Geeks Geezers Googlization

Ira S Wolfe

If you think this is just another podcast, think again. We are the heart and soul of crucial conversations focused on helping you reimagine your tomorrow and exploring the convergence of people, business, and technology. Our guests included business and HR global thought leaders who help us make sense, grow, and thrive in the never normal.

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Apr 13 2022
42 mins
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Workers are stressed. Many employees are burned out, running on fumes. Symptoms of stress and burnout are proliferating. A recent McKinsey report revealed that nearly 1 out of every 4 employees has moderate needs for counseling and psychotherapy. The World Health Organization estimates the impact of mental health symptoms on absenteeism, presenteeism, and loss of productivity is costing the global economy over $1 Trillion per year. Unfortunately, stress and burnout still carry a stigma and employers struggle to deal with them effectively.  In this Geeks Geezers Googlization episode, we tackle the topics of workplace burnout and meaningful work. We’ll hear from Burnout and Meaningful Work Expert David Shar who will share what burnout is, what causes it, and how leaders can fix it by helping workers find purpose in work and passion for their job.   What’s different about work stress and burnout this time? David Shar believes the pandemic created the perfect storm for a crisis of workplace stress and burnout, where you have this loss of control coupled with the loss of support. Millions of workers escaped into their own cocoons and jerry-rigged home offices. They didn’t have the level of deep interaction and routine that typically helps us move through a disruptive crisis like this. Contrary to popular belief, work stress and burnout were increasing long before the pandemic. Ironically, burnout was recognized by the World Health Organization for the first time in 2019 just a few months before the start of the COVID19 pandemic.  Then the world hit pause. Our lives and routines got completely flipped on their head. We all had something that you don't normally get in a capitalistic, rat-race society. We had time to reevaluate. David is the founder of Illuminate PMC, David Shar, SHRM-SCP is a Keynote speaker, consultant, and corporate trainer. David is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Maryland’s Industrial/Organizational Psychology Master’s Program.
Mar 17 2022
43 mins
Level Up Your Career Transition, Find Your "It" factor
To everyone else, it looked like Dr. Loubna Erraji had a perfect life. She is a high achiever, a neuroscientist with 20 years of experience encompassing scientific research, teaching, consulting, and coaching. She’s held important academic positions and executive corporate roles. But despite her distinguished career and a long list of accomplishments, she wasn’t happy. Nothing was working in her life and job until she found a coach. One might wonder why high achievers like Loubna Erraji would need a coach. With nearly 4 out of 10 workers looking to change jobs and careers this year, a lot more people are throwing their hat in the I-want-more-out-of-life ring.  A February article from the New York Times revealed that it’s not just employees who are quitting their jobs but senior executives too. Their reasons vary - from just scratching that itch to take a break to reassess the role of work in their lives to want to pursue a new venture. In short, you could say they were searching for “it.”  Unfortunately finding “it” isn’t a skill a lot of people have. This is precisely why you should just click now on this episode of Geeks Geezers Googlization. Dr. Erraji shares what “it” is and how everyone from front-line workers to executives can either find it or make it.  What is it that drives some people to make bold moves while others accept their fate? Dr. Erraji will share her experience, her struggles, and how she found her purpose. She will then reveal the right ways to think about advancing your personal ambitions and professional career. Here's a bit more about her background and her journey. She is an ICF Certified Executive Coach, Neuroscientist,  adjunct professor, and management consultant with more than 20 years of global experience encompassing scientific research, teaching, consulting, and coaching. Based out of the New York City and New Jersey area, she frequently travels abroad, and her work spans the globe across the US, Europe, and North Africa. Some of her clients are leaders at Fortune 500 companies in healthcare, banking, financial services, technology, higher education, and more, working with the likes of UBS, IBM, Prudential, Deloitte, Merck, AbbVie, BMS,  to name a few. She's also the founder and CEO of her own consulting company called Advancis Consulting LLC, where she provides services to organizations and individuals committed to creating impactful leadership and high-performance environments.
Mar 12 2022
46 mins
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