The way we speak to ourselves is the way we present ourselves to the world. To achieve results from collaboration, there is a self-awareness – self-care habits – that feed our capabilities. When we stall, we have spread ourselves too thin. Jess Dewell talks with Russel Dennis about the importance of working on our own mindset to achieve high business performance.

Starting the Conversation…

How do we build high business performance?

Host: Jessica Dewell
Guest: Russell Dennis

What You Will Hear:

The way we think about collaboration.

The necessary underpinnings for collaboration.

Elements of a transformational leader.

What we cannot delegate (or avoid).

“Successful people take imperfect action.”

Gauge and develop self-awareness… and our superpowers.

What is your part, if any, in a situation.

Assumptions we make impede progress (and the difference between a guess and an assumption).

Shift away from stretched too thin to can be done right now.

Leading starts and ends with us – choose where we learn and make sure we keep learning.

Coaching is part of a manager’s, even a working manager’s, role.

Elements of what creates shared meaning in an organization.

The person who makes the decision has more clout.

Small, powerful, changes cause resistance yet necessary to maximize our productivity.

It’s BOLD to create high business performance.

Notable & Quotable:


Russell Dennis: Collaboration is being able to work together and do what it takes to achieve a larger goal.

Jess Dewell: Look for what thread ties everything together underneath the experience.

Russell Dennis: Transformational leaders have to trust that their people will use the set parameters for success.

Russell Dennis: How you get there is where you leverage the talent and people you bring on board.

Jess Dewell: Leading requires that we embrace ambiguity.

Russell Dennis: We have to be adaptable and flexible in order to adapt conditions to change.

Russell Dennis: Reflect by asking: How do I talk to myself?

Russell Dennis: In general, when pulling in different directions shows up in the results.


Jess Dewell: Take responsibility, when it’s ours to take, for what happens in situations we are in.

Russell Dennis: There is nothing worse than seeing good people that don’t have the dignity to meet their own basic needs when they want to function at a high level.

Russell Dennis: Each one of us has a slightly different lens on what the truth of the situation looks like.

Jess Dewell: The more we know about each other the more we can connect.

Russell Dennis: When you understand that people are more remarkable than they give themselves credit for, you can leverage that.

Jess Dewell: The most critical and overlooked skill of leading: observation.

Russell Dennis: The more we give out, the more we get back because we vibrate at a higher frequency.

Jess Dewell: The outcome of high business performance is income and profitability.

Russell Dennis: Life really starts on the edge of our comfort zone.


Tags: collaboration, transformational leader, vulnerable, values based leadership, strengths, value, creativity, standard, problem solving, prioritizing, compassion