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Employee Retention: More Than Stopping People Quitting

The Thoughtful Leader Podcast

Release Date: 12/15/2019

Why Formal Authority Won't Solve Your Leadership Problems show art Why Formal Authority Won't Solve Your Leadership Problems

The Thoughtful Leader Podcast

Often we dream of being "the boss" and having the authority to make any changes we like. The reality of our workplaces is much different. So much of leadership is about influencing and building rapport with your team and other managers, and formal authority really only gets you part of the way. Being the boss gets your team to listen to you, but they won't willingly follow your lead unless you build rapport, respect and credibility as well. In this episode I talk about formal authority and some of the problems it doesn't solve, and then give some ideas on how you can improve your...

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Tips for Leading Remote Workers show art Tips for Leading Remote Workers

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The working world has been changing over recent years, with more flexible working arrangements and the ability to work remotely. Some online software businesses already operate with an entirely remote workforce and without a head office! With the rise of the Coronavirus pandemic this year, we're now seeing a shift to remote working at a rapid rate. So in this episode, I talk about some of my tips and factors to consider when leading remote teams, so that you can stay productive and keep people involved. Links: Article: Show notes page: .

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High Performers? Or Just Acting Like It? show art High Performers? Or Just Acting Like It?

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As leaders we need to be reinforcing the right behaviours in our teams. We do this by praising or rewarding people for good behaviour and making sure there are consequences for bad behaviours. Likewise, we need to be doing this for performance, too. This means it is really important for us to be aware of what good performance is, and what it isn't. Too often people are rewarded for showing superficial high performance. So in this episode, I cover some of the signs that might show that your people are just trying to appear like they are strong performers... rather than actually demonstrating it...

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The Middle-Management Conundrum - When You Disagree With Senior Management Direction show art The Middle-Management Conundrum - When You Disagree With Senior Management Direction

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Middle Managers sometimes have a pretty tough role. They need to ensure their teams are performing well, while also pleasing their senior management and carrying out their direction. This can be really hard if you disagree with the direction coming from the top, because you need to balance "following orders" with maintaining respect and credibility in front of your team. In this episode, I discuss this tricky situation and talk about some potential options for how to move forward and get a positive outcome... or make a change for the better! Go to the show notes page to sign up for regular...

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Why Leaders Should Do More Planning (and Why They Don't) show art Why Leaders Should Do More Planning (and Why They Don't)

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Planning is an often underrated skill. The reason many people don't care about planning is because when you spend time planning, you don't feel like you're doing anything. When you've got a big project to do, it feels like you should be getting on and delivering things, rather than wasting time planning. However, there is a reason why people say "Measure twice, cut once" and "Failing to plan is planning to fail". In this episode, we cover the key benefits of planning, and why leaders should be doing more of it! Show Links: Article: . Article: . eBook:

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Employee Wellbeing: Is it Important Or Are We Just Ticking a Box? show art Employee Wellbeing: Is it Important Or Are We Just Ticking a Box?

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It's clear that there has been an increase in employee wellbeing programs in our workplaces in recent years. This is a positive step, because a focus on mental health is definitely required, especially where we spend much of our time - at work! However, I've also noticed that these programs will be introduced without the necessarily changes in behaviour that need to go with them. Everything else stays the same - the stress, deadlines and micromanagement. In this episode I discuss what is required to actually make a difference in employee wellbeing, so that we make this more than just a "tick...

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Why Thoughtful Leaders Need the Most Confidence show art Why Thoughtful Leaders Need the Most Confidence

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I believe that Thoughtful Leaders (the ones who lead intentionally and think about the impact of their behaviour on their people) actually need to focus more on building confidence than other leaders. Why? Because Thoughtful Leaders like you have greater empathy for and awareness of the people around them, so they tend to notice the signs if things aren't quite right. And when your team is going through a tough time, highly empathic leaders can feel like turning back, when really they need to keep going. In this episode, I unpack this concept a bit more and give you some tips on how to build...

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The Importance of Consequences for an Effective Workplace show art The Importance of Consequences for an Effective Workplace

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In this episode, I talk about the importance of consequences in the workplace. Sounds scary? It isn't really. Consequences don't have to be all bad, and it's not always about firing people or yelling at them. Sometimes all you need is to show the people in your team that you care, and you're watching. Listen to find out more about how positive and negative consequences can push and pull your people to higher levels of performance. Audiobook: If you would like some help improving the performance of your team, be sure to check out my . It has plenty of tools, techniques and ideas to help you get...

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Are You a Valuable Leader? The Fine Line Between Hurting and Helping Your Team. show art Are You a Valuable Leader? The Fine Line Between Hurting and Helping Your Team.

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In this episode, I look at some situations where leaders are actually hurting their teams... when they might actually think they are helping. Sometimes it can be a fine line between being a valuable leader who helps your team achieve better levels of performance, and just being overhead, actually causing greater problems for your team than you solve. Don't let this happen to you! Come and listen to some of the situations where I've seen leadership go bad, even with the best of intentions. Show Links: Article:  Article: .

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Why Trusting Your People Is Your Best Strategy show art Why Trusting Your People Is Your Best Strategy

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Trust is a huge factor in improving engagement and motivation in your teams. Imagine, your team members feeling like you believe in them ... wouldn't that be nice? In this episode, I talk about why trusting your people is not only a nice thing to do, it also gets better results and builds better relationships with your team members. In other words, you can't afford not to be doing it! And below is the 2 x 2 trust matrix which shows the possible outcomes of choosing to trust and believe in your team... or not: Links: Article: . Simon Sinek Video:

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More Episodes

When it comes to retaining people, all you need to do is to stop them from leaving, right? No, not really.

If all you do is try to keep people from leaving, it's not that hard. But then you run the risk of leading a team of people who are unhappy and unmotivated... but not unhappy enough to leave. I call this the motivation dead zone - you can see the zones pictured below.

Satisfaction Zones 2

In this episode, we look at how to get people out of the Quitting Zone, through the Motivation Dead Zone and into the Satisfaction Zone, through the use of Hygiene Factors and Positive Motivators.

It's the last episode for the year too - I hope you have some time off to spend with loved ones and take a break!

Resource: If you need some more ideas to motivate your team, Thoughtful Leader can help. Check out the Motivating Your Team Audiobook, for tools and techniques to get the best out of your team members.

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