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Chris Olmsted Employment Law and Leadership In Today’s World

Episode 47

About Chris Olmsted: Chris helps businesses avoid employment-related legal claims by providing employment law compliance advice and he also defends employers in a variety of litigation matters. He’s an attorney and shareholder in the San Diego office of Ogletree Deakins which is a California-based law firm. During his 25 years of experience litigating employment law claims, he has helped clients respond to just about every type of employment-related lawsuit that can be filed in California. He works with a team of talented defense attorneys in the firm’s San Diego office as well as the firm’s other offices throughout the state. He has 25 years of litigation experience combined with a long history of advising employers on a broad range of compliance issues and that enables Chris to offer his clients practical, succinct and creative advice. He got his law degree from Loyola Law School and his B.A. in the University of California, Berkeley.


In this episode, Jordan and Chris discuss:

  • Worldwide trends in harassment, discrimination, and hostile work environment

  • The state of remote working in the pandemic and how it might be moving forward

  • Supporting people emotionally as a leader or co-worker

  • Working with executive coaches to handle leadership issues

Key Takeaways

  • Thanks to remote working, people reveal a part of themselves that they may perhaps not want to. We have to be sensitive to each other’s preference for privacy.

  • As leaders or even just co-workers, we have to check up on each other and show a level of empathy to how people are feeling without breaching any boundaries.

  • If you’re not a licensed mental health professional, don’t involve yourself more than you should. Instead, help people get the help they need.

  • If you want to lead effectively, you need to speak the language of the people you’re leading

“You can be hard as an executive if you’ve earned their respect and you inspired people to work at their best. ” — Chris Olmsted

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Jordan Goldrich

Your host, Jordan Goldrich, grew up in a loud New York family and once lost an executive position because of his style. He is co-author of the Amazon Best Seller, Workplace Warrior®: People Skills For The No-Bulls**t Executive, Chief Operations Officer, Master Corporate Executive Coach, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. His guests are part of his international network of Workplace Warrior® executives, master corporate executive coaches, and thought leaders. Each guest will engage you in conversation about their successes, mistakes, and solutions. You will get strategies for being completely authentic, while you fulfill your commitment to your organization, build positive relationships, and take performance to an even higher level.

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