Zenger Folkman Leadership Podcast Get answers to today’s toughest leadership and development problems from thought leaders Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman!

Knowing how you are perceived is critically important if you want to increase your influence as a leader—and getting useful feedback can be the fastest route to growth and improved performance.

Join Dr. Jack Zenger and Joyce Palevitz on this episode! They will arm you with a framework for powerful questions and preparation tips to guide your feedback conversations. It also may come in handy for those end of the year performance discussions you've been dreading....

While we can’t promise it will be painless, implementing these insights can make asking for feedback a lot less scary.

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Erica Volini of Deloitte, joins Dr. Jack Zenger and Dr. Joe Folkman in this edition of the Zenger Folkman podcast series to discuss…..

Erica is the US Human Capital leader for Deloitte Consulting. In this role, she is responsible for the 4,000+ practitioners focused on helping organizations solve their most complex and pressing Human Capital issues. Throughout her 20-year career, Erica has worked with some of the world’s leading organizations across multiple sectors and geographies and is a frequent speaker on how market trends are impacting the HR organization and profession as a whole.

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David Sturt, author of Great Work and Executive Vice President at O.C. Tanner, joins Dr. Jack Zenger and Dr. Joe Folkman in this edition of the Zenger Folkman podcast series to discuss his research into how people can make a difference—what they think about, what they do, and how their leaders help them achieve extraordinary results.

Sturt regularly consults with industry leaders and speaks at conferences in the U.S., Canada, and the UK. He has studied and analyzed the effects of people being recognized for great work and has distilled that information in his new book, Great Work: How To Make A Difference People Love from McGraw-Hill.

This eBook is a summary of that conversation. Listen to the full podcast at www.zengerfolkman.com.

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Today’s broadcast comes from a recent webinar given by Dr. Joe Folkman and Joyce Palevitz. In this presentation, Joe and Joyce share key insights for creating a workplace where leaders are energized to take on difficult goals, create an atmosphere of continual improvement, and challenge standard approaches.

To download the notes for this episode and to listen to past episodes, visit zengerfolkman.com/podcast.

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September 21, 2016  

John Wheatley, Division Scientist at the 3M company, joins Dr. Jack Zenger in this edition of the Zenger Folkman podcast series to discuss how 3M fosters collaboration and innovation across the entire company.

John’s responsibilities include new product development, intellectual property, and strategic planning. 3M’s highly collaborative approach to innovation connects a number of diverse technologies, skillsets, and businesses to build new product platforms. John was recently recognized as one of the few individuals in the history of 3M to reach 100 U.S. patents.

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August 31, 2016  

Over the last few years a new competency has emerged. When we looked at the highest performing leaders, we discovered that a critical element of their effectiveness was their ability to execute with speed.

During this webinar, we will present Dr. Joe Folkman's keynote address from our 2016 Leadership Summit where he discussed:

  • Our data that shows that leaders who execute faster are significantly better leaders with more engaged employees and substantially higher productivity.
  • Ways organizations can become more agile when the leaders in the organization move too slow.
  • What it takes to help leaders improve their speed without becoming frantic.

Download the handout for "The Key to Organizational Agility—Leadership Speed"

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August 17, 2016  

Dr. Jack Zenger and Dr. Joseph Folkman recently conducted a podcast with Josh Bersin, founder and Principal at Bersin by Deloitte, one of the leading research organizations on the subject of talent management. We had a great response from people who downloaded that podcast, so we are continuing that conversation on the subject of bold leadership.

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In today’s special bonus episode, we will present Kathleen Stinnett’s address recorded live from our 2015 Extraordinary Leadership Summit held in July. 

Kathleen is a senior consultant and Master Certified Coach with Zenger Folkman, bringing more than 20 years of experience working with individuals and organizations to improve effectiveness, enhance fulfillment, and create sustainable change and results. 
Working as a master coach and consultant for Zenger Folkman, Kathleen facilitates the full suite of Zenger Folkman programs and certifies trainers and coaches to deliver Zenger Folkman’s 360-degree tools and workshops. Kathleen coaches leaders at all levels of organizations to understand and improve their personal leadership effectiveness. Clients describe her as an energetic, positive force and role model who helps individuals and teams make courageous and intentional changes.
Prior to joining Zenger Folkman, Kathleen worked with Wilson Learning Corporation, leading teams to create, produce and implement performance solutions for Fortune 500 organizations. She later founded FutureLaunch, an organization that provides clients with coaching and human performance solutions. 
In 2000, Kathleen completed a professional coaching certification program with the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara and subsequently earned the Master Certified Coach (MCC) credentials through the International Coach Federation. She currently serves on the faculty of the Hudson Institute as an instructor and master coach assessor. 
Kathleen earned a master’s degree in training and development from the University of Houston and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado, Boulder. 
Utilizing her expertise in the field and practice of coaching, Kathleen and Jack Zenger co-authored the book The Extraordinary Coach: How the Best Leaders Help Others Grow (McGraw-Hill 2010), for managers who wish to improve their coaching effectiveness. 
A passionate musician in her free time, Kathleen composed and produced her first solo piano CD in 2002. She often uses this music to set the tone for workshops and reflective work. Kathleen lives in Santa Barbara, California, with her partner Dave and Yorkshire terrier, Mocha. She enjoys running, painting, and being in nature. She sits on the board of directors for Coaches Collective International. 
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In this episode, Jack and Joe discuss how ordinary people can take leadership to another by developing boldness. They are joined by leadership expert Kevin Wilde. Kevin is the VP of Organization Effectiveness and Chief Learning Officer at General Mills, an Award-Winning Development Leader, and Columnist for Talent Management Magazine. 

Most organizations find themselves either in competitive battles or with mandates to reduce costs and increase productivity. Those mild mannered, steady eddy, timid leaders of the past need to step-up and become BOLD. 
We discovered that bold leaders exist in every company and every culture, but some cultures generate more bold leaders than others. Interestingly, there is a higher percentage of females that are bold leaders than males. 
We have found that the most effective bold leaders combine their bold approach with other skills such as good judgement and relationship building. Alternatively, leaders who are bold with poor judgement possess a very dangerous combination. 
Learn how leaders in your organization can:

  • Challenge standard approaches
  • Create an atmosphere of continual improvement
  • Do everything possible to achieve goals
  • Get others to go beyond what they originally thought possible
  • Are energized to take on challenging goals
  • Quickly recognize situations where change is needed
  • Have courage to make needed changes

Read Joe Folkman's Forbes article on Bold Leadership



We’d love for you to experience our award-winning leadership workshops in a city near you.  We also invite you to join us for our monthly webinars. To learn more, visit zengerfolkman.com/events.

To listen to past podcast episodes and view the notes for this episode, visit zengerfolkman.com/podcast. There you can also enter our monthly book contest.



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Ask 100 people if they have good common sense and more than 95% will tell you they do. Similarly, if you ask 100 managers if they are good coaches the number may be lower, than 95%, but not by much. The managers we talk to assume that if they are a good manager, being a good coach is like your shadow on a sunny day. It just naturally follows.

Today, more and more top executives expect their managers to coach their subordinates. One newly appointed CEO of one of the nation’s largest banks announced that he expected managers in that company to spend more than one-half of their time coaching subordinates.

Why? The empirical evidence is clear. Effective coaching makes a difference in employee commitment and engagement, productivity, retention, customer relationships, and how the upper levels of leadership are perceived.

Please join Jack and Joe to learn how to become a better coach. You are also invited to participate in our Coaching Attributes and Perspectives Assessment at no cost. This self assessment will help you see how you compare to the scores of outstanding business coaches. It will measure:

  • how strong your collaboration and directive skills are
  • how prone you are to giving advice
  • how effective you are at enabling other people to discover answers for themselves
  • how apt you are to exert your expertise and treat everyone as equals

Download the slides for this episode

We’d love for you to experience our award-winning leadership workshops in a city near you.  We also invite you to join us for our monthly webinars. To learn more, visit zengerfolkman.com/events.

To listen to past podcast episodes and view the notes for this episode, visit zengerfolkman.com/podcast. There you can also enter our monthly book contest.

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Business is moving increasingly faster and to keep up, leaders at all levels need to know how to pick up the pace. Easy to say.... But is there truly a correlation between speed and leadership effectiveness?

In a word, yes!

We don’t need to do everything faster, but for many activities speed can significantly improve effectiveness and the motivation of individuals. It’s interesting how often our pace affects our attitude. Let’s face it – slow is often boring. Think about people you have worked with who had a tendency to move quickly and keep things going at a fast clip, versus those who were more ponderous as they ensured everything was completed and finished. Yes, too much speed can leave participants feeling rushed and frazzled. But if your company’s energy is lagging, maybe it’s time to consider upping the pace.

Join us to learn the eight skills possessed by leaders who are perceived as “fast” and “highly effective.”

Complimentary Pace Assessment: This self-assessment will measure the pace at which you prefer to work, and the results will compare your speed to others. The assessment will measure situations such as: 

• Are you more concerned about making mistakes or moving too slowly? 
• Do you tend to make decisions quickly or consider multiple alternatives? 
• Do you assume when starting a project that it will finish on time or be late?
Take the Pace Assessment

We’d love for you to experience our award-winning leadership workshops in a city near you.  We also invite you to join us for our monthly webinars. To learn more, visit zengerfolkman.com/events.

To listen to past podcast episodes and view the notes for this episode, visit zengerfolkman.com/podcast. There you can also enter our monthly book contest.


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As CEO of Steiner Sports Marketing, Brandon has worked with some of the greatest athletes, coaches and managers in the industry, including key partnerships with the New York Yankees, Deter Jeter, Payton Manning, Eli Manning and many others. He is the author of “The Business Playbook: Leadership Lessons From the World of Sports” and host of the TV series, “The Hook-up.”

In this interview, Brandon will share stories from his career and insights into how great leadership principles are reflected in the world of athletics.

The e-book for this episode will be available shortly.

We’d love for you to experience our award-winning leadership workshops in a city near you.  We also invite you to join us for our monthly webinars. To learn more, visit zengerfolkman.com/events.


To listen to past podcast episodes and view the notes for this episode, visit zengerfolkman.com/podcast. There you can also enter our monthly book contest.


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Leaders today are extremely busy getting their job done. At the same time, they also realize that investing effort in their own leadership development is good. The problem is that when faced with a choice, work seems to always trump personal development. Everyone runs fast and hard and personal development is put off as executives wait and hope for a break in their schedules.

This a false dichotomy. In this episode, Jack Zenger reveals why work and development should not be seen as competing activities. The reason to combine them is simple. Doing one can accomplish the other. If you choose to do this, you will constantly improve your leadership skills while getting your job done. That, in turn, benefits your organization, your working associates, and most certainly, you.

Join us to learn 6 specific ways you can bring personal development and your job closer together.  Discover how you can transform your daily job activities into a practical leadership classroom and laboratory.

We’d love for you to experience our award-winning leadership workshops in a city near you.  We also invite you to join us for our monthly webinars. To learn more, visit zengerfolkman.com/events.

To listen to past podcast episodes and view the notes for this episode, visit zengerfolkman.com/podcast. There you can also enter our monthly book contest.

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December 16, 2014  
What leadership lessons can be learned from the iconic Scrooge character? You may have some Scrooges in your own organization – leaders rated very high on “Drive for Results” and very low on “Consideration.” In this thought provoking conversation, Jack and Joe present their research and discuss:
  • Was Scrooge really all that bad of a leader?
  • What kind of engagement levels do the people who work for a “scrooge” possess?
  • 10 ways “scrooge” managers can move from being merely good leaders to becoming great ones.
Join us for some practical and actionable advice on becoming a more considerate leader. It could be one of the best gifts you can give this holiday season.

Read our Forbes article on this topic.

We’d love for you to experience our award-winning leadership workshops in a city near you.  We also invite you to join us for our monthly webinars. To learn more, visit zengerfolkman.com/events.

To listen to past podcast episodes and view the notes for this episode, visit zengerfolkman.com/podcast. There you can also enter our monthly book contest.
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