Season 3 Episode 38:
Joy at work with Rebecca Newton

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This week we’re joined by Dr Rebecca Newton, Organisational Psychologist, visiting Fellow at the LSE, and CEO of CoachAdviser, for a wide-ranging conversation about modern work life. We cover how the landscape of business culture and leadership has changed radically over 20 years, and what’s going wrong today for many business execs and leaders. What is joy and why does it matter in the workplace? What is gravitas and why do so many of Rebecca’s clients want it, and why does it matter that it’s authentic?

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We discuss:

  • Rebecca has been working with senior leaders on leadership and culture for 20 years – what changes has she seen in that period? Is there more engagement on the importance of a healthy culture now than before? 
  • What’s the most common thing leaders get wrong when Rebecca first starts working with them? 
  • Authentic Gravitas: the concept of Rebecca’s book and key messages, why this is important? 
  • Do the concepts only apply to leaders? 
  • The importance of joy and energy in the workplace and how everyone can understand and harness these important drivers?
  • What’s next - we discuss Rebecca’s areas of focus over the next 12 months 

What's one thing to take away?

Your joy at work matters. It’s not always perfect – we’ll all get windows where we don’t find joy. But the research shows joy impacts cognitive performance, innovation, engagement and motivation.

What's the most underappreciated thing about this area?

The impact it can have on your work and your life, whatever your role.

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