Want to make work better for yourself and those around you? This is the podcast for you! People at Work is a series of conversations with individuals leading change to create extraordinary workplaces. We get real about common workplace issues like engagement, teamwork, leadership, and culture, and discuss practical ideas for making change happen. We’re people at work!
A new office, a new country, and a pandemic feat. Andrew Butt
Andrew moved from the UK out to San Francisco to open up a new office and hire rapidly. That’s hard enough to do.
Just as he started doing that, the pandemic hit. The in-person interviews weren’t possible anymore. So he had to adapt to virtual interviews. Instead of thinking about how to connect two offices, he now had to think about how to connect everyone remotely.
That’s a whole lot of change and a whole lot of learning so I was excited to pick his brain a bit. We chatted about the pros and cons of virtual hiring, how to maintain your culture when rapidly hiring and switching to remote work, and what he plans to do with the two offices once things go back to “normal.”
About our guest:
Andrew Butt is the Co-founder & CEO of Enable, a modern, cloud-based B2B software solution for rebate management. Distributors, wholesalers and manufacturers across over 50 industries now have an easy, seamless solution to execute and track their full range of trading programs. Andrew and his co-founder met twenty years ago while learning to fly helicopters and have launched three businesses together since.
You can connect with Andrew on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/awbutt
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.
50 Traits of Exceptional Leaders: info.ginadelapa.com/50-traits-of-exceptional-leaders
Take control of your goal setting with Kristin 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.
Kristin 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).
Kristin 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.
Hear more from Kristin at kristinburke.com/podcast.
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.
Check out The LeaderShift Project website for free resources and book recommendations by Shani at theleadershiftproject.com.
Best practices aren’t always what’s best with Andrew Bartlow
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.
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The value of aligning values with Josh Mathias
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.