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The “Why” of Leadership: Making Your Intentions Clear

By Kelly Vandever
The “Angst at Work” Conversation
I was sitting around with some friends who were talking about things that were being required of them at work. Not the jobs themselves. But what was being required above and beyond their day to day work.

“I gotta do these health-related things.”

“I have to go sit with people from other departments.”

“I have to track my weekly objectives on a spreadsheet.”

After much comment and angst it came down to:

“Why can’t they just let me do my job?!”

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Chad Littlefield on Meaningful Conversations at Work

Permission to Speak

Leadership Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.
Our guest for this episode:  Chad Littlefield
 

Topics Covered:

Creating relationships of trust
World in Conversation
The default questions we ask
Empathy
Creating dialog
Asking different questions to create deeper connections
For example, instead of asking, “How are you?” ask “What do you …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Bob Fritz on Discussing the Undiscussable at Work

Permission to Speak

Leadership Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.
Our guest for this episode:  Bob Fritz

Topics Discussed:

Bob was with Eastman Kodak when they developed digital photography and when they resisted the digital photography that they’d developed
Discussing the undiscussable examples
Why people resist discussing the undiscussable
Chris Argyris

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Ryan Jenkins about Millennials and Emerging Generations in the Workforce

Permission to Speak

Leadership Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.
Our guest for this episode:  Ryan Jenkins

Topics discussed:

Millennials in the workplace
Generation Z & emerging generations
Rapid pace of change
2025 75% of the workforce will be millennials and generation Z
Approach to work of millennials and generation Z
69% of …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Susan Basterfield about Self-Managed Organizations

Permission to Speak

Leadership Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.
Our guest for this episode:  Susan Basterfield

About Susan Basterfield:
Susan Basterfield is a founding partner of Enspiral Labs in Wellington, New Zealand.  She’s written a couple dozen articles on Medium and is kind of famous for working out loud.  She’s …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Elaine Knight on Strategic Vulnerability for Managers

Permission to Speak

Leadership Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.
Our guest for this episode:  Elaine Knight

Topics discussed:

Target’s culture of recognition
Differences between company cultures
Treating employees like a robot
CareerLeader Assessment
Importance of the boss to be a calm voice of reason in a sea of constant change

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Leadership Question – What Do I Do about that Unmotivated Employee that Does His/Her Job … But Who I Know Could Do So Much More?

By Kelly Vandever

Last week I was conducting a class for new managers and one of the exercises is designed to get the participants to work together in small groups to receive peer coaching on an employee who is “motivationally challenged.”

As I eavesdropped on one of the groups, I heard Owen say, “It’s not that he doesn’t do his job. He does what I ask him. He does a good job. But he never goes beyond what’s asked of him. He’s been there for 26 years. There’s so much he could be …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Dr. Denise Cumberland on CEOs Keeping in Touch with Frontline Employees

Permission to Speak

Leadership Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.
Our guest for this episode:  Dr. Denise Cumberland

Topics discussed:
– Denise discusses her leadership research based on the show Undercover Boss.

– Denise interviewed 13 of the CEOs that had been on the television series

– How could the scandals like GM’s …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Hannah Beasley on Communicating with Non-Email Employees

Permission to Speak

Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.
Our guest for this episode:  Hannah Beasley
Hannah has a reputation for challenging the status quo and pushing ahead into the era of mobile, social, and on-demand-everything.   That mindset, paired with her experience coordinating enterprise sales and implementations, lead Hannah to become the Director of Sales and Success …

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Being the Boss and Making the Decisions

by Kelly Vandever

“I need to shut that noise down now.”

My friend was speaking about one of her employees who’d been speaking up and making suggestions about how to do something at work.

“What? What’s that face you’re making?” she asked.

I’m still not used to the fact that my facial expressions give away the thoughts running through my brain…even though it happens to me all the time.

This friend knows me well. She’s even listened to my Permission to Speak podcast.

So I say, “Well, my podcast and the …

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