Episode #16: Learn How To Build Your Innovation Chops

With Tyson Weinert

“From my house to the White House.” – Tyson Weinert

When my next guest, Tyson Weinert, talks about innovation – I listen.  That’s because he has a long and successful track record of teaching innovation.  He’s equipped individuals and organizations with the tools of innovation across a variety of domains.

He even had the honor of helping the first lady – Michelle Obama – using human centered design methods to help develop the Joining Forces Program led by Michelle Obama.

You may be thinking that innovation and creativity aren’t important, but think again.  The world is changing.  While Information Management defined the 20th century, Innovation Management is defining the 21st century.  It’s not enough to just be good at your job or for an organization to be good.  Innovation is becoming as important to success as any other ability or skill.

Learn how to build your own innovation chops with Human Centered Design in my conversation with Tyson.  Tyson is a human centered designer and program director for LUMA – where he and his colleagues help equip organizations and individuals with the capacity to innovate.

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Episode #15: Build Your Thriving Community With Maryland Governor Candidate Alec Ross

Our first interview of the year just might be our most important.  That’s because I speak with Alec Ross – a 2018 Maryland gubernatorial candidate, New York Times best selling author, tech entrepreneur and former senior advisor on Innovation, to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

This conversation is different from our previous interviews because we focus on community and other people.  In particular, Alec and I talk about how we can create thriving communities that are stronger … that lift each other up, and help everyone to thrive.

When we think about how we can really improve our lives to thrive, we often look inward.  That’s a real missed opportunity if we don’t look outward as well.  Other People Matter.  Just about everything good we experience in life – be it at work, in our families, at school, in sports … whatever it is, is almost always in the presence of other people.

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Episode #14: New Years Special – Review of 2017 & Sneak Peak of 2018!

Today is a special day for us.  It’s our 14th episode of the Next Year Now Podcast and it’s also the start of the new year.  New Year’s is a time for resolutions – things we want to do, things we want to accomplish, or things we just want to improve.  Because of that, I want to do something a little different today.

Instead of interviewing a guest expert like I normally do, I want to talk about some of the best habits and practices from last year’s guests, as well as highlight some of their book recommendations.  I’ll also offer my New Year’s resolutions for 2018 and close out the episode by sharing just a few of the really amazing guests I’ll be speaking with in early 2018!

Happy New Year Everyone!  May your 2018 be filled with laughter, love, and adventure!

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Episode #13: Conquer Weight Loss For Good

With Matt Wolfs

The Holidays and the New Year are upon us and we all know what that means – delicious meals and treats to pack on the pounds.  Thankfully for us, my next guest, Matt Wolfs, is a weight loss and fitness expert.  I could not think of a better person to talk to us about habits and practices that will help us lose weight and keep it off (especially during the Holidays!).

Enjoy today’s episode and be on the lookout for next week’s conversation with Darrah Wolfe, where we talk about how coaching can help us with goal setting.  And that is something almost all of us will need with New Year’s resolutions right around the corner!

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Episode #12: Master Burnout Prevention By Improving Your Resilience

With Paula Davis Laack

One of the biggest reasons I started this podcast was because of my own experience struggling to thrive at work and in life.  The main culprit for my unhappiness and at times, depressive symptoms in life … was my work.  Early on in my career I struggled … a lot!   I didn’t know it at the time but I was suffering from a bad case of workplace burnout with a hefty layer of stress added on top.  If you talked to my friends and colleagues at the time (and even my wife), I guarantee they would tell you how miserable I was.

If you’ve ever suffered from stress at work, or worse burnout, then I want you to pay close attention to this episode where I talk to stress and resilience expert Paula Davis-Laack.  It’s going to completely change the way you manage and balance your work, stress, and more importantly how you bounce back or push through the inevitable adversities you’ll encounter in the workplace.  It doesn’t matter whether you’ve experience a lot or a little bit of stress or burnout – there are habits and practices in this interview that will help you to thrive.

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Episode #11: Simple Guidance From Nicolas Cole On How You Can Become Good At Anything

One of the topics I’ve always been fascinated by is how we cultivate excellence in our life.  My next guest, Nicolas Cole, has cracked the code on how we can become good at almost anything.

As a teenager, he became one of the highest ranked World of Warcraft players in the world and cultivated a massive, devoted following online.  Nicolas’ subsequent pursuits of excellence included bodybuilding, writing, and entrepreneurship.  He became a 3x Top Writer on Quora, a columnist for Inc magazine and recently launched his own agency, Digital Press.   Through each of these experiences, he’s learned and refined the habits and insights of becoming successful.

If you want to learn his secrets of success, the habits and practices to maximize your personal development, then don’t miss this conversation with Nicolas.  I promise you won’t regret it and you’ll discover several key habits and practices you can adopt today to help you become successful and boost your personal development.

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Episode #10: Discover The Truth About Nutrition And Wellness

with Kayleigh Pleas

17 years ago, my physical health was a mess.  I was a junior in college, and my weight had ballooned to 225 lbs.  For perspective, I am ~ 5 feet and 8 inches tall.  Not good.  I didn’t like the way I looked and I liked the way I felt even less.  So I set about losing weight and becoming healthier.  I made a lot of mistakes.  I banged my head into the wall many times.  It wasn’t until 7 years later (10 years ago), that I lost the needed weight and have since kept it off.

I wish I had known my next guest – Kayleigh Pleas – back then.  Because if I did, I know I wouldn’t have struggled as much or for as long as I did.  I’m not alone with my experience, however, as I’ve met and spoken to so many other people just like me.  They try hard but keep falling short because of the different obstacles in our way.  Do I go paleo? vegan? Do I start crossfit?  running daily? How do I manage my mind?  my emotions? daily cravings?  Why do I want to change my diet and lifestyle?

If you’re struggling with any or all of these questions, or if you just want to improve your nutrition and wellness, then I implore you to listen to today’s episode with Kayleigh Pleas.  She’s going to discuss these topics and so much more.  You won’t be disappointed and you’ll come out on the other end with concrete tips and practices to start improving your diet and wellness today!

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Episode #009: Learn To Meditate Mindfully And Become Happier, Healthier, & More Resilient

With Cory Muscara

My next guest, Cory Muscara, is one of the most knowledgeable people I know when it comes to meditation and mindfulness.  He’s a frequent guest on the Dr. Oz show and spent 6 months in silence practicing meditation 14+ hours a day.

If you’re struggling to manage the stress of everyday life – juggling work responsibilities, managing your kids schedules, finding time for you and your significant other, keeping the house clean, whatever it is – then I want you to consider meditation.  Last year I was at my breaking point with stress and on a lark, I decided to give it a try.  After the first 10 sessions on my Headspace App, I decided I would meditate for a year straight to see what, if any, positive effect it would have.  That was the best decision I made last year.  I tracked my well-being using a journal and spreadsheet everyday and that one change – meditating everyday – totally changed my life and well-being.

If you think you want to change your life too, then listen to this episode with Cory.  His insights, habits, and tips will help you start and maintain a healthy meditation practice today!

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Episode #008: Get Inspired To Change Your Body, Mind, and Life

With Branden Collinsworth, Nike Master Fitness Trainer, Entrepreneur, & Philanthropist

My next guest, Branden Collinsworth, has one of the most inspirational stories you will ever hear.  He grew up in the projects on the east side of Las Vegas, where many of his community and friends ended up in prison or dead.  He and his family were homeless at one point, living out of a car.  But he managed to embrace that experience and use it as the edge for success in his life – opening up his own fitness gyms, becoming a Nike Master Fitness Trainer, and starting The Warrior Retreats project to help fuel his philanthropic pursuits.

If you’ve been struggling with motivation, or think that you can’t achieve success, then you need to check out this interview with Branden.  I promise his story, his message, and his ideas about fitness, life, and success will change you.  They will help you find the motivation you need to finally achieve the best version of you and the life you’ve always wanted.

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Episode #007: Reb Rebele on Why Helping Others Can Be The Key To Succeeding At Work And Finding A Fulfilling Career

One of the great myths in business and work is that to succeed you must climb your way to the top … on the backs of others.  My next guest tells us that this is simply not true and that often times, those that are most successful “give” just as much as they “take.”  This prosocial behavior is the key to success for individuals and organizations everywhere.

If you’re looking to find a new way to thrive within in your career and at your work, then you’re in for a real treat listening to my conversation with Reb Rebele.  He talks about his work as a researcher in UPenn’s Wharton People Analytics department, shares his insights from his writing in Harvard Business Review and Huffington Post and most importantly gives us some really effective habits and practices we can use everyday.

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