In episode 55 of “The JoyPowered™ Workspace Podcast,” JoDee and Susan discuss their new book, The JoyPowered Team, with their co-authors and editor. Topics include what inspired the book, what it’s about, and who should read the book. A listener asks how to vent about issues without violating confidentiality.
JoDee shares what inspired her to write JoyPowered™ and what then led her to write The JoyPowered™ Family and now The JoyPowered™ Team. Erin Brothers gives an overview of what The JoyPowered™ Team is about; team roles, diversity, how teams succeed and fail, how to turn teams around, and teams in transition.
Denise McGonigal explains how her writing style changed from The JoyPowered™ Family to The JoyPowered™ Team – the audience she pictured was different for each one. Peggy Hogan gives advice on finding your role on a team and how leaders can help their team find and be more successful in their roles.
Laura North discusses identifying when your team is headed for failure and how to handle failure when it occurs. Liz Zirkelbach shares her experience being the youngest author and learning from her teammates from earlier generations. Emily Miller explains how she helped create cohesion in the book and the mindset she used to keep each author’s voice intact in their chapter.
The team talks about who should read their book. The book resonates with a large audience – you can be early in your career or have years of experience, and you’ll still find something in the book that resonates with you. It will be a useful book to keep on your shelf and pull out as different needs arise throughout your career.
The authors weigh in on what the best and worst parts of working with a team to write the book were. Their favorite parts include having less to write and having team members challenging them. Worst parts included an aggressive timeline and reaching (then paring down to) their word goals.
They then discuss interventions for teams that are struggling to be JoyPowered™ and what that looks like. There are action steps at the end of every chapter and worksheets at the end that will help create an action plan to move forward. JoyPowered™ teams also come down to trust, communication, and making sure each team member is trained to do the position they’re in.
In this episode’s listener mail, a listener asks how to vent about HR issues without violating confidentiality. In best practice sharing, JoDee shares her thoughts on avoiding pre-presentation jitters. In the news, JoDee and Susan discuss an article listing 5 major HR trends for 2019.