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Jeff Cates is the CEO and President of Achievers, an industry-leading employee voice and recognition solution that accelerates a culture of performance. Prior to his time at Achievers, Jeff was the CEO and President of Intuit Canada, during which time the company was named a top great place to work in Canada year after year and was also recognized as a top employer for women and millennials. Jeff’s impressive background also includes roles with industry leaders Apple and Hewlett-Packard. In this episode, Jeff and Aviv expound on the democratization of employee engagement, the value of innovation and the role that passion plays in leadership. Finally, Jeff shares his insights on the importance of wanting to do good, give back and truly connect with people as a leader. 00:46 – Aviv introduces today’s guest, Jeff Cates who shares what he enjoys most about his work at Achievers and the work they are doing to hear the voices of their employees 07:24 – Jeff expounds on employee engagement and the philosophy that shapes his approach 14:07 – Jeff speaks to where his passion for leadership and helping people came from 17:08 – Formative moments from Jeff’s early career with Apple and Hewlett-Packard 24:08 – Jeff reflects on the importance that innovation has played throughout his career 30:07 – Jeff details the guiding principles that are critical for building high functioning leadership teams 32:56 – A moment where Jeff showed courage as a leader 35:18 – Jeff highlights the different challenges posed from working in a large and a small organization as well as insights he has gleaned from sitting on different boards 38:40 – Where Jeff sees himself in five to seven years 39:25 – Advice Jeff would give to his younger self 42:31 – Two learnings Jeff values above all others and final words of wisdom from Jeff FULL SHOW NOTES:
How can we map the intelligence terrain to capitalize on the different capacities and sources of intelligence? Throughout his lifetime, Aviv has endeavored to answer these questions through his work with teachers, entrepreneurs, business executives, coaches, healers, and futurists. In this episode, Aviv continues his discussion by expounding on the idea of intelligence as a capacity and as a source. Specifically, Aviv analyzes the metabolic process of intelligence as a capacity. He then describes the manifestation of intelligence both as a stream and as an ecosystem. Finally, Aviv poses a thought experiment to the audience on how they can approach the collective intelligence inquiry wisely. 00:47 – Aviv continues to break down the critical need to facilitate the emergence of collective intelligence 04:30 – Aviv analyzes the idea of intelligence as a capacity 08:11 – Aviv pivots to the idea of intelligence as a source, specifically how an intelligence source can manifest as a stream and as an ecosystem  15:55 – Aviv reiterates the importance of facilitating the broad natural realms of collective intelligence Full show notes:
Miha Matlievski is business coach focusing on helping entrepreneurs and business executives. His approach was shaped by what he describes as an epic failure that eventually led to a redemptive renewal and a new beginning. Miha’s passionate pursuit and hard work have resulted in four successful businesses and a personal net worth of fifteen million dollars by his mid-twenties. In this episode, Aviv and Miha expound on the importance of utilizing logic over emotion to develop a healthy relationship with failure to foster success. Miha analyzes the three vectors of freedom, including the freedom of time, money and self-knowledge. Finally, Miha shares his insights on maintaining a growth mindset and the inherent value of reflection. 00:41 – Aviv introduces today’s guest, Miha Matlievski who shares his unbelievable journey of entrepreneurship 12:29 – Miha opens up about what he enjoys the most about his work and defines entrepreneurial freedom 16:43 – Miha expounds on his engagement model and other strategies he utilizes to coach and help entrepreneurs 24:14 – The psychological and emotional aspect of success and failure 29:17 – Mindsets and other critical skills for successful entrepreneurs 39:35 – How Miha has shown courage as a coach 43:07 – Where Miha sees himself in seven years 43:48 – Two learnings Miha values above all others and final words of wisdom from Miha FULL SHOW NOTES:
The importance of recognition in a workplace cannot be understated. Recognition is the most underutilized organizational currency and yet, it is one of the most cost-effective ways to boost morale, increase retention and enable interpersonal connections. In this episode, Aviv expounds on the many ways recognition can bring an organizational mindset from scarcity to abundance and from uncertainty to confidence. Finally, Aviv provides multiple low-cost tips and strategies on how organizations can make their team members feel valued and recognized.  00:47 – Aviv reflects on a recent leadership workshop where recognition became a key topic of discussion 02:38 – Aviv differentiates between recognition and reward 04:11 – Aviv expounds on the nine reasons that recognition is a vital organizational currency 06:43 – Five insights Aviv gleaned from his discussion on recognition at his client’s leadership workshop and six examples of behaviors and qualities deserving of recognition 11:06 – Aviv provides multiple low-cost options to offer recognition throughout your organization 14:16 – Aviv summarizes his final thoughts on recognition Full show notes:
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