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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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Aug 30, 2017

113 Communicating with Impact - Patrick Donadio

URL: http://www.julieannsullivan.com/patrick-donadio/

 

Summary

What are the most important skills you can develop to help you succeed in business and in life? While many skills are vital for success, today’s guest will help you see the importance of one skill that makes everything else easier: communication.

Patrick Donadio is not only an expert communicator, he is also a kind and generous person who loves to help others become more successful. On today’s episode, he will show you why it’s important to develop superhuman communication skills. You’ll learn the benefits of developing these skills, the science behind good communication, and practical steps to start becoming a better communicator. This is one skill you can’t live without, so prepare to learn and begin making a bigger impact today.

Patrick’s bio: Since 1986, Patrick J. Donadio, MBA, has carefully taken his decades of experience and crafted a results-based process for “Communicating with IMPACT.” He has guided C-suite executives, leaders and their organizations with powerful presentations and one-on-one business communications coaching to help them improve communications, presentations, increase profits, deepen relationships, enhance credibility and boost performance—in less time.

Patrick has empowered audiences nationally and internationally and has appeared on the same programs with such renowned speakers as: Earvin “Magic” Johnson, LA Lakers point guard; Joan Lunden, former “Good Morning America” host; and comedian Jeff Foxworthy, just to name a few.

As an educator, he has taught communications at the University of Notre Dame, The Weatherhead School of Management, The Ohio State University, and The John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

 

You’ll discover:

  • Why Patrick believes everyone can develop superhuman communication skills.
  • The benefits of developing better communication skills.
  • What Patrick learned about communication from his Italian grandparents who didn’t speak much English.
  • The importance of understanding the science behind good communication.
  • Steps to start becoming a better communicator.

 

6 principles to help you communication with IMPACT:


I – Intention
M – Message
P – Person
A – Activate
C – Clarify
T – Transform

 

Interview Links & Other Resources

PatrickDonadio.com

Communicating with Impact by Patrick Donadio

Connect with Patrick on LinkedIn

Follow Patrick on Twitter

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Aug 23, 2017

112 How to Create a Culture of Engagement - Beacon Communities

URL: http://www.julieannsullivan.com/beacon-communities/

 

Summary

One of the hallmarks of a successful company is a culture of employee engagement. These companies don’t just see employees as workers. Rather, they view every team member as a critical part of the organization’s success. Today’s guest reveals how his company engages and develops team members, and why these efforts have been so successful.

Jeff Baker is the President of Beacon Communities, a Boston-based real estate company. The company website says, “Great housing changes lives and nurtures dreams.” Jeff details how Beacon Communities enhances not only his customers’ lives, but those of his team members as well. They do this through a wide variety of initiatives that have transformed their workplace culture. This episode is packed with practical ideas you can put into practice today to help improve the culture of your organization.

More info about Beacon Communities: Beacon Communities LLC’s team of highly experienced residential real estate professionals develop, own, and manage over 12,000 apartments across 70 communities throughout New England, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. They have a proud forty-plus year history of building and managing award-winning residential communities that serve a diverse cross-section of society and make enduring contributions to the cities in towns where they are located.

You’ll discover:

  • Why Beacon’s workplace culture is different, and what prompted the changes.
  • How they kept a small company culture as they grew.
  • The value of using cross-functional teams to implement ideas and impact your organization.
  • The story behind “Beacon University” and how it has helped changed their culture.
  • The value of transparency in employee surveys.
  • How Beacon uses New Hire Lunches, 90-day onboarding programs, and their internship program to develop and communicate with team members.
  • Ideas for bringing generations together in the workplace.
  • Jeff’s thoughts on the future of the company.

 

Interview Links & Other Resources

BeaconCommunitiesLLC.com

Connect with Beacon Communities on Facebook
Follow Beacon Communities on Twitter

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Aug 16, 2017

111 Meet 5 New People Every Day - Robert Galinsky

URL: http://www.julieannsullivan.com/robert-galinsky/

 

Summary

What does it take to become a true success? Money? Fame? Possessions? While those things are valuable, our guest today reminds us that we can never be truly successful or satisfied without one key thing: meaningful relationships.

Robert Galinsky has the unique superpower of meeting new people. He creates the situations and uses those connections to help others reach their potential. In our interview, Robert reveals many different strategies for meeting people. He also explains why we should be bold in asking for help, but not discouraged when the answer is sometimes “no.” Perseverance is key. Robert’s insight on relationships are earned through experience. His lessons on connecting will lift you to a higher level of success in your life.

Robert’s bio: Robert Galinsky is an author, speaking coach, and writer living in New York City. He is involved with TEDx teen, helping teenagers express their ideas to the world. He is also a playwright and the author of Coffee Crazy: 140 AHA! Coffee Moments from the Conference Room, to the Cafe, to the Kitchen.

You’ll discover:

  • What it means to have “people power.”
  • The benefits of meeting new people.
  • Why it’s important to feel honored (and not bothered) when someone asks you for a favor.
  • How Robert uses a coffee meeting to connect with new people.
  • Why perseverance is so important in asking for favors.
  • Actionable steps to meet new people every day.
  • Why you should go out and meet people when you don’t feel like it.
  • What’s coming up for Robert.

 

Interview Links & Other Resources

Coffee Crazy by Robert Galinsky

Follow Robert on Twitter

Connect with Robert on Facebook

Connect with Robert on LinkedIn

Life Lessons Through Literacy for Incarcerated Teens

Robert’s articles on The Fresh Toast
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Aug 9, 2017

110 Contributing to a Better Community - Greater Bridgeport Transport

URL: http://www.julieannsullivan.com/greater-bridgeport-transport/ 

 

If someone asked you, “What are the most exciting industries?” … public transportation probably wouldn’t come to mind. What if a large city’s bus service could help transform its community through leadership and service? Our guest today shows you how it’s done.

Doug Holcomb serves with Greater Bridgeport Transport, a bus service for Connecticut’s largest city. Doug has been working to increase employee interactions in an effort to improve their overall service. His main goal has been to provide training to increase trust as a gateway to improve interpersonal relationships within the agency. As a result, the trust flows outward to their customers. If you have customers or clients, this episode is packed with helpful tips on developing trust within your team and contributing to your community.

More information about Greater Bridgeport Transit: GBT is a provider of public bus transportation in the Bridgeport, Connecticut region. The agency provides city bus service and special door-to-door service for riders with disabilities. GBT has been in operation for 38 years.. GBT provides nearly 6 million rides every year. The mission of the agency is simple: Contributing to a better community through public transportation.

 

You’ll discover:

  • How Doug came to Greater Bridgeport Transit, and how he developed the idea of increasing trust in the agency.
  • The ways Doug encourages success in his team.
  • How transportation officials in other cities have reacted to GBT’s success.
  • Why mission and vision are so critical to the success of an organization.
  • Several metrics that demonstrate GBT’s improvements over the last several years.
  • How public transportation can contribute to a better community.
  • The relationship between a systems failure and a values failure.
  • How to improve your employee review process.

 

Interview Links & Other Resources

GoGBT.com

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Aug 2, 2017

#109 How to Increase Your Energy, Focus and Productivity - Neen James

URL:  http://www.julieannsullivan.com/neen-james/

 

One of the biggest challenges for today’s business leaders is staying focused and productive. Distractions such as social media and email can prevent us from accomplishing our most important goals. Today’s guest is an experienced guide who can help us avoid these landmines.

I’m thrilled to introduce you to Neen James. She’s a smart and sassy business leader who has the energy of the Energizer Bunny. Neen reveals lots of practical productivity strategies you can put into practice today. Her advice applies to everyone who wants to be more successful, from the stay-at-home parent to the CEO. No matter your business, you’ll benefit from Neen’s wisdom and insight on productivity.

Neen’s bio: Neen James is a leadership and attention expert focused on productivity and obsessed with helping leaders get more done so they can create more significant moments in life. She is the kind of speaker who engages, educates and entertains. Neen delivers the real-world solutions and results that apply in your organization, your home and your community. Neen also provides one-on-one consulting on a variety of leadership topics.

 

You’ll discover:

  • Why Neen describes herself as an “energizer bunny.”
  • The benefits of bringing more energy and paying attention to what matters.
  • How Neen stays accountable in her life and business.
  • They keys to developing a successful accountability relationship.
  • Why publicly declaring your goals will help you accomplish them.
  • Several ways Neen stays focused and avoids distraction.
  • The benefits of working in 15-minute blocks of time.
  • Neen’s morning and evening routines that help her stay focused and productive.
  • The time boundaries she has in place, and how she gets so much done.
  • Why you should look for opportunities to honor people and their time.

 

Interview Links & Other Resources

NeenJames.com

Neen’s blog

Folding Time by Neen James

Follow Neen on Twitter

Connect with Neen on LinkedIn

Connect with Neen on Facebook

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