77 episodes

We spend almost 100,000 hours of our lives working (probably more like 200,000 for entrepreneurs, let’s be honest).

What if work didn’t have to suck? What if it can be fun?

On the Up and Up™️ podcast challenges the status quo of the boring workplace, and teaches leaders how to use HR, legal, and ethics to boost the fun factor of your business. Welcome to the show!

Every week, we talk about the real reality behind leadership and management. Not the buzzwords and HR appropriate policies, but the good, the bad, and the juicy gossip that comes with the behind-the-scenes of running a business.

Come laugh and hang with us every Wednesday while your host, Kira La Forgia (seen in Forbes and Scribd), shoots the (sometimes HR inappropriate) sh*t with badass founders, diverse managers, and kickass employees to help us build cultures that matter.

Because your favorite HR lady may have fired your bestie or made you sign a love contract, but we also have all the gossip that will make you better at your job, whether you’re on your way up the corporate ladder, are a fellow HR villain, or are building a culture as a rising entrepreneur.

If this resonated with you, join us every Wednesday for your weekly dose of HR fun!

On the Up and Up Kira La Forgia

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 29 Ratings

We spend almost 100,000 hours of our lives working (probably more like 200,000 for entrepreneurs, let’s be honest).

What if work didn’t have to suck? What if it can be fun?

On the Up and Up™️ podcast challenges the status quo of the boring workplace, and teaches leaders how to use HR, legal, and ethics to boost the fun factor of your business. Welcome to the show!

Every week, we talk about the real reality behind leadership and management. Not the buzzwords and HR appropriate policies, but the good, the bad, and the juicy gossip that comes with the behind-the-scenes of running a business.

Come laugh and hang with us every Wednesday while your host, Kira La Forgia (seen in Forbes and Scribd), shoots the (sometimes HR inappropriate) sh*t with badass founders, diverse managers, and kickass employees to help us build cultures that matter.

Because your favorite HR lady may have fired your bestie or made you sign a love contract, but we also have all the gossip that will make you better at your job, whether you’re on your way up the corporate ladder, are a fellow HR villain, or are building a culture as a rising entrepreneur.

If this resonated with you, join us every Wednesday for your weekly dose of HR fun!

    Ep 76: "Can We Talk?" How To Address Underperformance Collaboratively In Remote Business

    Ep 76: "Can We Talk?" How To Address Underperformance Collaboratively In Remote Business

    You know what feels ickier than having that awkward underperformance chat with an employee in a stuffy conference room? 
    Having to do it over Zoom. 

    We’re huge champions of remote work, but it definitely throws in some extra hurdles for managers. Especially when you don’t have the benefit of connection from in-person settings. 

    Addressing underperformance is never straightforward, no matter where your team is. But when you’re dealing with it remotely, knowing the right (and wrong) way to handle it makes all the difference.

    Today’s episode is all about how to identify underperformance, when to bring it up, and how to address it with 14 quick and easy DO’s and DONT’s.

    Tune in now!
    LINKS MENTIONED:Conversation Log: Use this as a framework for documenting situations and behaviors on your team that should be recorded as part of your team member's employee file.

    • 42 min
    Ep. 75 How To Conduct Employee Performance Reviews That Don’t Suck

    Ep. 75 How To Conduct Employee Performance Reviews That Don’t Suck

    Say it with me:
    “My past experience in corporate America won’t dictate how I conduct employee performance reviews. I’m not here to give negative feedback just for the sake of documentation.” 
    Performance reviews have a bad rap, but they don’t have to suck. When we rethink the purpose of the review process, it can actually become something everyone looks forward to.

    Today, we’re offering a new perspective that will make performance reviews positive and productive, without the dread or anxiety.

    We’ll cover:
    Why performance reviews are still a mustHow to set the stage for a productive review conversationUnderstanding the difference between compensation reviews and performance reviews, and when to combine and/or separate themThe impact of your company’s culture on your performance reviews;A common mistake in evaluating employee performanceHow to use performance reviews to boost employee engagement and satisfaction

    Basically, we’re here to show you that performance reviews can be beneficial for the company, uplifting for the employee, and empowering for you as a leader. As a modern leader, you have the unique opportunity to reshape this process to fit your business and your team. That’s what effective leadership is all about!

    Tune in and let’s reset the standard for performance reviews together!

    LINKS MENTIONEDJoin our Set To Scale membership: https://the-paradigm.com/settoscale

    • 31 min
    Ditch The Drama: Performance Management And The Role Of Continuous Feedback

    Ditch The Drama: Performance Management And The Role Of Continuous Feedback

    Performance management: Love it? Hate it? Wondering what the big deal is? 
    It can be a real mixed bag. Maybe you skip into those meetings, giddy to shower your team members with glowing feedback and praise. Orrrrr maybe you’re dragging your when the feedback is a bit more…complicated.
    But what if there was a way to make performance evaluations less of an emotional rollercoaster…

    Today’s episode is all about how to shift from that dreaded annual review to continuous, two-way feedback that genuinely nurtures growth.

    We're talking all about: 
    Reframing the role of a performance evaluation;The magic of continuous feedback in promoting collaboration;How to cultivate a coaching culture that meshes with your team's dynamic and your company's operations;3 practical strategies our clients have successfully implemented to keep feedback flowing smoothly, without sacrificing their unique cultures or leadership styles.And, yes, why face-to-face meetings still matter, even for remote or asynchronous teams.

    We’re not here to convince you of the benefits of performance evaluations. We’re acknowledging the nuance of not wanting to do them, and how to put mechanisms in place to make the process a more natural, productive part of your workplace.

    SHOW NOTES:Schedule a free consultation to learn more about The Paradigm Solution, our 90-day HR-in-a-box service: https://the-paradigm.com/contact 

    • 28 min
    [Bonus Ep!] Bravo Legal Drama and HR Disasters Part 2

    [Bonus Ep!] Bravo Legal Drama and HR Disasters Part 2

    We're baaaack baby!
    Kelli Jones and I are at it again with more Bravo legal drama, more HR disasters, and more fun. And maybe a little snark. I mean, we ARE talking about Bravo afterall.
    Kelli is a trademark attorney, a fellow reality TV aficionado, and my go-to friend for Bravo drama and lawsuit breakdowns.
    This time, we're covering:
    Trademarks and why they matterUpdates on the Caroline Manzo / Brandy Glanville lawsuitOur thoughts on the blatant racial discrimination within the Bravo networkKristen Doute’s controversial comeback after being canceled (with lots of snark and eye rolls) Performative actions and the lack of accountability among Bravolebrities Safety concerns on set
    And, of course, we're breaking down the legal and HR implications of it all.
    If you're looking for some real world examples of what can go wrong when a business skirts around strategic HR, look no further.
    Come gossip with us!
    SHOW NOTES:Find and follow Kelli online!
    Website https://www.lawyerkelli.com/
    IG: @lawyerkelli_
    TikTok: @lawyerkelli

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Beyond Metrics: Managing a Team Remotely With A Human-First Approach

    Beyond Metrics: Managing a Team Remotely With A Human-First Approach

    They might just be faces on a screen, but your employees are real, living humans who need more than KPIs and goals to truly thrive.
    Don’t get us wrong — clear goals and expectations are 100% crucial for measuring success. You'll never catch us telling you NOT to clearly communicate goals and expectations. But true leadership goes beyond just tracking performance. It's about filling each team member’s cup with motivation and engagement in ways that suit their unique work styles.

    This doesn't just boost their productivity, it contributes to your ability to lead effectively. 

    Filling those cups means really getting to know your people beyond the checkboxes on their task lists.

    Let’s talk about this invisible layer of culture building that many leaders overlook, especially when managing remotely.

    SHOW NOTES:Take the Leadership Archetype Quiz to discover your unique leadership style and get personalized tips for leaning into your natural skills and abilities: https://the-paradigm.com/quiz

    • 29 min
    BONUS EP: Pop Culture and PR for Small Business with Brittney Lynn

    BONUS EP: Pop Culture and PR for Small Business with Brittney Lynn

    Think your small business doesn’t need Public Relations? Don't write it off yet!
    You might be wondering how a publicist could possibly help your under-the-radar biz. Or thinking you’re too “small” for a PR strategy.

    But before you dismiss the idea, let Brittney Lynn share some insights that might just totally change the way you see PR and its potential for your business!

    Brittney is a thought-leader for how purposeful connection can change the world. Through her agency, The Human Connection Agency, she’s leading the way in the online business space for companies who are looking to connect authentically with their audience and share their stories through a thoughtful PR strategy. Her clients have been featured in places like The New York Times, Fast Company, Real Simple, Forbes, Business Insider, The Today Show, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and more.

    She also has lots of thoughts about Tom Sandoval’s PR disaster, which I just can’t get enough of. 

    Timestamps:
    02:52: The importance of PR in a marketing strategy (even for small businesses!)
    06:11: Crafting a unique message and point of view in PR
    11:55: Overcoming limiting beliefs holding people back from putting themselves out there
    13:14: Where to start with pitching yourself
    20:14: The reality of being more visible
    27:43: The long-term nature of PR and the need for persistence
    37:02: Good vs. terrible podcast pitch strategies and how to be a stellar guest
    52:30: PR lessons from Tom Sandoval and the Vanderpump mess
    1:21:59: Similarities and differences between HR & PR

    Links Mentioned:
    Learn more about Brittney and her PR agency: https://www.humanconnectionagency.com/ 
    Follow Brittney on IG @brittneyllynn

    • 1 hr 34 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

ang_larose1 ,

Not your momma’s HR!!

I’ve never heard HR concept broken down better and in a more accessible way than how Kira does it! As someone who isn’t a business owner but a freelancer and employee, hearing about the in’s and outs of owning a business from the other side of the table makes me a more well rounded employee and candidate for future work! I’ve got a better understanding of these concepts than I could ever gather in a typical “boring” HR presentation. It’s fresh, fun, and most importantly, packed with value!

Meme invader 420 ,

Sound advice that every business owner needs

This podcast is a great resource for business owners who care about creating a strong, supportive culture and team. Hiring and managing others is not easy, but when you’ve got expert guidance like this, you’re able to create systems to ensure consistency.

Morgasgporg ,

Exactly the help I needed!

I was searching for some help on having difficult conversations with employees. I listened to a couple before finding this one. I got so much helpful information! I paused and re-listened to a couple sections more than once. I am thrilled to have found this podcast! Thank you!

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