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Welcome to the Teamwork Advantage Podcast with Gregg Gregory. Informal and insightful conversations with pros in the areas of teamwork, leadership development, organizational culture, and self improvement. A must-listen program, where we take you inside the mind's of these experts to discover actionable insights to be a stronger team member, a more effective leader, and enrich your team's culture.
 
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Teamwork in the workplace is vital at every level of business and it begins with effective team leadership. An effective team leader needs to be "in the moment" when communicating with their team. In this episode of The Teamwork Advantage, Bille Shepard shares her four fundamentals for focusing on the present moment for any time we speak. These are…
 
The paralysis of politics in Congress leads us to turn away from Washington and look at the states: What can the Democrats do when they control a state government? Like California? Democrats there are proposing dramatic changes in health care, expanding coverage to everyone below the federal poverty line–regardless of immigration status. Sasha Abra…
 
My fascination with teamwork began when I was very young. Maybe it is because I am an only child and did not have siblings to fight with, who knows why, exactly? I am just grateful that I believe in this powerful statement. In this brief episode of The Teamwork Advantage, I want to talk about what teamwork means to me and how important this stateme…
 
Beto O'Rourke's strategy for winning the governorship of Texas focuses on organizing everywhere to massively boost Democratic voter turnout—the strategy Stacey Abrams has followed in Georgia. Steve Phillips explains how more than a million young voters of color will be eligible to vote in 2022 who were not old enough four years ago—when Beto first …
 
This episode kicks off our fourth season with a bang! Get your ear buds and a note pad ready. Yair Riemer is the CEO of Intoo, a leading career mobility solution provider. During our discussion, Yair shares strategies on how to instill a culture where mistakes are celebrated and employees learn from them to build stronger teams and achieve greater …
 
Is Omicron the kinder and gentler Covid we’ve been waiting for? Less lethal, and more like the flu? Mike Davis comments on the pandemic—and the age of pandemics we are now living in. Also: On the first anniversary of the insurrection of January 6, John Nichols argues that, to defend democracy, we need the Senate to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and …
 
For our last podcast of 2021, we want to remember two people who died in the past year, and listen again to our interviews with them. Rennie Davis was probably the New Left’s most talented organizer, best known for the trial of the Chicago 7. He died on February 2 at his home outside Boulder, Colorado. He was 80. We spoke at an event for The Nation…
 
Revelations about the January 6 insurrection include striking new information about the Trump kids that day: Who did what, and also who didn’t do anything. Amy Wilentz reports. Also: A report from Kwajalein, one of the Marshall islands in the Pacific that’s a major US military base. Tom Lutz says it’s completely paved over, and the only greenery is…
 
In this finale of our 3rd season, Gregg Gregory shares what he has been grateful for this year. We hope that Gregg's reflections help you find the things you are grateful for in your life. If you can, be sure to watch the video of this podcast as well. Gregg shares some amazing pictures of his new neighborhood in Annapolis MD. Be sure to join us in…
 
Trump is going to be indicted for racketeering and fraud, because of his financial crimes, and that will prevent him from being the Republican candidate: that’s what David Cay Johnston says—he’s an award-winning investigative reporter, and his new book is The Big Cheat: How Trump Fleeced America and Enriched Himself and His Family. Also: Eric Foner…
 
Our guest on this episode is Bill Humbert, also known as the “Recruiter Guy”. Bill works with both sides of the hiring process and helps job searchers navigate the AI (Artificial Intelligence) world of recruiting and strategies to maximize your efforts to getting hired in this new age of the job searching. For the recruiter within a company or gove…
 
How will global warming change the world’s systems of power? Alfred McCoy argues that American global hegemony will end around 2030, replaced by China as world leader, but Chinese hegemony will last only for about 20 years—and that by 2050, climate change will have brought environmental catastrophe to both countries, and the rest of the world, with…
 
The new Omicron variant of Covid-19: Gregg Gonsalves argues that it serves as a reminder of how little we're doing on pandemic prevention. We need government action to address the inequalities in power, resources, and information that leave some people at far greater risk. Meanwhile, Republicans are describing Omicron as a Democratic plot to bring …
 
Our guest in this amazing episode is Keith Taylor, a former executive with the IRS. Most of us know the IRS only as the government agency that manages our taxes. Keith shares that there is a lot more to the over 80,000 employee organization than just processing our taxes. Now retired from the IRS, Keith spent over 30 years with the agency and playe…
 
We’re still thinking about the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict in Kenosha, where Republicans have been celebrating the “not guilty” verdict in the trial of a 17-year-old who shot three people, killing two, during the street protests over the police shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake. John Nichols comments on the threat from white vigilantes to Black pro…
 
Republicans continue to work to ban teaching about Black Americans’ place in our history – their legislation, proposed in 27 states, would prohibit teaching the 1619 Project, which has just published a book offering what the authors call “a new origin story” about the United States. Martha Jones, a historian at Johns Hopkins University, and one of …
 
This episode's guest is Melanie Pump. Her story is powerful. She was a 15 year old high school dropout and today she is the CFO of a trusted independent partner for digital asset custody. Melanie's story shows us how being vulnerable can truly help you thrive – as a person and as a leader. Toxicity can be like an undercurrent in the ocean, not read…
 
The Democrats need to do big things fast if they want to have a chance of winning in 2022 and 2024. John Nichols says that Trump will be a “lousy candidate” then—but he will still pose an even greater threat to American democracy than he did in 2020. Plus: Rebecca Solnit talks about politics and pleasure, about knowing your enemies, and about joy a…
 
When hiring, our natural tendency is often to favor potential team members that our like us. The fact is that, when possible, it is often better to hire someone who is the opposite of ourselves. This helps the team develop a stronger diversity of thought for solving problems in the workplace. Every team requires various skills to succeed. In this e…
 
The Debt Collective has a new project: Cancelling probation debt of formerly incarcerated people. They’re actually doing it, for tens of thousands of people—and setting out to abolish bail debt completely in California. Astra Taylor explains how they're going about it, and reports on the continuing campaign to get Joe Biden to use executive action …
 
Nothing has gone through more change in the past 25 years than technology. How it has impacted multiple industries can make your head spin. Mark Briggs has a background in journalism, an industry that may have experienced more change than any other. Listen as Mark talks about the organizational transformation in the media industry and how it might …
 
Who really runs Haiti—the government, or the gangs? The kidnappings suggest it’s the gangs – and the leader of the gang that kidnapped 16 Americans has openly expressed political ambitions. Amy Wilentz explains. Plus: Colin Kaepernick’s silent protest, taking a knee, became the symbol of resistance to racial injustice in America. Dave Zirin talks a…
 
Tim Cakir works with companies, entrepreneurs, and students to help them achieve fast and consistent growth and success. The key word here is, of course, "consistent". Tim shares strategies for every level of your organization. One of which is that, in this crazy world we live in today, we need to celebrate our successes as we always have. Accordin…
 
A recent poll found that only 42 per cent of registered voters in Texas say Republican Governor Gregg Abbott deserves to be re-elected in 2022. Biden lost Texas by only 630,000 votes, and millions of young people and people of color didn’t vote. John Nichols reports on how the biggest Republican state could elect a Democratic governor next year. Al…
 
Some pundits say the only way Democrats can hold the House and Senate in 2022 is by appealing to swing voters in Republican states by talking about economic issues—and NOT talking about climate change, immigration reform, or policing. John Nichols challenges that argument. Also: The co-founder of Black Lives Matter LA, Melina Abdullah, talks about …
 
Are we a nation of lunatics? Katha Pollitt has been thinking about that—about the millions of people who say that Satan-worshipping pedophiles control American politics and media, or that, if you’ve come down with Covid-19, you should pick up some Ivermectin at the local feed store. Plus: The murder of Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955 is probably…
 
Great Employee Engagement leads to great team and organizational Culture. That is the theme of this incredible interview with Kelli Vrla. Are your team members CAVE dwellers (Constantly Against Virtually Everything)? Kelli Vrla uses David Zinger’s model of eight simple words to determine if your team is engaged. It is possible that, over time, empl…
 
Many proposals to reform the police were made after the Black Lives Matter protests of last summer the largest protest movement in American history. But the problem, Erwin Chemerinsky argues, is not just the police; the Supreme Court has empowered the police and subverted civil rights. Erwin is Dean of the law school at UC Berkeley, and author of m…
 
Successful companies commonly have between 6 and 12 habits, or tasks, at the core of what they do. If you and your team focus on these habits, your level of success will grow, regardless of your team's position within the organization. In this episode, Raul Hernandez Ochoa helps us understand how to create certainty in our teams or in our business …
 
Joe Biden is deporting 15,000 Haitian refugees who crossed the border at Del Rio, Texas, to a country ravaged by assassination, earthquake, poverty, and gang violence—it’s a disastrous move. Amy Wilentz comments; she’s been reporting on Haiti and Haitians for more than two decades. Also: Ten years ago this week, a small group of young radicals decl…
 
In this episode of the Teamwork Advantage, Joe Curcillo shares his 35 years in the legal profession and how he works as a mentalist to create powerful communication for leaders, productivity teams, customer service teams and families. Joe’s book, “Don’t be a Hamster”, shares 30 ways to spark the imagination of busy people. In today’s crazy world of…
 
We’re still thinking about the 20th anniversary of 9/11. After the attacks that day, Muslim Americans endured years of racism and discrimination, oftentimes at the hands of the state itself.The fight against government surveillance of Muslim Americans continues today, as the Supreme Court takes up a challenge to government efforts to conceal FBI ab…
 
In this energetic and uplifting episode, LuAnn Buechler talks about the Passion Test™ (It's NOT a test at all!) and how it helps you discover those things that matter most to you. Discovering what makes your heart beat is the beginning of living a passionate purpose-filled life. LuAnn is also offering a free 30 minute consultation to all of our lis…
 
In Texas, the Republicans are empowering vigilantes to go after people helping women who seek abortions, turning the state’s citizens as bounty hunters. Rick Perlstein explains the long history of how the GOP adopted abortion as a key issue—Rick’s latest book is Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980, out now in paperback. Also: We’re still thi…
 
America’s longest war came to an end on Monday as the last troops left Afghanistan, 20 years after we started fighting there. How much have the disasters around the Afghan pullout hurt Joe Biden and his agenda? How much will it hurt the Democrats in the midterms next November? John Nichols comments. Also: The story of a Black writer who moved to Pa…
 
In this episode, Accidental Leadership coach Ken Blackwell tells the story of a client who was ready for a single-level promotion and was promoted two levels. He was not prepared for this huge undertaking – just one example of an accidental leader. Ken walks us through the process of moving from accidental leader to purposeful leader. He also helps…
 
Katha Pollitt reports on Afghan womens’ organizations and what their leaders are saying about support from Americans—starting with the Afghan Women’s Fund, MADRE, and Women for Afghan Women. Also, Black politics and history, from the 1870s to the 1930s to today: Eric Foner talks bout how our understanding of Black politics and history, starting wit…
 
In this episode, former litigation attorney Becky Morrison talks about discovering that her number one priority was not work. In her search for what she really loved, she found the world of coaching and learned that she loves helping others do more of what matters to them and less of the stuff that doesn't matter as much. Becky admits that this is …
 
Over almost 20 years in Afghanistan, the US lost 2,400 troops and personnel. Another 21,000 Americans have been wounded. The mission cost more than a trillion dollars—including 80 billion dollars to train and arm the Afghan army. But that army didn’t resist the recent Taliban advance and now the Taliban control the country and the last Americans ar…
 
For over 30 years, international speaker, author, coach, Susan Fitzell has worked closely with educators, students, and high performing employees to discover their personal learning preferences so they can learn fast and achieve more. In this episode, Susan explains what neurodiversity is, why it is today's corporate differentiator, and we discuss …
 
19 Republican Senators voted in favor of the bipartisan infrastructure bill on Tuesday, after Trump demanded they vote “no.” It took significant concessions by Democrats to win their support for the bill—was that a good idea? Should Democrats help Republicans step away from Trump? Joan Walsh comments. Also: the life, and death, of Ethel Rosenberg, …
 
Over the past few decades, leadership training has become very common. How to be a good team player, not so much. In this episode, Gregg Gregory focuses in on 5 key elements to becoming a successful team player. There are many variables that make up great teams. As you listen, ask yourself how well you and your colleagues measure up to these five e…
 
We said it couldn’t be done: a bipartisan bill getting through Congress. Now, however, it looks like the $1 trillion infrastructure bill will get the Republican votes it needs in the Senate to pass. But what miserable compromises did the Democrats make to get ten Republican votes? John Nichols explains. Also: the great comics artist Art Spiegelman,…
 
This episode, Erin Jewell shares stories of success and challenge in her journey through the world of business and medical sales to the work she does today. She focuses on the development of five leadership (within the US culture) "muscles" that allow leaders to empower their teams. Listen as we discuss how to improve these leadership traits: Stren…
 
Joe Biden needs to do a lot more to stop the global spread of the covid virus and its Delta variant—and to prepare the world for the next pandemics. Gregg Gonsalves explains three key actions that are necessary right now. Also: the story of a music festival in a park in Harlem in 1969: the documentary about it, “Summer of Soul,” is a powerful and m…
 
Charlie Bailes has two roles in business. First, he is the Chief Administration Officer of an 84 year-old, 4th generation family retail business where he oversees all of the back-end administration including human resources, training, and payroll. Secondly, he is the founder of CB Supplements a nutritional supplement company founded out of a need t…
 
Bernie Sanders recently spoke with our John Nichols about the importance of doing big things in politics--and now Senate Democrats have agreed on a $3.5 trillion budget proposal that would dramatically expand Medicare, provide for paid family leave, subsidize child care, make community college free, and fund some meaningful climate crisis initiativ…
 
Nate Brown is a perpetual student. After spending over a decade managing a complex technical support environment for Occupational Health and eLearning Software, he graduated to The Customer Experience. In this very engaging episode, it is clear that Gregg and Nate Brown have a true rapport. Nate talks candidly about the biggest difference between c…
 
World politics after the Biden-Putin Summit: Katrina vanden Heuvel argues that we need to rethink what real security means, and that it can't mean a new cold war, but joint action with Russia and China on climate change, pandemics, and the threat of nuclear war. Also: Amy Wilentz comments on Haiti after the assassination of its unloved president—an…
 
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