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Ted Neitzke brings you the “The Smart Thinking Podcast” Smart Thinking is for anyone and everyone who has a stake in the future of a child. The goal is to increase reflection, empathy, as well as personal and professional development. The podcast will be posted every Monday with reflective exercises and every other Thursday with guests.

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Have you ever found yourself in an argument and later on asked yourself – what just happened? In this episode we are going to explore the behaviors needed to get out of an argument or conflict that has become an unbreakable cycle.

 

  • Describe what you will do to see the threats others are feeling.
  • List the steps for disengaging from the threat cycle.
  • Describe how others can help you recognize your low tolerance areas.

 

 

 

 

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Communication is a frustrating topic and few people are ever satisfied with organizational communication. Join us for a discussion that shares the problem and the process to increase collaborative communication. This episode is applicable at every level of an organization.

  • Describe strategies you could employ to determine the best ways to communicate with your team.
  • List the ways you prefer to receive information
  • Describe an approach you could employ to change how people receive your information.
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This episode explores how we can address those in our lives that have fallen out of alignment with our expectations. A teachable moment provides the chance for you as the leader to step back and assess the situation and bring clarity to the person who is not in alignment with your norms or worse – trying to undermine the culture of your organization, classroom, division, department or company.

  1. Confront the situation
  2. Demonstrate how their behavior is impacting the situation 
  3. Support them with expected behaviors
  4. Choice 
  5. Accountability 
  • Describe what you can do to support someone who’s mindset is stuck in the negative. 
  • List ways you can shift to teachable moments 
  • Describe the ways in which you can support others in fixing the problem and not fixing blame.

 

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This episode explains the FRANC principle. It will help you grow as a leader and serves as a great reminder to us all -- how to lead every day. 

Forgive

Reinforce

Acknowledge

Notice

Closure

  • What do you need to do to be FRANC every day?
  • Describe what you need to do different today to apply one of the FRANC principles.
  • List those in your life that have been FRANC with you.

 

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Listen as we explore how we "get to" create the conditions of hope and optimism using tools in our organizations.

  • List your value propositions.
  • Describe your process for propagating the “get to’s” in your organization that will steer mindset.
  • List your behaviors so that you can be the fortune teller for your organization.

 

 

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This episode is a reflection on what you are doing to stay sharp personally and professionally. Too often we fail to recognize that we are not at the top of our game.

  • Describe how you can sharpen yourself before you get dull.
  • List the people in your life that you could ask to keep you sharp.
  • Go into your calendar and block off the time to create your day to catch up, sharpen up, and proactively prepare.

 

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Lessons from the Rockies: wave to others, laugh at yourself, and lead from the back of the herd.

  • Are you humble in your leadership and taking the time to acknowledge the important role of everyone around you?
  • Do the conditions in your organization exist so that you can laugh at yourself?
  • Describe how empathy can support your ability to move with and behind the nerd when necessary.

 

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Fuel your ability to empathize with children who face adversity. Join me for a great conversation with Liz Murray. Liz is the author of Homeless to Harvard and an inspirational speaker who has been featured on Oprah and now – The Smart Thinking Podcast. She fired me up and this conversation will do the same for you!

 

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Take a listen to this great interview with educational neuroscientist, author and Professor -- Jared Horvath. Get his book: Stop Talking, Start Influencing: 12 insights from brain science to make your message stick. This is a text that should be read by everyone in the teaching and presenting profession! 

@JCHorvath

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Join me for a great conversation with author and social entrepreneur- Deanna Singh. Get her book Purposeful Hustle and fuel your inner servant leader!

 

What will you do today to support your passion and others?

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