From the archives: Becoming more creative with Natalie Nixon
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In this episode from the archives, Jessi Hempel chats with Natalie Nixon, a creative strategist. Natalie offers tips on infusing our workdays with more innovative thinking and cultivating creativity by exercising the three ‘i’s—inquiry, improvisation, and intuition. She also talks about the insights she gained by researching the surprising agility of a high-end hotel brand.

The Modern Manager: Create and Lead Successful Teams
The Modern Manager: Create and Lead Successful Teams
Mamie Kanfer Stewart
142: Ask Better Questions
Questions are one of the most useful tools that managers can use. Questions can unlock new thinking, show support, strengthen relationships, and much more. Learning to ask the right questions can enhance any manager’s leadership capability. In this episode, I walk through different types of questions to ask and how to ask them so you cultivate trust and solicit answers that move work forward productively. The full episode guide includes an overview of different types of questions and my favorite questions to ask. Get it when you join the Modern Manager community or purchase the full guide at www.themodernmanager.com/shop. Get the free mini-guide at www.themodernmanager.com/miniguides. Learn to navigate the different personality types and work styles to make managing your team easier than you ever imagined. Check out the Managing by Personality live course that starts on March 11, 2021. Learn more and register at www.themodernmanager.com/courses/personality Subscribe to my newsletter to get episodes, articles and free mini-guides delivered to your inbox. Read the related blog article: How Questions Can Help Us Be Better Managers Key Takeaways: * Questions are not just for gathering information. They also help us build relationships, increase psychological safety and trust, open up thinking, and uncover hidden thoughts. * Instead of yes-no questions which often create a false binary, ask a rating question e.g. On a scale of 1-5, how confident are you in this plan? * Asking what, why and how will lead to different answers so be thoughtful about what question you’re asking. * Asking what if, how might, and why not will open the door to more creative, alternative thinking. * How you ask and how you respond also impact what type of response you will get now and in the future. * Asking a difficult question in a calm, warm tone shows support. * Responding to an answer you don’t like or didn’t expect with appreciation will encourage people to be honest going forward. Additional Resources: * Episode 40: The Power of Questions with Pete Mockaitis mamie@mamieks.com
14 min
Coaching for Leaders
Coaching for Leaders
Dave Stachowiak
514: The Way to Lead Online Events, with Tim Stringer
Tim Stringer: Technically Simple Tim Stringer is a coach, consultant, and trainer and the founder of Technically Simple. He provides productivity, technology and workflow coaching, consulting and training to people and organizations, large and small, all over the planet. His technology specializations include Asana, Daylite, OmniFocus, and Trello. He supports many people in productivity though his website LearnOmniFocus.com -- and also through the Holistic Productivity approach that he developed after coming face-to-face with cancer back in 2008. Tim consults to leaders and organizations on how to use Zoom effectively and recently launched a new course: Leading Effective Zoom Events. In this conversation, Tim and I overview some of the common mistakes of online events, how online can produce even better results than in-person, and ways to engage people quickly. Plus, we review some of the key technology that will support your organization’s outreach efforts. Key Points It’s often a mistake to assume that you’ll be able to lead online events with the same planning and design for in-person events. Opening a meeting early and using the five-minute rule to begin with icebreakers, breakouts, polls, or reactions will help engage people in the event quickly. For events with many people or higher visibility for your organization, have a dedicated technology co-pilot so that hosts and speakers can stay focused on being present. Virtual lounges (with a dedicated host), spotlight and multi-spotlight, practice sessions, and preassigned breakouts can all help the technology disappear and the human connections to take center stage. Some organizations are discovering they are more successful with online events than past in-person ones. Many have had such a positive experience that they plan to continue leveraging virtual events after the pandemic. Resources Mentioned Leading Effective Zoom Events by Tim Stringer Recommended Practices for Engaging Online Events (PDF download) Related Episodes Serve Others Through Marketing, with Seth Godin (episode 381) How to Create Meaningful Gatherings, with Priya Parker (episode 395) How to Run an Online Meeting, with Bonni Stachowiak (episode 472) Discover More Activate your free membership for full access to the entire library of interviews since 2011, searchable by topic.
40 min
How to Be Awesome at Your Job
How to Be Awesome at Your Job
Pete Mockaitis
645: How to Make a Bigger Impact by Connecting First with Dr. Melanie Katzman
Melanie Katzman shares strategies for establishing a great connection to facilitate great work.  — YOU’LL LEARN —  1) The trick to a great first impression  2) The one question to gain better perspective  3) The listening hack that makes all the difference  Subscribe or visit AwesomeAtYourJob.com/ep645 for clickable versions of the links below.  — ABOUT MELANIE —  Dr. Melanie Katzman is a business psychologist and coach to the world’s top public and private companies. Her latest book, Connect First: 52 Simple Ways to Ignite Success, Meaning, and Joy at Work, is a #1 WSJ bestseller.  She has delivered workshops and keynotes to organizations worldwide for three decades. During COVID-19, she is an especially sought-after virtual speaker, giving groups the tools for coping with newfound daily stressors, teaching immediately actionable techniques that have meaningful and enduring results.  Melanie has been featured in the financial and popular media, and has appeared on numerous podcasts and television outlets.  • Book: Connect First: 52 Simple Ways to Ignite Success, Meaning, and Joy at Work  • Instagram: melaniekatzman  • Facebook: Melanie Katzman  • LinkedIn: Melanie Katzman  • Twitter: @melaniekatzman  • Website: MelanieKatzman.com  — RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THE SHOW —  • Book: Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David Burns  • Website: Above the Law  — THANK YOU SPONSORS! —  • Blinkist: Read or listen to summarized wisdom from thousands of nonfiction books! Free trial available at blinkist.com/awesome
32 min
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