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Steven Gaffney: Unconditional Power

Episode 93

About Steven Gaffney: Steven Gaffney is the CEO of the Steven Gaffney Company. He is the leading expert on creating Consistently High Achieving Organizations (CHAO)™ including high-achieving teams, honest communication, and change leadership. He is one of the few leadership experts that can guarantee results.

He has become the go-to person and trusted advisor for countless top leaders and executive teams from Fortune 500 companies and associations, as well as the U.S. government and military. He is also a highly regarded author and sought-after speaker.

Thousands of people have credited Steven’s speeches, seminars, TV and radio appearances, and books, for making immediate and lasting changes in their organizations and personal lives. He is a cancer survivor, and as a recognition of his contributions, he received the Celebration of Life Award.


In this episode, Jordan and Steven discuss:

  • Creating consistently high-achieving teams

  • The three moods a team can have

  • What is unconditional power?

  • How to respond when you are being targeted

Key Takeaways

  • Observe how when we’re in a good mood, we’re more productive and effective.

  • There are three moods: one is powerlessness, the second is conditional power, and the third is unconditional power. Unconditional power is all about recognizing issues but still choosing to spend 100% of one’s energy to create solutions.

  • There are certain principles that are universal in how human beings are built. An example is that if we listen to another person deeply, no matter how upset they are, they tend to start calming down. It doesn’t completely solve the conflict or problem, but it is a good first step.

  • Don’t be stuck in a victim mindset. Perhaps someone has spoken to you in a disrespectful or bullying way, whether they intended to or not. To be an effective leader, you need to separate your self-esteem from how others talk to you. You always have the choice to turn a situation into something that’s psychologically beneficial to you.

“Unconditionally powerful means we recognize conditions about people, resources, or whatever. But we spend 100% of our energy on what we're going to do about it.” — Steven Gaffney

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Jordan Goldrich

Your host, Jordan Goldrich, grew up in a loud New York family and once lost an executive position because of his style. He is co-author of the Amazon Best Seller, Workplace Warrior®: People Skills For The No-Bulls**t Executive, Chief Operations Officer, Master Corporate Executive Coach, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. His guests are part of his international network of Workplace Warrior® executives, master corporate executive coaches, and thought leaders. Each guest will engage you in conversation about their successes, mistakes, and solutions. You will get strategies for being completely authentic, while you fulfill your commitment to your organization, build positive relationships, and take performance to an even higher level.

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