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ACHIEVE Workplace Culture Podcast

Feb 23, 2024

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. Read More

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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Feb 23, 2024

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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
May 18, 2023

Episode 19: Coronating Culture

In this episode, we compare the coronation of King Charles III as it relates to senior leadership changes in organizations. We also discuss the UBC study, When employees leave their jobs, coworkers call it quits, and explore the impacts of employee turnover on workplace culture. Read More
Apr 20, 2023

Episode 18: Trauma-Informed Workplaces

What does it mean to be a trauma-informed organization? With guest host and co-author of A Little Book on Trauma-Informed Workplaces Nathan Gerbrandt, we discuss how leaders can improve workplace culture by being trauma-aware, without needing a degree in social work or psychology. We also discuss how our organization is changing and what we are doing to manage this change effectively. And we spotlight PwC’s 2023 Trust Survey and CTRI’s Trauma-Informed Online Assessment. Read More
Mar 23, 2023

Episode 17: Culture of Busyness & the SV Bank Collapse

Have you ever felt that the word “busy” has become synonymous with “I’m doing good?” In this podcast, we look at HBR’s article, Beware a Culture of Busyness, and talk strategy for making sure work is meaningful, not just busy. We also discuss the Silicon Valley Bank failure and what it might say about workplace culture when people aren’t ringing alarm bells early enough to prevent failure. We also spotlight the book, Nine Lies about Work, by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall. Read More
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