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Imagine if the more experienced people took the time to develop those around them and truly passed on their knowledge.

It is no secret that I am a guy with big dreams, passion, and hunger.  As a result, I will always put myself out there and go for what I want.  My big interests include sports writing, interviews, performing and teaching others.

Three pillars I strive to build my leadership philosophy on are Vision, Being Relatable, and Development. My goal is to help those within my influence and maximize their potential.  However, I cannot do it alone.  As a result, I seek out mentorship and do what I can to pass it on.

 The word "mentorship" is often used in the wrong context. Mentorship is more than providing the cheerleading Monday morning "rah rah rah" speech. Mentorship is about sharing lessons learned from past experiences to develop the next crop of leaders. The point of this podcast is to focus on the knowledge and make those around us better. Vision. Relate. Develop.

Mar 14, 2018

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Todd Davis is the author of Get Better: 15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships at Work. He has over 30 years’ experience in human resources and is currently the Chief People Officer for FranklinCovey.  He is also a co-author of Talent Unleashed: 3 Leadership Conversations to Ignite the Unlimited Potential in People. Todd has a passion for developing others and helping people to succeed at things they didn't think they could achieve.

In this podcast he talks about the common relationship pitfalls and gives tips that will help people at any stage of their career, in any industry.  He explains 4 of the 15 practices from his book, looks at the importance of listening and talks about what questions leaders should be asking people to get the best from them.

Show Notes: 

  • Todd talks about his career and experience in building relationships (02:30)
  • How Todd got a passion for helping people with relationships (03:10)
  • What Todd's mentors and leaders have given him (06:29)
  • The problem with trying to fix other people and the importance of working on yourself (08:50)
  • Todd explains practice 1 from his book  – wear glasses that work (12:17)
  • Practice 2 – carry your own weather (15:15)
  • The importance of humility and how it is a strength (16:53)
  • Todd talks about failure and the importance of leaning from it (17:57)
  • What Todd looks for in leaders and the importance of credibility (21:24)
  • Has social media changed Todd's approach? (24:02)
  • When using email can be an advantage (25:51)
  • The importance of listening and taking the time to understand (27:05)
  • Working with people who find communication difficult (31:08)
  • Why some people think it isn't important to focus on relationships (34:11)
  • The biggest mistakes people make when trying to build relationships (35:28)
  • How leaders can get the best from people (37:42)
  • What makes FrnaklinCovey different (41:42)
  • What Todd would put on a billboard (43:32)


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In the latest release, Get Better, author Todd Davis relies upon decades of experience in human resources and talent development, to make the compelling case that while an organization’s greatest assets are its people, it’s the nature of the relationships between people that is the most significant driver of professional and personal effectiveness. In the end, it is the relationships that create the culture that becomes an organization’s ultimate competitive advantage.
Through 15 clear and actionable practices, Davis describes the most common relationships pitfalls that negatively affect personal careers and organizational results. He shares the key tools for improving relationships by focusing on our own behavior to get better as individuals. By looking at our own thoughts, attitudes and actions, we improve the quality of our interactions with others and increase our ability to influence those around us in our professional and personal lives, leading to greater success and achievement for all.
Ideal for professionals at all levels of business, from intern to CEO, Get Better draws upon Davis’ thirty-years of experience observing, leading, and coaching others and shares real-world stories and relatable experiences to illustrate the timely lessons and take away for achieving the most effective business relationships. In his engaging, often witty style, Davis’ proven practices influence individuals to take ownership of their work, improve the quality of interactions with others, and master the skills of effective relationships at work and at home.
Some of the crucial lessons readers will learn include:
  • “Wear Glasses That Work” – understand the quality of relationships and how to evaluate them
  • “Carry Your Own Weather” – look inward instead of outward, determining your own attitude based on what you value, no matter what storm happens to break overhead
  • “Behave Your Way to Credibility” – take the long-term approach to earning credibility
  • “See the Tree Not Just the Seedling” – recognize potential in others and help them to succeed
  • “Think We, Not Me” – come together and leverage the strengths of all
  • “Avoid the Pinball Machine” – differentiate between urgency and importance to increase productivity and avoid unnecessary chaos
  • “Humility" – understand the benefits of humility and how to cultivate it to increase energy for others and build solid character and meaningful connections
Todd Davis is the author of FranklinCovey’s book, Get Better: 15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships at Work. He is also a co-author of Talent Unleashed: 3 Leadership Conversations to Ignite the Unlimited Potential in People.
Davis has over 30 years of experience in human resources, talent development, executive recruiting, sales, and marketing. He has been with FranklinCovey for over 20 years, and currently serves as chief people officer and executive vice president. He is responsible for FranklinCovey’s global talent development in over 40 offices in 160 countries.
As the former director of FranklinCovey’s Innovations Group, Todd led the development of many of FranklinCovey’s core offerings containing the company’s world-renowned content, and he continues to contribute to the development of new offerings. Davis has also served as FranklinCovey’s director of recruitment and led a team responsible for attracting, hiring, and retaining top talent for the company, which included over 3,500 employees.
For over 25 years, Davis has delivered numerous keynote addresses and speeches at top industry conferences, associations, corporate events, and for FranklinCovey clients, many of which are Fortune® 100 and 500 companies. His topics include leadership, personal and interpersonal effectiveness, employee engagement, talent management, change management, and building winning cultures.  
Davis has served on the Board of Directors for and is a member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).