HRD Advisory Group Podcasts 2019

Episodes presented from first to latest

010: Choosing to Be Vulnerable | Dennis Martin

Dennis Martin is the President of Individual Life and Financial Services at OneAmerica®. He’s also a visionary. Today, Dennis is in the role that he set out to get 20 years ago. 

Throughout his career, Dennis has been incredibly deliberate and intentional. However, he realized through candid feedback that he wasn’t as ready for his dream role as he may have once thought. So, throughout this journey, Dennis chose to lean into and embrace the feedback. 

Listen in to Being [at Work] as Dennis describes what he learned about himself when he chose to be vulnerable. 

009: Battling Selfish Thoughts | Terry Holloway

Terry Holloway is the Senior Vice President and Chief Talent Officer at Strada Education Network

Strada applies a unique combination of philanthropy, research, and creative solutions to improve the college to career connection. Terry is a critical part of their strategy, and he knows what great leadership looks like. 

We can easily get caught up in selfish thoughts such as, “Why isn’t this happening for me?” or “I’m not getting what I deserve right now!” 

How can you address this in the moment? Listen in to Being [at Work] as Terry explains the importance of humility. 

008: Modeling Risk-Taking | Donna Wilkinson

Donna Wilkinson is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Pacers Sports & Entertainment

In this episode of Being [at Work], you’ll hear how her calming spirit coupled with her integrity for doing things the right way, has helped create a culture of safety and encouragement at Pacers Sports and Entertainment. 

How can you model risk-taking by supporting new ideas and allowing people (even the most reluctant ones) to share? Listen in.

007: The Challenge of Change | Seth Morales

Seth Morales is the President and COO of Morales Group, a mission-driven recruitment and staffing agency.

Cultural health is key to Seth’s leadership, and he is intentional about creating an environment in which his employees and those they serve can be their best selves. He not only reminds his employees that each of them has an opportunity to be a light, but he also models that for them.

Listen in to Being [at Work] as Seth tells us about a time when the company desperately needed a change. You’ll hear how Seth and his leadership team worked through a challenging two-year process to operationalize the company’s shared values, vision, and mission – ultimately increasing both employee engagement and revenue. 

006: Persevering After Being Told “No” | Rebecca Ellis

Rebecca Ellis, Ph.D., chooses to live life out loud and is an outstanding communicator and risk-taker. In this episode of Being [at Work], Rebecca tells us about a situation in which she was told ‘no’…but did it anyway. 

Her driving force told her to keep going – to push the envelope – when it came to a specific business problem she was trying to solve. [Spoiler alert: it ultimately paid off].

Listen in to hear how Rebecca navigated what could have been a tough decision to fight for the vision she believed in. 

005: Making Unpopular Decisions | Jim Piazza

Jim Piazza is the Director of Data Center Operations at Facebook. Although he works in a fast-paced environment, even in the midst of chaos, he strives to remain present, kind, and engaged.

For Jim, titles and money really don’t mean anything. At the end of the day, it’s really about who you choose to be as a person and as a leader.  

Think back about the last time you had to make an unpopular or particularly difficult decision. Then, listen in as Jim describes a decision that tested him – trying to paint layoffs as something positive when they certainly were not. 

BONUS: Trusting Yourself | Natalie Wilkinson

Natalie Wilkinson is the General Manager of Corporate Strategy and Planning for Toyota North America.

Have you ever thought to yourself, “there’s no way I can do this”? Natalie did. But she continued to push through.

Throughout her years (and promotions) at Toyota, Natalie realized the value of getting to know her team and learning their roles, which therefore built their trust in her as a leader.

In this episode, you’ll hear why Natalie started trusting herself – and how it impacted her career.

004: Building Trust | Kent Kramer

Kent Kramer is the President and CEO of Goodwill Central & Southern Indiana.

Kent is a servant leader who uses his platform as an advocate opportunity to enable others – whether it’s in the community with his team members – or at home with his family.

In this episode, you’ll hear Kent’s passion for mentorship – he loves listening, learning, and helping others. From recent college graduates to somebody making a career transition to a person just trying to find their way in life – Kent has a gift for mentoring.

Listen in as Kent explains why it’s important to truly get to know your people and listen to their concerns in order to build trust.

003: Rebuilding Your Team | Philip Mann

“As leaders, we have an enormous responsibility to our people.”

Philip Mann is the Senior Director Facility Leader at Macy’s, where he manages a large operational team. He understands knowing people personally goes a long way to supporting their productivity.

Several years ago, Philip went through a time in his career where there was a cultural breakdown. Turnover was high, and employees weren’t happy, to say the least.

In this episode, you’ll hear how Philip started the slow and steady process of rebuilding his team. How did he do it?

002: Reinventing Yourself | M.T. Ray

In the early 2000s, M.T. Ray (@MTRay27), SVP of Global Resources for Cheetah Digital, found herself living in a new city with a new job, only to lose it a few years later due to the economy.

So, how did she handle the change? She evolved. From creating a Twitter profile to attending networking events to taking computer classes at a local library, she focused on sharpening her skills.

If your confidence is shaken, or you’re timid about networking opportunities, you’ll want to hear how M.T. reinvented herself through cultivating strong connections.

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