Best Leadership Blogs and Podcasts

One of my clients needed help with their selling process.  I’m all about process, and I’m a fair hand at writing bids and proposals, but I had no idea about face-to-face selling in the real world. I found a good podcast and just started listening. It helped me get up to speed quickly, or at least helped me sound like I knew what I was talking about.

Good blogs and podcasts are a great way to keep sharpening your leadership and business sword. Learn, find solutions for common problems, or come up to speed on new knowledge quickly.

If there are any that you think I’ve missed I’d be happy to hear about them. I’m always on the lookout for inspired thinking.

Here are my favourites that I listen to or read regularly and why.

Podcasts:

When you don’t have time to sit and read, podcasts are a great way to listen and learn while riding the bus, driving the car, or mowing the lawn.

Manager Tools

If you can only subscribe to one of these recommendations, this is it. My first management podcast subscription and still my favourite. Learn how to delegate, coach, give feedback, and manage your team more effectively using one-on-ones this is the podcast for you. Hands down the best blog/podcast in existence today.

Advanced Selling Podcast

“Helping businesses grow their businesses with modern strategies and philosophies” and helping me make me sound like I knew what I was talking about. Plus they’re funny. I knew this was a good series when they talked about how it’s important to let a prospect know up front that it’s OK for them to say “No.”

HBR Ideacast

Like the Harvard Business Review but can’t afford the subscription or re-prints? Listen to their free podcast instead.

Blogs:

Results.com Growth Tips

Results.com has a subscription service for our clients which provides them with weekly tips on running their business written by a variety of business execution specialists and practise managers. It’s for the open-minded, ambitious business owners that we work with.

John Spence Achieving Business Excellence

Long time author, consultant, and lecturer John Spence share the fruits of his prolific reading and travelling knowledge distilled into straight-forward, usable posts. He knows which questions to ask, and he usually knows the answers too.

Heath Brothers

Want to learn how to write and speak in a concrete, visual, and emotional ways that moves people to action and makes your message memorable? Or what to focus on when driving change in an organizations? The authors of modern classics  “Made to Stick” and “Switch – How to Change When Change Is Hard” share what they’ve learned.

General Interest:

TED Talks

The Technology Entertainment and Design Talks now ubiquitous among the Internet intelligentsia. These video podcasts cover a wide-range of topics such as how social network predict epidemics or how to re-program fruit-fly brains. Inspiring and beautiful.

Grammar Girl

Write better English, sound smarter. Not bad for anybody who writes or speaks and wants to do so intelligently.

Bernie works as a leadership and business coach, consultant, and facilitator. He believes there are simple things outstanding leaders do well, and that not to do anything about bad leadership once you know about it is abuse. Check out what he does with RESULTS.com

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