002 – Because if you don’t care about culture, no one will | Mike Davis

The inspiration for this episode comes from this interesting stat, 70 percent of leaders put people and culture in their top three initiatives yet only 20 percent of those leaders can report an ROI on the things they’re doing to move the needle on engagement and drive their culture forward.

If people and culture are such a priority, then why is that most leaders have no idea what’s actually working in their organization? Nikki and guest Mike Davis, CEO of Harley Davidson of Ohio,  explores this idea.


  1. Hire for cultural fit. Make sure this human being is not just being hired for skill set but for cultural fit, meaning that they’re going to jive with the rest of your organization and help everyone be better. You don’t want to go back and fix that later. One of the greatest tests is just thinking through how long would you like to hang out with this person outside of work. That’s really good test because you should want to hang out and be friends with them.
  2. Understand the power of soft skills training. We need to develop our people from the communication to relationship skills like building friendships and knowing how to show up. So I just encourage you to think through not so much the mechanical things and the high level skills that they need as employees to do a great job but the soft skills training as well. Take retreats you know get them away do some team building and really just help develop your people.
  3. Build disciples. When you build Disciple’s you are really building a custom culture to your organization.  The people in your organization will scale and grow your culture. As a CEO you cannot delegate culture. You have to figure out how to scale. So building disciples in your organization is what will allow you to fulfill your vision.  Be visible. Empower the leaders in your org to do the same.

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001 – Meaning and Millennials: How to engage and retain them | Jethro Lloyd

This week we are focusing on millennial employees and the younger generations in our workplace. Ready or not they are the future of our workforce. Featured guest, Jethro LloydCEO of iLAB, shares his take on how to engage millennials and why we’re thinking about them all wrong.


  1. Focus on humanizing your communication. Don’t forget it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. I encourage you to think through how you’re communicating as a whole whether it’s general communications or the more touchy subjects that obviously need more intimate communication around them. Really focusing on how big communication is and how it can impact your organization.
  2. Allow for on one-to one-interaction. I know that as a CEO or president, you can’t be everywhere all the time. However, you can encourage your leaders to be more proactive with one-on-one time with the people on their team. Empower your managers or leaders to do the same thing so that you can really scale the opportunity and make the impact.
  3. Embrace authenticity. Be authentic regularly, especially in the world of millennials and the younger generations, they want to know the real you. The bottom line and all of that we try very hard to be connected to our people but we sometimes forget how much of an impact just talking about our weekends or sharing some kind of just vulnerability. I just encourage you to do more and more of that.

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000 – Gut + Science: What’s this all about? | Nikki Lewallen

Whether you need to land more business or increase output, the road to more revenue and better business outcomes ultimately relies on relationships. And if there’s one thing Nikki Lewallen knows, it’s relationships.

In Gut+Science™, Nikki takes you on a one-of-a-kind ride that cuts to the core of people-first cultures—to see what true success looks like, and how CEOs like you are redefining employee engagement.

If you’re ready to replace gut instinct with the scientific insight you can use to drive change within your organization, this is the podcast for you. Get ready for real talk on leadership, lessons learned and what it truly takes to create winning cultures.

This episode is our introduction and the why behind launching the show.


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