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BUSINESS, HR, LEADERSHIP

HR Latte: Michael Bungay Stanier – “The Coaching Habit”

 Guest Michael Bungay Stanier joins Rayanne for this #KeyPointPodcast 
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HR Latte, episode 99


The Coaching HabitMichael Bungay Stanier
, Founder and Senior Partner of Box of Crayons, joined Rayanne on HR Latte, to chat about his latest book filled with incredible ideas about habits, “The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More, & Change the Way Your Lead Forever.”

“The Coaching Habit: This book almost killed… This topic would not leave me alone – my whole life I have been the guy who asked questions.” – Michael Bungay Stanier

The Coaching Habit

How to crack micro-habits. Michael shares his ideas and a new habit formula:

  • “When this happens…”  – identifying the trigger for old behavior
  • “Instead Of…” – identify the old habit you are looking to change
  • “I Will…” – identify a new habit you will do in 60 seconds or less

For more ideas on this same topic, check out thecoachinghabit.com for a downloadable report, Coaching Gurus –  6 1/2 Gurus: What the smartest people are telling us about the science and art of building new habits.

Taming the Advice Monster

A Haiku
Tell us and ask more
Your advice is not as good
As you think it is

Discussion Points for this episode:

  • Staying Curious a Bit Longer and Asking Questions That Matter
  • Coaching: A Way of Being with Each Other
  • The Bio-Feedback of Friendship
  • The Most Powerful Coaching Question
  • Talk Less and Listen More
  • How Habits Become Habits?
  • Cracking Micro Habits: “45% of our waking activities are habitual”
  • How do we be more conscious about being curious?

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AUTHORS, BUSINESS, HUMANITY, LEADERSHIP, LIFESTYLE, PERSONAL GROWTH, SALES, WELLNESS

Stephan Aarstol: Shifting to a five-hour workday, and changing your life forever!

Joined in the house today by Stephan Aarstol, the CEO of Tower Paddle Boards, and the author of The Five-Hour Workday: Live Differently, Unlock Productivity, and Find Happiness.

Discussion guide from my conversation with Stephan Aarstol:

Stephan Aarstol1. What’s wrong with the current eight-hour work day and 40-hour work week.

2. What prompted him to move his company to a five-hour workday.

3. How a shorter work day makes businesses more profitable and productive and employees happier, healthier and more loyal.

4. Steps to implement a five-hour work-day at your company, and how to test risk free!

5. How winning on ABCs Shark Tank changed his life.

6. The importance of the pursuit of happiness.

Find Stephan Aarstol’s book here:

About Stephan Aarstol:

Stephan Aarstol is the CEO and founder of Tower Paddle Boards, an online, manufacturer-direct brand in the stand up paddle boarding industry. With a three-year growth rate of 1,853 percent, Tower was named the Fastest Growing Company in San Diego by the San Diego Business Journal, and was featured in the Inc.’s 2015 500 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies.

After appearing on ABC’s Shark Tank and securing an investment from Mark Cuban, Aarstol was featured by People Magazine as one of “Shark Tank’s Biggest Winners.” Aarstol’s company quickly became one of Mark Cuban’s best-performing investments from the popular show, and in early 2016, ABC returned to feature Tower Paddle Boards in a nationally televised episode, “Beyond the Tank.”

Tower began as a disruptive, direct-to-consumer stand up paddle board company, and has since evolved into a more holistic beach-lifestyle company. Today, Tower offers a growing array of beach-lifestyle products, sold and shipped directly to consumers at a fraction of traditional retail prices. Tower’s successful brand extensions include a beach-lifestyle magazine, Tower Magazine, a sunglass company at SunglassesByTower.com, and a direct-to-consumer surf- and beach-lifestyle company at TowerMade.com.

Aarstol’s objective is to build Tower into the world’s premiere beach-lifestyle brand, and he currently has plans to extend the Tower brand into many additional business units.

As an entrepreneurial-thought leader and online-marketing expert, Aarstol’s insights have been published in the Washington Post, Inc., Forbes, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Mashable, and many other prominent business publications.

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Col. Lee Ellis: Are you an honorable businessperson?

Joined in studio today by Col. Lee Ellis (USAF Retired), founder and president of Leadership Freedom LLC, and author of Engage With Honor: Building A Culture of Courageous Accountability.

Discussion guide from today’s conversation with Lee Ellis:

Lee Ellis1. Why becoming an honorable leader requires character, courage, and commitment.

2. What business leaders can learn from his experience as a POW, and translate that into industry-oriented success.

3. Leading with honor even in difficult circumstances.

4. The Leadership Behavior DNA Discovery Process, which reveals a leader’s strengths and struggles in order to develop authentic leadership.

5. Engaging with courage, commitment, and caring concern VS. motivation by fear, intimidation, and self-preservation.

6. The most important piece of advice for members of the younger generation who aspire to become strong leaders.

7. The 7 steps to become the best leader that you can be.

Find Lee Ellis’ book here:

About Lee Ellis:

Lee Ellis is Founder and President of Leadership Freedom® LLC and FreedomStar Media®. He is an award-winning author, leadership consultant, and expert presenter in the areas of leadership, teambuilding, and human performance. His past clients include Fortune 500 senior executives and CLevel leaders in telecommunications, healthcare, military, and other business sectors. Some of his media appearances include interviews on networks such as CNN, CBS This Morning, C-SPAN, ABC World News, Fox News Channel, plus hundreds of engagements in various industry sectors throughout the world.

Early in his career, Lee served as an Air Force fighter pilot flying fifty-three combat missions over North Vietnam. In 1967, he was shot down and held as a POW for more than five years in Hanoi and surrounding camps. For his wartime service, he was awarded two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Valor device, the Purple Heart, and POW Medal. Lee resumed his Air Force career, serving in leadership roles of increasing responsibility including command of a flying squadron and leadership development organizations before retiring as a colonel.

Lee has a BA in History and a MS in Counseling and Human Development. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and the Air War College. He has authored or co-authored four books on leadership and career development. Lee’s latest book entitled Leading with Honor®: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton has received multiple awards since its release including Winner in the 2012 International Book Awards in the Business and Management Category, and selection on the 2013 U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Reading List.

Lee and his wife Mary reside in the Atlanta GA area and have four grown children and six grandchildren.

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Higher Ed HR: How to Manage Bullying

Part 3: Guest Catherine Mattice, in this #KeyPointPodcast series discusses Workplace Bullying in Higher Education
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HR Latte, episode 97


Series:
 Bullying in the Workplace

The Cost of Workplace Bullying:
“The American Psychological Association estimates that is costs businesses
$300 Billon annually. Ask yourselves,
how much time and money have we really spent dealing with this?”
– Catherine Mattice, Civility Partners

This series touches on what can be done about Workplace Bullying, why it happens, and how to change or alter this destructive behavior. Businesses today are becoming more mindful of corporate wellness and the impact this type of behavior and other employee issues can have on overall company success.

workplace bullyingCatherine Mattice is the co-author of Back Off! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work – her expertise and research allow her to present and speak on this topic all over the world. As a former HR Practitioner, Catherine is well-positioned to understand and assist this on-going issue that is not confined to the school yard.

In this episode, we discuss the impact of Bullying in Higher Education and how HR professionals and staff can stave off bullying and take control this issue.

Students bully instructors in Higher Ed: “Bullying emails from students – they love to threaten they will go to the dean.” – Catherine Mattice

Learn more from Catherine at Civility Partners about #WorkplaceBullying

Discussion Points for this episode:

  • The Costs of Bullying
  • How Tenured employees have impact on Higher Ed Workplace Bullying
  • Students who bully staff
  • A culture of negativity and how that impacts the staff
  • Cyber bullying – makes bullying much more relentless
  • The Types of Bullying on Campus
  • Tenure: Does NOT mean they are not able to be fired?
  • Advice: Let staff know that you cannot address what you are not aware of

Series: Bullying in the Workplace
Episode 1 What is Workplace Bullying?
Episode 2 Healthcare HR: How to Manage Bullying
Episode 3 Higher Ed HR: How to Manage Bullying

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HRLatte is made possible by:

Dovetail Software logoDovetail Software delivers web-based solutions & help desk programs that enable organizations to reduce administrative & support costs, diagnose & resolve complex business problems, and increase efficiency, while improving support.

Rayanne loves hosting talk radio and continues to hone this craft in every way possible by creating and hosting several educational and promotional radio shows, hosting & moderating webinars and podcasts, as well as a featured host on intrepid.media.

For more information about how you can use online radio or podcasting to educate your target audience or customer, compliment your marketing efforts, and grow your brand recognition, feel free to message Rayanne on Twitter, LinkedIn, or via email at rayanne@intrepid.media.

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Healthcare HR: How to Manage Bullying

Part 2: Guest Catherine Mattice, in this #KeyPointPodcast series discusses Workplace Bullying in Healthcare
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HR Latte, episode 96


Series:
 Bullying in the Workplace

“I’ve said for along time that people who feel good about themselves produce good results, and people who produce good results feel good about themselves – so they want to stay and contribute. There is little doubt that people seldom leave organizations because of compensation. Most often, they leave because of how they are treated by their boss or the people around them.”
Ken Blanchard

This series touches on what can be done about Workplace Bullying, why it happens, and how to change or alter this destructive behavior. Businesses today are becoming more mindful of corporate wellness and the impact this type of behavior and other employee issues can have on overall company success.

workplace bullyingCatherine Mattice is the co-author of Back Off! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work – her expertise and research allow her to present and speak on this topic all over the world. As a former HR Practitioner, Catherine is well-positioned to understand and assist this on-going issue that is not confined to the school yard.

In this episode, we discuss the impact of Bullying in a Healthcare Organization.

For the Target of Bullying: “You have to stand up for yourself and it’s hard because it takes courage. A bully will pick on people who will not push back.” – Catherine Mattice

Discussion Points for this episode:

  • The Myths of Bullying
  • What Healthcare HR Professionals can do about Bullying in the Workplace
  • Healthcare is on the Worst Environments for Workplace Bullying
  • The Perception of Power in Healthcare: How Bullying Thrives
  • Joint Commission’s Leadership Standard

Series: Bullying in the Workplace
Episode 1 What is Workplace Bullying?
Episode 2 Healthcare HR: How to Manage Bullying
Episode 3 Higher Ed HR: How to Manage Bullying

On Twitter

@CatMattice
@Ray_anne
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HRLatte is made possible by:

Dovetail Software logoDovetail Software delivers web-based solutions & help desk programs that enable organizations to reduce administrative & support costs, diagnose & resolve complex business problems, and increase efficiency, while improving support.

Rayanne loves hosting talk radio and continues to hone this craft in every way possible by creating and hosting several educational and promotional radio shows, hosting & moderating webinars and podcasts, as well as a featured host on intrepid.media.

For more information about how you can use online radio or podcasting to educate your target audience or customer, compliment your marketing efforts, and grow your brand recognition, feel free to message Rayanne on Twitter, LinkedIn, or via email at rayanne@intrepid.media.

AUTHORS, BUSINESS, HR, LEADERSHIP, PERSONAL GROWTH

Nicole Smartt: Real-Life Advice for Getting Ahead at Work

Joined in studio today by Nicole Smartt, the Co-owner and VP of Star Staffing, and the author of From Receptionist to Boss: Real-Life Advice for Getting Ahead at Work. Learn more about Nicole here!

Discussion guide from my conversation with Nicole Smartt:

Nicole Smartt1. Finding passion in your job is your key to success.

2. From receptionist to the boss: We talk about Nicole’s story. “I wanted to be the best receptionist I could be.” Why that mattered…

3. EVERYTHING is a learning experience. “Work experience can trump traditional education.”

4. Know your strengths. But how do you do this?

5. Focus, importance of “NO.”

6. “Be transparent with your vision.” Let your engagement/happiness show! Nicole shares a positive outcome of doing just this.

7. It is easier to find the perfect attitude than the perfect job.

8. Trusting in your gut intuition!

You can find Nicole Smartt’s book here:

About Nicole Smartt:

Nicole started her career fresh out of high school at a local staffing firm, where she worked as a receptionist. In a very short time, she worked her way up to business services manager where she oversaw the clerical placement division.

When the owners decided to sell, they offered Nicole a chance to buy it outright. They said her determination, drive, and commitment (along with many other factors) made her ideal to inherit the hard-won business they built. Nicole declined, concerned she was too young and inexperienced to rise to the task. The company sold to a larger staffing firm, and Nicole began her career in sales.

After two years in a sales position, Nicole left to start her own firm. During that time, Star Staffing approached Nicole to join their team. Within fourteen months of working at Star Staffing, Nicole became an owner. She now sits as vice president and co-owner. In less than six years, Nicole helped to increase sales by 1,800 percent and profit by 2,500 percent, taking her company to be one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in America by Inc. Magazine.

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Do You Think Next and Act Now?

When I hear the words “strategic planning”, I think of a conference room or corner office rife with the posturing of egos and the regurgitation of the latest Harvard Business Review article on the subject. Theory and practice are often mutually exclusive when it comes to strategic planning. I’ve rarely experienced strategic plans that survive the first contact with reality – and reality is defined by the client. Today’s sales dynamic is evolving. Information now resides at the fingertips of a prospect. The sales person no longer holds the secret of arcane mystery – otherwise known as knowledge. Today we are collaborators, co-conspirators and transparent purveyors of services that foster and enhance the client’s business design – or we are redundant. Redundancy is followed by obsolescence.

Long-term thinking is a strategic map to the future. It is a map that includes bridges to the “next” – those landmark features, essential to the continuation of the journey. In some cases, it is a strategic call to action that comes alive through tactics played out today – tactics that support and sustain the corporate vision. Long-term thinking often has short-term implications. Business today changes tomorrow. We must be fluid, able to adapt – to assess and address threats on the horizon and find the opportunities that exists on the other side of risk.

We may think long-term, but we must act in the short-term. It is the strategies and tactics we implement today that make a difference tomorrow. As a point of caution, strategic thinking can be “leadership-speak” or a box checked by management that makes us feel and believe that we have direction, a plan and a way. Often, all we have is a piece of paper. If we don’t tie our long-term aspirations to short-term result, our plan isn’t worth the paper it’s scribbled on. To turn strategic plan from wishful fantasy to fluid map forward, “Think Next and Act Now!”

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Game ChangerBill Wooditch is a keynote speaker and peak-performance business training coach. He is a mentor and advocate for those who actively seek and are determined to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.

He began his career with $200 to his name, a suitcase, one corduroy suit and two ties. Retreat wasn’t an option; there was only one way – Always Forward! His purpose, energy and conviction fueled his meteoric sales success. In two years, he “found a way and made a way” to become the top salesperson at Liberty Mutual – a company employing over 19,000 people at the time. Ready for the “next challenge”, he was recruited by and joined the 6th largest broker in the world, Corroon & Black (currently the Willis Group), where, for two consecutive years, he earned the distinction as the top producer in the company.

Today, he is the founder, CEO, and president of The Wooditch Group, a privately held risk management and insurance services firm. The Wooditch Group provides client-centric solutions and comprehensive risk management programs for domestic and international clients whose revenues range from $10 million to over $3 billion. He is also the founder of Think Next, Act Now!, a company that trains and mentors tomorrow’s entrepreneur today.

He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Purdue University and his Master’s degree in Public Administration at Penn State.

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Geoff Blades: 5 Business and Life Lessons from Trump

In studio today by Geoff Blades, who joined us to discuss his book The Trump Presidential Playbook: A Wizard’s Path to the White House.

Geoff Blades teaches people to win. A former investment banker at Goldman Sachs and investor at the Carlyle Group, he is an author and advisor to senior Wall Street executives, CEOs and other leaders on all topics related to winning and getting what they want in their businesses, careers, and lives. You can learn more about Geoff here!

Discussion guide from my conversation with Geoff Blades:

Geoff Blades1. Business and life (and campaigns) are all about transformational leaps.

2. Business, life, and politics is a game. Why don’t people understand this? You have play. Most don’t.

3. Trump understands this is about influence.

4. FIVE KEY LESSONS FROM TRUMP:
A. Stay on point.
B. Be more skilled.
C. Powerful messaging.
D. Be yourself.
E. Play the part.

5. Geoff explains how to apply the lessons above. And yes, he explains how you can both be yourself AND play the part!

6. What are the specific skills Trump used to win the GOP nomination?

7. Can Trump win it all? It’s a new game with old rules.

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Jackie Dryden: Get your head out of your bottom line!

Joined in studio today by Jackie Dryden, the Chief Purpose Architect with Savage Brands, and the author of a new book called Get Your Head Out of Your Bottom Line: And Build Your Brand on Purpose!

Discussion guide from my conversation with Jackie Dryden:

1. To build a brand and a culture base on a true purpose, verses simply focusing on profits, this process normally takes three to five years.

2. Why is now the time to have a new type of conversation with business leaders about building brands on purpose?

3. Truth: Companies who lead with purpose are actually more profitable than those who focus solely on profits.

4. What can a company stand to gain from building a culture of purpose?

5. Most companies have a mission, a vision, and values. Why are these not enough? And what’s the difference?

6. How millennials and boomers are driving real change in corporate America.

7. Jackie’s three-step process: FOCUS, FILTER, FUSE!

Find Jackie Dryden’s book here:

About Jackie Dryden:

Jackie DrydenJackie is no stranger to blazing trails. She broke ground when she led one of the few woman-owned advertising firms in the male-dominated industry. She did it again when she published her unique parenting book, Just Me: What Your Child Wants You to Know About Parenting, and traveled the nation to speak about it on television and radio shows, to newspapers and magazines, and before professional and educational organizations.

Now, she’s blazing a new trail: leading a purpose revolution in corporate America. Her new business book, Get Your Head Out of Your Bottom Line, guides visionary leaders to reconnect with their true strengths through the power of purpose. The book will be released in early 2016, and already, she is shaking up C-suites as she asks today’s leaders to uncover and communicate the true reasons their companies exists—not just to make money.

With a passion for helping others discover “why” and “what for,” Jackie leads individuals and companies to understand how to better share what sets them apart.

Jackie speaks to companies, schools and organizations across the country about business strategy, personal purpose and women’s issues. She shares her wit and wisdom with groups as small as 30 to auditoriums of several thousand.

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Activity rules success

When I began in sales, I sought my own form of certainty as I entered the very uncertain prospects of the world of business – a world that was foreign to me. Sales was an uncharted, vast, and unknown territory. I didn’t have a compass, but I did have a direction. The “North Star” of my future map appeared from the belief that “Activity Rules Success”. No matter the talent level of the artist, actor, or sales agent, the more purposeful, directed activity generated, the more opportunity we can bring to successful fruition.

All life is forward process or it is in decline. Life demands we risk – initiate change or adapt to it when necessary. Change is scary for some, but it is the way forward, through the fields of fear and uncertainty, into the new light of expression.

Business is a living organism comprised, directed and engaged from the minds and hearts of people. The following, from Always Forward! Discover the 7 Secrets of Sales Success, will shorten the distance and lessen the pain from where you are now and where you are determined to go in the future. It is the way through fear, and a “North Star” for increase in life:

1. Think and Do – the shorter the distance between a deliberate thought and a decisive action, the greater the chance of success in the endeavor – the opposite is also true. Some think too long and don’t do, opportunity vanishes, someone else does the taking. Some do without thinking, rush in, and fail. The victory goes to those who think and then do with decisiveness, conviction, and alacrity.

2. Time waits for no one – it is inelastic – we can’t retrieve the minutes, the hours, the days, or years we squander. Stay engaged in the present, don’t live in the past, learn from it and influence your future by applying the lessons from the experience.

3. Find a way or make a way! Resilience is the stuff that overcomes the impediments and obstacles that will appear as a challenge to our forward motion. Think creatively, act decisively, don’t quit, think and apply a new strategy, approach from another plane of the thought, and always move forward!

4. 33-1/3% of people won’t buy us, our persuasive portfolio, our sterling personality, or our product. It’s a rough-hewn law of mine that hedges against the inevitable occurrence of rejection. Rejection is a part of the game – it’s part of the bargain to move forward, but if 33-1/3% of people will never buy from us, for their reasons, that leaves 66-2/3% ripe for the approach, and perhaps open to the message. If 66-2/3% will entertain the messenger, they will listen to the message – the more activity we generate, the bigger our base of 66-2/3%…

5. Walk Away Power – don’t push a bad position, learn to walk away from a negotiation. A bad position is anything that would make you lose your self-respect. Money is often recoupable, it can be bargained away from a bad position, or risked from a bold undertaking. But, giving up your self-respect is a choice only you can make.

6. YCDGBSOYA – You Can’t Do Good Business Sitting On Your A** – you have to get out and engage with people, push away from the plastic keyboard; don’t send an email when an in person visit will tip the balance in your favor. Go with your gut feel! If it feels like you should meet with someone, then “Find a way or make a way” to get in front of them.

Remember, try not to take rejection personally. It’s a numbers game! It’s like politics: Some people will always vote with the Blue States, some with the Red – you need to win the middle and your preferred Blue or Red states. If you generate planned, directed activity consistently, turn thought to action, and find a way or make a way to move your value proposition forward, you can begin to build a forum for success. Learn when to walk away from a bad position and know when to meet with people and create the interpersonal dynamic that makes all the difference from those who win the deal and those who take home the silver or bronze medal.

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Game ChangerBill Wooditch is a keynote speaker and peak-performance business training coach. He is a mentor and advocate for those who actively seek and are determined to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.

He began his career with $200 to his name, a suitcase, one corduroy suit and two ties. Retreat wasn’t an option; there was only one way – Always Forward! His purpose, energy and conviction fueled his meteoric sales success. In two years, he “found a way and made a way” to become the top salesperson at Liberty Mutual – a company employing over 19,000 people at the time. Ready for the “next challenge”, he was recruited by and joined the 6th largest broker in the world, Corroon & Black (currently the Willis Group), where, for two consecutive years, he earned the distinction as the top producer in the company.

Today, he is the founder, CEO, and president of The Wooditch Group, a privately held risk management and insurance services firm. The Wooditch Group provides client-centric solutions and comprehensive risk management programs for domestic and international clients whose revenues range from $10 million to over $3 billion. He is also the founder of Think Next, Act Now!, a company that trains and mentors tomorrow’s entrepreneur today.

He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Purdue University and his Master’s degree in Public Administration at Penn State.

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