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Real, human stories with practical tips for leaders who want to evolve themselves and their teams, creating an evolved culture. Dr. Laura Gallaher is an organizational psychologist who has been hired by Disney and also NASA to help transform culture. Her company, Gallaher Edge, has helped multiple small businesses grow to successful acquisition.
 
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In this episode, Jim Tamm joins me to discuss how his career as a senior administrative law judge for the state of California inspired him to co-create Radical Collaboration – a powerful program with incredible results, centered around building successful relationships, both professionally and personally. He shares his success with reducing the amo…
 
Serial entrepreneur, Jonathan Taylor, has started seven companies, acquired 18 and sold three, for an undisclosed amount surpassing a quarter of a billion dollars. And yet he still was open to learning more effective ways to run businesses when he did the work of The Human Element. In this episode, he joins me to discuss his surprise at how often h…
 
Tom Cannon is the CEO of National Carts, a company that has been around for over 30 years. He talks about the process of creating a common vision when stepping into somebody else’s company, as well as the process of realizing that nothing about the culture was aligned with that future vision. He describes his investment in changing the culture, inc…
 
On today’s episode, I talk to Suneera Madhani, the founder and CEO of Stax by Fattmerchant. I met Suneera when she was going through Starter Studio, a tech accelerator in Orlando, FL, and when her team was preparing for incredible growth, she asked for my help to align her team. My purpose in life is to help teams increase their cohesion and effect…
 
Dr. Stephanie Lopez joins us to discuss everything SELF; self-improvement, self-awareness, self-accountability and most importantly, SELF-ACCEPTANCE. She shares her personal struggles with a never-ending desire for self-improvement - always trying to accomplish the next thing and never taking time to acknowledge and celebrate achievements along the…
 
Cultural translator, storyteller, and activist, Tayo Rockson, gets real with us about racism. He discusses the importance of seeing it as a whole and not simply looking at it through our own individual lens. Push outside your comfort zone as we talk about self-reflection, tone policing, and approaching differing opinions, the power of choice, and m…
 
In this episode, we talk to Dr. Stephanie Lopez about the first time she experienced The Human Element. She shares stories and examples with us about her journey of self-awareness. She describes the process of discovering that it was her own insecurity that would sometimes trigger behaviors she wanted to change, like being unknowingly passive-aggre…
 
I interview Dr. Tasha Eurich, a fellow organizational psychologist, best-selling author, and multiple TEDx speaker. Dr. Eurich’s research focuses on self-awareness, and what I love about her is how she takes her research and makes it pragmatic and accessible for those of you who want to understand yourselves better. We talk about some of the powerf…
 
On this episode, Kayla Wonisch and I talk about the history of the United States and how racism has become part of the subconscious of The United States. When we, as humans, can combine psychology, human behavior, and history we can better understand how systemic racism has come to be. Understanding why frees us up to have the conversations that ma…
 
What if you never did another performance review in your life? Would that make you happy? It pleases most people, research has shown that just about everybody hates the performance review process – employees and leaders alike! In this episode I speak with Barbara Stankowski, CEO of AMTIS, Inc, about how she refused to implement a performance review…
 
Don’t shoot for the stars. In this episode, I speak with Matt Johnson, Founder and CEO of Pursuing Results. We talk about what self-awareness means to him, and specifically, we get in to why it’s best to look at goals as minimums and not maximums. He explains a method for productivity, accountability, and self-awareness reflection that gave me paus…
 
On this episode, I speak with William Hung, who you all probably know as the guy who sang “She Bangs” for his American Idol audition back in 2004. Today William is focused on helping others feel like and become champions by choice. He talks about his own attitude towards “failure” and looking at the bright side of life. Truly an inspiration and som…
 
Matt Dunsmoor is an Igniter at Start with Why – Simon Sinek’s company. He was introduced to Simon’s work while working at Zappo’s, and today he is an Igniter. We talk about the importance of starting with why, Matt’s proudest moment at Zappos and why direction is more important than destination.By Dr. Laura Gallaher
 
In this episode, I welcome back Gabriela Buich to the show, and we give a peek “behind the curtain” and describe what it is like for the two of us – experts in self-awareness and communication – to work together. We share our own insecurities, and how our loving, trusting relationship enables incredible openness and self-accountability, and I final…
 
Gene McCulley’s company was growing without intention, and when the company culture began to fragment, he wanted to invest in making it as strong and positive as possible. When it seemed a harder challenge than he realized, he began to consider selling off part of the business to solve that and other challenges related to growth. Listen now to hear…
 
In this episode I speak with Jason Polstein about how he applied self-accountability as a concept inside his organization in the face of major loss. He also describes how growth mindset has changed his language and how staying open to possibilities preserves brainpower. We end with discussion of how Star Trek and Neil deGrasse Tyson changed how he …
 
Kayla participated in our 5-day workshop focused on self-awareness and its impact on leadership, productivity and fulfillment at work. We talk about how being too nice is a defense mechanism that manifests the very fear that drives the behavior, as well as how behaviors are intergenerational and learned and how conscious choices can create meaningf…
 
Colby Shytle was struggling with dark thoughts and anxiety like he’d never experienced before. He reached out for help, looking for tools to change the way he was walking through the world. And because he was open to it, his experience with The Human Element enabled him to transform in a moment. Just as a ship captain decides to change the course i…
 
We’ve rebranded the company which means we’re rebranding the show! Kayla and I chat about why we decided to rebrand our company and what the new name is all about. She also asks me about the origin of the business – why I started the company and why I chose to leave an exciting career at NASA (and Disney!) to do my own thing. We talk about the gene…
 
In this episode, I speak with Mike Morris, CEO of Topcoder. Topcoder has grown and seen tremendous success, yet Mike knows the team is capable of even more. We talk about creating peer-to-peer accountability on the team, the importance of looking in the mirror, and how critical it is to let go of predispositions about people, and instead – believe …
 
In this episode, I talk with Ben O’Connell, VP of Sales at National Carts. He talks about the very real culture change initiative, and how growing his own self-awareness has given him far greater personal power. We discuss self-talk and how much it can get in the way of communicating openly, honestly, and more effectively – not just at work, but ev…
 
In this episode, I speak with Terrence Donnelly and Joshua Imel, co-founders of Teeps, and we talk about how to NOT allow people issues to take down your business. Specifically, we discuss how to break out of “violent agreement” and reach true alignment, and how by changing their individual patterns they have managed to grow their business while em…
 
In this episode, I speak with Alexandria Agresta, the founder of My Loop and co-founder of Purpose Pioneers. We talk about pre-Human Element™ Alex (a less self-aware version of herself), and how changing her communication has completely transformed her relationships, how she thinks about herself, and how she walks through the world. We talk about s…
 
In this episode, I speak with Gabriela Buich, one of our talented executive coaches and consultants, and Licensed Human Element Practitioner. We speak about one of the most toxic elements in organizations: triangulation. Talking about somebody instead of directly to somebody, when you have a problem with them. She explains what it is, how it happen…
 
In this episode, I speak with Danya Shea, who goes by “Shea” about her self-awareness journey. As a well-respected entrepreneur and avid supporter of forward thinking founders and leaders, Shea usually looks like she has it all together – because she’s a bad-ass. But she wants you to know that there’s a lot happening under the surface and that anyb…
 
Do you have somebody on your team that is competent and capable, a “latent leader” who can rally the troops, but does so… in the wrong direction? That was Roy, a self-described “trouble maker” using Slack to do “the devil’s work,” but today he is an invaluable asset at UniKey Technologies – hear Roy and executive at UniKey, Lee, describe his journe…
 
In this episode, I talk with Lee Odess, VP at UniKey Technologies about their bold decision to invest heavily in their leadership development, culture, and team cohesion. Odess describes what drove their decision to overcome the fear associated with self-improvement and self-awareness, their commitment to defend the investment to their board, and t…
 
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