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The Better Work Project

The Better Work Project

By SoftEd
In this podcast we explore the changing world of work: what the future of work means, how it affects businesses and workers alike, and how we can create more productive and engaged workplaces.

Bought to you by the team at SoftEd. Find out more at www.softed.com.
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Creating a culture of coaching
How has coaching evolved? And how can we create a culture of coaching? In this podcast, we are joined by special guest Lyssa Adkins to discuss all things coaching.
41:54
June 2, 2021
Business Models
What makes a good business model? How do you know if your business model is no longer working for you? And what can you do to change it? In this podcast, we discuss how a business model creates value for an organisation.
45:34
May 19, 2021
Scaling Agility
How do you scale agility? In this podcast, we are joined by Sharon Robson of Enterprising Agility and part of the SoftEd team to talk about organisational agility, what it really is, what the pitfalls are, and how to scale successfully.
40:36
April 30, 2021
Emotionally and Cognitively Engaged Teams
What happens when you unleash emotions in the workplace? In this podcast, we're joined by Jeremy Dean, founder of Riders & Elephants, to talk about engagement. We discuss why emotions are so scary to talk about at work, why we should do it anyway, and how we might build workplaces that perform at both a human and business level.
39:52
April 21, 2021
The Seek Asia Story
What happens when you redesign a business from the ground up? In this podcast, we're joined by the former Head of Agile Practice at Seek Asia, Tze Tang to talk transformation. We discuss organisational design, engagement, and how to make radical change at speed.
31:50
March 31, 2021
The Global Workplace
What is the impact of having a global workforce? In this podcast, we discuss some of the trends that are impacting business internationalisation, how to work in other countries and with other cultures, and what the benefits of this way of working are.
50:48
March 15, 2021
Creating Solutions Customers Love
How do we go from ideation to the creation of products or services that make someone’s life better in some way? In this podcast, we're joined by Product Futurist, Dr. Anna Harrison to discuss creating solutions customers love. We cover design, user experience, innovation, and how we can bring ideas to market in a way that resonates with our customers.
46:58
February 28, 2021
The Future of Corporate Training
How has the pandemic turned the corporate training industry on its head? And how can learning and development better support learners and employees in a post-pandemic world? In this podcast, we are joined by Amy DuVernet, Director of Training Manager Development at Training Industry to discuss the future of training.
41:27
February 9, 2021
Net Export Your Talent
How can we better nurture and advance the talent within our organisations? And what kind of cultural or leadership support is needed to drive this way of thinking and working? In this podcast, we are joined by Rick Adamson, Career Centre Innovator from Fidelity Investments to discuss how to be a net exporter of talent.
43:51
January 24, 2021
2020 The Year in Review
2020 has been a year like no other. In this podcast, we review the year that was and recap our favourite podcast topics from the year including radical candour, self-organising teams, leadership, unlearning, agility and so much more.
38:27
December 17, 2020
The Future of Project Management
How is project management impacted by the changing way we work and what will it look like in the future? When we think about projects, we typically think about the iron triangle - time, budget, and scope, but what about customer value? In this podcast, we are joined by business advisor, author, and speaker, Iain Fraser to discuss the future of project management.
44:02
December 2, 2020
The Human Work Machine
The most powerful tool knowledge workers have is their brain. But how much do we really know about how our brains work?  How do we process information and react in work environments? In this podcast we explore how can we maximise our thinking power to create happier and healthier workplaces.
49:05
November 26, 2020
Authentic Leadership and Leadership Style
What is authentic leadership? What is leadership style? And how might we apply both to the work environment? In this podcast we are joined by Lorissa Garcia, leadership coach, mentor and facilitator to talk about radical self-enquiry, empathy and genuine leadership.
36:02
November 5, 2020
Leading with Agility
Are traditional leadership practices outdated in our modern workplaces? How can we solve new and emerging problems in today’s rapidly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world? In this podcast we are joined by ICAgile Director of Community Engagement, Shane Hastie to discuss the future of leadership.
43:56
October 15, 2020
Thinking like a Start-Up
Start-ups are all the rage with their fast-paced culture, endless optimism, free flow of ideas and the ability to be nimble and move quickly to chase success. So what can larger, more established companies learn from start-ups, and what do they need to do to make the shift? In this podcast, Tim McLoughlin, Partner at Cofounders Capital joins us to discuss start-up thinking.
43:30
October 8, 2020
The Workplace Psychologist
In an increasingly complex and changing world, how can we leverage human psychology to develop more successful organisations? Do we need a  workplace psychologist on staff? In this episode we welcome Agile Coach Jessica Katz to talk about the role of coaching and the role of psychology in the modern workplace.
42:22
October 4, 2020
Psychological Safety for High Performance
What is psychological safety? And how can we create psychologically safe teams? In this podcast we speak with Gareth Holebrook, coach, agile leader and high performance triathlete about how to build a psychologically safe environment where leaders show the way.
44:27
September 9, 2020
Unlearning to Learn
How can we learn to become more adaptive in a changing world? Before we can learn a new way, we often need to unlearn the old. In this podcast with special guest Stephen Dowling, we discuss the importance of unlearning to move away from old ways of working that no longer serve us into new ways that do.
46:16
August 27, 2020
Wellbeing in the Workplace
What is workplace wellness and how can it contribute to healthier and more productive businesses? In this podcast, we are joined by clinical psychologist, Jacqui Maguire to dive into the topic of wellbeing. We discuss how we can best manage our wellbeing in the middle of a pandemic and how thriving business needs thriving employees.
45:14
August 14, 2020
Self-organising Teams
Is self-organisation an inspirational dream or the new reality? Self-organising teams are a staple of the agile way of working, but with so many hierarchical organisations built on industrial era ideals, how can we really make the transition from self-management to self-direction? In this podcast we dig in to the changing ways we work as a team.
40:22
August 13, 2020
Women in Tech
How do women navigate the tech world?  Is their experience that much different to their male counterparts? In this podcast we're delighted to be joined by two Boston natives and tech powerhouses, Michelle Broadbent and Jill Callinan to discuss the topic of women in tech. Michelle and Jill bring to light some of the real challenges that women in tech face, and how we might go about changing for the better.
51:19
July 28, 2020
Product Management
What is the difference between the roles of the Product Manager, the Product Owner and the Business Analyst, and who does what? In this podcast we delve into the world of product management and discuss how we best combine skills and experience to create value.
28:48
July 17, 2020
Key Business Indicators
How can organisations adopt metrics that really matter? In this podcast we'll explore using Key Business Indicators. We'll discuss what to measure, how to measure, and most importantly why metrics are useful.
31:53
June 29, 2020
Cognitive Diversity
How do we create teams that have diversity of thought to maximise the collective intelligence of our teams? In this podcast we dive into why diversity of thought is important, why it's hard and why you should choose to do it despite the discomfort.
30:58
June 10, 2020
Adaptive Leadership Part 2
The old school approach to leadership is dying, How can we adapt as leaders to face the challenges of the modern workplace? In this podcast we take a pragmatic approach to applying new ways of working.
34:31
April 29, 2020
Adaptive Leadership
How do we learn at the speed of change? In this podcast we discuss adaptive leadership. What is it? And how can managers move from a traditional command and control paradigm to one of sensing, responding and adapting to change?
30:17
April 15, 2020
Perform under Pressure
How do we perform under pressure? In this podcast we discuss tips and techniques to help us to better manage stressful situations such as we find ourselves in right now with COVID-19. 
34:44
April 1, 2020
Radical Candour
What is radical candour? This podcast explores what radical candour is all about and how you can adopt it to create a more productive and more caring culture.
22:49
March 5, 2020