127: How to Create A Speak-Up Culture | Stephen Shedletzky

Stephen Shedletzky (AKA “Shed”) wakes up every day to engage with people in meaningful ways, connect with depth, and live and inspire a more fulfilled world. He supports humble leaders. Those who know they are both part of problems they experience and a part of the solutions they create. Those who intend to put their people and purpose. Shed is a speaker, thought leader, executive coach, and advisor.

In this episode he shares his insights on how to create a “speak-up” culture and how it can transform organizations.

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Truth You Can Act On

1. Eliminate Toxic Positivity
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Stephen Shedletzky: “Toxic positivity denies people of having negative emotions. Now here’s the thing. If you’re a human being, you have those, and if you show up to work or live in a place in which it is not okay to have certain emotions, what we resist persists. We need to allow our people to feel their emotions, and leaders need to meet their people at the heart.”

2. Celebrate Behaviors Not Results
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Stephen Shedletzky: “We cannot control our results. All we can do is control our inputs. If we punish people for results or outputs that are literally outside of our control, it sends the wrong message. There’s a difference between losing and getting beat. When you’re beat it’s because the other team just totally outperformed you. You played great, but they earned a win when you lose it’s because you did things wrong and you should have done them better and you could have won. And so, if you get beat, you just tip your hat, focus on all the inputs you can continue to do, and, over time, if you get the inputs right the outputs will take care of themselves.”

3. Remember Work-life Integration
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Stephen Shedletzky: “We’ve all heard the term work-life balance. I don’t like that term because it then denotes that it’s a scale. That is not the case. I think we felt that more than ever through the pandemic and for the vast majority of us working from home. I’m a big proponent of work-life integration and work-life harmony. Do you love who you can be when you’re working? Do you love who you can be and who you are when you’re in your life? If you don’t, you’re out of integrity or balance in one or both of those places. I think we’ve seen a shift to realizing now, more than ever, that human beings have lives outside of work that matter. And stuff happens with family and friends, health concerns, things that are far more important than work. And how, as organizations and leaders, do we allow that flexibility time and space?”

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