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Welcome to the People Are The Plan by Smart, Savvy + Associates. Each episode we talk about how to grow leaders that inspire, build teams that thrive and create work cultures that rock.
10 Episodes
In this episode, host Leah Gregg and Braden Hoeppner kick back live their best #vanlife in Braden’s 1987 Volkswagen Westfalia. Together they discuss the importance of cultivating feedback and trust in the workplace, and the value of taking your foot off the gas so you can slow down and enjoy the ride. In this episode: - Find out how a coach and mentor helped Braden get his start in marketing - How he’s learned to develop his leadership style and skills - The importance of working as a team and moving from independence to interdependence - How to cultivate feedback from all levels at all times - The role grit plays in meaningful work - The importance of extending 100% trust when you're building your team - Plus, the answer to the question "If you knew then what you know now, what would you say to yourself at the start of your career?" For more see
Having Fun in the Workplace: Building Energized & Connected Teams Featuring: Amitis Khorsandi  Host: Leah Gregg In this episode, host Leah Gregg and Amitis hit the road on an epic Evo tour of Vancouver. Together they discuss the importance of having fun in the workplace, leadership styles, work life balance and how build energized and connected team.  Amitis Khorsandi Today, we’re chatting with Amitis Khorsandi, Founding Member and Marketing Lead of Evo Car Share. Amitis is an entrepreneurial marketing leader. She has over 13 years of brand leadership experience with a specific focus on launching and propelling new brands forward both locally and internationally. Her most recent adventure includes spearheading the marketing team that launched and developed the Evo Car Share. It's now the fastest growing car share in North America hitting 100,000+ members in 3 years. In this episode: - Find out why the key to Amitis’ leadership has a lot to do with having fun - The importance of meaningful relationships in the workplace - How to build an inspiring and inspired team - Two job interview questions that Amitis always asks  - Leah asks Amitis, "If you knew then what you know now, what would you say to yourself at the start of your career?"  For more see:
Special Guest: Sarah Hassildine Director of Perfect Patients at Vortala, Sarah Hassildine shares how implementing Outward Mindset principles from The Arbinger Institute transformed their business, including how her remote team of 70+ have increased their connectivity and innovation. In this episode we'll talk about: - Why Vortala decided to invest in Outward Mindset training for their teams. - The stories we tell ourselves to justify our choice in mindset - How a scheduled practice of curiosity called "Meet to Learn" between remote co-workers allowed the Vortala team to learn more about each other, about the work they were doing, and ultimately opened the door to innovation and collaboration. How a critical mindset shift has led to profound changes in client relationships - Tactical ways to diffuse heated conversations and increase positive business results through an Outward Mindset practice. - The personal psychological and emotional benefits of practicing an outward mindset. See more at
Welcome to the People Are The Plan™ Podcast from Smart, Savvy + Associates. Each episode, we'll talk about how to grow leaders that inspire, build teams that thrive, and create work cultures that rock. Today, we’re talking with Jim McNeal. Jim McNeal Client Solutions Director at Arbinger Institute, Jim McNeal, shares the two distinct mindsets from which people and organizations operate. One is a self-focused inward mindset and the other is an inclusive outward mindset. He shares how we can make a sustainable change of mindset and the results and impact this type of change can make. About the Arbinger Institute The Arbinger Institute was founded in 1979 by Dr. C. Terry Warner, the scholar who solved the central problem at the heart of the human sciences: the problem of self-deception. That work revealed two distinct mindsets from which people and organizations operate—a self-focused inward mindset and an others-inclusive outward mindset—and the path to sustainably changing mindset and results. Today, Arbinger Institute helps individuals, teams, and organizations move from the default self-focus of an inward mindset to the results-focus of an outward mindset. Through training, coaching, consulting, and a suite of implementation tools, we enable organizations and their people to achieve results that are only possible with an outward mindset. In this episode we'll talk about: The implications of mindset on business and leadership How the two primary mindset types - inward and outward - drive our decision making For better or for worse, how both mindsets drive people and organizations Practical ways we can shift our focus and adopt an outward mindset
With Kristin Linklater, Denise Leech, Adam Brayford IN THIS EPISODE THEY SHARE: What inspired them to start The Leader's Journey as a team How learning about their motivational values and strengths has reshaped how the team connects and solves problems How the training has changed their everyday work experience and communication skills Their experience implementing critical feedback skills with one another as leaders, and how that's affected their teams Adam, Denise, and Kristin share personal summaries of their experiences with The Leader's Journey For more see
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With Catherine Ducharme and Peter Reek Today, we’re talking with Catherine Ducharme and Peter Reek about coaching, leadership, and what it means to be a people performance company. In this episode we'll explore: Why we started a podcast and why we're so excited to be in this space! What People Are The Plan™ really means. How we operate as a people performance company. How coaches have influenced Peter and Catherine throughout their careers. What the coach approach is all about and how it works on a practical level. Why it's important that we learn how to lead ourselves well. For more see
With Claire Booth Welcome to the People Are The Plan™ Podcast from Smart, Savvy + Associates. Each episode, we'll talk about how to grow leaders that inspire, build teams that thrive, and create work cultures that rock. Today, we’re talking with Claire Booth. Claire Booth Claire Booth is an entrepreneur, market research executive, and burnout survivor. A few years ago she realized that she was addicted to striving. Driven by her relentless inner critic, her life became a series of goals to accomplish. Using herself as the subject of a very personal research project, Claire’s quest was to understand why, as a "successful" person, she never seemed to be all that happy. Her book, The Achiever Fever Cure: How I Learned to Stop Striving Myself Crazy unpacks key research and insight into our need to achieve and explores the remedy for Achiever Fever. Bio Claire is the founder and CEO of market research firm Lux Insights, with two decades of experience serving some of the world’s most recognized brands like Amazon, Nintendo, and She teaches at the UBC Sauder School of Business and is a Board Director at the cutting-edge theatre, The Cultch. In this episode we'll talk about: The signs, symptoms, and cause of Achiever Fever The dark side of achieving Our inner critic - the relentless voice in our own heads driving us to believe that we're not enough Why successful, driven, high-performing people can still end up feeling miserable, stressed out, and unfulfilled Our fear of being normal and not noteworthy The Achiever Fever Cure! The bright side of achievement - there is good news if you're suffering from Achiever Fever especially if you're an achiever. For more see
With Erica Keswin Erica is an expert in the business of working human. She is a workplace strategist who has, for the past twenty years, worked with iconic brands like NASA, IBM, and the NFL. Erica is a consultant, speaker, author and professional dot-connector. Today, we’re talking with her about her bestselling book Bring Your Human to Work: Ten Sure-Fire Ways to Design a Workplace That’s Good for People, Great for Business, and Just Might Change the World! In this episode we'll talk about: Erica's cool definition of culture for organizations What it means to Bring Your Human to work Why it matters when we bring our human to work and how it can affect the bottom line How technology impacts our ability to work human. The Starbucks Barista that inspired the book, Bringing Your Human to Work A surefire way to create a more human workplace Human companies that exemplify a stellar culture How we can tell if our company values actually matter Resources Learn more about Erica Keswin and her book Bringing Your Human to Work See more at
With Sheila Heen Sheila is a Founder of Triad Consulting Group and has been on the Harvard Law School faculty as a Lecturer on Law since 1995. Sheila’s corporate clients include Pixar, Hugo Boss, the NBA, the Federal Reserve Bank, Ford, Novartis, AT&T and numerous family businesses. She often works with executive teams, helping them to work through conflict, repair working relationships, and make sound decisions together. Sheila is co-author of two New York Times bestsellers: Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most (Penguin 2nd ed 2010), and the recently released Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well (Even When It’s Off Base, Unfair, Poorly Delivered, and Frankly, You’re Not in the Mood) (Penguin 2014). She has written for the Harvard Business Review, for the New York Times as a guest expert and as a Modern Love writer. In this episode we'll talk about: Feedback and how we need to change our mindsets. The biggest myth about feedback Why giving and getting feedback is so challenging? Even when someone is saying SUPER nice things it can still SO CRINGEY! The three types of feedback that Sheila has been able to identify through her work and how they intersect Why we REJECT feedback/coaching? “The impact you have on other people is invisible to you.” ~ Sheila Heen The best way to see and understand our own impact on the world? The key to getting valuable, helpful feedback? How Sheila came to her own realizations about feedback? For more see
With Peter Bregman For over 30 years, Peter Bregman has worked with CEOs and senior leaders to help them create accountability and inspire collective action on their most important work. He helps leaders to develop their leadership skills, build aligned, collaborative teams, and overcome obstacles to drive results for their organizations. Peter is the author of a few books including Leading With Emotional Courage. In this episode we'll talk about: Peter's beverage of choice Peter's definition of a good leader? and what’s the key pattern he has found in good leaders Four essential elements that make-up good leaders. Why Emotional Courage is so important and what it is? How to develop Emotional Courage. "If you are willing to feel everything, you can do anything." ~ Peter Bregman The connection between confidence and being vulnerable. Tips for giving good feedback and receiving constructive feedback. How to self-identify what you need to work on? The purpose Peter is committed to and how he arrived at it. Peter's mediation practice and the benefits. For more see
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