How to Solve Your People Problem w/ Brett Cooper

by | Aug 10, 2021 | Podcast

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Guest: Brett is the visionary President of Integris Performance Advisors, a professional development firm he co-founded to help leaders create healthier organizations and dynamic, inclusive cultures. Brett is a frequent speaker on topics related to Team Dynamics, Leadership, and Operational Excellence. He is also the co-author of “Solving the People Problem: Essential Skills You Need to Lead and Succeed in Today’s Workplace.” He is also the co-author of “Solving the People Problem.”

Outside of his role at Integris, Brett dedicates time to serving others in need. He is a volunteer coordinator for the East Bay Stand Down and Stand Down on the Delta, two non-profit organizations serving the needs of San Francisco’s homeless Veteran population. He is also a board member for Partners in Sustainable Learning, whose mission is to bring early childhood education to marginalized communities in the developing world (current projects are underway in Nepal).

Episode in a Tweet: The key to optimizing relationships is understanding yourself and others better so you can solve your people problem. Build healthy teams and organizations through the unique combination of emotional intelligence (EQ) and the DISC Profile.

Quick Background: In this episode, Brett and I talk about improving engagement throughout your organization by focusing on relationship development. The best way to build a relationship is through connection and a deeper understanding of one another.

In Solving the People Problem, Brett and his business partner Evans Kerrigan walk you through every aspect of DISC-EQ, the language you need to understand and capitalize on the personality differences of the people around you, with practical advice in six critical areas:

  • Decision making
  • Communicating with others
  • Handling conflict
  • Working with your team
  • Selling and serving customers
  • Being a leader

During this episode, Brett does an excellent job describing what the DISC Profile means and how to use it when hiring people and building teams. We discuss the importance of being authentic in the way you show up while developing your ability to flex and modify your style based on who you are working with. We also talk about how to stop talking when you are the loudest person in the room and how introverts can speak up when they feel uncomfortable.

Brett also offered Reflect Forward listeners the opportunity to get a personalized DISC-EQ report. Visit his website here:

Enter the Access Code: Reflect Forward. The assessment takes a few minutes, and they will email you a copy. I enjoyed the report; it was spot on and gave me actionable ways to improve.

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