Episode 203 – What you don’t know about HR could hurt you – Interview with Edgar Ndjatou of Officium

Whoever said HR was boring?! I had an engaging conversation with Edgar Ndjatou, Principal of Officium, which was chock-full of great information.  In listening to this episode, you actually get a roadmap to successfully navigate HR and employment issues. We discussed: The biggest HR challenge facing small businesses The Great Resignation (yes, it’s real) What the healthiest organizations do Trends in hiring and retention The biggest mistake companies make in terms of HR The #1 thing companies can do to attract and retain great talent Make sure you listen in to help you create your hiring and retention roadmap. About
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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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Episode 201 – Star Trek Rockstars

My husband Mark and I are huge fans of the Star Trek franchise, from classic Star Trek all the way to modern films. We’ve recently watched the first of the Star Trek remakes, and it occurred to me that part of the reason Star Trek resonates with me is that the crew members of the starship Enterprise reflect ideal workplace dynamics. Each crew member is outstandingly good at what they do and is willing to go the extra mile to get things done. They’re all Rockstars, and Rockstars make the seemingly impossible challenges possible. Listen in as Dawn talks about
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Episode 200 – Do you have an A Player organization for your A Player people? Interview with Doug Brown of Business Success Factors

I had a stimulating conversation with sales expert and author, Doug Brown of Business Success Factors. As someone who has been working in business since he was three years old (really!), Doug had some great insights.   Here are a few things we covered:  The need for alignment between A Players and A Player environments How you know if you have an A Player organization Biggest mistakes companies make when hiring How magical things happen when you have the ideal team The importance of systematic and strategic processes on an organization in general, even in sales The #1 thing salespeople and
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Episode 199 – Corporate Social Responsibility – Interview with Holly Copeland, senior director of CSR at Horizon Therapeutics

I had an engaging and lively conversation with Holly Copeland, senior director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Horizon Therapeutics. Many organizations believe in giving back to the community, but Horizon started their Corporate Social Responsibility program when the company was not yet profitable.  That’s how important they felt it was to thrive within their community ecosystem.  We discussed: Using Corporate Social Responsibility outcomes in conjunction with the goals of the company The creative lens to create a “buffet” of opportunities to get employees involved The correlation between CSR and employee engagement and positive company culture The importance of employees feeling
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Tell Me When I’ve Done a Good Job

Everyone wants to do a good job; furthermore, everyone wants to be told they are doing a good job. Everybody’s different, and people need different types of encouragement and acknowledgment. For some people, a kind word will go a long way and motivate them to keep performing well. For others, salary is an indicator of a job well done. However, even with a salary that acknowledges their good work, if they aren’t getting those verbal kudos from the manager, team leader, or CEO, they can feel disengaged, simply from not having their work appreciated. Now, this does not mean you
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Episode 198 – Do you have rockstars or rocks on your team?

What makes someone Rockstar? What are the qualities of a Rockstar employee?  Rockstars are A players: the people who have the intangibles, those things that you can’t train. They have the passion, energy, drive, initiative, intent, desire to be better and make the company better. It’s what they walk in the door with. To put it simply, they have the “It” factor.   Listen in as Dawn talk about rockstars in the workplace and the first steps you can take to create your rockstar qualities list. Other podcast episodes mentioned:  Are you an A, B, or C player?, Co-Create, How do
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Do you really know what’s going on?

When we talk with CEOs, presidents, and leaders of organizations, they frequently have one thing in common…. they don’t really know what’s going on deeply in their organizations. They may think they do, or they may suspect they do not. The reality is that it’s impossible to be completely plugged in. Your job as a leader of a company or non-profit is to create the vision, design the strategy to get there, and be the outward face of the organization, among other things. If you have your eyes on the landscape and that 50,000-foot view, you cannot also know what’s
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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 196 – Passive Modeling vs Active Modeling

As a leader, if you want to cultivate a positive culture or behavior, you have to embody and show it… because any kind of culture or behavior naturally comes from the top down.  You have to be a model to your employees and colleagues. You have to be able to walk the walk. There are two ways to embody your workplace culture or behavior: Passive Modeling and Active Modeling. Passive Modeling is when you’re setting yourself as an example; this can be conscious and unconscious. On the other hand, Active Modeling is when you engage people and actively guide them to
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