Cheri Torres is interviewed by Mike Sedam about how to have strength-based conversations to implement change. Cheri co-authored the book Conversations Worth Having. It is available from Amazon:

Words have power, so we should be intentional of the words we use.

Appreciative Inquiry is the foundation of these conversations and helps us change the lens we use to view a situation. You may be dealing with the same exact situation, but the frame you use to construct the conversations you have can help change the focus, and thus the outcome.

The conversations we have can create safe workspaces which can lead to greater creativity and innovation.

It's not about putting on rose-colored glasses. Having these conversations still recognizes the issues we are dealing with and helps us resolve complex challenges.

The way we engage, talk, and make meaning constructs our reality.

Conversations are not neutral. They either move us in one direction or another.

For more information about Cheri and the book, "Conversations Worth Having" by Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres, please visit:

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Mike Sedam interviews Marques Ogden about self-transformation and trust on Episode 45 of the Crucial Talks Podcast.

Marques Ogden is a former NFL football player and author that speaks and consults about leadership and transformation. His book can be found on Amazon:

What is so great about Marques is that he is relatable. His story of overcoming hardships relates to all of us. He has been through hard times. He has lost an important loved one. He has had to build his business from the ground up.

Marques gives us three steps to transformation:

1. Identify your inner circle.

2. Set a clear vision.

3. Take action.

He explains this to us with a great story about his spilled milk moment where he decided to transform himself...and he did.

Marques also talks about trust and the three things a leader should do to build trust:

1. Competency.

2. Reliability.

3. Selflessness.

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Host: Mike Sedam

Guest: Melissa Agnes

On Episode 44 of The Crucial Talks Podcast, we talk to Melissa Agnes on her book, Crisis Ready. Check here for her book on Amazon:

Melissa is awesome and talks to us about how our organization can build the capacity to deal with a crisis in a way that we can come out on the other side with increased trust and credibility.

This is more than being able to manage crisis, it's about being ready for crisis in a way that helps the day-to-day activities of the organization.

Melissa talks to us about why we need to put people first, the importance of communication, and how the lenses we wear to view our organization, the people in it, and the issues we deal with can impact our decisions.

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In this episode, Mike Sedam interviews Esther Weinberg.

Esther Weinberg is a leader in redefining organizational culture. She has also written a leadership book called Become a Successful Leader: 57 Simple Strategies Any Leader Can Implement TODAY!. It can be found on Amazon:

In this episode, she talks about the role of dignity in workplaces and in our own lives.

Esther is the founder of MindLight Group, where she helps organizations understand and implement the Dignity Zone which consists of trust, respect, and safety.

Operating in the dignity zone helps engage, retain, and recruit employees.

What I absolutely love about Esther's approach is the focus on positive relationships and mentoring. Too many executives, managers, supervisors, team members, and consultants look for problems to solve. With Esther's approach, they can focus on the positive and plant seeds to grow organizational culture that is positive and creative.

To be creative people need to feel trust, respect, and safety in their workplace.

Esther goes in with the mindset that she is helping to BUILD CAPACITY. Building capacity is a major focus of the Crucial Talks Podcast because building capacity lets us look at strengths and where we want to be in the future.

Esther discusses mentoring, workplace bullying, and self-improvement. She does it from a positive lens and with a focus on building capacity.

If you would like more information about this episode or any other, please contact me.

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-Mike Sedam


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