9 episodes

A podcast to look at the experience of Australians in their workplaces. Sounds boring? Well, you'll hear about old mate "the cancer", video producers who make isolation tents in open plan offices, "huddles" and all kinds of names that disguise useless meetings, how you don't get paid doing some of the world's most important work, and more. But the whole aim is also to look at how we, as Aussies, make our work better!

The Better Work Australia Podcast Dean Williamson

    • Business

A podcast to look at the experience of Australians in their workplaces. Sounds boring? Well, you'll hear about old mate "the cancer", video producers who make isolation tents in open plan offices, "huddles" and all kinds of names that disguise useless meetings, how you don't get paid doing some of the world's most important work, and more. But the whole aim is also to look at how we, as Aussies, make our work better!

    3 lessons in moving from mechanistic to magic, with Dan Murphy

    3 lessons in moving from mechanistic to magic, with Dan Murphy

    In this episode I talk to Daniel Murphy (no, not the alcohol bloke!), owner of the very successful and growing Movement Therapy group.In a strange twist, I used to manage music festivals, and Dan is definitely a connoisseur. We use music festivals as a case study in the different between "operational excellence" and creating customer magic. We walk through: Unnecessary organisational (and literal) "fences"The gap that can often exist between "well run", efficient, and "good" customer exp...

    • 49 min
    'Bossing It' with Saffron Meade

    'Bossing It' with Saffron Meade

    Saffron Meade, founder of branding agency Saffron & Co. Creative, joins me to talk about her colourful ride experiencing "bosses", and then becoming "boss" herself. We unpick some lessons along the way including:How overwork cultures are often linked to fearHow important getting "stability" right is for the experience of your workers, including:the emotional stability and predictability of leadersthe basics, including pay and legal complianceHow we use "stories" to approach conflict ...

    • 50 min
    What can work be? Origin stories with Meg and Dean from Human Systems Co.

    What can work be? Origin stories with Meg and Dean from Human Systems Co.

    Podcast host Dean Williamson and Megan Storey from Human Systems Co. get together to discuss their own work stories (for a change), and what led them into the world of self-management, Teal, New Ways of Working, org change and culture.Thanks to Bensound for our jaunty intro and exit music, and to Fina Charleson for her production support.

    • 53 min
    Will your people work for free? Purpose, trust and trail running

    Will your people work for free? Purpose, trust and trail running

    In this episode I'm joined by Tom Landon-Smith and Abhinandan Willis, who built Ultra-Trail Australia from humble beginnings into the world's third-largest endurance and trail running festival.It might seem like a strange place to talk about work, but we walk through gathering a team of great humans around a purpose, self-transcendence, trust, autonomy and much more. There's a lot here for leaders around scaling and organising principles if you choose to listen.Thanks to Bensound for our jaun...

    • 59 min
    Blokes, bosses and digging - self-management in construction

    Blokes, bosses and digging - self-management in construction

    This episode we get into the concept of self-management, which is a step towards improving a lot of the issues we've heard about in previous episodes. We hear from Jess and Doug from Aquadec, a commercial irrigation company, about how they've approached self-management in working with us at Human Systems Co, We talk about how leaders often need to change to bring about change, about honesty and transparency, and about how changing how you approach finance can change how you run your comp...

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The life of a rogue - work and freelance journalism

    The life of a rogue - work and freelance journalism

    This episode I'm joined by the extremely talented (and famous!) international journalist Ann Deslandes.We hear about how the independent gig life stacks up as a survival strategy, and also what it's like trying to get paid when you're outside the system(s).I just loved this chat - she is witty and funny and hopeful, and I could've talked for so much longer!

    • 56 min

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