26 episodes

How does work culture shape human behavior and experience? How do humans create cultures?
From uncomfortable truths to heart-to-heart conversations, Culture First uncovers what it really takes to build a better world of work. We all aspire to rise above the day-to-day commotion and bring more humanity into our work lives.
Our host Damon Klotz is dedicated to understanding how we find meaning in our work and how to better the experience humans have within organizations. Join him as he explores journeys of trials and triumphs with the people who put culture first - despite all the things that get in the way.
Culture First: Stories for a better world of work is a podcast by Culture Amp, the People and Culture platform.
For more info, episodes or contact: www.culturefirstpodcast.com

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    • Management
    • 4.8 • 59 Ratings

How does work culture shape human behavior and experience? How do humans create cultures?
From uncomfortable truths to heart-to-heart conversations, Culture First uncovers what it really takes to build a better world of work. We all aspire to rise above the day-to-day commotion and bring more humanity into our work lives.
Our host Damon Klotz is dedicated to understanding how we find meaning in our work and how to better the experience humans have within organizations. Join him as he explores journeys of trials and triumphs with the people who put culture first - despite all the things that get in the way.
Culture First: Stories for a better world of work is a podcast by Culture Amp, the People and Culture platform.
For more info, episodes or contact: www.culturefirstpodcast.com

    Special: What did Damon Klotz learn from hosting this podcast during a crisis?

    Special: What did Damon Klotz learn from hosting this podcast during a crisis?

    Join our host Damon Klotz as he reflects on the 7 parts of the working through it series and how they’ve helped him work through it during this time.

    • 41 min
    Special: How will 2020 change the world of work for good?

    Special: How will 2020 change the world of work for good?

    In this episode Damon speaks with Lars Schmidt, one of the leading voices when it comes to modern HR practices, employer branding and open sourcing the future of work.
    Damon and Lars debate how much of this new normal is going to still be present in the workplaces of the future.

    This episode is from Part 7 of Culture Amp’s Working Through It series. Learn more about the series at www.culturefirst.com/workingthroughit

    • 55 min
    Special: What is the future of performance management?

    Special: What is the future of performance management?

    In this episode Damon speaks with Srinivas Krishnamurti, VP of Product at Culture Amp and former CEO of Zugata, about the steps we need to take to create a fairer and equitable performance management process. They discuss organizational justice, debate whether remote work can level the playing field and why your current performance process might be leaving learning opportunities on the table.

    • 52 min
    Special: How does exclusion impact your ability to perform at work?

    Special: How does exclusion impact your ability to perform at work?

    In this episode Damon speaks with Rajkumari Neogy, an epigenetic coach and executive consultant focused on the intersection of neurobiology, culture, and empathy. They are the author of “The WIT Factor: Shifting the Workplace Paradigm by Becoming Your Optimal Self.”

    Damon and Rajkumari discuss the role that exclusion and trauma can have in the workplace. Together, they look to understand if feeling excluded significantly impacts your ability to perform at a high level.

    • 44 min
    Special: How to design experiences that increase connection

    Special: How to design experiences that increase connection

    In this episode, Damon Klotz speaks with Jenny Sauer-Klein. Jenny is an experience designer and masterful facilitator who specializes in designing dynamic learning experiences that help companies engage their employees and bring their culture to life.

    Damon and Jenny talk about how the shift from IRL to URL has led to a complete redesign in how we’re connecting. Together they explore how to define and scale intimacy in this new world.  

    Jenny shares a framework to design the perfect 60-minute meeting that will leave attendees engaged and feeling connected.




    This episode originally appeared as part of Working through it series. Check out the series for more tips and stories of people navigating periods of transition. https://www.culturefirst.com/working-through-it/intro




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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Special: Cleo Wade on connection, community and work culture

    Special: Cleo Wade on connection, community and work culture

    In this episode, Damon Klotz sits down with author, poet, and community builder Cleo Wade. This conversation is designed to inspire listeners through the power of poetry, space creation, and storytelling. Cleo’s empowering message gives us the tools to build the communities and connections that we need more than ever right now.




    Cleo Wade is the author of the bestselling books, Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life and Where to Begin: A Small Book About Your Power to Create Big Change in Our Crazy World. She has been called the poet of her generation by Time Magazine and one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company. 

    To learn more about Cleo Wade head to www.cleowade.com.




    This episode originally appeared as part of Working through it series. Check out the series for more tips and stories of people navigating periods of transition.




    If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe and leave us an honest review.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

tamaranara ,

Lifeline, basically

Balance of what needs doing and how we are feeling. Addresses how to find intentions and growth opportunities and where our orgs fall short or where they are thriving.
I attend excited and inspired and leave with some investigation to follow up on.
Has definitely made me more impactful in my job and more connected to my purpose and to others who care and working through it!!
Thank you, Damon & crew!

lihgrrdd ,

Not Your Average Interviewer-Easy To Go Back And Take Notes

I resonated with episode 1, "Relationships at work" featuring Esther Perel. Admittedly, I may be slightly biased because I listen to Esther's podcast, and I find her work to be nothing short of brilliant. But when it came to your podcast interview, I think your questions were really insightful and I was drawn into the episode by the conversation on "relational intelligence".

I also think the editing is smart. I like how you break up the conversation and explain what's coming up in the conversation or dive deeper into a topic that was discussed. I think its really helpful for listeners who might want to go back and relisten/take notes on certain topics. I also like how each episode has a few interviewees to round out the topic and give multiple perspectives.

JoshCrist ,

Empowering, insightful and actionable! 🙏

Whether you’re already a leader who enjoys wrestling with the shifting landscape of our modern world, or just getting started as a catalyst for change within your organization - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Damon does an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of successfully building resilient, courageous and innovative cultures - from leaders who’ve actually walked the path. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

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