Podcast

084 – Owning the CEO Function | Tim Leman

It’s one thing to fill a role, it’s another to own the role. On today’s Gut+Science, we’re diving into the how and why you should own your role as a CEO and leader.

Tim Leman is the CEO of Gibson Insurance, and he is passionate about building a great place to work. He is committed to growth, always striving to get better, and influencing his people to do the same.

What made Tim realize the importance of owning his role as CEO? Listen in to hear the full story.

Truth You Can Act On:

  1. Know people’s motivation: We can’t treat all of our people the same. Everyone’s motivated in different ways and we have to know what’s there why. We have to spend time listening and understanding how your employees are motivated.
  2. Employees first: Customer service should be a top priority but it can’t take precedence over your employees. When you help your employees win they’ll walk through fire for you and your customers.
  3. Build on their strengths: Always look for the good in people and acknowledge what they’re doing well. You can build loyalty by leading with positivity. When we have a strong relationship with people they stop expecting you to be perfect and start focusing on how they can help bring the company’s vision to life.

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Sponsors:

  • The Zone – The Zone is the space where happiness and high performance coexist. We believe in making organizations more human and for this to happen we should not have to trade one for the other. We’re offering 10 free coaching sessions to Gut+Science listeners. Visit https://thezone.co/gutscience/coaching to get started.

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Monday Fire – Building Relationships

Happy Monday! We love Mondays; We love helping others love Mondays. So every Monday we’ll be dropping some Monday Fire for you to help you get excited about your week. Here we go! 

Here’s our question for you today, leader:

How are you building relationships with your people, especially when it comes to driving their engagement levels at work?

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083 – Human Capital Management In The Multigenerational Workforce | Bob Greene

There are now four different generations present in the workplace. On today’s Gut+Science, we’re diving into ways we can best lead the different generations at work.

Bob Greene is the Senior HR Industry Analyst at Ascentis, and he shares fascinating insights into the different generations and the behaviors and motivations that define them.

Truth You Can Act On:

  1. Millennials are now the largest population in the workplace. They want two things most: Regular feedback and an employer that stands behind them.
  2. Communications platforms need to be easily accessible from all devices. Whatever you’re doing to communicate now – increase the cadence.
  3. Reminder – Reject the generational stereotypes that you hear. The only exception is your own experience.
  4. Your application process must be simple. If it’s not, you’ll be missing out on recruiting younger talent.

Nikki’s Book Recommendation:

Sponsors:

  • Ascentis –  Ascentis is a SaaS-based Human Capital Management software that offers easy-to-use HCM, HRIS, online payroll, talent management, recruiting, and timekeeping solutions. Request a complimentary review of your processes and policies at https://www.ascentis.com/gutscience/

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Healthcare Series – How Innovation Is Driving Employee Engagement | Dr. Bonnie Clipper

Dr. Bonnie Clipper was the first Vice President of Innovation at the American Nurses Association. She is currently the Chief Clinical Officer at Wambi and an influential thought leader and international speaker on the future of nursing. She joins Nikki to discuss the importance of nurse-led innovations and their impact on overall engagement in healthcare.

Listen in for the full conversation.

Truth You Can Act On:

  1. Focus on the right things. Take 5 steps back and look at the larger process failures
  2. Feedback must be accompanied by recognition.
  3. Don’t overcomplicate recognition. Recognize people often and in public.
  4. Adopt the habit of gratitude. Even a simple “thank you” goes a long way.

Nikki’s Book Recommendation:

Sponsors:

  • Wambi.org – Wambi is about human connections. We view feedback as the fuel for interpersonal growth and are always striving to achieve the highest versions of ourselves and to lift others up along the way. To learn more about partnerships at Wambi, email Nikki at nikki@wambi.org

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082 – Unleashing the Voice of the Other | Corina Roobeck

Corina Roobeck is the Culture Transformation Partner at The Zone and she is passionate about awakening heart, spirit, and purpose in the business world.

Corina specializes in encouraging people to bring the “whole person” to work, and she joins Nikki to discuss the ways leaders can deliberately facilitate better collaboration.

Truth You Can Act On:

  1. Relationship skills are essential skills. They’re not optional and they’re not “soft” skills
  2. Make sure your mindset is locked-in to the endgame. This helps us fast track and innovate faster and helps our people feel safe. 
  3. Deliberately recruit diversity and on-board uniquely. Stop cloning. Every human needs a unique experience to help them unlock their potential. 
  4. Walk the talk. Integrity in leadership is not perfection, it’s showing up and displaying the courage to be vulnerable as a leader.

Nikki’s Book Recommendation:

Sponsor:

  • The Zone – The Zone is the space where happiness and high performance coexist. We believe in making organizations more human and for this to happen we should not have to trade one for the other. We’re offering 10 free coaching sessions to Gut+Science listeners. Visit https://thezone.co/gutscience/coaching to get started.

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Healthcare Series – Let’s Impact Workplace Engagement In Healthcare | Nikki Lewallen

Gut+Science is expanding into the healthcare sector with a specific subseries to impact employee engagement in the healthcare industry.

In partnership with Wambi, we’re bringing you the best influencers and leaders in healthcare to share best practices, stories, and lessons to build stronger people-first healthcare institutions.

The series has officially launched with Secretary David Shulkin, but we need your feedback! Send us an email at nikki@mondayfire.com and tell us who we should feature in this subseries.

Sponsor:

  • Wambi.org – Wambi is about human connections. We view feedback as the fuel for interpersonal growth and are always striving to achieve the highest versions of ourselves and to lift others up along the way
  • Carepostcard.com is launching soon and we would love to partner with you! Here are two ways you can get involved: 1) You can personally use this tool to recognize the great workers in this world; 2) Your company can use this tool to “give back” – especially at a time like this. Email nikki@wambi.org to learn how!

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081 – The Impact of A Collective Intelligence Culture | Sebastien Meyer

Does your organization function like an Olympic Team or a football team? On today’s Gut + Science, we’re diving into the world of collective intelligence with Sebastien Meyer of The Zone.

Sebastien is passionate about inspiring people and teams to reach their full potential. He helps teams and leaders build trust and safety so each voice can be heard and the best solutions reached

Truth You Can Act On:

  1. Teams need safety and trust to truly enable and empower people to speak up.
  2. Inspire curiosity of your team members and be a curious leader. Consider different perspectives and embrace diversity.
  3. Have a mindset that embraces conflict. Challenge yourself: do you really believe it’s a powerful thing to fail forward?
  4. Have a framework for feedback. Give feedback on behaviors coming from a place of care inspiring change.

Nikki’s Book Recommendations:

Sponsors:

  • The Zone – The Zone is the space where happiness and high performance coexist. We believe in making organizations more human and for this to happen we should not have to trade one for the other. We’re offering 10 free coaching sessions to Gut+Science listeners. Visit https://thezone.co/gutscience/coaching to get started.

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Healthcare Series – Lessons in Leading and Being Led | Secretary David Shulkin

Gut+Science is expanding into the healthcare sector with a specific subseries to impact employee engagement in the healthcare industry.

In this subseries, we’re bringing you the best influencers and leaders in healthcare to share best practices, stories, and lessons to build stronger people-first healthcare institutions.

We’re launching the series with Secretary David Shulkin, Ninth Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Secretary Shulkin joins Nikki to discuss his fascinating experiences with a wide range of leaders–including two United States Presidents–and the lessons he’s learned from leading and being led.

Truth You Can Act On:

  1. Cast a big vision. Keyword–BIG.
  2. Get to know and work with others’ pace.
  3. Consciously think about how you want to lead: Step back, get out of it, and define how you want to lead, then step back in and implement.
  4. Tap in to your people’s strengths to maximize their contributions.

Nikki’s Book Recommendation:

Sponsors:

  • Wambi.org – Wambi is about human connections. We view feedback as the fuel for interpersonal growth and are always striving to achieve the highest versions of ourselves and to lift others up along the way.

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080 – When One Teaches, Two Learn | Ron Brumbarger

Mentoring has never been more needed inside the workplace as many leaders struggle to develop leaders within their organizations. On today’s Gut + Science, we’re visiting with a mentorship pro, Ron Brumbarger, President of Apprentice University.

Ron is passionate about helping others learn and grow. As a result, he’s been an innovator in alternative learning for many years.

Truth You Can Act On:

  1. Mentoring is a mindset. In order for us to deploy an effective mentoring program, we must be intentional about developing mentors inside of our organization and at the same time making mentoring relationships a norm.
  2. The core of a mentoring relationship is trust. What are you doing to equip your people with trust-building exercises and giving them a platform and tools to do this consistently?
  3. Relationship building is an essential skill. Are you teaching and encouraging it in your company?
  4. All mentor-mentee relationships need goals. Start with the end in mind knowing what you’re working to accomplish both on the mentor and mentee side. Many times where mentoring relationships break down is just their way too gray. So stay on track, stay focused and keep your eye on the prize.

Nikki’s Book Recommendation:

Sponsors:

  • The Zone – The Zone is the space where happiness and high performance coexist. We believe in making organizations more human and for this to happen we should not have to trade one for the other. We’re offering 10 free coaching sessions to Gut+Science listeners. Visit https://thezone.co/gutscience/coaching to get started.

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079 – Creating A Successful Remote Work Experience | Chris Byers

On today’s Gut + Science, we’re loaded up with great advice on making the most of working remotely, especially when it’s unexpected.

Chris Byers is the CEO of Formstack, a SaaS company with a remote-first workforce. Chris is a veteran of the working from home environment, and he’s bringing us some of his best lessons on keeping your workforce engaged when they’re not in the same room.

Truth You Can Act On:

    1. Set the foundation. If you don’t set the foundation for engaging with your organization early–like in your onboarding process–people will fill those gaps on their own.
    2. Don’t assume you’re in alignment with your team members. Be intentional about communicating goals and objectives so there’s no ambiguity or room for miscommunication.
    3. Write it down. If you don’t write down the objectives and key results for you and your team, you won’t have the alignment and clarity that will allow you to communicate effectively and work toward the goal.
    4. Embrace video technology as much as possible. When working remotely, recreate the in-person experience as much as you can.
    5. Formalize the informal. Take the natural, informal aspects of the in-person work experience – going to lunch, grabbing coffee, friendly banter– and do them on purpose. They won’t happen naturally in a remote environment, so you have to force them if you want to maintain the relational aspect of your work environment.

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