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Businesses that Care Podcast (formerly Mere Mortals Unite)

Mere Mortals Unite (MMU) and Businesses that Care (BTC) are two distinct series in this podcast. BTC is focused on building a business culture that allows your business to recruit and retain good talent. Our guests share ideas that work, to create a culture of engagement. On previous episodes of MMU we share superpowers that everyone has although they may not have discovered them yet, or forgotten them or given them away. Take them back, increase their use in your life. provides skills and techniques so you can discover your superpowers. The result is an increase in success and joy in your life and the lives of those that surround you. Let’s change the world one person at a time, starting with you!
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Jan 25, 2017

Networking, Relationships, Business, Connections, Goals

 

Episode 049: Dynamic Networking - Meridith Elliott Powell

URL: http://www.julieannsullivan.com/dynamic-networking-meridith-elliott-powell

 

On this episode of Mere Mortals Unite, I‘m speaking with Meridith Elliott Powell about Dynamic Networking. It’s not just about making the rounds in a room full of people. Meridith shares some valuable skills on making your time beneficial by not placing the focus only on yourself. A true connection is made when you follow the 80/20 rule--20% of the time the conversation is about you and 80% of the time it’s about the other person.

 

This power of connection doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Meridith says you have to be intentional, and she gives a number of great ideas about doing that. Some of the easiest actions you can take can also help you reap the greatest rewards. You gotta work it, though, and Meridith tells you how.

Voted one of the Top 15 Business Growth Experts to watch by Currency Fair, Meridith Elliott Powell is an award-winning author, keynote speaker, and business strategist. With a background in corporate sales and leadership, her career expands over several industries including banking, healthcare, and finance. Meridith worked her way up from an entry-level position to earn her seat at the C-Suite table. She is Certified Speaking Professional, a designation held by less than 12% of professional speakers, and a member of the prestigious Forbes Coaching Council.

You’ll discover:

 

  • The benefits of networking and making connections.
  • Why your goal in connecting must be to help the other person, not just help yourself.
  • An incredible story of how a simple invitation to connect over lunch turned into a great business opportunity for Meridith.
  • Why people want to help you when you first help them.
  • The key truth that in this economy, all you’re selling is relationships.
  • Actionable steps to network and connect with others.

 

Interview Links & Other Resources

 

Follow Meridith Elliott Powell on Twitter

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Yes, Believe It or Not, There is Leadership in Washington

Own It: Redefining Responsibility by Meridith Elliott Powell

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Jan 18, 2017

Letting Go, Clarity, Focus, Productivity

 

Episode 064 Letting Go for Clarity and Focus with Joe Calloway

URL: http://www.julieannsullivan.com/clarity-focus-joe-calloway/

 

Today’s guest is Joe Calloway, a leadership & performance speaker, author, business workshop leader, keynote speaker, and a consultant on branding and competitive positioning.  He has authored Becoming a Category of One, Be the Best at What Matters Most, Magnetic: The Art of Attracting Business, Work Like You’re Showing Off, and several other top sellers on Amazon and other book publishers.

He has been a coach and speaker for the past 30 years and his client list includes global brands like BMW, IBM, Saks Fifth Avenue, Coca Cola, American Express, newspapers in Sweden, companies in South Africa, and hotels in Great Britain. He speaks on various topics but most frequently on business trends.

The major themes in his motivational talks include “moving on”, “letting go” and forgiveness.

 

Bio: Joe Calloway is a business author, consultant and speaker who helps top performing individuals and organizations unlock potential and get even better. Joe is the author of 7 business books, including the classic Becoming A Category Of One.

 

You’ll discover:

 

  • Joe’s story of …
  • Being the best at what matters most
  • Letting go of distractions
  • Letting go of:  trying to please everybody or trying to make everybody happy
  • Prepare a list of What To Let Go
  • Let go of making things “complicated”
  • Letting go of grudges

 

Joe Calloway’s list of things to let go:

 

Let go of the toxic people in your life.

Let go of being envious.

Let go of being late.

Let go of having to be right.

Let go of re-posting without fact-checking.

Let go of not listening.

Let go of negative self-talk.

Let go of trying to impress everyone.

Let go of beating yourself up for past mistakes.

Let go of making the same mistake over and over.

Let go of over-thinking everything.

Let go of making it complicated.

Let go of someone else’s definition of success.

Let go of the need to please everyone. You can’t.

Let go of waiting for someone else to make you happy.

Let go of spending all of your money. Save - even a little.

Let go of saying “yes” to things you don’t want to do.

Let go of hating people who don’t look, sound, or think like you.

Let go of being afraid of new ideas.

 

Interview Links & Other Resources

 

http://joecalloway.com

Keep It Simple - Joe Calloway

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Jan 11, 2017

Faith, Laughter, Humor, Purpose, Suffering

 

Episode 41: Faith - Maia Aziz

URL: http://www.julieannsullivan.com/faith-maia-aziz/

 

On this episode of Mere Mortals Unite, we interview our first Canadian, Maia Aziz. Maia has her own podcast called Morning Moments with Maia. She’s a mother of six, a wonderful wife, and works at Mackay Rehabilitation Centre in Montreal as their program director. I hear she’s a great cook and I know she can crochet awesome scarves. She can do it all, but none of that prevented her from having a child with some genetic anomalies.  


Maia shares her story and how it solidified her faith that all will be well. She reminds us that we have the ability to choose having faith that life has a great purpose for us, but we have to remember to make that choice. A key to her success is to accept that sometimes we have to suffer through and know that’s OK. We all have days that don’t go according to plan, so join us to find some helpful ideas on how to cope.  

You’ll discover:

 

  • What Maia means when she talks about faith.
  • The benefits of having an attitude of faith.
  • How Maia trusted that her daughter would be OK after discovering she had some genetic anomalies.
  • What it means to allow yourself to suffer through a hard situation.
  • Actionable steps to developing a deeper faith.

 

Interview Links & Other Resources

 

Follow Maia Aziz on Twitter

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Connect with Maia Aziz on Facebook

Morning Moments with Maia

Morning Moments With Maia: Sheva Carr on Humor and Human Trafficking

Morning Moments With Maia: Judith Henry on Humor and Caregiving

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Jan 4, 2017

leadership, role model, example, relationships

 

Episode 067 Being a Role Model at Work with Lee Cockerell

URL: http://julieannsullivan.com/being-role-model-work-lee-cockerell



It seems like being a boss in the workplace would be an easy job. You just tell everyone else what to do, they do all the work and you call it a day. Well, that’s not exactly how it works. The entire workplace can be toxic when you have a big, bad boss. Employee turnover is higher, stress is rampant and this causes employees to miss more days of work. To top it all off, those who do show up to work are terrified and suffer through an excruciating work experience. It doesn’t have to be that way, and today’s guest is going to show us how to change it.

 

Lee Cockrell was the Executive VP of DisneyWorld Paris. He began his career by being the big, bad, boss! He used to scare and intimidate his employees and even shares a life changing moment. Lee is an expert in Time Management and he teaches it each and every week. But today, we aren’t focusing on time management and productivity, but we are turning to the soft skills.

 

Today Lee is here to share his transformation story. His focus now is to help us build great relationships at work. One of the keys to building great work relationships is understanding that you really can’t control people. Great leaders at work can improve work performance and cultivate the next generation of great leadership in the workplace. People want to come to work and learn and grow, and when you feed that part of people, the keep coming back for more.

 

Lee’s Bio: Former Executive Vice President, Operation for Disney World for ten years. Before Disney, Lee held executive positions with Hilton Hotels for 8 year and Marriott for 17 years. Lee now gives seminars and keynote speeches around the world on Leadership, Management and Customer Service.




You’ll discover:

 

  • Why being a big, bad boss didn’t serve his employees well
  • The effects of being a good role model
  • The turning point that happened about halfway through his career
  • How he took ownership of his bad behavior and began to work on himself
  • Why humiliation and intimidation didn’t work in the workplace
  • What humiliation and intimidation reveal about the person exhibiting those behaviors
  • How to create a culture where everyone matters and they know they matter
  • Why people want to do business with you when they have a good relationship with you
  • People, including employees, want to be valued and acknowledged
  • Be careful what you say and do because people are always watching
  • Why Lee’s children told him, “Dad, everything was fine until you got here.”
  • The one work trip that Lee makes his grandchildren take with him each year
  • How Lee makes himself available to the next generation each day. He’s accessible!
  • Spend your time where you can make a difference. If you can’t make a difference, don’t spend your time on it.
  • Why you should do the hard things
  • Why Lee jokingly says his Mother was a terrorist!
  • Find out Lee’s superpower!




Interview Links & Other Resources

 

www.LeeCockerell.com

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Additional Resources:

Lee's 15 Minutes Edutainment Videos

Take some management courses

Lee's "Creating Disney Magic" Podcast

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