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What is The Work?

Season 1, Ep. 0

The Work is a podcast for curious explorers blazing new trails for the way we work.


We explore the subtle forces that shape our experience of work, and the big ideas that are nudging it somewhere better.


In this brief intro episode, co-hosts James Allen and Angelo Saridis give a quick breakdown of what The Work is all about and what listeners can expect in the episodes ahead.


Because workplaces and the way we work matters.


We’d love to hear what you think. If you’ve got feedback, would like to suggest a guest, or even be a guest, please get in touch at contact.theworkpodcast@gmail.com, or via Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.


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8/3/2021

Dave Snowden on culture as emergent and why it can't be "built"

Season 1, Ep. 5
In this episode...We speak with Dave Snowden about how we can better understand organisational culture through the complexity lens. Dave is a pioneer complexity thinker, Chief Scientific Officer of Cognitive Edge, and the creator of the Cynefin Framework.Who is Dave Snowden?Dave Snowden divides his time between two roles: founder Chief Scientific Officer of Cognitive Edge and the founder and Director of the Centre for Applied Complexity at the University of Wales.His work is international in nature and covers government and industry looking at complex issues relating to strategy, organisational decision making and decision making.He has pioneered a science based approach to organisations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory.He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker on a range of subjects, and is well known for his pragmatic cynicism and iconoclastic style.He created the Cynefin Framework, which is a sensemaking and decision device that is used globally in everything from business management, military affairs, emergency management and software development.His paper on the topic (co-authored with Boone), A Leader’s Framework for Decision-Making, was the cover article for the Harvard Business Review in November 2007 and also won the Academy of Management award for the best practitioner paper in the same year.Dave’s company Cognitive Edge exists to integrate academic thinking with practice in organisations throughout the world and operates on a network model working with Academics, Government, Commercial Organisations, NGOs and Independent Consultants.He is also the main designer of the SenseMaker® software suite, originally developed in the field of counter terrorism and now being actively deployed in both Government and Industry to handle issues of impact measurement, customer/employee insight, narrative based knowledge management, strategic foresight and risk management.Dave previously worked for IBM where he was a Director of the Institution for Knowledge Management and founded the Cynefin Centre for Organisational Complexity. During that period he was selected by IBM as one of six on-demand thinkers for a world wide advertising campaign.If you want to get a quick idea about Dave’s approach to managing complexity, watching his hilariously smart Children’s Birthday Party story is a must.You can follow Dave’s work or get in touch with him at:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dave-snowden-2a93b/Twitter: https://twitter.com/snowdedWebsite: https://www.cognitive-edge.com/Blog: https://www.cognitive-edge.com/blog/?_author=17A few things you’ll learn about in this episodeCulture is an emergent property of interactions over time, and how you can’t “create” an emergent propertyWhy narrative matters, and how to understand culture as a body of storiesHow engagement questionnaires are flawed, and why self-interpretation is necessaryWhy effective change depends on finding the lowest energy pathway to the “adjacent possible” stateWhy breaking rules is necessary in organisations, and how you can create enabling constraints around beneficial rule-breaking behavioursHow rituals can help more than rulesHow pushing individuals to change in organisational contexts may be unethicalHow you can recognise complexity in organisations, and how to best work with itPlease follow The Work podcastWe hope you enjoyed this episode. We'd love to hear what you think. Get in touch with us via our website, LinkedIn or Facebook, if you’d like to say hello, dish out some high praise, or suggest a guest for the show.Episode keywordsOrganisational culture, culture change, employee experience, employee engagement, complexity, leadership, systems thinking, narrative, narrative landscapes, cynefin, cognitive edge, emergence, adjacent possible, energy gradient, exaptative innovation, enabling constraints, ritual, sensemaking, change management, indigenous decision making, sensemaker
7/13/2021

Ben Smit on how tech can be a team leader's wingman

Season 1, Ep. 4
In this episode...We speak with Ben Smit about how leaders can use tech to help grow high performing teams from the bottom up. Ben is an entrepreneur, co-founder and CEO of Teamgage, software that enables team collaboration, wellbeing, and continuous improvement.Who is Ben Smit?Ben Smit is an entrepreneur and highly skilled at growing scale-up companies and leveraging technology to solve human problems, with a focus on engaging team members to own and advocate the improvement process. Ben is part of the husband and wife team responsible for founding Teamgage, software that builds employee engagement by regularly collecting workplace feedback while empowering teams to take action on their own results and select metrics that are relevant to the team at the team level. The system measures behaviours and sentiment aligned to the strategy of the organisation and drives teams and managers to action their own improvements in real-time. Ben and Teamgage are taking on the worldwide market, and it has grown to service clients across Australia, Asia Pacific and North America. Ben recently won a 40 under 40 award for his passion, vision and achievements as one of SA's finest entrepreneurs under the age of 40.on their own results and select metrics that are relevant to the team at the team level.You can follow Ben or get in touch with him:LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ben-smit-2594b321Twitter: https://twitter.com/ben7smitWebsite:www.teamgage.com, www.code360.com.auA few things you’ll learn about in this episode:Thinking about culture and employee engagement as a bottom up dynamicLeadership setting principles, teams being enabled to deliverExplosion of HR techMaking space for failure and learningInnovation cultureThe role of trust in team performanceApplying agile thinking to culture and staff engagementContinuous improvement and how it can be applied to team performancePlease follow The Work podcastWe hope you enjoyed this episode. We'd love to hear what you think. Get in touch with us via our website, LinkedIn or Facebook if you’d like to say hello, dish out some high praise, or suggest a guest for the show.Episode keywordsOrganisational culture, culture change, employee experience, employee engagement, complexity, leadership, human resources, people matters, hr technology, continuous improvement, agile, teamgage, teamwork
6/24/2021

Joan Lurie on organisational transformation through the systems lens

Season 1, Ep. 3
In this episode...We speak with Joan Lurie about how the systems lens can fundamentally shift the way we think about organisational change. Joan is an organisational ecologist and the Founder and CEO of OrgonomixWho is Joan Lurie?Joan Lurie is the Founder and CEO of Orgonomix, an organisation strategy and leadership development consultancy she established in 2008 to help leaders and organisations develop, perform and transform. She is a Fulbright Scholar with a Master’s Degree in Adult Education and a Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology.Joan works with boards, executives and leadership teams to help them to develop systemic intelligence and to design and lead complex adaptive change in their organisations with turnaround results. Working together they emerge new cultures, operating models and organisational forms.Joan applies the OrgonomixTM methodology she created which is most often referred to as ground-breaking. It’s a novel theory and practice for organisations which integrates strategy, systems thinking, complexity and adult development theory. It provides an ecological‘map’ for leaders to navigate the unique challenges they face and be fit for the current complex landscape we are in. It enables leaders to fundamentally shift how they take up their roles; reframe their assumptions, mental maps and ways of knowing and repattern their organisational systems for new ways of relating and operating to achieve higher order functioning.In a nutshell, Joan’s work enables leaders and organisations to liberate themselves from the constraints and patterns which no longer serve them, but in which they are stuck.You can follow Joan’swork or get in touch with her at:LinkedInTwitterWebsiteA few things you’ll learn about in this episode:How organisations are complex systemsWhy individual behavioural/psychological and technical analysis of organisations can’t fully explain organisational dynamicsWhat the systems lens is, and why it mattersHow culture is the emergent property of the relationships between role and role, role and system, and individual and role.Why coherence of mental maps between individuals within a system can reduce noiseHow boundary maintenance is is system maintenance (is organisational maintenance)How behaviour of individuals in systems can change for the better without trying to change the personHow the systems lens can relieve leaders of having to play the change agent hero or fixerWhy the boundaryless organisation isn’t a good ideaWhy “breaking down silos” doesn’t work, and how the systems lens can enable better collaboration across boundariesPlease follow The Work podcastWe hope you enjoyed this episode. We'd love to hear what you think. Get in touch with us via our website, LinkedIn or Facebook, if you’d like to say hello, dish out some high praise, or suggest a guest for the show.Are you enjoying The Work?We don't charge for the content we create, but if you feel you received value from listening to The Work, then we gratefully and graciously accept your support.Support the creators of The Work podcast for the price of a coffee per month.Episode keywordsOrganisational culture, culture change, employee experience, employee engagement, complexity, leadership, systems thinking, family systems therapy, systems lens, repatterning, mental maps, boundaries, systems change, organisational ecology, diversity, transformation, enabling constraints