Get More Done by Increasing Your Happiness
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What if you could become more effective and more fulfilled in your work at the same time? Turns out it’s far from impossible. 

In this conversation with JJ Sutherland, CEO of Scrum, Inc., you’ll hear how changing the way you view your work will increase your happiness AND enable you to do twice the work in half the time.


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The Modern Manager: Create and Lead Successful Teams
The Modern Manager: Create and Lead Successful Teams
Mamie Kanfer Stewart
126: Energize and Empower Your Team with John Eades
As managers, we’d do well to remember that we succeed when our people succeed. It’s not always easy to know how we need to adjust our behavior - by stepping in or getting out of the way - but when you get it right, your people can truly flourish and accomplish great things. Today’s guest is John Eades. John is the CEO of LearnLoft, Author of Building the Best, and host of the Follow My Lead Podcast. John and I talk about how to connect purpose to your work, no matter what industry or function you work in, how to support your team members through their role development by providing the right support style at the right times, how to get past your own fears so your teammates can really flourish and when to let go because you can’t make someone else succeed if they don’t want to. Members of The Modern Manager community get access to Learn Loft’s Leadership Styles quiz that will help you better understand your style and their Mastering the Mighty Skills toolkit so you can elevate your leadership. To learn more about membership and to join, go to Subscribe to the Modern Manager newsletter to get episodes, articles and free mini-guides delivered to your inbox. Read the related blog article: Three Steps To Creating An Empowered Team Key Takeaways: * People persevere because of purpose, not pay. When you connect your team to a cause, you breathe life into them. * Look for creative ways to show your team the impact or results they are contributing to. When possible, make it about the customers not just the business. * Leadership is someone whose actions inspire, empower, and serve others. * One of the biggest mistakes managers make is thinking they can just hire great people and get out of the way. We all need somebody else to challenge us in order to go beyond what we think we're capable of. * There are four stages of development for an employee in a given role. It’s important to establish where each person is on their development journey so you can match their autonomy and responsibility with their readiness. * If you give too much autonomy or responsibility too soon, you risk the person failing or being overwhelmed. If you wait too long, you risk the person losing confidence or becoming bored. * What you tolerate, you encourage. If your people are struggling, consider how your actions or inactions are impacting their ability to succeed. * Managers need to detach themselves from the outcome. You can do everything to inspire and develop your team, but at the end of the day, they choose how much they want to try. * According to the 80-10-10 principle, about 10% of your workers will be low performers, 80% are in the middle, and 10% are top performers. Young managers tend to focus on the bottom 10%. Instead, invest in helping the middle 80% get to the top. KEEP UP WITH JOHN * Website: * Book: * Podcast: * LinkedIn:
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How to Be Awesome at Your Job
How to Be Awesome at Your Job
Pete Mockaitis
618: Finding Greater Clarity Amid Uncertainty with Jodi Hume
Jodi Hume shares decision-making strategies for finding greater clarity whenever you’re stuck.  — YOU’LL LEARN —  1) What to do when every decision seems overwhelming  2) Two best practices for sorting through tough decisions  3) Powerful questions to surface hidden roadblocks  Subscribe or visit for clickable versions of the links below.  — ABOUT JODI —  After a 15-year career as COO of a growing architecture firm, Jodi Hume shifted gears and has made a name for herself over the last decade providing on-call decision support and facilitated leadership conversations for startup founders, corporations, entrepreneurs and executives. Each week, she also hosts So, Here’s My Story… a business podcast of real stories with poignant take-aways and plenty of humor. She’s the lead singer for The Wafflers – and if you ask nicely, she might tell you about the time she won 1st place in a Truck Pull.  • Jodi’s website:  • Jodi’s website:  • Jodi’s podcast: So, Here's My Story...  • Jodi’s LinkedIn: Jodi Hume  — RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THE SHOW —  • Tool: Miro  • Tool: Mural  • Book: Winning with Accountability: The Secret Language of High-Performing Organizations by Henry Evans  — THANK YOU SPONSORS! —  • Build your team’s learning library–the fast and fun way–with  • Four Sigmatic. Enhance your productivity and your coffee at
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Coaching for Leaders
Coaching for Leaders
Dave Stachowiak
497: The Way Into Difficult Conversations, with Kwame Christian
Kwame Christian: Negotiate Anything Kwame Christian is the Director of the American Negotiation Institute and business lawyer at Carlile Patchen & Murphy. His popular TED talk is titled Finding Confidence in Conflict. Today, he’s working extensively with organizations to help them improve their skills on negotiation and conflict resolution. Kwame hosts the top negotiation podcast, Negotiate Anything and is the author of the book Finding Confidence in Conflict: How to Negotiate Anything and Live Your Best Life*. Key Points Use the compassionate curiosity framework: Acknowledge and validate emotions Get curious with compassion Joint problem solving If a difficult situation needs to be discussed, giving a heads up to the other party in advance helps them to work through the initial, emotional reaction and reset for a more productive conversation. Separating conversations about the content or service being offered from the deal itself can be useful to focus energy in the right places at the right time. This is especially useful for creative folks or those who might be highly sensitive to negotiations. When dealing with someone who is not behaving well, use the phrase “The problem is…” as a transition point that provides you more agency in the conversation. Resources Mentioned Free Negotiation Guides from Kwame Negotiate Anything podcast Finding Confidence in Conflict: How to Negotiate Anything and Live Your Best Life* by Kwame Christian Book Notes Download my highlights from Finding Confidence in Conflict in PDF format (free membership required). Related Episodes An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth, with Chris Hadfield (episode 149) The Way to Have Conversations That Matter, with Celeste Headlee (episode 344) How to Find Confidence in Conflict, with Kwame Christian (episode 380) Discover More Activate your free membership for full access to the entire library of interviews since 2011, searchable by topic.
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