065 – The Truth Hurts But Authentic Leadership Wins, with Dr. James Kelley
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Dr. James Kelley is the Founder and CEO of Brave Endurance, a consultancy that assists organizations in gaining a better understanding of their employees’ well-being. He is also the host of the “Executives After Hours: Real Conversations with Leaders” podcast. James has developed strong partnerships around the world and brings them to the table when partnering with a client to enhance their well-being initiative. James brings a unique leadership style and perspective to the corporate well-being space, due to his marketing, research, and cultural experience.
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James Kelley Interview – Key Takeaways:
- 1:41 What Exactly Does Employee Wellness Really Mean?
- James’ definition of Employee Wellness: “Meeting your employees where they’re at, to take them on a journey that they need to go on to become a better human being. What that really means in that they become more physically healthy, mentally healthy, spiritually healthy, and financially healthy.”
- 3:42 Dr. James Kelley’s Career Path
- James talks about the challenges of his first management job, shares a couple stories about being fired, and discusses some experiences that have taken him around the world.
- 8:20 – From working in Academia to pursuing entrepreneurship and opening Brave Endurance
- 9:49 Using marketing and sales to trigger employee engagement
- 10:36 Dr. James Kelley relocates Brave Endurance to UAE
- 12:53 What does Dr. James Kelley do through Brave Endurance?
- James talks to organizations about their work environment, their engagement, their culture and their goals. He then helps these organizations create a plan to achieve those goals.
- 14:13 What does Employee Engagement look like in the UAE?
- 16:16 Who was James Kelley’s Best Manager?
- James talks about one of his mother’s bosses who taught him how to be a better leader and think about processes.
- James also talks about a man who was hard, raw and authentic, but who cares
- 18:17 Authentic Leadership & Honesty
- 19:03 How do you balance honest feedback and care of others.
- 19:51 On feedback: “If you hear it once, brush it off. If you hear it twice, think about it. If you hear it a third time, it’s true – change.”
- 21:28 The Authentic Leader (LinkedIn Article by Dr. James Kelley)
- 22:36 “What makes me unique is how I respond to things”
- 23:19 Dov Baron on Authentic Leadership
- 24:10 The Biggest Leadership Challenge that James Kelley has faced
- Navigating the transition between friend and boss
- 26:29 What’s Exciting James Kelley Today?
- 29:13 James Kelley’s Book Recommendations
- Discover Your True North, by Bill George
- The Art of Authenticity: Tools to Become an Authentic Leader and Your Best Self, by Karissa Thacker
Additional Info, Links & Resources Mentioned:
Bravendurance.com – Brave Endurance is a Middle East well-being consultancy, that focuses on helping companies create sustainable strategies that increase productivity…
Executives After Hours Podcast (iTunes Link)
Free Management Course: Fully Engaged in 10 Days – Learn Three Critical Components to Increasing Employee Engagement on Your Team