32 episodes

Reimagine how you thrive at work through conversations that matter. Hosted by workplace creativity expert Monica H. Kang, we’ll study the latest trends, changes, and challenges to untangle workplace people problems. We’ll talk with executives, innovators, and experts and visit different industries around the world so that you get first dibs into the changing workforce. InnovatorsBox is a creative global leadership firm launched in 2016. Our mission is to unlock creativity for all so everyone can thrive no matter where they work. Subscribe to our newsletter at innovatorsbox.com

Dear Workplace InnovatorsBox

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Reimagine how you thrive at work through conversations that matter. Hosted by workplace creativity expert Monica H. Kang, we’ll study the latest trends, changes, and challenges to untangle workplace people problems. We’ll talk with executives, innovators, and experts and visit different industries around the world so that you get first dibs into the changing workforce. InnovatorsBox is a creative global leadership firm launched in 2016. Our mission is to unlock creativity for all so everyone can thrive no matter where they work. Subscribe to our newsletter at innovatorsbox.com

    10. Summary: Design The Life You Want

    10. Summary: Design The Life You Want

    After interviewing innovators from across the world in countless industries and in countless roles, one thing stuck out - we all have the power to design the life we want. It takes courage, intentionality, and trial and error but it’s so key to have that protagonist mindset. And again, thank you so much again for joining us on this journey together. So are you ready for it? Here let’s dive into the key insights from our guests from Season 2! 

    Subscribe today. Dear Workplace is hosted by Monica H. Kang and InnovatorsBox. Learn more at dearworkplace.com. Find summary notes here.

    • 10 min
    Create Your Own Jobs

    Create Your Own Jobs

    In these past years, while some of us were furloughed or let go, many others have also transitioned, got promoted, or resigned to start their dream jobs. In this episode, I want to dive deeper into the stories of people who have created their own jobs and opportunities both in organizations, and outside on their own, to see what we can learn as we continue to build our own careers and growth opportunities. I sat down with two friends - Ellie Kim and Youngmoo Kim - who carved their own path professionally and explored what challenges and “aha” moments they encountered, as well as what made them do what they did. Their stories and insights are valuable whether you’re looking to start a new career, build a new opportunity where you are, or even want to build something of your own on the side!

    Subscribe today. Dear Workplace is hosted by Monica H. Kang and InnovatorsBox. Learn more at dearworkplace.com. Find summary notes here.

    • 22 min
    Design for Inclusion

    Design for Inclusion

    Designing for inclusion - whether it’s technology, a workflow, a product - is incredibly important as we move into the new normal of working. Creating a workplace for all is not an overnight journey, which is why constant care and development is there, but so is our workflow. In this episode, I dive deeper into the aspects of inclusive design with inclusivity experts Richard Reiman and Margaret Park. How do we design a workplace for all in what we create, how we serve, and what we do each day? Well, it doesn’t happen overnight, but doing so will help you attract incredible customers, team members, and more that could’ve been overlooked. 
    Subscribe today. Dear Workplace is hosted by Monica H. Kang and InnovatorsBox. Learn more at dearworkplace.com. Find summary notes here.
    Below are some helpful resources in your journey of inclusive design:
    Inclusive Design Toolkit 
    Video: RSA Short: Empathy 
    Rethinking Inclusive Design Beyond Technology 
    Disability Inclusion In the Digital Workspace, An Actionable Guide
    Imagination Video Books

    • 26 min
    Rethink Team Wellbeing

    Rethink Team Wellbeing

    Did you get a full night’s rest last night? Are you eating well? When was the last time you took a true break away from your work? As we reach the end of the year and two years of working in the pandemic, these questions on wellbeing at the workplace are becoming even more important and timely. But it’s one thing to know about how we take care of ourselves, it’s another to think about our team. Our team has multiple people with different feelings, interests, communication styles, and needs. Where do you start with how you support them? How do we know what will work well? In this episode, I asked key leaders, Jacqueline Leeker and Bonnie Kim, how they take care of themselves and their team. And they reminded me how important the intention is, and gave some incredible, actionable tips on how to do better for ourselves and our team. 
    Subscribe today. Dear Workplace is hosted by Monica H. Kang and InnovatorsBox. Learn more at dearworkplace.com. Find summary notes here.
    Some Resources:
    https://blog.innovatorsbox.com/rethink-series/

    https://blog.innovatorsbox.com/how-to-get-deep-sleep-and-recharge-as-an-innovator/

    • 29 min
    Rethink Project Management

    Rethink Project Management

    No matter where you work, learning how to manage your time, projects, and workflows is such a key skill. I often attributed my early success in my business, InnovatorsBox, to having strong project management skills. And no, I’m not just talking about the PMP - project management professional certifications - as a way to manage projects. And yes, organization and project management skills are crucial even as an executive - probably even more so as an executive. In today’s episode, I am not speaking with all certified project managers, but rather with a group of friends who have developed their own strategies around learning how to manage multiple projects, deadlines, and priorities effectively - Meet Saleema Vellani, Dr. Bob Nelson, and Jerry Won. 

    Subscribe today. Dear Workplace is hosted by Monica H. Kang and InnovatorsBox. Learn more at dearworkplace.com. Find summary notes here.

    • 26 min
    How We Lead is Changing For Good

    How We Lead is Changing For Good

    Imagine a good leader. What do you think of? Has that changed over time? For me growing up, it was the person who was the loudest, tallest, boldest, and oftentimes the most “masculine.” But this view of leadership is changing, and it’s changing for the better. What does good leadership look like now? What is working and what isn’t working in leadership culture? And how can anyone work towards being a better leader? In this episode I chat with Zina B. Sutch Ph.D and Patrick Malone Ph.D together about their research into leadership development and how it is changing for the better of ourselves and our employees. I also got a chance to talk with Phil Jung, who manages hundreds of employees, about how being a leader can take on several forms.

    Subscribe today. Dear Workplace is hosted by Monica H. Kang and InnovatorsBox. Learn more at dearworkplace.com. Find summary notes here.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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28 Ratings

28 Ratings

itsravilad ,

Important Topics in a Changing Workplace

As someone who left my day job in 2021 to start a business venture, I know first-hand how volatile the workplace environment has been in recent years. Monica brings to light challenges and important reminders that help me navigate my career in Dear Workplace. Thanks!

MarinIll ,

Very insightful and fun!

Great interviews and reflections on what the workplace looks like in this day and age. Monica makes it fun and engaging!

David R... ,

Love listening to Monica

Dear Workplace assembles talented business people from across industries to provide insights on what to do - and not do! - as well as how to handle people, situations and pressure.

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