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600 – Trailer: The Foreword | Adam Weber

Aug 11, 2020 | 00:00

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Each season of Insights, we break down a new topic - looking at it from all sides and bringing on experts to provide different opinions and perspectives. This season is no different, and we’re excited for what’s to come.



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[00:00:00] Nicole MacLean: Welcome back to insights and employee engagement podcast from amplify I'm Nicole McClean. And I will be with you on our journey this season, whether you're new to the show or have been with us from the beginning, we are so excited to have you with us. Now, each season, we break down around a new topic and look at it from all sides, all angles. And bring in experts to provide different opinions and different perspectives. And so this season is no different. And honestly, I don't know if I've been so excited for a season since we kicked off the show now insights, regular Adam Webber. Who's the co founder and chief people officer at amplify is getting ready to release his first book on what it means to lead like a human.

And that's coming out on September 1st. So this season we wanted to do a deep dive into that content. So we'll be unveiling his book. Step-by-step giving you practical tools to build engage teams each week. You'll hear from the author himself, as well as guests giving you their thoughts and tips for [00:01:00] activating each step along the way. So to start us off, what does the phrase lead like a human even mean? Let's hear it from Adam.

Adam Weber: leading like a human is really this concept of leading as your true whole connected self. So as a, as a leader who is willing to see the best in others, and you view your role as a leader to help others unlock their full potential. So really, I mean, it's a book of permission. It's one that challenges a leader to become the very best version of themselves. And then it also guides them on how to take their team along on that journey as well.

Nicole MacLean: Unlocking that potential requires a discovery process to help illustrate what that looks like. Entrepreneur Verne Harnish talks about the difference between discovery and definition,

Verne Harnish: discovering values and trying to discern.

A particular culture and a company. That approach is the same as [00:02:00] archeologists, where you identify a bunch of artifacts. In this case, you've got employees in the company and it causes you to bring to the surface five, what might be the right artifacts? Because you discover a lot of stuff that doesn't matter. And a lot of stuff that's duplicate when you're doing archeological dig. But every once in a while you come across something, that's really interesting that all of a sudden illuminates an aspect of the culture that is breakthrough. If you're too sloppy in that process, let's put post it notes. It's up on the board and have people riff on what they think our values are. And then we'll stick them in kind of generic buckets. And we're going to say we're done and it loses the richness and the edges. If you simplify and over summarize. And I think that's the same with ourselves.

Nicole MacLean: The essence of leadership is not only in discovering [00:03:00] who it is that you're leading, but also in discovering who you are as a leader. It's important to note that the topics discussed the season. Won't just be another plug and play playbook or a guru type answer to the secret of success. Because spoiler alert, there is no hack to becoming a better leader. You have to, to become a participant in the process. And through that journey, uncover the nuances to living out these topics in your organization. Now, there are so many different things, sources in the marketplace on what to deal in and how to help guide you in that process. So what makes this notion of leading like a human unique.

Adam Weber: There's too many leaders who are disconnected at work. They're amazing spouses and parents and volunteers, and they have these robust hobbies outside of work. And then when work begins, they flip a switch and they play a role that's in authentic to them. And they follow these old failed patterns that are likely from the industrial revolution and it's not working anymore. They're just doing, what's been [00:04:00] exhibited for them, but, but the frustrated and they know that what they're doing, isn't working. And so they're looking for a different way. And in many ways, that's what this book is. It's just a simple, practical way on how to lead differently and lead in a way that will actually work. It will help you become the type of leader that you always envisioned being and kind of live in that more connected self that who you are at work is also a valuable, connected part of who you are as well.

Nicole MacLean: Join us this season. As we break down six essential steps to becoming the best version of yourself and creating more opportunity to positively impact those. We have the privilege to lead.

Adam Weber: I'm hopeful. If you listen to this whole series that you leave with a commitment to doing this work yourself. So rather than listening with like post it notes and bullet points, like, okay, I'm going to do exactly this technique.

You'll be willing to do the work of translation for yourself that you'll hear a concept. And you'll think of it more as inspiration as opposed to a, [00:05:00] to do list. And you start asking yourself like, Okay. So that's how he did it, or here's his idea, but what is the way that, that is authentic to me? Like I'm a unique person, myself. And so as a leader. So what is a way that I can apply that? And so I'm hopeful that your takeaways inspiration and that it creates more creativity and more authenticity of leaders because you listened to this.

Before Nicole MacLean: we wrap up, I asked Adam about his favorite part of writing the book and the chapter that stands out the most to him. From what we've already talked about. I don't think that you'll find his answer surprising.

Adam Weber: There's two parts that stand out to me. I really enjoy just being able to tell my story, like my personal story of leadership and connecting the dots from my own journey and how that impacted who I was as a leader.

I found it tremendously helpful. So go through that exercise and, and really looked at my, my own career and my own journey in leadership with that much depth. And I'm not sure it would have, if I didn't do the book. And as far as like my favorite chapter in the book, I would say it's the one on [00:06:00] centerdness because it goes beyond tips and it adds a layer to the book that is like, it's not just about things you do, but as a leader, it's who you're also becoming.

And yeah, acknowledges that there's like a really tall task of being a leader. And it's really that commitment yourself of doing the work of self development. And, and my hope, I mean, I just, I do hope that people who take that chapter seriously, that I just feel confident that that is a layer to leadership that's often undiscussed and that has the highest impact for them as well.

Nicole MacLean: All right. Are you ready to lead like a human? I know I am. And I'm really excited to go on this six week journey with you. Be sure to subscribe now so that you never miss an episode and also be sure to get your copy and preorder lead like a human on Amazon.