36 - WHY YOU SHOULD CONDUCT YOUR MEETINGS LIKE INTERVIEWS - JOHN EWING

Today on the Inspire Podcast, Bart Egnal speaks with John Ewing, Co-President & Chief Investment Officer at Ewing Morris & Co. Investment Partners Ltd, a boutique investment firm. They talk about what it takes to prepare for and successfully conduct interviews.

John co-founded Ewing Morris & Co. Investment Partners in June 2011. John is responsible for portfolio management and investment research and contributes to client relationships and operations.

Here are some moments from their conversation:

About Ewing Morris & Co. (2:25)
Conducting management interviews. (3:24)
Why interview. (4:50)
Get off the script to understand thought processes. (5:45)
Preparing to conduct interviews. (8:53)
Asking tough questions. (10:25)
Allow adjusting the order of questions. (15:22)
Force choices to learn more - Hanger company example. (16:10)
How to tell when candidates 'package' the truth. (19:00)
Allow silence after asking a question. (21:45)
Avoid compound questions. (24:16)

Listen now to hear more:
https://soundcloud.com/inspirepodcast/36-why-you-should-conduct-your-meetings-like-interviews-john-ewing

Learn more about Ewing Morris & Co.:
https://www.ewingmorris.com/

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35 - WHY EVERY LEADER SHOULD DO IMPROV - DAN DUMSHA

In today's episode of the Inspire Podcast, Bart Egnal speaks with Dan Dumsha, Consultant at The Humphrey Group. They talk about improv as not just a theatrical technique, but a skill for every leader to practice to be inspirational.

Dan works closely with leaders at all levels, delivering coaching and group courses. He draws on his background as an improv specialist and acting performer to help clients deliver a strong presence, and make a positive change in their communication. Dan teaches improv at the Vancouver TheaterSports League.

Here are some moments from their conversation:

What is improv? (3:06)
Authenticity and engagement. (5:05)
Why leaders need improv. (7:39)
Presentations are conversations. (9:38)
Gauging your audience. (12:28)
Vancouver TheaterSports League courses. (14:35)
Acknowledging another's idea. (16:57)
Yes-and exercise. (18:30)
Co-creating. (23:54)
When conversations don't go as expected. (25:06)
What to avoid - Yes-but exercise. (25:47)
Organized thinking - Instant Expert exercise. (30:53)
Reacting to what you hear. (37:16)

Listen now to hear more:
https://soundcloud.com/inspirepodcast/35-why-every-leader-should-do-improv-dan-dumsha

Learn about Dan and Vancouver TheaterSports League:
https://www.vtsl.com/people/dan-dumsha/

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34 - BE VULNERABLE IF YOU WANT TO LEAD - PAUL CARROLL

Today on the Inspire Podcast, Bart Egnal speaks with Paul Carroll, Head of Operational and Process Improvements, Global Wholesale Operations at Scotiabank and Managing Partner at Pathfinder Leadership Associates. They talk about how vulnerability is key to inspiring as a leader and building trust and rapport with others.

Paul previously spent 25 years in the Canadian Armed Forces. He commanded squadrons and retired with the rank of Major. He brings this experience to his work at Pathfinder Leadership Associates, providing experiential training to the corporate world.

Here are some moments from their conversation:

Defining vulnerability. (4:04)
Building trust. (5:58)
Being vulnerable builds trust - military training story. (6:58)
Collective model of leadership - Blackwater Retreat story. (8:49)
Moving into role at bank. (12:36)
Openness to different perspectives. (14:40)
How to be relatable: test and adjust. (16:58)
Lead by example: show that vulnerability is good. (20:40)
Open up different channels of communication. (21:30)
Create comfortable spaces to express ideas. (23:41)
Recognize flaws and work collectively. (25:03)

Listen now to hear more!

Learn more about Pathfinder Leadership Associates:
www.pathfinderleadership.ca/

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33 - DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION BENEFIT EVERYONE: HAVE THE CONVERSATION - AMARA HUNT

In today's episode, Bart Egnal speaks with Amara Hunt, Director of Diversity & Inclusion Programs at The Humphrey Group. They talk about managing unconscious bias and the importance of initiating and continuing to have conversations about diversity and inclusion.

Amara specializes in corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy. She has extensive knowledge of CSR trends, best policies and practices, and strategies. Amara led the revitalization of The Humphrey Group's Taking The Stage program, designed to help women be seen and heard as leaders.

Here are some moments from their conversation:

Taking the Stage program. (6:04)
Discussion shift: Women's agency to organizations/"the system." (8:46) / (9:33)
The numbers. (11:23)
Create structures that support inclusion. (12:49)
Prepare for the conversation. (16:58)
Educate yourself and your senior leaders. (18:01)
Think about your own implicit bias. (21:15)
Have courage to change the status quo. (23:41)
Success comes from conversations and training. (25:35)
Inclusion benefits everyone. (27:47)

Listen now to hear more!

Take Harvard's implicit bias test:
implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/canad…takeatest.html

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32 - ENABLING BRANDS TO INSPIRE - JORDAN EKERS

We have a new release on the Inspire Podcast! Bart Egnal speaks with Jordan Ekers, Co-founder and Chief Customer Officer of Nudge Rewards, a software company that facilitates communication between senior leaders and frontline staff. They talk about the Nudge app and empowering associates in the retail and hospitality industry to deliver an exceptional customer experience.

Jordan is focused on designing behaviour change solutions for the enterprise and consumer market.

Here are some moments from their conversation:

What is Nudge Rewards? (2:59)
Inspiring frontline associates through the Nudge app. (4:21)
Retail/hospitality industry previously invested only in customer experience. (7:51)
Engaged associates = improved customer experience. (10:55)
Create culture where front line is engaged - Lululemon example (11:38).
Mission, vision, values. (12:40)
Creating the employee experience. (18:56)
Two-way communication; associates have a voice. (21:18)
Cold beverage case study. (22:16)
Value employee feedback. (24:15)
Companies must communicate with a purpose. (25:17)
Role of employees in brand success. (27:44)

Listen now to hear more!

Learn more about Nudge:
www.nudgerewards.com/product/

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31 - HOW TO DELIVER THE PERFECT PITCH - MICHAEL HYATT

In today's episode of the Inspire Podcast, Bart Egnal speaks with Michael Hyatt, one of Canada's top entrepreneurs who is known as a technology visionary. They talk about pitching ideas to investors, and what it takes to pitch in a successful, compelling way.

Michael is an investor on the podcast "The Pitch" and was a “Dragon” on CBC’s online Dragons’ Den. He co-founded BlueCat, which sold to Madison Dearborn Partners, and Dyadem, a highly successful software company acquired by IHS. Michael is an active investor and philanthropist who chairs the Hyatt Family Foundation.

Here are some moments from their conversation:

Put on an investor's hat. (4:43)
Discuss investor return of capital. (6:48)
An overview of a great pitch. (8:51)
Future cash flow potential - Facebook example. (10:01)
Defend your starting gross margin. (11:29)
Raising money is not success; minimum return of 3x. (14:55)
Agreeing to take investments means agreeing to sell. (16:50)
Rule of 50. (20:06)
Avoid comparing your company's worth - cat show example. (22:30)
Culture and integrity are key. (26:12)
Top 3 pieces of advice to 'pitchers.' (34:01)

Learn more about Michael Hyatt:
www.speakers.ca/speakers/michael-hyatt/

Listen now to hear more!

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30 - LEADERSHIP IN THE FUTURE OF WORK - ANTONIS CHRISTIDIS

In today's episode of the Inspire Podcast, Bart Egnal speaks with Antonis Christidis who is a Partner at Mercer. They talk about courage, vulnerability, trust, and being "present" as key qualities for leadership in the future of work and changing workplace culture.

Antonis is a Partner in Mercer's Career business. He co-leads the Mercer and Oliver Wyman partnership, actively helping organizations transform to anticipate and embrace technology and future workforce and workplace trends. Antonis is a leader of Mercer's Workforce for the Future program.

Here are some moments from their conversation:

What is the future of work. (3:13)
Mercer's approach to preparing organizations for the future. (4:53)
Successful leading: aligning words with actions. (7:11)
Innovation thrives in an environment where there is trust. (9:57)
What it means to be "present" as a leader. (11:59)
Having the courage to be vulnerable. (12:58)
Making a human connection; working together instead of projecting that you always know best. (16:22)
Qualities for a leader to create an effective work environment. (20:54)
Having courage, as a leader, to change your mindset and workplace culture. (22:29)

Learn about Mercer's Workforce for the Future:
www.mercer.com/our-thinking/care…r-the-future.html

Listen now to hear more!

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29 - HOW TO BUILD THE ULTIMATE NETWORK - JAY ROSENZWEIG

Bart Egnal speaks with Jay Rosenzweig, CEO of Rosenzweig & Company. They talk about networking and how to create genuine, authentic connections. Jay discusses approaching networking with curiosity and the desire to learn.

Jay is the founding partner of Rosenzweig & Company, an executive search firm focused on highly specialized and high profile senior leadership searches. He advises leading edge businesses, most of which are based out of California, New York, and Ontario. Jay champions gender equality, and is active on several Boards.

Here are some moments from their conversation:

Enjoy connecting without expecting a return - Dikembe Mutombo story. (5:16)
Mindset for networking. (7:35)
Forward thinking approach. (9:04)
Navigating opportunities to network. (13:19)
Mission to affect positive change and growth; making decisions. (16:37)
Say yes to what fits your overall strategy. (19:45)
Openness mindset and relationship building. (23:26)
Taking extra steps without prospect of gain - law school application example. (24:56)
Avoiding a transactional apporach. (29:19)
Networking within 'ecosystems.' (32:31)
Be creative, genuine, and curious. (34:51)

Learn more about Jay here: www.rosenzweigco.com/team-jay-rosenzweig

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28 - INSPIRING WOMEN IN MINING TO LEAD - ANNA TUDELA

In today's episode of The Inspire Podcast, Bart Egnal speaks to Anna Tudela who is the Vice-President of Diversity, Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Secretary at Goldcorp Inc. They discuss what is involved in developing equity in the work place.

Anna is the founder of the Creating Choices program at Goldcorp. Creating Choices is a training, development and mentoring program for women of all levels. It started in 2010 and was rolled out across Goldcorp's operations in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Chile, Argentina, Canada and the United States. Creating Choices aims to help women understand opportunities for growth within the company.

Here are some moments from their conversation:

Importance of mentors. (4:43)
Gender inequity in Peru. (5:21)
Why did women in mining need a unique program? (9:29) 
Partnering with The Humphrey Group. (10:20)
The Creating Choices program. (12:02) 
Reaction from general managers at Goldcorp. (15:09)
Success stories. (19:13)
3 Pieces of advice for mid-career women. (21:18)
Importance of networking. (22:48)
Call to action. (27:37)

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27 - Crafting Your Personal Story - Pamela Slim

In today's episode of The Inspire Podcast, Bart Egnal speaks to Pamela Slim. Pamela is an author, community builder, consultant and former corporate director of training and development at Barclays Global Investors. She focused her first decade in business on creating and delivering training programs for large companies such as HP, Charles Schwab, 3Com, Chevron and Cisco Systems.

Pam is best known for her book Escape from Cubicle Nation (named Best Small Business and Entrepreneur book of 2009 from 800 CEO Read) along with her follow up book Body of Work.

Here are some moments from their conversation:

- Pamela's Story. (3:46) 
- Helping to build meaning and purpose at work. (8:45)
- Ignoring fear is ignoring instincts. (12:51) 
- How do I create my story? (14:21)
- Completing an assessment of your roots. (16:30)
- Connecting your experience with your roots. (19:57)
- Bart crafts his story with Pamela. (22:57) 
- Writing Body of Work (31:21)

Learn more about Pamela here: pamelaslim.com/

Check-out her books: pamelaslim.com/books/

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26 - Speak Up To Promote Mental Health In The Workplace - Deborah Gillis

On this week's episode, Bart Egnal speaks to Deborah Gillis, President and CEO of Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). As a recognized thought leader on gender equality, diversity and inclusion, Deborah has dedicated her career to driving social change.

In this episode, Deborah speaks on the importance of having open conversations in the workplace regarding mental health, and what we can do to better address issues related to it.

Here are some moments from their conversation:

- What does CAMH do?(5:21) 
- What culture can we aspire too?(9:39)
- Inclusive workplace conversations. (10:59)
- Telling stories and experiences around the issues. (13:38) 
- Having role models in the workplace. (13:50)
- How to talk to someone who may be experiencing issues. (17:06)
- Not just about Management - anyone can help a co-worker. (20:46)
- Leaders set the tone. (22:18) 
- Future of mental health issues in the workplace. (24:39)

To find out more about the work Deborah does, click here:
www.camh.ca/en/driving-change/a…-bio-deborah-gillis

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25 - Ground Your Communication and Leadership In Your Values - Mike Cory

In this episode, Bart Egnal speaks with Mike Cory, Chief Operating Officer at CN Rail. They discuss the factors that contribute to being a leader, and what it means to lead. Mike talks about his growth within CN and what has made him successful over the years.

Here are some moments from their conversation:

How to define leadership? (3:04)
Thirst to be curious. (3:36)
The value of teamwork and leadership. (4:21)
Leadership is about sharing. (8:55) 
Create the experience. (10:43) 
Helping different teams communicate. (12:00)
Clarity on the mission. (13:47)
How to communicate the mission. (16:32)
Using experiences your audience will relate too. (18:08)
Where integrity and trust comes in. (21:22)
Keep learning, serve and collaborate. (27:52)
Having the courage to course-correct. (28:31)

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24 - Fostering A Commitment To Lifelong Learning - Elizabeth MacGillivray

Bart Egnal interviews Elizabeth MacGillivray who is a Global Learning and Development Leader at Mercer. They talk about the benefits and importance of organizations taking on a "life-long learning" mindset.

Here are some moments from their conversation:

The future is now! (6:41) 
New demands on leadership (8:02)
What qualities should leaders foster? (9:50)
Teaching balance between humility and confidence in leadership. (13:25)
Change in leadership qualities from 10 years ago. (15:43)
Life-long learning is important. (17:47)
Adopting a learning mindset. (18:22)
Embrace change and learning. (22:38) 
What is VUCA? (23:04)
Changing the culture around learning. (29:15)

Listen Now to hear more!

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Check out Mercer for great articles on the future of work:
mercer.com
www.mercer.com/our-thinking/navi…ture-of-work.html

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23 - Myth Busting: How To Challenge Beliefs and Drive Change - Mike Michalowicz

On this week's episode of the Inspire Podcast, Bart Egnal interviews Mike Michalowicz who is a business author and speaker. Mike brings to light some of the issues we face in our career when it comes to the hustle, work-life balance and why we should stop pivoting and move to aligning.

Here are some moments from their conversation:

Mike's journey. (4:15)
Using a journal as a outlet to relieve stress. (5:33) 
What would you do with all the money in the world? (6:42) 
What entrenched beliefs get in the way? (8:33)
Entrepreneurs who focus on deep growth. (11:09)
The myth of grinding and how to tackle it. (14:36)
What's your hustle? (15:37) 
It can take a life set-back to adjust your thinking. (21:25) 
The downside of "pivoting" and why alignment is better. (23:18) 
Different is better! (30:19)

Listen Now to hear more!

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Learn more about Mike and his books here:
www.mikemichalowicz.com/

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22 - Project Management and Communication -- What You Must Do From Start to Finish - David Markwell

On this week's episode of the Inspire Podcast, Bart Egnal interviews David Markwell who is the Senior Vice President Information Technology at Loblaw Companies Limited. They talk about the many aspects involved in delivering a project, and why communication plays such an important role to the success.

Here are some moments from their conversation:

Why IT projects succeed? (4:20)
Examples of communication failures (6:20) 
Details and jargon that get in the way of client communication. (7:43) 
The stakeholders perspective. (10:51)
Lack of ownership, an IT problem. (11:57)
How to link building communication into project leadership? (16:47) 
How to handle and communicate through set-backs? (20:35)
Bringing teams together. (25:03) 
When to pull the plug on a project. (28:30)
Having good communication

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21 - The Changing World of Executive Education - Bruce Wiesner

On this week's episode of the Inspire Podcast, Bart Egnal interviews Bruce Wiesner who is the Associate Dean at The Sauder School of Business. They discuss current education and the future of education for executives.

Here are some moments from their conversation:

How is learning changing? (3:43) 
Why the model of 'imparting knowledge' is going away. (6:42)
Understanding the business challenges is a key offering. (10:52)
Why listening is key. (13:44)
Faculty engagement and asking what is important to them. (18:49)
Strategies to handle resistance. (24:04)
Lessons from trying to communicate new way of learning. (27:10) 
Why pace of change is key. (33:04)

Listen Now to hear more!

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Learn more about Bruce Wiesner and Sauder School of Business here:
www.sauder.ubc.ca/ 
www.sauder.ubc.ca/Programs/Executi…bout_Us/Our_Team

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20 - How to Sell Authentically - Mo Bunnell

On this week's episode, Bart Egnal speaks with Mo Bunnell.

Mo Bunnell is the Founder and CEO of Bunnell Idea Group, who has taught business development and influence skills to over 12,000 people. You can learn Mo’s methods for growing your influence in his new book, THE SNOWBALL SYSTEM: How to Win More Business and Turn Clients into Raving Fans, at snowballsystem.com and get a gratis, 8-part video training on creating demand at createdemandcourse.com.

Here are some moments from their conversation:

- What the Snowball System is about. (3:13) 
- Everyone has a role in selling ideas. (4:22)
- Why people are uncomfortable with the idea of selling. (4:33)
- Learning leadership. (5:37)
- Success depends on the ability to influence. (8:28) 
- The science of how people think. (9:55) 
- What will your audience respond too? (13:07) 
- 3 Ways to make sure your message fits with your audience. (16:33)
- 5 Ways to persuade and be likable. (18:44) 
- Follow-up questions the highly correlate with likability. (24:49) 
- People aren't bad at closing - they're bad at creating demand. (32:21)
- 4 Steps to build up to the close. (33:26)
- Why proposals fail. (36:19)

Listen Now to hear more!

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Learn more about Mo Bunnell here:

mobunnell.com/book/
www.bunnellideagroup.com/

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19 - Leading Change in Education - Garth Nichols

On this week's episode, Bart Egnal speaks to Garth Nichols, Vice Principal, Student Engagement and Experiential Development at Havergal College about creating and implementing change in the education system.

He discusses the initiatives he took at Havergal College and the challenges that come along with leading change.

Here are some moments from their conversation:

- What is a teacher? (2:32)
- How do you start leading change? (9:34) 
- Dealing with organizational change. (14:32) 
- Responding to cultural resistance. (15:35) 
- Creating a symposium. (21:05)
- Engaging people in what good learning organizations do. (22:08)
- Embracing dissenting voices, when creating change. (23:20) 
- Importance of flexibility when introducing cultural change. (25:40) 
- Communicating changes. (29:19)

Listen Now to hear more!

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Learn more about Garth Nichols and his work here:

cohort21.com/
twitter.com/Think_teach

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18 - Creating A Tribe of Storytellers

On this week's episode, Bart Egnal speaks to both Keri Fraser (Vice President, people Services) and Kerris Hourgary (Director, Talent Acquisition) from Colliers about the significance of creating a storytelling culture within the business.

Here are some moments from their conversation:

- What is storytelling (4:14)
- Why storytelling was previously underutilized (6:29)
- How to start building storytelling capability (9:16)
- What is a story bank? (16:55) 
- How to tell other people's stories (17:27) 
- What are the keys to telling better stories (22:30)
- How can organizations benefit from a storytelling capability? (24:44)

Listen now to hear more!

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Learn More about Keri and Kerris here: 
www.collierscanada.com/people/keri-fraser
www.collierscanada.com/people/kerris-hougardy

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17 - What It Takes To Communicate Successfully Through Negotiation - Geoff Lyster

On this weeks Inspire Podcast, Bart Egnal speaks with Geoff Lyster who is a Partner at Fasken. Geoff specializes in mergers and acquisitions, and speaks on the importance of having clear communication with his clients.

They discuss:


- The importance of building authentic rapport.
- Getting a good understanding of what both parties involved are 
looking to achieve.
- Managing Emotions during negotiations to achieve success.

Listen now to hear more!

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Learn More about Groff here: 
www.fasken.com/en/geoff-lyster#s…9734%20descending

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