Future Squared Episode #183: Cy Wakeman on Silencing Your Ego and Why Employee Accountability Should Come Before Engagement

September 23, 2023

Future Squared Episode #183: Cy Wakeman on Silencing Your Ego and Why Employee Accountability Should Come Before Engagement

Cy Wakeman is a dynamic international keynote speaker, business consultant, New York Times bestselling author, and global thought leader with over 25 years experience cultivating a revolutionary new approach to leadership. Named one of the “Top 100 Leadership Experts to Follow” on twitter, Wakeman’s influence continues to build. Participants consistently rank her programs as the single most impactful training they have ever received.   

An expert blogger on FastCompany.com, Forbes.com and The Huffington Post, Wakeman’s ideas have been featured on the TODAY Show, The Social, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Insider, Huffington Post, The Daily Muse, Success.com, and SHRM.com.   

She’s written three books, Reality-Based Leadership, The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace and the newly released: No Ego: How Leaders Can Cut the Cost of Workplace Drama, End Entitlement, and Drive Big Results.   

In No Ego, she points out that Ego-driven behaviors are the #1 source of drama in workplaces today, and it’s costing organizations billions annually. She says the philosophy of “perfecting the environment” to create employee engagement just feeds the ego and generates huge amounts of drama and emotional waste. This was an enjoyable free flowing conversation on a hectic book launch day for Cy and we covered a lot of ground and there are lots of takeaways from this conversation.  

In particular, expect to learn: 

Why the ego can keep us from achieving our professional and personal goals 

How to silence our ego 

Why elaborate employee engagements programs may be a source of entitlement and can actually be detrimental to company performance 

All topics discussed:

Cy’s new book, No Ego 

Why our organisations must be in a constant change of readiness 

How the ego keeps us from being our best How to silence our egos 

Why suffering is a choice 

The cost of emotional waste 

Why choosing to do one new thing each month makes us resilient 

How learning to say “yes” to more can be a source of growth 

The cost of drama in our organisations 

What the real cost of comparing ourselves to others is 

The power of depersonalisation 

What “BMW driving” is and how it applies to your company 

Don’t think change, think next 

Why employee engagement programs can be a bad thing 

Why we should stress accountability over engagement 

How to identify and attract emotionally inexpensive and effective employees 

Why a company’s or a person’s circumstances shouldn’t be used as an excuse  

Show Notes: 

Cy’s website: Realitybasedleadership.com

Cy’s books on Amazon: www.amazon.com/Cy-Wakeman/e/B003N7AM0A

@cywakeman on Twitter and Instagram 

Cy on YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UChEOp127ZAQAz7MMarBmygA 

Cy on Facebook: www.facebook.com/CyWakeman/   

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Steve Glaveski

Steve Glaveski is the CEO and Co-Founder of Collective Campus which he established to help companies and their employees to create more meaningful impact in the world in an age of rapid change and increasing uncertainty. Steve also founded Lemonade Stand – a children’s entrepreneurship program, wrote the Innovation Manager’s Handbook vol 1 and 2, hosts Future², an iTunes chart topping podcast on corporate innovation and entrepreneurship and is a keynote speaker. He previously founded HOTDESK, an office sharing platform and has worked for the likes of Westpac, Dun & Bradstreet, the Victorian Auditor General’s Office, Ernst & Young, KPMG and Macquarie Bank. Follow him at @steveglaveski and Book a free 15-minute call with Steve to talk through your innovation objectives.

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