Leaders Of Transformation Podcast

Nicole Jansen, Business Mentor | Transformation Coach | Change Maker

The Leaders of Transformation is a podcast, a community, and a movement. Every week Nicole Jansen interviews conscious business leaders and difference makers who are changing the world one conversation at a time - elevating awareness and inspiring active leadership in order to facilitate global transformation. Subscribe to hear all the latest episodes!

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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: https://tinyurl.com/2p89s27z 

Dec 3

37 min 44 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/4cufjhuz 

Nov 26

36 min 38 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/3xb6mv4f

Nov 19

38 min 29 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/2c285jfx 

Nov 12

35 min 57 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/28n7pawd

Nov 5

37 min 24 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/rn6rtwa9 

Oct 29

46 min 47 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/mm2rc6xu 

Oct 19

38 min 17 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/463ppr2a 

Oct 15

41 min 47 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/ybr2a2mr

Oct 1

39 min 32 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/r4rjd7df

Sep 24

37 min 50 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/68zky5vr

Sep 17

29 min 14 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/4jnc47yj 

Sep 10

31 min 58 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/v5j6c7mc 

Aug 27

40 min 38 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/ebnnfssh 

Aug 20

45 min 49 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/4j7tubxz 

Aug 13

47 min 33 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/2nh5s2ce 

Aug 6

39 min 42 sec

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; https://tinyurl.com/vrme8zpw

Jul 30

48 min 13 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/56cp4kdw

Jul 23

45 min 47 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/kayyfuw

Jul 16

45 min 32 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/smevm7cz 

Jul 9

34 min 8 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/5c9pyz94

Jun 24

44 min 33 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/4wkyyynh 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.

Jun 14

45 min 47 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/4e666zna

Jun 7

42 min 52 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/2a2mz33s 

May 31

46 min 14 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/2puveba6

May 24

43 min 47 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/9r7z3n5m

May 17

40 min 48 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/y5u24hpb

May 10

50 min 52 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/3u448ctb

May 3

48 min

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: https://tinyurl.com/8tzxytss

Apr 26

35 min 23 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/2wc7r4sp

Apr 20

39 min 15 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/4aemhz8m

Apr 13

41 min 8 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/5nf4h582

Apr 6

49 min 1 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/vhaex99a 

Mar 29

54 min 3 sec

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 Forbes.com 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: https://tinyurl.com/5dnpuh4z

Mar 22

33 min 34 sec

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, technoresiliency.com 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: https://tinyurl.com/p7k8zc 

Mar 15

39 min 19 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/45uzp2vj 

Mar 8

35 min 51 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/yej5p52u

Mar 1

45 min 4 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/3sp377cb

Feb 22

40 min 44 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/2lgoka2m

Feb 15

37 min 51 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/4qlnovqo

Feb 8

37 min 14 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/yyepcp9e

Feb 1

55 min 13 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/y2wkovym 

Jan 25

39 min 39 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/y2ednnfa

Jan 18

44 min 58 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/y3x8paz4

Jan 11

36 min 22 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/y6wkfpmx 

Dec 2020

30 min 24 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/y358r7zk

Dec 2020

32 min 52 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/y6932ma4

Dec 2020

38 min 33 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/y67g9ye3

Nov 2020

38 min 48 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/yyqdewcm

Nov 2020

48 min 17 sec

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: https://tinyurl.com/y66buhhy

Nov 2020

40 min 46 sec