Leading with Curiosity
By Nate Leslie
Command and Control Leadership is Dead. We interview leaders, entrepreneurs, and Certified Executive Coaches challenging old paradigms and fostering cutting edge leadership. The brain behaves very differently when 'encouraged to think' rather than 'told to listen'. Hosted by Nate Leslie - Certified Executive Coach (M.Ed., ACC, CEC) and former professional athlete.
Ep.32 - Leading with Values. Guest Lisa Morton. CEO & Founder at Roland Dansfield PR. Manchester, UK.
Connect with Nate: www.linkedin.com/in/natelesliecec Connect with Lisa: www.linkedin.com/in/lisamortonrdpr About this episode: This conversation was great. you know. It started heavy in one thousand nine hundred six Ira bombing in Manchester, England flattened the downtown. My guest. Lisa Morton, at the time, was just starting a business in public relations and was involved in building up the city and giving it a new identity and helping cast a vision for a brighter future, which now is unrecognizable in downtown Manchester from only twenty five years ago. After that terrible attack, the theme that runs through this conversation with Lisa is around the importance of personal values, living those values, defining them within sight of your organization in creating a culture based on behaviors that are accepted Eliminating the behaviors that are not accepted that don't align with the values. I learned a ton. It's personal. It's raw. There's a ton of storytelling and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did recording it. This is Lisa Morton, CEO and founder of Roland Dransfield in Manchester, England public relations firm. About Lisa: 25 years ago, it became apparent to Lisa that the only way to work somewhere that had suitable goals and values as an enterprise was to start it herself. Almost immediately, her talent for creating relationships became apparent when Manchester suffered a devastating bombing. Lisa got involved heavily in rebuilding the city centre and over the years has played a large part in helping to regenerate neglected parts of the city centre to create the new key “pillar” neighborhoods that make up the city. As a result, Lisa has been at the forefront of the response to crises in her community, Lisa Morton is the CEO and founder of Roland Dransfield, one of the most established communications agencies in Manchester, England. For the last 24 years, Lisa has worked to forge meaningful, lasting business relationships that create both business growth and social impact alongside her team of award-winning strategists, journalists, creatives, digital, and social media specialists. Now with a London office and a partnership with an LA-based agency, of which the founder is a former Roland Dransfield team member, Lisa is continuing to expand Roland Dransfield and explore new paths for growth. Lisa’s commitment to purpose-driven work is exemplified by Roland Dransfield’s “We Built This City” podcast, a podcast series which hears from Mancunians, born, bred and adopted, who put the heart into Greater Manchester. The podcast has been nominated for Best Business Podcast by the prestigious British Podcast Awards and celebrates stories of determination, loyalty, and diversity across culture, arts, politics, sport, music and business. Roland Dransfield’s other recent award wins include PR & Marketing Agency of the Year, Marketing Personality of the Year (Downtown in Business), Best PR/Social Agency Campaign (MPA), Small PR Agency of the Year (MPA), PR Agency of the Year (MPA) and Best PR Agency (The Talk of Manchester). They are currently shortlisted for Prolific North Best PR Agency and Best Digital Campaign and Best Social Impact Award 2020 (Downtown in Business), among others.
November 10, 2022
Ep.31 I am Not Good...Yet. Guest Ira Wolfe. Thought Leader. Pennsylvania, USA
Connect with Nate: www.linkedin.com/natelesliecec Connect with Ira: www.linkedin.com/in/irawolfe Nate Leslie 0:07 Hi listeners Welcome to Leading with Curiosity. My guest today, Ira Wolfe, is a thought leader in the future of work. He is a top five global thought leader on HR, TEDx speaker, and an HR influencer. We explore the connection between a Bruce Lee quote and growth mindset. We learn the number one skill that will be required in today's workplace in these crazy ‘sort of post pandemic’ times. I know, like always I'm gonna have to go have to have a guy like Ira on the show again, so much we could have explored and didn't get to. I hope you enjoy the episode as much as I did recording. Nate Leslie 1:02 You know, I've been doing a lot of research and you are a leader, a thought leader around the future of work adaptability. In a post pandemic era, modern leadership in 2022. What are you thinking about these days around the future of work in these times that we're living in? Ira Wolfe 1:21 I think a lot about it for very obvious reasons. We're living in what I call the never normal and the never normal is pretty it's a pretty good description of where we are. It started with VUCA. I don't know if your listeners may or may not be familiar with that book. It's been around for about 40 years. It started with Warren Bennis in the 1980s. He was one of my favorite thought leaders on leadership. And he talked about what the future was going to be, how you needed to prepare leaders and develop leaders, which I know is what you do. And he talked about a world that would be volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. And I can't think of a better acronym than VUCA to describe the world we live in now. But especially in 2020, volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous and everyday we continue to live there. So basically, having studied that, that being a passion of mine for the last, well, I've always liked studying change, but especially over the last 20 years when I was introduced to that i It's my here's my time, this is the time to live in, you know for that and people are really struggling. I mean, you can tell from that from stress and burnout and well being and people changing jobs and what the work environment is there's so much so much going on. So, again, we need to talk about how we prepare? How do we help people adapt better? Nate Leslie 2:52 Yes, I do that every day. Yeah, yeah. Let's go there. Gosh, when you think about VUCA being from the 80s and now how uncertain and ambiguous. This next chapter in our lives is you know, helping people be adaptive. You've talked about the adaptability quotient. What do you want to share with that? Listen to the episode to see where this goes…
October 10, 2022
Ep.30 What Book Must you Write? Guest Julie Broad - Founder at Book Launchers. Las Vegas, NE
Connect with Nate Leslie - www.nateleslie.ca Connect with Julie - www.booklaunchers.com/7steps Hey, listeners, thanks for checking out this episode today with Julie Broad. Julie, originally from Canada, is now based in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is the founder of Book Launchers, a full service book publishing and marketing company. For those of us in an industry with domain expertise, considering writing a book, this is an awesome conversation for you to hear. If you've ever thought about writing a book to promote your business, to grow a business or even just know that the story you're sharing with the world needs refinement around who your audience is and what it is that you're actually trying to do, I think this episode is for you. I learned a ton. It was a fun conversation. I got a lot out of it personally and really appreciate your time. Enjoy the episode. Transcript Intro: @08:11 - Nate Leslie (nateleslie.ca) When we were talking before we hit record here, we were getting into what it is that brought us together on this episode. I have a feeling my wife might come home later today and she'll walk in the door and I'm going to say, "Guess what, honey, the day has finally come. I'm starting the book because Julie convinced me!" because I just gained so much from it. So Julie we're going to explore using the writing of a book to help promote a business, an idea to build a business around credibility, credibility in the marketplace. I'm really excited about where it's going to go. Why don't we start with a simple question like what is book launchers all about? @08:57 - Julie Broad | Book Launchers (Book Launchers) Yeah. So I started book launchers five years. Ago actually to help people grow or write a book that will grow their brand, grow their business. And the reason was because I had self published two books and I found a knowing who to hire and in what order was quite challenging and how do you know who's good and all the pieces but b and even more importantly was nobody was thinking about marketing until I got to the very end and I hired a PR company and then they're thinking about marketing. What you need is somebody who rates from the very beginning goes, okay, what are you trying to do with this book and how are we going to sell it when you're done and positions the book at every step. And that's why I created Book Launchers. We are full service and we start with marketing in mind from the very beginning and then at the very end we have a team that will be alongside you, helping you, pitch you to media, speaking engagements, live appearances, running ads, getting bookstores and libraries and all the full thing so everything a traditional publisher would do and then some but you keep going all rights and royalties. Click play to the rest of the conversation!
September 10, 2022
Ep. 29 Candor is Undervalued. Guest Kimberly Gerber. Executive Development at Excelerate. Irvine, California
Connect with Kimberly: www.iexcelerate.com Connect with Nate: www.nateleslie.ca /ˈkandər/ noun - the quality of being open and honest in expression; frankness. About Kimberly: Kimberly Gerber, the founder of Excelerate. Leading with Curiosity caught my attention as I thought Kimberly’s background in creating innovative leadership programs would make her a great guest. Kimberly specializes in helping C-Suite executives and CEOs continue to elevate their leadership presence and their careers in a variety of fields. Her focus of candor and kindness is designed to help her clients become the best version of themselves. Kimberly and her team at Excelerate have provided over 38,000 hours of coaching, and proudly boast that their clients have a 94% promotion rate. For 30+ years she has helped transform the impact of 1500+ leaders in over 100 countries including Verizon, USC, Revance, Blizzard, Allergan, UCLA, COOP, and more.
August 10, 2022
Ep.28 You are the Weather. Guest Dan Kerr. American School of Paris, France.
Connect with Nate - www.nateleslie.ca Connect with Dan - www.mondaymusings.org Highlights from My Conversation with Dan Kerr: American School of Paris, France. “You are the Weather” Relationships are our currency. We bank them. Once in a while we need to make a withdrawal (hard conversations) Why did you choose to lead? Mentor - What does ‘good’ look like? Listen well, listen deeply. Lead through service, a learners mindset, and be empathy focused. In 2022 we all have ‘stuff’ going on. How do we control our weather so that we have sunny days inside the building for our kids? - Kindness, Courage. Leader - What are you Willing to Address? Relationships are the foundation of leadership. We bank trust and vulnerability. Sometimes we need to take small withdrawals from the bank to have difficult conversations. Career Highlights: Dan was named an NAESP Distinguished Principal in 2021. He’s been an Adjunct Professor for Endicott College teaching two Master’s Degree classes in Madrid and Prague each summer, as well as online throughout the year. He teaches Change Management in International Schools, and Innovative Practices in Education. He loves teaching young leaders, and learning from such bright, passionate, and committed international educators! Dan Kerr is currently the Lower School Director at the American School of Paris. He arrived in July of 2017 after 3 amazing years as the Intermediate School Principal (Grades 3-8) at Academia Cotopaxi American International School in Quito, Ecuador. Before that he was in Shanghai at SCIS in China for 4 years as the Middle School Principal, and previous to that he spent 7 wonderful years in Jakarta, Indonesia at Jakarta Intercultural School. My first international position was in Abu Dhabi in the UAE…He’s been an International School Teacher/Administrator for over 20 years and there’s no lookin back now! About Monday Musings www.mondaymusings.org "I began blogging years ago sending my thoughts (Musings) out to my School faculty in an attempt to share my vision, and to open up the lines of communication. They’ve become somewhat of an expectation over the last many years, and it’s fair to say that they’ve morphed into opportunities for me to address issues, share my educational fairytale, and to celebrate accomplishments with the surrounding school community, and indeed the world. They’ve also helped me “sharpen the saw” so to speak, as the professional discourse that stems from these posts has allowed me to share ideas and issues with educational leaders from around the globe. I am a featured blogger for THE INTERNATIONAL EDUCATOR (TIE online), and you can follow my posts there as well. I’m also an adjunct professor for Endicott College, teaching in their Masters Degree leadership program in Madrid and Prague every summer. Essentially, the Musings are my attempt to stay current, as well as a forum to gain valuable feedback on how to turn a school from good to great. It’s an on-going process…over 250 posts and counting and still so much to learn."
July 10, 2022
Ep.27 Duct Tape and Group Coaching. Guest Jennifer Chapman. Leadership Coach in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Connect with Nate: https://www.linkedin.com/in/natelesliecec/ Connect with Jennifer: https://www.linkedin.com/in/coachjenniferchapman Hi curious listeners. Thanks for listening to this episode. My conversation today is with a very bright and experienced leadership coach, Jennifer Chapman, from Indianapolis, Indiana. She studied coaching at Georgetown University and is a member of the International Coach Federation. This conversation today took a little turn about five or six minutes in and we just stayed down that path around group coaching, how to actually engage a group of leaders in this coaching process. They could be internal from the same one organization, or independent organizations. I think it was a really great insight for people to wonder, “what is an entry point into this? What could I do with members of my team after they've done a training program to really keep the learning going at a cost effective way?” We also explored the work that she does with an audience that is in the science, technology engineering, and finance industries, where coaching can have a huge impact breaking down some barriers and stereotypes are the communication and leadership styles in those industries. It was a pleasure. There's a chance to connect with her and get some free tools at the end of it to get the most out of your learning resources. If you're like me, you're always into something listening, learning if you're listening to this right now. You're one of us! I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did. Here is Jennifer Chapman.
June 10, 2022
Ep.26 As a Leader, are You a Seeker? - Guest Shawna Schuh. Leadership Coach. Oregon, USA
Connect with Shawna: www.ShawnaSchuh.com Connect with Nate: www.nateleslie.ca Would you like to rekindle your curiosity? Perhaps, you’d like to explore why magnificent leaders are master questioners. You only have one life to live. One is enough when you lead from within. Imagine a professional woman, who was sent to finishing school (3 times...but that’s a different story), lives on 20 rural acres with a variety of pets, and simultaneously improves the world by teaching leaders to “relearn how to learn” and, as a result, evolve into their true potential. Pretty awesome, right? Shawna Schuh is an innovative thought-leader who can help you unpack the pesky problems you encounter when you lead people. With a curious mind, herself, and a Master’s Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Shawna is exceptionally skilled in the art of uncovering leadership blind spots and catapulting leaders out of the leadership weeds. Having worked with organizations like Nike and Columbia Sportswear to associations such as Fashion Group International and the National Speakers Association. Shawna shares a unique perspective so that the information and ideas she promotes stick and work. With two TEDx talks to her credit, as well as 3 decades of experience, you will be enlightened as well as entertained while shifting from the less stellar things most leaders do to focus only on what the best leaders do.
May 10, 2022
Ep.25 Can Wisdom be Taught? Guest Sophia McLean. Wisdom Teacher. Balearic Islands, Spain.
I'm joined in this episode by an incredibly intelligent and well spoken woman, Sophie McLean. She's calling in from Minorca, a tiny island of the coast of Barcelona, relocating from NYC's Upper East Side to write her second book. I took on the adventure of interviewing Sophie knowing that I'd really have to lean in to keep up! The deeper connections I've made to being present, a 'beginner's mind', and leadership have left me with a feeling of peace, in a currently chaotic world. By accepting the idea that we 'know almost nothing' is more freeing than I ever could have imagined. Connect with Sophie @ www.sophiemclean.com Connect with Nate @ www.nateleslie.ca About Sophia McLean Born in Algeria, educated in Morocco and France, with a professional career in the USA and UK, Sophie has led an eventful life. She has been a helicopter pilot, a teacher, a designer, a relief worker, a war refugee, a CEO, and served as a United Nations representative on The Commission on the Status of Women’s Hunger Project. She has been shot at, shipwrecked, and widowed. She has lived on a farm, a boat, a penthouse, and in an ashram. As a wisdom teacher, Sophie has spent decades leading transformational seminars to over 80,000 people around the world, of all ethnicities, ages, religions and social backgrounds – all engaged with the universal existential questions of “Who and what am I?” and “What is my life about?” Sophie McLean's mission is to contribute to the creation of a new culture for humankind; or the shift from Homo Sapiens to Homo Spiritus, as Dr. David Hawkins so beautifully wrote. Sophie's seminar and podcast topics span both human and metaphysical dimensions – exposing and deconstructing the automatic ego, consciousness, freedom, love, stress, anxiety, fear, relationships, health, sex, money, ownership, leadership, spirituality, creation and evolution, the feminine and the masculine, responsibility, and making an effective, actionable difference in the world. Sophie engages people in a rigorous review of their life and a systematic questioning of their conclusions on the basis that without examining our network of ideas, beliefs, social and cultural judgments, and our assumptions about the world, those are transformed into constraints. Her interest is in the nature of what it means to be human. Sophie's book, The Elegance of Simplicity: A Wisdom Teacher's Epic Journey to Awareness, is a compelling, thought-provoking work of autobiographical fiction, one that communicates life-altering concepts proposing an effortless pathway to awareness. It’s a deeply authentic and dramatic story of self-discovery, about what is possible when you take responsibility, own your power, and become one with life. In Sophie McLean's life and work, she strives to bring elegance, worldly experience, grit, courage, and insight leading to revelation and transformation.
April 10, 2022
Ep.24 The Boomerang Principle: Leave Well. Guest Lee Caraher. CEO @ Double Forte, San Francisco
In this episode we explore modern diverse workplace culture, intergenerational leadership, and the reality that everyone will leave. What can we do about it, and how do we leverage it? The Boomerang Principle. Connect with nate at https://www.linkedin.com/in/natelesliecec Guest Lee Caraher is the CEO of Double Forte, a national independent PR/Communications agency. An acclaimed communication strategist, Lee is known for her practical solutions to big problems. She's on a mission to help small businesses break through the noise and make a big impact. Lee has a reputation for building cohesive, high producing teams who have fun together at the same time and has authored two top-selling books about positive and profitable work culture. She is a straight talker who doesn't hold too many punches, although she does her best to be pleasant about it. Her big laugh and sense of humor have gotten her out of a lot of trouble. Her company works with some of the top consumer lifestyle, digital life, technology and wine brands in the country. Double Forte’s “Get on The Map” service is a foundation-building program that helps small businesses and individuals build authority and visibility to drive business success. Working with Lee and her senior team, small businesses and entrepreneurs learn how compete and grow their businesses. to “Show Up” and “Level Up” their footprints and influence to compete and grow their businesses. Connect with Lee: https://twitter.com/LeeCaraher https://www.facebook.com/LeeCaraher1 https://www.linkedin.com/in/leecaraher/ https://www.instagram.com/leecaraher/ www.double-forte.com www.leecaraher.com email@example.com
March 10, 2022
Ep.23 - What Kind of Life do You Want? Guest Rusty Gaillard. Executive Coach. Former Worldwide Director of Finance at Apple
In this episode of the Leading with Curiosity Podcast we explore Apple's former Worldwide Director of Finance, Rusty Gaillard's exploration of the choices we make in life and career that have led him to a new career in Executive Coaching. What Kind of Life do You Want? Connect with Rusty - https://www.linkedin.com/in/rustygaillard/ Connect with Nate - www.nateleslie.ca & https://www.linkedin.com/in/natelesliecec “I enjoyed my first job at Apple as supply/demand manager, but every morning I woke up to see what had gone wrong overnight (since all manufacturing was in China). I loved the problem solving, but I didn’t love the stress & constant fire drills. I moved to finance and was promoted to Worldwide Director, which was my goal at the time. I was leading global projects, a key contributor to the company-wide financial forecasting process, & building a team from scratch. Great opportunity and great challenges, but my son was 2 at the time, and I was torn between more hours at work or more with my son and my wife. I felt like I was failing in both places. I was supposed to hire a manager to report to me at Apple, but instead I took that manager position, demoting myself. I loved the freedom to follow my life’s priorities - volunteering at my son’s school, enjoying evenings free of work - but I didn’t realize I had put myself into a dead-end job. I was there for 8 years. I knew there had to be a way to have both a meaningful job and a good life, but I didn't know how to find it. I felt stuck there for years before I got the help I needed to figure it out. That’s why I’m a coach - to help you find your version of meaningful work + a good life.”
February 10, 2022
Ep.22 - The Great Resignation is The Great Opportunity. Ilene Schaffer. CEO Silicon Valley Change, San Diego CA.
Hello listeners. Thanks for tuning in. My guest today is Ilene Schaffer, the CEO of Silicon Valley Change. We met in a breakout group. When we connected I knew I needed to have her on this show. Silicon Valley Change is an organization of 80 Certified Executive Coaches, each with over 10 years experience coaching. They operate in seven different languages globally. They have grown far beyond Silicon Valley. They all also have training in Positive Psychology, which is taking off right now in the leadership space and for anyone who's curious about what that means, we explore the framework. It’s an evidence based and data driven approach to leadership which I think is really cool. We explore how this Great Resignation that's going on right now in organizations can instead become a Great Opportunity, starting with finding what is right about the people in your organization. She's really well spoken she has decades of coaching experience. If you're interested in this idea of strengths based leadership, positive psychology, and how to create opportunity from these challenging times, then I think this is the right episode for you. Thanks for tuning in. I appreciate you. Enjoy. Connect with Nate Leslie: www.nateleslie.ca LinkedIn
January 13, 2022
Ep.21 - Leadership is a Performance Art. Guest - Alain Hunkins. Thought Leader & Coach. New England, USA.
Hello curious listeners. Leadership is a Performance Art. The people we lead haven't arrived until their voice is in the room. We need the people that we lead to be the protagonist in the story. These are just a couple of the mind expanding, brain exploding, easy to grasp, not commonly implemented ideas that today's guest Alain Hunkins, shares with our listeners. With over 100'000 LinkedIn followers, Alain is the author of CRACKING THE LEADERSHIP CODE: Three Secrets to Building Strong Leaders (Wiley, March 2020), which was endorsed by leadership luminaries Jim Kouzes, Barry Posner, and Marshall Goldsmith. A faculty member of Duke Corporate Education, Alain’s writing has been featured in Fast Company, Inc., Forbes, Chief Executive, Chief Learning Officer, and Business Insider. Alain has worked with companies like Walmart, Pfizer, Citi Group, GE, State Farm Insurance, IBM, Microsoft, and grew up in New York City so we had some some good laughs about my time in living New York. He’s a really humble, articulate and passionate leadership development facilitator and coach. By facilitator, he gleans the Latin root word ‘facile’, like in French, means ‘easy’. In leadership, we need to help people make things easier. Easier to understand, easier to accomplish. Those are some of our obligations as leaders. You've heard this before from me, I know I'm going to have him on again. I need to because we were just scratching the surface. Thank you to Todd Cherches from NYU (Episode 18), and previous guest Rob Salafia from MIT (Episode 13), two people that have led me in this path to connect with Alain today. Enjoy. Thanks for listening. Connect with Alain Hunkins: Join 100'000 other leaders who follow Alain on LinkedIn. Connect with Nate Leslie: Website Nate Leslie on LinkedIn
December 16, 2021
Ep.20 - Make S$#T Happen. Guest Traca Savadogo. Idea Strategist. Baja, Mexico
Hi curious people. I have a pretty strong sense that what you are about to hear over the next half hour is going to take your ability to level up your ideas and scale them like you hadn't previously imagined. My guest Traca Savadogo, who I met through Episode 18’s Todd Cherches (NYU) in New York City, is a self proclaimed curious strategist who knows how to get shit done. From figuring out how to get Anthony Bourdain to a dinner party with his film crew, to helping a chief marketing officer stay in a role to grow a company to a billion dollars. From her current home in Mexico we explore some pretty common sense ideas but we know that common sense is not always common practice. How to network, but what does that mean? We all know that networking is everything. But how do you expand that network in non competing industries to people that you can add value to that also can help you scale your ideas? Traca Savadogo is a connector. She's curious. She's done a million things that really are leaving me inspired as I embark on a new chapter in my own career. And I hope that it shines through in this podcast episode, just how to move a good idea to a great idea. What needs to happen to get you from where you are now, to where you want to be. I hope you enjoy the interview. Connect with Nate: www.nateleslie.ca Connect with Nate Leslie on LinkedIn. Connect with Traca: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tsavadogo/ https://twitter.com/Traca_Savadogo
November 25, 2021
Ep.19 - Options are Power. Guest - Donna Peters, ICF Coach. Atlanta, GA
Options are Power Hello listeners. My guest today caught my attention as a speaker at the International Coach Federation annual conference ‘Converge’ presenting the power and value of hosting a podcast. I knew I needed to interview her! Donna Peters is the host of "The Me-Suite" podcast. Power for the Life Minded. It was a finalist for both Best Business Podcast and People's Choice Award in 2020. It was a lot of fun just like all the others. Donna spent 20 years as a management consultant. She's from Atlanta, Georgia, and we explore the difference between consulting and coaching. Between therapy and coaching, big moments in people's lives where coaching can and has played a role. What it is, what it isn't. She’s an award winning podcast host. And it was just a lot of fun. She runs Me-Suite, www.the-me-suite.com, a coaching company approaching life like a C suite executive runs an organization. We need to manage our lives and care about ourselves in the same kind of way. It was a ton of fun at one point that even flips where I suddenly realize I'm being interviewed, which was just awesome. We explored a whole bunch here and I hope you enjoy it. As I did recording it. As always, thanks for listening. www.nateleslie.ca
November 04, 2021
Ep.18 - VisuaLeadership. I SEE what you are saying. Guest - Coach, Author, NYU & Columbia Faculty Todd Cherches.
Hello listeners. My guest today started reading one leadership in management book a week in 1998, over 1100 leadership books later taught churches is like a management and leadership Thought Leader encyclopedia. I love this conversation. 30 minutes went by like that. I wish I could go longer. I know I'm going to have him on Leading with Curiosity again. We explore the difference between management and leadership and why they are both absolutely critical. What makes a great leadership facilitation experience? And we explored his new book, VisuaLeadership. The power of helping people see what you're trying to say, with no further adieu, I welcome Todd Churches to the podcast. Executive coach, leadership development trainer, thought leader, and Professor of leadership at both NYU, and Columbia University in New York City. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did recording it. Contact Nate Leslie @ www.nateleslie.ca
October 21, 2021
Ep.17 - Leadership Development, It Just Makes Sense to Me. Guest - My Father, Bob Leslie.
Leadership Development, It Just Makes Sense to Me. Guest - My father, Bob Leslie Connect with Nate: www.nateleslie.ca/podcast Connect with Bob: www.leslieglobaleadership.ca Hey listeners, welcome to Leaving with Curiosity, this is a very special episode. I knew when I wanted to interview my Father Bob Leslie, I couldn't do it in the first episode, and then Gosh episode after episode started clipping along and I got to squeeze him in. He's gonna start feeling left out! And we picked the perfect time to interview Bob, he lives back in Canada now after over 30 years in professional hockey, mostly in Switzerland and Germany. He's now a leadership development trainer, largely working out of Switzerland and Germany and throughout Europe but due to the pandemic he's been back in Canada, where he's now settled. This week, he's in Switzerland, working with the St Gallen Management Institute with a number of their students and with 18 executives from 18 Different companies. And so I caught up with him at a hotel in Davos, where I first drew a line in the sand in this shift that I was making a number of years ago I joined him there to observe what the heck he was doing and to learn more about it, and it's there that I really found executive coaching. That was the first step in this new journey that I'm on. So, Bob and I explore what he's up to in Switzerland this week, and some really practical examples of what three or four days with him looks like and the impact that it has on leaders. I hope you enjoy it. It was super fun and I'm really proud to be able to share this episode with you today.
October 07, 2021
Ep.16 - SupportingLines Human Experience Summit Part 3 of 3. A Panel Episode. Showing Genuine Interest in People as a Leader, Real Examples from our Audience
If we surveyed your team and asked them if their leader shows a genuine interest in their personal development…what do you think they would say? Our research has shown that while most leaders do care about their employee’s personal development, they often do not show it. The key to high-performance culture lies beyond having good intentions, and lies in how you show this genuine interest. In this episode we deviate again from our 1 on 1 format. Nate Leslie, Jeff Smith, and Janet Wood discuss the importance of showing genuine interest in people as a leader, and where we get it wrong. This is an audio recording of the SupportingLines Institute Human Experience Summit. We've broken up the 90 minute virtual summit into 3 parts to sprinkle amongst other episodes. This is Part 3 of 3. We hear real life stories from 3 participants that you can start using right now. Jeff Smith - Founder of the SupportingLines Institute used to lead a sales team at a global helicopter company where he helped increase sales from $800M to $1.6B. He leans into a large scale challenges in a big way. Janet Wood is a former global software executive responsible for the leadership development of over 8000 leaders at SAP. In semi-retirement she was the CEO of Science World in Vancouver, BC. Large scale leadership development initiatives do not intimidate Janet, and she learned a lot about herself along the way. Connect with Nate: Nate Leslie on LinkedIn Visit Nate Leslie's website
September 23, 2021
Ep.15 - SupportingLines Human Experience Summit Part 2 of 3. A Panel Episode. Showing Genuine Interest in People as a Leader, and How to Do it Right.
If we surveyed your team and asked them if their leader shows a genuine interest in their personal development…what do you think they would say? Our research has shown that while most leaders do care about their employee’s personal development, they often do not show it. The key to high-performance culture lies beyond having good intentions, and lies in how you show this genuine interest. In this episode we deviate again from our 1 on 1 format. Nate Leslie, Jeff Smith, and Janet Wood discuss the importance of showing genuine interest in people as a leader, and where we get it wrong. This is an audio recording of the SupportingLines Institute Human Experience Summit. We've broken up the 90 minute virtual summit into 3 parts to sprinkle amongst other episodes. This is Part 2 of 3. Jeff Smith - Founder of the SupportingLines Institute used to lead a sales team at a global helicopter company where he helped increase sales from $800M to $1.6B. He leans into a large scale challenges in a big way. Janet Wood is a former global software executive responsible for the leadership development of over 8000 leaders at SAP. In semi-retirement she was the CEO of Science World in Vancouver, BC. Large scale leadership development initiatives do not intimidate Janet, and she learned a lot about herself along the way. Connect with Nate: Nate Leslie on LinkedIn Visit Nate Leslie's website
September 13, 2021
Ep.14 - What is Your Unintentional Diminishing Behaviour? Guest Janet Wood - Former SAP Executive & Science World CEO
Hello listeners. My guest today knows what it takes to lean into large scale leadership development initiatives. As an executive at global software giant SAP she led programs for 8000 of management leaders. Most recently, in semi-retirement Janet Wood led as interim CEO of Science World in Vancouver, BC. I first met Janet through my work with the SupportingLines institute and am honoured to have her on the podcast today. We discuss: The size and scale of the organizational development at SAP, the global software giant with 100k employees. What's at stake as a leader, when the stakes are so high? The impact of Unintentional Diminishing Behaviours. How to run effective 1 on 1's. Effective Change Management - Book Recommendation - get it here: Make Change Work by Randy Pennington Connect with Nate: Nate Leslie on LinkedIn Visit Nate Leslie's website
August 26, 2021
Ep.13 - Who are you in the process of becoming? Guest Rob Salafia - Performing Artist, MIT Faculty Executive Coach, Author.
Hello listeners. My guest today was a joy to speak with. He's been a street performer, tap dancer, wire-walker (he can lay down and read on it), is a faculty Executive Coach at MIT, and has received praise on his new book from one of the most recognizable names in executive coaching, Marshall Goldsmith. Rob Salafia is the author of ‘Leading From Your Best Self: Develop Executive Poise, Presence, and Influence to Maximize Your Potential’. Get it on Amazon here. Rob Salafia has a background in performing arts, which we will hear about later. His clients include presidents of banks and support from his book come from Senior VP’s from some globally recognized organizations. Not to mention he was recommended to us by previous episode’s Ian McGregor, CEO of Skratch Labs. He is an MIT Sloan Leadership Center Executive Coach and CEO of Protagonist Consulting. Rob, I want to get this out in the open right off the hop. When I think about MIT, I think about that movie about card counting. Tell us more about MIT, and how a guy like you ended up there?! Rob and I explore the the following, and more: Who are you in the process of becoming? The trap of the professional persona No story in your life is wasted. Show me what it looks like when you are on the top of your game. Vision. Strategy. Action. Executive Presence and Layers of Experience: Our practice of developing our executive presence can grow if we think of it as layers of experience. Consider the following, executive presence is: How others experience us. How others experience themselves when they are with us. The story they tell about us when we are gone. Connect with Nate Leslie Web: www.nateleslie.ca LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/natelesliecec/
August 12, 2021
E.12 - You Should Leave Now. Guest Brie Doyle - Author & Mindfulness Teacher, She Glows Retreats.
YOU SHOULD LEAVE KNOW - Going on Retreat to Find Your Way Back to Yourself A Book by Guest BRIE DOYLE Brie's new book promises to be the ultimate summer read for anyone looking to live with more energy, power and purpose. In or interview we discuss her journey from College, Catholicism, to Buddhism, and part way back again. We explore the parallels between coaching and personal retreats, and why we shouldn't let ourselves to live without either of them. Support Brie and this podcast (I'll make a small commission if you purchase through this link, and you will support the future growth of this podcast!) - Get it here on Amazon. MINNEAPOLIS, MN - In a world where speed, outcomes and achievement rule, and where health means fitting into your skinny jeans, YOU SHOULD LEAVE NOW poses a revolutionary wellness solution - transformational personal retreats. Taken once or multiple times a year, a solo retreat is an opportunity to rest, reboot and cultivate the most valuable relationship in one’s life - the relationship with yourself. Brie Doyle, founder of She Glows Retreats, LLC and a mindfulness teacher of over 20 years, shares her vibrant wit and wisdom to take the reader on this ultimate journey to wellness. In this time of extraordinary change and transition, YOU SHOULD LEAVE NOW offers the perfect restorative for emotional well-being. It is a step-by-step guide on how to take a meaningful break from everyday life. Brie Doyle believes that the practice of retreat is one of the pillars of wellness and provides a powerful shift to bring fresh perspective and renewed energy to the practitioner. Doyle shares compelling research and time-tested advice that covers the benefits of going on an annual personal retreat. It’s up to you where you go - Timbuktu or your very own backyard - and Brie Doyle’s witty and sage advice guides the reader completely through logistics, expectations and directions on how to return home revitalized. Regardless of experience or budget, everyone can embark on a transformative personal retreat. YOU SHOULD LEAVE NOW. Advance praise for YOU SHOULD LEAVE NOW “YOU SHOULD LEAVE NOW is a testament to the restorative energy and spiritual connection a retreat can bring to one’s life path and journey forward. This book serves as a guide, showing you how creating time and space for a retreat in your own life can prove transformational.” - Laura Lynne Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Signs: The Secret Language of the Universe and The Light Between Us “BRIE DOYLE makes a powerful case for retreating as essential medicine. Allow this book to be the permission slip you have been waiting for to step away from your life for a moment so you may step back in, more fully alive” - Beth Kempton, bestselling author of Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life “BRIE DOYLE’s message is essential for all women. Her guidance is a true gift.” - Sheila Kelley, founder of S Factor, award-wining actress and author About the Author Brie Doyle is the founder of She Glows Retreats, LLC, and hosts transformational retreats throughout the US and across the globe. She specializes in curating mental and emotional wellness curriculum for groups, companies, schools and individuals. A yoga and meditation teacher for over twenty years, Brie is a leader in the health and wellness space who helps people heal their past and reclaim their power. She lives in Boulder, CO with her husband and three kids. Web; briedoyle.com Twitter: @BrieDoyle Instagram: @WellBeingByBrie Facebook: @WellBeingByBrie
July 29, 2021
Ep.11 SupportingLines Human Experience Summit Part 1 of 3. A Panel Episode. Showing Genuine Interest in People as a Leader, and Where We Get it Wrong.
If we surveyed your team and asked them if their leader shows a genuine interest in their personal development…what do you think they would say? Our research has shown that while most leaders do care about their employee’s personal development, they often do not show it. The key to high-performance culture lies beyond having good intentions, and lies in how you show this genuine interest. In this episode we deviate from our 1 on 1 format. Nate Leslie, Jeff Smith, and Janet Wood discuss the importance of showing genuine interest in people as a leader, and where we get it wrong. This is an audio recording of the SupportingLines Institute Human Experience Summit. We've broken up the 90 minute virtual summit into 3 parts to sprinkle amongst other episodes. This is Part 1. Jeff Smith - Founder of the SupportingLines Institute used to lead a sales team at a global helicopter company where he helped increase sales from $800M to $1.6B. He leans into a large scale challenges in a big way. Janet Wood is a former global software executive responsible for the leadership development of over 8000 leaders at SAP. In semi-retirement she was the CEO of Science World in Vancouver, BC. Large scale leadership development initiatives do not intimidate Janet, and she learned a lot about herself along the way. Connect with Nate: Nate Leslie on LinkedIn Visit Nate Leslie's website
July 15, 2021
Ep.10 - Ships Survive Explosions Above the Waterline. Guest - Ian McGregor, CEO at Skratch Labs
Hello listeners. My guest today is the experienced founder and CEO of Skratch Labs, an active lifestyle nutrition company based in Boulder CO. Here are some highlights of our conversation. Ian McGregor is a believer in Conscious Leadership, and the power of teams. He is Coachable, and a lover of feedback. Skilled in developing company vision and defining a strategy to make it happen. Two-time National Champion cyclist and team captain. He’s also a trained Mechanical Engineering What made Outside Magazine rank you one of the Best Places to Work in 2020? Where do sport and leadership in business intersect for you? Ian’s unique angle on leadership: Rational hedonism. Taking lessons from sport into business. I love, and try to practice Conscious Leadership. Nonstop curiosity. Connect with Nate: Nate Leslie on LinkedIn Visit Nate Leslie's website Connect with Skratch Labs: www.skratchlabs.com
July 01, 2021
Ep.9 - Leaders Suffer High Performer's Disease. Guest Steven Morrow - Executive Coach. Denver, CO
Steven Morrow sees a common theme in his work with high performing leaders. He calls it the High Performer's Disease. Curious? Click play to learn more. Steven focuses his executive coaching practice on high performing senior leaders who take personal responsibility for their own growth and want an insightful coach who can help them see what they need to do to get to the next level – both within the company, and as a human being. We are going to explore the value, and the sacredness, of being in service of others. Based in Denver, Colorado, Steven has had clients in Turkey, Germany, The Netherlands, Chile, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, the US, and Canada. I was Introduced to Steven through Episode 8’s Dan Konigsberg, CEO of CampMinder. Dan caught my attention when speaking about his experience working with Steven. “I’d be dead without a coach” were the powerful words Dan used to describe the impact of his coaching experience. We Explore: The ‘Sacredness of leadership.’ What's the purpose of work? What is the #1 blindspot you see in high performing leaders? Learn more: www.stevenmorrowleadership.com Connect with Nate: Visit Nate Leslie's website More about Steven Morrow: Steven Morrow is the founder and principal of Steven Morrow Leadership. In his leadership coaching work, Steven focuses on the client’s ability to build effective relationships which create strategic impact, leadership presence, and valued partnerships with clients. Steven’s clients say he brings absolute honesty and razor insight complemented with a remarkable level of acceptance. This combination allows client and coach to get to the core of the opportunity and address it with expediency.
June 17, 2021
Ep.8 - I'd be Dead without Coaching. Guest Dan Konigsberg - CEO/Founder at CampMinder
Outside Magazine has voted Dan Konigsberg’s company CampMinder as one of the Top 50 places to work in the US 4 times. Their commitment to team member happiness and well being was highlighted in this past year’s award coming in at #11, amidst a pandemic lockdown. CampMinder runs extraordinary software and support for kids summer camps. CEO Dan Konigsberg founded the company while still in college in 2001.. I am a client of CampMinder through one of my businesses, the West Coast Hockey Prep Camp. The software, and the support we receive under Dan’s leadership has revolutionized our ability to execute a world class high performance summer camp and has more than doubled the value of our business. I first came to know about Dan Konigsberg and his belief in the value of executive coaching after reading a post on CampMinder’s blog. It was October 2020 after a summer of shut down camps and huge revenue losses. Here is a quote from his article “Pushing Forward to Create a Brighter Future.” “Rather than seeking a rescuer to solve my problem for me, I’ve learned a Coach can help me identify opportunities to create my own solution. In this Creator-Challenger-Coach triangle, I’m no longer focused on problems, but instead on desired outcomes. This leaves me feeling creative and empowered to work towards the goal I wish to achieve.” In this interview we explore: The origin story at CampMinder - Solving a pain point in college. What makes CampMinder so special that it deserve’s Outside Magazine’s recognition The Gift that was meeting Dan’s Executive Coach Steven Morrow The value Dan places on receiving executive coaching, and why he’d be dead (and the company would have failed instead of returned 10X value on his investment in it. Finding Core Values from within his best team members, rather than creating values and hiring for them. The impact coaching has on the way he leads his team of 60. Connect with Nate: Nate Leslie on LinkedIn Visit Nate Leslie's website
June 03, 2021
Ep.7 - Mentor is a Gift Word. Guest Ian Chisholm - Founder, Roy Group Leadership
Ian Chisholm, founder of Roy Group Leadership, has courageous views on what it means to be a Mentor, and why we can’t call ourselves one. He’s been trained in leadership by former members of the British SAS, and spent years leading a program on the Isle of Sky where at-risk teens from tough parts of Glasgow and around Scotland had the opportunity to coach, and be coached by, executive leaders. Ian is significantly impacting my career in leadership development and executive coaching as a learning lead and executive coach on his talented roster. If you care about the way you choose to show up as a leader, and are curious about its impact on the atmosphere it creates in your organization, team, and family, click play. Connect with Nate Leslie here. Please rate, follow, and share these episodes so that more leaders can learn, and grow.
May 20, 2021
Ep.6 - The Gift of Failing in the '88 Olympics. Guest Jason Dorland - Canadian Olympic Rower, Leadership Trainer
My guest today is challenging the status quo defining high performance culture. Once the embodiment of an aggressive athlete, Jason Dorland used to identify himself according to the results of his competitions―winner or loser. The elite rower was raised with an “in-it-to-win-it” attitude and was trained to think of every competitor as an enemy. It took a devastating loss at the 1988 Olympic Games to shatter this destructive way of thinking, and it took the advice of Olympic middle-distance runner Robyn Meagher (who would later become Dorland’s wife) to help re-shape his views on what it truly means to win―both in sport and in life. Web: Your Mindset LinkedIn: Connect with Jason Today we explore Jason’s understanding of high performance culture, the epid defeat at the '88 Olympics, and his work in the leadership development space. Connect with Nate Leslie at www.nateleslie.ca and on LinkedIn Jason and I reference Tim Gallwey's work around Interference (performance = Potential - Interference). Check out Tim's book, The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance here. For more about our work with Roy Group Leadership click here.
May 06, 2021
Ep.5 - The Secret to High Performance Leadership: Values. Guest Jeff Smith - Founder, SupportingLines Institute
Jeff Smith doesn’t shy away from large scale challenges. He leans in. He is the founder of the SupportingLines Institute, a CPA, and former CFO. He is a Master Executive Coach, and a yoga instructor! Leading a sales team that helped a global helicopter company double sales to $1.6B is just one of many business success stories that always catches my attention. While many Executive Coaches build their practice around serving individual clients, Jeff’s SupportingLines mission is to ‘Help Millions of People have a better human experience at work.’ Today we dive into the data driven approach to leadership that places the SupportingLines Institute in a unique position to help leaders understand their behaviours, and its impact on high performance culture. *Host Nate Leslie is a Certified SupportingLines Coach. His keen interest in Jeff's work has led to an incredibly rewarding collaboration.
April 22, 2021
Ep.4 - Leaders Can Forget About Trying to Have all of the Answers. Guest Jennifer Konopaki - Executive Director, Winsport
Jennifer Konopaki is the Executive Director of Sport at Winsport in Calgary, Alberta. With over 20 years experience in the sport and recreation industry, Jenn cares deeply about the role sport plays in our lives, and the impact her leadership can have on her teams. In this interview we explore her leadership effectiveness, and the role coaching plays in it, that has landed her in a very important and significant leadership role in Canadian sport. Spoiler alert - leaders can forget about trying to have all of the answers. Jenn has invested heavily in her own leadership development and is a believer in the value of Certified Executive Coaching. That’s not the only thing that has landed her on this podcast. We also share a journey as close friends that began in kindergarten. Winsport operates Canada Olympic Park which is home to new winter Olympic sports and to more than 15 National and Provincial Sport Organizations as well as the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary, which all support high-performance sport. Their world-class coaching, training and competition facilities support the ever-growing number of Canadian athletes achieving podium finishes on the global stage.
April 09, 2021
Ep.3 - Impact of Leadership Effectiveness on Performance. Guest Ryan Walter - 1000 NHL Games Played. Leadership Trainer
Ryan Walter played 1000 games in the NHL. He is a world renowned Leadership Development trainer and business coach. He's been drawn to the importance of team & leadership on performance from a very young age. He was drafted 2nd overall and became the National Hockey League's youngest-ever captain for a time as a Washington Capital. He went on to be an NHL All-Star playing 17 years in the league and becoming a Stanley Cup Champion with the Montreal Canadiens. He was the NHLPA Vice-President and NHL Man of the Year while playing for the Vancouver Canucks. Ryan Walter's colourful career has also included coaching in the NHL, acting in the Movie Miracle, broadcasting, writing, and being the president of a professional hockey team.
March 26, 2021
Ep.2 - Athlete Centered Leadership - Empowering Teams Through Collaboration. Guest TJ Manastersky
TJ Manastersky was the youngest head coach in the NCAA when hired by Curry College in 2012. His fresh and innovative approach to athlete centered leadership, authenticity, podcasting, blogging, and connecting at a human level gets explored in this powerful interview. Want to connect with TJ or follow his Coaching Project Podcast? You can find him here. Enjoy. Command and Control Leadership is Dead. We interview leaders, entrepreneurs, and Certified Executive Coaches challenging old paradigms and fostering cutting edge leadership. The brain behaves very differently when 'encouraged to think' rather than 'told to listen'. Hosted by Nate Leslie - Certified Executive Coach (M.Ed., ACC, CEC) and former professional athlete.
March 11, 2021
Ep.1 - Certified Coaching vs Counselling in Career Transition. Guest Howie Outerbridge - Certified Executive Coach
Howie Outerbridge is the Managing Director at Logan HR in Vancouver, British Columbia on Canada’s beautiful West Coast. He is a Certified Canadian Counsellor and Associate Certified Coach. Howie and I Explore: Certified Coaching in career transition, leadership, and the differences between counselling and coaching. How your CEC coaching if of most impacts the client’s journey / experience at Logan HR How coaching impacts your leadership effectiveness in your Managing Director Role The difference between counselling and Certified Executive Coaching as a man with both certifications. Connect with Howie Outerbridge on LinkedIn. Connect with Nate Leslie at www.nateleslie.ca. Howie specializes in Career and transition counselling, career management, executive coaching, LinkedIn branding, to name a few. Howie's education is in science, teaching, counselling, and a doctorate in education. Command and Control Leadership is Dead. We interview leaders, entrepreneurs, and Certified Executive Coaches challenging old paradigms and fostering cutting edge leadership. The brain behaves very differently when 'encouraged to think' rather than 'told to listen'. Hosted by Nate Leslie - Certified Executive Coach (M.Ed., ACC, CEC) and former professional athlete.
March 09, 2021