The Leading Strong Podcast Episode 17: Home Edition

The Leading Strong Podcast Episode 17: Home Edition

Welcome to The Leading Strong Podcast hosted by 34 Strong Co-Founders Darren Virassammy and Brandon Miller. This episode aired on 11/25/20. You can listen to the Full Episode HERE.

“As long as we still draw breath, we can become better versions of ourselves”

Brandon Miller

In this week’s episode, hosts Brandon Miller and Darren Virassammy mix it up with Leading Strong: Home Edition. After going through the Manager Intelligence Skills, our hosts explore how these skills can be applied to our home environments, especially with relationships with our family and friends!

Be An Incredible Parent

“So my wife and I wrote a book called Incredible Parent, and our whole passion around this project, which really is for us, something that we think about as a way to give back in a way to benefit families with a positive message for every one of us as are those who find ourselves in a parenting role. We don’t limit that to just the biology parenting role, it can be all manner of that sacred relationship where we’re influencing and impacting a child for good and helping develop and guide them.

We all have innate strengths and abilities to do the role really well, but the key message is that you can’t do it on someone else’s strengths. It’s has got be you, it has got to be authentic. That’s what our kids are looking for, is authentic parents that give what they have and the best that they can, and kids genuinely respond well when parents operate from that place.

Leading Strong in Our Life

“As we look at this as people are going be around their families more, as they’re going to be potentially interacting more over the holidays, we have got to think about leading strong. We can consider how we can connect the dots from leading strong to what it means when we’re at home, we were with our families. When we think back to creating this podcast, we did tell you a little bit about our focus on not only wanting to help create great places to work, but helping on the family side and helping in the communities. When people are going to work and they’re valued for being valuable, but what’s it gonna be like when they’re with their family, and with their friends?

It’s OK To Made Mistakes

“The reality of relationships is that they are messy. It’s progress over perfection. It’s the willingness to keep going, to acknowledge when you’re wrong…I think the most important part of being an incredible parent is the willingness to admit when you’re wrong to your kids, no matter what age or stages there are. As a society, we are very forgiving in nature, we want to forgive contrite, we want to forgive people who will challenge themselves to say, I could do this better. And I think that’s a huge part of showing up authentic and being a great parent, and it’s also truly part of being a great manager, a great friend, a great partner, spouse, all of those play into those mindsets that we talk about here.”

Practical Application

“Once you find that you’ve embraced something that will hold you back, there is power in a third-party advocate. Whether that’s a friend, a partner, a coach, a therapist, a member of your family that you trust… It helps to get eyes on it from outside. Sometimes when we notice things within ourselves, we’re so in it, we’re so surrounded by it, it’s hard to get on top of it and look down and see it objectively. It’s a wonderful place to begin.

Sometimes you could do that on your own with books, because those are essentially third party voices. You can do it through a podcast, you could do through learning at a conference… But getting to the place where I’m not going to stay here, I’m gonna choose to advance, and then realizing that you really are choosing just to take one step at a time. That’s not gonna happen fast. It is progress, not perfection. And taking a piece at a time really makes the difference…”

Key Questions

How can you practice leading strong outside of the work environment?

What are the ways you can have these Manager Intelligence Skills show up in the upcoming holiday season?


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