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Personal, Professional and Financial Growth one conversation at a time. On the Pursuit of Learning, we talk to authors and subject matter experts across a variety of domains: mental, physical, emotional, spiritual and financial. The premise is that each person we meet knows things we don't and its those nuggets of wisdom that help each of us grow.

The Pursuit of Learning Clint Robert Murphy

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Personal, Professional and Financial Growth one conversation at a time. On the Pursuit of Learning, we talk to authors and subject matter experts across a variety of domains: mental, physical, emotional, spiritual and financial. The premise is that each person we meet knows things we don't and its those nuggets of wisdom that help each of us grow.

    Hire and Retain the Right People Sharing Your Passion and Knowing Theirs with John Garrett

    Hire and Retain the Right People Sharing Your Passion and Knowing Theirs with John Garrett

    There is no doubt that you have a proper job title for yourself. But, also, there are things you enjoy doing while you're not at work. For example, you may be an accountant who enjoys Netflix marathons, a lawyer who enjoys ballroom dancing, and an engineer who enjoys helping out at animal shelters. However,  the first part regarding your job title is generally irrelevant on most occasions. Instead, asking follow-up questions about your human factor is more engaging. If you give it some thought, there is a job title, but behind the job title is a human being. Hence the last bit merely speaks to what other aspects of your life you are beyond the job title. Yet many of us don't view ourselves that way. 
    John Garrett is my guest for today's episode of the Pursuit of Learning podcast. He is a thought leader, agent of change, and podcast host whose purpose is to improve workplaces. He is a two-time Emmy nominee, and he is best at championing the human side of professionals, consulting with businesses to promote more productive cultures, and shedding light on the deep personal lives of their employees. Also, he was named one of Accounting Today's top 100 most influential persons in the field after delivering compelling keynotes about his studies and recording over 300 podcast episodes of What's Your And?. 

    [01:45] And - John elaborates on the meaning of "and" by providing an overview of the topic. 
    [03:10] Professionalism – Explaining professionalism, John shares about bringing our whole selves to work versus part of ourselves.
    [05:07] Use – John discusses how leaders may use the "and" to their advantage and retain talented team members. 
    [09:03] Good vs. Bad – John explains why leaders emphasize the negative aspect of the conjunction "and" rather than the good. 
    [16:14] Care – John stresses the significance of demonstrating care. 
    [21:27] Right Choice – John addresses how to convince young people that they are making the proper choices as they advance their careers. 
    [27:19] Magic Number – John discusses the ideal amount of coworkers one needs to foster a "sticky" work environment and how to use the word "and" to forge bonds with others, whether in a position of leadership or not. 
    [35:43] Hobby - John explains why he appreciates adding his hobbies to his CV. 
    [53:10] Less Depressed - John outlines why we are less prone to feel nervous or depressed when we have interests outside work.
    [01:00:05] Retirement – John discusses the ways in which our "and" helps with retirement. 
    [01:08:09] Strategies - John provides actionable strategies for implementing what we have been discussing today inside the workplace. 
    [01:14.48] Overcome – John explains why so many coworkers fear bringing their complete selves and sharing their "and." Also, he further discusses how we can assist them in overcoming this phobia.
    Connect with John:
    Website: thejohngarrett.com/
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/thejohngarrett/
    Mentioned in the episode:
    What's Your "And"?: Unlock the Person Within the Professional: goodreads.com/book/show/55343237-what-s-your-and

    • 1 hr 12 min
    How to Seize Attention and Build Trust in a Busy World with Ron Tite

    How to Seize Attention and Build Trust in a Busy World with Ron Tite

    People in today's world are subjected to an onslaught of nonstop material, unmet promises, unending product extensions, and the added strain of reading articles with titles like "The 7 Things That Successful People Do Every Day." As a result, they are unsure who to trust or where to go for answers. As a company, the question now is, how can you win their time and earn their trust? In today's episode of the Pursuit of Learning podcast, Ron Tite joins us to discuss how to capture attention and develop customers' confidence in a society full of distractions.
    [00:42] Pre-Pandemic and Post-Pandemic - Sharing his motivation and main deliverables during today's conversation, Ron mentions the effects of the covid-19 outbreak on his life.
    [10:51] Wonderful Stories-  Ron explains what he means when he says that when beliefs and deeds coincide, it is simple to compose stories worthy of being recounted.
    [17:11] Time Square and LinkedIn Inbox - Ron provides a comprehensive explanation of the idea of time square and his viewpoint on managing the LinkedIn inbox. 
    [24:14] Trust Factor - In this post-truth society, we do not know who or where to place our trust. Mentioning this, Ron explores the post-truth era and its impact on consumers.
    [29:36] Credibility – Ron discusses the difference between personal credibility and borrowed credibility.
    [41:44] Incentive Programs - Ron outlines why and how we ensure that our incentive programs are aligned with the intended employee behavior.
    [51:50] Brand Belief – Ron addresses the idea of brand belief, bringing up some of his personal experiences along the way. 
    [01:00:04] Customization - Ron elaborates on how we may improve concerning our brand brief and our current activities. In addition, he discusses how we enhance the customization of what we provide or sell and how we proactively develop solutions for our consumers.
    [01:10:18] Two Components - Ron mentions the significance and distinction between "what we say" and "how we say it," as well as some related considerations. 
    [01:15:21] Values – Ron explains what he means by recruiting individuals that share your ideals and values and allowing them to be imperfect while elaborating on what this means for organizations.
    Connect with Ron:
    Website: rontite.com/
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/rontite/?originalSubdomain=ca

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Grow your influence and impact with Michelle Tillis Lederman

    Grow your influence and impact with Michelle Tillis Lederman

    If you do not know what it is that you are working on or what it is that you are working towards, you won't be able to reach your destination. On the other hand, having a crystal-clear vision does not have to be your 10-year plan, nor does it have to be your "big hairy audacious objective."  Also, when you have a clear vision, you make it possible for someone else to have a generous attitude and make it possible for someone else to feel worthwhile. Therefore, one must possess a generous attitude and a mindset centered on giving and contributing value to become a connector. 
    [01:29] Key Deliverables - While discussing the elements currently inspiring her, Michelle adds a few essential things that she hopes the audience will take away from today's conversation.
    [04:03] The Importance – We have an in-depth discussion of the significance of connections and relationships.
    [08:45] Connectors - Michelle describes several distinct types of connectors. In addition, she addresses whether people can have a different connector level in real life compared to their online relationships.
    [13:18] Mindsets Of Connector - Michelle outlines seven different attitudes that anyone may adopt to develop their ability to connect with people. 
    [16:22] Introverts – Michelle explains why engaging with others isn't just for extroverts and how introverts stand to benefit more from doing so than extroverts do.
    [19:40] Open And Accepting - Michelle outlines why self-awareness and self-mastery are crucial to our ability to connect with others.
    [27:05] Vision -  We examine the significance of having a plan, a goal, and a sense of direction while connecting with others.
    [29:57] Generous Spirit Mindset – Michelle demonstrates how we may strike a balance between asking and being patient enough to ask at the appropriate time while emphasizing each individual's importance. She also stresses the significance of gratitude and recognition.
    [39:43] Boundaries – Michelle describes why we shift from having a generous spirit to acting as a doormat and how we may avoid acting in such a manner by establishing clear boundaries.
    [44:55] Abundance Mindset - Michelle highlights the importance of having an abundant mindset not just as a connector but also as a human being. Also, she further points out the distinction between a scarcity mindset and an abundance mindset.
    [49:06] Connect with Michelle – Michelle explains how listeners can get in touch with her.
    Connect with Michelle:
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/communicationexpertspeaker/
    Website: michelletillislederman.com/
    Youtube: youtube.com/user/MichelleLederman?app=desktop
    Instagram: instagram.com/mtlederman/?hl=en

    Mentioned in the episode:
    The Connector's Advantage: 7 Mindsets to Grow Your Influence and Impact: goodreads.com/book/show/44282592-the-connector-s-advantage?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=pr3RCM3fUh&rank=1

    • 50 min
    Use Conflict to Get Your Business, and Career, on Track With Liane Davey

    Use Conflict to Get Your Business, and Career, on Track With Liane Davey

    Conflict is now seen as a negative trait in the professional world. Moreover, it is believed disagreements poison productivity, morale, and a good work environment. Yet, our teams and organizations need healthy debates to get things done. However, as humans, we tend to put off and avoid the tough choices that must be made, so we accrue conflict debt. As a result, our businesses are losing productivity, creativity, and edge in the marketplace. On the other hand, individuals also bear the costs of stress, exhaustion, and stress-related health problems.
    [00:17] Motivation- Liane shares her life's motivations and the key points she wants to convey to the audience during the conversation.
    [02:05] Conflict- While organizations require conflict, most of us avoid it. Liane reveals more about how this turns out to be negative.
    [04:02] Signs - Liane analyzes conflict debt indicators at the corporate, team, and individual levels. 
    [08:34] Healthy Conflict Environment - Liane describes how each of us contributes to creating this healthy conflict environment.
    [09:35] Three Ways – Liane investigates the concepts of avoidance, opposition, and friction in depth.
    [13:18] Country Level – Liane evaluates the effect of conflict avoidance at the national level.
    [17:19] Social media – We discuss how social media impacts our lives in various ways.
    [22:01] Conflict Avoidant- Liane shows how we get hardwired to avoid confrontation, how we can rewire ourselves, and how we can teach our children not to fear conflict.
    [34:05] Reach the Bottom - When faced with this dilemma, we instantly leap to the solution and say, "Well, here's how to solve it." However, we have not yet reached the bottom of the issue, which usually backfires on us. Liane elaborates on this further.
    [47:53] Four Quadrants – Liane explains in broad terms a four-quadrant chart with two dimensions: fulfilling one's own needs and the needs of others.
    [57:05] Types of People - When it comes to conflict, there are three distinct types of individuals. Some view conflict as harmful and unpleasant. Some believe that conflict promotes better understanding and outcomes, while others believe it is vital but tasteful. Liane explores these three categories of individuals. 
    [01:09:19] Open Line of Communication – Liane outlines how we should handle conflicts and the significance of maintaining an open line of communication. 
    [01:14:56] Trust - As a follow-up to her explanation of how to develop an open line of communication, Liane describes how to establish trust. 
    [01:19:45] Dive Deep – Liane points out why we need facts, information-derived insights, emotions, and values to get to the heart of the problem. 
    [01:32:27] U Tool - Liane discusses U Tool and how we may utilize it in our companies. 
    [01:46:04] Conflict Strategies - Liane explains how to turn conflict into a habit rather than an occurrence and create frequent, low-impact, healthy, productive conflicts on a team.

    Mentioned in the episode:
    The Good Fight: Use Productive Conflict to Get Your Team and Organization Back on Track: goodreads.com/book/show/44554856-the-good-fight
    Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It: goodreads.com/book/show/26156469-never-split-the-difference?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=IFylk95YSJ&rank=1
    Connect with Liane:
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/lianedavey/?originalSubdomain=ca
    Website: lianedavey.com/

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Pay attention, Be Brilliant, and Go Deep with Bill Williams

    Pay attention, Be Brilliant, and Go Deep with Bill Williams

    Have you ever wondered how to tap into an endless stream of energy that draws value from your daily life, career, family, and community? My guest today reveals how to leave work, having more energy than when you arrive. Bill Williams, a speaker, author, and executive development coach also known as "Electric Bill," joins today's episode of the Pursuit of Learning podcast to explore micro-steps that can be taken to tap into a limitless source of energy.
    [00.19] Motivation -  Bill outlines his current motives and a few points he wishes to convey to the audience in the conversation. 
    [01:57] Three Broad Buckets - Bill explains why he uses three significant bucket levels of categories: pay attention, be brilliant, and go deep to become our best selves. 
    [06:10] Outside the Box – Bill discusses how to prevent young people from falling into a lifelong pattern of daily activities.
    [13:55] List of Accomplishments - Bill emphasizes the significance of maintaining an up-to-date résumé and its need. Furthermore, he presents his thoughts about choosing happiness.
    [21:16] Balance – Each of us has multiple versions of ourselves. Bill describes how to maintain a balanced version of ourselves while emphasizing the importance of mental wellness. 
    [33:34] Luck  - Bill illustrates how we generate what appears to be lucky to others from his perspective.
    [36:40] ROTI – Mentioning ROTI (Return on time invested), Bill outlines how we can raise our ROTI through curiosity.
    [38.34] Prosociality – While discussing the relationship between emotions and prosociality, Bill explains why fine is not an emotion.
     [43:00] Positivity – Bill explains how to choose our emotions and cultivate optimism in our lives by relating his experience with his mother. 
    [46:05] Zulu Practice of Sawubona – Bill emphasizes the significance of the Zulu tradition of Sawubona, which expresses to others how much we value their presence. 
    [50:36] Thank you -  Bill highlights the importance of thankfulness and the power of the word "thank you" while stressing the power of connections. 
    [01:03:59] Self-ful – Bill describes the distinction between being selfish and self- ful and explains how we may encourage more people to adopt the mindset of being self-ful.
    [01:11:05] Reframe Words – Mistake can be reframed as Miss - Take, implying that the action can be repeated. Bill explains the influence of rephrasing phrases by mentioning this. 
    [01:17:23] Give Energy – We discuss why we should contribute our energy without hoping to receive anything in return. 
    [01:23:42] Masculine Vs. Feminine Communication - Bill delves deeper into describing masculine and feminine communication and their influence and efficacy.
    [01:28:22] Cross the River- Bill explores the concept of being faithful to our spirit energy via a mind-boggling anecdote. In addition, he emphasizes the significance of not carrying another person's burden with us. 
    Connect with Bill:
    Website: billgwilliams.com 
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/bill-g-williams-50b1781/?originalSubdomain=ca

    Mentioned in the episode:
    Electric Life: 12 Microsteps to Pay Attention, Be Brilliant and Go Deep: amazon.ca/Electric-Life-Microsteps-Attention-Brilliant/dp/177458171X
    My Big Fat Greek Wedding: goodreads.com/book/show/16707143-my-big-fat-greek-wedding?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=jekVae2De0&rank=2

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Building a Business that Scales with Your Lifestyle with Lee LeFever

    Building a Business that Scales with Your Lifestyle with Lee LeFever

    Instead of planning indefinitely, it is essential to prioritize action. We may fail, but we will learn from it, and the next attempt will be more successful. The fact that things stink should not prevent us from launching. Everything my guest discusses in today's conversation converges on this point. Today's episode of the pursuit of learning podcast features Lee LeFever, who shares the incredibly fantastic experience he has gained thus far on his journey.
    [00:18] Lee's Story – Lee discusses his life up until this point, revealing what motivates him and what he hopes to convey to the audience by today's conversation.
    [06:54] Entrepreneurship – Lee provides his perspective on entrepreneurship, discussing the reality of entrepreneurship and why there is such a disparity between what we expect and what we receive. 
    [09:09] Common Craft – Lee mentions their activities at Common craft.
    [14:33] Constraints – Lee explains how we can use constraints as a tool in our decision-making process and relates this to his own experience. 
    [18:17] Question -  Lee describes how he uses forward-looking questions to guide the future of Common Craft at all times. 
    [23:11] Service-Based Entrepreneurs – Lee outlines how service-based entrepreneurs can reframe their thinking to create a product that can be sold independently of their labor.
    [28:25] Own Platform – Lee explains how and why he chose to proceed with his own platform. 
    [31:25] Customer Retention – Lee explores how we can use customer feedback about our business to generate more business. 
    [33:52] Passion – Lee emphasizes how important it is for entrepreneurs to be passionate about their work. 
    [36:10] Luck - Lee discusses what he means by the significance of combining luck and attention, as well as how we can build awareness for our business.
    [39:53] Take Action - Lee highlights the significance of being willing to leave your comfort zone, take risks, and act. 
    [45:06] Failures- Lee stresses the value of failures and how he learned from them by viewing them as an inspiration and a source of new ideas. 
    [47:55] Competition - Lee describes how his organization handles competition and how he views himself about the competition. 
    [51:41] Business – Lee provides his perspective on business and its success, mentioning why he believes that time is new wealth. 
    [59:42] Happiness – Lee explains how people are missing the peace that comes with happiness over time in their pursuit of more material possessions.
    [01:06:36] Moratorium – Lee discusses how COVID has affected his personal and professional life and explains what a moratorium means to him.
    [01:18:31] Relationships – Lee emphasizes the significance of relationships by describing how he and his wife maintain their bond. In addition, he discusses his most recent endeavor, Building Livable.
    Connect with Lee:
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/leelefever/
    Website: leelefever.com
    Common Craft: commoncraft.com
    Build Livable: buildlivable.com
    Mentioned in the episode:
    Big Enough: Building a Business that Scales with Your Lifestyle: goodreads.com/book/show/55061540-big-enough?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=64I4MymrNQ&rank=4

    • 1 hr 19 min

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33 Ratings

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Wide ranging and helpful

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