• S2E15: Simple Idea, Big Impact #3: The Daily Huddle

    In this episode James and Keith explore the power of the simple discipline: 10-minute daily check in with the team you lead! Primary benefits include high awareness, high trust, deeper relationships, fewer emails, no surprises and fewer dropped balls! Try this for 20-days -- 1-minute per person to share their focus; any useful or interesting information and asks for help.

    10m | Sep 27, 2023
  • S2E14: Find Your Org Health Champions

    How can leaders bring their whole team along with them to a mastery of organizational health? The most effective way is to identify and leverage their Org Health Champions. In this episode, James and Keith break down the characteristics of an Org Health Champion and discuss how leaders can challenge these individuals to unite the entire team around this work.

    29m | Sep 13, 2023
  • S2E13: On Track to Mastery

    Reaping the full benefits of Org Health requires executive leaders (and their exec teams) to gain a mastery of its frameworks, but many get stuck well before this is achieved. James and Keith describe how to get unstuck and discuss the journey of transformation that is essential for a true mastery of Organizational Health.

    47m | Aug 30, 2023
  • S2E12: Simple Idea, Big Impact #2: Lead with Intent

    In this second episode of the quick-hits mini-series, Keith and James talk about the 4 Cs - Confused, Curious, Concerned, and Convinced. Using the 4 Cs reveals the intent behind a question or statement and opens the way for clear and honest conversations. This habit is effective not only in the business world, but it can also strengthen relationships in one’s personal life.

    8m | Aug 16, 2023
  • S2E11: Simple Idea, Big Impact #1: Above the Line/Below the Line

    James and Keith kick off a new mini-series - Simple Idea, Big Impact - where they introduce little concepts that make a big difference for Executive teams. The first is called Above the Line/Below the Line. This quick exercise changes the course of meetings that have become stagnant or hostile; it brings teams back into alignment and restores clarity and productivity.

    7m | Aug 2, 2023
  • S2E10: Life Cycle of Growth

    In this episode, James and Keith identify 6 conversations that are essential for companies to have at the stage where high growth is expected in order to succeed at the next level. Especially during difficult economic times, these conversations are essential.

    28m | Jul 19, 2023
  • S2E9: Leadership Courage

    A truly great leader is one who has clear personal guiding principles and core values. As attested by many well-known leaders, one of the most critical values is Courage. James and Keith dive deep into what it means to have courage as a business leader; they discuss how vulnerability is so closely intertwined with courage and highlight simple (although not easy) ways that leaders can lead with courage.

    23m | Jul 5, 2023
  • S2E8: Leveraging Your Extended Leadership Team

    Organizational Health transformation always starts at the Executive level, but there will not be true transformation unless the work cascades down through the organization. James and Keith make the case for doing the work to extend the Four Disciplines throughout an organization and look at three strategic groups of next-level leaders that Execs can empower to join them in this.

    23m | Jun 20, 2023
  • S2E7: Focused vs. Comprehensive Planning

    Leaders tend to make strategic plans at a comprehensive level, focusing on too many details about too many things. While this level of detail is important down the line, it should not be happening at the Exec level. In this episode Keith and James discuss the necessity of Focused Planning, and how this approach helps leaders find strength in simplicity.

    23m | Jun 7, 2023
  • S2E6: Crossing the Line from Conflict to Commitment

    Healthy conflict is a good thing for teams to engage in, because it allows an open-minded search for the best option. But how can Leaders move their team from Conflict to a Decision, that will then be executed fully by all? Join Keith and James as they walk through each part of this critical process. James shares a story of how The North Face exec team executed this perfectly.

    22m | May 24, 2023
  • S2E5: Mindset Shift: Accountability

    Accountability. It is a key practice of High-Performing Teams, but, unfortunately, this word connotes something dramatic and uncomfortable for most people. In this episode, James and Keith set out to change this association around the word "accountability" with six simple mindset shifts, which they discuss in-depth in the context of real-life workplace stories.

    23m | May 10, 2023
  • S2E4: Meeting Masters

    The topic of meetings is one that most Exec teams struggle with, but it is one of the most important to get right to foster a productive and enjoyable team environment. Keith and James discuss how to use the Four Meeting Model to not only make meetings more effective and efficient, but more enjoyable. The two go in-depth on how to implement each of the four parts of the model, and tell stories of Exec teams that utilized different aspects successfully.

    27m | Apr 12, 2023
  • S2E3: A Leader’s Role

    "Keith and James reveal the glue that really holds a team together, especially during the important transformation into a cohesive leadership team that has clarity around strategy and culture and succeeds in communicating that clarity. What does it mean for leaders to really "own" this process? What does it take to ensure that clarity is reinforced through all the human systems of a company? Leading a healthy organization is the one thing that a leader cannot delegate to anyone else."

    15m | Mar 29, 2023
  • S2E2: Todd Dauchy - Making Hard Decisions

    James and Keith interview Todd Dauchy, CEO of SMA Technologies, about the mixed feelings that come with the immense responsibility of leading a team. It can feel lonely and stressful in important leadership roles; hear about the difficult decisions Todd made to create the team he needed in order to tackle hard issues, one-by-one, until the team and the company were healthy and thriving.

    35m | Mar 15, 2023
  • S2E1: Hugh McCutcheon - Championship Behavior

    James and Keith talk with Hugh McCutcheon, Olympic volleyball coach and current Assistant Athletics Director / Sport Development Coach at the University of Minnesota. Hugh describes his transition from assistant coach to head coach and the importance of finding ways to add value as a member of the team in any position. He sees humility, clear expectations and principle alignment as essential components of all successful teams and thinks of coaches as service providers that create value through authentic influence. Hugh shares how connecting attention to action by rallying around a specific mission creates competitive advantage. Hear more from Hugh McCutcheon about his coaching and leadership philosophy in his new book, Championship Behaviors: A Model for Competitive Excellence in Sports.

    50m | Mar 1, 2023
  • S1E14: Three Year Vision

    In this podcast, James Felton and Keith Hadley discuss the importance of developing a three year vision. This allows the team to get aligned over a core set of hopes and dreams ...a common picture around the future. The team can then map out how to get the company from where they are to where they want to go over the next three years.

    19m | Feb 22, 2023
  • S1E13: Faster Better Decisions

    There is a quality that can set a great organization apart from the rest – the ability to make bold, effective decisions in difficult and uncertain times. As you’d expect, it starts with the leader. After all, leaders are deciders. Yet many leaders struggle with this essential duty – making the decision and asking people to commit.

    In this podcast, James Felton and Keith Hadley discuss the importance of making faster, better decisions and four fears that often make this difficult.

    21m | Feb 22, 2023
  • S1E12: Pat Vihtelic - Leadership Food for Thought

    James interviews Pat Vihtelic, founder and CEO of Home Chef. Home Chef is a subscription based meal kit company that delivers quality meals to millions of subscribers each month. In this podcast, Pat discusses his evolution as a leader, the traits he looks for in his employees, and the successful merger of his company with Kroger, currently one of the largest supermarket chains.

    51m | Feb 22, 2023
  • S1E11: Tim Leman - The Edge in Focusing on the Long Game

    James is joined by Tim Leman, the chairman and CEO of Gibson located in South Bend, Indiana. He is on a number of boards and is the author of the book rEvolution: Turn Crisis into Clarity and Ignite Growth. He shares his experiences about creating a healthy company that is built upon a strong leadership model, his hiring practices, and his emphasis on connecting with his employees in a genuine way.

    51m | Feb 22, 2023
  • S1E10: Jon Brady - Crafting a Philosophy

    James Felton and fellow colleague Keith Hadley, interview Jon Brady, President of Midtown Athletic Club. Jon shares his unique experiences prior to Midtown that crafted the philosophies he holds today. Jon also shares that he was on the trajectory to having one of the best years yet because he took the time to develop a cohesive team and create clarity that has been adopted company wide. While COVID has presented a challenge to the industry, he's confident that because of the solid foundation, Midtown will continue down its strong path.

    1h 0m | Feb 22, 2023
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