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065 – Engage Mentoring: The Importance of Being a Mentor and Having a Mentor | Alison Martin

“You should never stop mentoring and you should never stop being mentored.”

Alison Martin is the Chief Mentoring Officer at Diverse Talent Strategies, a training and development firm with a unique mentoring process aimed at talent development, promoting inclusion, employee engagement, and social responsibility.
As Alison points out, you would be hard-pressed to find a successful leader who doesn’t attribute mentoring as a key aspect in helping them reach success.

How can mentoring help you shine a different perspective on problems and bring in fresh, outside ideas?
In this episode of Gut+Science, Alison and Nikki hone in on the importance of peer, group, and one-on-one mentoring. Listen in to hear success stories of leaders overcoming challenges, tips on finding strategic solutions, and more.

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064 – The Science Behind Your Brain and How it Impacts Your Work | Neal Phalora

Neal Phalora (@NealPhalora) is the Founder of TheBrainWarrior™️ Method. He combines the metaphysics and the science of rewiring the brain to forgive the past and unleash the powerful present. Neal’s work has transformed individuals and companies to seek powerful, joyous, and abundant lives.
In this episode, you’ll hear Neal discuss the science of the brain and how it ties into engagement at work.
So, how can things like mindfulness and meditation impact your workplace?

Truth You Can Act On:

  1. Understand Your Biology. As leaders, when you start to understand the biology behind your brain, you can demystify it in a way that you don’t have to feel like you’re being controlled by it. Neal recommends meditation as a tool to combat that stressed or overwhelmed feeling.
  2. Emotion. Releasing and using your emotions is a core principle of mindfulness. As a leader, having emotions and showing vulnerability can bring your workplace together.
  3. How Stress Impacts Your Workplace. If your people are overwhelmed at work, their brain produces cortisol, which results in stress and takes away creativity and the ability to absorb information. Have a space where your people can rest their brains to feel refreshed.

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063 – Why Love, Service, and Leadership Go Hand in Hand | Marcia Barnes

Marcia Barnes (@HoosierMarketer), CEO of Valve+Meter, knows the importance of building relationships in the workplace, and she believes loving and serving our people is the key to unlocking strong relationships.

At Valve+Meter, Marcia and her team define love as acting in the long-term best interest of another. In this episode of Gut Plus Science, you’ll hear why the performance marketing company uses love as a core value in business.

How can you build trust with your people in order to get permission to lead them? And how do servant leadership and love work together? You’ll want to hear Marcia’s valuable advice.

Truth You Can Act On:

  1. Get Permission to Lead. Don’t assume people are ready. Building trust and building relationships with people take time – this doesn’t happen overnight.
  2. Serve Your People. What can you do for your people? Take time to listen to your employees and follow up on what you heard. People want to follow selfless servant leaders.
  3. Small Deposits Make an Impact. Know your people’s names, write notes, and remember what others share with you. It’s the little things that help people know you care.

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062 – The Power of Team Building | Don Brown

Don Brown (@DonBrownIndy) takes team building to a whole new level. His team will be the first one to tell you, “no one leaves [this company].”

As a successful serial software entrepreneur, Don, Founder and CEO of LifeOmic, is an active technology and business advisor, investor, and philanthropist. 

Listen in as Don explains why leaders need to take a time out – a true time out with no distractions – to focus on team building. For his team, this is a week-long retreat at his house in Park City, Utah, which most recently included more than 70 people camping in the mountains. 

How can relationships built through team-building trips promote growth and transparency in your workplace? 

Truth You Can Act On: 

  1. Take Time Out to Team Build. Spend time getting to know the people you work with. 
  2. Purpose is the Core of a Business. Reiterate the purpose of the company regularly and pour into the purpose of your people. What is their personal purpose? How does your business help that come alive?
  3. Leaders Are Doers. Jump in more often!

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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. 

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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!

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