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Evan Carmichael: A Purpose-Driven Path to Shaping the Future
What will you choose to do today that makes a difference? Is your work driven by your purpose, or are you holding back from doing work that really matters? In this episode, I speak to Evan Carmichael, Author and YouTuber who aims to help entrepreneurs with what he calls the world's biggest problem: people don't believe in themselves enough.
Evan believes in entrepreneurs. At 19, he built then sold a biotech software company. At 22, he was a venture capitalist helping raise $500k to $15mil. He now runs the biggest YouTube channel for entrepreneurs with over 2 million subscribers, wrote 4 books and speaks globally. He wants to solve the world's biggest problem. He's set 2 world records, uses a trampoline & stand-up desk, owns Canada's largest Salsa Dance Studio & has a giant Doritos bag in front of him all day long to remind him that he’s stronger than the Doritos. Toronto is his home. He's a husband, father, TSM fan and Teemo Main.
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Dr. Kelly Waltman: The Art of Great Feedback
Meaningful feedback can be a gift that can help us work at our best. However, ineffective feedback can lead to unintended consequences, such as employee disengagement and an inability to work at our best. In this episode, I speak to Dr. Kelly Waltman, Founder and CEO of SLR Leadership Consulting, about the importance of effective feedback, how to structure it in a way that leads to better performance, and why effective feedback is critically important to our personal and professional growth.
Dr. Kelly Waltman is the Founder and CEO of SLR Leadership Consulting, LLC. She has over twenty years of professional development and public speaking experience. From the classroom to the board room, she has designed content for groups of all sizes and in a variety of settings. She also brings over a decade of managerial and leadership experience to her work. Her consulting work focuses on business communication and cultivating a feedback culture within an organization. In addition to her work with SLR Leadership Consulting, Kelly founded She Leads and Reads, a monthly book club and content curation site focused on personal and professional development books.
Cost of ineffective communication costs $37 Billion across US and UK
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Alma Derricks: Walking a Tightrope Toward a Better Future
Knowing ourselves well can allow us take forward strides toward shaping the future. However, when we also understand and appreciate those around us, it can create magic in teams and organizations, setting up the field for game-changing innovation. In this episode, I speak to Alma Derricks, Founder and Managing Partner of business and brand strategy company REV, about knowing ourselves, understanding those around us, and why at this point in time, it's more important than ever that we bring our very best forward to shape a better future.
Alma Derricks is an accomplished business and brand strategist with over 20 years of experience building inventive new businesses at the edges of established media, entertainment and consumer products companies. Known for her shrewd cultural insights and engaging bedside manner, she is the Founder and Managing Partner of REV, a brand management company that partners with accomplished creators, entrepreneurs, and leadership teams to leverage their expertise into distinctive and profitable new ventures. Alma has created new businesses and customer strategies for an array of media, entertainment, hospitality, and consumer products companies including Verizon, NBCU, Fox, Redbox, Blue Man Group, Mattel, Amazon, and Southwest Airlines; launched ground-breaking digital networks for Star Trek, Peanuts, and Dilbert; and held senior management positions at HBO, Paramount, El Rey Network, Deloitte, and Cirque du Soleil. A native and current resident of Los Angeles, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Georgetown University.
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The Alpha Echo Project, and Your Mission to Build a Stronger Team
We often discuss the importance of company culture in terms of an image, a feeling, or a cool atmosphere. However, what happens when we think about it in a tactical sense, at the ground level, within teams, when high stakes are on the line? In this episode, I speak to Erik Mineo and Alexis Brandolini, Co-Founders of the Alpha Echo Project, about what they've learned about teamwork from an elite Army unit, the importance of strong trust within teams, and why understanding individual responsibilities is critical when achieving important goals.
Co-Founder of Alpha Echo Project and native of Long Island, NY and currently living in Maryland, Erik is a Reserve duty Infantry Officer who holds widespread experience in asymmetric warfare, counter-insurgency, and Special Operations Force missions in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Units include the Asymmetric Warfare Group, 75th Ranger Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, and Johns Hopkins University ROTC. Erik’s awards include two Bronze Stars, a Joint Service Commendation Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, and German and Australian Airborne Wings. Erik has earned the Army’s coveted U.S. Army Ranger School Tab, Airborne Parachutist Wings, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and is Army Level I Combatives qualified. In his Reserve duty, he serves as an operation officer in the 301st Information and Psychological Operation Command. He also served as a Branch Manager and Financial Advisor in the financial services sector, where he earned his Series 7, 66, and 26. Erik is supported by his wife, Danielle, and their two children, Nico and Mia.
Alpha Echo Project’s Co-Founder and originally from the Philadelphia suburbs, Alexis is a graduate of the University of Richmond Robins School of Business, where she earned a BS in business administration with a concentration in marketing. A 2020 Hall of Fame inductee for her high school, Alexis was a 4-year full scholarship lacrosse player and served as Captain two consecutive years. Alexis worked in commercial and residential real estate development and at US Lacrosse before she ventured into the world of advertising when she was accepted into the prestigious Brandcenter at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned a Master of Science in Business with a concentration in Strategic Planning. She was offered a highly coveted internship working on the Burger King account with the ad agency Crispin, Porter + Bogusky, later named Agency of the Year so many years that it was named Agency of the Decade (2000s). Alexis soon earned a position with The Martin Agency after a class project won the agency new client business with The Learning Channel (TLC). Her TLC work received the Jay Chiat Gold award for strategic planning in branding. From the World Bank Group to professional sports and several brands, teams, and leaders later, Alexis still enjoys sports and building businesses while raising her daughter, who is outpacing her at both.
Visit their website at alphaechoproject.com
General Stanley McChrystal, Team of Teams. https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/317066/team-of-teams-by-general-stanley-mcchrystal-tantum-collins-david-silverman-and-chris-fussell/
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David Burkus: Build a Better Culture to Shape a Better Future
In our significantly disrupted world, can leader overcome extreme challenges in order to bring together stronger teams, while building a better culture? In this episode, I speak to David Burkus, best-selling author of four books and one of the world’s leading business thinkers, about healthy work conflict, the impact of our human networks, and what it really takes to build a positive company culture.
One of the world’s leading business thinkers, David Burkus’ forward-thinking ideas and bestselling books are helping leaders and teams do their best work ever.
He is the best-selling author of four books about business and leadership. His books have won multiple awards and have been translated into dozens of languages. His insights on leadership and teamwork have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, USAToday, Fast Company, the Financial Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CNN, the BBC, NPR, and CBS This Morning. Since 2017, Burkus has been ranked as one of the world’s top business thought leaders by Thinkers50. As a sought-after international speaker, his TED Talk has been viewed over 2 million times. He’s worked with leaders from organizations across all industries including Google, Stryker, Fidelity, Viacom, and even the US Naval Academy.
A former business school professor, David Burkus holds a master’s degree in organizational psychology from the University of Oklahoma, and a doctorate in strategic leadership from Regent University.
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Significant rise in mental health issues reported during the pandemic:
Research from Artis International, a group that studies international terrorists
Muzafir Sherif and the Robber's Cave experiment (realistic group conflict theory) https://www.simplypsychology.org/robbers-cave.html
Ray Dalio's TED Talk discussing Radical Transpaency
The 1856 savage beating of Senator Charles Sumner on the floor of Congress:
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B Cavello: Shaping the Future of Artificial Intelligence
How informed do you feel about the future of Artificial Intelligence? Have we addressed its challenges and biases, or do we need more conversations to improve its trajectory? In this episode of Humans, Now and Then, I speak to B Cavello, Research Program Lead at the Partnership on AI, on the opportunities to improve AI, the importance of educating the public on its use, and why it's so important to bring more people together to discuss its future.
B Cavello is a Program Lead at the Partnership on AI (PAI), a non-profit multi-stakeholder initiative focused on advancing the benefits and addressing the challenges of machine intelligence. PAI was founded by Amazon, Apple, DeepMind, Facebook, Google, IBM, and Microsoft in partnership with leading academic and civil society organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the MacArthur Foundation, and OpenAI. B leads PAI research in areas such as fairness, transparency, AI's impact on labor, and works closely with PAI Partner organizations.
Previously, B served as Senior Engagement Lead for IBM's AI division, the Watson Group, where they led strategic conversations with world leaders about implementing Artificial Intelligence in the real world. In June 2017, B was recognized as an IBM LGBT+ 'Out Role Model' for championing diversity and inclusion in and beyond IBM.
Prior to IBM, B was both Product Development and Community Director at Exploding Kittens, a record-breaking crowdfunded card game startup. B also co-led Phenomenon Media 501c3, an arts and education nonprofit, developing an educational tool for teaching code without the need for computers. B's personal projects focus on social good and range from textile art to computer education and security and even a game to help NASA researchers study climate change.
B received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Texas at Dallas, and was selected as an MIT-Harvard Assembly Fellow for the 2019 Ethics and Governance in Artificial Intelligence Initiative cohort.
Find B on Twitter at twitter.com/b_cavello
Partnership on AI: https://www.partnershiponai.org/
Partnership on AI Shared Prosperity Initiative: https://www.partnershiponai.org/shared-prosperity-initiative/ B's work at PAI: https://www.partnershiponai.org/team/b-cavello/ Katya Klinova, B's colleague at Partnership on AI working on the Shared Prosperity Initiative: https://www.partnershiponai.org/team/katya-klinova/ Rosie Campbell, working on publication norms at the Partnership on AI: https://www.partnershiponai.org/team/rosie-campbell/ B mentions Elan Lee, Xbox Designer and CEO of Exploding Kittens. You can learn more about Exploding Kittens at explodingkittens.com
LARPing = Live Action Role Playing
IBM Watson Artificial Intelligence Division: https://www.ibm.com/watson
Mary Gray and Siddharth Suri, Ghost Work. https://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Work-Silicon-Building-Underclass/dp/1328566242
Frontier Development Lab: https://frontierdevelopmentlab.org/
Kevin Slavin's TED talk, How Algorithms Shape our World: Kevin Slavin: How algorithms shape our world
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