Growth Hacking Culture

Growth Hacking Culture

The Growth Hacking Culture Podcast is a series of insightful interviews with prominent experts on mindsets, skills and mental resources to grow individually, lead motivated teams and create human-centric work cultures. These episodes are about thought provoking ideas to scale up and growth hack human-centric and performing work cultures. Hosted by Ivan Palomino.


January 28, 2023 40 min

Founding a company and see it grow should make any founder happy - Unfortunately the reality is different - founders are often worried about their people, they even become nostalgic of the early days of shared pizza with the founding team. Scaling up a company is complex and it is essential to keep the DNA of any company [the essence of belonging in the workplace].

Founders make mistakes and are also a continuous source of experime...

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One in two employees have left a job to get away from a toxic manager and improve their overall life at some point in their career, according to the Gallup's State of the American Manager report. We are really living times of change where everything is on the table to make the workplace better for employees. In this episode of Growth Hacking Culture, I really want to understand how to handle a toxic manager and what is the root...

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Change in organizations has a price - the natural resistance of humans to change. In this episode of Growth Hacking Culture - I discuss with Dr. Beth Banks Cohn how to overcome the forces of resistance to transformation and how to prepare an organization to be ready for change.  About Dr. Beth Banks Cohn

Beth Banks Cohn is regarded by many as the authority on culture, leadership and change - Beth holds a PhD in Human and Organizati...

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Many organizations have embarked in reshaping their work culture - sadly the biggest challenge is on the way people can learn (and practice) the actual behaviors behind the new purpose and values. Indeed, this needs practice not slides! 

My guest Priszcilla Várnagy is well known for her disruptive PUNK Attitude towards learning and it looks like this is the right time to rethink how people learns.

About Priszcilla Várnagy:


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The way organizations treat their people reflects on their customers - a work culture that is driven by the level of happiness of employees boosts the bottom line of any company.

In the book Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose, Tony Hsie describes how Zappos defined their culture:

  • Make customer service the responsibility of the entire company-not just a department
  • Focus on company culture as the #1 priority
  • A...
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    About Performance and Happiness

    One of the first articles correlating performance and happiness was published in 2003 showing that these two concepts are closely related. They are part of an effective performance-management system; connecting a culture that supports positive impact on people: performance and overall happiness.

    Studies show that individuals who are happy and effective performers share similar characteristics. They:

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    Speaking up about the type of culture or toxic practices at work is a starting points to create positive change in the workplace  — so why are so many people reluctant to do so?

    There might be several reasons: first, there may be significant personal or professional risks associated with being the one speaking up. Second, many people assume someone else will step up. In reality, only few will have the courage to openly talk about t...

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    One of the most recurrent challenges for organizations is about creating a culture of learning - unfortunately the way we learn in corporates hasn't changed much in the last years - unpractical, not inspiring and not inline with the agility of business.

    The change on the way organisations develop a culture of continuous learning has become urgent - it is time to explore alternatives to design rituals empowering people to learn....

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    We are living times where many of us ask questions about purpose and happiness - we are living moment of rupture moving away from external motivators such as money & status to alternatives that can give us sustainable happiness - and drives intrinsic satisfaction in our lives

    After watching a piece of a Ted Talk The Secret Ingredient to Happiness by Miriam Ismail- I found interesting that somehow I would have more answers about...

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    If your organization doesn’t prioritize employee recognition, you’re missing out on a big boost to your bottom line. Organizations provide various benefits and compensations to employees for their splendid work. From lunches to gift cards small goodies always seem like the right package. But do employees really want and appreciate these small goodies?

    First of all randomly giving out gift cards usually does more damage than good. O...

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    Influencing others is essentially an art that works wonders if done in the right way. It helps an individual indirectly grow, adapt and develop. On a daily basis this is a negotiation as we tend to influence or get influenced by the people around us. As a leader, manager or a general employee in a workplace in order to climb up the corporate leader or get people on your side to support you on a certain, Influencing is very importan...

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    Workplaces are often ever-changing and stressful environments, and the challenges they present can truly test a person’s tenacity. What’s interesting though is that some people not only comfortably ride out these waves of difficulty, but they even find success in them. Resilience is defined as individual's ability to bounce back from adversity. It really just encompasses our ability to emerge from struggle without any kind of s...

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    October 17, 2022 7 min

    Being self-aware is by far one of the most important factors of an individual's life. By doing so an individual obtains a deeper understanding of their feelings, motives, goals, and biases. There are two types of self-awareness that people have to be mindful about. Internal self-awareness focuses on your thoughts, feelings, strengths, weaknesses, values, and so on. However it is not always advisable to be introspective or only ...

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    We humans dont enjoy talking about suicidal thoughts (specially men who are the population with the highest suicidal rate). The most awkward thing is that if don't talk about it - it becomes worst for people struggling in silence and shame.

    About Chris Haill

    My guest is Chris Haill founder of MindForce - a couple of years ago, he was running his own company, developing new business in media and publishing. 

    I remember clearly t...

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    Being vulnerable is certainly not the top mindset of the typical leader. Most leaders get promoted into their roles because they project confidence and self-assuredness.

    Leaders are humans with their own set of challenges on being open about their limiting-beliefs - and yes it is kind of a taboo to talk about it in organizations.

    Some of the most common limiting beliefs in leaders are: imposter syndrome, incapacity to cope with cha...

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    Micromanaging is a hard habit to break. You may downplay your propensities by labeling yourself a “control freak” or by claiming that you just like to keep close tabs on your team, but those are poor excuses for excessive meddling.

    For starters, let's agree that there are in fact very little things that we can control, especially in the world of work. Where essentially our main job as leaders is to manage, motivate, inspire and...

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    Can we now be candid about the real situation of mental health at work?

    I was quite optimistic at the start of this year - we had 2 pandemics that has redefined the way we think and live - one viral and one related to mental health. Obviously I said hey that's the year where corporations are going to get the right actions and make a substantial reduction of mental health challenges at work - it didn't happen.

    I zoom in to t...

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    We are living interesting times: my question is in 10-20 years will we still call the COVID times or it will be called the the great reflection times ? 

    In recent times employees attitudes have changed from just earning money to creating value at work. They want to contribute the thing is that this search for purpose at work is in the back of the minds of the majority of people and finding alternatives is becoming critical. Somethi...

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    In recent years in corporations, a lot of focus has been placed on emotional intelligence – our ability to manage our emotions at work and those of others. As leaders, it is certainly a skill one must have and continue to practice and improve on. Each level of our career and life will require us to evolve in all aspects in our personal growth as well.  

    In this episode of Learn with Bessern - Elena Agaragimova and Ivan Palomino dis...

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    Your values in life help you navigate through career choices, partner choices, and overall, how you spend your days and how you behave. Furthermore, values help you establish a sense of purpose and direction for your personal brand. Values act as guides that drive your choices in your life based on what you want to be known for. Your core values at work and personal brand (how you show them) will speak loudly without you even sayin...

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