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EP. 54- how to think and act like day one executive

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Do you ever feel like an imposter, posing as a leader? Do you have a lot of intentions for something you plan on doing but not as many results as you had hoped? Do you think in a couple of years, you will have more self-confidence and be a better leader, spouse, parent, friend, etc. Please join Jeff Smith and April Armstrong, Founder of AHA Insight as we tackle these types of questions. We will explain our philosophy, share our coaching cases and tips for you to design the life you are looking to live. [Read transcript here]

EP. 46- creativity inc: how to create innovation environments that work

What does it take to get people to bring their best new ideas to the table? How can leaders foster creativity and innovation in ways that deliver results? We hear all the catch phrases and buzz words: Design Thinking, Creativity and Innovation Spaces, being a Great Place to Work, but the question I hear from leaders most often is simply, “How can I get started?” After being the opening speaker for the Valley Business Keynote, Jennifer Owen-O’Quill continues the conversation about the ingredients that drive creativity and innovation at work. (And no, it doesn’t take big capital investment and a lot of infrastructure.) Tune in to hear about the two key ingredients that innovative teams have, and three simple steps that will get you started on the path to your own version of Creativity INC. Jeff and Jennifer look forward to taking your questions during this timely conversation. [Read transcript here]

EP. 24- how do choices you make impact your relationships?

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Can you believe what Ted said to me? Did you see what Janet did at our last meeting? What is your attitude when you walk into a meeting? What is your intention for your next 1:1 with your direct report? Please join us for our next Voltcast: Illuminating Leadership Radio show where we will be tackling these questions with our guests Nancy Smyth and Sharon Eakes. These authors wrote “Chocolate or Lunch—How Choices Impact Relationships.” We will be covering case studies from our professional experience and coaching clients to share how to get the most out of your relationships in all areas of life. We will provide tools and tips on how to achieve greater results and help you hit your goals while also increasing your satisfaction. [Read transcript here]

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. 22- pushing for results? move the needle with ipush

A fresh new year is well underway and we are into an intense time known as “Q1”. Are things unfolding as you had planned during strategy sessions at the end of 2016? If so, great and congratulations. If not, what actions should be taken and how should they be communicated? In other words, how hard should leadership push for results and how should they go about it? This is a question that all leaders face at different times. The answer to it often determines how culturally engaged the workforce is. Are leaders “pushing” on the right things? Are these things fully understood before actions are taken? Are the right actions being taken at the right time vs prematurely? What are the leadership skills necessary to rally the troops during these trying times? If you have been there, or are there now, you will not want to miss our next Voltcast as we explore the use of an excellent management tool called iPUSH® to hit the finish line strong and move the needle. iPUSH®, how about you?

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. 1- communication traps: is it you or is it me?

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We all fall victim to communication mishaps.We think we are on the same page until we realize that the results that we are getting do not match our expectations. We will explore the DISC assessment tool, ways to use DISC for you, your team and your organization. We will also cover how to build trust on your teams and ways to set clear expectations. You will learn about activities that build trust in the workplace, identity what is keeping you from reaching your full potential and ideas on improving your key relationships. This is the first show in the series and you will also learn about Jeff Smith and his leadership journey while also learning about clients he has worked and their best practices. [Click here for transcript]