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Work Revolution

Work Revolution

By Debra Adey & lisa Schmidt
In the second season of the Work Revolution Podcast, Debra joins forces with new co-host lisa Schmidt to challenge the status quo of obsolete workplace practices and ideas about leadership that contribute to inequality and disengagement—and slow the pace of much needed change and innovation.

Listen in as Debra and lisa parlay their extensive professional experience, humour, critical insights and smart-ass attitudes into showing there IS a better way to work, and live.

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17. Family Unfriendly: Women in Law – Part 2 of 2

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22. Women In Trades: A Reality Check With Natasha Fritz
Being a woman in any male-dominated industry is tough. Particularly for women in trades, there are certain realities that are just outright hard to accept and should not be the norm. In this episode, Natasha Fritz, owner of Natural Carpentry, opens up about her experiences as a woman working in the construction business. She was recently engaged in a legal dispute after calling out a catcaller on a show, and that’s what brought her here today. Debra Adey and Lisa Schmidt also weigh in on the kinds of expectations forced on women in these fields and the kind of change that needs to happen. Tune in for a thought-provoking piece on gender bias in the workplace, tackling harassment, and more. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! workrevolution.ca
01:04:54
December 3, 2021
21. The Great Resignation
In many Western economies, workers of all stripes and sorts are punching out, seeking meaning and purpose outside the confines of employment, or leaving to pursue jobs that are more flexible, bosses who are more supportive, and organizations that are more aligned with their values. In this episode, Debra and lisa analyze the reasons behind “The Great Resignation," drawing on their experiences in organizational change, leadership development, and career transition, adding what they are learning from positive psychology and neuroscience along the way. Tune in to discover what is causing these mass resignations and what companies need to do if they want to retain their talent.
47:03
November 18, 2021
20. Ask Us Anything: Steve
Steve is starting a new consulting gig as he kicks off the next chapter in his career, having just left a large financial institution. As he prepares to lead a critical project for his client, he is facing a challenging people-related issue that has the potential to impact his success. If this opportunity works out well, it may be the start of his new consulting business. Debra and lisa set the scene, and offer strategies and insights to help Steve navigate this delicate situation and set himself, and those around him, up for success.
24:04
November 5, 2021
19. How To Be Politically Savvy With Mira Brancu
Most of us have tripped over workplace politics at some point in our career. Many think they can take the high road and avoid playing the political game altogether. Perhaps, though, a better approach is to take the high road AND engage with workplace politics, since really, it can't be avoided.  In this episode, executive coach and psychologist Mira Brancu shares her definition of workplace politics, and gives her sage counsel on how to navigate political systems while remaining authentically ourselves. In doing this we can all help build a workplace culture that elevates everyone—and creates positive impact. Guest Website Web workrevolutionpodcast.com Instagram @work_revolution Facebook @workrevolutionpodcast Music theme blueimusic.com
50:10
October 21, 2021
18. What Can Business Learn From Deanna Troi?
In spite of plenty of evidence that employees come to work with both their brains AND their hearts, emotions and empathy aren't something we see or talk a lot about in the workplace. In today’s episode, Debra and lisa speculate on what role an Empath like Deanna Troi from Star Trek TNG would play in today’s business space. Join Debra and lisa as they analyze the character, the strengths and skill set—and consider how this character's role could enhance organizational culture and performance. If you are interested in workplace culture, and how it can be shaped through roles that explicitly value emotion and make it safe to show up as fully human, this episode is for you. Pyramid of Emotional Needs (mentioned in this episode) Web workrevolutionpodcast.com Instagram @work_revolution Facebook @workrevolutionpodcast Music theme blueimusic.com
37:07
September 23, 2021
Season 2 Trailer: Join The Work Revolution
Imagine a workplace where employees are committed, engaged, productive—and safe to express their talents and full humanity—day after day after day. This could be where you work, though it won't happen without understanding what is getting in the way. In Season 2 of the Work Revolution Podcast, Debra joins forces with her new co-host lisa Schmidt to challenge the status quo of obsolete workplace practices and ideas about leadership that contribute to inequality and disengagement, and slow the pace of much-needed change and innovation. Get to know Debra and lisa, and hear how they will use their extensive experience, critical insights, humour and smart-ass attitudes to show there is a better way to work and live.  Join the Work Revolution! Web workrevolutionpodcast.com Instagram @work_revolution Facebook @workrevolutionpodcast Music theme blueimusic.com
11:55
September 16, 2021
17. Family Unfriendly: Women in Law – Part 2 of 2
In part 2 of my conversation with Jane Scholes we discuss gender inequality in compensation for lawyers and how changes in leadership practices are urgently needed to avoid losing talent.  Highlighting the importance of great mentorship, Jane outlines the concrete strategies she’s learned from her Principal on how legal leaders can support young parents, and especially young women. As an added bonus, we talk strategies for young working parents to help facilitate the broader culture shift that’s needed so that women can contribute fully to the labour market (AKA Deb's unsolicited parenting advice).
39:27
March 23, 2021
16. Family Unfriendly: Women in Law – Part 1 of 2
Prompted by a recent Twitter storm of activity about whether parental leave should be effectively mandated for male lawyers who have children, Jane Scholes and I discuss how family unfriendly policies and practices hurt women’s careers, and men’s ability to participate fully as supportive partners and parents. Jane is a senior associate lawyer at Lerners LLP in London, Ontario where she practices primarily health, labour and employment, and human rights law. From the viewpoints of being an employment lawyer, an employee in a law firm and being a new parent herself, Jane provides a unique perspective on what law firms and other organizations need to do to retain and advance talented women. Follow on Instagram @work_revolution Email your feedback, questions and topic ideas to debra@workrevolution.ca Website: https://workrevolution.ca/ Editing by Rodney Lock Music: This World is Yours by Gyom
30:38
March 20, 2021
15. Men at Work
Jake Stika of Next Gen Men talks about how patriarchy and the masculine script of competition and domination perpetuates gender inequality and is harmful to both women AND men. Jake describes how he approaches these topics with leaders and other men, and about how his own experiences in semi-professional sport brought him to pivot his career to focus on the health and well-being of boys and men. Follow on Instagram @work_revolution Email your feedback, questions and topic ideas to debra@workrevolution.ca Website: https://workrevolution.ca/ Editing by Rodney Lock Music: This World is Yours by Gyom
52:49
March 5, 2021
14. Managing with Grace
How can we reduce bias and workplace conflict while increasing focus, productivity, authentic communication, and decision making? Mark Krasnohorsky believes the practice of meditation will have a profound impact on all of these. Hear how this science-minded, tech-savvy consultant applies meditation in the workplace and how it’s changed his personal life. Follow on Instagram @work_revolution Email your feedback, questions and topic ideas to debra@workrevolution.ca Website: https://workrevolution.ca/ Editing by Rodney Lock Music: This World is Yours by Gyom
58:38
February 19, 2021
13. Women’$ Worth
Kristine Beese, founder of Untangle Money speaks with me about the wage gap, the wealth gap and the power gap. Kristine also shares her career journey from engineering to capital markets to entrepreneurship, including some harrowing tales of being a nice woman in a bro culture. Follow on Instagram @work_revolution Email your feedback, questions and topic ideas to debra@workrevolution.ca Website: https://workrevolution.ca/ Editing by Rodney Lock Music: This World is Yours by Gyom
50:11
February 5, 2021
12. Be Brave
Sustainability and CSR expert Lindsay Colley talks about the evolving role of businesses in our society and what they must do to ensure their own long-term survival. Lindsay also shares her career journey from financial auditing at Ernst Young to using her expertise and capabilities in service of a cause greater than herself. Bonus features include bugs as a source of protein and the career limitations of being short. Follow on Instagram @work_revolution Email your feedback, questions and topic ideas to debra@workrevolution.ca Website: https://workrevolution.ca/ Editing by Rodney Lock Music: This World is Yours by Gyom
56:57
January 15, 2021
11. Change Like a Glacier
While companies push for ‘change agility’ from their people and in their business operations, they have made glacially slow progress on the issues that matter to most of us. Michael Bach, Founder and CEO of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion and author of Birds of All Feathers: Doing Diversity and Inclusion Right, shares his theories and experiences pushing for change, while I express my frustration and impatience waiting for it. Hint: The problem has something to do with the fact that it’s almost exclusively white, cisgender men who are in positions to make change happen, and they don’t see how diversity and inclusion serves their self-interest. Follow on Instagram @work_revolution Email your feedback, questions and topic ideas to debra@workrevolution.ca Website: https://workrevolution.ca/ Editing by Rodney Lock Music: This World is Yours by Gyom
40:16
January 8, 2021
10. Pots of Gold
If you are feeling confused by the growing list of characters in LGBTQIA2S+ and not sure you’re ready to announce your pronouns on LinkedIn, listen as Pride at Work Canada’s, Colin Druhan schools me on appropriate language, workplace challenges facing the queer and trans community, and the changes needed to make workplaces more inclusive. Follow on Instagram @work_revolution Email your feedback, questions and topic ideas to debra@workrevolution.ca Website: https://workrevolution.ca/ Editing by Rodney Lock Music: This World is Yours by Gyom
52:33
December 18, 2020
9. The Psychology of Job Loss
Neuromanagement expert Dr. Carlos Davidovich and I talk about why job loss can be one of life’s most traumatic events and what we can do to remain calm and strategically focused during job search.  Turns out my habit of talking to myself is called metacognition - and it's a good thing! Follow on Instagram @work_revolution Email your feedback, questions and topic ideas to debra@workrevolution.ca Website: https://workrevolution.ca/ Editing by Rodney Lock Music: This World is Yours by Gyom
42:03
December 11, 2020
8. Do the Right Thing
Professor and Psychologist Marie-Helene Budworth talks about race, gender and sex at work both as a researcher and based on her own experiences as a mixed-race person. We talk about insights gained while grocery shopping and call bullshit on the idea that minority groups need to prove an ROI and demonstrate ‘performance indicators’ to justify more inclusive workspaces. Follow on Instagram @work_revolution Email your feedback, questions and topic ideas to debra@workrevolution.ca Website: https://workrevolution.ca/ Editing by Rodney Lock Music: This World is Yours by Gyom
50:51
December 4, 2020
7. White Privilege. Male Privilege.
Lisa and I boldly go there; we share our thinking and some personal experiences related to the concepts of white supremacy, privilege, sexism and shitty bosses of all stripes. I unpack one of the biases I grew up with and how I first learned that women are considered a minority group,   Follow on Instagram @work_revolution Email your feedback, questions and topic ideas to debra@workrevolution.ca Website: https://workrevolution.ca/ Editing by Rodney Lock Music: This World is Yours by Gyom
01:02:40
November 14, 2020
6. The Boss' Dilemma
Moving up in an organization usually means taking on people management responsibilities, whether you like it or not. Many bosses don't enjoy managing people, don't have the skillset for it and/or don't feel they have the time to commit to it; they're promoted largely because of their ability to manage up, leaving their direct reports without a role model and someone to help them grow, learn and develop - all the things that contribute to engagement and help people reach their full potential.   Marie-Hélène Budworth, an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resource Management at York University talks about the boss' role in communicating with and leading employees. Follow on Instagram @work_revolution Email your feedback, questions and topic ideas to debra@workrevolution.ca Website: https://workrevolution.ca/ Editing by Rodney Lock Music: This World is Yours by Gyom
50:14
November 6, 2020
5. Tough Enough?
Engineer Kathryn Petroff talks about how she learned to be a tough-minded, straight shooter to fit in during the early days of her career and then had to unlearn it all to play nice in a corporate environment - and which style suits her better.  We also talk about how too many meetings and an obsession with productivity is killing creative problem solving, and much more! Follow on Instagram @work_revolution Email your feedback, questions and topic ideas to debra@workrevolution.ca Website: https://workrevolution.ca/ Editing by Rodney Lock Music: This World is Yours by Gyom
01:08:28
October 30, 2020
4. At Least I'm not Vegetarian
What's scarier, telling your friends, family and work colleagues that you're gay or doing Improv in front of a live audience? Well, my friend Monica has an opinion on that.  As one of very few female Air Traffic Controllers, Monica talks about the culture at work and her process of coming out to her co-workers. Then we compare notes on how we've used our wits to navigate potential #metoo moments.  Follow on Instagram @work_revolution Email your feedback, questions and topic ideas to debra@workrevolution.ca Website: https://workrevolution.ca/ Editing by Rodney Lock Music: This World is Yours by Gyom
43:30
October 23, 2020
3. The Problem with Confidence
I love nothing more than a robust, thoughtful conversation with my colleague Lisa Schmidt about work, leadership and organizational culture. In this episode we explore women's experience of the workplace, through the lens of research on confidence and the role that it plays in our promotability. We go on from there to talk about driving-RVs-while-female, stereotypes about women with kids (me) and those without (Lisa), and the fallacy that an organization's values tell us anything about what it's like to work there. Follow on Instagram @work_revolution Email your feedback, questions and topic ideas to debra@workrevolution.ca Website: https://workrevolution.ca/ Editing by Rodney Lock Music: This World is Yours by Gyom
01:04:25
October 16, 2020
2. Women, Culture and Engagement
Do pool tables and parties make a great corporate culture? Are happy employees more productive? Why aren't more women in the C-suite? This conversation touches on all of it.  My guest, Carolyn Hass, is a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and is VP, Product, Research and Development at SuccessFinder. Follow on Instagram @work_revolution Email your feedback, questions and topic ideas to debra@workrevolution.ca Website: https://workrevolution.ca/ Editing by Rodney Lock Music: This World is Yours by Gyom
01:02:35
October 9, 2020
Episode 1: Why do we need a Work Revolution?
20 years in the talent industry as a career coach and consultant has taught me that the workplace has become dysfunctional; too many employees are frustrated, bored, burned out, checked out, stressed out or demoralized.  Add to that a shifting global political landscape, growing societal unrest, gender and racial inequality and a climate crisis.  How are we to solve the difficult challenges ahead if can't harness the full potential, creativity and talent of our workforce? We need a Work Revolution. Follow on Instagram @work_revolution Email your feedback, questions and topic ideas to debra@workrevolution.ca Website: https://workrevolution.ca/ Editing by Rodney Lock Music: This World is Yours by Gyom
14:42
October 1, 2020