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Author: Teri Schmidt | Leadership Coaching & Teambuilding | Creating More Just & Compassionate Workplaces Through Leadership

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The leadership podcast for people who are in leadership not for the status and power, but instead to use that status and power to make a way for others to realize their full potential.  

Hosted by Teri Schmidt, Leadership Coach & CEO of Stronger to Serve Coaching & Teambuilding.

Each week we focus on supporting new and mid-level leaders who are dealing with the overwhelming realities of transitioning into roles where their success isn't just defined by their performance, but by the performance of their team.  

Roles where they are responsible for building trust, promoting psychological safety, conflict management, taking care of their team member's wellbeing, motivating other humans, and managing up, all while trying to GET THINGS DONE.  

Through solo episodes with focused and relevant leadership tips and inspirational interviews with seasoned leaders and experts, we help leaders get past their overwhelm to careers of courageous impact.  

Listeners hone their skills in making their workplaces more compassionate and just through their leadership.

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Send us a Text Message.On our last episode, Brigadier General AnnMarie Anthony shared that one of the keys to her success as a leader was listening to feedback from those who disagreed with her.But that's easier said than done.In this episode we dig a little deeper into why that's so difficult and provide a simple technique you can try at work or at home to make it a little easier.Resources:Episode 156: The Courage to Learn & Lead with Brig. Gen. AnnMarie AnthonyEpisode 137: The Most Impo...
Send us a Text Message.What does it mean to you to be a courageous leader? A model of courageous leadership in action, Brigadier General Anne Marie Anthony, director of the Joint Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations Center, US Strategic Command shares her story as evidence of the courage that it takes to learn and lead.Courage to embrace one's own unique leadership style, courage to listen, and most notably, the courage to learn from those around you, even your critics. Through AnneM...
Send us a Text Message.Are you navigating the complexities of leading a remote team? In this episode, we explore the unique challenges and opportunities of remote leadership. Drawing from extensive experience and expert conversations, we highlight the importance of intentional leadership in fostering team performance and well-being. Listen to discover practical tips on creating a sense of contribution and community that will empower your team to thrive in any setting.Connect on Link...
Send us a Text Message.In an election year, discussions can get heated. But how do we maintain respect? In our new episode with Justin Jones-Fosu, explore strategies for engaging in difficult conversations without losing sight of humanity and respect. It's a timely listen for anyone looking to navigate challenging dialogues with grace.Resources:Get Justin's book!: https://howtorespectfullydisagree.com/https://workmeaningful.com/Connect with Justin on LinkedInJustin's TedX talk: Don't Ta...
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Send us a Text Message.We're taking a brief pause but join us back here in April for some excellent guests and content that we can't wait to share with you!Connect on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/teri-m-schmidt/Get 1-on-1 leadership support from Teri here: https://www.strongertoserve.com/coachingSet up an intro call with Teri: https://calendly.com/terischmidt/discoverycall
Send us a Text Message.What makes delegation one of the most challenging skills for new (and, if we're honest, experienced) leaders? Why are we, as leaders, so reluctant to give up control, leading us to be D.I.N.O.s?It may not be what you think. Using a few illustrative stories, Teri explores the difficulties associated with delegation and offers strategies you can try today to develop this skill that has the power to improve not only your team's efficiency, but also their (and yo...
Send us a Text Message.What deserves a "why" in your leadership today?In this episode of Strong Leaders Serve, host Teri Schmidt explores the concept of intention in leadership through a thought-provoking story about a former corporate rockstar, Jill, and her post-illness career struggles. Teri delves into the inertia that often keeps leaders and team members from challenging the status quo, emphasizing the importance of identifying and combatting unhelpful workplace patterns. The e...
Send us a Text Message.It's my birthday! Will you help me with one of my wishes?It only will take 30 seconds and would mean a lot to me.Just click on the link below and let me know what leadership challenges/topics/guests you would like to see on future episodes of Strong Leaders Serve:https://forms.gle/rMyHUtmKPj3YMGzW6And listen in for a preview of what we have planned for our upcoming season!Connect on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/teri-m-schmidt/Get 1-on-1 leadership support...
Send us a Text Message.At Strong Leaders Serve we seek out and celebrate leaders who are making a positive impact through their work and leadership style. In today's episode, we have the honor of welcoming Breene Murphy, President of Carbon Collective, a climate-focused investment adviser. Breene shares invaluable insights on the importance of building relationship frameworks within teams, fostering clear direction and flexibility in a remote work environment.Moreover, Breene shares his perso...
Send us a Text Message.This episode features Vera Quinn, the CEO of Cydcor, who shares her journey from a door-to-door salesperson to running the company. Vera provides valuable insights on her personal journey, challenges faced by female leaders, and the importance of fostering a people-first atmosphere in organizations. She gives practical advice for upcoming leaders, emphasizing the need to be interested in others, valuing clear communication, and believing in people's potential to thrive ...
Send us a Text Message.Decision-making is one of the most difficult jobs of a leader, especially in uncertain times. In this episode, our guest, Olena Petrosyuk, shares her unique experiences, journey, and insights into the difficult decisions she's wrestled with throughout her career, in both the corporate world and her current role as COO at Klevu. We discuss the constraints of decision-making, the importance of listening to one's intuition, the weight that each decision carries, ...
Send us a Text Message.Did you know that when there is psychological safety on a team, it actually can reduce our cognitive load, making it easier to solve problems and innovate?We no longer have to perform the mental risk calculations and assess our vulnerability whenever we want to ask a question. Instead, we can focus our brain power as a team on problem solving and innovation.In this episode, Tom Geraghty, founder of psychsafety.com, discusses the relationship between cognitive load and p...
Send us a Text Message.As we get ready to begin a new year, are you wondering how you can you can lead with more intention and courage? Our guest, Catherine Bell, is a thought-leader and prime example for women who lead with intention and courage. As the founder of two very successful companies - Blue Era and The Awakened Company, a bestselling author, an executive coach, and an inspiring leader, Catherine is making waves in the corporate world. In our conversation, she shares actionable...
Send us a Text Message.Do you experience conflict in your workplace or home?Then this episode's for you. (So basically, it's for everyone).We talk with leadership expert, speaker, and best-selling author of "Don't Feed the Elephants," Sarah Noll Wilson, about the transformative power of leading with curiosity to address conflict and create inclusive, open-minded environments. Our conversation delves into creating a culture of addressing difficult topics in teams, specific behavior...
Send us a Text Message.When working to make our workplaces more compassionate and just, it's easy to give into the temptation to utilize the "us vs. them" paradigm. "Othering" those who disagree with us can bring a sense of clarity and belonging.But, our guest for this episode, Dr. Amanda Aminata Kemp, emphasizes the need to move away from divisive thinking and instead focus on regenerative justice. As we continue our series focusing on female changemakers, this conversation with Dr. Ke...
Send us a Text Message.Did you know that women represent over 52% of the professional workforce, but they only occupy 24% of C-Suite roles and only 10% of Fortune 500 companies are led by women?What if the main barriers holding women back are actually outdated cultural assumptions that we have about the concept of work?Dr. Tara Schwegler is back to talk about how challenging our assumptions about work can help advance gender equality and make our teams and workplaces more diverse and in...
Send us a Text Message.Business ethics is one of the most important, yet least talked about elements of leadership.That's one reason we're kicking of our series highlighting female changemakers with Dr. Bev Kracher. Dr. Bev holds the Robert B. Daugherty Endowed Chair in Business Ethics & Society in the Heider College at Creighton University and is the Founder of the Business Ethics Alliance whose purpose is to promote an environment in Omaha where the discussion and prac...
Send us a Text Message.In today's rapidly changing world, according to our guest, Alex Budak, we have two choices:We can bury our heads in the sand and ignore the changesWe can use our agency to leverage, shape, and steer that changeIn this episode, we dive into the concept of taking the second path and becoming a changemaker, discussing everything from the importance of mindset and leadership to taking action and serving others. We explore the challenges and misconceptions that people ...
Send us a Text Message.If you want to lead in a way that creates a more compassionate and just workplace, you can't avoid holding people accountable.As leaders, we likely all know this, but as our guest, Jill Shroyer, mentions without the skills needed to have the difficult conversations that accountability demands, we might choose just to avoid the situation.... until we can't. In this episode, we discuss how to handle underperforming team members and navigate tough conversations. We'l...
Send us a Text Message.Do you have any meetings on your calendar this week that you're pretty sure will be a waste of time?You're not alone.In the last of our series that highlights some of the collaboration skills that we teach in our Learn by Doing Good team building experiences. I've brought on meeting expert, Mamie Kanfer Stewart to share her practical tips for how we can make all types of meetings better. We dig into: The #1 action you need to take to make sure your meeti...
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