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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Episode 124 – Why Joe Montana is the best quarterback ever

With Superbowl LIV looming as the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs get ready to do battle, Dawn and Mark Shuler reminisce about the prowess of legendary quarterback, Joe Montana (who, of course, played for both teams).  Is it his athletic prowess that makes him the best? Or something else? Listen in as Dawn and Mark discuss what made Joe Montana the amazing quarterback he was, and how that can be applied to leaders here and now. Other podcast episodes referenced: Right people in the right seats
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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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Episode 122 – Do you send your managers to training?

Do you know that 75% of the causes of employee turnover are preventable? A Gallup poll of more 1 million employed U.S. workers concluded that the #1 reason people quit their jobs is because of a bad boss or immediate supervisor. Those 75% of workers who voluntarily left their jobs did so because of their bosses and not the position itself. Often, a person is made manager because he or she excelled in his/her position as a highly skilled producer. But being a great programmer, sales person, or copywriter does not necessarily translate into being a great manager. Ideally, organizations
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Episode 121 – Change your perspective – create an exchange program

When I recently visited Texas for my high school reunion, I observed the differences in relationships, culture, and environment, and I had some epiphanies regarding how we relate to one another, how we operate, and how others do things differently. What if we created an exchange program to really understand the differences (and value) of other departments and even other organizations?
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Episode 120 – What radio station are you tuned into?

The din is all around us. “Be more, do more, have more.  You’re not doing enough.  You’re not donating enough. Your kids aren’t smart enough. Do more, Do More, DO MORE!” It’s as if there are radio stations playing all these messages – and LOUD.  Which ones are you tuned into? Do you  have a choice? What if you created your own radio station? Listen in as Dawn Shuler discusses the importance of shutting out the blaring noise and creating our own channel. Other podcast episodes mentioned:  Are you counteracting the din?
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Episode 119 – Interview with Christina Major, professional copywriter, with another take on Right People in the Right Seats

When we think of Right People in the Right Seats, we often assume we’re talking about full-time employees and staff.  However, the right person to fill the right seat might not be an actual employee; it could be a subcontractor or freelancer.  The same “rules” apply:  the right person is the one who aligns with the organization’s core values, mission, and goals, and the right seat means that the person is well qualified and skilled to do the task. Professional copywriter Christina Major talks about how to determine the right person in the right seat when you’re hiring contractors and
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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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