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Rhys Thomas and Teresa Quinlan are bringing you guests to challenge the status quo. Explode the Status Quo. The only way to DO differently is to THINK differently. And business needs us to think differently, as leaders, so that we can explode through the barriers that keep us stuck.
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TNT 2.0: Episode 64 with Dr. Shungu M'Gadzah - BUILDING BRIDGES OF EMPATHY


TNT 2.0: Episode 64 with Dr. Shungu M'Gadzah - BUILDING BRIDGES OF EMPATHY


TNT 2.0: Episode 103 with Ilyse Craft - THE ART OF MANIFESTING
Ilyse Craft is a world-renowned Thought Leader & inspires millions worldwide on self leadership & manifesting an incredible life. One of her mantras is “I happier I am the wealthier I become”. Ilyse’s mission is to help create massive visibility for her clients, by them seeing themselves and purpose on a deeper level. Having helped thousands of people & businesses tap into their vision, she acts as a modern day muse or “Accelerator”. Ilyse helps her Clients slow down , go deeper & tap into their own inner intelligence. Clients worldwide report they can do more & become more of who they were meant to be by working closely with her. When making money or finding your Zen is what you’re after, Ilyse is the go-to Guide. Her unique specialty is helping you do both at the same time & “crafting “ a life you are obsessed with! Rate and Review this episode and then check out Ilyse at: Connect/Follow Ilyse here: Dropping this link Ilyse mentions during the episode: Mel Robbins - For more Rhys Thomas: For more Teresa Quinlan:
September 26, 2021
TNT 2.0: Episode 102 with Suzy Clausen - HUMANIZING MENTAL HEALTH
This is episode 102! We are welcoming, to today’s conversation… Suzy Clausen; a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and an Advisor at BenefitBump. Suzy has spent nearly her entire career focused on workplace mental health and has consulted on the topic with dozens of employers such as Caterpillar, HP, PwC, DaVita, Blackbaud, and more. Suzy is a gifted, compassionate individual who believes businesses can improve the wellbeing of their workforce by what she calls ‘humanizing mental health’. She writes and speaks globally to awaken employers to the importance of cultivating purpose in life and at work to drive better health outcomes. After overcoming her own mental health struggles, it’s become part of her mission to help people out of the dark by shining light on their purpose. Suzy holds a Masters Degree in Clinical-Counseling Psychology from Illinois State University and resides in Southwest Michigan with her husband and three children. To learn more and get more of Suzy: LinkedIn - For more Rhys Thomas: For more Teresa Quinlan:
September 19, 2021
TNT 2.0: Episode 101 with Duena Blomstrom - CLOSING THE HUMAN DEBT
Today’s guest is Duena Blomstrom. With a background in Psychology as well as Technology, Duena is on a crusade to see lasting change in our VUCA world, to help companies avail themselves of Agile and the new ways of work while eradicating their HumanDebtTM. An international keynote speaker, influencer, blogger and author of “Emotional Banking” and “People Before Tech: The Importance of Psychological Safety and Teamwork in the Digital Age”, Duena is also the Co-Founder and CEO of PeopleNotTech -a company designing a revolutionary team performance enhancing work-tool - the world’s first solution to check and increase Psychological Safety for teams. Connect with Duena! LinkedIn: Websites:,, Twitter: DuenaBlomstrom Email: For more Rhys Thomas: For more Teresa Quinlan:
September 12, 2021
TNT 2.0: Episode 100 with Chris Ho - CONSCIOUS LEADERSHIP
Welcome to TNT 2.0 with Chris Ho! AND EPISODE 100!!! Chris is a certified organizational coach, husband, father and lifelong learner whose purpose is to help leaders find a balance with what's most important in their lives. Professionally Chris has been a leader in sales organizations in tech, media and finance over the last 15 years which lead him to find his true passion in helping develop the potential in others. Through his personal story of facing cancer and losing his father to the same disease, Chris uses this experience to live a life full of gratitude and appreciation while making an impact on those he works with. Chris is the founder of Conscious Studio, a mindset individual coaching organization and also works with Franklin Covey as a Client Partner. Chris lives in the River District in Vancouver BC with his wife, 4year old son and fur babies Sam and Bella. To be in touch with Chris: Website: LinkedIn: For more Teresa Quinlan: For more Rhys Thomas:
September 05, 2021
TNT 2.0: Episode 99 with Holly Woods - THE GOLDEN THREAD
Welcome to TNT 2.0 and Episode 99… Holly Woods PhD is a visionary who sees deeply into others’ souls. She activates and catalyzes what wants to come alive in people and guides them to manifest their dreams through practical strategies. She is the Founder of Emergence Institute and the Purpose LaunchLab. Holly brings 30 years of consulting and coaching in human and organizational development and two decades of experience building and scaling business and products to help entrepreneurs, visionaries and innovators create impact. She helps clients uncover their nuanced purpose, gain capacities and mindset to attain their unreasonable goals, and align decisions, products and systems around what matters most. Holly earned a PhD in Human & Organizational Development, is certified as an Integral Master Coach®, Purpose Guide®, Professional Mediator and Facilitator, Master Energy Practitioner, and is a Stages of Consciousness developmental practitioner. She is also the author of the #1 bestseller: The Golden Thread: Where to Find Purpose in the Stages of Your Life (2020). This book will dispel any notion that your life doesn’t matter. To Connect with Holly: LinkedIn: Join Purpose Creators Collective: Get the Bestseller The Golden Thread: Download Pivot on Purpose Course: For more Rhys Thomas: For more Teresa Quinlan:
August 29, 2021
T@T 2.0: Episode 98 with Teresa Quinlan and Rhys Thomas - IMPERMANENCE
T@T are episodes recorded with Rhys and Teresa as they discuss topics of interest to them that appear throughout their own lives, the lives of their clients, or are simply 'in the air'; part of the collective experience. What we enjoy most about our T@T discussions is that we get to know each other even more every moment we spend together. The sign of a beautiful friendship is the depths at which is travels. Show me your soul. I'll show you mine. Together we travel the journey, on our paths, with encouragement, guidance, support, love, patience, compassion and kindness. Join us each week as we bring you new episodes. Subscribe. Rate. Review. Drop us an email if there's a topic you'd like to us to discuss OR if you'd like to be a guest on our show. For more Rhys Thomas: For more Teresa Quinlan:
August 22, 2021
T@T 2.0: Episode 97 with Rhys Thomas and Teresa Quinlan - YOU'RE NOT BROKEN
T@T are episodes recorded with Rhys and Teresa as they discuss topics of interest to them that appear throughout their own lives, the lives of their clients, or are simply 'in the air'; part of the collective experience. What we enjoy most about our T@T discussions is that we get to know each other even more every moment we spend together. The sign of a beautiful friendship is the depths at which is travels. Show me your soul. I'll show you mine. Together we travel the journey, on our paths, with encouragement, guidance, support, love, patience, compassion and kindness. Join us each week as we bring you new episodes. Subscribe. Rate. Review. Drop us an email if there's a topic you'd like to us to discuss OR if you'd like to be a guest on our show. For more Rhys Thomas: For more Teresa Quinlan:
August 15, 2021
TNT 2.0: Episode 96 with Barbara Vercruysse - REVERENCE FOR YOUR OWN LIFE
Hello TNT listeners! Welcome to Episode 96 and welcome to our guest Barbara Vercruysse. Barbara is a Certified Master Life Coach, Business Coach, public speaker and author of Start the Life of Your Dreams: A 7-Step Program to a Successful and Fulfilled Life and 7 Most Powerful Techniques to Release Stress. She has also created a line of products to inspire and motivate people on a daily basis. With over 25 professional years as an entrepreneur, business consultant, mentor and role model on how to become resilient with grace after overcoming multiple challenges, including surviving a stage 4 cancer. Happily married for more than 20 years, mom of 3 wonderful young adults, Barbara strongly believes in leading by example. She always looks for the best match in leadership, humanness and efficiency and leads with a profound wisdom on human behavior and great care for her clients. Her passions are reading, painting, enjoying arts, traveling, serving humanity, profound conversations, connecting from human to human. Being passionate about books, every year, one of her goals is to read at least 50 books. Her personal coaching clients are business owners, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders who are dynamic, positive, open for change and always looking to grow and expand. Barbara recently founded her own online school ‘Barbara’s School of Wisdom’. She was published in the Huffington Post and Thrive Global.  She reaches millions of people with her weekly Inspirational Talks on different social platforms. Recently she has been giving the opening speech for Girl Up Jabalpur– a United Nations Foundation talking about Leading with Powerful Kindness. She will be giving talks on the same topic for the Soft Skill Community of Microsoft (+1,600 managers), at the Kindness@Work Conference and talking about The Path of Powerful Kindness at Harvard University in Fall 2021. Barbara is in the process of writing ‘The Path of Powerful Kindness’ right now; LOOK FOR IT IN BOOKSTORES SOON! To connect with Barbara:  LinkedIn: Website: For more Teresa Quinlan - For more Rhys Thomas -
August 08, 2021
TNT 2.0: Episode 95 with Sesil Pir - 8 MINDSETS
Welcome back to Sesil Pir! We were so heart and mind blown by our guests first appearance in January 2021, that we HAD to invite her back! Sesil currently serves as Head of Employee Experience at Takeda Pharmaceutical and the Founder and Principal Consultant of SESIL PIR Consulting GmbH, a boutique management consultancy, focusing on changing the status quo of work. Sesil is an active contributor of Forbes, has been published in the Harvard Business Review, HR Zone and UK’s HR Magazine, and has contributed to several Human Resources Management books. She started her career as a Marketing Consultant with Deloitte & Touché in 1999. Since, she has worked for Honeywell International, Cargill Inc., Microsoft Corporation and Novartis AG as an HR Functional Leader. She holds an MA-HRIR from Carlson School of Management, an Executive MBA from Harvard University, and a BA from Eastern Michigan University. She is a certified Six Sigma in project management and is also certified to administer a variety of 360-degree feedback and organizational Assessment Tools. She is an honorary faculty at Indian School of Business & Istanbul University. She has been recently recognized as '40 Thinkers Under 40' in Europe and '101 Employee Engagement Influencers' globally. To get more of Sesil Pir: LinkedIn: Twitter: whirlingchief For more Teresa Quinlan: For more Rhys Thomas:
August 01, 2021
T@T 2.0: Episode 94 with Rhys Thomas and Teresa Quinlan - SELF JUDGEMENT AND SELF COMPASSION
In this episode of TNTESQ, Season 2, we discuss self-judgement and self-compassion. The relationship of these two behaviours pulling it's abilities from the alignment of our mind, body, gut. To be able to access these 3 elements within ourselves to explore the root cause, the source of our trauma, the original agony AND then to be able to navigate forward without judgement and instead with compassion. To be able to do this requires our noticing muscles to be attentive to our thinking, feelings, instincts. Subscribe. Rate. Review. For more Rhys Thomas: For more Teresa Quinlan:
July 25, 2021
TNT 2.0: Episode 93 with Cordelia Gaffar - THE ENJOYMENT OF BEING WITH OURSELVES
Cordelia Gaffar is the Emotions Opener ™ Transformation Strategist for Courageous Leaders guiding them to be self-aware and operate in full self-trust.  2020 was a year of very difficult conversations surrounding diversity, equity, belonging and inclusion and Ms. Gaffar has been at the forefront of facilitating this conversation on an organizational level. In 2021 along with award-winning Berlin based co-hosts, Mira and Peter Griffiths created the Unlearning Labels Podcast and workshops to help organizations to implement actionable tools and change policies. She is also a force in women’s empowerment and was awarded Top National Influencer, a Sexy Brilliant Ambassador and Leader, and inducted into the Global Library of Female Authors. Her new book Detached Love: Transforming Your Heart So That You can Transform Your Mind highlights her Replenish Me ™ Process, which is self-leadership surrounding practicing sustainable mindfulness. Her other awards include Best Podcast Host of 2019, for her Free to Be podcast,  Volunteer of the Year and best-selling co-author of America’s Leading Ladies: who positively impact the world with Oprah Winfrey and several dynamic women. Even with all of her accolades her biggest brag is homeschooling mom her six children for 17 years.  As seen on America Meditating Radio, British Muslim TV, Spirituality Podcast, also featured on South African radio 786, and Fox News. To connect with and learn more about Cordelia... Email: Find you on Instagram and LinkedIn and if you 'google' her...she's what rises to the top! For more Rhys Thomas: For more Teresa Quinlan:
July 18, 2021
TNT 2.0: Episode 92 with Sejal Thakkar - UNCONSCIOUS BELIEFS
Hello TNT listeners…welcome back to another episode with myself, Teresa Quinlan, and Rhys Thomas.  Let’s get right to welcoming our guest today… Dubbing herself "Chief Civility Officer", Sejal Thakkar is not your average employment law attorney! Her more than seventeen years of experience advising clients regarding sound, standard employment practices uncovered a need - and personal passion - for bringing more proactive, relevant, and impactful workplace training programs to her clients and their teams. Her highly experiential customized workshops tailored to bring the courtroom to the training room in an interactive, engaging environment that favors human stories over compliance checklists. For more of Sejal Thakkar... LinkedIn: Website: Twitter: sejaltrainxtra Remember to subscribe to receive new episodes. Rate and Review to let us know what you think! For more Rhys Thomas: For more Teresa Quinlan:
July 11, 2021
Today we welcome Heather Rendulic! Heather Rendulic wants to live in a world where everyone feels empowered when they face life’s challenges. She knows how hard life can get. As a young stroke and brain surgery survivor, she learned the tools needed to become an overcomer. When she’s not working as a Human Resources Professional, Heather is sharing her message of hope as a motivational speaker/mentor and sharing the art of finding beauty in the chaos. This episode is titled after Heather's book, which chronicles her journey through brain surgery. After a devastating diagnosis and 5 brain bleeds in 11 months, Heather found herself needing life saving brain surgery. At 23. A stroke paralyzed her and the recovery was difficult and long. She persevered. How? With an overcomer's mindset, a belief in herself, faith, and a strong community. To book Heather for your next event, team inspiration/motivation, organizational PEP TALK... - Email: - Website: Grab your copy of Heather's book – Head Strong Through Life Love and Brain Surgery - from Amazon today! For more Rhys Thomas: For more Teresa Quinlan:
July 04, 2021
T@T 2.0: Episode 90 with Rhys Thomas and Teresa Quinlan - SHAME
Welcome to another episode of T@T; Thomas and Teresa going one on one on a topic that sparks their own thinking and challenging of the status quo. This episode is all about SHAME, ignited from a previous podcast episode with Sarah Elkins...within which Teresa shared her experience with shame like wearing clothing. In the end, shame is a cycle that we can break by doing the inner work of developing our self-regard, our self-perception, and releasing attachments to the things that cause us suffering. In breaking the cycle, we free ourselves and others from 'should-ing' to be or do anything. Instead, we rise to be. That's it. Be. For more Rhys Thomas visit For more Teresa Quinlan visit
June 27, 2021
TNT 2.0: Episode 89 1/2 with Shelley Brown - W.E.I.R.D GIRL ADVENTURES
Hey TNT audience…Have you ever felt weird? You you’re on a rollercoaster to a freight train down a rabbit hole? Our guest today, Shelley Brown, has. And she’s better for it. A corporate strategist who spent 25 years practicing the fine arts of mergers, acquisitions, downsizings, public-private transitions, acts of God, performance reviews, KPIs, workplace cultures, and so much more, Shelley kept her weird to herself...until as an ultra runner, her vertebrae collapsed, forcing her to rethink who she was and why. Through this adversity, Shelley learned to allow her individuality to shine through, tapping into her extreme creativity and fearlessness to make a greater impact on the world. This confidence—along with a lifetime serving the hospitality, technology, and convention markets—gave Shelley the unique opportunity to make a remarkable difference, building a program that helped countless leaders and employees learn to be the drivers of their own awareness so they could become more effective, productive, and present. A bold speaker, future NY Times best-selling author, and incredible ball of positive energy, Shelley has learned to allow her W.E.I.R.D to shine through, turning it from a label to a way of being. Her pandemic resume includes writing a book, launching a greeting card line, and becoming a self-taught pop artist. Incredibly engaging and fun, Shelley encourages audiences to allow their W.E.I.R.D., embracing individuality to land at a place of inclusion. You can connect with Shelley Brown... - Linked in: - Website: - Instagram: @weirdgirladventures - Book W.E.I.R.D GIRL ADVENTURES: Amazon, Walmart, Barnes and Noble For more Rhys Thomas: For more Teresa Quinlan:
June 20, 2021
TNT 2.0: Episode 89 with Sarah Elkins: YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR STORY
Today we welcome Sarah Elkins! Sarah is your guide to uncovering the right personal stories for the right audiences so executives, leaders, public speakers, and job seekers can clearly and effectively demonstrate their character, values, and vision.  She is a storyteller, communication coach, author and professional musician. As a Gallup certified StrengthsFinder coach, Sarah uses that tool and story sharing strategies as the foundation of her work with teams, improving communication to reduce tension and stress in the workplace. Welcome to TNT Sarah! Strap into a wonderfully personal podcast episode in true Sarah Elkins form, with stories shared! Sarah eloquently takes us into the journey of our stories, how we choose our personality characteristics, how we navigate our personal transformation by challenging the stories that have been told to us and about us. To connect with Sarah Elkins: - Linked in: - Website:  (Rocket to Uranus) and  (Elkins Consulting) - Twitter: sarahelkins For more Rhys Thomas: For more Teresa Quinlan:
June 13, 2021
TNT 2.0: Episode 88 with Daniel Steven: IT'S MORE THAN JUST WEIGHT
Today we welcome Daniel Steven! Daniel is the Founder and Head Coach at The Executive Health Coach. He has been working in the health space for 11.5 years and the last 5 years have been working with male executives and business owners, guiding them to improve their physical and mental health, and level up their life. IMAGINE THIS: No more diets that leave you starving and miserable or spending your limited time off prepping meals for the following week. No more yo-yo'ing on the scales. Learn how to become healthy with minimum disruption to your life. Welcome to TNT Daniel! TESTIMONIAL from Nick Raeburn - Dan is an amazing human being and someone who really takes the time to listen. Not many people do that these days. He has personally helped me regain focus and lose a sustainable amount of weight. I feel 20 years younger. Dan is like the big brother I never had, a remarkable man and someone I'm also happy to call a friend. To be in touch with Daniel: - Linked in: - Website: - Email: For more Rhys Thomas: For more Teresa Quinlan:
June 06, 2021
TNT 2.0: Episode 87 with Ipek Williamson: HO'OPONOPONO IS SELF FORGIVENESS
Today we welcome Ipek Williamson! Ipek is a Certified Insight Coach, Listener, Certified Ikigai Coach, Certified Ho'oponopono Practitioner and Blogger (Hawaiian traditional practice of self-forgiveness and reconciliation). Her journey as an Insight Coach took over her focus after working for more than two decades as an Executive Assistant for C suite leaders of several multinational organizations. She perfectly blends her vast corporate experience with diversified areas of expertise as a coach and mentor. Ipek aims to create a spark in the eyes of everyone she connects with. She also intends to help anyone and any relationship that needs healing and improvement. Especially the relationship with ones' self. She believes that life is beautiful, and everyone deserves to live it to the fullest. And she makes her life's work to touch the lives of as many people as possible. One beautiful soul at a time. To help them create a fulfilling personal life and a thriving career. Welcome to TNT Ipek! For more of Ipek: - Linked in: - Website: For more Teresa Quinlan: For more Rhys Thomas:
May 30, 2021
TNT 2.0: Episode 86 with Andrew Moss: EVERY ACTION DOESN'T NEED A REACTION
Today we welcome Andrew Moss! For over 30 years, Andrew has coached a diverse audience from 7 to 78 and from Olympic athlete to tech CEO. Andrew understands the mindset of those motivated to make a difference in the world, and the mental blocks that can get in the way of them expressing their full potential.  Andrew’s current work includes work with socially minded entrepreneurs, leaders tackling inner-city violence and the criminal justice system, and private clients who’ve capped out on their careers and want to write a next chapter of purposeful impact. Andrew lives in Toronto with his partner Monique and attempts to play dad to four daughters. To learn more about Andrew Moss, connect with him, follow up... - Linked in: - Website: - Email: - Twitter: andrewmossca - Instagram: coachandrewmoss For more Teresa Quinlan: For more Rhys Thomas:
May 23, 2021
TNT 2.0: Episode 85 with Tessie Castillo and Terry Robinson - CRIMSON LETTERS
Hello TNT listeners. Thank you for plugging into this episode. It’s a unique one; one I had the honour of hosting with two incredible human beings, Tessie Castillo and Terry Robinson, also known as Chanton. To record this episode, Chanton who is incarcerated on North Carolina’s Death Row, currently fighting a wrongful conviction, needed to dial in via conference through Tessie’s phone, in order to join us. Twice. Why twice? Because there is a 15-minute limit on phone calls. I’ve chosen to leave the audio running throughout the entire conversation so that you could receive the full emotional experience that Tessie and I got to experience. Tessie Castillo is an author, journalist and public speaker who specializes in stories on criminal justice, drug policy, prison reform and racial equity. She co-wrote her first book, Crimson Letters: Voices from Death Row, with four men serving death sentences in North Carolina, whom she met while volunteering at North Carolina’s Central Prison in 2014. Chanton, is a member of Tessie’s writing program, and when not writing stories to challenge the stereotype of people on Death Row, Chanton unwinds in the pages of fantasy books or hosts Dungeons & Dragons role-playing games. He is currently working on an urban fantasy novel and his memoir. His writing can be found on the blog, Walk In Those Shoes. To learn more about Tessie Castillo: To find Terry Robinson (Chanton) and his works: For more Teresa Quinlan: For more Rhys Thomas:
May 16, 2021
TNT 2.0: Episode 84 with Marc Brackett - GO AHEAD AND FEEL ALL THE FEELINGS
Today we welcome Marc Brackett…the founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. His research focuses on the role of emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, health, and performance. He has published over 150 scholarly articles, received numerous awards, and is featured regularly in popular media outlets such as the New York Times, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, and The Today Show. Marc serves on a number of boards, including the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the nonprofit that founded the field of social and emotional learning (SEL). Marc is the lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based approach to SEL that has been adopted by over 2,500 public, private, and charter schools across the United States and in other countries, including Australia, China, England, Italy, Mexico, and Spain. Research shows that RULER boosts academic performance, decreases school problems like bullying, enriches classroom climates, reduces teacher stress and burnout, and enhances teacher instructional practices. Marc consults regularly with corporations including Facebook, General Electric, Google, Microsoft, and Pinterest on integrating emotional intelligence principles into employee training and product design, and is co-founder of Oji Life Lab, a digital emotional intelligence learning system for businesses. Marc is the author of Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help our Kids, Ourselves, and our Society Thrive. In this episode, Marc shares the pivotal life moment that carried him forward into the work he does today and the meaning of this moment to his own emotional intelligent journey. We explore the impact of emotional intelligence development for children, in schools, for adults, and why, hands down, EVERYONE needs to develop their emotional intelligence skill set. To learn more about Marc and his work, see what's upcoming, and grab free resources, visit For more of Rhys Thomas: For more of Teresa Quinlan:
May 09, 2021
T@T: Episode 83 with Rhys Thomas and Teresa Quinlan - MIND THE GAP
Welcome to another episode of T@T - Thomas and Teresa - as we bring to you a discussion related to what's been coming up in our own lives. What's been landing on our radar. Mind the Gap is about the division, separation, difference between when a leader has directives that completely fail to align with what is needed by their employees. When there is a distribution of power where only a few get to decide what happens, the hierarchy creates a gap where dissonance then exists. When we don't feel what each other is feeling, understand what others are seeing and how they are making decisions, there is a wedge that is created which widens the gap between our ability to perform at a high level. To flourish. To achieve the collective mission. We must be aligned in order to work together toward the mission's achievement. Alignment, does not, however, mean agreement. We can have diversity of thoughts which is so important for innovation, creativity, ownership, responsibility. We need to have diversity of thought. Emotionally, dissonance creates emotions that are often unpleasant in their experience and that unpleasantness has the potential to leading to disengagement, low motivation, low productivity, ineffective problem solving, distraction, lack of focus. Terrible for the bottom line - right? Emotional intelligence skills arrive on the scene to elevate individual contributions to creating resonance in the workplace (and all life places). Leadership excellence requires skills in relationships, self-awareness, power distribution, people and profit together, people factor and appropriate business factor together. Enjoy this episode!  Subscribe, rate, and review. For more Rhys Thomas: For more Teresa Quinlan:
May 02, 2021
TNT 2.0: Episode 82 with Jacy Imilkowski and Jiggy Yoon - COMPASSION
WELCOME to Jacy and Jiggy for today's TNT episode - COMPASSION! Jacy Imilkowski (just think “I-milk-cows-on-skis”), PMP, CPCC, ACC, CLL is a speaker and certified coach that helps high-empathy professionals beat the burnout that comes from overserving others while underserving themselves. A self-admitted communication nerd, Jacy specializes in the neuroscience of conversation and positive habit formation for business and personal growth. Jacy has spent 20+ years as a team leader, speaker, trainer, and coach, including 10 years with a Fortune 50 healthcare account. She’s also an adjunct instructor on communication, coaching, and leadership for The University of Wisconsin-Madison and Madison College. During her career, she’s developed and delivered hundreds of learning sessions to individuals and organizations, including: ·        Mayo Clinic Health Systems ·        The Federal Reserve Banking System ·        Wisconsin Lawyers Assistance Program (WisLAP) ·        Wisconsin Law Enforcement Command College ·        Professional associations for healthcare, project management, legal professionals, and more Jacy is a certified Project Management Professional®, Myers-Briggs® administrator, Co-Active® coach, and Laughter Leader. She’s also a Conversational Intelligence® Enhanced Practitioner, Positive Intelligence® practitioner, and holds a Certificate of Patient Experience Leadership. She also gave her first TEDx Talk, “What’s Your Rhubarb Pie? How Trauma Impacts Choice” in August 2019. Recognized as one of 2018's 40 Under 40 young professionals in Madison, WI, Jacy truly lives her values of building personal and professional communities. When not working she enjoys volunteering as a Speakers Academy Dean for the National Speakers Association-Wisconsin chapter and a foster home for Greyhound Pets of America. She loves her dog, and probably loves your dog too. To connect with JACY: - LinkedIn: - Website: - Email: - Twitter: JacyImilkowski Jiggy Yoon Na Eun “Jiggy” Yoon is a daughter, a sister, a kickass girlfriend, an overprotective best friend, a Type 1 Diabetic, an athlete, a super awesome speaker, a mental performance coach, a facilitator, and the founder of Vulnerability Is Dope™ . She helps competitive athletes, relentless entrepreneurs, young professionals, and college students increase the longevity of their performance and demand for excellence as she brings attention to the importance of mental health, burnout prevention, and self-compassion just as deeply as she focuses on intense work ethic, perseverance, and self-discipline. Jiggy's reputation as a speaker, presenter, and panelist is built on her ability to connect authentically and meaningfully with a wide range of audiences — from D1 schools to tech companies, from Type 1 Diabetics to competitive athletes. Known well for her core messages, "Vulnerability Is Dope" and “No Excellence Without Self-Compassion”, Jiggy's fire for helping people thrive and victor over the battles of the pressure to perform only continues to burn stronger overtime. To connect with JIGGY: - LinkedIn: - Website: - Email: For more of Teresa: For more of Rhys:
April 25, 2021
TNT 2.0: Episode 81 with Mohamed Hammoud - SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Today we welcome Mohamed Hammoud! Mohamed Hammoud is a husband and father to three children, an engaging facilitator, a keynote and TEDx speaker, a media commentator and community advocate for inclusion. Mohamed is a dedicated and driven community leader with extensive ties to the London area. With expertise in community activism, leadership development, diversity, equity and inclusion, Mohamed understands the importance of diversity to sustain Canada's prosperity and growth. His outreach efforts demonstrate an ongoing commitment to progressive community-building. He has served in various capacities as a board member and volunteer to different local community organizations, as well as a Liberal Party of Canada candidate in the 2019 federal election. A regular contributor to various media outlets, including the CBC and the London Free Press, an award-winning Toastmaster, TEDx and keynote speaker, executive coach and trainer, Mohamed has been recently appointed as the Chief Learning Officer to New Canadian Media. In his professional career, Mohamed’s purpose is to develop heart-centred leaders who 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞 others, use their 𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐥𝐮𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 to amplify diverse perspectives and 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐞 them to achieve collective results. Welcome to TNT Mohamed! We walk the spectrum of social responsibility, the emotional intelligence skill, in all of it's diverse representations. What you'll hear in this podcast conversation? - Social responsibility is about my desire to impact the world, help others, elevate others - Energy cycle – I am the boomerang and driven to make a difference - Empowerment is about giving others whatever they need to elevate themselves - Balance with social responsibility is holding the tension between 2 opposing elements and harmony is finding the calm peace in that tension - This requires a lot of self-care - My routine for self-care is a combination of spiritual, prayer, incantation, mindfulness, movement, connection, service - The impact of self-care toward effectiveness in social impact is huge because I have to be good and right first to be good for others - Leadership can only command ears when first commands harts - The heart can contain the whole of the universe; in error, we think it’s your head that does this. It’s the heart - #notanymore hate – a tweak we can all do now is to stop using this word - Diversity is a fact, inclusion is a choice Mohamed's LinkedIn Profile: Email: Twitter: Desire2Lead For more Rhys Thomas: For more Teresa Quinlan:
April 18, 2021
TNT 2.0: Episode 80 with Annette "Penny" Taylor - CAVE GIRL CLAIRE
Today we welcome Penny Taylor! Our guest today has a Master's in Educational Psychology and a unique perspective on life. Penelope or “Penny”, thinks cave-dwellers were smart, and that we could learn a lot from how they lived. For the past 3 1/2 years, she has been studying the latest theories in Evolutionary Psychology and no longer believes the time our ancestors spent living in caves should be considered "underdeveloped" or "savage." In her spare time, she has been picking the brains of Evo Psych's most respected researchers and come up with a theory of human behavior that includes every person on the earth. That's because her ideas are based on our human similarities - our biology - instead of our cultural differences, and she wants you to come to the understanding that our emotions, as confusing as they seem sometimes, are here to help us, not hinder us. This is one heck of an episode in which we cover: - Instinct blindness - A certain arrogance to the ‘homo sapiens’ we are now - Experienced behaviour of urgency, obsession, binge watching TV, avoiding connections with family and family responsibilities – but didn’t notice these right of the bat - Tree dwellers – cave dwellers – house dwellers and the evolutionary psychology related to these stages in evolution - Generalizations in the Epoch (history) of these stages - Tree – hominids, not a lot of need for communication in the facial expressions or speaking (words) because we had hair…smell of where we were, and what we did, troops of 40 - Cave – troops of 100, storytellers, left the cave and came back (what happened when you were out there? What happened when we left here?). Pictures, words, cave drawings. Roles. - House – nuclear families are small (2 to 10?), where’s my back up….I don’t have the numbers around me for back up, where’s my tribe? Who is in my tribe? Communication with technology…emojis, etc.) - IQ boom and value - EQ boom and value How to get more of Annette "Penny" Taylor and Cave Girl Claire: Website: For more of Rhys Thomas: For more of Teresa Quinlan:
April 11, 2021
TNT 2.0: Episode 79 with Brian Cunningham - AWARENESS QUOTIENT
Today we welcome Brian Cunningham… On his journey from Parking Lot Attendant to CEO, Brian has studied the leadership experience at every level within a complex organization. As a life-long student of leadership and an explorer of numerous paths of expanded awareness, Brian has sought to discover the deeper possibilities and foundational drivers of extra-ordinary leadership service. A key component of his purpose is to actively contribute to the revolution in leadership understanding and practice. This has led to the authoring of two books on the foundations of exceptional leadership and the development of the AQ (Awareness Quotient) Model of leadership development. In this episode we cover a lot of ground... - AWARENESS quotient is about foundational drivers for exceptional leadership - In life…I noticed myself asking “There’s got to be something more.” and this led to my exploration - My goal has been to serve whomever is in front of me in any way and every way that I needed to - Awareness quotient model consists of 4 pieces: o Internal environment and awareness o External environment o Integration: internal and external environments together. The dance of humanity! o Clarify – use focus and attention on purpose for how we see and experience the world - Development progression is a part of everyone’s life experience. Crawl then walk then run. Use this developmental progression for AQ as well! - AQ – observe your internal environment; expand this awareness, your feelings, thoughts, beliefs, biases, values. To connect with Brian - Linked in: - Website: For more of Rhys Thomas: For more of Teresa Quinlan:
April 04, 2021
TNT 2.0: Episode 78 with Rebecca Scott - SHAPE A BETTER FUTURE
Today we welcome Rebecca Scott! Rebecca Scott is on a mission to inspire others to shape a better future. As the founder of Vivid Spring Solutions, she strives to provide the information and inspiration people need to achieve their purpose. She is also the host of the Humans, Now and Then podcast, which explores how our rapidly changing world impacts people, now and in the future. Rebecca has a 20-year career that spans Healthcare, Finance, Technology and Business Analysis, and has spoken at numerous local and international conferences on topics including Innovation, Team Dynamics and Employee Success. We spend 40 minutes digging into the general malaise people are experiencing at the present moment which often leads to questioning what they are doing, reprioritizing what is important to them, and often pivoting entirely. When we once used to pretend that home and work places were separate from each other adn didn't bleed into one another, we have quickly discovered this is not the case. Enjoy the conversation - SUBSCRIBE, RATE, REVIEW! To connect with Rebecca Scott: - Linked in: - Website: - Twitter: RScott_CBAP For more Rhys Thomas: For more Teresa Quinlan:
March 28, 2021
TNT 2.0: Episode 77 with Barry Holmes - LOOSENING ATTACHMENTS
Today we welcome Barry Holmes! Spending any amount of time with Barry you will soon discover a few things… He is creative, random, and infinitely curious about everyone and everything. He loves to paint, write, cook, play, run and laugh.  Life is the canvas for his art and Barry expresses an eloquent gratefulness to have finally realised that. In the seemingly grown-up world Barry is a father to his beautiful daughter Sofia, a partner to his queen Michelle, a son to his wonderful mum Gerd and a brother to Tony and Mark. Zoom, Barry’s learning company, was born 20 years ago from the realisation he was, he is, in love with learning and un-employable and un-teachable. Since then Zoom has stayed true to their mission to change the way the world thinks about learning. It was and continues to be a joy working with beautiful organisations and people, especially Save the Children and Alzheimers Society whose purpose resonates as much today as it did 100 years ago. Barry is very smart and loving, blessed to be surrounded by those much smarter and more loving than he, and his intention is to keep it that way. Always an expansion of our hearts to be in the same space together Barry… For More Barry Holmes: - Website: - Email: - Twitter: Bazzazoom For more Rhys Thomas: For more Teresa Quinlan:
March 21, 2021
T@T: Episode 76 with Rhys Thomas and Teresa Quinlan - IMPOSTER SYNDROME
T@T with Rhys Thomas and Teresa Quinlan. An episode where the two of us jam on a topic that is relevant and important for us to bring to you. Imposter Syndrome...a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persists regardless of proof of otherwise! This syndrome is not reserved for only those with low self-esteem or low-confidence. In's quite the opposite.  Imposter Syndrome is NOT associated directly to low self-esteem or low-confidence. It can show up most frequently in high-achievers and those prone to perfectionism. We dive into the exploration of how imposter syndrome can be amplified through a combination of variables like nature and nurture - our personality plus the environment we are raised in. How emotional intelligence comes into the picture as related to self-perception, reality testing, and emotional self awareness. We discuss how to develop those EQ skills as well as use the R.A.I.N (recognize, awareness, investigate, non-identify) method to process through moments when Imposter Syndrome creeps in. SUBSCRIBE, rate and review! Let us know what you're enjoying about our podcast and any ideas you'd like us to bring to an episode. For more of Rhys Thomas: For more of Teresa Quinlan:
March 14, 2021
TNT 2.0: Episode 75 with Rachel Druckenmiller - GET UNMUTED
Today we welcome Rachel Druckenmiller, CEO, Speaker & Facilitator at UNMUTED Rachel is on a mission to humanize the workplace by igniting resilient, connected and engaged leaders and teams through interactive keynotes, workshops and leadership trainings. Recognized as the #1 Health Promotion Professional in the U.S. in 2015, a 40 Under 40 Game Changer in 2019, and one of The Daily Record’s Leading Women of 2020, Rachel is a national thought leader in the field of wellbeing and employee engagement. She has delivered over 100 virtual learning experiences since March 2020 across a wide range of industries. She has worked with dozens of organizations, including Deloitte, Citizens Bank, Junior Achievement, and the American Heart Association. Rachel has been featured as a guest on nearly 50 podcasts. She has a Master’s degree in Health Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. In this conversation we cover a range of incredible topics from: - Rachel's breakthrough moments of unmuting her own self into her true self - How individuals get stuck in fear - How organizations want to surface scratch wellness instead of digging in to solve the real problems - How to easily create spaces for people to truly connect, share, heal, and move forward together, BETTER. HOW TO CONNECT WITH RACHEL? - Linked in: - Website: - Instagram: @unmutedlife Want more of Rhys Thomas? Want more of Teresa Quinlan?
March 07, 2021
TNT 2.0: Episode 74 with Dr. Pauline Crawford - VALUE OTHER PEOPLE
In this episode we welcome Dr. Pauline Crawford-Omps, CEO of Corporate Heart International and Chief Culture Officer at MY-CEO Crisis Management for Small and Medium Business. International Best-Selling Author, Speaker, Changemaker, Gender Dynamics Expert, Certified Image Consultant, Magical Conversation Host and Performance Coach, PhD in Entreprenology (Research on Wellness Cultures UK 2003/5). With 30-year entrepreneur history, Pauline is known as The Ambassador of Magical Conversations as she adventured across UK/Europe, Asia Pacific, and USA, fulfilling her purpose to enable male and female leaders to co-create profitable, value-creation, people-centric collaborative cultures. Her engagement approach encourages genuine Magical Conversations that tackle the heart of the matter and energize people individually and together. A key focus in her approach is to release old outdated patterns that block individually and collectively.  She teaches how to use self-assessment mapping techniques to embed value-based mindsets and new habits that favour positive thinking and being.  Her programs encourage individuals to raise the bar and participate to build collective intelligence that produces outstanding results. The beneficial outcomes are felt from the boardroom to the stock room, with higher profits, good health, and greater customer loyalty. With original research using mapping techniques, Pauline leads Corporate Heart International in the field of Gender Dynamics Intelligent Leadership and Engaging Wellness Cultures. Transforming business beyond #metoo and COVID-19 pressures, Pauline designed a unique Crawford Gender Dynamics Map to enable men and women alike to learn a business dialogue to forge greater synergy and a measurable ROI in productivity and creativity. Her passion is to CREATE A NEW NARRATIVE that brings emotional clarity to all relationships and communities. Designer of the Magical Conversations Formula and Wellness Map, Pauline ensures business and life conversations develop with no judgment, anger, or coercion. These techniques combine to engage people to build Value Creation from human inclusion in creating ideas. Clients such as Coutts Bank, Barclays, British Telecoms, Astra Zeneca, HP Consulting, Innovation Norway, eBay, Urenco, London Metropolitan Police, UK; The Ministry of Women and the Razak School of Government are on her Malaysian list of clients. Now resident in the US, focused on business owner entrepreneurs and corporate clients keen to engage their people in the heart of matters. President of World Association of Visioneers and Entreprenologists WAVE Chairperson of the Permanent Commission for Social Issues and Women Entrepreneurs for World Union of Small and Medium Enterprises WUSME To connect with Dr. Crawford: LinkedIn: Email: YouTube: Pauline Crawford - For more of Rhys Thomas: For more of Teresa Quinlan:
February 28, 2021
TNT 2.0: Episode 73 with Kristin Sherry - MAXIMIZE YOUR POTENTIAL
Today we welcome Kristin Sherry! Kristin is an author, globally recognized career expert, and creator of YouMap® Profile which won a 2020 Career Innovator Award from Career Directors International.  Kristin is a speaker, trainer, and author of international bestseller, YouMap, and a 2020 Pencraft award-winner in business books for Your Team Loves Mondays...Right?  She is the managing partner of YouMap LLC, which certifies coaches, career services and HR professionals as YouMap® coaches. Formerly, Kristin led Learning Strategy adn Delivery for a Fortune 12 Company. Her children's book You've Got Gifts! released November 10, 2020. Maximize 365 released February 2021. Welcome to TNT Kristin! Want more of Kristin Sherry? - Linked in: - Website:, - Twitter: YouMapCreator For more of Rhys Thomas: For more of Teresa Quinlan:
February 21, 2021
T@T: Episode 72 with Rhys Thomas and Teresa Quinlan - SELF CARE IS NOT A LUXURY, IT'S A NECESSITY
Welcome to another T@T episode, where Rhys and Teresa come together, 1 on 1, to discuss a topic that's on their mind. One that we hope offers tremendous value to you. In this episode we dig into the phrase: "Self care is not a luxury. Self care is a necessity." From our own personal responsibility of self care, to the workplace, we dig into how we manage our own catalogue of self care strategies when LIFE is constantly happening, and how organizations create spaces for self care to flourish. Including holding leadership accountable to caring for their people in order for peak performance to be achieved. People BEFORE profit. Wellbeing BEFORE performance. After all, it is our self care practices that contribute directly to our wellbeing which contributes to our happiness which is a predictor of success. And success in a workplace is the measure of a contributors (no matter the role), use of all of their skills (technical skills, emotional intelligence skill, soft skills, people skills), to their optimal level. SUBSCRIBE. Rate. Review! Want more of Rhys and Teresa? Rhys Thomas: or Teresa Quinlan: or
February 14, 2021
Today we welcome Nuria Rojo Ruiz! Nuria is an organization transformation consultant guiding organizations towards self-managed, bureaucracy-free and human-centered models, considering the organization as an ecosystem, where all the parts are interrelated. She combines a passion for people, data, technology, learning and challenging the traditional status quo and takes very diverse roles to get as close as possible to the reality. Nuria’s purpose is to make an impact in people’s lives at work making them feel fulfilled with who they are and what they do, while creating successful businesses, doing good for the planet and the society. Nuria started as a business consultant and project manager in the telecommunication area, with an engineering background. She took the leap to lead and collaborate in Global International post-merger initiatives across functions, levels and countries, in a big IT corporation. Nuria has worked and lived in more than 15 countries. Nuria helps us to navigate her professional passion of creating organizations that are communities. Communities where people voluntarily want to be part of the united goal, the work, the effort, the vision. To do this, we discuss many elements including: - Organizations must fight the divide behaviours that are around us constantly - The results of the divide – what is different about us – are isolation, feeling unheard, feeling unseen, depression, anxiety, lack of wellbeing, loneliness, loss in motivation and creativity and value - The divide in the workplace is a direct correlation to the archaic organizational hierarchy with titles and status; the divide is imposed by the system itself - What we are aiming for are symbiotic relationships between all within an organization; an ecosystem of interrelated flow - Companies to become communities - What are the building blocks of a community? § Individuals that want to be part of the whole. § Service to and with others. § Mindset of we. § Know your own strengths and weaknesses (know each others) and focus where you can contribute; feel your value. § United in the goal. § Committed to the goal. § Equality of and for all. - Transparency in information sharing; how much does each person get to know? For more of Nuria Rojo: Linked in: Website: For more of Rhys Thomas: For more of Teresa Quinlan:
February 07, 2021
TNT 2.0: Episode 70 with J. Brian Hennessy - DISCOVERING YOUR TRUESELF
Today we welcome J Brian Hennessy. J. Brian is a human who is passionate about all that he is “born to BE” passionate about. And he knows how enormously lucky he is; and with that luck incredibly grateful to be living with intention his ever-evolving TruSelf and TruPurpose through his natural gifts and dispositions; and to know the social, even moral, responsibility that comes with that knowing and doing-as-BEing. And it just so happens that this luck emerged through his parents as role-models; and not just through their DNA as YOUnique individuals, but through the expression of that destined-to-thrive matrix of innate gifts and dispositions within both Pat & Jack Hennessy as partners, educators, disruptive entrepreneurs, and visionary’s. Brian’s Mother, Pat Hennessy, created the first special education curriculum in the USA in 1946-7; and because of Brian’s rather hyper nature, is the reason he is most likely still with us, or not in jail, etc… Pat Hennessy knew exactly what to do with Brian’s bountiful hyper-kinesis. Later, in 1968, with her husband and business partner Jack, Pat came up with the idea of selling restaurant supply products retail. Creating the first wholesale-to-retail food stores in the USA. Since then Brian has lived “boots on the ground” within 12 start-ups with a startup success rate batting avg of .333, which, if you know this sector, ain’t too shabby. Since 2009 Brian has been an evangelist for the coming “Human Singularity,” which he believes will unfold around 2050. Prior to this Brian predicted the emergence of social media, search engines, and various emergent industries as documented in a 1989 Vision-of-Visions titled: G.E.T.TheVision, or Global Evolutionary Technologies, the Vision. Why a 60 year plan? Well, Brian realized, after years of bagging his entrepreneurial and research head against the existing paradigms, that his own Life’s work and Purpose was at least 35-40 years away from making sense to the market. Aha! So, he created a products/services evolution-roadmap for what he believed would come to market BEFORE his own life’s work could. Brian’s innate matrix of gifts and dispositions, as it turns out, is to help other’s discover, value, consciously develop, and live theirs; and in parallel discover, and live their Purpose founded upon that ever-evolving personal YOUniqueness… and from this next generation of Human experience, begin to manifest the fullest, positive synergistic connections with other’s… to help pro-create the blossoming of those waiting-to-thrive synergetics of humanity as a whole – the HumanSingularity. The magic in this conversation is that we explore so many elements of the self including: - isolation and awareness - moment's of 'ah ha' 'hahahahaha' and 'ahhhhhh'; the tenants of insight, laughter, and release - Fear of failure at being your truest self is what blocks - Learn to say the words “You got to ask yourself.” - Then ask yourself…”What comes to you without effort?” - Pay attention to your effortless gifts – value comes from noticing your FLOW! This is where you thrive and flourish and live into your fullest potential. - Readiness is real – state of readiness is so important for the investment of your time; emotional, neuropsycological, biological readiness - Coming to the space of “I’m ready” means letting go of ‘wasted time’. To connect with J. Brian : LinkedIn - Search the hastag #humansingularity! For more of Rhys Thomas - For more of Teresa Quinlan -
January 31, 2021
TNT 2.0: Episode 69 with Nicola Lipscombe - BE YOU; NO MORE NO LESS
Today we welcome Nicola Lipscombe! Nicola is a professional speaker and facilitator; a storyteller and a story listener. A former pharmacist and academic her quest can now be summed up in one word; CONNECTION. She strives to help others and herself to become deeply conscious and present - with ourselves, each other, our planet and this Universe (or Divine, Spirit, Higher Intelligence). She is the Creator of HeartWise™ Leadership, Powerful Listening, Friday’s Mindful Moments and co-creator of RENEW Retreats for women. She has a gift for weaving together the practicality of western science with the wonder and wisdom of eastern spirituality and the heart. Yes, she’s a speaking professional … but that’s not all. Nicola is a writer, a poet, a Circle leader, a photographer, a mindfulness practitioner and an Art of Feminine Presence Sister. She adores nature, roaming vintage markets and op shops and is fascinated by street art. She works hard at Tsonduko …the Japanese art of buying books and letting them pile up unread ! An introvert at heart she seeks deeply meaningful connection and is truly not interested in your new washing machine … really! She can’t be put in a box and has even written a poem about that too. Welcome Nicola! Nicole takes us on an absolutely heart expanding trip through her own incredible wake up call to the practices she uses TODAY for herself and her clients. We discuss: - Wanting to feel seen and heart - Not quite fitting in - The search for connection starts from the inside - 2011’s wake up call – a grapefruit sized tumour = the Holy Shit moment and then came the Existential Questions: - What do I want? - Who am I? - Becoming purpose driven to full authenticity as a departure from the path of Academia I was on (all head) - My goal was To Be Me – no more, no less - The need to get in touch with the body was a requirement for head to heart journey - Buddhist practices as part of the journey to connection to self - The spiritual miss of comparison to how evolved we are compared to someone else’s evolution/awakening/awareness - Using mindfulness of breath and sound - I don’t have to BE any body in this moment - In the space of presence practice we can lose ourselves, the lines that define or confine us, so that we enter FLOW - The power of circles to hold the space for others to speak what’s on their heart Get in touch with Nicola! - Website: and on LinkedIn Want more of Rhys Thomas? Want more of Teresa Quinlan? Subscribe - Rate - Review!
January 24, 2021
TNT 2.0: Episode 68 with Andrea Clough - NO ONE NEEDS TO BE FIXED
Today we welcome Andrea Clough. If you want to be successful at what you do, you have to go to the edge of what you know. You have to find that space. Successful people discovered that you need another human’s help to get there. Yet, not everybody can help you. Andrea can. She lives in that space every day and she can guide you there. Andrea believes that taking your life & career to the next level is like climbing a mountain. In order to see the amazing view from the peak you have to plan, train, collect your gear and work with a guide. You cannot do it only relying on yourself. Andrea is the Engineer Whisperer. She transforms good Engineers into GREAT Engineers. She is the killer combo for translating their strong technical skills into powerful business & people skills. She creates a simple and tailored roadmap for each of her clients based on their needs and goals. Such a roadmap could include a vision of which mountain to climb, a plan that breaks down the details on how to climb, a list of skill sets for successful climbers, an inventory of physical and mental strengths, and an energy source for when you want to give up. Andrea will turn your confidence up, will find your secret strengths and she will discover your superpower. She is fearless and bold in her work and believes that you can only get to the next level when you have somebody who believes in you – 100%. And she believes in her clients 100%. Andrea has 10 years of well-respected corporate expertise and experience in Finance, HR, Project Mgmt, Strategic Integration, Bus Ops, Marketing and Procurement. She is a Certified Professional Coach and accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She was born in Europe, speaks four languages, and has travelled around the world. Her perspective on life, laughter and work will pull you in like a good box of chocolate. This conversation traverses the world of our personal stories and journey and how the landscape of that creates pockets for us to dig in to learn and grow and evolve. Andrea leads us on this journey by deciding to be courageous and we discuss... - Choosing to be brave is the action of courage - Smile when crying is expected means giving the unexpected! - It takes strength to love but courage to be loved - Courage feels different. Like you’re doing something unexpected, not fitting in, against the grain - Wherever I go, I am home. Because home lives within me. - Knowing of the self requires removal of layers of false-ness - Being gifted my purpose by other people is how I arrived at this work - If you seek something, give it. - My inspiration, my motivation, comes from the ripple impact of why -how – what I do. - Everyone is whole and capable and resourceful. Nothing is broken or wrong with you. - It’s not about you CAN. It’s about you ARE. - Ask for help – use the people around you – find just one person. - Visualize the ladder between your heart and brain. To connect with Andrea! · Website: · LinkedIn: Want more of Rhys Thomas? Want more of Teresa Quinlan?
January 17, 2021
TNT 2.0: Episode 67 with Brittney Nichole Connor Savarda - STORYTELLING DISRUPTS TRUST
Today we welcome Brittney Nichole Connor Savarda Brittney-Nichole Connor-Savarda, author of The EQ Deficiency, is the region’s foremost authority on emotional intelligence and human behavior and lives her purpose as a Catalyst4Change. Connor-Savarda earned degrees in education and psychology, a certification as a Neuro-Linguistic Program (NLP) practitioner and is a HeartMath trainer. As a credentialed and respected “People Whisperer,” Brittney-Nichole specializes in working one-on-one with high-achieving male entrepreneurs to help them discover a life of fulfilment, balance, and confidence that success alone cannot satisfy. In addition, she partners with executives and their teams to solve the people problems that are holding them back from innovation and people-centered success. Welcome Brittney! In this conversation, Brittney takes us into her world and in particular, an experience on social media that sent her into the emotion of infuriated. Brittney takes us on that journey describing how she knew what she was feeling, the thinking associated to the emotion, how she processed, regulated, and used the emotional information to inform her decision making. Along this journey we discuss: - When emotionally triggered, we have to be able to take a look inside of ourselves at what triggers that; our thinking, our values, our beliefs - Our experiences paint how we move forward in interactions; if we are unaware, we treat people with dis-trust - Our societal corruption of trust puts everyone on guard…so we wear veneers, facades, fake impressions of who we actually are - There is a distinct difference in how people experience trust; some require trust be earned (show me I can trust you or should trust you) while some require no earning…they give trust freely (show me I can’t or shouldn’t trust you) while some are a combination - The psychology of emotions and emotional intelligence is that we experience feelings and our body signals those feelings and our brain can identify what we are feeling…but our mind tells the story why and this is where emotional intelligence becomes incredibly valuable. We have to learn to stop the storytelling Get in touch with Brittney via her website or LinkedIn: - Website: - LinkedIn: Want more of Rhys Thomas: Want more of Teresa Quinlan:
January 10, 2021
TNT 2.0: Episode 66 with Sesil Pir - LIVE AND LEAD FROM YOU FIRST
Today we welcome Sesil Pir! Sesil currently serves as Head of Employee Experience at Takeda Pharmaceutical and the Founder and Principal Consultant of SESIL PIR Consulting GmbH, a boutique management consultancy, focusing on changing the status quo of work. Sesil is an active contributor of Forbes, has been published in the Harvard Business Review, HR Zone and UK’s HR Magazine, and has contributed to several Human Resources Management books. She started her career as a Marketing Consultant with Deloitte & Touché in 1999. Since, she has worked for Honeywell International, Cargill Inc., Microsoft Corporation and Novartis AG as an HR Functional Leader. She holds an MA-HRIR from Carlson School of Management, an Executive MBA from Harvard University, and a BA from Eastern Michigan University. She is a certified Six Sigma in project management and is also certified to administer a variety of 360-degree feedback and organizational Assessment Tools. She is an honorary faculty at Indian School of Business & Istanbul University. She has been recently recognized as '40 Thinkers Under 40' in Europe and '101 Employee Engagement Influencers' globally. Sesil invites us into an incredible discussion on: - Facing challenge and change - Ability to adapt and grow - Passion to create safety and love environments - The polarity of extremes and how this can influence life - The internal power to create inner safety and love and then transfer that to you interconnectedness with others - Thriving = mindset despite circumstances - Mindsets of scarcity, abundance, growth, fixed which sits between the emotion and the thoughts – here is where we shift HOW we show up - Everything begins and ends with self AND we are also social - Learning to stand on your own is important to then being able to be social as a contributor to the whole - Corrupt-ness of education; competition and grading and being compared to, leads to workplaces that stack rank and pit each other against one another = scarcity mindset which negatively impacts creativity and resourcefulness and wellbeing - By virtue of relating and caring we connect and THEN influence To connect with Sesil Pir: LinkedIn: For more of Rhys Thomas: For more of Teresa Quinlan:
January 03, 2021
T@T 2.0: Episode 65 with Rhys Thomas and Teresa Quinlan - EI, Mindset, Awareness in Parenting
Welcome to Episode 65 where Rhys and Teresa bring you their stories as parents and discuss the importance of emotional intelligence, mindset, and awareness in parenting. Rhys shares his own stories as the father of an almost 3 year old. Teresa shares her own stories as the mother of a 15 year old. We discuss how our own fears emerge at various ages of our children. We share how we were parented and the impact of that in our own parenting choices. We dig into trauma from our youth that unexpectedly found it's way back into our present moment when our children were born. We examine helpful ways that we parent, that we manage our own emotions and fears, and put helpful strategies into play in order to rise to the occasions that parenting asks of us! Because parenting is hard and we all want to do the best we can do in every moment. This means...sometimes we swallow our pride. Sometimes we learn from the past. Sometimes we just need to call our mothers. For more of Rhys Thomas: For more of Teresa Quinlan: Subscribe to never miss an episode!
December 27, 2020
TNT 2.0: Episode 64 with Dr. Shungu M'Gadzah - BUILDING BRIDGES OF EMPATHY
Today we welcome Dr Shungu Hilda M’gadzah. Shungu has more than 30 years of experience since qualifying as an educational psychologist in 1990. She is a Psychology Diversity and Inclusion Consultant and has a Doctorate in Emotional Intelligence. Her career includes working for 7 years in higher education teaching Post-graduate MSc Educational Psychology Students. She has worked as a psychologist within health, education and independent special schools and has been appointed to a number of consultant posts, including Head of Special Educational Needs and Disability. She is the co- founder of Psychologists on Boards. She has created the Six Stages Conceptual Framework for Understanding and Dealing with Racism designed for individuals and organisations. She has Chaired a number of Committees including the British Psychological Society's Division for Education and Child Psychologists. She has a number of journal and article publications including publication of her thesis on emotional intelligence in the UK Parliament's Children and young people’s mental health — the role of education. In this conversation we explored important topics for our world. - Passion and purpose from parents – Zimbabwe to the UK at age 8; the value of education and overcoming the barriers/level the playing field through education - The 6 stages of understanding and dealing with racism o A tool to help assess and identify where individuals/organizations/teams are in their ability to understand and handle/deal with racism o Values are at the foundation and then the assessment creates a wheel with actions to move through the stage they are at to the next stage, etc. - Using all of my skill sets – 2 meeting points of the psychology and the emotional intelligence and the work in education and organizations – utilizing all of my strengths and skills - Building bridges of empathy is how we get this kind of work done in diversity, inclusion and equity; having the skills to understand someone else’s life experiences when we have not - Passion for this kind of change and impact is what keeps me in the game; the impact for marginalized groups and helping - Mistakes we make in society by ignoring critical learning topics in grade/primary school, like Emotional Intelligence, contributes to what we see in adulthood – lack of empathy, inequality, exclusion, marginalization and more - We must move beyond unconscious bias and into action To be in touch with Dr. Shungu - Website: - Linked in: - Email: - Twitter: For more of Rhys Thomas: For more of Teresa Quinlan:
December 20, 2020
TNT 2.0: Episode 63 with Dennis Pitocco - DOING GOOD
We welcome Dennis Pitocco to this episode of TNT! Publisher & Editor-in-Chief | BIZCATALYST360.COM | #LIFE #CULTURE #BIZ ◀︎ R E I M A G I N E D ▶︎ WE ARE AN AWARD-WINNING business, culture and lifestyle digest, serving as the global hub for enhanced performance and well-being. With an emphasis on action, our amazing writers empower people to transcend from knowing what to do to actually doing it. We are fueled by extraordinary thought leadership authored by some of the best and brightest minds from around the world. Today and every day, we simply deliver the very best Insights, Intelligence & Inspiration available anywhere. Period. Founder & Chief Encouragement Officer | GOODWORKS 360° | ◀︎ SUSTAINING YOUR MISSION FOR GOOD ▶︎ We believe all nonprofits deserve access to the most brilliant minds in social impact — and that begins with you feeling comfortable interacting and working with our Team to drive the goals that are the most important to you. The GOODWORKS 360° Team is passionately dedicated to helping nonprofits – locally, nationally and internationally – enhance their sustainability via streamlined access to high-impact pro bono services. See more at In our conversation we cover so much! - Work isn't always an can be an occupassion which fires up the motivation and desire - The desire to help others and create impact comes from a lifelong lesson to always do good, always do the right thing even when no one’s looking - Action trumps knowledge and it’s about the doing; when you do, you get more than you give – call it good kharma or serendipity - You look at the world differently once you see the world. We have to get outside of our bubbles to experience people and cultures that aren't our own - Doing good stuff comes from being blessed and using that to uplift others - A degree in life is more valuable that the degrees/certificates on the walls; not to say that education isn't important. It is. It just isn't everything To connect/contact Dennis: - Linked in: - Website: During our conversation, Dennis mentioned a document on BizCatalyst for Taking Action now - The Do More RoadMap. Here it is! For more of Rhys Thomas: For more of Teresa Quinlan:
December 13, 2020
TNT 2.0: Episode 62 with Jeff Baietto and Phil Dixon - PERSPECTIVE AND MINDSET
Today we welcome Jeff Baietto and Phil Dixon of InJoy Global! InJoy Global is a culture-shaping company dedicated to transforming the workplace through employee engagement and workforce development solutions that strengthen company culture by building teamwork, shared purpose, and commitment to improve performance and enhance the bottom line. Their mission is simple: To help companies create the best culture possible for their employees. Jeff Baietto is the COO and Co-Founder of InJoy Global and the Host of the InJoy Success Podcast and Co-Creator of the revolutionary self-care app - InJoy Daily: The Self-Care Game. What started decades ago with a childhood passion in discovering the most successful ways to live was materialized almost a decade ago when Jeff co-founded InJoy Global - a company aligned with his personal mission to help as many people as possible live the life of their dreams. As COO he brings a unique combination of skills to the corporate culture-shaping and personal development arena. Jeff has a Masters in Spiritual Psychology, and a background in the video game industry, along with years of experience in executive coaching and personal development. With this cocktail of gamification and positive psychology, Jeff is on the cutting edge of what makes changing for the better, easier and faster than ever before. What you’ll find is Jeff’s experience, stories and overall energy will make it clearer than ever that no matter where you are in your life or what change you want to create for yourself… YOU CAN DO IT. Phil Dixon is the VP of Customer and Team Success at InJoy Global.  His responsibilities include creating strong internal and external relationships with customers and InJoy Global team. He has a variety of professional experiences from multi-National organizations to start up environments. Phil has a genuine love of people and operates in the practice that stress is a challenge, not a threat. In this episodes conversation, we embark on perspective and mindset. How what we believe drives what we do, or don't do. We discuss: - personal development and self-help is something many people have embarked on, however there is a big difference between reading and doing - mentoring, coaching, 30-day challenges, self-guided, you name it! There are more than 1 way to get things done when it comes to our personal evolution and growth - with the accessibility of information, there is no shortage of learning available to us - willpower comes when we begin to see the momentum of our efforts; until then, we must be diligent to work at the change we want to see knowing there will be benefits down the road; even if we can't feel them just yet To connect with Jeff and Phil: Phil Dixon: - Linked in: - Website: Jeff Baietto: - Linked in: - Website: For more of Rhys Thomas: For more of Teresa Quinlan:
December 06, 2020
TNT 2.0: Episode 61 with Heather Younger and Kimberly Davis - THE COCKTAIL FOR HUMANITY
Today we welcome Kimberly Davis and Heather Younger! An expert on authentic leadership, Kimberly Davis shares her inspirational message of personal power, responsibility and impact with organizations across the country and teaches leadership programs world-wide; most notably, her program “OnStage Leadership”. Additionally, Kimberly teaches for SMU Cox School of Business' Executive Education Program and their Latino Leadership Initiative; as well as for the Bush Institute's WE Lead program (empowering female leaders from the middle east). Kimberly is a TEDx speaker and her award-winning book, Brave Leadership: Unleash Your Most Confident, Authentic, and Powerful Self to Get the Results You Need was named the #1 book to read on Inc. Magazine’s “The most impactful books to read in 2018.” ----- Heather Younger is the best-selling author, international TEDx speaker on adversity, podcast host on leadership, facilitator and coach, she has earned her reputation as “The Employee Whisperer”. Her experiences as a CEO, entrepreneur, manager, attorney, writer, coach, listener, speaker, collaborator and mother all lend themselves to a laser-focused clarity into what makes employees of organizations and companies – large and small - tick. · Heather has facilitated more than 150 communication style (DISC) and leadership and emotional intelligence workshops, reaching +100 employers and their employees. · Her motivation and philosophy have reached more than 20,000 attendees at her speaking engagements on large and small stages. · Companies have charted their future course based on her leading more than 100 focus groups. · In addition, she has helped companies see double-digit employee engagement score increases through implementation of her laws and philosophies. · She has driven results in a multitude of industries, including banking, oil & gas, construction, energy, and federal and local government. · Her book “The 7 Intuitive Laws of Employee Loyalty” hit Forbes Must-Read list and is a go-to source for HR professionals seeking insight into their organization’s’ dynamics. · Heather serves on the Board of Directors for Mile High SHRM and the American Cancer Society and a professional member of the National Speaker’s Association In this conversation we talk about: - Bravery in the context of racial unrest - Bravery = vulnerability - The cocktail for humanity is empathy + compassion + vulnerability + bravery + courage - Give the grace and open mind and decide to be the change you are seeking - There’s always room for empathy; take the time to find it for yourself and for others - Notice the red flag of judgement and let go of those judgements - Ground yourself in the essence of not knowing what’s going on for that other person - Be wiling to step in and lean in while also knowing when and how to set boundaries For more... Kimberly Davis: - Linked in: - Website: - Twitter: OnStageKimberly Heather Younger: - Linked in: - Website: - Twitter: Customerfanatix For more of Rhys Thomas: For more of Teresa Quinlan:
November 29, 2020
TNT 2.0: Episode 60 with Frank Mengert - HOW CAN I HELP?
Today we welcome Frank Mengert. Founder & Creative Visionary @ ebm. Frank has been proving people wrong since he was a kid. A successful entrepreneur, nationally recognized speaker, podcast host, and thought leader, he’s ignored the naysayers and his humble beginnings to build the life he’s always wanted and inspire others to do the same through his infectious mantra, “If I can, you can.” After a devastating layoff in 2003 and with his “life plan” spiraling, Frank decided to bet on himself and turned his then side-hustle into his main hustle, founding his first company. Five companies later, Frank is the founder and creative visionary of ebm, a leading provider of employee benefits technology solutions. An eternal optimist who always finds a way to see through the darkness and make the possibilities realities, Frank is driven by a desire to be better and to do more. Every day, he focuses on three principles: learn something new, create something that didn’t exist, and share something with someone. Frank shares with us that he is motivated by the desire to help others. To have ripple impact. WE LOVE THAT! And so, in our conversation we explore: - Learn-create-share are principles Frank learned from Keenan who taught to his kids and they just resonated with Frank that he needed to be doing them daily - Went to an event for Cystic Fibrosis to support a friend and watched a 4 minute video of a brother/sister duo and just got floored and this sparked action - like the universe sent a sign he couldn't ignore - Personal evolution IS POSSIBLE for everyone. Up to a point we may be 'me oriented'. That can't be your whole life.  - Empathy and gratitude are heavy hitters. - The leader sets the tone, is under all eyes, and must make sure to behave in alignment to the mission, philosophy, core values. - Followership – a leader must be willing to do any task; not too good for anything. - Golden nugget – success. It’s not $. It’s everything you have left without the $$. To connect with Frank... - Linked in: - Website: - Podcast: For more of Rhys Thomas: For more of Teresa Quinlan:
November 22, 2020
T@T 2.0: Episode 59 with Rhys Thomas and Teresa Quinlan - LISTENING AND EQ TOOLS
Rhys and Teresa go 1:1 on this episode of TNT 2.0 to explore habits and tendencies in listening, how those impact success in dialogue and coaching, and how to identify our strengths and weaknesses to be able to listen with greater intention for creating the spaces for exploration, understanding, and connection. We dig deep into 3 impactful tools that you can start using today for your emotional self awareness and 'noticing' mindfulness muscles. Building these skills is so important to our overall emotional intelligence and can literally change the landscape of how emotions may be currently driving behaviour and outcomes - most importantly the quality of our relationships with ourselves and with others. For more with Rhys - For more with Teresa - Subscribe, rate, and review!
November 15, 2020
TNT 2.0: Episode 58 with Rishita Jones and Vivian Acquah - DIVERSITY EQUITY INCLUSION
Today we welcome Rishita Jones and Vivian Aquah. Rishita Jones is an HR transformation specialist. She is focused on disrupting the status quo and intent on building people centered HR practices using Agile HR, Design Thinking and Technology to enrich and uplift the Human Experience in the workplace. Vivian Acquah is a driven woman who likes to talk about the holistic way of sustainable employability, called workplace wellness. For her, this is the way to work on a healthy culture at work. Vivian advises managers and companies on how to keep their team members healthy, happy, and safe. The 4 of us dig into the personal stories of both Rishita and Vivian to uncover how their own personal journey's and experiences have influenced the work they are doing in cultivating awareness and action around 3 pillars of humanity - diversity, equity, and inclusion. You'll hear us talk about: - Being part of the change that our culture requires for our children’s future - Agile and sustainable is an awesome combination for organizational change - Humanizing the workplace is the absolute only way to move forward - Our cultural philosophy from when we are raised influences and impacts our perspective, thinking, behaviour, emotional responses - Remove the barriers that we are using as excuses to NOT take action - No ostriches, no islands. For more from either of this episodes guests: - Linked in: o  Rishita: o  Vivian: - Website: o  Rishita: o  Vivian: To contact Rhys Thomas: To contact Teresa Quinlan: Subscribe, rate, and review this episode! Thank you!
November 08, 2020
TNT 2.0: Episode 57 with Marcy Morrison - FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOU
Today we welcome Marcy Morrison a career and life coach. Marcy is truly living her own Passion + Purpose = World Change Formula. Her journey has been one of taking the challenges to overcome to uncover her purpose, and she has walked through the same steps that she takes all her clients through. Marcy has woven together her life and career journey and put together the pieces of her own passion puzzle (as I like to say) to serve others through what she does with both Careers with Wings and Passion Purpose Academy. When you check out Marcy’s website:, you will discover just how much passion Marcy carriers within her and for her clients. When it comes to purpose + passion = world change formula, it's more than just a sit down, taking some notes, and deciding. We explore the... - many pieces of your passion puzzle - need to fall in love with yourself - concept of what comes first - passion or purpose?What comes first? Passion or purpose? To get more of Marcy: - Linked in: - Website: - Website 2: - Twitter: marcymorrison For more of Rhys Thomas:  For more of Teresa Quinlan:
November 01, 2020
TNT 2.0: Episode 56 with Claude Silver - THERE'S ALWAYS A SILVER LINING
Today we welcome Claude Silver! VaynerMedia’s, and the worlds' first ever Chief Heart Officer, Claude fuses empathy with agency to unlock employee potential and foster a culture of belonging. Between her education in positive psychology, years as an advertising strategist, and time at VaynerMedia, Claude has been studying and influencing human behavior for over three decades. Outside of VaynerMedia, Claude speaks globally about the need for heart-leadership in today’s workplace and the importance of treating “employees” like people, not numbers. Her success in guiding client relationships, global brand strategies, operations, management, and culture is driven by an abiding passion for creating spaces in which people can thrive. This is a robust episode where we dig into some deep topics and our thoughts around: - Transparency in life and communication - We are resilient beings - There is always a silver lining - Grounding ourselves in knowing who we are - Living and doing in service of others is a foundation of our humanity - Importance of our emotional and self awareness - Put yourself out there – put your hand up – step into the difficult stuff with the knowing that you intuitively have the skills to handle it To connect or follow Claude: - Linked in: · Twitter: claudesilver Want more of Rhys Thomas: Want more of Teresa Quinlan:
October 25, 2020
TNT 2.0: Episode 55 with Veronica Owusu - THE FEARLESS WARRIOR
Today we welcome Veronica Owusu, the founder of and the Women on Fire Warrior Academy.  She is on a mission to turn millions of passionate business owners, entrepreneurs and experts into fearless warriors that want to serve their tribe more powerfully than ever before with clarity, confidence and purpose. In this episode we hear the transformational journey that Veronica took which led her to her current passionate work - transforming others stories into their gold-dust! We dig into: - At the crossroads of life listening to the voice inside and honouring the ‘hell no’. - Finding your VPower or Warrior mode that exists within all of us - The power of listening and reconditioning the internal - Filling your toolkit with skills to package your strengths and unleash your Gold Dust - The story of the dog on the porch - Creating fertile soil for seeds to grow – conscious parenting To connect with Veronica... - Linked in: - Website: - Email: To connect with Rhys Thomas: To connect with Teresa Quinlan:
October 18, 2020
TNT 2.0: Episode 54 with Dalia Feldheim and Mark Lebusque - TO BULLY OR NOT TO BULLY, THAT IS THE QUESTION
Today we welcome a dynamic duo – Dalia Feldheim and Mark Lebusque! Dalia Feldheim is The founder of Flow Leadership Consultancy enabling organizations to promote a more authentic, happy and psychologically-safe working culture. She spent over two decades as a C-suite global marketing executive where she led work on some of the world’s most iconic ad campaigns including 'Tampax Mother Nature' and ’Always like a girl’. Dalia holds an Executive Masters degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change along with a Happiness Facilitator diploma from the Happiness Studies Academy. She teaches ‘The Science of Happiness and Suffering’ as an Adjunct Professor at the Singapore Management University, is an executive coach and an international speaker including her “Dare to Lead Like a Girl” Tedx from Dec 2019. She is a Mother of three and wife to an entrepreneur husband; and to keep her life in Flow, she is also a certified yoga instructor. Mark Lebusque is Universally known as the “Human Manager” and his proven techniques for elevating leaders and energizing employees make him an internationally sought after speaker, facilitator, mentor and coach. His books BEING HUMAN and the little book of HUMAN have challenged the way Managers and Organisations view the value of the 100- year old Management system and has sparked a more Human approach across the globe. Mark has developed and refined his “Human Manager” model over a 25-year career in sales, operations and general management, delivering measurable improvements in employee engagement, team performance and business results even in todays climate of fast paced change and uncertainty. Mark is Harvard Business School Trained and an accredited Practitioner in Adaptive Leadership and Instincts at Work and is affectionately known as a Certified Bogan. Mark has an innate ability to both speak and seek the truth, provoke humans to step into their own reality and skillfully combines practicality and simplicity with textbook theory. In this episode we explore the experiences of bullying from both sides of the equation - the bully and the bullied. We discuss the emotional states recognized that we find ourselves in, our personal responsibility to lean into the discomfort of these situations and speak our truth, challenging the system that allows (aka tolerates) this kind of behaviour to continue, and how each of us has the power within to challenge that system for real change. For more of Dalia and Mark! - Linked in o o - Website o o - Events/services/etc o Ted Talk and Book by Dalia Feldheim – Dare to Lead Like a Girl December 2020 Subscribe, rate, and write a review! Thanks for listening. Check out Rhys Thomas at: Check out Teresa Quinlan at 
October 11, 2020
TNT 2.0: Episode 53 with Teresa Quinlan and Rhys Thomas - WELCOME TO SEASON 2
We are so grateful for you and extremely excited to launch Season 2. Because of that we decided to record the first episode of Season 2 to announce the upcoming changes we've got planned for you....including: One on one episodes with Rhys and Teresa! New Rapid First Q&A questions! The FirePit! Round table conversations from every angle possible. The more guests, the merrier! And you can count on us bringing you guest conversations who continue to share their stories of personal breakthroughs and pass on their insights and wisdom to you, our incredible audience! We've also answered this seasons Rapid Fire Q&A questions for ourselves! To connect with Rhys Thomas: To connect with Teresa Quinlan: Subscribe, rate, and review!
October 01, 2020
TNT ESQ: Episode 52 with Ozlem Brooke Erol - PURPOSE BEYOND PROFIT
Today we welcome Brooke Erol. Brooke started her career at IBM following the traditional path she was given to be "successful". She quit her "great job" on paper after 11 years, feeling she is not aligned with it. She started her journey to find her purpose in life. She started her first business in 2003 Your Best Life to help professionals who want to find more meaning at work. After being around so many unhappy people at work, she started her second business Purposeful Business to help leaders grow their businesses without sacrificing the well-being of their people; having a purpose beyond profit. She believes life is too precious to live only for weekends and retirement. She is the author of Create a Life You Love. She is also the co-author of "From Hierarchy to High Performance” that became an International Best Seller in 2018. She speaks and writes about Leadership, Purposeful Life and Purposeful Organizations in the US and abroad. We dive into: - I did all the traditional stuff and arrived at ‘is this it?’ - I wasn’t not happy, and was unfulfilled. How does that work together? - The path(s) we can take to unleash our happiness is finding our purpose, our passion, and deciding to take those paths. - 2 things from Ozlem's research for organizations with purpose and passion: o Great leaders with high EQ is essential o Purpose beyond profit – something bigger is essential - Start paying attention to love, happiness, excitement – write these things down in a journal that you keep for years, because these are your passions and purpose! To get more with Ozlem: Linked in: Website: ( and (
September 27, 2020
TNT ESQ: Episode 51 with Nik Davis: EMBRACE THE MESS
Today we welcome Nik Davis. Get this folks…we ask our guests to send along a bio, if they have one. Because often times individuals like our guests, speak often and so have a prepared bio for their introduction. When we asked Nik to send this along, this is what we got… I'm a mum, writer, transformation consultant and all round eccentric, doing my own thing, in my own way, in the hope I can make others smile and love themselves a little bit more. Brilliant! In this conversation we get to have a lot of laughs as we explore: - How little we know until we have to do something ourselves - Empathy is a straight up power skill and it's important for us, emotionally, to let go of our fears and step into our authentic truSELF - Embrace the mess that is the human experience – we get iterations – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th acts if we choose a path of evolution - Touch the internal levers so that people can really do their very best To connect with Nik: Linked in: Website:
September 20, 2020
Today we welcome Jennifer Bulkley, owner of JenX Enterprises, LLC and Break the Ice Consulting. Jennifer is an audio-impactor and holistic consultant. Ditching a structured self-built corporate company for a new mission; pursuing a life of freedom and self-authorization in order to help others break free of their own illusions and lead a truly authentic and heart-decisive life! In this episode we literally challenge the status quo from Jennifer's 12 years living in passion, strength utilization, and building the business she founded when BAM! She got to the cozy and comfortable place that often sparks the search for ‘Something’s missing’.  For 18 months Jennifer felt like: o Groundhog day o Unproductive o Not doing the things I wanted to do o Hamster on a wheel We explore Jennifer's journey and thoughts and together help her create a formula that says it all...for illusion shattering:  hearts desire+expectation+faith (optimism)+action = illusion shatter Connect with Jennifer on: LinkedIn: Email:
September 13, 2020
TNT ESQ: Episode 49 with Renee Smith - THERE'S WORK IN THE HARD THINGS
Today we welcome Renee Smith, the Founder and CEO of A Human Workplace. Renée champions a more loving, human workplace where everyone is welcome to bring their whole, true selves to work. Here’s the thing gang, we each need to be able to bring our whole self in order to bring our very best to the toughest challenges. Renée brings a revolutionary and revelatory message that wins audiences around the world over to embrace love as a necessary and essential workplace practice. She engages with select leaders and teams each year to challenge, inspire, and guide them back to their full humanity as the ground for and orientation to meaningful change. Her simple yet elegant approach and breakthrough experiences have been called “uncommon and profound,” helping people discover and practice what it is to be human at work. Together we dive into shining a spotlight on love in the workplace, finding boldness to step into the hard things, choosing self-love first in order to give the best of ourselves, paying attention to our assignment(s) from the universe, and that LOVE is innate; it will naturally appear if we give it space. To connect with Renee Smith: Website: LinkedIn:
September 06, 2020
TNT ESQ: Episode 48 with Jeff Ikler - MR. PERFECT
Today we welcome Jeff Ikler to TNTESQ. Jeff is the principal of Quetico Personal Leadership and Career Coaching where he works with individuals to overcome their internal obstacles to leading effectively. He is the co-host of the “Getting Unstuck – Educators Leading Change,” podcast that focuses on changes in education: who is leading them and why; what they're trying to accomplish; and what obstacles they're encountering and overcoming. He is the co-author of Shifting: How Educational Leaders Can Create a Culture of Change, which focuses on helping education leaders and their teams lead sustained changes that lead to desired outcomes and impact. Together we take the journey of the first square of emotional intelligence - how well do you know yourself? Emotional self-awareness. Deep self-awareness. We go on the excavation through the inner critic, the inner saboteur, the inner gremlin. And we dig into the importance of this in the education system for teachers, principals, students, and parents. Join us for the journey! Connect or Contact Jeff: Email: Website: LinkedIn:
August 30, 2020
TNT ESQ: Episode 47 with Tanya Obeng - SPEAKING YOUR TRUTH
In this episode we welcome Tanya Obeng, the communication doctor, passionate about helping leaders and business owners unlock their creativity and get back on their pathway to success. Tanya's aim is to promote mindfulness and use psychodrama as a tool to help others open up and tell their stories in an authentic way. Tanya loves to connect with people who have the same interest or want to acknowledge some of the communication issues within the workplace. Her approach is empowering, supportive and inspiring, and Tanya does this through life and career development coaching, public speaking, mindfulness practices and consulting. Throughout this episode Tanya will take us on her journey which began as the youngest of 6, as a once labelled dyslexic, to a dancer whose career ended in a heartbeat, then a teacher, and now blazing the trail with her own podcast Real Stories and webseries Savage Truth. By the end of this episode you may be able to answer the questions: Are you ready to speak your truth? Are you willing to bounce back instead of bounce off? Want more of Tanya? Here's how you can connect with her. LinkedIn: Website:  Twitter: lifted_gifted
August 23, 2020
TNT ESQ: Episode 46 with Jason Barnaby - THE NEW NOW
Today’s guest is Jason Barnaby.  Jason is the Chief Fire Starter of Fire Starters Inc, a culture and engagement expert, a leadership consultant, an author, a tribe leader, and a keynote speaker. His goal, is practical inspiration to facilitate ah-ha moments, that sparks lasting change. As of May 2020, Jason bought himself a pair of orange sneakers. Why? He's a speaker and during the COVID-19 pandemic, Jason was pulled out of his passion of speaking to large audiences at events. His orange shoes are a beacon of hope that eventually he will be able to return. But for's a new now. Not a new normal. For now it's a new...HOW DO I CONTINUE IN MY PASSION...pivot. Learning how to approach business in a different way. Learning how to keep moving forward in what we love to do. Learning how to continue to be in service of our dream. Because our dreams don't sleep.  To get more of Jason Barnaby, you can connect with him: LinkedIn:🔥jason-barnaby🔥-252a68 Website:  Email: Twitter: jason_barnaby
August 16, 2020
TNT ESQ: Episode 45 with Jane Adshead-Grant - GENERATIVE LISTENING
Our guest today is Jane Adshead-Grant who joins us from London, United Kingdom. Jane is an award-winning Executive coach, a facilitator, a leadership speaker and an author. Jane believes leadership is a privilege, a profound responsibility and as such, imagines our workplaces and communities as environments that enable others to become their best selves and bring out the best in others through compassionate, conscious and courageous leadership of self and others. Through her practice, Jane coaches individuals and teams to be their best selves and bring out the best in others through creating environments of generative listening, rigorous thinking and high performance. In this episode, Jane shares with us incredible techniques and tips that we can all start today, to hold space for someone to dig in deep to finding their own solutions. After all, coaching isn't about telling, it's about creating the safe space for an individual to navigate their thoughts and feelings on their way in and through. It may seem simple, and some of the tips indeed are, however in the moment of asking big questions that spark breakthrough, our capacity to be in eruptive and intense emotions can make the entire experience uncomfortable. It takes a rare and special set of talents - of which Jane Adshead-Grant has in spades! Want to connect with Jane?? LinkedIn: Website:
August 09, 2020
TNT ESQ: Episode 44 with Brian Buck - PLAN-DO-KICK-ASS
Our guest today is Brian Buck, from Buck Enterprises, who joins us from Tacoma Washington in the United States. Brian Buck is a keynote speaker and coach who blends personal development, productivity, and masterful communication skills to help great leaders perform at elite levels. His two decades of improvement experience across multiple industries has touched hundreds of people in a positive way. If you are looking for more FREEDOM, PASSION, & CONNECTION in your life then he would love to help you! For today, Brian is going to help us explode the status quo on his take of the LEAN formula: Plan-Do-Check-Act. Plan - Do - Kick - Ass! Brian takes us through pivotal moments in his own career which whispered, quite loudly, that it was time for him to impact on a larger level how leadership behaved within an organization. Leading people...rather than managing people. We explore everything from Brian's lens of GEMBA - putting yourself in the action to actually see what's going on, to a few emotional intelligence skills, to excuses like 'I used to be in the job so I don't really need to see what it's like for employees now', to the need to focus on improvement as the excitement instead of change as the barrier. Want to connect with Brian? LinkedIn: Website: Email: Twitter: brianbuck
August 02, 2020
TNT ESQ: Episode 43 with Alberto Gonzalez-Otero – DISCOVERING YOUR PURPOSE
Our guest today is Alberto Gonzalez-Otero, the chief purpose officer and founder of Just on Purpose located in the Hague area of the Netherlands. Just on purpose is a company committed to helping organizations leaders and teams to discover their purpose and transform. Alberto is also Chairman of the Board for The World in Your Classroom, a not for profit organisation that helps students in broadening their knowledge and mindset about other cultures and countries. Alberto's work is about helping individuals, teams, and organizations to find their purpose because there is a direct line, or needs to be, between an individuals purpose and the organizations purpose. Finding that alignment is what, inevitably, creates dynamic and purpose driven teams. Our conversation begins from the root story of Alberto finding his own purpose using a 4 quadrant formula of: - what you love - what you are good at - what the world needs - what you can get paid for To connect with Alberto: LinkedIn - Website - Email - Twitter - albertog_otero
July 26, 2020
TNT ESQ: Episode 42 with Bart Scholtissen – WE ARE NATURE
Our guest today is Bart Scholtissen, your BackToYourNature coach, Soul Scientist, Wim Hof Method academy instructor, and speaker. In this episode you'll be able to hear Bart's passion in connecting, inspiring and motivating people through multiple levels of the self. Most interesting is how Bart uses nature to deepen and strengthen that connection. Not surprisingly will be the importance of BREATH.  We take this journey with Bart into how breath impacts our day to day and how such a simple action of a conscious breath escapes most people. Living unconsciously - not paying attention - oblivious to the most simple of actions. This is what Bart encourages us to do along the journey that we are all different speeds...from different starting points...with different ups and downs along the way. To connect with Bart, visit his website:
July 19, 2020
One of the best personal descriptions is our guest today – Evangelist for Heart Based Leadership. The word evangelist gives the impression of kindness mixed with passion mixed with rock solid foundation in personal truth. Paul Haury is a coach, a mentor, an optimist helping individuals and teams use belonging to crush the fear that stops us and keeps us stuck. Paul helps make aspirations happen. The focus of our conversation is belonging. Perhaps this actually needs caps lock - BELONGING. From Maslow's Heirarchy, to organizational leadership responsibilities, to tribal collaboration in surviving the saber tooth tiger, this conversation is jam packed with the exploration of how belonging impacts how we perform. To get more from Paul Haury, you can connect via: LinkedIn: Email: Website: 
July 12, 2020
Today’s guest is Helen Amery of Wild Fig Solutions! Helen’s work is about high quality conversations with smart, high achieving leaders who've had enough of how it is, so that they can uncover real fulfillment, security and success. Basically Helen helps individuals who seemingly have it all, dismantle the busy mind, the anxiety, the underlying inner dialogue of whether it’s enough. Helen’s signature four month coaching program is one-to-one to create the space of safety to explore what's on your mind. The results… … the tangle of life drops away, you’re connected back to your innate brilliance, & the heavy load of life lightens. In our conversation, Helen invites us into discussion on BEING over DOING and unravelling the noise that exists within ourselves by developing our noticing muscles. Then approaching what we find with curiosity. This kind of self work, is not the selfish kind, and in fact gives us the opportunity to connect to unconditional love on our way to BEING. To connect with Helen, you can find her on: LinkedIn: Website:  Email:
July 05, 2020
TNT ESQ: Episode 39 with Rhonda Delaney - CARING LEADERSHIP
Today’s guest is Rhonda Delaney…a speaker, podcaster of her own podcast Leadership Simplified, and cultivator of leaders that grow teams of raving fans. Rhonda believes caring is your superpower and utilizing that power brings about spectacular results. Rhonda does this by teaching new managers how to become energized and engaged toward being transformational leaders that know how to build people gardens! In today’s workplaces this is much needed work by leaders and we are excited to have Rhonda here with us today to discuss caring in the world of leadership! When you listen to this conversation you'll notice one thing in particular - Rhonda has a no nonsense approach; lower the barriers and guards and let's just dive in and talk about it. How much better can CARING LEADERSHIP get than to be interested in someone so much that you're willing to dive right in their with them??!! We are positive that you will enjoy this episode so much you may pause to take notes, rewind to listen again, and definitely start cultivating your own people garden. Want more from Rhonda?? LinkedIn: Website: Email:
June 28, 2020
TNT ESQ: Episode 38 with Mark C Crowley - LEAD FROM THE HEART
Our guest today is Mark C. Crowley; Leadership Speaker, Consultant & Change Agent For Workplace Engagement & Culture. Author of "Lead From The Heart." For 20+ years, Mark was a senior executive at one of the nation's largest financial institutions. In that uber-competitive world, teams Mark led routinely excelled. He was named “Leader of the Year.” Mark’s success comes from having a profound understanding of what leadership practices truly move the needle, & what inspires human beings to commit themselves to doing extraordinary work. This knowledge is the basis for his book “Lead From The Heart”, along with his global speaking engagements, executive coaching, & work helping companies reinvigorate their values & culture. It's launched a movement. Mark’s leadership podcast features world-class guests & has an audience in 136 countries around the world. Rhys and I are truly inspired by this! Mark’s work has been published by Fast Company Magazine, USA Today, the Huffington Post, and The Seattle Times, to name a few. To get in touch with Mark, you can connect with him at: LinkedIn - Website - Email - Twitter - MarkCCrowley
June 21, 2020
TNT ESQ: Episode 37 with Nancy John - THE BEAUTY OF THE PIVOT
Today's guest is Nancy John, Founder of SEED LEADERSHIP. With 15+ years experience in L&D and Professional Coaching, Nancy lives by the motto “love what you do.” By no means does this mean being giddy every moment of work, rather being driven by a greater purpose. And loving it. Being inspired by it. And inspiring others to action, results, change along the way. Seed Leadership...through their signature program, Seed Leaderships purpose is to address the Self-doubt among emerging leaders that risks future leadership and innovation in organizations. In today's conversation Nancy talks with us about her PIVOT. Whether forced or intentional, pivots are necessary in life. We can feel them often before we are logically aware of what's occurring. Nancy takes us through her own journey and provides us with valuable insights into why paying attention to your emotional information sets you up for greater success in then taking logical steps forward toward a greater purpose! Want more?? You can connect with Nancy John via LinkedIn!
June 14, 2020
TNT ESQ: Episode 36 with Samantha Suppiah - GLOBAL EMPATHY
Our guest today is Samantha Suppiah! Samantha is a sustainability strategist and chartered engineer in the field of urban design, architecture and engineering - specializing in environmental modelling and building physics. She informs and facilitates the architectural and engineering design process to ensure environmental, carbon and social sustainability aims are met and exceeded. Her interests are in net positive, biophilic and informed urban design, co-creating urban spaces with community health in mind, implementing holistically sustainable measures for common good. Samantha lives by the motto: Moving from "less bad" to "net good". This conversation spans several topics from personal experience leading to personal evolution to living one's purpose to grief for the planet to the simplicity of keeping it simple to the collective power of many to global empathy for sustainability. It's all about one thing - leaving the planet in better shape than when we arrived. Each of us must take ownership of this goal. Want more of Samantha?? Of course. Connect with her on LinkedIn!
June 07, 2020
TNT ESQ: Episode 35 with Carol Campos - CULTIVATING SELF ESTEEM
Our guest today is Carol Campos.  Carol runs her own empowerment and leadership coaching business, she is the Host of The Divine Breadcrumb podcast, in which Carol speaks with a variety of people who are doing wonderful and amazing things in the world, sharing their story of the most pivotal moments in their lives. She is a writer, speaker, and joyful human! In this episode, we explore pivotal moments, where we are divinely called toward something. That if we pay attention to the breadcrumbs (in the moment if possible, however often more likely upon reflection), that we can follow those breadcrumbs for a life by divine. Carol shares with us her story of being a people pleasure, suppressing her voice, and attracting people who treated who poorly. She shares the breadcrumb moments that hit her like a brick so that she could pivot toward her divine purpose. All of this, to culminate in the work that Carol is doing today - helping others to cultivate their self esteem! Want more of Carol? Contact:, or
May 31, 2020
Our guest today is Carrie Bohlig! Carrie is the Co-Founder, with her husband, of Tandem Giving and Co-Owner of Tandem Consulting. Her work is focused on empowering professionals who want to start a side hustle. She is a mentor, public speaker, advocate, and business coach! She builds inspiring and profound and real video messages on LinkedIn and this kind of kicking butt with kindness is what led both Rhys and I to want to have a conversation with her. Get this amazing part that you'll hear in this episode: Residual Giving. This portion of the podcast is going to knock your socks off as a way of considering how your entrepreneurialship can become bigger than a side hustle, an income, your thing. Along the way, Carrie will be sharing the golden nuggets of what it's like to start a side hustle, to scale that side hustle, how to take on the world of being an entrepreneur, and how to do it with her. Tandem Consulting likes to kick ass with kindness! You can connect with Carrie on LinkedIn!
May 24, 2020
Our guest today is Bill Mathias Jr!  A fellow Humans First Club member, a dad, a husband, a proliferator of thought, a superb collaborator, a seeker, and for work…he’s a Partnership Manager for Online Learning Consortium. Usually our topics spring from the individuals backstory of what they are passionately obsessed with. This one, is a bit different. March 12th, at 11am Eastern Standard Time, Bill and I (Teresa) connected 1 to 1 via zoom strictly for the purpose of getting to know each other outside our humans first Friday calls and LinkedIn post engagements.  Within 30 minutes Bill shared a workplace model that he was working on.  It struck me as interesting; sparked my curiosity; got me jazzed up at it’s possibilities. So I added an idea. And he responded with openness and added another idea. And what he added shook my creativity juices and I added another and soon the pace got FAST and the ideas FURIOUS. 1+1 didn’t equal 2. We were at 1000! Collaboration. What is it? How is it done? Who does it well and why? What are the barriers in it’s way? How can anyone who is in an environment where collaboration is part of the way work is completed, be better? To get more of William (Bill) Mathias Jr. ... LinkedIn!
May 17, 2020
Our guest today is Myriam Hadnes, behavioural economist, facilitator, connector, and podcast host of Workshops Work which aims to inspire fellow facilitators to design and deliver workshops that work. Myriam is passionate about human behaviour, enjoys moments of sparking creativity and finds fulfilment in the creation of environments that enable collaboration. As a designer and facilitator of team and business workshops, Myriam helps participants to get out of their own way by creating safe spaces and exercises that bring forth a group’s full potential. One of the titles you will find under Myriam’s profile on LinkedIn is ‘Enabler of Collaboration’. To connect with Myriam: LinkedIn - Myriam Hadnes! What a brilliant title!
May 10, 2020
TNT ESQ: Episode 31 with Linda Vettrus-Nichols - WALKING AT THE LEVEL OF YOUR SOUL
Today’s guest is Linda Vettrus-Nichols. Clarity Coach | Book in 30 Days Coach | Author x 19 | Relationship Marketing Coach | Vision Strategy Roadmap Coach. As a Clarity Coach, Linda’s Zone of Genius is keeping you in yours. And this is an exciting area for us to explore together. "Ego will recruit the pain body if you dismiss it. Reconnecting with your body keeps you in tune with this and allows you to walk with your internal divinity." "There is no chaos at the level of the soul. Connect with your internal divinity; learn to acknolwedge the ego as wisdom." These powerful statements, and more, are what you're going to find as you unwind and explore into this episode of TNT ESQ. To learn more about and connect with Linda: LinkedIn
May 03, 2020
TNT ESQ: Episode 30 with Ilyse Craft and Ray Hildebrand - SELF CARE VERSUS SELF SOOTHING
Today’s guests are not a duo by standard definition. In fact, we are here together as a group of four to expand on an interaction via a LinkedIn post. It became so dynamic we needed to sit down and have the conversation. Ilyse Craft is a High Performance Coach for Entrepreneurs from Long Beach California  Ray Hildebrand is a CRO at Solv Risk Solutions from Dallas Fort Worth Texas. Rhys is in the UK and I’m in Canada. We are spanning the globe for today's conversation which started from a LinkedIn post. The discussion from LinkedIn has brought us into the virtual space for all 4 of us to expand our thoughts on self care versus self soothing. Ilyse and Ray offer their insights and experiences sharing nuggets of wisdom that our listeners will be able to grab and run with today! If you want more of both Ilyse and Ray (and why wouldn't you???) you can connect with both of them on LinkedIn!
April 26, 2020
Our guest today is Quinn Ferrall.  A seeker. An encourager of dialogue and thought. Starting from the big circle, Quinn enjoys the dynamic of trying to get people around the topic itself before driving toward any smaller pinpointed concept or idea. Quinn is a long-standing member of the HumansFirst Club. As an Engineer by profession, Quinn is pushing the boundaries within his profession to bring the humanity that connects us all. We are really excited to unfold a conversation with Quinn today about emotional intelligence in careers that perhaps aren’t known for their EQ skills. Let’s quote his phrase “Engineered EQ.” You can connect with Quinn via LinkedIn and visit his website for more of what he has on the go:
April 19, 2020
TNT ESQ: Episode 28 with Hass Sadeghi - HACKING CONSCIOUSNESS
Today’s guest is Hass Sadeghi. Transformational Guide for Business Leaders & Teams. Having spent most of his life as an avocation doing energetic, mystic & healing arts trainings with the world's foremost experts, using his innate gifts & talents to help friends, colleagues & loved ones with life-changing breathrus, Hass has been recently called to dedicate professional focus and share transformative energetic techniques that will "rebirth" your consciousness Hass is also a relational alchemist and a consciousness engineer. Consciousness Engineer?  That's what we thought and when we heard this phrase we HAD to dive into a conversation with Hass in order to challenge the status quo. If you'd like to learn more about Hass Sadeghi, you can connect with him on LinkedIn!
April 12, 2020
Welcome to today's guest Chris Colaco! You can connect with Chris on LinkedIn and reach out for his brilliant work for you and your organization at  Chris claims that he was really fortunate to start his career working at Procter & Gamble (P&G). Thanks to P&G’s strong emphasis on performance and people development, he discovered his passion for training and helping others’ learn, grow and develop their skills; also fortunate to learn that he wanted to be an entrepreneur. After leaving P&G, Chris decided to fulfill one of his dreams by spending time traveling through many countries such as India, Nepal, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Ireland, and Switzerland. This opportunity of a life time helped him learn more about himself and the world. During his travels, I met and learnt from a diverse group of people including farmers, diving instructors, monks, elephant keepers, trekking guides, and doctors. These individuals combined with Chris' diverse travel experiences helped him to discover new ideas and perspectives to help himself and others develop new skills and capabilities. his own words... In search of international work experience, I relocated to Geneva, Switzerland where I worked in training and development for a large multinational company. It was in this position that I developed and delivered training programs in regions including Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, and Africa. As a result of my international training experience, my passion for people development, and my interest in meeting and working with diverse people, I created Initiate ( in 2005. Since then I have been developing leadership and management training to help people discover how they can help engage and develop teams beyond telling them what to do and how to do it. One of the modules that I always deliver in leadership and management programs is focused on feedback. I would always get comments from participants at the end of the program stating that they wished their Manager was in the program. I would always seek to learn more from the participant. It was then that I started to realize more and more that most Managers don’t give feedback and if they do, it is delivered in a pretty demotivating manner. Further, most people have a negative perception of the word “feedback”. After looking into research, I saw that there was a huge demand for more feedback and a gap in the supply of quality feedback. So I decided to take the plunge and create a cloud based platform called 1 Minute Feedback. 1 Minute Feedback helps employees request feedback and helps Managers provide feedback in simple, motivating manner. My aim is to help people around the world understand that getting feedback can be easy, helpful and a worthwhile endeavor. In my free time, I love traveling with my family and living in different locations for a month or more. I also love learning. I am always learning something either to get better as a person or just for fun. When I was in Kenya, our cook taught me how to make the perfect chapati. Now for the majority of our learning experience, he would laugh at me and tell me that my chapatis were not round enough to sell in the market. The greatest teacher I ever had was my Spanish teacher. He just made learning so much fun that I felt like I was in a class “learning”. Interestingly it was the only time in my life where I had 100% as the final mark and never ever felt like learning was a chore. This is what I am doing when I work with my clients!
April 05, 2020
TNT ESQ: Episode 26 with Oleg Lougheed - BELONGING
Our guest today is Oleg Lougheed. For Rhys and myself, Oleg is a fellow member of the HumansFirst Club whose energy and perspective and stories always add richness to the dialogue. Oleg is the Founder and Producer of The Overcoming Odds Podcast which focuses on sharing personal journey's and breakthroughs. Today’s conversation is definitely an eavesdropping kind of conversation because we three are on an exploration of thought. What do you need to belong to, in order to feel belonging? Oleg has such an inquisitive mind and heart and so this episode of TNT ESQ is likely to challenge the status quo of what each of us has actually considered up to this point when it comes to our own belonging, our identity, our community, how we are in the world. Belonging – what will we do in order to belong? What do we need to do? To connect with Oleg, you can find him on LinkedIn and reach out to his website:
March 29, 2020
TNT ESQ: Episode 25 with Juliet Herman - FITOUT THROUGH AUTHENTICITY
Today’s guest is Juliet Herman joining us from New York! She transforms leaders & teams into high-performing with behavioral consulting . She is a Positioning Strategy Jedi, Chief Marketing & Sales Officer for FitOut Academy. When you work with Juliet, no stone with go unturned! FITOUT is an acronym and it stands for... F - Freedom of Expression I - Intuitive Action T - Team Synergy O - Outcome Focused U - United Vision T - Trust in Leadership It's time to FITOUT in leadership by being Authentic - show up as our whole selves. Let's explore that together! You can be in touch with Juliet Herman via LinkedIn or her website: 
March 22, 2020
Author ~ Vision Strategist ~ Grand Master Cellular Regression Practitioner These are the titles that follow Terry Eastwind Nichols name on his LinkedIn profile. However, Terry is a fellow member of the HumansFirst Club with Rhys and myself, and brings, to our conversations, great insights and quotes and perspectives that often leaves the group with a pause or silence to consider. This is the mark of life experience and wisdom. Terry works with clients within a process called Grand Master Cellular Regression; a process that he developed after experiencing a traumatic life event. Through his work, he helps people unlock and unblock traumatic events that are keeping them stuck. Sometimes the 'stuck' manifests itself as procrastination, and in this episode of TNT ESQ, we explore with Terry the cycle of trauma, self-sabotage, and procrastination. PLEASE NOTE: This episode contains stories of trauma, based on client examples that Terry has encountered. He uses these stories to demonstrate the power of his practice. Discretion is advised as these stories may be difficult to listen to. If you would like to get in touch with Terry, you can find him on: LinkedIn - Terry Earthwind Nichols Website:
March 15, 2020
TNT ESQ: Episode 23 with Edward Okopny - SOMETHING GOOD WILL COME OF THIS
Our guest today is Edward Okopny. Both Rhys and I have met and engaged with Edward via LinkedIn. We suggest you do the same. After all, he's open to all connections and conversations! Plus...when you connect and examine his profile description, this is the amazing-ness you will find. Everything can change in the blink of an eye… It is not the events or circumstances that we encounter in our life that guide us forward or determines our destiny. It is however, what we learn and the way we choose to take action that shapes our future. I also believe, the people that come in and out of our lives can have a substantial impact on us and that there is no relationship without value. Supporting this, is an understanding that happiness is a daily choice and no matter what obstacles we are confronted with, there is always something positive that will come from them. I think the key, is not expecting to know what that will be, but simply believing it will be so. The cornerstone of my relationships and partnerships is trust, without it there really is no future. As I move forward to maximize the opportunities in front of me, I will continue to learn from all I encounter, embrace the relationships I have, and look forward to who and what will come my way in the future. Powerful stuff! This conversation with Edward unleashes the exploration of Something Good Will Come of This - the empowerment to look at every opportunity through the lens of positivity and optimism. Why? Because it feels good to do so. Better than the alternative. You can connect with Edward Okopny on LinkedIn, follow on Instagram, and check out his amazing stuff on his YouTube Page - the EJO Zone.
March 08, 2020
TNT ESQ: Episode 22 with Arlene Mendoza - HONOURING THE PUSH AND THE PULL
On our previous episodes of TNTESQ we have spent time introducing our guest by their role or their qualifications or something related to status of achievement. While our guest today has all of those things, I would like to do a somewhat special introduction. Arlene Mendoza is BFF material. Rhys and I both met Arlene via HumansFirst and Arlene is likely best known for the power of her storytelling.  We are insanely excited to have Arlene explore the topic of the push and pull we each experience in our lives - expectations, standards, should's compared to internal vision and purpose and drive and needs. with us today to get a sprinkle of your stories and lessons and insights! Arlene took the leap - a big one - a hiatus to invest in herself. Not many of us have the courage to take such a leap; to hold up the mirror, to give ourselves that time and dedication to aligning and connecting with ourselves. This is one heck of a dialogue!
March 01, 2020
TNT ESQ: Episode 21 with Jordan Gross - GENUINE HUMAN CONNECTION
Jordan is the Author of “The Journey to Cloud Nine” and the best-selling book called Getting Comfy: Your Morning Guide to Daily Happiness and an Executive Coach of his company Cloud Nine Living and a Certified Leadership Coach under Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching, and a TEDx speaker on Getting Comfy in the Uncomfy and upcoming TEDx speaker on why self help is not helping March 3, 2020 in New Jersey. Genuine Human Connection seems to be a 'thing' Jordan has had in spades from a young age. Whether it was because he had an underdog mentality or because he cared so much for people, he kept true to honouring this need to connect with people deeply throughout his life. Along his journey he has tapped into people's stories to have his own moments of 'ah ha' and believes the power of a story is to share it with as many people as possible. Get ready to hear a few amazing stories in this episode of TNT ESQ! Get in touch with Jordan: LinkedIn and website
February 23, 2020
Dr. Melissa Hughes is a self-proclaimed neuroscience geek, author and speaker.  Having spent the first decade of her professional career in education observing how the brain works through the lives of her students, she realized there were simple, applicable tools that could optimize performance outcomes and improve their overall learning processes.  Understanding how to learn, how to solve problems, and to think creatively becomes even more important once we leave the classroom and step into the work-life arena.  Dr. Hughes combines her experience in education with extensive research in neuroscience and behavioral psychology to share simple, applicable strategies that improve performance and outcomes in our professional and personal lives. In this episode we explore how the brain works optimally, how to amp up the hormones that put our brain in the best possible situation for critical thinking, empathy, problem solving, and creativity, imposter syndrome, and the one thing you can start doing NOW to get your brain to function better! To connect with Dr. Melissa Hughes... LinkedIn! Website:
February 16, 2020
Our guest is our #1 TNT fan and supporter - Shelley Brown! Shelley Brown believes mindfulness is not what we've all been led to believe. Mindfulness is becoming more and more mainstream, and yet it still gets greeted with the “cringe” factor, gets put in the "too weird for the workplace" basket or worse yet, put in the same category as “chair massage”. Shelley understands, she too was a "Cringer".  As a former high-octane sales pro and endurance athlete, she was a total skeptic and thought mindfulness was for tea-drinking yogis (not that there's anything wrong with that).  She soon learned the truth and what has become a way of life has now turned into her purpose. Shelley's mission is to invite leaders to explore this transformative practice in an inclusive and accessible way with the intention to make it “sticky” not "icky"  leading to a sustainable mindful culture. Rather than a focus on what's often seen as woo-woo, weird approaches, Shelley know it's a practice of rock stars and warriors... a practice that transcends calm...a practice that invites leaders to extend time in the present, to be conscious, to practice real-time self-awareness, to “Walk their Talk”, to lead with accountability, resilience, compassion, openness, equanimity and heart. Shelley spent decades in the corporate world in national and regional sales management roles in both high-tech and hospitality industries.  Today she remains connected to the corporate world...only now as a Rock Star Mindfulness speaker and workshop facilitator! Shelley believes this practice of mindfulness helps us to find more joy and show up better for each other. To learn more or be in touch with Shelley: LinkedIn - Shelley Brown Instagram - @roimindfulness
February 09, 2020
TNT ESQ: Episode 18 with Jennifer Beitz - THE PHOENIX RISES
Our guest today is Jennifer Beitz. Rhys and I both met Jennifer through HumansFirst Club. Her energy contributions are always so thoughtful and encouraging toward the self! Jennifer helps women shatter their limiting beliefs. She was a classic example of a woman holding herself back from the next level of success in life, business and career. She spent many years thinking that she wasn’t enough, wasn’t ready. In the personal work to elevate herself she discovered that every time she reinforced a limiting belief, she was right! From the experiences rises the Phoenix – Jennifer is using her own personal path as the way to help others reach their next level of success. Sitting with Discomfort of the Truth is Harder than Sitting with the Current Emotional Discomfort by Staying in the Un-Truth. Shatter limiting beliefs. Get in touch with Jennifer Beitz on LinkedIn!
February 02, 2020
TNT ESQ: Episode 17 with Simon Rodgers - ENTERING FLOW
Our guest today is Simon Rodgers, a transformation coach, unlocking full potential within individuals, teams and corporations. Simon is all about helping people and teams to connecting through a coaching method that supports managers & their teams with any challenge they have by: Connecting them with who they are, Aligning everyone on what is needed, and Committing to getting it done.  Connect - Align - Commit. There is impact in the room, every time this method is used. It may sound simple, however it just isn't, and throughout this conversation, Simon demonstrates and explains that getting to know people – giving positive/appreciative feedback – entering FLOW – to gain greater appreciation for each other is, at it's foundation, about being nice. We just aren't nice enough and when we are, powerful things happen. If you want more, you can connect with Simon Rodgers on LinkedIn, through his website, and via email at
January 26, 2020
Our guest today is Haydn Bratt. Founder of Mindset Leadership, author of book MicroLeadership with a passionate belief that we can all “master tomorrow”. Haydn loves to help people at all stages of their leadership career to think and act differently to improve their MINDSET and generate highly effective success strategies that deliver outstanding results – both personally and in the organisations they lead. Exactly the right guest to challenge the status quo with! We discuss the power of incremental gains under 6 primary leadership pillars discovered and designed by Haydn and his tribe. Within our discussion is used the analogy of running and cycling and how the simplicity of adding 1% from yesterday to today, yields tremendous capacities for achievement. To learn more about Haydn and his work... - connect with Haydn on LinkedIn, - grab his book MicroLeadership, on Amazon - email  - website
January 19, 2020
TNT ESQ: Episode 15 with Oscar Trimboli - DEEP LISTENING
Our guest today is Oscar Trimboli. Oscar Trimboli is on a quest to create 100 million Deep Listeners in the world. He is an author, Host of the Apple Award winning podcast—Deep Listening and a sought-after keynote speaker. He is passionate about using the gift of listening to bring positive change in homes, workplaces and the world. Through his work with chairs, boards of directors and executive teams in local, regional and global organisations, Oscar has experienced firsthand the transformational impact leaders and organisations can have when they listen beyond the words. He consults to organisations including Cisco, Google, HSBC, News Corp, PayPal, Qantas, TripAdvisor helping executives and their teams listen to what’s unsaid by the customers and employees. Oscar lives in Sydney with his wife Jennie, where he helps first-time runners and ocean swimmers conquer their fears and contributes to the cure for cancer as part of Can Too, a cancer research charity. Listening is an awareness problem; 81% think we are above average car drivers, 83% of us think we are above average listeners. We just aren't this good. There is a lot of ground covered in today's podcast episode, and Oscar provides the research, the proof, the stories, and the techniques to elevate your listening game! If you want more, you can connect with Oscar on LinkedIn, and
January 12, 2020
TNT ESQ: Episode 14 with Dr. Kimberly Hambrick - RELEASING LIMITING BELIEFS
Our guest today is Dr. Kimberly Hambrick.  Kimberly is the president of Kimberly Hambrick Consulting. She is a leadership development and growth coach and trainer. She DESIGNS empowered leaders! Kimberly is a member of the John Maxwell Team and the growth system which we are going to dive into during this conversation. However, more of our conversation is around limiting beliefs and how those limiting beliefs keep one stuck. Kimberly digs deep into her own personal story, sharing thoroughly what was her reality and how she managed to pull herself through that reality into one where she could flourish and shine all of her talents. A little something we can all learn to do better. If you want more, you can connect with Kimberly Hambrick on LinkedIn, and via email and check out Kimberly’s podcast The Cannoli Coach.
January 05, 2020
Human greatness? What exactly does that mean? Well, to Brian Kelly, founder of Brian Kelly Leadership Coaching, it's the uniqueness that is within each of us. Which means it looks and sounds and behaves and expresses itself differently for all of us! Rhys and I both met Brian and enjoy spending at least an hour per week with him, in our HumansFirst Club on Fridays via LinkedIn, and Brian is known for growing this Club by inviting the most number of people. He is a connector! Some of the most interesting and explorative conversations had, have been with Brian, a spectacular collaborator and curious “George” without the mischief. In this episode, the final one of 2019, we chat with Brian about vulnerability, removing your mask, finding your why well before attempting your how, and stepping into your greatness. You can connect with Brian Kelly via LinkedIn and via email at and at
December 29, 2019
TNT ESQ: Episode 12 with Morgane Michael - KINDNESS
Morgane Michael, the creator of the research-based, not-for-profit Small Act Big Impact 21-day Kindness initiative, joins us for a conversation on KINDNESS and the impact it has on all of our lives. She is also the host and producer of the Kindsight 101 Podcast. Morgane is the mother of 2 young children, a wife, speaker, educator and author and she believes that infusing intentional kindness and empathy into schools, workplaces, and communities, can be the catalyst for positive change. In this episode, Morgane takes us on a journey of the senses, clearly explaining why KINDNESS is an integral part of our humanity and can help us resolve so many of the 'not good' feelings we encounter on a daily basis. Her goal is to help everyone integrate kindness practices into their communities and throughout this podcast offers many ways in which YOU can make that happen. If you want more, you can connect with Morgan on LinkedIn, and… FACEBOOK: TWITTER: @SABI21days INSTAGRAM: @smallactbigimpact EMAIL: WEBSITE: BLOG:
December 22, 2019
TNT ESQ: Episode 11 with Garry Turner - VULNERABILITY IS STRENGTH
Our guest is Garry Turner. Garry is creator of The Listening Organization, a human-centered people consultancy, host of the Value through Vulnerability podcast, and is driven by his personal purpose of helping create & facilitate the safe spaces that help unleash human potential. Garry has been obsessed and intentional on his own personal breakthrough journey. His work in this area is about creating the safe spaces which help people release their fullest potential in the most optimal way. He does this by harnessing the power of his values and using his super powers to leave every person, in every interaction, better than when they came in. If you want more, you can connect with Garry in a few different ways. Twitter - LinkedIn - Website - Podcast -
December 15, 2019
Our guest today is Josia Nakash – a fellow Canadian, growing up with a British father, and now residing in Isreal. Josie is the Founder of Good Vibe Agency. She is an active participant in The Humans First Club writing a summary article and LinkedIn post that shares the learnings from our humans first time together. The time has come to fill the world with positive, uplifting and meaningful content that provides people with the guidance they really need. We are really looking forward to talking about just how we can do that! If you want more, you can connect with Josia on LinkedIn,  check out her website, on Twitter goodvibeagency.
December 08, 2019
TNT ESQ: Episode 9 with Kevin Monroe - THIS EXTRA ORDINARY LIFE
Our guest today is Kevin Monroe – Founder of X Factor Consulting, host of the Friday noon Humans First Club calls, and the heart behind The 10 Day Gratitude Challenge.  I met Kevin when he randomly called me after a brief encounter via LinkedIn posts and comments and we spoke, while I was cooking, for about 45 minutes. This action of just picking up the phone and calling someone who sparked that feeling of ‘I want to know this person’ speaks to Kevin as an individual and the charisma that defines his humanity. If you want more, you can connect with Kevin on LinkedIn, or email, The Higher Purpose podcast, AND 
December 01, 2019
TNT ESQ: Episode 8 with Renata Porter - THE CONNECTED LEADER
Renata Porter – Leadership trainer, consultant, coach. Her passion is helping organizations build connected leaders…fully engaged people that enjoy their place of work, know the value they bring and have the desire to exceed all expectations. Renata’s programs and training accomplishes the end result of a Connected Leader by focusing on Inclusion, Transparency, Inspiration and Leadership through Action. If you want more, you can connect with Renata via LinkedIn or your website or email
November 24, 2019
TNT ESQ: Episode 7 with Antoni Tzavelas - HUMANITY IN TECH
Welcome to our guest – Antoni Tzavelas. Technology contractor currently teaching people how to cloud. You may even know Antoni via his LinkedIn series Blame DevOps. But really…Antoni is a cameleon coming from the fashion industry to systems administrator to dev-ops engineer to now an educator. Your career journey is founded in a passion for continuous learning. However…that’s not what we’re here to talk about today. Today we’re here to explode the status quo on putting humanity first in the workplace. If you want more, you can connect with Antoni via LinkedIn or email
November 17, 2019
Tawyna shows up with heart. All heart. Her mission is to share her experiences so that others can learn how to spot the signs of mental health and suicide. In this mission she is building bridges within her community, writing a free book to spread the necessary knowledge, and creating groups like SisterCheck! If you want to be part of her amazing mission, connect with Tawyna on LinkedIn. Listen and enjoy and most of all, learn!
November 10, 2019
TNT ESQ: Episode 5 with Mike Vacanti - EMANCIPATION OF SELF
Freeing ourselves from the limiting beliefs, the old beliefs, the 'best practice' one way of thinking, is the only way to solve the problems that are facing us today - personally and professionally. Mike Vacanti – author of the book Believership: The SuperPower Beyond Leadership,  believes, “It’s more than what we accomplish – it’s who we become along the journey!” and his mission is to help people discover their potential, embrace a growth mindset and achieve at inspired levels. Mike is also the founder of the HumansFirst Club and this passion project which has exploded beyond his expectations, speaks to Mike’s belief that the heart of any organization are it’s people. Listen as we discuss everything from the unconscious adoption of constraints, to the harm of sameness, to or-gantic growth, to honouring the strengths of the individual, to promoting the ONE that everyone's following. If you want more, you can connect with Mike via LinkedIn or
November 03, 2019
David is a high-performance culture coach. He is the Founder of Impact Leadership Consulting, LLC. David knows about high performance as a triathlete. As an endurance athlete, you must be connected to your why so that you can dedicate yourself 100% to a vision, a goal, an outcome.  David translates this into connecting people with the WHY of their company in order to INCREASE PROFITS, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT and gain that all important COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE. In this podcast we explore intentionality behind your workplace culture, practicing the behaviours, defining daily rituals, and the terror barrier. Connect with David McGlennen on LinkedIn. Visit my leadership blog at or email me at so that we can have a conversation.
October 27, 2019
TNT ESQ: Episode 3 with Alison Fischer - EMPOWERMENT
Alison Fischer has 20+ years experience in the Corporate world, going toe to toe with some of America’s elite in the boardroom, but she is equally comfortable and commanding in her home life, the proud mother of two girls, she is also passionate about giving back to her community especially working with local kids to teach some of her core beliefs and values to better empower them to live fulfilling and resilient lives. There are many subjects we could talk about today with Alison, her Resilience, her Gratitude, her Transparency, her belief in Transformational Leadership, and the EPIC acronym –  Empathy/Presence/Intention/Connection. But Empowerment is the topic of today’s interview. You can connect with Alison Fischer on LinkedIn!
October 20, 2019
TNT ESQ: Episode 2 with Chris Jackson - COMPASSIONATE LEADERSHIP
Compassionate leadership is absolutely about heart and Chris Jackson wears his on his sleeve. In this episode, we explore the ups and downs of being a compassionate leadership, how our past shows up in our future, how to find our own 'chairs' so we can be the best version of ourselves, and why showing up for other people will always be the right thing to do. If you want more, you can connect with Chris via LinkedIn…you can contact him via his website: and email: or
October 13, 2019
TNT ESQ: Episode 1 with Raf Baron - FEEDBACK
Raf Baron is the F-Word Coach - FEEDBACK. His approach involves getting rid of serving the 'feedback sandwich' that sugarcoats the real challenge. He knows cringy feedback scripts don't work. It's all about relationships, conversations, and stacking the deck in everyone's favour. You can connect with Raf Baron via LinkedIn and by email: Time to come out of the dark. Time to challenge the way you train feedback in your organization and the way you deliver it as a leader.
September 26, 2019