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#158 Aaron Dignan: Change The Way You Work

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish

What if you could change the way your company operates, even if you’re not the CEO? Aaron Dignan believes it’s possible, and in this episode he’s offering a wealth of insights into how organizations are run, the perils of stagnant bureaucracy, and all the various hurdles keeping us from doing our best work. As the founder of The Ready - a global organizational transformation and coaching practice - Dignan helps companies large and small adopt new forms of self-organization and dynamic teaming. He’s worked with clients such as American Express, Microsoft, Citibank, Hyatt, Johnson & Johnson, Airbnb, and Sweetgreen. He’s also an active angel investor who helps build partnerships between the startups and end-ups he advises. Dignan is also the author of Brave New Work, co-host of the Brave New Work podcast and founder of Murmur.  -- Want even more? Members get early access, hand-edited transcripts, member-only episodes, and so much more. Learn more here: https://fs.blog/membership/ Every Sunday our Brain Food newsletter shares timeless insights and ideas that you can use at work and home. Add it to your inbox: https://fs.blog/newsletter/ Follow Shane on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/ShaneAParrish Our Sponsors: MetaLab: Helping the world’s top companies design, build, and ship amazing products and services. https://www.metalab.com Aeropress: Press your perfect cup, every time. https://aeropress.com Athletic Greens: Comprehensive nutrition and gut health support in one simple scoop.

1hr 20mins

7 Feb 2023

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#210: Starting the Year with Culture with Aaron Dignan

The Analytics Power Hour

Happy new year! We're not really resolution-making types, but the incrementing of the annum is a good time to take a breath and think about some ways we might want to approach our work differently. On this episode, we took a pretty big swing at "culture" — sitting down with Aaron Dignan, founder of Murmur, author of Brave New Work (and host of the eponymous podcast) — to discuss some of the ways modern organizations are, well, broken! From there, to the analysts within those organizations, to frameworks and approaches for getting to a better way of working, it was a brain-stretching way to kick off 2023! For complete show notes, including links to items mentioned in this episode and a transcript of the show, visit the show page.

1hr 10mins

10 Jan 2023

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Aaron Dignan - Brave New Work

The Bosshole® Chronicles

What a fitting guest to have for our 100th episode!  Aaron Dignan joins us in the TBC studios for a glimpse into his extraordinary perspective on not only the world of work but HOW we work and what he and the team at The Ready are doing to reinvent the WAY we work.  From his best-selling book to his software platform Murmur, Aaron offers up the kind of transformation organizations need right now.Click HERE for The Ready's websiteClick HERE to learn more about MurmurClick HERE for Aaron's LinkedIn pageClick HERE to get a copy of Brave New WorkClick HERE to listen to the Brave New Work podcastHave a BOSSHOLE STORY of your own?  Click HERE to inquire about being on the podcast!HERE ARE MORE RESOURCES FROM REAL GOOD VENTURES:Never miss a good opportunity to learn from a bad boss...Click HERE to get your very own Reference Profile.  We use The Predictive Index as our analytics platform so you know it's validated and reliable.  Your Reference Profile informs you of your needs, behaviors, and the nuances of what we call your Behavioral DNA.  It also explains your work style, your strengths, and even the common traps in which you may find yourself.  It's a great tool to share with friends, family, and co-workers.Follow us on Twitter HERE and make sure to share with your network!Provide your feedback HERE, please!  We love to hear from our listeners and welcome your thoughts and ideas about how to improve the podcast and even suggest topics and ideas for future episodes.Visit us at www.realgoodventures.com.  We are a Talent Optimization consultancy specializing in people and business execution analytics.  Real Good Ventures was founded by Sara Best and John Broer who are both Certified Talent Optimization Consultants with over 50 years of combined consulting and organizational performance experience.  Sara is also certified in EQi 2.0.  RGV is also a Certified Partner of Line-of-Sight, a powerful organizational health and execution platform.  RGV is known for its work in leadership development, executive coaching, and what we call organizational rebuild where we bring all our tools together to diagnose an organization's present state and how to grow toward a stronger future state.


4 Oct 2022

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#163 - Startup org design at 50+: Leadership, objectives, coordination, & evals | Aaron Dignan & Sam Corcos

LEVELS – A Whole New Level

When overseeing a startup, a CEO needs a well-functioning organizational design. This helps evaluate the performance of the team, make sure functions are coordinating and executing efficiently, and communicate and set objectives. In this conversation, bestselling author of Brave New Work, Aaron Dignan, talks with Levels CEO, Sam Corcos. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Aaron Dignan & Levels’ Sam Corcos discuss: (17:29) – Don’t turn performance management into a binary (21:21) – Commitments and outcomes (22:10) – Performance is a team sport (37:10) – Create a culture of constraint (42:59) – Don’t micromanage (51:27) – The hierarchy of work (56:16) – The power to object (01:05:08) – Find the right role (01:06:45) – The power of mixed roles Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/e5PzZwONxn8 Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Sam on Twitter: https://twitter.com/samcorcos Connect with Aaron on Twitter: https://twitter.com/aarondignan

1hr 11mins

25 Aug 2022

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Aaron Dignan | How to Speed up The Organizational Decision Making Process

The Unmistakable Creative Podcast

Aaron Dignan is using software to help scale new ways of working and expedite the decision making process of organizations. Discover the possibilities for transformation in the workplace and realize how we can use software like Murmur to revolutionize our slow and outdated systems. Subscribe for ad-free interviews and bonus episodes https://plus.acast.com/s/the-unmistakable-creative-podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


24 Aug 2022

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Rule Breakers and Shift Stirrers with Francesca Gino Ph.D. and Aaron Dignan

Harvesting Happiness

Some people grimace when talking about their job in thecorporate world. Common complaints are they must comply withorders, they feel their voice isn’t being heard, or they mustconform to the status quo. And, then there are some who buckthe system and break the rules to innovate and drive positivechange. How can organizations change an employee's experienceto create constructive disruption? What new tools are available toretain creative, rebellionist talent? To discover how we can regainpersonal agency and reduce the amount of control industry-focused cultures have over us, Positive Psychology Podcast HostLisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two thought leaders about theirbooks that can transform industries. Francesca Gino is the authorofRebel Talent: Why it Pays to Break the Rules at Work and inLife. She shares her findings about why rebellious people createmore and have deeper relationships. Aaron Dignan describes theprinciples of his book,Brave New Work: Are You Ready toReinvent Your Organization?and shares how he guides notableFortune 500 companies through leadership techniques thatencourage heart-nourishing, human-focused decisions.


18 Aug 2022

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112: Tech Empowering Team Agreements and Consensus (ft. Aaron Dignan)

People of Product

We’ve all seen the increasing dissatisfaction in the workforce and the “great resignation” take its toll. Today teams have to be constantly assessing the collective “agreements” made about how work gets done or people will check out. Aaron Dignan - founder of The Ready and author of Brave New Work - is back on the show. In this episode, Aaron & George discuss how teams create consensus and clarity around their norms and policies and Murmur’s newest digital tool that is facilitating this sociocratic work. 


18 Apr 2022

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081: DAOing and Prioritizing Progress over Perfection with Aaron Dignan

Free Time with Jenny Blake

Leadership and org design always involve tradeoffs. Which ones are you willing to make? Are you building traffic lights in your business or roundabouts? Do you want to maintain power and control, deriving identity from your role, or are you interested in exploring and creating a self-managing organization where there is no CEO?Today we’re talking about the new wave of Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs), bolstered by the blockchain, but something Aaron Dignan has been practicing for over a decade.More About Aaron: Aaron Dignan is the author of Brave New Work: Are You Ready to Reinvent Your Organization?, host of the Brave New Work podcast, founder of The Ready, and his new company Murmur, a collaborative decision-making tool that gives everyone a voice in how to make work better, no meetings required. He is also a cofounder of Responsive.org, an investor in purpose-driven startups, and a friend to misfit toys. He lives in Colorado with his wife and son, and their dog Kaiser.🌟Key Takeaways: Prioritize progress over perfection, the adjacent possible. Decide what you are creating from the outset. Is it a community garden, a whole foods, a living room? What you want to create should dictate how you organize it. Aim for solutions that are safe to try. Ask, “What will it cost us to find out?”  📝Permission: To not have all of the answers. Ask more, listen more, talk less. ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Instead of trying to get 100% buy-in for your next group decision, ask if a proposal is safe to try. 📘Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One Brave New Work: Are you Ready to Reinvent Your Organization? 🔗Resources Mentioned:  Aaron on the web, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn Aaron’s Podcast: Brave New Work Video: The Murmur Method and Walkthrough Company: Basecamp, Article: Basecamp Blowup: Banning Politics At Work Prompts Over A Dozen Employees To Quit Company: Outdoor Voices, Article: Ty Haney Speaks Out About Outdoor Voices’ Missteps - and What Comes Next HBR Article: Who’s Got The Monkey? Related Podcast Episodes: 039: Permission to Glow with Kristoffer (KC) Carter)🎁 Last call! Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time: Order your copy and submit proof of purchase to get complimentary access to the audiobook — this offer goes away at the end of April!❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, a private feed, and access to a community forum with fellow Heart-Based Business Owners.💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/081 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


5 Apr 2022

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24. Consent-based governance + designing for self-management w/ Rodney Evans + Aaron Dignan

On The Other Side

Rodney Evans and Aaron Dignan are hosts of the Brave New Work podcast and work at The Ready, a consultancy that helps traditional organizations transform into self-managing orgs. Rodney and Aaron talk governance in self-managing orgs, ego death, hiring, firing, and so much more. Follow Rodney on Twitter (@rodneyevans919) Follow Aaron on Twitter (@aarondignan) Follow Chase on Twitter (@chaserchapman) ‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒ Links from the show: The Ready: https://theready.com/ Brave New Work podcast: https://cms.megaphone.fm/channel/bravenewwork?selected=TR2420252733 Brave New Work (book by Aaron Dignan): https://www.bravenewwork.com/ The Ready on Twitter: https://twitter.com/theready (@theready) ‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒‒ On the Other Side is sponsored by RabbitHole. Learn more about RabbitHole at rabbithole.gg Follow RabbitHole on Twitter at @rabbithole_gg


12 Jan 2022

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Aaron Dignan on Challenging Assumptions and Operating System of an Organization

Beyond the To-Do List

Aaron Dignan is the founder of The Ready, an organization design and transformation firm that helps institutions like Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Airbnb, and charity: water change the way they work. He is a co-founder of responsive.org, an investor in purpose-driven startups, and a friend to misfit toys.Aaron’s new book is Brave New Work: Are You Ready to Reinvent Your Organization? In this conversation, Aaron talks about challenging the assumptions about the future of work, the organizational operating system and making the necessary changes to move forward.This episode is brought to you by:Textexpander - Get 20% off your first year! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


6 Sep 2021