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Podcast with Prof. Wayne Baker

Does Your Organization Need An Energy Boost? Podcast with Prof. Wayne Baker

Today we’re talking to Wayne Baker, who’s a professor of business administration at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, and faculty director of the Centre for Positive Organisations. Wayne’s teaching and research focuses on social capital, social networks, generosity, positive organizational scholarship, and values. And his latest book is Permission to Ask, which is coming out in 2020. He’s also a founder and board member of Give and Take Inc., developers of the Givitas collaborative technology platform.

In this week’s episode, we explore how individual and organizational levels of energy impact our performance and wellbeing, and the small steps we can take to boost, maintain, and our renew our energy levels at work.

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You’ll Learn:

  • [03:06] – Wayne explains how emotional energy, relational energy, and organizational energy can impact our wellbeing and performance at work.
  • [06:41] – Wayne shares what he and other researchers are finding about the benefits of intentionally managing our emotional, relational, and organization energy in workplaces.
  • [08:34] – Wayne provides some examples of how workplaces are intentionally creating strategies to manage people’s energy at work.
  • [11:26] – Wayne explains how we can help people understand that unlike machines our energy ebbs and flows during a day, and the small things they can do to maintain higher levels of energy.
  • [13:53] – Wayne outlines how psychological safety and the willingness to ask for help shape the levels of organizational energy a workplace experiences.
  • [17:44] – Wayne shares why leaders often find looking after the energy of their organization so challenging.
  • [19:36] – Wayne offers for some tips for leaders to embed behaviors that help people to renew and sustain their energy in their workplaces.
  • [22:09] – Wayne explains how we can maintain our energy wisely, so we avoid burning ourselves or others out at work.
  • [23:06] – Wayne completes the Lightning round.

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