162 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

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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.

    151. Our power at work w/ Larissa Conte

    151. Our power at work w/ Larissa Conte

    “Power.” It’s a loaded word that can conjure up feelings of negativity, fear, and general ickiness. And with good reason. If our default definition of power is all about authority and control, then the less of it, the better—right? But if we tilt our head a little and instead see power as the ability to move energy through a system, then it becomes a powerful (sorry, had to) ingredient in making big change. We invited former Ready member Larissa Conte—a coach, rites-of-passage guide, and founder of the consulting organization, Wayfinding—onto the show to help us navigate this collective head-tilt, unpack power’s many different flavors, any explore why power literacy is a critical skill in the future of work.
    And as a special bonus to the Brave New Work community, Larissa is offering our listeners a discount for her “Power at Work” program. Simply head to wayfinding.io/power-at-work to learn more and apply code BNWFRIENDS at checkout to receive 20 percent off. Now, go get your power on.

    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
    Adaptive Organization Design and the Future of Work, with Rodney Evans

    Adaptive Organization Design and the Future of Work, with Rodney Evans

    Sometimes, Rodney and Aaron stop by other people’s podcasts to nerd out on the hits we know and love: new ways of working, self-management, breaking down the binary between chaos and bureaucracy, the future of work—the list goes on and on. So today, we’re actually bringing one of those awesome conversations right to your ears.
    Rodney recently joined Jonathan Westover on his show, Human Capital Innovations, for an epic chat about adaptive organizational design and a whole lot more. We hope you enjoy the exchange and we’ll return with a fresh episode of Brave New Work next Monday.
    To tune into more episodes of Jonathan’s show, Human Capital Innovations, head to https://www.innovativehumancapital.com/podcast or wherever you get your podcasts.

    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

    • 28 min
    150. Giving our feedback some feedback

    150. Giving our feedback some feedback

    We’ve covered feedback before on the show, because learning how to give and receive it is a key part of team growth and success. But establishing an entire system that lets different flavors of feedback flourish? That’s a different can of worms. So, how do we cultivate feedback-related agreements and norms in a self-managing culture? Aaron and Rodney have some solid ideas—and some spicy questions. In this episode, they unpack:

    Why creating a feedback-rich culture is hard—and why not having one is harder

    Why experiences in and around feedback can feel so perilous and panicky

    How to build containers in which intense, even critical feedback can happen safely

    The three different types of feedback we most often run into at work

    How power dynamics and personal preference play a part in this game


    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

    • 52 min
    149. How to build a brand new team

    149. How to build a brand new team

    Picture it: Your company’s landed on an important and shiny new project and it needs a team to bring it to life. Cue the barrage of big questions—questions like: “So…who’s on this team? What support will they receive? When will they meet? Wait, is this extra work or something different?”Welcome to the wonderful world of cross-functional teaming. Standing up a cross-functional team is a place where plenty of organizations stumble—because it’s asking most systems to play a game they aren’t designed to play well. In this episode, Aaron and Rodney team up (see what we did there?) to answer questions like:

    How should cross-functional teams—as well as the projects they work on—be chartered?

    Should the size and scope of an idea impact how a team is designed?

    What level and kind of authority should cross-functional teams be given?

    What are the first moves cross-functional teams always need to make?

    How can we bake experimentation into this cake?


    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
    148. The Digital HQ Download w/ Slack’s Ali Rayl

    148. The Digital HQ Download w/ Slack’s Ali Rayl

    Spoiler alert: Your organization already has a Digital HQ. Because whether you’re back in an office Monday through Friday or working remotely in your fluffiest slippers, every team now operates with a mesh of digital tools and systems that constitute where real work gets done day in and day out. But how can you help your already-existent Digital HQ unlock greater team flexibility, collaboration, and productivity? Cue insights from Ali Rayl, Slack’s SVP of product management. As part of Slack’s sponsorship of Brave New Work, we asked Ali to tell us all about the Digital HQ: what it is, how it can incentivize more human ways of working, and how you can start intentionally building a digital-first workplace today. Visit slack.com/dhq to learn more.And if this week’s convo sparks a big question of your own, we’re all ears! Please send it to podcast@theready.com with the subject line “Q about Digital HQs” for a chance to have your query answered 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

    • 51 min
    147. Another trip to the mailbag

    147. Another trip to the mailbag

    Show us a podcast that gets better questions than ours, we dare you. Listeners, you’re crushing the question game these days—so we’re heading back to the mailbag (there’s just so much mail there!) to address three juicy ones. And please keep the queries and head-scratchers coming! Because we’ve got more AUA sessions lined up for the future. For now, Rodney and Aaron crack into:

    How does resourcing work in a world of consent and participatory governance?

    How do we bring two opposing cultures together (think large bureaucratic behemoth buys small, innovative business to bolster their portfolio) without getting stuck in a standoff?

    How can an operating rhythm help support and model more org-wide inclusion?


    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

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
142 Ratings

142 Ratings

Darrin1972 ,

Always a nugget in every episode

I can’t recall I episode where I have not found a something implementable into my work life. Thanks for producing a great show week after week.

MBA wi ,

My first ever binge-listened podcast

As a decade-plus middle manager, I have long sensed the untapped potential of doing better in our organizations. Brave New Work offers up meaningful, bite-sized ideas and actions I can take to nudge my team toward new ways of working, even within a bigger system that does things the same old way. I am grateful to Rodney and Aaron for their generosity in sharing so many helpful lessons, and in encouraging listeners to go change something. I now take micro-steps almost every day. I just know - it will add up!

ARobbCA ,

Best thing going in modern work discussions

Rodney and Aaron are real, funny, big thinkers, and practical advocates for today’s workers, teams, and workplaces. I listen regularly. Listen now - you won’t regret it!!

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