I don’t know of too many people that hate chocolate, so for all you chocolate lovers you are going to love this interview.
Steve Wallace is the author of a new book entitled “Oberoni and the Chocolate Factory-An Unlikely Story of Globalization and Ghana’s First Gourmet Chocolate Bar.” This book is about a fascinating journey about a man who truly has made a difference in the production of chocolate. When we think of chocolate we immediately think of Switzerland, France, Belgium–but why? Cocoa beans are not from those places.
Steve used to live in Ghana (one of the largest regions producing cocoa) when he was 16 years old. This experience transformed him and he wanted to return to Ghana and give back. While the people of Ghana’s vertically-integrated cocoa bureaucracy, overseen by Ghans’s Cocoa Board, aspired to move up the cocoa value chain, they were unwilling to invest in doing so. They were content to stay at the bottom of the value chain.
Needless to say with tremendous hard work and lots of maneuvering the cocoa bean system, Steve Wallace build a very successful chocolate bar factory called Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company. The chocolate bars are produced and manufactured in Ghana and shipped to Wisconsin for boxing, sales, and shipping. Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company is truly a global company employing and housing over 200 natives. Steve provides his employees with a fair wage, and housing and has infused the local economy with a newfound wealth from what was once a place of poverty.
If you want to listen to a truly great story about a social-entrepreneur on a mission to change the lives of hundreds of people, then you won’t want to miss my interview with Steve.
To learn more about Steve and his new book ” Oberoni and the Chocolate Factory” please click here to be directed to the Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company website. Enjoy this great interview with a social entrepreneur making a difference in the world!
Thomas Moore is an author that writes books with meaning and significance, and his new book entitled ” Ageless Soul-The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy” is no exception. His ability to weave into words how we are feeling as souls journeying through this lifetime and more importantly our aging process is nothing short of a masterpiece.
Moore provides readers with a new way to think about aging. In contrast to the perception that aging means diminishment, Moore regards aging as the process by which we become more fully ourselves: a series of initiations, rather than losses. “Aging with soul is the process of becoming a full, rich, and interesting person. “Ageless Soul” is a deeply compassionate book on how to find new meaning, vigor, connection and growth in the process of aging.
No matter where you are on the age continuum I believe you will find deep reflective meaning in Thomas Moore’s new book. It will get you thinking about how to live the later years of your life with more significance and meaning. It is filled with stories not only from the author’s own experiences, but of others that are traveling the aging journey as well.
I trust you will enjoy this wonderful interview with Thomas Moore the author of “Ageless Soul“. If you want to find out more about Thomas and his new book please click here to be directed to his website. Enjoy listening!
I recently conducted an interview with author Chris Barez Brown about his book entitled ” Wake-Up“–Podcast # 645. I had such a great experience and interview with Chris that I invited him back to speak about his new book entitled “Shine, How To Survive And Thrive At Work“.
We all spend a lot of time at our work, so having fun and enjoying our work is so important to remain engaged. In my interview with Chris, we discuss the many great ideas about how to keep our work fun and stay engaged.
Just one of the ideas includes a concept he calls “Who’s Elvis Around Here?” This is really a great idea, and is the person who stands out in your business, the one that breaks the rules, and makes things happen within the organization. Is that you our are you just standing by waiting, or afraid to speak up? Don’t stand on the sidelines waiting, get engaged and speak up with your good ideas to propel the business forward.
Chris states that our minds are highly efficient killing machines. They are trained from an early age to destroy anything that doesn’t fit our model of the world. This means that analytical, logical minds dominate our working lives–what are you doing to get off or autopilot and tap into your abundant thinking brain which breaks the cycle of helping us to consider futures that are not based on past experience?
Shine, How to Survive and Thrive at Work is a book loaded with great ideas to help you thrive in the workplace. It is an easy read and should be the companion to anyone wanting to make a difference at work.
If you want more information about author Chris Barez-Brown please click here to be taken to his website. Our your can click here to be directed to Chris’s Facebook page. I hope you enjoy this great interview with someone who has transformed how organizations look at their employees.
This is my second interview with author and entrepreneur Michael Alden. What I love about Michael is his passion for his work and life, he truly is a trailblazer.
His new book entitled ” Blueprint to Business-An Entrepreneur’s Guide To Taking Action, Committing To the Grind, And Doing The Things That Most People Won’t” is a must-read for any entrepreneur. Michael has had his share of ups and downs like many entrepreneurs, but he has learned from his lessons and applies the learning to make the next venture he gets engaged with just that much more successful.
Michael’s book is the ultimate guide with practical advice from a master entrepreneur who can really teach new entrepreneurs invaluable lessons. I can really appreciate his chapter on “Doing What You Say”. “In business and in life, always do what you say you’re going to do. Keep your word. When you tell yourself that you are going to do something, and you don’t do it, you’re doing yourself a disservice, and you’re setting yourself back. Not following through on something you said you were going to do is an absolute travesty.”
This sound advice runs throughout “Blueprint to Business” In my interview with Michael we speak about his personal life and business ventures, as well as he imparts practical and sound advice about becoming an entrepreneur. I know you will love this lively and engaging interview with the author, entrepreneur Michael Alden.
If you want to learn more about the book click here. You can also click here to be directed to Michael’s Facebook page. Enjoy the podcast.
Do you feel like you are on autopilot? Just going through the motions-like life is just a blur of commuting to work, calendar event and obligations. If so then listen up. I recently interviewed Chris Bartz-Brown the author of a new book entitled ” Wake Up-A Handbook to Living in the Here and Now“.
This is not only a fantastic book, but the book design is exceptional, it really is a handbook–please feel free to take notes on the pages provided. Chris has provided 54 playful strategies to help the readers snap out of autopilot. We discussed several playful strategies in our interview together, example “Kill your Television”. As Chris states, a little television is not a bad thing, but a lot of television wastes our time and our life. What would be the payoff for watching less television? What else could you do to entertain yourself, read a book, take a walk, exercise, meditate? All the options seem better than watching television.
How about the idea of noticing what you notice. Most of us are in such a hurry that we infrequently notice the little things in life. How about carrying a pen or pencil with some paper and just start writing down what you notice? These things could be people, conversations, buildings, articles or a fleeting glance from someone in a passing bus. It doesn’t matter what you find interesting; it only matters that you notice it. So what is the payoff of this new activity, becoming more sensitized to the world in which we live and as a result enjoying a heightened sense of connectedness and vitality.
Chris’s new book “Wake-Up” is a great easy read with lots of strategies for changing your habits and behavior for the better. If you want to learn more about the book and Chris please click here to be directed to Chris’s website.
I hope you enjoy this lively interview with author Chris Bartz-Brown.
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Alan Weiss the co-author with Marshall Goldsmith of a new book entitled “Lifestorming-Creating Meaning and Achievement in Your Career and Life“. This is a practical handbook for becoming the person you want to be. You will discover what it takes to redesign your life, friends, behaviors, and goals in order to move closer to your goals.
Alan and I discuss the evolutionary journey, and a very important question: To what extent is your journey one of internal control, and to what extent one of external control? I believe this concept alone is one of the most important elements that one must master if they are going to master their life. As Alan states are you taking a “random walk” through life, or do you have high control and are one of those people that creates your world, or are you mutually creating your world. No matter your purview of your world, it would be best to have high control if you want to make something of yourself.
If you want to change behavior, Alan states that most studies have found that it’s very difficult to merely change poor behavior. It’s much more effective to substitute a more positive behavior. Change for its own sake makes little sense. The key is to determine the salutary result that makes the change worthwhile.
I hope you enjoy the lively and engaging dialogue with Alan Weiss the co-author of “Lifestorming-Creating Meaning and Achievement in Your Career and Life“. If you want to learn more about the book you can click here to be directed to the book website page. If you want to learn more about Alan Weiss please click here or Marshall Goldsmith click here.
Thanks so much for listening, enjoy the podcast!
Every time I interview Don Green from the Napoleon Hill Foundation I learn something new. Don is a continual learner with more knowledge and understanding about Napoleon Hill than anyone I have ever met. He has been the executive director and spokesperson for the foundation for the last 20 years and is just a wonderful person.
In my interview with Don, we discuss a newly released book entitled ” The Path to Personal Power“. As Don states, personal power is acquired through a combination of individual traits and habits. The ten qualities of personal power are: 1) the habit of definiteness of purpose 2) the promptness of decision 3) soundness of character 4) strict discipline over one’s emotions 5) obsessional desire to render useful service 6) through knowledge of one’s occupation 7) tolerance on all subjects 8) loyalty to one’s personal associates and faith in a Supreme Being 9) enduring thirst of knowledge 10) alertness of imagination. The old adage “knowledge is power” is not quite true. Knowledge never is power until it has been expressed in some term of useful service.
“The Path to Power” is a powerful roadmap that leads to a single discovery: You already have the power to attain whatever wealth, success, and prosperity you desire in life. All you need to do is walk the path without straying, and the rest will follow.
I hope you enjoy yet another great interview with Don Green the executive director of the Napoleon Hill Foundation. If you want to learn more about the courses, books and audio recording available through the foundation please click here to be directed to their website.
I absolutely love how author Albert Flynn DeSilver approaches the topic of writing. In his new book entitled ” Writing as a Path to Awakening,” Albert guides the reader through what can only be expressed as a spiritual experience. If you have ever written a book, poetry or long-term paper you will agree that the process of writing can be an out of body experience.
The deeper you get into your writing the more open you are to just write without judgments and you will experience what I term as flow. It is a wonderful experience, and sometimes you don’t know where the words on the paper come from–it’s is as if you were the channeled.
Albert writes that many of us struggle with maintaining a practice of staying consistent in order to develop a process. The consistent striving for an imagined sense of perfection is one of the things that can keep us off the page. If perfection is your jam, say this out loud, in all caps for emphasis. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS PERFECTION.
“Writing as a Path to Awakening” is a treasure trove of practical advice on writing and on finding yourself, for the process of creative writing always has you exploring your deep inner thoughts, and learning how to express them to the world.
I hope you enjoy this great interview with author Albert DeSilver if you want to learn more about the author please click here to be taken to his website.
I really enjoy when an author can write a book and make a topic that can be complicated simple. That is what author and speaker Jeff Haven’s has done in his new book entitled ” Innovation Made Simple” Jeff is also the author of another book entitled “Us vs. Them Redefining the Multigenerational Workplace”.
In my interview with Jeff, we discuss how all big ideas start as small ideas and usually grow over time. As a matter of fact, Jeff states that every one of these ideas and incredible inventions took the creators a great deal of time to work out the kinks. If you look back in history you will see that many of companies like Microsoft, Apple, Hewlett Packard all started in a garage. In the 1990’s Apple asked themselves, “is there a way we could provide a legal avenue for customers to purchase the songs they want?” Two years later iTunes was launched and it has since grown to account for 75% of the digital music market and generates over 7 billion a year in revenue for Apple.
If you look back in history you will see that many of companies like Microsoft, Apple, Hewlett Packard all started in a garage. In the 1990’s Apple asked themselves, “is there a way we could provide a legal avenue for customers to purchase the songs they want?” Two years later iTunes was launched and it has since grown to account for 75% of the digital music market and generates over 7 billion a year in revenue for Apple. What is your idea? How will you start the process of development? Do you have the courage to pursue your dreams?
One simple idea Jeff speaks about is speeding up the creative process. He says if you want to speed up the creative process, you need to slow down. It might sound counter-intuitive but it is not our creative genesis is usually more active when we learn how to slow down, play, take walks in nature and learn how to be instead of do.
If you want to learn more about Jeff Havens the author and speaker, please click here to be directed to his website. I hope you enjoy this great interview with Jeff Havens.