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What's Next! with Tiffani Bova

Oct 5, 2023

Welcome to the What's Next! Podcast with Tiffani Bova. 

My guest this week is speaker, coach, and advisor Stephen Shedletzky - or “Shed.”  Shed helps leaders build trust, foster psychological safety, and empower others to speak up. He spent over a decade working with Simon Sinek, helping to create an inspired and safe world for all. Shed is the author of the new book Speak-Up Culture: When Leaders Truly Listen, People Step Up.

THIS EPISODE IS PERFECT FOR… leaders who are ready to up their listening skills and want some practical advice. 

TODAY’S MAIN MESSAGE… a key tenet of good leadership is creating a culture for people to be heard. In this episode, Shed offers wisdom that leaders can use to truly (operative word) listen and make the entire team feel comfortable to speak up. 

WHAT I LOVE  MOST… Shed references this fascinating idea from comedian Craig Ferguson: “Does this need to be said? Does it need to be said now? Does it need to be said by me?” Leadership is not just about the things you say, it’s also about amplifying the voices of the people around you. There may be a scenario where something needs to be said and it needs to be said now but not by you. Learning to navigate a moment like this and spotlighting the person who can speak best on a matter is a powerful skill!

Running Time: 26:56

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Speak-Up Culture: When Leaders Truly Listen, People Step Up