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Season 1, Episode 31

Re-Engage and Re-Humanize – Best-Self Management, Remote Work, and Co-Founder Relationships with 15Five CEO, David Hassell, and Chief Culture Officer, Shane Metcalf

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In a time when employee engagement is down, many leaders are re-envisioning the roles inclusivity, purpose, and personal growth play in the workplace.

Dr. Caneel Joyce and David Hassell and Shane Metcalf, co-founders of the industry-leading performance management software company, 15Five, tackle the tough questions surrounding employee growth, fulfillment, and morale in this special guest episode of Allowed. Discover the responsibility all leaders have to address how their own growth journey and mindsets affect their teams. 

During this episode, you will learn what Best-Self Management is and how it could benefit your organization. Dive into what the future of organizational development and company culture looks like in a remote environment.

When you commit to your Best-Self, you unlock your personal potential and the next level of your leadership.



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Explore how re-humanizing individuals within an organization leads to greater productivity and fulfillment.

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Meet the Guests

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Shane Metcalf is a keynote speaker who advises on how to build a world-class workplace and is one of the world’s leading pioneers in the space of cultural engineering and positive psychology. His insights have been featured in Inc., Fast Company, Business Insider, Washington Post, Tech Crunch, and Bloomberg. As the Co-founder of 15Five, an 8-figure technology company, Shane and his team support HR Executives with data-driven people management. 

As a keynote speaker, Shane can help any HR Executive with employee disengagement to maximize organizational health and create more cohesive leadership teams. 

Follow Shane on Twitter and LinkedIn and listen to him co-host the Best-Self Management Podcast 

David Hassell is a serial entrepreneur, business columnist, and speaker, who believes that when leaders support their employees in becoming their best selves, high engagement, performance, and uncommon loyalty naturally result. As co-founder and CEO of 15Five, David and his team have developed industry-leading performance management software that helps leaders and managers drive high performance and build phenomenal cultures via a suite of features including weekly check-ins, OKR tracking, 1-on-1s, and peer appreciation. 

While at 15Five, David created the science-inspired Best-Self Management methodology that helps leaders and managers address the hidden factors that stimulate sustainable growth and development – things like intrinsic motivation, growth mindset, strengths, positivity, and psychological safety in the workplace. 

David and the team practice Best-Self Management and use 15Five internally, which they credit with their near-zero attrition, rapid growth, and awards like Inc.’s Best Places to Work and ranking #3 on Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work list for companies with fewer than 1,000 employees. David formerly served as President of the San Francisco chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and was later named “The Most Connected Man You Don’t Know in Silicon Valley” by Forbes Magazine. He has also been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Inc., Entrepreneur, Fast Company, and Wired. Follow him on Twitter @dhassell. 

To hear more advice from David and Shane on leadership, culture building, and managing teams listen to the Best-Self Management podcast at


2:17 – Meet David Hassell and Shane Metcalf of 15Five.

2:49 – What is 15Five?

7:34 – How discovering your Zone of Genius helps you to find your purpose.

11:45 – Shane Metcalf’s own personal growth journey led him into best-self management.

18:20 – David Hassell’s personal growth journey through finding his Zone of Genius, creating his best-self management methodology, and meeting his co-founder Shane Metcalf.

28:24 – How Shane and David met and created 15Five.

33:23 – What is Best-Self Management? It is about leaving a company as a better person and better performer than when you joined them.

37:51 – How engagement dictates company culture, employee health, and overall success. Engagement and performance are the biggest issues that a company needs to solve.

41:44 – How to develop your team as well as your own best self. 

47:36 – What we can learn from remote work. 

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