These conversations are all about the art and the power of networking. It's connected to the idea that every single one of us is no more than six degrees from being connected to one another. The connections we make and the relationships we build make us the incredible people we are today and that we will become tomorrow. This is a collection of lessons learned by people from different backgrounds and on different journeys. This conversation is for those who want to improve their networking skills and cultivate more meaningful professional relationships.
Networking = Relationshiping
Episode 22: A Conversation with Me
Am I talking to myself? Why, yes. Yes, I am.
A year ago today, I launched this podcast and published my very first episode. I thought it would be good to take a few moments and reflect on the lessons learned, where I've come from, how my podcast has evolved and where I want to take it next. I have loved every moment of this journey and I'm excited to see where it will take me and the new people that I'll meet along the way. Creating content like this has stretched me in ways that I was unfamiliar with and I feel like I've tapped into a part of me that I've never known. I'm blessed to have some amazing people in my life that I've been able to introduce to listeners and share their stories and the great work they're doing through my podcast. I'm excited about what's to come in 2020 and hope that you'll tune in and join me!
Episode 21: A Conversation with Sal Vergara, Jr.
Sal is a relatively new connection of mine, but we have developed a solid relationship based on the shared understanding of networking, sound HR principles and practices, trying to give more than we take and doing what we can to elevate ourselves and those around us. I'm thankful for the opportunities that Sal's given me, to share the story of my transformation and personal branding with his in-transformation groups. I'm excited about the great work he's doing in the Dallas HR community and proud to call him a friend.
With more than 25 years of consultative business development and relationship management experience, Sal has helped dozens of clients across the globe achieve and surpass performance and revenue growth results.
Today, Sal is responsible for the overarching market expansion and development of hrQ in the DFW metroplex. He’s also the founder of the Dallas hrQ In-Transformation Network which focuses on helping senior-level HR executives optimize their job/career search and prepares them to navigate that journey more effectively. Prior to hrQ, he focused on delivering an all-inclusive talent acquisition solution as Director of Global Sales for one of the premier recruiting software firms in Silicon Valley.
Sal’s passion to develop long-lasting, trusted partnerships is evident in his success and in his relationships. Sal’s strength in assessing a business situation and partnering with key stakeholders to identify client needs, translates into his ability to customize an integrated talent solution to simplify & humanize the people eQuation.
Episode 20: Unplugged with Lesha Reese
I hired Lesha back in June of 2005 to join my HR team at Cingular/AT&T Wireless. To this day, she is still the best HR pro that I've ever hired. I think the world of her as a professional and as a friend. Her infectious energy, quick wit, positive attitude and straight-shooting style make her fun to work with and a pleasure to be around. I'm glad that we were finally able to make this conversation happen. Sit, back, relax and enjoy some fun conversation as I interview Lesha Reese!
Lesha is a veteran Human Resources leader, Master Executive Coach and Certified Life Coach and spends her days guiding professionals at all levels in business who are feeling uninspired and burnt out, transform their corporate reality from the inside out, creating more purpose in their work, experiencing more fulfillment and making a significant impact. Lesha also hosts "The Corporate Life Coach Show" podcast where she provides a new spin on your corporate reality and professional potential.
Episode 19: Unplugged with Morag Barrett
When I first met Morag Barrett several years ago I felt an instant connection with her. She has a passion for people that is infectious and inspiring. She truly understands the power of our relationships, how they work for us (and against us) in our work lives, and the importance of cultivating our relationships. I always walk away from our conversations encouraged and better off. I know you’ll enjoy this conversation!
Morag Barrett is the author of Cultivate. The Power of Winning Relationships and The Future-Proof Workplace. As a sought out keynote speaker and leadership development expert Morag's message that business is personal and relationships matter resonates with everyone. As the founder and CEO of SkyeTeam, an international executive development company, Morag has supported the development of more than 6,000 leaders, in 20 countries and on 4 continents. She’s been featured by Entrepreneur.com, Forbes and CIO.com among others. Morag understands the challenges of running a business as well as the complexities of leading and managing the people that are part of that business. Contact Morag@SkyeTeam.com to learn more.
Episode 18: Unplugged with Dirk Beveridge
Dirk is a new relationship of mine, but a kindred spirit. His passion for people, for innovation and for change are infectious and explains why I felt so connected to him when we recently met through some work that he's doing for Kirby-Smith Machinery. Dirk will be speaking at our annual sales meeting in January and I'm excited to see how he is going to stretch our salespeople and push Kirby-Smith to do more, be more and ultimately sell more. I hope you're enjoy the conversation as much as we enjoyed having it!
Dirk Beveridge is the founder of UnleashWD providing a platform of services that leads growth-oriented organizations to critically think, innovate, and strategically commit to a relevant and profitable future. Beveridge’s keynote presentations inspire and educate forward-thinking businesses to think differently and innovate for the future. His Unleash Innovation Summit, is held annually and is setting a bold agenda for change, transformation, and innovation for the 300,000 distributors in the United States. And his new My Life’s Work program is the world's only program for distribution executives preparing their business for a successful transition to the next generation. Learn more at www.dirkbeveridge.com.
Episode 17: A Conversation with Jim Priest
Jim Priest is a great example of why I created this podcast and why I have such a passion for networking (i.e. relationshiping). I first met Jim about two months ago, as he was the guest speaker at the Oklahoma City Human Resources Society (OCHRS) chapter meeting in late August. I felt an immediate connection to Jim as he talked about culture and the C suite's (not just HR) role in defining corporate culture. I introduced myself after the meeting and suggested we get together soon for coffee. Shortly after that breakfast meeting, we sat down and had this conversation here in a busy McDonald's to talk about his deep and diverse background, how he's managed to impact and lead culture change, and how the HR profession has evolved over the years.
Jim Priest is a husband, dad, columnist, author, community activist and President of Sage counsel, a consulting practice which imparts wisdom and impacts lives through executive coaching, training, strategic advising and legal advice. https://sage-counsel.com
Jim was previously the CEO of one of Oklahoma’s largest nonprofits and was a trial lawyer for 34 years, focusing on employment and civil rights.
Jim is the husband of one wife, Diane; the father of two children, Amanda and Spencer, and is owned by one dog named Jeter (yes, she’s named after Derek Jeter!). He is also an Olympic-level grandfather to his namesake grandson, James.
People People People!
This is a great up and coming show that places an emphasis on the most important thing in the world. People! Each conversation reveals how relationships, networking, connections, and communicating with other human beings provides such a tremendous advantage in anything we do in our lives!