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Episode 128: Do You Allow Your Teams Strengths to Propel Your Organization Forward?
Episode 128: Do You Allow Your Teams Strengths to Propel Your Organization Forward? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“You have all these strengths but they’re really just sitting there on the table until you start exercising them.” –Carla Sones

Do you know what attributes you excel in? Are you aware of your top strengths? This can sometimes feel only self-reflective, but how does this affect our work and our teams?

Faye Davis talks with Carla Sones on today’s episode about the importance of each person’s strengths on a team, how to interpret them and how to thrive. With an understanding of your teams strengths, you can look through that lens when discussing problems and growth. Carla touches on strengths as crutches and how to stay out of the basement and show up on the balcony.

When your team has consistent language to address topics in your organization, you enter a level of better and more robust conversation. Dialogue can start at missing links and ways to grow, instead of trying to figure out how to force puzzle pieces to fit. Listen today for more insight!

America’s Jobs Team is sponsored by Research on Investment / Gazelle.ai

Episode 127: How Is Quebec Solving Its Workforce Woes? | Daniel Silverman, Investissement Quebec
Episode 127: How Is Quebec Solving Its Workforce Woes? | Daniel Silverman, Investissement Quebec 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“What I’m seeing is how multinational corporations are considering their international presence. It’s talent, talent, talent, and then the site, community and financials.” –Daniel Silverman

We can’t have any conversations about projects and deal flow without running into the topic of workforce. It’s a topic that transcends borders and industries, and is top of mind all over the world. What is driving company decisions and how can your community be more active in planning for the future labor pool? What if talent is needed now?

Daniel Silverman, Vice President of Foreign Direct Investment at Invest Quebec, returns to the podcast and talks with Faye Davis. Daniel dives into the ways that Quebec is solving workforce woes, and how immigration processes play a huge role. He gets candid about how business in general and FDI in particular was affected during Canada’s lockdowns (hint: it’s not what you expect!), and why Quebec is really making a name for itself in the ICT sector.

Daniel is recognized as one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers for his ability to constantly innovate and for being a voice for the industry. Listen in now to hear more about how he feeds his creativity, innovation, and passion for the work we do!

America’s Jobs Team is sponsored by Research on Investment / Gazelle.ai

Episode 126: Is Micromanagement Costing Your Team Creativity, Motivation and Job Satisfaction?
Episode 126: Is Micromanagement Costing Your Team Creativity, Motivation and Job Satisfaction? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“When you love what you do, it’s sometimes hard to let go of things that, as a leader, you probably need to let go of.” –Carla Sones

We can all name a time that we have been micromanaged and you can probably remember how it felt. But is micromanaging more dangerous than we think? With it depleting creativity, motivation and job satisfaction, it might be something you’ll want to make sure you have under control!

On this episode, Faye Davis talks with Carla Sones about the severity of micromanaging. With economic development teams typically being small, we can’t afford to lose productivity or morale due to overbearing supervision. Carla points out the signs of a micromanager and gives some tips on what to do if you are a micromanager or if you’re being micromanaged. When we get so focused on the day to day, we can’t move to the long-term goals our teams need.

Over the last year, we found ourselves in crisis management but if we let that stick around, it can easily become micromanagement. When we allow for autonomy, our teams can make better, more creative and quicker decisions. Listen now to hear more!

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America’s Jobs Team is sponsored by Research on Investment / Gazelle.ai

Episode 125: The Ways to Make Your Place a Great Place to Live, Work & Play | Ashley Cagle, Wake County Economic Development
Episode 125: The Ways to Make Your Place a Great Place to Live, Work & Play | Ashley Cagle, Wake County Economic Development 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“You have to have passion. You may not always start with passion for the place, but you have to have passion for the work.” –Ashley Cagle

Though many changes in how the world works were already shaping up pre-pandemic, the last year and a half has accelerated the work style of the future. As companies in your region start creating plans to transition their workforce back, will you be seeing an increase in remote workers, or will a hybrid plan be more common?

Today, Faye Davis talks with Ashley Cagle, Vice President of Economic Development at Wake County Economic Development. Ashley shares great insight as to why Cary, NC was named a top place to live for those who work from home, and also dives into why hybrid models will be utilized more frequently. She touches on workplace culture and how this goes hand-in-hand with the culture of a community.

Ashley is recognized as one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers; because she started in this industry in her young 20s, she has since amassed keen wisdom and a deep understanding of how this industry works, setting her years ahead of most folks her age. Ashley has great advice for folks looking to grow their career in the industry, and so much more. Tune in now to hear more!

America’s Jobs Team is sponsored by Research on Investment / Gazelle.ai

Episode 124: How Admitting Mistakes Makes You A Better Leader
Episode 124: How Admitting Mistakes Makes You A Better Leader 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“You make mistakes. Mistakes don’t make you.” –Maxwell Maltz

Do you ever not move forward on something out of fear of making a mistake? Is the thought of dealing with the aftermath of a mistake enough to avoid the situation all together? How does this unavoidable part of leadership drive so much of what we do?

On today’s episode, Faye Davis talks with Carla Sones on making and admitting mistakes. In our leadership, we sometimes want to cover mistakes, but Carla shows us that that never works and truth always comes to the light. We have all seen an insecure person try to blame shift and point fingers, but that leads to more headaches and more mistakes. How do we, as leaders, grow our organizations from a space of admitting and learning from mistakes.

Carla leads us through the 4 ways you become a better leader after owning a mistake. We owe it to our teams to be examples of learning and growing. Tune in to today’s episode to see how!

America’s Jobs Team is sponsored by Research on Investment / Gazelle.ai

Episode 123: Two Non-Negotiables for Attracting Deals on a Megasite | Christine Mackay, City of Phoenix, AZ
Episode 123: Two Non-Negotiables for Attracting Deals on a Megasite | Christine Mackay, City of Phoenix, AZ 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“You’ve got to love what you do, and you’ve got to be able to laugh at how you do it.” –Christine Mackay

Do you have feelings about megasites? When you think of these massive sites, do you get a little jittery thinking about the massive project that would occupy such a space? The sheer amount of time, talent and treasure needed to attract, land, and grow a company that large can be daunting, to say the least.

Christine Mackay, Director of Economic Development for the City of Phoenix, has pointed insights. She led the team that recently landed the huge Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing project which will end up building 6 factories on a megasite and, as the plans move forward, the expected investment keeps growing. Christine draws on her experience as she shares the two non-negotiables in developing and executing mega sites.

Christine talks about what she has learned over the last years of tremendous success leading economic development in Phoenix; under her tenure, the average wages of jobs announce have doubled and she’s closed deals amounting to over $60 billion. She dives into building a high performing team, how to foster collaboration, and keeping a sense of humor through it all. Tune in now for more from another amazing Top 50 Economic Developer!

America’s Jobs Team is sponsored by Research on Investment / Gazelle.ai

Episode 122: Did You Know Your “Meh” Feeling Has a Name? And Are You Ready to Conquer It?
Episode 122: Did You Know Your “Meh” Feeling Has a Name? And Are You Ready to Conquer It? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Languishing is a sense of stagnation and emptiness. And it might be the dominant emotion of 2021.” –Adam Grant

If you are feeling a bit aimless, a little blah in your life right now, know that you’re not alone. It’s called languishing and it’s so prominent right now that the New York Times wrote a whole article about it and how it may be the dominant emotion of 2021. Languishing is the middle ground of mental health; it’s that feeling of stagnation and lack of joy. The absence of well-being.

Knowing that economic development organizations are not immune to this increasingly pervasive feeling, Carla Sones and Faye Davis dive into how languishing shows up, but more importantly how to navigate yourself out of it. The goal is to get to flourishing, the coveted peak of mental health. That may feel like a bit of a stretch-goal right now, but Carla and Faye talk through several easy to implement steps to get you climbing out of the blah zone and on your way to flourishing yet again.

Do you want to hear more about assessing yourself, the concept of flow as an antidote to stagnation, re-learning how to celebrate, implementing new routines, and cultivating grace for yourself? Tune in now!

America’s Jobs Team is sponsored by Research on Investment / Gazelle.ai

Episode 121: Do You Use the Technology Industry to Diversify Your Community? | Danny Chavez, McKinney Economic Development Corporation
Episode 121: Do You Use the Technology Industry to Diversify Your Community? | Danny Chavez, McKinney Economic Development Corporation 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Every company is a tech company today so if you’re not focusing on technology, as far as a means for your platform, I think it’s short sighted.” –Danny Chavez

What do you think about when you hear ‘tech start-up’? Do you immediately want to pass on the project? Does your economic development organization tend to be risk averse?

Carla Sones talks with Danny Chavez about why, as economic developers, we should be interested in the technology industry. At McKinney Economic Development Corporation, the team is always ready for the next project and Danny gives insight on how to move at the speed the companies want. These low risk, high reward projects just might be what your community needs to diversify the pipeline.

As a North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers, Danny is always looking toward the future of innovation. His mover and shaker energy gives vision on how we do our jobs in an ever shifting environment. Tune in to hear Danny’s perspective on tech and advice for up and comers in economic development!

America’s Jobs Team is sponsored by Research on Investment / Gazelle.ai

Episode 120: How is Your Leadership Moving Your Team to Collaboration? | Kimm Lauterbach, REDI Cincinnati
Episode 120: How is Your Leadership Moving Your Team to Collaboration? | Kimm Lauterbach, REDI Cincinnati 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Even though there is a competition factor, there is way more of a collaboration and camaraderie.” –Kimm Lauterbach

How do you keep spirits high? How are you setting a positive tone for your team? Are you seeing the conversations you’re having now compared to a year ago are completely different?

In today’s episode, Kimm Lauterbach talks to Carla Sones about all of the ways economic development has changed over the last year, the last ten years and the last twenty years. As President and CEO of REDI Cincinnati, Kimm understands what it is like to collaborate, shift and motivate to continue to make a lasting impact. She touches on the long term effects of the influx of federal funding and how to look forward to site development, infrastructure and talent.

Kimm is recognized as one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers. Her vision for the industry, her prepared leadership and her enthusiasm to keep energy high are just a few reasons for this acknowledgment. Catch this episode to hear more from Kimm!

America’s Jobs Team is sponsored by Research on Investment / Gazelle.ai

Episode 119: How to Sharpen Up Your Conflict Resolution to Cut Through Tension | Lenora Fisher, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council
Episode 119: How to Sharpen Up Your Conflict Resolution to Cut Through Tension | Lenora Fisher, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“We have to serve our people, they are our greatest asset.” –Lenora Fisher

Is conflict a consistent hurdle in your work life? While economic development works for the prosperity of all, we often-times find ourselves in the middle of political hot takes and polarizing viewpoints. Do you know how to best navigate these tensions?

Join Lenora Fisher, Director of Business Attraction at the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, as she’s interviewed by Faye Davis, to start gleaning insight on how she handles conflict resolution. Lenora talks about the actual strategies she uses to ground herself in the humanity of the folks that may be causing friction, and how she moves forward in the spirit of collaboration.

Lenora also has great insight on creating a community which is not only magnetic but also sticky, and her thoughts on truly serving people are inspiring. Lenora is recognized as one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers for her ability to provide insights and create conversation around information not found in any data sources, and her interview today highlights her depth of thought and intention. Tune in now to hear more!

America’s Jobs Team is sponsored by Research on Investment / Gazelle.ai