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This podcast is dedicated to help you better understand the biology, psychology and physiology of human decision making in order to help you become a more impactful communicator and a driving force for change. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/driving-change-podcast/support

    The Role of Vulnerability in Leadership with Pat Del Medico

    The Role of Vulnerability in Leadership with Pat Del Medico

    Summary
    In this week’s episode of the Driving Change podcast, Jeff Bloomfield interviews Pat Del Medico, the COO of the Florida & Arizona Region | Partner at Shepherd Insurance, one of the 50 largest independent Insurance agencies in the country. Pat shares his life journey and the lessons he has learned along the way. They discuss the importance of being interested in others, the power of connection, and the value of reading the room. Pat emphasizes the need to focus on the other person and their needs rather than just trying to sell a product. He also highlights the impact of his father's example in treating everyone with respect and taking an interest in their stories. The conversation explores the importance of making others feel significant and the impact it has on our lives. It emphasizes the need for intentional actions to help others feel seen and valued. The concept of vulnerability and being open to feedback is discussed as a key aspect of leadership. The power of empathy in building relationships and creating a successful organization is highlighted. The conversation also touches on the importance of giving back to the community and supporting causes that make a positive impact.

    Takeaways

    Focus on the other person and their needs rather than just trying to sell a product.

    Take the time to be interested in others and ask questions about their background and needs.

    Read the room and pay attention to the details that can help you connect with someone on a deeper level.

    Treat everyone with respect and take an interest in their stories.

    Remember that everyone has a story, and it's important to listen and understand. The need for significance is a fundamental human need, and it can be fulfilled by making others feel significant through intentional actions.

    Vulnerability and openness to feedback are essential qualities of effective leaders.

    Empathy is a powerful tool for building relationships and creating a successful organization.

    Giving back to the community and supporting causes that make a positive impact can bring purpose and fulfillment to our lives.


    Chapters
    00:00 Introduction: Pat Del Medico's Life Journey

    07:04 Lessons Learned in the First Five Years of Work

    12:18 The Power of Connection and Being Interested in Others

    15:48 The Importance of Reading the Room

    21:15 The Power of Making Others Feel Significant

    25:34 The Role of Vulnerability in Leadership

    28.46 The Impact of Empathy on Relationships and Organizations

    35.30 Finding Purpose Through Giving Back


    Project 180: https://www.project180reentry.org/

    LinkedIn: Pat Del Medico

    Email: pdelmedico@shepherdins.com

    • 41 min
    Unleashing the Power of the Mind for Success with Billy Cox

    Unleashing the Power of the Mind for Success with Billy Cox

    Summary
    Billy Cox, a motivational speaker and sales expert, shares his journey from a young age to becoming a successful entrepreneur. He emphasizes the power of the mind and the importance of personal development in achieving success. Cox discusses the significance of mindset and visualization, as well as the need for discipline and taking action. He encourages individuals to set clear goals, focus on their passions, and continuously strive for improvement. Cox also highlights the importance of building relationships and staying adaptable in a rapidly changing world.

    Takeaways

    The power of the mind and personal development are crucial for achieving success.

    Having a clear mindset, setting goals, and taking action are key to reaching your full potential.

    Discipline is necessary for success and gaining confidence in yourself and others.

    Continuously learning, adapting, and focusing on your passion can lead to long-term success.

    Building relationships and staying adaptable are essential in today's society.


    Chapters
    00:00 - Introduction to Billy Cox
    01:22 - Early Influences and Journey
    08:40 - The Power of Clarity and Focus
    11:41- The Role of Discipline in Success
    15:36 - Taking Action and Avoiding Complacency
    22:19 - A Day in the Life of Billy Cox
    29:02 - Rediscovering Dreams and Passion
    33:12 - Resources and Contact Information

    Where to Find more about Billy
    www.billycox.com

    FB: https://www.facebook.com/billycoxmotivation/
    X:   https://twitter.com/Billy_Cox
    YT: https://www.youtube.com/@Therealbillycox
    IG:  https://www.instagram.com/therealbillycox/
    LI:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/billycox/
    TT: https://www.tiktok.com/@therealbillycox

    • 37 min
    Beyond the Game: From Fear to Purpose with Bill Curry Jr.

    Beyond the Game: From Fear to Purpose with Bill Curry Jr.

    Summary

    Bill Curry Jr. shares his journey growing up in the shadow of famous NFL players, his own path in life, and the lessons he learned along the way. He emphasizes the importance of mentorship, teamwork, and overcoming fear. The tragic school shooting at the University of Virginia had a profound impact on him and led him to reevaluate his purpose. He now seeks to help others navigate their fear and find their own purpose. His vision for the future includes mentoring and inspiring men to be the best versions of themselves.

    Takeaways


    The power of mentorship and the impact it can have on personal and professional growth

    The importance of teamwork and the lessons learned from being part of a team

    The need to overcome fear and lead with empathy

    The ability to find purpose and make a positive impact on others


    Chapters

    00:00 Introduction and Background
    02:28 Growing Up in the Shadow of the Goalpost
    06:28 Choosing a Path of His Own
    11:25 The Decision to Attend the University of Virginia
    13:13 The Power of Mentorship and Teamwork
    32:34 The Impact of Tragedy and a New Purpose
    37:44 Looking Ahead: A Vision for the Future

    • 41 min
    Rock & Roll Resilience: The Beat of Success with Sandy Gennaro

    Rock & Roll Resilience: The Beat of Success with Sandy Gennaro

    Summary

    Sandy Gennaro, a world-traveling, award winning, rock and roll drummer, shares his origin story and the lessons he has learned over his lifetime in the music business. Sandy emphasizes the power of visualization and belief in achieving success. 
    He also introduces the BEATS principles: Belief, Enthusiasm, Attitude, Tenacity, and Service. Sandy's journey to success is a testament to the importance of perseverance and surrounding oneself with supportive mentors. He also shares stories of how the “universe” or “God energy” however you want to describe it, and small engagements have shaped his life and career. He believes that this energy force puts certain things in our path to benefit us and that every little engagement can turn into something significant (Butterfly Effect). Sandy emphasizes the importance of living a life of service and treating everyone the same. He also discusses the power of learning from mistakes and making asks while offering help. The conversation comes to a close as he talks about his passion for speaking and teaching, using his experiences as a drummer to entertain and inspire audiences.


    Takeaways

    Visualization and belief are powerful tools for achieving success.
    The BEATS principles (Belief, Enthusiasm, Attitude, Tenacity, and Service) can guide individuals in their personal and professional lives.
    Surrounding oneself with supportive mentors and building relationships is crucial for success.
    Overcoming obstacles and maintaining a positive attitude are key to beating the odds. The universe puts certain things in our path to benefit us.
    Every little engagement can turn into something significant.
    Living a life of service and treating everyone the same is important.
    Learning from mistakes and making asks while offering help can lead to opportunities.

    Chapters

    00:00 Origin Story
    02:23 Introduction to Sandy Gennaro
    03:22 Sandy's Learnings from the Music Business
    08:19 Visualization and Belief
    11:18 The Power of Visualization
    14:17 Beating the Odds
    16:02 The BEATS Principles
    20:57 The Power of the Universe
    21:24 The Universe at Work
    21:54 The Universe Engineering Opportunities
    22:22 Connections and Synchronicity
    23:12 Learning from Mistakes
    23:42 The Battle of the Two Wolves
    24:09 Rising Above Negativity
    25:06 The Biggest Break of His Life
    25:30 First Big Gig
    26:27 The Power of Small Engagements
    26:57 The Impact of a Five-Minute Encounter
    27:27 The Value of an Autograph
    28:22 Meeting Cyndi Lauper
    29:15 Finding Love
    29:44 The Power of Relationships
    30:28 The Impact of Little Engagements
    31:25 Living a Life of Service
    31:55 Learning from Mistakes
    32:22 Making Asks and Offering Help
    33:00 The Courage to Ask for Help
    33:27 Going the Extra Mile
    34:35 Treating Everyone the Same
    35:12 The Drummer's Role
    36:10 The Impact of Little Engagements
    37:03 Speaking Engagements and Entertainment
    39:29 Passion for Speaking and Teaching
    42:25 Book and Website




    How to follow and contact Sandy
    Website:
    https://sandygennaro.com/performance-credit/michael-bolton/

    Social media
    Facebook
     https://www.facebook.com/sandy.gennaro/

    Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/sandygennaro/

    LinkedIn
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/sandygennaro/

    Email
    sandy@sandygennaro.com

    • 42 min
    Empowerment and Purpose: A World Class Swimmers Journey through Addiction with Hilary Phelps

    Empowerment and Purpose: A World Class Swimmers Journey through Addiction with Hilary Phelps

    Summary
    Hilary Phelps, oldest sister and nationally ranked swimmer in a family of famous swimmers, shares her journey of overcoming self-worth issues and addiction. Growing up in a competitive family, Hilary excelled in swimming but struggled with feeling accepted and fitting in. This led her to turn to alcohol as a way to cope and find an identity. Hilary became a “professional drinker", hiding her addiction and pushing boundaries. However, she eventually realized the need for change and sought support from a community of people facing similar challenges. Through community and changing her daily rituals, Hilary found a path to recovery. Hilary Phelps shares her journey of overcoming addiction and finding her purpose in helping other women. She discusses the recognition of the need for change and the internal motivation required to seek help. Hilary emphasizes the importance of managing emotions and finding support in recovery. She highlights the significance of being in the “right room”, surrounded by people who support and understand one's journey. As the conversation comes to a close, she explains how she has created a platform to help women in transition and provide them with the support and resources they need.

    Takeaways
    The desire to change must come from within and be driven by a deep internal motivation.
    Managing emotions is crucial in recovery, as emotions can be triggers for relapse.
    Surrounding oneself with a supportive community is essential for maintaining sobriety.
    Being in the “right room”, surrounded by people who understand and support one's journey, is key to personal growth and healing.


    Chapters
    00:00 Introduction and Background
    02:06 Childhood and Early Influences
    03:02 Struggles with Self-Worth and Addiction
    09:10 The Impact of External Voices and Social Media
    11:05 College Years and Escalation of Addiction
    15:05 Professional Drinking and Hiding the Addiction
    21:27 Rewiring the Brain and Finding Community
    21:57 Recognizing the Need for Change
    25:08 The Journey to Sobriety
    29:43 Managing Emotions and Finding Support
    32:13 The Importance of Being in the Right Room
    36:37 Creating a Platform for Healing


    How to contact Hilary
    https://www.hilaryphelps.com/

    LinkedIn
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/hilary-phelps-6143695/

    Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/HilaryPhelpsTheRightRoom

    Stay tuned for more on “The Right Room”.

    • 43 min
    Embracing Crisis with Wisdom and Resilience with Thomas Lahnthaler

    Embracing Crisis with Wisdom and Resilience with Thomas Lahnthaler

    Thomas Lahnthaler, an expert in crisis management, shares his experiences and insights in this episode. He discusses his background in humanitarian crisis work and the challenges faced by crisis workers. Thomas emphasizes the importance of addressing trauma and mental health in the field. He also talks about his book 'Navigating Beyond Crisis' and how crisis management principles can be applied in various contexts, including the boardroom. Thomas highlights the value of divergent thinking and the need to work with emotions in crisis situations. Overall, this conversation provides valuable insights into crisis management and its broader applications.

    Takeaways

    Crisis management is not limited to major disasters but also applies to everyday challenges in our personal and professional lives.

    Addressing trauma and mental health is crucial for crisis workers and should be a priority in the field.

    Crisis management principles can be applied in various contexts, including the boardroom, to navigate change and uncertainty.

    Divergent thinking and working with emotions are essential skills in crisis management and can lead to innovative solutions.


    Chapters
    00:00 - Introduction to Thomas Lahnthaler and Crisis Management
    02:20 - Thomas Lahnthaler's Background and Career in Crisis Management
    06:18 - Experiences in Humanitarian Crisis Work
    09:18 - Dealing with Trauma and PTSD as a Humanitarian Crisis Worker
    15:11 - Writing the Book 'Navigating Beyond Crisis'
    18:45 - Applying Crisis Management Principles in the Boardroom
    23:48 - The Importance of Divergent Thinking in Crisis Management
    28:37 - The Role of Emotions and Ideation in Crisis Management

    How to reach Thomas for follow up:
    Website: https://www.lahnthaler.com/
    Book: https://www.lahnthaler.com/book
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomaslahnthaler/

    • 34 min

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