[Podcast] Ep104: How to Create, Lead, and Participate In Amazing Teams

Do you know the difference between a thermometer and a thermostat? And seriously, what the heck does that have to do with building teams anyway?

Why do some teams with similar talent levels succeed and others simply maintain? Why are some families more connected while others are pulling in opposite directions? And why do some companies expand with excitement and others just limp along? CULTURE.

Globally celebrated author, speaker, and thought leader Jason Barger has spent years aiming to answer these very questions and more, and he has developed the framework for improving your work culture (as well as all other areas of your life) in his new book ‘Thermostat Cultures.’

If you’re tired of working for a company or a team that values “busy work” above being productive and actually getting things done, this episode is a must-listen.

If you’re exhausted by constant disagreements either with your co-workers (or your spouse or partner) and you want a simple framework to find common ground and move forwards with purpose, this episode is a must-listen.

And most importantly, if you’re tired of setting goals and resolutions that never stick and you want 2017 to be different, this episode is a must-listen.

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Jason’s experience traveling the world, building houses, and living in airports
  • The interesting ways that observations of airport behavior can apply to daily life
  • Focusing on group compatibility over individual strength
  • The important difference between “Thermometer Mode” and “Thermostat Mode”
  • Learning to promote a work culture of clarity, support, and empowerment
  • Working smarter not harder
  • Setting standards as a community rather than obeying rules
  • Learning to step back an assess before taking steps towards your goals
  • Collaborating within a mission statement
  • The need to Assess, Align, and Articulate in order to build the kind of work culture where you want to achieve your goals together
  • How you can apply these principles to personal relationships

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Guest Bio:

Jason Barger is a globally celebrated author, speaker, and leadership consultant. His latest book “Thermostat Cultures” launched on 11/17/16 and is receiving a fabulous response!

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of theTHAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.


Zack Arnold is an award-winning film & television editor (Burn Notice, Empire, Shooter, Glee), member of the American Cinema Editors, a documentary director (GO FAR: The Christopher Rush Story), and creator of the Optimize Yourself program (formerly ‘Fitness In Post’). He helps ambitious creative professionals like you learn how to more efficiently manage your time, energy, and attention so you can maximize your creative focus and minimize procrastination, depression, and burnout. After all, what’s the point of killing yourself for the sake of your career if you don’t have energy to spare for the most important people in your life?