Leveraging Leadership

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Podcast by Emily Sander

Leveraging Leadership

Are you looking to become a better leader? Do you want to learn the ins and outs of business leadership? If so, you're in the right place! Introducing the Leveraging Leadership Podcast, a show that unpacks the art of business leadership. Hosted by Emily Sander, a C-suite executive turned leadership coach, this podcast gives you access to the best tools and strategies to enhance your leadership skills and become the leader you've always wanted to be. Don’t miss your opportunity to grow as a leader! Tune in to the show every week on Spotify, Apple, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Latest episodes

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12 June 2024

They Ask, You Answer by Marcus Sheridan: Philosophy for Marketing and Leadership

In our latest Leveraging Leadership episode, Emily breaks down Marcus Sheridan's "They Ask, You Answer," showing how it's not just about marketing, but how you handle any business convo. Think getting inside your customer's head, answering their burning questions fast, and using those insights to steer your marketing content. It's straight talk about turning typical sales pitches into genuine chats that can make your company the go-to choice. Give it a listen to find out how to keep it real with your customers and your team.

 

Links Mentioned:

"They Ask You Answer" by Marcus Sheridan

 

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Get in touch with Emily:

 

WHO AM I?

If we haven’t yet before - Hi👋 I’m Emily, Chief of Staff turned Executive Leadership Coach. After a thrilling ride up the corporate ladder, I’m focusing on what I love - working with people to realize their professional and personal goals. Through my videos here on this channel, books, podcast guest spots, and newsletter, I share new ideas and practical and tactical tools to help you be more productive and build the career and life you want. 

 

Time Stamps:

00:09 Exploring 'They Ask, You Answer' by Marcus Sheridan

00:43 The Core Philosophy of Answering Consumer Questions

02:05 Implementing the Strategy in Real-World Marketing

03:56 Turning Negatives into Positives with Content

06:14 Empowering Consumers for Better Engagement

07:42 Content Creation and Its Impact on Marketing

09:34 Applying the Philosophy to Your Leadership and Marketing Strategy

 

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10 June 2024

CEO and Chief of Staff: Perry Knoppert and Karen Zeigler on the Power of Nonlinear Thinking

In this joint episode, get dual insights from CEO Perry Knoppert and Chief of Staff Karen Zeigler of the Octopus Movement. They share their views on transitioning to nonlinear leadership. They discuss how they work together seamlessly across countries, the traits to look for in a good Chief of Staff, and letting culture define itself. Perry and Karen also emphasize using children's creativity to address global issues and the importance of hiring based on passion and vision.

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Get in touch with Emily:

 

WHO AM I?

If we haven’t yet before - Hi👋 I’m Emily, Chief of Staff turned Executive Leadership Coach. After a thrilling ride up the corporate ladder, I’m focusing on what I love - working with people to realize their professional and personal goals. Through my videos here on this channel, books, podcast guest spots, and newsletter, I share new ideas and practical and tactical tools to help you be more productive and build the career and life you want.

Time Stamps:

01:13 Overview of The Octopus Movement

03:43 Bringing on a Chief of Staff

05:44 Communication and Trust

13:05 Nonlinear Thinking and Company Culture

18:06 Leadership and Identity

20:34 Future Projects and Initiatives

22:39 Engaging Kids in Problem Solving

23:37 Supporting Global Initiatives

24:09 Documentary and Book Projects

25:55 Practical Advice for Nonlinear Thinking

28:12 Identifying Nonlinear Thinkers in Organizations

31:16 Advice for Executives and Chiefs of Staff

32:17 Finding the Right Chief of Staff

37:43 Connecting with the Octopus Movement

38:56 Conclusion and Final Thoughts

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05 June 2024

Guiding Your Team Through Change: Effective Communication Tips for CEOs and Executives

In this episode of Leveraging Leadership, Emily discusses guiding teams through change with effective communication strategies and by leveraging the Chief of Staff. She highlights the importance of providing context and answering the question, "What does that mean for me?" in change situations. Emily shares real-life examples like bringing on a new C-suite team member, bringing on private equity investors, and dealing with layoff rounds to illustrate key guidelines for effective communication during change.

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Get in touch with Emily:

WHO AM I?

If we haven’t yet before - Hi👋 I’m Emily, Chief of Staff turned Executive Leadership Coach. After a thrilling ride up the corporate ladder, I’m focusing on what I love - working with people to realize their professional and personal goals. Through my videos here on this channel, books, podcast guest spots, and newsletter, I share new ideas and practical and tactical tools to help you be more productive and build the career and life you want.

Time Stamps:

00:45 Effective Communication Strategies for CEOs

02:09 Key Guidelines for Effective Communication

04:36 Real-Life Examples of Change Management

13:26 Leveraging Your Chief of Staff

19:21 Final Thoughts on Leading Through Change

21:46 Conclusion and Call to Action

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03 June 2024

CTO's Chief of Staff: Technology and Product Rollouts with SparkCognition’s Miles Thurman

SparkCognition's Chief of Staff, Miles Thurman, talks about the ups and downs of guiding tech teams and the nitty-gritty of board meetings. He and Emily compare notes on preparing new execs for high-stakes decisions and share stories about how they each worked with their sales and sales ops teams to boost revenue. Other topics include: using red teams for decision-making, board meeting Q&A prep, and shifting from a product-driven to service-driven org.

Links Mentioned:

SparkCognition’s Website

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Get in touch with Emily:

 

WHO AM I?

If we haven’t yet before - Hi👋 I’m Emily, Chief of Staff turned Executive Leadership Coach. After a thrilling ride up the corporate ladder, I’m focusing on what I love - working with people to realize their professional and personal goals. Through my videos here on this channel, books, podcast guest spots, and newsletter, I share new ideas and practical and tactical tools to help you be more productive and build the career and life you want.

Time Stamps:

00:24 Miles Thurman, Chief of Staff at Spark Cognition

01:31 Understanding the Role of Chief of Staff in Different Organizations

03:28 The Importance of Leadership Alignment in an Organization

03:57 The Evolving Role of Chief of Staff in Corporate America

08:54 The Role of Chief of Staff in Product Launches and Sales Operations

12:12 The Challenges and Strategies of Sales in a Business

18:49 The Importance of Product Management in Business Development

23:44 The Role of Chief of Staff in Business Development and Channel Partnerships

26:10 Career Development and Future Prospects for Chiefs of Staff

28:12 Final Thoughts and Advice for Aspiring Chiefs of Staff

29:43 Conclusion

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29 May 2024

The Confidence Gap: Act First, Feel Confident Second

In this episode of "Leveraging Leadership," Emily tackles the all-too-common issue of the confidence gap, revealing how action breeds confidence rather than the other way around. She shares strategies and personal anecdotes to help listeners, especially chiefs of staff, overcome self-doubt and step up as more assertive leaders. 

 

Links Mentioned:

Book: The Confidence Gap by Russ Harris

 

Free Resources:

 

Get in touch with Emily:

 

WHO AM I?

If we haven’t yet before - Hi👋 I’m Emily, Chief of Staff turned Executive Leadership Coach. After a thrilling ride up the corporate ladder, I’m focusing on what I love - working with people to realize their professional and personal goals. Through my videos here on this channel, books, podcast guest spots, and newsletter, I share new ideas and practical and tactical tools to help you be more productive and build the career and life you want. 

 

Time Stamps:

00:22 Exploring the Confidence Gap

01:24 Real-Life Examples of Overcoming the Confidence Gap

03:20 Reframing Fear as a Teammate

08:38 Applying Confidence in the Chief of Staff Role

10:39 Practical Steps to Build Confidence

13:59 Building Confidence in Others

 

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27 May 2024

Nordic Oracle Consultant turned Silicon Valley's Strategic Force, Katrine Haugerud 2x Chief of Staff

Join Katrine Haugerud as she shares practical leadership insights for translating strategy into operations. Learn about her experience with private equity-backed firms.

Her book recommendation is "Traction" by Gino Wickman (https://amzn.to/4918MnL)

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Timestamps

00:23 Katrine's Journey from Oracle to Chief of Staff

00:45 Katrine's Experience at Oracle and Transition to the U.S.

03:48 Cultural and Business Differences Between Norway and the U.S.

06:14 Katrine's Transition from Oracle to Equinix

09:17 Becoming a Chief of Staff: The Unexpected Journey

12:14 Working with a Private Equity Backed Board

20:36 The Role of a Chief of Staff in Strategic Decision Making

22:59 The Importance of Clear Communication and Prioritization in Leadership

29:07 Book Recommendation: Traction by Gino Wickman

31:55 The Role of a Chief of Staff in Translating Strategy into Operations

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Emily Sander is a C-suite executive turned leadership coach. Her corporate career spanned Fortune 500 companies and scrappy start-ups. She is an ICF-certified leadership coach and the author of two books, An Insider’s Perspective on the Chief of Staff and Hacking Executive Leadership. Emily works with early to senior executives to step into effective leadership with one-on-one coaching. Go here to read her story from seasoned executive to knowledgeable coach.

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