HRD Advisory Group Podcasts

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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.

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