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Cool Culture Corner

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128 Episodes | 2017 - 2022


June 21st, 2022


Episode 190 of Cool Culture Corner

Sometimes in the most chaotic times it is best for your business and your culture to focus on just today instead …

Empathy Fatigue

June 14th, 2022


Episode 189 of Cool Culture Corner

Empathy fatigue isn’t just for first responders anymore. It’s affecting many of us in the workplace. Host, Ken …

The Big Split

June 7th, 2022


Episode 188 of Cool Culture Corner

A discussion on an issue hurting many cultures in 2022, the big split, as detailed in a recent article published …

How Do You Want Things To Be?

May 31st, 2022


Episode 187 of Cool Culture Corner

Ken Bator shares a snippet from a recent conversation with Work-Life Balance Expert, Dr. Donnie Hutchinson, on …

Your Ego Isn't Always Your Amigo

May 24th, 2022


Episode 186 of Cool Culture Corner

Sometimes your ego as a leader can be an asset. Other times maybe not so much. Having the self-awareness to know …

Why So Serious?

May 17th, 2022


Episode 185 of Cool Culture Corner

In this world of negativity and divisiveness how do you inject humor into the workplace? Asking for a friend.

Do …

The "Ma & Pa" Culture

May 10th, 2022


Episode 184 of Cool Culture Corner

Cultures sometimes seem more civil at a local business. Employees seem happier. Customers receive better service. …

We're Not at Home Anymore

May 3rd, 2022


Episode 183 of Cool Culture Corner

Ken takes some advice from his childhood and applies it to culture building today as people are leaving home and …

Conflict Avoidance

April 26th, 2022


Episode 182 of Cool Culture Corner

Sometimes it’s not about conflict resolution. It’s about conflict avoidance. After all, not every difference of …

Communicate, Communicate, and Communicate!

April 19th, 2022


Episode 181 of Cool Culture Corner

Cool Culture Corner returns for Season 9! Host, Ken Bator, gives a preview and reminds business owners and …

Culture Classes

December 2nd, 2021


Episode 180 of Cool Culture Corner

With this season ending and Cool Culture Corner going on hiatus until 2nd Quarter of 2022, we review some of the …

Tools for Teambuilding

November 18th, 2021


Episode 179 of Cool Culture Corner

What tools do you and your business use to involve everyone on your team and stay productive? Does leveraging …

What’s Behind It?

November 11th, 2021


Episode 178 of Cool Culture Corner

Sometimes team members don’t throw speed bumps into projects simply to be a pain and to cause chaos. Many times …

Just Smile?

November 4th, 2021


Episode 177 of Cool Culture Corner

There's a lot of angst out there and it's effecting company cultures all over. A simple smile used to work in …

Think Entrepreneurially

October 28th, 2021


Episode 176 of Cool Culture Corner

It's been suggested before by more than one business person that entrepreneurship can solve most if not all of the …

Books That Help Build Incredible Company Cultures

October 21st, 2021


Episode 175 of Cool Culture Corner

In response to a recent question, we detail some of the best books that are tremendous resources in building a …

Jon Gruden and Team Building Today

October 14th, 2021


Episode 174 of Cool Culture Corner

A pontification on team building based upon current events with Jon Gruden, the Washington Football Team, and the …

Different Strokes

October 7th, 2021


Episode 173 of Cool Culture Corner

Host, Ken Bator, kicks off Season Eight with an example of a blown business deal that reminds us how we need to …

The Female Entrepreneur Mindset

June 29th, 2021


Episode 172 of Cool Culture Corner

Fellow author of From No Worth to Self-Worth, Candice Bakx-Friesen, discusses her chapter in the book. She shares …

That's Un-American!

June 22nd, 2021


Episode 171 of Cool Culture Corner

A commentary on the recent cancellation of hundreds of flights by American Airlines and what we can learn from …

A Unique Allergy

June 15th, 2021


Episode 170 of Cool Culture Corner

Host, Ken Bator, shares a childhood story that became relevant in regards to culture building during a recent …

Open Your Eyes

June 8th, 2021


Episode 169 of Cool Culture Corner

Host, Ken Bator, talks about recent developments with the CU Business News Podcast and CUNA's "Open Your Eyes" …

From No Worth to Self-Worth

June 1st, 2021


Episode 168 of Cool Culture Corner

Host, Ken Bator, shares details from his new book collaboration, From No Worth To Self-Worth, written alongside …

Vulnerability in Team Building

May 25th, 2021


Episode 167 of Cool Culture Corner

James Robilotta, Professional Speaker and Improv Comedian, joins us to talk about team building. We discuss how …

Do We Really Need Unions?

May 18th, 2021


Episode 166 of Cool Culture Corner

Host, Ken Bator, pontificates if unions are necessary in this day and age quoting a popular statement by the late …

Design Thinking in Your Culture

May 11th, 2021


Episode 165 of Cool Culture Corner

Founder and Principal Consultant at Strategic Insights, Helene Cahen, joins us to provide details on “Design …

How Winning is Done

May 4th, 2021


Episode 164 of Cool Culture Corner

The host of the Brave Women at Work podcast, Jennifer Pestikas, joins us to discuss how professionals can best …

Reviving a Disengaged Team

April 27th, 2021


Episode 163 of Cool Culture Corner

Small-Business Scaling Strategist, Leslie Hassler, joins us to discuss how to empower or re-empower your team as …

The Inconvenient Culture

December 4th, 2020


Episode 162 of Cool Culture Corner

Ken Bator shares a recent vacation experience at a resort where their tagline should be "Sorry for the …

Bold, Not Bossy

November 19th, 2020


Episode 161 of Cool Culture Corner

Pattie Grimm – author, speaker, and coach with more than 25 years of experience as a senior woman leader with …

Podcast Culture

August 27th, 2020


Episode 160 of Cool Culture Corner

With the New Media Summit coming up, Ken shares three tips to be a quality podcast guest:

1) Have a media one sheet

Empowerment & Culture in the Time of COVID-19

August 20th, 2020


Episode 159 of Cool Culture Corner

Hospitality Consultant, Christie Lawler, joins us to discuss culture building during the furloughs, layoffs, and …

The Creative Culture

August 6th, 2020


Episode 158 of Cool Culture Corner

Author of The Creative Culture, Justin Dauer, explains why actions speak much louder than words when building team …

Love, Live, Lead

July 30th, 2020


Episode 157 of Cool Culture Corner

Randall Sean Garcia - speaker, author, and futurist - discusses the power of wisdom in your culture in the midst …

You Were Born to Fly

July 23rd, 2020


Episode 156 of Cool Culture Corner

Award-Winning Motivational Keynote Speaker and Author, Daniel Gomez, explains Why You Were Born to Fly and how …

Balance is a Myth but Work/Life Harmony Isn't

July 16th, 2020


Episode 155 of Cool Culture Corner

Shane Fielder, The Innovative Samurai, joins us to explain that when you try to balance your life you force …

Empowerment and Inspirational Conversations

July 9th, 2020


Episode 154 of Cool Culture Corner

Jani Roberts and Sabrina Ursaner, Co-Founders of Alignment Essentials, share tools for living in the now, …

I'm in HR and I Hired the Wrong Person!

July 2nd, 2020


Episode 153 of Cool Culture Corner

Vicky Brown, CEO of Idomeneo Enterprises, joins us to teach how to use the interview to get the information you …

You Aren't Here to be Good, You're Here to be Better

June 25th, 2020


Episode 152 of Cool Culture Corner

Anne Shoshana Deakter, Concierge Life Coach and Author, joins us with advice on how to reclaim hope, purpose, and …

Reducing Chaos and Stress

June 18th, 2020


Episode 151 of Cool Culture Corner

Tracy Paye, Professional Organizer and Productivity Coach, teaches us how to restore order and balance in the home …

Transition Cultures for Military Veterans

June 11th, 2020


Episode 150 of Cool Culture Corner

Host of the Vet Pivot Podcast and former US Air Force Master Military Training Instructor, Matt Kuchera, joins us …

Move From Crisis

June 4th, 2020


Episode 149 of Cool Culture Corner

Kim Kosteck helps those overwhelmed by unexpected events to move away from crisis and to success. Having …

Let's Treat Each Other Like Dogs

May 28th, 2020


Episode 148 of Cool Culture Corner

The K-9 Mentalist, Ryan Matthews, explains how you can build employee morale and team productivity by applying …

How to Juggle Being a Parent and Owning a Business

May 21st, 2020


Episode 147 of Cool Culture Corner

The Creator of Happi Tummi, Nanette Meneses, joins us to share her entrepreneurial journey. She discusses the …

Know Fear

May 14th, 2020


Episode 146 of Cool Culture Corner

Entrepreneur and self-defense expert, Coach Tony Blauer, joins us to discuss fear and how to use it to your …

Thriving Through Fear & Discomfort

May 7th, 2020


Episode 145 of Cool Culture Corner

Jennifer Martin teaches us how to stop being the thing that holds you back in your culture or for your business. …

Showing Up This Way as a Woman Could Sink Your Career

April 30th, 2020


Episode 144 of Cool Culture Corner

Annette Comer, Founder of The World’s Greatest Women Academy, shares the five masks that women often wear that …

How to Drive Results Without Damaging Relationships

April 23rd, 2020


Episode 143 of Cool Culture Corner

Jordan Goldrich, the Workplace Warrior Executive Coach, teaches abrasive executives how to end complaints by being …

Do Your REAL Work

April 16th, 2020


Episode 142 of Cool Culture Corner

Lia Dunlap, the Purpose & Prosperity Oracle for Conscious Leaders, details the three massive mistakes leaders …

Creating Physical & Emotional Health and Healing in the Workplace

April 9th, 2020


Episode 141 of Cool Culture Corner

Dr. Sheri Prentiss shares her story of perseverance as well as how corporate cultures can foster a healthier …

Find Purpose and Peace in Forgiveness

April 2nd, 2020


Episode 140 of Cool Culture Corner

Arin Halicki, the Clarity Catalyst, joins us for an in-depth and sometimes humorous discussion on the journey up …

Collaboration is King...Especially Today!

March 27th, 2020


Episode 139 of Cool Culture Corner

Collaboration has never been more important than today. There are so many positive examples of businesses and …

Team Building During the Pandemic

March 20th, 2020


Episode 138 of Cool Culture Corner

During this temporary crisis, now is the time to embrace the core values and standards of your organization more …

Applying Family Principles to Workplace Culture

March 5th, 2020


Episode 137 of Cool Culture Corner

Family scholar, Dr. David Schramm, joins us to detail how applying strong family principles to workplace culture …

Don't Just Envision It, Feel It!

February 20th, 2020


Episode 136 of Cool Culture Corner

David Adelson joins us this episode for a different perspective and interesting conversation on culture, sales, …

Fitness for Your Job

February 13th, 2020


Episode 135 of Cool Culture Corner

Nate Palmer - NASM certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist - joins us on this episode to …

Today's Sales Culture

January 10th, 2020


Episode 134 of Cool Culture Corner

The sales culture of today is not about finding ways to manipulate your prospects. It is about building the sales …

Don't Be the Smartest Person in the Room

January 2nd, 2020


Episode 133 of Cool Culture Corner

If you are the smartest person in the room, or worse act like you are, you will suffocate any collaborative energy …

Virtual Involvement

December 12th, 2019


Episode 132 of Cool Culture Corner

Consider using the latest inexpensive technology to connect and involve employees at multiple locations or …

The Transformational Leader

November 21st, 2019


Episode 131 of Cool Culture Corner

Understanding the leadership style that your business needs in its current stage of growth is the key to taking …

The Antidote to Stress-Induced Illness in the Workplace

November 7th, 2019


Episode 130 of Cool Culture Corner

Dr. Elizabeth Hughes, the Stress Antidote Doctor, tells us how management and individuals can alleviate stress and …

Ignorance in Your Culture

October 31st, 2019


Episode 129 of Cool Culture Corner

Everyone is ignorant of something. Embrace the ignorance in your business to understand what needs to be changed.

Living in High Levels of Happiness in the Workplace

October 24th, 2019


Episode 128 of Cool Culture Corner

The Happiness Generator, Amy Huentelman, shares her L.E.A.P. formula on how to create more joy for yourself and …

The Authentic Culture

October 17th, 2019


Episode 127 of Cool Culture Corner

Be sincere and transparent when announcing new programs to your employees. It may save you from devastating ripple …

The Power of Positive Perception in the Workplace with Dr. Catherine Akbarieh

October 10th, 2019


Episode 126 of Cool Culture Corner

Dr. Catherine Akbarieh joins us to provide guidance in creating positive perception in the workplace, including …

Making SHIFT Happen with Marcus Bird

October 3rd, 2019


Episode 125 of Cool Culture Corner

Marcus Bird - Wellness Futurist, Quantum Leap Specialist & Peak Potential Coach - joins us as a guest to …

Let Staff in on the Endgame

September 19th, 2019


Episode 124 of Cool Culture Corner

Knowing what the ultimate endgame is for your prospects is important. That endgame may be a high-ticket item, your …

The Importance of B+C+S to Our Culture

September 12th, 2019


Episode 123 of Cool Culture Corner

Culture will eat your Brand for breakfast, your Strategy for lunch, and there will be no dinner.

The Cold Culture

August 30th, 2019


Episode 122 of Cool Culture Corner

Cold-calling has adverse effects on the morale of your team in more ways than one.

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The New Culture

August 22nd, 2019


Episode 121 of Cool Culture Corner

Just because your business or branch just opened doesn't mean consumers are going to let you slide on a less than …

The "Car Wash" Culture

August 8th, 2019


Episode 120 of Cool Culture Corner

Special guest, Henry Lopez, discusses the importance of creating a strong culture in a retail business including a …

The Confused Culture

July 18th, 2019


Episode 119 of Cool Culture Corner

Starbucks used to be a prime example of Brand, Culture, and Strategy alignment. Today they seem to have a confused …

Engagement Isn't Enough

July 12th, 2019


Episode 118 of Cool Culture Corner

Move from communication to engagement to involvement with your team for the best results in productivity.

Leveraging Up Your Culture

May 3rd, 2019


Episode 117 of Cool Culture Corner

Build your culture from very good to great as well as relay that message through your brand messaging.

The Respect Culture

April 25th, 2019


Episode 116 of Cool Culture Corner

Respect among employees and for customers is the minimum expectation for a culture. What about respect for other …

Small is Huge

April 11th, 2019


Episode 114 of Cool Culture Corner

Being a "small" business isn't a hindrance. On the contrary, you have a better opportunity to build a healthy …

The Little Things in Your Culture

April 5th, 2019


Episode 113 of Cool Culture Corner

The little things in earning respect from your coworkers can go a long way in achievement and implementation as …

One-on-One Strategy

March 28th, 2019


Episode 112 of Cool Culture Corner

Scheduling and properly conducting one-on-one meetings with each employee can improve morale as well as the …

The Right Tactics for Your Culture

March 14th, 2019


Episode 111 of Cool Culture Corner

Do your marketing tactics align with the culture of your organization? If not, you could be doing irreparable …

Mentoring Outside Our Organization

February 14th, 2019


Episode 109 of Cool Culture Corner

When we have a small business sometimes there doesn't seem to be enough resources, especially in terms of time and …

A Culture of Involvement

February 7th, 2019


Episode 108 of Cool Culture Corner

Employee engagement begins with employee involvement.

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The Niche Culture

January 31st, 2019


Episode 107 of Cool Culture Corner

Being very clear about the niche of your business can provide clarity and focus for your employees.

The "Side-Hustle" Culture

January 25th, 2019


Episode 106 of Cool Culture Corner

If an organization like Lyft can provide a consistent positive experience with independent contractors, why do so …

Everybody is #1

January 18th, 2019


Episode 105 of Cool Culture Corner

All stakeholders of your business - employees, customers, business partners, etc. - need to be treated with equal …

Stop Whining in Your Culture

January 11th, 2019


Episode 104 of Cool Culture Corner

Stop whining and start winning in your culture by not allowing the moaning and complaints.

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The Stages of Growth and Your Culture

December 13th, 2018


Episode 103 of Cool Culture Corner
As the business moves up the stages of growth there will be changes necessary in the culture. Be ready for those …

The Great Circle in Your Culture

December 5th, 2018


Episode 102 of Cool Culture Corner
A discussion on how building a small circle of trusted colleagues in your business is not only good for the …

Culture is "Big Picture"

November 28th, 2018


Episode 101 of Cool Culture Corner
While running the day-to-day operations of a business may seem like being in the weeds it effects the airplane view …

Number 100!

October 31st, 2018


Episode 100 of Cool Culture Corner
Ken Bator looks back at the past 99 episodes and the original impetus of starting this podcast. He also share the …

The Employee Comeback

October 25th, 2018


Episode 099 of Cool Culture Corner
Do great employees come back after the resign? Heck yes, if you treated them right the first time!


Collaboration: The Cure for Silos

October 17th, 2018


Episode 098 of Cool Culture Corner
Ken Bator, your Organizational Culture and World-Class Service Standards Expert, shares tips on how to break the …

Team Perception

October 10th, 2018


Episode 097 of Cool Culture Corner
In business perception is reality, but how do we change our team's perceptions in order to improve morale in a …

The Certified Laughter Leader

October 2nd, 2018


Episode 096 of Cool Culture Corner
A discussion with Certified Laughter Leader, Kim McIntyre, on how to create more laughter at work that decreases …

Startegy Before Strategy

September 26th, 2018


Episode 095 of Cool Culture Corner

Does your team have the right mindset before setting your strategy?


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The Wellness Culture

September 18th, 2018


Episode 094 of Cool Culture Corner
An interview with Eva Vennari, the No BS Healer on simple tactics to improve wellness in your business as well as …

A Team Within a Team

September 4th, 2018


Episode 093 of Cool Culture Corner
Allow your branches and additional locations to have some freedom within the confines of your Brand, Culture, and …

How to Deal with "Hijackals" on Your Team

August 28th, 2018


Episode 092 of Cool Culture Corner
A conversation with Dr. Rhoberta Shaler on how to recognize "Hijackals" in your organization and how to work with …

Strategy from the Front Lines

June 12th, 2018


Episode 091 of Cool Culture Corner

Strategic planning shouldn't start with the retreat. It should start with speaking to your front line staff.

The Terse Culture

June 5th, 2018


Episode 090 of Cool Culture Corner

If management and employees are terse with each other on a consistent basis how could the business possibly create …

Team Culture

May 29th, 2018


Episode 089 of Cool Culture Corner

A discussion with Jennie Bellinger, Direct Sales Expert, on connecting with team members whether they are employees …

Branding Starts Internally

May 22nd, 2018


Episode 088 of Cool Culture Corner

Wouldn't it be wise for your employees to have a clear understanding of your brand before putting it out there for …

Re-Examine Before Re-Commitment

May 16th, 2018


Episode 087 of Cool Culture Corner

Before you have to do one of those "Re-Commitment" apology commercials or messages like Wells Fargo, Facebook, or …

Employee Experience Leads to a Great Image

May 9th, 2018


Episode 086 of Cool Culture Corner

Happy employees = happy customers


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A Culture of Technology

May 2nd, 2018


Episode 085 of Cool Culture Corner

Use technology to engage and enhance the human connection with employees rather than simply implementing technology …

It's Not About What It's About

April 24th, 2018


Episode 084 of Cool Culture Corner

Look beyond surface-level problems in your culture. If your team has been in a state of discontent for months, the …

A Culture of Trust

April 18th, 2018


Episode 083 of Cool Culture Corner

Influence is impossible without trust.


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Culture and Strategic Partnerships

April 10th, 2018


Episode 082 of Cool Culture Corner

The right external partners can lift your culture and focus to new heights.


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The "Rah-Rah" Guy or Gal

April 3rd, 2018


Episode 081 of Cool Culture Corner

Every business or team needs at least one person to rally its members but two or more would be even better.

Don't Be a Dream Killer

March 28th, 2018


Episode 080 of Cool Culture Corner

Does your culture shot down ideas or cultivate them among your team?


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Culture and Fear

March 20th, 2018


Episode 079 of Cool Culture Corner

Adapt to overcome the fear of change, the fear of the unknown, and the fear of failure.


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Culture at Multiple Locations

March 13th, 2018


Episode 078 of Cool Culture Corner

A uniform approach to employee engagement can foster the same corporate culture across multiple branches, stores, …

Who to Blame?

March 6th, 2018


Episode 077 of Cool Culture Corner

Three tips on how to move from a blaming culture to one that is more positive among employees.


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Standards Apply Internally First

February 28th, 2018


Episode 076 of Cool Culture Corner
Employees will give great service to customers if they give great service to each other.


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Ep. 071 of Cool Culture Corner

January 23rd, 2018


Consistency in the Employee Experience


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Ep. 068 of Cool Culture Corner

December 11th, 2017


The First Thing to do for our Culture


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Ep. 061 of Cool Culture Corner

October 16th, 2017


Do You Really Want a Sales Culture?


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