26 episodes

Welcome to the Culture Catalyst, a fortnightly podcast with me, Stephanie Bown, a high-performance coach. Since I was 14, I've been obsessed with positive psychology and human behaviour, which has led me on an insightful professional journey, partnering with some of Australia's leading entrepreneurs, CEOs and boards and international clients across Europe and North America. I am deeply curious about the capacity of humans to come together in small groups and make a difference by exploring the bonds that tie and the moments that break.

The Culture Catalyst with Stephanie Bown Stephanie Bown

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Welcome to the Culture Catalyst, a fortnightly podcast with me, Stephanie Bown, a high-performance coach. Since I was 14, I've been obsessed with positive psychology and human behaviour, which has led me on an insightful professional journey, partnering with some of Australia's leading entrepreneurs, CEOs and boards and international clients across Europe and North America. I am deeply curious about the capacity of humans to come together in small groups and make a difference by exploring the bonds that tie and the moments that break.

    Chapter 25: Bringing it all together

    Chapter 25: Bringing it all together

    When we bring together the systems for leadership, culture and strategy, we see a mega-ladder of high performance where all systems are interconnected. This is where we see the high-performance system producing remarkable results.

    This brings us to the last episode of Culture Catalyst, driven by my book ‘Purpose, Passion and Performance’. Thank you for tuning in, it’s been an awesome ride whether you’ve listened to every episode or this is your first time.



    What to expect in this episode:

    (03:57): How to turn your leaders from hostile to inspiring.

    (06:12): The #1 way to measure the diagnostics of your culture.

    (13:03): Real-life example of a company that thrived from a restructure because they focused on culture.



    To download the entire audiobook, ‘Purpose, Passion and Performance’, get your copy here - https://tinyurl.com/2d2krd8y 



    For all other resources:

    🎙️ Podcast resources - https://stephaniebown.com/podcast/ 

    📢 Book Steph to speak - https://stephaniebown.com/conference-speaker/ 

    🖊️ Check out my upcoming leadership events - https://stephaniebown.com/events/

    🎵 Music by Slip.stream - Alleyoop | Take It On | I’M Holding On

    📱 Follow Steph on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephaniebown1/ 



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    • 19 min
    Chapter 24: Where strategy often goes wrong

    Chapter 24: Where strategy often goes wrong

    There are three main reasons why organisations fail to extract full value from their strategy creation to strategy execution process:


    We fail to align on a single source of the truth.
    We don’t place enough emphasis on strategy execution.
    We get lost in translation.

    Strategy creation is not a passive delegation process. It is an active participation process that happens at every level in an organisation in order to breed success for every individual.



    What to expect in this episode:

    (06:40): Why your strategy might be failing.

    (10:06): Is your strategy getting lost in translation?

    (12:00): How to prevent losing sight of the purpose when there’s so much focus on goals and measures of success.



    To download the entire audiobook, ‘Purpose, Passion and Performance’, get your copy here - https://tinyurl.com/2d2krd8y 



    If you want Steph to answer your question in an upcoming Q&A episode, DM Steph or use this form - https://forms.gle/BFDxwyem9zZXCbih8 



    For all other resources:

    🎙️ Podcast resources - https://stephaniebown.com/podcast/ 

    📢 Book Steph to speak - https://stephaniebown.com/conference-speaker/ 

    🖊️ Check out my upcoming leadership events - https://stephaniebown.com/events/

    🎵 Music by Slip.stream - Alleyoop | Take It On | I’M Holding On

    📱 Follow Steph on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephaniebown1/ 



    My essential reading list:

    📕‘The Balanced Scorecard’ by Kaplan by Robert S. Kaplan, David P. Norton - https://www.amazon.com/Balanced-Scorecard-Translating-Strategy-Action/dp/0875846513

    📕 ‘Scaling Up’ by Harnish Verne - https://www.amazon.com.au/Scaling-Up-Build-Meaningful-Business/dp/0986019526 

    📕 ‘Strategy Execution Heroes’ by Jeroen De Flander - https://www.amazon.com.au/Strategy-Execution-Heroes-Jeroen-Flander/dp/9081487310 

    📕 ‘Good to Great’ by Jim Collins - https://www.amazon.com.au/Good-Great-Some-Companies-Others/dp/0066620996 

    📕 ‘Traction’ by Gino Wickman - https://www.amazon.com.au/Traction-Get-Grip-Your-Business/dp/1936661837 

    📕 ‘Prove It!’ by Stacey Barr - https://www.amazon.com.au/Create-High-performance-Culture-Measurable-Success/dp/0730336220 



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    • 18 min
    Chapter 23: Evaluate and review

    Chapter 23: Evaluate and review

    Fostering a culture of openness and transparency means regularly evaluating and reviewing performance. 

    People leaders provide clarity and alignment by setting goals and KPIs during performance reviews and Team Plan workshops. These are revisited in regular forums to evaluate progress, celebrate wins and reflect on lessons learned along the way.

    Regular evaluation and review forums create context, meaning and connection to your company’s purpose, values and vision. They create a cadence around which all work activities revolve and help teams remain not just accountable, but motivated, because they are times when we actively observe progress and experience a sense of achievement.



    What to expect in this episode:

    (07:35): How to effectively evaluate and review performance.

    (10:11): What can happen at an annual leave if there’s criticism?

    (16:53): Where CEOs need to be heavily involved.



    To download the entire audiobook, ‘Purpose, Passion and Performance’, get your copy here - https://tinyurl.com/2d2krd8y 



    If you want Steph to answer your question in an upcoming Q&A episode, DM Steph or use this form - https://forms.gle/BFDxwyem9zZXCbih8 



    For all other resources:

    🎙️ Podcast resources - https://stephaniebown.com/podcast/ 

    📢 Book Steph to speak - https://stephaniebown.com/conference-speaker/ 

    🖊️ Check out my upcoming leadership events - https://stephaniebown.com/events/

    🎵 Music by Slip.stream - Alleyoop | Take It On | I’M Holding On

    📱 Follow Steph on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephaniebown1/ 

    📕 What I’m reading this week - ‘THidden Potential’ by Adam Grant - https://www.amazon.com.au/Hidden-Potential-Science-Achieving-Greater/dp/0753560054 



    Support the podcast by leaving a review or rating on your favourite podcast platform. It really does help us!

    • 22 min
    Chapter 22: Cascade and align

    Chapter 22: Cascade and align

    A well-defined and succinct one-page Business Plan without a process to translate that plan into action is just a good read. 

    The senior or executive team sets strategic goals, targets and priorities, but teams and individuals should have a large degree of autonomy over how that work is delivered. 

    The Business Plan is cascaded to a Team Plan and My Plan via Team Plan workshops and annual performance reviews.



    What to expect in this episode:

    (02:16): Transform your business plan into an action plan.

    (08:34): What a good quarterly team planning checkpoint looks like.

    (15:07): What makes a great individual plan for your employees.



    To download the entire audiobook, ‘Purpose, Passion and Performance’, get your copy here - https://tinyurl.com/2d2krd8y 



    If you want Steph to answer your question in an upcoming Q&A episode, DM Steph or use this form - https://forms.gle/BFDxwyem9zZXCbih8 



    For all other resources:

    🎙️ Podcast resources - https://stephaniebown.com/podcast/ 

    📢 Book Steph to speak - https://stephaniebown.com/conference-speaker/ 

    🖊️ Check out my upcoming leadership events - https://stephaniebown.com/events/

    🎵 Music by Slip.stream - Alleyoop | Take It On | I’M Holding On

    📱 Follow Steph on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephaniebown1/ 

    📕 What I’m reading this week - ‘The Rise of Superman’ by Steven Kotler - https://www.amazon.com.au/Rise-Superman-Decoding-Ultimate-Performance/dp/1477800832 



    Support the podcast by leaving a review or rating on your favourite podcast platform. It really does help us!

    • 20 min
    Chapter 21: Engaging your workforce in the Business Plan

    Chapter 21: Engaging your workforce in the Business Plan

    Any founder, CEO or senior executive responsible for running a business can write a one-page plan. Gaining full alignment, clarity and accountability for that plan from the whole team is the challenge.

    Creating a Business Plan is a team engagement exercise. If you want your team to have ownership, accountability and buy-in to a strategic plan, they must be involved in building it.



    What to expect in this episode:

    (05:27): Why business planning needs to be both a bottom-up and top-down process.

    (07:24): Using the SOAR framework for clarity on your team’s greatest opportunities and challenges.

    (09:42): How you'll disengage your staff with business planning.



    To download the entire audiobook, ‘Purpose, Passion and Performance’, get your copy here - https://tinyurl.com/2d2krd8y 

    If you want Steph to answer your question in an upcoming Q&A episode, DM Steph or use this form - https://forms.gle/BFDxwyem9zZXCbih8 



    For all other resources:

    🎙️ Podcast resources - https://stephaniebown.com/podcast/ 

    📢 Book Steph to speak - https://stephaniebown.com/conference-speaker/ 

    🖊️ Check out my upcoming leadership events - https://stephaniebown.com/events/

    🎵 Music by Slip.stream - Alleyoop | Take It On | I’M Holding On

    📱 Follow Steph on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephaniebown1/ 

    📕 What I’m reading this week - ‘Showing Up’ by Nedd Brockmann - https://www.amazon.com.au/Showing-Up-Comfortable-Being-Uncomfortable/dp/1761422138 



    Support the podcast by leaving a review or rating on your favourite podcast platform. It really does help us!

    • 16 min
    Chapter 20: Your Business Plan – a strategy on a page

    Chapter 20: Your Business Plan – a strategy on a page

    Like birds flying in formation, a one-page Business Plan enables your people to efficiently and effectively migrate from where you are now to where you need to be. It translates your vision into clear and measurable action.

    Having a highly engaged, positive culture filled with smart, capable people is not enough. To harness your team’s collective potential, you must have a single source of truth: the base from which all other activities cascade.



    What to expect in this episode:

    (01:18): What to do when a founder struggles to communicate their message to all staff.

    (05:56): 5 key elements each one-page business plan needs.

    (10:51): What the top teams do better each time when reiterating their business plan.



    To download the entire audiobook, ‘Purpose, Passion and Performance’, get your copy here - https://tinyurl.com/2d2krd8y 



    If you want Steph to answer your question in an upcoming Q&A episode, DM Steph or use this form - https://forms.gle/BFDxwyem9zZXCbih8 



    For all other resources:

    🎙️ Podcast resources - https://stephaniebown.com/podcast/ 

    📢 Book Steph to speak - https://stephaniebown.com/conference-speaker/ 

    🖊️ Check out my upcoming leadership events - https://stephaniebown.com/events/

    🎵 Music by Slip.stream - Alleyoop | Take It On | I’M Holding On

    📱 Follow Steph on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephaniebown1/ 

    📕 What I’m reading this week - ‘Lola in the mirror’ by Trent Dalton - https://www.amazon.com.au/Lola-Mirror-heartbreaking-award-winning-bestsellers/dp/1460759834 



    Support the podcast by leaving a review or rating on your favourite podcast platform. It really does help us!

    • 17 min

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