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"As iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another" Sharpen is the podcast for young professionals to sharpen their gifts and influence in the workplace and beyond

Sharpen: The podcast for young professionals Kirby Green

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    • 4.9 • 50 Ratings

"As iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another" Sharpen is the podcast for young professionals to sharpen their gifts and influence in the workplace and beyond

    Productivity, Purpose, and Peace with Mitadru Dey

    Productivity, Purpose, and Peace with Mitadru Dey

    Productivity, purpose, and peace.  Do you find that you are lacking in all or any of these things? In this episode, I sit down with Mitadru Dey as we discuss how these three “P’s” are the mantra he lives by and why they are so important. He also shares with us how he came to understand these traits and how it has helped him to grow in his own career.
    Mitadru shares with us his struggle with feeling that he could not properly communicate with his clients due to English being his second language and how he overcame that and worked through it, and now helps others to do the same.  He has a heart for helping young professionals in India to rise up and be leaders in the businesses and companies they work for.
    We also discuss how we can learn so much about productivity from children and why they are the masters of productivity.  I am so honored to welcome our guest, and I know you will love the content we dive into.
    Topics covered:
    Staying productive.
    Dealing with nervousness in communication.
    Getting more comfortable speaking in front of others.
    Building soft skills for the entrepreneur.
    The power of networking.
    Follow Sharpen U:
    Website: https://www.sharpenuniversity.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sharpenuniversity/
    Sharpen U Courses: https://www.sharpenuniversity.com/staysharp
    5 Vital Soft Skills You Need: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VCUbcV_l3-iwu-g7bnuGEU25c8QV8J_o/view?usp=sharing
     
    Connect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:
    Website: http://www.kirbyogreen.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kirbyogreen/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirby-green-15288364/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharpenpodcast/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/KirbyOGreen
    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kirbyogreen/

    If you have questions you would like answered on our next episode, click here: http://www.kirbyogreen.com/contact-1

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    • 29 min
    Episode 76: Sharpen U: Soft Skills Are Not Soft

    Episode 76: Sharpen U: Soft Skills Are Not Soft

    I have heard it said in workplaces that they can teach hard skills, but they have to find people with soft skills.  Well, I am here to challenge that mode of thinking. While some of us have been fortunate enough to have had mentors and people to guide us in our personal and professional development, many of us have not had the opportunity to learn soft skills.  But they can be learned. 
    I am super excited to announce the launch of Sharpen University, a place where we can help young professionals develop those soft skills and continue to improve their abilities, and skills in the workforce.  I believe we all need encouragement and support in this area and can all hone our craft and learn more.  In fact, that is one of the key elements to develop any skill set, being a lifelong learner and never quit improving.

    Topics covered:
    How to stay happy and mission-focused in the workplace and beyond.
    Why soft skills are so important.
    Why you should be a lifelong learner.
    How you lead in the workplace. 
    Follow Sharpen U:
    Website: https://www.sharpenuniversity.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sharpenuniversity/
    Sharpen U Courses: https://www.sharpenuniversity.com/staysharp
    5 Vital Soft Skills You Need: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VCUbcV_l3-iwu-g7bnuGEU25c8QV8J_o/view?usp=sharing
     
    Connect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:
    Website: http://www.kirbyogreen.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kirbyogreen/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirby-green-15288364/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharpenpodcast/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/KirbyOGreen
    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kirbyogreen/

    If you have questions you would like answered on our next episode, click here: http://www.kirbyogreen.com/contact-1

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    • 12 min
    Prepare, Pivots, and Proceed with Aaron Seabron

    Prepare, Pivots, and Proceed with Aaron Seabron

    Curiosity can lead us to learn about things that we may not have even thought we needed before, but can lead us to new opportunities.  In this episode I sit down with Aaron Seabron and we discuss how much he learned by staying curious in jobs that were not his dream jobs.  He shares with us how by recognizing the areas he was weak in he was able to hone his skills so that he could better step into his dream job later on in life.
    We also dive into the importance of hard skills that are transferable in just about every job and how due diligence is so important. As young professionals we are often seated at a table with many people who have far more years of experience than us, so how do we approach that?  We talk about humbleness and the importance of being willing to learn and be gracious regardless of whether good or bad happens.  
    Finally we talk about preparing.  We come back to the due diligence aspect and how to make sure we are ready as much as possible to face challenges that come up and try to surprise us.  This not only helps us stay accountable but it keeps us sharp so that we can keep up with those who have more experience.
    Questions asked:
    Were you always naturally curious?
    How did you build your hard skills set?
    How can you influence those who have more experience than you?

    Topics covered:
    The importance of curiosity
    Making sure to do your due diligence
    Building relationships in the workplace
    How to build your skill set in jobs that are not the dream job

    Connect with Aaron:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aaron-christopher-seabron-a5120b15/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/whobutaaron?lang=en

    Connect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:
    Website: http://www.kirbyogreen.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kirbyogreen/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirby-green-15288364/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharpenpodcast/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/KirbyOGreen
    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kirbyogreen/

    If you have questions you would like answered on our next episode, click here: http://www.kirbyogreen.com/contact-1

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    • 33 min
    Young Professionals As Leaders with Dr. OJ Oleka

    Young Professionals As Leaders with Dr. OJ Oleka

    With the right resources and given the opportunity, anyone can succeed.  That is the message that we are discussing today.  In this episode, I talk with Dr. OJ Oleka as we discuss his own personal journey and how education transformed his father’s life, and as a result, also changed his own. Because of the drastic change in his own life, this led OJ to begin to look into the systems in place and learn how education both to adults and children could drastically change the landscape for many families.

    We think that the worst experiences are a direct reflection of who we are, that we are our mistakes, and that we are our worst selves.  So how do we flip that script?  How do we see the good in ourselves, and realize that everyone is highly capable?  We dive into the importance of vision and how to cast a clear vision.  In addition we discuss the importance of mentors in developing both the good in ourselves, as well as establishing a vision.

    Lastly we talk about stepping into leadership roles, and leading, even in small areas, it begins to snowball and we begin to see other opportunities around us that we can lead in.  One thing typically does lead to another.  If you have a goal of leading a business, start asking what it looks like to lead in that specific role.  Then ask how or what you can do right now to make strides towards that end goal.
    Questions asked:
    What impactful work have you been a part of?
    Where did your vision from an early age stem from?
    How do you think about your purpose?
    How do you develop such a clear vision?

    Topics covered:
    Effective  means for ending  poverty.
    How education can change the trajectory of someone’s future.
    Applying what you have learned to train others.
    How to create vision.
    Connect with OJ:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ojoleka/
    Connect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:
    Website: http://www.kirbyogreen.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kirbyogreen/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirby-green-15288364/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharpenpodcast/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/KirbyOGreen
    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kirbyogreen/
    If you have questions you would like answered on our next episode, click here: http://www.kirbyogreen.com/contact-1

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    • 41 min
    Young Professionals as Grief Leaders in the Workplace with Anthony Casablanca

    Young Professionals as Grief Leaders in the Workplace with Anthony Casablanca

    Sometimes in life, we can get so caught up in chasing the corporate ladder that we forget the importance of the work itself.  In this episode, I sit down with Anthony Casablanca as we dive into the importance of not just chasing titles, but working and living with intention and finding a deeper purpose in our work.

    In addition, we dive into the vast subject of grief.  Anthony believes that any emotional event that we can experience can cause us to grieve.  This affects our performance.  So how do companies and leaders deal with this grief?  Anthony states that one of the true signs of a company that handles it well is one that engages well.  Leaders that step in before something is off, and acknowledge what is happening before it affects an employee’s performance.

    Leaders have to understand that they are an intricate part and a support system for their employees.  When leaders can properly establish that, it doesn’t just build a strong relationship, it also helps build up the employees and creates an atmosphere of respect as well as boosting productivity.
    Questions asked:
    How do you define grief?
    What does it look like to think well about grief?
    How can a young professional think about being a grief leader?

    Topics covered:
    Why impactful tasks matter more than titles.
    Living life with intention.
    How grief and leadership go hand in hand sometimes.
    How work and personal grief coincide.
    Connect with Anthony Casablanca:
    Website: https://griefleaders.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthonycasablanca/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ-F44CuSJC3-AMF4FqtAzg
    The Dying Art Of Leadership Book: https://www.amazon.com/Dying-Art-Leadership-Grieving-Employees/dp/1098321170/

    Connect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:
    Website: http://www.kirbyogreen.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kirbyogreen/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirby-green-15288364/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharpenpodcast/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/KirbyOGreen
    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kirbyogreen/

    If you have questions you would like answered on our next episode, click here: http://www.kirbyogreen.com/contact-1

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    • 33 min
    Career Pivots with Travis Martin

    Career Pivots with Travis Martin

    Strategy among companies is constantly shifting.  Jobs that we didn’t even know about now exist, and on the other hand jobs that used to be prevalent are no longer a thing.  So how do we stay current in this ever-shifting work environment?  In today’s episode I sit down with Travis Martin and he talks about his own personal journey from working with large companies to shifting into a more entrepreneurial standpoint and working with startups. 
    We talk about the importance of self-awareness of our roles in a company and if we are tapping into our own abilities and giftings or if we are missing out on putting them to their best use.  We also dive into knowing when you are ready to move on or if you need to put in the work to get through whatever difficult time you are experiencing in the workplace, and how both of these times are crucial to both our personal development and career development.

    Questions asked:
    Was changing career paths something you always thought would happen?
    How do you pay attention to nudges you feel to alter your career path?
    How do you make a career transition?
    How do we plan our future with the ever-changing work environment?
     
    Topics covered:
    Recognizing when it’s time to switch careers.
    Knowing how to move into another career.
    The importance of mentors.
    How to pay attention to the inner “nudges”.

    Connect with Travis:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/travisjmartin1/

    Connect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:
    Website: http://www.kirbyogreen.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kirbyogreen/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirby-green-15288364/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharpenpodcast/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/KirbyOGreen
    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kirbyogreen/

    If you have questions you would like answered on our next episode, click here: http://www.kirbyogreen.com/contact-1

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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

Mitadru Dey ,

A Must for Young Professionals

How to choose my career? What skills do I need to be successful at work? Where is the best resource to build those skills? How do I network with professionals? These are common questions asked by any young professionals. The Sharpen Podcast is the one-stop-shop to answer these questions. Kirby Green in her inimitable style asks insightful questions to guests from various walks of career trajectories. Highly recommended.

WDeitz ,

Awesome!

Amazing content, super insightful, and awesome host and guests!definitely recommend!

Judi from Q ,

Relevant and practical

I love the style of this podcast. Kirby’s production and hosting is so refreshing and easy to listen to. Her speakers are so knowledgeable and have a great perspective on the world of faith and vocation.

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