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Workplace Champions

WorkplaceChampions_squareIn the age of the millennial workforce, people want to feel that they’re a part of something larger than themselves and that their work isn’t just a job but a meaningful experience.  While larger companies aren’t always effective at making employees feel that their work has purpose, many small and mid-sized companies — more keenly aware of the competitive price of workforce attrition  — are rethinking and retooling the way they inspire, engage and retain employees. In fact, we’d argue that small and mid-sized companies can today be counted among industry’s foremost workplace innovators.

It’s no secret that small and mid-sized  businesses adapt more aggressively and innovate more nimbly than firms many times their size. However, what is not widely known is that small and mid-sized companies create more jobs than Fortune 500 companies. And yet, in the realm of employment these companies are less visible and vastly less reported upon than large enterprise business, but their combined influence is large and growing larger as a new class of workplace champions emerge.

The Workplace Champions Podcast is all about inspiring talent-minded business leaders as they learn from the failures, Ah-ha! moments, and workplace successes of other small and medium business leaders.


Your Hosts

(One Journalist  +  One Thought Leader)

Jack Sweeney

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With a background of more than 25 years in print and online journalism, Jack arrived in the world of podcasting two years ago with the launch of the CFO Thought Leader Podcast shortly followed by the Middle Market Thought Leader Podcast. Convinced talent and workforce issues are today the primary pain point for middle market businesses he today co hosts Workplace Champions, with performance management thought leader Brett Knowles.

Jack has written extensively about finance, management consulting, information technology and public policy. He is the former editor in chief of Business Finance Magazine and the founding editor of Consulting magazine. He served as editor of Integration Management and Washington Technology, both published by The Washington Post Cos. Prior to the Post, he worked as a reporter for CMP Media in London.

Jack lives outside of New York City with his wife and two children. He can be reached at jack@workplacechampions.com

Brett Knowles



Brett is a long-time thought leader in the performance measurement space. Over the last twenty years he has worked with Drs. Kaplan and Norton and has had clients referenced in each of their books. Brett has assisted over 3,000 organizations from around the world and in all sectors from AT&T to Zeneca, the IRS to the City of Kingston. His clients have had as many as 250,000 employees and as few as 5. He is the co-founder of the first Balanced Scorecard application, has developed numerous measurement concepts around intangible assets, and has served on countless editorial boards and conference constructs.

Brett’s clients have been profiled in Harvard Business Review, Fortune, and Forbes. There are over 20 business school cases covering the success of his clients. He can be reached at Brett@workplacechampions.com



A Digital Network Elevating the Voice of Middle-Market Leadership

Middle-Market Executive is today a network of high quality, narrative podcasts designed for business leaders tasked with opening a new chapter of growth for their firms.

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(Launched 2015) Middle-Market Thought Leader Podcast: It’s about inspiring YOU to take a leadership leap and open a new chapter of growth for your middle-market company. We know that by learning from the failures, Ah-ha! moments, and successes of other middle-market business leaders, you can take inspired action. A Top 50 Influencer In New Business Podcasts 2015  LEARN MORE


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(Launched 2014) CFO Thought Leader Podcast: It’s about inspiring finance professionals to drive change within their organizations. Here too you will hear about the successes and failures of others. However, CFOTL explores how today’s CFOs are charting their own leadership paths across the enterprise. Learn more here.


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