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Accelerate Your Performance is a semi-weekly show focused on tactical actions to improve workplace culture from the Nine Principles for Organizational Excellence. On Monday & Thursday mornings, Dr. Janet Pilcher interviews other leaders and provides commentary on how you can be the best you can be. Each episode will leave you with actions you can implement in your organization to drive performance, motivate and engage employees, and strategically prepare your organization for the future.

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Accelerate Your Performance is a semi-weekly show focused on tactical actions to improve workplace culture from the Nine Principles for Organizational Excellence. On Monday & Thursday mornings, Dr. Janet Pilcher interviews other leaders and provides commentary on how you can be the best you can be. Each episode will leave you with actions you can implement in your organization to drive performance, motivate and engage employees, and strategically prepare your organization for the future.

    How to be Proactive at Work

    How to be Proactive at Work

    Being proactive at work increases our sense of purpose in the work we do and helps build self-confidence. When we come to work focused on being positive and happy, we persevere to overcome any obstacles that come our way. It feels good to have a take-action attitude. It also has a positive impact on our relationships at work. In this episode, Dr. Janet Pilcher discusses the qualities of proactive leaders and how cultivating more of this spirit can impact workplace culture for the better. 

    This episode addresses questions, such as:
    What does being proactive at work look like in action?How can I take initiative at work while staying aligned with the goals of the organization?What three questions can I ask myself as I set my personal mindset to be proactive at work?Recommended Resources: Lead Your Work, Leader Always Actions, Episode 182: What Makes an Employee a Productive One?, & Episode 160: Creating a Culture of Shared Leadership 

    • 7 min
    Lead Boldly and Authentically

    Lead Boldly and Authentically

    In a time of change and uncertainty, it is more important than ever for leaders to communicate with authenticity and to live that out every day. In this episode, hear the second part of our two-part interview with Dr. Lisa Herring, Superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools. In this conversation, Dr. Janet Pilcher asks Dr. Herring to share about the greatest challenges she has faced as a leader and how she stayed motivated during those times. Listen as Dr. Herring also shares about the characteristics she finds most valuable on her leadership team, as well as one powerful trait that is essential for all leaders. 

    This episode addresses questions, such as:


    What does it mean to lead with authenticity?What does living authentically look like in action at work, and how can it impact workplace cultures?What two key moves can leaders make to help strengthen their workplace cultures?Recommended Resources: Leading With Vulnerability, Start With Why, EP229: Strategic Moves for Impact, & Bold Leaders, Bold Decisions, and Bold Results

    • 15 min
    Be Happy at Work

    Be Happy at Work

    We spend a lot of time at work for our jobs. It's worth spending our time there being happy. So what if we're not feeling happy in our jobs?  As our host, Dr. Janet Pilcher, explains in this episode, we can take action to manage our happiness at work, and we are in control of our happiness. Listen as Janet shares practical moves we can make to help us focus on being happier at work.

    This episode addresses questions, such as:
    What actions can I take in my interactions with colleagues to help cultivate more meaning and joy in my work?How can I reframe my thinking to have a more positive outlook at work?What tactics can help us focus on being happier at work?
    Recommended Resources: The Power of Perspective, Connect to Purpose, Victim Thinking & Episode 184: Be Dedicated to Being the Best

    • 9 min
    Strategic Moves for Impact

    Strategic Moves for Impact

    The past 22 months have brought ample challenges for leaders across the country. Schools leaders have all had to make difficult decisions. Staying connected to our purpose can help keep us fueled with passion during difficult times. Our guest today models this so well.  In this episode,  Dr. Lisa Herring, the Superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, joins us for a candid conversation about overcoming challenges, while still moving forward and innovating. In just under a year and a half on the job, Dr. Herring launched a Center for Equity and Social Justice in the district as well as the Summer Academic Recovery Academy, to overcome learning loss. Listen as Dr. Janet Pilcher asks Dr. Herring about her journey and how she stayed committed to success.

    This episode addresses questions, such as:


    How can leaders stay confident when making decisions in the face of pressure?Where can we start as we lead and manage change in our organizations?How can leaders reignite their passion when feeling burned out?
    Recommended Resources: Decision-Making Confidence, High-Level Scenario Thinking, If-Then, & Leading Change
    Related Podcasts: Measures that Matter and Decision Rules, Leading Change with Creative Tension, How Do We Achieve Team Success?, & Bold Leaders, Bold Decisions, and Bold Results

    • 19 min
    Be Curious

    Be Curious

    Curiosity opens up our minds and connects us to one another. Curiosity in the workplace breeds creativity and ideas. It is essential and will help us reach new heights, no matter what our position. In this episode, Dr. Janet Pilcher has a conversation with the new producer of the Accelerate Your Performance Podcast, Mary Stackhouse. Through the experiences Mary shares about her path from TV news anchor and reporter to her current role as Creative Content Analyst, we're reminded of the value of being curious. Listen and consider ways you might cultivate more curiosity as a leader. 

    This episode addresses questions, such as:
    Why is curiosity a key driver for high performers?What actions can students take to make the most of internship opportunities?How can curiosity help us lead at a higher level?
    Recommended Resources: Listen Intently, The Power of Perspective, & Listen to People to Continuously Improve
    Related Podcasts: Lead By Example, Are You a Curious Leader?, The Winning Mindset, & Are You a High Performer?

    • 17 min
    New Year, Positive Mindset

    New Year, Positive Mindset

    It's a new year. Let's make a conscious choice to have a positive mindset in 2022. People who have positive attitudes are healthier, happier, and more productive.  They are more likely to develop deeper relationships, overcome challenges, and achieve their goals. Strengthening our mindset starts with being positive even in the most difficult of times. In this episode, Dr. Janet Pilcher challenges us to shift to a positive mindset. Listen as she shares tips on how we can shift our minds to focus on the positive and to find the good in every situation.

    This episode addresses questions, such as:
    How do I come to work with a positive attitude and a positive mindset?  What characteristics do employees with a positive mindset display, and what impact does it have in the workplace?How can we reframe our thinking to focus on the positive?
    Recommended Resources: Questioning for the Positive, The Power of Perspective, & Victim Thinking
    Related Podcasts: Three Ways to Stay Inspired at Work, Focus on the Positive, The Winning Mindset, & That Blah Feeling

    • 11 min

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