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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
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

For Better Time Management, Take These 5 Steps

What percent of your day is spent living your life’s mission? Many executives I interact with seem to be distributing their time towards activities they think will make them money, make them appear powerful or give them a synthetic boost of confidence. Unfortunately, our society’s maniacal focus on this personality ethic produces poor outcomes for ... Read More
 

Balancing Ambition and Patience

Have you ever thought about how most of our lives seem to be focused on waiting? When we’re pre-teens, we can’t wait to get braces for that perfect smile. When we’re high school, we can’t wait to begin college to live on our own. When we enter the workforce, we can’t wait for the right ... Read More
 

How Coachable Are You?

I invest significant time each week deepening relationships with interesting people and opening my network to new people. Towards the end of a handful of these discussions, I’m asked to describe my ideal client. I appreciate this opportunity and can provide a reasonably specific avatar of the potential client’s functional expertise, industry experience, level of ... Read More
 

What Makes Millennials Different

Have you noticed the mainstream media gravitates towards stories that divide people? My guess is you’ve read numerous articles discussing how generations differ and the dysfunction the supposed differences cause. Instead of thinking the differences are negative, let’s leverage the unique traits to uplift people, construct stronger teams, and create more productive organizations. There are ... Read More
 

Bringing Organization Culture and Individual Motivation Together

In December 2009, Daniel Pink wrote Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, a book uncovering the human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and the world. Pink labeled those three motivations autonomy, mastery, and purpose. In writing the book, Pink wanted to ... Read More
 

Be The Person You Needed When You Were Younger

A few months back, I gave a talk about developing your personal branding to group of executives. A gentleman approached me after the talk and shared a few of his experiences conducting business internationally. After some great back and forth, he finally said, “You know what Michael, most of the executives I do business with… ... Read More
 

Writing About Your Values

A group of friends and I recently hiked three mountains in one morning. While climbing the second mountain, a very kind gentleman stopped me and asked, “Has anyone ever told you that you look like David Beckham?” I wish I could’ve seen the look on my face. I responded with a smile, a “No.”, and ... Read More
 

New Career Pathways

I attended the Southwest Pathways Conference this past week in Scottsdale, AZ. Influencers flew in from across the U.S. to share learning best practices, brainstorm ideas, and plot paths for driving change in education models. For me, it was an insightful exercise in how government and educational institutions are repackaging their products to best meet ... Read More
 

What Motivates You?

Eleanor Roosevelt once said “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” So I ask, what is your purpose? What truly motivates you? How do you define wealth? If you believe that financial wealth (as opposed to ... Read More
 

How to Better Collaborate

I recently flew to New Orleans, LA to give a talk about the value of collaboration to a group of financial executives. As the taxi drove me from the airport, past the Mercedes Benz Superdome, and onto my hotel in the French Quarter, I couldn’t help but to think of the images I saw and ... Read More
 
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