Episode 182 – You are not the lowest common denominator

A couple of years ago, a magazine I enjoyed reading announced they shifted focus, thus, overhauling their content and a lot of their staff. With that, its quality, in my opinion, has gone downhill. This magazine used to have brilliant content with entertaining articles containing helpful and valuable information. Now, the articles aren’t as dynamic and detailed. I find them quite generic, and there’s not much value in them as before. I then realized why I am no longer drawn to it; they are writing to the lowest common denominator.  When information is conveyed with the lowest common denominator, there’s
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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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Episode 173 – 4 areas of competence

There are four areas of competence: the Zone of Incompetence, Competence, Excellence, and Genius. A brief description of each: the Zone of Incompetence includes areas you’re not good at doing. Zone of Competence are the things that you can do, but you’re inefficient at it. Zone of Excellence are areas you’re very good at, but there’s little desire in doing it. Lastly, the Zone of Genius comprises areas where you excel, but the difference is you have the passion and enthusiasm to do the things you excel in. Identifying and having a better understanding of these areas of competence has
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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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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 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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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 159 – What is the agenda?

A few episodes ago, I talked about a company’s epic failure in customer service.  I’m continuing that story with its next installment.  What is the difference between a dental office and a dental school? Don’t they both deliver dental services to their patients? Yes.  What is different? Well, the desired outcome – the agenda – is different.  This is where the POM (Purpose-Outcome-Method) tool comes in very handy. We all have agendas.  When we’re more transparent around our own desired outcomes, we’re more likely to achieve success.  Problems occur when the outcome – the agenda – is hidden. What is
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Episode 158 – Are you caught up in fast thinking?

My husband Mark and I have been watching a fascinating series on PBS called Hacking the Mind.  In the first episode, they talk about slow thinking vs. fast thinking.  Fast thinking is that knee-jerk, lizard brain, flight or fight response and actions.  Slow thinking is pausing, taking time to reflect on the situation and the bigger picture. We’re finding our clients are struggling with feeling overwhelmed and in that “always on” and “respond now” mode.  As our clients’ consultants and partners, we help them come up with solutions to manage the overwhelm.  Listen in as I share three actions you
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