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The People Dividend Podcast

Dec 14, 2021

Welcome to another episode of The Authentic Change Podcast, I am Mike Horne, your host and I am joined today by Denise Cooper, who is the founder and CEO of Remarkable Leadership Lessons Inc, a successful leadership firm that offers semi-custom programs that teach executives leadership behaviors that create sustainable high-performance inclusive organizations. Denise has a book with the same title: Remarkable Leadership Lessons: Change Results One Conversation at the Time, which she talks about in this episode. In today’s conversation, Denise explains the most valuable lessons a leader must know in order to promote an authentic environment that fosters change and is led with integrity and trust.


Key Takeaways:

[2:39] Denise speaks a few words about herself.

[4:08] Denise shares some of the remarkable leadership lessons.

[5:55] Does your team understand exactly what results you are trying to achieve?

[6:31] What gets in the way of us really getting to know ourselves?

[8:43] Denise shares a valuable example about leadership.

[10:10] Be careful what you teach to people.

[12:05] How to start understanding yourself better?

[13:12] Being curious can be hard.

[16 09] Denise talks about “living with failure”.

[18:30] Denise highlights the importance of context.

[20:02] Sometimes less is more.

[22:30] Denise talks about HR not being actualized in regards to measuring individual or collective performance.

[23:45] We should be measuring how we build capacity.

[25:46] What are the obstacles for change to happen more rapidly in organizations?

[28:55] What causes leaders to be encouraged to know themselves better and to be curious about their staff?

[33:28] What is an offer that you could not refuse?

[33:55] The reason why we stay in a job is not money, it is the feeling that what we do matters.

[36:33] Community is equally important as culture.

[40:20] Denise shares a piece of general advice: understand where your areas of safety are.


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