20 episodes

What happened to all the people? Business is changing, sending the "costs first, people last" mentality from past decades right into the deleted folder.

What if leaders supported the HUMAN in human resources, the VALUE in core values, and the SAFETY in psychological safety?

What if businesses were about more than slogans? What if they were fully live beings, with physical, emotional, social, and environmental needs? What if businesses realized that they are people...too?

Leaders looking to cultivate connection and kindness as they add HUMANITY into business wellbeing, this is for you!

Businesses are People Too! A Podcas‪t‬ Lindsay Harle

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What happened to all the people? Business is changing, sending the "costs first, people last" mentality from past decades right into the deleted folder.

What if leaders supported the HUMAN in human resources, the VALUE in core values, and the SAFETY in psychological safety?

What if businesses were about more than slogans? What if they were fully live beings, with physical, emotional, social, and environmental needs? What if businesses realized that they are people...too?

Leaders looking to cultivate connection and kindness as they add HUMANITY into business wellbeing, this is for you!

    Season 2: Episode 6: What if...businesses decided to invest in workplace trust?

    Season 2: Episode 6: What if...businesses decided to invest in workplace trust?

    What if....businesses decided to invest in workplace trust? with Shane Osborne, Better Business Bureau

    Top takeaways:

    5:06: Trust today just isn't the same as it used to be

    5:37: Trust means that we must be really honest and transparent as we allow businesses to get to know us, including what we believe in

    8:25: Trust has to be a 2-way street, otherwise there will be a breakdown in communication

    10:45: Trust comes down to a choice as it informs the ethics of a business. Every Tom, Dick, or Harry can start and run a business, but not every Tom, Dick, or Harry can be ethical in running it

    11:43: What message is a company inadvertently sending when they simply do not respond to a customer?

    12:40: Customers want to be heard and have a dialogue without being ghosted. This is where the breakdown in trust often happens

    14:44: Shane shares how to have hard conversations with clients and it means removing our ownership pride 

    15:45: We must learn how to have open and transparent conversations, even when we're in the wrong!

    17:56: How does trust play in business today and how can we build it now as business continues to change?

    21:17: How can new businesses start to build trust when they don't have a history behind them?

    23:40: All businesses fail someone, somewhere along the way

    24:52: The importance of building trust with your team so they can do the same with your customers. This comes to finding the balance between iron fist management and best friend management

    26:22 - 30:58: When coaching people you need to: tell them how to do it, show them how to do it, let them do it, then give feedback. This consistency will build trust and help you tur out employees who do things the way you need them to. It's a system for building trusted employees

    31:37: We cannot get angry or frustrated with people when we do not tell them what they can or cannot do

    34:32: Culture is what's most important - over and above a paycheque

    35:30: Retention is how you measure whether your team trusts you

    38:25: Hear Shane's answer to what if...businesses realized that they are people too?

    Connect with Shane or the Better Business Bureau online:


    Website: bbb.org
    Instagram: @bbb_mbc, @bbbcalgary
    LinkedIn: Shane Osborne


    Connect with Lindsay online:


    Website: www.thewriteharle.com
    Instagram: @quirkylindsayharle
    Facebook: @quirkylindsayharle
    LinkedIn: Lindsay Harle-Kadatz
    Email: lindsay@thewriteharle.com
    Stay connected with Quirky Quills, a monthly resource for leaders, mental health, and brand alignment

    • 44 min
    Season 2: Episode 5: What if...businesses aligned their people plan with their business plan?

    Season 2: Episode 5: What if...businesses aligned their people plan with their business plan?

    What if....businesses aligned their people plan with their business plan with Ashley Cox, Sprout HR

    Top takeaways:

    6:59: You are going to fail, regardless of how strategic you are. Make peace with this.

    8:17: Women leaders are grossly underrepresented across the board, making it difficult to find leaders to look up to, especially ones we can see ourselves in

    9:18: You don't have to change who you are at your core to be an amazing leader - including your femininity. This opens the door of possibility for young female leaders

    12:02: How to lead from your natural gifts and strengths so as not to lead like someone you're not

    12:43: The hypocrisy between male leader traits when used by female leaders

    14:03: Creative business owners often miss these things when looking to hire, including the stories we tell ourselves that hold us back

    17:49: A primary difference between the creative business owners and other business owners when hiring

    18:49: The truth: EVERYBODY has a problem in hiring when doing so for the first time. You are going to mess up.

    21:62: How to leverage our natural strengths and talents to support our business personhood. Hint: it's not about cloning yourself

    23:08: Where is your business missing "nutrients" in its personhood?

    23:31: You must identify goals in business, where you're going, and what you need to get there

    24:36: The answer to when you need to hire someone

    25:53: The common harmful business mistakes we make when hiring

    27:13: The misalignment that causes your business to suffer

    30:19: How to identify the tangible thing you need to start hiring the right person

    30:49: The cool thing about your business values and how to identify them

    36:49: If you are missing the action that defines your values, you are missing the gold that builds company culture

    37:22: The most important job as a CEO is to set the vision and tone of a company. This is through your values becoming an intentional culture. Not culture by default

    40:59: Hear Ashley's answer to what if...businesses realized that they are people too?

    Connect with Ashley online:


    Website: www.sprouthr.co
    Instagram: @sprouthr.co
    Facebook: @sprouthr.co
    Hiring Roadmap: www.sprouthr.co/roadmap

    Connect with Lindsay online:


    Website: www.thewriteharle.com
    Instagram: @quirkylindsayharle
    Facebook: @quirkylindsayharle
    LinkedIn: Lindsay Harle-Kadatz
    Stay connected with Quirky Quills, a monthly resource for leaders, mental health, and brand alignment

    • 46 min
    Season 2: Episode 4: What if...businesses chose to embrace their blank canvas?

    Season 2: Episode 4: What if...businesses chose to embrace their blank canvas?

    What if....businesses chose to embrace their blank canvas with David Schmeikal, The Gyst Life; Bear and Unicorn Creative Co. Inc.

    Top takeaways:

    11:06: The process of learning that knowing "that's it" is an ongoing process of exploring what doesn't work to know what does

    11:46: Rejection is just PART of our journey

    17:11: We need to set the foundation for what we envision. This takes courage and bravery and knowing they are different, yet both required to make progress

    19:39: The power of trusting your quiet gut as you continue to ask, "is this it?" and then listening if something is missing

    23:32: Stability comes from strong foundations

    25:20: Even strong foundations diminish over time. We need to strengthen and reinforce them as we continue to evolve as human beings

    27:16: Leaders must be willing to go inward and understand who they are, how they operate, and why this allows them space for growth in curiosity

    29:49: How you can go inward without scaring yourself out of the inner conversation comes down to courageously looking inward and asking 1) who do I want to be known as and know myself to be; 2) What kind of person do I want to be?

    31:44: There is NO SUCH THING as "getting it right"

    33:46: The funny thing about mountain tops...and now what. Having the choice to DECIDE if we want to go further

    36:54: Cultivate cultures with people who want to continue to go for more mountain tops

    37:41: Are you hikers or climbers in your business as this impacts the directed effort of you and your people within your business personhood

    39:56: Leaders - if you commit to getting to know your people, you know the key things that will help to promote or hinder your business. This empowers your people and allows you to create possibilities WITH your people

    42:36: We are scarce in this one key thing - TRUST. How can you built it so it doesn't crumble?

    45:16: How can we be less fickle as leaders...and as humans?

    46:19: There's power in intentionally freeing ourselves from our baggage to create space for something new to show up.

    51:21: Do you want to have more TEA (Time, Energy, Attention - our finite resources)? Be careful where you drink your tea.

    53:42: Hear David's answer to what if...businesses realized that they are people too?

    Connect with David online:


    Website: www.davidscheikal.com
    Instagram: @davidschmeikal
    Facebook: @theripplemaker
    LinkedIn: David Schmeikal
    Youtube: David Schmeikal


    Connect with Lindsay online:


    Website: www.thewriteharle.com
    Instagram: @quirkylindsayharle
    Facebook: @quirkylindsayharle
    LinkedIn: Lindsay Harle-Kadatz
    Email: lindsay@thewriteharle.com
    Stay connected with Quirky Quills, a monthly resource for leaders, mental health, and brand alignment

    • 57 min
    Season 2: Episode 3: What if...businesses intentionally defined and reinforced their safety behaviour?

    Season 2: Episode 3: What if...businesses intentionally defined and reinforced their safety behaviour?

    What if....businesses intentionally defined and reinforced their safety behaviour? with Eldeen Pozniak, BA, BSc, CEES, CHSC, CHSMSA, CRSP, FIIRSM, CMIOSH, Pozniak Safety Associates, Diggins Safety Consulting

    Top takeaways:

    5:55: The choice we make, things we do, responsibilities we fulfill have repercussions

    6:12: There are systems and personalities necessary to have a SAFE business where people go home at the end of the day

    6:50: What organizations overlook when considering health and safety for the overall health of the business

    9:00: We must focus on both the physical AND psychological hazards to see the whole business being

    10:00: Businesses can CHOOSE how risky they want to be. This becomes a CULTURE CHOICE

    11:35: We can minimize/avoid harm through systematic processes

    12:45: Have the right structure, culture, and conversations in place to support us, otherwise we are setting ourselves up for harm - both physical and psychological

    14:25: Stories are what's needed for safety for businesses to help their people apply this within their lives and roles as this reinforces how concepts will personally affect them

    16:30: People need stories of how other people are affected and not just "it's out there, so beware"

    17:17: Stories of safety must:


    get people's attention
    keep their attention
    give concrete images of what is trying to be conveyed
    have an EMOTIONAL component
    have a CALL TO ACTION

    18:20: who's the HERO, and who's the VILLAIN in your business safety story as this impacts the culture and personality of your business

    20:20: What influences people and organizations is NOT always the same thing. Is it logic or emotion - know WHO you're communicating safety with and then work your story accordingly (e.g. engineering firm connects differently than a marketing firm)

    22:08: Importance of message mapping  to ensure the right story is packaged in a way your people will connect to it

    24:25: Senior leaders, Health & Safety Supervisors and Managers have to be purposeful in the stories they are building to create the story that reinforces their right behaviour

    28:00: Listening is how to start being intentional with your safety stories

    31:45: We operate with different definitions of safety. Know the definition that you're operating in so you can connect the value of safety to the behaviour

    33:06: It's not about changing people; it's about influencing them

    35:07: We must connect all parties to communicate the vision & goals of the business personhood to operate at its most optimal, healthy level as a fully functioning organism

    38:20: the heroes MUST be the ones who are doing the behaviour we want reinforced. The villains - discourage the behaviour.

    41:51: Hear Eldeen's answer to what if...businesses realized that they are people too?

    Connect with Eldeen online:


    Website: pozniaksafety.com
    LinkedIn: Eldeen Pozniak


    Connect with Lindsay online:


    Instagram: @quirkylindsayharle
    LinkedIn: Lindsay Harle-Kadatz
    Email: lindsay@thewriteharle.com
    Stay connected with Quirky Quills, a monthly resource for leaders, mental health, and brand alignment

    • 49 min
    Season 2: Episode 2: What if...businesses created mental health socially instead of through a workshop?

    Season 2: Episode 2: What if...businesses created mental health socially instead of through a workshop?

    What if....businesses created mental health socially instead of through a workshop? with Connie Jakab, Brave Parent Institute, Brave Tribe, Wellness Innovates 

    Top takeaways: 4:14: "Bring them closer" - what this means in Connie's story and why we should never send the hurting away 

    7:52: A program is not mental health. So, how can companies truly cultivate a culture that supports TRUE mental health? 

    8:41: A mentally healthy workplace looks like belonging 

    8:54: Connie shares the number one desire of your employees 

    9:12: Mental health is created socially 

    10:15: Belonging creates resilience. YET - belonging is not created by the employer. It is created by the people within an organization 

    11:28: There is impact when there is a lack of meaningful work and purpose.  Reference Johann Hari, Lost Connections 

    12:08: A sense of workplace belonging directly impacts your productivity and bottom line 

    13:52 - 15:11: Connie highlights ways to take mental health conversations and turn them into ACTION for belonging POST workshop  

    18:39: Switching the onboarding process to create learned experiences over telling people what your vision, mission and values are 

    20:16 - 21:18: Connie's passion is to impact the future youth. And this becomes about connecting parents and their workplaces as the workplace is who holds the parents of the kids who need to be brought closer. 

    21:23: When we impact the workplace, we impact the home. When we impact the home, we impact our youth. 

    23:58: Connie provides tools to encourage connection and conversations with teams 

    24:53: We want to support people...we just do not know how! This is consistent right across Canada as shared through previous Let's Talk Hope conferences on Bell's Let's Talk day 

    25:54: Support in the workplace does not magically happen. We have to create it with intention 

    26:28: National Hope Movement, Let's Talk Hope - mental health conference on Bell Let's Talk Day.  January 28, 2021: is a national conversation around mental health - how ALL of Canada is doing - to open the eyes of people across all ages, genders, provinces and territories Join the conference, register at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/lets-talk-hope-canada-tickets-129606874651  

    For more info, visit: www.nationalhopemovement.com 

    33:07: Hear Connie's answer to what if...businesses realized that they are people too? 

    Connect with Connie online: Instagram: @conniejakab LinkedIn: Connie Jakab Connect with Wellness Innovate: Website: wellnessinnovate.com Instagram: @wellnessinnovate 

    Connect with Lindsay online: Instagram: @quirkylindsayharle LinkedIn: Lindsay Harle-Kadatz Email: lindsay@thewriteharle.com Stay connected with Quirky Quills, a monthly resource for leaders, mental health, and brand alignment

    • 37 min
    Season 2, Episode 1: What if...businesses prioritized mental health the same as physical health?

    Season 2, Episode 1: What if...businesses prioritized mental health the same as physical health?

    What if....businesses prioritized mental health the same as physical health with Juliet Meskers, Mental Health Global Network



    Top takeaways:

    5:43: Juliet provides the definition of OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder)



    7:58: Friends 4 Friends, University of Delaware. The story of how Mental Health Global Network came into being.



    11:22: Why include mental health as a priority for your business and how businesses can begin to prioritize mental health on an equivalent level to that of physical health.



    14:40: If your employees are not functioning at their full capacity, then neither is your business.



    15:15: Statistics regarding mental health in the workplace (US States):


    200 million workdays lost / year due to depression
    The average individual takes 10 days off / year because of depression or anxiety
    these numbers impact INDIVIDUALS, which impacts the business, which then impacts the greater economy...circling back and creating stressors in our monetary-focused society



    19:30: Tools for leaders to support their team's mental health:


    First - lead the conversation that mental health matters AND exists. This shows that mental health does not make one weak. It allows people to know they will be safe and supported to share and will not lose their job because of a mental illness
    Take affirmative action between your community members and health care providers, helping to provide resources and share the signs of a mental health break



    27:26: The impact that awareness within the younger generations entering the workforce today is having on the business world



    31:40: Mental health education SAVES LIVES. Period.



    32:49: We are more likely to witness a panic or anxiety attack in our office than a heart attack. 



    33:57 - 34:50: 1 in every 5 individuals suffers from mental illness. The impact of early education on physical first aid has shown to decrease the stats of cardiac arrest. If we see the impact that early physical education can have, why are we not implementing the same early education for mental health first aid?



    38:14: Hear Juliet's answer to what if...businesses realized that they are people too?

    Connect with Juliet and the Mental Health Global Network online:


    Website: www.mhgn.org
    Instagram: @mentalhealthglobalnetwork
    Facebook: @mentalhealthglobalnetwork
    Mental Health First Aid Training: https://youtu.be/ATRXstR9rw0; 
    Mental Health First Aid Kit: https://youtu.be/TtqAukaDjao



    Connect with Lindsay online:

    Website: www.thewriteharle.com

    Instagram: @quirkylindsayharle

    Facebook: @quirkylindsayharle

    LinkedIn: Lindsay Harle-Kadatz

    Email: lindsay@thewriteharle.com

    Stay connected with Quirky Quills

    • 43 min

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intunewithautoimmune ,

So refreshingly honest and insightful!!

I love Lindsay’s insights as you can tell they come from such a deeply personal and meaningful place. There is such purpose in every sentence she shares and the analogies are powerful. You can tell her life experience and branding/content expertise have really shaped her specialty and I can’t wait to learn from all of her knowledge and her interviews going forward. I’m chomping at the bit to apply these thoughts to my own life and work processes.

amandasreview ,

Remarkable insight!

Excited to dive deeper into the thought of business, as an individual. How to nurture success... help our different functions work better (and support each other)... and especially how to build a strong community. Thanks Lindsay! Amazing!

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