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Culture and Leadership Connections Podcast: where culture, communication, and context meet at work. Discover what cultural influences have formed the careers of noteworthy leaders in a variety of professions, by exploring the groups that shaped who they are today. Learn about the collective context and experiences that affect their worldview, leadership style, workplace communication and behaviour.

Culture and Leadership Connections Podcast Marie Gervais

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Culture and Leadership Connections Podcast: where culture, communication, and context meet at work. Discover what cultural influences have formed the careers of noteworthy leaders in a variety of professions, by exploring the groups that shaped who they are today. Learn about the collective context and experiences that affect their worldview, leadership style, workplace communication and behaviour.

    Nicholas Wahl – Follow Your Bliss

    Nicholas Wahl – Follow Your Bliss

    Bio for Nicholas Wahl
    Nicholas D. Wahl, Ed.D. is Director of Client Relations for ECRA Group, Founder/Chief Strategist of 1440 Consultants Inc., and a K-12 education leader.

    Episode highlight
    Nicholas Wahl is a leader in education with a depth of experience in his arsenal. Listen in on how he believes education should be designed to ensure that there are no invisible children.

    Links
    Email: nick@1440consultants.com

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholas-wahl/

    Quotes
    “Like all of us, kids really want to have a connected, meaningful relationship with at least one person, preferably two, in the school building.”

    Takeaways

    Childhood Incidents
    Nicholas was the youngest of six children growing up in Ferdinand, Indiana. His role model was his father, a high school principal. Nicholas was ostracized by his peer group in middle school and that understanding carried forward into his work in education.

    Nicholas’ high school counsellor told him that he was not as intelligent as his siblings and that he should stick to his summer construction job instead of going to college. That motivated him to finish graduate school and get his doctorate.

    Influential Groups
    Nicholas grew up in Ferdinand, Indiana, a town of 2500 people that was predominantly German Catholic. He learned a strong work ethic and is proud of his roots.

    He wanted to model and follow his siblings in their footsteps, playing sports, and going to the same high school.

    In his career as a superintendent, he worked with his peers to create evidence-based practice and metrics, focusing on the growth and wellness of students.

    Temperament and Personality Influences
    Nicholas laments that his temperament was so competitive that it was unhealthy. He is learning to be a better listener in his position of influence at work.

    Cultural Epiphanies
    Every Wednesday, Nicholas and his classmates would go to the nun’s house for an hour, and he only learned there are people who are not Catholics when he asked some students who chose not to go.

    Advice to an Employer
    Nicholas works with groups on team building and coaching to emerge out of the pandemic getting to know their peers better, interacting well, and making sure everyone is heard.

    More Great Insights!
    ECRA has analytical tools which can provide clarity on how students are performing by ethnicity and gender, and Nicholas can help provide a strategic plan for the next steps. 
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    • 43 min
    Monica Pierre – What If?

    Monica Pierre – What If?

    Bio for Monica Pierre 
    Monica Pierre is an Emmy Award-winning news reporter, public speaking and storytelling coach and mentor, and the executive producer and host of The Powerhouse Woman Show. She is a Professor of Practice with the Department of Mass Communication at Xavier University where she teaches podcasting, broadcast announcing, and storytelling to the next generation of aspiring media talent.

    Episode highlight
    Monica Pierre has seen the power of generosity change the lives of the members of her family and community. Listen in to learn how she channels this power through her work as a broadcast journalist, talk show host, and storytelling coach.

    Links
    Email: monica@pierreprinciple.com

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/monica-pierre-2193979/

    Website: www.MonicaPierrePresents.com

    Quotes
    “Pour into other people, no matter who you are.”

    “I believe the creator doesn’t make mistakes.”

    Takeaways
    Childhood Incidents
    Monica is the daughter of sharecroppers from Louisiana and the oldest of five children. Family, hard work, faith, and moving forward were the values of her upbringing.

    Her mother and other women helped her see the importance of reinventing her stories to have the life she wanted.

    Monica’s father wanted to own his own home and worked for 30 years to build a house from scratch, teaching Monica determination and persistence. He also exemplified kindness, doing his best to help those in need. She now tries to pass those lessons on to the next generation.

    Influential Groups 
    Monica wouldn’t choose to be anything else but African-American, even though the story she was born into makes her angry. Growing up in a family where her parents would always work to help others in need, she “saw what generosity looks like even when you don’t have a lot yourself.”

    She has found a community in the radio industry in New Orleans.

    Temperament and Personality Influences
    Monica claims she has always been quietly “attentive to what was said and what wasn’t said” while remembering what people said and what their preferences were.

    Advice to an Employer 
    Monica loves the freedom to try a new way and to set it in motion. She finds it beautiful to do something differently and looks at mistakes as information to be noted!

    More Great Insights! 
    If you would like to discover, uncover, and develop your story for your business, Monica would love to help you do it in a dignified way so you can share your personal story with your world. She encourages listeners to breathe and know that someone needs what you have to offer! 
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    • 43 min
    Errol Vas – Creatively Consistent

    Errol Vas – Creatively Consistent

    Bio for Errol Vas
    Errol Vas is a Marketing Director/Consultant with companies in Australia, Canada, China, India, Malaysia, and the USA, developing marketing strategies that boost customer acquisition and maximize revenue.

    Episode highlight
    Errol Vas reflects on his life influences and how his move to China shaped and continues to impact him as he manages a team and a business in the province of Zhèjiāng.

    Links
    Email: errol@errolvas.com

    Website: https://errolvas.com

    Calendly: https://calendly.com/errolvas

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/errolvas/

    Quotes
    “Having consistency is really important in life, no matter what you’re doing.” 
    “The income you make, it doesn't always reflect how hard you’re working.”

    Takeaways
    Childhood Incidents
    When Errol was four, his parents enrolled him in a Taekwondo class, and he considers that a pivotal moment in his life because it taught him discipline and consistency. He currently has a 2nd-degree black belt.

    He played the guitar in high school, which he believes gave him the creative kickstart into marketing. He finds the same freedom in marketing as he did in music.

    Influential Groups
    Errol’s family was very academic, which encouraged him to explore his thoughts. His parents were always supportive of his interests and choices and never stopped him from exploring.

    Being part of the musician community in high school encouraged his creativity, which he uses daily in his work. Errol’s mother is of Swiss-German descent while his father is of Goan-Portuguese descent.

    Lethbridge (in Alberta, Canada) is a middle-class city, so moving to a big city in China was a stark change, particularly when it came to the huge gaps between the rich and poor.

    Temperament and Personality Influences
    Errol describes himself as easygoing person who has learned to be less openly emotional while becoming a more strategic and level-headed manager.

    Cultural Epiphanies
    Errol found that China has “its own ecosystem, its own culture, own way of doing things,” which was very different from back home. In Canada, people are concerned about themselves first, and others second; however, in China, it’s the reverse where the collective often takes precedence over the individual.

    Advice to an Employer
    Errol loves to work with people who are passionate about what they are doing and oriented toward their goals. He finds that when he is aligned in striving along with someone else, it brings out the best in him.

    More Great Insights!
    You can connect with Errol at www.errolvas.com for a 15-minute conversation for tips on how you can improve and expand your personal brand or company! 
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    • 26 min
    Omar Hamdi – The Media On Your Side

    Omar Hamdi – The Media On Your Side

    Bio for Omar Hamdi
    Omar Hamdi is a media entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of Pathos Communications. He has contributed to four books, two of which were shortlisted for Time Magazine’s Book of the Year.

    Episode highlight
    Omar Hamdi’s insatiable curiosity about people, and how and why they do things the way they do, led him to a lifetime of continuous learning from, with, and about people and their experiences. 

    Links
    Email: omar@pathoscommunications.co.uk

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/pathos-communication-london/ 

    Website: https://payonresultspr.com/

    Quotes
    “A lot of the time, it’s culture messing up the religion rather than religion affecting the culture.”

    “When different things come together, you can end up with something stronger.”

    Takeaways
    Childhood Incidents
    For many years, Omar was the only non-white pupil at his school. However, being different from others made him a free thinker, which helped paved his way to entrepreneurship.

    His parents always had high expectations of him, which he has taken upon himself into adulthood as well. His brother passed away when Omar was eight, after which he spent a lot of time by himself in “his own world,” which he hopes he is channelling into a good vision to share with the humanity today.

    Influential Groups
    Being British has imparted Omar with “a slight sense of directness and maybe just a touch of cynicism.” His Egyptian heritage has influenced his sense of humour, which he uses as a communication tool.

    Growing up in the Welsh capital of Cardiff, a mid-sized city in the UK, Omar learned to chat with strangers easily; however, spending 10 years in London gave him an edge he previously lacked.

    Intention is an important concept in the Muslim tradition and he strives to incorporate meaning and purpose into his work as an entrepreneur. Working with others from different backgrounds encourages him to be consultative and learn from their experiences.

    Temperament and Personality Influences
    Omar is naturally very passionate and intense, always means what he says, and deeply cares about things. He also loves a good challenge. However, he has learned to balance that out with stoicism and coolness when needed.

    Cultural Epiphanies
    Growing up in a household without alcohol, Omar can’t imagine how others watch their parents become drunk! The UK has a strong drinking culture, but he does not feel pressured to participate in it.

    Advice to an Employer
    Others sharing his vision is what brings out the best in Omar, and he finds it hard to connect with people who don’t have a vision — whether or not he agrees with it — of the future. He also only works with people he truly believes in.

    More Great Insights!
    “Having media on your side makes everything easier,” Omar says and encourages business owners to develop their relationship with the media.
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    • 37 min
    Leslie Bosch – A Work in Progress

    Leslie Bosch – A Work in Progress

    Bio for Leslie Bosch
    Leslie Bosch, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist, the founder of Bosch Integrative Wellness, and a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach.

    Episode Highlight
    As a psychologist and coach, Dr. Leslie Bosch is accomplished, articulate, and keenly interested in others and their experiences.

    Links
    Email: leslie@boschintegrativewellness.com

    Website: https://boschintegrativewellness.com/

    Book a Free 20-minute Consultation: https://boschintegrativewellness.com/calendar

    Promotional Offering: https://boschintegrativewellness.com/conquer-overwhelm-masterclass-opt-in/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BoschIntegrativeWellness/

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leslie-bosch-phd/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bosch_integrative_wellness/ 
     
    Quotes
    “The world is essentially a mixed bag, and you can do something to protect yourself, move towards the things that are more helpful, and avoid the things that are more dangerous.”

    Takeaways
    Childhood Incidents
    Leslie was born in 1960 in Denver, Colorado to parents of very low socioeconomic status. Her mother’s family immigrated from Italy and started a bakery. Her father’s family immigrated from England to “tame the wild west,” but he abandoned her family when she was six. Her mother remarried after being a single mother for a while. All these experiences impacted Leslie.

    Influential Groups
    Being born into a poor, blue-collar, conservative, Mormon, American family in a homogeneous, misogynistic society was influential for Leslie, and she worked her entire life to shed the negative patterns she grew up with. Her Ph.D. and coaching practice is about transformation and helping others to identify and transgress old patterns.

    Temperament and Personality Influences
    Leslie claims her temperament is cautious, with a combination of perfectionism and idealism. It has been a challenge for her to become more of a pragmatist/realist, but works to contribute toward the improvement of things instead of chasing perfection.

    Cultural Epiphanies
    Leslie moved to New York City in her mid-30s to pursue a singing career and experienced a culture shock, because it was so different from the homogeneous suburban experience she had had. It was challenging to adapt to the ever-changing city with its over-stimulation and stress.

    Advice to an Employer
    Leslie is always intrigued by what they bring to the session and looks to understand where they are coming from.

    More Great Insights!
    Leslie shares that coaching can be a powerful tool to help people open up without fear of judgment in a world that is not conducive to vulnerability. Your coach can help you strategize and be the accountability partner that pushes you out of your comfort zone.
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    • 24 min
    Dane Espegard – Live The Dream

    Dane Espegard – Live The Dream

    Bio for Dane Espegard
    Dane Espegard is the Founder of The Dreams Systems LLC and Division Manager at Vector Marketing/CUTCO. Dane is also a culture consultant who teaches, assists, and executes the implementation of a Culture centered around Dream Achieving. 
    Dane brings a successful people-oriented method to market in his latest book, "The Dream Machine: A Leader's Guide to Creating Teams of High Performers Who Achieve Extraordinary Outcomes." He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Brookelynn, and their two daughters, Elin and Izzi.
    Episode highlight
    Dane Espegard’s ability to take an idea to a successful outcome led him to create a system and eventually write a book called “The Dream Machine'' which promotes company and team growth through a culture of conversation around how each person expresses and achieves personal dreams. 

    Links
    Email: dane@daneespegard.com
    Website: http://www.daneespegard.com
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daneespegard/ 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dane.espegard 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/daneespegard/ 
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4drV1R60GQw8O_6EfYm3MA/

    Quotes
    “We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.”
    “When there's hope in the future, there’s power in the present.”

    Takeaways
    Childhood Incidents
    Dane grew up in a family of entrepreneurs surrounded by talk of business and witnessed his stay-at-home mom open up and grow a daycare business from the ground up. At the age of 18, Dane got a job at CUTCO, which ultimately left a lasting impact on him. 
    Influential Groups 
    Dane was born into a middle-class family in a middle-class neighbourhood. He is now a member of a group called Front Row Dads which influences how he measures himself as both a father and a husband. 
    Temperament and Personality Influences
    “I lean towards positivity,” Dane said of his temperament. He has a high level of energy and gets excited to interact with people. Instead of relying solely on his “gut instinct,” Dane has also attempted to tap into the experiences of those around him.
    Cultural Epiphanies
    Born into a conservative middle-class family while attending equally middle-class schools that held a predominantly “white student body” gave Dane a unique perspective as he grew up in the United States. To this day, Dane still finds that US-centric perspective constantly challenged when he travels, making him return to the US with a broader world view. 
    Advice to an Employer 
    Though he works well independently, Dane thrives with people around him. As a leader, Dane works hard because he knows people are counting on him. He also infuses his work with hope, which gives him power in his decisions.
    More Great Insights! 
    Dane’s book, written to enable change in workplace cultures, is available for free on his website to anyone who would like to upgrade their team’s culture. 
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    • 36 min

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Very Insightful

One of the episodes that I really like was when Marie had Robert Manolson where he shared his great mission to inspire workplaces to embrace the value of fun at work. The conversation was insightful and fun. HIs journey is also inspiring.

I like how the podcast is very consistent around connections between culture and leadership. Amazing.

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