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The Transform Your Workplace Podcast covers everything you need to build a great workplace. Industry experts, thought-leaders, HR experts and entrepreneurs join us to discuss big ideas that can transform your organization. Each week we cover a new topic, ranging from HR, communication and culture to business growth, leadership and workplace trends. Access more episodes, subscribe, and learn more.

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The Transform Your Workplace Podcast covers everything you need to build a great workplace. Industry experts, thought-leaders, HR experts and entrepreneurs join us to discuss big ideas that can transform your organization. Each week we cover a new topic, ranging from HR, communication and culture to business growth, leadership and workplace trends. Access more episodes, subscribe, and learn more.

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By RachelCurry.com - Nov 25 2019
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I came across Brandon’s podcast while brainstorming some resources for a client who is in HR. I meant to listen for just a few episodes, but quickly realized the value of what he offers consistently. Brandon, I so appreciate your honest curiosity about others and your commitment to self-awareness. Thank you for contributing to this important conversation.

Great content!

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I love this podcast it consistently has thought provoking ideas I like to bring back to my bps

iTunes Ratings

85 Ratings
Average Ratings
77
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Delightfully surprised

By RachelCurry.com - Nov 25 2019
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I came across Brandon’s podcast while brainstorming some resources for a client who is in HR. I meant to listen for just a few episodes, but quickly realized the value of what he offers consistently. Brandon, I so appreciate your honest curiosity about others and your commitment to self-awareness. Thank you for contributing to this important conversation.

Great content!

By Bnor438 - Aug 16 2019
Read more
I love this podcast it consistently has thought provoking ideas I like to bring back to my bps
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Transform Your Workplace

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The Transform Your Workplace Podcast covers everything you need to build a great workplace. Industry experts, thought-leaders, HR experts and entrepreneurs join us to discuss big ideas that can transform your organization. Each week we cover a new topic, ranging from HR, communication and culture to business growth, leadership and workplace trends. Access more episodes, subscribe, and learn more.

Rank #1: HR Trends to Watch for in 2018

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In 2017, human resources had a heavy focus on compliance. This is typical in an inauguration year; a new administration in the White House usually brings with it changes to the tax code and other rules related to employment. While we’ll continue to see some of these changes rolled out in 2018, most will be done at the state level—like Oregon’s Equal Pay Act and changes to overtime and sick leave regulations.

But in addition to continued changes at the legislative level, we need to look ahead to adapting HR practices to reflect the workforce in 2018. In this week’s episode, Angela Perkins, Xenium HR’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing, joins us to talk about the five trends businesses need to anticipate in 2018: the skill gap, employee experience, flex and remote work, technology, and data. We’ll cover the particular challenges each of these areas pose and how to tackle them in the context of our current job market.

How to Support this Show:

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  2. Review us on iTunes
  3. Take our survey and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free book
  4. Follow Xenium HR (@XeniumHR) and Brandon Laws (@BrandonLaws) on Twitter and LinkedIn
  5. Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

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Feb 06 2018

44mins

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Rank #2: Cracking the Code to Great Culture

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Culture. Everybody agrees that it’s important and yet, it’s so rare to find a workplace that gets it right. This week, Xenium’s Tyler Meuwissen and Brandon Laws are discussing the highlights of Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups. From building a safe space to sharing vulnerability to establishing purpose, they’ll break down the essentials that pave the way for an effective workplace culture.

Email Brandon.Laws@xeniumhr.com

How to Support this Show:

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  2. 5-Star Review on iTunes
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  4. Follow Xenium HR (@XeniumHR) and Brandon Laws (@BrandonLaws) on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram
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Connect with Tyler on LinkedIn or Twitter

Jan 24 2019

27mins

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Rank #3: Meet With Purpose: How to Make Pointless Meetings Productive

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We’ve all been there. It’s Monday morning, the to-do list is a mile long, the in-box is overflowing, and the last thing you want to do is attend the weekly team meeting that’s 90% pointless and 10% productive. What’s worse is you could have received the information in an email in a fraction of the time. 

Don’t get me wrong, connecting with your coworkers is important; however, meaningless meetings make that difficult and leave attendees more drained and annoyed than motivated. In this podcast, I interview Cameron Herold, author of Meetings Suck - Turning One of the Most Loathed Elements of Business Into One of the Most Valuable. Herold sheds light one why most meetings are pointless and gives me and my listeners helpful tips to make meetings more productive and more profitable.

How to Support this Show:

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  3. Take our survey and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free book
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Apr 08 2019

30mins

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Rank #4: How to Focus on What’s Going Well

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What if we told you three simple words could change your entire mindset? Greg Bell, author of What’s Going Well? The Question Changes Everything, is here to do just that. He joins us to discuss the mind-shifting concept within his book and ways to apply it—both at work and in your personal life. We’ll cover everything from the power of gratitude, to the research behind the concept, to the many ways that teams and individuals can put this approach to work for themselves.

Email Brandon Laws at brandon.laws@xeniumhr.com

How to Support this Show:

  1. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app (iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, etc.)
  2. Review us on iTunes
  3. Take our survey and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free book
  4. Follow Xenium HR (@XeniumHR) and Brandon Laws (@BrandonLaws) on Twitter and LinkedIn
  5. Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

More about Greg Bell

Dec 11 2018

37mins

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Rank #5: #158 - Finding Ways to Engage Employees

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Every year, companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to increase employee engagement. But is it working? And why is it so important anyway? Dr. Bob Nelson, author of 1,001 Ways to Engage Employees, joins us to answer these questions and more. We’ll cover simple but impactful methods for increasing engagement, the areas you need to focus on the most, and new strategies for empowering your people to grow and stay engaged on their terms.

Did you enjoy this episode?  Support this Show.

  1. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app (iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, etc.)
  2. Review us on iTunes
  3. Take our survey and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free book
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  5. Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

About Dr. Bob Nelson

Oct 16 2018

41mins

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Rank #6: 2019 HR Predictions

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In this episode of What's Up in the Workplace, Lacey Partipilo and Brandon Laws state several bold HR predictions for 2019. 

Email Brandon Laws at brandon.laws@xeniumhr.com

How to Support this Show:

  1. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app (iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, etc.)
  2. Review us on iTunes
  3. Take our survey and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free book
  4. Follow Xenium HR (@XeniumHR) and Brandon Laws (@BrandonLaws) on Twitter and LinkedIn
  5. Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

 About the Guest: 

  • Connect with Lacey on LinkedIn | Instagram
  • Email Lacey at Lacey.Partipilo@XeniumHR.com

Jan 15 2019

17mins

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Rank #7: #147 - Doing Good, Building Culture

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There was a time when the only way you could give back at work was to work at a non-profit. Those days are over. Employees are looking for more and companies are changing their approach. Just ask Ryan McCarty, co-author of Build a Culture of Good. He joins us to share how workplace philanthropy keeps people engaged and improves workplace culture, plus a few tips on how to start your own workplace program.

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How to Support this Show:

  1. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app (iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, etc.)
  2. Review us on iTunes
  3. Take our survey and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free book
  4. Follow Xenium HR (@XeniumHR) and Brandon Laws (@BrandonLaws) on Twitter, LinkedIn & Instagram
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Jul 03 2018

38mins

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Rank #8: Creating Culture Through Communication

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How do you turn your company culture into something that can build your business from the inside out? It’s all about communication. Victoria Dew, CEO of business consultancy Dewpoint Communications, joins us share her approach to helping small businesses grow through strong culture and employee communication. We get tactical with the communication methods that create strong cultures, how to communicate for maximum impact and the ways employees can get involved and make a difference.

How to Support this Show:

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  2. Review us on iTunes
  3. Take our survey and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free book
  4. Follow Xenium HR (@XeniumHR) and Brandon Laws (@BrandonLaws) on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram
  5. Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

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About Victoria 

Victoria Dew is the CEO of Dewpoint Communications, consultancy dedicated to helping smaller businesses grow faster and smarter through strong culture and employee communication. Victoria has 12 years of global communications experience in businesses of all sizes, and in diverse industries, both in the US and overseas. 

Victoria holds a BA from Skidmore College, an MA from Kings College London, and professional diplomas in both business and communications management from Victoria University, Wellington and Massey University. Victoria is a certified Communication Management Professional (CMP)

Connect with Victoria:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/dewvictoria

Dewpoint Communications

https://twitter.com/DewpointComms 

Dec 08 2017

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Rank #9: The Benefits of Coaching Culture

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Here’s a stat for you: 65% of employees would forego a raise to see their leader fired. According to Adam Brantley, executive coach at Building Champions, those employees need leaders that coach their people—rather than just telling them what to do. Listen in as we discuss how coaching leadership can change companies for the better, how to bring coaching culture into your own company and the communication tactics that keep employees engaged.

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • How Adam became an executive coach
  • Hierarchy in the workplace
  • Building the coaching culture
  • What makes an effective coaching atmosphere
  • The four components that drive engagement

What did you think of this episode? Share a review on Apple Podcasts or take our survey.

Email Brandon.Laws@xeniumhr.com or connect on LinkedInTwitter or Instagram

Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

More about Adam:

Adam's work history, along with experience as a father to young boys and husband to an accomplished leader, has made him highly effective at priority management and work-life balance. 

Before Building Champions, Adam owned and operated a Chick-fil-A restaurant where he was successful at engaging the team around his vision and developing leaders in the organization to effectively grow the top and bottom lines. Adam loved increasing sales, but where he found his greatest passion was engaging and coaching individuals both inside and outside the walls of the restaurant.

Know more about Adam here.

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Jun 04 2019

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Rank #10: How to Handle Employee Complaints

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Complaints are an unfortunate but inevitable part of working in human resources. But not all employers know how to handle complaints and investigations into those complaints, and unprofessional or callous complaint processes can sour any workplace.

In this episode, Alishia Young, Xenium’s Director of HR Services, joins Brandon Laws to discuss employee complaints and the steps every HR professional should take to address them. We’ll cover common grievances, what you should and shouldn’t document, and how to know when it’s time to ask a third party to step in.

How to Support this Show:

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  2. Review us on iTunes
  3. Take our survey and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free book
  4. Follow Xenium HR (@XeniumHR) and Brandon Laws (@BrandonLaws) on Twitter, LinkedIn & Instagram
  5. Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

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Apr 03 2018

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Rank #11: Basecamp CTO and co-founder on Why it’s so crazy at work

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You’re super busy at work — your phone's blowing up from the overflowing inbox of notifications, reminders, and chats. There’s so much interruption that you’ve got no time to think. And when you do, you have to stay stuck at the office, working more than 40-hours a week or force yourself to pull an all-nighter to meet unrealistic deadlines. 

You don’t even have time to sleep because of your packed schedules and endless meeting. 

When weekends come, instead of spending your precious me-time relaxing and having fun, you have those Sunday-afternoon emails to worry about, waiting to be read and dealt with.

It’s just crazy!!!

But hey, work doesn’t have to be crazy. 

It’s true. We can still deliver a fantastic job without making ourselves miserable and insanely working like crazy to meet those so-called “goals.” We can have a productive work environment that lets people do their work in the best way possible.

Basecamp is setting a great example of what it’s like to have a calm and productive workplace! How can we achieve a productive workplace without sacrificing long hours and avoid getting burned out?

In today’s episode, I’ll talk about the book “It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work” with David Heinemeier Hansson, the author, CTO, and co-founder at Basecamp. We will also discuss the topic of the constant state of businesses, overworked employees, and the fact that we’re working more hours but still come out as unproductive. 

David argues that you can still have that million-dollar business without requiring your employees to work insanely long hours and he’s going to tell you how. He will also share a lot of useful advice and action ideas you can apply back to your organization! 

Grab your copy now! Check out the book here.

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • What crazy means in the workplace
  • The reason behind the long work hours
  • Hustle Mania and the obsession with growth
  • Burned out and overworked employees
  • Setting your goals the Basecamp way
  • Achieving the state of calmness
  • The negative consequences of introducing technology and rejecting the “present person” practice
  • The reason why Basecamp doesn’t do shared calendars inside the office
  • How David coaches his people not to be distracted by constant interruptions from people internally and externally?
  • Office hours and part-time managers
  • David’s thoughts on work-life balance
  • Out of the office benefits vs. In office

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What did you think of this episode? Share a review on Apple Podcasts or take our survey.

Email Brandon.Laws@xeniumhr.com or connect on LinkedInTwitter or Instagram

Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

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Aug 20 2019

39mins

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Rank #12: How an A-Team is Built

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While a manager should be focused on helping people develop at work, that role is so often lost in the day-to-day shuffle. Whitney Johnson, author of Build an A Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve, has thoughts on combating that challenge. In this episode, we’ll talk about how to build the right team, smart recruiting, and tactics that help employees navigate the S-curve of learning to accelerate growth and professional development at every stage of their career.

First 5 people to either review us on Apple podcasts, share a shout out on LinkedIn or on Facebook or Twitter will win a free copy of Build an A team. Email me at brandon.laws@xeniumhr.com to share your Apple Podcasts review.

How to Support this Show:

  1. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app (iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, etc.)
  2. Review us on iTunes
  3. Take our survey and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free book
  4. Follow Xenium HR (@XeniumHR) and Brandon Laws (@BrandonLaws) on Twitter, LinkedIn & Instagram
  5. Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

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Apr 24 2018

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Rank #13: Everyone Deserves a Great Manager with Scott Miller

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It’s no secret that the key to a good and happy team is a great manager. But what makes a great manager? How would you know if you or your people are ready for the role of leading a team?

In a study published by Harvard Business Review, it showcased that the average age for first-time managers is 30 years old. While the average age when they get their first leadership training is 42. This means that managers aren’t equipped to lead their team. 

In this episode, Scott Jeffrey Miller from FranklinCovey joins us to talk about his new book, “Everyone Deserves a Great Manager: The 6 Critical Practices for Leading a Team”. He is the Executive Vice President and CMO at Franklin Covey, a company that inspires change and implements proven principles so that people and organizations achieve the results that matter most to them.

Scott talks about why everyone deserves great managers. He highlights the essential skills and practices needed to become a manager so that your organization can thrive!

We also explore the limiting mindset and common managerial mistakes as he shares real problems about the role of managers.

Be sure to listen to this episode and learn how to be the great manager that your team deserves!

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Why managers aren’t ready to become managers
  • Why leadership and people is not for everyone
  • Your job as a leader
  • How to develop a leader’s mindset
  • A leader’s approach to giving feedback
  • How a manager walks his people through change
  • Scott’s advice and tips on how to read Everyone Deserves a Great Manager better application

What did you think of this episode? Give us a 5-star rating and write a review on Apple Podcasts, or take our survey.

Contact Brandon: Email Brandon.Laws@xeniumhr.com or connect on LinkedInTwitter or Instagram

Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

Follow Xenium on TwitterInstagram, or LinkedIn.

Connect with Scott

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Nov 26 2019

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Rank #14: #145 - A Little Kindness Changes Everything

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When you think about the things that drive business profit, does kindness come to mind? Linda Cohen, author and the Kindness Catalyst, certainly hopes so. She joins us to discuss the Economy of Kindness and how it can transform bottom lines for all kinds of businesses. Listen in as she shares her experience with kindness, the lessons she’s learned and how you can use kindness to change your workplace culture for the better.

How to Support this Show:

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  2. Review us on iTunes
  3. Take our survey and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free book
  4. Follow Xenium HR (@XeniumHR) and Brandon Laws (@BrandonLaws) on Twitter, LinkedIn & Instagram
  5. Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

About Linda Cohen:

Cohen has been a Kindness Catalyst for over 10 years. She is a professional speaker, presentation coach and the author of 1,000 Mitzvahs: How Small Acts of Kindness Can Heal, Inspire and Change Your Life published in 2011 by Seal Press. Cohen presents to organizations and businesses on the Economy of Kindness. She served as Programming Vice President of the National Speakers Association Oregon Chapter and is the current President Elect. In 2017, she was chosen as NSA Oregon Chapter Member of the Year. She received her BA from American Jewish University and an MA from Brandeis University. She lives in Oregon with her husband of 25 years, they have two spirited young adult children and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Ginger and Remy. She loves yoga and meditation and will never pass up a good cup of Earl Grey tea.

Linda's Website

Buy 1,000 Mitzvahs: How Small Acts of Kindness Can Heal, Inspire and Change Your Life

Jun 20 2018

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Rank #15: Being Okay with Being Uncomfortable

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“I’ve never been happier than I am ever since I embraced change.” ⁠— John Johnson

Many of us prefer the easy path. We find comfort in things that we already understand. When things change too quickly, we tend to go back to the way things were. Change doesn't always feel good. It makes us uncomfortable, but it's essential because the world around us is ever-changing.

Our fear of trying something new from what we're used to prevents us from growing and reaching our full potential. You can't always stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to reach you. You have to go out and take the initiative sometimes.

But how do you get comfortable with change? How do you get okay with being uncomfortable?

Here's the thing, we'll never feel comfortable at all times. That's why we need to push our boundaries a little bit. John Johnson, an Employee Benefits Consultant at USI, is here to help you shift yourself into that discomfort zone.

Today's episode focuses on helping you help yourself be more comfortable with being uncomfortable.

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Why encourage people to be comfortable with being uncomfortable
  • John Johnson’s personal journey with being uncomfortable
  • Taking a break and being mindful
  • Looking for things that challenge you
  • How we become the average of who we hang around
  • One of the best gifts you can give someone 
  • Asking for permission when you’re afraid and uncertain
  • Things you can do to make someone feel comfortable when they’re uncomfortable
  • What drew John to the topic of being okay with being uncomfortable and why it matters
  • Practices that makes John feel confident
  • How John gets people to embrace change
  • The first step in talking with people
  • Why your words and approach matters a lot
  • Getting comfortable with conflict
  • John’s role at USI

Connect with John:

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What did you think of this episode? Share a review on Apple Podcasts or take our survey.

Email Brandon.Laws@xeniumhr.com or connect on LinkedInTwitter or Instagram

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Jul 30 2019

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Rank #16: Unlocking Efficiency With Iteration

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When it comes to business, big changes are always a challenge. Unless you’re Ed Muzio, CEO of Group Harmonics and author of Iterate: Run a Fast, Flexible, Focused Management Team. He joins us to share his take on iteration and how it can make your team more effective, no matter what comes your way. We’ll cover the skills and tools you’ll need to get started, the role management plays, and the communication techniques that will transform your organization for the better.

Win a free book of Iterate!

Tweet at @edmuzio and @xeniumhr and share a link to this episode to enter. 

How to Support this Show:

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  3. Take our survey and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free book
  4. Follow Xenium HR (@XeniumHR) and Brandon Laws (@BrandonLaws) on Twitter and LinkedIn
  5. Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

Jan 08 2019

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Rank #17: Debating the Big HR Issues with Angela Perkins

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Where do you stand on mandatory paternity leave? What about publishing everyone’s salary at the office? For this special debate-style episode, Xenium’s Angela Perkins and Brandon Laws randomly selected hot button HR topics and then picked a side to debate the issue. Listen in as they argue for and against mandatory paid maternity and paternity leave, whether in-house HR or HR outsourcing is best, and the pros and cons of radical pay transparency.

What did you think of this episode? Share a review on Apple Podcasts or take our survey.

Email Brandon.Laws@xeniumhr.com or connect on LinkedInTwitter or Instagram

Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

May 14 2019

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Rank #18: How Managers Should Spend Their Time

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Are you spending more time with your low performers or high performers? How much time do you spend with each?

As managers and employers, you need to spend your time wisely. In this episode, Paige Tamlyn joins us to talk about how managers spend their time and who should they be spending it on. Should you focus more on the low performers to improve their skills, and overcome their weaknesses? Or should you focus on your top ones to unleash more of their strengths? 

If you’ve never thought about it, then be sure to listen to this episode and learn where you should invest your time and energy more to create more value for your company, customers, and employees!

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Whom should you focus your time on?
  • How engaged are your top performers?
  • Why you should focus more on your top performers than your low ones
  • Micromanaging your employees
  • Positive reinforcement
  • 9-Box Grid Strategy

What did you think of this episode? Give us a 5-star rating and write a review on Apple Podcasts, or take our survey.

Contact Brandon: Email Brandon.Laws@xeniumhr.com or connect on LinkedInTwitter or Instagram

Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

Follow Xenium on TwitterInstagram, or LinkedIn.

More about Paige Tamlyn:

Paige Tamlyn is an HR Generalist and a project manager on the side. She is a freelance stylist in her free time. Her interests, in addition to HR, is Social Marketing. You can find her moonlighting on Xenium’s Podcast or keeping up with the latest trends in social media.

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Nov 12 2019

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Rank #19: Why we should connect more at work

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As social beings, we are wired to connect. It’s part of our DNA. And communication has never been easier than now with the introduction of the internet and social media that allows us to be more interconnected. 

Despite all of that, many still feel isolated and disconnected, especially in the workplace. How do we take action and create more engagement at work and connectedness with others?

Take the first step in connecting and approaching others in a friendly way as Dr. Melanie Katzman reveals how through her new book “Connect First: 52 Simple Ways to Ignite Success, Meaning, and Joy at Work ”.

Dr. Melanie Katzman is a business psychologist, advisor, consultant to the world’s top public and private companies, government agencies,  and nonprofits. She is also the founder of Katzman consulting and the founding partner of the social enterprise Leader’s Quest.

In this episode, Dr. Katzman shares 52 actions you can do to forge deeper bonds with your colleagues. These steps are the same techniques she used with leaders and employees from top companies around the world. We’re also going to know the reason why she decided to write the book and why Connect First is the cheapest transformation program any HR person or Manager will ever come across!

This episode is jam-packed with ideas that are actionable and easy to implement. So make sure you go grab a pen and a paper to write them all down!  

Grab a copy of Dr. Katzman’s book here!

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • The reason why Melanie decided to write Connect First
  • Bringing emotion into the workplace 
  • Why Connect First book is the cheapest transformation program that you’ll ever come across 
  • Taking a pause and checking your own emotional state
  • Smiling and establishing respect
  • How the word thank you can transform the way we interact with people
  • Different ways we can acknowledge others
  • Appropriate touch
  • Abundance mindset vs. a scarcity mindset
  • Becoming a magnet person
  • Melanie’s thoughts on aging at work

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Contact Brandon: Email Brandon.Laws@xeniumhr.com or connect on LinkedInTwitter or Instagram

Learn more about Xenium HR at xeniumhr.com

Follow Xenium on TwitterInstagram, or LinkedIn.

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More about Melanie Katzman:

Dr. Melanie Katzman is a business psychologist, advisor, and consultant to the world’s top public and private companies, as well as governmental and nonprofit institutions. A sought-after expert in executive development, group dynamics, and leadership diversity, she founded Katzman Consulting in 1999 and has worked with businesses--including Accenture, Bain Consulting, Goldman Sachs, MTV, PwC, and Viacom--in 31 countries.

A busy speaker, Katzman is also a founding partner of the global nonprofit Leaders’ Quest, which serves a community of 12,000 members and facilitates cross-sector strategic discussions on pressing economic and social problems. Katzman was a Senior Fellow at The Wharton School’s Center for Leadership and Change Management and has held faculty positions in psychiatry at the Weill-Cornell Medical Center, the University of London, and the Chinese University in Hong Kong.

Katzman co-created and was co-host of the show Women@Work on Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 132. She has been featured in the New York Times, Financial Times, South China Morning Post, Vanity Fair, O Magazine, and on ABC, CBS, and Lifetime.

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Oct 22 2019

37mins

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Rank #20: STOP & SHIFT Your Mindset to Improve Your Mental Health and Live a Better Life

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Mental health awareness has grown more than ever today. But managers, employers, and leaders still have a long way to go in helping their employees get the support they need to deal with mental illness especially in the workplace.

How do we help our people feel better and live better? How do we shift their thoughts to make positive choices at work and in life?

Join me today as I talk to Karen Millsap on how you can strengthen your mind, change your thoughts, make positive choices and walk a purposeful path so that you can help your employees do the same. Karen is the The Grief Consultant and CEO of Egency, a firm that helps organizations create a human-centric culture with compassion and empathy. She was a former guest on the podcast where she shared how she turned her pain into a purpose to help others.

In this episode, Karen is back to share her wisdom on how we can train our brain to stay focused, aware and calm so we can live a better life. She also talks about the STOP & SHIFT models, what is it, and how she applies it to others to change their thoughts and strengthen their mental wellbeing!

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Why you need to help yourself before you can start helping other people
  • How to have a healthy mindset
  • Silencing negative thoughts that are eating away at you
  • The STOP & SHIFT models and how to put them into practice
  • Strengthening your awareness practice
  • Separating yourself from your thoughts to effectively choose what response to give
  • Why society is more open to talking about mental health now
  • 51 Mental Strength Exercises
  • The 5 Day Digital Detox
  • Training your brain 
  • Karen’s thoughts on people who tend to carry around the weight of other people’s issues

What did you think of this episode? Give us a 5-star rating and write a review on Apple Podcasts, or take our survey.

Contact Brandon: Email Brandon.Laws@xeniumhr.com or connect on LinkedInTwitter or Instagram

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More about Karen

Karen Millsap, also known as, The Grief Consultant, began her career in human resources and talent acquisition where she leads countless training, new process, and change initiatives. At a young age, she suddenly became a widow when her husband was tragically murdered which completely changed the trajectory of her life. After experiencing a domino effect of other losses, she became acutely aware of the overall lack of support in our society for grieving people. We are all connected through our struggles, from the death of loved ones to life-altering illnesses, divorce, even job loss. This realization ignited Karen's desire to turn her pain into purpose and pay it forward to help others.  

Karen’s work has been featured in SHRM Magazine, on Good Morning Washington, MSNBC, and many others! She is a TEDx keynote speaker who inspires audiences to embrace compassion and empathy to help alleviate other’s suffering by becoming advocates for their own adversaries.  This experience opens minds and hearts to revive connectivity.  

She received her undergraduate degree in Communication from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist through the Grief Recovery Institute in Los Angeles, California.

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Oct 29 2019

41mins

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Building & Leading an Extraordinary Team with Jason Caldwell

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It takes an extraordinary team to accomplish incredible things. But how do we build one? What makes a team extraordinary?

Start this year off right by listening in today’s episode as an author, speaker, world-record athlete, and pro leadership coach Jason Caldwell joins us to share his amazing experience on how to build and lead an extraordinary team to accomplish incredible things!

He is the founder of Latitude 35, a leadership training firm that operates around the world. He also wrote Navigating the Impossible: Build Extraordinary Teams and Shutter Expectations, a guidebook on how you and your team can turn impossible goals into reality.

Jason also talks about his thrilling story of crossing the Atlantic and how he and his team were able to persevere despite the obstacles they’ve faced along the way!

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • How Jason ended up doing a rowing sport
  • The importance of finding your “why”
  • Suffering and sacrifice
  • Why building a great team is important
  • The difference between the best people and the right people
  • Why losing is better than not having a purpose
  • How Jason built his team
  • What it means to “lead with emotion”
  • Rallying for a purpose
  • Why you should have a sense of urgency

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Jan 14 2020

31mins

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Building Your Social Wealth & Capital with Jason Treu

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If you think you can go to eat alone, you are bound to be disappointed, and you will eventually hit a dead-end in your life.

There’s an entire generation out there that’s growing and finding it hard to connect with others and be successful in it. Though social media has emerged to help us connect with more people, sadly, it has made us more isolated.

If you’re struggling to make connections with others yet want to build strong social bonds and unsure of how you should do it, Jason Treu, the author of Social Wealth: How to Build Extraordinary Relationships By Transforming the Way We Live, Love, Lead and Network, shows us how to make meaningful connections and establish long term relationships that’ll benefit your organization and life in general.

Jason is a Chief People Officer and Culture and Leadership expert who is in the business of helping leaders, managers, and HR professionals build high-performing cultures and teams have practical communication skills to form unbreakable bonds!

He firmly believes that everything we accomplish in life is made possible through the connections we have built with others, which is our real wealth. Jason talks about the reason why he wrote his book, what social capital and wealth are all about, plus some practical and easy ways to build your social capital.

Make sure you listen to this episode and learn how you can leverage your relationship-building and communication skills! 

Grab your copy of Jason Treu’s and start building your Social Wealth! 👉 click here to get one now!

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Why Jason decided to write a book about building social wealth
  • Why relationship is the biggest problem that we need to deal with
  • What are social wealth and social capital
  • Hard skills vs. soft skills
  • Psychological Safety and Investing
  • Why developing a personal brand is important
  • How to walk the talk
  • Practical ways to build your social capital

Resources:

What did you think of this short bonus episode? Give us a 5-star rating and write a review on Apple Podcasts, or take our survey.

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Jan 07 2020

42mins

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The 10X Culture with Darren Chait

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How you run your company says a lot about what you value, and it directly impacts the productivity of your people. Are you looking to take your company’s performance to the next level? 

If you want to get more things done, you need to make some changes to improve work productivity and happiness in the workplace.

To achieve all of this, Darren Chait, Co-Founder, and COO of Hugo, a connected meeting notes platform, joins us to talk about his book 10X Culture: The 4-hour meeting week and 25 other secrets from innovative, fast-moving teams.

His book offers insights and many lessons from the most innovative teams to cultivate each team member to become leaders and decision-makers. We touched on everything from what it means to become an effective leader and drive a culture that propels the team to the top. We also talk about how teams can work more effectively together, the modern world with technology, how to make decisions, how to cut down on meeting times, how to communicate, and many more!

Darren’s book is a must-have for every leader. It’s the perfect handbook for using culture to build a thriving organization! Make sure you grab yourself a copy, click 👉here.

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • What it means to become an effective leader
  • How teams can work more effectively
  • How to cut down on medium ties
  • What is a decision journal?
  • Directly Responsible Individuals
  • The purpose of a meeting
  • Collaborative communication tools for teams

What did you think of this short bonus episode? Give us a 5-star rating and write a review on Apple Podcasts, or take our survey.

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Dec 24 2019

34mins

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Owning Your Health to Thrive in Your Career with Mark Mohammadpour

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A lot of us white-collar workers are poor when it comes to managing our health. Due to the nature of our job, which is sitting 9 to 5 staring at a computer screen, it’s no wonder a lot of us gain pounds and increase the digits on our waistlines. 

And so not only are you stressed due to work, but you’re also overwhelmed by the fact that you’re gaining weight and becoming more unhealthy. How do we prioritize our mental and physical health so that we can grow and thrive more in our chosen career?

In this episode of the Transform Your Workplace podcast, we are joined by Mark Mohammadpour, an accredited Senior Communications Executive, Certified health coach, and personal trainer and the owner of Chasing the Sun. 

He will talk about how he transformed his life from being a busy, stressed PR person into someone who’s coaching and helping people incorporate fitness, health, and wellness into their lives so they can reduce their stress and thrive.

Get inspired and start taking action on how to be more fit, healthy, and mentally well as mark shares how he lost and kept off 100+ pounds over the ten years. He brings up how his perspective on his PR job changed when he started his fitness and health journey. We also talk about how you can own your calendar, develop healthy habits, and what role an employer plays in all of this.

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • How Mark started his transformation to drop his weight and become healthy
  • Why PR is viewed as an extremely stressful profession
  • Mark’s approach to health and wellness
  • Controlling our eating to develop healthy habits
  • How the decision we make impacts us in the long run
  • Checking your ego and seeing who you inspire
  • What Mark did to make his health transformation a success
  • Empowerment of people
  • The role of the employer concerning the workplace’s mental and physical health, and work-life balance
  • Owning your calendar and set up your boundaries

What did you think of this episode? Give us a 5-star rating and write a review on Apple Podcasts, or take our survey.

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You can read Mark’s full transformation story here!

Dec 17 2019

40mins

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What happens when employees start crowd-sourcing wage data?

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In this special bonus Thursday episode, Brandon speaks with Lacey Partipilo and Tyler Meuwissen of Xenium HR about crowd-sourced wage data, why employers should be aware of it, and what they can do about it.

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What did you think of this short bonus episode? Give us a 5-star rating and write a review on Apple Podcasts, or take our survey.

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Dec 12 2019

12mins

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The Laws of Trust with Joel Peterson, Chairman of JetBlue Airways

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Trust in the workplace is just as important as it is in our relationships. It’s the basis of all relationships and the one that holds an organization together.

Building a culture of trust is essential in empowering, engaging, and retaining top talent within your organization. But how do we build trust back once it’s already broken?

In this episode, Joel Peterson, author of The 10 Laws of Trust, joins us to talk about how we can establish a culture of trust, respect, and integrity within our organizations to ultimately achieve success.

Joel is the Chairman of JetBlue Airways and the Founding Partner of Peterson Partners, a Salt Lake City-based investment management firm. He shares what leaders and managers should do when there’s a low trust culture with your team. We’re also going to discuss the cause of betrayal, the importance of feedback, and explore the other laws of trust and create stronger bonds.

If you lead others with trust and would like to create a culture of trust within your workplace, then be sure to listen to this episode!

Don’t forget to grab a copy of Joel Peterson’s The 10 Laws of Trust. Order your book here!

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Why trust is the number 1 competency leaders need today
  • How to grant trust to others
  • The recipe for building a high trust culture
  • Why betrayal happens
  • The two kinds of betrayal
  • The culture of feedback
  • How to earn others trust back when you’ve made a mistake
  • Low trust culture vs. High trust culture
  • Empowerment
  • Why a lot of leaders choose to lead with power and fear
  • Why humility is essential for a CEO who’s trying to build a high trust environment

What did you think of this episode? Give us a 5-star rating and write a review on Apple Podcasts, or take our survey.

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Dec 10 2019

24mins

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The Future of Recruiting with Amy Schultz of LinkedIn

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Technology is changing the world as we know it. And that includes how we hire talent for our organizations. To stay at the top of the competition, we need to adapt to technological advancements. 

Recruiting is on the rise, and it’s changing fast. In this episode, we are joined by Amy Schultz, the Talent Director of Talent Acquisition at LinkedIn, about the future of recruiting and how a recruiter’s role changes. To equip yourself on the trends that can happen in the future, Amy is here to help you be future-ready.

She shares how recruiting will change based on LinkedIn data points and interviews from global talent leaders. She also talks about the most significant challenges a recruiter faces today and the vital skills you’ll be needing as a recruiter over the next five years!

If you’re a recruiter or have a recruiter background as part of your role, then you’d surely want to listen to this episode!

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • The future of recruiting
  • How the roles of a recruiter can change
  • How LinkedIn plays a role in the development of recruiting
  • The biggest challenge in the recruiting environment today
  • 3 Skills that you would need as a recruiter in the next five years

What did you think of this episode? Give us a 5-star rating and write a review on Apple Podcasts, or take our survey.

Contact Brandon: Email Brandon.Laws@xeniumhr.com or connect on LinkedInTwitter or Instagram

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Dec 03 2019

28mins

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Everyone Deserves a Great Manager with Scott Miller

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It’s no secret that the key to a good and happy team is a great manager. But what makes a great manager? How would you know if you or your people are ready for the role of leading a team?

In a study published by Harvard Business Review, it showcased that the average age for first-time managers is 30 years old. While the average age when they get their first leadership training is 42. This means that managers aren’t equipped to lead their team. 

In this episode, Scott Jeffrey Miller from FranklinCovey joins us to talk about his new book, “Everyone Deserves a Great Manager: The 6 Critical Practices for Leading a Team”. He is the Executive Vice President and CMO at Franklin Covey, a company that inspires change and implements proven principles so that people and organizations achieve the results that matter most to them.

Scott talks about why everyone deserves great managers. He highlights the essential skills and practices needed to become a manager so that your organization can thrive!

We also explore the limiting mindset and common managerial mistakes as he shares real problems about the role of managers.

Be sure to listen to this episode and learn how to be the great manager that your team deserves!

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Why managers aren’t ready to become managers
  • Why leadership and people is not for everyone
  • Your job as a leader
  • How to develop a leader’s mindset
  • A leader’s approach to giving feedback
  • How a manager walks his people through change
  • Scott’s advice and tips on how to read Everyone Deserves a Great Manager better application

What did you think of this episode? Give us a 5-star rating and write a review on Apple Podcasts, or take our survey.

Contact Brandon: Email Brandon.Laws@xeniumhr.com or connect on LinkedInTwitter or Instagram

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Nov 26 2019

34mins

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Mentoring Redefined with Reshama Shaikh

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If you’re thinking of advancing your career or your people, you’ve probably heard the phrase, “You need a mentor to guide you; You need a mentor to help you achieve this and that...”. True enough, one needs a mentor to help them with decision making in their business and career endeavors and to foster their skills.

The demand for mentors is high, but the supply is low. In a survey conducted by our guest, Reshama Shaikh, she found out that 90% are looking to have a mentor for their business. But where can you find the right mentor to guide you or your people? 

In this episode, we’re talking about mentoring with Reshama Shaikh. Reshama is an independent data scientist and statistician. She consults in the areas of data science, statistics, diversity, mentoring, and community building.

Reshama will explain some of the dos and don’ts of mentoring. She also shares the mentoring survey that she did and what mentoring means to different people, where to find the best mentors, and how you can start walking down the path of a mentor!

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Why mentorship is in high demand right now
  • The current state of mentorship with younger people
  • Building awareness on mentorship to encourage others to become a mentor
  • What it means when people say they want a mentor
  • Dos and don’ts of Mentorship
  • The best place to find a mentor
  • Type of mentor-mentee relationship
  • Reverse mentorship

What did you think of this episode? Give us a 5-star rating and write a review on Apple Podcasts, or take our survey.

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Nov 19 2019

21mins

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How Managers Should Spend Their Time

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Are you spending more time with your low performers or high performers? How much time do you spend with each?

As managers and employers, you need to spend your time wisely. In this episode, Paige Tamlyn joins us to talk about how managers spend their time and who should they be spending it on. Should you focus more on the low performers to improve their skills, and overcome their weaknesses? Or should you focus on your top ones to unleash more of their strengths? 

If you’ve never thought about it, then be sure to listen to this episode and learn where you should invest your time and energy more to create more value for your company, customers, and employees!

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Whom should you focus your time on?
  • How engaged are your top performers?
  • Why you should focus more on your top performers than your low ones
  • Micromanaging your employees
  • Positive reinforcement
  • 9-Box Grid Strategy

What did you think of this episode? Give us a 5-star rating and write a review on Apple Podcasts, or take our survey.

Contact Brandon: Email Brandon.Laws@xeniumhr.com or connect on LinkedInTwitter or Instagram

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More about Paige Tamlyn:

Paige Tamlyn is an HR Generalist and a project manager on the side. She is a freelance stylist in her free time. Her interests, in addition to HR, is Social Marketing. You can find her moonlighting on Xenium’s Podcast or keeping up with the latest trends in social media.

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Nov 12 2019

14mins

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Adapting to Collaboration Technologies with Chris Creel

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We can’t deny that technology has helped us work smarter. Organizations are now using bots to free up their people from administrative tasks to focus on more important humanly tasks. Normally a task that takes us hours to finish, can be done in just a couple of minutes with the help of bots and advanced technologies.

In this episode, we’re going to talk about technology and how it elevates our work with Christopher Creel! Chris is the author of the book Adaptive: Scaling Empathy and Trust to Create Workplace Nirvana, a book that’ll help you attract, retain, and utilize your talent to the fullest.

He shares how collaborative technologies and smart chatbots are revolutionizing the workplace and culture of a company. He also talks about how technology empowers organizations to become not only efficient in doing work tasks but it also helps people in it become better humans. Moreover, we also touch the issue of a key person’s role, changing company culture and many more!

Chris simplifies it all for us - how bots work, functions, how they are created and how can they help businesses, so make sure you listen so you can apply this back to your organization!

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • What led Chris to write his book Adaptive
  • Pairing technology with human to unlock effective collaboration
  • Chris adaptive experiment in 2013
  • The role of the key person
  • Empowering people and organizations using technology
  • What are bots, how do they function, and how an organization can actually use them?
  • Using “bots” to minimize workload

More about Chris

Chris Creel is one of the world’s leading experts in crowdsourcing organizational design through bots & collaboration technologies to achieve profound improvements in strategy execution. Over his 30+ year career, he has helped clients realize billions of dollars in returns through high-integrity R&D programs designed to reduce costs and reposition them in the market, most recently in data analytics.

In 2013 he launched a bold, 6-year experiment based on 8 years of research and development to answer one question - can collaboration technologies deliver a dramatically new level of adaptability through crowdsourced organizational designs? The results of the Adaptive experiment improved business results, increased employee productivity, and engagement, promoted collective and individual growth, and raised the general level of happiness in the workplace. Three independent studies over the course of the experiment showed dramatic improvements in engagement, productivity, operational efficiencies, and risk mitigation.

What did you think of this episode? Give us a 5-star rating and write a review on Apple Podcasts, or take our survey.

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Nov 05 2019

35mins

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STOP & SHIFT Your Mindset to Improve Your Mental Health and Live a Better Life

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Mental health awareness has grown more than ever today. But managers, employers, and leaders still have a long way to go in helping their employees get the support they need to deal with mental illness especially in the workplace.

How do we help our people feel better and live better? How do we shift their thoughts to make positive choices at work and in life?

Join me today as I talk to Karen Millsap on how you can strengthen your mind, change your thoughts, make positive choices and walk a purposeful path so that you can help your employees do the same. Karen is the The Grief Consultant and CEO of Egency, a firm that helps organizations create a human-centric culture with compassion and empathy. She was a former guest on the podcast where she shared how she turned her pain into a purpose to help others.

In this episode, Karen is back to share her wisdom on how we can train our brain to stay focused, aware and calm so we can live a better life. She also talks about the STOP & SHIFT models, what is it, and how she applies it to others to change their thoughts and strengthen their mental wellbeing!

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Why you need to help yourself before you can start helping other people
  • How to have a healthy mindset
  • Silencing negative thoughts that are eating away at you
  • The STOP & SHIFT models and how to put them into practice
  • Strengthening your awareness practice
  • Separating yourself from your thoughts to effectively choose what response to give
  • Why society is more open to talking about mental health now
  • 51 Mental Strength Exercises
  • The 5 Day Digital Detox
  • Training your brain 
  • Karen’s thoughts on people who tend to carry around the weight of other people’s issues

What did you think of this episode? Give us a 5-star rating and write a review on Apple Podcasts, or take our survey.

Contact Brandon: Email Brandon.Laws@xeniumhr.com or connect on LinkedInTwitter or Instagram

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More about Karen

Karen Millsap, also known as, The Grief Consultant, began her career in human resources and talent acquisition where she leads countless training, new process, and change initiatives. At a young age, she suddenly became a widow when her husband was tragically murdered which completely changed the trajectory of her life. After experiencing a domino effect of other losses, she became acutely aware of the overall lack of support in our society for grieving people. We are all connected through our struggles, from the death of loved ones to life-altering illnesses, divorce, even job loss. This realization ignited Karen's desire to turn her pain into purpose and pay it forward to help others.  

Karen’s work has been featured in SHRM Magazine, on Good Morning Washington, MSNBC, and many others! She is a TEDx keynote speaker who inspires audiences to embrace compassion and empathy to help alleviate other’s suffering by becoming advocates for their own adversaries.  This experience opens minds and hearts to revive connectivity.  

She received her undergraduate degree in Communication from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist through the Grief Recovery Institute in Los Angeles, California.

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Oct 29 2019

41mins

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Why we should connect more at work

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As social beings, we are wired to connect. It’s part of our DNA. And communication has never been easier than now with the introduction of the internet and social media that allows us to be more interconnected. 

Despite all of that, many still feel isolated and disconnected, especially in the workplace. How do we take action and create more engagement at work and connectedness with others?

Take the first step in connecting and approaching others in a friendly way as Dr. Melanie Katzman reveals how through her new book “Connect First: 52 Simple Ways to Ignite Success, Meaning, and Joy at Work ”.

Dr. Melanie Katzman is a business psychologist, advisor, consultant to the world’s top public and private companies, government agencies,  and nonprofits. She is also the founder of Katzman consulting and the founding partner of the social enterprise Leader’s Quest.

In this episode, Dr. Katzman shares 52 actions you can do to forge deeper bonds with your colleagues. These steps are the same techniques she used with leaders and employees from top companies around the world. We’re also going to know the reason why she decided to write the book and why Connect First is the cheapest transformation program any HR person or Manager will ever come across!

This episode is jam-packed with ideas that are actionable and easy to implement. So make sure you go grab a pen and a paper to write them all down!  

Grab a copy of Dr. Katzman’s book here!

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • The reason why Melanie decided to write Connect First
  • Bringing emotion into the workplace 
  • Why Connect First book is the cheapest transformation program that you’ll ever come across 
  • Taking a pause and checking your own emotional state
  • Smiling and establishing respect
  • How the word thank you can transform the way we interact with people
  • Different ways we can acknowledge others
  • Appropriate touch
  • Abundance mindset vs. a scarcity mindset
  • Becoming a magnet person
  • Melanie’s thoughts on aging at work

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More about Melanie Katzman:

Dr. Melanie Katzman is a business psychologist, advisor, and consultant to the world’s top public and private companies, as well as governmental and nonprofit institutions. A sought-after expert in executive development, group dynamics, and leadership diversity, she founded Katzman Consulting in 1999 and has worked with businesses--including Accenture, Bain Consulting, Goldman Sachs, MTV, PwC, and Viacom--in 31 countries.

A busy speaker, Katzman is also a founding partner of the global nonprofit Leaders’ Quest, which serves a community of 12,000 members and facilitates cross-sector strategic discussions on pressing economic and social problems. Katzman was a Senior Fellow at The Wharton School’s Center for Leadership and Change Management and has held faculty positions in psychiatry at the Weill-Cornell Medical Center, the University of London, and the Chinese University in Hong Kong.

Katzman co-created and was co-host of the show Women@Work on Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 132. She has been featured in the New York Times, Financial Times, South China Morning Post, Vanity Fair, O Magazine, and on ABC, CBS, and Lifetime.

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Oct 22 2019

37mins

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The High Achiever’s Guide - Getting out of the rut when you’re stuck

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Are you successful but strangely feeling empty?

Why is it that high-achieving and successful people - despite making great amounts of money and have the respect of their colleagues - still feel unfulfilled? You may be at a certain point in your life where you feel like you’re stuck and you need to get out but for some unknown reason, you don’t know how.

In this episode we will dive into how you can reclaim your life back as Maki Moussavi, a transformational coach, speaker, and writer talks about how you can begin your quest to fulfillment, get out of the rut, and bring back the zest that you had when you were just starting and reaching out for your dreams.

Maki is the author of the book “The High Achiever’s Guide: Transform Your Success Mindset and Begin the Quest to Fulfilment”. We talk about what it’s like to feel stuck in a rut in spite of being successful. As a former corporate career professional, she knows what it feels like to feel stuck, un-restless, and unfulfilled.

She shares through her book the tools and processes to thrive and transform your life. Plus, she also gives important personal development tips you can apply on yourself and share with your employees.

Order your copy of The High Achiever’s Guide now! Click here

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • The reason behind Maki writing The High Achiever’s Guide book
  • Set of behaviors and ways of thinking in people who are achievement-oriented
  • Avoiding toxicity - How to look out for toxic people and relationships at work and in our lives
  • Honoring your intuition over logic
  • Gaslighting and Disempowerment
  • Appreciating your worth and acknowledging you emotions
  • Venting, why do we do it and why it’s unhealthy
  • Why high achievers should stay in their lane
  • True connection

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More about Maki Moussavi:

Maki is a transformational coach for high-achieving men and women who feel stuck in some aspect of their lives and need help uncovering what they desire and need to live an empowered life. She has a passion for helping people see their true potential and supporting their journey to raising the bar for their lives, help people create fundamental change in the pursuit of fulfillment.

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Oct 15 2019

31mins

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Making your company flat, fluid, and fast in this talent mobility revolution

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According to a report done by Accenture’s Reworking The Revolution, 46% of the executives surveyed said that traditional job descriptions are obsolete as machines take on routine tasks and as people move to project-based work. While 29% of leaders report that they’ve extensively redesigned jobs.

The way we’re doing business and work now has totally changed. We can surely say that we are entering a new era of work where people aren’t staying in the same company for a long period of time, many have side hustles, and employers are opting to hire freelancers and contractors. How do we survive all this change and create an adaptable organization for long-term success?  How should we take this talent mobility revolution and turn it to an opportunity?

In this episode of Transform of Your Workplace, Brynne Kennedy joins us to talk about strategies and tactics to seize the coming talent mobility revolution through her new book, Flat, Fluid, and Fast: Harness the Talent Mobility Revolution to Drive Employee Engagement, Accelerate Innovation, and Unleash Growth. Brynne is an entrepreneur and the founder of Topia, a talent mobility company that helps businesses move their employees between locations. She’s a candidate for US Congress in California’s Fourth Congressional District. 

Make sure to listen to this episode as we cover everything on how you can adapt to this new world that we’re in so that your company, workplace, and career becomes flat, fluid, and fast!

Giveaway alert!! If this episode piqued your interest, you can grab a copy of Brynne’s soon to be released book, by sending me a dm on LinkedIn and I’ll tell you how you can get your copy for FREE!

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • The way businesses and work is rapidly changing at a quick pace
  • What the new workforce is going to look like
  • Challenging old ways of thinking in organizations as well as the government
  • The talent mobility revolution, what is it all about and what are the pros and cons?
  • Workforce planning to move people to the right roles
  • The skills and talent graph
  • How your company can adapt to this talent mobility revolution

Contact Brandon: Email Brandon.Laws@xeniumhr.com or connect on LinkedInTwitter or Instagram

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More about Brynne

Brynne Kennedy is an entrepreneur and candidate for US Congress in California's Fourth Congressional District (CA-04). She is the Founder of Topia, a relocation and talent mobility company in California, used by customers worldwide. While CEO she grew the company to global operations, raised $100 million and helped tens of thousands of families transition to new jobs and communities. 

While leading Topia in California, Brynne also founded Mobility4All, a charitable initiative that supported refugees during the Syrian War. Brynne has also worked with TechNet to advise California State and Federal lawmakers on policies for economic growth and entrepreneurship. Brynne holds a B.A. in History from Yale and an MBA from London Business School. 

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Oct 08 2019

39mins

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The Surprising Science of Meetings

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Admit it. Most business meetings suck - It sucks your time and productivity, especially when run poorly. But it shouldn’t be that way. Meetings are supposed to be opportunities for leaders to shine and lead the team to achieve their targets and improve performance.

According to Steven Rogelberg’s research, only 20% of leaders receive training on how to run meetings properly. And so it’s no wonder ineffective meetings are being conducted every time in the workplace. How can we conduct better meetings and utilize time more efficiently?

Join me as I speak with Steven Rogelberg, the author of the book “The Surprising Science of Meetings: How You Can Lead Your Team to Peak Performance." In this episode, you'll learn how to run better meetings for your team.

Grab a copy of Steven’s book now and start conducting meetings effectively! Click here to know more.

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • The reasons behind poorly conducted meetings
  • How to make sure meetings are effective
  • Having intentional leaders and stewards that care about other’s time
  • Incorporating silence in brainstorming
  • Efficient ways to collect data when running a meeting

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More about Steven Rogelberg:

Dr. Steven G. Rogelberg holds the title of Chancellor’s Professor at UNC Charlotte for distinguished national, international and interdisciplinary contributions.  He is a Professor of Organizational Science, Management, and Psychology as well as the Director of Organizational Science.

He has over 100 publications addressing issues such as team effectiveness, leadership, engagement, health and employee well-being, meetings at work, and organizational research methods. He is the Editor of the Journal of Business and Psychology, and the Talent Management Essentials book series. 

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Oct 01 2019

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Redefining Feedback

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We are not built the same when it comes to receiving feedback in the workplace. What might seem as open and direct to one person can seem completely harsh and really sharp to another.

Feedback can sometimes break or make someone. How you deliver it matters greatly. When done in the right way it can be the most effective means of communication and performance for you and your organization.

Join me today as we redefine what feedback is with M. Tamra Chandler and Laura Dowling Grealish, the authors of the book Feedback and Other Dirty Words - Why We Fear It, How to Fix It.

In this episode, Tamra and Laura explain how feedback got such a negative connotation. They share how we can minimize the bad emotional and physical reactions that destroy trust and halts communication. They also offered helpful solutions, suggestions, as well as new definitions to create a better framework for feedback.

We can’t totally get rid of no feedback but we can always redefine it!

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Why feedback is such a huge component to the growth of a business, its people, and organizations
  • The problem with the way feedback is being portrayed right now
  • Re-imagining feedback as a fluid ongoing conversation, free of angst and judgment
  • The 5:1 ratio 
  • Actionable suggestions to improve feedback
  • Tamra and Laura’s take on Carol Sandford’s ‘No More Feedback’ book
  • The fine art of noticing
  • Short feedback and long reflections
  • The ‘Shit Sandwich’ method of giving feedback and why it’s not advisable to resort to it
  • How to get better at feedback?

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More about Tamra & Laura:

Tamra is the CEO and co-founder of PeopleFirm, a talent management and organizational performance consultancy that has earned consistent recognition as a top place to work. She has been named twice as one of the top 25 consultants in the US by Consulting magazine.

Laura is a management consultant at PeopleFirm and was a previous Director of Consulting Services at Orion Advisor Services. She has deep experience in designing high-performance teams and has over 20 years of leadership experience under her belt when it comes to helping clients create strategic alignment, talent management, performance management, succession and leadership development programs.

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Sep 24 2019

36mins

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Q&A with Paige Tamlyn on Recruiting and Other HR Questions Asked in the Workplace

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As an employer, you might have a lot of questions about what potential employees look for in a company before they apply. And you may also wonder where to find the best possible candidates.

In this episode, HR Generalist Paige Tamlyn returns to the podcast to answer questions people have about recruiting employees and the common questions asked in the workplace.

Finding potential candidates for a job and hiring them can be quite a feat, but knowing what potential employees are looking for in a job can make this task easier and reduce the number of people that aren’t qualified for the position.

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • What “Ghosting” is all about
  • Things employees look out for in a Job
  • How to create a company handbook
  • The best place to find candidates
  • Whether or not to put a range of pay on your job ad
  • How to deal with Millennials and loneliness at work

About Paige Tamlyn:

Paige Tamlyn is an HR Generalist and a project manager on the side. She is a freelance stylist in her free time. 

Her interests in addition to HR is Social Media and Marketing. You can find her moonlighting on Xenium's Podcast or keeping up with the latest trends in social media. 

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Sep 17 2019

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Building a Culture of Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

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Diversity is the future. When an organization has a diversified workforce, this meant better productivity, creativity, and stronger company reputation. It puts the company in a competitive edge that can lead to greater reach in the future.

This is why many are seeking to employ people from different backgrounds.

Regardless of a company's good intentions, diversity efforts still falter if the ones with privilege won't allow others equal access to power.

How can we break this norm and shift others into building a sustainable culture of inclusion? How can we establish a commitment and match our intents with our impact?

In today’s episode, La’Wana Harris, the author of Diversity Beyond Lip-Service joins us to talk about her book and the topic of diversity and inclusions. We also talk about how organizations can make it safe to have conversations around diversity and inclusions and be aware where we are at and where we want to go.

Grab your copy now and learn how you can build a sustainable culture of diversity and inclusion within your organization. Click here to get your copy!

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Superficial layers of engagement around diversity and inclusion
  • Gaining awareness Micro-aggression
  • Creating a safe place to talk about backgrounds
  • The problem with diversity programs
  • The gap between the intent and the impact
  • Diversity and inclusion as part of the corporate culture, not a program
  • Using your privilege to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
  • How to deal with your unconscious bias
  • What does the commit model stand for? How can people utilize it?
  • La’Wana’s personal experience and how she was treated during her professional career as a black woman

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Sep 10 2019

29mins

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Celebrating the 200th Episode and Brandon's Birthday

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Today, August 29th marks the 200th episode of the Transform Your Workplace podcast and it also happens to be Brandon's 34th birthday.

In this episode, Angela Perkins, VP of Sales & Marketing at Xenium HR, join Brandon while he's wrapping up his month-long sabbatical to talk about how the sabbatical is going, learnings from the sabbatical, and how employers might think about using this unique benefit in their workplace. 

What did you think of this episode? Give us a 5-star rating and write a review on Apple Podcasts, or take our survey.

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Aug 29 2019

30mins

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Delightfully surprised

By RachelCurry.com - Nov 25 2019
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I came across Brandon’s podcast while brainstorming some resources for a client who is in HR. I meant to listen for just a few episodes, but quickly realized the value of what he offers consistently. Brandon, I so appreciate your honest curiosity about others and your commitment to self-awareness. Thank you for contributing to this important conversation.

Great content!

By Bnor438 - Aug 16 2019
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I love this podcast it consistently has thought provoking ideas I like to bring back to my bps