Inspirational People

John Lehmberg — Learning To Let Go Is Vital When Life Doesn't Unfold How We Hoped

John Lehmberg — Learning To Let Go When Life Doesn't Unfold How We Hoped

Welcome to another episode of Inspirational People. In this episode, I get the privilege of introducing you to my long time friend, John Lehmberg. 

John is a former pastor and the founder of Make It Loud Web Design (since 2004) located in Buford, Georgia. His company provides marketing that gives companies better decision making insights to grow their business. 

We originally met through the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce a few years after I moved from Arizona to Atlanta. Over the years our shared values and interests (particularly our Christian faith and Star Trek) further connected us as we have shared the burdens and celebrations of life.

In this conversation, we explore how life doesn't turn out the way we expect, the power of letting go, and the importance of owning truth-seeking in all parts of our life. Listen or watch below.

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Lauren Hisey — How Openness To New Opportunities Facilitates Powerful Growth

Lauren Hisey — How Openness To New Opportunities Facilitates Powerful Growth

Welcome to another episode of Inspirational People. In this discussion, I get the opportunity of introducing you to a new friend and fellow business consultant, Lauren Hisey. 

In 2019, Lauren (a Lean Six Sigma specialist) transitioned from corporate America working with Nielson (and AT&T before that) to the Entrepreneur life as an independent coach and consultant. She now works with business owners to rapidly get from where they are to where they want to be.

We recently connected after I spoke at Kettering Executive Network about flourishing as a freelancer during a pandemic. As part of her 2020 goal of 100 lunch meetings, a campaign similar to the one I ran at the conclusion of my marketing business and launch as a freelancer, we had an initial one-on-one digital meeting and I invited her to share her helpful stories and insights on the podcast.

In this conversation, we talk about her jump from corporate America to independent consulting and the challenges that come with running a small business. We also explore the lessons learned in her transition, how she's navigating the cascading crises (health, economic, and social), the power of a continuous improvement mindset, maintaining boundaries with work, and why NOW is the time to embrace humility and openness within uncertainty.

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Craig Haynie — Identify The Next Opportunity To Transform Your Life & Business

Craig Haynie — Identify The Next Opportunity To Transform Your Life & Business

Welcome to another episode of Inspirational People. 

In this episode, I introduce you to my long-standing friend and fellow entrepreneur, Craig Haynie. Craig is the founder and CEO of CablesAndKits.com, a company historically focused on networking equipment and accessories, but amidst the Coronavirus crisis, has expanded its product portfolio to include safety products like masks and hand sanitizers. 

After both of us moved to Atlanta, we got connected through our mutual attendance at First Baptist Atlanta church. We quickly became friends and have shared life and work on and off for the last decade and a half. In my second book for small business owners (The Jump), Craig wrote the introduction and epilogue to set and reinforce the message. Perhaps most importantly, we both love to watch movies and we were both movie extras in The Founder (about Mcdonalds starring Michael Keaton).

In this discussion, we talk about his company's pivot in the pandemic, Star Trek stories, reflection through journaling, the importance of starting when it comes to change and improvement, and how he launched a daily CEO email communicating with his customers.

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Allen Helms — How Learning To Let Go Enables Us To See What Matters Most

Allen Helms — How Learning To Let Go Enables Us To See What Matters Most

Welcome to this episode of Inspirational People. In this episode, I get the awesome opportunity of introducing you to CRM Jedi Master Allen Helms. 

Allen and I got connected through the Hubspot User Group here in Atlanta over the past several years. Allen is not just a Hubspot master, but also a Salesforce Jedi. He works with organizations to plan and grow their incoming volume of generated leads and closed deals. He also works his Jedi magic transitioning organizations to either Salesforce or Hubspot and when necessary, he tames both systems to work effectively together (as well as the teams from both sales and marketing).

We talk about the origin of his business and its name, how to effectively work together, the power of organization in our lives and work, and how love conquers evil in the end. In the final segment, Allen shares about his recent C.S. Lewis readings and the scriptural insights that can help us to let go and humble ourselves in even the most challenging of circumstances.

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Jim Karwisch — Exploring How Narratives & Systems Inform & Direct Us During Troubling Times

Jim Karwisch — Exploring How Narratives & Systems Inform & Direct Us During Troubling Times

Welcome to another episode of Inspirational People! In this episode, I get the opportunity of introducing you to a talented speaker, a creative trainer, and the improv podcaster Jim Karwisch.

Improv Jim and I originally met via Twitter after he posted a doodle of an Andy Stanley sermon. Subsequent coffee that quickly turned into lunch at Willy's Mexican Grill, forged a friendship that would seemly endure the most troublesome of relational disputes. At the time, Jim was making his transition from corporate America to Entrepreneur. We've participated in a freelancer's mastermind, blogging challenges, movie and TV discussions, and have remained good friends until he moved away several ago to the city of Rome, Georgia. Since then we've been distant enemies as he harvests the brains of my friends. In addition to being a brain harvester, Jim is also a trainer, coach, and gamification experiential facilitator.

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Jeff & Julie Fambrough

Jeff Fambrough — How Starting Your Day Right Sets The Tone For An Uncertain Future

In this new episode of Inspirational People, I introduce you to Jeff Fambrough (and by proxy, his wife Julie) a long-time friend from a past life, and also a native Georgian. 

We originally got connected through a mutual friend while Jeff was working for a former employer many years ago. To our recent mutual surprise, we were reconnected this past year through his leadership and coaching at a community church basketball league (he and Julie coached my kid's teams) at Christ Place Church north of metro Atlanta.

Jeff works with Indeed full-time as an enterprise account manager, a role and business this crisis has made rather interesting. More importantly, Jeff is a passionate, deliberate, and intentional leader in his family, community, and church.

In this discussion, we talk about how we effectively start our day, the challenges of navigating uncertainty, what unemployed folks can be doing to find work, and the most important relationship we can have.

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Toby Bloomberg — Pause Your Way Towards Personal Reflection And Business Transformation

Toby Bloomberg — Pause Your Way Towards Personal Reflection And Business Transformation

Welcome to another episode of Inspirational People!

Today I get to the wonderful pleasure of introducing you to Toby Bloomberg. Toby is a long-time friend, collaborator, and fellow freelancer. She works with organizations to help them empathize with their customers and effectively communicate through social marketing channels. 

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Elizabeth Dixon — Navigating The Crisis Purpose Driven & Compassion Oriented

Elizabeth Dixon — Navigating The Crisis Purpose-Driven & Compassion-Oriented

Welcome to another episode of Inspirational People.

Today, I get the awesome opportunity of introducing you to Elizabeth Dixon.

Connected through our mutual friend, Jessica Lalley, Elizabeth is a strategist, innovator, and a speaking executive sharing on various personal and business development topics for organizations like the University of Georgia, Southwest Airlines, and the Global Leadership Summit. While she first began at Chick-fil-A Inc. in creating their internal wellness program, Elizabeth now leads strategy for service design and hospitality across restaurants.

In this interview, we explore a variety of topics including the challenges of a crisis and how they can be an opportunity for us to develop habits, cultivate culture, innovate in new directions, and proactively plan for the future.

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Akilah Charlemagne — Staying Connected With Others Through The Personal Transformation Process

Akilah Charlemagne — Staying Connected With Others Through The Personal Transformation Process

Welcome to another episode of Inspirational People!

In this episode, I talk with Akilah Charlemagne about the importance of staying connected, especially during seasons of transformation. She also shares a simple and effective process she leans into for growing herself and others, and how it's okay to say that we're not okay :-)

Akilah is a connector, speaker, career coach, and HR Business partner.  She's passionate about energizing and equipping people to take risks and propel their careers. 

Our mutual friend, Chi Chi Okezie, says Akilah is a powerhouse when it comes to all things HR and training and she has the ability to infuse her brand with her values to produce exceptional results.

My wife Cait connected the two of us, and now here we are!

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Todd Miechiels — Embracing The Opportunity To Slow Down & Serve Others

Todd Miechiels — Embracing The Opportunity To Slow Down & Serve Others

Welcome to another episode of inspirational people!

In this episode, I get to introduce you to my friend Todd Miechiels. Todd is the founder and vision bearer of the 315 Project helping people know and share their story wholeheartedly.   

Todd and I originally met through a mutual friend during a catalyst conference almost a decade ago. We stay connected over the years and the 315 Project became one of my first freelancing clients when I began in 2014. We've stayed connected and collaborated over the years that followed.

As the world has changed, and we've faced this Coronavirus crisis, I've witnessed many people stand in the gap, and Todd is one of those people who has led others through his daily Linkedin worship videos. Impressed by what he's doing, it was apparent that I needed to get him on an episode so he could share his story with you.

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