Are you interested in enhancing your leadership and people solving skills? Are you looking for tangible tools to build trust in your organization? Do you want to better understand yourself as a leader in order to better lead your team?

Our special guests Brett Cooper and Evans Kerrigan answer these and other questions about vulnerable leadership and strategies for enhancing your team engagement, building trust and improving your efficiency and execution.

Brett M. Cooper and Evans Kerrigan help professionals like you build work relationships that really work. Over the last twenty years, they’ve influenced thousands of people in government, non-profits, and corporate America to work together in more productive, more effective, and more human ways.

Through Integris Performance Advisors—the firm they co-founded—Brett and Evans have helped clients increase employee engagement, improve efficiency, and generate hundreds of millions in financial benefit.

They are widely recognized thought leaders and popular speakers on team dynamics, leadership, and operational excellence. Their keynotes always leave audiences inspired and ready to make a real impact. They’re co-authors of Solving the People Problem: Essential Skills You Need to Lead and Succeed in Today’s Workplace, which was published in September 2020.

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Show Notes

Episode highlights…

  • Leadership is relationships
  • Understanding vulnerability based trust (not predictability)
  • What does it mean to honor the differences between us (not just understand them)
  • Understanding the true nature of “people problems” based upon our differences
  • Training alone will not solve your “people problems”
  • How others experience your leadership is more important than how you see yourself
  • If you have a “people problem,” it means there’s a problem with process, a problem with leadership, a problem with communication
  • Improving your leadership means starting with yourself
  • The importance of understanding your biases and your triggers
  • Emotional intelligence: 1. Know your style 2. Choose your actions based upon that knowing; 3. Know and honor other styles 4. Adapt your behavior for mutual benefit
  • The benefits of seeing improvement as part of an ongoing performance discussion (not a moment in time such as annual reviews)
  • Leaders must be willing to explore the outcomes that their actions are creating
  • Sixty percent (60%) of people’s professional success is based upon their emotional intelligence
  • Improved leadership is good for your people and good for the organization’s bottom line
  • Why emotional intelligence is the foundation of solving your “people problems”
  • Leadership is not about you (it’s about others)


Special Guest

Brett Cooper and Evans Kerrigan

Co-Founders of Integris Performance Advisors

Your Hosts

Jeff Nischwitz

Author, speaker, coach, consultant, and
Chief SHIFT Officer of Cardivera

Craig Mathews

Strategist, innovator, consultant, and
CEO of Cardivera