Modeling Behavior in People Ops with Anna Petosa

Joining me this week is Anna Petosa.

Anna is the VP of People Operations at Pelmorex, a Canadian media company. She is responsible for the entire people function at a company of around 500 people. I met Anna through the work that we’re doing around Learning Culture. Anna thinks holistically about people within organizations, from the Operations, to the People Development, to Performance Management, and really everything in between. Her perspective is a unique one in being responsible for all of that, within a company of a fairly large size. This conversation allowed us to go a lot deeper into the philosophies and approaches that Anna has used in her career and what she is employing to really, really great effect right now at Pelmorex.

Anna told me with a straight face, that she doesn’t necessarily love people. That may seem counterintuitive for anyone in a people role – but I think it’s a very interesting point. Anna clarifies that by talking about how she’s most interested in her role in the intersection between people performance and high performance, and business results. She models the behavior she wants to see, and she creates the environment for others to thrive. Those two points are extremely important as an overarching wrapper for this entire conversation.

In the rest of the conversation, you’ll learn about:

  • How Anna views learning culture and how important it is to not sell it.
  • What four timeless skills Anna looks to instill in companies when she joins them.
  • How COVID was an accelerator in shifting our mindset from seeing people as resources to people.
  • Why it’s difficult to open up a window into your life and how the pandemic has forced us to do that, and how important that is for leaders today.
  • How the pandemic leveled the playing fields for people and how we are perhaps better off in remote or hybrid settings.

There’s so much in this episode that I know you will enjoy. So please sit back, relax and enjoy my episode with Anna Petosa.

 

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Show Notes

  • Anna shares to us about her role as VP of People Ops at Pelmorex. (00:04:21-00:07:05)
  • The significance of the intersection between people performance and high performance, and business results. (00:07:06-00:11:06)
  • How she inspires curiosity and a growth mindset in people by modeling the behavior she wants to see, and creating the environment for others to thrive. (00:11:07-00:15:43)
  • How Anna views learning culture and how important it is to not sell it. (00:15:44-00:21:25)
  • What four timeless skills Anna looks to instill in companies when she joins them. (00:21:26-00:24:32)
  • Anna shares to us what she’s currently reading and learning about. (00:24:33-00:25:50)
  • Her insights on the concept of “everyone’s tired.” (00:26:33-00:29:07)
  • How COVID was an accelerator in shifting our mindset from seeing people as resources to people. (00:29:08-00:34:35)
  • Why it’s difficult to open up a window into your life and how the pandemic has forced us to do that, and how important that is for leaders today. (00:34:36-00:39:19)
  • How the pandemic leveled the playing fields for people and how we are perhaps better off in remote or hybrid settings. (00:39:20-00:42:35)
  • Anna’s insights on leadership buy-in and how she balances it out. (00:42:36-00:48:40)
  • Why does Anna do what she does? (00:48:41-00:53:04)

 

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