Get Better at Work | Todd Davis | My Instruction Manual Podcast

Get Better at Work with Todd Davis

Todd Davis, author of Get Better, discusses how to build effective relationships at work. And host Keith McArthur speaks with nutrition contributor Michelle Jaelin about the role that alcohol plays in your diet.

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Episode 28 Show Notes

[00:00] Welcome and Intro

[1:00] Featured interview with Todd Davis

Todd is author of Get Better: 15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships at Work. He is executive vice president and chief people officer of Franklin Covey Co., which bills itself as the world’s leading performance improvement firm.

In this conversation, Keith and Todd discuss:

  • What 20th century French philosophy has to do with the 21st century North American workplace [1:35]
  • Why good relationships are fundamental to an organization’s success [4:52]
  • Practice #6: Avoid the Pinball syndrome (focus on the things that really make a difference in your life) [6:51]
  • These practices can also apply to relationships outside of  work [9:20]
  • Are there gender differences in these practices? [10:17]
  • Practice #15: Start with humility [12:20]
  • Practice #8: Take Stock of Your Emotional Bank Accounts [14:01]
  • Practice #11: Get the Volume Right [16:48]
  • Practice #2: Carry Your Own Weather [19:33]
  • Practice # 10: Talk Less, Listen More [22:08]

[24:29] Todd’s Instruction Manual

1. What are the habits you maintain every day to stay happy and healthy? [24:57]

  • Exercise every day
  • Listens to something uplifting or inspiring
  • Commit to be “the positive force” at work

 2. What personal development book do you recommend? [27:04]

3. Favorite personal mantra / inspirational quote [30:40] 

  • “Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be. Because sooner or later if you are posing you will forget the pose and then where are you?” – Fanny Bryce
  • “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” – Mohatma Gandhi

4. What’s your one guilty pleasure? [32:46]

  • Diet Coke
  • The TV show  Dateline

5. When your time comes, how do you want to be remembered? [34:01]

  • As someone who valued and continually nurtured the most important relationships in his life.

[35:15] Where to find Todd

[36:10] Nutrition contributor Michelle Jaelin on alcohol and nutrition

Michelle Jaelin is both a trained artist and a Registered Dietitian who is known as The NutritionArtist. She appears regularly as in newspapers, magazines and on television as an expert in healthy eating.

In this conversation, Keith and Michelle discuss:

  • From nutritional perspective, less alcohol is better; no alcohol is best [36:50]
  • Common misconceptions about alcohol [37:50]
  • Are there any health benefits to alcohol? [39:57]
  • Where to find Michelle:

[42:20] Closing words

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