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"As iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another" Sharpen is the podcast for young professionals to sharpen their gifts and influence in the workplace and beyond
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Work diligently, live simply, risk wisely, and give generously, and love unconditionally. In this episode, I sit down with Pete Ochs as he discusses how he has slowly learned over the years how his life is not ownership, but stewardship. So if that is the case how do we properly steward our lives, and what does that look like on a practical day-to-day basis?Pete shares wisdom that he has learned how to run a business in an honorable way. This comes through living simply, deep healthy relationships, a strong moral code. Pete shares with us when the big switch came for him when he stopped viewing himself as the owner of all his business and instead saw himself as a steward and how that dramatically changed the way he did business.He also shares with us how he began to employ prisoners in his business, and how the impact that has had has gone beyond what he even thought was possible when he started that endeavor.Questions asked:“How do you think about generosity in your work?”“What is the practical side of getting through difficult times?”“What is the one thing starting off in the business world we should know?”Topics covered:The different stages of life.How to approach risk-taking.How to view our life as stewardship.How to plan your life.Resources Mentioned:Paul’s Book: High Impact Life:https://www.enterprisestewardship.com/online-storeConnect with Pete:Website: https://www.peteochs.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EnterpriseStewardship/?ref=settingsLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/enterprise-stewardship/Twitter: https://twitter.com/EStewardship3Connect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:Website: http://www.kirbyogreen.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/kirbyogreen/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirby-green-15288364/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharpenpodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/KirbyOGreenPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kirbyogreen/If you have questions you would like answered on our next episode, click here: http://www.kirbyogreen.com/contact-1Listen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotify
What does it mean to promote diversity both at home and in the workplace? In this episode, we sit down with Bryana Clover and discuss what that looks like. She tells us her story of moving to Texas from Detroit and entering the AG world as a young black woman. What challenges she was met with as a result of that, and how she got to the place of helping companies and individuals better understand diversity.We tackle some tough subjects that many try to cover over in this episode, but that are so necessary to discuss. Bryana shares with us her own struggles she faced because of her skin color, along with how opportunity can look different to people of different skin colors.When it comes to the workplace we generally consider it a diverse group and equal in all regards, but we learn of many forms of micro-aggression that can come across in the workplace, that may seem harmless to some, but in fact when we get to the root of it, is very harmful.Questions asked:“What’s the encouragement to pursue brave places while breaking through barriers?”“What was your first 10 years of work like?”“How do you mentor and pursue relationships with impact to create a culture of diversity?”Topics covered:How color affects opportunity.Micro-aggressions towards people of color.How do you break through barriers as a person of color.How to cultivate diversity.Resources Mentioned:Invitation to Brave Space Poem: https://www.facinghistory.org/resource-library/invitation-brave-spaceConnect with Bryana Clover:Website: https://1619consulting.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bryclo/?hl=enPodcast: Lunch and UnlearnSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6MN87ezbHPN1IPUaByV6XRiTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/lunch-and-unlearn/id1524170499Connect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:Website: http://www.kirbyogreen.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/kirbyogreen/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirby-green-15288364/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharpenpodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/KirbyOGreenPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kirbyogreen/If you have questions you would like answered on our next episode, click here: http://www.kirbyogreen.com/contact-1Listen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotify
As a young professional in the workplace, it can be challenging to really make a stance on things you believe in, and also admit your shortcomings. In this episode, I sit down with Blake and we talk about how crucial it is to play into your strengths, and admit your weaknesses so that those around you can help not only feed your strengths but also help you in the areas you are still learning in.We also talk about the challenges of COVID 19 and how it’s important to adapt to new circumstances. But how do we adapt and keep up with modern changes, while still staying true to our community and making sure they are being heard and that we are still giving them the time that they need and desire?And finally, we talk about building relationships both with your generation and with others, as well as how staying in constant touch with your fellow employees and customers can help you form solid bonds that are not easily broken.Questions asked:“How do you balance staying community-minded while also bringing about change that is needed?”“What would you want to change in the early years of your career?”“How do you form relationships across multiple generations?”Topics covered:How different perspectives are helpful in business.Why you should make sure you are talking to your employees and customers regularly.Adapting and maintaining who you are in uncertain times.Knowing when it is okay to not respond immediately to work.The importance of humility.Resources Mentioned:https://livelikelandon.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thelivelikelandonfoundation/Connect with Blake Willoughby:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/blake-willoughby-8a552714/Connect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:Website: http://www.kirbyogreen.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/kirbyogreen/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirby-green-15288364/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharpenpodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/KirbyOGreenPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kirbyogreen/If you have questions you would like answered on our next episode, click here: http://www.kirbyogreen.com/contact-1Listen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotify
When it comes to taking ownership over our lives what does that look like? Both on a personal and work level. How do we step up and say the hard things both at home and at work without pushing people away? How do we step into our calling, and feel confident in the work we are producing and the way in which we own ourselves?In this episode Lisa Granadino sits down with us and discusses how not only is it necessary to own the situation for our own personal growth and mental health, but how it opens up opportunities with those around us to forge better relationships, stronger work partnerships, and how it causes us to effectively get more work done. This comes through actionable steps which Lisa lays out for us, as well as staying open to the growth mindset which we also dive into. So if you feel like you sometimes take a backseat to problems or to who you are as an individual, then this episode is for you!Questions asked:What is ownership?How do you grow the muscle of courage?Topics covered:How to take ownership.Breaking things down.How to stand up for yourself.Shifting your thinking from this is happening to me, to this is happening for me.Resources Mentioned:Extreme Ownership Jocko Willink and Lief Babin: https://www.amazon.com/Extreme-Ownership-U-S-Navy-SEALs/dp/1250183863/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=extreme+ownership&qid=1592320893&sr=8-3Connect with Lisa Granadino:LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/lisagranadinoConnect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:Website: http://www.kirbyogreen.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/kirbyogreen/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirby-green-15288364/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharpenpodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/KirbyOGreenPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kirbyogreen/If you have questions you would like answered on our next episode, click here: http://www.kirbyogreen.com/contact-1Listen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotify
What does it look like to cultivate a work environment where you are not only leading to the best of your ability but also following to the best of your ability? We often think of how we can better portray our leadership skills, but one of the most beneficial things we can do is support the best ideas that come forth, whether they stem from us or someone else in our organization.In this episode, we dive into how to practically grow as a human both in our work and personal life, and how the two work together. We learn how to become a better leader, a better listener, and someone that has a lot to offer in the workplace. Charlie dives into how we need to take ownership of our future, and lays out some practical step to start doing that where you are at.Questions asked:What does it look like on a practical level to help “grow” people?What’s the message for young professionals who are trying to be part of a talent pipeline?What does it mean to be a good follower?Topics covered:How to grow yourself and those around you.Owning your pathway in the workplace.What does leadership look like?Evaluating what you are giving yourself to.The importance of emotional intelligence.Resources Mentioned:The Leadership Pipeline by Ram Charan : https://www.amazon.com/Leadership-Pipeline-Build-Powered-Company/dp/0470894563/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+leadership+pipeline&qid=1592317221&sr=8-1Connect with Charlie Meyer:Website: https://www.growthreefold.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/charliemeyer/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/caclosets/Twitter: https://twitter.com/caclosetsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaClosetsPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caclosets/Connect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:Website: http://www.kirbyogreen.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/kirbyogreen/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirby-green-15288364/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharpenpodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/KirbyOGreenPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kirbyogreen/Listen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotify
We are joined again by Curt Thompson and today we dive into the need for both grief and gratefulness. Often we focus only on the gratitude portion when bad things happen to us. And while that is important to do and to put things into perspective, it is equally as important not to downplay our grief.In this episode Curt walks us through how to be both grateful, but also how to give ourselves grace to grieve. He explains how if we don’t allow ourselves to acknowledge our hurts and griefs that they can pile up and cause us even more issues later on. He also explains why grief was so important in the Bible.Questions asked:What are some habits that help us connect to other human beings?Topics covered:How to build a routine while being inside.The importance of sleep.Why we need to be grateful.How to manage social media and screen time.Connect with Curt Thompson:WebsiteInstagramTwitterFacebookConnect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:WebsiteInstagramLinkedInFacebookTwitterPinterestListen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotify
The way in which humans connect and communicate is often much more involved than we think. We don’t realize the everyday small things such as body language, the seemingly unimportant water cooler talk, or the casual conversation in the hallway actually have a huge impact on our relationships with others. It’s these small things that we may be missing without even realizing as we are largely working from home and carrying on long distance relationships during the Corona Pandemic.In this episode Curt walks us through how to be more aware of other people and ask the difficult but more important questions to find out how someone is doing. We discuss how talking with people via webcam is much different than talking with someone in person, and how to still work on developing our relationships from afar.Questions asked:What are some routines or habits that help with connecting with people?How can we speak up more?Topics covered:How our body language affects our in person meetings.Transitioning from teleworking back into an office setting.How to feel like we belong.Connect with Curt Thompson:WebsiteInstagramTwitterFacebookConnect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:WebsiteInstagramLinkedInFacebookTwitterPinterestListen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotify
There is no doubt that the world is filled with a lot of stress and tension right now. The unknown is a big factor for many people, and fear is often a big motivator. In today’s episode I sit down with Wesley Cate as we talk about how to find peace and stillness in the midst of chaos. He tells us some concrete ways that we can find that inner quietness despite the world being filled with a lot of noise.We also dive into why it’s extremely important as leaders to maintain a sense of calm during this time, when many people are looking for an anchor in the storm. Wesley talks us through using creation even during a time of high stress to help us to bring peace to ourselves and to those around us. We delve into the importance of building and strengthening our relationships with those around us. We rely heavily on those that are around us and we also need to make sure we are helping to lift them up and encourage them.Questions asked:How do we find stillness amidst what is going on in the world?What are your thoughts on connection?How does creation and purpose play into a disruptive time?Topics covered:Finding stillness in chaos.Why stillness is essential to be effective leaders and followers.Finding purpose in the context of disruption.Being present as a leader and friend to those closest to us.A Letter On Making Sense - The Article:https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/letter-making-sense-wesley-cate/?trackingId=Iawcq%2FrfynJjrNAzRz6sIg%3D%3DResources Discussed:The Art of Gathering Book: https://www.amazon.com/Art-Gathering-How-Meet-Matters/dp/B07B4HV9K7/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+art+of+gathering&qid=1585511163&sr=8-1Connect with Wesley Cate:WebsiteWesley Cate’s BlogLinkedinConnect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:WebsiteInstagramLinkedInFacebookTwitterPinterestListen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotify
This is part 2 of our conversation with Rick WoolworthWe can probably all say that we would love to have a mentor. So how do we go about finding one, and also finding the right one? In this episode I sit down with Rick Woolworth, who has created an entire business and movement around mentorship. In this interview we talk about how to “date” your may-be mentor to be sure they are a good fit.We also tackle some tough topics such as bridging the game between the baby-boomer and millennial generations. We talk about how society has changed and moved away from a natural mentorship state, and how to move back into it, and what that would mean for those on both sides of the generational spectrum. So whether you are wanting to be a mentor, or be mentored, this conversation is filled with how to do both in the best way. For instance we often think of what we can gain from a mentor, but how can a mentee give back to their mentor so that both sides are benefiting from the relationship?Questions asked:How has mentorship changed?What is mentorship?How do you find a mentor?What is a good first time question to ask a mentee or mentor?Topics covered:How to mentor.Finding a good mentor.The importance of having a mentor in all areas of life.How to be authentic with your mentor and menteeConnect with Rick Woolworth:WebsiteInstagramTwitterLinkedinFacebookConnect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:WebsiteInstagramLinkedInFacebookTwitterPinterestListen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotify
This is part 1 of our conversation with Rick WoolworthWe can probably all say that we would love to have a mentor. So how do we go about finding one, and also finding the right one? In this episode I sit down with Rick Woolworth, who has created an entire business and movement around mentorship. In this interview we talk about how to “date” your may-be mentor to be sure they are a good fit.We also tackle some tough topics such as bridging the game between the baby-boomer and millennial generations. We talk about how society has changed and moved away from a natural mentorship state, and how to move back into it, and what that would mean for those on both sides of the generational spectrum. So whether you are wanting to be a mentor, or be mentored, this conversation is filled with how to do both in the best way. For instance we often think of what we can gain from a mentor, but how can a mentee give back to their mentor so that both sides are benefiting from the relationship?Questions asked:How has mentorship changed?What is mentorship?How do you find a mentor?What is a good first time question to ask a mentee or mentor?Topics covered:How to mentor.Finding a good mentor.The importance of having a mentor in all areas of life.How to be authentic with your mentor and menteeConnect with Rick Woolworth:WebsiteInstagramTwitterLinkedinFacebookConnect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:WebsiteInstagramLinkedInFacebookTwitterPinterestListen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotify
How do young professionals step into leadership roles when they feel insecure or unqualified? How do you gracefully transition between careers and feel confident while doing so? In today’s episode I sit down with Katie Huey and we discuss how to position yourself in your work and evaluate what career feels right for you.Katie generously shares with us about the different jobs that she has had and what she has discovered about herself along the way. We talk about the importance of pivoting in your work and asking the tough questions of whether you are in the position you need to be in or if it’s time to move on. Katie does a great job of laying out for us how to tactfully pivot and shift in our work environment and why it’s not a bad thing sometimes to jump ship.We hope that today’s episode encourages you wherever you are at in your professional journey to feel more comfortable in seasons of change and that you can lead wherever you are at. Connect with us on social and let us know about your own career pivots and what you think about today’s conversation!Questions asked:What did you learn as you pivoted between so many jobs?How does your self reflection process work?What is it like to transition into a family business?What are the key things that those entering the workforce need to hear?Topics covered:How to pivot between jobs.Knowing when to stay at a job and when to leave.Handling working in family business.Books Mentioned in Episode:Ripple: A Field Manual for Leadership That Works - Chris HutchinsonBig Magic - Elizabeth GilbertConnect with Katey Huey:WebsiteInstagramPinterestTwitterBlogMediumConnect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:WebsiteInstagramLinkedInFacebookTwitterPinterestListen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotify
Have you ever wondered if your job matters? Have you found yourself being discontent and wondering how you ended up working a job where all you wish for is the weekend? In this incredible episode, we sit down with Zach Mercurio who explains to us that often it’s not a matter of our job lacking purpose, but our mindset being stuck in thinking that our job is supposed to give us purpose.Zach flips conventional thoughts about work and challenges us to find the purpose in whatever job we may have. He tells us a story of Mary, a janitor who used her position to speak life and purpose into the students around her. She found contentment in her job because she actively chose to be purposeful IN her job!This is a powerful interview to start the new year that puts a fresh perspective on how we can leave a legacy by finding “everyday purpose”. Zach shines a light on how to view even the smallest of tasks that we disregard and see how they are making an impact in the world.We hope this conversation encourages you no matter who you are or what task you find yourself doing today, that your work matters. Find purpose in your work, you never know the lives that you are touching.Questions asked:What can we do to cultivate legacy?If you are in the midst of struggling with careers how do you decide whether to leave or shift your mindset?What is the mindset that promotes finding purpose in your work?What is a helpful mantra or framework to respond appropriately in the moment?Topics covered:Finding purpose in our current work.How to shift our mindset to understand the value in what we do.How to take the surface level perspective away and see the bigger picture of how we are impacting people.Connect with Zach Mercurio:WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterLinkedInConnect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:WebsiteInstagramLinkedInFacebookTwitterPinterestListen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotify
Sharpen listeners! This is the very last episode of 2019. However it is with great joy that we celebrate all the wonderful episodes that we had this year where we covered a variety of topics including things like the Enneagram for young professionals. Today we wrap up our series on mentorship with my own mentor group!I could not think of a better way to close this series than by hearing from our group members, Gracie Furnish, Ruth Ann Layne, and Megan. Each month they join me in our Edge mentoring group and they have such beautiful perspectives on mentorship and why it is so important for us both personally and professionally.While sharing about this topic, they bring powerful insight about the importance of having a “board of directors”, how mentorship can sharpen our faith, and even how we need to be looking to mentor others ourselves and not just receive mentorship.This is a powerful episode to wrap up this year and we encourage you to take some time and consider who you would like to receive mentorship from this year and who you can pour into as well. We thank you for being a part of our community and we are beyond excited to connect with you this upcoming year. See you in 2020!Resources Mentioned:Edge Mentor Group: https://www.edgementoring.org/Personal Board of Directors Article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2018/02/20/everyone-needs-a-personal-board-of-directors/#3e4ddca52bbcTopics covered:What is a personal board of directors?Mentorship in vocation.How mentorship enriches your faith.Mentorship among different generations.Initiating mentorship.The value of peer mentoring. Connect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:WebsiteInstagramLinkedInFacebookTwitterPinterestListen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotifyYoutube
As you may know, I am a HUGE fan of the power of mentorship and have been apart of an amazing organization called Edge Mentoring for years. Today we are welcoming Claire Couch and Linda Hajduk who have been in a mentoring relationship for years. They share with us their wisdom of how to mentor as well as how to adjust when you need to. From mentoring online or over the phone to in person these two have done it all.We talk about how mentoring benefits individuals as well as how feeling that you unqualified to become a mentor is a common feeling and one that you should not let keep you back from starting the journey. We all have life experiences that we have learned from and because of that we all have something to impart to other individuals. We dive into that in this episode and also talk about how mentoring in person can take on a different persona and get us to another place that we are not able to go sometimes through online or over the phone mentorship.Questions asked:How has mentoring benefited you?How do you bring new people into a group mentorship?How does mentoring in person differ from onlineTopics covered:Overcoming the feeling that you don’t have anything to offer as a mentor.The benefits of meeting in person for mentorship.How your life experiences qualify you to be a mentor.Connect with Claire Couch:LinkedInEmail: claire.couch@getconga.comConnect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:WebsiteInstagramLinkedInFacebookTwitterPinterestListen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotifyYoutube
Today we are welcoming Lindsay Hastings to the show as we kick off our first episode in our brand new mentoring series. Mentoring is something we are all probably familiar with hearing about. Coaching and mentorship can be popular catch phrases these days, but there is a big difference between coaching and mentoring and we are diving into those differences along with the importance of mentorship.But just how do you go about finding a mentor both in the workplace or outside of it? Well rest assured because Lindsay is helping us navigate those waters and go about finding a mentor the right way. Mentorship can help shape our values, our work habits, and so much more, which is why it’s so important for us to find a mentor.In addition how can we mentor others? What are ways that we can grow personally and help others grow through becoming a mentee? It’s easy to think we don’t know enough to mentor someone, but mentoring someone doesn’t require us to know all the answers.This episode is jam packed with relevant takeaways, so get ready!Questions asked:Is empathy taught?What does mentorship look like?Are there specific methods to mentorship that help more than others?Is it easier to mentor while doing something together?How do find a workplace mentor.Is it better to take it slow or be direct when finding a mentor?Topics covered:How empathy correlates to leadership.The difference between coaching and mentorship.Ways to make mentorship easier.Finding a mentor both in and out of the workplace.Connect with Lindsay Hastings:WebsiteInstagramConnect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:WebsiteInstagramLinkedInFacebookTwitterPinterestListen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotifyYoutube
Today we are welcoming Caroline Leallan to the podcast. Caroline helps run a farm where she is in charge of field trips, events, and many of the day to day activities. In addition, her and her husband also run their own farm where they are focusing on raising beef. Caroline has shifted her skills that she has developed in retail and implemented them in the world of customer support in the produce and farming industry.She talks about how to add in your own self and creativity even when working for someone else and furthering a vision that is not your own. We dive into the importance of stepping outside of your comfort zone, and how by doing so, we not only learn new skills, but we learn more of who we are and how to better serve our clientele. Most importantly we discuss how nothing can ever come before personal connection regardless of what type of business you run or what type you work in.So get ready for a fun filled conversation with Caroline packed with nuggets of wisdom that you can apply to your job and interaction with people today.Questions asked:What are some things that you are learning from your job?How did you transition between different job responsibilities?How do you add in your own creativity into another business?Topics covered:Story-telling in our work.How to understand your customersHow our own actions can keep ourselves from having a chanceConnect with Caroline Lewallan:WebsiteLinkedInTwitterFacebookInstagramConnect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:WebsiteInstagramLinkedInFacebookTwitterPinterestListen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotifyYoutube
Today we are welcoming Kyle Perry to the show. Kyle went from the customer education manager to Interim Vice President of Customer Solutions. Because of that, he is very knowledgeable when it comes to making transitions. He discusses the importance of transitioning in your career. From knowing when it is time, to know when it is the right or wrong transition. He discusses with us how important it is to look for the value as you make the transition as well as the importance of not trying to make sure everything goes smoothly since transitions rarely go completely smooth.We really dive into how to build new relationships with a new company. How to look for value that you can add to the company as well as how to get involved in the organization so that they begin to understand who you are. In addition, we dive into how to best figure out your new job and understand your new role and step into that so that you bring the most value to your company.Kyle’s Shout OutsThe First 90 Days - Michael D. WatkinsQuestions asked:How do you make big transitions in life?What is the core of organizations?What are some best practices when transitioning to a new career?How to act if you are the new person in the office?Topics covered:How to transition from different life stages.How to bring value to the organization you work for.The importance of building work relationships.Getting involved in other parts of your organization.Connect with Kyle Perry:WebsiteLinkedInTwitterConnect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:WebsiteInstagramLinkedInFacebookTwitterPinterestListen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotifyYoutube
Have you ever questioned whether the profession you got into is the right fit for you? Have you ever felt stuck or feel you’ve made the wrong decision in career paths? Many of us sometimes can feel stuck if our values or beliefs don’t line up with our profession. That can be frustrating and leave us feeling hopeless, but there is not just one way to do things.In this episode, I sit down with Jessi Patt who strongly believes in the pivot. She poses the question “why are we expected to have one career path”. There are so many different aspects that are available to most careers, and we don’t have to feel stuck. There are ways in which we can bring our own beliefs, our own values, and our own creativity into our craft and break out of the mold. If you’ve struggled with feeling stuck, this episode is for you.Questions asked:How are you trying to change law?How can you blaze your own way in your profession?How does it work when we pivot in our lives?What key questions can we ask ourselves to stay in check?Topics covered:How to deal with an industry you don’t feel connected to.How to do what you are passionate about in your own way.The art of the pivot.How we misplace value on over-working.Coupon Code: “Sharpen”$150.00 of Jessi Patton’s program.Connect with Jessi Patton:WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInConnect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:WebsiteInstagramLinkedInFacebookTwitterPinterestListen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotify
Today we are welcoming Mitch Frazier to the podcast. He is an exceptional leader who has served in the United States Army and now carries his passion into his business. And passion is the right word, because he is fired up over his work and finding purpose in it and finding out how you can best contribute to both your client base and those around you.Mitch talks about the importance of both service and joy as being paramount in your life, how to find that joy and how it often comes through the service to others. He puts a unique twist on how to really focus on engaging with others, serving others, and looking for ways to grow and learn from those around you as well as opportunities to lead others.—-Questions asked:Can you speak to the trajectory of the change that takes place in a person’s career?How can you grow professionally and as a leader?How do you serve others?How do we view transitioning into something that is different than what our degree is in?—-Topics covered:How to discover that “one” thing to bring to your vocation.How to find yourself in your work.The importance of pouring yourself back into other people.How to grow and learn from those around us.Becoming a better worker, spouse, and parent.—-Connect with Mitch Frazier:WebsiteLinkedInTwitter—-Connect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:WebsiteInstagramLinkedInFacebookTwitterPinterest—-Listen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotifyYoutube
Today we are welcoming Liesel Mertes. Liesel has created a program that deal with workplace support. Her work stems from a time in her own life where she experienced the worst possible thing, the death of one of her girls at only 8 days old. It was during this time when someone else reached out to her and supported her that she realized just how important support from others can be in the most darkest of times.Today’s workforce ties their work in with other areas of their lives and because of that what to have a deeper purpose. With all the time we spend at work and with our co-workers we want to have empathy for one another and work together. We also discuss not just humanity side of being able to talk with our co-workers about recent traumatic life experiences, but how companies are building employee retainment and productivity through taking care of the employees.Questions asked:How do you go about hard conversations?What is the empathy deficit?What are some helpful things to say or not to say when talking with someone after a crisis?How as a young professional can we step in and say something?What are good non-leading questions?Topics covered:Having support systems.How to convince people that empathy is a key item in the workplace.Why the workforce is more focused on purpose.How traumatic life events cost a company their productivity.Connect with Liesel Mertes:WebsiteLinkedInTwitterFacebookInstagramConnect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:WebsiteInstagramLinkedInFacebookTwitterPinterestListen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotifyYoutube
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