Jan 18, 2022
Are you aware that the productivity of your organization is amplified when you develop good internal relationships? For success to prevail within your organization, you must meet people when they’re ready to be met to work better.
In this episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Debbie Cohen and Kate Roeske-Zummer. Debbie is the co-founder and author at HumanityWorks, who has held HR executive roles in different organizations, and has had her first Harvard business publishing released. Kate is the co-founder at HumanityWorks, a master coach, a former faculty of the Coaches Training Institute, and has developed leaders at organizations all over the world. HumanityWorks helps leaders and their teams to build the muscle required to work together as engaged productive human beings, which is the magic for success and better business results.
Listen in to learn how to claim your value as a leader, by being conscious of the journey you want to be on and how you want to show up on that journey. You will also learn how to develop meaningful relationships with your people in an organization, rather than treating them like commodities.
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About Debbie Cohen and Kate Roeske-Zummer:
At the time, Debbie was the Chief of
People for Mozilla and Kate was co-owner of StepUp Leadership. Kate
was in-training to become certified to lead this approach. Debbie
was there as a participant to learn the model and assess if the
approach had potential within Mozilla. What’s funny about their
first meeting is when you are your most compelling self, others
want to connect with you. It must have worked because they were
drawn to each other and have been learning and working together
Their first big collaboration was the
leadership program Debbie was working on for Mozilla. She wanted to
create something that spoke to the unique culture of Mozilla, which
was a rapidly scaling global, open-source
Kate, and her then-business partner
became Debbie’s partners of choice. Their goal was to create a
leadership program that was transformational not transactional.
Working together, they co-created what became branded as LEAD:
Leadership Exploration And Discovery, a totally unique
approach to developing leaders. This exploratory leadership model
allowed people to uncover who they really are, as well as who they
want to be, and bring that full human potential into their
leadership. Micha Anderson, the Senior HR Business Partner who
supported the very large engineering function, notes “Mozilla’s
director population really shifted from a victim mindset to people
really leaning in and using their voice to make change.” This
program became the catalyst for TRIBE, a deconstructed version of
LEAD, focused on providing skills and techniques to help all
members of the Mozilla community gain insights about themselves and
work better together. It ran successfully for over 8
Fast forward several years, Kate was
now running StepUp Leadership on her own and Debbie had left
Mozilla and gone on to do a number of other projects.
Debbie and Kate began taking on several projects together, most
focused on group dynamics of leadership teams. They began to
notice some repeating themes: lack of trust in one another,
inability to constructively navigate conflict, self-protective
behaviour, and repeated cycles of reactive behaviour. The impact of
these behaviour’s (and others) was gridlock – a lack of forward
momentum for the company. No amount of process and procedure could
fix what was broken.
What these teams needed, and what Kate and Debbie were able to provide were insights, tools and techniques so people could get into relationship with one another and work better together.
It was working. The work they were
doing in organizations was working, again.
They were also exploring
organizational gaps and pain points. They honed their focus on
front-line managers, using mountains of qualitative and
quantitative evidence to indicate this as the high-leverage layer
to effect change and drive engagement within most organizations.
Their working assumption: if managers were functioning from their
highest potential, a ripple effect could be created with the humans
they are responsible for and with those they work interdependently
with. A bit LEAD-like, the idea used a cohort model to affect a
sea-change in how people were working together to get things done
so organizations and their people would thrive.
Simultaneously, they had been talking about whether or not this is a movement, a “gorilla sea-change” for HR or, a big shift in the way it contributes to an organization’s success. Kate and Debbie reached out to a group of people they lovingly refer to as “The Dream Team” to talk about the impact that they were having. Kate and Debbie had been approaching the dialogue through the perspective of creating a new product, a program for HR, which would be part of the overall mix of programs they offered. And from a quiet place of contemplation on the couch, Mihca (one of our dream teamers) boldly declared: “You cannot lead a movement part time, YOU are the champions of this movement.” In that moment Kate remembers her heart dropping; Deb’s hands were beginning to sweat. Their eyes locked on each other and without saying anything, they knew they were being called forward. HR was not their target it was all people in the workplace. We had bigger things to do in the world. It was up to us to help bring more humanity to the workplace so we could change the world of work for everyone because Humanity Works Better together.
About Cathleen Merkel:
As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but worn-out women to create a more content & balanced life, without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you to not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU!
Cathleen focuses on women who lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a hamster wheel, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around, so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come. At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised and clear about their future.
With over 15 years of leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a female leader herself; she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations.
Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ – Cathleen was able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet!
Find | Cathleen Merkel
On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel
On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching
On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel
Find | Debbie Cohen and Kate Roeske-Zummer
Business (HumanityWorks): www.humanityworks.com
On LinkedIn: @debbiecohen @kateroeskezummer @HumanityWorks
On Twitter: @humanityworks_ @KateRZummer @debbieuntapped2
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