Stop Blaming Avocados

Chava Vietze

Welcome to Stop Blaming Avocados, hosted by Chava Vietze. Throughout episodes, Chava speaks with guests from many walks of life hoping to elevate their voices and their stories. Stop Blaming Avocados was created to break from "tradition", have thoughtful conversation about human-first work and inspire a more human-first approach to life, community, and organization. read less
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Becoming Unlimited: Rebuilding Systems That Weren't Built for Us
Aug 16 2023
Becoming Unlimited: Rebuilding Systems That Weren't Built for Us
Season 1 Episode Finale: Why are most leadership books written by white men? Eugina Jordan read nearly 50 leadership books during COVID and of those books, only 3 of them were written by a woman or person of color. As an immigrant woman herself and leader in the Telecomm industry, Eugina decided she needed to do something about it. So, she wrote and published a leadership book (linked below.) Why? Well, for one, a need for greater representation. On the other hand, and very important to consider: Leadership books written by men don't take into account the experience of women, people of color, immigrants, or other underrepresented groups. If we want to continue to increase diversity in the workplace, then we need more solutions and more representation created and promoted by underrepresented people. In this episode we discuss:- Eugina's journey as a leader and author - The important need of sponsorship in the careers of women, BIPOC, and immigrants- Tactical ways that you can seek out mentorship and sponsorship - A call to action for leaders and how they can be a part of increasing diversity and helping the next generation of leadersDiversity is the present and the future of our world. Organizations that understand that and invest in a diverse workforce will be more successful in the long run. This episode is for anyone that wants to be a part of creating a better workplace for the now and for the future. Resources mentioned in this episode: UNLIMITED: The 17 Proven Laws to Success in a Workplace that was not Designed for You written by Eugina Jordan Multipliers written by Liz WisemanWomen Who Run With Wolves written by Clarissa Pinkola EstesFollow us at @stopblamingavocados on Instagram.
Diversity and Success: Your Difference is Your Power
Aug 9 2023
Diversity and Success: Your Difference is Your Power
Humans want to fit in. We want to be included. Perhaps it is human nature, the need to be a part of the group. And when it comes to success, assimilating yourself has often been a part of survival. However, navigating the world looks different for marginalized groups.  Homogenous groups are continuously trying to show why they are different, to stand out from the group... while marginalized groups are trying to find ways that they can fit in.Though, we are also told to bring our authentic selves to work, to "just be you". But for those who are from marginalized groups, whether you are a person of color, a woman, LGBTQIA+, an immigrant, a disabled person, or any combination, bringing your "authentic self" to work hasn't always been met with open arms. 'Yes, we want you to bring your authentic self to work! Oh, but not like that. That's too much.'How many folks have experienced this? In this episode, Darren Isom and Chava Vietze break down these narratives and discuss the power and beauty of diversity. It is our future and we need to embrace our difference, be proud of it, and understand that our difference is pivotal to our success. There are several key takeaways here, but if we have to highlight just one: Find environments that value your unique difference and see how your difference not only adds value but is pivotal to your community's and organization's success. About the guest: Darren Isom is a Partner at The Bridgespan Group in San Francisco where he advises mission driven organizations and philanthropic foundations in support of equity and justice and supports the firm's work with arts and cultural organizations. He co-leads the firm's commitment to advance racial equity and is  the host of the podcast Dreaming in Color, creating new narratives in leadership, which offers leaders of color space to share how they have leveraged their unique assets and abilities to embrace excellence, drive impact, and more fully define what success looks like. Books, movies, and podcasts referenced in this episode: Being Black Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace written by Angel Kyodo WilliamsCovering written by Kenji YoshinoHidden Figures, 2016 Film starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, and Kevin CostnerThe Known World written by Edward P. JonesDreaming in Color Podcast hosted by Darren Isom Follow us at @stopblamingavocados on Instagram.
The Pivot: Defining Your Values and Finding Your Fire
Jul 19 2023
The Pivot: Defining Your Values and Finding Your Fire
Have you ever experienced something in life so incredibly substantial and life-changing that it led you to reevaluate your why? Many have, many will, and many currently are. We lived through a world pandemic. We're fighting for equal human rights. We're going through market shifts. These events, plus so many others, are influential in history but more specifically, impact us personally. Domenique Rice is an activist, a laid back California transplant savvy, Brooklyn Girl, wine and liquor sales guru, DEIB advocate, incredible mother of five, and she is an unapologetic truth teller.In our episode, we discuss Domenique's story - from losing her son in 2017 to pandemic parenting in 2020 to a layoff in 2022. We navigate what Domenique calls her "reawakening" and discuss what it means to reclaim your voice, define your values, and reignite your fire. Join us for the conversation and reflect on your own path and learn about ways to find your voice, discover your values, and become inspired to live them proudly every day. During our episode, we reference the following communities and non-profits: The Hue Society - A community-based organization committed to creating access and resources for Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities while providing enriching cultural wine experiences for consumers and brands alike.PUSH for Empowered Pregnancy - A non-profit organization on a mission to end preventable stillbirth. Through partnerships with health providers and aggressive awareness campaigns, PUSH empowers expectant families with the equitable, evidenced-based medical care and education they need to advocate for a healthy pregnancy, providing parents and babies with the best possible chance to make it home safely together.Follow us at @stopblamingavocados on Instagram.
Mental Health Support in the Workplace: Whose Responsibility Is It Anyway?
Apr 26 2023
Mental Health Support in the Workplace: Whose Responsibility Is It Anyway?
Over and over we are seeing articles talking about mental health in the workplace. Finally, it's starting to take center stage! The importance of caring for one's mental health and the immense influence that work has on our mental health. Still, we continue to see burnout, unhealthy work environments, and teams unequipped to manage the stress that we endure. So whose responsibility is it anyway? Who should support employees mental health and wellbeing? In this episode, Chris Henrichs, Cofounder and Head of Partnerships at Boon Health, joins me to discuss the role of employers in supporting employees' (peoples') mental health and how it directly impacts their performance, personal, and professional development. Key take aways will include statistics and ROI (return on investment) of investing in employee wellbeing along with discussions on how organizations are helping ease the transition during layoffs for both those departing the organization and those remaining. Employers interested in working with Boon Health can learn more here. Coaches that want to work with Boon Health can learn more here. Individuals interested in self-pay can visit here.* And if you'd like to recommend Boon Health to your employer, visit this URL and scroll down to the button that says "Recommend Boon to Your Employer". *If you are experiencing a crisis and/or need mental health support, you can call 988 24 hours a day.  P.S. If you enjoy this episode, we hope you'll leave us a review! Follow us at @stopblamingavocados on Instagram.
Let the Adults Play: How Integrating Play Leads to Transformative Success
Apr 19 2023
Let the Adults Play: How Integrating Play Leads to Transformative Success
Acey Holmes is a play advocate and enabler and the founder of BoredLess. She wants adults to engage in more play and thinks that they deserve more play. But why and what does that mean? As a former speech and language pathologist, Acey has decades of experience studying the effects of play and flow on the brain and behavior. Her passion for empowering adults to rediscover the joy of play has led to transformative success for both individuals and organizations. In this episode, Acey joins me to discuss what is play, what it isn't (hint: we'll talk about gamification), how play can be integrated into the workplace, and the neuroscience behind it all. Key takeaways? Learn how adults can learn new tricks at any age, how to liven up work and in doing so, increase productivity and collaboration (and heck, make it way more enjoyable), and how your brain reacts to all the "cool drugs" that naturally occur in your body (hint: dopamine!)Links to books and more referenced in this episode: Joy Inc. by Richard SheridanCreativity Inc. by Ed Catmull and Amy WallaceFlow The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (or anything else he has written!)Using Play to Rewire and Improve Your Brain by Andrew HubermanWhile Stop Blaming Avocados has no affiliation with any specific bookstore or publisher, we encourage listeners to shop at their local bookstores and support small businesses. Follow us at @stopblamingavocados on Instagram.
A Case for Generalists: A Multi-directional Conversation on Embracing the Path of a Generalist
Apr 5 2023
A Case for Generalists: A Multi-directional Conversation on Embracing the Path of a Generalist
Lech calls himself a "cultural square peg". What is that? I mean literally, it's that he doesn't fit into the typical "mold" in traditional organizational practices that pigeon-hole people. Lech is a generalist. Guess what? So is your host, Chava. This fun conversation will go in a few different directions, but if you can stay with us, we hope you'll walk away with at least one or two key take aways. The term "generalist" hasn't yet been fully embraced. But it isn't a dirty word and it isn't a bad thing either. In fact, in this episode, we make a case for celebrating generalists because we need them. We need both specialists and generalists in our world for true progress. But generalists are a little hard to "pin down" and understand. Many don't know what to do with them. They don't "fit" into specialist roles and their expertise spans multiple disciplines and sometimes, multiple industries and more, which may or may not on the surface "make sense". But there is immense power in being a generalist and if you are a generalist you can tap into that power to find success. Generalists bring immense value to any table they sit at and we're hoping that this conversation might inspire someone... even just a little bit. More about the guest: Lech Guzowski is a Workplace Culture Facilitator. In his work, he supports organizations in cultural transformation by designing more human, innovative and adaptive workplace cultures and improving their ways of working. Lech's methodology in the form of the Culture Design Blueprint is based on a facilitative, interdisciplinary and action-driven approach. To learn more about Lech's work, you can visit the following: Culture micro-practices - https://www.human.pm/culture-micro-practices and Culture design workshop - https://www.human.pm/culture-design-blueprint-workshopBooks referenced in this episode: The Hundred Year LifeThe DipFollow us at @stopblamingavocados on Instagram.
Flow: Discovering your non-negotiables to help you find your state of flow
Mar 8 2023
Flow: Discovering your non-negotiables to help you find your state of flow
We all want to feel good and that takes continuous work overtime. Life will ebb and flow and external factors can be intruding.  But you are worth investing in. Your wellbeing is worth investing in. Teresa Clark joins Chava Vietze to understand how we can meet ourselves exactly where we are right now and how we can find our flow with our own wellbeing. These skills will evolve overtime as we evolve. Listen to hear anecdotes from Teresa and Chava about how they each have worked to find their flow, how we can develop habits to help us maintain a state of flow, and how to protect your flow, your wellbeing, and your energy. About this week's guest: Teresa Clark is the  founder and alchemist of The Wellness Revolution, a pioneering culture and employee experience company reimagining the workplace to unleash human potential. Built on the belief that the world of work plays an important role in transforming society and that by supporting people to live happier and healthier lives we can co-create happier and healthier societies together.A public speaker, facilitator and resilience expert, Teresa’s moving personal journey as a woman who received a 4-year prison sentence for the deaths of 3 of her friends in a car accident where she fell asleep at the wheel after a festival, has led her on a turbulent journey of personal recovery from extreme physical injury, psychological and emotional trauma. The deep remorse and transformative journey of finding peace and amends birthed a life trajectory driven by a magnanimous compassion to create positive social change centered around a deep passion and purpose to help others. With 12 years of experience working within mental health for the criminal justice system, NHS, and charity sector, she has consulted at local and national levels and led cultural change across organisations through the design and development of award-winning programmes and services. Through her work, she has empowered thousands of people to reconnect with their authentic selves and transform their lives creating synergistic outcomes from collective shifts in mindset to social impact. She is deeply passionate about social justice, human flourishing, and the power of creativity to transform society.Follow us at @stopblamingavocados on Instagram.