Survive & Thrive

Jennifer Ayres

The Survive & Thrive podcast features Jennifer Ayres, host, and co-Founder of Concinnity. With over 20 years leading large-scale global transformation programs for Fortune 500 companies, her purpose is to help the conscious leader create meaningful and sustainable change by helping companies realize their most ambitious goals. The Survive & Thrive podcast will highlight ideas, learnings, and stories about organizational and personal transformation, by featuring clients, and other notable leaders. read less
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Recognize, Reward, Repeat: Motivating Through Recognition
Jan 10 2023
Recognize, Reward, Repeat: Motivating Through Recognition
Every organizational leader is looking for ways to increase their team's motivation, engagement, and overall productivity. But could the missing component to drive workforce success be applying leadership that encourages productivity and achievement through recognition?On this episode of the Survive & Thrive podcast, host Jennifer Ayres is joined by guest Steve Van Valon, Partner with Concinnity and author of "The Search for Meaning at Work." Steve has built his career working with business leaders to support healthy, high-performance cultures through engaging leadership. Steve and Jennifer discuss how business leaders can influence teams to drive positive culture and organizational success. How Does Recognition at Work Affect the Organization?Introducing Steve Van Valen (0:04)Jennifer introduces her guest speaker, Steve Van Valen. Steve is a member of the Concinnity leadership team and helps to lead culture offerings and leave significant impacts on organizations that seek guidance on leading a healthy workplace of the future. Steve speaks of his passion for motivating people, managing teams in beneficial work environments and working with people to help shape healthy, high-performance cultures. The emotional impact of progress and purpose (6:11)Steve explains his belief that when it comes to purpose, people must multitask to be fulfilled at work. He built upon this idea within his book, where he identifies 11 different amplifiers of meaning that play a part at work. He explains that leaders can clarify organizational purpose for people in many ways and how doing so will enable their team members to derive meaning from it and reveal creative possibilities to lead with purpose. Steve and Jennifer discuss how emotion can drive motivation and can allow people to amplify their sense of purpose at work.How progress towards purpose creates meaning (10:40)Progress can be measured in many different ways. Steve explains how identifying and gaining clarity in an organization's purpose can help people recognize their progress and achievement. He goes on to discuss how having a sense of purpose at work can dictate whether someone has meaning, as progress toward purpose creates meaning. Engaging people in the workplace can, in turn, lead to progress and fulfillment since people are naturally wired to want to desire to make progress and to feel meaning and a sense of self-satisfaction through their work.The importance of loyalty, giving, and taking (15:33)People gain a sense of belonging when they are a part of a work team. However, a feeling of loyalty would require them to enjoy benefiting their organization and experience benefits from the company in exchange. According to Steve, this relationship is just one step toward gaining a spiritual sense of meaning from their work. He explains how organizations can foster this sense of meaning, leading to engagement and better performance from their team members.How does respect unlock authenticity? (19:49)Steve and Jennifer discuss inclusivity, affirmation, and authenticity a lot throughout this interview, and for a good reason. When people connect to a sense of altruism and fulfillment from their work, they become more driven to continue working. Steve explains this and his beliefs that respect unlocks authenticity. He discusses the importance of respect at work and how showing respect and building trust can lead to feelings of psychological safety and promote authenticity.Extending trust (23:58)Steve's book provides practical steps, suggestions, and actions to help leaders build trust in the workplace using autonomy. For example, providing flexibility within schedules can nurture a sense of respect in the workplace. He explains on the podcast how his book used...
Season Four Wrap-Up
Sep 27 2022
Season Four Wrap-Up
Season four of the Survive & Thrive podcast brought new guest speakers and tackled some essential topics regarding workforce leadership, the ever-changing professional landscape, company culture, and more. But what key concepts should you take away from this season?On this episode of the Survive & Thrive podcast, host Jennifer Ayres goes through season four of the podcast and reflects on important messages and lessons within the episodes. Jennifer discussed many topics this season and spoke with various experts on everything regarding companies finding success in the future of work. So tune in to hear some of the most influential pieces of knowledge from Survive & Thrive!What important knowledge did we cover in Season 4 of Survive & Thrive?Flexibility and the PandemicThe COVID-19 pandemic caused many organizational leaders to rethink their operations and allow more flexibility for their workers. Hear Jennifer discuss her interview with Jessica Redford on organizations using technology to become more flexible and meet workforce challenges in 2022.Psychological Safety in the WorkplacePsychological safety is vital for all members of an organization to feel comfortable, confident, and productive. Season four of the podcast featured several interviews on mental health and psychological safety, and Jennifer shares her thoughts on these topics in this episode.Mental Health and Avoiding BurnoutTaking measures to maintain your mental health can help you avoid burnout from workforce stressors. Jennifer shares some knowledge from this season’s episodes about how practices like meditation can help with improving one’s mental health.Diversity and InclusionJennifer’s discussion with Kate Hall covered diversity and inclusion within the workplace and how organizations can make their workspaces more welcoming and humanizing. Hear Jennifer reflect on this and the importance of acceptance and understanding to fuel a positive work environment. Making Work a Safe SpaceMaintaining an inclusive environment can help the members of an organization thrive and accomplish more together. In episodes 34 and 36 of this season, Jennifer discussed inclusivity and fostering a safe and friendly environment in the workplace for disabled and LGBTQ+ members.The Importance of Company CulturePositive company culture can do wonders for an organization and enable it to survive the challenges that may occur in the future of work. Jennifer reflects on episode 18, where she and her guest, Devin Basinger, spoke on the importance of culture in the workplace.Employee ExperienceWhat does “employee experience” mean, and why is it so important for organizations? Jennifer and guest speaker Jess Podgajny discussed the employee experience, remote work, culture, health, and more in episode 15 of the podcast.  Health and Workforce SuccessWhile mental health is essential for organizational members to thrive, physical health is just as necessary. Jennifer speaks about the importance of physical health and why it matters for workforce success.Season Four Final ThoughtsTo wrap up the season, Jennifer shares her main takeaway from these recent episodes of Survive and Thrive.