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The World of Work Podcast

Join Jane and James to learn how to improve your individual, team and organizational performance and experience. Combining key theories from organizational psychology and management theory with actionable, practical insights, this podcast will help you better understand the factors that shape the world of work. Whether you are a seasoned leader, new manager or even in your first job, this podcast is an essential listen for those who want to understand and improve our workplaces. #GoodWorkGoodLife @theWowPodcast

Tracks

E187 - Work And Well-Being – Talking About Culture With Matt Cameron
Unlock the power of a positive work culture! Explore the intricate relationship between work and well-being as Jane Stewart talks about culture with Matt Cameron, an employee retention performance and well-being consultant. Matt offers valuable and actionable strategies for creating a thriving workplace environment where everyone can flourish. Don't miss this insightful discussion that promises to inspire positive change in your workplace culture.
40:08 5/13/24
E188 - Modern Belonging In The Workplace With Letesia Gibson
The world of work is changing, and so is what it means to belong. Join us for a captivating conversation with Letesia Gibson, founder of New Ways, as she dives into the intricacies of modern belonging in the workplace. Letesia’s unique perspective on creating inclusive, anti-racist cultures is rooted in her varied career and personal experiences. In this episode, she discusses the challenges organizations face in fostering a sense of safety, agency, and connection, especially in today's turbulent world. From her approach to conducting cultural audits to supporting leaders in building strong, inclusive workplaces, Letesia offers insights that will inspire you to rethink what it means to belong in the modern workplace. Tune in for an eye-opening discussion on the evolving dynamics of work and how we can create environments where everyone feels they belong.
51:57 5/6/24
E186 - Proactivity At Work With Dr. Joe Gray
Every employer loves proactive employees on their team. But what does proactivity in the workplace even mean? For the uninitiated, it is often confused with volunteerism, but in reality, it is the exact opposite. But what most people would agree on is that proactivity does wonders in productivity, efficiency, and efficacy at work. Dr. Joe Gray joins us in this World of Work episode to break this concept down. She discusses how people are motivated to manifest proactive behaviors, why there is a dark side to proactivity, and what its positive effects are when done right. Join in for a fruitful and insightful conversation!
45:59 4/29/24
E185 - The Four Day Week: Exploring the Evidence W/ Dr. Charlotte Rae
It would seem like the benefits of the four day week are a no-brainer. After all, it makes total sense how spending less time on work would benefit the employee physically, mentally, and emotionally. But how much of an impact does it truly have? Here’s something to show your average naysayer: there is actually a lot of hard, scientific data supporting the positive benefits of the four day week. Today’s guest, Dr. Charlotte Rae, has devoted her time to studying these effects to come up with a reliable dataset that would help companies make the best decision with regards to their work arrangements. If you’re curious what’s behind all the hype around the catchphrase, then you better prepare yourself for a lot more than you expected! Tune in!
58:31 4/16/24
E184 - Management Challenges: Developing People With Lorna Leach
Managers should be guides, mentors, and supporters for their people because they play a critical role in fostering an environment where employees grow and reach their full potential. Although that role is critical in organizations, not every manager is an effective developer. That is what we will address in today’s conversation. In this episode, Lorna Leach shares her insights about developing people in the organization. She also talks about what managers should understand and know to make the right choices to develop people. Listen to Lorna’s advice to guide you into managing your people in the organization. Tune in to this episode so you won’t miss Lorna’s wealth of experience in non-profit management.
45:53 3/1/24
E183 - What Makes A Good Organisational Psychologist? With Dr. Hayley Lewis - Part 2
The workplace is not just a place for us to utilize our technical skills; it is also a place where we have to navigate various psychological dynamics. An organisational psychologist is the best person who can assist us in this area. Back for the second part of our conversation on organisational psychology, Dr. Hayley Lewis of Halo Psychology dives deeper into what the profession can offer. She breaks down the key characteristics that make a good organisational and occupational psychologist in the field. Working as translators to the public about the world of work psychology, Dr. Lewis also shares how practitioners can get better at informing more people about the things that can help them. From simplifying and providing access to research to utilizing social media, she shows ways to engage more people and bring them into the fold. What is more, Dr. Lewis shares three theories that are fundamental to the workplace. Don’t miss out on this jam-packed conversation that can help transform the world of work!
42:43 11/20/23
E182 - Redefining Entrepreneurial Success From An Organisational Psychology Perspective With Dr. Hayley Lewis – Part 1
In this capitalist society, it is so easy to view work and entrepreneurship as gateways to financial success. This leads to the grind and hustle culture that often makes our professional lives tedious. What if you can look at work and success from a different perspective? In this episode, we have the perfect guest who can speak on the subject of work and our relationship with it: award-winning registered occupational psychologist, Dr. Hayley Lewis of Halo Psychology. In the first of a two-part conversation, Dr. Lewis shares from an organisational psychology perspective about navigating work today. She talks particularly about her academic research on female entrepreneurship and their idea of success, tying as well her own experiences as a business owner. Dr. Lewis then tells us her view of the profession and what occupational psychologists can do more for small business ownership. Tune in to this conversation and learn more about the world of work through the lens of organisational psychology.
41:12 11/13/23
E181 - Exploring Harm Prevention and Risk with James MacPherson
In this episode Jane is joined by James MacPherson from Risk Fluent to explore concepts around keeping people safe at work, preventing harm and talking about health and safety
60:11 11/4/23
E180 - Management Challenges: Responsibility, Organization & Ownership
Effective leadership isn't just about setting deadlines; it's about empowering your team to own them and thrive, finding the balance between support and accountability. For today’s episode, hosts James Carrier and Jane Stewart continue to dive deeper into the intricate world of leadership challenges. This time, they tackle a multifaceted issue many managers grapple with—meeting deadlines and fulfilling responsibilities within a team. They reflect on the balance between empowering team members to take ownership and providing the necessary support to ensure tasks are completed effectively. Throughout the episode, they dissect the dynamics of managing a team member who constantly misses deadlines, highlighting the roles of clear communication, shared expectations, and more. Tune in now and get equipped with strategies to foster productivity, accountability, and growth within your team!
41:56 9/18/23
E179 - Management Challenges: A Restructure Is Coming
How do you manage your team when restructuring is coming your way? How should you navigate through the changes? In this episode, The World of Work Podcast Hosts James and Jane share their insights and steps leaders should take to lead their teams in the process of restructuring. James emphasizes that the process takes time, and what resonated with him is looking after yourself because change is an emotionally charged situation. On the other hand, Jane suggests it is time to create space to process your emotions. Learn some valuable tips to face this challenge in restructuring through this insightful episode today!
41:31 9/4/23
E178 – Acceptance And Commitment Training With Chris Westcott
Have you noticed that the more you control your anxiety, the more you become anxious? Control strategies are not entirely effective and can be counterproductive. In this episode, Chris Westcott, an experimental psychologist, offers the value of acceptance and commitment therapy in dealing with suppressed thoughts. Chris explains how acceptance allows you to make peace with cognitive events going on every day. He shares the importance of values in guiding our behavior to live a life with satisfaction. Learn to respond to your thoughts with mindful values no matter the internal thoughts and emotions you are experiencing. Tune in to this episode with Chris Westcott today.
38:56 8/21/23
E177 - Emotional Salary With Clodagh Beaty
Discover the priceless currency of emotional salary — the intangible rewards that fuel our souls and elevate our work to new heights. Redefine success, find fulfillment, and create a workplace where hearts thrive alongside paychecks. Join us as we sit with Clodagh Beaty, a visionary co-creator of the Emotional Salary Barometer. In this conversation, Clodagh challenges traditional notions of compensation. She delves into the realm of emotional salary — an innovative framework that explores the intangible rewards we receive from our work environment. She uncovers the profound impact of emotional salary on our overall well-being, job satisfaction, and sense of fulfillment. Clodagh also reveals how an enhanced understanding of emotional salary can lead to a more harmonious and rewarding work experience. By embracing the power of emotional salary, we can create a world where work truly becomes a source of inspiration and personal growth. Tune in now and unlock a renewed passion for what you do.
37:35 8/7/23
E176 - Management Challenges: The Loneliness Of Leadership
The loneliness of leadership is not an uncommon experience among leaders. In this episode, James and Jane share their perspectives on this particular management challenge. They share some tips for leaders when they feel separated from their team and the group. They also talk about creating a shared mutual understanding of the relationship in the board room. There is so much to unpack from this conversation that you don’t not want to miss. Tune in!
45:58 7/24/23
E175 - A Strengths-Based Approach With Kay Bahia
When building a team, every individual is often measured using the traditional strengths vs. weaknesses approach. But for Kay Bahia, there is untapped potential in leading using a strengths-based approach. In this episode, she explains why she favors exploring strengths from a positive psychological perspective rather than the typical psychometrics that only end up nowhere. Kay breaks down how encouraging individuals to focus on their unique strengths can lead to better performing and energized teams. She also talks about how a strengths-based approach can help cure procrastination, the best way to navigate the evolution of your top strengths, and how managers can cultivate cognitive trust within the team.
50:00 7/10/23
E174 - Moving On From Being A CEO With John Maxwell
In the previous episode, we discussed the process of transitioning to become a first-time CEO. Now, Executive Coach John Maxwell returns on the podcast to talk about the other end of that journey. We reflect on what it’s like to transition away from being a chief executive, and what comes next after this key inflection point in a leader’s career. And what an inflection point it is! Transitioning out of the CEO role is not as easy as it sounds. A lot of people struggle with the uncertainty of what to do next and with the unavoidable consequence of diminishing status and importance. How do we navigate that when the time comes for us to make that journey? Join the conversation and open yourself to the possibilities.
30:45 6/26/23
E173 - Becoming A First-Time CEO With John Maxwell
Are you afraid to step into a bigger responsibility? You don’t have to! In this episode, John Maxwell, an Executive Coach, shares his journey into transitioning into his first role as a chief executive officer. The moral compass in stepping into the role is the big takeaway in leading and running an organization. It is the determiner of achieving success. In this conversation, John points out the importance of standing for something and aligning the teams. Step out from fear of taking a huge responsibility and learn to navigate as a first-time CEO with John Maxwell today.
35:55 6/12/23
E172 - Management Challenges: Reducing Hierarchy In A Team
“Collaboration has no hierarchy. The Sun collaborates with the soil to bring flowers on the earth.” - Amit Ray, Enlightenment Step by Step. In this episode, Jane and James dive into reducing the hierarchy in a team. They tap into the power distance and the leadership deference within a hierarchical organization. Jane mentions reducing hierarchical behaviors in a team allows everyone to feel more ownership and engagement. James and Jane also share the elements you should be wary of losing when reducing hierarchy. Learn more from this episode to manage your teams effectively with James and Jane.
49:45 5/29/23
E171 - Loneliness at Work (With Dr. Richard MacKinnon)
James is joined by Dr. Richard MacKinnon to talk about loneliness at work. The conversation explores what it is, its prevelance, why it matters, how it affects us and some of the things we can do about it as individuals and leaders or managers in the workplace. There are some great free resources on Richard's website: https://www.worklifepsych.com/connectandthrive/
54:22 5/22/23
E170 - Management Challenges: Improving Colleague Confidence
Success in life is part courage and part action. You can make a difference in the workplace because they are in harmony. In this episode, James and Jane pick some situations they experience in life as managers and dive into improving colleague confidence. They share some empowering insights to manage their team suffering from a lack of confidence. Tune in to this episode to gain more ideas from our hosts.  
37:49 5/15/23
E169 - Management Challenges: Poor Behaviors In Meetings
Addressing poor behaviors in team meetings is not only important to create a positive work environment, but also to unlock your team's collective intelligence. Join James Carrier and Jane Stewart as they tackle management challenges. In this episode, they dive deep into the topic of poor behaviors in meetings, providing valuable insights on how managers can address this issue. Jane and James also share their own experiences with various behaviors in meetings. They emphasize the importance of a leader being capable of calling out poor behavior, even when the meetings are not perfect. With thought-provoking reflections and practical advice, this episode is a must-listen for anyone looking to improve team dynamics and make the most out of their meetings. Tune in now and learn how to navigate this common workplace challenge.
48:35 4/17/23
E168 - Management Challenges: Adopting A Coaching Approach
There is never a dull day in management. No matter the highs, there will always be management challenges to overcome. Good thing you are not alone in this position. You can always find people who can help you navigate this path. Introducing a new series, James Carrier and Jane Stewart are your new Agony Aunts to give advice on the management challenges we are facing today. In this pilot episode, they dive deep into what happens when a manager wants to transition to a more coaching approach in their team. Should stepping back and giving the power to your employees’ hands the way to a better organization? What are its pros and cons? How do you prepare your team for that transition? Join James and Jane in this conversation as they give answers and more, guiding you about figuring out if a coaching approach fits you!
42:19 4/10/23
E167 - From Theory To Practice: Applying Evidence-Based Learning Strategies With Helen Bailey
Data-driven learning is not just about improving performance; it's about transforming potential into possibility. In today's fast-paced world, learning and development are crucial for staying ahead. But with so many training options out there, it can be tough to know what really works. That's why in this episode, award-winning L&D specialist Helen Bailey explores the power of evidence-based learning and development. She breaks down the science behind evidence-based learning, sharing real-world examples of how it can drive behavior change and boost performance. From theory to practice, Helen discusses the key principles of evidence-based learning and how they can help you unlock your team's potential. Whether you're a learning professional or just interested in how to stay competitive in today's changing world, this episode has something for you. Join us as we dive into the impact of data-driven learning, and discover how it can transform your organization's training outcomes.
33:54 4/3/23
E166 - Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging With Sophia Kristjansson
What’s the secret ingredient to growing your business? This episode shares the secret formula for you! Today, Sophia Kristjansson, the founder of Lexicon Lens, discusses the value of diversity, inclusion, and belonging in business profit. She believes that business has a responsibility to include everybody and pay attention to how they grow their business. The ability of leadership to define promotable qualities is essential in shaping culture and sticking by its culture. Sanctioning poor behaviors and celebrating good ones from a senior position is helpful. Tune in to this insightful conversation today!
41:57 2/13/23
E165 - Leadership & Management in 2023: Conclusion
This is the final episode of our six part series exploring leadership and management in 2023. In this episode we reflect on our thoughts and conclusions with a specific focus on broader advice for leaders and managers and their teams.  We start this conversation by reviewing some of the headline messages from leading consultancies about what good leadership and management looks like in 2023, and we discuss how some of our own work has informed our thinking on this subject. We then share some of our key insights and lessons learned in relation to leadership and management which we think can help leaders of people and teams in 2023.  To learn more, download our whitepaper on Leadership & Management in 2023 from our website: www.worldofwork.io
27:16 1/17/23
E164 - Leadership & Management in 2023: Responsible Business
This is the fifth episode of our six part series exploring leadership and management in 2023. In this episode we dive deeply into responsible business, one of our key focus areas for leaders and managers in 2023. We start this conversation by reviewing some of the headline messages leading consultancies have shared in the last year relating to the role of responsible business and we discuss how some of our own work has informed our thinking on this subject. We then share some of our key insights and lessons learned in relation to responsible business which we think can help leaders of people and teams in 2023.  To learn more, download our whitepaper on Leadership & Management in 2023 from our website: www.worldofwork.io
21:32 1/16/23
E163 - Leadership & Management in 2023: People & Skills for the Future
This is the fourth episode of our six part series exploring leadership and management in 2023. In this episode we dive deeply into people and skills for the future, one of our key focus areas for leaders and managers in 2023.  We start this conversation by reviewing some of the headline messages leading consultancies have shared in the last year relating to organisations’ quests for people and skills for the future and we discuss how some of our own work has informed our thinking on this subject. We then share some of our key insights and lessons learned in relation to people and skills for the future which we think can help leaders of people and teams in 2023.  To learn more, download our whitepaper on Leadership & Management in 2023 from our website: www.worldofwork.io
31:10 1/12/23
E162 - Leadership & Management in 2023: Wellbeing
This is the third episode of our six part series exploring leadership and management in 2023. In this episode we dive deeply into wellbeing, one of our key focus areas for leaders and managers in 2023. We start this conversation by reviewing some of the headline messages leading consultancies have shared in the last year about wellbeing and we discuss how some of our own work has informed our thinking. We then share some of our key insights and lessons learned in relation to wellbeing in the workplace which we think can help leaders of people and teams in 2023.  To learn more, download our whitepaper on Leadership & Management in 2023 from our website: www.worldofwork.io
25:27 1/11/23
E161 - Leadership & Management in 2023: Hybrid & Remote Working
This is the second episode of our six part series exploring leadership and management in 2023. In this episode we dive deeply into Hybrid and Remote Working, one of our key focus areas for leaders and managers in 2023. We start this conversation by reviewing some of the headline messages leading consultancies have shared in the last year in relation to hybrid and remote work and we discuss how some of our own work has informed our thinking on this subject. We then share some of our key insights and lessons learned in relation to Hybrid and Remote Management which we think can help leaders of people and teams in 2023.  To learn more, download our whitepaper on Leadership & Management in 2023 from our website: www.worldofwork.io
32:07 1/10/23
E160 - Leading & Managing in 2023: An Introduction
This is the first episode of a six part series exploring leadership and management in 2023. Over the course of the series we talk about the current context we are operating in, discuss four core focus areas we think leaders and managers should prioritize and reflect on key lessons for leaders and managers. In the first episode of the series we talk about the broader context we find ourselves in and how this is affecting the world of work before introducing the four focus areas that we will explore in upcoming episodes. To learn more, download our whitepaper on Leadership & Management in 2023 from our website: www.worldofwork.io
16:32 1/9/23
E159 - Cultic Behaviours in Organizations - Part 4: Purpose
This is the last of our four-part mini series exploring cultic behaviours in organizations. Once again we are joined by friend of the show Stephen Mather from the Cult Hackers podcast. In this episode we explore the role that purpose plays in our work and organizations. Having purpose is rewarding and fulfilling, and it can also boost our discretionary effort at work. Is it possible to have too much purpose? Perhaps it is. Join us as we try and decide!
54:53 12/7/22

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