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The SuperNova Podcast with Lena Ski

Author: Lena Ski

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Where Lifestyle, Business and Consciousness share the same 'office space' as your Purpose and your Brand. You're here because the #FutureofWork is changing. And it's about to get even more meaningful.
114 Episodes
 Humans. Complex. Simple. Conundrums. Right?!  Last year, I started the conversation with Jeremy - Creator of The Emotional Culture Deck - and since putting so much into play and practice I couldn't resist giving this conversation a little more attention. Because it matters. Ok, so you're not really in it for the water cooler conversations - that's a good thing. Who needs drama? Yet here's the thing. Every business plan is just the tip of the iceberg and if we don't get clear what's really happening here - we're fighting the wrong things, with the wrong things, for the wrong reasons. What if feelings actually ran the show...? Discover more  Send love:  --- Send in a voice message:
What an incredible way to end the week.  With meaning, purpose, and conscious intention to choose who we are and why we do the thing we do.  And the role that structure, environment, and context have in our meaning-making process.  We also talked about: Future of Work 24 Hours: Hacking HR: Teal Conference: Find out more about our speaker here --- Send in a voice message:
Agile. What does it mean? Does having a Kanban board quality anyone as agile?  Can we really embrace the speed of change? Do we have to change a good thing?  We use words without definitions. We say things without embodiment. True Purpose isn't a goal, dream, idea.  True Purpose isn't a thing to do either.  Loved recording this chat with fellow #TATW2022 creators.  Find out more about our upcoming event on  It takes this topic of #agilemanagement and #evolutionarypurpose to a whole deeper level.  --- Send in a voice message:
111: Always On Culture

111: Always On Culture


In a #shebangbang of other kinds, #2022 has arrived with #tenacity and #determination to get on with it, topple #hierarchy, and #bemore in the world. If you had to pick would you pick freedom or structure? You only get one choice. They come with different rewards, results, and consequences. Freedom: Always on Instant Gratification Real-Time and in the Moment  Structure boundaries  clock in - clock out  right mask for the right time  Plot Twist. Freedom is a structure. Kind of like Dark Space and Anti Matter.   Learn more --- Send in a voice message:
When Imre sent me an email with "The first-ever multi-country network analysis of TEAL companies against the benchmark of the traditional companies!" in the subject line last year, I knew we needed to chat. Then this incredible panel happened.  THE SURVEY: was organized by James Priest (Sociocracy 3.0), used the network analysis tool of CX-Ray, was delivered by Imre Környei (iCons-Hungary), was executed in the following 4 countries: Bulgaria, France, Spain, and Switzerland, identified the competitive advantages of the companies applying Sociocracy 3.0 patterns against the benchmark of the traditional companies. You can learn more about the network analysis here: This conversation dug even deeper. --- Send in a voice message:
This is a #TBT summit episode that reveals that changing the future of work by focusing on work - only produces the same results.  To really cross The Great Culture Chasm — from ways of being as “well-oiled machines” to ways of being as “conscious living systems.” requires something far deeper. In celebration of all his work and the way he helped my Purpose fit its true playground ... there is so much more to be said.  --- Send in a voice message:
Self Management is one of the hottest rising hashtags, movements, and new way of working styles since #stayhome and #covid19 but let's face it, you're already a pro. Or at least, you might think, you've been ok enough to not completely suck at it. But in a world that no longer shares the same perspective or definition of it, Self Management has a lot to say.  This podcast explores the mythology, reality and meaning of #selfmanagement in 2021. It unpacks the perspectives of: Personal Development such as The Power of Now Change Management and Resilience Training  Agile and Scrum Methodologies Basic Entrepreneurial and Innovation Principles  Teal Practises and more.  to help you make it your own. With your own signature and leadership style to match.  Because let's face it, we are all leaders now. Some of us missed the promotion memo (Congrats), some of us don't want the title or the perks - BUT we are all leaders of who we are, and how we do it in the world.  Hopefully, more by design. And less by default.  For more information visit and find @thesupernovapodcast on Instagram  --- Send in a voice message:
Covid hasn't been kind to a #4dayworkweek If anything it's made us restore factory settings and check our notifications.  Enter Dion Chang.  Dion Chang is a strategic thinker, keynote speaker, walking ideas bank, and professional cage rattler. He is one of South Africa's most respected trend analysts and founder of Flux Trends, which takes the unique view of “trends as business strategy”. ... He is an intrepid traveler, global citizen, and proudly South African. In this conversation, he shares what it took to be the first South African Company to roll out a #4dayworkweek and stick to it.  Other talking points include resistance to change, the future of retail space, and rethinking work.  If you liked that - you will also like this: Find out more about the Podcast here: --- Send in a voice message:
I still find myself in crowds who celebrate the epitome of being agile as the use of a kanban board and the occasional standup meeting.  In our rush to get - wherever there is - have we lost the human experience?  I chat with an amazing Agile Trainer Philip Atkinson who debunks what Agile is and what it isn't.  --- Send in a voice message:
Something you might know about me is that I love to work with wholes. Whole People. Whole Brands. Real Magic.  This isn't that podcast. Well, not in the way you think about it. It's not another workshop pitch at happy or effective.   This episode reveals the underlying structure behind the biggest debate on what work-life balance is all about.  To transform anything, we first need to understand the truth of how it is made. And this podcast reveals all.  Though I'm already considering a follow up to take it even further.  Can't wait till then. Follow the nuggets at and  and see what is rising at --- Send in a voice message:
They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks so how new normal can this #newnormal really be. If the underlying structures produce consistently the same results, have we really changed habits. One Year after COVID-19 and the truth about teams is ...  In the 3rd part of this topic, I explore what's really under the hood, in between the glass ceilings, and what's obvious about Teams as we kick-off 2021. Make sure to listen to Part 2 to get all the insights on a gold platter.  To book a free consultation visit --- Send in a voice message:
Teams are more valuable than we give them credit for. In this follow up podcast, we look at a revealing insight that showcases the role teams play in understanding the structures we design and play in. Explored through the evolutionary eyes of Purpose Strategist Lena Ski, we unmask reality, growing pains, the need for management, and what drives results. --- Send in a voice message:
Before you get too excited, you might want to step back and pause. Watch. Listen. Understand. Because in a culture that sees people as the problem (isn't that why you have HR, Change Management Workshops or External Coaches) there's something demanding your attention. We'll get to culture - trust me- but right now I'm asking you to think design. You already have the answers. You just haven't been noticing the actual questions.  Check out || or send love to --- Send in a voice message:
After my roundtable on psychological workplace safety this past Friday - I find myself feeling incomplete. Plotting a much in demand follow up, and still wanting to take about safe zones.  Because we live in a world that's either too sensitive or numbed out and it shows up in our work, our brand, and sadly our Purpose.  Press play and welcome to the braze space.  So about those voice mails: simply click here to bring your voice to this podcast or simply just share feedback.  Till then, Play Brave.  --- Send in a voice message:
Functional doesn't always mean Purposeful. And sometimes we measure things that don't actually matter. It's one of the most agonizing conundrums.  That blend between measuring what matters and measured what's actually being managed. How do we split hairs and wear do we over do things. See in a world gone data there's a lot worth knowing. There's also too much. And interpretability. The intention behind things counts. Here's a different perspective to this ongoing conversation. Enjoy --- Send in a voice message:
 Death seems to be on every corner. He even has his own Instagram account. AND businesses are broken. So are brands. And that doesn't kill us. It just makes us human. Vulnerable. And in a business of something better. Something filled with purpose. So while you're figuring out if Killer Parrots, AI or Plastic will be the death of your business and brand, I hope you're listening deeper ...  --- Send in a voice message:
Here's me on the other side of the microphone. Living Purposeful.  --- Send in a voice message:
So, you want your work to actually mean something huh? Something meaningful. Something worth waking up for. Something worth staying awake for. Something worthy of your clients needs. Something special. Today's guest gets you and has got your back - and there's a group of us willing to have that convo with HR. Here's proof that your work can feel like play and do something epic without having to change the whole world. And it sounds a little something like this. Jeremy is the founder and director of leadership company riders&elephants. He live to improve human-to-human relationships. His vision is to help leaders reimagine how they get their people. From how leaders connect with their people within an organisation, to how leaders work with their teams to better connect with their customers.He live by the philosophy – If your people aren't engaged, your customers won't be engaged. So whatcha waiting for? Check it out here: and check this out here: More grand stuff? Ok. The emotional culture of an organisation influences employee satisfaction, burnout, teamwork, and even hard measures such as financial performance and absenteeism. But organisations (and leaders) don’t talk about emotion because it’s difficult and considered soft. Or they don’t have the skills to leverage emotion. So the Emotional Culture Deck offers an insanely simple card-based tool for structured face-to-face conversations about workplace culture, and experience. Enjoy. --- Send in a voice message:
You say you choose lean but there's something pretty rigid about how you show up. You say you want to be the Master of the Universe and yet, how much are you willing to learn and grow. And now that we're talking about growth, how much of it is true. Inspired as a follow up (and standalone) to last weeks conversation - here are the parts that felt forgotten. Dug up. Unearthed. --- Send in a voice message:
What makes the true A-team? First of, let me burst your bubble. Your A Team isn't what you think it is, it is cheaper, and yet requires more of the kind of investment you actually can make. I also thought of calling this podcast How to build 4 and retain Centennials and Millenials OR the birthplace of culture. Yet, none of these topics would hack it without designing for an A-Team or even enrolling yourself onto the A-Team Crew. On that note, you're not automatically excused from this process. And you're about to find out why. I first met Whitney via WBECS 3 years ago. Since then I've been on all the training calls and facilitated every IM session with her. This work is that potent, this powerful, and such a game changer in the way I play with my work too. Then just last week she was named on the LinkedIn Top Voices List as one of the top 20 Influencers around the world among honorees like Richard Branson, Melinda Gates, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ray Dalio, Gary Vaynerchuk, and my friends and colleagues Susan Cain, Sanyin Siang, Brené Brown, Sallie Krawcheck. Whitney Johnson is the leading thinker on driving corporate innovation through personal disruption. She cofounded Rose Park Advisors, a boutique investment firm, with Clayton Christensen, and was an "Institutional Investor"-ranked analyst for eight consecutive years... Here is the correct link to the tool she shares in the podcast and her website: Also, don't forget to share some love for this podcast over at Couldn't rock the solar system and amp things up without you. --- Send in a voice message:
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