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In the latest episode of The Clarifier, host Angie D’Sa interviews Christina Sass, founding partner of Dive In Labs and co-founder of Andela. Tune in to learn: [Full Transcript]  Angie D´Sa  00:05 Welcome to The Clarifier. In this episode, I interview Christina Sass. Christina was co-founder and president of Andela, a pioneering marketplace connecting international...
Should I be authentic at work or not? Should I bring my “whole self” or not? I recently read an article that was challenging the advice to be yourself at work. The author was making a full-throated defense of playing a role at work to get ahead. I don’t think the world needs more fear...
I have worked in and for organizations that prioritize culture. They talk about it ceaselessly, spend millions codifying it, make it a priority in hiring and firing, and make consistently bold pronouncements about how culture eats strategy for breakfast. Culture is queen. I agree with them. They do this because they understand that culture is...
This week, I am reflecting on the funny paths we take to look like we knew it all along.  I met a wonderful person this past week. We told our stories to each other. That happens many times a week: introductions, and then the canned narratives about our respective genius. But this time was different....
In this episode of The Clarifier, join host Angie D’Sa as she speaks to CEO coach Trevor Hunter about how to set effective goals. Tune in to learn how most of us are setting goals that we think we can achieve and why what actually serves us is setting goals from which we can learn....
Angie D’Sa 00:06 Welcome to The Clarifier. This week’s episode is the management episode. It’s not for those of you who love management; it’s for those of you who dread it. If you are finding that more and more of your job is about getting the best out of others, instead of just doing the...
Angie D’Sa: 00:06 Welcome to The Clarifier. In today’s episode, we talk about letting go. We zoom in on the experience of founders and CEOs building out their executive teams. We talk about why this experience can feel challenging, even threatening. Jeff Hunter: 00:23 We get caught in these perpetual waste cycles instead of perpetual...
“My co-founder and I used to be on the same page. Now we can’t seem to find common ground.” Co-founders are the foundations of organizations, and yet their relationships can deteriorate or become fraught over time. These aren’t just business partnerships; they are complex personal relationships taking place in the fishbowl of a professional context,...
“How do I know how much work my employees are doing?”  “Why doesn’t my manager care about my needs?” Many organizations find themselves in conversations about returning to the office that are fraught or contentious. Some have already implemented a model following the disruptive period of the pandemic and are now dealing with the consequences...
In this episode of Quick Clarity, Angie D’Sa and Jeff Hunter delve into the topic of the speed of change, which is the fundamental problem that most businesses face. Continue below for a full transcript of this episode, and join us as we explore: Full Transcript Angie D’Sa (00:12):  Welcome to Quick Clarity, the podcast...
It is common for companies to experience a productivity decline as they grow. We hear it consistently from our clients, regardless of industry, growth, or tenure. They find themselves having to do and spend more, only to get less. Faced with this confusing experience, most leaders see the natural next step as doubling down and...
In this episode of Quick Clarity, Angie and Jeff discuss a new role CEOs are feeling increasing pressure to fill and leaving them asking… “Do I have to be a therapist for my employees?” “How do I motivate my team after experiencing a layoff?” Jeff tackles these questions by sharing his reflections as a CEO,...
In this episode of Quick Clarity, Angie D’Sa and Jeff Hunter respond to crowded-sourced questions circling the minds of CEOs like… How do I take responsibility for a system I have created as a leader?  Jeff tackles these questions by sharing his reflections as a CEO, hiring manager, coach, and Founder. Angie outlines the three...
In this episode of Quick Clarity Angie and Jeff explore how the talent market is evolving. Today employees’ expectations of their work experience and of their leaders are heightening. This creates inevitable, sometimes painful, confusion for leaders. Listen and read more below as we explore these great expectations, and how leaders can recognize their own...
Greg first encountered Talentism while employed at a company whose CEO worked with a Talentism coach. When he was offered the opportunity to work with a coach himself, he was initially resistant. Looking back, he now recognizes that resistance as reluctance to engage in learning about his blind spots and limitations. Once he agreed to...
Observing someone discover a passion is fascinating. My 6-year-old is currently consumed by building and toppling dominos. Not the classic white dominos with black dots, but colorful dominos that have been made expressly for building structures or lines and then knocking them down. That’s right. My kid sets up tiny rectangles only to knock them...
6 Key Principles Talentism Clarity Coaches use to unlock your company’s potential. | Full Transcript | Angie [00:00:12]  Welcome to Quick Clarity, the podcast where we talk about all things 3C. For those of you tuning in for the first time, 3C is the Talentism model for understanding why confusion exists. How to turn that...
Before joining Talentism, Angie was running a startup that was attempting to evolve standardized testing, to align it more closely with the realities of the world of work today. That mission meant they needed an incredibly diverse team: people who came from the education world, from developmental psychology and learning science, from the game design...
Transcript below, for those of you who prefer reading over listening! Angie Jeff, I’m glad to be back in the saddle with you this week after a brief hiatus for a vacation. Last time we were talking about personal responsibility and how that really is the wedge into learning – owning one’s responsibility in a...
At Talentism, we’ve long believed that the companies which learn the fastest will win in the long run.  As we all experience the macroeconomic currents becoming increasingly choppy, active and intentional learning – as individuals, leadership teams, and organizations – becomes more critical and more challenging. There are two non-negotiable components to effective learning: action-taking...
Transcript below, for those of you who prefer reading over listening! Angie For the last few weeks, Jeff and I have been talking about the macroeconomic environment that business leaders find themselves in. We spent a session on the rising costs of capital, the demands of talent in the current labor market and how those...
Transcript below, for those of you who prefer reading over listening! Angie This is part 2 of a conversation. In part 1, Jeff shared a template for understanding what is happening in the macro environment, and why this downturn feels different than ones that CEOs, founders, investors may have lived through in the past. He...
Transcript below, for those of you who prefer reading over listening! Angie I think this conversation is going to be helpful to a lot of the leaders out there who feel like something is different right now, who feel like they’re operating in tighter constraints, but who may not be able to describe what’s going...
Companies experience a productivity decline when they surpass 150 employees. We hear it consistently from our clients, regardless of industry, growth, or tenure. They tell us that they have to hire more people to get the same amount of work done, or spend more time and attention to get the same result. They have to...
I have trouble saying no. Lots of reasons. Chief among them is that I’ve gotten reward signals for a long time that are basically along the lines of “if you say yes and solve the problem quickly, the more people would like you, the more value you will add, the more money you will make.”...