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*TOP 1% GLOBAL PODCAST* Hi friend, it’s Erin Diehl. I’m meeting you here to help you see yourself so that you can truly see those around you. Empathy = unlocked. Join me every Wednesday as I speak with personal and professional development gurus about the things that make this life pesky and beautiful. And with an improv-infused twist–thanks to my 13+ years of improv experience–this show will give you tangible techniques for transforming yourself through play to, above all, remember that no one is you and THAT is your superpower. Oversharing and knee-slappers guaranteed. Welcome to the improve it! podcast. Learn how to transform your team using improv: www.learntoimproveit.com Connect with us: info@learntoimproveit.com

improve it! Podcast – Professional Development Through Play, Improv & Experiential Learning Erin Diehl | Business Improv Edutainer, Failfluencer, Keynote Speaker

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*TOP 1% GLOBAL PODCAST* Hi friend, it’s Erin Diehl. I’m meeting you here to help you see yourself so that you can truly see those around you. Empathy = unlocked. Join me every Wednesday as I speak with personal and professional development gurus about the things that make this life pesky and beautiful. And with an improv-infused twist–thanks to my 13+ years of improv experience–this show will give you tangible techniques for transforming yourself through play to, above all, remember that no one is you and THAT is your superpower. Oversharing and knee-slappers guaranteed. Welcome to the improve it! podcast. Learn how to transform your team using improv: www.learntoimproveit.com Connect with us: info@learntoimproveit.com

    242: Time Slipping Away? What's the Secret to Becoming a Time Management Pro?

    242: Time Slipping Away? What's the Secret to Becoming a Time Management Pro?

    What does knowing which days you need to shower and put on *real* pants have to do with time management?
    Everything and more, lol.
    In today’s episode, Erin shares the moment she realized that the five-day work week wasn’t working for her anymore; her top tips for staying focused and fresh (especially when you work from home); and how we can embrace the idea that our careers are marathons, not sprints. We’re in it for the long haul, so might as well make it achievable, peaceful, and productive.
    Erin shares her 5-step checklist for making the most of your week, every week. Hint: it has a lot to do with “batching” your days.
    If you’re struggling to keep your brain organized or churn out the work you know that you're capable of – this is the episode for you.
    Special sprinkles on top of this episode: why batching her days helps Erin keep track of her hygiene and wardrobe choices

    What are the 5 keys to time management?
    Set reminders for all your tasks.
    Create a daily planner.
    Give each task a time limit.
    Block out distractions.
    Establish routine.
    -michaelpage.com

    Why do I fail to manage time?
    A Lack of Tools and Improper Use of Technology 
    If you are using the right tools — that is, the tools that properly fit your workflow and specific needs — time management becomes far less of a mental struggle, and more of a habit or daily activity that turns into second nature. -stormboard.com

    If you liked this episode, you can keep the party going with:

    Episode 240: How Has the Four-Day Work Week Reshaped Work-Life Balance and Productivity for Our Team?

    Episode 239: Is Thursday the New Friday? How to Work Fewer Hours, Make More Money, and Spend Time Doing What You Want with Joe Sanok

    Episode 216: How Does a Four-Day Work Week Impact Your Team? with Special Guest, Jenna McDonnell

    Episode 210: Work Less, Achieve More: Tales from a 4-Day Workweek


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    • 29 min
    241: Are Vulnerable Leaders More Effective? Exploring the Research with Jacob Morgan

    241: Are Vulnerable Leaders More Effective? Exploring the Research with Jacob Morgan

    What does sharing your “gaps” have to do with vulnerable leadership?
    More than you think, and Jacob Morgan is here to explain what that means. Jacob is a 5x Best-Selling Author, Futurist, & Keynote Speaker on Leadership, Employee Experience, & The Future Of Work.
    In today’s episode, Jacob joins Erin to discuss why he not only has work life values, but family life values as well; the difference between being vulnerable and leading with vulnerability; and how to not just talk about your mistakes, but work to solve them, and also be okay with making more mistakes as you work to solve them.
    Jacob shares an actionable step you can take today to embrace vulnerable leadership—and it has something to do with building your own “vulnerability mountain,” setting up “camp,” and taking the steps to climb it.
    If you’re interested in the new era of vulnerable leadership—this is the episode for you.
    Special sprinkles on top of this episode: times when your vulnerability can be used for you and times when it can be used against you.
    What is the value of being a vulnerable leader?
    It's about being honest about struggles, needs, and values. Leaders who embrace vulnerability create a culture where team members feel empowered to be honest and ask for what they need. This authenticity fosters a sense of connection and trust, laying the foundation for a more inclusive and innovative team. -LinkedIn
    How vulnerability can be a leadership superpower?
    Vulnerability, often misunderstood as a weakness, is, in fact, a superpower that can transform relationships, foster trust, and inspire change. It is the willingness to be open, honest, and authentic, even in the face of uncertainty and discomfort. -Coactive

    If you liked this episode, you can keep the party going with:
    Episode 80: You CAN give feedback as a Leader, and it CANNOT be triggering with Kim Scott

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    • 45 min
    240: How Has the Four-Day Work Week Reshaped Work-Life Balance and Productivity for Our Team?

    240: How Has the Four-Day Work Week Reshaped Work-Life Balance and Productivity for Our Team?

    How does jumping off of a 40-foot cliff in Puerto Rico lead to an epiphany that a 4-day work week needs to happen?
    We’re here to tell the tale.
    In today’s episode, Erin shares her story of first pondering and ultimately implementing a 4-day work week with the improve it! team, how she’s found flexibility within the 4-day work week itself, and each internal team member’s reflections on how the 4-day work week has gone since October of 2023.
    Erin shares The 3 Bs—balance, boundaries, and breaks—and how our team uses this system to reach our goals, now working 36-hour weeks instead of 40-hour weeks.
    If you’ve ever considered a 4-day work week and want to learn more about how to actually implement it—this is the episode for you.
    Special sprinkles on top of this episode: how we’re redefining what a “break” means in the middle of the workday
    What are the consequences of a 4-day work week?
    Pros of a 4-day work week can include cost savings, increased productivity, and employee retention. Some disadvantages, however, can include scheduling challenges, reduced productivity, and added stress. -TriNet
    Is it healthier to work four days a week?
    Results showed people in the program had higher self-perceived health status, reduced levels of stress, were less tired and felt happier and more personally satisfied. The drop in commuting also led to a reduction in nitrogen dioxide emissions and improved air quality. -The World Economic Forum

    If you liked this episode, you might want to keep the party going with:

    Episode 210: Episode 210: Work Less, Achieve More: Tales from a 4-Day Workweek

    Episode 216: How Does a Four-Day Work Week Impact Your Team? with Special Guest, Jenna McDonnell


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    • 33 min
    239: Is Thursday the New Friday? How to Work Fewer Hours, Make More Money, and Spend Time Doing What You Want with Joe Sanok

    239: Is Thursday the New Friday? How to Work Fewer Hours, Make More Money, and Spend Time Doing What You Want with Joe Sanok

    What does chaperoning a first-grade planetarium trip have to do with the benefits of a 4-day work week?
    More than you think, trust us.
    Joe Sanok is the author of Thursday is the New Friday, as well as a speaker, podcaster, and consultant at Practice of the Practice—an organization that helps counselors build their private practices.
    Joe joins Erin on the pod today to discuss: his history of looking for work flexibility no matter what role he was in; how he’s negotiated 4-day work weeks throughout his career and the effects it’s had on his life as a whole; and a day-by-day breakdown of how he structures his week as a working parent.
    Joe shares the exact script he’s used in the past to ask his boss for a 4-day work week that you can tweak to your liking.
    Special sprinkles on top of this episode: how to have the confidence to leave things unfinished + why slowing down is where you need to start
    Are people happier with a 4-day work week?
    According to Forbes, a U.K. study found after six months of four-day work weeks, 71 percent of workers felt less burnout, company income increased by 1.4 percent on average, and there was a dramatic decrease in employee quitting and a significant reduction in sick days. -Governing Magazine
    Who benefits from a 4-day work week?
    Nearly anyone who works a full-time job.
    Pilot studies in countries including the U.K., Spain, Portugal, and South Africa suggest that shorter workweeks can help employees reduce burnout, manage stress, get more sleep and exercise, spend additional quality time with loved ones, and feel all-around happier and healthier. -TIME Magazine

    If you liked this episode, you might also want to try: Episode 216: How Does a Four-Day Work Week Impact Your Team? with Special Guest, Jenna McDonnell

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    • 45 min
    238: Are You Ready to Use the Four-Step Checklist to Achieve Decision-Making Clarity?

    238: Are You Ready to Use the Four-Step Checklist to Achieve Decision-Making Clarity?

    Does it feel peaceful, or does it disrupt your nervous system?
    This is the crux of the matter, which is making decisions that you feel good about—decisions that allow you to love yourself and others at the same time.
    When you become overwhelmed, overworked, burnt out, and even the smallest daily tasks can become taxing...there needs to be a system in place for who and what you’re going to allow into your life.
    Those moments when your body and your mind are screaming at you to stop, but you keep going because you think we need to...that’s what we’re talking about today.
    In today’s episode, Erin gives you her four-step checklist for making decisions with greater clarity and a script for how to actually say no and continue to maintain the relationship.
    If you’re looking for a concrete method for making decisions that honor your boundaries and your values – this is the episode for you.
    Special sprinkles on top of this episode: the 3 Bs and the 4 Ps (no spoilers!)
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    • 30 min
    237: Ready to Age Ambitiously and Holler at Your Dreams? Judi Holler Tells Us How

    237: Ready to Age Ambitiously and Holler at Your Dreams? Judi Holler Tells Us How

    What were you doing when you were eight years old? What were you like? What did you like?
    These are the questions keynote speaker, author, and entrepreneur Judi Holler asked herself when she found herself leaning her life ladder on the wrong house.
    In her conversation with Erin, Judi explains how she operates from a place of mindfulness (and why you may be missing out), what it means to not only refine your voice as an artist but to trust it, and a foolproof strategy for coming home to yourself.
    If you’re looking for a soul kick in the booty to get you moving in the right direction, not just the one that you feel like you should be going in – this is the episode for you.
    Special sprinkles on top of this episode: sequin jackets and disco ball workshops
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