Join Mike for his podcast, Bring Your Whole Self to Work. Each week Mike interviews interesting and influential business leaders, thought leaders, and change makers – 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

March 13, 2018

My guest this week, Jim Kouzes, is a fascinating and accomplished man whom The Wall Street Journal calls one of the 12 best executive educators in the U.S. His groundbreaking work with Barry Pozner in organizational culture and leadership behavior is considered the foundation for many executive leadership programs in place today.

Jim is a best-selling author and an award-winning speaker. During our conversation, he shares his personal journey from being an eagle scout honor guard member who got invited to JFK's inauguration, to serving in the Peace Corps, to becoming a pioneer in the world of executive development, to co-writing the ground-breaking book, The Leadership Challenge, with Barry Posner, to the work he is doing today to empower leaders, teams, and organizations all over the world.

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March 6, 2018

My guest today, Susan Peppercorn, is a Speaker and Coach who focuses on Positive Psychology through her organization, Positive Workplace Partners. During our conversation, she shares key strategies for shifting perfectionism into excellence, the importance of feedback from others, and the benefits of an accountability partner from her new book, Ditch Your Inner Critic at Work: Evidence-Based Strategies to Thrive in Your Career.

My book, Bring Your Whole Self to Work, comes out May 1, 2018.

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February 27, 2018

My guest today, Joe Sweeney, is passionate about his work and living the best life possible. His diverse career has included being a Sports Agent representing Brett Favre, President of Wisconsin Sports Authority, an Investment Banker and a Private Equity Investor. He has written three books, Networking is a Contact Sport, Moving the Needle, and his most recent, After Further Review, is a book that encourages readers to take a timeout, take stock of their lives and inspires them to live a better life.

During our conversation, we discuss how to navigate life, death, and change, with appreciation and gratitude.

My book, Bring Your Whole Self to Work, comes out on May 1st...stay tuned!

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February, 20, 2018

When change happens, be it an individual change, an organizational change, or changes in our family, navigating through the disruption is easier said than done. We are often more comfortable when things stay the same. In this solo episode, I share my thoughts and personal experiences on dealing with the necessary and inevitable subject of change. I present three strategies to using change as a tool for personal and professional growth.

My book, Bring Your Whole Self to Work comes out May 1, 2018.

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February 6, 2018

My guest today is someone who has had a positive impact on my life. My friend, Ray Arata, is the founder of the Better Man Conference and co-founder of the Inclusionary Leadership Group. He's the author of Wake Up, Man Up, Step Up: Transforming Your Wake-Up Call into Emotional Health and Happiness, and the forthcoming book, The Power of the Heart: A Guidebook for Inclusionary Leaders.

Ray is an integrative leadership coach who is focused on inspiring men to support and advocate for women in today's world.

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January 30, 2018

My guest today is Ron Carucci. Ron is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Navalent, a consulting firm working with top-level executives from influential companies. Ron and I discuss how leaders can show up fully to fill the enormous expectations placed on them, the common pitfalls many new executives face and how leaders can anticipate and preemptively tackle the challenges that arise from being placed in a position of power.

Ron contributes to the Harvard Business Review and Forbes. His most recent book, Rising to Power: The Journey of Exceptional Executives and his TEDx Talks focus on power and influence in the world of business.

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January 23, 2018

My guest on today’s podcast, Andy Molinsky, is an expert in cross-cultural adaptation. He is a Professor at Brandeis University’s International Business School with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology. He received his Ph.D. and a Master’s from Harvard. He holds a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia and a BA in International Affairs from Brown. He has been featured in and written for Harvard Business Review.

During our conversation, we discuss the importance of authenticity, courage, and inclusion, as well as his books, Global Dexterity: How to Adapt Your Behavior Across Cultures Without Losing Yourself in the Process and Reach: A Strategy to Help You Step Out of Your Comfort Zone and Rise to the Challenge.  Andy delves into the concepts of cultural fusion and the art of cross-cultural relations.

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January 16, 2018

My guest on today’s podcast, Anese Cavanaugh, is a pioneer in the field of corporate wellness programs. At a time when few corporations were investing in their organization’s welfare, Chevron hired Anese in the 1990s to develop a health and productivity leadership program. She has since started her own consulting firm, written the influential book, Contagious Culture, and raised two children.  During today’s show, Anese walks us through her IEP (Intentional Energetic Presence) method, how leaders can show up more powerfully, and how business culture is created.

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January 9, 2018

My guest on this podcast was Will Marré.  This episode aired in January of 2018, we recorded the interview in December of 2017.  Will sadly passed away suddenly in February of 2018.  I am still shocked and am so sad...the world lost a bright light.

Will was a passionate women’s leadership advocate. He worked for over 25 years helping corporations like Gap Inc., Nike, GE, and Johnson & Johnson create cultures of inclusiveness. During our discussion, Will shared the history of women in the corporate system, why male behaviors are favored in the hierarchal structure, and why the system needs to change in order for a corporation to flourish. He also shared five things women and men can do to create a workplace with a higher emotional intelligence and equal gender opportunity.  

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January 2, 2018

Happy New Year! 2018 is now officially upon us. I know it’s common for us to make a new year’s resolution at this time. However, this can be tricky for a number of reasons.  On this week's episode, I share the process I use to set my intentions and goals for the new year. The key to this process is a series of questions I ask myself. As we discussed last week, there are six completion questions that help us reflect on the past year and bring closure.  There are also five creation questions that really shine a light on what is most important for us and what we hope to achieve and experience in the next 12 months.

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