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47 minutes | a year ago
Episode 28: Visiting St. Louis
https://ltppodcast.s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/STL+travel.mp3 MuseumsCahokia MoundsArch Grounds and MuseumSt. Louis Art Museum– in beautiful Forest Park.City Museum– hands on for kids and those who are kids at heart. Downtown. Giant climbing structures and lots of small caverns for little ones to play…and get lost.Concerts and TheatreFox Theater– concerts and Broadway theater seriesSt Louis Repertory Theater on the campus of Webster University. Multiple stages. Smaller venue. No bad seat in the house.CardinalsGo early, grab a drink and eat something before going into the game.Discounted day-of tickets for St. Louis Cardinals – First Pitch TicketsSt Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame museum in Ballpark Village.Brewery tours – Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Schlafly Bottleworks, 4 Hands Brewery, and lots of local microbreweries. There’s even a local brewery tour where they transport you to 4 microbreweries – BrewHop STL What else have you done that’s entertaining while in STL? Union Station – restaurants, new giant ferris wheel, aquarium, hotelCathedral BasilicaMagic House – children’s museum in Kirkwood, MO, not far from downtownOutdoorsForest Park – what do you recommend people do there?Art Museum, mentioned already above, has a nice restaurantThe Boathouse Restaurant and ride the paddleboats.The Muny for summer time musicalsThe Zoo – one of the best in the US and it’s freeMO Botanical Garden, Laumeier Sculpture Park, the Arch The Arch is a must see! It is now designated as a National Park and was recently completely renovated with a fantastic museum below ground. You should definitely take a ride up in the Arch, however, things to know before you do:The “elevator” is the same that was initially installed.It is small. We are big. It is a cramped and a bit of a confined space.You will be up high! The windows are small.Local wineries – Try the MO wine. There are some good ones, but you may have to try a few first.Augusta/Defiance wineries: all good! Go in the fall (Sept/Oct) and enjoy outdoor drinking and live music.Hermann, MO– great wineries (Hermanhoff and Stone Hill) with wonderful bed and breakfast options Foodie recommendations – Iconic STL must do’s for food and drink – the Hill, Ted Drews, Imo’s, Crown Candy Kitchen if you have time to stand in line.St. Louis Pizza and Toasted RavioliGooey Butter Cake- Park Avenue Coffee Shop in Lafayette SquareDelmar Loop – Fitz’s The Hill: Favazza’s, Zia’s, Charlie Gittos, Rigazzi’sBest view: 360Another rooftop option: Vin de SetCinder House rooftop restaurant at The Four SeasonsLafayette Square: 1111 MississippiDessert: Bailey’s Chocolate BarFountains on LocustWalking food tours – Savor St Louis Food Tours– 3 available (Downtown, Central West End and Delmar Loop). Lots of food. Great history of the area. Eclectic bites and well-known stops.
35 minutes | a year ago
Episode 27: Faith & Money
https://ltppodcast.s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/combined_money.mp3 Show notes: Advent Conspiracy Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University
34 minutes | a year ago
Episode 26: Tips for Job Candidates
https://ltppodcast.s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/recruiting+candiate+combined.mp3 Special Guest: Michelle King Tips: Always attach your resume to the applicant tracking system – don’t just fill out the job history information.Make sure you have an email and phone number listed on your resume.In North America, LinkedIn is a critical tool for getting noticed. List more than your job and title – also list what you have accomplished. Don’t use this platform for things beyond business. It’s not the place for political posts, etc.Go beyond stating responsibilities on your resume (e.g. Performs full cycle talent acquisition duties) and state accomplishments (e.g. Has placed job candidates in 40 days on average with a 95% retention rate at year 1) so you can demonstrate growth and value.Do a spell and grammar check. Have someone take a look at it with fresh eyes. You won’t be best at editing your own document. Be specific and tailor the resume for the job. Don’t make it difficult for the recruiter or hiring leader to find your relevant experience and expertise.Highlight job competencies and skills in a summary section near the top of your resume.Showing up early to an interview is key. “To be early is on time. To be on time is late.” 15 minutes early is a good rule of thumb. Remember everyone you encounter onsite is important for making a good impression. Most hiring leaders and recruiters will ask the receptionists how they were treated by a candidate. Focus on the question being asked and be as specific as possible versus a canned response that talks about the topic more generally. Don’t hesitate to ask “Did that give you enough detail?” to the interviewer if you think your answer might have been too vague.Be authentic.For video interviews…Test your technology before. Most companies will provide a test opportunity for you.Look in to the camera.Look professional.Be in a quiet space.Alert family members and keep those distractions to a minimum.When answering interview questions… Practice with a friend so you don’t sound rehearsed but are increasingly comfortable with answering standard/expected question.Work to keep your responses brief. Aim to tell each story in less than 1-2 minutes.After the interview…Follow up within 24 hours with a short thank you including sharing that you are still interested in the job and what value you think you’ll bring to it.Don’t follow up excessively. Consider a creative follow up, where applicable. Like a pizza box for a food-related job.Top must doBe kind to everyone you come in contact withCandidly share your development areas and what you are doing about themTalk to everyone in your network who knows someone who works thereTop don’t doDon’t “cuss like a sailor”; carefully chose your words if you have a habit of using swear words. It might not be appropriate in this culture.Fail to articulate a development area – not an overplayed strengthVenting about your current job or situation. Victim mentalities are off-putting.Best advice you were ever givenInterview is a 2-way process. Take time to ask thoughtful questions of your interviewee to learn if this job and organization is a good fit.Don’t be too humble. Find a balance between selling yourself and being honest about how you contributed to a project.Run towards something…not from something. Otherwise you’ll risk settling for a new role that is not best long term just to get away from a current situation.
33 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 25: Tips for Hiring Leaders
https://ltppodcast.s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/Recruiting+hiring+leader+combined.mp3 Special Guest: Michelle King Tips: Aim to ask specific questions to candidates so you get a real-life example of what actually happened and not a theoretical reply to how the candidate might handle the situationUse follow up questions to probe on responses that are too vague to give you the level of detail you needAssessments can help sort out some cultural elements but should be factored as only one of many data points in selectionIn order to have legally defensible assessments in selection, there are a couple things to consider:You have to use questionnaires that have been validated for selection. Most personality assessments are not a fit for selection assessment. You have to show the characteristics you are measuring are job-specific.Talk to everyone who has had contact with the candidate during the process. You might learn a lot from how the candidate has treated the receptionist.Consider flexibility and remote options for the open role. Today’s workforce and talent supply requires us to be more creative in our thinking.It’s now illegal in many states (e.g. California, Colorado, Illinois, etc.) to ask what a person is currently making in order to form your offer. You can ask the candidate’s expectations, but you should have knowledge of what the position is worth in the market in order to make the best compensation and total rewards strategy.Pay transparency is a new trend but needs a lot of consideration around your culture and legal implications. There are many factors that influence pay and most often people are not informed on them.Market data is worth investing in. Some websites also have credible salary information for free, but you have to use judgement on which to use.
38 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 24: Sightseeing in Japan
https://ltppodcast.s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/japan+pt+2.mp3 Hiroshima Peace Museum– Photo below is of the one building left partially standing after the explosion. It has been reinforced and now serves as a visual reminder of the devastation caused by an atomic bomb.Kabuki Performance– Kabuki is a classical Japanese dance-drama. Kabuki theatre is known for the stylization of its drama and for the elaborate make-up worn by some of its performers.Kamogawa Odori Performance Kyoto– No photos can be taken during the show. This photo is of the advertisement hanging outside the venue.Nippon Professional Baseball- In Japan they have “beer girls” who run up and down the stadium offering beer for purchase. Beautiful Buddhist Temple Photos- Todaiji Temple in Nara- includes the largest indoor Buddha statueKoyasan- mountain top with 117 Buddhist Temples. We stayed overnight at Fudouin.Peaceful Shinto Shrine Photos-Photo- Small Shinto Shrine tucked into a downtown Tokyo street in the Ginza DistrictPhoto- Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto is one of the most well known Japanese shrines due to its many red torii gates.My favorite food- souffle pancakes at A Happy Pancake (Tokyo and Osaka
31 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 23: Travel to Japan
https://ltppodcast.s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/japan+pt+1.mp3 Sandy’s ItineraryPrincess Cruise– Kobe, Beppu, Kagoshima, Busan (South Korea)TokyoKyotoNaraKoyasanHiroshimaOsakaJapan Rail Pass is an economical way to travel on multiple train trips in Japan (including bullet trains). Must be purchased in advance of your trip and can be done online. A voucher will be sent to your U.S. home and then is exchanged for the actual Rail Pass in Japan. With a Rail Pass, seat reservations can be made on specific trains. Visitors can also purchase one-way/roundtrip train tickets at the train station.
20 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 22. Spiritual Disciplines: Getting Involved
https://ltppodcast.s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/Spiritual_disciplines_ep3.mp3 You can get involved to share a talent, such as on a church committee like Finance or Staff Relations, or to learn through book and Bible studies. Examples ways and places to volunteer:BookstoreNurseryMowingTaking treats to local service people & first respondersTeaching
27 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 21. Spiritual Disciplines: Reading the Bible
https://ltppodcast.s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/Spiritual_disciplines_ep2.mp3 Spiritual Disciplines: Reading the Bible There are many different versions of the Bible. This might help you chose the right one for your current needs.We suggest you visit a Christian Bookstore or your church’s library/book store for help picking one if this is your first time reading and studying the Bible.Most churches offer classes and studies to help you learn the Bible in a more focused, useful way. They are usually free and you typically don’t need to be a member of the church to join in the education.Recommendations:Beth Moore Bible StudiesCulture version of the Bible – example on AmazonYouVersion app – can switch through multiple versions of the Bible without spending money to buy eachDaily reminder verseFirst 5BibleGateway.com – sends email every nightMatthew Kelly’s Best Lent ever – free daily email messages during LentShe reads Truth – very low cost plans tied to Christian calendar?Devotionals..Jesus Calling100 Days to Brave by Annie DownsAnnie’s podcastJesus Always – focused on joy
26 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 20: Spiritual Gifts – Part 1
https://ltppodcast.s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/Spiritual_disciplines_1st+epis.mp3 In this episode, the Lead.Travel.Pray. team discusses ways to create habits around prayer, gratitude and attending church. We offer suggestion based on what we have tried…and are often still failing to do. Ultimately we believe each person can and will find the spiritual discipline that fits them. Helpful apps for prayers and devotions: First 5YouVersion
32 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 19: In Transit – High Flying
https://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/ltppodcast/episode_18.mp3 Booking:Discount flight notifications for deals from your nearest airport delivered to your email nearly daily for $25/year – NextVacay.comJoin frequent flyer programs and look for ways to double dipPrices often change late Monday nights so Tuesday is the best time to shop. Some advice suggests 3pm EST is the best time to shop for a fare on Tuesdays.At the airport:Research baggage prices and buy ahead – find out if the prices will increase if you wait to purchase at the airportAlso research size requirements as weight and dimension can differ by airlineContainer store has nice small bottles for carry-on fluidsTSA Pre-check or Global Entry are nice options for reducing your wait and streamlining your security experience; your credit company may reimburse this – look into itClear is a new option in a few airportsGlobal Entry is also a nice option which helps you clear customs faster when returning from out of the county; it includes TSA pre-check benefits
37 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 18: Bias
https://ltppodcast.s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/episode19_uncovering_bias.mp3 Show notes: According to ECU, Equality challenge unit, unconscious bias refers to a bias that we are unaware of, and which happens outside of our control. It is a bias that happens automatically and is triggered by our brain making quick judgments and assessments of people and situations, influenced by our background, cultural environment and personal experiences. Implicit bias refers to the same area, but questions the level to which these biases are unconscious especially as we are being made increasingly aware of them. Once we know that biases are not always explicit, we are responsible for them. We all need to recognize and acknowledge our biases and find ways to mitigate their impact on our behavior and decisions. (Source: Harvard’s Project Implicit) The Implicit Association Test (IAT) is commonly used to measure implicit bias in individuals. The IAT measures the strength of associations between concepts (e.g., black people, old people, or gay people) and evaluations (e.g., good or bad) or characteristics (e.g., athletic, smart, or clumsy). The IAT is based on the observation that people place two words in the same category more quickly if the words are already associated in the brain. For example, the rate at which a person can link the words “black” or “white” with “good” or “bad” indicates their implicit bias. On an Ohio State University website they mention “Our brains are incredibly complex, and the implicit associations that we have formed can be gradually unlearned through a variety of debiasing techniques.” Some popular debiasing techniques include: discounting commonly held stereotypes using context to influence implicit responseschanging the way an out-group member is evaluated and categorisedusing contact to change the level of threat evoked by an out-groupusing motivation to change responses to an out-groupencouraging people to take responsibility for their implicit biases Resources: Good overview video: https://youtu.be/OoBvzI-YZf4 Thinking fast and slow – Daniel Kahneman Book summaryVideo summary (10 min) If you have any suggestions or recommendations to share on the topic, please comment so our readers and the Lead.Travel.Pray. team can benefit from this knowledge. Check out our twitter feed to read or hear more about each of our core topics of leadership, global travel and faith. We appreciate you!
26 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 17: In transit – Renting a Ride
https://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/ltppodcast/episode_17_intransit_rental+cars.mp3 How to decide if you should rent:Consider what mass transit and ride share options are availableIf trying to cover a lot of ground and see a variety of sights, you will probably want the convenience of having your own car.Costs can also be a factor. Sometimes it is cheaper to rent a car to get to and from your destination than ride share or taxis.Rental tips:Loyalty programs can have advantages for rates and efficiency – often getting to skip past the rental counter and go straight to the carCars may also be cheaper through 3rd party booking sites like Orbitz, Priceline & ExpediaPrices can fluctuate so it is worthwhile to look frequently in case a better deal is now available. Most reservations can be cancelled ahead of time with no penalty so you may decide to rebook a cheaper rate or to upgrade to a larger car class.Reservation tipsNever pay full price – look for coupons (like in the Entertainment book)Pay attention to what kind of deposit the rental car company expects – this can vary greatly when you travel globalResearch the baggage space to know you have enough spaceSmaller cars generally work better in EuropeCheck the car before you leave the lotTake picture of any damage on the car before you leave the lotDon’t sign a damage form before looking the car overAdjust your seat, mirrors, etc. before you leave the rental lotThe gas gauge tells you which side to pump the gas
25 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 16: In Transit – Road Trippin’
https://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/ltppodcast/episode_16_intransit_roadtrip.mp3 Planning:Plan your route ahead of timeLeverage GPSEntertainment:Audio book options- Libby & OverdriveFree Audible trial good for 30 daysMovies Renting movies & TV shows is also an option on iTunesDownload movies before your trip – you’ll likely need WIFI to do the downloadRoad trip games – apps & bingo cardsPack headphones if you want to listen or watch something different from your fellow travelersSee past posts for more tipsFood:Snacks – we like a variety of healthy (nuts & fruit) and unhealthy (soda & candy)Yelp & Open Table are good for restaurant recommendationsEach kid might like their own snack bin – like a personalized kid bento boxStarbucks has nice protein snack pack options Safety tip – For long trips, you might want to get a tune-up and have your car checked over by a professional before heading out. More #roadtrip posts from our #100days100traveltips series.
51 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 15: Calling
https://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/ltppodcast/15_calling.mp3 Podcast Notes: Romans 8:28 All things work together for good for those who love God who are called according to His purpose. Calling Defined: (1) a strong inner impulse toward a particular course of action, especially when accompanied by conviction of divine influence. (2) Vocation or profession in which one customarily engages 4-H Motto: To Make the Best Better Check out the amazing work being done at Connections to Success: https://connectionstosuccess.org/ To support the work of Kathy Lambert and her CtS team, donate here: Donate Now | Connections to Success Book Recommendations: Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby The Success Principles by Jack Canfield Walking with God by John Eldredge The Path by Lori Beth Jones Author Recommendation: John Maxwell
39 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 14: Work-life Integration
https://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/ltppodcast/episode+14.mp3 Additional suggested reading on the subject: Breathe by Priscilla Shirer https://www.cmaconsult.com/tips-on-achieving-work-life-balance/
36 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 13: Travel Myths
https://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/ltppodcast/episode+13.mp3 Occasionally we hear things- people’s fears, their hesitations their personal opinions- that may or may not be based on facts. In this episode, we’ll be further exploring some of these travel ideas for some Myth Busting fun! Myths we tested on this episode: #1: “It costs too much to travel to Europe”. #2: “Cruises are boring. There’s nothing to do on the ship”? #3: “Mexico is unsafe.” #4: “Airbnb and other vacation rentals seem more complicated than booking a hotel.” #5: “Lyft and Uber are dangerous.” What travel myths did we miss? Please add yours below in the comments. And, we’re open to rebuttals on our “busts” above! We’re not sponsored by nextvacay.com, but we’d be open to it! Rebecca just flew to Iceland for a bit over $200 from a deal she was made aware of by nextvacay.com. For $25/year, they alert you to awesome deals and then you book as normal through the actual airline website or your favorite booking tool. We recommend you check it out!
40 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 12: Personal Change
https://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/ltppodcast/12_personal_change.mp3 The Lead.Travel.Pray. team was excited to interview our first guest on this twelfth episode of this podcast we started exactly one year ago. Dale Kreienkamp, Author of How Long, O Lord, How Long? A Book of Devotions for the Unemployed & Those Who Love Him, joined us to talk about personal change, specifically how faith can guide us through things like unemployment. Dale Kreienkamp is a Human Resources professional of 40 years who has served as an executive in the healthcare industry and as head of a successful consulting practice. Dale has also served as a volunteer leader on numerous boards of directors, as well as in his home church. Dale has experienced a personal journey of unemployment twice when, each time, his positions were eliminated in organizational restructuring. These personal experiences created a desire within him to help others impacted by unemployment through inspirational devotions. Dale’s Email Address: email@example.com Website: https://howlongolord.org/ Book Facebook Page- https://www.facebook.com/HowLongOLord/ [Searchable Handle: How Long Oh Lord?] LinkedIn URL – https://www.linkedin.com/in/dalekreienkamp/ [Searchable Handle: Dale Kreienkamp]
39 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 11: Culture
https://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/ltppodcast/episode11_culture.mp3 Show Notes: Individuals each have a unique personality – beyond intelligence, appearance, etc. At Lead. Travel. Pray., we think about culture as the organization’s personality. It’s the collective way of “being” that makes it unique. It’s the “how we do things” layer to “what we do”. To better understand a culture during an interview or to diagnose a culture through employee/member focus groups, ask questions like… How does work get done here? How are decisions made? Who has the ultimate say? What behaviors are rewarded? What are characteristics or behaviors of people who do not fit? What 3 words would you use to describe this place to friends and family? From there you can work on what the employees want the organization to aspire to be and how to close the gaps. There are also culture assessments that can assist in a more formal diagnosis. Here are some examples: Denison’s culture survey Organization Culture Inventory – Human Synergistics Here are a few other resources we find handy for culture: Hofstede’s country comparison tool sheds light on global cultural differences The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni We’d enjoy hearing what cultural attributes you find most rewarding at work, church, a volunteer organization or hobby group. Please comment below!
47 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 10: Island Vacations
https://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/ltppodcast/10_islands.mp3 Show notes: Hawaii – Maui – great beaches and relaxing environment (see our Maui podcast for more details) Molokai Molokai: The Novel by Alan Brennert Kalaupapa tour (Sandy likes the airplane option vs the daredevil donkeys) – historic location where Hansen disease (lepers) patients were relegated in the early 1900s Hawaii Island, also known as the Big Island Manta ray night experience (picture source) Cuba Fusterlandia in Havana Tip: take Toilet paper with you – you can’t rely on it to be available at tourist stops, restaurants or on bus tours Iceland Blue Lagoon hot springs Be prepared to pay a lot for most food; lamb and seafood are the way to go as they are native Indonesia – Lombok Black “Sand” beach Australia – Sydney Bondi Beach Click to view slideshow. Sydney Harbor bridge climb French Polynesia Bora Bora
46 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 9: Vulnerability
https://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/ltppodcast/9_vulnerability.mp3 Show notes: StrengthsFinder assessment from Gallup Brene Brown’s TED Talk on the Power of Vulnerability Spiritual Gifts inventory
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