The Redesigning Wellness Podcast

235: Leading in Post-Pandemic Times with Karen Suchsland

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The stats point to the likelihood that most of us are in some stage of burnout, and guess who this includes? Managers – you know, the ones leading your employees. Managers navigate the delicate balance between investing in and supporting their team, getting their own work done, and (trying to) understand the priorities from above. How do successful managers balance it all? That’s what this episode is all about.

Podcast guest, Karen Suchsland, is known for fostering collaborative team environments that allow team members to learn, grow professionally and successfully deliver on company objectives while having a healthy dose of fun. 

In this episode, we discuss how leaders can help their employees with overwhelm, and why trust is the most crucial ingredient a leader needs to build. Karen guides leaders on how to navigate the conversation around mental health and offers a script for following up after you’ve suggested specific resources. Finally, she leaves us with ways a leader can better engage their team (and these are ones she’s implemented with her own teams).

Episode Highlights:
  • Should you shield your team from swirl above you? 
  • One question a manager can ask at the end of a 1:1 – “What help do you need from me?” This helps open the door so they will be more likely to tell you. Don’t let a 1:1 become a report out!
  • It all comes down to trust. Without trust, how is a manager going to ask about their team’s mental health?
  • If you lead, ask yourself these questions: Do you have a relationship with your team member? Do they trust you? Will they be supported whatever they say to you?
  • The person on the team that maybe produces at the 80% level could end up being your best leader. 
  • Good leaders have a natural curiosity about people and want to develop them and work with them. 
  • Karen’s success factor: “I’ve been successful because I’ve had great people on my teams, we’ve been able to foster an environment of mutual respect with a heavy dose of fun sprinkled in.”
Links Mentioned:

Lessen the Stress

Karen’s LinkedIn Profile

Bio:

Karen has depth and breadth of experience successfully leading high performing teams across multiple industries and disciplines. She is known for fostering collaborative team environments that allow team members to learn, grow professionally and successfully deliver on company objectives while having a healthy dose of fun.  She is a certified Project Management Professional and  has a MBA from Meredith College.