#279: How to Create a Winning Workplace Culture and Bring Out The Best in Your Employees


Every year, 1 in 4 employees in the UAE leaves their employer because they hate their job – a shocking statistic, but unfortunately, it’s the cold hard truth. Jo Kearney brings over 18 years of Human Capital experience having worked for Fortune 500 companies such as Meta and Accenture, and I’m pleased to welcome her on the show. Jo is the Chief Learning Officer at Majid Al Futtaim, a UAE-based conglomerate that owns and operates malls, retail, and hotel establishments, employing over 48,000 people. Join the conversation as Jo peels back the layers of business transformation and reveals the blueprint for organisational success. In this episode, Jo shares her non-negotiable hiring question, top leadership tips, and effective strategies for managing team dynamics. If you want to understand what it takes to create a winning team culture, then this episode is one you can’t afford to miss.

Show Notes

3:31 About Jo

7:34 Jo’s opinion on the tertiary education system

10:47 The value of investing in your employees’ personal development

12:42 The impact of “Sink or Swim” situations

15:15 What employers look for in an employee

16:02 Jo’s non-negotiable question when hiring

18:40 How to assess someone’s potential 

20:14 ‘Skill Will Hill’ framework

21:15 No.1 reason why people leave companies

23:07 A great leader in Spencer’s life

32:30 How to create a sense of belonging at work

36:32 How Jo approaches working with people from different cultures

38:26 Jo’s proudest moments

41:19 Advice for leaders on how to make people realise their potential

44:41 How to regulate your mood so that it doesn’t affect your team

46:35 What Spencer’s daughter taught him about leadership

47:54 Why taking feedback is so important for leaders

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