My name is Craig Forman “Culture Craig” and I am passionate about workplace culture and I am on a mission to help the world work better by improving the places we work.
To do this I want to amplify the voices and ideas that are advancing this mission in the world and why I am creating this podcast.
This is a place where I will share stories, interviews, event reviews and relevant information on all things culture that I am collecting from my journeys to the front lines of culture.
I hope that you enjoy this podcast and if it resonates, please follow my content and share with others.
#10 In times of the Cry / Laugh - A conversation with Christine Tao, Co-Founder and CEO of Sounding Board
I first met Christine Tao about two years ago when working with her as a guest on a panel that I was facilitating. I was immediately taken back by her thoughtfulness and incredibly insightful approach to thinking about people and business. I also remember thinking, wow, the world needs more CEO's like Christine.
She is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sounding Board an organization focused on developing managers to be best equipped for the human demands required of them, especially as we retool our organizations moving forward.
It is always a treat to spend time with her and I knew that she had to be part of this series. We had a great time talking about:
2:30 - The cry/laugh - the best way to describe her sentiment in this time.
5:25 - The value of sitting with the uncomfortable, especially during long lasting events like this.
5:50 - What she has to share from the CEO perspective
10:25 - The massive shift in Training and Development, particularly for managers.
12:55 - Community and it's growing importance now more than ever.
14:25 - What is most important for leaders right now.
17:55 - HR Tech tools and what is needed.
21:25 - What she would like to see different in the world when this is over.
#9 What's a Therapist have to say about all of this - Conversation with Dr. Emily Anhalt, Co-Founder of Coa (A gym for the mind)
After meeting Emily at a conference following her amazing talk on Imposter Syndrome, I knew that this was somebody that I wanted to stay connected with. Since that time we have had a number of amazing conversations as well as worked together in organizing a panel on the destigmatization of mental health in the work place. One of the things that I admire most is her fearless approach to bringing mental wellbeing out of the shadows and bringing it to the forefront.
As much as I enjoy our conversations, I knew that I had to bring her on and share one of these with you. In this conversation, we discuss the mental health implications of the impact from COVID-19 and what we need to be thinking about in our organizations.
Here is an episode breakdown:
4:10 - Overview of COA - a gym for mental health and fitness - Brick and mortar therapy studios.
Check out Joincoa.com to look at many of the offerings they are giving during this time.
6:10 - The power of community to remove shame from mental health
8:00 - Meta take on what is going on from the Therapists point of view.
10:20 - A collective sense of sadness and finding beauty in what we are dealing with.
11:50 - Themes in dreams and collective anxiety.
12:55 - Holding contradicting ideas at the same time.
The “Depressive Position”
14:16 - Her work as it relates to organizations
Balancing performance while managing trauma
Disrupted boundaries between work and home ** ironically as my kids come in to the audio
17:10 - the changing world of boundaries and connection
18:20 - Tips on ways to take care of ourselves
19:50 - When this is over, what do you want us to hold on to?
#8 In Conversation with Claude Silver and Katelin Holloway - Leading with Heart and Soul
This is the audio from a live interview that I conducted with Claude Silver and Katelin Holloway. Hands down, these are two of the most insightful voices when it comes to leading businesses that foster healthy humans as a means towards long term success.
Katelin is the former head of people at Reddit, currently a partner at Initialized Capital
Claude is the Chief Heart Officer at VaynerMedia
This is by far my longest podcast and originally it was intended to be a LinkedIn Live session for one hour. However, this interview is simply too good to chop up and it had to be shared in its entirety.
I also optimized for speed on this one and currently do not have the interview notes prepared.
I hope you enjoy and as always, would love to hear your thoughts.
You can reach me on:
Twitter - @CultureCraig
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/cforman/
#7 Dan Mahle & The Power of story in challenging times
Dan Mahle is the Head of Story and Culture at Avanoo (Now Open) - A technology company focused on organizational story telling to create a sense of belonging and connection. Facilitator and coach. Helping people connect in new ways. Dan is a storyteller, facilitator, and leadership coach with a background in HR and 12 years of experience leading transformational learning programs.
I have gotten to know Dan over the past six months and always find myself deeply engaged in our conversations, walking away feeling like, wow, I wish that I would have recorded that conversation. So this is what we did. I asked Dan to spend a few minutes discussing what we are seeing in the world and how our work informs how we are making sense of all of this.
I hope that you enjoy; I know that I did!
3:30 - Storytelling and the meaning this takes on while we are dealing with COVID-19
6:15 - Times of disruption bring us opportunities to rethink about what comes next.
8:00 - Dealing with fear
9:45 - Managing feelings of gratitude in times such as this.
10:45 - Looking at privilege in times like this.
12:55 - The work of Brene Brown and how vulnerability is more important now than ever and as leaders.
15:45 - The tricky ways that distraction shows up
17:15 - Storytelling in the workplace
21:45 - How our experience in mens work ties in to this experience?
24:55 - Change begins from within.
27:35 - END
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#6 Love in the time of Corona - Amira Al-Gawly CEO & Founder of Manifesta
LOVE IN THE TIME OF CORONA:
Amira is making an amazing offer to fellow biz leaders + execs: She is opening up her calendar to offer free exec coaching in this season of uncertainty. Getting clarity + peace while taking compassionate action is difficult right now. She's available if you need a partner to listen, guide, encourage, mirror. Schedule here:http://bit.ly/AEGExec30
Amira's LinkedIn Page - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amiraelgawly/
Notes from call:
We open with conversation about Manifest and why she started this and how they are handling this situation.
3:52 What is the gift that Manifesta can offer the world in this time of need?
5:52 What are the core areas that Manifesta is focusing on now? Culture Design and rethinking physical space and what comes next.
10:35 Where are we going around connection and working together
12:52 Amira’s offer to the world for how they can help
#5 Damon Klotz - The workplace post COVID-19
Damon Klotz is Culture Amp's Workplace Evangelist and host of the Culture First Podcast. He has a unique view in to the world of culture and is having incredible conversations with some of the biggest influencers in the space.
I spent a few with Damon to talk to him about what he is seeing and thinking about as it pertains to the workplace and where we might be heading after the initial blast of COVID-19 passes.
Damon is incredibly insightful and can reflect on the conversations that he is having to share some great insights. I have a feeling that this will be the first of many conversations that we record and publish.