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Innovation: Debating Ideas innovation Aug 17, 2022

We may often think of ideating as synonymous with brainstorming. Yet, I would propose that brainstorming is an incomplete description. We want more than just a list of possible ideas . . . we want to hear different perspectives, see connections and make that list as robust as possible.

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Episode 34: Helping Improve Their Performance communication performance issues podcast Aug 16, 2022

 

If a team member is under performing, what steps can I take to help them improve?”

We all face those moments when someone on our team isn’t performing the way we expected. The reason for underperforming isn’t always what we think it is. What are the steps we need...

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Innovation: Connecting the Dots innovation Aug 10, 2022

A group of people coming together to create forward momentum for the organization can be a complex meeting to facilitate! This is the experience of many nonprofit leaders with diverse constituencies who have “voice” into the momentum you’re trying to build. 

I’ve been...

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Episode 33: Stepping Back to Gain Perspective Aug 09, 2022

"It's been a surprising season in our ministry. Some great things are happening, and we've had a few setbacks, too. How do I step back and gain a little perspective and help my team do the same before we dive into this next season?"

When things are a little busy in life and things are constantly...

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Innovation: Giving Voice to More Expansive Ideas innovation Aug 03, 2022

How do we as leaders go beyond simply generating more ideas and move towards giving voice to a broad range of ideas? It’s easy to inadvertently stunt the ideating process. People can start debating the worthiness of one idea or another too early in the conversation. Stronger voices that are...

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Episode 32: Starting Your New Team Off Right onboarding podcast Aug 02, 2022

My team is pretty new. How do I get a jumpstart on evaluating their capabilities?

This honeymoon stage of a new team is a beautiful thing. A friend of mine recently started a new job and is living on cloud nine with excitement about the work, the role and her team. Everyone around her kept...

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Innovation: The More Ideas the Merrier decision making innovation Jul 27, 2022

Innovation goes beyond simply generating new or more ideas. It’s surfacing ideas, evaluating them, deciding what to try out and assessing what needs to happen to make it better or do it differently. It’s an ongoing process that is at the heart of innovation. 

Ideating on its own...

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Episode 31: Leading Well While Grieving podcast relationships Jul 26, 2022

"How do you lead well while grieving?"

In leadership you will face a variety of different seasons. Sometimes those seasons can be rough, and we will have to walk through grief while also leading well. That’s the focus of our listener’s question today and I am joined by Dr. Michaela...

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Innovation and Decision Making: An Ideal Pairing innovation Jul 20, 2022

I’m sure you’ve heard that necessity is the mother of invention. We experienced it with the “necessity” arising from an unexpected pandemic. We learned new ways of adapting, many of which we unpacked in our Lessons from Leading Remote blog series. 

Now that the...

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Episode 30: Questions - To Ask or Not To Ask communication performance issues podcast team building Jul 19, 2022

Questions are a great way to draw out the great potential with your people: to solve problems, to grow, to perform better. We can use questions as leaders to explore, to listen, to understand. 

You’ve got to ask yourself, though, is there a time where questions are not useful? 

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Make Your Team Magic team building Jul 13, 2022

My heart sank when I read this quote.

“I have no question that a team can generate magic. But don’t count on it.” -  J. Richard Hackman

I have such optimism for teams to work better together. I even put it in the name of my business: Leading Better Together. I think my...

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Episode 29: Making a "No-Win" Decision Jul 12, 2022

The team is split on a decision we need to make. It’s a no-win situation. How can I approach making an “unpopular” decision?

Before I dive into today’s question, let’s talk about what you could do to avoid or minimize those no-win situations.

YOUR PRO TIP: Talk...

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