92 episodes

A Life and A Living Podcast is for those seeking success and significance across all aspects of their lives. Here you can get tips and strategies from experts on how to live your life, earn your living and leave a legacy. This podcast will seek to be your reminder to yourself to hold yourself accountable to building a life that matters and impacts the important people in your life.

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A Life and A Living Podcast is for those seeking success and significance across all aspects of their lives. Here you can get tips and strategies from experts on how to live your life, earn your living and leave a legacy. This podcast will seek to be your reminder to yourself to hold yourself accountable to building a life that matters and impacts the important people in your life.

    Episode #53 - Get the Hiring Right with Brandy McCarley

    Episode #53 - Get the Hiring Right with Brandy McCarley

    Brandy McCarley, today’s guest, is passionate and energetic about what she does and in this episode, we discuss how hiring the right person can make all the difference. Brandy works with organizations to help them find the right people for the right jobs and overall making sure they have the right fit. But how does she do that? Her promise for organizations is a big one but through the use of a non-biased assessment of a person’s traits, she is able to eliminate bias and truly focus on finding the right people for a team.
    With a background in direct sales, Brandy has the resilience and urgency needed to guide organizations with hiring. She has managed many teams and her data-based approach has proved to be very successful. Listen on to find out how Brandy helps business leaders with the challenge of attracting and retaining top talent and how committed she is to develop high-performing teams and better employee experiences.
    What We Talked About in This Episode:
    Brandy’s Promise for Organizations and the Non-Biased Assessment Eliminating Unconscious Bias in the Hiring Process Counteracting Different Views of “Fit” Brandy’s Resilience and Urgency Fitting the Role Vs. Fitting the Team The Challenge of Retention The Surprising Growth Through Covid Drive to Succeed During Times of Turmoil Considering Individual Goals When Hiring Brandy’s Drive and Passion For Her Consultant Business Brandy’s Book Recommendation and Daily Rituals About Our Guest:
    Brandy McCarley is a business consultant who is passionate about helping organizations hire the right people for the right roles. One of the biggest challenges that business leaders face today is how to attract and retain top talent. Brandy provides CEOs the data to clarify their team culture dynamics and align team members in the right role. Employee alignment arms the leadership with the tools and resources to better manage, motivate, and communicate with each team member. Employee alignment builds diverse, high performing teams and creates a better employee experience. Organizations scale by reducing turnover and increasing productivity while driving top and bottom-line numbers.
    To reach Brandy, go to her website: https://brandymccarley.com/ 
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    • 29 min
    Episode #53 - Hiring for Fit with Aoife O’Brien

    Episode #53 - Hiring for Fit with Aoife O’Brien

    When it comes to happiness at work, today’s guest believes it is a science more than an art and it is certainly more important than we sometimes think. As the founder of Happiness at Work, Aoife O’Brien uses data and research to help organizations attract, hire, and retain top quality staff. It’s all about finding the “right fit,” but how?
    In today’s episode, Aoife discusses what determines fit, specifically clear values and how we demonstrate those values as individuals and as a part of an organization. Covid has of course brought new challenges to workplace happiness, but with Aoife’s guidance, businesses and corporations can shift and maintain their focus on their people through education and meeting their needs. This not only boosts happiness but productivity, too. As Aoife says, “If you want to be happy at work, you’ve come to the right place.”
    What We Talked About in This Episode:
    Happiness in the Workplace Through Covid Focusing on Understanding Your Own Value in the Workplace What “Fit” Means to an Organization Observable Values and How Employees Tie Into Them Clarity in Company Values to Attract the Right Fit Team Confidence in Articulating Your Own Values as an Individual The Importance of the First Three Years For an Employee
    Autonomy, Relatedness, and Competence Facilitating Conversations Around Employee Needs Educating Leaders, Managers, and Team Members About Needs Aoife’s Strategy in Using Data to Implement Programs Having Something in Place That is Tailored to Organizations Resilience Through Covid and Avoiding Burnout Retaining the Right People Aoife’s Book Recommendation and Daily Rituals About Our Guest:
    Aoife O’Brien is the founder of Happier at Work and works with HR and business leaders using a combination of internal people data and surveys to clearly identify the root cause of people's issues. They provide a clear framework for how to solve issues, including practical recommendations, implementation of workshops, and embedding new learning through coaching. Aoife has 20+ years experience in identifying business problems for global organizations such as Unilever, Mars, Coca-Cola, and Kraft-Heinz.

    To reach Aoife, go to her website: https://happieratwork.ie/ 
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    Happier at Work Website Happier at Work Podcast Aoife O’Brien on LinkedIn Aoife O’Brien Happer at Work on Twitter Connect with John Murphy:
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    • 26 min
    Episode #51 - Your Own CFO, at a Fraction of the Price with Adam Lean

    Episode #51 - Your Own CFO, at a Fraction of the Price with Adam Lean

    It’s all about providing experienced, skilled CFO’s on a part-time basis to their target market. A business that would benefit from having a CFO but without the cost of hiring a full-time executive and help their clients make more money, in less time with less stress.
    Adam Lean set up the CFO project to utilize an executive to assist in finding more money. Since accountants and bookkeepers don’t provide projections and assessments, having a CFO is an essential financial success tool that every business needs to grow profit margins and revenue. When you hire the CFO project, you’ll receive a thorough five-step onboarding process, where your CFO will review your current revenue and assist you in creating goals for your business, including cash and profit projections, along with financial goals.
    In today’s episode, we discuss Adam’s five-step process to onboarding their clients, how CFO Project helps businesses set cash flow projections and goals for the fiscal year, and how this program streamlines your business.
    What We Talked About in This Episode:
    Knowing how to make money for your business Why most people close their business before year five How Adam created his team to provide CFO services for small to medium-sized business Bookkeepers and accountants do not deliver CFO services The purpose of the CFO business assessment How the program assists your business in moving forward effectively Communication with your CFO The relationship between profit, cash flow, and business owner’s sense of well-being Skills and tools the CFO project provides their clients Typical gaps and the most common mistakes businesses create Why business owners have a hard time using accountant reports How to leverage optimal profit for your business About Our Guest:
    Adam Lean is a former accountant turned 2-time entrepreneur who built, scaled, and sold a successful eCommerce business. While helping other business owners, he realized his passion was teaching and providing tools to business owners to help them make more money and have peace of mind.
    To reach Adam, go to his website: https://thecfoproject.com 
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    Adam Lean CFO Project Adam Lean on LinkedIn Recommended reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad Grab a complimentary copy of The Moneybook Connect with John Murphy:
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    • 27 min
    Episode #50 - Thriving Mind: How to Cultivate a Good Life with Dr. Jenny Brockis

    Episode #50 - Thriving Mind: How to Cultivate a Good Life with Dr. Jenny Brockis

    Having experienced severe burnout herself, today’s guest explains, “We need to be smarter about how we approach life and work in general and know when enough is enough. The new normal is to keep going no matter what.” What can be done to avoid burnout, disconnection, and loneliness especially in the workplace? Dr. Jenny Brockis joins us to discuss the fascinating science behind happiness and cultivating a good life.
    Dr. Brockis is a board certified physician who has previously had a successful practice. She realized she needed a pivot and she took the brave step to change careers to not only bring happiness to herself but to others as well. She works with clients and companies to help them cultivate a good life and is the author of the book Thriving Mind: How to Cultivate a Good Life. In today’s episode we discuss the risk of loneliness, nature and nurture, the importance of meditation and play, and how you can adopt a thriving mindset.
    What We Talked About in This Episode:
    What Sets Jenny’s Book Apart in the Topic of Leading a Happy Fulfilling Life The Ideas in Thriving Mind Pre and Post Covid-19 Dr. Brockis’s Career as a General Practitioner and the Cause of her Burnout Lack of Self-Awareness and Tuning in to What Really Matters to You The Bravery in Pivoting to Address Mental Health Loneliness Through Disconnection and Social Isolation The Necessity in Normalizing the Discussion of Feelings
    Covid-19’s Domino Effect Nature and Nurture: The Breakdown of What We’re in Control of Happiness Can Be a Choice The Neuroscience Behind Meditation, Happiness, and Play Mindfulness as a Way to Increase Focus and Executive Function The Effect of Physical Movement While Working and Thinking Thriver’s Mindset: Grateful Survivors Looking to Help Others Making the Conscious Decision to Include Play in Your Day Jenny’s Main Suggestion in How to Cultivate a Good Life Jenny’s Book Recommendation and Daily Rituals About Our Guest:
    Dr. Jenny Brockis is a board-certified lifestyle medicine physician and best-selling author from Perth, Australia. She is passionate about people, performance, and practical solutions that improve our cognitive health and wellbeing. Having experienced severe burnout first-hand, Jenny pivoted to change careers to help others experiencing the same and through her book Thriving Mind: How to Cultivate a Good Life, she demonstrates the importance of mental health and science that backs it up.
    To reach Dr. Brockis, go to her website: https://www.drjennybrockis.com/ 
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    Dr. Jenny Brockis Home Page Thriving Mind: How to Cultivate a Good Life by Jenny Brockis Dr. Jenny Brockis on Twitter Dr. Jenny Brockis on LinkedIn Dr. Jenny Brockis on Instagram Connect with John Murphy:
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    • 34 min
    Episode #49 - Your Body Speaks the Truth with Stefan Verra

    Episode #49 - Your Body Speaks the Truth with Stefan Verra

    Today we welcome back an incredible guest, Stefan Verra. I absolutely love having him on the show and this episode is fascinating. As an expert on body language, Stefan helps us identify and understand how people use their body to communicate even when they don’t know it.
    Stefan Verra is a highly sought-after international speaker who is deeply rooted in the science behind body language, as he demonstrates in today’s episode. He is from Austria, but has traveled the world to speak at conferences, events, and universities. Stefan also works in government organizations and his communication skills draw every listener in.
    How can you manage your own body language to influence and connect with people? We all know that a good business is built on relationships. So listen on to find out what body language to employ while communicating with your teams and clients as well as what body language to look for from people you connect with.
    What We Talked About in This Episode:
    Stefan’s Impressive Background and the Work That He Does The Science and History of Body Language Using Emotions and Body Language to Draw People In or Pushing People Away When Body Language Doesn’t Match Their Words Simplifying Doesn’t Work With Body Language The Paradox of Only Reading One Isolated Signal Our Measurement of Body Language as Infants and How it Connects to a Business Environment Setting the Ground for What is Coming Next Showing Enthusiasm and Engagement Through Body Language Where and How the Brain Interprets Body Language The Connections Between Body Language and Supporters of Different Politicians and World Leaders The Difference Between the Body Language of Men and Women The Societal Impact on Body Language of Men and Women The Biggest Mistake Women Can Make Regarding Body Language Women’s Strength in Connecting with People The Three Things You Should Show Through Your Body in Business About Our Guest:
    Stefan Verra is a world-renowned speaker and body language expert who speaks at over 100 corporate events, conferences, and clients every year. His message is always the same: a mix of valuable body language knowledge, entertainment, and motivation. No matter how his audience members walk into the room, they will leave it with their heads held high, with a pocket full of tips and tricks, and a smile on their faces. Based on Austria, Stefan travels the world to speak, lectures at universities, and works with government organizations. Check out his website below to see a list of extensive clients he has worked with.
    To reach Stefan, go to his website: https://www.stefanverra.com/en/ 
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    Stefan Verra Body Language Home Page Stefan Verra on Twitter Stefan Verra on YouTube @stefanverra on Instagram Stefan Verra on LinkedIn Connect with John Murphy:
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    • 39 min
    Episode #48 - Collaboration - The Key to High Performing Teams with Carlos Valdes-Dapena

    Episode #48 - Collaboration - The Key to High Performing Teams with Carlos Valdes-Dapena

    In this fascinating episode of A Life and a Living Podcast, Carlos Valdes-Dapena introduces us to the concept of individual motivation as the key to collaboration. As Carlos also demonstrates, collaboration is then key to high-performing teams. It is all connected and our discussion today is eye-opening.
    Carlos is the founder of Corporate Collaboration Resources, LLC, an organization and group effectiveness consulting firm. He is also the author of two books on the topic of collaboration and has a background in the corporate world working for Mars, Inc. for 17 years.
    We could talk for hours on this subject, but today we focus on team effectiveness and dynamics, the importance of individual motivation, and creating a culture of collaboration. Listen to learn more about how to establish clear collaborative commitments and accountability within your own high-performing teams.
    What We Talked About in This Episode:
    Carlos’s Background Working for Mars, Inc. and His Research on Teams The Ineffectiveness of Conventional Team Development The Discovery of Individual Motivation as Key to Team Effectiveness The Coaching Model Carlos Uses Achievement, Affiliation, and Power Needs Executing a Mind Hack to Tap Into Achievement Drive for Collaboration The Distinction Between a Group and a Team Teamwork Can Work Magic But Not All Work is Teamwork Does the Collaboration Add Value to Individual Motivation? Creating Clarity Around Collaborative Commitments and Accountability Wasted Money in Organization Team Development The Necessity of Organic Strategies Creating the Culture of Collaboration Why the Top-Down Approach Didn’t Work for Carlos How Diversity Fits in a Group and Learning to Embrace Difference The Challenge of Finding a Niche in the Organization Carlos’s Book Recommendation and Daily Habits About Our Guest:
    Carlos Valdes-Dapena is the founder of Corporate Collaboration Resources, LLC, an organization and group effectiveness consulting firm, and the author of Lessons from Mars: How One Global Company Cracked the Code on High Performance Collaboration and Teamwork. Carlos developed his expertise in collaboration at the highest organization levels. For 17 years he was a senior internal consultant at Mars, Inc. and was involved with brands like M&Ms, Snickers, Uncle Ben's Rice and Wrigley’s gum. There he won the company’s prestigious Global Make the Difference award for his work on the Mars Framework for High Performance Collaboration, the subject of his book.

    To reach Carlos, go to his website: https://www.carlosvdapena.com/ 
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    Carlos Valdes-Dapena Home Page Carlos Valdes-Dapena on LinkedIn Carlos Valdes-Dapena on Facebook Corporate Collaboration Website Lessons from Mars by Carlos Valdes-Dapena Resilience: Virtual Teams by Carlos Valdes-Dapena Lessons From Mars Vlog Connect with John Murphy:
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    • 35 min

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