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“TEAMiNG UP” delivers insights and inspiration on creating empowered teams and cultures; an environment where people feel motivated, stimulated and encouraged to give their very best. This podcast explores unique perspectives and practices from teams across different disciplines and borders.

Teaming Up with Simon Vetter Simon Vetter

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“TEAMiNG UP” delivers insights and inspiration on creating empowered teams and cultures; an environment where people feel motivated, stimulated and encouraged to give their very best. This podcast explores unique perspectives and practices from teams across different disciplines and borders.

    #110: Azim Khamisa on Forgiveness & Compassion

    #110: Azim Khamisa on Forgiveness & Compassion

    “Sometimes in deep trauma, there is a spark of clarity.” 
     
    That is a quote from today’s guest, Azim Khamisa. His personal life experiences taught him the practice of compassion, forgiveness, and peacemaking - something we and our world need more of.
    Azim became a peace activist after losing his 20-year-old son Tariq to a tragic, gang-related murder in 1995. Out of unspeakable grief and despair, Azim chose the path of forgiveness and compassion rather than revenge and bitterness. This amazing choice led to the establishment of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation (www.TKF.org) and the subsequent forgiveness movement which has reached millions.  
    Azim Khamisa is an author, thought leader, and international inspirational speaker. He has received over 80 national and international awards for his work and has written several books, including The Secrets of the Bulletproof Spirit: How to Bounce Back from Life’s Hardest Hits. He also conducts public workshops and training programs in both the corporate world and the nonprofit sector to foster effective, purposeful, and impactful leadership through the process of forgiveness. Over the last 25 years, he has helped thousands of children, families, professionals, and management teams.
    “Azim has had a positive impact on my life as I have applied the power of forgiveness in my own relationships with family, friends, and in business. It has given me a sense of relief, and joy and alleviated pain. I encourage everyone to take the concept of forgiveness to heart to heal ourselves, our relationships, families, and communities.”
    Simon Vetter
    Discussion Points

    The tragic specifics of his son’s murder in 1995 
    What the path of forgiveness can to do to individuals and communities
    Some staggering statistics on kids killing kids in the U.S.
    Four steps to find and practice forgiveness
    Embrace the process of grief - practice healthy ways to work through grief
    Forgiveness will change your life’s trajectory and possibly blow your mind!
    Restorative justice and its societal impact
    The five questions to ask in the restorative justice movement
    How to apply forgiveness and restorative justice in the corporate world
    Words to live by: “Forgiveness is the crown jewel of personal freedom”

    Teaming Up Conversations is powered by Stand Out International, and hosted by Simon Vetter. He is an expert on behavior and culture change. He trains and enables teams to create high-performing organizations.
     
    Resources: 
    Azim Khamisa Website
    Books by Azim Khamisa
    Simon Vetter Website
    Simon Vetter LinkedIn

    • 53 min
    #109: George Kohlrieser on Building Trust through Secure Base Leadership

    #109: George Kohlrieser on Building Trust through Secure Base Leadership

    High-stress situations pushes people to the edge. 
    Some people rise the occasion, others fail. 
    What makes the difference? 
    Hostage negotiation tactics may at first seem a little too extreme, or intense, to be utilized at work. It’s exactly those situations that can teach us how to deal with tough and highly demanding situations. My guest, Geroge Kohlrieser, a leadership expert and a former hostage negotiator, believes that high-performing leaders are able to use these techniques in any personal or business relationship to ensure they are never a hostage to anyone, including themselves. 
    In this episode, we speak about the “secure base” concept. George gives us real-life examples and practical advice on how this may manifest in leaders and how to become a secure base for themselves in order to build an inspiring work environment.
    George A. Kohlrieser, trained as an organizational and clinical psychologist, is a Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at IMD Business School in Switzerland. He is the founder of the High-Performance Leadership (HPL) Program, the flagship six-day program for experienced senior leaders. George is a frequent speaker at management conferences including the World Business Forum, the World Economic Forum, and the United Nations. He is a media commentator on issues related to leadership, conflict, aggression management, and hostage negotiation and has been a presenter at TEDx talks in both New York and Lausanne.
    TEAMING UP Podcast is hosted by Simon Vetter. He is an executive leadership coach and expert on building compelling cultures and inspired workplaces.  
     
    Discussion Points

    What is ‘secure base’ leadership?
    Consequences when people don’t have a ‘secure base’
    The brain is fundamentally negative – and what to do about it 
    How to successfully apply the 'secure base' concept in sales 
    Importance of understanding a person’s pain points
    Techniques to calm down an angry person
    Why do so many leaders often lack excellent listening skills?
    Using the mind’s eye to play to win instead of not to lose
    Affirmations to shift a mindset or emotional state
    How to find a secure base at work: be open and emotionally available
    Recognize the power of ‘choice’ 

    Resources: 
    George Kohlrieser Website
    George Kohlrieser at IMD.org
    George Kohlrieser LinkedIn
    George Kohlrieser Twitter
    George Kohlrieser at Esalen, Big Sur, CA
    Simon Vetter Website
    Simon Vetter LinkedIn

    • 42 min
    #108: Maya Hu-Chan on Self-Esteem, Dignity and Trust

    #108: Maya Hu-Chan on Self-Esteem, Dignity and Trust

    How do we build a team culture in which teammates feel safe for risk-taking in the face of being seen as ignorant, incompetent, negative, or disruptive? 
    In a workplace with high psychological safety, everyone is confident that no one on the team will embarrass or punish anyone else for admitting a mistake, asking a question, or offering a new idea. 
    Today I’m talking with Maya Hu-Chan about the fundamental concept of “saving face”. “Face” represents one’s self-esteem, self-worth, reputation, and dignity. Saving face is often understood as saving someone from embarrassment. It is also about developing an understanding of the background, individuality, and perspective of others to discover the unique facets each person possesses. Without that understanding, we risk causing others to lose face without even knowing it.
    Maya Hu-Chan is a globally recognized leadership educator, executive coach, and best-selling author. Her latest book "Saving Face: How to Preserve Dignity and Build Trust" is an Amazon #1 Best Seller. Maya has built a reputation for excellence in global leadership, cross-cultural management, diversity, and inclusion. Born and raised in Taiwan, Maya received her BA in journalism from National Chengchi University. She was an anchor for the China Broadcasting Company, then moved to the U.S. to earn a MA from The University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband and three children.
    Teaming Up Conversations is powered by Stand Out International, and hosted by Simon Vetter. He is an expert on behavior and culture change. He trains and enables teams to create high-performing organizations.
    Discussion Points

    What does “saving face” mean? What happens when a person “loses face”?
    Psychological safety - how can we foster it?
    Microaggressions - often unintentional offenses caused by bias
    Using the AAA model to work through bias 
    Impact versus intent – why is it important to understand the nuance  
    Life lessons from having raised triplets
    Turning the Golden Rule into the Platinum Rule: Treat others as THEY wish to be treated

    Resources: 
    Maya Hu-Chan LinkedIn
    Maya Hu-Chan Website
    Get the Book, “Saving Face”
    Simon Vetter Website
    Simon Vetter LinkedIn
     

    • 44 min
    #107: Beth Schumaker on Well Being: Practice and Science

    #107: Beth Schumaker on Well Being: Practice and Science

    According to a recent survey, 78% of people stated that the pandemic had a negative effect on their work life.  56% said it had a negative effect on their family life. The 2020 pandemic has forced people to reflect on our “do” culture and has raised the awareness and importance of health, balance, and overall well-being.
    Our discussion today is centered on WELL-BEING: what is it, how do you maintain it, and what are effective practices. You will receive ideas, tips, and methods on how to begin or enhance your “Well-Being Journey”.
    Today’s guest is my good friend Beth Schumaker with Bright Star Leadership. Beth is an expert in emotional intelligence, communication, and team, and leadership effectiveness. She has over 20 years of experience working with organizations such as Microsoft; American Airlines; Mayo Clinic; Centers for Disease Control; Kaiser Permanente; and many others.
    Teaming Up Conversations is hosted by Simon Vetter, CEO of Stand Out International, Inc. As a behavioral change expert, Simon trains managers and leadership teams toward higher performance, increased collaboration, accountability, and engagement.  
     
    Discussion Points

    What does “Well-Being” mean?
    The PERMAH concept: Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Accomplishment and Health.
    Three levels of assessing Well-Being: Me, We, and Us
    Beth’s personal daily habits for enhancing Well-Being
    Establish healthy habits around positive emotions, relationships and meaning
    How to show “appropriate” vulnerability as a leader
    Team building activities for remote teams
    Recommendations in improving mindfulness, eating habits and sleep hygiene
    Advice on changing a habit: Start small and be kind to yourself!

    Resources: 
    PERMAH wellbeing survey
    Beth Schumaker LinkedIn
    Bright Star Leadership Website
    Michelle McQuaid Website
    Positivepsychology.com
    Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast
    The Science of Happiness Podcast
    The Positive Psychology Podcast
    Being Well Podcast
    Happiness Project Podcast

    • 53 min
    #106: Carlos Paulet on Tragedy, Hardship and Joy

    #106: Carlos Paulet on Tragedy, Hardship and Joy

    Carlos Paulet’s LinkedIn profile reads: "I am a nerd, with social skills, that help people get results & enjoy their lives! Executive Coach, VR Pioneer, philanthropist & most important job in the world; Dad!"
    Carlos is a multi-cultural international management consultant, and an expert in leadership metrics, technology, and team alignment. His focus is on supporting successful people to identify and empower the “X-Factors” that drive performance and results.
    Join me for a conversation with my dear friend Carlos about his fascinating path through life. He has experienced many different cultures (Haiti, Peru, Brazil, and Spain) a wide variety of jobs (from Incan trail guide to American Airlines Operations Director to Executive Coach), and also more than enough hardship and tragedy.  Losing his daughter to glioblastoma in 2015 shapes his worldview today, but as he tells it, you can eventually progress to feeling joy again, even after this kind of devastation.
    Teaming Up Conversations is hosted by Simon Vetter. He is an executive leadership coach and CEO of Stand Out International, Inc. His focus is on cultural transformation and behavioral change, guiding companies and their executive teams toward increased collaboration, accountability and agility.
    Discussion Points

    What makes Carlos so unique
    Being risk-open instead of risk-adverse
    The life-changing devastation of losing his daughter
    Recovering from the loss, starting a foundation
    Advice to others when losing a child
    The end of Carlos’ “hippie years” after disillusionment in Haiti
    American Airlines job, grad school, and executive coaching
    Similarities in different cultures, not differences, are important
    Gaming and Virtual Reality: teaching teamwork and problem solving
    Best tool in coaching: Getting feedback from others
    The "a*****e" client story 
    Advice to younger Carlos? Dare to make more mistakes, then learn from them
    You can be the hero or the villain of your own story - be the hero!

    Resources
    Carlos Paulet LinkedIn

    • 46 min
    #105 Jennifer Luce on Collaboration and Design

    #105 Jennifer Luce on Collaboration and Design

    Creative design is a universal, success-critical process in many organizations and businesses: invent a new product; design a new kitchen; plan your office space; craft a new drink; make a movie; design a new wardrobe; build a house, road, or airport.
    Design a complex approach requires vision, collaboration, execution, and an inspired team.
    This episode features an expert on “Creative Design Process”: Jennifer Luce is the founder and principal of Luce et Studio, a collaborative architecture and design studio practicing at the intersection of architecture, art, and design. The firm’s cross-disciplinary approach supports creative explorations with a wide array of practitioners in various fields, including designers, artists, poets, craftspeople, and thinkers.
    Teaming Up Conversations is powered by Stand Out International, and hosted by Simon Vetter. Simon is an executive leadership coach and CEO of Stand Out International, Inc., His expertise is in behavioral change and culture transformation.  Simon trains managers and teams in Fortune 500 companies, guiding them toward better performance outcomes, increased collaboration, alignment, and accountability.  
    Discussion points:

    How to bring various, interdisciplinary voices into the design process
    Learnings from Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California
    The astounding fundraising efforts at Mingei
    Key challenges and obstacles in the design project 
    Career advice that propelled Jennifer’s design skills
    Transferring the Luce et Studio collaboration method into business
    Value of idols and mentors
    Merging art and science 
    Jennifer’s Advice: Stay true to your vision and persevered

    Resources
    Jennifer Luce Studio
    Jennifer Luce LinkedIn
    Luce et Studio Instagram
    Mingei International Museum
    Simon Vetter Website
    Simon Vetter LinkedIn

    • 48 min

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