About: Kris Cavanaugh Castro

Kris Cavanaugh Castro
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Kris Cavanaugh Castro is the People Development Coach at Aepiphanni, the trusted advisor for business leaders who are seeking forward-thinking solutions to help them plan for and navigate through the challenges of business growth.  Kris has over 25 years of coaching, training and mentoring leaders to greater success; and she periodically writes about leadership development and facilitates change management conversations.

Posts by Kris Cavanaugh Castro:

  • Gaming the Virus to Win at Virtual Leadership

Gaming the Virus to Win at Virtual Leadership

Business leaders across the globe have seen global virtual teams (GVT) become the norm rather than the exception due to the world-wide Covid-19 pandemic. Working virtually has both benefits and drawbacks within a team structure. With video conferencing technologies and online data-sharing platforms already in place for most companies during the last 5-10 years, business teams easily transitioned to home-office environments as global shut-downs began. What proved challenging for team leaders, however, was how to manage and improve team engagement in a mandated virtual interaction world.

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  • Robots vs True Leaders

Robots vs True Leaders

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been a part of our culture for a very long time.  It started through fantasy and science fiction stories and then became a reality in the 1950s through the invention of computers.  As computers became more complex over the decades, AI machines were created and became standardized in various industries including manufacturing. With 2020 upon us, AI has now become a household standard through devices like Alexa and online chatbots to troubleshoot computer issues.

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  • 2020 Most Creative People in Business

2020 Most Creative People in Business

Fast Company magazine recently released a list of 74 individuals who all have one thing in common: “Their unique and unprecedented efforts over the past year have already led toward meaningful change, within their sectors and beyond.”  Each of those people was placed in one of the following 14 categories:

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  • Why Business Mentoring Programs Fail

Why Business Mentoring Programs Fail

The best way to learn is often through watching others first followed by a practice period until that new skill becomes natural. That learning curve can be significantly shortened through the input of a mentor who can provide honest feedback and tips to accelerate your growth process.

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  • Coaching Employees Towards Their Strengths

Coaching Employees Towards Their Strengths

Coaching Employees Towards Their Strengths in a Post-Pandemic World

There is an interesting dichotomy within the business world. Every senior management team wants their employees to be top performers, and yet so many companies are not investing in talent development programs to make that happen. CEOs who recognize that an investment in their staff is an investment in the company’s long-term success, generally become a more competitive force within the marketplace.

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  • Reskilling vs. Upskilling your Team

Reskilling vs. Upskilling your Team

In an ever-changing business landscape, leaders must keep an eye on the pulse of talent development initiatives to meet their long-term company goals and remain competitive in the marketplace.  As industries move towards advances in automation and digital interfaces, many job responsibilities will begin to change or become irrelevant over the next decade and beyond.

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Leadership Styles and Toilet Paper

One of the most amusing aspects of the Covid-19 shutdown has been the consistent scarcity of toilet paper. In the 50+ years I’ve been alive, I can’t ever remember the shelves in the paper aisle at the grocery store standing bare week after week for months, and the dairy section having limited stock on a regular basis. The outcry from the pandemic certainly spanned the spectrum of emotional responses, and leadership styles quickly became apparent as well.

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  • Preparing Your Business for a Post-Pandemic World

Preparing Your Business for a Post-Pandemic World

These days you can’t open a web browser without some sort of Covid-19 resource, information or warning.  As business leaders, not only is it important to know what’s going on during a crisis, it’s even more important to guide those on your team towards how to maneuver through the “after-effects” of that crisis.

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Leadership Tactics in a Time of Crisis

Effective leadership is rapidly becoming essential as the coronavirus causes unforeseen changes within businesses across the U.S. As ABC News recently reported, more businesses are mandating employees work from home.  Managing a virtual workforce in the best of times takes great leadership skills.  During turbulent times such as these, it’s even more important to direct your staff and run the business well to reduce the chance of negatively affecting the bottom line or your customer base.

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