Obey Your Strengths

Geekdom Media

Hosted by Kathy Kersten,The (Gallup Certified) Strengths Coach for Inspired Teams.

Fanning the flame of the Strengths Movement one success story at a time! Listen to inspirational interviews with entrepreneurs, leaders and evangelists that have leve

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CEO of Geekdom Media, Lorenzo Gomez III and Kathy discuss the inspiration behind the Obey Your Strengths podcast. As former colleagues at Rackspace Hosting, they discuss how their strengths had to be "Obeyed" and the follow their strengths on different career journeys. www.geekdommedia.com/obeyyourstrengths www.kathykersten.com

Oct 2018

31 min

Kathy Kersten (www.kathykersten.com) interviews Pat Condon, Co-Founder of Rackspace Hosting and angel investor to many growing organizations. Pat talks about his Top 5 Signature Themes, building a strengths based culture and so much more. Pat's Top 5 Signature Themes: Achiever, Strategic, Futuristic, Deliberative, Self-Assurance.

Oct 2018

37 min

Kathy Kersten (www.kathykersten.com) interviews Graham Weston, Former Chairman of Rackspace Hosting. As a early adopter in the StrengthsFinder movement, Graham has helped tens of thousands of people discover their strengths. This episode is chock full of strengths wisdom for entrepreneurs, parents and coaches. Graham's Top 5 Signature Themes: Maximizer, Strategic, Ideation, Self-Assurance, Individualization.

Oct 2018

61 min

Nov 2018

34 min

Hosted by Kathy Kersten,The {Gallup Certified} Strengths Coach for Inspired Teams. Fanning the flame of the Strengths Movement one success story at a time! Listen to inspirational interviews with entrepreneurs, leaders and evangelists that have leveraged the power of CliftonStrengths (aka StrengthsFinder) to achieve personal and professional success. To discover your own strengths, visit gallupstrengthscenter.com. If you would like information on individual, team or organizational coaching, visit kathykersten.com. Follow Kathy on Facebook @StrengthsCoach4InspiredTeams and Instagram @kathy.kersten. Obey Your Strengths is produced by Geekdom Media and Gameday Media and is recorded in San Antonio, Texas.

Nov 2018

35 min

Ron Soos is a learning and development leader for Andeavor, a Fortune 500 company based in San Antonio, Texas. Listen to inspirational interviews with entrepreneurs, leaders and evangelists that have leveraged the power of CliftonStrengths (aka StrengthsFinder) to achieve personal and professional success. To discover your own strengths, visit gallupstrengthscenter.com. If you would like information on individual, team or organizational coaching, visit kathykersten.com. Follow Kathy on Facebook @StrengthsCoach4InspiredTeams and Instagram @kathy.kersten.

Nov 2018

46 min

Gretta Brooks is the Founder and CEO of Salesboost, a training platform that provides on-demand, microlearning to increase the effectiveness of hotel sales teams. (www.salesboost.com). Listen to inspirational interviews with entrepreneurs, leaders and evangelists that have leveraged the power of CliftonStrengths (aka StrengthsFinder) to achieve personal and professional success. To discover your own strengths, visit gallupstrengthscenter.com. If you would like information on individual, team or organizational coaching, visit kathykersten.com. Follow Kathy on Facebook @StrengthsCoach4InspiredTeams and Instagram @kathy.kersten.

Nov 2018

30 min

�Leading by Example & Building a High Performance Culture�: Cindy Y. Lo, Founder of Red Velvet Events, International Speaker and a recent Amazon Best Selling Author (Behind the Red Velvet Curtain: Build and Run the Event Planning Business of Your Dreams.) chats with Kathy Kersten about how her unique strengths helped her start a business and build a high-performance company culture. Cindy�s Top 5 Signature Themes are Focus, Analytical, Command, Restorative, Individualization. www.cindylo.com. Kathy Kersten is the host of Obey Your Strengths, the podcast dedicated to fanning the flame of the Strengths movement one success story at a time. As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach since 2008, Kathy has help 70+ organizations, hundreds of teams and thousands of individuals leverage individual�s strengths to increase performance. Kathy�s Top 5 Signature Themes are Strategic, Input, Learner, Belief, Maximizer. If you would like information on individual, team or organizational coaching, visit kathykersten.com. To discover your own strengths, visit gallupstrengthscenter.com. Instagram: @kathy.kersten Facebook: @obeyyourstrengths

May 2019

53 min

�Energizing employees by focusing on Strengths.� Kathy Kersten interviews one of her long-term clients, Jessica Weaver, CEO of Communities in Schools of San Antonio, about the impact of introducing and embedding the CliftonStrengths (StrengthsFinder) language into their employee culture. Jessica Weaver�s Top 5 Signature Themes are Arranger, Maximizer, Strategic, Connectedness, Individualization. To learn more about Communities in Schools of San Antonio, visit www.cissa.org Kathy Kersten is the host of Obey Your Strengths, the podcast dedicated to fanning the flame of the Strengths movement one success story at a time. As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach since 2008, Kathy has help 70+ organizations, hundreds of teams and thousands of individuals leverage individual�s strengths to increase performance. Kathy�s Top 5 Signature Themes are Strategic, Input, Learner, Belief, Maximizer. If you would like information on individual, team or organizational coaching, visit kathykersten.com. To discover your own strengths, visit gallupstrengthscenter.com. Instagram: @kathy.kersten Facebook: @obeyyourstrengths

Jun 2019

42 min

“Strengths-based Marriages.” Kathy Kersten and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Jennifer Soos, talk about using the Strengths language in marriage, with an emphasis on how to utilize strengths to dissolve conflict. This is the first episode in the two episode interview. Jennifer Soos’ Top 5 Strengths are: Intellection, Strategic, Achiever, Learner, and Deliberative. Learn more about Jennifer Soos at jennifersoos.com. Kathy Kersten is the host of Obey Your Strengths, the podcast dedicated to fanning the flame of the Strengths movement one success story at a time. As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach since 2008, Kathy has help 70+ organizations, hundreds of teams and thousands of individuals leverage individual’s strengths to increase performance. Kathy’s Top 5 Signature Themes are Strategic, Input, Learner, Belief, Maximizer. If you would like information on individual, team or organizational coaching, visit kathykersten.com. To discover your own strengths, visit gallupstrengthscenter.com. Instagram: @kathy.kersten Facebook: @obeyyourstrengths

Jun 2019

47 min

“Strengths-based Parenting.” Kathy Kersten and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Jennifer Soos, talk about using the Strengths language in parenting. This is the second episode in the two episode interview. Jennifer Soos’ Top 5 Strengths are: Intellection, Strategic, Achiever, Learner, and Deliberative. Learn more about Jennifer at jennifersoos.com. Kathy Kersten is the host of Obey Your Strengths, the podcast dedicated to fanning the flame of the Strengths movement one success story at a time. As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach since 2008, Kathy has help 70+ organizations, hundreds of teams and thousands of individuals leverage individual’s strengths to increase performance. Kathy’s Top 5 Signature Themes are Strategic, Input, Learner, Belief, Maximizer. If you would like information on individual, team or organizational coaching, visit kathykersten.com. To discover your own strengths, visit gallupstrengthscenter.com. Instagram: @kathy.kersten Facebook: @obeyyourstrengths

Jun 2019

36 min

“When Strengths turn into Weaknesses” Kathy Kersten chats with Active Capital Founder, Pat Matthews and Geekdom Media CEO, Lorenzo Gomez about the tipping point when strengths can become weaknesses. Pat Matthews was a Co-founder of Webmail.us, that grew to $10M in sales and sold to Rackspace in 2007. Pat’s Top 5 Signature Themes are Maximizer, Activator, Command, Individualization, Relator. Lorenzo Gomez III is the Geekdom Media CEO, Co-Host of The Brand Brothers podcast and author of The Cilantro Diaries: Business Lessons from the Most Unlikely Places. Lorenzo’s Top 5 Signature Themes are Context, Restorative, Activator, Positivity, WOO. Kathy Kersten is the host of Obey Your Strengths, the podcast dedicated to fanning the flame of the Strengths movement one success story at a time. As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach since 2008, Kathy has help 70+ organizations, hundreds of teams and thousands of individuals leverage individual’s strengths to increase performance. Kathy’s Top 5 Signature Themes are Strategic, Input, Learner, Belief, Maximizer. If you would like information on individual, team or organizational coaching, visit kathykersten.com. To discover your own strengths, visit gallupstrengthscenter.com. Instagram: @kathy.kersten Facebook: @obeyyourstrengths

Jun 2019

70 min

“Hardwired for Authentic Leadership and Excellence in Execution.” Kathy Kersten speaks with Mark Roenigk, an influential change agent that has helped lead some of the world’s best technology companies grow from small enterprises to hyperscale in just a matter of years. Mark’s Top 5 Signature Themes are Achiever, Responsibility, Arranger, Relator, Individualization. As a head of hardware engineering, Mark is responsible for the building, scaling and innovation of infrastructure at one of the world’s leading tech companies. Previously, Mark was the COO at Rackspace, where he managed the global infrastructure and associated services such as data center engineering, operations, hardware design, networking, infrastructure services, supply chain, procurement, facilities, physical & cyber security and enterprise IT. Mark began his career as an engineer at Compaq before moving into management, and has held senior leadership roles at Microsoft, Intuit, Sirius XM, and eBay/PayPal. Mark has been a strong supporter of charities dedicated to enriching the lives of children with disabilities. He is on the Board of Directors of Taelor’s House Foundation, Morgan’s Wonderland and supports the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association, Special Olympics and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He previously served as technology advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and is the current chairman and president of the Open Compute Foundation. Mark holds a BBA degree in management from Texas A&M University. Kathy Kersten is the host of Obey Your Strengths, the podcast dedicated to fanning the flame of the Strengths movement one success story at a time. As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach since 2008, Kathy has helped 70+ organizations, hundreds of teams and thousands of individuals leverage individual’s strengths to increase performance. Kathy’s Top 5 Signature Themes are Strategic, Input, Learner, Belief, Maximizer. If you would like information on individual, team or organizational coaching, visit kathykersten.com. To discover your own strengths, visit gallupstrengthscenter.com. Instagram: @kathy.kersten Facebook: @obeyyourstrengths

Jul 2019

42 min

Kathy interviews Mike McDerment, Co-Founder/CEO of FreshBooks and author of Breaking the Time Barrier. From his unique strengths perspective, Mike shares stories and inspiration from his startup journey, the leadership challenges of running a successful tech company, and building with an award winning employee culture. Mike’s Top 5 Signature Themes are Focus, Responsibility, Restorative, Ideation, Input. Resources: Mike shares insights from Michael E. Gerber’s book, “The E Myth,” as a resource for small businesses. “Breaking the Time Barrier” by Mike McDerment and Donald Cowper can be downloaded for free at freshbooks.com/breakingthetimebarrier. Kathy Kersten is the host of Obey Your Strengths, the podcast dedicated to fanning the flame of the Strengths movement one success story at a time. As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach since 2008, Kathy has help 70+ organizations, hundreds of teams and thousands of individuals leverage individual’s strengths to increase performance. Kathy’s Top 5 Signature Themes are Strategic, Input, Learner, Belief, Maximizer. If you would like information on individual, team or organizational coaching, visit kathykersten.com. To discover your own strengths, visit gallupstrengthscenter.com. Instagram: @kathy.kersten

Jul 2019

47 min

Hey There, Strengths Fans! I’m popping in your ear buds to bring you a 3 part mini-series highlighting one of my favorite strengths themes and a few female leaders who have it in their Top 5. We’re talking to Chicks with Command. Thank you, Dr. Alison Wiesenthal, for being our 1st Chick with Command! Alison is a medical doctor who provides palliative care at Brooks Army Medical Center. She shares stories of how her Top 5 strengths, including Command, have helped her find success in her role as a medical doctor. DISCLAIMER: “The views expressed are those of the speaker and do not reflect the official policy or position of the US Army, Department of Defense or the US Government.” Kathy Kersten is the host of Obey Your Strengths, the podcast dedicated to fanning the flame of the Strengths movement one success story at a time. As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach since 2008, Kathy has helped 80+ organizations, hundreds of teams and thousands of individuals leverage individual’s strengths to increase performance. Kathy’s Top 5 Signature Themes are Strategic, Input, Learner, Belief, Maximizer. If you would like information on individual, team or organizational coaching, visit kathykersten.com. Instagram: @kathy.kersten Facebook: @obeyyourstrengths This podcast is produced by Geekdom Media and Gameday Media in San Antonio, Texas.

Jan 28

29 min

Hey There, Strengths Fans! I’m popping in your ear buds to bring you a 3 part mini-series highlighting one of my favorite strengths themes and a few female leaders who have it in their Top 5. We’re talking to Chicks with Command. Thank you, Elena Villasenor Sullivan, for being our 1st Chick with Command! Elena is a former Litigation attorney and now leads a Compliance team at a large financial institution in San Antonio, Texas. She shares stories of how her Top 5 strengths, including Command, have helped her find success in her role as an executive leader. Kathy Kersten is the host of Obey Your Strengths, the podcast dedicated to fanning the flame of the Strengths movement one success story at a time. As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach since 2008, Kathy has helped 80+ organizations, hundreds of teams and thousands of individuals leverage individual’s strengths to increase performance. Kathy’s Top 5 Signature Themes are Strategic, Input, Learner, Belief, Maximizer. If you would like information on individual, team or organizational coaching, visit kathykersten.com. Instagram: @kathy.kersten Facebook: @obeyyourstrengths This podcast is produced by Geekdom Media and Gameday Media in San Antonio, Texas.

Feb 4

29 min

Hey There, Strengths Fans! I’m popping in your ear buds to bring you a 3 part mini-series highlighting one of my favorite strengths themes and a few female leaders who have it in their Top 5. We’re talking to Chicks with Command. Thank you, Becky Anderson, for being our 3rd Chick with Command! Becky is a leader in External Relations and Development for a public university. She shares stories of how her Top 5 strengths, including Command, have helped her find success in her role as an executive leader. Kathy Kersten is the host of Obey Your Strengths, the podcast dedicated to fanning the flame of the Strengths movement one success story at a time. As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach since 2008, Kathy has helped 80+ organizations, hundreds of teams and thousands of individuals leverage individual’s strengths to increase performance. Kathy’s Top 5 Signature Themes are Strategic, Input, Learner, Belief, Maximizer. If you would like information on individual, team or organizational coaching, visit kathykersten.com. Instagram: @kathy.kersten Facebook: @obeyyourstrengths This podcast is produced by Geekdom Media and Gameday Media in San Antonio, Texas.

Feb 11

30 min

Kathy Kersten interviews Mr. Simon Cooper, former president of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Cooper served as president from 2001 to 2010, and under his leadership the luxury hotel company developed The Ritz-Carlton Residences and the exclusive Ritz-Carlton Reserve, and was consistently recognized as the top choice in the industry; it was ranked #1 in the J.D. Power and Associates North America Hotel Guests Satisfaction Index Survey and named The Luxury Institute’s Most Prestigious Luxury Brand for multiple years. Simon’s Top 5 CliftonStrengths Signature Themes are Maximizer, Woo, Arranger, Activator and Significance. A summary of Simon’s Leadership Story can be found in the Strengths Based Leadership book by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie. Kathy Kersten is the host of Obey Your Strengths, the podcast dedicated to fanning the flame of the Strengths movement one success story at a time. As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach since 2008, Kathy has help 80+ organizations, hundreds of teams and thousands of individuals leverage individual’s strengths to increase performance. Kathy’s Top 5 Signature Themes are Strategic, Input, Learner, Belief, Maximizer. If you would like information on individual, team or organizational coaching, visit kathykersten.com. To discover your own strengths, visit gallupstrengthscenter.com. Instagram: @kathy.kersten Facebook: @obeyyourstrengths

Feb 18

52 min

Kathy Kersten interviews Beth Wammack, Partner and recently appointed CEO at GDC Marketing and Ideation in San Antonio, Texas. Beth established a strengths-based culture many years ago. Kathy discusses Beth’s Top 5, her leadership story and the cultural transition that the organization will go through under Beth’s leadership. Beth’s Top 5 are Communication, Woo, Self-Assurance, Activator and Significance. Kathy Kersten is the host of Obey Your Strengths, the podcast dedicated to fanning the flame of the Strengths movement one success story at a time. As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach since 2008, Kathy has help 80+ organizations, hundreds of teams and thousands of individuals leverage individual’s strengths to increase performance. Kathy’s Top 5 Signature Themes are Strategic, Input, Learner, Belief, Maximizer. If you would like information on individual, team or organizational coaching, visit kathykersten.com. To discover your own strengths, visit gallupstrengthscenter.com. Instagram: @kathy.kersten Facebook: @obeyyourstrengths

Feb 25

43 min

In honor of International Women's Day, Kathy shares some insights and strategies for increasing your Career Well-Being. Kathy Kersten is the host of Obey Your Strengths, the podcast dedicated to fanning the flame of the Strengths movement one success story at a time. As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach since 2008, Kathy has help 80+ organizations, hundreds of teams and thousands of individuals leverage individual’s strengths to increase performance. Kathy’s Top 5 Signature Themes are Strategic, Input, Learner, Belief, Maximizer. If you would like information on individual, team or organizational coaching, visit kathykersten.com. To discover your own strengths, visit gallupstrengthscenter.com. Instagram: @kathy.kersten Facebook: @obeyyourstrengths

Mar 3

17 min

Kathy Kersten interviews Mr. Larry Guillory, Chief People and Communications Officer for Kipp Texas. Larry shares his valuable insights regarding his career journey, inspirational leadership and explains how to manage with the 3 C’s: Connect, Coach and Celebrate. Larry’s Top 5 CliftonStrengths Signature Themes are Strategic, Relator, Arranger, Activator and Maximizer. Kathy Kersten is the host of Obey Your Strengths, the podcast dedicated to fanning the flame of the Strengths movement one success story at a time. As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach since 2008, Kathy has help 80+ organizations, hundreds of teams and thousands of individuals leverage individual’s strengths to increase performance. Kathy’s Top 5 Signature Themes are Strategic, Input, Learner, Belief, Maximizer. If you would like information on individual, team or organizational coaching, visit kathykersten.com. To discover your own strengths, visit gallupstrengthscenter.com. Instagram: @kathy.kersten Facebook: @obeyyourstrengths

Mar 10

38 min

Kathy Kersten interviews Win Cramer, CEO and re-founder of JLabs Audio. Win is a competitor, he take on the Federal Government and wins. His top 5 strengths are Competition, Achiever, Ideation, Strategic and Self assurance. Kathy Kersten is the host of Obey Your Strengths, the podcast dedicated to fanning the flame of the Strengths movement one success story at a time. As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach since 2008, Kathy has help 80+ organizations, hundreds of teams and thousands of individuals leverage individual’s strengths to increase performance. Kathy’s Top 5 Signature Themes are Strategic, Input, Learner, Belief, Maximizer. If you would like information on individual, team or organizational coaching, visit kathykersten.com. To discover your own strengths, visit gallupstrengthscenter.com. Instagram: @kathy.kersten Facebook: @obeyyourstrengths

Mar 17

30 min

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