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Episodes 31 - 40

Episode 31 |  AI : A Win-Win for Both Recruiters & Candidates

Nachi Junankar

Founder & CEO of Avrio AI  

AI? I thought we were investing in humans. You are right. In this episode Nachi shares with us how AI allows humans to do what they are best at and machines to do what they are good at. We will learn how machine learning is a powerful way to transform and enable companies in hiring the right people in and engaging and transparent way. AI brings no elephant into the room of human-ness, it helps us to be humans. 

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Nachi Junankar is the founder and CEO of Avrio AI, a company based on the idea that machine intelligence is a powerful way to transform and enable companies in hiring the right people in an engaging, transparent way. Nachi builds successful companies that produce amazing tech, founded on the seminal idea of making technology that positively impacts people all over the world.

Episode 32 |  Leveraging  the  Power  of  Your  Followers

Jacqueline House

Founder  &  CEO  of  Leadership  Situations  

Understanding the dynamics of theory allows leaders to strategically manage relationships and begin to move teams toward maximum productivity.  Grasping the basic variables will afford leaders an opportunity to positively structure relationships with followers empowering them to work beyond their job  descriptions. A group of followers who are creatively engaged can catapult a team  beyond the sum of its parts.  In this episode, we’ll discuss Leader-Member Exchange Theory, propose a fresh view on appointing leaders; and the importance of leaders caring about  their followers.

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Jacqueline  House is the founder and CEO of Leadership Situations and the author of House Rules for New Leaders  and Managers:  Five Truths  Plus  25  Steps  to  Change,  which  expounds  on  the  virtues  of  leadership  from  the  follower’s  perspective.  Leadership  Situations  serves  leaders  and  followers  to  maximize  the  talents  of  their  followers  in  order  to  increase  the  bottom  line.  Working  from  both  ends  of  the  spectrum,  Leadership  Situations  also  works  with  followers  who  are  seeking  to  increase  their  own  feelings  of  team  compatibility  or  contemplating  their  business  and  career  purpose.  Specifically,  Leadership  Situations  provides  services  through  the  following  coaching  areas:  Leadership,  Accountability,  Strategic  Planning,  Infrastructure  Planning,  and  Fundraising.  Jacqueline  is  a  Certified  Coach  Practitioner,  business  professional,  and  author  with  over  20  years  of  experience  in  leadership  and  management.  She  excels  at  helping  clients  to  find  and  implement  creative  solutions  in  the  leader  follower  dynamic.    Her  fascination  with  the  dynamics  of  leadership  started  very  early  on  as  a  Preacher’s  Kid  and  was  further  nurtured  by  professional  experiences  and  the  study  of  Leader-Member  Exchange  theory  as  an  MBA  student.    


She  holds  a  B.A.  in  Communication  from  the  University  of  Central  Florida,  and  an  MBA  from  Hodges  University.    Jacqueline  is  passionate  about  all  things  leadership  and  making  sure  that  everyone  knows  that  no  matter  what,  they  have  the  ability  to  make  a  choice  for  change.   

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Episode 33 |  The Truth About Conflict

Karen Pelot

Founder  &  CEO  of  Perspectives, LLC  

Conflict  is  defined  as  a  serious  disagreement  or  argument,  a  quarrel  a  squabble,  a  battle,  it's  uncomfortable,  it's  awkward...  none  of  that  sounds  pleasant  does  it?  Yet  somehow,  Karen  is  able  to  see  the  light  in  this  terribly  uncomfortable  situation  and  helps  others  work  through  conflict  in  an  incredibly  healthy  and  helpful  way.  She  uses  her  years  of  expertise  at  intense  mediation  tables,  supportive  research  from  scholars  and  well-designed  strategies  to  help  give  conflict  a  better  reputation.  

Karen Pelot is the founder and CEO of PERSPECTIVES, LLC, specializing in reducing and resolving conflict, increasing team engagement, and instilling accountability for behaviors and results in the workplace. Prior to founding her company in 2008, Karen served as a corporate leader for more than fifteen years with three Fortune 100 companies, where she developed and led special investigation units. Her experience as a senior corporate leader, in-depth understanding of human behaviors and motivators, and ten years as a professional mediator have equipped Karen with unique insights and qualifications for assessing organizational detailers, and partnering with clients to establish and implement effective solutions. It’s “the people stuff” that gets in the way of individual and organizational success.  Karen and her team at PERSPECTIVES, LLC are experts with “the people stuff”.  

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Episode 34 |  Fostering Wellbeing Beyond the Workplace 

Dr. Anita Chandra

Vice President and Director of RAND Social and Economic Well-Being

Our lives don’t start at 8am when work begins, and they don’t end at 5pm when work is over. In this episode we move beyond the norms of employee wellness programs and discuss dimensions of wellbeing beyond the workplace. This is important because fostering wellbeing on the city and regional level undoubtedly trickles down to the workplace level. In this episode Dr. Chandra leads us as we explore how companies can actively facilitate wellness beyond the working hours and how it can positively impact the workplace.

Anita Chandra is director of RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment. Prior to her position as JIE director, she served as director of RAND's Behavioral and Policy Sciences Department. She leads studies on civic well-being and urban planning; community resilience and long-term disaster recovery; effects of military deployment; health in all policies and advancing a culture of health; and child health and development. Throughout her career, Chandra has engaged government and nongovernmental partners to consider cross-sector solutions for improving community well-being and to build more robust systems and evaluation capacity. This work has taken many forms, including engaging with federal and local government agencies on building systems for emergency preparedness and resilience both in the U.S. and globally; partnering with private sector organizations to develop the science base around child systems; and collaborating with city governments and foundations to reform data systems and measure environmental sustainability, well-being, and civic transformation. Chandra has also partnered with community organizations to conduct broad-scale health and environmental needs assessments, to examine the integration of health and human service systems, and to determine how to address the needs of historically marginalized populations in human service systems. These projects have occurred in partnership with businesses, foundations, and other community organizations. Chandra earned a Dr.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

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Episode 35 |  The Thought Revolution

Kristin Sokol

Executive Coach - Kristin Sokol Coaching

Our guest, Kristin Sokol, designed the Thought Revolution because she saw a trend with her coaching clients - like many of us, they were at war in their mind. In this episode we talk about how to manage thoughts and emotions because, as Kristin explains, when you’re aware that you’re in a negative thought cycle then you can regain control and change your thoughts.


Listeners will learn the science behind why we’re often driven by our emotions, a helpful model to manage your thought process and how to practically apply this model which could ultimately change your quality of life.

Kristin Sokol is an optimist and a conversationalist with practical ideas that make a positive impact. She’s built a successful business providing one-on-one professional coaching and facilitating corporate trainings centered around thought management, personal communication and coaching strategies. Kristin is a people-person who uses soft-skills to make the world a better place one conversation at a time. Kristin holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from Weber State University and has completed graduate work at the University of Texas in Professional and Executive Coaching and is weeks away from a prestigious ICF certification credential. Kristin is a highly-rated coach and an entertaining presenter.

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Episode 36 |  Experiential Learning

Andy Storch

Partner - Advantage Performance Group

Founder & Host - The Andy Storch Show and Talent Development Hot Seat

Experiential learning is frequently practicing the things we are trying to figure out and learn. In this episode, we explore the reasons people learn best through experience, the importance of connecting learning programs to strategy, how answering the ‘why’ behind a strategy gives us a sense of purpose, and tools and strategies for reinforcing learning effectively. 

Recommended Reading:

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and


Middle Class Do Not! by Robert Kyosaki; Growth Mindset – Carol Dweck; Start with Why by Simon Sinek

Andy Storch is a consultant, coach, and facilitator specializing in helping clients turn strategy into action and people doing the best work of their lives.  


Andy works with companies to accelerate leadership development, strategy alignment, business acumen, and sales training. He also coaches individuals to help them improve their performance and achieve their goals.  


Andy is also the host of two podcasts, including The Andy Storch Show, where he has interviewed over 100 CEOs and entrepreneurs and The Talent Development Hot Seat, where he interviews interesting talent development leaders about their experience.  He has worked with leaders across almost every industry—from software to insurance—and has seen the difference that experiential learning, practice, coaching, and accountability can make in improving overall performance.  


Andy holds an MBA from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business where he served as President of the MBA program in 2008 and a BS in Information Sciences from the University of Florida.  

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Episode 37 |  Steps to Empowerment 

David Goldsmith

Global Mental Performance Coach

In this discussion with David Goldsmith he discusses with us how some simple shifts in our way of thinking can help us to better ensure that we are really empowering our people to thrive as individuals. David gives us a step by step guide that can be used across the board in any industry and any country to empower our people to get things accomplished in a way that brings out the best in them. Amidst it all he discusses raising our awareness when interacting or forming a view around a thing or person; challenging our own views; leading the charge; empowering others and true cultural diversity. 


David Goldsmith is President and Co-founder of the Goldsmith Organization (New York and Hong Kong), a consulting firm servicing executive clients worldwide; Co-founder of Buzd, LLC, a firm in which he is a patent holder for technological applications and products related to artificial intelligence, cell phone applications, battery technologies, and consumer products; Chief Officer of Strategy for N2 Global Solutions, a company specializing in SuperGrid and IOT technology for use in advanced smart city development for the future; Co-founder and former Chief Officer of Strategy of ecosystem.AI, a predictive analytics and visualization company that finds hidden value in market and organizational complexity relation-ships through identified patterns and spatial trends to reveal how business and organizational ecosystems change over time; Founder of the Project Moon Hut Foundation and Project Leader of the global social movement, Project Moon Hut/The Age of Infinite, a four-year effort with NASA (Silicon Valley) to improve life on Earth through the accelerated development of an earth-and-space based ecosystem; and an adviser and stakeholder in several cutting-edge start-ups from around the world. 


David is the recipient of the Hollywood Producers’ first ever Global Visionary Disruptor Award for his work with the Project Moon Hut Foundation and of New York University’s Excellence in Teaching Award during his 12 years as professor. He was named by Meetings Magazine as one of its 26 Hottest Speakers and has received awards and accolades for his business, organizational, and entrepreneurial achievements. 

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Episode 38 |  From Founder to CEO

Todd Uterstaedt

Co-Founder & CEO of From Founder to CEO podcast

Transitioning from being a baby to an adult has many shaky regions in between, such is the same with moving a startup into a full-fledged organization, but with less time and a lot more people to manage. In this episode Todd discusses with us the ins and outs of successfully moving your people from startup phase to being well on your way to Fortune 500. Hear what he has learned from hundreds of Founders who have become CEOs of large organizations, about leadership, hiring and company culture. 


Learn about becoming a CEO that Cultivates the right leadership at the right point in time for the organization, Encourages the development of the team and Organizing the team so that they are laser focused on the customer.  


The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person can Create Extraordinary Change – Adam Braun 

Hot Seat: The Startup CEO Guide Book – Dan Shapiro 


Dan Shapiro’s Episode on From Founder to CEO: 


Simon Sinek: 

Why Leaders Eat Last -

Start with Why -

Todd Uterstaedt is Co-Founder and CEO of Baker & Daboll, LLC a global executive coaching firm that is also home to big brands like “From Founder To CEO” and “Daughters In Charge.” 

As an in-demand CEO Coach, entrepreneur, and speaker, Todd is described as “Invaluable,” “Top-notch,” “The best,” and possessing “A great ability to connect, touch, move, and inspire you.” His popular podcast, “From Founder To CEO,” is heard in 100 countries where he has interviewed well-known guests like Mike McDerment of Freshbooks, Brian Scudamore of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, Kip Tindell of The Container Store, Eric Yuan of Zoom, Brian Smith of UGG Boots, Doug Rauch of Trader Joe's & Daily Table, and Brad Feld of the Foundry Group. 

Todd has been profiled, interviewed, and quoted in many media outlets such as PBS Television, Wall Street Journal Radio, The Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, Inc. Magazine,, American City Business Journals and many publications in Cincinnati, Ohio, where the company is headquartered. 

As an expert in entrepreneurial leadership, he earned his BA in Communication Arts from Hofstra University in New York and his MS in Organizational Leadership from Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati. He speaks on the topics of entrepreneurial leadership, executive influence, and ethical leadership.  

Episode 39 |  Kindness - the secret to highly successful teams

Lee Kiper

General Manager at Sprint - BISO

Our guest, Lee Kiper, defines kindness as "bringing value to people’s lives without expecting anything in return." He believes when you lead with kindness, then it will lead to success. He doesn't only believe it, he lives it. Lee runs the #1 top performing sales group in Sprint’s BISO unit and accredits their success to a culture of kindness. They have not only been the top producers, they have consistently had the highest employee engagement - even during tough trying times - and have also promoted more people than any other business unit.


In this episode, Lee shares how he has sustained this people-focused workplace by way of transparent communication, setting proper expectations during the hiring process and showing people you’re in it with them. 

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Lee Kiper is the General Manager for Sprint’s BISO unit in Louisville, KY. His team of 160+ sales professionals manages 100k Small to Medium size businesses; generating $500 Million in revenue annually across the US. His team has been the highest performing BISO unit for 15 years. What’s his secret to success? Kindness. 

Lee manages the daily operations of Sprint's Business Inside Sales group which he grew from 38 to 160 + employees. His team manages 100k small to medium size businesses, totaling $500 Million in revenue annually across the US. He also created the first bilingual sales teams in the company growing that group to 30 employees. Lee believes in inspiring people both at work and through his service as a Youth Teacher Leader at Youthbuild. 


Lee holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, Master of Science in Management and Bachelors of Science in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. 

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