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24 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Don't focus on tricking the system, instead let your true colors shine
Have you ever taken a self-assessment and tried to trick the system? Rather than trying to be something you are not, today, we talk about embracing your true colors and empowering your team by inviting them to do the same. I'm joined by Darci Pesek, an Extension Educator and Real Colors facilitator in southeast Nebraska. Darci works with groups from high school age volunteers to hospital organizations to understand their natural colors and naturally approach situations. The Real Colors assessment is readily available, and I've taken it many times over the years. I saw that my top did a flip from blue where I naturally focused on emotions, how others feel and avoided conflict today, drawing in the gold and need for organization, planning, and order. Furthermore, I still have orange in green in me; I just don't pull on them first. Darci explains how you can embrace your lower colors in certain situations. We also dive into the need to have teammates that dominantly express each of the four colors. If you've found yourself in a situation where everyone is so focused on the list and what comes next that you could be missing time for relief and fun, burnout could be looming on the horizon. I challenge you to listen to our quick conversation and see if you feel that you have evolved to where you are with your current role. Secondly, analyze your team, or have a Real Colors facilitator help look and see your team's colors and how you can embrace those colors in times of action, feedback, and celebration. If you want to find more episodes or my free download to get you started on your brand journey with a business position evaluation, visit https://connectchangechallenge.com/evaluation. Also, inspired by the movie Trolls, "So don't be afraid to let them show. Your true colors. True colors are beautiful."
34 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
The Power of Your Community to Help Empower You
Why do we feel like we have to go on our journey alone when we could have the power of a community behind us? This week, I'm joined by Kiah Twisselman Burchett, a life coach and an empowerer of others. What do being a life coach and working for the Kentucky Beef Council have in common? For Kiah, she learned from each role what she could take away to grow as an individual. From her time at the beef council, she gained the confidence to get on a national TV show to talk about her personal story because she spent time on live tv cooking beef in her former role. We also talk about how your community can evolve, just as we do. Sometimes we see an opportunity right before us, but we are worried about making the pivot because it's not the life plan we had in mind. Kiah encourages us to get unique experiences and skills; it's about how we apply that to the next season. Our community can help us as we move forward. Kiah shares that we are scared to voice the dreams we have on your heart at times because we are overcome with imposter syndrome when you say it out loud. But, if we are open and honest with our people, the authenticity will lend your community to support you and connect you further with their resources. I could've talked to Kiah for hours as she's inspiring, encouraging and real. Join us on June 10 at 1:30 Pacific/3:30 Central on Clubhouse for a live chat on building your community. We want to get your questions and learn from your experiences. https://www.clubhouse.com/join/being-your-best-self/BJ8uya46/xovRkXNy Don't forget to check out my free download to get you started on your brand journey with a business position evaluation. Find it here: https://connectchangechallenge.com/evaluation.
29 minutes | May 19, 2021
Empower your managers and they will empower their teams
If you want a smooth-running business or organization, it's pivotal your managers are empowered to do their jobs, including empowering their teams. Employees who are empowered do their jobs, feel like they are part of the team and helping move your business forward. The opposite can be said for those who don't feel heard or appreciated. My guest, Cary Kish, is a coach and serial entrepreneur based outside of Calgary, Canada. He shares his insights from building and growing his businesses and coaching others in their business journeys. In this episode, Cary shares why he will always encourage leaders to invest in their teams. If you train up your team to grow in their careers and even leave your organizations, they will be more apt to talk highly to their friends or connections who could be future employees. We both discuss from our experience the necessity as a manager to create an environment that provides opportunities for team members to bring up ideas to their managers. In a virtual work environment, it's vital to set aside that time to help ensure open communication lines. Join Cary and me on Clubhouse to keep the conversation going on Thursday, May 20 at 10 a.m. CDT! You can find me at @StacyMayoez and share your experiences or throw out your questions. You can find out more about Cary and his coaching approach at http://carykish.com. Don't forget you can find my free Brand Position Evaluation 3-Step Guide at https://connectchangechallenge.com/evaluation
38 minutes | May 5, 2021
Find common ground by finding a way to add value before your ask
Often we look to our elected officials as being indebted to those that they represent. After all, if it weren't for the votes, they wouldn't be in the position. While that is true, it is hard to get someone you are yelling at and demanding work from to be interested in providing you service. If you take a step back and find a way to add value to the person you want to work with, you will be someone who wants to find common ground. You want to work with the elected official or their team, not demand they work for you. My guest this week, Luke Crumley, explains that if you do this before you start with an ask, you'll see more success. As a military veteran, then field director for a congressman and now as a lobbyist, Luke's experience has allowed him to see firsthand different approaches you can take to solve the problem. Outside of his day job, he's dedicated to empowering advocacy organizations to focus on relationships, find common ground and tell their story to get them across the finish line when working with elected officials. Without sharing how the change or idea you are lobbying for will affect you as an individual or those in the elected officials' district, the ask seems much steeper. While we focus on advocacy with Luke's experience, the same approach fits in sales. How do you be the person that someone does want to help based on how you make them feel? Find more information from Luke at https://partofthepossible.com/ and on social media. He will also be joining me in the future on Clubhouse to talk about finding common ground and how it benefits both parties. To join the conversation on Clubhouse, follow me at @StacyMayonez. If your company or organization is poised for growth but unsure where to start, check out my free brand position evaluation to see where you are today before you launch into planning for the future. Find it at https://connectchangechallenge.com/evaluation.
35 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
DiSC insights: the power in being self-aware and vulnerable
There is strength in understanding how others naturally approach problems, opportunities and day-to-day work. My guest Erich Kurschat joins me to talk about the power of being self-aware and vulnerable in the workplace and how we can use the DiSC assessment to engage better and empower our teams. Erich talks about his journey with DiSC and the key ah-has he sees with his clients. He says a key to maximizing your assessment is to be intentional with how you focus on understanding yourself and the natural tendencies of others. We have our natural preferences and communication styles, and therefore we assume others align with us, and many times that is not the case. Erich describes how come into those interactions with an open mind allows you to be more effective. The DiSC is one of the assessments I continue to come back to when I work with a new client or teammate to find common ground on approaching tactics, planning and overall communication. If you want to find out more about DiSC assessments, other HR insights or connect with an insight introvert, you can find Erich on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/erichkurschat/, or through his company, Harmony Insights https://harmonyinsights.com/. You can also learn more through his weekly series DiSCourse on his website. Great way to intentionally learn more. Don't forget to connect with me on Clubhouse to join in the follow-up discussion with my guests and other experts on the topics highlighted each week. You'll find me at @StacyMayonez. Exciting new offerings are coming down the pike, including a FREE Brand Positioning Evaluation; you can find it online at https://connectchangechallenge.com/evaluation. To stay up-to-date on all things, signup for my new newsletter to stay in the know at https://connectchangechallenge.com/newsletter.
40 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Harness your strengths as your superpowers in your personal & professional roles
What happens if we focus on our strengths and the things we are good at instead of honing in on where we struggle? Don Clifton asked this question and developed what is now CliftonStrengths. My guest Whitney Kinne, Strengths and Career Coach, dives into how our strengths can be our superpower in our professional and personal lives. Whitney describes that strengths help start to define what those themes mean to us as individuals. Working with a coach can help go through this process in a workshop can be helpful to gain more understanding of your strengths and what role they play. She starts with brainstorming examples of when you have seen their signature themes show up in their lives. Many of Whitney's clients have also seen the value in strengths play a role in career changes. They determine they need to redefine and find their purpose and work toward understanding their strengths as a launching point. So, whether your strength is WOO (winning others over), authenticity or harmony, you can embrace your superpower, intentionally put it to use and grow as your best self. To connect with Whitney, you can find her on LinkedIn or check out her website at https://www.whitneykinne.com/. She will help you lean into your strengths. Don't forget to connect with me on Clubhouse to join in the follow-up discussion with my guests and other experts on the topics highlighted each week. You'll find me at @StacyMayonez. Exciting new offerings are coming down the pike; signup for my new newsletter to stay in the know at https://connectchangechallenge.com/newsletter.
29 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
How does understanding your core motivations and fears through Enneagram help in the workplace?
How many of us have taken a personality, behavior or workstyle assessment and crossed our fingers it would finally tell us something different than all the other tests? Well, my hand is up, and I share that in common with this week's guest Dr. Sasha Shillcut. Sasha is the Vice Chair of Strategy and Innovation, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center; Founder, Brave Enough, a community to empower women. Sasha is a trained Enneagram facilitator and uses it to help empower the women she coaches to know themselves better and empower them to find what motivates others they interact with personally and professionally. We discuss the lightbulb moment Sasha had with Enneagram about embracing her core motivation to control their own life. But, it can be confused with others thinking it means she wants to control everything. Funny enough, Sasha and I are both Enneagram 8s and share this motivation. She discusses how difficult it is as a woman to embrace having a strong personality paired with a passion for challenging the status quo. Listen in as we dive into what you can take away from knowing your Enneagram. If you want to connect with Sasha and her amazing Be Brave Enough community, you can find her newsletter, upcoming course and lots of great insights at https://www.becomebraveenough.com/. I'm starting to host regular rooms on Clubhouse and would love for you to join me and share your insights on topics we highlight on the podcast. Follow me to get notifications when we schedule our next room. https://www.joinclubhouse.com/@stacymayonez You can also sign up for my newsletter that will launch in May. It will include short motivations, insights from upcoming and previous guests, and your opportunity to give input on future episodes! Sign up here: http://connectchangechallenge.com/newsletter
39 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
When hunger drives ingenuity and creates a cheese van for door-to-door deliveries
As a small business owner, you need to be hungry and creative when you get thrown wrenches. The Redhead Creamery's owners, Alise & Lucas Sjostrom, were faced with the need to move cheese when restaurants and markets shut down with the 2020 pandemic. After some quick, creative thinking, they decided they could deliver cheese to their customers vs. expecting them to come to them. Bringing back the idea of the milkman, but instead with cheese. There is no downside to artisanal cheese delivered to your door! Many of us never honestly know what we want to be when we grow up. The exact opposite is true for Alise. She knew she wanted to be part of her family's dairy, but not by milking cows with her parents. At the age of 16, she came home from a youth dairy event and shared with her parents she wanted to start a farmstead creamery. That announcement put the wheels into motion to form the Redhead Creamery. It's a unique creamery as they pump the milk directly from the dairy to create the cheese on-site. In regular times, it offers customers the opportunity to eat cheese, enjoy the beautiful countryside, and tour the dairy. We dive into Alise's passion for lifelong learning by specializing in her education, connecting with fellow creameries, and building a network of other small food and beverage businesses in the area. When they bring customers to the dairy, they want them to have a list of places and companies to visit in the area. While Alise and Lucas lead the creamery and drive the cheese van, their team is essential for their ability to harness the hunger needed to move their business forward! You need your people to be agile and adaptable. We dive into the need for these attributes at the creamery and in any team. I can't wait for you to hear all Alise and Lucas have to share. You can find out more about them and order their delicious cheese from https://www.redheadcreamery.com/. You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram @redheadcreamery.
26 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
Diversification is a Necessity in Business
When a farmer walks into a bar... Sounds like the start of a corny joke, but what if that farmer owns a distillery and the bar is his tasting room? We head to the historic Boot Hill in Dodge City, Kansas to talk to the owner Hayes Kelman. While starting and owning a soil to sip distillery is a lot of work, it's not all Hayes does. He also farms with his family corn, wheat, sorghum and soybeans. Tune into this episode to hear how Hayes has diversified his grain markets with the distillery. Additionally, we dive into key lessons learned on navigating changing times, markets and the incredible importance of having a team that is adaptable along for the ride. When the business leader isn't the only one working to innovate, big things can happen. You can find the delicious spirits and readymade cocktails from Boot Hill Distillery at http://boothilldistillery.com/ and Facebook & Instagram just search for Boot Hill Distillery.
28 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
What does it look like to evolve your business to further add value
We head south to Mississippi to visit with John Mark Looney, a farmer, and Crop to Pop popcorn owner. John Mark and I have known each other for more than a decade, and it was great to catch up with him on key lessons he's learned as he created value to the crops he grows and shifted from selling a commodity to a packaged good. He discusses what it takes to make a value-added product and lessons I believe are helpful to any business owner. John Mark discusses the value of putting your product on the market and gaining honest feedback from those consumers outside of our immediate circle. I mean, our mom has to like it! He also learned that while he didn't set out to be the face of his business, customers want to know the story behind the product. So here he is, the farmer face of Crop to Pop. You can find his awesome popcorn at many retail stores across the region and options for anyone to buy John Mark's popcorn and have it shipped to your house via online retailers. Check out his website at https://www.sixmilefarmsllc.com. You can also find John Mark on Facebook and Instagram at @SixMileFarmsLLC.
22 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
How to connect with your customers-BONUS
Join us for part 2 of the focus on connecting with your customers. This is a continuation of Episode 22. The conversation continues with Rick McNary, creator of Shop Kansas Farms, and Jacquelyne Leffler, a beef producer with Leffler Prime Performance. We talk about the benefits of going the extra mile and sending merry mail. Hear what the response was for Jacquelyne as she dropped off Christmas cards at her local post office. Rick also reminds us that in this case, "farmers and ranchers aren't selling a quarter of beef or a lamb. You're selling an experience. You're selling four generations, five generations of life on the farm. And to me, that's one of the most powerful selling components that farmers and ranchers have is who they are." Find the first half of the conversation in Episode 22! For more episodes and discussion, visit: https://connectchangechallenge.com/
26 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
How to connect to customers
No matter what business you are in, you aren’t in business if you don’t have customers. In this episode, we look at the food and farming industry as our base for discussing the importance of customer service and explaining your product using your customer's words and phrasing to make the connection. The messages ring true across any industry. My two guests, Rick McNary from Shop Kansas Farms and Jacquelyne Leffler from Leffler Prime Performance, talk about their unique experiences in the agriculture and food industry in 2020. Rick started the Shop Kansas Food Facebook group and a website at ShopKansasFarms.com to connect those who wanted to buy food with those that had food to sell. Rick created a local food movement that now has more than 146,000 people involved. Jacquelyne was one of those ranchers who had beef to sell. She built her business by focusing on customer service, listening to what questions the customers had, adapting her message delivery to incorporate their terminology, and has already seen tremendous business growth. She doesn't want to "out throw her coverage," but she's not done evolving her business. Rick witnessed that while the ag industry has long wanted to educate the customer on where their food came from, the change was made when an economic driver had customers first buying their the food directly from farmers and ranchers, and then customers wanted to learn as part of their purchase. We couldn't cut off this conversation with the great insights from Rick & Jacquelyne, so there is more coming on a bonus episode! Subscribe today to make sure you don't miss it.
30 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
Take the leap
If you have feelings of losing security, inadequacy and overall anxiety, they can hold you back and keep you in a setting where you are living to work. My guest for episode 21, Steph Coombes, takes us through tips for transitioning into a life where we can work to live. Steph is a creative entrepreneur and agriculture advocate. Steph joined me from Australia, where we swapped stories of being millennials in today's western society. She shares how her nana and great grandmother's experiences afforded her parents and now her the opportunity to find her passion in life. She is fortunate not to have survival as her primary focus in life. She talks about being an introvert and how early in life, her fear of being noticed hurt her success. In her college years, she had the lightbulb moment where she realized her professors, or lecturers in Australia, are simply people who put their pants on one leg at a time and drink coffee just like the rest of us. Turning her fear into an opportunity to learn from experts has given her the ability to make connections and build her gypsy career. In 2020, Steph made the difficult decision to leave a toxic work environment that provided her more money, more perks and a great living wage for a year of finding her passion and living a healthier life mentally and physically. She leaped. Steph and I had such a great conversation that I couldn't fit it all into one episode, so subscribe to find out more about Steph and her adventures. You can follow her podcast, Central Stations- Stories from the Outback, https://www.centralstation.net.au, or her photography at https://stephaniecoombes.com/.
39 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
Coaching Can Help Polish the Diamonds in the Rough
Has anyone ever described you, or someone you manage, as too ________ fill in the blank? Well, I have heard: I'm too loud, too much and I think too big. So has my guest, Jenn Villalobos. In episode 20 of Connect Change & Challenge, Jenn dives into the power as a mentor of taking those who are too much/loud/aggressive, work with them individually to help them bloom and find those diamonds in the rough. Jenn has always had a passion for solving problems and technology. Because of her interests and her drive, she's worked in roles focused on the digital and tech space with some very impressive companies, including Google in Singapore, then creating opportunities for digital startups also in Singapore. She then moved to Thailand, where she is currently working with Prudential Life Assurance Public Company as she is evolving their digital transformation. Jenn is also an angel investor, mentor and advisor working with startups. We jump into the difference between coaching and managing. Many managers don't get formal training on how to be in a management role, and they treat the position as an HR duty vs. an opportunity to coach their team and see others grow. Jenn says, "Coaching and managing are very different things. Coaching requires a lot of self-awareness and a very clear understanding of what value you will bring. Because you may not be able to have all the answers that they are asking for, but you need to be willing to be true to yourself and be open and transparent. This approach helps the person you are coaching also feel they have an opportunity to grow." Jenn talks about the hard decisions you have to make as a manager and important aspects of how you communicate with your team during transition times. As someone who still works on sometimes being too excited, I hope you can uncover ways to mentor others who have the potential. They need a slightly different coaching experience. Because moving someone in the management team's eyes from too excited to excited and productive is an essential step for many in their career.
25 minutes | Jan 13, 2021
The Power to Move Into the Uncomfortable Zone
Cara Harbstreet, Street Smart Nutrition, joins me for episode 19 of Connect Change & Challenge. We dive into the uncomfortable zone and talk about how important it is to take a step back and evaluate how we approach situations and hurdles. This approach is essential for us to consider in our personal and professional lives. Cara is a registered dietitian who focuses on intuitive eating and helping her clients have health at every size. She discusses her path to realizing that her personal biases and privileges afforded her different experiences than some of her clients. We also dive into how this realization also played into Cara's focus of race and how she could improve her understanding to serve her professional purpose. When it comes time to take on challenges we discuss the importance of accountability partners and keeping your values at the forefront of your personal and professional growth. Listen to the full episode to gain insights from Cara's experience, and remember to give yourself the grace to grow and evolve.
36 minutes | Jan 6, 2021
We are more than our job title
We live in a world that often focuses on where you are today and the next step in your career. Our lives have become so focused on our jobs that it's many times how we start the conversation in social settings, "so what do you do?" Why is our answer to this question our career or our job title? Can we instead ask, "How do you spend your days?" My guest for episode 18 and I dive into this and so much more. Dr. Nancy Yen Shipley is a podcast host, speaker, motivator, advocate for women and a board-certified orthopedic surgeon based in Portland, Oregon. Highlights of this episode include Nancy found herself in the 6% of orthopedic surgeons who are women and working to empower other women in male-dominated industries. Additionally, we discuss the need for "he for she allies". Men who support the need to have more women in the room. We transition into a discussion on how we balance being feminine and confident. For more podcasts and insight articles, check out https://connectchangechallenge.com/. To find Nancy's podcast exploring women's outlook in a male-dominated industry, The 6% with Nancy MD, visit https://www.nancymd.com/podcast/.
26 minutes | Dec 30, 2020
How to build and conquer big hairy audacious goals
Goals, we've all set them, and we've all broken them. But if we don't have goals, it's hard to have a defined endpoint. If we face a boulder, we set a goal and plan how to conquer it. We dive into this and more with today's guest, Rhianna Campbell. After selling a multimillion-dollar real estate business she built herself, Rhianna is now a real estate coach. She has big, hairy audacious goals for herself and her career. Rhianna has found herself many times, clearing the next hurdle and continuing to strive to see her success. To find out more about Rhianna, visit https://properplanning.realestate/. Find out more helpful insights into personal-professional development at https://connectchangechallenge.com/
31 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
Conquer mountains with trust, authenticity and vulnerability
When we think about prosperous individuals, we may use these words to describe them: strong-willed, problem solver and determined. But my guest for this episode, Naomi Blohm, helps us uncover three new phrases we should consider as guiding principles: trust, authenticity and vulnerability. Here are questions that came up in the discussion and I believe professionals should consider: Are you truly listening to your customer's needs? Or are you assuming what your customers need before they ask? How are you enabling them to make a more informed decision? Are we looking to educate individuals or engage them? One is a more effective long-term approach to learning. Do you show others you know everything but forget to show them you are willing to learn? Are you vulnerable to others? If not your customers, to your inner circle? If not, are they the right people you should be surrounding yourself with in your personal and professional life? Naomi Blohm, from Total Farm Marketing, is my guest for this episode and is someone who is continually pushing me out of my comfort zone and has built her career on living her truth and building trust. For more discussion and to hear more episodes, visit http://www.connectchangechallenge.com/ Also, don't forget to leave me a review and a rating if you liked today's episode.
36 minutes | Dec 16, 2020
Making Time Work For You
There are days where we can't wait for the day to end and others that you need that extra 25th hour to get everything done on your list. Many of us have struggled with managing personal and professional commitments. How do you fit it all in, and what is driving what times up your time? We dive into these questions and more in Episode 15, where my guest Anna Dearmon Kornick shares her personal experience and tips she uses working with her clients. If you want to hear more from Anna, you can listen to her podcast; It's About Time: https://annadkornick.com/blog/51. If you have ideas for future topics you'd like to tackle, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org you can also find more podcasts and discussion topics at connectchangechallenge.com.
31 minutes | Dec 9, 2020
Burnout. It's real and we've got tips to work through it
I'm joined for episode 14 by Danny Ghitis, a life coach how focuses on helping others with burnout. Danny knows firsthand what it's like to experience burnout, but he also has seen the power of recognizing the issue and now helps others through their burnout trials. We discuss that naturally, we are social creatures, and the changes in 2020 have given us all a shift in our personal and professional interactions. We have shifted to a stationary workday in front of the computer with little in-person communication with others. If you have children schooling from home, you interact with your coworkers while also balancing your kids' interactions with online school. Many changes in how we socialize and interact can all lead to a tunnel headed to burnout. Find out how the Tazmanian Devil from the beloved Looney Tunes has to do with our natural inclination to strive for control. Danny recommends that when we are trying the hardest to grasp for control, we may need to let go of control and seek outside help. Don't worry; this episode will not leave you feeling overwhelmed and burned out. Instead, you'll leave with challenges to take on burnout and find ways to find your new normal amongst all the changes of 2020. Find more from Danny at https://www.fullframecoaching.com/ Find more articles and podcasts from Stacy at: http://www.connectchangechallenge.com/
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