Episode 161 – Interview with Dean Hallett on Accelerated Leadership

I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Dean Hallett of Hallett Leadership.  We went deep into leadership, management, and questions like: Can leadership be taught? Is there a difference between leaders and managers? How does an organization’s culture impact leadership, and vice versa? Can you transform a company’s culture? How do you promote innovation within an organization? One reason I loved this interview…. we used words like “authenticity” and “thriving” often.  Listen in to glean leadership nuggets from Dean’s 27-year career at Fox and Disney, and now in his own leadership training company. About Dean Hallett Dean Hallett is a
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Episode 159 – What is the agenda?

A few episodes ago, I talked about a company’s epic failure in customer service.  I’m continuing that story with its next installment.  What is the difference between a dental office and a dental school? Don’t they both deliver dental services to their patients? Yes.  What is different? Well, the desired outcome – the agenda – is different.  This is where the POM (Purpose-Outcome-Method) tool comes in very handy. We all have agendas.  When we’re more transparent around our own desired outcomes, we’re more likely to achieve success.  Problems occur when the outcome – the agenda – is hidden. What is
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Episode 152 – Have you been invited to give feedback?

There is a difference between a formal process of feedback (for example, when a manager and employee meet weekly to discuss performance) and volunteered feedback. If feedback is not welcome, if you have not been invited to give said feedback, then your feedback may not be received well. So, how do you give feedback? And on the other side, how do you express your expectations clearly about what you’re looking for in terms of feedback (or not)? Other episodes referenced:  Feedback – what it really is
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Episode 151 – Having the hard conversations

There are all sorts of hard conversations we need to have at times: You aren’t doing enough. Your results aren’t good enough. What you’re doing offends others. No (in response to a request). You’re fired. None of those topics sounds like a fun conversation to have, so we tend to avoid them. Listen in as Dawn Shuler discusses the costs of not having those conversations, and how to actually have them with grace and a positive (for the most part) outcome. Other podcast episodes referenced:  Are you purpose-driven?, Forward motion, Standards and boundaries, Co-create
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Episode 147 – Don’t make me hunt you down

When a problem occurs that affects your customers and clients (and no organization is perfect, so you’ve definitely experienced issues), do you take initiative and reach out to your customers?  Or do you wait for them to hunt you down?  You may have all sorts of reasons for not wanting to broadcast a problem, but is that really in your customers’ best interests? Listen in as Dawn Shuler discusses a recent experience where she had to hunt down an organization to solve her problem, as well as examples of positively taking initiative, even if it meant the potential of a
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Don’t Just Say Something…Stand There!

I call it therapist mode.   In therapist school we called it “active listening,” meaning listen to understand, not necessarily to comment.  And, if necessary, in an opportune moment repeat what they said back to them so they KNOW you were listening.   One of the credos that stuck with me when I was involved with the Red Cross Disaster Mental health Division was, “Don’t just say something…..stand there!” In other words: don’t talk, just be present and listen.   In any crisis people want to be heard, not given advice, sympathetic prose, or anecdotal stories about how the same
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Episode 146 – Insufficient

I’ve struggled with what to say, because what voice do I have? What change can I make? Yet, it didn’t feel right to say nothing. I’m a CEO of a company and a leader, and I believe that mandates me to raise my voice and stand up for what I believe in. Listen in as Dawn Shuler, CEO and Founder of The Shuler Group, LLC, stands up – as insufficient as it might be.
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Episode 144 – We’re at capacity

We’re now more than 2 1/2 months into Coronavirus. We’re doing our best to navigate the new normal, new working conditions, perhaps new living conditions. Yet, most of us expect to operate at the same level of productivity and capacity pre-Cornonavirus. And it’s just not possible. Listen in as Dawn Shuler talks about the insidious nature of our capacity limits and what we need to do about them. Dawn shares her personal experiences that – literally – landed her on her rear end. Other podcast episodes referenced: Navigating turmoil and the 9 questions you must be asking your employees
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Episode 143 – Interview with Brian Burkhart, Founder of SquarePlanet

In this lively episode, Dawn Shuler interviews Brian Burkhart, founder of SquarePlanet.  As the Chief Word Guy, Brian’s purpose is to elevate his clients’ core message so people remember… and take action. Why you want to listen: As a wave-maker, Brian wants to create an impact by challenging the status quo His take on authenticity and using it as a tool Who you should work with Two simple, yet powerfully effective, hacks you can use as a presenter About Brian Burkhart Brian is the founder of SquarePlanet that helps people and businesses with give a) better presentations b) communicate their
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Episode 142 – Do I say something?

Since we are proponents of a strengths-based workplace and culture, we firmly believe in employees working and playing to their strengths.  We also recommend a collaborative communication and feedback model where employees ask for and constructively receive feedback, and managers productively communicate and give said constructive feedback. That being said, what happens when an employee plays to her strengths and takes initiative when her manager is too overwhelmed to notice? Does she say something? Does she point it out? Listen in as Dawn Shuler recounts an actual experience with a client and their recommended solution. What would you recommend? Other
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