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!
Staying connected in hybrid mode with Geoff Watts
The people at Wilson Sporting Goods have been navigating a world of work turned upside down, much like the rest of us, over the past 20 months. But, they’ve made a few critical decisions along the learning curve to help galvanize their new way of working together.
At the core of their new hybrid work culture is constant communication. Geoff Watts joins me on People at Work to share what this looks like in practice. Connection at every level, starting with individual employees, is their sweet spot.
Not only does this ensure that people are heard and given space to shape their own work experience, but it enables tremendous value creation for employees and consumers. And that leads to a crystal clear understanding of the company’s vision, and every person’s role in achieving it.
We’re living through interesting times, and the need to look after our people increases daily. Geoff also has some thoughts on employee care, retention, and satisfaction, against the backdrop of “The Great Resignation”. As he puts it, the grass is greenest where you water it.
Give this episode a listen and you too can tend to your lawn, and ensure that your people don’t need to head to the other side to see if it’s greener.
About our guest:
Leader at Wilson Sporting Goods. Runner, cyclist, and coffee addict. Geoff’s favorite book is Legacy by James Kerr. An incredible book about the New Zealand All Blacks and their approach towards not only sport, but life in general.
You can contact Geoff on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/geoff-watts-aaa8792/
Top sharing is the way forward for flexible work with Karin Tischler
You’ve probably heard of job sharing, but what about top sharing? It’s a flexible working arrangement offering senior level role splitting across two or more people.
How can that possibly work you might ask? I had the same question (and more). Fortunately I recently met Karin Tischler, who focuses her research and energy on this precise topic.
Karin joined me on People at Work to dive into what she’s learned, and why she’s an avid fan of top sharing. Karin makes a case for how this can reduce burnout, increase innovation, and enhance job satisfaction.
With the door to flexible working flung wide open due to the global pandemic, now’s the time to expand our thinking about unique and creative ways of getting work done while harnessing expertise at the senior level.
About our guest:
Lifelong researcher focused on flexible work to get to gender equality faster. Currently stuck global traveler using podcast intro questions to learn more about future locations to visit from her international guests.
You can contact Karin on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/karin-tischler/, on Twitter at @karin_tischler, and on Instagram at @karintischlerbc.
Podcast: "Jobsharing and Beyond"
High performance demands high care with Anthony Vaughan
Do you want a high performance culture in your workplace? Who doesn’t? Trouble is, I don’t think we’re being honest about what’s needed to get this level of performance at work.
Anthony Vaughan has some ideas on this topic, starting with this simple premise: people first.
If you want people to contribute and deliver, you need to create a safe place and take care of them. That means understanding what makes them tick, listening to their concerns, and supporting them in ways that matter to them (not you).
Anthony talks more about his ideas and offers some practical advice for managers and leaders on the latest episode of People at Work.
About our guest:
Anthony is a hybrid, a split between an entrepreneur, executive, and HR rebel! Everything he believes and does is backed by putting employees first.
You can contact Anthony on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/anthony-vaughan-8ba8a8172.
Website : https://e1b2.webflow.io/
Learning how to hybrid work with Vicki Yang
You’re sailing on choppy seas, and building your boat as you go. That’s the vivid picture that Vicki Yang paints about tackling how to do hybrid work.
It really emphasizes the situation most of us are in if we’ve chosen hybrid mode. We don’t have the answers, we don’t know what will work, and we’ve got to try something and see if it takes us forward.
On the latest episode of People at Work Vicki chats about what Bonusly is doing to build their boat. It’s a lot of trial and error, but three things are key: understand what individuals need and want, document everything to keep things clear for all, and stay as flexible as possible.
Hear about this and much more with Vicki’s generous sharing so that we can learn and adapt too.
About our guest:
A people leader who leads by helping build up people through coaching on matters relating to performance management, org development, recognition, and engagement. An avid reader, with current favourite reads: The Making of a Manager, Just Work, and Eloquent Rage.
You can contact Vicki on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/victoriayang/.
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A two track approach to uncertainty with Dave McKeown
Think about your day-to-day at work right now. Are you in the moment swatting at the most immediate issues or are you fixated on getting to better times ahead?
Many of us are wrestling with how we shift to new ways of working together. Dave McKeown thinks that to make this new mode work for everyone, we need to have a two track approach. Fix what’s broken in the short-term, but keep focused on where you want to go in the long-term.
This means that leaders have to be honest about not having all the answers. It means trying new ways and failing until you find what works—and being okay with that.
Hybrid and dispersed work require a new mindset. What worked before won’t work now. Dave has very practical tips for what to think about and how to make the most of uncertainty.
About our guest:
Dave McKeown helps individuals, teams, and organizations achieve excellence by doing the ordinary things extraordinarily well. He is the CEO of Outfield Leadership and author of The Self-Evolved Leader - Elevate Your Focus and Develop Your People in a World That Refuses to Slow Down. Dave is the host of the podcast 'Lead Like you Give a Damn' and writes a weekly column for Inc.com.
You can contact Dave on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/davemckeown/, on Instagram @davemckeown1, on Twitter @davemckeown, and on Facebook facebook.com/davejmckeown/.
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Building a transformational culture with Shane Metcalf
If you’ve ever heard a friend or family member on a work call you may have noticed they have a “work voice.” A lot of people feel the need to sound more professional so they change their tone, sanitize their language a bit, and are a pared down version of themselves. All because they want to be seen as a professional.
But the reason for this might be because the company chooses to see their people as professionals first and humans second. It could be that they’re part of a transactional company culture and not a transformational one.
A transformational culture puts the human first and encourages them to bring their whole selves to work. Their own distinct views, values, and thoughts. And ultimately the goal of the company is to have each employee leave the company a better version of themselves than when they started. In turn, people will want to go that extra mile and will bring their own unique ideas to their work.
On this episode I spoke with Shane Metcalf from 15Five about why building a transformational culture is one of the most important things you can do for your people. We also spoke about his unconventional background for a tech founder and the new sabbatical program that they’re rolling out.
About our guest:
Shane Metcalf, Co-founder of 15Five, is a keynote speaker on building a world class workplace and one of the world’s leading pioneers in the space of cultural engineering and positive psychology. His insights have been featured in Inc, Fast Company, Business Insider, Washington Post, Tech Crunch, and Bloomberg.
You can contact Shane on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/shane-metcalf-55620213/, and on Twitter at @shane_metcalf.