Bricks+Brands Podcast

Benjamin Warsinske

We feature heart-centered leaders who have shed toxic workplace culture practices by sharing their experiences to inspire listeners to usher in a balanced life-work integration full of creativity, innovation, and self-expression. This show covers topics including workplace culture environment, leadership, well being, mental health, creativity, and innovation.

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Why the Key to Creativity is Diversity & Uncertainty Featuring Ralph Rathburn
May 17 2022
Why the Key to Creativity is Diversity & Uncertainty Featuring Ralph Rathburn
In this episode of the Bricks+Brands Podcast, my guest Ralph Rathburn has run international businesses in Asia for over 32 years, helping to entertain tens of millions of Japanese people through the facilitation of tours such as "Disney On Ice," "Disney Live," and other live entertainment shows. Meet Ralph RathburnFor 32 years he's run international businesses in Asia. Ralph founded and managed 4 businesses in Japan – 2 for himself and 2 subsidiaries of a Spanish company. His company, AmAsia, has helped entertain tens of millions of Japanese people by facilitating the Japan tours of events such as “Disney On Ice”, “Disney Live”, “Thomas the Tank Engine – Live” and other live entertainments. They've worked the Beijing Olympics and Tokyo Olympics and the Rugby World Cup among other major events. With my his company, Praxi K.K., he's worked in B2B wholesale and in B2C retail. The company manufactured consumer electronics under license from Hamilton-Beach and imported those and other electronics and household products into Japan. Ralph has worked with factories in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Italy and Poland and has sold products to companies throughout Asia.The core pillar of Ralph's career, whether working in entertainment or product sales, has been helping people be successful, especially when they are working with people who are different from themselves. Ralph has provided intercultural training to dozens of foreign CEOs/Presidents working in Japan and to hundreds of Japanese who have to work with foreigners. He's helped multi-cultural teams do creative problem solving to find solutions to intractable problems. Ralph is always looking for the next person or company to help.Learn More and Connect with RalphYou can find Ralph on LinkedIn or visit his website to learn more. After listening to this episode, you'll walk away learning:Why diversity in creativity is critical to understanding the problem at handWhat creativity means to Ralph and how he encourages it amongst his teamsWhy understanding your team's threshold for uncertainty can lead to innovative breakthroughsPlus a whole lot more!Brain.fm Our science-first approach creates music that sounds different–and affects your brain differently.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show
Why the Key to Creativity is Diversity & Uncertainty Featuring Ralph Rathburn
May 17 2022
Why the Key to Creativity is Diversity & Uncertainty Featuring Ralph Rathburn
In this episode of the Bricks+Brands Podcast, my guest Ralph Rathburn has run international businesses in Asia for over 32 years, helping to entertain tens of millions of Japanese people through the facilitation of tours such as "Disney On Ice," "Disney Live," and other live entertainment shows. Meet Ralph RathburnFor 32 years he's run international businesses in Asia. Ralph founded and managed 4 businesses in Japan – 2 for himself and 2 subsidiaries of a Spanish company. His company, AmAsia, has helped entertain tens of millions of Japanese people by facilitating the Japan tours of events such as “Disney On Ice”, “Disney Live”, “Thomas the Tank Engine – Live” and other live entertainments. They've worked the Beijing Olympics and Tokyo Olympics and the Rugby World Cup among other major events. With my his company, Praxi K.K., he's worked in B2B wholesale and in B2C retail. The company manufactured consumer electronics under license from Hamilton-Beach and imported those and other electronics and household products into Japan. Ralph has worked with factories in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Italy and Poland and has sold products to companies throughout Asia.The core pillar of Ralph's career, whether working in entertainment or product sales, has been helping people be successful, especially when they are working with people who are different from themselves. Ralph has provided intercultural training to dozens of foreign CEOs/Presidents working in Japan and to hundreds of Japanese who have to work with foreigners. He's helped multi-cultural teams do creative problem solving to find solutions to intractable problems. Ralph is always looking for the next person or company to help.Learn More and Connect with RalphYou can find Ralph on LinkedIn or visit his website to learn more. After listening to this episode, you'll walk away learning:Why diversity in creativity is critical to understanding the problem at handWhat creativity means to Ralph and how he encourages it amongst his teamsWhy understanding your team's threshold for uncertainty can lead to innovative breakthroughsPlus a whole lot more!Brain.fm Our science-first approach creates music that sounds different–and affects your brain differently.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show
Unlocking Creativity Through Radical Knowledge Management Featuring Stephanie Barnes
May 10 2022
Unlocking Creativity Through Radical Knowledge Management Featuring Stephanie Barnes
On this episode of the Bricks+Brands Podcast, my guest is a Chief Chaos Organizer based in Berlin, Germany with a focus on helping people and organizations become more collaborative, innovative, flexible, and transparent, moving towards flattening hierarchies, improving employee engagement and adapting an ever evolving environment. With an impressive skill set including strategy development, requirements analysis, business process development, problem solving, communication, change management, creativity and innovation, Stephanie is well equipped to help people and organizations become more collaborative, innovative, flexible, and transparent, moving towards flattening hierarchies, improving employee engagement and adapting an ever evolving environment. You’ll walk away after listening to this episode:What Radical Knowledge Management (KM) isWhy sustainable leadership behaviors are more closely linked to creativity than first glanceWhy organizations miss the mark when it comes to allowing their employees to tap into their creative capacityPlus a whole lot more!Meet Stephanie BarnesStephanie Barnes is Chief Chaos Organizer at Entelechy, a consultancy whose main purpose is helping people and organizations become more collaborative, innovative, flexible and transparent as they flatten hierarchies, improve employee engagement and adapt to an ever-evolving environment.As an artist and passionate expert in knowledge management and culture change, Stephanie advocates for curiosity, playfulness and creative learning as the cornerstones of the journey towards knowledge, a context-sensitive notion whose principles have been educated out of us through production line thinking.Aside from her expertise and experience in the realm of Knowledge Management, Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with Honours from Brock University (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada) and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada). Brain.fm Our science-first approach creates music that sounds different–and affects your brain differently.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show
The Transformational Effects of Meditation Featuring Ipek Williamson
Apr 12 2022
The Transformational Effects of Meditation Featuring Ipek Williamson
This week on the Bricks+Brands Podcast, we’re talking with certified Insight Coach and Meditation teacher on the powerfully transformational effects meditation can have on our lives and in our work.In this conversation, we cover:Her journey into coachingHow meditation has transformed her lifeHer newly published children's bookPlus the practice of Ho'oponoponoMeet IpekIpek Williamson is a Certified Insight Coach, Listener, Certified Ikigai Coach, Certified Ho'oponopono Practitioner, Meditation Teacher, and Blogger. Her journey as an Insight Coach took over her focus after working for more than two decades as an Executive Assistant for C suite leaders of several multinational organizations. She perfectly blends her vast corporate experience with diversified areas of expertise as a coach and mentor.In addition to the Ipek Williamson Coaching practice, she provides coaching and consulting to corporations as one of Annie Leib LLC and Happy Work Environment Ltd. elite coaches. She is a columnist with the BizCatalyst 360 platform and an Ambassador for the HumansFirst movement.As well as her multiple highly acclaimed meditations that she showcases on the Insight Timer App, Ipek also leads live meditation sessions through that same application.Brain.fm Our science-first approach creates music that sounds different–and affects your brain differently.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (
Don't Feed the Elephants Featuring Sarah Noll Wilson
Mar 15 2022
Don't Feed the Elephants Featuring Sarah Noll Wilson
Have you ever thought about why difficult, confrontational conversations so hard to have?  Maybe, you've spent the majority of your life and career avoiding them. Know that you are not alone. My guest this week helps leaders overcome the art of avoidance, empowering them to understand and honor the beautiful complexity of the humans they serve. In this conversation, we cover:Why are difficult conversations so hard to have?How can you overcome the art of avoidanceCompany culture and how it impact the employee experiencePlus, details about her newly released book Don't Feed the Elephants: The Art of Overcoming Avoidance to Build Powerful PartnershipsMeet Sarah Noll WilsonSarah and her team are on a mission to help leaders build and rebuild their teams. With 15+ years in leadership development, Sarah Noll Wilson earned a Master's Degree from Drake University in Leadership Development and a BA from the University of Northern Iowa in Theatre Performance and Theatre Education. Through her work as an Executive Coach, an in-demand Keynote Speaker, Researcher, and Author, Sarah helps leaders close the gap between what they intend to do and the actual impact they make. She is certified in Co-Active Coaching, Conversational Intelligence, and is a frequent guest lecturer at universities. In addition to her work with organizations, Sarah is a passionate advocate for mental health.Brain.fm Our science-first approach creates music that sounds different–and affects your brain differently.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (
Why Digital Fluency Matters Featuring Simone Lis
Mar 8 2022
Why Digital Fluency Matters Featuring Simone Lis
My guest this week on the Bricks+Brands Podcast is a digital fluency pioneer. Originally from Germany, she moved to Silicon Valley just over 10 years ago with a suitcase and an idea. In this conversation, we cover:What Digital Fluency isHow you can train in it Why it matters in today’s business environmentWhy it’s a superpower for womenMeet SimoneSimone is a corporate innovation expert and digital fluency pioneer. She arrived in San Francisco with a suitcase and an idea just over 10 years ago.  Against the sound advice of her family, she left her secure but unfulfilling management career in Germany behind and built a new life in southern California. She brings German CEOs to Silicon Valley to match them with innovative start-ups. During the pandemic, she founded MatchlabN, a global professional development community where she trains Digital Literacy and unique human skills such as creativity, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence - or as she calls it, Digital Fluency.Simone’s mission is to energize more corporate professionals, particularly women, to think about the digital future we want to live in and help create it.Connect with SimoneJoin over 180+ of today’s leaders coming together to envision and create the workplace culture of tomorrow.Brain.fm Our science-first approach creates music that sounds different–and affects your brain differently.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (
Celebrate Every Day Featuring Brian Reinbold
Jan 25 2022
Celebrate Every Day Featuring Brian Reinbold
I had the great opportunity to meet Brian Reinbold  at a virtual event, hosted a mutual friend. From that initial meeting, we chatted via Zoom and quickly became friends. We touch on a variety of topics throughout our conversation, but the common theme throughout is a motto that Brian proudly wears on his myriad of T-shirts: "Celebrate Every Day."In this episode we talk about finding our purpose and how it can help guide you through life. We touch on leadership, workplace culture, play, teamwork, and so much more!Meet BrianBRIAN REINBOLD is at his best when he is helping others to become their best. He is the eternal optimist, an enlightening and uplifting speaker, and a community builder who inspires people in all walks of life to rise and meet their challenges through the service of others. With his innovative approach to leadership development, soothing voice, engaging sense of humor, passion for mentoring, and ability to harness the power of analogy to create the aha moment, Brian invites you to dream bigger, accomplish more, and have more fun than you ever thought possible.Brian is the architect of a successful career that spans business ownership, consulting, coaching, sales management, sales training, philanthropy, professional speaking, and broadcasting, As the host of the BraveHearts Radio Show on Voice America Internet Radio, he is taking the thought leadership conversation to the next level, providing an outlet for experts to broaden their reach and find a target audience. As the Mission Specialist, he is elevating the profile of BraveHearts for Kids, a charity organization that supports the needs of pediatric cancer patients and their families. Through his corporate board experience, broadcasting platform, writings, and instructional methods, Brian is crystallizing the concept of mission-building behavior and helping mission-driven organizations connect with their employees and/or constituents. He is known as a design thinker and a dot connector who can align people with ideas, course a path, and generate a best-fit solution. His vision is to create an environment that supports open communication, increases employee and customer retention, and drives profitability.About BraveHearts for KidsBraveHearts for Kids is a national 501(c)(3) public charity with a mission of providing life-saving treatments, hope, and inspiration to families facing a pediatric cancer ordeal through outreach, information, and mentoring.Adopting the title of Mission Specialist to align with Bravehearts’ connection to NASA, Brian builds on a tradition of excellence in corporate board service in a leadership role akin to a chief operating officer. He oversees the operations of the organization and manages the resources that build capacity and drive the success of each initiative. In Brian’s words, “I don’t fly the rockets; I just make sure the mission gets accomplished.” At the focus of Brian’s work is elevating the national profile of BraveHearts through outreach and coordination of the fundraising effort. He is interested in connecting with servant business leaders, community leaders, people focused on social advocacy, unity, and constructive civic discourse, and influencers who leverage their status to lift people’s spirits and give them purpose and cause. Brain.fm Our science-first approach creates music that sounds different–and affects your brain differently.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show
Why Following Your Curiosity Leads to Better Performance Featuring Murielle Maupoint
Jan 11 2022
Why Following Your Curiosity Leads to Better Performance Featuring Murielle Maupoint
I came across PlayAction International while scrolling through Twitter. Something about the organization caught my attention and I felt called to send them a message to connect and learn more. I quickly received a response from the marketing team and was connected with Murielle Maupoint, CEO of the organization and my guest this week. In this episode, we discuss leading through COVID, what play is and why it is critical, not only for child development, but for workplace cultures. We chat about creativity and how following your curiosity can lead to better performance, both individually and as a team.  Meet MurielleI am a Dreamer. I am a Do-er, I am a Believer. I believe every one of us can do things we never imagined possible. I believe we each have far more power, courage and passion than we give ourselves credit for. I believe the world can be a better place. I believe we can each make a massive difference to our lives, those of others and the world through our individual and collective thoughts and actions. I believe that we have a responsibility to make this life the best life we can possibly experience. An inspired and inspirational life full of passion, purpose, love and fulfilment. My aim is to facilitate and motivate as many people as possible to stop existing and to start living!Recently recognised as Inspiring Leader 2020 for outstanding leadership during COVID. Connect with MurielleFollow Murielle on LinkedinConnect with Murielle inside the Bricks+Brands Network and continue the conversationAbout Play Action InternationalWe work in disadvantaged communities, focusing on enhancing children’s learning, development and access to education through play. We take an innovative child-centred approach to education and use the power of play to transform the lives of children through our play programmes.We work with some of the most vulnerable children and communities in the world, supporting children living in extreme poverty and those experiencing danger, displacement, conflict and natural/humanitarian disasters.We work with children, parents, caregivers, teachers, community leaders and NGOs to highlight the importance of play and enable them to integrate play-based initiatives for enhanced education, health and development outcomes.To learn more and donate, visit www.playactioninternational.orgBrain.fm Our science-first approach creates music that sounds different–and affects your brain differently.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (
Exploring Entrepreneurship vs Corporate Cultures Featuring Michelle Calcagni
Jan 4 2022
Exploring Entrepreneurship vs Corporate Cultures Featuring Michelle Calcagni
When it comes to understanding organizational structure, processes, and systems in order to produce the best results, my guest is one of the best at helping her clients turn their ideas into reality. In this episode, Michelle and I explore entrepreneurship and corporate cultures. As an entrepreneur, it's easy to get stuck in the mindset of "having to do it all," whereas in corporate, you may have a wide set of skills, but also a team around you. We cover a range of topics ranging from the differences between corporate cultures, entrepreneurship, and startups to the future of work to the intricacies of employee being either introverted or extraverted. Will be go back to the office? Will we find a groove with a hybrid work experience? Meet Michelle CalcagniIf you ask Michelle what kind of work excites her, she’ll quickly jump into stories about how women coming together can inspire, support and help each other to succeed. That’s why, after five years in business, she decided to take PhoneBox in a new direction and to focus on women entrepreneurs. As she’d tell you herself, she spent most of her career helping big companies be successful – now it’s her chance to help the smaller ones get a chance at those opportunities (and revenue). Connect with MichelleLearn more about her work at PhoneBox GroupFollow Michelle on LinkedInJoin the Bricks+Brands Network and connect directly with MichelleBrain.fm Our science-first approach creates music that sounds different–and affects your brain differently.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (