Raise Up

Amanda LeFever

Tune in weekly for insightful conversations with industry experts, CEOs, and more all centered around ONE thing - how to advance your career & get paid what you're worth. Hosted by multi 6-figure business executive & serial entrepreneur Amanda LeFever, this podcast takes you inside the minds of decision-makers and delivers tactics and strategies that you can apply right away.

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Today’s guest is Amelia Wilcox, founder, and CEO at Zenovate, a high-growth B2B company whose platform provides employee stress management tools that arm businesses with actionable data and employee experiences to improve well-being, morale, and engagement anytime, anywhere.Recently listed as a “40 Under 40”, “Fast 50”, “Inc. 5000”, and twice-awarded “National Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year”, Amelia has exponentially grown her company from a solo living room service business to an international technology brand. She operates Zenovate with a virtual team and provides flexible work for over 1,200 practitioners across North America while balancing the demands of motherhood of her three daughters.Listen in as Amelia shares how to optimize a work-from-home team setup, making yourself visible among your teammates in a virtual world, the importance of overcommunicating with your virtual team, and moving ahead in your career even during COVID-19.RAISE UP SHOWNOTES: https://www.raiseuppodcast.com/virtualteamsRAISE UP INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/amandalefever/RAISE UP FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/theraiseuppodcastLove the show? These sponsors make it possible!Mission Mobile MedicalConnecting Communities, Continuing the Missionhttps://www.missionmobilemed.com/

Sep 2020

33 min 42 sec

Tom Crea, a Leadership development coach, decorated career Army Officer, and Black Hawk helicopter pilot joins us today with some sound advice on cultivating culture. During his time in the military, Tom was hand-selected to run the Army’s leadership development program at two Boston colleges. Today, he is a Servant Leadership ambassador, and sought-after speaker. In 2016, he authored the book Unleash your Values: How to Lead and Succeed in Business Today: A Helicopter Pilot's Spin on Developing the Leader in You.Listen in as Tom passionately shares a plethora of stories from his days in the Army—experiences which instilled in him a deep appreciation for leadership development, which he often refers to as the “people business”.RAISE UP SHOWNOTES: https://www.raiseuppodcast.com/cultivating_cultureRAISE UP INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/amandalefever/RAISE UP FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/theraiseuppodcastLove the show? These sponsors make it possible!Mission Mobile Medical GroupConnecting Communities, Continuing the Missionhttps://www.missionmobilemed.com/

Aug 2020

33 min 8 sec

With over three decades of HR experience under her belt, Terri Lynn unloads a treasure trove of strategies and best practices to bolster your worth as a professional so that you can effectively navigate your career no matter what’s happening around you ... including living in the middle of a global pandemic. She takes a unique approach to building one’s career by emphasizing the importance of defining your personal brand.Listen in as Terri Lynn shares how to become clear on your personal brand through raising your self-awareness, getting (and being) a mentor, finding a culture fit, and the exponential power of networkingRAISE UP SHOWNOTES: https://www.raiseuppodcast.com/personalbrandRAISE UP INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/amandalefever/RAISE UP FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/theraiseuppodcast

Aug 2020

40 min 22 sec

“You want a raise?  This is simple. What were you hired to do?  Have you done that? Have you done more than that? Now show your boss how, and how much, more you delivered….”My new friend and our Special Guest today is Greg Needham, a veteran of the Hospitality, Gaming, and Esports industries. He’s been a Board Member, COO CMO, and VP of strategy and brings experience in hospitality, casinos, the World Series of Poker, and now the fast-moving world of Esports. Greg has made a career out of concepting and producing human experiences that entertain.In this episode, Greg points out the benefits of having clarity in your job expectations, and to prepare well to be challenged by Leadership when you start asking for more money. Train for your fight.  He also points out the need to to challenge your Leadership - it’s their responsibility to lead, set expectations, give feedback, and manage your professional development.RAISE UP SHOWNOTES: https://www.raiseuppodcast.com/howmuchmoreRAISE UP INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/amandalefever/RAISE UP FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/theraiseuppodcastLove the show? These sponsors make it possible!Mission Mobile MedicalConnecting Communities, Continuing the Missionhttps://www.missionmobilemed.com/

Jul 2020

29 min 34 sec

Have you ever felt hopeless at work? You should meet our new friend Heidi Floyd and hear her incredible story. Heidi says, “Most of us have a life 90% of the world isn’t fortunate enough to have and somehow we feel hopeless. This young man didn’t realize how incredibly blessed he was - with his head down, just thinking about himself, he couldn’t see all the good things.” “There is love all around us. There is hope all around us. But if all we’re focused on is just getting through the day, we’re going to miss it.”“But when you examine them closely, sometimes the little things can turn out to be the biggest gifts in your life.”Heidi has welded together over a decade of non-profit management experience but more importantly, she has tackled some of life’s ups and downs head-on. Not only is she a breast cancer survivor, but has leveraged that experience to become a nationally recognized patient support activist, helping some of the largest companies in the world be supportive of families going on their cancer journey. She has served as the “voice of the patient” for myriad organizations including Ford, Google, the US Department of Defense, the American Cancer Society, and Susan G. Komen, and has been published in Forbes, Huffington Post, CNN, and in The NY Times.I say every episode is created for one person out there who needs it, and today that might be you. I can't wait for you to hear it.RAISE UP SHOWNOTES: https://www.raiseuppodcast.com/face-of-hopeRAISE UP INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/amandalefever/RAISE UP FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/theraiseuppodcast

Jul 2020

34 min 41 sec

Should we each be loyal enough to our company to have a straight up conversation about compensation with our boss or manager?Jeffery Dingle teaches us, “You can't just let that conversation happen to you.” You have to create a case for your career, for your raise, in your day to day activity. You have to understand how you fit in an organization and how your performance impacts other people's performance. And that allows your boss to see you as a major cog in the engine that's driving the whole business.You cannot be that guy or gal that’s just showing up, doing the same thing every day, and then expect to make more just because you've hung around for a year. If you're producing the same value for the company today that you produced 52 weeks ago, and nothing's improving, nothing's expanding, and you're not bringing more value… Jeffery Dingle is the VP of Global Strategic Sales for Jacobs Engineering Group headquartered in Atlanta, GA.  In his nearly 13 years in engineering, he's worked on projects like the 1996 Olympic venues and infrastructure, the Hartsfield Jackson, Atlanta international airport, and dozens of major transportation and water capital improvement programs.Check it out. And, if you like it, don't forget to subscribe.RAISE UP SHOWNOTES: https://www.raiseuppodcast.com/building-a-caseRAISE UP INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/amandalefever/Love the show? These sponsors make it possible!Mission Mobile MedicalConnecting Communities, Continuing the Missionhttps://www.missionmobilemed.com/

Jul 2020

32 min 46 sec

You know us - we’re always talkin’ with industry experts, high-flyin’ CEOs or Human Resource Directors about how to get a raise at work but there’s a tiny problem…If you’re like me, you listen to a podcast and hear something magic and you’re like “man, that is such a good idea. I should do that.” but you don’t write it down. Life happens and then you never think about it again.To combat that - I’ve pulled out the top 3 things people have been talking about the most from this podcast and I’m going to give it to you so you can take ACTION.  So if you have 7 minutes to hear the inside scoop, then click the play button now.RAISE UP SHOWNOTES: https://www.raiseuppodcast.com/breakdownRAISE UP INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/amandalefever/Love the show? These sponsors make it possible!Mission Mobile Medical GroupConnecting Communities, Continuing the Missionhttps://www.missionmobilemed.com/

Jun 2020

6 min 26 sec

JD teaches us there are four strategic steps to take when asking for a raise:Consider why you want itGet emotionally charged about the benefit of having it“Take inventory” of your value And then, when the time is right, shoot your shotJD Phillips is a Certified Financial Educator and has spent the last 25 years in the financial services industry helping clients successfully earn retirement income. In addition to that, he's also a master sales trainer and team builder who once built a sales distribution team of over 50,000 representatives. He's a professional speaker and an author, most recently contributing to a national bestselling book called “How Money Works”.He says, “When faced with a decision, asking yourself “For what?” brings your subconscious out of oblivion. You laser focus on exactly what your next step should be. Once you get your mind right, you can prepare for the next step. When you start thinking about a raise, start with that two-word question “for what?”“For what?” gets things to an emotional level, gives you direction, and puts you in motion. And if you're asking for more money, you better have a plan in place. You have to justify it to yourself before you can justify it to anyone else... “This is an incredible episode that you will not want to miss. RAISE UP SHOWNOTES: https://www.raiseuppodcast.com/shoot-your-shotRAISE UP INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/amandalefever/RAISE UP FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/theraiseuppodcastLove the show? These sponsors make it possible!Mission Mobile Medical GroupConnecting Communities, Continuing the Missionhttps://www.missionmobilemed.com/

Jun 2020

42 min 37 sec

Not everyone has worked for a company that sells Nuclear Submarines and Gulfstream jets, but our Special Guest Janet Guertin is that special someone. After a successful career with General Dynamics (global aerospace and defense company that manufactures everything from combat vehicles to nuclear-powered submarines), she founded The Dividend Factor where she and her team pursue and capture Defense Industry contracts. She's also a certified leadership speaker and coach with a John Maxwell Team, one of the largest leadership training organizations in the world.So you want a raise? Janet says it’s a simple cycle - “Take more responsibility, show off your skillset, develop your reputation, people decide they want to work with you, and that drives raises and promotions.”She says, “We cannot lead others until we can lead ourselves. If you’re going to work with a team, and you want a lot in return, you’ll have to give them everything you’ve got.”“I've told a guy, “Hey, you don't understand my market value. This is simple - I want to be paid commensurate with my market value.”For my company, I represent the customer and to the customer, I represent the company and my job is to make the most efficient use of everybody's time. My mission is to match the right people with the right people when the timing is right.Janet is a wealth of knowledge and you don't want to miss it!RAISE UP SHOWNOTES: https://www.raiseuppodcast.com/raise-cycleRAISE UP INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/amandalefever/RAISE UP FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/theraiseuppodcastLove the show? These sponsors make it possible!Mission Mobile MedicalConnecting Communities, Continuing the Missionhttps://www.missionmobilemed.com/

Jun 2020

37 min 19 sec

Former CEO of Caribou Coffee AND the cofounder of The Great American Cookie Company chats with us about the ups and downs of business and how to truly get a raise. Michael is nothing short of impressive and grew an $8,000 investment into the largest cookie franchise in the United States. He's a philanthropist, the namesake of the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University, and gives us some amazing insight into his time as former chairman of the Georgia Film Commission. This is one you don't want to miss. So good, in fact, here's a little sneak peek ... “I had ever seen a Rolex in real life, and he was wearing one. And so, as the plane was landing, I said, what advice can you give a young guy like me that's about to set off into the business world? And he said….”  Listen now for more ... :) RAISE UP SHOWNOTES: https://www.raiseuppodcast.com/risky-conversationRAISE UP INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/amandalefever/RAISE UP FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/theraiseuppodcastLove the show? These sponsors make it possible!Beauty Counter ConsultantKati Jo Barberhttps://www.beautycounter.com/katibarber

Jun 2020

39 min 40 sec

4X All-Conference Defensive Tackle at Appalachian State University turned banking executive at Wells Fargo with a big heart. In this episode, Avery combines his corporate knowledge of one of the world’s largest banks with the “in-the-trenches” old-school mentality that put him in the ASU and GA State HS Football Hall of Fame.“You will never get something for nothing in this life. That’s not how the game works. If you're going to look at your employer for a raise, doesn’t it make sense to start off by looking at yourself in the mirror and say, ‘Okay, what have I done to add value to this team? Am I giving everything I’ve got for these folks, or am I standing on the sidelines?’” “This isn’t about corporate America - this is about you as a person. If you develop this mindset, you can become an All American football player, you can become an All American banker, you can become an all American dentist, lawyer, whatever you decide to be. But whether that happens or not depends on how you tackle life on a day to day basis, and how you perform when the game is on the line.” - Avery HallRAISE UP SHOWNOTES:www.raiseuppodcast.com/10Love the show? These sponsors make it possible!MyPrep PartnersThe World Leader In Nace Certification Prep Courseshttps://www.mypreppartners.com/

May 2020

43 min 19 sec

Today you meet my longtime friend Gary Fly, Chief Marketing Officer at the Brooks Group. He dives right at the heart of How to Get A Raise: “more than anything else, creating alignment with your team and an understanding with your supervisor, then becoming very proficient at your craft - all while having a good attitude - will earn you a raise. You start to rise up. People recognize skill and desire.”  WOW! Gary also covers How to uncover your company’s compensation philosophy and how NOT to ask for a raise during the Pandemic.RAISE UP SHOWNOTES:www.raiseuppodcast.com/9Love the show? These sponsors make it possible!MyPrep PartnersThe World Leader In Nace Certification Prephttps://www.mypreppartners.com/

May 2020

39 min 19 sec

Known around here as the Doughnut King, my new friend, Kurt shares the best Krispy Kreme doughnut hack ever, and how curiosity, energy, and attitude get you noticed. Because let's be honest, are you coming at your job with big desire? Are you looking at yourself as a Brand? Are you developing trust with your team? Kurt brings the heat on how regular, honest communication can influence how you ask for a raise. From working three random jobs to the President of WKS Krispy Kreme, he gives us his best advice about being the best in the business and how to ask for a raise.RAISE UP SHOWNOTES: https://www.raiseuppodcast.com/8Love the show? These sponsors make it possible!Beauty Counter ConsultantKati Jo Barberhttps://www.beautycounter.com/katibarber

May 2020

42 min 9 sec

She's the first female engineer in her family, and has not only lived all over the world but journeyed up the corporate ladder at a rapid pace. I'm so excited to introduce to you to my new friend, Cindy Deekitwong, Global Head of Marketing, 3D Printing at Henkel. She believes in smashing Legos, and if you're not uncomfortable in your role, you're not stretching enough to be successful in the workplace. Cindy shares her Big 5 Real-Life Lessons, something you definitely want to hear, and how her mission is always to help one person to improve personally or professionally - and today that might be you. I can't wait for you to listen! Check it out now. RAISE UP SHOWNOTES: https://www.raiseuppodcast.com/7Love the show? These sponsors make it possible!Mission Mobile MedicalConnecting Communities, Continuing the Missionhttps://www.missionmobilemed.com/

May 2020

26 min 46 sec

Corliss shares insight and expertise from her 20 years of HR experience and lays out a solid foundation for getting a raise at work. She believes, if you want a raise, at the most basic level we have to provide evidence of our value and gives numerous examples of how we can maximize our earning potential. She also hits us with facts, like how we can't change our IQ but we can definitely change our EQ and that one skill coupled with the right mindset can move us up the pay scale more than anything else. Get the show notes and more great resources from this episode at the Raise Up Podcast website. Thank you to our Special Guest: Corliss McGinty, President, and HR Momma at Soft Solutions ConsultingYou don't want to miss it. Listen now!RAISE UP SHOWNOTES:https://www.raiseuppodcast.com/6Love the show? These sponsors make it possible!Beauty Counter ConsultantKati Jo Barberhttps://www.beautycounter.com/katibarber

Apr 2020

43 min 38 sec

John Corcoran, Director of Attractions for Ripley’s Believe It or Not! shares his favorite exhibits, what gets him up in the morning, and the one thing that goes a long way toward not only a fulfilling career but getting a Raise at your job.John talks about his career and his passion for “making sure families have a great time on vacation." Then we dive into chatting about “if you’re passionate about what you do, some bosses will see it as loyalty, some will see it as dedication, or hard work but talking the talk and walking the walk is very valuable.”It's so good, folks. Give it a listen now!RAISE UP SHOWNOTES:https://www.raiseuppodcast.com/5Love the show? These sponsors make it possible!MyPrep PartnersThe World Leader In Nace Certification Prep Courseshttps://www.mypreppartners.com/

Apr 2020

34 min 41 sec

Principal Consultant of Consulex Corrosion Professionals, NACE International, and successful Finn racer chats with Amanda about the ups and downs of angling for a raise in rough waters. From his home in Fairhope, AL, to representing NACE International in over 140 countries, Terry brings a unique perspective and great advice to all of us here in Raise Up Nation.RAISE UP SHOWNOTES:https://www.raiseuppodcast.com/4Love the show? These sponsors make it possible!Mission Mobile MedicalConnecting Communities, Continuing the Missionhttps://www.missionmobilemed.com/

Apr 2020

37 min 29 sec

Jan L. Rock has worked as director of training and HR exec at global brands like 7-Eleven Corp and Rita’s Italian Ice, and she's with us talking about all the things YOU can do to get a raise at work! From her home base in San Diego, for over a decade, Jan stood up franchisees all over the West Coast, coaching them to success with their new businesses. In this episode, Jan shares success managers and staff had with strategies such as preparing lists of accomplishments, and what Corp executives really look at when the boss walks through the door. It’s even more fun than last week because Jan has known your host Amanda since she was a baby, which brings a whole new perspective to the Raise Up Podcast!RAISE UP SHOWNOTES:https://www.raiseuppodcast.com/3Love the show? These sponsors make it possible!Mission Mobile MedicalConnecting Communities, Continuing the Missionhttps://www.missionmobilemed.com/

Apr 2020

43 min 30 sec

Travis LeFever steps up in the kickoff episode where we interview high-flying executives about all the things YOU can do to get a raise at work!This guy has turned around three multi-million dollar corporations, taking them all from the brink of bankruptcy to their best years ever.In this episode, Travis offers some “first job mistakes”, plus practical advice about how to approach your next conversation about getting paid more, especially how and when to do it in a down economy.It’s more fun than hard-hitting journalism because he and your host Amanda have been married for almost a decade and he’s her very first victim...uh...guest...on the Raise Up Podcast!Get the show notes and more great resources from this episode at the link below! RAISE UP SHOWNOTES:https://www.raiseuppodcast.com/2Love the show? These sponsors make it possible!Beauty Counter ConsultantKati Jo Barberhttps://www.beautycounter.com/katibarber

Apr 2020

25 min 31 sec

Have you ever seen an email from your boss and wondered "How in the world does this fool make more money than me?" Then you're in the right place.This podcast is chock full of experts, strategies, and snark about toxic workplace culture and most importantly, how you get a raise!Get ready to Raise Up with us.RAISE UP SHOWNOTES:https://www.raiseuppodcast.com/1Love the show? These sponsors make it possible!MyPrep PartnersThe World Leader In Nace Certification Prep Courseshttps://www.mypreppartners.com/

Apr 2020

6 min 42 sec