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Author: Sam Reeve & Char Miller & Sumit Singla

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Every great leader inspires, motivates and rewards their people for performance. 


Welcome to the People Strategy Forum podcast, a show that guides leaders to elevate the workforce.


People are at the heart of successful organizations. Team members’ well-being and career development are essential. This show discusses practical and effective leadership strategies for top executives, senior professionals, and talent managers.


Aligning employer and employee objectives is a must. Every team member needs to feel fulfilled and satisfied in order to be fully productive and accountable. This show helps leaders create an engaged workforce that is happily accomplishing daily responsibilities and committed to the organization’s future success. Episodes focus on innovative and integrated talent management tools, including employee recognition, compensation, and development, as well as strategies for building a healthy workplace culture and improving the workforce experience.


On a deeper level, the podcast centers around attracting, growing and retaining top talent. It addresses employee motivation, communication, performance, productivity and the genuine human connections that are essential for every successful organization. Each team member brings their own unique strengths, talents, interests, and passions. By touching on these personal areas, leaders create an environment where employees perform at their best.


Sam Reeve, Char Miller, and Sumit Singla host the podcast.


Sam has 20-years of diverse compensation experience at leading firms. His time at Barclays, BlackRock, and Automatic Data Processing (ADP) allowed him to see companies evolve from the startup phase to rapidly growing to mature organizations


Char works closely with C-suite-level executive teams and advises organizations such as Vail Resorts, Banner, and Kaiser Permanente. She helps businesses determine performance goals and organizational objectives while constructing roadmaps for appropriate workplace cultures.


Sumit has over 15 years of talent management practice across different sectors. His expertise in organizational framework, design thinking, performance management, and business storytelling is unparalleled. He is a favorite speaker at talent management conferences and events across the country.


With these three forward-thinking, passionate people professionals at the helm of the podcast, talent-centric organizations can find relevant and helpful advice.


Special guest co-host thought-leaders impart essential tips for making every workplace inspiring and rewarding. Beyond theoretical ideas, these experts share experiences as business leaders that shed light on overcoming challenges and celebrating wins.


Even with generous budgets and  advanced tools, having the right team in place is crucial to achieving goals and succeeding. By putting effective programs in place, leaders can expect deeper connections  that result in healthy working relationships that spell success across the organization.


Join Sam Reeve, Char Miller, and Sumit Singla on the People Strategy Forum podcast and learn the keys to elevating the workforce.

58 Episodes
The world has been drowned in uncertainty in the past few years due to a down economy and the devastating pandemic. Tina Brandau challenges herself to discover a “better me” in 2023 by doing massive shifts in her life, dispelling the dangerous traps of stagnation. In this conversation with Sam Reeve, Char Miller, Sumit Singla and the entire PSF community, she invites everyone to embark on this life-changing journey. Tina explains how to unlock your best version by not stressing yourself with things out of your control, take small but necessary pauses, and be proactive to build a resilience self. She also discusses how to become an effective executive and coach by working alongside other people in the most active way.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!
Every human being has a brain, and its powers are almost limitless – if utilized the right way. Those who want to become an effective leader must tap deep within the organ between the ears and embrace neuroscience-based leadership. With this approach, you can connect with your team on a greater level. This will allow you to sense when your people are burnt out without them even telling you. But before you can reach this level of intuition, you have to be clear on yourself first. You have to appear trustworthy and empathetic as a leader.  Join Sam Reeve, Char Miller, and Sumit Singla as they talk to the Founder of NeuroSavvy Leadership, Keshawn Hughes. Tune in as they discuss how neuroscience works and how you can effectively lead with it. Discover how to build trust and empathy within your team to cultivate a healthier and rewarding work environment. Start setting up your team towards success with the golden nuggets of wisdom from this episode!Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!
Leaders need to start bridging the gaps between them and their employees. In today’s market, people just don’t feel the need to work for someone anymore. There are more ways of getting money so they quit. This is why business leaders thing there is a great resignation happening because they don’t engage with their employees. They are not creating a workplace culture that aligns with everyone. So if you want to attract and retain talent, you need to start bridging those gaps. Join Sam Reeve, Char Miller, & Sumit Singla as they talk to the CEO and Managing Partner of CultureWorx, Dr. Donte Vaughn. He is an expert in Organizational Leadership, Workforce Management, and Company Culture. Learn what Culture Performance Management is and how he implements it in his business. Find out how you can create a great culture that is also diverse, equitable, and inclusive. As a leader, start bridging the gaps in your company today.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!
Distance changes things, there’s no denying that. But when it comes to running a business, being apart from each other must not negatively impact your company culture. In this episode, Sumit Singla showcases his more than 16 years of experience across multiple HR roles to discuss how to maintain strong bonds within your team despite the lack of face-to-face interactions. He discusses the strategies for implementing a consistent company culture in the age of remote setup and keeping business goals aligned with this model. Tune in now and learn how to cultivate trust and connections throughout your team across your screens!Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!
We are now at the beginning of the new year, where we all get that metaphorical clean slate to start anew and make this year our best one yet. Although life as we know it, we will continue to face change and chaos, but it doesn’t mean we have to drown along with them. We can still thrive despite them all. Greeting 2023 with us, Michael Hunter, the founder of Uncommon Change, LLC, joins this episode to offer his wisdom and insights on how leaders and their teams can move through the fog and chaos with confidence and clarity. What can we do when things are suddenly not going well? What are the concrete steps to continue to have an impact on others? How can leaders support their teams? Michael answers these questions and more, diving deep into work environments, diversity, and vital aspects of leadership. Join this inspiring conversation to learn how to make the most of 2023!Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!
For today’s episode, we’ll be having an extra special guest with an extra special story. Renee Bruns is a leader in the insurance industry and is in the World Guinness Record for being the first female wheelchair traveler to travel the most countries in the world! She’ll be sharing her experience during her sabbatical and how it opened her eyes to see what it means to truly live life. Full of fun stories, unique experiences, valuable eye-openers, and more, this episode is sure to motivate you to a whole new level!Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!
The way you interview and hire can make or break your business. So if you're looking to be more successful in the modern workplace, you need to start by hiring better. In this episode, Executive Hiring Consultant Beth Smith shares the way to attract and retain the best talent for your company despite the difficulty in finding the right people these days. Tune in and learn the breakdown on how to hire better, have the best employees, and gain greater business success!Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!
We live in a very global world where borders no longer hinder how far you can reach. Today, companies are expanding across the oceans, making it a task for leaders in this global landscape to learn how to manage a diverse environment. In this People Strategy Forum episode, we are joined by Dr. Rajesh Kumar—an international business consultant who, having lived in many parts of the globe, has developed a deep appreciation and awareness of the importance of the cross-cultural dimension and how it impacts strategy implementation. He shares with us how to do business globally, work through cultural differences, and develop cross-cultural skills as a leader. Follow along to this exciting conversation as Dr. Kumar shares tips on building lasting relationships, onboarding in different locations, resolving conflicts, and providing feedback. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!
Transitioning into your first leadership role can be daunting, especially as a woman. There are many times when people are promoted to a leadership position and they are just not yet ready. As a leader, you have a lot of responsibility on top of taking care of your team. So what should you do as a brand new leader? Listen to this episode to find out. Join Sam Reeve, Char Miller, & Sumit Singla as they talk to the founder of Bosstrack, Michelle Harris. Learn how you can build trust with your team as a new leader. Understand why leadership can be difficult, especially for women. Know how to properly delegate and manage your team. Find out how you can learn from your mistakes and grow as a leader. Start transitioning into your new position as smoothly as you can today!Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!
Human resource professionals are the ones who take care of the people in the company. But who takes care of them? Cathy Norris joins this episode to talk about HR wellbeing. If there’s anyone who needs it more, it would be the HR professionals. Cathy is a Leadership & Wellbeing Coach and Corporate Trainer & Facilitator. She shares her seventeen years of experience to talk about the struggles of those in HR and helping them overcome those with emotional wellbeing. How can HR professionals balance the ability to be accessible and get things done at the same time? How can they release the stress from their day-to-day work? Cathy answers these questions and more! Plus, she provides tips for having effective conversations and setting expectations.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!
Change may be constant, but the pace of these changes in today's market is moving even more rapidly than ever. We see this in how recent events take a toll on the people in our organization. And they are either not thriving at their work or leaving altogether. Sophie Janke, the Implementation Consultant for Gradar, believes we need to enhance employee wellbeing. That way, we become the kind of change champions that can support our people through the different challenges in our environment and the world. Sophie dives deep into having an individualized change model, the factors why people resist change, and the importance of communicating changes to our employees. She also shares her insights on the current layoffs happening in the country and what we can do to help employees navigate this change.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!
As leaders, we can sometimes get so much in our heads that we become overwhelmed and stressed. What we need is to unleash these thoughts in our heads. And what better way to do that than journaling? Our guest in this episode attests to the power of journaling, seeing as how it helped her succeed. Karin Lubin is back to tell us all about it and how leaders can effectively journal. She is the co-founder of Quantum Leap Coaching and Consulting—a consultancy specialized in helping individuals and business leaders to take ‘quantum leaps’ into living and leading from mindful purpose, passion, and authenticity. True to their teachings, Karin discusses why journaling can be a reprieve from this grind culture and even help you realize your purpose and potential. She then shares her Journaling Bundle with us, which contains her holistic process to the practice. Join this powerful conversation as you add this additional tool for your mental health as an intuitive leader.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!
We are living in a thriving and rapid age of information. Day in and out, new trends and data come out, making business owners and leaders alike drowning to keep up to date. This episode’s guest has created a solution. Joshua Wöhle is the CEO of Mindstone, a software that allows people to go through self-directed learning online and help them stay on top of practices to lead more effectively and keep up to date on everything that’s out there. He joins the forum to share with us all about Mindstone, along with great insights on utilizing the Internet as a resource for learning and removing the barriers that make navigating information difficult. Joshua takes us across executive learning and the information diet that pushes the importance of active engagement. Follow along to this conversation and find out how founders can learn faster, remember more, and get things done!Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!
If there is one thing executives do more than present, it is communicating. Beyond being in front of the screen delivering ideas and reports, they interact and speak to the people in front of them. Vautier Communications saw this shift and dedicated themselves to the 'Business Communication Skills' space. In this episode, its Vice President, John Vautier, graces us with his knowledge and experience to impart the importance of this particular skill to creating your executive presence. Helping you finetune it even more, he shares how they empower leaders to find their voice and unleash their ideas and perspectives. John also gives tips on body language, how to use it to our advantage and read how other people interact with us. Plus, he then discusses communicating our executive presence through the screens, building engagement, and, most importantly, finding our unique presence. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!
Bringing a business to another level does not always require overcomplicated strategies. Sometimes, all you have to do is tweak your daily routine and start building simple habits. Sam Reeve and the PSF team talks with Julie DeLucca about creating healthy habits that lead to better behavior and a much better business. She shares some productivity hacks about water consumption, email management, calendar management, and people management. Julie also explains how women can build confidence in a market full of economic pressures by embracing core values, being clear with sales goals, and nurturing relationships with others.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!
There is so much bias in the workplace that it is hard for up-and-coming leaders to show up authentically. Whether you come from another country, have a different accent, or are a woman, being in a leadership position can be difficult. That is why these leaders need to have the courage to create their own path and break through the biases. These biases aren't personal. It's only human to have them. Once you know that, you can show up as who you truly are. Join Sam Reeve, Char Miller, and Sumit Singla as they talk to Katja Kolmetz, the founder and CEO of WaveMakers. Katja is also the co-founder of the experience design studio, Human Deluxe. Learn how Katja is helping the next generation of leaders with WaveMakers. Discover how you can break these biases in the workplace. And find out how you can build courage over time. Start being an authentic leader today!Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!
Workplace culture is doomed to fail if it cannot convey a genuine sense of belongingness. When creating communities of connection, leaders must know how to lead with a heart. Erin Hyder, Assistant City Manager at the City of Durango, talks about building people-centric communities where each person can showcase their authentic self and feel accepted. She explains how to motivate different departments to work together efficiently and solve the biggest workplace culture issues. Erin also breaks down the benefits of using even the silliest icebreakers to nurture relationships among team members.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!
If you can’t lead yourself, how can you manage to lead a group of people, let alone a business? Joining our esteemed panel to discuss the value of leading self is Chance Eaton. Chance is the CEO of Big Sky Way, providing organizational health solutions to progressive and purpose-driven organizations across the globe. Leadership is a much bigger topic than we realize. In this episode, Chance uncovers the psychophysiological roots that impact how we lead ourselves in our everyday lives. What goes on inside manifests in the work we do outside. Amid the chaos, how do leaders stay grounded on their values and goals? Meditation is a vital part of that. Tune in as Chance imparts mindset strategies and mindfulness practices to help you stay on the path to happiness and success in life and business.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!
Understanding data can be a complicated task, especially as you get deeper into it. But this should not deter you from learning about it, given how the world is slowly transformed by the connections these data make in technology. This episode’s guest speaker has the solution: storytelling. Karin Rex joins the panel to share with us how she incorporates storytelling with data. She is an instructional designer, writer, eLearning developer, and virtual facilitator. She talks about the importance of storytelling when translating those data and letting your customers understand. As the saying goes, “data can’t speak; it needs a storyteller.” Join this conversation and learn how you can become the storyteller that connects data to your people and make it stick.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!
An intuitive leader is someone who is emotionally resilient and connected to their feelings. They are in their body. They are not afraid to be authentic, respectful, resilient, responsive, and reflective. These are the signs of a leader that truly cares about his/her people and is willing to build those relationships. Join Sam Reeve, Char Miller, & Sumit Singla as they talk to Karin Lubin, co-founder of Quantum Leap Coaching and Consulting. Karin helps people who are feeling burnt out and lost. She helps them reconnect with themselves and find enthusiasm back in their lives. Listen in as Karin talks about the five attributes you need to become an intuitive leader. Start practicing these attributes in your daily life today!Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!
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