The Culture of Things

This is a podcast where we talk about all things culture, leadership and teamwork across business and sport.

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August 09, 2021 01:10:40
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56. How to work with, and motivate disengaged team members

Today I’m talking to Erin Jewel - a Thrive Global top 10 coach of 2021. She is an executive mindset, growth- and performance coach, speaker, and professor of leadership at Villanova University. She has over twenty years of leadership experience in the healthcare sector, working at Pfizer, Boston Scientific, and Medtronic. She has become an expert in strategies to manage team performance and had built a successful consulting practice based on these strategies. Our focus today is on engaged versus disengaged team members and Erin unpacks a few of the reasons team members might be disengaged, things leaders can do to change the situation and things leaders should avoid doing that may cause team members to disengage.  Our conversation goes into some great tips that will help both leaders and team members to better engage with each other by focusing on themselves and what they can do to promote a better work environment.  Discussion Points Erin as Thrive Global top 10 coach Working with leaders in the vaccine development industry The impact of the pandemic on leaders in different industries The great resignation Engaged vs Disengaged What can a leader do that causes disengagement? The meaning quotient (MQ)  How to choose the right person to lead Transitioning from individual performer to leader Self-awareness in leadership Practicing what you preach as a ...

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July 26, 2021 00:59:34
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55. How to Overcome Ego & Win

Andrew Bartlow has 25 years of HR and organizational management experience. He is passionate about helping leaders identify their strengths and weaknesses and he has an empathetic approach to helping them improve the way they run their businesses and manage their employees. Andrew discusses a wide range of topics from his new book, Scaling for Success - where the focus is on people being the priority when working on scaling your business.  Andrew and I have very similar views on the use of personality assessment tools when making hiring decisions- that it’s a very poor way of identifying a good fit in an organization. We also go into quite a bit of detail around Andrew’s theory around the two founder archetypes - Mule-drivers and Prophets - both coming with their specific strengths and weaknesses. Andrew breaks down his process of working with each of these founder-types to help them understand their role in the successes and failures of their organizations. He works with these founders to improve their weaknesses or hire someone with strengths that complement their weaknesses. If you are a founder and not sure why there may be frustrations in your organization, listen up, you may just get the insight you need from today’s episode. Discussion Points All about ego The Ego traps The Mule-driver vs Prophet archetype founders Impact of people in a “Prophet-founded” organization How Andrew approaches these founders RACI - tool HR in a Mule-driver organization ...

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July 12, 2021 01:08:50
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54. Leadership in the Voluntary Sector

Today I’m talking with David Bacon - an experienced director, chief executive officer, and senior executive in both the private and public sectors. He is an expert communicator, stemming from his career in journalism and radio broadcasting. He shares a bit about the work he did as a spokesperson for British American Tobacco, noting that he was able to remain ethical and truthful throughout his time there - which is why he never felt the need to apologize for doing this job - regardless of the fact that most people had strong opinions about the company and the industry (which meant that he avoided talking about his job most of the time).  David is a highly intelligent, incredibly humble, and interesting individual. Our conversation is a rollercoaster ride of topics - which is pretty much reflective of David’s life and career. David has buckets of life experience and he shares about his enjoyment in being able to give back as a way to show his gratitude towards his career and- business success. To that end, David joined the Gosford Rotary club where he has achieved much as club president since then and while he has recently stepped down as president, he made sure to leave a legacy of strong leadership and good values behind. In today’s episode, we get to know David a bit better and find out what he believes is required to be successful in life.   Discussion Points Introduction to David Bacon Cash for comment scandal  David’s role in the regulation of the industry after the scandal About ...

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June 27, 2021 02:26:14
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53. The Story of My Broken Soldier

Karen and Matt Page have walked through some tumultuous times together, to say the least. It all began after Matt suffered a traumatic brain injury during his military deployment. Unfortunately, the accident turned out to be only the beginning of some of the most difficult times in their lives - putting a massive strain on their marriage and family life. Karen wrote the book “My Broken Soldier” as part of her healing process, sharing some of the deepest, darkest moments of their family’s struggle. Matt and Karen both join me on today’s episode, sharing some of how they dealt with some incredibly difficult periods in Matt’s healing process and what they feel helped them get through it all. They have now made it their personal mission to make sure that they help other families in the same situation get access to the help they need sooner and more efficiently. The stigma that surrounds mental health in Australia and the world needs to end - and they believe that talking about one’s experiences more openly will be the key to unlocking this change in society. This, in turn, will help families struggling with mental health issues realize that they aren’t as isolated as they might feel. Reading Karen’s book has touched me deeply, and opened my eyes to the nearly impossible strength that it took for this couple to get as far as they have - and still be working together to live their best lives. I am grateful for their presence on today’s episode and I hope that this platform will help spread their powerful message to people who need to hear it! Discussion Points ...

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June 14, 2021 01:00:59
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52. Values, Leadership & Football with Michael Thwaite

Michael Thwaite is an athlete, a businessman, a husband and a father. While his successes include playing for professional teams all over the world and marrying his high school sweetheart, he has had to deal with all kinds of disappointments and delays in his life and career as well. A few years ago - he made the decision to put his family first at this point in his life, recognizing that his children won’t be small forever - so he wants to be there for them. In today’s episode, he gives us insight into his values as a leader and the habits he has adopted in order to cultivate those values.  He has pushed through many disappointments and come out the other side a humbler, but stronger person. Now he’s taking on the challenge of working in his community as a disability support worker - helping people with disabilities get involved in sport. Michael is a leader in the truest sense of the word as he exemplifies a positive attitude even in his darkest moments. I chat with him about some of his major accomplishments and how he was able to get through his lowest moments. His answers might surprise you… Michael Thwaite has had a rollercoaster- career, but he wouldn’t change a single thing if that would mean he’d end up anywhere other than right where he’s at now in his life.  Discussion Points Michael Thwaite’s career Michael’s start in soccer Values that drive Michael Michael’s journey as a leader Habits Michael adopted to reach ...

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May 31, 2021 00:59:40
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51. The Culture of Lifelong Learning

Today’s guest on this episode of The Culture of Things is Dr. Wilma Slenders. She is an expert management consultant with many years of experience in helping leaders realise their potential and better themselves through empathy and change management in their businesses. We explore the idea of Lifetime Employability versus Lifelong employment and how that affects the mindset and work ethic of employees. This again, has a direct impact on the culture of an organisation. They discuss how important it is for leaders to see their actions through the eyes of their employees in order to ensure that they make decisions that will benefit the company as a whole - including all its employees.   This episode is packed with brilliant examples that explain the reasoning behind the theories and on top of that, Dr. Slenders shares some really exciting news about her upcoming book. Discussion Points Dr. Slenders’ road to becoming a leadership consultant Lifetime Employability vs Lifelong employment Benefits of having Lifetime employability mindset Skills required for lifetime employability Change agility Relationships and trust during times of change Leaders and Empathy Dr. Slenders’ book Dr. Slenders’ Advice to leaders Resources Brendan Rogers Website Brendan Rogers LinkedIn The Culture of Things Podcast Website The Culture of Things LinkedIn The Culture of Things Facebook Page The Culture of Things YouTube Channel The Culture of Things Instagram  ...

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