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On the Schmooze

Welcome to On the Schmooze, a weekly podcast that features interviews with talented professionals who have achieved success in their field or industry. I ask probing questions to get them to share untold stories about their leadership journey and how they built and sustained their professional network. Put insights from me and my guests into action this week and you’ll benefit from for years to come. Podcast inspired by Dorie Clark, Guy Raz, Pat Flynn, Jonny Nastor, Dale Carnegie.
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Now displaying: February, 2020
Feb 24, 2020

Today’s guest is a wellness leader who is known as a beacon of authentic happiness.

A two-time cancer survivor, she is passionate about waking people up to the precious gift of time. Her mission is to inspire people to move more and fear less, helping them stretch their dreams, strengthen their courage muscle, and build an inspired life, full of joy and gratitude.

She is a speaker, author, mindset coach, podcast host, and DJ. As a keynote speaker, she inspires people around the globe to stand up for their lives and live profoundly from their hearts. Her work is rooted in the science of positive psychology and she coaches individuals and teams on how to get unstuck to become unstoppable.

She is the author of “The Perfection Detox: Tame Your Inner Critic, Live Bravely and Unleash Your Joy” and host of The Perfection Detox Podcast.

Please join me in welcoming Petra Kolber.      

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “I define leadership as anyone who can see the potential in others before the other can see it. It is someone who has the skills, methods, heart, and grace to coach others into that potential. It could be anyone.”
  • how she spent her time in the fitness world not recognizing her leadership role until she realized people were inspired by her.
  • the difference between her childhood near Liverpool, where standing out was discouraged, and how her thoughts about leadership changed when she met her first Americans.
  • some of the fitness classes she led and how they impacted others.
  • how meeting Dorie Clark shifted her life and where she has gone since then.
  • her methods for networking as an introvert, always entering rooms with the desire to give instead of receive.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchmooze.com - episode 184

Feb 18, 2020

Today’s guest embraces inclusion as a true beacon for her career.

An award-winning diversity and inclusion leader, consultant, and speaker, she is committed to diversifying the workplace and training women and emerging leaders to take true leadership positions in all aspects of their lives. She is the CEO of her company, a certified minority, and women-owned business enterprise.

Her background includes over two decades in corporate America. Her strong project management acumen allows her to educate and create transformational results for her clients. She teaches diversity and inclusion, conscious inclusion, and project management.

She is the author of multiple books, including her latest “52 Tips for Owning Your Career: Practical Advice for Career Success.”

Please join me in welcoming Simone E. Morris.    

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is getting others to follow you, a way of motivating others to see your vision.”
  • how she shifted from a shy and introverted youngest child into a person who makes herself visible and is a leader.
  • her college experiences that helped lay the foundation for future leadership.
  • her experience with a career sponsor and how it helped her in her career.
  • how she left the corporate world not planning to pursue entrepreneurship and then ended up finding success doing it.
  • networking and how she originally struggled but then eventually found great success in putting herself out there.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchmooze.com - episode 183

Feb 11, 2020

Today’s guest is a renowned entrepreneur on a mission to democratize automation and create an immersive work experience for enterprises of all sizes.

Founder and CEO of OrangeScape, makers of Kissflow, a disruptive SaaS-based enterprise-level work automation and collaboration platform with more than 10,000 customers across 160 countries, he has three US patents to his credit.

He co-founded SaaSBoomi, Asia’s number one and largest SaaS conference and he spends a significant amount of time in the startup ecosystem mentoring young founders.

Please join me in welcoming Suresh Sambandam.    

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “My own understanding of leadership is when one goes out on a mission that is larger than they can achieve alone, and they get a lot of people following and seeing the same vision and those people join in to accomplish that mission.”
  • how his understanding of leadership began around 7th grade when he gave his first speech.
  • his experience growing up in a town with only one computer, one that was shared with the whole town, and how that led him to open his own computer training center.
  • his three U.S. patents.
  • the SaaS conference he has been organizing for the last 5 years.
  • his personal goal for the next year, working on influence in government and policies.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchmooze.com - episode 182

Feb 4, 2020

Today’s guest helps companies solve their thorniest problems while also strengthening their top and bottom lines.

She is a management consultant, executive coach, and facilitator who helps leaders move their companies and careers forward. With over 30 years of experience, her specialty is developing high performing leaders and workforces. Her clients have included family-run businesses, national nonprofits, and Fortune 500 companies.

She is a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review and Forbes, and her TEDx talk, “Why There’s So Much Conflict at Work and What You Can Do to Fix It,” has been viewed over 135,000 times.

Please join me in welcoming Liz Kislik.    

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is helping people see what is meaningful and necessary to move forward.”
  • how she naturally fell into a leadership role with her siblings, as the oldest of three.
  • her first management experience right out of college and how she handled conflict, with quiet authority.
  • how she made the decision to start her own business and why that was the easiest and smoothest path for her.
  • her methods for networking, including being intentional in helping others through hard times.
  • her future plans for writing a book this year and her thought process about it.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchmooze.com - episode 181

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