Is your team not performing well? Is morale low and turnover high? Are you falling further behind the competition? Shani Magosky, a highly sought after leadership consultant, executive coach, and author, is here to help with her insightful and fun podcast, The Leadershifter Show! This is where business strategy and culture finally meet, exploring shifts of all sorts that are required for your own, your team’s, and your organization’s success. Shani is not your typical boring leadership consultant, and she WILL help you get your SHIFT together!


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39: Lessons in SHIFTing gears from bootstrapped startup founder Jim Downs

Jim Downs, CEO of Chicago-based custom trading software company Connamara Systems, has had a fascinating career path. Once an avionics engineer, an Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) telemetry expert with the CIA, and market maker at the CBOT and CBOE, he founded Connamara in 1998. On today’s episode, he shares some of the lessons he has…


38: Tips for “The Good Guys” in the #MeToo Era with Femily

Part 2 of my interview with Femily, Silicon Valley’s Gender and Inclusion Consultant, focuses on what “the good guys” can do to support women in the #metoo era. Sadly, some men who would never harass have become reluctant to mentor women, and this will only hurt business results all around. So it’s more important than…


37: The 3 C’s for Winning Brands with Trading Technologies CMO, Brian Mehta

Today, I’m joined by a forward-thinking CMO for an interesting discussion of Culture = Brand and vice versa. After a successful career at Motorola and other B2C telecos, Brian Mehta joined Trading Technologies to help SHIFT the brand and strategic direction of this B2B company in need of reinvention. Our discussion ranges from formulating a…


36: Gender and Inclusion LeaderShift Strategy with Femily

How can your company move from a ‘2inthepool’ Band-Aid approach (minimum of 2 non-traditional candidates in the interview pool for every open position) to a more holistic culture of overall inclusion to win the competitive talent war and drive better results? In a timely discussion following the recent release of McKinsey’s Women in the Workplace report, our…


35: Leadershifting in a highly structured, left-brained culture with Kurtis Jetsel

It is my privilege to introduce you to today’s guest, and one of my favorite clients – Kurtis Jetsel of Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control division. One of his self-professed hobbies is Leadership, and he’s had a tremendous impact on his organization as their unofficial leadership and culture guru. Today, Kurtis shares how he…


34: Shifting mental health from a benefits choice to a cultural imperative with Debbie Urbanik

One out of five Americans experience a mental health issue every year, yet most people are still afraid to open up about it in work settings. After helping her daughter through a mental health challenge, Debbie Urbanik now helps companies elevate mental health to an organizational culture imperative from a benefits choice via her business,…


33: Culture First Entrepreneurship with Jeremie Bacon

Chicago-based serial entrepreneur Jeremie Bacon is our guest on this week’s episode. His first startup, Backstop Solutions, was a SaaS platform to help hedge funds manage all of their back office and admin functions in the days when he had to first educate skeptical prospects about the cloud. Jeremie is also a student of human…


32: Shifting the Health of Your Spine (with Shani from Bali!)

“Sitting is the new smoking,” doctors are saying these days because the sedentariness of being in front of our computers and devices all day can lead to all sorts of chronic pain and disease. I’m the quintessential example of a desk jockey who has suffered from neck and low back pain for many years now.…


31: Are “U” Merging Your Culture and Brand? with Greg Brenner

Today’s guest, Greg Brenner, is the AVP of Talent and Organization Development at my beloved alma mater, The University of Miami. Known worldwide as “The U,” it consists of an elite university with competitive academics and athletics as well as an extensive health care system that all leverage that branding, and Greg’s team is responsible…