Making Decisions About People

EPISODE DESCRIPTION

“At the end of the day, we are making decisions about people – their livelihoods, their careers, their futures – and I think that that is an honor and needs to be treated as such.”

An evangelist for change, Julie Teahan creates environments where people and organizations thrive, where “families” are formed to deliver transformative and sustainable results. This week, Julie joins FourBlock Founder Mike Abrams to discuss organizational leadership, culture, and performance management.

In this episode, Julie discusses the importance of an ongoing and empowering performance management system and shares how these systems are adapting to allow for a more curated experience. She also shares some of the factors that influence behavior and motivate employees, discusses the need for a high-engagement leadership model, and reflects on the question, “Can people change?”

Julie is currently a partner at Guidehouse, a commercial and public sector advisory firm with more than 8,000 employees across 50 locations worldwide. For the past 20 years, she has been an organizational Sherpa, using a combination of strategy, behavioral science, creativity, endless energy and a lot of coffee to help organizations navigate their journey to something better. Julie also serves on the Board of Directors for Help Heal Veterans, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free therapeutic arts and crafts kits to hospitalized and homebound veterans.

Julie grew up in West Virginia, where she learned three lessons: 1) everyone is a neighbor, 2) peaks and valleys work in concert together, and 3) hard work is rewarding. As an alumna from Loyola University of Maryland as an inductee to their prestigious Green and Grey Society, Julie still subscribes to the school’s motto of “Strong Truths Well Lived,” using her strengths for good. Her graduate degree in Applied Behavioral Science has armed her with a mastery understanding of what influences behavior and how managing those influences can impact an individual, group or an organization.

As the mother of three children, she is passionate about empowering individuals to make choices that optimize their personal and professional growth and allow them to live their best life. She speaks frequently at conferences, seminars and workshops on a variety of topics, including flexibility in the workplace, personal branding, employee engagement and change management.

ABOUT US

Welcome to the FourBlock Podcast, a show that examines veteran career transition and the military-civilian divide in the workplace. General Charles Krulak coined the term “Three Block War” to describe the nature of 21st-century military service defined by peace-keeping, humanitarian aid, and full combat. But what happens next? Veterans are often unprepared to return home and begin new careers. We call this the Fourth Block.

FourBlock is a national non-profit that has supported thousands of transitioning service members across the nation in beginning new and meaningful careers.

Mike Abrams (@fourblock) is an Afghanistan veteran, FourBlock founder, director of the Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration, and author of two military transition books. He’ll be representing the military transition perspective. Lindsey Pollak (@lindsaypollak) is a career and workplace expert and New York Times bestselling author of three career advice books. Lindsey will be representing the civilian perspective of this issue.

Veterans, explore new industries and make the right connections. Find a career that fits your calling. Join us at fourblock.org. Over 77% of FourBlock alumni stay at their first jobs over 12 months. Sponsor our program or host a class to equip more of our veterans at fourblock.org/donate.

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