42 episodes

What does it mean to be a leader? The Executive podcast highlights the career journeys, struggles, successes, and day to day experiences of leaders. Your host Dr. Benjamin Ritter brings over 10 years of experience as a leadership and career coach, L&D consultant, healthcare executive, and international speaker focused on guiding others in finding, creating, and sustaining a career they love. Find out more at liveforyourselfconsulting.com

The Executive Podcast Dr. Benjamin Ritter

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

What does it mean to be a leader? The Executive podcast highlights the career journeys, struggles, successes, and day to day experiences of leaders. Your host Dr. Benjamin Ritter brings over 10 years of experience as a leadership and career coach, L&D consultant, healthcare executive, and international speaker focused on guiding others in finding, creating, and sustaining a career they love. Find out more at liveforyourselfconsulting.com

    How to Work with (Almost) Anyone with Michael Bungay Stainer

    How to Work with (Almost) Anyone with Michael Bungay Stainer

    Michael Bungay Stanier is best known for The Coaching Habit, the best-selling coaching book of the century and recognized as a classic. His most recent book, How to Work with (Almost) Anyone, shows how to build the Best Possible Relationship with the key people at work. Michael was a Rhodes Scholar, and was recently awarded the coaching prize by Thinkers50, “the Oscars of management”.

    Learn more at www.MBS.works.

    • 38 min
    The Power of Your Professional Brand with Melissa Rosenthal

    The Power of Your Professional Brand with Melissa Rosenthal

    Melissa is an award winning marketing executive and currently the Chief Marketing Officer of Insight Timer, focused on creating a more mindful and balanced world through best in class marketing!

    Previously she was the CCO of ClickUp and CRO & EVP at Cheddar. For her brand work, she was named to Forbes' 30 Under 30, Business Insider’s 30 Most Creative People Under 30 and as one of Digiday's "Changemakers."

    Prior to Cheddar, she led BuzzFeed's Global Creative Team. Joining the staff in 2010, Rosenthal was a key contributor to the creation and early success of BuzzFeed's branded content native advertising model.

    Find out more about Insight Timer and connect with Melissa on LinkedIn

    • 38 min
    The Empathy Revolution with Chris Meroff

    The Empathy Revolution with Chris Meroff

    Chris Meroff is a founder, author and serial entrepreneur with a passion for helping business professionals find fulfillment in their work through sustainable success. In 2011, he started his first company, MSB Consulting, and sold it in 2023 to fund his venture capital firm, Dirigo Capital Partners. Dirigo owns a variety of startups in various industries throughout Austin and along the coast of Maine, ranging from hospitality, farming and community development. One of these ventures is  DCX Community which was born out of his passion to help develop leaders both personally, professionally, spirituality, and relationally, connect them to authentic community, and then experience transformation in their work, home, and cities. DCX does this by hosting an annual leadership conference and monthly networking event, The Table Network. He and his colleagues also host The Table Network Podcast, where they have intentional conversations with successful business owners and authors in order to build deeper relationships and better businesses. Chris blends his two worlds by hosting leadership retreats at his farm –  West Branch Farms in Maine. He purchased the farm in 2020 to boost the economy by bringing jobs and resources to the local community. This heartbeat prompted him to open Coffee + Crisp Cafe and Foss Point Wedding Venue to provide locals various opportunities to engage.

    Chris is also a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of his first book,  Align: Four Simple Steps for Leaders to Create Employee Fulfillment. He wrote this book in 2019 to share with leaders the four simple steps that will transform the way you lead, renew your self-confidence and spark change. Align offers leaders to develop the courage to connect with their team in a meaningful way and start winning together. This led him to write his second book The Empathy Revolution: Practical Wisdom to Combat Organizational and Social Loneliness, where Chris shares his philosophy in a practical guide on why the current model of leadership isn’t working. He addresses that in order to retain employee talent and engagement, employees must grasp the vision and align with the values laid out from the top down. 

    With over 25 years of experience owning and operating businesses, Chris has dealt with a diverse group of clients to employees to competition. He grew up in the Northeast and has always been passionate about employing his community. Currently, he resides in Austin, Texas with his wife and has four adult children. 

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    • 34 min
    The Power of Authenticity with Dean Carter

    The Power of Authenticity with Dean Carter

    Dean Carter has been an innovative and industry-recognized leader of People and Culture for over two decades across Fortune 50, hot growth, and culture-driven organizations. He currently serves as the Chief People and Purpose Officer at GUILD Education, a career opportunity platform that enables forward-thinking employers to invest in their employees, unlocking life-changing opportunities for personal and professional growth through learning programs, career development, and one-on-one coaching; and also serves as an Independent Director for Griffith Foods, a high-growth sustainable food company.

    A former CHRO of Patagonia, Sears Holdings and Fossil Inc., Dean has also previously served in HR and management roles at Pier 1 Imports, Pearle Vision and Procter & Gamble. Dean's innovative perspectives on HR, go-big cultures, and employee experiences have been featured in leading media including The Economist, Harvard Business Review, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, and various other books and national publications.

    Connect with Dean Carter on LinkedIn

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    • 39 min
    The Age of Wisdom with Arthur Gallego

    The Age of Wisdom with Arthur Gallego

    Arthur Gallego is a recognized, award-winning CPG executive with a focus on emerging food & beverage brands. Recently, he was the CEO/co-founder of SunDaze Fermented Cocktails.

    As the founder of G&Co., which he founded in 2007 and still runs today, he has served as a start-up CMO for many F&B brands. Over the course of his career, he has worked with some of the leading better for you CPG brands, including: Chia Smash, CHOMPS, Bulletproof, FLOW Spring Water, Health-Ade Kombucha, LIFEAID Beverage Co., MUSH, OLIPOP, Vita Coco amongst others.

    Gallego has additional expertise in beauty & fragrance, restaurant hospitality, and residential real estate marketing, granting him exceptional consumer insights across spending and brand adoption. Gallego's perspective is global and he has worked in both Europe and Asia.

    He is a marketing and pop culture authority who has been interviewed by media and trend forecasters, globally. And he has worked with a diverse range of talent including Rihanna, Elle Macpherson, Iman, Chrissy Teigen, Isabella Rossellini, Vivienne Westwood, and foodie icons including Julia Child.

    Find out more at https://www.gallegoandco.com/

    • 33 min
    LEADERAID with Aaron Hinde

    LEADERAID with Aaron Hinde

    In 2011, Aaron Hinde left his lucrative sports chiropractic practice to push the chips “all in” with business partner and fellow Santa Cruz native Orion Melehan to enter an industry with a failure rate of 99%...the beverage industry. With zero beverage experience and high hopes of creating the next Billion dollar beverage brand, he moved his family off the grid…literally. With two kids he downsized his life to live in a 400 sq. foot home with no power and no income.

    Obsessed with producing high quality, efficacious, and niche functional lifestyle drinks to replace the high sugar, synthetically caffeinated and artificially laden energy and “sports” drinks, LIFEAID garnered tremendous traction with CrossFitters and Spartan Racers concerned about clean recovery with their FITAID sku. Today, the entire LIFEAID line of FITAID, FOCUSAID, PARTYAID, LIFEAID, IMMUNITYAID, GOLFERAID, FITAID Clean Energy, and powder sticks continue to dominate niche markets as well as garnering significant traction in conventional channels such as Whole Foods, Sprouts, Safeway, Kroger, Publix, Walmart, HEB, and Vitamin Shoppe among many others. LIFEAID products are currently sold in tens of thousands of accounts, have 550,000+ active engaged followers on social media, sponsor professional athletes in most major sports, and was ranked in the Inc 500 fastest growing companies in the US three years in a row.

    Aaron obtained his BA in Economics from Saint Vincent College with a minor in international business and his Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic. He practiced in Santa Cruz, CA for 10 years. In 2008, Aaron was elected to serve as a trustee on the Santa Cruz County Board of Education. He was re-elected in 2010. He has since sold his practice and given up politics to focus on making LIFEAID a household name. Aaron is married to his beautiful wife Ramah of 20 years and has two children, 19 y.o. Trinity and 17 y.o. Bronson who are the company’s biggest advocates.

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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

OmarMo93 ,

Dr. Ritter’s incredible podcast

Dr. Ritter is both a leader and a pioneer. His thought approach to conversations on the podcast, as well as the insights he brings on each episodes make this show a must-listen!

Anon2020x ,

Focusing not on just the numbers

DR. Ritter knows that there’s more to management than just managing people by numbers. He is able to discern in his interviews what enables leaders to unlock value from their teams through their inspiration.

Lambries ,

Exceptional content; expert facilitator

Dr. Ritter’s intimate and thoughtful approach during interviews leads conversations into opens doors of vulnerable dialogue, insightful nuggets of wisdom, and immediately applicable takeaways for listeners.

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