Monday Apr 08, 2024

#176 - Reality-Based Leadership (with Alex Dorr)

In this episode of CISO Tradecraft, host G Mark Hardy welcomes Alex Dorr to discuss Reality-Based Leadership and its impact on reducing workplace drama and enhancing productivity. Alex shares his journey from professional basketball to becoming an evangelist of reality-based leadership, revealing how this approach helped him personally and professionally. They delve into the concepts of SBAR (Situation, Background, Analysis, Recommendation) for effective communication, toggling between low self and high self to manage personal reactions, and practical tools like 'thinking inside the box' to confront and solve workplace issues within given constraints. The conversation underscores the importance of focusing on actionable strategies over arguing with the drama and reality of workplace dynamics, aiming to foster a drama-free, engaged, and productive work environment.

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  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 00:57 Alex Dorr's Journey from Basketball to Leadership Expert
  • 03:54 The Core Principles of Reality-Based Leadership
  • 06:20 Understanding the Human Condition in the Workplace
  • 09:19 Tackling Workplace Drama with Reality-Based Leadership
  • 11:58 The Power of Positive Energy Management
  • 17:42 Navigating Unpreferred Realities and Finding Impact
  • 19:44 Reality-Based Leadership in Action: Techniques and Outcomes
  • 23:12 The Importance of Skill Development Over Perfecting Reality
  • 24:32 The Challenge of Employee Engagement
  • 25:49 Secrets to Embracing Reality and Taking Action
  • 25:58 Leadership vs. Management: Navigating Workplace Dynamics
  • 28:28 Empowering Employees with the SBAR Framework
  • 34:04 Addressing Venting and Negative Behaviors
  • 36:17 Developing People: The Core of Leadership
  • 37:50 Choosing Happiness Over Being Right
  • 40:15 Integrating New Leadership Models and Making Them Stick
  • 46:24 Concluding Thoughts and Contact Information

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