Communicate Like An Executive To Get Your Ideas Heard

Do you want to be a leader who gets noticed by the C-suite, and is known as someone who can add value to any strategic conversation? Then you must learn to communicate like an executive – whether you hold an executive title, or not.

In order to be heard; in order to present effective business cases; in order to get approval to make the changes you want to make; you must be able to communicate in a way that executives can relate to, and understand.

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4 Steps to Build An Effective Business Case and Gain Executive Approval

As a business leader, you fill a critical role inside your company. You lead or initiate key projects that can positively – or negatively – impact business performance.


As a result, you must master the art of building (and selling) an effective business case in order to gain executive approval to implement key strategies necessary to achieve strategic business objectives.

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11 Podcasts To Fuel Personal Growth and Leadership Development

I’m a voracious consumer of content in the areas that are of interest to me – specifically leadership, entrepreneurship, speaking and personal development.

Interestingly, I’m not a good book reader (fixing that is a goal for 2016). But I do buy lots of books. I just rarely read them.

So a couple of years ago, I decided to try podcasts as a way to continue learning, and to fill time that was normally spent listening to the same songs in my playlists or on the radio over and over again. Now, I listen to podcasts while driving, traveling, exercising, cleaning the house, fixing dinner, etc. Suffice it to say, I’m hooked on learning.

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Recently, I was a guest on The Brand Journalism Advantage Podcast, hosted by Phoebe Chongchua discussing Building A Great Team For Your Company.

Phoebe and I had a great conversation, and covered several topics, including:

  1. Why leaders who can identify and select the right people for their teams – then motivate them to get the work done are critical to an organization’s success and growth.
  2. How leaders can help their team members understand how they can contribute towards the organization’s vision, and why the work that they do matters.
  3. My favorite success quote – which comes from a Disney fish.
  4. The importance of moving forward, and staying focused on the vision – even during difficult times – is an important success factor for leadership.
  5. Accepting that in order to grown, there will be discomfort – and how to deal with that. 3 key tips for building a great team. Why leaders must hire for mindset – not just skill set.
  6. The secret of employee engagement that every manager must know.

Listen to the podcast here!

Date: December 7, 2015
Appearance: Building A Great Team For Your Company [The Brand Journalism Advantage Podcast]
Outlet: The Brand Journalism Advantage Podcast
Format: Podcast

One of my posts  – Four Traits of Teachable Leaders – was recently featured in Realizing Leadership, an app-based magazine dedicated to developing leaders through quality, intelligent, thought-provoking articles by a wide variety of thinkers, teachers, coaches and real-life leaders.

For a free, 3-month subscription to Realizing Leadership magazine, visit this webpage and sign up!

Date: June 5, 2015
Appearance: Realizing Leadership Magazine
Outlet: Realizing Leadership Magazine
Format: Magazine

To read more of my thoughts on Leadership, visit unbridledtalent.com/category/leadership

20 Of The Best Quotes From Leadercast 2015 #thebraveones

Last week, I was honored to be the emcee at the Leadercast: Northern Kentucky host site for Leadercast Live, the largest one-day leadership event in the world, with over 100,000 attendees.

Each year, Leadercast brings together an All-Star lineup of business and political leaders, sports figures, social activists and world class communicators at a live event in Atlanta, Georgia, which is simulcast to hundreds of host sites across the world.

The theme for the 2015 Leadercast event was “The Brave Ones” and speakers included:

Andy Stanley – Leadership Author and Communicator
Peyton Manning – Super Bowl-winning Quarterback & 5-time NFL MVP
Malala Yousafzai – “Bravest Girl in the World”
Ed Catmull – President of Pixar & Disney Animation Studios
Seth Godin – Best-selling Author
Rudy Giuliani – 107th Mayor of New York City (1993-2001)
Aja Brown – Mayor, City of Compton
Bill McDermott – CEO of SAP AG
CMDR Rorke Denver – Navy SEAL Commander & Author

Throughout the day, I shared some of my greatest takeaways from the speaker’s talks on Twitter with those who follow me (@JenniferMcClure | Twitter) and also those following the hashtags #leadercast and #thebraveones – both of which were global trending topics throughout the day.

Below are my top 20 tweets based upon replies, favorites and retweets:

I’m already looking forward to Leadercast 2016 – The Architects of Tomorrow – May 6, 2016!

You Can Change The World – Without Changing Who You Are

When you think about people who have changed the world, who comes to mind?

Maybe you think of people like Henry Ford, who transformed the automobile into an innovation that has moved the world. Or Orville and Wilbur Wright, who made the world accessible to all.

It makes sense that these individuals are thought of as world-changers. They’ve invented or improved upon everyday things that have had a lasting impact on us all.

Now, think about who has changed YOUR world?

If you were to make a list, it might include a parent, a teacher, a boss, or maybe even a religious leader. These types of people hold places in our lives that position them for great opportunities to influence.

But what about you? Would anyone name you as someone who has influenced his or her life?

If not, why not?

5 Reasons You May Think You Can’t Change The World

“I’ve got nothing to offer.”

The truth is, there are many good things – and maybe a few not so good things – that make up who you are. So you’ve got something – and you can use your life experiences to help someone else.

“I’m not really that interesting.”

The good news is that influencing others is not about you. It’s about them. You influence others by focusing on their story – not yours.

“I’m not super successful.”

Your level of success has nothing to do with your ability to listen. Many people are seeking influencers who they can simply talk to, and who will share a different perspective.

“I’ve got some skeletons in my closet.”

Failure makes you human. There’s someone out there who can relate to – and learn from – your failures. So can you.

“Nobody has ever asked me to be a mentor or influencer in their life.”

Then your first opportunity is ready for you! Don’t wait for someone to ask you to speak into his or her life. Most likely, the people who have influenced you the most weren’t invited to do so.

So how can you actually change the world?

One person at a time.

[Tweet “You don’t have to invent something with lasting impact or create a movement to change the world.”]

Somebody in your life needs your influence. Somebody is ready to benefit from your knowledge, skills and expertise.

Steve Jobs said: “…the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

I believe that you can change the world.

Just do.

Jennifer McClure – You Can Change The World – #DisruptHR from Jennifer McClure on Vimeo.

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Unbridled Talent LLC is a consulting and advisory firm providing services to clients in the areas of talent strategy and leadership development. Jennifer McClure offers keynotes, workshops and training that inspire and teach business leaders to be more effective in their careers and as leaders of their organization’s most valuable resource – people. Contact us to schedule an event or to discuss our strategic consulting and advisory services.