Author: Jess Dewell

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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Program 74 – Workplace Equality

 Get a roadmap to better understand what your city may be doing in regards to workplace equity AND that your business may be taking action to remove intersectional discrimination through its culture. Sometimes changes takes decades. In the last 100 years, women stepped up and pushed for their right to vote yet today women still make less than men for the same job. Just because some milestones have been met doesn’t mean the work is done. The more we talk about equality for all, the more we can understand what discrimination looks like today and what we can do...

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Program 73 – Power Habits

It starts with choice – recognizing that regardless of the action we take, we can choose something different. The outcomes of power habits are easier to grasp than the purpose of them. We all have natural strengths, yet there are habits we all can add (that develop our weaknesses and stretch our capabilities) to take action with certainty. We choose what habits we make our power habits (not our routines) – skills we use for good. Jessica Dewell discusses Power Habits with Joy Guthrie. Starting The Conversation: What is a power habit and how do you develop them? Why...

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Program 72 – Where We Add Value

However you define value, a leader holds the moving parts (self, team, customers, stakeholders) in a meaningful way that keep the company on mission. See things from a different view includes empathy about what our employees may be thinking and feeling, yet we can’t forget to ask. Ask people about the choices they are making. The relationship of inter department, cross functional teams, and what we (as leaders) can do to remove obstacles to achieve more. Jessica Dewell hosts panelists Simon Barry and Zala Bricelj discuss where we add value to our company. Starting the Conversation: How do we...

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