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Discover Your Why, Uncover the Larger Purpose in Your Job

Q&A with the leaders of our upcoming interactive workshop: Connecting the “Why” Conversations

The first workshop in our four-part Leading Edge series at Clickstop, “Connecting the Why Conversations” is just one week away.

We sat down with the workshop leaders and talent enrichment experts, John Spanczak and Ashley Rambo, to learn more about how these workshops came to be and exactly what an attendee will get out of them.

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John Spanczak, Director of Employee Engagement & Ashley Rambo, Senior Talent Development Strategist

Why is it worth it? What will a person get out of this workshop that they couldn’t get somewhere else?

John: You’ll be able to experience first-hand the tools and strategies for employee development at a #1 ranked medium-sized workplace. You’ll get new ideas and new perspectives you won’t get anywhere else. There will be 20-40 individual experts all contributing their stories and experiences. I’m really excited about the “Connecting the Why Conversations” workshop because our CEO, Tim Guenther, will be opening it up and sharing his insight on the importance of having a “why” at work and knowing your team’s “why”.

Ashley: The beauty of these workshops is, it really isn’t about us. It’s about getting people together to come up with creative solutions. We’re just the ones facilitating it. Anyone who attends gets the chance to think outside the box, further develop themselves, and then take action back for the enrichment of their own workplace. The workshops will cause leaders to be more aware of how they work, and how it impacts the work that they do so they can value the importance of each equally.

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“The beauty of these workshops is, it really isn’t about us. It’s about getting people together to come up with creative solutions.”

What’s your #1 goal when hosting these workshops?

Ashley: It’s really important to me that people leave with an action plan that they can take and then confidently apply within their own work environment in order to drive engagement and enrich the entire work experience. I want them to feel fully equipped and inspired enough to take action back to their team and follow through.

John: Our other goal is to provide an experience to attendees that transforms the way they think about workplace culture and the impact it has. Having a team dedicated to this helps in a huge way, and that’s why we offer our culture enrichment services through Leverage Talent Enrichment.

Tell me how the idea for this new workshop series, “Critical Conversations” came about?

Ashley: We were talking one day about how leadership is all about relationships and when you dig deeper it’s about how you engage and interact with people and each other. That’s what makes workplaces work. Conversations are the foundation of good relationships. And relationships are the foundation of good business. One of the most important parts of leadership is accomplishing work with and through others, so we knew critical conversations was a high impact topic. You can’t accomplish work through others without high-quality conversations.

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“Conversations are the foundation of good relationships. And relationships are the foundation of good business.”

Why did you choose “The Power of Why” as the first topic for this new series? What’s so important about it?

John: One day our own leader, Monica Steffeck, asked us, “what do you want out of life as a result of working at Clickstop?” It really stunned me, I had never had a person at work ask me that. And it made me really think, why do I do what I do? What do I get out of it and what do I still want?

But it shouldn’t be a question that’s only asked here. Even if you look outside Clickstop, in society you go to school, go to school again, then get a job. You’re just checking off these boxes because it’s what you feel like you should do.

This first workshop is focused on inspiring people to look outside the boxes and start doing something different. Something that matters to them.

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Connecting the “Why” Conversations | February 20th | 9:00 – 11:00 AM

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How did you come to be in the position you are now, and why should people look to you for workplace culture guidance?

Ashley: John and I both have unique experiences that have led us to the roles we have today. John has a Master’s degree in Social Work and a deep understanding of human behavior from working one-on-one with people for years. I have 13 years of real-world business experience and have been at Clickstop since the talent enrichment team was first created.

John: All that certainly helped shape our path but, until working at Clickstop, I don’t think either of us had experienced this type of workplace. We wouldn’t be as well-equipped as we are without working here and having the freedom to experiment and adapt our strategies, and ultimately just seeing what is possible as far as workplace culture goes.

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“This first workshop is focused on inspiring people to look outside the boxes and start doing something different. Something that matters to them.”

In 2018, you hosted your inaugural workshop series as a pair. Would you say you two complement each other well? If so, how?

Ashley: We definitely do complement each other well and have realized that we each bring a unique skill set to the table. It’s funny, we often look to each other to answer questions we don’t know.

John: Ashley has a better perspective from a business standpoint due to her years of experience and I come at it using my social work experience and tie theory and research to her concepts. Ashley is the critical thinking “what” person who figures out how to stretch someone’s way of thinking about a concept, and I tend to be the creative one that figures out how to introduce the “what” in a way that people can easily understand and relate to.

That’s what allows us to be so good at helping people create comprehensive action plans. It’s not about lecturing or drawing on a whiteboard, it’s about real-world experiences and taking action.

What was the biggest thing you learned from those initial workshops?

John: I learned people love stories and to really feel what we’re teaching through real-world examples at Clickstop or in their workplaces. The best way to do that is to get people to open up and feel comfortable learning from each other, collaborating on their unique challenges and testing and applying what they learn throughout the workshop together.

Ashley: I learned it’s really hard to fit all the great stories and experiences we have into just a few hours! But seriously, the biggest takeaway came when I read the feedback cards and learned just how much the group loved learning and growing from each other and building off of each other’s ideas. We had Content Writers and Chief Operating Officers working together and having meaningful conversations. When the Content Writer was giving the COO ideas to use, that’s when we realized the truly unique value in these workshops.

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“I learned people love stories and to really feel what we’re teaching through real-world examples at Clickstop or in their workplaces.”

So, what type of people should attend your workshops? It’s not only for executives?

Ashley: Our workshops are “leadership development workshops,” but at Clickstop leadership isn’t always in the formal sense you typically think of. We’re looking for anyone who is looking to grow and learn in order to influence and impact the people around them.

John: At the end of the day, we want people that want to develop and grow themselves and then develop and grow others.

What would you say to someone who says they’re just too busy to attend these workshops?

Ashley: They’re exactly the people who need to attend! Because if you’re doing a good job leading your people you don’t need to spend a massive amount of time managing the work. The more effective you are as a leader the more effective your teams will be. Make time to invest in yourself.

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“We want people that want to develop and grow themselves and then develop and grow others.”

Is it important to attend the entire Imperative Conversation Series? Or could a person just pick certain ones?

Ashley: The greatest benefit comes from the entire series, no doubt. The series will help leaders transform how they work to drive engagement and better retention of top talent. They connect in many different ways, but that’s not to say you will be totally out in the dark or confused. Each workshop stands on its own and we want to help as many people as possible.

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Connecting the “Why” Conversations | February 20th | 9:00 – 11:00 AM

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