Episode 103 – The real question you want to ask

You survey your employees. You ask them if they have job satisfaction, if they’re professionally challenged, if they can see themselves at your company in the next three years. But that’s not the real question you’re really asking. Listen in to today’s episode as Dawn Shuler reveals what you really want to know. Other podcast episodes referenced:  What do your employees really think about working at your company? and The right people in the right seats
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Episode 102 – Imbalance is a premeditated resentment

While Dawn Shuler had previously debunked expectations being premeditated resentments, in today’s episode, she talks about how imbalance is actually premeditated resentment, because if you don’t bring it into balance, the continued imbalance will cause resentment (or other problems). She discusses the two steps to take to correct imbalance, as well as the 7 capacities to explore to help bring in balance and maintain it. Previous podcast episodes mentioned:  Manage expectations and Environmental Fit.
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Episode 101 – Just one small effort

We often think we have to perform Herculean efforts in order to make significant progress or effect “real” change. Listen in as Dawn Shuler talks about the huge difference just a small change or effort can make. She also shares the valuable sales velocity equation, which mathematically proves the great effect of small effort. Resources referenced:  TAS Group (Altify) and Compound Effect by Darren Hardy.
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Episode 100 – Take a look back

Join us for the 100th episode of the People Thrive, Companies Thrive podcast! With our focus on forward motion, we tend to forget what we’ve created and the successes we’ve had, and, therefore, we lose the opportunity to continue to learn from those successes and apply new knowledge. Other podcast episodes mentioned:  Forward motion and Play to your strengths
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Are you playing the long game?

If you were asked this question, you probably answer, “Of course, I’m playing the long game!” but are you really?  How far ahead are you looking? Are you taking the easy way out? Are you paying attention to trends?  Are you adjusting your goals, objectives, and strategies? Listen in to today’s episode as Dawn Shuler discusses concrete examples of what you need to be considering in order to play the long game.
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What your communication says about your organization

If you were to do an inventory of the last 10-50 communications to your team, department, company, organization… would they be positive or negative?  In today’s episode, Dawn Shuler makes the connection between an organization’s communication and its culture (whether it’s the culture they intended or not). Other episodes referenced:  A culture of shame, Good leaders communicate, and What company culture are you creating?   Want to improve your culture and/or your communication?
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The 3 most empowering questions

In a situation that could potentially be fraught with contention and conflict, there are 3 questions you can ask that are not only non-threatening, but also empower both parties.  Listen in for those 3 powerful and empowering questions. Other podcast episodes referenced:  Co-create
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The curse of the treadmill

While treadmills for exercise in real life can be great, they’re not very helpful in getting somewhere.  In today’s Dawn Shuler discusses what it looks like for an individual, coworker, team, or even an organization to be stuck on a treadmill with the dangerous thinking that each step is actually getting them somewhere. Other podcast episodes mentioned:  Top 5 books you must read and Forward motion.
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What do the most effective leaders do?

Gallup asked this question to over 10,000 people… Why do you follow the most influential leader in your life?  Gallup discovered three common traits among the most effective leaders. Other podcast episodes referenced:  Zone of Genius, Play to your strengths, 4 things managers need to do very well
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You have to earn engagement

“You can buy a person’s time; you can buy his physical presence in a given place; you can even buy a measured number of skilled muscular motions per hour. But you cannot buy enthusiasm. You cannot buy loyalty. You cannot buy the devotion of hearts, minds, and souls.  You have to earn those things.” ~ Clarence Francis, former Chairman of the Board of General Foods. You want discretionary effort vs. obligatory effort.  What are the 3 needs that trigger discretionary effort? Other podcast episodes referenced:  Collaborative employee engagement model
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