We sometimes are our own worst enemies when we practice self-limitation, especially with either-or thinking. The Looking For And podcast seeks to make the shift to "yes, and," a principle popularized by improv to open ourselves to the possibilities and make connections. So much of practicing Design of Work Experience is about Yes And, but you can find the specific shout out to it on p. 113 of the book. Check out the interview!
Despite it's success predicated on the talents of individuals and teams, most conversations about Design of Work Experience are about organization-scale culture and change. On Get Yourself The Job, we delve into how culture affects the individual, what they can do about it, and the implications of culture "fit." Many of my coaching conversations cover this territory and people's specific situations, but here's a chance to hear about it as a general audience. Give it a listen here.
My publisher has been supportive of Culture Your Culture--this podcast is an example. It was a luxury to not have to worry about time limits and commercial breaks while doing a deep dive into the content. All that being said, this episode still clocks in under 30 minutes, and yet we covered so much. Please enjoy it!
It's every speaker's dream to have an engaged audience. I was truly honored to present Culture Your Culture at The Design Collective's Salon in SF last night, which included lifestyle brand makers and creative directors, furniture designers, high-end plumbers, an auditor, life coach, product designers, purveyor of wall coverings, a UX designer, an architect, writers, and other creatives. Highlights from the dialogue are worth sharing!
The host of Thank God for Monday, Brother Greg Cellini, has an interesting background. He spent almost 30 years in corporate (working for big pharma) before joining the Franciscan Brothers and returning to his roots at Seton Hall University and becoming a broadcaster. This interview was a homecoming of sorts for me too. I spent 8th, 9th, and 10th grades in South Orange, living less than a mile down the road from Seton Hall. I love the name of this show because it reflects what work is meant to be--a welcome and meaningful endeavor even on Mondays. This interview had some great questions (with hopefully equally great answers from me). Lots of great topics covered--from entrepreneurship to diversity to leadership and employee engagement. You will have to scroll through the episode list to find me, but it's worth it!
I met a kindred spirit in Laura Schroeder of the Working Girl Blog. Here's someone who gets how important culture and employee experience are to the success of people and business. For those that aren't familiar with her, the blog "focuses on HR and leadership topics from the perspective of a product strategist, marketing executive, feisty boss lady, compensation specialist and proud mother of three." She also clocks over 380K views on her website, a great achievement. Check out my interview, where I answer questions such as "Who owns / should own work experience design, if not HR?"
Without the long lead time to publication with pre-press copies, I am learning that book reviews are hard to come by. There's finding the reviewers, getting the book to them, and then the lead time for them to read the book, write about it, and publish on their schedule. As you can imagine, it's always a nervous wait for an author on whether a reader likes or hates it. I'm pleased that this one by Bookaria falls in the like category. Check it out!
It was an honor to be a guest on Kevin Eikenberry's Remarkable Leadership Podcast, especially because they were celebrating a milestone anniversary. This was also the first time I ever recorded a video of a podcast, and learned that I had a wider angle on my camera than the screen showed (rookie mistake). Now that I have a few podcasts under my belt I am learning that every host and episode is different, even when we cover the same topic of my book. I never know where these conversations lead, but it's been fun. Give it a listen!
Great dialogue with Tom Rosenak on his podcast, New Conversation for Change! In his words: "It's serendipity for me that Karen Jaw-Madson appeared in this season of my career. For over 20 years, I've held the core belief in power of the individual to make a difference and impact their world for the better.
Hopefully, my work has inspired and given some tools to do just that. But I admit, I've never thought in terms of organizational culture. That always seemed to "big" for me. Until now. We can complain about culture endlessly like hopeless victims, or we can decide to take responsibility for shaping our culture by design and creating more meaningful work experiences.
Enter Karen Jaw-Madson, author of an inspiring and practical book, Culture YOUR Culture.
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