Archive For: Podcast

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
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

7- Always A Leader

In episode 7 of Equal Chance To Be Unequal, Michael speaks to a group of young professionals attending the Arizona Society of CPA’s Emerging Leaders’ Summit in Phoenix, Arizona. In this episode, listen as he discusses societal changes (how human attention is like currency and the growth of individuality) that may cause millennials to need ... Read More
 

6- Leading Through Change

Listen to Michael discuss how to lead through change from organizational and personal standpoints. He starts the podcast asking you to reflect briefly on a change initiative and how you would rank yourself for your work in accomplishing the initiative’s goals. Learn about the potential costs associated with facilitating change unsuccessfully and why looking at ... Read More
 

5- Developing Your Personal Brand

In this episode of Equal Chance To Be Unequal, Michael speaks live in October 2017 to the Scottsdale, Arizona Project Management Institute chapter about developing your personal brand and why it is necessary. He shares how the American workforce is changing and how having a personal brand will make your role in it more effective. ... Read More
 

4- Engaging the Millennial Generation

In this episode of Equal Chance To Be Unequal, Michael talks about strategies you can utilize to engage millennials. You’ll learn about the importance of daily feedback, continual learning, and mentorship/reverse mentorship opportunities. He also discusses millennial statistics, such as there are 92 million in the US, their generation is the largest percentage of workforce, ... Read More
 

3- How To Uncover Your Life’s Purpose

In this episode of Equal Chance To Be Unequal, Michael shares the process he utilizes when coaching executives to become the best and most unique versions of themselves. He shares how entrepreneurship, making mistakes, and the rising societal push for individuality are shaping the need for you to have a defined life purpose. Michael discusses ... Read More
 

2- Developing Emotional Intelligence

In this episode of Equal Chance To Be Unequal, Michael discusses the four major tenants of emotional intelligence – self awareness, self management, social awareness and relationship management. Learn about the importance of continual learning to be more self aware, how practicing positive psychology helps you with self management, the value of a reflected best ... Read More