Virtual Coffee Oct 22, 2020
The Power of Mindfulness with Wade Brill
"It’s OK to say “I’m having an off day” It doesn’t mean we get to show up however we want. But there’s empowerment in giving ourselves permission to call out what’s present. "
That's just part of the insightful conversation I got to have with Wade Brill.
Wade Brill is a Mindfulness and Leadership Coach, Podcaster, and Speaker who helps busy professionals around the world experiencing stress and overwhelm be more present, productive, and energized.
At the age of 21, Wade survived Hodgkin’s Lymphoma while simultaneously losing her mother to Leukemia. This major life interruption inspired Wade to realize how precious life is and that practicing radical self-care is smart, not selfish. Wade devotes her life’s work to helping others connect to their own inspiration.
Learn more about the Compassionate Leader Workshop on Dec. 1st.
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"Building a Thriving Company Culture and the Transition to being Employee-Owned." A Conversation with Noah Everly of Ghilotti Construction
Noah Everly is the Chief Positivity Officer at Ghilotti Construction. He also serves as Co-Chair on the Ownership Culture Team which was established in 2023 and plays a major role in managing the company’s transition to employee-owned. I asked Noah to be a guest on Virtual Coffee. This month I am focusing on interviewing individuals who work for organizations that live their values. When I saw the “Day in the Life” videos that Ghilotti and Noah produced and also noted that he was the first ever “Chief Positivity Officer” I had ever met, I had to learn more. Join our conversation! I think you will enjoy it!
Teaching and Learning EQ and Resilience with Kim Bilyeu
Hi friends! I’m excited to share this podcast for a couple of reasons. 1) I think it’s inspiring and motivating to hear from people who love what they do for a living, and who are really making a positive change, and 2) It’s about emotional intelligence, and resilience, two things we can all benefit from learning more of.
Kim Bilyeu is passionate about training and leadership. She works in education and leads the worldwide team in charge of developing all the training materials for all employees globally, for Johnson & Johnson, in their cardiac department. When I saw her present on “Mastering Emotional Intelligence Training” as a guest on an ATD webinar, I was struck by the story of how she helped introduce EQ training to help resolve issues they were seeing. Surgeons and college grads were struggling to work together. With Kim's recommendation, Johnson & Johnson tried EQ training on a small pilot group and saw that it had a positive impact - so much so that they saw increased success rates with product adoption and a decrease in turnover. EQ is now a fundamental part of training for all employees at J&J.
I thoroughly enjoyed and learned a lot from the conversation with Kim. I hope you do, too.
You can access the ATD webinar with your ATD member log in here.
You can access the Brene' Brown video on empathy that we reference here.
Unpacking Neurodiversity with Amber Dawn
Amber Dawn is a neurodiversity advocate, writer, and coach. She works with neurodiverse people of all ages to support them in building processes and applying tools for resiliency, stress and anxiety reduction, self-knowledge, compassion, and self-advocacy. She self-identifies as gifted and autistic. She is a certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and a certified Organic Intelligence Practitioner. Through the process of learning to better support her daughters and strengthen herself, Amber discovered Organic Intelligence. Organic Intelligence is a protocol she now integrates into her work for building neurological resilience and expanding capacity to support healing and embodiment with her clients.
Our House Is on Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis by Greta Thunberg, Svante Thunberg, Malena Ernman, Beata Ernman https://www.pegasusbookstore.com/book/9780143133575
Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues, Revised and Updated Edition by Lindsey Biel and Nancy Peske https://www.pegasusbookstore.com/book/9780143115342
Normal Sucks: How to Live, Learn, and Thrive Outside the Lines by Jonathan Mooney https://www.pegasusbookstore.com/book/978125077126
Leveraging Agile Strategies for Navigating Personal Change
I’ve been hearing a common narrative from friends and family. We are all in some state of re-defining who we are and how we are perceived as our post-pandemic selves. I recently had the chance to sit down and re-interview Melanie Franklin; Melanie is an experienced practitioner, trainer, and agile change management consultant. Along with running her own global change consulting business, Melanie is the chief examiner for the agile change agent certification, which I completed and received April of 2021 and enjoyed immensely. Listen to our discussion to learn tips for applying agile change methodology in personal and professional settings. Share your thoughts, and if you enjoy this episode, share it with a friend who's going through change.
Thank you for listening!
Everyday Leadership with Drew Dudley
I recently had the privilege to interview author, professor, TED speaker, and all-around nice guy, Drew Dudley on Virtual Coffee. We had a lively and candid conversation about his book, how his viral “Everyday Leadership” TED talk almost never happened, and, among other things, the importance of having a personal leadership philosophy.
Values Based Leadership with Ann Rhoades
This episode's guest is Ann Rhoades. Ann is the author of “Built on Values”: Creating an Enviable culture that outperforms the competition.
I had firsthand experience working for a company where we put the suggestions in the book to work for us. The result was a truly values-based culture, where we had specific, measurable behaviors that supported our company's core values. These values were the core of an employee recognition program, they were woven into our performance review and development programs, and they could be cited by any employee across the organization.
I thought it was one of the most impactful ways I’ve seen an organization live its values. I highly recommend the book and the practice of tying measurable behaviors to your organizational values. I reached out to Ann, to see if she’d be willing to let me interview her, and to my delight, she said yes!
Ann is now the founder and PRES (which stands for Person Responsible for Extraordinary Service), for People Ink. where she provides the inspiration and strategic direction for creating values-centric cultures for clients.
Agile Change Management with Mel Franklin
Melanie Franklin is the author of several textbooks on agile change management, and the director of Agile Change Management, LTD. Mel and I had a great discussion on change fatigue, resistance, building empathy, and finding silver linings. Check it out!
Values Based Leadership with Ken Perry
In this episode of virtual coffee, my guest is Ken Perry, CEO, and President of the Knowledge Coop. Ken also leads twice a year mission trips to serve with Forever Changed International - a nonprofit that provides emotional, educational, and spiritual support to families and orphanages in Guatemala.
Ken and I have a candid conversation about leadership, taking care of your team, and finding joy.
Values Based Leadership: Akua Nyame-Mensah
Akua is an executive coach, strategic advisor, and entrepreneur. She is also the co-founder of CoffeeChat, a platform to find affordable 1-on-1 coaches and experts specialized in supporting African entrepreneurs and enterprises. I met Akua through LinkedIn, when I saw a post about a workshop she’s facilitated called #IAmRemarkable.
Join Akua and I in a conversation about key takeaways from the workshop, picking a path in life and composting failure.
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If you would like to register for the workshop, click here.
Being an Effective Leader During Times of Crisis
My guest Paul Larsen is a talented speaker, executive coach, and published author. Paul shares valuable insight on how leaders can show up authentically for their teams during times of crisis and uncertainty.
This episode is the first in a series in which I interview people who are living “cohesive lives”. The idea came to me while participating in a book club with friends from the University of San Francisco School of Management program. We’re working on an insightful project based on the “Designing Your Life” book, by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans.
Burnett and Evans describe a cohesive life as "one lived in such a way that you can clearly connect the dots between what you are, what you believe, and what you are doing."
Paul N Larsen is a friend, executive coach, author, and speaker. He’s a fellow USF alumnus, and he donates a lot of his time and services to giving back to underserved communities. Paul exemplifies living a cohesive life.
Paul and I had a great discussion about the difficulties leaders face during a time of fear and uncertainty. Listen for insightful tips. I know you'll find it helpful. Feel free to share with anyone who could benefit.
Emotional Intelligence and Change Management
In this interview, Normandy and I discuss the role emotional intelligence plays in a leader's ability to successfully implement change.
With Estie Briggs and Normandy Gamboa