167 episodes

A podcast that is determined to break the norm. Two longtime friends, who are opposites in just about everything, come together to help you contemplate and contend with the “bS” that is in work, life and everything in between.



The b CAUSE podcast will take you into Erin and Nicole’s lives - on Nicole’s couch, to the streets and everywhere in between - while they explore authenticity in work...and in play.



Grab a drink, put your feet up and come along for a journey that will involve hysterics, unsanitized thoughts, career advice, random encounters, important guests and who the hell knows what else.

b Cause Work Doesn't Have to Suck Erin Hatzikostas

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 51 Ratings

A podcast that is determined to break the norm. Two longtime friends, who are opposites in just about everything, come together to help you contemplate and contend with the “bS” that is in work, life and everything in between.



The b CAUSE podcast will take you into Erin and Nicole’s lives - on Nicole’s couch, to the streets and everywhere in between - while they explore authenticity in work...and in play.



Grab a drink, put your feet up and come along for a journey that will involve hysterics, unsanitized thoughts, career advice, random encounters, important guests and who the hell knows what else.

    166: Layoff-Proof Yourself: 3 Strategies to Help You Stick Around

    166: Layoff-Proof Yourself: 3 Strategies to Help You Stick Around

    Let's face it, the corporate world is a cutthroat place. In order to succeed, you have to constantly evolve and adapt to new challenges. Whether it’s in “normal” times or a time like now, where there’s a lot of concern about a recession, companies unfortunately have to constantly look at their workforce and often make tough decisions to let people go. But what if we told you that there are three strategies you can use to help"layoff-proof" yourself that'll keep you from getting the ax? In this episode, Erin and Nicole discuss three strategies to help you stick around and survive the corporate jungle. Looking for some tips on how to avoid being laid off just want to know how to build a successful career in the corporate world? Tune in. This is an episode you don’t want to miss. If you’d like quick tangible tips and practical corporate career advice to level up your authentic leadership, download the 10 simple “plays” to stop selling out and start standing out at https://bauthenticinc.mykajabi.com/freebie   To connect with Erin and/or Nicole, email: hello@bauthenticinc.com  If you like jammin' with us on the podcast, b sure to join us for more fun and inspiration!
     Follow b Cause on Twitter (really it's mostly Nicole)   Follow Erin on LinkedIn or Instagram  Join the b Cause Podcast Facebook Group    Take our simple, fun and insightful"What’s your workplace superhero name?”quiz  Unleash your Authentic Superpower with Erin’s book,"You Do You (ish)" Check out our blog for more no-BS career advice Work with Us Or just buy some fun, authentic, kick-ars merch here DISCLAIMER: This episode is not explicit, though contains mild swearing that may be unsustainable for younger audiences. Tweetable Comments
    “I've spent most of my life dressing myself from clothes that are on the ground.” “I'm hard on my clothes. Dirt is an issue.” “Cheers to old ladies being back in the wedding circuit.” “Cheers to other people getting married because I'm a hard no.” “We have to hold onto the things that that help us keep our boats afloat. We have to have the life preservers ready to rock if we need them and be willing to jump in them.” “Disorder is not necessarily negative. Chaos is not necessarily bad. Sometimes that's just the order of the universe.” “The universe is magnificent and unfolding, and we should just unfold with it.”

    • 38 min
    165: The Savannah Bananas’ Fans First Strategy You Can Use for Success with Jesse Cole

    165: The Savannah Bananas’ Fans First Strategy You Can Use for Success with Jesse Cole

    Meet Jesse Cole, the Walt Disney of baseball. In 2016, Cole and his family purchased a historically fledgling baseball team in Savannah and turned them into the world-renowned, Savannah Bananas where they’ve revolutionized a traditional sport. How? By putting fans first. Instead of being obsessed with the game, he became obsessed with the experience. Particularly the fan experience. Eventually, Cole's innovative marketing strategies and commitment to fan experience paid off in a big way. The Savannah Bananas have sold out every game since their first season and have been awarded Organization of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, and Business of the Year. Today, Cole is an in-demand keynote speaker, serial yellow tux wearer and author of Find Your Yellow Tux and Fans First. In this episode, you’ll hear Erin and Jesse discuss how you can use a Fans First strategy to create your own success. Find Your Yellow Tux Fans First If you’d like quick tangible tips and practical corporate career advice to level up your authentic leadership, download the 10 simple “plays” to stop selling out and start standing out at https://bauthenticinc.mykajabi.com/freebie   To connect with Erin and/or Nicole, email: hello@bauthenticinc.com  If you like jammin' with us on the podcast, b sure to join us for more fun and inspiration!
     Follow b Cause on Twitter (really it's mostly Nicole)   Follow Erin on LinkedIn or Instagram  Join the b Cause Podcast Facebook Group    Take our simple, fun and insightful"What’s your workplace superhero name?”quiz  Unleash your Authentic Superpower with Erin’s book,"You Do You (ish)" Check out our blog for more no-BS career advice Work with Us Or just buy some fun, authentic, kick-ars merch here DISCLAIMER: This episode is not explicit, though contains mild swearing that may be unsustainable for younger audiences. Tweetable Comments
    “Every single day, I get fascinated and obsessed with new ideas and new things we can create for our fans.” “How you view things is how you do things.” “Corporate and public companies are always focused on the next quarter. I'm focused on the next quarter century.” “You have to be able to throw away some short-term profits to create long-term fans.” “It starts with you being the number one fan of what you're doing.” “How can you really create fans if you aren't the biggest fan of what you do?” “Follow your energy, not your passion.”

    • 33 min
    164: Benefits of Your Gut Being Your Guide

    164: Benefits of Your Gut Being Your Guide

    Whenever you're feeling lost or uncertain, it's easy to second-guess yourself. After all, there are so many voices out there telling you what to do and how to live your life. But what if the best guide isn't found in the noise of the world? What if the answer lies within you? Here's the thing: our gut instinct is usually spot-on. It's the voice in our head that tells us whether something feels right or wrong. And yet, we so often ignore it in favor of following the rules or doing what we're told. But what if we listened to our instincts more often? Now, we’re not saying you should quit your job and move to Bali (although that does sound pretty tempting). But listening to your gut can help you make small decisions in your everyday life. And those small decisions can make a big impact on your overall happiness and wellbeing. So next time you're feeling lost or uncertain, don't second-guess yourself - listen to your instincts (and this podcast) instead. It might just be the best guide you've got. If you’d like quick tangible tips and practical corporate career advice to level up your authentic leadership, download the 10 simple “plays” to stop selling out and start standing out at https://bauthenticinc.mykajabi.com/freebie   To connect with Erin and/or Nicole, email: hello@bauthenticinc.com  If you like jammin' with us on the podcast, b sure to join us for more fun and inspiration!
     Follow b Cause on Twitter (really it's mostly Nicole)   Follow Erin on LinkedIn or Instagram  Join the b Cause Podcast Facebook Group    Take our simple, fun and insightful"What’s your workplace superhero name?”quiz  Unleash your Authentic Superpower with Erin’s book,"You Do You (ish)" Check out our blog for more no-BS career advice Work with Us Or just buy some fun, authentic, kick-ars merch here DISCLAIMER: This episode is not explicit, though contains mild swearing that may be unsustainable for younger audiences. Tweetable Comments
    “I'm pretty sure she just housed a whole Hershey's bar.” “My dad always did say that he liked to watch mob movies at Christmas because they reminded him of family.” “I really wasn't listening to the way that the universe was pushing me. I was resisting it and I was holding back and it made me unhappy.” “I really wasn't listening to the way that the universe was pushing me. I was resisting it and I was holding back and it made me unhappy.” “I'm just trying to create the habits that get me to a good place because those are the things that are going to keep me balanced and stable.” “I want to affirm the shit outta you girl.” “What do I give f***s about today?”

    • 53 min
    163: Simplicity + Serving = Success with Ted Pizzo

    163: Simplicity + Serving = Success with Ted Pizzo

    When it comes to networking, we all know the importance of making a good impression. But let's be honest - sometimes, schmoozing can feel like a bit of a chore. You find yourself shaking hands and exchanging business cards with people you'll probably never see again, all while trying to keep a smile plastered on your face. It can be exhausting! So how can you network without feeling like a phony? Well, this week’s guest knows a thing or two about how to network…authentically. Ted Pizzo is a Sr. VP & Client Advisor at Lockton and the President of the Northeast Executive Advisory Group (www.northeastexecutives.com), which started in 2004. The Northeast Executive Advisory Group (NEAG) includes thousands of executives, professionals and community leaders who help each other grow their respective businesses, offer support with referrals, collaborate on philanthropic endeavors and assist those between jobs land in the right place. In this episode, you’ll hear Ted share stories from his career, why he started NEAG and how building authentic connections is at the center of it all. Connect with Ted on LinkedIn Steve Pinker Ted Talk Get in touch with Ted: tpizzo@lockton.com If you’d like quick tangible tips and practical corporate career advice to level up your authentic leadership, download the 10 simple “plays” to stop selling out and start standing out at https://bauthenticinc.mykajabi.com/freebie   To connect with Erin and/or Nicole, email: hello@bauthenticinc.com  If you like jammin' with us on the podcast, b sure to join us for more fun and inspiration!
     Follow b Cause on Twitter (really it's mostly Nicole)   Follow Erin on LinkedIn or Instagram  Join the b Cause Podcast Facebook Group    Take our simple, fun and insightful"What’s your workplace superhero name?”quiz  Unleash your Authentic Superpower with Erin’s book,"You Do You (ish)" Check out our blog for more no-BS career advice Work with Us Or just buy some fun, authentic, kick-ars merch here DISCLAIMER: This episode is not explicit, though contains mild swearing that may be unsustainable for younger audiences. Tweetable Comments
    “I've always had a strong visual of that person that I wanted to be.” “I try to stay in the moment if I'm not thinking, ‘oh, what do I want to get from this?’ it keeps the experience as positive as possible.” “You to have courage. You have to be sure about what you stand for and what you represent.” “People are less inspired by the words you say, and more by the actions you display.” “Know what depletes your energy and know what boosts your energy and actively seek out and consume generously those things that boost your energy.”  

    • 49 min
    162: 10 Power Questions to Crush Your Interview

    162: 10 Power Questions to Crush Your Interview

    Interviews can be pretty daunting. You've probably been on the other side of the table, sweating bullets as the interviewer fires question after question at you. And now it's your turn to ask the questions? Yikes. But don't worry, we've got your back. In this episode, Erin lays out 10 questions that you can easily use in an interview. Think of these questions as training wheels - they'll help you get started, but eventually, you'll be able to ride without them. So, whether you're interviewing for your next A+ player or trying to find that missing piece to your team, tune in to learn how asking the right questions can make all the difference. 119: 3 Hacks For Asking Powerful Questions That Put You in the Pole Position If you’d like quick tangible tips and practical corporate career advice to level up your authentic leadership, download the 10 simple “plays” to stop selling out and start standing out at https://bauthenticinc.mykajabi.com/freebie   To connect with Erin and/or Nicole, email: hello@bauthenticinc.com  If you like jammin' with us on the podcast, b sure to join us for more fun and inspiration!
     Follow b Cause on Twitter (really it's mostly Nicole)   Follow Erin on LinkedIn or Instagram  Join the b Cause Podcast Facebook Group    Take our simple, fun and insightful"What’s your workplace superhero name?”quiz  Unleash your Authentic Superpower with Erin’s book,"You Do You (ish)" Check out our blog for more no-BS career advice Work with Us Or just buy some fun, authentic, kick-ars merch here DISCLAIMER: This episode is not explicit, though contains mild swearing that may be unsustainable for younger audiences. Tweetable Comments
    “If you ask, “How authentic is XYZ company?” They're not going to know where to go with that. They're going to ramble. It's not going to give you any insights and it's not going to feel fun or joyous. But if you ask them on a scale of 1 to 10 and ask them for that number, they're never going to stop at the number. It forces them to pause and be able to articulate an answer in a way that they wouldn’t be able to do if you’d just ask them.” “They're not used to getting to reflect like that. They aren’t used to getting to have intellectual stimulation beyond PowerPoints and meetings and emails. But being asked a thoughtful question like that, there's something in them that's going to think, ‘Oh, I really like this person.’” “You want them to feel like this is who you are. And these questions hopefully will start to program you and make you who you are.” “You want them to feel like this is who you are. And these questions hopefully will start to program you and make you who you are.”    

    • 24 min
    161: How Replacing Perfection with Creating a Vibe Can Change Everything

    161: How Replacing Perfection with Creating a Vibe Can Change Everything

      We've all been guilty of trying to be perfect. We run around our house making it look like a museum. We run our meetings with the proper agenda. We have this constant anxiety that goes along with trying to make the inevitably imperfect, perfect. But what if instead of focusing on perfection, we instead focus on creating a vibe? A feeling, an aura, an environment that is more focused on the feeling we want people to have than the façade. Well, Erin and Nicole have tested this out and holy schnikies, it changes everything! Because here's the thing–people are sick of going through the motions, both at work and (especially) in life. When you focus on creating a vibe instead of the perfect charcuterie board or board meeting, people think and feel “Ahhhh, I was so sick of everyone’s perfection. This is the vibe I’ve been craving instead and didn’t even know it!” Tune to hear how just this small shift in mindset has changed work and life for both Erin and Nicole, and to start thinking about where you can replace perfection with creating a vibe. Click here to shop b Authentic Inc merchandise! If you’d like quick tangible tips and practical corporate career advice to level up your authentic leadership, download the 10 simple “plays” to stop selling out and start standing out at https://bauthenticinc.mykajabi.com/freebie   To connect with Erin and/or Nicole, email: hello@bauthenticinc.com  If you like jammin' with us on the podcast, b sure to join us for more fun and inspiration!
     Follow b Cause on Twitter (really it's mostly Nicole)   Follow Erin on LinkedIn or Instagram  Join the b Cause Podcast Facebook Group    Take our simple, fun and insightful"What’s your workplace superhero name?”quiz  Unleash your Authentic Superpower with Erin’s book,"You Do You (ish)" Check out our blog for more no-BS career advice Work with Us Or just buy some fun, authentic, kick-ars merch here DISCLAIMER: This episode is not explicit, though contains mild swearing that may be unsustainable for younger audiences. Tweetable Comments
    “Other than the national tragedies and the fact that I caught both COVID and poison ivy, it was a great weekend.” “Poison ivy is like jury duty. Once you have it, you seem to just keep getting it.” “If you're putting it out there, I'm getting your vibe. I'm here to support you. I'll work with what you give me. That's a recipe for your success.” “Criminal law, sexy. Civil law is lucrative. Administrative law? I don't know that people know that exists. That's what we need!’” “Apparently my pasta salad was the talk of the town at the company picnic.” “The vibe is to take myself where I feel like I can make a difference, but don't feel like I own all these outcomes because that's not authentic. That's not the vibe.”

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

Brandon.s.Fong ,

Real conversations… Erin practices what she preaches!

Love Erin’s authentic interview style… she really does practice what she preaches about authenticity. You can tell from her easygoing style that her guests open up to her, and that she really cares about us listeners!

carabed7 ,

LOVE this podcast-no really, I do!

I have enjoyed getting to know Nicole, Erin, and many others through this podcast. It’s a fun way to start out my work day! Since I wasn’t an OG for when it first launched, I’ve been taking the time to listen to episodes from the start.

It’s led me to other podcasts and books to listen/read which continues to expand my knowledge!

Brandon (iloveshinyobjects.com ,

Wow y'all 2 are amazin!

I'm so glad I found this pod, I love you guys personality, different perspectives, & funny acyromns like "aholes"! Keep up the great work!

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