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In today's episode I was thrilled to have my first podcast guest: Author Pete Havel.
Pete & I talk about some of the big organizations in the news right now that are reeling from the consequences of allowing toxic workplace cultures, workplace harassment, whistleblowing and retaliation to run unchecked: Boeing, Houston Astros, Wells Fargo, & Away Luggage just to name a few.
We discuss the multi-faceted costs to organizations who choose short-cuts and cover-ups to handle serious complaints in the workplace, why co-workers tend to look the other way when they see ethical issues and toxic behavior, and why it's so hard for people to do the right thing (I think Pete uses the word "spineless" in his reply...)
We also discuss the damage caused by false accusers in the workplace and how women bullying other women rather than supporting them actually erodes the progress made by the Me-Too-Movement and the brave women that have spoken out about it.
We wrap up the episode with Pete sharing what he feels is the most important quality of a gentleman to emulate today - and I couldn't agree more with his choice.
Thank you, Pete, for being my first Podcast guest!
ABOUT MY GUEST : Pete Havel
In addition to being an author, Pete Havel is a consultant, trainer and speaker for leading organizations on the issues of workplace culture and organizational leadership.
Pete is a former lobbyist and political consultant who proudly served some of America’s leading pro-business advocacy organizations. He’s also been a senior executive for top strategic communications firms. Havel provides clients the tools and techniques they need to solve problems that create financial, legal, and reputational risk, while reducing employee satisfaction and company productivity levels.
Pete is the president of his consulting firm, The Cloture Group.
He grew up in Massachusetts, but now calls Texas home. He’s a graduate of Baylor University and an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan.
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ABOUT THE HOST Michelle Horlbogen
Two days after reporting ethical concerns to her employer, Michelle was fired. Six months later she launched her website and podcast as a platform for whistleblowers and targets of workplace bullying and retaliation.
As a writer, podcast host and speaker, Michelle helps people who have been targets of workplace bullies find their voice by leading with transparency about her own experience, making herself accessible to them as a mentor, writing and sharing empowering material and content about workplace abuse and board accountability, as well as speaking publicly on the topic.
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