We’re passionate about the world of work, and how we can make it better. To help satisfy our curiosity, we’ve launched an interview series where we pick the brains of experienced leaders, business owners, managers, and individual contributors to get their thoughts on how we can collectively build better.
Join us in our next installment below as Lizabeth Wesely-Casella, Founder and CEO of L-12 Services LLC, shares her valuable insights.
We'd love to get to know you a bit better, tell us a bit about your backstory.
My Washington, DC, career began as an Executive Assistant in several nonprofits and associations. I soon realized I had a unique skill where I often found myself in the position between leadership and staff, translating English to English. Leadership's goals would be misaligned with the staff's workflow and processes, and I'd become the liaison in between that would streamline and clarify.
Eventually, I decided to start my own firm where we focus on operational excellence through internal communication and organizational development.
If we were to ask a friend to describe your personality to us, what would they say?
Thoughtful, supportive, and results-driven. I am often the friend others turn to for comfort and problem solving + a good laugh.
What's the most impactful lesson you've learned over your career thus far?
Kindness wins, but a sense of humor helps. In essence, create space for others to contribute without judgment, and then work toward mutually satisfying solutions. When you can, bring levity and a sense of play to the situation to keep people invested and energized.
Thanks for giving us some insight into who you are! Let's jump into things. When you hear the phrase "build a better world of work", what comes to mind?
That is my legacy phrase. I want to create better ecosystems for people to flourish within the organizations they choose.
Organizations have a gold mine of talent among their ranks, and those high-performing teams have a lot of the answers when it comes to process improvement, streamlining workflows, and building inclusive cultures. Operational problems are best solved with input "from the floor" rather than another software or additional new-hire activities.
For you, what's the main blocker you see as standing in the way of building a better world of work?
A disinterest in listening or implementing change from within.
What's one thing within our control that we can practically do to build a better world of work today? And, how do you recommend going about it?
My recommended tool is the HELIX Assessment.
Burnout impacts just about every aspect of performance and understanding what it will take to 'meet the staff where they are' influences workload, communication, program, product development, and so much more.
Here is another helpful (short) quiz for anyone looking to get clear on the health of their organization: Attrition Prevention Quiz.
Can you share one thing you've experienced, seen, or read about that is leading us towards a better world of work?
This may sound backward, but the Great Resignation has done more to elevate the voice of the worker than most anything else in the past 50 years. We are looking at US labor statistics that are at the exact same place they were prior to the pandemic (3.6%) but we are assigning greater value to the worker and their needs simply because we are talking about mass attrition and what that can mean for the economy. In other words, workers are leveraging their power because they have been able to illustrate the consequences if their needs aren't met – mission, vision, and value alignment.
I'm curious, thinking about building a better world of work, is there a company and/or leader who stands out to you as someone we should follow? If so, what are they up to?
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