What a 30 Year Career At Disney Taught Duncan Wardle about Innovation

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Duncan Wardle

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Duncan Wardle, Former Head of Innovation & Creativity for Disney spent 30 years with the organization and is now invested in helping businesses like yours wildly improve their innovation capabilities. This episode is the right resource for you to understand how to begin transform your company culture into one where creativity can flourish. Today, innovation is no longer just a buzzword to throw in your investor deck. With the dizzying speed at which technology has progressed over the last decade, innovation has become a tangible difference maker. A tool that allows companies to create and execute incredible ideas faster than ever, leapfrogging the competition in the process.

 

Come join us in Calgary April 9th at Duncan’s All-Day Masterclass. Use promo code “CULTURE” at checkout for 20% off. 

Some questions I ask:

  • How did you get the job of being in charge of innovation at the most innovative company on the planet?
  • How do you manage having an innovation team and still having the whole company produce novel ideas?
  • How to go about changing to a creative-focused culture? Where does it start?
  • What can we do to build trust so that our creative ideas are well-received? 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Crazy stories of Duncan working with Princess Diana, Michael Jackson and sending his son’s Buzz Lightyear into space in partnership with NASA
  • What it looks like to take culture from something you talk about, to something you take action on.
  • Building trust starts with doing crazy, big things without caring.
  • How to make creative meetings go well with “plussing” meetings 

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How a Global Green Beauty Brand Thinks about Company Culture

   

Neige & Pippa Blair

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Co-Founders of Routine, Neige & Pippa Blair make a stellar team. As the innovator, Neige has always been bringing brilliant formulas for natural products to her friends. With the help of Pippa’s business mind, they brought Routine to life! At the heart of their success is a commitment to relationships & caring for one another, and the insights on building company culture are therefore quite compelling!

Some questions I ask:

  • What are the ways you’ve found best suit how you work together as a team?
  • How do you take ideas from R&D, bring them to the team and then decide if they go to market or not?
  • What are some of the myths surrounding natural products?
  • How did you begin to be taken seriously as a brand?
  • What have you found to be the bedrock of your company culture?
  • Is Routine Wine coming anytime soon?!

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The original story of Routine Deodorant
  • Why Niege & Pippa don’t often use the word entrepreneur
  • How to thrive within family (and best friend) business. How it became natural. Bottom line: it’s critical to find a role for everyone that suits their personality.
  • The whole idea of making a place where people want to be, the culture will take care of itself 
  • How most of the beauty & skincare industry is marketing… not necessity.
  • Culture: You can define it, or it can just happen. If you create the space, a place where people want to be, that’s the first step. Neige & Pippa believe that if everything’s fed for their employees (their soul, their bodies), then the culture holds itself together quite well.
  • Stay tuned for Routine Wine!!!

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Credo. Leader in clean, green beauty.

 

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How to Be Fearless at Work

Julian Rosen

As Founder of The Fearless Life Project, Julian Rosen is an unstoppable force dedicated to serving others & seeing them rise to their full potential.

Some questions Tynan asks:

  • How can we avoid living life on autopilot? 
  • If someone isn’t happy with how they’re showing up at work, how do they build their self-awareness and fulfill their potential? 
  • What can we do to avoid & conquer distractions in the crazy? 
  • How can people advocate for their own personal health & needs at work? How do we stand up for ourselves in a way that allows us to thrive? 
  • How do we avoid letting fear sabotage us from asking for what we want at work (e.g. a promotion)? 
  • How do we understand how to be lead by our hearts? 
  • Is it normal to have mental health challenges? What can we do to get a handle on our mental health? 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • At some level, we aren’t happy when we sell ourselves short. When we let the internal negative dialogue win, we know we can be better. 
  • The crystal of BS = our worries about the future, what we think people think of us, what our boss might be thinking when we say something, etc. We need to take a breath and take inventory on where we are selling ourselves short. 
  • Its incredible how we can’t take 25 minutes at the beginning of our day for ourselves… to get to know ourselves better. Avoid, at all costs, reacting and using your phone. 
  • Take stock of your time. How are you truly spending your time all day? Taking stock of your time is crucial to know where it is being wasted, and where you can rearrange to ensure you are more present and free. 
  • It’s rare that the “Hollywood drama” comes true that we’ve played out in our minds when it comes to having a “difficult” conversation about something like a side-hustle, or outside passion. Often, your manager will be more supportive than you could ever imagine. 
  • If you can begin to understand that certain conversations have the potential to change your life (e.g. asking your boss for a promotion), you will begin to make bolder moves… but you also must become self-aware enough that will enable you to recognize the natural stressors & feelings that will come up. 
  • If the reactive part of us is constantly in the driver’s seat (e.g. always checking your email… always!), then we will burn our selves out. Duh, take a break folks, set boundaries and be stern with your boss if you’ve allowed them to believe you are available 24/7. You deserve better! 

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How To Integrate Virtual Assistants Into Your Company Culture

Today’s episode is all about Virtual Assistants, Remote Workers & how all this fits within your current company cultures. We are proud to feature Virtual Gurus, once a little remote working agency with a team of 10 people, now a team of 150 people, considered the largest freelancing platform in Canada. Today we’re uncovering some of the secrets surrounding the mysterious world of remote work and virtual assistants, so tune in now! 

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Some questions I ask: 

  • How can companies looking to hire a VA get over their hesitancy to this new way of building your team?  
  • Do we not all do more remote work than we think? 
  • How do you work with VAs to ensure they’re supported, especially since they work by the minute and not on salary? 
  • What does it look like for a virtual assistant to get up-to-speed to best perform the tasks required by the hiring company? 
  • How can a virtual assistant or team member actually integrate within someone’s company culture? 
  • What can a Virtual Assistant DO and NOT DO? 
  • What are some examples of how VAs have concretely built businesses & fostered growth? 
  • If I’m a client of a Virtual Assistant company and now my VA is doing a significant amount of work, what does it look like to incorporate your VA into your team and company culture? 
  • What does a company that organizes and leads a cohort of VAs look like? 
  • What is your vision for a company that works with one of your assistants?    

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • The need for your VA to be in a community of collaboration and accountability with other VAs. 
  • The importance of complete transparency with your assistant when you hire a virtual team member, time-based (to-the-minute) tracking and productivity, a major differentiator in today’s age of a distracted workforce 
  • Helpful tips on “showing up and staying productive” when working from home. The professionalism of VAs is paramount, not only to it being a worthwhile investment but also for the VAs to do quality work & enjoy the process. 
  • Virtual Assistants can support businesses in growth from managing emails and calendars, to website support, development and social media. 
  • What a typical process of working with a VA company looks like and how to slowly & patiently offload tasks that you’re not strong in or enjoy doing to your VA(s) and you can go back to running your business, doing what you’re best at. 
  • Virtual Assistant services 

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Turning Your Culture Around & Getting Out of the Way

On this week’s episode of the CultureING Podcast, we are joined by Matt Diteljan!

As the Founder & Futurist of Glacier GenZ Advertising and Cascade Influencer Marketing, he gets to see things from a bird’s eye view and focus on the future. Matt first grew Glacier from his dorm room in University to an international multi-million dollar company with hundreds of clients, 50+ employees, and a well-respected name in the Higher Ed. marketing sector. When he’s not at the Cascade office, Matthew is very active on several boards including the Entrepreneur’s Organization and the EO Accelerator Program, or you can likely find him sending it down a mountain on his mountain bike.

Some questions I ask: 

  • How to start being proactive about helping people with their career plan, especially in an organization that is primarily of the same age demographic (e.g. millennials). 
  • How do you let your culture mature enough to authentically dictate your values, mission, vision & cultural framework? 
  • How can you funnel back to your organization the futuristic, lofty plans & ideas? 
  • What does a leader need to do to maintain open-handedness around control over all decision making, growth and ideas? 
  • What is the leaders preferred way to receive constructive feedback from a “lower level” employee? 

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • How to take your culture from fear-based culture to a world-class culture 
  • What it looks like to recognize you are standing in the way of the company’s growth 
  • How to transition from CEO to Futurist & Chairman 
  • How do you create a leadership vacuum that continually calls people higher and leads to internal promotions & increasing levels of leadership 
  • What it looks like to take a financial hit on the journey to fighting for your values 
  • How to manage the dynamic of a futuristic leader working alongside a day-to-day CEO 
  • How to bring your whole team into the future idea and have them begin thinking of how their role will need to change to fit into the strategic direction moving forward 
  • Futuristic thinking about whether or not we really have to fire people 

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Company Culture is Everyone’s Responsibility

Thane Marcus brings such spice to life and is a wizard when it comes to personal and professional development. As we continually examine the wonderful world of company culture, it’s always important to remember how much culture is influenced by each individual in our organizations. So is building an amazing culture the responsibility of the leadership team? Nope. It is shared. We all have a part to play. So this episode can help anyone from a CEO to a new grad, become an incredible individual contributor to a company culture you can be proud of. 

Some questions I ask: 

  • What does it look like to build a “teachable” culture in our organizations? Is there a way for both employees and leaders to learn from one another. 
  • What might be some examples of personal systems that people can use to become a more high performing and effective at their jobs, especially when there are predefined systems in the workplace that may, or may not, be conducive to our personal growth? 
  • Why do we need to be healthy? 
  • If leaders are doing something that is actually compromising employees’ health, are we actually shooting ourselves in the foot from having high-performing teams? 
  • What does it cost our businesses when we don’t make room for people to show up as their full selves at work: Body, soul & spirit?! 
  • What are millennial wanting to see in the workplace of the future that they’re not seeing right now? 

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • Thane discusses that in a recent blog that self-employment is most certainly not for everyone. 
  • It can be extremely beneficial to begin to train ourselves in leading up the chain of command. In a way of honour and respect, we can gain influence and empowerment when we learn this skill, benefiting both parties. 
  • Our performance is tied to sleep, recovery, and self-care. Contrary to popular belief, sleeping less, eating terribly, avoiding exercise will not get us ahead, but rather, hold us back. 
  • Leaders have a responsibility to steward their roles well specifically by learning what makes millennial tick and helping them to use those traits as their advantage. Creating an atmosphere that leverages who millennial are, and how they’ve grown up is key. We can use who they are to better support who they can become as professionals in our organizations. 

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Creating A Culture That Sparkles

Have you ever wondered what happens to those businesses you see on Dragon’s Den or Shark Tank? Well, today’s guest is one of those who has skyrocketed in growth, building a strong international reputation. Rachel Mielke, Hillberg & Berk‘s fearless leader is my guest today on The CultureING Podcast. Starting a jewellery empire from a prairie city in Canada of only 230k people is no small feat. From 2 commissioned pieces for Queen Elizabeth II and being featured on the red carpet at the Oscars, while becoming a staple jewellery brand for ladies all around the world. On this episode, we get the inside scoop on how Rachel built this wonderful organization, but more specifically, how she built a thriving company culture amidst the rapidly impressive growth! I’m just so impressed at Rachel’s character, helping women find their confidence and flourish, from the inside out. 


Some questions I ask: 

  • What was the moment when you realized company culture had to be top of mind? 
  • How do you know if people can rise to the challenge of being brave at work? 
  • How do deal with letting someone go? 
  • What does it look like for executives and leaders to invest in culture and keep a temperature check on their organizations? 
  • What other companies’ cultures have influenced the Hillberg & Berk culture? 

In this episode, you will learn:  

  • How to get to the heart of people in an interview. 
  • What it looks like to effectively stay up-to-date on the culture of your organization. 
  • How to make the decision to create a centralized HQ versus having multiple locations… and how to incorporate remote workers too! 
  • The importance of marrying points from your employee surveys with those from 1-to-1 conversations to understand the pain points in your organization that you need to address swiftly. 
  • The complicated task of integrating remote workers into your culture and setting them up for success. 
  • How it’s important to take the best practices and culture inspiration from other companies with a grain of salt and distinctly create your own unique culture. 


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