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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
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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