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Breaking Brave

Breaking Brave


Over the last two years, many people have undergone career changes, most unexpectedly. Like any life changes, these have challenged some to go outside their comfort zones. But how do we measure that comfort zone idea, and what does it mean to be brave to expand past it? Our returning guest Marilyn Barefoot joins us to talk about her career changes and the experience of building her new podcast, Breaking Brave. 
Hard To Be Human

Hard To Be Human


Being human isn't easy. We get overwhelmed with emotions, caught up in overthinking and sometimes react a little too much. Why is it difficult to be who we are? What is it about us that makes it challenging just to be us? If you've wondered why we do what we do, think how we think, and feel what we feel, you need to listen to our conversation with Ted Cadsby. 
What emotion would you feel if someone told you you had to be in court tomorrow to solve a dispute? For most of us outside the legal profession, having to be a part of the justice system can be daunting. But today’s guest, Ron Veale, joins us to share how there’s another way, Alternative Dispute Resolution.    You may recognize the last name of our guest, who, beyond his accomplishments in politics, the law and being Chief Justice on the Supreme Court of Yukon until his recent retirement, also raised our host, Dave Veale. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, Dave’s Dad, is on the podcast! Ron shares some great judicial insights with us and a few family tales. Ron also discusses with Emily, who experienced the personal injury side of the law first hand, areas that could be improved and other methods available. 
Do you consider yourself to be intelligent? Many of us would humbly agree that we are and be able to list the skillsets where we show off those smarts. But, how emotionally intelligent are you? Do you know how to start to measure that? Do you know how you’ve built your resilience over your life? It begins with self-awareness, and someone who helps us be self-aware is our guest, Marilyn Orr. Marilyn combines her Master’s in Counselling and all of her different Coaching certifications and years of experience to wear different hats to help her clients build their emotional intelligence, resilience and ability to become self-aware. 
A Leader That Follows

A Leader That Follows


Do you consider yourself a leader? Leadership is not just about one cookie-cutter ideal. Traits and characteristics support different leadership styles, and we aren’t always aware we have. While you may be comparing yourself to someone whose been placed in a leadership role, questioning why you can’t be more like them, others may be looking at your innate abilities and appreciating how you help them grow.    We welcome a colleague and coachee of Emily’s, Phil Jewell, to join her and Dave, talking about different leadership styles and how his path through being an officer in the British Army brought out his leadership skills. This conversation helps to highlight how there are different leadership journeys, and it’s more about finding the right one for you. Phil shares what he is bringing to his clients as a coach and some concepts he feels will help others create impact. 
What is your definition of a “successful” business? Did the words “Scale”, “Revenue”, or “Growth” enter into that? Ask yourself, is someone who creates impact and achieves their goals less successful because they are a small business or resist “scaling” to be a size they don’t want? Dave Veale and Emily Rodger talk with our guest Madeleine Shaw to understand how an entrepreneur can focus on "The Greater Good". Madeleine is a serial social entrepreneur whose projects focus on creating good versus just profit. From being an early leader in the reusable menstrual products space to now as an author of the book “The Greater Good”, her work helps others see that their goals, perspective or needs are not something that should be overlooked. 
Think about the last conversation you had. Were you fully listening to what the other person was saying, or were you on your phone, thinking about what you had to do next and just not fully engaged with what the other person was saying? A long-time friend of Dave’s and fellow Wallace McCain Institute alum joined him and Emily to have a conversation about listening. Outside of being a successful and accomplished entrepreneur, Crystal Trevors shared her journey of hearing loss to highlight how active listening needs to be a conscious choice you make. If you choose not to listen actively, the impact on your ability to communicate and for the other person to feel heard will suffer.  Crystal is starting down a life coaching path to help others find joy in their lives, both professionally and personally. And with so much of being joyful in life often tied to how much we feel heard, seen, and understood, it makes total sense to want to work with a coach who deeply understands the role of listening. 
Have you recently realized that there needs to be more in life than what you are currently experiencing? The last two years has been a shift in work-life balance. Whether it's working from home, seeing an increase in stress or dealing with loss in challenging circumstances, it has people looking to find a bigger purpose. In this conversation, we welcome Bruce McLeod, a returning guest, a long-time colleague of Dave Veale's and the Executive Coach to our guest co-host Emily Rodger. It is a group of coaches talking about what they've seen happen in their industry in the last two years, but it's also a group of people having an enlightening discussion about what being a coach brings to their lives, how people are shifting to find more purpose and how digital connections are driving all of these interactions. 
How much thought every day do you put into making sure what you do in business and life is done with compassion for others? Think about that for a moment. What does compassion mean to you? Our returning guest musician, speaker, writer and storyteller Dave Carroll joins us to talk about how he works with the concept of Compassionate Design. Dave shares insights from his newest album, "Until One Day", and his new children's book, "Tom The Tomato Plant".
We all face challenges that can change everything for us in a single moment. To deal with those challenges, sometimes we push ourselves through without stopping, so it looks like we’re doing just fine. But, most times, when we do this, we’re not fine. And we don’t always look back to acknowledge what we have been through, work through the trauma and celebrate our successes. Our returning guest, Emily Rodger, shares how she hopes reflecting on her own experiences in a new Hemmings House short film documentary will help others begin to process challenging experiences in their lives. 
Does the idea of public speaking leave you feeling like you’d rather run in the opposite direction? Do you have to become a “Corporate” version of yourself to feel comfortable delivering a presentation? There’s leadership power that can come from sharing your knowledge in an authentic, unique to you delivery style. Our guests Elissa Bernstein and Steven Lecky work with clients to help find and improve their confidence, individuality, and voice that can only be theirs.
Do you feel you have a story to tell that highlights why you're passionate about your career, but it never comes out clearly? Do you keep seeing your peers speaking their minds and gaining traction as experts in their subject matter? Maybe you need some help in telling your story.    Leanne Bucaro specializes in helping leaders tell their stories in ways that connect with their audience. She helps people travel on the path of thought leadership to arrive at a place where they are seen as experts in their fields and have the opportunities to build a network around their experience. So join us, listen to the conversation, and start thinking about your thought leadership. Would you consider yourself a thought leader?  
War on Hunger

War on Hunger


Patrick Gordon, a veteran, found himself repeating a pattern of relying on alcohol, making a bad choice and then wanting to do better again and again after leaving the service. A moment of clarity four years ago helped him realize how he didn’t want to repeat what he experienced growing up and how he wanted to find a way to have a positive impact on his community. Going to war changes a person, but in this case, it started Patrick on a path to change the lives of so many children.
Do you feel like, over the last couple of years, you’re avoiding certain places on the internet more and more? Are you worried as a business owner and entrepreneur whether the digital marketing you’re putting out in the world is negatively impacting people? If your life is full of trolls, you need to listen to our guest Katrina German. 
Is your banker invested in wanting to see your business have a positive impact on your community? Does your financial team try to find ways to get you access to funding or better financial products based on what your company's goals are? To anyone out there that is saying, "That's not what bankers do.", you need to listen up. Lars Boggild of Vancity Community Investment Bank (VCIB) joins us to talk about how they are Canada's first impact bank with B Corp status and what that all means. Credit unions have always been about community, but the approach from VCIB also prioritizes impact for good which opens doors to people who may not be the traditional big banks' ideal customers.   How do you bank? Do you find you've hit issues with getting access to funding or products from traditional big banks? 
Dr. Sarah Gander is a Social Pediatrician, and beyond her various medical responsibilities, she is also adding to her skill set by taking a coaching certification. She’s the Co-founder of NB Social Pediatrics Inc., a non-profit focused on breaking down barriers so children and their families have the support they need regardless of their life situation. She shares with Dave and Greg how she’s facing complex issues head-on and not shying away from the reality that terrible things can and do happen in our communities. 
As entrepreneurs, we all know that we don’t always have access to the same resources as large corporations. For example, you might not be able to afford to have a business consultant with 10+ years of experience helping you identify your goals. But that’s precisely the problem Andy Clark set out to solve.  Andy joins us to tell us about his Whole PIE Management System, which helps small businesses identify their goals within the areas of Profit, Impact and Enjoyment. Andy’s methodology takes a systemic approach fuelled by a passion for helping small businesses succeed. So if you’re a small business struggling with maintaining business focus, listen in to Andy’s perspective.
Taking care of our environment and tackling climate change head-on is a step we all need to take. Some companies are tackling this by changing the perspective from “rock throwers” to finding collaborative methods to work with industries we all know have significant environmental impacts. Enter our guest Chris Kallal and his company Wild and Pine, making a difference more than one tree at a time. Chris started his company in university, which is a big undertaking, as all of us entrepreneurs know. Over the last 10 years, he’s been able to grow his business, pivot as needed to stay on top of changing focuses in forestry management, and tackle environmental impact by being upfront and honest about potential impactful activities while maintaining a solution-focused positive attitude. For anyone passionate about how business can work with the environment, you need to hear all about Wild and Pine!
Are you curious about how feasible being a Digital Nomad actually is? Worried about missing out on career growth or opportunities in your personal life? You need to listen to our guest, Steve Anderson, who shows how being a Digital Nomad does not mean you miss out on career success or community networking. It’s all about building the lifestyle and career path that interests you.
Are you looking to change your work-life balance by shifting to digital work, but you are past the point of wanting to be a Digital Nomad to roam the world living out of a backpack? Instead, you might be looking for the life of a Digital Independent. Intrigued? You need to listen to our guest this week, Glen Hicks.  Glen followed a typical 9 - 5 corporate career for most of his life but reached a point where he had the opportunity to make a change, and he took it. Now he can spend more time with friends, family and other life pursuits while still working. This conversation brings out many topics about work-life balance and how we should be doing more to value the time we have with friends, families, and our passions as a culture. 
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