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You Oughta Know: Improving productivity starts with understanding your team

January 16, 2024 36 Minute Listen


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U.S. Air Force veteran and consultant DeDe Halfhill discusses effective leadership qualities, debunks management myths and shares tactics for team-building and improving productivity.

You Oughta Know: Improving productivity starts with understanding your team

January 16, 2024 36 Minute Listen

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Key Takeaways:

  1. Creating a culture of open feedback is incredibly important for those in leaderships roles but often hard to achieve given the power differential with subordinates.

  2. Empathy is critical to good leadership.

  3. The effective integration of diversity is a critical skill for future leaders.


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DeDe Halfhill

Renowned Leadership Expert and Colonel, USAF (Ret.)

Described by Dr. Brené Brown as one of her “leadership heroes and a total badass,” U.S. Air Force retired Colonel, DeDe Halfhill is a proven leader who draws from 25 years of command experience and as a senior advisor to the military’s highest-ranking officials to provide a real-world perspective on the power of embracing humanness and vulnerability in leadership. Twice deployed to Iraq, DeDe’s sought-after leadership insights are grounded in personal experiences commanding and advising organizations through challenging environments — often when lives were at risk and there were no easy answers. As a senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, DeDe was a trusted influence in developing solutions to the military’s most-pressing issues. She also served as the military’s lead spokesperson responsible for implementing plans supporting the Department of Defense’s global communications strategy.


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Spencer Levy

Global Client Strategist & Senior Economic Advisor, CBRE

Spencer Levy is Global Client Strategist and Senior Economic Advisor for CBRE, the largest commercial real estate services firm in the world. In this role, he focuses on client engagement and public-facing activities, including thought leadership work performed in conjunction with CBRE Research. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Real Estate Roundtable’s Research Committee.


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