*This episode was sponsored by Empyrean, a top-tier HR technology company that empowers organizations to build a better culture by connecting employees to meaningful, life-enriching benefits. To take Empyrean's Benefits Maturity Assessment, please click here.

Our guest is Chester Elton, a #1 New York Times Bestselling Business Author, and an Organizational Culture, Employee Engagement, and Leadership Expert. He has been called the “Apostle of Appreciation” by Canada’s Globe and Mail, “creative and refreshing‚” by the New York Times, and a “must read for modern managers” by CNN.

Chester is co-author of the multiple award-winning bestselling leadership books including All In, The Carrot Principle, Leading with Gratitude and Anxiety at Work. His books have been translated in 30 languages and have sold 1.6 million copies worldwide. Chester is often quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Fast Company and the New York Times. He has appeared on NBC’s Today, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, National Public Radio and CBS’s 60 Minutes.

Also, Chester is the co-founder of The Culture Works and a board member of Camp Corral, a non-profit for the children of wounded and fallen military heroes. He serves as a leadership consultant and coach to firms such as American Express, The World Bank, Zoox, Momofuku, and the New Jersey Devils of the NHL.

In this episode of Scaling Culture, Ron and Chester discuss:

  • What’s driving Chester to write books?
  • Random act of kindness and the ripple effect
  • Anxiety at work and strategies how leader can spot it, normalize it and make it safe to talk about it
  • Gratitude stones, humility, empathy, vulnerability, mental health and how to lead with gratitude

For more information about Chester and his books and work, please follow him on LinkedIn or go to ChesterElton.com.

To learn more about our books or Scaling Culture 6hrs Masterclass Series, please go to ScalingCulture.Org.

And to learn more about a sponsor of this episode, Empyrean, please go to GoEmpyrean.Com, and to take Empyrean's Benefits Maturity Assessment, please click here.

Lastly, if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a comment and share the podcast with one of your friends or colleagues. We’ll be back soon with another incredible guest!

*This episode was sponsored by Empyrean, a top-tier HR technology company that empowers organizations to build a better culture by connecting employees to meaningful, life-enriching benefits. To take Empyrean's Benefits Maturity Assessment, please click here.

Our guest is Maryjo Charbonnier - Chief HR Officer at Kyndryl, an IBM spin-off that is one of the largest startups in corporate history. In her role, Maryjo is responsible for the design and implementation of all human resources strategies, policies, and processes.

Kyndryl is a talent-centric company and Maryjo is proud to be at the helm of their global effort to become the employer of choice in the more than 60 countries where they operate – supporting people to advance their skills and careers as they deliver for their customers. With more than 90,000 experts globally, Kyndryls are restless to power the future and operate as a startup -- flat, fast, and focused.

Prior to joining Kyndryl, Maryjo was also an HR executive in a variety of leadership roles at Wolters Kluwer, Broadridge Financial Solutions, and PepsiCo.


In this episode of Scaling Culture, Ron and Maryjo discuss:

  • Kyndryl's culture change and transformation process and journey after separating from IBM

  • How for the 1st time in history Kyndryl gathered all their 800 top leaders together to talk about culture and empathetic leadership

  • How Kyndryl created leadership behaviors and reworked the language, messaging, surveys, rewards, celebrations, and symbols around those 

  • How to drive empowerment and inclusivity
  • Kyndryl 3Fs concept (flat, fast, focused)

For more information about Maryjo, please follow her on LinkedIn.

To learn more about our books or Scaling Culture 6hrs Masterclass Series, please go to ScalingCulture.Org.

And to learn more about a sponsor of this episode, Empyrean, please go to GoEmpyrean.Com and to take Empyrean's Benefits Maturity Assessment, please click here.

Lastly, if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a comment and share the podcast with one of your friends or colleagues. We’ll be back soon with another incredible guest!

Our guest today is Andrew Dart - Navigator and People Leader at VIDA and an all-around delightful human and a stand-up guy who we all love.

Prior to joining VIDA, Andrew spent 10+ years leading people in Tourism Industry and successfully built high-performing workplace cultures through a few acquisitions.

VIDA is one of our companies owned by Scaling Culture host Ron. VIDA is on a mission to revolutionize affordable communities, providing safe, secure, affordable rental suites for residents to call home.

This is a special episode as we’ll be diving into our own culture and we’ll uncover some of the best people-and-culture practices we use internally. In this episode, we take a look in the mirror at our own culture and share some of our top tips.

In this episode of Scaling Culture, Ron and Andrew discuss:
 

  • Culture-driven interview and recruitment process
  • How to drive autonomy and flexibility in hybrid workplace environments
  • The most effective communication systems at VIDA
  • Best practices on how to keep your core values alive

For more information about Andrew, please follow him on LinkedIn.
 
To learn more about our books or Scaling Culture 6hrs Masterclass Series, please go to ScalingCulture.Org.

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*This episode was sponsored by WilsonHCG, a strategic, global recruitment partner focused on bringing out the best in what your workplace culture has to offer.

Our guest is RJ Milnor - Global Head of People Analytics at Uber.

RJ and his team accelerate business impact by providing the data-driven insights, research and products that ignite opportunity, improve productivity and increase wellbeing. RJ’s responsibilities include people analytics and research for Uber’s global businesses and People functions, people data infrastructure, and people data privacy & security policies.

RJ brings 20 years of global experience improving organizational performance through evidence-based talent strategies. Prior to joining Uber, RJ led the people analytics teams at McKesson and Chevron.

Also, RJ received the Bersin by Deloitte What Works Award for Transforming HR and the Human Resource Executive Top HR Product of the Year. His work has appeared in Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous other books, articles and podcasts.

In this episode of Scaling Culture, Ron and RJ discuss:

  • How do we continuously listen to the employees (more often and more timely and without being intrusive)?
  • How to collaborate effectively in hybrid workplaces
  • Meeting hygiene: what are some rules for getting the most out of your meetings including how to treat one-way updates in meetings?  

For more information about RJ Milnor, please follow him on LinkedIn.

To learn more about our books or Scaling Culture 6hrs Masterclass Series, please go to ScalingCulture.Org.

To learn more about a sponsor of this episode, WilsonHCG, please go to WilsonHCG.com.

Lastly, if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a comment and share the podcast with one of your friends or colleagues. We’ll be back soon with another incredible guest!

*This episode was sponsored by WilsonHCG, a strategic, global recruitment partner focused on bringing out the best in what your workplace culture has to offer.

Our guest is Monica Novomisle - Chief People Officer at Kraft Heinz North America.

Monica is known for building high-performing teams that deliver profitable business results.

In her 20+ years of experience in the people space, she worked with leadership teams at Kraft Heinz, Diageo, and Tory Burch, to achieve total business and culture transformations, focusing on changes in performance culture, coaching culture, employee experience, and corporate integrity and compliance.

She also has focused her career on evolving HR teams away from executional and administrative work and into business partnering and people experience strategies.

In this episode of Scaling Culture, Ron and Monica discuss:

  • Confusion happening between flexibility and autonomy  

  • Starting a meeting with “What are you hoping for today” to determine whether to be a coach, mentor or sponsor for the team member 

  • Remote/hybrid work how Kraft Heinz shifted back to the office and how they are planning to better serve Gen Z as Baby Boomers retire  


For more information about Monica Novomisle, please follow her on LinkedIn.

To learn more about our books or Scaling Culture 6hrs Masterclass Series, please go to ScalingCulture.Org.

To learn more about a sponsor of this episode, WilsonHCG, please go to WilsonHCG.com.

Lastly, if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a comment and share the podcast with one of your friends or colleagues. We’ll be back soon with another incredible guest!

Our guest is Johanna Soderstrom - Chief People Officer at Tyson Foods.

As a member of the Tyson Foods’ enterprise leadership team, Johanna brings over two decades of experience in global people solutions, employee engagement, and talent development.

Before that, she served as Chief HR Officer at The Dow Chemical Company and oversaw the company’s cultural and organizational transformation through the DowDuPont merger and spin-off.

Johanna is also a member of the board of Neste.

In this episode of Scaling Culture, Ron and Johanna discuss:

  • How does Tyson make core values come to life across 139,000 staff worldwide? 
  • What tactics helped Tyson achieve 78% completion on their employee engagement survey?
  • What mindset shift / aha moment transformed Johanna’s approach to employee experience?

For more information about Johanna Soderstrom, please follow her on LinkedIn.

To learn more about our books or the Scaling Culture Masterclass online, please go to ScalingCulture.Org.

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Our guest is John Ferguson, Chief HR Officer at NASCAR.

John oversees NASCAR Human Resources and provides strategic leadership around talent acquisition, employee engagement, and culture development to support and engage employees across more than 20 office and racetrack locations in the U.S.

For nearly a decade, John served in HR roles at Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) in Washington, D.C.. He also serves on the Alumni Board of Directors for Furman University, UNCF Orlando Leadership Council, and Durham Success Summit Advisory Council.

In 2022, John was named to the Daytona Beach News-Journal’s annual ’40 Under Forty’ list and Savoy Magazine’s Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America.

In this episode of Scaling Culture, Ron and John discuss:

  • Emotional intelligence in hybrid environments and key strategies for all leaders to use
  • How to scale knowledge across the organization to new and existing employees 
  • Power of YET and growth mindset
  • Quiet quitting and how to provide psychological safety in the work environment
  • Best practices and strategies for people starting a new leadership position where everything is new and you have none of that organizational knowledge built up.

For more information about John Ferguson, please follow him on LinkedIn.

To learn more about our books or the Scaling Culture Masterclass online, please go to ScalingCulture.Org.

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Our guest is Rich Diviney - bestselling author of “The Attributes: 25 Hidden Drivers of Optimal Performance”, a leadership and human performance expert, and retired Navy SEAL commander.

During his career in the US Military, spanning over twenty years, Rich completed thirteen deployments overseas. As the officer tasked with training others for specialized command, Diviney was intimately involved in SEAL selection process, paring down a group of exceptional candidates to a small cadre of the most elite optimal performers. He also spearheaded the creation of a directorate, employing a strong emphasis on physical, mental, and emotional discipline to optimize the team’s performance.

Since retiring from the Navy, Rich has worked as a speaker, facilitator, and consultant at the Chapman & Co. Leadership Institute and Simon Sinek Inc. In 2020, he founded The Attributes Inc., where he currently serves as the CEO and in January 2021, Rich released his book: The Attributes.

Currently, Rich speaks and consults on leadership strategies, assessment and selection processes, and optimal performance techniques. He has worked with thousands of businesses, athletic organizations, and military leaders. His past clients include American Airlines, Meijer Inc., the San Francisco 49ers, Pegasystems, Zoom, and Deloitte.

In this episode of Scaling Culture, Ron and Rich discuss:

  • What drove Rich to write his book “The Attributes” and some stories from his Navy SEAL days
  • The Fundamental difference between skills and attributes
  • How businesses and leaders can identify the attributes and screen for them?
  • Stories about some of the most critical attributes of a high-performing team?
  • The Dynamic subordination leadership style

For more information about Rich Diviney, his book and work, please follow him on LinkedIn or go to TheAttributes.com

To learn more or purchase the Scaling Culture Masterclass series, please go to ScalingCulture.Org

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Our guest is Bryan Adams - the author of the best-selling book “Give & Get Employer Branding” and the CEO and founder of Ph.Creative, a global employer branding agency.

With his team at Ph.Creative, Bryan has built world-class employer brands and talent engagement strategies for companies like Apple, Entain, and American Airlines.

In this episode of Scaling Culture, Ron and Bryan discuss:

  • The Great resignation and Employer branding
  • Job ads and a psychological profile formula that has 5 key elements
  • EVP (Employer Value Proposition) and effective screening tactics for interviews
  • Future trends and challenges when it comes to attracting and retaining top talent 

For more information about Bryan or his book or Ph.Creative’s work, please follow him on LinkedIn or go to www.ph-creative.com

To learn more or purchase the Scaling Culture Masterclass series, please go to ScalingCulture.Org

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Our guest is Aaron Hurst - globally recognized thought leader, author of The Purpose Economy, and the CEO and co-founder of Imperative.

Aaron is the foremost expert on the science of purpose and fulfillment at work. At Imperative with his team, Aaron helps many global brands build strong cultures through their peer coaching platform that uses the power of peers to support each other over time to become increasingly effective and fulfilled. The science-backed platform combines the effectiveness of coaching with the impact of building trusted peer networks that are proven to build resilient and high-performing cultures.

Previously, as the founder of the Taproot Foundation, Aaron also catalyzed the $15 billion pro bono service market. He has written for or been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, World Economic Forum, Fast Company, MIT Sloan Management Review and was named a LinkedIn Influencer.

In this episode of Scaling Culture, Ron and Aaron discuss:

  • Imperative’s tech and the use of AI and data & analytics to help people build positive, consistent, and vulnerable relationships across different teams
  • Myths about Purpose
  • Process to find your Purpose and how you’re contributing to the world 
  • How to run exercises in the workplace to align your purpose at work?
  • Why it’s CEO’s job to make sure friendships are built in their business and how to drive relationships?

For more information about Aaron and his work or Imperative, please follow him on LinkedIn or go to Imperative www.imperative.com.

To learn more or purchase the Scaling Culture Masterclass online course, please go to ScalingCulture.Org.


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