Episode 36 – Rae Ringel – How to Design Better Meetings

When was the last time that you finished a meeting that you attended and thought, “Wow! That was a great meeting…I wish it was longer!” It’s probably somewhere between a long time ago and never. Rae Ringel, executive coach and consultant, joins me to talk about how we can stop this epidemic of wasted time and design better meetings. She talks about how many should attend, who should attend and two things everyone must do BEFORE the meeting even starts. This is a can’t-miss episode for anyone who plans, facilitates or attends meetings!

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Episode 35 – Bob Rosen – Healthy Companies International

Bob Rosen, Chairman and CEO of Healthy Companies International, joins us to talk all things leadership. Bob is a psychologist with over 30 years of experience coaching CEOs at Fortune 500 companies and conducting research on what makes great leaders. He recommends that leaders consider being confident AND humble which allows them to empathize and listen more effectively. Leaders must learn to be comfortable in uncomfortable situations and that they need to take care of themselves, first. Come join us as we talk about the grounded, conscious leader of the future.

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Episode 34 – Jack Fairweather – The Volunteer

How do you define courage? After speaking with Jack Fairweather, author of “The Volunteer: One Man, An Underground Army & the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz,” I am convinced that one of the ultimate examples is a 39 year-old Polish underground operative named Witold Pilecki.

Pilecki VOLUNTEERED to be a prisoner at the infamous Auschwitz death camp beginning in 1940. The goal was to help the Allies get first-hand information on the camp. It is a study in grace, sacrifice, empathy and courage, among other positives human qualities. It’s an episode you won’t want to miss and a book you will want to read.

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Episode 33 – Jen Brown – Think on Your Feet – Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Impromptu Communication Skills on the Job

Jen Brown, author of  Think on Your Feet – Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Impromptu Communication Skills on the Job, helps us understand how learning improv skills doesn’t just make you funny. It’s a life skill that can help you communicate more effectively. She has taught everyone from 3 year olds to CEOs these skills. Tune in for a couple of laughs and some practical tips!

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Episode 32 – Megan McNealy – Reinvent The Wheel

I have heard too many people say something like, “Once I get X done, then I can focus a little more on myself so I can get in shape, eat better, etc.” Impact entrepreneur and well-being expert Megan McNealy joins me for a lively discussion about why this is all wrong.

Based on tons of research and her own personal experiences with an autoimmune disease, cancer and stressful career, Megan introduces us to a simple, science-backed approach that is centered on mind, body AND spirit. And, she argues…don’t wait for the right time to take of yourself. This approach leads to success in other domains of your life.

Check out Megan’s new book, Reinvent the Wheel: How Top Executives Leverage Well-Being for Success (available, 10/22/19) and you can get more wisdom, tips and tools on Megan’s website!

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Episode 31 – Andrea Kramer & Alton Harris – It’s Not You, It’s the Workplace

In their new book, “It’s Not You, It’s The Workplace – Women’s Conflict At Work And The Bias That Built It” Andrea Kramer & Alton Harris argue that these conflicts are rooted in two bias-driven workplace dynamics: 1) the obstacles to career advancement women encounter simply because they are women, and 2) the misunderstandings and stereotypes they face in working with women whose social identities are different from their own—be it because of race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, or parental status. In this episode, we try to debunk some of the myths surrounding this topic and recognize that this an issue we all need to face.

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Episode 30 – Roger Firestien – Create In A Flash

How can we get more creative when trying to solve big problems? This is the question that Roger Firestien, PhD, has been asking (and answering!) for over 40 years! As a consultant, professor and author of six practical, science-backed books, Roger has helped dozens of clients not only solve complex problems, he has taught them how to do this on their own. In this episode, we talk about his journey to this field, how his upbringing encouraged creativity and his new book, Create In A Flash – A leader’s recipe for breakthrough innovation.

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Episode 29 – John Baldoni – Grace, A Leader’s Guide to a Better US

Your typical leadership book talks about developing strategy, managing people, working through uncertainty and coping with change, among other things. Grace – A Leader’s Guide To A Better Us is not your typical leadership book. Author, coach and leadership expert John Baldoni joins me to talk about generosity, respect, action, compassion and energy. His book is exactly what we need as incivility has risen sharply since 2016. Baldoni helps us understand that we need a new type of leadership – one that requires humility AND effectiveness.

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Episode 28 – Rick Snyder – Decisive Intuition

One super power that I would love to have…making better decisions! One of my problems is finding the right formula or process as Amazon.com has over 50,000 books on the subject! Enter Rick Snyder and his new book, Decisive Intuition: Use Your Gut Instincts to Make Smart Business Decisions. Rick argues that we have been taught to ignore our intuition when, in many cases, we have all the information we need AND we just need to listen to that gut instinct to make the best decision available to us in a timely manner. We cover the three types of intuition, pay homage to Malcom Gladwell and hypothesize that growing up in a safe neighborhood may have been the catalyst for this book!

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Episode 27 – Chris Griffiths – The Creative Thinking Handbook

On page 1 of Chris Griffiths’ new book, The Creative Thinking Handbook, he writes, “Knowledge is no longer power.” And, I was hooked… In the latest episode of Looking for AND, Chris talks about being a Cleveland Browns fan, wanting to be an astronaut and how our education system probably needs an overhaul. We also get into the creative problem-solving process, biases and why it’s important to ‘slow down to speed up.’ You can learn more about Chris and his company at www.OpenGenius.com and download a number of free creativity tools at www.Thinking.space

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