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45 minutes | May 24, 2021
Here's to Your Health - Katheryne Gronauer
In this episode, I speak to the talented and insightful health and cross-cultural coach Katheryn Gronauer. We talk about entrepreneurship and how Katheryn made it from Florida, boarding school, to running her successful business, Thrive Japan. It was serendipity to meet Katheryn, and you'll hear a bit about how she's working with me and my team at FocusCore. We chat about health, what it is and how to ease into it, eastern holistic health, and how to recharge. Katheryn gives us some tips to get healthy. I get excited about her book recommendation as I too have it as a must read for anyone starting a business: Michael E. Gerber's "The E Myth". Read it! After the show, Katheryn made another nice book recommendation, Mike Michalowicz's The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any FieldLinks to find Katheryn: www.thrivetokyo.comwww.linkedin.com/in/katheryngronauerwww.instagram.com/katheryngronauerLinks to find me:www.barefootlunch.comwww.japan.focuscoregroup.com
37 minutes | Feb 14, 2021
What do you want to create today, with Dr. Robert Tobin!
How lovely was it to catch up with author, speaker, and art gallery owner, Dr. Robert Tobin! http://drbobtobin.com/Really enjoyed our chat of hearing how he ventured from Massachusetts to Japan, from late bloomer to giving TED Talks.Some more bullet points of our barefoot lunch: Bob’s venture around the world and landing in JapanMorning rituals (man, if you don't have one...get one!)Running the lovely Tobin Ohashi Art Gallery http://www.tobinohashi.com/en/How should artists market themselves on-lineCourageWorking through your shitUnderstanding Millennials (which I confess, I still don't understand)What can you see out of Bob’s window?Bob's Books:https://www.amazon.co.jp/s?k=bob+tobin&i=stripbooks&__mk_ja_JP=カタカナ&ref=nb_sb_noss_1https://www.amazon.co.jp/s?k=bob+tobin&i=english-books&ref=nb_sb_nossWhat book would you recommend?https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/653396.Feel_the_Fear_and_Do_It_AnywayFavorite Lunch Sushi Kumagaihttps://sushikuon-kumagai.food-tenpo.com. sushi KumagaiParmi. In Okinawa https://www.facebook.com/parmi.okinawa/https://www.amazon.co.jp/s?k=bob+tobin&i=stripbooks&__mk_ja_JP=カタカナ&ref=nb_sb_noss_1And the English books re here. Here’s the new cover. There are some kindle specials running on all books now.
30 minutes | Jan 31, 2021
National Award Winning Teacher, Doreen Ainslie
I'm proud to interview my Aunt Doreen Ainslie. She has been teaching in Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln, Nebraska USA for over 40 years. She teaches Middle School social studies, special education and also summer school High School. She's been the awarded as Educator of the Year for the State of Nebraska and most recently recognized with the prestigious California Casualty National Teacher of Excellence Award. In this episode we'll chat aboutHow teaching has changed over the last 40 years in the U.S.What does it take to build a community when you can’t meet in person?Teaching during COVID-19 in the U.S. Single parents and education Recommendation for busy parents to help them flourish Why reading the side of the cereal box is importantConcentrating on the messages you send by as a parentAnd maybe a bit about the family who grew up in Franklin, Nebraska
50 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
I'm super excited to share with you an interview I had with my 7th grade English teacher Mr. Craig Bowman. This was recorded in during the 2020 lockdown, and unfortunately, I found out that in late October 2020, Craig had passed away from a stroke in Denver, Colorado. He also inspired me in a chapter of "Sweet Success". Mr. Bowman shares with us his growing up as an orphan raised by Catholic nuns who gave him an appreciation for classical learning, an old-time respect for others, a belief in living your potential, a love of the Catholic faith, and a foundation of the teacher as servant. In the classroom, he made middle-class suburban kids stand when an adult entered the classroom, we had to diagram sentences and memorize lists of prepositions. We stood in front of the classroom and recited from memory Shakespeare, T.S. Eliot, Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address,” and even selections from the King James Bible. Though the public school would never agree to teaching the Bible, Mr. Bowman sneered at this because the King James was some of the greatest English literature, regardless of anyone’s religious beliefs—good writing trumped dogma. Long before Black Lives Matter, Mr. Bowman was teaching us the importance of meritocracy and reaching our potential regardless of race, creed, color, religion, or sexual persuasion--you were born with a gift to give to the world and you need to live up to that gift. On the first day of class, Mr. Bowman wrote his home phone number on the board and encouraged us to call him if we needed to talk. Not only me, but also several students used his phone number over the years if there were problems or challenges. We had three suicides in our school that year, but as a teacher as servant, he was there for us and told us, “He loved us.” Mr. Bowman related to us, but never stopped being what he proudly called, a "teacher servant." He loved the children and wanted us to learn and challenged us to grow. He believed that the teacher as servant served the children and parents and probably, for him, it also served God. All this he taught, but also he was a model of the proper behavior, responsibility, and duty of an adult. Mr. Bowman was a humanist who embodied the importance of the human and shared that with his students and it became something that we could incorporate into our entire lives. He has had a great impact on many people's lives and I'm glad to celebrate him here with you. Enjoy.
9 minutes | Nov 14, 2020
Review - LinkedIn
Have you wondered if paying for LinkedIn will help your company or your human resources department hire? In this episode, we'll review LinkedIn and answer if it is right for to pay for it to attract the best talent in the market.
15 minutes | Oct 31, 2020
Musings - Top Grading
Do you want a better way to hire employees with less mistakes? Then listen to this podcast where we discuss a simple 5 step strategy to hire the best. In this episode, you'll be introduced to Top Grading: a recruitment methodology proven effective by some of the best companies in the world. Engage your HR and executives to hire A-Players.How to document or create scorecards. If you would like samples, please feel free to email me: firstname.lastname@example.orgLearn the easy, time-saving technique of screening,Why are reference checks so important?The simple process and the questions to ask. When discrepancies appear, then you have an opportunity pass up a B or C Player before they are hired, and in the long run, saving you and your company much time, energy, and money. These 5 steps are the bare bones of creating a recruitment process for your organization that our clients say attracts and retains the top talent.
32 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
Interview - Anthony Head
In this episode, we interview Anthony Head, Business Director of Tamago-DB.Anthony is passionate about digital strategy and employer branding. He explains why it's imperative to build your company brand and have your employees be brand ambassadors.With over 20 years of consulting expertise in the APAC & Japanese markets, Anthony knows this field. He has supported a variety of clients in building and implementing effective and sustainable digital engagement strategies in the pursuit of a stronger employer brand and overall business growth. If you need support with developing digital communications, employer branding strategies and or recruitment marketing programs that will drive business outcomes, then push "play" and start listening. Short & Sweet: How to Hire EffectivelyShort & Sweet: Get a DatabaseDon’t Make Me Think: Steve Krug
10 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
Review - BizReach Job Site
How do you get candidates when you're a SME in Japan? Well, one of the ways you can do it is to look at job boards. One of the most common is BizReach. In this episode you'll learn:Why would I use BizReach instead of LinkedIn, Recruit, Recruitnavi, etc.?What's the upside/downsides to using the BizReach job board?What candidates can I find on the site?After 20 years of recruitment in Japan, I've used several job boards and spoken to thousands of managers and human resource professionals and asked them what sites they use, what they like, what they don't like. I'm happy to share that information with you here. Barefoot Lunch theme music was composed and performed by Sweeny Davis
11 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
Musings - Job Interview Preparation
In this episode you'll be guided onresearching a companyknowing why you're applying for a positionthe best way to ask questions about Work-Life balancehow to best close a meetingFor more information on interviews, see "Short & Sweet" on YouTube Episode 10 - preparingEpisode 11 - doing a great interviewEpisode 12- telephone interviewsBarefoot Lunch theme music was composed and performed by Sweeny Davis
22 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
Interview - Naomi Takase, LVMH Talent Acquisition Director
Naomi Takase is one of the rare, wonderful people in the world that makes this planet a more rich place to live. I'm so pleased to have known her over the last 17 years and to share this interview with you today. In this episode: What happens when Dr. Sweet gives you a callTalent Acquisition in the biggest luxury group in the worldHow to work with 17 different companies at onceHow to brand your recruitment…and who to market to…the answer isn’t what you think. Who is your brand ambassadors? Why do you need a resume for interviews?And….how you can get into LVMH. Everyone should read: Good to Great, Jim CollinsWhy is topping up your tea is important to Naomi?When you are as stylish as Naomi, who would you invite to lunch?Born and raised in New Zealand, Naomi is a Kiwi at heart making Japan her home. She's been in Japan recruiting for 17 years-- agency side and in corporate talent acquisition functions. At LVMH Japan, she is the go-to person for all things recruitment for 17 different companies. Why is 17 so important to Naomi? A big thank you to Sweeny Davis, who composed and performed the Barefoot Lunch theme music.
13 minutes | Aug 14, 2020
Review - HirePlanner - Applicant Tracking System
If you have a business and hire more than 5 people a year, then your HR team needs an applicant tracking system (ATS). If you're still using Excel or folders on your desktop, then you need to move yoru recruitment into the 21st Century. If you're shopping for an ATS, there are plenty to chose from. Today we review, HirePlanner--an ATS developed and built in Japan. In this episode we'll cover: Why you an ATS helps everyone know what's going on in the recruitment process. Understand if a bilingual system is important or not. Understand if SEO is important to you. Know the advantages of having a Japanese ATS. Understand the positives and negatives of the system.SPONSORSBarefoot Lunch episode sponsor, Tamago-DB https://www.tamago-db.com/en/Barefoot Lunch theme music was composed and performed by Sweeny Davis
13 minutes | Jul 31, 2020
Musings - Interview Errors Managers Make
Mis-hires are expensive. For that reason, it's imperative to hone in on your skills to really learn about the person your interviewing. If you are a hiring manager or in human resources, this episode is for you. We'll cover: Why it's important to build rapport and explain the interview processThe focus on the interview is the candidateThe importance of observing body languageListen for video cuesProbe behind fluff and useless informationUnderstand the candidate's weaknessesDon't criticizeHow to stop a candidate from rambling. Barefoot Lunch episode sponsor, Tamago-DB https://www.tamago-db.com/en/Barefoot Lunch theme music was composed and performed by Sweeny Davis
21 minutes | Jul 14, 2020
Interview - Glen Shimizu - QleanAir Scandinavia
You ever wonder who makes those smoking rooms that you see? Well join us for this interview with Glen Shimizu of QleanAir Scandinavia. Their smoke rooms are built not to hold smokers, but to protect non-smokers. Glen has been running QleanAir for nearly 10 years and with a background with companies like GE and Steelcase, he has plenty of knowhow for hiring in the Japan market.In this insightful interview, we cover:Why the company leadership should be part of the interview process from the beginningHow to recruit at a Christmas PartyWhy Glen believes hiring from Japanese companies is the bestWhat he likes in resumes and recruitersIntroducing us to the Eastern mystique of the sexy The Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity - Daniel ReidAnd we wonder what a Barefoot Lunch conversations over a sushi with Barack Obama and Geronimo would be likeBarefoot Lunch episode sponsor, Tamago-DB https://www.tamago-db.com/en/Barefoot Lunch theme music was composed and performed by Sweeny Davis
18 minutes | Jun 30, 2020
Review: The DISC Profile
DISCOVER WHAT DRIVES YOU YOUR CANDIDATESMore than two million people have taken the 15-minute DISC assessment to better understand their personality type and behavioral style. Developed by psychologist William Moulton Marston, the DISC assessment examines how an individual ranks in the four areas of behavior – Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Conscientiousness. Designed for both individuals who want to identify and maximize their strengths and motivators, and organizations looking to integrate high-performance teams.If you're a hiring, then this is a tool you should at least know about. Mis-hires are expensive and disruptive and you want to hire the best person. For that reason, companies use psychometric profiles of various sorts. In this episode, I review the DISC Behavior Profile. You'll hear about:Benefits and disadvantages to using profilesWhat different profiles measureHow to use a profile effectively in the hiring processHow to use a profile for unboardinDOMINANCEDirectResults-OrientedDecisiveCompetitiveProblem SolverINFLUENCECharmingEnthusiasticOptimisticPersuasiveInspiringSTEADINESSUnderstandingTeam PlayerPatientStableSincereCONSCIENTIOUSAnalyticalDiplomaticPreciseCompliantObjectiveIf you're interested to take a DISC profile, check out our website: http://www.drdavidsweet.com/shop/disc-profiles
19 minutes | Jun 14, 2020
Musings: 5 Steps to Find a Job
When it comes to changing jobs, does this sounds familiar ...You craft your resume, hop on LinkedIn and send apply for a few jobs. Then you click into another website and apply for a few more jobs. But then you never hear anything back about your application. You KNOW that you have to apply for jobs to get an interview. But for some reason, you just aren’t able to get any traction. Companies refuse to respond to your application. Or if you do get an interview, you seem to have trouble getting past the first interview.Then you start to lose motivation. Recruiters present jobs to you, but you’re rejected without any reason. All you want is someone to help you, give you some honest answers. You know deep down in your heart that you have so much more to offer the world and you know you need to find a way to make it happen. Sound familiar? I thought so.Trust me when I say this, I have been there. Every career journey has ups and downs. I’ve been there too and it’s frustrating. And with over 20 years in the recruitment industry, I see the same frustration in the eyes of so many qualified professionals. In this episode I walk you through 5 simple steps that can help you land your next job: 1. Macro viewWhat’s your vision?What is your WOW! statement2. MessagingHow have you made the company and/or saved the company money?Crafting your 3 stories3. Searching for JobsCreate your list of companies you want to targetFind out who to connect with Can you help me please?The 5 questions you can use to build your network.4. Preparing for InterviewsSelf introductionRefining WOWStrengths & WeaknessesBuilding a framework 5. Putting it all togetherPutting together a resilient mindsetKeeping motivated and positiveSo pull out your bento box, grab a pen and paper, and let's dive in!
29 minutes | May 31, 2020
The Incomparable Andrew Hankinson
Developing an operations in Japan to be efficient and profitable can be a challenge when you run 6 top brands, over 30 retail shops, and a factory of the German company, Zwilling J.A. Henckels. For over 30 years, Andrew has been a true leader in the Japan, a sales guru, and a business leader. He is undoubtedly, one of the most exceptional business people I've had the honor to know. In this episode, Andrew explains how after studying in Japan in high school, he worked his way back to the Land of the Rising Sun. He talks about the company and the importance of hiring people who really know how to sell. He emphasizes the importance of really studying a resume and explains why recruiters must be flexible. Andrew also shares why he would enjoy a Barefoot Lunch with his grandparents over Columbus and Aristotle and why The First 90 Days by Michael D. Watkins is his book recommendation for every business professional. BFL episode sponsor, Tamago-DB https://www.tamago-db.com/en/BFL theme music was composed and performed by Sweeny Davis
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