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5 Steps to Take After Being Fired with Emil Ekiyor

5 Steps to Take After Being Fired with Emil Ekiyor

Emil Ekiyor, CEO of Innopower, learned some tough lessons after being fired and before finding his purpose. In this episode, Emil describes his journey from doing the work he had trained and worked so hard for, being exposed to The Trap, and finding ways to creatively use all the strengths he had.

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Why Mental Clarity is More Important Than a Business Plan with Jason Weddle

Why Mental Clarity is More Important Than a Business Plan with Jason Weddle

Jason Weddle, CEO of Hamilton, has been successful precisely because he’s willing to answer the hard questions and have the tough conversations. Even with himself. In this episode, he shares the confusion that existed in the 6 inches between his ears and describes why mental clarity is more important than the business plan at certain times.

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How to Overcome Mistakes at Work with Jeff Ton

How to Overcome Mistakes at Work with Jeff Ton

Jeff Ton has turned his successful CIO career into coaching and consulting for contemporary IT leaders. His credibility is built on the many fires he’s put out and the teams he’s led through many transformations: Y2K, cloud computing, digital transformation. In this episode, he shares how he got the opportunity to practice empathy and not just a CYA move.

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Resilience Examples from IT and Consulting Leaders

Resilience Examples from IT and Consulting Leaders

IT was the must-have resource for 2020. Workplace tech advanced 10 years in 10 months. But coming out of the pandemic and re-rising of the voices for social injustice, IT leaders will need to adapt in new ways in order to serve their businesses in relevant ways. This includes being able to attract, retain, and develop future leaders who have minority identities and are looking for workplaces where they see others like them too. Listen in to this Hot Mess Hotline episode.

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What Successful Leaders Do in Challenging Times with Mike Sipple Jr.

What Successful Leaders Do in Challenging Times with Mike Sipple Jr.

CEO Mike Sipple shares how every mid-level leader is an inspiration, including you! It might not feel that way sometimes.

Good leaders have visions that they guide their teams toward. Great leaders create plans to make that vision a reality. Inspirational leaders know that great learning still happens when the plan doesn’t go according to plan.

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Great Adversity is a Great Business Opportunity

Great Adversity is a Great Business Opportunity

In this episode of the Hot Mess Hotline, CEO Kevin Berkopes talks about identifying when adversity is a business opportunity. Kevin’s company uses an innovative teaching model to make tutoring available for all children. He shares what it takes to challenge the status quo and take the heat that comes with it.

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A CEO Answers the Question: How Do You Build Staff Resilience?

A CEO Answers the Question: How Do You Build Staff Resilience?

In this episode of the Hot Mess Hotline, Angela White tells us the story of how she led herself and her team through navigating work after the sudden death of a key team member on her team. At that moment, Angela had lost her friend and coworker, Kris, and was faced with a sudden change in her business. 

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Take Control of Your Career by Taking Control of What You’re Learning

Take Control of Your Career by Taking Control of What You’re Learning

In this episode, you’ll hear about Darren’s fast-tracked journey to becoming the President and CEO of the SESCO Group where he transformed a humble company and into a nationwide presence with high integrity.

He has learned that passion only goes so far and at times it can be detrimental. He has learned the pitfalls of leadership and share them here so you can avoid them too.

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Your Team’s Business Resilience Will Make or Break Their Success

Your Team’s Business Resilience Will Make or Break Their Success

Only a year like 2020 could bring this kind of stress and decision fatigue for your team. It’s been a year of hard decision making. And it’s been a time of focus, re-calibration, and immense opportunity.

Too many teams and team members have tried to power through, vs. power up with resilience. ​Get ready for future years to require a new kind of business resilience.

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Grow Your Business Resilience as a Mid-Level Leader

Grow Your Business Resilience as a Mid-Level Leader

There is no “new normal” or “next normal” coming. If you’re waiting for this, you’ll be waiting at least 2 years. You, your team, and your business won’t last that long.

Instead we need to be doing “what works right now.” You need a mindset, tools, and actions that allow you to stretch, adapt, be creative and open minded, and continue to thrive despite the difficulties around you.

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Resilience in Business Needs to be Your Superpower

Resilience in Business Needs to be Your Superpower

The near future remains more uncertain than ever and chances are you and your team will be tried in new ways. Remember that last time you drove through dense fog where you barely see past your headlights? You slowed down, you get kept moving, you stayed alert, but gripped the wheel pretty tight.

Resilience is the mindset that will keep you progressing through the fog: to trust your headlights and the road, to keep moving, and to find the path as you travel it.

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How this President and Founder used her strategic plan to change everything

How this President and Founder used her strategic plan to change everything

If you’ve ever asked yourself, “so why is strategic planning important to a small company?” Sam Julka has your answer.

As the President and Founder of DORIS Research, Sam’s own strategic plan called for specific service areas with a focus on 1-on-1, in-person, in-depth interviews and research to work with clients on their employee  culture within the context of their physical space.

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How 1 Powerful Question Changed an Entire IT Team

How 1 Powerful Question Changed an Entire IT Team

In the process of solving your hot mess, sometimes you create 10 new hot messes. But sometimes, you solve them all by employing great team communication strategies, incremental change, and a can-do attitude. Along the way asking: “What CAN we do to make this work?”

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How a Nonprofit CEO Learned to Overcome Change Management Challenges and Experience Opportunity during the Pandemic

How a Nonprofit CEO Learned to Overcome Change Management Challenges and Experience Opportunity during the Pandemic

Coming into 2020, when you thought of how to overcome change management challenges, you didn’t have the fallout of a global pandemic on your radar. If you’re Jim Morris, CEO of the Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity, you’re also facing the recent merger with another nonprofit. And this is after a nearly 8-year competitive struggle with the board and staff of an organization that you lead.

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Complex Conflict This CEO Found Himself In for 8 Years

Complex Conflict This CEO Found Himself In for 8 Years

Typically when I talk with a client about how to manage conflict, it’s within an organization. On this episode of the Hot Mess Hotline, Jim Morris, the CEO of Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity, describes a complex conflict with a similar organization. Jim’s experience isn’t unique to those in the nonprofit sector, as he found himself navigating multiple internal and external groups who had a say in the problem. He spent 8 years in this hot mess of being consistently in conflict with another local organization, where the only differentiator was the counties they served. .

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What is Change Management Training?

What is Change Management Training?

Change, and change management training, can be challenging. It can be rewarding. And it can be FUN! If you think change is hard, you’re doing it wrong. And you’re probably doing change management training wrong, too.

This post explains what is change management training, and what’s the number one secret that every mid-level leader knows about change. If you think that sounds much better than what’s currently happening with your team when you try to introduce change, this article is for you.

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Don’t Cut Your Professional Development Budget

Don’t Cut Your Professional Development Budget

I know it can be tempting, or even seem reasonable, to make cuts in professional development following a tough year. You’ll be tasked with cutting costs, and you may not even be sure how much to budget for professional development! But this line item is not the place to cut in the short term if you want to be successful in the long run.

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How to Build Trust in a Virtual Team

How to Build Trust in a Virtual Team

As a leader, it’s not up to you to keep everyone happy and motivated all the time. But it IS up to you to lead the way on creating a culture where employees motivate each other, where healthy conflict is encouraged, and where social and emotional connections are built even without physical proximity. Recently I joined Steve Johnson, Culture Disruptor and Account Executive with Motivosity, to discuss how to build trust in a virtual team.

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How To Improve Communication

How To Improve Communication

You already know how important team communication (and your team communication strategies) are to success. In this article, you’ll learn how to improve communication with some specific and easy tools to use.

Stefanie thinks communication is the BIGGEST factor for success! When you talk about how to improve change management, making sure that you know how to improve communication for team collaboration is absolutely critical.

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How to Build Trust

When I start working with a team, the issues that I hear most often are centered around how to build trust and problems rooted in communication issues. That’s why these two topics are so important...

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How To Make Sense When The World’s A Hot Mess

Executive coach and founder of the Pro Troublemaker Nation Stefanie Krievins shares her thoughts on change, the change curve, how to overcome change management challenges and shares a new resource for leaders in this video.

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How To Take Back The Meeting

Executive Coach Stefanie Krievins shares insights into what types of conflict derail meetings, and how to improve communication within a team with good leadership and easy strategies.

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There IS An “I” In “Team!”

You know it. You’ve seen it. (And if you’re a Gen-Xer, you’ve probably seen it posted above the image of a soaring eagle in some classic ‘90s office décor). Many of you have probably also seen the...

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What Is Coaching?

Ever asked “What is executive coaching,” or “How do I find a coach?” Stefanie Krievins tackles the topic and shares her how-I-started story!

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How to Deal with Multiple Bosses

Chances are if you work in an organization larger than a few people, you’re going to run into a situation where you have multiple bosses. This means you’re going to run into a situation where you...

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When NOT To Have A Meeting

Hey friends! In Part 2 of the Calendar Challenge, I’m talking about knowing when NOT to call a meeting. If you’ve been following along with the Calendar Challenge tips and tricks on our Facebook...

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Take the Calendar Challenge!

Let’s face it, everyone gets stuck in the “meeting rut.” Whether it’s too many meetings, running too long, or feeling frustrated at the lack of outcome-  poorly run meetings impact more than just...

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Let’s Go Back to School!

It’s Back To School Time! Remember going back to school as a kid? If you’re anything like me, shopping for school supplies kicked off that feeling of EXCITEMENT about preparing for the year ahead!...

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How to Deal with Difficult People

We call them difficult people for a reason, and it’s because their attitudes and lack of engagement in the workplace make our work more difficult. When you’ve got an employee or coworker who makes...

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Do What You Say You’ll Do

Friends, every day we have the chance to build a better workplace with a single, easy strategy. Do what you say you’ll do. Just that. If you want to be a Pro Troublemaker, it’s time to build trust...

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Be An Innovator Today

These days, everyone talks about being an innovator. Be innovative! Bring innovation into the workplace! It’s a great business buzzword…but do you know what it really means to be an innovator? Pro...

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Unify Your People

When’s the last time one of your coworkers just couldn’t stop praising another co-worker? Or went out of their way to bring others into a conversation, meeting or decision? Or thanked someone for...

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How Your Tribe Can Drive Change

Did you know that anyone can be a Pro Troublemaker? We love these geniuses! But being one yourself is even better. This week, we’re looking at Step 2 of 10 for becoming a Pro Troublemaker. (Use...

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Step One for Becoming a Pro Troublemaker

You know my kind of people have the #protroublemaker mindset, right? But what does that REALLY mean? It’s about teamwork, curiosity, and growth. And it starts with taking a goo-oo-oo-d look at...

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