Talent Management Truths

The High-Risk High-Reward Workplace with Susan Ways

January 17, 2024 Lisa Mitchell / Susan Ways Episode 112
Talent Management Truths
The High-Risk High-Reward Workplace with Susan Ways
Show Notes

“There’s something really magical about the building of something .”

- Susan Ways

Have you ever been drawn to a high-risk opportunity because you loved the idea of getting to pioneer something completely new?  I know I have - and so has today’s guest!  Together we discuss her experience of working for several start-ups, some of which didn’t end up surviving long-term.  We also dig into ways to build a culture of transparency.

My guest is Susan Ways.  Susan is the Head of HR, Administration and Compliance at Nobel Pharma where she focuses on continuous improvement and organizational excellence. She is also a blogger, author, podcaster and speaker focused on teaching people to embrace their authentic self and understanding how to weave that into their life to show up as their best self. 

After experiencing the death of her husband, Susan became interested in the concept of resilience and hope as necessary components for all aspects of life. She is compelled by the belief that when we are self-aware, we can extract the lessons from our life experiences and use them to guide ourselves and inspire others. 

Susan holds a bachelor of science in psychology and a Masters of Arts in Organizational Communications both from Bowie State University.  She is also a Certified Life/Executive Coach with expertise in utilizing a holistic coaching method that shows people how to lead more fulfilled lives both in all facets of their lives. Along with her full-time HR position, Susan hosts a podcast - Tendrils of Grief to help others navigate the confusing journey of grief. 

In this episode of Talent Management Truths, you’ll discover:

  • The benefits of taking higher-risk, high-reward jobs with start-ups where there is no guarantee the company will ultimately be viable 
  • Ideas for building a culture of transparency
  • An example of how to leverage a flexible Paid Time Off policy for engagement


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