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44 minutes | 4 days ago
115: Let Go of Restrictions to Access More Flow in Business with Katie Finney & María Mayor
Today I speak with life and business partners, Katie Finney and María Mayor. Katie and María used to rely on the rigidity of routine and structure, thinking it determined their wellbeing and success. In our conversation, Katie and María speak to the flow, creativity and expansive potential that comes with letting go of restrictions, trusting wisdom in the moment, and going “all in”. Katie Finney and María Mayor are the founders of Amity. Amity is a non-profit based in the UK that facilitates people to co-create thriving communities. Katie and María are fascinated by the process of bringing people together to take inspired action and lead change in their community. They care deeply about understanding the fundamental human factors for this being successful and put understanding this at the centre of their life and work together. With community groups they deliver programmes which combine facilitation and coaching to point people in the direction of inspired action for the benefit of their communities and neighbourhoods.
36 minutes | 11 days ago
114: Access More Agility & Creativity When Things Don't Go as Planned with Mitchell Bakst
In today’s episode, I’m joined in conversation by Mitchell Bakst. In Mitchell’s project management role, he and his team are constantly creating plans that often don’t go as planned. Understanding his own innate resilience has given him the tools to adjust and adapt, even amidst rapid change within his organization. Mitchell shares how a neutral and flexible mindset allows him to access agility and creativity, whatever he’s up against. Mitchell Bakst is currently the senior project manager with the Creative team in marketing for Madison Reed, a disruptor brand in the hair color industry. He is also a Certified Transformative Coach and brings that skill to the workplace, most recently spearheading Listening Circles for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of the company. He has managed creative teams in the beauty and toy industries for the past 20 years. Early in his career he was program director for a global nonprofit, The Hunger Project, where he founded a national network of students and teachers, and coached volunteer communities across the country working to end world hunger. Through his work he was recognized in Who’s Who Among Young American Professionals. He also co-founded two organizations devoted to the empowerment and transformation of men – Men’s Inner Journey and Echo of the Heart – leading retreats around the country and meditation groups in his community. Mitchell is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach.
45 minutes | 18 days ago
113: How to Find Your Peace of Mind in Business with Lisa Giruzzi
Today I’m joined in conversation by Lisa Giruzzi, who shares her journey of finding peace of mind in business. Before Lisa began to appreciate the nature of thought, it felt like urgency, haste, and panic were required. Once she saw thought for what it was, she developed a different relationship to her thinking and naturally began to experience greater peace of mind. Lisa shares personal stories of resilience that illustrate how this understanding offers hope and grace in even the most challenging of circumstances. Lisa Giruzzi is a peak performance coach, best-selling author, an accomplished speaker and an award-winning trainer with more than twenty-five years’ experience helping people to discover their inner magnificence and live life powerfully - free from regrets, judgments and fear. Lisa is the owner of Transformational Conversations, which specializes in causing breakthrough performance for individuals and organizations. Additionally, Lisa is the cofounder of EMS Leadership Academy whose purpose is to empower leaders to cause other leaders and to create bold visions that redefine the future of their organization and Emergency Services worldwide.
42 minutes | 25 days ago
112: How Letting Go of Criticism Leads to More Creativity with Meredith Bell
Today I’m in conversation with Meredith Bell, who describes how she was once blind to the impact of her own busy mind. Learning about the nature of thought created a meaningful shift that allowed her to slow down, gain perspective, and let go of criticism toward herself and others. Meredith shares personal insights from her unique entrepreneurial journey that opened the door to limitless creativity. Meredith Bell has been an entrepreneur since 1982, and she’s an expert in helping companies develop the people side of their business. Meredith is co-founder and President of Performance Support Systems, a global software company based in Virginia. Their award-winning assessment and development tools have been used by all types of organizations to help leaders and team members become more effective performers. Many clients have done business with her company for more than 20 years. Meredith is also author and co-author of two books published in 2020. Her solo book, Strong for Performance: Create a Culture with Learning & Development Programs That Stick, and her new book, Connect with Your Team: Mastering the Top 10 Communication Skills, which she co-authored with Denny Coates, her business partner of 30 years.
51 minutes | a month ago
111: How Business Can Show Us More of Who We Really Are with Angus & Rohini Ross
Today I’m in conversation with Angus & Rohini Ross, also known in business as “the Rewilders”. Together they share their personal journeys of navigating their business partnership alongside their romantic partnership. Angus and Rohini explore the full gamut of experiences, from overcoming self-doubt and insecurity to reaching new levels of confidence and impact. Their stories highlight how our businesses can serve both ourselves and others when we’re willing to bravely show up as our full selves. Angus & Rohini Ross are "the Rewilders." They love working with couples and helping them to reduce conflict and discord in their relationships by pointing them to their innate wisdom and understanding. They work with couples who are struggling and couples who would like to deepen the love and intimacy they already have. They co-facilitate individualized couples intensives that rewild relationships back to their natural state of love. They are co-founders of The 29-Day Rewilding Experience and The Rewilding Community.
41 minutes | a month ago
110: Shifts in Your Business First Start From Within with Dror Amir
In today’s conversation, Dror Amir explains how an insight about state of mind created a significant internal shift for him. Though he once held his intellect in the highest regard, he now has a greater appreciation for the creative potential of a quiet mind. Through personal stories about his career path and health journey, Dror illustrates how an awareness of his own innate capability shifted the way he moved through the world and in his business. Dror Amir is the owner of Paulinox Consulting, a business strategy and growth consulting firm. Dror is a mentor, an executive coach and a Three Principles practitioner supporting a variety of businesses and executives. With more than 25 years of experience in developing effective digital business strategies for a broad array of companies, Dror assists clients in creating growth-oriented platforms, which enables them to both organically grow their digital presence and eCommerce businesses while having simplified and efficient backend systems.Dror is also the co-founder of SimpleSHIFT, a platform based on the "Three Principles" understanding, whose mission it is to help people create more health, well-being, and ease across all areas of their lives and businesses.
46 minutes | 2 months ago
109: Clarity & Enthusiasm Is All You Need to Get Started with Erika Bugbee
Today I’m in conversation with Eika Bugbee to discuss getting started in business. As a self-proclaimed perfectionist, she used to think she had to have all the answers in order to “get started”. Erika shares her insight that clarity isn’t always in the “what, when, and how”, but rather in the enthusiasm behind an idea. All we need to know is where to begin, allow ourselves to engage, and the rest will follow. Erika Bugbee, M.A. is the founder of Erika Bugbee Coaching outside Seattle, Washington. For 22 years she’s specialized in working with teens, young adults, and parents through private video-call programs and 4-day face-to-face immersion programs. Erika also works extensively with individuals and couples, trains and mentors practitioners, and is a frequent international webinar and conference presenter. She has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degrees in psychology from University of Oregon and City University respectively. Erika has been married for 22 years and has two teenagers.
48 minutes | 2 months ago
108: The Magic Is Not in the Form with Aila Coats
Today I’m joined by Aila Coats to discuss the true source of wellbeing and possibility in business. Aila is no stranger to form in business, and the sense of security structure and strategy provides. But as she’ll share, sticking solely to the structure limits our perspective and our sense of possibility. The real magic is “insight coming through in real time”. Aila illustrates how there are unlimited possibilities for everything we’re up to in life, thanks to the infinite potential of our minds. Aila Coats has an international coaching practice, serving teens, athletes and their families, professional coaches and business owners. She loves supporting service-oriented entrepreneurs in bringing their visions to life. In fact, after running several small group coaching programs, she decided to take it up a notch and start a coaching school infused with a lot of soul, launching February 2021. Aila holds a Master’s Degrees in Spiritual Psychology with an emphasis in Consciousness, Health and Healing, a Bachelors in Human Behavior and is a Certified Life Potentials Practitioner. She has also studied meditation and personal growth work for over 22 years.
41 minutes | 2 months ago
107: The Value of Being Responsive in Real Time with Wyn Morgan
Today I speak with Wyn Morgan, Managing Director of Wynning Coaching and Training. In his previous business, Wyn attributed “efforting” and working harder as the source of his success. In our conversation, he reflects on waking up to the infinite potential we all have, that was invisible to him before. Wyn shares the importance of showing up as yourself, ditching the script, and being responsive in real time to experience more fulfillment, connection, and have greater impact in business. Wyn Morgan is a change agent based in Windsor, UK and works with corporations and private individuals in every continent around the world. Having been in people development for over 20 years and with his own coaching and training business for the past 14 years, Wyn has become sought after to develop leaders, teams, and organisations. He delivers dramatic step changes in business results by delivering a step change in people’s thinking and understanding about their role, who they really are and how they personally show up. A major part of his work is helping people to be at their best in every part of their life with less ‘efforting’ and more of their natural brilliance.
42 minutes | 3 months ago
106: [REBROADCAST] Being OK No Matter What Happens in Business with Nicole Helprin
To Nicole Helprin, it used to look like overthinking and being extra-intentional were her superpowers, the tools that got her through each day. She was of the “if I can think it, I can build it” mentality, constantly relying on her thinking to determine the state of her wellbeing. In today’s conversation, Nicole shares what she’s learned since challenging these beliefs, and what she’s experienced since embracing an unknown future. She highlights what can happen when you remove “thinking” from the equation, and instead, open yourself up to possibilities beyond your momentary imagination. She sees now that, actually, it is possible to be OK, no matter what happens. Nicole Helprin is a creative leader with significant expertise and experience that she uses to make work and lives better. She is currently the Senior Vice President of Engagement, Performance, and Talent for a large, global tech company. Prior to this role, Nicole has worked in leadership and executive positions focused on Culture, Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion and Employee Communications at large, medium and small tech companies. She started her career in education as a teacher and trainer, and her love of teaching and coaching has been an integral part of all of her work and different roles ever since.
49 minutes | 3 months ago
105: [REBROADCAST] How to Bring Out the Best in Others with Mark Dewhurst
In today’s discussion, Mark Dewhurst credits his clients as the “source of success” when it comes to stepping in and helping make changes within their business. In a society where peoples’ abilities are often overlooked or underestimated, he makes it his intention to draw out the best in people. Doing this, he says, is not about “telling people how to think” but about “pointing them in a direction” and letting them come to their own conclusions. By showing up in a clear headspace, Mark sets the tone for his clients, allowing them the space to do the same. Since coming to his own understanding about state of mind, which he calls a “lifelong journey”, Mark has learned to put less stock in his ego, and more value in the potential of a carefree mind. He reminds us that there’s always more to learn and discover if we “connect, talk, explore and get curious”. Mark is the Chief Operating Officer of a UK AIM listed company. He has a Degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA, and has worked in a variety of industries in a number of senior Director level roles. His real passion is helping businesses create step change in performance by unleashing the potential of their employees.
37 minutes | 3 months ago
104: [REBROADCAST] Stop Worrying & Get Out Of Your Own Way with Jenée Arthur
Today I connect with a good friend, Jenée Arthur. In our conversation, she reflects on her recent career transition where she went from being her own boss & setting her own course in business to working for someone else. Jenée looks back on her difficult first year of employment, openly exploring the challenges that came with working under someone for the first time. She recounts the moment she experienced a substantial shift in perspective, seeing that stress and worry were optional. Jenée shares that she no longer looks to worry as her guidepost, but instead lives in the flow of life, unafraid to embrace the unknown. From publicist to brand architect and producer, Jenée has navigated a solopreneur career for nearly 30 years by crafting written and visual narratives for her clients. Today, Jenée works as the right-hand woman to a high-profile company owner of a large firm serving the luxury market in Austin, Texas. Jenée also writes a blog entitled Cathuddhist Buddhatholic, where her readers meet her and her cheeky perspectives at the crossroads of her indoctrinated upbringing and her chosen lifestyle path.
41 minutes | 3 months ago
103: [REBROADCAST] The Reliability of Flow & a Free Mind with Adam Ashe
Today I speak with Adam Ashe, a professional Rugby player, about the understanding that completely changed the way he plays the game. For many years, Adam believed he had to achieve a certain level of success in order to feel fulfilled in his life. But after experiencing a considerable amount of success as a professional athlete, he found himself feeling incomplete still, and began searching for answers. Adam shares what he discovered in his search and recounts a moment of clarity that shifted his perspective on the world. He now knows he can rely on the power of a free mind to fall into a flow state. Adam speaks to this freedom of mind, and the natural wisdom, connection and effortless leadership that continually comes through. Adam is a professional Rugby player based in Scotland. He plays for the Glasgow Warriors and has represented Scotland at international level. Away from his day job Adam has always had an interest in the mind. As a young athlete, this interest was born out of wanting to succeed within his profession. Adam is still hugely inspired to achieve in rugby, although his interest in the mind is now more orientated around insight into our essence, innate health and wisdom. What is interesting, from his experience, is that both self improvement and insight into our innate health overlap in many ways.
53 minutes | 4 months ago
102: [REBROADCAST] The Heart of Performance is More Than a Strategy with Linda Riefler
In today’s conversation, Linda shares the insight that high performance does not always equal extra effort. When we stop thinking about success in terms of steps and strategies and instead look in the direction of our own thought, we make a change that is so simple, yet significant. Linda and I discuss the freedom and clarity that occurs by being present, the power of breakdowns that lead to breakthroughs, and seeing anxiety and worry for what it is: thought in the moment. Linda illuminates these ideas further by sharing both personal and professional examples where they have had great impact. Linda Riefler is a 25 year veteran of Morgan Stanley, an American Multinational financial services corporation. She began her career in capital markets and rose to serve on the Operating Committee and the Management Committee of the 60,000 person firm, prior to retiring in 2013. Linda has deep expertise in business strategy, succession planning, talent development and capital markets. She currently serves as a Director of CSX Corporation since 2017 and as a director of MSCI, Inc. since 2005 as well as serving on a number of boards.
58 minutes | 4 months ago
101: [REBROADCAST] State-of-Mind and the Bottom Line in Business with Don Donovan
A veteran of over three decades in the Aerospace, Defense, Intelligence and National Security market space, Don has worked in and led large, complex, successful businesses in premier corporations like Sanders Associates, Lockheed, Lockheed Martin and BAE SYSTEMS. Now retired, Don consults with businesses in various industries. He is one of the founders of The Three Principles Global Community, a non-profit corporation, and served as the president of its Executive Board from 2009 to 2017. In today’s conversation with Don we talk in-depth about his time as president of BAE. Under his leadership BAE became the undisputed world leader in its market, growing to nearly $2 Billion in annual sales. When I first heard Don speak about his time in leadership and their turnaround story, I was not only impressed but inspired. Don was ahead of the curve in many ways. Years before anyone was really talking about state-of-mind, he saw that his old tricks weren’t working, and he had to try something different. He was personally impacted by an understanding of state of mind and decided to bring it into the organization. Listen in as Don shares how in a short period of time, the worst performing division became the best and then became the model for all other divisions to follow.
33 minutes | 4 months ago
100: How 4 Insights From 90+ Guests Can Help You in Business with Barb Patterson
Join us today as we celebrate 100 episodes of Real Business Real Lives. We’ve had 90+ incredible guests on the show, each with a unique experience, story, and journey. Yet, there are undeniable common themes shared throughout these varied experiences. In this episode, I break down 4 of the most essential and universal insights I’ve heard over the course of our show.
40 minutes | 4 months ago
099: Showing Up to the Challenge with Presence with Dr. Noushin Bayat
Today I speak with Dr. Noushin Bayat who describes past challenges around anxiety, stress, and hurt. When difficult feelings arose, it looked like something to think about, dwell on, and ultimately, “fix”. She found herself over preparing, overthinking, and living as if her “internal state of peace, contentment and joy was dependent on people being a certain way”. When Noushin began to see the truth of thought as transient, she realized her inner peace and clarity could never be impacted or damaged. Noushin shares why she now relies on her presence of mind when showing up to any challenge. Dr. Noushin Bayat is founder of Engaging Wisdom, Inc., a consultancy organization that provides coaching and organization development services in operations, change management, and leadership development. She supports executives/teams to engage clear thinking, psychological agility, and presence to collaborate effectively and deliver emergent innovative solutions within complex agile environments. She has a BS in computer science and communications, masters in public health and spiritual psychology, and a doctorate in organizational leadership, with advanced training in coaching, yoga, and meditation.
48 minutes | 4 months ago
098: How to Find Your Confidence in Business with Elaine McCarthy & Orla Pearson
Elaine McCarthy and Orla Pearson are the creators and directors of MyClearText Ltd, a captioning service offering high-quality subtitles directly to deaf and hard of hearing people. The company has grown from strength-to-strength with a client list including, Google, Barclays Bank, The Cabinet Office, NHS England, Business Disability Forum, Department of Work and Pensions, Atos, Channel 4 Events and many others. The company is known for its high-quality writers and expertise in delivering live subtitles at events and meetings, most recently providing the live subtitles for the coverage of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings in London. Today you get to hear from friends and business partners Elaine McCarthy and Orla Pearson, who reflect on a difficult time in their business. Elaine and Orla were living in a perpetual state of stress and exhaustion and their business looked like a colossal burden that could fail at any moment. They were bogged down by thought and limited by fear, but unable to see it. Together they share how a simple understanding completely transformed their business, restored their partnership, and helped them uncover their joy, courage and confidence.
45 minutes | 5 months ago
097: We Have an Unlimited Creative Capacity for New Thought with Sandy Krot
Today you get to hear an interview with Sandy Krot from the recent Beyond Limits Virtual Summit. Sandy reflects on her experience working with leaders who innocently believed they were at the mercy of external factors. It looked like in order to creatively problem-solve and perform effectively, pushing and striving were required. Sandy speaks to the amazing resource we all have available to us, and shares stories to illustrate our endless, creative capacity for fresh thought in any moment. Sandy Krot’s vision is to make the workplace a setting for creative performance as well as the elevation of the human spirit. She is a pioneer in translating a principled understanding of human thought to leadership and organizational effectiveness. The early years of her career were dedicated to counseling and human development. The focus of her work today is with Fortune 100 executives, leadership teams, and working groups helping them achieve extraordinary results by unleashing the power of the human mind. She works with the consulting group Insight Principles, Inc. and coauthored with Ken Manning and Robin Charbit the book entitled, Invisible Power: Insight Principles at Work.
35 minutes | 5 months ago
096: Why You Don't Have to Fear Making Mistakes with Kaja Flatøy
Today I’m joined by Kaja Flatøy, a nurse who worked in Italy amidst the Covid outbreak. Kaja used to struggle with fear and worry, particularly in regard to making mistakes, being wrong, and ultimately, feeling embarrassed. When she began to make the connection between fear and thought, she had a profound insight: she would be okay, no matter what. Kaja shares why she no longer fears making mistakes, and why she now sees them as an opportunity to learn, grow, and do better. Kaja Flatøy is from the north of Norway and has worked as a nurse for nearly 20 years, mainly in the Emergency ward. She has a coaching practice on the side and also gives lectures on topics including work environment, communication & leadership. She is also part of an Emergency Medical Team that is sent out in the world when countries need assistance, like Samoa during the measles outbreak and Italy during the Covid pandemic.
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