Episode 149 – Empowerment does not mean perfection

As a manager, you’re expected to manage others, as well as do your own job.  If you’re responsible for an entire team or department, how do you make sure your staff delivers results? Do you micromanage? (No.)  If you empower people to do their jobs, what if they make mistakes? Other podcast episodes referenced:  Are you an A, B, or C player?, Right people in the right seats, and 10 traits of effective leaders
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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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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 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 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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Episode 123 – Why do you have so much employee turnover?

Dawn Shuler describes problems with employee turnover for two organizations:  one organization who has had almost 100% turnover outside their executive team, and another who just resigns itself to the “fact” of constant turnover. Is employee turnover preventable? Absolutely! According to statistics, 75% of employee turnover is preventable (and is NOT tied to compensation). Listen in as Dawn recommends three solutions for solving problems with constant employee turnover. Other podcast episodes referenced:  The Deeper Why, Right People in the Right Seats, and Why employee engagement is something you must focus on
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10 Traits of an Effective Leader

These top 10 traits are according to us here at The Shuler Group, and that work has come from decades of working with companies, businesses, organizations, associations, executives, managing our own teams, team building, leadership development, and really seeing what works and what doesn’t. Four of these traits are internal, and six are external.  See the graphic at the bottom to see how these ten relate to each other. Deeper Why – As far as being an effective leader, the Deeper Why is crucial because people are wired for meaning. They want to feel they’re part of a larger purpose.
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Episode 118 – Bridge the gap

The reason why most services and products exist is because they bridge a gap (except for Apple, which created the gap in the first place – but you’ll have to listen to hear more).  But not just products and services… jobs, roles, and responsibilities in an organization exist because they (should) fill a gap. Beyond just having the right people in the right seats, do the people fulfilling roles in your organization bridge a real gap?  They should.  Listen in to learn more. Other podcast episodes referenced: Gap Analysis, Zone of Genius, Right people in the right seats, and Organizational
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Episode 117 – What is company culture exactly?

While “company culture” is all the rage, what does it mean exactly?  It’s a broad concept, like asking if you had a good or bad childhood. Company culture is “Is this a good or bad company?” Listen in as Dawn Shuler talks about the various factors that affect company culture, as well as the two main shifts that can actually affect and even change company culture. Other podcast episodes mentioned:  What company culture are you creating?, Culture of shame, and Positive company culture isn’t about ping pong tables
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