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Better Together (Jeff Griffiths)

  • Episode #6

In this episode, Jeff Griffiths talks about the value of not only knowing but trusting the capabilities of your team members. He and Sharon discuss the evolution from an autocratic and mechanical approach to leadership to more cooperation and collaboration.

Welcome to To Lead Is Human. This show helps listeners envision how they can uplevel their leadership and shape cultures of accountability, respect, and candor.

Jeff Griffiths is a co-founder and Managing Director of WorkForce Strategies International, a leading workforce and organizational development consultancy. He focuses on talent and the critical role that it plays in delivering sustainable organizational performance.

“It’s important to not always be right…and rely on the unique expertise that other people around you have.”

Jeff Griffiths

Jeff Griffiths is a co-founder and Managing Director of WorkForce Strategies International, a leading workforce and organizational development consultancy based in Calgary AB. He is also a senior Fellow at the Canada West Foundation and a member of the Workforce Forum for the North American Strategy for Competitiveness (NASCO).

Jeff’s practice focuses on talent and the critical role that it plays in delivering sustainable organizational performance. After leaving the Canadian military in the late 1990’s, he’s been on a mission to help create talent-first, resilient, agile organizations that can excel against today’s challenges while being adaptable to an uncertain future. He has helped organizations across a wide swath of the economy, including manufacturing, natural resources, transportation/logistics, aerospace, and professional services.

Since 2018, he has been working with the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation to adapt their “Talent Pipeline Management” approach to the Canadian context, bridging the gap between what employers need and what education and training institutions deliver. He’s currently working with international partners to work on comprehensive talent supply solutions for major development projects that deliver real economic benefits to local communities as well as better returns for project owners. 

For more than 30 years, Sharon Richmond has partnered with C-level executives from mid-size and small, fast-growing companies who want to up-level their leadership and build companies they are proud of. Clients accelerate their leadership by embracing mindset and behavior changes, building self-awareness and self-management skills, and focusing on the three things all leaders must ensure: focus, energy and delivery.

Sharon’s purpose as an executive coach is to help leaders 10X their impact by leveraging the power afforded by their roles to build organizations that are forces for good, both economically and socially. She also advises CEOs on shaping organization culture and leading change.

Sharon has taught leadership at Stanford GSB, where she now helps leaders increase influence, manage conflict, and prepare to build high-performing teams.

To see a list of Sharon’s clients, please visit

Resources or websites mentioned in this episode:
Sharon’s website
Jeff’s website
Jeff’s LinkedIn

Guest – Jeff Griffiths
Producer – Cynthia Lamb
Executive producer – Danny Iny
Assembled by – Melissa Deal
Audio Post Supervisor: Evan Miles, Christopher Martin
Audio Post Production by Post Office Sound
Music soundscape: Chad Michael Snavely
Making our hosts sound great: Home Brew Audio

Music and SFX credits: 
Track Title: Escaping Light
Artist(s): Aaron Sprinkle
Writer(s): Aaron Sprinkle

Track Title: Bright Future
Artist(s): Be Still The Earth
Writer: Marshall Usinger

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To Lead Is Human

Every business leader has a huge impact on their organization. In this podcast, Sharon Richmond interviews successful leaders who have turned personal growth into tangible business outcomes. They discuss overcoming challenges, lessons learned and what helps them make a positive impact in their organization. Sharon offers insight and advice to help listeners envision how they can supercharge their own leadership by blending the art and science of leading with intention.