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Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast

If you believe as I do that by uncovering tested, practical ways to help people move from functioning to flourishing at work, we can better navigate the incredible challenges and opportunities our world faces, then this podcast is for you. My goal each week is to give you access to the world’ leading positive psychology, positive organizational scholarship and neuroscience researchers and practitioners to explore their latest research findings on how you can improve wellbeing, develop strengths, nurture positive relationships, make work meaningful and cultivate the grit to accomplish what matters most. If you want evidence-based approaches to bringing out the best in yourself and others at work, then consider this podcast your step-by-step guide.
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Nov 17, 2016

Kevin Schnieders is the Chief Servant Leader and CEO of Educational Data Systems, Inc. (EDSI). EDSI is a workplace development, customized training, and consulting company who provides innovative solutions to close workforce skill gaps around America.  Since Kevin became CEO, EDSI has tripled in size.  

In this conversation, you will hear Kevin talk about models and systems that he has implemented at EDSI.  By talking with 450 EDSI employees in 45 days through this servant leadership model, Kevin has been able to understand his employees as individuals.  You will hear him share the logistics of maintaining these relationships.  EDSI has experienced incredible growth under Kevin and he explains the role that this model had in the success of the company.

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:50] - Kevin talked with 450 EDSI employees in 45 days. He talks about what led him to making the decision to take on this challenge and what he took away from these conversations.  
  • [02:40] - Kevin believes leaders need to understand their employees as individuals.  
  • [03:35] - Kevin talks about asking employees open-ended questions to get their opinions on the company.
  • [04:26] - Kevin talks about some of the logistics to staying organized with the information his employees share with him.
  • [05:25] - Kevin shares why he feels this investment in his employees is important and beneficial. He explains why he attributes the success of the company to this strategy.
  • [07:14] - Kevin talks about buy-in with this servant leadership model across all levels of leadership and management with EDSI.  
  • [09:05] - EDSI is using other systems like the Best Reflective Self Exercise and The Immunity Map.  
  • [11:30] - EDSI believes in working to people’s strengths.  They allow for people to try to grow in areas, but they don’t set people up for failure.
  • [12:29] - Kevin talks about the feedback he receives from his employees.  
  • [15:17] - Kevin shares that there have been some models that EDSI tried that did not work out as planned.

Your Resources:

Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone - Mark Goulston M.D & Keith Ferrazzi

The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Tell Your Family History, Fight Smarter, Go Out And Play, and Much More - Bruce Feiler

Center for Positive Organizations’ Positive Business Project

Educational Data Systems, Inc.

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Special thanks to Kevin for joining me this week. Until next time, take care!

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