Category Archives: Podcasts

Episode 42: Are Personality Assessments Worthwhile?



Personality tests and assessments are popular in many corners of the business world. But are the insights they deliver really useful in a business context? Should CEOs care about their teams’ Myers-Briggs type or CliftonStrengths themes? Hear what Joel has to say about it this week on Ask a CEO.

Sponsored by: Texas Mutual Insurance Company


Episode 41: How to Recruit Exceptional Executives



As CEO, one of your many responsibilities is directly managing the executive team. This week, Joel discusses the finer points of hiring executives who will make a substantial difference in company performance and culture.

Sponsored by: Texas Mutual Insurance Company


Episode 40: Employee Value Proposition



Hiring is not just about the candidate selling themselves to the employer—the employer must also communicate why it offers an environment where talented candidates can thrive and grow. This week, Joel discusses the concept of the “employer value proposition” and why CEOs should understand its effect on bringing in top talent.

Sponsored by: Texas Mutual Insurance Company


Episode 39: Listening to Employees Who Raise Problems



Behind nearly every major business catastrophe—from Theranos to scandals involving Wells Fargo and Boeing—is a leader who wasn’t listening to their employees. How can CEOs encourage people to speak up, and how do you know when to react to the problems they raise?

Sponsored by: Texas Mutual Insurance Company


Episode 37: Showing Employees That You Care



We talk about caring being one of the essential ways that CEOs build influence with their teams. In a time when the CEO is looking out for the survival of the business, how can they also show that they care about their employees’ as people? How can they demonstrate that their putting the well-being of the organization as a whole before their own self-interest?

Sponsored by: Texas Mutual Insurance Company


Episode 35: Future of Remote Work



Many US workers are now in a fourth month of working remotely—and for many people, it’s going well. Are open-plan offices a thing of the past? And how do managers and leaders fulfill their roles when their team may be offsite for the foreseeable future? Joel discusses that and more on this week’s episode.

Sponsored by: Texas Mutual Insurance Company


Episode 34: Leadership to Improve the Culture



Over the past week, every state in the US has seen protests following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department. This week, Joel discusses this tragic circumstance and what it might tell us about leadership—or the failure of leadership—in police departments and in the country more broadly.

Sponsored by: Texas Mutual Insurance Company


Episode 33: Keeping Expenses Down



One of the things on most CEOs’ minds right now is managing expenses when the business may be experiencing an unprecedented slowdown. Headcount is one place many organizations have had to pull back on, but what other items should CEOs be thinking about to control costs?

Episode 32: Public Communication in Times of Uncertainty



As the health and economic fallout of the pandemic continues, CEOs face a challenge in their role as the public face of the company. Today, Joel discusses tips for making public statements when the company’s situation going forward is unpredictable.

Sponsored by: Texas Mutual Insurance Company


Episode 31: Reopening the Economy



The logical question after an unprecedented, months-long economic shutdown is: “When and how to we reopen?” In this episode, Joel discusses the challenges we are likely to face in the months to come as business leaders deal with the second-, third-, and fourth-order effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sponsored by: Texas Mutual Insurance Company