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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Episode 141 – Jack, be nimble. Jack, be quick.

With the Coronavirus epidemic, we’re having to shift and adapt rapidly, more so than ever before.  At the same time, many of us are finding we don’t have as much energy as we’re used to, yet we still might be expecting the same level of productivity. Honestly, right now, that’s just not possible. Listen in as Dawn Shuler shares a helpful concept to understand our shifting and waning energy levels – and what to do about them. Other podcast episodes referenced:  Navigating turmoil, Crisis and compassion, and Are you counteracting the din?
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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 139 – Navigating turmoil

We are in unprecedented times where things are changing, not just on a daily basis, but sometimes an hourly basis.  And then there is the emotional component.  There’s general worry and tension.  Some people are separated from their families.  None of us knows what to expect. Things are constantly shifting, and we’re having to adapt.  That takes its toll. So what about our organizations and businesses… how do we navigate these turbulent waters?  How can we position ourselves (and our businesses) so that we come out the other side stronger than before? We can choose to sink in fear into
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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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Episode 137 – You must respond. You must communicate.

Now is the time that your customers, clients, prospects, and markets need to hear from you.  In the absence of communication, especially in these times, people turn to fear.  So, if you don’t communicate, then they’ll wonder what you’re hiding or what horrendous thing is on the horizon. What do you communicate? What is your response to this situation we’re experiencing right now? What do your customers, clients, employees, and staff need to know? What do they need to hear from you? What is changing? What is not changing? Listen in as Dawn Shuler shares what some other organizations are
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Episode 136 – Beyond the knee-jerk reaction

In the throes of Coronavirus, we’re seeing (and experiencing sometimes as well) knee-jerk reactions.  Buy as much toilet paper as possible.  Restrict any unnecessary spending.  Restrict all spending.  Don’t take that new job.  Don’t pursue the new opportunity.  Yell at other people who aren’t doing what you think they should. Our knee-jerk reactions are completely normal.  They are a result of our instinctive natures (lizard brain) trying to keep us safe.  The problem is that in times of crisis, we stay in that mode, which is not good for us. Listen in as Dawn and Mark Shuler talk about how
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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 134 – Crisis and Compassion

Weeks before the Coronavirus was the topic of every single conversation, my daughter had an incident that put us in immediate (temporary) crisis mode.  What I realized was that crisis, and one’s instinctive reaction to it, is like the undertow or current that can sweep one away.  And once you’re in the current, it can be awfully hard to extricate one’s self.  Listen in as I share four strategies to deal with crisis or a strong current on any level. Other podcast episodes referenced:  Reactive vs. Proactive and Proactive vs. Reactive revisited
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