HRD Advisory Group Podcasts 2019

Episodes presented from first to latest

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.

001: Clarifying Personal Values | Trey Willis

How do others view you as a boss, spouse, parent, or friend? Are you presenting yourself in an authentic way? Have you ever asked your employees or loved ones how they see you?

Trey Willis (@treywillis) is the Chief Technology Officer at CTSI-Global, a supply chain and logistics company that serves businesses around the world.

In this episode, you’ll hear how a leadership workshop exercise flipped a switch for Trey. By opening himself up for others to give him real feedback, Trey realized he needed to put more value into his relationships both personally and professionally.

If you’re looking for ways to motivate and encourage your people, you’ll learn from Trey’s ‘mic drop’ leadership moment.

000: Introduction: What’s This All About?

After work, are you left feeling drained? Are you a leader seeking answers, support or just looking for fresh perspectives? Do you feel like you don’t know how to bring your whole self to work?

Being [at Work] is a podcast featuring value-driven leaders who aren’t afraid to lean into a big challenge when it’s something they believe in. You’ll hear their life and career changing moments that made the greatest impact.

Host Andrea Butcher digs into the real, those moments that highlight their humanness at work. These aren’t just conversations about what leaders should or could do, instead, stories of courage, vulnerability, and impact.

This podcast is for leaders who want to bring their authentic self to work because we believe, your workplace needs more of who YOU are.

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