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Mentorship Friday 3: Managing a Jerk at Work

Laurie Ruettimann is a mentor to dozens of emerging and seasoned leaders. One of her mentees asked for advice on handling a jerk at work—especially when you thought that jerk was a friend. What do you do when someone is unkind to you? What’s the appropriate response? Why does work feel so lonely? In this short episode, Laurie shares her direct and candid advice about managing “friendships” at work that have gone sour and coming through the other side with your dignity and spirits in...


095: Fixing Work One School Lunch At a Time with Dan Giusti

Let’s Fix Work Episode 95: What's up with school lunches? How can we make them better? You may be asking yourself, “What do school lunches have to do with fixing work, Laurie?” Well, in today’s episode, you’ll learn how one company is working to bring better food and nutrition to schools and how these efforts led the founder to fix work for himself. In this episode I am joined by Dan Giusti, Founder and CEO of Brigaid. He is the former Head Chef of Noma (the best restaurant in the world)...


Mentorship Friday 2: Signs to Quit Work and Start a Consulting Business

Laurie Ruettimann is a mentor to dozens of emerging and seasoned leaders. Many of her mentees wonder when the time is right to quit work and start a consulting business. Do you have a big idea? Are you ready to work for yourself? How do you know when you’re ready to leave the nest and launch your own business. In this short podcast, Laurie will give you the signs and signals that you’re ready for entrepreneurship. She will also share tips and advice on how to avoid the common mistakes that...


094: How Generosity Can Change the World of Work with Asha Curran

Let’s Fix Work Episode 94: This week’s episode features Asha Curran, Co-Founder and CEO of Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement that unleashes the power of people in organizations to transform their communities and the world. I'm a fan of big ideas and people who are out there making a difference in the world. Asha is this person. Historically, Giving Tuesday was associated with the American Holiday of Thanksgiving but, in recent years, this has changed. It’s more...


Mentorship Friday 1 - How to Get Noticed Online

Laurie Ruettimann is a mentor to dozens of emerging and seasoned leaders. One of the top questions she fields? How to get noticed online. Maybe you have big ideas and support important charitable causes. Or, perhaps, you have aspirations to be noteworthy and famous. Whatever your dreams, it’s possible to breakthrough and become a key opinion leader. Follow Laurie’s three tips to cut through the noise and improve your brand, gain followers, raise awareness and share your ideas in this noisy...


093: The Key to Unlearning with Barry O’Reilly

Let’s Fix Work Episode 93: This week I am introducing you to Barry O’Reilly, a business advisor, entrepreneur, and author who has pioneered the intersection of business model innovation, product development, organizational design, and culture transformation. Barry authored both Unlearn and Lean Enterprise. If this isn’t enough cred, he is also the founder of ExecCamp plus faculty at Singularity University. He is truly a super cool guy. Barry is an expert on how to question your beliefs and...


092: Every Job Has Story with Elena Valentine

Let’s Fix Work Episode 92: On today's show, I'm speaking to Elena Valentine, the Co-Founder, CEO, and Servant Leader of Skill Scout, a Chicago-based filmmaking company. Elena and her colleagues are workplace documentarians—they tell workplace stories. What's a workplace story? Well, it could be a video on a careers page. It could be a film attached to a job description. Or, it could be a welcome video on your first day of work. Listen in as Elena and I talk about the many different work...


091: The Concept of Accountability and Goal Setting with Keita Williams

Let’s Fix Work Episode 91: On today's show, I'm talking to Keita Williams. She's the founder and chief strategist of Success Bully. Success Bully is an elite accountability practice for high achievers and Type As who are stuck and need strategic support (aka a professional butt-kicking) to create momentum in their personal and professional lives. Keita is a former corporate PR executive turned accountability coach but she's more than just a coach. She is a mogul. She is a magnet. And she...


090: A Little Bit of Optimism and Hope with Jess Ekstrom

Let’s Fix Work Episode 90: Today I am joined by Jess Ekstrom, founder of Headbands of Hope and the author of the best-selling book, Chasing the Bright Side: Embrace Optimism, Activate Your Purpose, and Write Your Own Story. If you haven’t guessed already, I'm a naturally cynical podcast host. But I loved my conversation with Jess. Why? Well, Jess gets gritty and honest about her origin story. Later in this episode, Jess talks a little bit about what it was like to establish a company that...


089: The Art and Science Behind Turning Customers and Employees Into Fans with David Meerman Scott

Let’s Fix Work Episode 89: Ready to jump into the new year with a talk about marketing, sales, and music? Perfect, then you are in for a treat! My guest this week is David Meerman Scott. He is a business performance consultant, entrepreneur and bestselling author of Fanocracy: Turning Fans Into Customers and Customers Into Fans. He co-wrote the book with his daughter, Reiko. In this episode, we talk about his book and what it's like to work with someone you love as a colleague and...


088: Becoming a Thought Leader in 2020

Let’s Fix Work Episode 88: A lot of people are making a big deal about the end of the decade. I am not one of those people. As we close out another year, today's show is not a wrap up episode. Instead, as we leave 2019 and head into 2020, I would like to take this opportunity to talk about something that's on my mind. In the HR community a lot of people are talking about influence and thought leadership. Some people think those words are played out. But there are people in the HR world who...


087: BFF Chat: Wellbeing and Work in 2020 with Jennifer McClure

Let’s Fix Work Episode 87 This week my BFF, Jennifer McClure, joins me on the podcast. Jennifer is a professional speaker and business advisor. She helps leaders embrace the future of work and leverage their influence to create positive, lasting change in and through their organizations. She is also the CEO of DisruptHR, an information exchange designed to energize, inform, and empower people in the HR field. Today’s episode is a great representation of what happens when Jennifer and I get...


086: It’s Time to Fix Work with The Self-Leadership Summit

Let’s Fix Work Episode 86 When my podcast producer, Danny Ozment, first told me about virtual summits, I was like, “Wait, what is that all about?” Once I learned more, I realized a virtual summit is a fantastic tool for inner work. The theme in my life and my work for many years has been to help people explore their inner selves and solve their own problems. To affirm that theme, at the tail end of 2019 I am holding The Self-Leadership Summit, a virtual summit to help attendees move from a...


085: The Rise of Addictive Technology and How to Reclaim Your Time with Adam Alter

Let’s Fix Work Episode 85 If you've ever parked your car, decided to check Twitter, and 10 minutes later you were still in your car or if you have ever woken up in the morning, only to check your Smartphone and think What the hell am I doing? you're not alone. I’ve just described myself. At times, I feel like I am addicted to technology. My guest today is Adam Alter, an Associate Professor of Marketing at NYU Stern School of Business and author of the book, Irresistible: The Rise of...


084: Technology Trends and The Future of Work with Vadim Liberman

Let’s Fix Work Episode 84 This week my guest is Vadim Liberman. Vadim is someone who is incredibly special to me. He's so special that I almost didn’t want to share him with the world, but I will because he's great. Vadim is the new Managing Editor of ERE magazine, which is an online magazine for recruiters and talent acquisition professionals. Before he worked at ERE, he worked at The Conference Board Review and he was my boss. He was an exceptional boss at that. Every time he edited a...


083: Three Types of HR Professionals and Their View of SHRM

Let’s Fix Work Episode 83 Kris Dunn’s book, 9 Faces of HR, is awesome. I hope to have him as a guest on the podcast in the future. In the meantime, let me tell you briefly about his book. He has broken up the world of HR into 9 personas using a nine-box grid. It is a great book for personal development, professional development, self leadership, and to understand who you are and what you have to offer. I love Kris, his framework, and his model. I also think the concept of nine HR personas...


082: What If the CEO Ran Human Resources?

Let’s Fix Work Episode 82 Earlier this year I was invited to speak to a bunch of corporate executives about the future of work. I was there as the special guest expected to bring some new ideas on how to rethink and re-imagine the world of human resources. I love these opportunities because it gives me a chance to try out new material. I decided to talk about something I've been thinking about for a long time. What if the CEO ran human resources? What would happen in your company if your...


081: How the N.C. State Fair is Unifying Community with Heather Overton

Let’s Fix Work Episode 81 One of the crowning jewels in the life here in North Carolina is the N.C. State Fair. I've lived in a lot of places. I've bounced around a lot. I've even lived abroad. Up until the time I moved down to Raleigh, I had never been to a state fair. I didn’t know what I had been missing. Let me tell you, the N.C. State Fair is an interesting intersection of agriculture industry, artistry, high fat, and high fructose corn syrup food. Today, I'm talking to Heather...


080: Becoming Internet Famous with Mike Bridavsky and Lil Bub

Let’s Fix Work Episode 80 Have you heard of Lil Bub? If not, let me introduce you to her. She is a published author, a talk show host, a movie star, and has helped raise well over $300,000 for animals in need. In 2011, she went viral and became an internet sensation. Oh yeah, and she’s a cat. Yes, you read that correctly. Lil Bub is a special needs cat, in fact. She suffers from an extreme form of dwarfism, making her a permanent kitten with stubby legs, no teeth and the inability to use...


079: Take Control of Your Career

Let’s Fix Work Episode 79 I want to share a story with you this week. It starts out like this: a long time ago, I took an HR Advisor job for a well-known company, and the job sucked. It sucked the life out of me and it sucked my energy. It was downright horrible. And yet, I had an inkling, on the day it was offered, that the choice may be a bad one. But I moved forward because I had a pile of student debt to pay off. And while I did gain some experience and worked on national and...