My guests are leaders from varied businesses and perspectives from around the world. They generously share their business, health and life expertise and stories to help my listeners grow their business, improve their health, and shift their perspectives. Did you get that means free coaching just by listening?
Yes, this is a business podcast, but listeners say it is more like sitting in my living room listening to a chat with friends. Incredibly accomplished friends but friends! The show is not about perfection but rather how you can embrace all of you to have the business and life you want
Hip Hop, Yoga, Pitching, Branding and Podcasting - Rajiv Nathan
What do you call someone who is a Hip Hop artist, Yoga instructor, helps companies and individual create their brands and tell their stories? I call him Rajiv Nathan.
Known as the Startup Hypeman he spends his time helping companies of all sizes tell their stories. Not just for venture capital funding but to prospects and staff as well.
On this episode Rajiv shares how he helps others excel in all they do. He believes that you can turn everything you enjoy into a career, without burnout!
Father and Daughter Team = Success - Neal and Tara Johnson
Working with staff is not easy. Add into that the long time relationship of a closely knit family who knows how to push each other's buttons and it could end up being a disaster. Or not.
During this episode Neal and Tara Johnson, father and daughter, share honest and thoughtful answers on why they started working together, how they handle conflict, how Neal has learned how to push Tara out of her comfort zone and why Tara embraces it now. Plus a whole lot more.
Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel, DC and a bit of Harry Potter
When it's your birthday you get to talk about whatever lights you up and gets you excited and for me that is talking all things Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel, DC and Harry Potter with a few friends.
Take a listen as we debate characters, shows, directors and more. I am joined by Brits James Adam and Mark Asquith and fellow U.S. tech geek Janet Schijns as we share what got us into being a Sci-Fi, fantasy, superhero fan, our favorite characters and what we really think about those alternative time lines!
Thriving and Leading as an Intrapreneuer - Jennifer Pestikas
Jennifer Pestikas has lived her life choosing courage and overcoming self doubt to build an amazing career leading others/ Along the way she realized that becoming friends with yourself is one of the best things you can do.
On this episode we talk about self-compassion, how Jennifer is making new boxes to reframe her life and how you can too. She also shares several powerful questions you can ask to thrive no matter your situation.
Kicking Imposter Syndrome to the Curb - Kim Meninger
Kim Meninger is on a mission. A mission to stop imposter syndrome from stopping women from achieving their dreams. Having lived it herself she knows the constant battle of your own mind to tell you you can't possibly be good enough to do something. Kim shares how she learned to not let a fear response be her lead into, or not into, an opportunity, how re-defining your value can help release imposter syndrome and a few more questions she asks herself to keep her mind free of imposter syndrome.
Charting Your Own Course When Others Do Different - Jason Bystrak & Peter DiMarco
When all your competitors are merging or being bought outright, what do you do? Do you stay independent or do you look to do the same as them? When they all lock into one business focus, do you do the same or do you carve your own path?
Jason Bystrak and Peter DiMarco, Vice Presidents at D&H Distributing (104 year old family owned company), join me on this episode to talk about how to know what you should do for your business. They know firsthand the questions you need to ask yourself and whether you should care what your competitors are doing.
The conversation also goes into how a $5 billion company operates with 36% employee ownership versus a $50 billion company. I especially loved the conversation about egos, complicating things and the bottoms-up versus top-down method of deciding your businesses next steps.
If you have employees, or are thinking about adding staff for the first time, Peter's insights into hiring practices will open your eyes.
Jason Bystrak is the vice president of the cloud and services business unit for D&H Distributing, and leads a team of cross-functional experts responsible for the strategy and execution of the company’s XaaS ("Everything as a Service") business, helping channel partners deliver total solutions in a subscription model. He oversees technology practice areas including cloud, professional services, security and unified communications.
He is the chair of the Channel Development Advisory Council for CompTIA, previously served as chair for CompTIA’s cloud community, and has been named to ChannelPro-SMB’s list of 20/20 Visionaries, as well as CRN’s 100 People You Don’t Know But Should. He frequently offers insight into the opportunity and future of cloud at strategic industry events, including CompTIA’s ChannelCon, Channel Partners and IT Nation.
Peter DiMarco joined D&H in 2015 as vice president of VAR sales, Computer Products Division (CPD). He oversees sales teams working with all value-added resellers that sell through the CPD division, including commercial, government and education solution providers as well as managed service providers. Peter manages the inside and outside sales teams, solutions and Cloud support teams focused on new market growth strategies, aimed at helping its SMB solution providers evolve towards larger mid-market sales opportunities and solutions. He is focused on driving VAR engagement efforts including the VAR Track events at D&H's trade shows, and a new K-12 Advisory Board focusing on this vertical market, in addition to driving new programs and support services.
Peter previously served as an IT channel development leader at EarthLink, and has coordinated sales initiatives with partners such as Microsoft, Cisco, Dell, Lenovo, VMware, Apple, Juniper, Citrix and HP. His IT distribution experience includes a vice president of VAR sales position at Ingram Micro.
It’s All About the Questions - I’m a Fan
It’s always lovely to tune in and hear Laura’s warm, inquisitive, and insightful interviews. The guests reflect her listener focused tone. They leave me thinking about the topic long after I’ve moved on to the next thing in my day
I was honored to be interviewed on this show recently. Laura really does ask great questions! And, as a guest, I appreciated that she was well prepared. Not all hosts are so thorough. Highly recommend having a listen - she’s got a great variety of guests, with conversations that will make you think.
It is all about the Questions
And Laura really digs deep to get to underlying issues and information that can create transformation. I enjoy her show!