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Urstoria - It's Your Story - Tell it!
36 minutes | Jan 30, 2022
UrStoria 18 - Leader Letting Go - Dean McAlister
In this episode we discuss Leaders Letting Go. Dean McAlister shares a specific recent example of him letting go as a leader and we talk generally about why, how and when letting go can make space to unleash potential in you and your team. Resources mentioned in the episode: CliftonStrengths (StrengthsFinders 2.0): https://www.gallup.com/cliftonstrengths/en/home.aspx Dean McAlister LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/deanmcalister/ Click here to purchase Lessons From A Life in Motion
35 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
UrStoria 17 - Moving the Middle - Dean McAlister UrStoria
This conversation applauds "B" players in organizations, their contribution to results, execution and change management. While the "A" and "C" players can attract more attention, it's the "B" players who are the lifeblood of the organization and vital to the execution of any strategy. Thank you to guest Dean McAlister for his insight. How does this fit in with your story? Have you ever been successful in an initiative because you focused on the Middle? Go to our website to contact us or to see the references mentioned in the episode - www.urstoria.com.
48 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
UrStoria 16 -Conflict As Cause For Change
Conflict - Don't avoid it! Conflict can be used to cause change for the good. Listen to why conflict should be something to lean into and how to make it work for you! Mentioned in the episode: Forsyth & Donelson, Group Dynamics, 1980. The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing and the Future of the Human Race by Walter Isaacson Scott Moldenhauer - Persuasion Consultants www.urstoria.com
39 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
UrStoria - 15 - Focus to Finish
It's Your Story - Create it, Write it, Tell it! This episode is focused and full of content and applications that will help you pull through the next initiative, strategy or training to the finish and make it stick! www.urstoria.com Referenced in Episode: Simon Sinek - Start With Why Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, Jim Huling - The 4 Disciplines of Execution
37 minutes | Aug 21, 2020
UrStoria 14 - The Spirit Addict - Tom Mebert
Tom Mebert returns to be with us again on UrStoria (see Episode 3 “Be Your Authentic Self”). Tom’s back to take us through all of the events of late that have made him even more passionate about spirituality. We discuss how professionals who want to develop and be successful in their careers can negotiate and balance the dichotomy between spirituality and the workplace. Are they so different? Do you need to give up one for the other? You can check out Tom’s blog for yourself at www.spritaddict.com.
46 minutes | Dec 16, 2019
UrStoria - Episode 13 - Let Yourself Get Down, Cry It Out
Kent Schlink shares his incredible near-death experience. He not only survives, but, thrives in this amazing story. This is one you should hear if you're interested in motivation and goal-setting. It's Your Story- Create it, write it, tell it!
45 minutes | Jul 11, 2019
UrStoria - Episode 12 - Gut Instinct Vs Over-Analysis
Jenn Wegrzyn hosts UrStoria - a podcast that uses story to connect, entertain and inform...Gut instinct vs Over-analysis - how much analysis is too much? When do we need to be confident in our gut instinct and move forward? When do we need to do more analysis? We tackle all these scenarios and more with guest Dean McAlister. It's Your Story - Create it! Write it! Tell It!! www.urstoria.com
48 minutes | Feb 11, 2019
UrStoria - Episode 11 - Professional Development: Reinvention or Atrophy - Your Choice
In this episode, the choice is simple, we can reinvent or we can atrophy…which do you choose? Dean McAlister and I discuss why, if Professional Development is so important and can be linked to higher profit margins, does it get swept under the rug for more pressing priorities? What do organizations stand to lose if they do this? How do we take control and do what is best for us? We speak about looking at development with the lens of “who” we want to be and not “what” we want to be. It’s your story - tell it! For show notes and references go to www.urstoria.com. References mentioned in this episode: Start with Why by Simon Sinek 4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey & Jim Huling Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch by Curt W. Coffman & Kathie Sorensen, Phd Reagan: An American Journey by Bob Spitz Dean McAlister LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dean-mcalister-231b2414
40 minutes | Oct 1, 2018
UrStoria - Episode 10 - Failure as a Step to Success
UrStoria listeners, we spend a lot of energy trying to avoid it, prevent it, but sometimes, despite our best intentions - we are confronted with failure. What do you do next? What is your attitude toward failure? Is it different if failure is an individual or a team failure? These are some things to think about during this episode as we explore Failure, get cozy with it and learn to look forward to the learnings gained from failure. Dean McAlister shares a professional failure with us to demonstrate why you wouldn't want to fear or forget about it, but, instead use it as a step toward success. It's Your Story, Tell it! References mentioned in the episode: Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
42 minutes | Apr 19, 2018
UrStoria - Episode 9 - Hiring Talent and Growing Skill vs Hiring Skill and Hoping There is Talent Remaining
UrStoria Listeners! Dean McAlister joins us to discuss hiring raw talent vs hiring for pre-existing skill sets and what are the ramifications of each. Dean talks about what is required of a leader when hiring raw talent and ways to recognize raw talent that has development potential in an organization. A must for anyone that is in the position of hiring! It's Your Story - Tell It! www.urstoria.com References mentioned in the episode: "The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google" by Scott Galloway "StrengthsFinder 2.0" by Tom Rath
50 minutes | Dec 21, 2017
UrStoria - Episode 8 - Be Passionate About Who You Are - Spencer Holt, PhD
It's UrStoria - Tell It! Spencer Holt, PhD joins us to speak about Professional Development Plans. Spencer says we "start by being passionate about who we are". We tackle Professional Development Plans head on- key components of PDP's, how plans are changing with the economy and technology and how we develop to gain skill and experience rather than title - a modern spin on professional development. Spencer also touches on Leadership Development and Personal Branding. You'll love the content and passion that Spencer brings to the discussion! References mentioned in the episode: Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey Strengths finder 2.0, Don Clifton https://www.cebglobal.com/human-resources/corporate-leadership-council/career-pathing/article.html (employability) Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John Maxwell Ubuntu! By Stephen Lundin. . Bob Nelson Show notes, more information and to connect with us: www.urstoria.com
47 minutes | Dec 5, 2017
Urstoria - Episode 7 - Coming to Terms, Coming to Be, Coming Out
It's UrStoria - Tell It! We are joined today by Chris as he details his personal journey coming out as a gay man in the late 1990's. Join us as Chris give his raw, emotional story detailing how he struggled with coming to terms, coming to be, coming out and balancing his spiritual faith in the process. This episode also brings to light the fact that the moment we decide to be true to ourselves the journey is not over - it is just the beginning. Resources: www.hrc.org www.thetrevorproject.org Connect with Urstoria on www.urstoria.com. Share with those who enjoy story.
55 minutes | Sep 1, 2017
UrStoria - Episode 6 - Is anyone following me?
It's UrStoria - Tell It! Dean McAlister joins us again on UrStoria to speak about Followership. Is anyone following you? Dean discusses some take aways on Followership he's learned throughout his career. Two quotes from the episode are: "The people you're trying to lead will never go further than they see their leader go" and "Are you a microwave or a crock pot?" References mentioned in the episode: Simon Sinek, "Start With Why - How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action" Internet Drug News - www.coreynahman.com First Word Pharma - www.firstwordpharma.com Apple News App - Health Filter Seeking Alpha - www.seekingalpha.com Wall Street Journal - www.wallstreetjournal.com
26 minutes | Feb 25, 2017
Urstoria- Episode 5 - The Look
It's your story - tell It! I'm your host and storytelling enabler - Jenn Wegrzyn. Carol Styliades joins us on UrStoria today to tell us her TRUE love story. If you've ever wondered, "Will I ever find love?" or "Am I settling?" or "How will I know?" - this is the podcast for you. If you have a story you feel others might want to hear, Connect through Story on the show website www.urstoria.com.
39 minutes | Feb 6, 2017
UrStoria - Episode 4 - I Am the Most Important Variable in Change
It's your story - Tell It! Dean McAlister joins us on UrStoria today to speak about change. It's inevitable, it's not always welcome, but, how do we get through it? Dean shares with us his own story of dealing with a major life change and details how he navigated through it. Some quotes from our discussion include when Dean discusses our reaction to change - "Are you a thermostat or a thermometer?" and when he likens unexpected change to a "shock paddle that can ultimately be the greatest gift". Hopefully this conversation will have you looking at change differently and maybe imposing some on yourself... If you missed Dean McAlister's UrStoria Episode 2 on "Lessons from a Lifeline", check it out! Show notes and links to find our more about Dean McAlister are available at www.urstoria.com.
58 minutes | Jan 17, 2017
UrStoria - Episode 3 - Be Your Authentic Self
It's UrStoria - Tell It! Tom Mebert joins us on UrStoria today to speak about authenticity in life and work. Tom shares with us moments of authenticity throughout his life that have helped him enjoy the journey. He's a husband, a father, a manager, an employee, a golfer and a self-proclaimed "Word Nerd". "Be the person you say you are" is a quote that stands out from this podcast..as well as "accolades don't buy diapers"... Tom leaves us with ways to be more authentic in our relationships and teaches us to have fun in the process. Show notes and links are are available at www.urstoria.com.
59 minutes | Nov 27, 2016
UrStoria - Episode 2 - Lessons From a Lifeline
Leadership is the theme of UrStoria for this episode. Dean McAlister is our guest and he takes us through stories of success, self-awareness and personal growth. Dean's leadership through story is a great example of how storytelling can deepen connections and create impact. Grab yourself a coffee and enjoy Dean's story "Lessons From a Lifeline". Dean McAlister's LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dean-mcalister-231b2414 If you too have a Leadership story you would like to share with the UrStoria Podcasters, please contact me at www.urstoria.com. It's UrStoria - Tell it!
70 minutes | Nov 27, 2016
UrStoria - Episode 1 - Snowplows and Stripper Boots
Who doesn't love a good story? Aaron shares with us his story from a monumental blizzard nicknamed, "Snowvember" Buffalo, NY in 2014. This storm was no joke, fourteen people lost their lives. Aaron, like many others, found himself in an unlikely, yet survivable situation. Stranded on a highway for more than 30 hours in snow measuring taller than him, Aaron's kind-heartedness, patience, relationships and societal views are put to the test. Put on your furry slippers, stoke the fire and settle in with your hot cocoa as you listen to "Snowplows and Stripper Boots". It's UrStoria - Tell it!
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