40 episodes

Feeling the pressure? This podcast will equip you with the tools you and your team need to rise above it. If you want to create the kind of work environment that your team can get excited about, where people feel valued and connected, then this is the show for you. Tune into interviews with bestselling authors, executive coaches, consultants, and managers in a league of their own.

Extending research to workplace, Dr. Heather Walker sheds light on the power of levity at work.

"Join me in my journey to find workplace solutions that improve work climate, the culture, and that support a positive employee experience. I talk to leaders across industries to find out what they do to improve their work environment through levity, better management, and survey insights."

https://www.leadwithlevity.com

Lead with Levity Heather Walker, Ph.D.

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    • 5.0 • 166 Ratings

Feeling the pressure? This podcast will equip you with the tools you and your team need to rise above it. If you want to create the kind of work environment that your team can get excited about, where people feel valued and connected, then this is the show for you. Tune into interviews with bestselling authors, executive coaches, consultants, and managers in a league of their own.

Extending research to workplace, Dr. Heather Walker sheds light on the power of levity at work.

"Join me in my journey to find workplace solutions that improve work climate, the culture, and that support a positive employee experience. I talk to leaders across industries to find out what they do to improve their work environment through levity, better management, and survey insights."

https://www.leadwithlevity.com

    How to Reinvent Yourself in 2021 (Growth Mindset)

    How to Reinvent Yourself in 2021 (Growth Mindset)

    Happy New Year! Today's guest, Ira Wolfe, is going to talk to us a little bit about pivoting in life, and we're going to have such a wonderful conversation. I'm looking forward to it. Ira Wolfe is a TedX speaker and the host of Geeks, Geezers, and Googlization.

    Find out what happened when this successful six-figure dentist walked away from his practice to live the entrepreneur life. As a self-proclaimed millennial in a baby boomer's body, Ira shares lessons and business experiences.

    In this episode, we cover:

    •How Ira finds top performers
    •Ira's creative marketing tips to get people's attention
    •Ira's take on the use of AI chats to replace pre-employment testing as we know it
    •How to find the courage to walk away from a career that doesn't make you happy
    •How to use growth mindset principles to free yourself to try new things
    •The reality of prepping for a TedTalk

    About Ira Wolfe
    Described as a "Millennial trapped in a Baby Boomer body, the World's 1st Chief Googlization Officer, a "hire authority," and "certified prophet" of workforce trends, Ira S. Wolfe has emerged as one of HR's most visionary thinkers. Ira personifies the passion and mindset required to manage the convergence of the tired, the wired, and technology. His enthusiasm and engaging approach inspires his audience to challenge preconceptions about what it takes to attract, select, manage, and retain top talent and take the initiative to make change for them.

    About the Podcast
    The Lead with Levity podcast is a show for leaders who care deeply about what makes/breaks the employee experience. Our guests are dynamic researchers, practitioners, consultants, and business leaders. We cover foundational elements that are needed to avoid forcing the fun. We also invite lively managers who lead with levity to show us how it's done. Thanks for joining us on this journey.

    • 34 min
    An Interview with the Original Levity Enthusiast

    An Interview with the Original Levity Enthusiast

    I don't know a better way to end this year's lineup than interviewing someone who is a self-proclaimed levity evangelist. This should be good! Today's guest is Philip Argy, CEO of Argy Star, and a member of the Law Council of Australia. That's right. We're going to talk about levity in law, and I want to know if lawyers are allowed to practice levity.

    In this episode, we cover:

    •What's the climate in Australia right now?
    •What you can do to get prickly people to lighten up?
    •How Argy practices levity in the courtroom
    •Silly Zoom moments
    •How Argy uses levity to maintain his own vitality and positive spirit
    •An insider's perspective--Are lawyers allowed to have fun at work? What does that look like?

    About Argy Star
    Our focus is always on salvaging and delivering as much as possible of the original business case when the day to day participants in your implementation team have long since forgotten what they were. More usually, we intercept at their incipient stage any developments that could move your project off course in time or budget terms and nip them in the bud, thus saving you time money and minimising the risk that your business case will be delivered late or not at all. These are the basics of the ADRoIT Principles.
    Website: https://argystar.com
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/philipargy
    Email: pargy@argystar.com
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/philipargy

    About the Podcast
    The Lead with Levity podcast is a show for leaders who care deeply about what makes/breaks the employee experience. Our guests are dynamic researchers, practitioners, consultants, and business leaders. We cover foundational elements that are needed to avoid forcing the fun. We also invite lively managers who lead with levity to show us how it's done. Thanks for joining us on this journey.

    • 31 min
    Is it Burnout or a Breakthrough? Keys to Increasing Your Resilience

    Is it Burnout or a Breakthrough? Keys to Increasing Your Resilience

    Join me in this fantastic interview with Eileen McDargh, a best selling author and speaker on the topic of burnout and resilience. Eileen gets real and shares exactly why we need balance, levity, and love in our lives. You'll love this upbeat conversation and healthy dose of career advice.

    About Eileen McDargh
    Eileen McDargh is the Chief Energy Officer (CEO) of The Resiliency Group. Eileen McDargh started her career as an award-winning teacher and to this day loves telling stories while educating audiences as a professional speaker, coach and consultant. Eileen is the founder and CEO of the consulting firm, The Resiliency Group. She teaches organizations like Cisco, Novartis, Oracle, and Procter & Gamble ways of building resilient leadership teams and workplaces. Along with her work as an organizational resiliency consultant, Eileen speaks and writes about resiliency.

    •https://www.EileenMcDargh.com
    •Burnout to Breakthrough: Building Resilience to Refuel, Recharge, and Reclaim What Matters
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    About the Podcast
    The Lead with Levity podcast is a show for leaders who care deeply about what makes/breaks the employee experience. Our guests are dynamic researchers, practitioners, consultants, and business leaders. We cover foundational elements that are needed to avoid forcing the fun. We also invite lively managers who lead with levity to show us how it's done. Thanks for joining us on this journey.

    • 30 min
    Finding Meaning at Work: How to Manifest Your Way to Deeper Connections

    Finding Meaning at Work: How to Manifest Your Way to Deeper Connections

    "Creating a happy healthy workplace is not rocket science." ~Briana Hawkins

    Today's guest is Briana Hawkins. She's young, ambitious, and full of great ideas for bringing the fun back to your function. She is to lead the Happy Crew at Zoom and now graces the finance tech startup Built Technologies with her expertise.

    In this episode, we cover:

    •How Briana shaped manifested her way through her career
    •Teambuilding activities for you to try from her experiences with Built Technologies and the Zoom Happy Crew
    •Briana's perspective on how to get more out of each situation

    Meet Guest: Briana Hawkins
    "I am a strategic leader with a proven track record in resolving organizational and human capital challenges within startups. An employee engagement subject-matter-expert with proven success in building culture, securing leadership buy-in, strategic planning, and talent operations. I am able to manage multiple projects while collaborating with diverse groups to achieve goals.. I believe that where there is happiness, there is productivity and efficiency."

    About the Podcast
    The Lead with Levity podcast is a show for leaders who care deeply about what makes/breaks the employee experience. Our guests are dynamic researchers, practitioners, consultants, and business leaders. We cover foundational elements that are needed to avoid forcing the fun. We also invite lively managers who lead with levity to show us how it's done. Thanks for joining us on this journey.

    • 28 min
    Onboarding That Doesn't Suck

    Onboarding That Doesn't Suck

    Starting a new job is exciting and a little bit of a leap of faith this year for new employees. They aren't able to walk through the building and get a sense of the people, work environment, and culture in the same way. They sort of have to go on faith that the culture is as advertised. If your company went remote this year, then you've been scrambling to reimagine onboarding.
    So that's what we're going to talk about today. What can we do to jazz up remote onboarding? Does it need more seasoning, onions, a little cheese? I had the pleasure of chatting about this (sans seasoning, onions, and cheese) with David Secunda of WorkBright. WorkBright is an HR tech startup that helps companies move traditional employee onboarding to 100% remote.

    In this episode, we cover:

    •How to make onboarding more exciting and engaging
    •How to help new employees build personal connections
    •How to handle that pesky I9 requirement (a pandemic pro-tip)

    Guest: David Secunda
    David Secunda is the Founder and CEO of WorkBright, an HR tech startup that moves traditional employee onboarding to a 100% remote process that workers complete before they arrive. He has led numerous organizations including Avid4 Adventure (Founder & Chairman, outdoor adventure camps), PlanetOutdoors (Founder & CEO, online outdoor retailer), and the Outdoor Industry Association (President). He also worked as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Mobius Venture Capital and Sequel Venture Partners. He is an active mentor in the business community at Techstars, MergeLane and the CU Leeds School of Business, and has served on the boards of Entrepreneur's Organization Colorado, RMC Health, The SCA, and was a founding board member of Leave No Trace. Additionally, he was the Governor appointed Chairman of the Colorado Department of Human Services Licensing Advisory Committee.

    About the Podcast
    The Lead with Levity podcast is a show for leaders who care deeply about what makes/breaks the employee experience. Our guests are dynamic researchers, practitioners, consultants, and business leaders. We cover foundational elements that are needed to avoid forcing the fun. We also invite lively managers who lead with levity to show us how it's done. Thanks for joining us on this journey.

    • 31 min
    Bringing Comedy to Sales: A NetSuite Nomad's Journey

    Bringing Comedy to Sales: A NetSuite Nomad's Journey

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to get paid to travel the world, deliver stand-up comedy, become an angel investor, and drive sales for a large international organization? Well today's guest is going to show us how it's done. Kelli Lampkin has worn many hats in her time, and today she'll join us to chat about how her experiences have made her and her team better salespeople.

    In this episode, we cover:

    •What it was like to live as a NetSuite digital nomad, including her time in Transylvania
    •How Kelli incorporates stand-up comedy and sales
    •How she used a bit of levity to encourage sales at NetSuite
    •How she makes cloud ERP fun

    Guest: Kelli Lampkin
    Kelli is an angel investor, entrepreneur, writer, traveler, comedienne, DJ, tech enthusiast. Her passion is working with tech entrepreneurs that are disrupting their industries to help them leverage enterprise business software so they can focus on their passions.

    About the Podcast
    The Lead with Levity podcast is a show for leaders who care deeply about what makes/breaks the employee experience. Our guests are dynamic researchers, practitioners, consultants, and business leaders. We cover foundational elements that are needed to avoid forcing the fun. We also invite lively managers who lead with levity to show us how it's done. Thanks for joining us on this journey.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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166 Ratings

166 Ratings

ShondaMoralis ,

Refreshing!

So many podcasts keep us striving and grinding. I love how Dr. Walker emphasizes fun and levity along with productivity. Highly recommended!

Addiction-Overcoming It ,

Congrats On One Year!

It’s really the small personal touches that make a person memorable and Heather nails it.

Joel0432 ,

Great guests

I'm happy to hear from a wide variety of guests who can help me expand my knowledge. My company doesn't have many professional development options and podcasts like this really help me stay sharp. Love it!

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