Playing in the Sandbox Podcast is designed to cultivate excellence and inspire action in today’s leaders… which is everyone. Host Tammy J. Bond is a Motivator and asker of Bold Questions, author, and top-ranked Keynote Speaker, Wife, and Mom who irritates her kids with all of her questions… Tammy believes in the power of Lead Yourself Well before You can Lead Others. Helping you harness the power of bold conversations, Tammy coaches leaders in the workplace to develop the skill of asking powerful questions that cultivate excellence in self and others.
Tammy J. Bond | The Line in the Sand
I’m not afraid to have bold conversations, and this may be my boldest episode yet! Today on Playing in the Sandbox, I take you with me as I draw a line in the sand - if we want to improve company culture, we can’t just focus on leadership… It is so important that we also empower and educate our amazing managers! Positive change happens at all levels, so listen in to hear how leadership and management can work together to help an organization thrive!
1. We, as a culture, have overemphasized the role of leadership in building healthy business cultures, while undervaluing and underutilizing management.
2. Middle managers have one of the toughest jobs - they communicate both up to leadership and down to team members.
3. Problems with company culture often come from communication breakdowns between leadership and the front line staff.
4. “Title envy” can be a big problem for managers. They may envy the prestige of leadership titles - but when we focus on titles, we lose sight of the importance of the work itself.
5. Comparing titles often creates unnecessary friction and undermines collaboration, whether one person is belittling themselves or others.
6. Studies show that organizations with a balance of leadership and management qualities thrive.
7. Sweeping positive cultural changes can only happen in an organization when leaders check their egos at the door and work in collaboration with all levels of the team. They have to roll up their sleeves and get out there!
Go to https://www.tammyjbond.com/podcast to draw a line in the sand - we need to emphasize management, not just leadership! We’d love for you to join us for our next episodes by tuning in on Apple Podcast, Amazon Podcast, or Spotify and subscribe to our Youtube channel. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios.
Tammy J. Bond | One of These Things Just Doesn't Belong
Who are you as a manager? In today’s episode of Playing in the Sandbox, I will take you through the 3 M’s of management. And, spoiler alert, one of these things is not like the others! So grab your pen and paper, write down some takeaways, and figure out which one of the 3 M’s just doesn’t belong in your management style!
Mentoring is an amazing tool that can elevate the success of your team. Spreading your wealth of knowledge strengthens your organization at all levels. Effective mentoring empowers people through building supportive relationships. Mentors build trust with their mentees, encouraging them to be curious, ask for help, and reach their potential. Mindset influences everything you do, for better or worse! Through your actions and behavior, your mindset is transferable to your team. If you want to develop your team culture, evaluate and define your mindset. Embracing a growth mindset will encourage continuous learning and resiliency on your team. Micromanaging is something that many managers do. In short-term situations, micromanagement can be okay. In the long term, however, it leads to burnout, loss of trust, and team turnover! Part of the manager’s job is to keep their eyes on the big picture. When you focus on the day-to-day, you can’t focus on outcomes, leading to big-scale problems! Go to https://www.tammyjbond.com/podcast to learn more about the 3 M’s of management. We’d love for you to join us for our next episodes by tuning in on Apple Podcast, Amazon Podcast, or Spotify and subscribe to our Youtube channel. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios.
Tammy J. Bond | Don't Be a Quitter
This year, we’re not just celebrating the New Year, we’re celebrating NOT quitting on Quitter’s Day! In this episode of Playing in the Sandbox, I’m digging into Quitter’s Day and how we can shift our perspective toward behavior changes that stick. On that note, we’re going to talk about framing our yearly reviews to help our team members get excited about changing their mindsets so they can accomplish great things.
Coming up with a “New Year's Resolution” isn’t enough. We have to create a clear vision of the outcome we want to achieve over a longer timeline. Don’t fall victim to the “new year” hype! Get excited about changing behaviors and mindset - that’s an excitement that lasts. It’s time for our yearly reviews. When we set clear expectations and KPIs, we can help our team members grow, strengthening our team. Most people think that meeting all their needs will help them feel “free,” but there is a lot of freedom in embracing your “wants.” Don’t forget to look inward! When you’re being held back, look into your past to help open up your future. Go to https://www.tammyjbond.com/podcast to change your mindset and behaviors so you don’t become a quitter! We’d love for you to join us for our next episodes by tuning in on Apple Podcast, Amazon Podcast, or Spotify and subscribe to our Youtube channel. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios.
Tammy J. Bond | Best Listener Questions of 2023
Welcome to the final episode of Playing in the Sandbox for this year! I'm thrilled to bring you a special Q&A episode crafted entirely from the questions you, our amazing listeners, have sent in. We will break down the problems so many of us face as leaders while we celebrate curiosity and our amazing community!
When you want to see behavior changes in your team, set expectations, model the changes, and hold check-ins for support and accountability. When you approach teammates about sensitive topics, approach with kindness and share your good intentions. Don’t forget to hold HR accountable!
Don’t be afraid to stand up to teammates who spew negativity.
If your team is underperforming, take accountability! Bring awareness to the issue with your team members and be direct!
Go to https://www.tammyjbond.com/podcast to learn how to meet your fear of failure head-on. We’d love for you to join us for our next episodes by tuning in on Apple Podcast, Amazon Podcast, or Spotify and subscribe to our Youtube channel. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios.
Tammy J. Bond | Leadership Teaching Moments in 2023
Leaders, we have had so many learning moments on this podcast throughout 2023. For this episode, we’re looking back over the year to celebrate our wins and leave behind the things that no longer serve us.
The best leaders use the “Power of Regret” to move forward and make big changes. Instead of wallowing in it or pushing it away, confronting regrets can help leaders take action. (Thanks, Dan Pink!) If you’re ready to see change but don’t feel like it’s happening, look at what you’re tolerating in your life. Ask yourself - why aren’t you willing to address these things head-on?
As leaders, we often have high expectations of ourselves and others. But perfection can never be the goal because it’s unattainable - instead, learn how to measure your improvement and celebrate your successes!
Setting expectations is important, but we must prioritize our people over process. Involving team members in the process will help them buy-in and be more accountable, too!
“Active Listening” is so much more than just smiling and nodding while team members talk. As a leader, you must stay focused and engaged - DON’T get distracted by your thoughts and reactions.
Go to https://www.tammyjbond.com/podcast to dive deeper into all of these incredible learning moments. We’d love for you to join us for our next episodes by tuning in on Apple Podcast, Amazon Podcast, or Spotify and subscribe to our Youtube channel. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios.
Tammy J. Bond | Stop Story Telling and Bottom Line it!
One issue many people have when it comes to storytelling is getting to the main points. The whole point of using storytelling as a leader is to make your team members take action. But how can they act when they do not understand what you’re trying to convey?
In this episode, we’ll discuss five key ways leaders can become bottom-line communicators. Listen to this insightful episode to help you develop an essential leadership style.
1. As leaders, it’s vital for you to understand your audience. Some members may need you to display a more colorful approach to your story, while others prefer a more direct approach. Understanding your audience will help you decide how to communicate with them best.
2. Start with clarity when balancing the fine line between storytelling and bottom lining. Decide on your story’s point and the action you want your audience to take action.
3. To help get your points across in storytelling, add context. This is where you can add more depth to your story to help your audience understand its message.
4. As you’re telling your story, be able to adapt to changes to help your audience understand your message. Storytelling embraces emotions; some members may be unable to handle certain emotions within a story.
5. Leaders should always encourage a two-way conversation when using the storytelling technique. Some members may have questions or don’t understand the points you’re trying to convey. Creating an open environment will make them comfortable speaking with you as you share your story.
Go to https://www.tammyjbond.com/podcast to learn how leaders can become bottom-line communicators. We’d love for you to join us for our next episodes by tuning in on Apple Podcast, Amazon Podcast, or Spotify and subscribe to our Youtube channel. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios.
Leading with Excellence
This podcast is a reflection of Tammy Bonds passion to help others excel in their place of leadership. She speaks from the heart, and with years of experience. She shares clear, actionable steps you can take to up your game as a leader; first for yourself, then to the team(s) you are leading. This is relatable, engaging, and applicable. Thank you Tammy for sharing your wisdom with the world!
What every leader needs to hear.
Tammy zeroes in on the weaknesses of leadership in companies and provides tools to strengthen them. As a former client and now friend I have experienced first hand how these tools improve both relationships and performance. She is the asset most companies do not acknowledge that they need.
Great take aways
This podcast has great take aways, and you can take it all in at once, and listen to it again in short snippets. I took so much away from this and I will be listening a second time breaking it up to really think on the subjects broken up each day as I am going to work.