44 episodes

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.

Brave New Work The Ready

    • Management
    • 5.0, 2 Ratings

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.

    Participatory Governance

    Participatory Governance

    Making decisions at work can be perilous. It's not always clear who has the authority to make them. And even when it is, it's usually just a chosen few that benefit. So, it's no surprise that making decisions about how we govern the organization—designing the rules and roles that underpin everything, is so hard that it's often avoided altogether. That's why one of our favorite things to share is a form of governance that has its roots in the Quakerism, Sociocracy, and more recently, Holacracy. But the best part is you don't have to completely reinvent your way of working to get started. If you believe in iterative progress AND the notion that everyone should have a voice in steering the organization, you're ready to play. In this episode, we introduce the concept of participatory governance, and talk about its many benefits (and occasional challenges).
    Our book is available now at bravenewwork.com
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    • 50 min
    The Shadow Side of Self-Management

    The Shadow Side of Self-Management

    The stories of self-management and decentralization from evolutionary organizations like Buurtzorg, Morning Star, FAVI, Haier, and others are often told breathlessly, as if it was "happily ever after." But, the truth has to be more... nuanced, right? Indeed it is. More adaptive and human ways of working are not without their own frustrations and tradeoffs. The question is: are they worth it? In this episode (technically our first "colleague-as-guest" episode though we're releasing it late), we're joined by Yehudi Meshchaninov to talk about what it's really like to work in a system like The Ready.
    Our book is available now at bravenewwork.com
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    • 43 min
    Ask Us Anything #2

    Ask Us Anything #2

    Any podcast that promotes busting bureaucracy and hobbling hierarchy is bound to stir up some questions. That's why this week we're going to let our listeners Ask Us Anything. For this episode, we took to Twitter and LinkedIn to find out what you're wondering about. And you came through big time. In this episode, we hear questions about check-in rounds, leadership, and the post-pandemic move back to work. If you ever feel a question percolating as you're listening, just drop us a line at podcast@theready.com and we'll include you in a future episode.

    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

    • 23 min
    Justice. Equity. Diversity. Inclusion.

    Justice. Equity. Diversity. Inclusion.

    It's been six weeks since George Floyd was murdered, and activism around the Black Lives Matter movement has reached new heights. For many of us, it's triggered incredibly challenging conversations and reflections about who we are and who we want to be. It feels like now is the time for real change—but what kind? How can each of us play our part without blame or shame? And where do we begin? In this episode, we're joined by our colleague and resident JEDI knight, Sharan Bal to talk about the peril and promise of this moment, and what change agents like us ought to do about it. We don't have all the answers, but we're starting anyway.
    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

    • 57 min
    Getting Things Done w/ David Allen

    Getting Things Done w/ David Allen

    We recorded this episode almost two months ago, and while so much has changed since then (look for an upcoming episode on DEI and BLM), the challenges we face sitting down at our computers every morning have not. They've only intensified. How are we supposed to move our work forward with everything that's going on out there in the world? And what is productivity when it's not defined by economists but by us? In this episode, we speak with David Allen, author of Getting Things Done, about how to define and achieve progress in a period of chaos and distraction.

    Learn more about Getting Things Done at https://gettingthingsdone.com/ and find David on Twitter at https://twitter.com/gtdguy
    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

    • 44 min
    Remote Facilitation

    Remote Facilitation

    With much of the working world collaborating remotely these days, one thing is abundantly clear: facilitation matters, especially when we're not in the same room.
    In this episode, we commiserate about the difficulty of keeping everybody focused from afar, as well as our top tips and tricks for producing a great remote meeting.

    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

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

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2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Andy766C ,

Great Work

Thanks Aaron and Rodney for informative and entertaining podcasts. It was a real credit to you to produce and put out the Ready for Anything series in such trying circumstances. It was a great showcase of your approach and beliefs.

Steph_NZ ,

Great content, mostly

I like the format, presenters and content of this podcast and a number of the episodes are excellent - but a couple of the guest interviews miss the mark. I gave it 5 stars because it is worth subscribing for the excellent ones (episodes 1,2,3 and David Marquet).

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