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Episode 118: Is Internal Pressure Causing You to Lose Passion and Productivity?
Episode 118: Is Internal Pressure Causing You to Lose Passion and Productivity? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Don’t ever let the pressure exceed the pleasure.” – Joe Maddon

Does it feel like there is constant external pressures on you and your work? Is it possible that you are using external pressure to hide or confirm pressure you are feeling internally?

Today, Faye Davis talks with Carla Sones about internal pressures and how it effects our work and lives. As leaders, we so often don’t take care of ourselves as much as we care for the people we work with. We can fall into the trap of not giving ourselves grace and to expect no road bumps in our work. This puts too much weight on our day to days.

Carla shares encouragement on how to not perceive success and failure as your self worth and how to relieve some of that stress. Pressure can be a positive force for productivity, but how do we not let it shift to demanding too much of ourselves? Tune in to this episode to find out!

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

Episode 117: Is Intentionality Driving the Prosperity of Your Community?| Jonathan Coleman, Laurens County Development Corporation
Episode 117: Is Intentionality Driving the Prosperity of Your Community?| Jonathan Coleman, Laurens County Development Corporation 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Do what’s best for the community. Don’t do something just to get your name in the paper.”” – Jonathan Coleman

Do you ever feel the pressure to get that next project announced? How is your recruitment driven? Do you purposefully chose the companies for your region?

On today’s episode, Faye Davis talks with Jonathan Coleman on the intentional recruitment for your specific community. At Laurens County Development Corporation, Jonathan and his team always have their eyes on higher median income, which has driven the growth of their community. With their focus on talent development within their area and marketing to their young people, it is easy to see why Laurens County is prospering.

Jonathan has great insight on community prosperity goals and the health and wealth of his region. It is clear why he is one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers. Tune in to this episode to see for yourself!

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

Episode 116: Is Your Delegation Building Trust, Engagement and Opportunity?
Episode 116: Is Your Delegation Building Trust, Engagement and Opportunity? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“If you want to do a few small things right, do them yourself. If you want to do great things and make a big impact, learn to delegate.” – John C. Maxwell

Is your day filled with small tasks that keep you from focusing on your big strategic goals? Do you love the work you are doing and can’t imagine letting any of it go? It might be time to shift your perspective of delegation.

On today’s episode, Faye Davis talks with Carla Sones about the importance of delegation. When you have been bitten by the economic development bug and love the work you do, it can be hard to delegate your day to day tasks. That is where a change in how you view delegation comes into play.

As leaders, it is our job to focus on the core mission of our organizations. How does our delegation bring our team into the confidence to focus on that mission with us? When we stop defining ourselves and our worth on the tasks we do, we step into a place of moving forward. Listen on to hear more action steps on delegating!

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

Episode 115: Are You Working on Removing the Barriers to Success in Your Community? | Will Williams, Western South Carolina Economic Development Partnership
Episode 115: Are You Working on Removing the Barriers to Success in Your Community? | Will Williams, Western South Carolina Economic Development Partnership 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“We have over time paved the way and taken down barriers to success, and my region is beginning to see the fruit from all the hard work we have done.” —Will Williams

Getting your community noticed and in the funnel for projects is tough. As a smaller community, it can be even tougher. Are you aware of hurdles that may be standing in the way of successfully attracting more companies to your region?

Today, Faye Davis talks with Will Williams,  President and CEO at Western South Carolina Economic Development Partnership, about business attraction in smaller communities. Will is recognized as one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers in part for the success he has had attracting investment into his region, and he tells about some of the lessons he has learned along the way. He talks candidly about his continuous journey to find out the barriers standing in the way to success.

Will shares the long-term strategies he has implemented in his community. He also dives into the massive project he took from request for proposal to announcement in 3 months, including a massive pivot to a new site in the middle of the time line. Will is full of sound advice on community partnerships and great anecdotes on project work, tune in now to hear more from him!

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

Episode 114: Is Your Productivity Getting Burned Up by Little Fires?
Episode 114: Is Your Productivity Getting Burned Up by Little Fires? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

Corporate meeting and group work in modern company in office interior. African american woman manager in protective mask holding tablet, talking to workers keeping social distance during epidemic

“Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.” —Charles Richards

At the end of a busy workday, do look back and find that you’ve spent the bulk of it putting out small fires? Are strategic priorities taking a backseat to urgent-in-the-moment tasks that in the long haul do nothing to move the needle for your community nor your organization’s long-term goals? How are you role-modeling productivity best practices to your team?

The recipe for productivity is made up of many ingredients: time management, goal-setting, delegation, and many more skills come into play. Today, Carla Sones and Faye Davis talk about their strategies to getting the big work done without getting burned out by the small fires.

If you’re looking for concrete action steps on how to effectively manage your time, set goals, and outline meeting structures to get the most bang for your (time) buck, this episode is right up your alley. Tune in now to hear more!

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

Episode 113: Are Your Partnerships Your Most Valuable Asset? | Tony Ramirez, The Borderplex Alliance
Episode 113: Are Your Partnerships Your Most Valuable Asset? | Tony Ramirez, The Borderplex Alliance 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“There is no way our organization could do what we do without our partners.” —Tony Ramirez

Do your partnerships play a major role in your accomplishments? Do you know how to effectively communicate about the projects you are working on? We have all heard that communication is key, but how true is that for economic development?

In this episode, Tony Ramirez talks about the success he has experienced during the pandemic at The Borderplex Alliance. Tony is able to bring in his background in logistics to look at specific pain points in the region and to communicate openly with partners early in projects. This includes the importance of involving elected officials to understand the impact of business within those specific pain points. With nine higher education institutes in the region, Tony also talks about the importance of having a seat at the table where curriculum is made to aid in talent and retention.

Working with two countries and three states, Tony knows how to juggle multiple moving parts. His ability to work with solid partnerships and to do so with transparency is one of the great reasons he is one of North America’s Top 50  Economic Developers. Tune in to this weeks episode to hear more!

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

Episode 112: What Are 6 Characteristics of Messaging to Improve Communication?
Episode 112: What Are 6 Characteristics of Messaging to Improve Communication? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” —George Bernard Shaw

Is your team struggling with missed deadlines or long back-and-forth email chains getting nowhere? Are there conflicts between team members? Is the team morale less than ideal? These things (and many more) are often caused by ineffective communication.

There are three parts to effective communication: the successful delivery, reception and understanding of a message. Today, Carla Sones and Faye Davis dive into what makes organizational messaging effective. Carla talks through the 6 Cs of communication (concrete, coherent, clear, concise, complete, courteous) and shares actionable tips for leaders of people to make sure messaging lands well with their team.

While a large portion of responsibility lies with leaders and the organization to craft clear communications, the individual members of the organization also have a personal responsibility to ensure they’re open to being communicated with. Growing that self-awareness is a crucial part of professional development. Tune in now to learn more about communicating effectively!

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

Episode 111: Do You Take Every Event as a Learning Opportunity? | Adam Hess, CSX
Episode 111: Do You Take Every Event as a Learning Opportunity? | Adam Hess, CSX 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Learning the positives and negatives is so critical for every body, as long as you take away something” —Adam Hess

Have you noticed that trends that were on the horizon were accelerated during the last 12 months? How have different areas of economic development been impacted by the pandemic?

Adam Hess talks about how the last year has been shaping the rail industry and its future model. In his role at CSX, Adam has seen first hand the positive and negative influence the pandemic has had. As supply chain demands increase and materials being transported change, how do we keep up with the shifts? Adam discusses the importance of establishing your foundation so you can grow from a stable point.

Adam is all about teamwork and seeing something go from dream to reality. His ability to pull something together and see the vision become a long term effect is one of the many reasons he is recognized as one of 2021 North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers.

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

Episode 110: Do You Know the Team Phase Most Likely to Mess Up a Team’s Dynamic?
Episode 110: Do You Know the Team Phase Most Likely to Mess Up a Team’s Dynamic? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“We all want to be a part of teams that are healthy and productive, and it takes leadership to do it.” —Carla Sones

Have you witnessed a team in your organization come together and start off rocky? Which team phase is most likely to break a good team’s dynamics? Economic development organizations are constantly putting together new teams. Whether it is a new project in the pipeline, a new elected official or a fresh partnership, different teams are always forming.

On this episode, Carla Sones and Faye Davis discuss the ever shifting teams within economic development organizations. With the direction of the Tuckman Model, Carla shows how the construction of a new team goes from the forming phase to the preforming phase. Though that sounds straight-forward, there is a point where the team is storming and that is where strong leadership steps in.

With teams continually phasing, it can feel like there is a win or a loss coming and we all want to be on the right side of the outcome. With high emotions, it takes dedicated leadership to facilitate conversation that will propel teams into the unstoppable force they can be.

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

Episode 109: How Do We Move Forward After a Year of Shifting? | Chris Strayer, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
Episode 109: How Do We Move Forward After a Year of Shifting? | Chris Strayer, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“We’re helping people improve their lives and creating a better economy for them so they can be successful.” —Chris Strayer

What has the last 12 months looked like for Economic Development Organizations and Chambers? Have you experienced the constant shifting in work to meet needs? The workplace is ever-changing and we are all feeling it. How do we step into the next year prepared and energized?

Chris Strayer talks about what is driving the influx of projects coming to North Texas, how vaccinations may affect deal flow, and the future of working in the office. 2020 was the year of shifting, but Chris talks about what 2021 and 2022 may look like for our organizations. Chris shows how in his role at the Forth Worth Chamber of Commerce, they have been able to meet their community needs. Every company is making different decisions right now, but how do we improve lives to improve the economy?

Chris is staying rooted in what was needed and how helping his community has been his force to stay motivated.  He is recognized as one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers. Chris’s energy, positivity and leadership are showcased in this interview as reasons why he is one of the Top!

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