Your people desperately need training to develop crucial skills

I’ve talked before about the crucial need for skills, not technical skills or coding skills or even trade labor skills. Those can all be taught and learned through courses and programs. The training I’m talking about is what we traditionally label “soft skills.” Jeff Wiener, CEO of LinkedIn, continuously talks about the need for those soft skills, and how they’re critical in our ever-changing landscape. These skills include oral communication, written communication, team building, leadership, and time management. 92% of employers say that skill shortages is negatively affecting productivity, employee satisfaction, and turnover. In addition, less than 40% of Millennials
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Episode 176 – 7 Creator Personality Types

In a successful professional or business setting, each individual is designated to their role based on their strengths, qualifications, and creativity. Good team dynamics is essential in maximizing your team’s productivity, and their Creator Personality types are a good indicator of their place on the team. In my years working as a coach and consultant for individuals, teams, and organizations, I have identified the 7 Creator Personalities: The Planner The Storyteller The Divinely Inspired The Muller-Dreamer The Doodler-Storyboarder The Mirror The Maximizer. Listen in as Dawn gives us a more detailed breakdown of each Creator Personality type, their strengths, their
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Creating a Strengths-Based Culture

To be successful, you need to play to your strengths, and the people in your organization need to play to their strengths as well.  All this as opposed to boosting your weaknesses because  of the traditional “weaknesses are  your biggest area of growth and opportunity” drivel that shows up in old-style employee evaluations. Your biggest area of growth and opportunity is really to focus and maximize your strengths. It’s about creating a strengths-based workplace, creating a strengths-based culture. When you do that, you create a winning culture because when you have that strengths-based workplace, it’s transformational. That type of culture
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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 160 – Team Different

Listen in as Dawn and Mark Shuler discuss the advantages of deliberately surrounding one with those who are different.  Different perspectives, personalities, values, and strengths are crucial for an organization to thrive and, possibly, to survive.  Differences are a key component to innovation, adaptation, and creativity. Some interesting highlights: Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet Apple’s “break-it” department Gallup’s leadership research on the most successful leaders – and their teams “We’ve always done it that way” “If it ain’t broke, break it” Other podcast episodes referenced: Play to your strengths Image by Stux
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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 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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10 Traits of an Effective Leader

These top 10 traits are according to us here at The Shuler Group, and that work has come from decades of working with companies, businesses, organizations, associations, executives, managing our own teams, team building, leadership development, and really seeing what works and what doesn’t. Four of these traits are internal, and six are external.  See the graphic at the bottom to see how these ten relate to each other. Deeper Why – As far as being an effective leader, the Deeper Why is crucial because people are wired for meaning. They want to feel they’re part of a larger purpose.
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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 115 – You gotta have skin in the game

Any time you enter into an engagement – providing a service or product – there is the need for trust on both sides.  Company A decides to pay Company B to provide a service.  Who blinks first?  Basically, you gotta have skin in the game, some kind of collateral. Other podcast episodes referenced:  What company culture are you creating? Positivity in teams, and Strengths-based workplace
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