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Be Better is more than just a tagline. It's a culture that permeates organizations, propelling teams to Be Better to each other, their customers, and their communities, as well as to themselves. Each week host Michael Kurland interviews leaders who authentically exemplify how they are being better in their professional and personal lives.

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Be Better is more than just a tagline. It's a culture that permeates organizations, propelling teams to Be Better to each other, their customers, and their communities, as well as to themselves. Each week host Michael Kurland interviews leaders who authentically exemplify how they are being better in their professional and personal lives.

    How to lead collaboratively with Simon Mainwaring

    How to lead collaboratively with Simon Mainwaring

    We must do things differently to create a better future.

    As the founder and CEO of We First and sought-after international speaker, Simon Mainwaring is focused on helping organizations grow strategically to make a difference in the world. In today’s show, Simon discusses why leading collaboratively and being an agent of change is imperative for future generations.

    Key Takeaways:
    0:00 Intro
    0:58 Simon talks about his business WeFirst, his family life, and being from Australia
    2:18 Simon talks about his career path starting as an AD guy and lawyer and the brands he's worked with and how a missed call from his mother on his fathers death made him turn his life mission around
    5:49 Simon talks about his book Lead With We and the message he's hopes people take from it
    9:39 Michael ask Simon what companies similar to his can do to better themselves and develop a better call to action
    12:41 Simon talks about the record setting summer of heat and how the global environment is constantly changing for the worse
    15:24 Simon looks at the world from both an optimistic and cynical perspective on how we can regenerate our futures
    17:33 Michael and Simon discuss having children and the future world we might leave behind for them and if it affects their decision to have children
    18:19 Simon discusses his new book Lead With We The Business Revolution That Will Save Our Future.
    24:17 Simon and Michael ways that companies are reducing carbon footprints 
    26:30 Simon discusses the difference in brands and how inaction is still action, and the companies we should truly be supporting

    Simons Books:
    We First: How Brands and Consumers Use Social Media to Build a Better World  - https://www.amazon.com/We-First-Brands-Consumers-Social/dp/B006Z2W33O

    Lead With We - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09366493L/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i0

    Resources Mentioned:
    Habitat for Humanity - Habitat for Humanity International, generally referred to as Habitat for Humanity or Habitat, is a US non-governmental, and nonprofit organization, which was founded in 1976 by couple Millard and Linda Fuller. Habitat for Humanity is a Christian organization.

    RAZR - Razer Inc., is a Singaporean-American multinational technology company that designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, financial services, and gaming hardware. Founded by Min-Liang Tan and Robert Krakoff, it is dual headquartered in one-north, Singapore and Irvine, California, US. 

    Allbirds - Allbirds is a New Zealand-American company that designs and sells footwear and apparel. Allbirds' first shoe was the Wool Runner, which is made from New Zealand superfine Merino wool. The company claims to keep the brand as eco-friendly as possible and is a certified B Corporation.

    Prana - We reinvented the way we package and ship our clothing back in 2010, and since then, we’ve used roll packing, recyclable raffia ties, and other sustainable methods to reduce plastic and paper waste.

    Quotes Mentioned:
    "I think each one of us needs to do things that are relevant, authentic, specific to your business. And so all those things that you're doing to improve other parts of the world, other kind of areas of need, it's fantastic. You also can layer on top of that how you work collaboratively."

    "All of those things have come together to really inspired business to look at what it does differently and even more so in the last two years, the heightened awareness around the climate change"

    Guests Social Media Links: 
    Website: https://simonmainwaring.com/
    LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/simonmainwaring
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wefirst/
    YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/WeFirstTV
    Podcast: http://simonmainwaring.com/podcast
    Medium: http://simonmainwaring.medium.com/


    • 30 min
    How to Live and Work Authentically with Mike Horne

    How to Live and Work Authentically with Mike Horne

    Integrity begins when you align your words and actions.

    Mike Horne, Ph.D. is an executive coach who works with leaders to design authentic workplaces where employees can thrive. In today’s show, Mike discusses his definition of happiness and how making continual progress is more important than achieving goals.

    Key Takeaways:
    0:00 Intro
    1:54 Mike briefly talks about his ideas of what being better means and the three roles he has
    3:43 Mike talks about what progress means to different people in different areas of life and work and the sense of accomplishment people take from it
    5:28 Michael talks about his ideas of progress and how it includes setting goals and current goals he has for himself
    7:37 Mike talks about the different approaches you can have in goal setting, and how not necessarily every step of progress has to be defined as a goal
    9:34 Mike breaks down his approach and how he coaches leaders to set their goals and make progress towards achieving them
    13:02 Mike talks about happiness, the elimination of suffering, and self-awareness
    16:21 Michael Kurland talks about how people can become authentic, and the series of events in his life that made him realize his own self worth
    19:15 Mike gives his three tips on how to live authentically
    21:27 Mike talks about the importance of how a simple hello to somebody can go a long way
    23:07 Michael Kurland talks about the reason he left his old job and the changes the new CEO made that pushed him to do so
    26:03 Mike gives the various ways you can contact him


    Resources Mentioned:

    Mikes Book "Integrity By Design" - If you or your organization lacks integrity, you’re out of alignment with what’s important. When work and life are out of alignment, it’s increasingly difficult to lead, improve, and drive positive change in teams and organizations. 

    Gallup - Gallup, Inc. is an American analytics and advisory company based in Washington, D.C. Founded by George Gallup in 1935, the company became known for its public opinion polls conducted worldwide.

    HP - The Hewlett-Packard Company, commonly shortened to Hewlett-Packard or HP, was an American multinational information technology company headquartered in Palo Alto, California.

    ExxonMobil - Exxon Mobil Corporation, stylized as ExxonMobil, is an American multinational oil and gas corporation headquartered in Irving, Texas. It is the largest direct descendant of John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil, and was formed on November 30, 1999, by the merger of Exxon and Mobil.


    Quotes Mentioned:

    "It's nice to say hello to a stranger and I'd say yes at work. You should work in the moment, work in the present, and I don't know what happened to you five minutes before we started or what's going to happen in the five minutes after we are finished. But I know that we have this moment in time together and that when managers show an interest in people, when they create a sense of being in on things, work gets done a lot more easily than it does, you know, tell me about the digit you missed."

    "Wisdom is always someone else's experience. There are a lot of people, I believe who are not goal directed, who fail to recognize as that the greatest purpose of life time is becoming the person you are. That is our greatest privilege."

    "As you make progress, as you develop your interests, then you become better, you become more knowledgeable, you have greater depth or breath in that field."


    Guests Social Media Links: 
    Website: https://mike-horne.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikehorne1/detail/recent-activity/posts/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/mikehorneauthor
    Mike's Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/id1557124313
    Buy Mike's Book: https://www.amazon.com/Integrity-Design-Working-Living-Authentically/dp/0975307312

    • 27 min
    How to Make a Meaningful Career Pivot with Randy Kurtz

    How to Make a Meaningful Career Pivot with Randy Kurtz

    Your purpose is to make a difference.

    Randy Kurtz is Executive Vice President at Opportunity International where he is focused on improvements to agriculture and education for those living in poverty around the world. In today’s show, Randy shares how he pivoted from a successful career in the restaurant industry to investment banking to founding his organization that is focused on ending extreme poverty for good.

    Key Takeaways:
    0:00 Intro
    1:09 Randy gives a brief overview of Opportunity International and his position in the company
    2:21 Randy talks about growing up on a dairy farm and his first job working at IHOP and how his career grew from there
    5:45 Randy talks about the route he took that was so different than many and how he went straight to business school without an undergrad degree
    8:38 Randy talks about his financial background and the various companies and industries he worked for and in. 
    11:18 Randy talks about the examples in the world he was seeing that really made him think about what he was doing and how he could find his true purpose
    12:49 Randy talks a bit about his Christian faith and the reason he turned down meaningful jobs to pursue his dreams
    16:28 Randy goes in depth on what Opportunity International does as a company and every aspect of agriculture and education that they strive to help build upon 
    20:40 Randy talks about the challenges they face in the various countries they work in and how they overcome them
    24:21 Randy explains why 90% of their clients are women and how much it helps in efforts to grow each sector

    Resources Mentioned:

    University of Chicago - The University of Chicago is a private research university in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1890, its main campus is located in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. The University of Chicago is ranked among the best universities in the world, and it is among the most selective in the United States.

    IHOP - IHOP is an American multinational pancake house restaurant chain that specializes in breakfast foods. It is owned by Dine Brands Global—a company formed after IHOP's purchase of Applebee's, with 99% of the restaurants run by independent franchisees.

    Citigroup - Citigroup Inc. or Citi is an American multinational investment bank and financial services corporation headquartered in New York City. The company was formed by the merger of banking giant Citicorp and financial conglomerate Travelers Group in 1998; Travelers was subsequently spun off from the company in 2002.

    The Wall Street Journal - The Wall Street Journal, also known as The Journal, is an American business-focused, English-language international daily newspaper based in New York City, with international editions also available in Chinese and Japanese.

    Goldman Sachs - The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., is an American multinational investment bank and financial services company headquartered in New York City. It offers services in investment management, securities, asset management, prime brokerage, and securities underwriting.

    Salomon Brothers - Salomon Brothers, Inc., was an American multinational bulge bracket investment bank headquartered in New York. It was one of the five largest investment banking enterprises in the United States and the most profitable firm on Wall Street during the 1980s and 1990s.

    Quotes Mentioned:

    "I was reading The Wall Street Journal every day and I was talking with other people in my community at my church, and I felt like I had other types of work that would be more appealing to me, something that was a little bit more white collar, if you will, or, you know, strategic."

    "I saw some examples out there in the world and I began to think about is what I'm doing now my my full purpose. And so my calling really became to find a role where I could have the kind of impact I was having in investment banking. But to have it in a way that helped people who really needed the help, to help those in poverty in difficult situations."


    • 27 min
    Be An Active Participant in Your Healing with Dr. Justin Lin

    Be An Active Participant in Your Healing with Dr. Justin Lin

    Pay Attention to the Warning Signs

    Dr. Justin Lin has worked with professional athletes and celebrities in pioneering the growth and adoption of the Neuromechanical Therapy (NMT) system. In today’s show, Dr. Lin shares his recovery from his addiction to pain medication and why he believes a solid support system and active participation can heal our body, mind, and spirit.

    Key Takeaways:
    0:00 Intro
    1:06 Dr. Lin explains Rehab and Revive and a brief overview of their services and years in business
    2:40 Dr. Lin explains the difference between traditional western medical practices and a hands on, holistic approach to the bodies recovery
    4:25 Michael talks about breaking his foot and the process of recovery and being prescribed pain killers
    7:22 Dr. Lin talks about his ACL surgery and soon after becoming addicted to OxyCodone 
    9:32 Dr. Lin talks about the accident that changed his life when he almost hit a pedestrian while high and drunk leaving DC one evening
    14:53 Michael talks about the dangers of coming off of pain killers and injury and how it can result in heroin addictions
    18:24 Dr. Lin talks about how pain pills are a quick fix due to lack of pain, but don't truly help the body recover like hands on therapy
    22:39 Dr. Lin talks about how Rehab and Revive started in his parents house and helping Rehab his moms friends
    28:32 Michael talks about after breaking his foot and how his life and body suffered. He talks about his divorce and gaining weight then the realization moment of needing to turn his life back around
    30:35 Dr. Lin talks about a company he used to work for and how they were committing fraud and how that caused him to leave the company
    32:34 Dr. Lin talks about his YouTube channel and how they developed videos during Covid to help people virtually and how some videos have gotten millions of views
    35:32 Dr. Lin talks about his social accounts and where to find him, as well as the message he hopes people take from hearing this interview

    Resources Mentioned:

    Amazon Prime: Amazon Prime is a paid subscription program from Amazon which is available in various countries and gives users access to additional services otherwise unavailable or available at a premium to other Amazon customers.

    DoorDash: DoorDash, Inc. operates an online food ordering and food delivery platform. It is based in San Francisco, California, United States. With a 56% market share, it is the largest food delivery company in the United States. It also has a 60% market share in the convenience delivery category.

    Costco: Costco Wholesale Corporation is an American multinational corporation which operates a chain of membership-only big-box retail stores. As of 2020, Costco was the fifth largest retailer in the world, and the world's largest retailer of choice and prime beef, organic foods, rotisserie chicken, and wine as of 2016

    CVS: CVS Pharmacy, Inc. is an American retail corporation. A subsidiary of CVS Health, it is headquartered in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. It was also known as, and originally named, the Consumer Value Store and was founded in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1963

    Why We Sleep: https://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Sleep-Matthew-Walker-audiobook/dp/B0752XRB5F/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&gclid=CjwKCAjwhuCKBhADEiwA1HegOeRocYXDWNdwgriPS5oVie402RNXKdBVXMR5MqFJS3x8CBLL8zkKYRoCDgIQAvD_BwE&hvadid=241624171820&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9008164&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=11537965159392412473&hvtargid=kwd-363649960980&hydadcr=22536_10353950&keywords=why+we+sleep+book&qid=1633183406&sr=8-1

    Quotes Mentioned:

    "It's good to know and send people who you may know that are suffering from this addiction to the right places, these addiction centers or they need to just reach out and they need someone to talk to."

    "Whether it's God or some other voice, inner voice, it just kept saying, go home. And home is Irvine, California and Southern California. And my parents are here. It just kept saying going to go home. I think from that moment, if I didn't listen t

    • 37 min
    How to Overcome Obstacles and Be Better with Steven Jaramillo

    How to Overcome Obstacles and Be Better with Steven Jaramillo

    Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself.

    Steven Jaramillo is a Project Manager at Branded Group overseeing the company’s facility management client work orders. Steven is also a Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. In today’s show, Steven talks about his career transformation following a divorce and a layoff as well as how his military service was the catalyst to finding his dream job.

    Key Takeaways:
    0:00 Intro
    0:23 Steven shares a little bit of history about himself, his divorce, and what he does for a living 
    5:45 Steven talks about how he changed careers and why, how he lost his job, and what he did to get back on his feet 
    9:11 Steven talks about some of the reasons that made him decide to join the military after he lost his job 
    10:46 Steven talks about the things that he was doing that helped him through the difficult situation he was in after going through a divorce and losing his job
    12:38 Steven talks about being in the military and explains the difference between being on active duty and being a reservist 
    14:16 Steven shares his experience at the training after he joined the military and also talks about the kind of work that he was doing at the time 
    20:00 Steven talks about Glidewell Laboratories, what it is all about, and the work that he was hired to do at the company 
    21:57 Steven also talks about some of the reasons that made him decide to be an electrician too and how he got into Branded Group
    24:26 Steven talks about his experience working with Branded Group and at the same time being called on active duty 
    25:32 Steven also talks about what he was called to do after he was called on active duty  
    29:09 Steven also talks about the importance of having a supportive company and team in the workplace and his experience at Branded Group
    31:54 Steven also talks about the Patriot Award that he decided to nominate Branded Group due to the support he got from them 

    Shows Mentioned:
    Navy Reserve: https://www.navyreserve.navy.mil/ 
    Everest College: https://everest.edu.au/ 
    Verizon: https://www.verizon.com/ 
    Naval Operational Support Center: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrma/installations/ns_newport/about/tenant_commands/navy_operational_support_center.html 
    Glidewell: http://www.glidewelldental.com/ 
    Microsoft Teams: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-teams/group-chat-software 

    Quotes Mentioned:
    “Take every opportunity that’s have given you and just expound upon it and make yourself better.”

    Guests Social Media Links: 
    Website: http://www.branded-group.com/ 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-jaramillo-capm-0255659b/ 
    Email: sjaramillo@brandedgroup.com 

    • 34 min
    How to Make Your Business Bigger Than You with Alix Greenberg

    How to Make Your Business Bigger Than You with Alix Greenberg

    With an M.A. from Christie's and a BFA from Cornell, ArtSugar founder & CEO Alix Greenberg pivoted from a traditional art career to turn her side business into a full-time effort after her grandmother’s death from pancreatic cancer. In today’s show, Alix shares her entrepreneurial journey and why she believes it’s so important to infuse yourself into your company’s vision and give back to those in need.

    • 30 min

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