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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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Jul 4, 2018

Kevin McCarthy started out selling candy on the school bus.  Now, decades later, with his own research and lots of learning from others, he has created a very succinct way to live our lives. His passion is for people to live all parts of their lives on-purpose.  We have that choice and Kevin tells us how to bring that to fruition. I love how Kevin explained, that businesses that care have to be led by leaders who care. I couldn’t agree more.

 

You’ll discover:

 

  • How to simplify strategic plans
  • Different perspectives for purpose, vision, mission and values
  • Purpose is your reason for being
  • The importance of alignment between personal and business purpose
  • Create your On-Purpose Pal®
  • Purpose is the heart
  • Vision is your head
  • Mission is your hands and feet
  • Values are the throat and gut

 

For more information about Kevin:

On Purpose Website

Kevin on Twitter

Find Your 2-Word Purpose

Kevin on LinkedIn

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Jun 27, 2018

After many life-changing events, including the loss of her son, Pennie left her executive career to teach techniques that will change, heal and empower you to journey through life with spirit, courage and compassion. On today’s episode Pennie shares those secrets with you. We all have tough times

 

You’ll discover:

 

  • How to get to your happier set point
  • No one lives without hardship
  • The gift of gratitude
  • The power of silence and meditation
  • Life is a process, enjoy it.
  • Great tips, like the breath of green & burden baskets
  • How to breathe in love, breathe out fear



Interview Links & Other Resources

 

Pennie on Facebook

Pennie on Twitter

Pennie on LinkedIn

Pennie on Instagram

Pennie on You Tube

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Jun 20, 2018

Forbes magazine says that Sheryl O’Loughlin, the former CEO of Clif Bar, is trying to get America to drink herbs.  Personally, I am hooked. Rebbl is the best addiction I have ever had. Sheryl is a serial success story who has worked at Kraft, Quaker Oats and doubled revenue at Clif Bar.  She created a company called Plum Organics, built it up and then sold it to Campbell’s.

Now as CEO of Rebbl, Sheryl knows you can’t have that kind of success without a great team.  

 

She is here to talk about her creative ways to build a culture that delivers success within and outside the company.  

 

You’ll discover:

 

  • How to be a business with a purpose
  • Creating impact with products
  • Equality and inclusion outside and inside the company
  • Seeing through the lens of how the acts of one will affect all
  • How to treat your business as a living organism
  • When you open a new path, your people can shine

 

For more information about Rebbl:

Rebbl Website

Rebbl on Twitter

Rebbl on Facebook

Rebbl on Instagram
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Jun 13, 2018

Cara Silletto is a millennial who is the best advocate millennials could ever have.  On today’s episode though she talks to us about the importance of having a different perspective. People have different backgrounds that shapes who they are and how they act and react.  Successful people understand these differences and are open to alternative paths to reach their goals and the goals of their companies.

 

You’ll discover:

 

  • The importance of seeing the world through other people’s eyes
  • What you can learn from a photography class
  • Secrets to deal with conflict resolution
  • How everything changes much faster now    
  • Understanding leads to Empathy which leads to Connection
  • Why searching for an opposite opinion can make you a better person          


Interview Links & Other Resources

 

Cara Silletto’s Website

Cara on Twitter

Cara on LinkedIn

Cara on YouTube

Book:  Staying Power

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Jun 6, 2018

Evan Hackel says, “Ingagement is a leadership philosophy for those who believe that it is not enough to tell people what to do, but to involve their minds, creativity and even their emotions.”

In this episode, we discover his understanding that sharing a vision is engagement with an E, but to live a vision with all stakeholders is Ingagement with an I. Success is driven by involvement.  

 

You’ll discover:

 

  • The importance of listening to someone else’s opinion
  • The difference between purpose and mission
  • The adjustment is necessary at the top
  • The benefit of giving your workforce what they want
  • The 5 to 1 ratio


For more information about Tortal Training:

Tortal Training Website

Ingage Consulting Website

Tortal Training on Twitter

Ingage Consulting on Twitter

Evan Hackel on Twitter

Book – Ingaging Leadership

 

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Jun 1, 2018

Steve Browne, is the Vice President Director of Human Resources for LaRosa's, Inc. - a regional Pizzeria restaurant chain in the Midwest. Steve took LaRosa’s HR department from just being a place that creates structure to one that knows and cares about each employee.  

He started his career there by not making any changes for three months.  His style is one in which he understands his workforce is the nexus of their business.  Imagine having a pizza delivery driver for 20 YEARS!

Steve is a current member of the National SHRM Board of Directors. Steve also runs a global HR network called the HR Net which reaches 9,500+ HR and business professionals globally each week.

 

You’ll discover:

 

  • The importance of having a “safe haven”
  • The best way to deal with people bringing their “life” to work
  • Motivation by not changing
  • How to acknowledge and not judge differences
  • A unique way to celebrate

 

For more information about Dov:

Book – HR on Purpose

LaRosa’s, Inc. Website

Steve’s Personal Blog – Everyday People

Steve on Twitter

Steve on Facebook

Steve on LinkedIn

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May 30, 2018

Tracy Bagli Hooper teaches leaders how to master the art of civility and connection. These professionals don’t wait for others to change. They want to discover their blind spots and take charge of the situations in front of them.  After working as a TV news reporter and anchor, Traci created the Confidence Project. Today she shares her superpower of making people feel like they are the most important person in the room. It works for yourself too.

Elevating yourself makes others feel more important too.  

 

You’ll discover:

 

  • How to create a pleasant resting face
  • The importance of practice
  • How to introduce yourself to yourself
  • Steps for building confidence
  • Posture is the unsung hero of confidence


Interview Links & Other Resources

 

The Confidence Project

Tracy on Facebook

Tracy on Twitter

Tracy on LinkedIn

Tracy on Instagram

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May 23, 2018

On this episode, we talk with Meg Roberts, President of Molly Maid, Inc.  It’s her leadership style that really got me. This is her family. She truly wants everyone, including herself to aspire to greatness.  

Molly Maid®, is a residential cleaning franchise that cleans more than 1.7 million homes annually. Founded in 1979 and franchising since 1984, there are more than 450 Molly Maid units operating in the United States. In 2015 they were acquired by the Dwyer Group® and is now a part of Neighborly, a community of home service experts with professional home service experts across 13 brands in the U.S.

Meg Roberts was named the president of Molly Maid, Inc. in 2012 and brings superb leadership, team development, management and strategic planning skills to the position. An eight-year veteran of Service Brands International, Meg previously served as vice president of marketing for Molly Maid and Mr. Handyman.

 

You’ll discover:

 

  • What is an aspirational workplace
  • How to always be moving to the next level
  • The importance of developing good talent (even if that sends them out the door)
  • Where will sincerity and authenticity get you?
  • The power of owning your own flaws…quickly

 

For more information about Molly Maid:

Molly Maid on Facebook
Molly Maid on Twitter
Molly Maid on Youtube
Molly Maid on Pinterest

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May 16, 2018

Michael Gravitt has an amazing ability to be aware of his surroundings.  It’s a necessity for him, you can learn a lot from this thoughtful conversation.  

 

Michael Gravitt has been legally blind since birth due to a degenerative eye condition called retinitis pigmentosa (or, RP for short). When he was younger he could read computer screens and regular print by simply placing his face in a book, and could see well enough to take photos, see folks up close, and get around without a dog or cane.  Now, Michael uses special software on his computer called JAWS and also use voice-over on the iPhone, both allowing me to listen instead of looking at the screen.  He has a beautiful guide dog Lola.

 

Mike is originally from South Boston, Virginia, but have resided in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania since early 1998. Mike is a manager with Bender Consulting Services works on-site in Bayer Corporation's Communications Technology Group.


You’ll discover:

 

  • How awareness leads to diversity
  • Sight is proportionately larger than our other senses
  • Enhancing your other senses expands your consciousness
  • How being discriminated against creates less discrimination within yourself



Interview Links & Other Resources

If you want to contact Michael, please contact me at: mailto:julieann@julieannsullivan.com

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May 9, 2018

This episode is only for those companies that want to get better, with executives that continually want to grow.  Dr. Gustavo Grodnitzky is a renowned speaker and consultant. His knowledge of how your brain works gives him an edge on creating cultures where people thrive. Learn how social capitalism can create more profit. We chat about growing your company by asking your employees how to get it done. The more you involve them in initiatives, the more buy in you will have.  


You’ll discover:

 

  • Culture creates behavior
  • Where is your “awakening”
  • The difference between classic capitalism and social capitalism
  • Who are your stakeholders
  • The advantage of looking long term instead of short term
  • People don’t resist change, they resist loss

 

For more information about Gustavo:

Gustavo’s website

Gustavo on LinkedIn

Gustavo on Twitter

Book – Culture Trumps Everything

Gustavo’s Ted Talk

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May 2, 2018

Jan Spence began her sales career at age 10 selling donuts for summer camp. She then sold vacuum cleaners door-to-door at age 18 and went on to consult with national accounts such as Wal-Mart, Pillsbury and Frito-Lay.

 

Listen how Jan fulfilled a life-long dream to play women’s professional full-tackle football.  It wasn’t her brawn but her kindness that got her a spot.

 

Through speaking, training and coaching, Jan engages individuals and companies to realize their core values and participate in reaching their goals and this TEDx speaker comes here today to inspire and teach us.

 

You’ll discover:

 

  • The advantage of being a cheerleader
  • The advantage of having a cheerleader
  • How to act in adversity
  • Simple solutions to become the encourager people need
  • Ideas to support yourself


Interview Links & Other Resources

 

Jan’s Website

Jan’s Facebook Page

Jan on LinkedIn

Jan on Twitter

Jan on YouTube

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Apr 25, 2018

This is one of the most enjoyable interviews I have been a part of.

Larry Sutton started out with a traditional rent to own business.  Once he sold it he took an early retirement to play golf all the time.  After a year, Larry got bored. What he was missing was the interaction with people and watching them grow and growing himself.  

 

He kind of fell into the franchising business.  Currently, RNR Tire Express is experiencing organic growth with 24 franchisees operating over 110 locations.  Each store averages about $1.6 million in sales annually, with the top 20 hitting nearly $2 million. The brand has grown to $130M since beginning to franchise in 2003.


You’ll discover:

 

  • The balance between who you need to be and being open to new ideas
  • The importance of allowing the creation of a beta site for new ideas
  • How to make employees feel like they are working with you and not just for you
  • The best ideas come from the field and not the boardroom
  • To hold people accountable by asking them to bring 3 solutions along with any problem
  • Mistakes are some of the most valuable experiences in life
  • The magic of jointly creating a “stretch” bonus

 

Larry jokes “somebody once told me, if you ever want to be a success, just hire people who are smarter than you, to which he replied, Ma’am, that’s going to be easy, I’m from Oklahoma.”


For more information about RNR Tire Express and Larry Sutton:

RNR Tire Express website
RNR Tire Express on Facebook
Larry Sutton on LinkedIn
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Apr 18, 2018

Dave Farrow is the two-time Guinness Record holder for greatest memory and the CEO of Farrow Communications. To earn the world record, Farrow recalled the exact order of 59 decks of shuffled playing cards using 'The Farrow Memory Method'. This method was originally invented to combat Farrow’s dyslexia and ADHD and is now a unique memory system backed by a double-blind neuroscience study at McGill University.

 

This is a very interesting conversation with a real Brainiac.  Hold on to your seats as you listen.

 

You’ll discover:

 

  • Why you should care about your memories
  • What you can do about forgetfulness due to stress
  • You don’t need math to fight a bear
  • The importance of continuous learning to succeed as an entrepreneur
  • How to have a visual representation of a concept to boost your memory


Interview Links & Other Resources

 

Dave on Facebook

Dave on LInkedIn

Dave on Twitter

The Farrow Memory Method

Brainhackers

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Apr 11, 2018

Gallup, Inc. is a research based, performance-management consulting company.  It was founded in 1935 and has been known for its public opinion polls. Gallup now provides research and strategic consulting focusing on employee engagement, talent management and well-being.  

Today we have the pleasure of talking with Mike Clarke who is one of the many worldwide consultants for Gallup.  

He works with his clients to research their human capital needs and strategically match that with solutions such as the Clifton StrengthsFinder test.


You’ll discover:

 

  • Gallup’s history
  • How does Gallup get their information?
  • Current employee trends
  • Defining disengaged, not engaged and engaged
  • How can Gallup help you? (What’s new?)


For more information about Gallup and Mike Clarke:

Gallup's website

Get your State of the American Workplace Report

Mike at LinkedIn

Gallup on LinkedIn

Gallup on Twitter
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Apr 4, 2018

Andy Molinsky is a professor of organizational behavior and psychology at University in Boston.  He is a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review, Psychology Today, and Inc Magazine. He has authored two popular business books: Global Dexterity and his new book Reach.

Andy shares his superpower of how to successfully get outside of your comfort zone. 

 

You’ll discover:

 

  • The necessity of being open to new ideas
  • How trust in yourself will enhance your ability do more
  • The importance of getting outside your comfort zone
  • Cultural differences that might inhibit us
  • Why not to give up after the first try


Interview Links & Other Resources

 

Andy's Website

Andy on Facebook

Follow Andy on Twitter

Connect with Andy on LinkedIn

Andy's new book, Reach

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Feb 28, 2018

Sandy Geroux is the President of WOWplace International.  Her focus is creating a workplace where people (not just nameless, faceless employees) love to go because they make a difference. She knows if you want to engage your workforce, you must connect with them on a deeper level and allow them to feel as valued and respected at work as they are at home. Help them see how their daily efforts contribute to the success of not only the organization as a whole, but also (especially important for our younger workers) how they can build a fulfilling career and life for themselves in the process.


You’ll discover:

  • Leader’s blind spots
  • Millennials perspective
  • The importance of opportunity (career path)
  • How to focus on daily practice
  • 5 WOW place rules
    • Safe
    • Respectful
    • Human…not Humanoid
    • Innovative, Creative and Fun
    • Rewarding
  • Knowledge is power only if you share it


For more information about Dov:

Sandy's Website

Sandy on Twitter

Sandy on LInkedIn
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Feb 21, 2018

Ilja Grzeskowitz is an award-winning keynote Speaker who has inspired audiences in eleven different countries on three continents. Today he helps organizations all over the world to create a culture of change.  When he is not writing another bestseller, then he loves to play golf or to enjoy a fine single malt whiskey.

His general rule is to live to lift people up.  Ilja talks about the intention of making people feel better about themselves after interacting with him.  He is an authentically nice person!

 

You’ll discover:

 

  • How you impact other lives
  • The importance of being accountable for the words you use
  • The value of the difference you can make
  • How to be more aware of what we do
  • What happens when you as, “What if?”
  • The magic in making one connection at a time
  • The power of consistency


Interview Links & Other Resources

 

Ilja's Website

Ilja on LinkedIn

Ilja on Twitter

Ilja's Book - Think It  Do It  Change it

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Feb 14, 2018

Jeff McManus has been the Director of Landscape Service at the University of Mississippi for 17 years.  He changed the mindset of his workforce from working for a pension and a paycheck to working for a passion and purpose. Jeff’s a master at empowering each staff member to be a leader. Understanding that all humans either have or strive for the innate elements of Greatness, Resiliency, Opportunity and Wisdom, Jeff developed his GROW-theory into an impactful management and professional development leadership program for his staff.

 

You’ll discover:

  • The importance of purpose and passion
  • The Grow Theory
  • The use of resiliency to break down organizational silos
  • New definitions of leadership
  • Alternate ideas for growth
  • How to give others the opportunity to lead


For more information about Jeff:

Jeff’s Website

Jeff on LinkedIn

Jeff on Twitter

Jeff’s Book, Growing Weeders into Leaders

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Feb 7, 2018

This is a fun, but serious look at how we sabotage ourselves.  The lack of time to support yourself creates an environment where you can't care for the people you care about.  Bryan Falchuk has an amazing story; he went from being obese and depressed to losing over 100 pounds and running marathons. He's faced the trauma of nearly losing his wife to illness while their young son watched. He's transformed his life and developed an approach to help others do the same that he teaches in his best-selling book "Do a Day: How To Live A Better Life Every Day".  Bryan says, "Don't forget while you are changing‚ to give yourself some time."

 

You'll discover:

 

  • You can serve others better when you serve yourself first
  • The value in getting rid of those old messages that you are less than
  • The importance of clarity of purpose, intention and motivation
  • How to light the fire from within
  • Breaking the cycle of mindless doing has great rewards

 

Remember:  Selflessness without self-care leads to selfishness


Interview Links & Other Resources

 

Bryan’s website

Bryan on Twitter

Bryan on Facebook

Bryan on LinkedIn

Do A Day Book

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Jan 31, 2018

A 20-year entrepreneur, speaker, & globally recognized growth strategist, Marissa’s lifetime legacy mission is to educate, equip, & empower 100 million entrepreneurs & leaders with the skillsets and mindsets they need to reach their greatest potential.

 

As CEO of Successful Culture, Marissa helps CEOs master the 3 most critical aspects of business growth: leadership development, strategy formulation & execution, and organizational culture assessment & improvement.

 

Marissa shares her views on workplace culture including some of her Eight Secrets to a Growth-Driven Culture:

  1. Commitment to a Non=Toxic Environment
  2. Commitment to Fun
  3. Safety Outside of the Comfort Zone
  4. Employee Input for Ideas, Improvements and Direction
  5. Join for One Position; Stay for Another
  6. Continuous Learning
  7. Responsible Flexibility and Work-Life Integration
  8. Empowerment & Accountability

 

You’ll discover:

 

  • How to NOT have a toxic environment
  • The importance of knowing that your employer has your back
  • What does it mean to have a “safe” environment?
  • Many ideas on how to create continuing education
  • How to build an advisory board


For more information about Marissa:

Marissa on Twitter

Marissa on LinkedIn

Marissa on Facebook

Book: Built to Scale

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Jan 24, 2018

The best way to describe this episode of Mere Mortals Unite is to share what Steve Craft has to say about himself:

“I like to live in the world of ideas and possibilities, yet I’m always conscious of going beyond ideas and actually implementing them - getting stuff done. I enjoy creating new partnerships, promoting cutting-edge strategies and developing innovative knowledge management systems and technologies. I love discovering original ingenious concepts that make the world a better place.”

 

You’ll discover:

 

  • What stops you from acting on your ideas
  • How to create a vision for implementation
  • The idea that it’s never too late
  • The power of persistence and resilience
  • How the experts can keep you down
  • The importance of perspective
  • Steps to “get it done”
    • Imagination
    • Believe in it
    • Put together a plan
    • Invite others that have diverse opinions
    • Create an active team that empowers people

 

For more information about Steve

Steve Craft on LinkedIn

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Jan 17, 2018

Dõv Baron has been speaking internationally for over 30 years, he’s the man with a finger on the pulse of the evolving world of NextGen leadership. Dov Baron is a master storyteller!
Dõv is the bestselling author of several books, his latest, Fiercely Loyal: How High Performing Companies Develop and Retain Top Talent. Dõv’s international Leadership & Loyalty podcast is ranked the #1 podcast for Fortune 500 Executives Globally.

 

In this amazing ½ hour, leadership advisor to the UN, Dõv Baron, shares his many years of working with companies and their corporate culture.  He can see the important values necessary for success and the pitfalls that come into all leaders lives.  He constantly reminds us that if you want your people to be engaged, you have to be engaged.  


You’ll discover:

 

  • The importance of being purpose driven
  • Move beyond your mission statement
  • Perspective = $
  • Vulnerability is strong and powerful
  • Smart leaders openly collaborate

 

For more information about Dov:

Dov's Website

Dov on LInkedIn

Dov's book, Fiercely Loyal

Dov and Julie Ann on YouTube

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Jan 10, 2018

Phil M Jones is a truly self-made sales performance legend. With nearly 20 years in the sales and retail fields, Phil has made a name for himself across the globe. 

Starting his first business at the tender age of 14 launched a prestigious career that consistently delivers performance far ahead of the curve. On this episode, Phil shares with us how we can make any statement from complex to simple to achieve a higher conversion.  A path to get more of what you want, with an ethical heart of course.

 

You’ll discover:

 

  • Better Questions = Better Answers
  • How to increase your power of influence
  • The importance of the “other” person
  • A secret to removing objections
  • Conversations are relationships

 

For more information about Phil

www.philmjones.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/philmjones/

 

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