In today’s competitive workplace most everyone can benefit from smart career strategies. In this podcast, I’ll help you get more out of your career and help you achieve dramatic breakthroughs at work. I’ll share strategies to help you find the right job fit, stand out, get hired, promoted and much much more.
If you have a growth mindset, “Breakthroughs” will help your career soar.
Episode #44: Wisdom from Creator of World’s Largest Online Blinds Retailer: Jay Steinfeld
In this episode I interview a remarkable entrepreneur, Jay Steinfeld, who launched a business from his garage and turned it into the largest online business in his industry. Jay’s story is for anyone who’s interested in learning what it takes to build a successful business and find meaning, joy and purpose from your work regardless of your product or service. JAY STEINFELD founded and was the CEO of Global Custom Commerce, which operates the world’s number one online window covering retailer Blinds.com. Boot-strapped in 1996 for just $3,000 from his Bellaire, Texas, garage, Global Custom Commerce was acquired by The Home Depot in 2014.
Jay remained as its CEO and later joined The Home Depot Online Leadership Team. After stepping away from these roles in early 2020, he has increased his involvement on numerous private company boards and serves as a director of the public company Masonite (NYSE: DOOR). He also teaches entrepreneurship at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business and supports numerous charities.
Jay is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and has earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Houston Technology Center. Active as an industry speaker on topics including corporate culture, core values, how to scale a start-up, and disruption, he has more than 100 published articles.
His book, “Lead from the Core: The Four Principles for Profit and Prosperity” will be published November 30, 2021. It is available now for pre-order on Amazon.
Episode 43: Interview with Genevieve Bell: A New Branch of Technology Teaches Safe & Sustainable AI
In this episode I interview Genevieve Bell, PhD. It’s ideal for anyone who’s interested in how to make AI responsible, sustainable and safe. Also, it’s thought provoking for those interested in learning about the intersection between cultural practice and technology. To learn more about Genevieve’s work you can watch her TED and read the articles below.
* TED talk (I know you are across this one)
* Griffith Review article written by Genevieve
* https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/boyerlectures/2017-boyer-lectures/8869370 (transcripts are available and explain why she decided to come back to Australia)
* Her interview with ABC’s Richard Fidler (a popular radio program on Australia’s national broadcasting network): https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/conversations-genevieve-bell/9173822
* Why we need a cybernetic future
* The ANU’s Genevieve Bell decided not to sit on the sidelines
* Another useful link re 3Ai: https://3ainstitute.org/portfolio/how-do-you-teach-new-branch-engineering-existence-prototype-test-iterate
* Also her Wikipedia page is accurate, so a good source of info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genevieve_Bell
* Plus this NYTimes article from a while ago gives you an idea of the work she did at Intel: https://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/16/technology/intels-sharp-eyed-social-scientist.html
#42: Powerful Inspiration & Resilience from Paralympic Gold Medalist/15-Time World Champion Swimmer
I’m excited to have Mallory Weggemann as my guest on “Breakthroughs”... She joined Delta’s CEO, Ed Bastian, to deliver an incredibly inspiring Townhall about representation & inclusion via a closed circuit stream to Delta's 75,000 employees. Bastian is one of Mallory’s biggest corporate sponsors as well as a huge supporter of inclusion and representation of disabilities in the workplace.
Mallory is a world-class athlete, business owner and speaker. She is a Paralympic Gold-Medalist, 15-Time World Champion Swimmer, ESPN ESPY Award winner, TV Sports Commentator, and founder of social impact agency, TFA Group. Mallory knows firsthand that the words and images we use, and how we use them, impacts how society perceives everything.
A bit of context to the void that currently exists:
20% of the US population is disabled
0 Fortune 500 CEOs are disabled
1 disabled female senator out of 535 representatives and senators
1 disabled president (who hid his disability) out of 46
Fewer than 2% of characters on TV are disabled. 95% of the actors playing those characters are not disabled.
US unemployment rate is 7% - 76% of the disabled are unemployed
10.5 % of Americans live below the poverty level while 32% of disabled Americans live below the poverty level
In 2020, Mallory was a TV commentator at the Golden Globes and didn’t see one person who had a disability the entire day -- one of the largest gatherings of the biggest names in Hollywood. In fact, she had to be lifted three steps when she reached the end of the carpet because no one had thought to create an accessible path for a wheelchair.
In 2008, when Mallory was paralyzed at the age of 18, she yearned to see representation. When she looked at the world around her, she felt isolated by her differences. It was then that Mallory learned it is hard to become what you don’t see. For the past 13 years she has made a conscious decision to do her part to fill that void, so our next generation never has to ask, “what about me?” We discuss her newly released book, “Limitless: The Power of Hope and Resilience to Overcome Circumstance”. This episode is for anyone who’s interested in getting inspiration on the topic of how to garner hope and resilience to overcome any difficult circumstance.
#41: What Color Is Your Parachute?Your Guide to a Lifetime of Meaningful Work & Career Success
My guest is Katherine Brooks, EdD, the co-author of “What Color Is Your Parachute? 2022: Your Guide to a Lifetime of Meaningful Work & Career Success”
With timeless advice, up-to-the-minute insights, and more than ten million copies sold over fifty years, the world’s most popular and best-selling career guide is fully revised and expanded for 2021 and 2022.
In today’s challenging job market, and as recent grads face a shifting economic landscape and seek work that pays and inspires, as workers are laid off mid-career, and as people search for an inspiring work-life change, the time-tested advice of “What Color Is Your Parachute? is needed more than ever.
This new edition offers modern advice on the job-hunt strategies that are working today, such as building an online resume, making the most of social media tools, and acing virtual interviews. Building on the wisdom of original author Richard N. Bolles, this edition updates the famed Flower Exercise (which walks job seekers through the seven ways of thinking about themselves) and demystifies the entire job-search process, from writing resumes to interviewing, networking and salary negotiations. https://www.amazon.com/What-Color-Your-Parachute-2022/dp/1984860348/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=what+color+is+your+parachute+2022&qid=1620167316&sprefix=What+color+is+your+parachute+2022&sr=8-3
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#40: These Unique Corporate Gifts Boost Moral
#39: Rich Diviney Explains: 25 Hidden Attributes that Drive High Performance
Rich Diviney is a retired Navy SEAL commander and author of “The Attributes: 25 Hidden Drivers of Optimal Performance “. In a career spanning more than twenty years, he completed more than thirteen overseas deployments—eleven of which were to Iraq and Afghanistan. As the officer in charge of training for a specialized command, Diviney spearheaded the creation of a directorate that fused physical, mental, and emotional disciplines. He led his small team to create the first-ever “Mind Gym” that helped special operators train their brains to perform faster, longer, and better in all environments—especially
Since his retirement in early 2017, Diviney has worked as a speaker, facilitator, and consultant with the Chapman & Co. Leadership Institute and Simon Sinek Inc. He’s taught leadership and optimal performance to more than five thousand business, athletic, and military leaders from organizations such as American Airlines, Meijer Inc., the San Francisco 49ers, Pegasystems, Zoom, and Deloitte.
Rich believes that SEALs are regular people who have found out how to leverage strengths and improve weaknesses (often by getting help from teammates) to get the most out of themselves. The same methodology that Diviney used in the military can be applied by anyone in their personal and professional lives, and understanding these attributes can allow (listeners), readers and their teams to perform optimally, at any time, in any situation. Diviney defines the core attributes in fresh and practical ways and shares stories from the military, business, sports, relationships, and even parenting to show how understanding your own attributes and those of the people around you can create optimal performance in all areas of your life.
https://www.amazon.com/Attributes-Hidden-Drivers-Optimal-Performance/dp/0593133943 This episode is for anyone striving to have radical breakthroughs in their career or in life.
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Beth Kuhel is such a pleasure to listen to and I love her astute skills at interviewing. She has certainly honed her listening skills and I find her engagement with her guests always intriguing and informative.
She so brilliantly gives space for her guests to share and I so appreciate how she highlights their strengths and uniqueness throughout.
Bravo Beth! I look forward to more!
Learning to make an impact in whatever job you may have is the way to make a difference. Beth Kuhel is one of the most articulate people I know. She has been in this business of leader ship coaching for a long time. I love how she gives great nuggets of information in each episode that you are able to wrap your head around in a short periods of time. We all have 15 minutes for ourselves and for our community.
RL Wolfson Rare Gem Fragrance President
Clear and easy to follow. We know as marketplaces change, so must the strategies. I appreciated you sharing so many little jewels, gleaned from worthy authors. Concrete suggestions, rather than an only abstract picture work for me! Well done! Collective intelligence is natural. Makes sense to embrace it. A worthy listen!