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Build High Performing Teams Podcast

May 19, 2020

Alright, alright, alright friends! We've got Connie Steele joining us today and I feel like we just dropped a free masterclass on how you can own your career and make an impact where you're at. Connie Steele is the co-founder of Flywheel Associates. She also has a lovely podcast and an online resource called Strategic Momentum so check them out! Their website is stocked with all amazing resources for you so please check that out. But we really wanted to spend time talking to the individuals within organizations who want to leverage where they're at right now, and they want to grow, they want to learn, they want to test. They want to put together a plan to get to their best next, and so we're talking to you on how to do that. How do you work within a system and move your ideas forward, how do you move ideas more without hearing people win a championship? So, there is power in being a generalist There is power in being that intrapreneur, somebody who wants to maximize their impact right where they are and get to their best next. So, enjoy this episode and as always guys, I want you to pick one thing that you're going to try, so that you get different results, better results that you're getting today. Enjoy! 


“Everything is perpetual beta. If you think about your business or even your own work life or personal life, things are in a perpetual beta because of

the way the world is now and in particular with COVID. Things are even more strange but that doesn't mean you're not setting a specific goal or objective. You could identify that big picture goal, but to me what it comes down to is, you're breaking that down into smaller achievable objectives or milestones that you can hit.” At minute 14:50, Connie shares that right now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, that everything is in beta mode which gives us even more of a reason to pursue our goals. It is also important to make sure those goals are measurable!

“Everything you do becomes a lesson for you to take somewhere else. I don't think I had that understanding myself until later on in my career. When I reflect back on those times where I thought, “Well, maybe I didn't move as far as I wanted to or didn't accomplish in the way that I wanted to or I had these really challenging situations.” It dawned on me, it's because of those incredibly difficult circumstances, or people that now I know how to better address it. You know in anything going forward but had I not gone through that experience. It's easier to actually problem solve and problem solve, much more dynamically because you have to do that today. ” At 26:19, Connie emphasizes the importance of learning from every circumstance in order to uplevel and get better in life and in the workplace.

“For anybody who is a leader, you have to know how to manage those dynamics because a company has been around people. If you don't understand the natural behavior of people, their wants, their needs, their interests, their behavior. Again, their behaviors now are more of a mash up. They’re context switching. They're looking at different interests. If you can’t relate to that I don't know how you're gonna be able to get the best outcome. So I think that's really important.” At minute 37:30, Connie emphasizes the importance of understanding the natural behaviors of people in your workplace in order to manage all varied dynamics. 

Connie shared a lot of valuable information about how to leverage your experience for career success. She also gave a lot of helpful tips for all of us, so make sure you stay tuned!

Don’t forget to connect and follow Connie through her website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and on LinkedIn. Check out her Youtube Channel! And don’t forget to listen to the Strategic Momentum Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify. Go follow her now! 

Here are links to the books we mentioned in this episode:

The ONE Thing by Gary Keller

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein

I hope you liked today’s episode. Please don’t forget to subscribe on all podcast platforms and while you’re there, please don’t forget to rate and review! I truly appreciate and love you, and can’t wait to see you in the next episode!

Check out Anxiety at Work: A Guide for COVID-19 and Beyond

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Peace & Progress,