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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22 May 2024

Mastering High Value Writing for Business Leaders

In this episode of "Leveraging Leadership," Emily discusses Erin Lebacqz’s "High Value Writing Workbook" and shares valuable writing tips for business professionals. She emphasizes the importance of knowing your reader, being concise AND nice, choosing familiar words and structuring emails for clarity. Emily highlights that every written communication, whether to a CEO or a Chief of Staff, shapes workplace culture and relationships.

Links Mentioned:

High-Value Writing Workbook

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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.

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00:54 Two Key Goals of High Value Writing

01:45 Understanding Your Reader

05:22 Strategies for Clear and Effective Writing

06:58 Making Your Emails Stand Out

10:05 Cultural Considerations in Writing

12:10 Using Writing as a Leadership Tool

15:12 Conclusion and Recommendations

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20 May 2024

An Executive’s Perspective: Lawrence Coburn Chief of Staff Lesson; and redefining the role with AI

In this episode, executive Lawrence Coburn shares his experiences and advice on effectively using a Chief of Staff, emphasizing trust and strategic planning. He talks about bringing back a former intern, Matt, to fill this critical role during a period of rapid company growth. Lawrence also discusses their AI tool, Ambient, which not only takes notes but identifies owners and next steps, creating a dynamic project dashboard. Hear about their latest feature release which auto-adds forwarded project-related emails to the dashboard.

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Connect with Lawrence Coburn on LinkedIn

Learn more about Ambient and their AI solutions

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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.

 

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00:45 Introducing Today's Guest: Lawrence Coburn

01:02 The Journey of a Founder and the Impact of a Chief of Staff

02:25 The Story of Double Dutch and the Role of a Chief of Staff

06:59 The Importance of Defining the Chief of Staff Role

12:17 Building Trust and the Evolution of the Chief of Staff Role

15:28 Special Projects and Strategic Initiatives: The Chief of Staff's Domain

17:21 The Ever-Present Challenge of Pricing

17:46 Defining Roles and Responsibilities

18:12 Communicating Roles to the Leadership Team

19:12 The Importance of Having Your Team's Back

21:36 The Unique Trust in a Chief of Staff

23:54 Introducing Ambient: AI for Chiefs of Staff

26:48 Ambient's Features and Future Directions

31:01 The Value of AI in Project Management

34:50 Closing Thoughts and How to Learn More

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15 May 2024

When And How To Park Your Ego At The Door As Chief Of Staff

Chief of Staff is the consummate behind the scenes role. It’s not about you.

Sometimes you have to let others have the last word, sometimes you have not care who gets credit, and sometimes you have to apologize (even if you didn’t do anything wrong!)

Chiefs of Staff are assertive, direct, and stand their ground when needed. They also must know when to check their ego at the door for the good of the group and to move things forward.

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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. 

 

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13 May 2024

Basketball to Boardrooms and “Recovering from Corporate America”, Chief of Staff Shantel Wilkins

Shantel Wilkins stops by the show and talks about overcoming challenges in her childhood, finding a basketball coach who made a huge impact on her and changed the trajectory of her life, and why and how she had to recover from the corporate world grind. She is now the Chief of Staff at Donor’s of Color Network  and working on something she is passionate about. She encourages others to find their “mission fit” and pay attention to the stories we tell ourselves and define our own narratives.

One of my favorite quotes from Shantel is: If people don’t give you a seat at the table, sometimes you have to bring a folding chair.

Shantel Wilkins on LinkedIn

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01:21 Background and Early Life
02:36 The Power of Sport and Mentorship
05:08 Overcoming Adversity and Challenging Narratives
07:41 Transitioning to Corporate America
09:24 Finding Purpose and Passion in Work
13:51 The Role of a Chief of Staff
17:34 The Importance of Member Focus in Philanthropy
25:41 The Role of a Chief of Staff in Navigating Cultural Fit Issues
27:48 Transitioning from Corporate to Non-Profit
33:22 The Importance of Self-Care and Humanity in Leadership
36:32 Closing Thoughts 

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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. 

 

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08 May 2024

Strategic Planning: 5 Crucial Steps for Success

Dive into five critical steps of strategic planning. Define your mission and vision (why does your company exist?), getting an HD panoramic view of your customer, assessing your current state, etc. Plus two bonus steps on often overlooked aspects of objectives and KPIs. 

Tune in for tips on execution and common pitfalls to avoid, chiefs of staff and leaders at any level will find actionable advice that can steer their teams towards success.

 

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Strategic Planning Checklist

 

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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. 



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00:49 Five Steps for Strategic Planning

02:15 Defining Your Customer: HD Definition

04:11 Assessing the Current State: Internal and External Analysis

07:28 Budget and Resource Allocation: The Key to Execution

10:05 Rolling Out Your Strategic Plan: Communication and Governance

16:00 Bonus: Strategic Objectives and KPIs

 

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06 May 2024

How To Spot Burnout In Others And What To Do About It: Crucial Conversations w/ Dr. Gary Simonds

Dr. Gary Simonds, former neurosurgeon, is back! In episode 26 he chatted about how to recover from burnout. In this episode, we talk about how to spot it in team members and colleagues and how to have a conversation about it.

Check out Dr. Gary’s fiction book: Death’s Pale Flag.

Dr. Gary Simonds on LinkedIn

Dr. Gary Simonds is a renowned neurosurgeon and author of "Death's Pale Flag," a book examining the subtleties of professional burnout. With years of experience in the high-stress medical field, Dr. Simonds has developed a deep understanding of the balance required to prevent burnout among high achievers. His insights offer a holistic view of professional well-being, emphasizing the importance of identity beyond work. A skilled surgeon and writer, he is dedicated to educating others on maintaining passion in their careers while nurturing mental health and interpersonal relationships.

 

00:49 Guest Introduction: Dr. Gary Simonds
01:43 Exploring the Book 'Death's Pale Flag'
02:12 Identifying and Addressing Burnout in Others
11:51 The Role of Trust in Addressing Burnout
13:25 The Impact of Burnout on Communication
17:12 The Toll of Difficult Conversations on Doctors
26:19 The Impact of Stress on Interpersonal Interactions
33:33 Recognizing Signs of Burnout
40:22 The Gender Differential in Burnout Responses
41:21 Recap and Final Thoughts on Burnout

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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.

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