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Culture and Leadership Connections Podcast
43 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Dr. Cornelia (Nel) Wieman – On My Own
Bio for Dr. Cornelia (Nel) WiemanDr. Nel Wieman, Anishinaabe (Little Grand Rapids First Nation, Manitoba), is the Acting Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the First Nations Health Authority and has served as the President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC) since 2016. Episode highlightAs a First Nations child “scooped” into a Dutch family, Dr. Nel Wieman grew up struggling with her identity and culture. Listen in on how she grew into her authentic self to become Canada’s first female Indigenous Psychiatrist, now working to uplift indigenous communities. LinksEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter: @cwiemanLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-cornelia-nel-wieman-0384661a/ First Nations Health Authority: https://www.fnha.ca/First Nations Health Authority in BC (Facebook): https://www.facebook.com/firstnationshealthauthority/Quotes“You can’t start tackling something if you don’t acknowledge that it’s a problem, to begin with.”“It’s been a lifelong journey thinking about working on… my identity as an indigenous person.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsIn grade 1, Dr. Wieman was asked to write her birth announcement with details of her birth, which, being adopted, she had no knowledge of. She became “quite fiercely independent” in response to how different she was and carried that self-reliance into her work.She was a competitive track and field athlete in high school, which made her very self-focused. When a truck hit-and-run accident landed her in the hospital, she became aware of her mortality and it made her think about contributing to other people’s lives. Influential Groups Dr. Wieman felt torn that her father had indigenous friends but would not acknowledge her identity as an indigenous person. Those who grew up on the reserves with their families and speaking their languages look down upon people like her who don’t. Temperament and Personality InfluencesDr. Wieman claims that she has always been stubborn and determined. She has learnt to work and trust others in a team. She has also developed a sense of humour to lighten the dense work she does.Cultural EpiphaniesDr. Wieman has never bought into the hierarchical nature of medicine, where physicians believe that they deserve to be appreciated “just because of their title.” Advice to an Employer The best way to work with Dr. Wieman is to identify “a challenge or a goal that has to be achieved” and provide support. More Great Insights! Dr. Wieman uses the 7 Generation principle to guide her in life, which teaches that “what we accomplish in our lifetimes, the effects of that will be felt forward like waves until 7 generations into the future.”
43 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Eric Karpinski – The Good Life
Bio for Eric KarpinskiEric Karpinski is a positive psychology author and speaker and has been on the cutting edge of bringing positive psychology tools to workplaces for over 10 years, with clients that include Intel, Facebook, IBM, T-Mobile, Genentech and many others. Episode highlightAs a child, Eric Karpinski moved around a lot. He hated saying goodbye to old friends but loved making new ones. Listen in on how he takes his love for friendships, harmony and positivity into his work as a positive psychology speaker and author.LinksWebsite: www.EricKarpinski.com, www.puthappinesstowork.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/erickarpinski/Twitter: @erickarpinskiQuotes“I’m a white male and so I got to live in a world that was made for me.”“There’s just no possibility of being happy all the time. Happiness is a fleeting emotion and all we can do is plant seeds for it and hope that it grows but if we expect it to, now we’re just destroying it.” “Look for something good that you can share.” TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsGrowing up in a military family, Eric moved often across the USA, which taught him about different cultures and the importance of inclusion. Eric discovered that for four years, his father had been volunteering at a group home for people with mental health disorders. He was inspired by his father’s quiet generosity. Influential Groups As a white male, Eric recognizes the privileges and biases he grew up with as a member of the dominant culture. He consciously works towards inclusion and equity.Eric felt a sense of belonging with Burning Man Festival’s culture of gifting, love, acceptance and creativity, which helped him heal from “the disease of materialism,” leading him to his career path today.Temperament and Personality InfluencesEric has always been an extrovert and this was reinforced by moving often, finding commonality, connection and community wherever he went. Cultural EpiphaniesEric observes that the ambitious work ethic is part of the white culture, which drove him to success but away from happiness. Advice to an Employer Eric desires space to create social connection and a positive, supportive, appreciative, and communicative culture with the autonomy to reach goals on his own. More Great Insights! Eric’s book, Put Happiness To Work, lays out an ‘action buffet’ with activities to drive happiness and engagement at work. Also check out Sticky Situations, a blog he writes with his wife about using positive psychology at work. You can also reach out to him on LinkedIn or Twitter.
36 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Joseph Fung – Why Not Now?
Bio for Joseph Fung Joseph is the CEO of Uvaro, a tech sales career accelerator, and of Kiite, a sales enablement platform purpose-built to provide sales teams with the information they need when they need it. Episode highlightJoseph Fung was raised with encouraging faith in his abilities, a strict culture of excellence and no concept of procrastination. Listen in on how he has created a workplace culture reflective of these values as a CEO. LinksEmail: email@example.comWebsite: https://uvaro.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/uvaro.life/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uvaro.life/Twitter: https://twitter.com/uvarolifeQuotes“That sense of not quite fitting in helped push me to choose groups that were a little bit less typical.”“Your path is your choice, and that’s okay.” “You could be mocked for not belonging; that’s a problem.” TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsJoseph’s father is from Hong Kong and always challenged him to do his best, holding him accountable to quality, drive and purpose. His mother is of mixed European heritage. She balanced his father’s perspective as a supportive enabler, encouraging him to chase after his dreams without delay.Influential Groups Joseph grew up in Toronto but travelled for work and student exchange programs. His childhood was characterized by a “lack of belonging”, but this helped Joseph feel at home with an atypical group - the circus community. Temperament and Personality InfluencesJoseph describes himself as “a youthful 40-year-old”. He is an INTP on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test. The “I” for introversion is his default mode to recharge himself after being in the public eye as an entrepreneur. He also confesses to having an absurd sense of humour. Even though he considers himself impatient, he acknowledges that patience is a choice.Cultural EpiphaniesGrowing up, Joseph’s family’s way of doing things was different from that of his friends. He was used to eating with chopsticks and struggled with a knife and fork when he was invited for dinner at his friend’s house. When he was nine, his parents let him and his siblings use power tools to help construct their house, which shocked their friends. Advice to an Employer Joseph has a “voracious appetite for information”. He also uses feedback extensively, sharing it and requesting it at every step. More Great Insights! For anyone looking to transition to a new career, irrespective of their background, Uvaro runs a training course to help begin a career in technology sales.
48 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Karin Reed – Elevate Your Personal Production Value
Bio for Karin Reed Karin M. Reed is the CEO and Chief Confidence Creator of Speaker Dynamics, a corporate communications training firm featured in Forbes. Episode highlightListen in on how Karin Reed, a successful broadcast journalist went from shining on camera to training others on how to let their brilliance show on the screen.LinksEmail: Info@SpeakerDynamics.com Website: https://speakerdynamics.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karin-reed/ Twitter: @karin_reedQuotes“Allowing yourself to be yourself - that’s what’s going to resonate with your audience.”“I have no problem just putting something out there and if they say no, then I try something different.” TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsKarin grew up in “a household with two parents who loved each other deeply” and attributes much of who she is to the stability in her upbringing.Karin got her first on-camera TV job with a CBS affiliate as a senior in college. She worked hard to learn the ropes and become a good reporter and was hired full-time when she graduated. Influential Groups Growing up in a middle-class suburban household, Karin learned the value of hard work and education by observing her parents. Being a female reporter provided her with a unique set of opportunities. Karin married into a large Irish Catholic family, quite different from her quiet household of four. Temperament and Personality InfluencesKarin defines her temperament as that of “boundless optimism and also a lack of fear of being told no''. She says that she tenses up when planning for the future, but becoming pregnant after several failed attempts has taught her to appreciate the sublime gifts of the present. Cultural EpiphaniesKarin is very self-aware about the fact that she does not experience different cultures in her daily life, and works to keep her knowledge updated. Advice to an Employer Karin likes working with people she enjoys who can enjoy her and have an “openness to try new things, a positive attitude, being nice, being encouraging”. More Great Insights! If you are struggling with virtual presentations and meetings, check out Karin’s course on virtual video engagement training on her website. Be sure to read her books, the newest of which is a workbook and reference guide to strategically communicating through the rich medium of video conferences.
46 minutes | May 22, 2021
Perry Marshall – The Alchemy of Success
Bio for Perry Marshall Perry Marshall is a marketing consultant and entrepreneur and founder of Perry S. Marshall & Associates. He has guided clients like FanDuel and InfusionSoft from startup to hundreds of millions of dollars and is endorsed in FORBES and INC Magazine. He’s consulted in over 300 industries and has a degree in Electrical Engineering.Episode highlightPerry Marshall began his own business at the age of 13 and went on to become one of the most expensive business strategists in the world. Listen in on the lessons of culture and leadership that paved the way from his childhood achievements to success as an adult.LinksEmail:firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.perrymarshall.comQuotes“You should read something written before Gutenberg every day.”“We can all agree that social media has become a toxic pandemic of its own in the last few years.”“Just let nature do what nature’s going to do.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsWhen Perry was 13 years old, he built and sold stereos. Perry was a high school senior when his father passed away of cancer. This forced him to become independent and made him work hard to earn the college tuition his dad had intended to pay. Influential Groups Perry was born into a conservative Christian family that valued scholarly rigorous learning. Raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, his upbringing was conservative, modest, egalitarian, and frugal. Temperament and Personality InfluencesPerry claims he was a cantankerous child who always tried to break rules, but also an alchemist who was always trying to create something. As an adult, Perry continues to shake things up and reinvent them. Cultural EpiphaniesWhen Perry visited Kenya, he was introduced to a successful cobbler, Paul, who used crutches and fixed shoes sitting on the floor. Paul’s spark and pride in his work made Perry, a consultant to entrepreneurs, realize that entrepreneurs like Paul who serve the community by providing a useful service, make Perry’s work meaningful.Advice to an Employer Perry recommends every business create a discovery contract, which is a quote provided for a charge. More Great Insights! He also recommends you read Detox, Declutter, Dominate: How to Excel by Elimination, a book he co-wrote with Robert Skrob which is an enjoyable and timeless business philosophy book for people from all backgrounds.
34 minutes | May 4, 2021
Sherina Mayani – I’d Rather Rescue Myself
Bio for Sherina Mayani Sherina Mayani is a Business Master Coach, Founder of Master Dinero Con Flow and creator of two complementary business methods, Clearing Method to remove emotional blockages to prosperity and ClaCov focused on strategic planning and marketing.She helps Spanish-speaking women around the world clear their blocks, upgrade their mindset, attract ideal clients, and earn consistent money so they can grow a business that sets them free and create a positive impact.She is also a Divine Living Certified Master Coach and an Energy Editing® Professional who helps clear energetic money blocks from your energy system. Panamanian of Hindu origin, she lives in Panama with her husband and their puppy Coco.Episode highlightAs an Indian-Panamanian, Sherina Mayani was raised with little promise of the future. Listen in on how she overthrew the cultural expectations to shine as a female entrepreneur.LinksEmail: email@example.com Website: www.sherinamayani.comInstagram: @shermayaniLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sherina-mayani-a7511323/Quotes“I don't want to be the princess in the movie with the prince… [I] actually want to make my own movie.” “What you reap is what you sow.” “There’s so many things in our life that we do just because someone else did it without seeing the logic.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsSherina’s father was strict and didn’t support her dreams. This made Sherina want to become independent. Influential Groups Sherina identifies as a spiritual person and associates with the spirituality ingrained in Hinduism. Falling in love with a non-Indian Catholic who was 12 years older than her made her “arranged married” parents uncomfortable. Temperament and Personality InfluencesSherina claims that she is very strategic in her approach to every conversation. She has now traded her impulsivity for wisdom. Cultural EpiphaniesAt university, Sherina noticed that Panamanian culture was a lot more laid back than American culture. Advice to an Employer Sherina finds that she is more comfortable working with women since she is a dominant personality and has faced energy clashes with men. She prefers working on long-term programs since energy clearing and emotional work take time. More Great Insights! Sherina recalls a story about passing down traditions without question and urges us to think about why we do what we do. For more great insights, reach out to her on LinkedIn. She runs many Spanish language programs and some for English speakers too!
34 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Alan Headbloom – The Buffet of Life
Bio for Alan Headbloom Alan Headbloom is an Intercultural Consultant/Coach, Applied Linguist and Talkshow Producer & Host. He presents workshops to immigrant professionals and to their American counterparts who need to function across cultures and geographies and provides one-on-one coaching to expats who need to perform at high levels in their global companies. Episode highlightAs a Swedish-American, Alan Headbloom is very aware of his white privilege and has spent his life enriching himself with lessons from other cultures. Listen in on how he has created a unique tasting platter from the smorgasbord of life. LinksEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alanheadbloom/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/headbloom Website: www.feellikeyoubelong.comQuotes“Working across borders and time zones is something we’re all doing these days increasingly.”“You don't know the blinders you grow up with because that’s just part of the water you swim in.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsAt 12 years-old, Alan’s Swedish grandfather who had immigrated to the USA took him and his sister to Sweden. Alan was awed by the cultural differences and felt inspired to fearlessly learn many different languages.Once, when he accompanied his parents to the country club they belonged to, he found it odd that all the members were white and the servers, black. This informs his community advocacy to this day. Influential Groups Alan was born to an upwardly mobile, white, Christian family in a white suburb of the industrial American city of Detroit. He claims he checks all the boxes for privilege - white, male, able, and hetero with a Christian upbringing. Temperament and Personality InfluencesAlan claims that he has been bossy and righteous in the past but his experiences with different cultures have helped him grow. He tries to imbibe mindfulness from the people he interacts with because it does not come naturally to him.Cultural EpiphaniesWhen Alan was in Germany for a year, he grew close to a friend’s family he lived with for five months. He then told the mother to use the informal pronoun for him. However, she told him that they didn’t know each other well enough. He was hurt but understood that they defined closeness differently.More Great Insights! Alan advises white people and native speakers of English to give outsiders a chance. He recommends learning about other cultures to unlearn privilege and entitlement and become tolerant, loving and accepting.
57 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Rohan Nigam – Nothing is Impossible
Bio for Rohan NigamRohan Nigam is a Mergers & Acquisition Advisory (M&A) Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). He has supported clients at various stages of the M&A lifecycle including due diligence, integration, carve-outs, post-close support, and transformation. Episode highlightAs an Indian who moved to the United States to pursue studies and a career, Rohan Nigam had the opportunity to combine the strengths of both cultures for success. Listen in on how he achieved great professional heights at an early age by being sensitive to cultural and personality variations in people.LinksEmail: email@example.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nigamrohan/Quotes“It doesn’t matter where you come from, but it matters what you are doing in that moment.”“Celebrate - when you finish it, when you win, when you do it together.” TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsWhen Rohan was around 10, his nuclear family separated from the joint family they were in due to some issues in the family business, and faced financial struggles. His approach to education changed, and he recognized it as a means of getting into a good university, getting a good job, making money and being happy. Influential Groups Rohan went to a middle school in Mumbai which had students from different backgrounds and religions who spoke different first languages, which was a great learning experience. Temperament and Personality InfluencesRohan says that he has always been an organized person, whether that be with his study schedule or work, creating to-do lists to stay on top of all his tasks. He also claims to have been an introvert but has worked on becoming more accepting of cultures and blending in with the larger group. Cultural EpiphaniesThe first time Rohan was presenting at a client pitch with his team leader, he elaborated on the points in the few slides he was given. However, he was later given feedback from his partner that in the American context, presentations are much more concise. Advice to an Employer When Rohan begins working on a new project with a new team, he has a conversation about the best way for everyone to work together within the team and with the other stakeholders. He also emphasizes celebrating the completion of projects.More Great Insights! Rohan advises young professionals who are just venturing into stock trading and investments, to “start small and start early.” Reach out to Rohan to discuss the economy and market trends and to build an information-exchange community that everyone can benefit from.
44 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Denise Shamlian – Beauty Endures
Bio for Denise Shamlian Denise Shamlian, Health Education Advocate and owner of Get Up Get Out Get Well Health Coaching, has successfully worked with clients around the world helping them achieve their health and happiness goals. Episode highlightAs an Armenian-American, Denise Shamlian was raised to be straightforward and direct in her communication and pursuit of goals. Listen in on how she uses her talents and abilities to create a productive solutions-based existence in the health and wellness industry.LinksEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.getupgetoutgetwell.comQuotes“Health and wellness is something that sets you up for success in so many places in your life.” “Anything is possible, anything is achievable.”“Feedback is just feedback… it’s neither good nor bad; it just is.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsDenise is a first-generation Armenian-American on her father’s side and second generation on her mother’s. Her family taught her to be tenacious, direct, straightforward, open and free-spirited in her communication. Being an older sister in a single-parent household, Denise also learned to stand up for her mother, and become a solution-seeker who took charge. Influential Groups Denise grew up in Queens, New York in a middle-class community composed of people from different backgrounds, cultures and religions. Even though she is not a religious person, being born into a Christian Armenian family taught her to be tolerant of all practices. She also gets her love for food from the Armenian culture, which she has extended into her practice as a wellness coach, teaching people how to use food to heal. Denise belongs to the Central Park Dance Skaters Association and has skated all over the world. Temperament and Personality InfluencesDenise has always been a “persister”, throwing tantrums if she didn’t get what she wanted as a child. She is working to go with the flow of the universe and pick her battles now. Cultural EpiphaniesIn her travels, Denise found that her direct style of communication was not always a good fit, especially in the more “proper” areas of Europe. Even in her professional life, she has found that there can be a big gap between what is being communicated and what is understood. Advice to an Employer Denise wants her clients to know that she is committed to their happiness and using the therapeutic relationship for all-around growth. More Great Insights! Visit Denise’s website to avail of her offerings in health coaching, business advisory and beauty and aesthetics tips.
50 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
Nselaa Ward – Not Afraid of No
Bio for Nselaa WardMadam Nselaa Ward, Juris Doctor, is a Business Architect and Black Lives Matter and Women's Rights Activist. Currently, she is the Chair of the International Black Business Agenda and CEO of Ni’ Nava & Associates, a business architect firm she started in 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.Episode highlightAs a black female, Nselaa Ward was always told she was not valuable. Listen in on how she broke away from the negative messaging and assimilated the positive parts of her life to shine as a successful attorney, activist and business architect.LinksEmail: email@example.com Website: http://www.ninavafirm.com/Instagram: www.instagram.com/nselaawardFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/nselaawardfanpageQuotes“We can't erase the trauma that we’ve experienced but we can transform it.” “People that are afraid of hearing no are often afraid of saying no as well.” “We all know that, right now, in this country, calling the police can mean a death sentence for a lot of people of colour.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsSince Nselaa was seven, her mother was addicted to crack cocaine and got paralyzed after being shot over a drug deal gone wrong when Nselaa was 11. Nselaa grew up surrounded by people who were in the drug and sex work industry, and she became a sex worker at the age of 12 going by the name Caramel.Influential Groups Nselaa grew up in a primarily black community, being constantly reminded that as a chubby black woman, she was not valuable. As a sex worker, she tried to make sure she was being valued by her clients.Nselaa spent a lot of time around people addicted to crack cocaine. From them, she learned not to be afraid of rejection and to persevere against all odds, which helped her in becoming an attorney. Temperament and Personality InfluencesNselaa says that she was a talker as a child, and could go on for hours on end. Cultural EpiphaniesGrowing up in a black community where her sentiments and opinions were echoed, Nselaa found, through her travels, that the rest of the world held different views. More Great Insights! Nselaa’s business architect firm helps SMEs to take their businesses to the enterprise level. Reach out to Nselaa on her website, social media or by texting +1 404-410-0200.
42 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
Luis Gonzáles – Have Some Fun
Bio for Luis Gonzáles Luis Gonzáles is a Global Business Communications Consultant, Master Facilitator, Coach, and Trainer with more than 25 years of experience in helping improve business outcomes for organizations. Episode highlightAs a Mexican-American, Luis Gonzáles had varied cultural experiences in his personal and professional life. Listen in on how he assimilated his cultural know-how into his work as a cross-cultural communications consultant. LinksEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: https://speakonpodcasts.com/luis-gonzales/,https://fierceinc.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/luisgonzales/Quotes“The goal I want - I have to recognize that, and what's the best way in my communication to reach that goal.” “The majority of people... are working remotely and now we have more opportunity to connect across borders.”“Speak up when you see something because the risks might be too great if you don’t.”TakeawaysInfluential Groups Luis is a 2nd generation Mexican-American, whose grandparents crossed the US-Mexico border on foot. He was raised with their working-class hard-working ethic.His parents divorced when he was young, and each remarried an African-American. He also went to a Roman Catholic school. Temperament and Personality InfluencesLuis says he has always been passionate, energetic and loud, and struggled in school because of his hyperactivity. He now works on his communication style in the business world to make sure his energy doesn’t come off as impatience, and his passion isn’t mistaken as pushy. Cultural EpiphaniesLuis grew up in a household where the children would serve themselves and have relatively unsupervised meals. When he was invited to eat at his friend’s house in an English community in Long Beach, he found himself constantly being reprimanded for his table manners. Luis admits to being guilty of “code-switching”, speaking with different body language and intonation with Spanish speakers compared to American English speakers. Working for close to seven years in India, Luis realized that the top-down hierarchical leadership style did not sit well with him. When Indian expatriates would come to the United States to work, he had to train them on the American style of open and direct communication. Advice to an Employer Luis cautions people who are serious and business-focused that he prefers to have a little fun when working.More Great Insights! Reach out to Luis on LinkedIn for more such insights. Also, visit Fierce, Inc.’s website for free resources on improving your communication for better results.
41 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Amy Lynn Durham – Corporate Mystic
Bio for Amy Lynn Durham Amy Lynn Durham is the author of “Create Magic At Work” and the Founder of the “Create Magic At Work” Membership Group. She is a UC Berkeley Certified Executive Coach and Emotional Intelligence Practitioner.Episode highlightAs a corporate executive, Amy Lynn Durham did not feel she was being herself. Listen in on how she discovered the path to authentic self-expression by combining the magic of spiritual and emotional intelligence.LinksEmail: email@example.com Website: https://createmagicatwork.net/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CreateMagicAtWork/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/createmagicatwork/Twitter: https://twitter.com/createmagicworkLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amydurhamexecutivecoaching/Profile: https://speakonpodcasts.com/amy-lynn-durham/ Quotes“Everybody comes from a place where they’re trying to do the best they can as a parent.” “If you don’t hear the universe when it whispers, it’s going to scream.”“We’re afraid to be big sometimes.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsAmy’s childhood was defined by her not having an opportunity to make herself heard. She defines the atmosphere at home as conflict-avoidant where her issues were swept under the carpet.Influential Groups Amy was born into a middle-class, hardworking family and she credits them with her strong work ethic. Raised in a large farming community in central California in the mid-1970s, Amy says that her worldview was limited. She also claims that being raised Christian sowed the seeds of a divided self because she considered herself more spiritual than religious.Travelling for work later in life helped her experience different cultures, expanded her world view and helped her express her spiritual beliefs. Being a woman in the corporate world shaped her leadership skills.Temperament and Personality InfluencesAmy says she was born an introvert. She has been able to express herself more as she has grown older, aided by the leadership opportunities she was given in the corporate world.Cultural EpiphaniesAmy realized that what her Christian upbringing taught her about right and wrong and good and bad people was different from her spiritual self-expression that all humans are one. Advice to an Employer Amy asks anyone working with her to trust her and the process to help them uncover their true selves. More Great Insights! Visit Amy’s website to get coaching, join her membership group and access enjoyable tools to use at the workplace. Be sure to read her book to fill your work life with magic and spark your creativity!
45 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
Benedict Beaumont: Connection and Community
Bio for Benedict Beaumont Benedict Beaumont is a Breathwork Facilitator, Yoga Teacher and founder of the Breathing Space School of Breathwork. Episode highlightBenedict Beaumont grew up in a backwater town in England, but caught the travel bug at an early age. Follow him as he recounts his travels across the world and the lessons he learned about finding his way home to his true self.LinksEmail:Benedict.Beaumont@Googlemail.com Website: https://www.makesomebreathingspace.com/Instagram: instagram.com/makesomebreathingspace Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/makesomebreathingspace/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/breathingspaceQuotes“If we just concentrated on ourselves and didn’t worry about what everyone else was doing, the world would probably take care of itself.” “Kids can go from... completely calm to screaming banshees within a second and then they can calm completely down in a breath or two later and it really is linked to their breath.”“It’s never about the money, it's about the experience.”“It’s not just what we're born with, it’s what we learn from our parents and those who are close to us.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsBenedict grew up in the 1970s in Brighton on the south coast of England. He would take road trips with his parents and sister through France, which developed into a lifelong love for travel.At university, Benedict met a senior with whom he went busking around Europe and had many adventures that enriched Benedict’s university experience. Influential Groups Benedict was raised as a Quaker by his mother, and he would accompany her to silent gatherings. He now recognizes that it taught him stillness, respect and understanding.He finds the breathwork community very supportive and open. Living in France made him a foodie, and a self-proclaimed “cheesehead.” Travelling through Nepal developed in him a love for hiking through the mountains and awe for the natural environment. Temperament and Personality InfluencesBenedict has always loved being around people and in communities. Even though he was afraid to take risks when he was younger, he grew to renounce the fear and reclaim his strength. Cultural EpiphaniesBenedict learned his father’s way of showing affection, which was teasing. As Benedict grew up, however, he realized that others perceive such teasing as being hurtful. Advice to an Employer To work with Benedict, you must be honest, and willing to change and be vulnerable! More Great Insights! Benedict says that breathwork can be an easy and accessible way for exponential spiritual development using just your breath.Sign up for his courses and workshops to experience this transformation firsthand!
39 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
Chris Thomson – The Entrepreneurial Connection
Bio for Chris Thomson Chris Thomson is the Head Coach at Student Works Management Program in Eastern Canada. Episode highlightAs an award-winning swimmer, Chris Thomson had no free time to take up a part-time job. Listen in on how he maximized his time, streamlined his efforts, and worked smart to become a successful entrepreneur.LinksEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.studentworks.comLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-thomson-swp/Quotes“One of the big things we say you need in our program is someone with a big engine, someone who just… has lots of energy.”“I’ve worked with many many swimmers… and almost universally they’ve been successful because they work really hard and they are coachable.”“Men overestimate their capabilities… and women underestimate theirs… they are capable, and they have more concerns about their capabilities.”TakeawaysChildhood incidents:Chris’ father was successful in his career, inspiring Chris to aspire for success early on. Chris had a successful lawn care business even before the age of 16. Groups you were born into and belonged to: Chris was raised in the Roman Catholic Faith. Being a swimmer taught him the value of working hard and being coachable. He also identifies strongly with the entrepreneurial community. Temperament and personality influencesChris claims that he has always been people-focused, considerate, amicable, and supportive. He likes to be liked. He also likes to learn and improve, fuelled by his persistence and growth mindset. A time I became aware that my way of doing things was cultural and specific to my cultural experienceWhen Chris was in his second year at university, he found that not everyone viewed right and wrong as clearly as he did. Advice to an employer to work with meChris believes in open communication, directness, honesty, and “looking for the best possible outcomes”. He has based his business around four values he imbibed from Dan Sullivan of Strategic Coach: Be on timeDo what you sayFinish what you startSay please and thank youChris also believes in taking 100% responsibility and working towards being accountable.More great insights from our guest! As a white English-speaking male born in a wealthy household who went to university, Chris is not unaware of his privilege. “I certainly can recognize that and… I feel blessed because of that and certainly aware of all that we need to do as Canadians to make it… as fair a playing field as we can for everybody and making a contribution for everybody wherever possible”, he remarks.
37 minutes | Dec 9, 2020
Christina Stathopoulos – Fairy Tale Magic Girl
Bio for Christina Stathopoulos Christina Stathopoulos is an International Coaching Speaker, Professional Certified Coach (International Coach Federation-credentialed) and an Accomplishment Coaching Certified Coach. In her business, Hear Her Roar, Christina specializes in working with millennial women who have taken on a new leadership role. Episode highlightAs the daughter of Greek immigrants, Christina Stathopoulos grew up with strong ideals of family, and brings that sense of oneness into her work today. Listen in on how she sprinkles her work with love, consideration, and a little touch of fairy dust.LinksEmail: email@example.comWebsite: www.hearherroar.netInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/hearxtinaroar/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hearherroarcoach/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cstat/Quotes “What we see is what we internalize as children.” “To me, you cannot be Greek without having a core value of creating family.” “I think the first job of a coach is to not assume that you know what your clients need.”TakeawaysChildhood incidents:Christina credits having learned a “disciplined, strong, tenacious, work ethic” from her hardworking family members. Christina’s piano teacher helped her overcome her negative self-talk by celebrating the small wins.Groups you were born into and belonged to: Christina is heavily influenced by the Greek culture. She is now part of a women’s group which helps her hone her compassionate non-hierarchical leadership style. After a negative work experience, she decided to be a nurturing mentor to others and began producing events which led her to coaching.Temperament and personality influencesAs a child, Christina was full of pure whimsy, joy, playfulness and a curious imagination. She moulded herself to become a disciplined, hardworking, focused, diligent and tenacious adult. A time I became aware that my way of doing things was cultural and specific to my cultural experienceChristina observed that North American culture is heavily individualistic. In contrast, Greek Culture opts for a more collectivist approach and emphasizes putting others ahead of yourself. Advice to an employer to work with meChristina offers group and individual coaching programs. She likes to understand why a client is approaching her for coaching first before she can recommend the right program to them. More great insights from our guest! Reach out to Christina for group or individual coaching, or to find out more about leadership and her work.
40 minutes | Dec 1, 2020
Victoria Pelletier – No Excuses
Bio for Victoria Pelletier Victoria Pelletier is the Vice President of IBM’s North American Talent & Transformation practice. She is a senior corporate executive with over two decades of progressive experience in strategy, operations, growth initiatives, and business and talent development. Episode highlightVictoria Pelletier was made the general manager of an organization at 24. Listen in on how she became the successful executive she is today.LinksEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.victoria-pelletier.comLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/victoriapelletier/Twitter: https://twitter.com/PelletierV29Quotes“People do business with people they like, and they trust.”“You don’t ask, you don’t get.”“Surround yourself with people that come from extremely different cultures and different lived experience because it is incredibly enriching.”TakeawaysChildhood incidents:Victoria was born to a drug-addicted and abusive teenage mother and grew up to be quite different from her peers. These life experiences made her resilient. Victoria credits her adoptive mother with helping her break out of her shell. Groups you were born into and belonged to: Victoria’s adoptive family always put her needs first, but they came from a humble background. She credits this upbringing with her drive to achieve and succeed today.Victoria came out as bisexual at age 14 and became comfortable with it in her 20s. This defined her “not only as a leader but just as an individual and a member of the community.”She lives the corporate life now, heavily involved in board work and also supporting female entrepreneurs through SheEO. Temperament and personality influencesVictoria defines herself as stubborn, loyal, driven and organized. Even though she was a very shy child, she grew into her extroversion. A time I became aware that my way of doing things was cultural and specific to my cultural experienceWhen Victoria was in India, she found that the contractors would only speak to the men on her team, that she was noticed and photographed, and that people said yes only to avoid disappointment but did not always deliver.Advice to an employer to work with meVictoria is at her best when she feels connected with the diverse range of people she works with. “My advice to those… who live a little bit in the fear around the hierarchy and having those conversations is... be really comfortable with being… uncomfortable”, she states. More great insights from our guest! Victoria has co-authored the book Unstoppable. She also works with Children’s Aid Foundation to help improve the lives of children and youth in the child welfare system.
48 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
Wanda Costen – Courage Never Quits
Bio for Wanda Costen Doctor Wanda Costen is a professor and the Dean of the School of Business at McEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta. Leading with integrity, she eliminates barriers to sustainable change by re-imagining how to prepare students for the 21st-century life of work and purpose.Episode highlightWanda Costen was raised in the military, across different continents, and went through 3 careers before finding her sweet spot. Listen in on how she uses her understanding of culture and academia to make a difference.LinksEmail: email@example.comQuotes“Even as little children, we have experiences that, later on in life, we realize, shape who we are.”“Racism is taught, it’s a learned behaviour.”“Racism doesn’t abide by some imaginary line we drew calling [it] a border.” TakeawaysChildhood incidents:Wanda’s father served in the United States military, and the family moved every three-to-five years. This taught her and her brothers how to develop friendships quickly, adapt to one’s environment and view different cultures with openness. When she moved to Germany at age 11, she was befuddled when a young boy came up to her group of friends saying he would not play with her. Groups you were born into and belonged to: Wanda identifies first as an African American then as a woman. She was raised Catholic, but left the church because of the lack of inclusivity. She credits living in Germany for her directness, straightforwardness, and fortitude. She also imbibed punctuality, cleanliness, and the value of self-presentation from the Germans. Temperament and personality influencesWanda’s elementary teachers had identified early on that she was gregarious, outgoing and an extrovert. She believes she is empathetic, transparent, and accountable.Wanda struggled with having a “split personality” between her personal and professional life. She has worked hard to present her authentic self at work. A time I became aware that my way of doing things was cultural and specific to my cultural experienceWhen Wanda went to her friend’s house for Thanksgiving, she was taken aback by their grandiose, upper middle-class lifestyle, different from her humble upbringing. Advice to an employer to work with meWanda needs people working with her to follow four tenets:Set the pathDescribe the desired outcomeDefine the scope of responsibilityGive meaningful and timely feedbackMore great insights from our guest! “Courage is one of those values that I hold really dear”, says Wanda. She believes that it takes a lot of courage to be a high-quality, effective leader.
45 minutes | Oct 23, 2020
Lisa Earle McLeod – Noble Purposes
Bio for Lisa Earle McLeodLisa Earle McLeod is a Strategy Consultant, Founder of McLeod & More, Inc., and author of Selling with Noble Purpose.Episode highlightListen in on how Lisa Earle McLeod refocuses businesses on innovating to make customers’ lives better. LinksEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgContact: https://www.mcleodandmore.com/contact/Website: www.mcleodandmore.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/LisaEarleMcLeodLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisaearlemcleod/Quotes“[Nobility] is in the service of someone besides yourself or in the service of a cause bigger than yourself.”“Money matters, and when you make it for other people, that is a big day!” “If you have disdain for wealthy people, the likelihood of you becoming one of them is pretty small.”TakeawaysChildhood incidents:Lisa was 14 when she got her first job at Doughnut King and was entrusted with running the store alone. On one Saturday, a group of firefighters purchased all the doughnuts in the store. When the owner returned, Lisa loved the look on his face as he excitedly counted the money in the cash register. This inspired her to begin on her journey of “helping people make money.”In the middle of third grade, Lisa and her brother enrolled in a Hawaiian school for a month, where they were the only white kids. However, she was “welcomed graciously” and does so to any minority in her life.Groups you were born into and belonged to: Lisa was born into a middle-class family and there was a palpable disdain of wealthy people in her neighbourhood. While Lisa’s mother was an atheist, Lisa joined a faith called Unitarian Universalism. Temperament and personality influencesLisa claims she is an extrovert, a storyteller, and a seeker of solutions. With time, she has learnt to become a better listener and be more concise and open-hearted in her communication. A time I became aware that my way of doing things was cultural and specific to my cultural experienceLisa comes from a family of “over-talkers” and is used to people speaking over each other at dinner and is intrigued by households different from hers. Advice to an employer to work with meLisa claims that her best clients are those who have valuable offerings for their clients and want to:Differentiate and stand out in the marketHelp their team be laser-like focused on customersBuild a tribe of people who are so emotionally engaged and excited about their job that they think and talk about it with prideMore great insights from our guest! Lisa recommends downloading and using the whitepapers from her website to incorporate noble purpose into your business!
45 minutes | Oct 23, 2020
Lyndelle Palmer-Clarke – Pioneer Your Self-Development
Bio for Lyndelle Palmer-ClarkeLyndelle Palmer-Clarke is the founder of Dailygreatness, a global publishing company which creates mindset, personal growth and productivity tools for individuals and companies based on positive psychology and tried-and-tested mindset strategies. Episode highlightListen in on how Lyndelle Palmer-Clarke’s travels, careers and life experiences have shaped her into the wildly successful entrepreneur she is today.LinksEmail: email@example.comWebsite: www.dailygreatness.co, https://lyndellepalmerclarke.com/Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/dailygreatness/, https://www.instagram.com/ohlyndelleLinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/lyndellepalmerclarke/Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/dailygreatness/,https://www.facebook.com/lyndellepalmerclarke/Quotes“There’s a lot of amazing information out there, no doubt, but unless we’re applying that into our life in a very practical way… nothing will change in our lives.”“Ambition is not enough – we need to develop the skills and most importantly, we need a foundation.” TakeawaysChildhood incidents:One of the most defining moments in Lyndelle’s life was when she went to boarding school from the age of 12. Leaving home for an alien environment was jarring, but it taught her resilience and resourcefulness, gave her lifelong relationships, and introduced her to different cultures. Groups you were born into and belonged to: Lyndelle’s ancestors on her father’s side of the family were the pioneers of the fishing industry in her hometown in Australia, and she was raised with pride in her family’s entrepreneurial spirit. She claims that her career as a businesswoman was a “natural evolution” from that history. Her curiosity about the bigger questions in life was piqued by the religiosity on her mother’s side of the family. It inspired her to think freely and find her own path and answers instead of settling for others’ beliefs or having them imposed on her. Temperament and personality influencesLyndelle is a true-blue Aries, and is therefore a natural leader, but can also be impatient and stubborn. However, she has evolved her traits to make them workable in her life and works on her communication skills to complement her leadership skills. A time I became aware that my way of doing things was cultural and specific to my cultural experienceWhen Lyndelle moved to London from Australia, she dove deep into self-development to help her move out of the entertainment industry. When she reconnected with her old friends, former groups, or even her family members, she was shocked by the difference of opinion. Advice to an employer to work with meLyndelle believes that “how people should be communicating to me is exactly how I communicate to them”. More great insights from our guest! Lyndelle coaches entrepreneurs and business owners to create passion and ‘daily greatness’ in building and scaling their businesses.
36 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
Bruce Ross – How the Light Gets In
Bio for Bruce Ross Bruce Ross is a Leadership Development Consultant who operates in the realm of the “inner game of leadership.” His proprietary approach to leadership development, FlowPreneur, is research-based and has been honed over 37 years of working directly with the full spectrum of leaders.Episode highlightBruce Ross went through deep emotional loss and grief, which catapulted his search for meaning and helped him discover that raising people’s energy states inspires him.LinksEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.flowpreneur.coTwitter: https://twitter.com/FlowpreneurTMLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brucesross/Quotes“What happens at a personal level, you can also transfer it to team and organizational leadership.”“There are multiple worlds and multiple opinions and approaches.” “The core of… life is energy and therefore, it needs to be aware of what takes and what saps it.”TakeawaysChildhood incidents:Bruce experienced an ease and a love of life when he began running at the age of three. Running made him feel like he was flying, and all other experiences paled in comparison. Groups you were born into and belonged to: Bruce’s parents divorced when he was one, which caused his mother and him to have less social interaction. He found that an organization which offered him esoteric education was where his “thirst got quenched.”Temperament and personality influencesBruce says that he is a Virgo, a perfectionist, an analyst, and an introvert. A time I became aware that my way of doing things was cultural and specific to my cultural experienceWhen Bruce was 18, he visited the Philippines and was taken aback by the heat, the humidity, and the opulence. He lived in a gated community with security guards carrying guns, and had servants at his beck and call, while others lived in dire poverty.Advice to an employer to work with meBruce works with business owners and business leaders who are on the “hunt for their higher selves.” He works one on one with people through coaching as well as the FlowPreneur program, in person and online.More great insights from our guest! Bruce says that the passing of his daughter, Danni, brought many gifts in the form of opportunities to grow and evolve. When she was battling cancer, Bruce’s counsellor told him, “I need you to understand something… there is nothing wrong with Danni… parts of her have cancer.” He then changed his perspective from viewing her as a sick, broken person to acknowledging the whole person that she was.
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