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Leaders Of Transformation | Conscious Business | Global Transformation | Leadership Development

English, Finance, 1 season, 489 episodes, 5 days, 21 hours, 29 minutes
The Leaders of Transformation is a podcast, a community, and a movement. Want to make a positive impact in the world? Build a mission-based business? Transform people's lives with your ideas, strengths and passion? Every week our host Nicole Jansen interviews conscious business leaders and difference makers who are changing the world one conversation at a time. Tune in to hear inspiring stories of leadership, transformation, overcoming obstacles, and global impact. From transforming the way we do business and relate with others, to freeing women and children from human trafficking, and protecting our planet, these leaders of transformation will inspire and equip you to be the difference maker and world changer you are capable of being. Subscribe/follow us to hear all the latest episodes and get your weekly boost!
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488: Building a Brighter Future: Goodwill's Innovative Strategies with Lisa Rusyniak

How can transforming lives through education and employment initiatives lead to ending poverty? In this inspiring episode, we're joined by Lisa Rusyniak, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries for the Chesapeake, Inc., who shares their transformative work in ending poverty and helping individuals gain independence through employment. Lisa details the Goodwill Excel Center's impact in Baltimore, an adult education initiative that provides not just a GED, but a real high school diploma, opening doors to post-secondary education and middle-skilled jobs. Dive into Lisa's dedication to bridging the gap between disenfranchised populations and the job market, the innovative environmental projects undertaken by Goodwill, and the intricate balance between mission-driven work and the economic and regulatory challenges faced by such organizations. This episode is a testament to the power of transformation through education, employment, and environmental stewardship. Witness how one leader's vision is reshaping the landscape of opportunity for those most in need. What We Discuss in this Episode The unique offerings and impact of Goodwill's adult education initiative, the Excel Center. Goodwill's innovative approaches to material recycling and creation of new business ventures. Lisa Rusyniak's perspective on the minimum wage increase and economic sustainability. The challenges of cybersecurity for non-profit e-commerce. How to ensure a non-profit operates effectively amid stringent government regulations. The influence of societal issues on Goodwill's mission and the potential for transformation. The financial logistics of running an educational program like the Excel Center. Balancing environmental goals with economic realities in social enterprise initiatives. The effect of inflation on donor behavior and retail operations at Goodwill. Lisa's personal legacy with the Excel Center and how it's transforming lives in the community. Podcast Highlights 0:00 - How Goodwill is battling poverty and generating independence. 3:22 - Essential initiatives and the role of the Excel Center. 5:45 - Transforming plastic waste into useful products. 8:25 - The ongoing fight against cyber threats. 11:46 - Balancing business acumen with the non-profit ethos. 15:27 - Goodwill's employment impact on societal issues. 18:59 - Detailing the financial model for the Excel Center's success. 22:32 - Innovating through social enterprises for environmental stewardship. 26:14 - Responding to economic pressures as a non-profit CEO. 29:37 - Lisa Rusyniak's legacy with the Excel Center and its community impact. Join us in this episode with Lisa Rusyniak and uncover the ways in which Goodwill Industries is not only fighting poverty but also innovating to create a better world for us all. Favorite Quotes Resilience in Leadership: “As CEO, it’s not just about steering the organization. It’s about constantly adapting to new challenges while staying true to your mission." Environmental Responsibility: “It's not just about the environment or the bottom line. It's about how we set a precedent for the future of manufacturing and giving back to the community." Vision for Education: “The Excel Center isn't just a school. It's a beacon of hope, a place where second chances are given and lives are changed." Episode Show Notes: Check out our complete library of episodes and other leadership resources here: ________ 📣 SUBSCRIBE to the Leaders of Transformation Podcast  👇 CONNECT with Nicole Jansen on Social Media  ▶︎ YOUTUBE ▶︎ INSTAGRAM ▶︎ FACEBOOK  ▶︎ LINKEDIN ▶︎ TWITTER  
4/9/202426 minutes, 47 seconds
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487: Advance Your Career: Unlock the Power of Niche Networking with Reno Perry

How do you advance your career in today's competitive job market? In this explorative episode, we're joined by Reno Perry, a visionary entrepreneur and the founder of Wiseful, a game-changing career advancement platform. With his seasoned background at Betterup and LinkedIn and his pioneering efforts in creating a list of over 20,000 laid-off employees to connect them with new job opportunities, Reno offers practical insights into the evolution of job networking and recruitment. As the job market tightens and traditional methods falter, Reno discusses scaling recruitment for companies while empowering candidates to unearth more paths to their dream roles. He introduces innovative strategies for companies to attract top talent by emphasizing culture, growth, and transparency, while urging job hunters to finesse their personal branding with authenticity and precision. Tune in as we explore the synergies between personal branding, modern networking, and a platform designed to harmonize the job-seeking journey for companies, influencers, and professionals alike. What We Discuss in this Episode How the landscape of career advancement and job searching is changing. The limitations of traditional networking methods for finding new job opportunities. Strategies that companies can employ to attract top talent and streamline their recruiting process. How candidates can optimize their visibility and stand out to potential employers. Why industry experts and community hosts can leverage their online presence for job referrals. The Wiseful revenue share model and how it benefits community hosts and companies alike. How creative job titles and personal branding on platforms like LinkedIn can impact your job success. In the face of rolling layoffs, how professionals can prepare and respond proactively. The benefits of cultivating a strong network and how it influences your job opportunities. Wiseful’s unique advantage for both job seekers and employers. Key Takeaways 2:15 - Navigating the job search landscape. 5:30 - Scalable recruiting and finding the right talent. 8:45 – Transforming job referrals into a reliable source for companies and candidates. 12:33 - Best practices for attracting top talent and for candidates to enhance their job search. 15:40 - The role of industry experts in enhancing job opportunity visibility through network sharing. 18:29 - Reno Perry's journey from LinkedIn and Betterup to founding Wiseful. 22:47 - Crafting standout resumes and personal brands without unnecessary fluff. 26:34 - The importance of preparedness in a market prone to rolling layoffs. 30:12 - Fostering a strong network as a primary means of job search success. 33:55 – Wiseful marketplace model and tips for engaging with recruiters online effectively. Join us for a deep dive with Reno Perry as he sheds light on the future of work, shares invaluable career advice, and introduces how they are transforming recruitment by leveraging the untapped potential of niche communities and personal networks. Favorite Quotes Personal Branding & Authenticity: “Your professional identity should cut through the noise with real skills, not just buzzwords. That authenticity is your beacon in a crowded market.” Networking Efficiency: “It’s not about casting the widest net; it's about reaching the right pool with a targeted splash.” Resilience in Job Markets: "Prepare as though the job market might not bounce back tomorrow; nurturing your network and keeping your resume updated is an ongoing process, not a one-off effort." Episode Show Notes:  Check out our complete library of episodes and other leadership resources here: ________ 📣 SUBSCRIBE to the Leaders of Transformation Podcast  👇 CONNECT with Nicole Jansen on Social Media  ▶︎ YOUTUBE ▶︎ INSTAGRAM ▶︎ FACEBOOK  ▶︎ LINKEDIN ▶︎ TWITTER
4/2/202430 minutes, 16 seconds
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486: The Future of Finance: Mastering AI and the Client Experience with Jason Pereira

Could embracing AI and specialized knowledge be the game changer for today's financial advisors? In this power-packed episode, we're joined by Jason Pereira, a seasoned financial planner and technology advocate who passionately encourages advisors to harness the power of cutting-edge technology and specialized knowledge to stay on top. As we dive into Jason's expertise, we uncover the transformative impact of understanding not merely the financial landscape but also the behavioral sciences that significantly affect client success. Join us as we explore with Jason the importance of embracing technology, the power of niche markets, and the future of financial advice that transcends traditional investment management. Whether you're a financial advisor seeking to refine your practice or simply interested in the evolving landscape of financial services, this episode offers a wealth of knowledge from a true industry innovator. What We Discuss in this Episode The critical role of technology and business proficiency for financial advisors. Understanding behavioral science for client success. The truth about the effectiveness of AI in stock picking. The value of niche market specialization for financial advisors. Leveraging AI to enhance, not replace, financial advisor expertise. The evolution of financial advisors' roles towards financial therapy. Emphasizing personalization in client relationships and advisory services. Strategies for advisors to distinguish themselves in a crowded marketplace. The importance of staying educated about global industry trends and regulations. Podcast Highlights 0:00 - Jason's advocacy for tech-savviness in the financial industry. 4:29 - How understanding clients' behaviors leads to better financial advice. 7:15 - Assessing AI's capability in investment management. 9:38 - The advantages of focusing on niche markets. 12:03 - Specializing in cross-border financial planning for US citizens in Canada. 15:27 - AI's role in the financial planning landscape according to Jason. 18:45 - The inevitable shift towards more human-centered financial guidance. 21:36 - The impact of deep, personalized relationships on financial advisory. 24:44 - Defining the future touchstones of successful financial advisory practice. 27:51 - Jason's message to advisors about the significance of continuous education. Episode Show Notes:  Check out our complete library of episodes and other leadership resources here: ________ 📣 SUBSCRIBE to the Leaders of Transformation Podcast  👇 CONNECT with Nicole Jansen on Social Media  ▶︎ YOUTUBE ▶︎ INSTAGRAM ▶︎ FACEBOOK  ▶︎ LINKEDIN ▶︎ TWITTER    
3/26/202437 minutes, 56 seconds
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485: Revolutionary Communities: Fostering Meaningful Connection with Maruxa Murphy

How can you cultivate a thriving community without sacrificing authenticity for profitability? In this heartfelt episode, we are joined by Maruxa Murphy, an award-winning community experience designer, strategist, and entrepreneur. Known for her work with industry giants such as Facebook, Kajabi, and Netflix, Maruxa is a true visionary when it comes to creating and nurturing online and in-person communities. As we explore Maruxa's "transformed community paradigm," she unpacks the intricate layers of building a community that resonates on a deep and meaningful level. She delves into the power of voice, brand experience, and intentional design, and how these elements can create a welcoming atmosphere where people feel understood and appreciated. Listen in as Maruxa and host Nicole Jansen discuss the balance between fostering meaningful human connections and driving profitability, the pitfalls of the "microwave approach" to results, and the evolution of ethical standards in business leadership. This episode is packed with invaluable insights for anyone looking to create genuine and lasting impact through community building. Podcast Highlights 2:04 – Introducing the transformed community paradigm 4:20 - The uniqueness of communities based on values  7:55 - Cultivating experiential value through culture and rituals  12:30 - Profit paths and revenue strategies in community building  16:02 - The importance of authentic relationships in business and life  18:45 - Effective nurturing of potential clients into paying members  22:10 - Shifting from quick results to maintaining community integrity  26:30 - Agility and evolution in meeting community needs  31:45 - Maruxa's resources for learning about community strategies  35:12 - Ethical expectations and cultural shifts in leadership  Embrace the knowledge shared by Maruxa Murphy to revolutionize not just your community but also the way you approach leadership and transformation in every aspect of your life. Favorite Quotes Community and Authenticity: “Community isn't just a business strategy; it's a human-first approach that transcends the transactional nature of what we often encounter online.” Ethical Business Practices: “As leaders, we must rise to the occasion and foster a culture of ethics and understanding, creating a shift that resonates with today's conscious consumers.” Staying Agile: “The only constant is change, and as our communities evolve, so must we. It's about staying present, attentive, and ready to pivot in order to serve better and enrich our community's experience.” Dive deep into the world of transformational community building with Maruxa Murphy, as she shares her expert insights and strategies for creating communities that truly resonate and thrive. Episode Show Notes:  Check out our complete library of episodes and other leadership resources here: ________ 📣 SUBSCRIBE to the Leaders of Transformation Podcast  👇 CONNECT with Nicole Jansen on Social Media  ▶︎ YOUTUBE ▶︎ INSTAGRAM ▶︎ FACEBOOK  ▶︎ LINKEDIN ▶︎ TWITTER  
3/19/202434 minutes, 51 seconds
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484: Navigating the AI Revolution in Ad Tech with Stacy Willis

Could the key to thriving in an AI-driven industry lie in human resilience and rituals? In this insightful episode, we invite Stacy Willis, the versatile COO of Playwire, to dive into the dynamic relationship between technology and leadership in the ad monetization world. Stacy manages to juggle her roles as a military wife, mom, and high-powered businesswoman, attributing her success to a mix of authenticity, adaptability, and daily rituals that keep her grounded and focused. Together with our host Nicole Jansen, we explore the critical importance of strategic human input in an AI-dominated landscape and the power of maintaining human-centric customer relationships. Stacy also sheds light on the challenge of balancing ad monetization ambitions with audience preferences and the influential role of SEO in this complex equation. Join us to understand the importance of owning your audience, the strategic shift from social media dependence to website authority, and how creators can leverage ad monetization to turn passion into profit. What We Discuss in this Episode How do daily rituals and personal resilience play into professional success? The relationship between AI and human strategic input within the advertising technology industry. Stacy's journey as a military wife and COO managing a company from the wilds of Alaska. The balance of career ambitions with family life through intentional planning and presence. The rise of authentic leadership and why transparency is the new currency in business. Engage with Stacy's down-to-earth insights as she emphasizes the rise of authentic leadership, the significance of personal rituals, and the strategic nuances of ad monetization in the rapidly evolving world of advertising technology. Favorite Quotes Personal Routines for Success: "Staying on top of things is all about maintaining those daily rituals, whether that's exercise or the clarity you get from a cold plunge, it's about being 100% present and healthy in every role you play." Ad Monetization Wisdom: "Our goal is to take on the heavy lifting of ad monetization so that creators can really focus on what they care about most – crafting compelling content and engaging with their audience." Leadership Philosophy: "The evolution of leadership is really about embracing authenticity. Being transparent with your team, showing your human side, that's what builds real trust and resilience in a company." Episode Show Notes:  Check out our complete library of episodes and other leadership resources here: ________ 📣 SUBSCRIBE to the Leaders of Transformation Podcast  👇 CONNECT with Nicole Jansen on Social Media  ▶︎ YOUTUBE ▶︎ INSTAGRAM ▶︎ FACEBOOK  ▶︎ LINKEDIN ▶︎ TWITTER    
3/12/202428 minutes, 13 seconds
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483: Faith, Law and Leadership: Redefining Success with Brooke Boltz

How do you transform a high-stress law firm into a culture of balance and shared values? In this refreshing episode, we engage with Brooke Boltz, an accomplished attorney who specializes in injury and insurance law. Brooke candidly shares her journey from working at a firm with a high-demand culture to founding her own firm where she prioritizes work-life balance, employee well-being, and the integration of faith into her business practices. Join us as our host Nicole Jansen and Brooke Boltz discuss how to create a business environment that values not just productivity, but also the personal happiness and fulfillment of its employees. They talk about the impact of firm culture on profitability, stress management, and employee retention, and how faith can play a role in guiding a company's ethos. Discover the actionable steps Brooke took to pivot her business approach, her strategies for time management, and her initiatives to foster community among Christian entrepreneurs through her Facebook groups and top-performing podcast, the Ms. Biz Podcast. What We Discuss in this Episode Brooke's unexpected career path to injury and insurance law. The significance of work-life balance and faith in personal and professional life. Strategies for achieving a humane and employee-centric workplace. The advantages of Christian-based businesses and faith-driven decision-making. Building unity and community among Christians in the business world. Tips on maintaining employee satisfaction and retention through workplace culture. Insights into managing a successful multi seven-figure business and personal commitments. The effects of legislative changes on law firm profitability and adaptation strategies. How blending personal values with business can offer unique challenges and rewards. Managing increased responsibilities, delegation, and effective prioritization. Podcast Highlights 0:00 - Unexpected Career Paths: From Criminal Law to Injury and Insurance 5:15 - Work-Life Balance: Making Time for What Matters 7:30 - Faith in Business: The Foundation of Success 9:55 - Employee Motivation: Recognition and Rewards 12:40 - "Jesus Tribe": Fostering Community Among Christians 17:00 - Legal Landscape: Adaptation in the Face of Change 19:25 - Delegation Mastery: Brooke's Approach to Workload Management 22:30 - Corporate Culture and Faith: Integrating Personal Values 24:50 - A Discussion on Firm Culture Transformation 29:15 - Ms. Biz Podcast and Contributions to Nonprofits Dive deep into the conversation as Brooke Boltz shares her experiences and strategies on fostering a transformative and fulfilling business culture. Episode Show Notes:  Check out our complete library of episodes and other leadership resources here: ________ 📣SUBSCRIBE to the Leaders of Transformation Podcast  👇 CONNECT with Nicole Jansen on Social Media    ▶︎ YOUTUBE ▶︎ INSTAGRAM ▶︎ FACEBOOK  ▶︎ LINKEDIN ▶︎ TWITTER
3/5/202433 minutes, 52 seconds
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482: The Leadership Paradox: Transforming Chaos Into Purpose with Gary Harpst

What does it take to navigate chaos and align your team's purpose with transformative growth? In this inspiring episode, we engage in a thought-provoking conversation with Gary Harpst, a seasoned entrepreneur and author who has made his mark by founding three successful businesses. With his latest venture, he takes a deep dive into the relationship between chaos, leadership, and purpose, sharing invaluable insights gleaned from his extensive experience and his faith.  Gary's discussion with host Nicole Jansen sheds light on the tangible ways leaders can foster engagement and the pivotal role of finding and aligning purpose at all levels within an organization. From discussing his book "Built to Beat Chaos" to exploring biblical principles in business leadership, Gary offers a wealth of knowledge for anyone looking to become a transformative leader. Join us as we delve into the essential strategies for developing a successful leadership style that not only navigates the inherent chaos of business but also fosters a sense of true purpose among all team members. What We Discuss in this Episode The critical role of meaningful one-on-one employee engagement. How mentoring at every organizational level is crucial for leadership development. The significance of seeking truth and honoring diverse beliefs in society. Gary Harpst's approach to chaos as a resource for achieving purpose. The importance of aligning individual purpose with organizational mission. Strategies for maintaining connection to purpose amid organizational growth. The three levels of care in business strategy: from basic needs to faith-based completeness. The balance between professional expertise and biblical faith in leadership. Gary's perspective on leadership as a call to service and alignment with larger purposes. Nicole's invitation for listeners to share their stories of transformation.  Episode Show Notes: 
2/27/202439 minutes, 19 seconds
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481: Purposeful PR: Raising Awareness for Socially Responsible Companies with Jackie Russell

Are you looking to amplify the impact of your social enterprise? In this inspiring episode, our host Nicole Jansen engages with Jackie Russell, a PR maven and founder of Teak Media + Communication, whose career journey has been dedicated to amplifying the voices of nonprofits and socially responsible companies. Jackie delves into the stories behind her path-changing conversations, like those with mentor Jerry Greenfield of Ben and Jerry's, and how these interactions shaped her mission. Listen in as Jackie shares her expertise on the significant impact of public relations in the B Corp movement and her firm's dedication to promoting critical social issues ranging from poverty to climate change. Discover the strategies Jackie employs to manage frustration and resistance in her field, the power of storytelling for nonprofits, and the importance of communal effort in driving transformational change. Join us for a captivating conversation that unravels the essential role of PR in standing out within the crowded advocacy space and the value of taking risks backed by a calculated trust in one’s instincts. What We Discuss in this Episode Jackie's pivotal experience with Ben & Jerry’s co-founder, Jerry Greenfield. The significance of the B Corp movement and its impact on business and society. Key strategies for managing resistance and staying focused amidst negative news cycles. The underestimated importance of PR for nonprofits and the competition for public attention. Strategic versus organic growth: Debunking misconceptions about spreading awareness. The value of storytelling in promoting social and environmental causes. The challenges and rewards of convincing socially responsible organizations to invest in PR. Jackie's commitment to working with change makers and contributing to their legacies. The critical difference in promoting issues versus products and the adaptation it requires. Trusting one's gut and the importance of timing in seizing new opportunities. Episode Show Notes: 
2/20/202431 minutes, 21 seconds
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480: Dress For Success: Unleashing Your Personal Style with Ellie Steinbrink

How does the way we dress shape the leader within us? In this insightful episode, we engage with Ellie Steinbrink, a stylist and personal brand coach who has mastered the art of authentic self-expression through clothing. With host Nicole Jansen, we dive into a profound conversation about the psychological impact of our attire and how being true to one's style can lead to transformational leadership. Ellie brings a refreshing perspective on how clothing affects our feelings and energy, while Nicole opens up about her journey of navigating corporate dress codes and finding her own unique style. With valuable exercises and an analysis of color psychology, this episode is more than a fashion discussion—it's a guide to harnessing your wardrobe as a tool for personal and professional empowerment. Listen in as we unravel the intricate connection between our clothes and our roles as leaders and learn how to make intentional choices that resonate with who we are and how we wish to be perceived in the world. What We Discuss in this Episode Nicole shares her experiences of corporate rebellion through clothing and self-expression. Ellie explains how clothes can affect feelings, energy, and even brain chemistry. The struggle with societal norms and expectations around professional dress. An executive's journey from black suits to embracing color and visibility. The psychological impact and strategy of color choices in clothing. The benefits of having a varied wardrobe to suit different moods and situations. The "red sneaker effect" and its implications on confidence and perceived status. Ellie's guide on identifying personal self-expression, color analysis, and body type. Understanding the symbolism and emotional associations with colors. How personal beliefs about clothing can influence decisions and potentially lead to self-sabotage. Episode Show Notes: 
2/13/202439 minutes, 46 seconds
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479: The Playful Path: Igniting Learning and Creativity in Schools and Workplaces with Elizabeth Cushing

Could unlocking our full potential be as simple as integrating play into our daily routines? Join us in this enlightening episode as we delve into the transformative power of play with guest Elizabeth Cushing, CEO of Playworks. Elizabeth shares invaluable insights on why creating safe and engaging environments for play is crucial for the development of children and how these principles can be applied to enhance creativity and productivity in the corporate world. From discussing traditional education challenges to exploring innovative strategies for bringing play into schools and workplaces, this episode is packed with actionable knowledge. Discover how play can foster human connections, encourage adaptive behaviors, and improve learning outcomes for children and adults alike. What We Discuss in this Episode The critical role of play in creating secure learning environments for kids. Overcoming the challenges of traditional education systems. Integrating play to cultivate human connection and workplace synergy. Leveraging resources from Playworks to bring play into various settings. The unexpected benefits of play for creativity, engagement, and learning. How a simple coin toss can resolve business decisions effectively. Elizabeth's journey with Playworks and their strategic shift in reaching children. The profound impact of adult participation in play on child development. Adopting playful approaches to daily activities like waiting in line. The interplay of play, innovation, and organizational evolution. Episode Show Notes: 
2/6/202434 minutes, 28 seconds
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478: Future Proof Your Business: How to Leverage AI for Good with Byron Torres

Could AI be the key to unlocking your business's full potential? In this enlightening episode, our host Nicole Jansen reconnects with Byron Torres, six years after his initial appearance on this show in Ep. 116, to explore the growing impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the business world. With Byron's extensive experience incorporating AI into his ventures, we delve deep into the capabilities of AI, examining how it can be harnessed to not only streamline operations but also to benefit society at large. Together, we debate the pros and cons of AI, tackle the fears of it replacing human jobs, and discuss the crucial aspect of data privacy in an AI-driven ecosystem. Byron walks us through the pragmatic use of language models like ChatGPT, sharing how it aids in simplifying complex data and personalizing communication across different platforms and for varied audiences. This dialogue between Nicole and Byron invites you to consider the role of AI in your own business practices. They shine a light on how embracing technology can lead to enhanced efficiency, improved communication, and more intelligent data usage, all while ensuring that these tools are used responsibly and ethically. What We Discuss in this Episode The evolution of AI and its current role in everyday business operations. Understanding AI through a language model and knowledge database analogy. Pros and cons of AI integration in business and addressing the concerns of a machine-driven workplace. The influence of technology in simplifying operations, such as the mortgage industry's communication processes. How AI enhances personal and professional productivity by automating mundane tasks. Encouraging critical thinking and ethical considerations when engaging with AI technologies. The balance between enjoying the conveniences of data collection and safeguarding personal privacy. The role of personal and corporate responsibility in an environment of data-driven strategies. Potential uses of AI in improving Nicole's podcast content accessibility and efficiency for listeners. The importance of adapting to AI advancements in the workforce and applying them thoughtfully to stand out. Episode Show Notes: 
1/30/202440 minutes, 37 seconds
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477: Amplifying Healing: Music's Role in Treating Addiction with Andrew Sossin

How can we use music as a catalyst for healing and lasting transformation? In this enlightening episode, Nicole Jansen sits down with Andrew Sossin, the innovative founder of Recovery Unplugged, to discuss how the infusion of music into traditional therapy methods is revolutionizing the treatment of addiction and mental health issues. Drawing from his own experiences and the success stories of Recovery Unplugged's comprehensive approach, Andrew shares insights into the transformative power of music and sound. With their evidence-based, yet creatively infused treatment plans, they've seen a success rate of over 50%. Listen in as we uncover the symphony of healing that Recovery Unplugged orchestrates for its clients and beyond. What We Cover in This Episode Introduction to Recovery Unplugged Andrew Sossin's inspiration for starting Recovery Unplugged Unique integration of music with evidence-based addiction treatment Success rates and therapeutic outcomes of Recovery Unplugged's approach The Role of Music in Treatment Music as a tool to break down defenses and enhance therapy engagement Using sound frequency and vibration in detox settings The creation of therapeutic playlists and their post-treatment benefits Open mic groups for therapeutic songwriting and expression Evidence-based Approach and Expansion Recovery Unplugged's commitment to evidence-based therapy Details on securing in-network contracts with insurance providers The organization's methodical expansion plans and quality control Introduction of an online intensive outpatient program and future inpatient facility Music's Broader Impact on Well-being The impact of music on various conditions such as Alzheimer's, dementia, autism, and mental health Music as a transformative tool in leadership consulting and training Recovery Unplugged's use of music for staff well-being and operational flow Alumni Support and Community Engagement The importance of alumni support in ongoing recovery Community-building activities centered around music Monthly playlists and social activities for alumni Accessibility and Outreach The shift to in-network insurance coverage to increase treatment access The growth and outreach of Recovery Unplugged's virtual program Andrew Sossin's goal to impact and provide access to more people in need Conclusion and Call to Action Nicole Jansen reflecting on the potential demand and impact of Recovery Unplugged Encouragement for listeners to share the information and support those in need Contact information for further support Episode Show Notes: 
1/23/202432 minutes, 3 seconds
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476: Money Matters: Making Better Financial Decisions Based on Your Core Values with Danielle Hayden

How do your core values inform your financial decisions as a small business owner?  Step into an engaging discussion with Danielle Hayden, an ex-corporate CFO turned CEO, dedicated to empowering female entrepreneurs through financial literacy and management. With a decade-long stint in corporate finance, Danielle now leads Kickstart Accounting, Inc., offering expertise in bookkeeping, financial analysis, and education. Her acclaimed Profit Planner book series reflects her mission to instill financial confidence in female business owners. In this conversation, we explore transformative strategies to revamp your money mindset, re-establish your core values, and recession-proof your business. From transitioning to a visionary founder mindset to simplifying financial fluency, Danielle unpacks crucial steps to own your entrepreneurial success. Discover the power of financial dashboards and the impact of cultivating atomic habits for lasting business growth. This episode isn't just for seasoned CEOs—it's a goldmine for anyone seeking to decode financial complexities, transform their business, and embrace a visionary entrepreneurial journey. What We Discuss in this Episode How do our core values impact our business finances? The four money mindsets that determine our spending and saving habits. Business owner strategies for rebalancing expenditures based on our current season. Balancing growth and sustainability for 'free spender' business owners. Influence of upbringing on money attitudes in business decisions. Aligning spending with business goals using 'clarity breaks'. Common bookkeeping mistakes affecting business financial health. The importance of understanding factors beyond profitability. Realistic goal setting for 15% business profitability. Smart investments to foster business growth.  Episode Show Notes: 
1/16/202434 minutes, 20 seconds
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475: Transforming Culture: Addressing the Real Issues that Create Change with Dan Tocchini

How do you navigate tension within your company and use it to create positive shifts?   Join us for an insightful conversation with Dan Tocchini, a leader with over 35 years of experience transforming teams across various industries. From working with big names like Interstate Batteries and ESPN to non-profits like Homeboy Industries, Dan's approach isn't about magic fixes. He believes in practical leadership, resolving conflicts creatively, and focusing on what truly matters. In this episode, Nicole sits down with Dan to explore what it means to be an effective leader and how to have the real conversations that create resolution and transformation. Discover how Dan's own experiences have shaped his views on human behavior and leadership, including facing seemingly insurmountable challenges, and confronting the barriers hindering organizational change. Get ready for a deep dive into the world of transformation. Learn about identifying common traits in us all, understanding why conflict can actually benefit organizations, and discovering the keys to lasting cultural change within companies. This conversation isn't just for executives. It's for anyone eager to understand what genuine leadership looks like and how to tackle hurdles in today's ever-evolving business world. In this episode with Dan Tocchini is a valuable resource for anyone seeking practical wisdom on personal leadership and organizational impact. What We Discuss in this Episode What do you mean, we are ALL criminally minded? Why is conflict the yellow brick road to success? What is a primary failure that shaped you? What is the #1 reason corporate cultures don’t change? How does this principle apply to social cultures? What does it mean to be a courageous leader? What would you tell a leader who is working on the wrong issues – and doesn’t know it? How do we deal with conflict in a healthy, transformative way? If you could wave a magic wand and change the marketplace overall, what would you focus on? Complete Show Notes: 
1/2/202439 minutes, 29 seconds
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474: Scaling Business Growth: How to Boost Productivity by Prioritizing Mental Health with Chase Damiano

How can prioritizing your mental health be a catalyst for scaling your business growth? According to recent studies, 72% of entrepreneurs grapple with mental health issues. In this episode, Chase Damiano, founder of Human at Scale shares profound insights into the challenges entrepreneurs often face with mental health. He walks us through the realities that many founders and leaders in the entrepreneurial world encounter, shedding light on why mental health is such an important topic, and helps us understand the signs that indicate potential struggles ahead. But it's not just about identifying the problem; Chase brings actionable solutions to the table. From addressing imposter syndrome to embracing the changing dynamics brought by technology, specifically AI, Chase's expertise opens doors to new perspectives.  His personal stories add a relatable touch, making the journey from working solo to leading a successful team a more tangible and achievable path. This conversation isn't just for entrepreneurs; it's for anyone navigating the challenges of personal growth and leadership.  Chase's guidance offers valuable lessons on resilience, self-awareness, and creating a sustainably productive environment, making this episode a must-listen for anyone striving for success while preserving mental wellness. What We Discuss in this Episode Why is there a rising mental health crisis among talented entrepreneurs? Where are we falling short in addressing this issue? What signs predict an impending mental health crisis among entrepreneurs? How does imposter syndrome intertwine with these challenges? Do you believe AI will ease or amplify these mental health issues? Could you share your personal experience dealing with this? What's required in the shift from individual contributor to team leader? How does prioritizing mental health contribute to scaling business growth? Episode Show Notes: 
12/19/202327 minutes, 55 seconds
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473: Future Proofing: How to Prepare Your Company for the Next Global Crisis, with James Burstall

How can you prepare yourself and your team for the next global crisis? In this transformative episode, we delve into the wisdom of James Burstall, the visionary CEO of Argonon Group, an award-winning independent TV production company headquartered in London, New York, and Los Angeles.  From producing hits like House Hunters International, Mysteries of the Abandoned, Lost Treasures of Egypt, Attenborough and the Mammoth Graveyard, to The Masked Singer, Burstall's leadership journey unfolds.  Amid crises, James shares invaluable insights from his book The Flexible Method, guiding us through the art of crisis navigation while prioritizing people, safety, and well-being.  Through transparent communication and an emergency team, Argonon Group weathered the storm of the pandemic, taking a modest hit compared to the industry. Burstall's mastery in leadership resilience offers a captivating narrative, intertwining resilience, innovation, and success. Don't miss this episode as Burstall's journey reveals triumph in adversity, offering a masterclass in resilience and leading with both flexibility and heart. Tune in for a captivating exploration into triumph amidst challenges! What We Discuss in This Episode People before profit: How one of the biggest TV producers led through COVID How big business must act like a start-up to survive Embracing change after the crisis: 5 steps to setting your future course Collaboration wins over ‘just dig in’ during a crisis Care for your team’s mental health: it is your company’s business No one wants to think about impending disaster but it’s best to be prepared.  Have a plan. Supercharge your creativity in a crisis: Learn how to thrive in the next crisis Ten things to do now to get ready for the next economic downturn Business lessons from TV shows From terrorism to natural disasters: Why you should have a safety net in place Lessons from COVID: How to protect your business from the next global crisis Episode Show Notes: 
12/12/202340 minutes, 16 seconds
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472: Scaling Growth: How to 10x Your Business using Servant Leadership with Kurt Uhlir

What if your greatest growth strategies are hidden within your team already? In this power-packed episode, we sit down with Kurt Uhlir, a highly respected figure in the business world renowned for elevating companies from their startup phase to generating over $500 million in annual revenue. What sets Kurt apart is his steadfast dedication to servant leadership, a guiding philosophy that forms the bedrock of his revolutionary growth strategies.  As Kurt takes us through his remarkable journey, recounting his experiences in building global teams and contributing to an $880 million IPO, he provides unprecedented insights into the process of scaling businesses while placing people at the forefront. Explore the core principles of servant leadership with Kurt and gain exclusive insights into the common misconceptions that leaders often harbor about their businesses. Delve into the complexities of hiring the right talent, navigating personnel changes, and understand the pivotal role that marketing plays in achieving extraordinary growth.  Join us for this enlightening conversation with Kurt Uhlir as he shares his distinctive perspectives, dispels myths, and unveils the intricate art of scaling businesses by a factor of ten or more, all while embracing the ethos of servant leadership.. What We Discuss in this Episode Share a snapshot of your journey. What pivotal moments led you to where you are today? Define servant leadership—how does it guide your approach to business scaling? What fuels your passion for servant leadership and business growth? Where do leaders commonly go wrong in their business thinking, and what shifts are needed? Reflect on a time you were wrong in business. How did it shape your approach? Hiring insights: How do you build the right team and handle letting go of the wrong members? Diving into big goals—what's the mindset shift from doubling to 10x growth? Unpack the role of marketing in your business scaling. Where do many go wrong? From Made in America to working with the President—how did you overcome initial misconceptions? Favorite Quotes Growth Marketing Strategies: “I also believe that part of my job is to systematize and create SOPs, standard operating procedures for everything that I'm doing, so that if I didn't show up for work for six months, somebody could pick things up and run."  Self-Awareness: “Unless you’re open to the people who are out there serving customers day in and day out, you’re never going to realize all the false assumptions that you have in your head that are holding back you and your company.”           Leadership and Honesty: “One of my jobs as a leader is to point out where I'm wrong." Episode Show Notes:  
12/5/202332 minutes, 17 seconds
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471: The Power of Community: Finding Joy and Connection in Every Stage of Life with Florence Ann Romano

Who are the most important people in your life and how do you grow your community? Our guest this week is Florence Ann Romano, an accomplished author, childcare advocate, and champion of family support. In this episode, we explore the profound influence of Florence Ann's grandparents, who instilled a deep understanding of the importance of fostering connections. They imparted the invaluable lesson that building strong connections and inviting others into our hearts is a source of strength rather than weakness. With over 15 years of experience as a nanny, Florence Ann has not only authored books and advocated for childcare but has also been actively involved in organizations supporting pediatric research and childhood education. As a founding member of Sesame Street's Leadership Council, Florence Ann is affectionately known as "Auntie Lo" to the honorary kids in her life.  She is also the author of the new book, Build Your Village, which she wrote after the COVID pandemic, when it became evident that nearly everyone globally was having trouble rebuilding quality connections.  Everyone needs a community of supportive people around them. Join us in this episode to discover the six archetypes of a healthy community, how to find the right people for your village, and what to do when your village is lost. What We Discuss in this Episode Defining the concept of a "Village" and understanding how to create one. Identifying the life stages where having a Village is most crucial. Strategies for recognizing potential villagers. The significance of the six archetypes and whether all six are necessary. Ensuring that you have the right people in the right seats within your Village. Practical tips for effectively requesting the support and help you need. How to become a better villager to those in your community. Common obstacles that hinder people from building their own Village. Navigating the challenges when your Village is disrupted or lost. Hearing about personal experiences in identifying needs and constructing one's own Village. Complete Show Notes:   
11/21/202336 minutes, 25 seconds
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470 Hard Conversations For Leaders Part 2: Hugging The Cactus, with Adrian Koehler

Can Difficult Conversations Be a Catalyst for Positive Transformation? Our guest today is Adrian Koehler, a leadership engagement expert and senior partner at Take New Ground, an executive coaching firm based in Los Angeles. His extraordinary journey spans philanthropy, ministry, activism, and medicine, making him an expert in navigating challenging environments and facilitating difficult conversations. Adrian has left an indelible mark on diverse organizations, including the US Navy SEALs, NIKE, and Oprah Winfrey Network, and co-hosts the Naked Leadership Podcast with TNG Senior Partner Dan Tocchini and Raising The Bar with Drybar Founder Alli Webb. In Part 1 of this series, we explored Adrian’s personal leadership journey as well as his diverse coaching experience.  Today, in Part 2, we explore the process of becoming responsible, moving beyond the story of our past and gaining confidence in who we are committed to being – as a leader and as a human being. If you are a leader who aspires to create positive and lasting transformation in your life and business, this episode is for you! What We Discuss in this Episode What shaped the speaker's personal journey and the challenges faced. The role of empathy and understanding in navigating life's complexities. How societal issues intersect with personal experiences. Valuable lessons drawn from the listener's diverse experiences. The art of responsibly steering one's life path. Breaking free from a victim mindset to embrace empowerment. Creating distinction and clarity in one's life journey. The transformative power of sharing struggles and the path to healing. The process of self-examination, seeking forgiveness, and accepting one's contribution. Cultivating self-belief and fostering trust in oneself. Complete Show Notes:  
11/7/202349 minutes, 40 seconds
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469: From White House Protocol to Entrepreneurship: Lessons in Civility and Collaboration w/Shelby Scarbrough

What does it take to exercise civility in business interactions while still being heard? In this engaging episode, join us as we unlock the secrets to success with Shelby Scarbrough, an accomplished author, entrepreneur, and civility expert. We explore the power of courtesy, humility, and open-mindedness in our daily lives and their role in achieving success. Drawing from her extensive experience, including her time in the White House, Shelby shares strategies for building trust and effective leadership. We also delve into her entrepreneurial journey, from Burger King franchises to angel investments and an innovative MBA program for entrepreneurs. Discover the transformative wisdom in her book, "Civility Rules," which modernizes civility principles first articulated by George Washington. Throughout our discussion, we emphasize the importance of fostering understanding and constructive dialogue. Don't miss this episode of "Leaders of Transformation" and unlock success with Shelby Scarbrough's invaluable insights. What We Discuss in this Episode What are civility protocols, and where are they applied? What qualities promote civility in interactions? How do you distinguish agreement from acknowledgment? How did you handle disagreement in the White House? What's the story behind Ronald Reagan and Mikail Gorbachev's interaction? What's the significance of "If You're in the Picture, You're in the Wrong Place"? What are your thoughts on current political battles and civility's role? How do you balance civility and tough decisions in leadership? What drove you to create an MBA program, and who benefits from it? Can you share insights from the book about your grandfather? Tell us about your latest book, "The Joy Journey," and its themes Episode Show Notes: 
10/24/202342 minutes, 18 seconds
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468: Selling with Integrity: Revenue Building Strategies for Coaches with Justin Janowski

Are you a coach looking to improve your sales skills and attract more clients? In this episode, host Nicole Jansen is joined by Justin Janowski, an expert in the field of coaching and sales. Justin has successfully helped coaches at various revenue levels, from zero to seven and eight figures launch and build their businesses. He shares invaluable insights and strategies on sales, selling with integrity, defining your ideal client, pricing your coaching program, and the role of money in making a positive impact. Driven by his faith, Justin founded Faith2Influence to help people learn what it takes to turn coaching into a profitable business venture. He has guided Christian and non-Christian coaches alike through the rewarding process of optimizing business models, pricing, and sales strategies so that they can scale their income alongside their impact. He has a passion for sharing this process with emerging entrepreneurs to help them simplify and grow their businesses the right way. Justin currently lives in Milwaukee with his beautiful wife, Kara, and their playful kiddos, Grace and Gavin. What We Discuss in this Episode How to make sales fun and meaningful How sales can feel like coaching with an invitation Creating a win-win or no deal Common misconceptions of faith-based entrepreneurs when it comes to sales Effective sales strategies for getting to the sale Creating a safe environment for prospects to take action How to handle objections with ease Differentiating between legitimate objections and indecision Why it’s essential that you stop scripting your prospect’s answers How to transform your limiting beliefs around sales How to price your coaching services with honesty and transparency Designing a coaching program that you’ll love to deliver Choosing your ideal client profile How to become memorable and highly referrable Episode Show Notes: 
10/10/202339 minutes, 17 seconds
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467: Hard Conversations For Leaders Part 1: What’s Under The Surface, with Adrian Koehler

What holds us back from being the leader and difference maker we’re capable of? Our guest this week is Adrian Koehler. He is a leadership engagement expert and senior partner at the executive coaching firm, Take New Ground, through which he coaches executives and entrepreneurs in the art and science of leadership and how to create new, unprecedented results and experience greater fulfillment in their work. He is also the co-host of two engaging podcasts: Raising The Bar with Drybar Founder Alli Webb and The Naked Leadership Podcast with TNG Sr Partner Dan Tocchini. Today, in part 1 of this series, we explore Adrian’s personal leadership journey as well as his diverse coaching experience spanning philanthropy, ministry, activism, and medicine, which set the stage for Adrian to thrive in extreme environments and find comfort in difficult conversations. He has trained and developed leaders at NIKE, Virgin Hyperloop One, Jeni’s Ice Cream, Herschel Supply Co., Oprah Winfrey Network, Gavin DeBecker & Associates, Siegel & Gale, UCLA, and elsewhere. Prior to his work as an executive coach, Adrian was the founding executive director of The Cornerstone Project, a grant-giving foundation that supports positive life transformation and spiritual reconciliation for the incarcerated and those with criminal histories. Before moving to Los Angeles in 2005, Adrian worked as a pediatric intensive care specialist at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He has also served as a pastor and community organizer at Mosaic LA and founded serveLA, Mosaic’s community dedicated to holistic development for the marginalized and vulnerable in Los Angeles. He received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing while playing football at Millikin University. Adrian currently resides in the heart of Hollywood with his wife and four children. What We Discuss in This Episode Discovering the leader and difference maker within Sports, pediatrics, activism and spiritual transformation Creating space for people to talk about difficult things Recognizing the defining moments in our lives Helping strangers become friends, and creating calm in the storm Coaching murderers in prison through the Ready For Life program Having difficult conversations within business founders How to open the door to wonderfully dangerous conversations Quality questions for deep transformational coaching Taking ownership for the current reality you’re experiencing as a leader Episode Show Notes: 
9/26/202328 minutes, 6 seconds
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466: The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace with Dr. Paul White

How do you demonstrate appreciation in the workplace based on individual preferences? Our guest today is Dr. Paul White. He is a psychologist, author, and speaker who “makes work relationships work.” Dr. White is the coauthor of the best-selling book, The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, which has sold over 550,000 copies (written with Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the #1 NY Times bestseller, The 5 Love Languages) and has been translated into 25 languages. Additionally, their online assessment, the Motivating By Appreciation Inventory, has been taken by over 350,000 employees worldwide and is available in multiple languages. Dr. Paul White has written articles for and been interviewed by the BBC news, Business Week, CNN/,, Fast Company, Fortune,, the New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, Washington Post, and Yahoo! Finance. As a speaker and trainer, he has taught around the world, and his expertise has been requested by PepsiCo, Microsoft, NASA, L’Oréal, Ritz Carlton, Starbucks, Boeing, HP, ExxonMobil, DIRECTV, and numerous other multinational organizations. In this episode, we explore the 5 languages of appreciation, and their direct connection to increased employee engagement, lower staff turnover, more positive work environments, and higher profitability. Discover your language of appreciation, potential blind spots to consider, and how to appreciate your team members in a way that has the greatest positive impact. Enjoy! What We Discuss in this Episode How to demonstrate appreciation in the workplace The difference between appreciation and recognition Common myths about how people want to be appreciated The 5 languages of appreciation with real life examples How to discover your preferred language of appreciation How different generations value and perceive quality time The percentage of people that prefer each of the languages of appreciation Identifying your blind spots in terms of giving and receiving appreciation Why multi-tasking wastes time Key opportunities that leaders often miss and cost them productivity and effectiveness Properly timing your expression of appreciation How to get our own appreciation needs met in the workplace 3 factors that create a toxic workplace How to transform toxic workplaces Self-care tips to protect yourself from toxicity in the workplace Balancing performance requirements with showing appreciation Small steps you can take to get started Why Dr. Paul White became passionate about this topic The value of languages of appreciation in family businesses Episode Show Notes:   
9/5/202338 minutes, 12 seconds
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465: Do Good and Do Well with RAL, w/Isabelle Guarino

Do you have aging loved ones who need special care? Have you ever wondered how you could serve the growing population of seniors in your region? Isabelle Guarino is a graduate from Arizona State University, a former flight attendant, Walt Disney World intern and now Residential Assisted Living Academy’s leading lady. She has been working as the COO of the company for the last 8 years and has been featured in many magazines and articles on the topic of Senior Housing. Most recently, she was given the title as one of the "Top Influencers in Senior Housing". She also won Aging Media's "the Future Leaders of Assisted Living" award in 2020 being one of only two people under 30 to make the list. Isabelle’s goal is to carry on her father’s legacy by training investors and entrepreneurs how to “Do Good and Do Well”. She trains and teaches entrepreneurs and investors through the Residential Assisted Living Academy, and is responsible for the creation and success of RAL National Convention, RAL National Association, Recovery Housing Academy, Pitch Masters Academy, and most of the Impact Housing Group’s companies. Today, we discuss the residential assisted living industry, how you can get involved and do good and do well at the same time, and key nuggets from Isabelle’s insightful new book, “Living Legacy”. Residential Assisted Living is not only a huge opportunity from a community impact standpoint, Isabelle believes it is the greatest real estate and business in the next 25 years. Listen to find out why. What We Discuss in This Episode How to do good and do well at the same time The growing opportunity in residential assisted living and senior housing The care ratio and quality differences in residential homes vs large facilities Qualities required to be successful as the owner of a residential assisted living home Investment opportunities, funding requirements, and cashflow timelines How to handle roadblocks when converting a home to a residential assisted living facility Navigating through family business dynamics Protecting relationships when firing family members Why everyone in your company needs a KPI (Key Performance Indicator) The importance of staying humble and connected to the mission The privilege of being a living legacy The advantages of being a young woman in business RAI training available to find, fund and fill your new residential assisted living home Episode Show Notes: 
8/22/202335 minutes, 30 seconds
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464: Awakening The Female Genius with Jenny Lopez Lowe

How can one woman make a difference? Our guest this week is Jenny Lopez Lowe. She is the Founder of Women Add Value Inc, an organization whose mission is to ignite the cultural awakening of the female genius. She has ministered in countries in North and South America, Asia, Middle East and in Africa on issues of Humanities, Biblical Counseling and Pedagogy (education for children). Her heart goes out to women and their unique calling in the Kingdom of God. For her work with women and Peace in Israel, she has been named a Goodwill Ambassador for Israel by the State of Israel, Ministry of Tourism. She holds an honorary doctorate in Humanities for her Humanitarian work abroad. She is the creator the Rock Solid Beauty Counseling program and the international BLESSED IS SHE WEEKLY devotional incorporating 15 nations. Her academic background has allowed her to promote discovery and imagination among young minds and the incorporation of inquiry-based strategies, making learning a natural process that is conducive to mastery. In her years of teaching in the public school system, she has been awarded Educator of the Year for Cesar Chavez Elementary School in Coachella California, Coachella Valley Unified School District Educator of the Year, and Educator of the Year for supporting Bilingual Education in Riverside County. Jenny has also built a successful business formulating and selling biblical anointing oils through her Heaven Scent Shop. She loves to paint and travel, and lives in Southern California, with her husband and her five children. What We Discuss in this Episode How one woman can make a difference Jenny’s passion for the women of Israel Building bridges across cultural differences Recognizing God’s voice and calling Why you don’t have to be good at everything Partnering with Jesus in faith Igniting a cultural awakening of the female genius Removing the labels and factors of oppression in women I AM Peace Conference in Israel The importance of being in a strong community of supportive women Episode Show Notes:    
8/7/202329 minutes, 55 seconds
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463: Write Your Book! Get It Done with Jeremy Brown

Do you have a story to tell? A meaningful message to share? Our guest this week is Jeremy Brown. Jeremy is an entrepreneur, adventurer, land investor, and the Founder and CEO of Throne Publishing. They have published over 400 books and their mission is to empower people to tell their stories. Actually, he likes to say that he’s a professional husband and dad and the rest is a side hustle. He is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota but can likely be found somewhere on the open road with his family. Listen as we discuss the secret to getting your book done, their unique B.U.R.N. process for refining your message, common mistakes authors make, how to decide the right publishing method for you, and effective business growth hacks for authors who want to use their book to generate more clients. Check it out! What We Discuss in this Episode Reconnecting with what really matters Faith, family, and entrepreneurship Living a life of no regrets Combating the worldview with your kids Write your book, change your life Truth and honor in choosing who to work with Self publishing vs traditional publishing – advantages and disadvantages The B.U.R.N. Process to disseminate your content down to the core message The 3 biggest mistakes that authors make Focusing on customer acquisition at launch  Get it done and start reaping the benefits Using your book to grow your business  Your next step to writing and publishing your book Show Notes: 
7/24/202348 minutes, 17 seconds
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462: Your First 100 Days as an Executive Leader with Liesbeth van der Linden

How do you approach your first 100 days as a global executive in a new company or role? Our guest this week is Liesbeth van der Linden. She is a global executive coach, author, speaker, and recognized authority in the field of leadership. She has coached leaders in over 25 countries, including leaders at multinational corporations such as The Coca-Cola Company, PwC, Danone, The Bottling Investment Group, Vanderlande, and Oliver Wyman.  Her executive coaching work and transformative workshops help global companies and leaders be effective in leading, engaging, and retaining their multicultural and distributed teams. She helps leaders maximize their teams' potential while working in fast-changing and challenging environments. Listen as we discuss her newly released book, Connect, Inspire, Grow: The Executive’s Framework for the First 100 Days (Scribe Media), which is the definitive guide for senior leaders and executives stepping into new global leadership roles. A practical tool for leading from the inside out, it prepares executives to navigate any situation they might face by teaching them how to tap into what connects all human beings regardless of individual differences. Enjoy! What We Discuss in this Episode Why 40% of global executive leaders fail in their new role What expats and their companies need to take into consideration How to support new leaders who go abroad, both personally and professionally The Connect, Inspire, Grow framework for the first 100 days in your new leadership role How to make the transition seamless between executive leaders How to determine who you need to meet within the first 100 days Practical examples of effective self-awareness as a leader Professional intimacy and how you can use it to build trust during the first 100 days Engaging reciprocal support How to create sustainable growth through a shared vision and mission Deciding between quick results and lasting results Why it can’t just be about you and your strengths and expertise Developing productive relationships among leaders Communicating expectations and deliverables with your parent company Don’t blame differences in culture; start with commonalities The power of the Connect Card Show Notes: 
7/10/202345 minutes, 42 seconds
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461: Developing Great Leaders with Mac Lake

Do you feel the weight of not having enough great leaders in your business, church or nonprofit? Mac Lake is a pioneering influence in the church planting movement. In 1997, he planted Carolina Forest Community Church (Myrtle Beach, SC). In 2004, he began serving as Leadership Development Pastor at Seacoast Church (Charleston, SC), where he served for over six years. In July 2010, Mac joined West Ridge Church to become the Visionary Architect for the LAUNCH Network. The North American Mission Board adopted the LAUNCH Church Planting system in 2015 and Mac joined the NAMB team for three years to help integrate and implement it. Mac founded the Multiply Group in 2019, an organization committed to helping leaders and churches multiply. He is the author of four books: The Multiplication Effect, Leading Others, Leading Leaders, and Leading a Department. Mac and his wife, Cindy, live in Charleston, SC, and have three grown children and five grandchildren. Listen as we discuss leadership development and how to build a leadership pipeline that solves your leadership shortage. We explore how to integrate leadership development into your everyday operations, how the role of leader changes at the various stages, key questions to ask in developing great leaders, and how to apply the Triad of Leadership Development for maximum learning and growth in the least amount of time. Whether you are a leader in business, the nonprofit sector, or in a church organization, you will find these insights very relevant and practical in developing great leaders at every level. What We Discuss in this Episode Discovering gaps in your leadership development Leadership development vs leadership placement Learning from Jesus’ model for developing great leaders Identifying leaders to invest your time and mentorship in Structuring your leadership pipeline Equipping people to develop their competency, mindset, and confidence Common mistakes in promoting leaders to the next level The key skills required in leading others and leading leaders The role of the leader in growing bigger and smaller at the same time Giving people the right expectations in their leadership development Real life church and business examples of handling the pressures of growth Implementing a healthy leadership structure that protects your health span Why we need to stop sacrificing things God never asked us to Who to include in your preliminary leadership pipeline planning sessions The benefits of having a leadership pipeline in place 4 key questions to ask leadership mentees Applying the Triad of Leadership Development Show Notes: 
7/3/202338 minutes, 39 seconds
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460: Your Leadership Framework with Patrick Flesner

What does it take to become a truly effective leader? Our guest this week is Patrick Flesner from Cologne Germany. Patrick has been working in private equity, venture capital, and mergers & acquisitions for two decades. As an investor, board member, leadership coach, and mentor, he has been passing on his leadership and growth insights to founders, entrepreneurs, managers, leaders, and leadership teams of companies of all sizes. As a leadership coach and trusted adviser, he works with leaders who want to become more effective leaders and build thriving teams. He is especially passionate about working with leaders in change situations, assisting leaders in growing their businesses fast and efficiently, and helping leaders turn around dysfunctional organizations. He is the author of the bestselling growth handbook: FastScaling: The Smart Path to Building Massively Valuable Businesses. His writing has also appeared in Inc. Magazine, I by IMD, and the MIT Sloan Management Review. Today we’re going to discuss his latest book The Leadership House: A Leadership Tale about the Challenging Path to Becoming an Effective Leader, and a practical framework for becoming an effective leader that others trust, respect, and follow. We explore important distinctions in vertical and horizontal accountability, the eight pillars of leadership, indicators of poor leadership, and how to restore trust after it’s been broken.  Whether you are a startup founder or leader in a large organization, you will find Patrick’s practical framework and insights highly valuable. What We Discuss in this Episode What is leadership? Why leadership is a privilege What are the elements that make a leadership framework The difference between responsibility and accountability Vertical accountability vs horizontal accountability The importance of shared values and shared goals Building great leaders in your organization Indicators of poor leadership Why you can’t be an effective leader without trust How to build or restore trust using the RESPECT framework Show Notes: 
6/26/202331 minutes, 46 seconds
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459: Cracking the Code to Literacy in Children with Jessica Sliwerski

What can we do to improve reading growth in children in their critical first years of school? Driven by the unshakable commitment to ensuring every student in America is given the right to read on time, Jessica Sliwerski founded Ignite! Reading, a virtual high-dosage foundational reading skills intervention literacy program. She launched Ignite! Reading during her time as CEO of Open Up Resources, a national nonprofit whose mission is to increase equity in education by making high-quality curricula openly accessible to schools and districts. Prior to that, Jessica began her career as an educator with Teach For America in New York City before becoming a founding teacher, then an Assistant Principal at Success Academy Charter Schools. Bringing instructional best practices from the charter world to district schools, she became a network Literacy Specialist at The Urban Assembly, a nonprofit organization overseeing more than 10,000 students in secondary schools. Jessica also co-founded the adaptive literacy software company LightSail Education. Today we’re going to talk about the crisis of illiteracy in America, the roots of the issue, and Jessica’s vision to reimagine how students are taught to read in school. Listen as we explore the science behind learning, why Ignite! Reading focuses specifically on educational tutoring, and how they support teachers and parents while igniting the future teacher talent pipeline. We also discuss her new book, Cancer Hates Kisses, which is a children’s book Jessica wrote while overcoming breast cancer after her daughter was born. What We Discuss in this Episode The crisis of illiteracy in America today Uncovering the root issues which began prior to the pandemic Cracking the code to literacy in children Transforming the way we teach children to read The importance of children learning to read by the end of grade one What is currently happening in the classroom Eliminating the equity gap The science around how we learn to read How to become a virtual tutor for Ignite! Reading Why Jessica wrote the book, “Cancer Hates Kisses” Show Notes: 
6/19/202348 minutes, 28 seconds
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458: A Better Bag for a Better World with Ian Bentley

How can we use fashion to build a better world? Ian Bentley is co-founder and CEO of Parker Clay, a manufacturer, multi-channel retailer, and now one of the largest employers of women in fashion in Ethiopia, one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. With a background in business development and a passion to enact change, Ian, along with his wife Brittany, founded Parker Clay while living in Ethiopia. Today, Parker Clay has grown to over 200 employees between their office, warehouse, and flagship store in Santa Barbara, California, and their factory and leadership team in Addis Ababa. Their commitment is to make a better bag for a better world, through a brand which is built to showcase the finest Ethiopian leather and craftsmanship, while providing meaningful job opportunities, vocational training, and living wages for at-risk women. As a certified B-Corp, Parker Clay is proud to uphold the highest standard of ethical and sustainable processes in both production footprint and social impact. Today we discuss the future of fashion, how Parker Clay got started and became the largest exporter of finished leather goods from Ethiopia to the world, and most importantly, how they are empowering women to create a better life for themselves and their families. What We Discuss in this Episode Having courage to step out into the unknown Building a family that inspires hope Finding ways to empower women in Ethiopia Helping women to be permanently free from prostitution and exploitation Becoming the largest exporter of leather goods from Ethiopia to the world Overcoming the challenges of doing business in a foreign country The importance of trusted relationships Sustainability and ethical business practices How to qualify as a B-Corp and the scoring metrics Intersecting profit and purpose in business Why they chose equity crowdfunding to grow their company Pursuing profitable growth Favorite stories of empowerment Connecting hours of empowerment with each product Complete Show Notes: 
6/12/202337 minutes, 59 seconds
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457: Why Faith-Driven Businesses Outperform the Market with Krystal Parker

Why do companies like Chick-Fil-A outperform their peers? Krystal Parker was an executive for a Fortune 200 publicly traded oil and gas company with 25 years of experience in organizational management. A former college dropout, Krystal advanced her education at Harvard Business School for senior executive leaders focusing on innovation, globalization, and leadership diversity. She earned an undergrad in psychology and a master's in marketing. As a certified DISC behavioral specialist, trainer, speaker, and coach, Krystal Parker opened a boutique consulting company, Intent & Impact, to help companies increase profit, reduce turnover, and enhance employee engagement. She is a bestselling author and professor and teaches graduate and undergraduate level courses. She is also the president of the U.S. and Central Florida Christian Chambers of Commerce and has a big vision to connect business leaders across the country. Today we discuss why faith-driven CEOs are statistically proven to outperform peer industries, how to apply proven Biblical principles to profit, culture, retaining top talent, and social responsibility, the intersection of humanity and AI, as well as her new book The Best Robot Wins. Business is changing and it is a good thing. Listen to find out how you can lead the way while you make a greater positive impact in the community around you. What We Discuss in this Episode Why faith-driven businesses are statistically more profitable Differentiating between a religious and Biblical worldview The power of a Kingdom culture in building trust and connection Krystal’s new book The Best Robot Wins Why more businesses are failing when we have more business tools than ever Relating the Parable of the Sower to best business practices Humanity and AI: job transitioning and retaining top talent Kingdom commerce and social responsibility Keeping your WHY at the core of business The purpose and vision of the U.S. Christian Chamber of Commerce Complete Show Notes: 
6/5/202342 minutes, 50 seconds
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456: From Rust Belt to High-Tech with Steven L. Blue

What can we learn from the transformation of the rust belt industry to high tech? Steven L. Blue is President and CEO of Miller Ingenuity, a global supplier of high-technology systems that protect assets, preserve the environment, and save lives. He has extensive experience in transforming cultures and bridging the gap between rust-belt traditions and high-tech. As an internationally recognized business transformation expert, his keynote speeches have shown many c-suite executives how to maximize their company's Innovational Potential® and double or even quadruple their company’s growth. Steven Blue is the author of five books and has addressed audiences at Harvard Business School, The United Nations, Carnegie Hall, The Safe America Foundation, Industry Week, CEO Clubs International and more. His leadership insights have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, CNBC, Forbes, Fortune, CEO World, and Bloomberg Business Week. Today we discuss how he transforms rust-belt companies into high-tech cultures while empowering employees to innovate and make decisions that positively affect culture and the bottom line. We also explore where organizations get stuck or blindsided, what is a Cirque du Soleil culture, and why you always need to be strengthening your balance sheet. Whether your company is low tech or high tech, Steven has valuable insights to share with you from his four decades in senior business leadership roles.   What We Discuss in this Episode How to transform a rust belt company into a high-tech leader Cultural differences between the rust belt and high tech Aligning traditional practices with innovative technology Shifting your customer and employee perspectives The importance of keeping your promise through transitions Painting an accurate picture for your shareholders and employees Why you want to create a Cirque Du Soleil culture Focusing on profit while preserving the environment Factors that hinder innovation when it’s obvious that things must change Getting rid of the punch clock The benefit of peer performance reviews Overcoming the biggest challenges in transforming an industry Protecting your company from being blindsided Why you always need to be strengthening your balance sheet Recognize that transformation is a long process Episode Show Notes: 
5/29/202337 minutes, 59 seconds
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455: Leveraging the Power of Franchising with Brian Cook

What are the benefits of franchising your business? Brian Cook is a serial franchise entrepreneur with 28 years of experience. His most recent company is StretchMed, a 1-On-1 stretching franchise model, which he founded in November 2019 and currently has over 20 locations in 5 states. It aims to eliminate chronic pain, increase mobility, rejuvenate, and help you move well. Listen as we discuss the types of businesses that can be franchised, when it makes sense to franchise your business model, what to watch out for when recruiting franchisees and managers, how to know when it’s the right time to expand your locations, and how to use franchising to develop the greatness in people. What We Discuss in This Episode Why choose franchising as an entrepreneur 3 things you need before you franchise your business model How to separate yourself from your brand Innovative secrets behind StretchMed’s success The importance of developing your people Building a solid infrastructure for growth The biggest challenge in franchising Key elements for a successful franchise Qualities to look for in franchise candidates The future of franchising Complete Show Notes:
5/22/202341 minutes, 4 seconds
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454: Solving Homelessness For Good with Chris Megison

What does it take to stop the churn of dependency and homelessness permanently? Chris Megison is a social entrepreneur and co-founder and CEO of Solutions for Change. Since 1993 Chris has designed and led numerous free market social purpose initiatives and innovations that have solved homelessness permanently for over 4,500 people. His trademark impact is his “get up, suit up and show up” model of leadership in which he leads from the front, a style of servant leadership that he learned as a U.S. Marine. Chris is a movement trailblazer best known for his visioning, consensus building and then crafting and leading social impact initiatives that disrupt the status quo. Listen as Chris shares their proven method for solving homelessness permanently, how he and his wife got started, how Solutions For Change programs are funded, and most importantly, the impact their initiative is having on people’s lives and legacy. What We Discuss in This Episode The inspiration behind Solutions For Change Serving for the sake of others Beyond the battlefield of compassion Ending systemic enabling, codependency and addiction Creating healthy boundaries and permanent solutions   The 3 Uniques of Solutions For Change Transforming the least of us into the best of others 7 wellness areas and the 700-Day Solutions Academy Instilling servant leadership through 13 behaviors Scaling impact while staying true to their core values and mission Shifting from state and federal funding to private funding Complete Show Notes: 
5/15/202344 minutes, 8 seconds
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453: Engaging Emotional Intelligence with Joshua Freedman

Why do most workplaces still lack emotional intelligence and how can we correct that? Joshua Freedman is one of the world's top experts on using emotional intelligence to improve performance. He’s the co-founder and CEO of Six Seconds, the global non-profit dedicated to teaching people how to use emotional intelligence. He owns the Emotional Intelligence Network LinkedIn group with over 150,000 active members and is a master certified coach. Joshua leads the world’s largest study of emotional intelligence, with breaking research dropping later this year. He is also the author of five books on emotional intelligence, including the best-selling At the Heart of Leadership: How to Get Results with Emotional Intelligence. He has helped hundreds of organizations, including FedEx, Qatar Airways, the US Navy, P&G, Microsoft, Intel, Amazon, HSBC, and the United Nations use emotional intelligence to get better results. His work leads to a people-centered culture that strengthens leadership, sales, employee wellbeing, retention and innovation. Today we discuss why emotional intelligence is now the top differentiator for workplace performance, what most business leaders get wrong about emotional intelligence and how to fix it, as well as generational EQ differences and how they impact business performance. What We Discuss in this Episode Why emotional intelligence is still lacking in the workplace Common leadership misconceptions The neuroscience of change How to take your brain off autopilot How organizations create value with emotional intelligence Building EQ capacity within your organization Redefining leadership strength Empathy declines among women in leadership Integrating full spectrum emotional intelligence Why younger people are struggling with emotional intelligence The importance of meaning and connection in the workplace Emotional intelligence that is measurable and learnable Complete Show Notes: 
5/8/202337 minutes, 7 seconds
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452: Making Sense of Your Life Story with Bryan Wish

How do you build a sustainable personal brand based on your unique life experiences? Bryan Wish is the founder of ArcBound, a full-service personal branding platform. He has built his career around mobilizing communities and bringing unique voices and perspectives to the masses. From starting a content platform with 800+ contributors, to establishing an investment fund’s global community across 30+ countries, Bryan has seen firsthand the power of content and community in fulfilling one’s mission. Bryan saw the opportunity to build a company like Arcbound while working on a book launch for ‘The Creative Curve’ by tech CEO Allen Gannett. Bryan realized Allen wasn’t just launching a book; he was building a personal brand. With that in mind, Bryan set out to build an end-to-end service to create a sustainable platform for leaders who want to unify others with their message. Four years later, Arcbound has worked with 70+ clients, from Fortune 100 CEOs to global investors and bestselling authors. Deeply heart-centered and astute, Bryan explains in this episode the foundation of personal branding, his own journey of discovery, and how to make sense of your unique story so you can use it to make a difference in other people’s lives. We also explore the future of the publishing industry and what ArcBound is doing differently to bring the best publishing solutions to their clients at a fraction of the traditional cost. If you’ve ever wondered how to bring the many life experiences you’ve had into a personal brand that you’re proud to share with others, this is for you. What We Discuss in This Episode Recognizing your defining moments in life Discovering opportunities among obstacles How to combine your passions into a functional vision Addressing emotional readiness to dig to your core message Making sense of your story arc Overcompensating through performance Facing your past and finding the gift in the pain The value of a mentor The future of the publishing industry The problem with traditional and hybrid publishing Measuring publishing and PR success Nir Eyal thought leader example Complete Show Notes:   
5/1/202333 minutes, 36 seconds
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451: Eradicating Burnout in Leaders with Teresa Vozza

How can you avoid burnout in yourself and your executive team? Our guest today is Teresa Vozza. Teresa is a passionate advocate for eradicating burnout in the executive ranks. Teresa is a leadership expert, certified executive coach, and former Human Resources Executive with over 20 years of corporate experience, most recently at Allianz Partners as CHRO. She is highly skilled in leading change, building executive teams, communication strategy, and increasing employee engagement and wellbeing through the facilitation of heart-centered leadership conversations. Teresa is unafraid to go deep, go wide, and go far to unleash individuals’ potential. She is a regular contributor on Breakfast Television and several podcasts, such as Power Presence Position, Wickedly Smart Women, and Entrepreneurs On Fire. Teresa is described as bold yet heart centered. Pragmatic yet visionary. Direct yet approachable. Challenging yet responsive. Reflective yet results oriented. She is a graduate of McMaster University, the Canada Coach Academy, and accredited with the International Coaching Federation as well as The Accredited Board of Neurolinguistic Programming (ABNLP). Listen as we explore why executive leaders experience burnout, how to recognize the signs of burnout in yourself and your team, the difference between harmonious hustle and harmful hustle, how to avoid burnout before it happens, and how to overcome it if that’s where you’re at right now. What We Discuss in this Episode  The reasons why executive leaders experience burnout Symptoms of burnout Getting to the root issue The realities of overwhelm and underwhelm in the workplace Anxiety that comes from overachieving Changing the way we think about leadership and achievement How to know if you’re experiencing burnout Recognizing physical, mental and emotional exhaustion Knowing your window of tolerance and setting healthy boundaries Why it’s not as simple as saying NO How to maintain your boundaries and still achieve the necessary results Harmonious hustle vs harmful hustle Matching your why with your work Tools for avoiding burnout or overcoming burnout Embracing self-care as a process rather than an activity How to identify signs of burnout in others Complete Show Notes: 
4/24/202339 minutes, 9 seconds
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450: Real Powerful and Uncomplicated Faith with Joshua Nelson

Why are more people putting their faith in God right now? Josh Nelson is the founder and lead pastor of The Station Church in Carlsbad, California. When he was in his 20’s he was seeking purpose like many others his age. After much prayer, Josh felt the call of God to be pastor and received the vision to plant a church that would be life-giving, relevant, and fun. Josh and his beautiful wife Tara started The Station Church in 2012 with just a handful of people who were passionate to reach people for Christ. Faithfully, they operated as a portable church, setting up and tearing down every Sunday for eight years. In December 2020, they took over the lease on an old movie theater and spent the next nine months renovating it into what it is today, complete with a brand-new stage, sound system, huge LED screens, mommy room, and a safe and fun area for parents to bring their children. Their goal? To create a friendly, warm environment where the truth of God’s Word is preached in a way that reaches the lost as well as equips and strengthens believers. Listen as we explore their transformative approach to church life, dispel some myths about Jesus, Christianity and who God really is, and why now more than ever, people are putting their faith in God. What We Discuss in this Episode Why Josh chose to start a different kind of church in Carlsbad CA Blending faith, fun and family Dispelling common myths about God Introducing Jesus as the greatest leader of all time If you’re too big to serve, you’re too small to lead The journey from a portable church to taking over a 20,000 sq ft building The big challenge that pastors are facing in today’s culture How to present the truth in love Using humor as a powerful communication tool What is Perfect Love anyway? Why the 10 Commandments are for our benefit (vs God just trying to control us) How we are created to worship God vs other things The Station vision for reaching more people in Southern California Transforming lives by loving people where they’re at A pastoral prayer for all of us Complete Show Notes:
4/17/202335 minutes, 15 seconds
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449: Selling Your Online Business with Blake Hutchison

Have you ever considered selling your online business? Blake Hutchison is the CEO of, the world's largest marketplace to buy and sell online businesses. Prior to running Flippa, Blake held leadership roles in multiple fast-growth tech businesses across E-commerce and SaaS, but his focus now is on helping small business owners exit and buyers to acquire lucrative online businesses. Today we discuss the types of online businesses that are sold on Flippa, how to value your small business, what buyers are looking for, and how to prepare for a lucrative exit, in the event that you choose to sell your business. What We Discuss in this Episode with Blake Hutchison The 4 types of online business can be bought and sold on How to value your online business Preparing your exit strategy Selling your content asset – i.e. blog, podcast, app, community Differentiating your personal brand from the value your online business creates What buyers are going to expect from you Preparing for revenue diversification Sales examples of SaaS, Ecommerce, Content Assets and App What is an acquisition entrepreneur The benefits of Flippa for buyers and sellers How Blake became the CEO after selling his online business Popular online businesses that are selling right now What buyers are looking for in a blog or app Why cryptocurrency and NFTs is not a good investment for the average investor The importance of a proven track record of consistency The ROI difference between real estate and business asset classes Episode Show Notes:   
4/3/202330 minutes, 44 seconds
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448: Building Beds For Children In Need with Luke Mickelson

Are there children sleeping on the floor in your town? According to statistics, 3% of the children's population in the U.S. have no beds. Not just in low income areas, but also among what is considered mid to high income areas. That shocked Luke Mickelson and he decided to do something about it. Luke is the founder and executive director of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a volunteer-driven nonprofit dedicated to building and delivering handmade, fully furnished bunk beds to needy children. To date, Sleep in Heavenly Peace has delivered over 140,000 beds, and has grown to include 300 chapters in 4 countries with 276,000 volunteers. You may have seen him on CNN where he was named one of the top 10 heroes of 2018, or perhaps the Returning The Favor show with Mike Rowe where his organization was gifted a new facility in response to their community efforts. Today we discuss how a simple Christmas project with his kids launched this successful nonprofit with a global presence, changed the course of his life, and set him on a mission to make sure that no child ever sleeps on the floor. What We Discuss in this Episode with Luke Mickelson How the idea was birthed for helping needy children Ensuring that no kid would sleep on the floor in his town Seeing through the eyes of a child Inspiring others to get involved Raising the next generation of servant leaders Finding your purpose and passion Filling the void within Balancing family and other responsibilities How you can support Sleep In Heavenly Peace in your area Assessing the need for beds in your community Connecting with community agencies Episode Show Notes: 
3/27/202337 minutes, 36 seconds
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447: Unlocking Life Mastery For You with Dr. John Demartini

What does it take to transform your life? Get ready to learn from a master! Dr. John Demartini is a world-leading human behavior specialist, best-selling author, educator, and founder of the Demartini Institute, dedicated to empowering people all over the world to maximize their human awareness, potential, and leadership. A visionary thinker, Dr. Demartini educates entrepreneurs, board members, CEO’s, managers and employees through sharing revolutionary tools in modern psychology. Dr. Demartini has worked directly with companies including IBM, Shell Oil, Merrill-Lynch, and Maserati/Ferrari, as well as many other organizations and individuals looking to achieve results and excellence. He has authored 43 books that have been translated into 40 different languages and presented his insights alongside the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Deepak Chopra, Steve Wozniak and more.   Harnessing almost five decades of research across multiple disciplines, Dr. John Demartini shares his life, business, financial, and leadership empowerment strategies with people all over the globe - enabling them to transform their lives according to their highest values. Today we discuss his latest book, the 7 Secret Treasures, and how living true to our values determines the quality and expansiveness of our life in all areas. Discover your personal hierarchy of values, how to stay motivated and empowered, and how to shift your perception even around the most painful experiences so you can activate your genius and live your best life every day. What We Discuss in this Episode with Dr. John Demartini Why this book and why now Mastering the 7 areas of life The power of intention Why prioritizing your values is essential in creating a fulfilling life The problem in comparing your success to others Differentiating between a fantasy and your true desires How your actions reveal your current highest values Discovering your hierarchy of values The 6 common values of super wealthy people Shifting perceptions Unlocking intrinsic values and lasting motivation Activating your genius zone The truth about affirmations and visualization The duality of life Overcoming self-defeating delusion   The 4 opiums of the masses Shifting your perception around offense and disappointment Gaining freedom from forgiveness Real-life examples of transforming perceptions Why the quality of your questions determines the quality of your life The real reason the COVID pandemic stressed people out The science of human behavior Breaking through the limiting beliefs of others Episode Show Notes:  
3/20/202351 minutes, 8 seconds
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446: Leading From The Inside Out with Sope Agbelusi

What is the secret to leading transformation? Sope Agbelusi is an executive coach, international speaker, husband, father of two, and the founder of MindsetShift, a leadership development company focused on developing authentic leaders. Corporately, he is sought after for his ability to help shift perspectives and install new mindsets that create lasting transformations. He has worked with respected global brands such as Google, Spotify, Morgan Stanley, Philips, KPMG, Yale University, HSBC, and more. As an innovative leader himself, Sope contributed to generating $800M+ with several teams in the automotive and engineering industry. His valuable insights have been featured on BBC World News, BBC Radio 5 Live, talkSPORT, BusinessCloud, and SOCIAlight among others. He is also the host of the Everyday Leadership Podcast, where he explores the leadership experiences of real people and how they lead from the inside out, not just the outside in. Today we discuss the biggest mindset shift needed right now, transforming the stories we tell ourselves, knowing your value and boundaries, why work-life balance doesn’t exist, and how to truly lead from the inside out and create lasting transformation in your organization. What We Discuss in This Episode with Sope Agbelusi  The biggest mindset shift needed right now How COVID impacted our mindset Self-awareness and leading from the inside out Moving from Nigeria to the UK as a teenager Stepping into the fullness of who you are Having the courage to make the necessary changes in your life What does it mean to be an authentic leader Knowing your values and boundaries The key to building your self-confidence Demonstrating leadership at home Dealing with conflicting values in the workplace Embracing new career possibilities Why work-life balance doesn’t exist How to create psychologically safe environments using harmony Episode Show Notes: 
3/13/202348 minutes, 32 seconds
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445: Healing Human Conflict with Hesha Abrams

How can we resolve conflict and defuse tension in a way that empowers both parties? Hesha Abrams is a professional peacemaker, an internationally acclaimed master attorney mediator, negotiator, and author, known for crafting highly creative settlements and resolutions in very difficult matters. With 30+ years in the trenches of resolving human conflict, Hesha has recently distilled her skills into an easy-to-use tool kit, her new book, Holding the Calm: The Secret to Resolving Conflict and Defusing Tension. Through stories and examples, she shares her secrets enabling anyone to learn how to approach tense situations to prevent explosions, disarm conflicts, settle disputes, and reduce drama. It is her mission to help make our world, our businesses, and our relationships less acrimonious and more harmonious. Today we discuss key concepts and techniques from her new book, Holding the Calm that you can begin applying right away. If you’ve ever found yourself in middle of a conflict or tense situation (who hasn’t?) you’re going to want to listen all the way to the end. When it comes to mediation and negotiation, Hesha is literally one of the best in the world. What We Discuss in this Episode The advanced class for resolving conflict and defusing tension How to hold the calm in any situation How to speak into the ears of the person or people listening Managing your amygdala triggers Creating a moat between your emotions and the conflict itself Why rational logic is never the answer The importance of diagnosing the underlying issue before attempting to resolve the conflict How to engage the law of reciprocity How to build rapport with someone who doesn’t like you or trust you The very best sentence stems to get anyone to listen to you How to validate someone when you really don’t like or agree with them Recognizing the needs of the other person Using your tone effectively to defuse tension and conflict Masterful negotiation and $100M deal-making techniques How to identify and align opposing self-interests Using humor to defuse high stakes tension The myth about winning and losing Understanding difficult people at the core When yelling is an appropriate response Applying servant leadership to conflict resolution Using the Holding The Calm book as a team building tool How to hold the calm for others Episode Show Notes: 
2/27/202350 minutes, 10 seconds
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444: The 4 Dimensions of Culture with Greg Cagle

How do the best leaders in the world shape culture? With over 3 decades of experience building and leading successful companies in 5 different industries, Greg Cagle is passionate about authenticity and creating a healthy and transformative workplace culture. Some say he’s an acquired taste, perhaps even call him weird, however if you’re looking to go beyond normal into the realm of greatness, he’s your guy.  Greg is a transformational executive coach, corporate culture consultant, author, speaker, and trainer. He comes along leaders and guides companies to position them for breakthrough success in building a culture that blows by the competition. His skilled entrepreneurial spirit informs his expertise in negotiation, finance, organizational restructuring, and leadership development and is only matched by his zeal for helping business leaders achieve exceptional performance. Today we discuss his new book The 4 Dimensions of Culture, and why if culture is not your primary focus as a leader, you’re missing the boat. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or global business leader, this conversation will be valuable to you. What We Discuss in this Episode Why being weird is a good thing Leading through crisis and change The most important ingredients of great leadership Why you do NOT want to be the smartest person in the room The mindset shift required to build an empowered team What creates a great corporate culture The 3 critical functions necessary for business success Why you can’t plan for crisis, but you can be prepared The 4 dimensions of culture: Complacent, Compliant, Committed and Courageous Key pitfalls for each dimension and why most leaders miss it How to reduce stress and instill creativity and confidence in your people The problem with just focusing on efficiency Who is your beneficial adversary? How to avoid burnout within your team Removing the limitations to innovation Episode Show Notes:
2/20/202352 minutes, 38 seconds
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443: Overcoming Workplace Bullying with Zenica Chatman

How do you regain your confidence after being bullied in the workplace? Zenica Chatman is a successful leader and certified personal and executive coach, helping women rediscover their inner strength and confidence in the aftermath of workplace related trauma. Her own journey into coaching and positive psychology began after being left emotionally broken by a pair of workplace bullies at the height of her marketing career. She went on a path to redefine her own self-worth and what it means to be successful at work. Now, as a coach she’s helped dozens of other women do the same.    Zenica also helps leaders develop their own unique leadership style and create work environments that are safe and equitable for everyone. She is the creator of an eight-week work detox program, Surviving Corporate and has been featured in Fast Company and on numerous podcasts including Authentic Leadership for Everyday People, and Kandid Conversations.   Today she shares her own experience with bullying, how an ally made a big difference in her career and well-being, and how you can establish a healthy relationship with work that puts you in the driver’s seat. What We Discuss in this Episode ·        Overcoming workplace bullying ·        How to identify bullying behaviors in yourself and others ·        Why high performers often get bullied by their managers ·        The effect of bullying on a woman’s psyche ·        Why leaving your feelings at the door is detrimental for everyone ·        How to be an ally in the workplace ·        Knowing your value and setting healthy boundaries ·        Standing strong and helping others ·        Regaining your self-worth and trust ·        How organizations create DEI transformation ·        The identity shift from achiever to manager ·        Discovering your strengths ·        Helpful tips if you’re being bullied right now Complete Episode Show Notes: 
2/13/202338 minutes, 43 seconds
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442: The Feedback Fix with Dr. Joe Hirsch

How can you effectively communicate feedback without fear? An award-winning educational leader and researcher, Dr. Joe Hirsch has earned praise from Fortune 500 executives to NFL coaches for his transformational approach to feedback. Described by Adam Grant as a “breath of fresh air,” Joe uses relatable research, memorable stories, and powerful models that help leaders and teams turn feedback into a cause for joy, not fear. In his new book, The Feedback Fix, Joe presents a fearless alternative to traditional feedback. He has championed that message as a TEDx and global keynote speaker with executives at PepsiCo, T-Mobile, Adobe, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Telenor, AbbVie, members of the U.S. armed forces and intelligence community, and close to 30,000 others across three continents.  When Joe isn't sharing thought leadership in outlets like Harvard Business Review, Inc., CNBC, the Wall Street Journal or Forbes, he's probably doing something outdoors with his wife and four boys or hosting his popular podcast, I Wish They Knew. Today we’re going to explore the principles of feedback – what feedback is, what it’s not, and why understanding the principles of fearless feedback is essential for leaders desiring to communicate with lasting and effective impact. What We Discuss in this Episode Why we dislike traditional feedback What fearless feedback is and why it works Joe’s personal experience receiving feedback in the workplace Shifting our feedback focus from past to future Communication, self-awareness, and a feed-forward approach How to give feedback as a partner and not a power broker Helping people become their own agents of change The fearless feedback framework Real-life examples of effective feedback The problem with the praise sandwich The 4-step feedback W.R.A.P. The benefit of focusing on impact and contribution How we can prepare ourselves before giving feedback How feedback is often given differently to women vs men Why Gen Z is a huge feedback problem for most managers and what to do about it How gender and generational gaps impact the way your feedback is received The best way to receive feedback even if it’s painful Clarifying question sets Complete Episode Show Notes: 
2/6/202343 minutes, 59 seconds
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441: Blending Your Career Passions with Rich Goldstein

Have you ever felt conflicted in terms of which career passion to pursue? Rich Goldstein is a highly successful patent attorney and founder of Goldstein Patent Law. He works with entrepreneurs to help them protect their ideas, products, and brands with patents and trademarks, and over the past 28 years has obtained more than 2,000 patents for his clients. Rich hosts The Innovations and Breakthroughs Podcast and is the author of the ABA Consumer Guide to Obtaining a Patent, published by the American Bar Association. Rich is also trained as a transformational coach and course leader, and previously served as CEO of Arete, which conducts weekend transformational retreats. In this episode, Rich explains why he chose a career in patent law, how it led him to the transformational space, and how he later managed to blend his two passions into a hybrid career he truly loves. You don’t need to quit your job to become a coach. As Rich demonstrates, you can have the best of both worlds and provide greater value to your clients than either career could ever offer. What We Discuss in this Episode How to blend your passions into a career you love Becoming the CEO of a transformational training organization Scarcity mindset and the if/then conundrum Making a difference where you are Going deep with clients Shifting to a new way of being How to find what you’re truly passionate about Differentiating between the role and the experience you desire Helping people see the best pathway for their life What it’s like to work with Rich as a patent attorney How patent and trademarks work Why the best time to register your patent is before you launch Complete Episode Show Notes:
1/30/202330 minutes, 58 seconds
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440: The Truth About Visionary Entrepreneurs with Justin Breen

What gives visionary entrepreneurs their strategic advantage? To answer this question, we invited Justin Breen to share his perspective. A former journalist, Justin is the founder and CEO of the global PR firm Brepic and the exclusive connectivity platform Brepic Network. He is fascinated by visionary brains and works only with exceptional entrepreneurs – the visionaries who change the world. His newest book, Epic Life, features a foreword from Dr. Peter Diamandis, Founder and Executive Chairman at XPRIZE and Executive Founder of Singularity University. Epic Life has been the # 1 overall book for sales on Amazon Kindle. It also recently made the Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestseller lists. In our conversation with Justin, we explore the mind of the exceptional entrepreneur. How are their brains wired? What do they focus on? How can you tap into your own potential as a visionary entrepreneur? Using his innate ability to see patterns, Justin unpacks these questions and more, offering valuable insight for building your network with the right people, and growing a global company while keeping your loved ones first. What We Discuss in this Episode Simplifying complexity into patterns From journalist to entrepreneur Focusing on purpose and family Understand yourself and others using the Kolbe Index and Strengths Finder Truth about high performing entrepreneurs and dyslexia Entrepreneurship as a mindset rather than an occupation Why ADHD is not a disorder but a sign of genius The simple formula for creating a successful global company The 2 most insulting questions for an exceptional entrepreneur Stop trying to fit in – find your tribe Writing bigger checks to be in smaller rooms with people making a bigger impact Sheep dogs and entrepreneurs Patterns and priorities in entrepreneur families Two 10X questions to ask yourself every day Complete Episode Show Notes: 
1/16/202340 minutes, 37 seconds
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439: 5 Ls, The Gift of a Balanced Life with Sal LaGreca and Michael J. Mannix

Is it possible to enjoy a balanced life in today’s fast-paced workplace? Sal LaGreca and Michael J. Mannix testify that not only is it possible, it’s critical to living a life of happiness and impact. In their new book, 5 Ls: The Gift of a Balanced Life, Sal and Michael share as successful business leaders, how they learned to develop a healthy and sustainable work-life balance using the 5 Ls. A #1 bestseller on Amazon and IgramSpark, 5 Ls: The Gift of a Balanced Life is proving to resonate with busy leaders and entrepreneurs, as well as anyone seeking to gain more satisfaction and productive fulfillment. In this episode, we explore each of the 5 Ls, why they are important, how they work together, and how you can apply them in your own life and work. Sal LaGreca brings nearly four decades of global experience to the conversation, which includes several years as partner in a global audit, tax and advisory firm and as vice chairman and a board member of a multi-billion-dollar marketing and communications company operating in over 130 countries. In his own words, Sal has pretty much seen and experienced it all. The ups and downs and successes and the failures; he firmly believes that the 5Ls is the pathway to get through it all. His passion for the 5Ls and his vision to reach as many people as possible of all ages and stages in their life is his goal. Michael J. Mannix brings over 30 years of experience spanning multiple industries, advancing to become an Executive Board Member of a Global BPO organization. Throughout his career, Mike has always taken a "Servant Leader" approach. Combined with his passion for teaching, this methodology has enabled his teams to continuously exceed their goals, creating a strong legacy of industry top talent. For this, he has been recognized through numerous global awards granted for excellence in leadership. Michael also teaches as an Adjunct Professor at NYU, specializing in leadership, management, strategic planning, team building, and business development. Through Unparalleled Performance and their trademarked 5Ls – The Gift of a Balanced life program, Mike is fulfilling his lifelong passion of changing people’s lives around the globe for the better by giving them real tools to find true work-life balance. What We Discuss in this Episode How Sal came up with the 5 Ls as a student at Harvard in 1987 Unpacking the 5 Ls – Love, Laughter, Labor, Leisure and Leave Self-love and the fifth L (knowing when to Leave) The rise of a bestselling book Personal and professional testimonies of impact Reaching the next generation Integrating balance throughout all 5 Ls The power of choice Which Ls were the toughest for Sal and Mike as executive business leaders Prioritizing Labor in relationships The true measure of success Why self-love is critical to a life of balance and impact Proof that people who are happier and more well-balanced get better opportunities Why you need to prioritize your 5 Ls no matter how young or old you may be Practical steps to applying the 5 Ls to your life and work Complete Episode Show Notes:
1/9/202343 minutes, 41 seconds
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438: Recognizing Unsung Heroes with Nicole Jansen

Who are the unsung heroes in your life? In this special new year’s message, your host Nicole Jansen recognizes a few of her faithful friends and family members who have supported, encouraged, and challenged her to be better, do better, and make a greater impact. Specifically, those who have never been a featured guest on this show. Why? Because some of the greatest Leaders of Transformation operate behind the scenes. You have them in your life too. Perhaps you are one of them. As Nicole shares in this brief episode, we invite you to consider who in your life has made a positive impact. Who has been there to challenge you, disrupt your point of view, and love you through to the next level?  Who has made your day better in some way, and helped change the trajectory of your attitude and focus? Leaders of Transformation come in many forms. Perhaps it’s a parent, sibling, relative, friend, pastor, teacher, boss, co-worker, or coach. Maybe it’s the cashier who made you feel appreciated that day, the police officer who came to your rescue - or let you off on a ticket with an encouraging word to drive safe. Or maybe it's the one who gave you the ticket so that you'd learn not to do that again. Perhaps it’s the mean boss who gave you a hard time and inspired you to leave and start your own business. Or your first client, investor, or vendor who took a chance on you. When you see any person who has accomplished anything know that there is a whole army of people behind them lifting them up. There are no self-made millionaires just as there are no self-made leaders of transformation. Who is behind you? Who's made a difference in your life? And what if big was small and small was big? Tony Robbins may never be a guest on this podcast, but he's made a huge impact in Nicole’s life through his transformational work. He once asked a participant that question and it’s stuck with her ever since. What if the big things you want to accomplish are small in the grand scheme of life, and the small acts of caring and sharing are the big things that transform lives daily? Other than Jesus, the greatest Leader of Transformation of all time, Leaders of Transformation are not perfect. But they keep going. They keep believing, hoping, dreaming, learning, growing, and taking action. Little steps daily create big waves of impact long-term. Every single day we have the opportunity to be a Leader of Transformation. In our homes, at the store, in our community, with our friends, and in our workplace. What if big was small and small was big? We’ll still be featuring amazing Leaders of Transformation on this podcast in 2023 and beyond (God willing). Just keep in mind that the big ripples of impact they’re making didn’t start big. They first learned to lead themselves, then in their family, their circle of friends, colleagues and so forth. You can do the same. As Tim Storey said in Episode 300, we need to learn how to think big in small places. This helps the best Leaders of Transformation in the world stay humble, passionate, compassionate, and in pursuit of never-ending improvement. Leaders of Transformation take action. So today: #1) Take stock of the unsung heroes in your life. Make a list of their names. How have they supported, encouraged, or challenged you? How can you show them your gratitude and appreciation? #2) Consider the small steps you can take every day to transform the world around you. Transformation is defined as “a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance”. Every time you turn someone’s frown into a smile, you cause positive transformation. Every time you shift your conversation with another person from criticism to curiosity, frustration to fascination, you are catalyzing transformation in that moment. Every time you ask yourself, how can I be better OR how can this be improved, you are opening the door to transformation. #3) Pick an area of your life that you’d like to transform this year. There are 3 steps to transformation: Awareness Choice Change Be honest with yourself as to how you’re doing, who you are being, and what you need to improve on. Make a decision, and then take action daily towards your desired goal. You can do it, and it’s worth it. And lastly, be kind to yourself. You can’t love others if you don’t first love yourself. You’re going to make mistakes. That’s a given. The key is learning from your mistakes so you can be better next time. We hope this episode inspires you to be the Leader of Transformation that you’re capable of being. Thank you for making a difference. God bless you and happy new year!
1/2/202312 minutes, 29 seconds
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437: Bringing Hope to the Hurting with Joshua Horgos

Where do you turn when you are feeling lost, broken or alone? Joshua Horgos grew up skating the streets of San Diego, CA. Public transportation and random house parties gave him a diverse outlook on life, and he often found himself as the life of the party. By the time he was 19 years old, drugs and alcohol had a firm grip on him, and he checked himself into a rehab center in North Hollywood. Although sobriety was short-lived, he was on a mission to become an extreme sports movie star and he chased this dream all the way to the Pacific Northwest. Continued alcohol abuse and recreational drug use brought on three DUI's and some very intimate conversations with God. Josh finally started listening to the voice in his head telling him to write. What started as a journal entry idea, became the first poem of his book, Lightyear. The poem is called 'Stumbled Some', which he says he wrote in fifteen minutes. "The words just kinda spilled out onto the page." Today, while still working his full-time job in the steel industry, Joshua Horgos is using his poetry, personal discoveries, and institutional education to help people understand why they do the things they do, so they can make better choices going forward. This is the main impetus for publishing Lightyear, which is a 31-day devotional comprised of poems, biblical scripture, and narrative from Josh based on his own experience. In this episode, Josh shares his redemptive story from drugs and alcohol to a humble faith in God, and how he’s been able to turn his pain into poetry that heals the soul. What We Discuss in this Episode Getting to know Josh Birthing his creative genius The power of the spoken word Reading the Bible with a new perspective The presence of God in our lives Finding hope and purpose Why bad things happen to good people Josh’s mission to reach the broken and hurting A prayer for us all  
12/19/202229 minutes, 23 seconds
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436: The Top 3 Healthy Digital Habits for 2023 with Tommy Sobel

Are your digital habits costing you your health, happiness, and productivity? Tommy Sobel is the world’s premiere digital habits coach, having helped thousands of busy business leaders and top performers reclaim tens of thousands of hours of productive time. Using his background in neuroscience and behavior reconditioning, Tommy trains business leaders to improve their relationship with screens, so they can reclaim 20-40 productive hours each week, grow their business faster and enjoy more time off. Tommy previously had a career at DreamWorks Studios, where he assisted Steven Spielberg and became the first junior executive in their growing digital department. Before the entertainment industry, Tommy worked as the key researcher and co-author of neuroscience studies alongside PhDs at Duke University and UCLA. In this episode, we explore the top 3 healthy digital habits that will make the greatest impact in our lives in 2023, and how these habits also improve our communication effectiveness and ability to make a great living AND have a great life. What We Discuss in this Episode Surprising statistics about average American phone use The cost of unhealthy phone habits What is conscious control and how we develop it The correlation between phone use and mental health The 3 pillars of digital habits mastery (the Freedom Formula) How you know you’re addicted to your phone The power of the Brick Hour A better use of digital technology for communication and productivity The most important digital habits to stimulate creativity and flow state in 2023 Complete Show Notes:  
12/12/202235 minutes, 25 seconds
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435: Decoding Sustainability with Lizzie Horvitz

How do your favorite consumer products measure up? Lizzie Horvitz has been passionate about sustainability since the age of 16 when she lived off the grid. It was there that, depending only on wind energy and rainwater, she saw the solution of climate change before fully understanding the problem. She later worked in supply chain and sustainability at Unilever and then became Chief Operating Officer at Muuse, a startup that aims to mitigate single-use plastics in the to-go industry. Now the founder of Finch, Lizzie Horvitz and her team are decoding sustainability, to help consumers like you and I make more informed buying decisions. In this episode, we explore the six key factors in scoring consumer products for sustainability, how the consumer market is changing, and what Lizzie has learned as a startup entrepreneur who is changing the way consumers purchase. What We Discuss in this Episode Defining sustainability Focusing on a bright future vs fear and shame The six key factors that determine sustainability A holistic view on human wellbeing How Finch gathers consumer product data Surprising consumer product categories that are problematic Small changes that make a big impact What stops people from acting on sustainability Are metal straws actually better than plastic straws? When reusable bags are not a good option Navigating their relationship with Amazon Partnering with Microsoft Bing How companies can impact sustainability scores Kindle, iPad and Print books – which is actually better? What you need to know when launching a startup What startup founders should NOT do Balancing speed to market with quality Complete Show Notes:  
12/5/202231 minutes, 49 seconds
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434: From Stressed To Resilient with Dr. Deborah Gilboa

How can you reframe stress and use it to build your resilience? Dr. Deborah Gilboa is on a mission to transform how people think about stress and change so they can accomplish what they need to in the world. She is a resilience expert who works with families, educators, executives, and businesses to identify the mindset and strategies to turn stress to an advantage. Known to many as Dr. G, she is a board-certified attending family physician and a leading media personality seen regularly on TODAY, Good Morning America and is the Resilience Expert for The Doctors. She is also featured frequently in the Washington Post, The New York Times, Huffington Post, and many other media outlets. Today we’re going to discuss her new book, From Stressed To Resilient – the guide to handle more and feel it less. Why our brains hate change, the truth about stress, and eight key skills to build resilience in your life and career. Dr. G has used these principles with her patients and in helping turn around hundreds of organizations including a group of banks that were suffering from a high staff turnover and a major construction company that was imploding from a lack of loyalty. To replace one of your employees’ costs 2-3 times their annual salary. Bleeding talent leads to bleeding cash.  Teaching your people to move from stressed to resilient stops this from happening and leads to greater productivity, happiness, loyalty and profitability. Listen as Dr. G shows us how! What We Discuss in this Episode What is stress Why we only need leaders when there is change Why change is so uncomfortable Reframing change for your employees Why adversity alone doesn’t guarantee resilience 8 key skills for building resilience G’s favorite skill that she would love everyone to know The good news about the resilience cycle Why the “just get through it” approach is not enough How building connections increases our resilience The importance of laughter in handling stress and change The #1 thing leaders can do when asking their team to make a decision Full Episode Show Notes:
11/21/202241 minutes, 27 seconds
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433: Disrupting the Global Energy Industry with Bill Nussey

How can you tap into the global energy market and help empower billions of people? Bill Nussey is a career tech CEO with three successful exits, including an IPO. He worked at Greylock as a venture capitalist and after selling his marketing tech company Silverpop to IBM in 2014, he was promoted to IBM’s VP of Corporate Strategy, helping the CEO and SVPs set the company’s overall strategy. As a CEO, his companies have raised more than $400 million, created thousands of jobs and billions in shareholder value. In 2016, he left IBM to create the Freeing Energy Project. It began with his 2017 Ted talk then grew into 100+ articles and most recently, the #1 ranked renewable energy podcast, The Freeing Energy podcast. Today we discuss Bill Nussey’s new book, Freeing Energy. What is local energy, how you can get involved, and the 10 big ideas driving growth and innovation in the global energy market. We also delve into the common myths about solar power, batteries, carbon footprint, recycling issues, and much more. Get ready! Bill shares a wealth of insight and clean energy business opportunity with us. What We Discuss in this Episode with Bill Nussey The historic opportunity available to innovators and entrepreneurs Dispelling the common myths about solar panels and batteries Tesla, lithium, battery recycling, and other concerns Why clean energy must be seen as a technology instead of a fuel The real battle the clean energy industry faces today Benefits and economics of local energy vs utility-scale renewables Why solar is currently cheaper in Australia than in the U.S. The growth of micro-communities in Florida, California and beyond Paying for your beer with solar energy? The next hot startup market The Five Order framework for evaluating the risks and financing needs for clean energy technology The biggest business opportunity in history and why you don’t want to bet against technology Complete Show Notes:
11/7/202236 minutes, 25 seconds
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432: Brand Storytelling with B2B Podcasts w/Graham Brown

How can brands use podcasting to engage their internal and external business audiences? Graham Brown is a published author on the subject of The Digital Transformation of Communication. His work has been featured in the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal and he has helped shape the communications strategies of some of the world's leading organizations such as McKinsey, AirAsia, Nokia, UNICEF, Disney, Monster Energy Drinks, The Singapore Institute of Management, and The European Commission. Listen as Graham takes us on a journey of storytelling brilliance, through which we explore the power of storytelling, the 3-box method that the best storytellers use, and how to use podcasting to engage your internal and external stakeholders. Discover the key to authentic communication and brand transformation, and how to have your message stand out in a noisy marketplace. What We Discuss in this Episode How to use storytelling to create positive change What we can learn from great comedians The key to agile storytelling that works Making your business communication come alive The storytelling method that the best movies and books have in common How podcasting can help you authentically engage your team The problem with traditional corporate communication methods The real secret to creating a great brand experience for customers Giving your internal influencers a platform to build upon Complete Show Notes: 
10/24/202241 minutes, 57 seconds
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431: Bridging The Global Literacy Gap w/Rebecca Chandler Leege

How can we address educational inequality worldwide? Rebecca Chandler Leege is the Chief Impact Officer of WorldReader, a non-profit organization that has reached 20M readers in the past decade and is set up to reach their next 200M in a few short years. With over 20 years of leadership experience, Rebecca previously led a global education technology initiative of USAID, World Vision, and the Australian Government, and spent 15 years living and working throughout Africa and Asia. She also has six years of experience working in the private sector in international human resources consulting and holds a Master of Science in Multinational Commerce from Boston University. Today we discuss the global issue of illiteracy – its impact, and Worldreader’s technology solution for scaling educational literacy; how they reach underserved communities around the world, select their curriculum, engage families, find partnership and funding for their initiatives, and more. What We Discuss in this Episode Why there are so many children (and adults) who are illiterate How technology can help scale literacy Involving the whole family in the child’s learning experience Modeling a new way of living The power of strategic partnerships Common barriers to reading and learning Linking reading with Habitat For Humanity home ownership opportunities How WorldReader selects their reading curriculum What we can do to help solve global illiteracy Complete Show Notes:
10/3/202228 minutes, 34 seconds
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430: The Secret to a Joy-Filled Life with Tommy Newberry

How can you experience joy, no matter what is happening around you? Our guest today is bestselling author and founder of The 1% Club, Tommy Newberry. He beautifully illustrates for us that it’s not only possible but necessary! Listen as we discuss the 4:8 Principle and why it is so important to our joy and wellbeing both personally and professionally. In a world where fear and negativity are rampant, we can shift the narrative and bring about positive change in our lives and for others. Tommy Newberry is the author of seven books—including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, The 4:8 Principle, as well as the motivational classic, Success is Not an Accident—both of which have been translated into dozens of languages. He is also the founder and head coach of AchievingOPTIMAL, an organization focused on helping Christian entrepreneurs and their families maximize their full potential. He has dedicated the last 30 years to helping entrepreneurs and their families work less, earn more, and create greater significance with the right accomplishments. Tommy has appeared as a guest on over 200 radio and television programs, including Fox & Friends, The Lou Dobbs Show, Your World With Neil Cavuto, Janet Parshall’s America, The Fox News Strategy Room, and many others. What We Discuss in this Episode How to have a have a joy-filled life The power of focusing on the good in situations Philippians 4:8 as a tactical tool for life Why you don’t won’t wait until struggle comes to condition your mind Differentiating joy and happiness The hidden costs of scattered thinking The advantage of being a B-talent Creating a TO STOP list How to improve your self-concept The underlying barrier to self-confidence Creating a detailed personal mission statement Complete Show Notes:  
9/19/202243 minutes, 29 seconds
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429: Extracting Strength from the Struggle with Joel Green

What separates high achievers from those who struggle to get ahead? Joel Green is a man who can tackle this question head on. A successful leader and a former professional basketball player, many would define him by his successes, but it’s what he did to achieve his success that he is most interested in sharing with others. Joel is CEO of Pro Level Training, the National Director of Nike Sports Camps, and a renowned motivational speaker, having reached thousands of people through his TEDx Talk. He is also a professional sports and fitness model and actor, and has been featured in commercials, ads and on television. Most recently he was the face of Cheez-It crackers Celebrity Crunch Classic campaign, in which he was solely featured on millions of snack boxes. As a motivational speaker Joel’s unique differentiator is his ability to see life objectively from multiple vantage points. Unfortunate circumstances as a youth helped groom and refine Joel into adulthood. Growing up in an abandoned home in North Philadelphia and seeing both sides of life has allowed him to connect with many different people groups very powerfully. Joel has a B.A. in Psychology from Rider University and just published his first book, Filtering: The Way to Extract Strength from the Struggle. Today we discuss his book, and specifically what separates achievers from non-achievers so you can reach new levels of fulfillment, accomplishment, and impact in your own life. What We Cover in this Episode Filtering difficult situations Converting negative emotions into fuel for growth How achievers think differently than non-achievers Eliminating options to increase focus Breaking free from the fear of failure Filtering emotions in the heat of the moment The beauty of a broken heart How to get unstuck Filtering guilt The importance of GOALS The Pyramid of Desire Pursuing fulfillment instead of happiness Complete Show Notes: 
9/5/202236 minutes, 47 seconds
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428: Transforming Your Child's Learning Ability with Dr. Kimberly Berens

Statistics reveal that more than 60% of children in America are scoring below proficiency across all academic subjects. Why is this happening and what can we do about it? Kimberly Nix Berens, Ph.D. is a scientist-educator and Founder of Fit Learning.  She co-created a powerful system of instruction based in behavioral science and the Technology of Teaching and has been transforming the learning ability of thousands of children worldwide for over 20 years, including those who are struggling, average, gifted, or learning disabled. Join us as we discuss her groundbreaking new book, Blindspots: Why students fail and the science that can save them, along with her system of instruction which has been proven to produce one year’s worth of academic growth in only 40 hours of training. We explore common myths about learning ability, the current state of the American education system, the science of learning, and the correct approach for raising proficiency in students. In this episode, you will discover: Why more than 60% of students in the United States are below proficiency in all academic subjects. Why proficiency scores are lower in high school than they are in elementary school. How educators can increase the learning ability of students based on the science of learning. What you can do as a parent to help your child avoid being labelled with a learning disorder. Helpful resources available for parents and educators to empower children to excel. Parents, teachers, and students, this is for you! Discover the science behind learning and proficiency and help build a better educational system for everyone. Full Episode Show Notes:  
8/22/202246 minutes, 45 seconds
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427: Serving Our Warriors Better with Shelly Rood

Why is it critical that we learn to better connect with our military service members? Our guest today shares first-hand what it means to protect and care for others and why it is so important. Shelly Rood served in the United States Army Reserves for 16 years as an Intelligence Officer and now is a small business owner and ordained minister, advocating for selfless service in action. Attaining the rank of Captain, Shelly served as an S2, a Company Commander and more, leading covert intelligence briefings and orchestrating security programs for nearly 4,000 Soldiers. Her military awards include the Shield of Sparta and the St. Joan D’Arc. A Distinguished Military Graduate from Western Michigan University, Shelly graduated in May 2022 with her M.A. in Ministry Studies at Moody Theological Seminary. She is the creator of Others Over Self®, a leadership mindset company serving people in positions of influence to make a lasting impact on others. One of the main programs Shelly Rood facilitates is the Warriors With Warriors Program: Connecting Spiritual Warriors with Earthly Warriors. Through this program, Shelly and her team empower faith leaders to better connect with military persons through enhanced military cultural competency, shared life experiences and deepening interpersonal skills. The impact is profound. In just five minutes, you can make a huge difference in the life of a military service member. Listen to this episode to learn how. What We Discuss with Shelly Rood in this Episode Career turning points Becoming a Military Intelligence Officer When the door to your dream job closes Having a mission first mindset The creativity that military service fosters Why only 60% of veterans qualify for veteran care Mental health issues that our warriors face Practical ways we can reduce suicide statistics Why “Thank you for your service” is NOT the best way to honor service members Dispelling the myth around why people join the military PRY first time engagement tips The Warriors with Warriors program Teaching faith leaders how to support the military better What is military cultural competency Crisis awareness and crisis intervention Finding a way to launch your passion project Embracing a leadership mindset Complete Show Notes: 
8/8/202241 minutes, 23 seconds
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426: The Shoe That Grows with Kenton Lee

How can a shoe become a catalyst for global change? Kenton Lee is founder of Because International, an innovative accelerator that uses products as solutions to alleviate poverty. Listen as he shares a simple idea that is now impacting hundreds of thousands of children across the world. Kenton Lee founded Because International after traveling to Nairobi, Kenya in 2007 following graduation from Northwest Nazarene University. While volunteering at a small orphanage, he noticed a little girl wearing shoes much too small for her feet—sparking his idea for The Shoe That Grows. Today, Kenton primarily works on fundraising with major donors and foundation partners. Since graduating from college, he has received master’s degrees from Regis University, Regent University and Northwest Nazarene University. He also runs an innovative accelerator helping other entrepreneurs turn their solutions for alleviating poverty into viable companies that make a profound social impact. In his spare time, you can find Kenton with his nose in a good book, taking part in local business organizations or spending time with his wife and two children. What We Discuss with Kenton Lee in This Episode Why and how he came up with the idea for The Shoe That Grows Illustrating the shoe’s features Adapting to the needs of end users From 3,000 to 400,000 shoes distributed Why some startup ideas succeed while others don’t The importance of passion for your work The power of YES Differentiating conviction from delusion Don’t give up – it might be hard, but it will be worth it Style Her Empowered (SHE) school uniforms that grow for girls in Togo How they demonstrate their faith through practical love Creating your own ripple of impact Complete Show Notes: 
7/18/202239 minutes, 50 seconds
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425: Finding Your Entrepreneurial Rhythm with Jim Carter III

How do you stay ahead of the content curve and make an impact through social media? Digital marketing pro Jim Carter III specializes in marketing your brand online.  At the peak of his career, Jim found himself feeling dead inside, and decided to shift from chasing money to fueling impact. He has since built two 7-figure companies, supporting cause-based organizations with marketing expertise, masterminds, and more. Listen as he explains how to grow your podcast, utiliize SEO, create content that resonates, and optimize your impact on different social media platforms. Complete Show Notes:
6/28/202253 minutes, 22 seconds
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424: The Champion Mindset with Dr. Jason Richardson

How can you apply the principles of elite training to your everyday life? Dr. Jason Richardson is a world champion BMX bike racer, Pan Am Games Gold medalist, Olympic psychologist, speaker and high performance coach. Listen as we discuss the lessons that Jason has learned from his 15-year career as an elite athlete, as well as coaching elite athletes at the Olympic level. You will discover how to overcome your own limitations, get unstuck, and develop the mindset of a champion in your everyday life. Dr. Jason Richardson is the author of the new book More Better Happier, in which he teaches through practical examples how to get out of the proverbial rut and play to your strengths while recontextualizing your weaknesses. Whether you are an aspiring athlete, winning at the highest levels, or competing in the business world, you will find golden bars of wisdom and inspiration in this conversation. What We Discuss with Dr. Jason Richardson in This Episode Developing the mindset of a champion Sustaining a 15-year career from youngest champion to the oldest The inner work of responsibility Staying focused Overcoming your limitations Normalizing peak performance and success It’s all part of the game The field is smaller at the top You can define your success The benefit of sticking with it Embracing change and transitioning to a new career Giving yourself the same grace that you give others Create your own headline Complete Show Notes:
5/30/202239 minutes, 30 seconds
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423: Stepping In When It Counts with Kelly Charles-Collins

How do we know when to intervene and help someone in need? Kelly Charles-Collins is a retired employment law attorney, TEDx Speaker, coach, and founder of Ladies Who Leverage and CEO of HR Legally Speaking, LLC. She’s been an adjunct professor at several universities, an international arbitrator, founder of a nonprofit for breast cancer, and she has written multiple books including: ACE Your Workplace Investigations and Conversations Change Things. Listen as we discuss the bystander effect, why it happens, the impact of social media on our behavior, and how we can avoid inaction and safely intervene when a crime or abuse is taking place. There is always something we can do to help, even in the most sensitive situations, however it’s not always being the “hero” that’s best. Kelly unpacks the 4 C’s to safe intervention and provides real-life examples of appropriate action and how we can use our influence to help those in need. What We Discuss with Kelly Charles-Collins in This Episode The Bystander Effect Real-life examples There’s always room to do something Factors why people get involved or not Unpacking George Floyd’s murder Race, ethnicity, and religion The 4 C’s for safe intervention Enrolling others to help someone in need Interrupting the pattern The impact of social media Helping people who say they don’t want help Complete Show Notes: 
5/16/202234 minutes, 57 seconds
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422: Sacred Startups with Bill Woolsey

How do you activate your God-given calling as an entrepreneur? Listen as we talk with Bill Woolsey, who is President and Founder of FiveTwo. FiveTwo is a network that equips faith-based entrepreneurs to launch a variety of sustainable startups and nonprofits. Bill began leading FiveTwo in 2015 when they launched a “Mother Teresa meets a friendly Mark Cuban” training process that helps entrepreneurial leaders to grow organizations that make a difference in financially sustainable ways. Over the past decade, Bill has led countless entrepreneurs to grow businesses and nonprofits to better communities across the country. In our conversation with Bill Woolsey, we explore entrepreneurship, faith-based startups, what the Bible teaches about our calling in the marketplace, managing a busy schedule, and so much more. What We Discuss with Bill Woolsey in This Episode The uniqueness of faith-based startups Clarifying your calling Becoming Jesus aware, self-aware, and community aware Principles of feeding the five thousand Types of entrepreneurs Staying connected to God despite a busy schedule Prayer as a constant activity for quality decision-making What the Bible says about our place in the marketplace What’s the line you’re not willing to cross? Education and micro schools Distinctions between faith-based and secular entrepreneurship Real life examples of community impact Complete Show Notes:
5/2/202236 minutes, 19 seconds
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421: The Perception Index with Dr. Maja Zelihic

As a leader, how do you establish a cutting-edge advantage in the global business world? In this episode we discuss with Dr. Maja Zelihic the power of perception and how you can use it to eliminate boundaries and become a successful global leader. Dr. Zelihic co-authored the book, The Power of Perception with Dr. Diane Hamilton, and both women were recently listed in Global Leaders Today - Global 100 Inspirational Leaders of 2022 alongside Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Oprah, for their global leadership impact. Dr. Maja Zelihic is a Fulbright Specialist, Full Professor, and a Department Chair of the Advanced Management Studies at the Forbes School of Business and Technology and a co-founder of Dima Innovations.  Dr. Zelihic is also a Global Dialogue Partner at NAFSA, the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education. She serves on the Board for multiple global organizations, has published in over 20+ peer-reviewed journals, has received several honored awards and grants for her studies, and has spoken in 20 countries. What We Discuss with Dr. Maja Zelihic in This Episode The power of perception in leadership and everyday life Factors that shape our perception Differentiating between our perception vs reality How perception ties into developing global leaders Communicating effectively to diverse audiences The 4 components of the Perception Index Distinguishing between a leader and a manager Gender differences in perception Why diversity is essential in global conversations Leveraging the strengths of women in business Shifting the way others perceive us Transforming the perceptions in your organization Full Show Notes:
4/25/202234 minutes, 39 seconds
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420: Accelerating Your Startup with Steven Hoffman

How do you turn your brilliant startup idea into a successful business? Steven Hoffman (Captain Hoff) is the Chairman and CEO of Founders Space, a global innovation hub for entrepreneurs, corporations, and investors, with over 50 partners in 22 countries. He is also a venture investor, founder of three venture-backed and two bootstrapped startups, and author of several award-winning books, including Make Elephants Fly, Surviving a Startup, and The Five Forces. In this episode we explore the startup world – what entrepreneurs need to know when launching a startup, how to avoid deadly mistakes, build your team, and some behind scenes tips on how to accelerate your success. What We Discuss with Steven Hoffman (Captain Hoff) Inside the startup world Avoiding the common entrepreneurial pitfalls The “brilliant idea” myth Turning your startup idea into a viable solution that people want Finding the right people to execute on your idea How YouTube, Google and Groupon had to pivot to succeed How to gain traction in the marketplace When and how to attract investor money for your startup Why getting too much investor money too early is bad for business How startup accelerators and incubation hubs work Building your leadership team Leadership skills as a startup CEO Full Show Notes: 
4/11/202236 minutes, 52 seconds
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419: Uncompromising Success with Steve White

How does a kid from the housing projects make it to the corporate boardroom? For Steve White, the climb from the housing projects to the corporate boardroom was the result of an uncompromising attitude and work ethic. As president of Comcast’s West Division for eleven years, Steve was responsible for all Comcast operations in the Western U.S., leading nearly thirty thousand employees, serving almost eleven million customers, and driving annual revenue of nearly $18 billion. Today, Steve serves the role of special counsel to the CEO of Comcast Cable—the largest division of Comcast Corporation and one of the top 20 companies in the U.S. He is the author of the book, Uncompromising: How an Unwavering Commitment to Your Why Leads to an Impactful Life and a Lasting Legacy. Today we’re going to discuss Steve’s journey and what it REALLY takes to rise beyond your circumstances and live a life of impact, purpose and success. What We Discuss with Steve White in This Episode Learning the value of hard work, family, and teamwork Living your life with purpose The American Dream is available Finding your WHY The gift of adversity Radical responsibility Be careful who you surround yourself with The 7 pathways to success and impact The mindset of You Inc. Navigating the Great Resignation as an employee and as a leader Daily habits for success Compete against yourself not others Episode Show Notes: 
3/28/202236 minutes, 45 seconds
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418: Better Together with Rita Fuerst Adams

Rita Fuerst Adams is the President of the Charitable and Philanthropic Management Counsel. She has a passion for building community for the common good and creative teams driving swing-for-the-fences social change. Rita serves charitable and philanthropic organizations, large and small, working with causes in education, youth, the arts, community and economic development, historic preservation, health care, international relations, and professional and civic affairs. In today’s conversation with Rita Fuerst Adams, we explore how to increase and diversify income streams as a charitable or philanthropic organization, how to move from organic growth to planned growth as a leader, the keys to building an effective board, and the importance of diverse voices for the greater good. Whether you’re a nonprofit leader or an entrepreneur or business owner building a team, you’ll find what Rita has to say very valuable. Check it out! What We Discuss with Rita Fuerst Adams in This Episode How to increase and diversify income streams as a nonprofit organization The intersection of entrepreneurship and nonprofits Monetizing what you do best How leaders shift from organic to planned growth The difference between charity and philanthropy Real-life examples you can learn from Establishing an effective Board of Trustees or Directors Building community and creative teams Giving voice to diverse perspectives for the greater good Episode Show Notes:
3/21/202234 minutes, 18 seconds
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417: Velocity Mindset with Ron Karr

What would the world be like if everyone acted like a leader and not a victim of circumstance? This is the question that drives Ron Karr. He has worked with leaders of organizations on six continents to eliminate risk, gain buy-in and achieve better results faster with the Velocity Mindset®.  For the past 30 years, Ron Karr's presentations and advisory services have generated over a billion dollars in incremental revenues for his clients. Ron served as the 2013-2014 President of the National Speakers Association, as well as an advisor to several board of Directors. He is the author of five books including his latest, Velocity Mindset®, and the bestseller, Lead, Sell or Get Out of the Way.  He has been interviewed on Fox News, CBS Morning Show, Bloomberg tv, BBC and hundreds of radio stations.  His articles have appeared in over 250 national publications. He is also the facilitator of the prestigious CRO (Chief Revenue Officer Mastermind Group) made up of CEO's and VP's of high growth companies looking to build high performance sales cultures. Today we discuss how to create a Velocity Mindset® and how you can use it to bust through your limiting beliefs, become a top sales professional, solve complex problems for others, turn your vision into reality, and make a difference in the world. What We Discuss with Ron Karr in This Episode What is Velocity Mindset® Creating speed with direction Why New Year’s Resolutions fail How to gain clarity of focus Being outcome driven vs sales driven Getting to the real issue Asking the right questions Real-life sales examples When to GO and when to STOP Don’t compete, create If everyone acted like a leader Leaving a legacy Episode Show Notes: 
3/14/202234 minutes, 14 seconds
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416: Be Transformed with Steven Dossou

Are you ready to unleash your human potential? Steven Dossou is a successful entrepreneur from Africa and the founder of Sail Force Catalyst, a personal development, empowerment, and motivational platform which focuses on how to use emotional intelligence to ignite the transformation of individuals and groups. He is a motivational speaker and the author of Be Transformed and Psychology and Habits of Great Leaders. Today we’re going to discuss how to overcome the three toughest emotional demons we face and how to unleash your potential so you can truly soar. Listen as Steven shares his journey from humble beginnings in Togo Africa to becoming a successful leader and entrepreneur who now inspires people around the world to live with purpose and leave a legacy.   What We Discuss with Steven Dossou  Inspiring others to aspire so they don’t expire Changing your environment for growth Attracting opportunity in the marketplace The power of belief and saying yes Selling requires energy Climbing the ladder of success Resilience and motivation Living your calling The lessons of adversity Overcoming the three toughest demons (fear, self-doubt, low self-esteem) Why success is inherent to us all Altering your altitude of life Simple daily routines to build confidence and resilience Creating transformation as a leader Episode Show Notes:
3/7/202244 minutes, 3 seconds
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415: Business Transition Planning with Laurie Barkman

How do family businesses need to transform to survive through the next generation? Today we talk with Laurie Barkman, who is a business transition sherpa, certified M&A Advisor, and founder of the firm, SmallDotBig. Laurie explains what impacts business value, common mistakes leaders make, and how to prepare your business as a more valuable, sellable asset. Laurie is the former CEO of a $100 million revenue company with an exit to a Fortune 50 company. With more than 25 years of C-Suite and award-winning marketing expertise, she provides actionable perspectives to drive sustainable value. She is a Partner with Stony Hill Advisors, a mergers and acquisitions firm, through which she guides owners through the complex process of letting it go. Laurie is also an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University. She leads executive workshops with Vistage, and hosts a weekly podcast called Succession Stories. 80% of business owners want to stop working in their business in the next 5-10 years, but most have not planned for that transition. Listen as Laurie reveals the steps needed to prepare ahead of time, so you are ready to transition successfully when the time comes. What We Discuss With Laurie Barkman in This Episode Why succession planning is so hot right now Market dynamics and types of buyers What impacts business value, and how it is calculated Factors that reduce your business value How to increase your business valuation Common mistakes owners make when selling their company How Laurie got into this industry What owners can do to start preparing their business to be more sellable Episode Show Notes: 
2/28/202242 minutes, 20 seconds
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414: Demystifying Venture Capital with Sarah Dusek

What do women need to know to succeed at the game of business? Sarah Dusek is a female entrepreneur who sold her company Under Canvas in 2017 for over $100M. In that same year, Under Canvas received a spot on the coveted Inc. 5000 list, and Sarah was named to Ernst & Young’s EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women list. After recognizing that women entrepreneurs receive only 2% of all available funding each year in the US, Sarah became a partner at Enygma Ventures, a venture capital fund focused on investing in women-led businesses in Africa, the US and Europe. They have now invested tens of millions of dollars in 20+ companies. Sarah also offers online courses for early-stage entrepreneurs (hosted at Over the past year, five thousand entrepreneurs have gone through her programs to become investor-ready and learn how to build valuable companies. She is a regular contributor to, The Telegraph, and TRT World. She is also chairwoman of the Women’s Giving Circle for The Global Good Fund, a social entrepreneurship leadership development program, and sits on the board of ten (and rising) startup companies in Southern Africa, as well as Under Canvas. In this episode, we explore the lessons she learned scaling her company from zero and selling it for $100M+, the importance of capital as a tool advancing women and equality, and the keys to accessing venture capital as a female entrepreneur committed to serving the greater good. What We Discuss with Sarah Dusek in This Episode Choosing the right vehicle for driving innovation and change Using money and wealth to make a positive impact What women need to know about raising capital Disrupting the status quo in the VC space Women learning the language of venture capital Pioneering the glamping industry Building Under Canvas to a $100m sale Turning a brilliant idea into a viable business Determining your product market fit The two sides of venture capitalism Doing venture capitalism better Episode Show Notes:
2/21/202245 minutes, 47 seconds
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413: Successful People Are Curious with Steve Edwards

How do you gain the job you want, the money you need, and the amazing life you deserve? Our guest today is Steve Edwards. Steve is a successful entrepreneur, pilot, and author of the best-selling book, Who's In Charge of You. He has been in the trenches of small businesses, with over 25 years of experience leading 500+ employees in his company and has helped thousands of people live the life they’ve always desired. He also mentors and speaks to college students, providing valuable insights and tips so they can get a good start in life. Listen as we explore the life of a successful entrepreneur, how to develop the mindset for success, authentic sales, leadership, public speaking, the power of curiosity, quality conversation starters, the key to finding financial wealth and happiness, and so much more.   What We Discuss with Steve Edwards in This Episode Entrepreneurial beginnings Buying back your freedom Finding opportunities in unexpected places You’ve got to be willing to show up Why people have to know, like and trust you What’s behind the “luck” of an entrepreneur The fundamentals of sales How to create value for others Questions to ask to garner advice from successful people The difference between confidence and bragging Recognizing what people are passionate about Effective public speaking tips Working with college students The reward of helping those who have desire Staying in your leadership lane The key to finding financial wealth and happiness The power of association Choosing quality friends How successful people respond to bad days Overcoming the fear of asking advice Being purely curious with no agenda Extracting gems from all the advice you receive Powerful conversation starters What to do when in doubt Defining success for yourself Always be a student Episode Show Notes and Resources: 
1/31/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 51 seconds
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412: Embracing Maverick Leadership with Judith Germain

Why is maverick leadership necessary right now and what makes it transformational? Our guest this week is Judith Germain – a Strategic Innovator, and Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She is the leading authority on Maverick Leadership, a C-Suite Mentor, consultant, speaker, and trainer, and author of The Maverick Paradox: The Secret Power Behind Successful Leaders. Judith is also the founder and editor of The Maverick Paradox Magazine which was recently ranked as a top 100 global Leadership blog to follow in 2022. She’s the founder and host of The Maverick Paradox Podcast, which is ranked #12 of the best 35 leadership podcasts in the UK and in the top 5% of the most popular global podcasts. She is also the host of The Maverick Paradox @ KLDR Online Leadership Development Radio. Her show is the joint most listened show on the station. Today we’re going to discuss why maverick leadership is so necessary right now, how you can become a maverick leader in your arena, and entrepreneurial lessons that Judith has learned through building an international brand. What We Discuss with Judith Germain in This Episode What is Maverick Leadership and where it began Qualities of a Maverick Leader Differentiating between rogue and maverick Creating the environment for maverick leaders The importance of effective storytelling Breaking the resistance barrier to change Identifying the real issues and goals of an organization A case for customized solutions Choosing your own path as an entrepreneur Breaking out of conformity Keeping it simple Why we need Maverick Leadership now Innovating to transform Favorite Quote “Maverick Leadership is a philosophy – a way of being. It’s not about putting on the leadership cloak when you get to work. It’s the underwear you have on when you get up.” ~ Judith Germain Episode Notes and Resources: 
1/24/202232 minutes, 48 seconds
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411: Building Corporate Soul with Ralf Specht

What is the key that fuels the most successful companies in the world? Our guest this week is Ralf Specht. Ralf was a founding partner of Spark44, a global marketing communications powerhouse. He architected an industry-first joint venture with Jaguar Land Rover which he grew to $100m in global revenue and 1,200 employees. Previously, he consulted for more than 20 years with global companies and brands such as Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, General Motors, Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Puma and PWC with McCann Erickson. In this episode, we discuss the secret ingredient that contributed to his success – building corporate soul. What is it, how do you know if you’ve got it – or don’t – and what it means for your business going forward. Ralf Specht, called “a visionary business leader” by Fast Company Press, is the creator of the Soul System™, a framework that aligns value-creating employee action with broader corporate strategy through shared understanding and shared purpose. He introduces a new language of success into the world of business based on his mission to make the leadership behaviors which build soul synonymous with the behaviors which build success. His driving vision is to make soulless companies a thing of the past. What We Discuss with Ralf Specht in This Episode The story behind Building Corporate Soul How leaders know whether or not they have corporate soul What’s fueling the Great Resignation Change is inevitable The importance of self-reflection as a leader Human Capital as a key to our success Glass Door indicators What people are saying who work inside your company The Soul System™ Defining your shared purpose Translating shared purpose into shared understanding Making it real through shared behaviors How to gain and retain commitment from your team Establishing a solid foundation for success The role of HR as a consulting force The Soul Index Favorite Quote “You have one resource that comes free of charge, and that is commitment.” ~ Ralf Specht Episode Show Notes: 
1/17/202230 minutes, 56 seconds
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410: Rebel Leadership with Larry Robertson

Larry Robertson is an award-winning author of three books on entrepreneurship, creativity, and leadership – the perfect combination for these uncertain times. His first two books, A Deliberate Pause: Entrepreneurship and its Moment in Human Progress and The Language of Man: Learning to Speak Creativity were honored with a combined 18 distinct awards. In this episode, we discuss his newest award-winning book Rebel Leadership: How to Thrive in Uncertain Times which released in June 2021. What is rebel leadership, what drives innovation and adaptability, and how do you thrive when things are changing all around you? Listen now and find out! Larry has written over 100 articles as a popular columnist for Inc. Magazine and The Creativity Post. He’s also a regular contributor to Fast Company, Thrive Global, SmartBrief, CEO World Magazine, and Productive Flourishing. His insightful “border-crossing” work has been incorporated into university curriculum and featured in media as diverse as the Chicago Tribune, AdAge, and MSNBC. He is a Fulbright Scholar, the founder of Lighthouse Consulting, a graduate of Stanford University and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and former faculty member of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. What We Discuss With Larry Robertson in This Episode What is rebel leadership Rethinking how we view leadership Leading ourselves and others through uncertain times The practice of transformation, innovation and creativity The distinction between soul and purpose What is your power source and how do you draw on it Creating actionable priorities for your team The 5 habits of the mind Navigating the new abnormal Episode Show Notes: 
1/10/202231 minutes, 30 seconds
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409: Your Daily Winning Strategy with Nicole Jansen

What is your daily winning strategy – when you do those things, life works? And when you don’t do those things, life gradually begins to NOT work? In this special yearend episode, our host Nicole Jansen explains the process of turning your goals into a daily winning strategy that is simple, sustainable and will help you accomplish your goals this year.  Nicole has coached and trained thousands of leaders over the past 30 years, helping them achieve extraordinary results in business and in life. A Certified Human Behavior Specialist, Transformational Business Coach, Strategic Intervention Coach, and Master Facilitator, she has developed her own special brand of coaching, which focuses on tapping into your strengths and true purpose, integrating business and life mastery principles for lasting success. Her clients are mission-driven and range from start-up entrepreneurs to large franchise systems and non-profit organizations, covering a wide range of industries including finance, real estate, insurance, digital media, health and wellness, education, training and development, humanitarian initiatives, and space exploration. Her passion for transformation and growth extends to the next generation, where she teaches and empowers aspiring leaders through conferences, webinars, courses, guest podcasting and mentoring. When she’s not interviewing amazing podcast guests or working with clients, Nicole enjoys spending quality time with loved ones, volunteering, meditating, reading, jogging, and walking the beaches of sunny California. Episode Resources Free Video Series: Becoming a Leader that People Want to Follow Free Consultation: Book a free private consultation with Nicole Connect with Nicole Jansen on Social Facebook: LinkedIn: Instagram: Twitter: YouTube:
12/29/202122 minutes, 10 seconds
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408: Resolving Workplace Conflict with Jeremy Pollack

Our guest today is Jeremy Pollack, a leader of the field of workplace conflict resolution and peacebuilding and author of the book, The Conflict Resolution Playbook. Listen as we discuss what creates conflict in the workplace and practical tips and real life scenarios to eliminate destructive conflict and build healthier relationships.   Jeremy holds a Master’s degree in Evolutionary Anthropology from California State University, Fullerton under anthropologist John Patton. Jeremy also holds a Master’s degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding (NCRP) from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Currently, he is finishing his doctoral work in Psychology, with an emphasis in motivation and social psychology, at Grand Canyon University. Jeremy is also a research fellow at Stanford University, where he leads research projects in social psychology and conflict resolution as an interdisciplinary effort between the Stanford Social Concepts Lab (Dept. of Psychology) and the Stanford Center on International Conflict & Negotiation (Dept. of Law). As a conflict resolution consultant, Jeremy has mediated conflicts between couples, co-executives, and organizations, aiming as often as possible to transform relationships and create Win-Win resolutions for all parties involved. He also works as a personal development coach, helping individuals discover internal conflicts impeding them from living happy, fulfilling lives. He is a regular contributor on the topics of leadership and conflict management for publications like, Fast Company, Industry Week, and more. He is also formerly the Managing Editor of “The Peace Psychologist“, the official newsletter for the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence, Division 48 of the APA. What We Discuss with Jeremy Pollack in This Episode What creates conflict in the first place Six psychological human needs and how to get them met 10 organizational satisfiers Reframing how we look at conflict – why it is a good thing How to resolve the social conflict going on right now The distinction between conflict and escalation What causes escalation to happen De-escalation on an individual level when social escalation is present How to use “I” and “You” statements Creating a conversation protocol for successful communication Applying the spirit of curiosity vs condemnation Honoring diversity and inclusion in the workplace How to avoid triggering people through judgments What is gaslighting and how to deal with it How to avoid false assumptions Episode Show Notes:
12/14/202134 minutes
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407: Master Your Virtual Meetings! with Lauren Sergy

Feeling a little zoomed out? Want to make your meetings more professional and engaging? This week our guest is Lauren Sergy – public speaking and interpersonal communication expert and author of the new book, UNMUTE! How to Master Virtual Meetings and Reclaim Your Sanity. Listen as we discuss the differences between virtual and in-person meetings, how to prevent zoom fatigue, set your camera correctly, and make the most of your virtual meetings every time! Lauren Sergy is a public speaking and interpersonal communication expert who has helped thousands of professionals become more powerful communicators. She has worked with clients and audiences in Canada, the United States, the UK, and beyond, including KPMG, Grant Thornton, Cargill, T-Mobile and many more. She teaches business communication seminars with the University of Alberta. Her first book, The Handy Communication Answer Book, was featured on the Best Reference books of 2017 list by Library Journal. Her current book, UNMUTE! How to Master Virtual Meetings and Reclaim Your Sanity, is available at online book retailers worldwide. “Details are part of communication! This long overdue book is about approaching virtual meetings with intent, as opposed to merely being a victim. Share it with your co-workers.” - Seth Godin, author of This Is Marketing Lauren lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her endlessly patient husband and two energetic kids, who are always looking for new ways to interrupt her virtual meetings. To find out more about Lauren and access her many articles, videos, and resources on communication, go to: What We Discuss with Lauren Sergy in This Episode The difference between virtual meetings and in-person meetings What leaders need to know Establishing clear expectations for participants in advance How to minimize zoom fatigue and increase productivity Setting your camera correctly Camera and team meeting etiquette How to use polls and PPT effectively Managing multiple screens while staying present with meeting participants How to prevent multi-tasking during meetings How to ensure that people feel engage in the conversation The importance of maintaining eye contact When and how to use PPT, polls, and other engagement tools Episode Show Notes:
12/10/202138 minutes, 14 seconds
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406: The Whole-Person Workplace with Scott Behson

How do we build better workplaces in the current climate we live in? Listen as our guest today shares practical ways that you can treat your employees so that they feel valued and are more likely to be engaged, productive and stay with your company longer. Scott Behson, PhD is a professor of management and Silberman Global Faculty Fellow at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is a national expert in work and family issues and the author of: The Whole-Person Workplace: Building Better Workplaces Through Work-Life, Wellness and Employee Support. Scott was a featured speaker at the United Nations’ International Day of the Family and the White House’s Summit for Working Families. He has published over 30 academic journal articles and book chapters, presented over 50 times at national and international conferences, and won eight awards for his teaching, research and service to students. Scott has written for Harvard Business Review, TIME, Fast Company, Success, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He frequently appears in media, including CBS, MSNBC, NPR, Fox News and Bloomberg Radio, as well as many business and parenting podcasts.  What We Discuss with Scott Behson in This Episode Why Scott wrote this book and the pivot required The value and importance of treating employees as a whole person What young people are looking for in a workplace Practical examples of demonstrating value for people Taking care of people during each stage of their life How small gestures of kindness reap big rewards Wages, parental leaves, paid time off, children’s education funds and more The future of remote workplaces Paying people for performance instead of time Reducing turnover and increasing employee engagement Applying these principles as a solo entrepreneur Episode Show Notes: 
12/3/202137 minutes, 45 seconds
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405: Being BRAVE in Real Life with Danielle Strickland and Dr. Guy Chevreau

How can we help end the cycle of sexual exploitation? Listen as Danielle Strickland and Dr. Guy Chevreau share how they are shining light into the darkest of places. Be inspired by real life stories of hope and healing and the transformation that is happening in and through the lives of girls who have been sexual exploited. Discover ways to protect yourself and the girls you love from abuse and exploitation and eliminate both the supply and demand of the industry. Danielle Strickland is a spiritual teacher, justice advocate, communicator, peacemaker, and the co-founder of BRAVE Global. Her aggressive compassion has served people firsthand in countries all over the world. From establishing justice departments and church plants, to launching global anti-trafficking initiatives, to creating new initiatives to mobilize people towards transformational spiritual life. Danielle trains, advocates, and inspires people to live differently through initiatives like Amplify Peace, BRAVE Global, Infinitum, and Women Speakers Collective. Dr. Guy Chevreau served local Baptist churches for twelve years. In 1994 he began preaching and teaching internationally as a conference and keynote speaker. Restoration and renewal motivates all that he does. Brave in Real Life is his tenth published book. He is ever-grateful for his two adult children, and is over-blessed to be married to Kerry. He is an avid golfer, has built seven cedar-strip canoes, and as he now lives in North Wales UK, he regularly frequents the mountains of Snowdonia. What We Discuss with Danielle Strickland and Dr. Guy Chevreau in this Episode The story behind why Danielle launched BRAVE Global Surprising vulnerability statistics of girls in foster care Real life stories of girls who have broken free from sexual exploitation Why all girls are at risk of being sexually exploited Protecting girls from ever being abused or exploited in the first place The first line of defense Eliminating the demand and the John School Finding hope in dark places Ways to get involved and support the end of sexual exploitation Episode Show Notes: 
11/26/202136 minutes, 39 seconds
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404: Empowering Others to Lead Well with Peter Docker

Peter Docker is a co-author of Find Your Why and previously a founding Igniter at Simon Sinek Inc. Published in September 2017, Find Your Why has been translated into more than 25 languages and has sold over 420,000 copies. His new book is called Leading from the Jumpseat: How to Create Extraordinary Opportunities by Handing Over Control. Jumpseat Leadership is a way of interacting with people that will enhance performance in any given situation – during normal business, times of crisis and life in general. Handing over the reins to others is inevitable. Everyone will eventually leave their team, retire from being the CEO, or see their kids leave home and lead their own lives. Leading from the Jumpseat enables us to embrace this inevitability. A trained leadership consultant and executive coach, Peter's commercial and industry experience has been at the most senior levels in a variety of sectors across 92 countries. His clients include Google, Four Seasons Hotels, Accenture, American Express, ASOS, EY, NBC Universal and over 100 more. Peter served for 25 years as a Royal Air Force senior officer, has been a Force Commander during combat flying operations and has seen service across the globe. His career has spanned from professional pilot, to leading an aviation training and standards organization, teaching postgraduates at the UK’s Defence College, to flying the British prime minister around the world. Peter has also led multibillion-dollar international procurement projects and served as a crisis manager and former international negotiator for the UK government. He has been married to his wife Claire for 33 years and has two grown-up children from whom he learns a great deal. What We Discuss with Peter Docker in this Episode Peter’s journey from the Royal Air Force to today What it means to lead from the jumpseat Creating the space into which others can step Discovering what is really important to you What gives you the humble confidence to let go The difference between drivers vs values Operating from love vs fear (ego) in the business context Enrolling others in your stand Instilling courage sustained by love Leading through the unknown How to know when someone is ready to lead well How to avoid taking back control Favorite Quote “Courage cannot exist without fear, but it can only be sustained through love.” ~ Peter Docker Episode Show Notes:
11/19/202138 minutes, 30 seconds
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403: The Future of Business with Deborah Westphal

Deborah Westphal has guided our era’s top minds and leaders to challenge biases, ignite ideas, and build connections and resilience for a secure and sound future. Her career spans more than 30 years, government agencies and Fortune 100 companies, and virtually every continent. In 1999, Alvin Toffler tapped her as one of the founding members of his eponymous consulting firm, Toffler Associates. From 2007 through 2018, she served as the firm’s CEO. Through her work, she has guided notable organizations including Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Marriott, U.S. Air Force, Baxter International, Bayer, Heinz, Microsoft, Koppers, PPG, DARPA, National Security Agency, Loral Space Systems, NASA, Qwest, Verizon, and Westinghouse. Deborah’s empathetic and thought-provoking style helps leaders spot patterns that signify future risks and opportunities. She’s a sought-after speaker and writer who provided the Foreword to After Shock. Deborah is a world traveler who enjoys time with her son and running in the mountains. What We Discuss with Deborah Westphal in this Episode The curiosity of a futurist The work of Alvin Toffler Advancing technology and humanity The power of “What if” questions Convergence and the forces converging right now Questioning the assumptions you have Business trends and how to prepare for the future Honeywell and making plastics recyclable From shareholders to stakeholders Are electric cars really clean? The impact of the internet on the environment Practical solutions for leaders How travel shapes our perception and understanding The importance of Antarctica to humanity How the environment impacts your critical supply chain Episode Show Notes: 
11/12/202135 minutes, 58 seconds
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402: Transformation Begins Within with Ronny Leber

Ronny Leber is a well renowned keynote speaker, stadium host, and legacy coach from Austria who has entertained 5 million people live, worldwide at major sporting events, corporate events, and seminars. Listen as he shares what it takes to inspire and empower tens of thousands and even a hundred thousand people at the same time. As a keynote speaker, and elite trainer for Tony Robbins, Ronny loves to motivate his listeners, fill them with momentum, and provide magic moments that enhance team building skills and peak performance. He specializes in working with high level individuals create their legacy and multiply their impact by helping them build an emotional bridge to their audience and create raving fans. What We Discuss with Ronny Leber in this Episode Key questions to ask yourself when choosing a career Staying motivated in the midst of routine Developing the confidence to speak to one person or one hundred thousand Taking your audience on a journey How to connect with any audience What is transformation and how you create it How to break through the barriers standing in your way Creating life changing experiences Getting clear on your why and goals Episode Show Notes:
11/5/202137 minutes, 25 seconds
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401: A New Way to Achieve Fair Pay with Rick Gillis

Why does pay disparity happen and what can we do about it? Rick Gillis is the author of Leveling the Paying Field: A Groundbreaking Approach to Achieving Fair Pay, Job! Search Optimized and PROMOTE! Your Work Does Not Speak for Itself. You Do! His most recent book, Leveling the Paying Field, Rick Gillis takes on the pay inequity/pay disparity issue and provides a workable solution for anyone who believes they are not being paid fairly for the work they do. For those individuals not willing to wait for the government or their organization to achieve pay parity, Gillis offers them the opportunity to take this issue into their own hands. With more than twenty years of job search support and career advising experience, Gillis created the QTNT® (Quotient) Personal Value Calculation process to teach workers (as well as their employers) how to identify and assign individual value to job performance and personal accomplishment in an all-new way. Gillis, the inventor of this very simple, easy to use, performance metric shows you how the QTNT truly does level the ‘paying’ field. What We Discuss with Rick Gillis in this Episode Calculating your personal value to your employer What you must have on your resume The secret to establishing fair pay in the workplace Identifying areas of added value even as a non-sales employee Interviewing tips for standing out and getting the job Who is responsible for pay parity Proper pay for the best performance Three quotient factors Creating an accomplishments mindset Building your own confidence Episode Show Notes: 
10/29/202146 minutes, 48 seconds
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400: Leading the Social Impact Revolution with Sir Ronald Cohen

From refugee to venture capitalist to social impact pioneer, Sir Ronald Cohen has dedicated his life to reshaping capitalism to drive real change. Listen as he shares how capitalism is being reshaped and the 3 major forces driving real change. Sir Ronald Cohen is Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment and The Portland Trust. He is a co-founder director of Social Finance UK, USA, and Israel, and co-founder Chair of Bridges Fund Management and Big Society Capital.  For nearly two decades, Sir Ronald’s pioneering initiatives in driving impact investment have catalyzed a number of global efforts, each focused on driving private capital to serve social and environmental good. He chaired the Social Impact Investment Taskforce established under the UK’s presidency of the G8 (2013-2015), the Social Investment Task Force (2000-2010) and the Commission on Unclaimed Assets (2005-2007). In 2012 he received the Rockefeller Foundation’s Innovation Award for innovation in social finance. He co-founded and was Executive Chairman of Apax Partners Worldwide LLP (1972-2005). He was a founder director and Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association and a founder director of the European Venture Capital Association. He is the author of Impact: Reshaping Capitalism To Drive Real Change published in 2020, which became a Wall Street Journal Bestseller. His previous book 'The Second Bounce of the Ball,' published in 2007, was described by the Financial Times as “one of the best books written on entrepreneurship in recent years.״ Sir Ronald lives in Tel Aviv, London, and New York with his wife of more than thirty years. Full Bio What We Discuss With Sir Ronald Cohen in This Episode Reshaping capitalism to drive social change The unintended consequences of capitalism How to measure the true social impact of business The scales are tilting in favor of businesses who do good 3 major forces helping us improve the world How capital is being directed to social impact initiatives through bonds Moving beyond doing no harm to doing good and doing well Tips for attracting impact investors to your startup idea Examples of specialist impact fund companies Why you don’t need to sacrifice market returns for impact How soon we’re going to look at the impact of a company the same way we do profit Which countries are leading the way Episode Show Notes: 
10/19/202138 minutes, 18 seconds
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399: Changing Our Approach to Drug Addiction with Christina Dent

How we can help those struggling with drug addictions end the cycle of trauma for good? Christina Dent is the Founder and President of End It For Good, a nonprofit advocating a health-centered approach to drugs and addiction rather than a criminal justice approach. Christina lives in Mississippi and changed her own mind about the best way to handle drugs after she became a foster parent. She's an unlikely advocate for changing our drug laws, as a conservative Christian with a degree in the Bible, who's never used an illegal drug. But she's convinced that changing our approach to drugs can save lives, strengthen families, and make our communities safer. She founded End It For Good several years ago to provide education and an invitation for more people to change their minds too. Listen as we explore the cause and long term effect of criminalizing drug addiction along with solutions to help people struggling with drug addiction get the help they need in a proactive and compassionate way. What We Discuss with Christina Dent in This Episode What lead a conservative Christian to become an advocate for people with drug addiction The criminalization of drug addiction The root cause of the overdose crisis How our current approach to drug addiction is impacting families How Portugal cut their injection drug use in half and created one-third less addiction The benefits of different regulatory models Legalizing marijuana and other drugs How End It For Good educates and advocates for people with drug addiction How to learn more so you can make an informed decision Episode Show Notes: 
10/15/202141 minutes, 48 seconds
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398: Ignite Your Team with a Whole Life Approach with Lisa McCarthy and Wendy Leshgold

How do you think big and achieve “whole life” success while dealing with the pressure and pace of today’s workplace? Listen as co-founders of the Fast Forward Group, Lisa McCarthy and Wendy Leshgold share their Bold Vision Exercise and how they use this proven method to help companies like Amazon, Facebook, Google, TikTok and JPMorgan Chase transform culture, uplevel talent, and accelerate business growth. This powerful tool is also used to help individuals think big, manage stress, and achieve holistic success. Whether you run a small business, lead a large organization, or simply want to better your life and reach your personal goals, this is for you! Lisa McCarthy Bio: Prior to starting Fast Forward, Lisa McCarthy spent 25 years leading sales organizations at prominent media companies, including ViacomCBS and Univision. She experienced firsthand the toll of high-pressure workplaces where people feel professional success requires personal sacrifice. She and co-founder, Wendy Leshgold, set out to challenge this belief and through their vision, created the Fast Forward Group. Recognized as a people-first leader and change agent with significant commercial impact, Lisa has been named a “Woman to Watch” by Advertising Age and Crain’s New York “Business 40 Under 40.” Lisa received her BA from Georgetown University. She lives an “overly fulfilled” life in Port Washington, NY with her husband and three children. Wendy Leshgold Bio: After many years leading teams and coaching executives, Wendy Leshgold understood the challenges people face in high-pressure, always-on corporate environments. In 2012, she and her childhood friend, Lisa McCarthy, launched the Fast Forward Group to help people live their best lives and do their best work. Wendy brought her experience as a successful executive coach to Fast Forward. Prior to her work as an executive coach, she spent more than a decade in advertising, leading teams at Ogilvy & Mather, BBDO and Deutsch, where she worked with brands including Apple, Kodak, IBM, Bank of America and Mitsubishi. Wendy received her BA in History from the University of Virginia, and she is an active board member of the California League of Conservation Voters. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children. In her free time, Wendy can often be found watching her son play baseball and walking her beloved dogs, Scout and Cali. What We Discuss With Lisa McCarthy and Wendy Leshgold in This Episode Workplace trends in terms of training needs The role that leaders play in helping their people manage stress and uncertainty Their unique bold vision exercise Overcoming the fear of setting bold audacious goals Reverse engineering your goals Favorite whole life outcomes and success stories What are power outages and how to get back on track quickly (Demo) Episode Show Notes:
10/1/202139 minutes, 33 seconds
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397: Healthy Strong Mind and Body with Mario Tomic

Do you have health and fitness goals you haven’t reached yet? Mario Tomic is a coach and fitness Youtuber from Barcelona Spain with over 200,000+ subscribers and over 20M+ views. He has personally helped thousands of busy entrepreneurs and professionals achieve their health, athletic performance and physique goals. Tune in as we discuss how to reach your health and fitness goals along with the psychological benefits that come from raising your physical and mental performance. Featured in Men’s Health, Medical Daily, Breaking Muscle and Yahoo!Life, Mario Tomic has been in the health and fitness industry since 2011 and has invested over 10,000 hours coaching and mastering fitness, nutrition and the psychology of high performance. Along the way, he’s also presented at 20 conferences and traveled to over 56 countries. He specializes in helping busy entrepreneurs and professionals get fit and build a sustainable healthy lifestyle. What We Discuss with Mario Tomic in this Episode Mario’s unique approach to fitness Why people regain weight after dieting How to create permanent habitual and mindset changes How to enjoy the process and create a lifestyle you love Creating a minimum viable plan that focuses on growth vs performance Knowing your nutrition numbers The value of de-stressing and getting into a parasympathetic state Fitness tactics and how dieting actually works Changing your palate to healthy food Learning your body and becoming the best version of yourself The importance of celebrating the small wins YouTube success tips Episode Show Notes:
9/24/202137 minutes, 51 seconds
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396: Aligning For Greater Success with Art Johnson

Art Johnson spent over 25 years as a leader in the corporate world. He led successful teams as an executive in multiple Fortune 500 companies. While they utilized many HR tools that measured engagement, satisfaction and other metrics, they were not able to measure how any of this data was directly impacting business performance. In fact, none of these costly and time-consuming tools showed leaders what they needed to know most of all: Are we accomplishing our goals? Who has bought into our mission? This led to the birth of Infinity Systems and their main focus, which is Organizational Alignment. To facilitate accurate measurement, Art and his team developed Orgametrics® which is a diagnostic process to measure and improve alignment of leadership teams and organizations. After years supporting leadership in the private sector, Infinity Systems has expanded its application of Orgametrics® to include education, law enforcement, health care and non-profit organizations. What We Discuss with Art Johnson in this Episode What is organizational alignment Introduction to the nine pillars of alignment The importance leadership and effective communication Predictability vs morals in building trust Indicators of organizational mis-alignment How to address accountability Orgametics™ and Equimetrics™ assessment tools Creating a cultural transformation that stands the test of time Episode Show Notes:
9/17/202129 minutes, 15 seconds
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395: Stop Drifting and Pivot to Positive with David Ibarra

Listen as David Ibarra shares his journey from the foster care system to becoming a successful business leader, philanthropist and the largest licensee of Napoleon Hill seminars in the world. Author of “Stop Drifting: Become the Switch Master of Your Own Thought and Pivot to Positive,” David R. Ibarra is a leadership consultant and successful entrepreneur in Salt Lake City. At 28 years old he started his first business, beginning a career that spans the restaurant, automotive, and leadership consulting industries. David wrote “Stop Drifting” as a chapter within his “Life Purpose” journey. He is dedicated to working with employed adults who often drift through life unsatisfied. His leadership coaching focuses on developing talent and teaching individuals how to become goal setters and achieve a positive work experience, which creates the freedom to find success in other roles including family, faith, community, and health. What We Discuss with David Ibarra in This Episode His journey from the foster care system to business success Seeding your subconscious mind The 3-part brain model The blessing of time and money tithing Respecting your talent group Overcoming Dr. Doubt Living on purpose Episode Show Notes: 
9/10/202132 minutes
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394: Disrupting Corporate Culture Myths with David G. White Jr., Ph.D

David G. White, Jr., Ph.D is a partner and co-founder of Ontos Global. He has spent the last 30 years helping large organizations manage and sustain transformation. As a cognitive anthropologist, his research and practice focuses on groundbreaking approaches to organizational culture and transformation based on the new science of the cultural mind. He has written two books that fundamentally challenge — and change — the way culture is thought of and practiced in the business world, the most recent being Disrupting Corporate Culture: How Cognitive Science Alters Accepted Beliefs About Culture and Culture Change and Its Impact on Leaders and Change Agents (Routledge, 2020). From 2003 until 2010 David was Director of Talent and Organizational Capability at Microsoft, where he led the development of Microsoft’s integrated platform for people management and leadership development. This competency, career path and key experiences platform was deployed to 100,000 people worldwide. Full Bio What We Discuss in this Episode with David G. White Jr., Ph.D The common myth about corporate culture How corporate culture is actually formed Steps to effectively changing corporate culture The role leaders play in transforming culture Carriers of cultural DNA Challenging the status quo Barriers to leaders changing their approach to corporate culture Becoming aware of the dominant logics that anchor your business Episode Show Notes: 
8/27/202140 minutes, 39 seconds
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393: Social Media For Business Success with Adam Gray

Adam Gray is a social media expert who has been working in it since the beginning. His best-selling book, Brilliant Social Media was the first globally published book on social media for business. Globally he is a top 10 influencer for Social Selling, Content Creation, Content Strategy and Digital Transformation. Adam has spoken at countless events on the subject and is a regular expert commentator for national and international TV, Press and Radio. He has advised many of the world’s best known brands while working at Oracle. Adam is one of the co-founders of the world’s largest social media management consultancy, Digital Leadership Associates. Tune in as we explore the most effective ways to use social media right now; how to add value to your customers and raise your profile in a safe, structured, and strategic way. What We Discuss with Adam Gray in this Episode How to create end to end business success using the power of social media The value of authenticity on social media Balancing between personal, professional and perspective posts How to sell on social without selling Connecting with buyers, influencers and amplifiers on social media Why Facebook is still the best network How to be memorable on LinkedIn Episode Show Notes: 
8/20/202145 minutes, 50 seconds
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392: Ethical Leadership for a Modern World with Yonason Goldson

What does it mean to exercise ethical leadership in today's complex world? Our guest this week is Yonason Goldson, director of Ethical Imperatives, LLC. He works with leaders to create a culture of ethics that builds trust, sparks initiative, and drives productivity.  He’s a keynote and TEDx speaker, trainer, coach, and community rabbi, as well as a podcast host, columnist and author, repentant hitchhiker, world traveler, and retired high school teacher in St. Louis. He has published hundreds of articles applying ancient rabbinic wisdom to the challenges of the modern secular world, and six books, most recently “Grappling with the Gray: an ethical handbook for personal success and business prosperity.”  In our conversation, we explore the topic of ethics and how what we think and do affects our life, community, business, relationships, and the global society around us. Want to be able to make quality decisions in the face of differing options and facts? Listen as Yonason Goldson helps us navigate complexity using ethical principles that help shed light on the truth and provide for a clearer path forward. What We Discuss With Yonason Goldson What is ethical leadership The distinction between compliance and ethics Universal principles Ancient debate and decision making practices of Judaism Rationality and ethics in light of current events Reconciling majority and minority viewpoints Intellectual integrity Leading a team of rivals Episode Show Notes: 
8/13/202147 minutes, 34 seconds
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391: Connecting with Yourself and Others with Maria Fudas

How do you live with love and peace from the inside out? Listen as Maria Fudas, Certified Assertiveness and Transformational Coach and author of the book, “Connect with Yourself & Others” as she explains how to develop a higher sense of awareness and assertive communication so you can connect on a deeper level with yourself and others. Maria Fudas is the youngest of seven children born into a long line of intuitive and spiritual healers. She teaches a different way of thinking and communicating. Using her techniques transforms one’s life by effectively controlling one’s thoughts, emotions and hence one’s reality. This allows for more confidence, stronger connections and the ability to attract better relationships. Maria is a former Bay Streeter turned Transformational, Self-Mastery Life Coach.  It was the shockwave of the demise of her second marriage that led her on a quest to become the best version of herself.  During this journey she developed a new sense of spirituality and learning that helped her understand how to master herself. This new sense of empowerment gave her the inspiration and the desire to share her tools and methodologies with others as a coach. She is the author of the book, “Connect with Yourself & Others.” In her book, she shares many of her life experiences along with valuable concepts and ideas on how to transform and develop a higher sense of awareness and assertive communication. What We Discuss with Maria Fudas in This Episode How our childhood experience impact our ability to speak our truth Using assertiveness in personal relationships and business interactions The difference between assertiveness and aggression How to raise your level of awareness Recognizing legitimate fear vs the illusion of fear How to operate from love vs fear Episode Show Notes: 
8/6/202139 minutes, 43 seconds
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390: Reinventing Capitalism Through Employee Ownership with Jennifer Briggs

How can business be done better so that everyone benefits? Jennifer Briggs serves as a Senior Strategy Consultant at the Rady School of Management, UCSD, in the Beyster Institute proving that business can be done different – purpose centered, mission driven, and values powered using tenants of inclusive capitalism to attain success. She serves as an outside independent director for PFSbrands and Engineering Economics and is a founding partner of GRITT Business Coaching. She is a Rutgers University Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing Executive Fellow, focused on corporate governance and performance, a Commissioner and Vice Chair for Colorado of the Office of Employee Ownership, and a volunteer board member for the Rocky Mountain Center for Employee Ownership. She has contributed to the Democracy at Work Institute, and the reinventing work initiative with the Boston FED.  She holds a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, graduate studies in Enterprise Project Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Community Health. She was a member of the New Belgium Brewing executive leadership team for over a decade as VP of Human Resources and Organizational Development and was the Chairperson of the board for GISinc. headquartered in Birmingham, AL.  What We Discuss With Jennifer Briggs in This Episode Why it’s time to replace the 80/20 rule The benefits of employee ownership and different options available Why we need to stop using the term “engagement” Why current cash incentives don’t work Where to invest to ensure your company is actually a good place to work Episode Show Notes;
7/30/202148 minutes, 14 seconds
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389: Career Changes That Matter with Barb Garrison

How do you know when it’s time to make a career change? Listen in as Barb Garrison, Career and Money Breakthrough Coach at Internal Groove, explains how she helps burned out, success-driven professionals who are just going through the motions design a career that makes them leap out of bed - even on Monday mornings. After 18 years in marketing and surviving corporate burnout herself, Barb combines her degrees in Psychology and Mass Communications, plus 3 professional coaching certifications, to support corporate executives and entrepreneurs to move from self-doubt and burned out to relief and freedom. What We Discuss in This Episode Barb’s personal story of burnout to breakthrough Common career pitfalls that people make and how to avoid them What to do when you hate your job Renegotiating your current job Money and you How to know if entrepreneurship is for you Episode Show Notes:
7/23/202145 minutes, 48 seconds
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388: Finding Your Healthy Place with Tim O'Brien

How can prioritizing your mission over sales impact your business success? Why is the health and wellness industry ripe for transformation? Listen as our guest today shares the answers to these important questions and more. Tim O’Brien is founder of The Healthy Place (formerly Apple Wellness). He and his wife Becki started the company in 2010, with the goal to become the best vitamin and supplement store in the Wisconsin area. They wanted to provide customers with the highest quality products, but also with the education needed for customers to stride forward confidently on their journey to find wellness. They now have four store locations and an online store, shipping across the U.S. The Healthy Place is rated 4.9 on TrustPilot (which is unusually high for a health store). But this is no surprise, since it’s the result of their commitment to providing top quality products and customer education. In this episode, we discuss the inspiration behind the brand and the effect of bringing their faith into every area of their business. Tim emphasizes the importance of profit but is very clear that souls come before sales. With that in mind, every brand they place on their shelves is screened for quality, their team members are invited to be part of a family atmosphere, and even their chat box online is available to answer any health related questions people may have, regardless of whether they intend to make a purchase or not. Do the right thing and God will take care of the rest. And indeed He has. The Healthy Place is a bright-shining testimony of that. What We Discuss with Tim O’Brien in This Episode The why behind starting a health food store Adopting the concept of souls before sales Making decisions based on mission vs commission Unlearning old habits and learned behavior Weeding out the BS of the health supplement industry Episode Show Notes:
7/16/202145 minutes, 33 seconds
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387: Bridging The Leadership Gap with Jenn Donahue

What do young professionals need to know to become effective leaders that empower others? Listen as we discuss with Jenn Donahue important qualities for bridging the leadership gap in young professionals today.  Civil engineer, operations consultant, PHD recipient, university lecturer, mentor, military officer - throughout each of these roles, most of them simultaneous, Jenn Donahue has demonstrated the kind of leadership that goes beyond authority to something deeper— TRUST.  That’s how she helped command an 800-personnel Battalion in Afghanistan, drill and blast roads in the coldest reaches of Alaska, develop earthquake defense plans at five different nuclear power plants, and then establish her own engineering firm with clients that include PG&E and National Chevron Phillips. But these are just credentials. What Jenn would most like to list are the names of the thousands of people she’s led and developed to reach their greatest potential. It’s what drives everything she does, and the reason she’s now taking her message to the keynote stage.  Episode Show Notes: 
7/9/202134 minutes, 9 seconds
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386: Fighting Against Child Sexual Abuse with Chris Wexler

Does the thought of children being trafficked make you cringe? Are you curious how AI can help fight against human trafficking? Do you have a company or brand you’d like to protect from toxic content online? If so, you'll want to hear this episode with Chris Wexler, co-founder and CEO of Krunum, the best in class image and video classifier of Child Sexual Abuse Materials (CSAM). After years in the private sector, first on Wall Street, and then working at some of the world's best advertising agencies leading the digital/MarTech evolution over the past 20 years, Chris decided enough was enough; work and advocation had to come together. Krunam was the vessel that brought his professional expertise together with his long history of advocacy in the anti-human trafficking space. Krunam is in the business of removing digital toxic waste from the internet using AI to identify CSAM and other indicative content to improve and speed content moderation. Krunam’s technology is already in use by law enforcement and is now moving into the private sector. In this episode, we explore the magnitude of this issue, the importance of AI vs human moderators in reducing PTSD, how to protect your children from being groomed online, and how to protect your brand and employees from toxic material infiltrating your organization. It is a sensitive topic, but it’s also essential that we don’t turn a blind eye. With the use of AI we can get this content off the internet, help bring perpetrators to justice, and protect children from being trafficked in the first place. Episode Show Notes:
6/24/202144 minutes, 35 seconds
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385: Leading Together with Brent Lowe, Susan Basterfield, and Travis Marsh

Is there a better way to organize work and scale your business? Our guest trio today says, “YES, there is!” Listen with an open mind to Brent Lowe, Susan Basterfield, and Travis Marsh as they explain a radical new approach to leadership – transforming top-down leadership into dynamic human systems of shared responsibility and accountability based on their latest collaborative book, Lead Together: The Bold, Brave, Intentional Path To Scaling Your Business What We Discuss in this Episode Discovering a different approach to leadership  Obstacles in implementing Lead Together principles  Framework of the Lead Together concept  Challenging scenarios and application  Meaningful impact: result of leading together Episode Show Notes: Brent Lowe is a performance coach helping leaders show up as their best selves within thriving, purpose-driven teams. As the Scale Coach for Founder CEOs, Brent works with entrepreneurs and leaders who are growing the size and impact of their businesses to tackle local and global challenges. Many of his clients are motivated by the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, and a desire to lead in ways that feel authentic, inspiring and personally fulfilling. He and his clients share a belief that leadership goes far beyond delivering financial returns, with ecosystem stewardship being a core responsibility. Susan Basterfield is a catalyst and convener who believes that awareness and discernment can unblock drains and move mountains. From 35-plus years in business-spanning global multinationals, startups and schools-arose experiences that drive her work as a systems transformation partner. Her work includes standing shoulder to shoulder with leaders and organizations on their transformational journeys, often over many years, and convening virtual development programs, including the Practical Self-Management Intensive. She is an educator, coach, facilitator, writer and collective entrepreneur. Obsessed with building the capacity to build capacity, Susan seeks-out that which is life-giving, dances with complexity and weeds-out constraints to potential. Travis Marsh is a facilitator, coach and trainer who works with companies and nonprofits by introducing mindsets and tools that help dynamic leadership grow. He started his career in engineering and has worked in sales, marketing, operations, software development and people operations, and has led teams in several of those areas. He has worked in multinational organizations as well as startups growing 10-fold per year, seeing the interconnection and big impact of small changes in leadership and followership. He also works at the Stanford Graduate School of Business facilitating a class on interpersonal communication. He coaches purpose-driven companies, both VC-funded and bootstrapped.
6/14/202145 minutes, 48 seconds
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384: Alignment - Unlock Your Full Potential with JB The Wizard

Do you have a nagging feeling that there's more? Did you know that you already hold the answers to your questions? Would you like to find out the simple way to unlock your full potential? Take a moment for yourself and listen to this episode as JB The Wizard, the creator of Futuring, shares the importance of alignment and the true secret to unlocking your full potential to get the most out of your life today. JB The Wizard helps people shift their mindset, get unstuck, get in alignment, speak with authenticity and authority, and be their true selves. His clients and audiences call him "The Wizard" and the "Chiropractor for the soul" because he helps identify those tiny areas that are holding them back from finding answers and fulfillment. Mastery in life and business is his life focus and this he believes creates complete freedom. JB The Wizard gained a degree in Pre-Medical Exercise Physiology, before landing his first acting role in a Hollywood film called, "Radio" with Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, and Alfre Woodard. He went on to land the lead in several theater productions and then began teaching acting in an agency. JB The Wizard has taken all of the 20+ years of Entrepreneurship, Life, Acting, Directing, Performing, and Celebrity and poured it into coaching individuals and groups on life, entrepreneurship, public speaking, presenting on social media, spirituality and alignment. The delicate combination of all of these aspects is what he describes as Futuring™. What We Discuss With JB The Wizard in this Episode The Concept of Futuring™, the aspect of alignment and the Atomic Core Physical expressions of unalignment How to get in alignment Becoming JB The Wizard Listening with your eyes: a different way of doing listening About the book, Alignment Alchemy Leaving a legacy for his children and about Futuring Fridays Episode Show Notes:
6/7/202142 minutes, 53 seconds
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383: Becoming a Catalyst for Positive Life Change with Glenn Lundy

Are you eager to make a big change but don’t know where to start? What is the mindset that is holding you back? Do you want to learn the great leaders’ equation? Get ready and listen to this energetic episode as Glenn Lundy, host of the popular Facebook Live show #RiseAndGrind, tells the story of his journey and shares tangible steps you can take to transform yourself right now. Glenn Lundy is a husband to 1, a father to 8, and the host of the wildly popular Facebook Live show #RiseAndGrind. He has been seen at places like Hustle and Grind Con, Grow Your Business For God’s Sake! and many more stages across the country. Glenn has been spotlighted on ABC, NBC, and CBS, and is an expert in dealership culture development and leadership training. With 20 years of experience in the automotive industry, Glenn led a dealership from 120 cars a month to an 800% increase in sales in five years, becoming the 2nd largest used car franchise in the country. His unique style makes him one of the most coveted GM’s in the business. Glenn has the unique ability to help identify the areas for growth in your store, and teach creative ways to invoke your dealership's spirit. With a background in sales, and finance, he uses his skill sets to create growth, as well as tapping into the mental side of human development. What We Discuss With Glenn Lundy in this Episode His transformation journey from 2D to 3D Creating change and being a catalyst for change Maintaining a growth mindset How to know when you’re playing too small What entrepreneurs can learn from the car sales industry The great leaders’ equation Episode Show Notes: 
5/31/202146 minutes, 15 seconds
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382: How to Resonate as a Leader with Dr. Ginny Whitelaw

Are you ready to direct and maximize your energy to make a difference in this world? Do you want to develop into a wise, resilient, and embodied leader? Would you like to discover how to attract the right people and make things happen? Listen to this podcast episode to know more about the concept of resonance and how to apply it in the here and now to make a difference as explained by Dr. Ginny Whitelaw, founder of the Institute for Zen Leadership. Ginny Jiko Whitelaw is the CEO of the Institute for Zen Leadership, and a Zen Master of Rinzai Zen. A biophysicist by training, she combines a rich scientific background with senior leadership experience at NASA, and more than 25 years developing leaders at such companies as Novartis, Dell, Merck, T. Rowe Price, Sprint, Mercer, Ascension Health, and JNJ. A recognized expert in developing wise, resilient and embodied leaders, she has authored four books, including The Zen Leader and Resonate – Zen and the Way of Making a Difference (Oct, 2020). She co-developed the FEBI®, which measures four patterns of personality that connect body, mind and behaviors, and trains practitioners worldwide in applying FEBI in their work. In her nearly 10 years at NASA, Dr. Whitelaw became the Deputy Manager for integrating the International Space Station, for which she received NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal. She holds a PhD in Biophysics, as well as a BS in Physics, a BA in Philosophy, and a fifth degree black belt in Aikido. What We Discuss With Ginny Whitelaw in this Episode - Her beginnings: from NASA to founding the Institute for Zen Leadership - The concept of resonance: applying it in our daily lives - Using resonance in the midst of trauma and stress - The four energy patterns in people - Attunement to attract - Programs and courses for leadership Episode Show Notes:
5/24/202143 minutes, 48 seconds
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381: Using Business as a Force for Good with Andrew Gottlieb

Are you a young aspiring thought leader? Do you want to build a purpose-driven company? Do you want to make a positive impact and make a profit at the same time? Listen to this podcast episode as Andrew Gottlieb, founder and CEO of No Typical Moments, explains how his unique business strategy works and shares tips for young aspiring leaders. Using your business as a force for good! No Typical Moments is a highly specialized digital marketing agency that works exclusively with purpose-driven and social impact focused businesses, to create a new definition of success in business that changes the paradigm of how we relate to one another, treat the environment, and uplift humanity to a deeper level of consciousness. Some of their clients include the likes of Lisa Nichols, Eckhart Tolle, Ken Blanchard, and Mama Gena's School of Womanly Arts. A California Benefit Corporation and a proud member of the 1% For the Planet, at No Typical Moments, they constantly evaluate and measure their revenue contribution to a global network of nonprofits engaged in solving some of the most important environmental challenges of our time. What We Discuss With Andrew Gottlieb in this Episode How he got started in using business as a force for good Differences between a Benefit Corporation and a B Corp Experiences and lessons learned as a young CEO of his organization How to operate at your best: advice for aspiring leaders Impact with profit methodology on different platforms Episode Show Notes:
5/17/202140 minutes, 49 seconds
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380: Inspiring Literacy in Children with Susie Harder

In today’s world of distance learning, parents, teachers, and students are struggling to cope. How do you make learning fun and encourage involvement? How do you make a meaningful impact in the lives of people in your community? Is it possible to do these all at the same time? - Yes! Listen to this episode as Susie Harder, a specialized speech language pathologist, shares how her passion translated to inspiring literacy in children and how she harnessed the power of creativity and collaboration with the Junior Authors Program. What We Discuss With Susie Harder in this Episode Her inspiration for the Junior Authors Program Gamified literacy Having ideas and taking action The 3 pillars of the program Get involved in the Junior Authors Program What’s next? Her vision and future projects Episode Show Notes:
5/10/202150 minutes, 53 seconds
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379: Leading the John Wooden Way with Lynn Guerin

If America were an NCAA basketball team, we’d be looking at a 0-32 season. Employees are missing crucial shots as job worries spike to levels we haven’t seen in years. Our co-workers and communities have split into politically polarized shirts vs. skins, and as a result, we’re fouling out and fumbling mission-critical assists. How can we get back our A-game and heal the country’s division? The answer, says Lynn Guerin and his co-author Jason Lavin, is to unify our teams like legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden did. Wooden wasn’t only a record-breaking coach who won 38 straight NCAA tournaments and 10 championships in 12 short years. He was a beloved mentor and teacher, and his lessons are more relevant today than ever. Lynn Guerin serves as CEO and Founder of The John R. Wooden Course and President and “Head Coach” of his family-owned coaching, training, and performance development firm, Guerin Marketing Services, working with many of America’s most successful organizations. For the past 20 years, Mr. Guerin has had the unique privilege of partnering with legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden and the Wooden family in the development and delivery of the John R. Wooden Course. He and Jason Lavin co-authored the book, Coach 'Em Way Up: 5 Lessons for Leading the John Wooden Way (Entrepreneur Press; November 17, 2020). What We Discuss With Lynn Guerin in this Episode Principles that Coach John Wooden lived by John Wooden’s definition of success and how he applied it to life and basketball How to win within: defining success for yourself Why John Wooden never spoke about winning despite his winning track record The difference between a leader, a coach, and a mentor The structure and components of John Wooden’s pyramid of success Leadership and becoming an effective head coach of your own life Episode Show Notes:
5/3/202148 minutes, 1 second
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378: Transforming Lives in Kenya with Alayna Aiken

Alayna Aiken is a wife to Chris and a mom to teenagers Kimberly and Josiah - who all have traveled many times with her to Kenya.  She also teaches Fashion Studies as a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, Delaware. She has M.A. in Theology from Liberty University, and a M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from ACE. During Christmas break in 2016, Alayna visited with women at a remote village in Kauriong, Kenya. Her heart was broken upon seeing abandoned and broken sewing machines. Alayna’s Career and Technical Education training kicked in and she determined that the women needed skills training to help them out of poverty. She launched Kenya Gather in 2018 to fulfill her vision of establishing education and vocation projects for adults. What We Discuss With Alayna Aiken in this Episode Her inspiration to start the organization, Kenya Gather Sewing schools and transforming lives Livelihood programs and positive changes in the Pokot tribe Building structures and establishing trust in the community Life lessons and character building qualities learned in the process Get involved and support Kenya Gather Episode Show Notes:
4/26/202135 minutes, 24 seconds
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377: Integrity in Politics: Redefining Leadership with Deke Copenhaver

When Deke Copenhaver took over as mayor of his hometown of Augusta, Georgia, the city’s politics were broken and riven along racial lines. Half of the city commissioners were white and half were African American. Neither group trusted the other, so nothing got done. Who was it that paid the price for all of the political posturings? The citizens of Augusta. As Deke saw it, something fundamental about leadership needed to change. So, when the opportunity arrived in 2005, Deke knew he had to run for office. Against all reasonable odds, Deke and a band of enthusiastic twenty and thirty-somethings who knew little about running a political campaign won the election. He had his first commissioners meeting as mayor on December 20th, 2005, and began the work of being a Changemaker. From 2005 through 2014 Deke was a catalyst in helping to transform Augusta, attracting businesses to spur economic development, implementing social programs that impacted the lives of Augustans on a daily basis, and developing communities that for many years had been neglected by the city’s leadership. Deke has also served as managing consultant for the Augusta Economic Development Authority. He’s been recognized on multiple occasions by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians and has spoken at many national conferences on topics including city design, economic development, healthcare, veterans’ issues, and the nonprofit industry. Deke currently authors a monthly column on leadership published by the Georgia Municipal Association. Deke earned a BA in Political Science from Augusta College and is a graduate of Leadership Georgia and the Mayors’ Institute on City Design. What We Discuss With Deke Copenhaver in this Episode: Governing to the majority and focus on serving the greater good Leadership through diversity and inclusion Stigma in politics and healing the racial divide Integrity, sincerity, and character in public office The power to inspire and creating lasting positive impact Episode Show Notes:
4/20/202139 minutes, 16 seconds
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376: Post Traumatic Growth - Thriving After Trauma with Ken Falke

Ken Falke is a 21-year combat veteran of the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) community and retired Master Chief Petty Officer. Ken is highly respected around the world as an innovative and forward thinking leader on the subjects of wounded warrior care, military and veteran transition, counterterrorism, military training, and innovative technology development.   Ken is chairman and founder of Boulder Crest, an organization focused on the teachings of post traumatic growth, and the EOD Warrior Foundation. Ken spends the majority of his time educating the public and private sectors on the issues surrounding the long-term care of our returning military personnel and their families. Ken  founded A-T Solutions, which is a recognized international expert and valuable global asset in combating the war on terrorism. At the forefront of providing training and consulting services in the Anti- and Counter-Terrorism industry, A-T Solutions was named four consecutive years to the Annual Inc. 500 fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S. A-T Solutions was also awarded the very prestigious Greater Washington Area Government Contractor Award in the category of companies $75M-$100M.  In 2010, Ken was named as the Entrepreneur of the Year for the Fredericksburg, Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce and selected as a finalist in the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year program. What We Discuss With Ken Falke in This Episode What is post traumatic growth? Coping with trauma: the role of shame and guilt Getting unstuck: relationships and the ability to self-regulate Unhealed trauma in relation to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Stress, trauma, and struggles are normal Episode Show Notes:
4/13/202141 minutes, 9 seconds
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375: Multiplying Your Impact As A Leader with Richard Medcalf

Richard Medcalf is an executive coach and leadership consultant to exceptional founders and CEOs and their leadership teams. He describes himself as "what you get if you were to put a McKinsey consultant, a slightly unorthodox pastor and an entrepreneur into a blender". His clients are elite performers who've already achieved incredible things, and still have the ambition to 10x their impact and influence and achieve something that seems impossible right now. That can involve 1:1 coaching, taking the leadership team to its next level, or scaling high-performance culture throughout the business. After a Masters Degree at Oxford University, where he graduated top in his year, Richard started his career in a premier strategy consultancy where he rose to become the youngest-ever Partner. He then spent 11 years at tech giant Cisco, firstly elevating Cisco’s relevance in the C-suite of its Fortune 100 customers before being selected for an elite team set up by Cisco’s President and CEO, John Chambers and Chuck Robbins, to catalyze strategic partnerships and new business models. Richard has advised Founders and C-level execs for 20 years, from Fortune 100 companies to high-growth tech firms, and has overseen more than $2B worth of deals. Keen to marry the disciplines of strategy and leadership in service of his clients, he qualified as a senior leadership consultant and executive coach before founding Xquadrant in 2017. What We Discuss With Richard Medcalf in This Episode Progressing quickly up the corporate leadership ladder The intersection between strategy, leadership and purpose Implementing impact multipliers to get more done in less time Identifying the limiting factors in your organization Key impact multiplier questions to ask yourself and your team Episode Show Notes:
4/6/202149 minutes, 2 seconds
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374: Sexual Alchemy For A Better World with Nakula Das

Napoleon Hill designated a whole chapter to it in his book, Think and Grow Rich, but how does one learn the practices of sexual transmutation for success in life and business?  As one of the most captivating and passionate trainers and speakers on the subject of sexual alchemy, Nakula Das’ dynamic energy inspires in audiences both tears and laughter. He fuses stories on sex, spirituality and modern problems into profound lessons on faith and freedom. His overall message is that sex is life and sex energy is the creative force within you. Let go of shame, guilt and repression so you can work with your sexual energy in a conscious way. Nakula Founded the 6-Week Training program for men, Become A Sexual Alchemist and Co-Founded the Spiritual Bad Boys training community that teaches men the ancient art and science of semen retention and sex transmutation. What We Discuss with Nakula Das in this Episode What is sexual transmutation and sexual alchemy and why it’s important Why semen retention is essential for success in business, leadership and life Sex energy as a creative force The science behind why pornography is so detrimental to society How healthy masculinity serves the greater good An invitation to participate in a free Sex Mastery training webinar Episode Show Notes: 
3/29/202154 minutes, 4 seconds
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373: Living By Choice and Not By Chance with Chris Yonker

Chris Yonker is a Vision alchemist, Speaker, and Author who specializes in Vision Creation to align your business and your life. As a world-leading expert in this area, Chris and his team work with companies (big and small) as well as high achievers, including executives, entrepreneurs, athletes, and celebrities to get clarity on what they really want—and then make the strategy mindset and behavior shifts to create that. Chris is a seventh-degree black belt, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner, and thought-leader on Personal Performance. He embraces a uniquely collaborative and experiential approach of being in the “zone,” developing clarity and composure under fire, and discovering unlimited potential. He combines this higher-power thinking with practical strategies from his 21 years of experience of leading a sales team with a Fortune 500 company. As a seasoned veteran who has also worked with numerous mid-market business leaders from a variety of verticals, Chris has seen it all. His holistic approach aims to help improve the mindset, health, and communication of organizations from the top down. Chris is a regular contributor to the Coaches Council at and is the author of the book, Soul Intention: An Executive’s Guide to Building a Life by Choice, Not by Chance, which is available on Amazon. What We Discuss with Chris Yonker in this Episode Vision creation and soul intention The hierarchy of fulfillment Struggle as an artificial paradigm The power of our words Why faith equals power Episode Show Notes:
3/22/202133 minutes, 35 seconds
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372: Techno-Resiliency and the Mandate To Be Great with Dr. Rob Graham

Twenty-five years ago, Dr. Rob Graham Ph.D. was a special education teacher in a grade school when he was asked to be the school’s first IT teacher. Personal computers were just emerging, colleagues feared digital interfaces, and available technologies were not cost-effective. He built the first PC-based networked computer lab in the district and a thriving community around it. Techno-resiliency was born. He has since gone on to teach over 10,000 students; create an award-winning, research-based theoretical lens; and complete a Ph.D. in e-Research & Technology Enhanced Learning from Lancaster University in the U.K. Today, empowers business and educational leaders and their teams to thrive in technology-enriched workplaces. He has written two books: Techno-Resiliency in Education - A New Approach for Understanding Technology in Education, and Mandate to Be Great: 5 Traits of TechnoResilient People and Organizations, which was released this month and quickly became an Amazon bestseller. What We Discuss With Dr. Rob Graham How to create technoresilient organizations The 5 traits of techno-resiliency and the Mandate To Be Great How to inspire willingness within your organization The difference between barriers and lack ofs How to do more with less The power of spontaneous collaboration Transcript Highlights: 
3/15/202139 minutes, 20 seconds
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371: Empowering Human Trafficking Survivors To Be Changemakers with Sarah Symons

Sarah Symons started Her Future Coalition in 2005 with her husband John Berger. Since 2005 Her Future Coalition has been creating powerful and positive change in the lives of survivors of gender violence and girls at the highest risk. They break the cycle of poverty and exploitation by providing education – and a full range of services that support education – to survivors and the most vulnerable girls in India and Nepal. Previous to that, she was a composer of music for TV and film, and before that, a counselor and art teacher at Creative Arts Workshops in New York City. Sarah is passionate about empowering survivors to be changemakers in their families and communities. She is the author of This Is No Ordinary Joy and co-author of the new book, Standing In The Way. What We Discuss With Sarah Symons How she got started in helping survivors of human trafficking and gender violence How she chose what support services to provide survivors The root cause behind young girls being trafficked The difference between survivors who recover and move on and those who don’t Post Traumatic Growth and what we can learn from survivors How COVID has affected women’s issues globally The danger of staying silent Episode Show Notes: 
3/8/202135 minutes, 52 seconds
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370: Transforming New Leader Development with Thomas Kolditz

Thomas A Kolditz, Ph.D. is the founding Director of the Ann and John Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University–the most comprehensive, evidence-based, university-wide leader development program in the world. The Doerr Institute was recognized in 2019 as the top university leader development program by the Association of Leadership Educators. Prior to Rice, he taught as a Professor in the Practice of Leadership and Management and Director of the Leadership Development Program at the Yale School of Management. A retired Brigadier General, Tom led the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at West Point for 12 years. In that role, he was responsible for West Point’s teaching, research, and outreach activities in Management, Leader Development Science, Psychology, and Sociology, and was titled Professor Emeritus after retirement. A highly experienced global leader, General Kolditz has more than 35 years in leadership roles on four continents. Full bio Tom is the author of the new book, Leadership Reckoning, which takes to task American colleges and universities for their haphazard, incoherent, evidence-free approaches to developing students as leaders and offers a principle-driven, outcome-oriented blueprint for how effective leader development can occur. What We Discuss With Tom Kolditz What lead Tom to get involved in new leader development His new book, Leadership Reckoning How we’ve been missing the mark in leader development at the university and college level What is leader-tainment and how we go beyond it Their programs and how they measure leader development effectiveness Can anyone be a great leader Their mission and relationship with the Carnegie Foundation Episode Show Notes:
3/1/202145 minutes, 5 seconds
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369: Transforming How Companies Engage Former Employees with James Sinclair

James Sinclair is the Chief Executive and Co-Founder of EnterpriseAlumni, the market leading Alumni and Retiree Engagement Platform. Their software powers the corporate alumni networks of the world’s largest companies, leveraging this vast untapped pool of people for talent, sales, marketing and community. He has a background in large enterprise innovation, having worked for companies including IBM, SAP & EDS. Outside of his day job, James contributes to media on the future of work, large enterprise innovation and entrepreneurship. The Enterprise Alumni Talent Management platform enables organizations to access a qualified pool of former employees ready to return, reducing time-to-fill, increasing time-to-productivity and delivering a 6x boost to organizations recruiting ROI. What We Discuss with James Sinclair in This Episode How he came up with the concept for an employee alumni platform Establishing a precedent beginning at the interview A different take on employee loyalty The value of empathy and mentorship within organizations Facilitating value-based relationships with former employees Transcript Highlights:
2/22/202140 minutes, 45 seconds
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368: Protecting Our Oceans with Lilly Woodbury

Lilly Woodbury is the Regional Coordinator and official Spokesperson for Surfrider Canada and Chapter Manager for the Surfrider Pacific Rim Chapter. She concentrates on designing and implementing campaigns that eliminate single-use plastics and support a shift to a circular economy. For five years, Lilly has been working with Surfrider Foundation to engage a diversity of stakeholders in adopting initiatives for coastal and oceanic protection and stewardship. Lilly has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto and won Starfish Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 in June 2018. Lilly is has appeared on GlobalBC, CTV, CBC, and numerous other broadcast news stations to weigh in on policy-driven solutions around plastic pollution for ocean conservation. What We Discuss with Lilly Woodbury in this Episode The mission of Surfrider Foundation The issues around ocean protection and plastic pollution Solutions to eradicate plastic pollution and its impact What is a circular economy Barriers to implementing environmental solutions The problem with incinerator plants Episode Show Notes:
2/15/202137 minutes, 52 seconds
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367: Startup Secrets with Alisa Cohn

Named the Top Startup Coach in the World at the Thinkers50/Marshall Goldsmith Global Coaches Awards in London, Alisa Cohn has been coaching startup founders to grow into world-class CEOs for nearly 20 years. A onetime startup CFO, strategy consultant, and current angel investor and advisor, she was named a top 30 “Global Guru” and has worked with startups such as Venmo, Etsy, The Wirecutter, Mack Weldon, and Tory Burch. She has also coached CEOs and C-Suite executives at enterprise clients such as Dell, Hitachi, Sony, IBM, Google, Microsoft, Bloomberg, The New York Times, and Calvin Klein. Alisa is a sought after speaker and has keynoted events for companies such as IBM, PwC, Dell, Standard Chartered Bank, and Citi. Inc named Alisa one of the top 100 leadership speakers. Alisa is a guest lecturer at Harvard and Cornell Universities, Henley Business School and the Naval War College. Marshall Goldsmith selected Alisa as one of his Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches - a gathering of the top coaches in the world. She is the executive coach for Runway--the incubator at Cornell NYC Tech that helps post-docs commercialize their technology and build companies. She serves on the board of the Cornell Advisory Council. She has coached public and political figures including the former Supreme Court Chief Justice of Sri Lanka and the first female minister in the transitional government of Afghanistan. Her articles have appeared in HBR, Forbes, and Inc and she has been featured as an expert on Bloomberg TV, the BBC World News and in the New York Times. A recovering CPA, she is also a Broadway investor in productions which have won two Tony Awards and is prone to burst into song at the slightest provocation. What We Discuss with Alisa Cohn in This Episode How she became the #1 Startup Coach in the world Scaling your leadership and your startup company How startup CEOs need to show up differently than founders Maintaining the same family culture as your startup grows Managing and pivoting through the COVID pandemic Questions to shift your mindset The mind-body connection and peak performance Episode Show Notes:
2/8/202137 minutes, 15 seconds
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366: Ignite Your Inner Rebel with Shelley Paxton

Shelley Paxton is a Chicago-based author, international speaker, and transformational coach. She spent 26 years as a highly regarded marketing and advertising executive, stewarding some of the world’s most iconic brands, including Harley-Davidson, Visa, McDonald’s, and AOL. In 2016, Shelley left the corporate world to launch her own company, with the mission to liberate the souls of leaders and organizations by inspiring them to realize their greatest purpose and potential. As a certified professional coach, she works with executives at Fortune 100 companies and with fellow rebel soul individuals and entrepreneurs. She holds a marketing degree from Boston College and graduated from iPEC, one of the country's premier coaching certification programs. Shelley Paxton is a member of 4PC, Rich Litvin’s exclusive community for extraordinary leaders and coaches, and has trained with some of the top teachers in the world including Brene' Brown, five-time New York Times bestselling author. She is the author of the book, Soulbbatical: A Corporate Rebel’s Guide To Finding Your Best Life. What We Discuss With Shelley Paxton in This Episode When she first realized she was a rebel The difference between rebelling for and rebellion against How to discover your own authentic self Breaking away from the impostor syndrome The Rebel Leaders Manifesto What is a Soulbbatical You know you’re a rebel if... Episode Show Notes:
2/1/202155 minutes, 14 seconds
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365: Nathaniel Brown: Changing Perspective

Nathaniel J. Brown is the founder of This-Functional Life and Wellness - a personal development brand geared towards teaching and leading others into a new perspective. Practicing what he calls "Perspective Coaching", Nathaniel is able to actively listen to your story and show you how to see it differently, so that you gain access to the secrets and lessons within your experiences. After 30 years of dealing with anger, mistrust, hurt, betrayal, insecurity and mis-identity, he has taken his own advice and dug deep into his childhood traumas. Nathaniel discovered that most of his interpersonal and relational issues stemmed from his un-addressed pain of abuse and an inappropriate sexual encounter with a family member at 8 years old. Nathaniel then started doing the deep work; the work of shifting his perspective; being truthful about his pain, and reintegrating the child into the man. Nathaniel's mission now is to lead as many people as he can out of the dark cloud of their old story and live into their new TRUTH. What We Discuss With Nathaniel Brown in this Episode How to unravel the stories we tell ourselves His telltale sign of unhealed childhood trauma How he re-integrated the child inside with the adult man now Where do beliefs come from and how do we change our perspective on them? How do you shift the perspective in others? Awareness as the first step to transformation Episode Show Notes: 
1/25/202139 minutes, 40 seconds
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364: Dr. Nate Regier: Leveraging Personality Diversity for a More Compassionate Workplace

Nate Regier, Ph.D. is the CEO and founding owner of Next Element Consulting, a global leadership firm dedicated to bringing compassion into the workplace. Dr. Regier is a former practicing psychologist and expert in social-emotional intelligence, interpersonal communication and leadership. Recognized as a Top 100 keynote speaker, he is a Process Communication Model® certifying master trainer. Nate is the author of three books—Beyond Drama: Transcending Energy Vampires, Conflict Without Casualties: A Field Guide for Leading with Compassionate Accountability, and his newest book, Seeing People Through: Unleash Your Leadership Potential with The Process Communication Model. He hosts a podcast called On Compassion with Dr. Nate, writes a weekly blog, contributes to multiple industry publications and blogs, and is a regular guest on podcasts. How different would organizational cultures look, if leaders stopped projecting their wants and needs onto their team and instead began listening to the way their employees want to be treated? How different would communities, outside of the workplace, look if we stopped focusing inward and instead, began focusing on the needs of everyone else? It’s time to say goodbye to the Golden Rule—treat others the way I’d like to be treated—and hello, to the Platinum Rule—treat others as they’d like to be treated. What We Discuss with Dr. Nate Regier in this Episode What is personality diversity What is the Process Communication Model and how does it work How leaders can support their people as their core needs change How we bring more compassion into the workplace How we can have conflict without casualties Who is responsible for culture in an organization Diversity, inclusion and innovation Episode Show Notes:
1/18/202144 minutes, 59 seconds
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363: Charlie Hartwell: Impact Investing That Elevates Global Consciousness

How could you change the world if you had access to an impact investing collaborative? Charlie Hartwell is the Managing Partner of Bridge Builders Collaborative, a group of successful investors who have been investing in startup companies in the space of mental wellness, consciousness, and spirituality. A Harvard Business School graduate, Charlie has served and led organizations in 14 different industries, including starting a nonprofit in the slums of Kenya in 1986 that has now served health care to several million patients. He also founded the first for-profit expedition company in US History to promote the Bancroft Arnesen Expedition - a historical 17,000 mile crossing of Antarctica by two women who became the first to cross the continent on foot. Now Charlie and his company are passionate about supporting the growth of a new movement around mental fitness, heart centered connection, consciousness evolution, and improved health care. What We Discuss With Charlie Hartwell in This Episode Criteria Bridge Builders Collective looks for to determine which startups to invest in How they help founders prioritize both purpose and profit Biggest obstacle startup entrepreneurs face and how to overcome it Examples of great consciousness-building platforms they’ve invested in and why they work How they help entrepreneurs measure their impact and monetize their ideas Words of wisdom for visionary entrepreneurs Episode Show Notes:
1/11/202136 minutes, 23 seconds
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362: Krister Ungerböck: 22 Talk Shifts To Transform Leadership

Krister Ungerböck is a leadership language expert, keynote speaker and bestselling author. His insights have appeared in numerous national and international publications, including NPR, Forbes, Inc., Chief Executive and Entrepreneur. Prior to exiting corporate life at age 42, Krister was CEO of one of the largest family-owned software companies in the world. While leading the company to over 3,000% growth, his team created $100M in shareholder value, won five consecutive Top Workplace Awards, achieved remarkable employee engagement levels of 99.3%, and became a dominant player in its market niche — event management software. Krister is the author of the bestselling book, 22 TALK SHIFTs: Tools To Transform Leadership. What We Discuss With Krister Ungerböck In This Episode Why leadership begins at home The similarities between personal and professional relationships Krister’s favorite talk shift How talk shifts can restore broken relationships Episode Show Notes: 
12/21/202030 minutes, 25 seconds
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361: Alain Hunkins: Cracking The Leadership Code

Alain Hunkins is a sought-after leadership speaker, consultant, trainer, and coach. His recent book, Cracking The Leadership Code: Three Secrets to Building Strong Leaders (Wiley, March 2020) launched as the #1 Bestselling New Release in Business Communication on Amazon and has been endorsed as “one of the most practical books on the planet when it comes to leadership and how to make a difference.” Over his twenty-year career, Alain has led over 2,000 groups in 25 countries. His clients include Wal-Mart, Pfizer, Citigroup, General Electric, State Farm Insurance, IBM, General Motors and Microsoft. Alain has designed and facilitated seminars on numerous leadership topics, including teambuilding, conflict management, communication, peak performance, innovation, engagement, and change. Alain also serves on the faculty of Duke Corporate Education. His articles have been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., Chief Executive, Chief Learning Officer and Business Insider. What We Discuss With Alain Hunkins in This Episode Where we first learn about leadership What is the leadership code The top priorities of a great leader How to be an empathetic leader in the midst of uncertainty The importance of emotional health more than emotional intelligence What leaders need to know about the impact of the pandemic on people Episode Show Notes:
12/14/202032 minutes, 53 seconds
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360: Dr. Greg Hammer: Making Mindfulness a Way Of Life

Greg Hammer, MD is a pediatric intensive care physician, pediatric anesthesiologist, and professor at Stanford University Medical Center. A member of the Stanford WellMD initiative and the Wellness Committee for the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Dr. Hammer is currently the Chair of the Physician Wellness Task Force for the California Society of Anesthesiologists. He has been a visiting professor and lecturer on wellness at institutions worldwide and teaches his GAIN method to medical students, residents and fellows at Stanford. Dr. Hammer’s clinical focus is in pediatric cardiac anesthesia and pediatric critical care medicine. His research is in developmental pharmacology and immunology, and he has an active laboratory with multiple ongoing studies in these areas. He has published widely on topics related to pharmacology and perioperative care of children undergoing cardiac and thoracic procedures as well as organ transplantation. Dr. Hammer is a health enthusiast and meditator, utilizing a non-duality and mindfulness-based approach, including the GAIN method, and is the author of GAIN without Pain: The Happiness Handbook for Health Care Professionals, which was released May 15, 2020. What We Discuss with Dr. Greg Hammer in this Episode Why he wrote a happiness handbook His G.A.I.N. theory of happiness and well being The science behind mindfulness and gratitude Turning personal tragedy into something beautiful How to avoid burnout as a healthcare professional Episode Show Notes:
12/7/202038 minutes, 34 seconds
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359: Dave Willner: Maintaining an Employee First Culture in Difficult Times

Dave Willner served as the Chief Operating Officer for Skyport North America, one of the nation’s premiere airport hospitality groups for almost 5 years.  As the strategic leader of Skyport, Dave directed all systems and operations for 70 distinct retail and restaurant entities across multiple states, including spearheading rapid expansion and escalating gross revenues to over $200M. After being forced to shut down all but one of their 70 restaurants and lay off 1250 employees due to the COVID pandemic, Dave also left in search of new opportunities where he could utilize his experience and passion for hospitality and employee engagement. As such, Dave is now the newly appointed National Director of Food and Beverage at Sun Communities & Sun RV Resorts. He also proudly serves on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Restaurant Association and frequently serves as a Guest Lecturer for the Hospitality programs at Johnson & Wales University, University of Denver, and Metro State University. What We Discuss With Dave Willner In This Episode Transitioning from a starving actor to COO in a premiere hospitality group Building an employee first culture Navigating through the uncertainty of Covid-19 Leadership skills needed to be a great leader in difficult times A secret to leadership success The importance of customer service and growing guest experiences Pivot – the word of 2020 Episode Show Notes:
11/30/202038 minutes, 49 seconds
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358: Michaela Foster Marsh: Finding The Star in Every Child

November is World Adoption Month, and in honor of that, our guest today is Michaela Foster Marsh, author of the book Starchild: A Memoir of Adoption, Race, and Family, a memoir about her life with her adopted brother Frankie, and her journey to learn more about Frankie after his tragic death by finding his birth family in Uganda. It is ultimately the story of a sibling relationship that transcends borders, time, and life itself. Michaela is an acclaimed musician with three albums to her credit and has been invited to sing at the Monaco International Film Festival, the Cannes International Film Festival, and for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth. She is the founder and Executive Director of Starchild Charity. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland, and has received a Prime Minister’s award for her work in Uganda. What We Discuss With Michaela Foster Marsh In This Episode How her parents came to adopt a child from Uganda in the 60's What it was like growing up with a black brother in the 60’s in Glasgow, Scotland How the adoption theme in her life shaped her view of the world The challenges of transracial adoption as it relates to behavior and trust   The story of Frankie’s passing and the transformation that comes from grief How she managed to find Frankie’s birth family in Uganda after his death The spiritual element that has guided her steps along the way Episode Show Notes:
11/23/202048 minutes, 18 seconds
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357: Michael Arterberry: Shake Off The Dirt and Move Forward

As a seasoned motivational speaker, Michael Arterberry has been motivating, inspiring, and changing the lives of teenagers and adults since 2008.  With his background in social work and personal and relational transformation, Michael helps people to use what they have gone through to get to their breakthrough. He walks his audience through the effects of their past and present trauma, including the most recent impact of society's imbalance, and shows them how to experience a life of peace, fulfillment and possibility.  He is the author of the book, Be Encouraged: 250 Days of Motivation and Encouragement What We Discuss With Michael Arterberry In This Episode Growing up in a difficult environment The story of the donkey and the farmer  Bringing hope and encouragement to youth and young adults Overcoming the landmines of our life  Relating to others based on empathy and understanding The Concentric Circle exercise How you can take part in racial reconciliation What inspired him to write a book Episode Show Notes:
11/16/202040 minutes, 47 seconds
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356: Dane Maxwell: Start From Zero

Dane Maxwell is a serial 7-figure entrepreneur that has been Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income’s most downloaded podcast episode because of his unparalleled ability to communicate business basics that drive massive success. Dane started 16 businesses and failed 11 times. And each time, he figured out what worked and what didn't. Dane has started 5 successful profitable businesses including The Foundation that specializes in training people to start a business from scratch, ‍Swipe My Ideas, which gives away profitable business ideas, ‍Paperless Pipeline, a real estate transaction management software, ‍My Agent Base, a real estate intranet software, and ‍Fear No Feeling, which sells unique shirt designs.  Having created over 15 millionaires with his teachings, Dane specializes in helping underdogs start successful businesses. Dane’s book, Start From Zero, teaches entrepreneurs a new way to build businesses quickly, without the risk, from scratch. What We Discuss With Dane Maxwell In This Episode Dane's journey to transformation Having a successful relationship with your heart How to turn every problem into a math problem The holy grail of business The things that hold us back Becoming the vessel through which energy flows The concept of identity Creating fun lucrative businesses that feed your soul Episode Show Notes:
11/9/202045 minutes, 11 seconds
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355: Teru Clavel: How to Make the Most of Your Child's Education

Teru Clavel is a comparative international education specialist, speaker, and author. Since 2010, she has run her own education consulting practice, advising globally-minded families on a range of issues encompassing multiple language acquisition, school choice, and how to enroll their children in U.S. universities.  Teru is the author of the book, World Class: One Mother’s Journey Halfway Around the World in Search of the Best Education For Her Children. She spent a decade raising her family in Asia and recently returned to live in New York with her family. With a degree in B.A. in Asian studies and an MS in comparative international education, Teru has written columns on education for both the Japan Times and the Financial Times, and she has made appearances on Fareed Zakaria GPS, The TODAY Show, CBS This Morning, CNBC’s Squawk Box, and Channel NewsAsia.  What We Discuss With Teru Clavel In This Episode How Teru became an expert in education Education in the U.S. vs. Asia How you can make the most of your child's education Where to begin the process Investing in early childhood education What 21st skills do our children need? What’s next for Teru in terms of spreading this message Episode Show Notes:
11/2/202036 minutes, 36 seconds
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354: Simon Chadwick: Shaping Our Nation's Future

Growing up in South Africa as the son of a prominent anti-apartheid activist, Simon Chadwick has firsthand experience of living in a totalitarian society. Under these circumstances, Simon became very familiar with the tactics employed by politicians to suppress opposition, oppress large segments of the population, and engineer society to their own advantage.  After progressing through his career and moving to the United States over twenty-eight years ago, he increasingly noticed distinct and unnerving parallels to his early upbringing in the way U.S. politics were unfolding.  Simon’s academic background is rooted in politics—having earned a Master’s degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University—but his career has been in market and social research. For eighteen years, he was a corporate CEO and never earning more than six times the wage of his average staff member. Simon is an entrepreneur who has led two national trade associations and has been editor-in-chief of a global trade magazine for the last ten years.  Simon recently authored his book called For the People: A Citizen's Manifesto to Shaping Our Nation's Future that offers fascinating historical and cultural context, and clear, positive advice for how our country, culture, and government can move toward democratic libertarianism, self-actualization, and ultimate satisfaction. What We Discuss With Simon Chadwick In This Episode What it was like to grow up as a white person in South Africa The differences and similarities among different societies Why he wrote the book/manifesto “For The People”  The indecent role money plays in politics The government’s role in our society Defining self-interest Understanding the different narratives of people Episode Show Notes:
10/26/202038 minutes, 19 seconds
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353: Erica Ballard: Dispelling Common Myths About Health

Erica Ballard is the founder of Erica Ballard Health – a wellness company that helps people get healthy despite their busy schedule. She started this company after watching really smart, hardworking people struggle to get healthy because she was one of those people …until she learned that health looked way different than what she thought, bought into, and even sold for decades. Now an evangelist of health, Erica helps entrepreneurs and self-identified busy people look and feel better so they can finally look and feel as good as they want to. Erica has her MS from Tufts University School of Medicine and got her CHC through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Erica is regular on the NBC affiliate WTHR 13, where she provides weekly health advice to viewers every Sunday and she has been featured by Women’s Health, Lululemon, and YPO. What We Discuss With In This Episode What does it mean to be healthy?  Is losing weight a calories game? Food is medicine How to incorporate health into your busy routine Why people gain weight when they’re stress and others lose weight Why stress causes belly fat Meal frequency Is caffeine good or bad? The brain-gut connection Episode Show Notes: 
10/19/202035 minutes, 33 seconds
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352: David Schwerin: How to Solve World Issues With Conscious Globalism

David Schwerin, Ph.D. is the founder and former President of DJ Investment Advisors, Inc. He’s the author of three books and dozens of articles published worldwide including Conscious Capitalism: Principles for Prosperity, Conscious Globalism: What is Wrong with the World and How to Fix It, and Know Your Soul: Bring Joy to Your Life. David resonates well with people interested in spiritual (not religious) subjects, as well as business and current event-oriented listeners. He masterfully combines the two subjects that are relevant to all of our lives in some way, talking about what is going on in the world today and how to change the things that need to change.  David has given scores of presentations and media interviews on a variety of business and psychological topics to academic, business, and government audiences in the U.S., China and India.  He received numerous honors for his work in China including being named a visiting professor at several universities and at the Hebei Counselor Association. He is a co-founder and honorary director of the Corporate Responsibility Research Center of Suzhou University of Science and Technology.  What We Discuss With David Schwerin In This Episode His journey from a career in finance to the study of the Soul Conscious globalism and how we're all connected How to become part of the solution The power of listening Understanding our soul values Understanding fear How do you surrender? Episode Show Notes:
10/12/202034 minutes, 54 seconds
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351: Smita Mishra: Making Businesses Planet-Positive

Smita Mishra is the founder of Fandoro Technologies, a SaaS startup that helps businesses become planet-positive through the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals framework. They help enterprises build purpose-led businesses by identifying and managing their sustainability-related risks and opportunities. She’s also the Founder and CEO of QAZone Infosystems, a software testing firm. Smita is an experienced entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services, retail, banking, and utility industries. As a computer science engineer, Smita is skilled in data analytics and user experience. She’s also adept in the areas of business risk mitigation for tech products as well as project/product/test management. Aside from also being an international speaker on technology and diversity in tech, Smita also engages with different forums to assist growth for women in her field. What We Discuss With Smita Mishra In This Episode What is the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Agenda? How is Fandoro helping businesses to get involved in achieving SDG How their SaaS platform works and the services they offer The metrics they use to measure progress and ensure accuracy of data How receptive businesses are in becoming planet-positive The role of the States in achieving these goals Episode Show Notes:
10/5/202037 minutes, 34 seconds
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350: Troy Bussmeir: The Joy Of Generous Giving

Troy Bussmeir is the CEO of Generous Giving. He oversees the execution of the organization’s strategy in partnership with the board. Troy first encountered the generosity message early in his career through Generous Giving and he desires that others experience it. Troy comes from a 20-year banking and finance career, with roles spanning from financial analysis and negotiating debt structures to strategic planning, organizational leadership, and complex legal resolution. Most recently, Troy served five years as CEO of a financial institution, guiding its executive team and operations. Troy and his wife, Julia, share a passion for seeing God’s transforming power at work and enjoy actively serving in a recovery discipleship program through their church. What We Discuss With Troy Bussmeir In This Episode What is Generous Giving God's view of generosity and stewardship Finding your joy and purpose in life The barriers to generosity How generosity unlocks abundance  Stories of generosity in the midst of COVID-19 Episode Show Notes:
9/28/202040 minutes, 35 seconds
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349: Michele Sullivan: Looking Up, Turning Obstacles Into Advantages

Michele L. Sullivan is the author of Looking Up, a HarperCollins published book. With a unique and interesting perspective on life and business, Michele is a motivational speaker and strategic business advisor who has changed the course of millions of lives. Michele was born with a very rare type of dwarfism. In spite of being looked down upon by others, she learned to look up and lead with an elevated view of others. It’s a philosophy that landed her at the helm of one of the world’s most prominent philanthropy organizations.  During her 30-year career at Caterpillar Inc., Michele held various globally influential leadership positions including director of corporate social innovation and president of the Caterpillar Foundation.  She was named by Inside Philanthropy as one of the 50 most powerful women in philanthropy and also served as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She was recognized as an AACSB 2018 Influential Leader (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Michele is a member of the ONE board of directors and past chair of the Greater Peoria Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Advisory Board.  What We Discuss With In This Episode The power of leaning in The conversation around political correctness The 3 pillars of the Caterpillar Foundation Michele’s current involvement at a grassroots level Michele’s experience meeting Bono Using your platform to lift people up Michele’s thoughts on leadership, inclusion, and diversity The challenges of being a leader Episode Show Notes:
9/21/202047 minutes, 35 seconds
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348: Dr. Christopher Kerr: Death Is But A Dream

Dr. Christopher Kerr is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer of Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo. He has overseen the integration and expansion of palliative care into local hospitals and developed one of the nation’s largest home-based palliative care programs, Home Connections, and Essential Care for Children.  Drawing on interviews with over 1,400 patients and more than a decade of quantified data, Dr. Kerr reveals that pre-death dreams and visions are extraordinary occurrences that humanize the dying process.  In his book, Death Is But A Dream, which was published earlier this year, Dr. Kerr shares how his patients' stories point to death as not solely about the end of life, but as the final chapter of humanity's transcendence.  Dr. Kerr’s book also illuminates the benefits of these phenomena for the bereaved, who find solace in seeing their loved ones pass with a sense of calm closure.  Additionally, by showing what doctors are currently doing wrong when it comes to end-of-life care, he explains how to add this new awareness to their practices.  What We Discuss With Dr. Christopher Kerr In This Episode The phenomenon of end-of-life dreams and visions The progression of the dying process Different themes that come up in the dying process The need for psychological comfort How it benefits the family watching their loved one in this process The subconscious knowing so you’re making sure things are dealt with How to best approach the topic of death The importance of communication at the end of life Episode Show Notes:
9/14/202035 minutes, 21 seconds
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347: Scott Miller: Management Mess to Leadership Success

Scott Miller is the Executive Vice President of Thought Leadership at FranklinCovey. Co-founded by Dr. Stephen R. Covey, the author of the book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, FranklinCovey is one of the top leadership development companies in the world.  With over 30 years of leadership experience, Scott leads the strategy, development, and publication of FranklinCovey’s bestselling books on thought leadership, providing the framework for the company’s world-renowned content and solutions. He is the host of On Leadership With Scott Miller, a weekly leadership webcast, podcast, and newsletter sponsored by FranklinCovey that features interviews with renowned business titans, authors, and thought leaders. The podcast is distributed to more than six million business leaders worldwide. Scott is the author of Management Mess to Leadership Success: Become the Leader You Would Follow.  He is also the co-author of The Wall Street Journal bestseller, Everyone Deserves A Great Manager: The 6 Critical Practices for Leading a Team, released in October 2019. What We Discuss With Scott Miller In This Episode Why he chose to write another leadership book Why not everyone should be a leader of people How to distinguish lack of ability to lead from self-doubt The leadership mindset Why top salespeople turned leaders are creating carnage across culture Leadership at a time of crisis Episode Show Notes:
9/7/202041 minutes, 31 seconds
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346: Dr. Erik Won: Optimizing Brain Function Through Neuroscience

Dr. Erik Won is the President of Wave Neuroscience, Inc. It's a biotechnology company that has innovated breakthrough technologies called Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy (MeRT) and Synchronized Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (sTMS). Erik joined Wave Neuroscience after serving as the Chief Physician and Chief Technology Officer for Boeing. He also served as a US Navy Flight Surgeon in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Wave Neuroscience's goal is to empower and optimize brain function. They want to help people perform better and become the best versions of themselves. Through non-invasive neuromodulation technology, they can address a wide range of neurological disorders. It also helps enhance cognitive performance using non-pharmacological methods.   What We Discuss With In This Episode How they take an engineering approach to the brain Why there’s no such thing as a perfect brain Causes of brain injury Who can benefit from their technology and results they’ve noticed How people can access it right now Episode Show Notes:
8/31/202037 minutes, 1 second
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345: Melissa Lamson: Managing Well in a Complex Business Environment

Melissa Lamson, CEO of Lamson Consulting, works with successful leaders to refine their professional skills and create more effective teams. She is the author of The New Global Manager: Learning to Manage Well in a Complex Business Environment. The book is a daily resource for managers. It provides practical tools, frameworks, strategies, and tips for successfully managing teams face-to-face and virtually. Melissa has partnered with top C-level executives across the world. She has built leadership learning strategy from the ground up. Melissa has first-hand knowledge of leading industries, including the latest advancements in AI. With successful projects in over 40 countries, Melissa brings a unique global perspective to her work with leaders. Currently based in Phoenix, Arizona, she travels continuously to work with clients and deliver programs around the globe. What We Discuss With Melissa Lamson In This Episode Things to think about when taking your company global Understanding the nuances of leadership and team dynamics across countries Applying the OAR framework How to navigate leadership as a woman How to lead virtual teams Episode Show Notes:
8/24/202033 minutes, 31 seconds
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344: Mark Brown: Leadership From The Wilderness To The Workplace

For more than 20 years, Mark M. Brown worked as a field instructor and program manager for Outward Bound. He developed some of the first leadership development programs that utilized Outward Bound principles inside organizations. Mark has worked with companies such as the Home Depot, Charlotte Pipe and Foundry, and Cox Enterprises. He later joined the leadership team of a New England company using Expeditionary Leadership principles to transform its culture. Mark is the author of Outward Bound Lessons to Live a Life of Leadership: To Serve, to Strive, and Not to Yield. It explores the concept of Expeditionary Leadership through the stories of people who went on to make a positive difference in the world.  Mark currently works as a master organizational guide, executive coach and consultant, leading people and organizations to thrive through change. He also serves on the advisory board of several organizations, including two technology start-ups and the University of New Hampshire and Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. What We Discuss With Mark Brown In This Episode Mark's journey What is Outward Bound Observing different behavior dynamics in the wilderness "Soft skills" as the nuts and bolts of effective leadership How do you captain a ship of leaders? How to instill expeditionary leadership qualities in the workplace Episode Show Notes:
8/17/202041 minutes, 3 seconds
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343: Nic Marks: Measuring Happiness and Wellbeing in the Workplace

Nic Marks was once described as a “Statistician with a Soul” because of his unusual combination of ‘hard’ statistical skills and ‘soft’ people skills, he draws on scientific evidence to show that everyone benefits when businesses take happiness seriously.  Nic founded Friday Pulse, a London-based innovative tech business to be the catalyst in changing the world of work for the better. Previously, Nic worked in public policy and advised the UK Government on how to measure population wellbeing. His 2010 TED talk on his work has been watched over 2 million times and he is an in-demand public speaker and workshop leader. What We Discuss With Nic Marks In This Episode How do we measure happiness Happiness as a social emotion Which countries are the happiest in the world How happiness affects our health The 5 ways to wellbeing How happiness is transformative in organizations Episode Show Notes: 
8/10/202034 minutes, 45 seconds
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342: Diana Wu David: Future Proof Your Life (Not Just Your Career)

Diana Wu David is the author of Future Proof: Reinventing Work in the Age of Acceleration, a book about how to adopt more agile mindsets and practices to prepare yourself for success in a fast-changing world, across a 100-year life.  A former Financial Times executive, Diana now works with boards and CEOs to help organizations prepare for the future, boost agility and collaboration, and build a competitive, resilient workforce. Her clients have included AARP, Credit Suisse, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Wharf Hotel Management Group, Expedia, the World Bank, Asia Development Bank, and KPMG.  Diana's Future Proof Course walks you through different exercises to set you on the path of perpetual upgrading and lifelong learning. What We Discuss With Diana Wu David In This Episode The concept of future-proofing your life The challenges leaders face How to develop adaptability and resiliency The future of work How to get started with future-proofing your life The power of community and investing in yourself Episode Show Notes:
8/3/202033 minutes, 15 seconds
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341: Kelly Mason: Paving The Road For A Better World

Kelly Mason is an award-winning Director/Cinematographer, mom, Kundalini yoga teacher, healer, and founder of a non-profit organization that builds roads in front of schools in Costa Rica. She’s also the CEO of the Green Pavement Company, selling recycled road modifiers to construction companies in Central America.  Kelly has produced, directed, and shot hundreds of projects over her 30 years in the film industry. Pave the Road is Kelly's feature documentary debut of which she has spent nearly a decade producing, directing, and shooting. Being the driving force of the film, as well as the protagonist, she was able to establish legislation in Central America creating a circular economy mandating the use of plastic waste and all waste materials in the construction of roads, thus making the plastic road technology the expected norm.  What We Discuss With Kelly Mason In This Episode The divine intervention: Running into Tony Robbins on her street The message: Attending a yoga retreat in Costa Rica The calling: Helping kids from getting sick due to dusty roads An opportunity for innovation: Building roads using carbon-neutral materials The impact: Creating community outreach programs to get everyone involved The reach: A potential documentary film entry to the Academy Awards A new perspective: How the film can give you different perspectives as an individual and a social entrepreneur Episode Show Notes
7/27/202029 minutes, 41 seconds
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340: Chris Field: Disrupting For Good

Chris Field has been challenging complacency and disrupting the status quo most of his life. His most important disruption is Mercy Project, the non-profit he started to rescue children from human trafficking in Ghana, Africa. Its innovative approach has drawn international attention and earned the prestigious Norman Borlaug Humanitarian Award. To date, Mercy Project has rescued 170 children, returned them to their families, and provided them with education that will transform their future for generations to come. Chris lives in College Station, Texas with his wife Stacey and their four young children. Chris Field is the author of the book, Disrupting for Good. What We Discuss With Chris Field In This Episode How Chris became a disruptor The birth of Mercy Project How their organization is bringing families out of poverty Solving the problem forever instead of just putting a bandaid on it The entrepreneurship bootcamp How can you disrupt for good? Episode Show Notes: 
7/20/202031 minutes, 16 seconds
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339: Catherine Toon: Discovering God's Love and Your True Identity and Purpose

Catherine Toon is a retired medical doctor, an anointed author, speaker, coach, and founder of Imprint, LLC and Catherine Toon Ministries. Her first book, Marked By Love, takes the reader on a wild encounter with God as Love to discover their true identity through the lens of the imprint placed upon every person by God, the lover of our souls. Catherine's life purpose is to help people connect with God as He really is. A lot of times, we filter things including how we see God through our pain and through our experience, which is not always leading us in the truth.  What We Discuss With In This Episode How do we discover our purpose? Why do we need to release our self-protective ways of being? Letting God reveal Himself to you How to find your clear path forward The discovery process How to connect with God in different ways Episode Show Notes:
7/13/202039 minutes, 58 seconds
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338: Jeremy Scrivens: Transforming the Future of Work Through Leadership and Convergence

Jeremy Scrivens is an Appreciative Futurist & Collaboration & Innovation Catalyst. He is a Director of The Emotional Economy at Work, a global thought leader, and a consultant on building collaboration in a digital world – for innovation, social good, and the future of talent.  Jeremy works with enterprises to coach innovation, collaboration, and engagement at scale in the Summit (physical) Room and the Social (virtual) Room. He deploys the principles and methods of positive transformation to engage talent, people, and communities to imagine and co-create the future of work. Jeremy has a track record for growing global influence around thought leadership on the future of work. He is a sought after speaker, transformation facilitator, culture catalyst, and future of leadership coach. Jeremy has received a number of accolades including the Top 50 Future of Work Influencers, the Top 10 tweeters on economic transformation by the UK Guardian, the Top 100 HR Influencers, the Top 100 Digital Influencers by, and the Top Business Thinkers Australia 2018 by SmartCompany What We Discuss With Jeremy Scrivens In This Episode How has leadership changed? The 2 streams of leadership model in the future of work How tech is bringing everything to scale The social room: bringing in the non-usual suspects into the room Revolutionizing work through a collaboration of strengths Episode Show Notes
7/6/202047 minutes, 57 seconds
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337: Naysa Mishler: Connecting People in Need with Donors and Brands That Want to Help

“Passion and conviction create change.” This belief is evident throughout Naysa Mishler's 15 years of leadership at large tech companies and it is now driving the mission of Everest Effect, a disaster relief tech marketplace she co-founded to connect people in need with donors and brands who want to help. Before launching Everest Effect, Naysa was the SVP of Global Brand and Product Marketing at Citi FinTech, where she led new product launches, including the world's first FinTech beta testing community. Her career also includes marketing and business development roles at LinkedIn, Citi’s Women & Co., and WeWork. Naysa is a member of Founder’s Pledge and a past board member of Step Up. She is proud to live in the vibrant community of Jersey City with her husband, son, and dog, Hudson. What We Discuss With Naysa Mishler In This Episode Why the Everest Effect was created How the marketplace model works Adding a level of privacy and personalization How they’re supporting people in times of crisis What corporations are doing to create social impact How do they verify users that request help on the platform Transcript Highlights
6/29/202030 minutes, 3 seconds
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336: Arlene Cogen: Making Philanthropy Assessible to Everyone

Arlene Cogen is a sought-after speaker on leadership and philanthropy. A Certified Financial Planner and expert on giving, Arlene provides a fresh perspective on how to include philanthropy in your life.  Her passion is reflected in the inspiring and informative presentations that she delivers at companies like First Republic Bank, Financial Planning Associations and Estate Planning Councils.  Arlene began her career on Wall Street, spending over 20 years in the trust and investment world. Wanting to lead by example for her daughters, she transitioned into nonprofit development and helped guide the ninth largest community foundation in the country for almost a decade. Arlene is the Amazon #1 Best Selling author of Give to Live: Make a Charitable Gift You Never Imagined.  What We Discuss With Arlene Cogen In This Episode How she got into the consulting world of philanthropy The T.I.M.E. program for advisors The benefits of generosity The simple formula of perpetual giving Getting started with your philanthropic journey Companies combining purpose and profit Episode Show Notes  
6/22/202032 minutes, 35 seconds
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335: Amaranatho Robey: Mindfulness...Out Of The Box

Amaranatho was a Buddhist Monk for 15 years and disrobed in 2015 so that he could concentrate on what he enjoys most - helping and serving people. As a young adult Amaranatho worked as a technical support manger for a computer company. He worked hard to get a degree in Artificial Intelligence and then became a world explorer. This experience gave him the ideal balance and understanding of life. Amaranatho Robey now focuses on the interpersonal aspect of mindfulness and how we can use our daily interaction with people to develop emotional resilience, kindness and peace. What he shares is based on cutting edge science, ancient wisdom and creative multi-media and his work has brought him in contact with corporate organizations, educational establishments, families and young people. He has run over one hundred retreats, workshops, and public talks around the world, impacting thousands of people. He also works one to one with people from many different backgrounds to explore how to transform suffering into a full and rich life.  What We Discuss With Amaranatho Robey In This Episode Why he left the tech industry to become a monk Life at the monastery and learning about NVC (nonviolent communication) Finding clarity in the midst of confusion Distinguishing conscious doubt from fear-based doubt Mindfulness as a social phenomena The concept of spiritual bypass and how to skip it The interpersonal aspect of mindfulness Episode Highlights
6/15/202044 minutes, 23 seconds
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334: Lisa Marie Platske: Living A Life Of Purpose

Lisa Marie Platske is the CEO of Upside Thinking, an international leadership development company.  Lisa Marie is a former federal law enforcement officer. She’s an award-winning leadership expert and recognized by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the White House. She has spoken on stages in various parts of the world to over 100,000 leaders on the topics of leadership, vulnerability, forgiveness, and executive presence and connection.  With a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Human Resources Training and Development coupled with a certification in leadership and a thesis in formal and informal mentoring, Lisa Marie is an international best-selling author in 5 countries, having written or co-authored 7 books, and is a regular contributor to She earned her master coach designation, coaching leaders around the globe as she has a unique way of seeing the small shifts needed to capitalize on bigger opportunities – and is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council. Past clients include leaders within the Department of Homeland Security, Honeywell, the National Association of Realtors, Aflac, the Federal Regulatory Commission, State Farm Insurance, Pacific, Gas, and Electric, and Perry Ellis International to name a few. She serves on the board of Project Forgive and the Evolutionary Business Council, the Executive Advisory Council for Leadership California - and in 2015 was recognized by The International Alliance of Women as one of the top 100 Women Making a Difference in the World. What We Discuss With Lisa Marie Platske In This Episode Being accidental vs. intentional in our journey Flowing vs. drifting What is purpose? How to find your purpose and questions for self-reflection The 7 pillars of leadership Leadership starts with you! Episode Show Notes 
6/11/202039 minutes, 50 seconds
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333: John English: Creating a Stress-Free Workplace Through Mindfulness

John English is an award-winning author, coach, and successful entrepreneur who founded four different businesses in manufacturing, engineering, publishing/education, and coaching & development.  John believes in humankind’s innate power and wisdom to live a life on purpose and a life that is full of joy and meaning. This forms the foundation of his Wisdom Leadership Skills Training. Using Ancient Wisdom principles, he helps transform the culture of organizations by empowering individuals to become mindful, charismatic, and passionate leaders. He guides them through personal transformation incorporated in Ancient Wisdom so they can improve their professional and personal relationships, hone their critical thinking abilities, improve decision-making, and be able to deal with stress. What We Discuss With John English In This Episode What causes stress and how to effectively manage stress as a leader The benefits of stopping the stress response How to get into the habit of mindfulness How to create a stress-free culture in the workplace The “pattern interrupt” and working with mirrors Commanding presence vs. ego Episode Show Notes
6/8/202041 minutes, 41 seconds
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332: Nigel Bennett: Take That Leap and Make a Difference

Nigel Bennett, author of Take That  Leap, is an award-winning entrepreneur and philanthropist who is passionate about making a difference in the world and leaving a legacy of generosity and impact for the next generation.  Nigel is the co-founder of Aqua-Guard Spill Response Inc. Founded in 1992, the business’s mission is to protect water, the world’s most precious resource. For over 30 years, the company has served around 3,000 clients in over 105 countries. They provide marine oil spill response equipment and other related services.  Nigel donates all profit from his book sales and speaking engagements to organizations that support different causes associated with human rights, the environment, poverty alleviation, and social services. What We Discuss With Nigel Bennett In This Episode Solving the oil spill threats around the world Social responsibility and building to scale the business The importance of asking for help and having a social outlet Exploring the concept of generosity Click Here For Episode Show Notes  
6/1/202045 minutes, 6 seconds
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331: Dr. Dravon James: Finding Your Everyday Peace

How do you deal with stress and remain calm in these crazy times? Dr. Dravon James is an inspirational speaker, radio host, and author of the book Freedom Is Your Birthright. She is the Founder of Everyday Peace, a platform dedicated to educate, empower, and inspire others to build the life of their dreams. Dr. James earned a doctorate degree in pharmacy from Creighton University. Having endured difficult challenges both in her personal life and career, she knows that she has the power within, not only to create the life of her dreams but also to help other people create the life of their dreams. As an author and speaker, she teachers others how to utilize everything that shows up in their lives – the good, the bad, and everything in between. She believes that the most effective way of transforming and crafting an amazing life is by tapping into everyday peace. What We Discuss With Dravon James In This Episode How to best approach stress Looking at the glass half-full vs. half-empty How to get yourself together in a carpool line The process that guides you into everyday peace The power of your words Episode Transcript Highlights
5/28/202032 minutes, 27 seconds
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330: Gleb Tsipursky: Avoiding Business Disasters

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky is the author of the best selling book, Never Go With Your Gut. Known as the disaster avoidance expert, Gleb's mission is to protect leaders from judgment errors through effective decision making. As the CEO of his company, Gleb has over 20 years of experience in consulting, coaching, and training. He also has over 15 years of experience in academia as a cognitive neuroscientist and behavioral economist. What We Discuss With Gleb Tsipursky In This Episode How to avoid decision disasters How leaders make decisions Examples of bad strategic decision-making by the top leadership leading to bankruptcy versus good strategic decision-making leading to success How to overcome the different cognitive biases  Factors that cause us to make bad decisions Episode Transcript Highlights:
5/25/202034 minutes, 53 seconds
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329: Rich Razgaitis: Transforming The Way The World Drinks Water

Rich Razgaitis is the CEO and founder of FloWater, a company passionate about transforming the way the world drinks water. Based in Denver, FloWater is a team of 61 people with a shared mission to put an end to single-use plastic water bottles. They deliver a product that keeps 2.38 plastic water bottles from reaching our landfills and oceans every second (To date, they've already saved 130 million!) With 20 years of experience in leadership and tech, Rich believes in the power of shifting consumer preference through transforming a product and creating a compelling value proposition. FloWater has achieved tremendous revenue growth for five years now, doubling year over year. The business that has been incubated in Silicon Valley to initially cater to the California market now distributes their product on major markets across the country. What We Discuss With Rich Razgaitis In This Episode Why bottled water is the new cigarette Driving consumer behavior and buying trend Why many people don’t use tap water anymore Seeing a reduction in soda and coffee consumption Other health benefits from using FloWater Where to focus in terms of value proposition and raising capital What brings Rich the greatest joy in what he does Episode Transcript Highlights
5/18/202042 minutes, 18 seconds
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328: Stephen Carl: Conscious eCommerce and Your Digital Marketing Strategy

Stephen Carl is the founder of Needle Movement, a digital strategy company focused on conscious eCommerce. Stephen began his digital career as an early employee at an Amazon-funded start-up in 1998 and has been chasing online conversions ever since. His past digital marketing experiences cover a wide array of categories: not-for-profit, luxury fashion, home, and horticulture – all with the common thread of translating early digital trends into revenue growth. With Needle Movement, Stephen decided that his true calling was to take part in the greater good – the emerging wave of retail brands that make a real difference through sustainability and social impact. He helps these mission-driven brands navigate the wild world of digital marketing, steering them towards the big wins and away from expensive mistakes. Stephen lives in Brooklyn, is a vegetarian and tends to get animated when discussing single-use plastics. He has had previous speaking engagements at Luxury Interactive, SearchCon and Predictive Summit. What We Discuss With Stephen Carl In This Episode Current trends in conscious ecommerce and digital marketing How to become known as a conscious ecommerce company Maximizing the effectiveness of your email marketing sequence and overall strategy Social media and content creation tips for engaging your audience How to move the needle and build on the current success of your business Episode Transcript Highlights
5/11/202039 minutes, 39 seconds
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327: Sue Salvemini: Leading Your Team From Your Kitchen Table

Sue Salvemini (BS, MEd) is an author, speaker, and executive leadership coach helping leaders and teams align their work with their core values for maximum impact and fulfillment. In her first book, Leadership by Choice: 7 Keys for Maximizing Your Impact and Influence in the Workplace…Right Where You Are (Capucia, LLC, May 2018), Sue applies over 25 years of best practices from her personal experience leading and developing teams in both the military and corporate world, along with the experiences of her executive clients and participants in her leadership programs and coaching services. Founder and President of Focal Pointe Consulting Group, Inc., Sue is passionate about helping individuals connect with their authentic leadership style and love the work they do! Married to her husband of over 20 years and mother of their three teenagers, Sue has a refreshing sense of humor and appreciation about the rewards and challenges of wearing many hats while building a purposeful career you truly embrace. What We Discuss With Sue Salvemini In This Episode How to maximize your impact and influence in the current crisis Practical tips for reorganizing your life and systems to be effective at home How to get the most out of your team while working virtually The power of authenticity and vulnerability as a leader Planning your schedule around work and family priorities Episode Transcript Highlights
5/4/202038 minutes, 48 seconds
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326: Safwan Shah: Providing Faster Paycheck Access for American Workers

How is it that the richest country in the world has a third world in its belly? As PayActiv’s founding CEO, Safwan Shah is inspired every day by the transformative impact that PayActiv can bring to the lives of millions of people living paycheck to paycheck. An engineer by training, payments expert by experience and entrepreneur by accident, Safwan’s last job was at TSYS after the acquisition of Infonox - a payments company he founded and bootstrapped. His previous stints include being a rocket scientist at a NASA Center where a number of his experiments were part of the space program. Besides science and entrepreneurship, Safwan has also taught at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley and Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz. Safwan is a graduate of the distinguished Stanford Executive Program and has a Masters/Ph.D. from UC Boulder. What We Discuss With Safwan Shah In This Episode Why millions of American workers are in financial crisis The positive side of capitalism and where conscious capitalism fits in How changing when people get paid is more fair than our current system Transformation and how your primary assumptions about the issue change everything Sage advice from an accidental entrepreneur who chased purpose rather than passion Episode Transcript Highlights
5/4/202035 minutes, 20 seconds
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325: Bobby Herrera: Turning Your Struggles Into Stepping Stones

Bobby Herrera is the author of The Gift of Struggle, a book about leadership and the life-changing lessons we learn through our struggles. He is also the co-founder and president of Populus Group – one of the fastest-growing HR services companies in the United States with annual revenue of $500 million and many Fortune 100 customers. With a passion for building strong culture and communities through trust and storytelling, his leadership style is about empowerment, connections, and ensuring everyone has the opportunity to succeed. Bobby grew up in a big family with parents who immigrated to America without much. While this is not an uncommon story, the leadership style and company culture that it inspired is. The belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to succeed is at the core of Bobby’s philosophy in business and in life. Everyone has struggles and business leaders are no exception. Bobby’s passion is helping others understand how their individual struggles can help them connect with their communities and inspire other is what will ultimately transform their leadership style. Bobby is a proud Army veteran and currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and three children. What We Discuss With Bobby Herrera In This Episode Why struggle is such an important part of success The difference between those who struggle and fail and those who struggle and succeed How build brand identity and cultural intentionality around your origin story Selecting the right people for your organization How to immerse new team members into your culture, purpose and narrative in the first week Leadership lessons from the best CEO you’ve never heard of Episode Transcript Highlights
4/27/202039 minutes, 42 seconds
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324: Keren Eldad: How To Overcome The Superstar Paradox and Experience True Success

As a business coach and speaker, Keren Eldad is a trusted advisor to industry-leading executives and superstar entrepreneurs who are setting records at the top of their fields. Since 2016, powerhouses have sought her out to help them make significant breakthroughs in the profitable growth of their business while revitalizing their energy and defining the meaning of their entire lives. Over the last three years, Keren has developed a measurably impactful and streamlined executive coaching process to do this, while working with top organizations including: J.P. Morgan, Christian Dior/LVMH, Van Cleef & Arpels, Vacheron Constantin, IWC, Waypoint Helicopter Leasing, Beyond Capital, YPO- and more. A diplomat’s daughter and graduate of the London School of Economics, Keren speaks five languages and easily relates her message to anyone and everyone, including her social media following of 100K. Having served in the Israeli army and emerging into coaching from crisis counseling, Keren believes in service as a way of life, and is focused on adding value and making things better and easier for others. As a coach, she is accredited by the ICF, WCI and TTI Insights (ACC, CPC, CEC , C.P.M.A., C.P.B.A., C.P.T.A.), and is a top-level Crisis Counselor with Crisis Text Line. She has been featured on The Today Show, O, the Oprah Magazine, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Bravo, TEDx, and many more media outlets. She helps leaders make significant breakthroughs in the profitable growth of their business while revitalizing their energy and defining the meaning of their lives. What We Discuss With Keren Eldad In This Episode The Superstar Paradox and how it affects high-performing leaders The truth about positive psychology and to use it to find true fulfillment The benefit of life transitions, just like the world is in right now with COVID-19 The effects of today’s social media culture, especially on the overachiever How invulnerability can lead to unethical behavior and a lack of self-awareness How to recognize the Superstar Paradox in leaders you are considering following Episode Transcript Highlights
4/23/202031 minutes, 30 seconds
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323: Christine Comaford: How To Increase Your Emotional Resilience In Uncertain Times

For over 30 years Leadership and Culture Coach, Serial Entrepreneur, and New York Times bestselling author Christine Comaford has helped leaders navigate growth and change. She specializes in applied neuroscience, which helps her clients achieve tremendous results in record time. An entrepreneur, she built and sold five companies with an average ROI of 700%, and she was a software engineer in the early days of Microsoft and Apple. Christine is a human behavior expert, a leadership columnist for, and the New York Times bestselling author of Power Your Tribe, SmartTribes and Rules for Renegades. Named one of the Top 50 Human Behavior Experts to Follow and one of the Global Employee Engagement Influencers, Christine is sought after for providing proven strategies to shift executive behavior to create more positive outcomes, enroll and align teams in times of change, profoundly increase sales, product offerings, and company value. Her coaching, consulting and strategies have created hundreds of billions of dollars in new revenue and company value for her clients. The potent neuroscience techniques she teaches are easy to learn and immediately applicable to help leaders see into their blind spots, expand their vision and more effectively influence outcomes. Christine has served as a board director or in-the-trenches advisor to 36 startups, and has invested in over 200 startups (including Google). She has consulted to the White House (Clinton and Bush), 700 of the Fortune 1000 companies, and over 300 small and medium-sized businesses. She has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, FOX Business Network, PBS, CNET and Stanford Graduate School of Business has done two case studies on her unconventional rise to success as a woman with neither a high school diploma nor college degree. Christine believes we can do well and do good, using business as a path for personal development, wealth creation, and philanthropy. What We Discuss With Christine Comaford In This Episode Why it’s essential that leaders understand how to deal with emotions The Emotional Wheel – how to identify the real emotion driving behavior Maneuvers of Consciousness – how to develop emotional resilience in 12 minutes The Outcome Frame – how to remove roadblocks and encourage insight and aspiration The Five Organismic Rights – how to claim your rights as a human being Episode Transcript Highlights
4/20/202039 minutes, 44 seconds
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322: Patricia Romboletti: How To Bulletproof Your Career

What do you need to know to bulletproof your career as a senior level leader? Patricia Romboletti is the founder of the Bulletproof Your Career Methodology, a 4-phase coaching system for senior executive leaders, and the author of Bulletproof Your Career: Secure Your Financial Future and do Fulfilling Work on Your Own Terms...for LIFE. After 18 years of experience as a retained executive recruiter, Pat chose to switch sides and expose the secrets behind the hiring curtain – giving her clients an unfair advantage against a rigged and frustrating hiring system. Her 4-phase system gives her clients a bulletproof mindset, a shortened search, a lifetime of financial security, and personal ownership over their career and destiny. In addition, Patricia’s TEDx talk was a wake-up call for corporate executives, urging them to stop living in complacency and denial and to disrupt themselves before they are disrupted. Her advice — “think and act like a gigger.” What We Discuss With Patricia Romboletti In This Episode What is the gig economy How to think like a gigger as a senior level executive in a corporate role Reframing your sense of loyalty to an employer Using LinkedIn to curate and nurture your network How giggers approach training differently than typical executives Resume writing tips As a leader, how to help your people not get blindsided Episode Transcript Highlights
4/16/202041 minutes, 34 seconds
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321: Dr. Jeffrey Spahn: The Evolution of Leadership in the Midst Of Crisis

Leadership is evolving - are you? It is easy in these unsettling times to unconsciously get dragged into fear and negativity, to just accept mediocrity or to move into a stagnant holding pattern. Yet we humans have an impressive track record of rising above and beyond crisis in spectacular fashion. In his forthcoming book to be published by McGraw-Hill, Leading Leaders with Simultaneity: A New Way of Leading and Following, Dr. Jeffrey Spahn puts forth that crisis, if met and led in a particular way, can create the perfect storm for collective flow, unprecedented Innovation and in sync execution. Dr. Jeffrey Spahn has integrated insights from business and philosophy, arts and athletics, science and spirituality to develop the distinctive leadership practice, Simultaneity™. With a degree in business from the University of Michigan and a doctorate from the University of Chicago, he grounds Simultaneity™ in sound scholarship. After more than twelve years of executive leadership, Jeff taught business graduate students and conducted research on the purpose of business. During this investigation he engaged many of the top executives in the United States. In today’s conversation he shares with us his practical experience applying these principles through his executive leadership clients. What We Discuss With Dr. Jeffrey Spahn In This Episode What can leaders do to create opportunities in the midst of this crisis? How do leaders lead each other – leading and following at the same time? The 3 keys to developing a culture of curious conviction that leads to rapid innovation How to invite others into a collaborative conversation to solve a problem When to practice situational leadership vs simultaneity The difference between collective will and consensus The importance of mindfulness and getting quiet in order to access a higher intelligence How to work effectively with virtual teams Episode Transcript Highlights
4/13/202037 minutes, 14 seconds
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320: Norman Wolfe: Transforming Your Business Into a Living Organization

Norman Wolfe, founder and CEO of Quantum Leaders, is a leading voice in bringing about a transformation in the core paradigm of business. He is a 15-year veteran of Hewlett Packard, has led companies large and small, been a public company director, and has over 30 years consulting and mentoring leaders in a wide range of industries. He is the author of The Living Organization, an application of the core principles of how the world works, to how organizations and individuals can create extraordinary impact. What We Discuss With Norman Wolfe In This Episode How the current way we look at business organizations is broken Why the key to success is building a new model for business that makes the old one obsolete What we can learn from the way nature adapts and responds to changing environments The core principles of a Living Organization The objectification of organizations and its impact on employee engagement The paradox of habits The importance of shifting context within organizations to create desired change Episode Transcript Highlights There’s a lot of talk in business today about trying to make organizations resilient, adaptable, creative, and innovative. People are trying to adjust the old system and they’re failing at a rate of 70%. The problem is that we’re following a way of operating an organization that literally cannot achieve the goals we want. We typical think of an organization from a mechanistic view – we plan, organize, lead and control. That means the leader physically designs the machine or tool and everyone is supposed to follow along. “Our people are our most important assets.” – This is a mechanistic view of people, as parts, assets or things that make the machine work properly. The thing about machines is that they are not very adaptable, so they need to be redesigned. We call that change management. Looking at nature – living systems likes trees, birds, animals - they are highly adaptive, they respond to their environment. They shift and change as need be. Human beings are also highly adaptive, if we’re not part of a big machine. What if we looked at the human body as a living organization? It is the most efficient, effective, creative, and innovative organization. It has 300 billion employees called cells. We know now that cells are sentient beings – in other words, they are thinking entities. Think of an organization as a person, as a being, with a soul and purpose. The first thing is to realize that it’s not about creating a Living Organization, it’s shifting the lens. See it as person and give it a name. Is it more masculine or more feminine? Is it more introverted or more extroverted? The leader’s role in a Living Organization changes from command and control to setting the context and the purpose of the organization, developing the people, building communities, and being in service. Instead of using people to produce outcomes, you use outcomes as a path to develop people. The second part is realizing that everything is energy. Therefore what we want to do is help the organization utilize and maximize the energy directed to producing the value we want to produce for customers. There are 3 fields of energy that we create through – activity, relationship and context. If people are in sync, harmonious and complementary, you get more energy flowing than in a situation where there’s tension. There is a being-ness that we have individually – there’s a field of energy and it is contagious energy. Who we are being as an organization affects the quality of relationships, effectiveness of activity, and so forth. Most people don’t get the sense of energy in context and how that energy has a creative force. We create behavioral strategies to make us successful in life – we’re creating our context and they become habits. The habits we create become automatic. At some point however those habits may no longer serve us. In other words, the old context doesn’t support our new desired behavior. However because context is almost like a sense of identity, letting go is like a death process. Therefore, creating a new context involves a mourning or grieving process, honoring and respecting that which was, a new story about what how you are choosing to be now, and rituals around it to concretize our belief systems.  “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” - R. Buckminster Fuller  “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. Forfeit your sense of awe, let your conceit diminish your reverence and the universe becomes a marketplace.”- Abraham Joshua Heschel Episode Show Notes
4/6/202040 minutes, 1 second
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319: Dana Wilde: How To Train Your Brain For Better Results

What is the difference between how average entrepreneurs think vs happy and highly successful business leaders? Dana Wilde is an expert in how to intentionally and systematically change your mindset so you get better outcomes.  After growing her own business from zero to a million dollars a year in under 19 months, Dana shows you how to make money by being happy and get paid for being YOU. With nearly 100,000 followers in 87 countries, Dana is the bestselling author of Train Your Brain and featured in the movies, The Abundance Factor, The Truth About Prosperity, and Dream Big.  Fascinated by neuroscience and the power of the mind, she affects lives daily on The Mind Aware Show, where she interviews thought leaders, brain scientists, and celebrities about how to intentionally think wealthier, happier, and healthier thoughts.   Her concepts are relevant at any time in your business and life and especially now, as the world is in turmoil and fear abounds. Listen as she shares valuable tips. What We Discuss With Dana Wilde In This Episode  What to do when you feel stuck or afraid How to change your results quickly   How to use your mindset if “positive thinking” has never worked for you Easy mindset shifts for people who feel like they're lying to themselves when they use affirmations Episode Show Notes and Transcript
3/30/202038 minutes, 5 seconds
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318: Wendy Diamond: Animal Rescue, Women's Entrepreneurship and Disruptive Technology

Internationally Renowned Social Entrepreneur, Impact Investor, Humanitarian, Best Selling Author, TV Personality and Do Gooder – Wendy Diamond is the CEO and Founder of Women's Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO). WEDO is a non-governmental volunteer organization and a global initiative celebrated in 144 countries, and universities and colleges worldwide with the mission to empower women in business and alleviate poverty. Wendy Diamond is also an investor and advisor in social impact disruptive technologies and women led businesses in Health Sciences, Renewable Energy, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain Technology, Fintech and Virtual Reality, including : Producers Market, RISE Wealth Technologies, LOOK Lateral Art, IPWE, Blocktower Investments, Infinigon Group, SAFE Health App, Farma Trust, Breathometer, IGP METHANOL and SNAKT. Wendy has authored ten books, garnered three Guinness World Records, and has appeared in media outlets including Oprah, NBC's Today Show, The New York Times and Forbes. She has also been a featured keynote speaker at the United Nations, Davos and Harvard University. Wendy Diamond sits on the Advisory Boards of Ellis Island Honors Society, Global Women in Blockchain, Social Innovation Summit, the Humane Society of New York and Grey Muzzle Foundation. Prior to WEDO, Wendy founded Animal Fair Media, Inc. the premiere pet lifestyle media platform bridging celebrity and pop culture to support animal rescue and welfare after she learned that 12 million animals were euthanized annually. Today that number has been reduced to 2 million. What We Discuss With Wendy Diamond How the animal rescue and pet lifestyle movement began The importance of collaboration, persistence and positivity Finding social causes that you are passionate about How humble beginnings can lead to global social impact Why investing in women’s entrepreneurship makes good sense A few new technology platforms that are set to disrupt their industries Episode Transcript Highlights:
3/23/202036 minutes, 22 seconds
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317: Trudi Lebron: Why Diversity is Essential to Your Business Success

Trudi Lebron is a compassionate yet no-nonsense rule breaker who has been carving out her own path for the last 23 years. By the time Trudi was 16, she had two children and had dropped out of high school. All the odds were against her. Today, Trudi is a sought-after coach for entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and corporate institutions helping them create social impact initiatives, and train leaders to lead with a lens for equity, diversity, inclusion, and impact. Her experience of being a bi-racial teen mom on welfare who worked her way up in the non-profit sector while building her own business gives her a unique perspective on using our businesses for social good. Trudi holds a BA in Theatre, a Master’s in Psychology with a specialization in strategic planning for social change, and is currently a PhD candidate in the Social Psychology. She is also the co-host of the top-rated podcast That’s Not How That Works; a show about race, diversity, equity, and inclusion in the coaching industry. She was also recognized as one of Connecticut's 40 under 40 in business in 2016 by the Hartford Business Journal. What We Discuss With Trudi Lebron How to align your business values with the impact you want to create The importance of diversity in making better business decisions How equity, diversity and inclusion impacts your revenue and client satisfaction Where the coaching industry has lagged behind in embracing equity, diversity and inclusion The three core levels of impact and what they mean for you as an entrepreneur Episode Show Notes and Transcript Highlights:
3/16/202035 minutes, 44 seconds
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316: Ulrich Floresca: Zero Debris Beach Cleanup Becomes a Way of Life

How does cleaning up our beaches impact our inner and outer world?   Ulrich Floresca is a massage therapist and former dentist who, since his 48th birthday has been living an entirely new way of life; a life of Zero Debris. When he turned 48, Ulrich chose to improve himself and the world by taking on 48 Acts of Love and Kindness, which quickly turned into a monthly international beach cleanup. Ulrich is looking to collaborate with people around the globe to make a profound difference for Mother Earth, and to help fulfill his utopian vision. His non-profit organization currently spans 4 countries and is growing rapidly. He aims to expand Zer0 Debris so that each country and each world citizen can enjoy the benefits of having a clean internal and external environment. Ulrich is also the author of the book, Zer0 Debris.   What We Discuss With Ulrich Floresca in This Episode Why he started Zer0 Debris beach cleanup How his philosophy of zero debris applies to our inner world What he has learned from launching a non-profit that is now in 4 countries How to garner support for your passion project What to expect when starting a nonprofit Episode Show Notes and Transcript Highlights Episode Resources Zer0 Debris: A Way Of Life (book) Connect With Ulrich Floresca and Get Involved
3/9/202031 minutes, 29 seconds
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315: Ashanti Branch: Empowering Young Men to Have Real Conversations

Where do young men go to share their deepest fears and find connection and purpose? Ashanti Branch works to change how students, especially young men of color, interact with their education and how their schools interact with them. Raised in Oakland, by a single mother on welfare, Ashanti left the inner city to study civil engineering. A construction project manager in his first career, his life changed after he tutored struggling students and realized his passion for teaching. In 2004, during Ashanti’s first year teaching high school math, he started the Ever Forward Club to provide support for African American and Latino males who were not achieving their potential. Since then, Ever Forward has helped all of its more than 150 members graduate from high school, and 93% of them have gone on to attend two- or four-year colleges, military or trade school. The Ever Forward Club was featured last year in the documentary, The Mask You Live In, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. After completing a fellowship at the Stanford school in 2016, Ashanti stepped away from working for a school district and began working as the Founding Executive Director for Ever Forward - Siempre Adelante in an effort to grow the organization to serve thousands of Bay Area students. In 2017, Ashanti was awarded a fellowship from the national organization CBMA - Campaign for Black Male Achievement. In 2019, Ashanti received a fellowship from the Gratitude Networks and was a top-three finalist for the LinkedIn Compassion award. At the Ever Forward Club, they believe that all young men have the desire to be fully alive – to be loved, respected, held in high regard, held to high expectations, held accountable for their actions and supported to help achieve their goals. Their objective is to create the space for this to happen. What We Discuss With Ashanti Branch in This Episode What inspired him to start the Ever Forward Club? Why are so many young men angry and frustrated? What does the mask represent and why is it necessary to remove it? Where do the masks we all wear come from? What are the biggest challenges you face as a leader? What is the 100K Masks Challenge? Episode Show Notes and Transcript Episode Resources Ashanti Branch TEDx Talk: The Masks We All Wear Featured in Documentary: The Mask You Live In Connect With Ashanti Branch and the Ever Forward Club Website: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter:
3/5/202041 minutes, 35 seconds
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314: Eva Yazhari: Bringing Hope and Finances to Rural India and East Africa

How can you align your values and money and invest in social enterprises that truly make an impact? Eva Yazhari is the CEO of Beyond Capital, an impact investment fund that invests in for-profit social enterprises throughout India and East Africa.  They invest in businesses that are focused on greater access to health care, water, sanitation and energy, as well as food security and financial inclusion, which can increase the quality of life and standard of living for consumers at the bottom of the pyramid.  Though they seek market rate financial returns, Beyond Capital is structured as a non-profit, which permits them to emphasize fidelity to their social mission alongside their financial mandate. Eva Yazhari is also the co-host of the Beyond Capital Podcast, and Founder of the online magazine, The Conscious Investor. Throughout her fifteen-year career, Eva Yazhari has worked in the impact investment, finance, and asset management industries. She’s an angel investor and a proponent of the 100 percent Impact Portfolio approach. What We Discuss With Eva Yazhari in This Episode What inspired her to leave Wall Street and focus on impact investing Who were her early adopters and how did she attract them with her message What Beyond Capital looks for in the social enterprises they invest in How do they measure impact in the business and local community The structure of their team and how they are able to recruit top talent as volunteers Complete Episode Show Notes and Transcript Episode Resources The Beyond Capital Podcast: The Conscious Investor Online Magazine: Connect With Eva Yazhari Beyond Capital Website: The Conscious Investor Website: Twitter: com/beyondcapital Eva Yazhari LinkedIn:
3/2/202041 minutes, 2 seconds
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313: Andrew Hewitt: Changing The Game Of Business For Good

What are leading business game changers doing to sustain their social mission and purpose for good? For more than a decade Andrew has been uniting the Game Changers of our time to evolve economics and address the systemic challenges we face. In 2010 Andrew set out on a mission to showcase a new standard of success in business, which led to the publication of GameChangers 500, a ranking of the world's top mission-driven businesses. Through this extensive research initiative, Andrew became a sought-after expert in what differentiates high-performing purpose-driven organizations. He was featured in news media around the world, and earned a seat on an advisory council guiding federal legislation within the U.S. government. Purpose-driven pioneers like Patagonia, creators of tribe-like cultures such as Zappos, and cause champions like TOMS are among the organizations Andrew has studied and worked with through his journey. He has also supported century old corporations such as Kraft Foods in learning how to lead with purpose and has been referred to as a “purpose sherpa” for executives at large corporations. By 2016 Andrew had witnessed many of the organizations he had praised as "best in the world" slip back into traditional profit-driven behavior. Using Game Theory as a guide, Andrew began extensively exploring what it takes to truly "change the game", recognizing that behaviors in business are primarily driven by what we measure and how we motivate. His latest research is focused on evolving economics from win-lose to win-for-all outcomes.  He serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence Emeritus at UC San Diego, is on the board of the Pachamama Alliance, and addresses a diversity of audiences including students at the United Nations University for Peace, CEO’s of Asia’s largest banks, government officials in the U.A.E, and everything in between.  What We Discuss With Andrew Hewitt What is a business game changer Why do mission-driven companies slide back into a profit at all costs model What to consider before you start a movement How to sustain lasting change using game theory The importance of recognizing how culture is driving the status quo Episode Resources Complete Episode Show Notes Game Changers 500: Andrew Hewitt Featured Work: Connect With Andrew Hewitt Website: LinkedIn: Facebook: Twitter:
2/27/202043 minutes, 38 seconds
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312: Jennifer Smith: Planting Trees and Protecting Biodiversity in the Rainforest

Why is tree planting in the rainforest particularly important and how can we do it better? Founder of Community Carbon Trees, Jennifer Smith has devoted over 17 years to planting and growing more than 556,000 trees in Costa Rica. Born in Southwest Louisiana, she was raised on a sustainable family farm where she learned the importance of land stewardship and sustainable business practices from a young age. She earned a Juris Doctorate degree at Louisiana State University in 1993 and in 2000, went to Costa Rica to embark on a mission to plant trees. Her work to build community, protect biodiversity, and reverse climate change is a model for how all people can coexist with nature. In addition to her expertise in tree planting and reforestation, Jennifer also became a Certified Auditor of carbon dioxide under international guidelines. Jennifer is trained to calculate carbon footprints to determine baselines for sequestering CO2. In addition, Jennifer completed the agroforestry calculations to determine how much CO2 is sequestered by tropical trees using accepted techniques and practices. Jenny provides private consulting services to help individuals and businesses understand their carbon footprint. She can determine how many trees you need to grow over 25 years to offset your CO2 footprint and become carbon neutral. In this conversation with us, “Tree Jenny” as she is known within the tree planting community, shares what ignited her passion for tree planting and reforestation of the rainforest and why it’s something that we all need to be supporting. Side-stepping the blame game, Jennifer emphasizes the importance of focusing our attention on the solution. She explains the role that tropical trees play in rain patterns and climate change around the world, and why conserving existing forests – or simply planting millions of trees – is not enough. Her approach to planting trees and growing biodiverse forests over the long-term also includes helping local farmers and workers regain their self-esteem and purpose and work together as a community, thus ensuring sustainability and scalability. Episode Resources Environmental Problems and Solutions Connect With Tree Jenny and Her Team Website: Facebook: Instagram: Instagram:
2/24/202041 minutes, 48 seconds
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311: Tim Rhode: Empowering Men to Live Epic Lives

Co-Founder of GoBundance, Real Estate Investor, and New York Times Bestselling Author, Tim Rhode is a rare individual who “walks the walk” of what he teaches. Tim came from a humble background, growing up in a blue-collar family in a blue-collar town. Despite barely graduating high school and never attending college, Tim went on to dream, plan, and create his own “magnificent life.” Tim attributes his success to his own determination and the individuals who have kept him on track. In 2005, he realized he needed a quality peer-group of other successful men who understood his unique set of needs and could hold him accountable to his own high standards. Tim and three others created an accountability group through which they could help one another plan, execute, and achieve their financial and lifestyle goals. Over time, new members were added to their tribe, and by 2013 the foundation was officially laid for GoBundance. Since then, it has grown to nearly 250 members. Having succeeded despite his own rocky beginnings, Tim is inspired to help others find their paths earlier in life. In addition to co-founding GoBundance, Tim recently co-authored Tribe of Millionaires. He is also the creative force behind 1 Life Fully Lived, where he helps kids plan their future, while driving positive change in the ways children are taught in school. In today’s conversation with us, Tim shares key insights from his experience mentoring men who seem to have it all, along with his passion for helping men and their families create an abundant life in every area. We unpack the model used to grow GoBundance and 1Life Fully Lived, and Tim offers preparatory tips for aspiring movement makers – things to put in place before you launch out on your own. What We Discuss With Tim Rhode What is GoBundance and how it started What successful men are looking for in a tribe The power of transparent vulnerability The biggest catalyst to the growth and success of their movement The Core 4 principles of the 1Life Fully Lived program Episode Resources Get your free copy of Tribe Of Millionaires (just pay the shipping) Connect With Tim Rhode and his Tribe Website: Facebook: Instagram: YouTube: Website: Facebook: LinkedIn:
2/17/202030 minutes, 52 seconds
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310: Wendy Steele: Empowering Women and Transforming Lives

Wendy Steele understands the impact of generosity and has been encouraging philanthropy for most of her adult life.  In 2001, she launched and led an innovative pass-through foundation called Impact100 which empowers women to fund transformational grants to the communities it serves across five broad focus areas: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Family and Health & Wellness. She continues to support, mentor and advise Impact100 Chapters around the globe as her Impact100 Model has been replicated in many cities. By the end of 2019, Impact100 organizations had given away just short of $80 million to worthy non-profits and it continues to expand at an accelerated pace. Her work in philanthropy is also noted in several books including, The Transformative Power of Women’s Philanthropy; Women, Wealth and Giving; Women’s Giving Circles; and The Right Sisters – Modern Women Inventors.  PBS Television created an hour-long documentary entitled, Impact 100: Changing Lives, Strengthening Communities, which highlights the work of Impact100 Pensacola Bay Area, the world’s largest Impact100 organization. In 2014, Wendy was awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service for her work with Impact100. Considered the Nobel Prize for community service, this prestigious honor was founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft, Jr. and Samuel Beard to recognize individuals across the U.S. who improve communities through their service. In 2016, Wendy was named by Philanthropy Media as one of America’s Top 25 Philanthropy Speakers. She appeared on this list as Number 2, behind U2’s Bono, who holds the Number 1 spot. In today’s conversation with us, Wendy Steele shares why she started Impact100 and how it works. She unpacks its evolution from the first group of women in her local city to becoming a movement of global proportion. We explore the demographics of women who participate, the power and impact of philanthropy and generosity, and what Impact100 members look for when choosing a non-profit to award a grant of $100,000+. What We Discuss With Wendy Steele What is Impact100 and how is it structured The five focus areas they donate to and why The benefit of diversity in forming a local chapter and vetting charities to support How this model of impact is empowering women to own their power The health benefits of authentic generosity One of Wendy’s favorite stories of transformation and impact Episode Resources Connect With Wendy Steele and Impact100 Website: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: Twitter: Facebook: LinkedIn: Twitter:
2/13/202040 minutes, 22 seconds
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309: Kristen Faith: Life After Domestic Violence

After escaping an abusive relationship in college, Kristen Faith used Facebook to break her silence to the world by sharing her restraining order online. Her vulnerability and life experience has inspired thousands on social media to break the silence against domestic violence. Kristen has served as an expert advocate for numerous publications to include: Investigation Discovery, ESPN, NowThis, Glamour Magazine,, HuffPost, New York Post, and MIC to name a few. She has spoken nationally to educate college campuses, first responders, health care professionals, and social workers on the complete scope of domestic violence from a survivor’s perspective. In today’s conversation with us, Kristen describes how Break The Silence Against Domestic Violence started and quickly evolved into a national movement. She explains how they attract volunteers, raise money, identify good board members, and how they have been able to bring families together in the healing and recovery process. Kristen also shares what is next for her, as she ventures beyond her story of domestic violence and the movement she created, to consulting and teaching others how to grow their movement and make a lasting impact in their communities. What We Discuss With Kristen Faith How to start a movement that inspires people to get involved Grassroots ideas for creating awareness about your cause How to choose your board members How to raise funds using social media and through local community events Finding purpose beyond the movement Key Takeaways The Break The Silence Against Domestic Violence Facebook page started out being all about quotes and poems and was an uplifting source for survivors, families, and people who wanted to be part of the movement. There were so many people writing in and asking for help. Their needs weren’t being met and I wanted to create a solution. So I created this organization based on what I would have wanted when I was in that situation. We tabled it at every possible community conference we could find in San Diego. People really loved our mission and how we saw and addressed the issue of domestic violence. More people became part of the organization because we made them feel like family. So it wasn’t just that Kristen was showing up. Kristen was showing up with her whole family. It was really a positive ripple effect of people wanting to create change. At one point it was five of us, being at conferences, offering education in schools, sending out mailers for donations and putting together events locally, i.e. car washes or bake sales. 8 years later we have volunteers in almost every state in the U.S. We have outreach volunteers who go out into the community and host events called Sister Meetups for survivors who want to get together and meet others. We engage millennials by keeping it fresh, fun and engaging. If something is not working, fix it. If something is working, do more of it. We’ve had board members who are incredibly involved, and we’ve had board members who like to say they’re on our board because we’re a national non-profit. Passionate individuals are wonderful, but passion doesn’t get the job done. You can have great intentions about wanting to change the world, but are you actively going to make phone calls to donors, and show up at events and sell tables for your local charity gala? Are you actually going to show up for meetings and volunteering when we need help as an organization? Beyond passion, we’re looking for board members who can share their skills, experience, and connections. Every year we ask our board members to contribute at least $3000. That means you can donate outright, or you can fundraise through a bake sale or sell tables to a local dinner. Our main source of donations this year is Facebook. We are one of the top 125 non-profits on Facebook that are utilizing their donation platform. We are not a crisis organization. We do not have a shelter, offer legal aid, restraining orders, or court advocacy, because these services are already being offered. We solve the problem by addressing domestic violence at its roots – which is education. If parents aren’t taught how to treat their children, or if people are not educated on how to have relationships with their family members, significant others or spouses that is one-third of the problem. We focus on a sandwich model. One side is prevention, the inside is the crisis services, and the other side is healing and recovery. We need both sides, otherwise people are going to continue the cycle. When it came to building my own personal brand, the doubt was real, because a huge part of me said, “Who are you without Break The Silence?” Being a movement maker is absolutely game changing. However, if you don’t have self-care, and if you don’t have an identity outside of your movement, cause or business, who are you? Don’t create a movement for the accolades, do it for the cause and the impact. My story doesn’t end with domestic violence, that’s where it begins. My message is not what happened to Kristen, but what we can learn from what happened to Kristen. Everything I’ve learned along this journey, I am willing to share. Dreams are for nighttime. If you’re not waking up and doing it, why are you even thinking about it? Episode Resources Helpline: 855-BTS-1777 Connect With Kristen Faith Website: Instagram: Facebook:
2/11/202042 minutes, 28 seconds
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308: Frank Fiume: How To Grow Your Movement Faster Using Franchising

Frank Fiume II is a pioneer in the youth sports industry and the founder of i9 Sports—the leading franchise of youth leagues and camps in the U.S. Since 2003, i9 Sports has generated more than $300 million in sales, with 2 million participants in 900 communities across 30 states nationwide. A baseball fanatic and native of Queens, New York, Frank graduated from St. John’s University and began a career as a medical equipment sales rep, though he was determined to pursue his life’s true purpose. So in l995, he created his own adult men’s softball league, ABA Sports. The start-up company quickly grew to over 900 teams in just six years, making it the largest adult sports organization on Long Island. In 2003, Frank sold ABA in order to create i9 Sports, a business that catapulted him to national recognition and that Entrepreneur magazine ranked as the #1 children’s fitness franchise. Frank has been featured on Fox Business News, HBO Real Sports, and in dozens of publications and national news media outlets, including USA Today, Sports Illustrated, and The Wall Street Journal. Frank sold i9 Sports in 2017 to a private equity firm, but remains a minority shareholder and member of the board of directors. In today’s conversation with us, Frank shares how he built the nation’s most successful youth sports franchise and what he learned while creating a movement that has inspired 2 million participants in 30 states nationwide. What We Discuss With Frank Fiume II The power of purpose and following your dream How to overcome the dark days while you’re growing your franchise and movement Why franchising is a powerful model for expanding your movement quickly How to use social media as a franchise How to build wealth for your employees through an ESOP When to know when it’s time to move on to your next venture Key Takeaways I wanted to create something that was all about fun, safety, convenience and brought families together to create great memories. Find mentors who can share their knowledge with you and provide the motivation you need to keep going. You have to have a strong why, especially to get you through those tough dark days of growing your franchise and leading your movement. You’ll always do more for other people than you will for yourself. My wife and I have a mantra, which is to live with no regrets. That means we do what we think is right, even if it’s scary. It shuts off all excuses and you just go for it. I chose franchising because I wasn’t yet comfortable hiring people all over the country and I wanted to expand rapidly. I didn’t have a lot of capital at the time, so using other people’s investment capital as a way of expanding my business was a great vehicle to use. Plus you can grow faster. However the people in your franchise system are not all going to believe in your vision. So you have to constantly gain their buy-in to believe in your vision, and follow your rules, systems and processes. In franchising, you’re also going to be giving up some of the revenue, but you also don’t have the same amount of expenses and issues that occur at the franchise level. You want to have a franchising consultant not just a regular lawyer setting it up. Because you don’t know what you don’t know. Having a franchise attorney is the second piece to the puzzle. There are way too many individual state-specific laws for the franchising industry, and they’re changing so quickly that you want a lawyer who knows what they’re doing. Recruiting franchisees is going to be mostly internet-based, through franchise portals, Facebook ads, franchise boards and other avenues. On recruiting – just because someone like football or played football doesn’t mean they should own a football business. They must be able to apply business acumen to it. We didn’t have social media early on, so the #1 thing we did was to make sure that our employees were at the fields regularly – to feel and remember why we do what we do. When you build your organization, you aspire to have a great management team around you. Fortunately I did that. What nobody told me was that when that happens, I found myself not needed anymore. I started to feel really guilty because I felt i9 Sports was my purpose in life, but I got to the point where it wasn’t as fulfilling as it once was. An Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is where you sell your company to your employees. They don’t need to have any money for the investment. Your corporation goes out and gets a loan from a bank, which loans the money to you personally, paying you for your stock at a valuation. The benefit of an ESOP is that your employees share in the profits. You still share in the profits and control the company, but they also benefit and get a sense of ownership. Another benefit of an ESOP is that you’re not giving away any information to a competitor. A lot of times if you’re bought out by a competitor, the deal falls through before it closes and they now have your proprietary information. My purpose is to use my creativity and enthusiasm to inspire others. I was mistaken when I thought my purpose was the ABA softball league, then i9 Sports, and then my book. I realize now that it was none of those things and it was all of them. Our life is made up of a series of missions. Episode Resources Running With My Head Down Book Connect With Frank Fiume II and i9 Sports Frank Fiume Website: I9 Sports Website: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: LinkedIn:
2/6/202041 minutes, 44 seconds
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307: Matthew Young: Creating Quality Experiences at the Youth Sports Level

Matthew Young is an industry leader with over 25 years of experience in the allied health care sector. A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Matt put his Human Kinetics degree and passion for health and sport to use in his first start up company – Innovative Fitness. This body of work led to a Canadian (2006) and British Columbia (2011) Top 40 Under 40 recognition. In early 2010, Matt turned his focus to the not-for-profit sector where he founded a charity focused on supporting the development of physical literacy in youth. To date, these tools have been utilized in over 238 countries.  Matt’s affinity for all things active has led him from the gridiron where he was a conference All Star to the Sahara Desert, to cycling across three countries. He is a Guinness Book of World Record holder, two-time Ironman, ten-time marathon finisher and multi day adventure race competitor. Matt and his team have raised over $6.25M for charity over 20 years with a lifetime goal of $10M. Presently, Matt consults sport organizations ranging from community to Provincial, National and Olympic sport federations, including the NHL and PGA on how to operationalize their development pathways and maximize the sport value proposition. In today’s conversation with us, Matt shares with us the current state of youth sports, what makes kids want to play youth sports and how to develop quality sport experiences that benefit all stakeholders, including kids, parents, coaches and officials. What We Discuss With Matthew Young Why the ‘win at all costs’ model is more about celebrity coaches than the athletes The purpose of youth sports in the community What parents really want for their child’s youth sports experience Why you don’t want your child to specialize in one sport all year The fundamental issues hurting youth sports participation around the world How to operationalize development pathways for all stakeholders Important elements for anyone thinking of starting a movement How to build a collective to further your movement’s initiatives Key Takeaways What youth sports has become – to summarize – is the desire to win at all costs, to focus on the win over the development. Competition and winning is fantastic, healthy and necessary, but not at the cost of shortening your benches, or aggregating the best players and then playing inferior opponents and thinking that anyone is getting anything out of it. Youth sports was supposed to bring the community together. Yet it is actually pulling the community apart – with the academies, associations, and rush to get that next affirmation, university scholarship, or social status checkmark for belonging to an exclusive club. Studies shows that parents want safety, fair play, friendly competition, opportunity for their son or daughter, and they want development. Athletes want fun, friends, fair play, friendly competition, and to finish the season with more skills than when they started. We create development pathways elsewhere, but in youth sports we just show up, pay our money and expect that someone knows what’s going on. We need to hold volunteers to a higher standard, just like we do elsewhere. The coach’s responsibility is to provide a quality youth sports experience for the athletes. Teach them the things about sport and character-building in the confines of that sport. They will take that into their lives. There are a lot of egos in the coaches who have been doing it a certain way for a long time so it’s really hard to create a transformation. You have to get your first followers - that’s really important. PGA of America is one of our first followers. When they start doing it and show people what’s happening, then others start getting on board as well. Lack of free-play (0-5 years old) – results in children not learning how to use their body in space, and not making very important neural-synapse connections in terms of decision making. Lack of fundamental movement skills – run, jump, kick, catch, two-handed throw, and strike. In our increasingly automated environment, that is being marginalized. Physical education is getting marginalized as well. One child gets an A because they can run around faster than anyone else, and another child gets an A because they are really sociable. What does that have to do with progressing movement skills? Early sports specialization is turning sports into a job for kids. That’s not what kids want. Costs – now sports are starting to cost a lot of money. So you’re not getting the best players, you’re getting the kids whose parents can afford it. Technology – it’s impacting where kids spend most of their time. Video game makers are doing a great job at offering fun, friends, fair play and healthy competition – what kids really want. When we asked Executive Directors where their time was spent, 50% was spent managing, politics and bureaucracy, 30% was spent managing policies and procedures, 10% was spent on product enhancement, and 10% was spent investing in people. If you want to make a collective impact, be intentional about making it a collective impact. For any movement to be sustainable, people have to see themselves in the leadership of the movement. In creating our collective we looked for diverse servant leaders who didn’t need their flag at the top of the mountain, and who were very skilled at their craft. Deep rooted behavior change is not easy. It’s not going to happen overnight or in a year, and it might not even happen in your lifetime. So in creating a movement you need to think long term. Get your first followers. Don’t push it on people, pull them in. And when they come, focus on them, not on who you don’t have. It has to be bigger than you. Surround yourself with like-minded people, and then sift through to see who actually means collaboration. Episode Resources Matthew Young’s first Leaders Of Transformation podcast interview: The True Measure Of Winning In Youth Sports TEDx Talk by Matthew Young: Fixing The Childhood Obesity Epidemic Connect With Matthew Young Website: Twitter: LinkedIn:
2/3/202041 minutes, 16 seconds
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306: Zoe Rosenberg: Inspiring A Movement Through Acts of Courage and Sacrifice

What is it like to stand up for what you believe in? What is the cost and the reward? Zoe Rosenberg is a 17 year old animal rights activist. She founded Happy Hen Animal Sanctuary at age 11, and so far has saved nearly 1,000 lives. Zoe is also the social media coordinator for Direct Action Everywhere. She travels the country speaking on the importance of taking action for animals. At 12 years old, Zoe gave a keynote address at National Animal Rights Day (NARD) in San Francisco. At age 14, she received national press attention following an action against the Los Angeles Dodgers, where she protested of the treatment of animals related to the "Dodger Dogs" sold in the park. She and a few other activists ran onto the field during a game with banners and were arrested on live television. In 2017, Rosenberg gave a TED talk at age 15, recounting her experience as a young animal activist.  In 2017, Rosenberg was honored as Youth Activist of the Year at the Animal Rights National Conference (ARNC) in Washington DC. In 2018, Rosenberg was one of four finalists nationally for PETA's 13th Annual Young Animal Activist Of The Year award. In 2019, Rosenberg received national attention for conducting a high profile protest on live television during the NCAA Football National Championship Game in Levi Stadium. The protest was aimed at animal products sold in the stadium and the inhumane conditions at supplier facilities. In 2019 Zoe Rosenberg was awarded the Paul McCartney Veg Advocate Award for her work as a young activist fighting for animal rights and founding an animal sanctuary, with special focus on her work to push Rose's Law, an Animal Bill of Rights. In her conversation with us today, held at her Happy Hen sanctuary, Zoe describes the life of an activist, why she does it, and what keeps her motivated and inspired while facing so much opposition. She casts a vision for the future where animal cruelty is put to an end, and how little actions can make a big difference. Whether you believe in animal rights or not, Zoe’s story reveals powerful lessons for any movement maker who seeks to make positive change in the world, including effective strategies used by famous activists like Martin Luther King Jr., that you can apply to your movement. Key Takeaways People all over the world don’t see chickens as individuals or creatures who feel pain, and billions are suffering behind closed doors. At the end of the day I don’t care if people like me, hate me, or don’t even know me, as long as I’m making a difference I’ll be satisfied and happy. My biggest obstacle is society’s general reluctance to look animal agriculture straight in the face. They don’t want to hear about it because whatever comes next might make them have to change something about themselves or something that their parents taught them. I’m not attacking people, I just talking about something that is happening in our world. I believe animals deserve to be safe, happy and free from harm. Factory farming and slaughterhouses should be illegal. All these things that are creating massive amounts of cruelty and suffering towards some of the most innocent beings on this planet – none of this should be happening. My motto is sanctuaries not slaughterhouses because we want a world of compassion not violence. We live in a nation of animal lovers. But are they doing something about animal cruelty? Probably not. I’ve lost friends because of my activism. They can’t stand to look at me because I disagree with something that they agree with. So it’s a big sacrifice for any activist, not just animal activists. In terms of advocating change at higher levels, we’re starting with issues that we think the public and legislators at large probably already agree with – i.e. banning fur. California is the first state in the country to ban the sale of fur. Direct Action Everywhere is an international organization of animal rights activists taking direct action for animal liberation. When the animals we rescue realize that we’re not there to kill them, they start to relax. Then they slowly start to trust and realize that not all humans are going to hurt them. Facebook fundraising is probably the most valuable fundraising platform that I’ve ever used and I know other organizations feel the same way. I’ve been able to raise tens of thousands of dollars just through Facebook alone.   There are a lot of organizations that solely give grants. We go to them and say, (1) this is the project, (2) this is the impact it’s going to have, (3) this is why it’s important and (4) this is how much money we need. We have based our strategy on past social justice movements and the teaching of famous activists and their philosophies. There has never been a movement in history that has mobilized at least 3.5% of the population and not won. Ultimately we want to pass an animal bill of rights in the U.S. Constitution that gives them the right to their own lives, so that humans do not have the right to own them or have dominance over them. Along our 40-year roadmap to passing an animal bill of rights we have other goals such as making it so that all animal products have to give an honest description, rather than these false labels like humane and cage-free even though we know that these facilities are just as bad as any factory farm. We want to give people the right to know where their food is coming from. The Spectrum of Allies: Active Allies <> Passive Allies <> Neutral <> Passive Opponents <> Active Opponents. In any movement you want to shift the spectrum over one. So you have people normalizing the idea and de-normalizing the opposite side. Whether you believe in animal rights or not, I hope everyone will go out there and stand up for what they believe. We have enough people being silent about the things that matter. Resources TEDx Talk: Taking The Mound Connect With Zoe Rosenberg Website: Instagram: Facebook:
1/30/202038 minutes, 22 seconds
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305: Todd Unger: How to Engage and Grow Your Membership Community

Todd Unger is the Chief Experience Officer and SVP of Marketing & Member Experience at the American Medical Association (“AMA”). He has led digital-change initiatives at AOL, Time Inc. and the Daily Racing Form. Todd is a transformational leader for the digital age, with the classic profile of a “productive disruptor.” He operates at the nexus of digital technology, content, product development, marketing, and business development. By bringing these areas together in unison, he’s been able to drive record growth in audience, customers, e-commerce revenue, and advertising sales across multiple digital businesses. In his conversation with us, Todd shares the story of the AMA and how they are using digital marketing to transform their customer experience, share their message, and attract more physicians and industry service providers to become members of their association. They currently have approximately 250,000 members and engage 1.3 million unique visitors through their website per month. We explore ways to connect more effectively with your target audience, listening carefully to what they really want, and how to tell your story in such a way that it inspires engagement and growth. Key Takeaways When we talk of customer experience it’s really to create a proposition that is meaningful to people; to get it in front of the right target audience, and to create a seamless environment where people can opt in to your product or become a member. We serve physicians and are an ally to them. The AMA is the one organization that speaks nationally for every state, society, medical specialty. The AMA has about 250,000 members and there are 1.5 million physicians that they serve. We’re influencing the industry, for example, in terms of adopting the right health technology to support physician and patient needs. There’s a myth about physicians not being on social media and especially Facebook. That is wrong. Physicians are spending a lot of time on social media and talking with each other. One of our most effective platforms in terms of communicating with physicians and telling the story of the AMA is through Facebook, because it is super targeted. A lot of the conversations are in private groups so we work with ambassadors and ardent members and ask them to tell the AMA story, inject the facts into a discussion, and let people know that we’re on top of it. We work to maximize the distribution of the content we create, using scientific best practices to ensure we’re producing content that our audience is interested in. One of the things we do is provide compelling and tangible proof of what we’re achieving on behalf of patients and physicians. We’ll tell people about our advocacy work. For example, the AMA recently voted to remove all non-FDA approved vaping devices. It’s our responsibility to compliment the work that our media does to ensure the word goes out to physicians to enroll them in that movement. In addition to the deficit of knowledge people may have about what we’re up to, they may have a very different opinion of the AMA that came from years ago. So part of what we do is tell them that this is not the AMA you remember. This is a different organization and one that you should be part of. We’ve had the great fortune of having 3 consecutive women presidents. We are very mission-driven and diverse, and we are accomplishing all of the things that people really care about. A productive disrupter is a person who can lead a transformation without being a bull in a china shop, upsetting everything. We bring mission and membership together so people within the organization understand how it’s in everyone’s best interest to get the story out there. I spend a lot of time listening to customers (in this case, physicians) about what they want. For example, young physicians said that they were tired of seeing stock photos of doctors or actors. It led to one of the biggest insights since I’ve been at the AMA. These are real people making real change on behalf of their patients. They are heroes. We wanted to show it that way. If using real life photos do that, it’s a win. Now when students and physicians in residence walk into our events, they see the faces of their fellow physicians on big pillars or in the entryway. It really changes how they see themselves and the sense of power they feel as a physician and being part of this organization. We represent physicians with a unified voice. We remove the obstacles between them and patient care. We are leading the charge on the public health crises that physicians and patients face today and we’re driving the future of medicine. We’re about to close the 9th consecutive year of membership growth, especially in the physician category. We are reaching 1.3 million unique users per month, just through the AMA website. There are so many ways to segment an audience – believers, those in the middle, and those that will never come around. And then there are other layers of that, based on what people are interested in. That kind of innovation in our segmentation underlies a lot of the results that we’re seeing, because we’re talking to people about things that they care about. On average for every hour spent with a patient, a physician will spend two hours doing paperwork, sitting behind a computer screen. So we’re working with CMS to help reduce the burden around unnecessary documentation. Resources Article: How To Embrace Change and Become A Transformative Leader (From Someone’s Who Been There Before) Guerrero Article: The Productive Disrupter’s Playbook For Digital Transformation Connect With Todd Unger and the AMA Website: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Todd Unger LinkedIn: Todd Unger Twitter:
1/27/202029 minutes, 22 seconds
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304: Rebecca Costa: The Secret To Solving The World’s Most Pressing Issues

What will it take to solve many of the world’s most difficult and complex challenges? Rebecca D. Costa is an American sociobiologist and futurist. She is the preeminent global expert on the subject of "fast adaptation" and recipient of the prestigious Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Award. Her career spans four decades of working with founders, executives and leading venture capitalists in Silicon Valley. Costa's work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, The Guardian, and other leading publications. She presently serves on the Advisory Committee for the Lifeboat Foundation along with futurist Ray Kurzweil and Nobel Laureates Daniel Kahneman, Eric S. Maskin, Richard J. Roberts and Wole Soyinka. Costa was the founder and CEO of one of the largest technology marketing firms in California, where she developed an extensive track record of launching game-changing technologies. Her clients included industry innovators such as Hewlett-Packard, Apple Computer, Oracle, Siebel Systems, General Electric, 3M and others. She has been on the forefront of technological and scientific innovation, assisting venture capitalists and large corporations to identify, fund and launch disruptive new trends. Retiring at the zenith of her career in Silicon Valley, Costa spent six years researching and writing the international bestseller The Watchman's Rattle: A Radical New Theory of Collapse. Her follow-on book, titled On the Verge was introduced in 2017 to critical acclaim, shooting to the top of Amazon's #1 New Business Releases. In today’s conversation with us, Rebecca Costa explains how climate change and other world problems remain unresolved because they are similar in nature. The real culprit is our lack of distinction between empirical fact and our beliefs and opinions, leaving us at the mercy of competing interests. Rebecca shows how artificial intelligence-powered predictive models can help us solve these issues, and help us predict future events with unprecedented accuracy, paving the way for leaders to act before-the-fact.  Using real world examples, she demonstrates how the certainty of future outcomes is changing the way business and governments solve problems and preempt danger.  Key Takeaways As a society loses a grip on the difference between an unproven belief and an empirical provable fact, it loses its way. Social and public policy quickly becomes based on opinion. The distinction between what is a scientific and empirical fact and what is your opinion or belief is probably the most important distinction to make in any transformation. There are billions of temperature recordings of the Earth’s surface temperature. Like it or don’t like it, believe it or don’t believe it, it doesn’t matter. The empirical data says that the oceans are warming and the land is warming. We are beginning to see some of the symptoms of that. Record floods, super storms, and other signs that scientists predicted would happen. The predictions on the timeline have been wrong, so it’s easy to dismiss the empirical facts, but that doesn’t change the fact that the climate is changing and it is warming. The political question is now, how much if any has human activity contributed to it? Causation in science is extremely difficult to prove, particularly with something as complex as global climate change. Even if human activity contributed all, part or none, do we have the ability to reverse that climate change? That’s the question to focus on. When it comes to complex problems, the danger people have is they overstate what the empirical data indicates and that will eventually bite you in the behind. Rather than saying something is causal, say it’s correlated. We have to be careful about telling the truth about what we know and what we surmise. If there is any threat that could wipe out the entire species then better safe than sorry comes to mind. We owe it to ourselves to do everything we can, knowing that it may not do anything. But at least we’re doing everything we can. If I have worry right now, it’s that we’re not an empirical-driven world. If I have optimism, it’s that we’re relying more on machines to make decisions on our behalf. And machines do not have beliefs, only data. There can be no social change of any importance without recruitment. When you get into someone’s face and alienate them, call them names, and treat them as they are stupid and their opinions are invalid, you’re doing exactly the reverse of what you intend to do. In order to create social change, you must leverage the media to do that recruitment, to bring the reason you seeking social change into the livingroom of every human being. Make your message compelling and relevant to them. Without critical mass you have nothing. The polarization we see right now between the Republicans and the Democrats is the reason that nothing gets done. They don’t understand that they have to recruit people from the other team. There are many things in life where you may not know that the outcome is certain. So you place really good bets. The bigger the upside and downside the more important it is to place those bets. Unlike previous civilizations we have this tremendous opportunity to allow computers and artificial intelligence to guide our decisions on an empirical and factual basis, in spite of our opinions and theories. The billions of data points that artificial intelligence can observe and analyze data in real time in a dynamic way, is going to overshadow human capability, and is already doing so. What AI and quantum computing has allowed us to do is take millions of facts and very precisely predict whether a future event is going to occur. In many respects, we’re moving into an era where we can avoid many problems – like mass shootings – because we can work backwards to see the data that showed that the mass shooter was moving toward criticality. That data is actually in the public domain. They’re posting their manifestos on social media. Opioid addiction is rampant around the world. Companies like Fuzzy Logix can administer a written questionnaire and look at your health records and determine within 85-90% whether you are genetically predisposed to become an opioid addict before the doctor gives you your first prescription. We’re getting to a point where AI algorithms can do everything from inform judges at arraignment hearings whether the person should be released on their own recognizance, what the bail should be, and whether they should not be released into society. So predictive algorithms can inform us of the likelihood of a future event so we can make better decisions today. But there is a problem with knowing what the future is. In 99.999% of the cases, we can predict what you’re going to do, however there is that small chance that you could intervene through free will. There’s always a chance that you could override, make a different decision and change course. But are we going to bet on free will or are we going to play the percentages? When you know what the future is, you can reverse engineer the decision to avoid a failure or danger. So there really shouldn’t ever be a product launch that doesn’t make it because we have tools that will say, how many will sell, at what price, and when your product needs refreshing or be dead in the water. Where it gets tricky is where computers don’t have any information. Innovation for example. The challenge right now is that the tools to do this are very expensive. In some ways that digital divide is creating a social divide. For those who know what’s going to happen, there couldn’t be a bigger advantage. There are some very fundamental building blocks you have to have in order to experience happiness. 50-60% of your aptitude to be happy and enjoy life is genetically inherited. Approximately one-third is your decisions in life, which makes that one-third extra important because it’s the only part that you can manipulate. Unemployment numbers should not be looked at as an economic barometer anymore. It’s actually tied to people’s ability to be optimistic and happy in life. When you have massive unemployment you are actually building a depressed society. Resources On the Verge (Book) The Watchman's Rattle: A Radical New Theory of Collapse (Book) Connect With Rebecca D. Costa Website: Facebook: Twitter: LinkedIn:
1/23/202047 minutes, 24 seconds
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303: Dr. Louis Rosenberg: Using Swarm AI to Make Better Quality Decisions

Dr. Louis Rosenberg founded Unanimous AI to pursue a crazy idea – that we can amplify the intelligence of human groups by developing a new form of AI based on the biological principles of Swarm Intelligence.  The idea panned out, resulting in Swarm AI technology, a powerful method for amplifying group intelligence. It has been validated by over 20 academic papers, has been funded by NSF, and was named “AI Innovation of the Year” at South By Southwest. Dr. Rosenberg began his technological career at Stanford University where he earned his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD degrees. His doctoral work focused on robotics, virtual reality, and human-computer systems. While working as a graduate researcher at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (Armstrong Labs) in the early 1990’s, Rosenberg created the ‘Virtual Fixtures’ platform, the first immersive Augmented Reality system ever built. Rosenberg then founded Immersion Corporation to pursue virtual reality technologies. As CEO of Immersion, he brought the company public (NASDAQ: IMMR) in 1999. Rosenberg also founded Microscribe, maker of the world’s first desktop 3D digitizer – the Microscribe 3D – which has been used in the production of countless feature films, including Shrek, Ice Age, and A Bugs Life (acquired in 2009). Rosenberg also founded Outland Research, a developer of advanced interfaces for mobile devices and augmented reality (acquired in 2012).  He has also worked as a tenured Professor at California Polytechnic (Cal Poly), teaching engineering, design, and entrepreneurship. A prolific inventor and researcher, Louis Rosenberg has been awarded more than 300 patents worldwide for his technological efforts in virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and human computer-interaction. He currently lives in sunny California with his wife and kids, as a longtime vegan and friend of all animals, big and small. In today’s conversation with us, Dr. Rosenberg explains the dangers of traditional AI, how swarm technology works in nature, and how we can apply it to making better decisions as a people group.    Key Takeaways Traditional AI is pushing to replace people with algorithms. But there is a way to keep people in the loop. The reason why birds flock, fish school and bees swarm is because they can make much better decisions in groups than they can individually. It helps their ability to survive. They are much smarter together than alone. Swarm AI is a new form of AI that connects people and algorithms to get significantly smarter, make much better decisions together than they could on their own, while keeping people as part of the process. When you want to use AI to solve a real problem you have to start with a good data set that is up to date and accurately reflects the problem you’re looking to solve. For most problems in the political, financial or business world it’s very difficult to get a data set that works. Most of the data used is out of date almost immediately, and it’s really only a simplification of what people think and feel. For example, how people click and connect on the internet does not reflect their true feelings. AI that makes predictions about people, what political messages are going to work or what products people are going to want, is all based on data that doesn’t reflect people’s true thoughts and feelings. It’s also infused with a lot of biases. For example, Google and Amazon have reduced you down to a set of data that it thinks you want, so when it wants to give you an advertisement it makes use of this estimation. Then it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy where you’ll probably buy something within its selections, which then reinforces its model. When this is applied to news, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and we end up polarizing a population. Polls are polarizing, finding and reinforcing differences. Nature does the opposite. In a school of fish, there are no leaders and no followers. Everyone is equal, and they make decisions about their survival together as a system. Over millions of years all the schools of fish that split in two, that couldn’t agree on which way to go, died out. The rest enabled through this process of swarm intelligence to make decisions that are optimized for the group as a whole. Whereas we humans make decisions in large groups but we’ve made this method of polling which is polarizing, showing our differences and reinforcing those differences. We then we become that school of fish that splits in two or just can’t make a decision. In a study with Stanford Medical School and a group of radiologists, when they worked together as a swarm, we reduced their diagnostic errors by 33%, vs if they made these decisions on their own or if they took a vote. In a study with Oxford University when a group of financial forecasters came together as a swarm, they were able to make 36% more accurate forecasts about the price of gold, oil and the stock market than when they were working alone. A swarm creates a much better mix of the group’s insights, plus it is interactive so individuals experience the group converging on the answer. There’s more buy-in and they are collectively more satisfied with the decision. Even if it’s a large group, everyone feels like they are consequential – like they had an impact – because they were working together and they experienced it. With a polling system, they put their answer in a black box and if it doesn’t come out the way they wanted, they feel like nobody listened to them. With swarming, when you have a group of people, you can make them smarter but you can also make them wiser where they make decisions that are really better for the whole group. Hierarchy hurts decision making. However, in a swarm everyone is equal and anonymous, and therefore honest, because they’re not trying to say what they think their superior wants to hear. With a swarm, the group can prioritize a set of issues in a way that will be more agreeable to the whole group than if they just argue about it, take a vote or poll, or try to do it statistically. xPrize has used the software to get their visioneers together and prioritize the most significant problems they want to solve. Diverse groups make much better decisions than monolithic groups. In a study of sports, a group of diverse fans were significantly more accurate in predicting the games than the experts who were getting paid to do it as sports writers. People are smart and we shouldn’t replace them with algorithms. Yes AI is powerful, and we can’t lose people in the process, with their intuition, emotion and insight. Additional Resources TED TALK: New Hope For Humans In An A.I. 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1/20/202041 minutes, 51 seconds
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302: Darya Henig Shaked: Leveling The Playing Field For Women Entrepreneurs

Darya Henig Shaked is an Israeli, Silicon Valley based, Managing Partner at WeAct Ventures. She founded WeAct Ventures in 2018 as a boutique LP entity to invest in the best Venture Capital firms who are led by the top women in the investment industry, in order to achieve superior returns while increasing AUM (assets under management) and the overall presence of women in innovation as a whole, from the top down. In 2016, with a mission to advance women entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, Darya founded WEAct, an international community of 3,000 entrepreneurs worldwide. From over 1,000 applicants, Darya has selected and supported 40 Israeli female-founded startups, including Realface, which was acquired by Apple in 2017. In 2018 she inaugurated the first shared office space for women entrepreneurs in the Bay Area in downtown Los Altos. Darya previously served as COO at Vital Capital Fund, a $350M private equity fund investing in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has extensive experience in public-private partnerships. Earlier in her career, she was recruited by Israel’s then Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, where she served on his communications team and was Chief of Staff at the Israel’s Ministry of Housing & Construction. Darya also served as an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces and spent additional 2 years in related activities under the Prime Minister's office. Ms. Shaked holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Bar Ilan University and completed her legal internship at the Central District Attorney’s Office. She had also completed executive programs at both Singularity University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Darya was named One of the Most Influential Israelis in Silicon Valley in 2017, based on her contributions as an investor and entrepreneur, and in 2018 she was featured among the top 100 female venture capitalists in the book Women Who Venture by Renata George. In today’s conversation with us, Darya explains her motivation and process; how she discovered the diversity and inclusion gap in the investment world, and how she now creates opportunities for women entrepreneurs to raise needed capital while offering higher returns for investors. Key Takeaways Silicon Valley is the most supportive place for entrepreneurs and yet you see mostly male entrepreneurs. 99% of people who control the decision-making are the same group of people. They decide what is innovative, what challenges they want to solve, and who is a potential good founder. People like to invest in and hire their reflection in the mirror – people that look the same as them. More than 50% of venture capital firms lose money. So if you invest in a venture capital firm it is very likely that you will lose your money. Not to mention that you won’t likely get the 3x or 5x returns often promised to investors. The big VC’s can choose the investors that they want and do not have to disclose their returns. If the people making the decisions all come from the same background, academic institution, and life experiences, the odds of them spotting the next opportunity is very low. If I want to motivate a VC to become more inclusive, to hire more women and give them the power to make decisions, I have to say that when I invest, and most LP’s do not. Diversity boosts returns. Women waste less, spend more wisely, and return almost twice on the dollar for their investors than their male counterparts. In order to enroll people in your movement, find out what all the parties need and see if there are synergies. To start and grow a movement you have to find something you really believe in and are passionate about. You have to be very flexible in how you portray the message, and how you keep going, even when you get a lot of no’s. We are going in the right direction in terms of diversity and inclusion, but the question is, how fast can we get there? Resources WEAct Facebook Group Connect With Darya Henig Shaked
1/16/202031 minutes, 20 seconds
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301: Udo Erasmus: How to Live in Perfect Health and Harmony

Udo Erasmus has impacted over 5 million lives with his message on how to achieve perfect health and harmony with each other. As founder of Udo’s Choice, he invented the machinery for making oils, enyzmes, probiotics and more. Udo first pioneered Flax Seed Oil and has sold and distributed 25 million bottles of his product line in 50+ countries. He’s also sold over 250,000 copies of his books, including Fats That Heal Fats That Kill. He has delivered 5,000+ live presentations in 40+ countries and given 3,000 media interviews.     As an acclaimed author, speaker and expert on Total Sexy Health, Udo developed an 8 step process that takes into consideration all of the elements of whole health, including our mental health, presence and awareness, our life energy and being in harmony with nature and humanity.  Udo is a teacher at Tony Robbins events (on oils) and Deepak Chopra's events (on peace), and has keynoted an international Brain Health conference, and lectured at conferences on five continents. Udo has an extensive education in Biochemistry, Genetics and Biology and Nutrition as well as a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. In his conversation with us, Udo shares why total sexy health is necessary for us individually as well as a society and what inspired him to dedicate his life to the search for answers to life’s deepest questions.   He explains how he launched the movement around healthy fats, and why starting a movement itself should never be the goal. We explore fascinating health facts, the essence of life energy, awareness and peace, how to heal your heartache and discontentment, and what it will take for humanity to live in perfect health and harmony. Key Takeaways My health is my responsibility and if I don’t pay attention by what I eat and drink and how I breathe, then life can’t do the job it was meant to do. Our cooking oils are treated with harmful chemicals, and then bleached and deodorized. We end up with oil that is odorless, tasteless and colorless, which we put in plastic which leeches into the oil quicker than into water. The result is that .5 to 1% of the molecules are damaged and changed to something unnatural that life never made a program to break down. In a tablespoon of oil that is 1% damaged by the way industry processes it, you get 60 quintillion damaged molecules - more than a million damaged molecules for every one of your body’s 60 trillion cells. Light, oxygen and heat damage oils very rapidly. They are our most sensitive molecules and we give them the least care, doing even more damage to the oils when we heat them in a frying pan. Damaged oils cause more health problems than any other part of nutrition. Making the change to good oils or to the seeds that contain them will give you more benefits than any other part of nutrition. 99% of the population does not get enough Omega 3 for optimum health. There must be a way that human beings can live in harmony together, because it is harmony within us that is being one with the energy that created us. If we take our awareness from out there where it’s always wandering around looking at this or that, and take it out of our brains where we collect all that information, and bring it deeper into the core of our being, we will experience peace that is unshakeable. Peace is actually everywhere but only peace can see it. So if you can’t see peace, it’s because the peace in you is not looking. Discontentment comes from a disconnection from the core of our being. That disconnect happens right after we’re born. We go from being present inside and absent outside, to being present outside and absent inside. Our mind is a substitute reality – it’s not real, it’s just a representation of reality, not reality itself. When we are discontent or when there is an ache in our heart – that is a call to come home; to be present within. It’s a trigger from the loss of yourself that happened a long time ago. When we come home, we feel whole. When we feel whole, we don’t steal other people’s stuff. When we don’t steal other people’s stuff, we can live in harmony together. We can also ensure that everyone’s needs are met on a long-term sustainable basis. Wholeness is a biological experience. It’s an experience of the life force (God, source energy). When you’re in touch with that, you feel whole, because you’re built that way. We are subject to what’s going on externally but we are masters of what’s going on internally, should we choose to take on that challenge. And it’s a challenge because our senses will constantly what to draw us to focus outwards, and we have to deliberately decide to connect at the core of our being. Starting a movement is not a smart goal. A movement comes out of a different state of being. You’re missing the point if you’re doing a peace movement. You’ll be thinking, how can I do this, manipulate that, and then you’re immediately in a place of no peace. If you want to be a peacemaker, peace has got to be your state of being. Then you may help others along their way of finding peace, but you can’t make anybody go there. Whatever state of being that you’re living in, that’s the kind of movement you’re creating. Sexy has more to do with presence, spirituality, and upliftedness, than it has with genitals. Sexy is energetic. Our disconnection from ourselves and our discontentment that comes from that, are the driving force behind all the damage done in our environment, social relationships, political lives, health issues, etc. Everything that’s not working comes from us not working, and that comes from us not being present. Awareness, energy and inspiration – the 3 core elements of total sexy health are the ones we are most ignorant about. Even though they have much more power than the physical things we pay attention to. In studying biology – the study of life – the only thing we didn’t study was life. Rather, we studied form. In studying psychology – the study of soul – the only thing we didn’t study was soul. Rather, we studied the mind. In studying health – we studied disease not health. It’s called health care but it’s really disease management. In studying religion, you get all kinds of interpretations rather than the actual experience. You can memorize scriptures and they’ll still just be in your head, but what was the experience that the master had? There is an experience to be had, otherwise it’s just a head-trip. A lot of what we claim is religious are just head-trips, and between those head-trips we do a lot of really atrocious, life-hostile things. Most of what we fight are ideas – ideas that we picked up from other people, so they aren’t even our own ideas. When your heart aches, you’re already out of your head. That’s 99% of the challenge. So sit with the ache. Take time to just be. Doing takes us away from being. Take time to be with the emptiness of your heart. Your heart is actually full. You feel empty because you’re not in it. Google gets you everything except yourself. The message of the Master: “I am come not to judge but to love.” If all people on earth would live by that, it would be heaven on earth. Free Gift and Resources: Free book on Total Sexy Health (and additional videos): Connect To Udo Erasmus Website: Instagram: Facebook:
1/13/202051 minutes, 32 seconds
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300: Tim Storey: Thinking Big In Small Places

Tim Storey is an acclaimed author, speaker, and life coach helping people create the future they desire. He has inspired people from all walks of life, from entertainment legends to professional athletes, from executives to deprived children throughout the world – using seasoned foundational principles and humor to get honest with people so they can overcome the obstacles that are holding them back. Tim has traveled to seventy-five countries and spoken to millions of people. He often meets privately to counsel high-profile leaders in various industries. Tim has partnered with phenomenal organizations to spread love and hope. Spending time with the Fred Jordan Mission in Los Angeles’ Skid Row, Music Unites Day in Los Angeles’ Compton schools, and Kid‘s Haven orphanage in Johannesburg, South Africa. He leads Congregation Church in Placentia, CA, which meets weekly and provides spiritual insight and direction for people of diverse ages, backgrounds, and needs. He is featured on nationally syndicated Keep the Faith Radio each weekend, providing short inspirational moments and is featured on Steve Harvey TV Facebook LIVE weekly. He was a featured guest on Oprah’s SuperSoul Sunday, Steve Harvey TV, Grant Cardone’s 10X Growth Con, and many more. Tim has authored multiple books, with the most recent, Comeback & Beyond, being a top seller on Amazon.  In today’s conversation with us, Tim shares what motivates and inspires him and how the little steps along his journey opened the doors of opportunity to the big impact he is making today. We explore the Law of The Harvest, timeless principles of life and leadership, the difference between divine dissatisfaction and ego-driven dissatisfaction, and the importance of staying in your flow. Quoting Ed Cole, Tim points out that, “It’s not how fast you move your feet it’s how big your strides are.” Tim shares how to find your stride and meaningful purpose and make a difference right where you are, while you create the life and impact you desire. Key Takeaways Focus on the now and where you’re headed, and only spend a little time on the past. Recovery is being healed from the wounds of the past. But if you’re not careful you will stay in the recovery zone and will miss your discovery zone. Discovery is today. There’s a lot that’s gone on for you to have a good day today. No matter who you are, something new, fresh, and never been done before can happen in your life. The beauty of life is that you never know what can happen just around the corner. The Law of the Harvest: you have to plow the ground, plant the seed, and water the seed, to reap the harvest. A lot of people plow, plow, plow and are so plow-minded that they forget that you need to plant the seed and water the seed, to see the harvest. When you learn to sow from just a good place, good things happen. A lot of people are dissatisfied because their goals are not realistic. “He who works his land, shall have abundance...” (Proverbs 12:11a) Your land is what’s in front of you. Whether that’s seventh grade or working at Taco Bell. Work your land. “...but he who chases fantasies, lacks wisdom.” (Proverbs 12:11b) A lot of people are chasing fantasies, so they’re getting dissatisfied in their jobs too quick, the schooling they just started, in their exercise program, and who they’re dating or married. That type of dissatisfaction is more cultural, as in, “give me a new toy.” Divine dissatisfaction is God changing your appetite. All of a sudden, you don’t have an appetite for the same things anymore, because He’s moving you into something else. God can give you a plan but you have to be willing, and many times people are not willing. Be willing do the things that most people don’t want to do. When you’re obedient in the small things, then life trusts you in the bigger things. It’s just as important to be an amazing mother as it is to be Oprah Winfrey. Don’t take yourself that seriously. Study comedians. Comedians are some of the best speakers because of their timing. Stay in your flow. “It’s not how fast you move your feet it’s how big your strides are.” ~ Ed Cole We’ve had problems all over the world from the beginning of mankind. Any time you have humans, you’re going to have human problems. When people change their mindset and they change their motives, it shifts a culture. If everybody in your city for one week had good motives, it would change the culture and the climate of that one city. “When the righteous are raised up, the city is exalted.” (Proverbs 11:11) We are temperature changers. Do it in your home, your school, your job, and your city, and it may multiply to the world. “Jesus went around doing good, healing those who were oppressed.” (Acts 10:38) Resources Book: Comeback & Beyond: How To Turn Your Setbacks Into Comebacks Book: Utmost Living: Creating and Savoring Your Best Life Now iTunes App: Utmost Congregation Messages: Connect With Tim Storey Website: com Congregation Church Facebook: Instagram:
1/6/202041 minutes, 15 seconds
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299: Nicole Jansen: Celebrating Success and Embracing the Future

In today’s episode, founder and host, Nicole Jansen shares with us the top 10 most downloaded episodes over the past 298 episodes of the Leaders Of Transformation podcast, along with a few additional favorites that have impacted her personally. Nicole also gives us a glimpse of what’s ahead on the podcast – who will be the featured guest for milestone episode #300, as well as our new series launching immediately following. This new series “How To Start A Movement” will include more than a dozen movement makers from a variety of backgrounds, and Nicole gives us a taste of what to expect and look forward to. Whether you plan to launch a movement in the near future, or are seeking to grow your current movement or business venture, you won’t want to miss one episode. You will learn about capital raising, how to build your audience, reach critical mass, use social media, choose your board of directors, and what pitfalls to avoid along the way. Nicole then transitions into sharing the future of Leaders Of Transformation, the podcast, the community, core themes you will be hearing more about in 2020 and beyond, and initiatives designed to benefit you personally, in business and the world at large. She addresses the paradigm shift the world needs right now, where “we” comes before “me,” community is served before self, and impact is the number one measure of success. Nicole also shares her experience with generosity and how she’s been able to enjoy a more abundant life through the power of giving, and how this applies to the marketplace. So if you desire to experience more joy, more prosperity and greater impact going forward, you’re going to love what is planned for the coming months for the Leaders Of Transformation. Subscribe to our newsletter, follow us on social, and join our community today. Key Takeaways The paradigm shift the world needs right now is from “Me” to “We”. 2 major trends to embrace are: (1) conscious consumerism, and (2) the age of activism. In order to create positive change, we must focus on solutions rather than get stuck on the problems. When you prioritize mission first, team second, and individual third, everyone benefits. Truly mission-driven organizations base all decisions on whether it aligns and supports their mission. We are capable of living a more abundant life. The key to unlocking that abundance is generosity. “Bring the entire tithe into the storehouse that there may be food in my house. So put me to the test in this right now,” says the Lord of the Heavenly Armies, “and see if I won’t throw open the windows of heaven for you and pour out on you blessing without measure.” (Malachi 3:10) Want more money? Give more away. Want more time? Invest your time in helping someone else in need. Want more friends? Be a good friend to others. Want more love? Be more loving towards your family, coworkers, friends, and yes, even strangers. Want people to be more generous with you? Be more generous with others. Get Connected Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: LinkedIn: Facebook Group:
12/30/201935 minutes, 13 seconds
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298: Nir Eyal: How to Become Indistractable and Choose Your Life

What triggers cause us to become distracted and how do we transform them so we can gain traction towards our goals and desires? Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed him, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products and his latest book, Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life In addition to blogging at, Nir’s writing has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today. He’s an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include Eventbrite (NYSE:EB), (acquired by LinkedIn), Worklife (acquired by Cisco), Product Hunt, Marco Polo, Presence Learning, 7 Cups, Pana, Kahoot!, Byte Foods, FocusMate, and (acquired by Spotify). Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University. In today’s conversation with us, Nir debunks several myths about distraction and explains the truth behind why we get distracted and how to deal with it. We explore our internal and external triggers, the seat of human motivation, how to use your calendar and to-do list effectively, and how to build confidence in your ability to do what you say you want to do, so you can choose your life. Key Takeaways Getting rid of technology is not the answer. Without getting to the root cause of why we get distracted, we will always find something to distract ourselves. Distraction is not a new problem. Plato talked about it 2500 years before the iPhone. The opposite of distraction is not focus. The opposite of distraction is traction. Traction is any action that pulls you towards what you want to do. Distraction is any action that pulls you away from what you plan to do. Anything can be a distraction and anything can be traction. Checking email while you should be working on that big project is pernicious because distraction has tricked you into prioritizing the urgent at the expense of the important. As long as you plan what you want to do with your time – you do things according to your values and your schedule – there’s nothing wrong with going on Facebook, watching a YouTube video, or playing a video game. When you become indistractable – when you say you’re going to do something and you actually do it – you are reinforcing a behavior pattern that says to yourself, “I am indistractable, I do what I say I’m going to do”, and that is incredibly powerful. The root cause of distraction is not the external triggers but in fact the internal triggers. Most distraction does not start from outside of us, but rather from within. The reason we tend to become distracted is because we are trying to escape an uncomfortable emotional state. Everything we do is about the desire to escape discomfort; even the pursuit of pleasurable responses. Time management is pain management. The root cause of the problem is our inability to deal with these uncomfortable emotional states in a healthier way that leads us towards traction rather than distraction. Reimagine the internal trigger that you are trying to escape, so you can respond differently and utilize it to lead you towards traction rather than distraction. Reimagine your temperament to see yourself differently so you don’t use your identity or false notions of your temperament or disposition to lead you astray. Most of the labels that people carry around with them are not really based on science. The myth of ego depletion says that you run out of willpower – that it’s a limited resource. Studies show that it is not true, except with people who believe that willpower is a limited resource. The #1 distraction in the workplace is colleagues interrupting us with superfluous meetings, interruptions and constant distractions, especially in open floor plan offices. When it comes to distraction, a lot of people fall into one of two categories – the blamers and the shamers. The blamers blame the outside stuff. The shamers shame themselves. Happiness is a fleeting sensation. Our species has evolved by constantly wanting more, hunting, striving, inventing and creating. Feeling bad is not bad. It’s part of the human experience. It’s how we handle feeling bad that matters. Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. You can channel the discomfort towards traction rather than distraction. To drive you forward as opposed to pulling you back. If you can catch yourself the moment before you do that distraction, write down what is the sensation you’re feeling. This instantly gives you a sense of agency and control over that feeling. Then explore that sensation with curiosity rather than contempt. Be a claimer. It’s not your fault; it’s your responsibility. You can control how you respond to those feelings. Surf the urge using the 10 minute rule. Tell yourself, “I can give in to that distraction. In ten minutes.” During the 10 minutes, surf the urge. Talk to yourself like you would a good friend who might be struggling with this same problem. 9 times out of 10, after ten minutes you’ll be back to the task at hand. 25% of the emails that the average knowledge worker sends, they didn’t need to send, and 25% of the email they receive, they didn’t need to receive. Often we check our email instead of doing the task at hand, because we are grasping for agency and control. Make time for traction. Every person interviewed for the book who struggled with distraction had lots of white space in their calendar. Two-thirds of people don’t keep a calendar. The one-third that do only keep a calendar for their work tasks. Most people don’t use a to-do list correctly. A to-do list is a list of all the output (rather than outcomes). Make a template for your week so that you know the difference for every minute of the day – what is traction and what is distraction. And put time for the fun stuff. Resources Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products Connect With Nir Eyal Website: Blog: LinkedIn: Instagram: Twitter: Facebook:
12/23/201947 minutes, 31 seconds
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297: Craig Whelden: Life and Leadership Lessons from a 2-Star General

What are universal rules of leadership that inspire trust, loyalty and excellence from others? Major General Craig Whelden spent 30 years in the U.S. Army, followed by seven in the private sector, and another nine as a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) with the U.S. Marine Corps. Along the way, he led soldiers at each level from lieutenant to General Officer while serving 10 years in Europe and another 12 in the Pacific. An Armor and Cavalry officer, he commanded a base in Germany as a colonel and, as a brigadier general, oversaw a $1.6B program supporting soldiers and family members world-wide. Present at the Pentagon on 9/11, he subsequently led the effort to secure the state of Hawaii from a terrorist attack, an effort that received national recognition. After retiring from the Army in 2003, Craig chaired a national conference on “Information Sharing and Homeland Security” for three years. In 2008, Craig was asked to organize and run a Secretary of the Army initiative to bring greater awareness to the American public of the sacrifices of service-members and their families during a time of war. For this effort, he was recognized by Secretary Pete Geren with the top two awards for civilians. In 2010, Craig became the Executive Director for Marine Corps Forces Pacific, overseeing a multi-billion-dollar program to reposition marines in the Pacific – the largest such effort since World War II. In 2011, he was inducted into the Purdue University Tri-Service ROTC Hall of Fame. Recently retired, Craig is now a motivational speaker and author of the award-winning book, Leadership, The Art Of Inspiring People To Be Their Best. In today’s conversation with us, Craig shares valuable lessons he learned from nearly 50 years of leadership experience – from the examples he saw to the leadership he then chose to demonstrate. We explore the qualities of leadership, common pitfalls, and how to prioritize what is most important – both in life and family as well as in a time of national crisis. Rich in storytelling and reflection, Craig offers up valuable wisdom that any leader and aspiring leader of transformation can learn from.   Key Takeaways There are universal rules of leadership that can apply to just about any profession, military or otherwise. There’s a perception that in the military all you have to do is issues orders and people will immediately comply. They will comply but they’ll do it at a different level depending on how that order is issued. Character is the foundation of all good leaders. The second most important quality of a leader is trust. Trusting your subordinates, allowing them to do their job and letting them know you trust them. And they will trust you back. Loyalty is a two-way street. Loyalty goes up the chain and down the chain. If you want to make sure that people do the best they possibly can for you, then demonstrate the loyalty down the chain to the people who work for you. When times are tough for them, show them that you’re on their side. One way to gain trust is to not demonstrate arrogance because of your rank and position. Show them humility and that you are open to learning from them. While the very top ranks in any industry are achievable, they come at great cost. Don’t look back, look forward. There is light at the end of the tunnel. You just can’t see it yet. You have to decide what’s important to you and establish boundaries around that. In a crisis often the first reports you get are wrong. You need to understand that up front. Life is like walking along a path. Along the path you see rocks. Each of those rocks represents good things and bad things. Pick them both up and put them in your rucksack. Because you want to replicate the good things you’ve seen, and you want to ensure you don’t repeat those things you’ve seen that are bad. Resources Book – Leadership: The Art Of Inspiring People To Be Their Best Connect With Craig Whelden
12/16/201948 minutes, 3 seconds
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296: Jeff Gothelf: How To Make The Pace Of Change Your Competitive Advantage

What does it mean to be organization that embodies agility and uses it to their advantage? Jeff Gothelf is a coach, consultant, speaker and author. He helps organizations build better products, and executives build the cultures that build better products. He is the co-author of the award-winning book Lean UX and the Harvard Business Review Press book Sense & Respond. Jeff works with companies to help them bridge the gaps between business agility, digital transformation, product management and human-centered design. Most recently Jeff co-founded Sense & Respond Press, a publishing house for practical business books for busy executives. In today’s conversation with us, Jeff emphasizes the importance of creating an agile culture and how it relates to solo entrepreneurs, large enterprises, and every business in between. He explains the difference between traditional output-centric industries and those that focus on outcomes, and why doing things the way it’s always been done may just put you out of business. On the flipside, what can you learn from Amazon and how can you make the pace of change your competitive advantage? Listen and find out.   Key Takeaways Agility transcends departments. We are fighting 100 years of manufacturing management, processes, theories and methods. It’s time to stop telling your teams exactly what to do and how to do it. With knowledge-work, we’re not building static units, we’re building systems that can continuously evolve and have to react to changing customer expectations. We have to start thinking like a software company, which does not base their success on the deployment of a feature, but rather on outcomes and changes in customer behavior. Everything hinges on leadership letting go, setting strategic direction, setting goals, and then letting the teams make decisions on an ongoing basis. You may know a lot about your customer and have an opinion about what they want but rather than make it a requirement, see it as a hypothesis to be validated or invalidated by the market. Humility is not the abdication of vision, leadership or direction. Humility is being willing to change your mind if the evidence from the market contradicts your strong opinion. The sooner we can get ideas into the hands of our customers the better. The culture that you’re trying to create as a leader of a continuously learning organization is a culture where people feel safe standing up and saying in front of their team, “I was wrong.” If we’re not comfortable with that, then we’re never going to build a feedback loop. Being agile is responding to change based on evidence from the marketplace. The pace of change is a competitive threat to you and it’s a competitive advantage. Amazon pushes code to production every 11.6 seconds. That means that a real Amazon customer gets a change to the way Amazon works five times a minute. Amazon is continuously testing, learning and improving the way that Amazon works. The same technology that the big players use is available to you. You can test your ideas on social media, through your blog, mailing list and sales pages. Today customers are expecting to be able to give you feedback. They will forgive you for less than perfect experiences that deliver value and that ultimately continuously improve based on their feedback. Even if it is an experiment it doesn’t have to look like one. You can still present it with quality. Use your brand assets to make it look legitimate. Resources Sense And Respond Lean UX Connect With Jeff Gothelf Main Website: Publishing Website: LinkedIn: Twitter:
12/9/201930 minutes, 8 seconds
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295: Daniel Ramsey: Scale Your Business and Impact with Virtual Professionals

Daniel Ramsey is the founder and CEO of MyOutDesk, the highest rated Virtual Assistant company in the marketplace with over hundreds of 5-star reviews and over 10 years of experience, serving more than 5000 clients – including over half of the RealTrends Top 10 teams. Daniel is a long-time licensed real estate broker, mortgage broker, and general contractor who has sold hundreds of homes and made millions in commissions, and built real estate’s #1 staffing company. Back in 2008, he was inspired by his own time-management struggles to find a better way to help agents leverage their time and energy, and created MyOutDesk to provide a trusted, reliable solution to the office administration, marketing and prospecting tasks. In twelve years with MyOutDesk, Daniel has helped thousands of clients scale their businesses and grow profitability. He has worked with some of the top clients in the industry – from sales organizations like the Mark Spain Team and Ben Kinney to tech providers like the Zillow Group, Keller Williams, and RE/MAX. Daniel has 2 lovely daughters and a wonderful wife and is passionate about extending the movement beyond revenue, making an actual difference in many people’s lives. He has made this dream a reality through the incorporation of the “MOD Movement”, 501(c)3 charity that has participated in building orphanages and senior housing in the Philippines as well as life-planning programs for at-risk youth in the United States. In today’s conversation with us, Daniel explains their charity impact model, what they track, and how they involve their employees and clients so that everyone wins. We also discuss key business principles and how to know when you’re ready to hire a full-time team of virtual professionals to scale your growth. As Daniel points out, the biggest challenge in business is always people – finding more people, better talent, and learning how to lead them better. Daniel and his team at MyOutDesk will show you how to solve this challenge so you can scale your business and your impact, just as they have done. Key Takeaways Most charities don’t have a concrete way to measure impact. The MyOutDesk charity impact model measures time invested, dollars raised, and lives impacted. Find ways to involve your clients into your charity model. Annual budgeting helps to control revenue and how much is used for charity. On your organizational chart, include the position (job title and desired outcome), the person’s name, and all the systems that they’re running. Also categorize if it is operations or sales and marketing. Sales and marketing is what drives all revenue growth; it’s how a company gets to scale. If you find yourself working evenings and weekends, not able to walk away from your phone, or your revenue hasn’t grown in 3 years, it’s time to hire a team of virtual professionals. $250,000 - $500,000 in revenue is usually when you can shift from an “I do it” to “We do it” model, where you hire a full-time team of virtual assistants. If you’re under $200,000 in revenue you can utilize project-based virtual assistants. If you’re in business, your people are always your biggest challenge – finding more people, better talent, and leading them better. When you have the right team you win Superbowls. Free Gift and Resources Book - Scale with Virtual Professionals Receive free PDF copy — Text SVP to 31996 Connect With Daniel Ramsey and MyOutDesk Team Website: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: YouTube: LinkedIn:
12/2/201928 minutes, 21 seconds
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294: James Lenhoff: Transforming Our View of Money and Generosity

James Lenhoff, CFP is president of WealthQuest, a financial planning firm with 1200 clients across the U.S., managing $1 billion in client assets. His mission is simple but bold: to change the conversation about money. Between major media outlets, industry gurus and even other financial advisors, we are constantly being told that we aren’t smart enough to understand our own finances. They’ve convinced us that no matter how much we might think we know, we’re still missing something and that we should be worried about our future, the markets and how we stack up against our peers. But money is more than just math. James’ passion is to help clients and financial advisors realize that money is about emotions, dreams and desires. If we can learn to use money as a tool, we can live truly rich lives. James is the author of Living a RIch Life: The No Regrets Guide to Building and Spending Wealth, as well as the host of The Rich Life Podcast. He is a Certified Financial Planner and Life Coach, a married father of three, and spends much of his free time in ministry at his church, including financial literacy education programs, men’s ministry, and mission work in Haiti. In his conversation with us, James dispels the myths about financial planning, money and generosity, and explains how to eliminate the fear-based approach to building and protecting your wealth. He describes the 3 common circuit-breakers for abundance and how to keep them turn on, and how the act of generosity is a fun, family affair that brings family members closer together. We also explore how generosity plays out in business, leading your team, building your corporate culture, and sharing your knowledge with competitors, and how establishing an employee-owned company benefits everyone. Key Takeaways The financial industry has spent 20 years teaching people that money is mathematical. The math is the easy part. It’s the humanness and relationships that we mix in with the math that makes it hard. That’s where we need to focus. Most people believe money is complicated and scary. They don’t understand it and don’t have a plan. They don’t know what they want they only know what they don’t want. The meaning of life is relationships. Every financial planner will tell you to have an emergency fund because what if things go wrong? The problem is that we don’t have a good answer to the other question – what if things go well? For most people the answer to that question is to spend more money on ourselves. Define your lifestyle cap where you are content and have what you want, and then deposit anything beyond what you need for that into an abundance fund. It will keep your abundance circuit breakers on. Generosity is not only about charity and tax deductions. It’s life on life impact. A little bit of perspective goes a long way. Generosity is deciding what your family is passionate about and doing something about it, beyond just writing a check – which often doesn’t fix the problem anyway. Generosity is far more risker than charity. You may try to help someone and it doesn’t work out. But that’s what makes it more beautiful when you engage in it and take that risk. It actually means more to you...and the family you’re helping. We need people around us who don’t believe our story (beliefs about ourselves) and will challenge us to create a new story. As business owners, when we set healthy boundaries for our employees (around work-life balance) they actually get more work done. They are so much more productive when they are rested and connected with the people they love. At Wealthquest, they get more accomplished in 4.5 days – normal, comfortable days, where employees leave at 5pm – than their competition does working longer hours. Be generous with your employees and invite them to be involved in generosity with you. Resources Book: Living a Rich Life: A No Regrets Guide to Building and Spending Wealth The Rich Life Podcast Connect With James Lenhoff Website: LinkedIn: FB page: Videos: Facebook
11/25/201946 minutes, 47 seconds
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293: Camilita Nuttall: It's Time To Live Like A Champion!

International Speaker, Camilita Nuttall is a 7-Time Award Winning Corporate Sales and Business Growth Expert, Executive Business Coach, Entrepreneur, Author, Property Investor and Radio Show Host of The Camilita Podcast. Camilita helps businesses of all sizes increase their sales, launch new businesses, products and services and be the expert in their field. Mentioned in FORBES and quoted in Think & Grow Rich for Women, Camilita has appeared on SKY TV, Celebrate Business Magazine, BBC Business News, Canada’s B2B News Network, Pursuit Men’s Magazine and many others. She is the author of three e-books – How to Fast Track Your Success, Camilita’s Quotes, Inspirational Messages and Success Secrets and How to Create Multiple Streams of Residual Income.  Camilita was a top sales expert for 7 consecutive years in Europe where she engineered a large sales force of thousands of people in 30+ countries, amassing an excess of $20 Million in sales. Camilita has lived in Spain, Germany, Trinidad, Netherlands and the UK and has travelled to over 50 countries. In the face of extreme adversity Camilita rose against all odds to become a dynamic powerhouse of success and inspiration. Her story alone is motivating, but it is her straight-forward advice and ability to repeatedly gather the top minds in the industry to impart real-world knowledge that is uplifting. Along with her husband Andrew, Camilita through Nuttall Foundation gives back to some of the world's underprivileged children by partnering with like-minded individuals. In today’s conversation with us, Camilita lights up the airwaves with her passion and personality as she shares how she came from very humble beginnings to graduate law school and later become an international business success. We discuss her daily practices, mindset, the importance of structure and focus, how to develop a champion-level team, and so much more. If you’re ready to live like a champion, Camilita Nuttall will show you how. Key Takeaways Rich people have rich people challenges. Poor people have poor people challenges. Both have challenges. It’s how they use those challenges to help themselves be better that matter, and then to impart that on humanity. If you were to die today, what would you regret you didn’t do? Believe in yourself – one more time – and act on that belief. Do it now. If you want to live like a champion, you’ve got to give it your all. Every day. All you can do is all you can do. And all you can do is enough. But are you doing ALL? When you’re making money, put it into an asset. Don’t just spend. If you knew that today was the start of your second chance, you would treat it very different from yesterday. When it comes to staying focused on your goals and actions, write everything down. You read it, you write it, you know it. Make sure your team understands the end goal, and that they are responsible for the end goal. Make sure they know what is in it for them, and why they are doing this. And that it’s not for money. Know your limits and when you need to take time off. In prioritizing your time, ask yourself, is it important? Is it urgent? Can it wait? Before deciding on an opportunity, bring it before God. We don’t need to DO more, we need to BE more. You’re not selling where you are right now, you’re selling who you are. Learn to accept people where they are. Understand their culture. Free Gift and Resources Free e-Book: How To Create Multiple Streams Of Residual Income The Camilita Podcast: Connect With Camilita Nuttall Website: LinkedIn: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: Pinterest: YouTube:
11/18/201940 minutes, 46 seconds
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292: Claudia Muehlenweg: Improve Your Eyesight Naturally

Tired of wearing glasses or straining to see your computer screen? Claudia Muehlenweg is a leading force in empowering people to improve their eyesight naturally. Through webinars, online programs, a membership and private coaching, she helps her clients see better, no matter what vision challenge they struggle with – including presbyopia, myopia, astigmatism, strabismus, convergence insufficiency, missing depth perception, cataracts, macula degeneration, glaucoma and vision problems after RK and LASIK surgeries. Many were able to ditch their glasses and contacts for good or avoid dangerous surgery altogether. Claudia is a sought-after international speaker and workshop leader and a member of three international vision associations. Her certifications in Hatha Yoga, Yoga Tune Up®, the Roll Model® Method and her current training in Nutritional Endocrinology enable her to use an integrated, holistic approach to finding the root cause of blurry vision that goes well beyond the eyeball. Claudia lives what she teaches starting each day with self-care, stimulating her eyesight with plenty outdoor time, and enjoying life in Los Angeles with friends and her two daughters. In today’s conversation, Claudia shares how she got rid of her glasses and how she now teaches others how to improve their vision naturally. She explains the root cause of most eyesight problems, dispels many myths about eyesight, aging and avoiding direct sunlight, and provides several techniques you can use to reduce eye strain and improve your vision over time. Claudia explains why you want to avoid wearing sunglasses and encourage your children to play outside more often. She also addresses the question of LAZIK eye surgery, offers recommendations for computer screen settings and font size, and so much more. Key Takeaways All babies are born far-sighted. It usually takes until age 15 for our vision to be completely developed. There is a direct correlation between our emotions and our eyesight. Most eye care specialists focus on the eyeball whereas 90% of our vision happens in our brain. The retina doesn’t know a table from a chair. That distinction happens in the brain. Most eyesight issues stem from strain. Identify the type of strain you have so you can release the tension and improve your vision. Practice sunning with closed eyelids to reduce light sensitivity in the beginning. In the 1970s, 25% of children in Asia and the US experienced nearsightedness. Today the percentage is up to 45% in the US and approximately 95% in many areas in Asia. Children that played 2 or more hours outside had a much lower chance of being nearsighted than children that stayed inside. Our eyes are not meant to be locked on a certain distance or object for any length of time. Our eyes are meant to move and look around. Most vision problems are lifestyle related not genetic. *If you know or suspect that you have an eye disease contact Claudia or consult your eye doctor before practicing any of the suggestions provided in this interview. Free Gift and Resources Free Download: 10 Habits For Happy Healthy Eyes (Includes Discovery Session with Claudia): Facebook Group: Connect With Claudia Muehlenweg Website: Facebook Page: Instagram: YouTube: LinkedIn:  
11/11/201937 minutes, 47 seconds
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291: Rick Crossland: How To Recruit, Train and Retain A Players For Your Team

Imagine...what could you accomplish with a team of A Players? Rick Crossland is an internationally-known expert and thought leader on A Player talent. His innovative approach to developing and validating high performers - A Players – has been published in leading business sites such as, and, where Rick contributes articles as a Fortune Insider - a network where the most thoughtful and influential people in the entrepreneurial scene answer questions about business and careers. Rick genuinely walks the talk when it comes to being an A Player. He has almost 30 years of experience developing, recruiting and leading high performers, and developing high performing cultures at companies. Before founding his successful executive coaching, leadership and talent development company eight years ago, Rick worked at Johnson and Johnson, ICI-Zeneca, Planters-Lifesavers, Ford Motor Company and Limited Brands. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Delaware and a MBA from Duke University. In addition to his writing and consulting, Rick is a dynamic speaker who loves to captivate audiences with his unique A Player approach. Rick is author of the book, The A Player. He works with organizations across the country to transform good companies into great companies with his unique A Player approach. In today’s conversation with us, Rick defines an A Player – who they are and what they look for in an organization. We then explore the problem with settling for B and C Players, why more companies don’t have A Player teams, and how you can find, attract and develop a team of 100% A Players who are congruent, committed, and will help you transform your company from good to great. Key Takeaways An A Player is the top 10% of the industry for the salary that you’re offering; somebody who you would enthusiastically rehire and who models your core values. Everybody deserves to be an A Player somewhere. There’s nothing more transformational than building a team of 100% A Players. The job of the leader is to leave a legacy of great people around you. Therefore the #1 job of the CEO needs to be talent. Companies can’t find good talent because they’re settling for B Players. 80% of companies get their hiring wrong. 8 out of 10 hires aren’t the A Players they thought they were getting. Go for A Potential rather than a B Player. You want your playbook to be a 50/50 blend between technical and leadership skills. Most people are very incongruent. Your A Players are the most congruent. A Players don’t want to work with B and C Players. They are repellents to A Players. A Players want to work with people who challenge them so they do their best work. Conduct performance reviews at least quarterly, along with a weekly coaching conversation. If you have strong systems, it makes it easier to cross-develop people. With an A Player team, the goal is better than 10% net margin for the company. Free Gift and Resources The A Player Business Assessment $100 A Player Accountability Training Free ½ hour coaching session with Rick Crossland ($750 value) Connect With Rick Crossland Website: LinkedIn: Facebook: Twitter:
11/4/201939 minutes, 44 seconds
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290: Paul Edwards: Becoming a Radically Generous Entrepreneur

How do the most successful business influencers network differently? Paul Edwards is an international bestselling author, entrepreneurial coach, and host of the Influencer Networking Secrets Podcast. He connects Radically Generous Entrepreneurs with elders, peers and mentees who challenge them and help them grow through his Business Beyond Business Mastermind. He is a veteran of the United States Army, a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma and a recovering insurance salesman. In his spare time Paul is an amateur Men's Physique competitor, amateur theologian and Bible scholar. In today’s conversation with us, Paul shares what he has discovered by applying radical generosity to his business, masterminds and podcast – in the form of networking, other-focused publicity and community involvement. We also discuss the daily habits Paul uses to prepare himself for excellence personally and professionally each day, and what he has learned from the top influencers and leaders he has worked with and interviewed on his podcast. Key Takeaways There is far more to business than making money. Money is simply the reward that follows doing business well. Be a magnet not a pusher. Instead of always talking about how great is your company, spend time talking about how great other people’s businesses and services are. Exhibit a greater than average curiosity about other business owners; how their business came to be and what problem their products and services solve. Not for profit is for profit. If all we’re ever doing is selling our goods and services for profit, there’s still a gap we leave, and by extension we also leave money on the table. Going out and working with other entrepreneurs, leaders, and people in positions of authority to benefit people who can’t pay it back can be one of the best ways to receive a reputation, referrals and community recognition. However, that can’t be the motivation to do it. The transition from taker to exchanger to giver is most prevalent among the very highest performers in society. 85% or more are givers. (Success Magazine) There are always multiple ways to give – your time, talent or treasure. On living a life of excellence – your day begins the night before. Isolation is the enemy of excellence. (Aaron Walker) If you really want to build a muscle you must attack it from different angles. Similarly if you do not vary how you spend your day or who you spend it with, you begin to narrow the source of enrichment of your life. The world is hungry for genuine connection. Being genuine, thorough and attentive to detail will carry you a long way in business and in life. Free Gifts and Resources Receive a free copy of "Business Beyond Business" by signing up for Paul’s mailing list OR you can reach out to Paul directly via social media and request a copy. Influencer Networking Secrets Podcast Connect With Paul S. Edwards Website: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: LinkedIn:
10/28/201935 minutes, 30 seconds
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289: Sarika Bhakta: Bringing The Diversity Pendulum Back Into Balance

Certified Diversity Executive Sarika Bhakta goes beyond the buzzwords to the power of attracting and engaging diversity that leads to greater innovation and more connected workplaces for everyone. A visionary leader and entrepreneur, Sarika was born in Gujarat, India and raised in the American Midwest. Adjusting to the American culture was extremely challenging for Sarika, inspiring her life’s mission of helping people identify their authentic self to be successful change agents and leaders in today’s ever-changing global economy. She is a seasoned and multi-faceted executive who has over 20 years of experience empowering diverse talent and population groups to maximize their leadership potential while increasing their cultural competency and global perspective. Prior to launching her consulting firm, Sarika worked in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors across the US, with several entities who had significant international presence. She is a sought-after consultant, speaker, trainer and community engager due to her high energy, interactive and inspiring style. Sarika transforms organizational cultures enterprise-wide by utilizing Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Engagement business solutions driving innovation and sustainable outcomes. Sarika is a co-investigator/research collaborator for a national study assessing women’s leadership progression in the workplace while conducting a deeper exploration on challenges and opportunities impacting Asian Pacific Islander women’s leadership trajectory. She is also a co-author of “Power Up, Super Women”, an anthology book on women’s empowerment, and a proud recipient of Corridor Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” award. In today’s conversation with us, Sarika shares her personal experience immigrating from India to the American Midwest, her perspective on diversity in the workplace and surrounding community – what it is, what it’s not, and how she empowers leaders to deliver innovative results through building and nurturing the diversity within their teams. Key Takeaways Most people don’t see themselves as being diverse, and yet we are all different. In order to leverage diversity as an asset with equitable processes and inclusive behaviors, we have to go beyond diversity and inclusion. Are people engaged? That’s the real question. The melting pot theory is not the solution because when we ‘melt’ our differences together, we lose the uniqueness of each person. The layered salad theory is not the solution because when we layer different people groups, we get increased silos. The tossed salad theory is the best approach, because everyone is mixed together, they’re not in layers or silos, and they still maintain their unique identity and culture. Training itself will not get you the results you want in the workplace. It takes moving to actionable items, and connecting them to the individual. Make it relevant. Globalization and technology are the key drivers of diversity. 82% of companies are not hiring qualified leaders to be in key managerial positions. 41% of managers do not make diversity a priority. 61% of job seekers are looking for companies that make diversity a priority. Cultural competency as a leader comes down to being able to understand how to integrate individuals who have different perspectives, backgrounds and experiences than you. As a leader you need to be the buffer for the team and the glue for the team, when warranted. Realize that your company is already diverse. Resources Diversity Straight Up Podcast Power Up, Super Women Book Connect With Sarika Bhakta Website: LinkedIn: Twitter: Instagram:
10/24/201942 minutes, 24 seconds
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288: David Neagle: How To Make A Quantum Leap In Your Income and Quality Of Life

Feel stuck in a dead-end job? Not making enough money in your business? David Neagle is an internationally recognized success coach, author of The Millions Within and host of The Successful Mind Podcast. He has worked alongside Bob Proctor, Tony Robbins, and Mark Victor Hansen and has coached hundreds of entrepreneurs to become 7-figure business owners. He’s been featured recently in Entrepreneur, CNBC, and more for his business expertise. A former high school dropout and minimum-wage forklift driver, David suffered a near-death incident where he was pulled into a dam, broke his back and nearly drowned. No one expected David to survive the accident and the rescue workers even told his family he was dead. But David survived. He made the decision that day to begin the journey responsible for changing his entire life. Through the power of mindset work, he incrementally and systematically increased his income and eventually became a multimillion-dollar business owner. Since then, David has helped thousands of entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners tap into their unlimited potential in order to grow their businesses and achieve their dreams - including New York Times Best Selling Author Jen Sincero. In his conversation with us, David shares his personal experience of transformation – the mindset shifts and questions he asked himself that led to his quantum leap in income and quality of life. We explore the common money conversations we learn from childhood, the truth about money, and how to manifest what you truly desire in life and create additional income whenever you choose. Key Takeaways Ask yourself, what’s the difference between your attitude and the attitude of successful people you admire? Do your best every day, act like you love what you do, and treat everyone with total respect. Most people were raised with a financial plan based on the idea of need. There’s no number behind it; it’s the perception of how much they think they need to live the quality of life that their self-esteem says they should be living. We set up money patterns in two ways – in direct replication of what we saw in our parents or in rebellion of it. Either way it’s the same story. Money is just a tool that does two very basic things. It gets us out of survival mode and allows us to live a more expansive life, and it allows us to extend our service beyond our physical presence. Most people don’t understand money. They don’t know what moves money – which is always a sale or agreement between two people. Everyone on the planet has the same amount of money, even if they’re not aware that resource is available to them if they were to think differently. People who don’t reach their goals generally set the goal from the wrong place. A goal can be as big as you want it to be as long as somewhere internally you believe that you’re going to accomplish it. When setting a financial goal, ask yourself how much you can actually see yourself receiving? Realize that the “how” in reaching the goal is not your job to figure out. That’s the job of God / the universe. The how is already here. Our job is based on choosing what we really desire. Free Gifts and Resources Free Download – You Are Born To Be A Success The Millions Within Book The Successful Mind Podcast Connect With David Neagle Website:  Facebook: LinkedIn: Twitter: Instagram:
10/21/201944 minutes, 43 seconds
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287: Brendon Lundberg: Changing The Way Chronic Pain Is Understood and Treated

With a vision to build the safest, most consistently effective and appealing solution to the epidemic of chronic pain, Brendon Lundberg co-founded Radiant Pain Relief Centres. He combines his mission to change the way chronic pain is treated with deep experience in healthcare management, marketing, business development and sales. Prior to opening the first center in 2014, Brendon played key operational and business development roles for two Portland-Area Portland Business Journal and Inc. Magazine Growth Award-winning companies, and was the Director of Sales and Marketing for another Portland-based medical device start-up. Brendon holds a BS in business marketing and an MBA. Radiant Pain Relief Centres offer a unique and progressive treatment for chronic pain, which helps retrain the brain and restore it back to a more normal, healthy perception of pain. They have treated hundreds of patients with nearly every type of chronic pain imaginable. On average, their patients experience an 84% reduction in pain, and more than 90% of their patients conclude therapy with a pain score of zero or near zero. In today’s conversation with us, Brendon explains the science behind their methodology, how and why it works, and the impact it has had on their patients’ quality of life. We also explore how they are raising money to fund their initiative, how they gain alignment with key healthcare professionals, and what to expect when you set about disrupting an industry – all very important aspects to understand when doing something that has never been done before. Key Takeaways Pain is a common experience that we’ve all had at some point in our lives. Globally, there are more people suffering with chronic pain than cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease combined. In the U.S. alone there are 100 million people suffering with chronic pain. All pain is neurogenic – meaning that it comes from the brain’s nervous system. It’s a protective phenomenon, particularly in the short term, letting you know something is wrong. Chronic pain is when the brain becomes wired to expect and perpetuate the pain experience. Most healthcare professionals are trained in pain science that was published in the 1960s. The body is a remarkably effective healing machine, providing we allow it to do its job. The key to business scalability is systems, the willingness to take risks, and building a great team. It is a lonely hard process to be the first person changing an industry. Creating a movement requires being comfortable with being uncomfortable. You’ll be rejected far more than you’ll be accepted, maybe for a long time. Eventually though if you stay consistent, people will begin to see that you haven’t given up, that you still believe in it, and start to pay attention. One of the biggest keys to creating a movement is creating alignment vs friction. Free Gift and Resources Free Treatment Free PDF Copy Of Radiant Relief Book Free Kindle Copy of Radiant Relief Book (with app) Free Hardcopy (just pay the shipping) Connect With Brendon Lundberg & The Radiant Relief Team Website: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: Brendon Lundberg LinkedIn:
10/17/201940 minutes, 1 second
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286: Howard Sambol: Craft Your Genius Life

As an innovator and thought leader in the field of life transition, Howard has guided many people to Craft their Genius Life over the past three decades. After working closely with Michael Gerber, bestselling author of The E- Myth, Howard won the top sales award with an international consulting firm. He also spearheaded the first ever online career program on AOL. His specialty is working with those who feel like they’re a square peg trying to fit in a round hole with their corporate job or career. His unique Life Crafting system combines personal growth, proven business tools and astrology. It has enabled individuals to overcome their limitations and make money doing what they love. Craft Your Genius Life represents the synthesis and culmination of Howard’s own life journey. He speaks internationally and has clients in many countries. In today’s conversation with us, Howard explains how cosmic cycles affect us, whether we acknowledge their existence or not. He defines what astrology is and what it is not, how myths about astrology came about, how it confirms the existence of a loving God and the universe as intelligent energy, and how you can use this understanding to craft your genius life and business.  Key Takeaways A clock gives us reference points in time, but the clock is not the only way to measure time. Astrology is different than psychic ability, palmistry, tarot, and numerology. It is a cosmic clock that measures time in different ways. It’s a combination of art and science that gives you understanding of yourself and your evolutionary path. Astrology confirms the existence of a loving God and the universe as intelligent energy. The planet Saturn takes 29 years to return to the same place it was when you were born. This correlates to why statistically people go through a very significant transition right around their 29th birthday. We have multiple cycles going on simultaneously and overlapping each other. Good astrologers know how to look at each of the cycles, see the meaning and the timing of them, and how the overlap of all that is working. They can then come up with the gestalt of that and understand how to apply that practically to your life. We all have an ability deep inside – like a truth resonance skill - to know if something is the truth or not. The answers are already there. Astrology is simply a tool or pathway to get to those answers for your life. Another way to connect with God and the Universe. Resources No Cost Discovery Session Book – Craft Your Genius Life Bonus membership which features PDF version of Craft Your Genius Life, for same price as kindle ($8.99), with all 18 life changing exercises AND a new monthly webinar, Ask Me Anything. Connect With Howard Sambol Website: Facebook: LinkedIn: Twitter:
10/14/201940 minutes, 28 seconds
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285: Brian and Jeff Becker: Building Healthy Father-Son Relationships

Brian and Jeff Becker recently released Tender Lions - a book about building the vital relationship between father and son. More than 20 million children in the U.S. live in a home without the physical presence of a father. Millions more have dads who are physically present, but emotionally absent. If fatherlessness were classified as a disease, it would be considered an epidemic—worthy of attention as a national emergency. Tender Lions is a raw, unfiltered look at one father-son relationship on the brink of destruction and how, against all the odds, it was not only saved but deepened. Raising a boy to be a man is not something left to chance—there's always hope and time for an authentic father-son relationship. Brian Becker, a corporate leadership development expert, educator, and nonprofit executive and his son, Jeff, co-founder of the nationally acclaimed basketball academy Powerhouse Hoops, hope to inspire men that it's never too late to build a dynamic father-son relationship. In this conversation with Brian and Jeff, we discuss the alarming statistics between fatherlessness and high-school dropout rates, teen pregnancies and behavioral issues. Brian and Jeff shine a spotlight on their relationship – the impact of lies and secrets and how they were able to restore trust and connection through vulnerability, integrity, and unconditional love. We explore the power of hope, what it really means to be a man and how to raise a tender lion – a man who is emotionally, spiritually and relationally healthy and whole. Key Takeaways About 30% of children in the U.S. live in a home without a dad and a larger percentage, the dad is there but he’s emotionally checked out. Children without fathers are statistically much more likely to be high school dropouts, experience teen pregnancy, mental health issues, suicide, homelessness, and be sentenced to juvenile detention. Dark secrets are an anchor. They suck you down emotionally. Getting back into integrity requires a person to get honest, get help and get humble. Humility comes from vulnerability. When you tell lies for years it makes you arrogant. Strong societies can’t be strong without strong families. Failure is awesome. Winning the tournament is nice but you don’t learn from winning, you learn from losing and you learn from preparing to win. When the pressure is on, that’s when you find out you really are. By facing what you’re hiding, that’s where you’re going to find your strength. The truth sets you free. Resources Tender Lions Connect With Brian and Jeff Becker Website: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram:
10/10/201936 minutes, 56 seconds
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284: John Faisandier: Emotional Intelligence - Thriving Under Fire

In 1998 John Faisandier had a vision that he could help people manage emotions at work. He saw that people in organizations did not deal well with angry and upset customers or colleagues, and he believed that people could learn to manage their own emotions and respond well to others when they were being difficult. He wanted workplaces to become more effective and satisfying places to work. Over the past twenty years since then, John has worked with thousands of people around the world, studied research and thought deeply about this topic which has led him to write a book, create stimulating workshops and develop interactive online training through his New Zealand-based company TUF: Thriving Under Fire. His volunteer teaching in Tonga, the Catholic priesthood, parish ministry, primary school, hospital, prison chaplaincy and Race Relations mediation work lay the foundation for him to become a practical emotional intelligence teacher. He has trained and worked as a psychodramatist in a drug and alcohol treatment hospital, ran several businesses, served briefly as a US Navy chaplain in Antarctica, led psychodrama workshops in a motorcycle gang pad in Christchurch, and worked with bank executives in Bangladesh. In today’s conversation with us, John shares the common reactions to feelings and emotions that we have, how to improve our ability to respond, how to stay safe when others are upset, the distinction between empathy and sympathy, and how to apply these practices and build better relationships at work and at home.    Key Takeaways Using psychodrama, rather than just talking about what’s on their mind, participants can act it out. Most people haven’t learned to manage their own feelings. Feelings are neither good nor bad, they are simply feelings and they tell us something about our values. Emotions are like the fingerprints of the soul. Anger is quite often a secondary emotion, behind which we hide other emotions that make us vulnerable. As a leader, it may not be appropriate for people to see your underlying emotions but it is important that you know what they are. Attempting to name your feelings out loud (labeling them) can actually be counter-productive because the other person may not be able to cope with what you’re feeling in that moment. True leaders can be with other people in their distress. Stories are full of emotion so the stories we tell ourselves affect who we are and how we are. We have a desire to change people partly because they make us feel uncomfortable Free Gift & Resources Free eBook: How To Make An Effective Apology Thriving Under Fire: How To Turn Difficult Customers Into Business Success Connect With John Faisandier Website: Facebook: LinkedIn:
10/7/201940 minutes, 26 seconds
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283: Nicholas Mann: Legacy Lessons From A Classical Music Giant

Robert Mann was the founding member of The Juilliard String Quartet and musical giant in some of the world's greatest concert halls over the past 70+ years. Before his death at 97 in 2018, Mr. Mann completed his autobiography A PASSIONATE JOURNEY: A Memoir which offers lessons in leadership through his remarkable career as co-founder and first violin of The Juilliard String Quartet. Perhaps nobody knew Mr. Mann better than his son Nicholas who followed in his father's footsteps. Professor Nicholas Mann is co-chair of Manhattan School of Music’s string department and has been a Juilliard faculty member since 2002. He is a founding member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet and he performs widely as a soloist and chamber musician. In today’s interview with us, Nicholas shares some of his favorite memories of his father, the biggest challenge his father faced and how he grew through it, and powerful leadership and collaboration lessons you can apply in both your personal and professional life. Key Takeaways A string quartet is one of the most complicated and intense partnerships. You have to pick your battles. It’s easy to get upset over differences, but ask yourself, “Is it really worth fighting over?” One of the rules in a quartet is that you must listen to the ideas, and then try to make them work. It is surprising how often you can change your mind, if you are really open to a new idea. You can disagree in a quartet but you have to have respect for each other. That’s the basis for success. While you will need to comprise with your colleagues, there are certain things you don’t comprise. Certain core values that are the line you will not cross. You must know what they are and stay true to them. In terms of teaching and leading others, it’s great to have a talented student but mostly you want to have someone open to learning. Resources A Passionate Journey: Memoir Speak The Music Documentary Connect With Nicholas Mann Manhattan School Of Music: Mendelssohn Quartet:
10/3/201939 minutes, 27 seconds
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282: Brendan Kane: How To Engage One Million Followers In 30 Days

How do you build a massive following on social media that is engaged and advocates for you? Growth strategist and author of One Million Followers, Brendan Kane will show you how he created one million followers —in 30 days and less. A wizard of the social media sphere, Brendan has built online platforms for A-listers including Taylor Swift and Rihanna. He has advised brands such as MTV, Skechers, Vice and IKEA on how to establish and grow their digital audience and engagement. He has spent his career discovering the best tools to turn any no-name into a top influencer. In today’s interview with us, Brendan shares his gimmick-free step-by-step process on how to gain an authentic, dedicated, and diverse online following from scratch. He explains the biggest mistakes people make, how to develop your identity online, and how to create sharable content that engages your core audience. What does Taylor Swift and other influencers do differently than everyone else? Listen and find out. Key Takeaways There are people all over the world that have the ability to transform it in a positive way. They simply lack the strategies, tools and know-how to get their message out. 60 billion messages are sent on digital platforms each day which means that a lot of messages get lost. What made Taylor Swift so brilliant and successful is that she understood the valuable power of fostering 1 to 1 communication with her fans. She knew how to build brand advocates. People share things because it emotionally moves them or because it is viewed as social currency where the content reflects their level of intelligence. One of the biggest mistakes people make is focusing on what they want to say instead of what the other person wants to hear. Not everyone needs one million followers. It’s possible, but it’s not always necessary. In testing, content variation includes 5 elements: the content itself, the headline, and the demographics, interests, and geo-location of the audience. There are 3 steps to creating a large following: (1) develop your hypothesis, (2) test a low cost proof of concept, and (3) analyze the data. Once you find what works, you scale it. The key is to keep repeating the 3 steps until you figure out what works. Most people are unwilling to do this. They prefer to continue doing the same thing they’ve always done, hoping to get different results. Resources Connect With Brendan Kane Website: Facebook: Instagram: LinkedIn:
9/30/201930 minutes
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281: Lynne Brodie: Innovate New Products Using Your Flow Zone

World-renowned Strategic Visionary, Business Intuitive and Professional Alchemist, Lynne Brodie unlocks your full brain access in as little as 60 minutes and without mind altering substances or psychoactive drugs. Lynne combines decades of ancient wisdom with proprietary energy techniques, spiritual awareness, neuroscience, quantum physics, and modern intellect. Her proprietary process activates personal ‘flow’ and puts you ‘in the zone’. Tapping into full brain access allows you to lead from within and increase your triple bottom line by reconnecting with the deepest wisdom of your soul. Lynne holds a BA in psychology, is an ICF credentialed Coach and has three decades of corporate experience working for Fortune 500 companies. She has worked with thousands of clients worldwide on 6 continents, including industry leaders from companies like Johnson & Johnson, AT&T, SAP America, IBM, Verizon, Re-MAX, National Public Radio, Boston University, Cincinnati Symphony, EarthLink, NFL Player Benefits, and countless others. In today’s conversation with us, Lynne shares how she helps clients get into the flow zone, some of the barriers to getting into flow, and how she uses this progressive technology to guide entrepreneurs and corporations to invent new products and services that simultaneously serve their clients, support their employees, and solve world problems. Key Takeaways In your conscious processing you have access to 120 bits of information. You use 60 to speak and 60 to listen when you’re in conversation. In your subconscious, you have access to billions of bits of information. It’s where you multiply your intelligence, your creativity, and innovation. Conscious capitalism is the balanced approach between capitalism and socialism. It is business that is doing good and having social impact while making a profit. Your flow zone is the level beyond skills that you need to work on if you really want to catapult forward. Most people who engage in personal development work do not address clearing the energetic body and that’s where they are still stuck. Mindfulness is your most progressive technology. Resources Connect With Lynne Brodie Website: Facebook: Twitter: LinkedIn:
9/26/201928 minutes, 44 seconds
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280: Darren Virassammy: How To Become A Great Place To Work

Darren Virassammy is the co-founder and COO of 34 Strong, comprised of a team that believes everyone deserves a great place to work and that any workplace can be great. A leading expert in the global employee engagement community, the 34 Strong team leverages the strengths-based approach to human development to create massive shifts within organizations, both culturally and on the bottom line. Darren and his team have created sustainable change in small micro-businesses, all the way up to large organizational teams at the FDA, Bank of America, and The California Department of Public Health. Recently, Darren has keynoted for Hitachi Global Women’s Conference, The Rotary World Peace Conference, The Professional Grounds Management Society, and Author Mike Michalowicz’ Profit Con. Darren’s 34 Strong business partner, Brandon Miller is the co-author (with his wife Analyn Miller) of a strengths-based parenting book titled Play to Their Strengths which was released in July of 2019.  Random fun facts about Darren: He is an electric bassist and closed down Profit Con 2018 by performing a solo bass guitar piece he composed titled Metamorphosis as a tribute to the journey of entrepreneurs. He holds a black belt in Kyokushin Karate, a 3rd degree brown belt in Aki-jujitsu and loves training in and teaching Martial arts. He enjoys daily cold showers, Wim Hof Breathing and regular cold water plunges. As a result, his wife and kids (and many on his team and others who find this out about him) think he is certifiably insane. In today’s conversation, Darren shares the essence to creating great workplaces and engaging teams. By fostering an environment where each person can play to their strengths, team members are more motivated, confident and can tangibly point to the value they bring to the organization. In turn, the organization benefits from greater synergy, increased creativity, motivation and productivity. Darren provides valuable insights into how you can apply this approach to any business and team, small or large. Key Takeaways Everyone deserves a great place to work and that any workplace can be great. Talents are defined as our natural patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviors that can be productively applied. In school we are conditioned to focus on our greatest areas of weakness rather than our strengths. We can focus on improving our weaknesses and get to a level of mediocrity. The real question is, what are we aiming for – mediocrity or excellence? Playing to our strengths includes owning where we shine and where we’re blind. When people are playing to their strengths, they are more energized, enthusiastic, and engaged. Over 65% of the US workforce is disengaged in some capacity. People want to be valued for being valuable. People are the lifeblood that flows through organizations. You can’t have a healthy organization with unhealthy lifeblood flowing through it. Culture is created every single day. One email, one phone call, one conversation at a time. Do you want to create culture by design or by accident? Either way, it’s going to happen. As a consultant you are not the change agent, you are the guide. The true measure of a leader is not what happens while they’re there, it’s what happens when they’re not. We often undervalue what we are a genius in because it is so easy. Yet that’s what people value in us. Celebrate your failures because they make you who you are. Own your mistakes and ask what you can learn from it. Free Gift and Resources Free Exercise: Discover Your Areas Of Grind, Greatness and Genius Creating Excellence Through Strengths (from Profit Con 2018): 34 Strong Overview Video: 34 Strong Blog:  Strengths-Based Parenting Blog: Book: Play to Their Strengths Connect With Darren Virassammy and 34 Strong Website: Darren LinkedIn: 34 Strong LinkedIn: Facebook:
9/23/201937 minutes, 18 seconds
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279: Steve Mariotti: Activating The Entrepreneurial Mindset In Under-Resourced Youth

Imagine if young people in low-income communities were taught about money and small business? Today’s guest has done exactly that. Steve Mariotti is a prominent advocate for entrepreneurship education worldwide. He currently serves as Senior Fellow for Entrepreneurship at Rising Tide Capital in Jersey City. He is the founder and former president of the global nonprofit Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), and the author of 44 books, textbooks, and articles exploring the transformative power of entrepreneurship for low-income communities. In his riveting personal memoir of his early career as a New York City public high school teacher, Goodbye Homeboy: How My Students Drove Me Crazy and Inspired a Movement, Steve Mariotti shares the touching story of how he discovered that teaching even the most disenfranchised and disillusioned children about small business lights a fire for learning in them and transforms their futures. This experience inspired him to found NFTE to empower at-risk youth to create pathways out of poverty.   Steve founded NFTE on his public high school teacher's salary in 1987. He led teams that raised more than $150 million for NFTE's mission over 26 years, building NFTE into the leading global provider of entrepreneurship education for low-income youth from Chicago to China. Today, NFTE operates in 23 locations in 10 countries and has served nearly one million young people.  Steve soon discovered there were no textbooks available for teaching entrepreneurship to young people, so he wrote groundbreaking textbooks, including the Golden Lamp Award-winning high-school textbook Entrepreneurship: Starting and Operating a Small Business, and the junior college textbook Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. Steve is also the author of the popular Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting and Running a Business.  Approximately 1.2 million copies of Steve's books, textbooks and workbooks have been sold or donated worldwide, including to prison educational programs like ITEM (Inmates Teaching Entrepreneurship and Mentoring), which Steve co-founded with Joe Robinson in 2004.  In 2012, Steve was inducted into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. His multiple awards include: Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year; Bernard A. Goldhirsh Social Entrepreneur of the Year; New York Enterprise Report 2012 Founders Award for Social Entrepreneurship; National Director’s Entrepreneurship Award from U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency; Association of Education Publishers Golden Lamp Award for best curriculum (2002) and best math curriculum (2010); ACE/Currie Foundation Humanitarian Venture Award; USASBE Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year; CEO Club Social Entrepreneur of the Year; America’s Top High School Business Teacher. Steve has been profiled on national media, including ABC Evening News and 20/20. A Council on Foreign Relations member, he has lectured at The World Economic Forum, Davos and other forums and universities. Raised in Flint, Michigan, Steve received his B.B.A. in business economics and his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Mr. Mariotti has also studied at Harvard University, Stanford University, Brooklyn College and Babson College. He enjoys attending lectures on physics at the Institute for Advanced Studies in his current hometown, Princeton NJ.  In today’s conversation, Steve shares his story, how he overcame his personal learning disabilities and PTSD and used that experience to launch his teaching career, which ultimately led him to found NFTE and empower over a million young people to date.   Key Takeaways  Approximately 900,000 students drop out of school in the US, and they come from about 600 schools – called dropout factories. If we mess up the education of a young person, it doesn’t really matter what else we do afterwards. Many kids who grow up in poverty are unaware of the different prices for an item or production structure behind it; they only know the retail price. If we can eliminate poverty we can eliminate a lot of the problems we have, and then we can deal with other higher order problems. Those of us in the US need to look at countries like Finland with nearly a 100% literacy rate and Singapore who is so far ahead academically, and ask how ourselves we can get better. Every child should learn about small business. Resources Goodbye Homeboy: How My Students Drove Me Crazy and Inspired a Movement Connect With Steve Mariotti and NFTE NFTE Website: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Steve Mariotti Website: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram:
9/19/201944 minutes, 58 seconds
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278: May McCarthy: Success Is Not A Secret, It's A System

Since 1982, May McCarthy has co-founded and helped to grow six successful companies as large as $100 million in annual revenues. She is an author, speaker, university lecturer and angel investor. She serves on business, philanthropic, arts and university boards.  As an advisor, May serves graduate students through the Innovation and Entrepreneur Center at the Albers MBA program at Seattle University, as well as entrepreneurs through the Washington Innovation Network (WIN) Entrepreneur Mentoring Program. She has become successful by implementing spiritual principles into her ventures, and it is her passion to pass her knowledge on to others.  May is the author of the best-selling books The Path to Wealth and The Gratitude Formula She is also the host of the Abundance Inc Radio Show. In today’s conversation with us, May reveals the daily practice that she has used to create extraordinary success in her businesses, health and relationships. We explore the 7 simple, powerful steps to her daily practice, why it works, how it works, and how to use it to achieve your life and business goals. In the process, you will be introduced to May’s Chief Spiritual Officer and will learn how to take your intuition off mute, overcome the fraud factor, and raise your beliefs to match your goals, so that nothing you can conceive and believe is impossible for you to accomplish.    Key Takeaways Success is not a secret, it’s a system. If you follow the system you can be successful. Success is being whole and complete with everything you desire and require in every area of your life. There is wisdom in the universe that’s all around us and when we figure out how to prepare ourselves to enable it to be more obvious and show up more often, it will direct our path and guide us to success. What if you celebrated your successes before they happened? It is very important to surround yourself with at least one person who is a champion for you. Whatever you think and speak is a declaration to this power in the Universe to manifest for you. Our choice of words is extremely important. Choosing words to describe what you want outcomes to be is probably the most important part of this practice. When you’re choosing to be grateful, you’re choosing to be magnetic. Gratitude is a choice, it’s not a feeling. Resources The Gratitude Formula The Path to Wealth Abundance Inc Radio Show Bizzultz Blog Connect With May McCarthy Website: Facebook: LinkedIn: Twitter:
9/16/201947 minutes, 6 seconds
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277: Dr. Macaulay Kalu: The Future Of Africa and The Diaspora

Dr. Macaulay Onyekachi Obasi Kalu was born in Abia State, Nigeria, West Africa, and grew up in Europe. In his academic pursuit, Dr. Kalu has several academic achievements and is also a recipient of numerous leadership awards. His first degree is in Business Management and he has been a Minister of the Gospel for more than 20 years. He holds a doctorate in divinity. Dr. Kalu has facilitated the sixth region process of the African Union for more than 20 years. He is an elected policy advisor on Diaspora affairs for the Americas to the African Union Commission. He plays a significant role in both the political arena and civil service sector as the Chairman of the African Union Sixth Region Canada with the mandate to bring peace and unity to our community through the message of love. He’s a mastermind to many successful businesses and sits on several boards and he is the proud father of five wonderful children. Highlights of Dr. Kalu’s career include: Member of the Greek Sports Federation, chairing the African Athletic and Gymnastic Council. Appointed as the Secretary General for the Council of International Churches in the Netherlands. Motivational Speaker, Conflict Resolution Expert, Lectures, Teaches and Preaches around the world. Community and Leadership Development Expert for Coaches and Mentors. President of Global Africa Media Magazine (GAMM). Advisor to the Toronto District School Board East Region. Founder and President of Parent Advocacy Consultancy Services Canada. CEO of G12 Group Inc., a leadership and business management firm in Canada. President of Kingdom Leadership and Empowerment Ministries. International facilitator and the Chairman of the African Union 6th Region Canada, an organization representing all people of African Descent in Canada. In today’s conversation with us, Dr. Kalu shares his passion is to see the human race, especially people of African descent, be united as one. He emphasizes the importance of self-love in order to be able to love one another as ourselves. As Chairman of the African Union 6th Region Canada, Dr. Kalu explains the history and purpose of the African Union and the Diaspora, the future and potential of Africa and how they are facilitating transformation in the areas of employment, education, entrepreneurship, engagement and more, through seeking partnership and trade with the rest of the world.   Key Takeaways Life began in Africa so therefore one way or another we are all connected. God Himself being Love connects all of us through love. When we respect and understand love there will be a lot of peace and unity in the world. The 6th region of the African Union is the Diaspora – which includes all people of African origin, irrespective of citizenship. True love begins within. If you appreciate and love yourself it’s a natural process for you to love other people. You don’t learn to love people; you just do because that’s who you are. The African Free Trade Agreement will be the biggest in the world with 55 countries. Agenda 2063 outlines all their goals and priorities. 60% of Africa’s population is under the age of 25. The African Union has a plan to create 1 million jobs by 2021. The Lead Africa Campaign is designed to help spread the word, focusing on 4 E’s – Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship, and Engagement. Instead of aid from the world, Africa wants to trade with the world. It is looking for partners to help build up the TRADES: Technology, Retail, Agri, Development, Employment and Entrepreneurship, and Skilled training. Connect and Learn More About The Sixth Region Of The African Union Website: Facebook:
9/12/201940 minutes, 38 seconds
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276: Dr. Connie Reimers-Hild: How To Create Your Desired Future

Dr. Connie Reimers-Hild is the Chief Futurist at Wild Innovation, a strategic foresight and coaching firm she founded in 2005 to help leaders understand and prepare for the future and for life. Her most recent gutsy move was leaving a twenty-five year, six-figure career to help other women — especially those in mid-life — pursue their desired futures.   Dr. Connie has helped more than 150 companies with her work as a certified professional coach and futurist, researcher and author. These rich and complex engagements provide her with unique insights about the future of humanity, technology and business.   In today’s conversation with us, Dr. Connie explains how to create a clear vision for your desired future. She highlights the importance of redefining what most people think of happiness and why, just because you’re passionate about something, doesn’t mean you should start a business doing it. We also explore the future of leadership, work, entrepreneurship, and what really motivates people. Dr. Connie will help you identify what is possible, probable and preferred as you create the dream life and future you truly want. Key Takeaways Most individuals have not made the time to create their vision for the future. Business spend time envisioning their future, however to be truly successful, they need to have their employees do this along with them. We’re in a transition in history. Never before have we experienced what we are experienced now. We’re only limited by our own imagination and beliefs. Happiness is a state of unconsciousness – a state we create for ourselves. Instead of passion, consider what brings you personal fulfillment. In order for you to make a change, you need to be open to changing. Entrepreneurship is about taking ownership of your life. People who are more positive make more money, make more sales, and have more friends. We say we want leaders that are nurturing and empathetic, but a lot of the people who get promoted in traditional organizations are not that. Free Gift & Resources Free Visioning Exercise The Bee Who Was Too Busy (Book) Connect With Dr. Connie Reimers-Hild Website: Intagram: Twitter: LinkedIn:
9/9/201941 minutes, 34 seconds
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275: Kristina Podnar: The Importance of Digital Integrity In Today’s Marketplace

What is digital governance and why does it matter? Kristina Podnar, principal at NativeTrust Consulting, LLC, is a digital governance advisor with nearly 20 years of management consulting experience. She has a history of successfully deploying complex digital transformation projects for global 1000 companies, government, and not-for-profit organizations as well as having an aptitude for solving organizational challenges related to IT and digital governance issues. Kristina holds a BA in international studies and an MBA in international business from the Dominican University of California, as well as certifications as a Change Management Practitioner (APMG International) and a Project Management Professional (Project Management Institute). In today’s conversation with us, Kristina explains her role as a digital governance advisor, what areas of your operations are affected by digital governance (or the lack thereof), how to know when to implement digital policies in your business, and why they are essential to the success and longevity of your business. As Kristina puts it, the internet has grown but we haven’t developed in maturity in terms of handling personal data, how we think about websites and mobile applications, and making sure they are accessible to everyone. Whether you are a global 1000 company or a recent startup entrepreneur – you’ll find this conversation very relevant and practical. Key Takeaways Businesses and organizations are not adapting themselves for the realities of today. Omni channel means you as an individual should be able to interact with businesses however you choose – either by phone, email, text, chat box, etc. There is a huge opportunity in embracing digital policies to meet the needs of a wider audience in a way that other businesses are not (yet). As a business, the content that you publish has to be current and have integrity. Digital governance helps you establish your digital guardrails – the extent to which employees can operate in putting content out there, without putting the company in danger. Free Gift & Resources Free Digital Policy Quiz The Power Of Digital Policy (Book) Connect With Kristina Podnar Website: Twitter: LinkedIn:
9/4/201929 minutes, 6 seconds
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274: Leonard Kim: How To Ditch The Act & Let The Real You Show Up

Recognized by Forbes as a Top Marketing Influencer, Inc. Magazine as a Top Digital Marketer and Top Youth Marketer, Entrepreneur as a Top Personal Branding Expert, and Adweek as one of their Socially Strong Entrepreneurs Every VC Should Be Following, Leonard Kim has quickly established himself as a key influencer in the world of marketing and personal branding. Leonard went from being almost homeless to becoming a personal branding expert with a social media following of well over 500,000 people, and his content has been read over 10 million times. He’s been featured in a large list of publications, including Mashable, Inc, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Fortune and more. All of this he accomplished using the principles he now teaches to others. Leonard’s TEDx Talk, Why You Should Let Your Fears Guide You, has been internationally recognized as one of the best TED Talks by Forbes, Inc.Magazine, and Mashable. He is managing partner of InfluenceTree, where he and his team teach you how to build your brand, get featured in publications and growth hack your social media following. Leonard Kim is a returning guest of the Leaders Of Transformation Podcast. In his first interview, Episode 49, he shares the keys to building your brand by writing online articles. In today’s conversation with us, Leonard discusses his new book, Ditch the Act: Reveal the Surprising Power of the Real You for Greater Success, which he coauthored with Ryan Foland. We explore the power of vulnerability, the 5 levels of exposure, and how to own and safely expose who you truly are and form more meaningful relationships with your audience, family and friends. Leading the way, Leonard shares vulnerable examples from his own life, how exposing his challenges has directly resulted in greater impact and financial success, more fulfillment and deeper connections, capturing the attention of followers and top media outlets and publishers alike. Key Takeaways Loneliness, depression, and anxiety have become an epidemic because we’ve forgotten to be human with each other. There are different masks we feel we have to wear for every different situation, i.e. work, dating, and on social platforms – each allowing only certain aspects of ourselves to be shared. Most people who have 2 or 3 different personalities are admitted to a hospital, and yet we are carrying around 20 different personalities and trying to stay sane. It’s always hardest to be the first one to share and be vulnerable. Leading with your skeletons provides you with a bulletproof armor. There is no greater privilege in the world than to have the love, compassion, empathy and support of others. No matter where you bury your skeleton, no matter how far deep you bury it, it’s going to re-emerge and haunt you at some point. Only when things are in the light are we able to address them and fix them. Resources Ditch the Act: Reveal the Surprising Power of the Real You for Greater Success Connect With Leonard Kim Website: Book Website: LinkedIn: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram:
8/29/201940 minutes, 49 seconds
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273 Sara Bliss: Taking The Leap Into Your Dream Job or Business

When your job no longer exists or you are ready for change, how do you pivot careers successfully? Sara Bliss is a freelance writer and New York Times bestselling author who writes profiles on the topics of business, health, beauty, design, and travel. Sara is the author and co-author of eleven books including Hotel Chic at Home, Pretty Powerful, and Beauty from the Inside Out. A former senior writer for Yahoo, Sara’s articles have appeared in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Town & Country, and Refinery29. In her conversation with us, Sara discusses her new book, Take The Leap: Change Your Career, Change Your Life, which includes over 60 stories of successful individuals who left their current position and took the leap into their dream career. We explore the common characteristics Sara discovered as she interviewed people for the book, how to prepare yourself before taking the leap, and why simply following your passion is a bad idea. Sara also shares her own experience as a writer when the newspaper and magazine industry transformed and her job was eliminated. She speaks candidly about the financial considerations and how she has been able to build a successful career by expanding her scope and reach.   Key Takeaways 70% of the people interviewed are making more money now than in their previous career. At some point you have to get comfortable with the concept of risk. Instead of focusing on the potential for future, consider the risk if you don’t take the leap, as well as all the amazing things that could happen if you don’t take the leap. Educate yourself and gain experience before you leap. Consider how your current skills can transfer and be leveraged in your next career. If something is your passion but you can’t monetize it, then it’s not a career it’s your hobby. Consistency of effort is essential to your success in a new career. Resources Take The Leap: Change Your Career, Change Your Life Connect With Sara Bliss Website: Instagram: Twitter: LinkedIn:
8/26/201935 minutes, 15 seconds
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272: Martin Barrett: Increase Your Marketing ROI Through Shared Generosity

Most generous companies are not rewarded in the marketplace for their philanthropy. In today’s episode, Martin Barrett, co-founder of The Generosity Agency, Sozo Gifts, World Changers and The Hunt For Charity explains why this is, how it relates to marketing and overall business results, and what to do about it. Using The Generosity Agency platform, businesses large and small are now able to engage their customer base in shared generosity initiatives that reward customers, maximize customer loyalty, and incentivize greater generosity. The end result? Charities gain the financial support they need, customers feel good about the contribution they are making to causes they believe in, and businesses gain the customer’s loyalty and improve their ROI while increasing their generosity.  Martin Barrett and The Generosity Agency currently partner with dozens of businesses including Mercedes Benz, Jaguar, Lexus, Guild Mortgage, Fairway Mortgage, and countless other Real Estate, Mortgage and Manufacturing businesses. Listen as he shares how you can reap the benefits of shared generosity in your business and community. Key Takeaways Businesses are not rewarded for their generosity because they fail to acknowledge the customer as the source of their generosity. Last year American companies spent close to $200 billion dollars in advertising. They gave away close to $20 billion dollars. Companies could give money away and have it generate a better return than advertising, during certain times in the customer lifecycle. We are wired to be generous because we get deep satisfaction from generosity. Advertising works with dopamine whereas generosity works with cytosine. Because of the way cytosine affects the brain, whenever we have a shared experience of generosity, we are hardwired to trust the people we shared it with more. It is impossible to create that trust and loyalty with dopamine. Don’t spend more money on advertising; give the money away through your customers and gain a better return. There is a time to tell your customer about your product. Unfortunately, that’s often all companies want to talk about. Customers want to be about something bigger than the thing they purchased; to know that what they are doing is impacting others in a positive way. The biggest challenge for any company is to get out of their ‘me’ centeredness. The Generosity Agency gives them a reason to stay in contact with customers, without always trying to sell them something. Connect With Martin Barrett & The Generous Agency The Generosity Agency: LinkedIn:
8/22/201934 minutes, 41 seconds
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271: Suzanne Gundersen: Relieve Anxiety & Chronic Stress Using Energy Tapping

Suzanne Gundersen is a Holistic Stress Relief Mentor and Energy Healer.  Over the last 10 years she has helped women all over the world to relieve anxiety, chronic stress and build confidence. Using her own ACE Method along with Energy Tapping (her own style, similar to EFT) she helps women get into alignment with who they truly are and improve their relationships, their mental, emotional and physical health and move through important life transitions with more ease.    Suzanne's unique ACE Method reprograms your stress, revitalizes your energy and reclaims your power, through awareness and clearing of limiting beliefs and programs, building authentic inner connections and boundaries.  Suzanne's own early developmental trauma led her to seek holistic approaches that helped her shed the layers of dysfunction, uncover her value and live with self-honor, compassion and grace.  She dropped hundreds of pounds and anxiety meds and has kept it off for over 10 years.  You’ve got to go in, to get out and you too can transform!  Her Transformation Mentoring and “30 Days to Relieve Anxiety & Quit Overthinking” programs have helped hundreds of women shift to more calm, clarity and choice.  Suzanne takes online private clients from around the world. She also speaks nationally, teaches workshops and hosts monthly women's transformation retreats. In today’s conversation with us, Suzanne explains how the energy meridians in our body get blocked and how to break free from chronic overwhelm and overthinking using the 3 M’s of energy tapping.  She further describes the correlation between our emotions and our body and how to authentically expand into the world with grit and grace. Key Takeaways As women we take so much of life personally because it gives us part of our identity and who we think we are. The 3 M’s of energy tapping are momentum, meaning, and memory. Tapping regulates the momentum of your energy body, helps you detach from the meaning you’ve given something, and breaks your unhealthy memorization patterning and cycles. When did you stop exploring life with curiosity and allowing people to do things for you? There is an emotional component to every physical manifestation that is happening in the body. We are a walking belief system of the emotional habits of the past that are locked into our cellular level of our 3D energetic body. The body always wants to calm down. We are the ones that prevent it. We are biologically designed for human connection. Technology can’t replace that. When we are starting out, learning how to authentically express ourselves can sound like we are throwing up on others because we haven’t yet figured out how to properly self-express. You can’t truly connect with others in a way that’s not grabbing, unless you are connected within. Free Gift & Resources Book a Free 30 Minute Personalized Mini Tapping Experience Join Suzanne’s Free Closed Facebook group Empowered Tapping rEvolution Connect With Suzanne Gundersen Website: Facebook Business Page: Transformed Connections Instagram: Transformed Connections YouTube: LinkedIn:
8/19/201936 minutes, 27 seconds
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270: James Garrett: Brainhacking and The Deep Change Project

James Garrett is a brainhacker and founder of Brain by Design. He’s spoken on stages ranging from Harvard to TEDx and his work has been featured by The New York Times, FastCompany, and Harvard Business Review. He spent years doing research with some of the best psychologists in the world at Columbia, Tufts, and Yale. He built one of the only brain-based positive psychology curricula in the Middle East and trained thousands of Arab youth in partnership with Queen Rania of Jordan. A rare combination of scientist, trainer, and entrepreneur, in 2019 James launched the Deep Change Project, a year-long personal journey to discover what’s possible at the outer edges of brainhacking and neuroplasticity. In today’s conversation with us, James explains how the brain works and the capacity to which we can redesign our brain. We explore the way peak athletes train, rest, and the difference between gold medalists and those who do not place on the podium. James also shares some of his personal discoveries over the past several months during his Deep Change Project; including how he has been able to avoid goal-drift, increase focus, connection, and experience greater joy. Self-directed neuroplasticity is like the meta skill set of the future. If you can get good at rewiring your brain, you can get good at anything. Listen as James Garrett explains how. Key Takeaways You have the capacity to be your own neural-architect. Brains change well into old age. Attention unlocks neuroplasticity. The difference between gold medalists and those who don’t place on the podium is not in how they train but in how they rest. Your brain can only focus for 90 minutes. You want to start managing energy instead of time. Habits take 66 days to form in your brain. The Deep Change Project involves habit stacking – developing 3 new habits every 2 months. Procrastination is an emotional problem – it’s an emotional resistance to a hard thing. Brains are energy scrooges. You need to negotiate with your brain that it’s worth the energy spend. One of the ways to do that is to shrink the size of the task you’re doing. Free Gift & Resources Master Your Habits Course (normally $200, receive for free) Text ‘brain’ to 44144. Connect With James Garrett Website: Facebook: Instagram:  
8/15/201946 minutes, 18 seconds
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269: Heather Dominick: Success Tips For Highly Sensitive Entrepreneurs

Heather Dominick is a woman who is impressively successful and highly sensitive. She is a former high school drama teacher who collaborated with none other than Bette Midler, and a graduate of NYU where she received her first coach training. She is the winner of the 2015 Best of Manhattan Coaching Award and creator of the 2014 Stevie Award winning virtual event ‘A Course In Business Miracles®: 21-Day Discovery Series’ that attracted close to 6,000 official registrants from all around the world including: Iceland, Nigeria, Russia, Asia, South America, Australia, Europe and the U.S. Heather has appeared on Lifetime Television and has been published in numerous books including Stepping Stones to Success alongside Deepak Chopra. An exceptional facilitator and teacher, she is known for creating a safe, sacred community for true transformation – whether she is teaching a Business Miracles® Class, delivering training online or in-person, or mentoring members of her Business Miracles Community in her various Mentoring Programs. Heather is the founder and leader of the Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur® movement, in which she has helped thousands of HSE’s release life-long limiting beliefs, overcome fears and learn how to build their business in a way that actually feels so good that they can’t help but create solid, sustainable, high level financial success. In today’s conversation with us, Heather shares how she built a 7-figure business, only to find herself overwhelmed and unhappy. Through discovering her highly sensitive nature, Heather found freedom and fulfillment in doing business her own way. She describes how this difference in approach impacted her and led to the launch of her Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur® movement in 2010, and her Business Miracles® programs. She describes the qualities of a highly sensitive person, 3 common coping mechanisms they use, how to set boundaries and leverage their strengths in business, and offers encouragement to you that, if you are an HSE, you can be highly sensitive and achieve extraordinary success as a business owner and leader. Key Takeaways The HSE’s nervous system is wired to take in stimulation at a much higher degree. In order for a HSE to be successful in business there must be a shift in perception. Highly Sensitive people make up 20% of the population. One unifying quality of HSE’s is being service-based. Highly Sensitive people are the ‘royal advisors’ to the world. 3 HSE coping mechanisms are pushing, hiding, and the combo platter. HSE’s are highly creative and need to go beyond coping, into creating. Learn to embrace your sensitivity and see it as a strength rather than a weakness. Free Gift & Resources Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur® Quiz (+ receive the free HSE guide that accompanies the quiz) Connect With Heather Dominick Website: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Pinterest:  
8/12/201942 minutes, 35 seconds
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268: Susan Peppercorn: Ditch Your Inner Critic and Thrive In Your Career

Susan is the author of the bestselling book Ditch Your Inner Critic At Work: Evidence-Based Strategies To Thrive In Your Career and an executive coach, and speaker. Certified as a Positive Psychology coach, Susan applies the science of how people thrive to help her clients find satisfaction in their careers. She writes for Harvard Business Review on self-management and has published on overcoming the fear of failure, taking control of your onboarding and conquering self-doubt. She is certified as an executive coach by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and has a B.A. from Queens College, City University of New York and a M.A. from The University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. In her conversation with us today, Susan discusses failure, success, and how to ditch your inner critic at work. Even successful people have an inner critic. We explore the difference between seeking excellence verses perfection, how to deal with the imposter syndrome and get off the shame train. Listen as Susan provides practical steps to transform what you say and believe about yourself, as well as how to give healthy feedback as a leader so that you empower your people and help them quash their own inner critic. Key Takeaways We are biologically wired to scan for threats. The inner critic is a self-protective mechanism. Successful people have an inner critic, but it is usually situation specific. We all need people in our lives who will give us feedback that’s honest yet compassionate. A good leader will provide feedback routinely – not just once a year. Feedback should be very specific In dealing with failure, acknowledge the pain of it but do not to wallow in it or blow it out of proportion. The person striving for excellence knows what the goal looks like, while the perfectionist keeps moving the goal further and further away. Perfectionists tend to procrastinate because they are so afraid of making a mistake. Shaming is blaming ourselves endlessly for a mistake we made. Resources Ditch Your Inner Critic At Work: Evidence-Based Strategies To Thrive In Your Career Connect With Susan Peppercorn Website: LinkedIn: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:      
8/8/201934 minutes, 29 seconds
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267: Rob Eastman: Stand and Fight For Your Life

A Utah-based entrepreneur and community leader, Rob Eastman combines his passion for transformational change and willingness to take risk with his organized approach to solving problems and his ability to activate people to create superior results. His life experience helps him cover a wide range of issues we are currently facing in our schools and communities. Through his addiction recovery Rob is able to use his failures as an amazing guide for change for parents, youth and the community at large. He addresses tough issues related to religion, addiction, bullying, suicide, and politics – topics most people avoid talking about. Rob currently hosts the “Stand And Fight Podcast” and runs his lifestyle gym in Centerville Utah, where he also leads his non-profit 501c3, the Eastman Family Recovery Foundation.   In today’s conversation with us, Rob shares his struggle with addiction and the journey leading up to his 10-year anniversary being clean and sober. We discuss some of the biggest issues that young people are facing today, and how he is helping them discover their identity and place in the world. Life isn’t easy. Rob equips kids and families with the life skills necessary to stand and fight for their life, because it’s worth it. Key Takeaways Through fitness, we can teach people how to do hard things in a safe environment. Spirituality and religion are not the same thing. Your secrets keep you sick. We have no right to judge anyone because everyone is dealing with something. Forget what other people want for you. Discover what YOU want for you and go do that. When you’re in the middle of the pain, you need to understand what your body and your spirit is telling you. Learn to fill your own cup. Kids try so hard to fit in; they spend more time being an actor than they do understanding themselves. A lot of parents find it easier to be a friend to their children rather than setting rules and keeping boundaries. Resources Stand And Fight Podcast Eastman Family Recovery Foundation Connect With Rob Eastman Website: Instagram: Facebook:  
8/5/201935 minutes, 46 seconds
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266: Rajeev Daswani: Empowering People In The Workplace

As a serial entrepreneur and founder of a successful engineering company in Dubai, Rajeev Daswani noticed companies becoming more process driven rather than people focused. This led Rajeev on a personal journey of discovery of what makes people happy and how that impacts them at work. Rajeev has since become the Chief Happiness Officer at MBS, a Workplace Happiness Center, as well as a certified Transformative Leadership Coach, certified Barretts Cultural Transformational Tools Practicioner, DiSC Workplace Certified Consultant, Wellbeing Consultant, and Certified CEPPS Consultant. He is a motivational speaker certified in the Science of Happiness, and is a Member of the International Coaching Federation, Dubai Chapter. In today’s conversation with us, Rajeev shares his passion for empowering people to happiness and well-being, and how he helps clients uncover their purpose and go on a journey of self-transformation using his expertise as a Leadership Transformation Coach and Consultant. We explore the importance of purpose and aligning personal and corporate core values among team members, so that everyone is happy and motivated to be their best at work. In Rajeev’s own words, happiness is every person’s birthright. When leaders empower their people, they are not only happier and more effective at work; they are also more likely to empower others, creating a ripple effect of happiness in the world. Key Takeaways Most enterprises begin as a project of passion and then evolve into a system of processes. When process is driven by purpose and a shared vision it has a flavor that is unique. Transformation begins with the leadership of the organization. Find the shared personal core values among team members by going deeper into the meaning of each value. In order to remove biases it is best to have someone from the outside facilitate the process. That creates a safer environment for everyone to participate. Rather than define different generations, let’s step back and realize that everyone is human. If you never get challenged, you never uncover the gap. What is power if you don’t empower? If you give something to someone but you don’t show them how to get it for themselves, what have you really given them? Happiness is everyone’s birthright. Free Resource Free Meditation – A Journey Of Love Connect With Rajeev Daswani Website: Twitter: LinkedIn: Instagram:  
8/1/201933 minutes, 6 seconds
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265: A.J. Ali: Reconciling Communities Through L.O.V.E.

A.J. Ali is the Director and Producer of WALKING WHILE BLACK: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer, an award-winning feature-length documentary film improving relations between police and people of color. He coined the acronym L.O.V.E. which stands for: Learn about your community Open your heart to the people in it Volunteer yourself to be part of the solution in their lives and Empower others to do the same. The film won Best Documentary and Audience Favorite at the Garifuna International Film Festival in Los Angeles, California and A.J. was awarded the Platinum Award by the NAACP in Howard County, MD for Contributions to the Community Through the Arts & Entertainment. A.J. is also the Creator, Producer and Host of Wellness 101, a TV game show based in Santa Monica, California. His first film, “Positive Choice,” is credited with saving the national youth soccer program “Soccer in the Streets” from extinction. He was the Creator, Producer and Star of “Good Fellas of Baltimore,” which aired on Fox 45 TV in the Baltimore market. He has produced, written and/or appeared in numerous TV shows, films, commercials and PSA’s. He's a 2019 BMe Vanguard Social Determinants Of Health Fellow, a member of L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s Community Justice Panel and an active member of ACTS Church in Santa Monica, California. He is a service-disabled veteran who served honorably in the United States Air Force from 1983 to 1987 as a Journalist and Media Relations Specialist. After experiencing racial profiling by several law enforcement officers in Howard County, MD, A.J. made it his mission to bring awareness and reconciliation between law enforcement and people of color. In addition to directing and producing the film, WALKING WHILE BLACK: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer, A.J. and his team facilitate L.O.V.E. Is The Answer workshops across the country, and have named September 17, 2019 as the Inaugural National Day Of Reconciliation in the U.S.A. In his conversation with us, A.J. sheds light on the everyday issues facing the black community and what we can do to bring an end to the racial profiling and stereotypes that have caused so much tragedy and division in this country. A.J. demonstrates that L.O.V.E. is truly the answer and invites us into the possibility of healing and reconciliation, one community at a time. Key Takeaways If you’re white in America, you can choose whether to engage on matters of race. You don’t have to have ‘the talk’ with your kids about how to engage police officers. If you’re black in America, the issue of race comes up every single day. We have to be literate in another language almost – the language of race. Whenever there is a divide between people, love is always the answer. Reconciliation takes time but it is possible. As a nation we need more civility – where we allow people to mess up, and we are there to help them up and show them a different way. Watch the film. Invite some people over to your house for lunch/dinner and watch the film together. More Information Film: Rent The Film: Join The Movement: Learn About The National Day Of Reconciliation 91/7/19: Help Us Get Our Film Into 500 Schools In 2019: Social Media Facebook - Film: Twitter - Film: Facebook - Movement: Twitter – Movement: Connect With A.J. Ali on LinkedIn:
7/29/201939 minutes, 15 seconds
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264: Lucas Mack: Unleashing The Vulnerable Hero

Turning a $10K investment into a $1M+ creative agency, Lucas Mack became a successful entrepreneur, author, speaker, consultant and podcast host. Working for clients like Microsoft, T-Mobile, MOD Pizza and more, Lucas dedicated more than a decade providing companies with ideas, products and services that improved clarity, employee engagement, and sales. Named as ‘Member’s Choice Speaker’ by the University of Washington’s American Marketing Association, Lucas and his work have been featured in CBS News, ACE Awards for Best National B2B Agency, Letterhead and Logo Design 12 Book, 425 Business Magazine, the Puget Sound American Marketing Association, and more. Prior to founding his agency, he was recognized for his storytelling as a TV news reporter, producer, and host for ABC, NBC, and Fox affiliates. He is also the author of the book “Everyone Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Face,” a guide to developing a passionate and authentic story in order to achieve results. After having flashbacks to his childhood however, Lucas realized there was more to his story and purpose in life. In his conversation with us, Lucas shares his experience growing up in an abusive home where fear and confusion ruled his life, and how he has been able to break the cycle and find true healing. He learned that love gives truth permission to come forth resulting in personal freedom, and the reason we aren’t free is because we don’t know what true love is. Today, Lucas Mack focuses most of his time working with men who are looking for healing, forgiveness, rest, balance, purpose and peace in their lives by reconnecting them to an understanding of the true definition of love and the power it brings to them personally, their families, and the world around them. On a mission to see hurt people healed, and healed people heal others, Lucas gives us a glimpse into the vulnerability of men, why it’s so important that men embrace vulnerability, and shows us all how to experience healing at the deepest levels. Key Takeaways Hurt people hurt people and healed people heal people. Where love is present, truth will come forth, resulting in our personal freedom. We’re all making a ripple effect into the next generation, either positive or negative. Business is about stewarding relationships but it has become all about data, spreadsheets and really an aversion to anything human. Everyone wants to work in a place where they’re known, they’re heard, they feel safe and they can grow. Men are the origin of pain in society. Vulnerability is having the courage to experience love in its purest form. Love always gives to us; it never takes from us, never hurts us, and never minimizes us. Darkness fills the void where light has not yet reached. Fear fills the void where love has not yet reached. Free Gifts and Resources Everyone Has A Plan Until They Get Punched In The Face (Download Free Chapter of Book) TEDx Talk: Breaking The Cycle Of Child Abuse Golden Rule Revolution Podcast The Vulnerable Hero Podcast Connect With Lucas Mack Website: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: LinkedIn:  
7/25/201938 minutes, 3 seconds
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263: Vishen Lakhiani: Facilitating Global Transformation In One Generation

Vishen Lakhiani is the founder and CEO of Mindvalley University. With over 2 million students, Mindvalley is a global school for humanity that delivers transformational education for all ages. Mindvalley currently has a team of 300+ people from 58 nations. From their home base in Malaysia, Vishen and his team actively work to expand Mindvalley’s presence globally with the aim to bring its teachers, technology and programs into 100 national schooling systems and every Fortune 500 company within the next few years. Vishen is also the author of The New York Times Best Seller The Code of The Extraordinary Mind which has been translated to more than 20 languages. In today’s eye-opening conversation, Vishen shares his vision for global transformation and the future of humankind, beginning with the transformation of our education system which is outdated and no longer serves to equip us for the world we live in now. We further explore the difference between learning and transformation, and what it will take to create personal and global transformation in one generation. We discuss the four levels of learning and transformation at Mindvalley, the seven areas of society we need to upgrade, and the five ways that generations of all ages can be on the forefront of transformation and apply rapid accelerated learning in their personal and business lives for ultimate success. Imagine an education system that equips students with real-life skills and deep understanding of themselves, others and the world around them. Imagine a work environment that enriches your life and makes you a better person at home. This is the kind of world Vishen envisions and invites you to embrace. Key Takeaways We are now tapped into a global brain through the internet, which makes much of what is currently taught in school unnecessary. School still teaches learning when what human beings need is transformation. Transformation is the expansion of one’s worldview, which expands one’s compassion for all people of the world. Gratitude is known to be the single greatest character trait that leads to well-being. Instead of university for 4 years, imagine going to school one month every year for the rest of your life. Countries need to educate their populations for life, not just a few years. Work is not meant to be something that extracts from you. It should provide community and help you become a better person at home. True leaders support unity. The rate of application is critical to our learning and transformation. Meditation is the best form of altered state. Free Gift and Resources 6 Phase Meditation Free Download Follow @Vishen on Instagram for practical insights and updates Connect With Vishen Lakhiani and Mindvalley Main Website: Mindvalley University: Facebook: LinkedIn: Instagram:
7/22/201938 minutes, 9 seconds
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262: Mary Fran Bontempo: Stop Talking Yourself Out Of Your Own Brilliance

Mary Fran Bontempo is a two-time TEDx speaker, author, and humorist who teaches audiences to control their most powerful influence: Self-Talk. Author of The Woman’s Book of Dirty Words, and Not Ready for Granny Panties, She’s written for multiple online platforms, including The Huffington Post and Thrive Global. After thirty years’ experience as owner of a full-service recruiting firm, and finding herself in the middle of a perfect life storm—turning 50, a crashing economy, and most devastating, a son with a heroin addiction—she created the blog, Not Ready for Granny Panties, authoring two books in the series and developing a life-affirming brand full of practical wisdom and wit. She proves small changes in self-talk yield big life changes, allowing individuals to redefine their lives both professionally and personally in a rapidly changing world. In today’s conversation, Mary Fran shares her personal story and how she was able to navigate through the perfect storm that had been stirred up in her life. Reframing words and getting back to their root definitions, Mary Fran enlightens us to the power of words and how even seemingly negative words to be used to move us forward with confidence, clarity and freedom. Key Takeaways You can’t be married to an outcome. You have to be willing to start something and just see where it’s going to go, be willing to evolve with it, and sometimes be willing to jettison if things don’t work out. You are not going to defeat the negative voice in your head by learning something new. You’re going to defeat it by remembering what you already know about yourself. Many of us do not work in our area of brilliance, because we believe there is not enough struggle in that. Recognize that you’re already a change expert. You rebuild every day. The word “NO” can be both a weapon and a savior, it just depends on how we use it. Stop saying no to your possibilities. Say no to your presumed obligations, which are mostly self-imposed. Not everything has to be awesome. Sometimes it just has to be done. You need to learn to embrace intentional ignorance and use that as a way to de-clutter your life, de-clutter your mind, and learn how to focus on what’s really important. Practiced intentional ignorance can truly be bliss. Turning your preconceived notions upside down. Resources The Woman’s Book of Dirty Words Not Ready for Granny Panties Blog: Connect With Mary Fran Bontempo Website: Facebook: Twitter: You Tube: LinkedIn: Instagram: Huffington Post:
7/18/201940 minutes, 28 seconds
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261: Donnie Boivin: How Podcasting Can Save Your Business

Donnie Boivin has over two decades of experience in sales and is host of the Success Champions Podcast, which is ranked top 200 in the business category on iTunes. At the age of 40, he discovered he had been living other people’s dreams and not chasing his own. Taking the biggest risk in his life, he jumped out and started a business. Although he had great success at the start, he quickly understood he knew nothing about being a business owner. Through learning from the mistakes and being at the brink of failure, he gained the experience, perseverance and attitude required to succeed. In today’s conversation, Donnie shares his entrepreneurial journey, how podcasting saved his business and why he is so passionate about helping others succeed in business. We engage in an-depth look at sales, what it is and what it’s not, the wonderful world of podcasting, and how to turn your dreams into reality by giving your business a voice to the world. Key Takeaways Sales is simply a conversation that happens to have an outcome, and you have to be okay either way that outcome goes There is no close in a sales call. The only person who can handle the close is the prospect themselves. Transactions do not create companies. They simply create short-term revenue. I don’t have to like you to do business but I do need to trust you. Friendship becomes the result of having that trusting conversation. Be yourself and let your guard down. As soon as you lose authenticity on a sales call, you lose any trust you could possibly have. Launching your business will be the greatest tool to discover who you are and what you’re made of. If your business currently doesn’t have a voice, you are playing the game wrong. Free Gifts & Resources 5 Free Tools To Launch Your Podcast: Text your email address to 817-318-6030 The Jackass Journal and other free downloads: Facebook Group: Connect With Donnie Boivin Website: Podcast: LinkedIn: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram:
7/15/201951 minutes, 41 seconds
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260: Dr. Daphne Scott: Using Improv To Enhance Mindful Leadership

Dr. Daphne Scott, founder of DS Leadership Life, specializes in creating mindful leaders and mindful organizations through leadership coaching programs that focus on mindfulness, positivity, creativity, and fun. Daphne has developed her coaching programs throughout two decades of real world coaching and corporate development experience. She draws on her unique background in improv theater and physical therapy to bring engaging embodiment and team-building elements to her coaching and facilitation. As a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, certified Hendricks Coach, a founding member of the Conscious Leadership Group, and a member of the International Coaching Federation, Daphne has studied with top-level executive coaches, consciousness experts, and organizational psychologists. She holds a Masters Degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy from Andrews University. In today’s conversation, Daphne points to the main reason why leaders fail and reveals the five relationships a leader needs to develop in order to be successful. We also explore how improv can be a powerful tool for building leadership skills and how leadership can be found at any level in an organization. We further discuss the importance of feedback, fun, and value of building a “Yes/And” culture in your organization. Key Takeaways We make the assumption that a leader should magically be able to lead a group of people. However, most leaders are not equipped with the skills to lead. Five relationships a leader needs to have: Time, Money, Self-Identity, Friendships, Unknown When we are operating from fear we don’t have access to our best decision making. When people are engaged in an experience of play they learn much faster. A lot of leaders don’t need to learn how to have more productivity, they already have that; they just want to have that productivity with less stress. When we pin employee engagement solely on the leadership, we disempower 80% of the organization and set up a blame dynamic where people can blame their disengagement on their boss or the leadership team. The moment anyone in the organization makes the choice not to gossip about another person on the team, they are making an incredible decision about the culture they want to have. Resources Free Download on the Value of Feedback, visit: Connect With Dr. Daphne Scott
7/11/201941 minutes, 57 seconds
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259: Jacob Baadsgaard: Disrupting The Digital Advertising Agency

After growing one of his first PPC clients from 25 to 250 employees, Jacob (Jake) Baadsgaard realized he had a gift for using pay-per-click marketing to drive dramatic business results. To help more companies succeed online, Jake founded Disruptive Advertising, a PPC and CRO management agency, and in a few short years has grown the company to over 90 employees and a run rate of over $12 million – placing it #145 on the 2017 Inc 500 list. While most business leaders focus on personal financial gain, Jacob Baadsgaard reinvests a fair amount of his profits back into his employees and the community; donating 10% of his salary to his church every month, spending upwards of $1k a week on snacks for the office, donating monthly to a charit