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What’s stopping us from doing the best work of our lives? It’s the way we work. Whether you’re building a startup or reinventing a global enterprise, every day is a battle between chaos and bureaucracy. But, what if there’s a third way? Aaron Dignan and Rodney Evans help teams all over the world discover a more adaptive and human way of working. Now it’s your turn. Each week, they’ll bring you a counterintuitive take on a common challenge at work—and you'll hear from guests who have been there and found their way to something better. This isn’t business as usual. This is Brave New Work.

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What’s stopping us from doing the best work of our lives? It’s the way we work. Whether you’re building a startup or reinventing a global enterprise, every day is a battle between chaos and bureaucracy. But, what if there’s a third way? Aaron Dignan and Rodney Evans help teams all over the world discover a more adaptive and human way of working. Now it’s your turn. Each week, they’ll bring you a counterintuitive take on a common challenge at work—and you'll hear from guests who have been there and found their way to something better. This isn’t business as usual. This is Brave New Work.

    Unsuck your next work meeting w/ Sam Spurlin

    Unsuck your next work meeting w/ Sam Spurlin

    If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: Meetings are the worst. Instead of being a meaningful work tool to help teams strategize efficiently, meetings more often block things—anything—from actually getting done. At The Ready, we’ve got a different method: action meetings. In this episode, longtime member Sam Spurlin dispenses a step-by-step guide to implementing and scaling effective action meetings, breaks down the best ways to “get people what they need,” and reveals how to keep the action-meeting train chugging along into the future.
    You can find Sam here: https://www.samspurlin.com/

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    Our book is available now at bravenewwork.com
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    Looking for some help with your own transformation? Visit theready.com

    • 37 min
    Can hybrid work...work?

    Can hybrid work...work?

    It’s a major question on many minds these days: When will the office reopen? Or rather: Will the office reopen? Different countries are in very different stages of heading back to physical workspaces (or not); in the United States, the prospect of on-premise work is inching closer as companies struggle to decide between three main models: fully in-office; fully remote; or…maybe some mix of both? In this episode, we unpack why floppy hybrid models are doomed to fail, different flavors of creativity (that don’t rely on glass-walled conference rooms), and what the most adaptive path forward could look like.

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    Our book is available now at bravenewwork.com
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    Looking for some help with your own transformation? Visit theready.com

    • 37 min
    Are you ready for self-management? w/ Michael Y. Lee

    Are you ready for self-management? w/ Michael Y. Lee

    It’s no surprise that we’re fans of self-management, and we talk a lot about its benefits and transformative potential. But sometimes we forget just how much traditional hierarchy is baked into the operating system of our work cultures—and of our personal lives. So when self-management and hierarchy smash into each other, there can be a steep, sometimes uncomfortable learning curve. In this episode, we talk with Michael Y. Lee, an assistant professor of organizational behavior at INSEAD, about how orgs prepare and smartly scaffold for self-management, growing academic research into impactful org design, and how the pandemic presented a unique challenge for his work.
    Learn more about Michael's work here: https://www.michaelylee.co/bio

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    Our book is available now at bravenewwork.com
    We want to hear from you. Send your thoughts and feedback to podcast@theready.com
    Looking for some help with your own transformation? Visit theready.com

    • 49 min
    Beating burnout w/ Anne Helen Petersen

    Beating burnout w/ Anne Helen Petersen

    Say (or sigh) it with us now: burnout. As a physic state, it can be hard to precisely diagnose but you know it when you see it—and when you feel it. As remote work becomes a larger presence in our lives, it’s more important than ever to recognize why and when we need meaningful breaks. In this episode, we talk to Anne Helen Petersen, author of Can’t Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation and the newsletter “Culture Study,” about the difference between setting boundaries versus guardrails, LARPing through your job, and what we can do to extinguish burnout.
    Check out Anne's book here: https://bookshop.org/books/can-t-even-how-millennials-became-the-burnout-generation/9780358315070
    Check out Anne's newsletter, Culture Study, here: https://annehelen.substack.com/
    Follow Anne here: https://twitter.com/annehelen

    Apply to work at The Ready:
    In the United States: http://theready.com/team
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    Our book is available now at bravenewwork.com
    We want to hear from you. Send your thoughts and feedback to podcast@theready.com
    Looking for some help with your own transformation? Visit theready.com

    • 45 min
    When purpose meets profit w/ Mara Zepeda

    When purpose meets profit w/ Mara Zepeda

    Instead of talking about Unicorn companies, we should be spending more of our energy on Zebras—companies that are black and white, that pursue both purpose and profit. In this episode, we talk to Mara Zepeda of Zebras Unite, a founder-led co-op, about how to build a community with your company, collective ownership, and what the future of capital investment should—and will—look like.
    Learn more about Mara and her work here: http://www.marazepeda.com/
    Learn more about Zebras Unite here: https://zebrasunite.coop/

    Apply to work at The Ready:
    In the United States: http://theready.com/team
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    Our book is available now at bravenewwork.com
    We want to hear from you. Send your thoughts and feedback to podcast@theready.com
    Looking for some help with your own transformation? Visit theready.com

    • 48 min
    When the CEO fires themselves w/ Michael Bungay Stanier and Shannon Minifie

    When the CEO fires themselves w/ Michael Bungay Stanier and Shannon Minifie

    Let's talk about succession. No, not the show, but the concept. How do progressive, human-centric organizations deal with succession, and role changes, and new management, all while maintaining a high level of success? In this episode, we talk to Michael Bungay Stanier and Shannon Minifie of Box of Crayons—about Michael stepping down and handing the reins of the organization to Shannon, the roadblocks the transition ran into, and how to go about it all without rocking the boat.
    Learn more about Box of Crayons here: https://boxofcrayons.com/

    Apply to work at The Ready:
    In the United States: http://theready.com/team
    In Europe: http://theready.com/team

    Our book is available now at bravenewwork.com
    We want to hear from you. Send your thoughts and feedback to podcast@theready.com
    Looking for some help with your own transformation? Visit theready.com

    • 48 min

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