Podcast: Personal Development Grows Leadership

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As leaders, it’s our responsibility to help our organization grow. As Greg and I discuss in this episode of The Craig And Greg Show, one of the best ways to do that is by focusing on your own personal development. It might seem counterintuitive, but by focusing inward we make ourselves more flexible, robust, and prepared leaders. This, in turn, enables us to better influence and encourage others in our leadership roles.

  • [0:20] Why should leaders set goals?
  • [0:45] What do we mean by “personal development”?
  • [2:15] I discuss healthy personal development in Shepherd Leadership.
  • [3:38] Greg wonders why personal development takes us so far.
  • [6:19] Why do people procrastinate on their own personal development? 
  • [8:29] Where does delayed gratification come in when we are growing and learning?
  • [10:50] Personal development is not about fixing something in ourselves.
  • [12:54] The book Strengths Finder can help leaders know where they should develop themselves .
  • [13:21] How can we identify and lift lids in our lives?
  • [16:04] Watch your self-talk!
  • [17:21] Check out some of the benefits of personal development.
  • [19:15] It’s important to self-reflect on the areas where we’ve already grown.
  • [20:34] More benefits that come with personal development.
  • [23:10] Personal development is the best resume.
  • [25:07] I have seen that as I develop myself I am able to be a greater help for my team’s development.
  • [26:14] Comparing is a personal development killer.
  • [27:24] Progress is exciting!
  • [29:22] Greg and I would love to help coach you in your personal development.

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Podcast: Dream With A Plan

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On this episode of “The Craig And Greg Show” we talk about: 

  • [0:24] We want you to dream!
  • [1:47] What are some reasons people don’t set goals?
  • [3:10] The trap of comfort zones.
  • [5:14] Are you afraid of achievement?
  • [5:57] The balance of internal and external discipline.
  • [9:21] We would love to help you stretch to the next level!
  • [10:30] Why do people set goals?
  • [13:42] Why are goals hard to attain?
  • [14:31] Time is not manageable.
  • [15:30] Self-awareness and clarity are tools to help set goals.
  • [17:48] Be a goal-influencer by supporting others’ goals.
  • [19:20] Take time to celebrate reaching goals.
  • [22:40] Sharing goals with others lets them know what’s important to you.
  • [23:31] Celebrating steps toward a goal helps maintain motivation.
  • [25:00] I love this quote from Andrew Wood on incremental steps.

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Podcast: Our First 50 Episodes

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On this episode of “The Craig And Greg Show” we talk about how the first episode of The Craig and Greg Show debuted over two years ago on September 15th, 2020, and was appropriately titled “Leaders are Learners.” However, the discussions that became this show go back years before then.

On our 50th episode, Greg and I take you into the bagel shop where many long conversations about leadership became the show you see today. 

Thank you for your support over the last fifty episodes. The entire Craig and Greg Show team wishes you a very merry Christmas, and we’re so excited to share more leadership insight with you in 2023 and beyond! 

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Podcast: Change Isn’t a Four-Letter Word

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On this episode of “The Craig And Greg Show” we talk about: 

  • [0:30] Change is a four-letter word for some people.
  • [2:05] What holds people back from embracing change?
  • [4:39] How does a leader’s pride play into successful change?
  • [5:50] People don’t buy-in to change overnight, which is why a change catalyst is needed.
  • [9:00] Improvement committee can work well to help an organization make changes.
  • [10:49] The unselfishness of leaders is key for making effective changes.
  • [12:22] Who should be on your improvement committee?
  • [14:34] The benefit of diversity on your teams.
  • [16:55] The right and wrong ways to roll out changes.
  • [19:59] Give and get lots of feedback during the change process.
  • [21:14] What is unacceptable for a leader in the arena of change?
  • [23:16] How can leaders overcome the fears that your teammates have about changes?
  • [27:13] We can help you with changes in your organization.

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Podcast: Defend Against Quiet Quitting

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On this episode of “The Craig And Greg Show” we talk about: 

  • [0:37] What is quiet quitting? 
  • [3:18] Is this just “a generational thing?” The guys say “no.”
  • [3:52] Why are workers quiet quitting?
  • [6:12] Quiet quitters infect the whole organization.
  • [6:44] Leaders need to share a compelling vision.
  • [8:16] How do leaders create an environment that excites workers to contribute?
  • [9:00] Leaders can unleash the potential in their teammates.
  • [9:43] What do leaders need to know about quiet quitters?
  • [11:06] How do leaders really gauge productivity?
  • [12:39] How do leaders “push the button” to motivate their teammates?
  • [13:44] Leaders need to defend a high-productivity culture.
  • [14:28] Craig adapts five principles from a book he read to help us motivate our team.
  • [19:56] The sad fate of leaders who quiet quit.
  • [20:47] Leaders need empowered teammates to expand their influence.
  • [22:22] We celebrate the behaviors we want to see throughout the organization.

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Podcast: Assessments Are A Powerful Tool

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On this episode of “The Craig And Greg Show” we talk about: 

  • [0:38] We prefer preventative care both physically and in our leadership health
  • [1:40] When should we use assessments?
  • [3:10] Assessments can help leaders get an objective perspective on themselves and their team members
  • [4:36] We need windows of insight into ourselves first before we start working with our teammates
  • [5:40] What’s the goal of assessments?
  • [7:40] There are no “wrong answers” in assessment results
  • [9:39] How do leaders share the results of assessments with the whole team?
  • [13:31] When we have insight about our teammates, it helps us grow and understand each other
  • [15:34] Intuition and assessments work really well together
  • [17:01] What if an assessment appears to raise a warning flag?
  • [18:02] Leaders should use their assessments to setup their teammates for consistent success
  • [19:35] Assessments allow leaders to craft a complete team
  • [20:37] An outside coach can help your organization know what assessments to use and how to implement the results of any assessments

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Podcast: Leaders Are Readers

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On this episode of “The Craig And Greg Show” we talk about: 

  • [0:27] Leaders are readers
  • [1:16] High-level leaders read more than just what’s in their industry
  • [1:42] A challenge all leaders face: Finding time to read
  • [2:33] What benefits come to leaders who read widely?
  • [4:20] What kinds of books should leaders choose?
  • [7:25] Don’t get stuck in a rut with our reading selections
  • [10:13] Leaders need to keep a learner’s mindset
  • [11:00] Where does reading play into our leadership development?
  • [12:52] Greg shares a quote from Dr. Seuss about reading
  • [13:36] What am I currently reading? The books I mention in the podcast are Calvin Coolidge’s autobiography, Hank Greenberg’s life storyWho’s Pushing Your Buttons, and one of my most recent books of poetry.
  • [16:40] What is Greg currently reading?
  • [18:22] Leaders should be “book givers”
  • [19:25] What can we do with the notes from the books that we read?
  • [21:53] Greg has a new book coming out soon. Stay tuned for Sage Advice

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Podcast: Motivated Leadership

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On this episode of “The Craig And Greg Show” we talk about: 

  • [0:48] What does the dictionary say about motivation? What do we say about motivation? 
  • [2:03] Motivation comes in “different packages”
  • [3:48] How can we individualize motivation?
  • [5:53] How does coachability mesh with motivation?
  • [7:20] Is 100% self-motivation possible?
  • [7:49] Greg’s story about a leader’s frustration with unmotivated people 
  • [9:44] Does yelling ever motivate people?
  • [12:52] A teammate’s love language can give you insight into how to motivate them.
  • [13:56] How do leaders “call out” what’s in our team members?
  • [16:01] A leader’s self-assessment is key to how well we motivate others.
  • [18:23] Are company-wide benefits demotivating? How can we switch this up?
  • [20:30] Does the carrot-or-stick method of motivation actually work?
  • [21:10] Greg shares a quote about how dreams can help motivation.
  • [22:51] Great leaders don’t assume, but they ask important questions.
  • [23:53] Our coaching huddles can help you individualize your leadership motivational skills and practices.

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Podcast: Leaders Need Friends

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On this episode of “The Craig And Greg Show” we talk about: 

  • [0:31] Can a leader have friends at work?
  • [1:22] Can a leader mix work friendship and personal relationships?
  • [2:25] You can’t be friends with everyone.
  • [3:21] How many true friends can you maintain?
  • [4:47] Bringing someone into your confidence can be a challenge.
  • [6:01] Tell people their story, not someone else’s.
  • [7:45] Greg talks about getting naked with your team.
  • [8:58] I explain why you need a Paul and a Barnabas in your life.
  • [10:01] Leaders need play time to recharge and refresh.
  • [11:08] I make the case for “sabbathing” to be a verb in my book Shepherd Leadership.
  • [11:55] We discuss being intentional about how you spend your time.
  • [14:31] I describe the qualities I look for in a strong leadership friend.
  • [16:45] We discuss how a “yes man” isn’t a true friend.
  • [18:12] Leaders need to be careful not to end up on an island.
  • [21:52] How do you navigate friendships through organizational groups and silos?
  • [23:20] I shares a humorous note Greg left me to illustrate the friendship tradeoff.
  • [24:22] Greg says you need a trusted friend to help you monitor your energy level.
  • [25:30] I say it’s important to thank friends for paying attention to you.
  • [26:14] We use Jesus’ relationships with His disciples to model their own friendships.
  • [27:40] We would love to be your leadership friend in our coaching huddles.

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Podcast: Responsibility Starts At The Top

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On this episode of “The Craig And Greg Show” we talk about: 

  • [0:55] What’s one of the biggest attributes that sets leaders apart from their peers? 
  • [1:56] Check out why Stephen Covey’s definition of responsibility is so important in our discussion
  • [3:02] Why do people like to play “the blame game”?
  • [4:18] Accountability must be a partner with healthy responsibility
  • [4:52] Greg learned the blame game early on with his younger sister
  • [5:57] I worked in an unhealthy organization where the senior leader never accepted personal responsibility
  • [8:04] How do leaders “own it” in a healthy way?
  • [9:22] Exemplary leaders demonstrate how to accept consequences in a healthy way
  • [10:34] Responsibility and coachability strengthen a team and unleash greater potential
  • [11:27] Blame is “so dang easy” and makes the blamer a laughingstock
  • [13:27] What things contribute to blaming?
  • [14:14] How Greg handled the compliments and complaints from his clients
  • [15:11] Blaming is a spreading cancer in your organization
  • [15:44] Being a control freak isn’t the same thing as taking responsibility
  • [17:01] There is a balance for leaders so they don’t “fall on their swords”
  • [18:49] Team sports give us a good analogy of what shared responsibility looks like
  • [21:07] What’s on the other side of responsibility and blame?
  • [21:47] Leaders can enhance the benefits of responsibility through self-reflection
  • [23:51] Greg has a memorable and disarming way of helping people accept responsibility
  • [24:27] Our coaching huddles can help you learn to enhance the benefits of responsibility in your personal leadership

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