Create Real Community in Hybrid Teams

CareerCast - Life-long Career Development

Cali Williams YostWhat are the benefits of working on a hybrid team? Some people believe they could do the work from home and save money on parking, gas, and more. Yet Cali Williams Yost, Founder and CEO of the Flex+Strategy, believes you can create a real and committed community with vision, focus, and an open mind. As author of Tweak It: Make What Matters to You Happen Every Day, and the critically-acclaimed, Work+Life: Finding the Fit That’s Right for You, Cali helps organizations around the world create high performance teams with flexibility, empathy, and appreciation. In this CareerCast, Cali shares her insights, extensive experience, and wisdom to help you build hybrid teams (or really any type of team) where people want to work and stay.

Aired July 15, 2022

Cali Williams Yost is the world’s leading authority on high performance flexibility. A visionary workplace futurist, strategist, author, and keynote speaker, Yost is the Founder and CEO of the Flex+Strategy Group, a solutions company helping organizations unlock performance and engagement by reimagining how, when and where work is done.

For more than two decades, Yost has been among the first to foresee many flexible workplace trends. She’s used those insights to help leaders build dynamic, responsive organizations that attract and retain an engaged, diverse workforce; increase productivity and innovation; enhance employee well-being and respond rapidly to operating disruptions.

Clients have included: Con Edison, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Quest Diagnostics, BDO USA, UBS Americas, National Institutes of Health, EY, Freddie Mac, the Singapore Government, the United Nations, Columbia University, NYU, and Stanford University.

A former commercial banker who approaches flexible work transformation as a strategic business imperative, Yost graduated with honors from Columbia Business School where she’s noted as an alumnus “Changing the World.” In 2018, Yost was named one of the global management thinkers “On the Radar” by Thinkers50, and she has been cited as one of Forbes’s 40 Women to Watch Over 40.

Yost’s work meets at the intersection of strategy, infrastructure and a culture of shared leadership. It is rooted in original research on the skills individuals need to take control of their work+life “fit” in order to do their jobs and manage their lives.

She coined and codified the concept in the empowering book, Tweak It: Make What Matters to You Happen Every Day, (Center Street/Hachette, 2013), and the critically-acclaimed, Work+Life: Finding the Fit That’s Right for You (Riverhead/Penguin Group, 2004).

Called “one of the most sophisticated minds” on the transformation of work by The New York Times, her commentary frequently appears in the media including in the Wall Street Journal, USA TODAY, NPR and the TODAY Show. Yost has been named one of Mashable’s top career experts on Twitter and awarded “Best of the Web” distinctions by Yost lives in NYC metro area with her husband, two daughters and sits on the Board of a local YMCA.

Connect with Cali on LinkedIn @caliwilliamsyost and follow her on Twitter @caliyost.

Hybrid Workplace: The Insights You Need from Harvard Business Review by Amy C. Edmondson, Joan C. Williams, Bob Frisch, and Liane Davey (2022)

Remote Not Distant: Design a Company Culture That Will Help You Thrive in a Hybrid Workplace by Gustavo Razzetti (2022)

The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People by Gary Chapman and Paul White (2019)

The Culture Question: How to Create a Workplace Where People Like to Work by Randy Grieser, Eric Stutzman, Wendy Loewen, and Michael Labun (2019)

The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups Hardcover by Daniel Coyle (2018)

Choosing Leadership: A Workbook by Linda Ginzel PhD (2018)

Activate Your Agile Career: How Responding to Change Will Inspire Your Life's Work by Marti Konstant (2018)

The Healthy Workplace Nudge: How Healthy People, Culture, and Buildings Lead to High Performance by Rex Miller, Phillip Williams ,  and Michael O'Neill (2018)

Culture Wins: The Roadmap to an Irresistible Workplace by William Vanderbloemen (2018)

An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey (2016)

The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace by Ron Friedman PhD (2015)

Workplace Wellness that Works: 10 Steps to Infuse Well-Being and Vitality into Any Organization by Laura Putnam (2015)

The Culture Engine: A Framework for Driving Results, Inspiring Your Employees, and Transforming Your Workplace by S. Chris Edmonds (2014)

How to Build a Thriving Culture at Work, Featuring the 7 Points of Transformation by Rosie Ward and Jon Robison (2014)

Tweak It and Work Plus Life book titles

Read an excerpt from Flexible Work Myth Busters and WTF is Asynchronous Work by Cali Williams Yost.

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