What You'll Discover In This Episode:
When I first started my business, I’ll admit, I was naive.
Naive in the sense that I said yes to a lot of things I should have said no to. A LOT! One of those things (and it was a BIG thing) was agreeing to work with employees.
Early on, business owners would call and ask me to train their employees on time management, productivity, organization, and efficiency. They blamed their lack of time, poor productivity, and business challenges on their employees’ lack of skills. I was grateful for the business and agreed to help.
After working with employees, I quickly realized that the majority of the struggles the businesses were facing had little to do with the employees and a lot to do with their leadership.
Here’s the truth… If you want to “fix” your business, start with addressing what you see in the mirror. Fix your house first and then that solid foundation of time management, productivity, organization, and efficiency will ripple down to your team.
Failing to take personal accountability and blaming your business struggles on your team will not get you far. You must work on yourself then double down on those skills with solid and effective leadership of your team.
Knowing that, I made the definitive decision to mainly work with business owners and very occasionally work with team members but *only if* I had already worked with the business owner. And that is how I’ve been able to support my clients in running healthy, successful businesses - by working from the top down and never from the bottom up.
As John C. Maxwell said, “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” It’s impossible to effectively lead your team if you don’t first know the way and have the skills to go the way.
In this episode of Productivity Straight Talk, I sit down with a leading global expert on organizational culture, engagement, and retention, Corry Robertson, to dive into effective leadership strategies that identify blind spots, deliver results, build strong corporate cultures, and make change work.
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Corry Robertson is a leading global expert on organizational culture, engagement, and retention, with over 20 years of experience and a client list that includes Fortune 100 companies.
Corry supports executives and emerging leaders through coaching, leadership training, and human performance improvement and management.
Her clients say conversations with Corry are deeply meaningful yet highly strategic and productive, uncovering solutions for complex challenges.
Corry is also the founder of The Coaching Academy for Leaders, offering ICF accredited programs. The Academy’s unique proprietary method blends coaching competencies and leadership theory in a revolutionary way to help managers integrate coaching skills into their leadership style so that they can consistently bring out the best in others.
Having coached leaders in some of the world’s most influential organizations, her passion is to deliver results, build strong corporate cultures, and make change work.