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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Jul 24, 2018

Today’s guest helps her clients make wise decisions, prioritize leadership actions, and prepare for higher level responsibilities through customized executive education and coaching. She shows senior corporate, military, government, and nonprofit leaders how to create cultures that grow leaders, build organizations, and deliver dynamic organizational results.

As a clinical psychologist and former active duty Army officer, she brings her unique experiences and perspectives to the leadership conversation. She shares her insights in her book, “Lead Yourself First! The Senior Leaders Guide to Engaging Your People for Greater Performance and Impact.” As she says, “You are the instrument of your leadership, so tune up and play the music only you can play.”

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Karen Wilson-Starks.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is about building influence. It is about influencing people around you to move or act.”
  • how her leadership qualities existed from a very young age, beginning with her teaching her younger brother how to break out of his crib as a toddler.
  • her deep appreciation for seeing leaders and teams discover their unique gifts and learn to leverage them in their business.
  • how her mom’s illness and her husband’s out-of-state work gave her the final push to leave the corporate world and start her own business, and how she has grown since then.
  • her method for ensuring she has plenty of self-care and travel, no matter how busy her work-life is.
  • how she has worked to always continue learning, growing, and exploring the world and different cultures, and how that desire led her to a living room in Saudi Arabia.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 105

Jul 16, 2018

Today’s guest is a globally recognized expert on executive presence and communicative leadership.

During her first career as an award-winning broadcast journalist, she interviewed top influencers and developed a keen interest in discovering the qualities of successful leaders. She channeled that energy to bring together a team that today is at the forefront of innovation in executive and leadership development.

Her firm is distinguished for its ground breaking research and model of executive presence, which global organizations use to help leaders make a bigger impact.

She is the author of several books, including her bestselling business book “Speak Like a CEO: Secrets for Commanding Attention and Getting Results.” She is the past president of the New England Chapter of the National Speakers Association and a Certified Speaking Professional, a professional designation held by fewer than 12 percent of speakers worldwide.

Please join me in welcoming Suzanne Bates.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is rallying people to achieve a vision.”
  • how her leadership skills began with admiration of her dad and his ability to lead as a community leader, especially during hard times.
  • how she learned it was time to leave journalism and how she found the courage to start her own career.
  • her belief that people are only capable of growing to the place they believe they can be, and how she helps people go from where they are to where they believe they can be.
  • her first experience teaching a class in person, after twenty years behind a camera, and how she learned to challenge herself to grow.
  • how she has learned her own biorhythm and has learned to utilize it to shape how she spends her personal and professional time.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 104

Jul 9, 2018

Today’s guest has many different titles and roles, which include: speaker, podcast host, software developer, engineer, developer, strategist, startup advisor, and entrepreneur.

He is the co-founder and CEO of Contactually, the top CRM that empowers professionals in real estate, consulting, and other professional industries to build authentic relationships. He has lead Contactually to 12 million dollars in venture backing, 75 employees, and tens of thousands of customers, including 8 of the top 20 real estate brokerages in the country.

Named a finalist for Ernst and Youngs Entrepreneur of the Year, he hosts the Real Relationships podcast and has interviewed hundreds of leaders on how they build relationships that move their businesses and careers to higher levels.

Please join me in welcoming Zvi Band.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is establishing a culture of expectations that exist mainly when you are not involved.”
  • how he became a leader by being thrust into leadership roles, without realizing his capabilities.
  • his unique views on negative customer feedback, which he sees as a positive because it means they are engaged and loving his app, but that they are frustrated with something that could work for them better, which gives him ideas for what to improve.
  • how hot sauce is a part of how he weaves his personality into growing relationships with others.
  • his beliefs that diverse networks are necessary for learning new things, finding fresh ideas, and understanding how businesses are successful for many years.
  • how he has been working to change his business mindset from survival mode to stability mode so he can focus on different aspects of his business.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 103

Jul 2, 2018

Today’s guest was named one of the Top 100 Speakers for 2018 by Inc. Magazine and was selected by Marshall Goldsmith to be in his 100 Coaches project.

She is an executive coach who helps senior executives and high potential leaders create permanent positive shifts in their leadership impact and the results they achieve, and also works with founders and CEOs to help them lead for scale.

She is a member of the Cornell Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, and is on the faculty of the “Runway” program, an accelerator which helps post-docs commercialize their research and build companies. She is an angel investor in and advisor to a number of start-ups in the US and developing countries.

Please join me in welcoming Alisa Cohn.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is all about helping people move forward and create momentum. It is not just about giving them steps toward their goal but also helping them gain the confidence to take those steps.”
  • her strategies for meeting people at conferences, having the confidence to do so, and following up with them afterward.
  • how working with people who are motivated and who learn how to take leaps are what motivates and inspires her.
  • how her belief in herself and her confidence in her ability to figure things out are what guides her.
  • her methods for networking that include listening for ways to help, and then doing the small things that make a huge difference to other people.
  • her thoughts on diversity and the importance of exposing yourself to different mindsets.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 102

Jun 25, 2018

Today’s guest was named one of the Top 100 Speakers for 2018 by Inc. Magazine and was selected by Marshall Goldsmith to be in his 100 Coaches project.

She is an executive coach who helps senior executives and high potential leaders create permanent positive shifts in their leadership impact and the results they achieve, and also works with founders and CEOs to help them lead for scale.

She is a member of the Cornell Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, and is on the faculty of the “Runway” program, an accelerator which helps post-docs commercialize their research and build companies. She is an angel investor in and advisor to a number of start-ups in the US and developing countries.

Please join me in welcoming Alisa Cohn.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “a leader is someone who can induce others to follow them.”
  • how she remembers her leadership skills being apparent when planning for a play in fifth grade.
  • how her work today is satisfying, and what her favorite part of her career is.
  • how analysis paralysis affects her and what she does to overcome it.
  • the morning routine she adapted that has changed her life.
  • her mindfulness in connecting with others and embracing a diverse network.


Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 101

Jun 18, 2018

Today’s guest is one of the world’s leading experts on business networking. He was called the Father of Modern Networking by CNN and one of the Top Networking Experts by Forbes.

He is a keynote speaker for major corporations and associations around the world and has written 22 books about various topics like networking, marketing, and achieving success in business and life. He has been named Humanitarian of the Year by the Red Cross and was recently the recipient of the John C. Maxwell Leadership Award.

Currently, he is the Founder and Chief Visionary of BNI, the world’s largest business networking organization, which was founded in 1985 and now has 8,350 chapters in 71 countries.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Ivan Misner.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “When one person is willing to follow you, you are a leader. A leader’s role is really about encouraging people to achieve goals.”
  • his Emotionally Charged Connection and how it defined his course and influences so much of what he does in business.
  • how seeing the light bulb click on for the audience he is speaking to is one of his favorite things about the work he does.
  • his thoughts on social media, connection with others, and the harmful effects of benign neglect.
  • his belief that diversity is the key to building a powerful personal network.
  • what he means when he says “entrepreneurs are either working in the flame or in the wax”, and what his flames are.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 100

Jun 11, 2018

Today’s guest says she is part “idea whisperer,” part message strategist, and part presentation coach. What she does is help people and organizations like Verizon, State Street Bank, Ericsson, Johnson & Johnson, and Disney find their ideas and communicate the power in them.

Previously, she was the Executive Producer of TEDxCambridge, one of the largest and oldest locally organized “TED Talk” events in the world. She has also worked in agencies and nonprofits, heading up brand, marketing, and fundraising communication strategy.

With over 20 years in marketing, 13 years as a Weight Watcher leader (where she learned everything she knows about people, speaking, and change), and 4 years at TEDxCambridge, she developed a simple structure for understanding, talking about, and creating lasting change.

Her experience makes her an in-demand consultant for people and businesses who want to find the ideas that will move people to action.

Please join me in welcoming Tamsen Webster.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “The best leaders I’ve known are people who create the conditions in which you want to follow them.”
  • her thoughts on what makes a great leader: “The best leaders I’ve ever worked with are people who are willing to hear a perspective that is not their own and allow it to inform the decision, even if it doesn’t necessarily change it.”
  • how she finds her current work rewarding because she gets the pleasure of seeing people when the path opens up between what they know is a big idea and the process they need to do to make it happen.
  • her view on being a respected leader by leading with integrity and making the right choice, even if it isn’t the most popular.
  • her process for giving back to the givers in the world.
  • the Red Thread Concept she created: “I think most of us would agree that we can’t change what people do until we change how they see. And yet there’s this invisible connection between how we see and what we do. The red thread is what I call that invisible connection. The process I developed with working with people is a method by which you can surface what those steps of connection are so you can better explain them to other people so you can help change what they see and then what they do.”

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 99

Jun 4, 2018

Today’s guest is a bestselling author, CEO, coach, consultant, speaker, podcaster, and nonprofit leader with over 25 years of experience in the business and nonprofit management world.

She used her experiences from world-class international organizations to help her serve the entrepreneurial community as CEO of the Ketchum Innovation Center, and to help with her online coaching that focuses on strategy, productivity, and personal growth.

Her current entrepreneurial project is a platform for online education, training, resources, and podcasts, called

She is also working on her seventh book, and has received ten awards for the six books she’s written, which span nonfiction, self-help, and children’s books.

Please join me in welcoming Kathryn Kemp Guylay.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “The best kind of leadership we can provide is by being inspirational and leading by example.”
  • how the birth of her daughter was a significant milestone on her leadership journey.
  • how she has learned to find the fun in everything she does, in order to avoid entrepreneur burnout.
  • two specific moments as a working mom when she realized she needed to make a change to balance differently.
  • her process for networking, including reaching out to people she meets and also allowing extra time for connecting with people after attending conferences.
  • how one of her biggest roles as CEO involves constantly looking for ways to connect people to one another.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 98

May 29, 2018

Today’s guest helps corporations stop wasting enormous amounts of time and money. Too many companies are not focusing sufficiently on marketing to their existing customers and instead constantly hunt for new ones. My guest helps these large companies create long-term, sustainable, and highly profitable customer relationships.

For over a decade, he has been the trusted source for coaching and consulting to thousands of business owners, executives, and individuals looking to dramatically grow their businesses, leveraging the hidden assets they already have in place.

He put these concepts down on paper in his first book, Evergreen: Cultivate The Enduring Customer Loyalty That Keeps Your Business Thriving. He followed up this best-seller with two more books: The Customer Loyalty Loop and Dealing with Difficult Customers.

Please join me in welcoming Noah Fleming.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “For me, being a leader means being a solid and well-rounded example to others. I try to lead in ways that will have a positive impact on the people around me.”
  • how his father urged him and his brother to “write your own paycheck.”
  • his appreciation for his work/life integration because of the flexibility of his career.
  • how he sets himself up for success by making investments in his personal development each year that hold him accountable and help him grow.
  • his methods for connecting with existing clients, intentionally and authentically.
  • how the concept of sonder has made an impact on how he views and connects with the people around him.

sonder n. The realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own — populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness — an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 97

May 22, 2018

Today’s guest is a lifelong entrepreneur and corporate crusader. As a business strategist and expert in Organizational Psychology, she knows that the path to success involves a lot of ups and downs, a lot of hard work, and a LOT of strategy.

She is a go-to coach for high-performance leaders who want to find the MORE they have been looking for. Her obsession with understanding systems of success and the science of human performance, makes her a sought-after business coach who is passionate about helping ambitious people ditch the grind.

Currently, she is the CEO of The Bold Leadership Revolution, where she supports business leaders of the world by helping them find the endurance to make an impact.

Please join me in welcoming Tara Newman.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership means that you are the person who is raising your hand saying I have something to stand for, and an impact to make. I am willing to take the lead in sharing my thing with the world.”
  • what her favorite part of her career entails: seeing change within her clients and watching the ripple effect of transformation.
  • her belief that leaders are going extinct and how people whose ambition is their strength can overdo it and cause it to be their weakness.
  • how her experienced extreme adrenal fatigue, and how she healed and rose out of it.
  • her views on the difference between high achievers and high performers, and the importance of being a high performer.
  • her method for being a connector.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 96

May 21, 2018

Today’s guest spends her career generating positive and pragmatic solutions for people who are freaking out. The perfect hybrid of science and spirituality, Mary guides businesses and individuals to defeat the freak out. Her methods for maintaining a positive and empowering approach have helped to reframe her entire business and her life.

She speaks about the power of the words we choose and wrote about it in her book, “Conscious Communications: A Step-by-Step Guide to Harnessing the Power of Your Words to Change Your Mind, Your Choices, and Your Life.”

Please join me in welcoming Mary Shores.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership means always evolving, always having a finger on my pulse, and always putting my people’s need in front of myself.”
  • how she has been able to build a strong workforce by living her purpose and serving her mission.
  • how she revolutionized the debt collection industry by observing and addressing the core issue between people and their debt.
  • what her motto in life is and how it helps her stay mindful in her connections with others.
  • her thoughts on how to live your life on purpose by being grateful for your greatest skill, and thriving in that gratitude.
  • her “3 Cs” system for connecting with people at conferences and with coffee chats.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 95

May 14, 2018

Today’s guest is a Wall Street lawyer turned talk show host, social dynamics expert, and entrepreneur, whose affinity for social influence, interpersonal dynamics, and social engineering has led him to, and through, many unique situations.

He spent several years abroad, speaks five languages, and has worked for various governments and NGOs overseas. His travel took him through war zones and got him kidnapped twice. He will tell you the only reason he is alive today is because of his innate ability to talk his way into, and out of, almost any situation.

Now, after co-hosting a top 50 iTunes podcast for over a decade, achieving almost four million downloads a month during its prime, he has embarked on a new adventure: running his own podcast show, where he deconstructs the playbooks of the most successful entrepreneurs, celebrities, writers, and experts on earth to share their strategies, perspectives, and insights with his listeners.

Along with his podcast show, he is one of the best and most sought-after coaches in the world because of his business sense, extensive knowledge of the industry, and his contemporary approach to teaching.

Please join me in welcoming Jordan Harbinger.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is really just leading by example, showing up every day, making sure you eat last, being transparent and vulnerable.”
  • how his experiences led him to the place where he realized he was a leader.
  • his first leadership mentor, and how learned about earning respect and wielding power when necessary.
  • how being a foreign exchange student opened his mind and changed his life.
  • his experiences with being a podcast host when it was an entirely new medium, and how it has evolved.
  • the habits he has built into his daily routine to intentionally maintain connections with strong and weak connections.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 94

May 7, 2018

Today’s guest is a leading forecaster of business, politics, and culture in our fast-moving digital age. She is an entrepreneur, author and consultant to Fortune 1000 companies. Her accomplishments include founding the award-winning social impact agency Women Online and the influencer network The Mission List.

She was also founding Political Director of and has written for numerous publications including Harvard Business Review, the Wall St. Journal, and the New York Times. She has shared her expertise as a lecturer at the Yale Women’s Campaign School, the Harvard Kennedy School, and at the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders Forum.

She is the host of the Forbes podcast Hiding in the Bathroom, which is the topic of her new book “Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert’s Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You’d Rather Stay Home).”

Please join me in welcoming Morra Aarons-Mele.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “I am most proud of my leadership because I feel my role as a leader is to create a framework and a structure and a culture that empowers people to do what they know how to do, and to know I am there if they need me.”
  • why she left the corporate world and why she has never regretted it.
  • her views on entrepreneurship that are different from many others, but have helped her create a successful business in a manner that is comfortable for her.
  • how she understands her weaknesses and what she does to compensate for them.
  • her unique networking hack of reaching out to ten people each week.
  • how she has learned to stop stewing and being anxious by doing something kind for someone else.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 93

Apr 30, 2018

Today’s guest has dedicated her life to helping her clients unleash the potential of each employee. She is a leadership consultant and executive coach with 20 years of internal and external business consulting experience.

Her flexible style has driven results in boardrooms and on plant floors, for Fortune 100 companies and small start-ups alike. Prior to founding inTerract Consulting 10 years ago, she worked at Deloitte as a consultant on process, strategy, and organizational engagements and as a Director at PepsiCo doing traditional HR and organizational development.

With an expertise in leadership development, facilitation, and diversity, she implements a broad variety of custom solutions for her clients. As a coach she helps leaders and entrepreneurs make meaningful impact on their organizations.

Please join me in welcoming Terra Winston.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is the ability to get things done, but a good leader does it in a way that empowers, inspires, and improves other people.”
  • how her frustration with bad leadership is what encouraged her to become a leader.
  • her belief that everyone has a gift to offer the world, and how important it is for people to find it and share it with the world.
  • how her views shifted when she left the corporate world to become an entrepreneur.
  • her new dinner salon gatherings, and how those gatherings are bringing a diverse networking opportunity her way.
  • her view on the importance of diversifying networks, to receive ideas and inspiration from people who are completely different.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 92

Apr 23, 2018

Today’s guest is a best-selling author, sought after speaker, and associate professor of leadership and innovation at Oral Roberts University.

He has written several books, his first was “The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas” and then he wrote “Under New Management: How Leading Organizations Are Upending Business as Usual,” which challenges traditional principles of business management and argues that many of them are outdated, outmoded, or simply don’t work.

His latest book,“Friend of a Friend,” takes a look at the science of human behavior and offers readers a new perspective on how to grow networks and build key connections.

His TED Talk, “Why you should know how much your coworkers get paid,” has been viewed over 1.8 million times. When he is not speaking or writing, he is in the classroom teaching students about organizational behavior, creativity and innovation, and strategic leadership.

Please join me in welcoming David Burkus.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is influencing people to move toward a mutually desired objective.”
  • how his attraction to leadership roles grew as he matured and became more self-aware.
  • his advice for managing your job while also building a business, requiring you to do both until one gets in the way of the other.
  • how he uses a combination of an app and a strategy to grow his network.
  • his belief that the lack of diversity is a networking problem, and how you can overcome it.
  • his strategy for connecting with people who are different from him.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 91

Apr 16, 2018

Today’s guest leads executive networking and executive talent initiatives at Insight Venture Partners. Insight is a leading global venture capital and private equity firm investing in high-growth technology and software companies that are driving transformative change in their industries. Founded in 1995, Insight has raised more than $18 billion and invested in over 300 companies worldwide.

Prior to joining Insight, she was a Principal at True Search, an international executive search firm, where she led and drove executive searches across scaling venture and private-equity backed technology companies.

I was eager to interview her after reading her blog post “Networking is a Craft, Not a Chore” written in response to a New York Times article by Adam Grant in which he argues that networking is overrated. I’ll include a link to both articles in the show notes.

Please join me in welcoming Helen Hua.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her view on leadership: “Leadership is doing something scary that makes you feel brave. You can be a leader in a million different ways.”
  • how she was naturally a leader because of her ability to find gaps and step up to fill them.
  • her passion for helping entrepreneurs who are working to make their dreams a reality.
  • how she aims to be thoughtful around networking relationships to ensure she is offering value to the people she engages with.
  • her method for finding and nurturing mentoring relationships.
  • her passion for the work she does at Insight and working with many amazing people.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 90


Apr 9, 2018

Today’s guest is widely respected and recognized for her amazing ability to build bridges and create cross-cultural and inter-racial social networks and connections.

President and CEO of one of Boston’s premier public relations and marketing communication firms, she is a tireless social entrepreneur, connector, advocate, civic leader, and champion for the development of women and people of color.

In 2000 and 2006 she published Kaleidoscope, Boston’s first and only comprehensive multicultural resource directory. Both editions were hailed as the “ultimate networking tool for people often left out of the network.”

She is an active civic leader, serving on several boards, and in 2008 she launched Get Konnected, a bi-monthly cross-generational and cross-cultural professional and social networking event, which is another first in Boston.

Named one of Boston’s 40 Most Fabulous People, one of Boston’s 100 Most Powerful Women and many other accolades,

Please join me in welcoming Colette Phillips

In this episode, we discuss:

  • her view on leadership: “Leadership is about having an inspiring vision and a zest for change.”
  • her 3 C’s of leadership: courage, conviction, and commitment.
  • how she saw a need and created Get Konnected!, a bi-monthly networking event for professionals, business executives, and entrepreneurs from various cultures.
  • how her experience as the first woman of color in Boston to create a PR firm taught her business tips that she follows still today.
  • her belief that you have to have a diverse workforce if you want to create a profitable and successful business.
  • how she separates her bi-monthly events for networking and her interpersonal relationships by initiating intimate connections with her closest connections.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 89

Apr 2, 2018

Today’s guest is an industry leader in building and managing personalized, invitation-only communities for world-class executives, entrepreneurs, and professionals.

He is CEO of The Community Company, an organization that builds community-driven programs for global brands and media companies, founder of Young Entrepreneur Council, an invitation-only organization comprised of the world’s most successful young entrepreneurs and founder of Forbes Councils, a collective of invitation-only organizations for top-notch executives.

He is also an internationally syndicated columnist, author of “Never Get a ‘Real’ Job” and co-author of “Superconnector: Stop Networking and Start Building Business Relationships that Matter.”

Please join me in welcoming Scott Gerber.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership and partnership go hand in hand. Good leaders know how to lead by consensus because they have put together a team of smart people who deserve to be heard.
  • how he has been active in leadership roles from an early age, and how those roles shaped him into the leader he is today.
  • his experience with business failure and how it was one of the greatest lessons he’s ever learned.
  • his view of the cross-section of humanity and technology and how he uses technology to enhance relationships.
  • his thoughts on generational differences in his business model.
  • how he was able to identify and then work with his weaknesses to create a successful business.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 88

Mar 26, 2018

Today’s guest is considered one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world, having worked with hundreds of companies in 14 countries and six different languages.

Her leadership program is designed to be a catalyst for leaders who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference in their own lives, their companies, and the world. She has over thirty years experience in coaching top executives and her leadership continues to help people break new ground and produce exceptional results.

Some of her recent accolades include being designated by Inc. Magazine as a Top-50 Leadership and Management expert, and one of the top 100 Greatest Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference. She is also the author of “The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness” – a national bestseller.

Please join me in welcoming Lolly Daskal.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership means knowing who you are. To lead outwardly, you first have to lead within.”
  • her beliefs about how leadership ebbs and flows and how being a good leader means knowing when to lead and when to follow.
  • how she feels about her work and the beauty of learning more about herself while helping others.
  • how she overcame gender and market obstacles by spreading her message in another country.
  • her methods for self-care while also being present for her clients, family, and friends.
  • how her curiosity and constant thirst for learning more has helped her with personal growth and with being the best leader she can be.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 87

Mar 19, 2018

Today’s guest believes that it is a myth that leadership skills cannot be learned. He knows that most leaders have learned through the school of hard knocks, good training, years of hard work, effective coaching, and from great mentors.

He hosts the Coaching for Leaders podcast, one of the top-rated career podcasts on iTunes, with over 150,000 downloads a month.

He founded Coaching for Leaders Academy, a year-long leadership development cohort for managers, executives, and business owners to develop their leadership excellence — and empower each other through global relationship building.

As a Dale Carnegie instructor, he has led training programs for top organizations, including The United States Air Force, the Boeing Company, and the Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Please join me in welcoming Dave Stachowiak.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is not a position and it is not a title. Leadership is finding the way that you as a leader can influence the world.”
  • how he learned that leadership is a learned skill by teaching himself to be a leader.
  • his system for managing the work-life balance that comes with being an entrepreneur.
  • how he uses his belief in quality vs. quantity to create deeper relationships within his network.
  • why he is comfortable having people with significantly different viewpoints on his podcast because he believes that he has something to learn from everyone.
  • how he prepares for his podcast guests to be the best interviewer he can be.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 86

Mar 12, 2018

Today’s guest has figured out how to BE the change she wants to be and now she works with organizations to do the same.

She is the founder of Good Enough Now, where she combines her experience as a stand up comic and her fifteen plus years of experience leading diversity trainings. She help groups move from abstract fears to actionable habits that lead teams to want to work together.

She is the author of “Good Enough Now: How Doing the Best We Can With What We Have is Better Than Doing Nothing.” Her book is an innovative and practical guide to ridding yourself of self-doubt, self-limiting beliefs, and habitual excuses.

Referred to as the “Margaret Cho” of Diversity Trainers, she blends politics, humor, identity, and local flair with big city passion and energy through direct, individualized, and interactive conversations. Her workshops, seminars, and keynotes don’t just leave participants invigorated but inspired and motivated to follow through with action to create change.

Please join me in welcoming Jessica Pettitt.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “a great leader understands the space they are in and how to serve those they are around. It isn’t about people who are in front of or behind you, just those who are around you.”
  • how growing up in a family of storytellers and educators has formed her into the successful person she is today.
  • how she has always been a connector by recognizing which people are on the outside, or what concepts are being skirted around, and pulling those people and ideas into the fold.
  • how even through hosting a housewarming party she was able to create a space where her extended community made valuable connections with each other.
  • her thoughts on the difference between direct and subliminal networking, and why subliminal messaging is crucial.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 85

Mar 5, 2018

Today’s guest is known for his business acumen and ability to resolve complex human relations issues. He understands the importance of dynamic leadership and devotes his time to teaching those skills to others.

Author of “Raise Your Visibility & Value: Uncover the Lost Art of Connecting on the Job,” he has worked with many top brands like Johnson & Johnson, Keurig, and Blue Cross Blue Shield to help their leaders bring strategic plans to life.

He is the founder and president at Excellius Leadership Development, an organization focused on coaching mid-to senior-level leaders and their teams. With extensive experience in innovative leadership and management, he possesses the ability to build awareness, create action, and deliver results.

Please join me in welcoming Ed Evarts.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “A great leader is someone who, whether you like them or not, or agree with them or not, is
  • someone you can trust and believe is accurate.”
  • how he uses the Boston marathon as an analogy for great leadership.
  • how his work as a leadership coach led him to train peer leaders to be successful.
  • how being laid off catapulted him to his successful coaching business.
  • his ways of engaging with the people in his network.
  • his belief around being available for people as much as possible.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 84

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 - 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, 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 - 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 - episode 81

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