What's Working With Cam Marston



Having spent the last twenty years studying workplace and workforce trends, Cam Marston now brings his research, his insights, and his extensive network of contacts from across the country to a radio program focused on keeping you relevant and prepared for a rapidly changing workplace.


  • Chuck Thuss makes Compassionate Connections with Athletes in Transition

    04/10/2021 Duration: 54min

    Chuck Thuss' career as a hockey goalie surged at Miami (Ohio) and then in the minor leagues, including a stint at the Mobile Mystics. When it all ended, Chuck struggled to find purpose - a common struggle of athletes at the end of their playing days. Today Chuck co-hosts a podcast with a former National Hockey League player where they talk with athletes about their struggle to transition into life after athletics. Chuck also runs Compassionate Connection where he works with people of all types who simply feel lost, suffering from an indentiyy crisis. 

  • Checking In on Smac's Shack, MB Greene, and The Noble South.

    27/09/2021 Duration: 55min

    I revisit some former show guests and learn how they used the pause in business caused by the pandemic over the past eighteen months to reinvent themselves. These entrepreneurs don't ever stop. Artious Walker and Smac's Shack Food Truck, Mary Beth Greene and MB Greene bags, and Chris Rainosek at The Noble South restaurant. 

  • Flowerwood Nursery - Growing and Delivering Plants to Nurseries Across the Southeast

    20/09/2021 Duration: 55min

    Ellis Ollinger began as a summer employee for Flowerwood Nursery and today is the company CEO. Flowerwood grows and distributes plants from Maryland to Missouri to Texas and all points in between. With 650 employees, shared patents on plants, and a business relationship with Southern Living magazine, Flowerwood is a third generation success story that you'll want to hear. Hear how Covid has driven more to gardening but supply chain issues continue to ham-string the industry. 

  • The World View of Our Next Gen Workforce: A Chat w My 18 Year Old Daughter

    13/09/2021 Duration: 54min

    Known variously as the iGen or Gen Z, the next generation workforce has experienced some doozies that will shape their take on the workplace and our world in general: Covid, election disputes, Afghanistan, vaccine division. The list goes on. How will it impact them? My guest is my 18 year old daughter the day before my wife and I took her to college. I interrupt her and my conversation to add context to what my generational studies have revealed about her world and the workplace's future. 

  • Writers on Writing: I Sit Down with Rob Holbert (Lagniappe Weekly) and Watt Key (Fiction author)

    06/09/2021 Duration: 55min

    Rob Holbert is the managing editor of Lagniappe Weekly in Mobile, Alabama. Watt Key is a fiction writer with at least a dozen published books under his belt. I write weekly commentaries for Alabama Public Radio. The three of us read a five hundred word commentary we prepared for this broadcast and then discuss how we go about our writing. 

  • The Story Behind Today's Extraordinary Lumber Prices - A Perfect Storm of Events

    30/08/2021 Duration: 55min

    Why are lumber prices at an all time high? Is it Covid? Labor shortages? Tariffs? It's all of the above plus many more things including the freeze in Texas last year that froze chemical plants, too few long-haul truckers, bugs in Canada, Chinese goods through Vietnam. The list is overwhelming. It's a perfect storm of random events and there appears to be no end in sight. Bert Scarbrough of Premier Lumber and homebuilder Brian Robertson give me the details.

  • REPLAY: Kieron Elliot is the US Brand Ambassador for The Macallan Scotch Whiskey

    22/08/2021 Duration: 55min

    We can't get enough of this guy. Kieron Elliot had us at "sláinte" (pronounced SLAN-ja and meaning "cheers!") when I heard him giving a presentation on Instagram. He agreed to be on What's Working and we discuss The Macallan's plans for bringing Millennials into their brand and he walks me through how to taste two of their signature bottlings for the US - The Macallan 12 and 15 Double Cask. Per Kieron, "chew it." Chewing it gets the salivary gland involved.

  • Mobile Author Watt Key Discusses the Business Side of Writing

    16/08/2021 Duration: 01h14min

    Mobilian Watt Key's first published book was Alabama Moon and it hit big. Schools picked it up for summer reading. Movie rights were reserved and then purchased. Since then Watt has published a bunch more books and he could keep going but there have been some headwinds in the publishing industry impacting Watt's ability to tell stories the way he wants to tell them. So, Watt's going to pivot. In this extended interview we learn what's worked, where the challenges are, and hear Watt's plans for the next chapter in his career. 

  • Long Term Care - How It Works and Why You Need To Know About It

    09/08/2021 Duration: 55min

    Many parents expect their kids to take care of them when they get old. The kids have no plans to do so. Many kids think they'll receive a fat inheritance when their parents die. The parents will spend every penny to stay alive with some quality of life. And it's here that long term care insurance becomes important. With a great number of friends assisting aging parents, this topic has landed on high on my radar.  Also, a commentary from friend of show David Webb on a recent disheartening trip he took to New Orleans. 

  • Tony Award Winning Actor Frank Wood on Quickly Creating High Performing Teams

    02/08/2021 Duration: 55min

    You've seen Frank Wood on TV or on the movie screen or on a Broadway stage. He's busy with his craft. And the process he and a cast go through as they take on a new play is the epitome of how to form a high-performing team. It involves listening to fellow cast members (teammates), taking direction from the director (team leader), taking a strong position on your character (your role in the team), and being eager to be redirected and refocused if the director feels there is something better you can contribute. 

  • REPLAY: Bill E Stitt Makes the Best Bacon in the Entire World

    26/07/2021 Duration: 53min

    Bill-E Stitt impressed us with his bacon when we first met him. Now after sampling his bacon and hearing his story and getting to know the legend that is Bill E Stitt, we can't get enough of him or his product. Seldom do we interact with anything that is the "world's best," but Bill E's bacon is just that. 

  • Taking The Macallan Scotch Whiskey to the Next Generation

    19/07/2021 Duration: 55min

    Based in Los Angeles, Kieron Elliot is national brand ambassador for the Macallan Scotch Whiskey in the US. We discuss the Macallan's strategy for introducing a whiskey typically preferred by older, white, affluent males to the next generation. Kieron tells me their customer is already much more diverse than I'm aware and we sample some of the Macallan's offerings on the air. (Warning - this episode will make you want to sample a good scotch. And you definitely should.)

  • The Hidden, Undiscussed Crisis of Boys: Educator Blair Fisher Discusses a Growing Concern

    12/07/2021 Duration: 55min

    The overwhelming underperformance of boys in academics has slowly been revealing itself for years and now the data shows the depth of it. The impact ranges from the future of eduction, performance in the workplace, to the competitiveness of the United States. Blair Fisher is an educator and head of school at Mobile's St. Paul's Episcopal School and monitors education trends. He joins me to discuss this alarming phenomenon. Think this doesn't concern you? Think again. (This content will be controversial to some.)

  • Mobilian BJ Scott Understands Personal Branding. It's Key to Managing her Fame in Europe

    05/07/2021 Duration: 55min

    South Alabama remains just under the surface of Beverly Jo (BJ) Scott. Born and raised near Mobile, BJ is now famous in Belgium with her face on billboards and on the sides of busses. Her celebrity comes from her remarkable talent as a singer-songwriter, her own radio and TV show, and her "what you see is what you get" approach to coaching singers on Belgium's version of The Voice. She also considers herself a "worldly American" which is a rare thing and endears her to her fans. Hear how she manages her fame and maintains a genuine appeal. 

  • Josh Reed of Huk Brand Fishing Gear - REPLAY

    28/06/2021 Duration: 54min

    Josh Reed has a fantastic story to tell about the birth of Huk Gear, the fishing apparel company he began with his partners not too long ago. They've exploded with success due to ID'ing an underserved market, putting a team together, and letting them do their work. And I can vouch that their gear is fantastic. 

  • John Hoyle Leads Elite Students at Alabama's School for Math and Sciences in Mobile

    21/06/2021 Duration: 55min

    John Hoyle leads the Alabama School for Math and Sciences in Mobile. The students there are exceptional - wanting to be pushed and stretched to become the best they can be. The faculty, per John, is the best in the state. The students come from across Alabama and are encouraged to return their eduction to their state by finding work in Alabama when they enter the working career. 

  • High-End Home Theater Equipment Trends: Stagnant then Skyrocket

    14/06/2021 Duration: 55min

    David Stollmack was worried that his inventory wouldn't move ever again in March and April of last year. Then he started worrying that he couldn't find enough equipment to sell. His business boomed once people realized that quarantine meant lots of at-home TV time. David's years of experience taught him how to manage inventory and how to find and keep customer-centered installers. He takes us on the wild ride he's had over the past eighteen months and we get a peek inside his Springsteen fascination. Text whatsworking to 44222 to get weekly reminders of new shows.

  • Carla Williams Wouldn't Let Her Dreams Die. Now She's Poised for a Huge Album Release

    07/06/2021 Duration: 54min

    Carla Williams wanted to be a country music singer from the beginning. She had to put her dreams on hold to raise four kids and grow a successful business. Now she's back at it and her forthcoming album is a tribute to Karen Carpenter and includes a who's who of the Nashville music scene. This Mobilian is poised for the musical success she's waited for and she richly deserves.  

  • Managing a Prestigious Hawaiian Resort - A Conversation with Charles Head of Fairmont Hotels

    31/05/2021 Duration: 54min

    Charles Head has climbed the ranks of Fairmont Hotels to land at the Fairmont Orchid in Hawaii where he leads a big team who delivers exceptional service to the guests. Charles' team - he calls them his "ohana" which roughly translates to "family" - is selected to work at the Fairmont based on their service skills which Charles and his leadership group uncover through assessments and, most importantly, personal interaction. It's a plum job in an extraordinary location and Charles is at the top of his game. 

  • REPLAY: Amy Morin Teaches Mental Strength. Never Has her Expertise Been Needed More.

    24/05/2021 Duration: 54min

    Amy Morin's start to fame began as a complete surprise. Her blog post titled Thirteen Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do caught fire. Today she's written multiple books, has podcasts, and is in-demand as a speaker. Why? Her message is needed and her delivery of her message is fantastic. i've met her and watched her work and I know you'll love her story and her message as much as I do. 

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