Unleashing Leadership: Unlocking Greatness and Embracing Change

Team Interview - Crucial Conversations

December 13, 2023 Travis Maus Season 3 Episode 83
Unleashing Leadership: Unlocking Greatness and Embracing Change
Team Interview - Crucial Conversations
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We promise you an episode packed with insights and captivating conversations that will change the way you perceive and interact with the world around you. Join us as we sit down with Emmy and Mae from S.E.E.D. Planning Group, two powerhouse women who will share their personal and professional narratives, inspired by the book "Surrounded by Idiots."

We've also got a surprise for all you book enthusiasts out there! We delve into another enlightening book "Crucial Conversations" and explore its connection with "Surrounded by Idiots." Learn from Emmy and May how these two books, when combined, can offer practical tools for navigating complex interactions and fostering effective leadership. They'll share how introspection and self-confidence, when put into action, can steer successful conversations and connections.

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Speaker 1:

This is Unleashing Leadership and I'm your host, travis Moss, and you are listening to a special team interview with some amazing women, emmy and May. We are going to be diving into their actual real life experience with some of the lessons learned from Surrounded by Idiots, how they've applied them, what they've learned. There are 13 episodes in all. I know 13 is a lot, right? 13 entire days of listening to takeaways on Surrounded by Idiots, but there were 13 unique and complete thoughts about what you can do to use this information in your life to better your client experience, to better your employee experience, to better your business experience, to better your own experience. We didn't want to waste any of them. So there's 13 straight from the heart, life changing takeaways with lots of laughs and even some tears.

Speaker 1:

Emmy and May are some of my team members at Seed Planning Group and you can get a face with a name and more information about them from seedpgcom that's S-E-E-D-P-Gcom, and I want to encourage you to go there and look them up, because if they say something special or something that touches your life or leaves an impression to you, or you have a question about some of the things that they've mentioned because again they're living this they deserve to know how special they are. Let them know so, without further ado, please enjoy.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, amy's got her hand up. That was really nice. I mean, you could just sit. Like you know, if you want to interrupt, you can interrupt, but I thought it was nice to raise your hand. So, since you raised your hand, why don't you just like just get in there, just?

Speaker 3:

going to jump in. I also think you know one of the things that has surprised me the most, here at Seed with everyone I think pretty much every single person has read this book at this point and the way people look at this book differently. I think those that have been successful have taken it, looked internally at themselves to determine what they can do differently, to like manage their little monster or alter the way they approach their conversations. And those that haven't been successful have actually used this book or their color as a crutch or an excuse for how they behave.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, and there is no good or bad color. That's what people. I think one of the dangers of this book because I've heard it one of the dangers is that people want to be another color or they're like this is just my color or my mix of colors, whatever it is. And there is no. You should be never ashamed of who you are. They're. As far as what we're talking about here, right, there is no best color. There are things that a yellow can do that a blue cannot do or will not do right, and vice versa. And there's things that a green will do that a red cannot and will not do right. And around the table it goes. And the introspective and the reflective part is the most important, because that's where the skills come in. You know, and I think that you two are actually reading another book called Crucial Conversations, right?

Speaker 3:

We are.

Speaker 2:

And in that book it's like learning how to communicate better. Are these two things kind of running in parallel a little bit? Because what you're talking about is better communication and self-development and identifying when you need to build skills. So how does one thing lead to the other?

Speaker 3:

So it is really cool to be reading this Crucial Conversations book as my team too Some of my team actually read this and surrounded by idiots at the same time and the way surrounded by idiots helps you identify kind of your communication style and other styles. Crucial Conversations helps you look within to ensure you're going into the conversations with the right intentions, making sure you're taming that little monster within, altering your communication style depending on who you're dealing with and focusing on what you can control to ensure the conversation goes as well as possible. It is just, it is really cool, the two books kind of together to help you do more self-awareness but also reflect on those around you so that you can make sure your conversation, your intentions, your motives are what they need to be and that you are handling you know if I'm a red handling a conversation with a blue appropriately, but not focusing so much on how they're reacting to that conversation but how I'm approaching that conversation.

Speaker 2:

Interesting. So it's like it's the start to finish, it's the whole. It's not just the conversation, it's the method of the conversation.

Speaker 3:

Yes, 100%.

Speaker 2:

Which, like our yellows, are like actually normally better than us reds at this.

Speaker 3:

Yeah.

Speaker 2:

So May you're going through that same thing right, because you're on the team, so you've got crucial conversations in one hand. Now, first of all, that's a lot of books for yellow to read at one time, like that's. That's a lot of said still right.

Speaker 4:

I'm trying to move as much as I possibly can. I'm sure you're going to try to move.

Speaker 2:

So so like, how's that working for you as somebody who is saying okay, I mean, I got what you're saying, I'm filing your lead here. You know, I got that, surrounded by the idiot thing that I get that you know. Now we're talking about better communication. How do those two things come together for you?

Speaker 4:

I feel like crucial conversations is a tangible tool to surround the idiots. Yeah.

Speaker 2:

Okay.

Speaker 4:

Because the amount of practical, simple things that we have learned, that we can pivot, that we can do differently, just apply so well to the thinking and understanding that goes into the premise of surrounded by idiots.

Speaker 4:

So I think doing them together, while it's a lot, it also amplifies both sides of it, because on one side, you're telling me okay, you've got four different types of people that you can come into contact with and this is who you are and how this can go.

Speaker 4:

And then, on the other hand, you've got crucial conversations that it's like, once I get into a situation, or even before I get into a situation, with a red, with a blue, with a green, here's what I can do. Right, I've got these tools in my hand, that even and I think I mean that's what you were talking about like there is so much control that I actually can have before I go into a conversation, a leadership opportunity, a meeting, anything that is going to involve me and another person to better guarantee the success of that happening. And it really, I think, more than anything, reading both of them together has raised so much conviction in me. It's been a reminder of hey, this is who you are and these are the strengths and the beauties of who you are and being able to have a confidence piece of knowing. I have tools that I'm able to walk around with and better develop my relationships and my environment.

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