There is power in choice, pause, and being intentional.
Sabrina Hebeler, Michigan native, and Chief of Staff at Michigan State University–Infrastructure Planning and Facilities (MSU IPF) joins Janet Pilcher to discuss one of the key tenets of Sabrina’s role; to help everyone understand and follow the strategic direction of IPF. This comes from her passion for helping people feel successful, feel valued and love their job. Using specific tactics Sabrina supported the breaking down of silos on the executive team to help MSU do the most important things to achieve success.
This episode addresses questions, such as:
- How is an executive leadership team essential to building a good organization?
- What are the core actions MSU IPF has taken to advance the executive leadership team and move the organization to excellence?
- What is Sabrina’s most important advice for organizations focused on continuous improvement and performance excellence in organizations?
The highest performing leaders are able to make the best decisions when they have solid and trusting relationships with others. To build trusting relationships, leaders regularly converse with employees about their work and transparently take action, showing employees they are valued.
There is a difference between reacting and responding when emotions are triggered. Learning to pause, gain a new perspective, and learn about the process can help leaders regulate their emotions, make better decisions, and respond to difficult situations in a positive way.
Similar to resolutionists, organizations tend to set large goals that might even take years to achieve. Intentional celebration of meaningful steps of progress toward those audacious goals is an effective way to motivate our team members and prevent burnout along the way to achieving what matters most.
Being in relationships with other humans has allowed us to survive and thrive as a species. While our environments are in many ways less threatening than in centuries past, our need to connect and build trusting bonds has persisted.