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Left to Our Own Devices with Erica Keswin

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What does it mean to be human, really human—in work, at home, and in life? How can we bring our whole selves to everything we do? Left to Our Own Devices is a podcast that explores how to bring our human to work and life. It all boils down to one simple thing: honoring relationships. And it’s not rocket science, but it does take intention. Each week, workplace strategist, speaker, and bestselling author, Erica Keswin interviews CEOs, founders, philanthropists, thought leaders, and people just like you to find out all the ways they bring their human to their own lives. Honoring relationships has never mattered more.

What does it mean to be human, really human—in work, at home, and in life? How can we bring our whole selves to everything we do? Left to Our Own Devices is a podcast that explores how to bring our human to work and life. It all boils down to one simple thing: honoring relationships. And it’s not rocket science, but it does take intention. Each week, workplace strategist, speaker, and bestselling author, Erica Keswin interviews CEOs, founders, philanthropists, thought leaders, and people just like you to find out all the ways they bring their human to their own lives. Honoring relationships has never mattered more.

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United States

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What does it mean to be human, really human—in work, at home, and in life? How can we bring our whole selves to everything we do? Left to Our Own Devices is a podcast that explores how to bring our human to work and life. It all boils down to one simple thing: honoring relationships. And it’s not rocket science, but it does take intention. Each week, workplace strategist, speaker, and bestselling author, Erica Keswin interviews CEOs, founders, philanthropists, thought leaders, and people just like you to find out all the ways they bring their human to their own lives. Honoring relationships has never mattered more.

Language:

English


Episodes

BONUS EPISODE: The Value of a Woman’s Hour: How COVID has shaped women’s lives and rituals with Eve Rodsky

2/2/2021
On the season finale of Season Two: The Rituals Edition, Erica has an incredible guest—keynote speaker, New York Times bestselling author, and equality evangelist, Eve Rodsky. Shaped by a difficult upbringing with a single mother in New York City, Eve learned important lessons early on around resilience, responsibility, and care. In this episode, you’ll hear about her first ritual—going to a march related to social justice every year on her birthday with her mother, as well as her current...

Duration:00:36:29

Surprise! It’s Erica’s turn to be interviewed by multigenerational workplace expert, Lindsey Pollak about Erica's new book, Rituals Roadmap, OUT NOW

1/26/2021
On this episode of Left to Our Own Devices, the tables have been turned! In honor of the launch of Erica’s new book, Rituals Roadmap, Erica sits down on the other side of the interview hot seat with author and multigenerational workplace expert, Lindsey Pollak. On this episode, Erica and Lindsey discuss Erica’s career journey, the moment Erica decided to write the second book (at an Italian restaurant over a glass of red wine), as well as how we can tell what a ritual is, how rituals have...

Duration:00:32:53

Because People are Your Business with Andy Biga, Chief People Officer of GoHealth Urgent Care

1/19/2021
Something as simple as asking, “How was your day?” can make a huge impact. That’s what the people at GoHealth Urgent Care learned when they began a simple but powerful ritual: an End Of Day report from each of their healthcare clinics summarizing the day. This brief email summary has kept everyone at GoHealth connected and energized, especially during the relentless slog of the pandemic. On this week’s episode Erica sits down with Andy Biga, GoHealth’s Chief People Officer, to chat about the...

Duration:00:30:03

A Pandemic Success Story with Marissa Andrada, Chipotle’s Chief Diversity, Inclusion and People Officer

1/12/2021
When Covid hit, many businesses struggled. Some even closed. But for Chipotle, business has been booming. And it’s no surprise as to why (besides the delicious food, of course) when you ask their Chief Diversity, Inclusion and People Officer, Marissa Andrada. Which is exactly what Erica did for this week’s episode. Andrada shares how everything Chipotle does is based on their values, which reinforce their purpose to cultivate a better world. And these values have led the charge in Covid...

Duration:00:35:43

How to Find Your Company’s Value with Meetup CEO David Siegel

1/5/2021
For a company whose whole technology platform was dedicated to getting people OFF technology, the pandemic forced Meetup to stop and reframe their purpose as facilitating connection in meaningful and safe ways. CEO David Siegel chats with Erica on this week’s episode about how they managed this pivot, how virtual events have opened up global access, the four components of a great Meetup, their future plans to go back to the office by building an immersive community experience, and expanding...

Duration:00:36:39

How to Pivot like Peloton with Former Peloton Head of Marketing, Carolyn Tisch Blodgett

12/22/2020
If the pandemic has shown us anything, it’s that a lot of the changes that were on the way have been accelerated into fruition. Take fitness—there had already been a trend toward connected fitness (boutique and home fitness merged) and then the pandemic hit, sending this change into overdrive. Carolyn Tisch Blodgett, the former Head of Marketing of Peloton and the rest of the team over at Peloton have seen this acceleration happen in real time. On this week’s episode of Left to Our Own...

Duration:00:38:11

A Masterclass on Bringing Your Human to Work: A Sit Down with Erica’s Favorite Starbucks Store Manager, Ashley Peterson

12/15/2020
On this week’s episode of Left to Our Own Devices, Erica sits down with an old friend and the woman who inspired it all. Ashley Peterson, originally Erica’s Starbucks barista on the Upper West Side and now managing her own Starbucks in Midtown, was the catalyst for Erica’s first book, Bring Your Human to Work, after the two shared a very intentional, “human” moment one morning. Ashley just gets it. From getting to know her patrons, their kids, their orders, and even their nannies, to...

Duration:00:31:30

Running the Pandemic Marathon with Radio Flyer CEO, Robert Pasin

12/8/2020
Radio Flyer, the Chicago-based company that makes those iconic red wagons that kids have pulled along sidewalks for generations, has survived through a crisis or two. After all, the company was founded over a hundred years ago in 1917, right before the 1918 flu pandemic ravaged the world. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that when Covid struck in March, they’d be able to survive through resilience, an intentional culture, and a marathon mindset. CEO Robert Pasin sits down with Erica to...

Duration:00:27:07

Your Guide to a Total Pandemic Pivot with Founder and CEO of Global Citizen Year, Abby Falik

12/1/2020
What do you do when you run a program that has hundreds of young adults spread across the world for an intentional gap year, and a global pandemic strikes? The only thing you can do: stage an emergency evacuation to bring every kid that’s abroad back home, ASAP. And that’s exactly what Abby Falik, Founder and CEO of Global Citizen Year, did back in March. And then she swiftly shifted how this organization—dedicated to re-imagining the transition into adulthood by facilitating a yearlong...

Duration:00:30:57

Soothe Your Soul with Rituals with Angie Thurston and Casper ter Kuile of Sacred Design Lab

11/24/2020
We all have the basic human needs of meaning, connection and purpose. While in the past, these needs were often met through religious institutions, the reality is we’re seeing less and less participation in organized religion. But those basic human needs built around community remain. Enter Angie Thurston and Casper ter Kuile, co-founders of the Sacred Design Lab, a “soul-centered research and development lab.” Angie and Casper work with various organizations to “develop products, programs,...

Duration:00:38:41

F*ck Yeah! Celebrating the Small Wins with Black Sheep founder and CEO, Aimée Woodall

11/17/2020
The Houston-based Black Sheep Agency is a creative and brand strategy firm that works with clients that are changing the world. That’s why founder and CEO, Aimée Woodall, feels it’s so important to celebrate tiny victories along the way. After all, changing the world means playing the long game. Especially when the pandemic has added so many obstacles. But it’s also added an opportunity for Aimée’s team to light the path for other companies attempting to navigate Covid times. Since the Black...

Duration:00:39:42

A New Way to Connect: Pivoting Through Rituals with Horizon Media Founder and CEO Bill Koenigsberg

11/10/2020
Thirty years ago when Bill Koenigsberg started his company, Horizon Media, the largest privately owned media agency in the world, most of his peers were trying to keep business matters separate from personal life. But Bill set out to create a culture that would attract people who would want to be personally invested in building something special with him. But since Bill had a 30-year head start, when everything shut down from Covid, his decades of building a people-focused culture helped...

Duration:00:33:00

Special Election Day Edition: the Business of Your Mental Health

11/3/2020
If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we’re dealing with multiple crises at once, one of the most critical being a mental health crisis. That’s where organizations like Modern Health and Empower Work step in. This week two guests join the show—Founder and CEO of Modern Health, Alyson Friedensohn and Founder and Executive Director of Empower Work, Jaime-Alexis Fowler. Alyson shares how her company, Modern Health, offers comprehensive mental well-being support for companies like...

Duration:00:50:42

Making the Right Investment: In People with VICE Chief People Officer, Daisy Auger-Dominguez

10/27/2020
How does a smart woman navigate being hired to the c-suite of a huge media company in the middle of a pandemic? She honors relationships, of course! VICE’s new Chief People Officer, Daisy Auger-Dominguez, joined the team in late spring in the midst of global chaos. But she was able to integrate successfully because of her commitment to investing in relationships. And people from her team all over the globe could feel it. From her Sunday write-ups that keep everyone on her team in the loop,...

Duration:00:40:48

Take Professional Development VERY Personally with Udemy’s VP of Learning and SVP of People, Places and Learning

10/20/2020
What does professional development look like in 2020? For the team at Udemy, “the leading global marketplace for learning and instruction,” it’s all about learning. It’s their whole platform, after all. On the first episode of Season Two, Rituals Edition, Erica sits down with Udemy’s SVP of People, Places and Learning, Cara Allamano, and VP of Learning, Shelley Osborne, to talk about how crucial it is to keep learning, both personally and professionally, especially as we’re seeing an...

Duration:00:41:19

Season 2 is Here

10/13/2020
When the world as we know it came to a screeching halt in March 2020, what did we humans do? We did what we’ve always done—return to the rituals that keep us grounded, sane, and focused on what matters most. In this second season of Left to Our Own Devices: Rituals Edition, Erica Keswin checks in with leaders about how they pivoted during a global pandemic, continued with the rituals they’d always loved, and created new ones to help navigate these crazy times. Most of these rockstar guests...

Duration:00:01:44

Relationships are Everything: How to Protect Yourself in Quarantine with DoSomething’s CEO, Aria Finger

8/25/2020
As CEO of global non-profit, DoSomething, and a working mom doing it all from home, Aria Finger has found creative ways to keep her kids entertained with Frozen on repeat, her team in good spirits by pivoting to virtual rituals, and her relationships with her friends well-nurtured through intentional calls and Zooms. But even this superstar confesses to missing the old norms like business travel and walking meetings. So these days to keep everyone sane (including Aria herself!) she’s...

Duration:00:23:13

Your Mental Health Matters: How to Manage All the Stress with Alyson Friedensohn and Jaime-Alexis Fowler

7/28/2020
Please Subscribe, Rate and Review on Apple Podcasts You can also listen to the show on: Stitcher Overcast Google Spotify Quotes Alyson 2:59 - On recognizing the pandemic was still impacting her despite having certain advantages: “I remember sitting at my computer, and I felt so bad—I couldn’t complain to my team or my coworkers because I’m home, I’ve got a roof over my head, I have plenty of work to do, I have a job, I’m in good health, and I don’t have kids—like what could I...

Duration:00:50:42

How to Quench Your Thirst with Founder and CEO of Hint Water, Kara Goldin

7/21/2020
When the world turns upside down but you’ve got to continue running a company from home while quarantined with your partner, four kids, and two dogs, what do you do? Adapt—while maintaining the rituals that keep you anchored and satisfied. That’s what Kara Goldin, Founder and CEO of Hint, a healthy, flavored beverage company, did to shift their services in the midst of the pandemic, even if it meant stocking the retail shelves with Hint water herself. Being the head of a health company,...

Duration:00:28:40

Taking it Personally: How the President & CEO of Bank Leumi USA Stays Connected During Quarantine

7/14/2020
Please Subscribe, Rate and Review on Apple Podcasts You can also listen to the show on: Stitcher Overcast Google Spotify Resources: 10:14: “I get really excited and passionate and energized when I get to connect with people. I really believe that that serves as a way to build the most important building blocks for not just your personal life, but your professional life—which is trust. Trust is built on real, authentic relationships.” 21:23: on their Core Values Story: “The idea...

Duration:00:33:06