39 episodes

The Hearth is for you if you're a business leader with a team. Here we have conversations about how to keep growing when you feel you've reached your capacity. When what you're doing is working, but you're starting to see the cracks. When there's a gap between where you're at now and where you want to be. Here we find ways to transition through struggle of survival toward creating a thriving business that supports you and your team as whole humans.Your host is me, Candice Elliott. I am a strategist & mentor who specializes in working with business owners who are going through periods of growth, especially when you add more people to your team. The practices and systems that worked when your team was smaller just don’t seem to fit anymore. When you’re caught in stress and reaction it's tough to reimagine the way that you created your world of work, both your own personal one, and the one you created for others. I help people align their values and business practices to build practical, sustainable, thriving work ecosystems. And no, this isn’t just some work utopia talk. To do this I bring forward my decade-long professional background in human resources and organizational development working with growing businesses across many sectors, and my decades-long search for meaning and wholeness which includes researching the history of work and how it came to be what it is today, practicing a trauma-informed approach to business, and integrating work, life and spirituality into a meaningful whole. Let's take this journey together.Learn more about Candice and her work here: www.fortressandflourish.com

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The Hearth is for you if you're a business leader with a team. Here we have conversations about how to keep growing when you feel you've reached your capacity. When what you're doing is working, but you're starting to see the cracks. When there's a gap between where you're at now and where you want to be. Here we find ways to transition through struggle of survival toward creating a thriving business that supports you and your team as whole humans.Your host is me, Candice Elliott. I am a strategist & mentor who specializes in working with business owners who are going through periods of growth, especially when you add more people to your team. The practices and systems that worked when your team was smaller just don’t seem to fit anymore. When you’re caught in stress and reaction it's tough to reimagine the way that you created your world of work, both your own personal one, and the one you created for others. I help people align their values and business practices to build practical, sustainable, thriving work ecosystems. And no, this isn’t just some work utopia talk. To do this I bring forward my decade-long professional background in human resources and organizational development working with growing businesses across many sectors, and my decades-long search for meaning and wholeness which includes researching the history of work and how it came to be what it is today, practicing a trauma-informed approach to business, and integrating work, life and spirituality into a meaningful whole. Let's take this journey together.Learn more about Candice and her work here: www.fortressandflourish.com

    A Fresh Start for the New Year

    A Fresh Start for the New Year

    Hello Brave souls,

    This episode also bears news of a significant shift for this podcast. As I juggle new personal milestones, including the birth of my second child, and professional commitments like a partnership with Santa Cruz County Public Health Department, regularity in our podcast release schedule is taking a back seat. 

    But worry not, we’re not going off the radar! 

    Whenever there's an exciting guest to feature or enriching information that needs sharing, a brand-new episode will be on its way. To keep pace with us, make sure you're subscribed to The Hearth. Here's to many more insightful, passionate conversations on the world of work and health!





    If something you heard today brought a smile to your face or a spark to your heart, and you’d like to connect with me, here are a few ways you can do that.

    One is my newsletter, it’s where I put most of my time and energy when I’m not working with clients or on this podcast. Sorry social media! It’s a mix of real life stories, tips and tricks and of course updates on what’s happening with the podcast. Whenever something is going on with me or in my business, it always comes out there first.

    Another resource that I have for you is my Guide to Doing Work Differently. The guide takes you through four inquiries into how you can build a more sustainable and equitable work environment for yourself and your team. It's a great place to start.

    Last, if you’ve got a burning question, a comment, or a situation you’d like my eyes on, you can email me at candice@fortressandflourish.com.


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    Learn more about Candice and her work here.

    • 10 min
    Embracing Diversity in the Future of Work

    Embracing Diversity in the Future of Work

    In today's episode, we talk about generational gaps in the workplace.   

    I’m here to help you navigate the tricky terrain of generational differences, age-related biases, and the jarring shift young people encounter when transferring from education to the world of work. 

    Drawing on my decade-long experience in human resources and organizational development, I challenge the common misconceptions about different age groups in the workforce. Together, we debunk the myths and explore the realities of our rapidly changing workforce.

    Our conversation further unravels the complexities of our diverse workforce, spotlighting the rise of racial and ethnic minorities, and the increasing number of foreign-born workers in non-standard work arrangements. We discuss their unique challenges – from the instability of their employment to impacts on safety, health, and well-being. 

    Moreover, we address the growing presence of adults identifying as LGBTQ+ in the workforce, the hurdles working mothers face, and the issues younger workers confront. 

    We emphasize acknowledging and addressing institutional biases to create an inclusive and supportive work environment for all. Now is the time to make meaningful changes. 

    I hope you enjoy our conversation.


    If something you heard today brought a smile to your face or a spark to your heart, and you’d like to connect with me, here are a few ways you can do that.

    One is my newsletter, it’s where I put most of my time and energy when I’m not working with clients or on this podcast. Sorry social media! It’s a mix of real life stories, tips and tricks and of course updates on what’s happening with the podcast. Whenever something is going on with me or in my business, it always comes out there first.

    Another resource that I have for you is my Guide to Doing Work Differently. The guide takes you through four inquiries into how you can build a more sustainable and equitable work environment for yourself and your team. It's a great place to start.

    Last, if you’ve got a burning question, a comment, or a situation you’d like my eyes on, you can email me at candice@fortressandflourish.com.


    If you enjoyed this episode, hit subscribe to know when the next episodes come out, and if you’re feeling generous, leave a review. Reviews help other like-minded folks find their way to this resource.

    Learn more about Candice and her work here.

    • 21 min
    DEBORAH LINDSAY on Operationalizing Values

    DEBORAH LINDSAY on Operationalizing Values

    On this episode of The Hearth, Deborah Lindsay joins us to decode the often misunderstood roles within a business operation. As an experienced fractional COO, she dissects the unique differences between fractional COOs, interim executives, consultants, and advisors, shedding light on how each contributes significantly to a company's growth and efficiency. Additionally, she unfolds the indispensable role of a fractional COO, especially in small to mid-sized companies embarking on a journey of growth and expansion.

    Deborah's passion for sustainability is not just a personal preference; it's an integral part of her professional life. Her quest to make a positive impact led her to acquire an MBA focusing on supporting startups striving to resolve climate change, economic inequity, and social injustice. Listen to her compelling narrative on why smaller businesses, with their inherent nimbleness and the ability to establish core values early on, can significantly impact these pressing global issues.

    In the final part of our conversation, Deborah shares riveting insights into creating a sustainable business, warning about the pitfalls of greenwashing, and emphasizing clear, realistic sustainability goals. Her hands-on experience in startups and active participation in the Green Business Network makes her an invaluable guide for businesses looking to embed sustainability as a core value.

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    Contact Deborah here.


    If something you heard today brought a smile to your face or a spark to your heart, and you’d like to connect with me, here are a few ways you can do that.

    One is my newsletter, it’s where I put most of my time and energy when I’m not working with clients or on this podcast. Sorry social media! It’s a mix of real life stories, tips and tricks and of course updates on what’s happening with the podcast. Whenever something is going on with me or in my business, it always comes out there first.

    Another resource that I have for you is my Guide to Doing Work Differently. The guide takes you through four inquiries into how you can build a more sustainable and equitable work environment for yourself and your team. It's a great place to start.

    Last, if you’ve got a burning question, a comment, or a situation you’d like my eyes on, you can email me at candice@fortressandflourish.com.


    If you enjoyed this episode, hit subscribe to know when the next episodes come out, and if you’re feeling generous, leave a review. Reviews help other like-minded folks find their way to this resource.

    Learn more about Candice and her work here.

    • 51 min
    Work-Family Harmony

    Work-Family Harmony

    Have you ever felt the strain of juggling roles as a worker and a caregiver? Ever wondered how your work-life balance impacts your overall health and well-being? 

    This episode of 'The Hearth' is an eye-opener on work-family harmony and the stressors that could be affecting your overall health. We dig deep into the common workplace stressors and how they relate to cardiovascular disease risk, sleep quality, depressive symptoms, and more. 

    In the second half of our conversation, we pull back the curtain on some startling figures about wage trends and how they've changed since 1979. 

    We delve into the all-too-common conflicts between work and family duties and debunk some media stereotypes about working mothers. We round off the episode by exploring strategies for enhancing job quality and striking that elusive work-family balance. 

    From fostering healthier psychological work environments to setting clear performance expectations and making a case for affordable childcare – we unpack it all.

    Tune in and let's rethink work-family harmony together!


    If something you heard today brought a smile to your face or a spark to your heart, and you’d like to connect with me, here are a few ways you can do that.

    One is my newsletter, it’s where I put most of my time and energy when I’m not working with clients or on this podcast. Sorry social media! It’s a mix of real life stories, tips and tricks and of course updates on what’s happening with the podcast. Whenever something is going on with me or in my business, it always comes out there first.

    Another resource that I have for you is my Guide to Doing Work Differently. The guide takes you through four inquiries into how you can build a more sustainable and equitable work environment for yourself and your team. It's a great place to start.

    Last, if you’ve got a burning question, a comment, or a situation you’d like my eyes on, you can email me at candice@fortressandflourish.com.


    If you enjoyed this episode, hit subscribe to know when the next episodes come out, and if you’re feeling generous, leave a review. Reviews help other like-minded folks find their way to this resource.

    Learn more about Candice and her work here.

    • 30 min
    SUSIE POLNASZEK on Inquiring Into Success in the Non-Profit World

    SUSIE POLNASZEK on Inquiring Into Success in the Non-Profit World

    What if the road to pay equity and fair compensation in the nonprofit sector could be navigated more smoothly? That's exactly what we're aiming to explore in this episode of The Hearth. 

    I'm joined by Susie Polnaszek, director of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence in Monterey County, to shine a light on the complexities of compensation and debunk the inherent assumptions in the nonprofit sector. Together, we trace the evolution of the sector and discuss the systemic inequities that can creep up.

    We know nonprofits face a host of challenges, particularly regarding funding and volunteer retention. In our conversation, we take on these hurdles, dissecting how factors like funding restrictions, cost of living, and board decisions can leave a mark on compensation. Throw in a global pandemic, and the challenges only intensify - we discuss how COVID-19 has shifted volunteer priorities and what this could mean for nonprofits heavily reliant on their time and contributions.

    As we navigate the pandemic and beyond, we're redefining what volunteer engagement means for success. We believe understanding volunteers' experiences and tapping into community resources are key to better engagement and management. We also recognize the fulfilling roles that volunteering plays in personal purpose and community building. Further, we dive into pay equity, sharing strategies to standardize pay and combat inequities. 

    Join me and Susie in our conversation, and we hope you enjoy.


    If something you heard today brought a smile to your face or a spark to your heart, and you’d like to connect with me, here are a few ways you can do that.

    One is my newsletter, it’s where I put most of my time and energy when I’m not working with clients or on this podcast. Sorry social media! It’s a mix of real life stories, tips and tricks and of course updates on what’s happening with the podcast. Whenever something is going on with me or in my business, it always comes out there first.

    Another resource that I have for you is my Guide to Doing Work Differently. The guide takes you through four inquiries into how you can build a more sustainable and equitable work environment for yourself and your team. It's a great place to start.

    Last, if you’ve got a burning question, a comment, or a situation you’d like my eyes on, you can email me at candice@fortressandflourish.com.


    If you enjoyed this episode, hit subscribe to know when the next episodes come out, and if you’re feeling generous, leave a review. Reviews help other like-minded folks find their way to this resource.

    Learn more about Candice and her work here.

    • 47 min
    Building Inclusive and Respectful Workplaces

    Building Inclusive and Respectful Workplaces

    In today's episode, we dissect Donna Hicks' Dignity Model to help business owners elevate their workplace culture and environment.  

    We uncover the need for more than just being seen and heard, but also, the inclusion, respect, and cultural acceptance that forms the bedrock of social dignity. Further, we address the often-ignored necessity of redressing past violations to create a healthier work culture, and also touch on legal dignity and its application in the workplace.

    In this episode, we aren't just talking about being recognized but about cultivating a culture of physical and emotional safety, fairness, and autonomy. 

    Thank you for listening!


    If something you heard today brought a smile to your face or a spark to your heart, and you’d like to connect with me, here are a few ways you can do that.

    One is my newsletter, it’s where I put most of my time and energy when I’m not working with clients or on this podcast. Sorry social media! It’s a mix of real life stories, tips and tricks and of course updates on what’s happening with the podcast. Whenever something is going on with me or in my business, it always comes out there first.

    Another resource that I have for you is my Guide to Doing Work Differently. The guide takes you through four inquiries into how you can build a more sustainable and equitable work environment for yourself and your team. It's a great place to start.

    Last, if you’ve got a burning question, a comment, or a situation you’d like my eyes on, you can email me at candice@fortressandflourish.com.


    If you enjoyed this episode, hit subscribe to know when the next episodes come out, and if you’re feeling generous, leave a review. Reviews help other like-minded folks find their way to this resource.

    Learn more about Candice and her work here.

    • 22 min

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Nadine Zumot ,

I love Candice’s perspective

So grateful for Candice and her compassionate voice and approach to themes and topics discussed on this podcast. I have personally been a guest and Candice made me feel so comfortable and cosy which is a reflection of her beautiful and welcoming personality. Thank you! Can’t wait for season 2

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