Elephant in the Room: A Leader’s Guide to Tough Conversations | with Mike Bechtle

All of us have at least one person or group of people that we work with who has an issue that we really need to address — a performance problem, a behavioral issue, a piece of spinach stuck in their teeth — but for some reason, we avoid bringing up the topic with them. We’ve all been there.

Perhaps we’re afraid of hurting their feelings, getting a negative reaction, having our helpful intentions misunderstood, or otherwise causing an unintended consequence. So we don’t bring it up, and the ignored topic becomes the proverbial elephant in the room that gets bigger over time … continuing to hold back that person’s true success and also negatively affecting us and others on the team. We aren’t doing anyone a favor by pretending it doesn’t exist. So how can we address the elephant in a way that we can be confident is likely to bring about a healthy result?

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Competitive Advantage — 4 Ways to Leverage Relationships at Work | with Todd Davis, FranklinCovey Chief People Officer

How many times have you heard a leader say, “Our people are our greatest asset”? You’ve probably even uttered it a few times yourself. It’s a nice sentiment, but really doesn’t tell the full story. Simply having an organization full of stellar individuals is ultimately less important than how they function together.

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Becoming a Stress-Resilient Leader | with Andrew Shatté

Chronic stress takes a toll on the quality of work and life, for both leaders and the people they lead. Stress muddies our thinking, impairs judgment, damages health and relationships, and causes people to burn out and quit their job.

The solution, according to Dr. Andrew Shatté, is for leaders to become stress-relient and to teach resilience to their team. Learning resilience gets to the root cause of stress by helping people improve how they respond to adversity.

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Building a High-Performing and Health-Driven Culture | with John Burke, CEO of Trek Bikes

Trek Bikes grew out of one man’s belief that he could build a different kind of company. In a barn in southern Wisconsin, Dick Burke instilled the simple principles that continue to guide the company as it has grown into a worldwide brand: build things that last and leave a legacy of positive change.

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Leading a Startup | with Josh Kent, CEO of SunFrog Shirts

What does it take to lead a team that builds a startup into a nationally recognized company in less than three years, with an annual growth rate of more than 1,000%?

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Boosting Stress Resilience for Employees | with Andrew Shatté

“Stress is the new fat. It makes us sick, depletes us emotionally, and diminishes our quality of life.”
~ Jan Bruce, co-author of meQuilibrium

Just like managing weight, managing stress is about becoming aware of personal choices and making better ones, and rewiring thought patterns so that an individual’s habits sustain well-being rather than sabotage it. Learning resilience gets to the root cause of stress and unhealthy behaviors by helping people challenge and adapt their thinking.

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