346: You create a vibrant workplace one high-quality appreciative interaction at a time with guest expert Dr. Paul White

Paul White, author of The Vibrant Workplace: Overcoming the Obstacles to Building a Culture of Appreciation 

Bill Ringle and Paul White discuss how to identify and cultivate a vibrant workplace, one where employees are challenged to grow, appreciated for the specific contributions they make, and valued for who they are by their colleagues and other stakeholders for small business leaders.

>>> Visit MyQuestforTheBest.com for complete show notes and more expert advice and inspiring stories to propel your small business growth. My Quest for the Best is a top-rated small business podcast with over 300 episodes of thought-provoking and insightful interviews with today’s top thought leaders and business experts. Host Bill Ringle’s mission with this show is to provide the strategies, insights, and resources that will unlock the growth potential of your business through these powerful conversations.

Interview Insights

Top 3 Takeaways from this Interview

  • To create a vibrant workplace, leaders must highlight and understand the people’s side of things.
  • Appreciation should go beyond pretty, flattering words we string together to make our employees feel happy. Still, it should be time, respect, and something that helps us maintain an effective, productive, and vibrant workplace.
  • Communicating appreciation is not exclusive to managers but a must-do practice by the whole team.

Read the Show Notes from this Episode

  • “He who walks with the wise will become wise, but the companion of fools suffers harm,” is a quote from the old testament, inspires Dr. Paul White.[01:33]
  • A discussion about the shifting and challenges of work dynamics exiting COVID. [02:21]
  • Aiming for a vibrant workplace. [03:38]
  • The challenges of creating a vibrant workplace. [05:05]
  • Paul does not believe that the primary goal of appreciation is to make people feel good or happy. [07:31]
  • Another misconception of appreciation is that it’s simply words we tell people. [09:50]
  • Research shows that 79% of people who voluntarily left their jobs cited a lack of appreciation as the primary reason for leaving. :[14:08]
  • Why communicating appreciation is not the sole responsibility of managers but the whole team. [16:01]
  • Response to Apple’s CEO Tim Cook. [19:33]
  • Two great ways to stay connected on remote work: Be proactive in reaching out, and people’s connectivity should not be limited to their supervisor. [20:22]
  • The relation of having a high level of being valued and appreciated to a company’s profitability. [25:41]
  • My Quest for the Best Lightning Round begins [29:40]

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Expert Bio

Dr. Paul White is an author, speaker and psychologist, who helps “make work relationships work.”

He is the coauthor of The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace with Dr. Gary Chapman and his book, The Vibrant Workplace, had been released in April 2017.

He created and developed The Motivating By Appreciation InventoryAppreciation at Work Implementation Kit, and The Toxic Workplace Prevention & Repair Kit that helped many workplaces to become an environment full with positivism and grow towards health.

He also co-authored various titles such as Rising Above a Toxic Workplace and “Sync or Swim” with Dr. Chapman & Harold Myra.

Dr. White is called upon as an expert resource by U.S. News & World Report (online), BusinessWeekEntrepreneur.comFastCompanyFortune/CNN.com , FoxBusiness.comHuffington Post LIVEChicago Tribune, and BizJournals.

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Books Authored by Paul White

The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace Rising Above a Toxic Workplace The Vibrant Workplace Making Things Right at Work by Paul White

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