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Every business is in some way a “people business” with success or failure often coming down to how leaders manage the people dynamics of their organization. People Business is a weekly podcast focused on what it takes to build and lead a successful, profitable business by navigating the human element.

People Business w/ O'Brien McMahon O'Brien McMahon

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Every business is in some way a “people business” with success or failure often coming down to how leaders manage the people dynamics of their organization. People Business is a weekly podcast focused on what it takes to build and lead a successful, profitable business by navigating the human element.

    Blowing the Whistle w/ Adam Waytz

    Blowing the Whistle w/ Adam Waytz

    Adam Waytz is a psychologist and a professor of Management & Organizations at The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He uses methods from social psychology and cognitive neuroscience to study processes related to ethics, intergroup processes, and the psychological consequences of technology. In this conversation, he shares a detailed look at why people choose to stand up to bad behavior (and why they don't). 

    Mentioned in this Episode:
    Adamwaytz.com  - https://www.adamwaytz.com/Adam on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamwaytz/Changing People’s Minds w/ Loran Nordgren - https://peoplebusinesspodcast.com/changing-peoples-minds-w-loran-nordgren/Reducing Friction w/ Loran Nordgren - https://peoplebusinesspodcast.com/lorannordgren2/Time Codes:
    (2:36) - How did you come to study whistleblowing in the first place?   
    (4:36) -  How do you define ‘whistleblowing’?
    (5:57) -  Why don’t people report bad behavior? 
    (9:26) - How much backlash to whistleblowers face?
    (16:09) - With all the risks, why would anyone whistleblow?
    (17:31) -  How do we prime people to speak up more often and how do we create organizations that respond better to these situations? 
    (34:24) - Is there anything people can do to improve their odds of success if they want to speak up?
    (43:12) - How do leaders and organizations get better at protecting whistleblowers? 
    (45:42) - Is there anything we haven’t talked about that’s important when it comes to whistleblowing?  
    (46:40) -  Have you looked at the percentage of false whistleblowing vs. honest whistleblowing?  
    (50:45) - What are you sick of talking about? 
    (51:16) - What do you think people need to be talking more about when it comes to whistleblowing?
    (54:19) - How can people find out more about what you do?

    • 55 min
    Redesigning Work w/ Marc Giannettino

    Redesigning Work w/ Marc Giannettino

    Marc Giannettino is the Vice President of Service Delivery at WNDYR, an organization designing the future of work. He joins the show to discuss how he and his team are helping companies redesign the way work gets done. 
    Mentioned in this Episode:
    Marc on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcgiannettino/WNDYR.com - https://wndyr.com/The Future of Work w/ Claire Haidar of WNDYR - https://peoplebusinesspodcast.com/clairehaidar/Time Codes:
    (2:31) - Who are you? What is WNDYR?  
    (3:51) -  What makes this moment in time so good for doing this work?
    (6:02) -  Why is the ‘how’ so important?
    (8:22) - What do you see people wanting from work?
    (9:49) - What does a lack of trust look like?
    (12:03) - Where do you start with a company when they approach you for help?
    (17:48) - What are the biggest pain points you see today?
    (21:18) -  How do you quantify work capacity?
    (28:01) - How do you set up the design process?
    (30:32) - How often is work so linear that it can be captured in a flow?
    (33:49) - What do you say to people who would rather work with less systemization?
    (43:23) - How can we factor in the employee experience so they enjoy the way work gets done?
    (48:29) -  How do we implement the right level of organizational discipline?
    (1:00:11) - At which point do small, iterative changes become obsolete?
    (1:01:44) - what surprises clients the most when they get to the end of this work? 
    (1:03:09) - What is the purpose of business?
    (1:03:35) - Where can you be found to engage in this work?

    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Talent Landscape w/ Tim Schumm

    The Talent Landscape w/ Tim Schumm

    Tim Schumm is the Founder and President of Lucas James Talent Partners, an On-Demand RPO (Recruiting Process Outsourcing) firm that is a cost-effective alternative to the traditional staffing agency model.  Tim has been in recruiting for 16 years and is a frequent speaker on topics related to talent acquisition, leadership, and how the labor market affects corporate strategy.  He was also a Chicago Crain’s 40 Under 40 recipient. In this conversation, Tim shares his perspective on the talent market as it stands today and where we might be going headed into 2023. 

    Mentioned in this Episode: 
    Lucas James Talent Partners - https://lucasjamestalent.com/
    Tim on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/timschumm/
    Think Like a Futurist w/ Rebecca Ryan - https://peoplebusinesspodcast.com/rebeccaryan/
    Time Codes:
    (2:47) - Can you walk us through 2022 from a recruiting and retention standpoint?
    (6:31) - What’s the environment like today compared to the past year of burnout, quiet quitting, and hyper-wage inflation?
    (10:58) - Do you see companies evolving their job descriptions with the growing lack of laborers?
    (18:19) - In your experience, what percentage of employers are starting to get creative with finding talent?
    (20:29) - How do you see companies successfully pitching themselves to candidates for virtual roles?
    (23:14) - How do you see companies getting creative as far as going into talent pools they wouldn’t have considered before?
    (24:39) - Do you see companies investing in Learning and Development?
    (31:00) - Are there any other signals in the world you’re paying attention to?
    (33:55) - What else is important for HR leaders to think about going into the new year?
    (36:48) - What is Lucas James Talent Partners and where can people find you online?

    • 39 min
    Bringing Purpose to Your Life w/ Jeff Lovell

    Bringing Purpose to Your Life w/ Jeff Lovell

    Jeff Lovell is a coach on authentic living. He created The Great Life Project to help successful founders and executives who are good at work be great at life. 
    Mentioned in this Episode:
    Jeff Lovell on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeff-lovell-coach/JeffLovell.Coach - https://jefflovell.coach/The Peace Index by Jeremie Kubicek - https://www.amazon.com/Peace-Index-Five-Part-Framework-Fulfillment/dp/1119985927Start with Why by Simon Sinek - https://www.amazon.com/Start-Why-Leaders-Inspire-Everyone/dp/1591846447/ref=sr_1_1?crid=28EZZP5LFLO1C&keywords=Start+with+Why+by+Simon+Sinek&qid=1670517178&s=books&sprefix=start+with+why+by+simon+sinek%2Cstripbooks%2C79&sr=1-1Mike Rowe on Purpose - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1EjVLz968MTime Codes:
    (2:19) - How did you get into coaching and what is the work that you do?
    (5:43) - What are the issues that most people come to you with?
    (7:16) - What is the role of a pastor and how does that influence the work you do now?
    (9:26) - What do people get wrong about pastors?
    (11:19) - How have you built the skill of having conversations with people at their most authentic level?
    (13:38) - How do you know when to sit back and let things happen, and when someone needs a fire lit underneath them?
    (16:53) - Where do you start with a new client?
    (18:51) - Are there any
    (20:02) - How do you help someone figure out what their big purpose is?
    (28:52) - Should we all aspire to a life of helping others?
    (34:39) - How do you coach clients through self-deception?
    (42:32) - How does someone know whether they should be talking to a coach or a therapist?
    (46:46) - What do you believe about people or businesses that might be contrarian?
    (47:56) - What are you sick of talking about?
    (51:02) - What is the purpose of life? 
    (51:52) - Where can people find you online?

    • 53 min
    Developing Great Teams w/ Mike Goldman

    Developing Great Teams w/ Mike Goldman

    Mike Goldman is an award-winning leadership team coach and the #1 Amazon bestselling author of two books, Breakthrough Leadership Team and Performance Breakthrough. In this conversation, Mike shares what it takes to build and lead a high-performing team.

    Mentioned in this Episode:
    Mike Goldman: Leadership Team Coach | Author | SpeakerMike Goldman’s Free Video CourseMike Goldman on LinkedInMike Goldman on TwitterMike Goldman on FacebookThe Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick LencioniThe One Minute Manager by Ken BlanchardHow to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale CarnegieSimple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits! by Greg CrabtreeTime Codes:
    (1:27) - How do you define what makes a good team?
    (3:02) - How important is the top leader?
    (4:51) - What is your assessment of the top leader when you walk into an organization?
    (9:27) - How do you coach clients who may not be lifelong learners?
    (14:59) - How can leaders or team members ensure that individuals are held accountable?
    (21:31) - What are the 6 pillars of a leadership team?
    (22:53) - What does Self-Leadership look like?
    (25:01) - Do you have any exercises to help people with their focus?
    (28:38) - What’s the balance of finding the right people for a team?
    (33:43) - Is setting and living out values part of the execution pillar?
    (40:31) - How do you think about team structure?
    (46:45) - Do you find that some teams need to cut down on size?
    (49:31) - What advice do you have for people onboarding to a new team?
    (52:05) - What is the purpose of business?

    • 56 min
    Let Me Tell You a Story w/ Reena Kansal

    Let Me Tell You a Story w/ Reena Kansal

    Reena Kansal is a Story Facilitator and Chief Operating Officer at Leadership StoryLab, a training company that helps business professionals connect with their audience. Have you ever sat through a boring presentation? Or worse, have you ever given one where you could tell the audience was barely staying awake? If so, Reena can help.

    Mentioned in this Episode: 
    Leadership Story LabLet the Story do the Work by Esther ChoyReen Kansal on LinkedInSmart Brevity by Jim VandeHeiGood Charts by Scott BerinatoThe TableTopics GameHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StoneStart with Why by Simon SinekMetaphor: As Simple As a Piece of VelcroThe Secret to Clarifying Complex IdeasTime Codes:
    (1:13) - What is Leadership Story Lab and what kind of work do you do?
    (2:20) - What was the catalyst that made storytelling sexy?
    (3:10) - How do you define Storytelling?
    (4:11) - What are the elements of Story that cause people to take action?
    (5:32) - What are the misconceptions that people have about Storytelling?
    (7:36) - What’s a better example you’ve seen of someone introducing themselves through a story?
    (9:59) - How should people think about Story length?
    (13:43) - What are the other important elements of a Story?
    (15:54) - What type of language should we be using in Story?
    (19:44) - Are there any other techniques to storytelling that listeners can add to their toolbox?
    (24:48) - How do you coach clients on word choice?
    (30:50) - How do we start practicing Storytelling?
    (38:14) - What surprises people the most as they begin this work?
    (39:52) - Do you see people overdoing it in the beginning?
    (42:05) - Do you have any exercises to help build metaphors and analogies?
    (42:57) - What are you sick of talking about?
    (43:26) - What do you get most excited about in your work?
    (47:17) - Where can people find and engage with you?

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

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53 Ratings

kwebs14 ,

Great Listen

Not a single episode where anyone in the business of people won’t pick up a nugget or three.

Well worth the listen!

Ryan Hyman ,

Great listen

OBrien does a great job of consistently having interesting guests and thought provoking conversations. Always a good use of time to tune in!

Refah Ali ,

O’Brien McMahon Is A Must Listen!

O’Brien McMahon absolutely delivers on robust conversation, educational topics, and inspirational takeaways! I love how O’Brien’s brain works - a must listen!

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