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The Freedom to Live Life on Your Own Terms

As I shared last month, one of my high school teachers, Mr. Eslick, invited me to return to my hometown to speak to current Montague High School students about my career and journey to today. Preparing for and delivering the talk was deeply therapeutic for me and, I hope, fun and informative for the students. ... Read More
 

New Methods To Break Old Belief Patterns

If you’re feeling anxiousness about your life's next steps, here are four things you can do to release limiting subconscious beliefs and welcome in new conscious happiness.
 

Open, Honest, and Direct Communication with Aaron Levy

Have you had those days where you’re driving home from work late at night and you feel energized? Aaron Levy certainly has. It was in these moments he realized that he wanted to unlock and release the potential of leaders. He was working for a coaching company at the time and applied many of the ... Read More
 

How to Boost Employee Morale

Thank you to AZ BIZ LINK, Lindsay Moellenberndt, and Aleisha Nichter for inviting Michael to present to their members in May 2019. In episode 30 of Equal Chance To Be Unequal, you’ll listen to a recording of Michael speaking live to AZ BIZ LINK’s audience about unique ways to boost employee morale. He talks about ... Read More
 

We’re Ill Because We’re Never Still with Dr. Christina Compton, NMD

Dr. Christina Compton, NMD feels as though her profession chose her. Born and raised in northwest Oklahoma, when she was four years old, she fell out of a combine. Somehow, the divine protected her and she was not hurt. She attended college focused on management and leadership and landed an international consulting role where she ... Read More
 

How Creating Psychological Safety in Your Organization Changes Everything

The pace of change in our world is off the charts—or at least it feels that way. Change can certainly be discombobulating, even downright terrifying. To handle all of the systemic change coming our way, there’s only one real salve: relationships. People would be well served to have better and more authentic relationships with those ... Read More
 

Aligning Cross-Generational Communication

Financial Executives International invited Michael to lead a webinar about how to align communication across generations in March 2019. Episode 28 of Equal Chance To Be Unequal is the recording of that live webinar. You can also watch the webinar, including slides and audience polling questions, on Michael’s YouTube channel. Michael offers a brief introduction ... Read More
 

Design a Personal Brand Statement to Communicate Your Unique Value Proposition

You have a distinct mixture of experiences, values, talents or processes that offer specific gains to the individuals around you, and to the organizations that employ you. A personal brand statement is one paragraph—six to eight sentences—that quickly and clearly addresses the pain or problem your unique skillset solves for others. If you’re at a ... Read More
 

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
 
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