Leading Better Teams

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With so much change still happening, leaders face a multitude of challenges. Turning to experts is a wise way to stay on top of the latest in team development. In this special episode, Leigh Ann turns to her Better Team’s Forward Community tribe to gather input about the biggest challenges leaders are facing right now and what leaders can do to overcome them. Listen in as consultants and coaches from the Forward Community give their advice on red flags to look out for to help employees, ways to focus on driving clarity for your team, how to evaluate and understand the impact of the pandemic, tips for managing multiple work teams, juggling simultaneous changes, and building team identity in post-pandemic situations. Grab your notebooks so you don’t miss all the tips about solving creativity issues, team culture and bringing joy to your team as you create your new normal.

Show Notes

👩‍🎓 Leigh Ann founded the Team Consultant Academy in 2019. 01:02
🙃 Executive coach Gayle Ely of Total Life Leadership on psychological well-being of employees. 03:24
👓 Improvement leader Danielle Freeman of The Clorox Company on lack of clarity. 06:40
😷 Wanda Walker from Uniquely Yours on the changes the pandemic brought and insights into organizational culture.09:59
↘️Charterworks newsletter, McKinsey & Co. Knowledge Partner - reducing likelihood that women and people of color fall behind. 12:29
🗓️ How teams use ‘hub weeks’ to come together 13:25.
🥖 LBT Trivia Question: Where did the word culture originate from? 14:19
🎯 Alex Suchman of Barometer Interactive on using games to promote strong team culture and identity. 15:00
🤗 Innovation coach Mary Bolander of Mary Bolander LLC on solving creativity challenges. 19:01
5️⃣ The five steps of Design Thinking. 22:19
🚩 Leading Better Teams Challenge. 23:26

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>>Connect with guests:
Gayle Ely, MBA, PCC  https://www.total-life-leadership.com/  
Danielle S. Freeman, CMF, CVF https://www.linkedin.com/in/cidanielle/
Wanda N. Walker, CLSSGB, CVF  https://uycllc.com/
Alex Suchman, PMP https://www.barometerxp.com/
Mary Bolander https://www.linkedin.com/in/marybolander/

>>Links mentioned:
Charterworks Newsletter, Knowledge Partner McKinsey & Co. https://www.charterworks.com
Design Thinking https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Design_thinking 

>> Connect with Leigh Ann: www.better-teams.com
>> Get the Better-Teams model to identify your team’s strengths and greatest opportunities using a common language here: https://better-teams.com/better-teams-model/ 

What is Leading Better Teams?

Leading teams is tough. Leading hybrid or remote teams? Even tougher. New workplace dynamics can create employee tension and communication issues that can overwhelm the best leaders. Engaging remote employees and leading virtual teams is a skill that all leaders must develop as the future of work is here. Companies are made up of people - like you and me - who are ideally working together toward a common goal. But we’re complicated human beings and when put together in a corporate/business environment, any number of things can go right or wrong.

I’m your host, Leigh Ann Rodgers - world-renowned human potential expert, speaker, author, and CEO of Better Teams. My mission is to help leaders of all kinds to build better teams around the globe so that employees are happy, engaged, and productive. Implementing the most effective and latest models served up humor, happiness, and a dash of southern charm results in positive transformations time after time.

Each month, you can expect to hear from me and other industry experts on how to effectively manage remote teams making them positive and happy. I’ll offer real world examples from my on-going work and be real about the challenges and celebrate victories that I see. I’ll also offer quick tips and tools that are my way of giving you actionable knowledge so that you, too, can help in the mission to build and lead better teams the world over.

This podcast has been created to reach more people, executives, teams to benefit individuals, and can make corporations more human-centered. This show is for leaders seeking new ways to engage remote and hybrid teams and employees and who need practical tips and tools to lead with confidence.

The recognition that humans are complicated and motivated in all different ways allows me to be empathic and listen more deeply to what’s being said, and what’s not being said so that I can understand the entire team's values, ways of working and, ultimately, drive. It’s my whole-human approach that separates my work from the rest and has allowed me to walk among people employed at the smallest of local firms, non-profit organizations, government agencies like the Center for Disease Control (CDC), multinational companies and the world’s biggest brands like MARS, Whirlpool, and Kelloggs. I’ve been privileged to be in company with thousands of humans around the world - team members, frontline workers, and the most powerful executives. But as many as I’ve impacted, I cannot do this work alone. That’s why I created Forward - a trusted community of global industry professionals and now this podcast - so that we call can network, learn from one another, share new ideas, ask for help, and experiment with new ideas so this work can reach far and wide.

In my work as team builder, facilitator, and focus group moderator, people are moved to action by my expertise, and my undying curiosity about people and the never-ending stream of new tools and technologies that are consistently being developed to help teams and people be more productive. My job is to sort through all the information and apply my hands-on knowledge about work - what it is today and what it’s evolving into tomorrow. The world of work and people have been forever changed. It’s up to people like me who can clearly see the impact on people and teams to interpret the trends, test and analyze frameworks and tools to uncover what works most effectively, and take these learnings and put them into practice for teams large and small around the globe.