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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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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.
54:38
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.
54:43
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 3, 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.
37:58
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.
36:08
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.
33:09
October 6, 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.
56:22
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.
37:43
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.
54:52
September 8, 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 1, 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
1:08:13
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.
32:21
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.
29:24
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.
30:42
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.
34:43
July 3, 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.
34:54
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.
40:00
June 12, 2020