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21- What Works In The Mountains Also Works In Your Business with Michael Ellenby

Attitude is everything. Michael Ellenby has one of those once-in-a-lifetime infectious attitudes we’re all attracted to. And, his accent will get you. Born and raised in Australia, he spent many of his formative years creatively playing and experiencing life outdoors. The travel bug bit him early and Michael spent a few years around Europe during ... Read More
 

20- Character Leads with Peter Meyers

Peter has led and is leading an extraordinary life. Purposefully. With character. Professionally, he’s helped facilitate multiple M&A deals, triple the top line of one firm from $150M to $450M, grew another organization from $800M to $1.3B, and is now an advisor to c-suites and boards. Personally, he serves as a light for others and ... Read More
 

19- Driving Employee Engagement with Lisa Barrington

In high school, Lisa’s friends relied on her (and referred to her) as their therapist. Her undergraduate degree focused on human resources. She worked on global employee engagement projects while employed by American Express. Lisa led the roll out of leadership coaching programs at Arizona State University before they were widely accepted practice. She focused ... Read More
 

Are You An Influencer?

Maybe it’s humility. Maybe it’s task focus. Shit, maybe it’s disengagement. I love working with executives who forget how powerful they truly are. They’ve got a pile of other things they’re distracted by that don’t involve sharing their own wins, personal missions or role modeling their organization’s core values. The funny thing is, the more ... Read More
 

18- Creating Financial, Professional, and Personal Alignment with George Grombacher

“Financial peace of mind allows us to more fully pursue our passions.” George more than practices what he preaches. He’s found a magnificent way to help others create alignment between their financial, professional, and personal goals, but to also simultaneously help organizations design educational strategies for increasing employee participation in retirement plans. In his 20s, ... Read More
 

17- Coaching Fortune 500 High-Achieving Executives with Bill Koch

As an executive coach, Bill Koch is drawn to serving high-achieving executives… because he was and is one. Bill was named CEO at age 34. He has been a part of 29 M&A deals. He coaches executives from Apple, Shell, John Deere, American Airlines, McKesson, Abbot, BP, Time Inc, Christies, and more. He deeply understands ... Read More
 

16- Comfort Kills Growth with Seela Simmons

I love Seela’s story. Born to two journalists (and refugees), she was displaced from her birthplace before age six and by age 13 had lived on three continents. Through transparent dialogue in the home, her parents taught she and her siblings to debate difficult topics with candor, grace, and respect. Because of the diversity and ... Read More
 

15- Greatness Is Your Obligation with Lisa Guice

I don’t know how she does it, but Lisa has an incredible memory and ability to recite quotes and impactful statements. As we discussed pivotal moments in her life – from early 7th grade memories believing she was meant for more to trans-personal psychology classes she took in high school to her mother being diagnosed ... Read More
 

It Takes Years To Become An Overnight Success

If you’re in the United States, you may have voted last Tuesday. Democracy can be awesome in that it offers most everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status, the opportunity to cast a vote for a person or measure impactful to a group of citizens. You have a voice, your perspective matters, and you deserve to be ... Read More
 

14- Making Executive Communication Transparent with Jessica Taylor

Jessica and I first met in September 2016 and I knew right away we’d help one another grow our businesses. We have similar communication styles, we’re motivated by the same things, and she deeply understands how to communicate transparently to tens of thousands of people (I’m learning that). Jessica was raised in Boston, made her ... Read More
 

13- How Our Mess Becomes Our Message with Lindsay Smith

Lindsay’s journey to today has been anything but smooth. From being a quiet and shy child, to taking over the family business at age 21, to divorcing an abusive husband, to leaving corporate America to launch Be Still Yoga, Lindsay has overcome considerable odds to inspire the community she serves. Hear Lindsay talk about her ... Read More
 

Emotions are Part of the Process

Antonio Damasio published Descartes’ Error in 1994. Through his research, Damasio (learn more about him here) found no evidence of separation between our mind and body and how they process external stimuli. There is no separation between rationality and emotion. His research showed that emotions guide (or bias) our behavior and decision making. He says, “Reason ... Read More
 

Stress Is Inevitable. Grow Through It.

Ever since I was a kid, I feel like I’ve been addicted to sugar. As I work closer to a nearly sugar-free diet, I feel stress in not knowing how my mind will react to not consuming it. I’ve hired a coach to help me rebrand and expand the service lines in my coaching practice. ... Read More
 

The Transition From a “Me” to a “We” Society

How much mindshare do you give to the mainstream media? Zero? A few hours each week? Multiple hours each day? If you invest time in its programming, you’re likely to experience deeper levels of anxiety about human conflict in our world. Thankfully, our world is actually safer, healthier, and richer than its ever been. For ... Read More
 

The Pain-to-Purpose Journey

On June 7th, I delivered a keynote address to 720+ attendees of the azcentral Top Companies to Work for in Arizona presented by the Arizona Commerce Authority. The awards show was held at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. If you haven’t been, the resort is astonishing. I’m very grateful the team at USAA recorded the keynote’s ... Read More
 

12- Keynote at the azcentral Top Companies to Work for in Arizona Awards

On June 7th, Michael delivered a keynote address to 720+ attendees of the azcentral.com Top Companies to Work for in Arizona presented by the Arizona Commerce Authority. In his address at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, he begins with a brief review of his own journey growing up in a small West Michigan town, getting married ... Read More
 

Increasing Employee Autonomy

This article was first published on BestCompaniesUSA’s website. If you haven’t read Gallup’s 2017 State of the American Workplace report, I encourage you to. Its findings are fascinating. Only 33 percent of the 100 million Americans working today are engaged. These people love their jobs and employers and proactively work to make their situation, and those around them, better. ... Read More
 

How to Connect an Employee’s Purpose to Your Organization’s Purpose

This article was first published on BestCompaniesUSA’s website. Helen Keller once said, “True happiness… is not attained through self gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” Purpose may be defined as the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves. This can take many forms, but is built ... Read More
 

11- The Personal Branding Marketing Mix

In episode 11, Michael speaks to Professor Doug Olsen’s Executive MBA class at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. In his talk, Michael puts a different spin on five elements of the traditional marketing mix. The first element, branding, he reviews how to use behavioral profiles, what motivates you and a ... Read More
 

Mass Customizing Employee Learning

This article was first published on the BestCompaniesUSA Institute website.  I’m amazed at how traditional learning institutions have evolved in the last decade. Universities are altering their knowledge delivery experiences to keep up with advances in technology, globalization and social norms. In the Phoenix area, the Thunderbird School of Global Management recently announced it is ... Read More
 

10- We Become The Opposite Of Our Parents

Episode 10 is short and powerful. Michael tells a quick personal story and discusses how society places distinct pressures on parents to drive their children to perform at high levels in school, sports, events and other areas of life to maintain a societal perception, appearance or image. Time and time again, he’s watched parents force ... Read More
 

9- Driving Employee Engagement Through Unprecedented Change

In Episode 9, Driving Employee Engagement Through Unprecedented Change, of Michael’s podcast, learn about five actions you can take to deeply engage your team. This is a live recording of a presentation Michael gave in January 2018 to the Sacramento chapter of Financial Executives International. The show begins with a review of societal changes that ... Read More
 

5 Actions To Take When Your Truths Disintegrate Before Your Eyes

Self acceptance is difficult when you’re told you have to be something you don’t actually desire to be. I support a number of influencers who are creating a wonderful new world for us to live in, but they’re continually told they should change who they are to fit society’s mold. I find this terribly disheartening. ... Read More
 

We Become the Opposite of Our Parents

“The road to success is uphill, unless your father owns the business.” I think it was 1987. My dad had taped a notecard with this handwritten quote on the dashboard of his new pickup truck. I was too young and naive to understand the meaning(s) inherent to the quote, but it is still a vivid ... Read More
 

8- 5 Habits to Revolutionize 2018

In episode 8 of Equal Chance To Be Unequal, Michael shares the 5 habits he tries to instill in each of his clients. He begins the podcast with a brief reflection asking you to consider the process you use to set and then quality check progress on your corporate goals. Michael then asks you to ... Read More