It was a privilege to be a guest on Carolyn Kiel's Beyond 6 Seconds podcast recently, and not just because it was a personal milestone (my 20th podcast!). Experience showed me how truly different every conversation can be, even if the premise is to talk about about my favorite topic of company culture. Between her wonderful radio voice, curious mind, engaging questions and our easy rapport with one another, we talked well beyond our scheduled time. We covered so much territory that it necessitated a second bonus episode about Culture Your Culture's journey to publication. My hope is that our fun translates to your enjoyment as listeners. Give it a listen and let me know what you think!
If you aren't familiar with MindTools, it is "one of the world’s most popular digital, on-demand career and management learning solutions, helping more than 24 million people each year." I have been a distant admirer for years (they've been online since 1996!) and recently had the opportunity to talk with them about Culture Your Culture and Design of Work Experience, which resulted in a great article and podcast. The latter resides in their members-only area, but thanks to their generosity you can listen right here.
"One good turn deserves another" as they say. That was true in this case. We had such a good time talking back in September that we decided to do it again in December. Being a radio show first and a podcast second, time allotments are limited. I was happy to return for another conversation on Sharon Kay's What's the 411? Sharon is a generous and inquisitive host, and it was great to provide perspective on recent headlines related to GM's plant closures and the scandals plaguing the tech industry (especially Facebook at the moment). Check it out!
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!
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!
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.
What's the 411, you ask? Check out the interview with Sharon Kay where in just a short time we cover what culture has to do with hurricane relief, society at large, personal identity, and more. Hear why there's a best practice myth, diversity is ultimately a culture challenge, and how the book, Culture Your Culture: Innovating Experience @Work needs to not only be read, but experienced. Interview begins at 22:20.
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