Better Monday Podcast

Better Monday® Podcast by Sofokus

Better Monday® Podcast: talk about business, happy workplaces and digital culture

Better Monday® Podcast by Sofokus helps leaders, entrepreneurs, and other growth-minded people get up to full speed with a 360-degree view of happiness, work–life balance, and organizational responsibility. A new episode drops every two weeks, featuring guests from the most modern businesses and organizations around the world.

Better Monday Podcast host Milla Heikkilä

Hosted by Milla Kallio, Chief Happiness Officer & Partner

Milla Kallio is a happiness ambassador whose ultimate goal is to increase overall well-being. Whether at work or in her free time, she loves to see happy faces around her. At Sofokus, she can live out her passion and reinforce the message of happiness at work.

All Better Monday® Podcast episodes

8 | Mari Puoskari: Sustainable & responsible business

Colleagues make a better Monday for Mari Puoskari, who works as a Group CEO of Finnish Consulting Group. Mari Puoskari is a mom of two and an active runner. She was one of the first directors of sustainability consulting in Finland and has worked with corporate social and environmental responsibility since 2009. In this Better Monday podcast episode Milla and Mari Puoskari talk about corporate responsibility. While building a strong career in the field of sustainability consulting, Mari has also managed to prioritise her own well-being and take care of her family life. In this episode Mari shares her tips on how to…

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7 | Bruce Wang: Organizational culture at Netflix

The corona virus is spreading all over the world, forcing organizations to work remotely. Sofokus has been on remote-only-mode for some time now and it seems that all the other companies have to do the same sooner or later. For this Better Monday podcast episode, Milla interviewed Bruce Wang, who works as Director of Engineering at Netflix. This American media-services provider and production company has also made some changes and advised its employees to work from home instead of coming to the office. In this episode Bruce explains how employees of Netflix are coping with the situation and gives some insights to organizational…

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6 | Åsa Caap: Intrapreneurship and innovation

Åsa Caap is a Stockholm based entrepreneur, intrapreneur and author of the book Corporate Hacker, which is a survival guide for entrepreneurs in the corporate world. She is known for being “a warrior that get things done”, and she is a strong leader known for building healthy and productive teams. In this Better Monday podcast episode Milla interviews Åsa about intrapreneurship and happiness at work. What does intrapreneurship mean? Intrapreneurship means being an entrepreneur within a bigger organization or corporation. An intrapreneur is an entrepreneur running a start-up inside another company. The biggest mistake is to take an intrapreneurial start-up and treat it like…

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5 | Perttu Pölönen: Future of work

In the future the nature of work gets more demanding and intense. Robots can tackle many issues faster than humans and thus, some jobs will disappear and stop existing completely. For this reason, we humans should focus on developing the skills that separate us from robots. Robots are good with numbers, but they still lack qualities such as curiosity, creativity and compassion. These ‘meta-skills’ are the skills that should be taught in schools and in organizations. These are the skills that will help people succeed even though the world changes. In the fifth episode of Better Monday podcast Milla interviews Perttu Pölönen (a 25-year-old…

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4 | Monika Werthén: Work-life balance at Uber

In the fourth Better Monday podcast episode, Milla and Monika Werthén from Uber talk about retaining work-life balance in this hectic time. Is it possible to have them both? A successful career and a healthy and loving family life? Yes, it is if you ask Monika Werthén. A super woman, who wakes up at 5:30 am to do her morning workout, after which she heads to the office to lead Uber’s marketing in the Nordics. Monika has managed to build a successful career and simultaneously retain her work-life balance and take care of her family with three children. Her current job at…

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3 | Jumanne Mtambalike: Entrepreneurship in Africa

Entrepreneurship in Africa – How does the eco-system of innovation and startups work in a continent where 18 million youths enter the job markets every year? How can companies address the issue of skills mismatch? Can we use technology to solve pressing global issues? In this episode of Better Monday Podcast Teemu Malinen interviews Jumanne Mtambalike, the CEO of Sahara Ventures.    Entrepreneur, innovator, father of one Jumanne Mtambalike is a Tanzanian software engineer, entrepreneur and innovator who spends most of his time creating an innovation eco-system in Tanzania. Jumanne lives by his personal manifesto: “Best way to start a program is to be the…

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2 | Catalina Butnaru: Business ethics & women

What is a Minimum Ethical Product? Why do we need to talk about ethics in digital business altogether?  And why are women centric communities like “Women in tech” and “Women in AI” possibly detrimental to gender equality? In this episode Milla interviews Catalina Butnaru, Global Ethics Lead at City AI. The interview was done during the Shift Business Festival 2019 and recorded on one of Sofokus’ sauna ferries. Women in tech – do not perpetuate the prejudices Catalina has been involved in Women in AI community for a couple of years. The percentage of women in tech and especially in…

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1 | Marcin Floryan: Different shades of diversity

In this Better Monday podcast episode Milla interviews Marcin Floryan, Director of Engineering at Spotify. Spotify has 5000 employees all around the world and it employs around 100 different nationalities. This global audio streaming subscription service has succeeded in building diversity in the workplace. The company has found it essential to remove employees’ fears so that they can be who they really are and do their best work. There are a lot of advantages in diversity, but it is not necessarily easy for companies to create such a diverse workplace. Different languages, tones of voices and belief systems, for example, can create misunderstandings…

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