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OBM Business Hour

OBM Business Hour

By Natalie Parks
Formerly Straight Talk: Bad for Business, this podcast is three organizational behavior management (OBMers) experts talking about real solutions to everyday problems in leadership, performance, operations, and everything else business.
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Episode 23: A Conversation with Todd Ward
Todd Ward is the president and founder of bSci21Media, LLC, Founder of Divergent Startups, and previous guest associate editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management (OBM). His extensive experiences span across working with individuals with autism, using Relational Frame Theory to teach trigonometry, team problem solving, helping others start their own businesses, and using OBM to support employee experience. He talks wit us today about his experiences and his advice for those behavior analysts who want to work in fields beyond autism and other developmental disabilities. 
July 28, 2021
Episode 22: Safe Behavior: A Conversation with Tim Ludwig
Tim Ludwig is the author of Dysfunctional Practices that Kill your Safety Culture (and what to do about them). He has over 30 years of research and practice experience in behavior approaches to safety. He founded and directed the Appalachian Safety Summit and currently teaches at Appalachian State University. Dr. Ludwig also served as Editor of the Journal of Organizational and Behavior Management and as past president of OBM Network. Learn more about Dr. Ludwig: Buy the book: 
July 9, 2021
Episode 21: A Conversation with Heather McGee
Dr. Heather McGee, professor at Western Michigan, and former president of the OBM (Organizational Behavior Management) Network joins us for a rich discussion about assessments, the difference between systems and performers, and how to use our science while teaching. 
July 2, 2021
Episode 20: Keeping Employees Engaged While Working Remotely
What was supposed to be a short-term solution to a pandemic has turned into a long-term state for many of us: working remotely. While there are many conveniences and benefits to working remotely, employee engagement can be more difficult when everyone is spread apart. We provide some of the most common reasons employees decrease their engagement and what to do about it. 
May 11, 2021
Episode 19: How to Address Employee Problems Pt. 2
How do you assess performance problems quickly? This episode continues Episode 16 by discussing two additional assessment tools. We also discuss what to do now that you know why a performance problem exists. 
April 18, 2021
Episode 18: Success with Difficult Clients
As an OBM consultant, you rely on your clients for follow through, transparency, and buy in. But what happens when you don't have one or all of these? In this episode, we discuss how to overcome barriers and work through the difficulties often faced in our field. 
April 9, 2021
Episode 17: Starting Your First OBM Project
Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) can be a difficult field to break in to. In this episode, we provide the steps to finding a client and successfully completing your first OBM project. 
April 9, 2021
Episode 16: How to Address Employee Problems Pt. 1
Assessment is always the first step to solving performance problems. But what does assessment mean and how do you do it? This episode dives into how to assess performance problems and the first steps one can take when working to improve performance. 
January 4, 2021
Episode 15: Why Performance Evaluations Suck
Annual performance evaluations are highly ineffective. We dig in to the many reasons why annual performance evaluations are so ineffective and what to do instead. This engaging conversation will provide you the things to consider when conducting evaluations and how each effects overall outcomes on performance. 
December 3, 2020
Episode 14: Instructional Design
Have you ever wondered what makes a good training versus one that has no impact on learner behavior? Our special guest Dr. Anna McCalpin is the Director of Instructional Design at Ardent. She gives us the tips and tricks to effective instruction and how to make the most of every training. 
October 29, 2020
Episode 13: Running Efficient Meetings
Do you ever feel that your life has been taken over by one big series of meetings? Meetings that are inefficient, pointless, and a complete waste of time? We have answers to your meeting problems! In this episode we discuss how to determine if you need a meeting, how to set up meetings to be time efficient and productive, how to keep people on task and on time, and how to follow up to keep the progress moving. 
October 14, 2020
Episode 12: Hiring and Selection Processes
Finding the right candidates and hiring the right people for your organization is one of the most important processes for an organization. Unfortunately so many organizations do it wrong and end up with the wrong people. From job descriptions to interviews and the hiring process, we discuss the common pitfalls and how to correct them. 
August 28, 2020
Episode 11: How to Use Goal Setting to Increase Performance
Goals don't just help us get clear on what we want to do and how quickly we want to get there; they are also a great way to increase the positive interactions between employees and their leaders. Today we discuss the many things to consider when setting goals and how to use them to increase performance in yourself and your employees.
August 28, 2020
Episode 10: Accountability
Accountability is one of the largest problems in organizations, no matter the industry. We discuss how to hold others accountable; how to ensure you are holding yourself accountable; and how to use feedback as a tool to increase accountability and performance.
July 3, 2020
Episode 9: How to Work in OBM
Ever wonder how to start working in organizational behavior management? We talk about our individual journeys and give some pointers on how to start. 
July 3, 2020
Episode 8: -isms
What are -isms and why are they so important to discuss at work? Learn how -isms effect all of us and some strategies leaders can use to make their organizations more inclusive. 
June 12, 2020
Episode 7: Behavior Based Safety
Learn about the most common safety issues organizations face and how to address them. 
June 12, 2020
Episode 6: Pinpointing Difficult Behaviors
Pinpointing is a technique behavior analysts use to ensure specificity of work tasks. This episode discusses how to do this and some common barriers that arise when pinpointing in organizations.
May 21, 2020
Episode 5: Emotional Intelligence
Emotional intelligence is something that everyone needs, but what is it really? Hear the behavior analytic take on just what emotional intelligence is and how we can all get a bit more of it.
May 11, 2020
Episode 4: Contingencies
What are contingencies and why do we care about them? In behavior analysis, contingencies are how well the event that follows a behavior is connected with the behavior - making it more or less likely it will occur again. Hear about how to ensure contingencies are in place to increase performance of employees. 
May 11, 2020
Episode 3: Training
What variables are important to consider when training staff? We discuss this as well as how to ensure staff are trained to complete their job responsibilities with high success! 
May 11, 2020
Episode 2: Leadership Development
In this episode we discuss the most important aspects of leadership development and the best ways for businesses to incorporate this into their daily operations. 
May 11, 2020
Episode 1: Teaching Problem Solving to New Leaders
Many leaders are promoted due to their excellent technical skills; however, not provided specific skills in leadership. One key leadership skill is problem solving and teaching employees to problem solve. We discuss the many aspect of problem solving and how to teach it to new leaders. 
May 11, 2020