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My name is Mike. I have conversations with leaders as part of my lifelong pursuit of becoming a stronger leader.

conversations with leaders‪.‬ Mike Desjardins

    • Business

My name is Mike. I have conversations with leaders as part of my lifelong pursuit of becoming a stronger leader.

    Episode 011 - conversations with leaders - Yabome Gilpin-Jackson - Decolonizing & Rebuilding

    Episode 011 - conversations with leaders - Yabome Gilpin-Jackson - Decolonizing & Rebuilding

    Yabome Gilpin-Jackson and I talk about decolonizing and rebuilding, Black Lives Matter, Canadian Residential Schools, Colonial education, and what taking action looks like from an individual perspective today.

    Video version here: https://youtu.be/BYJN5uKUekw

    Here are the links that we mentioned in the podcast:
    Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad: http://laylafsaad.com/meandwhitesupremacy

    Murray Sinclair Podcast on Indigenous Deaths: https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1904061507879

    NYC 1619 Project: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/1619-america-slavery.html

    U of A Program: https://www.coursera.org/learn/indigenous-canada?

    Indigenous Flag: https://www.canadiannativeflag.ca/; https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/what-i-choose-to-celebrate-on-this-day-called-canada-day-1.3660300

    Canada History Through the Lens of Indigenous Women: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/1619-america-slavery.html

    Yabome Gilpin-Jackson: https://sldconsulting.org/quilting-global-futures/

    Anti-Black News in Canada:
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/clive-mensah-black-man-taser-peel-police-1.5967692
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/police-shootings-2020-yer-review-1.5849788
    https://globalnews.ca/news/7675321/surrey-rcmp-black-family-complaint/
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53141449
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/black-judge-handcuffed-racism-1.6033332

    • 47 min
    Episode 010 - Georgianna Lee - Mental Health at Work

    Episode 010 - Georgianna Lee - Mental Health at Work

    Georgianna and I talk about how to have the mental health conversation at work and how to show-up with empathy as a leader.

    • 41 min
    Episode 009 - conversations with leaders - Jay-Ann Gilfoy - Social Purpose Lending

    Episode 009 - conversations with leaders - Jay-Ann Gilfoy - Social Purpose Lending

    Mike and Jay-Ann talk about Vancity Community Investment Bank, the first and only social purpose lending bank in Canada that's also a B Corp. We talk about what it means to be leading a start-up bank that has social and environmental change are part of their financial model. https://vancitycommunityinvestmentbank.ca/about/

    • 27 min
    Episode 008 - conversations with leaders - Brenda Rigney

    Episode 008 - conversations with leaders - Brenda Rigney

    Brenda Rigney and I talk about her passion around Three Uniques: her discovery through years of coaching leaders that each person has their unique skillsets that truly create a significant differentiator for them if they decide to focus on them.

    Video version available on youtube: https://youtu.be/qnF4MKMMgos

    • 42 min
    Episode 007 - conversations with leaders - Curtis Christopherson

    Episode 007 - conversations with leaders - Curtis Christopherson

    I chat with Curtis Christopherson on what it was like to pivot his chain of personal training gyms, Innovative Fitness, through Covid, and the subsequent genesis and launch of Wrkout.com.

    • 53 min
    Episode 006 - conversations with leaders - Tana Heminsley - Authentic Leadership

    Episode 006 - conversations with leaders - Tana Heminsley - Authentic Leadership

    Tana Heminsley (www.leadauthentic.com) and I talk about Authentic Leadership and her third book on the topic.  Find all of her books here (non-affiliate link): https://www.amazon.ca/s?k=tana+heminsley&crid=2SO2WWKIRL8PT&sprefix=tana+h%2Caps%2C198&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_6

    • 46 min

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