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Collective Responsibility to Culture

Maggie Gough, RD, Founder and President of Realize Wellbeing

Skill Building Session II
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM


Theme: Culture Change

Organizational culture is created through a million micro-moments between employees in connection with one another. When we recognize our collective responsibility to healthy social connection we can influence thriving culture.  Through the science of Self Determination Theory and Micro-Influence, we understand how we have the capacity to positively impact each other and how that impact changes those around us, subsequently granting them permission to participate in healthy social connection.

Dr. Brené Brown’s research on blame and shame illustrate how these two behaviors drive disconnection and undermine a thriving organizational culture. Her work also provides us with a framework for resiliency to shame and the skills for engaged feedback. Workplaces where people are resilient to shame and do not participate in blame, employees can collaboratively cultivate a thriving culture driven by shared responsibility and sustained through healthy connection. This type of organizational development relies on process versus results. When we become overly focused on the results, we prescribe actions, undermining autonomy and authenticity (both necessary for behavior change). This organizational change relies on individuals amplifying healthy connection from the core of their being rather than a set of rote manners professionals have determined.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Describe the relationship between Self Determination Theory and Micro-Influence and how these two theories inform our understanding of the development of workplace culture.
  • Define shame and blame and how they contribute to disconnection which undermines a thriving culture.
  • Explain the dynamics of shared responsibility in the development workplace cultures.
  • Give examples of results oriented development versus process oriented development and explain how results oriented development undermines autonomy and authenticity, which are necessary for behavior change.


This program is an approved provider of continuing education units (CEUs) through NWI and NCHEC.

Speaker Biography: 

Maggie Gough, RD has been a part of the corporate wellness industry for over a decade and she has been a true student of her experiences, always challenging how things can be made better. This has launched her into a position of leadership on a local and national level. If you want the truth, a real, authentic conversation about corporate health she is the person to talk to.

In addition to her business life, she is a wife, a mother to three children, a daughter, a sister, and actively engaged in her community as an ambassador for curiosity (which basically means that in any given conversation you will find her asking thought provoking questions to lead us into a deeper wisdom of what it means to be fully human).

Join our Pre-Event Speaker Webinars!
WCWI is offering three live webinars that are free to both WCWI Members and non-members. They will introduce concepts that will be discussed at WCWI's Annual Conference. 
Rachel Druckenmiller: Thursday, June 27 at Noon
Justin Kruger: Wednesday, July 31 at Noon
Maggie Gough: Tuesday, August 20 at Noon
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