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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February 22, 2021 00:54:54
44. Is a Culture of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Important?

44. Is a Culture of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Important?

Often, the impression of a company’s Human Resources department and the people who work there is on the negative side. However, Erica Johnson is trying to change that through her work as Head of Diversity, Equity and Belonging at Chime. After personally experiencing moments in her career that made her feel alienated, Erica understands how important it is to stop that from happening with others. She now lives and breathes the idea of making sure that all the different voices in the company are heard and all the same opportunities are available to everyone in the workplace regardless of their race, gender or ethnicity. She explains why it’s worthwhile for companies to do the hard work from the moment they hire their very first employee. Also pointing out that this process is not a “once-off” project to implement and “be done with”, but rather an ongoing culture that needs to be instilled in the business. Continuing to do the hard work on an ongoing basis will ensure that all employees feel included even as the company grows. Erica believes that this mindset boosts the potential of - and holds endless benefits for companies who get it right. While inclusion and diversity in the workplace may be a trending topic at the moment - Erica makes it clear that it is not just a passing fad. DEI is here to stay and it needs to be seen as an important part of success in businesses - and why not? It means you actually care about the people who dedicate their time towards building your business!  It is always inspiring to listen to someone who is ...

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February 08, 2021 00:48:13
43. How to Overcome The Fear of Public Speaking

43. How to Overcome The Fear of Public Speaking

    In today’s episode, Brendan has an inspirational chat with his very own Toastmasters club president Kate Purcell. She shares her story of, from a young age, always finding herself getting tripped up by her debilitating fear of public speaking (or, in fact, even the slightest possibility of public embarrassment). So much so, that she often avoided doing things she enjoyed, for fear of being put in a position that would put her in the spotlight. However, she has made it her goal to overcome this fear and enjoy the freedom that comes with it. She admits that she is still not 100% “cured” of this fear of speaking impromptu and she is working on speaking without her notes in front of her, but, since joining Toastmasters, Kate has learned the importance of having a “just do it” attitude – which she now tries to apply whenever she feels apprehension creeping in. She even went as far as saying “just do it” to becoming her Toastmasters’ Club President – a role that would stretch her in many ways – including of course being “forced” to speak in front of others on a more regular basis. However, she has found her passion in this role and she is able to apply her incredible leadership skills behind the scenes as well, and helping the club organise and set up processes that they are really benefiting from.   Discussion Points: A bit about Kate What is Toastmasters? Going to her first Toastmasters meeting Joining Toastmasters Enjoying the support of her husband Benefits of toastmasters Improving ...

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January 25, 2021 00:46:24
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EP42. How to Design a Kindness Culture

Randy McNeely lives and breathes kindness and he has dedicated his life to sharing ways to be kind and getting a culture of kindness engrained into organisations. Randy has written a book on the topic of kindness called “The Kindness Givers Formula” and in it, he shares how acts of kindness have the powerful ability to change people’s day (and even change lives in some instances).  In this episode, Brendan chats to Randy about his journey into teaching individuals and organisations to leverage kindness to improve their world and the world of people around them. They go into how being kind, actually has the power to make the person being kind, feel good. Yes, scientific evidence that shows that kindness literally goes both ways. Being kind is easier than it may seem in the moment and the more you look for opportunities to be kind, the more such opportunities will tend to arise. This will, in turn, mean cultivating a Circle of Kindness and positivity all around you. So whether it’s in your business or personal life, Randy reminds us about the BIG impact a small act of kindness can have.  Randy is truly passionate about his mission to get the world to become a kinder place - and boy, we can all do with a kinder world, right? Discussion Points: Meaning of PEPOK Why Randy values Kindness Memorable moments of kindness The Meaning of Chief kindness officer Practical Actions:  Kindness by Design, The Circle of Kindness Kindness Givers Formula ...

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January 11, 2021 00:49:50
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EP41. The Art of Self-Mastery

In today’s episode, Brendan dives into an inspiring discussion with RJ Singh - founder of Ultra Habits, an ultra-endurance athlete, self-mastery mentor and a proud husband and father of two. He is the director of Cora Group - an integrated business to business freight and logistics management company. He is a natural leader - through leading by example. He has taken it upon himself to focus on always striving to be better, and helping other men do the same. He had a rocky start, falling in with the wrong crowd and becoming dependent on drugs and alcohol at a young age. However, at the age of 25, with the help of mentors and friends, RJ got sober and decided that it was important for him to “pay it forward” and help mentor and inspire other young men into making smarter decisions and realising the impact they can have on the world.  A powerful life lesson he embodies is that any change you wanted to see in the world needs to come from inside yourself first. This realisation has become a major driving force in his life and it determines how he makes decisions and the activities he spends his time on. He explains the deep value of regular introspection and making time to build good habits.  RJ is humble and charismatic and one cannot help but be inspired by the way he has found a way to rise above all the adversity he has faced in his lifetime.    Resources Cora Group RJ Singh LinkedIn  RJ Singh Instagram Ultra Habits Facebook Page Brendan Rogers Website ...

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January 04, 2021 00:59:31
EP40. Are you sick, fat and tired?

EP40. Are you sick, fat and tired?

Dr Pat Boulogne has helped thousands of people over the last 35-plus years stop adapting their lifestyle to pain and chronic problems by focusing on the whole person. She has a passion for getting people to live healthier lives by focusing on the food they put into their bodies. She believes that you shouldn’t treat symptoms in isolation, but instead, figure out the cause and deal with that. According to her, nutrition has the ability to have a significant impact on our health, fitness and quality of life.  Dr Pat has written a comprehensive book called “Why... Are You Sick, Fat, and Tired?: Find out now” in which she writes about her learnings around holistic health management. It offers its readers a questionnaire that will help them pin-point possible health concerns and ways to treat or manage these before becoming a crisis.  Resources Dr Pat Boulogne - Website (Health Team Network) Stronger than Medicine Program Dr Pat Boulogne - Facebook Dr Pat Boulogne - LinkedIn Dr Boulogne’s Book: Why...Are You Sick, Fat, and Tired?: Find Out Now Dr Pat Boulogne - Instagram Dr Pat Boulogne - Twitter Brendan Rogers Website Brendan Rogers LinkedIn The Culture of Things Podcast Website The Culture of Things LinkedIn The Culture of Things Facebook Page ...

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December 28, 2020 00:52:29
39. A Business Couples Secret Sauce

39. A Business Couples Secret Sauce

    Marcus Nicholls & Ariel Endean are Business Coaches & Consultants, Speakers, Authors, and occasional relationship rescuers. They have been in Business & a relationship for a quarter of a century. During that time they have bought, built, managed & sold a seven-figure business without it costing them their relationship. Business Couples Success was born from those years where at times they struggled and could have really benefited from a strong supportive community of like-minded entrepreneurial Business Couples. They work directly with Business Couples to maximize their profits, improve their systems, and strengthen communication throughout their business and relationship. They also run a Podcast called “Business Couples Secret Sauce” where they interview successful Business Couples to get their tips, tricks, and stories and how they have built a successful business without destroying their relationship. Their goal is to help Business Couples get the same level of Wealth, Health & Happiness into their lives that they have. They believe that gaining knowledge and implementing what you learn is key to any Business Couples Success which is why they call themselves learners of life. Courses, books, podcasts, events, conferences, business network groups are all part of what helps them be a happier more successful business couple which in turn helps the clients they work with.  Their motto “Stronger Together” means you achieve more with the person you love most right by your side in Business and life. The focus of our conversation ...

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