75: Leaders With Heart Work To Create Shared Trust

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In this episode, Heather speaks with Chris Chancey, Founder of Amplio Recruiting about his leadership journey, the heart behind the company he founded, opportunities to step into our best selves through reflection and faith, and much more!

Key takeways:

  • Listen well.
  • Be intentional about knowing the strengths and weaknesses of our people.
  • Care about your people’s hearts.
  • Come at things humbly and openly through a child’s view.
  • Allow your people to solve their own problems and stay our of the way.
  • Write handwritten notes that show them why they work for you.
  • Leverage work as the fulcrum to make the world a better place.
  • Don’t be quick to shoot things down.
  • Encourage new ideas.
  • Focus on creating shared trust and safety.
  • Consistency versus constancy is key.
  • Leadership is made up of little decisions every day. 

This one is full of amazing concepts!

Chris Chancey firmly believes that business can be used to bring positive change in the world, that’s why he founded Amplio Recruiting, a company that helps bridge the hiring needs of both US companies and the career needs of the reliable talents within the refugee workforce in the country. 

Prior to Amplio, Chris was a Southeast Development Representative at HOPE International where he helped Christ-centered local businesses thrive in their industries as well as formed partnerships with existing companies within the US. 

He and his wife Sarah are “spousepreneurs”, and they had built several business together before birthing Amplio Recruiting. He graduated with a degree in Journalism in the University of Georgia. Chris also holds a Masters of Arts in Christian Studies with specialization in Market Ministry from the Denver Seminary.

From a Distance

I am finding myself working remote and apart more and more than being physically present with my incredible team. Hence, I am really trying to continue to get better at efficient decision-making, listening clearly, speaking candidly, and asking questions. 

I made a commitment to continue to improve at leading a team, and improving my skills on how to motivate, lead, and listen well from a distance.

Maybe I don’t intentionally engage them in the most beneficial way for their learning styles, but when you work remotely you have to intentionally know the strengths and weaknesses of your people.

You also have to really be able to engage your people in a meaningful way and not just for formality. Because, if it looks like you’re trying too hard, then your leadership probably won’t come across the right way with the right intention. They won’t feel you caring about their heart and the heart of the company, as well as wanting to see it continue to move in the right direction.

If you create an environment where trust is at the core, it will certainly have an impact on your efficiency as a company. – @chrischancey #leadershipwithheart Click To Tweet

Scripture Alludes to Work

My faith is a really important aspect of everything I do. Honestly, when I talk about leadership, even from high school and college, it is from a ministering perspective, a spiritual perspective. I actually went to seminary after college, expecting I’d become a pastor.

But it wasn’t until I studied the Bible in an academic setting that I recognized how much of the scripture alludes to work and how involved work is in shaping who we are as people.

That what lead me towards business and starting businesses that can have an impact to the world. For me, it was my motivation to leverage business as the greatest fulcrum to make the world a better place. So, we’re trying to prove that out through what we’re doing now and certainly, it is a challenge.

There’s definitely a shadow side in trying to help people as well as align with companies. But I think more often than not, we’re seeing some tremendous impact on an individual level and on a local community level.

Consistency is all about healthy rhythms and boundaries. You work hard when it’s time to work hard. When it’s time to put it off, you put it off and leave. – @chrischancey #leadershipwithheart Click To Tweet

Regaining Dignity

Essentially we’re helping companies across the US hire from the refugee workforce. We help companies engage with refugees who are legal to live and work in the US. No matter where we stand on the political spectrum on refugees and immigrants, or the ethics or morality of all these things, economically, we need to fill 7.5 million open jobs. 

There’s plenty of room at the table for those who are already here. It’s a win-win situation for both the refugees and the companies and we love being right at the center of that.

Dignity is such a huge aspect of the work that we do. We recognize that many of these individuals had a job before, in strategic positions accomplishing great things, but they were displaced from their home for whatever reason. 

So, we get help them reclaim that dignity that they’ve lost along the journey, and help them start dreaming again for their future. On the other hand it is also fun to work alongside companies who see the benefit of this vision.

There has got to be a shared trust that what you have created is a safe environment for your people, because if not, it can slow everything down. – @chrischancey #leadershipwithheart Click To TweetYou have to plant your fire in your people for them to stay in this marathon and not just in a sprint. – @chrischancey #leadershipwithheart Click To TweetCommunicating clearly is a constant need. – @chrischancey #leadershipwithheart Click To Tweet


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