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Relationships at Work - Leadership Mindset Guide for Creating a Company Culture We Love

Relationships at Work - leadership mindset guide to creating a company culture we love.A relatable and honest show on leadership, organizational culture and soft skills, focusing on improving  employee engagement and company culture to inspire people to apply, stay and thrive. Because no one wants leadership that fosters toxic environments at work, nor should they.Host, speaker and communications leader Russel Lolacher shares his experience and insights, discussing the leadership and corporate culture topics that matter with global experts help us with the success of our organizations (regardless of industry). This show will give you the information, education, strategies and tips you need to avoid leadership blind spots, better connect with all levels of our organization, and develop the necessary soft skills that are essential to every organization.From leadership development and training to employee satisfaction to diversity, inclusivity, equity and belonging to personalization and engagement... there are so many aspects and opportunities to build great relationships at workThis is THE place to start and nurture our leadership journey and create an amazing workplace. 

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Why Leadership Should Be More Unleadership with Scott Stratten
In this episode of Relationships at Work, Russel chats with six-time best-selling co-author, podcast host and keynote speaker Scott Stratten on the impacts of bad leadership and how unlearning and unleadership (defying traditional norms) is the path to better relationships at work.(Originally released: January 2,  2023)Scott shares his thoughts, stories and experience with...Real experiences good and bad leadership.How bad and good experiences can have life long impacts to employees.Why treating people well isn’t a campaign.How “unlearning” can help leadership.How selfish leadership can hurt a company culture.What to do if leadership doesn’t want to model good culture.How Stop, Start, Continue can help your leadershipAnd connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
52:50 4/16/24
Great Leadership Includes The Power To Say NO
In this episode of Relationships at Work, communications and leadership nerd (and host) Russel Lolacher illustrates the importance of saying NO and not always saying YES.To be a great leader, we need to advocate for and defend our teams. To do that effectively, we'll need to be prepared to say No to our Executive, other business areas, other colleagues. Which is saying YES to team advocacy. Russel shares examples of YES statements leaders may use, the NO responses we should say instead, and the impacts of saying either one.  If you enjoy the podcast, please subscribe and share with others.For more, go to relationshipsatwork.ca And connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
08:47 4/11/24
Why We Need to Assess Leadership at Work with Jen Hope
In this episode of Relationships at Work, Russel chats with leadership and business development coach Jen Hope on assessing leadership and what we need to understand to get it right.Jen shares her thoughts, stories and experience with...Importance of self-awareness through assessments.Value of feedback and a growth mindset.Bais in assessments.Integration into organizational culture.Organizational support for continuous improvement.How debriefs and development plans foster accountability.And connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
50:12 4/9/24
Leadership Alert - Avoiding the Pitfalls of Change Management
In this episode of Relationships at Work, communications and leadership nerd (and host) Russel Lolacher showcases common resistances to change at work and how leaders can avoid these pitfalls. Change is a constant in the workplace, but so is resistance to it. The success and failure of change will be found in how leadership introduces, leads, implements and follows up on that change, and in how they respect what's come before. Russel shares five common pitfalls that leaders encounter when implementing change and ways in which we can think differently in how we approach them.If you enjoy the podcast, please subscribe and share with others.For more, go to relationshipsatwork.ca And connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
09:09 4/4/24
What Leadership Needs to Understand and Connect with Gen Z with Tammy Dowley-Blackman
In this episode of Relationships at Work, Russel chats with speaker and expert leadership development coach Tammy Dowley-Blackman on what leadership needs to understand and embrace from Gen Z in the workplace.Tammy shares her thoughts, stories and experience with...The need to understand and embrace Gen Z.The importance of generosity in leadership.Rethinking professional development.Creating collaborative work environments.Prioritizing open conversations about career paths.Bridging generational gaps through mentoring.And connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
42:07 4/2/24
How Learning Moments Help Leaders Drive Culture Change with Garry Ridge
In this episode of Relationships at Work, Russel chats with author, consultant and former WD-40 CEO Garry Ridge on how learning moments for leadership are integral to the success of culture change.(Originally released: April 24,  2023)Garry shares his thoughts, stories and experience with...What a learning moment is for leaders.What change looks when implementing new policies in a large organization.The ingredients in properly changing a culture. The four pillars for successfully shepherding an organizationWhat leaders are getting wrong right nowHow Garry motivates his own leadershipIf you enjoy the podcast, please subscribe and share with others.And connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
35:40 3/26/24
The Dangers of Empathy for Leadership
In this episode of Relationships at Work, communications and leadership nerd (and host) Russel Lolacher highlights the dangers of being an empathetic leader. Empathy is a vital ingredient to good and great leadership. However, it can also be a double-edged sword in how it can impact our ability to lead and the culture we're creating.  Yes, there are tons of benefits in being an empathetic leader, but it can also lead to burn out and avoidance. Russel breaks down how empathy can be a burden at work, and the many ways being too empathetic and not knowing how to manage that empathy can lead to fracturing a workplace culture.If you enjoy the podcast, please subscribe and share with others.For more, go to relationshipsatwork.ca And connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
08:53 3/21/24
How Leadership Can Address Team and Organizational Conflict with Carol Bowser
In this episode of Relationships at Work, Russel chats with workplace conflict expert and professional trainer Carol Bowser on how to address conflict at work, on remote teams, in the office and across the organization.Carol shares her insights and experience in...Conflict spectrum in the workplaceThe role of perception and communication to resolve conflict on remote teamsUnderstanding cultural differences in conflict managementListening fluency as a skill for conflict preventionThe importance of building relationships and trustThe complexity of conflict resolutionFinding workable solutions without trustAnd connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
46:28 3/19/24
Where Oh Where Are Our Leadership Reviews?
In this episode of Relationships at Work, communications and leadership nerd (and host) Russel Lolacher asks us to stop only focusing on performance reviews and prioritize leadership reviews as a way to help leaders and work cultures. Performance Reviews continually are used as a checklist check-in to ensure work is being done to help with productivity. Why not also check-in on leadership quality, cultural impact and the employee experience? If we say we want a healthy culture, we have to. Russel breaks down the importance of Leadership Reviews and the questions we can ask to better understand how to help leaders improve their impact on the workplace.If you enjoy the podcast, please subscribe and share with others.For more, go to relationshipsatwork.ca And connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
08:35 3/14/24
Leadership Skills to Coach Through Fear at Work with Gerardo Segat
In this episode of Relationships at Work, Russel chats with international leadership coach and consultant Gerardo Segat about what we fear and how to coach through that fear as leaders.Gerardo shares his insights and experience in...Leadership through fear managementPyramid of fearsThe Bullet Train and Regional Train approaches to coaching fearTransforming fear into strengthThe necessity of psychological safetyCoaching with diversity in mindAnd connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
38:07 3/12/24
Curse of Knowledge - Leadership Needs To Take Off Its Comfy Shoes
In this episode of Relationships at Work, communications and leadership nerd (and host) Russel Lolacher shares the problem with our curse of knowledge.In every industry and role, we get comfortable in our work. This leads to embracing unique ways of talking and expressing ourselves that might be a barrier to inclusivity.  Russel will define what the curse of knowledge looks and feels like, as well the steps we can take to better communicate and connect with others through this challenge.  If you enjoy the podcast, please subscribe and share with others.For more, go to relationshipsatwork.ca And connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
08:16 3/7/24
Why Creative Conflict Is Key For Employee Engagement with HR Huntsman
In this episode of Relationships at Work, Russel chats with executive coach, consultant and speaker HR Huntsman on why leaders need to introduce creative conflict into the workplace to improve employee engagement. HR shares his insights and experience in...The importance of creative conflictTrust as the foundation:Leadership's role in fostering an innovative cultureCreative conflict as a catalyst for innovationCreative conflict as a pathway to engagement and productivityBasing conflict in curiosity and inquiry over direct confrontationAnd connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
41:23 3/5/24
How to Make Work Values Valuable for Employee Engagement
In this episode of Relationships at Work, communications and leadership nerd (and host) Russel Lolacher highlights how putting more value into our corporate values will help employee engagement.We talk about values, we put them on posters and on websites but they have absolutely no meaning to staff if they aren't demonstrated and rewarded, every day.  Russel will walk through an example of how to operationalize values, some areas to focus on and how to get started to make those values valuable. If you enjoy the podcast, please subscribe and share with others.For more, go to relationshipsatwork.ca And connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
09:15 2/29/24
How to Manage Workplace Bullying and Abrasive Leaders with Dr. Laura Crawshaw
In this episode of Relationships at Work, Russel chats with researcher, author and psychotherapist Dr. Laura Crawshaw about how organizations can better manage bullies and abrasive leaders in the workplace.Laura shares her insights and experience in...Understanding abrasive behaviourThe fear and lack of knowledge leaders have of interventionThe importance of management responsibilityCollective action and advocacyLeadership development and coachingProactive measures to prevent abrasivenessAnd connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
48:10 2/27/24
What Leadership Needs to Consider Before Conducting Employee Interviews
In this episode of Relationships at Work, communications and leadership nerd (and host) Russel Lolacher asks us to consider employee interviews from the viewpoint of the employee and how a leader can help.Onboarding interviews, Stay (or better yet, Thrive) Interviews and Exit Interviews are not always great experiences for the employee. And it has nothing to do with how productive they may or may not be but everything to do with their psychological safety, workplace culture and relationships. Russel will walk through the questions employees should ask themselves and their organization and the things we as leaders need to consider to set these interviews up for success. If you enjoy the podcast, please subscribe and share with others.For more, go to relationshipsatwork.ca And connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
10:06 2/22/24
How To Plan For The Future Of Leadership Skills Training with Jen Buck
In this episode of Relationships at Work, Russel chats with author, speaker and master leadership trainer Jen Buck on planning for the future of leadership training programs.Jen shares her insights and experience in...Evolving expectations in the workforceLeadership development is a shared responsibilityThe importance of blended Learning solutionsFocus on power skillsThe vital role of HR in leadership trainingEmbracing people-first leadershipThe importance of adaptation and personalization in leadership trainingAnd connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
45:50 2/20/24
Proximity Bias vs Remote Work - Addressing the Leadership Struggle
In this episode of Relationships at Work, communications and leadership nerd (and host) Russel Lolacher challenges us as leaders to acknowledge and address our own biases, specifically proximity bias as it pertains to remote work. Proximity Bias is the tendency of leadership to show favouritism or preferential treatment to employees that are close to them physically. With the rise of remote work and hybrid work and employee expectations around this way of working, this bias could be on the rise. Which only reduces our organization's ability to embrace diversity, equity and inclusivity. Russel will walk through the possible impacts, benefits of addressing our bias and steps we can take to minimize it.If you enjoy the podcast, please subscribe and share with others.For more, go to relationshipsatwork.ca And connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
08:16 2/15/24
How to Hire For Workplace Culture Fit and Ensure It Sticks with Dr. Sabrina Starling
In this episode of Relationships at Work, Russel chats with psychologist and author Dr. Sabrina Starling on how we can ensure we hire for workplace culture fit and keep that alignment consistent.Sabrina shares her insights and experience in...The importance of culture fit.Addressing toxic leadership.Defining core values.Positive reinforcement and immutable laws.Addressing misalignment.Accommodating diversity and neurodiversity in hiring.And connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
47:10 2/13/24
Why It's Important Leadership Defines The Pursuit of Power at Work
In this episode of Relationships at Work, communications and leadership nerd (and host) Russel Lolacher illustrates the importance of defining power and our pursuit of it in the workplace.What is power? More importantly, what is power to US? Us, as individuals? As we move along our leadership journeys, it's important that we understand the path we want to follow and what our idea of success and power might look like. Russel will walk through multiple steps to consider to set us up for our own success. If you enjoy the podcast, please subscribe and share with others.For more, go to relationshipsatwork.ca And connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
10:35 2/11/24
What Is Our Leadership Identity For the Future of Work with Diana Wu David
In this episode of Relationships at Work, Russel chats with researcher, author and speaker Diana Wu David on figuring out our identity as an organization in preparation for the future of work.Diana shares her insights and experience in...The need to emphasize embracing change and technologyThe importance of a human-centric approach.Personalization of the employee experienceThe crucial role of an Adaptability Quotient (AQ)Understanding and embracing diversityAnd connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
53:14 2/6/24
The Dangers of Leaders Dismissing Duality at Work
In this episode of Relationships at Work, communications and leadership nerd (and host) Russel Lolacher highlights the importance of embracing duality at work. Two things can be true. And, to be good leaders, we need to embrace that duality even if the those experiences are contradictory to each other.  Having this understanding will allow us to find issues we may ignore and improve the health of the workplace. Russel will walk through why duality can be dismissed and what we can do to embrace it. If you enjoy the podcast, please subscribe and share with others.For more, go to relationshipsatwork.ca And connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
09:27 2/1/24
Why Leadership Needs to Adult Like A Kid At Work with Lauren Yee
In this episode of Relationships at Work, Russel chats with facilitator, educator and speaker Lauren Yee on how using traits of a kid-like curiosity and play at work can improve workplace culture.Lauren shares her insights and experience in...Redefining employee retention and opportunity at workIndividualized approach to employee experienceRole of mentoring in modern workplacesEvolving workforce dynamics and adapting to new realitiesThe value of acknowledgement and appreciationSimple, effective techniques for employee engagementAnd connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
48:51 1/30/24
Leadership Sin #7: Cognitive Dissonance Dance
In this episode of Relationships at Work, communications and leadership nerd (and host) Russel Lolacher highlights the last in his seven deadly sins of leadership ecosystems: Cognitive Dissonance DanceIn this seventh in a series of seven, Russel discusses how even though leaders are well intended, they can cause more harm than good doing the cognitive dissonance dance.  He provides real-world examples of what this can look like, the impacts of ignoring bad leadership even though we know better, and what we can do as leaders to address this issue.If you enjoy the podcast, please subscribe and share with others.For more, go to relationshipsatwork.ca And connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
10:11 1/25/24
What Leadership Skills It Takes To Keep Employees with Joey Coleman
In this episode of Relationships at Work, Russel chats with author, consultant and speaker Joey Coleman on what it takes to keep employees and how leadership needs to change to make it happen.Joey shares his insights and experience in...Redefining employee retention and opportunity at workIndividualized approach to employee experienceRole of mentoring in modern workplacesEvolving workforce dynamics and adapting to new realitiesThe value of acknowledgement and appreciationSimple, effective techniques for employee engagementAnd connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
50:07 1/23/24
Leadership Sin #6: Responsibility Without Accountability
In this episode of Relationships at Work, communications and leadership nerd (and host) Russel Lolacher highlights the sixth of the seven deadly sins of leadership ecosystems: Responsibility Without AccountabilityIn this sixth in a series of seven, Russel discusses the difference between responsibility and accountability,  how a lack of accountability allows for bad leadership to flourish and a few areas to focus on to foster better accountability. He provides real-world examples of what this can look like, the impacts of ignoring accountability, and what we can do as leaders to address this issue.If you enjoy the podcast, please subscribe and share with others.For more, go to relationshipsatwork.ca And connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
09:12 1/18/24
How To Start Our Journey with Self Leadership with Gary Ryan
In this episode of Relationships at Work, Russel chats with best-selling author and speaker Gary Ryan on starting our leadership journey with self-leadership and why it's important.Gary shares his insights and experience in...Embracing Continuous Learning.Intentionality and Strategy in the Workplace.Self-Leadership as a Foundation for Success.Importance of Self-Awareness.Redefining Success.Integrating Work and Personal Life.Responsibility for Personal Development.The Gap in Leadership Training.And connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
44:41 1/16/24
Leadership Sin #5: Ignoring the Words Said and Actions Taken Gap
In this episode of Relationships at Work, communications and leadership nerd (and host) Russel Lolacher highlights the fifth of the seven deadly sins of leadership ecosystems: Ignoring the Gap - The Space Between Words Said and Actions TakenIn this fifth in a series of seven, Russel discusses how the divide between the words we say at work as leaders and the actions we take or don't take to demonstrate them, can have significant effects on our work cultures. He provides real-world examples of what this can look like, the impacts of ignoring this gap, and what we can do as leaders to address this issue.If you enjoy the podcast, please subscribe and share with others.For more, go to relationshipsatwork.ca And connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
10:04 1/13/24
Why Learning to Learn for Leaders is Vital with Dr. Deena Kara Shaffer
In this episode of Relationships at Work, Russel chats with author, educator and speaker Dr. Deena Kara Shaffer on how to approach learning and the steps that help to start.Dr. Shaffer shares her insights and experience in...Importance of adaptability in leadership.Learning as an ongoing processLearning as a collaborative processPersonalizing learning strategies.Leadership's and organization's role in facilitating learning.And connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
46:46 1/9/24
Leadership Sin #4: Follow Up Forgetful
In this episode of Relationships at Work, communications and leadership nerd (and host) Russel Lolacher highlights the fourth of the seven deadly sins of leadership ecosystems: forgetting to follow up.In this fourth in a series of seven, Russel discusses how not following up with action and intent can hurt employee trust and faith in leadership. He provides real-world examples of where leaders can take the opportunity to follow up and how best to make it part of our operations and culture. If you enjoy the podcast, please subscribe and share with others.For more, go to relationshipsatwork.ca And connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
09:48 1/4/24
How Leaders Can Make Mergers and Acquisitions Less Painful with Jennifer Fondrevay
In this episode of Relationships at Work, Russel chats with consultant, author and speaker  Jennifer Fondrevay on managing change and challenges through mergers and acquisitions.Jennifer shares her insights and experience in...Mergers and acquisition complexities and challenges.First hand employee experience during a M&A.The importance of effective and adaptive leadership during M&A.The critical role of communication.How early involvement of frontline leaders is crucial.Steps to overcome an "us vs them' mentality.And connect with me for more great content! Sign Up for R@W Notes Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Linkedin Follow on Instagram Follow on TikTok Email me anytime
47:37 1/2/24