Culture and Leadership Connections Podcast

Marie Gervais

Culture and Leadership Connections Podcast: where culture, communication, and context meet at work. Discover what cultural influences have formed the careers of noteworthy leaders in a variety of professions, by exploring the groups that shaped who they are today. Learn about the collective context and experiences that affect their worldview, leadership style, workplace communication and behaviour. read less

Claudia Miller – Ask For What You Deserve
2d ago
Claudia Miller – Ask For What You Deserve
Bio for Claudia MillerClaudia Miller is a sought-after career coach for women in technology-oriented fields. She's also the creator & host of the Roadmap To The Executive Suite podcast. Episode highlightAs a Guatemalan-American, Claudia Miller struggled to find her voice in corporate America. Listen in on how she relied on education to rise above her humble beginnings and achieve success.LinksEmail:claudia@claudiatmiller.comhello@claudiatmiller.comLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/claudiatmiller/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/claudiatmiller/?inf_contact_key=b4a331f0fa8c27a480f318b6815d523b YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWxmLccVbCHKDRKgjNXz1Rw Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5sD12Uywtp3sI6ofpAOCYV?si=dd8a03e75f344275 Website: https://www.claudiatmiller.com/ Quotes“You can never do the bare minimum and expect success.”“I knew I wanted more out of life than just my husband and kids.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsClaudia was born in Guatemala and has three other sisters. Her family moved to the USA when she was diagnosed with a chronic blood illness which could be better managed there. After her parents separated, Claudia found herself living at a homeless shelter for women. She worked hard on her studies because she knew education would help her out of these hard times. Influential Groups Claudia’s Latino background taught her that women should not speak up for themselves, such as attempting to negotiating salary or marketing one’s personal brand. The diverse student body at the college she attended allowed her to discover new cultures and expand her way of thinking.Temperament and Personality InfluencesClaudia claims she has always had an ambitious Type A personality.Cultural EpiphaniesClaudia grew up in a culture that strongly emphasized humility and domesticity among women, forcing her to reframe her mindset in a way that would enable her success in business. She had only watched Spanish-language media growing up, so Claudia felt left out when her peers at college discussed some aspect of the popular culture she had never experienced.Moving out of her home to go to college was a big cultural change for her family since it is uncommon to leave Latino households before for marriage. Advice to an Employer Claudia is very solution-focused so she only works with clients she knows she can help. Her clients being open, communicative, and willing to work to get results brings out the best in her. More Great Insights! Claudia coaches women in tech to land fulfilling roles in an average of 90 days with an average of 56% in salary increases. Support the show
Nicholas Wahl – Follow Your Bliss
Jan 19 2023
Nicholas Wahl – Follow Your Bliss
Bio for Nicholas Wahl Nicholas D. Wahl, Ed.D. is Director of Client Relations for ECRA Group, Founder/Chief Strategist of 1440 Consultants Inc., and a K-12 education leader. Episode highlightNicholas Wahl is a leader in education with a depth of experience in his arsenal. Listen in on how he believes education should be designed to ensure that there are no invisible children. LinksEmail: nick@1440consultants.comLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholas-wahl/Quotes“Like all of us, kids really want to have a connected, meaningful relationship with at least one person, preferably two, in the school building.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsNicholas was the youngest of six children growing up in Ferdinand, Indiana. His role model was his father, a high school principal. Nicholas was ostracized by his peer group in middle school and that understanding carried forward into his work in education. Nicholas’ high school counsellor told him that he was not as intelligent as his siblings and that he should stick to his summer construction job instead of going to college. That motivated him to finish graduate school and get his doctorate. Influential Groups Nicholas grew up in Ferdinand, Indiana, a town of 2500 people that was predominantly German Catholic. He learned a strong work ethic and is proud of his roots. He wanted to model and follow his siblings in their footsteps, playing sports, and going to the same high school. In his career as a superintendent, he worked with his peers to create evidence-based practice and metrics, focusing on the growth and wellness of students.Temperament and Personality InfluencesNicholas laments that his temperament was so competitive that it was unhealthy. He is learning to be a better listener in his position of influence at work. Cultural EpiphaniesEvery Wednesday, Nicholas and his classmates would go to the nun’s house for an hour, and he only learned there are people who are not Catholics when he asked some students who chose not to go. Advice to an Employer Nicholas works with groups on team building and coaching to emerge out of the pandemic getting to know their peers better, interacting well, and making sure everyone is heard. More Great Insights! ECRA has analytical tools which can provide clarity on how students are performing by ethnicity and gender, and Nicholas can help provide a strategic plan for the next steps. Support the show
Monica Pierre – What If?
Jan 6 2023
Monica Pierre – What If?
Bio for Monica Pierre Monica Pierre is an Emmy Award-winning news reporter, public speaking and storytelling coach and mentor, and the executive producer and host of The Powerhouse Woman Show. She is a Professor of Practice with the Department of Mass Communication at Xavier University where she teaches podcasting, broadcast announcing, and storytelling to the next generation of aspiring media talent.Episode highlightMonica Pierre has seen the power of generosity change the lives of the members of her family and community. Listen in to learn how she channels this power through her work as a broadcast journalist, talk show host, and storytelling coach.LinksEmail: monica@pierreprinciple.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/monica-pierre-2193979/Website: www.MonicaPierrePresents.comQuotes“Pour into other people, no matter who you are.”“I believe the creator doesn’t make mistakes.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsMonica is the daughter of sharecroppers from Louisiana and the oldest of five children. Family, hard work, faith, and moving forward were the values of her upbringing. Her mother and other women helped her see the importance of reinventing her stories to have the life she wanted. Monica’s father wanted to own his own home and worked for 30 years to build a house from scratch, teaching Monica determination and persistence. He also exemplified kindness, doing his best to help those in need. She now tries to pass those lessons on to the next generation.Influential Groups Monica wouldn’t choose to be anything else but African-American, even though the story she was born into makes her angry. Growing up in a family where her parents would always work to help others in need, she “saw what generosity looks like even when you don’t have a lot yourself.” She has found a community in the radio industry in New Orleans. Temperament and Personality InfluencesMonica claims she has always been quietly “attentive to what was said and what wasn’t said” while remembering what people said and what their preferences were.Advice to an Employer Monica loves the freedom to try a new way and to set it in motion. She finds it beautiful to do something differently and looks at mistakes as information to be noted! More Great Insights! If you would like to discover, uncover, and develop your story for your business, Monica would love to help you do it in a dignified way so you can share your personal story with your world. She encourages listeners to breathe and know that someone needs what you have to offer! Support the show
Errol Vas – Creatively Consistent
Dec 13 2022
Errol Vas – Creatively Consistent
Bio for Errol Vas Errol Vas is a Marketing Director/Consultant with companies in Australia, Canada, China, India, Malaysia, and the USA, developing marketing strategies that boost customer acquisition and maximize revenue.Episode highlightErrol Vas reflects on his life influences and how his move to China shaped and continues to impact him as he manages a team and a business in the province of Zhèjiāng.LinksEmail: errol@errolvas.comWebsite: https://errolvas.comCalendly: https://calendly.com/errolvasLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/errolvas/Quotes“Having consistency is really important in life, no matter what you’re doing.” “The income you make, it doesn't always reflect how hard you’re working.” TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsWhen Errol was four, his parents enrolled him in a Taekwondo class, and he considers that a pivotal moment in his life because it taught him discipline and consistency. He currently has a 2nd-degree black belt.He played the guitar in high school, which he believes gave him the creative kickstart into marketing. He finds the same freedom in marketing as he did in music. Influential Groups Errol’s family was very academic, which encouraged him to explore his thoughts. His parents were always supportive of his interests and choices and never stopped him from exploring.Being part of the musical community in high school encouraged his creativity, which he uses daily in his work. Lethbridge (in Alberta, Canada) is a middle-class city, so moving to a big city in China was a stark change, particularly when it came to the huge gaps between the rich and poor. Temperament and Personality InfluencesErrol describes himself as easygoing person who has learned to be less openly emotional while becoming a more strategic and level-headed manager. Cultural EpiphaniesErrol found that China has “its own ecosystem, its own culture, own way of doing things,” which was very different from back home. In Canada, people are concerned about themselves first, and others second; however, in China, it’s the reverse where the collective often takes precedence over the individual. Advice to an Employer Errol loves to work with people who are passionate about what they are doing and oriented toward their goals. He finds that when he is aligned in striving along with someone else, it brings out the best in him. More Great Insights! You can connect with Errol at www.errolvas.com for a 15-minute conversation for tips on how you can improve and expand your personal brand or company! Support the show
Omar Hamdi – The Media On Your Side
Nov 30 2022
Omar Hamdi – The Media On Your Side
Bio for Omar Hamdi Omar Hamdi is a media entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of Pathos Communications. He has contributed to four books, two of which were shortlisted for Time Magazine’s Book of the Year.Episode highlightOmar Hamdi’s insatiable curiosity about people, and how and why they do things the way they do, led him to a lifetime of continuous learning from, with, and about people and their experiences.  LinksEmail: omar@pathoscommunications.co.ukLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/pathos-communication-london/  Website: https://payonresultspr.com/ Quotes“A lot of the time, it’s culture messing up the religion rather than religion affecting the culture.”“When different things come together, you can end up with something stronger.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsFor many years, Omar was the only non-white pupil at his school. However, being different from others made him a free thinker, which helped paved his way to entrepreneurship. His parents always had high expectations of him, which he has taken upon himself into adulthood as well. His brother passed away when Omar was eight, after which he spent a lot of time by himself in “his own world,” which he hopes he is channelling into a good vision to share with the humanity today. Influential Groups Being British has imparted Omar with “a slight sense of directness and maybe just a touch of cynicism.” His Egyptian heritage has influenced his sense of humour, which he uses as a communication tool. Growing up in the Welsh capital of Cardiff, a mid-sized city in the UK, Omar learned to chat with strangers easily; however, spending 10 years in London gave him an edge he previously lacked. Intention is an important concept in the Muslim tradition and he strives to incorporate meaning and purpose into his work as an entrepreneur. Working with others from different backgrounds encourages him to be consultative and learn from their experiences.Temperament and Personality InfluencesOmar is naturally very passionate and intense, always means what he says, and deeply cares about things. He also loves a good challenge. However, he has learned to balance that out with stoicism and coolness when needed. Cultural EpiphaniesGrowing up in a household without alcohol, Omar can’t imagine how others watch their parents become drunk! The UK has a strong drinking culture, but he does not feel pressured to participate in it.Advice to an Employer Others sharing his vision is what brings out the best in Omar, and he finds it hard to connect with people who don’t have a vision — whether or not he agrees with it — of the future. He also only works with people he truly believes in. More Great Insights! “Having media on your side makes everything easier,” Omar says and encourages business owners to develop their relationship with the media.Support the show
Leslie Bosch – A Work in Progress
Oct 20 2022
Leslie Bosch – A Work in Progress
Bio for Leslie Bosch Leslie Bosch, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist, the founder of Bosch Integrative Wellness, and a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. Episode HighlightAs a psychologist and coach, Dr. Leslie Bosch is accomplished, articulate, and keenly interested in others and their experiences. LinksEmail: leslie@boschintegrativewellness.comWebsite: https://boschintegrativewellness.com/Book a Free 20-minute Consultation: https://boschintegrativewellness.com/calendarPromotional Offering: https://boschintegrativewellness.com/conquer-overwhelm-masterclass-opt-in/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BoschIntegrativeWellness/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leslie-bosch-phd/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bosch_integrative_wellness/  Quotes“The world is essentially a mixed bag, and you can do something to protect yourself, move towards the things that are more helpful, and avoid the things that are more dangerous.” TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsLeslie was born in 1960 in Denver, Colorado to parents of very low socioeconomic status. Her mother’s family immigrated from Italy and started a bakery. Her father’s family immigrated from England to “tame the wild west,” but he abandoned her family when she was six. Her mother remarried after being a single mother for a while. All these experiences impacted Leslie. Influential Groups Being born into a poor, blue-collar, conservative, Mormon, American family in a homogeneous, misogynistic society was influential for Leslie, and she worked her entire life to shed the negative patterns she grew up with. Her Ph.D. and coaching practice is about transformation and helping others to identify and transgress old patterns. Temperament and Personality InfluencesLeslie claims her temperament is cautious, with a combination of perfectionism and idealism. It has been a challenge for her to become more of a pragmatist/realist, but works to contribute toward the improvement of things instead of chasing perfection. Cultural EpiphaniesLeslie moved to New York City in her mid-30s to pursue a singing career and experienced a culture shock, because it was so different from the homogeneous suburban experience she had had. It was challenging to adapt to the ever-changing city with its over-stimulation and stress. Advice to an Employer Leslie is always intrigued by what they bring to the session and looks to understand where they are coming from. More Great Insights! Leslie shares that coaching can be a powerful tool to help people open up without fear of judgment in a world that is not conducive to vulnerability. Your coach can help you strategize and be the accountability partner that pushes you out of your comfort zone.Support the show
Dane Espegard – Live The Dream
Oct 6 2022
Dane Espegard – Live The Dream
Bio for Dane EspegardDane Espegard is the Founder of The Dreams Systems LLC and Division Manager at Vector Marketing/CUTCO. Dane is also a culture consultant who teaches, assists, and executes the implementation of a Culture centered around Dream Achieving. Dane brings a successful people-oriented method to market in his latest book, "The Dream Machine: A Leader's Guide to Creating Teams of High Performers Who Achieve Extraordinary Outcomes." He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Brookelynn, and their two daughters, Elin and Izzi.Episode highlightDane Espegard’s ability to take an idea to a successful outcome led him to create a system and eventually write a book called “The Dream Machine'' which promotes company and team growth through a culture of conversation around how each person expresses and achieves personal dreams. LinksEmail: dane@daneespegard.comWebsite: http://www.daneespegard.comLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daneespegard/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dane.espegard Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/daneespegard/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4drV1R60GQw8O_6EfYm3MA/Quotes“We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.”“When there's hope in the future, there’s power in the present.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsDane grew up in a family of entrepreneurs surrounded by talk of business and witnessed his stay-at-home mom open up and grow a daycare business from the ground up. At the age of 18, Dane got a job at CUTCO, which ultimately left a lasting impact on him. Influential Groups Dane was born into a middle-class family in a middle-class neighbourhood. He is now a member of a group called Front Row Dads which influences how he measures himself as both a father and a husband. Temperament and Personality Influences“I lean towards positivity,” Dane said of his temperament. He has a high level of energy and gets excited to interact with people. Instead of relying solely on his “gut instinct,” Dane has also attempted to tap into the experiences of those around him.Cultural EpiphaniesBorn into a conservative middle-class family while attending equally middle-class schools that held a predominantly “white student body” gave Dane a unique perspective as he grew up in the United States. To this day, Dane still finds that US-centric perspective constantly challenged when he travels, making him return to the US with a broader world view. Advice to an Employer Though he works well independently, Dane thrives with people around him. As a leader, Dane works hard because he knows people are counting on him. He also infuses his work with hope, which gives him power in his decisions.More Great Insights! Dane’s book, written to enable change in workplace cultures, is available for free on his website to anyone who would like to upgrade their team’s culture. Support the show
Dele Ola – Change is the Only Constant
Sep 15 2022
Dele Ola – Change is the Only Constant
Doctor Dele Ola is the Director of Technology Access Centre for Aerospace and Manufacturing at Red River College Polytechnic. He is also the award-winning author of Be a Change Agent: Leadership in a Time of Exponential Change, publisher of the Prowezz Leadership Newsletter, a change leader, and an accomplished professional engineer. Episode highlightFacing childhood survival challenges during a time of turmoil in Nigeria and later in college helped Dele Ola deepen his focus on the end goal while maintaining an attitude of hope and remaining patient until he achieved his desire. LinksEmail: dele.ola@deleola.comLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dele-ola-ph-d-p-eng-b33aa03/ Website: deleola.comQuotes“It doesn’t matter if I fail… 500 times, I will still get up and try again.” “People can always learn when they are open.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsDele grew up in a conservative Christian household to educated middle-class parents who taught him the values that helped him survive in difficult situations and shaped who he is today. He was a teenager during the time of political turmoil in Nigeria, which taught him discipline, hope, resilience, and courage. Influential Groups Dele grew up in a city in Nigeria which is part of Yorubaland, and he is proud of his native Yoruba ancestry from Southwest Nigeria. His religious background has influenced his leadership style, with the servant leader exemplified in Jesus Christ. As a professional, he belongs to many intellectual groups, from whom he has learnt to conduct research. Temperament and Personality InfluencesDele was told as a child that he was introverted, but he thinks of himself as living on the edge of introversion and extroversion. He can be outspoken and network when he needs to but isn’t always out there connecting. He also thinks of himself as a realistic optimist. The personality he has developed is that he approaches his work in a reasonable and systematic way. He also values merit-based work and relationships based on respect. Additionally, the core concepts of justice and fairness are equally important to him as well. Cultural EpiphaniesAn eye-opening moment for Dele was when he moved to Canada from Nigeria, and realized that Canadians are rarely as direct and confrontational as Nigerians. Advice to an Employer Dele likes to work in a place where merit, contribution, knowledge, and effort are appreciated. He also welcomes disagreement and openness.More Great Insights! Dele’s company, Prowezz Leadership, is offering Quality 101 training in Canada. Visit his website to learn more and read his two books! Support the show
Rayne Martin – Make The World A Better Place
Sep 2 2022
Rayne Martin – Make The World A Better Place
Bio for Rayne Martin Rayne Martin is both the founder of and a leadership coach at "It's The Impact." Episode highlightTune in to learn about Rayne Martin’s journey to make the world a better place as a leadership coach. LinksEmail: rayne@itstheimpact.comWebsite: https://www.itstheimpact.comLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/raynemartinQuotes“You aren’t leading if you are not using your leadership to make a more just and equitable world.” TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsGrowing up impoverished in a small rural town of 200 people in northern Louisiana, Rayne felt as if she was “radically under-educated.” Even though she had been among the top of her class in high school, she found it necessary to take remedial English classes at college. She recalls going grocery shopping with her family once a month at a store in town, where each child was allowed to get one item of their choice. She began working at a very early age, which contributed to her feeling that she had to put in extra effort for anything she wanted. Influential Groups Compared to Rayne’s current home, the liberal city of New Orleans, the town she grew up in feels very conservative. Rayne’s mother asked her to invite her African-American friend and her mom to their house, which was the first time any white person had done so in their town. Rayne’s father held several sexist opinions, some of which hindered Rayne in considering herself a woman leader. However, she has now come into her own leadership style. Temperament and Personality InfluencesRayne has always been described as authentic. She is grateful to have recently met her biological father and discovered her Ukrainian heritage, but also grateful for her stepfather, who provided her with a framework on how to parent non-biological kids. Modeling her parental style after her stepfather continues to serve Rayne in her role as a stepmother to two children herself. Cultural EpiphaniesRayne’s husband recently wanted to join a yacht club, and she is uncomfortable being around people of that social class. However, she is working through her own bias against that group. Advice to an Employer Rayne thrives when she’s working with leaders who want to make a difference by being brave and authentic in the fight for creating a positive impact. More Great Insights! Rayne’s program, The Changemaker, is a comprehensive support system which includes personal coaching, the “4 Cs of changemaking,” and group work designed to help people be vulnerable and push through their blind spots as they work to change the world! Support the show
Nitin Govila – Into The Unknown
Aug 18 2022
Nitin Govila – Into The Unknown
Bio for Nitin Govila Nitin Govila, a global business executive, has an extensive background in building and growing regions and organizations across multiple industries, channels, and cultures. Episode highlightA North Indian raised in West India who went to France to study without knowing French, Nitin Govila can share a thing or two about absorbing cultures and spring-boarding from them to success. LinksEmail: nitingovila@gmail.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nitin-govila-5224a3/Website: https://www.sergeferrari.com/Quotes“Not only the mind, but the heart will play a very key role in any profession.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsNitin was born in Pune and lived there until the age of eight. His family originally came from North India and was close to another family from South India, who had a son similar in age to Nitin. The father of that family was a disciplinarian, but Nitin cherishes being treated equitably when the father would tutor both the boys, and looks back fondly over his memories with his childhood friend. Influential Groups Nitin describes Pune as a “very young city.” The people he was surrounded with brought different cultures, food, values, and languages, all of which nurtured his young spirit. He is still inspired to keep that youthful energy alive when he leads at work. He has also grown to be tolerant and appreciative of the many differences in others. The sport of cricket is so endemic to Indian culture that it’s practically considered a religion, and like many of his peers, Nitin was passionate about sports. He now supports his children when they show an interest in sports. He was introduced to meditation by one of his colleagues in India, and found peace, freedom, and community, helping him through major decisions in his life. He is now also a meditation trainer.Nitin’s parents were independent and encouraged education among their children. His parents are religious, and he admires the sincerity and effort they put into their practice. Temperament and Personality InfluencesNitin has always been a curious observer who emphatically believes in a “never give up” attitude, and invests deeply into situations while still maintaining an overall “helicopter view” of the situation. Cultural EpiphaniesNitin was impressed by the French culture, particularly when they showed him an alternative to firing an employee by instead providing opportunities to coach them and share their unique skillsets.More Great Insights! Nitin believes that the professionals of the future will learn to balance their hearts and minds, to listen to the voice of their hearts, and use their thinking to execute those commands. Support the show
Christine Gibson – Healing Modern Trauma
Aug 8 2022
Christine Gibson – Healing Modern Trauma
Bio for Christine GibsonDr. Christine Gibson is a family physician, trauma consultant, author, and facilitator in Calgary, Canada. Episode highlightChristine Gibson took her own intense personal experiences and laced them to her deep curiosity about healing trauma together with her background as a medical doctor. LinksEmail: contact@christinegibson.netLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christine-gibson-md/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gibtrotterMDTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@tiktoktraumadoc?lang=en Websites:www.christinegibson.netwww.moderntrauma.comwww.saferspacestraining.comQuotes“The trauma isn't the event, the trauma is your response to the event.”“When a caterpillar has to form the cocoon, it dissolves its own skin in acid before it emerges as a butterfly, and I really like building a safe cocoon for that dissolution.” TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsGrowing up in Edmonton, Canada, Christine’s work in health equity was inspired by seeing her parents overcome obstacles, and the encouragement she received to pursue her interests.Christine’s curiosity and desire to learn more about people was primarily fueled by her mother’s innately intuitive disposition. In school, Christine’s circle of friends included people from all different social and activity groups. That was her beginning of becoming a “trans-disciplinarian.” Influential Groups Christine’s father came from a small coal mining town in Fife, Scotland. At the age of 16, her father dropped out of school and left the UK for a musical life in Canada. This decision later influenced Christine to chart her own course in life. Christine was taught a lot about Ukrainian culture and a strong work ethic from her maternal grandparents. She also learned the “there’s just nothing I can’t do” attitude.After Christine survived an earthquake in Nepal in 2004, her work and reach expanded to explore trauma. This helped her realize and understand the collective trauma in the world.Temperament and Personality InfluencesChristine has always been a curious person and has explored bringing that “curiosity, creativity and fun” into her work. She also considers herself an early adopter of ideas and trends. Cultural EpiphaniesChristine realized that she hadn’t understood decolonization, and was still operating from a colonial culture’s mindset until an Indigenous woman from Brazil navigated her through those difficult conversations. Advice to an Employer Christine enjoys working with people who expand beyond check boxes to see what’s possible and are willing to be playful around tough concepts.She also loves when she can provide space for deconstructing and regeneration, and thrives when she can work with the sensibility of exploring what can come from the ashes. More Great Insights! Christine’s book, The Modern Trauma Toolkit, is a solution and strength-based piece written to help manage trauma by using metaphors to enable catalyzed growing. Her training module is designed to help professionals and organizations create safer work spaces.Support the show
Mark Minukas – Finding Acceptance
Jul 21 2022
Mark Minukas – Finding Acceptance
Bio for Mark MinukasMark is the Managing Partner at Co-Creation, helping organizations transform their business performance. He is also the co-author of the book Unfear.Episode highlightMark Minukas grew up believing that he needed to win to be accepted in the world. Listen in on how he grew from wanting to defeat everyone else to wanting to take them along on the ride to success.LinksEmail: adrian@legendarypodcasts.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-minukas-9333011/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC19UQMpix-zL5ZQOSoVVAaQ Website: https://cocreationpartners.com/Quotes“I think it is important that people discover for themselves what choices they are willing to make.” “It can be such an empowering thing to say: ‘I don’t know’.” TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsIn his Connecticut junior high school, Mark did not make it into the baseball team and became hyper-competitive to counter his fear of rejection. Influential Groups From his father, Mark learned that the world is full of possibilities if you work hard. He also learned that a man should not share emotions. His mother’s family also taught him to take a more light-hearted approach to life. In the United States Navy he was taught to care about those he worked with, and what enables teams to thrive and achieve their goals. After leaving the USN, his work at McKinsey & Company led him to believe any problem can be solved.Temperament and Personality InfluencesOver time Mark realized his win-lose paradigm had inadvertently strained relationships with people. In contrast, he now works to integrate his point of view with other people by having healthier, more creative exchanges. Cultural EpiphaniesMark experienced culture shock when he began his military career, particularly when he was posted to the Middle East and was introduced to new customs and languages. Advice to an Employer Marks is at his best when his point of view is heard with interest, even if it is not agreed with. He values open communication and candor so others can share their ideas.More Great Insights! Mark wrote Unfear with his business partner, which describes the performance of organizations from the inside out, beginning with individual mindsets which influence how they show up and work in teams, which further influences how organizations perform. Mark believes that the key to seeing fear as a cue for learning, growth, and transformation rests in the concept that “fear is neither a good thing nor a bad thing.”Support the show
Tarin Calmeyer – Balance in the Boardroom
Jul 6 2022
Tarin Calmeyer – Balance in the Boardroom
Bio for Tarin Calmeyer Tarin Calmeyer is a Corporate Virtual Event Specialist and the CEO of Remote Team Wellness, the leading virtual wellness provider for several Fortune 500 companies, including Facebook, L'Oreal, and Remote.com. Episode highlightTarin Calmeyer was born to a Malawian mother, adopted by white South African parents, raised in the USA, went to university in Australia, lived in Morocco, Thailand, and Mexico, speaks English, Spanish, and Afrikaans, and has a working knowledge of Zulu, French, and Arabic. Tune in to join her on the fascinating journey that is her life story.LinksEmail: hello@remoteteamwellness.comWebsite: https://remoteteamwellness.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tarincalmeyer/Twitter: https://twitter.com/RemoteTeamWell Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/remoteteamwellnessInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/remoteteamwellness/Quotes“Any change starts with the individual.”“There is ‘otherism’ no matter where you look.” TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsAt the age of three, Tarin was abducted by her mother’s acquaintance and found eight days later. Tarin was later adopted by a white South African couple at age 11. Influential Groups Tarin was born and raised in the midst of “this very hateful bubble” of apartheid in South Africa, and she often felt ‘othered,’ even though she had people in her life who loved her. Dancing as a young girl taught her to work with her physical, mental, and emotional health, shaping her into the wellness-focused individual she is today. Tarin was raised in Christianity, but has found yoga to be an all-encompassing practice which has helped her explore other spiritual practices. Temperament and Personality InfluencesTarin believes she was born with a calm and patient temperament, and was an introvert. As an adult, she has worked to be more extroverted. As an only child, Tarin claims she always wanted to prove her point, but eventually learned through life experience and marriage that “you can’t be right all the time.”Cultural EpiphaniesTarin has realized that she won’t necessarily fit in with those who look like her. She also learned through teaching yoga that not everyone is focused on self-care and wellness. Advice to an Employer Openness to change, to another person’s perspective, and to growth are values that excite Tarin in working with others, which help everyone move forward towards their goals.More Great Insights! If you are looking to “keep learning and keep growing,” visit Tarin’s website and discover ways to help your team care for themselves in a real life, virtual, or hybrid setting. Support the show
Paul Glover – From Felony to Freedom
Jun 15 2022
Paul Glover – From Felony to Freedom
Bio for Paul Glover Paul Glover is a C-Suite Performance Coach and The No B.S. Workplace Development Coach who, for the last 30 years, has been assisting leaders and their organizations to achieve their full potential. Episode highlightListen in on how Paul Glover emerged from prison more self-aware and ready to teach others how to see their own blind spots to become effective leaders. LinksWebsite: https://paulglovercoaching.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulglovercoaching/Quotes“We are a society of ‘we need more’.”“I believe that we often forget how much we have to be grateful for.” TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsPaul and his little sister were raised poor by their single mother in Florida, who worked night shifts as a waitress, leaving Paul to care for his sister. He would spend summers with his ex-military father who worked as a union electrician in Indiana. He was inspired by his parents to do well and paid his own way through law school. Paul credits the community he interacted with in Indiana as being the most impactful in his life. His father’s family were farmers, and he would go to church every Sunday. He enlisted in the United States Army, but struggled with the rigidly-controlled command structure in military life. Paul got a job in a labour organization, where he met a man who had a profound impact on him. “He was a man that did not believe that rules should apply to him,” Paul recalls. Over time, Paul grew to develop the same attitude. Influential Groups Paul learned the tricks of his trade by observing successful trial lawyers. A seasoned lawyer told him that while he was good with facts, he needed to work on his narrative to build an emotional connection with the jury. Temperament and Personality InfluencesPaul can be too direct and offensive for most people, he claims, but he is also an empathetic listener. He has learned to control and manage his temper over the years. Cultural EpiphaniesPaul always felt like an outsider. However, he felt like he belonged with other lawyers, who respected the perspective he had to offer. Advice to an Employer Paul’s clients need to be willing to work through the difficult journey to self-discovery and he expects commitment and accountability from them. He invests himself in every coaching relationship and is dedicated to his clients’ success.More Great Insights! Reach out to Paul through his website or on LinkedIn, to begin your transformative coaching journey today!Support the show
Doni Aldine – Staying is a New Adventure
Jun 2 2022
Doni Aldine – Staying is a New Adventure
Bio for Doni Aldine As founder and editor-in-chief for Culturs Global Multicultural Magazine, Doni Aldine is passionate about creating a community for cross-cultural populations. She developed university curricula for global culture identity and is on faculty in Journalism and Media Communication at Colorado State University.Episode highlightDoni Aldine is passionate about creating a sense of belonging for people from cross-cultural and third-culture backgrounds. Listen in on how she integrates her insights and experience in her work as editor-in-chief of Culturs Magazine and a professor of Journalism and Media Communications. LinksEmail: doni@cultursmag.com Website: www.cultursmag.comInstagram: instagram.com/cultursmagFacebook: facebook.com/cultursmagTwitter: twitter/cultursmagPinterest: pinterest/cultursmagXOTV: xotv.me channel 312Quotes“We need to acknowledge that beauty is part of how people get ahead.” “Culture is super important for me and a little part of my soul dies when I don't have it.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsDoni’s mother is Trinidadian and her father, Costa Rican, and moved around a lot as a child. She recalls an incident at age eight when she thought she would make long-term friends but moved to another country on her first day. For a long time, her life was defined by the fact that she was always leaving places and people. Influential Groups Doni’s life goes beyond the Third Culture Kid (TCK) definition, and she fits into 9-10 subdivisions of the 13 that exist, whereas others may only belong to 1 or 2. Despite having moved around her whole life, she calls one city home. Cultural EpiphaniesDoni experienced culture shock when she came to the USA from Germany because even though she looked African-American, her lived experience made her very different from the other African-American students. Advice to an Employer Doni works well with people who are empathetic, understanding, engaged, and interested in others. She pays keen attention to people and aims to make them comfortable to share their stories. More Great Insights! All of Doni’s work “is committed to uplifting and celebrating cross-cultural identity so everyone can feel like they matter”. Culturs Magazine provides a sense of belonging to multicultural people.Support the show
Julie Pham – Foster Curiosity
May 19 2022
Julie Pham – Foster Curiosity
Bio for Julie Pham Julie Pham, Ph.D., is the Founder of the 7 Forms of Respect and the CEO of CuriosityBased, which fosters curiosity in the world starting with the workplace. Dr. Pham wrote the 7 Forms of Respect: A Guide to Transforming Your Communication and Relationships at Work. Episode highlightListen in on how Dr. Julie Pham’s myriad cultural influences make her a successful entrepreneur.LinksEmail: julie@curiositybased.com Websites:www.curiositybased.comwww.formsofrespect.comLinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliepham2/https://www.linkedin.com/company/curiositybasedInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/juliephamphdhttps://www.instagram.com/curiositybased/Twitter: https://twitter.com/curiositybasedFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/curiositybasedQuotes “There's pride in being a refugee.” “Treat people the way they want to be treated.” TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsJulie was born in communist Vietnam where her father was sentenced to a “re-education” camp for three years. He moved his family by boat to Seattle in the United States and changed her Vietnamese name to Julie. Her family moved from the city of Seattle into the suburbs just as she entered middle school, which she found to be “transformational” and it helped her build “inner resilience.” Influential Groups Julie has found the refugee experience to be transformative and takes pride in her community. She also credits her Vietnamese heritage for her optimism. Being an international student sparked curiosity within her while coming from an entrepreneurial background taught her relationship building and gave her high risk tolerance. Temperament and Personality InfluencesJulie claims she was always curious about people and asked questions about the world. In her 20s, she learned the value of generosity, and how helping others be successful also helps her. Cultural EpiphaniesWhen Julie lived in the United Kingdom, people spoke of distance in terms of kilometres, instead of in units of time, as she was used to doing in the US. In Vietnam, she discovered that her friends chose to cancel plans at the last minute even if they knew about a conflicting appointment beforehand, so she would not think they chose something else over her deliberately. Advice to an Employer Investigating how different people have different expectations of how to be treated, Julie came upon respect as the core value and conducted focus groups to explore this further. There are seven forms of respect: procedure, punctuality, information, candour, consideration, acknowledgement, and attention (PPICCAA), alongside the three dimensions of hierarchy, directionality, and what matters to you.More Great Insights! Take Julie’s online 7 Forms of Respect individual edition self-paced course now!Support the show
Chidi Iwuchukwu – Come To Canada
May 5 2022
Chidi Iwuchukwu – Come To Canada
Bio for Chidi IwuchukwuChidi Iwuchukwu's first book, Coming to Canada, is an Amazon Bestseller. He is an award-winning banker with over seventeen years of experience. He is currently a Disability Support Manager with MirkaCare Services Inc. Episode highlightChidi Iwuchukwu was groomed to lead from the moment he was born. Listen in on how his Nigerian background, military upbringing, and early mentorship shaped him into the leader he is today.LinksEmail:chidi@transit2canada.comchidispeaks@gmail.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/chidiiwuchukwuInstagram: @chidiciwuchukwu Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chidi-iwuchukwu-ma-52859714/ Twitter: @ChidiCiwuchukwuQuotes“Opportunities are out there for you if you prove yourself.”“There’s a thin line between aggression and assertiveness.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsChidi had a disciplined childhood due to his military father and credits his father with teaching him to plot the course of his own life. His mother taught him life lessons through stories, and his grandmother’s belief in him shaped his personality.Since Chidi was the oldest child, he was looked to for leadership. Having to be composed, take charge, solve problems, and find ways around challenges has helped him become a responsible and accountable leader. Influential Groups Chidi’s former boss (now mentor) has had the biggest influence on his career by giving him responsibilities greater than his experience warranted and breaking his mental barriers to become bold. Temperament and Personality InfluencesChidi is a passionate person, giving all of his passion and energy to focus on a project. He also focuses on the big picture, thinking about what the next five-year plan looks like, taking his team along towards the vision. Cultural EpiphaniesChidi learned about different attitudes, belief systems, and philosophies in different cultures of the world through his travels. Moving to Canada has helped him embrace diversity in every aspect of life and be tolerant of different ways of being. He shares that even though the West is perceived as superior in its women empowerment practices, his culture values the older sisters in a family much more, and his country pays equal wages for equal work. Even though parenting practices are different, children are precious to all cultures. Advice to an Employer Chidi thrives when he is given clarity on the goal and the empowerment and freedom to reach it himself. He is on a journey of exploration to find new ways “to do the job that might not be yet discovered”. More Great Insights! Chidi’s book is a guide to settling into Canadian life for everyone, not just immigrants. He encourages leaders to translate their skills, passion and experience to lead their communities.Support the show
Sam Chang – Perfectly Parented
Apr 22 2022
Sam Chang – Perfectly Parented
Bio for Sam ChangSam Chang is the Founder and CEO of VTMEMBER—a virtual assistant company that he scaled from $0 to $65k in monthly recurring revenue in six months. Episode highlightBy building a culture of belonging and excellence in his company, Sam Chang has created a world where everyone is seen not only for who they are now, but for their potential for growth.LinksEmail: sam@vtmember.caInstagram: instagram.com/itssamchangLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sam-chang-07912285/Websites:www.vtmember.cawww.vtmember.ca/universityQuotes“Sales and communication, and anything you want to get better at, can be learned.”“Care without candour is caring about the person’s emotions, and candour without care is caring too much about the person’s potential but not how they feel.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsAt the age of two, Sam immigrated to Canada from Taiwan with his parents. Growing up, Sam’s parents taught him Mandarin and used to call him a “chatterbox” when he was little.However, because he didn’t speak English, he struggled to make friends at school and was introverted. He was also bullied and shunned. In college, he began earning very well as a meat salesman, which led him to drop out of school at 19. The "cold call scene" in The Wolf of Wall Street taught him that any important skill can be learned.Influential Groups Sam’s military father used corporal punishment to make Sam the highly disciplined person he is today. His mother counter-balanced his father with her love, understanding, and compassion. Taekwondo and playing the piano from a young age instilled discipline in him. The church taught him leadership based on love and compassion. The cut-throat corporate world did not let him sustain his loving and compassionate leadership style. However, a cancer scare in 2017 made him shift his intention from himself to serving other people. Temperament and Personality InfluencesSam claims that he was born an extrovert but became an introvert due his experiences in school. He was able to later restore his extroverted self by using acting as a way to become a successful salesman. Cultural EpiphaniesSam quit his job at Ledcor when he realized that the culture was not one of employee development. Advice to an Employer Sam claims to have been the underdog his whole life and is passionate about nurturing others who have potential. The other person’s willingness and desire to be successful brings out the best in him. More Great Insights! You can access Sam’s online sales university today at a flat rate of 349 USD before it turns into a monthly subscription!Support the show
Julien Lefort – At Home In Many Places
Apr 6 2022
Julien Lefort – At Home In Many Places
Bio for Julien LefortJulien Lefort is a diversity, inclusion, and resilience-focused business coach. He now focuses on teaching businesses how sustainability and resilience have direct ties to diversity and inclusion.Episode highlightAs a Frenchman, Julien Lefort grew up with the influence of many cultures, learning about diversity and inclusion from a young age. Listen in on how he developed resilience by embracing the differences in the people around him.LinksEmail: spencer@outlieraudio.comWebsite: https://wearefutureminds.comLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/julienl/Instagram: @wearefuturemindsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/wearefuturemindsQuotes“For me, home is where I am because I can make it home.” “When we look at the things around us, we want to feel like we are in control of our lives and we are in control of the circumstances but we can’t always be.”“Resilience, for me, is the ability to prepare for and deal with and bounce back from challenges, stressors, anything that may happen to us.” TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsWith three brothers and sisters, Julien always considered himself to be “the shy and timid child” of his family, but was always told by others that he is an extrovert. Influential Groups Julien credits his Senegalese stepfather with expanding his knowledge and helping him develop better connections across cultures, which helps him in his work today.As a child, Julien observed both religious and non-religious members of his family, and was free to pick his inclination.Julien claims that the coaching community has helped him both personally and professionally. Temperament and Personality InfluencesJulien was born with an “analytical and logical mind.” He has grown into developing the creative and innovative side of his personality. Cultural EpiphaniesJulien was livid when he read in an in-flight magazine on Lufthansa that a German director thought France did not have good bakeries! He assumed one of his Moroccan friends to be comfortable with the French custom of a greeting kiss, but she was not. Advice to an Employer For Julien, the most important aspect of a working relationship is being open. He also works to create a trusting space where people can communicate and grow. More Great Insights! Julien highlights that there are some simple things to do to become resilient: connecting better with others, learning more about other cultures, and the differences amongst the people we come across.Support the show
Dele Ajele – Leave Things Better
Mar 15 2022
Dele Ajele – Leave Things Better
Bio for Dele AjeleDele Ajele is Co-Executive Director and franchise owner of Corporate Connections® Alberta South as well as BNI Alberta South, Canada. Dele is also a business coach and consultant with a passion for helping entrepreneurs create a strong foundation for sustainable business growth. Episode highlightListen in on Dele Ajele’s journey from an engineer in Nigeria to a business consultant in Canada! LinksEmail: dele@bnisalberta.caLinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/deleajele/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dele.ajele/Websites:www.bnisalberta.cawww.corporateconnections.caQuotes“Don’t ever equate work with suffering.”“Work has an intrinsic value in itself.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsDele’s Grade 6 teacher was also his Grade 4 teacher. He noticed Dele’s relatively low academic performance, and was experiencing problems at home. He adopted Dele, which elevated his status as a student, and boosted his confidence and ability to succeed in life. Dele’s father taught him that “work is a privilege” and to value the opportunity to work while always giving his best. Influential Groups Dele explains that his family and ethnic culture taught him to be considerate of everyone in the community in his decisions and actions. He became a practising Christian in his 20s and the teachings of the Bible inspired him towards collaborative and servant leadership, based on kindness and generosity. His engineering training taught him to be thorough and focused in everything he does. Temperament and Personality InfluencesDele claims to have always been nurturing, caring, and inclusive, believing that “there’s hardly any job worth doing if it means trampling over people.” He is a listener and likes to think of himself as a catalyst for individuals to discover the best in themselves. He has worked on developing his outgoing side, talking to strangers, and making them feel comfortable. Cultural EpiphaniesIn Nigeria, you acknowledge and greet an older person “in a certain posture and very deliberately”, and help an older person carry their belongings. When Dele first moved to Canada, he thought it was rude that people didn’t do that. Advice to an Employer Dele loves when he can take someone from a place of confusion to identify a clear vision for their lives and have them be prepared to take on the steps to get there. More Great Insights! Dele’s advice is to “leave people feeling better about themselves than when you met them” by finding the treasure in them, bringing it to their awareness, and being good listeners. Support the show