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Tobacco Free CampusTobacco-free workplaces have become the norm, but what if your company still has older facilities that have permitted smoking and tobacco products for years? You may face serious resistance from employees, unions, and even local management to transition the facility to a tobacco-free workplace. How do you effectively engage employees and leaders to support the change to tobacco-free?

To share her experience and discuss best practices, our guest is Laura Higginbotham. She is Health and Productivity Leader at Owens Corning, a Fortune 500 manufacturer with about 15,000 employees in 27 countries. OC is most famous for its PINK® FIBERGLAS™ insulation and its mascot, the Pink Panther. The Owens Corning World Headquarters campus has been tobacco-free since the new campus opened in the 1990s. Over the years, Owens Corning has also opened several new tobacco-free manufacturing plants, but at the beginning of 2013, smoking and tobacco products were still a part of daily life at several older factories.

Laura HigginbothamMy interview with Laura was recently recorded onsite at OC’s World Headquarters in Toledo, Ohio.

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Chronic medical conditions drive more than 75% of health care spending. However, people with a chronic condition typically get care through a health system designed for acute care — fragmented, episodic care triggered by an adverse health event. This episode discusses how employers can better engage the sicker portion of their employees and family members to improve health and reduce costs.
Scott Wallace is a visiting professor at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine and a leading expert in employee-health strategy and chronic-disease-care design.

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104: Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing | with Liz Wiseman

January 15, 2015

Is it possible to be at your best even when you are under-qualified or doing something for the first time? And after decades of experience, can you keep your skills from becoming obsolete and irrelevant, and recapture the curiosity and fearlessness of youth to take on new challenges? With the right mindset, you can. For […]

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103: How to Use Bach Remedies to Become a Balanced Leader

January 6, 2015

On Engaging Leader, we talk a lot about who you need to be and what you need to do to be an engaging leader. But what if you keep catching yourself doing the wrong things? For example, you know you shouldn’t practice command-and-control management or act like the smartest guy or gal in the room. […]

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102: Storytelling for Leaders: How to Influence, Engage & Inspire | with Amanda Marko

December 15, 2014

Storytelling is an effective leadership tool for change management, engagement, and bringing the business strategy to life. We discussed this tool back in episode 52, “How to Use Stories to Engage People.” Today we’ll dig deeper, with the help of someone whose been teaching the art and science of storytelling to leaders from across the […]

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101: Built to Lead: Becoming a Top 10% Manager | with David Long

December 1, 2014

Did you know that of every 100 employees hired, only 6 or 7 will ever be promoted to their first management position? If you’re a manager now, you’re one of the 7% who made it! That’s the good news. Now, here’s the bad news. Statistically speaking, you won’t be promoted again. According to author and […]

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WHE17: The Cost of Medical Errors: Educating Employees about Patient Safety | with Leah Binder from The Leapfrog Group

November 25, 2014

All hospitals are not the same! Many hospitals have much worse rates of infections and medical errors that have a serious effect on employers and their employees, both in terms of financial cost as well as human lives. You probably know about this unfortunate fact of life in health care, but do your employees? How […]

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100: Becoming the Boss: New Rules for Gen Y Leaders | with Lindsey Pollak

November 15, 2014

We are in the midst of a leadership revolution, as power passes from Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers to Millennials. All grown up, the highly educated Generation Y is moving into executive positions in corporations and government, as well as running their own businesses, where they are beginning to have a profound impact that will […]

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WHE16: Combining Wellness Programs with Medical Management | with Abby Green of HealthCheck360

November 10, 2014

Jesse and guest Abby Green from HealthCheck360 discuss how to combine wellness initiatives and medical management to drive health improvement and reduce overall benefit costs. HealthCheck360 is a health risk management company focused on reducing medical costs, worker’s compensation claims, and absenteeism, while increasing employee morale and productivity. HealthCheck360 provides biometric measurements, targeted communications and […]

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099: Business Intuition: 7 Ways Leaders Apply the Science of Intuition | with Simone Wright

November 1, 2014

Intuition is the new buzz-word in business, and everyone from Branson to Buffet is touting its ability to guide and direct them to greater success and higher profits. However, the understanding of what intuition really is and how it can serve us in business and in life is deeply flawed. But according to a new […]

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WHE15: How to Make the Most of Narrow Networks | with Scott Wallace from Dartmouth

October 27, 2014

Direct contracts and narrow networks of health care providers offer new ways for employers to control the costs of health care.  But many of these arrangements are missing huge opportunities to improve health and deliver true value for the money you spend. Scott Wallace is a visiting professor at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine and […]

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098: Overworked and Overwhelmed: 4 tools for leaders to reclaim their lives and boost productivity | with Scott Eblin

October 15, 2014

Many leaders today are chronically overworked and overwhelmed by the seemingly non-stop demands on their time and attention. If you feel like you’re constantly outrunning burnout, resentment, and collapse, chances are you aren’t performing up to your potential as a leader. Hard work tends to go hand-in-hand with success, but over the long term, that […]

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