We believe that business growth follows personal growth. A business must therefore develop their people before anything else. We also believe that the most long term and sustainable approach to growing people within a business is to build a culture that fosters this growth.
These two beliefs have driven to us to find and interview others that also believe these on our show: The Culture Builders Podcast.
Episode #14 - Values Over Culture with Zoe Johannas of Catchafire
In this episode of The Culture Builders Podcast, Zoe shares details of the Catchafire work environment, desired leadership qualities and strategies to elicit employee motivation.
The crux of Zoe's job is to connect Catchafire's employees to what they feel inspired by. Zoe shares how she incorporates this into Catchafire's recruitment process, the development of their culture and why values are typically a precursor to the development of an effective culture.
Episode #13 - How Fostering a Proactive Support System can Fuel Growth with Erin Miller of Lulu Press
In this episode of The Culture Builders Podcast, we are joined by Erin Miller, the Vice President of People & Culture at Lulu Press, to discuss how building a proactive support system for employees can increase productivity and foster a more positive work environment.
Erin started her career in sales, but after realising the potential of people management, she moved into people leadership to work toward boosting satisfaction and therefore productivity of employees. Erin emphasises the importance of building a culture of trust among employees, providing a safe space and building an inclusive culture.
The story behind Erin’s career shift
How to incorporate sales skills into people development strategies
The importance of providing a supportive environment for employees
How companies can nurture an inclusive culture for their people to allow them to progress professionally
Ways in which companies can develop their people and teams
The metrics that can be used to measure success
How to be an active listener
Using curiosity to seek understanding and avoid assumptions
Episode #12 - How Culture Retains Employees with Megan Paterson of Kinaxis
According to Megan, a compelling culture, the right investment in the people, whilst giving them scope to excel in various departments and roles can really impact growth. Megan believes it is important to say yes to all kinds of opportunities irrespective of whether you know if you will be able to succeed, if you're smart and hard-working, the rest will fall together.
Tune in to this episode and learn:
The importance of culture in growing a company
How to be self-reliant and committed to supporting others and yourself
The importance of an open, collaborative working environment
How to ensure your core values that resonate with each new hire you make
Importance of growing people and their careers through development programs
The importance of giving employees different experiences to keep them challenged and engaged
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Episode #11 - How a Functional Office Environment and The Well-Being Of Employees Impacts Growth with Jessica Marucci of Catalyst Software
In this episode of The Culture Builders Podcast, Jessica talks about how she made a career out of her love for people. As the head of People and Places at Catalyst Software, Jessica throws some light on a functional office's leadership side and how to keep the office environment proactive.
Having an experience of 10 years at Digital Ocean as the director of the employee experience, Jessica looks at the office culture to focus on the employee's mental well-being and the office experience. Jessica shares that she loves people, and that's why she thrives at what she does. Jessica talks about the type of values that are significant at the Catalyst Software, which includes transparency. She gives herself credit for being able to listen to other people before reacting or forming an opinion. During COVID, the CEO of Catalyst would ask employees to take a break for their mental health. The remote situation during COVID was not an issue for them since their setup is entirely based in New York only.
Tune in to this episode and learn:
How can a company keeps the growth pattern constant during COVID
What is the inspiration and derive that ignites leadership
Importance of team’s collaborations and participation of each stakeholder in a company
How to maintain transparency in the workplace.
How to scale companies and ensure that clients are involved in eliminating any toxicity in the workplace.
How fun-filled activities can motivate employees for massive productivity
Episode #10 - How Great Leadership and Open Communication Create A Culture That Lasts with Keira Torkko of Assent Compliance Inc.
In today's world, fast growth is considered vital for a company's success. But how can companies balance that growth with a company culture that prioritizes people first? In this episode of The Culture Builders podcast, we discuss that and more with Keira Torkko, VP of employee experience at Assent Compliance. With years of experience spanning multiple diverse fields and a passion for sports and coaching, Keira believes in inspiring change through leadership.
According to Keira, a culture of growth and inquiry can only be cultivated by having a committed and accessible leadership that actively promotes these qualities. Approaching challenges as puzzles to be solved together and advocating for employees at all times is a step to creating enduring values.
Episode #9 - How Companies Can Lead With Empathy to Put People First with Erin Blaskie of Fellow
Erin Blaskie, the director of marketing at Fellow, has been a keen storyteller and a tech aficionado from an early age. Logically, this lead her to pursue an acclaimed career in digital marketing while also being passionate about community building. In this episode, Erin shares her insights into why leadership that embraces a strong 'why' is what attracts passionate people and why authenticity and transparency are key to ensuring that people can thrive in their roles.