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Breakthroughs: Smart Strategies for Career/Business Growth

Breakthroughs: Smart Strategies for Career/Business Growth

By Beth Kuhel
In today’s competitive workplace most everyone can benefit from smart career strategies. In this podcast, I’ll help you get more out of your career and help you achieve dramatic breakthroughs at work. I’ll share strategies to help you find the right job fit, stand out, get hired, promoted and much much more.

If you have a growth mindset, “Breakthroughs” will help your career soar.
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Breakthroughs: Smart Strategies for Career/Business Growth

Episode #45: Clint Pulver Shares How Great Leaders Create Organizations People Never Want to Leave
In this episode I interview Emmy award winning speaker, Clint Pulver-(AKA the undercover millennial) – shares insights he gleaned from thousands of undercover interviews with employees across the country, revealing the best method for identifying talent, building a sense of ownership, and developing a successful workplace culture that employees will love. You’ll also learn the number one driver of employee turnover… It has everything to do with you!, What you can do to stop an exodus, and how to build a team that really works. Soon, you’ll be recognizing possibilities or others see problems, and capture in the power of small moments to create a meaningful legacy. Your company can be a place where people don’t just survive, but thrive. Clint Pulver understands the modern workforce and he knows what makes people tick and what they want from work. This episode will help you learn strategies to better engage, inspire, and retain your top talent. If you want to build a loyal, passionate workforce you’ll love this episode and Clint’s book “I love it here!” Clint shares how a single moment in time can change a person’s life. Whether you’re just starting your career or you’re a seasoned leader and manager, you’ll truly connect and relate to his stories, research, lessons and experiences that he generously shares in this interview. If you enjoyed this episode please help me keep these shows free of advertisements by following, subscribing and rate and review the show. To learn more about Clint’s research and leadership strategize, see the link below to buy Clint’s book.
February 01, 2022
Episode #44: Wisdom from Creator of World’s Largest Online Blinds Retailer: Jay Steinfeld
In this episode I interview a remarkable entrepreneur, Jay Steinfeld, who launched a business from his garage and turned it into the largest online business in his industry. Jay’s story is for anyone who’s interested in learning what it takes to build a successful business and find meaning, joy and purpose from your work regardless of your product or service. JAY STEINFELD founded and was the CEO of Global Custom Commerce, which operates the world’s number one online window covering retailer Boot-strapped in 1996 for just $3,000 from his Bellaire, Texas, garage, Global Custom Commerce was acquired by The Home Depot in 2014. Jay remained as its CEO and later joined The Home Depot Online Leadership Team. After stepping away from these roles in early 2020, he has increased his involvement on numerous private company boards and serves as a director of the public company Masonite (NYSE: DOOR). He also teaches entrepreneurship at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business and supports numerous charities. Jay is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and has earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Houston Technology Center. Active as an industry speaker on topics including corporate culture, core values, how to scale a start-up, and disruption, he has more than 100 published articles. His book, “Lead from the Core: The Four Principles for Profit and Prosperity” will be published November 30, 2021. It is available now for pre-order on Amazon.
October 08, 2021
Episode 43: Interview with Genevieve Bell: A New Branch of Technology Teaches Safe & Sustainable AI
In this episode I interview Genevieve Bell, PhD. It’s ideal for anyone who’s interested in how to make AI responsible, sustainable and safe. Also, it’s thought provoking for those interested in learning about the intersection between cultural practice and technology. To learn more about Genevieve’s work you can watch her TED and read the articles below. * TED talk (I know you are across this one) * Griffith Review article written by Genevieve * (transcripts are available and explain why she decided to come back to Australia) * Her interview with ABC’s Richard Fidler (a popular radio program on Australia’s national broadcasting network): * Why we need a cybernetic future * The ANU’s Genevieve Bell decided not to sit on the sidelines * Another useful link re 3Ai: * Also her Wikipedia page is accurate, so a good source of info: * Plus this NYTimes article from a while ago gives you an idea of the work she did at Intel:
August 19, 2021
#42: Powerful Inspiration & Resilience from Paralympic Gold Medalist/15-Time World Champion Swimmer
I’m excited to have Mallory Weggemann as my guest on “Breakthroughs”... She joined Delta’s CEO, Ed Bastian, to deliver an incredibly inspiring Townhall about representation & inclusion via a closed circuit stream to Delta's 75,000 employees. Bastian is one of Mallory’s biggest corporate sponsors as well as a huge supporter of inclusion and representation of disabilities in the workplace. Mallory is a world-class athlete, business owner and speaker. She is a Paralympic Gold-Medalist, 15-Time World Champion Swimmer, ESPN ESPY Award winner, TV Sports Commentator, and founder of social impact agency, TFA Group. Mallory knows firsthand that the words and images we use, and how we use them, impacts how society perceives everything. A bit of context to the void that currently exists: 20% of the US population is disabled 0 Fortune 500 CEOs are disabled 1 disabled female senator out of 535 representatives and senators 1 disabled president (who hid his disability) out of 46 Fewer than 2% of characters on TV are disabled. 95% of the actors playing those characters are not disabled. US unemployment rate is 7% - 76% of the disabled are unemployed 10.5 % of Americans live below the poverty level while 32% of disabled Americans live below the poverty level In 2020, Mallory was a TV commentator at the Golden Globes and didn’t see one person who had a disability the entire day -- one of the largest gatherings of the biggest names in Hollywood. In fact, she had to be lifted three steps when she reached the end of the carpet because no one had thought to create an accessible path for a wheelchair. In 2008, when Mallory was paralyzed at the age of 18, she yearned to see representation. When she looked at the world around her, she felt isolated by her differences. It was then that Mallory learned it is hard to become what you don’t see. For the past 13 years she has made a conscious decision to do her part to fill that void, so our next generation never has to ask, “what about me?” We discuss her newly released book, “Limitless: The Power of Hope and Resilience to Overcome Circumstance”. This episode is for anyone who’s interested in getting inspiration on the topic of how to garner hope and resilience to overcome any difficult circumstance. Circumstance/dp/1400223466
May 25, 2021
#41: What Color Is Your Parachute?Your Guide to a Lifetime of Meaningful Work & Career Success
My guest is Katherine Brooks, EdD, the co-author of “What Color Is Your Parachute? 2022: Your Guide to a Lifetime of Meaningful Work & Career Success” With timeless advice, up-to-the-minute insights, and more than ten million copies sold over fifty years, the world’s most popular and best-selling career guide is fully revised and expanded for 2021 and 2022. In today’s challenging job market, and as recent grads face a shifting economic landscape and seek work that pays and inspires, as workers are laid off mid-career, and as people search for an inspiring work-life change, the time-tested advice of “What Color Is Your Parachute? is needed more than ever. This new edition offers modern advice on the job-hunt strategies that are working today, such as building an online resume, making the most of social media tools, and acing virtual interviews. Building on the wisdom of original author Richard N. Bolles, this edition updates the famed Flower Exercise (which walks job seekers through the seven ways of thinking about themselves) and demystifies the entire job-search process, from writing resumes to interviewing, networking and salary negotiations.
May 04, 2021
#40: These Unique Corporate Gifts Boost Moral
April 16, 2021
#39: Rich Diviney Explains: 25 Hidden Attributes that Drive High Performance
Rich Diviney is a retired Navy SEAL commander and author of “The Attributes: 25 Hidden Drivers of Optimal Performance “. In a career spanning more than twenty years, he completed more than thirteen overseas deployments—eleven of which were to Iraq and Afghanistan. As the officer in charge of training for a specialized command, Diviney spearheaded the creation of a directorate that fused physical, mental, and emotional disciplines. He led his small team to create the first-ever “Mind Gym” that helped special operators train their brains to perform faster, longer, and better in all environments—especially high-stress ones. Since his retirement in early 2017, Diviney has worked as a speaker, facilitator, and consultant with the Chapman & Co. Leadership Institute and Simon Sinek Inc. He’s taught leadership and optimal performance to more than five thousand business, athletic, and military leaders from organizations such as American Airlines, Meijer Inc., the San Francisco 49ers, Pegasystems, Zoom, and Deloitte. Rich believes that SEALs are regular people who have found out how to leverage strengths and improve weaknesses (often by getting help from teammates) to get the most out of themselves. The same methodology that Diviney used in the military can be applied by anyone in their personal and professional lives, and understanding these attributes can allow (listeners), readers and their teams to perform optimally, at any time, in any situation. Diviney defines the core attributes in fresh and practical ways and shares stories from the military, business, sports, relationships, and even parenting to show how understanding your own attributes and those of the people around you can create optimal performance in all areas of your life. This episode is for anyone striving to have radical breakthroughs in their career or in life.
March 26, 2021
Episode #38: Adam Bryant: “The CEO Test: Master the Challenges that Make or Break All Leaders”
I’m delighted to have Adam Bryant on Breakthroughs today to discuss some key insights from his new book, “The CEO Test: Master the Challenges that Make or Break All Leaders” . ADAM BRYANT is managing director of Merryck & Co., a leadership development and senior executive mentoring firm.  Prior to this role, he was a journalist for 30 years, including at The New York Times, where he created and authored the massively successful “Corner Office” column for which he interviewed more than 600 CEOs and other leaders.  He is the author of two previous books and is the senior adviser to the Rueben Mark Initiative for Organizational Character and Leadership at Columbia University. Adam recently partnered with Kevin Sharer to write a leadership book distinctively different from others applying the breadth and depth of their experiences sharing wisdom that could be applied across industries. Sharer was Chairman/CEO of the biotech company Amgen, where he led its expansion from $1 billion in annual revenues to nearly $16 billion. He spent seven years on the faculty at Harvard Business School and has served on many boards (including Chevron, Unocal, Northrop Grumman, and 3M). He’s a sought-after mentor for CEOs of global companies. In his roles as an executive, director, and mentor, He has been involved with more than 20 successful CEO transitions, and he continues to advise CEOs of global corporations. Kevin is a naval academy graduate and served on to attack nuclear submarines. Leaders at all levels can learn from Adam Bryant and Kevin Sharer as they aim to speed up the learning curve in their new book, THE CEO TEST: Master the Challenges that Make or Break All Leaders (March 2, 2021). If you are an aspiring leader looking for insights from hundreds of veteran CEO’s, this episode is for you! If you find the Adams insights useful, check this out: The CEO Test: Master the Challenges That Make or Break A...
February 18, 2021
Now’s the time to focus on your career growth
In today’s fragile, competitive workplace most everyone could benefit from smart career strategies: In my new podcast, Breakthroughs, I’ll help you get more out of your career and help you achieve dramatic breakthroughs at work. I’ll share strategies to help you; find the right job fit and give you tips to stand out, get hired and get promoted. I’ll also share strategies to build your executive presence and for building motivated and effective teams. You’ll learn leadership skills essential to helping your organization adapt, compete, and succeed in crisis situations and much more. If you have a growth mindset, “Breakthroughs” will help your career soar.
February 10, 2021
Introduction to inaugural podcast, Breakthroughs
If you have a growth mindset, “Breakthroughs” will help your career soar.
February 10, 2021
Episode 1: Three communication tools to build effective teams & stronger relationships
3 Communication Tools for building effective teams: Conversational competence is an important but overlooked skill that can make or break your career. Because so much of our conversation is impersonal and filtered through our many technological devices, it’s not surprising that many of us have lost several aspects in the art of interpersonal communication.If we truly want to have motivated and engaged teams were people want to come to work and contribute we have to recognize the people are motivated when they feel heard and seen. Every manager can do this by using these tips: 1.(Create a Psychologically safe environment) If a company wants to surpass its competitors, it needs to improve how people work together. Over the last decade, Google spent millions of dollars using big data to study what makes a team successful? The researchers found that psychological safety was the most important factor for employee engagement and for a building effective teams. 2. (Listen 80% talk 20%) Surprisingly one of the top communication skills is actually when we’re not talking. The best teams listen to one another, allow equal time for others to talk... 3. Ask open ended questions. Learn why this matters and learn 7 specific open ended questions that will help you build more trust and collaboration not only with your teams but with everyone. If you have a growth mindset, “Breakthroughs” will help your career soar.
February 10, 2021
Episode 2: How to cultivate a motivated, innovative team
This episode is a three-part series. The first segment I’ll share some shocking examples of companies & leaders who failed to cultivate a motivated, innovative team & the heavy cost they paid for it. Segments 2&3 will provide specific strategies to avoid these costly mistakes and benefit from cultivating a motivated, innovative team.
February 10, 2021
Episode 3: How to Cultivate a motivated, innovative team
In this segment I’ll share 2 strategies that great leaders have used to cultivate a motivated, innovative team that increases employee engagement &boosts their company’s productivity and bottom line. I’ll give you examples of companies that successfully implemented these strategies and the research to back why these approaches are effective, quoting motivation expert Daniel pink and Dr. Linda Hill. You’ll see that both strategies are realistic and could help your organization achieve greater success.
February 10, 2021
Episode 4: How to cultivate a motivated and innovative team
In this segment I share two strategies to cultivate a motivated, innovative team. We discussed the value of experimentation, exploration and play where the focus is more on coming up with fresh ideas and testing them then on maintaining the status quo. I provide examples of companies that are afforded talented team members to devote time to side projects and how those projects became extremely successful, dramatically increasing the company’s brand recognition & bottom line. I also explain the value of hiring diverse teams; people from different backgrounds and experiences and skills sets as well as different personalities who share a common work ethic and value the company’s mission tend to be the most collaborative. These diverse teams have the most breakthroughs as they avoid “group think”
February 10, 2021
Episode 5: Power Vs Influence: Knowing the difference could make or break your company
In this episode I discuss two distinctive types of leadership; power and influence. These two styles are often considered synonymous, as if you have one, it’s assumed you probably have the other. But a closer look at these two forms of leader ship shows they work and wildly different ways. One can spread your influence and the other can lead to your downfall. I show how those power driven who are primarily focused on financial gain and winning at all costs ultimately fail. I contrast this with a concise description of influencer leaders, those who build motivated, engaged teams by investing in their people. The episode reinforces the point that you can develop these behaviors and create a vibrant corporate culture that consistently attracts, engages and retains the best people.
February 10, 2021
Episode 6: How to Become an Influencer Leader
In this episode we’ll explore what it takes to become an “influencer” leader, the type of leaders who attracts great people to her cause & inspires them to support their vision. We’ll take a close look at the make up of these leaders and then I’ll share a stellar example of person who exemplifies all aspects of this high character leadership style. You’ll see that leadership is a skill like any other and it can be learned. I’ll give you the tools to become more effective at inspiring others to follow your initiatives and more skilled at building motivated, innovative teams.
February 10, 2021
Episode 7: How to inspire loyalty from employees during difficult times?
In this episode we’ll discuss how to inspire loyalty from employees during difficult times? To quote Simon Sinek, one of the most widely esteemed leadership experts, “the world is filled with danger, things that are trying to frustrate our lives or reduce our success or reduce our opportunities for success… It could be the stock market economy, the restraints that result from a pandemic or it could be a new technology that renders your business model obsolete overnight, or I could be your competition that’s trying to put you out of business or at the very minimum is working hard to frustrate your growth. We have no control over these forces. These are constant and they’re not going away”. One of the few areas we can control are the conditions inside the organization and that’s why leadership matters. In this segment I’ll Share specific details as to why Southwest airlines stands out as a top employer. With 4% voluntary turnover, 44 consecutive years of profitability, the lowest ranking for customer complaints in their industry, 85% of employees saying they’re proud to work for Southwest, It begs the question how did they do this? Especially how did they do this during a time when there were so many layoffs in their industry.
February 10, 2021
Episode 8: How a small business with a HUGE heart becomes a deli empire
In this episode I’ll share how two dedicated restaurant tours turn the one small business, Zingerman’s deli, into a deli empire. Owners Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinsweig have a cult like following for over 25 years. Their creative/compassionate management style makes Zingerman’s an irresistible place to work. You’ll hear how the owners scaled wisely with the help of dedicated employees to become a $50 million a year business. Hear why thousands of other businesses have modeled themselves after Zingerman’s.
February 10, 2021
Episode 9: Companies who care for employees during times of adversity cultivate loyalty
In this episode will explore how high character leaders prioritize caring for employees during this pandemic and in doing so lay the groundwork for cultivating their loyalty once the storm subsides. I’ll share four examples of companies who practice their values by putting their employees first. These organizations serve as models for all companies whose goal is to do well by doing good. This empathetic leader ship style during a crisis offers enormous opportunities for companies to advance their reputations as well as mend tarnished ones. Rest assured, when the pandemic is behind us, it’s the organizations who put the people first that will continue to thrive and attract and retain the best people.
February 10, 2021
Episode 10: “Courageous cultures”: How to build high performance, highly engaged cultures
Since the onset of COVID-19,people are more anxious than ever about their current employment situation. For those who are fortunate to have jobs, they want to keep them. They’re less likely to open up & share ideas that could help their firm for fear speaking up could peg them as complainers. In this episode I interview leadership experts, Karin Hurt & David Dye who devote their practice to helping leaders build cultures where people feel safe to speak up. Karin and David help leaders achieve breakthrough results with easy to implement strategies that get people to share their ideas & become more skilled at critical thinking. They’re the founders of “let’s grow leaders” an international leadership development and training firm. They’re also the award-winning authors of “courageous cultures: how to build teams of micro innovators, problem solver‘s and customer advocates” and “winning well: a managers guide to get the results without losing your soul”. Karin is a top leadership consultant & CEO of “let’s grow leaders”. A former Verizon wireless executive she was named to Inc. magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. David is a former executive, elected official, and president of “let’s grow leaders”. Their clients include Amazon, Microsoft, USAA, national Institute of health, Kforce and the University of Florida’s health system. This dynamic couple, both sought after leadership consultants, offer practical advice for Leadership on how to inspire people on all levels of the organization to speak up and become micro innovators. It’s in these cultures that companies engage & retain their best people, their teams achieve remarkable results & where employees find purpose in their work.
February 10, 2021
Episode 11: Six strategies to become persuasive and get your ideas to spread
Many people have great ideas but let’s face it, few bring them to the masses. The truth is that ideas only reach the masses when influencers help spread them and when they’re properly presented. In this episode I give you six strategies to help you spread your idea and become more persuasive with your audience. I share multiple examples of people who employed these strategies & by doing so were remarkably successful at getting their ideas to spread.
February 10, 2021
Episode 12: Make Storytelling Your Competitive Advantage
In this episode I share Why storytelling inspires people and moves them to take action. I share many specific examples of people who achieved remarkable success and who attribute a great part of their success to having mastered the art of storytelling; Entrepreneur Richard Branson, Pastor Joel Osteen, Warren Buffett, Barbara Corcoran, Amy Cuddy, Howard Schultz and Mark Burnett all tell transformative stories. These peoples’ stories inspire all of us to become better at telling our stories. Whether your goal is to: pitch an idea, as a job interview, build a company, improve teamwork and employee engagement, give the presentation of a lifetime, storytelling is your ultimate competitive advantage. This episode will give you practical advice for learning to become a transformative storyteller.
February 10, 2021
Episode 14/Lessons from Simon Sinek: How to build high performance teams that will sacrifice for you
In this podcast we’ll discuss Simon Sinek’s recently released book, “The infinite game” with Simon’s right hand man, fellow igniter and head of brand experience at Simon Sinick Inc., Stephen Shedletzky. Stephen is personally trained by Simon and stands shoulder to shoulder with him to share his message. Stephen guides leaders and organizations around the world in most every industry to adopt the mindset and actions needed to lead in the infinite game. He cohosted the “Start with Why” podcast with more than 715,000 downloads in over 180 countries. My interview with Stephen will uncover what it takes to develop an “infinite” mindset & why it matters now more than ever. Stephen manages to entertain & inspire us while giving practical tips to help leaders structure their organizations in a way that promotes this mindset which brings about remarkable results.
February 10, 2021
Episode 15: Bob Chapman explains how treating employees like family is key to business success
In this episode I interview Bob Chapman, CEO of St. Louis based, Barry-Wehmiller, a $3 billion global, capital equipment business with more than 12,000 plus employees. Bob is committed to building a better world through business. When the financial crisis hit in 2008, Bob Chapman was faced with an impossible choice: layoff thousands of his workers, or go out of business. A few years prior, Barry Weymiller – had publicly committed to “measure success by how they touch the lives of people”. Determined to not break that promise, Chapman came up with a third seemingly impossible option that would allow his companies to survive the recession without laying off any of his 12,000+ employees. By finding creative ways to avoid letting people go, his business emerged on the other side of the recession stronger, with a workforce not only intact, but energized. Bob shares his leadership journey as CEO of Barry-Wehmiller and explains how a “simple Accountant with an unremarkable education” achieved remarkable success in business by staying committed to his core values, caring for employees like family. He says, “It’s not a cliche, it really works”. Even more, Bob emphasizes it’s the key to having a sustainable. thriving business that can ride the storm during difficult times and emerge successful. He gives specific strategies for building a loyal culture where people are excited to come to work & want to contribute their talents to benefit the organization. Bob’s story is incredibly inspiring and his practical advice can be applied to for profits and non-profits of all sizes and in any industry.
February 10, 2021
16: Margaret Heffernan: How to Liberate the Collective Genius in Teams
Margaret Heffernan is an entrepreneur, CEO, author & keynote speaker. She’s the former chief executive officer of five businesses, is the author of five books that explore business and effective leadership; “Willful Blindness: Why we ignore the obvious in our peril”, “A Bigger Prize: Why competition isn’t everything and how we do better”, “Beyond Measure”, and “Woman on Top”. She’s a leading voice for decades on social connectedness and engagement at work. Using humor, story-telling, and her own research, Heffernan makes a strong case for making small changes to engage ourselves and our co-workers differently—ultimately reshaping the cultures around us and driving better outcomes for everyone. Margaret Heffernan has been invited to speak at all of the world’s leading financial services businesses, the leading FTSE and S&P corporations as well as the world’s most successful sports teams. Her TED Talks have been viewed by over 12 million people.
February 10, 2021
17: The Power of Thinking Like a Child: Reclaiming Your Creativity
In this episode I have the pleasure of interviewing Nir Bashan. Nir Bashan is the founder and CEO of The Creator Mindset LLC, where he teaches business leaders around the world, how to harness the power of creativity to improve profitability, increase sales, and make work more meaningful. His clients include AT&T, Microsoft, Ace Hardware, The NFL Network, EA Sports, and JetBlue. He’s also the author of newly released book, The Creator Mindset: 92 Tools to Unlock the Secrets to Innovation, Growth, and Sustainability If you Think creativity is just for “creative types”? Think again! Nir Bashan reveals why every business leader and professional has the capacity to be more creative. In today’s episode, we’ll get a chance to learn how we can all become more a business way.       Here’s Nir’s big idea: Lots of companies proclaim their commitment to innovation. Yet, in business schools and professional training seminars, the lion’s share of what’s taught, places a priority on analysis, data, and spreadsheet logic.          So why does this matter? What’s the problem? The vast majority of bright and ambitious people are working at half their potential because they’ve only developed the analytical part of their thinking. Despite all the talk about innovation, people in business aren’t taught how to think creatively. Sadly, creativity is often pigeonholed as a gift reserved for artistic types. As a result of our creativity deficit, careers are stalled and companies are grappling to compete and survive. Nir Bashan has devoted his career to the topic of how to train your mind to think more creatively. He offers practical, easy to apply tips for how you can unleash your creativity & in doing so find more joy and meaning from your work.
February 10, 2021
18: How AI combined with empathetic leadership can strengthen corporate culture
With most of the population still working from home, there’s a gap in many companies’ ability to provide a sense of community, mentorship and support for their employees. It’s hard for employers to gauge how their people are adjusting and assess what could be impeding their innovation, morale and productivity? Just a few weeks ago, Netflix CEO read Hastings, known for his straightforward leadership style and for his radical candor spoke out on how working remotely is hurting the ability to collaborate with staff. He says it’s a pure negative and makes debating ideas even harder. Conversely, we also know that many people prefer working from home as it’s currently safer, eliminates tiresome commutes and enables people to have more flexibility in their schedules. Fortunately for those employees who continue to work remotely, there’s ways managers can help team members overcome obstacles inherent in remote working that might be impeding their success. According to Josh Christopherson, CEO of Achieve Today, these obstacles can be overcome with new technology combined with supportive leadership.
February 10, 2021
19: Gratitude as a strategy for creating & maintaining a thriving culture
In this episode you’ll learn how infusing gratitude in your daily practice could transform your personal and professional life. My guest, Kerry Wekelo, MBA, is the COO at Actualize consulting a financial services firm. Her book and program, “Culture Infusion: Nine principles for creating and maintaining a thriving organizational culture” and her latest book “Gratitude Infusion” are the impetus behind Actualize Consulting being named “top company culture” by Entrepreneur magazine, a “top workplace” by the Washington post, and “great place to work-certified”. In her leadership, Kerry blends her experiences as a consultant executive coach, Award-winning author, mindfulness expert, and entrepreneur. She’s been featured on ABC, NBC, NPR, the New York Times, thrive global and Forbes. In this episode Kerry shares specific strategies and techniques for infusing more gratitude in our lives and for creating a positive chain reaction: For corporate leaders, this translates to lower attrition rates. For families, this builds healthy relationships. For individuals, this ensures a more peaceful and inspired life. If you’re interested in learning more about the science behind gratitude or how to incorporate more gratitude in your life or in your organization, this podcast is for you. I also recommend reading Kerry Wekelo’s newly released book, gratitude and fusion available on Amazon.
February 10, 2021
20: Dr. Candace Steele Flippin: Understand the Multigenerational Workforce to Succeed
In this episode, Dr. Candace Steele Flippin, A multi-generational workplace scholar, discusses her research, insights, and strategies regarding accelerating women’s leadership development, Gen X, Gen Z, and millennials. Dr. Candace, for short, was recently Chief Communications Officer at First Horizon National Corporation. She was a member of the executive management team and lead internal and external communications, strategy, corporate social responsibility and reputation, crisis communications, and philanthropy. The First Horizon CSR strategy she established was recently named to Forbes Just 100 preeminent companies that highlight corporations doing right by their stakeholders while also generating profits for their shareholders. A nationally recognized multi-generational workplace scholar and speaker, Dr. Candace has authored two books, “Generation Z in the Workplace” and  “Millennials in the Workplace.” Her books crystallize her research into practical tips for executives working with Gen Z and millennials to prepare them to succeed. Named as one of the 25 influential black women in business by the network journal, she is a past chair of the Public Relations Society of America Health Academy. She has received over 20 awards for communications and public relations throughout her career. This year, Dr. Candace was named one of the Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America by Savoy magazine. She received a BA from the University of Michigan, an MBA from Johns Hopkins University, and a doctor of management from Case Western Reserve University. If you’re looking for insights on improving employee engagement, retention, collaboration, and innovation, this podcast is for you. You can find Dr. Candace’s books on Amazon. Millennials in the Workplace: Helping the Largest Generation Group Succeed at Work a...     Generation Z in the Workplace: Helping the Newest Generation in the Workforce Build ...
February 10, 2021
21: Adventures of Women in Tech: Featuring Tech leader, Google’s Alana Karen
In this podcast I interview Google’s Alana Karen, a 20 year tech leader who brilliantly and systematically replaces what we think we know about women in tech with more than 80 women’s stories of what it’s honestly like to join, lead, leave and thrive in today’s top technology companies. Alana answers questions like what’s it actually like for women in tech? Are our diversity efforts even working? Should women avoid working for technology companies altogether? How do you navigate becoming a leader, motherhood, bad bosses and everything in between? These are just some of the questions Alana Karen helps to answer with her new award-winning book, “Adventures of women in tech: How we got there and why we stay? From Google search ads, google fiber, to google grants and beyond, Alana has been leading the charge to develop, scale, build and drive team and product development that has seen a rippling industry impact. In this podcast Alana and I will discuss some of the toughest challenges she & other women have faced and how they overcame these obstacles. She also shows us the many paths to a satisfying career in tech and different ways to balance work & life goals.
February 10, 2021
22: Fascinating behind the scenes interview with the star, producer & director of hit movie, Tulsa
In this episode I interview Scott Pryor, a famed trial lawyer, former US marine, shares how his independent film, Tulsa, became an unlikely Hollywood success story by reaching number three all-time box office for self distributed movies, despite the pandemic’s effect on Hollywood and movie theaters. Not only the star, writer, director, and producer of Tulsa, Scott is a renowned trial lawyer and with this film he turns his real life court case into an award winning box office smash. Scott’s made an unusual but successful transition into filmmaking that’s paid dividends... Inspired by true events from one of Scott’s actual trial cases, Tulsa follows a desperate marine biker whose life is turned upside down when he’s United with the sassy nine-year old daughter he never knew he had. What’s most interesting is how Scott made his transition and all the details that went into it that could inspire others who are on the fence thinking of making a career pivot turning their side gig/hobby into a successful career. While it sounds almost too good to be true there are actually some very practical strategies Scott employed to become successful in two wildly different fields.
February 10, 2021
23: From Hairstylist to ABC's "The Great American Baking Show", Chris Tucker’s Story
In this episode, I’m happy to have Chris Tucker as my guest. Chris is known as a baker to stars and one of TV’s favorite bakers from ABC’s “The Great American Baking Show”. Chris has been described as a southern baker with a French twist who started learning baking techniques and secrets as a young child from his grandmother. Amazingly, before baking professionally, Chris worked as a hairstylist for 10 years. He shares his remarkable story of following his passion and leveraging his transferable skills as a hairstylist & how that led him to competing (in the 4th season) on ABC’s binge worthy “The Great American Baking Show”. Chris shares a portion of proceeds from his sales to Covid relief efforts.
February 10, 2021
24: Expert Paul Axtell shares his secrets for making virtual meetings matter
In this episode I interview Paul Axtell, Leadership consultant & author of, “Make virtual meetings matter: how to turn virtual meetings from status updates to remarkable conversations”. Paul gives practical, actionable advice on how to turn mind numbing meetings into thoughtful, respectful and focused conversations that lead to fruitful, high impact solutions. “Make Virtual Meetings Matter: How to Turn Virtual Meetings from Status Updates to Remarkable Conversations”(Ignite Reads) is available on Amazon
February 10, 2021
25: Key Strategies to Attract, Engage & Retain Your Top Talent
In this episode I interviewed Andrew Scivally, the CEO of e-learning brothers, a business that became wildly successful and continues to grow, despite the Pandemic. Andrew has 20 years of experience in the learning technology space, including all aspects of course design and development, as well as leading Learning and Development teams for financial institutions such as JPMorganChase and Zions Bank. He holds a master’s degree in computer education and cognitive systems. Led by Andrew, eLearning Brothers has established an industry-leading brand and been featured in the Inc. 5000 for six consecutive years. As an executive career coach I find Andrew’s business to be the perfect platform to discuss the specifics of how employees can make themselves most attractive to employers. I share how employers (today’s leaders) can attract, engage, and retain top talent with strategies that are practically no cost to your organization. This episode will be of interest to anyone seeking advice on how to get hired and promoted as well as for leadership who wants to attract the best people and keep them.
February 10, 2021
27: What you don’t know about cyber disinformation can hurt you and your company
In this episode I’m thrilled to welcome two pre-eminent experts on cyber- security and misinformation on social networks, and AI, Pablo Breuer and David Perlman. They discuss how misinformation, disinformation and fake news threatens businesses not just government. Both Pablo and David share why Companies need to be prepared for cyber warfare and invest more in cyber security protection to avoid catastrophic outcomes. In simple language both of these scholars make clear cases and offer suggestions for what consumers and leaders can do to protect themselves from conspiracy theorists and bad actors. Pablo Breuer possesses a Ph.d from the Naval Post Graduate School in Information Science, and a MS in Computer Science. Pablo is a global,highly accomplished and decorated executive of cyber security technology & innovation, with unmatched expertise & exemplary leadership in the areas of innovation, cyber security and network vulnerability. He is currently the chief information security officer of Helms services. Pablo is a 22 year veteran of the US Navy with tours that include military Director of US operations command Donovan group and senior military advisor and innovation officer to Sofwerx, the National security agency. Pablo is also the department of defense cyber cup and Defcon black badge winner and has been faculty at the Naval post graduate school, National University, California State University as well as a visiting scientist at Carnegie Mellon. Pablo is also a cofounder of the cognitive Security collaborative and co-author of the adversarial misinformation and influence tactics and technique framework. David Perlman is an expert in how identity influences social emotional cognition. An accomplished and highly respected senior researcher and consultant with 20 years of experience in synergizing tech, data science, social behavioral neuroscience, research management and team building as well as an innovator in the emerging field of Misinfosec, Cyber security with his focus on social networks, influence, and a AI ethics. David possesses a PhD in psychology and neuroscience of emotion, decision-making a meditation focused on large data sets from functional brain imaging and bio behavioral measures. If you’re interested in gaining insight to the challenges companies and individuals face in a time where criminal behavior is finding ways in the back door to destroy our trust in government & companies, Pablo and David take complex topics on all these foggy issues and make them understandable in layman’s terms here in this episode.
February 10, 2021
28: Kara Goldin, CEO Hint Inc.,: How she built a $150 million business w/zero industry knowledge
In this episode I’m delighted to have Kara Goldin as my guest. Kara is a disruptor, builder, thoughtleader, and successful entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Hint, Inc., best known for its award winning Hint water, an unsweetened flavored water. Kara has been named one of InStyle’s Badass 50, Fast Company’s most creative people in business, Fortune’s most powerful women entrepreneurs, Fortunes’s most innovative woman in food and drink, and EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California. The Huffington Post listed Kara as one of six disruptors in business, alongside Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Kara has successfully navigated the world of large companies and start ups in many industries including media, tech and consumer products. She is an active speaker and writer and hosts the podcast “Unstoppable with Kara Goldin” where she interviews founders, entrepreneurs, and other disruptors across industries. Kara has recently launched a new book called “Undaunted: Overcoming Doubts and Doubters”. It’s currently number one on the Amazon charts. It’s a fascinating, entertaining, inspiring story of what it takes to go from nothing to something remarkable. If you’re looking for advice and inspiration to become an entrepreneur this episode is for you. Even if you’re not an aspiring entrepreneur, you’re going to love this conversation with Kara & the story behind her book. Pre-Order her book from Amazon:
February 10, 2021
29: Learn How to Become a “Hyper-Learner”:Why it’s Critical for Staying Relevant in the Digital Age
In this episode we’ll learn from Professor Edward Hess, about how to become our best selves. Hess discusses ideas from his new book, “Hyper-Learning” and shares fresh insights into how to learn, behave, and thrive in an era of unprecedented digital challenge and change. His ideas are psychologically astute, refreshingly pragmatic, and designed to help us move forward in a new and uncharted era. The digital age will raise the question of how we humans will stay relevant in the workplace. Hess emphatically says that to stay relevant, we have to be able to excel cognitively, behaviorally and emotionally in ways that technology can’t. Praise for Professor Hess’s book and his ideas come from leaders across industries: Fernando Merce, Former CEO and president, Nestlé Waters North America said “Hyper-Learning” is that “how to roadmap for leading in the digital age. Enhancing ones learning agility is the only way to thrive in a world of ever accelerating change”. Chris Baer, Former vice president, leader ship development, Marriott international said it’s a must read! Digital technology touches all aspects of life and “hyper learning”will be a major factor in everyone’s well-being and success. Gary Calabrese, PhD, senior vice president and director, Corning global research, Corning Inc. said “hyper learning is a masterpiece “how to” & “ why to” book That takes us on an instructional journey to a future were learning must change in profound ways because of advancing technologies. This book helps readers reflect deeply about feelings, mindsets, and behaviors to discover things about themselves in a way that sticks. The powerful goal of “thinking behaviorally quote is a great way to describe this book which also helps leader ship move from “command and control” to “inspire and support”. If you’re hoping to stay relevant in the digital age and thrive, this episode is for you.
February 10, 2021
30:Chobani’s Jason Rahlan Shares their Strategy to Help Reduce Hunger, Educate & Decrease Suffer
I’m pleased to have as my guest Jason Rahlan, the Director of Social Impact and Philanthropy at Chobani. In this role, he oversees philanthropic investments and grants for the company. Jason manages the organization’s nonprofit and public sector partnerships on issue- and policy-related initiatives, advocacy campaigns, and natural disaster response efforts. In this work, he partners with senior internal leaders to define goals and priorities and seeks to drive meaningful change at the local, state, and national level through an effective use of the company’s voice, profits, and people. He also co-develops internal wellness initiatives that establish policies of greater inclusion, diversity, and equity for Chobani's more than 2,200 employees. In this episode you’ll learn how Chobani stretches itself to help mitigate problems related to hunger. They don’t just talk the talk they walk the walk when it comes to supporting causes that improve humanity and working collectively to do so. In this way Chobani has earned respect from its employees, suppliers, partners and consumers. The prediction on all fronts is that when the pandemic lifts, they’ll have increased loyalty from all parties and gained the reputation as great corporate citizens. If you’re looking for inspiration for yourself or your organization to make a positive difference in the world, or if you simply are curious about what some companies are doing to help alleviate suffering, this episode is for you.
February 10, 2021
31: “The Fearless Organization: For More Learning, Innovation & Growth” with Harvard’s Amy Edmonson
In this episode I interview Amy Edmonson about psychological safety in the workplace, why it matters and how to build it. Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School. She teaches and writes on leadership, teams and organizational learning, and is the author of more than 70 academic articles. Her most recent book, “The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth”offers practical guidance for teams and organizations who are serious about success in the modern economy. Her prior books, Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate and Compete in the Knowledge Economy and Teaming to Innovate (Jossey-Bass, 2012, 2103) and Extreme Teaming (Emerald, 2018) explore teamwork in dynamic, unpredictable work environments. Edmondson has been ranked by the biannual Thinkers50 global list of top management thinkers since 2011 and selected as the #1 most influential thinker in Human Resources by HR Magazine in 2019. Before her academic career, she was Director of Research at Pecos River Learning Centers, where she worked on transformational change in large companies. In the early 1980s, she worked as Chief Engineer for architect/inventor Buckminster Fuller, and her book A Fuller Explanation: The Synergetic Geometry of R. Buckminster Fuller (Birkauser Boston, 1987) clarifies Fuller’s mathematical contributions for a non-technical audience. Edmondson received her PhD in organizational behavior, AM in psychology, and AB in engineering and design, all from Harvard University. There are no perfectly psychologically safe organizations or completely unsafe ones. It happens more with teams then across organizations which implies that every manager has the opportunity to create a psychologically safe environment with passion for the cause, curiosity, empathy and humility. If you want to learn how to create a psychologically safe environment for your employees, one that fosters true “teaming” this episode is for you. Amy’s book is available on Amazon: And here’s a link to Amy Edmonson’s outstanding to Ted Talk.
February 10, 2021
32: Netflix star, Nick Liberato: What it Takes to Make it to the Top
In this episode, you’ll hear great stories and hard earned career advice from Chef Nick Liberato who has appeared on  Bravo's "Top Chef Masters" and Spike TV's "Bar Rescue," is a world-renowned experienced restaurateur, business mastermind, and chef to the stars with over 28 years of culinary experience. He currently stars on one of my favorite shows, Netflix's "Restaurants on the Edge.” Rising from humble culinary beginnings working at local food stands in South Philly and growing up in the Italian Market, Nick discovered that along with cooking, he also loved surfing. Nick followed his dreams by moving to California and started working at a local surf shop while creating his own catering company - Calidelphia. His engaging personality led to working for a five star Michelin chef & ultimately to preparing meals for top celebrities including Will Smith, Tom Hanks, The Beastie Boys, Barbara Streisand, Paul McCartney, Cher, and many more. Nicks insights and experiences have a applicability across a broad range of industries and his advice is laced with humor, empathy and a genuine humility that is unique to someone who has become so successful.
February 10, 2021
33: The Importance of Corporate Holiday Gifting: My Top Picks for 2020
In this episode I highlight the importance of holiday gift giving and why some gifts have a greater impact than others. When it’s time to celebrate your employees or business partners, it’s easy to grab a stack of gift cards. After all, they allow recipients to pick out their own gifts. But how memorable is a gift card? When the holidays roll around, it’s time for your company to focus on solidifying the relationships you’ve built all year.Think about what you know about each of your employees, customers, and partners and tailor the gift to their particular interests. This will have a much bigger impact than sending a random gift. For instance, if someone’s a vegetarian and you send them gourmet steaks they probably won’t appreciate it as much as a vegetarian meal. Why should you gift your employees? Gift-giving is a powerful way to build a culture of unexpected generosity at the office. Whether it’s a professional milestone or simply an acknowledgment of a job well done, workers appreciate being seen and valued for their contributions. Gifting your employees can increase retention, improve productivity, and set the tone in the workplace. In fact, 69% of employees said that they would work harder if they felt more appreciated. A simple investment in a personalized gift for your team could result in a huge uptick in job satisfaction and company morale. I received a huge assortment of corporate holiday gifts to review this season. I do not receive any compensation for promotions though I am encouraged to use the gifts. I’ve selected my top 12 favorites as suggestions for this years corporate gifts ranging in price from approximately $25 to $175. I think all of them are high-quality & surprisingly fun. They’re more personal, memorable and a therefore a far better investment than a gift card. I have links to them all below. The list is by no means exhaustive, but it does include some unique items which are a good value. Wishing you all a safe, healthy & joyful holiday season. or MJ’s fabulous “Makeup Junkie Bags” Salsa to live for:
February 10, 2021
34:Jeff Gothelf on “Forever Employable : How to Stop Looking for Work & Let Your Next Job Find You”
In this episode I interview Jeff Gothelf on his newest book, “Forever Employable: How to Stop Looking for Work & Let Your Next Job Find You”. Jeff reveals some of his best tips, tricks and strategies that enabled him to become forever employable with the hope that these same tactics could help you reach this goal. About Jeff: He helps organizations build better products and executives build the cultures tha.t build better products. Jeff is the co-author of the award-winning book “Lean UX” and the Harvard Business Review Press book “Sense & Respond”. He works as a coach, consultant and keynote speaker helping companies bridge the gaps between business agility, digital transformation, product management and human-centered design. His latest book, “Forever Employable”, was published in June 2020. It’s a short, easy to read, entertaining & yet highly practical guide to harnessing your strengths & leveraging them so appropriate work will find you. This episode is for anyone who’s curious about how to take a big idea & turn it into something that’s useful & of value for others. The foundation is to become an expert or thought leader on the topic that you decide. Jeff teachers how to build a community one that you give to and that gives back to you. It’s for anyone who would like to learn how to build trust to elevate the people and organizations in your community and then turn that into a thriving business. If you enjoy this episode, subscribe and follow me to find more like this. Also you can purchase “Forever Employable” On Amazon or anywhere online you buy books. See link below. Forever Employable: How to Stop Looking for Work and Let Your Next Job Find You
February 10, 2021
35: Pattie Sellers, award winning writer, interviewer, multimedia journalist’s career advice
Pattie Sellers is an award winning writer, interviewer, multi-media journalist and an expert on leadership here to talk about leadership, impact, and the art of telling a great story. Pattie co founded & chaired the “Most Powerful Women Summit”, and helped build it to become Fortune Magazines’s largest and most valuable franchise. Pattie left her position as Fortune’s Assistant Managing Editor after several decades of interviewing dozens of the most important people in the world to become an entrepreneur and is currently Co-CEO and co-founder of SellersEaston Media. SellersEaston Media captures and curates the stories behind the lives, times, and accomplishments of successful organizations and individuals. Before starting SellersEaston Media, Pattie wrote more than 20 Fortune cover stories and earned the trust of countless CEOs and other global leaders—such as Warren Buffett, Melinda Gates, Rupert Murdoch, Ted Turner, and Oprah Winfrey—to do exclusive and definitive profiles. If you’re interested in learning strategies to break into you’re dream job, move up in your field or if you’re seeking advice for making a career transition to becoming an entrepreneur, this episode is for you.
February 10, 2021
36: Career transition lessons from Brad Henke: From NFL player to an award-winning actor
Breakout "Orange is the New Black" star and SAG Award winner Brad William Henke makes a statement in the star-packed limited series adaptation of Stephen King's iconic 1978 novel, THE STAND, which premiered on CBS All Access .Henke plays Tom Cullen opposite Whoopi Goldberg, James Marsden, Amber Heard and Alexander Skarsgård. Henke is an accomplished character actor in Hollywood, appearing in some of the most iconic TV series including "Lost," "Orange is the New Black," and "Justified," and in a number of films including the David Ayer films FURY and BRIGHT and opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal in SHERRYBABY and CHOKE with Sam Rockwell. Before heading into acting, Henke was drafted out of college into the NFL for the New York Giants. He was subsequently picked up by the Denver Broncos and played in Super Bowl XXIV against the San Francisco 49ers. Brad’s here on my show today to share some surprising lessons he learned his career transition from NFL football player to an accomplished TV and screen actor. This episode offers inspiration and heartfelt, practical advice for anyone seeking a career transition, regardless of the industry you are currently in or the job you aspire to hold. It will also appeal to anyone interested in a true, remarkable story about a career transition from from the physically demanding, rough, competitive sports world into the completely opposite world of acting where being an astute observer of others and being in touch with one’s broader emotions is paramount to ones success.
February 10, 2021
37: Psychologist Ethan Kross: How to Get Rid of the Voice in Your Head and Why it Matters
Ethan Kross Ph.D. is one of the world’s leading experts on controlling the conscious mind. As an award-winning professor in the University of Michigan’s top-ranked Psychology Department and Ross School of Business, Ethan utilizes and implements his research on how the conversations people have with themselves impacts their health, performance, decisions, and relationships, inspiring him to write his first-ever book, “Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It”. Ethan’s research has been published in Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, and The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, among other peer-reviewed journals. He has participated in policy discussion at the White House and has been interviewed on CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, and NPR’s Morning Edition. His pioneering research has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Harvard Business Review, USA Today, The Economist, The Atlantic, Forbes, and Time. As an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania as magna cum laude, Ethan earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in social-affective neuroscience to learn about the neural systems that support self-control. He moved to the University of Michigan in 2008, where he founded the Emotion & Self Control Laboratory. If you’re interested in a fascinating conversation that will truly help you harness your conscious mind to live a healthier more satisfying and productive life, you’ll enjoy this episode and Ethan Kross’s book, Chatter.
February 10, 2021
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