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086: Culture Drives Business Success with David Anderson, Co-Founder of StayWell

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Today’s guest, David Anderson, co-founded StayWell in 1989 and was its chief health officer until the end of 2016. Although he’s moved out of the day to day at Staywell, he still consults with the company to help them build an authentic culture. He recently made a bold statement about what we as a wellness industry need to do to up our game.     

Listen in to hear David share a personal medical crisis he experienced, what he’s doing now that he is out of the day to day at Staywell and we get in depth in culture talk. David defines an authentic culture, how a magical culture was built rather informally at Staywell (in the early years) and we talk about that strong call to action he gave to the wellness industry. Finally, David leaves us with his tangible tip on how wellness professionals can influence organizational culture.

Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss:
  • Your company’s mission and your employees’ mission have to align to be authentic.
  • Aligning a company’s mission statement with the organization’s employees and how hiring employees with similar core values as yourself is more important than the employee’s specific job qualifications.
  • If you find people who really share your purpose, whose values really align, that would be a person who wants to be a part of it (your business).
  • Building a case that culture drives business success and not vice versa.
  • Creating a healthy culture is creating a set of values around a commonly understood purpose.
Check out these highlights:
  • David gives his explanation of an authentic culture [13:50]
  • How living their (StayWell founders) values formalized into authentic culture [19:13]
  • A call to action for wellness professionals [30:45]
  • The first step wellness professionals can take to start communicating with leaders [39:50]
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o    LinkedIn: 54476a8/

o    Twitter:   (Handle: @dranderson_well)

Full Bio:

David Anderson, PhD, LP, is co-founder and former Chief Health Officer of StayWell, a leading provider of custom solutions for population health, consumer engagement and training, and patient education – all designed to help people get well, live well and stay well. For over 30 years, he was the primary architect of StayWell’s population health strategies, programs and tools.

David’s beloved dogs

David has consulted on client programs honored with nearly 50 major industry awards, and he continues to work in a consulting role with StayWell and other organizations. He has also conducted groundbreaking research on the effectiveness and value of health and well-being programs and has co-authored several landmark publications.

Prior to joining StayWell in 1985, David held several human resources and benefits positions at Control Data Corporation. During his ten-year tenure there, he played a key role in creating one of the first successful corporate wellness programs. David began his career as Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.

David is a founding member of the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO), for which he served on the Board and chaired the Research Committee for more than 20 years. He serves on the Board and Executive Committee of The Health Project, which administers the C. Everett Koop award, and is on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Health Promotion. David has served on expert panels for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), and other health-related entities.

A licensed psychologist, David has published many peer-reviewed and professional papers and has spoken widely on health management issues. David earned his PhD in Psychology from the University of South Dakota, and completed a post-graduate business administration program at the New York University Graduate School of Business.


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