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042: Putting People First with Mike Vacanti

The Bill Perry Show

Release Date: 10/22/2019

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The Bill Perry Show

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The Bill Perry Show

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The Bill Perry Show

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The Bill Perry Show

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The Bill Perry Show

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The Bill Perry Show

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The Bill Perry Show

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The Bill Perry Show

This week I am pleased to have Danny Ozment of Emerald City Productions on the show. Danny is the producer of this podcast and always works hard to make me sound good! Danny and I talk about the creative potential for leaders and human resources teams to utilize the medium of podcasting to drive vision, values and policies through every level of your organization! 

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My guest this week is doing amazing things for people and focusing on the dialogue of moving people forward at work. He has recently begun focusing on the value of humans, creating a community known as HumansFirst. One of the things he has identified is that we are in a current leadership crisis. But he has a potential solution for this.


Mike says that when we look at the condition in companies, there isn’t a lot of hope for positive change because, “While people want to do the right thing around them and the people that they engage with every day, they feel that they're encumbered by a structure and a system that doesn't allow positive change.” However, he goes on to note that he has learned over time that people will be able to move companies forward if we create a shift in culture to emphasize people.


When we look at corporate settings, it is clear that people drive productivity. Mike notes we must focus on the fact that “Business is people.” And when we do that, the business has the ability to change in a positive way and move forward. He notes that change is happening at a much quicker pace than in past years, and, because of that, companies must depend upon humans to move forward.

Episode Highlights:

  • People will drive productivity
  • Employment structures are transactional as workers are measured against finite pieces and then get paid to “do their job”
  • ROI with regards to putting humans first
  • People for profits - when people are growing they will bring their best effort
  • The concept of HumansFirst
  • The necessity to bring our whole selves to the office and the opportunity to be heard to make people feel valued
  • Workers must feel free to express themselves
  • This is an experiment - doing discovery now

Until next time, lead well! 


Episode Resources:

Connect with Mike Vacanti:

HumansFirst Club: https://humansfirst.club/

HumansFirst Playground

LinkedIn Profile: linkedin.com/in/mjvacanti


Connect with Bill:

Book a time to speak

Web: https://www.theinnovatusgroup.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bill-perry/

Twitter: @innovatusgroup

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