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Diving into the journey from inspiration to transformation in our careers, business, and in our lives.

Inspirant Group Podcast Inspirant Group

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Diving into the journey from inspiration to transformation in our careers, business, and in our lives.

    Episode 001 - Intro to Inspirant Group Podcast

    Episode 001 - Intro to Inspirant Group Podcast

    Summary:
    Our new COO, Daniel Lai, kicks off our first podcast episode and talks about his motivation and drivers behind joining Inspirant Group.

    Timestamps:
    00:39 - Overview and motivation behind the Project Violet acquisition
    06:19 - New direction of the podcast
    08:28 - How Daniel is approaching his transformation to COO
    17:48 – What's coming up next

    Show Notes:
    Inspirant Group Website: https://inspirantgrp.com/
    Connect with Daniel on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/laidaniel/
    Connect with Meg: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meighannewhouse/
    Connect with Amir: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amir-azarbad-14a6142/
    Connect with Chris V: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-vanavermaete/
    Claire Hughes Johnson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIHKzRub7ts&t=1464s
    Keith Rabois: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fQHLK1aIBs&t=2s
    The First 90 Days: https://www.amazon.com/First-90-Days-Strategies-Expanded/dp/1422188612/ref=sr_1_2?crid=3QW8H00WIC2FI&dchild=1&keywords=the+first+90+days+by+michael+watkins&qid=1605554177&sprefix=the+first+90+days%2Caps%2C189&sr=8-2

    • 18 min
    Trina Wellendorf (Senior Manager, Learning & Development at Accenture)

    Trina Wellendorf (Senior Manager, Learning & Development at Accenture)

    Connect with Trina on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/trinawellendorf/
    Connect with Daniel on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/laidaniel/
    Join our Community of Health IT Professionals: https://community.projectviolet.com/

    Timestamps:
    00:42 - University of Iowa and figuring out possible career paths
    02:39 - Starting her career with Perot Systems and the Health Care Academy
    04:38 - Learning through early career transitions in Chicago, Rhode Island, and Dallas
    07:05 - Managing doubt and finding the right fit in your career
    08:38 - The power of having mentors and sponsors
    10:00 - Consulting and discovering Change Management
    12:16 - Finding purpose and Trina’s transition to becoming an 8th grade science teacher
    14:30 - Learning to become a teacher and building resiliency in a tough environment
    16:21 - Trina’s transition back to consulting and joining Accenture
    18:32 - How to view career transitions and the journey to get to where you need to be
    20:45 - Consulting, getting an Master’s degree, and making Manager
    22:32 - Do good work and the rest will follow
    23:34 - Insights to Accenture's people development and performance management
    27:02 - How Trina has created unique roles for herself in her career. Being an “intrapreneur"
    30:42 - Tips for working and managing teams in a global/virtual environment
    36:15 - Trina’s definition of success
    37:28 - Rapid fire questions (a day in the life, daily habits for success, managing stress)
    42:22 - Final thoughts and advice for emerging professionals and early careerists

    Show Notes:
    Caffein by Michael Pollan (audible)- https://www.amazon.com/Caffeine-How-Created-Modern-World/dp/B083MYJXZT/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=caffeine+michael+pollan&qid=1596664265&s=audible&sr=1-1
    Learn more about Accenture's pivot on performance reviews - https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/on-leadership/wp/2015/07/21/in-big-move-accenture-will-get-rid-of-annual-performance-reviews-and-rankings/

    • 43 min
    Drew Nkwocha (Senior Product Manager, Product Strategy at Signify Health)

    Drew Nkwocha (Senior Product Manager, Product Strategy at Signify Health)

    Connect with Drew on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drewnkwocha/
    Connect with Daniel on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laidaniel/

    Timestamps:
    00:43 - Role and responsibilities at Signify Health
    02:23 - University studies and early career aspirations
    04:40 - Getting that first job and moving into health IT
    08:17 - Managing career transitions with your manager
    10:36 - Taking on roles in project management, business analysis, and product management
    13:55 - The value of mentors and learning to become a manager
    18:05 - Product management and Agile methodology
    20:11 - Certifications in CSM, SAFe, and POPM (he also has an MBA)
    23:36 - Servant leadership
    26:04 - A Day in the Life (daily habits for success pre and post COVID)
    32:46 - Daniel finds out Drew is also a DJ
    33:18 - Final advice for new entrants and early careerists in health IT

    Join our Community of Health IT Professionals: https://community.projectviolet.com/

    • 35 min
    Joanne White - Health Care IT Consultant

    Joanne White - Health Care IT Consultant

    In this episode, we discuss the journey to become an independent consultant in health IT.

    Connect with Joanne on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joanne-wh...
    Connect with Daniel on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laidaniel/
    Register for our Accelerator Program and Community: https://www.community.projectviolet.com/

    Timestamps:
    00:33 - Joanne's college experience and transition to accounting and information systems
    03:24 - Launching a consulting career at Deloitte
    05:36 - Decision and transition to independent consulting
    10:00 - Building her company as an independent consultant
    13:33 - Definition of success in projects and career
    15:54 - Conceptual diagrams
    20:00 - A day in the life (routines and daily habits for success)
    27:34 - Driving to decisions on projects and what makes a good consultant
    31:33 - Biggest challenges as a consultant
    33:17 - Greatest reward in being an independent consultant

    Learn more about Project Violet at https://www.projectviolet.com

    • 36 min
    Kate Vein - Project Management and Agency Leadership

    Kate Vein - Project Management and Agency Leadership

    Connect with Kate on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/katevein/
    Connect with Daniel on Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/laidaniel/
    Join our Online Community: www.community.projectviolet.com/

    Timestamps:
    00:31 - Kate’s college experience and transition to marketing
    04:09 - Building project management skills in marketing
    05:49 - Initial roles in the early stages of her career
    08:54 - Versatility of project management and leading with that skillset
    11:15 - Deciding to become an independent consultant and joining Inspirant Group
    20:26 - Definition of success and challenging yourself
    24:11 - A day in the life with Kate Vein
    32:10 - Being confident and not comparing yourself to others
    37:24 - What to learn from an online community of independent consultants

    Learn more about Project Violet at www.projectviolet.com

    • 41 min
    Larry Briski (Health Plan Lead & Senior Director, West Monroe Partners)

    Larry Briski (Health Plan Lead & Senior Director, West Monroe Partners)

    Connect with Larry on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/larrybriski
    West Monroe Partners (WMP): https://www.westmonroepartners.com
    WMP Careers: https://www.acceptthechallenge.com

    Timestamps:
    00:40 - Indiana University and choosing a major
    02:11 - Joining Deloitte out of college and initial career growth
    04:42 - Getting an MBA and transition to independent consulting
    06:22 - How Larry met his business partners and built their consulting firm, Invoyent
    09:39 - The strength of the business partners at Invoyent
    11:30 - Hiring, training, and culture at Invoyent
    16:03 - Challenges of building a company at age 28 and evolving as a leader
    20:00 - Rapid growth and Invoyent being acquired by West Monroe Partners (WMP)
    24:41 - Larry’s role at WMP and what they do in healthcare
    27:20 - Culture at WMP and its alignment with Invoyent
    28:57 - People development and career growth at WMP
    32:13 - Advice for young professionals looking to grow their career rapidly
    33:46 - Mentorship and how Larry invests in people
    38:48 - Owning your career in consulting
    40:25 - Advice for college students and how to approach their education
    42:54 - Connecting with Larry and West Monroe Partners



    Learn more about Project Violet at https://www.projectviolet.com

    • 44 min

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