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Engaging People Podcast

Engaging People Podcast by DecisionWise is the premiere business, organizational change, and human resources podcast on the web. Listen to real life case studies and interviews with organizational change and human resources experts. Listen as they share best practices on how to increase employee engagement, how to give feedback, practical advice on how to be a leader, how to develop a thriving company culture, tips on management and team building, and real life business stories from years of practical work experience.

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Ep. 50: Motivating Others

In this episode, we discuss the idea of motivating others. We tackle questions like:- What do you do to get people excited about their work?- Are you a source of energy for your team?- What tools are available to help you motivate other people?Learn the answers to these questions and more in this insightful conversation between DecisionWise consultants, Dan Deka and Charles Rogel.


15 Apr 2019

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Ep. 26: Liz Wiseman - Author of Multipliers

In this episode Charles Rogel interviews Liz Wiseman author of the Wall Street Journal Best Seller, Multipliers, Revised and Updated: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, about the six notable revisions and updates to the book.Learn about:The changing landscape of management and why leaders can and must get more from their talent.How to deal with Diminishers and minimize their impact on yourself and others.Ways that well-intended leaders become “Accidental Diminishers.”How to effect lasting cultural change inside corporations.A set of tools to enable managers to put the ideas into action.New case studies of Multiplier leaders.


9 May 2017

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Ep. 64: Providing Meaningful Feedback To Employees

In this podcast episode, DecisionWise Principal Consultant Beth Wilkins, Ph.D., discusses the topic of providing meaningful feedback to employees.According to our research, 30% of all employees are not receiving ongoing feedback from their supervisor. Leaders who fail do so or let their busy schedules get in the way of having one-on-one conversations with their team members send the signal to their employees that their contributions and development are not important.Leaders have a tremendous influence in the way employees grow and develop in an organization.In this episode, we’ll cover:- Tailoring your feedback to each employee so that they consistently feel supported- Focusing on the employee’s efforts, opposed to just the outcomes- Establishing the right balance between positive and constructive feedback- Creating a good environment where candid conversations can occur- Dive into these areas and more in this insightful conversation.Additional Resources:- Why 360 Degree Feedback?- When Giving Employee Feedback, Make the Employee Part of the Solution Instead of the Problem- Leadership and Self-Deception- The Anatomy of Peace


13 Aug 2019

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Ep. 77: Autonomy - The Power To Shape Your Work Environment

In this podcast episode, DecisionWise Consultant, Thomas Olsen, discusses the topic of autonomy, one of the 5 keys of ENGAGEMENT MAGIC®.We define autonomy as “The power to shape your work and environment in ways that allow you to perform at your best.”Autonomy doesn’t mean “no rules and free reign.” We all work under guidelines. But when we understand our parameters, and have the freedom to do our best work, we are more creative, innovative, passionate and, ultimately, more effective.Listen to this insightful conversation to learn more about how to foster autonomy in your organization.


12 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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Ep. 78: The Power Of Effective Supervisors

In this episode, we’re joined by a panel of DecisionWise consultants who discuss the power and impact that having effective supervisors can have for your organization.We'll discuss ways supervisors can provide consistent feedback, make expectations clear, provide developmental opportunities, and foster an environment of respect and trust.This week’s episode was hosted by Cecily Jorgensen. Our panel of consultants includes Charles Rogel, Dan Hoopes, Christian Nielson, and Thomas Olsen.Read the companion blog article to this podcast, "The Seven Behaviors of Effective Supervisors" (https://decision-wise.com/the-seven-behaviors-of-effective-supervisors/)


19 Nov 2019

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Ep. 40: ENGAGEMENT MAGIC - 5 Keys for Engaging People, Leaders, and Organizations

In this podcast, Dr. Tracy Maylett discusses topics on the upcoming book, “ENGAGEMENT MAGIC: Five Keys for Engaging People, Leaders, and Organizations.” Dr. Maylett will review the research behind the five keys and how managers can use ENGAGEMENT MAGIC to increase engagement with their teams.Written as a follow-up to the author’s award-winning first book, MAGIC, this book provides updated research, case studies, and tips that are the result of analyzing more than 30 million employee survey responses from over 70 countries. ENGAGEMENT MAGIC takes advantage of the most extensive employee experience database of its kind to combine principles of psychology and motivation with solid business concepts. ENGAGEMENT MAGIC provides actionable advice that will reduce attrition, encourage initiative, drive growth and profit, and increase personal engagement in one’s work.During this episode, we address what we've learned over the past few years as we've researched this book and provide answers to the following questions:- What is the personal benefit of being engaged?- What is the difference between being satisfied with your job and being engaged?- How does each of the ENGAGEMENT MAGIC elements contribute to engagement?- How do you avoid a victim mentality and take ownership for your engagement?- How can managers create an engaging work environment?


13 Dec 2018

Rank #6

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Ep. 61: Managing Team Relationships

In this podcast episode, DecisionWise Principal Consultant Dan Hoopes, M.S.O.D., discusses the topic of managing team relationships inside organizations.- How do you get your employees to enjoy working with the people on their team?- How do you increase a spirit of collaboration and trust?- How do you navigate conflicts and different personality styles that clash with each other?Learn the answer to these questions and more in this insightful conversation.


23 Jul 2019

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Ep. 30: ENGAGEMENT MAGIC – 5 Keys to Unlock the Power of Employee Engagement - Tracy Maylett

Ep. 30: ENGAGEMENT MAGIC – 5 Keys to Unlock the Power of Employee Engagement - Tracy Maylett by DecisionWise


11 Apr 2018

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Ep. 73: How To Increase Accountability

In this podcast episode, DecisionWise Consultant, Stephen Mickelson, discusses the topic of how to increase accountability inside of your organization.In the DecisionWise Employee Engagement survey, we ask the questions:- Does my supervisor hold people accountable?- Do the people I work with take accountability for results?At it’s core, accountability is about owning outcomes. This could meaning owning mistakes, but people often overlook taking accountability for things done well.When accountability is not happening in an organization, it creates a frustrating environment. Roles and responsibilities are unclear. Work remains unfinished. Some end up carrying the burden while others drift by. Managers need to address whether the issue is a problem of capabilities and provide additional training and clarification or if the problem is motivation and if so, have a conversation about whether the person is a good fit for the team.One idea to increase accountability is to hold regular one-on-one conversations with your employees. “It’s a great opportunity to give redirecting feedback about where they are missing things, but also give re-enforcing feedback about what they are doing well,” says Stephen Mickelson. He continues, “Having those one-on-ones will help you build a relationship with your employees so that when you do need to have those strong conversations with them, they’ll be much more likely to listen to you and trust that you have their best interests and the interests of the organization in mind.”Learn about these ideas and more on in this episode on accountability.


15 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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Ep. 42: 360-degree Feedback Coaching Best Practices - Dan Deka

During this presentation, we’ll share the best methods for debriefing and coaching the results from a 360-degree feedback survey. Learn insights from DecisionWise Senior Consultant and Executive Coach, Dan Deka.


11 Feb 2019

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Ep. 82: How To Encourage Cross-Department Collaboration (Roundtable Discussion)

In this episode, we’re joined by a panel of DecisionWise consultants who discuss practical ideas for how to encourage cross-department collaboration at your organization.They identify the reasons why working together isn’t always easy or natural and share what they’ve seen other organizations do to overcome these hurdles and increase the level of engagement in their workforce.This week’s episode is hosted by Cecily Jorgensen. Our panel of consultants includes Charles Rogel, Dan Hoopes, Dan Deka, Beth Wilkins, Stephen Mickelson, Christian Nielson, and Thomas Olsen.Read the companion blog article to this podcast, “How to Encourage Cross-Department Collaboration”


17 Dec 2019

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Ep. 31: Growth - Being Challenged In Ways That Result in Progress

Growing in our jobs doesn’t always mean getting a promotion or a raise; these are components of satisfaction. Growth is about mastering new skills, taking on challenges, and pushing to be better—both professionally and personally.In this insightful conversation, Kristin Chapman, Principal Consultant at DecisionWise, explores how individuals can experience growth in their careers, as well as how managers can how managers can foster an environment of growth in their organizations.


17 Apr 2018

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Ep. 85: Getting The Most Out Of Your 360 Experience

In this podcast episode, Dan Deka walks through the ins and out of the 360 survey experience, from both the standpoint of the participant and the manager. You’ll learn about the best practices for administering surveys, the process for selecting raters, recommendations for debrief support, and customizing the survey to best match the values of your organization. We’ll leave better prepared to successfully launch a 360-degree feedback survey.


7 Jan 2020

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Ep. 67: The Key to Developing Others

In this podcast episode, DecisionWise VP of Assessment and Sr. Consultant Dave Long, discusses the topic of developing others.Often managers tend to shy away from growth conversations with their employees because it’s either not convenient or there isn’t a promotional opportunity immediately available. But our research shows that the more often you are able to have these conversations, the more likely employees are to be engaged in there jobs and less likely to leave.The key is finding the right balance between burnout and boredom; where an employee is engaged in meaningful work with growth opportunities but not so busy that they become overwhelmed.Learn about these ideas and other common challenges with developing others in this insightful conversation.


3 Sep 2019

Rank #14

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Ep. 89: Employee Engageement Best Practices In 2020

One question to consider as you think about whether to put effort and investment into employee engagement: “Is engagement worth the effort and investment we put into it?” The short answer to this question is “yes,” but depending on the type of organization you are, engagement may be more critical or less critical to your success.During this podcast we’ll share the best methods for preparing, administering, and rolling out the results from your employee engagement survey based on over 20 years of experience conducting surveys around the world. We’ll also identify the most common mistakes organizations make when conducting an employee engagement survey and how to avoid them.The audio from this podcast is taken from a recent webinar presented by David Long.


4 Feb 2020

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Ep. 35: Engagement As A Competency

Engagement is a learned competency. David Long and Christian Nielson discuss how managers and leaders in your organization can learn to be engaged and engage their team members. Learn specific values that are associated with the engagement competencies and explore DecisionWise's new Engaging Leader Assessment.


29 May 2018

Rank #16

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Ep. 86: How Managers Can Better Recognize Employees

In this podcast episode, DecisionWise Principal Consultant, Dan Hoopes, discusses the topic of how managers can better recognize employees in the workplace.Everybody likes to be acknowledged (in one form or another) for a job well done. We all like to feel validated and yet, many managers are reluctant to give recognition. Why is this?“One of the biggest travesties to happen with organizations if for a manager to say, ‘Well, it’s just their job.’ Well, of course it’s just their job! But who doesn’t like to be recognized for doing well at just their job,” says Dan Hoopes.He continues, “If I recognize someone for the things they are doing, it increases their discretionary effort. They’re more highly engaged and they know how to produce faster because they’ve gotten feedback that what they’ve done is right, and they want to do it even more and more.”Learn more about these concepts and ideas on giving recognition in this insightful conversation.


14 Jan 2020

Rank #17

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Ep. 87: How To Train Employees To Perform Their Best

In this podcast episode, DecisionWise Principal Consultant, Dan Hoopes, discusses the topic of job training and how you, as a manager, can help employees perform their best.We tend to treat job training as event to help us perform a task. However, if we can tie training with learning and developing as people, it becomes less of an event and more of an application.Training is most effective when you can create a cycle of application and reflection, coupled with mentoring and feedback.It’s important to remember that your leverage as a manager comes not from your individual contribution but from developing the capabilities of people within your span of control and making them better so you can produce better outcomes.Learn more about employee engagement at: https://decision-wise.com/


21 Jan 2020

Rank #18

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Ep. 74: Manage Your Organization's Stress Better (Roundtable Discussion)

In this episode, we’re joined by a panel of DecisionWise consultants who discuss how to best manage the stress level of your organization.We’ll cover topics like working through stress at your company and learning to identify stress triggers, as well as answering questions like:- How is the problem of stress manifesting and affecting engagement?- Are companies getting better at managing stress?- How do we coach clients on stress?This week’s episode was hosted by Cecily Jorgensen. Our panel of consultants includes Charles Rogel, Dan Hoopes, Beth Wilkins, Stephen Mickelson, and Thomas Olsen.


22 Oct 2019

Rank #19

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Ep. 52: Organizational Network Analysis - Tapping Into Your Hidden Influencers

Hidden influencers are those with personal power, but not necessarily positional power. Other employees are drawn to them due to their expertise, influence, and role modeling. These informal influencers are crucial for engagement, information flow, decision-making, best practice transfer, institutional knowledge, mentoring, and retention.Correctly identifying and engaging hidden influencers is one of the greatest levers leaders have to increase organization-wide engagement. Learn how to do it in this insightful conversation between Beth Wilkins, Ph. D., Christian Nielson, MBA, and host Justin Warner.


29 Apr 2019

Rank #20