With the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic, good strategies for building culture and facilitating communication are more important than ever. Whether it is social distancing, remote workplaces, or the stress and uncertainty that comes with an unknown future. In this episode we connect with Jim Bado and Cathy Ivancic of Workplace Development. First up, Jim Bado in a postscript to a free webinar on maintaining your ownership culture in tough times (see link below), discusses strategies for communicating and building culture among social distancing employee-owners. Next up, Cathy Ivanci provides insight on communication strategies for your employee-owned company, including how to talk about good and bad news, structuring your communication committee, and more.
Cathy Ivancic has more than 20 years practical experience enhancing communication about business performance. Her work includes working with multiple locations and multi-cultural work environments. She works with ESOPs and other companies with shared rewards to build mid-level leaders’ skills and enhance the quality of the communication about business-performance. Cathy has experience developing incentives and improving performance with a step-by-step communication plans. She is a frequent speaker at national programs, served on the Board of Directors of the National Center for Employee Ownership for 10 years and has helped dozens of companies create an ownership culture.
Jim Bado, founder of Workplace Development, has been assisting employee-owned business since 1989. Bado’s expertise includes rolling out new ESOP plans, communicating an ESOP’s benefits, building effective internal ESOP committees and strategic planning in an ESOP company. In addition to working as an executive for a 100% ESOP company and serving on the Board of Governors of the ESOP Association, he has created a number of practical learning games to teach business skills, teamwork and ownership knowledge. Bado is also the inventor of educational board games produced and distributed internationally.
The Owners at Work Podcast is a continuation of the biannual Owners at Work Newsletter which ran for 19 years (1990-2019). We are hoping to continue the same conversations and focus on providing updates on everything employee ownership. We plan to interview practitioners with expertise in different facets of employee ownership, academics doing new and interesting research, and most importantly, individuals who have a personal experience with employee ownership, including current and former employee-owners, mid-level to C suite management, and selling owners.
We want to produce a show that engages with relevant questions and provides practical lessons and information. We want this podcast to include the voices of those who practice employee-ownership each and every day. To that end we want to hear from you! We want to highlight what you are doing, whether you are an employee-owned company, a practitioner, or researcher.
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