Building a Culture Where Everyone Matters

On this episode of Soft Skills for Leaders, my guest is Linda O’Farrell and our topic is leading with purpose.

We discuss the importance of organisational culture and well-being in the workplace. Linda shares her insights on the challenges faced by leaders, the need for high-energy and low-energy spaces, and the importance of creating meaning and leading with purpose for oneself and others.

We delve into the necessity of building inclusion and the value of holding well-being days for teams. Tune in to learn more about the soft skills necessary for successful leadership.
I enjoyed my conversation with Linda and my biggest take away from this episode is that creating a culture where everyone feels valued, heard, and safe, while providing flexibility and support for wellbeing, can help organisations thrive with a sense of purpose and belonging.


[00:04:33] Navigating Challenges in a Complex World
[00:08:36] Feeling the Buzz: Signs of a Great Organisation
[00:10:50] Creating Cultures Where Everybody Matters
[00:18:00] Designing Well-being: The Next Frontier for Organisations
[00:25:35] The Downside of Open Plan Offices
[00:29:28] Leading with Purpose: Creating Vision and Impact
[00:32:17] Embracing Change: Facing Challenges and Evolving
[00:37:16] Embracing Change: How to Find Inner Guidance
[00:39:23] Maximising Growth: Coaching, Culture, and Community
[00:41:53] Soft Skills: Empathy, Resilience, and Communication

Talking Points

Episode Summary: Building a Culture Where Everyone Matters

– The Importance of Good Organizational Culture
– Challenges Faced by Leaders in Today’s World
– Reflection and Changing Our Environment with Inner Guidance
– Assessing Our Beliefs and Behaviors to Create a Culture Where Everyone Matters
– Purpose as Essential for Success
– Embracing Change When Necessary
– Dedicated Quiet Spaces in the Workplace
– Soft Skills for Leaders: Empathy, Resilience, and Communication
– Encouraging Inclusion by Giving Everyone an Opportunity to Speak
– Wellbeing as an Engineered Component of Organisational Culture.


“You can feel a buzz when you walk through a workplace and people know the vision and they’re aligned to it and they’re proud of the company that they’re working in. It’s a tangible feeling.” 

“Depending on what age and stage we are in life, we have those moments where we check in with ourselves and we think perhaps our purpose is shifting.”


Links to other Soft Skills for Leaders podcast episodes

 Developing a culture of resilience

 Future fit leaders

Quietly Powerful Leadership


Connect with Linda O’Farrell

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/linda-o-farrell-07b9aa49/

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