I See What You Mean

"I See What You Mean" is a weekly podcast about how and why we get on the same page with each other… or don’t… or shouldn't. In my trailer I tell you why I care ...more

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August 24, 2022 01:03:37
Mastering Transitions. A Life Skill For The Times.

Mastering Transitions. A Life Skill For The Times.

I met Justin Jacobs on LinkedIn. We were in an exchange which became testy for some, but not for us. We stayed respectful as we engaged in a sincere exchange about an issue, probing for truth as Justin put it. We followed up by phone and subsequently decided to record an episode. And I've glad we did. Listening to the audio file very closely as I do to edit, I was reminded how blessed I am to have spoken with Justin and so many guests like him. He tells it like he sees it, and by that I don’t mean "others" or "situations." I mean Justin. He's candid about himself and his experiences, including a recent and significant transition from 22 years in the Coast Guard. As he launches a new coaching practice focusing on leadership and people in transition, he's doing what he tells clients to do: Continue discovering, learning and growing to show up as your best self in what you do.  I know you'll have some ahh-ha! moments in this episode. Here are a few of mine: 1:28 - I was out of my depth and posing as a leader in my first formal leadership position. The Coast Guard offered officer leadership training and it as the first time in my life I did any real introspection about who I was. 3:58 - The relationship between getting on the same page with oneself and with others, especially when in a leadership role. 8:00 - Why understanding the 'why' of a plan or a direction matters. 16:22 - Why it's important to know what you're wired for - and not. 24:02 - A definition of being on the same page. 34:48 - The benefit ...

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August 09, 2022 00:48:58
Getting On Some Uncommon Same Pages: Mentoring and Mergers   

Getting On Some Uncommon Same Pages: Mentoring and Mergers  

  When Cal Shintani and I discussed recording a podcast episode, it was clear to me we'd talk about mentoring. Cal has a long mentoring background and described some ideas about the same page mentors and proteges get on that I wanted to record. Cool.   Then he mentioned his merger and acquisition experience. M&A's are common in the Federal contracting community. What's not common is for a consultant to be involved in several. And what's even less common is for a consultant to connect mergers with mentoring. But Cal had. He'd added mentoring to mergers and learned some valuable lessons about getting two organizational cultures on the same page while connecting individuals to the newly emerging culture. To the merged culture. Very cool!   In this episode, Cal discusses his experience getting people on the same mentoring and merger pages, and what he did when people couldn't get there. Here are a few of my favorite ahh-ha! moments:   3:57 - Building trust and relationships through the mentoring program of a government-industry IT professional association - ACT-IAC 6:58 - A mind-bending exercise - you be me and I'll be you 8:40 - The same page mentors and proteges should get on 11:50 - Resisting the temptation to advise as a mentor, and how it can change the conversation ...

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August 03, 2022 00:33:20
Gentelligence And Generations In The Workplace: Part 2 Of My Conversation With Dr. Megan Gerhardt

Gentelligence And Generations In The Workplace: Part 2 Of My Conversation With Dr. Megan Gerhardt

In Part 2 of our conversation, Dr. Gerhardt and I dig deeper into what it means to be on the same page across generations in the workplace. Her Gentelligence mantra that we each have something to contribute and something to learn was an ahh-ha! moment for me, enough to make me re-think what I think it means to be on the same page! We look closely at generations and organizational culture, ageism, how questions have the power to create Gentelligence, and what it was like writing Gentelligence: The Revolutionary Approach to Leading an Intergenerational Workforce. Here are a few of my favorite ahh-ha! moments:   0:07 - If getting on the same page is about alignment, believing each of us has something to contribute and learn can create alignment across generations  2:07 - Tension in the workplace between digital natives and digital immigrants - or how young Millennials and Gen Z have certain expertise early in their careers  6:02 - Psychological safety in organizational culture, and what different generations really want from culture 14:40 - Age, generations and people strategies at work 19:15 - Megan calls me out for age bias I didn't even see! 27:45 - The next book project about integrating age into organization's DEI strategies ...

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July 27, 2022 00:38:41
Generations In The Workplace Can Be A Source Of Conflict Or Collaboration. And You Get To Decide.

Generations In The Workplace Can Be A Source Of Conflict Or Collaboration. And You Get To Decide.

Gentelligence - Intelligence produced by inter-generational learning and collaboration.   This week's guest and co-authors have added this meaningful word to our vocabulary - also the title of their book - and it's one I predict will be added to dictionaries. The concept's value isn't limited to the workplace, but with five generations of Americans in the workforce, the concept's time has come.   Dr. Megan Gerhardt, Professor of Leadership at Miami University's Farmer School of Business, joins me for this episode to discuss ways generations conflict or collaborate at work, and how a few simple conversation techniques can transform suspicion and tension into trusting relationships. Relationships rich with creativity and innovation - and respect - which come from generational differences.   Megan and I had a lot to talk about so I split the conversation into two episodes. Here are a few of my favorite ahh-ha! moments from Part 1:   1:41 - How some foundational ideas which would become Gentelligence came from being a 26-year old university instructor closer in age to her students than to many of her colleagues - and appreciating the diversity of ideas she saw 3:17 - "Please help us figure out what to do with these millennials!" 8:08 - Generational diversity can produce collaboration, learning and intelligence - except left to our own devices that ...

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July 05, 2022 00:32:49
Changing Conversations To Change Behavior - Finding Ways To Connect, Part 2

Changing Conversations To Change Behavior - Finding Ways To Connect, Part 2

In Part 1 of our conversation, Terry Leberfinger and I talked about health and safety issues on the minds of employees, as the pandemic winds down, in a successful battery recycling operation where Terry's Executive Vice President for Human Resources. In this episode we discuss the business case for change as markets and environment, health and safety (EHS) regulations changed over 40 years. We dig into the psychology of change in the workplace, looking closely at how leadership works with employees - who've been on the job for decades - to not only solve problems but to unthink old ways of doing things and turn challenges into opportunities.   I always enjoy talking to Terry, and here are a few of my favorite ahh-ha! moments:   0:22 - Being on the same as a clear destination 2:00 - How an ambitious goal motivated uncommon innovation and performance 4:36 - Turning a compliance cost into a revenue stream 7:32 - Organizational change, Kubler-Ross, and the stages of grief 12:37 - Putting old know-how to use in new jobs and processes  16:00 - Showing up Sundays to walk the floor and talk 21:06 - Managerial courage leading change ...

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June 22, 2022 00:36:09
Changing Conversations To Change Behavior - Finding Ways To Connect

Changing Conversations To Change Behavior - Finding Ways To Connect

I've known this week's guest for 25 years. Terry Leberfinger has been a client, a fellow New Orleans Jazz Fest krewe member, a friend and now a podcast guest with uncommon insight into organizational change. Terry's an executive with a long background in transformational change. He's held positions in human resources, environment, health and safety, in settings ranging from offices to global manufacturing operations. He's equally comfortable on shop floors and in executive board rooms - both places where he has a knack for changing conversations which change organizations. We cover a lot of ground in two episodes, and here are some of my favorite ahh-ha! moments from Part 1: 1:46 - What are people on the same page about as the pandemic winds down 5:57 - A different safety mindset following the pandemic 9:22 - Employees are taking ownership of their own well-being 20:20 - As executives our job is basically to remove variances 22:01 - A great perspective shift: Some small number of injuries seems acceptable until you ask leadership to name the people to be injured 23:23 - Some costs of injury are easy to add up. But one man documented costs we don't usually hear about - to his mental health, marriage and family. ...

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