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Each week we tackle the most complex issues related to work & culture.

Thinking Inside the Box Matt Burns

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Each week we tackle the most complex issues related to work & culture.

    Kandi Gongora: The Role of Innovation in Transformation

    Kandi Gongora: The Role of Innovation in Transformation

    In today’s episode, I chat with Kandi Gongora, Chief Transformation & People Officer at Goodway Group, a NYC-based full-service data-driven digital marketing solutions partner. 
    In the 2+ years I’ve known Kandi, from our time together in HackingHR, to her participation at the Global HR Summit - the world’s largest enterprise virtual reality conference - Kandi has always had a passion for learning, behavioural science & innovation. 
    Each are foundational elements of successful transformations. 
    Together we tackled a lot of fun topics; beginning with her professional journey; how she stitches together experiences in operations, technology & HR to enable transformation at a rapidly-growing digital marketing organization. 
    We discuss her firm’s use of virtual reality. Pioneered at the Global HR Summit in 2020 - still, amazingly, over a year later, the largest enterprise business conference ever presented in virtual reality - where Kandi was one of our 60 speakers; participating via VR headset as a panellist from her home just outside of Dallas, Texas, to an audience of over 800; nearly half of which were also in VR headsets. Truly remarkable.
    Today, Kandi is piloting the use of virtual reality in her own organization; purchasing over 400 VR headsets - one for each employee at the Goodway group - to enable activities ranging from team huddles, brainstorm sessions & recently, their first organization-wide meeting. New employees now receive one in their hiring packages. 
    Though traditional business metrics fall short in quantifying the returns from these investments. Employee Lifetime Value provides a framework to have these discussions. And it's an idea I wanted Kandi’s feedback on. As always, we had a lot of fun. And I hope you enjoy it. 

    Kandi Gongora
     
    Kandi Gongora is the Vice President of People and Organizational Excellence at Goodway Group, where she leads people experience, rev operations, strategic and organizational development functions. Kandi’s passion for learning, behavioural science, holistic well-being and business has led her on a non-traditional career path into “HR”. 
     
    With over 20 years of experience, she has held various leadership positions including Director of Organizational Excellence at Park Place Dealerships, where she led the large luxury automobile group to become the recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige Award, and Quality Systems Manager at Coca-Cola Enterprises.  She holds a BS, Multidisciplinary Studies from McMurry University and is a graduate of Southern Methodist University’s executive education program.

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    Constraints drive innovation. Each week we tackle the most complex issues related to work & culture.

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    • 45 min
    Alli Trussell: Scaling Human Touch

    Alli Trussell: Scaling Human Touch

    In today’s episode, I chat with Alli Trussell, Chief of Staff at Wunderkind, formerly BounceX. Wunderkind is a leading performance marketing engine that delivers tailored experiences for digital clients at scale. And in her role, Alli oversees the execution of the organization’s high priority strategic initiatives, operationalizes their vision, and manages communications for the CEO, executive team, and all other enterprise-wide messaging. 
    It’s a dynamic role in a rapidly-scaling organization. 
    And she’s an interesting person to speak with for those of us interested in the future of work. 
    Discussions at the intersection of technology and humanity are a recurring theme on this podcast. And as organizations scramble to redefine their cultures, strategies, programs, tools, and processes, they’ll need to strike a balance between the two. 
    Can personal touch be scaled using technology? Can we scale ourselves? Can we move beyond "performance management" to "performance acceleration"?
    We tackled these questions, and many more in what was a really engaging conversation. 
    It was a great discussion and I hope you enjoy it.

    Alli Trussell

    Alli Trussell is Chief of Staff at Wunderkind, one of the fastest-growing SaaS and Marketing companies in the United States. With proven experience in people management, talent acquisition and departmental development, Alli is at the heart of Wunderkind's extensive internal operations. She is passionate about employee success and has a professional mission to make "Career Pathing" the new "Performance Management."
     Alli is an expert in strategic assistance, PR and relationship management, having served as right hand to Wunderkind's CEO in the past. Today, she executes some of Wunderkind's most important strategic initiatives and is constantly innovating ways to harness and boost talent across departments.

    With an unconventional story of success in the tech world, Alli Trussell captivates audiences with engaging stories about life and work in New York City, and managing relationships and people in fast-paced business contexts. Hosts and audiences alike will love her energy, vision and story. 
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    • 46 min
    Tony Martignetti: Finding Your Inspiration

    Tony Martignetti: Finding Your Inspiration

    In today’s episode, I chat with Tony Martignetti, Founder & Chief Inspiration Officer at Inspired Purpose Coaching, a Boston-based organization on a mission to elevate leaders and equip them with the tools to navigate through change. 
    Tony’s also the host of the Virtual Campfire Podcast, an Advisory Board member for a number of purpose-driven organizations, and an Executive Coach. 
    Together we talked about all things personal transformation. Tony was kind enough to share his own personal story, the anecdotes & lessons he learned along the way, as a roadmap for others who may be seeking greater purpose in their lives. 
    There’s an illusion that people are more unhappy than ever before. Granted, with the pandemic, the Great Resignation, and a 24 hour news cycle, its not hard to find examples of what’s not working. 
    The fact is as a species, if we look at measurements like poverty, infant mortality, and economic prosperity, we’ve never been better off. Then why are so many people unhappy. Left feeling directionless, uninspired and unfulfilled? 
    We dug into this topic, and many more in what was a really fun conversation. 
    In the end it’s about defining success for yourself and putting plans in place to achieve it. 
    We had a great discussion and I hope you enjoy it.

    Tony Martignetti

    Tony Martignetti is a trusted advisor, coach, experience creator, author, podcast host, and speaker. He brings together over 25 years of business and management experience, formal training, and extreme curiosity to elevate leaders and equip them with the tools to navigate through change and unlock their true potential.

    He loves guiding people to find clarity in their lives, so they are energized, fully present, and unstoppable. When leaders unlock their potential and lead from a place of inspired purpose, they impact and inspire everyone around them. He has dedicated himself to helping people live inspired lives.

    Before becoming the founder and Chief Inspiration Officer of Inspired Purpose Coaching, he was a finance and strategy executive with experience working with some of the world's leading life sciences companies. Along his journey, he also managed small businesses and ran a financial consulting company.

    Tony is the host of The Virtual Campfire podcast and the author of "Climbing the Right Mountain: Navigating the Journey to An Inspired Life."

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    • 43 min
    Carol Sanford: No More Feedback

    Carol Sanford: No More Feedback

    In today’s episode, I chat with Carol Sanford, a Seattle, Washington-based serial entrepreneur, author, speaker & executive producer at the Regenerative Business Summit, an event held annually in Seattle each year To elevate and enrich the conversation about regeneration and focus it on innovative, enlightened disruption in business and industries.
    Carol launched two start-ups, operated and sold them. Then turned to teaching and educating businesses globally.
    She brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and strong opinions about the true value of feedback. She argues it’s really not that valuable, which sparked an interesting, and at times, impassioned conversation that challenges some of our most deeply-held beliefs.
    In the nearly 100 podcasts I’ve recorded, this one stands out. And I hope you enjoy it. 
    We had a great discussion and I hope you enjoy it.

    Carol Sanford
    Senior Fellow of Social Innovation, Babson College; CEO, The Regenerative Paradigm Institute, Educator and Social Change designer for people in change agents roles, organizational leaders who aspire to making a difference, business and organizational teams pursuing meaning work and business effectiveness.
    Author of Five best-selling books, including The Regenerative Life: Transform Any Organization, Our Society, Your Destiny, No More Feedback, The Regenerative Business (Michiel Bakker, Google VP wrote Foreword.) 22 Gold Awards thus far for her books.  All five books are built around case stories of specific transformation in people, business, community and regions. Exec Producer, The Regenerative Business Summit and Producer & On Air Talent, Business Second Opinion Podcast.

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    • 33 min
    Dr. Bob Nelson & Mario Tamayo: Having Fun at Work

    Dr. Bob Nelson & Mario Tamayo: Having Fun at Work

    In today’s episode, we have a 2 for 1 special, as I speak with Dr. Bob Nelson & Mario Tamayo to discuss the release of their book, Work Made Fun, Gets Done. Easy Ways to Boost Energy, Morale and Results.

    According to Fortune magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For in America:” 81% of workers in the companies on the list say they work in a fun environment. Deloitte calls the 2020s "The Era of Workplace Fun." 
    With COVID waning, all employees want more fun than ever before. When you make fun part of your culture, workers will prosper— it’s a proven driver of desired results, creativity & better relationships.
    And this formed the basis of a really entertaining, dare I say, fun discussion about all things organizational culture, employee recognition, engagement & hybrid work. 
    We talked about a world after covid. And how we believe organizations can differentiate themselves from the competition in an increasingly disruptive talent landscape. Against the backdrop of the Great Resignation, fun at work may be more important now than ever before. 
    We had a great discussion and I hope you enjoy it.

    Dr. Bob Nelson

    Considered the world’s leading authority on employee recognition & engagement and President of Nelson Motivation Inc., a management training/consulting company specializing in helping organizations improve their management practices, programs & systems.

    He’s worked with 80% of Fortune 500 as a Strategist for HR Issues. Has been a long-time collaborator & confidant for Dr. Ken Blanchard, “The One Minute Manager” and is currently a personal coach for Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, the world’s #1-ranked executive coach.

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    Mario Tamayo

    Mario Tamayo, a principal with Tamayo Group Inc., has more than thirty years of experience in maximizing human performance, working with companies such as L’Oréal, Genentech, Petco, General Dynamics, The Ken Blanchard Companies, The Anthony Robbins Companies, and 2Connect.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Josh Little: How Digital Communications Enable Hybrid Work

    Josh Little: How Digital Communications Enable Hybrid Work

    Josh Little, Founder & CEO of Volley, a Utah-based video messaging software for professionals & teams. Josh is a serial entrepreneur; he’s launched 4 separate tech companies since 2007.
    In amongst much confusion, tragedy & uncertainty, Josh saw an opportunity presented by the global pandemic - the inevitable shift of work. And more specifically, how strategies & tools need to evolve to enable communications in a hybrid setting. 
    Together we covered a range of topics. We discussed organizations in a post-pandemic context, their shift to a digital or hybrid interface & considerations for professionals in those enterprises. We discussed remote team communication; the importance of video & voice to compliment text-based, or email-based communications to drive true connection.
    The truth is we’re all learning how to navigate these uncertain times together. And it’s discussions like this that bring a fresh perspective to a challenge we’re all trying to meet. How do we stay connected today & into the future. 
    We had a great discussion and I hope you enjoy it.

    Josh Little

    Josh Little is the founder of four tech companies–Maestro, Bloomfire, Quizzer, and Volley–that have collectively been used by hundreds of millions of people and featured in TechCrunch, Mashable, Entrepreneur, Inc, and Forbes. With two successful exits and a third anticipated, he’s currently on a mission to provide the world with a more meaningful way
    to communicate with his fourth creation, Volley–a video messaging app.

    Depending on what circle you run in, you may know Josh better for his pickles, performances, or projects–as he is a 5th generation pickler, a classically trained singer, and a mechanically-minded YouTuber.
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    • 40 min

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Great show

The perspectives Matt and his guests offer on this podcast are incredible. If you’re looking for key insights and actionable advice around work and culture, I highly recommend this show. Thanks Matt!

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