Cultivating World-Class Communication on Your Team with Aaron Schmookler

In today’s episode of Live with Bottleneck, Aaron Schmookler talks about how to build a great relationship with your team. Aaron Schmookler works with business leaders who believe that their people are their greatest asset to supercharge their teams. He supports them to build structures, habits, and mindsets that support an enduring collaboration culture. This results in their company’s profit and attract top talent, as their people find fulfillment and reasons to stay.

For over 20 years, Aaron has been striving to help people find their own intrinsic motivation and genius, their capacity to collaborate, and the fulfillment that comes from harnessing the creative impulse in us all to meet our purpose. In 2014, Aaron and his business partner, Adam Utley, co-founded The Yes Works. After which, they developed the Adeptability Model of collaboration and leadership training and the Adeptable Culture Audit.

 

Persuasion VS Manipulation

Jaime and Aaron begin the podcast by discussing the importance of great leadership in a team. A great leader who can communicate effectively can persuade his team to fulfill their goals. Jaime points out that this is entirely different from being manipulative, and Aaron whole-heartedly agrees.

Jaime then asks Aaron what he thinks distinguish persuasion from manipulation, and provides his definitions as well.

“It really has to do with your intent. If you’re doing it for their greater good or well-being, then that’s persuasion. If you’re doing it for your own gain and hope that it remains secret, there’s no way you can call that persuasion.” – Aaron Schmookler

Spreading the Contagion of Positive Culture in the Team

Jaime brings up how important it is to have a positive culture in the team. Aaron agrees and sites the Bottleneck team as an example. He explains that he can figure out a company’s culture by the behavior of their team. Simply put, the higher-up’s attitude and the culture they propagate is reflected in the actions their team make.

“I can walk into an organization, and within a few minutes have a pretty clear understanding of its culture. I met you first, so I wasn’t surprised when I met Rechelle, Jovelyn, Glenda and the rest of your team. It’s because the attitude you reflect, your behaviors, and the way you seek to help me is reflected by your whole team.” – Aaron Schmookler

Everyone is a Leader

Aaron answers a question from the audience about how to make leadership relatable to the team. Aaron describes the most common conception of leadership is assuming a supervisorial role. This is not always the case. Simply by influencing others, you can lead people without being the de-facto leader.

Aaron’s question back to the audience is, how do they use this influence?

“So how do you make leadership relatable? You tell people that they’re leading. Leadership has more to do with leading people in directions that you’re proud of than it has to do with whether or not you’re leading them at all.” – Aaron Schmookler

To learn more about Aaron Schmookler and how to lead your team with a positive culture, watch this episode.

 

Bio

Aaron Schmookler works with business leaders who believe that their people are their greatest asset to supercharge their teams. He supports them to build structures, habits, and mindsets that support an enduring collaboration culture so their companies profit and attract top talent, and so their people find fulfillment and reasons to stay. While his career appears anything but linear — ranging from outdoor leadership to corporate contributor to theatre director and founder to the teacher of theater and business communication — one thread ties everything together.

For over 20 years, Aaron has been striving to help people find their own intrinsic motivation and genius, their capacity to collaborate, and the fulfillment that comes from harnessing the creative impulse in us all to meet our purpose. In 2014, Aaron and his business partner, Adam Utley, co-founded The Yes Works. After which, they developed the Adeptability Model of collaboration and leadership training and the Adeptable Culture Audit.

Aaron and The Yes Works serve clients across the country and across industries including Microsoft, MOD Pizza, DiscoverOrg, Burkhart Dental Supply, SOG Knives, 9th Gear, and Textainer to make work good for people and people good for work. “Every team has genius at work. Only the best encourage and inspire the genius to emerge.”

 

Connect with Aaron!

Web: TheYesWorks.com

Email: aaron@theyesworks.com

Phone: +1-253-301-8004

LinkedIn: in/Schmookler

Facebook: @HumanBusinessCommunication

 

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Jaime Jay

About Jaime Jay

Meet Jaime Jay – a man who wears many hats, and wears them all admirably. He's a master connector, an entrepreneur extraordinaire, and a published author who knows how to get things done.

Before he found his way to the business world, Jaime served his country as a brave paratrooper in the U.S. Army. But that's just the beginning of his many accomplishments.

He's the founder of the renowned Bottleneck Distant Assistant Services firm, and his book "Quit Repeating Yourself" has become a must-read for entrepreneurs everywhere.

When he's not busy building his empire, you can find him on his beloved Harley Davidson, cruising through the countryside and taking in the invigorating effects of Uitwaaien – a Dutch practice that involves facing the wind to boost health and relieve stress.

He enjoys spending his free time outside building stuff with his wife, Nikita the dog and their two kittens (for now at least) Tommy and Tater.

He is ‘over-the-moon’ happily married to his wonderful wife Sara, his amazing daughter, Jessica, who is serving our country as a United States Army soldier. Jaime and Sara are the proud grand parents of two beautiful little girls.

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