ACHIEVE Workplace Culture Podcast

May 16, 2024

Episode 31: Performance Enhancing Leaders

How do you talk about performance in your organization? What happens when people don’t perform? This week, we discuss the connection between performance and culture, the leader’s role, and how to facilitate a happy and high-performing workplace.

Looking for inspiration and guidance on how to create a healthy workplace culture?

Eric, Wendy, and Chris cover the latest on leadership and workplace culture by discussing recent articles and news stories through the lens of their experiences as leaders and consultants. Tune in once a month for 45 minutes of authentic, insightful, and thought-provoking conversations.

Gain insights based on their direct experiences in their own workplace, articles and books they’ve read or written, current events, and the clients they serve.

About the Hosts

As leaders at ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership, Eric StutzmanWendy Loewen, and Chris Downey have been discussing their ideas about leadership and workplace culture for many years.

Their thoughts can also be found on the ACHIEVE Blog and in their books.

In 2021, Wendy and Eric launched this podcast with former host Randy Grieser, in order to support others who are grappling with issues of workplace culture and leadership and who wish to make their workplaces great. Chris Downey joined the show in December 2023, replacing Randy as a regular co-host.

A new episode is released on the third Thursday of each month. Subscribe to our newsletter or wherever you get your podcasts to listen to new episodes.

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May 16, 2024

Episode 31: Performance Enhancing Leaders

How do you talk about performance in your organization? What happens when people don’t perform? This week, we discuss the connection between performance and culture, the leader’s role, and how to facilitate a happy and high-performing workplace.
Apr 18, 2024

Episode 30: A Culture of Overwork

Does your organization suffer from a culture of overwork? This week, we look we dig into the HBR article, How to Fix your Company’s Culture of Overwork. We also discuss the danger in assuming your high-performing employees aren’t struggling.
Mar 13, 2024

Episode 29: Are Silos a Good Thing?

Can siloing team members in an organization have a positive impact? This week, we explore the impacts of information siloing on workplace culture, and we dig into the Sloan MIT article, Building Culture From the Middle Out. We also discuss the important role middle managers play in embodying a company’s values.
Feb 23, 2024

Episode 28: Are Meetings a Waste of Time?

If a meeting doesn’t have a purpose or payoff, should you go? Listen to Wendy, Chris, and Eric discuss the philosophy of getting rid of the “stupid stuff” that’s negatively impacting your bottom line and workplace culture. They also discuss other lean methodologies and how to eliminate waste in your organization.
Jan 25, 2024

Episode 27: Succession Planning for Your Organization’s Future

Wendy, Chris, and Eric decide if they can extract succession planning advice from the Queen of Denmark’s recent throne abdication to her son. They also explore Workplace Trends Leaders Should Watch in 2024.
Dec 21, 2023

Episode 26: Leadership and Taylor Swift

What do workplace well-being and Swifties have in common? This week we explore Deloitte’s article, Six leader/worker disconnects affecting workplace well-being, as well as Daniela Devitt’s piece, What Leaders Can Learn from Taylor Swift. We also discuss the importance of continuous growth and learning as leaders.
Nov 16, 2023

Episode 25: Building a Culture of Curiosity and Executive Accountability

What does a culture of curiosity look like, and why should you care? Episode 25 delves into Scott Shigeoka’s insights on fostering curiosity with 4 Phrases That Build a Culture of Curiosity. We also tackle FTX and the complex issue of executive accountability, along with a special announcement about our show’s hosting.
Oct 19, 2023

Episode 24: Organizational Trust is Earned

Our hosts Wendy and Eric are joined by guest host Chris Downey to discuss the HBR article, 10 Pitfalls That Destroy Organizational Trust. They also consider what lessons we can learn from the current political climate and how they relate to maintaining a healthy workplace culture.
Sep 22, 2023

Episode 23: What to Do with Poor Performance

Poor performance in the workplace affects more than just the bottom line – it can impact the entire organization. In this episode, we discuss the Let’s Grow Leaders article, Why So Many Managers Tolerate Poor Performance (and what to do instead), as well as Daniel Coyle’s book, The Culture Code. We also look at the impact of the back-to-school season on organizational culture.
Aug 18, 2023

Episode 22: Stagnant Wages are Costing You Money

Can your business afford NOT to give your employees a raise? In this episode, we look at the impact of inflation on wages, and its effect on staff and organizational culture. We also discuss HBR’s article Getting Along: My Coworker is Sabotaging Me – and My Boss Won’t Help. In this episode, we reference the books: Getting Along by Amy Gallo The Culture Question by Us and Mike LaBun Culture Shock by Jim Clifton and Jim Harter, Ph.D.
Jul 19, 2023

Episode 21: Quitting and Strikes

How do you keep people from quitting? And what’s with all the strikes in the news this summer? In this episode, we welcome guest host Joddie Walker, we discuss Inc. Magazine’s article How Can You Be Sure Your Employees Won’t Quit. We also analyze what is happening with all the strikes in the news and what that has to do with workplace culture. In this episode, we reference three books: Culture Shock by Jim Clifton and Jim Harter, Small Giants, by Bo Burlingham, and Satisfaction Guaranteed by Micheline Maynard. We also reference Gallup’s article, How… Read More
Jun 27, 2023

Episode 20: Merging Cultures

We know mergers often tend to be difficult. From government departments to entire businesses. In this episode we look at the PGA Tour and LIV merger as an exploration for what happens when two radically different cultures meet. We also spotlight the MIT Sloan article Take a Skills-Based Approach to Culture Change.
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