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Work, Upgraded

Work, Upgraded

By Lauren Dixon
Equipping leaders to succeed in the next industrial revolution by sharing actionable insights into the future of work. Our workplace technology is constantly being upgraded. Isn't it time our work caught up?
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0.31: Dependencies are not the enemy
In our pursuit of high autonomy teams, have we lost the art of managing dependencies? The article mentioned in today's episode: Agile Is Ruining Your Product by Matt LeMay Follow Wizard Innovation Labs on Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter for more
April 10, 2022
Ver 0.30: Vision, Values and Mission are *not* a strategy
If you've ever helped prepare a strategy before, you've probably had a consultant use the "vision, values and mission" structure to define it. However, VVM on their own are not a strategy. This week on Work Upgraded we explore what strategy is and what role VVM plays in your strategic leadership toolkit. Resources mentioned: Good Strategy Bad Strategy by Richard P. Rumelt Follow Wizard Innovation Labs on Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter for more
April 03, 2022
0.29: You Need to Fix your Retros, Now
The retrospective aka "retro" aka after action review aka many other names is one of the most powerful routines you can have to create a high performing team. Listen to this week's episode to find out why. Check out the "Is your retro broken?" assessment at Follow Wizard Innovation Labs on Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter for more
February 15, 2022
Ver 0.28: Unicorns Do Not Make High Performing Teams
As a leader, it can be tempting to keep hiring for a certain personality and skillset that you find produces high quality work. But this can unwittingly lead us into 5 traps that prevent us building a truly high performing team. Listen in to understand these 5 traps and what to focus on instead. Follow Wizard Innovation Labs on Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter.
February 06, 2022
Context is Key - Business Agility with Nicolas Brown
Have you ever tried to retro-fit other organisation's approach to business agility? Painful right? This week we talk to Ways of Working specialist, Nicolas Brown, about how business agility will impact the future of work, and how to get it right for your organisation. Follow Nick - Twitter: @mbrown02 LinkedIn: Website: Follow Wizard Innovation Labs -  Instagram LinkedIn Facebook Twitter
December 19, 2021
How to Survive Workplace Politics with Terry B McDougall
In this bumper episode with career coach Terry B McDougall, we cover some of the self-leadership essentials including: Having boundaries at work Leading your team to success and happiness The high integrity approach to politics Find out more from Terry here: Website: LinkedIn: Facebook: Instagram: @i_am_coach_terry Book: Winning the Game of Work Podcast: Marketing Mambo Follow Wizard Innovation Labs - Instagram LinkedIn Facebook Twitter
December 05, 2021
Ver 0.27: Innovation isn't a Strategy
Inspired by Good Strategy Bad Strategy by Richard Rumelt, this week I am discussing the dangers of substituting innovation for good strategy and what to do instead. Do you agree or disagree? Tweet @WizardTeamLabs and let me know. And follow Wizard Innovation Labs on all your favourite platforms: Instagram LinkedIn Facebook Twitter
November 27, 2021
GUEST: Conversations at Scale aka Presenting with Lisa Evans
Speaker coach Lisa Evans joins us to discuss how we can upgrade our public speaking. We cover the prevalence of public speaking in the workplace, what will happen to presenting in the future of work and practical tips for to nail your next presentation, even if it's a virtual presentation. If you want to learn more from Lisa, you can find her at: Website:  Podcast: LinkedIn: Facebook: Instagram: Hear more from Lauren Dixon: Connect on LinkedIn: Career Coaching: High Performing Teams Consulting: Follow the podcast: Follow Lauren:
November 21, 2021
GUEST: John Saunders on Incremental Innovation
Does innovation always have to be a complete overhaul of everything you know? I don't believe so, and neither does John Saunders. Today on Work Upgraded I'm joined by John Saunders, executive coach and author of The Optimizer. We discuss the power of incremental change to transform your team, and how to get started with incremental change at your organisation. You can find more from John: The Optimizer by John Saunders Website Linkedin Instagram Twitter Facebook Follow Wizard Innovation Labs at: Instagram LinkedIn Facebook Twitter
November 07, 2021
Ver 0.26: Time Budgets and the Iron Triangle
This week on Work Upgraded we briefly cover off on what the "iron triangle" of project management is and why we should use time budgets on everything from our to do list to our multi-million dollar projects. Tweet @WizardTeamLabs to tell me which item on your to-do list needs to have a time budget applied. And follow Wizard Innovation Labs on all your favourite platforms: Instagram LinkedIn Facebook Twitter
November 01, 2021
GUEST: Kris Grant on Neuroscience in Leadership
This week we are joined by Kris Grant, CEO of ASPL Group, discussing practical ways to apply neuroscience in leadership. You can find Kris on Instagram @krisgrant_aspl and LinkedIn And you can also find ASPL on Instagram @asplgroup and LinkedIn Follow Wizard Innovation Labs at: Instagram LinkedIn Facebook Twitter
October 25, 2021
Ver 0.25: Big Data Fallacy
Does big data really help us make better decisions in business? Is the endless pursuit of more data worth it? Join us on Work Upgraded to discuss this, and how we can extract more knowledge from data, without having to gather more data. Find more on the tools referenced in this discussion on our Instagram Follow Wizard Innovation Labs at: Instagram LinkedIn Facebook Twitter
October 17, 2021
GUEST: Leading Freelancers Well
Freelancing and contractors will be a big part of the future of work. On this episode, I interview Indiana "Indy" Gregg about how to create an exceptional team that includes freelancers and contractors. Indy is the founder of Wedo, a global platform making freelancing even easier. And Indy has also built a team of high performing freelancers to build the platform, so she knows her stuff! Listen in to Indy's insights on how to include freelancers in your team. Find out more about Wedo at: Twitter Instagram YouTube Follow Wizard Innovation Labs at: Instagram LinkedIn Facebook Twitter Download the whitepaper on the 9 Essential Skills to Lead in the Future of Work here
October 10, 2021
Ep 0.24: Thinking in Systems
Today we're exploring the trending topic of systems thinking and 5 ways you can start using it at work today. Check out the career growth giveaway here or over on Instagram. Follow Wizard Innovation Labs at: Instagram LinkedIn Facebook Twitter
October 04, 2021
GUEST: Capitalism and the Future of Work
Work Upgraded gets an upgrade as we welcome our first guest, Lynn Yap, author of The Altruistic Capitalist. Lauren and Lynn talk about how being purpose-driven as an organisation is essential to thriving in the future of work. You can find Lynn at: Her website: Instagram: @altruisticcapitalist Facebook: The Altruistic Capitalist Or email her at: Some of the stories Lynn mentioned: Adidas x Allbirds Adidas x Carbon Measuring Stakeholder Capitalism from the World Economic Forum As always, you can follow Wizard Innovation Labs at: Instagram LinkedIn Facebook Twitter
September 20, 2021
Ver 0.23: The Most Important Team Performance Lever
This episodes explores the most important lever leaders can use to create and sustain high performing teams: identity. Mentioned in this episode: Atomic Habits by James Clear
September 17, 2021
Ver. 0.22: 7 Hard Conversations Leaders Must Have
Leaders must be able to have these 7 hard conversations to build a high performing team
September 09, 2021
Ver 0.21: Leaders Build Leaders
Why coaching your team in leadership is the best thing you can do for your career.
August 31, 2021
Ver 0.20: Org Design, the Job that's Never Done
Are organisations every in a truly fixed stated? And is organisational change every truly done? We discuss this, and how we can build in adaptability to our organisations in today's episode.
August 18, 2021
Ver 0.19: Finally It's Time to Talk About Work Design
The big debate for desk-based jobs is Remote vs Office vs Hybrid, but for us this represents an opportunity to intentionally design collaborative work instead of relying on colocation to facilitate collaboration.
August 16, 2021
Ver 0.18: The Future of Work is Analogue
Today we discuss how digital transformation isn't the thing that wil define our future of work, analogue transformation is.
August 13, 2021
Ver. 0.17: Are You Really On a Team?
Today we discuss how working with people doesn't always mean you're working in a team.
August 10, 2021
Ver 0.16: Why So Serious (About Work)
Today we're exploring how we can introduce more fun into work while still getting stuff done. Links for things mentioned in today's episode: Lego Serious Play: Crazy 8's: 10-for-10:
August 09, 2021
Ver 0.15: Strategy, A Morning Snack for Culture
Today we break down Peter Drucker's famous adage "Culture eats strategy for breakfast" and talk about how we can create culture-proof strategies in the final episode of our Strategy mini-series.
August 06, 2021
Ver 0.14: Strategy, It's Everyone's Business
In the fourth episode of our strategy mini-series we discuss how interpreting strategy is a part of everyone's role.
August 05, 2021
Ver 0.13: Strategy, Not Just for Beginnings
Today we continue the strategy mini-series by discussing when we should be looking at our strategies.
August 04, 2021
Ver 0.12: Strategy, It's Just a Big Experiment
Today we reflect on one of the biggest objections to strategy: does it limit our ability to be experimental and opportunistic?
August 03, 2021
Ver 0.11: Strategy, What Comes First?
In this, the first episode in the mini-series on Strategy, we discuss why we often put the cart before the horse when creating organisational strategies.
August 02, 2021
Ver 0.10: Org Chart or Org Change
Today we discuss how drawing a new org chart doesn't equal organisational transformation. Read the TACSI article here:
July 29, 2021
Ver 0.9: Not All Hours Are Created Equal
Our hourly rates need to factor in that WHAT we're working on is as important as HOW LONG we're working on it.
July 28, 2021
Ver 0.8: Team Day but Everyday
Considering how we can actually shift the dial on our organisational culture by bringing that intent into our everyday work routines. You can check out Ben from Thoughtful Leader at his website here:
July 28, 2021
Ver 0.7: The Power of Diffuse Thinking
Unpacking how we can use diffuse thinking to be more creative at work. "Learning How to Learn" on Coursera:
July 22, 2021
Ver 0.6: Shouldn't that Email be a Meeting?
In trying to fit everything into our day, we forget that some meetings should probably stay meetings.
July 20, 2021
Ver 0.5: The Eisenhower Principle in 3D
Today we talk about the missing dimension from the Eisenhower Matrix. Links: Eisenhower Matrix/Principle/Box explained by James Clear The Win Without Pitching Manifesto by Blair Enns
July 19, 2021
Ver 0.4: What an Anti-Litter Campaign Can Tell Us about Motivation
What can we learn about motivation at work from an anit-litter campaign and the world of digital marketing? Listen in to find out. Links: Made To Stick by Chip and Dan Heath Expert Secrets by Russell Brunson
July 02, 2021
Ver 0.3: Everything is Products
Today we explore how we can apply product thinking, even if we aren't digital product builders. Links from today's episode: Product Thinking by Julie Zhuo on a16z
July 01, 2021
Ver. 0.2: Translating Strategy into Action
Reflections on some of the barriers that prevent teams turning their organisation's strategy into action
June 30, 2021
Ver. 0.1: Work Upgraded
Introducing the Work Upgraded podcast
June 29, 2021