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Here's a list of old episodes in date order! There have been some great conversations so feel free to binge them all!
Duena Blomstrom is a renowned fintech thought leader who got tired of seeing the same problems in the workplace and decided to go out and try to solve them. Duena took on banking culture with "Emotional Banking" before moving onto wider organisational change with "People Before Tech". We spoke about some of the common problems faced within organisations, how to try to solve them, and some of the reasons why companies resist those solutions.
There are no magic bullets to organisational transformation, but it's also simpler than it sounds. You need to take a number of smaller, measurable steps that move the needle. And teams have a lot more power to affect change than they think - they don't need to await permission.
We let the status quo persist because we don't challenge ourselves, and think this is just the way business works. There's too much fear in the workplace and it's holding us back.
People are afraid of looking incompetent, intrusive or troublesome at work. This is natural, but it limits us in the workplace. Start noticing when you exhibit these behaviours, and they'll start to go away automatically. It's important to speak up.
As with tech debt, all companies accrue Human Debt as they grow. Human Debt is the result of all the abandoned initiatives and missed opportunities to affect change. It adds up and the interest repayments can start to cripple you.
Some bad behaviours will eventually naturally expire. As a society, we've gotten better at standing up for what's right (although there's still plenty of work to do). But, ultimately, you should pay the most burdensome Human Debt off first.
"Built upon fascinating research and an international array of case studies, People Before Tech is an incisive examination of how organizations through their digital transformations become stranded with unoptimised teams and disenfranchised employees. Duena highlights that it is vital not just to implement technology, but also to integrate it into the existing organizational culture and structure, before providing practical guidance and advice on how business leaders and HR professionals can heighten efficiency and effectiveness of workplace teams through collaborative and innovative initiatives."
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|Jeff Gothelf||OKRs: The Gateway Drug to Agility & Good Product Management|
|John Cutler||Survive the Feature Factory by Applying Product Thinking to Product Thinking|
|Allen Holub||The Role of Product Management on Truly Agile Development Teams|
|Melissa Perri||Escaping the Build Trap with Product Operations and Strong CPOs|
|Teresa Torres||Getting into the Habit of Continuous Discovery|
|Kim Scott||Defeating Bias, Prejudice and Bullying in the Workplace|
|April Dunford||Aligning your Positioning & the Myth of Product Market Fit|
|Marty Cagan||How to Build an Effective Product Organisation|
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