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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Episode 94 – 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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Episode 93 – 4 things managers need to do very well

Did you know that 75% of employees leave because of their boss? That means it’s upon the shoulders of managers and leaders to create an environment where their direct reports don’t want to leave. Dawn Shuler discusses the 4 things managers need to do very well in order not to become a statistic. Other podcast episodes mentioned: Right People in the Right Seats – what it means to your other employees Manage expectations Play to your strengths Take care of your people – corporate social responsibility
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Episode 81 – Are you leaving money on the table?

Employees are both a profit center and a cost center: profit center in that they help bring in revenue, and a cost center in that it costs money to have employees in terms of payroll, benefits, etc.  However, did you know that there may be somewhat hidden and indirect costs associated with employee turnover, lack of employee engagement, productivity, absenteeism, and more?  Listen in as Dawn Shuler shares some shocking statistics on how much money you could be leaving on the table.
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Episode 66 – Feedback – What it Really Is.

We’ve probably heard a lot of the statistics regarding feedback and employee engagement – that the more regular the feedback, the more engaged the employee is.  But what is feedback? Is it simply a pat on the back for a job well-done?  Listen in to today’s episode as Dawn Shuler explores what feedback really is (or what it should be).
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Why employee engagement is something you MUST focus on

Companies don’t really think about employee engagement, or they might think about it, but there is no line item on a budget for employee engagement.  Managers and leaders would say employee engagement is important, but they actually don’t have a sense of how important it is. It’s crucial because if you don’t have employees who are actively highly engaged with your company, then you’ll eventually have employee turnover. Higher employee engagement equals lower employee turnover. Every time you have to hire a person because someone left or you had to fire someone, that costs money. It costs anywhere between 20
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