HRD Advisory Group Podcasts

Episodes presented from latest to first

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?

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