My great friend Ken Sher, of Sher Coaching sits down over some really awesome Larry's coffee to chat about bad bosses and examples of some really awesome ones!
Ken Sher is an Executive Coach and Career Consultant with 30-years’ experience leading and coaching individuals and managerial teams at companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb.
In addition to winning multiple achievement awards in various sales & marketing roles and leading the Johnson & Johnson Sales Recruiting Department to record placements, he led 4 different Sales Training & Leadership Development teams including a global organization. Ken's teams designed, developed and delivered leadership training to multiple levels within J & J.
Ken is President of Sher Coaching and he is dedicated to improving individual and team performance by focusing on his TRUST Success Model which, when applied to Leadership and Career Management, can be transformational.
To learn more about Ken or to contact him:
Make an Appointment: Schedule here
14-day Job Search Program: Manage Your Career for Whatever Comes Next
Talking Martial Arts, cranky bosses and emerging leaders. Debbie and I have a lot to talk about in this episode.
Debbie Pickus is the Founder and CEO of Team Fireball, Inc. a company focused on creating power, confidence and a little bit of badass for her clients which include corporate teams, professional organizations and professional women.
Her 20+ years in fitness and martial arts have given Debbie a unique perspective on the mind/body connection and how to use it as a power source. She works with and speaks to groups about harnessing this power to create confidence, energy and success in their business and personal lives.
With a passion to help women knock out the mental bully that limits them and knowing that a powerful mindset is the first step in building confidence and success, she became certified in a Transformational Mindset methodology and has added this programming to her work including coaching, workshops and a forthcoming online Mental Martial Arts Academy.
When not focused on her business, Debbie spends time with her fiancé Bill, her puppy George and her 3 grown kids whenever the opportunity allows.
Workshops and Speaking Topics:
-Owning Your Value/Future Visioning
-Limiting Beliefs Discovery/Power of Decision Workshops
-From Profit Leaks to Killer Profits in Business
-From Undervalued, Unsure and Insecure to Unstoppable, Fierce and Fired Up
-Morning and Daily Rituals to Boost Confidence and Resourcefulness
Self Defense training programs:
-Basic Personal Safety Awareness (virtual or in person)
-Basics of Personal Safety Hands on Workshop**
-When Terminations Go Wrong- Protecting Yourself and Your Team in the Event of a Hostile Termination
BREAKTHROUGHS Board Breaking Workshop**
** Must be in person
These programs are typically customized-pricing varies
3 -month and 6 -month programs
For Individuals and Groups
WOW we are here!!! Season 2.
You can expect even more terrible boss stories, and I promise you will be left jaw dropped and wondering "why, oh why, would this person lead others"? Season 2 is about THOSE horrible bosses, the ones that make you cringe, the ones you will never forget, and hopefully the ones you will learn from. We will also continue to drink obscene amounts of coffee BUT since we are big time we are now exclusively drinking Larry's coffee (link below to get you some of that stuff).
In our first episode of Season 2 we do not hold back on the horrible boss tragedies and we also do not hold back on our coffee!
Our guest, Alex Hillman has the coolest book out called The Tiny MBA which is what I believe is the book you need as an entrepreneur and leader in 2020. It's everything you need to know and no fluff or exceedingly lengthy diatribes on what business should be. He tells it like it is.
After graduating from Drexel, Alex started his Co-Op experience working in software development. He worked with a great team and when a portion of that team started a new venture, Alex thought "hey this will be super cool, I'll work with people I know and like and do what I love".
And there, my friends, lies the rub. Alex learned pretty quickly that his new boss, was not cut out to lead himself, let alone a team. Alex was left frustrated but still loving what he was doing, but working for a total tool. You can imagine how long that lasted.
There is a happy ending at the end of this one though, Alex went on to do some pretty big things. Including being a pioneer in the co-working space. And get this, he even let his members stop paying rent but stay a part of their online community when COVID hit freelancers hard. He also wrote The Tiny MBA and you need to get this book now. You can read it over a lunch break, but you'll go back to it again and again.
To get your caffeine fix on go here: https://larryscoffee.com/
To get to know Alex and get his book (do this, now): https://stackingthebricks.com/tinymba/#bio
I had the pleasure of having CEO of Employee Cycle, Bruce Marable join me on Caffeinated Convos & Horrible Bosses. He took time to express his newfound love of boxing and cereal. We did some deep diving into how EmployeeCycle is changing the game for HR Heroes. Bruce is thanking HR Heroes through his new website: https://www.thankyouhr.com/.
Bruce is the CEO of EmployeeCycle an HR Data Analytics platform that provides HR Leaders with a simple solution to dashboard metrics for what really matters in people and culture information. They support HR leaders who are stressed out trying to pull data from multiple sources. Their platform is sleek, easy to use and makes it easy to make data informed decision for organizational success.
You can find Bruce on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/brucemarable and you can check out EmployeeCycle: https://employeecycle.com/about/
In HR Land there are very few idols or Beyonce's if you will. You are in for a treat listeners because today you will meet a trailblazer in HR Land who you will completely adore. Saying that Domonique Revere is someone I admire is a gross understatement. I soak up everything she says all the time, I lean on her for direction, viewpoint, ideas and guidance.
Also she is up for HR Person of the YEAR!! Yes, this year, 2020 - the year of complete chaos and new unchartered territory for HR people. #NBD
Domonique sits down with me to talk about Mexican Velvety Coffee (yum, yes that sounds delish). We also discuss celebratory champagne. She doesn't hold back on her honest account of how some terrible bosses try to hold employees' back by not letting them shine (ok those may have been my words but I was summarizing).
Domonique is the Founder and Owner of Rhemedy, helping clients with their Learning & Development, Education and Diversity, Inclusion and Equality initiatives and programs. She is also going for her PHD, and is humble but extremely intelligent and provides a unique perspective that highlights the importance of strong cultures built on foundations of trust and honesty.
A dynamic, kind and smart tech founder who makes his own espresso? Yes please!! In this episode Joseph and I get to chat about all the ways he empowers his employees at Kuvio. He also shares some secrets on perfect espresso brewing. Kuvio, his euphoria like tech-company is hiring :).
Joseph A. Young is the founder and director of architecture at Kuvio Creative, a team of gifted thinkers that craft alluring brands and apps for small businesses and nonprofits. Joseph began his own software career building line-of-business applications and data analytics platforms, but he quickly grew tired of the privileges and biases that pervaded his industry, and he felt compelled to find a way to start correcting the immoral imbalance. He dreamed of a work environment where everyone was an equal contributor, each individual could chase their own passion, and mutual trust guided the working culture.
At Kuvio, Joseph serves as the software architect, geeking out in constant pursuit of beautiful patterns that leverage the immense power of tech to do good in the world. His affinity for experimenting allows his team the space to take the path less traveled and find the most creative solutions to the problems they encounter.
In his role as founder, Joseph is persistent in his quest for an equitable workplace that truly elevates and celebrates the potential of each person on his team. Kuvio’s remote team of 21 hails from eight countries, and they are proud to be diverse by default, with over 50% women and over 50% people of color.
Gross bosses, bad teeth and those that abuse the power of being in charge. Gracie dishes all the things during this episode. We have such a good time discussing all the things that went on with her bad bosses (yes there were a few) that this episode runs a little longer, but hey I promise it will be the highlight of your day (dare I say week)?!?
Listeners please meet Gracie Jones.
Undeniably, Gracie is destined to become a significant force in the event planning realm. A Jersey girl with southern roots, Gracie once dreamed to be a fashion model, which introduced her to fashion designing and later on led her to her first love—event planning. Gracie has been gracing the events field for more than 15 years, working with world-class events and traveling in different places. As evidence of her determination to make her dream a reality, Gracie has successfully established her own company, Opulent Events by Gracie.
She obtains a certification in International Event and Wedding Planning Professional (IEWP), equivalence to CMM, CMP and CSEP. Moreover, she’s a proud member of MPI (Meeting Professionals International) where she sits on the Special Events Committee as a volunteer and a Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce member. With a specialty and strong background in the pharmaceuticals industry planning worldwide conferences, global workshops, incentive travels, meetings and dinners she have developed international and domestic contacts, where she accomplished several projects worth up to $3 million. As evidence of her accomplishments, she has been featured on daytime news including Philly’s FOX 29; as well as on various blogs and interviews by several media outlets. Now, as her passion for life shines through in everything she does, Gracie has carved her name in the industry and is continually making a reputation for herself as a well-versed and success-driven event designer.
So, why choose Gracie? Apart from her wide-ranging experience in all aspects of production coordination, event planning, project management, as well as leadership and staff development; she is recognized for her solid commitment to provide the highest level of professional service to her clients at all times which is why she created Opulent Events by Gracie.
Opulent Events by Gracie is a full service event planning company based in Philadelphia. From weddings and celebrations to corporate events, combining creativity and attention-to-detail to deliver parties that guest remember.
The core value is to give clients the opportunity to spend more time with other important things in their day-to-day activities. Gracie and her team know it can be challenging to find the time to enjoy the journey of the process of an event. They want you to relax and savor those special moments of celebrations with family and friends.
Coffee, tea, narcissistic behavior. It's all in this episode when I get to chat with Bret about his experience with his horrible boss. There are always lessons to learn in the aftermath of a horrible boss.
Bret Anderson, President of Principle Sales Solutions helps small to mid-size businesses put their sales team and processes back on track by doing the following:
• Building a sales infrastructure that will drive breakthrough sales results for your business.
• Assessing your current sales team, sales strategy, sales and coaching process and sales execution.
Super heroes. Bosses. Those words don't usually go together. In this episode we break down what it means to be a boss with super powers and how to identify that kryptonite.
Chuck spent years at GE and worked for some really great bosses and a few that just didn't have their pulse on what employees need or how to really effectively communicate with them.
With over 30 years as a marketer and business leader, Chuck has led a diverse set of teams and programs that have driven business growth in complex organizations. Throughout this experience, Chuck has developed a passion for creating wholistic, integrated strategies and disciplined implementation plans that tie the businesses vision of success to the customer and the market place.
Chuck has successfully created fully integrated marketing and business strategies, commercialized multiple new technologies and enhanced all phases of marketing programs including new product pipeline development.
The Great Outdoors and camping and nature. Three things that Dave talks about and I listen because me and nature are not exactly sympatico. My idea of camping is in a tent in a Marriot with fluffy sheets and air conditioning. I digress. We spend time chatting about so many things. Dave had a great boss and he learned so much from him and he had a terrible boss who he also learned so much from. We also drink coffee out of enormous yeti cups.
Dave founded The Quantify Group in 2011 out of his passion for providing value to clients and helping them grow. Dave has extensive experience and knowledge in the public accounting sector. Before founding The Quantify Group, Dave worked at a large regional public accounting firm in Pennsylvania. As Managing Director at The Quantify Group, Dave provides high quality accounting solutions to a diverse base of clients.
Dave holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Widener University. He currently resides in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. Outside of the office, Dave is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys spending his free time hunting and fishing. He also regularly attends church at Calvary Chapel Chester Springs.
The one where I'm left sort of speechless. Yea. It rarely happens.
But my new BFF Anthony is the REAL DEAL when it comes to empowerment of employees and great leadership. He just gets it. I can't wait for you to listen to this one.
Anthony is an incredibly smart and humble human being. He's a human services professional by day and an author by night. This podcast is packed so full of gems and nuggets of wisdom you might need to hit replay 45 times.
Anthony can be reached via LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/anthony-nardella-6b7a3732
Be on the lookout for some pretty awesome collaborations because Anthony speaks my language when it comes to empowerment, engagement and looking at the right things before the wrong things.
Soda and cold coffee. No judgment over here, whatever it takes to get through a day.
John Politsky CEO of WeSpeak Easy takes some time to talk about his experience working in a horrible culture lead by a horrible leader. There were lessons learned and he even found a way to stay motivated through self-determination and grit.
During our convo he shares his values on the important of ongoing education, the right motivation he uses with his team and the ways he is teaching companies about marketing during a crisis.
John Politsky is the Founder and CEO of WeSpeak Easy Digital Marketing. He has over 25 years of marketing and entrepreneurial experience. In 2018, John also founded the Small Business Academy to educate and empower entrepreneurs and small business owners all over the Delaware Valley.
John is an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Community College of Philadelphia. He serves as a classroom instructor for their Power Up Program and also is involved in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program as a speaker and as a panelist in the marketing and social media portions of the program. Prior to becoming an instructor, John also attended and graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program.
He specializes in strategy-based marketing. He currently plans and maps out the marketing strategy for over 100 companies per year. His goal is to help purpose bound entrepreneurs and small business owners not only increase their traffic and revenue but also their process and profitability. He is a keynote speaker and ensures that in every class or keynote there are actionable takeaways and not just theory.
John became an entrepreneur at 18 when he started a Disc Jockey\Entertainment company. He grew this company over 18 years and sold it when he was 36 years old and had 30+ employees. This is where he built his marketing and customer-centric skills and developed most of his strategic approach to marketing.
Brynne takes some time to talk with me about our favorite coffee, why we miss Wawa and the ways we can learn from our bad bosses. She also drops some knowledge on leveraging LinkedIn, Sales positioning and one of our favorite authors, Keenan who wrote Gap Selling. Seriously, we both feel you should add this book to your library - today.
Brynne Tillman is the CEO of Social Sales Link. If you are in need of leveraging LinkedIn for sales, you should reach out to Brynne. Your call with Brynne will be full of insights and actionable steps that can help you grow your business.
Ways to get in touch with Brynne:
linkedin.com/company/social-sales-link-llc/ (FOLLOW FOR LINKEDIN TIPS)
socialsaleslink.com (Social Sales Link)
LinkedInBook.info (The LinkedIn Sales Playbook)
Basement dwelling and espresso drinking. Dan and I catch up on our lives and favorite in home workplaces (basements we find, are the quietest). We also discuss his love of his fancy espresso machine, my barista skills and horrible bosses.
Dan brings a unique mix of entrepreneurial, sales, and legal experience to the podcast. After founding Mainline Delivery, one of the Philadelphia region’s first restaurant delivery services while in college and acting as its operating manager for over 10 years, he successfully negotiated its sale to a publicly traded company in 2016. Dan continued to operate in the Philadelphia market for the acquiring company, following through on his passion for helping businesses grow their revenues and maximize their bottom line. While building his company, Dan attended Temple Law School where he earned his J.D. in 2014. Today, Dan helps companies with complex lease and purchase negotiations in the Philadelphia region and nationally.
This is the one where I get to have some real talk with Georgiana Kovell about bad bosses, shame and leadership that leaves one feeling less than empowered.
Georgiana Kovell is an International Sales and Performance Coach and all-around badass who’s worked with women around the world to transform their personal and professional lives. Georgiana created Millions of Women Strong in response to a desperate need for a positive, supportive space for women in business.
After years spent feeling she couldn’t reach her full potential in a masculine-driven corporate environment, Georgiana decided she could be a true “Catalyst for Massive Change” by empowering women entrepreneurs all around the world to play a bigger game: achieve their soul-stirring goals, earn more money more quickly, and create a life they adore.
Georgiana is passionate about establishing a community of strong female leaders by creating profitable and sustainable businesses with a positive social and economic impact, and that foster an environment where women are educated, supported, and encouraged.
Tom Connolly of TipTop takes a coffee break with me to discuss the ways he has learned true leadership (and maybe a horror story or two about bad bosses). We discuss how much we love Wawa coffee and why as a true Philly native it's in his DNA to love it.
Tom is the Founder of TipTop a leading Oracle services provider focused on performance-driven solutions. With decades of experience, they can help create a future-focused business including migrating your Oracle apps to the cloud.
With over two decades of industry experience, his firm delivers unparalleled solutions that challenge industry norms by delivering an average of 2-10x ROI back to our customers on every investment.
Who's ready for some boozy caffeine? In the words of Amy Poehler "YES, Please"! Join me and Stu for a lively conversation on everything from caffeine filled whiskey drinks to hand sanitizer (ya know #coronaseason). Stu talks with me about his horrible boss and how having a great boss can impact your career, your own philosophy on professional growth and even make you a follower. He's worked for some pretty #boss companies too, so he's got great examples of strong leaders.
A little more about Stu Vass and his expansive career. Stu has spent his career working with Fortune 500 companies selling Consumer Packaged Goods with a focus on National Chains such as Albertsons, Mariano’s, Hy-Vee, Meijer, CVS and Walgreens.
He has over 15 years of sales experience with General Mills, Beam Suntory, MillerCoors, KAO USA and Pernod Ricard. Stu earned his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Illinois and holds an MBA in Marketing from DePaul’s Kellstadt School of Management. Stuart continued his partnership with DePaul by teaching Effective Business Communication for four years as an Adjunct Professor.
Sit down and grab your cup of joe, or whiskey, or tea that smells and feels like whiskey but isn't. Rich will tell you more about that. In this episode Rich Smith, Partner of Chief Outsiders shares his horrible boss story and doesn't hold back on letting us know what made them horrible (we like the details over here)! He also shares his best experience with a boss and why that impression lasted much longer than the horrible boss lessons learned.
Matt and I discuss about all the things we are experiencing during the COVID-19 epidemic and the incredible opportunity that exists to leverage technology effectively. Also we discuss his experience with a horrible leader (ahem, not a boss) and we dive into what's going on behind the scenes when people say "It's out of my control". It is a great conversation filled with cold coffee and cold tea and lots of jokes about bad bosses.
Did you ever work with someone who is your total opposite, but you completely gel with professionally? Yea, me too. Aaron Windle is a wonderful colleague and IT partner in crime. I always appreciate Aaron’s candor and his ability to ask tough questions. He is a true leader, and I was so excited when he agreed to be my guest on Caffeinated Convos & Horrible Bosses. In this episode we get to talk about his horrible boss experience and his organic bullet proof coffee. We also talk about the ways Aaron uses what he has learned to lead his own team in challenging times like we are experiencing now.
Aaron Windle started his journey in IT as a Helpdesk technician and over time has worked his way through various IT roles, growing into his current role as Director of IT for Iron Mountains/Nuna Baby Essentials, a global premium baby gear brand headquartered in Morgantown, Pennsylvania.
His favorite parts and the things he is most passionate about is the opportunity to take something (whether it’s working well or not working at all) and transform it into something great. Aaron has an innate ability to transform teams, technology and solutions to improve business bottom lines and create a path for growth for any one who has the pleasure of being on his team.
He enjoys a hands-on approach to leading his team's, work's hard to manage "people first", and operates his teams with the following guidelines: "Make it simple, Make it work, Show we care". In his free time Aaron enjoys time with his wife Kristen and their children, Everett, Graham and Eliza. Right now he’s enjoying lots of extra time with them and taking the chaos all in stride.
In this heavily caffeinated convo hear from Brian Thompson of ZS Associates about his horrible boss experience after graduating from Yale (yes, even Ivy League-rs experience horrible bosses). He also drops some knowledge on oat-milk availability from your favorite baristas.
Grab your coffee and get ready to have some fun! This week's episode features Chelsea Craig, Founder of Rhino Reviews who shares her horrible boss experience and some valuable take-aways.
Here's the 411 on Chelsea:
Chelsea launched Rhino Reviews in 2018 with the goal of supporting small businesses in the digital space. As a daughter of a small business owner, she has witnessed first hand the stress and work it takes to build a business and is passionate about helping find solutions that allow businesses to not only grow but thrive.
Chelsea has worked with over 80 businesses in all industries, including luxury construction, digital, energy, property management, healthcare, retail, hospitality, and education, to help build or repair their online reputation by growing and leveraging their online reviews. She is both Google and Reputation Management certified and always looking to expand her knowledge in the field as the digital space is constantly changing. She has been a guest on multiple podcasts and shows allowing her the opportunity to discuss the business growth, strategy, and mission. Additionally, she is a coach for Mike Volkin's masterclass, teaching about how to leverage testimonials for your professional career.
Welcome to Caffeinated Convos & Horrible Bosses - where we dive into horror stories about bosses and work. We also discuss coffee and beverages and maybe highlight a nice boss occasionally.
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Tell me about your worst boss ever
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