Author: Jess Dewell

Program 82 – Pursuit of Clear Priorities

If you’ve ever been stuck in a mode of the grass is always greener you might have a bad habit of pursuing the wrong things – instead of clear priorities. When we know what the goal is, we can adapt based on that goal. However, it tends to be more muddled than that and we take tangents, second guess, and take action to see motion (and we are standing still). Recognizing where we are unclear, where deviate out of habit – some sort of fear – is easy. Jess Dewell hosts Jennifer Goldman and Iva Ignjatovic to discuss the...

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Trust and Influence

The following is a transcription of Voice of Bold Business Radio Program 62: Trust and Influence Program Notes Can be Found Here. Transcript of Program 62 – Trust and Influence Jess: You are listening to The Voice of Bold Business Radio and I am your host Jess Dewell of Red Direction. You are listening to ‘Trust and Influence’. On this program of Voice of Bold Business we really are talking about trust and influence, and what came out of it was something that maybe you know as well as Adam and Tom know, which is, trust underlies everything that...

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Program 81 – Give Control to Get Control

There are patterns, when we choose to see them, that help us communicate and its through communication we build trust by giving control to get control. Written goals and mutually agreed upon expectations are the basis for working on any project. Everyone knows how to show up, what skills they need, and rules of engagement working together.  Business leaders that lead by example extend trust first. Jess Dewell and Iva Ignjatovic discuss what’s behind the concept give control to get control. Starting the Conversation: How can we stand out, without knowing what another expects of you, at the beginning of...

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Program 80 – Recognize Burnout

What if burnout comes down to a set of unmet expectations and as leaders its up to us to watch, look, and listen for unmet expectations? There are many resources that talk about signs of burnout. In an organization, in any business or institution, the culture sets us up for personal failure or success. Personal failure in this case is individual perception. When we decide our expectations are no longer met (no one understands us or our effort goes unrecognized – naming just two) things change. Immediately. We can support our teams by communicating our expectation and how we...

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Program 79 – Maximize Scarce Resources

Scarce resources and collaboration can create better than expected results, when we learn who we are and the role we play to support others and do our own work. To maximize scarce resources and leverage them to the fullest takes courage and integrity. When we know what problem we solve we can rally our team to find the resources to get it done. And, with practice we get to the outcome sooner with the results we want. Jessica Dewell hosts panelists Kyle Brown and Howard Strauber. Starting the Conversation: We are all tasked with doing more (results) with less...

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Program 78 – Elephants in the Conference Room

Communication problems present themselves through a variety of symptoms, and when we don’t recognize or do anything about it those symptoms grow into elephants in our conference rooms. The concept of everyone getting along all the time is false. It’s the skill sets of the team that indicate where communication problems will (and already do) exist. One role of leader to recognize and hold the teams objectives and bring disagreements, ideas, and friction together to achieve the common goal. What happens when business leaders don’t do that are elephants in the conference room. Listen in on Jessica Dewell and...

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Program 77 – Steady Innovation

Innovation is an ongoing process and when we, business leaders, keep moving forward without reflection and intentional work on where the business is going … we fall out of innovation. Innovation is all about thinking. Thinking about what to change now, what might happen and how we can serve our customers when it does. Every business, of every size, benefits from thinking about strategy at the highest level and how every initiative and what is done to achieve outcomes is on purpose. Jessica Dewell hosts panelists Jim Katzaman and Steve Dodd to discuss steady innovation. Starting the Conversation: How...

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Program 76 – Know When To Grow

How we approach at a challenge we face in the moment must include what life will be like when this challenge is over. Growth, personal and business, stem from self awareness and how we show up. It’s how we talk to ourselves, communicate with others, and our ability to solve our own problems. Success comes from completing our goals – realistic and with clear measurement – so we know we are on track, get to the finish line by completing them, and celebrating and learning from the journey. Jessica Dewell hosts panelists Zala Bricelj and Howard Strauber and their...

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Program 75 – Change Makes Us Nervous

Sometimes we must keep our mouth closed and assess a situation so we know what we are facing – do we fight, do we flee, do we take action (and what are our motives for taking action? Destructive behaviors come from our reactions. The HOW we deal and WHAT we choose to deal with. Stress runs rampant in our US society, and we’re beginning to recognize and deal with it. To choose action – facing the fight or flight response with increased personal awareness. Jessica Dewell talks with Melanie Greenberg about why change makes us nervous. Starting the conversation…...

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