Being a Best Boss - A Podcast Interview
with VPHR Dr. Randy Reece
Wake Up Eager Workforce Podcast #14 - Show Notes
Overview of Episode #14:
Hear former Vice President of Human Resources executive Dr.
Randy Reece, a student of leadership, share his insights and wisdom with no
agenda. (He doesn’t have a book or
program to sell, he just wants to help out.)
Find out about:
- What Square One leadership is and how Randy
used this to be a best boss;
- Why Randy asks questions to generate conflict and
how questioning can improve engagement;
- One question that Randy asks every
candidate in leader interviews;
- The difference between delegating, dumping and
- Four top Barriers to being a great leader;
- How to Overcome Being a
Gutless Leader and How to Become More Strategic.
Timing on Recording: @ 2:50 ---
Topic #1: About Chattahoochee Technical College and How I Met Dr. Randy Reece
- Overview on Chattahoochee Technical College
- One of Randy's past employees, Beth Zullo, tells us why he has been her best boss
Timing on Recording: @ 11:41 ---
Topic # 2: Dr. Randy Reece's Background - Fun and Interesting Questions to Get to Know More About Him
- Why his favorite guilty pleasure TV show is The Bachelor and Bachelorette
- His favorite possession: His father’s car the car he used to learn how to drive
- His most challenging moment as a leader
- Square one leadership
- His most rewarding moments as a leader.
- One thing – most people do not know about Randy
Timing on Recording: @ 33:44 ---
Topic #3: My Journey to Leadership and Why Questioning to Create Some Conflict is a Good Thing
- More about Randy's journey
- Why Randy asks a lot of questions
- How conflict creates better ideas
- Something HR people should be doing
- How to not put fence around people and keep people engaged
- Why leaders struggle with micromanaging and why you should change
Timing on Recording: @ 50:56 ---
Topic #4: The One Question Randy Always Asks and Some of His Belief Statements About Leadership
- Favorite Question: Tell me what trust means to you.
- A Strongly Held Belief: The vast number of employees want to do a good job.
- Another Strongly Held Belief: A small percentage of employees want to do an outstanding job. The really good leaders are the ones who can help people move from good to great.
- One of the best lessons he learned from a past boss...
- Looking at each work experience as though it an opportunity for an apprenticeship
Timing on Recording: @ 1:01:00 ---
Topic #5: The Difference Between Delegating, Dumping and Dropping
- The difference between providing a safety net and micromanaging
- How to allow people to get close to falling through the safety net so that they grow and take ownership
Timing on Recording: @ 1:08:30 ---
Topic #6: Greatest Influences on Randy’s leadership Life and Recommendations to Help Other Leaders
- Find an advocate
- Formal education
- Always understand there is more to learn, always be learning
- Authors: John Maxwell and Patrick Lencioni (Get a complimentary audio book download with 30 day trial, at Audible. Use my affiliate link and look up Patrick Lencioni or John Maxwell: www.pricelessprofessional.com/audible )
- Gallup Organization Research (Podcast #13 Four Skills , go to 21:15 on the recording.)
Timing on Recording: @ 1:17:14 ---
Topic #7: Barriers to Great Leadership
- Me-Centered leader
- Gutless Leader
- Lack of Strategic Thinking and Strategic Action
Timing on Recording: @ 1:10:13 ---
Topic #8: How to Overcome Being a Gutless Leader and How to Become More Strategic
- Have guiding principles to make decision making
- Make more decisions.
- Go through the strategic thinking process by
tackling an easier decision first and make sure that there is a good result to
build confidence in your decisions, even if they are not popular.
- Do your homework. Answer these questions with trusted team
members.(Especially important for Human Resource people.)
Why are we doing this?
What are the alternatives?
What are the implications?
Timing on Recording: @ 1:28:20 ---
Topic #9: Closing Questions
- The person that comes to mind when Randy hears the word: Successful
- What Randy would put on a billboard
- What advice would you give your 30-year old self?
-Decide what you want to get out of your career and make that your overriding mission
-Be patient and observe - Then think, act and plan strategically
-OPA – Observe, Plan, Act
How to reach Dr. Randy Reece: firstname.lastname@example.org
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