Author: Jess Dewell

Program 41 – Say Goodbye to Excuses

Excuses surround us. The more we give them, the more normal it becomes. Sometimes excuses are explained away as rationalizations. When the explanations we give ourselves contradict what others experience and feel, our relationships are at risk. Our credibility is at risk. It’s bold to accept responsibility and actively choose what to do in each situation we meet. It is bold to own the outcomes (good or bad) because they are a result of our choice. Jessica Dewell hosts a discussion with Geoffrey X Lane and Tom Rhodes to explore: What is an excuse and how do you identify...

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Program 40 – Remain Relevant

The better we become at problem solving, the more likely we will find The right decision with imperfect information and still get desired results. Ambiguity is part of being a leader and how we watch for, communicate and work with unknown unexpected and difficult situations. When it comes to relevance, our actions matter more than our accomplishments because people look to leaders (and decide to trust them, or not) based on the way a leader shows up. A shared meaning of what contribution looks like, what the big team goal is, and how the team interacts with each other...

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Program 39 – How Responsibility Adds Value

This program busts the myth that responsibility has no place in business. It shifts the focus from what happens outside of us (that is not in our control) and puts it right where it must be: inside of us (because we can control our own responses and actions). When we focus our attention and energy to our choices and the action we take responsibility. It’s not easy, and this program is filled with tips and experiences that are useful to every leader. Host Jessica Dewell talks with Meridith Elliott-Powell, author of “Own It – Redefining Responsibility.” Starting the conversation…...

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Program 38 – Thrive on Stress and Deadlines

Knowing our priorities – our real priorities – and deciding what we can do sets the tone of each day, which turns in each week, which turns into each month. Time goes by, and there are always external pressures: family obligations, work tasks that keep us on track for the next promotion, and our own personal goals. When we actively work on emotion management, create our own structures and routines, and make sure to feed our creativity stress no longer is a bad word. Deadlines don’t lurk around every corner. And we can thrive on that. Jessica Dewell hosts...

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Program 37 – Challenges of Remote Teams

Freelance, remote teams, outsourced services all are part of today’s business. How we interact and collaborate with them will directly relate to the results. The more candid, open, and focus on collaboration – the higher the results. Just like the team you have surrounding you, in your office, relationship matters. The challenges (and mistakes) of remote teams are also the benefits. Listen to Jessica Dewell and Kelly Hungerford discuss remote teams and the opportunities that specialized collaborators can add to your business. Starting the conversation… The risks of remote teams are also the benefits! Know priorities. Develop team –...

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Program 36 – Today’s Action

Whether we’re talking about self awareness (which includes putting things back where you found them, clean up your own mess, and watch for people/bikes/cars when in the world), or we are practicing responsibility (play fair, say you’re sorry when you hurt someone, don’t take things that aren’t yours)…we impact our own life AND the lives of others. From how we take action to when we take vacations, today’s Leader’s Discuss panel hosted by Jessica Dewell will answer the question: What do you do today that your future self will thank you for? The panel: Christine L Bowen, Geoffrey X...

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Program 35 – Purposeful Yes

When we are busy and our schedules are full make it hard to pause and look at our goals. Look at when our intention (the goals we set) match our action (what problems we are solving). The only way to reflect, measure, and assess progress is by making time to think about it. Jessica Dewell and cohost Tanya Bourque discuss a Purposeful Yes. Starting the conversation… Say YES with purpose Use personal values, company values, and the mission. Contribute for most impact. Host: Jessica Dewell Cohost: Tanya Bourque What You Will Hear: Timeless, tried and true. How is what...

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Program 34 – Lead With Dreams

In addition to being a First Lady, Eleanore Roosevelt served at the United Nations, focusing on human rights and women’s issues and She worked on behalf of the League of Women Voters. Like any leader, she had people that disliked her and people that loved her. Her impact still is felt today through her words and the roles she modeled. Jessica Dewell hosts this Leader’s Discuss panel featuring Debra Oakland and Lori King. Starting the Conversation… “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanore Roosevelt Dreams and leadership, they are intertwined. Host:  Jessica...

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Program 33 – Unexpected & Adaptable

Responsiveness directly correlates to long term strategy and success. Adaptiveness is about being present in the moment and adjusting to what is. Action is the core. We act, and then we can plan (responsiveness). The more of those things we have (preparation, knowledge, and understanding) the easier it can be to adapt. Jessica Dewell hosts Carmen Rojas and Iva Ignjatovic are this programs Leaders Discuss panel. They answer and discuss: How do you prepare for unexpected problems out of your control and plan to be adaptable? Starting the conversation… Responsiveness versus Adaptiveness. How do you prepare for unexpected problems...

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