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On the Schmooze

Welcome to On the Schmooze, a weekly podcast that features a mix of interviews and solo shows. My hope is that insights from me and my guests will help you achieve the leadership position you’re seeking, build and sustain your professional network, and find the work/life balance that works best for you. Interviews are with talented people from different fields. We explore how they built strong networks and overcame challenges on their way to becoming successful leaders. I identify a key take-away from each interview, something you can put into action that week that you’ll benefit from for years to come. In the show notes I provide resources to help you get started. Solo shows are shorter episodes where I share practical networking tips and techniques you can put into practice right away. Podcast inspired by Dorie Clark, Pat Flynn, Jonny Nastor, Dale Carnegie.
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Now displaying: February, 2018
Feb 26, 2018

Today’s guest has been an entrepreneur for most of her life and loves helping entrepreneurs and business owners avoid making the same mistakes she’s made.

She is the Co-Founder and CEO of Cerius Executives and Cerius Advisors, where she puts her serial entrepreneur knowledge and expertise to work. She has personally sold companies, led a management buyout, and has advised hundreds of companies on strategies for growth and higher shareholder values.

She recently co-authored, “How I Fired My Boss and Made More Money: Insider Secrets from Successful Interim Executives and Independent Consultants.”

Please join me in welcoming Pamela Wasley.

In this episode we explore:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is an ever-learning process of motivating people to achieve a goal. Each generation is a little bit different and leadership of each generation has to be a little different.”
  • how she went from wallflower to President of her college dorm.
  • her ways of avoiding myopic thinking.
  • how outsourcing has helped her build her business with success.
  • how she segments her time to clear her head to make room for brilliant business ideas.
  • her practice of using LinkedIn to maintain connections.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchoomze.com - episode 83

Feb 19, 2018

Today’s guest helps people develop the insights and courage necessary to act outside their personal and cultural comfort zones when doing important, but challenging, tasks in work and life.

He is a professor of international management and organizational behavior at Brandeis University and award-winning author of “Global Dexterity: How to Adapt Behavior Across Cultures Without Losing Yourself in the Process” and his more recently published book “Reach: A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, Rise to the Challenge and Build Confidence.”

His research has explored the dynamics of psychologically demanding tasks, including necessary evils and organizational change. He writes regularly for Harvard Business Review, Psychology Today, and Inc.com, and consults and speaks widely to corporate audiences.

Currently, his work focuses on the challenges people face when adapting behavior in foreign cultural settings.

Please join me in welcoming Andy Molinsky.

In this episode we explore:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is having the ability to create a compelling, conclusive, and bold vision, and to inspire people to go with that vision.”
  • how his love of helping people transpired to his career, where he helps people overcome the things they are scared or uncomfortable with, but is necessary for their business.
  • how he has worked to move from writing academic papers to giving speeches and coaching.
  • his ability to switch gears between work and family multiple times a day because he loves what he does.
  • his method for enriching and engaging his current connections, while networking to grow his circle.
  • his unique views on how anyone can be a leader while also being exactly who they are.

What were the key takeaways you plan to put into practice this week and benefit from for years to come? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchoomze.com - episode 82

Feb 12, 2018

Today’s guest is both analytical and creative in nature and enjoys blending the art and science of marketing to tell stories to the right people, at the right time, and in the right places. She’s excited by work where human interactions meet digital experiences — especially when driven by data.

Decades ago, she helped create the (then) fastest growing company in American history: Compaq Computer. After working at Compaq for fourteen years, she left to start Oneteam, a consulting firm that helps senior leaders create internal strategies that support their organization’s external growth.

As the president and principal consultant at Oneteam, she serves as an executive advisor and consultant to CEOs and senior organization leaders to grow their companies with outcomes including IPOs, acquisitions, market share increases, and dramatic leadership development. Her work has enabled sustained growth in a multitude of companies, from startups to Fortune 500 firms, including Aetna and BMC Software.

Please join me in welcoming Karen Walker

In this episode we discuss:

  • Karen’s views on leadership: “Leaders help create a vision and hold everyone accountable to do their highest and best work, a process I call No Dumbing Down”
  • Her process of learning that everyone can create and achieve more if they work together as a team.
  • Karen’s views on networking: “There is no such thing as a steady state of business, you are either growing or falling behind.”
  • How she has worked to centralize what she needs to do and what she needs to delegate to others.
  • Her way of staying present by remembering the quote, “be where your feet are.”
  • How she believes networking is an opportunity to help other people as much as it is an opportunity to have others help you.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchoomze.com - episode 81

Feb 5, 2018

Today’s guest’s mission in life is to empower individuals, leaders and entrepreneurs to Rediscover their Brilliance, Achieve Meaning, Balance and true Happiness in Life without compromising their Financial Success  His work and legacy are to provide humans with the tools and skills to become the person they’ve always dreamed of being.

For 20 years, he achieved financial success and business notoriety as a large firm financial consultant, but was unfulfilled and had lost hope because he felt trapped in a lucrative career, forced to make decisions out of fear instead of goodness.

His experiences led him to found Choose Goodness, a movement known for helping individuals, executives and businesses bridge the gap between profitability and humanity.

Please join me in welcoming Tommy Breedlove

In this episode we explore:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership today is compassion, courage, and empathy, but with forceful boundaries delivered with care.”
  • his views on what kind of example a leader sets: “a leader is someone who knows who does not compromise their values or integrity, which means they have a lot of courage.”
  • how he spent 36 years as a “rule by the iron fist” leader who never allowed himself to be real, how he had an epiphany, and how he now leads with compassion and understanding.
  • how he embraces helping others by walking beside them as they discover how to be who they always wanted to be.
  • his belief that the best gift you can give someone is your undivided attention, and how he uses that belief to help him maintain positive connections in his life.
  • his upcoming book, “From Pawn to King” that is coming out during the second quarter of 2018.
  • the free gifts Tommy offers to anyone who listens to this podcast.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchoomze.com - episode 80

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