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030: How to Progress from Program Creator to Culture Influencer with Dr. Rosie Ward

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Wellness initiatives are commonly known as “programs” which implies a start and an end, exactly what we don’t want wellness to be. So, how can we progress from pushing programs to influencing organizational culture?

Today’s guest, Dr. Rosie Ward, is a thought leader who challenges the status quo, pushes boundaries, and engages people and organizations to find success through shifting old, ineffective thinking habits.

In this episode we discuss how she got into organization management from fitness and public health, her advice for wellness professionals to stay relevant, how there’s a missed opportunity in leadership development and we discuss those damn incentives!

Rosie starts by telling us how she transitioned from group fitness instructor to getting her PhD in Organization Management. Hint – a bad work experience led her there.

She gives advice on how we can connect wellness to Organization Development or the overall business strategy. You have to figure out the business proposition and Gallup research has helped make the case beyond healthcare costs. Rosie tells us about how she has conversations with CFO’s to address ROI and tries to unsell them on the cost savings they may have been promised.

Rosie answers what’s right and wrong with the wellness industry. She feels the employee experience is not a solo experience and wellness has got to evolve.

I ask her about challenging the status quo and what keeps her dedicated to the field. She wants to provide solutions and a healthy discussion. The comments she gets after presenting, the connections and community she’s built keeps her in the field.

There’s a missed opportunity in leadership development and wellness professionals can use it as a door opener for wellness. We should collaborate with learning and development to do this.

On to the topic of incentives – what’s the alternative for a company and how can a company back out of using them? Ultimately, if you have thriving organizational well being, you don’t need the incentives. Always ask the questions – What are you trying to achieve? What do you care about? How important is the incentive in their participation? Why are employees actually participating?

Finally, Rosie leaves us with not just one but two Tangible tips.

Rosie’s contact info and bio:

Rosie Ward, Ph.D., MPH, MCHES, BCC, CIC®, CVS-FR

Dr. Rosie Ward is one of the top speakers in the country on organizational and employee wellbeing. She is a consultant, professional coach, and author known as a thought leader who challenges the status quo, pushes boundaries, and engages people and organizations to find success through shifting old, ineffective thinking habits. She has a diverse background with over 20 years of experience promoting wellbeing, employee engagement, and transforming organizations in various settings.

As CEO and co-founder of Salveo Partners, LLC, Dr. Ward consults with organizations, blending the worlds of Organizational Development and employee wellbeing to provide a unique approach to create thriving workplace cultures that free, fuel, and inspire people to bring their best selves to work.

Rosie has degrees in kinesiology, public health and a Ph.D. in Organization and Management where her research focused on organizational culture, leadership, intrinsic motivation and coaching. Rosie is a contributing author to the book Organization Development in Healthcare: High Impact Practices for a Complex and Changing Environment and is co-author of the popular book How to Build a Thriving Culture at Work: Featuring the 7 Points of Transformation with business partner and co-author Dr. Jon Robison.

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