If you have been tracking employee engagement then you know that our nations levels of employee engagement are continuing to increase.  Since we have been measuring engagement, we are now at 34% of the employees who are enthusiastic and committed to their workplace, up from a low of 16.5%.

In my recent interview with author and consultant Wendy Loewen we speak about her new book entitled ” The Culture Question-How to Create a Workplace Where People Like to Work.”  According to Wendy to build and energized, motivated workforce requires changing the behaviors that are associated with authoritarian, command and control structures to those that encourage employees to use their own judgement and exercise autonomy.

Shifting your organization culture is not the easiest thing to accomplish, but in Wendy’s new book “The Culture Question” Wendy and her co-authors from Achieve Centre inform the readers on some of the six key elements that make up the roadmap for transforming the workplace.  Some of those elements are 1) communicating purpose and values 2) providing meaningful work 3) focusing leadership on people 4) building meaningful relationships 5) creating peak performing teams 6) practicing constructive conflict management.

I hope enjoy my interview with author and consultant Wendy Loewen as we explore the big questions regarding cultural transformation and employee engagement.

If you want to learn more about Wendy please click here to be directed to the Achieve website.  You can also obtain a copy of “The Culture Question” by clicking here to be directed to Amazon.

We are all in a New Year, and hopefully we are attempting to improve our personal and professional lives in some way.

My guest Luke DePron is a personal trainer and advocate of a balanced lifestyle, which includes exercise and a focus on fitness.  Luke has a podcast program called “The Live Great Lifestyle”  where he interviews authors, trainers and people on a mission to help other change and transform their lives.

In my interview with Luke we discuss just some of the factor of living a healthy life, and one of those would be keeping fit by incorporating weight lifting into your routine.  I know that so many people focus on cardio exercises, and don’t give much effort to a program which is well rounded and includes weight lifting.   According to Luke this small and what may seem like an insignificant part of your work out really helps to release weight, and tone muscle–which is one of the reasons that the aging population muscles atrophy.

If you want to learn more about Luke’s personal coaching program then click here to be directed to his website.  You can also get a free copy of his Live Great 15 Resource Guide by clicking here.

I hope you enjoy this interview with fitness guru Luke DePron and that you learn some tips about how to keep yourself fit in 2019.

Author David Dibble is a man on a mission, and in his new book entitled ” The New Agreement for Leaders” David outlines what the leaders of today need to do and become to improve the overall culture of their organizations.

In my interview with David he reveals the the number one hidden reason that managers and leaders struggle and it is primarily that their mindset is stuck in the past.  His formula for renewing and reviving leaders are the new agreements which are 1) to find your higher purpose 2) grow and serve your people 3) lean into the core problems 4) pursue mastery.  If all leaders followed the new agreements, our workplaces would be engaging, dynamic and extremely productive.

Come journey with me as I interview one of the masters of cultural transformation.  Learn more about the New Agreements, but also about what David refers to as the seven (7) simple tools.

If you want to learn more about author and thought leader David Dibble and his coaching programs for the New Agreement for Leaders please click here to be directed to his website.  You can also check out his book on Amazon by clicking here.

I hope you enjoy this great interview with author and thought leader, David Dibble.

 

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Cameron Mitchell the author of a new book entitled ” Yes is the Answer What is the Question.”  This book is about the entrepreneur spirit that lives inside thousands of individuals that want to make a difference in the world.  Cameron Mitchell has a compelling story of grit and determination and overcomes the odds to become one of the most successful restaurateurs in the United States.  His chain of restaurants all have different names, but are part of the Cameron Mitchell Restaurants.

I encourage anyone who has the drive and determination to start a business to listen to my interview with a very successful entrepreneur.  You will learn  the secrets of putting your employees first, then you customers if you want to have a business which cares about the most important asset, your people.

You will also learn about mistakes that could have cost Cameron his whole restaurant business, but because of smart decisions Cameron was able to pull it back together, and create a thriving business which has exceeded his expectations.  Sometimes your painful lessons are the best teaching events, and so it goes for Cameron Mitchell.

I hope you will join me and listen closely to the wisdom of a man who has endured much pain to achieve his personal and business success.  If you want to learn more about Cameron Mitchell please click here to be directed to his website.

You can also check out the book on Amazon.  Enjoy my interview with restaurateur Cameron Mitchell.

 

This is the second interview with Dr. Kenneth Pelletier.  I invited Dr. Pelletier back, because he is the author of many great book on health and wellness.  In particular he seminal work entitled ” Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer” peaked my interest, and I thought my listeners would enjoy learning more from Dr. Pelletier.

While “Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer” is not a new book, it’s content is ageless.  Today researchers and physicians know more about the links between stress and many of our modern day illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, arthritis, inflammation, diabetes.

In my interview with Ken we discuss the links between our health and mental imagery.  We all know that what we “think about and dwell on” has a tremendous impact on our physical health.  Negative thoughts can create a direct biochemical impact on our physical body that manifest into stress, then that stress causes our system to produce cortisol, and too much cortisol does have a negative impact on our vascular system and the release of excessive cholesterol.

Practicing stress-reduction techniques such as meditation and biofeedback is a great step forward in the prevention of psychosomatic disease.  While there are many types of meditation, in the Eastern tradition the meditator works toward a psychological state which is termed as transcendental awareness or satori.  There are two basic methods by which this state is achieved: 1) restriction or focusing on attention on an object of meditation or 2) opening of attention, in which the meditator places himself or herself in a state of undistracted receptivity to external and internal stimuli. Meditation is one of the very simple way for people in our modern world to reduce stress, and to shift our focus on the negative to one of neutral or positive.

Stress play such an important role, and controlling our thoughts is one of the best ways to reduce stress.  If you want to learn more about Dr. Kenneth Pelletier and his books, talks and lectures an what he advocates to reduce stress please visit his website by clicking here.

I hope you enjoy this great interview with Dr. Kenneth Pelletier.

 

I have known author Judi Neal for over 15 years.  My original connection with Judi was through an organization she founded called “Spirit@Work”.  She is certainly a thought leader and pioneer in the arena of organizational and personal transformation.  When I learned about her new book entitled ” Handbook for Personal and Organizational Transformation” I knew it would be an opportunity to take a deep dive into a subject that most leaders in business need to learn more about.

While this 600 page textbook entitled “Handbook for Personal and Organizational Transformation is not going to attract the average person to rush out and purchase this textbook, the compilation of research and this opus is well worth the investment if you are attempting to transform your organization’s culture.

In my recent interview with Judi we discuss the the fact that organizational transformation is impossible without personal transformation.  “Einstein said that we cannot solve problems from the same mindset that created the problems.  In order to see positive change occur in the world, we must shift our consciousness to a high level of thinking and being, but we must also have systems or approaches that scale up, so that there is a collective shift in consciousness in groups, work teams, villages, governments, and corporations”.

The aim of this book is to expand the reader’s thinking and to encourage readers to be courageous about their involvement in creating transformation, at whatever level they feel called to do so.  It will serve as an essential resource for researchers and students of organizational culture, leadership, and change management, as well as consultants, business and team leaders, and anyone interested in global trends and their impact on corporate culture.

If you want to learn more about Judi and her work please click here to be directed to her website at Edgewalkers.  Judi is also the author of a great book entitled “Creating Enlightened Organizations.”  This book is a much more condensed read, and would be a good place to start if you are looking to learn more about organizational transformation.

Technology has created the illusion that today’s worker feel “highly connected” to one another, when in reality most feel isolated from their colleagues.  What they crave most–and what research increasingly shows to be the hallmark of the highest-performing workplace cultures–is a sense of authentic connection with others.

In my interview with author Dan Schawbel the author of the new book ” Back to Human-How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation”  we discuss how he is helping the next generation of leaders create a workplace where teammates feel genuinely connected, engaged and empowered–without relying on technology. ”

In Dan’s research with 100’s of top young leaders they revealed that technology as a double-edge in that it helps improve operational efficiencies and keeps us constantly connected, but at the cost of human touch.  Young leaders see technology as a way to push information out quickly and efficiently, yet as the same time it can make the workplace more dysfunctional.

If you see your organization dealing with issues of isolation between workers, and this is affecting the engagement and productivity of your workforce then you are going to want to listen to this interview with author Dan Schawbel about his new book “Back to Human-How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation.”  To learn more about Dan and his new book please click here to be directed to his website.

Thanks for listening, and I hope you enjoy this interview with Dan Schawbel author of “Back to Human”

 

I always enjoy my interviews with author David Sibbet, he is engaging, informative and speaks about a subject that more people should be aware of and that is visual graphics and consulting.

You might be asking why should you want to know more about this vocation or practice?  Visual Consulting which is the title of David’s new book is the synthesis of helping people, either in groups or individuals solidify their dreams, thoughts, ideas and provide a mapping of that visual into something that is usable and will help them reach their aspirations and dreams–what could be better than this.  It is like mind mapping, but on steroids.

In my recent interview with David we got to explore the many aspects of Visual Consulting, and two in particular are worth a second mention.   The first is the “Liminal Pathways Change Framework”  and the second are the “Seven Challenges of Change”.  When a graphic facilitator or visual consultant is brought into an organization usually the organization is going through change, and hopefully they are embracing the change process–but usually not.  You see organization can’t change unless the people in the organization change.

In the Liminal Pathways there are three phases of change: 1) Separation 2) Liminality and 3) Integration.  To learn more about this process please click here to be directed to Geisla’s  blog–she is David’s co-author, I know you will find it interesting and answer any questions you might have about this process.

The “Seven Challenges of Change” is the second process that is addressed in “Visual Consulting” and it has seven (7) phases 1) Activating Awareness 2) Engaging Change Leaders 3) Creating and Sharing Possibilities 4) Stepping into A New Shared Vision 5) Empowering Visible Action 6) Integrating Systemic Change 7) Sustaining Long Term.  If you want more on this change model just click here to be directed to David’s blog.

I trust you will enjoy this engaging and informative interview with David Sibbet the author of yet another great book entitled “Visual Consulting” If you want to learn more about David and Gisela please click here to be directed to the Grove Consulting organization in San Francisco.

I think that may of you listening to my podcasts are readers of the books from Napoleon Hill.  I have a special guest on this podcast, Jeffrey Gitomer and he has taken the content from the first writings of Napoleon Hill which are over 100 years old and put this into a new book entitled “Truth Living“.

In our interview together we discuss some of the 23 Lessons that Napoleon Hill teaches throughout this book, with commentary by Jeffrey Gitomer.  Success means different things for different people, but I think we can all agree that there are certain principles that never change and because we are creatures of habit we need to be reminded of the simplicity of these principles.

Lesson #1 is Success Is Up To You, while this sounds so simple and it is– “The ability to succeed is a matter of self-inspiration and a full understanding of human nature and a knowledge of your own mind’s latent powers.–Napoleon Hill.  As Jeffrey states thousands and thousands of people will read “Truthful Living”, but less than 5% will adopt the principles, take action necessary and receive the rewards presented in the book.

Lesson #2 Finish What You Start, again something we all know. “It seems to me that one of the great purposes of life is to: BE HAPPY ALL THE TIME AND TO MAKE OTHER HAPPY!”-Napoleon Hill.  As Jeffrey states “Finishing what you start requires that you take cynicism and negativity and convert them into optimism and positivity. Drive. Determination. And a vision to see the outcome and take daily steps toward that goal, or as Hill would say, that “definite major aim”.

Truthful Living is filled with wonderful lessons and commentary from author Jeffrey Gitomer.  It is one of the most well laid out books I have seen in sometime, easy and fun to read.  If you want to learn more about the author just click here, if you want to learn about the Napoleon Hill Foundation just click on the name to be directed to the Napoleon Hill Foundation.

I know you are going to love this interview with Jeffrey Gitomer about his new book entitled “Truthful Living