• Tales : Concurrent Mutinies

    The five day work week was born after the Industrial Revolution drove people to work under high pressure, unjust and often unsafe conditions that resulted in lives lost.

    Following this latest global pandemic, workers found themselves working under high pressure, unjust and often unsafe conditions at hospitals, retail stores, offices, manual labor sites and other workplace areas due to close proximity to others who had contracted COVID-19. 

    People are not engaging in The Great Resignation because they don’t want to work; they want to receive value for the work they do. When the economy slowed to a halt, we were forced to evaluate what we did and why, who we did it for, how we were treated and how much it paid. A while back our show talked about seeing the signs around your workplace that a mutiny is about to take place. Now, mutinies are being experienced in all industrial sectors of our nation, at the same time as the greatest supply chain breakdown the world has ever seen unfolds.

    S2E10 - 26m - Dec 3, 2021
  • Tales : Very Sunny Holmes

    In an epic corporate tale, Elizabeth Holmes faces trial for claiming her company, Theranos, co-run by her married lover and COO Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani, revolutionized medicine. All while dating her chief operating officer, Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani.

    Start-ups often claim that they often need to appear further down the path of product development than they actually are to attract and retain investments. Employees at Theranos may not have signed up to misrepresent their blood testing devices or support the lie that it worked, placing human lives in real risk.

    Who among us seem to consistently skirt the law and accountability in the name of innovation? Many people of color are wondering if most of them would ever get away with being so very wrong yet strong with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.

    S2E9 - 25m - Nov 26, 2021
  • Tales : Communication Plans

    How often are communication plans and press releases well-thought out vs. piss-poor? Especially during these uncertain times, people want to hear more from their leaders - no matter how plain that leader’s Zoom background looks. 

    That said, if that leader shares lies, blunders and insensitive comments, most people want to hear much much less. 

    How critically do you consume leadership communications? Do you often triangulate what you hear or read? Whether the subject is about return to work, or addressing a PR crisis, leaders can either pivot based on new information and more forward, or stay wrong and strong in their messaging.

    S2E8 - 14m - Nov 19, 2021
  • Tales : When The Wall Hits You!

    Our world has changed tremendously in the last two years, which has increased stress levels, and decreased quality of life and work for many of us.

    How are you handling these waves of change, if at all?

    Listen in as our 1st guest on the pod, Dr. Portia A. Jackson Preston (www.PortiaJackson.com), shares with us acknowledgment, approach, clarity and other gifts to manage.

    S2E7 - 26m - Nov 12, 2021
  • Tales : Sticky Fingers

    “Hey - I’m not getting paid enough.” Are you prone to helping yourself to things that belong to other colleagues? Do you partake in the proverbial five-finger discount? That treat in the fridge you know isn’t yours. Doing the most while on disability leave (i.e. - skiing in Aspen anyone?). Or maybe those company funds that you have access to, that you’re convinced no one will miss.

    Regardless of how seemingly small, these transgressions could be the reason you are fired or worse, criminally indicted. From that standpoint one has to ask oneself, is it worth it?

    S2E6 - 24m - Nov 5, 2021
  • Tales : Spirit-Less Air

    The chaos of flight delays and cancellations recently angered and disappointed thousands of people, leaving airline employees on the front line to receive their wrath.

    How do the communications flowing from the top at corporate impact the success of their business? 

    Regardless of the name of the airline or company, factors like timing, tone and delivery of communications can make all the difference in people’s perceptions and likelihood to do additional business with your firm.

    S2E5 - 24m - Oct 29, 2021
  • Tales : RTO - Delta Lambda I Don't Wanna (Go Back?)

    Return to the Office!

    Collectively and Globally Employers have pushed and back tracked plans to return to the office in 2021.

    Employees are exhausted but also are not in a rush to return either.

    Do we really need to return to life as it was before?

    S2E4 - 15m - Oct 22, 2021
  • Tales : Invisible Figures

    They work amongst us, but do you see them?

    Do you know their names?

    Do you listen when they speak?

    Do you acknowledge their contributions of work and importance in the Office culture?

    Crucial and often overlooked, but that should change with the global pandemic, as we give gratitude to all that play their part in the Org.

    S2E3 - 19m - Oct 15, 2021
  • Tales : Exceptionally Confident, Minimally Qualified

    We all know the type. 

    The type who makes you wonder, “How the hell did THEY get THAT role? 

    The type that lacks the level of competence, education, training, disposition or  experience that a reasonable person would expect from the person occupying THAT role.

    The type who has no shame, despite their glaring lack of qualifications. Seemingly blessed with a bottomless supply of confidence, they are often A-OK with being wrong-and-strong at work. You know who we mean (if not, and you have been working for years, this type may describe you). 

    While the Exceptionally Confident but Minimally Qualified in Corporate America seem to be living their best professional lives, are they really?

    S2E2 - 41m - Oct 8, 2021
  • Tales : Diversity Equity Inclusion (DE&I)

    Welcome to Season 2

    When all things are considered, is there any true progress being made with these three words in Corporate America?

    Behind closed doors, there are scores of organizational conversations focused on what used to be called Diversity & Inclusion (D&I), but is now known as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) in the U.S., even decades after the Civil Rights movement. Consultants hired, formal initiatives stood up, committees formed, all in the name of developing and meeting new firm DE&I goals.

    But why is it that Corporate America in the year 2021 still needs to be reminded to be diverse?

    Regarding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Corporate America, will real, enduring change ever truly come?

    S2E1 - 34m - Oct 8, 2021
  • Tales : Mutiny on the [HMS] Bounty

    Season 1 Finale

    Can you tell if a mutiny is afoot in your organization? 

    You could be in the midst of one, and not even realize it. 

    Will you decide to move with the change and resist the urge to do things “the way we have always done it”?

    Or, will you risk going down with a sinking ship?

    S1E12 - 38m - Aug 27, 2021
  • Tales : F*ck you, Pay Me! Total Compensation

    F*ck you, Pay Me! Total Compensation

    As you work your way up the corporate ladder, do you know how or struggle to negotiate your fair compensation?

    Do you feel as if your employer or manager are short changing you at the yearly review?

    Many of us have had to learn the hard way.

    Every new work engagement is an opportunity to improve upon the past and ask for what you believe you should earn.

    S1E11 - 42m - Aug 20, 2021
  • Tales : The Big Quit

    The Big Quit.

    To hell with it! That’s the way many workers feel, which has led to a record number of people refusing to come back to the jobs that no longer serve them.

    Without advance notice, lives changed forever when millions were forced to work from home. Months of uncertainty, discomfort, and record-breaking awful news day after day followed.

    We were all forced to ask ourselves, What is really important in life? Now, the days of people being invested in the companies that showed lack of care for them, before and during the global pandemic, are behind us. But for how long? 

    S1E10 - 19m - Aug 13, 2021
  • Tales : RTO Limbo (Return to the Office)

    We can't get enough of this topic. It's a hot button. It's moving, it's trending. It's affecting many of us.

    It’s RTO: return to the office.

    Barons of industry are deciding how to get their employees back into the office buildings they paid for, but will employees follow the rules as they have always done?

    Or will the New Normals of a post-Covid world overtake the status quo?

    S1E9 - 24m - Aug 6, 2021
  • Tales : The Current Gig Economy

    The Current Gig Economy.

    Where did the gig economy start, and where is it today?

    Recent controversy over making gig workers full time employees and unfavorable compensation structures impacted our pockets, our lives and for some of us, our rides.

    As the economy opens up, how people earn their living continues to change.

    What does it take to make a livable wage?

    S1E8 - 27m - Jul 30, 2021
  • Tales : Return to the Office?

    Tales: Return to the Office?

    In the work from home era, many white collar workers have enjoyed using their own bathroom throughout the day.

    Coming (we hope) out of the pandemic, office re-entry plans are on a lot of people’s minds.

    Which firms will offer permanent remote work policies? Which will demand all butts be in office swivel chairs for the full workweek?

    Perhaps a flexible medley of approaches while the organization figures out what new normal will work best. In the first of this multiple part series, we begin to piece together the tale of the greatest collective workplace movement yet.

    S1E7 - 30m - Jul 23, 2021
  • Tales : Disruption & Innovation

    Disruption and Innovation.

    When new, potentially innovative ideas challenge the status quo at work, how is it received?

    When often success has many fathers (and mothers) but failure is an orphan, who gets the credit?

    Many Tales highlight that innovation is not always welcome with open arms.

    Given recent market disruptors like #WallStreetBets in effect raising ‘Lazarus' stocks back from the dead, new ways forward at work can often feel like the bumpiest of rides.

    [Apologies to the Listeners on the Sound Quality of this Episode, working hard to fix the issues]

    S1E6 - 39m - Jul 16, 2021
  • Tales : Parachutes, What Color is Yours?

    Parachutes. What color is your parachute? Is it golden? Or better yet, platinum?

    Are you so over your job that you have a resignation letter in draft mode already? (Worry not.. we won’t tell.)

    Planned or unplanned, when you’re on your way out the door, what will your exit package, or parachute in this case, look like?

    Whatever the circumstances, you probably want to start thinking about the nature of your parachute and its ability to perform for you.

    Allow us to share tales about parachutes while you consider your own.

    S1E5 - 32m - Jul 9, 2021
  • Tales : Follow The Yellow Brick Road

    Following the Yellow Brick Road. Do you believe you can read the writing on the wall at work? Do you usually correctly anticipate budget cuts, re-organizations, layoffs or other major corporate shifts? These can be disruptive at best, and devastating at worst if they meet you unprepared, with your skillset no longer demanded due to the new conditions. How do you know when to hit The Road?

    S1E4 - 44m - Jul 2, 2021
  • Tales : Squeaky Clean

    Squeaky Clean. Be polite, come with all your top credentials. Looking your Sunday best. Only good credit will be considered. This is what is mandatory to be hired in corporate right? Well, it depends. Have you ever felt like there is uneven treatment with hiring and credentials? Because corporations are meritocracies. Really. Allegedly. 

    S1E3 - 36m - Jul 2, 2021
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