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Love as a Business Strategy

Love as a Business Strategy

By Softway
A podcast that brings humanity to the workplace.

Each episode of LAABS busts the doors off topics that most business leaders shy away from in the workplace. Ready to have important conversations to drive real change in your organization? It starts with love. Let us show you how.
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98. Love as a Leadership Strategy with Janine Bensouda
In this episode, we are joined by Janine Bensouda, the Founder and Managing Director of Bensouda Consulting. She talks with us about her framework of how to Lead with Love and we hold it against our framework here at Love as a Business Strategy. We love encountering people out there doing things similar to us, so you won't want to miss this discussion!
36:36
June 30, 2022
97. Love as a Connection Strategy with Matthew Woodward
Can love be a strategy in the world of teaching? Find out on this interesting episode with Matthew Woodward, Choir Director at MacArthur HS as he shows us how connection, love, and respect create a solid foundation for their success as a choir.
34:44
June 22, 2022
96. Love as a Business Strategy with Evolv Consulting
In this episode we talk to Eric Neef, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Evolv Consulting Consulting on some of the ways to practice and adopt and apply the culture within a company.
34:06
June 08, 2022
95. Love as a Leadership Strategy with Brittany Heflin
In this episode we talk to Leadership Coach, Consultant and Enthusiast at Boston Consulting Group, Brittany Heflin on the heart of leadership. We dig deep into how empathy helps strike the right balance between intent and impact . Join us!
32:39
June 01, 2022
94. Love as an Inclusion Strategy with Kristin Ekkens
A lot of companies find that their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts fail. Kristin Ekkens, the CEO of Exponential Inclusion, is an expert that helps leaders figure out how to create more inclusive cultures that will last. She focuses not on the task-oriented aspects, but the impact that efforts will make. Check this one out for some really helpful tips!
32:09
May 25, 2022
93. Love as an Asynchronous Strategy with Liam Martin
 Whether we like it or not, the workplace is shifting. Remote work environments are becoming more and more common creating a need for asynchronous management. Liam Martin is the author of _Running Remote_ and an expert at managing teams without actually being with them. Check it out!
31:24
May 18, 2022
92. Love as a Sales Strategy with Jason Marc Campbell
To some, Sales is a nasty word with a bad reputation. But our guest this week, Jason Marc Campbell, is determined to bring humanity back to the selling process. He talks with us about how caring for your buyer will lead to a more fulfilling career and better business outcomes.
33:36
May 11, 2022
91. Love as a Faith Strategy with Mushfique Shams Billah
Surprisingly, there are still topics that feel taboo in the workplace. Religion is one of them. Mushfique Shams Billah is an attorney that specializes in Islamic finance and a practicing Muslim. He opens up to us about how he is able to bring his full self to work and the importance of inclusion. You won't want to miss this episode where we explore ESG, ethical finance, the workplace and boardrooms.
43:09
May 04, 2022
90. Love as a Business Strategy with Charity Water
We often get asked about what Love as a Business Strategy means and people will mistake it for businesses that are not-for-profit. Today, we actually get to sit down with Ben Greene, Chief Development Officer at Charity: Water to talk about not only bringing humanity back to the workplace, but bringing humanity back to the world.  We have set up a unique donation link in partnership with Charity: Water for this episode. If you would like to donate to their cause, you can do so here: charitywater.org/LAABS
31:15
April 27, 2022
89. Love as an Inspiration Strategy with Tony Martignetti
 This week we are joined by Tony Martignetti, Chief Inspiration Officer of Inspired Purpose Coaching to talk about (you guessed it) inspiration! How do we stay inspired in our careers and how do we inspire others? Check it out now!
29:36
April 20, 2022
88. Love as a Recruiting Strategy with Casey Hasten
Like it or not, we are living in a candidate's market when it comes to hiring and recruiting. Casey Hasten is a seasoned recruiter and talks to us about how she seeks first to love her candidates so that they can find their dream job. 
32:44
April 13, 2022
87. Love as a Networking Strategy with Frank Agin
To expert networker, Frank Agin, networking and leadership are closely related. We have a fun conversation this week about how success as a leader and success as a networker both come down to one thing: serving others. Check it out!
34:58
April 06, 2022
86. Love as a Spiritual Strategy with Mark Silver
This week we turn our philosophy of 'Love as a Business Strategy' on its head and discuss what 'Business as a Love Strategy' would look like. Business healer, Mark Silver, gets vulnerable with us about how having a spiritual practice has not only benefited him, but many other business leaders. 
33:55
March 30, 2022
85. Love as a Resilience Strategy with Dr. Trish Berg
This week we are joined by Dr. Trish Berg, a professor at Heidelberg University and author with a rich career in business. We dive into the topic of resilience and try to understand what makes a company and an individual truly resilient. You won't want to miss this one.
43:35
March 23, 2022
84. Love as a Gig Worker Strategy with Trevor Theunissen
We're always talking about love as a business strategy in terms of the "standard workplace", but this week's guest brings a totally different perspective. Trevor Theunissen discusses with us the impact that love can have on the countless people in the gig economy based on his experience at Shipt and Uber. 
33:57
March 18, 2022
83. LAABS Bookclub: Chapter One
This week, we take you behind the scenes of Chapter One from our Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Love as a Business Strategy. Maggie and Chris go over their little episode on vulnerability. Tune in!
22:54
March 10, 2022
82. Love as a STEM Strategy with Suna Lumeh
This week we are joined by Suna Lumeh, the co-founder and scientist at Aja Labs. We discuss how love is incorporated, or not, in the world of research and development. You won't want to miss this one.
29:31
March 03, 2022
81. Love as a Dramatic Strategy with Katie McLaughlin
This week, we are joined by Katie McLaughlin, the creator of the McLaughlin Method, to talk to us about her unique approach to executive coaching. Katie uses her background in theatre and acting to build empathy and emotional intelligence within organizations. We think you're going to enjoy this one. 
36:38
February 23, 2022
80. Love as a Great Strategy with Audrey Lloyd
This week we are joined by Audrey D. Lloyd, a transformation expert and author. We get to talk about her upcoming book and dissect the question 'what are you great at?' in order to increase engagement in the workplace. We hope you enjoy!
35:52
February 16, 2022
79. LAABS Bookclub The Foreword
Join us for a new series that we're kicking off called LAABS Bookclub where we deep dive into every chapter of our Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Love as a Business Strategy. We go behind the scenes into what inspired each chapter and offer never-before-heard insights and stories that you won't want to miss. 
40:22
February 10, 2022
78 Love as a Middle Management Strategy
This week we are joined by our own Maggie McClurkin and Chelsie Atkinson. They join us in a conversation around what culture looks like from the perspective of middle management and what unique challenges that come with these types of roles. It's a conversation that gets deep real fast, so you won't want to miss it.
35:59
February 02, 2022
77. Love as a Compassion Strategy with Gissele and David Taraba
We always love getting to talk with people who are working alongside us to bring humanity back to the workplace. Gissele and David Taraba are co-owners of the Maitri Centre for Love and Compassion. They bring the concept of compassion to the equation along with some insights that you won't want to miss. 
38:03
January 27, 2022
76. Love as an Inclusion Strategy with Gena Cox
This week's guest is Gena Cox, an organizational psychologist and executive coach. She brings her wisdom to a very insightful conversation we had around leadership, inclusion, and organizational culture in today's workplace. Her stories are extremely applicable and her expertise is undeniable.
55:04
January 19, 2022
75. Love as a Psychological Safety Strategy with Mehmet Baha
If you've been looking for a deep dive on psychological safety, then look no further. We were joined by Mehmet Baha who has trained hundreds of leaders across the globe on the importance of psychological safety. Take a listen in order to gain some practical tips that you can apply to yourself and your teams
41:19
January 12, 2022
74. Love as an Emotional Intelligence Strategy with Stephen Barth
This week we are joined by Stephen Barth, a professor, lawyer, and founder of HospitalityLawyer.com who shares some incredible insights with us from his over 30 years of teaching leadership. He breaks down with us why emotional intelligence in the workplace is so important, and we promise you, you'll want to take notes.
52:42
January 05, 2022
73. Love as an Empowerment Strategy with Adette C. Contreras
Today's episode is a conversation with Adette C. Contreras, a CEO and entrepreneur who runs two companies at once. We dig into the conversation of culture in her roles and, specifically, what genuine empowerment looks like within both of her organizations. This is a particularly great listen if you work in a service-based industry. We hope you enjoy!
40:17
December 29, 2021
72. Love as a Women in Leadership Strategy with Johanna Pagonis
Johanna Pagonis is the Founder and CEO of Sinogap Solutions. She is a podcaster, author, and entrepreneur and she joins us today to discuss an important topic: women in the workplace and women in leadership. Johanna is passionate about helping people understand the number of challenges that women face every day in the corporate world. We hope you enjoy this important discussion as much as we did.
48:30
December 22, 2021
71. Love as a Reliability Strategy with James Kovacevic
When we say that we believe in bringing humanity back to the workplace, we mean to any and all workplaces. Today's guest, James Kovacevic, is an expert in maintenance and reliability in the world of manufacturing. In this week's episode, we have a conversation about what love in the workplace looks like from his lens. 
35:45
December 15, 2021
70. Love as a Change Strategy with Loubna Noureddin
Today's episode is focused on change and how to create sustainable change that sticks. We invited Loubna Noureddin, an expert in change, to share her wisdom from living through two civil wars and working within healthcare systems. 
53:45
December 08, 2021
69. Love as an Unstuck Strategy with Jon Dwoskin
If you've ever felt stuck in your business or leadership, today's episode is for you. Jon Dwoskin is a business coach who helps leaders get unstuck and grow their business. We ask him what role love plays into that equation. 
46:11
December 01, 2021
68. Love as an Adversity Strategy with Dustin DeVries
Dustin DeVries is a business owner who went through a life-changing event that put his business and its people to the test. In this episode, Dustin shares his personal struggle through that adversity and how it shaped the way he leads his business. 
40:15
November 17, 2021
67. Love as an Authentic Strategy with Michael Seaver
This week we are joined by Michael Seaver, an award-winning executive coach, leadership consultant, speaker, and author. Just like us, he is working tirelessly to bring humanity back to the workplace through his own data-backed methodology. Check out this episode and find out why we felt like a match made in heaven. 
45:03
November 10, 2021
66. Love as a Business Strategy with SHR
In this unique episode, Chris has a reunion with one of his old bosses, Rod Jiminez, who is the CEO of SHR. Rod showed Chris early on in his career what love as a business strategy could look like. Join us as we go on this walk down memory lane. 
58:33
November 03, 2021
65. Love as an Authentic Leadership Strategy
This week, we are joined by Roxanne Derhodge, a registered psychotherapist and corporate consultant that specializes in helping senior leaders develop authentic leadership. We get the opportunity to dig into our own personal questions and Roxanne shares her wisdom with us. You won't want to miss this one.
46:56
October 27, 2021
64. How to Be Inclusive in the Hiring Process
We get to sit down with our very own, Chris Pitre, this week to grill him on a question that is plaguing many of us today: how can we be more inclusive in the hiring process? Chris shares with us his insights on how the recruitment process is where to start. 
38:33
October 13, 2021
63. Love as a Business Strategy with Jet Dental
This week we are joined by CEO and Co-Founder of Jet Dental, Jordan Smith. Jet Dental is an incredibly unique business that does pop-up dental offices for workplaces. Even more interesting is the values and culture that drive the business forward.
53:23
October 06, 2021
62. It Doesn't Have to Be Lonely at the Top
We've all heard the truth that the higher up you go in a company, the lonelier it gets; but it doesn't have to be that way. We discuss how to avoid finding yourself lonely at the top in this week's episode. 
41:33
September 29, 2021
61. Love as a Remarkable Strategy
Denise Cooper specializes in executive coaching and leadership training. In this week's episode she shares some relatable stories with us around the realities of trust in the workplace, what it means to be human, how to look at your own values, and the topic of redemption. Buckle up and enjoy the show.  
58:56
September 22, 2021
60. Love as a Work-Life Balance Strategy
If you've ever used the term "work-life balance", this episode is for you. At Softway, we believe in something a little different. In this episode we break down the concept of work-life integration and why it is necessary to building a healthy workplace culture. 
32:18
September 08, 2021
59. Love as a Recruitment Strategy
Today we get a chance to sit down with Alka who works with us in our Bangalore office. We have a raw and honest conversation with her about the realities of HR and recruitment not only in our own company, but for all businesses alike. 
51:49
September 01, 2021
58. Love as a Tough Strategy
In today's episode we sit down with founder of WGNinHR Consulting, Joanne Rencher where she shares her experience with coaching executive leaders. We dig into what works and what doesn't work and, as always, test our hypothesis of love against what she's seen. 
57:18
August 25, 2021
57. Love as a Change Management Strategy
In today's episode, we get to pick the brain of an organizational change management expert, Harlan Hammack. We discuss what it really takes to have a successful culture change initiative inside of your organization. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did. 
50:09
August 18, 2021
56. Love as a DEI Strategy
It's been over a year since businesses all over the world shifted their attention to address diversity, equity, and inclusion issues more seriously than ever before. But the question is, have things really changed? We discuss this and the reality of DEI in the workplace today in this week's episode. 
37:18
August 04, 2021
55. Love as a Remote Work Strategy
In today's episode, we come together to take an honest look at the state of the workplace in a somewhat post-pandemic world. With job resignations at an all-time high, we wanted to break it down and share our different perspectives on how businesses and business leaders should be adapting. You won't want to miss it.
33:00
July 28, 2021
54. Love as an Advocacy Strategy 
This week we are joined by Katharine English, a leader at Google Cloud. We have some insightful and important conversations around women in tech, inclusion in the workplace, and how DEI should be addressed today. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
01:06:23
July 21, 2021
53. Love as a Travel Strategy
This week we are joined by Olga and Ivan, founders of the travel company YouTravel.me. They share their story of how a really bad travel experience led to the realization that travel requires empathy and how the love of exploration can bring people together. Check it out now.
54:41
July 14, 2021
52. Love as an Empathetic Healthcare Strategy
This week we sit down with Soojin Jun. She shares a powerful story of personal loss and her deep desire to bring empathy back to every component of healthcare.
54:59
July 07, 2021
51. Love as a Legacy Strategy
This is an episode we have been excited about releasing for a long time. We are joined by Dr. Esmaeil Porsa, the CEO of Harris Health System in Harris County, Texas. He vulnerably discusses with us the legacy of love that he hopes to leave behind in his organization and how he tries to practice love every day.
01:15:12
June 30, 2021
50. LAABS: Remember the Seneca Pilot?
This week we're joined by two of Softway's Associate Directors who were a part of the inception of our leadership transformation experience, Seneca Leaders. We dig deep into some of our biggest learnings from that time and discuss what real empowerment looks like.
30:24
June 23, 2021
49. LAABS: Remember When Frank Missed That Meeting?
This week we take a trip down Softway's memory lane to discuss an incident that played out, have some fun with it, talk about how that what that meant to us in terms of, of culture, our learnings and our personal growth.
37:04
June 16, 2021
48. Love as a Diversity and Inclusion Strategy with JeVon McCormick
We’re back again this week with a crowd favorite: CEO of Scribe Media, JeVon McCormick. This week, we really dive into diversity and inclusion in the corporate workplace. We talk about what it is and what it isn’t as well as what it helpful and hurtful in business. You won’t want to miss this one.
01:18:09
June 09, 2021
47. Love as a Business Strategy with Southwest Airlines
In this week’s episode, we sit down with Former Managing Director of Culture at Southwest Airlines, Cheryl Hughey. We had an incredible conversation about how love permeates every facet of business at Southwest and how it has become their competitive advantage.
01:05:29
June 02, 2021
46. Love as a Happy Teams Strategy
Owner and Lead Teams Coach of Happy Teams, Catrina Ballard, joined us this week to talk about all things culture. Catrina has vast experience in coaching leaders and entrepreneurs on how to build effective teams. This episode felt like a bunch of old friends gathering around for a chat. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
59:45
May 26, 2021
45. Love as a Left-Brained Strategy
This week Dr. Andrew Kim, upcoming author and CEO of Culture 'n Strategy, joins us to share his journey on improving culture from a left brain. He turned his journey into a strategy for other leaders who understand and value logic, especially in a landscape that centers on emotion, behavior, and non-linear processes. "Love as a Left-Brained Strategy" gives a good look into how to change culture for those who lean on logic first to solve business problems. Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
58:06
May 19, 2021
44. Love as a Teaching Strategy
Ever heard the phrase "love is the best motivator"? Our guest this week, Mike Yates, has found this to be true first-hand with his experience in education. His philosophy is to get kids to love school and then the rest will take care of itself. 'Love as a Teaching Strategy' may be about school, but we'll guarantee you will find insights for your business. Take a listen now! Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
01:01:05
May 12, 2021
43. Love as a Culture Building Strategy
This week we had the privilege of sitting down with James Walker, SVP, Digital Innovation Practice Lead in Weber Shandwick’s Washington, D.C. office and have a conversation about culture and the internal side of things. We were able to dig deep on topics of how a leadership team thinks of their employees, in terms of goals, platforms and outcomes. We hope that you enjoy this episode!
39:51
May 04, 2021
42. Love as a Business Strategy: The Book
Writing a book has been a dream of ours for many years, and we can't believe that we can finally say it has come to fruition. Join us as we discuss and celebrate our new book Love as a Business Strategy: Resilience, Belonging & Success on the day of its launch and make sure to snag your copy today. For more information and to purchase the book, visit LoveAsABusinessStrategy.com.
31:12
April 27, 2021
41. Love as a Health Informatics Strategy
This week, we're joined by Siraj Anwar, Sr. Vice President and Chief Health Informatics Officer at Harris Health System as well as Dr. Rod Brace and Dr. Michael Shabot of Relia Healthcare Advisors to discuss the role of informatics in driving leadership behaviors for high reliability. And as always, we dive into what love has to do with all of this.  Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
57:53
April 20, 2021
40. LAABS: Remember Softway's Darkest Day?
It was 2015 and it was a day we would rather never remember. But in true LAABS form, we are going to talk about it publicly. Journey back with us to the day that could have been the end of our business and culture as we now it. Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
39:16
April 13, 2021
39. Love as a Business Strategy with Scribe Media
What do the son of a pimp, a publishing company, and love have to do with each other? Find out in this week's episode where we are joined by President and CEO of Scribe Media, JeVon "JT" McCormick. He gets real with us as we discuss why people always come first in his organization. This episode will leave you wanting more. Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
01:10:23
April 08, 2021
38. LAABS: Remember when Jeff was a bad boss?
Continuing our trip down memory lane, we invited two project managers, Ashley and Erin, onto the show this week to revisit their experience with Jeff as their boss before he started his behavior transformation journey. It’s awkward but it’s good. Take a listen! Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
40:35
March 30, 2021
37: LAABS: Remember When That One Email Destroyed Our Culture?
This week, we're kicking off a new series where we all take a trip down memory lane and think back on some of the stories that defined our old culture. Before our transformation, we have moments that we look back on and cringe, and we want to re-live those moments with our listeners. We don't want to give too much away, but this one is about a particular strongly-worded email that Mohammad sent in 2015 (and apparently his CAPS LOCK WAS BROKEN). Take a listen to find out what got him so fired up.  Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
37:23
March 26, 2021
36. Love as a Behavior Transformation Strategy
The reality is that 70% of culture transformations fail. But why? In this week's episode, we unpack our experiences with leaders and organizations that contribute to failed culture initiatives, and discuss how Softway's products and services bridge the gap and pave the way for real change in your organization. Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
37:54
March 02, 2021
35. Love as a Commitment Strategy
While there are a million reasons to invest in your company's people and culture, there are always going to be reasons not to. This week, we dig into some of the common excuses we commonly hear about why business leaders choose not to take on a culture transformation in their organization. This may just be our saltiest episode yet. Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
33:28
February 23, 2021
34. Love as an Uncomfortable Strategy
This week we had the privilege of sitting down with Victor Scotti, Chief Inspiration Officer of Moving Mountains LLC and former Google team member, to have a raw conversation about equity and diversity in the workplace. We were able to dig deep on topics of introspection, self efficacy, and opportunity when it comes to race and non-dominant groups. This episode is meant to spark conversation and make you look inward on some of these topics. We hope that you enjoy this episode with an open heart and an open mind.  Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
55:02
February 16, 2021
33. Love as a System Strategy
Joining us this week is author and consultant, Dan Edds. Dan discusses his research with us on how building a system centered around love, respect, and purpose could be the key to improving a high impact organization's culture and even how it can save lives. From healthcare to the military, Dan has seen how love is the answer to a lot of organization's leadership problems. Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
01:06:31
February 09, 2021
32. Love as a B2E Strategy
You've heard of B2B and B2C, but you've probably never heard of B2E or Business to Employee. At Softway, we create solutions that are employee-first in order to build more resilient workforces and higher performing organizations. In this week's episode, we outline why a B2E solution may just be what your company needs in order to succeed.  Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
31:13
February 02, 2021
31. Love as a Business Strategy with JMMB Group
This week, we have the Chief Marketing Officer of the JMMB Group, Kerry-Ann Stimpson, joining us to explain how love can be evident in the most unlikely of places: the banking industry. JMMB Group was founded on love and is still practiced daily with their employees, clients, and shareholders. Listen now to this deep dive on the JMMB Group and all that they're doing to spread the love. Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
55:42
January 26, 2021
30. Love as an Empathy Strategy
Empathy is at the center of everything we talk about at Love as a Business Strategy. If you don’t have empathy for the person sitting next to you at work, you are potentially missing out on untapped potential and innovation. In this episode, we explore what true empathy looks like in the workplace and why you should start practicing it now. Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
29:57
January 12, 2021
29. Love as a Forgiveness Strategy
Why is it important to learn about forgiveness in the workplace? Because it is one of the most important things about our humanity. Unforgiveness in business can lead to inefficiencies, lack of innovation, and profit loss. In this week's episode, we unpack why unforgiveness is the silent killer in an organization's culture.  Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
37:41
January 05, 2021
28. Love as a Humanizing Initiative Part 3
This week, we are joined again by the Humanizing Initiative to continue our conversation around humanistic leadership. We discuss the process of unlearning and relearning together as we examine how we can bring humanity back to the workplace.   Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
57:00
December 22, 2020
27. Love as a Humanizing Initiative Part 2
This week, we are joined again by the Humanizing Initiative to continue our conversation around humanistic leadership. We use this episode to examine the problem statement that many businesses are facing: why is what we're learning wrong? Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
59:02
December 15, 2020
26. Love as a Public Health Strategy
Communities are what build up our society, and a strong community is built by looking out for the person next to you. In this week's episode, we talk with Alisa Howard, a public health servant leader, to discuss trust and love within a community. Think this doesn't apply to business? Think again. Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
55:35
December 08, 2020
25. Love as a Nice Strategy
This week, we were joined by Marc Effron, best-selling author and founder of the Talent Strategy Group to talk about why "nice" cultures are not good for your business. Sometimes love means saying the tough things to your teammates, and that is often the nicest thing you can do for someone.    Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
58:51
December 01, 2020
24. Love as an Internship Strategy
In this week's episode, we are joined by Katherine Taylor, Executive Director of Genesys Works Houston, to talk about what love and inclusion have to do with corporate internships. We discuss equity of opportunity, the power of a network, and how major corporations are actually benefitting more from their interns than the interns are from them.  Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
54:39
November 24, 2020
23. Love as a Growth Strategy
This week, we are joined by best-selling author of "Banking on Digital Growth" James Robert Lay to talk about what successful growth looks like within an organization. Why do processes and technologies often fail and why might being purpose-driven be the answer? Find out the answers to these questions now.   Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
54:44
November 17, 2020
22. Love as a Humanizing Initiative
This week, we're kicking off an exciting collaborative series with The Humanizing Initiative. Their goal is to humanize leaders and organizations in order to cultivate humanistic leadership. In our first episode of this series, we meet the four co-founders and really dive into why The Humanizing Initiative exists.   Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
57:37
November 10, 2020
21. Love as a Trust Strategy
In this week's episode, we're talking about the elephant in the room: trust. Without it, you will never be able to have a high-performing team, but how do you build trust amongst your co-workers? We answer this question and discuss our experiences with vulnerability-based trust in 'Love as a Trust Strategy'.    Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
33:11
November 03, 2020
20. Love as a Vulnerability Strategy
Vulnerability is scary, but in the workplace, it's often unheard of. In this episode, we unpack how being vulnerable with your teams will unlock potential and also foster humanity within your organization.    Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
37:59
October 27, 2020
19. Love as a Healthcare Strategy
Over the past several months, we've seen a resurgence in the need for patient care and well-being with the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe. Dr. Rod Brace, former hospital CEO and founding partner of Relia Healthcare Advisors, joins us to talk about what it takes to create a high-reliability culture. Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
54:25
October 20, 2020
18. Love as an Empowerment Strategy
Are you constantly wishing that you had more time in your day? Do you feel like the leaders bear the majority of the workload in your organization? This may not be an issue of time management, but a lack of empowerment. How can you lovingly empower your teams so that you are no longer working late nights and weekend - find out in this episode of Love as a Business Strategy.   Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
36:09
October 13, 2020
17. Love as a Mentorship Strategy
In this episode, we try to get you to think differently about a simple concept. What makes a good mentor? What role should mentorship play in our lives? What’s the right way to mentor someone, or to be mentored? We dive into all of these things, and share about the role that LOVE plays in all of it. Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
33:10
October 06, 2020
16. Love as a Platinum Strategy
Have you heard of the “Platinum Rule”? Our guest in this episode, Kandace Cooks, introduced us to this concept. She has devoted her life and career to following the Platinum Rule, and we have an amazing time diving into this concept - and how we might apply it to our lives. And of course, what’s love got to do with it?   Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
56:23
September 28, 2020
15. Love as a Team Strategy
What makes a team effective? How do you build a winning team? We’ve all heard of “High-performing teams”, but what’s the secret-sauce? In this episode, we talk about how we approach building teams, and we also try something different and get into an awkward debate. In the end, of course, we try to uncover the role that LOVE plays in every great team.   Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
40:08
September 22, 2020
14. Love as a Sales Strategy
How can we have a business podcast without talking about sales? As it turns out, we used to do sales all wrong - so we take this opportunity to really understand the drastic difference between how we used to approach sales vs. how we now apply a little LOVE to the process.   Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
37:44
September 15, 2020
13. Love as an Equity Strategy
We hear a lot of buzz around diversity and inclusion nowadays, but equity is not talked about as often. How is equity different? Why is it important? In this episode, we have an amazing conversation with the co-hosts of the Dear White Women Podcast, Sara and Misasha. Their expertise, experience, and perspective really shine a light on the topic of equity. Check out Sara & Misasha's podcast, Dear White Women, at https://www.dearwhitewomen.com/ and everywhere podcasts can be found. Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
54:53
September 08, 2020
12. Love as a Feedback Strategy
Let’s talk about the F word. That’s right… Feedback. Something that everybody needs, but not everybody always wants to hear. Why is giving and receiving feedback so hard sometimes? How do we unlock the true potential and benefit of feedback in our life? Through stories and discussion, we try to figure it out together in today’s episode. Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
39:42
September 01, 2020
11. Love as a Survival Strategy
In these unprecedented times, many businesses are just looking to survive. But how does a company survive in today’s climate? What’s it going to take? Is just surviving enough? Does love have any role to play in it? We invite an expert in this field, Jeff Brown, to help us answer these questions. With nearly 30 years of experience in building resilient companies, he walks us through his perspective on what surviving as a business really looks like. Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
52:31
August 25, 2020
10. Love as a Coaching Strategy
In this very special episode, we get a chance to chat with Jane Figueiredo—World Champion and Olympic medal-winning diving coach and Yulia Pakhalina—European Champion, World Champion, and 5-time Olympic medal-winning diver. We talk about love as a coaching strategy, and draw parallels between performing at the highest level of athletic competition and succeeding in business. Check out the other episodes, see show notes, transcripts, and more at our website: https://www.softway.com/laabs
01:08:14
August 18, 2020
9. Love as an Agile Transformation Strategy
Whether you’ve been going Agile for years, or you’re just now starting the transformation - an organization’s journey into Agile is not an easy one. In this episode, we talk about what makes an Agile transformation so difficult and what every business should be focusing on to really make Agile work. Spoiler alert: love might have something to do with it. Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
32:22
August 11, 2020
8. Love as a Delicious Strategy
Food is a universal connector of people. Food is at the center of every occasion. Sharing food is akin to sharing a piece of our identity, culture, and affection. When you sit and eat together, and when you eat the same food as others - you grow closer. So how is food connected to business? And what role does Love play in it all? Let's discuss. Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
27:04
July 31, 2020
7. Love as an Empathetic Leadership Strategy
How can leaders hold their teams accountable while still maintaining a culture of love? In this episode, we explore what it means to be an Empathetic Leader, and how there’s a very big difference between empathy and sympathy when it comes to the workplace. Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
29:25
July 24, 2020
6. Love as an Inclusion Strategy
In this episode, we zoom in on the topic of Inclusion. Specifically, how businesses should be tackling it. D&I is obviously still a hot topic, and many companies are scrambling for actionable results. What’s the right approach to address diversity and inclusion issues in your organization? And of course, where does LOVE fit into the equation? Let’s dive in. Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
37:34
July 17, 2020
5. Love as a Technology Strategy
Technology is a part of every modern business, and often an aspect that is approached logically and tactically. So often, it’s made up of zeroes and ones and nothing more. Is there any room for LOVE in something so mechanical? We take on that question and more in this episode! Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
30:43
July 10, 2020
4. Love as a Diversity & Inclusion Strategy
Diversity and Inclusion is at the forefront of many business conversation right now. Not everyone is approaching it the same way. We want to explore the different ways to look at and address D&I in a business - and how LOVE changes the equation. Addressing D&I in your business might look different from what you'd expect! Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
34:44
July 03, 2020
3. Love as a Digital Transformation Strategy
In this episode, we talk about digital transformation and what it really looks like for companies to go through. And of course, we ask: What role does LOVE play in a business’s digital transformation strategy? While many companies are focusing on digital strategy, it’s more than just changing your process and tools. The real transformation centers around how your teams work with each other, and how people behave. Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
29:25
June 26, 2020
2. How Business Leaders Can Actually Help Black Employees
In this episode, we speak with Chris Pitre, and ask him to share in-depth about 9 questions that businesses leaders can ask themselves to start identifying constructs, biases, and policies that contribute to the mistreatment and mischaracterization of Black employees in their organization.   The article we are referencing (How Business Leaders Can Actually Help Black Employees) can be found here. Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
34:55
June 12, 2020
1. Love as a...business strategy?
In our very first episode, we get together and talk about what "Love" means in a business context. We introduce the concept, and share what our experience has been in making this applicable to our business. See the video version here. Find out more about about our show and check out other episodes, transcripts, newsletters, and more at https://www.softway.com/laabs.
40:01
June 12, 2020