Episode 170 – Are you willing to communicate?

In a business or professional setting, the best way to get things done correctly and efficiently is through communication. For a business to succeed, communication efforts should be the driving force with whatever situation you’re facing. Not communicating can give out impressions of apathy, callousness, and carelessness. To put it simply, good communication = productivity. For owners, professionals, and/or employees, here’s a couple of questions to ponder on: Do you effectively communicate? Are you proactively making efforts to communicate?  Tune in for another informative episode of the Dawn Shuler When People Thrive, Companies Thrive podcast. Other podcast episodes to reference:
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Episode 169 – Communication is different now

The way we communicate now is very different. With modern technology, the way we communicate from 8 months ago has changed dramatically because of COVID-19. Before, we could lightly knock and poke our heads in a colleague’s office doors; now communication is mostly done digitally, usually in the form of emails, direct messages, text messages, and the like. As a result, much of the way we communicate is forcibly done through writing. So what we can all take away from this? Each person has a preferred way of communicating, and not everyone is suited to communicating through text. A good
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Episode 168 – Energy units, self-care, and compassion

Our lives look far different now than they were about a year ago. If there’s anything to learn from events this year, it’s the crucial importance of self-care. Every day we’re faced with situations that can mentally or physically take its toll. I’ve talked before about energy units and how they’re finite. Some of us wake up with fewer energy units because of what’s going on. The social distancing, staying at home, missing important events from family and friends, all these seemingly little things can add up and drain us. We’re constantly facing circumstances that can take energy units away
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Episode 167 – Interview with Lisa Niser on Financial Health for Employees

It was a delight interviewing Lisa Niser of Taking On Taxes Together. We had an insightful discussion about taxes, finances, and subjects like: Looking at taxes through a different lens Making taxes and finances fun Tax returns are the least important number Managing and understanding taxes better Empowering people by taking control of their finances One reason why I think you should listen to this interview… the in-depth talk about properly handling your taxes,  invaluable information delivered in an accessible and non-intimidating manner. About Lisa Niser Lisa Niser has been doing taxes for 25 years, first with Big Four accounting
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Episode 166 – We’re caught up in the whirlwind

There’s a lot going on…. no denying it.  If we continue on with our fast thinking, we’ll keep responding out of fear.  So how do we combat that? We need to slow down and go to that place of Be, Do, Have… rather than Have, Do, Be.  What would your higher and wiser self do? Can you channel that slower thinking and peaceful self and make decisions from there? Listen in as Dawn Shuler discusses how we get caught up in the whirlwind… as well as how we can disengage from the whirlwind and make decision from a place of
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Episode 165 – You have a voice

If there is anything this recent election has taught us is that we all have a voice.  It’s important that we stand up and share it. That isn’t only true in politics. It’s also true in your organization.  You have a voice. Are you taking advantage of opportunities to use it? Listen in as Dawn Shuler shares instances where people do – and do not – use their voice in their organizations. Special bonus:  a favorite scene from one of Dawn’s favorite movies, The King’s Speech.
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Episode 164 – How do I fit into your movie?

Years ago, I read the book The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.  One concept that greatly impacted me was that each of us is running our own movie in our heads.  In that movie, we are the writer, director, producer, and main star.  Everyone else is a supporting cast member in our movies. Here’s the kicker:  everyone else is also running their own movie in their heads, and we are but supporting cast members in their movies. How do the individual movies impact one another?  Listen in as I share stories and examples as well as how we can
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Episode 163 – Managing good people is easy

A couple of years ago, we were interviewing individual employees as part of our Company Climate Inventory with a client.  During this interview, I asked the gentleman about his strengths and gifts, especially with regard to managing others.  He said, “Managing good people is easy.” “What makes someone ‘good’?” I asked. “Not lazy,” was his response. Is that really all that it is?  Just someone doing their job, and therefore managing that person is effortless? No, it takes more than that.  Listen in as I go a little deeper into defining good managers and good employees. Other podcast episodes referenced: 
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Episode 162 – The scale is relative

During a recent trip to Shenandoah National Park with my husband Mark, we talked about how scales are relative.  For example, the hiking trail guide noted that the particular hike we were doing was “easy.”  Well,  331 feet up, traversing a rock-strewn trail, I begged to differ.  My calves and glutes hurt, and I was huffing and puffing away.  How did I have such a different experience? It’s because the rating scale is relative.  The people who wrote the hiking guide were professional hikers. So, for them, the hike was easy. What does this mean for your company? One employee
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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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