The Myth of Authenticity with Gina London

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes | Friday, Aug 12, 2022 - 5:00am
The Myth of Authenticity with Gina London

“Authenticity is the degree to which a person’s actions are consistent with their identified values and their desired outcomes.”

Gina London

Gina joins me today to demystify authenticity and discuss how adopting a growth mindset can help you become more authentic in your personal and professional life. We discuss the value of filtering your thoughts and actions toward others while staying true to your authentic self and the outcomes you want to achieve.

Gina shares strategies you can use to retrain your mindset, become more true to your authentic self, and have more purposeful interactions with others.

We also explain how we are constantly communicating with others, even when we’re not speaking, and the importance of being mindful of our body language when engaging with others.

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Save Your Careers Without Leaving Your Job with Darcy Eikenberg

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes | Friday, Aug 5, 2022 - 5:00am
Save Your Careers Without Leaving Your Job with Darcy Eikenberg

“We are in more control than we think.”

Darcy Eikenberg

Darcy joins me today to discuss how we can change our lives at work without changing our careers or jobs. We discuss how society encourages people to try new things and change jobs when pursuing happiness in our work life and the positive and negative impact of constantly changing jobs in your search for happiness.

We discuss the value of empathy in the workplace and the importance of communicating your needs before looking for a new career or job. We also break down Darcy’s ‘Think, Say, Do’ strategy to learn how we can take control of our lives at work without leaving our jobs and how our Lizard Brain often gets in the way of our personal and professional growth.

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Did You Live An Intentional Day, Today?

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes | Friday, Jul 29, 2022 - 5:00am
Did You Live An Intentional Day, Today?

“Here and now, you can be more intentional with your attention. Think of it as a muscle that you can strengthen.”

Ana Melikian

Do you live an intentional life? In today’s fast-paced, attention-hungry society, many people go through the day on autopilot – completing all the same tasks, day in and day out, with little to no intention. From getting up each morning to go to work, juggling all of our work or business-related tasks, or even household chores and shuttling kids to sporting events, most of the time, we do these things on autopilot. Yes, they require our attention. Yes, we get a lot done each day. But are we truly doing these things with intentionality?

In today’s episode, I discuss why intention is more scarce than attention. I discuss how having a reactive mindset leaves very little room for intentionality. I explain the difference between completing a task with intention versus running on autopilot and how the latter often leads to feeling hazy at the end of the day.

I discuss why I believe the scarcity of intentionality in today’s society is a major issue and how it prevents us from tapping into our fullest potential. I also explain how learning to be more intentional in our daily lives can help us be more effective in achieving our goals, aspirations, and ambitions and what you can do to purposely create more intention in your everyday life.

This week on The Mindset Zone:

  • The difference between doing something with intentionality versus running on autopilot
  • How TV, social media, YouTube, and Netflix command our attention
  • Why the scarcity of intentionality in today’s society is problematic
  • How the scarcity of intentionality in our daily lives prevents us from tapping into our full potential
  • What ‘intent,’ ‘intentional,’ and ‘intentionality’ truly mean
  • How being more intentional in our daily lives helps us regain the power to achieve our goals, ambitions, and aspirations
  • How to purposely create more intentionality in your day-to-day life

Your Host:

Ana Melikian, Ph.D., is an optimist who had to overcome two bouts with cancer to learn that pursuing happiness is a fallacy. To choose happiness is a much more powerful strategy to tap into our highest human potential.

Either by working with leaders and their teams, or other coaches and consultants, Ana supports her clients to break through their mindset limitations and upgrade their psychological operating systems so that they achieve better results than ever in work and life while enjoying the process.

For over a decade, Dr. Melikian has been a successful online business owner, working with hundreds of other coaches and consultants, helping a diverse group of companies and organizations.

Ana is the Director of Education for Book Yourself Solid®, a Board Certified Coach (BCC), and a proud member of the ICF – International Coach Federation, and the ACEC – Association of Corporate Executive Coaches.

She is also the host of the MINDSET ZONE podcast, selected for The Huffington Post's “15 Podcasts That Will Leave You Pondering Life's Big Questions,” listed alongside the Peabody Award-winning “On Being” and “TED Radio Hour” by NPR.

Follow her podcast, Mindset Zone via your favorite app or by visiting www.Mindset.Zone, and please follow her here on LinkedIn too.

Ana Melikian

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Human Connection: What an FBI undercover agent can teach corporations with Tamer Elnoury

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes | Friday, Jul 22, 2022 - 5:00am

The better we understand each other, the better we all are in moving forward in our lives

Tamer Elnoury

Tamer joins me today to discuss how his experience as an undercover FBI agent, followed by years of leadership positions, has positioned him as one of the best educators on the human connection to companies and organizations.

We discuss how he helps organizations connect with their consumers and how he adapted the skills he acquired as an undercover FBI agent when transitioning into executive leadership roles. We discuss the traits of great leaders and why being a great leader is about helping your subordinates succeed.

We discuss the importance of self-care and regulating emotions as leaders, especially under stressful situations, and how it impacts the quality of the work you produce.

We also discuss the adverse effects of technology and social media on the younger generation of leaders.

This week on The Mindset Zone:

  • Why it’s critical for undercover FBI agents to have a deep understanding of the human connection
  • How Tamer helps organizations connect with their consumers
  • How Tamer adapted the skills he learned as an undercover FBI agent to his work in executive leadership roles
  • Tamer’s definition of a great leader
  • How he learned to work efficiently and effectively as an undercover agent despite sleep deprivation
  • The importance of self-care and how Tamer learned to regulate his emotions under highly stressful situations
  • How technology and social media have impacted the way young leaders interact and connect with others

The Guest:

Tamer Elnoury is the New York Times Bestselling Author of American Radical: Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent. Born in Egypt, Tamer immigrated to the United States with his family as a young boy. As an adult, he briefly worked with a fugitive task force which led to a career working as an undercover narcotics agent. During his career in undercover narcotics, Tamer worked on over 2,500 investigations, including narcotics, political corruption, gun trafficking, and child abuse cases. In 2008, he worked with an elite National Security Covert Operations Unit with the United States government, which focused on international terrorism cases. After serving in the FBI, Tamer began an executive management position in law enforcement, where he has served for over 26 years.

Tamer Elnoury

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The Business Case for Green-buildings with Carolyn Pistone

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes | Friday, Jul 15, 2022 - 5:00am
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“Business can be done profitably – for ourselves and for our clients – and it can also benefit the community, humanity, and the planet.”

Carolyn Pistone

Carolyn joins me today to discuss how organizations can benefit from using commercial green buildings. We discuss how people today have disassociated themselves from nature and the environment and how commerce has become more important to us than the future of our planet.

We discuss the vast opportunities available for creating a positive impact on the world within the commercial real estate industry. We discuss Carolyn’s mission to educate business owners on ways they can continue to build a profitable business while benefiting the planet and how using commercial green buildings can create a ripple effect on communities, people, and the Earth.

We also share a few simple ways homeowners can positively impact the environment and how individuals can create the most impact by making more eco-conscious buying decisions.

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Curiosity As An Antidote For Fear with Connie Kadansky

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes | Friday, Jul 8, 2022 - 5:00am
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“Everything is a learning experience. There’s always a gift or an opportunity in any kind of outreach that we do.”

Connie Kadansky

Connie joins me today to discuss what Sales Call Reluctance is and how sales professionals can use curiosity as an antidote to overcome the fear of prospecting and promoting themselves, their services, and their organizations.

Connie describes the connection between social self-consciousness, telephobia, and sales call reluctance and how there are 16 different types of sales call reluctance affecting sales professionals.

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Positive Spillover Effect with JoAnna Brandi

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes | Friday, Jul 1, 2022 - 5:00am
Positive Spillover Effect with JoAnna Brandi

“Happiness is not just a state of mind. It’s a state of body.”

JoAnna Brandi

JoAnna joins me today to discuss how the positive spillover effect helps organizations build company cultures that employees and customers love being part of and how it’s built on strengths, values, and fun working environments.

We discuss how stimulating and enriching company cultures help expand positivity beyond the office. We discuss the impact of positive company cultures on an organization’s revenue and how organizations can address adverse circumstances, like the COVID-19 pandemic, while maintaining a strong positive culture.

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You Are Your Own Worst Boss | Jordan Goldrich interviews Ana Melikian, Ph.D.

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes | Friday, Jun 24, 2022 - 5:00am
You Are Your Own Worst Boss

“Sometimes we fall into the trap of becoming the things that we criticize. The things that we didn’t like we are doing to ourselves. That is when we become our own worst bosses.”

Ana Melikian

In this episode, Jordan Goldrich, the host of the Workplace Warrior Podcast, interviewed me about why entrepreneurs and corporate executives are often their own worst bosses.

We discuss why I believe the pursuit of happiness often causes us to develop a ‘blind spot’ in our personal and professional lives, why happiness is a choice, and how you can confront your self-doubt and ‘inner gremlins’ so you can put it into perspective and allow your wiser inner self to step in.

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A Culture of Wellbeing with Stacy Fritz

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes | Friday, Jun 17, 2022 - 5:00am
A Culture of Wellbeing with Stacy Fritz

“We all have moments during the course of the day that we can address that very important topic of personal health.”

Stacy Fritz

Stacy joins me today to discuss how organizations can cultivate a culture of well-being in order to save lives and money. She shares her philosophy on how busy individuals can find the time to focus on their health and why a one-hour daily workout is not enough to reverse the effects of occupational or chronic sitting.

We discuss the value of infusing fitness-focused micro-work breaks into your daily routine and ways you can incorporate them into your daily schedule. We also explain why organizations need to re-evaluate their idea of a corporate wellness strategy and reframe it to meet the needs of today’s post-pandemic workforce.

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Juggling Life & Work with Jen Mott, Ed.D.

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes | Friday, Jun 10, 2022 - 5:00am
Juggling Life & Work with Jen Mott, Ed.D.

“It’s never too late to learn.”

Jen Mott, Ed.D.

Today, Jen joins me to talk about how she juggles her teaching job and her life as a circus performer. She explains how she got into the circus in the first place, noting the power of saying yes. She talks about the impact of the realization that you can be paid to do what you love.

Jen discusses how being a circus performer has helped her communication skills, as well as how traveling has affected her life and journey. She explains how each of her jobs has affected the other positively, and she emphasizes the power of being open to finding the right choice in unexpected places.

She notes that it’s never too late to learn, she defines the Say-Yes-And-Figure-It-Out-Later Mindset, and she shares the benefits of the student mindset.

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