DiscoverWin Monday with Paul EpsteinSmall Changes, Big Transformation (ft. Eric Termuende, Global Keynote Speaker + Bestselling Author, 'Rethink Work')
Small Changes, Big Transformation (ft. Eric Termuende, Global Keynote Speaker + Bestselling Author, 'Rethink Work')

Small Changes, Big Transformation (ft. Eric Termuende, Global Keynote Speaker + Bestselling Author, 'Rethink Work')

Update: 2021-09-20



“I want to be very clear for all of the Playmakers here. The future of work is a journey, not a destination. It's every step that we take now, it's the small changes that we make to ensure that we can keep and attract the best talent, build a strong culture to improve our leadership practices and our soft skills. It is everything that we're doing to build a better, more resilient organization for tomorrow.” — Eric Termuende


Eric Termuende is a global keynote speaker and author of the best-selling book, Rethink Work. Having been on hundreds of stages and worked with and studied the greatest places to work in the world, he knows exactly what it takes to build incredible teams that are resilient, innovative, and ready for the future of work. A former world economic forum global shaper and recognized as one of the top 100 emerging innovators under 35 by American Express, his ideas have been featured in Forbes, Thrive Global, and the Huffington Post.

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[7:08 ] - There’s No ‘Best’ Culture

Be who you are, don’t be who you’re not

Magazines and websites can try to rate the ‘best’ company culture, but the truth is that there’s only the best company culture for you. Quirky company atmospheres like the ones at Zappos may not be for everyone, but they are so firmly who they are that they attract lines of qualified applicants around the block.

[20:53 ] - Don’t Be Netflix. Be You

Stop looking to other organizations as ‘perfect’ examples

Everyone wants to be the ‘next’ Google or Netflix. But the truth is that you don’t really want to be like them, you want the happiness, satisfaction, and success they have. Find out what the process of obtaining those things looks like for your organization. It may be the same in some cases, but in others it may be dramatically different.

[25:27 ] - The Power of Psychological Safety

When people are empowered to be themselves, amazing things happen

Listening sessions are a powerful tool that can help team members feel safe, heard, and empowered. How available are you to hear ideas? How safe do the people around you feel sharing their ideas? 

[29:01 ] - People Hate Change, and They Hate Standing Still

The power of a difference of a few degrees

Never underestimate the power of incremental changes. People and organizations can react negatively to massive sea changes, but the essence of a one-degree shift is that it’s the smallest viable change, like one degree on a compass, and it can eventually lead an organization to completely transform. 

[33:40 ] - Trust Requires Presence

Doing two things at once means doing neither thing well

On average, we’re doing two things at once for 42% of our day. We’re texting while we’re on a phone call, we’re finalizing a report while we’re watching a movie with someone. But you can’t build trust when you’re multitasking. Trust requires attention, presence, and focus. You just have to be willing to give it.

[48:40 ] - Deeply Consider Where You Invest Your Life

Whether it’s 10,000 hours or 100,000 hours, make it matter

If you’re going to invest your life’s work into something, make it count. Make it matter. Do something that gives you energy instead of depleting you of energy. It takes commitment and dedication and sacrifice to achieve something, so make it something worth achieving. 



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Small Changes, Big Transformation (ft. Eric Termuende, Global Keynote Speaker + Bestselling Author, 'Rethink Work')

Small Changes, Big Transformation (ft. Eric Termuende, Global Keynote Speaker + Bestselling Author, 'Rethink Work')

Detroit Podcast Studios, Eric Termuende, Paul Epstein, Connor Trombley