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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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Apr 26, 2017

095 Fire Up Your Brain - Julie “Brain Lady” Anderson

URL: http://www.julieannsullivan.com/fire-up-your-brain/

 

Summary

Everyone wants to be successful, but how do you do it? Is it a matter of working harder? Getting a good education? Knowing the right people? All of those elements can certainly be helpful, but our guest today points to a more fundamental element to success in life, business, and relationships.

I’m happy to introduce our guest, Julie Anderson, also known as the “Brain Lady.” For almost two decades, Julie has been using science to ignite people to fire up their brains. On today’s show, she shares specific ways to accelerate success in your personal and professional relationships, as well as your career. Her energy is infectious and she is really, really smart! You’ll learn a number of ways to enrich who you are and what you do.

Julie’s bio: Julie “Brain Lady” Anderson is considered to be one of the nation’s top experts on the Brain Personality Connection. She is a public speaker; business, communication, and relationship consultant; and published author. For more than 16 years, she has used the science behind psychology to ignite entrepreneurs and women to fire up their brains. The information she shares will help accelerate your success in your relationships, career, and business. Her background includes Natural Health, Psychology, Human Resource Development, Psychoneuroimmunology, as well as courses in Depression, Anxiety Disorders and Brain Function, Personality Types, Brain Health, and the Brain Personality Connection.

 

You’ll discover:

  • How Julie describes her superpower, and how it benefits her.
  • Specific ways that positivity has affected her life.
  • Ways to work yourself out of a negative attitude.
  • How changing your thought process from neutral to positive can instantly increase your immune response.
  • A new way to look at disagreements with others by discovering that there doesn’t have to be just one way to solve a problem.
  • How stress and negativity can physically damage you.
  • The habits Julie has built into her life that help her stay positive.
  • A positivity exercise Julie uses to lift the energy in the room at her live events.
  • Tips for looking at the world in a more positive way.

 

Interview Links & Other Resources

YourBestMindOnline.com

Your Best Mind Online Blog

Brain Lady Speaks Radio Show

Follow Julie on Twitter

Connect with Julie on Facebook

Connect with Julie on LinkedIn

Your Best Mind App

Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient by Norman Cousins

Head First by Norman Cousins

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Mere Mortals Unite on C-Suite Radio

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Apr 19, 2017

094 Grooming Talent

URL:  http://www.julieannsullivan.com/talent-grooming/

 

Summary

Most companies don’t view interns as an integral part of their culture or strategy. At best, they view interns as a sap on company resources and energy. What happens when a company decides to focus on interns not only as a way to serve those students, but also as a way to develop talent for the company and invest in the community? Today’s guest gives us the answer.

I’m happy to interview Jennifer Trakhtenberg on today’s episode. She is the Senior Talent Leader at ClearVision, a B2B company that was recently recognized as one of the best companies to work for in the state of New York. Here is a short list of what is important at ClearVision: open communication; continuous improvement for our employees, customers, and community; a passion for grooming talent; investment in learning & development opportunities; a commitment to wellness; and a penchant for fun. Jennifer shares how ClearVision takes these values from concepts to reality through its innovative approach to internships. Don’t miss this episode that is filled with practical and actionable ideas you can implement today.

Jen’s Bio: Jen Trakhtenberg is an experienced human resources professional dedicated to growing teams, building employee programs, and developing tools to enhance the workplace. She has held leadership roles in HR functions at Morgan Stanley, Register.com, and most recently at ClearVision Optical. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Binghamton University with a Business Management degree and concentrations in Human Resources & Marketing. She then pursued a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at NYU, and obtained a Certificate in International Studies & Executive Coaching. 

Jen has a genuine passion for using creativity to improve organizational culture and infusing fun into the corporate environment. She is a cheerleader for instilling core values in how work gets done, and focuses leadership efforts on everything related to people, culture, and philanthropic giving. She currently oversees the Talent Management function & team for ClearVision Optical with an emphasis on cultivating an engaging & fun company culture.

She leads the effort to identify top talent through recruitment, assessment & retention. She also developed and designed the company’s dynamic intern training program, from which over 14 full-time hires have been made. Jen’s personable approach has led her to become a coach and mentor to many in the areas of performance management, team building, & talent development. She is invested in employees’ wellbeing and growth, offering an array of trainings for ongoing education. She also helps deliver innovative philanthropic efforts, holiday celebrations, motivational exercising, and exciting networking activities that keep employees engaged.

 

You’ll discover:

  • How’s Jennifer’s positive experience as an intern shaped her commitment to serving interns in her current role.
  • How ClearVision uses its internship programs to develop talent and create opportunities for students as well as the company.
  • Why a company’s culture is such a vital part of its overall success.
  • Various ways that ClearVision creates a culture of openness, listening, and feedback.
  • How ClearVision’s culture has resulted in low employee turnover.
  • What it means to be part of the “Junior Justice League.”
  • How ClearVision uses reverse mentoring to improve the company.
  • What kind of feedback ClearVision has received from their interns.
  • What Jennifer is working on next.

 

Interview Links & Other Resources

CVOptical.com

ClearVision’s Intern Program

Follow ClearVision on Twitter

Connect with ClearVision on Facebook

Connect with ClearVision on LinkedIn

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Apr 12, 2017

093 Slow to Anger, Quick to Forgive - Thom Singer

URL:  http://www.julieannsullivan.com/slow-to-anger-quick-to-forgive/

 

There are many aspects of life that can create anger and derail your success. But the biggest threats come from within. Our guest today identifies one of these threats--anger--and shows us how to successfully deal with it.

I’m thrilled to interview Thom Singer, who is known as the Conference Catalyst. His high energy, positive outlook, and engaging style cultivates a better conference experience and changes lives. In this interview, Thom shares why it’s so important to be slow to anger and quick to forgive. He shares practical strategies for living out this key principle that can change your life. I think you’ll find Tom’s words of wisdom to be an asset in life as well as business.

Thom’s Bio: Thom Singer has an eclectic background working in sales, marketing and business development roles for Fortune 500 Companies, Law Firms, and entrepreneurial ventures. He is a professional master of ceremonies, motivational keynote speaker, and the author of twelve books on the power of business development, networking, entrepreneurship, legal marketing, and presentation skills while also serving as the host of the popular “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast. He regularly speaks at business and association conferences around the United States and beyond, and has presented to over 600 audiences during his career as a speaker. He lives in the amazing city of Austin, Texas where he and his wife are the parents of two highly spirited daughters.

 

You’ll discover:

  • The benefits of being slow to anger and quick to forgive.
  • How Thom’s approach has helped him in business.
  • Why you shouldn’t quit just because something doesn’t go your way.
  • The importance of thinking long-term.
  • Why gratitude is a great antidote to anger.
  • The importance of self-awareness and knowing that not everyone sees things like you do.
  • The value of learning from people you disagree with.
  • Actionable steps to help you be slow to anger and quick to forgive.

 

Interview Links & Other Resources

ThomSinger.com

Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do Podcast

Follow Thom on Twitter

Connect with Thom on Facebook

Connect with Thom on LinkedIn

Mere Mortals Unite on C-Suite Radio

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Apr 5, 2017

092 Developing Compassion & Empathy

URL:  http://www.julieannsullivan.com/developing-compassion-empathy/

 

Many workplaces and industries today operate like war zones. Employees experience high levels of stress, fatigue, burnout, and other symptoms of disengagement. Workers in fields such as law enforcement and health care are especially prone to these symptoms. Our guest today shares a unique, empathetic approach his company uses to help employees stay more engaged and thrive in stressful environments.

I’m happy to introduce you to Zach Stone, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder of the Red Kite Project. Red Kite stops burnout, disengagement, conflict, and violence in the workplace using techniques built in war zones for high-stress professionals. Their methods are research-proven to reduce absenteeism, assaults, complaints, rule violations, health-care costs, workplace conflict and resource wasting. Zach shares why and how Red Kite was founded, as well as a number of principles you can start using today to help employees stay healthier and more engaged.

Zach’s Bio: Zach Stone is co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Red Kite Consulting Inc. in 2008, He co-created Red Kite Project in an effort to bring healing and burnout prevention methodology used in places like Afghanistan, Rwanda, Chechnya, and Bosnia to the United States of America. Red Kite is the world's first workforce development firm that uses methods built in war zones to help professionals in the harshest jobs to survive and thrive. Zach Began his career in 1999 when he was trained in group facilitation and adult learning.Since then he has worked as an educator, mediator, facilitator, corporate trainer, and crisis interventionist. He has trained over 6,000 professionals in the military, first response, crisis intervention, diplomacy, healthcare, and transportation industries. Zach has been featured twice by Apple Inc, for innovation in the field of training and social innovation.

 

You’ll discover:

 

  • How Zach defines engagement.
  • The close connection between people’s knowing their purpose at work and the quality of the work they accomplish.
  • Why Red Kite has created a culture that values employee health, and how they use different forms of movement (such as dance and yoga) to help people shake off burnout and disengagement.
  • The importance of investing in well-being for employees, not only to care for people but as a cost-saving measure.
  • Why preventative care is much easier and cheaper than reactive care.
  • How “vicarious trauma” impacts workers.
  • How Red Kite uses the Post-War Reconstruction Model and applies it to organizations.
  • Why an organization’s leadership must be committed to change.
  • The positive outcomes the Red Kite team has seen as a result of their work.

 

Interview Links & Other Resources

RedKiteProject.com

Follow Red Kite Project on Twitter

The Harvard Wellness in the Workplace Review (2010)

Here’s What Burnout Costs You (Forbes article)

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