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Demystifying Extrinsic Motivation | LDP Ep.013

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Welcome to Ep.013 of the Leadership Decoded Podcast in the Loop Internet studio hosted by Dr. Will Ramey!

In today’s episode we break open the impact of Expectancy Theory when leveraging extrinsic motivation with your team. When supplying extrinsic motivation, it’s imperative to connect effort, performance, and outcomes. Join us as we delve into how understanding and applying Expectancy Theory can transform your leadership approach.

Dr. Ramey, is a former U.S. Army Officer and Bronze Star recipient. Beyond his military leadership, he has led teams for several Fortune 100 companies and the Department of Defense. Currently, Dr. Ramey is an executive leadership coach, keynote speaker, and executive MBA Adjunct Professor at Drexel University.

The mission of the Leadership Decoded Podcast is to educate and empower leaders of all levels. Each episode will discuss a specific topic of leadership and the practical strategies and proven techniques that can be applied to improve your leadership abilities both in and out of the workplace.

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Jazrae Wear

Harlem Threads: Streetwear, Culture & Hip-Hop | Ep.191 Carlos Betances

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This week in the blu door studio, Bill is joined by Carlos Betances, CEO of Jazrae Wear clothing line.

Born and raised in Harlem, Carlos fondly recalls the many times he and his late-brother were “chillin’ on the stoop,” in front of their building. It served as a meeting place for friends and family, a hangout before and after sporting events, and a place to just “chill.” In his own words, Carlos says, “it’s a New York thing,” and is the essence of Harlem and New York City. This culture is weaved into his clothing line, paying homage to his brother and the city that raised him.

In this episode, we share stories of resilience, from the sting of loss to the sobering realization of who truly supports us when the chips are down. Our conversation spans the transformative effects of evaluating life’s influences, setting boundaries, and the art of saying “no” — a recipe for valuing oneself, stitched together with the threads of personal anecdotes and entrepreneurial spirit.

Join us in this deep conversation where vulnerability meets victory; where the loss of a loved one fuels the rebirth of a dream, and embracing change is the cornerstone of success.

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Harlem Threads: Streetwear, Culture & Hip-Hop | Ep.191 Carlos Betances

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This week in the blu door studio, Bill is joined by Carlos Betances, CEO of Jazrae Wear clothing line. Born and raised in Harlem, Carlos fondly recalls the many times he and his late-brother were “chillin’ on the stoop,” in front of their building. It served as a meeting place for friends and family, a hangout before and after sporting events, and a place to just “chill.” In his own words, Carlos says, “it’s a New York thing,” and is the essence of Harlem and New York City. This culture is weaved into his clothing line, paying homage to his brother and the city that raised him. In this episode, we share stories of resilience, from the sting of loss to the sobering realization of who truly supports us when the chips are down. Our conversation spans the transformative effects of evaluating life’s influences, setting boundaries, and the art of saying “no” — a recipe for valuing oneself, stitched together with the threads of personal anecdotes and entrepreneurial spirit. Join us in this deep conversation where vulnerability meets victory; where the loss of a loved one fuels the rebirth of a dream, and embracing change is the cornerstone of success.

 

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Competence: Executive Presence | LDP Ep.011

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Welcome to Ep.010 of the Leadership Decoded Podcast in the Loop Internet studio hosted by Dr. Will Ramey!

In this episode we shed light on executive presence and how your competence is the bedrock of building cognitive trust and credibility. Join us as we delve into what competence means in the context of executive presence, why it’s a pivot point for your success, and how you can enhance it to elevate your leadership.

Dr. Ramey, is a former U.S. Army Officer and Bronze Star recipient. Beyond his military leadership, he has led teams for several Fortune 100 companies and the Department of Defense. Currently, Dr. Ramey is an executive leadership coach, keynote speaker, and executive MBA Adjunct Professor at Drexel University.

The mission of the Leadership Decoded Podcast is to educate and empower leaders of all levels. Each episode will discuss a specific topic of leadership and the practical strategies and proven techniques that can be applied to improve your leadership abilities both in and out of the workplace.

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Jordan Consagra

$3 Million Later: Success Fueled by Doubt & Criticism | Ep.190 Jordan Consagra

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This week in the blu door studio, Bill joined by Jordan Consagra, Partner at MDK Realty.

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Ever been severely doubted? Criticized? Told you’ll never make it? Then this is the episode for you.

We find solace in the enduring bonds of long-standing friendships, even as we navigate the ebbs and flows of our evolving careers. The podcasting world, like life itself, is ripe with change, and we’re here embracing it all — including the underlying commitment it takes to keep the dream alive and kicking. Yet, beneath the grand plans lies a simple truth: It’s the loyal people by our side who believed in us, came up with us, and made the journey worthwhile.

And let’s not forget the grind, the hustle, and the sweet taste of vindication as we ascend from underdogs to leaders in our fields. Each chapter of our shared narrative is a testament to the power of resilience and the joy found in supporting one another’s ventures.

Tune in for an episode that’s brimming with life lessons, camaraderie, and the reaffirmation that every challenge is just another stepping stone on the road to fulfillment.

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$3 Million Later: Success Fueled by Doubt & Criticism | Ep.190 Jordan Consagra

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This week in the blu door studio, Bill joined by Jordan Consagra, Partner at MDK Realty. Ever been severely doubted? Criticized? Told you’ll never make it? Then this is the episode for you. We find solace in the enduring bonds of long-standing friendships, even as we navigate the ebbs and flows of our evolving careers. The podcasting world, like life itself, is ripe with change, and we’re here embracing it all — including the underlying commitment it takes to keep the dream alive and kicking.

 

Yet, beneath the grand plans lies a simple truth: It’s the loyal people by our side who believed in us, came up with us, and made the journey worthwhile. And let’s not forget the grind, the hustle, and the sweet taste of vindication as we ascend from underdogs to leaders in our fields. Each chapter of our shared narrative is a testament to the power of resilience and the joy found in supporting one another’s ventures. So, tune in for an episode that’s brimming with life lessons, camaraderie, and the reaffirmation that every challenge is just another stepping stone on the road to fulfillment.

 

Enjoy!

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Authenticity in Executive Presence

Authenticity: Executive Presence | LDP Ep.010

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Welcome to Ep.010 of the Leadership Decoded Podcast in the Loop Internet studio hosted by Dr. Will Ramey!

In this episode we explore why authenticity isn’t just a buzzword; it’s the cornerstone of genuine leadership. Join us as we explore what authenticity means in the context of executive presence, why it’s crucial, and how you can embrace it to elevate your leadership.

Dr. Ramey, is a former U.S. Army Officer and Bronze Star recipient. Beyond his military leadership, he has led teams for several Fortune 100 companies and the Department of Defense. Currently, Dr. Ramey is an executive leadership coach, keynote speaker, and executive MBA Adjunct Professor at Drexel University.

The mission of the Leadership Decoded Podcast is to educate and empower leaders of all levels. Each episode will discuss a specific topic of leadership and the practical strategies and proven techniques that can be applied to improve your leadership abilities both in and out of the workplace.

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Cory Panettieri

Building a Business Around the Life You Want to Live | Ep.189 Cory Panettieri

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This week in the blu door studio, Bill is joined by Cory Panettieri, Founder of the Locals Only Project.

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In this episode, we talk about the entrepreneurial grind and the sacrifices of building a brand, remaining authentic on social media, seizing opportunities for monetization and growth, and building a reliable reputation for success.

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Cory Panettieri

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This week in the blu door studio, Bill is joined by Cory Panettieri, Founder of the Locals Only Project. In this episode, we talk about the entrepreneurial grind and the sacrifices of building a brand, remaining authentic on social media, seizing opportunities for monetization and growth, and building a reliable reputation for success.

 

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Unlocking Executive Presence

Unlocking Your Executive Presence | LDP Ep.009

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Welcome to Ep.009 of the Leadership Decoded Podcast in the Loop Internet studio hosted by Dr. Will Ramey!

In this episode we unravel the essence of executive presence and give you the three components of executive presence that will leave you more self-assured and competent in communication in order to build stronger connections within your team and your clients.

Dr. Ramey, is a former U.S. Army Officer and Bronze Star recipient. Beyond his military leadership, he has led teams for several Fortune 100 companies and the Department of Defense. Currently, Dr. Ramey is an executive leadership coach, keynote speaker, and executive MBA Adjunct Professor at Drexel University.

The mission of the Leadership Decoded Podcast is to educate and empower leaders of all levels. Each episode will discuss a specific topic of leadership and the practical strategies and proven techniques that can be applied to improve your leadership abilities both in and out of the workplace.

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Chris Sanders, MD

Chris Sanders, MD: Nip, Tuck, Click: Beauty in the Age of Algorithms | Ep.188

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This week in the blu door studio Bill sits down with Chris Sanders, MD, Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN).

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Dr. Sanders brings his expertise to the table, providing an insightful look at the psychological facets of plastic surgery, body dysmorphia, the need for managing patient expectations, and the ethical responsibilities that come with the scalpel.

We also discuss how social media and celebrity culture shape public perceptions and the pursuit of beauty, artificial intelligence in healthcare, and the lasting value of mentorship in shaping careers and lives.

Chris Sanders MD

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Chris Sanders, MD: Nip, Tuck, Click: Beauty in the Age of Algorithms | Ep.188

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This week in the blu door studio Bill sits down with Chris Sanders, MD, Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN).

Dr. Sanders brings his expertise to the table, providing an insightful look at the psychological facets of plastic surgery, body dysmorphia, the need for managing patient expectations, and the ethical responsibilities that come with the scalpel.

We also discuss how social media and celebrity culture shape public perceptions and the pursuit of beauty, artificial intelligence in healthcare, and the lasting value of mentorship in shaping careers and lives.

Enjoy!

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Creators Legal: Easy-to-use Contract templates that are perfect for Influencers & Content Creators in ANY industry. Tap Here To Try Creators Legal!

 

blu door Financial: Helps you save money and reduce taxes to live a fuller financial life. To learn more, visit blu door Financial on the web!

 

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Jarrett Ferentino

Jarrett Ferentino: True Crime, Murder & Mayhem | Ep.187

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This week in the blu door studio Bill is joined by Jarrett Ferentino, a federal and state trial lawyer with over two decades of experience and a remarkable track record of successfully handling a wide range of cases for individual, corporate, and government clients, including over 100 homicides, sexual abuse, and drug trafficking cases.

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Step behind the scenes of true crime with us, where the chilling details of cases like the Hugo Selenski trial lurk, and the personal sacrifices of those who stand against darkness emerge. Jarrett shares his riveting experiences from confronting the aftermath of tragedy to achieving hard-fought victories in the courtroom.

We dissect the changing tides of jury trials while acknowledging the unseen burdens that legal professionals bear, and their unwavering dedication to the scales of justice.

Want to hear more True Crime stories from Jarrett Ferentino? Check out his weekly podcast, True Crime Boss, where he brings his prosecutorial expertise to the forefront, unraveling the most riveting true crime stories with unwavering dedication.

Jarrett Ferentino

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Jarrett Ferentino: True Crime, Murder & Mayhem | Ep.187

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This week in the blu door studio Bill is joined by Jarrett Ferentino, a federal and state trial lawyer with over two decades of experience and a remarkable track record of successfully handling a wide range of cases for individual, corporate, and government clients, including over 100 homicides, sexual abuse, and drug trafficking cases.

 

Step behind the scenes of true crime with us, where the chilling details of cases like the Hugo Selenski trial lurk, and the personal sacrifices of those who stand against darkness emerge. Jarrett shares his riveting experiences from confronting the aftermath of tragedy to achieving hard-fought victories in the courtroom. We dissect the changing tides of jury trials while acknowledging the unseen burdens that legal professionals bear, and their unwavering dedication to the scales of justice.

 

Want to hear more True Crime stories from Jarrett? Check out his weekly podcast, “True Crime Boss,” where he brings his prosecutorial expertise to the forefront, unraveling the most riveting true crime stories with unwavering dedication.

 

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Empowering the Next Generation: Career Paths and Community Roots | Ep.186: Lindsay Griffin-Boylan

In this episode, our Executive Producer, Jimmy T. Martin, takes the reins as our guest host in the blu door studio, and is joined by Lindsay Griffin-Boylan, who serves as the President & CEO of the Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce.

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Lindsay and Jimmy detail their experiences of moving away and the perspective it gave them, as well as their commitment to revitalizing their hometown and inspiring the next generation. They also talk about connecting education and workforce development, promoting local businesses and entrepreneurship, and how to make a difference through community efforts and advocating for improvements.

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In this episode, our Executive Producer, Jimmy T. Martin, takes the reins as our guest host in the blu door studio, and is joined by Lindsay Griffin-Boylan, who serves as the President & CEO of the Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce.

 

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Gabrielle D’Amico: The Unscripted Journey To Hollywood, Comedy Writing, & Entertainment | Ep.185

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This week in the blu door studio, Bill sits down with Hollywood Screenwriter, Gabrielle D’Amico. Join us in this entertaining and enlightening episode, with someone who turned her hobby of writing into an inspiring Hollywood story. In this episode, Gabrielle candidly discusses her unique career journey, detailing how she balanced her love for writing while still having a full-time job, before finally making the daring decision to leave her conventional career path behind after her screenplay ‘Hot Mess’ made waves in Hollywood.
Gabrielle gives us a peek into the well of inspiration that feeds her creative writing. Not only does she open up about her writing journey, but also takes us through her screenwriting process – the joy of improving a story, the thrill of pitching scripts, and the realities of the entertainment industry.
Emma Roberts, known for her role in American Horror Story, is slated to lead the cast of the upcoming comedy. In the film, she portrays a character whose private life unravels while participating in a televised dating show, forcing her to embark on the ultimate journey of embarrassment as she returns to her hometown. The film is currently in pre-production.
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Tapping into Nature’s Wisdom: Leadership Lessons, Growth, & Relationships | Ep.184 Dr. Katie Leonard

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This week in blu door studio, Bill is joined by Dr. Katie Leonard, President & CEO of Johnson College. In this episode, Dr. Leonard shares her passion for student welfare and provides an intriguing insight into her tattoos and daily routine of hiking, meditation, and reading/writing. We also discuss the power of manifestation, the value of being present, and Dr. Leonard’s belief in the importance of relationship building, curiosity, and the strength of teamwork.

 

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BRANKO: “The Troubles” in Ireland, Mental Health, Addiction, & Hip-Hop | Ep.183

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This week in the blu door studio, Bill sits down with the Irish hip-hop artist, BRANKO. In an emotional episode, BRANKO shares his powerful story of growing up in Northern Ireland during the violent religious and political conflict known as “The Troubles,” losing his mother to suicide when he was a teenager, and his 10-year battle with alcoholism. Now 6 months sober and exploding in the hip-hop scene, BRANKO is sending the world a message of hope through his new single “Tenfold.”

 

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Garza Crew: Building a Media Empire with my Kids, Content Creation, & Motherhood | Ep.182 Adrea Garza

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This week in the blu door studio, Bill sits down with Adrea Garza, mom of the mom + twins influencer trio @garzacrew from Edmond, Oklahoma.
What started out as a fun and creative way for Adrea to document her daughters growing up, turned into a full blown media company amassing 4.6 million followers. Her career goal was to work her way up the corporate ladder and become CEO by 40. She still achieved her goal, but in a way that she never imagined, now running a media empire of her own with the people she enjoys spending time with most, her kids.
In this episode, we delve into her life-changing decision of leaving her pharmaceutical sales career to become a full-time mother and content creator, and the domino effect it had, leading to a viral moment on TikTok during the 2020 election. We also talk about her and her daughters’ business ventures and goals, the potential of a reality TV series, and parenting in a digital age.
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3:43 – Haven & Koti Sketch
6:20 – From Pharmaceuticals to Content Creation
14:19 – Growing Followers & Content Creation
22:53 – Handling Online Hate
26:45 – Adrea’s Childhood
41:15 – Mom-Daughter Trips
44:22 – Considering a Reality TV Show
49:40 – Work and Family in Social Media
1:01:10 – Goals
1:12:42 – Kingston, Pennsylvania

 

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BALDACCI: Gangbanger at 13, EFxFORT MUSIC, Meeting Estevan Oriol, Tattoos, & Family | Ep.181

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BALDACCI, also known as “The Face of LA,” is a Mexican-American rapper from South Los Angeles’ Florence District, whose distinct appearance of tattoos covering his entire body, including his face, tell a story of pride, family, and loyalty.

When he was 13, Baldacci followed in the footsteps of his father, Big Sailor, by joining Florencia-13 (F13), LA’s largest Latino gang. At 18, he was shot 5 times with an AK-47 semi-automatic assault rifle, and after 2 months in a coma, he went right back to the streets.

Our conversation unravels the fascinating aspects of his life, from his childhood growing up “on the block” of Converse Ave. immersed with gang life, surviving his near death experience at 18, and doing both State and Federal prison bids.

We also explore his transformative journey into the music industry where he eventually started his own record label, The EFxFORT MUSIC, collaborating with Yelawolf, and his relationship with Estevan Oriol, an internationally known photographer who directed “LA Originals,” a Netflix Original Documentary.

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BALDACCI: Gangbanger at 13, EFxFORT MUSIC, Meeting Estevan Oriol, Tattoos, & Family | Ep.181

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BALDACCI, also known as “The Face of LA,” is a Mexican-American rapper from South Los Angeles’ Florence District, whose distinct appearance of tattoos covering his entire body, including his face, tell a story of pride, family, and loyalty. When he was 13, Baldacci followed in the footsteps of his father, Big Sailor, by joining Florencia-13 (F13), LA’s largest Latino gang. At 18, he was shot 5 times with an AK-47 semi-automatic assault rifle, and after 2 months in a coma, he went right back to the streets.

 

Our conversation unravels the fascinating aspects of his life, from his childhood growing up “on the block” of Converse Ave. immersed with gang life, surviving his near death experience at 18, and doing both State and Federal prison bids. We also explore his transformative journey into the music industry where he eventually started his own record label, The EFxFORT MUSIC, collaborating with Yelawolf, and his relationship with Estevan Oriol, an internationally known photographer who directed “LA Originals,” a Netflix Original Documentary.

 

Timestamps:

(0:00) Gangbanger at 13

(8:28) Growing Up in South LA Florence District

(12:12) Tattoos & Gang Life

(26:00) Juvenile Hall, State & Federal Bids

(36:34) Shot 5 Times with an AK-47

(50:31) EFxFORT MUSIC

(1:00:42) Business Ventures

(1:05:32) The Face of LA

 

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Freemasonry, Philosophy, & Nature: A Guiding Compass for Self-Transformation | Ep.180 Warren Steury

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Ep.180. We took the blu door studio on a road trip to Nashville, TN! In today’s #OnTheStacks episode, I sat down with Warren Steury, a Master Mason of the West Nashville Phoenix Freemasons’ Lodge #131. We take a deep dive into the myths and mysteries of Freemasonry, a fraternity often viewed through a distorted lens, despite its noble legacy dating back to the era of the Founding Fathers.

 

At 16 years old, he got caught up as a troubled youth, and subsequently, his parents enrolled him in a wilderness rehabilitation program, where he spent 83 days hiking and living off the land of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina with a small group of other juveniles and camp counselors, where he gained valuable life lessons.

 

Finally, we turned our spotlight on personal growth – the importance of having a code to live by. We talk about the role of daily reading and writing for personal development, and how these simple habits can bring clarity to one’s thoughts. We also talk about the evolution of content length, attention spans in the digital age, and how reading and writing remain our distinguishing traits as humans.

 

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Seizures, Synesthesia, & Songwriting: Finding Melody Amid Chaos | Ep.179 April Rose Gabrielli

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Ep.179. We took the blu door studio on a road trip to Nashville, TN! This is the 2nd of 4 episodes from the #OTSroadShow. In today’s #OnTheStacks episode, Bill sat down with April Rose Gabrielli, a Billboard charting alternative-rock/pop singer, songwriter, producer & pianist. In 2020, she was diagnosed with epilepsy. The profound mental health effect of her diagnosis could’ve easily put an end to her music career, but instead, she used her diagnosis as a creative challenge to continue to pursue music, even writing songs and signing a publishing and record deal during one of her hospital stays. She developed aphasia, which caused her to speak backwards. She lost her short-term memory. Reading and speaking was very difficult for her. She had to relearn how to use computer programs and play piano. During our discussion of her incredible comeback story, we also talk about gender bias in the music industry, finding strength in adversity, and developing compassion for those with hidden illnesses.

 

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Edward Crowe: Psilocybin Mushrooms as Therapy, Managing Yelawolf, & Photography | Ep.178

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Ep.178: We took the blu door studio on a road trip to Nashville, TN. This is the 1st of 4 episodes from the OTS Road Show.

In this episode, Bill sat down with Edward Crowe, a music business executive, photographer, high dose psilocybin ceremonial leader, mystic, & citizen Scientist.

He says psilocybin mushrooms quite literally saved his life. Commonly referred to as “magic mushrooms,” Psilocybin is known for its recreational and psychedelic experience. However, this substance has been widely noted to be a potential therapy for hard-to-treat disorders such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, addiction and more.

In this episode Edward shares his life changing experience with psilocybin mushrooms, his journey becoming Yelawolf’s manager, and creative exploration in music, photography, and the cigar business.

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Creativity and Flow

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Unleashing Creativity Through Flow

In the realm of human potential, few concepts are as inspiring as “flow,” a state where creativity and productivity converge effortlessly. Today, we embark on a journey to explore the profound research of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and how understanding the flow state can unlock boundless creativity in our lives and work.

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The Research: The Art and Science of Flow

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a pioneer in positive psychology, delved deep into the psychology of optimal experience. His research gave birth to the concept of “flow,” a mental state where individuals are fully immersed in an activity, feeling energized, focused, and completely absorbed.

Flow and Creativity: A Symbiotic Relationship
  1. The Flow State Defined: Flow is characterized by a deep sense of focus, a loss of self-consciousness, and a feeling of timelessness. In this state, individuals are fully engaged in an activity, often experiencing a sense of joy and even euphoria.
  2. Nurturing Creativity: Flow and creativity are closely intertwined. When in flow, individuals tap into their most creative selves. This heightened state of consciousness allows for novel connections, innovative solutions, and the birth of new ideas.
How to Cultivate Flow and Boost Creativity:
  1. Clear Goals: Define clear and achievable goals for your creative endeavors. This provides direction and a sense of purpose.
  2. Feedback Loops: Regularly seek feedback and adjust your approach accordingly. This keeps you engaged and helps maintain the flow state.
  3. Challenge and Skill Balance: Strive for a balance between the challenge of the task and your skill level. Flow occurs when the challenge slightly exceeds your abilities, motivating you to rise to the occasion.
  4. Eliminate Distractions: Create a conducive environment by minimizing distractions. Turn off notifications and find a quiet, focused space.
  5. Passion and Interest: Engage in activities that genuinely interest you and align with your passions. Intrinsic motivation fuels the flow state.
Benefits of Flow and Creativity:
  1. Enhanced Productivity: Flow amplifies your efficiency and productivity, allowing you to accomplish more in less time.
  2. Quality Output: Creativity flourishes in the flow state, resulting in higher-quality work and innovative solutions.
  3. Personal Fulfillment: Experiencing flow is inherently rewarding and contributes to a deep sense of personal fulfillment.
  4. Reduced Stress: The immersive nature of flow reduces stress and anxiety, promoting mental well-being.
The Path to Creative Flow

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s research on flow unveils the gateway to boundless creativity. By understanding the conditions that foster the flow state and actively cultivating it in our lives, we can unlock the full spectrum of our creative potential.

Let’s embark on a journey of creative flow. As we set clear goals, seek feedback, and align our passions with challenges, we’ll tap into the wellspring of innovation within us. Together, we’ll shape a future where creativity flows effortlessly, sparking innovation, and enhancing our lives and the world around us.

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Maintain your Well-Being

Elevate your Well-Being | Dr. Will Ramey

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My Well-Being Eye Opener

I was brought up in the Army where leaders eat last. Leaders ensure their team has everything they need to be successful. My team’s well-being had to be a priority. Our LIVES depended on it in a combat zone. When convoying from Kuwait to Iraq, I ensured my team had rest cycles, they were fed, vehicles were maintained, and all were taken care of. When I finally got to our operating base, I had was smoked! What I realized is that I needed to put my team’s well-being as a top priority AND I needed to find a way to maintain my own well-being at the same time. If’ I couldn’t find this balance, something tragic might happen. I learned to build routines to balance my mind, body, and spirit so that I could show up as the best leader for my team. Too often you trade your well-being for the good of the team.

Leaders must be able to lead themselves before taking on leading others. This includes ensuring your own well-being is in tip-top shape. Research indicates that leaders are experiencing more and more challenges to their own well-being. The pace of business, hyper-competitiveness, 24-7 access in the digital world are all stressors of the modern workplace. You can easily lose your way by prioritizing the demands of your business or your team over your personal well-being. You’re taught to put your team first, be a servant leader but, if you don’t have tactics in place to take care of yourself, you won’t be at your best for your team.

Darin Olien’s Wisdom: Superlife, Super Leadership

I’ve read Darin Olien’s book “Superlife” through twice and have pages earmarked as references. This book offers practical tactics to improve multiple aspects of your well-being. The emphasis is on the significance of nutrition, hydration, sleep, exercise, and mindfulness. Let’s delve into how these principles can elevate our leadership.

Well-Being as a Leadership Asset:
  1. Nutrition for Clarity: Proper nutrition fuels your cognitive abilities and decision-making. By nourishing your body with the right foods, you enhance mental clarity and focus, critical for effective leadership.
  2. Hydration for Energy: Staying adequately hydrated is essential for sustained energy levels. When you stay hydrated you are better equipped to handle the demands of your role.
  3. Quality Sleep for Resilience: Adequate and restorative sleep is a cornerstone of your well-being. When you get enough restful sleep you are capable of being more resilient, emotionally stable, and of handling stress.
  4. Exercise for Vitality: Regular physical activity not only boosts your physical health but also enhances your mental well-being. It fosters creativity and resilience, key attributes of successful leaders.
  5. Mindfulness for Presence: Mindfulness practices, such as meditation, improve your self-awareness and emotional regulation. Leaders who practice mindfulness are better equipped to navigate challenging situations with composure.

For more on Mindfulness – How Mindfulness Helps You Lead | Dr. Will Ramey

Strategies for Cultivating Well-Being as a Leader:
  1. Prioritize Self-Care: Make self-care a non-negotiable part of your routine. Schedule time for exercise, healthy meals, and relaxation.
  2. Set Boundaries: Establish clear boundaries between work and personal life to prevent burnout and promote well-being.
  3. Encourage Well-Being in Your Team: Create a workplace culture that values well-being by offering resources, flexibility, and support for your team’s physical and mental health.
  4. Practice Mindfulness: Incorporate mindfulness practices into your daily routine to enhance self-awareness and emotional intelligence.
  5. Continuous Learning: Stay informed about the latest research and best practices in well-being to make informed choices for yourself and your team.
Benefits of Prioritizing Well-Being as a Leader:
  1. Enhanced Decision-Making: Well-being practices sharpen cognitive abilities, leading to better decision-making and problem-solving.
  2. Improved Resilience: Leaders who prioritize well-being are more resilient and better equipped to handle challenges and setbacks.
  3. Positive Team Culture: A leader’s commitment to well-being sets the tone for the entire team, fostering a positive and productive work environment.
  4. Increased Productivity: Well-being practices boost energy levels and productivity, ultimately leading to more efficient leadership.
Thriving in Leadership Through Well-Being

Darin Olien’s “Superlife” offers valuable insights into elevating well-being for effective leadership. By embracing principles such as nutrition, hydration, sleep, exercise, and mindfulness, we can transform ourselves into more vibrant, resilient, and impactful leaders.

Let’s embark on a well-being journey in leadership. As we prioritize self-care, set boundaries, and encourage well-being in our teams, we’ll witness the transformation of our leadership style. Together, we’ll shape a future where well-being is not just a personal choice but a leadership asset, contributing to our success, fulfillment, and the well-being of those we lead.

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Lead with Þetta Reddast | Dr. Will Ramey

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Embracing “Þetta Reddast” – The Icelandic Resilience Philosophy

In the enchanting land of Iceland, a unique philosophy known as Þetta Reddast flourishes. If you are a leader, read on to uncover the depth and wisdom of this philosophy, exploring how it embodies resilience, adaptability, and a positive outlook in the face of challenges. Join me as we delve into the heart of Þetta Reddast and uncover its profound lessons for navigating life’s complexities.

Discovery of It will All Work Out

As I continue on the pursuit of merging happiness and work life, I stumbled across a show: Rainn Wilson And The Geography Of Bliss. I enjoy docu-series type shows. My kids groan when I flip them on, so I tend to watch these late at night when my mind tends to drift to the more philosophical side of life. This show is where I discovered the Icelandic phrase – Þetta Reddast. I immediately took note of the application to leadership.

Understanding Þetta Reddast: The Spirit of Adaptation

Þetta Reddast, often translated as “it will all work out,” encapsulates the Icelandic spirit of resilience. It reflects a mindset that embraces uncertainty and adversity with a calm and confident attitude. It’s about acknowledging that your challenges are part of life’s journey and trusting that things will ultimately fall into place.

Exploring the Key Principles of Þetta Reddast
  • Embracing Imperfection: Þetta Reddast invites you to accept that life is unpredictable, and imperfections are part of the tapestry of experiences.
  • Adapting to Change: The philosophy encourages flexibility and adaptability, reminding you that circumstances can shift, and you have the inner strength to adjust.
  • Finding Solutions: Rather than dwelling on problems, Þetta Reddast promotes a solution-oriented mindset, emphasizing your capacity to overcome challenges.
Lessons from Þetta Reddast
  • Resilience in Adversity: Þetta Reddast teaches you to maintain composure in the face of adversity, knowing that challenges are temporary and you possess the resilience to overcome them.
  • Cultivating Patience: The philosophy reminds you that outcomes may take time, and patience is essential. It encourages you to trust the process.
  • Nurturing Optimism: You can fosters a positive outlook, allowing you to approach difficulties with hope and confidence.
Application to Leadership

While rooted in Icelandic culture, Þetta Reddast holds universal wisdom. Its principles can be applied to leadership reminding us to:

  1. Embrace uncertainty and change as natural parts of life.
  2. Cultivate a solution-focused mindset to overcome challenges.
  3. Trust in your ability to adapt and find ways forward.
Embracing Þetta Reddast in Our Journeys

Þetta Reddast is a philosophy that resonates with the human experience across cultures. By embodying its principles of resilience, adaptability, and optimism, you navigate life’s uncertainties and lead with grace and confidence.

Let’s embark on a journey of embracing Þetta Reddast. As you weave its lessons into your lives, you’ll discover newfound strength in facing challenges, a deeper appreciation for imperfections, and a resilient spirit that propels you forward. Together, we’ll shape a future where Þetta Reddast guides us to navigate life’s complexities with poise and optimism, reminding us that in the end, it will all work out.

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Mutual Support

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Mutual Support

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Cultivating Mutual Support for Exceptional Team Dynamics

In the tapestry of effective teamwork, one thread stands out as the foundation of success: mutual support. High performing teams have members that provide support to each other as they work to a collective goal. By understanding the significance, strategies, and benefits, of mutual support we can create an environment where team members uplift each other, achieve remarkable results, and contribute to a culture of shared accomplishment. Let’s unravel the power of mutual support.

Understanding Mutual Support: The Backbone of Team Success

Mutual support refers to the practice of team members assisting and encouraging one another to achieve shared goals. This collaborative spirit is the heartbeat of high-performing teams and the driving force behind collective achievements. This isn’t just the robotic “how are you?”, this is about rolling up your sleeves to help pick up slack when your peer is having an off day. Helping others by sharing knowledge or experimenting with a better way to perform your tasks. Mutual support comes in the form of task assistance, social support, and creating an environment where you can voice your thoughts and navigate conflict successfully towards a better performance outcome. I’ve watched teams that have people working side by side and never say a word to each other. They use email to communicate. They consistently take a problem up to their boss to resolve instead of engaging with each other. Mutual support is about influencing, leading, and following each other because you share the same collective purpose.

The Importance of Mutual Support

Mutual supporting behaviors within a team contribute to positive interactions and dynamics. Think about the best team you’ve ever been a part of? If you had to pinpoint what made is the best, most of us may say the people. The best team I was a part of was my Space Operations Crew. We went to the gym together, ate together, celebrated milestones together, picked each other up when things went bad, taught each other about our specific roles, shared information, etc. We supported each other. The impact of mutual support can include:

Enhanced Team Cohesion: Mutual support strengthens the bond between team members, creating a unified and harmonious work environment.

Increased Productivity: When team members support each other, productivity soars as tasks are completed more efficiently and effectively.

Boosted Morale: Mutual support contributes to a positive atmosphere, boosting morale and creating a sense of belonging.

Innovation and Problem-Solving: A supportive environment encourages open dialogue, leading to innovative ideas and effective problem-solving.

Strategies for Strengthening Mutual Support

Lead by Example: As a leader, model the behavior you want to see. Demonstrate support for your team members through actions and words.

Foster Open Communication: Encourage open dialogue, where team members feel comfortable discussing challenges, seeking advice, and offering assistance.

Celebrate Achievements: Acknowledge and celebrate both individual and team achievements. Recognition boosts motivation.

Collaborative Environment: Create an environment that encourages collaboration, where team members actively seek opportunities to help each other.

Skill Sharing: Encourage team members to share their skills and expertise with one another, fostering a culture of continuous learning.

Benefits of Strengthened Mutual Support

Research has shown that mutual support between team members has positive outcomes. These outcomes can lead to big gains in how your team experiences work.

Higher Team Satisfaction: A culture of mutual support leads to increased job satisfaction, as team members feel valued and appreciated.

Improved Team Resilience: Teams that support each other navigate challenges more effectively, emerging stronger and more resilient.

Enhanced Creativity: A supportive atmosphere encourages diverse thinking and sparks creative ideas.

Retained Talent: A positive, supportive environment reduces turnover as team members feel invested in the team’s success.

Gain Team Harmony Through Mutual Support

Mutual support is the heartbeat of exceptional team dynamics. By fostering open communication, collaborative environments, and a culture of recognition, we elevate our teams to new heights of achievement and cohesion.

Let’s work together, cultivating mutual support within our teams. As we lead by example, encourage open dialogue, and celebrate achievements, we’ll witness the transformation of our teams into powerhouses of collaboration, innovation, and shared success. Together, we will shape a future defined by unity, mutual respect, and the extraordinary outcomes that come from lifting each other up.

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Psychological Contract Fulfillment

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Psychological Contract Fulfillment: Meeting our Team’s Expectation

When we lead people on our team, we have expectations. However, our team members also have expectations of us AND of the organization. This is known as psychological contract fulfillment. Have you ever worked for an organization and realized they are not coming through on their promises. Whether it be flexibility in schedules, monetary compensation, or even the team atmosphere. You have a feeling that this is NOT what you signed up for, then what? You become less engaged, more stressed, and start looking for a way out. What is that gap in unmet expectations and what is the result?

Today, we explore the profound impact of upholding the psychological contract, understanding its components, and leveraging it to foster trust, engagement, and success. Let’s see the landscape of psychological contract fulfillment and uncover strategies to create a harmonious and thriving work environment.

Understanding Psychological Contract Fulfillment: The Unseen Commitment

The psychological contract is an unwritten agreement that outlines the mutual expectations and obligations between employees and employers. Fulfilling this contract is essential for building trust, motivation, and a sense of belonging within the team. Research supports that when psychological contract fulfillment is high among team members positive relationships between trust, mutual supportive behaviors, a team effectiveness are strengthened.

Exploring the Components of Psychological Contract Fulfillment

As a leader you are representation of the organization. It’s important that you understand your team will look to you to come through on promises and commitments made by the organization. These come in two forms:

Promised Expectations: These are the explicit commitments made by the organization to its employees, such as compensation, job security, and career advancement opportunities.

Implied Expectations: These are the unspoken, implicit expectations that arise from workplace culture, norms, and interactions. They include respect, recognition, and a supportive work environment.

Strategies for Psychological Contract Fulfillment

Open Communication: Regularly engage in transparent conversations with team members to understand their expectations and concerns. Address any discrepancies to ensure alignment.

Fairness and Equity: Ensure that promises made to employees are fulfilled. Fair treatment, equitable opportunities, and consistent policies are crucial for maintaining trust.

Recognition and Appreciation: Acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of team members. Recognize their efforts in alignment with both promised and implied expectations.

Professional Development: Offer opportunities for skill enhancement and career growth. Fulfilling promises related to training and development can boost employee loyalty.

Work-Life Balance: Respect employees’ need for work-life balance. Addressing implied expectations regarding a supportive and flexible work environment enhances job satisfaction.

Benefits of Psychological Contract Fulfillment

If you and the leadership team across the organization get this right, there can be long lasting benefits. Research has found support for positive outcomes from high levels of psychological contract fulfillment.

Enhanced Employee Engagement: Fulfilling both promised and implied expectations fosters a sense of commitment, leading to higher engagement and productivity.

Improved Retention: When employees feel their expectations are met, they are more likely to remain loyal to the organization, reducing turnover.

Positive Organizational Culture: A culture built on trust and psychological contract fulfillment promotes collaboration, innovation, and a positive workplace atmosphere.

Strengthened Employer Brand: Organizations that consistently uphold the psychological contract are seen as trustworthy and attractive employers.

Cultivating Trust Through Fulfillment

Trust is a foundational element of positive team effectiveness and performance. Trust starts with staying true to your word and delivering on your promises. By aligning promised and implied expectations, we foster an environment of trust, engagement, and mutual respect. Through open communication, fairness, recognition, professional development, and work-life balance, we can uphold the psychological contract and lead our teams to unparalleled success.

As we fulfill our commitments to our team members, we create a powerful foundation for a workplace defined by collaboration, loyalty, and growth. Together, we will cultivate a culture where trust flourishes, and our teams thrive in an atmosphere of mutual respect and shared achievement.

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Bounce back with resilience

Bounce Back with Resilience | Dr. Will Ramey

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 Embracing Resilience in Leadership

“When you get setback, be ready to bounce back!” That’s something I said during a conversation about embracing resilience with a few colleagues this week and they chuckled. We were talking about takeaways from a Mastermind program we were all in together. Personally, my competitive drive and self-imposed expectations can set me up for disappointment. Although, that same energy is what keeps me moving forward. What I’ve realized is that resiliency is what bridges the gap from setback to bounce back. Be the bouncing ball, not the egg that gets dropped and splats!

Let’s explore the profound significance of resilience in leadership, understanding its characteristics, strategies for its cultivation, and the transformative impact it can have on both leaders and their teams. Let’s see if you believe resilience can be harnessed, practiced, and improved.

Understanding Resilience in Leadership: Thriving Amidst Challenges

Resilience in leadership is the capacity to navigate setbacks, adversities, and uncertainties while maintaining a steadfast sense of purpose and a positive outlook. It’s the ability to bounce back from setbacks, adapt to change, and inspire others through one’s own example. Think about times when something didn’t go your way. An idea you pitched got shot down. A recommendation you made didn’t get accepted. Or, like me, the proposal and pricing you sent out for a workshop got rejected. It’s ok to kick rocks for a second, but HOW did you get up, dust off, and carry on? Your team members are taking cues from you. Modeling resilience for a swift comeback will resonate with your team.

Exploring the Characteristics of Resilient Leaders

Adaptability: Resilient leaders embrace change and quickly adjust their strategies to fit evolving circumstances.

Emotional Intelligence: Resilient leaders are in touch with their emotions and those of their team members, using empathy to navigate challenges.

Optimism: Resilient leaders maintain a hopeful outlook even in the face of adversity, inspiring positivity within their teams.

Problem-Solving: Resilient leaders approach challenges as opportunities for growth, focusing on solutions rather than dwelling on problems.

Strategies for Cultivating Resilience

Mindfulness and Intentional Thinking: Practicing mindfulness and prioritizing self-care helps leaders stay centered and manage stress. Block time in your day for reflection and intentional thought about how to recover or adjust from a setback.

Continuous Learning: A growth mindset and a commitment to learning enable leaders to adapt to new situations with confidence. Draw from a wide variety of sources including conversations with people in your network. You can learn from podcasts, articles, and just be opening up and hearing someone who may have had a similar situation.

Building Support Networks: Surrounding oneself with mentors, peers, and a strong support system provides guidance and encouragement during tough times. Can’t stress this enough. Don’t just seek comfort and vent. Find the people that will help move you from problem identification to problem solving.

Positive Communication: Cultivating a culture of open and positive communication encourages team members to share challenges and find solutions collaboratively. Use affirmative questions and be explicit with positive phrasing. This doesn’t mean to mask or use rose-colored glasses. Be transparent, but ensure you choose your language to stay challenge-oriented vs threat-oriented when bouncing back.

Benefits of Practicing Resiliency

Effective Decision-Making: Resilient leaders make well-informed decisions even under pressure, considering both short-term and long-term consequences.

Employee Engagement: Resilient leaders inspire team members by handling challenges with grace, enhancing their engagement and morale.

Change Management: Resilient leaders guide teams through change, helping them embrace transitions and maintain productivity.

Innovation: A resilient mindset encourages innovative thinking, as leaders are willing to experiment and explore new approaches.

Navigating Leadership with Resilience

Setbacks will occur. You may not know when or where, but they are a known unknown. Resilience is a keystone, enabling us to navigate challenges with grace and inspire those around us. By embodying adaptability, emotional intelligence, optimism, and problem-solving, we foster a culture of growth and resilience within our teams.

Let’s embark on this journey of cultivating resilience in leadership. As we practice mindfulness, embrace continuous learning, and build support networks, we’ll witness the transformation of our leadership approach. Together, we’ll shape a future where resilience propels us forward, empowers our teams, and guides us toward success even in the face of adversity.

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Unleashing Success Through Creativity and Play: A Leader’s Guide

In the fast-paced world of leadership, where results, strategies, and goals often take center stage, there’s an often underestimated secret weapon that can propel teams and organizations to new heights: creativity and play. The idea of infusing work environments with creativity and play might seem unconventional, but the benefits they offer are far from trivial. In this article, we’ll delve into the significance of incorporating creativity and play in leadership, explore relevant research, and provide actionable ways for leaders to implement these principles.

The Power of Creativity and Play in Leadership

At first glance, creativity and play might seem like distractions from serious work. However, they are powerful tools that can enhance problem-solving, team cohesion, and innovation. For leaders, fostering environments where these elements thrive can yield numerous advantages.

Why Creativity and Play Matter for Leaders:

Enhanced Problem-Solving: Creativity encourages individuals to think beyond conventional solutions. Leaders who embrace creativity empower their teams to tackle challenges from new angles, fostering a culture of innovation and adaptability.

Boosted Employee Engagement: When work feels like play, employees become more engaged and invested in their tasks. This leads to higher job satisfaction and increased productivity, ultimately benefiting the organization.

Strengthened Team Dynamics: Playful interactions break down hierarchical barriers and promote collaboration among team members. This can lead to improved communication, trust, and overall team cohesion.

Innovation Catalyst: Creative and playful environments are breeding grounds for innovation. Leaders who embrace these qualities are better positioned to drive their organizations forward and stay ahead of the competition.

Results Backed by Research:

Numerous studies underline the positive impact of creativity and play on workplace dynamics. For instance, a study by Teresa Amabile and her team at Harvard Business School found that creativity is a key driver of employee motivation, job satisfaction, and overall performance. Another research paper published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology suggests that playful activities can enhance employee well-being, particularly in high-stress work environments.

Implementing Creativity and Play at Work:
  1. Encourage Open-Mindedness: Create spaces where employees feel comfortable sharing unconventional ideas. Regular brainstorming sessions and idea-sharing forums can promote creative thinking.
  2. Embrace Flexibility: Allow flexible work arrangements that cater to individual preferences. Allowing employees to choose when and where they work can foster a sense of autonomy, enhancing their engagement and creativity.
  3. Gamify Tasks: Introduce elements of gamification to everyday tasks. Setting up challenges, rewards, and friendly competitions can infuse a sense of play into routine work.
  4. Dedicated Creative Time: Allocate time for employees to explore personal creative projects related to their roles. This “creative time” can lead to fresh insights and innovative solutions.
  5. Team-Building Activities: Organize team-building activities that involve games, puzzles, and collaborative challenges. These activities promote teamwork, communication, and problem-solving in a playful context.
Get out of The Box:

As leaders, the role of fostering creativity and play cannot be underestimated. The benefits, ranging from improved problem-solving to heightened employee engagement, are too substantial to ignore. By creating an environment where employees feel encouraged to think outside the box and engage in playful activities, leaders can pave the way for innovation, collaboration, and lasting success.

So, next time you’re charting out strategies and setting goals, remember that a touch of creativity and a dash of play might be the missing ingredients that lead your team to unparalleled achievements.

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Building Collective Purpose

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Building Collective Purpose

In the dynamic world of leadership, one of the most powerful forces is building a collective purpose within our teams. Today, we delve into the art of uniting individuals with diverse talents and backgrounds towards a common goal. When I led teams in the Army, collective purpose made a big difference in how people showed up. It was the super glue that helped hold us together when times got tough. Knowing that we were serving something bigger than ourselves. Feeling connected to something that required us to work together instead of being individual contributors allowed us to move mountains.

Building collective purpose ignites passion, fosters collaboration, and unlocks the full potential of our teams. I want to share with you this powerful difference maker. Together, let’s explore the strategies and benefits of aligning our team members under a shared purpose that fuels our journey towards greatness.

Understanding Collective Purpose: The Essence of Unity

Purpose is the enduring intention to achieve a long-term meaningful objective that makes a positive lasting impression on the world. A collective purpose is the shared understanding and belief in a team’s purpose. This will drive commitment and actions within your team.

Collective purpose is the driving force that unites individuals around a shared mission or vision. It transcends individual objectives and brings together team members with diverse skills, perspectives, and experiences, aligning them towards a common goal. As leaders, we hold the key to ignite this collective purpose and unleash its transformative power within our teams. Take a moment to reflect. Do you have a group of individual contributors that are moving forward at the same time? Or, is your team bonded together by a shared sense of purpose and are supporting each other to move forward in synch towards their common objective?

The Strategies for Building Collective Purpose

Define a Compelling Vision: A clear and compelling vision acts as a magnetic force, attracting team members towards a shared objective. Craft a vision that inspires passion, resonates with each team member, and reflects the impact of their collective efforts.

Communicate with Authenticity: Be an authentic communicator, sharing your vision with genuine passion and conviction. Your enthusiasm will be contagious, stirring the hearts of your team members and rallying them around the common cause.

Foster Open Dialogue: Encourage open dialogue and active listening within your team. Create a safe space where team members can express their ideas, concerns, and aspirations. Embrace diversity of thought, as it enriches the collective purpose.

Lead by Example: Demonstrate your commitment to the collective purpose through your actions. Embody the values and principles that underpin the vision, inspiring your team members to do the same.

Celebrate Milestones: Recognize and celebrate achievements, both big and small. Acknowledge the efforts of each team member and the progress made towards the collective purpose. Celebrations foster a sense of camaraderie and strengthen the bond among the team.

The Benefits of Collective Purpose

Heightened Motivation: A shared purpose elevates team members’ motivation, giving them a sense of belonging and pride in their work. When individuals feel connected to a larger mission, they become intrinsically driven to excel.

Enhanced Collaboration: Collective purpose promotes collaboration, breaking down silos, and fostering a spirit of cooperation. Team members collaborate not just for their individual gain but for the greater good of the team and organization.

Resilience in Adversity: During challenging times, a collective purpose acts as an anchor, keeping the team resilient and focused on overcoming obstacles. Together, the team can navigate through adversity and emerge stronger.

Increased Innovation: A united team is more likely to innovate and think outside the box. Diverse perspectives converge to create innovative solutions that lead to growth and success.

Embrace the Power of Collective Purpose

As leaders, we possess the extraordinary ability to unite our teams under a common purpose, igniting a shared passion for excellence. Leverage your position of power for good. By defining a compelling vision, fostering open dialogue, and leading with authenticity, we build a collective purpose that propels our teams towards unprecedented achievements.

Together, let’s celebrate the benefits of collective purpose – heightened motivation, enhanced collaboration, resilience in adversity, and increased innovation. Embrace the power of collective purpose, and watch your team rise to new heights of success, impact, and fulfillment. Together, we will create a future defined by unity and greatness.

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Exploring Decision-Making Styles

Today, we embark on an insightful journey into the world of decision-making styles, bringing you the research from Susanne Scott and Reginald Bruce. In the dynamic landscape of leadership, decision-making is a fundamental skill that significantly influences the success of individuals and organizations alike. Understanding the five distinctive decision-making styles can equip you with the knowledge to make sound judgments and drive positive outcomes. Let’s dive in!

When we talk about decision-making styles, we’re basically referring to the typical ways people make decisions. It’s your usual approach or habits when facing choices. Another way to understand it is as the way each person sees and handles decision-making tasks. Decision-making styles are the learned, automatic response that you have when in a decision-making situation. It’s essential to note that this isn’t a fixed personality trait; instead, it’s more of a habit-based tendency to react in a certain manner when dealing with specific decisions.

The Five Decision-Making Styles

Research into decision-making has uncovered five primary decision-making styles, each representing a unique approach to making choices.

Rational Decision-Making Style: Leaders with this style analyze decisions meticulously, relying on logic, data, and objective information. They consider all available facts before arriving at a conclusion. Rational decision-makers excel in structured situations where a systematic evaluation is required.

Intuitive Decision-Making Style: Intuitive leaders rely on their gut feelings, instincts, and insights when making decisions. They have a natural ability to grasp the essence of a situation quickly, even when faced with limited information. Intuitive decision-makers excel in fast-paced and uncertain environments.

Dependent Decision-Making Style: Leaders with this style seek external guidance and validation when making choices. They often turn to others for advice and support, which can foster collaborative decision-making but may also lead to indecisiveness.

Avoidant Decision-Making Style: Avoidant decision-makers tend to procrastinate or actively avoid making choices, particularly when faced with difficult or high-stakes decisions. This style can hinder progress and create challenges in leadership roles.

Spontaneous Decision-Making Style: Leaders with a spontaneous style make quick decisions based on their immediate reactions and preferences. While this can lead to fast action, it may also increase the risk of overlooking crucial information.

Each decision-making style has its strengths and weaknesses, making it essential for leaders to recognize their dominant style and adapt their approach to different situations.

Harnessing Decision-Making Styles

Know Yourself: Reflect on your decision-making style and recognize its influence on your leadership outcomes. Self-awareness is key to understanding your biases and making more conscious decisions.

Embrace Diversity: Encourage diversity in your team, both in terms of skills and decision-making styles. A mix of approaches can lead to well-rounded decisions and innovative solutions.

Balance Rationality and Intuition: Understand when to rely on rational analysis and when to trust your intuition. A combination of both can lead to comprehensive and well-informed decisions.

Address Avoidance: If you tend to avoid decision-making, identify the underlying reasons and work on building confidence in making choices. Seek support from mentors or colleagues if needed.

Assess Decision Outcomes: Regularly evaluate the results of your decisions. Learn from successes and failures to refine your decision-making skills over time.

Empowering Your Decision-Making Skills

Decision-making styles play a vital role in leadership effectiveness. We explored five distinct styles: rational, intuitive, dependent, avoidant, and spontaneous. Being aware of your dominant style and understanding its implications will help you make better decisions as a leader.

As you lead your team or organization, remember that effective decision-making involves a balance of rationality and intuition. Embrace diversity within your team and foster an environment where various styles can thrive. Address any avoidant tendencies and cultivate a proactive approach to decision-making.

Thank you for joining us on this exploration of decision-making styles in leadership. We hope this knowledge empowers you to harness the strengths of your style and make impactful decisions that drive success. Until next time, lead with confidence and wisdom!

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Beyond Labels: Redefining Success | Ep.168 Josh Balz

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Today in the blu door studio I’m joined by Josh Balz, Entrepreneur and former Keyboardist with Motionless in White. Josh is unapologetically himself. His way of thinking and living has allowed him to achieve massive success as an entrepreneur. In my conversation with Josh we talk about the perspective of money, success, and happiness. Josh also shares the struggles he faced growing up, his personal choice to be straight edge, and his return to the music industry. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, musician, or someone seeking a unique perspective, our conversation is sure to resonate with you!

 

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(5:10) — Pizza Stacks

(14:46) — Labeled & Undervalued

(27:15) — Minimalism & Decision Making

(33:40) — Streamline Your Business & Empower Your Employees

(41:15) — Branding & Details That Matter

(55:00) — Being Straight Edge & Youth Struggles

(1:01:20) — Money, Success, & Happiness

(1:22:40) — Final Thoughts

 

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OnTheStacks is thrilled to announce our content collaboration with Elevation Wellness, NEPA’s premier wellness center dedicated to transforming lives through integrative medicine. As part of this collaboration, we teamed up to develop and produce an engaging short-form video series that shares Elevation Wellness’ Founder and Managing Director Louie Helmecki’s insights and passion for helping lower barriers to feeling good. Elevate Your Health with Louie Helmecki is a weekly video series of ‘shorts’ dedicated to helping you take your health to new heights!

A new video will be posted every Monday at 9:30am on the OnTheStacks YouTube Channel.

“Our mission at Elevation Wellness is to empower people to feel, look, and perform their best – simple as that,” said Louie Helmecki. “Working with OnTheStacks is helping us extend our reach and share what we are passionate about while encouraging people to prioritize their wellness journey. Wins all around.”

OnTheStacks and Elevation Wellness recognize the growth of short-form video as a means to inspire and deliver quick-hitting value to individuals who are seeking it. By producing short thought leadership content, we aim to provide easily digestible insights that can positively impact people’s lives. The content will cover various aspects of smart, proven integrative approaches to boosting wellness.

“We are honored to be working with Elevation Wellness to create a thought leadership series that inspires and educates people about wellness options out there for them,” shared OnTheStacks Founder and CEO Bill Corcoran Jr. “At OnTheStacks, we believe in the power of storytelling to educate, entertain, and drive change. We are excited to leverage our digital media and production expertise to help Elevation Wellness reach new audiences.”

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Greek Culture, Family Business, & The Pursuit of Harmony | Ep.167 Savina Ortiz

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Today in the blu door studio I’m joined by Savina Ortiz – Mother, Therapist & Mental Health Advocate. Savina believes that perfect balance in life does not exist, and instead promotes the idea of harmony, where different aspects of life coexist harmoniously. In this episode, Savina talks about her Greek cultural heritage, which intertwines with her upbringing within a family that’s deeply rooted in the food industry. We also explore the challenges of navigating stillness after we achieve the goals we set and the pressure of having to do something next. Savina also shares her personal experience of navigating motherhood, family business, and the importance of finding the right therapist.

 

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(53:05) — Living in Harmony

(1:02:10) — Living Authentically and Finding Your People

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Conquering Decision Fatigue: Unlocking the Potential of Effective Leadership

Decisions, decisions, decisions. Leaders, your day is filled with making decisions. Allocating resources, shifting priorities, unplanned absences, selecting people for promotion or training opportunities. It can be overwhelming. I’ve come home and said, “Please don’t ask me to make any more decisions today.”  I hit what is known as decision fatigue.

As leaders, we navigate a sea of choices every day, and understanding the impact of decision fatigue on our teams and ourselves is crucial. Fear not, for I bring good news—there are practical strategies to mitigate decision fatigue and harness the power of effective leadership. So, let’s roll up our sleeves and explore this concept together!

Understanding Decision Fatigue:

Decision fatigue refers to the mental exhaustion that occurs when we make a series of decisions, one after the other, without sufficient breaks. Researchers have found that the average person makes 35,000 decisions a day, some conscious, some unconscious. These decisions take time and energy each and every time. Our brains have a limited capacity for decision-making, and as we exhaust this cognitive resource, our judgment, creativity, and productivity suffer. Think of it as a mental energy tank that depletes with each choice we make throughout the day.

The Impact on Leading a Team:

Decision fatigue can have a profound impact on leadership, both at an individual level and within teams. When leaders are fatigued, their ability to make sound judgments and thoughtful decisions becomes compromised. This can lead to a decline in overall team performance and morale. Additionally, fatigued leaders may be more prone to taking shortcuts, relying on impulsive or automatic responses rather than carefully considering all options.

Mitigating Decision Fatigue: 3 Strategies for Effective Leadership

Prioritize and Delegate:

As leaders, we often feel the need to be involved in every decision, big or small. However, this approach can be overwhelming and counterproductive. To combat decision fatigue, prioritize your decisions based on their importance and impact. Identify tasks and choices that can be delegated to capable team members, empowering them to make decisions within their areas of expertise. This not only lightens your load but also promotes team growth and ownership.

Implement Decision-Making Frameworks:

Decision-making frameworks are like roadmaps for your brain. By creating and utilizing predefined frameworks, such as checklists or decision trees, you can streamline your decision-making process and reduce cognitive load. These frameworks serve as guides, ensuring that important factors are considered without getting lost in the overwhelming sea of options. Remember, frameworks don’t limit creativity; they enhance it by providing structure and clarity.

Take Strategic Breaks:

Pausing to recharge your mental energy tank is vital for combating decision fatigue. Build strategic breaks into your day to allow your brain to recuperate. These breaks can take the form of short walks, mindfulness exercises, or engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation. By stepping away momentarily, you give your brain a chance to reset, fostering clarity, focus, and renewed decision-making capacity. Nature and Decision-Making | Dr. Will Ramey

Make the Adjustment

Decision fatigue is a formidable foe that can hinder effective leadership and team performance. By understanding this concept and implementing strategies to mitigate its impact, leaders can navigate the treacherous waters of decision-making with greater clarity and efficiency. Remember, prioritize and delegate, implement decision-making frameworks, and take strategic breaks. By incorporating these practices into your leadership style, you’ll unlock the potential for better decision-making and cultivate a more energized and productive team.

Stay focused, step away when needed, and let’s conquer decision fatigue together!

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Fairness in Law: A Prosecutor’s Perspective | Ep.166 Deputy Attorney General, Angela Sperrazza

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What happens when storytelling meets law? Join me as I sit down in the blu door studio with Deputy Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Angela Sperrazza, as we peel back the layers of the world of law and the concept of fairness – a principle that is so integral to the profession. We also talk about the cultural history of law, the division in today’s society, and the importance of seeing each other as human beings, even when disagreements arise.

 

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(0:00) — Intro: Deputy Attorney General, Angela Sperrazza

(6:15) — Storytelling in the Courtroom

(10:50) — Trusting the Legal System

(15:43) — The Role of Law in Society

(26:25) — Fairness and Principles in Criminal Law

(35:43) — Honest Lawyers

(39:25) — Upholding the Law

(46:34) — Supportive Family

(53:12) — Sauna & Cold Plunge

(58:23) — Finding Perspective Through Disconnecting

(1:01:30) — Going Where the Monsters Live

(1:05:12) — Division in Society

(1:13:45) — Understanding Crime and Victimhood

(1:23:00) — Human Side of Prosecutors/Final Thoughts

 

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Navigating Success One Putt at a Time

I’m a big nerd! I’ll be the first to admit it. I geek out about the science of leadership, teamwork, organizational behavior. Sometimes it’s hard to shut that side of my brain off. For example, while out on a fun-filled family day at the mini-golf course I started to see some parallels between leading and mini-golf. Maybe it was the fresh air, sunshine, and family time. Let’s dive in!

Leadership skills can be cultivated and honed through a variety of activities, and even a casual game like mini-golf offers valuable lessons that can enhance one’s leadership abilities. Mini-golf, with its unique challenges and intricacies, presents an opportunity to explore key leadership principles. From strategic planning to adaptability, this classic game offers valuable insights into effective leadership. We delve into the leadership lessons that can be gleaned from the world of mini-golf, shedding light on how this recreational activity can shape and strengthen leadership skills.

Strategic Thinking and Decision-Making:

Mini-golf requires strategic thinking and decision-making similar to its larger counterpart. Each hole presents a new challenge, demanding careful analysis of the course layout, obstacles, and angles to determine the optimal shot. Likewise, leaders must navigate their organizations through complex situations, weighing multiple factors and making informed decisions. Mini-golf teaches leaders to assess risks, anticipate consequences, and strategically plan their moves. By embracing the strategic mindset cultivated on the mini-golf course, leaders can make well-informed decisions, optimize resources, and steer their teams towards success.

Adaptability and Flexibility:

Mini-golf courses often feature diverse and unexpected obstacles that require adaptability and flexibility in gameplay. Leaders face similar unpredictability in their professional journey, encountering unforeseen challenges and shifting landscapes. Mini-golf teaches leaders to think on their feet, adjust their strategies, and embrace change with grace. By remaining adaptable and flexible, leaders can inspire their teams to navigate ambiguity, explore new approaches, and seize opportunities even in uncertain circumstances.

Resilience and Learning from Failure:

Mini-golf, like any sport, involves moments of failure and disappointment. Missing a putt or encountering obstacles can test one’s resilience and determination. Leaders, too, face setbacks and failures on their path to success. Mini-golf teaches leaders the importance of bouncing back, learning from failures, and maintaining a positive attitude (Leader Self-Awareness). By embracing a growth mindset and encouraging their team members to do the same, leaders can create a culture of resilience and continuous improvement. Learning from failures becomes a catalyst for innovation, fostering a sense of empowerment and progress within the organization.

Effective Communication and Collaboration:

While mini-golf is often an individual activity, it can also be enjoyed as a team endeavor. Collaborative mini-golf events require effective communication and coordination to achieve a shared goal. Leaders must likewise foster a culture of open communication and collaboration within their teams. Mini-golf teaches leaders the value of clear communication, active listening, and leveraging individual strengths for collective success. By promoting effective teamwork, leaders can create an environment that encourages idea-sharing, enhances problem-solving, and cultivates a sense of camaraderie among team members.

From the Putting Green to the Boardroom

Mini-golf may be a recreational activity, but it offers valuable leadership lessons that transcend the greens and windmills. Strategic thinking, adaptability, resilience, and effective communication are all critical skills honed on the miniature course. By embracing these leadership principles learned from mini-golf, leaders can navigate their organizations with confidence and agility. Mini-golf teaches leaders to make strategic decisions, adapt to changing circumstances, bounce back from failure, and foster a collaborative environment. So, whether you’re putting on a mini-golf course or leading a team in the boardroom, the lessons from mini-golf can equip you with the skills to become a more effective and inspiring leader in any domain.

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Leadership Lessons While Learning to SUP

Stand Up Paddleboarding & Leadership | Dr. Will Ramey

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Leadership Lessons from the Lake

I’m shifting gears a little this week to share something more personal. I’ve recently taken up stand up paddleboarding. I wanted a way to get out on the water and soak up some vitamin D. Honestly, I’ve been searching for ways to stay mentally healthy and aligned. Getting outdoors and surrounding myself with as many elements of mother nature as possible has helped me align, gain clarity, and increase my ability to be present with my family, my team, and myself. While out on the water I find time to let my mind go where it needs to go. Often times leaders don’t make time to reflect Leaders – Make Time to Reflect or practice mindfulness because of the hustle and bustle we place on ourselves. While packing up my board I realized there is a lot of parallels between learning to stand up paddleboard and leadership.

Here’s a list of ten lessons from stand up paddleboarding that can be applied to leading a team:
  1. Balance: Just like maintaining balance on a paddleboard, leading a team requires finding equilibrium. A leader must distribute resources, handle conflicts, and manage priorities to keep the team on track.
  2. Clear Vision: Paddleboarding requires looking ahead to maintain stability and steer in the right direction. Similarly, leading a team involves having a clear vision and setting goals to guide everyone towards success.
  3. Communication: Effective communication is vital in both paddleboarding and team leadership. A paddleboarder communicates intentions, hazards, and directions to others, while a leader must ensure effective information flow, active listening, and concise messaging within the team.
  4. Adaptability: Paddleboarders often encounter changing weather conditions or unexpected obstacles. Similarly, leaders must adapt to unforeseen circumstances, adjust strategies, and guide the team through uncertainties.
  5. Trust Building: In SUP, maintaining balance relies on trust in your equipment and capabilities. Likewise, leaders need to build trust within their team by fostering open communication, delegating responsibilities, and demonstrating reliability.
  6. Collaboration: Paddleboarding with others can improve stability and make the experience more enjoyable. Similarly, successful team leaders foster collaboration, encourage diverse perspectives, and leverage the collective strengths of team members.
  7. Decision Making: Paddleboarders make quick decisions to navigate obstacles or changing currents. Similarly, leaders must make timely decisions, analyze risks, and choose the best course of action for the team’s progress.
  8. Resilience: Falling off the paddleboard or encountering challenges is common. Both paddleboarders and leaders need resilience to bounce back from setbacks, learn from failures, and inspire the team to persevere.
  9. Feedback: Paddleboarders adjust their technique based on the feedback received from their body and the water. Likewise, leaders should provide constructive feedback to team members, encourage continuous improvement, and be open to receiving feedback themselves.
  10. Enjoyment: Stand-up paddleboarding is not only about reaching a destination; it’s also about enjoying the journey. Similarly, team leaders should create a positive and enjoyable work environment that fosters camaraderie, motivation, and a sense of fulfillment for team members.
Clarity and Alignment

By drawing parallels between stand-up paddleboarding and team leadership, we can gain insights into the skills and mindset required to lead effectively. Lessons and learning are all around us if we open ourselves up to it. Get outside, get in nature, and give yourself the gift of clarity and mindfulness. If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go further, let’s go together!

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Tresean Gore: Fighting Through Adversity, Chasing Greatness, & UFC 290 | Ep.165

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Today’s guest OnTheStacks in the blu door studio is UFC Middleweight Fighter, Tresean Gore, aka “Mr. Vicious.” Brought to you by our friends at Sweat Tent! Get $100 OFF with code OTS at SweatTent.com. In this powerful conversation, Tresean opens up about the struggles of his upbringing in his hometown in rural South Carolina. When he was 19 years old, he moved to Georgia with $600 and a dream. Some days, he had to fish for food just to survive. Tresean’s story is a testament to the power of stepping out of your comfort zone and embracing the discomfort that comes with chasing greatness, while his childhood struggles serve as a remarkable reminder of the strength, courage, and resilience it takes to overcome adversity. Tresean is set to fight Bo Nickal on July 8th at UFC 290.

 

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(5:23) — South Carolina Roots

(10:45) — $600 Dollars and a Dream

(15:55) — Mr. Vicious & UFC Journey

(21:35) — Troubled Childhood & Chasing Greatness

(28:13) — Showing Up To A Challenge

(33:39) — Comparing Bo Nickal’s Skills

(33:39) — Don’t Be Average

(39:24) — Tresean’s Reaction To Bo Nickal’s Comments

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The Top Five Benefits of Being Outdoors and How It Enhances Decision-Making Skills

I’ve had days where I go from building to building, meeting to meeting, and only see the light of day through the occasional window. By the end of the day, my mind is fuzzy, my frustrations run high, and I don’t want to make any more decisions. Unfortunately, my role requires a high cognitive load. One way to enhance decision-making is to get outdoor exposure.

In our increasingly fast-paced and digitally connected world, it’s easy to overlook the simple yet profound benefits of spending time outdoors. From scenic walks in nature to engaging in outdoor activities, immersing ourselves in the natural world offers numerous advantages for our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Moreover, studies suggest that being outdoors can significantly enhance our decision-making abilities. In this article, we will explore the top five benefits of spending time outdoors and how it contributes to becoming a better decision maker.

Reduced Stress and Enhanced Cognitive Function:

Stepping out into nature provides a respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life, allowing us to unwind and reduce stress levels. Exposure to natural environments has been shown to lower cortisol (stress hormone) levels and activate the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting relaxation and a calmer state of mind. When stress is reduced, cognitive function improves, enabling clearer thinking, increased focus, and better decision-making skills.

Improved Mental Clarity and Creativity:

The outdoor environment stimulates our senses, providing a refreshing change from the often sterile and monotonous indoor settings. Spending time outdoors exposes us to diverse stimuli, such as fresh air, natural sounds, and vibrant colors, which can enhance mental clarity and spark creativity. These factors contribute to improved cognitive flexibility, enabling us to think outside the box, explore alternative perspectives, and make more innovative decisions.

Energizing Body and Mind through Physical Activity:

Outdoor activities offer more than just an opportunity to embrace nature; they inspire movement and exercise. Regular physical activity increases blood circulation, optimizing oxygen flow to the brain, and releases endorphins, the body’s natural mood enhancers. As we elevate our physical activity levels, our energy soars, providing a valuable boost to our decision-making capabilities. Scientific evidence reveals that those who engage in outdoor exercise regularly display sharper cognitive skills, improved memory retention, and enhanced problem-solving abilities.

The Power of Sunlight: Illuminating Decision-Making Potential:

Sunlight is not just a radiant source of warmth; it also bestows us with vital vitamin D. This essential nutrient plays a central role in regulating brain neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, which profoundly impact our mood and emotional stability. Research suggests that insufficient vitamin D levels contribute to cognitive impairment and increased vulnerability to depression. By embracing the outdoors and embracing natural sunlight, we can optimize our vitamin D levels, supporting the neural processes crucial for sound decision-making.

Heightened Connection with Nature and Increased Intuition:

Nature has a remarkable way of connecting us with the world around us and fostering a sense of mindfulness. Being outdoors provides an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the natural environment, which can inspire introspection and self-reflection. This connection with nature enhances our ability to tap into our intuition and gut feelings, essential components of effective decision-making. By trusting our instincts and aligning with the wisdom of the natural world, we can make decisions that are more authentic and aligned with our values.

Finding ways to get outdoors takes a little coordination and planning. Here are three ways you can be more intentional to get outdoors and improve, not only your health, but your decision-making.

1. Incorporate Outdoor Meetings or Walking Discussions:

One effective way for leaders to leverage the benefits of being outdoors is by incorporating outdoor meetings or walking discussions into their work routine. Instead of confining meetings to stuffy conference rooms, consider taking your team outside to a nearby park, garden, or even a rooftop terrace. Walking meetings not only provide a change of scenery but also stimulate physical movement, which can enhance blood flow and cognitive function. This dynamic environment encourages open dialogue, creativity, and a more relaxed atmosphere, fostering better decision-making by capitalizing on the benefits of the outdoors.

2. Encourage Outdoor Breaks and Mindfulness Practices:

Leaders can create a culture that values and promotes outdoor breaks and mindfulness practices within the workplace. Encourage employees to take short breaks outside during the day, whether it’s for a breath of fresh air, a walk around the block, or simply enjoying a few moments of solitude in a nearby green space. These outdoor breaks allow individuals to recharge, reduce stress, and enhance mental clarity, which in turn can lead to improved decision-making skills. Additionally, leaders can introduce mindfulness practices such as guided meditation sessions outdoors, further amplifying the benefits of the natural environment in nurturing focused attention and presence. How Mindfulness Helps You Lead | Dr. Will Ramey | OnTheStacks

3. Organize Outdoor Team-Building Activities:

To foster a collaborative and innovative work environment, leaders can organize outdoor team-building activities. These activities can range from adventure challenges, such as hiking, rock climbing, or canoeing, to more relaxed gatherings like picnics or team sports. Outdoor team-building experiences not only promote camaraderie and trust among team members but also provide an opportunity for individuals to step outside their comfort zones, adapt to new situations, and think creatively. By engaging in outdoor activities together, teams can strengthen their bonds, enhance communication, and develop better decision-making dynamics that can translate into the workplace.

Get Outside to Make Better Decisions

The benefits of spending time outdoors extend far beyond physical fitness and relaxation. Engaging with nature provides a myriad of advantages, including reduced stress levels, improved cognitive function, enhanced creativity, increased energy, and a heightened sense of intuition. By embracing the outdoors, we can cultivate our decision-making skills, making more informed choices in our personal and professional lives. So, next time you’re faced with a decision, consider stepping outside and allowing the power of nature to guide you toward the best possible outcome.

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UFOs, COVID, & Climate Change: A Thunderous Convo with a Viral Meteorologist | Ep.164: Mark Margavage

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Today’s guest OnTheStacks in the blu door studio is Mark Margavage, a consultant meteorologist, storm chaser, and Creator of Mark Margavage’s Weather Discussion Page on Facebook. In this episode, we talk about controversial topics like UFOs, COVID, climate change, and censorship. During our conversation, we discuss the mysterious wildfires in Canada that were potentially caused by arson, and the United States Military whistleblower that claims he has evidence that the government has a secret UFO retrieval program, and that they’re covering it all up. Mark also shows us data on climate change as we dive into the financial interests behind climate change policy and explore the potential consequences of censorship that occurs online and in social media when we have conversations and debates about controversial topics.

 

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(4:49) — Winter Weather Storm Chasing & Forecasting

(20:45) — Suspicious Canadian Wildfires

(26:50) — UFOs, Aliens, Military Whistleblower, & Gov’t Cover Up

(45:00) — Climate Change & Challenging the Narrative

(1:07:32) — Financial Interests in Climate Change Policy

(1:19:20) — Censorship, Scientists, & “Trust The Science”

(1:27:23) — Mark’s Weather Discussion Facebook Page

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(1:45:20) — Aliens Part II

(1:50:23) — Final Thoughts

 

 

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Anchoring Bias and Decision Making | Dr. Will Ramey

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As leaders, we often find ourselves making critical decisions that impact our teams and organizations. However, a cognitive bias known as anchoring bias can subtly influence our judgment. It can hinder our ability to make objective choices. Anchoring bias refers to the tendency to rely too heavily on the first piece of information encountered when making decisions. This information may not be relevant or accurate.

Have you ever been in a meeting or strategic session and the first idea that got thrown out was the one that kept getting built on? Admittedly, when I have a strong desire to see a specific outcome, I may be the first to contribute to the conversation. Say it with confidence, back it with supporting evidence, be the first to strike and the team tends to anchor to your idea. I’ve learned over the years, that anchoring bias can limit the creative solutions that may still be floating around in a colleague’s head but hasn’t been vocalized, especially when you hold a leadership position in an organization. Not good! In this article, we explore the concept of anchoring bias, its impact on leadership, and provide strategies to counteract its effects.

Understanding Anchoring Bias

Anchoring bias occurs when our initial exposure to a piece of information anchors our subsequent judgments and decisions. This bias can occur in various professional scenarios, such as negotiating contracts, setting performance targets, or evaluating project timelines. The anchor, whether consciously or subconsciously, influences our thinking and skews our perception of what is reasonable or appropriate. As leaders, it is essential to recognize and address this bias to avoid making biased decisions that may have detrimental consequences for our teams.

The Impact of Anchoring Bias when Leading a Team
  • Inaccurate Decision-Making: Anchoring bias can lead leaders to base their decisions on incomplete or biased information, leading to poor outcomes for their teams and organizations.
  • Limited Exploration of Alternatives: When anchored to a specific piece of information, leaders may fail to consider alternative perspectives or solutions, stifling creativity and innovation within their teams.
  • Unfair Evaluation and Compensation: Anchoring bias can affect performance evaluations and compensation decisions, as leaders may anchor their judgments based on initial information, overlooking actual performance and potential.
Overcoming Anchoring Bias

Awareness and Critical Thinking: The first step to overcoming anchoring bias is developing an awareness of its existence and potential influence on decision-making. Actively question and challenge your own assumptions and initial judgments. Engage in critical thinking by seeking additional information and alternative perspectives before settling on a decision. Encourage open discussions within your team to promote diverse viewpoints and challenge anchoring biases collectively.

Utilize Multiple Anchors: Instead of relying solely on one anchor, consider using multiple anchors or reference points when making decisions. Gather a range of relevant data, perspectives, and benchmarks to create a more comprehensive picture. This approach broadens your understanding and helps counteract the influence of a single anchor. By considering multiple perspectives, you can make more informed and objective decisions that benefit your team.

Implement Decision-Making Processes: Establishing structured decision-making processes can help mitigate the impact of anchoring bias. Encourage your team to analyze and discuss various options before settling on a decision. Implement techniques such as devil’s advocacy, role-playing, or red teaming to challenge assumptions and break free from anchoring biases. By incorporating diverse perspectives and critical thinking into your decision-making process, you reduce the likelihood of being solely influenced by a single anchor.

Seek Feedback and Diverse Opinions: Actively seek feedback from your team members, colleagues, or mentors to gain alternative viewpoints and challenge your own biases. Encourage a culture of open communication where team members feel comfortable expressing their opinions, even if they differ from your initial judgments. Create forums for brainstorming and collaboration to harness the collective wisdom of your team, allowing for fresh ideas and perspectives to challenge anchoring biases.

Be aware of your cognitive biases

Anchoring bias can unknowingly hinder a leader’s ability to make well-informed decisions. By raising awareness, engaging in critical thinking, utilizing multiple anchors, implementing decision-making processes, and seeking diverse opinions, leaders can counteract the influence of anchoring bias. Overcoming this bias empowers leaders to make more objective decisions, foster innovation within their teams, and drive greater creative collective outcomes.

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How To Stop Waiting & Start Living: Impostor Syndrome, Tragedy, & Pride | Ep.163 David Pearson

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This week’s OnTheStacks guest in the blu door studio is David Pearson, freelance graphic designer and board member of the NEPA Rainbow Alliance. In this episode, we talk about Pop Culture, Music, and Nostalgia of the 90’s. We also talk about overcoming social anxiety, grappling with imposter syndrome, and realizing there is no such thing as the perfect time and why you should start saying yes to more opportunities.

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(4:20) — 90’s Nostalgia & Music

(25:37) — Graphic Design

(49:24) — Social Anxiety/Impostor Syndrome

(1:07:00) — Tragedy

(1:20:11) — Social Media & Being Yourself

(1:23:32) — Pride Fest

(1:31:27) — David Pearson, Thank You, Social Media, YouTube, Spotify & Apple

 

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The Dunning-Kruger Effect and its Impact on Leadership: Action-Oriented Tips for Success

Have you ever overestimated your abilities to accomplish a task or influence a situation? Leadership is a complex and challenging endeavor that requires a keen understanding of one’s own abilities and limitations. However, a cognitive bias known as the Dunning-Kruger effect often hinders effective leadership. Coined by psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger the effect occurs when a person’s lack of knowledge and skills in a certain area cause them to overestimate their own competence. By contrast, this effect also causes those who excel in a given area to think the task is simple for everyone and underestimate their relative abilities as well.

In the context of leadership, this can have significant repercussions for decision-making, team dynamics, and overall organizational success. The more experience I gain, the more I realize how little I know. I see this effect playing out in work environments all the time. The dissonance of skills and abilities vs reality. Ego may get in the way. I started to truly grow and improve as a leader when I sought out multiple sources of feedback. The more candor, the better!

In this article, we explore the Dunning-Kruger effect and its relevance to leadership. We provide three action-oriented tips for leaders to mitigate the impact of this bias and enhance their effectiveness. Let’s hold up that mirror and get started.

Understanding the Dunning-Kruger Effect:

The Dunning-Kruger effect stems from a lack of metacognitive ability—the capacity to accurately assess your own skills or knowledge. In leadership, this bias can manifest in various ways, such as overconfidence, failure to seek feedback, reluctance to delegate, and ineffective decision-making. Leaders who fall victim to the Dunning-Kruger effect may make ill-informed choices, dismiss alternative viewpoints, and create a culture that stifles growth and innovation within their teams. Take a step back, realize your self-assessments have a biased filter, and find balance in collecting information.

Action-Oriented Tips for Leaders:

Cultivate Self-Awareness: Developing self-awareness is paramount for leaders aiming to mitigate the Dunning-Kruger effect. Actively seek honest feedback from colleagues, mentors, and team members to gain insights into your blind spots and areas for improvement. Encourage a culture of open communication, where individuals feel comfortable providing constructive criticism. Regularly reflect on your own performance, acknowledge your limitations, and take steps to address them. Embrace continuous learning and self-development to enhance your leadership skills.

Foster a Diverse and Inclusive Environment: The Dunning-Kruger effect thrives in echo chambers where differing perspectives are dismissed or ignored. As a leader, promote a diverse and inclusive environment that encourages different viewpoints and challenges the status quo. Surround yourself with talented individuals who possess complementary skills and experiences. Foster a culture of psychological safety where team members feel empowered to express their ideas and concerns. Embrace diversity of thought and encourage healthy debate, as it leads to more informed decision-making and better outcomes. Unleashing the Power of Inclusivity | Dr. Will Ramey

Embrace Humility and Delegate Effectively: Leaders who succumb to the Dunning-Kruger effect often feel compelled to micromanage tasks or make decisions in isolation. Try embracing humility and recognize that you cannot possess expertise in all areas. Build a team of skilled professionals and delegate responsibilities appropriately. Empower team members to take ownership of their work, make decisions, and contribute their expertise. Foster a collaborative environment where everyone’s skills are valued, leading to more innovative solutions and stronger team cohesion.

Key Takeaways:

The Dunning-Kruger effect can hinder effective leadership by fostering overconfidence and inhibiting self-awareness.

  • Mitigate the impact of this bias by cultivating self-awareness, seeking feedback, and embracing continuous learning.
  • Foster a diverse and inclusive environment that values different perspectives and encourages open communication.
  • Embrace humility as a leader and delegate effectively, leveraging the expertise of your team members.

Awareness of the Dunning-Kruger effect and its potential influence on your leadership abilities is crucial when seeking to enhance your effectiveness. By cultivating self-awareness, fostering a diverse and inclusive environment, and embracing humility, you can overcome this bias and create an environment conducive to growth, innovation, and success. Seek feedback, be transparent about your limitations, then lead your team to new heights and foster a culture of continuous improvement.

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Breaking The Silence on Veteran PTSD & Mental Health | Ep.162 “Walk With Frank” Q&A

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This week’s OnTheStacks episode is a previously live Q&A that Bill moderated at the F.M. Kirby Center following the showing of the Documentary film, “Walk With Frank.” The Q&A features film subject & Vietnam War Veteran, Frank Romeo, and filmmakers & co-owners of Mayers Films, Matt & Ryan Mayers.

 

At 70 years old, Frank walked across the entire state of New York to raise awareness for PTSD & mental health. This is his story.

 

Walk With Frank is a film about self discovery, mental health, and one man’s journey towards understanding and embracing his own PTSD. In the Q&A we discuss the Impact the film has had on Frank’s life, the ongoing struggles veterans face, and ways we can keep the conversation going to end the stigma of mental health and to inspire others to open up about their own mental illness.

 

Warning: this episode contains some pretty heavy subject matter including PTSD and suicide, so listener & viewer discretion is advised.

Timestamps:

(0:00) — Introduction

(12:12) — Bridging the Gap Between Veterans & Non Veterans

(17:25) — Art Therapy

(30:06) — Impact of Documentary on Frank’s Life

(33:36) — Audience Member Questions

(40:48) — Walking Across Entire State of New York

(46:43) — Ways You Can Support Veteran PTSD

(48:10) — Thank You, Social Media, YouTube, Spotify & Apple

 

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Unleash the power of inclusivity

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This week we delve into the invaluable concept of inclusivity and its profound impact on team success. We share powerful ways leaders can set the conditions for inclusivity to flourish in their team. Let’s dive in!

Who is on the team matters:

The right people, in the right place, doing the right things together, can move mountains. I’ve worked on a variety of teams throughout my career. One of the common denominators of teams that I have enjoyed leading has been a diverse team composition. Being surrounded by people that see the world differently, approach problem solving differently, and who challenge me to think differently, makes for a high growth and highly satisfying experience.

According to research by Josh Bersin, more diversity equals more innovation. In his research, companies that ranked as more inclusive were 1.7 times more likely to be innovation leaders in their market, and 1.8 times more likely to be change-ready.

Understanding Inclusivity:

Inclusivity is the cornerstone of team success, enabling diverse perspectives, talents, and experiences to converge. When individuals from various backgrounds and walks of life come together, they form a potent cocktail of creativity, innovation, and problem-solving prowess. The true beauty lies in the realization that our individual strengths are amplified when we embrace and celebrate our differences.

Breaking Down Barriers:

Leaders play a pivotal role in setting the stage for inclusivity to flourish within their teams. They must actively dismantle barriers, whether visible or invisible, that hinder collaboration and prevent the full participation of team members. By cultivating an environment of psychological safety (Model Psychological Safety), leaders empower individuals to speak up, share their unique insights, and challenge the status quo without fear of judgment or retribution.

Embracing Diversity:

A crucial step in fostering inclusivity is recognizing and valuing the diversity that each team member brings to the table. Diversity encompasses a broad range of dimensions, including race, gender, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic background, and more. Leaders must actively seek out and embrace this diversity, understanding that it unlocks a wealth of perspectives and approaches that can propel the team towards unprecedented success.

Active Listening and Empathy:

Leaders must develop and demonstrate active listening skills, striving to understand the experiences, needs, and challenges faced by their team members. By empathizing with diverse perspectives, leaders build trust and demonstrate a genuine commitment to inclusivity. This empathy creates a safe space for individuals to express themselves and fosters a culture of respect and understanding.

Fostering Collaboration:

Collaboration lies at the heart of inclusivity. Leaders must foster an environment that encourages open communication, cooperation, and the exchange of ideas. Creating opportunities for team members to work together on diverse projects not only strengthens bonds but also fosters a sense of shared purpose. By celebrating both individual and collective achievements, leaders reinforce the importance of inclusivity as an integral aspect of the team’s fabric.

Continuous Learning and Growth:

Leaders must promote continuous learning and growth within their teams, encouraging individuals to expand their knowledge and embrace new perspectives. By investing in training and development programs that address unconscious biases and promote cultural awareness, leaders equip team members with the tools to navigate the challenges that arise from diverse perspectives. These initiatives also demonstrate a commitment to ongoing improvement and reinforce the value placed on inclusivity.

Conclusion:

Inclusivity is not merely a buzzword but a fundamental principle that unlocks the full potential of teams. By embracing diversity, fostering collaboration, and creating a culture of empathy and respect, leaders can set the conditions for inclusivity to thrive. Through the power of inclusivity, teams can overcome challenges, ignite innovation, and achieve remarkable outcomes that surpass expectations. I encourage you to embark on this journey of inclusivity, for it is a pathway to a brighter future, both personally and professionally.

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Embracing Self-Worth, Mindfulness, & Therapy | Ep.161: Bri Majikes

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Today’s OnTheStacks guest is Bri Majikes, Owner & Hair Stylist of BAM Studio. In this episode, Bri and I talk about understanding your value as a business owner, how to prioritize your time, and outsourcing certain tasks to give you the opportunity to grow your business, but also ways you can use that time to decompress and relax. Bri also shares her personal dealings with anxiety, identifying triggers, and the benefits of therapy.

 

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(42:53) — Therapy

(56:25) — Anxious Thoughts

(1:09:32) — Health Benefits of a Sauna

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Smashing Your Goals

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Understanding who you want to become and putting a system in place helps you achieve your leadership goals. We share three steps to take so you can make sustainable and continuous growth as a leader to get the outcomes you desire. Let’s get into it!

Jumpstart Your Goals

When is the best time to start…NOW! It’s not a new year, it’s not a major milestone. However, you’ve got goals you want to accomplish. You have something you want to overcome. Focus on that feeling of optimism. It’s always the right time to refresh, restart, or reimage yourself. It’s a fantastic time to jumpstart, set goals, and build or break habits. The time is now! Whether your goals are professional or personal here are three pieces of the puzzle that will help you achieve whatever outcome you set for yourself.

Let’s think of this as an equation:
Who I Want to Be + My Habit System = My Desired Outcome

1. Start with the End in Mind

Identifying a goal or objective you want to achieve is great but don’t forget, it is actually the result or outcome you are looking for. It comes at the end of the equation. Take time to visualize your outcome. Picture yourself at the end, having achieved your goal.

Who is around you? How do you feel? Now walk it back in time – What steps did you take to get there? How long did you take to get there? Visualization is a powerful tool when it comes to future oriented achievement. It allows you to see yourself succeeding.

2. Understand WHO you are becoming

Let’s move to the left side of that equation. It’s not just the result but the journey to get you there. It’s imperative to understand what achieving this goal means to who you are trying to become. Who do you want to become by the end of this journey? What is important for you to feel? What is important to you about achieving this outcome? Who do you need to show up as?

Identifying a clear concise outcome is great, what will keep you moving towards that goal is being highly self-aware of the tie it has to who you are becoming in the process. To dive deep and tap into the true importance of your desired outcome, you can practice a little “self-coaching”.

Try this reflective writing process. Write out and answer these questions:
What is the outcome I’m trying to achieve? What happens if I’m able to achieve this outcome? Who is impacted? How will achieving my goal change who I am?  Who do I want to become along the way?

The goal is the outcome – making it personal and being self-aware of who you want to become by achieving the goal is powerful. It gives your goal more purpose beyond the surface level of accomplishment.

3. The Habit System

The last piece of the equation is putting a system in place for change. The system you put in place will lead you to your desired result. Think about it from the wide world of sports. The outcome is to Win. To win you must score the most points. To score points you must have a process in place… The process can be thought of as your how. Different goals require different systems. Systems will bring about the change you seek, through your habits. Understanding the habit loop will help you put the best system in place for achieving your goal.

Take the outcome you want and break it down into manageable achievable steps. What’s the first step you can take? What resources do you need? How will you be accountable? When will you start? Now we are ready to enter the Habit Loop.

The Loop

According to James Clear, Author of Atomic Habits, the habit loop starts with a 1. cue that triggers a 2. craving, which motivates a 3. response, which provides a 4. reward, which satisfies the craving and, ultimately, becomes associated with the cue. Together, these four steps form a neurological feedback loop that allows you to create automatic habits.

Ultimately – You want to make good habits fun and attractive and you want to break bad habits by making them unattractive and invisible.

Remember to celebrate the small wins along the path. Small wins or setbacks have a multiplying impact over the long term. Build your positive momentum.

Looking forward to seeing you achieve your professional and personal goals!
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

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Army Ranger’s Crash Course in Resilience, Leadership, & Trust | Ep.160: Al Ornoski

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This week’s OnTheStacks guest in the blu door studio is Al Ornoski, Retired United States Lieutenant Colonel Army Ranger and Founder & Owner of Protection 6. In this episode, Al talks about the mental and physical strength he gained as an Army Ranger while living and fighting alongside Afghan forces during his deployment in the Middle East. Al recounts the stark reality he faced when his helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan, and the lessons he learned in the military that now translate to both business and civilian life. Al also shares his insights on the importance of trust, cultural understanding, and of course patriotism.

Other topics covered:

  • Army Ranger Training
  • Navigating High Pressure Situations
  • Risk Assessment & Security in Military and Civilian Contexts
  • Life & Culture in Iraq & Afghanistan

 

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(7:16) — Army Ranger School

(19:30) — Deployment to Afghanistan 2004

(26:44) — Trust & Culture

(34:03) — Al’s Helicopter Shot Down in Afghanistan

(50:55) — Respect

(55:58)— Life After The Military

(1:04:55) — Operating A Security Company in Iraq

(1:11:25) — Security In America for Dr. Oz.

(1:22:35) — Call Sign “Rhino 6”

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Mental Health and Leadership

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Mastering the Mind: The Power of Mental Health in Leadership

May is mental health awareness month. As leaders we are stewards of well-being at work. Our actions contribute to the work environment for our teams. We must also understand how to safeguard our own mental health to be at our best. This week we take time to explore how leaders can strengthen and protect their mental health and promote a positive environment for their team. Let’s dive in.

Leading the way for Mental Health

I’ve stumbled at leading by example for positive mental health practices. I thought I could box everything up, bury myself in work and as time moved on so would I. Not true! Focusing on action and hitting the gym had short term positive results. In the long run, it was costing me. I didn’t learn how to clear my head, acknowledge my thoughts, and understand what was happening to move on in a positive way. That all changed when I started practicing mindfulness and learning how to be a coach. I would focus on physical well-being (doing) or accomplishing whatever was next on my list (doing). What I was avoiding was feeling, emotion, and acknowledging my thoughts (being). I was a human doing, not a human being. As a leader, and for the good of my team, I needed to balance doing and being.

As we navigate the ever-changing landscape of modern business, it is essential for us to recognize that our greatest asset lies within ourselves and our teams. By fostering a positive mental health environment, we can unleash our full potential, drive innovation, and inspire those around us to reach new heights. So, let us explore the importance of mental health and discover how we can safeguard our own well-being while nurturing the thriving minds of our teams.

The Leader’s Mental Well-being

As leaders, we are the catalysts for progress and change. However, this responsibility can sometimes come at a cost to our mental well-being. The pressures of decision-making, high expectations, and constant demands can lead to stress, burnout, and even emotional exhaustion. Therefore, it is paramount that we prioritize our own mental health to ensure our long-term effectiveness as leaders.

Self-awareness: The foundation of mental health lies in self-awareness. By recognizing and acknowledging our emotions, strengths, and weaknesses, we can better navigate the challenges we face. Embrace mindfulness practices, such as meditation and reflection, to cultivate a deeper understanding of your own mental state. How to Practice Mindfulness

Self-care: Treat yourself with kindness and caring, as you would for anyone on your team. Prioritize self-care activities that replenish your energy, such as exercise, hobbies, and spending quality time with loved ones. Remember, when your cup is full, you have more to offer those around you.

Seek support: Leaders are not immune to struggles. Don’t hesitate to reach out for support from mentors, coaches, or mental health professionals. By creating a support network, you can gain valuable insights, guidance, and a safe space to share your challenges.

Creating a Positive Mental Health Team Environment

Leadership involves fostering an environment where team members can flourish. When we prioritize the mental health of our teams, we create a foundation for success and create a space where innovation and collaboration thrive.

Open communication: Encourage a culture of open dialogue where team members feel safe to discuss their mental health concerns. Regular check-ins and one-on-one meetings can provide an avenue for support and ensure that individuals feel seen, heard, and valued.

Normalize self-care: Lead by example and openly prioritize self-care activities. Encourage your team to take breaks, practice mindfulness, and engage in activities that promote their well-being. When self-care is seen as a valuable practice, it permeates the entire organization.

Promote work-life balance: Recognize that employees have lives outside of work and encourage a healthy balance between work and personal life. Flexible schedules, remote work options, and time off for personal matters can help reduce stress and improve overall mental health.

Training and resources: Invest in mental health training and provide resources for your team. Offer workshops on stress management, resilience, and emotional intelligence. Consider partnering with mental health professionals to provide counseling services or employee assistance programs.

Lead the Way

In the pursuit of excellence and progress, let us not overlook the significance of mental health. As leaders, we have a responsibility to prioritize our own well-being while creating an environment that fosters the mental health of our teams. By practicing self-awareness, self-care, and seeking support, we fortify our own minds. Simultaneously, by encouraging open communication, promoting self-care, and providing resources, we empower our teams to unleash their full potential.

Remember, the strength of a team lies in the well-being of its individual members. When we prioritize mental health, we create a culture of resilience, empathy, and collaboration. Together, we can overcome challenges, adapt to change, and achieve extraordinary results.

As leaders, we have the power to shape the narrative around mental health and create an environment where mental well-being is valued, supported, and nurtured. In this fast-paced and ever-evolving world, mental health has emerged as a critical factor in both personal and professional success. The positive impact of prioritizing mental health goes beyond the individual level—it ripples through entire organizations, driving productivity, engagement, and overall well-being.

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The Sobering Truth About Addiction, Discovering MMA, and Becoming A Foodie | Ep.159: Brian DiMattia

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This week’s OnTheStacks guest in the blu door studio is Brian DiMattia. He’s an Assistant Instructor and sales rep at Wilkes-Barre MMA and is the Creator of popular Facebook Food review page: DiMattia’s Food Fight. In this episode Brian shares his journey to sobriety and how he turned his life around after being addicted to various drugs. When Brian discovered a passion for MMA and fitness, it changed his life both personally and professionally.

 

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(11:15) — Painkillers & Anxiety Meds

(25:55) — Drug Addiction

(52:55) — Arrested at Gun Point

(1:03:10) — Rehab

(1:22:22) — Getting Back To Work

(1:32:50) — Discovering MMA

(2:11:20) — Pizza Reviews & Becoming a Foodie

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Leader's Self-Awareness

A Look in the Mirror: Leader’s Self-awareness | Dr. Will Ramey

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In order to lead others, you have to be able to lead yourself. I’m not talking about management and organizational skills. I am talking about knowing who you are, how you show up, and what impact you are having on others. This is self-awareness and it is a sub-dimension of emotional intelligence. Here we share what it is, why it’s important to leadership, and how to develop yours over time.

Who’s looking back in your mirror?

Mirror, Mirror on the wall, how can I be the best leader of them all? If only it were that easy. Developing self-awareness requires you to be open, acknowledge what you are not good at, then deciding to act. Self-awareness is only the first part of practicing good leadership, deciding to take steps to improve is the next.

I have found myself standing at this crossroads several times in my career. When someone holds that mirror up to me, I have a decision to make a) be thankful and absorb the feedback I’m receiving then do nothing, b) be thankful and absorb the feedback I’m receiving then choose to make a change, c) engage in a defensive conversation about my behavior and give 15 different excuses as to why I did what I did… I can admit at times I’ve chosen all three. What I find most beneficial is option a) and/or b). Being grateful for the feedback that someone shared so that I can increase self-awareness is always a good option.

As a leader, you have a responsibility to guide and inspire your team. But in order to be an effective leader, you need to first understand and improve yourself. That’s where self-awareness and self-improvement come in.

Self-awareness is the ability to recognize and understand your own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Self-improvement is the process of taking steps to become a better version of yourself. In leadership, both self-awareness and self-improvement are crucial for success. Let’s take a closer look at why.

Raise your awareness to connect with your team

Self-awareness is an essential component of effective leadership. Here are just a few reasons why:

  1. Better decision-making: Leaders who are self-aware are better able to make decisions that align with their values, goals, and strengths.
  2. Improved communication: Self-aware leaders are better able to communicate their thoughts, feelings, and expectations to their team members.
  3. Increased emotional intelligence: Self-awareness is a key component of emotional intelligence, which is critical for effective leadership.
  4. Stronger relationships: Self-aware leaders are better able to build strong relationships with their team members, creating a positive and supportive work environment.

With this awareness comes the choice to act. As you start to develop awareness and piece together how your actions have impact on your team, now you have a choice. Are you getting the most out of your team? Are you effectively leading your team through influence, communication, and relationships? If not, it’s time for self-improvement.

Improve yourself – improve your team

Here are benefits you’ll get out of continuously development of your leadership abilities:

  1. Continuous learning: Leaders who are committed to self-improvement are always seeking to learn and grow, which can help them stay ahead of the curve in their industry.
  2. Improved skills: Self-improvement can help leaders develop new skills and improve existing ones, making them more effective at their job.
  3. Better adaptability: Self-improvement can help leaders become more adaptable and flexible, which is essential in today’s rapidly changing business environment.
  4. Increased resilience: Leaders who prioritize self-improvement are better able to bounce back from setbacks and challenges, making them more effective in the long run.

How to Develop Self-Awareness and Self-Improvement as a Leader

So how can you develop self-awareness and self-improvement as a leader? Here are some tips:

  • Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness practices like meditation and deep breathing can help you become more self-aware and present in the moment. (For more on this subject: How Mindfulness Helps You Lead | Dr. Will Ramey)
  • Seek feedback: Ask for feedback from your team members, colleagues, and mentors on your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Reflect on your values and goals: Take time to reflect on your core values and long-term goals, and think about how your actions align with them. (For more on this subject: Leaders – Make Time to Reflect | Dr. Will Ramey)
  • Develop a growth mindset: Adopt a growth mindset and embrace challenges as opportunities for learning and improvement.
  • Set goals: Set specific, measurable goals for improving your skills and abilities, and track your progress over time.

By developing self-awareness and committing to self-improvement, you can become the best leader you can be. By understanding yourself and continuously improving, you can inspire and guide your team towards success. So why not start today? Not sure how to get started and want to explore the benefits of getting a personal coach? Reach out to me. Let’s work together to help you unlock your potential and reach your goals.

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Healing in Harmony: Music & Mental Health | Ep.158: KULICK

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This week’s OnTheStacks guest in the blu door studio is KULICK, an American Recording Artist, Producer, Engineer, & co-owner of the production studio, The Pear Entertainment. KULICK, who was born half deaf, started writing songs at the age of 12 as an outlet for bullying and anxiety.

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(30:56) — Music Career & Getting a Record Deal

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Emotional Intelligence and Leadership

Emotional Intelligence in Leadership | Dr. Will Ramey

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Emotional Intelligence and Leadership
Research Backed Approaches to Leadership and Team Dynamics with Dr. Will Ramey, The Leadership Dr.

As a leader, you are expected to inspire and guide your team towards success. But what sets the most effective leaders apart from the rest? According to research, one key factor is emotional intelligence. Here we share what it is, why it’s important to leadership, and how to develop yours over time.

Something unique about my career path is that I have never actually performed the tasks or been in the role of the teams’ I’ve led. I’ve never had the technical expertise or requisite knowledge to be considered a subject matter expert. What I do believe has set me apart when leading teams is my focus on people. I realized the need to develop and grow my emotional intelligence. Doing so enables me to connect and build relationships with my team so we can communicate, remove roadblocks, and build a shared understanding of goals and objectives for performance, without requiring a high degree of technical expertise.

Emotional intelligence, or EQ, is the ability to recognize and regulate your own emotions, as well as understand and respond to the emotions of others. While IQ and technical skills are certainly important, studies show that EQ may be an even stronger predictor of leadership success.

So why does EQ matter in leadership, and how can you develop this important skill set? Let’s take a closer look.

Understanding Emotional Intelligence

EQ has five key components: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills. Let’s break these down:

  1. Self-awareness: This involves understanding your own emotions, strengths, and weaknesses, and how they impact your behavior and decisions.
  2. Self-regulation: This involves managing your own emotions and impulses in a constructive way, rather than letting them control you.
  3. Motivation: This involves having a strong drive to achieve goals and a positive outlook on the future.
  4. Empathy: This involves understanding and responding to the emotions of others, and being able to see things from their perspective.
  5. Social skills: This involves building strong relationships and networks, and being able to communicate effectively with others.

Each of these components is important for effective leadership. Leaders who are self-aware, emotionally stable, motivated, empathetic, and skilled at communication are better able to inspire and motivate their teams, resolve conflicts, and navigate challenging situations.

The Importance of Emotional Intelligence in Leadership

So why does emotional intelligence matter in leadership? There are several reasons:

  1. Better communication: Leaders with high emotional intelligence are able to communicate clearly and effectively with their teams, building trust and rapport.
  2. Stronger relationships: Leaders with high emotional intelligence are able to build strong relationships with their team members, creating a positive and supportive work environment.
  3. Improved decision-making: Leaders with high emotional intelligence are able to regulate their own emotions and make decisions based on reason, rather than being swayed by emotions.
  4. More effective conflict resolution: Leaders with high emotional intelligence are able to understand and respond to the emotions of others, making them more effective at resolving conflicts and negotiating solutions.
  5. Increased team performance: Leaders with high emotional intelligence are able to motivate and inspire their teams, leading to higher levels of engagement, productivity, and overall performance.

Developing Emotional Intelligence

The good news is that emotional intelligence can be developed, even if you don’t naturally possess all of the components. Here are some strategies for developing your emotional intelligence:

  1. Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness practices like meditation, deep breathing, and yoga can help you become more aware of your own emotions and better able to regulate them. (See my article: How Mindfulness Helps You Lead)
  2. Seek feedback: Ask for feedback from others on your emotional intelligence and be open to constructive criticism.
  3. Practice empathy: Put yourself in the shoes of others and try to understand their perspective and emotions.
  4. Build relationships: Make an effort to build strong relationships with your team members, and work on your communication and social skills.
  5. Set goals: Set goals for improving your emotional intelligence and track your progress over time.

By developing your emotional intelligence, you can become a more effective leader and inspire your team to achieve great things. So why not take the first step today?

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The Smart, Hungry, Humble, & Resilient Approach To Building Your Life’s Work | Ep.157 Kurt Krasavage

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This week’s OnTheStacks guest in the blu door studio is Kurt Krasavage, a former global sales leader turned real estate investor and humanitarian. Kurt dealt with some extreme trauma at a young age. All within a few years he watched his mother suffer from a massive stroke, lost multiple family members and friends in tragic deaths, and was crushed when he got fired from his job in Corporate America. But losing his job was a blessing in disguise as he saw it as an opportunity to follow his dreams. It allowed Kurt to restart his life and pursue his purpose of improving the community and helping people make a bigger impact on the world.

In this episode Kurt talks about overcoming adversity and opens up for the first time about his shortcomings and embarrassing failure that cost him his former career. Kurt also shares his experiences leading multiple mergers and acquisitions, building global teams, and setting and achieving goals.

 

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Impact of Emotional Displays

Emotional Displays with Purpose | Dr. Will Ramey

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Have you ever thought about how your emotional displays impact your team’s behavior? Well, it turns out that your emotions play a significant role in your followers’ organizational citizenship behavior (OCB). We share how to put your emotional intelligence into action and impact your team’s willingness to take on tasks outside of their job description.

Your Team is Watching

About seven years ago I finally came to a realization. I always knew and learned that how you behave as a leader matters. It makes a difference in your day. Fundamentally I understood that when you hold a formal leadership position in an organization, you have an inherent responsibility to model positive behavior. We all understand that, comprehend it, but what does it look like, how can you practice it, and put your emotional displays to work. Early in my leadership journey I would wear my emotions on my sleeve. All of the positive emotion and negative emotion would come out and be on display. I’d go home exhausted. The amount of pivots in my day, the ups and downs wore on me. Gaining an understanding of how my emotional displays, both positive and negative, impacted my team opened my eyes. Learning to harness my emotions and engage my emotional intelligence, has helped me, as well as, my team become more effective and go above and beyond.

What is OCB?

If you’re not familiar with the term, organizational citizenship behavior, or OCB, refers to the discretionary actions that employees take to improve the overall effectiveness of their workplace. These actions mean going beyond what is expected from the job description and can include things like helping coworkers, volunteering for tasks, and offering constructive feedback. These behaviors lead to positive team dynamics and can impact team effectiveness and performance over time.

A study published in The Leadership Quarterly found that when leaders express positive emotions, such as joy or pride, their followers are more likely to engage in OCB. On the other hand, negative emotions like anger or frustration can decrease OCB. The findings also suggest that the level of emotional contagion (i.e., the degree to which followers “catch” their leader’s emotions) effects the relationship between leaders’ emotional displays and followers’ OCB.

Link between Leader’s emotions and OCB

  • Leaders’ emotional displays have a significant impact on their followers’ organizational citizenship behavior.
  • Positive emotions expressed by leaders have a more significant impact on followers’ OCB than negative emotions.
  • Emotional contagion mediates the relationship between leaders’ emotional displays and followers’ OCB.

We often underestimate the power of emotions and how they can shape our team’s behavior. As leaders, we need to be more self-aware of how our emotions can impact our team. By expressing more positive emotions, being mindful of negative emotions, and leading by example, we can create a more positive and productive work environment for our team.

Displaying Positive Emotions

What can you do to be more purposeful and display positive emotions as a leader?

Here are some tips:

  1. Express positive emotions: As a leader, you set the tone for your team’s emotions. So, when you’re feeling happy or proud, share that with your team! Celebrate successes and show gratitude for hard work. This will encourage your team to engage in positive behaviors.
  2. Be mindful of negative emotions: Of course, as a leader, you’re not going to be happy all the time. But when you’re feeling angry or frustrated, try to be mindful of how you’re expressing those emotions. Instead of lashing out, take a deep breath and consider how you can express your emotions in a constructive way.
  3. Lead by example: Finally, remember that your team is looking to you for guidance. If you want your team to engage in positive behaviors, you need to lead by example. Show your team what it means to be a positive, productive member of the organization.
  4. Practice Mindfulness: To find out how and the benefits to you and your team read my article: How Mindfulness Helps You Lead | Dr. Will Ramey | OnTheStacks

Like it or not, as a leader, your emotions play a crucial role in shaping your team’s behavior. By expressing positive emotions, being mindful of negative emotions, and leading by example, you can encourage your team to engage in positive organizational citizenship behavior. So, let’s spread positivity and make our organizations even better!

Reference: “How leaders’ emotional displays shape followers’ organizational citizenship behavior” by Lukas F. Koning and Gerben A. Van Kleef published in The Leadership Quarterly 2015

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Grief & Gratitude: Surviving a SCAD Heart Attack at 30 Years Old | Ep.156: Kayla Wolthoff

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This week’s OnTheStacks guest in the blu door studio is Kayla Wolthoff, an advocate for SCAD research. In August of 2022 Kayla Wolthoff suffered a life-threatening SCAD-induced heart attack. SCAD, which stands for Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection is a rare condition that occurs when there’s a separation or tear in the wall of a coronary artery.

 

As a very fit and active yoga-instructor, a heart-attack and dying at 30 years old was the last thing on Kayla’s mind. In this episode Kayla shares the lessons she learned from her near-death experience, her journey to recovery, and her message of putting yourself first and advocating for your health.

 

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(5:57) — From Iowa To Pennsylvania

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(28:48) — STEMI Heart Attack: ER Visit August 2022

38:49) — Life Flight Transfer for ECMO Life Support

(44:19) — SCAD Explained

(57:07) — Waking Up From A Coma & Cardiac Rehab

(1:07:45) — Grief & Gratitude

(1:15:17) — Living with SCAD

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(1:29:13) — Iowa Connections

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Connecting with your Team

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Connecting with your Team

Research Backed Approaches to Leadership and Team Dynamics with Dr. Will Ramey, The Leadership Dr.

Connecting with your team can be complex as a leader. Here we share ideas on how to build those connections and strengthen team dynamics over time.

The Complexity of Connection

As a team leader, building strong connections with your team members is essential to creating a positive and productive work environment. When your team members feel connected to you, they are more likely to trust you, communicate openly with you, and work collaboratively with their peers. However, connecting with your team members can be complicated. How do build genuine relationships without compromising your ability to soundly manage performance?

Early on in my leadership career I was taught to get to know your team, take a genuine interest in their lives, understand what motivates them, and learn everyone by name. As a Lieutenant in the Army, I made it part of my daily routine to get out and talk with my Soldiers where they were working. I found out who was married, who had kids, where people were from, etc. The difficulty came with balancing that with assigning tasks, making disciplinary recommendations, and correcting performance. How could I not become biased or allow someone’s personal situation to sway my judgement. The easy answer would be to swing the other direction. Put up walls. Keep people at double-arms distance. However, if this happens you become unapproachable. How do you lead when your team doesn’t feel comfortable bringing up concerns or issues?

Finding the Balance

To strike a balance in the work environment you can reflect on your communication rhythm. When do you communicate, where do you communicate, how do you communicate, and what is the purpose of your communication. When you make intentional decisions about communication with the intent to connect to your team you can start to build bonds and balance driving for results. Think about the routines you have when you communicate. Start-up meetings, do you mix the daily goals with the opportunities to recognize your team or acknowledge an anniversary, birthday, etc? Conversations in the workspace, do you take time to check in and encourage your team members to share their concerns or teach your something about their role? Formal feedback conversations, do you deliver balanced feedback on performance and share opportunities for professional development?

Here are some tips on building strong connections with your team

  1. Get to know your team members personally: Take the time to learn about your team members’ interests, hobbies, and aspirations. Knowing what makes them tick can help you understand them better and show that you care about them as individuals.
  2. Be approachable and available: Make sure your team members know that they can come to you with any questions, concerns, or ideas. Create an open-door policy, get out of your office, and encourage your team members to reach out to you when they need support or guidance.
  3. Show appreciation and recognition: Make sure you acknowledge your team members’ hard work and achievements. Celebrate milestones, acknowledge team members who go above and beyond, and show your gratitude for their efforts.
  4. Communicate clearly and effectively: Communication is key to building strong connections with your team members. Make sure you are clear and concise in your messaging and encourage your team members to do the same. Listen actively, ask questions, and be open to feedback.
  5. Lead by example: As a team leader, you set the tone for the team. If you want your team members to be respectful, collaborative, and communicative, you need to model those behaviors yourself.
  6. Invest in professional development: Show your team members that you care about their growth and development by investing in training and development opportunities. This can help your team members develop new skills and expertise, which can lead to more meaningful and rewarding work.
  7. Encourage teamwork and collaboration: Encourage your team members to work together and collaborate on projects. This can help build trust, foster creativity, and create a sense of camaraderie.

The Power of Connection

Research has found support for the power of connection between team leaders and team members. One study found that employees who had a positive relationship with their supervisor were more likely to report job satisfaction and higher levels of engagement. Another study found that employees who had a positive relationship with their supervisor had higher levels of organizational citizenship behaviors, such as helping coworkers and going above and beyond their job duties. This can lead to increased productivity and improved job performance. In addition, research has shown that positive relationships between supervisors and their subordinates can lead to reduced turnover rates. One study found that employees who had a positive relationship with their supervisor were less likely to leave the organization.

Overall, there is ample research to support the notion that positive relationships between leaders and their team members can have significant positive outcomes for employee satisfaction and business performance. As a team leader, investing in these relationships is not only the right thing to do for your employees, but it can also have a positive impact on the success of your organization.

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Empowering Women on a Journey of Self-Discovery | Ep.155: Gia Fracalossi

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This week’s OnTheStacks guest in the blu door studio is Gia Fracalossi. After dropping out of grad school from NYU she felt lost and hopeless. Enter the Ambivalent B*tches Podcast, a show Gia created as a means to rediscover herself and her purpose. It soon became a platform to empower young women like herself to find meaning in the mess that is life in their twenties. In this episode we talk about self-discovery, mental health, and exploring life’s uncertainties.

 

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Balance Relationships and Results

Balancing Relationships and Results | Dr. Will Ramey

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Balance Relationships and Results
Research Backed Approaches to Leadership and Team Dynamics with Dr. Will Ramey, The Leadership Dr.

Balancing Relationships and Results: Leaders need to get positive results without sacrificing relationships with your team. This can feel like walking a high wire without a net. We share numerous ways to finding that balance so you can achieve results and maintain strong relationships with your team.

Leadership is a People Business

We all know that leadership is a people business. We’ve heard great thought leaders like Simon Sinek share his perspective that when you focus on people, the numbers will come. That can be easier said than done for some in leadership positions.

My first job out of the military was with a Fortune 50 company working in their distribution channel. I thought I had this whole leadership thing all figured out. Know the objective goals, understand processes, motivate my team to smash those goals, and all is right in the world. TOO EASY! Soon, I had the top performing team in my department. My boss took me for a developmental walkaround, and he began asking me about my relationships with my team and my peers. I remember thinking to myself – what does that matter at all? Have you seen my numbers?! It wasn’t until a few years later that I truly grasped what he was trying to get me to understand.

Finding the Balance

Leadership is about balancing relationships and results. On one hand, a leader must be able to build strong relationships with team members in order to create a positive and productive work environment. On the other hand, a leader must also be able to deliver results by setting and achieving goals. If you favor relationships, you may avoid having difficult conversations. If you favor results, you may not be connected enough to get the best out of your team.

The key to balancing relationships and results is to understand that they are not mutually exclusive. In fact, they are closely linked and dependent on one another. Strong relationships with team members can lead to better communication, increased trust and collaboration, and ultimately better results.

For a deeper dive into understanding how to balance relationships and results I recommend a book by my good friend and colleague Mark Stevens: The Square and the Triangle


Mark Stevens The Square and the Triangle

Leadership Tips

Here are some ways to balance relationships and results when leading your team:

  • Communicate effectively: Regularly communicate with team members to ensure that everyone is on the same page. Go see your team where they work and encourage team members to voice any concerns or issues.
  • Show appreciation: Show appreciation for your team members’ hard work and contributions. Recognize and reward their achievements and provide constructive feedback on areas where they can improve.
  • Build trust: Build trust by being reliable and consistent. Keep your promises and be transparent in your decision-making. Share the why behind decisions and seek out team members input when possible.
  • Encourage teamwork: Encourage teamwork by fostering collaboration and cooperation among team members. Hold team-building activities and create opportunities for team members to work together to achieve common goals.

By following these tips, you can effectively balance relationships and results when leading your team. Remember that strong relationships lead to better results and a positive work environment, and that both are important for the success of your team and your organization.

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Life As A Fixer: Perseverance, Leadership, & Conflict Resolution | Ep.154: Jim Olecki

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This week OnTheStacks in the blu door studio, we get an inside look at the life of a Professional Fixer. For 20+ years, Jim Olecki worked with celebrities, politicians, CEOs, & high-profile individuals around the world to solve problems and protect their reputation. Jim is the Founder of J2O Enterprises, J2O Advisors, & CEO of the Ritz Theater and Performing Arts Center in Scranton. In this episode, we talk about the discipline, perseverance, leadership, and communication skills needed to succeed at a high level while balancing career ambitions and relationships. Jim also talks about his recent return home to Northeastern Pennsylvania and his mission to give back to the community that raised him.

 

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