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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.

Brave New Work The Ready

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 96 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.

    Surfacing the joy w/ Rich Sheridan

    Surfacing the joy w/ Rich Sheridan

    What exactly does joy have to do with software development? If you ask Rich Sheridan, CEO and Chief Storyteller of Menlo Innovations, the answer is pretty simple: Everything. According to Rich, joy is central to inspiring, sustaining, and steering the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based software company, which has been experimenting with new ways of working for more than two decades. In this episode, we speak with Rich about the personal struggles that first led him to future-of-work thinking; how some of Menlo’s vital practices—like pairing two developers together daily and having them work on a shared computer—have evolved over the years; and why “Make mistakes faster” is a longtime Menlo mantra.

    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

    • 55 min
    Brave New Work 101

    Brave New Work 101

    Today’s episode is a foundational survey class; we’re mapping the territory of the work we do, why we do it, what we’re all about—and why we’d love to talk to your boss. Whether you’re a systems design nerd like us or a newcomer who knows in their bones that work sucks but doesn’t have to, we’ve got answers to your big questions—about implementing self-management at your own organization; about assuaging fears of team effectiveness or brittleness; about leader’s becoming more power-literate and less ego-filled; and a whole lot more. So…how does this apply to you? We’ll put it this way: If you’re involved in a complex system with more than two human beings (spoiler alert: you are!), you’re already doing this work—and we’re here to help make it awesome.

    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

    • 58 min
    Pulling back the curtain on pay w/ David Buckmaster

    Pulling back the curtain on pay w/ David Buckmaster

    Talking about compensation at a job (a.k.a. the total pay and benefits you get in exchange for your labor) can be excruciating. But why? It’s not because compensation designers are inherently evil, argues David Buckmaster, Nike’s Director of Global Retail Compensation. Rather, it’s because our system of pay is broken and neglected. When it comes to pay, Buckmaster believes the greater sin is inertia, not malevolence. That’s why he wrote a book—Fair Pay: How to Get a Raise, Close the Wage Gap, and Build Stronger Businesses—busting open compensation’s black box; that’s also why we spoke to him about pay transparency, accessible data, exciting compensation experiments, and why the so-called labor shortage is really a wage shortage.
    Learn more about David's work and check out his new book here: https://www.davidbuckmasterbooks.com/
    'The Good Jobs Strategy' by Zeynep Ton: https://www.zeynepton.com/book/

    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

    • 59 min
    Beyond Remote w/ Sid Sijbrandij [Rebroadcast]

    Beyond Remote w/ Sid Sijbrandij [Rebroadcast]

    [This episode originally aired in May 2020] Most of us are working remotely. But we’re just treading water, we haven’t really mastered it. That’s why it’s important to talk about remote work after the novelty wears off—when the home office is just... the office. In this episode, we speak with Sid Sijbrandij, Cofounder and CEO of GitLab, about how their 1,290 team members work remotely in support of a $2.75B business. For Sid’s team, remote work is a way of life. What can we learn from them?

    Learn more about GitLab at https://about.gitlab.com/ and find Sid on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sytses
    You can read GitLab's guide to remote work here: https://about.gitlab.com/company/culture/all-remote/guide/
    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

    • 31 min
    Building antiracist organizations w/ Akilah Cadet

    Building antiracist organizations w/ Akilah Cadet

    Throughout the past year, many organizations have taken long-overdue looks in the mirror and started the hard but necessary work of examining how they perpetuate systemic injustice. (That includes us.) The Ready works in systems design, which means that in a world wracked—and in some ways defined—by inequity, it’s our job to look at how the systems we build contribute to supremacist thinking and behavior. In this episode, we learn (and unlearn) from Dr. Akilah Cadet, an executive coach and the founder and CEO of Change Cadet, about the overlap between dominant systems and white supremacy, what being an antiracist company actually means, and how to still hold space for lightness and humor.
    Learn more about Akilah and her organization, Change Cadet, here: https://www.changecadet.com/theteam

    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

    • 53 min
    Becoming a better gatherer w/ Lindsey Caplan

    Becoming a better gatherer w/ Lindsey Caplan

    The sit-down-and-slowly-zone-out-while-Joe-describes-50-slides type of meeting isn’t at all fun…but it is extremely common. Most work gatherings happen because someone wants us to absorb, consume, or comply with information. But if you’re actually hoping to change behavior or get a team stoked about a new initiative, this push-style of gathering just won’t cut it (and no, it’s not Zoom’s fault). In this episode, we ask Lindsey Caplan, a communication strategist and author of the forthcoming book The Gathering Effect, about why good gatherings aren’t one-size-fits-all, how to generate legitimate buy-in, and how to make your next all-hands meeting impactful and even, well, fun.
    Learn more about Lindsey's work here: https://www.gatheringeffect.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

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
96 Ratings

96 Ratings

KellyChewning ,

A must-listen for businesses leaders

If you believe business maintaining the status quo is unacceptable, this podcast is a must-listen. Aaron and Rodney take big issues around organization design and provide a conceptual framework for why and how to do things differently. Further, you'll walk away with implementable tools. I sure have! After hearing one particular episode, I tried one of the methods the very next day with a client. Love it!

oliviabaker13 ,

Thought-provoking and engaging 🙏

Business as usual isn’t cutting it. I’m so thankful there’s a show like Brave New Work exploring all the ways we can do business better. These conversations are crucial to progress toward building better workplaces. Rodney and Aaron facilitate such engaging interviews with so many interesting guests. Can’t wait to listen to more.

Raskarenras ,

Anxiously await every new episode

BNW is such a breath of fresh air. Practical, interesting, funny, informative and sometimes surprising. They cover topics I always want to hear, even if I didn’t realize it before the episode.

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