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An Interview with Aaron Hurst, Founder of Taproot Foundation and Imperative

An Interview with Aaron Hurst, Founder of Taproot Foundation and Imperative

 

Aaron Hurst’s goal is to activate conscious leadership and develop values-based leadership on a global scale. The idea of the more conscious we are, the greater impact we can make not only on a global scale but also in our daily lives. Being conscious is to notice the contradictions, the forces that pull you in different directions, and the things that trip you up. It is what enables you to go down the correct path.  

In This Episode: 

  • [01:04] Aaron Hurst quickly shares his career background and his audacity in his visions and his dreams 
  • [08:30] The importance of conscious leadership to make the right choices and to correct the wrong choices 
  • [17:48] The abundance mindset is what builds trust and safety relationship
  • [26:56] How Aaron creates harmony within ourselves and with others through his work 
  • [34:46] Working to build bridges between “tribes” 

Key Takeaways: 

  • If you don’t leave the world fundamentally in a better place than you found it, you didn’t do a good job. 
  • Disappointment and joy go together. 
  • Sometimes the best thing to do is to take a moment and hold the ground of where we are. 
  • It’s not going to be technology telling us what to think. It’s going to be technology creating space for us to act as human beings. 
  • At the end of the day and business people do business with people they know, they like, and they trust. 

Meet Aaron Hurst 

Aaron Hurst is the foremost expert on the science of purpose and fulfillment at work. In 2014, he brought global awareness to the rise of the fourth economic era in history, the Purpose Economy. He is the CEO and Co-Founder of Imperative, the platform that connects and supports employees as peer career coaches. Imperative enables video-based peer coaching conversations across organizations that drive mindset and behavior changes that increase leadership abilities, productivity, and fulfillment. Previously, as the founder of the Taproot Foundation, Aaron catalyzed the $15 billion pro bono service market. He has written for or been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg TV, Fast Company and was named a LinkedIn Influencer. He is a third-generation graduate of the University of Michigan. 

Aaron’s company, the Imperative, is a peer coaching platform that uses the power of peers to support each other over time to become increasingly effective and fulfilled. 

The science-backed platform combines the effectiveness of coaching with the impact of building trusted peer networks that are proven to build resilient and high performing cultures. 

Through Imperative’s video-based coaching platform, employees meet in rotating pairs for scripted peer-to-peer coaching conversations that are dynamically designed to adapt as their needs change. The individual behavior change, growth, and fulfillment of leaders are tracked over time. This enables companies to measure the ROI and generate insights about organizational behavior and culture gaps. Imperative is quickly being adopted by employee-centric Fortune 1000 companies with distributed workforces as a strategy to increase productivity, inclusion, and fulfillment. 

Resources: 
Imperative: https://www.imperative.com/about 
Taproot Foundation: https://taprootfoundation.org/
Aaron Hurst on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aaronhurst/
Aaron Hurst email: aaron@imperative.com 
The Purpose Economy: How Your Desire for Impact, Personal Growth and Community Is Changing the World by Aaron Hurst: https://www.amazon.com/Purpose-Economy-Personal-Community-Changing-ebook/dp/B00JEMUB1S 
The Third Harmony Film: https://thirdharmony.org/ 

An Interview with Marti Glenn PhD, Co-founder and CEO Ryzio Institute

An Interview with Marti Glenn PhD, Co-founder and CEO Ryzio Institute

 

Marti Glenn, co-founder and Chief Education Officer of Ryzio Institute, conducts professional trainings and intensive retreats internationally that make it possible for leaders to move beyond coping into thriving. Awareness is the most critical skill that leaders can develop. With awareness, we have a choice.

Marti explains how the nerve you have never heard of is running your life. The polyvagal theory is how our vagus nerve tells our body what to do and how to do it. When we feel safe, the vagus nerve will develop around the heart and calm our nervous system. However, not everyone felt as safe as a child. We can grow the vagus nerve as adults through experiencing safety. Tune in as we talk about love, safety, and trust in the workplace.

In This Episode:

  • [00:45] Meet Marti Glenn. Marti reveals her definition of conscious leadership and how Ryzio helps leaders. 
  • [13:35] Marti has discovered the secret sauce that underlies all of her workplace research: LOVE!
  • [17:40] The ways leaders can show vulnerability in the workplace; it needs to be appropriate. 
  • [20:15] Marti reveals how a leader can create safety in the work environment. 
  • [25:10] When we can be in the prefrontal cortex, we can be in a window of tolerance.
  • [31:05] The relationship between trust and love in the workplace.  
  • [36:10] What is needed for individuals and organizations during COVID-19. 
  • [39:30] The importance of mindfulness and becoming more conscious as a leader.

Key Takeaways:

  • Consciousness has to do with awareness, being present, and being authentic. 
  • The vagus nerve runs our lives in terms of emotional regulation, social connection, and our response to fear. 
  • In most work environments, people do not feel safe to show up and be who they are; we need to change this. 
  • The way we show love in the workplace is by showing our interest in people. 
  • Leaders can show vulnerability in the workplace; it has to do with sharing authenticity and being as real as possible. 

Meet Marti Glenn:

Marti Glenn is dedicated to helping people transform their lives! As co-founder and Chief Education Officer of Ryzio Institute, she conducts professional trainings and intensive retreats internationally that make it possible for leaders to move beyond coping into thriving. Marti is particularly keen on crafting experiences and practices that develop the brain and nervous system and even change the trajectory of our DNA! Integrating the latest research in epigenetics, Polyvagal Theory, neuroscience, psychology, leadership and mindfulness, she and her team offer experiences and practices to help leaders live the lives they long for! She has discovered and delights in teaching the secret sauce that underlies all of this research: LOVE!

Resources:
Ryzio Institute: https://ryzio.com
Ryzio on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ryzio.com/
Marti on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marti-glenn-9455a4/

 

An Interview with Peter Bregman, CEO of Bregman Partners

An Interview with Peter Bregman, CEO of Bregman Partners

 

Peter Bregman coaches CEOs and senior leaders in many of the world’s premier organizations. He joins the show to talk about getting rid of the noise to focus on the most important things. Peter has been running his business for twenty-two years; continually pivoting and making significant changes. After making a change, Peter reevaluates if it’s working after six months. Then, Peter dives into how his work is changing during COVID-19. During the pandemic, it’s critical to have a clear strategy and a strong leadership team. Stay tuned as Peter speaks about the importance of DEI in the workplace, the future of organizations in the new normal, and how leaders can get it “right” during these uncertain times.

In This Episode:

  • [00:55] Meet Peter Bregman. Peter explains how the best leaders have a clear focus.
  • [12:55] How Peter is best supporting his clients during the pandemic.  
  • [23:00] The importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. 
  • [27:35] What organizations are going to need as we adjust to the new normal.
  • [34:50] How leaders can get it “right” during these uncertain times. 
  • [43:15] Peter’s definition of conscious leadership. We need to look and question ourselves continually.
  • [56:40] Peter’s takeaways from the conversation.

Key Takeaways:

  • Leaders are emotionally courageous enough to make tradeoffs. 
  • You need Zoom when you have multiple people in a room; it’s actually a relief for people to have a regular phone call. 
  • During the pandemic, you need to have a clear strategy and a strong leadership team.
  • Being an unpleasant person doesn’t help you get ahead. It won’t hurt you; but, it doesn’t help you either.
  • If you are open, curious, and humble, then you can take good risks to be really human.

Meet Peter Bregman:

Recognized as the #1 executive coach in the world by Leading Global Coaches, Peter Bregman coaches CEOs and senior leaders in many of the world’s premier organizations. Having started his career teaching leadership on wilderness and mountaineering expeditions, Peter is CEO of Bregman Partners, an executive coaching company that helps successful people become exceptional leaders and stellar human beings.

Peter is ranked as a top 30 thought leader by Thinkers 50 Radar and selected as one of the top 8 thought leaders in leadership. He is the award-winning, best selling author and contributor of 16 books, including, most recently, Leading with Emotional Courage: How to Have Hard Conversations, Create Accountability, and Inspire Action on Your Most Important Work. His book, 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller, winner of the Gold medal from the Axiom Business Book awards, named the best business book of the year by NPR, and selected by Publisher’s Weekly and the New York Post as a top ten business book. He is also the author of Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Replace Counter-Productive Habits with Ones That Really Work, a  New York Post  “Top Pick for Your Career” in 2015, and Point B: A Short Guide to Leading a Big Change.

Resources:

Website: bregmanpartners.com
LinkedIn 
Facebook 
Twitter 

An Interview with Tiffany Jana, CEO TMI Consulting Inc & Partner at Now Partners

An Interview with Tiffany Jana, CEO TMI Consulting Inc & Partner at Now Partners

 

Dr. Tiffany Jana joins the show to talk about equity gaps in the workplace. Equity is about making sure that everyone has the tools they need to succeed. Is everyone in your workplace just as likely to succeed and get a promotion? Most likely “no” because of the collective injustice that has taken place over time is affecting the workplace. Leaders and companies have the tools to make things right that were once wrong in service of greater justice for all. By optimizing your workplace culture through diversity, equity, and inclusion, your employees will feel a fantastic sense of belonging. Plus, it’s essential to understand the areas of opportunity to improve diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

In This Episode:

  • [00:55] Meet Dr. Tiffany Jana, and hear how Tiffany’s mother is a pioneer in the diversity space around the world. 
  • [03:20] Dr. Tiffany reveals the evolution of diversity and inclusion in the workplace – The quantitative and qualitative approaches to measuring equity in the workplace. 
  • [09:55] How Loom The Culture Map works and what types of things it will measure about diversity, equity, and inclusion.  
  • [11:55] The strategy conversation that needs to happen for diversity training to work.
  • [19:00] The importance of Chief Diversity Officers and how their role can be best utilized.  
  • [26:15] The challenges that Dr. Tiffany needs to overcome with clients as they go through diversity work.

Key Takeaways:

  • Everyone has the right and should have the opportunity to earn an honest living doing what they love. 
  • Visionary leaders should build space to create inclusion and create greater diversity to cultivate a healthy workplace. 
  • It’s important to allow the best of all identities to actually show up and come to bear on the solutions that your business is trying to create. 
  • Loom The Culture Map will allow your organization to retain top talent through proactive diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategies.
  • All diversity work starts at the individual level. One person can derail any sort of change process. 

Meet Dr. Tiffany Jana

Dr. Tiffany Jana is the CEO of TMI Portfolio, a collection of companies working to advance inclusive workplaces. TMI Consulting, a TMI Portfolio company, is a 2018 Best for the World B Corporation. Jana is also the coauthor of Overcoming Bias and the second edition of the B Corp Handbook. Subtle Acts of Exclusion: How to Understand, Identify and Stop Microaggressions (BK, March 10, 2020), offers a pathway to a more inclusive, respectful society. Learn more at subtleactsofexclusion.com

Resources:

Subtle Acts of Exclusion 
Dr. Tiffany Jana on LinkedIn 
Loom The Culture Map 
Loom The Culture Map on Instagram 
TMI Consultin

An Interview with John Montgomery, Lex Ultima & NOW Partners

An Interview with John Montgomery, Lex Ultima & NOW Partners

During John Montgomery’s time in the startup world, he realized that there was a certain charisma of all the best leaders – they would emanate a field of consciousness and create a flow state. When your business is in a flow state, you attract all of the best employees, customers, and investors. An infectiously positive work environment will be a complete game-changer for any business. While observing these CEOs and organizations, John learned that companies that adopt sustainable principles provide five points greater return per year to investors than their conventional peers. Plus, businesses that lead from the heart will have more engaged employees and half of the turnover as their competition.

In This Episode:

  • [01:00] Meet John Montgomery. John reveals the journey behind his career and the inspiration for his global movement of business as a force for good.
  • [16:15] What John learned after observing a dozen successful CEOs and organizations.
  • [26:15] The importance of meeting Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in an organization and why leaders should not be fear-based. 
  • [47:40] The inspiration behind John’s book and documentary to touch on the spiritual change that is necessary for our world.  
  • [53:55] Conscious leadership is people who are committed to waking up, growing up, cleaning up, and showing up. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Leaders in a startup environment will emanate a field of consciousness that is harmonious and effective for peak performance. 
  • A flow state will make your business a magnet for success – you will attract the best customers, investors, and employees. 
  • An infectiously positive work environment is the secret to gaining market share, beating the competition, and increasing profits.  
  • When you’re a visionary, you can easily be ten or twenty years in front of the market. 
  • Leading from the heart will give you employees that are twice as productive, twice as engaged, and half of the turnover.

Meet John Montgomery

John Montgomery is a corporate lawyer whose current project is producing a full-feature documentary film, Awakening a Force for Good, about the global movement of business as a force for good. Here is a link to the trailer: https://vimeo.com/386398166 The password is “4good”.

John’s firm, Lex Ultima, provides transformation management to boards of directors, senior executives, and stockholders to help them adopt the triple-bottom-line approach to business necessary to become a benefit corporation and leverage its advantages. He also provides transformative executive coaching to senior executives through Lex Ultima and the Center for Creative Leadership, where he is an adjunct executive coach and is a partner with NOW Partners, a global management consulting firm.

A corporate lawyer since 1984, Montgomery served as a co-chair of the legal working group behind California’s historic benefit-corporation legislation and is a leading authority on this new corporate form. He is co-founding director and President of the Benefit Company Bar Association and co-founding director and Secretary of the Conscious Leadership Guild. Montgomery also serves on the advisory boards of B Lab Europe, The Purpose of the Corporation, Reporting 3.0, Vista Caballo, and Trimergence to help develop new approaches to capitalism and leadership. 

Prior to starting Lex Ultima in 2017, Montgomery co-founded Chrysallis, a behavior change company, in 2010 (acquired by Aduro in 2016) and founded Montgomery & Hansen, a prominent Silicon Valley corporate law firm, in 2003. Montgomery also founded Startworks Ventures, a benefit capital firm that has provided seed capital to new businesses since 2007, and is the author of Great from the Start: How Conscious Corporations Attract Success.

Resources:
John Montgomery on LinkedIn 
NOW Partners
NOW Partners on LinkedIn 
Center For Creative Leadership 
Reinventing Organizations 

What Is Conscious Leadership? A Special Edition Episode Featuring 13 Well Renowned Leaders In the Space

What Is Conscious Leadership? A Special Edition Episode Featuring 13 Well Renowned Leaders In the Space

This special edition episode is a compilation of 13 CEOs and Leaders answering the question, “What is Conscious Leadership?” along with sharing their takeaways for action oriented next steps. This compilation is pulled from informative interviews with a range of Conscious Leaders and change agents who know that true leadership comes from the inside out. This episode features Jim Dethmer, Rose Fernandez, Eric Kaufman, Runa Bouius, Gary Shapiro, Diana Chapman, Cory Smith, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Bob Chapman, Rich Fernandez, John Renesch, David Helfant, and Leif Cocks. 

An Interview with Leif Cocks, Founder of The Orangutan Project

An Interview with Leif Cocks, Founder of The Orangutan Project 

Leif Cocks is a passionate campaigner for orangutans and has been the President of The Orangutan Project since its formation. Leif hopes to create a world where conservation organizations are no longer needed. Through working with orangutans closely, Leif has discovered a lot about humanity. Our genetics and culture have given us the ability to destroy ourselves, therefore we need to reform our own lives before we can reform the planet. Leif shares his take on conscious leadership and how he utilizes conscious leadership in a conservation organization.

In This Episode:

  • [00:30] Meet Leif Cocks. He’s a zoologist by trade and started a mission to save the orangutans. Along the way, he has discovered a lot about humanity. Leif gives his definition of conscious leadership. 
  • [03:00] How Leif shows up in the corporate setting and utilizes conscious leadership in a conservation organization. 
  • [05:55] When you meet and become close friends with an orangutan, you will see the humanity in their eyes. Orangutans are far more independent, confident, and self-assured.  
  • [08:00] The problems that our planet faces.  
  • [14:40] Reform yourself before you and try and reform the world. Take time to become active in expressing compassion in an intelligent way. 

Key Takeaways:

  • The organization becomes subservient to the cause. We cannot lose sight of what we are there to achieve. 
  • If we are happy, then we can’t help but make other people happy. 
  • The problem our society faces is cognitive dissonance. 
  • Reform yourself before you try and reform the world. 

Meet Leif Cocks

The Orangutan Project was established in 1998 by founder and world-renowned orangutan expert, Leif Cocks, as a result of his almost 30-year career working with orangutans. Leif is a passionate campaigner for orangutans and has been the President of The Orangutan Project since its inception. 
Facebook
The Orangutan Project 

Resources:

The Orangutan Project: https://www.theorangutanproject.org/about-us/leif-cocks/
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMBZGn2tMFg
Book: Finding Our Humanity: An inner journey towards understanding ourselves and our way forward
Book: Orangutans My Cousins, My Friends: A journey to understand and save the person of the forest

An Interview with David Helfant, Founding Partner, Helfant Law

An interview with David Helfant, Founding Partner, Helfant Law

David speaks about encouraging his clients to get involved with charitable organizations to build their brand and give back to their communities. David always asks his clients how they want people to remember them. Do they want to be remembered as someone who makes money, or do they want to be remembered as someone who changed the world? When David’s clients think about these questions, they tend to understand that wealth has a broader definition. David is blessed; he goes to work every day and loves what he does. Later, David speaks about how the American entertainment industry shapes the rest of the world, observations about conscious leadership in the entertainment industry, and surviving cancer.

In This Episode:

  • [1:30] Meet David Helfant
  • [5:40] The merger between art and commerce. How do you have a brand while making a positive impact on the world? 
  • [12:30] The American entertainment industry shapes the rest of the world. How much does the industry own how it shapes the world? People are looking for programming that tells the side of a story that isn’t mainstream. 
  • [20:00] Observations about conscious leadership in the entertainment industry. David talks about his personal journey with the Guitar Center Music Foundation. 
  • [27:25] About David’s healing process and surviving cancer. He realized he spent way too much time working and not enough time with his family.  
  • [30:50] Mentoring is a valuable asset. We can shortcut other people’s paths by cutting out mistakes. David speaks about his mentoring journey. 
  • [44:45] Songs get embedded into our memories and become shared moments. Leaders help create these shared moments.  

Key Takeaways:

  • Educate people on the direction they take their creative careers. 
  • Have a charitable contribution plan to help the world, the community and your brand.  
  • People are looking for programming that tells the side of the story that isn’t necessarily public. 
  • Wealth isn’t about money; wealth is about what feeds your soul. 
  • Prioritize what’s important to you in your life. As long as you can pay your bills, use your time and resources to help others.

Meet David Helfant

For over 38 years, David has been practicing as an entertainment attorney specializing in music, motion picture, television and video production and distribution. He’s also a Cancer Survivor and shares how he encourages his clients to get involved in charitable organizations to build their entertainment while also making an impact in the world. 

LinkedIn
Helfantlaw.com
Save Us The World YouTube
Guitar Center Music Foundation

Bob Chapman, Chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc.

An Interview with Bob Chapman, Chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc.

This week’s episode features Bob Chapman, Chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc., who applied a unique blend of strategy and culture for over 40 years while leading the company. Understanding that leaders have a massive responsibility for their employees, Bob works to improve relationships between employees and leaders. He realized that leadership is a privilege to create human and economic value & that his employees should feel valued. In the workplace, anxiety levels are higher than ever, which can stem from not feeling valued, and instead, feeling used. If an employee lacks meaning and purpose, they will not be present for their families or communities. This episode discusses measuring success within an organization, the importance of having a robust business model, and why economic value and human value can work together in harmony.

In This Episode:
[00:50] Meet Bob Chapman. Bob talks about what information was lacking in his education. 
[06:30] Leaders have a massive responsibility for their employees. We should teach our leaders to care for their followers.
[09:30] Businesses need to shift from focusing on shareholder value to touching people’s lives.
[12:15] How Bob measures success within his organization. We need to teach companies and business leaders to learn how to care.
[18:20] Letting managers become leaders by teaching empathy. Recognize and celebrate the good in people.
[22:15] The importance of having a robust business model.
[28:45] Understanding that economic value and human value can work together in harmony.
[35:00] Leaders should walk with their feet on the ground and their heads in the clouds.


Key Takeaways:
How we treat our employees will directly affect how they treat their family members.
Business could be the most potent force for putting good into the world.
We need to create human value within an organization.
The most significant cause of stress is work. We need to help companies learn how to care.
Economic value and human value can work together in harmony.

Meet Bob Chapman
Recently named the #3 CEO in the world in an Inc. magazine article, Bob Chapman is very intentional about using his platform as a business leader to build a better world.

Chapman is Chairman and CEO of St. Louis, MO-based Barry-Wehmiller, a $2.5B global manufacturing business with 11,000 team members. The company began as a small pasteurizing and bottle washer business in 1885 and, through acquisition and organic growth, has grown into 12 business units (10 in the US) serving primarily the packaging, paper converting, sheeting and corrugating industries. Chapman became the senior executive of this private company in 1975 at age 30 when the 80-year-old business had $20 million in revenue, outdated technology and a very weak financial position. Despite the obstacles, Chapman applied a unique blend of strategy and culture over the next 40 years in leading Barry-Wehmiller through almost 90 successful acquisitions.

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Resources:
The Barry Wehmiller Network
Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring (Book)
Everybody Matters on YouTube

Jim Dethmer, Co-Founder of Conscious Leadership Group

An Interview with Jim Dethmer, Co-Founder of Conscious Leadership Group

Jim explains that teams have a greater chance of seeing reality if they create certain kinds of conversations amongst themselves. These conversations can be between customers, competitors, and innovators. Feedback rich environments will also assist in creating a clear reality. To have these open conversations and a feedback friendly culture, trust is needed. Jim says for trust to be lasting in a team setting, you will need to trust yourself first. EQ trumps IQ, but BQ (body intelligence) may trump all of the above. We can learn practical ways to interpret the information our bodies give us. Later, Jim explains the commitments to conscious leadership, how to work around assumptions, and preventing burnout.

In This Episode

  • [01:00] Meet Jim Dethmer. Jim explains how he came to know conscious leadership.
  • [06:10] The team that sees reality the best wins. However, we never know the reality of how it truly is. Can we see ourselves more accurately?
  • [08:00] Which comes first, authenticity or trust? Most people think trust comes first. If someone trusts you, then they are willing to be candid. However, if you are vulnerable, people will trust you more.
  • [12:20] EQ trumps IQ. Once your IQ is established, the EQ will kick in, especially in a team setting.
  • [15:50] About BQ – body intelligence. Our bodies have intelligence that is far faster and more reliable than our cognitive abilities.
  • [27:50] The tools Jim uses for his clients to understand BQ.
  • [30:30] The commitments to conscious leadership.
  • [38:00] Working around assumptions and beliefs to create more effective leadership.
  • [44:00] Preventing energetic burnout. When we live unconsciously, our bodies will live in an unsustainable state.

Key Takeaways

  • Support teams by lessening their desire to prove they are right. Instead, increase their desire for curiosity.
  • For trust to be lasting, you have to trust yourself first.
  • Soft skills make a difference in a team setting.
  • Our physical bodies are actually the first line of awareness.
  • Take the time to notice what is going on in our bodies. Pay attention to thoughts and physical sensations

Meet Jim Dethmer

Jim inspires and activates audiences through a rare combination of provocative insights, humor and highly relatable examples based on the latest leadership research and decades of coaching top leaders.
The Conscious Leadership Group (CLG) is a consultancy founded by Jim Dethmer and Diana Chapman. Brings a radical new leadership conversation to the organizational world through coaching, consulting, forums, events, keynotes, and online resources.

“You are either leading above the line or below the line. If you’re above the line, you’re in a state of trust. If you’re under the line, you’re in a state of fear.” – Jim Dethmer

Resources

Conscious Leadership Group  

The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership: A New Paradigm for Sustainable Success Here

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