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- On the Engaging Leader podcast, we share communication and leadership principles, and tell stories that illustrate putting those principles into practice.
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Some leaders look at their people, shake their heads, and say, “They can’t get there from here.” Sometimes that’s true. But often the solution is creating a stronger culture, where employees are encouraged and coached to contribute their best thinking.
People are different, and these differences can add value. As a leader, you need to figure out the best ways to leverage the strengths of the human beings on your team.
In part 2 of this conversation with Karin Hurt about her newest book, Courageous Cultures, we talk about dealing with five additional types of people who present a specific challenge:
- Just-Tell-Me-What-to-Do-ers: They consistently just want to be told what to do.
- Just-Do-What-I-Sayers: They are often successful and just want people to line up behind them and do what they’re told.
- Let-Me-Do-My-Thing-ers: They are certain of their direction and methods.
- Silent Wounded: They don’t trust you—and with good reason. They’ve been burned by previous leaders.
- Silent Ponderous: They may be quiet introverts, but they have insights you desperately need.
Karin Hurt is the award-winning author of several books and an Inc. Top 100 leadership speaker. She provides leadership development programs for organizations around the world. A former Verizon Wireless executive, she has over two decades of experience in customer service, sales, and human resources.
Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
- Book: Courageous Cultures
- Idea Inspiration Summit July 23
- Free executive strategy guide to creating a courageous culture
- Idea incubator guide (with pre-ordering)
- Book: Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results–Without Losing Your Soul
- Book: Overcoming An Imperfect Boss: A Practical Guide to Building a Better Relationship With Your Boss
- Online course: Results That Last: 7 Roles Every Manager Must Master
- Website: letsgrowleaders.com
- Twitter: @letsgrowleaders
- Facebook: /letsgrowleaders
- Engaging Leader 135: How to Lead Meetings That Get Results (and That People Want to Attend)
- Engaging Leader 054: Humility and Leadership: How to Teach Confident Humility
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212: Building a Courageous Culture that Facilitates Innovation and Problem-Solving | with Karin Hurt
“Why am I the only one who finds these issues? What’s wrong with my people? Why can’t they see this stuff and fix it?”
If these frustrations sound familiar, you’ll love this conversation with Karin Hurt about her newest book, Courageous Cultures. We talk about building teams of micro-innovators, problem-solvers, and customer-advocates working together. read more…
What barriers do you face? Whether in our personal lives, at work, or in our communities, we all face challenges that can prevent us from reaching our full potential. And the same is true for those you lead.
Dave Shurna joins me to discuss tips from his new book about breaking through barriers of all types, and how to be a servant leader helping break barriers for other people too. read more…
Today I share some reflections about what I’ve been reading, learning, thinking, and practicing over the past few weeks. How can we as imperfect leaders and human beings contribute to helpful solutions, rather than to ongoing conditions of inequality, discrimination, and fear … including the fear of talking honestly about topics like racism?
Psychological safety is a team member’s sense of confidence that the leader and the rest of the team will not embarrass, reject, or punish them for speaking up. They feel safe to take risks, fully contribute, share ideas, and raise concerns – all of which are necessary for an organization to innovate, solve problems, survive, and thrive in today’s economy. read more…
To be a leader who truly engages the hearts, minds, and behaviors of people, you have to authentically connect with them on a human level. You’ve heard the phrase, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
In today’s age of connection, in order for people to trust you, be open to your influence, and be fully engaged in the team’s mission, you must earn their trust by consistently proving that you respect them and care about their whole being, including their dignity, pride, and reputation. read more…
Getting back to normal at work won’t be normal at all. Organizations and leaders will face a new set of challenges as they reopen or continue to operate their companies after COVID-19. I hope to help you navigate the changes to your workplace with a few tips about how to move forward using good communication and clarity.
At most organizations today, the work people do tends to hurt their wellbeing, when it should be making them happier and healthier. A major key to turning this around is helping employees make their work more meaningful … which is all about discovering how they can best contribute. read more…
This episode is picking up where we left off last time in the interview with William Kassler, MD, the Deputy Chief Health Officer for IBM. We’ve been talking about what major companies are doing to support employee mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. So without further ado, let’s find out about some apps and online services that are available to help. read more…