Global Experience/Culture

EP. 63- Culture By Design- Feedback is a Key Ingredient

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Are you trying to help your employee’s move from surviving to thriving? Do you want to have a culture that has a motivated and engaged workforce? Do you know how to get your team to give you feedback so that they can perform their best? Please join host, Jeff Smith, and his guest Dr. Mark Greenawald as they discuss culture, feedback and cases of organizations with a strong culture. We will share best practices, tips and tools to help you design the culture you are looking for while also helping you improve your leadership. [Read transcript here]

EP. 61- stories and lessons learned from global experiences

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Are you thinking about taking a global assignment for your organization? Is your organization thinking about expanding internationally? Are you hiring people from other companies and bringing them to your headquarters? We are working in an ever more connected world where we might be in Missouri one day, Malaysia later that week, and Monaco to wrap up the week. We are going to have a conversation about our experiences on global assignments, ideas for expanding globally and things you might want to consider when working with your global team. Please join your host, Jeff Smith and his guest, Susan Ward on Voltcast: Illuminating Leadership. Susan has worked for global companies and global assignments for the past 25 years. She recently was working with Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and is currently coaching clients around the world. [Read transcript here]

EP. 59- Generational reality vs generational mythology

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For the first time in history we may have 5 Generations at work, working side by side. What do generations at work really think of reach other? What part of that is mythology based on assumptions vs actual experience? What guidance is available for Managers and Employee of different generations? How can we all interface at work to tap each other's strengths and minimize misunderstanding? What are some of the false assumptions made about Generations X, Y, Z, B and T? Please join us Voltage Leadership CEO Jeff Smith (Gen-X) and Principal Consultant Lee Hubert (Boomer) as they discuss “Generational Reality vs Generational Mythology”. [Read transcript here]

EP. 53- millenial mythology

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What do you think other generations, like Boomers, think of Millennials? What part of that is mythology based on assumptions vs experience? What guidance is available for Boomers who work for Millennial managers? How can we all interface at work to tap each other's strengths and minimize misunderstanding? What are some of the false assumptions about Boomers as older people? Please join us Principal Consultant Lee Hubert (Boomer) and Voltage Office Manager Diane Nguyen (Millennial) as they discuss “Millennial Mythology”. [Read transcript here]

EP. 42- diversity and inclusion

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Diversity and Inclusion, what does that mean? How is it defined – is it Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Sexual orientation, Religious affiliation, Generation, Disability, Personality type, Thinking style? What does it mean for leaders? How is diversity turned into organizational strength? What are the economic and demographic implications? How is embracing diversity and inclusion a powerful catalyst for success? If you have ever asked these questions, you won’t want to miss our next Voltcast – Illuminating Leadership, as hosted by Voltage Principal Consultant Lee Hubert. Our guest will be Gloria Witt, Founder and CEO of Define Success Coaching and Facilitation Services, LLC [Read transcript here]

EP. 25- how to use outside resources

Who are your Trusted Advisors? What do you intend them to do for your organization? Do you need a Coach, Trainer, Facilitator, Speaker, Onboarder, Mentor, Board Interfacer or some other type of resource? What are the best ways to use them? We know and understand the challenges in finding the role for the right "fit” for your organization. Clarity about roles, goals and expectations are a large part of the process. If you have ever been tasked with engaging with outside resources, you won’t want to miss our next VoltCast. Voltage CEO Jeff Smith and Principal Consultant Lee Hubert will share practical tip and best practices to get clarity on “How to Use Outside Resources.”

EP. 23- joyful success: what happens when culture and accountability meet

Join us for a conversation with Cynthia Rancourt, CEO of Polymer Solutions Incorporated (PSI), named one of Virginia’s Best Places to Work. PSI is an independent materials testing lab and strategic resource for the testing of polymers, plastics, metals, gases, and much more. The PSI team shares a passion for great science! The team is one that loves a great challenge and is curious in nature. The PSI company culture is fun and quirky—for example they recently had a Company BBQ where they raced remote control cars around a track designed to emulate the chemical structure of caffeine. The scientists at PSI know how to work hard but they also know how to play hard. Join Voltage Leadership’s Jeff Smith and Jennifer Owen-O’Quill for a lively roundtable with Polymer Solutions CEO Cynthia Rancourt and their Chief Growth Officer, Caitlyn Scaggs, about building great culture while driving exceptional results. This is an hour you won’t want to miss!

EP. 18- how do we create a coaching culture inside our organization?

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How do we create a Coaching Culture inside our organization? Culture can be loosely defined as the "connecting rod" that makes things happen. In other words it's, "the way we do things around here." It has a direct impact on a company's ability to deliver on its mission over the longer term. What is a coaching culture? A coaching culture is one that allows people to: take responsibility for their own actions, to take risks and contribute their own creative ideas, treats mistakes and set-backs as valuable learning experiences, people speak up, challenge and express conflicting views, offer constructive and motivating feedback, feel appreciated and know that their contributions matter, raises motivation and performance to achieve better results and forms highly cohesive teams. If we accept that coaching cultures are desirable, what should we do implement one? Please join Jeff Smith and Lee Hubert for the answers to these important questions.

EP. 12- driving strategy and awesome culture at the same time

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How often do you work on your strategy? Are you like most companies that do it once a year and then revisit at the next strategic planning offsite? How do you balance the need for fantastic results while trying to maintain an awesome culture? Is it possible to talk strategy monthly and not be in meetings all the time? What happens to culture when you try to get more aggressive in your market? If you are curious about any of these questions, please join us for our next Voltcast: Illuminating Leadership. Host Jeff Smith will be talking with Amy Ankrum, President of Qualtrax, which is a compliance software company. We will learn about Amy and her team’s unique approaches to strategy, culture and achieving fantastic results while still having a good life. Amy is based in Blacksburg, VA and will share her best practices and tips with our listeners.

EP. 3- your workplace culture, does it work for you... or against you?

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Change the Culture Change the Game Every organization has a culture, which either works for them or against them. Sounds obvious right? That being the case, why do so many organizations at times tend to ignore its impact on their results? In their excellent book Change the Culture Change the Game, Roger Connors and Tom Smith illustrate the foundational steps productive cultures are built on. We will be accepting live calls during the program to help your culture, its impact and ways to shape it to help your business. On today's Voltcast, we are going to be talking with Lee Hubert from Voltage Leadership about Culture, what it is, how it works and how to change it if needed to achieve the results you are looking for. [Read Transcript Here]