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Perfect Imbalance is a podcast on alternative ideas to finding a better balance for you in any area of your life. Hosted by Jeff Weigh. This podcast challenges some of the myths that we have been sold about work-life balance. Jeff shares personal stories and interviews guests who bring insight and inspiration.

Perfect Imbalance Podcast Jeff Weigh

    • Entrepreneurship
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Perfect Imbalance is a podcast on alternative ideas to finding a better balance for you in any area of your life. Hosted by Jeff Weigh. This podcast challenges some of the myths that we have been sold about work-life balance. Jeff shares personal stories and interviews guests who bring insight and inspiration.

    Making a different choice

    Making a different choice

    On this episode I share my interview with Chris Lovett; life coach, speaker and career mentor who most recently has channelled his energy towards making a different choice.



    Chris does a few things.



    There's a theme developing where Chris finds himself supporting others through a passion.



    He's currently a leadership coach having arrived there via music, DJ'ing, radio host and podcast host; developing others along the way.



    He's also a minimalist.

    On work-life balance;

    It feels like I've been talking about this for a while. I used to strive for whatever the work-life balance was. But I don't think that aiming for balance should be the goal. We may have intermittent moments of balance but life is too chaotic.

    Like a modern relationship, balance as changed and we have to do more than the perceived 50/50 split. It's a constant fluid approach, changing as we go.







     



     



     



     



     



     



     

    Minimalism

    When I found minimalism I had to make some choices about what added value to my life. I'd started to fall out of love with music and had to make a choice.

    Chris decided to cut 'live' events (which he was running fortnightly) and a few other commitments.



    If unsigned artists want some feedback he will still make himself available to do this. Not wanting all of his music experience to go to waste Chris is very passionate about supporting others.



    Being self aware Chris found himself in a comfort zone.

    Making a different choice

    He had always wanted to go travelling. He was caught up being busy and put up barriers to prevent him from doing this.



    The realisation that stuff was adding to more stuff and being stored in stuff brought home the need to make some changes.



    Chris began to sell some of his stuff and initially struggled to let go because of his emotional attachment to his stuff.



    Selling stuff however, allowed him to pay off his debt (something else he'd collected).



    Building on this he took a career break, his partner quit her job and they sold the house.



    At this point there wasn't a lot of stuff left!



    The biggest result;

    Realising that he could live and be happier in life with less.

    What can you (and I) do?

    The physical act of removing something from your environment is pretty straightforward. The attachment to the stuff you've got is hard.



    Ask yourself, does this thing;



    bring joy to your life?

    add value to my life?

    serve a purpose?



    You and I can apply this apps on our phones or email that you are subscribed to.



    Taking it a stage further you may want to look at some of the relationships in your life.



    Take on a 30 day minimalist challenge to de-clutter an area of your life and share with Chris and myself how you're getting on.

    Find out more

    Finally if you would like to start a conversation with Chris, you can find him on;



    Twitter



    Twitter



    LinkedIn



    Facebook



    Instagram



    Alternatively, find out more about Chris by reading the latest Ignite blog; Being a Minimalist



    More details can be found on their website.



    If you enjoyed this episode you can leave the show a rating and review on iTunes or the platform that you use to listen to podcasts.



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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Living happier lives

    Living happier lives

    On this episode I share my interview with Nina Grunfeld, founder and creator of Life Clubs and a woman of many other talents who's been helping people with 'living happier lives' for over 15 years.



    Nina founded Life Clubs in 2004 and they host workshops that help people really feel as positive as they can and get more fun out of life.

    On work-life balance;

    I'm a bit of an obsessive worker and absolutely love it. I don't think I see it as work-life balance, I see it as life balance. It's not just work and life as that sounds to me like they have equal weight on the scales.

    Within Life Clubs and the work we do, we have a wheel which encompasses 10 areas including work, relationships, family etc. This allows for lots of different things in our lives and it's alright to want to have a balance of only work sometimes.



    Balance is important for all of us. But maybe it's the balance that 'you want' rather than what you think you ought to have.







     



     



     



     



     

    Where it all began

    I read an article in 2002/3 about 30 year old's being the most depressed sector of society.

    Looking back on my own 30's I remember they were quite tricky. Lots of big decisions are made during this period of our lives and Nina wondered how she could help those 30 year old's. Someone walked in talking about Weight Watchers and that sparked the idea.



    Forever the optimist, Nina set out with the idea of running these all over the country!



    Today they run a number of Life Clubs as well as taking the approach into corporate businesses, helping others with living happier lives.

    Prior to...Life Clubs

    From graphic designer with a link to Star Wars to writing her first book on 'stain removal' there is more to Nina than you might expect. Her first book sold over 1 million copies!



    More writing and books followed, yet Nina's hobby remained the same; helping her friends to find what they'd really love to do.



    Trained as a Life Coach and using her intuition, the rest is there for us all to see.



    One of my favourite quotes from Nina is;

    I'm a bit like Richard Branson without the massive success. I'm always in danger of spreading myself too thinly.

    What's next?

    The tools learned by Nina over the years are so useful that she's turning towards charities and other sectors that haven't always experienced the benefit of this knowledge and approach.



    Stubborn, dogged and determined it will be interesting to see what happens next with Nina's latest plans.

    Find out more

    Finally if you would like to start a conversation with Nina, you can find her on;



    Twitter



    LinkedIn



    Facebook



    Instagram



    Alternatively, find out more about Nina by reading the latest Ignite blog; Being part of a club



    More details can be found about Life Clubs on their website.



    If you enjoyed this episode you can leave the show a rating and review on iTunes or the platform that you use to listen to podcasts.



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    • 47 min
    Everybody does it, nobody thinks about it

    Everybody does it, nobody thinks about it

    On this episode I share my interview with Bronwen Thornton, Chief Executive Officer of Walk21 an international charity dedicated to ensuring the right to walk...everybody does it, nobody thinks about it.



    Bronwen and Jim (as you'll hear on this podcast) often smile when asked what it is they do. In short the answer is they promote walking. People want to work with Bronwen and Walk21 because they fundamentally believe in it and people pick up on her passion.

    On work-life balance;

    We (Jim and I) work from one list. We don't have separate lists for work and life. We work together and we work from home. We juggle it together. Sometimes you might work hard for a couple of weeks and then you have to re-balance that.





     



     



     



     



     

    Where it all began

    It sounds a little cheesy, but I can only tell it how it was. I had an epiphany.

    I was in Australia, working in the transport sector and a friend of mine mentioned the Walk21 conference that was coming to Perth in 2001.



    Bronwen was initially surprised that there was a conference about walking but through talking more about decided that she really wanted to go. So they went together. Sat in the conference for 2 days, Bron felt that she had finally found her path.



    In her words, she'd always admired people who had a singular passion.



    This was more than transport;

    This was about who we are as people and the spaces and places that we build within which to be and live our every day lives.

    Key decisions

    Following on from Bron's epiphany she made 2 key decisions at that point;



    That it was all about walking and she had to start working in walking

    To move to the UK in order to make that happen



    Nobody was doing anything about walking in Australia at the time and so Bron looked at where walking was already established and happening. People were working on projects and ideas about it in London.



    It's worth noting that the UK was leading this arena at the time as well.

    Walking is something you may have taken for granted

    The thing about walking is that it is for all of us.



    Bron says;



    It's greatest strength is also it's greatest weakness.



    It's greatest strength is that it's intensely inclusive and it's all of us.



    It's greatest weakness is that everybody does it, nobody thinks about it.



    Ultimately it's enabling people to be part of their communities.

    Find out more

    Finally if you would like to start a conversation with Bronwen, you can find her on;



    Twitter



    LinkedIn



    Facebook



    Alternatively, find out more about Bronwen by reading the latest Ignite blog; Leading the walking movement



    More details can be found about Walk21 on their website.



    If you enjoyed this episode you can leave the show a rating and review on iTunes or the platform that you use to listen to podcasts.



    Certainly check out all the episodes to date here



    Tune in next time to hear my interview with Nina Grunfeld, founder and creator of Life Clubs. Nina is also a successful entrepreneur, public speaker and author of 15 books including The big Book of Me become your own life coach.

    • 54 min
    What do you want your life to look like

    What do you want your life to look like

    On this episode I share my interview with Gavin Bell, Facebook Advertising Consultant, Vlogger and Speaker. Gavin talks passionately about 'what do you want your life to look like'.



    Gavin works with brands across the world and helps them with their Facebook Advertising. When he's not doing that or speaking he can often be found doing some creative videos, like going down the street in Edinburgh in his boxers!

    On work-life balance;

    You've got the Yin and the Yang. The Yin is that I love what I do. It's a hobby to me. The hard part is switching off. There isn't a balance perse. Your work and your life become this harmonious thing that work together.





     



     



     



     



     

    Where it all began

    Gavin came into the social media world 5-6 years ago having worked with Personal Trainers; who in his words were pretty poor at marketing. Whilst it didn't work out as planned, he was able to learn from this and was approached by a company to look at their Facebook Advertising.



    By his own admission;



    Gavin literally didn't know a thing before moving to Edinburgh and everything has been learned from scratch.



    His own philosophy for advertising is;

    Try everything and see what works.

    What do you want your life to look like

    Do you really enjoy what you do?



    Well, Gavin absolutely loves the work that he does. When he's working it doesn't feel like work. It feels like a hobby.



    Because it doesn't feel like work he's able to do it for longer and not burn out.



    A typically day for Gavin involves exercise first followed by a healthy breakfast. He deliberately puts an emphasis on his morning activities. He priorities the most important task first.

    Time hacks

    Gavin does his best to protect his time and remove distractions.



    Some of the things he does include;



    Checking his emails twice a day (once in the morning and once in the evening)

    Switching his phone on to 'do not disturb'

    Offering a paid service via his website so he doesn't have to jump on a phone call



    Find out more

    Finally if you would like to start a conversation with Gavin, you can find him on;



    Twitter



    LinkedIn



    Instagram



    YouTube



    Alternatively, find out more about Gavin by reading the latest Ignite blog; Doing things and doing stuff



    More details can be found about the Funnel Academy on his website.



    If you enjoyed this episode you can leave the show a rating and review on iTunes or the platform that you use to listen to podcasts.



    Certainly check out all the episodes to date here



    Tune in next time to hear my interview with Bronwen Thornton, Chief Executive Officer of Walk21 an international charity dedicated to ensuring the right to walk and opportunity to enjoy it is supported and encouraged for everyone across the world.

    • 45 min
    Company culture, employee engagement and customer experience

    Company culture, employee engagement and customer experience

    On this episode I share my interview with Michel Falcon, entrepreneur, keynote speaker and author of People First Culture. To date, Michel has built his career off 3 topics; company culture, employee engagement and customer experience.

    On work-life balance;

    The first thing that I plan for each week is related to my health.



    The second things are the personal things I need to do.



    Then comes the work stuff. This helps me to find a balance immediately.





     



     



     



     



     



     



     



    By his own admission Michel is not a great academic learner.



    He did however, want to learn how to be success in business and this led him to 1-800 Got Junk. It was during his 5 years here that he learned the importance of company culture, employee engagement and customer experience. In his own words;

    These things aren't just nice to haves. They are absolutely imperative if you want to grow a very genuine business.

    As a result of the experience Michel left to set up an advisory firm focused on company culture, employee engagement and customer experience.

    Humble beginnings

    Michel started out working with very small companies and at times he was struggling to find clients.



    Back in 2012 people didn't always understand what these topics were. Undeterred Michel continued on this path and as awareness started to grow he moved to Toronto in 2016.



    During 2016 he joined his current business partners to start a hospitality company. It's here where Michel has been able to bring his 'People first' strategies to life.

    We have gone from zero employees and zero revenue to nearly 20 million turnover and nearly 200 employees.

    People First Culture

    This is about building an organisation that your people and customers admire.



    In Michel's words; most companies fall short even when they set out with the intention of being admired.



    People and customers are often looked at separately whereas Michel sees them as 2 peas in a pod. He goes onto explain that he coaches his managers to spend 80% of their time focused on employee experience and 20% of time on the customer experience.



    One is the outcome of the other.



    Michel sights 3 reasons why a company won't become people first;



    They've never been taught how to

    The don't have the right DNA (the DNA to care about a stranger and be a benevolent leader)

    The ability to think long term



    Michel is on a crusade to bridge the gap between our personal lives and our professional lives.

    Find out more

    Finally if you would like to start a conversation with Michel, you can find him on;



    Twitter



    LinkedIn



    Instagram



    Alternatively, find out more about Michel by reading the latest Ignite blog; A People First Culture



    More details can be found on his website.



    If you enjoyed this episode you can leave the show a rating and review on iTunes or the platform that you use to listen to podcasts.



    Certainly check out all the episodes to date here



    Tune in next time to hear my interview with Gavin Bell, Facebook Advertising Consultant, Vlogger and Speaker. Gavin was recommended by the brilliant Gavin Oattes who appeared on the show all the way back on episode 14!

    • 47 min
    Seen, heard and valued

    Seen, heard and valued

    On this episode I share my interview with Aimee Bateman, Founder and CEO of Career Cake; a company pioneering the way we learn and enabling others to be seen, heard and valued.



    Winner of several awards since 2010, Aimee was recently awarded by Wales online the Entrepreneur of the Year.

    On work-life balance;

    It changes depending what time of month it is or year or what's going on in my life.



    Work-life balance is such a personal thing. Firstly do you like your work. If you like your work, then work work-life balance isn't really an issue.

    Background





    Doing what you love and enjoy is the reason why I started my company.

    Everybody deserves 8 hours a day to go somewhere where they feel seen, heard and valued so that it impacts the rest of their lives.

    Aimee started off as a commercial recruiter. In 2010 there were an extreme amount of talented people who found themselves out of work in South Wales. The focus of the recruiter (at the time) was on placing people in roles for companies; not necessarily focusing on the people themselves.



    This didn't sit well with 29 year old Aimee who was about to earn a big commission on the back of placing someone in an Financial Director role! In that moment everything changed.

    Careercake

    On the back of that moment, Aimee went home and bought a cheap camera on eBay and started making videos in her kitchen. Videos that would teach people how they would not need people like her. These included 'How to';



    Write your own CV

    Get your own interviews

    Contact people via email to get an interview



    All with a view to helping people power themselves and take control of their own situation.



    It was 2010 and no one was really doing anything with videos at that time.



    In 5 years Aimee received over 42 million views on YouTube.



    Today, people and organisations are paying for subscriptions in 42 different countries.



    Careercake is helping people to be awesome; how to be seen, heard and valued in their job.

    Making a difference

    What you see is what you get with Aimee.



    Most of her teenage years were spent in foster care. This had an effect on her self esteem and has driven her onward in her life. Having been to university and got her first job in recruitment, her self esteem changed completely. To the point that it was oozing out of her! A lot of that came through being in a job where she was valued.



    Admittedly, Aimee lost her way a little bit. For a couple of years she lost her 'why' she was doing it.



    Having celebrated her 30th birthday in Ibiza with her friends, she returned and registered the domain Careercake.

    Find out more

    Finally if you would like to start a conversation with Aimee, you can find her on;



    Twitter



    LinkedIn



    Instagram



    Alternatively, find out more about Aimee and Careercake by reading the latest Ignite blog; Beat the challenges you'll face in your career



    More details can be found on the Careercake website.



    If you enjoyed this episode you can leave the show a rating and review on iTunes or the platform that you use to listen to podcasts.



    Similarly you can get involved on social media by sharing with us your #gamesong.



    Certainly check out all the episodes to date here



    Tune in next time to hear my interview with Michel Falcon, entrepreneur, keynote speaker and author of People First Culture.

    • 56 min

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