Going for chemistry, not cohesion.September 21, 2018 / Podcast # 18-25
You’ve heard of personality assessment tests before. You’ve probably taken one (or two, or three). But can you remember your personality type? Can you identify the type of the person sitting next to you? Probably not. That’s why Suzanne Vickberg and her co-author Kim Christfort developed Business Chemistry, a personality test that’s easy to remember and easy to distribute through your team.
Suzanne Vickberg is a Social-Personality Psychologist, as well as the Applied Insights Lead for Deloitte’s Greenhouse Experience Team. She uses Business Chemistry to help teams explore how their work is shaped by the mix of individuals who make up the team and the unique characteristics they each possess. She guides leaders and teams in creating cultures that enable each member to thrive and make their best contribution. She is also lead research and analytics on the Business Chemistry types as they relate to topics such as leadership, career priorities and aspirations, stress, and psychological safety.
How to create great culture within your own team.April 6, 2018 / Podcast # 18-01
We’re back! After a short break we’re back with a lineup of exciting guests we’re excited to share with you. First, back from our hiatus, old friends of the AMA, The Carrot Guys: Chester Elton and Adrian Gostick. They’re here to share some of their favorite stories of teamwork success from their new book, The Best Team Wins.
Adrian Gostick is coauthor of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestsellers The Best Team Wins, The Carrot Principle and All In. His books have been translated into thirty languages and have sold more than a million copies around the world. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show and CNN, and has been quoted in The Economist, Newsweek, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Adrian is a founding partner of The Culture Works, a global consultancy which helps organizations build high-performance work cultures. For more information, visit TheCarrotGuys.com.
Chester Elton has been called the “apostle of appreciation,” by the Globe and Mail, Canada’s largest newspaper, and “creative and refreshing” by the New York Times. Elton is an in-demand speaker the world over and is coauthor of several successful leadership books, including The Best Team Wins, All In, The Carrot Principle and The Orange Revolution. He is number twelve on the list of the top thirty leadership gurus in the world, a LinkedIn Influencer, and a regular commentator on CBS Radio. Chester serves as a leadership consultant to firms such as AT&T, Proctor & Gamble, American Express, Avis Budget Group and Cigna. For more information, visit TheCultureWorks.com
Tips for you and your team.May 19, 2017 / Podcast # 19-20
Sarah Robb O’Hagan joins us this week to talk about some of the principles in her new book Extreme You: Step Up, Stand Out, Kick Ass, Repeat. Listen in for her advice on building great teams, how to stop your company from being too risk-averse, and working towards your own success.
The ROI on trust.December 9, 2016 / Podcast # 16-35
High trust organizations are happier; happier profits and happier employees. Paul Zak was part of the team of scientists who first made the connection between oxytocin and trust and is the author of The Trust Factor, published by AMACOM. He joins us to talk about the business case for building trust and how it’s worked for many companies.
How a sense of purpose makes everyone happier.July 24, 2015 / Podcast # 15-15
Scott Mautz, author of Make it Matter, the new book published by AMACOM, wants your employees to feel like they matter when they go to work. Some of that has to come from within but managers can also help guide employees to a sense of meaning in their work. Employees who feel taken care of and are assured that their time isn’t being wasted will be happier and do more meaningful work.
Letting your team have the information they need.June 26, 2015 / Podcast # 15-13
Stanley McChrystal doesn’t believe in extreme secrecy. Obviously there are limits, especially when it comes to national security, but keeping all information on a need-to-know basis requires someone knowing who needs to know. Wires get crossed and the wrong decisions are made. Trust your team, whether in the military or in the office, to be able to handle the information they’re given and respond in an appropriate way.
Improving happiness and health by connecting with others.June 12, 2015 / Podcast # 15-12
Sometimes it can be tempting to keep your head down and just get the work done, especially with steadily increasing workloads. However, actually connecting with other human beings is crucial to our wellness and ability to perform. In his new book Connection Culture, Michael Lee Stallard talks about how lately we’re less connected than ever and how to get some of that crucial connection time back.
Do you wish you could run a meeting like Tina Fey? Or work a room like Stephen Colbert? It’s not just about humor in the workplace (although that too, is vital) but how to work as a truly collaborative team and learning to stop fearing failure. The new book Yes, And: How Improvisation Reverses “No, But” Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration–Lessons from The Second City, coauthored by Tom Yorton and Kelly Leonard, incorporates lessons from the legendary improvisational theater troupe into business best practices.
A positive outlook that changes the way people work.November 29, 2013 / Podcast # 13-24
There’s an easy way to pinpoint a Star Employee: it’s the person you wish you could clone to do every job in the company. While that’s wishful thinking, Stars tend to have an effect on the people around them and their enthusiasm becomes infectious. William Seidman, co-author with Richard Grbavac of The Star Factor, published by AMACOM, says that it’s the Stars’ outlook that is the deciding factor. They don’t see themselves as cogs in the machine but a vital asset to the entire organization. As soon as their mindset improves, so do results. In this episode William shares tips on how to find out what drives the Star Employees and how to get their coworkers to becomes Stars as well.
How you can apply lessons learned from the AFR Midnight Rambler yacht crew.September 6, 2013 / Podcast # 13-18
In his new book Into the Storm, published by AMACOM, Dennis Perkins recalls the story of the AFR Midnight Rambler in the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race. This race was the most perilous to date as a sudden storm stuck and took the lives of 6 sailors on The Rambler. However the other 55 sailors were rescued resulting in the largest search and rescue mission in Australian history. The AFR Midnight Rambler was not the biggest or the most well equipped ship but due to its unified crew, it found a way to not only overcome the horrible storm but to also win the overall race. These skills translate to the business world as well. Even in the worst of situations whether your business is facing a massive change or youâ€™re in a race staring down a major storm, a unified team can just pull of the seemingly impossible.