Archives from November 2014

Jackie Barretta on Primal Teams

Acknowledging the emotion in the workplace.

November 28, 2014 / Podcast # 14-24

Jackie Barretta

Jackie Barretta, author of Primal Teams, published by AMACOM, want you to know that emotions do belong at work. You want people who are positively emotional about a project they’re working on and be happy and motivated to do the work necessary. People think most creatively when they’re in an optimal emotional state. However, emotions like fear and anger are primal emotions that take hold much faster than logic and reason. Instead of sweeping these emotions under the rug, acknowledge them head-on, confront the problem, and create a culture that encourages people to speak up.

Jackie Barretta is a Founding Partner of Nura Group, a consulting firm dedicated to enhancing team innovation and performance. Her work with primal emotions in teams has won her widespread recognition and dozens of prestigious awards.

 

Deb Bright on Learning to Love Criticism

How to learn that criticism is good for you.

November 14, 2014 / Podcast # 14-23

Deb Bright

In The Truth Doesn’t Have to Hurt How to Use Criticism to Strengthen Relationships, Improve Performance, and Promote Change author Deb Bright talks about ‘criticism’s’ bad reputation and the stigma that is attached to it in the workplace. She argues that criticism is actually more beneficial than not and that its sole purpose is to help someone do something better, achieve goals, and grow personally and professionally. The purpose of the book, Bright says, is to give givers and receivers of criticism the skills they need in order to communicate with one another, and have productive conversations that build trust and respect. Deb gives listeners techniques such as “quick charges” in order to better help them receive criticism and utilize it in the best way possible.

Deb Bright, PH.D. is founder and president of Bright Enterprises, Inc., a consulting firm devoted to enhancing performance. Her impressive roster of clients includes Raytheon, Marriott, Disney, GE, Chase, Morgan Stanley, and other premier organizations.