AJ Maxwell, CHRO at Viveka, shares his perspective on a variety of topics including talent, leadership, organization and culture. More to come at a free webinar event on March 16th – register below.
Having worked with a wide range of businesses from multinational technology companies to nimble startups, I see one universal truth: it’s about people. This is where the work gets done, and taking care of them should be the primary focus of any company or organization. Listening, developing adaptability and empathy are the building blocks to creating an overall sense of harmony – or company culture – among your employees. Adapting policy to your internal company culture allows even more commitment from your employees and overall organizational alignment. So, why do so few people practice this?
The answer lies partly in bridging the disconnect between people and work. As we build our workplace strategies, there is tremendous opportunity in matching our daily lives within the work environment. Essentially bringing the work closer to the worker and empowering free agency to unlock discretionary effort and joy while at work. The lack of this type of realignment is likely what is triggering an unprecedented workplace exodus.
What we now know as “the great resignation” has ushered in “the great transition” – a time when millions of people are redefining what work means to them. A new way of being is upon us and, with the advent of new technologies, a corresponding new reality. A lot of people are becoming the CEOs of their lives. Highly trained executives, leaders, managers, are making the entrepreneurial jump and instead of doing something “corporatey” like leadership development, they are instead choosing to apply their knowledge in new and different ways by starting their own businesses – often times becoming coaches themselves. They are providing that personalized one-on-one support, helping people and loving it. They get to benefit from their natural leadership and responsibility to create powerful outcomes for their clients and for companies.
So, if “the great resignation” has taught us anything, it’s that companies need to start listening and working with their leadership, employees and contractors in different ways. Companies need their employees to solve problems at an increasingly rapid pace if they want to survive and typical corporate leadership development is no longer providing the solutions for this time of incredible change. That’s where coaches (internal and external) become essential — they help solve problems.
At Viveka, along with our CEO, Katja Kempe, we begin with shaping a culture committed to excellence. The phrase “commitment to excellence” resonates with many of my core beliefs and the foundational pieces to building a championship culture. We are an organization that lives in the details, where no task is too small and every task is measured with the same standard of excellence. We hire excellent people who are team-driven and loyal to our mission – transforming lives with coaching. We strive to have high-end communications at all levels of the organization which takes effort and time to build. We are demanding but never demeaning. We invest in the growth of our team to help them reach their goals. The fabric of our culture is to evaluate and evolve our processes and people to ensure we are always operating at a championship level – consistently and constantly.
Our mission is to bring people and technology together by providing “business in a box” for our coaches and on-demand support for our corporate clients. We are an innovative organization at the crossroads of technology and coaching, with a vibrant entrepreneurial culture of radical candor and client centricity. The perfect blend to rapidly succeed in the learning and development market today during this great transition.
Our all-in-one SaaS learning platform provides vetted coaching experts to people-centered companies for a wide range of corporate employee training needs. We remove friction with our streamlined, seamless and secure system, requiring no on-site technology integration.
If you’re a coach or would like to become one, join the Viveka movement today!
Start by checking out our webinar event The Great Transition: Unlimited Possibility for Growth below to learn how to get the training you need to help more people as a coach. Then apply for the program cohort by March 24th – only 6 coaches will be selected.
“The roots of a lasting relationship are mindfulness, deep listening, and loving speech, and a strong community to support you.”
— Thich Nhat Hanh