In the era of the Great Resignation and Quiet Quitting, many organizations are struggling with employee engagement. This can not only impact their employees’ health and wellbeing but also their operations and bottom line.
That’s why it was enlightening to have a conversation with author and business professor Debbie Haski-Leventhal on the second episode of our podcast series How to lead for wellness.
I invited Debbie to be a guest on the podcast after reading her book Make it meaningful – How to find purpose in life and work. Like the book, our chat didn’t disappoint.
During our half-hour conversation, I learned why Debbie strongly believes that leaders – and organizations – have the best chance of success when they are purpose-driven, passionate, impactful and resilient.
Debbie shared her many years of first-hand experience and research, citing examples of great leadership in action, observing true leaders Walk the Talk, “lead with an open heart”, and share their personal story and experiences as they try to achieve good.
She noted this type of leadership is counter to the characters in the hit cable TV show Succession, suggesting that the “macho” executives portrayed in the show are being phased out in real life and replaced by leaders who are “compassionate and caring.”
One of the things that resonated during our discussion is that organizations have to invest more in their employees health and wellbeing than just organizing snacks or activities like yoga to keep their employees engaged and fit. Debbie suggested they need to be mindful of their employees’ wellbeing and focus on “connectivity” which can be helpful in unearthing issues that may exist and need to be addressed.
One of Debbie’s key takeaways: people who have the ability to discover their special talent and combine it with passion can make a difference in the world.
In listening to this uplifting message, I thought of my own journey and why I launched HYGGEWellbeing few years ago. I too want to make a difference in the world and through initiatives such as our WellnessX program, I am focused on helping organizations raise the bar on health and wellness.
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With the second podcast a wrap, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our partner in the series – the Asia CEO Community and members of the Wellness Chapter – for their support. We are both focused on providing executives and entrepreneurs with information and insight that they can take back to their respective organizations to make them better.
I would also like to thank all of our loyal followers for tuning in. Like this blog post, I am always searching for new ways to keep people engaged and learn how to enjoy a healthy and happy life.
If you haven’t had a chance to listen to the first episodes, I encourage you to take some time out of your busy schedule and hear how leaders can positively impact the health and wellbeing of their staff.
Planning is already underway for the next episode so stay tuned for some more great content. And if you have a topic you would like us to cover in the future, feel free to reach out by emailing us at email@example.com. All ideas and feedback are welcome!