important to be aware. Life with COVID-19 and life thereafter will reveal the answer to the question that many industries struggled with for so long, "Do we adapt or be completely phased out?" Intersectionality of all industries is front and center with the COVID-19 global pandemic. How can leaders prepare for the future that awaits us? Listen to learn how applying the Human-based Leader model will help leaders navigate the complexities of leadership.  In this episode, Dr. Kim is joined by Executive Coach, Colleen Davis of Vuselela Davis. Colleen is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
March 29, 2020
Episode 8: People THEN Product: Unwrapping the Mind of Investors
Ever wonder how Investors select one company over another? Listen now to learn about the first and most important factor in an Investor's decision. Don't let Shark Tank fool you. This episode's guest is Dr. Quentin Florence. Dr. Florence is a founding partner and Chief Investment Officer of Coplanar Capital. He has over 15 years of experience in the biotechnology industry with roles in scientific and business development. He has overseen market research, product manufacturing, technology transfer, customer relations, research and development as well as other administrative and scientific activities for several companies. In addition to his endeavors, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter the most. To learn more about Coplanar Capital visit 
February 17, 2020
Episode 7: 5 Reasons Why In-House Coaching is a Bad Idea
Thinking about creating a position for a coach within your organization? Don't! In this Leadership Intensive episode, Dr. Kim gives 5 reasons why this is a bad idea! 
February 11, 2020
Episode 6: The L-word
In this episode, Dr. Kim dives into one of the most dreaded words of leadership: Loss. Why is loss such a challenge for leaders? What happens when leaders don't give themselves sufficient time to mourn? How can leaders limited thinking about loss cripple their performance? Dr. Kim answers these questions in less than 5 minutes in this Leadership Intensive episode. 
February 7, 2020
Episode 5: The Secret Sauce w/ Avery Nesbitt
This is the ultimate episode on leadership. Join me and one of my favorite leaders, Mr. Avery Nesbitt. Avery is a veteran of the US Armed Forces and Executive Director of Operations for Victory Church in Buford, GA. He shares his Secret Sauce for engagement and leadership in a simple, down to earth approach that you can implement as soon as this podcast ends. He answers the HOW of leadership, discusses the future of leadership and the need for highly effective leadership that can re-write the future.  In this episode, we answer: How to build highly effective and innovative teams? What are the fundamental skills and knowledge leaders need? What is the greatest leadership challenge for leaders today?  And more...
February 5, 2020
Episode 4: People Matter To Me w/ Dr. Nicole Gruebling
This episode's guest is Dr. Nicole Gruebling, the Senior Networks Director of National Networks at Vizient, Inc.  In her role, she leads the development of both the medical and nursing leadership series.  As someone who worked her way up the ranks with a career that spans 20+ years, Nicole shares rich insight learned from her leadership journey. Hear how leading from a fundamental value of "People matter to me," and a willingness to embrace change developed her leadership agility and enabled her to create a unique path in healthcare leadership that will benefit healthcare for generations to come.  When not helping leaders, Nicole, her husband and three teenage boys reside near Milwaukee Wisconsin. They are an active family that enjoys traveling, downhill skiing and sailing. Nicole and her husband also serve as volunteer ski patrol weekly throughout the winter. In this episode, we discuss What is leadership kryptonite? What is the fundamental value effective leaders must have?  What is the #1 challenge for leaders today?  And more...
January 21, 2020
Episode 3: Confronting the Leader Within w/ Colleen Davis
How do we reconcile our beliefs when we are confronted with harsh truths in Leadership? This episode's guest is Colleen Davis, an Executive Coach based in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Colleen shares her story of how she developed her leadership awareness and identity in post-apartheid South Africa. Listen for rich insight and tips that can help you on your journey. 
December 18, 2019
Episode 2: Leadership Intensive: A Kodak Mindset
Listen to learn how a cultural icon in photography and motion pictures disappeared from the mouths and minds of consumers in two generations. What mindset do leaders need to have to prevent a Kodak moment from happening to your organization. 
December 3, 2019
Episode 1: Why do we need an antidote for leadership?
In the first episode, Dr. Kim introduces listeners to her reasons for launching. Why now? What's happening? What can leaders expect from this podcast? Unfortunately, once a professor, always a professor. See this episode as your first day of class. Class is officially in session.
November 24, 2019