Sometimes, a surprise layoff can be the best thing to happen to your career… and exactly what you need in order to start thinking bigger and shifting out loud.
My guest Wally Schmader is the co-founder of Exceptional Leaders Lab, author of Full Contact Leadership, and co-author of multiple books, including What Exceptional Leaders Know and Leadership is a Verb. Wally and I met and developed our friendship and professional relationship while working in a corporate environment. When a round of layoffs claimed both our jobs, we needed to figure out what we really wanted, make some big decisions — and take a leap of faith.
In this episode, you will get a behind-the-scenes look at the development and operations of Exceptional Leaders Lab, as well as the shifts that sparked our determination to think and play bigger!
Ready to play bigger? Listen now to discover:
Guest bio: Wally Schmader is a highly sought-after leadership coach, thought leader, trainer, and facilitator based in Norfolk, Virginia. He‘s developed programs and content that have influenced thousands of leaders worldwide. Wally’s innovative strategies, ideas, and recommendations have been featured in dozens of publications and media outlets. He‘s coached and advised hundreds of top executives.
03:02 Meet Wally Schmader
04:44 Growing up in business
08:38 Imagining the shift
10:39 Wally’s goal-setting
12:39 The big shift
17:43 Reacting to the shift
20:18 Know what you want (& what to charge)
22:55 Being a good boss & partner
26:47 Pandemic shift
30:43 Big shifts in corporate America
35:18 Leveling Up: How Managers Become Leaders
36:18 Shifts to come
Full Contact Leadership: Dynamic New Ideas and Techniques for Today's Leaders
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