It's March Madness, so today's episode opens with some reflecting on Diane's connection to this annual college basketball tradition, and some valuable lessons on life, culture, and leadership from one of college basketball's greats, Coach Wooden.
Work culture, and its importance to an agency, seen as work culture currency, is the focus of this episode. The Fire Insider Her has a returning guest with Trish Connolly, whom some of you may remember from episode 2. She and Diane offer a lot of wisdom and reflection on the challenging, yet extremely important, work of addressing culture within organizations.
They explain the difference between a technical problem and an adaptive challenge, and the fact you can't resolve an adaptive challenge in the same straightforward manner you might a technical problem. No matter how much we try to simplify it or how much we like checklists. This conversation offers insight on where to put your focus when you are trying to support positive change, a lens that helps us all be on the same page when thinking about diversity, a useful perspective on the importance of belonging in DEI work, and an awareness that agency organizational culture is always the foundation and first step. They also discuss the important role that everyone plays in organizational culture, which really hits home with a poignant story Trish shares of a colleague.
Resources mentioned in today's episode:
Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success
Did you enjoy today's conversation with Trish Connolly?
She was also a guest on Episode 2 -
Trish Connolly lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband, son, and highly anxious dog- Duncan. She loves all outdoor activities, including mountain hikes, snowboarding, and mountain biking. She is a yogi, book club advocate, and inspiring meditator.
Trish works at Bend Fire & Rescue and has been with her department for 22 years. She was the first female firefighter hired at her department and now holds the rank of Deputy Chief.
The best way to connect with Trish is on Linked In:
How to connect with Diane:
Linked In - www.linkedin.com/in/dianeschroeder5/
Are you excited to get your copy of the Self Care Audio download that Diane mentioned?
You can get that HERE - TheFireInsideHer.com/audio