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196: How to Win Like Forbes 100 Most Innovative Leaders | with Jeff Dyer

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How do you win the support needed from bosses, colleagues, and investors to bring to life you and your team’s ideas?

Great leaders of innovation know that creativity is not enough. They succeed not only on the basis of their ideas, but because they have the vision, reputation, and networks to win the backing needed to turn ideas into reality. It turns out that this quality – called “innovation capital” – is measurably more important for innovation than just being creative.

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195: Engaging Generations part 2 — How to Communicate with Millennials and Gen Z | with JJ Lahey

In case you didn’t already realize it, the people who are graduating college now and entering your workforce are not considered Millennials … they are the next generation, Gen Z (sometimes called Post-Millennials).  And even though Millennials have already driven a significant shift in how people communicate in the workplace, it looks like Generation Z is driving another major shift. As a leader, how do you connect with younger employees … to capture their attention, earn their trust, and inspire them to take action? This episode discusses principles and tips that are effective in this new era of communication. 

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194: Engaging Generations part 1 — How Millennials and Gen Z Are Reshaping Workforce Communications | with JJ Lahey

With four very different generations making up today’s workforce, how do you effectively engage them all? In particular, a frequent question we receive is how to communicate with younger employees.

Today’s workforce is made up primarily of four generations: Baby Boomers, Generation X, Gen Y (also known as Millennials), and Gen Z (sometimes called Post-Millenials). The two younger generations have been driving huge shifts in how people communicate in the workplace. As a leader, how do you connect with younger employees? This episode helps you get started by understanding their values as well as their communication habits and preferences.

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193: Research Techniques for Identifying a Compelling EVP | with Matt O’Connor, PhD

When you identify the reasons why high-performing employees choose your organization, it serves as a compass in guiding your ongoing development of the employee experience.

Furthermore, if you use those insights to craft an Employee Value Proposition (EVP) that resonates with both current and prospective talent, it becomes a strong foundation of your employer brand and all your internal retention efforts as well as external recruiting efforts.

This is the second of a two-part interview with talent research expert Matt O’Connor. In part 1,  we discussed how to frame the discovery process, which is how to find out what makes your company stand out as a great place to work for the type of people you want on your team.

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192: How to Discover Your Employee Value Proposition (EVP) | with Matt O’Connor, PhD

What makes your company different from your competitors in the talent marketplace? Can you articulate the reasons in a message that is unique, authentic, and compelling?

A strong Employee Value Proposition (EVP) is key to recruiting, retaining, and fully engaging top talent. Your EVP is a clear message about why people choose to join your organization, continue working there, give their best effort, and speak well of the company to others.

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191: 3 Hacks for Emotional Transparency That Cultivates Accountability | with Jonathan Raymond

If it seems like you can’t trust your team to own projects and results, how can you improve accountability?

This is the final episode in a four-part series of interviews with Jonathan Raymond about how to practice emotional transparency to cultivate accountability within your team. This time, we discuss three hacks — the most important things to remember — when practicing emotional transparency to cultivates accountability in the workplace.

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190: 4 Steps of Emotional Transparency That Cultivates Accountability | with Jonathan Raymond

Many leaders feel frustrated by what seems like a low level of personal ownership among people in their organization. Things don’t get done on time, problems don’t get solved, and issues get ignored rather than proactively addressed before they become problems. Sound familiar?

This episode is part 3 of a four-part series of interviews with Jonathan Raymond about how to practice emotional transparency to cultivate accountability within your team. This time, we talk about the four steps of emotional transparency that cultivates accountability.

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189: Dos and Don’ts of Emotional Transparency | with Jonathan Raymond

A couple days ago, the CEO of a small business complained to me that one of his managers has been displaying some of the classic signs of a lack of accountability — brushing off the severity of a mistake, letting tensions build with his own direct reports instead of asking for advice on how to handle it, and reverse-delegating or “throwing turds” for his boss to clean up.

“Does it seem like he doesn’t own the situation … like he doesn’t care as much as you do?” I asked.

“Yes, that’s exactly what it feels like!” he replied. “How can I get him to change?”

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188: Emotional Transparency — The Secret to Accountability | with Jonathan Raymond

Accountability. Many organizations name it one of their top corporate values. And yet no matter how much they talk about accountability, leaders often feel frustrated by what seems like a low level of personal ownership among their employees.

Things don’t get done on time, problems don’t get solved, and issues get ignored rather than proactively addressed before they become problems. Sound familiar?

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187: 3 Strategies for Achieving Your Goals

Did you set any New Year resolutions for yourself this year … or goals for your team? If so, are you still on track, or have you given up?

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186: 4 Tips from Brain Science for Communications That Boost Attention and Learning from Your Workforce | with Jamie Barnes

With so many things competing for attention, leaders at many organizations struggle to get their people to pay enough attention to important communications — such as for change initiatives. And it’s an even bigger struggle to get them to take the messages/information to heart, remember them, and put them into action. Fortunately, neuroscience has provided clues to plan and execute communications that are more engaging and effective.

Jesse’s colleague, communication expert Jamie Barnes, joins him to discuss how to create communications that get the attention of your workforce and make them more likely to retain what they learn and act on it.

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185: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation | with Dan Schawbel

The relationships between your team members make a big difference — both in terms of business results and each person’s wellbeing. As tempting as it is to rely on virtual communication and collaboration, technology too often contributes to workplace isolation and even loneliness. In today’s technology-driven workplace, particularly if some team members are working remotely, how can you cultivate a sense of community?

This is a big concern for me as a leader of my own team, and I know I’m not alone. I’m a big proponent of using technology for greater efficiency, but I recognize we often miss out on opportunities to build deep, authentic relationships at work. That’s why I’m excited to talk to career and workplace expert Dan Schawbel about his new book, Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation.