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Improving Collaboration

The Thoughtful Leader Podcast

Release Date: 02/10/2019

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?

The Thoughtful Leader Podcast

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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Is a Productivity Problem Hurting Your Leadership? show art Is a Productivity Problem Hurting Your Leadership?

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I'm a big believer that effective time management and productivity is one of the foundations of good leadership. Leaders who manage their time poorly have less time for their teams and are not able to focus effectively, resorting to constant fire-fighting. A lot of good productivity comes down to mindset and what you will accept. In this episode, I look at 4 common symptoms which may indicate you have a productivity problem which is hurting your team. Online Course: If you feel as if you could benefit from managing your time more effectively, enrol in the today. I've also added a coaching...

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Leadership Lessons for 2020 show art Leadership Lessons for 2020

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In this episode, I share 5 leadership lessons from my career, with the hope that you can use some of them to help you in 2020 (or any year really...). But the new year is always a good time to take stock, give ourselves a kick and do things differently! Leave a comment below about the lessons, or simply comment on my new podcast graphic or the new intro music! Links: eBook: . Online Course: . Article: .

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Are You Avoiding a Difficult Conversation? show art Are You Avoiding a Difficult Conversation?

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Difficult conversations are unavoidable in leadership if you want to be effective. These conversations could be about performance, behaviour or many other subjects. Without being able to have these conversations, you'll be stuck with conflicts and unmanaged expectations. In this episode, I introduce 3 questions that can help you to spur yourself into action to tackle that hard conversation. Let's face it, you probably already know you should be having the conversation... you just need some help to get started with it! Links: Resource: . Article: .

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Employee Retention: More Than Stopping People Quitting show art Employee Retention: More Than Stopping People Quitting

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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. 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...

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The Perils of Passive Leadership show art The Perils of Passive Leadership

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Passive leadership happens when leaders fail to take action, and it can be a huge problem for teams and workplaces. In this episode, I look at some key examples of passive leadership as well as ways that you can start taking action to avoid them. Passive leaders will make their teams feel like their situation is hopeless, so don't let this happen in your team! Resource: If you feel like you could benefit from greater leadership confidence to start taking the action you know you should be, sign up for the from Thoughtful Leader. Links: Article:  Resource: .

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Collaboration is a necessary part of success in any workplace. Without it, progress is slow, conflict is high and job satisfaction suffers.

In this episode, Ben discusses some ways that leader can improve collaboration in the workplace. After all, why can't we all just get along?