The Culture Hacks Podcast

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By: Russ Hill

Russ Hill hosts The Culture Hacks Podcast for leaders looking to manage the culture of the team or organization they lead. The culture of your company or team produces your results. Most leaders don't know how to lead their organization's culture. Russ Hill shows you how in each episode as he shares his experience consulting and coaching senior executives of Fortune 500 companies. You'll learn how to change your culture so you can accelerate the results you're trying to deliver. There's tons of leadership development packed into each show. Hit subscribe and get ready to change the way you lead!

What I Witnessed In the Sauna
Last Monday at 4:00 PM

#196:  I walked into the sauna at the gym. What happened in the moments that followed perfectly illustrates what it's like to be on a team with a toxic culture. You might think I've lost my mind but have a listen to this episode!

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My Process For Studying Successful People
01/12/2022

#195:  What's your process for studying success and duplicating what others do that brings them success? In this episode I share my process for reverse engineering the results others have achieved that I desire for myself.

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Avoiding the Funk that Surrounds Us
01/10/2022

#194:  Have you noticed how many people are stuck in a funk or feeling weighed down right now? Maybe you're going through it. In this episode I wanted to share things I've discovered naturally bring me down and bring darkness vs those things that bring light and motivate me. 

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The Man in the Elevator
01/07/2022

#193:  I had experiences on an elevator in Austin, Texas and in a movie theater over the holidays that reminded me of the value of connection. As a leader how important is connection? In this episode I wanted to talk about connection and how much we're all leaning into it.

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Lessons from an Arizona Entrepreneur
01/06/2022

#192:  You can't do it all - so what are you dialing back and what are you dialing up? I had a conversation with an Arizona business owner this week that reminded me of this important lesson I learned the hard way: you simply can't give family, work, church, friends, fitness, and community 100% of your focus. 

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The Greatest Gift I've Ever Received
12/22/2021

#191: Happy holidays to you! In this time of year when we're celebrating Christmas and New Years I've been thinking about the value of second chances and of choosing to see people's potential rather than their current value. 

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What I Realized About Dreaming
12/20/2021

#190: As we launch the new part of our business I'm realizing how much satisfaction comes in doing rather than discussing. What are you thinking about, talking about, or dreaming about but not executing on right now?

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Did You Say Dolly Parton?
12/17/2021

#189: We're changing roles! Instead of me being the host on this show I'm one of the guests along with my business partner Jared Jones. I thought I'd let you listen to most of the interview we did with Entrepreneur Magazine's podcast. Hope you enjoy!

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Who Are You Trying to Change?
12/13/2021

#188: He answered our question in a way I never expected. In this episode I share part of our conversation today with a leader of 30,000 people in a manufacturing company. One of his comments got me thinking about the value of authenticity and the struggle to be who we want to become.

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Free Chapter from The Great Resignation
12/08/2021

#187: What do Jeff Bezos and two hospitals in Virginia have to do with each other? They're exhibits we use in our new book, The Great Resignation, to make the case for leaders to maintain proximity to customers. I'm giving you another chapter free from the book in this episode!

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The Question I Asked On Stage
12/06/2021

#186: I asked a question yesterday on stage in Dallas that I think would be a good one for all of us to think about related to our teams. We were meeting with hundreds of leaders of a large manufacturing company. They struggle sometimes to create an environment where people feel comfortable saying what they're really thinking. That led me to ask the question I want to share with you this episode.

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4 Lessons from a Fortune 10 Executive
12/03/2021

#185: He just got promoted. In this episode I wanted to share four observations after a call with a leader who was just promoted to the senior team of a Fortune 10 company. We've worked with this leader for years and he was recently promoted to lead 35,000 people. Why does he keep getting promoted? I wanted to share my thoughts in this episode.

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7 Things I Do to Get People Talking
11/29/2021

#184: How do you get a team, a class, an audience talking and participating in a discussion? In this episode I share 7 techniques I've developed over the years to get people engaged in meetings. I've developed these over the years through a ton of mistakes and trial and error. I hope you'll find them valuable!

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5 People I'm Grateful For
11/22/2021

#183: In this time of Thanksgiving in the US I wanted to share with you five people I'm grateful for. These are people who have impacted me profoundly and helped me become the leader I am today. You might think about who has had an impact on you, why, and how you're demonstrating those same behaviors towards others. 

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You're Using the Wrong Approach!
11/18/2021

#182: The biggest frustration all leaders experience is getting people to do what they need them to do. The reason it's so difficult is because you're using the wrong technique or tactics to encourage the behavior you need from your team. In this episode I share the proven approach I've seen transform organizations.

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Steepen Your Growth Curve
11/15/2021

#181: He asked me a question that changed the direction of my career. Good consultants and coaches do that. In this episode I wanted to do the same for you. Is your growth curve flattening? Is it time for a change? Here's what I've found works in moments like those.

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Your Customer's Desired State
11/11/2021

#180: How much clarity do you and your team have around your customer's desired situation? As we work on building the scaled part of our firm we're spending a lot of time talking about the current situation and desired situation of our customer. I'm convinced growth depends on getting this right!

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We Need Some Volunteers!
11/09/2021

#179: We need 10-20 volunteers for a leadership development experience we're developing. If you're wanting to scale your leadership ability and can devote a couple hours a week to consuming content we're producing we need your help. It won't cost anything. Listen to this episode for some details!

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When Team Members Disagree
11/03/2021

#178: We were on a virtual meeting yesterday with all the new VPs at a Fortune 50 company. Several of the leaders disagreed on an issue we were discussing. They quoted very different data and shared very different perspectives. It got me thinking about how we react as leaders when people disagree.

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The Great Resignation: The Book is Out!
11/01/2021

#177: Our new book, The Great Resignation, has been published! To celebrate we're putting out the Audible file of the Introduction to the book for free! Listen to it in this episode.  The book, The Great Resignation, Why Millions Are Leaving Their Jobs and Who Will Win the Battle for Talent is available at Amazon now and will soon be for sale at Walmart, Barnes and Noble, and all major book retailers!

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Three Big Announcements!
10/19/2021

#176: I'm thrilled to make three announcements related to what we've been working on in the background for the last several months. I've never worked harder and felt more energized by it. In this episode I wanted to share what we've been creating and how you can take advantage of it!

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What's Your Story?
10/08/2021

#175: It's a question that a PR company asked me this week that I wanted to pose to you as well: What's your story? I think so few of us as leaders are able to clearly communicate what value we bring to our organizations, what our companies or teams do better than anyone else, and what drives us. It's something that's worth our time to figure out.

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The Person I'm Listening to Most
09/22/2021

#174: He's the person I'm listening to most these days and I have to share with you some clips of him in a recent interview. Naval Ravikant is the person who I'm spending the most time listening to and reading these days. In this episode I share why.

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Our New Company's Biggest Challenge
09/20/2021

#173: It's the biggest challenge we've faced in launching our new company and I'm convinced it's a challenge most of you are facing as well. In this episode I dig into the need for focus and developing the ability to say no.

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Disaster at the Convenience Store
09/13/2021

#172: Why is one location or company consistently amazing at the customer experience and another is just as consistently bad? In this episode I go on a rant after walking out of a convenience store that is always a mess. There are two reasons it's like that. That's the topic in this episode.

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Are You Really Listening?
09/08/2021

#171: When others are talking what are you doing? I've developed a skill that has served me so well in personal and professional relationships. I'm far from perfect at it... especially in my personal life. But, when I do this it helps advance conversations, build alignment, and create a healthy culture. 

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The Trend I'm Worried About
09/06/2021

#170:  The level of arrogance and pride around us all is weighing on me. I worry about it. Why do so many of us think we have all the answers and others are wrong? Why do we denounce those who see things differently? I wanted to share some of the thoughts I'm having watching the way our society is headed.

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The Value of Executing
09/01/2021

#169: Stop talking and get stuff done! That really is the difference between people and companies that are growing and those that are stagnant, isn't it? I had an experience where I got some direct feedback about how I was slowing others down too much from executing. I think about it often and wanted to share the experience in this episode.

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The Anxiety Between Alternatives
08/30/2021

#168: The heaviness and stress you feel is often due to a lack of a decision. I saw a quote I absolutely fell in love with. It captures the advantages we gain when we make decisions. 

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The Rise of the Firm and the Individual
08/18/2021

#167: Two trends seem to be colliding right now and they're causing most of the turmoil that we're feeling in the workplace. I want introduce you to Ronald Caose and William Rees-Moog and James Davidson. These guys made a lot of noise with two different theories that I'm convinced are both coming true and they're causing the seismic shift leading to The Great Resignation.

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The Massive Employee Shortage
08/16/2021

#166: It's a trend I'm seeing everywhere right now. Leaders who can't find enough people to work for their organization. Are you suffering from this massive shortage of workers as well? Let's dig into the numbers and the cause.

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The People at My Gym
08/11/2021

#165: Have you given much thought to who you choose to spend time with? I was leaving the gym and was thinking about how much I value the people who are there. I haven't even met any of them. But, being around them makes me better. This isn't an episode about the gym but about the choices we make about who we associate with in our lives.

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When Life Weighs You Down
08/09/2021

#164: Have you ever had days or even weeks when it took everything you had to just keep going? We don't talk a lot about the moments of our lives as leaders when we're struggling to keep it together due to things that are happening in our personal or professional lives. In this episode I wanted to address what those moments have been like for me.

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The Massive Shift We're Witnessing
08/04/2021

#163: Your employees have changed in dramatic ways over the last 18 months. As we're writing our upcoming book called The Great Resignation we've uncovered some fascinating shifts that have been happening among workers. It's unreal how much they've changed and to see how that's driving the massive shift in employment right now. In this episode I share some of what we've found researching the new book on The Great Resignation.

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5 Essentials to Scale: Part Five
08/02/2021

#162: You can't grow an organization if you don't develop or upgrade the leadership team. In part five of this series on scaling results I share experiences I've had that convinced me growth depends on the people we, as leaders, surround ourselves with.

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5 Essentials to Scale: Part Four
07/28/2021

#161: Now it's time to talk about the mindset of employees. How do you need people on your team to think and act in order to achieve your long-range target? We're digging into culture or mindset in part four of this 5-part series on how to scale results. 

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5 Essentials to Scale: Part Three
07/26/2021

#160: How have you defined success for this year for your team or organization? Have you clearly defined a set of Key Results that everyone on the team knows and has memorized? This is part three in our 5-part series on how to scale results. 

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5 Essentials to Scale: Part Two
07/21/2021

#159: Where are you taking your team or organization? This is part two of a 5-part series on what leaders do that help scale their organization or team's results. In the last episode we talked about the value of a mission or purpose statement. In this episode we dig into long-range targets. What should they look like and how do you come up with them?

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5 Essentials to Scale: Part One
07/19/2021

#158: I'm constantly asked what leaders must do to scale results and grow an organization's impact and outcomes. I decided it was time to answer those questions in a series of podcast episodes. So, the next five episodes will each tackle one of the five things I've seen leaders do that cause dramatic growth. In this episode I talk about mission and purpose.

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Beware of Your Attention Span
07/12/2021

#157: Your attention span is one of the things that threatens your success as a leader. We tend to want to try new things, launch new initiatives, and expand into new industries or segments. Here's why that's dangerous and how to know when to give into that desire.

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