Reaching Goals Faster Through Meditation feat. Lori Saitz

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In this episode you’ll hear my conversation with Lori Saitz, a lifelong student of meditation who has discovered a somewhat unconventional way to fast-track the achievement of any goal.

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VaynerMedia VP Katie Sagan on Making a Difference Through Empowering Others

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This episode of the podcast is special, and not just because you’ll hear from VP of People & Operations at VaynerMedia Katie Sagan, though she and her story are quite special in their own right.

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This episode is special because you’ll hear Katie really open up about what it’s like to spend a huge part of your life looking to create an impact in the “conventional” ways we always think about, and then to recognize that sometimes you can impact the world simply by being in a great environment where you can empower others.

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Grow Your Career In 5 Minutes Per Week with Armida Markarova

This week I’m extremely excited to bring you this conversation with

  • A certified conflict analysis and resolution mediator
  • An award-winning strategist and brand builder
  • Someone who’s worked for over 15 years in executive leadership positions
  • Someone who’s recognized as a professional development expert by Reader’s Digest, Thrive Global, MSN money, MSN news, and so many more
  • A frequent speaker at organizations and universities
  • An expert at helping people develop professional aspirations and achieve their dreams… as well as how to thrive in their current job in their current career. 

I hope you enjoy this conversation about company leadership, micro-innovations, and real professional development that can be accomplished in as little as 5 minutes a week … my conversation with Hiring Bloom founder Armida Markarova

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Talent + Leadership = Victory … With “The Talent War” Authors Mike Sarraille & George Randle

Whether on the the battlefield or in business, victory — consistent, repeated victory — is achieved by teams of talented people.

But what is “talent”? How do you define it? How do you identify it? How do you even begin to know how to look for it?

In this episode, you’ll hear my conversation with Mike Sarraille and George Randle, the co-authors of the upcoming book “The Talent War: How Special Operations and Great Organizations Win on Talent”.

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Let’s Address COVID Loneliness

In this episode, we’re going to dive into the ongoing struggle with how isolation and loneliness show up in the workplace. Less than 2-3 years ago, we dedicated an entire episode to discussing possible solutions to the common struggles associated with people being lonely in the workplace. Because of the extenuating circumstances of the COVID pandemic, loneliness as an epidemic has not only gotten worse, but it has surfaced in a ton of new ways as well.

That’s why it made a ton of sense to revisit key from this earlier episode that are more applicable now than ever before.

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The ONE and ONLY Thing You Need To Be A Leader

I field a lot of questions from people about Leadership.

“How will I know when I’m ready for a leadership position?”

“What if I don’t have a leadership title?”

“What if I get the opportunity to lead, but I don’t know how to lead?”

I think about this idea of “Leadership Readiness” ALL… THE… TIME. And after decades of experience and observation, I’ve come to a conclusion.

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Best Practices of High-Performing Teams

Is there a more rewarding feeling than knowing you are a part of a team that operates and performs at a high level? For my money, it’s one of the absolute best feelings in the world.

In this special episode, you’re going to get to hear a recording I managed to dig up from a talk I was privileged enough to deliver at Austin Startup Week back in late 2018. And while the title of the talk is Engineering Excellence: Best Practices of High-Performing Teams, these principles extend far beyond the world of Software Engineering. In fact, they all apply in some shape or form to ALL teams, which is why I’m so thrilled to share it with you in this episode.

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From Laid-Off To Startup Employee To Startup Founder – A Conversation With Home Run Dugout CEO Nick Hermandorfer

It is April 2020 and, in just 4 weeks time, 22 Million Americans suddenly find themselves unemployed. And there is a TON of uncertainty swirling about, and no doubt it is definitely warranted. And for many of us, this is not the first time in our professional lives where we’ve seen such a dramatic downturn in the economy, resulting in massive layoffs and entire businesses going under.

So while we’ve never experienced this type of pandemic before, it’s precisely because many people have experienced large scale recession that I wanted to connect those of you who are feeling uncertain with stories of growth, hope, and fulfillment.

In this episode, I have the pleasure of chatting with someone I have a ton of respect for and consider a friend: Nick Hermandorfer.

Nick is the Founder and CEO of Home Run Dugout, yet the reason I was so excited to talk with Nick is the journey he’s taken to get to where he is now. Nick graduated from college at Princeton and spent a total of 6 WEEKS working at Lehman Brothers in Manhattan before the 2008 economic crisis cost him his job. What you’ll hear in this episode is Nick telling the story of how he found himself unemployed, living in his parents’ basement, trying to figure out what was next. You’ll hear about how circumstances found him traveling to Austin, TX, where he went to work at a local startup that would coincidentally lead to starting his own company.

So, if you’re feeling worried, fearful, or just a little uncertain, I hope this conversation with Nick will instill you with some hope, some optimism, and maybe even some ideas for how you can turn any crisis into an opportunity.

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Shift To Managing 100% Remotely Like A CHAMP — Use These Questions To Guide You

I have a confession: I like being around people I work with, in close proximity in the same physical space. And I have been feeling a lot of the pains, stresses, and challenges of becoming a fully-remote Leader & People Manager. It’s a shift that I wasn’t ready to make, but fortunately a shift I’ve prepared myself to make successfully.

And if you are a Manager, or a Team Lead, or an Executive who is suddenly faced with leading a completely remote or distributed team, then you might be feeling some of the same pressures and challenges. 

So in this post, I want to cover a handful of valuable questions that you can use so that you can also make this shift. By doing so, you can truly  become a real champion at leading individuals and teams in a remote environment. 

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