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Transform Your Workplace

The "Transform Your Workplace" podcast, renowned as a top-rated HR and leadership podcast, covers into all aspects necessary for creating an outstanding workplace. It features a diverse lineup of industry experts, authors, speakers, HR professionals, and entrepreneurs worldwide who share their insights and big ideas for organizational transformation. Every week, the podcast explores a fresh topic, encompassing various subjects such as human resources, effective communication, cultural development, personal and business growth, leadership, and the latest workplace trends, such as A.I.

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Emotional Intelligence in the Modern Workplace with Dr. Steven Stein
Join a timely discussion about emotional intelligence in the workplace with renowned psychologist and author Dr. Steven Stein. The episode delves into the vital role of EQ in shaping a positive and productive workforce. Amidst the evolving dynamics of remote and digital work environments, Dr. Stein emphasizes the heightened importance of EQ in the modern world of work, stressing its indispensable role in effective communication, collaboration, and decision-making. Listen in and learn how Dr. Stein's expertise provides a compelling narrative on harnessing emotional intelligence for workplace success.   TAKEAWAYS Emotional intelligence is critical in fostering effective communication, collaboration, and decision-making within organizations. Dr. Stein outlines three fundamental elements of emotional intelligence: awareness of one's own and others' emotions, the adept management of these emotions, and the strategic utilization of emotions to enhance focus and productivity.  Amidst the pandemic, leaders exhibited decreased attentiveness to subordinates while displaying heightened assertiveness in directing tasks, which shed light on the importance of adapting emotional intelligence strategies to navigate challenges effectively. Emotional intelligence tends to increase with age, reflecting a natural progression towards enhanced impulse control, problem-solving abilities, and patience.   A QUICK GLIMPSE INTO OUR PODCAST 🔊 Podcast: Transform Your Workplace, sponsored by Xenium HR 🎙️ Host: Brandon Laws 📋 In his own words: “The Transform Your Workplace podcast is your go-to source for the latest workplace trends, big ideas, and time-tested methods straight from the mouths of industry experts and respected thought-leaders.
23:15 4/16/24
The Power of Purpose-Driven Leadership with Josh Durham
Sit down with industry expert Josh Durham, founder of Gamut Project Solutions, as he delves into the critical aspects of leadership in his Foundational Five program. This timely discussion focuses specifically on the aspect of personal leadership. Through insightful anecdotes and practical advice, Durham emphasizes the power of making thoughtful decisions, delegating effectively, and fostering trust, collaboration, and transparency among those you lead.   TAKEAWAYS Effective leadership starts with leading oneself before leading others and focuses on self-awareness and personal development. Purpose-driven leadership stands in contrast with detrimental masked leadership, which prioritizes power and title over transparency and collaboration. Purpose-driven leadership fosters honest communication, knowledge sharing, and collaboration among team members, ultimately leading to higher performance and efficiency. Effective leaders should consider the ripple effects of decisions before jumping into initiatives. Delegation not only fosters personal growth but also empowers team members to grow and contribute. Leaders must prioritize tasks to make efficient use of their time.   A QUICK GLIMPSE INTO OUR PODCAST 🔊 Podcast: Transform Your Workplace, sponsored by Xenium HR 🎙️ Host: Brandon Laws 📋 In his own words: “The Transform Your Workplace podcast is your go-to source for the latest workplace trends, big ideas, and time-tested methods straight from the mouths of industry experts and respected thought-leaders.
48:47 4/9/24
Skills Every Leader Should Have with Nicole Blevins
The modern workforce needs modern leaders, but what soft skills are key when it comes to effectively leading a team? In this episode of the Transform Your Workplace podcast, Nicole Blevins, the Senior HR Services Manager at Xenium HR, shares insights on the 5 key attributes that leaders must have to meet the evolving demands of today's dynamic workforce.   A QUICK GLIMPSE INTO OUR PODCAST 🔊 Podcast: Transform Your Workplace, sponsored by Xenium HR 🎙️ Host: Brandon Laws 📋 In his own words: “The Transform Your Workplace podcast is your go-to source for the latest workplace trends, big ideas, and time-tested methods straight from the mouths of industry experts and respected thought-leaders.
16:49 4/2/24
The Roadmap to Lasting DEI Change with Dr. Sandra Upton
It’s time to settle the debate: is DEI dead? Listen in as Dr. Sandra Upton, Founder and Chief DEI Strategist of Upton Consulting Group, unpacks key insights from her newly released book, Make it Last: A Roadmap and Practical Strategies for How to Do DEI Work. The discussion stresses the importance of data-driven strategies and prioritizing mental health in navigating the complexities of DEI work. With practical advice and actionable steps, Dr. Upton offers a comprehensive guide for organizations seeking to create lasting and meaningful change.   TAKEAWAYS Collective DEI success is achievable when approached with integrity and diligence. Misinformation and political influences contribute to the backlash against DEI efforts, so DEI leaders must dispel myths and educate individuals on the true objectives of these initiatives. Organizations should adopt data-driven approaches to DEI work, focusing on outcomes and measurable progress rather than mere activity.  Organizational complacency is a major roadblock to DEI progress. Formal strategies to protect mental health, including establishing boundaries and clear expectations, are a critical part of any effective DEI initiative. Dr. Upton stresses the critical role of communication in DEI initiatives, highlighting the need for clear, consistent messaging from leadership.    A QUICK GLIMPSE INTO OUR PODCAST 🔊 Podcast: Transform Your Workplace, sponsored by Xenium HR 🎙️ Host: Brandon Laws 📋 In his own words: “The Transform Your Workplace podcast is your go-to source for the latest workplace trends, big ideas, and time-tested methods straight from the mouths of industry experts and respected thought-leaders.
38:07 3/26/24
The Future of Hiring and Recruiting - Leveraging AI in the Modern Workplace
Sit down with host Brandon Laws and guest Jon Krohn, Co-Founder & Chief Data Scientist of Nebula.io, to delve into the intersection of AI and HR technology. This episode’s discussion revolves around the recent surge in AI and its effectiveness in job searching, recruiting, and hiring the right fit. Been holding off on integrating AI tools into your HR strategy? It might just be the key to streamlining your HR operations and enhancing productivity.    TAKEAWAYS Deep learning, inspired by the human brain structure, is being applied in HR contexts to mitigate biases in decision-making. The recent surge in the effectiveness of artificial intelligence tools, including deep learning, is attributed to the availability of vast training data and increased computing power. Nebula.io offers a dynamic compensation benchmarking service, providing granular insights into salary trends and empowering HR professionals with actionable data. HR should be embracing AI tools as they have the potential to enhance productivity, save time and money, and alleviate administrative burdens.   A QUICK GLIMPSE INTO OUR PODCAST 🔊 Podcast: Transform Your Workplace, sponsored by Xenium HR 🎙️ Host: Brandon Laws 📋 In his own words: “The Transform Your Workplace podcast is your go-to source for the latest workplace trends, big ideas, and time-tested methods straight from the mouths of industry experts and respected thought-leaders.
36:48 3/19/24
Investing in HR: The Key to Workplace Transformation with Lacey Partipilo
This ask-me-anything episode of Transform Your Workplace podcast features return guest Lacey Partpilo, Director of HR and Client Success at Xenium HR. She and host Brandon Laws discuss the invaluable and evolving role of HR in today’s business landscape. Lacey also dispels common misconceptions about HR and offers insights into fostering positive employee experiences and successful client interactions. Not sure if investing in HR is worth the price tag? Listen in and find out.   TAKEAWAYS As businesses recognize the strategic importance of HR, professionals in this field are now commonly seen as key decision-makers. The rise of hybrid remote work has added complexity to HR roles, expanding responsibilities to include aspects like compliance, inclusion, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).  Modern HR professionals must be "smarter, savvier, and true generalists" to navigate the multifaceted nature of their evolving roles. Meeting the diverse expectations of a multi-generational workforce is a challenge for HR. Today’s HR professionals are often advisors who present options and risks. Business owners should invest in HR for positive employee experiences, successful client interactions, and improved overall performance.   A QUICK GLIMPSE INTO OUR PODCAST 🔊 Podcast: Transform Your Workplace, sponsored by Xenium HR 🎙️ Host: Brandon Laws 📋 In his own words: “The Transform Your Workplace podcast is your go-to source for the latest workplace trends, big ideas, and time-tested methods straight from the mouths of industry experts and respected thought-leaders.
38:48 3/13/24
Navigating the Changing Modern Workplace with Adam Weber
In the latest episode of the Transform Your Workplace podcast, guest Adam Weber offers insights into the evolving role of HR in response to changing workforce dynamics. The discussion covers how HR leaders can navigate evolving expectations, leverage data to substantiate initiatives, increase engagement, and foster psychological safety in the workplace. Tune in for fresh takes on navigating contemporary HR challenges and leading with authenticity.   TAKEAWAYS The COVID pandemic, social unrest, and generational values have dramatically reshaped HR. Today’s workplace places a growing emphasis on authentic leadership and company purpose. HR leaders face escalating challenges, with expectations outpacing budgets and resources, prompting the need for a reimagination of HR's role within organizations. Metrics for collective employee performance, quantifiable engagement aligned with company goals, and vigilance against regrettable turnover are essential components of HR's wheelhouse. In navigating HR challenges, our guest advocates for backing initiatives with data and fostering psychological safety to create an atmosphere where real and challenging conversations can thrive.   A QUICK GLIMPSE INTO OUR PODCAST 🔊 Podcast: Transform Your Workplace, sponsored by Xenium HR 🎙️ Host: Brandon Laws 📋 In his own words: “The Transform Your Workplace podcast is your go-to source for the latest workplace trends, big ideas, and time-tested methods straight from the mouths of industry experts and respected thought-leaders.
25:19 2/27/24
Embracing Stability in a Shifting Workforce Landscape - Unpacking the New Normal Beyond the Great Resignation
A recent Wall Street Journal article discussed how employees are no longer quitting at high rates. Guest Nicole Blevins unpacks this trend. A survey found 73% of workers now plan to stay at their jobs, up 12% from last year. Blevins notes some attrition brings new ideas and enables internal promotion. However, stagnation can occur if no one leaves. She advises that with low attrition, organizations should focus on performance management and career development to hold people accountable and continue growing top talent.   TAKEAWAYS Recent survey shows 73% of employees now plan to stay at their jobs, up 12% from last year Some attrition is healthy for bringing in new ideas and enabling internal promotion With low attrition, organizations should focus on performance management and career development to hold people accountable and continue growing top talent   A QUICK GLIMPSE INTO OUR PODCAST 🔊 Podcast: Transform Your Workplace, sponsored by Xenium HR 🎙️ Host: Brandon Laws 📋 In his own words: “The Transform Your Workplace podcast is your go-to source for the latest workplace trends, big ideas, and time-tested methods straight from the mouths of industry experts and respected thought-leaders.
12:10 2/20/24
Unlocking the Power of Purpose with Brad Zimmerman
Tune in as host Brandon Laws and guest CEO Coach Brad Zimmerman discuss the transformative power of purpose. Our guest explores ideas from his recently published book, The Great Engagement, including vulnerability, effective leadership coaching, and the role of emotions in the workplace. Overall, the episode provides insights into fostering an exceptional workplace culture by aligning individual aspirations with collective purpose.   TAKEAWAYS This episode highlights the transformative impact of aligning individual aspirations and organizational purpose. Leaders should be connecting daily activities, meetings, and initiatives to the broader organizational purpose, ensuring that each employee’s aspirations contribute to the company’s collective goals. Fostering a sense of purpose among employees counteracts disengagement. A purpose-oriented culture helps employees stay focused on fulfilling others rather than protecting themselves. Workplace vulnerability includes the constructive sharing of concerns and fears, not the unproductive and destructive expression of emotions. Leaders should prioritize growing their people's effectiveness, coaching them, and empowering them to accomplish tasks, ultimately contributing to a thriving workplace culture.   A QUICK GLIMPSE INTO OUR PODCAST 🔊 Podcast: Transform Your Workplace, sponsored by Xenium HR 🎙️ Host: Brandon Laws 📋 In his own words: “The Transform Your Workplace podcast is your go-to source for the latest workplace trends, big ideas, and time-tested methods straight from the mouths of industry experts and respected thought-leaders.
30:58 2/13/24
BONUS EPISODE: Nicole Blevins on 2024 Workplace Trends
In this episode, Brandon Laws and Nicole Blevins discuss workplace trends to watch in 2024 according to a Gallup article. They talk about the ongoing high levels of employee stress, the erosion of organizational mission and purpose, declining leadership trust, manager burnout, the need for long-term hybrid work strategies, and the importance of fostering connection to combat isolation.   TAKEAWAYS Employee stress is at record highs and engagement is slowly recovering. Organizations need long-term hybrid work strategies to bridge the gap between employer and employee preferences. Fostering human connection is important to combat isolation in an increasingly remote/hybrid work environment.
18:43 2/9/24
Mental Health and the Modern Workplace with Sarah Adler
In the most recent installment of Transform Your Workplace, host Brandon Laws talks with Sarah Adler, the CEO and Founder of Wave. The discussion revolves around the recent decline in mental well-being, heightened by the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sarah shares valuable perspectives on how leaders can navigate and respond to the changing needs of employees in today's work environment. The episode provides a deep dive into key workplace issues such as screen time, communication strategies, generational differences, and effective leadership practices, all within the context of mental health. Tune in to gain insights into the pressing matters shaping modern business.   TAKEAWAYS The recent decline in mental well-being can be attributed to both pre-existing personal and workplace trends and challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Leaders must adapt to evolving employee needs in the modern workplace, especially within the context of mental health. Digital Natives are accustomed to a new type of workplace communication, often putting them at odds with those from older generations. Employers must recognize and address the higher incidence rates of mental health issues among Digital Natives. Proactive management approaches, such as setting clear expectations and understanding communication styles, foster a positive and supportive workplace environment.   Learn more about Xenium’s Learning & Development Program   A QUICK GLIMPSE INTO OUR PODCAST 🔊 Podcast: Transform Your Workplace, sponsored by Xenium HR 🎙️ Host: Brandon Laws 📋 In his own words: “The Transform Your Workplace podcast is your go-to source for the latest workplace trends, big ideas, and time-tested methods straight from the mouths of industry experts and respected thought-leaders.
29:36 2/6/24
Navigating the New Normal with Kristel Bauer
In this episode of Transform Your Workplace, our host sits down with corporate wellness expert and speaker Kristel Bauer. The two discuss Kristel’s 2021 TED Talk on work-life balance amidst COVID-19 and the profound impact of the pandemic on the modern workplace. From finding flexibility to being present both on the job and at home, tune in for valuable tips for navigating the challenges of the modern workplace.   TAKEAWAYS The COVID-19 pandemic prompted businesses to reassess their priorities, challenges, and values. In a hybrid workplace model, optimizing communication is crucial to fostering trust. The pandemic has led to a heightened awareness of mental health in which companies are urged to reassess their approaches and actively support employees facing challenges. Rituals or practices such as walks or clothing changes can help people smooth out the transition between work and home life. Leaders who offer workplace flexibility allow employees to fine-tune their practices for self-support.  Leaders must create a safe space for employees to share concerns and address challenges.   A QUICK GLIMPSE INTO OUR PODCAST 🔊 Podcast: Transform Your Workplace, sponsored by Xenium HR 🎙️ Host: Brandon Laws 📋 In his own words: “The Transform Your Workplace podcast is your go-to source for the latest workplace trends, big ideas, and time-tested methods straight from the mouths of industry experts and respected thought-leaders.”
28:11 1/30/24
BONUS EPISODE: Nicole Blevins on Catfishing
In this bonus episode, Nicole Blevins discusses the concept of "catfishing" employers who misrepresent jobs and company culture to candidates during the hiring process. This leads to disappointment and distrust when the reality doesn't match up. She shares a personal anecdote of friends calling her about mismatching expectations and work conditions. The key takeaways are: employers should accurately portray roles and culture to align candidate expectations, provide transparent communication, and focus on improving internal culture and employer branding consistency.   TAKEAWAYS Employers sometimes "catfish" candidates by misrepresenting jobs and culture during hiring. This leads to disappointment when reality doesn't match up. Transparent communication and accurately portraying roles and culture is key to setting proper candidate expectations. Employers should focus first on improving internal culture consistency before external employer branding and recruitment marketing efforts.   A QUICK GLIMPSE INTO OUR PODCAST 🔊 Podcast: Transform Your Workplace, sponsored by Xenium HR 🎙️ Host: Brandon Laws 📋 In his own words: “The Transform Your Workplace podcast is your go-to source for the latest workplace trends, big ideas, and time-tested methods straight from the mouths of industry experts and respected thought-leaders.”
14:08 1/26/24
Transforming Performance Reviews Through Organizational Network Analysis with Josh Merrill
In this episode of Transform Your Workplace, host Brandon Laws talks with Josh Merrill, the CEO and Founder of Confirm, an innovative people platform utilizing Organizational Network Analysis (ONA) for performance reviews. Josh shares the transformative journey of integrating this new methodology into performance evaluations. Tune in to learn the truth about your distribution of talent, the importance of eliminating bias in performance reviews, and how to use ONA to get a pulse on your company’s top talent.   TAKEAWAYS Talent distribution follows a power law rather than the commonly assumed bell curve which means that a few employees are creating a disproportionate impact.  Since 60% of manager ratings are influenced by biases, businesses should adopt ONA to provide a more objective evaluation that focuses on network dynamics. ONA, like the wisdom of the crowd, provides accurate insights by considering collective perspectives. Business leaders should implement periodic evaluations to identify impactful employees and address concerns promptly.   A QUICK GLIMPSE INTO OUR PODCAST 🔊 Podcast: Transform Your Workplace, sponsored by Xenium HR 🎙️ Host: Brandon Laws 📋 In his own words: “The Transform Your Workplace podcast is your go-to source for the latest workplace trends, big ideas, and time-tested methods straight from the mouths of industry experts and respected thought-leaders.”
23:39 1/23/24
Cultivating Culture: Adapting to Change and Fostering Innovation with Daniel Strode
In the latest episode of Transform Your Workplace, bestselling author Daniel Strode provides valuable insights into fostering corporate culture and navigating the pace of change in the modern workplace. He shares practical tips from his book, The Culture Advantage, highlighting the role of culture in driving innovation, the significance of a growth mindset in leadership, and the importance of putting your people first.   TAKEAWAYS Culture is "the way we do things around here, especially when no one is looking or listening." The rapid change in the modern workplace is driven by societal and technological shifts, making adaptation crucial for any business’s survival. It's not just about the amount of money, time, or resources a company has, but rather the culture of innovation that sets successful companies apart.  Building a culture that encourages and supports innovation is key to staying competitive. Changing a company's culture is a process that requires both immediate action and patience.  Effective leaders listen and guide employees to find their own answers, which fosters psychological safety and contributes to a growth mindset within the company. Leading by example is a key driver for cultural change within a company.   A QUICK GLIMPSE INTO OUR PODCAST 🔊 Podcast: Transform Your Workplace, sponsored by Xenium HR 🎙️ Host: Brandon Laws 📋 In his own words: “The Transform Your Workplace podcast is your go-to source for the latest workplace trends, big ideas, and time-tested methods straight from the mouths of industry experts and respected thought-leaders.”
34:37 1/16/24
The Art and Science of One on One Meetings with Dr. Steven Rogelberg
In this episode of Transform Your Workplace, host Brandon Laws sits down with Dr. Steven Rogelberg, the Chancellor's Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dr. Rogelberg shares insights from his book, Glad We Met: The Art and Science of 1:1 Meetings, exploring topics such as the managerial role in effective 1:1s, the wide-ranging benefits, and practical implementation strategies for this foundational aspect of effective leadership.   TAKEAWAYS In his book, Glad We Met: The Art and Science of 1:1 Meetings, Dr. Rogelberg emphasizes the transformative potential of one-on-one meetings in organizations and for leaders. While the agenda should be driven by the employee, managers play a vital role in creating an infrastructure to ensure the effectiveness of 1:1s. 1:1 meetings improve employee engagement, retention, team performance, and contribution to inclusion efforts. The blueprint for effective 1:1s focuses on building agendas, involving the direct report, and maintaining continuity across meetings to tell the story of the employee's progress. For managers handling a large number of employees, the episode suggests practical strategies to focus on quality not quantity — adjusting meeting frequency, reducing time per meeting, and leveraging asynchronous documents for follow-through.   A QUICK GLIMPSE INTO OUR PODCAST 🔊 Podcast: Transform Your Workplace, sponsored by Xenium HR 🎙️ Host: Brandon Laws 📋 In his own words: “The Transform Your Workplace podcast is your go-to source for the latest workplace trends, big ideas, and time-tested methods straight from the mouths of industry experts and respected thought-leaders.”
32:02 1/9/24
Beyond Illusions: Mastering Genuine Communication with Josh Durham
In this episode of Transform Your Workplace, Brandon Laws catches up with Josh Durham, Founder of Gamut Project Solutions and a veteran in the construction scene. Drawing from his extensive experience managing billion-dollar projects for over seventeen years, Josh shares insights on genuinely exchanging thoughts and ideas versus falling for the illusion of communication. The episode doesn't just talk the talk — it serves up practical strategies to amp up your professional communication. Tune in if you're serious about boosting this crucial workplace skill.   TAKEAWAYS All humans share an inherent desire for survival, belonging, and personal growth. Fear triggers defensive reactions, hindering direct and clear communication. Active listening is the cornerstone of quality communication, and listening with empathy is the key to fostering understanding. Leaders must cultivate a workplace where employees feel psychologically safe to voice concerns and ideas, and doing so minimizes explosive conversations and encourages open dialogue. “Blame language” triggers defensive reactions, hindering the recipient's ability to absorb the message. Disagreements can offer us opportunities to self-reflect and reconsider our position.   A QUICK GLIMPSE INTO OUR PODCAST 🔊 Podcast: Transform Your Workplace, sponsored by Xenium HR 🎙️ Host: Brandon Laws 📋 In his own words: “The Transform Your Workplace podcast is your go-to source for the latest workplace trends, big ideas, and time-tested methods straight from the mouths of industry experts and respected thought-leaders.”  
34:23 1/3/24
BONUS EPISODE: Nicole Blevins on Connecting Better at Work
In this episode, host Brandon Laws interviews Nicole Blevins about the importance of making meaningful connections with coworkers, especially in remote or hybrid work environments. They discuss how transactional don't foster quality relationships. Instead, being vulnerable and authentic, giving your full attention, and actively listening help create trusting bonds that allow for better collaboration, communication, and ability to handle conflicts.   TAKEAWAYS With the shift to hybrid/remote work, employees lose the “water cooler moments” for making connections and must be more intentional about relationship-building. This requires vulnerability, active listening without distractions, and making space for deeper conversations. Employers play a role in enabling connections by allowing small talk time in meetings, organizing activities like virtual lunches or book clubs, supporting employee resource groups, and providing questions to spark meaningful dialogue. High-quality connections build trust critical for working together effectively, allowing people to be more productive, innovative, and engaged.   A QUICK GLIMPSE INTO OUR PODCAST 🔊 Podcast: Transform Your Workplace, sponsored by Xenium HR 🎙️ Host: Brandon Laws 📋 In his own words: “The Transform Your Workplace podcast is your go-to source for the latest workplace trends, big ideas, and time-tested methods straight from the mouths of industry experts and respected thought-leaders.”
13:56 12/22/23
Building a Case for Change with Curtis Bateman
This episode of Transform Your Workplace features a deep dive into insights from Curtis Bateman’s co-authored book, Change: How to Turn Uncertainty into Opportunity. The episode explores the most common reactions to change — Move, Minimize, Wait, Resist, and Quit — and the leader’s role in understanding and managing these reactions as they move forward. Don’t miss this timely discussion on how leaders can spearhead positive change in a constantly evolving workplace.   TAKEAWAYS Move, Minimize, Wait, Resist, and Quit are all natural and common reactions to change in the workplace.  Leaders must recognize and manage these diverse reactions instead of moving forward without employee buy-in. Each reaction has its strengths and limitations, and leaders can effectively tap into and leverage the strengths during times of change. A well-crafted case for change facilitates alignment and engagement throughout the organization. Leaders need to discern where their team members are in their journey through change and tailor their approach accordingly, and this requires a deep understanding of people's feelings, thoughts, and actions in the midst of change.   A QUICK GLIMPSE INTO OUR PODCAST 🔊 Podcast: Transform Your Workplace, sponsored by Xenium HR 🎙️ Host: Brandon Laws 📋 In his own words: “The Transform Your Workplace podcast is your go-to source for the latest workplace trends, big ideas, and time-tested methods straight from the mouths of industry experts and respected thought-leaders.”
35:31 12/19/23
The Power of Play in the Workplace with Elizabeth Cushing
In this episode of Transform Your Workplace, guest Elizabeth Cushing, CEO of Playworks, shares insights into the power of play. And while we may think of play time as exclusively for kids, adults can also learn a lot about themselves and others through play. Tune in to find out how our guest was inspired to champion the cause of play and how play can make a difference in your relationships, your perspective, and ultimately, your business.   TAKEAWAYS While it's evident that kids benefit from play, adults can also learn valuable lessons through play in the areas of team building, socialization, and overall personal development. Play is a crucial avenue for learning teamwork, curiosity, and conflict resolution.  Adults, especially leaders, should actively participate in play to break down barriers and build trust in the workplace. Opportunities for play cannot be forced; instead, players should be invited to participate of their own accord.   A QUICK GLIMPSE INTO OUR PODCAST 🔊 Podcast: Transform Your Workplace, sponsored by Xenium HR 🎙️ Host: Brandon Laws 📋 In his own words: “The Transform Your Workplace podcast is your go-to source for the latest workplace trends, big ideas, and time-tested methods straight from the mouths of industry experts and respected thought-leaders.”
26:03 12/12/23
BONUS EPISODE: Nicole Blevins: Compensation & Pay Transparency
In this bonus episode of the Transform your Workplace podcast, we're joined by returning guest Nicole Blevins. Nicole and Brandon discuss pay transparency and how being open about compensation can reduce workplace drama and help employees focus on their jobs instead of worrying about what others make. They talk about regularly reviewing market data to keep pay structures current, addressing pay compression when needed, and being thoughtful about overall compensation philosophy. Consistency, fairness, and clear communication are key.   TAKEAWAYS Pay transparency reduces drama so employees can focus on work instead of compensation comparisons Regularly review compensation data to keep pay structures competitive and address compression Clearly communicate comp strategy so employees understand philosophy and consistency   A QUICK GLIMPSE INTO OUR PODCAST 🔊 Podcast: Transform Your Workplace, sponsored by Xenium HR 🎙️ Host: Brandon Laws 📋 In his own words: “The Transform Your Workplace podcast is your go-to source for the latest workplace trends, big ideas, and time-tested methods straight from the mouths of industry experts and respected thought-leaders.”
15:01 12/8/23
The Impact of AI on Modern Leadership with Jennifer Dulski
There’s no better time than the present to talk about AI. In this episode of Transform Your Workplace, guest Jennifer Dulski, CEO of Rising Team, offers insights on the recent and transformative role of AI in the modern workplace. Jennifer shares her firsthand experiences, emphasizing how AI, when combined with human passion and connection, becomes a powerful tool in shaping compelling visions and driving business success. Although it can be scary to embark on the unknown, embracing AI today is key to staying ahead in the rapidly evolving landscape.    TAKEAWAYS AI, when combined with human passion, can be an enormous asset in shaping a compelling vision. While AI excels in various tasks, leaders must focus on what AI can’t do: foster empathy, deep trust, and connection with their teams. Leaders don't need to be tech-savvy to leverage AI; they just need to be trained on prompting. AI's ability to suggest alternatives by considering a vast amount of data can be invaluable in decision-making.  While AI may replace some jobs, it will also create new opportunities in the workplace.  Leaders must embrace AI now to stay competitive in a rapidly changing business landscape.   A QUICK GLIMPSE INTO OUR PODCAST 🔊 Podcast: Transform Your Workplace, sponsored by Xenium HR 🎙️ Host: Brandon Laws 📋 In his own words: “The Transform Your Workplace podcast is your go-to source for the latest workplace trends, big ideas, and time-tested methods straight from the mouths of industry experts and respected thought-leaders.”
32:39 12/5/23
Simplify to Amplify - The Power of Clear Messaging with Ben Guttmann
We’re all marketers at heart — at least, we hope to be when it comes to trying to communicate a clear message. In this episode of Transform Your Workplace, Brandon Laws sits down with Ben Guttmann, marketing expert and author, to discuss the why and the how of effective communication. Tune in to learn how to reduce friction, strike out the fluff, and clarify your message from the author of Simply Put: Why Clear Messages Win.   TAKEAWAYS Simplicity in messaging is not just about minimalism but minimizing friction for easy understanding. Easy-to-understand messages create positive associations, fostering trust, likability, and higher engagement. Message senders and receivers face internal and external battles against simplicity. Good communicators eliminate “friction” to prevent receivers from getting distracted from the message. Complicated messaging is selfish, cowardly, and dangerous.   A QUICK GLIMPSE INTO OUR PODCAST 🔊 Podcast: Transform Your Workplace, sponsored by Xenium HR 🎙️ Host: Brandon Laws 📋 In his own words: “The Transform Your Workplace podcast is your go-to source for the latest workplace trends, big ideas, and time-tested methods straight from the mouths of industry experts and respected thought-leaders.”
30:04 11/28/23
Mastering the Art of Communication - Insights from Jane Hanson
Effective communication extends beyond our words. In this episode of Transform Your Workplace, host Brandon Laws is joined by Jane Hanson, an Emmy award-winning television journalist and communication coach. The two unravel the secrets to good communication, from clarity and body language to the challenges of conveying your message via technology. Tune in to learn how you can learn how to communicate better in this ever-evolving world of work.   TAKEAWAYS In the era of remote work and virtual meetings, we're essentially all “on TV,” which has an obvious impact on our energy, appearance, and the need for succinct communication. Speakers are faced with the challenge of maintaining engagement in a world filled with overstimulation, with the average audience’s attention span at about eight seconds. Listen actively and ask questions for clarity, even if you're afraid of looking uninformed. Focus on improving one aspect of your communication at a time, gradually enhancing your overall ability to convey your message to others. Great leaders ask questions, seek perceptions from others, and understand the importance of humility in effective leadership.   A QUICK GLIMPSE INTO OUR PODCAST 🔊 Podcast: Transform Your Workplace, sponsored by Xenium HR 🎙️ Host: Brandon Laws 📋 In his own words: “The Transform Your Workplace podcast is your go-to source for the latest workplace trends, big ideas, and time-tested methods straight from the mouths of industry experts and respected thought-leaders.”
33:08 11/21/23
The Road Ahead A Deep Dive in Vistage's Q2 CEO Confidence Report
In this episode of Transform Your Workplace, host Brandon Laws explores the Q2 2023 CEO Confidence Index Report with Joe Galvin, Chief Research Officer at Vistage Worldwide. The report reveals insights into the economic sentiments of small and midsized business leaders. Before drafting your strategic plans and casting vision to your people, tune in to see what may be in store for 2024 and 2025.    TAKEAWAYS Combining CEO sentiment with economic data enables informed decision-making, positioning businesses for growth. Post-pandemic dynamics have created a feeling of uncertainty in the workplace. AI will augment, not replace, human workers, and it’s crucial for retention in the modern workforce. While some industries face challenges, the overall sentiment indicates a soft landing in 2024 with optimism for growth in 2025 and beyond.   A QUICK GLIMPSE INTO OUR PODCAST 🔊 Podcast: Transform Your Workplace, sponsored by Xenium HR 🎙️ Host: Brandon Laws 📋 In his own words: “The Transform Your Workplace podcast is your go-to source for the latest workplace trends, big ideas, and time-tested methods straight from the mouths of industry experts and respected thought-leaders.”
32:02 11/14/23
The Art of Agreement - Crafting Clarity & Success in Business Projects with Josh Durham
Don't let vague promises, misunderstandings, or misplaced risks hinder the success of your business. Tune into the latest episode of Transform Your Workplace, where host Brandon Laws sits down with returning guest Josh Durham to take a deep dive into one core principle in the Foundational Five: “Agreements.” Get some fresh perspective on what it takes to make sure everyone is on the same page — from the initial stages of a project all the way through to its successful completion.   TAKEAWAYS Agreements serve as the foundation for the success of any business, and understanding and meeting these agreements is crucial for success in leadership and collaboration. Mutual understanding, clarity, communication, and well-defined roles and responsibilities are key to a successful agreement. In legal contracts, ambiguous language can lead to misunderstandings, so clarity is important from the outset. Collaborators on both sides of a contract have a great responsibility in creating an agreement, but they also have a great responsibility in understanding its terms.  Risks in agreements should be assigned to the right party to avoid problems down the road, and upfront clarity can save time and build momentum for future projects.   A QUICK GLIMPSE INTO OUR PODCAST 🔊 Podcast: Transform Your Workplace, sponsored by Xenium HR 🎙️ Host: Brandon Laws 📋 In his own words: “The Transform Your Workplace podcast is your go-to source for the latest workplace trends, big ideas, and time-tested methods straight from the mouths of industry experts and respected thought-leaders.”
29:59 11/7/23
"The New Work Exchange: Elevating Your Employees in the Modern Workplace" with Scott Cawood
Tune into an eye-opening episode of Transform Your Workplace as host Brandon Laws sits down with Scott Cawood, the CEO of WorldatWork. Their discussion revolves around the recent and profound shift from a production-based to a consumption-based economy. Scott sheds light on the implications of this transition and what this means for businesses, leaders, and employees. One thing’s for sure — as the workplace undergoes this transformative evolution, it’s clear that people are the linchpin to an organization's success. Listen in to learn how you can give your people a voice as valued stakeholders in your company.   TAKEAWAYS The world of work has shifted from a production-based model to a consumption-based one, where the focus is on the consumption of information, skills, and products. Employees should no longer be viewed as mere workers but as full human beings, and their engagement and well-being play a vital role in any organization's success. Communication and transparency are essential for helping employees navigate complex processes such as promotions, compensation, and rewards. CEOs aren’t the only ones who want to leave a legacy; most people want to make an impact with their work. To enhance an organization's overall success, leaders must evaluate the equity of the employee experience and elevate employees to a higher level as stakeholders.   A QUICK GLIMPSE INTO OUR PODCAST 🔊 Podcast: Transform Your Workplace, sponsored by Xenium HR 🎙️ Host: Brandon Laws 📋 In his own words: “The Transform Your Workplace podcast is your go-to source for the latest workplace trends, big ideas, and time-tested methods straight from the mouths of industry experts and respected thought-leaders.”
30:49 10/31/23
Ensuring Gender Equity in the Workplace with Kelsey Pytlik and Rachel Bauer
In a world where organizations are striving to implement diversity, equity, and inclusion practices, this episode of Transform Your Workplace explores why it’s essential for leaders to acknowledge and address disparities when it comes to gender. Guests Kelsey Pytlik and Rachel Bauer of Gild Collective shed light on the fact that women are still leaving companies at alarming rates post-pandemic, primarily due to a lack of supportive workplace practices and policies after recruitment. Tune in and learn more about how you can provide adequate support to retain your top female talent.   TAKEAWAYS Empathy is a critical soft skill for driving change, interrupting bias, and implementing equitable workplace systems. While many companies initially embraced diversity and inclusion efforts, resistance and a desire to return to the status quo can hinder their progress. Acknowledging and addressing personal biases is challenging, but awareness can lead to meaningful change. Women face unequal treatment at work, requiring a shift in how organizations address these disparities. Because diverse perspectives drive innovation, companies with greater gender and ethnic diversity tend to outperform their competitors. Organizations should avoid one-size-fits-all approaches and instead tailor gender equity initiatives to their specific needs.   A QUICK GLIMPSE INTO OUR PODCAST 🔊 Podcast: Transform Your Workplace, sponsored by Xenium HR 🎙️ Host: Brandon Laws 📋 In his own words: “The Transform Your Workplace podcast is your go-to source for the latest workplace trends, big ideas, and time-tested methods straight from the mouths of industry experts and respected thought-leaders.”
34:21 10/24/23
Fostering Inclusion - Accommodating Neurodivergent Employees at Work with Sheela Ivlev
In this episode, occupational therapist Sheela Ivlev shares insights into supporting neurodivergent employees in the workplace. As companies bring workers back into the office, it's important to understand the unique needs of neurodivergent individuals and foster an inclusive environment. Sheela provides practical tips for accommodations, communication strategies, using tech tools, and more to help neurodivergent employees thrive.   TAKEAWAYS Defining neurodivergence and why it's Important for leaders to understand Challenges neurodivergent employees face coming back to the workplace Accommodations like sensory-friendly spaces, communication modes, and schedule flexibility Inclusive strategies leaders and peers can adopt to support neurodivergent coworkers How remote work enables focus for neurodivergent employees   A QUICK GLIMPSE INTO OUR PODCAST 🔊 Podcast: Transform Your Workplace, sponsored by Xenium HR 🎙️ Host: Brandon Laws 📋 In his own words: “The Transform Your Workplace podcast is your go-to source for the latest workplace trends, big ideas, and time-tested methods straight from the mouths of industry experts and respected thought-leaders.”
27:41 10/17/23
How to Use Generative AI Tools and Treat It Like an Assistant with Stephen Lytle
In this insightful episode, Brandon Laws dives into the capabilities and ethical considerations of using generative AI tools like ChatGPT in HR. Learn how to harness AI as a creative aid and productivity booster without compromising standards. Discover tips on prompt engineering, implementing guardrails, and maximizing benefits while minimizing risks.   TAKEAWAYS Prompt engineering techniques to get the most out of AI tools Using AI to assist with mundane tasks and boost productivity Implementing organizational policies and guardrails for responsible AI use Managing risks like bias and misinformation while leveraging AI's advantages   A QUICK GLIMPSE INTO OUR PODCAST 🔊 Podcast: Transform Your Workplace, sponsored by Xenium HR 🎙️ Host: Brandon Laws 📋 In his own words: “The Transform Your Workplace podcast is your go-to source for the latest workplace trends, big ideas, and time-tested methods straight from the mouths of industry experts and respected thought-leaders.”
31:34 10/10/23