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Talent Champions with Diana Thomas
55 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Episode #50: Sparking a renaissance of trust with Stephen M. R. Covey
We live in a low-trust age, but that shouldn’t stop us from being the change the world needs. Trustworthiness and trustfulness are the foundations of a thriving work culture, and Stephen M. R. Covey has loads of practical advice for creating the environment that will enable organizations to thrive and win today and in the future.
54 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
Episode #49: Navigating an executive career with Justin Lombardo
Throughout his varied and fascinating career in learning, healthcare, and now human resources, Justin Lombardo has learned a lot about digging in and letting go. In this episode, he and Diana discuss ways to be a continuous learner, how to know when it’s time to move on from your role or organization, and ideas for managing the needs of a stressed-out workforce while maintaining a strategic point of view.
43 minutes | May 20, 2021
Episode #48: Leader, Lead Thyself with Jack Groppel
Self-care is absolutely essential for everyone, and top leaders tend to be the most likely to let recovery time slip away in their demanding lives. Jack Groppel, author of The Corporate Athlete and professor at Judson University, explains why leaders set the tone for the whole culture by prioritizing their own needs. From co-founding the human performance institute at Johnson & Johnson to summitting Mt. Kilimanjaro with his 12-year-old son, Jack shares from his deep knowledge about how leaders can inspire their people by meeting their own needs first. To find links to resources mentioned in this episode, visit talent-champions.com.
50 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Episode #47: How empowered leaders create engaging work environments with Patrick Cournoyer
Today’s employees have three top concerns: diversity and inclusion; flexible working; and career growth. The leaders that are setting themselves and their organizations up for success in the future are focused on creating the best work environments where people are safe bringing their whole selves to work, as well as supported in their physical and mental wellbeing. Patrick Cournoyer, Chief Evangelist at Peakon, shares lots of ideas that enable leaders to focus on the things that matter most to their employees.
50 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Episode #46: Practical ways to grow as a leader with Kevin Wilde
There are many resources out there to help leaders grow and develop, but it turns out that most significant growth occurs through challenges. In this episode, executive leadership expert Kevin Wilde offers tools to help us recognize growth opportunities, reflect on what we learn, and be intentional about carrying new lessons forward. To access Kevin’s coachability assessment, visit our website, talent-champions.com.
48 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Episode #45: How your purpose guides your life with Peggy Sealfon
Defining your purpose—that feeling of fire in your belly—is deeply connected with your overall health and wellness. In episode 45, we welcome back health and wellness coach Peggy Sealfon to discuss how to create a purpose, or vision statement, and hear about how to connect to your purpose every day. As she did in episode 21, Peggy shares a wealth of resources and tips to help all of us keep the most important things at the forefront of our lives.
57 minutes | Nov 12, 2020
Episode #44: Be More Strategic in Business
In all the disruption of 2020, certain basic principles of strategic leadership have become even more critical to surviving and thriving. In episode #44, guest host Mary McNevin interviews Diana Thomas and Stacey Boyle about their 2018 book, Be More Strategic in Business: How to win through stronger leadership and better decisions. They discuss the gamut of issues facing leaders in the talent space today, including the importance of driving business results, how to connect with people remotely, investing in your own career, and what the next year will hold.
42 minutes | Oct 15, 2020
Episode #43: Looking forward through learning analytics with Mary Francone and Tiffany Jarvis
Fitting the practice of learning analytics into the overall business ecosystem has enabled financial services firm Edward Jones to meet learners at their points of need and use learning to move the needle on business metrics. Leaders Mary Francone and Tiffany Jarvis break down the agile methodology that has supported their entire learning strategy, using data to make in-the-moment decisions about what to do next. In this episode, we learn how the L&D team at Edward Jones is equipping its workforce for the future.
55 minutes | Sep 10, 2020
Episode #42: Leveraging LinkedIn with Bianca Jackson
LinkedIn has gone from being a job-hunting platform to a multi-faceted social network for professionals, but many people still struggle with how to be use it to their advantage. In this episode, LinkedIn expert and career coach Bianca Jackson talks with Diana about the many ways LinkedIn can support your goals. Regardless of where you are in your career, if you’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to jump into LinkedIn, this is the episode for you.
55 minutes | Aug 13, 2020
Episode #41: Leadership and Letting Go with David Veech
As a leader, your primary responsibility is developing and equipping your people to do their jobs, anticipate problems, and create a better future. Learning how to let go of day-to-day control over workload is a significant, challenging process for many leaders. David Veech shares insights to help leaders empower their teams, stay connected, and pursue sustainable growth.
41 minutes | Jul 9, 2020
Episode #40: Positive change in challenging times with Randip Singh
When the pace of change feels faster than ever, it’s critical to ensure that new initiatives are rolled out in a way that enables easy adoption. Finance leader Randip Singh talks with Diana about how people, technology, and process need to work together for short and long-term success.
67 minutes | Jun 11, 2020
Episode #39: Stop trusting your gut with Dr. Gleb Tsipursky
Following your gut reaction worked well for our ancestors living on the savannah; unfortunately, it’s not well-adapted to modern life in a complex, global business environment. Dr. Gleb Tsipursky helps us understand how to overcome our cognitive biases, make better decisions, and brace ourselves for the changes the coronavirus pandemic will continue to bring our way. Access additional resources from Gleb by visiting talent-champions.com. Listeners, we have a quick favor to ask of you. Please visit our website to complete our listener survey. By taking a few minutes to share your needs and experiences, you’ll help us plan future episodes to serve your needs. Access the survey now at https://www.talent-champions.com/listener-survey
43 minutes | May 28, 2020
Episode #38: Simple ways for learning to make an impact with Roz Tsai
Talent and learning initiatives don’t have to be complex in order to make an impact on strategic goals. Talent and learning leader Roz Tsai shares how insights from neuroscience have led her to create experiences that drive authentic, sustainable change in leaders.
39 minutes | May 14, 2020
Episode #37: Communicating your value with Bob Sherlock
Just as companies value their products and services, you have skills and expertise that are valuable to your employer or clients. Bob Sherlock helps us understand how basic marketing principles apply to communicating our value as individuals when seeking new opportunities.
51 minutes | Apr 30, 2020
Episode #36: Creating an environment that inspires greatness with Trish Holliday
We all know how important it is to engage and motivate employees, and yet many of the efforts in this area have results that are short-lived. Dr. Trish Holliday talks with Diana about how to create an environment that’s inspiring, and she also shares lessons learned from her tenure as Chief Learning Officer for the State of Tennessee.
35 minutes | Apr 16, 2020
Episode #35: Enabling remote work with Frank Cottle
Whether you’ve been working remotely for years or have suddenly found yourself setting up a remote office, there are essential cultural foundations required to make it work. Frank Cottle has been in the business of supporting flexible workspaces for 30 years, and he shares the keys to leading a fruitful remote organization.
44 minutes | Apr 2, 2020
Episode #34: Pursuing big career goals with Martha Soehren
As Chief Talent Development Officer at Comcast, Martha Soehren’s career story is filled with fascinating decisions, risks, and not taking no for an answer. In this episode, she shares career advice and inspiration to help you establish and pursue your career dreams.
46 minutes | Mar 19, 2020
Episode #33: The art and value of inquiry with Tim Genck
Asking questions and listening to the answers sounds like a straightforward process we engage in every day—but how often do both sides walk away with the information they needed from the interaction? Tim Genck shares practical strategies for asking questions that lead to better results, as well as ways to become an active listener.
56 minutes | Mar 5, 2020
Episode #32: Building trust for engaged teams with Jason Treu
While companies are chasing employee engagement, they’re missing a fundamental building block, evidenced by the growth in perks while retention figures drop. Jason Treu talks with Diana about simple and effective ways to build trust, resolve conflict, and create engaged teams that get results.
42 minutes | Feb 20, 2020
Episode #31: Practicing HR in the public sector with Teresa Roche
After a remarkable human resources career with private tech companies, Teresa Roche transitioned to the role of CHRO in the municipal government of the City of Fort Collins, Colorado. In this episode, she shares the similarities and differences she’s encountered moving from the private to public sector, as well as the mindset that has helped her to succeed across the board.
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