What Your Employees Need To Say, David M Dye, TBJApodcast 180
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What you need to say to your employees that you’re likely not. How to influence people to want to follow you. David M. Dye shares top tips from his award-winning book. Plus, how to turn a mistake into an opportunity to gain followers and improve a brand reputation.

David M. Dye, is founder and president of Trailblaze, Inc., a Denver-based leadership development business. He is an internationally recognized professional speaker, trainer, and facilitator. David works with leaders, managers, and supervisors who want to lead their team to the top without losing their soul (or mind) in the process. He also works with leaders to increase their influence, solve common leadership frustrations, and improve their productivity through people-centered leadership. David was honored as a top leadership expert to follow in 2015. He is the award-winning author of The Seven Things Your Team Needs to Hear You Say, his next book, Winning Well, will be published through AMACOM in spring 2016.

Think Like A Journalist Quote

“There is a difference between being a leader and being a boss. Both are based on authority. A boss demands blind obedience; a leader earns his authority through understanding and trust.” –Klaus Balkenhol, German equestrian and Olympic champion.

Success Quote

Sloppy progress beats perfection.

Career Highlight

The oldest of six kids, left in charge at the age of 11. He locked his siblings in the basement to clean the basement and then he would let them out. Hear his comical story and find out what this taught him at a young age about leadership. Learn what he says is his proudest moment and how it has impacted his life.

When It Didn’t Work

There are those moments where you don’t know what’s going to happen.  David shares a dark moment. What it felt like when he had an over-reliance on one client. Hear what he learned and how he recovered from that.

What Your Employees Need To Hear You Say

  1. Communicate: YOU CAN to your team. Let them know they can do it and then ask “How can we do it?”
  2. Inspiration is communicating the belief that together we can have a better tomorrow.
  3. Inspiration builds other people’s confidence.
  4. Even if you’re trying to define your character, choose your words carefully.
  5. Understand that people want to be trusted.
  6. The one thing you should never say to your team: “I don’t trust anybody.”
  7. Do your homework to find out what matters to your employees or, if you’re presenting to a client learn the following:

Know what keeps them up at night.
What’s exciting to them?
What are the challenges?
Find out what matters most in business.

Multimedia Resource



Comedian film with Jerry Seinfeld


Twitter @DavidMDye

Trailblaze Inc. Website

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Phoebe Chongchua
Phoebe Chongchua

Phoebe Chongchua is a multimedia Brand Journalist, Brand Consultant & Marketing Strategist who is revolutionizing brand communication with consumers. She makes companies remarkable using brand journalism storytelling to grow their online presence, build a community, and gain greater market share. Phoebe is a former TV News journalist who helps brands gain a competitive advantage by learning to "Be the Media". Phoebe is the host of "The Brand Journalism Advantage" podcast and a "Top 50 Podcaster To Follow". Listen in iTunes or at ThinkLikeAJournalist.com

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