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Creative Disruption with Marguerite O'Neal

Future Proof Your Business & Your LegacyMarguerite O’Neal Consulting, Inc helps business leaders to smash status quo thinking and implement strategic, innovative, creative disruption. We believe this solution is the key to helping companies future-proof their business. In addition to our strategic consulting services, we offer education that helps leaders to challenge and overcome conventional, status quo thinking. This openness to new ideas and growth will stimulate new innovations

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CD063 Mastering Stress with David Krueger

David Krueger is the CEO and Executive Mentor Coach at MentorPath, a training, executive coaching, wellness, and publishing firm. He developed a system that helps individuals achieve a higher level of productivity and performance through neuro conditioning. Some of David’s robust clientele includes actors, pro athletes, and leaders in executive positions and high-risk, high-reward situations. David joins me today to share how you can rewire your mind to manage stress more efficiently and explains the possible root causes of what can stress a person out. He describes the importance of mindful meditation, breathing techniques, and acknowledging that some stressors aren’t the cause, but the result of trauma. David also discusses his Neural Conditioning Chart and how you can differentiate a mental detour from a mental distraction. "Mindfulness is simply a mental mode of engagement." - David Krueger Today on the Creative Disruption Podcast: David’s background and a good technique to rewire your brain to a grounded state. The clients he works with and how he helps them manage stress. How he developed the microsystem he uses to help his clients manage stress. What the Neural Conditioning Chart is and how it works. How negative self-talk can serve as a trigger. A breathing technique that works to relieve stress. Differentiating between a mental detour and a mental distraction. Resources Mentioned: Book: Tinker Dabble Doodle Try by Dr. Srini Pillay Connect with David Krueger: MentorPath Subscribe, Connect, Share Thank you for joining me this week on the Creative Disruption podcast! If you enjoyed this episode, please head over to Apple Podcasts to subscribe and leave your honest feedback. Don’t forget to share your favorite episodes with fellow CEOs to help them disrupt the status quo thinking and cement the future of their businesses.

28mins

31 Mar 2020

Rank #1

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CD062 Mental Health in Business with Hendrik Nieuwland

Hendrik Nieuwland is one of the Partners at boutique management-side labor and employment firm Shields O'Donnell MacKillop, LLP. He is a litigator and is responsible for helping clients solve problems practically and cost-effectively. Some of the cases he has represented include wrongful dismissal, human rights applications, and employment standards complaints. Apart from being a Partner, Hendrik has also authored several legal texts as well as content for many legal magazines. Hendrik joins me today to discuss how mental health should be handled in a business. He shares his opinions on the current coronavirus outbreak and what employers can do to support their employees who are self-quarantining or working from home. He describes how most employers treat mental health in the workplace and the common mistakes they make. Hendrik also explains why organization leaders shouldn’t be afraid to ask about their employee’s mental health and how to handle violent situations involving their employees. “One of the biggest mistakes employers make about mental health is they don't ask questions.” - Hendrik Nieuwland Today on the Creative Disruption Podcast: The current state of COVID-19 cases in Canada. Hendrik’s take on traveling and quarantining during the coronavirus outbreak. How employers should deal with mental health and stress-related burnout. Hendrik’s thoughts on working from home and the levels of productivity. Common sources of stressors for both leaders and employees. Why leaders shouldn't be afraid to ask about a person's mental health. How companies can provide mental health programs for employees who need them. What to do during a situation where an employee becomes violent. Common mistakes employers make regarding people on leave due to mental health. Connect with Hendrik Nieuwland: Shields O’Donnell MacKillop, LLP LinkedIn Subscribe, Connect, Share Thank you for joining me this week on the Creative Disruption podcast! If you enjoyed this episode, please head over to Apple Podcasts to subscribe and leave your honest feedback. Don’t forget to share your favorite episodes with fellow CEOs to help them disrupt the status quo thinking and cement the future of their businesses.

39mins

24 Mar 2020

Rank #2

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CD061 Transforming Weaknesses to Strengths with Vanessa Vakharia

Vanessa Vakharia is also known as The Math Guru. More than simply someone who loves teaching math to kids, she is also someone who wants to prove that wanting to learn math and being creative do not need to be two different ideas. She frequently appears on TV as an expert math educator and speaks out about gender stereotypes in STEM. Vanessa is also the host of the Math Therapy podcast, where she works through people’s math traumas. Vanessa joins me today to discuss how she helps beat the stereotype threat around girls who enjoy math. She explains how she plans to innovate the classroom to make it more holistic and less rigid and describes what led her on this journey of becoming The Math Guru. Vanessa also shares why many people still hesitate to follow their entrepreneurial dreams and start a business. “People often pigeonhole creatives as being this artsy type, and along with that goes the other stereotypes.” - Vanessa Vakharia Today on the Creative Disruption Podcast: What a stereotype threat is and why it's important to address it. When she found out she wanted to be an entrepreneur. Changing people's perceptions regarding creative and logical stereotypes. Why her parents sent her to a creative school and what she learned. How women can be more comfortable around STEM. Why people hesitate to start a business. How she aims to promote education innovation. Connect with Vanessa Vakharia: The Math Guru LinkedIn Podcast: Math Therapy Subscribe, Connect, Share Thank you for joining me this week on the Creative Disruption podcast! If you enjoyed this episode, please head over to Apple Podcasts to subscribe and leave your honest feedback. Don’t forget to share your favorite episodes with fellow CEOs to help them disrupt the status quo thinking and cement the future of their businesses.

25mins

17 Mar 2020

Rank #3

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CD060 Be Open to Opportunities with Natalie Prychitko

Natalie Prychitko is the CEO of the Whitby Chamber of Commerce, a platform that connects member organizations and companies through events, advocacy, and partnerships. She has over 25 years of experience in managing teams and large organizations. Some of her specialties include diverse strategic programs, gradual adoption of new systems, and generating effective business results. She is also a member of the Board of Directors at Durham Workforce Authority. Natalie joins me to discuss her thoughts on generating positive disruption in the workplace. She shares what her typical day looks like and how she maintains a strict morning routine. She describes the experiences that made her become a good fit for the position of CEO. Natalie also explains the importance of relaying the rationale behind critical business directives and how you can be a champion of disruption in your company. “Don't worry about deviating a little and experiencing something new.” - Natalie Prychitko Today on the Creative Disruption Podcast: What an ordinary day looks like for Natalie. Balancing being an early bird and socializing at night. The experiences and lessons that helped her become the CEO of the Whitby Chamber of Commerce. The benefits of having a diverse set of managers and leaders. Why communicating the reasons behind business decisions is critical. Defining what disruption means from a leadership perspective. How you can bring disruption to an otherwise rigid system. The new technologies and apps she introduced to various chambers. What she wants her legacy to be. Resources Mentioned: Durham Workforce Authority Connect with Natalie Prychitko: Whitby Chamber of Commerce LinkedIn Subscribe, Connect, Share Thank you for joining me this week on the Creative Disruption podcast! If you enjoyed this episode, please head over to Apple Podcasts to subscribe and leave your honest feedback. Don’t forget to share your favorite episodes with fellow CEOs to help them disrupt the status quo thinking and cement the future of their businesses.

34mins

10 Mar 2020

Rank #4

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CD059 Compassionate Leadership with Nancy Shaw

Nancy Shaw is the CEO of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, an organization that aims to be the voice of business for Greater Oshawa. They provide leadership support, promotion of business opportunities, and business-to-business cooperation throughout the community. Before her appointment as CEO, Nancy has firmly established her persona in the community, coming in with prior experience as an Executive Officer and Executive Assistant for other community service-oriented organizations. Nancy joins me today to share her thoughts and ideas regarding gender diversity in executive positions. She describes her role and responsibilities as the CEO of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce. She explains what being a leader means in today’s world and how young people can become good leaders. Nancy also discusses some of the best ways for young people to start a business and what she believes the future holds for gender diversity in executive leadership roles. “If you’re going to be anything in this world - be kind.” - Nancy Shaw Today on the Creative Disruption Podcast: Ideas she wants to be implemented in the Chamber of Commerce in the future. The stigma she wants to remove from the Chamber. What her role as CEO entails and how she enacts it. Her definition of leadership and what it means. The positive changes she observes in Oshawa. The resources that are available to people that want to start a business. Nancy’s most notable achievements as CEO. What the future holds for gender diversity in higher positions. Resources mentioned: Business Advisory Centre Durham Connect with Nancy Shaw: Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce LinkedIn Subscribe, Connect, Share Thank you for joining me this week on the Creative Disruption podcast! If you enjoyed this episode, please head over to Apple Podcasts to subscribe and leave your honest feedback. Don’t forget to share your favorite episodes with fellow CEOs to help them disrupt the status quo thinking and cement the future of their businesses.

22mins

3 Mar 2020

Rank #5

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Discovering Your Niche Product with Jody Swain

Jody Swain is the Founder of Hire and Fire Your Kids, a gamified parenting app that allows kids to simulate how real-world hiring and jobs work. The goal of the app is to establish a parent-child bond that revolves around chores, self-accountability, and trust. The app has been featured in several media and publications including Savvy Sassy Moms, Dragons’ Den, and CityNews, and was the recipient of the 2020 Mompreneurs Award. Jody has always had the entrepreneurial spirit, and while it did take some time, the skills and experiences she gathered in merchandising, retail, and sales helped her pave the way to start her very own company. Jody joins me today to discuss what “Hire and Fire Your Kids” is and how it works. She explains how the app helps children build values and build a stronger bond with their parents. She shares how she gained funding for the company and how she pitched it to investors. Jody also describes how best to overcome failure and get back on the path to success. “If you want to do it, do it. If you fail at it, fail fast, learn from it, and do it again." - Jody Swain Today on the Creative Disruption Podcast: How Jody started her entrepreneurial journey. What it was like being a child entrepreneur. What "Hire and Fire Your Kids" is all about and what it teaches kids. The gameplay mechanics and how the game works. What to do when preparing for a pitch. How the game helps parents know what their kids can do. Overcoming the fear that hindered your success. The Kickstarter campaign that reached its goal. What Jody wants her app to change in the entrepreneurial world. Connect with Jody Swain: Hire and Fire Your Kids LinkedIn Subscribe, Connect, Share Thank you for joining me this week on the Creative Disruption podcast! If you enjoyed this episode, please head over to Apple Podcasts to subscribe and leave your honest feedback. Don’t forget to share your favorite episodes with fellow CEOs to help them disrupt the status quo thinking and cement the future of their businesses.

22mins

25 Feb 2020

Rank #6

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CD057 Eliminating Risk in Business with Hendrik Nieuwland

Hendrik Nieuwland is a Partner at Shields O'Donnell MacKillop, LLP., a boutique management-side labor, and employment firm. As Partner, Hendrik is a litigator in charge of solving client problems in a practical, cost-effective, and efficient manner. He has represented a wide range of employment and labor disputes such as wrongful dismissal, employment standards complaints, and human rights applications. Hendrik is also active in the legal community, having authored numerous legal texts as well as contributed to many legal magazines. Hendrik joins me today to share his thoughts on how current activist movements have shaped the way the court system works and treats work-related cases. He describes his specializations and the type of representation he provides. He discusses employment-related options that have arisen due to the coronavirus outbreak. Hendrik also explains why he lost interest in becoming a biochemist and instead chose to practice law. “Having a mentor is essential.” - Hendrik Nieuwland Today on the Creative Disruption Podcast: Hendrik’s current role at the firm and what they are as a company. Why he changed his mind about biochemistry to become a lawyer. Hendrik’s tips when it comes to looking for a mentor. His thoughts on the recent coronavirus problem. Possible considerations for work-from-home employees. Special cases he's handled regarding harassment and #MeToo. How he handles mental health and stress-related cases. Why he likes getting involved in the legal community. Connect with Hendrik Nieuwland: Shields O’Donnell MacKillop LinkedIn Subscribe, Connect, Share Thank you for joining me this week on the Creative Disruption podcast! If you enjoyed this episode, please head over to Apple Podcasts to subscribe and leave your honest feedback. Don’t forget to share your favorite episodes with fellow CEOs to help them disrupt the status quo thinking and cement the future of their businesses.

41mins

18 Feb 2020

Rank #7

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CD056 Love is a Universal Language

Steve Higgins is a singer, conductor, musician, soloist, and performer. He is the owner of Steve Higgins Productions, a company known for providing elegant musical entertainment across a variety of genres. His life as a singer started in Jamaica, where he sang at churches and chorales. It was when he moved to South Florida, where Steve took singing seriously, travelling all over the world to sing at many events and for organizations. Steve joins me today to share his thoughts on music and why music, just like love, is a universal language. He describes what his life was like before he became a professional singer. He discusses the spiritual aspect of music and how it relates to people even though they may speak a different language. Steve also explains what it’s like to sing in front of an audience and how he wants his leadership to impact the world. “Music is the language of love and it is music that will tear down all man-made barriers.” - Steve Higgins Today on the Creative Disruption Podcast: How he developed his love for music at an early age. His belief in music and why it will promote harmony. Why a lot of people, regardless of language, are touched by music. What Valentine's week means to him and the music he recommends. How you can appreciate different genres of music. What it's like to sing in front of an audience. Summarizing his impact as a global leader. Connect with Steve Higgins: Steve Higgins Productions Facebook Join Steve for his performance in Brampton on March 28th, 2020. Subscribe, Connect, Share Thank you for joining me this week on the Creative Disruption podcast! If you enjoyed this episode, please head over to Apple Podcasts to subscribe and leave your honest feedback. Don’t forget to share your favorite episodes with fellow CEOs to help them disrupt the status quo thinking and cement the future of their businesses.

28mins

11 Feb 2020

Rank #8

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CD055 A Life Well Lived: Intro to Season 3

Welcome to the first episode of Season 3! If you have been an avid listener of the Creative Disruption show since the beginning, thank you for your continued support. If you’re a new listener, welcome to the Creative Disruption podcast! Last year’s theme was all about legacy, burnout and local businesses. This season’s theme is all about 21st Century Leadership, and I can’t wait to have guests who will share their wisdom with you. In this season’s first episode, I discuss why I went with 21st Century Leadership as the theme of season 3. I share an interesting story about a previous guest and why she wasn’t worried about her legacy. I describe the legacies left behind by two influential people and how they have affected the world. I also share the lessons I’ve learned about living in the moment. “How we apply ourselves to our work and every action we take, we are building a legacy - a legacy that is lived moment by moment.” - Marguerite O’Neal Today on the Creative Disruption Podcast: The new name of season 3 and why I chose it. What it means to live in the present. Measuring success for more than what you can be remembered for. My reaction to Kobe Bryant's recent passing and what he left behind. What my late guru shared with me about creative disruption. Exploring what it means to be a leader in the 21st century. Subscribe, Connect, Share Thank you for joining me this week on the Creative Disruption podcast! If you enjoyed this episode, please head over to Apple Podcasts to subscribe and leave your honest feedback. Don’t forget to share your favorite episodes with fellow CEOs to help them disrupt the status quo thinking and cement the future of their businesses.

7mins

4 Feb 2020

Rank #9

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Encore Episode: The Confidence Project with Carol Baxter

Carol Baxter is a yogi, life coach, writer, and training facilitator. She owns a platform that offers services to help clients live their best life. She is the creator of The Confidence Project, an online program and interactive journal that combines personal narrative, journaling, and a variety of tools and exercises as well as meditation to empower its users. Carol also offers the Tribal Trance Flow class in her studio. It is a mix of guided flow and free-form movements that fuses yoga and tribal dance. Carol joins me today to share how her life changed when she started getting in touch with her inner self through mindful meditation and yoga. She describes what her life was like as a sensitive child and her coping mechanisms throughout adulthood. She explains how she was able to unlock her true potential and the drive that made her want to help others. Carol also discusses how the Confidence Project and Tribal Trance Flow can help empower you to the next level. “Positive stress helps fuel who you are.” - Carol Baxter Today on the Creative Disruption Podcast: What her vision of the best version of herself was as a child. The challenges of being a sensitive child and how she coped. How leaders can help someone who lacks self-esteem and confidence in business. Carol’s tips to become confident in speaking. Why she decided to open her studio. The difference between positive and negative stress. What the Tribal Trance Flow class teaches students. Getting in touch with your inner self through meditation. Connect with Carol Baxter: Official website The Confidence Project Tribal Trance Flow Subscribe, Connect, Share Thank you for joining me this week on the Creative Disruption podcast! If you enjoyed this episode, please head over to Apple Podcasts to subscribe and leave your honest feedback. Don’t forget to share your favorite episodes with fellow CEOs to help them disrupt the status quo thinking and cement the future of their businesses.

29mins

28 Jan 2020

Rank #10