260: Mike Robbins on the power of authentic appreciation of team members

Mike Robbins, author of WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER: Creating a Team Culture of High Performance, Trust, and Belonging

Mike Robbins and Bill Ringle discuss principles and examples of authentic appreciation, strong leadership, even when operating remotely, and the mindset qualities that allow and inspire high performance.

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Top 3 Take-Aways from this Interview

  • Strong leadership in the midst of uncertainty is about courage and authenticity.
  • Teams that appreciate each other authentically have a huge advantage, especially in difficult times of change, adversity, and uncertainty.
  • Showing up with authenticity and vulnerably not only liberates you, it allows your team to do the same.

Tweet-Ready Insights from this Episode

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Interview Insights

Read the Show Notes from this Episode

  • Mike shares how his mother supported him as a young athlete while managing a single-parent household. [2:01]
  • Talks about the values he learned from his mom that influence his speaking, writing, and consulting even to this day. [4:47]
  • He shares his view on the the important mindset traits common between sports, business, and life. [8:38]
  • Mike discusses his perspectives on failure that he gained as a lifelong athlete. [12:07]
  • Mike responds to the question: What do you think business leaders need to adopt in order to be successful during this time? [14:55]
  • Really connecting with others. [20:18]
  • Explores the stages of grief, and how loss is common in business and in life. [31:14]
  • My Quest for the Best Lightning Round begins. [49:16]

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Expert Bio

Mike Robbins is the author of five books, including his latest, WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER: Creating a Team Culture of High Performance, Trust, and Belonging.

For the past 20 years, Mike Robbins has delivered keynotes and seminars for some of the top organizations in the world, including Google, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Genentech, eBay, Harvard University, Gap, LinkedIn, the Oakland A’s.

He and his work have been featured in the New York Times and the Harvard Business Review, as well as on NPR and ABC News. He’s a regular contributor to Forbes, hosts a weekly podcast, and his books have been translated into 15 different languages.

Contact Info for Mike Robbins

Web address: www.mike-robbins.com

Mike’s Podcast: We’re All in this Together

Travels from: Novato, CA

Social Media Links

​Books Authored by Mike Robbins

Resources Mentioned During the Interview

Learn More — TED Talks by Mike Robbins

Mike Robbin’s TED Talk: The Power of Authenticity

Mike Robbins: “Nothing Changes Until You Do” | Talks at Google
Bring your whole self to work | Mike Robbins | TEDxBerkeley
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