The OpenBlend Podcast

The OpenBlend Podcast is on a mission to bring performance management to life. Hearing real human stories, you will discover how groundbreaking businesses prioritise the wellbeing, engagement and performance of their people.  Covering topics such as social purpose, work-life balance, mental health, equity, equality and diversity – our guests each re-define what company culture means to them and explore HR trends, challenges and learnings since lockdown, such as The Great Resignation, remote people management, the impact of isolation, as well as reimagining the office and work-life balance in the ‘new normal’.

Listen to the full episodes of The OpenBlend Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts.

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Conversations that matter series: Episode 4: Phil Donnelly, Travelport

Our first guest of 2024 is Phil Donnelly, Chief People Officer at Travelport, an innovative technology platform that supports exceptional travel retail experiences. 

Anna Rasmussen sat down with Phil to discuss the changing landscape of the employee experience and how the role of the manager has shifted to one of performance coach and career concierge.

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Conversations that matter series: Episode 3: Elizabeth Cowper, We Are Ludo

This week, we're joined by Elizabeth Cowper, Founder and CEO of We Are Ludo, to discuss how organisations can and should create an individualised approach when it comes to their employee experience, ensuring that today's workforce feel seen and heard. 

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Conversations that matter series: Episode 2: Alex Mecklenburg, Truth&Sceptical 

As our conversations that matter podcast series continues, this week we were joined by Alex Mecklenburg. OpenBlend's CEO and Founder, Anna Rasmussen spoke to Alex about how technology can and should improve human relationships. 

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Conversations that matter series: Episode 1: Claire Decarteret, Gallup 

Our Founder & CEO, Anna Rasmussen kicks off the inaugural episode of season 2 in conversation with Claire de Carteret, Managing Director, EMEA at Gallup. Gallup is a world-renowned global analytics and advice firm, known for its public opinion polls and CliftonStrengths assessment.

Anna and Claire get together in episode 1 to dive into the data behind Gallup's extensive research on the five types of conversations that managers should have with their employees. anagers implement them effectively.



Delving into diversity, inclusion, and maintaining a close-knit company culture with Sarah Mason, CPO, Foxtons

In episode 4 of The OpenBlend Podcast, Chief People Officer, Sarah Mason FCIPD discusses the importance of diversity and inclusion at Foxtons and how they've been using digital and performance management platforms to keep their D&I communities and hybrid teams connected and maintain their close-knit company culture over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic.


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Fighting for equity in the workplace with Sereena Abbassi, Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Consultant

Sereena Abbassi is an Independent Equity Inclusion and Diversity Consultant and Speaker and has a wealth of experience implementing organisational transformation within the workplace. In episode 3 of The OpenBlend Podcast, Anna and Sereena discuss how Sereena got into diversity, the difference between equity and equality and why it's so important to see the world through other's perspective.


What it takes to create a powerful company culture at a distance with Dave Parry, CPO, Gymshark

Dave Parry is Chief People Officer at Gymshark where he is responsible for all things people – from employer brand and recruitment, employee engagement and people performance to health and wellbeing. In episode 2 of The OpenBlend Podcast, Dave explains how Gymshark has driven forward employee relationships, people performance and company culture and found a better normal against the challenges of Covid-19.


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How to find a new rhythm for people managers with David Blackburn, CPO, Financial Service Compensation Scheme

In episode 1 of The OpenBlend Podcast, OpenBlend CEO & Founder, Anna Rassmussen talks to David Blackburn about managing remote teams; the importance of social purpose and how the FSCS team have found a new rhythm for performance management in response to the pandemic.




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