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Episode 11: Culture

 

Show Notes:

Individuals each have a unique personality – beyond intelligence, appearance, etc. At Lead. Travel. Pray., we think about culture as the organization’s personality. It’s the collective way of “being” that makes it unique. It’s the “how we do things” layer to  “what we do”.

To better understand a culture during an interview or to diagnose a culture through employee/member focus groups, ask questions like…

  • How does work get done here?
  • How are decisions made? Who has the ultimate say?
  • What behaviors are rewarded?
  • What are characteristics or behaviors of people who do not fit?
  • What 3 words would you use to describe this place to friends and family?

From there you can work on what the employees want the organization to aspire to be and how to close the gaps.

There are also culture assessments that can assist in a more formal diagnosis. Here are some examples:

  1. Denison’s culture survey
  2. Organization Culture Inventory – Human Synergistics

 

Here are a few other resources we find handy for culture:

 

We’d enjoy hearing  what cultural attributes you find most rewarding at work, church, a volunteer organization or hobby group. Please comment below!

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Episode 10: Island Vacations

 

Show notes:

 

 

    • Molokai
      • Molokai: The Novel by Alan Brennert
      • Kalaupapa tour (Sandy likes the airplane option vs the daredevil donkeys) – historic location where Hansen disease (lepers) patients were relegated in the early 1900s
    • Hawaii Island, also known as the Big Island

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    • Tip: take Toilet paper with you – you can’t rely on it to be available at tourist stops, restaurants or on bus tours
  • Iceland
    • Blue Lagoon hot springs
    • Be prepared to pay a lot for most food; lamb and seafood are the way to go as they are native
  • Indonesia – Lombok
    • Black “Sand” beach

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  • Australia – Sydney
    • Bondi Beach

 

 

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    • Sydney Harbor bridge climb

 

 

  • French Polynesia
    • Bora Bora

 

 

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Episode 8: Candor

 

 

Show Notes:

  • Not all cultures have the same challenges with being candid.
  • Kim Scott’s Radical Candor book addresses “caring deeply and challenging directly”.
  • Candor requires courage in the moment – believing it’s worth it to say what needs to be said.
  • Reframing and getting curious about behavior helps us get at the “thing behind the thing” in a more authentic way.
  • Candor is not shooting from the hip – it requires preparation.
  • Some techniques can help us have a candid conversation like using I vs You language.
  • Our candor role models are very interested in what we are thinking but might not be saying and are willing to probe on it when he/she is attuned to the non-verbals.
  • Effective candor requires a person to be good with neutrality and desire to see things another way.
  • It might require some time and space – perhaps postponing the conversation – until you can get to a curiosity mindset before having the conversation.
  • The highest level of listening is listening with the intent of having your mind changed – not trying to think through your rebuttal.
  • Amygdala hijacks can be avoided if you position yourself to avoid the emotional threat response.
  • The DDI STAR and STAR/AR models are great models for sharing specific information for positive and constructive feedback.
  • Book recommendations:
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Episode 7: Girls Trips

Show Notes:

1. What are positive benefits of Girls Trips?
2.  Why do we feel guilty about taking Girls Trips? What are other obstacles?
  • Mom guilt is hard to overcome but it is worth it for the whole family for Mom to get a quick recharge
  • Money and time are other challenges
  • Prioritizing self vs family or home expenses and spending money on self vs family//home
3. How to overcome obstacles?
  • Start small – consider a driving trip that is only a few hours from home and not as costly
  • Divide and conquer on the tasks
  • Make a goal to get away and budget ahead for the trip
  • Decide how you want to split costs and track spending
4. How are Girls Trips different than other trips?
  • Sometimes I don’t do much planning at all…it’s so rare to just “show up” as many people share the burden of planning.
  • Less stress only worrying only about myself (and cheaper than taking the whole family!!)
5. Girls Trip Favorites:
Best trips for large groups?
  • Rebecca – somewhere near home so more people can afford to go
  • Michelle – a retreat hotel with a lot of variety in options
  • Sandy – consider vacation home rental with a lot of bedrooms and common shared space

Budget-friendly?

  • Rebecca – Vegas (#sorrynotsorry) – recommend Priceline for good hotel deals
  • Michelle – Driving trips with nearby free festivals or museums
  • Sandy – Visit friends and take advantage of some nights with no hotel; Pagosa Springs was a recent favorite near a friend’s house in Colorado Springs

Most relaxing?

  • Rebecca – Napa
  • Michelle – Any beach
  • Sandy – Lake Austin near Austin, TX

Best city?

Quick and impactful?

  • Rebecca – French Lick, Indiana & Downtown Indy (where we get to mention riding elephants again…oh, and a biofreeze massage)
  • Michelle – Sarasota & Epcot Food and Wine Festival (Orlando)
  • Sandy – short cruise from Florida to Bahamas

Spiritual rejuvenation?

  • Rebecca – Memphis – Graceland but more seriously the Civil Rights Museum
  • Michelle – Trips to a faith-based conference with sightseeing on the side
  • Sandy- Lake Austin
All time favorite?
  • Rebecca – Maui
  • Michelle – Maui; Lake Austin gets honorable mention
  • Sandy- French Polynesia island cruise including Bora Bora

Next up?

  • Rebecca – Lisbon, Portugal & the Canary Islands
  • Michelle – Palm Beach, Florida
  • Sandy – Asheville, North Carolina
6. Parting advice on taking a fabulous girls trip?
  • Save a date and book well in advance; unless you pay upfront for a hotel, you can usually cancel very close to your travel dates without penalty
  • Create a schedule of events with variety; make plans that suit nearly everyone’s needs and then just go with the flow – not everyone may want to do everything and that’s ok
  • Agree on a budget and secure some of the costs so you have real commitment
  • Don’t sweat the details – you’ll have a blast even if some small things go wrong

 

 

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Episode 6: Self-Development

 

 

Show Notes:

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
  • More downtime is great like personal retreats, mindfulness, prayer, yoga and relaxing vacations
  • Gratitude journaling is a good method for reflecting on your blessings
  • Volunteer leadership opportunities can be very rewarding and are within everyone’s reach
  • 70-20-10 model of development
70/20/10 model of development
70/20/10 model of development
  • More frequent breaks help improve productivity, mindfulness and give you a chance to reflect
  • Accountability partners and coaches help keep you focused and give feedback on your progress
  • Book: Insight by Tasha Eurich
  • Ask for feedback by writing “What is something that might be getting in the way of me [fill in the blank with your development goal]?” on the front of a notecard.  Have your peer group respond with anonymous feedback on the back of that notecard. This feedback will be a major gift for your development.
  • Don’t try to climb the mountain to the top of your goal too quickly or you may find it overwhelming. Take baby steps and start the journey!
  • Book: FYI: For Your Improvement by Korn Ferry – look for used copies to save money; older editions are still quite useful
  • Book: Before Happiness by Shawn Achor
  • Book: Boundaries series by Henry Cloud & John Townsend
  • Brene Brown has created some wonderful resources in a variety of media formats including
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Tip 50: Borrow travel books

I admit I am mostly a consumer of digital content these days and mostly rely on podcasts and Google searches to learn about areas I am traveling to. Still there is a huge benefit to travel books and maps..I love maps! So while we have previously suggested ebooks and related apps, this tip is all about the good old fashion page turner.

Have you considered borrowing travel books rather than buying them? Honestly I hadn’t as I regularly buy the cheapest, newest used book I can find on Amazon, but recently my son wanted to spend a rainy afternoon wondering around the library…and I wasn’t about to discourage that. I was surprised at how many travel books, magazines and videos were available for loan at our local library. We’ll definitely be back soon!

Now off to study up for our upcoming Cuba trip!