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27 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
#115: How to Build and Implement a Succession Plan - with Sylke Chesterfield
Bench strength is one of your keys to success in business. When it comes to replacing your superstars, you'd better have some capable folks in your pipeline. Sylke Chesterfield is a business consultant and coach who gives us some great tips on building a succession plan that will give you a seamless transition when opportunities arise. Why look outside for help when you can grow your own talent internally? Sylke will show you how.
42 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
#114: How to Improve Employee Engagement - with Pamela Hackett
Employee engagement is a key metric of organizational success. It's hard to define and even harder to achieve. Fortunately, we have an expert on this episode that will help us with this issue. Pamela Hackett is a consultant and author that specializes in engagement. She just published the book Manage to Engage: How Great Managers Create Remarkable Results. In this episode, we define engagement, talk about how to achieve it, and discuss how to measure it. Lots of great info and worth circulating to your management teams as well.
37 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
#113: Work Made Fun Gets Done - with Dr. Bob Nelson and Mario Tamayo
Work and fun have typically been considered polar opposites, but according to Dr. Bob Nelson and Mario Tamayo, they can be combined in ways that produce happier, more motivated workers, that produce exceptional results. Bob and Mario are the authors of Work Made Fun Gets Done: Easy Ways to Boost Energy, Morale, and Results. This was a great interview with lots of great data and examples of how companies and organizations have successfully integrated fun into the workplace.
44 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
#112: Navigating the Return to the Office - with Liz Kislik
As of this date, COVID-19 is still impacting our professional and personal lives. Return-to-work initiatives are back on hold and we're all still trying to figure out the best way to find normal. Our guest today, speaker, consultant and coach Liz Kislik offers up her insights on the most important considerations as we navigate this challenge and even suggests a better way to deal with silos. This was a fun and very enlightening conversation which I know you'll enjoy!
39 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
#111: Leading with Love and Laughter - with Dr. Patrick Malone
Leadership has for too long been treated as a function and not as a relationship. Our guest today, Dr. Patrick Malone, co-author of Leading with Love and Laughter (co-authored with Zina Sutch) argues that successful leadership must be based on love (altruism and empathy) and laughter (positive emotions and joy). This was a great talk and is full of practical tips for transforming the workplace into one that has higher engagement and employee retention.
39 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
#110: How to Bring Your Best Self to Work - with Jill Kane
Workplace wellness has probably been one of those "Back-Burner" projects up until now, but organizations today need to focus on it. Our guest today, workplace well-being consultant and HR expert Jill Kane makes the case that NOW is the best time to address your workplace wellness needs. We talk about how to be intentional about workplace wellness as well as identify ways HR leaders can prevent employee burnout. Jill has an incredible offer for you if you want to get started in addressing workplace wellness that can be found HERE!
39 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
#109: Breaking the Chains of HR - with Michelle Griffin
Do you ever wish you could leave your office or cubicle and do your job in some exciting locations? If so, then meet Michelle Griffin. Michelle is an HR executive whose company provides HR support to companies everywhere. She does all of this while working from exotic locations around the world. This is a great episode for those of you who dream of that lifestyle. Michelle has done it and explains how.
45 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
#108: How to Avoid Creating "Death by PowerPoint" - with Tina Clements
Corporate training is often referred to as "death by PowerPoint," the experience of having a trainer walking around with a clicker, reading slides to a sleeping audience. We've all suffered through this and yet, very few learning and development professionals, speakers, teachers, and trainers still do it. How to stop the madness? Our guest today, Tina Clements offers us suggestions, based on research, for creating a great learning experience.
46 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
#107: How to Support Veterans in the Workplace - with Duane France
We've all hear about military bootcamp, where, in a rigorous indoctrination, young men and women and transformed from civilians to warriors. But what about the transition back to civilian life? Our guest today, veteran and mental health professional Duane France talks to us about the challenges veterans face in the transition back to life outside of the military. We also explore how HR professionals can partner with veterans and help them feel like welcome contributors to a new mission with a new organization.
43 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
#106: Shaking Up Your Leadership - with Jeff Nischwitz
What can a snow globe teach you about life, leadership, and change? According to our guest today, quite a bit. Jeff Nischwitz is the Founder and Chief Story Debunker of The Nischwitz Group, a speaking, consulting and coaching company that transforms people and organizations… one story at a time! Jeff gives us practical tips on handling change while using it to develop personally and professionally.
28 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
#105: A 3-Dimensional Approach to Employee Upskilling - with Ashlee Dutton
More and more, employees are looking to build their professional skills. If you aren't meeting this demand, those employees might find another organization that will. To help you get a better handle on this problem and develop a great upskilling and re-skilling program, we have Ashlee Dutton on this episode. She shares her process for identifying and meeting staff training and development needs. Some great tips on this one so be sure to take good notes.
38 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
#104: How to Live Your Best Life in Times of Stress and Uncertainty - with Caren Kenney
With all the uncertainty of post-COVID work life, there is more than enough stress to go around. If you're an HR professional, you'll feel it more than most. Our guest today, Caren Kenney says that by learning to identify and live our BEST self, we will be more capable of succeeding in tough times. Caren is a coach and co-author or the book Leading with Character. Caren gives us tips on how to identify our purpose and live our best life even in chaotic times.
34 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
#103: Navigating the New Complexities of Work and Re-Opening After COVID - with Alexa Beavers
When COVID hit, the band-aid was ripped off. In going back to normal, the band-aid is being removed slowly and painfully. Navigating the return to work is a challenge. Our guest today, Alexa Beavers addresses the challenges and solutions to helping people through the changes and stress of office re-entry. Lots of practical advice and tips for your team in this episode.
17 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
#102: Interview with the Boss Builders Employee of the Year John Gibson
We believe everyone needs recognition when they do a great job. When we saw that there was actually an Employee Recognition Day, we decided to allow our listeners to nominate employees for the honor. The winner is on our show today. John Gibson is an employee at Mountaineer Gas Company in Charleston, WV. John's boss, Sarah McClanahan is also on the show so we can hear why she thought John was worthy of the honor. Congratulations John!
44 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
#101: How to Handle Your Addiction to Thinking - with Nancy Colier
There are plenty of things to be addicted to, but thinking? The act of obsessive rumination is harmful to ourselves, our careers, and our relationships. Our guest today, Nancy Colier is the author of Can't Stop Thinking: How to Let Go of Anxiety and Free Yourself from Obsessive Rumination. Nancy gives us practical tips to manage this issue and learn how to create space from this unhealthy practice.
60 minutes | May 24, 2021
#100: The Best Boss I Ever Had - Interview with Greg Nelson
You'll always remember the BEST boss you ever had and the WORST boss you ever had. Everyone in between is just a blur. Fortunately, I was able to locate the BEST boss I ever had and he's our guest on this episode. In 1986, Greg Nelson took an unfocused kid (me) and, hammered out my rough edges and put me on a path to success. Along the way, he used his mentorship approach to management and impacted countless other young sailors. In our session, Greg shares some of those stories and even recounts what it was like to work with me over 30 years ago. This is a special podcast and I encourage you to listen to it start to finish, and then listen again. I can't think of a better episode to be our 100th on HR Oxygen!
39 minutes | May 24, 2021
#99: Interview with Denise Ewing, The Administrative Professional of The Year!
Each April brings Admin Professionals Day. This year, we decided to host a contest to find the Boss Builders Administrative Professional of The Year. This year, the honor goes to Denise Ewing, Executive Assistant to the CEO at PHP. In this interview, Denise shares her career journey with us as well as tips for how to be an invaluable partner to your boss. We also chat with Christine Boles who nominated Denise. Lots of wisdom in what Denise says to pay close attention!
25 minutes | May 11, 2021
#98: How to Coach Employees for Success - with Margi Bush
As an HR professional, one of your biggest responsibilities is to develop the skills of your managers. A key skill to do that is COACHING. In this episode, ICF Credentialed coach Margi Bush will give you practical tips on how to help your employees develop into great performers.
39 minutes | May 11, 2021
#97: How to Train Your Brain for Success - with Rachel Mohr
As we enter a new phase post-COVID, many people are doing a personal inventory of who they are and who they want to be. If this sounds like you, you'll really benefit from talking to a life coach. Fortunately for you, we have one of the TOP TEN BEST LIFE COACHES IN THE USA here our our show today. Rachel Mohr is a life coach and speaker who shares some great tips with us today on how to train our brains for success. Great tips in this one so be sure to take good notes!
49 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
#96: Recruiting Trends in the Year of the Return and Rebuild - with Chris Nichols
As the pandemic eases, companies must now plan for the return, including acquiring talent as we return to reality. Chris Nichols is a branding and recruiting expert. In this episode, we look at trends in recruiting and talent management.
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