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083: Mike Wittenstein: I am by no means an actor

August 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Mike Wittenstein Show Notes Mike Wittenstein had not acted since his junior high school play. But he decided to take an acting class and it helped him to grow his business. Listen to Mike tell [...]

082: Megan Constantino: From that hump I got a baby bump

August 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Megan Constantino Show Notes Megan Constantino decided to go on national television to share one of the most un-cool, un-sexy things you could think about. Being completely driven by God, she and her husband Frank [...]

081: Bill Dann: My inadequacies led to him being crushed

August 10th, 2016|0 Comments

Bill Dann Show Notes Bill Dann was working for a native Alaskan run organization. The Board of Directors put a lot of pressure on Bill to replace himself with an Alaskan native, since it was [...]

080: Paul Maskill: I wasn’t really helping the business grow

August 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

Paul Maskill Show Notes Paul Maskill was doing all of the busy admin work in his business. Paul was working 60-80 hours per week but was not leading his business. He was failing to take [...]

079: Curtis Kopf: It takes time to get over that

July 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Curtis Kopf Show Notes This episode was recorded on location at the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA) Member Insight Exchange. Curtis Kopf has a point of view on what he wants to do and he [...]

078: Bob Anderson: It meant bigger changes than I was up for

July 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Bob Anderson Show Notes Bob Anderson started his career in the family business making hog food and dog food. One evening, while cleaning out a rail car full of feed ingredients, Bob said something out [...]

077: Adam Dorrell: It can be the kicker that gets you going

July 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Adam Dorrell Show Notes Adam Dorrell had been made redundant three times in his career. The first time he had small children. The most recent time he had another set of small children. Listen to [...]

076: Chris Edmonds: I’ve got to be walking the talk

July 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Chris Edmonds Show Notes Chris Edmonds had a heart attack in December 1993. Being overweight and behaving badly he knew he needed to be an effective influencer when coaching leaders. So Chris lost 30 pounds [...]

075: Nate Brown: I didn’t have to buy into that narrative

June 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Nate Brown Show Notes Nate Brown and his wife moved to Nashville for a job. Placing a lot of his identity in his job, Nate felt like he lost everything when he was removed from [...]

074: Hyrum Smith: I was a mess and grateful Covey talked first

June 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Hyrum Smith Show Notes Hyrum Smith was asked by Rudy Giuliani to come speak to the families of the victims of the World Trade Center attack. It became one of Hyrum’s toughest and most rewarding [...]

073: Bill Treasurer: I was embarrassed and tried to joke it off

June 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Bill Treasurer Show Notes Bill Treasurer was in his performance review when his boss told him to close the door. Bill knew what was coming next was not going to be good. He told Bill [...]

072: Susan Fowler: This is a chance for me to live my values

June 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Susan Fowler Show Notes Susan Fowler has a career that requires a lot of travel. But travel had become a pain in the neck and getting through security raised Susan’s tension and stress. Then Susan [...]

071: Vicki Herrell: Dealing with all of this changed me beyond measure

June 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Vicki Herrell Show Notes Vicki Herrell gave birth to her middle child and there were some issues that told them something was wrong with the child physically. After years of testing and varying diagnosis the [...]

070: Jermaine Edwards:  Taking that particular step was a tough one

May 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Jermaine Edwards Show Notes Jermaine Edwards started his first side business working with a number of health and pharmaceutical companies. Quickly it became evident that the business was not going to be something that was [...]

069: Kirk Weisler: I never wanted to be the poop guy

May 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Kirk Weisler Show Notes Kirk Weisler had a small adversity that really had a great impact on him. One that he didn’t really foresee or intend. As an assistant soccer coach he was warned by [...]

068: Chantal Bechervaise: It was not something I expected

May 11th, 2016|1 Comment

Chantal Bechervaise Show Notes Chantal Bechervaise found herself in a management position where the senior management and above created a very toxic work environment. As a person that is normally positive and perseveres, she eventually [...]

067: Brad Cleveland: It was the deepest anguish I’d ever experienced

May 4th, 2016|1 Comment

Brad Cleveland Show Notes Brad Cleveland was in his 20’s and traveling helping clients build their customer service organizations. He had more work than he could handle and things were very exciting. Then one day [...]

066: Eryc Eyl: I got laid off and I went broke

April 27th, 2016|4 Comments

Eryc Eyl Show Notes Eryc Eyl had worked for an organization for ten years and was laid off. He went broke and had to find a job. It wasn’t the job he wanted so he [...]

065: Blake Morgan: I wasn’t a trust fund baby

April 20th, 2016|1 Comment

Blake Morgan Show Notes Blake Morgan moved to New York City as a young southern Californian girl. While many of her roommates had family nearby, Blake found herself with no support system and found herself [...]

064: Karin Hurt: What do you mean I’m a fraud

April 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Karin Hurt Show Notes Karin Hurt had just been promoted to her first executive job in human resources. Her first responsibility was to construct a new diversity council. Things were going great until one of [...]

063: Adam Toporek: I was not passionate about it

April 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Adam Toporek Show Notes Adam Toporek began sharing his ideas and expertise via blogging but soon found out he had no passion for the topic he was writing about. He knew he had to make [...]

062: Roger Dooley: It was rather a shocking thing for us

March 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Roger Dooley Show Notes Roger Dooley bailed out of a good corporate job to launch a company that serviced Texas Instruments computers. After six months of operation, Texas Instruments declared they were exiting the home [...]

061: Lynn Hunsaker: I will inconvenience myself to do that

March 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Lynn Hunsaker Show Notes Lynn Hunsaker moved to Belgium without being able to speak Dutch. She found herself needing to quickly speak the language in order to build key relationships. Lynn did learn how to [...]

060: John Tarnoff: We didn’t see this coming

March 16th, 2016|0 Comments

John Tarnoff Show Notes John Tarnoff was the co-founder of a tech start-up in the late 1990’s. In the middle of 2001 the tech sector collapsed and John and his partner lost several deals due [...]

059: Trip Durham: You’re not going to have two birds in a bush

March 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Trip Durham Show Notes Trip Durham woke up one morning knowing he was going to receive two job offers. He knew that two recent interviews went very well and that he was going to have [...]

058: Lynn Hawkins: It not only impacted me, it hurt

March 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

Lynn Hawkins Show Notes Lynn Hawkins was in commercial real estate and doing very well. After a few months, her boss called her in to his office and told her she was not cut out [...]

057: Jeremy Watkin: I made sure they knew they were wrong

February 24th, 2016|1 Comment

Jeremy Watkin Show Notes Jeremy Watkin threw his phone when a customer yelled at him. He argued with customers and would shoot out angry emails. Jeremy’s antics were entertaining to folks in the contact center. [...]

056: Chip Huth: The common denominator in this stuff was me

February 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Chip Huth Show Notes Charles “Chip” Huth had just been to a tactical communications class and tried to use this new communications strategy, which he just learned, on his son. When the tactics that worked [...]

055: Justin Robbins: I got there and I immediately felt lost

February 10th, 2016|0 Comments

Justin Robbins Show Notes Justin Robbins graduated from High School with honors and was on his way to become a music teacher. But in his first semester in college he immediately felt lost. Justin then [...]

054: Chip Bell: It landed and a miracle happened

February 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

Chip Bell Show Notes Chip Bell’s unit was in an ambush site during the Vietnam War. As an officer, Chip usually went with the unit most likely to make contact with the enemy. One night, [...]

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