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The Waiting is the Hardest Part: How to Be Patient on Your Journey Toward Significance

If you’re in the midst of a career transition or a large project, the advice to “enjoy the journey” or “be patient” is just plain irritating, right? For success-minded individuals, living in the moment can feel nearly impossible. Yet it’s monumentally important. As American philosopher Dallas Willard so eloquently said, “We must ruthlessly eradicate hurry ... Read More
 

27- The Power of Mentors and Mantras with Beth Stiner

To kick off this episode of Equal Chance To Be Unequal, Beth Stiner shared an awesome story about how she didn’t make her high school’s JV volleyball team. She had a choice. Should she give up playing volleyball or choose to find new ways to get better? She chose to volunteer that year for the ... Read More
 

26- Becoming A Product Of Your Own Product with Edgar Olivo

Edgar Olivo deeply understands the power of education. His company, Compass CBS, is built upon the ethos that continual learning is often a ticket out of challenging economic circumstances. Edgar comes from a big family. He has 10 siblings. His mom was the oldest of 16 siblings and his dad was was the youngest of ... Read More
 

Habits That Train You To Live Authentically

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” – Brené Brown How difficult is this for you? Society is becoming more accepting of and willing to ... Read More
 

25- How Mindfulness Creates Authentic Personal Brands with Ashley LaRae Sampson

Not many people can say they’ve traveled the world with cultural icons such as Jay-Z, but Ashley LaRae Sampson isn’t your average woman. Raised in a multiracial family in Salt Lake City, UT, she accepted a full-ride scholarship from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to attend Arizona State University and then Los Angeles-based Fashion ... Read More
 

24- What You Can’t Not Do with Sentari Minor

Sentari and my conversation seemed effortless. He’s in the business of driving generational change through the development and engagement of accomplished and purposeful local leaders. My mission is to unlock human potential through the development of personal and professional well-being. We were able to flow smoothly from discussing his and my time in undergraduate programs ... Read More
 

23- Acceptance, Authenticity, and Empathy with Caterina Kostoula

Caterina was born and raised in Greece. Early on, her zest for travel, exploration, and self discovery took hold. Against her parent’s wishes, she left Greece for her undergraduate studies landing an internship that turned into a 3-year long advertising role in Spain. She elected to complete an INSEAD MBA in France and Singapore where ... Read More
 

22- Creating 5-Star Workplaces with Randy Goruk

Randy was raised in the city of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada. He told me a stories about learning work ethic, doing what you say you’ll do with the neighbor’s kids, how he won awards selling newspapers, and receiving mentorship that kept him on the path to success. After college, he quickly climbed the corporate ladder ... Read More
 

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