Positivity, Productivity, and Potential in Company Culture: How to Change the DNA of Your Organization so You Can Grow with Aaron Dignan & Claudette Rowley

Original Air Date Wednesday, Oct 23rd, 2019

This episode is about how to create a positive, productive, and healthy organization and leading from the heart to improve the bottom line. We humans, are at the core of every business yet the systems and structures practiced by most organizations don’t nurture humanity. But perfectionist beliefs and machine-like expectations are being tossed to the wayside to make room for new operating systems and adaptogenic ideals that favor connection and communication. To uncover the potential of this new way of doing business, Positive Psychology Podcast Host, Lisa Capers Kamen speaks with two authors and coaches who are facilitating change within business structures for both small and large companies.  Aaron Dignan shares how he helps companies retain their magic and Claudette Rowley discusses the biggest culture challenges facing companies today.


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Aaron Dignan — The Human Aspect of Your Organization:
  • Aaron describes his book, Brave New World, which is a leadership book that touches on the sweet spot of humanity. [1:32]
  • As Founder of The Ready, Aaron helps companies change the way they work and keep their magic. [4:16]
  • The new landmark for teamwork in a virtual world. [12:29]
  • Aaron shares an example of a company that created value by leading with the heart. [17:40]
  • How small businesses can apply the operating system framework. [22:09]

Aaron Dignan is the founder of The Ready, an organization design and transformation firm that helps institutions like Johnson & Johnson, Charles Schwab, and Microsoft change the way they work. He is a co-founder of responsive.org, an investor in purpose-driven startups, and a friend to misfit toys.



Book: Brave New Work: Are You Ready to Reinvent Your Organization?

Aaron Dignan Website
The Ready Website
Aaron Dignan on Twitter
Brave New Work on Facebook

Claudette Rowley — How to Change the DNA of Your Organization:
  • Claudette explains how she defines a brilliant culture and shares examples of them. [28:32]
  • The biggest cultural challenges facing companies today. [32:25]
  • In her book, Cultural Brilliance, Claudette describes the adaptogenic idea as it applies to cultural design. [35:29]
  • Culture from the perspective of mindset and behavior. [41:02]
  • How listening and curiosity evoke an emotional connection. [44:37]

Claudette Rowley is the CEO of Cultural Brilliance, a cultural design and change management consultancy. She has consulted at Fortune 1000 companies, small businesses, academic institutions, and start-ups, helping them create proactive and innovative workplace cultures that deliver outstanding results. Rowley holds a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and lives in the Greater Boston area with her family.



Book: Cultural Brilliance: The DNA of Organizational Excellence

Cultural Brilliance Website
@RowleyClaudette on Twitter
Cultural Brilliance on Facebook

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