Bring Your Whole Self to Work
About This Show
On Bring Your Whole Self to Work, author Mike Robbins interviews interesting and influential business leaders and thought leaders. Over the past 16 years, Mike has spoken at thousands of events throughout the world and has partnered with top organizations like Google, Wells Fargo, Airbnb, Gap, Microsoft, Schwab, the NBA, Twitter, the San Francisco Giants, and many others. Mike gets real with his guests, so that you can learn the truth behind their stories and their success, as well as how they’ve been able to overcome challenges and bring all of who they are to the work that they do. These conversations are designed to give you specific ideas, insights, and techniques for creating greater authenticity, success, and fulfillment in your career, as well as how you can create an environment around you at work where people get real, have each other’s backs, and bring all of who they are. For more information on Mike Robbins and his work, visit www.Mike-Robbins.com.
Most Recent Episode
It’s All About People and Emotions with Stuart Crabb
5 days ago
My guest on today’s podcast is Stuart Crabb. Stuart and I met five years ago at a Wisdom 2.0 conference (notice a running theme?). At the time, he was working at Facebook and was kind enough to take a small group of us on a tour of the social media company’s Palo Alto campus. As the Head of Global Learning, Stuart helped design and grow Facebook’s Learning and Development program. When he started at Facebook there were about 500 employees, and when he left earlier this year, there were about 15,000. He has recently started a new venture, Oxegen Consulting, and shares a wealth of insight with us on the podcast today. What does Bring Your Whole Self to Work Mean to Stuart? Stuart understands bringing your whole self to work isn’t just good for organizational cultures, it’s actually good for individual performance. The opportunity to be the same person you are at work and still be the same person you are when you are not at work is the essence of bringing your whole self to work. Stuart says when a person is able to live and work authentically, they are able to explore the natural strengths and full dimensions of their character. If a workplace celebrates what individuals bring to the team dynamic, high performing teams will develop. Assimilation comes at a price. The energy people expend on fitting in gets lost and misdirected. Being able to leverage energy, to have it unencumbered for the innovation process is much more productive and beneficial to the organization. The Strength Evangelist In 2009, Facebook wanted to build a positive culture. They entrusted Stuart with creating a team with strength-based performance as its core. Stuart believes progressive organizations realize the manager trumps the brand. A company should never pay someone extra to become a manager. It incents people to want to lead for the wrong reasons. None of the perks matter if your manager sucks. Focusing on the larger social community is what is important. Having the Sweaty Palmed Conversations It goes beyond performance. It’s really all about people and their emotions. Organizations must be prepared to discuss the undiscussable. Stuart says people may misin