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People at Work
37 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
The future of workplace culture with Gina DeLapa
Workplace culture is like an octopus on roller skates. There are many moving parts, and if we don’t move those parts in the same direction, chaos ensues. That’s why this week’s guest on People at Work, Gina DeLapa, believes that the future of workplace culture rests on shared purpose. As we’ve shifted (a bit awkwardly like invertebrates on roller skates too) into overnight remote work, our physical spaces are now far less important for building our cultures than rallying everyone around a common goal. But vibrant and engaging workplace cultures go beyond shared purpose. They also require more self-aware leaders who understand why human-centric environments are best for people who work there. In addition, collaboration, openness, and inclusion are now minimum viable elements for any organization and its culture. Listen in for more about Gina’s look into the future of workplace culture and her call to action for all of us at work. Workplace culture is up to all of us, and there’s much we can influence for good if we choose to do that. About our guest: Gina DeLapa helps company leaders transform their culture so employees engage, drama disappears, and company culture becomes a competitive advantage. Gina has been collecting great quotations for more than half her life. They often inspire her writing and speaking. Here's one from Ed McMahon, as he was wrapping up his time on The Tonight Show: "Play your role — to the very end." You can connect with Gina on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/ginadelapa, on Twitter @GinaDeLapa, on Facebook at facebook.com/ginadelapa, and on Instagram @ginadelapa. Resources: 50 Traits of Exceptional Leaders: info.ginadelapa.com/50-traits-of-exceptional-leaders
33 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Take control of your goal setting with Kristen Burke
There are things that get in the way of achieving goals. Often, we have ourselves to blame. It’s not usually a lack of aspiration or dreams, but the belief that we can actually set a goal and see it to completion. Kristen Burke feels there are four obstacles that put roadblocks in our way. Perfection, fear, perceived shortage of time, and lack of self-promotion. These are all internal factors that we can control on our goal setting and achieving journey (also known as life). Kristen talks through each of these obstacles in this episode of People at Work. She provides sassy yet helpful responses to the usual excuses we use to get ourselves off the hook. After all, if we’re not taking our goals seriously, who will? About our guest: Kristin is a goal achievement coach who collaborates with women, entrepreneurs, and leaders to accomplish breakout performances. She launched her coaching practice after advancing in her corporate career from an intern to a senior level director. Kristin is married to her high-school sweetheart, Joe, and they have a vivacious 6-year-old, Scarlett. In her free time, she enjoys finding flow through her hot yoga practice, running, and reading. You can connect with Kristin on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/burkekristin and on Instagram @meetkristinburke. Resources: Hear more from Kristin at kristinburke.com/podcast.
35 minutes | May 31, 2021
When we fail, we grow with Shani Magosky
If you’re a recovering perfectionist like me, you’ll know that failure and making mistakes don’t sit well. Where in the past I focused on the perfect score in any endeavor, I’ve now come to value the jagged edges of things unfinished, unsolved, and never meant to be. Shani Magosky brings the idea of embracing failure into focus. She believes there are types of failure that can help us grow, innovate, adapt, and improve. Most of these don’t even get us into a lot of trouble (except for the mistakes around law-breaking, which are generally not encouraged). But why then do we shy away from not getting things right the first time or at all? Shani talks through the psyche around mistake making and how humans can learn to accept and even welcome failure as a prerequisite for success. According to Shani, we’re never done failing because there really is no such thing as perfection. So, get messy and make mistakes—it’s good for you (and everyone around you!). About our guest: Shani Magosky founded The Leadershift Project based on years of experience working with leaders of all levels and a desire to change organizations by helping people become better leaders- of others and themselves. In her free time, you can find Shani rock climbing, mid-vinyasa at her favorite yoga studio, hurtling down black diamond slopes, riding her Harley, or kicking back to watch some college football. You can connect with Shani on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/shanimagosky, on Twitter @leadershiftproj, and on Instagram @theleadershiftproject. Resources: Check out The LeaderShift Project website for free resources and book recommendations by Shani at theleadershiftproject.com.
30 minutes | May 21, 2021
Best practices aren’t always what’s best with Andrew Bartlow
As always, this episode of People at Work is brought to you by Jostle. Head on over to www.jostle.me to start your free trial today! As companies grow their company culture also grows and evolves. When that happens there are two common reactions: Slap on some shiny new process or HR tactic that they heard some Fortune 500 company was using Try desperately to hold on to their existing culture and stop it from evolving Both of these reactions often make things worse. So what do you do if you’re leading a high-growth company and want to make sure you have a vibrant culture and the right mix of processes and freedom? That’s the exact question I kicked around with Andrew Bartlow on today’s episode. What it boils down to is awareness, critical thinking, and intentionality. You need an awareness that the changes you’re experiencing are a natural evolution for a high-growth company. Then think critically about what might work for your specific company. Don’t just blindly copy an approach from a company you admire. Finally, be intentional with your changes. Don’t make them for the sake of making them. Really think through what your intended outcome is. Simple, right? But definitely not easy. About our guest: Andrew Bartlow is a Human Resources and Talent Management expert and the co-author of Scaling for Success: People Priorities for High Growth Organizations. He leads Series B Consulting, which focuses on rapid growth, and the People Leader Accelerator, the preeminent development program for startup HR leaders. He’s worked with clients like Masterclass and many others to help them overcome obstacles in a hyper-growth phase. You can connect with Andrew on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/bartlow. Resources: Who Should Founders Listen to For Advice Evolution and Revolution as Organizations Grow
24 minutes | May 17, 2021
The value of aligning values with Josh Mathias
As always, this episode of People at Work is brought to you by Jostle. Head on over to www.jostle.me to start your free trial today! There are always some bumpy times when a company is growing quickly. Usually the problem boils down to either the wrong people, the wrong processes, or both. If you have a capable person who just isn’t compatible with your organization and becomes disgruntled then you run the risk of that spreading to other employees. On the other hand, if you drown intelligent, creative people in strict processes you could be hurting their ability to make positive change in the organization. It’s all a tricky balance and it’s why growing a company isn’t easy. In this episode, I had a chat with Josh Mathias about why hiring people whose values are aligned with your company’s values is more important than their skill set, and how important it is to make sure processes don’t limit the creativity and capability of your people. Give it a listen to learn some of the lessons he learned along the way as he grew from labourer to Managing Director at The Hythe Group. About our guest: Josh Mathias is MD of The Hythe Group. He joined the company aged 22 as a labourer and took a break so he could return in a commercial role. Josh loves cooking - particularly outdoors, which is lucky because—until today—indoor dining hadn’t been allowed in the UK for months! He likes to cook anything that’s challenging. You can connect with Josh on Twitter @JoshMathias9 and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/josh-mathias-544112101.
37 minutes | May 10, 2021
Look for invisible information when relating to others says Laura Kriska
As always, this episode of People at Work is brought to you by Jostle. Head on over to www.jostle.me to start your free trial today! There’s more than meets the eye with each and every one of us. Yet, we often make assumptions about others based on what’s visible to us. And that can lead to misunderstandings, compounding stereotypes, and division. Laura Kriska believes that to be successful in relating to somebody else, we have to grasp not only the visible, but the invisible. This takes work, patience, and skills like listening and attentiveness. Plus, it demands that we check our biases and assumptions, so that we build an internal infrastructure that’s based on curiosity, respect, and an open mind. In this latest episode of People at Work, Laura talks about why this is so important, especially in the workplace. As leaders, we have significant power and opportunity to bring about change. Learning from her own hard knocks, Laura has some powerful ideas and practices to bring people together, rather than force them apart. About our guest: Laura Kriska is an internationally recognized expert and leading consultant on cross-cultural relations with more than 30 years of experience bridging gaps in diverse workplaces. Laura has worked with Fortune 500 companies on four continents, helping thousands of business leaders and professionals build trust across Us versus Them differences based on nationality, ethnicity, race, religion, age, or any factor of identity. Her latest book The Business of WE provides a practical roadmap for creating trust with others who are different from ourselves. You can connect with Laura on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/laura-kriska-0a93902a, on Twitter @LauraKriska, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LauraKriskaauthor, and on Instagram @laurakriska_author. Resources: Find The Business of WE at www.businessofwethebook.com.
37 minutes | May 3, 2021
Are you prepared to love ‘em or lose ‘em asks Dr. Bev Kaye
As always, this episode is brought to you by Jostle. Head on over to www.jostle.me to start your free trial today! When your team members wake up in the morning, do they want to come to work? It’s worth reflecting on that question. The answer could tell you a ton about your own leadership, the degree of intellectual stimulation on offer, and the quality of your workplace culture and relationships. If you don’t like the answer you get, then it’s time for change. Because if you don’t make sure the answer is positive, someone else is eagerly waiting to make up for what you’re lacking. Employee retention isn’t a burden for leaders. It’s exactly the opposite. Dr. Bev Kaye has been thinking about this opportunity for leaders for over 40 years. She thinks of retention as caring for people rather than simply trying to keep them. Bev joined me on People at Work to get to the heart of the matter. She shares a few key tips for leaders that don’t involve rocket science. It’s simply about human-to-human relating, that starts with noticing employees and what matters to them. Now more than ever, you’ll want to hear a resounding “Yes” when your people open their eyes every day. About our guest: Dr. Beverly Kaye is recognized internationally as one of the most knowledgeable and practical professionals in the areas of career development and employee engagement and retention. Bev is a transplanted Jersey girl who has made her home in Los Angeles with her husband, Barry, and near her daughters, Lindsey and Jill. You can connect with Dr. Kaye on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/bevkaye and on Twitter @BeverlyLKaye. Resources: Download a free excerpt from the sixth edition of Dr. Kaye’s international bestseller, Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em: Getting Good People to Stay at https://bevkaye.com/books/love-em-or-lose-em/
35 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
The current state of remote working isn’t good for the long-term with Dr. Aaron Barth
As always, this episode of People at Work is brought to you by Jostle. Head over to www.jostle.me to start your free trial today. If we moved to widespread remote work under regular circumstances, things might look and feel a bit different. But, almost overnight we turned dining rooms into offices and blew up the ring light market against the backdrop of a global health crisis. Those who lived through that shift might be able to relate to Zoom fatigue, cats as co-workers (or alter egos), and the cementing of sweat pants as office attire. More promising, the commute is gone, we’ve got extra time for ourselves, and we don’t have to contend with co-workers not making a fresh pot of coffee after taking the last cup. But, the shape of remote work isn’t what it should be. It could be so much better. And realistically, it needs to be. Dr. Aaron Barth of Dialectic recently partnered with us on a research study to understand the impact of remote work on inclusion. What we found were some obvious barriers to inclusion, but also a set of contradictions that remote workers are feeling. These sentiments centre on performance, manager relationships, sick time, and added responsibilities. In some cases, we’re seeing positive gains, but overall there’s short-term thinking that’ll have long-term negative effects for people and organizations. Aaron talks about these contradictions in this week’s episode of People at Work. The current state of remote working needs work. There are alarm bells ringing and this isn’t an office building fire drill. About our guest: Dr. Aaron Barth has led comprehensive research on unconscious bias and inclusion training. He has a moral interest in making people’s day-to-day lives better through critical thinking and supporting companies with their DE&I strategy. Aaron is also the founder of Dialectic’s diversity, equity, and inclusion Learning Snippets. You can connect with Aaron on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/aaronbarthphd/, on Facebook at facebook.com/dialecticwork, on Twitter @dialecticwork, and on Instagram @dialecticwork. Resources: Dialectic's Learning Snippets Jostle + Dialectic's remote work research study
30 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Creativity is mission critical with Nir Bashan
As always, this episode of People at Work is brought to you by Jostle. Head over to www.jostle.me to start your free trial today. Be honest: how many of us get more excited about the box than the contents, like when we were little? Probably very few. But what if we could bring the joy that children get from creating spaceships, forts, and lemonade stands out of cardboard boxes, into our adult working lives? Nir Bashan thinks we should and we must. He’s a creativity expert who’s rejecting traditional business thinking in favour of creativity. It’s not that we don’t need analytics, it’s just that alone they don’t serve the long-term health and prosperity of organizations or their people. According to Nir, we’ve traded our creativity that we were born with for analytical skills at work. Nir joins me on People at Work to talk about what this means today and what we need to change for the future. Creativity isn’t reserved for artsy types. Creativity has a firm place at the helm of business and Nir is here to show us how. Give the episode a listen and see whether you can bring cardboard box thinking into your work life today. About our guest: Nir Bashan has taught thousands of leaders and individuals around the globe how to harness the power of creativity to improve business outcomes and create more meaning in their work. Nir has spent the last two decades working on a formula to codify creativity for business and he’s written about it in his book, The Creator Mindset. Nir is also a lifelong West Ham United fan. Come on you Irons! You can connect with Nir on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/nirbashan, on Instagram @nirbashan, on Twitter @Nir_Bashan, and on Facebook at facebook.com/nirbashan1. Resources: Nir’s book, The Creator Mindset, is available anywhere books are sold!
35 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
How to do feedback right with Libby Robinson
As always, this episode of People at Work is brought to you by Jostle. Head over to www.jostle.me to start your free trial today. Clammy hands, dry mouth, body slightly shaking… exactly what happens when you hear the words “I’d like to give you some feedback.” Even worse when they’re paired with “annual performance review”. Maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but if you’ve ever had a job, you’ve likely experienced the agony of poor feedback. If you’ve ever managed a team of people, you’ve most definitely experienced the discomfort of delivering negative feedback. Libby Robinson is out to change that. Believing that we’ve been doing feedback wrong for many years, Libby advocates for a more proactive approach. It’s not that people don’t want feedback. They just want it on their terms. In this People at Work conversation, Libby shares the research and neuroscience behind a new way of thinking about feedback: when people seek it out, it’s far more pleasant for everyone. Libby’s so committed to doing feedback right, that she’s built a free app called Backfeed+ to facilitate it. If you’d like to join her in the quest to blow up traditional performance reviews and awful feedback, listen in! About our guest: Libby Robinson is the Managing Partner of Integral, an award-winning leadership, executive coaching, and advisory company working with Fortune 1000 companies globally. A former Wall Street Banker, aerospace engineer, and National Champion Equestrian, Libby has worked for 26 years with senior leaders globally, helping to bring more mindfulness, resilience, and greater capacity to brilliant and ambitious leaders. Libby’s latest venture has been to launch BackFeed+, a new app that helps individuals and organizations get better, faster feedback using a method backed by the latest neuroscience data about how individuals receive feedback with less stress. You can connect with Libby on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/integralcoaches. Resources: Learn more about Backfeed+ at www.backfeedapp.com.
25 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Curiosity is the foundation for workplace culture with Robin Barone
As always, this episode is brought to you by Jostle. Head over to www.jostle.me to start your free trial today! Observe a group of children being curious and you’ll see joy, engagement, experimentation, and more on display. That’s because they’re free to try new things, make mistakes, and learn to trust what others have to say and do. Robin Barone saw a parallel between child-like curiosity and the ingredients for a healthy and vibrant place of work. Pivoting from children’s book author to workplace consultant, she now teaches leaders how to use curiosity to build workplace culture. For Robin, there are two distinct buckets of workplace cultures: those that embrace curiosity and those that don’t. Those that do, use curiosity to make the uncomfortable more comfortable, and she believes that we get there by building trust. Listen in to hear Robin’s take on how else curiosity can help workplaces and people in them perform at their best. We can all aspire to bring more childlike wonder into work! Even better if it builds trust and helps us relate better with others. About our guest: Robin Barone is an educator, writer, and traveler who has visited over 60 countries and lived abroad. Prior to founding Diplomat Books, Ms. Barone worked in finance where she was known for her ability to formulate win-win solutions. You can connect with Robin on Instagram @whereisrobinusa. Resources: The next Curiosity Conversations for Individuals cohort will be held May 12-June 2 The next Train the Trainer session will be held July 12-13 Visit https://curiosityconversations.co for details.
22 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Using escape rooms as a tool for self-improvement with Christina Eanes
I like solving puzzles so I’ve always enjoyed escape rooms. I looked at them as a fun way to pass time with friends but I never really noticed the parallels between escape rooms and work issues until I spoke with Christina Eanes. Deadlines, stress, communication, productivity, emotional intelligence...all part of work, and all part of escape rooms. On this episode I chat with Christina about how she uses skills learned and practiced in escape rooms to help leaders with self-development. We focus on the importance of perception, emotional intelligence, and communication. We also chat about how being self-aware of your energy and understanding what creates and consumes energy for you can help improve your productivity. About our guest: Christina Eanes is a former FBI violent crime analyst and senior manager, now author, speaker, podcast and YouTube channel host, and self-improvement guru. Christina has done 500+ escape rooms in 20+ countries. You can connect with Christina on Twitter at @ChristinaEanes and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/christinaeanes.
25 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Helping your employees grow with Cherie Curtis
The job of a leader is to help those on their team grow and be successful. This is why I was excited to chat with Cherie Curtis. Cherie went from volunteer intern to CEO at Revelian so she knows a thing or two about what people need in order to advance in their career. Cherie explains that helping your people grow starts with genuinely caring and getting to know them. And by selflessly focusing on what they need to grow. She also gives some tips on how to spot people who have high growth potential with the three main components being problem-solving ability, emotional intelligence, and initiative. If you’re a leader looking to help your people grow or if you’re looking to grow in your own career, this episode is worth a listen. About our guest: Cherie Curtis is an Organizational Psychologist and President of Criteria, an assessment company dedicated to helping organizations make better talent decisions using objective, multidimensional data. Cherie has been recognized as the nation’s top leader in the 2016 AIM Leadership Excellence Awards and was a finalist in the 2015 Qld Telstra Business Women’s Awards. You can connect with Cherie on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/cheriecurtis, on Twitter @CriteriaCorp, or on Facebook at facebook.com/CriteriaCorp.
24 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Starting with core values with Morgan Browne
Most companies that grow quickly experience some form of growing pains. It’s almost inevitable. But having a strong foundation of core values and a focus on company culture from the start can help make those growing pains a little less painful. On this episode I had the opportunity to chat with Morgan Browne, President & Co-Founder of Oakwyn Realty. Morgan is on a mission to flip real estate upside down and provide a collaborative atmosphere where realtors feel safe and work together. And it’s working. Oakywn has gone from 10 agents to 500 agents and they’ve managed to hold onto that collaborative atmosphere due to their consistent focus on their core values. Give this episode a listen to learn about the core values that enabled their success, as well as some of the growing pains they did face along the way. About our guest: Morgan Browne is a fierce and passionate partner at Oakwyn Realty. Co-founding the company in 2014, Morgan has nurtured Oakwyn Realty into Vancouver's fastest-growing realty brokerage. Morgan’s can-do attitude and passion for building make it possible for Oakwyn’s forward-thinking and expansion plans. Driven to make a difference in the Canadian business community and embracing change in the real estate industry. You can connect with Morgan on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/morgan-browne-97bb1710.
30 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Strategic thinking as a skill with Greg Githens
The ability to think strategically is something that makes you more promotable and is something you need in order to lead a company. I think most of us would agree on that. But how do you improve your ability to think strategically? The short answer is...there’s no shortcut to developing your strategic thinking skills. It takes time, commitment, and, according to Greg Githens, working on specific microskills like curiosity, courage, and dealing with ambiguity. The good news is that strategic thinking is a skill that we can all work on and not just some mystical thing that some people have. Give this episode a listen to get some ideas on how to improve your strategic thinking starting today. About our guest: Greg Githens was born and raised in Ohio but now lives in Florida. He is an Executive Coach who works with senior and mid-level managers in organizations of all sizes. He is also a seminar leader and speaker who has appeared before audiences on six different continents. He's looking for an opportunity in Antarctica but his wife says that she'll stay in Florida if he goes. You can connect with Greg on Twitter @GregGithens and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/greggithens. Resources: Greg has a LinkedIn group, "Practitioners of Strategic Thinking Microskills." Each week, on a rotating basis, the group is reminded of one of the 20 microskills and encouraged to practice that microskill. Everyone is welcome.
28 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
How you communicate tells us who you are with Dr. Nate Regier
If you exist alone on a desert island, you can do what you want, when you want, and how you want. However, none of us have this luxury in the business world. We all rely on others to get things done. When we’re trying to get something done together, differences start to matter. According to Dr. Nate Regier, those differences show up in the way we communicate with one another. In fact, our very personalities are expressed in our communication preferences. Nate joins me on the People at Work podcast to explain how the process communication model helps us make sense of this. This is not just another personality assessment tool. It’s a model of personality and communication, that helps individuals understand themselves better and learn behavioural skill sets and self-management competencies. Not only does this model help us make sense of who we are and grow, it’s vital in helping leaders take care of themselves and people around them. By learning how to communicate better, we reduce stress and enhance compassion. Two key outcomes all leaders should be striving for. About our guest: Nate Regier, PhD, is the CEO and founding owner of Next Element Consulting, a global leadership firm helping companies build cultures of Compassionate Accountability®. Dr. Regier is a former practicing psychologist and expert in social-emotional intelligence, interpersonal communication, and leadership. He shares his expertise as a keynote speaker, author, and podcaster. Nate loves to bar-be-que and once won a competition for his Jamaican Jerk chicken wings. You can connect with Nate on Facebook at facebook.com/NextElement, on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/next-element-consulting-llc, on Twitter @NextNate, and on YouTube at NextElement1. Resources: Next Element Resources | Next Element Workshops
31 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
Meet, chat, or Volley? With Josh Little
Emails and messages and meetings...oh my! Nowadays there are so many different communication channels that it can be difficult to figure out which one to use in a given situation. Do you go synchronous or asynchronous? If you go asynchronous, do you send a message, an email, or a video? I wish it was an easy answer, but it really depends on who you’re communicating with and what you’re hoping to achieve with that communication. On this episode, I was joined by Josh Little, the Founder & CEO of Volley which is an asynchronous, threaded video communication platform. We chatted about how some people are just better suited for asynchronous communication, how to deal with Zoom fatigue, and what the future workplace will look like. About our guest: Josh Little is the founder of four tech companies–Maestro, Bloomfire, Qzzr, and Volley–that have collectively been used by hundreds of millions of people. His work has been featured in Tech Crunch, Mashable, Entrepreneur, Inc., and Forbes. With two successful exits and third pending, he’s currently on a mission to save the working world from death-by-meetings with his fourth creation, Volley. Depending on what circle you run in, you may know Josh better for his pickles, performances, or projects–as he is a 5th generation pickler, a classically trained singer, and a mechanically-minded YouTuber. You can connect with Josh on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/littlejosh.
32 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Why we need spiritual intelligence (SQ) at work with Amy Lynn Durham
There are a few Qs you may be familiar with: IQ and EQ are the obvious ones. Recently I was introduced to a new, and possibly more powerful Q, Spiritual Intelligence or SQ. SQ has nothing to do with faith or religion. It’s a way to describe that place within each of us where compassion, wisdom, and love reside. Once we’re able to tap into this place, we can achieve a state of equanimity to manage our emotions and respond calmly to others. Amy Lynn Durham believes we need SQ at work. More human-centric workplaces are created by leaders working on their SQ first, and then creating environments where people are seen, heard, and wanted. In this episode of People at Work, Amy Lynn shares her own journey to nurture deeper SQ, and how she’s made it her life’s work to help others do the same. She also talks about ways to build SQ, and what it looks like at work when SQ thrives. This conversation really piqued my interest as a growing human and leader, and I hope it’ll do the same and more for you. About our guest: Amy Lynn Durham is a certified Spiritual Intelligence coach and an Emotional Intelligence Practitioner. She has spent years in the corporate world successfully managing hundreds of employees for private and publicly traded companies. Amy designed Create Magic At Work to bring a variety of services and strategies to aid in cultivating teamwork and harmony in order to improve profits and employee morale through coaching and workshops. You can connect with Amy Lynn on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/amylynndurham, on Facebook at facebook.com/CreateMagicAtWork, and on Instagram @createmagicatwork. Resources: The Create Magic at Work Book is available on their website.
38 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
Implicit agreements are how you communicate your culture says Bretton Putter
When you join a new company, you enter into two contracts. The obvious one is the signed employment agreement that outlines your salary, benefits, and the like. The other contract is the implicit agreement that exists between you and your employer. Few people work for what’s in the signed contract. They show up at work each day because of how it feels to be there, what they enjoy about their work, and how much opportunity they have to grow. In other words, they come because of the culture, not their paycheck. Bretton Putter has been observing implicit contracts and how they’re upheld across companies of varying sizes and industries. Unfortunately over the past year, many of these contracts have been broken. In particular, those companies building cultures based on physical offices and tangible perks, have struggled to keep their implicit contracts in one piece. In this episode of People at Work, Bretton talks about what to do if you’ve been caught swimming naked as the tide recedes (paraphrasing Warren Buffett). This is a conversation to prepare us for what lies ahead in the re-framed world of work and those implicit contracts that need repairing. Naked swimmers, now’s the time to get a wetsuit. About our guest: Bretton is an expert on company culture development. He’s the founder and CEO of CultureGene, a company culture development company helping companies build strong, functional cultures while transitioning to a remote or hybrid work model. Bretton has written two books on the subject of company culture. Culture Decks Decoded was published in 2018 and Own Your Culture: How to Define, Embed and Manage your Company Culture was published in September 2020. He writes a popular blog on culture-driven companies and is a sought-after speaker. You can connect with Bretton on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/brettonputter, on Facebook at facebook.com/culturegene100, and on Twitter @BrettonPutter. Resources: Own your Culture Culture Decks Decoded
22 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
Noble purpose with Elizabeth Lotardo
COVID-19 kind of hit the factory reset button on a lot of people’s lives. It caused an immediate change and for many people, it was a time where they paused and took the chance to spend time being introspective. One of the key things that a lot of people have discovered is a desire to find purpose in their work. A greater sense of purpose was already a driving force for many Millennials and Gen Zers but it was only accelerated by all of the changes in the world. I had the opportunity to have a chat with Elizbeth Lotardo on the importance of finding purpose in your work, how companies who take the time to find their noble purpose have happier employees and do better financially, and how you can get started with discovering your purpose through using an impact map. About our guest: Elizabeth Lotardo is an expert in helping organizations find and live their noble purpose. In this conversation, she shares insights and tips on how you can find more meaning, fulfillment, and joy in the job you already have. You can connect with Elizabeth on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/elizabethlotardo or on Twitter @e_mcleod_. Resources Elizabeth's courses on LinkedIn Learning
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