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Soul Career with Lisandra Rickards

Soul Career with Lisandra Rickards

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The Soul Career podcast brings you stories from people who discovered careers that filled them with purpose and made them feel valued. Soul Career is a professional development company with a mission to empower global professionals to understand who they really are and design careers that fit their true selves.
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016:Building a Million Dollar Business That Matches Your Dream Lifestyle

Soul Career with Lisandra Rickards

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022: How to Design a Multi-Location Career
This month's episode of the Soul Career podcast is all about freedom, flexibility and how you can design a multi-location career. My special guest is Audra Gordon, founder and creative director of Beam Bold - a clothing company that focuses on reducing textile waste and facilitating size inclusion.  Audra was born in St. Vincent, moved to America when she was 13 and became a U.S. Citizen, then up and moved to Hong Kong with detours through Ghana and London.  What’s also interesting is that Audra recently left her full-time career in banking to become an entrepreneur.  We’re going to talk about how she’s structured her career around this theme of flexibility.    To connect with Laura and find out more about her life as an expat, check out her website:https://audraverse.com/  You can also check out her company Beam Bold here: https://beambold.com/  Finally, don't miss our free masterclass - '3 Steps to Leaving a Job That Makes You Miserable Even When No One is Hiring' https://www.soulcareer.com/masterclass/ Thanks for listening!
45:24
June 8, 2021
021: Valuable Lessons For Anyone Who Wants to Take a Break From Work
In this episode of the Soul Career podcast, I have the pleasure of being joined by DJ DiDonna, Founder of The Sabbatical Project - an organization that brings together researchers, companies and advocates working to catalyze sabbaticals and their enabling policies for people everywhere.    DJ started The Sabbatical Project after he took a four-month sabbatical from his job as a founder of a fintech company. He joins me today to discuss the benefits of taking an extended break and why he believes this should be a common practice for all professionals.    You can find out more about the sabbatical project here:  https://www.thesabbaticalproject.org/  Be sure to check out our free masterclass: 3 Steps to Leaving a Job That Makes You Miserable Even When No One is Hiring. Available here: https://www.soulcareer.com/masterclass/  Thanks for listening!
47:04
May 26, 2021
020: How Taking a Sabbatical From Work Can Benefit Your Career
My guest for this episode of the Soul Career podcast is Laura Maydon, Laura is the Founder and Former Managing Director of Endeavor, a mission-driven organization that helps entrepreneurs scale and has offices in more than 30 locations around the world.    Laura is on sabbatical from work and has been for the past 2 years. In this episode, she shares her reasons for going on sabbatical, how she planned for it, what the experience has been like for her and how she plans to re-enter the workforce.    This episode is perfect for anyone who has been toying with the idea of going on sabbatical but is still unsure about this move might affect their career.    Leave a comment and let us know what you think. And if you’re interested in doing a free consultation with us, book today at soulcareer.com.
42:24
May 8, 2021
019: Leaving a Corporate Career to Become an Investor and Tech Entrepreneur
My guest for this episode of the Soul Career podcast is my friend and fellow entrepreneur Sheldon Powe.  Sheldon is the Founder and CEO of Innovate10X, a leading digital transformation firm based in Jamaica. He also invests in a number of entrepreneurs. In fact, Sheldon is one of the three men who made a seed investment in Soul Career®.   I met Sheldon in 2018 when he was leaving his 21-year career at the JMMB Group - one of Jamaica’s largest investment firms, founded by his family, to start Innovate 10x. His decision to leave his corporate job was risky, but it helped him to fulfil his long-held desire for entrepreneurship.  In this episode, he shares his career journey and gives his advice for anyone thinking of making the leap from the corporate world to become an entrepreneur.    Here’s a snapshot of what we cover:   1. The reason Sheldon decided to leave his corporate job at JMMB to form his own company.   2. Sheldon's upbringing and how this helped to encourage his entrepreneurial spirit  3. Why he decided to invest in Soul Career® And how he decides to invest in any entrepreneur?  4. His definition of a Soul Career®  5. His advice for anyone who is interested in identifying potential investors for their business   Please reach out to us and let us know what you think! You can send us an email at hello@soulcareer.com or schedule a free consultation from our website: http://www.soulcareer.com​.   #JMMB​ #Innovate10x​
35:51
April 12, 2021
018: Crafting a Career in the Social Impact Industry
In this episode of the Soul Career podcast, I follow-up on my conversation with Yasmina Zaidman, Chief Partnerships Officer at Acumen, by talking more about what the social impact space looks like, and how you can craft a career in this space.   Here's a snapshot of what I cover:   1. Personality types that are attracted to the mission space  2. How I found my way to a mission-driven career  3. A framework to help you decide if a mission-driven career is the right fit for you.    You can also use the following links to access more information:   Certified B Corporations - https://bcorporation.net/ Stanford Social Innovation Review - https://ssir.org/ Chronicle of Philanthropy - https://www.philanthropy.com/ Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs - https://www.andeglobal.org/ Acumen - https://acumen.org/  We hope you find this episode useful. Leave a comment and let us know what you think. And if you’re interested in doing a free consultation with us, book today at https://www.soulcareer.com/.
34:51
March 22, 2021
017: Designing a Career of Purpose, Mission and Impact
In this episode of the Soul Career podcast, I interview my friend and mentor Yasmina Zaidman.    Yasmina Zaidman’s life proves that you can have a fulfilling career in the impact space. She is the Chief Partnerships Officer at Acumen - a global nonprofit organization that changes the way the world tackles poverty, by investing patient capital in early-stage businesses whose products and services are enabling the poor to transform their lives.   She was also my first official mentor. We met when I sat next to her at dinner at a conference in October 2017. We hit it off immediately and she offered to mentor me as I had just received the offer to become the new CEO of the Branson Centre. Since then, she’s become my mentor and friend, we jump on Zoom calls, and meet up in person whenever I’m in New York.    Here’s a summary of what we cover:   1. Her role and why she still loves working at Acumen  2. The effect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the world of mission, impact and philanthropy 3. Her tips for people who are interested in transitioning to careers in the world of philanthropy, mission and impact.    Leave a comment and let us know what you think. And if you’re interested in doing a free consultation with us, book today at soulcareer.com.
44:49
March 8, 2021
016:Building a Million Dollar Business That Matches Your Dream Lifestyle
Kaneisha Grayson’s career proves that you don’t have to have the typical 9 to 5 job to be successful. She is one of my best friends and fellow Harvard Graduate. She is also the CEO and Co-founder of The Art of Applying. The largest black-owned graduate admissions consulting firm in the world. Kaneisha has undoubtedly found her Soul Career. But the path was not always smooth. In this month’s Soul Career podcast, Kaneisha shares how she was able to overcome personal disappointments and heartache to build a million-dollar business and ultimately live a life that she loves. Here is a snapshot of what we cover: Her life growing up in Texas and her decision to go to Harvard Business School. Her business including revenues, clients, packages and pricing. Why she decided to take a leap of faith and launch her business coming out of the Great Recession when everyone was just looking for a job. How she was able to increase her profits from 2018 to 2019 despite a reduction in overall revenue. Her perspective on dating and love. Her tips for listeners who are seeking to build a business that matches their personality and lifestyle. Leave a comment and let us know what you think. And if you’re interested in doing a free consultation with us, book today at soulcareer.com!
56:08
February 3, 2021
015: Can a Traditional Corporate Career Be a Soul Career?
When you envision a Soul Career, you probably think of a life away from the corporate grind. But, it’s possible to find fulfilment in traditional jobs and make a corporate career a Soul Career. In this month’s episode of the Soul Career podcast, we interview Attorney-at-Law, and Partner at Hart Muirhead Fatta, Sanya Goffe.  Sanya has what many would consider a traditional Law career. She climbed the ladder in her law firm to Partner, sits on multiple prestigious boards and recently became an Eisenhower Fellow. Amazingly, she has achieved all this while being a wife, a mother, and having a passion for philanthropy. So how has she achieved this success while still making time for herself?  And, what keeps her motivated when so many lawyers complain of stress and burnout. We discuss all this and more. Here’s what we cover: 1. Sanya’s decision to live in Jamaica; even though she is a dual citizen of Jamaica and the United States.  2. Her decision to become a lawyer and what that journey looked like 3. Her passion for pension reform in Jamaica 4. Her passion for philanthropy and volunteerism 5. Her advice for other lawyers who feel miserable in their careers Leave a comment and let us know what you think. And if you’re interested in doing a free consultation with us, book today at soulcareer.com!
43:29
January 8, 2021
014: How to Get Promoted at a Job You Love
We talk a lot about how finding your dream job can change your life.    But what happens after you find your dream job? How can you establish yourself as an indispensable employee in the first few months?   In this month's podcast, Co-founder and COO of Soul Career Warren Rickards discusses his current role as Strategic Customer Success Manager at Cloudflare. And shares how he was able to get a promotion just 15 months after starting his job.   Here's what we cover:  1.  Warren's current tasks as Strategic Customer Success Manager. And how his responsibilities have changed since getting his promotion.   2. The actions that helped him "wow" the company in the first 90 days.   3. His greatest successes. And the challenges he has faced.   4. Specific actions that he believed contributed to his promotion.  5. His negotiating techniques.  6. What he believes the future holds.   Leave a comment and let us know what you think! And if you're interested in doing a free consultation with us, book today at soulcareer.com!
44:45
November 16, 2020
013: How Will the Future of Work Affect Our Careers?
The world as we know it is changing rapidly. Globalization, technology and COVID-19 are having a massive impact on the way we live and work.   But how will these changes impact our careers decades from now?   In this episode, we’ll explore the changes you can expect coming out the pandemic and what these changes mean for the evolution of our careers in the future. We're going to look at changes across the following three areas:   1. Remote work  2. Contract work (including freelancing and the gig economy)  3. Automation and Digitization   Then we'll discuss the impact of these changes be on:   - Inequality  - The case for Universal Basic Income   Leave a comment and let us know what you think! And if you're interested in doing a free consultation with us, book today at soulcareer.com! The McKinsey report referenced in this episode can be found here: https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/future-of-work/what-800-executives-envision-for-the-postpandemic-workforce .
26:15
October 21, 2020
012: How to Become More Credible
As jobs become more uncertain, people in the workplace are looking for ways to boost their credibility and enhance their reputation. In addition, many people have been recording and putting out online content to shore up their online brand as a result of the pandemic and this massive shift from offline to online.   So this leaves us with two questions:  1. How can we determine if someone else is credible  2. How do we become more credible ourselves   Here’s how I've structured this episode:  - I share my criteria for determining if someone else is credible   - I share my framework for becoming more credible by developing meaningful, valuable contributions that you can use at work, in your company, or in your online personal brand  - I end with tips on how to enhance your credibility by building your network and your body of work   Leave a comment and let us know what you think! And if you're interested in doing a free consultation with us, book today at soulcareer.com!
20:56
August 31, 2020
011: Brandon Andrews' Path to Leading Diversity Casting for ABC's Hit Show Shark Tank
Brandon Andrews is charged with leading a nationwide casting tour focused on bringing more diverse ideas and voices to Shark Tank – an award winning American business reality show that connects budding entrepreneurs with potential investors. Brandon is living his Soul Career - a career he never knew existed when he was growing up with his grandmother in a small town in southern Alabama.  As a child he was a natural athlete with a bright mind and ambitions of becoming an engineer - but life for Brandon was not easy. As a high school student his mother was incarcerated and he and his sister were temporarily homeless. But his determination and positivity helped him to overcome these challenges as he channeled his experiences into an increased sense of responsibility for others. It was this ongoing commitment to diversity and the development of minority communities that led Brandon to a 5-year career in politics in the U.S. Senate and eventually to activism and entrepreneurship. Join us as Brandon shares the story of his career and delivers valuable advice to potential entrepreneurs. Reach out to Brandon on: Phone: He gives his phone number in the episode! Instagram: @yesbrandon Website: https://brandonandrews.superphone.io And if you're interested in scheduling a free career consultation with Soul Career - visit https://calendly.com/soulcareer/consultation. 
40:21
June 26, 2020
010: How Nike Athlete, David Smith, Stayed Resilient through Tumors, Surgeries, and Partial Paralysis
Paralympic athlete David Smith has faced tremendous odds. He was born with  talipes equinovarus (“clubfoot”), misdiagnosed as an epileptic in childhood and, on the cusp of a successful athletic career, was diagnosed with a life-threatening spinal tumor. He had four surgeries - one of which left him partially paralyzed - and had to learn to walk four times. Yet through it all he maintained his passion for athletics and has developed a new life philosophy. We recorded this episode in January 2020, but it’s relevant now more than ever. As we face the COVID-19 pandemic, we may feel overwhelmed by the difficult messages and imagery we’re confronted with every day. It can be easy to lose our commitment to our goals, give up on our dreams and go into a negative space. But David’s story shows us how to reframe any challenge into something that motivates us to move forward with a renewed sense of purpose. Join us as David shares how he remained persistent through tremendous odds and how he went from what he calls a ‘human-doing’ to a human being. Here’s how we’ve structured the episode: - David’s battles with tumors and ill health over the past decade - When he knew becoming an athlete was his Soul Career and how he continued pursuing his dream in the face of so many medical challenges - The impact of his background and childhood, and how his early experiences helped him to develop a ‘can-do’ mindset - How remaining open and keeping a sense of gratitude helped him to accept and adjust his life in the face of challenges - How confronting his own mortality revealed the importance of living in the present moment and finding happiness from internal rather than external validation - His current life philosophy and how he finds joy in his life. If you enjoyed this episode, let us know. Send us an email at hello@soulcareer.com or schedule a free consultation via our website https://www.soulcareer.com.
38:20
April 14, 2020
009: How Will Coronavirus Affect Your Career?
Whether you’re an entrepreneur, freelancer, professional in the corporate world, or executive, this pandemic will affect you. While there will be some negative effects, there will also be a lot of opportunity coming out of this crisis - as the way we work has fundamentally shifted. We must face this moment together, with resilience and some degree of positivity, and manage our way through it to the other side. Here’s how we’ve structured this episode: - What’s happening in the corporate world for professionals who are employed to a steady corporate job - How this pandemic will impact freelancers and the gig economy - How entrepreneurs will be affected and opportunities arising for those who can manage their way through the crisis - My personal experience as a new entrepreneur during the pandemic - Some tools and tips to manage emotions during this crisis so that we can face it with a degree of positivity and resilience Please reach out to us and let us know what you think! Send us an email at hello@soulcareer.com, or schedule a free consultation from our website: https://www.soulcareer.com
29:21
March 19, 2020
008: How Angella Rainford built the Largest Solar Farm in Jamaica at 38 Years Old
“Life is not about living a blue chip path. Life is about living your own story, and the more interesting stories tend to be the ones that are off that beaten path. ” Many people  think that if you go to Harvard Business School and work at Goldman Sachs, then your life is set. You make a high salary, get rich and comfortable, and that’s it for the rest of your life. But for the people who come off that “blue chip” path, life is not that clear. Even though you have the privilege of an amazing education and an amazing network, you may still experience failure, loss, and being broke, all on your way to putting your vision out in the world. Angella Rainford went through a painful divorce, lost a major project bid, lost her home, and had to cope with the death of her father - all while working to develop Jamaica’s largest solar farm. She pulled it off through grit, determination, and a touch of madness, and built a 150-acre solar farm on the western end of the island. Now she’s launched a new venture - Soleco Energy - a solar leasing company.  Here's her story. Reach out to her on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/angellarainford/ Visit Soleco Energy’s website: https://www.soleco-energy.com/
39:36
February 24, 2020
007: Alina Apostol Part 2: How astrology can help you find your Soul Career
"The energy that stands between the soul and the world is your personality." As we kick off the new year, we ask the question - is our Soul Career written in the stars? Join us as Alina Apostol shares how astrology can help us discover our purpose and guide us towards a Soul Career. Alina also helps us understand how astrology can tell us about the energies to expect in our lives in 2020, whether our new business will have an easy or difficult path to success, and whether the energy of our relationships can be mapped by the stars. Follow Alina on instagram: @alinaapostol Visit Alina's website: www.alinaapostol.com
35:05
January 29, 2020
006: Alina Apostol Part 1: Who is Alina Apostol - Astrologer & Clinical Therapist?
Can astrology help you find your Soul Career? For Alina Apostol, astrology is her Soul Career. Alina is a Romanian-born citizen of the world who combines astrology and clinical therapy to help her clients navigate their lives, guided by their astrological charts at the time of their birth.  In Part 1 of this two-part series, we hear Alina's story of growing up in communist Romania, her love of books and mythology, and her decision to pursue psychology as a career, while deepening her knowledge of astrology. Follow Alina on Instagram - @alinaapostol Visit her website - www.alinaapostol.com 
20:22
January 29, 2020
005: Why I Left a Job I Loved
In my first solo episode, I talk about my big decision to leave my first Soul Career as CEO of the Branson Centre Caribbean to pursue an even bigger Soul Career. I start by telling you a little bit about my story - in case you haven’t heard it before - then talk about what I learnt at the Branson Centre and my decision to leave, and finally I’ll leave you with 5 tips for leaving a job you love.
29:05
December 20, 2019
004: Toni Wasn't Looking for a New Career - But Found One
Toni wanted to make her current career her Soul Career. But after taking our course, she started attracting opportunities that she couldn't ignore, and ended up accepting an offer that integrated her many interests in personal finance, creativity, and strategy. She shares her journey with us.
36:48
November 6, 2019
003: How Warren Ended Up Working at a Silicon Valley Tech Unicorn
Soul Career's Co-Founder, Warren, shares his story of starting out in customer support at an outsourced IT company in Tampa, Florida, to moving to Silicon Valley and working for a tech unicorn - even participating in their IPO!
35:28
October 7, 2019
002: John Started Living Between Paris and Los Angeles
John was graduating from college and didn't have an offer. While his peers were excited about their next step after school, he felt stuck in the interview stage. After making a few tweaks to his process, he landed a career in retail real estate, living between Paris and Los Angeles.
24:20
August 26, 2019
001: How Tamaisha Became Executive Director of a New Nonprofit
Tamaisha was feeling stagnant in her career in a multinational organization. By becoming intentional about her career, changing her mindset, following a process and taking consistent action, she was able to attract a new opportunity in just a few short weeks.
28:20
August 26, 2019