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020: What Your Team Needs to Thrive, Part 6: To Feel Valued

The Bill Perry Show

Release Date: 04/30/2019

048: Appreciation and Employee Engagement with Jennifer McClure show art 048: Appreciation and Employee Engagement with Jennifer McClure

The Bill Perry Show

Today I’m talking with Jennifer McClure, a former executive recruiter and HR executive who offers a wealth of knowledge on the subject of corporate leadership. Jennifer is here to talk to us about developing corporate leaders and the importance of employee appreciation.  

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047: Strategies for Leaders to Enjoy the Holiday Season show art 047: Strategies for Leaders to Enjoy the Holiday Season

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The holiday season is my favorite time of year. I grew up in a great family situation where holidays were marked with extended family time together with good food and great family engagements. However, there is a lot of pressure attached to the holidays. This year, I would encourage you to take a step back and relieve some of that stress during this busy season.

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046: Navigating Change with Charles Weathers show art 046: Navigating Change with Charles Weathers

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Today I welcome friend and business leader, Charles Weathers to the show. I've known Charles for some time, and I've benefited from his extensive knowledge of leadership development.  Charles spends time working with nonprofits and faith-based organizations. He loves working with them because they share his heart for the community. He has worked to help these companies with board development, governance, leadership development and strategic planning. 

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045: Fixing Work with Laurie Ruettimann show art 045: Fixing Work with Laurie Ruettimann

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I am so pleased to welcome Laurie Ruettimann to the show. Laurie had spent many years in human resources leadership and realized she hated her job. She left her position in HR and is now on a mission to fix work. She has some ideas about what is currently wrong with work and some steps we can take to fix those problems; not only in our workplaces but in our lives as well.

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044: Why Leaders and HR Teams Should Consider Podcasting Featuring Danny Ozment show art 044: Why Leaders and HR Teams Should Consider Podcasting Featuring Danny Ozment

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This week I am pleased to have Danny Ozment of Emerald City Productions on the show. Danny is the producer of this podcast and always works hard to make me sound good! Danny and I talk about the creative potential for leaders and human resources teams to utilize the medium of podcasting to drive vision, values and policies through every level of your organization! 

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043: Getting to the Heart of Your Message with Mike Kim show art 043: Getting to the Heart of Your Message with Mike Kim

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It’s my pleasure to have my friend, Mike Kim, on the show this week. Mike is a marketing strategist, and his philosophy is, “Marketing isn’t about closing a sale. It’s about opening a relationship.” As we move through this discussion, you will hear that if you don’t love yourself, you’re not going to manage any other relationship around you.

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042: Putting People First with Mike Vacanti show art 042: Putting People First with Mike Vacanti

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My guest this week is doing amazing things for people and focusing on the dialogue of moving people forward at work. He has recently begun focusing on the value of humans, creating a community known as HumansFirst. One of the things he has identified is that we are in a current leadership crisis. But he has a potential solution for this.

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041: Be Clear, Get Heard! with Steve Woodruff show art 041: Be Clear, Get Heard! with Steve Woodruff

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Today it’s my honor to have a new acquaintance on the show with me. Steve Woodruff has a really interesting title. He is known as the “King of Clarity.” If your organization needs some guidance on getting through all of the “noise” that is out there, this is the episode for you!

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040: Owning Your Story: The Value of Vulnerability with Dr. Michael Hudson show art 040: Owning Your Story: The Value of Vulnerability with Dr. Michael Hudson

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This week it is my privilege to have Dr. Michael Hudson on the show. Michael is a full-time speaker, coach, and consultant. He enjoys working with leaders and teams to build their strategic visions. Today we focus on the importance of being true to yourself to be the most effective leader.

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039: A New Perspective on Leadership and Gratitude with Kevin Monroe show art 039: A New Perspective on Leadership and Gratitude with Kevin Monroe

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This week we are introducing a new concept to the show in which I bring in trusted friends and advisors who have had a positive impact on my life and who, I believe, can be beneficial to you as well. It is my pleasure to welcome Kevin Monroe to the show. Kevin is a business consultant, podcast host, and, as he likes to highlight, a husband, father, and grandfather!  

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To create a healthy company culture, you need to get to know your employees’ needs and wants. We're continuing our podcast series on what your team needs to thrive. This week: your team’s need to feel valued.

In episode 18 we introduced the idea of growing healthier teams as a function of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. In order, they are survival, safety, belonging, importance, and self-actualization. Highly engaged, connected team members become the norm in a culture where an individual’s importance and value are reinforced and celebrated.

There are very few individuals who have the capacity to function at a high level of impact and influence without the support and encouragement of at least a small community of people who cheer for, encourage, and challenge them in their process.

Even those of us who function as independent entrepreneurs need a band of brothers and sisters, a community. That implies that we are willing to know and to be known. With your team, it’s important they know that what matters to them matters to you. It really comes down to a very simple equation: a little time plus empathy equals the communication of importance and value.

We’re introducing a key word to our leadership vocabulary: empathy. As Albert Einstein said, “Empathy is patiently and sincerely seeing the world through the other person’s eyes. It is not learned in school; it is cultivated over a lifetime.”

Empathy and sympathy are different. Sympathy is pity, and it’s not a long-term motivator. Empathy is an understanding and a willingness to share the feelings of others. It says, “That sucks. I am so sorry,” and “What do you need from me?”

I recently worked with a group of young leaders who said the number one behavior they valued in a team was empathy. Empathy communicates value.

How do you integrate empathy in your team? Train your leadership that empathy is a core leadership value. Set the standard that you as a team are going to communicate value and appreciation for every member and that you’re going to do that by expressing genuine trust and empathy.

Integrating empathy, recognition, and appreciation into your engagement strategy must be intentional and consistent in order to get the return on investment. Whatever you do, don’t try this simply as one more strategic initiative. If empathy and appreciation feel insincere, your team will pull back, become self-protective, and disengage.

If we want people to love their work, we’re going to have to love the people. In the workplace, love values others. It’s a deep appreciation, respect, and dignity for another. Start today by extending sincere empathy and offering recognition and appreciation for their contributions.

If you take care of your people, they will take care of your clients and your business.

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Healthy cultures should be a pressure relief for leaders: Drama is reduced, confusion is diminished, accountability improves, and the team focuses on results, not personal agendas.

If this sounds like heaven to you but you often find yourself doing a slow burn in hell, let’s talk.

We offer a great diagnostic tool to determine the strengths and liabilities in your organization. It’s a relatively pain-free process by which we obtain feedback from your team members to identify the roadblocks and blind spots in your pursuit of a healthy team.

Connect with me for a free, complimentary conversation about our process. It won’t cost you more than 30 minutes of your time to find out if some feedback would be valuable for you and your team.

If you haven’t already, we’d love your feedback on the show. Go to iTunes, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast platform and leave some love.

Till next week: “better you, better team, better business, better life.”