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Imperfect Action explores the journeys, struggles, successes, and the realities of the iconoclasts, misfits, mavericks, and rebels who approach business and life on their own terms. Here you’ll find ideas and inspiration from entrepreneurs, bestselling writers, experts, fitness champions, and musicians who have ignored common wisdom and charted their own course.

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Imperfect Action explores the journeys, struggles, successes, and the realities of the iconoclasts, misfits, mavericks, and rebels who approach business and life on their own terms. Here you’ll find ideas and inspiration from entrepreneurs, bestselling writers, experts, fitness champions, and musicians who have ignored common wisdom and charted their own course.

    Imperfect Action 102: Daniel Teitelbaum: Thinking Playfully

    Imperfect Action 102: Daniel Teitelbaum: Thinking Playfully

    Daniel Teitelbaum, lead facilitator at Playful Thinking, helps people and organizations think more playfully. In this episode, he shares:



    * The importance of play

    * How play improves innovation, creativity, inclusion, collaboration, and idea generation

    * How he uses game design theory to help organizations improve

    * How to incorporate play into your work (and life)

    * The connection between movement and thinking



    Obviously, I’m a big fan of this conversation because I’m always looking for ways to play bigger, do better, and move the world. Please share this episode with others who will enjoy Daniel’s ideas.

     

    If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to check out Episode 102: A Seriously Fun Business Conversation about Play









    Daniel Teitelbaum, Lead Facilitator at Playful Thinking

    Playful Thinking works with people and organisations looking to think more playfully. We believe that a more playful person, organisation and world is a smarter, more creative and more connected one. Whether you are a business, government organisation, part of a university or an NGO, Playful Thinking helps you develop better ways of collaborating, communicating and working. We run workshops and professional development programs, offer advice and consulting and look to collaborate on challenging projects where we can offer insight.

    Daniel Teitelbaum is the lead facilitator at Playful Thinking. Daniel’s education background is in Philosophy, Law and Theatre Studies and work experience in early phase social enterprise investment. Daniel’s role is to discover playful tools in education, game design, theatre, philosophy, psychology and science to apply to the challenges of the modern organisations. Daniel is also a radio broadcaster on 3RRR, a comedy cabaret performer and an Associate Teacher of Design at Monash University. Previously he was the head of Content at The School of Life Australia where he led the recruitment and training of the school’s facilitators and the review and management of class and workshop content.

    Connect with Daniel:

    Website: PlayfulThinking.com.au

     





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    Imperfect Action: 101: Jessica Ellis-Wilson: Trying Our Best To Get Through This

    Imperfect Action: 101: Jessica Ellis-Wilson: Trying Our Best To Get Through This

    “No one was ever harmed by too much kindness.” Jessica Ellis-Wilson, founder of Practical Management, helps businesses and leaders transform, grow, and thrive. Today she discusses:



    * Her advice to leaders in times of uncertainty

    * The myth of success

    * The importance of taking time for self

    * Improving things when relationships are under strain

    * The one thing was can all do more of right now



    This episode was recorded back in April when the pandemic shutdowns were in full swing. Four months later, her advice is as relevant as ever.

    Please share this episode with anyone who would benefit from Jessica’s message about self-care and kindness. Let’s play bigger, do better, and move the world.



     

     







    Jessica Ellis-Wilson, Consultant, Speaker, and Coach



    Jessica Ellis-Wilson, CMPE is an accomplished consultant, speaker, and coach with over 25 years of experience in the healthcare and nonprofit spaces. Board-Certified through the American College of Medical Practice Executives, Jessica is a Past President of MA/RI Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and is the founder and principal of the consulting firm Practical Management. A former executive leader, Jessica has worked with organizations across the healthcare spectrum and offers counseling and education on compliance, Human Resources, employment issues and disputes, staff structuring, and training, as well as facilitating Board/Executive retreats. She offers leadership consulting in such fields as executive coaching, organizational growth and cultural transformation, with a special focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion, and speaks across the country on a variety of healthcare, leadership, and humanitarian topics.

     

    Connect with Jessica:

    LinkedIn: Jessica Ellis-Wilson

     





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    100: Beth Miller: Improving Leaders, Improving Your Career

    100: Beth Miller: Improving Leaders, Improving Your Career

    Beth Miller, founder of Executive Velocity and executive coach, shares her advice to executives and leaders about taking care of themselves so they can take care of others through mindfulness techniques and self-reflection. She also shares thoughts on hiring and developing high potentials, the differences between high potentials and high performers, the skill to develop to stand out in your own career, and how to shine as a job candidate.

    Please share this episode with anyone who would benefit from Beth’s message about self-care, leadership, or standing out as a candidate. Let’s play bigger, do better, and move the world.

     

     







    Beth Miller, founder of Executive Velocity, Executive Coach, and Author 



    Beth founded Executive Velocity in 2006. Here, she has poured her trademark enthusiasm and energy into helping clients manage their most valuable asset-talent by developing their leadership capabilities and building succession plans for organizational continuity. The year 2006 was a banner year for the trusted consultant; she was also named a Chair with Vistage, the most prestigious CEO and business owner peer advisory organization in the world. During the 12 years Beth was a Vistage Chair, where she facilitated peer advisor meetings and coached business owners and executives to grow and develop in their roles and careers.

    Beth began her career in financial management with Hewlett Packard (fka Digital Equipment Corporation) She later transitioned into account management with Coopers & Lybrand, now Pricewaterhouse Coopers. She developed and managed accounts, honing her skill in providing effective solutions for the diverse needs of clients.

    In 1989, Beth co-founded MA&A Group, Inc., with her husband and served as CEO and Chair of the Board. The technology project management consulting firm worked with clients such as BellSouth, SunTrust, Wachovia, and the American Cancer Society to incorporate and implement technological solutions to advance business objectives and achieve greater productivity and profitability. MA&A Group was named a “Pacesetter” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 1997, 1999, and 2000, and was ranked #199 on the Inc. 500 ranking of America’s fastest-growing companies.

    Beth is a graduate of Babson College and Harvard Business School’s OPM program. She is certified in Myers Briggs, Hogan, Business DNA, Foundations of NeuroLeadership, Strategic Workforce Planning, and Facilitation and Advanced Facilitation from Leadership Strategies. She is Certified Managerial Coach by Kennesaw State University and has received the following awards and recognitions: Atlanta’s Top 40 Under 40, Georgia Trend’s “Divas,” and Babson College’s Distinguished Service Award.  Beth’s book, Are You Talent Obsessed? Outlines how leaders can benefit from becoming laser focused on their talent and the subsequent benefits. Beth’s insight and expertise has made her a sought-after speaker, and she has been featured in numerous industry blogs and publications.

     

    Connect with Beth:

    Website: Executive Velocity

    Twitter: @SrExecAdvisor

     

     





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    Imperfect Action 099: Nethra Raghuraman: Never Be Shackled by Fear

    Imperfect Action 099: Nethra Raghuraman: Never Be Shackled by Fear

    Nethra Raghuraman, supermodel, actress, and mindfulness coach and educator, discusses:



    * Not letting self-doubt limit who or what you could be

    * Not letting your profession take over who you are

    * Succeeding in new fields

    * Not getting shackled by fear

    * Separating unwarranted criticism from useful feedback

    * Why your thoughts are not you

    * Being open to unexpected opportunities

    * Answering the question, “Who am I?”

    * Staying grounded through mindfulness and meditation



    Let’s play bigger, do better, and move the world!

     







    Nethra Raghuraman, Supermodel, Actress, Entrepreneur, Speaker, and above all else, a Wife, Mother, and Human Being



    Nethra Raghuraman began her modeling career in 1997, catapulting to fame after winning the Elite Model Look of the Year. She started her career with Elite Modeling agency in Milan and after her initial stint there, returned to India to become one of the leading Supermodels of the country. She has been a part of every major Fashion Week/Show in India, and the muse of many leading Indian Fashion designers. She has appeared on the covers of the most prestigious fashion magazines like Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and has been the face of numerous Advertising campaigns. She has successfully ventured into feature films and television, winning awards and acclaim for her performances. In a career spanning almost 2 decades, Nethra is considered amongst the top supermodels of India and the epitome of the modern-day artist.

    The search to stay grounded through the highs and lows of a career in front of the camera eventually brought her to mindfulness and meditation in 2008. With this as her foundation, she continued her progress in modeling and acting, keeping her head above the high pressure, the uncertainties and the negative influences that came with her work as well as any stress that she may be going through mentally. Her mindfulness practices cultivated equanimity, acceptance, empathy and self-awareness, which allowed her to effectively work and relate with various people in her work. Now, she continues her journey in this field actively as an educator and a lifelong learner.

     

    Connect with Nethra:

    Website: NethraRaghuraman.com

    Instagram: @NethraRaghuraman

     

     





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    Imperfect Action: 098: Sasa Popovic: Choosing to Build a Great Company

    Imperfect Action: 098: Sasa Popovic: Choosing to Build a Great Company

    A lot of leaders and entrepreneurs have read Jim Collins’ book “Great by Choice”, but how many have actually applied the ideas to build a great company? Today, I sat down with Sasa Popovic, co-founder and CEO of Vega IT Sourcing to discuss the choices, decisions, and actions they used from the book to build an award winning company.

    We discuss:



    * The three key principles from “Great by Choice” and how they use them at Vega IT.

    * How Vega IT grew 30% a year without a sales team and why and how they chose to start one.

    * The advantage of starting a company during the Great Recession while not knowing how you are “supposed” to run a company.

    * Why they are in a good position to weather the global economic crisis caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

    * The discipline of performing despite tough conditions combined with the discipline of holding back when things are good.

    * Using success to make their country and the world a better place.

    * Vega IT’s focus on people, culture, and cash reserves.



    Although it’s a business conversation, every principle we discuss could easily be applied to personal lives as well.

    Let’s play bigger, do better, and move the world!

     

    Related Episodes:

    064: Sasa Popovic: Building an Innovative Business and a Better World

     

    036: Maja Neducic: Creating Business Results Through Happiness

     



    Sasa Popovic, Co-Founder and CEO of Vega IT Sourcing

     

    Sasa Popovic is the father of two children. He was born in Zrenjanin in 1980. Sasa completed his academic education at the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad, where he got his master’s degree in electrotechnical engineering and computer science.

    During his studies, Sasa began working as a programmer. He spent the first couple of years creating and developing software solutions for a company from the Netherlands based in Novi Sad. In 2008, he and his university colleague Vladan Ostojic founded the company Vega IT using their assets. They still own and manage Vega IT together.

    Ever since becoming an entrepreneur, Sasa has encouraged leadership and entrepreneurship within the company. Heartcount, which is a tool that helps companies know how their employees feel at work, is a result of his years of experience of building a happy workplace at Vega IT.

    Sasa’s caring for his colleagues and his emphasis on customer satisfaction, which he has devoted a significant portion of his working hours, has resulted in Vega IT’s annual growth of over 30% since its inception – in terms of income, profit and number of employees.

     

    Connect with Sasa:

    LinkedIn: Sasa Popovic

    Website: VegaITSourcing.rs

    Instagram: @VegaITSourcing

     

     





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    097: B. Jeffrey Madoff: Creative Careers

    097: B. Jeffrey Madoff: Creative Careers

    B. Jeffrey Madoff, author of the new book Creative Careers: Making A Living With Your Ideas, is a former fashion designer and now a director, photographer, writer, and professor. He joins me on Imperfect Action to discuss the ins and outs of having a creative career, including: two key traits you must have, determining your value and how much to charge, overcoming fear and doubt, being consistently creative, separating yourself from your service, knowing when to persist versus when to pivot, and more.

    It’s time to play bigger, do better, and move the world. Let’s get started.

    After you listen, please share with others. And let me know your most important takeaway or a-ha moment from this conversation. Email me at ImperfectActionPodcast@gmail.com or tweet to @brocedwards.

     



    Jeffrey Madoff, Director, Photographer, Writer, and Professor

    Jeffrey Madoff is the founder of Madoff Productions, based in New York City. Madoff is considered a storyteller and incisive interviewer. He has used those talents to help position major brands such as Ralph Lauren, Victoria’s Secret, Radio City Music Hall, Harvard School for Public Health, Weill Cornell Medical College and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts to name a few.

    His company also collaborates with ad agencies, public relations firms and directly with clients to produce commercials, corporate branding films, live streaming events, social media and branded content.

    Madoff began his career as a fashion designer. He was chosen one of the top 10 designers in the U.S. then switched careers to film and video production. He has since expanded his reach to include teaching, book and playwriting, and theatrical producing.

    He is an adjunct professor at Parsons School for Design, teaching a course he developed called “Creativity: Making a Living with Your Ideas”. Every week Madoff has a conversation with a guest from a wide variety of fields, from artists and entrepreneurs to venture capitalists and business leaders.  A book about his class, entitled “Creative Careers: Making a Living with Your Ideas”, was just published.

    Madoff has been a featured speaker at Wharton School, NYU Steinhardt, North Carolina State, SXSW Brazil, Vision Summit, Rise: Barclay’s Bank Accelerator, XRB Labs, Mastermind Group, Google Next and many others.

    He has written and is producing a play based on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend, Lloyd Price. Its world premiere will be at People’s Light Theater in May of 2021.

    Madoff graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin with degrees in philosophy & psychology. Madoff was also on the wrestling team, which combined with his academic studies prepared him for a life in the film and theater business.

     

    Connect with Jeffrey:

    Website: ACreativeCareer.com

    Instagram: @ACreativeCareer 

     

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