The Culture of Things

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April 17, 2022 01:44:52
73. How to show up, speak up and inspire action

73. How to show up, speak up and inspire action

Have you ever been in a meeting and not spoken up because you thought your idea wasn’t good enough? Maybe you wanted to share something with a family member, friend, or partner and didn’t? You’ve MUTED yourself. Today’s guest is Heather Hansen - author, TedX speaker, coach, and multi-cultural expert - Heather helps top global professionals show up, speak up, and inspire action in a changing world. She is on a mission to empower global voices to contribute to conversations that matter in business, politics, and life.  You live your values through your big life choices. Think back to the major crossroads in your life– deciding what school to attend, moving to a new country, or even getting divorced – the choices you made at those times were when you were truly “living your values.” I talk with Heather (for an extensive interview) about that and more in today’s episode. From the high achieving culture of “you can be anything!” in the US, to Jante Law in Danish culture, to the cringe-worthy reverence for white westerners in Singapore’s residual colonialism, we’ll dig in to Heather’s journey, and find out about her fascinating new book “Unmuted.” Can the world afford NOT to hear YOUR voice? Discussion Points Where did your passion for communication come from? The book “Unmuted” came about during the pandemic The Venn diagram – Conscious/Connected/Confident Some of Heather’s personal cultural challenges – Danish Jante Law, Singapore’s colonialism Heather and her Danish husband’s personal cultural challenges Is there a ...

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April 03, 2022 01:06:55
72. Government Leadership During a Pandemic

72. Government Leadership During a Pandemic

It’s useful to look back on a period of great crisis and analyze what was done right, and what lessons can be gleaned from decisions that didn’t work out as planned.  My guest today is Scott Farlow, and he is going to do just that – look back on the pandemic and the New South Wales government’s responses and how they worked or didn’t.   Scott Glynn Farlow is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council since the 2015 NSW state election, representing the Liberal Party. Farlow grew up in Sydney's Inner Western suburbs. He was the first member of his family to study at university, graduating with degrees in Law and Commerce from the University of Sydney. He later graduated from the College of Law with a Diploma of Legal Practice. In 2004 Farlow was elected to Strathfield City Council and became mayor in 2007. At the age of 23, Farlow was the youngest mayor in Australia at that time. Farlow was preselected by the Liberal Party to run as a candidate for the NSW Legislative Council at the March 2015 Election. He was subsequently elected and is serving an eight-year term set to expire in 2023. In this episode, Scott and I will discuss how the pandemic unfolded in Australia in general, and New South Wales in particular. Farlow focuses on increasing efficiency and transparency in government expenditure, and we will hear about many of the governmental decisions he was privy to during the pandemic.   Discussion Points Scott and his wife Penny had a “scrutineering” date in public Scott takes us through his ...

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March 21, 2022 01:24:35
71. The Culture of Ageism

71. The Culture of Ageism

Have you ever declined to interview a candidate because they were over 40?  Are you in the over 40 age group? Have you yourself been the victim of ageism in your job search?   In this episode, I’m joined by Toby Marshall, an “Ageism Warrior.”  As Toby tells it in his frank and open manner, “Ageism is JUST DUMB.”  From debunking four big myths about hiring mature workers, to the “hidden” discrimination behind those noble-sounding mission and vision statements on company walls, Toby fights daily to sound the alarm about age discrimination.  Ageism costs our communities major money – in Australia, the figure is somewhere between $600M to $1B annually in costs including lost taxpayers, paying out unemployment benefits, and even healthcare costs, as unemployed or underemployed people, can be depressed and in turn have a host of other health-related problems. Take some time to look at your own prejudices against older individuals you encounter– at work, in your community, in the media- you might not even realize you are an ageist! Discussion Points When did you become so interested in fighting ageism? Can you define ageism for us? What is going through people’s heads when they refuse to hire mature candidates? Have you yourself experienced ageism? What do mature employees offer that younger people do not? Debunking the 4 main myths of ageism: Poor health/more sick days Afraid of, or unable to grasp technology ...

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March 07, 2022 01:06:41
70. The 5 Key Elements of a Strong Culture

70. The 5 Key Elements of a Strong Culture

Today I’m speaking with Cassandra Gordon, founder of Growth Culture.  Cassandra shares her vision of what leaders, companies, and workplaces need to do to evolve into thriving businesses with safe, happy employees.  It’s not complicated, but the hierarchical old-school thinking that persists in our society is blocking these transformations. Cassandra really walks the walk and talks the talk. Her own personal mantra of “respect, integrity, and justice” informs her leadership and everything she does in her day-to-day life.  She shares her reliable, repeatable system for building a thriving culture that has five cornerstone elements: Creativity, Freedom, Purpose, Safety, and Diversity. The sad thing is, “organization design” that continues to utilize those outdated hierarchies has not changed much in nearly 300 years.  It takes courage, humility, and an open mind for leaders to change their organizations.  Do you have what it takes to overhaul your business and start thriving?   Discussion Points Tell us about your exciting work inside the PM &C? Can you share one thing you loved, and one thing you did not, about working there? When have your personal standards been compromised at work? Why is it important for leaders to know exactly ‘what they stand for?’ Do you think enough change is happening today in Australia’s workforce? You often use the word “thrive” – can you share what that looks like to you Your tenets sound fantastic, why wouldn’t leaders choose to adopt them? When determining a company culture, ...

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February 21, 2022 01:23:57
69. The Primal Video Leadership Journey

69. The Primal Video Leadership Journey

Today I’m speaking with Justin Brown, Co-Founder (with his brother Mike) of Primal Video.  Primal Video teaches entrepreneurs and business owners how to leverage the power of online video to build and scale their businesses. Justin and Mike have grown their Primal Video Youtube channel from zero to over a million subscribers over the last seven years. Join us for a deep dive into what makes their company and partnership work, their philosophies on team building and finding the right team members to hire, and the ways that the brothers add value for viewers every day, through every video, and every point of contact with their audience. As a self-proclaimed “beach geek” from the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Justin has over 20 years of experience in video production and has worked on everything from Netflix-featured documentaries, to extreme sports projects. Primal Video has evolved into a multi-six-figure automation-driven business, and they now help others (I am a client myself) implement the same approach through their Primal Video Accelerator program. Discussion Points The humble beginnings: making videos simply to help people What was the “penny drop” moment for you and Mike? Tell us about your early days, and is there an end game? How has a piece of “brutal” feedback actually helped you improve your videos? Justin explains how they hire using Meyers-Briggs and other personality tests to get the right fit Extreme ownership and integrity  Justin and Mike’s partnership and how it functions ...

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February 07, 2022 01:14:42
68. No-Fluff Workplace Inclusion

68. No-Fluff Workplace Inclusion

My guest today is Gloria Tabi, the CEO and Equity & Inclusion Consultant for Everyday Inclusion, based in Sydney, Australia. Originally from Ghana, Gloria has spent nearly 30 years working in research, project management, employment services, and coaching.  She has authored the book, “Inclusive Teams & Workplaces: Everyone Wins,” and is the Founder and host of the “Voice Everyday Racism” podcast. Gloria joins us today to discuss how Everyday Inclusion is a one-stop shop where organizations can come to work on changing to become more inclusive. Businesses must truly understand systemic racism in order to create real change and foster inclusion, not simply check the boxes and celebrate inclusion with one special day every year.  Join us as we discuss Gloria’s sometimes painful personal experiences with racism, and the steps that leaders (and all of us) need to take to make inclusion part of their organization's mission. Discussion Points Gloria’s introduction/background What is the definition of “Everyday Inclusion”? What does EXCLUSION often look like? Some examples of exclusion in the workplace What if those exclusions were simply an oversight or an honest mistake? What can an organization do as a first step toward creating inclusion? Racism in Australia and Australian workplaces Addressing the phrase, “Because I’m white, I’m racist.” Unless we can talk about racism, we cannot change or resolve it How Gloria and Everyday Inclusion can work with organizations to ensure inclusion from top ...

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