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13 minutes | 3 months ago
"Happiness is something that is cultivated within, it is not something that we get from outside of ourselves."Jay Abbasi, a mindfulness, sales, and leadership consultant, joins the podcast to talk about the importance of mindfulness and introspection in finding purpose and connecting with others.You can find out more about Jay's work at www.jayabbasi.me
12 minutes | 3 months ago
Build Relationships and Share Knowledge
“It’s forming relationships and sharing knowledge.”Heather Monthie, Assoc Dean of Technology at Grand Canyon University, is a life-long learner as well as educator. In this episode, she talks about being brave in pursuing new passions. People learn by doing, so why not try? She recommends exploring, forgiving yourself for your mistakes and allowing yourself to move on if it just doesn’t work. And key to success? Be brave enough to ask the people you admire to teach you.
22 minutes | 3 months ago
A Trust-Based Economy
“As consumers, the ethical use of our data is at the heart of who we trust and who we do business and interact with.”Our consumer information is brokered, yet we have no access to it ourselves. It was this conundrum that led Adam Newman to create Pyrl, a platform that gives consumers access to their purchase data and therefore insight into their wallets, health and privacy. In this podcast, he describes the story behind Pyrl, encouraging a trust-based economy, and being brave enough to pursue his passion.
17 minutes | 4 months ago
Spirit of Experimentation
“That spirit of experimentation and being open to new things is incredibly important right now”In this episode, Dave Cole, CEO and Co-Founder of Open Raven, talks about the sales challenges faced by a data security start up in the midst of a pandemic. Open Raven chose empathy over fear. But for Dave, the more important challenge lay in creating a company culture that built employee connections and fostered trust for a remote workforce. His solution: experimentation and innovation.You can find more from Dave Cole on Open Raven's Blog and his podcast Security Voices.
18 minutes | 4 months ago
Impact and Intent
“While you’re here, make it impactful, make a difference, leave a legacy.”Alex Sheridan, social media marketer extraordinaire talks about what it means to live a life focused on legacy. He describes the challenge of balancing giving back while growing a business and the true cost of success - sheer hard work. He also thinks it’s time we employed a little empathy and civility in the digital world. Before commenting on social media, consider your intent and the impact.http://www.impaxs.com
20 minutes | 4 months ago
America - From Disappointment to Hope
“We have to fuel and keep the focus on the next generation, helping them to understand and get it right this time.” April Boyd-Noronho“We’re not going to stop, we’ll be more fuelled, because that country that disappointed me, it’s my country. I love this country with all its issues, even today.” Kavya PearlmanKavya Pearlman, CEO and Founder, and April Boyd-Noronha, Global Diversity and Inclusion Advisor, Board Member, at XR Safety Initiative join the podcast to talk about racism. As women of color in these changing and challenging times, they discuss how they are feeling, coping and moving forward. April is exhausted by the weight of racism in America. Her focus is now on the next generation, “helping them to understand and get it right this time.” Kavya is disappointed by her much loved adopted country but refuses to be overwhelmed by the enormity of the change required. She explains, “Let’s do something about it. Making better choices, we can begin there.”
17 minutes | 5 months ago
“The potential here is unmatched. Africa has by far the highest growth rate of any continent both in terms of population but also in terms of economics.”In this episode, Daniel Yu talks about Sokowatch, the innovative company he founded in East Africa that helps mom-and-pop shops access supplies using a low-tech text-message based system. He describes fighting the hierarchical bias in Africa with the four values that guide Sokowatch: giving employees ownership, rewarding merit, unlocking potential, and respecting our family.You can find out more at www.sokowatch.com
13 minutes | 5 months ago
Built on Passion
“Everybody needs a home.”Stephanie Nisan, Broker at The Stoz Group and Founder of The Animal Pad, talks in this podcast about how she combines her career in real estate with managing her animal rescue charity. The common thread is passion.She describes the incredible effect the pandemic and ensuing quarantine have had on homeless animals. On one hand, more animals are in need as their financially struggling owners are forced to surrender them; but on the other hand, many people find they now have the time to foster an animal. The Animal Pad’s statistics are testimony to this: 2019 saw 319 rescues, yet, in just the first half of 2020, they have saved 439.If you’d like to get involved, visit The Animal Pad.
19 minutes | 5 months ago
A Positive Voice
"You have to be willing to fail miserably and experience as much pain as you can imagine from that, and then you still have to get up and try again.”Childhood bullying left Sami Kader believing the taunts and thinking the worst of himself. A single positive influence in his life turned everything around. Sami was paying that message forward by visiting over 150 elementary schools every year with his program Sami’s Circuit until COVID interrupted everything. You can hear his incredible and positive story here.YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRealSamiKaderWebsite: https://www.samiscircuit.com/
25 minutes | 6 months ago
Forgive Yourself, Accept Yourself, Love Yourself
“The key to it is if you learn how to forgive yourself then you learn how to accept yourself and the big unlock to that is, then you learn how to love yourself.”Mark Metry, the self-described Human, Podcaster, Author and Speaker, joins this podcast as the guest. He shares his amazing story of pulling his family out of poverty at a young age, his battles with depression, and how telling your story can help others. He recommends working on yourself like a passion project and to do that successfully, you must forgive yourself, accept yourself, and love yourself. It's great advice.You can find out more about Mark's work here at www.markmetry.com.
24 minutes | 6 months ago
The Healing Power of Connection
“That’s what a monk’s life taught me to do; it taught me to see things holistically.”In this podcast, Amarantho Maurice Robey shares his journey from IT engineer to Buddhist Monk to Executive Coach and Speaker. He talks about his experiences along the way and the healing power of connection — with breath, with the natural world, and with each other.
23 minutes | 6 months ago
Community Conquering COVID
"Of all the things I’ve witnessed as a doctor, in all my career, this is one of the most moving things. To see someone actually be so generous, so someone’s suffering becomes someone else’s treatment."Dr. George Yu is a pulmonologist and sleep specialist. In this podcast he talks to Ashwin about his experience with two COVID-19 patients; trying to save one using a plasma donation from the other. He describes an effort that included him reaching out to every relevant contact in his network and building the Conquer COVID Together initiative. Their aim is to collect convalescent plasma to help fight COVID-19 in its early stages. Dr. Yu is keen to point out that conquering COVID-19 is only possible as a collective effort. He says, “We just need to spread the word that we can do it together.”
21 minutes | 7 months ago
A Multitude of Learnings
"For us it was, look at a person with disabilities and think of a mechanism with which we can reach them. When you have a disability, you have different ways of doing things."Shiva Jayagopal and Akila Sankar are the husband and wife team who run the WinVinaya Foundation. It is an organization dedicated to providing free training and placement assistance to differently abled candidates to help them lead a life with dignity. In this podcast they describe the challenges faced by people with disabilities and the adaptive ways they learn. They explain the many methods of learning they employ and the different ways we all learn in life, no matter our abilities.
16 minutes | 7 months ago
Kindness, Culture and Kids
“I feel like these small acts of kindness can change the world, but it can also change each and every individual that engages.”Amita Roy Shah is an author, professor and educator. In this podcast she discusses breaking cultural stereotypes, encouraging children to perform small acts of kindness, and the happiness hacks we should all adopt.
23 minutes | 7 months ago
Robustness and Resilience
“Just seize the positives and go forward.”Despite being a casualty of COVID-19 layoffs, Andy Dockerty is a deeply positive human being. Realizing he wasn’t alone in his new normal, Andy took to LinkedIn to share a message of positivity. Here he talks about his experiences in childhood, the military, and his career that have shaped his character into one of robustness and resilience.
19 minutes | 7 months ago
Curt Carlson. The insurance industry’s human face
"I’m out there telling everybody how great life is going to be if they buy my policy … and it’s just not in me to disappear when the promise needs to be kept."Curt Carlson, Senior Vice President at Trawick International, is this week’s undercover leader. Curt is that rare thing, an honorable salesman with an amazing customer service ethic. In this podcast he shares his story and his belief that the human touch is everything in sales.
23 minutes | 8 months ago
Building a Chain of Compassion
“The only one quality that we need to be human beings is to be kind.”Rana Pratap Bhattacharya is a software engineer in Pune, but he is also a man who lives a life of example. From animal activism to saving a woman under threat of sexual assault to delivering groceries and medicine to the elderly under COVID-19 lockdown, Rana is intent on helping the weak, the vulnerable, and the silent. You can hear his story here.If you want to support Rana’s initiative to help stray and wounded animals, you can make a donation here: https://www.gofundme.com/create/campaign-is-ready/help-rana-buy-an-ambulance-for-saving-stray-dogs
1 minutes | 8 months ago
You see leaders everywhere: heads of state, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, sports team captains, platoon commanders, religious heads. But have you ever thought about the hundreds and thousands of leaders that never make the headlines? People who lead every single day of their lives through their deeds and character, but who are they? The kindergarten teacher who buys an extra pencil set for each of her students from her shoestring budget because the school supply falls short. An airline captain who gets pizzas for his passengers because the flight is stranded on the tarmac due to inclement weather. The chances are you and I may even meet these people in our lives but often fail to recognize or acknowledge them because, hey, life is just so busy. In the Undercover Leaders podcast, we will showcase the human beings who do the extraordinary every single day, yet without recognition. We will dig deep into why they do what they do and explore how they stay motivated. Together we will learn from these unsung leaders and perhaps take our own steps towards making the world a better place.
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