Monthly Archives: June 2021

The Case for Workplace Empathy

Few professionals demonstrate the case for workplace empathy better than Hannah Jew.

Hannah Jew (last name pronounced “Joe”) is an empathy building brand strategist for Scotts Miracle-Gro, the nation’s leading lawn and garden care company.

Empathy is central to how Hannah does her job; it helps drive value for consumers who rely on her company’s products to grow flowering plants and food from seed.

During the pandemic, nearly 21 million people embraced gardening. And Hannah used her marketing and strategy skills to make consumers’ new brand experiences beneficial.

In this episode, Hannah describes:

  • Scotts Miracle-Gro and her work driving brand strategy. Starts at 2:53
  • What an empathetic brand strategist does. Starts at 4:18
  • Her experience of taking on a new job while expecting a child. Starts at 9:53
  • How management created for her a phenomenal maternity leave workaround. Starts at 12:04
  • The gendered workplace experience and its impact on female professionals.  Starts at 16:00

Hannah also answers the question: should “mom” be on a résumé? Starts at 24:30

Full interview starts at 2:45

Hannah Jew makes the case for workplace empathy, a central value in the future of work.

About our guest:

Hannah Jew received Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin. She lives and works in Columbus, Ohio.

EPISODE DATE: June 25, 2021

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Project Leadership Drives Future Work

For many in the active workforce, project leadership drives future work.

As dramatic shifts in work behavior unfolded during the pandemic, one key insight popped out as truly meaningful.

Project leadership drives future work.

To help us explore the growing importance of project leadership, we turn to Rich Maltzman for guidance. He is a master lecturer of project management at Boston University’s Metropolitan College.

Rich is also one of the world’s leading authorities on project management, and, the co-author of two “green” project management books that help people and companies embrace the triple-bottom-line and positive social impacts.

In this episode, we explore the work of a project manager. We also discuss how project management skills empower people to be more intentional, regardless of the job title that they possess.

As we emerge from pandemic lockdown, project leadership will drive future work and enable people to own their express contributions to their team’s and organization’s success.

Interview starts at 2:23

About our guest:

Rich Maltzman is a master lecturer of administrative sciences at Boston University’s Metropolitan College. He received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Masters of Science from Purdue University. Rich lives and works outside of Boston, Massachusetts.

EPISODE DATE: June 18, 2021

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Green Project Management by Richard Maltzman and David Shirley

Project Workflow Management: A Business Process Approach by Dan Epstein and Rich Maltzman

Practical Philosophy for Future Work

Cristina DiGiacomo applies practical philosophy for future work benefit.

An author, podcaster, and practical philosopher, Cristina draws on ancient insight to help people solve contemporary problems. And as the founder of MorAlchemy, she guides people to lead happier, more purposed lives doing meaningful work.

Skeptics may not recognize the immediate value of practical philosophy for future work. But, for every stressor, difficult workplace relationship, and vexing business problem Cristina says:

“There’s a philosophy for that.”

In this episode, Cristina describes:

  • Her work through MorAlchemy and the idea of practical philosophy. Starts at 2:22
  • How she gets “high flyers” to settle their minds to embrace practical philosophy. Starts at 6:03
  • Overcoming skepticism. Starts at 10:33
  • Her reaction to Adam Grant’s article on languishing, and ways that practical philosophy helps to overcome languishing. Starts at 13:21
  • Participating in the collective goal of humanity. Starts at 19:39

Full interview starts at 2:11

Cristina demystifies the role of practical philosophy for future work. She says:

“Things like the handshake were born out of philosophical ideas. The norms that we take for granted in our society, of how we should interact with each other, all come from philosophy.”

About our guest:

Cristina DiGiacomo earned a Bachelors of Science in Communications from the State University of New York at Albany and a Masters of Science in Organizational Change Management from New School University. She lives and works in New York City.

EPISODE DATE: June 11, 2021

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Swaying to the Future of Work

Career professionals are swaying to the future of work, to thrive in their roles and workplaces.

During 2020, the intense stressors of remote work sent many professionals to a panic state. But 17 months since the pandemic started, those professionals may now languish. They handle their responsibilities well and don’t feel despair, but they don’t necessarily thrive.

According to workplace futurist Denise Brouder, swaying to the future of work helps people remain effective on the job…and joyful.

Denise is also the co-founder of SWAY. Throughout the pandemic, she and her team gathered insight to understand how professionals adjusted to their highly disrupted workplaces.

In this episode, Denise discusses:

  • SWAY and its unique benefit to people who work. Starts at 3:33
  • The reintroduction to the workplace and the benefits of working from anywhere. Starts at 6:04
  • The feeling of languishing that many who work endure. Starts at 8:33
  • Traditional “command and control” management styles that don’t align with future of work. Starts at 14:56
  • Gendered aspects of return to work. Starts at 16:52
  • The need for hiring managers to “check in” with their people. Starts at 23:31

Full interview starts at 3:23

Swaying to the future of work is personal. And Denise Brouder and the team at SWAY are helping to make work a joyful part of the day–and not the entire day.

About our guest:

Denise Brouder earned a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Limerick and an MBA in International Finance from Fordham University. She lives and works in the New York City suburbs of New Jersey.

EPISODE DATE: June 4, 2021

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