Brandi Olson Of Real Work Done On How To Take Your Company From Good To Great

An Interview With Ben Ari

Authority Magazine Editorial Staff
Authority Magazine
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18 min readNov 10, 2022


What are we learning and how fast can we adapt to do better? Given the reality that change is always with us, the only lasting competitive advantage is how fast we can learn to do better. Great companies need to design themselves to respond to change. The speed of learning and adapting is what enables some companies to sustain high performance over time and other companies to be blindsided by change.

As part of my series about the “How To Take Your Company From Good To Great”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Brandi Olson.

Brandi Olson believes that you shouldn’t have to choose between doing good, important work, and your own humanity. She knows that the best way to solve big problems, to innovate, and to deliver out-of-this-world value is through teams who are deeply engaged, high performing, and actually happy. And that the quickest route for leaders to cultivate engaged teams who are doing great work is not by adding free frozen yogurt in the lobby, but by creating cultures where people are learning together faster and better.

So that when change happens, as it always will, your organization isn’t just reacting to change, you are leading change.

Brandi teaches leaders how to solve problems and adapt fast with high-performing teams. She is an award winning speaker and best-selling author of Real Flow: Break the Burnout Cycle and Unlock High Performance in the New World of Work. She has over 20 years of experience leading at organizations that share a commitment to people, learning fast, and doing good in the world — from nonprofits like Mayo Clinics to universities and startups to Fortune 100 companies like 3M and Wells Fargo. Brandi is the founder of multiple small businesses and is the CEO of Real Work Done , a global learning and organizational design consultancy. Brandi lives in Minnesota with her kids, dog, chickens, and garden.