The Redesigning Wellness Podcast

196: Building Strong Teams During Turbulent Times with Mike Robbins, Best Selling Author and Motivational Speaker

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In the current climate of COVID-19 survival, increasing political divide, and racial unrest, the message of Mike Robbins’s newest book We’re All in This Together is needed now more than ever. Leaders face the increasingly hard task of holding teams together as cohesive and efficient units despite the stressful and rapidly changing environment.

Mike Robbins is an author, thought leader and sought-after speaker who teaches people, leaders, and teams to infuse their lives and businesses with authenticity and appreciation. He has authored 5 books and been featured on NPR, ABC News, the Harvard Business Review, and The Wall Street Journal among other publications.

In today’s episode, Mike shares his background and how it informed his current career as a thought leader, speaker, and author. He discusses the call to write his newest book, the interesting timing of its release on the cusp of COVID-19, and how leaders can use the concepts to reassure their teams of unity during crises. 

Mike explores each of the four pillars in his book and how they are applicable to strengthening workplace bonds and effectiveness. Finally, he leaves listeners with two tangible tips that leaders can start with to build stronger teams.

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Interview Highlights (with timestamps):
  • [7:29] Mike’s Major League baseball background and how it informed his business career
  • [22:12] The call to write We’re All in This Together and the growing divide in America
  • [29:25] Mike’s advice on being “all in this together” during crises like COVID-19
  • [39:00] Pillar 1: The importance of psychological safety in the workplace
  • [44:11] Pillar 2: Focusing on inclusion and belonging
  • [48:15] Pillar 3: Embracing sweaty palm conversations
  • [57:58] Pillar 4: Caring about and challenging each other
  • [1:05:08] Tangible tips for leaders to build a strong team
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Mike Robbins is the author of five books, including his brand new title, WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER: Creating a Team Culture of High Performance, Trust, and Belonging, which released April 21st . For the past 20 years, he’s been a sought-after speaker and consultant who delivers keynotes and seminars for some of the top organizations in the world. 

His clients include Google, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Genentech, eBay, Harvard University, Gap, LinkedIn, the Oakland A’s, and many others. He and his work have been featured in the New York Times and the Harvard Business Review, as well as on NPR and ABC News. He’s a regular contributor to Forbes, hosts a weekly podcast, and his books have been translated into 15 different languages.