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The Survive & Thrive podcast features Jennifer Ayres, host, and co-Founder of Concinnity. With over 20 years leading large-scale global transformation programs for Fortune 500 companies, her purpose is to help the conscious leader create meaningful and sustainable change by helping companies realize their most ambitious goals. The Survive & Thrive podcast will highlight ideas, learnings, and stories about organizational and personal transformation, by featuring clients, and other notable lea ...
 
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As we learned throughout the coronavirus pandemic, change is constant. So, how do you make changes stick? To do it right, you’ve got to start at the very beginning and create a change-adapted organization that can stay resilient. Kelli Skaff joins Jennifer Ayers on this episode of the Survive & Thrive podcast to talk about how and why organizations…
 
When implementing a change, how do you know if it’s successful or creating more problems than it’s solving? If you’re smart, you’re using change management metrics to gauge progress, what success looks like, how the change is impacting employees, and finding critical problems before they blow up in your face. On this episode of the Survive & Thrive…
 
Any well executed change begins with a great change plan. That’s what we’re discussing on this episode of the Survive & Thrive podcast. Kristel Kurtz, a strategic advisor at Concinnity, joins Jennifer Ayers on this episode to discuss the importance of change plans in change management. A great change plan will think about the who, how, and why of a…
 
It can be so easy to view change from a distance and miss how that change impacts each and every person and facet of an organization. Not thoroughly thinking about how change impacts at the individual level can create additional challenges or even derail a project well before it’s finished. Samantha Collins, a Concinnity partner, joins Jennifer Aye…
 
No matter how big or small of a change, it can only really happen if you’ve got great business messaging in the first place. From perceived gaps in the plan to a lack of buy-in from leadership and staff, poor communication can create a host of issues that can make change management downright impossible. To discuss the merits of good business messag…
 
Whether you’re in the initial planning stages or firmly in the middle of enacting change within your organization, knowing your audience is critical to success. If you don’t know who is being impacted and how; you’ll face major hurdles along the way and struggle to get the type of buy-in needed. On this episode of the Survive & Thrive podcast, Jenn…
 
In order to start enacting change, you have to build the case for change. No matter if it’s a positive or negative change, a small or large company, or anything in between; doing a little initial homework can put the right wheels in motion. In the first episode of Season 2, Jennifer Ayers is joined by Lisa Insley, a partner at Concinnity, to discus…
 
Welcome to Season Two! This season, my partners and I will walk you through eight tenets to drive meaningful, impactful, and sustainable change in an organization. Starting next week, we’ll explore each of these tenets at a high level over 8 weeks, and then, we’ll take a deeper dive into each one to really understand why it’s important and how to p…
 
After more than a year of the coronavirus pandemic, what have we learned? That’s the very question host Jennifer Ayers aims to answer as she looks back at the first season of the Survive & Thrive podcast. In the Survive & Thrive Season 1 finale, Jennifer takes a look back at the 19 guests and 19 stories she helped to tell in order to find the commo…
 
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was felt worldwide. But by looking at and learning from what happened and how people responded to it, we can get a far better idea of where to go from here. However, one thing that became obvious was the need to continue to nurture our sense of humanity and take better care of one another. On this episode of the …
 
No one is immune to stress and the effects it can have on the body and mind. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a major stressor for a lot of people, leading to a sharp increase in employee burnout as the lines between work and home have blurred. As both individuals and companies are beginning to pay closer attention to wellness, it’s im…
 
The COVID-19 pandemic was a time of change for everyone. But for Devin Basinger, it was an even bigger one as he decided to leave the company he founded and join another startup right as the pandemic was starting. On this episode of the Survive & Thrive podcast, Jennifer Ayers is joined by Devin Basinger to talk about his experiences founding and e…
 
During the COVID-19 pandemic, people began to reflect more on their lives, their relationships, how they spend their time, and finding purpose in their work. While everyone dealt with a massive amount of change throughout the pandemic, having to quickly pivot in their personal and professional lives, there could be even more change on the horizon a…
 
While the COVID-19 pandemic was hard on just about everyone, it also helped provide some introspection. With so much upheaval over the last year in processes and even organizational hierarchy; many companies have been making strides to become more inclusive. However, not enough has been done to boost women’s voices, especially minority women, when …
 
Whether we like it or not, change happens in life. Unfortunately, no one could have predicted the amount of change we’d all have to go through with the COVID-19 pandemic. On this episode of the Survive & Thrive podcast, Ed Skowronski -- the vice president of solution services at Rackspace Technology -- joins Jennifer to discuss embracing change. Ac…
 
The coronavirus pandemic reinforced that the one constant in life is change itself. On this episode of the Survive & Thrive podcast, Bas Zwart -- an executive at Johnson and Johnson -- joins Jennifer to discuss developing and implementing change management solutions. Bas’s experience in a variety of HR leadership roles has given him plenty of pract…
 
Smart assistants are everywhere now -- in things like lightbulbs, speakers, headphones, and mobile devices. As people have begun to embrace and experiment with all that voice technology has to offer to their daily lives, the need for custom solutions to create a better human experience has come with it. That’s where this episode’s guests come in. O…
 
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the flexibility of a work-at-home schedule has been a welcome change for many employees as they try to handle both home and work. It’s also been a massive boon for employers, seeing their staff work more hours thanks to the increased flexibility. However, with companies opening back up, customized employment is …
 
Getting your employees excited about making an impact is one of the best ways of creating a good working environment and company culture. However, not many organizations take advantage of employee engagement techniques -- especially during COVID-19 -- and are suffering as a result. An engaged employee feels like they’re being heard and they’re maki…
 
Creating an organizational culture that fosters meaningful relationships, creativity, and creates motivation in business can be difficult in the best of times. But as the coronavirus pandemic has made clear, it can be even harder to do during a crisis. If your people weren’t questioning the value of their involvement in your company before, they’re…
 
The popular mobile app Slice had already been helping small businesses survive by giving them access to digital tools that only larger chains had the money to develop for themselves. But when COVID-19 hit, Slice’s commitment to local restaurants helped them not only survive but actually thrive when everyone needed them most. Jacqueline Meyer, the C…
 
How can businesses create a better world? Anna-Maja Björkenvall, the CEO of LXMI, discusses how their business model and supply chain are helping end global poverty and save the environment at the same time. Anna’s story is an empowering one, starting when she came to the United States with nothing but a suitcase to eventually becoming the CEO of L…
 
How is AI generating value for seniors, their care givers and families? Dan Brown, the President and CEO of Algorithmic Intuition, discusses the intersection of ai, healthcare innovation and quality of life. We explore how COVID has accelerated the need to invest in technologies and solutions to make remote patient monitoring more accessible to fam…
 
How has COVID-19 impacted how we connect? Jenny Ro, the co-founder and CEO of Curios Reactor, discusses what the future of networking looks like. Given the current environment and pandemic, we explore a new perspective on curating specific relationships in a networking application. A Concinnity podcast: https://concinnityus.com/perspectives…
 
Bridging a major crisis during the early stages of the pandemic, Rick Salerno and Jamie Ahmed from AES Controls pivoted their business to address a shortage of respirators. Looking for help with executing the plan, they combined with Concinnity to help orchestrate all of the moving parts in order to deliver respirators to those who needed it the mo…
 
The evolution of working from anywhere. What's the future of work and how COVID-19 has made this imperative. With companies stumbling into these changes during the pandemic, Alana Moran and Evolve IP were able to help connect workplaces virtually. A Concinnity podcast: https://concinnityus.com/perspectives…
 
Altering your life's plan to address a desperate problem in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic? Solve scaling and financial issues. Connect doctors on the front lines with PPE from suppliers, and stop people from dying over payment terms. This is what Kirsten Curtis did when she joined ProjectN95 - and found a mismatch in supply and demand.…
 
The Survive & Thrive podcast features Jennifer Ayres, host, and co-Founder of Concinnity. With over 20 years leading large-scale global transformation programs for Fortune 500 companies, her purpose is to help the conscious leader create meaningful and sustainable change by helping companies realize their most ambitious goals. The Survive & Thrive …
 
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