Leadership Books Unpacked

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Have you ever wanted to read more business and leadership books, but you simply don’t have the time? Imagine reading a book per week, how awesome would that be? A lot of us have demanding jobs and countless responsibilities... and so our bookshelves end up piling up with more books we want to read than those we have read!

In this podcast, Maanda Tshifularo (CEO at SuperLead) and Nqobile Ngcobo (Director at Alpha International) will pick up the books you have always wanted to read and unpack them, extracting actionable insights to advance your leadership excellence.

Join our hosts as they deep dive into leadership topics, by unpacking insightful nuggets from the books featured on the show.

Proudly sponsored by Hollard Life Solutions and SuperLead.

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Being the Leader that Creative People need

This week Nqobile and Maanda unpack 'Herding Tigers: Be the Leader That Creative People Need' by Todd Henry. They unpack the myths surrounding leading creatives, how most of us are leading a creative even if we are unaware, and how to be a leader that cultivates an environment where creatives thrive.

Change by Design

The myth of innovation is that brilliant ideas leap fully formed from the minds of geniuses. This week Maanda Tshifularo and Nqobile Ngcobo unpack ‘Change by Design, Revised and Updated: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation’ by Tim Brown. This is not an audiobook by designers for designers - it is an audiobook for creative leaders seeking to infuse design thinking into every level of an organisation, product, or service to drive new alternatives for business and society.

The Ideal Team Player

The ability to work effectively with others, to add value within the dynamics of a group endeavour, is more critical in today's fluid world than it has ever been. Leaders who can identify, hire, and cultivate employees who are humble, hungry, and smart will have a serious advantage over those who cannot. On this week’s show, Maanda and Nqobile unpack ‘The Ideal Team Player’ by Patrick Lencioni – highlighting the three critical virtues of an ideal team player.

Crucial Conversations

According to George Bernard Shaw, the single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. This week Maanda Tshifularo and Nqobile Ngcobo unpack 'Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High' by Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler, Kerry Patterson and Laura Roppe. They break down what a crucial conversation is, and who should care about them.

Courageous Leadership

Maanda and Nqobile unpack ‘Dare to Lead’ by Brene Brown, with a view that a leader is anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes, and has the courage to develop that potential. They also unpack the key practices of wholehearted, daring and courageous leaders, that anyone can adopt.

To Lead a High Performance Culture, Lead as Coach

More and more organisations are embracing a coaching style of leadership, and they can become a platform through which people achieve their full potential. Maanda and Nqobile unpack Sir John Whitmore’s 5th edition of 'Coaching for Performance', and share insights on how you can lead a high performance culture. They also share the GROW model, as one of the tools to empower to lead as coach.

The Infinite Game of Business Part 2

Maanda Tshifularo and co-host Nqobile Ncobo continue to explore leading with an infinite mindset, by unpacking how to build trusting teams, studying worthy rivals, preparing for existential flexibility, having the courage to lead, and living and leading through serving others. The conversation is anchored on the book ‘The Infinite Game’ by Simon Sinek.

The Infinite Game of Business

In this episode, Maanda Tshifularo and Rhulani Baloyi discuss what it means to succeed in the infinite game of business. They unpack a 'Just Cause', which is one of the five essential practices leaders should follow to adopt an infinite mindset, by considering that the cause should be for something, inclusive, service oriented, resilient and idealistic. The conversation is anchored on the book 'The Infinite Game' by Simon Sinek.

Scaling conscious leadership

In today's unpredictable, uncertain, dynamic, and disruptive business environment, is your leadership capable of scaling as your company grows? In this episode, Maanda Tshifularo and Rhulani Baloyi explore how to generate conscious leadership at scale by starting with self - "I am the project” - developing leadership teams and building leadership systems. The conversation is anchored on the book “Scaling Leadership: Building Organisational Capability and Capacity to Create Outcomes that Matter Most” by Robert J. Anderson and William A. Adams.

How to Innovate Successfully in Uncertain Times

Innovation is hard, and more so in these uncertain and volatile times. On this episode, Maanda Tshifularo (SuperLead CEO) and co-host Nqobile Ncobo unpack the Lean Start-up Methodology to help you innovate successfully, and build a sustainable innovation culture.

Playbook for a Turn-Around Strategy

Are you in a team that needs to urgently turn its performance around? Do you perhaps lead a team with problems or challenges that you probably think will never be resolved? Many leadership teams today face the enormous task of having to turn-around the performance of a business unit, a function, or perhaps the whole organisation. This week, Maanda Tshifularo (SuperLead CEO) and Nqobile Ncobo unpack 'Relentless Implementation - Creating Clarity, Alignment and a Working Together Operating System to Maximize your Business Performance' by Alan Mulally and Adam Witty. The hosts reflect on how Mulally turned the near-bankrupt Ford Company around, as well as Boeing Commercial after their sales drastically decreased after 9/11.

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