Podcast

061 – The Talent Shortage: Forcing Innovation + Collaboration | David Decker

Did you know there are 6.9 million open jobs in America and only 6.2 million people available to fill them?

In this episode, David Decker, Founder of Hub & Spoke, discusses how we can innovate and collaborate through today’s talent shortage. 

“We need everyone to come together and collaborate if we’re going to make a difference. Get together in your communities with other business leaders and brainstorm how you can actually make a difference together – because you’re not going to solve it by yourself,” David says.

Being innovative and taking action on new ideas is incredibly important. If anyone is going to do it, it’s you – as a leader. Where do you start? Listen in.

Truth You Can Act On: 

  1. Partner with K-12 to Attack the Talent Shortage Problem. We have to start educating children on career options earlier on and keep in mind the opportunities to skill up aside from the traditional college path.
  2. Who’s Your Team? Have a group of people that you can collaborate with and support each other to overcome problems. Be sure to email Nikki at nikki@emplify.com if you need ideas on how to find groups of people like this.
  3. Be Involved in Your Community. Everything works better with community participation.

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060 – Attitude: The Foundation to Success | Mark Schulman

In this special 60th episode of Gut+Science, Mark Schulman (@markyplanet), the drummer for P!nk and rockstar keynote speaker, dives into why attitude is the ultimate power – and how you can shift not only your attitude but the attitudes of others. 

“Understanding that you, as a leader, have the power to drive different behavior and actually produce different results is truly powerful,” he says.

Listen in as this rockstar drummer explains why “A times B equals C” when it comes to attitude, behavior, and consequence.

Truth You Can Act On: 

  1. We Can Shift Our Attitude in Minutes. Get cut off in traffic? Did an incident at work or at home get you down? Take a few minutes to list out the things you’re grateful for in life. Gratitude is the foundation to shifting your attitude. 
  2. Attitude Times Behavior Equals Consequence. Reflect on this in your current life scenario. Enhance your life by working on your attitude and behaviors. 
  3. As a Leader, Be Real. The way to be real? Be you! Relationships influence employee engagement so be authentic when it comes to interacting with your people.

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059 – Building an Engaged 1099 and Remote Workforce | Kate Colbert

Did you know 1 in 10 employees are remote? How companies resource and think about the talent they’re bringing on board is changing.

Kate Colbert, President of Silver Tree Communications, believes this mentality has shifted for the better to provide more control and flexibility to companies, as well as to contractors. However, not seeing your employees daily is still a struggle for some leaders. 

So, how can you invest in your remote employees and contractors? How can you make these people feel valued and respected? The relationship should never feel transactional, it should be about partnership, according to Kate. Listen in for her advice. 

Truth You Can Act On: 

  1. Focus on the Result. Lead with the end in mind and help your people see their goals clearly. Paint that picture of what success looks like.
  2. Leverage Technology with Video. Encourage both audio and visual aspects for remote meetings to bridge that distance.
  3. Treat Your Remote Workforce like Insiders. Take a look at how you interact with both 1099 and remote employees. How can you enhance this to treat them more like a trusted colleague?
  4. Constant Gratitude. As a leader, express your thanks in hand-written notes, calls, or texts. Gratitude is another key to relationship building. 

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058 – The Ideal Leader: Listening vs. Talking | Chris Hutchinson

Chris Hutchinson is the founder and CEO of Trebuchet Group. Chris’ experiences in the military and the corporate world taught him that great leadership can be learned and that everyone is a leader in some way.

How can you strive to create an environment of success for yourself and everyone you work with so they can enjoy doing their best work?

Listen in as Chris dives into the characteristics of a healthy (and unhealthy) team, why it’s vital to get uncomfortable in the workplace, and how YOU can become an ideal leader. 

Plus, check out this special buy one, get one free offer for our Gut+Science listeners, and grab a copy of Chris’ book, Ripple, here. You can also use the code “GUT+SCIENCE” for free shipping on any of your orders. 

Truth You Can Act On: 

  1. Healthy Teams. You may have superstars sitting next to each other, but they don’t work well together. Sound familiar? As a leader, don’t be a referee. A healthy team consists of people helping each other be bigger than themselves.
  2. Get Uncomfortable. Yes, you heard that right. As Chris says, getting uncomfortable is vital to your organization. Talk about how you’re feeling, and look at the bigger picture. 
  3. The “Ideal Leader.” An ideal leader isn’t someone shouting orders – it’s someone who is listening. Try starting your one-on-one meetings by asking your people how they’re doing as a human. Let them know right off the bat that they’re psychologically safe, and can be themselves around you. 

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057 – Truly Impacting Employee Engagement | Nikki Lewallen

With the average tenure being just two years, most companies out there are exploring ways to keep their employees around longer. In this special episode of Gut+Science, host Nikki Lewallen (@nikkilewallen) dives deep into, you guessed it – employee engagement. 

Listen in as Nikki defines employee engagement, and explains the four core reasons people come into work every day: purpose, status, money, and influence. 

Do you know AND understand what fires your employees up? 

Truth You Can Act On: 

  1. Know Why Your People Work. It’s a great exercise to do as a team or at your next one-on-one. You should also know why YOU work.
  2. Understand the 17 Components of Employee Engagement. There are 17 different things that bring people to work. Email Nikki at nikki@emplify.com if you want to learn the definitions of all 17 components. 
  3. Gain Data Quarterly. It’s important to be agile in your people strategy. Data will help you understand what’s working and what’s not. 
  4. Build Relationships with Your People. Understand what’s behind the hat they wear at work and truly get to know your employees. 

Book Recommendation:

  • Email Host Nikki Lewallen at nikki@emplify.com for a full list of book recommendations from our past guests.

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[BONUS] – Why Rest is Key to Employee Engagement | Nicole MacLean

As leaders, it’s important for us to model behavior that is healthy for our people. 

Listen in as Gut+Science host Nikki Lewallen (@nikkilewallen) and Nicole MacLean (@nicolemmaclean), Director of Marketing Relationships at Emplify, discuss the importance of rest – and how it directly impacts employee engagement. 

If you haven’t scheduled that vacation yet, maybe this episode will give you some inspiration!

Sponsors:

  • Emplify – Are you still using pulse surveys? How about annual questionnaires? If your organization relies on either of these, it’s time to discover Emplify. Emplify has created a new way to measure employee engagement. It’s where CEOs who want to know what’s really happening within a workforce go… to get honest feedback… and to understand what needs to change for people to love their work using simple and trustworthy data.

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056 – Becoming A Leader Worth Following | Jeremie Kubicek

What gets YOU fired up?

Today on Gut+Science, we’re talking to Jeremie Kubicek (@jeremiekubicek) CEO of GiANT TV, Co-Founder of GiANT, keynote speaker, and author of 100X Leader: How to Become Someone Worth Following

Tired of being overproductive but under present when it comes to your relationships? In this episode, you’ll hear how you can shift your life from ‘accidental’ to ‘intentional.’

Truth You Can Act On:

  1. 70/30. 70 percent of our time should be spent on what fires us up, and 30 percent of our time can be spent on ‘the other stuff.’ Review your calendar and make it a practice. 
  2. People want to follow relational, trusting CEOs. It’s all about our ability to communicate and build relationships with our people. If you truly get to know your people, this will ultimately drive trust. 
  3. Know yourself and lead yourself. Take time to reflect and determine opportunities to make yourself a better person and leader. It’s important to research and find tools that can help you with feedback and self-awareness. 

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055 – If You Want to See It, Be It: How Leaders Can Model Excellence | Max Yoder

Max Yoder (@maxyoder), is the Co-Founder and CEO of Lessonly, a team training software company. He’s also the author of Do Better Work, a foundational book for any leader that focuses on the whole human approach.

In this episode, you’ll hear Max’s advice on how YOU can model excellence for your employees. As leaders, we have to ‘walk the walk’ – a walk that inspires the rest of our crew to greatness. As Max says, if we learn to love ourselves and to think of ourselves as someone who can make an impact on others simply by existing and behaving in certain ways, the whole world gets better.

Truth You Can Act On:

  1. We’re all human. We have to model the behaviors we want to see, but we also have to realize that we aren’t going to be perfect models. We are going to fall down; we are going to make mistakes.
  2. Share before you’re ready. Iterate early and often. Instead of doing something and perfecting it in a vacuum, draft up a bulleted outline or a rough idea of where you want to go with a project, and then share it with the people who will ultimately benefit from these ideas in the end.
  3. Get agreements. It’s difficult to communicate clearly sometimes. Either we don’t want to put in the effort or we assume the other person knows what we need. If you get an agreement, you’re not leaving things up for assumption. So, if you want somebody to do something, make it clear what you want. Ask them if they can agree to that and if they say ‘yes,’ now you have a common ground to stand on.
  4. What fires you up on Mondays? For Max, his purpose in life is to inspire and motivate people in a loving way. Check out your schedule and see what opportunities you have throughout your day, week, and month to get your people excited.

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054 – Father’s Day Special Episode: Creating a Unified Language of Leadership | Krister Ungerböck

In this special Father’s Day episode, we’re talking to Krister Ungerböck (@MeetKrister), father, author, award-winning CEO, leadership expert, and national keynote speaker.

Krister is breaking down his book “Language of Leadership,” which digs into a new, powerful language that drives emotional intelligence and better relationships at work and at home.

You’ll also hear about Krister’s Father’s Creed Challenge, an exercise that has the potential to transform relationships between fathers and their children. (It’s also an excellent exercise to do this Father’s Day).

Listen in as Krister explains how our language and relationships impact our children and their future relationships.

Truth You Can Act On:

  1. 360 Feedback. This is a process that helps us understand how others see or experience us. Get an audience of 20 people or more for a larger sample size, and make it an annual habit.
  2. Focus on the difficult relationships around you. Most of us do the opposite, but with the process we learned in this episode, it can be simple (maybe not easy, but that will make us grow).
  3. Powerful next steps from feedback have 3 parts: Write down what you are going to do; make a commitment; have a date to check in.

Book Recommendation:

Sponsors:

  • Emplify – Are you still using pulse surveys? How about annual questionnaires? If your organization relies on either of these, it’s time to discover Emplify. Emplify has created a new way to measure employee engagement. It’s where CEOs who want to know what’s really happening within a workforce go… to get honest feedback… and to understand what needs to change for people to love their work using simple and trustworthy data.

053 – Optimizing Productivity Through Health | Erica Ballard

What do top performers eat? How do they exercise? How much do they sleep? And most importantly, how do they squeeze all this in?

Erica Ballard  (@ericaballardhealth) is a Healthy Living Expert and Coach, and Founder of Erica Ballard Health and The B Method, a corporate wellness program designed to boost employees’ productivity, impact, and loyalty.

In this episode, you’ll hear why when we take care of ourselves, we can be more engaged in our workplace.

Truth You Can Act On:

  1. Our 5-9 affects our 9-5. This mindset reminds us, as leaders, to take the whole person approach to the way we see our employees.
  2. Health: It’s 80% food and 20% movement. When we look at our meal, it should be 75% vegetables and 25% protein and fat. When we think about movement, working out is good, but it is only one of the six ways we need to move.
  3. Energy equals money. Let that sink in. So, what are we feeding our people? How do we encourage them to rest? What education are we providing to help them maximize their health and energy?

Book Recommendation:

Sponsors:

  • Emplify – Are you still using pulse surveys? How about annual questionnaires? If your organization relies on either of these, it’s time to discover Emplify. Emplify has created a new way to measure employee engagement. It’s where CEOs who want to know what’s really happening within a workforce go… to get honest feedback… and to understand what needs to change for people to love their work using simple and trustworthy data.

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