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My Team was Right. I was Wrong. Why I’m Happy About It.

June 3, 2019

As leaders, we have to trust that our judgment and experience will successfully guide our teams and organizations forward. It’s equally important to know when to give up control and test the instincts of your team, even if you would do things differently. My team was troubleshooting lack of engagement in a program. They threw […]

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How to Inspire Your Team When You’re Feeling Burned Out Too

May 15, 2019

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone. Last month on a team call, I noticed that my typically upbeat and productive colleagues were a bit sluggish and uninspired for the second month in a row. We hadn’t achieved a couple of the goals and tasks we’d set for ourselves. What is usually a […]

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

May 6, 2019

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 […]

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The Era of Inclusion: How to Help Your Team Thrive

May 6, 2019

Your workplace is rich with diversity – a mix of races, ethnicities, genders, generations, and personality types. But diversity is not the same as inclusion. Leaders would be shocked to know the resources that go untapped and the ideas that go undiscovered simply because certain people are consistently excluded from the conversation.

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

April 8, 2019

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 […]

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

March 4, 2019

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 […]

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187: 3 Strategies for Achieving Your Goals

February 4, 2019

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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How to Shape Your Company Culture

January 16, 2019

Culture. How we do things around here — how we treat each other, customers, and suppliers. It’s not just about communication. And yet it has everything to do with communication.

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

January 7, 2019

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 […]

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

December 20, 2018

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?

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184: Using Storytelling to Lead a Transformation at Lowe’s (and Your Company) | with Kyle Nel

November 1, 2018

The home improvement store chain Lowe’s was named #1 among Fast Company’s 2018 Most Innovative Companies, for augmented and virtual reality, as well as #1 for innovation among specialty retailers on Fortune’s 2018 World’s Most Admired Companies. How did a company in a dusty, old-hat industry (hardware stores) suddenly become known as an innovator? As […]

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183: Using the Fogg Behavior Model to Drive Change | with Jamie Barnes

September 11, 2018

When developing a communication strategy to drive change within an organization, we use various models and frameworks to help ensure we create a strategy that actually works. The Fogg Behavioral Model is a powerful framework for driving change.

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