This issue has been dominating business news and keeping senior leaders up at night for months. Every day it seems at least one of LinkedIn’s trending topics has to do to office policy questions, and every morning there’s a new article to read that consistently falls short of giving anyone a clear answer as to what the better or best-case scenario would be for both workers and employers.
There are a few things we do know, like that the world has changed, and for most of us, work has changed with it. The new normal seems to mean constantly managing a complex set of challenges and confronting uncertainty. For leaders being asked to guide decision-making about an office policy, this is just one of the many dynamic burdens they’re shouldering, one without a clear solution, especially not one that will make everyone happy. We’re in an era of redesigning the workplace. We can’t predict what the future of work will look like, but we can learn from the leaders managing these decisions today.
Robin, Mickey, and Emma Rose decided to reach out to some of those leaders and see what experience and wisdom they might have to offer. In this episode you’ll hear from three executives, each from very different organizations that offer a range of perspectives. One led a very early return-to-office decision, another has been managing a more hybrid answer, and one leads a company that has always been remote, and she has a few things to say about building a strong culture in a virtual world.
October 6, 2021
[3:47] PwC Research Statistics on Future of Work
[5:30] Interview with Chris Hanslik of BoyarMiller
[22:32] Interview with Sté Crispino of Tribo
[40:06] Interview with Kevin Hanes of Cybrary
[1:02:18] Closing advice from our guests
[Unedited] Chris Hanslik with Robin Anselmi & Emma Rose Connolly
[Unedited] Sté Crispino with Robin Anselmi & Emma Rose Connolly
[Unedited] Kevin Hanes with Mickey Connolly & Emma Rose Connolly
These interviews were recorded in August 2021.
Chris Hanslik, Chairman of BoyarMiller
Chris Hanslik leads BoyarMiller, a mid-size law firm in Houston, Texas. As Firm Chairman for over 10 years, he drives growth while prioritizing company culture to contribute to the ultimate success of the firm. Chris is devoted to directing overall firm strategy in ways to advance the firm and continues to be an industry leader both in and outside of the courtroom. He is passionate about impacting the Houston community in many ways including having served as Chairman of the Board of SEARCH Homeless Services, and currently sitting Board Member for the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County; as well as a member of the Board of Directors of The Texas Bowl and South Texas College of Law Houston. Most recently, Chris was recognized by the Houston Business Journal as one of Houston’s Most Admired CEOs of 2021.
With over twenty-five years of experience as a litigator, Chris’s practice has spanned the full spectrum of commercial and business litigation, including contracts, business torts, securities and corporate governance, oil and gas, lender liability, trade secrets, non-compete agreements and other employment-related disputes.
Recognizing that the last place most business clients want to be is in the courtroom, Chris strives to develop creative, practical, and value-driven solutions to complex problems and disputes from the outset. However, as a trial lawyer, he provides the skills necessary for success in the courtroom. In the relentless pursuit of his client’s best interest, Chris keeps one important value in mind — integrity.
Chris recently launched a podcast with BoyarMiller called Building Texas Business which can be found on all podcast streaming platforms.
Stephanie Velozo Crispino, CEO of Tribo
Stephanie is one of the female leaders at Grupo Anga&Din4mo, acting as Tribo’s CEO, a consultancy whose purpose is to evolve organizational cultures as a way to evolve the culture of our society. She believes in conscious businesses acting connected with the ecosystem and for that reason she is also an ambassador of the Conscious Capitalism Institute in Brasil. She has taught a discipline focused on organizational culture at Xpeed’s Exponential Management MBA and participated as a speaker at TEDxLaçador focusing on humanized cultures and TEDxUFOP deepening on her values of love and truth.
Tribo is a global consultancy focused on transforming leaders, teams and cultures towards authentic purposes. What we call Purposeful Transformation is simply the process that all of us could go through to understand what we stand for and what outcomes we are looking for, either as individuals or organizations. Tribo is actively present in Latin America and the US supporting companies in developing conscious leaders, high-performance, engaged teams, and purposeful cultures.
Anga&Din4mo is an impact venture builder focused on undertaking businesses capable of promoting collective social, environmental, and economic prosperity based on a set of skills that, together, allow us to contribute to the reduction of Brazilian inequalities and the achievement of key SDG targets for the country.
Kevin Hanes, CEO of Cybrary
Kevin Hanes is the chief executive officer of Cybrary and serves on its board of directors. Cybrary is a company dedicated to building the world’s leading cybersecurity professional development platform. The company aspires to be THE destination for individuals and teams to develop, deepen, measure, and prove their cybersecurity skills. Cybrary is driven to positively impact learners lives while helping organizations solve their cybersecurity skills gaps, succeed against ever-evolving threats, and keep their companies safe from cyberattacks.
Before joining Cybrary in June 2021, Kevin spent 8 years as COO of Secureworks. In that role, he helped transform Secureworks into a recognized global market leader in cybersecurity, he built one of the most respected cybersecurity operations teams in the world, and he led his organization through hyper-growth and an IPO.
Kevin began his career at Dell Technologies in custom software integration and moved into leadership roles with increasing responsibilities and global scope over his 15 year tenure. While working full-time at Dell, Kevin earned his Bachelor’s from St. Edward’s University in Austin in 2003, graduating magna cum laude, and also earned his Master’s at The University of Texas at Austin 2006.