Why do intention and commitment matter so much at work? In this episode we talk to long-time HR pro and author of the new book "HR on Purpose," Steve Browne. He talks about developing a deliberate people passion and redefining what HR is.
Can brand be extended to organizational culture? In this episode we talk to Mona Amodeo, PhD, author of the forthcoming book “Beyond the Sizzle: The Next Evolution of Branding,” to find out. Special guest host and WorkXO Managing Director, Ed Bodensiek, explores the book’s central argument – that culture and purpose can and should be used to transform organizations into brands that matter.
In this episode we hear from Jennifer Marszalek, Chief Talent Officer with Havas Chicago on the extent to which she, her team, and her organization go to "walk the talk" when it comes to their workplace culture. They've gone far beyond the lip service many organizations still pay culture. They take the time, make the investment, and dedicate the resources to making sure everything they do - the way they behave, the things they say, the way they work - reinforces and clarifies the things that drive their success. There are no questions about it - whether you're on the inside looking in or on the inside looking out. It's this kind of intentional culture management work that can become a differentiator for your business. And it certainly has for them.
In this episode, Lotus Yon, Director of Human Resourceas and Learning with Northwest Community Healthcare, shares her experience around creating a workplace culture that brings flexibility to life. This is not about policies and programs; it's about embedding, ingraining, and infusing the lifestyle of flexibility into our very fabric. It's about creating a culture that reinforces and clarifies the importance of flexibility at every turn - the way we act, the way we interact, and the way we work. We explore the difference between work-life-balance and work-life-integration. And we impart some wisdom around really meaning flexibility when we say "flexibility."
In this episode, Dina Gallay, Senior Director at The Steely Group, shares her first-hand experience with organizations that use a deeper understanding and appreciation for their cultures in attracting the right candidates to their business. We explore the importance to truth-telling, brand messaging with the appropriate color and context, and going beyond the same-old-same-old buzz words in how we describe what it's really like to work there. We talk about the difference between "good" candidates and "right" candidates. And we surface some ideas for getting a bit more introspective around measuring, analyzing, and understanding our workplace culture.
In this episode, we chat with Joe Gerstandt, keynote speaker, thought leader, advisor, consultant and sage in the world of inclusion. Charlie and Joe discuss how poorly misunderstood inclusion and diversity really are in the workplace and Joe clarifies how companies that "get it" are using it as a true competitive advantage. Saying inclusion is important to us (and we all say it) is one thing; but Joe gives us some tips for measuring and monitoring it so that we know it’s having the intended impact. Get this and more from this month’s episode of the Culture Chat Podcast. Listen to (and/or download) to learn more.
In this episode, we chat with Sanja Licina, Ph.D., Future of Organizations at Globant, about the challenges organizations face in bringing their values to life. How do companies that are crystal clear on what they value make sure they back it up with authentic context, color and identity? How do they weave that identity into the fabric of culture so that it reinforces and clarifies what's truly valued at every turn? Sanja has a built a career around helping organizations create cultures that do that exactly - and she shares her experiences with us. Listen to (and/or download) this episode to learn more.
In this episode, we chat with Jason Lauritsen, Keynote Speaker / Author / Consultant, JasonLauritsen.com about all things performance management. It is at the center of what we refer to as workforce operating systems fueling a more meaningful employee experience yet has a reputation as something managers don't like issuing and employees don't like receiving. But it doesn't have to be that way. Jason and Charlie talk about the evolution of performance management as a means to employees willingly choosing to give their all and have a meaningful experience with their company. Jason lays it all out in this episode now available for download.
In this episode, we chat with Kirsty Spraggon, International Motivational Keynote Speaker / Author / Producer / TV Host. Kirsty's work deals lot with the strongest human emotion: Fear. How does fear factor into the modern workplace? How does she see fear showing up in workplace culture? How can we get better at identifying it, and what are the next steps in addressing fear in the workplace after it's been identified? Download this episode to find out!
In this episode, we chat with Kris Dunn, CHRO, Partner, Kinetix about his journey from college hoops to HR, with an emphasis on workplace culture. Charlie and Kris talk about disrupting the traditional paradigms of work, the role HR plays in challenging historical norms of not questioning the status quo and how your organization can get more comfortable with that evolution and the Future of Work. Kris is not like other HR people, and we mean that as a compliment!
In this episode, we chat with Dawn Hrdlica-Burke, Advisor / Speaker / Writer, Dawn Burke HR about why it is so easy to talk about culture yet so difficult to actually do something about it and stay committed and focused on it. Dawn and Charlie discuss how to take corporate culture to the next level while maintaining a standard of excellence through periods of growth. How we work has a lot to do with culture, but assuming you are doing the right things already and relying on organic growth simply won't translate. You need to stay intentional, actions must speak louder than words and Dawn and Charlie will explain what that means in this episode of the Culture Chat Podcast.
In this episode, we chat with Jason Seiden, Speaker / Facilitator / Consultant at Jason Seiden LLC about transformation in the workplace. Jason lays out the necessary ingredients for business transformation, why it all begins with a sense of humanity and how essential subcultures are in the process. Jason and Charlie also discuss how pizza fits into the whole equation (trust us, it won't be in the way you're thinking)! Download this episode to learn more.
In this episode, we chat with Stephanie Waite, Director of Leadership and Organizational Development at Lurie Childrens Hospital about her philosophy of a culture of customization. She explains what that is--essentially appealing to the unique and distinct needs of the individual as opposed to the organization—and how she applies these principles in her workplace. Stephanie is a true “graduate level” culture pracitioner discussing for example how this applies to designing leadership development programs and shifting large scale culture is through individual behaviors.
In this episode, we bring acclaimed author of Getting Grit: The Evidence Based Approach to Cultivating Passion, Perseverance and Purpose, Caroline Miller, BACK a second time to the Culture Chat podcast to talk about her newest book and to proclaim the start of the Grit Revolution! Listen to the first conversation with Caroline here https://workxo.podbean.com/e/culture-chat-on-grit/.
Remote teams are a hot topic these days, which will only become more and more important as organizations allow remote working. But how do you preserve your organizational culture when your people are in many locations? Rebecca Achurch of Achurch Consulting and Tim Sarrantonio from Neon One talk to us about their experiences.
We collectively in the business world (and here at WorkXO for sure), think and write and observe and opine about generations a lot, but always with a particular focus on Millennials (as you know we wrote a book about their impact on the workplace). So in this episode of the Culture Chat, we wanted to talk to someone who could address the other side of the equation - baby boomers - but specifically around the idea of baby boomers working much longer, how they want to transfer their deep and historical knowledge inside the workplace, and how corporate culture could build in different kinds of structures for sharing experiences in both directions between older and younger generations.
Listen to this conversation with Alex Assaley, CEO of AFS 401(k) Retirement Services. Our big question for today's conversation was, "In what ways will Baby Boomers working longer have an impact on today's workplace?"
In this episode, we chat with Marc Lamik, Head of Innovation and Partnerships at Zalando, a European retailer making a big splash with their culture practice of Radical Agility, comprised of Purpose, Mastery and Autonomy. In this fascinating conversation, we dig into the specifics of Mastery and what that means for fostering innovation.
"As companies look to recruit the best and brightest from college campuses, they are overlooking one major factor in the attraction and retention of recent graduates— incorporating campus design elements into work environments to attract young professionals. Global infrastructure and design firm, AECOM, along with contract furniture company, KI, conducted new research on collegiate design as a driver of workplace design, and set out to examine how college students like to work and how companies can apply this style within." This is the first of a new series of Culture Chat conversations, in which we talk with people doing interesting work that has an unexpected connection to workplace culture. In this episode, we chat with Jonathan Webb and Brett Shwery, the authors of this fascinating study about the lessons companies can learn from how the next generation of workers interact in a college environment.
This episode is all about creating a Winning Team Culture, as CARFAX's VP of Human Resources, Adrienne Webster, shared with us. And their formula's super interesting - combining being goal oriented, encouraging independent thinkers, wisdom of the crowds, and the 3 C's (collaborative, creative, and competitive) - listen to the conversation for the details!