Episode 202 – Are you listening to respond or to understand?

We’ve recently been doing some training on active listening. What makes it “active”  instead of “passive” is the listener’s presence and intent. Active listening is listening to comprehend, understand, learn, and only respond when it’s appropriate. When we wrapped up the training, I found a quote that I really liked: “When we don’t push our agenda to feel competent, we can better listen to other person’s desires.”  I think this encapsulates active listening perfectly.  Listen in as Dawn discusses active listening and how listening to respond can be obstructive to effective communication. Other podcast episode referenced: Are you purpose driven?
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Admit that Stan is not the “Man”

Let’s say you have an amazing employee: they’re passionate about what they do, they work well with the team, and they produce. Naturally, the next step is to promote them to a managerial role. However, a management position requires new skills, and not everyone is suitable for the role.   So now, your previous stellar employee now falls short.   A Gallup poll of more than 1 million employed U.S. workers concluded that the #1 reason people quit their jobs is because of a bad boss or immediate supervisor. Those 75% of workers who voluntarily left their jobs did so because of their
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Episode 197 – Making customer service a more tangible experience – Interview with Steven Van Belleghem

Great customer service is crucial to the sustainability of an organization, profit or nonprofit.  55% of customers would gladly pay extra to guarantee a better service, and the probability of selling to an existing customer is 60-70%, versus the probability of selling to a new customer is 5-20%.  So happy, returning customers are key, and an organization can’t rely on technology alone to serve and service their customers. As such, I had a great conversation with Steven Van Belleghem, author of multiple international best-selling books, including Customers the Day after Tomorrow and The Offer You Can’t Refuse. We discussed: Seeing
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Painting a Clear Picture of What Success Looks Like for Your Company

Dedicated employees want to know how their work fits into the big picture, how their contributions make a difference, and what they need to do to make leadership happy. Employees are hungry for feedback; they want to know where they are doing a good job and where they need to improve. Moreover, they want to know how they are benefiting the company. However, a problem can arise when managers do not accurately represent the CEO’s vision for the company, or if the message gets lost in translation or gets watered down. When this happens, employees lack a clear understanding of
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Episode 194 – Confidence is critical – Interview with Jamie McKinney of Jamie Empowers

During this riveting interview with Jamie McKinney, author, speaker, and coach, we talked about the critical importance of confidence as a catalyst to career success.  Listen in as we cover: Her secret weapon Estrogen Empires vs. Testosterone Towers Your personal ETA (Emotions, Thoughts, Actions) The BAAM method Confidence and the connection to story The differences in language and behavior between men and women The confidence formula Jamie’s “nails on the chalkboard” saying and her replacement phrase Her #1 tip in developing confidence About Jamie McKinney Jamie Dandar McKinney is the author of the book, Speak Up, Sister! The Professional Woman’s
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Episode 193 – How do you ensure you have the right people in the right seats?

I consider an organization a living structure, composed of an intricate and dynamic relationship between humans and systems. To ensure an efficient and consistent forward motion, every person in their respective position has to be in the right seat. Having the right people in the right seats is critical to any organization’s success.  So, how do you ensure the right person in the right seat? First of all, he/she has to be in alignment with the organization’s values and culture. Placing the right person in the right seat is a combination of the person’s qualification and his/her keenness for the
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Episode 191 – How do you have those difficult conversations?

In any business or professional setting, having difficult conversations is something that a company has to go through. Every business has its problems, and for it to move forward, these problems need to be addressed and discussed.  It’s difficult for people involved in such a discussion not to get defensive, because they’re going to feel confronted. So how do you have these difficult conversations without putting them on the defensive and not making them feel attacked? When you’re about to engage in a difficult conversation, put yourself in a neutral position, be patient, and be intentional about how you convey
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Episode 189 – Do the work, show the work, teach the work

I firmly believe that everyone in a company innately wants to be of value and wants to see their efforts impact its forward movement. This is especially true in smaller and mid-sized businesses. No matter what level they’re in the organization, each person must be able to wear multiple hats and know their primary role inside and out. For an organization to succeed, each person should be able to do the work, show the work and teach the work. When these things are in place, it will be easier for someone to work within his or her respective Zone of
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Episode 188 – Just when you think you’re communicating clearly…

Communication is a fundamental life skill. Effective communication is essential to move any business forward. Without it, there will be confusion and inefficiencies in the company.  Effective communication isn’t just conveying your messages clearly. You also have to take the recipient into account; it is a two-way street.  Great communication is something that is shared, felt, and reciprocated by both sides. In this episode, Dawn shares her insights about communication and three steps toward effective communication. Other podcast episodes referenced: Two tools to move your organization forward, Co-create, You need to speak up, and Does this conversation forward the action?
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Episode 187 – Making working remotely work well – Interview with John Vuong, owner, and founder of Local SEO Search

While one might wonder why the owner of an SEO company would show up on a podcast devoted to people, processes, and performance, the answer is clear within seconds of listening to this episode. John’s company has been fully remote for eight years, and so we talked about the following: Implementing social interaction as part of the work environment (“For some, work IS the social circle.”) The importance of finding your “why purpose” and being happy along the way Tips on being self-disciplined as a remote worker John’s top 3 best practices for managing remote employees Intentionally creating an organization’s
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