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In episode 106 of “The JoyPowered® Workspace Podcast,” JoDee and Susan discuss developing a culture of accountability and transparency with Derrin Slack, Founder of ProAct.
Derrin shares the story of how a mission trip to Botswana, Africa led him to wonder how his life would be different if he had been exposed to service at a younger age. As he prepared to graduate from college, he sought to work for an organization that intentionally engaged marginalized youth in community service. He couldn’t find any organizations like that, so he decided to start that organization himself: ProAct. As ProAct grew rapidly, Derrin began to struggle. The support of a board member and the realization that the purpose of the organization was more important than his individual success led him to step back and allow someone else to take over as CEO so Derrin could learn and grow.
When you’re managing a diverse team and working with diverse populations, vulnerability is crucial. As Derrin says, when you risk yourself, it encourages others to open up, which starts to open doors, open hearts, and open minds. If you can get comfortable being uncomfortable, it makes all the difference. Finally, Derrin shares the 10 rules that guide his team’s work, borrowed from former Ford executive Alan Mulally.
Susan and JoDee share some tips for safely giving back to the community during the Covid-19 pandemic. In this episode’s listener mail, our hosts are asked about how the pandemic has changed company cultures. In the news, SHRM Magazine discussed whether employers are required to reimburse for work-related expenses when the expenses drop the employee’s earnings below minimum wage.
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