Join Mike for his new podcast, Bring Your Whole Self to Work. Each week Mike interviews interesting and influential business leaders and thought leaders – getting real with them about their journey through life and work. You’ll hear the truth behind their stories, the wisdom they’ve gain through success and failure, some of the challenges they’ve faced, and what they’ve done to bring as much of themselves as possible to their work. These conversations are designed to give you specific insights and techniques for creating greater authenticity, courage, and fulfillment in your career, as well as ideas and inspiration for how you can create an environment around you at work where people get real, have each other’s backs, and have the courage to bring all of who they are.

Archive for Bring Your Whole Self To Work

October 18, 2016joe-greenstein

My guest on today’s podcast is my friend Joe Greenstein. Joe’s latest creation, InnerSpace, focuses on teaching founders of startups how to take care of themselves and how to build cultures in line with their passions and products. Joe’s career history seems to align perfectly with what he is creating now. He had an entrepreneurial mindset as early as high school, and while in college a paper he wrote turned into a joint business venture with his professor at the time. His early attempts at the next big thing caught the public’s interest, but never showed the promise of longevity. It wasn’t until he created Flixster and acquired Rotten Tomatoes, with his friend and business partner, that he started to move the needle towards business success and financial prosperity. While he is happy to have experienced the chaos of Silicon Valley during his start-up experience and the ultimate sale of Flixster to Warner Brothers, he is passionate about the work he and his team are doing at InnerSpace, and also about his new adventure of fatherhood.

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October 4, 2016anne-robie

My guest on today’s podcast is Anne Robie. I met her at a Wisdom 2.0 conference. IBM hired Anne immediately after she finished her graduate studies and sent her to Raleigh, North Carolina. She later transferred to the San Francisco Bay area to become the Head of People for StubHub and to spend time with her ailing father.

Anne has recently started Darshan Leadership Consulting, a private leadership consulting and executive coaching business. Anne joins me to discuss the diverse meanings of Bring Your Whole Self to Work, her own personal journey, the mindfulness movement in business, how a person’s gender may impact their ability to be accepted authentically in this new era of leadership, and more.

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September 27, 2016stuart-crabb

My guest on today’s podcast is Stuart Crabb. Stuart and I met five years ago at a Wisdom 2.0 conference (notice a running theme?). At the time he was working at Facebook and was kind enough to take a small group of us on a tour of the social media company’s headquarters.

As the Head of Global Learning, Stuart helped design and grow Facebook’s Learning and Development program. When he started at Facebook there were about 500 employees, and when he left earlier this year, there were about 15,000.  He has recently started a new venture, Oxegen Consulting, and shares a wealth of insight with us on the podcast today.

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September 20, 2016chantal

My guest on today’s podcast is my friend Chantal Pierrat. Chantal and I first met at a Wisdom 2.0 conference a few years ago. I remember being struck by her passion and her authenticity. She was in the process of leaving her job at Sounds True Publishing to found her organization, Emerging Women.

Chantal and I hit it off instantly and we began discussing, among other things, the importance of feminine leadership in business and the world.  I appreciate the great work that Chantal and her team at Emerging Women are doing to empower female leaders and entrepreneurs, and all of us.

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September 13th, 2016jay-allen

My guest on today’s podcast is Jay Allen. Jay recently retired from his role as the Chief Administrative Officer at Charles Schwab, which is where he and I met a few years ago.  Schwab is one of my favorite clients and getting to know Jay and work with him and his team in recent years has been a real honor for me.

He retired last year to keep a promise to himself. Early in his work life, Jay vowed to have time to follow his passions. His career history before Schwab includes working for IBM, NBC, GE, a start-up, and his own consulting business.

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September 6th, 2016Michelle Gale

My guest on today’s podcast is my friend Michelle Gale. Michelle and I met at a Wisdom 2.0 conference back in 2011. Wisdom 2.0 is an organization that holds events all over the world which focus on bringing technology and mindfulness together. After working in sales, as a teacher, and as a recruiter, Michelle became a coach. Her experience as both a recruiter and a coach led her to an opportunity to work at Twitter in the early days of the company as it was beginning to grow.

Michelle left Twitter back in 2012 to focus on coaching full time. Today she works with organizations, as well as with parents and families, focusing on mindfulness.

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August 30, 2016Lisa McLeod

My guest on today’s podcast, Lisa Earle McLeod, is a good friend and the author of five books including Selling with Noble Purpose and Leading with Noble Purpose. Her consulting company created the concept of Noble Purpose which is a declarative statement about the impact an organization has on its customers. It incorporates telling the market what your company stands for and why your organization exists.

Lisa is an expert in sales and leadership. She writes for and she has been featured on NBC Nightly News, the Today show and Good Morning America. She has delivered keynote speeches all over the world for Apple, Pfizer, Hootsuite and many other well-known organizations.   

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August 23, 2016melissa daimler

Today’s guest, Melissa Daimler, is someone I’ve known for 15 years. She knows a ton about the coaching world because she was the very first employee of Coach University, which is one of the top coach training schools in the world. She moved from New York City, where she ran her own very successful coaching business and arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area in time for the dot-com boom.

Melissa’s desire to be part of a team led her to the Epylon Corporation, as their Director of People. She then moved to Adobe where she spent 10 years in various HR and Talent roles.  Four and a half years ago she took a job at Twitter as their Head of Learning and Organizational Development. She sits on the board of the Association for Talent Development and she’s written articles for  the Harvard Business Review.

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August 16, 2016matthew luhn

My guest on this podcast episode, Matthew Luhn, worked for over twenty years at Pixar - helping create the stories for some of the most successful animated films in history, including: Toy Story, Monsters Inc., Cars, UP, and Finding Nemo.

Today, he is a keynote speaker and consultant to some of most influential businesses and brands in the world like Apple, Charles Schwab, Google, Adidas, Disney and many others.  These companies contact him when they want to know how to inspire creativity and innovation internally as well as how to make better connections with their customers. Matthew’s unique story creation experience with Pixar, Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), and The Simpsons, along with his anybody can succeed attitude, make his “Story for Business” seminars and workshops a sought after experience.    

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August 9, 2016Bob Andrews

My guest today, Bob Andrews, is someone I’ve known for many years.  He is a dear friend and someone I greatly appreciate.  Bob has had an interesting career - working as a teacher, then as a retail store manager, and ultimately building his career in the field of Human Resources.  He was the head HR for Jamba Juice and held various HR jobs at Gap Inc.  Bob is now working for himself, doing something he has always felt passionate about - executive and leadership coaching.

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