Leading teams is tough. Leading hybrid or remote teams? Even tougher. New workplace dynamics can create employee tension and communication issues that can overwhelm the best leaders. Engaging remote employees and leading virtual teams is a skill that all leaders must develop as the future of work is here. Companies are made up of people - like you and me - who are ideally working together toward a common goal. But we’re complicated human beings and when put together in a corporate/business environment, any number of things can go right or wrong.
I’m your host, Leigh Ann Rodgers - world-renowned human potential expert, speaker, author, and CEO of Better Teams. My mission is to help leaders of all kinds to build better teams around the globe so that employees are happy, engaged, and productive. Implementing the most effective and latest models served up humor, happiness, and a dash of southern charm results in positive transformations time after time.
Each month, you can expect to hear from me and other industry experts on how to effectively manage remote teams making them positive and happy. I’ll offer real world examples from my on-going work and be real about the challenges and celebrate victories that I see. I’ll also offer quick tips and tools that are my way of giving you actionable knowledge so that you, too, can help in the mission to build and lead better teams the world over.
This podcast has been created to reach more people, executives, teams to benefit individuals, and can make corporations more human-centered. This show is for leaders seeking new ways to engage remote and hybrid teams and employees and who need practical tips and tools to lead with confidence.
The recognition that humans are complicated and motivated in all different ways allows me to be empathic and listen more deeply to what’s being said, and what’s not being said so that I can understand the entire team's values, ways of working and, ultimately, drive. It’s my whole-human approach that separates my work from the rest and has allowed me to walk among people employed at the smallest of local firms, non-profit organizations, government agencies like the Center for Disease Control (CDC), multinational companies and the world’s biggest brands like MARS, Whirlpool, and Kelloggs. I’ve been privileged to be in company with thousands of humans around the world - team members, frontline workers, and the most powerful executives. But as many as I’ve impacted, I cannot do this work alone. That’s why I created Forward - a trusted community of global industry professionals and now this podcast - so that we call can network, learn from one another, share new ideas, ask for help, and experiment with new ideas so this work can reach far and wide.
In my work as team builder, facilitator, and focus group moderator, people are moved to action by my expertise, and my undying curiosity about people and the never-ending stream of new tools and technologies that are consistently being developed to help teams and people be more productive. My job is to sort through all the information and apply my hands-on knowledge about work - what it is today and what it’s evolving into tomorrow. The world of work and people have been forever changed. It’s up to people like me who can clearly see the impact on people and teams to interpret the trends, test and analyze frameworks and tools to uncover what works most effectively, and take these learnings and put them into practice for teams large and small around the globe.
06. How to Overcome Feeling Overwhelmed, Part 2 of 2
There is no doubt that leaders are experiencing overwhelm at an alarming rate. This results in ineffective team leadership where leaders are not leading their teams but instead are simply reacting emotionally or with short tempers or in a rush. The team gets exposed to poor management instead of proactive leadership, which could cause permanent harm to the team dynamic. Today, in the second part of overcoming overwhelm, Leigh Ann offers four simple strategies to find your way out of the overwhelm cycle so that you can get back to being the effective leader that you are.
05. How to Overcome Feeling Overwhelmed, Part 1 of 2
Being stressed out or overwhelmed is a common challenge that we face as humans. Being overwhelmed can even make us sick. But, perhaps our own beliefs and mindsets are the thing that’s overwhelming us. In today’s episode, Leigh Ann shares tools on how to recognize and become aware if we are contributing to our own sense of overwhelm, and how to adjust our own thinking to support a sense of happiness and balance in life. Get ready for some tough love because awareness about our patterns of thinking is the first step to overcome overwhelm.
04. 3 Ways To Align Your Team - Goals, Roles & Methods
When a team is out of alignment, it has the potential to reduce engagement, retention, team productivity, and efficiency. Anytime something changes, a team needs to realign to stay high performing. In today's episode, we focus on the three critical areas around which strong leaders align their teams to ensure they are both happy and high performing. You’ll find out how confusion about goals, roles and responsibilities, or methods creates tension and hampers the team. Plus, you’ll walk-away with effective methods and processes to get your team aligned. Buckle up for Leigh Ann’s advice to prevent frustration, confusion and conflict that can occur when team members are not on the same page.
03. The Fear of Falling Behind - Is It Real?
Do you ever feel like you're falling behind? Like others are miles ahead of you? And no matter what you do, you just can't keep up? There are many reasons Fear of Falling Behind, or FOFB, happens, but Leigh Ann has amazing tips on how to overcome this feeling so you can take care of yourself and your team in just 4 steps. Don’t beat yourself up! Instead, grab a pen and make note of all the tips and tools from this action-packed episode.
02. Addressing The Elephant In The Room In 6 Steps
Today we talk about how to address unspoken issues that happen in teams and in relationships. Conflict situations can bring up risk, and the reason why conflict creates anxiety for most of us is that we are hardwired to protect ourselves. So what do you do when you or your team does not address the ‘elephant in the room’? Leigh Ann presents six easy steps on how to resolve team issues, and address the elephant in the room the right way.
01. Three Ways to Connect Your Team in 15 Minutes or Less
Teams that are connected are going to work better together, you're going to retain them, they're going to give extra effort towards the team’s goals. While working remotely, many people feel isolated so you as a leader need to do something about it. Leigh Ann shares three clever ways that will definitely help you strengthen connections among your team members and it will not take more than 15 minutes of your and their precious time.