How Understanding Emotional Culture Can Lead To Change Program Success with Jeremy Dean

Listen here on the New Way Podcast with Dr Kate Byrne >

"The conversation about emotional culture is so powerful and yet an often neglected aspect of the workplace. I hope you take so much away from Jeremy's insights and practical advice, highlighting the power of emotions in driving human behaviour and culture. It's clear that by embracing emotional culture, organisations can not only navigate change more effectively but also create a healthier and more empathetic work environment."

Introduction to the Podcast Episode

Emotions play a pivotal role in the workplace, particularly during times of change. When teams and stakeholders emotionally align with a strategic vision, change initiatives flourish. However, the topic of emotional culture is often pushed aside until emotions become problematic.

Recently Dr Kate Bryne had the opportunity to engage in a meaningful conversation with Jeremy Dean, the founder and creative force behind our company. We design...

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Jeremy Dean | How emotional culture drives transformational change

Reposted from Gagen MacDonald >

In this episode of Let Go & Lead, Jeremy Dean, Founder and Master Gamemaker at riders&elephants, talks with Maril about the elephant in the room of corporate culture: emotion.

Emotion is core to belief, which is core to motivating people. Yet often, when undertaking a culture change or business transformation, leaders will start by thinking about the values and behaviors they desire; not how they want people to feel. Why is this? Because emotions are hard to talk about. Jeremy’s organization has found success making it easier through an unusual method: “gamifying” the conversation through a card game for organizations.

About Let Go & Lead

Let Go & Lead is a leadership community created by Maril MacDonald, founder and CEO of Gagen MacDonald. Maril brings together provocateurs, pioneers, thought leaders and those leading the conversation around culture, transformation and change.

Over the course of the...

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Facilitating F-Word Conversations with Jeremy Dean [Podcast]

jeremy dean podcast Mar 17, 2023

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Emotions are messy — they’re big, powerful, and changeable. Facts and data are much more palatable — they’re truths and we can discuss our use of them.

But if an organisation is so focused on cognitive culture, they end up neglecting emotional culture. And that’s a sure path towards burnout, resentment, and employee turnover.

Cognitive culture is easy to default to, so how can organisations get comfortable with the discomfort of building a more emotional culture? Jeremy Dean has plenty of ideas — and a deck of cards to help any group navigate the process.

Find out about

  • Why we need to be brave to share our emotions at work — and why it’s worth the risk
  • How prioritising simplicity helps people get in touch with their emotions in unfamiliar spaces
  • What happens when we label our emotions with positive and negative language
  • How to facilitate daring conversations at work
  • Why we should celebrate the person who...
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Transformation is a decision of the heart, not the head

ecd jeremy dean podcast Nov 02, 2022

TRANSFORMATION IS A DECISION OF THE HEART, NOT THE HEAD - such a beautiful and insightful POV from Jeremy Dean, founder of riders&elephants in New Zealand, in this latest episode of "Let Go & Lead" with Gagen MacDonald founder Maril Gagen MacDonald.

As Maril and Jeremy discuss, the conversation around EMOTIONS has been taboo in the workplace - but emotions drive every action and decision we make.

Such a great discussion and a real call-to-arms to more explicitly have long overdue conversations about emotions with your teams. 

Watch the full onversation below.

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Imagine This – Jeremy Dean interview with Jehan Casinader

jeremy dean podcast Nov 23, 2021


Our founder, Jeremy was invited to be part of Imagine This, a podcast about creative people who  started from their garages and kitchen tables, and built businesses that are making an impact. 

Leading New Zealand journalist Jehan Casinader explores the Wellington business landscape in conversation with industry leaders, innovators and change-makers.

Hear all about the journey he's been on to bring this wild dream to life, where he's at now and where he's heading next. 

Check out more of this amazing Imagine This series here:

Imagine this presented by

In 2020, Jehan Casinader was named “Broadcast Reporter of the Year” at the Voyager Media Awards for his extensive coverage of the Christchurch terror attack. In 2018, he was named “Reporter of the Year” at the New Zealand Television Awards. 

Jehan has worked in the fast-past world of primetime TV for more than a...

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How we humanise the workplace – ThriveTV Interview with Jeremy

emotional culture podcast Jul 13, 2021

Here’s what Jeremy discussed in his conversation with Lauren Parsons on her ThriveTV Show: 

  • The back story to The Emotional Culture Deck 
  • The benefits of embracing emotions at work
  • Why people want to talk about emotions but don’t know how
  • The upside of articulating unpleasant emotions 
  • Using The ECD to connect your people and teams
  • Emotional leadership
  • The realness of emotional contagion and how it impacts our teams
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The Better Work Project Podcast by SoftEd

emotional culture podcast Apr 22, 2021
Reposted from SoftEd Learning Hub

What happens when you unleash emotions in the workplace? In this podcast, we're joined by Jeremy Dean, founder of riders&elephants, to talk about engagement. We discuss why emotions are so scary to talk about at work, why we should do it anyway, and how we might build workplaces that perform at both a human and business level.

Listen to the conversation here.
Here's a little summary of what you'll discover in this conversation:
  • Talking about emotions in the workplace is scary for the majority of people, but it's only scary because they are so misunderstood.
  • The emotional culture deck is a prompt for better conversations that was born out of seeing a more cynical approach to culture work.
  • Research out of Wharton and George Mason University has highlighted that most companies are less concerned with how people are feeling, or should be feeling at work, and more about a stated set of values and behaviours.
  • Research over the past 20...
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So you want to actually feel something meaningful in your work?

Jeremy was invited onto the SuperNova Podcast to chat with Lena Ski about emotions in the workplace and the story behind The Emotional Culture Deck. Check out the interview below.

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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 client's needs. Something special. The founder of riders&elephants Jeremy Dean 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.

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The Culture Guy podcast interview

Thanks to The Culture Guy aka Benjamin Drury in the UK, for inviting Jeremy onto his podcast to chat about The Emotional Culture Deck amongst other things we're doing in the culture space at riders&elephants.

Listen to our interview here:

  1. Welcome – 1:00
  2. The Emotional Culture Deck – 4:40
  3. The Customer Experience Deck – 10:50
  4. It’s All History – 17:45
  5. Companies doing the stuff – 27:50
  6. Netflix Culture Deck – 31:40
  7. Lion Brewery Flexible Working – 33:05
  8. Autonomy and Flexibility – 34:30
  9. Check this out – Resources – 36:00
  10. Finishing up – 40:00

Show Notes

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