Jul 23, 2018
Cy Wakeman is an international keynote speaker, business
consultant, New York Times best-selling author, and psychologist.
She helps people around the world ditch the drama and turn excuses
into results. Naturally, Laurie is a total fangirl. Today, Cy and
Laurie talk about how to get the best out of people, whether or not
you really NEED leaders, and what the future of work looks like for
all of us.
- Cy has a great strategy for getting clients in the door and to
help them take all the negative energy at work and turn it around
to positive results based on new actions: she gives her stuff away
for free. The individuals who learn from her content then turn
around and put the pressure on their leaders to bring her in to do
work, and she gets great results.
- Cy has an interesting take on work NOT being broken. Work, she
says, is our reality, and whether or not we succeed in it is up to
us. Cy explains the parts of work that are lacking, from leadership
to HR, and it all has to do with the people, not the
- If you’re keen on learning about leadership, you’ve probably
noticed there are a million different people speaking and teaching
about it. But have you stopped to actually listen to their
messages? Sounds a lot like pop psychology, feel-good stuff that,
unfortunately, doesn’t really address the problems. Cy shares her
take on the current trend of ‘best practices’ and why understanding
the human condition is the most important thing you can do, leader
- You’ve probably heard people talking about the ability to bring
your ‘whole self’ to work. Cy disagrees; instead, she urges you to
bring your ‘most evolved’ self to work. In fact, Cy doesn’t think
you should bring your whole self anywhere, and she explains why you
need to be fit for duty beyond the tasks you undertake.
- Leadership has evolved over the years. In modern times, we’re
more concerned with purpose and engagement. Cy shares a surprising
insight: engagement without accountability creates entitlement. And
more importantly, happiness at work isn’t up to leaders. Cy’s years
as a therapist come to bear when she says that a relationship like
that is co-dependency and isn’t healthy, and you end up losing the
- You need to be willing to pick favorites when it comes to your
employees: there are the high and low accountables. High and low
performers, and according to Cy, too much attention has been given
to low accountables to try to keep them engaged. Cy explains why
this is the opposite of what it should be.
- Can low accountables become high accountables? Sometimes. But
is it the responsibility of the organization to make it happen? No.
It might seem like a tough choice to make, but Cy believes that a
business should instead focus on making themselves a place where
high accountables want to work. In fact, there isn’t a shortage of
talent, and Cy explains why.
- You don’t have to harm people and harm the environment to make
a profit. That’s a load of bologna according to Cy. Instead, we
need to focus on ‘pure profit.’ It’s not what you think. Cy reveals
exactly what that means and how businesses can be sustainable
without hurting the world.
- Community has been a buzzword for a while now, whether you’re
talking about regionality or groups online. How healthy are the
communities in which you find yourself? As a psychologist, Cy has a
great message about what makes a healthy community and what makes
hers thrive, even with millennials.
- Cy has a vision for the future of work and what you need to
remember is this: it’s not something that’s going to happen TO us.
It’s something we need to do for ourselves. It’s where we go beyond
ego, salary, title, and all the other things that seem so important
to us now. How and why should we do it? Cy shares what drives her
to do the work she does.
- With the future of work being AI and automation, we’re left
wondering if the future holds any place for heart and for love.
Laurie poses the question to Cy, and she’s got a very
heart-centered answer for you. And it all comes back to people and
the concept of ego.
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