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Lead with Levity

Feeling the pressure? This podcast will equip you with the tools you and your team need to rise above it. If you want to create the kind of work environment that your team can get excited about, where people feel valued and connected, then this is the show for you. Tune into interviews with bestselling authors, executive coaches, consultants, and managers in a league of their own. Extending research to the workplace, Dr. Heather Walker sheds light on the power of levity at work. "Join me in my journey to find workplace solutions that improve work climate, the culture, and that support a positive employee experience. I talk to leaders across industries to find out what they do to improve their work environment through levity, better management, and survey insights."https://www.leadwithlevity.com

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Feeling the pressure? This podcast will equip you with the tools you and your team need to rise above it. If you want to create the kind of work environment that your team can get excited about, where people feel valued and connected, then this is the show for you. Tune into interviews with bestselling authors, executive coaches, consultants, and managers in a league of their own. Extending research to the workplace, Dr. Heather Walker sheds light on the power of levity at work. "Join me in my journey to find workplace solutions that improve work climate, the culture, and that support a positive employee experience. I talk to leaders across industries to find out what they do to improve their work environment through levity, better management, and survey insights."https://www.leadwithlevity.com

Coaching the Coach: How to Help Others Reach Their Full Potential

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I've had the privilege to work with several mentors over the years, and I can personally attest to the power of having someone in your corner who can help you find the clarity you need to navigate life's choices.  

If you have anyone who looks up to you (and you should have at least one person), then this episode is for you!

Find out:

  • The difference between a coach and a mentor 
  • What it takes to be a great mentor
  • How Greg navigates different coaching scenarios
  • How to know if you have a good coach 


About Today's Guest: Greg Ballard
Greg has held many unique titles in his professional career and has seen many ups and downs in his life. During these transitions, he discovered his passion for mentoring and leadership development. As the CEO and founder of Five C Consulting, Greg works with CEOs to small business owners to improve their mindset, business habits and overall approach in order to improve productivity, communication, strategic decision making and many other challenges leaders face.  With Greg’s help, clients are more prepared and better equipped to deliver difficult feedback, navigate politics and influence their peers. Greg helps to pave the way for personal development with his clients as well. He serves and supports his clients by offering the right tools and insight to set them on a clear path and helps them understand how to maintain their progress. 

Greg is a Certified Professional Coach, Professional Certified Coach, Authorized Partner for Everything DiSC, Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, PXT Select and Energy Leadership Master Practitioner. 

"I love to serve people through coaching, and believe each and every person possesses a unique and powerful gift."


About the Podcast
The Lead with Levity podcast is a show for leaders who care deeply about what makes/breaks the employee experience. Our guests are dynamic researchers, practitioners, consultants, and business leaders. We cover foundational elements that are needed to avoid forcing the fun. We also invite lively managers who lead with levity to show us how it’s done. Thanks for joining us on this journey.

May 03 2021

23mins

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How to look like a million bucks on Zoom

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Do you remember (back in the day), when people were obligated to let you know if your hair was out of place, or your fly was down, or you were being stalked through the halls by a toilet paper roll? Do you remember getting upset if you made it through the whole day with something on your [insert object or body part] all day without so much as a peep from your colleagues?  I do!

Unfortunately, people are less likely to let you know about an online faux pas. The odds are higher that someone will take a screenshot and share it with their friends than the odds of them quietly IM'ing you to ask you to adjust yourself.

I chat with today's guest, Kim Foley, about the ways that we trip ourselves up online and how to avoid looking foolish on camera even if you may look a little bit silly off-camera!

In this episode, we cover:

  • Kim's cringeworthy cat video that led her to learn how to master Zoom meetings
  • How to setup your desk for maximum poise and presence
  • Do's and don'ts for your online wardrobe
  • Pro tips to boost your wifi and internet connection
  • Kim's virtual meeting etiquette guide


About Our Guest: Kim Foley
Kim Foley shares the expertise she has gained in more than 25 years as an award-winning video producer, media trainer, and television stylist, as well as best practices, and practical guidelines for putting forth your personal best—visually, verbally, and nonverbally. 

About the Podcast
The Lead with Levity podcast is a show for leaders who care deeply about what makes/breaks the employee experience. Our guests are dynamic researchers, practitioners, consultants, and business leaders. We cover foundational elements that are needed to avoid forcing the fun. We also invite lively managers who lead with levity to show us how it’s done. Thanks for joining us on this journey.

Apr 26 2021

31mins

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K.I.S.S. Keep it Simple Silly: How to Cut Through the Noise and Live with Purpose

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Do you ever feel like life is getting more and more complicated?

As the world revs back up to "normal" speed, we are still straddling what was and what may be. I don't know about you, but I long for simpler times. Today's guest, Neal Schambra Stevens helps us reconnect with age-old wisdom--K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid). Living life to the fullest doesn't have to be a complicated endeavor.

In this episode, we cover:

  • How a good old fashioned to-do list saves the day
  • How strategy is just a choice between what we will do vs. what we won't do
  • Energy management vs. time management
  • How to practice energy management


About Our Guest: Neil Schambra Stevens
“My mission is to enable people to be seen, to be heard and to be valued. The founding principles of Mercury Jam are kindness, gratitude, resilience and momentum. My focus is inspiring “Next Gen Leaders’ to excel through these principles to create a legacy mindset and a groundswell of positivity in business. And it starts with you, yourself. Celebrating little moments of daily joy helps create a way to live your life and combine your passions and your work every day.”  


About the Podcast
The Lead with Levity podcast is a show for leaders who care deeply about what makes/breaks the employee experience. Our guests are dynamic researchers, practitioners, consultants, and business leaders. We cover foundational elements that are needed to avoid forcing the fun. We also invite lively managers who lead with levity to show us how it’s done. Thanks for joining us on this journey.

Apr 12 2021

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Can levity save lives? Bringing joy to the healthcare profession

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Have you ever wondered what it's like to work as a nurse? It takes a special mix of qualities to care for others when they are most vulnerable, and I admire the work that nurses do to help us all get back to good health. I feel this way about healthcare in general, but nursing specifically--how do they make it through the day? There is so much pressure to perform in healthcare. Let's talk about it!

I interviewed the Lead with Levity podcast's first major fan and supporter, Marcylle Combs. She's fun, wise, and a no-nonsense entrepreneur who cares deeply about the future of healthcare.

In today's episode, we cover:

  • Marcylle's entrepreneurial journey through running a $60+ million dollar real estate, home hospice, and other healthcare services businesses
  • What it was like for me living in the dry (no alcohol!) county of Denton, Texas
  • Marcylle's leadership philosophy
  • How to maintain friendships with coworkers without the drama
  • What it's like building a business as a female entrepreneur and mother of 5
  • And more!


About Our Guest: Marcylle Combs, MS, RN, BS, CHCE
Marcylle Combs has spent her over 30 years of her adult life working as a nurse, director, administrator and ultimately as owner/president leading a large healthcare organization which she owned and operated until August of 2018 when she decided to embark on new adventures. She has since founded 3 companies, serving as President over MAC Legacy, The Marcylle Combs Company, and MAC Legacy Investments.  Through dedication to growing a successful company, Marcylle discovered her real passion is working with humans to encourage and inspire each one to reach their potential.

Marcylle is well known in Texas and nationally for her leadership in both the home care and hospice community. She serves on the board of directors for The Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA); a professional organization bringing together CFOs, CEOs, COOs and other financial positions who are employed by the nation’s 25,000 home care and hospice agencies.  She also chairs the Women in Leadership Committee for HHFMA. 

She enjoys speaking on a national level and has also spoken in Belize, Italy, China and Spain regarding various leadership subjects such as mentoring, recruitment and retention, communication and conflict management. Ten years ago she founded TwentySix: Twelve.org, a non-profit that is dedicated to helping businesses provide support for their employees to serve others through mission trips, disaster relief, and in their local communities.  As a wife, mother of 5 adult children and a female in the workplace she aspires to grow and lead others until her last breath on this earth.


About the Podcast
The Lead with Levity podcast is a show for leaders who care deeply about what makes/breaks the employee experience. Our guests are dynamic researchers, practitioners, consultants, and business leaders. We cover foundational elements that are needed to avoid forcing the fun. We also invite lively managers who lead with levity to show us how it’s done. Thanks for joining us on this journey.

Mar 29 2021

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How to feel less isolated and become more productive

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Can you believe that we've endured lockdown-style living for almost a year now? Do you remember what you were doing in March of 2020? This time last year, a lot of us were scrambling for toilet paper and snacks! That seemed like an appropriate combo at the time.

Still, others were trying to figure out how to still get work done while at home. JJ Caffey created a company called Order In to help us navigate our schedules in a supportive environment even when we work from home. Order In is designed to give procrastinators and high performers alike, an ecosystem of activities and a support network to help us continue to maintain productivity.

It sounds pretty cool. Let's learn more about this together.

About Our Guest: JJ Caffey
JJ Caffey is an entrepreneur specializing in the future of work. With a focus on community, connectedness, and efficiency, JJ’s mission is to revolutionize American work culture. JJ is also Co-Founder of Venture Foragers, a venture capital research firm enabling student teams to explore frontier tech sectors. JJ earned her MBA from Wharton in 2019, and also holds degrees in anthropology and luxury brand management.


About the Podcast
The Lead with Levity podcast is a show for leaders who care deeply about what makes/breaks the employee experience. Our guests are dynamic researchers, practitioners, consultants, and business leaders. We cover foundational elements that are needed to avoid forcing the fun. We also invite lively managers who lead with levity to show us how it’s done. Thanks for joining us on this journey.

Mar 15 2021

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From Candy Striper to University Leader: How an HR Exec Leads with Levity

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"Don't dictate fun."
Tune in today for some advice on common missteps that leaders make when they try to improve the culture. Join us today for a conversation about:
  • getting through the pandemic with your sanity intact
  • advice on how to be your authentic self at work
  • building a fun work environment (without a potluck)
  • why following "best practices" can get you in trouble
About Our Guest: Carla D. BaileyI'm happy to share the message of today's guest with you. Her name is Carla D. Bailey. Carla serves as the head of Human Resources, Learning and Organizational Development at Washington University. Carla is the CEO as well of Carla D. Bailey Worldwide, which is a firm that helps leaders unleash their inner greatness and be unstoppable in business and life. She's a professional speaker and executive coach.
About the PodcastThe Lead with Levity podcast is a show for leaders who care deeply about what makes/breaks the employee experience. Our guests are dynamic researchers, practitioners, consultants, and business leaders. We cover foundational elements that are needed to avoid forcing the fun. We also invite lively managers who lead with levity to show us how it’s done. Thanks for joining us on this journey.

Mar 01 2021

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From Crisis Management to Levity & Strategic Leadership

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Is 2021 looking like 2020 on steroids for you? Find out how you can go from crisis management to levity so you can pick up your cape and continue to be the strategic leader you were meant to be.
Join me in this conversation with Jenn Thornton about:
  • how to speak to your team to get them to open up
  • how leading with levity at work can help you have a stronger home life
  • the art and science of conversational intelligence
About Our Guest: Jenn ThorntonJennifer has developed her expertise in Talent Strategy & Leadership Development over her exciting 20+ year career as an HR Professional. She’s led international teams across Greater China, Mexico, the U.K., and the U.S. to expand into new markets, managing brands and franchise businesses.
About the PodcastThe Lead with Levity podcast is a show for leaders who care deeply about what makes/breaks the employee experience. Our guests are dynamic researchers, practitioners, consultants, and business leaders. We cover foundational elements that are needed to avoid forcing the fun. We also invite lively managers who lead with levity to show us how it’s done. Thanks for joining us on this journey.

Feb 15 2021

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Kindness is a Choice

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Get prepared for the kindness revolution!What does it look like? Being present for others. Connecting with others in an authentic way. Taking the mask off.
Doing no harm.
I had a fascinating conversation with Cool Audrey founder, Cole Baker Bagwell. She helps organizations build connections by focusing on kindness and the principle of "do no harm."
About Our Guest: Cole Baker Bagwell"I'm a full on kindness nerd. I research it, write about it, talk about it, and seek it out in unexpected places. I live it, share it and look for ways we can put kindness into motion to make the big world we share- even better.
As the Founder of Cool Audrey®, I consult with companies on kindness. I teach them how put kindness to work as a core business competency that runs through every fiber of the organization.
Kindness is essential because it makes us happier and healthier. Kindness helps us foster trust and that helps us collaborate and work together to innovate and create business outcomes like productivity, stability and growth."
About the PodcastThe Lead with Levity podcast is a show for leaders who care deeply about what makes/breaks the employee experience. Our guests are dynamic researchers, practitioners, consultants, and business leaders. We cover foundational elements that are needed to avoid forcing the fun. We also invite lively managers who lead with levity to show us how it’s done. Thanks for joining us on this journey.

Feb 01 2021

34mins

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When Passion Meets Purpose: Is There Still Room for Levity?

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Have you taken the time to consider how to get the most out of the things that bring you joy? Ryan Greene is a passionpreneur on a mission to help others get paid for their passions. Ryan Greene is an entrepreneur, author coach, bestselling author, and professional speaker. He is the Founder of GreeneHouse Media LLC, a media company whose goal is to provide “Media With A Purpose” via radio, television, film, and books.
In this episode, we cover:
  • How Ryan went from "I don't read for fun" to writing multiple books and starting his own publishing company
  • Debunking common myths about authorship
  • How to use passion to get buy-in from others and bring out the best in your team when you know what they're passionate about
  • Why it's so important to take the time to transfer what you know into book form
  • What it means to be a passionpreneur
  • How to shed the stigma of answering the question "What do you do?" when following your passion
  • How to avoid being seen as rough around the edges when you're really just passionate
About Our Guest: Ryan GreeneRyan C. Greene is an entrepreneur, author coach, bestselling author, and professional speaker. He is the Founder of GreeneHouse Media LLC, a media company whose goal is to provide “Media With A Purpose” via radio, television, film, and books. Ryan is the author of ten books, hosts and executive produces several podcasts and web shows, and founded Indie Author PRO, an author development company specializing in teaching authors how to monetize their content, automate their business and become top-revenue authors.About the PodcastThe Lead with Levity podcast is a show for leaders who care deeply about what makes/breaks the employee experience. Our guests are dynamic researchers, practitioners, consultants, and business leaders. We cover foundational elements that are needed to avoid forcing the fun. We also invite lively managers who lead with levity to show us how it’s done. Thanks for joining us on this journey.

Jan 18 2021

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How to Reinvent Yourself in 2021 (Growth Mindset)

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Happy New Year! Today's guest, Ira Wolfe, is going to talk to us a little bit about pivoting in life, and we're going to have such a wonderful conversation. I'm looking forward to it. Ira Wolfe is a TedX speaker and the host of Geeks, Geezers, and Googlization.
Find out what happened when this successful six-figure dentist walked away from his practice to live the entrepreneur life. As a self-proclaimed millennial in a baby boomer’s body, Ira shares lessons and business experiences.
In this episode, we cover:
  • How Ira finds top performers
  • Ira’s creative marketing tips to get people’s attention
  • Ira’s take on the use of AI chats to replace pre-employment testing as we know it
  • How to find the courage to walk away from a career that doesn’t make you happy
  • How to use growth mindset principles to free yourself to try new things
  • The reality of prepping for a TedTalk
About Ira WolfeDescribed as a “Millennial trapped in a Baby Boomer body, the World’s 1st Chief Googlization Officer, a “hire authority,” and “certified prophet” of workforce trends, Ira S. Wolfe has emerged as one of HR’s most visionary thinkers. Ira personifies the passion and mindset required to manage the convergence of the tired, the wired, and technology. His enthusiasm and engaging approach inspires his audience to challenge preconceptions about what it takes to attract, select, manage, and retain top talent and take the initiative to make change for them.
About the PodcastThe Lead with Levity podcast is a show for leaders who care deeply about what makes/breaks the employee experience. Our guests are dynamic researchers, practitioners, consultants, and business leaders. We cover foundational elements that are needed to avoid forcing the fun. We also invite lively managers who lead with levity to show us how it’s done. Thanks for joining us on this journey.

Jan 04 2021

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An Interview with the Original Levity Enthusiast

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I don't know a better way to end this year's lineup than interviewing someone who is a self-proclaimed levity evangelist. This should be good! Today's guest is Philip Argy, CEO of Argy Star, and a member of the Law Council of Australia. That's right. We're going to talk about levity in law, and I want to know if lawyers are allowed to practice levity.
In this episode, we cover:
  • What’s the climate in Australia right now?
  • What you can do to get prickly people to lighten up?
  • How Argy practices levity in the courtroom
  • Silly Zoom moments
  • How Argy uses levity to maintain his own vitality and positive spirit
  • An insider's perspective--Are lawyers allowed to have fun at work? What does that look like?
About Argy StarOur focus is always on salvaging and delivering as much as possible of the original business case when the day to day participants in your implementation team have long since forgotten what they were. More usually, we intercept at their incipient stage any developments that could move your project off course in time or budget terms and nip them in the bud, thus saving you time money and minimising the risk that your business case will be delivered late or not at all. These are the basics of the ADRoIT Principles.Website: https://argystar.comLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/philipargyEmail: pargy@argystar.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/philipargy
About the PodcastThe Lead with Levity podcast is a show for leaders who care deeply about what makes/breaks the employee experience. Our guests are dynamic researchers, practitioners, consultants, and business leaders. We cover foundational elements that are needed to avoid forcing the fun. We also invite lively managers who lead with levity to show us how it’s done. Thanks for joining us on this journey.

Dec 21 2020

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Is it Burnout or a Breakthrough? Keys to Increasing Your Resilience

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Join me in this fantastic interview with Eileen McDargh, a best selling author and speaker on the topic of burnout and resilience. Eileen gets real and shares exactly why we need balance, levity, and love in our lives. You'll love this upbeat conversation and healthy dose of career advice.
About Eileen McDarghEileen McDargh is the Chief Energy Officer (CEO) of The Resiliency Group. Eileen McDargh started her career as an award-winning teacher and to this day loves telling stories while educating audiences as a professional speaker, coach and consultant. Eileen is the founder and CEO of the consulting firm, The Resiliency Group. She teaches organizations like Cisco, Novartis, Oracle, and Procter & Gamble ways of building resilient leadership teams and workplaces. Along with her work as an organizational resiliency consultant, Eileen speaks and writes about resiliency.About the PodcastThe Lead with Levity podcast is a show for leaders who care deeply about what makes/breaks the employee experience. Our guests are dynamic researchers, practitioners, consultants, and business leaders. We cover foundational elements that are needed to avoid forcing the fun. We also invite lively managers who lead with levity to show us how it’s done. Thanks for joining us on this journey.

Dec 07 2020

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Finding Meaning at Work: How to Manifest Your Way to Deeper Connections

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"Creating a happy healthy workplace is not rocket science." ~Briana Hawkins
Today's guest is Briana Hawkins. She's young, ambitious, and full of great ideas for bringing the fun back to your function. She is to lead the Happy Crew at Zoom and now graces the finance tech startup Built Technologies with her expertise.
In this episode, we cover:
  • How Briana shaped manifested her way through her career
  • Teambuilding activities for you to try from her experiences with Built Technologies and the Zoom Happy Crew
  • Briana's perspective on how to get more out of each situation
Meet Guest: Briana Hawkins"I am a strategic leader with a proven track record in resolving organizational and human capital challenges within startups. An employee engagement subject-matter-expert with proven success in building culture, securing leadership buy-in, strategic planning, and talent operations. I am able to manage multiple projects while collaborating with diverse groups to achieve goals.. I believe that where there is happiness, there is productivity and efficiency."
About the PodcastThe Lead with Levity podcast is a show for leaders who care deeply about what makes/breaks the employee experience. Our guests are dynamic researchers, practitioners, consultants, and business leaders. We cover foundational elements that are needed to avoid forcing the fun. We also invite lively managers who lead with levity to show us how it’s done. Thanks for joining us on this journey.

Nov 23 2020

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Onboarding That Doesn't Suck

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Starting a new job is exciting and a little bit of a leap of faith this year for new employees. They aren't able to walk through the building and get a sense of the people, work environment, and culture in the same way. They sort of have to go on faith that the culture is as advertised. If your company went remote this year, then you've been scrambling to reimagine onboarding.So that's what we're going to talk about today. What can we do to jazz up remote onboarding? Does it need more seasoning, onions, a little cheese? I had the pleasure of chatting about this (sans seasoning, onions, and cheese) with David Secunda of WorkBright. WorkBright is an HR tech startup that helps companies move traditional employee onboarding to 100% remote.
In this episode, we cover:
  • How to make onboarding more exciting and engaging
  • How to help new employees build personal connections
  • How to handle that pesky I9 requirement (a pandemic pro-tip)
Guest: David SecundaDavid Secunda is the Founder and CEO of WorkBright, an HR tech startup that moves traditional employee onboarding to a 100% remote process that workers complete before they arrive. He has led numerous organizations including Avid4 Adventure (Founder & Chairman, outdoor adventure camps), PlanetOutdoors (Founder & CEO, online outdoor retailer), and the Outdoor Industry Association (President). He also worked as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Mobius Venture Capital and Sequel Venture Partners. He is an active mentor in the business community at Techstars, MergeLane and the CU Leeds School of Business, and has served on the boards of Entrepreneur’s Organization Colorado, RMC Health, The SCA, and was a founding board member of Leave No Trace. Additionally, he was the Governor appointed Chairman of the Colorado Department of Human Services Licensing Advisory Committee.
About the PodcastThe Lead with Levity podcast is a show for leaders who care deeply about what makes/breaks the employee experience. Our guests are dynamic researchers, practitioners, consultants, and business leaders. We cover foundational elements that are needed to avoid forcing the fun. We also invite lively managers who lead with levity to show us how it’s done. Thanks for joining us on this journey.

Nov 09 2020

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Bringing Comedy to Sales: A NetSuite Nomad's Journey

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to get paid to travel the world, deliver stand-up comedy, become an angel investor, and drive sales for a large international organization? Well today's guest is going to show us how it's done. Kelli Lampkin has worn many hats in her time, and today she'll join us to chat about how her experiences have made her and her team better salespeople.
In this episode, we cover:
  • What it was like to live as a NetSuite digital nomad, including her time in Transylvania
  • How Kelli incorporates stand-up comedy and sales
  • How she used a bit of levity to encourage sales at NetSuite
  • How she makes cloud ERP fun
Guest: Kelli LampkinKelli is an angel investor, entrepreneur, writer, traveler, comedienne, DJ, tech enthusiast. Her passion is working with tech entrepreneurs that are disrupting their industries to help them leverage enterprise business software so they can focus on their passions.
About the PodcastThe Lead with Levity podcast is a show for leaders who care deeply about what makes/breaks the employee experience. Our guests are dynamic researchers, practitioners, consultants, and business leaders. We cover foundational elements that are needed to avoid forcing the fun. We also invite lively managers who lead with levity to show us how it’s done. Thanks for joining us on this journey.

Oct 26 2020

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Help! My Recruitment Tools are Screening Out Qualified Candidates!

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Managers: Is it possible that your recruitment tools are screening out qualified candidates? Job seekers: Is it possible that you aren’t getting the job you want because you haven’t optimized your resume? You are in for such a treat today, if you've ever been on the job hunt, and you've kind of been curious about how things work in the background, that's what we're going to talk about today.
My guest, Kyana Beckles, is the CEO and founder of Leverage Assessments. It's a company out in New York City, where they administer and help organizations with employee selection tests, assessments, all that jazz…making sure that companies are able to find good people for their positions. And one thing that she's going to help us with today is sort of unraveling and packaging, opening up the hood, checking out what happens after you submit a resume. Does it go straight to the hiring manager? Are they combing through all of the materials? Looking at every single word?
Spoiler alert--they are not. Many large organizations use software, and different application tools to help them weed through resumes, and applications. They're looking for keywords. They're looking for specific tags and criteria that they've set up in advance. If you're not savvy to those things, you could be missing out on a really great job opportunity. Likewise, on the flip side of that…if you are a manager and you aren't savvy to that, and you're not necessarily thinking about how that is impacting your talent pool, then this show is for you as well.
Kyana and I are going to talk about everything from how to hire for the kind of culture that you want to the role of levity at work and creating a team that is high performing. We had such a great time talking that at some point, I forgot to hit record. I'm gonna drop you into the middle of our conversation. I think it'll be illuminating for you. And I hope that you enjoy it.
Learn how data analytics factor into the hiring process and what you can do to support a diverse talent pool.

Oct 12 2020

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How to Work from Home with Kids (A Team Building Activity for You and Your Kid Coworkers)

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Do you have a kid coworker? Kid coworkers are not the same as your coworkers at the office. They eat up all your food. They don't respect your meeting schedules, and they take a cut out of every paycheck that you make. It's just not the same. If one of your coworkers in the office did that… you'd file a complaint with HR. This episode is dedicated to parents and adults who are trying to get work done around littles, kids, and teens. How can you create a fun work from home environment with kids? Today we'll explore a team building activity that's based on our guest, Dr. Beth Brown's F.U.N. model.
Resources MentionedAbout Dr. BethDr. Beth is a sports psychologist and CEO of Team Aureus®. It's a consulting agency that's dedicated to empowering individuals and teams to perform at their highest levels in sports business, and life.She co-founded Super Power Golf. It's a business dedicated to helping women transform their lives on and off the golf course. And she also has a passion for youth, which I really appreciate.Dr. Beth also serves on the We Are Golf Women's Task Force managed by the World Golf Foundation.
And she recently launched the Champions Mindset Leadership Series. I'm looking forward to this conversation today because we're going to diverge a little bit from adulthood to talking about what is it like to work with your child coworkers, and what can we do to ensure that we are creating fun workplaces, even when we're at home?
About the PodcastThe Lead with Levity podcast is a show for leaders who care deeply about what makes/breaks the employee experience. Our guests are dynamic researchers, practitioners, consultants, and business leaders. We cover foundational elements that are needed to avoid forcing the fun. We also invite lively managers who lead with levity to show us how it's done. Thanks for joining us on this journey.

Sep 28 2020

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How to Listen: A WISER Way to Lead

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Welcome to the Lead with Levity podcast. I'm your host, Dr. Heather Walker, and I'm so excited to share today's guest with you--Kyle Gillette. Kyle is the owner of Gillette Solutions and the host of the Sage Mindset podcast. Kyle is based in Washington, and he helps small business owners lead their businesses and people with less stress and more freedom. He helps everyone get on the bus and moving in the same direction. And that's exactly what we need today. I'm looking forward to talking to him about what he's seeing at the leadership level and any recommendations that he has for leaders today.
In this episode, we cover:
  • Leaders need to de-stress
  • How leaders can empower themselves and their teams
  • How leaders can help others express their 'best selves'
  • How to get the most from your next one-on-one meeting
  • How to help someone on your team who has a negative outlook
  • Kyle's WISER listening model
Resources MentionedAbout Gillette SolutionsAll people have the ability to thrive in their personal and professional lives - to obtain freedom and independence we strive to achieve. The key is learning your passions and the individual talents you possess. As these become clear, focus improves and success follows. We all have a sense of where our passions lie, though there can be ambiguity as to what drives us. We generally know our skills, strengths, and talents, though we can be unclear on how to use those abilities to realize our passions. At Gillette Solutions, we help small business owners, solopreneurs, and business professionals develop new perspectives, thought patterns, and habits to overcome fear, doubt, and improve self-confidence.I help you take control of your time, talent, and build a roadmap to increase your bottom-line. We do this through courses, behavioral analysis, and (my favorite) coaching!
About the PodcastThe Lead with Levity podcast is a show for leaders who care deeply about what makes/breaks the employee experience. Our guests are dynamic researchers, practitioners, consultants, and business leaders. We cover foundational elements that are needed to avoid forcing the fun. We also invite lively managers who lead with levity to show us how it's done. Thanks for joining us on this journey.

Sep 14 2020

39mins

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Getting Naked at Work: A Levity Mishap?

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When everything feels so so heavy, and you’re starting to wonder if you should lead with levity, remember that the alternative may lead you down a dark and lonely road. I asked our guest today to share her thoughts on fearless authenticity and walking in purpose even when all the signs point to failure.
Welcome to the Lead with Levity podcast. We work to equip leaders to build unique and refreshing work environments that are marked by fun, team unity, and healthy communication. Today's guest is Danessa Knaupp. Danessa is an executive coach on a mission is to get really great leaders embedded everywhere because we all benefit from that. She’s also the author of Naked at Work: A Leader’s Guide to Fearless Authenticity.
In this episode, we cover:
  • How Danessa picked herself up after an embarrassing event
  • How you find the lighter side of any bad experience
  • A model for authenticity, not #authenticity
  • Authenticity misfires
Resources MentionedQuote This - Danessa Knaupp Quotes:
  • “I began to think about, ‘where have I been really connected with leaders?’ and it was when I believed they were human.”
  • “A lot of us walk around with an idea of a leader that is far too narrow. Leaders come in all shapes and sizes, they can be effective a million different ways.”
  • “If you think about some of the things you believe about yourself. The person who wrote that story is 5, 7, 9 years old. I don't know about you, but I have not consulted with seven year olds on a regular basis on how to make decisions, except that I am. Because the interesting parts of myself that tell me those things are [from a] seven [year old].”
  • “We are all total and absolute works in progress, and we pick up and put down any baggage or experience we want at any point in this journey.”
  • “Authenticity builds trust. Trust creates safety, and safety at work is magical.”
  • “Sometimes, people think when I talk about being intentional and strategic that somehow that's not authentic. But think about how you are authentic with your grandmother, with your lover, with your best friend, and with your child. Those are all authentic versions of yourself. Those are all really true to you. And yet the whispered conversation between you and your lover, as you fall asleep is never something you would tell your grandmother or your child.”
  • My job here is to learn and evolve, and man that is not easy. Sometimes people think that when I say, "I'm a failure junkie," or, "I really embrace failure," that I've found some sort of way to make it less horrifyingly painful--I haven't. It's painful every time. I just know that there's good stuff on the other side of it.
  • My mission is to get really great leaders embedded everywhere we can, because we all benefit from that.
About Danessa KnauppDanessa is an execut

Aug 31 2020

37mins

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Is Your Branding Sticky Enough?

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Welcome to the Lead with Levity podcast. Today's guest is Jeremy Miller. Jeremy is a brand strategist for Sticky Branding and a best selling author. Over the past decade, Jeremy and the Sticky Branding team profiled and interviewed hundreds of companies across dozens of industries to uncover how companies can grow extra sticky brands. I look forward to sharing his expertise about branding, messaging, and the importance of a name.
In this episode, we cover:
  • How Jeremy pivoted from a sales to marketing focus to save his family-owned business
  • Jeremy's 3-step process for strategic naming
  • How organizations big and small can use this strategic naming process to build momentum for projects, activate brand ambassadors, and get customers excited about the brand
  • The #1 killer of creativity on teams
  • One strategy that managers can use to get their teams to open up and bring new ideas
About Today's GuestJeremy Miller is a brand strategist and bestselling author. Over the past decade, Jeremy and the Sticky Branding team have profiled and interviewed hundreds of companies across dozens of industries to uncover how companies grow Sticky Brands. Jeremy shares his expertise as a writer, consultant, and keynote speaker. His blend of humor, stories, and actionable ideas will inspire you to innovate and grow your business and brand.
Resources MentionedAbout the PodcastThe Lead with Levity podcast is a show for leaders who care deeply about what makes/breaks the employee experience. Our guests are dynamic researchers, practitioners, consultants, and business leaders. We cover foundational elements that are needed to avoid forcing the fun. We also invite lively managers who lead with levity to show us how it's done. Thanks for joining us on this journey.

Aug 17 2020

33mins

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By Nahin12 - Oct 25 2019
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By NickH1132 - Oct 25 2019
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Love this podcast indeed . Walker is awesome keep going