Jeremy Couch is a Leadership Architect who helps leaders build thriving cultures. He is the Executive Director for Palm Beach Atlantic University-Orlando and an Assistant Professor of Leadership. He is passionate about teaching, writing, consulting, and speaking on topics related to leadership development and organizational health.
In this episode of Insights for Leading, Jeremy Couch interviews communications expert and author Jennifer Rock. They discuss a wide range of topics, from communication traps to avoid, examples of bad leadership, understanding what it takes to build a culture of teamwork, and how to be more purposeful in your career. In addition, they talk about Jennifer’s book, Operation Clusterpuck, to discuss its themes and how it can help leaders and teams in today’s corporate culture.
In this episode of the podcast, Jeremy Couch interviews Dr. Lauren Hodges, a performance coach, researcher, and consultant who has a passion for helping leaders and teams perform at their highest level. In this interview, we discuss what it means to be a person who takes care of yourself on a physical, mental, and emotional level, and why doing so is essential to improving your performance and relationships.
Lauren is co-owner of Grasshopper Training, a performance company with a mission to develop leaders who want to do better and be better by blending education, experience, science, and intuition to create impactful experiences that further performance, relationship, and connection to self and others.
Have you ever been talking with a leader one-on-one, only to realize that they were not really listening? Was it clear that they were distant and simply not present?
I know this has happened to me many times, and it never made me feel good. I also know that I’ve done it to others many times, and I’m sure it never made them feel good either.
In this day, it’s far too easy to become consumed by the demands on our time and the variety of distractions that we encounter on a regular basis. And as leaders, we often have many things on our mind that keep us from connecting with the people we lead.
But one of the greatest thing we can do for others is to take time to be present with them, even if just for a few uninterrupted minutes. Letting others know that they have our undivided attention and focus shows them that they matter and that we are interested in what they have to say. This goes a long way in building trust and encouraging the people we lead.
What steps can you take to remove distractions and become more present with the people you lead? I encourage you to take some time to think about that this week.
Here is a short video to help you think about this further:
In this episode of the podcast, Jeremy Couch talks about developing good habits and breaking bad ones. Based on his reading of the bestselling book, Atomic Habits by James Clear, Jeremy unpacks some of the key principles found in this book and explains how you can apply them to your life. He also talks about his own journey to change some key habits in his own life.
I’ve always been a goal-setter, especially at the beginning of a new year. I love to make a list of lofty but achievable goals that inspire and motivate me.
The problem is, I never take the time to establish a system of daily, repeatable habits that will help me to actually achieve my goals. I simply hope the goals themselves will be enough motivation to cause me to take action every day. That never works.
So, when I stumbled upon Atomic Habits by James Clear, I was excited to get this book and dive in. And man am I glad that I did! This book is filled with so many great ideas, insights, and tips to help you develop good habits and eliminate bad ones.
Clear does a masterful job of explaining his four laws for creating a good habit:
1) Make it obvious
2) Make it attractive
3) Make it easy
4) Make it satisfying
And he also inverts each law to provide additional help in breaking a bad habit:
1) Make it invisible
2) Make it unattractive
3) Make it difficult
4) Make it unsatisfying
Here are a few nuggets that really stuck with me:
Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement. Try to get 1% better everyday. At the end of a year, you’ll be 37 times better!
We don’t rise to the level of our goals; we fall to the level of our systems.
Habits are not a finish line to be crossed; they are a lifestyle to be lived.
Success is the product of daily habits–not once-in-a-lifetime transformations.
Your outcomes are a lagging measure of your habits. You get what you repeat.
I also recorded a recent plug for the book that you can watch here:
If you are looking for a resource that will help you develop a system for improving your habits, go get this book. I couldn’t put it down, and I didn’t want it to end.
I look forward to continuing to unpack the material and dive into James’ weekly writings. I encourage you to do the same!