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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.


Approach your leadership in a new way. Take a listen as we explore tools to help you get to see your team in a new way.


  • Describe your approach to getting your team to look at themselves in new ways.
  • List the songs of the mix tape of your career.
  • Can you take 20 minutes to launch a Spotify account and get your team singing, laughing, crying, and dancing together?


Spotify: Buffalo4u Mix Tape

Twitter: @smartthinksix


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Take a listen as we explore how to speed up your colleagues and yourself by focusing on engagement. Too often cultures get in the way of organizational success and we need to focus on the skills to increase opportunities for people to find success and be engaged.







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This episode explores the need for us as leaders to create opportunities for us to grow and learn as a colony. All in an effort to stay relevant. Take a listen as I share lessons from the Cliff Swallow. 

  • Describe how you provide the leadership to bring people together to learn and grow.
  • List how you can utilize social media platforms to share your newest knowledge and spark others.
  • Identify two people that you could have as informal mentors – one younger and one older.
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You can’t get anywhere without a little hustle. Join me for a conversation on how to build hustle within your mindset and your system.

  • Describe what you do when you happen to find yourself in the waiting place.
  • Describe your hustle skills
  • List the behaviors you need to grow in order to be a buffalo with hustle.

 Twittter: @smartthinking7

Spotify: Search Buffalo4u 

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One of the most important elements of leadership is being reflective and taking time to think about your decisions, actions, reactions, and responses to those around you. This makes you predictable and that is a key quality of great leaders.


Here is a short list of do not’s:

  • Do not sarcastically respond to some of the prompts
  • Do not say this is really good because I do all of this
  • Do not roll your eyes
  • Do not discard anything said in the room

Here is the list of do’s:

  • Shut up
  • Listen
  • Reflect
  • Show gratitude
  • Change to meet the conditions of the team.

 Smart thinking:

  • What is your walk up song?
  • Describe what makes you predictable as a leader, parent, spouse, or colleague. 
  • List the ways that others are predictable to you.
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This episode is a discussion of the skills and qualities of leaders that advocate for the people and ideas that are not often given attention.

  • Describe the behaviors of the advocate
  • List the people in your life that have supported you when you were the underdog
  • Reflect on an upcoming opportunity for you to advocate for an underdog. 


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When you end up in new places did you ever notice you have a heightened sense of awareness for what is different? Listen as we discuss the tools and behaviors of leaders when they enter new roles, join new committees, or change within their own organization. 

  • Describe leaders in your life who have successfully on-boarded to your culture.
  • List the behaviors of great leaders as they step onto a moving train. 
  • Describe what you need to do in order to successfully build a culture of excellence as you start on a new team, on a new committee, or in a new organization.
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Each day we are faced with situations that we did not expect. When we face them we have to have a mindset that we “get to” be in this moment. Join me for a conversation exploring how to shift to a positive mindset around any situation.

  • Describe what you normally don’t want to do that now you get to.
  • List ways in which you can create the conditions for yourself and others so that you begin to recognize that it’ll all work out in the end.
  • Describe the bad day that has become a great story.


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Why can’t everyone just think and organize like you? Hear five ways to support your leadership when people have organizational styles that clash with yours.


  • Reflect on the conflict you’ve experienced or created as a result of your organization biases.
  • Describe your trapper keeper compliance.
  • Describe tools you can employ to increase outcomes and decrease compliance when it comes to organization.
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You can’t solve a problem you don’t take the time to understand, you can’t force fixes, and you can’t race to excellence. Take a listen to this episode as we discuss the importance of following a process to get to the root of the issue.


  • Describe process you follow in order to identify the root cause.
  • Explain how you will five why your current problem.
  • List the order of ingredients of problem identification.



Explain how you will five why your current problem.


List the order of ingredients of problem identification.

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