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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.
  • The Workforce Health Engagement podcast explores strategies to improve your employees’ health and productivity — and to protect your bottom line.

208: Saving Face: How to Preserve Dignity and Build Trust | with Maya Hu-Chan


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…

WHE35: Coronavirus – Apps & Tech for Employee Mental Health | with William Kassler from IBM


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…

WHE34: Coronavirus – Supporting Employee Mental Health During a Pandemic | with William Kassler from IBM


This is part 1 of a two-part interview. Part 1 originally aired on our Engaging Leader podcast as episode 206 and is re-airing here as episode 34. Part 2 is exclusive to this Workforce Health Engagement podcast. So if you’ve already heard part 1, feel free to skip ahead to episode 35 for part 2, about Apps & Tech for Employee Mental Health During the Coronavirus Crisis.

Join my conversation with the Deputy Chief Health Officer at IBM, with a 350,000-person global workforce, about measures that major companies are taking during the COVID-19 pandemic, including recommendations for employee mental health. read more…

204: The Role of Men in Tackling Gender Inequality at Work | with Michelle King, Netflix’s Director of Inclusion


When men are actively involved in gender diversity efforts, 96% of organizations report progress, compared to only 30% when men are not involved.

However, many men don’t feel equipped to play any role in inclusion and equity. For some men, the traditional model of masculinity steers men away from talking about emotional topics (except to rant about sports or politics). And other fears get in the way too, such as the possibility of saying something “wrong,” and being labeled as sexist or discriminatory despite their good intentions. What’s a guy to do? read more…

Take THAT, COVID-19! Tips for Workforce Communication

First of all, take a deep breath. While you might be scurrying now to make decisions and get the messages out, helping your team navigate the coronavirus outbreak is not going to be a one-and-done communication event. This is an emerging issue with details that change daily. You’ll be keeping your workforce informed about the topic for weeks, if not months. It’s important to stay thoughtful and persistent. read more…

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