If you’ve ever attended a play, sporting event, or concert, chances are you paid primary attention to the people on the stage or field, but not as much to all the people behind the scenes working to pull off what made the event so fantastic. Whether it’s an organization of 3 people or a group of 3,000, we thrive at work when everyone does their part. On this week’s episode, we talk about teamwork and collaboration, the distinction between our job and our role, why we must embrace the specific role we have and appreciate others if we’re going to be able to win and sustain success.
Today’s episode covers something the world can use a whole lot more of right now — kindness. The media loves to continue the narrative that the world is unsafe, full of conflict, and divided. And while there is some truth to this, as I travel around the country and the world, and interact with lots of different groups and people, I see something else. There is lots of kindness and compassion going on around us already and sometimes it helps just to tune in and connect with it rather than getting swept up in stress and drama. On this episode, we talk about the power of kindness, why it really starts with ourselves, and how we can bring compassion to work (and life) in an authentic and useful way.
On this special Giving Tuesday episode I have the honor of talking to Scott Harrison, founder of Charity Water. For the past 12 years, Scott and his team have worked in 26 countries to help 8.4 million people get clean water. The water crisis is one of the largest humanitarian issues on the planet – there are still 663 million people without access to clean water in the world.
On today’s show, Scott shares his remarkable journey from New York City nightclub promoter and addict, to founding Charity Water and transforming his life. He talks about Charity Water’s important mission, shares personal stories about the impact of their work, and invites all of us to help by joining The Spring, a community of monthly donors worldwide supporting the live-saving work Charity Water is doing.
Today’s solo episode focuses on the importance of team chemistry and culture. Regardless of how much talent a team has, the strategy, or even the value of the specific service or product being created and offered, without a strong culture, a team can’t truly succeed. I share some principles and examples of great culture, and ideas for what you can do to infuse your team with winning chemistry.
Scott Shute means business when it comes to bringing your whole self to work. As the Head of Mindfulness and Compassion Programs at LinkedIn, Scott develops and delivers programs that assist in the well-being of leaders, teams, employees, and customers. On the podcast today, he shares his story of growing up as a small town kid from Kansas, with a dual capability in both engineering and the arts. Scott details his own personal experience with meditation and mindfulness practices, and how he has now made a full-time career of normalizing it and advocating for it at LinkedIn and in the larger tech and business world. We talk about compassion as a leadership quality, why it’s so important at work specifically, and how LinkedIn is leading the movement. Scott is committed to changing work from the inside out.