Rehumanize and Revive Your Workplace Atmosphere with Rosie Ward Ph.D. & Alan Willett

Original Air Date Wednesday, September 1, 2021 

As the pandemic wanes and the world goes back to work, employees are re-evaluating their life and career goals. Furthermore, the great global reset has offered leaders the opportunity to transform and rehumanize the workplace by introducing healthy practices into the corporate culture. To explore the ways leaders can increase their chances of retaining and hiring the best and brightest thinkers and doers for their organizations by creating climates of wellbeing and joy, Positive Psychology Podcast Host Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two authors who are experts in expelling toxicity from the workplace. Rosie Ward describes the key principles from her book Rehumanizing the Workplace: Future-Proofing Your Organization While Restoring Hope, Well-Being, and Performance and how individuals can ground and reset before reentering the workplace after the pandemic. And, Alan Willett, a Fortune 500 preferred consultant for leadership coaching, details the essential components of his two leadership books, Leading the Unleadable: How to Manage Mavericks, Cynics, Divas, and Other Difficult People & Lead with Speed: Fire Up Your Team, Power Your Engines of Development, and Make Your Organization Soar.

Rosie Ward Ph.D. — Five Rehumanizing Principles:

  • Can organizations do more to promote personal health and a healthy workplace climate? [3:13]
  • Does workplace wellbeing increase a corporation’s ROI? [5:43]
  • The language used in the workplace can create loyal clients and employees. [10:49]
  • Rosie describes the ‘messy middle’, where employee growth and transformation occurs. [16:20]
  • What it means to show up as a leader, no matter your title or position. [21:21]
  • How to create a climate of fearlessness in an organization. [23:08]
  • Rosie recommends gaining grieving and grounding before searching for your next opportunity. [26:08]

Rosie Ward Ph.D. began her career in the fitness industry with a BA in Kinesiology and Master’s in Public Health. After experiencing the effects of a toxic workplace, she decided to shift gears, earning a Ph.D. in Organizational Management. After holding various leadership and consulting roles, Rosie co-founded Salveo Partners, LLC, a consulting and professional development firm dedicated to rehumanizing workplaces so organizations and their people can thrive.

Books: Rehumanizing the Workplace: Future-Proofing Your Organization While Restoring Hope, Well-Being, and Performance 


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Alan Willett — Revive Your Workplace Atmosphere

  • Alan shares an example of his problem-solving techniques when assisting organizations. [31:47]
  • The key ingredient to make people open and receptive to change. [34:07]
  • In his books, Leading the Unleadable and Leading with Speed, Alan identifies the critical difference between fast and slow projects. [37:23]
  • To reach the leadership sweet spot, lead with joy. [43:57]
  • Leading the Unleadable is about unwrapping the gifts of the unleadable and redirecting them to where they are most needed. [51:08]

Alan Willett headshot with a red brick wallAlan Willett has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and a Master’s Degree in the Management of Technology and Organizational Change. Originally a software engineer, he quickly took on management positions as a result of his strong organizational skills and commitment and has worked side by side with leading experts from around the world.

Book: Leading the Unleadable: How to Manage Mavericks, Cynics, Divas, and Other Difficult People & Lead with Speed: Fire Up Your Team, Power Your Engines of Development, and Make Your Organization Soar


Alan Willett

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“When we deal with whole people in a heart-centered way, this is the ROI we are trying to get to.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“The pandemic forced a revaluation and change in the professional landscape. As people return back to work, the workplace may be just as toxic, if not worse.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“At the end of the day, we all want to do good work. I think that is what drives us.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet “Organizations need to do things for their people, not to their people.” @DrRosieWard on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“The ability to be agile in one's approach to problem-solving and leading people through challenges. If you are not doing it with joy you are diluting the benefit.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“If you look at the challenges we faced during the pandemic, I think the challenges highlight who we are as organizations and individuals.” @DrRosieWard on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“If you look at organizations that consider wellbeing as part of their employee experience and their cultural platform, it's a very different experience.” @DrRosieWard on @HH_TalkRadio Click To TweetRehumanize and Revive Your Workplace Atmosphere Click To Tweet“If we try to ignore the stuff that is hard, it is not benign, it will come back and get in our way over and over.” @DrRosieWard on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet “We have to shift our mindset from leadership is a title or a role to leadership is a mindset and a set of behaviors.” @DrRosieWard on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“A lot of times people get stuck on methodologies without thinking about how they are using the methodology to solve a specific problem.” @AlanWillettUSA on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“People will often choose the familiar over the better.” @AlanWillettUSA on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Speed to me is knowing where you are going and having a proper measurement system, and getting people to work on the right things to get better, faster, and stronger.” @AlanWillettUSA on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Leading with joy from start to finish infuses those that follow with the joy of speed.” @AlanWillettUSA on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet “Cynics are great. The very optimistic thinkers need somebody to poke holes in their ideas once in a while.” @AlanWillettUSA on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet “Constructive conflict is useful.” @AlanWillettUSA on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet