Top 10 Out of the Comfort Zone Episodes



We are now into our third year of Out of the Comfort Zone, a radio program dedicated to helping you be a better leader. Our focus is on those leaders who have built their careers on being experts. Now it’s time for you to reach out of your comfort zone and lead in an area where you might not be an expert. Doing so means you need to learn new ways of leading.


We have had a lot of great interviews. Below are the top ten most popular shows as thousands of people have listened to these and recommended them to others. I’ve also included links to the guest and other relevant materials. Enjoy!


Radical Collaboration

What would radical collaboration look like on your team? What if you could bring down defensiveness and increase true collaboration – which means more dialogue, openness, risk taking, cooperation, support, trust and optimism? Sound impossible on a limited time and budget? It isn’t, tune in to see what you can do as a leader, even as a colleague, to create radical collaboration.

Guest: Jim Tamm

Link to show

Link to my blog on show


Generations at Work: Millennials vs. Gen Z

The challenges of leading multiple generations at work is top of mind for most leaders. What do millennials and Gen Z really want from their managers and employers?  It’s not exactly what you may think.

Guest: Ryan Jenkins

Link to show

Link to my blog on show


Raising Your Profile and Your Value

Typically, somewhere in your career, a boss will say you need to raise your visibility and value, your profile, to get to the next level. Most people don’t know what to do – if they did they would be doing it.

Guest: Ed Evarts

Link to show


Great Brands: Corporate and Personal Strategies

Brands are still as highly relevant today as they were decades ago to build reputation and growth. What makes a great brand and how do brands evolve? We have taken a page from great product branding best practice and applied that to personal branding. The model gives an excellent roadmap for defining your personal brand.

Guest: Rebecca Fretty

Link to show

My blog (with Rebecca Fretty)


Managing Millennials: Myth, Reality and Advice

Millennials, the group of workers just now entering the workplace, are the largest cohort ever in history and they will change by virtue of their size all of our workplaces.

Guest: Lee Caraher

Link to show


Stress Free Production: Getting Things Done in a World with Too Much to Do.

There is never enough time and you can’t manage time anyway. David has been coaching senior executives for decades on how to be more productive.

Guest: David Allen

Link to show

Link to my blog


Presenting Yourself Well: Taking the Stage

Having executive presence in a meeting, in a talk or in a sales pitch involves how you craft the message plus the way you deliver that message. Margo talks about how to structure your message for maximum impact.

Guest: Margo Gouley

Link to show


Making Culture Better through Relationship

Organizations often say our competitive advantage is our people.

Guest: Todd Davis

Link to show


Trust: Trusting and Being Trusted.

Given how important trust is for business, collaboration, partnerships and leading, we spend far too little time thinking about how trust is created.

Guest: Charles Green

Link to show

Link to my article for People Management


Meaning: Finding it in Life and Work

In our packed, chaotic, stressed lives, many long for a sense of purpose and meaning. This is excellent research and insight into what creates a sense of meaning for people.

Guest: Emily Esfahani Smith

Link to show

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