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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: July, 2022
Jul 21, 2022

Today’s guest urges leaders to stop using 2019 behavior to address 2022 workplace challenges.

She is an organizational psychologist, executive coach, speaker, and author of “Leading Inclusion: Drive Change Your Employees Can See and Feel.” It is a groundbreaking guidebook for corporate leaders who want to build inclusive organizations from the top down.

She has spent decades advising and coaching business leaders, including some in the Fortune 500, building healthy organizational cultures and measuring employee opinions. As a noted voice on human-centered leadership, she has written for Harvard Business Review and has been quoted in Forbes, Fast Company, BBC Worklife, and other national media.

Please join me in welcoming Gena Cox.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is about relationships and understanding how to help a group accomplish something.”
  • how a passing conversation with a former employee made Gena realize she was not a very good leader by not being accessible.
  • how anyone can see and value life experiences even if you have not personally experienced them.
  • the impact her maternal grandmother had on her and how she encouraged Gena to learn about new things.
  • the three careers she wanted growing up were psychology, journalist/reporter, meteorology, and the journey that led her to psychology.
  • her experience working for a newspaper in Barbados covering business stories and politics.
  • how growing up on a small island changed her perspective on the world.
  • why she decided to move to the US for college and her experience of taking a class taught by Arthur Ashe.
  • how she learned that she was Black only after coming to the US and a few experiences where she was called the n-word which was quite jarring. [CONTENT WARNING - racial language]
  • how she built her own practice in an effort to have more time with her daughter and only returned to work after her daughter went to college.
  • the big decision she made in 2020 after the murder of Breonna Taylor was to pivot and help organizations with DEI in organizations instead of only being focused on the human experience in the workplace.
  • why she believes that companies should stop asking for data and instead listen to the stories within their organizations.
  • how she nurtures the outer layers of her network.
  • what she is looking forward to in the year ahead.
  • why she says she “came out as Black” and the importance of those words for her.

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

 
Jul 19, 2022

Today’s guest believes growth requires both vision and action.

Her goal is to change the trajectory of people's lives and careers for the better. She works with C-level executives and other senior leaders who want to expand their professional and personal capacity; tackle bigger, more complex challenges; grow as humans so they can grow as leaders; to cross new thresholds of performance.

As an expert in executive coaching and career development, she coaches C-suite executives and other senior leaders across the globe. In addition to several venture-backed startups, her clients have included Clorox, DocuSign, Dropbox, and Google. She is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and Forbes.com.

Please join me in welcoming Rebecca Zucker.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is caring enough to step up.”
  • why she believes empathy is a huge part of leadership.
  • the restrictions she grew up with for being born female.
  • not being taken seriously as a woman in finance, including transferring to an international office within the company.
  • how she used her network of university and business school alumni all pre-internet.
  • how she navigated France as an ex-pat when she transferred to an investment banking career.
  • her year off, living in France, and becoming a gig worker, and how that led her to entrepreneurship.
  • how she began her coaching business in earnest after her current job was going under.
  • how she and her business partner, Heather, complement each other in business.
  • why she enjoys mentoring people and is always on the lookout for quality talent.
  • how she nurtures and sustains the outer levels of her network.
  • how she accomplished getting published consistently in Harvard Business Review.
  • what she’s looking forward to in the next year.

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

Jul 10, 2022

Today’s guest believes you can find inspiration through honest conversation.

Before becoming the founder and Chief Inspiration Officer of Inspired Purpose Coaching, he was a finance and strategy executive working with some of the worlds leading life sciences companies. Along his journey, he also managed small businesses and ran a financial consulting company.

He is a trusted advisor, coach, experience creator, author, podcast host, and speaker. He brings together over 25 years of business and management experience, formal training, and extreme curiosity to elevate leaders and equip them with the tools to navigate through change and unlock their true potential.

He is the host of The Virtual Campfire podcast and the author of “Climbing The Right Mountain: Navigating the Journey to An Inspired Life.”

Please join me in welcoming Tony Martignetti.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is serving others with compassion, courage, and curiosity.”
  • leading with your heart.
  • the world unlocks when you realize that the people you admire are not infallible.
  • how he grew up as an artistic kid and created worlds throughout his childhood.
  • how freeform play shaped his childhood and creativity.
  • switching gears in college from pre-med to business.
  • a quick deep dive into the three businesses he has started.
  • making the realization that he couldn’t do everything on his own.
  • how Tony built up his network and community.
  • his favorite quote is “amateurs compete and professionals create” and how that propelled him to build tribes.
  • his ideal client and his best referral.
  • the importance of not niching down at the beginning of the entrepreneurship journey.
  • how he feels supported by his network “success happens where opportunity meets preparation and connection.”
  • how he nurtures the outer layers of his network.
  • what he’s looking forward to in the next year.

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

Jul 4, 2022

Today’s guest is a serial entrepreneur and conscious explorer.

During the pandemic, she launched Quantum Surfing, a powerful mix of neuroscience, quantum mechanics, and applied enlightenment—spiritual principles grounded in science so they're repeatable. She helps visionary entrepreneurs predictably create lucky outcomes, get the clarity to execute swiftly, and have the mindset to step into next-level impact. It’s a revolutionary method for success in life and business.

She has also founded Tavola Villa in Fiji—her living dream of a global sanctuary for people to be recharged by the wild and soulful islands that have captured her own heart. There she hosts Stillness Retreats, combining the mysticism of Fiji, the rebel spirit of Silicon Valley, and the transformative inventiveness of the story.

Please join me in welcoming Monica Laurence.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is not only leading yourself but having a vision where you’re inviting others to be on the journey with you in a way that brings them to life.”
  • how setting people free to make choices and how that creates an amazing leadership experience.
  • her first taste of leadership from being the oldest child and the oldest grandchild of 25.
  • the perspective of leadership as a young girl and being called “bossy”.
  • her desire to be a fashion designer and how she ultimately became a computer scientist.
  • her passion for connecting with people and how that led to her returning to business school focusing on strategy and entertainment.
  • how she seized an opportunity to work at Lucas Films.
    how working in a startup let her create a structure of working that worked for her and her family.
  • why she created Quantum Surfing, a mindset training for entrepreneurs.
  • the many different influences on how she has created her framework.
  • the connection between mindset work and surfing.
    how “unusual experiences” can begin to make sense.
  • how she bought a resort right before the pandemic and ended up staying in Fiji for almost two years.
  • what she’s looking forward to in the next year.

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

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