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Why the Grinch Stole Christmas with Grant Wenburg

Voice of Influence

Release Date: 12/23/2020

182: Cultivating an Innovation Mindset with Vital Germaine show art 182: Cultivating an Innovation Mindset with Vital Germaine

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What are the core values for an effective leader to keep in mind, especially when facing massive changes that impact business? Vital Germaine joins us to discuss what it means to have an Innovative Mindset that unlocks the best in your team.

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181: Healing for Yourself and Your Organization After a Narcissist Leaves show art 181: Healing for Yourself and Your Organization After a Narcissist Leaves

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What does it take for an individual or organization to recover from a narcissist’s impact?  Andrea gives some final thoughts about why it’s vital to engage in honest reflection instead of a rush to “recover normalcy,” as we wrap up our series on Dr. Chuck DeGroat’s book WHEN NARCISSISM COMES TO CHURCH.

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180: Recovering from Narcissism's Bite with Dr. Chuck DeGroat show art 180: Recovering from Narcissism's Bite with Dr. Chuck DeGroat

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What are the signs of a toxic leader and an unhealthy organization? What does it take to recover from the impact of a narcissistic leader? Dr. Chuck DeGroat sat down for an interview with Andrea last summer to discuss his book When Narcissism Comes to Church, and we’re re-airing this insightful conversation.

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179: The Lure of the Narcissist show art 179: The Lure of the Narcissist

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How is it that narcissistic leaders seem to be so good at gaining a following?  And why is it important to look at the systems that support such leaders instead of just assuming that the unhealthy leader is the sole source of the problem?  We are re-visiting the important topic of dangerous leadership dynamics and how they impact organizations as we take another look at Dr. Chuck DeGroat’s interview from last summer in which he and Andrea discussed his book When Narcissism Comes to Church.

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178: Influencing Change by Using Your Voice in Your Way show art 178: Influencing Change by Using Your Voice in Your Way

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Are you living in alignment with your voice, your calling, your mission? How can comparison with others be beneficial as long as it doesn’t lead to judgment?  Andrea discusses some vital factors that can help us to live in alignment with our unique contribution to the world and to make a deep and lasting impact on the issues that we care about.

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177: Find Your Cause, Your Calling, and Your Courage, with JeNae Johnson show art 177: Find Your Cause, Your Calling, and Your Courage, with JeNae Johnson

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As the founder and CEO of CTM Unlimited and Director of Fascinate in 3D, JeNae Johnson shares her journey of innovatively aligning her skills, experience, and passion to create strategic action in addressing problems involving workplace equity. Join us to gain greater clarity about how your gifts can be leveraged for the changes you long to see take place.

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176: Actions You Can Take When You Don't Feel Aligned at Work show art 176: Actions You Can Take When You Don't Feel Aligned at Work

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How do we harness our passion on behalf of our purpose instead of being overwhelmed by it in a way that undermines our mission? As we begin a new podcast series, Andrea looks at the importance of having a vision for oneself, making careful preparation, and determining to initiate action in order to live in alignment with our calling. 

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175: Advocating for Yourself While Championing Others show art 175: Advocating for Yourself While Championing Others

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How can individuals who approach a challenge from different perspectives leverage their differing strengths to work toward a goal collaboratively?  Andrea takes another look at the importance of balancing diverse perspectives and respecting the gifts and contributions of others, while engaging conflict with self-awareness so that we can remain aligned in our team objectives.

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174: Using Kolbe to Function Well as a Team with Jen Heins show art 174: Using Kolbe to Function Well as a Team with Jen Heins

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Kolbe Certified Consultant and Youth Specialist Jen Heins shares with us how understanding the specific ways we and those with whom we work take action when faced with a project can make us more successful at meeting our team goals. Whether it’s owning the best way for you to approach a problem or gaining a better understanding of why someone else needs to handle things differently, your team will have less friction when there’s an appreciation for, instead of a frustration with, diverse perspectives. 

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173: Finding Gratitude for 2020 show art 173: Finding Gratitude for 2020

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As we close the door on 2020 and cross the threshold of 2021, I address the gifts that we can gain from seasonal transitions and look at what we can gain from letting go.     What can you look back on with gratitude? What did you learn?  Are there successes you can celebrate?  How have you emerged from this year stronger for what you’ve experienced? What things can be released to make space for new opportunities? Join me as we wrap up this year and kick off a new series!

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Have you ever wondered why the Grinch stole Christmas? Our son’s 5th 

grade teacher, Mrs. Brennan, posed this question to kids in the class and asked them to write a persuasive essay about why they believe the Grinch is either evil or misunderstood.

On the Voice of Influence podcast one of the key questions we explore is why are people the way they are? How can we motivate others who may be closed off to us?

Though Grant’s essay doesn’t go on to suggest how to approach the Grinch, it does give one food for thought. Perhaps there is a physiological or psychological reason for the Grinches among us. 

Here is Grant Wenburg with his essay, “A Small Heart.”