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Using an uncommon blend of storytelling and coaching, Tom Henschel created The Look & Sound of Leadership, a unique and influential podcast. Eavesdrop on a monthly coaching conversation and get practical tools you can apply the minute the episode ends.

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One leader is stuck in what she is certain is ‘truth.’ Another is stuck in stories about people. Another is stuck in old ways of working. This episode provides tools for getting unstuck in all those ways.

Recalling his days as an actor, Tom recounts a time when he felt his confident “adult” self disappeared, only to be replaced by a fearful child. This led to a discovery about our “parts.”

Setting and holding appropriate boundaries is not a skill most of us learned as kids. But without that ability, our workplaces can crush us. This episode explores ways to build those muscles.

Every behavior, no matter how small, sends a message. Do your messages support your intention? Or do you unintentionally undermine yourself? Here are actions so you communicate with intention.

Two different leaders each react out of proportion to the actual situations confronting them. Why? They’re triggered by situations from another time in their lives. Gain control over your past.

Can you name an action you perform that is at its peak the very first time you do it? Probably not. But does rehearsing make you stale and stilted? Your rehearsal questions answered!

Do you ever “should” on yourself? “I should’ve said something.” “I should’ve known that.” “Should” makes us feel bad about ourselves. It’s one of three words you “should” never say.

If I called you a “seagull” would you take it personally? If I called you a “rat” would you take THAT personally? When we take things personally (and we all do!), is there any benefit?

A colleague is a “no drama mama.” When one of her direct reports turns out to be a crier she turns to her coach for tools. She ends up with six actions for dealing with people’s emotions.

“Act As If” is an elementary tool for actors. For leaders wanting to polish their workplace persona, it’s an accelerator. This episode teaches the three-step process to help you “Act As If.”

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