A trusted advisor for hundreds of leaders, Laura brings her years of experience as an operations executive and change management strategist to the microphone. She launched Your Future Realized podcast to help other ops execs gain the self-awareness and confidence to build relationships and make a bigger impact.
17: How to Build Psychological Safety in Your Ops Team
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Trust is like air. Once it’s left the room, it’s all anyone can think about.
A break in trust in a team diminishes morale and can cause decreased productivity and increased turnover.
An executive shared a story with me about a direct report who was reluctant to give feedback to a peer. They worried they’d be called negative and critical, so they kept silent even though their feedback was valid. She said:
“It’s on me to create cohesion, to keep things running smoothly. I feel like I’m failing them, and it bugs me. But I don’t know what to say. And I just don’t have time for this.”
Can you relate?
You’re not alone. Wherever people come together, there’s friction. How you approach that friction can make or break your success.
In this episode, I’ll provide practical ways to cultivate trust within your operations team to create a safe and collaborative environment.
16: How Operations Execs Break the Curse of People-Pleasing
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Do you remember when you first landed your role running operations? You probably thought:
"Yes! My hard work paid off. This is what I was meant to do!”
I bet you had high hopes and felt unstoppable as you stepped up to that next level.
But then something changed. You got pulled in lots of directions you didn’t expect. You started to get a little less organized. And your calendar got jam-packed with things you can’t say “no” to.
Unable to get to big priorities, you set your sights lower on little fixes, like “I’ll just work on getting through my inbox.”
Imagine feeling like a boss again like you did on Day One, only wiser.
Listen in to this episode and break the curse of people pleasing so you can reclaim control of your time.
15: How to Lead Operations Without Losing Your Cool
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When you’re running your organization’s Operations, there’s always work to do. It is hard to stay on top of everything without getting bogged down just stomping out fires every day.
I often think of a story about a cook in a busy restaurant who was frustrated by the constant mess in the kitchen. He complained to a Zen master: “The kitchen is filthy! They never clean up.”
The Zen master told him: “If you want a calm kitchen, calm your mind.”
Your environment can reflect your inner state. If you want a more harmonious experience, you need to flip the script and begin by creating peace within your mind.
In this episode, I’ll share tips on how to calm your mind so you can focus and boost your operational agility.
14: Why Ops Execs Need to Get Out of the Weeds
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I spoke with a bunch of operations executives not long ago and got a good taste of their impressive work ethic. I have one myself.
Accomplishing big things for a mission is commendable. But doing it single-handedly is neither sufficient nor sustainable.
Many of the operations execs wished for a future where they would spend less time in the day-to-day weeds and more time on strategy and focus so they could orchestrate greater results. Ring any bells?
Many high achievers get caught up in being too hands-on. However, by being self-aware and asking a few simple questions, you can alleviate that feeling of being stuck.
In this episode, I’ll get real about what keeps ops heroes down in the day-to-day weeds. And I’ll share an exercise you can use to jumpstart out of them.
13: The Harsh Truth About Accountability
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This episode is for operations leaders who struggle with accountability. It’s hard to hold people accountable when you rely on them. This is true for all leaders. Someone told me this recently:
“I can have the tough conversations. But I have trouble going back and enforcing it. I don’t want to be ‘the bad guy’. I really want him on my team, and I’m worried he'll leave. So, I keep putting it off.”
If this strikes a chord, keep listening.
If you’re avoiding an accountability conversation, my guess is that you’re picking up too much of the slack yourself. And you’re not doing anyone any favors. Even if it feels like you’re sliding by in the short term, it hurts you in the long run.
In today’s brief episode, I’ll explain the harsh truth about accountability. And I’ll give a few examples of phrases that get that conversation you need to have rolling.
12: Why Fitness Is Non-Negotiable for Operations Executives
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Warning: This episode may challenge your beliefs about productivity.
Recently, a client was searching for time on her calendar. She’s in New York, but the company HQ is in France, and she has teammates in California.
So, she takes meetings anytime between 4:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. I asked when she slept. She laughed and said:
“Oh yeah. I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”
She got quiet and continued:
“I don’t have the luxury of work-life balance. Somehow, I never have time for the gym, but I always have time for another meeting.”
I wonder how familiar that sounds. It’s time to turn that one on its head.
If you feel like you don't have time for fitness, then it's likely that you need it the most.
This episode is about making fitness a priority. Listen in for the benefit of your career, your team, and your quality of life.
I’m really enjoying these episodes! Great nuggets of helpful information. Thanks.
Laura’s podcast is the perfect example of concise and useful information. In just a few minutes I feel motivated and supported. Looking forward to listening weekly.
Loving this podcast so far!