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Welcome to The Leader U Podcast brought to you by Black River Performance Management where “we believe work should FUEL the human spirit, not drain it,” is a personal and professional development program aimed at helping people fuel their passions through self-discovery courses, retreats, curated experiences, and more. The Leader U podcast series features conversations with friends, colleagues, and mentors aimed at exploring topics that have been central to their development.
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Everything goes according to plan, until it doesn’t

Leader UMar 01, 2023

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Can’t Never Did A Damn Thing!

Can’t Never Did A Damn Thing!

In this episode, Angie Lion of Black River Performance Management and Lisa Adams of Rockwood Stone Wealth Management discusses the leadership competency “self-starting”. Lisa is a self-starter, and she shares some great perspectives and tips on how to lead yourself more effectively even when you don’t feel like it. Lisa shares her belief that no matter where you come from, or what your past is, you always have an opportunity to make a change in your own life and create a new path forward. She shares her own experiences of overcoming hardships that have helped her become more focused on what matters most and then creating a system for prioritizing those things first. Lisa Adams is a Co-Owner and Financial Advisor at Rockwood Stone Wealth Management where she utilizes her passion of finance to empower others to take control of their money, and create realistic financial plans to grow a comfortable nest egg for their future goals. She specializes in encouraging women to become involved with their personal finances so they can feel confident with financial decisions down the road. Lisa is also the Co-founder of Business Women of Pocatello where she advocates for local business women to get involved with each other's professions, cheer for one another and encourage women to commit to leadership roles within their companies as well as the local community. In 2018, a year after establishing her non-profit, Lisa was a recipient for the Idaho State Journal 20 under 40 Award. Because she thrives on the feeling of being involved within the community, Lisa is a past board member of Zonta Club of Pocatello and a current member. She enjoys attending Chamber events and is a 2021 Graduate of the Pocatello-Chubbuck Leadership program. Lisa is also DISC certified, a certified Community Leadership Practitioner through the Association of Leadership Programs, a mentor for the Chamber Gate City Young Professional program and is the incoming President for the Pocatello-Chubbuck Leadership program. Outside of her commitment of helping others, Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband, their two golden retrievers, close friends and family, especially her nieces and nephews. Game night, gardening, travel, skiing, adventure, nature and long hikes with her husband excite her soul, when it comes to her hobbies. After her time at Idaho State University where she studied Human Psychology, Lisa realized her real passion was in economics and finance. Her dream was to assist others in making savvy financial decisions to avoid the financial troubles she witnessed growing up. Lisa carries a Series 7, and a Series 66 FINRA license as well as a Life Insurance license that were all obtained through Kaplan University. She has been with Rockwood Stone Wealth Management since 2015. In January 2020, along with her business partner Ken Clark, Lisa purchased the firm from Barbara Stone and Tressa Rockwood. Check out our links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/brpm/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/blackriverpm/ Website: https://blackriverpm.com/

May 17, 202345:19
Being Intentional About Appreciating Others

Being Intentional About Appreciating Others

In this episode, Angie Lion of Black River Performance Management and Shane Hunt of Idaho State University discuss the leadership competency appreciating others. Shane shares his personal stories and experiences about how he intentionally appreciates people daily and why he feels this is so important. Shane and Angie discuss the challenges of worker shortages that the industry is currently experiencing and how the importance of not only being able to recruit great talent but also retaining that talent is crucial. People want to feel appreciated in their homes and in their workplaces, which is a skill we can all continue to develop in ourselves to make sure that we are intentional about communicating our appreciation of others in our lives. Shane gives some practical tips and wisdom for becoming someone who shares his appreciation often. Dr. Shane Hunt is the Dean of the College of Business and Michael C. Ruettgers Professor of Marketing at Idaho State University. Shane is the recipient of the 2010 National Inspire Integrity Award from the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the 2010 Lt. Col. Barney Smith Award as Professor of the Year and the 2015 Honors Professor of the Year at Arkansas State University, and the 2019 National Teaching Innovation Award from the Association of Collegiate Marketing Educators. Shane’s research has appeared in The Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management, The Journal of Business Logistics and he has presented to numerous organizations including the American Marketing Association and the National Conference in Sales Management. Shane is also the co-author of four Principles of Marketing textbooks and a brand new Professional Selling textbook published by McGraw Hill that are being used by students across the country and throughout the world. After completing his MBA at the University of Oklahoma, Shane went to work for a Fortune 500 company in Tulsa, OK and spent eight years working as a pricing analyst, product manager, and business development manager overseeing numerous Mergers and Acquisitions initiatives before completing his Ph.D. at Oklahoma State University. Shane lives in Pocatello, ID with his wife Jenifer and their two children, Andrew and Sarah. Check out our links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/brpm/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/blackriverpm/ Website: https://blackriverpm.com/

May 03, 202349:18
THE ART OF NEGOTIATION

THE ART OF NEGOTIATION

In this episode, Angie Lion of Black River Performance Management and Alex Bolinger of Idaho State University discuss the leadership competency negotiation. The skill of negotiation is about discovering where there is opportunity for creating value for both parties.

Dr. Bolinger shares three main ideas for resolving disputes, a way to get better deals,or a way to manage interdependencies. Negotiation is a skill that can be cultivated with the right mentorship, role playing, and having a better understanding of others’ emotions and personalities.


Alex Bolinger is the ICCU Endowed Professor of Management at Idaho State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Management from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah and teaches classes on leadership, negotiation, and decision-making. Bolinger's research focuses on team dynamics, leadership, and entrepreneurship and has appeared in the Harvard Business Review and Academy of Management Review, among other outlets. An advocate of active approaches to learning, students in his classes have raised over $10,000 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Idaho, have worked in teams to write multiple popular press books about the histories of local organizations, and have taken home more than a dozen trophies from the International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition in Anaheim, California. Bolinger is a three-time finalist for ISU's Outstanding Faculty awards (for teaching, research, and service) and has been named ISU Professor of the Year by the Associated Students of ISU.

Check out our links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/brpm/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/blackriverpm/ Website: https://blackriverpm.com/

Apr 19, 202343:03
CHANGING LIVES EVERYDAY BY PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST

CHANGING LIVES EVERYDAY BY PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST

In this episode, Angie Lion of Black River Performance Management and Amy Little of Jannus discuss the leadership competency decision making. In this podcast Amy shares the model she uses for decision making. Amy shares stories about when she made decisions that didn’t turn out so good and what she learned from each of those decisions. She also shares stories of making really great decisions that weren’t popular when she first made the decisions, but looking back they were the right decision.



Amy Ridenour Little is an award-winning nonprofit executive leader with over 20 years of service in the nonprofit sector, with experience in operations, financial management, human resources and talent management. She is also a seasoned development professional with more than 12 years of fundraising, fund development, and grant writing experience. Amy has twice been honored by the Idaho Business Review as an honoree for their annual Woman of the Year program and received the 2016 Alpha Gamma Delta Talent of Leadership award. Most recently Amy earned the recognition as one of the 50 most Influential Business Leaders in Idaho by the Idaho Business Review. Amy currently serves as the chief executive officer of Jannus, Inc. Prior to Jannus, Amy served in a variety of leadership roles including as CEO of the Idaho Nonprofit Center, Director of Education Impact for RISE: Treasure Valley’s Education Partnership and the CEO of the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce. In addition to her professional role, she was appointed by Governor Little to the Serve Idaho Commission in December 2021, is a regional board member for Thrivent, a financial services organization, and is on the board of directors for the Boise Nice Project.



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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/brpm/


Instagram: https://instagram.com/blackriverpm/


Website: https://blackriverpm.com/

Apr 05, 202345:48
Time is the Ultimate Investment, Where Are You Spending It?

Time is the Ultimate Investment, Where Are You Spending It?

In this episode, Angie Lion of Black River Performance Management and John Kunz who has worked for Intuit, T-Mobile, and most recently Highspot, discuss strategies to organize your days in a very powerful way. John suggests stopping to ask yourself a few questions before you get started in the planning process and then learning how and what  to procrastinate, “on purpose”. They discuss the idea of being present and in order to be present we must take time to reflect and be truly honest with yourself about what is really important. From there, establishing the practice of scheduling time to check-in with yourself. Time is a finite resource and when we say “yes” to something, we are saying “no” to something else. Showing up as the best version of yourself, for yourself and others, requires self leadership.

John Kunz is an enablement manager, facilitator, and lifelong sport fanatic living outside Boise, Idaho with his 5 children, two cats, and a Great Dane. John works primarily with Go-to-Market leaders focusing on application, and theory. 


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Website: https://blackriverpm.com/

Mar 15, 202353:48
Everything goes according to plan, until it doesn’t

Everything goes according to plan, until it doesn’t

In this episode, Angie Lion of Black River Performance Management and Tiffani Wilson and Ali Gorny of Radon Professionals discuss the leadership competency Flexibility. Crawling around in crawl spaces has improved their yoga practice and taught them how to remain flexible! They are certified pros that give some amazing “pro tips” on how to adopt a mindset of flexibility, which they say is their biggest strength. They believe that flexibility is power, and once you have the power to remain flexible, a whole new world of opportunities presents itself.  If you are looking for ways to incorporate flexibility, fun, and joy into your personal and professional life, tune in to their frequency, see the world through a totally different perspective, and watch how your life changes and opens up.



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Instagram: https://instagram.com/blackriverpm/ 

Website: https://blackriverpm.com/

Mar 01, 202348:36
Appreciating Others: Stay a Chapter Ahead on the Journey
Feb 15, 202340:31
Mindfulness as Habit: Becoming A Peaceful Warrior

Mindfulness as Habit: Becoming A Peaceful Warrior

In this episode, Angie Lion of Black River Performance Management and George Pitagorsky of Self Aware Living discuss the benefits of mindfulness and the paradox of being fully engaged, rather than reactive. George provides multiple tips on creating new mindfulness habits that will help one stay skillful in tough situations, and help people increase focus and concentration so they can more frequently get into flow. These tips have lead many of his clients to live more happy and peaceful lives.


George Pitagorsky brings over 50 years of personal experience

applying mindfulness, yoga, a servant leadership orientation, and

systems and process thinking to helping individuals, teams and

organizations to perform optimally.

He is a master coach, facilitator, and consultant. He shares insights,

tools and techniques in his articles and books - The Zen Approach to

Project Management, Managing Conflict in Projects, Managing

Expectations: A Mindful Approach to Achieving Optimal Performance,

and How to Be Happy Even When You are Sad, Mad, or Scared.

Throughout his decades-long career George has played roles as:

 A globally recognized project, program and process

management expert, teacher, speaker, coach, and executive

CIO for a multi-billion-dollar government agency

 A principle in two technology start-ups

Executive Director of Program Development for an

international learning organization, and

Executive, manager and consultant in large scale IT systems

implementation, organizational change, and process

improvement programs across multiple industries.


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Feb 01, 202347:13
Creating Space for Wisdom in the Workplace

Creating Space for Wisdom in the Workplace

In this episode, Rob & Angie Lion of Black River Performance Management and rebel hospitality entrepreneur, mentor for Airbnb CEO Brian Cheskey, and New York Times Best Selling author Chip Conley discuss the importance of creating an environment where wisdom can be distilled and dispensed. Chip explains what a “Modern Elder” is and how to look for someone with these qualities to cultivate and foster the wisdom in yourself and within your organization. 

Chip shares his story on how he became an “mentern” (and he defines the term) at Airbnb and what it looks like to create a space for wisdom to be valued and how it helps cultivate organizational knowledge and new perspectives. Since we are living in a time with 5 generations in the workplace it is crucial for organizations to understand the strengths and weaknesses of individuals and create a system that supports diversity of age and steers clear of agism.


The iconic boutique hotelier who helped Airbnb's founders turn their fast-growing tech start-up into a global hospitality brand, Chip Conley is a New York Times bestselling author whose manifesto on ageism, Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder, is inspired by his experience of being both a mentor and an intern in his 50s. After selling the company he started as a rebel entrepreneur at age 26, Joie de Vivre Hospitality, Chip wasn't sure what was next. He could have retired at age 52. But the young founders of Airbnb came calling. He served as Airbnb’s Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy for four years — while also being CEO Brian Chesky’s mentor — and continues today as a Strategic Advisor to the company’s leadership. While writing Wisdom@Work, Chip was inspired to build the world's first "midlife wisdom school," the Modern Elder Academy, with a 3-acre oceanfront campus in Baja California Sur, Mexico. Chip is an active mentor to six young CEO founders in the hospitality/tech world, and serves on the board of Encore. org and the advisory board for the Stanford Center for Longevity. He believes curiosity is the elixir of life and started learning Spanish and surfing at age 58.



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Jan 18, 202343:29
People Helping People: Creating a Culture of Care

People Helping People: Creating a Culture of Care

In this episode, Angie Lion of Black River Performance Management and Amy Cicilliot of Lookout Credit Union discuss the importance of leadership as a skill.

Amy shares her view that we all have human struggles we deal with at work and in our personal lives. She stresses the importance of leading yourself by asking for help, and letting go of the belief that you have to know everything as a leader, and modeling the behavior you want to see in others. Learned early, she takes responsibility for her own education, training, and skill development. She emphasizes that leadership is not a title, it’s a way of being that requires taking ownership of your own mistakes, being vulnerable, and building trust in all relationships. “Our opportunity as leaders is that we get to create a world that we want to live in.” 


Amy Ciciliot is the SVP/COO at the Lookout Credit Union . This is Amy’s 24nd  year in the credit union industry. All her years in the industry have been served at Lookout. Amy has held numerous positions at Lookout. She started as a teller and quickly moved to the lending department as a loan processor, loan officer, senior loan officer, indirect lending officer, and for seven years held the title of branch manager. During that time she managed three different branches for the credit union. She is the recipient of the credit union’s President’s Award in 2008 as well as 2015. She is also the 2019 Eastern Idaho Women of Influence in Banking and Finance award winner. Amy has been a Business Women of Pocatello member since 2019. She was an Executive Board member during 2020 and the Vice President during 2021. She currently holds the position of Vice President for 2022.


Amy is a 2010 graduate of ISU and holds a degree in finance. She is also a 2017 graduate of the Western CUNA Management School. (WCMS). WCMS is a credit union specific 3-year management school. Amy held the office of secretary for her class during her final year and returned to the school as a graduate assistant in 2018 and 2021, when the school was held virtually.


Amy is a chapter president for the Greater Idaho Falls chapter of the ISU alumni, is a member of the Idaho Falls Civitan Group, and is a frequent volunteer at the Idaho Falls Soup Kitchen with the Civitan group.


Amy is the bonus mom to three wonderful kids, and Meme to five grandchildren. When not working or volunteering, Amy can be found riding around the mountains with her husband in their CanAm, spoiling her grandkids, reading books, or working out. 


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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/brpm/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/blackriverpm/ 

Website: https://blackriverpm.com/

Jan 04, 202343:43
Letting Go of Justifications, Excuses, and “I Know”.

Letting Go of Justifications, Excuses, and “I Know”.

In this episode, Angie Lion of Black River Performance Management and Mona Bourbonnais of College of Western Idaho discuss the importance of the leadership skill, personal accountability. Mona talks about how she and her team provide critical feedback and develop accountability in students they send to work in the operating room. They discuss tips on developing accountability in individuals, teams, and organizations by creating an environment where you admit your mistakes, don’t make excuses, and break the snap-back-response habit of saying, “I know”.     


Bourbonnais began her surgical career after graduating from Boise State University in 1989 as a member of the Saint Alphonsus neurosurgical, general, and peripheral vascular teams.  During the early part of her career, she also worked as a private surgical technologist for an orthopedic surgeon. In addition to her certification as a surgical technologist, she has a B.S.Ed. in Professional/Technical Education and a M.S. in Adult Learning and Organization Leadership from University of Idaho.   In 1999 she was offered the opportunity to teach at Boise State University as a clinical instructor in the surgical technology program, where she began her academic career.  She was appointed as Program Director in 2002 for the program and oversaw several changes during the past 20 years.  One of the major changes occurred in 2008 when College of Western Idaho became the first community college in the Treasure Valley and all CTE programs, including the Surgical Technology program at Boise State transferred to CWI.  She was named the first “Faculty of the Year” for CWI in 2010.  She served on the Faculty Senate and the Honorary Doctorate Committee at Boise State University, and currently sits on the Faculty Promotions Committee at CWI.  She was appointed to the Educational and Professional Standards Committee for the Association of Surgical Technologists and served on that committee from 2015-2022. She was also awarded the Fellow-Association of Surgical Technologist award in 2015 and most recently she was promoted from Associate Professor to Full Professor at CWI.        

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Instagram: https://instagram.com/blackriverpm/  

Website: https://blackriverpm.com/

Dec 21, 202252:56
Purposefully Taking Pause to Think About The Future

Purposefully Taking Pause to Think About The Future

In this episode, Angie Lion of Black River Performance Management and Kevin Bailey of the Idaho Nonprofit Center discuss the importance of the leadership skill, futuristic thinking.  Kevin shares his story on risk taking and how doors opened up for him due to him saying yes to lots of opportunities that came his way.  He shares ways that nonprofits can think futuristically and how mission-specific causes are the drivers for fundraising success.  With nonprofits collectively being one of the largest employers in many communities, it is important to understand how the ability to think ahead prepares individuals and organizations to be strategic and work with more purpose. This speaks to the importance of taking time to slow down and reflect on where we have been, to help us chart the path forward.  


Kevin joined the Idaho Nonprofit Center in July of 2021 after previously serving as CEO of the United Way of Southeastern Idaho. He brings past experience in both the education and social impact sector both internationally and domestically having worked in both Uganda and Chile. Kevin has directed federal grant programs related to college access for first-generation students and also directed community programs supporting financial stability for families immigrating to the US. In his free time he and his family love exploring the great beauty in the West by hiking, biking, and getting outside into nature. On Saturdays in the fall, you can find Kevin avidly cheering on his Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team!   


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  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/brpm/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/blackriverpm/  

Website: https://blackriverpm.com/

Dec 01, 202236:59
Finding Purpose Through Service, Kindness, and Non-Profit Work.

Finding Purpose Through Service, Kindness, and Non-Profit Work.

In this episode, Angie Lion of Black River and Vanessa Moos CEO of The Children’s Village discuss the importance of the leadership skill planning and organizing. Vanessa shares her experience of planning events and fundraising over 1 million dollars per year to fulfill the mission of The Children’s Village to keep the doors open to serve children who experience abuse, neglect, or are in crisis and need temporary safe housing. Vanessa shares her own leadership frameworks that help her to navigate barriers and create a culture of service that she has picked up through her Non-profit education and a variety of roles she has held across the United States. The Children’s Village is a very special place in Angie’s heart, as she worked there in college and got to see first hand what an amazing and safe space this is for kids and families, and what important work this is.    

A career nonprofit professional, Vanessa Moos has been living a life in professional service since 2008. She graduated from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio with a bachelor's degree in Communications and earned a master's degree from California State University in Public Administration with a specialty in Public and Non-Profit Management.   Vanessa worked for the American Cancer Society for 12 years at the start of her career, growing from community level partnerships to the director of the regional market in San Diego. In 2016 she was promoted to a national role of writing and activating global volunteer onboarding processes for the American Cancer Society as well as training national staff on volunteer engagement strategies and practices. In 2019 Vanessa joined Children's Village, a federally accredited residential treatment program for children as the role of Director of Charitable Giving and promoted to Chief Executive Officer in May of 2021.  Vanessa spent 12 years moving around the country in partnership with her husband, Eric, while he served as an F/A-18 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. Married since 2009, Vanessa and Eric, now a pilot with a major airline, are parents to Baron, aged 6 and Everett, aged 4. Vanessa is a 2020 winner of Kootenai County Top 30 Under 40 awards, Coeur d’Alene Rotarian, board member for the Idaho Nonprofit Center, and member of the Leadership Committee at the Coeur d’Alene Regional Chamber of Commerce.  

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Website: https://blackriverpm.com/

Nov 23, 202232:35
Title: Discovering Purpose, Partnerships, and Possibilities

Title: Discovering Purpose, Partnerships, and Possibilities

In this episode, Angie Lion of Black River and Michael Krause Imposter Syndrome coach & organizational development consultant and trainer discuss their experiences of being coached and coaching others through their struggles.

They share a common belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to honor their authentic self by exploring and pursuing their life’s purpose. They discuss mindset, values, sustainability, reflection, and the transformational power of hiring a coach.

Mike Krause is a new Imposter Syndrome coach & organizational development consultant and trainer. He believes everyone deserves the opportunity to honor their authentic self by exploring and pursuing their life purpose.

Mike guides high-achieving and passionate leaders to find the clarity and confidence to uncover the future they want, through helping people understand who they are (i.e., what they value, their strengths, their life purpose) and the obstacles that get in the way of where they want to be (i.e., self-sabotaging behaviors such as not feeling good enough, seeking permission from others, not trusting oneself, professionally masquerading in one’s job, living a life of expectations, etc.). His goal is to help individuals and organizations make choices and take action toward feeling safer, empowered, and aligned.

Over the past 20 years, Mike has been committed to the non-profit and education fields, holding various executive leadership and program management roles. he had the good fortune of serving 4 ½ years through the U.S. Department of State’s Peace Corps program in Southern and Central Africa  by working on public health initiatives. For the past 9 years he has been working with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho helping grow levels of support for families in need. Mike received my undergraduate degree in psychology from the College of Idaho and a Graduate Certificate in Teaching from Boise State University.

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Mikes website https://www.globalbound.org/


Nov 16, 202257:15
From Surviving to Thriving: How to Move on From Difficult Situations

From Surviving to Thriving: How to Move on From Difficult Situations

Chandra Upreti is a Small Business Owner and Realtor. He gives his perspective from his experience of growing up in  a refugee camp in Nepal for 17 years to thriving in Idaho. He shares how important being persistent, disciplined, and focusing on what you can control and letting go of the things you have no control over. Now that he has overcome so many obstacles, he gives back in a variety of meaningful ways that bring meaning and purpose to his life and his community and abroad. 


 After spending 17 years of life full of struggles and challenges, Chandra moved to Twin Falls, Idaho in 2008 where he was resettled in Twin Falls through CSI Refugee Programs. Upon moving to Twin Falls at the age of 17, Chandra started working as a volunteer at the Refugee Programs, and later he started working for the same program that helped in resettled in his new home. During his decade-long service at the CSI Refugee Programs, he held different positions including Reception and Placement Co-ordinator, Case Manager, and Fiscal Specialist. To continue his passion for education, Chandra started attending classes at CSI and later at Idaho State University. Chandra holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Today, Chandra Upreti is a multi-million dollar agent-producer in the Magic Valley area. He also owns an Indian Restaurant in Twin Falls Called called ‘Saffron’, where he partners with non-profit organizations to provide free food vouchers to people who are fighting food insecurities. 


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Instagram: https://instagram.com/blackriverpm/  

Website: https://blackriverpm.com/

Nov 02, 202250:37
Creating an Environment Where Good Decisions Can be Made

Creating an Environment Where Good Decisions Can be Made

In this episode, Angie Lion of Website - Black River and Brigadier General, Shannon D Smith, United States Air Force discuss Decision Making in emergent and non-emergent situations in civilian and military environments. Shannon gives his experiences of leading at every level in the military throughout his entire career as a military aviator. He shares how mistakes and life lessons have taught him humility as a leader and how creating a space where everyone belongs and is a contributor is essential in gaining credibility to make decisions that affect people’s lives.  He shares his experiences around the importance of knowing the difference between important decisions and urgent decisions. He stresses the importance of getting out of a winning and losing mindset/mentality and really spending more time connecting with your team to understand their perspectives. He also shares the accuracy of the new movie Top Gun! You don’t want to miss the wisdom in this episode!



Brig Gen Shannon D. Smith is the Commander, 113th Wing, District of

Columbia Air National Guard, Joint Base Andrews, Md. His

responsibilities encompass a wing with over 1,300 members. Units

include the 113th Operations, Maintenance, Mission Support, and

Medical Groups. Flying units within the wing include the 121st Fighter and

201st Airlift Squadrons. The 121st is responsible for F-16C missions

including overseas combat operations and the 24/7 National Capital

Region Aerospace Control Alert duty and the 201st utilizes the C-40 to

execute worldwide special air missions for cabinet members, Congress,

and other senior military leaders.

Brig Gen Smith began his military career in May 1992 when he earned a

regular commission through the Montana State University Reserve Officer

Training Corps Program. He then served 10 years on active duty. Brig

Gen Smith is a graduate of the USAF Weapons School, Class 98BIV, and

later returned as an instructor. He has served over 20 years as an Air

National Guardsman. Brig Gen Smith has served multiple combat tours

and flown combat missions in support Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and

ENDURING FREEDOM.

Prior to his current position, Brig Gen Smith served as Chief of Staff, Idaho

Air National Guard, Joint Force Headquarters, Gowen Field, Idaho.


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Oct 19, 202251:27
The Worst Day is the First Day: The Best Day is the Last Day

The Worst Day is the First Day: The Best Day is the Last Day

In this episode Craig Chatriand  of Idaho State University and Angie Lion of Black River Performance Management discuss how education creates generational impact and how moving to a new area, finding your lifelines and discovering a sense of belonging help student’s tap into the resilience potential that already lies within. Drawing upon his own experiences, and the experience of others, Craig explains how the university environment is an ideal place to incrementally develop resiliency due to its lower-risk, high-support environment; something we can integrate into many of our own home and work experiences.     Craig 

Chatriand has over 20 years of experience working in higher education focusing on student success, behavioral intervention, and student mental health. He currently serves as the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management at Idaho State University.  


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Oct 05, 202249:37
Becoming Intentional: Talent, skills, and passion around Futuristic Thinking

Becoming Intentional: Talent, skills, and passion around Futuristic Thinking

In this episode, Angie Lion of Website - Black River and Ron Price of TTI Success Insights, discuss values & purpose and their importance in developing the skill of futuristic thinking as a leadership competency.  He gives insights on ways he has cultivated this skill and he also discusses the shadow side of our talents, skills and passions by recognizing the dark side of anything we tend to overdue. Any strength overused can be a weakness:. If you want to build your skills in futuristic thinking, you won’t want to miss this message. 


Ron has a varied and extensive background as an entrepreneur, corporate executive, author, speaker, executive coach, and organizational advisor.  Prior to taking the role of president at TTI Success Insights, Ron was the founder and CEO of Price Associates, an international leadership advisory firm with expertise in leadership development, innovation, and strategy.  He also founded TTI Success Insights China in 2009, the master distributor for TTI SI in greater China.  Ron is also the author of five books over the past 14 years, including three best sellers. 


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Sep 21, 202237:02
Creating Possibilities: Shifting Your Mindset From Why Me To Why Not Me?

Creating Possibilities: Shifting Your Mindset From Why Me To Why Not Me?

In this episode, Angie Lion of BRPM and Jeet Kumar, CEO of In Time Tec located in Meridian, Idaho, discuss overcoming mental and emotional roadblocks we all face as human beings. Jeet and Angie have known each other for over 20 years and they both have a passion for developing people. 

Jeet shares his model for creating new possibilities and abundance in work and in life. He shares his story of growing up poor in India and having to shift his mindset to live out his higher purpose of serving his people at In Time Tech. There, he inspires employees, satisfies customers, and creates an impact by achieving peace inside and results outside. They discuss the importance of developing people in the workplace to create a better life for everyone. 


Jeet has dedicated his life to creating abundance and has mentored hundreds of people all over the globe to become their most powerful selves. His passion for supporting and growing others has led his mentees to finding financial freedom, building successful companies, becoming healthier, fostering authentic relationships, and creating a meaningful life for themselves and others.

Check out Jeet's book!  https://www.amazon.com/Create-Impact-Achieve-Results-Outside-ebook/dp/B09YCJWTKS\


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Sep 07, 202248:30
Cultivating Resilience with Passion, Purpose, and Emotional Intelligence

Cultivating Resilience with Passion, Purpose, and Emotional Intelligence

In this episode, Angie Lion of BRPM and the CEO of United Way of Southeast Idaho (former CEO of SEICAA), Shantay Bloxham, discuss ideas for growing resilient teams by helping them to understand their own emotions, the emotions of others, and how passion and purpose drive work and overall life satisfaction and retention of great employees and impact our communities in meaningful ways.  


 Shantay Bloxham, CEO at the United Way of Southeastern Idaho, a native of Pocatello, where she resides with her husband and their two children. Bloxham has long been guided to help create outcome-based solutions that address the barriers of poverty, always driven by a call to action. When she entered the nonprofit community in late 2007, she knew instantaneously that this line of work is what fuels her human spirit, in the way she had always imagined a harmonious work/life balance would be. Outside of work, Bloxham can be found volunteering, buried in a good book, or doing just about anything in the great Idaho outdoors with family and friends. 


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Aug 17, 202250:30
The Joy is in the Journey

The Joy is in the Journey

In this episode, Angie Lion of BRPM and Bannock County Commissioner, Jeff Hough, discuss building resilience in teams at work, in sports, and in our families. They discuss life lessons and the wisdom from thought leaders Brene Brown, Peter Crone, Eric Greitens, and TV personality Ted Lasso. 

 Jeff Hough grew up in rural Idaho where he learned the value of hard work and perseverance. He has a BA in Finance and has worked for JR Simplot, US Robotics, Key Bank as a financial analyst. He gained a passion for human performance and team building when he began coaching high school basketball and became a trainer for Idaho State Universities office of Workforce Training. He has been an entrepreneur with two different businesses and is currently a Commissioner at Bannock County. Jeff loves leadership, personal development and team building and has been studying and practicing these skills for the past 20 years. He prides himself in being able to build strong teams and get the most out of those around him. Jeff and his wife Debbie have been married for over 30 years and have 4 kids and 5 grandkids.  His favorite quote is “Have a take and don’t suck” from Jim Rhome.  

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Aug 03, 202248:48
Grateful for the Struggle The Ripple Effect of Building Resilience

Grateful for the Struggle The Ripple Effect of Building Resilience

In this episode, Angie Lion of BRPM and Cherisse Brown of ISU discuss how important it is to be intentional about cultivating resilience for themselves and then sharing those tools for building resilience and sharing that wisdom with others to create a ripple effect in our families, workplaces, and beyond. 

 Cherisse Brown, is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Administration. She is certified to teach and train on Emotional Intelligence and DISC Behavioral Assessments. She is the proud mother of 4 amazing kids and enjoys spending time with family, traveling, cooking, music, reading, crafting, and being outdoors.  Her Professional experience includes managing divers teams, working in mom-profit sector, and many years working closely with at-rick populations. Cherisse is most passionate about compelling, empowering, and inspiring others to recognize their value and maximize their potential.  

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Jul 20, 202241:16