August 15, 2023

268: 5 Critical Work Skills to Help You Thrive and Succeed

Throughout millions of years of evolution, our brains became formidable tools of innovation, helping us transcend from agricultural to industrial. However, as the world of work underwent radical changes, we mostly found ourselves facing new challenges that our brains were not initially designed to handle.

Today’s guest is Dr. Gabriella Rosen Kellerman. Gabriella is an author, entrepreneur, executive, and startup advisor trained as an MD. She has served as Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Product Officer at BetterUp, as well as the founding CEO of Lifelink. Her expertise spans the future of work, behavior change, leadership, well-being, productivity, and behavioral health.

In this episode, Gabriella and I explore the critical skills required to thrive in today’s rapidly evolving work environment. She shares how we can tap into our brain’s evolutionary insights to meet the demands of the modern workplace.

From enhancing creativity to fostering trust and collaboration, Gabriella offers practical advice for cultivating these vital skills so you can become a better manager.

Tune in now to learn more!

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Key Takeaways:

  • (00:00) Intro
  • (02:26) The evolution of the human brain 
  • (06:21)  Five skills that are important for success in today’s modern world 
  • (13:33)  How to help your team feel that they and their works matter
  • (21:11)   How to get your team in the mindset of creativity  & innovation
  • (23:23) The four different types of creativity
  • (26:55) Two ways to help your team tap into their strengths
  • (29:43) A great manager Gabriella has worked for
  • (31:18)  Keep up with Gabriella
  • (32:49) [Extended episode only] How to become a more resilient leader
  • (35:34) [Extended episode only] What can managers do to help their team members become resilient
  • (41:53) [Extended episode only] The different faces of resilience

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– Read the related blog article here

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– Visit my website for more here

Connect with Dr. Gabriella Rosen Kellerman

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– Check Gabriella out on LinkedIn here
– Learn more about Gabriella’s book Tomorrowmind here

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