14 February 2021

Season 2, Episode 4. Team Engagement with Shawn Richards

Today’s guest is Shawn Richards. He is the owner of Blue Sky Business Consulting. For over 25 years, Shawn has worked with and for small businesses, startups, and leadership positions. Currently, he specializes in teaching leadership principles centered on employee and team engagement. He is also the author of the Thrive Engagement System and the host of the podcast called Team Engagement Podcast.

[00:01 – 02:32] Opening Segment

  • I introduce and welcome our guest, Shawn Richards
  • Quick plug to Shawn’s podcast

[02:33 – 14:51] Building a High-Performance Team

  • Shawn walks us through how to build a high-performance team
    • The THREE components high-performing teams must have
  • The critical roles of a team leader
  • Shawn’s advice for leaders/organizations having troubles with nonhigh-performing team members

[14:52 – 22:03] Evolution of Leadership Styles

  • Shawn talks about the trends and how leadership styles have evolved
  • Look at people as an individual
  • Shawn talks about the biggest team transformation he has witnessed

[22:04 – 25:19] Closing Segment

  • What do you think leaders need to do to challenge themselves to lead well?
  • Shawn’s advice on how to become better leaders
  • Final thoughts

Tweetable Quotes:

“It is so important for the team leader to understand where they lineup in the organization, what influence they can have, and of course to work with their team.” – Shawn Richards

“A lot of times, all employees need to hear and see and feel is that the team leader cares about them as individuals and that automatically boosts the engagement and helps to boost that productivity.” – Shawn Richards

“Learn how to look at people as individuals and not just treat them as a one-size-fit-all asset or commodity of the company.” – Shawn Richards

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