Best-Self Management

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Welcome to the Best-Self Management podcast where we explore the brave new world of bringing your whole self to work. Best-Self Management proposes that if leaders build cultures and institute practices that support people in being and becoming their Best Selves, then high performance and uncommon loyalty is the result.

Co-hosts, David Hassell and Shane Metcalf, regularly discuss the uniquely healthy and productive cofounder relationship they’ve built at 15Five over the last 7 years. They also interview academics, business leaders, and coaches, who are revolutionizing our understanding of human performance and what it takes to build a thriving culture that celebrates every employee and guides them towards greatness.

Season 1: Guests

Joe Mechlinski

Joe is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and social entrepreneur who believes that an engaged workforce is the key to unlocking human potential. Always embarking on new adventures, Joe launched his podcast, Shift Happens, which features inspiring icons and influencers such as New York Times bestselling author Dan Pink, and three-time New York Times bestselling author Tucker Max.

Anese Cavanaugh

Anese helps people show up, bring their best selves to the table, and create significant positive impact in their lives. The creator of the IEP Method (Intentional Energetic Presence), she is a speaker, advisor and thinking partner to leaders around the world. Anese is currently working on her 3rd book, CONTAGIOUS YOU: Unlock Your Power to Influence, Lead, and Create the Impact You Want.

Vanessa Shaw

Vannessa is the founder of The Workplace Lab, a design thinking incubator for HR & Talent leaders. She supports leaders to bring empathy and creativity into the workplace. Whether working with United Nations, Military cadets at West Point, or at home in Silicon Valley with tech companies, she helps people answer the question, “Can my job be an expression of my creativity?”

Season 1: Episodes

Episode 5 | 08/06/2019

Reimagining the Employee Experience with Design Thinking w/ Vanessa Shaw

Your job is not simply a means to an end, a way of putting bread on the table. What if we looked at our jobs more as a way of expressing our creativity? This may sound like a radical idea, but as today’s guest explains, it’s not only possible but essential that we design an extraordinary employee experience that unlocks the potential of our people.

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Episode 4 | 07/23/2019

Present and Impactful Leadership w/ Anese Cavanaugh

In this interview, Anese discusses how we can all show up at work with intentionality behind what we hope to accomplish, and how we interact with one other. She also dives into ways we can be present with the energy we bring so that the people around us feel better supported, inspired, and motivated.

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Episode 3 | 07/09/2019

A Shared Experience Of Trust At Work w/ Joe Mechlinski

We unpack the topic of workplace trust as an essential part of any highly functioning organization. We also explore the research around the intelligence of our hearts and guts, and what scientists are saying when it comes to listening to these vital parts of ourselves.

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Episode 2 | 06/24/2019

Facilitate Transformational Company Retreats

Today, we’re exploring the importance of retreats. We’ve been putting these together since the start, even when there were only a handful of us here launching the company. We still hold them every year and the benefits have been substantial! We explain the many benefits we have seen as the result of our company retreats and how to get your employees enthusiastically involved.

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Episode 1 | 06/21/2019

Healthy Leadership Teams

In our first episode, our guests will be… ourselves! We interview each other about where we went right over the years and where we went wrong. We started with a belief that there’s a different way to do business and that the key to creating a thriving, sustainable company in the long term was supporting our people. Coming off our latest all-company retreat, many employees shared how unique an experience they had of connection with others and of a shift in mindset around what’s possible for their growth in a business setting.

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Your Hosts

David Hassell
David Hassell

David Hassell is a business columnist, speaker, and serial entrepreneur who believes that when leaders institute cultural practices that support each person in being and becoming their best self, high performance and uncommon loyalty naturally result.

As co-founder and CEO of 15Five, David and his team have developed industry leading continuous performance management software that helps leaders and managers drive high performance by bringing out the best in their people. David formerly served as President of the San Francisco chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and was later named “The Most Connected Man You Don’t Know in Silicon Valley” by Forbes Magazine. David has been featured in The Wall Street JournalInc.Entrepreneur, and Wired.

Follow him on Twitter @dhassell.

Shane Metcalf
Shane Metcalf

Shane Metcalf is a seasoned executive coach and speaker who is obsessed with building healthy organizations, and creating the opportunity for people to have meaningful work and meaningful relationships. Driven by his deep belief in the potential of our species, Shane co-founded 15Five, industry-leading performance management software that is unlocking the potential of the global workforce.

As Chief Culture Officer, Shane understands what fundamentally motivates people, how to architect high performance, and which principles and rituals create “self-organizing cultures”. Shane has been featured in XConomyFast Company, and the New York Post.

Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.