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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Episode 140 – Interview with Jenny Podewils, co-founder of Leapsome

Listen in as Dawn Shuler interviews Jenny Podewils, co-founder of Leapsome, a company devoted to feedback, employee engagement, and individualized learning. We had a spirited discussion on the challenges that many organizations face (lack of alignment, speed of learning, and organizational health and culture). Some great soundbites:  “Feedback is the accelerator for leadership effectiveness” and “Feedback is the basis of all learning.” And, of course, we talked about the Coronavirus and how her company is dealing with it as well as how their clients are handling the new normal.  (Hint: there are some fantastic suggestions, especially with regard to teleworking
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Episode 138 – What will we learn from all this?

COVID-19 is throwing into our faces a brand-new reality.  Things we thought were impossible and non-negotiable are now shifting into a new reality.  Everything from work to religious services to schooling is adapting. The question is… what are you learning from all this? What did you think was non-negotiable and HAD to be done a certain way? What needs to shift? What have you learned about yourself? What have you learned about your organization? What are the risks? How can you shift? Listen in as Dawn Shuler probes these questions and more. Other podcast episodes referenced:  9 questions you need
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9 Questions You Must Be Asking Your Employees

The Coronavirus pandemic is affecting our lives in every aspect, and we are experiencing a “new normal.”  At some point things will get back to normal, whatever that is, but it will look different from what normal was a few weeks ago.  This pandemic is an intensifier and an accelerant, so that means we’re getting a “new normal” every week, if not every day.  Because of the rapidly shifting world, we don’t know how everything is going to shake out in the next two to six months, or a year. Some financial experts are predicting that if we’re not already
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Episode 135 – 9 questions you need to ask your employees during COVID-19

“For the times they are a-changin’” ~ Bob Dylan We are in unprecedented times where things are changing, not just on a daily basis, but sometimes an hourly basis.  Everything from dining out to children being home from school, and so much in between, looks different today from how it looked two weeks ago. And then there is the emotional component.  There’s general worry and tension.  Some people are separated from their families.  None of us know what to expect. Pick a thing, and that thing has been affected.   Here’s what we’re noticing, in our company, as well as
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Episode 130 – Remote workers… Opportunity or challenge?

Join Dawn and Mark of The Shuler Group and Sylvia and Josh of MindTeam Solutions in one of our lively conversations as we talk about the advantages and disadvantages of a company allowing remote workers. Does it work? Whether your organization goes down that path or not, remote workers is becoming the wave of the future. In our conversation, the four of us cover topics such as: Defining measurable expectations and milestones for remote workers Joint responsibilities of managers and employees The personality type(s) that perform well with remote work, both from the manager’s and employee’s perspective Matching those ideal
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Episode 128 – Do you know how valuable you are?

Unfortunately, we live in a society that tells us not to toot our own horns, for fear that we might make others feel less than.  What if, instead, we could, at the same time, see how valuable we are in an organization as well as seeing how valuable our colleagues are?  What kind of magic could we create? Listen in as Dawn Shuler talks about two crucial components of understanding the value of all employees in an organization. Other podcast episodes referenced:  The Deeper Why in everything  
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Episode 127 – Do you throw your interns into the deep end?

As with any training program, an organization should consciously define and design the purpose and the desired outcome.  Is it really beneficial to either the organization or the intern him/herself to be thrown into the deep end to sink or swim?  Listen in as Dawn Shuler discusses the three main purposes of an internship program and how to create a successful outcome. Other podcast episodes mentioned:  Are you purpose driven?, Right people in the right seats, Your people desperately need training, Onboarding new hires, and Do you  send your managers to training?
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Episode 126 – Not my monkey, not my circus

Dawn Shuler recounts an experience as Chief Operating Officer of an organization where various people would try to offload their ideas or problems onto her – or to others.  Her response: “Not my monkey, not my circus.  And when you leave my office, take your monkey with you.” It’s a bit more complex than that.  We want to encourage people to bring us their ideas and solutions.  Better yet, is to empower them to take those ideas and solutions to the next level to actually see the light of day.
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Episode 125 – Positivity vs. Negativity – with guests from MindTeam Solutions

In another of our regular collaborations with our partners from MindTeam Solutions, we discuss the importance of positivity in the workplace. Listen in as Dawn and Mark with The Shuler Group and Sylvia and Josh of MindTeam Solutions explore how important it is to focus on positivity, and not just decrease negativity. Research that it takes four positive experiences to counter a negative one The difference between reducing the negative as opposed to emphasizing the positive Being motivated by fear rather than pursuing pleasure Positivity in teams 75% of of most people’s thoughts are negative – and catching yourself in
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