185 episodes

For five seasons, “The Breadwinners” cohosts Jennifer Owens and Rachael Lowell Ellison have explored the hustle of work and life and its impact on every aspect of our lives. Now, Rachael takes the reins solo with “SHIFTING the Hustle.” This series takes stock of this post pandemic world to see what’s changed. What lessons have we learned from the past few years? Is there a new world of work on the horizon or are we moving backwards? This season, we’re diving into the relationship between work and well-being and asking the big questions. In 2024: Has healing become the new hustling? 
We’ll feature discussions with experts, curated research, and Rachael’s reflections from the field using the SHIFT model (Security, Horizon, Impact, Fluidity, and Ties) as a lens. Join Rachael as we share stories, insights, and figure out how to fit it all together.

The Breadwinners Jennifer Owens + Rachael Ellison

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 26 Ratings

For five seasons, “The Breadwinners” cohosts Jennifer Owens and Rachael Lowell Ellison have explored the hustle of work and life and its impact on every aspect of our lives. Now, Rachael takes the reins solo with “SHIFTING the Hustle.” This series takes stock of this post pandemic world to see what’s changed. What lessons have we learned from the past few years? Is there a new world of work on the horizon or are we moving backwards? This season, we’re diving into the relationship between work and well-being and asking the big questions. In 2024: Has healing become the new hustling? 
We’ll feature discussions with experts, curated research, and Rachael’s reflections from the field using the SHIFT model (Security, Horizon, Impact, Fluidity, and Ties) as a lens. Join Rachael as we share stories, insights, and figure out how to fit it all together.

    Navigating the SHIFT: A Compass for the Future of Work

    Navigating the SHIFT: A Compass for the Future of Work

    In this series finale, host Rachael reflects on her personal journey that led to the development of the SHIFT framework, a compass for navigating the changing world of work. She revisits key insights from this season's guest experts on each of the five SHIFT domains: Security, Horizon, Impact, Fluidity, and Ties. Discover why aligning work with personal values, embracing uncertainty, setting clear objectives, allowing for flexibility, fostering belonging and leveraging AI are crucial for success in the future of work. 
    This series finale is a must-listen for anyone looking to navigate the future of work with purpose and resilience. 

    🔑 Key Topics:
    Personal Journey: How Rachael's unique path led to the creation of the SHIFT framework and her new practice.
    SHIFT Domains Revisited: Key takeaways from experts on Security, Horizon, Impact, Fluidity, and Ties.
    The AI Factor: How artificial intelligence can support the SHIFT principles in the workplace.
    Putting SHIFT into Practice: Introducing the Shift Leadership Approach Assessment for practical application.
    The SHIFT framework has illuminated our path through this transformative podcast mini-series, and now, it's your turn to take the reins and make it your own. Start by investing just 5 minutes in the the free Shift Approach Assessment Shift Approach Assessment, receive your customized report, and unlock a world of potential.

    🔗Resources:
    Reworking Leadership: Empowering Leaders to Navigate the New AbNormal 
    Take the free SHIFT Approach Assessment and start your journey towards a more strategic and mindful approach to work.

    🔗Guest Links:
    S: Lyra Health
    H: AskFora: See it in action!
    I: Charter
    F: Flex Strategy Group 
    T: The Anxious Achiever 
    Bonus AI: Lever Talent
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    • 23 min
    Navigating the SHIFT: AI and the Future of Work

    Navigating the SHIFT: AI and the Future of Work

    In this bonus episode of "The Breadwinners: SHIFTING the Hustle Series," Rachael and Drew Fortin, CEO of Lever Talent talk about AI's role in reshaping work dynamics post-pandemic.
    Throughout their conversation, they explore the transformative potential of AI across the SHIFT model's dimensions—Security, Horizon, Impact, Fluidity, and Ties—highlighting AI's capacity to redefine workplace security, enhance growth opportunities, measure impact, and improve fluidity and connections within the workplace.
    It’s a must listen for everyone trying to get their head around how AI is changing our work and lives. Don't miss this insightful exploration into how technology is transforming the future of work. 
    🎧 Key Topics:

    Security: Exploring AI's impact on psychological safety and creating unbiased, equitable work environments.

    Horizon: The role of AI in expanding career development and learning opportunities for individuals.

    Impact: How AI aids in clarifying and measuring the contributions and success of employees.

    Fluidity: AI's contribution to workplace adaptability, enabling a culture of innovation and flexibility.

    Ties: Enhancing connections and fostering a sense of belonging through AI-enhanced communication and interaction.

    🔗Resources:
    Lever Talent 
    Lever Talent Podcast 
    Reworking Leadership
    Connect with Us: 
    Instagram: @thebreadwinnerspodcast 
    X: @breadwinnerspod 
    Website: www.thebreadwinnerspodcast.com
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    • 46 min
    Navigating the SHIFT: The Ties that Bind

    Navigating the SHIFT: The Ties that Bind

    In this episode, Rachael is joined by the phenomenal Morra Aarons-Mele. Morra is a celebrated podcaster, entrepreneur, and a leading authority on mental health, leadership, and the evolving dynamics of the workplace. Together, they delve into the critical challenge of nurturing connections and cultivating a sense of community within the modern landscape of remote and hybrid work settings. Given the growing concerns about isolation and loneliness in the workplace, it's a conversation you won't want to miss. 
    🎧 Key Topics:
    A Workplace in Flux: Rachael and Morra talk about how the workplace has changed since the pandemic. They discuss the toll on feelings of belonging and connection. 
    Mental Health Takes Center Stage. They cover the crucial role of mental health awareness in the workplace. They spotlight the loneliness epidemic and share strategies for both leaders and employees to reconnect. 
    Overcoming Disconnects: They talk about the challenges of balancing personal needs for flexibility while maintaining a connected workforce. They also offer their perspectives on how leaders can support both individual autonomy and a sense of belonging.
    This episode is essential for anyone struggling to connect and create connections in a disconnected world. Whether you are a leader aiming to promote belonging, or an employee feeling disconnected, this episode offers valuable insights and tangible advice.

    🔗Resources:
    The Anxious Achiever Podcast
    American Psychological Association 2023 Work in America Workforce Survey
    Surgeon General Vivek Murthy’s work on loneliness
    Reworking Leadership
    Connect with Us: Instagram: @thebreadwinnerspodcast X: @breadwinnerspod Website: www.thebreadwinnerspodcast.com
    How do you foster connection and community in your workplace? Email us at thebreadwinners@gmail.com
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    • 40 min
    Navigating the SHIFT: Embracing Fluidity for the Now and Next of Work

    Navigating the SHIFT: Embracing Fluidity for the Now and Next of Work

    In this episode, Rachael talks with Cali Yost. Cali is a pioneer in work flexibility and the CEO of Flex+Strategy Group. They delve into the evolving landscape of work post-pandemic, focusing on the concept of Fluidity. This episode unpacks the shift towards remote and hybrid work models. It also explores the challenges and opportunities of organizational policies on flexibility. The episode emphasizes the critical need for adaptability and the need to redefine work and life fit for all of us.
    🎧 Key Topics:
    The Evolution of Workplaces: We explore the transition to remote and hybrid models. What does this mean for organizational culture and employee satisfaction?
    Adaptability in Action: We discuss strategies for navigating change in the workplace, maintaining productivity and wellbeing.
    Work-Life Integration: We talk about how the pandemic has reshaped our approach to balancing professional and personal lives. We also take a look at the role of flexibility in fostering a healthier work environment.
    The challenges of flexibility continue. We zero in on the disconnect between employee desires for autonomy and leader pushback. Cali shares insights from her group's latest report, "The Now and Next of Work." She highlights the gap between employer and employee perceptions of flexible work and suggests ways to bridge the divide. (HINT: It's about navigating discomfort and finding common ground and a common language.)
    Rachael and Cali's discussion is a must-listen for listeners trying to unpack the unending debates around distributed work. They share effective strategies for embracing the fluid dynamics of today's work environment. Whether you're a leader looking to adapt your organizational policies, or an employee advocating for greater work-life integration, this episode offers valuable insights. It will help you make work work in the new normal.
    🔗Resources:
    Flex Strategy Group
    The Now and Next of Work
    The SHIFT Framework
    REworking Leadership

    Connect with Us:
    Instagram: @thebreadwinnerspodcast
    X: @breadwinnerspod
    Website: www.thebreadwinnerspodcast.com
    How do you adapt to changes in the how of work?
    Record us voice memo on Speakpipe or email us at thebreadwinners@gmail.com
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    • 35 min
    Navigating the SHIFT: Impact - Meaning and Measurement

    Navigating the SHIFT: Impact - Meaning and Measurement

    Navigating the SHIFT: Impact - Meaning and Measurement". Rachael talks to guest Massella Dukuly, a workplace strategist, about the many ways the pandemic has transformed our view of meaningful work.
    They discuss aligning personal and organizational values, the importance of transparent leadership, and strategies leaders can use to adapt in the evolving post-pandemic workplace. This episode is a must-listen for listeners looking to redefine success and grow their impact in their work lives. 🎧

    Key Topics:
    Redefining Success: Embrace impactful work beyond traditional productivity.
    The Power of Transparency: Clear communication for effective leadership.
    Aligning Values: Merging personal and organizational goals for meaningful work.
    Navigating Change: Adapting to the new work landscape.
    The Role of Leadership: Cultivating a culture of impact and purpose.

    🔗Resources:
    Charter
    The SHIFT Framework
    REworking Leadership

    Connect with Us:
    Instagram: @thebreadwinnerspodcast
    X: @breadwinnerspod
    Website: www.thebreadwinnerspodcast.com
    How do you connect with what matters at work?
    Record us voice memo on Speakpipe or email us hello@rachaellowellellison.com
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    • 43 min
    Navigating the SHIFT: Horizon and “The Great Opportunity”

    Navigating the SHIFT: Horizon and “The Great Opportunity”

    In this week’s episode of “The Breadwinners,” Rachael talks to two workplace innovators who explore how we all can turn this unsettling moment into an opportunity. Askfora founder Omer Trajman and Andy Palmer, a seed investor, entrepreneur, and author of Live for a Living. Together discuss adjusting to the skills-based economy and the importance of adaptability. Could a focus on skills instead of titles be the key? Tune in as they discuss mentorship, apprenticeship, and aligning personal and professional goals during a time of unprecedented change.
    🔑 Key Topics:
    • Dealing with Workplace Uncertainty: Strategies for adapting to constant change.
    • Creating Adaptive Work Cultures: How companies can support continuous learning and employee development.
    • Fostering Employee Autonomy: Encouraging self-driven career progression in today’s dynamic work environment.
    🔗Resources:
    Askfora
    Live for a Living
    KOA Labs
    The SHIFT Framework
    Connect with Us:
    Instagram: @thebreadwinnerspodcast
    X: @breadwinnerspod
    Website: www.thebreadwinnerspodcast.com
    How do you keep growing in today’s work culture?
    Record us voice memo on Speakpipe or email us hello@rachaellowellellison.com
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    • 37 min

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