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Not Another Leadership Podcast

The Not Another Leadership Podcast (NALP) takes the topics leaders at the University of Tennessee want to hear about and provides in-depth discussion with practical application for leaders to implement in their daily leadership. Have a topic you want to hear discussed? Submit your suggestions here!

Episode 1 – Overcoming the Meeting Madness

Do you feel like you are in meetings all day, every day? If so, you are not alone. In this episode we discuss the common trend of meetings controlling leader’s calendar and provide some practical ways identify if these meetings are productive or unproductive.

Episode 2 – Radical Feedback with Dr. Mary Lucal     

Feedback is one of the hardest skills for new leaders but pays the most dividends over the course of your career. Tune in to hear this discussion regarding the importance of creating a feedback culture by giving and receiving feedback as leaders.

Episode 3 – The Value of Staff Development with Nancy Burkett

Did you know that the key to engaging employees through their career development begins with a simple conversation between the employee and their leader? Tune in to learn how YOU can start the conversation today.

Episode 4 – Be Well – Work Life Balance

It’s easy to get caught up in work…work…work mode causing us to get out of alignment with our work-life balance. Join this discussion with Nikki Baker on how to Be Well and avoid burnout.

Episode 5 – The Value of Staff Development with Nancy Burkett  (Part 2)

Leaders are responsible for facilitating developmental conversations with their employees. You’ve had people encourage you along your career development journey, now it’s your turn to have a simple conversation that can propel the success of others. We hope that by the end of this podcast, you will have the confidence to influence others through career development conversations.

Grab Your Crystal Ball: HR Trends for 23

What can we expect in 2023 from a Higher Ed HR lens? Join Rob Shomaker, Vice President of CUPA-HR and Darrell Easley, Director, UT, Knoxville HR Director as they discuss some top trends that will continue for 2023 and beyond. Trends will include topics from talent attraction and retention to the political landscape that surrounds higher ed. Whether you are in Human Resources are not, you will be impact or be impacted by these trends. Thanks for listening!

Overview of Career Development

Our careers are essential elements of our identities and are intertwined with our lives. If developed with thoughtful consideration of our values, interests, skills and personal missions, our careers can be the key to our happiness and fulfillment. Career development coaching for UT Knoxville staff is available through Human Resources; listen to learn how to design your career at UT.

CliftonStrengths and You is a four-part campus leader interview series diving into the four domains of the CliftonStrengths assessment:

  • Influencing with Mandie Beeler
  • Relationship Building with Katie Wiley
  • Strategic Thinking with José Lee-Perez
  • Executing

In each of these sessions, we’ll describe these domains in greater detail and discuss how you can maximize your strengths in the workplace.

#1 CliftonStrengths and You: Taking Charge and Reaching your Audience with Influencing Themes with Mandie Beeler, Ed.D., Director of the Clay and Debbie Jones Center for Leadership and Service

The first CliftonStrengths domain we’re discussing in this series is Influencing. We will be speaking with Mandie Beeler, Ed.D, Director of the Clay and Debbie Jones Center for Leadership and Service. Mandie is similar to others with themes falling under the Influencing. They are known to be great at persuading, communicating, and taking action. With themes like Activator, Maximizer, and Woo, the Influencing domain aligns with leaders who are committed to making a positive and lasting impact on their team.

#2 CliftonStrengths and You: Setting and Reaching Goals with Strategic Thinking Themes with José Lee Perez, Organizational Culture Manager, Division of Student Success

The second CliftonStrengths domain we’re discussing in this series is Strategic Thinking. We will be speaking with José Lee Perez, Organizational Culture Manager in the Division of Student Success. José has several strengths falling into the Strategic Thinking domain. People strong in Strategic Thinking are known for their innovation, creativity, and ability to analyze information. 

Strategic Thinkers know that big ideas are the way of the future and aren’t afraid to share that with others. With themes like Analytical, Futuristic, Intellection, and Learner, the Strategic Thinking domain aligns with leaders who are committed to paving the way forward and inspiring others.

#3 CliftonStrengths and You: Establishing Rapport and Valuing Teammates with Relationship Building Themes with Katie Wiley, Assistant Director for Employer Development, Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration

 The third CliftonStrengths domain we’re discussing in this series is Relationship Building. We will be speaking with Katie Wiley, Assistant Director for Employer Development in the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration. Relationship Building is a domain that heavily impacts Katie, as she has several strengths falling under it. She frequently uses these strengths as a leader to bring her team together and appreciate the individual strengths found within her team members. 

People with strengths in Relationship Building are the glue that holds teams together. With themes like Connectedness, Empathy, Harmony, and Individualization, the Relationship Building domain aligns with leaders who are committed to empowering their team and sharing success.

#4 CliftonStrengths and You: Making Dreams a Reality Through Executing Themes with Ian Crone, Director of the Student Union

The fourth and last CliftonStrengths domain we’re discussing in this series is Executing. We are speaking with Ian Crone, Director of the Student Union. Ian finds success through the Executing domain as he utilizes these strengths to bring efficient and reliable functions to his department. These strengths help him guide and support his team as they navigate continual and time-sensitive demands in the operation of our Student Union.

Individuals with strength in the Executing domain know how to make things happen. Leaders with the strength to execute have the ability to take an idea and make it a reality. When you need someone to implement a solution, these are the people who work tirelessly to get it done.

As we celebrate the holiday season and new year, we often make resolutions that relate to our lives and careers. In the context of your career at UT, I encourage you to embrace H.O.P.E. as an acronym that can be applied to your career development. This brief podcast will help you reflect on and apply H.O.P.E. to your career and goals for 2023. Click here for Podcast.

Podcasts Hosted by: Will Ploskonka, Manager, Learning and Organizational Development

Will has been with UT Knoxville for 3+ years and his responsibility is to manage the efforts of the LOD team to best serve our campus community and participate in the facilitation of Team and Leadership Development sessions over a wide range of topics.


Are You Emotionally Intelligent: Part 1-An Introduction to Emotional Intelligence

In part 1 we begin with a broad conceptual overview of Emotional Intelligence (EI). We will set the stage for the remaining sessions by giving a brief history of EI and setting some common understanding of emotion and intelligence.

Are You Emotionally Intelligent: Part 2-Understanding Your Self Side of Emotional Intelligence

In this part 2, we build upon our part 1 foundation and discuss our self-side of Emotional Intelligence (EI). The self is divided into our self-awareness and self-regulation which represents what we know and what we do.

Are You Emotionally Intelligent: Part 3-Understanding the Others Side of Emotional Intelligence

In part 3 we focus our attention toward the others-side of Emotional Intelligence (EI). Thinking about others and EI we have two areas to consider, our empathy and our social skills. Again, these two areas can be characterized as what we know and what we do.

Are You Emotionally Intelligent: Part 4-Understanding Your Motivation and What Impact That Has On Your Emotional Intelligence

In part 4 we focus internally again on our motivation. What drives us and fuels our efforts will impact our ability to demonstrate Emotional Intelligence (EI). Thinking about motivation means we need to examine the extent to which we are internally or externally motivated. Why do we do, what we do.

Are You Emotionally Intelligent: Part 5-What To Do Now? Strategies to Enhance Your Emotional Intelligence Leadership

In part 5 we conclude our series be exploring effective strategies that help us maintain and demonstrate effective Emotional Intelligence (EI) by focusing on self-management and social skills as we take time to be self-aware and empathetic. These strategies can help us maintain positive and productive personal and professional relationships with others.