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In this engaging episode of The Teamwork Advantage, Frank King talks about his life and how he has thought about committing suicide more times than he can count. He, like many others, was able to hide his suicidal tendencies.  It is important to remember that teamwork is not just about sports, or even business.  Teamwork is about wherever multiple people work towards a common goal.  This is definitely one of the most powerful episodes we have had on The Teamwork Advantage. Frank’s stories are real. They cut to the root of the problems facing so many of us today.  Listen as Frank King shares how to recognize some simple clues from your work colleagues, friends, members of your church or synagogue, or even someone within your own family. Frank talks about some of the resources available if you, or anyone you know, is depressed:    • NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness (https://www.nami.org/home)    • Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by voice, call 988     • Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by text, 741741    Frank believes that where there is humor there is hope and where there is laughter there is life. Nobody dies laughing. The right person, at the right time, with the right information, can save a life.  We can be the right team member at the right time.
In this episode of The Teamwork Advantage, Nicole Morgan sharesthe story of how she created an environment of collaboration in her workplace.  Her ideas are not exclusive to her company, business, or even her industry. They are transferable across every industry and every team.One key aspect she discusses freely is that, while hiring for skills may be important, it is not always the most important aspect of the hiring process.This episode is all-encompassing. There are strategies for every level of your organization, and each team within your organization.
Marcia Daszko helps us to recognize that, in the midst of changing times, is a powerful place to succeed. This begins with a compelling purpose. Moving from a small boutique consulting firm, Marcia studied Dr. Deming’s work extensively to learn the secrets of being a powerful leader.Marcia shares stories and fundamental examples of organizations that have flourished, and others who have floundered. She also talks about her own Strategic compass that you can view at:https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5912a7a5725e2534f1acb123/t/62ddceb1e12e3a3d662e6ac3/1658703537727/Stategic+Compass+Handout.pdfFor our podcast listeners, Marcia has offered our listeners the opportunity to take her leadership assessment, here:https://survey.zohopublic.com/zs/xhCN3wTo contact Marcia directly, visit her website at https://www.mdaszko.com
A self proclaimed paranoid planner, Toms Blodnieks shares why it is critical to plan everything, including our to our downtime with family and friends.As the Chief Operations Officer of DeskTime, the ultimate all-in-one automatic time tracking software, Toms shares what they have done with their hybrid workforce and the benefits of adopting a simple and more productive 35-hour work week.  He admits communication is a challenge, but according to Toms, once those processes are in place, your success is sure to follow.  Don't miss this informative episode!
Alyssa Cox shares some outstanding tips and secrets that every team needs to know about building trust, vulnerability, and transparency.  Alyssa has worked in the consulting industry for a number of  years, and with some of the largest consulting firms. Now she shares the things, that she has discovered, that actually work when interacting with your teammates.She helps us understand the need for creating an environment of psychological safety in the workplace.  She shares with us the strategies and benefits of very simple, and yet very tactical, things.  These strategies apply regardless if you are working in person or virtually.  These simple ideas are learning from our failures, both big and small, and encouraging conversation between peers.On the surface, this may seem innocuous and trivial. Yet, if we apply these ideas with thought and intention, we can realize some very powerful results. 
Doug Roberts founded the Institute for Education Innovation, where he works with school administrators across the country to help build collaborative relationships between educators and companies that support education.The institute focuses on how to teach children using "outside of the box" thinking and techniques.  In this interview,  Doug shares the strategies he employs with his team, and ultimately with school administrators, helping them recognize that business can help the world of education.Listen closely and see which of Doug’s techniques you can employ in your daily life. This is not just about education, he talks about life-long learning and a host of other great topics.
In this episode of The Teamwork Advantage, Phil Strazzulla shares the journey of his company's growth over just a few short years, utilizing a remote-only team of 20, to help Human Resource professionals. He is totally upfront and shares his successes along with some challenges, and how he works to overcome them.SSR’s remote-only workforce poses some unique challenges. I encourage you to listen to Phil's ideas on how to stay focused and reduce the distractions that we all experience when working alone or remotely.
Patrick Cootes shares his story and why he felt he needed to make a change for himself and for the industry of learning.  He is upfront in his belief that he was in over his head and felt like an impostor among some amazing talented code writers.  Over the past 24 months, Patrick and his team have developed this incredible idea that, when we have an unabridged ability to give feedback without fear of any retribution, the team thrives.One key element that I personally took away was that, when someone receives feedback (good or less than good), and if they feel comfortable in doing so, they then share that feedback with the entire team.  Patrick shares the power that this does for the team.His message resonates with every level of an organization, whether you are part of a startup, an entrepreneur, or senior management. Patrick's message is truly for everyone at every level of the organization.
Tom Ziglar's latest book “10 Leadership Virtues for Disruptive Times” shares that, while the virtues have not changed, people’s priorities in life have shifted and become more intentional and foundational during, and since, the pandemic.  In this episode of The Teamwork Advantage, Tom shares his research and discusses how leaders need to adapt in today’s ever changing time of disruption.Tom talks about a few of the virtues that top leaders possess today, like selflessness.  One thing that resonated with me during the interview was that gratitude and fear cannot operate in the same space. We need to start each day in a place of gratefulness.Tom also shares his step-by-step approach to the perfect start to every day that, when followed, will set you up for success.
Kevin Campbell, our guest in this episode, helps us identify strategies to increase employee engagement. He says it is as easy as 1-2-3,  followed by A-B-C.  Kevin’s approach gets employees involved and engaged – Conversations build greater buy-in.Take the time to listen to this episode if you are looking for concrete ways to engage productively with your team members!
Rajesh shares his experiences from growing up in India and the challenges he faced when he moved to England as a young man. Then he talks about the drastically different cuture he experienced when he moved to the United States. He also spent time living in Denmark, where experienced additional challenges with the homogenous society there.Drawing from his vast and varied background, Rajesh shares what he learned and how, regardless of your job within an organization, you can become stronger and more effective.If you'd like to follow Dr. Rajesh Kumar, connect on his website (https://globalstrategicadvisory.com/) or LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/rajesh-kumar-81aa6a10/
Cam F. Awesome is the winningest boxer in United States history and former Captain of the US Olympic Boxing team.  Like many of us might think, Cam thought boxing was an individual sport. He quickly learned that boxing, too, is most definitely a team sport.As his career grew, and he became Captain of the team, he quickly became aware of cultural differences and how they can easily impact so many people.  His stories are powerful and eye opening on many levels.  Cam’s energy, like mine, can be infectious. You will not want to miss a single minute of this episode!
Doug Rabold's uniqueness might just surprise you. It is what made him a great sales team member, a valuable member of his IT team, and what has helped him become a great leader.April is Autism Acceptance Month. Doug recently shared the fact that, 20 years ago, he was diagnosed with Austisum Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  In this episode, Doug shares with us how to work with everyone, whether they are neurotypical or neurodiverse.  He talks about ways to identify the strengths of team members and how to play to those strengths and make your teams more successful.
David Covey shares how he grew up with the 7 habits in his life and how they guided him. Yet, traps still appeared and they still appear today.  The secret is in being able to see the traps ahead and either avoid or navigate accordingly.Hold on during this episode as David shares what the 7 traps, or hidden obstacles, are and offers tips on how to avoid them, or how to navigate once you realize that you are trapped.I will say that, at one point or another in my life, I have found myself trapped by all 7 of these obstacles. This is one of the most prolific interviews we have had yet!
Today, growth is vital for every organization, in this episode, Jay Goldman shares the idea that the one strategy to success is consistent growth. With consistent growth, team members are more likely to  open up and participate as a team because everyone sees the "wins" and the team will grow together.Jay talks about how culture is more than just some words on break room wall. He discusses the power of knowledge management and the idea of centralizing all of the team's knowledge and documents. Then, how to make sure team members learn what they need to know while leaders look for teachable moments. 
Growth for the sake of growth doesn’t benefit anyone. It's important to understand the benefit of growth for everyone.  What are you trying to grow for? This is a question that every team in a growth mode needs to answer. Dan talks about the power of consistent growth and how growth impacts every level of the team. Learn how to keep team members engaged and motivated through this consistent growth. Growth does not just mean increased sales. Growth is all about how to serve your customer and grow, smartly, on a variety of levels.
Strap in and hang on! In this incredible interview, Karin Hurt shares valuable information that will transform your team from one with a ho-hum culture to one that is truly courageous.  Karin began with culture, and this comes from the great author, Seth Godin, “People like us do things like this.”  Karin then adapted this definition of culture into her definition of a courageous culture as, “People like us speak up and share ideas.”Great and courageous leaders invite ideas in.  This is the beginning of a courageous culture.  Karin provides us with her seven steps to building a courageous culture. The first four can easily be acted on immediately - on any team at any level.  She shares in-depth research as to why organizations are struggling. Then she outlines how to build a cultural oasis and grow; starting with the smallest of teams and expanding to other teams within your organizationKarin creates an acronym around generating ideas.  It is simply called I.D.E.A. This strategy helps everyone become strong enough, and courageous enough, to share their ideas with others on their team, especially their managers.
Highly sought after by Fortune 500 companies, Dr. Joseph Michelli has written books on some of the best service providers including Pikes Place Fish Market, Starbucks, Zappos, The Ritz Carlton, and Airbnb.Today, Customer Experience goes well beyond simply providing service. In this energetic and informative episode, Joseph talks about how the service model has changed the customer’s experience. He talks about how the service model has been turned upside-down during the pandemic.Strap yourself in as Gregg and Joseph discuss the ideas of building and leading a dynamic service team!
Our guests for this episode of The Teamwork Advantage not only believe culture can be measured, they have designed a process to allow you to do just that.  In this very in-depth discussion, Dr. Donte Vaughn shares the seven pillars of a successful and powerful organizational culture. Randall Powers shares how these processes come to life and can be duplicated in ANY organization.Strap in, get your note taking mechanism ready, and prepare for this incredibly fast-paced episode! You will want to listen multiple times to make sure you hear everything. Don’t miss a second and be sure to send this one to your CEO.
We are all changing the way we do business; from the great resignation to the great reshuffle.  In this episode of The Teamwork Advantage, Andrew Freedman talks about why people are leaving. Here’s a hint; It still is not about the money. Listen to hear what the top reasons are.Andrew also discusses the power of interviewing – it's not just for hiring. We discuss the power of the “Stay Interview” and why we need to regularly interview our existing team members. Andrew has graciously provided us the link to his “Stay Interview” questions, along with guidance on how to conduct a Stay Interview. Visit https://www.aihr.com/blog/stay-interview-questions/ to get your copy today!
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