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Ted Neitzke brings you the “The Smart Thinking Podcast.” Smart Thinking is for anyone and everyone — because we are all leaders. Join us weekly for reflective activities and strategies to grow yourself and others.


Change is difficult. What if you could support change by thinking about and planning for everything that could go wrong? Now you can by -- what if'ing!

  • Describe how you pack as a leader?
  • List ways you could apply this process to grow ownership on your team or in your house.
  • Describe how you plan for failure in the change process.
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Looking to grow you inner leader? Take a listen and get to it! 


Premonition - Lewis

Making Numbers Count - Heath

25 Attributes - Diviney

Aligned – Gentil

Strength to Strength – Brooks



Blossom Drearie

Jensen McRae

Paul McCartney

Andrew Hoyt

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LeNesha and I have a great conversation about the importance of noticing everyone around you, bringing forward perspectives in teaching and making sure that at the end of the day we value, care for and see everyone around us.


LeNesha is a Teacher and an Author and a Speaker and a Mother and is Awesome! 


See: https://laneshatabb.com



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Listen as we discuss a process to help you frame the challenges you may be facing. Is the work ahead of you this week -- high life mission and high motivation towards the opportunity? If yes - -awesome - -if no -- listen as we explore how to take on that challenge. 

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This conversation will change the direction of your day. It'll impact how you think. It will prove that you can charge through anything!

Sometimes there is just a weird way that worlds collide. I met Marcus Allen at a conference in Florida and he is a genuine buffalo leader - -take a listen and learn a lot of new ways to frame leadership and life. 

  • Describe how you can advocate for the underdog.
  • List ways in which our influence shapes those around us.
  • Describe your blessings.
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This is a must listen to help you reignite your love of leading and serving! Amber Harper and I had a ton of fun discussing how to create the conditions to have a Burned In v. Burned Out Mindset!


Amber: https://www.burnedinteacher.com/


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How often do you look backwards on your calendar? Not enough. Take a listen to this great refection and process to help you help all you serve and yourself.

  • List the teams, classes, groups that you could support with the think back process.
  • Describe your moments over the course of the last year.
  • List the hurdles you faced and how you overcame them.
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How do we increase our value and feel appreciated? Take a listen as we discuss ways to demonstrate appreciation and be more impactful. Stop waiting to be appreciated and start appreciating your world.

  • List people in your life that would benefit from appreciative strategies
  • Describe how you can appreciate in value-- by appreciating others.
  • List which of the 16 appreciation tactics you’ll apply.


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Listen as we discuss how to increase your ability to be your authentic self. This episode offers a tool to increase your ability to avoid working in frustration and support others to do be the best version of themselves - -authentically buffalo! 

  • List the groups/teams/classes that would benefit from the Authentic Buffalo process.
  • Describe the benefits of advocating for yourself.
  • List others that would benefit from the opportunity to engage in the Authentic Buffalo process.
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We need to seize the opportunities that present themselves when we fail. We need to grow from failure, celebrate failure and support those as they move forward and onward! 

  • Describe how you currently treat failure in your world
  • List ways you can change your behavior to ensure risk
  • Describe ways you can celebrate failure


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