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Welcome to the LeaderImpact Podcast. We’re a community of leaders dedicated to optimizing our personal, professional, and spiritual lives to have an impact. This show is where we have a chance to listen and engage with leaders from around the world who are living this out. We love talking with leaders so if you have questions, comments, or suggestions to make this show even better, please let us know. Stay connected through our social media channels and by signing up for our newsletter at LeaderImpact.ca. Remember - impact starts with you!If you would like to check out a LeaderImpact group go to leaderimpact.ca/join/Show notes and transcripts can be found at leaderimpact.ca/podcast/
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Picture the journey of a financial auditor evolving into a leader in the hedge funds, private equity, and corporate financial solutions realm. Osazele Ebinda walks us through her impressive career trajectory, fuelled by ambition, resilience, and her mother's unwavering belief in her abilities. In a world that's constantly on fast-forward, Osazele emphasizes the beauty of being present, mindful, and patient, especially in unusual circumstances. Her story is a testament to the power of hard work and continuous learning and will inspire you to push your boundaries.This is an enlightening discussion that promises to enhance your leadership skills and help you embrace mindfulness and spiritual awareness and is full of wisdom and inspiration.Thanks for listening!Click here to take the LeaderImpact Assessment and to receive the first chapter of Becoming a Leader of Impact by Braden Douglas. Remember, impact starts with you!
We sit down with Darrel Janz as he shares about the excitement, challenges, and innovation during his 60 years in radio and television. Darrel’s infectious passion for current affairs and sports took him on an extraordinary career path, traveling all over Canada and earning a remarkable reputation in the broadcasting industry.But Darrel’s story is not just about the glamour of the broadcasting world. It’s a testament to the power of family, love, and sacrifice, as he made hard decisions to prioritize his loved ones, showcasing the vital balance between career and family life. His candid reflections on remaining connected in our technology-driven society are valuable for everyone grappling with the demands of work-life balance.Darrel also opens up about his faith journey, illustrating how it has shaped his life and career. It’s a compelling tale of strength, belief, and the power of prayer that has guided him through life's ups and downs. Join us on this riveting episode, where we explore the intersections of broadcasting, faith, family, and leadership.Thanks for listening!Click here to take the LeaderImpact Assessment and to receive the first chapter of Becoming a Leader of Impact by Braden Douglas. Remember, impact starts with you!
What's the most daring risk you've ever taken in your career? In this episode, we've got Andrea Currie,  telling us all about her brave leap into the startup world. She had more than two decades of geology under her belt, but zero management experience. Yet, she didn't shy away from the new opportunity, and that bold decision eventually led to a thrilling ride that reshaped her life. Andrea's wild startup experience didn't just build her courage and resilience, it also honed her compassionate leadership skills. She shares how effective communication and mutual trust played key roles during the company's challenging times. Don't miss out on this invigorating conversation packed with insights on leadership, resilience, and the beauty of taking risks.Thanks for listening!Click here to take the LeaderImpact Assessment and to receive the first chapter of Becoming a Leader of Impact by Braden Douglas. Remember, impact starts with you!
Did you ever wonder what the journey to becoming a successful leader looks like? Meet Leonard Herschen, a Vice President with GLJ Limited, who grew up on a rural farm in Alberta, experienced working internationally, and found his spiritual calling. Leonard takes us through his leadership journey, sharing how experiences from his shaped his career.Throughout our conversation, Leonard unveils his three fundamental principles - connecting with people, testing ideas, and delivering feedback from a place of love. Leonard stresses the importance of learning from failures and using them as stepping stones towards success. He further elaborates on the importance of building and sustaining relationships.. He also shares his views on the joy of learning, overcoming challenges, and the value of commitment - even when faced with tough times. Join us in this enriching conversation that encapsulates the essence of leadership, personal growth, and faith on professional success.Thanks for listening!Click here to take the LeaderImpact Assessment and to receive the first chapter of Becoming a Leader of Impact by Braden Douglas. Remember, impact starts with you!
What happens when life throws you an unexpected curveball?  Mary Ann Morales, a seasoned real estate agent, knows a thing or two about facing adversity. After surviving a near-death experience and dealing with her second child's severe diagnosis, her tenacity and resolve were only strengthened. This transformative chapter in her life spurred her to prioritize family over her budding career and led her to the world of real estate - a field she has been passionately pursuing for over two decades.Mary Ann's journey is not just about overcoming personal challenges, but also about integrating these experiences into her professional life. Listen to her touching anecdotes about how sharing her struggles with clients has transformed her professional relationships and how her faith journey, helped her navigate through life's ups and downs. Mary Ann's story is an inspiring testament to resilience and the power of community, underpinned by her principle of treating others as she would wish to be treated. Tune in to be moved and motivated by her stirring story.Thanks for listening!Click here to take the LeaderImpact Assessment and to receive the first chapter of Becoming a Leader of Impact by Braden Douglas. Remember, impact starts with you!
What does it really mean to pursue nobility, and how can this pursuit shape our success?  Jason unpacks the essence of nobility, encapsulated by the principles of prosperity, community, creativity, and generosity. He also unveils critical insights from his new book, Beyond High Performance, about circumventing burnout while continuously pushing our boundaries.Our conversation will take you through Jason's own transformative journey, from leading a faith community at an early age to venturing into the world of entrepreneurship. Jason candidly shares the hurdles he's faced and how community played a critical role in his growth. He also reveals his keen insights on the significance of a growth mindset and the potential pitfalls of feigning one. Our discussion also brings to light the inevitable struggles of business-building and how failures can morph into lessons of great value.Jason also shares his distinctive practice of interpreting Proverbs into his own words and the role of faith and scriptures in our lives. So come along for an enriching exploration of leadership, wisdom, and growth.Thanks for listening!Click here to take the LeaderImpact Assessment and to receive the first chapter of Becoming a Leader of Impact by Braden Douglas. Remember, impact starts with you!
Journey with us as we navigate the extraordinary life of Thanh Campbell. From his early life in Vietnam to his last-minute escape during the fall of Saigon, Thanh's tale is nothing short of captivating. He shares the ups and downs of his journey, including his humble start selling suits in a mall before rising to his current position as the Canadian director of Partners Worldwide Canada. He goes on to reveal the enlightening story behind his Paul Harris Fellow pin from Rotary International, a testament to his unwavering dedication to service.Thanh's insights go beyond his personal journey, as he gifts us with his wisdom on leadership, the power of prayer, and the art of connecting with others. He introduces us to the ‘Giver’s Gain’, a principle that has helped him build a network of meaningful connections, emphasizing the importance of helping others rather than seeking personal gain. This approach not only shaped his professional journey but also facilitated his transition into writing, leading to his memoir, Orphan 32. Tune in as we unveil the essence of Thanh's success - a spiritual connection, the significance of prayer, and an unshakeable belief in God’s perfect plan.Thanks for listening!Click here to take the LeaderImpact Assessment and to receive the first chapter of Becoming a Leader of Impact by Braden Douglas. Remember, impact starts with you!
Join us, as we navigate the captivating journey of Allen Bey, an accomplished engineer turned successful entrepreneur. Allen recalls his humble beginnings and illuminates to us how those valuable experiences contributed to the birth of his own enterprises. His thought-provoking insights into the world of entrepreneurship, where he says, "Everyone is your boss," will surely leave you fascinated.He opens up about his trials and tribulations, and the potent role of faith in his life. Not one to mince words, Allen highlights the power of active listening and comprehension. By the end of the episode, you'll experience a renewed appreciation for perseverance, faith, and the joy of investing in people, enriched by Allen's moving anecdotes and invaluable takeaways.Thanks for listening!Click here to take the LeaderImpact Assessment and to receive the first chapter of Becoming a Leader of Impact by Braden Douglas. Remember, impact starts with you!
You won't believe the journey that Bruce Edgelow, an esteemed banking leader with over four decades of experience under his belt, has traveled. From struggling with alcoholism in his teenage years to successfully building a successful banking career, Bruce's story is one of unwavering resilience and unshakeable faith. Get ready to be inspired by his incredible transformation and the turning points that shaped his journey.Bruce's story is a testament to the transformative power of faith. He opens up about a pivotal point in his life when rather than resisting this sudden change, Bruce leaned into his faith and trust in God, leading him to start a new business venture. Bruce shares his principles of success, emphasizing the importance of authenticity and staying true to oneself.Overcoming adversity is a major theme in Bruce's life. He discusses how he learned not to let his past define him and the importance of seeing potential in people, regardless of their credentials or backgrounds. So, get ready to be motivated by Bruce's journey of resilience, identity, and faith in the face of adversity. Tune in and let his story inspire you!Thanks for listening!Click here to take the LeaderImpact Assessment and to receive the first chapter of Becoming a Leader of Impact by Braden Douglas. Remember, impact starts with you!
What happens when academic struggles convert into triumphs and pave the way to becoming an industry expert? Meet Jason Demers, a living testament to this transition. In our chat with him, we journey through his professional path, highlighting key turning points, principles of success, as well as the learning curves shaped by failures. Jason's story is not just about the oil and gas industry, it's about resilience, faith, and the nerve-wracking honor of being the first Canadian to testify before a US Congressional House Committee.We engage Jason in a deeper conversation about the interplay of faith and leadership. We discover how his faith has been tested, tempered, and ultimately reinforced through his experiences in the business world. His open discussions of faith within the business community, and how these faith-infused conversations have enriched his relationships, are nothing short of inspirational. Jason's ultimate legacy of faith, and the joy he derives from serving others, provides a refreshing look at the human side of business.Whether you're an aspiring leader or a seasoned one, this episode promises to be a treasure chest of insights, personal experiences, and tools you'd not want to miss. So, join us and Jason Demers in this enriching conversation today.Thanks for listening!Click here to take the LeaderImpact Assessment and to receive the first chapter of Becoming a Leader of Impact by Braden Douglas. Remember, impact starts with you!
Jim began his career in the capital markets trading industry in the eurodollar options pit at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He eventually worked for the exchange in its rollout of their electronic trading systems and then moved to the London International Financial Futures Exchange to lead its US Technology division. During this time, Jim also completed his Master of Business Administration.In 2010, Jim heeded God’s call to transition from trading technologies to enter into full-time ministry, working jointly as the chief marketing officer in a trading technologies company while co-founding a media-based outreach ministry. Jim’s ministry involvement since then has been through leadership roles with Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Campus Crusade for ChristJim leads three of Chicago’s 14 LeaderImpact groups and writes curriculum for LeaderImpact.  When not leading groups or LeaderImpact staff, Jim and his wife Heidi are committed to their five children and two grandchildren.Jim is currently on the Board of LeaderImpact in the US and is now Pastor of Evangelism at College Church in Wheaton, where he is also the head football coach and wrestling coach at Wheaton Academy in West Chicago, Illinois.Thanks for listening!Click here to take the LeaderImpact Assessment and to receive the first chapter of Becoming a Leader of Impact by Braden Douglas. Remember, impact starts with you!
Keri is the President of Ellevate Executive Coaching, and co-author of a leadership book called, Mind the Gap; Navigating your Leadership Journey.  She is a Certified Executive Coach with a Master of Arts in Leadership and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads UniversityShe is incredibly grateful for all the blessings she has been given in her life and always brings a down-to-earth approach to every engagement. Her purpose is to make a difference in the world and she does this by partnering with others who want to improve their workplaces.Keri was our guest in Episode 19 and she has been invited back to talk about psychological safety.Thanks for listening!Click here to take the LeaderImpact Assessment and to receive the first chapter of Becoming a Leader of Impact by Braden Douglas. Remember, impact starts with you!
For the second time in her Athletic career, Carol LaFayette-Boyd of Regina has been named the World Masters Athletics Female Athlete of the Year. In 2022, Carol broke six world records in the women's 80+ age category. In total, she has 17 world age group records to her name. To put her astonishing athleticism and talent in perspective, Carol ran a 16.23 second 100 M race.  The fastest woman ran a 10.49 seconds 100 m. A retired social worker, Carol did not start running until her late 40s and didn’t win her first competitive track event until she was 50. This great-grandmother of four has no plans to slow down or hang up her spikes; she plans to continue running for the rest of her life.Carol's key to longevity is her passion for staying healthy which keeps her training at her best. She says she is inspired by the women who are competing in the 100+ age category. She says she has lots of time to do that and for right now she would just like to stay healthy and do better in her times in all events.Thanks for listening!Click here to take the LeaderImpact Assessment and to receive the first chapter of Becoming a Leader of Impact by Braden Douglas. Remember, impact starts with you!
John grew up in Gillette, Wyoming surrounded by an unbelievable support network. He attended Utah State University where he graduated with his Bachelor in Exercise Science. He signed with the Houston Texans and went on to a 12-year professional football career in both the NFL and CFL with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and the Edmonton Eskimos. He is a 2-time Grey Cup Champion, a 3 time ALL-Star, 3-time nominee for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player.His more cherished accomplishment during his football career was in the way he was able to serve the communities he lived as a national advocate for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; a condition in which he has proudly conquered daily since the age of 14. In 2018 John stepped away from football to provide a more stable life for his amazing wife Catherine and their 10 wonderful children. He started 2 businesses Iron Will Fitness and Kickin It Coed, and recently became a director of prison ministry.He loves to workout, play board games, and pick up basketball, and I heard he submitted a video for The Titan Games because of his belief in himself, his family, and in Jesus Christ.Please welcome to the LeaderImpact podcast, John Chick.Thanks for listening!Click here to take the LeaderImpact Assessment and to receive the first chapter of Becoming a Leader of Impact by Braden Douglas. Remember, impact starts with you!
Roger was our first guest on this podcast and he is the global executive director of LeaderImpact, leading a global team with members in over 350 cities around the world that host events and provides resources focused on leadership development. In episode number one, Roger gave us some helpful tips, insights, and conversations about developing as a leader. Today, we're going to chat about Roger’s new book, The Integrated Life of Leaders. I think I have some challenging questions. And I look forward to diving in all the way from Auckland, New Zealand.Thanks for listening!Click here to take the LeaderImpact Assessment and to receive the first chapter of Becoming a Leader of Impact by Braden Douglas. Remember, impact starts with you!
For over 20 years, Andy has served in ministry as a youth pastor and marriage ministry pastor. He has found that not much changes in each role, just that some come with more wrinkles and less hair.Andy is an advocate for mental health awareness as he has known the heaviness of depression himself. He is passionate about fighting against the awful attack of mental health issues that are running rampant across the human race. At his heaviest, Andy weighed 345 lbs and his wife Tiffany weighed 317 lbs. Together, they have lost over 350 lbs combined and have co-founded a health coaching business called “Taking Back My Life” where they have helped thousands of people get healthy as well. Through this journey, Andy has become passionate about fitness and working out.Andy currently lives outside Dallas, Texas with his wife Tiffany and their three beautiful daughters Payton, Parker, and Presley.Today we actually want to talk to Andy a little bit about his new book, When Words Don’t come easy” and dive deep into the conversations we have with ourselves. Thanks for listening!Click here to take the LeaderImpact Assessment and to receive the first chapter of Becoming a Leader of Impact by Braden Douglas. Remember, impact starts with you!
23 years ago Hank and Tanya quit their jobs and moved to Ontario's wilderness to build their dream of starting a business, a family, and creating a lifestyle around their beloved Siberian Huskies. Today we get to hear the story about Hank and Tanya, we will begin to understand the lessons and insights of teams working together and how the same principles that apply to their Huskies can apply to your team. Hank and Tanya are the owners of Winterdance Dogsled Tours and also have a 2500-tree maple syrup farm and have co-written two books. They share their lives with four children, 150 huskies, and five cats. Today, Tanya McCready will share a leadership lesson focused on building and leading a great team through challenging times. Thanks for listening!Click here to take the LeaderImpact Assessment and to receive the first chapter of Becoming a Leader of Impact by Braden Douglas. Remember, impact starts with you!
This is a follow-up conversation with Andrew Denysov from Lviv, Ukraine. We first introduced you to Andrew in April 2022 in podcast number eight. And we chatted about living out our purpose in uncertain times. Ukraine has been at war for over a year, and we wanted to check back with Andrew, the CEO of Tech Vision, on how he, his family, and his country are doing.Thanks for listening!Click here to take the LeaderImpact Assessment and to receive the first chapter of Becoming a Leader of Impact by Braden Douglas. Remember, impact starts with you!
Angel is the Director of LeaderImpact NEXT in Canada.  As well, he is very involved in his community and is a board member of several non-profit organizations.Prior to becoming full-time in vocational ministry, Angel was an entrepreneur and a sales and business development executive in the high-tech industry.He is married to Mary Anne for 35 years and has 2 boys Matthew and Michael.Today we are going to talk to Angel about the importance of storytelling and how a person or a story can change your life.Thanks for listening!Click here to take the LeaderImpact Assessment and to receive the first chapter of Becoming a Leader of Impact by Braden Douglas. Remember, impact starts with you!
Chris has been Purolator’s Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer since 2017.  He spearheads all aspects of the company’s operations, serving the Canadian domestic and international courier, freight, and logistics market.Chris drives innovation, excellence, and growth for e-commerce, retail, healthcare, and industrial customers in North America. He oversees Purolator’s modernization and operations transformation through world-class automation, service capabilities, and strategic partnerships. Chris champions health & safety, diversity, talent development, and sustainability of the company operations with 14,000 employees.Having lived and worked for many years in Asia and Europe in several senior executive roles, Chris has significant experience in leading international, cross-cultural teams and in building large-scale, purpose-driven organizations.Chris holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He is a Dutch citizen, Canadian, and Singaporean permanent resident, and lives in Mississauga with his wife and their two sons.Today we are going to chat with Chris about the principles that have guided his leadership as he has moved across many countries and experienced many cultures.Thanks for listening!Click here to take the LeaderImpact Assessment and to receive the first chapter of Becoming a Leader of Impact by Braden Douglas. Remember, impact starts with you!
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