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The People Dividend Podcast

Welcome to The People Dividend Podcast, a platform where meaningful dialogues, diverse perspectives, and inspiring stories come together to redefine the world of human capital. Every week, we sit down with industry experts, thought leaders and innovative professionals across various sectors to discuss the most pressing issues concerning people and work. Our goal is to change the narrative of business, emphasizing that people are not just resources but the most valuable assets who drive growth, innovation, and success.


Episode 009: Navigating Integrity: Transforming Business as Usual into Business at Its Best with Al Watts
Organizational success hinges more on its people and the development of its leaders than the strategies they follow. Al Watts, an independent HR and talent development consultant with over three decades of experience, shares insights from his book "Navigating Integrity: Transforming Business as Usual into Business at its Best." He stresses that integrity is not just an ethical requirement but a strategic asset essential for sustainable growth and effective leadership. Through tools like the Leadership and Organizational Integrity Surveys, Al aims to cultivate and gauge integrity within leadership circles and throughout entire organizations.   Al explains the concept of authenticity in leadership, examining it from both inside-out and outside-in perspectives. He emphasizes the need for honesty, transparency, and genuine leadership, highlighting how these qualities contribute to the executive development of individuals within an organization. Moreover, he discusses the importance of aligning an organization's structure, staff, systems, and strategy with its goals. Al stresses accountability and the significance of meaningful metrics in tracking progress and ensuring alignment with these goals.   In facing today's dynamic business environment, Al advises on keeping teams engaged and communication open to navigate rapid changes effectively. This episode guides leaders to match their personal values with their organization's, emphasizing integrity as a key to effective leadership and organizational success.   Quotes: “Organization development seemed to be a discipline with a focus on the people factor, but it took a more holistic perspective on business and on organizations and on how to make them work and be sustainable.” (07:32 | Al Watts)  “People are happy when they feel like they're working for a purpose or with a purpose that is meaningful to them.” (14:02 | Al Watts) “Organizations and leaders cannot keep doing exactly the same thing they've been doing as the world changes. And so there need to be mechanisms in place to constantly readjust things like structure or skill mixes.” (16:44  | Al Watts)  “We need to know our own minds, and we need to have the capacity to understand why we're doing what we're doing.” (29:48 | Al Watts)   Links: Learn More About Mike Horne: Email Mike at mike@mike-horne.comLearn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike HorneTwitter: Instagram:, LinkedIn Mike’s Newsletter:,  Schedule a Discovery Call with Mike:     Learn more about Al Watts: Website:   Podcast production and show notes provided by
36:33 4/9/24
Episode 008: Inspiration, Commitment and Success
Why do some people thrive at work while others just go through the motions? Mike Horne sits down with acclaimed speaker, trainer, and coach, Martin Lespérance, to delve into the role of human capital in shaping the future of work. Sharing his professional journey, Martin highlights his lifelong commitment to inspiring individuals to find joy, engagement, and motivation in their careers. His global impact, with keynotes across continents, emphasizes leadership, teamwork, communication, innovation, and resilience.   The conversation revolves around Martin’s "Inspire philosophy," which consists of four foundational principles critical to fostering a fulfilling life and cultivating a positive workplace culture. These principles—living with purpose, staying present, expressing gratitude, and embracing fun—form the core of Martin's message. Each aspect provides a pathway to improved employee engagement and enhanced organizational vitality.   Mike and Martin discuss how applying these principles can transform the workplace, sharing examples and advice on fostering a supportive and healthy work environment. They tackle the challenge of maintaining these principles in difficult situations and their impact on personal and professional life. Martin offers actionable advice for listeners, emphasizing the importance of personal choice in shaping attitudes and actions.    Quotes: "I find organizations might have their purpose, might have a ‘why.’ But as soon as the pressure comes in, as soon as you get the headwinds, the why takes a side." (17:26 | Martin Lespérance)  "Presence is such an important aspect of leadership and executive work and I think all too often presence gets neglected because we're thinking about the next point we're going to make or we're thinking about then and there." (21:51 | Mike Horne) "What attitude are you going to choose? That's something that you can choose on a daily basis. It's how you're going to face the events that are being thrown at you." (30:31 | Martin Lespérance)  "Why do people leave organizations? It's not because of the lack of purpose and lack of ‘why.’ It's because of the toxic environment. And how can you get rid of that toxic environment? Use the not so surprising secret that we just talked about. Apply that inside your culture. You'll see how people will not only stick around, but bring more people to join in to become advocates and ambassadors." (35:55 | Martin Lespérance)    Links: Learn more about Mike Horne on Linkedin Email Mike at Learn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike Horne Twitter:  Instagram:,  LinkedIn Mike’s Newsletter:,  Schedule a Discovery Call with Mike:      Learn more about Martin Lesperance: Website:   Podcast production and show notes provided by
40:23 4/2/24
Episode 007: Intentional Business with Jordan Tait
Finding balance isn't a luxury; it's a necessity for entrepreneurs seeking to excel both in business and life.  Business Coach and Consultant Jordan Tait discusses with host Mike Horne the pivotal mindset shift required to strike this balance. He shares insights from his extensive experience as an entrepreneur, former CEO, and seasoned coach to hundreds of leaders aiming to optimize their time and teams for a more intentional living and working style.   Jordan shares lessons from his journey, starting a painting business in college to becoming a sought-after corporate trainer and coach. His own struggle with burnout led him to advocate for a work-life balance that doesn't compromise professional success but enhances it. He talks about the importance of intentionally allocating time for personal fulfillment outside work and maintaining a mindset focused on sustainable workloads.   Offering practical advice, Jordan encourages listeners to envision their ideal life a year ahead and to conduct a time audit to evaluate the impact and energy investment of their tasks. He advocates focusing on activities that are both high-value and invigorating to foster smarter, not harder, work practices and potentially expedite business growth. In this episode, listeners are challenged to assess the sustainability of their work pace and whether their professional life supports their desired lifestyle.   Quotes “What I'm really about is helping people reconnect to living the life they want to live outside of work while still performing at their best. And I totally believe it's possible. It's the way I choose to live. I never work more than 35 hours a week. And I'm really serious about my business, but I'm also really serious about my life. And so that's what I like to help people with.” (03:27 | Jordan Tait) “I had this big conflict between, do I keep doing this thing I'm really good at and love doing with a business that I'm appreciating the support of? Or do I break free and reconnect to the way I want to live my life, which is based on autonomy, time, freedom, and balance?” (05:07 | Jordan Tait) “I believe that business and your career is a marathon, not a sprint. And you can do that for a short term, a couple of years at most. But if you're going to be here five years from now, ten years from now performing at the level you want, you need to be thinking about how you're sustaining your energy and your workload.” (09:17 | Jordan Tait)  “It often starts with mindset, because I find most people are keeping themselves in this way of working and you hit on it earlier. The company will always take as many hours as you give it. Your business will always take as many hours as you give it, and you'll never feel like you're fully on top of it because there's always more to do. So if you're just operating under the feeling that I'm not getting enough done, feel guilty about stopping, that won't go away. And so part of that is breaking free from that mindset that if you couldn't get it done today, it will be there tomorrow. If you don't get it done tomorrow, it probably wasn't that important to you. And that's something that I really truly believe in.” (17:38 | Jordan Tait)  “Time, money, and team, those are the three things that I find when people are not managing them intentionally or effectively, their work consumes more hours than it needs to. And by looking at each of those, by creating their ideal work schedule, by investing their money in freedom and the lifestyle they want to live, and by working with a team to support them, they can get back to a reasonable workload and a sustainable way of growing and moving forward.”    Links Learn more about Mike Horne on Linkedin Email Mike at Learn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike Horne Twitter:  Instagram:,  LinkedIn Mike’s Newsletter:,  Schedule a Discovery Call with Mike:     Learn more about Jordan Tait Website: LinkedIn:   Podcast production and show notes provided by
42:42 3/26/24
Episode 006: Awareness Matters to Business
Unlocking your full professional potential hinges on a profound understanding of your character. Brad Smith, the Founder and CEO of Stellar Insight, offers a unique perspective shaped by his analytical chemistry background as he transitions into executive coaching. He delves into the concept of character, emphasizing its critical role in achieving personal success and driving organizational excellence.  It began with a health crisis at 18, leading Brad to explore the connection between mind and body. This exploration led to a commitment to personal transformation and emotional intelligence, which he now sees as essential for effective leadership and driving change within organizations. He suggests that leaders often hit a ceiling that mirrors their own limitations and challenges listeners to reflect on their contributions to their frustrations.  The discussion covers the value of self-awareness and developing intuition, with Brad presenting intuition as a skill that can be enhanced through meditation. He introduces the Johari window as a coaching tool to better understand oneself and one's impact on others. Brad recommends that businesses prioritize aligning a candidate's character with the fundamental requirements of the job during the hiring process, instead of merely considering their skills.  This episode of The People Dividend delves into the critical role that individuals play in the success of any business venture. Offering actionable strategies on both personal and professional transformation, you will learn the importance of accountability and overcoming internal challenges to achieve success. Learn more about Brad Smith and Stellar Insight here.    Quotes: "Look at who you are and all the patterns in your life, whether it's your health, whether it's your wealth, whether it's your relationships, all of those are a product of who you are. All your relationships in business, all relationships and skills are there." (08:00 | Brad Smith) "If you take a perspective that everything is something you've created to learn from and take the learning process as the core of it, that is what I've discovered about life and about character. We're here to learn." (12:49 | Brad Smith)  "In a lot of my executive coaching work with C-suite leaders, aspirants to the C-suite, that people are often worried about, well, how do I do more of this, do more of that? By the time we're into our work, it is really about interpersonal issues, about self-awareness, about this ability to grow, to be able to hold yourself out as an object so that you can see it and to your earlier points around being able to learn about yourself." (26:30 | Mike Horne) "Whatever it takes, and however you're built, take on the task of becoming more self-aware. If you want, I recommend meditation, and there's three or four types that are useful. And take on the task of becoming Put it this way, pick a hero, pick several heroes that you admire, that are really good people, and then list out all the different character traits that they have that you want, and learn to grow in those. Integrity being the top." (28:04 | Brad Smith)   Links: Learn more about Mike Horne on Linkedin Email Mike at Learn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike Horne Twitter:  Instagram:,  LinkedIn Mike’s Newsletter:,  Schedule a Discovery Call with Mike:     Learn more about Brad Smith: Website:   Podcast production and show notes provided by  
39:26 3/19/24
Episode 005: Expanding Your Passions: Executive Career and Board Search
What does it really take to climb the executive ladder and secure a board seat? Host Mike Horne discusses the specifics with Debra Boggs, founder of D&S Executive Career Management. Debra, known for her success in executive career coaching, shares her approach to preparing candidates for top-tier job searches, drawing from her extensive experience and recognition in the field, including being part of Forbes’ Next 1000 list.  The discussion highlights the difference between executive search and standard job applications, noting that C-level jobs often aren't found through online job postings. Instead, networking and personal branding, especially on LinkedIn, play crucial roles. Mike and Debra talk about the value executive search firms bring to the recruitment process, leveraging their networks and expertise to match candidates with suitable positions. They stress the importance for executives to be ready to demonstrate their value to a board, not just in their expertise but in their potential contributions to the company's growth. Debra advises on showcasing how one's work has impacted business growth. She offers advice for executives looking to advance their careers or secure board positions, highlighting the importance of clear goals. She also discusses the need for more diversity in executive search and the challenges involved. This episode provides clear insights about the executive job market, emphasizing the importance of presentation, networking, and clarity in professional goals. Learn more about Debra Boggs and her firm here.   Quotes “Be really clear on your focus on what you bring as an executive candidate and what kind of organizations you are uniquely equipped to serve.” (20:02 | Debra Boggs) "You can offer value in a lot of different areas, but we can't try to be everything to everyone or else people will not understand what box we've been in. Be really clear about that focus and the kinds of companies, size of company, industry, and business model. All of those things will help you get your career assets in order–your board resume and your board bio." (20:22 | Debra Boggs) "Some board recruiters and some organizations will ask for a resume, some ask for a bio and some ask for both. They're not interchangeable. So having both is helpful. And then a really strong LinkedIn profile. And I say that because so many people that we talked to have built amazing executive careers and have not needed to leverage their network or their digital brand. And you need to think about your LinkedIn profile as being the first opportunity you're going to have to make a first impression." (21:03 | Debra Boggs) “The very first thing you need to do is get clear on what you want. Because getting clear on what you want in the beginning makes every single step of this easier. It makes writing your resume easier. It makes writing your LinkedIn profile easier. It makes building a search strategy and the way you're going to take yourself to market easier. If you know your audience, your value, what their struggles are, what those kinds of companies are struggling with. Understanding that makes everything run more efficiently for you.” (43:33 | Debra Boggs)    Links: Learn more about Mike Horne on Linkedin Email Mike at Learn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike Horne Twitter:  Instagram:,  LinkedIn Mike’s Newsletter:,  Schedule a Discovery Call with Mike:   Learn more about Debra Boggs: Website:   Podcast production and show notes provided by
45:46 3/12/24
Episode 004: Busy Work Does Not Equal Growth Work: Financial Wellbeing
How does your view on taxes change when you see them as a tool for growth rather than a hurdle? This episode of The People Dividend Podcast dives into the practicalities of financial planning, taxes, and the crucial role of human capital in achieving business success and personal wealth. Host Mike Horne talks with Sugey Piedra, an experienced tax preparer and enrolled agent, who co-founded Prominence Business and Wealth Management.  Sugey shares her journey from learning financial management in an immigrant family to advising business owners on proactive financial strategies. Her approach to finances and taxes is straightforward: make it less intimidating and more accessible for everyone. She believes in transforming the fear of taxes into a strategy for creating wealth. The conversation covers common misconceptions about taxes and the IRS, with Sugey offering clear insights into how she guides her clients. She highlights the importance of strategic financial planning over reactive measures. Sugey's personal story, starting with managing her family's finances due to language barriers and a lack of financial literacy, illustrates her early interest in financial planning and taxes. They also discuss real estate investment as a method for building wealth, explaining how even small investments can grow significantly. The importance of financial literacy is a key topic, focusing on why people often avoid financial planning and how changing mindsets can improve financial health. Sugey emphasizes the value of finding reliable advisors and taking charge of one's financial planning. This episode offers a mix of personal experiences and professional advice, encouraging listeners to look at their finances from a fresh point of view. Learn more about Suhey Piedra and her approach to financial management here. Quotes “We all fear looking at creating budgets or creating, um, you know, looking at where's our money really going. And so I'm here to tell you shouldn't be that way. If we want to control the outcome, then we have to plan. We have to be more proactive. And so if you want to turn your finances around and start creating really real wealth, people say, well, you start to budget, right? You start to pay off debt and all that. But I think that budget and debt have this ugly taste to it, right? So again, it goes back to those ugly emotions that are tied to these words. And for me, it's like, no, go make more money, right? Go get more money so we can buy assets that continue to grow assets and that continue to grow wealth for us to create generational wealth or have a better retirement, something along those lines, whatever your goals are, let's just make sure that your finances are lined up to meet and match those goals.” ( 08:02 | Sugey Piedra)  “You can't hand accountability off to someone else. You've got to take accountability. And what I've learned in life, I've learned as an entrepreneur and being in the corporate world just as you were is that partners are really helpful. People who will collaborate with you, who will do more than the busy work, who will strategize with you. And that's a great value that you're bringing in your business.” ( 39:34 | Mike Horne)  “Emotional health, physical health, intellectual health, and then financial well-being is a way of taking care of yourself about surviving, not only taking care of yourself, but creating the legacy for your children, for those who are important to you.” ( 16:23 | Mike Horne) “We have to stop comparing ourselves to everyone else and really, really look at them from our perspective, have our stuff organized, and really not fear. Instead, educate ourselves to be able to take what we need to take, utilize the strategies that are out there for us. ( 38:53 | Sugey Piedra) We have a lot of limiting beliefs around our finances. So when it starts with our health, and at least for me, when I opened up the business, I noticed that I needed to have a clear mind, more organization, that I needed to continue to not just motivate people, but really inspire them to make these changes. And so it started with me. And I needed to get in a better mindset. Not everything is easy and it doesn't work out overnight. It's a process. ( 17:03 | Sugey Piedra)  Links Learn more about Mike Horne on Linkedin Email Mike at Learn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike Horne Twitter:  Instagram:,  LinkedIn Mike’s Newsletter:,  Schedule a Discovery Call with Mike:     Learn more about Sugey Piedra Website: Email: Facebook: @ProminenceBMgmt Instagram: @ProminenceBMgmt   Podcast production and show notes provided by
42:39 3/5/24
Episode 003: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace With Dr. Lee C. Cordell
Trauma doesn't stay at the office door; it walks in with us every morning. This compelling insight sets the stage for this episode of The People Dividend Podcast, where host Mike Horne sits down with Dr. Lee C. Cordell, a visionary in trauma and psychological safety. Dr. Cordell, who navigates her professional life as a neurodivergent individual and a trauma expert, shares her personal and professional journey, shedding light on the intricate ways trauma influences individuals and, by extension, the organizations they are part of. Dr. Cordell emphasizes the need for a broader understanding of trauma’s impact. She challenges leaders to cultivate work environments that acknowledge and address the presence of trauma, advocating for the creation of trauma-sensitive spaces where psychological and physical safety are paramount. Dr. Cordell outlines actionable strategies for fostering such environments, highlighting the importance of choice, belonging, and clear boundaries. Moreover, she delves into the critical role of self-care for leaders, presenting it as a cornerstone for maintaining an effective and compassionate leadership approach. This episode calls attention to the significance of acknowledging trauma in the workplace and also equips leaders with the knowledge and tools to support their teams more inclusively and compassionately. Quotes: “So it is so important for us as leaders to understand that when people walk into a space with you, they are bringing every single experience that they have had up until that moment into that space. And so they may not be reacting based on what's happening right in front of them. They may be reacting based on something that happened 20, 30, 40 years ago. And so knowing how to respond to that in a way that is kind and compassionate and, well, the word we use is attuned, like you are there with them and you are present with them. That can make all the difference in how that interaction goes.” (12:16 | Dr. Lee C. Cordell)  “Trauma responsiveness is, I actually know, I'm equipped and have the skills to be able to tell if this person getting upset has activated or triggered me, and I know how to bring myself back to a more regulated state. And I have the skills to be able to interact with this person in a way that ups the likelihood that they are able to come down and be more regulated as well.” (16:41 | Dr. Lee C. Cordell) “For self-care, I simply ask myself in the moment, what do I need from a nurturing perspective? What do I need from a guidance perspective? What do I need from a boundaries perspective? And I just take one to two minutes to really check in with myself.” (40:11 | Dr. Lee C. Cordell)  Links: Learn more about Mike Horne on Linkedin Email Mike at Learn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike Horne Twitter:  Instagram:,  LinkedIn Mike’s Newsletter:,  Schedule a Discovery Call with Mike:     Learn more about Dr. Lee C. Cordell Website: LinkedIn:   Podcast production and show notes provided by
45:10 2/27/24
Episode 002: Fireproof Happiness with Dr. Randy Ross
Have you created an environment where you believe the best in, you want the best for, and you expect the best from your employees? Dr. Randy Ross brings this powerful question to the forefront for HR leaders and business executives in an engaging episode of the People Dividend Podcast with host Mike Horne. Together, they explore the transformative power of nurturing emotional health and cultivating exceptional corporate cultures. Dr. Ross, celebrated for steering organizations towards groundbreaking success, shares the essence of his book "Fireproof Happiness," emphasizing the dynamic role of hope in setting and achieving aspirational goals. This episode unfolds the critical importance of creating environments where every employee feels truly valued—a key to unlocking unparalleled engagement and productivity. The conversation ventures into the heart of organizational transformation, revealing how the happiness of employees is intrinsically linked to customer satisfaction. Dr. Ross underscores the significance of a speak-up culture where listening to employees isn't just encouraged—it's imperative for fostering a supportive and resilient workplace. Amid discussions on the vitality of trust and the investment in people, Dr. Ross illustrates the undeniable correlation between engaged employees and loyal customers. He champions the idea that culture isn't just part of the organizational fabric; it's the driving force behind lasting success. Listeners are invited to delve deeper into the art of building compelling cultures and developing leaders worth following by connecting with Dr. Ross. This episode is a reminder that at the heart of every thriving business is its people, underscoring the invaluable role of human capital in driving growth, innovation, and success.   Quotes: “Culture is the collective expression of the values, the beliefs, and the behaviors that individuals bring to any endeavor. Now, to make it simple, it's how we play in the sandbox together. But those three components are vital. It's the values, the beliefs and the behaviors.” (9:17 | Dr. Randy Ross)  “One of the strategic elements of good leadership is connecting personal passion and personal values to corporate objectives. If you can't do that, if you can't make that connection, then you're renting people's hands and you're renting their head, but you don't have their heart.” (10:04 | Dr. Randy Ross)  “I think that if you want to make a statement to your people, it needs to be, we believe so much in your success that we're going to invest heavily, that you're going to be able to be successful wherever you go. But we're going to love you so deeply that you're never going to want to go anywhere. When people feel valued, they do better work. When people feel appreciated and affirmed, they stick around. When they enjoy what I call a relationally rich environment, then not only do they grow and are they sharpened, but they bring their best self to the table.” (19:15 | Dr. Randy Ross)    Links: Learn more about Mike Horne on Linkedin Email Mike at Learn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike Horne Twitter:  Instagram:,  LinkedIn Mike’s Newsletter:,  Schedule a Discovery Call with Mike:     Learn more about Dr. Randy Ross LinkedIn: Facebook: dr_randyross Instagram: dr_randyross Email:   Podcast production and show notes provided by
38:23 2/20/24
Episode 001: Unveiling the 'People Dividend': Redefining Human Capital in the Workplace
The inaugural episode of The People Dividend Podcast, hosted by Mike Horne, introduces listeners to a fresh perspective on the workforce's role in organizational growth and success. The series is dedicated to shifting the traditional view of employees from being seen as resources to being recognized as crucial assets that drive innovation and success. The episode lays the foundation for a discussion on how valuing employees can lead to significant business achievements. It addresses the need for a new approach in how businesses implement practices that unlock the potential of their human capital. Mike Horne plans to delve into topics such as innovative business strategies for human capital, redefining the role of employees, the importance of diversity and inclusion, and measuring the impact of a people-focused approach on organizational success. Central to the podcast is the concept of the "people dividend," which Horne describes as the return on investment businesses see when they invest in their employees' growth and well-being. He identifies key areas for investment, such as building trust, encouraging motivation, ensuring open communication, retaining employees, making better decisions, and enhancing the organization's reputation. The discussion emphasizes practical steps leaders can take to foster a work environment where every employee feels valued and invested in. This approach, according to Horne, not only improves organizational culture but also contributes to long-term success and customer satisfaction. The People Dividend Podcast aims to provide listeners with actionable strategies and insights from a variety of professionals and experts, encouraging a dialogue on transforming the workplace. Horne invites listeners to engage with the content and contribute to rethinking the value of people in business. Quotes: “Much like financial dividends, the people dividend is a return on investment. But in this case, the investment is in people, their growth and their well-being.” (3:51 | Mike Horne)  “Trust is at the cornerstone of effective leadership and getting people to bring the best of who they are to what they do. Leaders who adopt a people-centric approach often are cultivating these high levels of trust within their team. And this trust yields dividends in the form of increased engagement, improved teamwork, and heightened overall productivity. These are all things that are of important consideration to chief executives, to chief people officers, or chief human resources officers, engagement, teamwork, productivity, and essential to providing a great customer experience.” (4:28 | Mike Horne)  “In the world-class organizations in which I've had an opportunity to lead, decision-making is so central to creating great places to work, to creating places where people do their best work. Leaders who trust, who empower their employees, to foster a culture of ownership and accountability are those organizations that succeed.”. (9:10 | Mike Horne)   Links: Learn more about Mike Horne on Linkedin Email Mike at Learn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike Horne Twitter:  Instagram:,  LinkedIn Mike’s Newsletter:,  Schedule a Discovery Call with Mike:     Podcast production and show notes provided by
14:09 2/13/24
Episode 127: Beginnings and Endings: Raising Authentic Change to Create The People Dividend
“Executive coaching is really centered on your professional development and in the long term, the development of your team and your organization,” says host Mike Horne. In this episode of Authentic Change, Mike delves into the transformative power of executive coaching, spotlighting its critical role in fostering personal development and driving organizational success. Mike sheds light on executive coaching's value, illustrated through a compelling case study from his experience providing executive coaching to a leader at Adobe. This narrative showcases how targeted coaching interventions can dramatically shift a leader's approach, from enhancing leadership capabilities to transforming communication styles, ultimately leading to increased collaboration and innovation. The episode underscores the concept that investing in executive coaching extends beyond individual benefits—it's an investment in the fabric of the entire organization. By fostering a culture of continuous learning and development, executive coaching can significantly impact corporate culture, making the workplace more meaningful and productive. Highlighting the essential elements of successful executive coaching, Mike emphasizes the importance of openness, a commitment to growth, and the courage to step out of one's comfort zone. These attributes are crucial for leaders looking to leverage coaching for personal and professional advancement. Concluding, Mike encourages listeners to consider executive coaching as a strategic tool for their development journey. Whether by engaging with him or another seasoned executive coach, the goal is to make meaningful progress that resonates both personally and across the organization. This episode not only champions the benefits of executive coaching but also serves as a call to action for leaders aiming to elevate their impact and create lasting change within their organizations. If you are interested in executive coaching with Mike, start by having a conversation. Connect with Mike here. Quotes: “Executive coaching is really centered on your professional development and in the long term, the development of your team and your organization.” (4:23 | Mike Horne)  “You know, I've thought long and hard about what is common among organizations, and what I now understand, having consulted and led teams around the world, is that organizations have one thing in common, and that is that they expire, except for those organizations that are able to innovate. And innovation is core to creating 100-year, 200-year brands. And it's those of us who are the mere mortals in these organizations, the executives who lead change, to really get jazzed up, to get excited about the possibilities that are ahead for them, both personally and professionally, and for their organizational teams.” (8:10 | Mike Horne) “So what I always tell my clients, my executive coaching clients, is that as a leader, you need to embrace the opportunity to evolve, to grow, and to realize it's not just beneficial for yourself, but this is about the entire team. It's about the organization that you lead and for which you have accountability and for which you're responsible for.” (12:35 | Mike Horne)    Links: Learn more about Mike Horne on Linkedin Email Mike at Learn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike Horne Twitter:  Instagram:,  LinkedIn Mike’s Newsletter:,  Schedule a Discovery Call with Mike:     Podcast production and show notes provided by
17:32 2/6/24
Episode 126: It's Not Luck; It's Work: Success and Integrity
As the late Betty White once said, "You don't luck into integrity, you work on it." And that's exactly what this podcast is all about - the real work of building integrity in organizations. In this episode, Mike explores the importance of organizational integrity and its impact on leadership success.  What will you learn? You'll discover the power of congruence between your thoughts, words, and actions, and how it shapes your leadership. You'll understand why integrity is a valuable resource in organizations and how it impacts trust and performance. Mike shares five key steps to ensure organizational integrity, from hiring the right people to making integrity a topic of conversation. And you'll gain insights into the role of integrity in conflict resolution and building a culture of trust. The episode explores the challenges and tests of integrity in conflict situations. Horne emphasizes the importance of truth-telling and trust in building strong working relationships. He also discusses the concept of integrity as a renewable resource, emphasizing the need for consistent alignment between values and actions. Horne suggests five key steps to ensure organizational integrity. First, he emphasizes the importance of hiring the right people and using team-based selection processes. Second, he encourages leaders to develop an organizational strategy that aligns with their values and visions. Third, he emphasizes the need for robust performance measures that support integrity. Fourth, he advocates for making integrity a topic of conversation within the organization. Finally, he urges leaders to start with themselves and examine their own actions and behaviors. Horne concludes by discussing the importance of humanistic values such as respect, dignity, commitment, and honesty in fostering integrity. He encourages listeners to grow their deposits of integrity. After all, integrity is not just a buzzword, but a currency that drives success. Quotes: "We have to remember that this isn't something that occurs by chance, by fortune, but rather it's something that requires work." (02:21 | Mike Horne)  "Integrity isn't a fixed resource in organizational life. Because we interact with others during the day, we have an opportunity day in, day out, moment by moment to live out and to fulfill our design on bringing our values to the workplace and to having everyone bring their best to every situation in organizational life." (09:09 | Mike Horne)    Links: Learn more about Mike Horne on Linkedin Email Mike at Learn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike Horne Twitter:  Instagram:,  LinkedIn Mike’s Newsletter:,  Schedule a Discovery Call with Mike:   Podcast production and show notes provided by
23:29 1/30/24
Episode 125: Dialogic Integrity: Emotions and Rationality in Leadership
Corporate speak often masks more than it reveals – how can leaders navigate this to foster genuine dialogue and integrity? In this episode of the Authentic Change Podcast, host Mike Horne delves into this challenging aspect of organizational communication. He examines how the nuanced use of language in corporate settings often leans towards debate-style interactions, rather than fostering authentic dialogue and meaningful connections. Mike explores the essential role of integrity in leadership and organizational development. He introduces a thought-provoking model that categorizes dialogic encounters into rational and emotional types. Rational encounters typically involve formal, structured exchanges where breaches in integrity are addressed through organizational systems. Emotional encounters, in contrast, bring personal reactions and feelings into the conversation, highlighting the importance of authenticity and emotional intelligence in leadership. Throughout the episode, Mike emphasizes the critical nature of language in corporate dialogue. He discusses how common phrases in business communication can inadvertently obscure underlying issues, and stresses the importance of leaders being mindful of their language to ensure that it promotes transparency and genuine understanding. Reflecting on how conversations around integrity are conducted in the workplace, Mike urges leaders to consider how they can encourage open discussions about integrity in their daily interactions. He suggests that approaching these discussions with bravery, sincerity, and a mindset of love and gratitude can lead to more positive and impactful outcomes. The episode concludes with Mike encouraging listeners to embrace opportunities to bring more authenticity to their interactions with bosses and co-workers, thereby nurturing a culture of integrity. He reminds listeners of the power they hold in shaping the organizational environment through their everyday conversations and actions.   Quotes: “Without integrity, you really can't lead, and without leading, you can't expect people to follow you.” (4:16 | Mike Horne)  “What do we do to make dialogic encounters better? I think it starts with being brave. It starts with standing up for what you believe is right without considering the costs and to be sincere about it.” (12:11 | Mike Horne) “So there are plenty of opportunities that we have to discuss integrity, to think about the congruency of our thoughts, words, and actions, and to honor the principles of integrity. So my recommendation is, let's seize those opportunities to bring more of who we are to what we do, to speak up to think about dialogue and to create cultures where people effectively listen, as well. Because at the end of the day, the ability to listen can have a profound impact on the behaviors that we take and that's what people will see.” (14:07 | Mike Horne)  Links: Learn more about Mike Horne on Linkedin Email Mike at Learn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike Horne Twitter:  Instagram:,  LinkedIn Mike’s Newsletter:,  Schedule a Discovery Call with Mike:   Podcast production and show notes provided by
17:16 1/23/24
Episode 124: Authentic Change with Mike Horne: A Five Season Reflection
In the 124th episode of the Authentic Change Podcast, host Mike Horn takes a moment to reflect on the podcast's journey, celebrating its evolution over five seasons. This special episode delves into the podcast's heart - providing leaders and coaches with fresh, authentic perspectives, particularly for those striving to make a difference but grappling with challenges. Mike acknowledges the common quest among leaders for growth and the hurdles in finding the right paths and resources. The podcast's dedication to exploring authentic leadership is highlighted, featuring a rich array of experts who shed light on this vital aspect of leadership and personal development. With a history spanning over 31 months and encompassing more than 120 episodes, the podcast has become a haven for both new and returning listeners seeking guidance and inspiration. Mike looks back at the podcast's initial mission to empower culture leaders in creating dynamic and thriving workplace environments. Throughout its five seasons, the podcast has ventured into diverse themes, with a spotlight on leadership development and the practice of authentic leadership. The array of guests, including academics and industry practitioners, reflects Mike's own path as an organization development practitioner and enriches the podcast with varied perspectives. Leadership development and diversity, equity, and inclusion have emerged as recurring and pivotal themes. Their relevance to today's organizational and executive development landscapes is underscored, highlighting their alignment with Mike's current focus areas. Feedback from listeners paints the podcast as a treasure trove of knowledge, akin to "coaching in a box," and applauds the diverse range of thought leaders featured. This appreciation fuels Mike's enthusiasm for continued engagement and collaboration with listeners. The episode also unveils the next chapter for the podcast, transitioning to a new focus: "The People Dividend." Mike shares his excitement for this upcoming series and his vision for the podcast's future, aiming to continue it for many more seasons. Expanding the podcast's reach, a YouTube channel echoing the podcast's content has been launched, offering listeners another avenue to engage with these invaluable leadership insights. In closing, Mike expresses profound gratitude to all the listeners and guests who have contributed to the Authentic Change Podcast's journey. He anticipates the continuation of this journey, with a renewed commitment to enhancing workplace environments and aiding leaders in fostering organizations where people thrive! Quotes: “We are helping people and culture leaders, whether you're an HR professional, a scientist, an engineer, a technologist, to prosper in every situation, to bring more of who you are to what you do.” (2:41 | Mike Horne)   I'm full of gratitude for all of our listeners for their support, for their engagement, and the deep commitment that all of our audience and our guests have fostered on how we contribute to changing authentically, to authentic change, to building workplaces that are better for everyone. (11:31 | Mike Horne)  Links: Learn more about Mike Horne on Linkedin Email Mike at Learn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike Horne Twitter:  Instagram:,  LinkedIn Mike’s Newsletter:,  Schedule a Discovery Call with Mike:   Podcast production and show notes provided by
14:36 1/16/24
Episode 123: Harnessing Authentic Leadership: Unleashing the Power of People in Organizations
Reflecting on Leadership and Change: A Journey Through 121 Episodes. In this special episode of the Authentic Change Podcast, host Mike Horne takes listeners on a retrospective journey through the past 121 episodes recorded over five seasons. He starts by reiterating the podcast's mission to provide fresh perspectives on living and leading authentically, addressing the common challenges leaders face in their quest for growth and impact. Mike then navigates through the five main themes that have surfaced throughout the podcast: 1. Authentic Leadership: Mike revisits episodes like "Authentic Leadership for Everyday People" and "Multiculturalism and Authentic Leadership," highlighting the crucial role of genuineness and transparency in leadership. These conversations underscore authenticity as the cornerstone of trust and engagement. 2. Workplace Culture and Employee Well-being: In episodes such as "Humanizing the Workplace" and "Slowing the Great Resignation," the focus shifts to creating positive, inclusive work environments. Mike discusses how these aspects are key in enhancing employee morale and productivity while addressing burnout and fostering workplace joy. 3. Transformation and Change Management: Reflecting on episodes like "Organization Development and Culture Change" and "Continuity and Change," Mike emphasizes the delicate balance between maintaining continuity and managing change, stressing the need for honesty and transparency in these processes. 4. Personal Development and Self-realization: Episodes such as "Discover Your Authentic Creative Self" and "Find the Leader Within You" delve into personal growth and self-awareness. Mike highlights how understanding and leveraging personal strengths can lead to more effective leadership and personal fulfillment. 5. Communication and Empathy: Mike revisits discussions on the importance of empathy and open communication in leadership, as seen in episodes like "Empathy from Leadership" and "Unleash Personal Mastery." These principles are fundamental in building positive relationships and establishing strong organizational values. Looking to the future, Mike introduces "The People Dividend," a new podcast series focusing on the human aspect of business. This series will explore talent development, employee engagement, and building organizational culture, with episodes like "Investing in People for Business Success" and "Creating a Culture of Learning and Development."  He emphasizes the significance of people-centered management and leadership and looks forward to deepening these conversations in the upcoming "The People Dividend" series.   Links: Learn more about Mike Horne on Linkedin Email Mike at Learn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike Horne Twitter:  Instagram:,  LinkedIn Mike’s Newsletter:,  Schedule a Discovery Call with Mike:     Podcast production and show notes provided by
15:41 1/9/24
Episode 122: Authentic Leadership in Action - Embracing Diversity, Enhancing Communication, and Encouraging Development
Reflecting on Season 5, host Mike Horne revisits three core themes that shaped the season's narrative: diversity and inclusion, effective communication and conflict resolution, and personal and professional development. He handpicks listener’s favorite episodes within each theme, spotlighting their unique contributions to the leadership discourse. Under diversity and inclusion, Mike underscores the critical need for a sense of belonging in the workplace. He points to episodes 110 and 111 as key discussions highlight the need for organizations to foster environments that value diverse perspectives and backgrounds and to identify and address systemic discrimination, which are critical considerations for everyone in our audience and for all of the leaders in HR. The focus then shifts to effective communication and conflict resolution. Episodes such as 103 and 106 are highlighted for their practical approaches to managing conflicts and enhancing communication, essential for a harmonious workplace. In discussing personal and professional development, Mike draws attention to episodes like 104, 108 and 109. These segments delve into self-improvement, goal achievement, and aligning personal growth with career advancement, offering listeners actionable strategies for their developmental journey. Mike wraps up the episode with a call to action for listeners to apply the strategies discussed and to view authentic leadership as an ongoing process of learning, introspection, and adaptation. He emphasizes the need to challenge established norms, foster inclusive environments, and prioritize continuous personal and professional development. This episode not only encapsulates the rich insights of Season 5 but also serves as an invaluable guide for leaders and coaches seeking to deepen their understanding and practice of authentic leadership and personal growth. For listeners should visit to sign up for Mike’s newsletter and to get access to Mike’s free e-books.    Links:   Diversity & Inclusion Episodes: EP 110: Addressing Systemic Discrimination by Reframing The Problem EP 111: Sustainable Sales: Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Effective Communication & Conflict Resolution Episodes: EP 103: Connecting The Power of Research & Theory with Dr. Leonel A. Pena EP 106: Resolving Conflict and Diffusing Tension with Hesha Abrams   Personal & Professional Development Episodes: EP104: Who Are You, Really? With Ray LeCara, MCLC   EP108: Become An Achiever with Ram V. Iyer   EP109: Jump Start Your Culture with Eric D. Stone Learn more about Mike Horne on Linkedin Email Mike at Learn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike Horne Twitter:  Instagram:,  LinkedIn Mike’s Newsletter: Schedule a Discovery Call with Mike:     Podcast production and show notes provided by
11:36 1/2/24
Episode 121: Mike Horne Reviews "The Unlocked Leader"
"HR Leaders, are you nurturing authenticity in your teams?" This pivotal question opens the latest episode of the Authentic Change Podcast, where host Mike Horne engages HR professionals in a thought-provoking discussion on the impact of authenticity on team and organizational performance. Mike delves into the realm of authentic leadership, emphasizing its vital role in fostering environments that are not only healthy and productive, but also deeply meaningful. In this episode, Mike brings to light the insights from Hortense Le Gentil's "The Unlocked Leader," complementing them with themes from his own publication, "Integrity by Design." He explores how Le Gentil's book beautifully underscores the significance of vulnerability, empathy, and authenticity in leadership. These qualities, Mike argues, are key to breaking free from conventional molds of leadership and unlocking the potential within teams and organizations. Challenging HR leaders to reevaluate their leadership approaches, Mike advocates for a shift towards a culture that encourages individual authenticity. He shares his extensive experience in conflict resolution and pair coaching, illustrating how genuine, authentic connections can transform team dynamics for the better. As the episode concludes, Mike extends an invitation to his listeners to explore further resources available on his website and welcomes feedback and suggestions for future topics. Mike also shares a preview into a content shift in Season 6 of the podcast to The People Dividend.  In this shift, Mike will explore how we enrich our own lives, how we pay dividends by authentic leadership, how these dividends pay yields to our influence and our impact on teams, how they benefit our organizations and their ability to do well in the world financially, socially, and in all the ways that are important to the communities in which we live.   Quotes: “I describe authenticity as congruency. The ability to make sure that our words and actions, and even better, our thoughts, words, and actions align.” (6:15 | Mike Horne)  “I'm always reminded that innovation doesn't occur because somebody has a bright light bulb that goes off. It is often because of work in pairs, work in trios, in some small groups. And I think we underestimate that.” (13:27 | Mike Horne) “The extent to which you are able to reflect on your leadership style is a way that you can begin to unlock your authentic self, get to know your values, and as you do, you'll begin to identify perhaps where there are conflicts in the expression of those values and what's holding you back from bringing more of who you are to what you do.” (14:47 | Mike Horne)  “Before it used to be all about experience and credentials in terms of climbing a corporate ladder, and today we know it's about learning and agility that are ways of defining career success.” (16:28 | Mike Horne)   Links: Website: Learn more about Mike Horne on Linkedin Email Mike at Learn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike Horne Twitter:  Instagram:,  LinkedIn Mike’s Newsletter:,  Schedule a Discovery Call with Mike:     Podcast production and show notes provided by  
21:55 12/26/23
Episode 120: The Innovative Business How to Boost People Performance with Jim Verquist
Embracing an inclusive approach to innovation at all levels can be a game-changer for businesses. In this engaging episode of the Authentic Change Podcast, host Mike Horne is joined by Jim Verquist, an expert in business innovation and people performance, to tackle this question. Jim brings a wealth of experience from his time in Silicon Valley startups and major corporations, offering a unique perspective on the varying cultures and approaches to innovation. Throughout their conversation, Mike and Jim challenge common misconceptions about innovation. They suggest a significant mindset shift is needed: innovation shouldn't be seen as a function limited to a specific team, but rather as a mindset that all employees can adopt. They also discuss how often the most impactful ideas can emerge from the most unexpected places, underlining the role of serendipity in the process of innovation. So what role do managers have in nurturing an innovative environment? Jim highlights the importance of creating a space where employees can experiment and bring their ideas to life, even as they handle their regular tasks. He stresses that treating team members with respect and support, and giving them the freedom to be proactive, is vital. Jim suggests that managers should encourage employees to be both innovators and, at times, corporate rebels. He believes that everyone has the desire to make a meaningful impact and that empowering employees to act on their ideas can unlock immense talent and energy, propelling innovation within the organization. This engaging conversation offers practical insights into the essence of innovation, the pivotal role of management in fostering it, and the importance of cultivating a workplace culture that actively supports and encourages creative thinking. It's a look into how organizations can unlock their employees' potential to drive growth and adapt to the dynamic business world.   Quotes: "Innovation tends to be thought of as something different. In fact, in a lot of circles, it's almost a bad word." (05:02 | Jim Verquist) "Breakthroughs are things that take people by surprise. They're ideas that everybody hates until they work." (07:11 | Jim Verquist)  "Every human being wants to make a difference in the world. We want to work on something that's bigger than ourselves." (23:46 | Jim Verquist) "Your employees want to be corporate rebels. They want to be innovators. They want to make a difference in the world. So let them." (28:49 | Jim Verquist)   Links: Learn more about Mike Horne on Linkedin Email Mike at Learn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike Horne Twitter:  Instagram:,  LinkedIn Mike’s Newsletter:,  Schedule a Discovery Call with Mike:     Learn more about Jim Verquist: Learn more about Jim Verquist on LinkedIn.   Podcast production and show notes provided by
29:47 12/19/23
Episode 119: Learn to Trust with Veronica Anderson, M.D.
Can your intuition be the secret to gaining respect and fulfillment in both your career and personal life? Tune into this episode of the Authentic Change Podcast, where host Mike Horne sits down with Dr. Veronica Anderson, author of "Get the Respect You Deserve: Seven Secrets to Getting Heard in Your Job and in Your Relationship." Dr. Veronica isn't your typical guest; she's an Ivy-educated eye surgeon, a practicing psychic, a human design relationship coach, and a third-degree black belt in taekwondo. In this episode, she shares her personal story of feeling overlooked and underappreciated, despite her impressive credentials, and how this led to burnout in her ophthalmology career. Dr. Veronica discusses the challenge many high-achieving women face in finding recognition and respect in their professional lives. She talks about the necessity for leaders to look after their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being and the power of trusting one's intuition. She also introduces the concept of human design, a tool to help understand individual strengths and navigate the world more effectively. The conversation then turns to intuition in decision-making and problem-solving, particularly in improving personal and professional relationships. Dr. Veronica explains that while everyone has intuition, many haven't learned to use or trust it. She shares her experiences as a medical intuitive, where she offers insights and guidance beyond what traditional Western medicine provides. Dr. Veronica highlights tools like the Kolbe Index for enhancing talent acquisition and team building by understanding cognitive abilities and natural action styles. She stresses the importance of self-understanding and understanding others to foster productive work environments. Overall, this episode sheds light on the intersection of intuition and authenticity in professional and personal development. Dr. Veronica's unique blend of experiences and professional training provides a unique perspective on finding respect and fulfillment in life. Quotes: “I'm what's called a quick start, which means I'm a visionary, innovator, fire, aim, ready type person. I come up with ideas. I'm very impulsive. I am naturally intuitive in my brain and in my energy. And so being a doctor where you got to stay in the box, was boring but also just hard work for me because I wasn't in the flow of where I should be. And this is important for HR professionals to hear because you will see somebody that looks like a superstar and then they seem to crash and burn.” (9:30 | Dr. Veronica Anderson) “Every illness and injury or mental problem that you're having is a signal from the universe of some kind of spiritual issue that's going on in you.” (18:30 | Dr. Veronica Anderson) “Trust, learn about your intuition and use it and follow it above everything else. It will never fail you.” (36:59 | Dr. Veronica Anderson)   Links: Learn more about Mike Horne on Linkedin Email Mike at Learn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike Horne Twitter:  Instagram:,  LinkedIn Mike’s Newsletter:,  Schedule a Discovery Call with Mike:     Learn more about Dr. Veronica Anderson Website: LinkedIn: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter:   Podcast production and show notes provided by
38:16 12/12/23
Episode 118: Getting Personal with Robert Indries, Global Business Advisor
In this inspiring episode of the Authentic Change Podcast, host Mike Horne sits down with entrepreneur Robert Indries. Robert's journey from a humble family in Romania to the helm of multiple seven-figure businesses is nothing short of remarkable. He delves into his initial dreams of engineering and how a dissatisfaction with corporate leadership and culture pivoted him towards entrepreneurship. Robert opens up about the formidable early years of his business venture, where profits were virtually non-existent for the first three years. Yet, in a dramatic turn during the fourth year, his business skyrocketed, hitting over a million dollars in revenue. The key, he reveals, was fostering a workplace culture that empowers employees to think and act like entrepreneurs, focusing on their overall well-being. The conversation takes a personal turn as Robert discusses how he overcame dyslexia. He shares his love for extensive reading and writing articles as a means to conquer this challenge. Robert also offers a glimpse into his lifestyle choices that contribute to his success - from abstaining from smoking to limiting coffee and sugar and embracing a mostly vegan diet. Robert emphasizes the significance of small, consistent actions in the pursuit of success. He advocates for setting clear visions, identifying strategic priorities, and establishing quarterly goals to steadily advance towards these objectives. He highlights the importance of mindfulness and finding joy in the journey, rather than depending solely on habits. Robert imparts valuable advice on productivity and time management. He encourages listeners to prioritize their objectives, break them into smaller, actionable tasks, and concentrate on activities that directly drive towards their goals. This approach, he shares, has been instrumental in the success of both his businesses and personal life. Listeners are left with a wealth of insights into not just building a thriving business, but also overcoming life's hurdles and living a balanced, fulfilling life. This episode is a testament to the power of resilience, vision, and strategic action in achieving entrepreneurial success and personal well-being. Quotes: “Okay, I'm going to cure this, I'm going to literally put in the time to read all of these books, write all of these articles, practice reading, practice writing like crazy for one to two years or more, as much as it takes so that I don't have this issue any longer.” (9:19 | Robert Indries) “Many people feel that they have to choose. It's either career or health or it's either career or children or family or whatever, things of that nature. I always believe it's both. You can have an amazing career. You can be very successful financially. You can have an amazing relationship with your spouse and family. You can be very, very healthy and so on and so forth. As long as you implement the correct systems in your life, you should be able to have all of that.” (17:04 | Robert Indries)  “Anything you can do, write it down, and then you do it one day at a time.” (25:04 | Robert Indries)  Links: Learn more about Mike Horne on Linkedin Email Mike at Learn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike Horne Twitter:  Instagram:,  LinkedIn Mike’s Newsletter:,  Schedule a Discovery Call with Mike:     Learn more about Robert Indries Website:   Podcast production and show notes provided by
26:41 12/5/23
Episode 117: “Becoming Coachable” Book Review
Great leaders are made, not born, and it starts with becoming coachable. In this solo episode of the Authentic Change Podcast, host Mike Horne, dives into the transformative world of leadership with insights from the book "Becoming Coachable" by Scott Osmond, Jacqueline Lane, and Marshall Goldsmith. Mike, with his rich experience providing leadership coaching to technical leaders and their teams, expertly navigates through the crucial aspects of personal growth and leadership development. Bringing his vast experience in executive coaching and organizational development to the forefront, Mike discusses the changing landscape of modern workplaces. He emphasizes the need for building trust and strong relationships in an era increasingly shaped by technologies like artificial intelligence. Challenging conventional work-life balance notions, he advocates for a more integrated approach, blending personal and professional lives seamlessly. A significant focus of the episode is on the power of self-awareness in leadership. Mike, with his credentials in various coaching methodologies and leadership programs, underscores the importance of authenticity and the alignment of thoughts, words, and actions for achieving personal satisfaction and professional success. Drawing from his own book, "Integrity by Design," Mike shares insights into living and working with authenticity. Mike also commends "Becoming Coachable" for its deep dive into leadership styles, the intricacies of coaching relationships, and adaptability to change. He highlights the critical role of creating a culture of coachability and self-discovery within organizations, a concept crucial for HR leaders and professionals. Visit for more information and to access valuable resources, including a sample chapter of "Integrity by Design" and the 52 Meditations guides. Join the community of people-centered leadership and strive for a world where integrity, authenticity, and growth are at the core of all actions and decisions. Quotes: “If you want to be a decent leader, you need to be known for managing your teams effectively, promoting growth, exhibiting confidence in your authority and your power and accountability. Because working with remarkable people comes an enormous continuous cycle of self-improvement where coaching comes into play and operating at a peak efficiency. It's not just something that we desire. It's almost downright necessary in the pace, in the speed at which innovation occurs.” (13:13 | Mike Horne) “What I have found among certainly influential leaders worldwide with whom I have worked is recognition of the power of coachability.” (13:52 | Mike Horne)  “We are always talking, as does Becoming Coachable, about the power of self-awareness and how it's so important to know yourself in order to grow others. And there are plenty of examples that they bring and some techniques that will help you on this journey of self-discovery that I think you can only get when you work directly one-on-one with a coach like myself. And that's what I'd encourage.” (15:59 | Mike Horne)    Links: Learn more about Mike Horne on Linkedin Email Mike at Learn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike Horne Website: Twitter:  Instagram:,  LinkedIn Mike’s Newsletter:,  Schedule a Discovery Call with Mike:   Podcast production and show notes provided by
23:06 11/28/23
Episode 116: Neurosurgeon, Writer, Educator, and Speaker Gary R. Simonds on Personal Leadership
Step into the world of neurosurgery and discover the unexpected intersection of medical challenges, personal resilience, and the subtle art of kindness in our latest Authentic Change Podcast episode with Gary R. Simonds. In this engaging episode, host Mike Horne joins Gary, a neurosurgeon, writer, educator, and speaker in conversation. Gary shares his unique perspective on a range of topics, from the demanding world of neurosurgery to the crucial concepts of burnout and resilience, and the significant role of kindness. Gary talks about his foray into writing with his novel, "Death's Pale Flag," motivated by his desire to offer a behind-the-scenes look into neurosurgery and to honor the courage of patients and their families. He also shares his extensive work on burnout and resilience, initiated by concerns within his neurosurgery team, leading to collaboration with a clinical psychologist to foster resilience and wellness in healthcare professionals. The conversation then turns to the dynamics of power and authority in medicine. Gary emphasizes the importance of clear communication and educational skills, particularly in delivering difficult news to patients and their families. He also discusses the need for self-awareness and emotional intelligence when navigating complex situations in healthcare. Gary highlights how kindness not only benefits others but also positively impacts the person performing the act. He encourages a conscious effort to recognize and appreciate positive experiences and acts of kindness in professional and personal settings. Quotes: “It's important to actually rehearse and look for best practices, get critique from your colleagues, and really work on your skills of communication. Communication skills are obviously absolutely critical here.” (24:45 | Gary Simonds) “The better job we do at working with the family, working with the patient, the more suffering we're potentially easing. One of the central points of being a physician is trying to help with human suffering.”  (27:39 | Gary Simonds) "There is even neuroscience evidence that repeated acts of kindness will strengthen the reward centers of your brain and bring you more joy and happiness." (29:35 | Gary Simonds) “We would tell people, you know, write down five a day for a while, for two weeks, write down five things that went well today. Or, you know, even just a nice song on the radio that brought you, you know, positive waves. Well, what happens is if you do that, if you force yourself to do it, what happens after a while is your brain will just start seeking the stuff out itself. You don't have to tell it after a while, it'll start noticing it.” (32:45 | Gary Simonds)    Links: Learn more about Mike Horne on Linkedin Email Mike at Learn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike Horne Twitter:  Instagram:,  LinkedIn Mike’s Newsletter:,  Schedule a Discovery Call with Mike:     Learn more about Gary R Simonds MD MS FAANS LinkedIn: Website: Facebook: Instagram: TikTok: Pinterest: Books:   Podcast production and show notes provided by
37:26 11/21/23
Episode 115: Unlocking Innovation: A Conversation with Tech Titan and Machine Learning Enthusiast, Jeremy Littlejohn
Is it really possible to use technology to improve people performance?  Join Mike Horne in conversation with Jeremy Littlejohn, the visionary CEO and co-founder of With a wealth of leadership experience in the IT sector, Jeremy recounts his professional evolution, tracing the path from his 13-year leadership at Risk Networks through its acquisition by Flexera to the founding of HR Data Solutions and Team Rocket. Can you predict engagement and performance in teams? Jeremy unveils a predictive analytics model originally crafted for sales teams. Boasting a 75-80% success rate in forecasting employee performance, he discusses the hurdles faced, particularly regarding data inconsistency and skepticism towards AI in HR processes, which ultimately steered him towards This new venture,, promises a revolution in leader-to-employee communication, leveraging asynchronous video tools for a more nuanced and impactful exchange. Jeremy elaborates on its application in performance assessments, executive updates, and client relations, advocating for its less stressful and more personable approach. In wrapping up, Jeremy imparts two foundational tips for entrepreneurial spirits: the criticality of enduring commitment to one's vision, and the imperative for leaders to personify the attributes they seek in their teams. He champions the concept of leading from the front, challenging HR executives to instill this ethos at the heart of corporate culture. Quotes: "Today we're focused heavily on really helping both leaders for their employees, and also marketers for their customers, put their authentic selfs out there." (03:31 | Jeremy Littlejohn) “Performance reviews had become these things that were either solely so that I could remove an employee. I needed to do a performance review so that I can give you a bad review so that I can play a paper trail to move you out of the business. Or they were always tied to compensation. It was like, your performance review is really my decision about whether you're getting a raise or not, or a bonus. It wasn't really what performance reviews were designed to do, which was to say, let's have a talk about what the goals are and how we can improve or how I can help you.” (20:06 | Jeremy Littlejohn) “The concept of AI or machine learning making a prediction about someone's future is uncomfortable.” (18:31 | Jeremy Littlejohn)  “Whether it's being authentic, whether it's demonstrating core values for your business, whether it's being on video, it doesn't matter. If the leader doesn't do it, the employees are never going to do it. (33:14 | Jeremy Littlejohn)   Links: Learn more about Mike Horne on Linkedin Email Mike at Learn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike Horne Twitter:  Instagram:,  LinkedIn Mike’s Newsletter:,  Schedule a Discovery Call with Mike:   Learn more about Jeremy Littlejohn: LinkedIn:       Podcast production and show notes provided by  
36:24 11/14/23
Episode 114: Nico Lagan on Helping Men Find Their Purpose
Gentleman, have you ever felt like you're drifting through life without a clear direction or purpose? In the latest episode of the Authentic Change Podcast, host Mike Horne dives into this issue with Nico Lagan, entrepreneur, men's coach, and host of The Nico Lagan Show. Together, they explore Nico's transformative journey, recounting the pivotal moments that led him to champion the cause of helping men rediscover their true masculinity and purpose.  Nico points out that many men today, feeling lost, often face feelings of depression and lack of direction. He believes that men’s purpose coaching can offer a lifeline, guiding men to rediscover their strength and drive. Nico believes there are  five essential virtues for men: courage, protection, provision, temperance, and faith. He talks about how courage is the foundation for all other virtues, highlighting the importance of being reliable and standing up for what's right. He also discusses the broader concept of protection, emphasizing the role of men in creating a supportive environment for their families. Provision, according to Nico, is about ensuring the well-being of one's family, both emotionally and financially. Lastly, temperance and faith underscore the importance of emotional balance and self-belief.  Nico consistently stresses the importance of self-awareness and the need for regular self-reflection. He encourages men to reduce distractions, spend time outdoors, and prioritize their well-being. By doing this, he suggests, men can live more aligned and genuine lives.  Quotes: “The first step is always the same. Admit that there's a problem and the problem is you. And this is what I do. We started, we, we just, we just, we will deconstruct everything that you've built to make excuses. Once you accept the fact that your life is in the situation that it is in because of you, you can reclaim that power and say, with that in mind, what do I control?” (6:40 | Nico Lagan)  “If I cannot trust that you're courageous, I cannot trust you as an individual because I never know who's going to show up depending on the situation in which we find ourselves in.” (33:06 | Nico Lagan) “If you're not tempered, you're easily controllable. That means anybody out there can play with your feelings and make you react in a negative way because you're not controlled yet.” (41:37 | Nico Lagan)  “How can you ever build self-confidence if you don't first believe in yourself? How can I create a new relationship with someone if I don't first believe that they are the person they say they are? And how can I ever find purpose in my life if I don't first believe that I was put here for a reason? This is what faith is to me.” (42:27 | Nico Lagan)    Links:  Learn more about Mike Horne on Linkedin Email Mike at Learn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike Horne Twitter:  Instagram:,  LinkedIn Mike’s Newsletter:,  Schedule a Discovery Call with Mike:     Learn more about Nico Lagan: YouTube: nicolagan IG: @realnicolagan FB: @realnicolagan TK: @realnicolagan Website:      Podcast production and show notes provided by
45:53 11/7/23
Episode 113: Embracing Positive Intelligence: Overcoming Saboteurs and Cultivating the Sage Within
Ever felt a nagging voice inside holding you back just as you're about to take a leap forward? What if you could identify and overcome these internal adversaries to unlock your true potential? In this inaugural "solo" episode of Authentic Change, Mike Horne dives into the transformative power of 'Positive Intelligence' and reveals how to conquer these silent saboteurs. Drawing from the work of Shirzad Chamine's book, "Positive Intelligence", Mike explores the power of positive psychology and its impact on personal transformation and leadership development. This episode should be useful for anyone seeking to foster a more positive and resilient mindset in their personal and professional lives. Mike's expertise as a leadership coach shines through as he discusses the concept of mental saboteurs and how they obstruct professional success and personal happiness. He not only identifies these saboteurs but also provides practical techniques to conquer negative thought patterns and develop a sage perspective characterized by empathy, creativity, and resilience. HR leaders will find value in this episode, as Mike suggests ways to incorporate positive intelligence into leadership team development and organizational culture, fostering a more positive, productive, and resilient workforce. In addition to exploring positive intelligence, Mike also draws a comparison to the immunity to change work by Bob Keegan and Lisa Leahy. While positive intelligence focuses on overcoming mental saboteurs and fostering a sage perspective, immunity to change delves into subconscious resistances that hinder personal and professional growth. Both approaches offer valuable tools for personal transformation, with positive intelligence enhancing mental resilience and positivity, and immunity to change targeting hidden commitments and assumptions that contradict change goals. Whether you're a leader seeking personal transformation or an HR leader looking to create a more positive and resilient organizational culture, positive intelligence can be a valuable resource.   Quotes: “We can work together to understand how saboteurs obstruct this personal happiness, this congruency, and we'll do it with some practical techniques, as suggested by Chamine, to conquer negative thought patterns. The other thing that I can do in a coaching relationship now is to really help clients to develop their sage perspective to foster empathy, creativity, and exploratory mindset that encourages a more positive response to challenges, enhances, I think, resilience, enhances performance, and particularly in these very demanding executive roles and leadership roles that my clients face and our clients face.” (6:43 | Mike Horne) “An HR leader can implement strategies that really foster and support mental health and foster a more positive and resilient workforce. And you could even incorporate it into your conflict resolution strategies. By helping individuals understand their saboteurs and develop the sage mindset, perhaps they can resolve conflicts more constructively and relationships within teams can be strengthened. (10:24 | Mike Horne)  "Positive intelligence focuses on enhancing mental resilience and positivity." (12:33 | Mike Horne) “Positive intelligence is the measure of the degree to which your mind is serving you versus sabotaging you.” (14:13 | Mike Horne) Links: Learn more about Mike Horne on Linkedin Email Mike at Learn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike Horne Twitter:  Instagram:,  LinkedIn Mike’s Newsletter:,  Schedule a Discovery Call with Mike:      Podcast production and show notes provided by
15:47 10/31/23
Episode 112: Unconditional Power: A System for Thriving
Unlocking personal power can be a game-changer in an executive's journey. In this engaging episode, Mike Horne is in conversation with Stephen Gaffney, the author of 'Unconditional Power: Thriving in Any Situation.' Stephen offers a fresh take on harnessing this power. Ever found moods impeding your productivity? Gaffney breaks down the three primary moods and illustrates how one can pivot from feeling constrained to embodying unconditional power. He provides concrete strategies designed for disrupting detrimental patterns, reframing challenges, and adopting an expansive mindset.  Stephen emphasizes the transformative potential of holding a belief in limitless possibilities. He also stresses the importance of cultivating gratitude, illustrating how this simple shift can alter perspectives and deepen appreciation for both personal accomplishments and team contributions.    Quotes: “Have you ever noticed that when you're in a good mood, you're smarter?" (03:53 |  Stephen Gaffney)  “I believe that all problems have opportunities inside of them. But the question is, what do we focus on? We focus on the opportunities or we focus on the problem.” (12:14 | Stephen Gaffney)  “Have you ever presented somebody with a lot of data, a lot of information that clearly makes your argument and yet they don't move on it? Or things that we know, gosh, it makes so much sense, but we don't move on it. What makes people move is emotions, and then they need that information, that logic, to justify it." (17:43 | Stephen Gaffney) “You don't have to wait for other people to change and we don't have to wait for ourselves to change - change can happen in an instant. So it's like flipping that switch. And that's what I say about, you know, unconditional power and breakneck speed, because you can really move this fast and make a huge difference now.” (20:12 | Stephen Gaffney) Links: Mentioned in this episode: Learn more about Mike Horne on Linkedin Email Mike at Learn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike Horne   Learn more about Steven Gaffney: Website:   Podcast production and show notes provided by
24:31 10/24/23
Episode 111: Sustainable Sales: Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
"The secret to your success is really about how well you take care of yourself," says Luis Baez. In this episode of the Authentic Change Podcast, host Mike Horne welcomes a special guest, Luis Baez, a Bronx-raised, proud gay, Puerto Rican-American, and former Silicon Valley C-suite professional. Luis is dedicated to serving online business owners, including consultants, coaches, B2B startups, and SaaS companies. With over 14 years of experience in sales and marketing, Luis brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table. As an introvert, Luis shares his unique perspective on sales and entrepreneurship. Despite his natural inclination towards the background, he has found success by focusing on connecting with people, earning their trust, and stepping into a consultative and coaching role. Luis emphasizes the importance of authenticity in sales, encouraging professionals to be themselves and have the courage to admit when they don't have all the answers. Throughout the episode, Luis discusses the changing landscape of business-to-business sales, particularly in the virtual realm. He highlights the need for personalized and engaging customer experiences, as well as the importance of surprising and delighting customers along their buying journey. Luis also shares his insights on the initial conversation between a coach and a prospect, emphasizing the need to focus on the prospect's needs and goals. Luis's ultimate goal is to empower and enable sales reps to take ownership of their book of business and create meaningful connections with customers. Mike and Luis discuss the benefits of having a sales coach, including consistent growth, a flexible schedule, work-life balance, and a healthier lifestyle. Luis encourages listeners to prioritize self-care and take care of their mental and physical well-being, as it directly impacts their success in sales.   Quotes: "We want to be thinking about, of course, designing customer experiences that meet them exactly where they expect to be met, but also think about the element or the opportunity of surprising and delighting." (13:29 | Luis Baez)  "You have to help that person organize the chaos in their mind and articulate the problem, and then help them design the path to getting there." (16:10 | Luis Baez) "Authenticity requires the additional layer of courage and making sure that you are expending that energy and showing up as yourself." (21:48 | Luis Baez) "The secret to your success is really about how well you take care of yourself. Because the work that you do requires optimal quality of mind and body." (27:53 | Luis Baez)   Links: Learn more about Mike Horne on Linkedin Email Mike at Learn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike Horne   Learn more about Luis Báez: CTA: Website: IG: @itsluisbaez FB: LI:     Podcast production and show notes provided by
29:27 10/17/23
Episode 110: Addressing Systemic Discrimination by Reframing the Problem
Imagine a world where individuals facing systemic discrimination are empowered to reframe their problems and find solutions that not only benefit themselves but also improve the work environment for everyone. In this episode, Dr. Frank Douglas discusses his journey from academia to leadership roles in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. He highlights the importance of equity and inclusion in organizations and emphasizes the need to empower individuals who are aggrieved by discrimination. One powerful tool Dr. Douglas introduces is the concept of Victors in Overcoming Injustice in their Professions (VIPs). These individuals, who have overcome discrimination themselves, provide support and guidance to those facing similar challenges. By engaging with VIPs, aggrieved individuals feel heard and understood, while also gaining valuable perspectives on issues of equity and inclusion. Dr. Douglas's approach goes beyond traditional diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs by focusing on the individual and helping them reframe their problems. Through webinars, workshops, and his book, 'Addressing Systemic Discrimination by Reframing the Problem,' Dr. Douglas offers practical strategies for individuals to navigate and overcome discrimination in their professional lives. If you're a leader or coach seeking fresh perspectives on authentic leadership and want to make a difference in eradicating systemic discrimination, Dr. Douglas's wisdom and experience will inspire you to challenge the status quo, empower individuals, and create a more inclusive and equitable work environment.   Quotes: "So I decided that it would make sense to put a group together where we could focus on the individual and empower that individual to learn how to reframe problems and to find what I call a better problem to solve so that they can have the appropriate dialogue with the manager and come to a resolution that is not only important for them and not only gets them to their desired outcome, but also improves the work group that they're in.” (14:13 | Dr. Frank Douglas )  "The reframing process is about getting individuals to see the problems from their grief perspective, to walk in the person's shoes, and then to find a problem that not only meets the desired outcome of the aggrieved individual, but improves also the environment in which that aggrieved individual works." (28:13 | Dr. Frank Douglas)  "It is very simple. If an aggrieved individual goes to have a conversation with a manager, and it's about all the problems that are happening to that individual, versus, here's a problem that is affecting the group, and here are some solutions for the group. And by the way, if we did this, it would also solve my problem. That's a different discussion." (28:46 | Dr. Frank Douglas )   Links: Mentioned in this episode: Learn more about Mike Horne on Linkedin Email Mike at Learn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike Horne   Learn more about Frank L. Douglas: Website: LinkedIn: Podcast production and show notes provided by
30:07 10/10/23
Episode 109: Jump Start Your Culture with Eric D. Stone
"Culture is this catalyst to execution and getting a group of people to achieve the uncommon, unleashing people's true potential," says Eric Stone. In this episode of the Authentic Change Podcast, Mike Horne welcomes Eric Stone, a seasoned leader with a special track record for creating high-performance cultures. With a 26-year career at Enterprise Holdings, one of North America's largest privately held companies, Eric shares his insights on what it takes to connect with and motivate employees from all generations and demographics to create exceptional results. In his new book, "Jumpstart Your Workplace Culture: A Roadmap for Igniting High Performance," Eric shares practical strategies for creating a strong and engaging culture. He emphasizes the importance of aligning personal and company values, selecting employees based on character, and providing clear goals and expectations. Eric also highlights the significance of employee training, development, recognition, and empowerment in avoiding burnout and fostering memorable customer experiences. His experiences and insights inspire listeners to embrace their values, develop strong relationships with their teams, and create a culture that drives high performance and success. Quotes: "I look at culture as this catalyst to execution and getting a group of people to achieve the uncommon, unleashing people's true potential." (9:05 | Eric Stone)  "So how do you get people to avoid burnout? Well, if you create strong relationships with your team and build initiatives from the beginning through their journey, that's one real important thing. If you supply them with the training, the proper development, the information and equipment, and to get that desired outcome, that's going to be very helpful. If you truly get to develop them personally and professionally, that's important. If you're very clear in communicating your goals and expectations, that's important. And you want to be able to recognize and reward excellence. And when you package those together, the importance of the training one really overlaps a lot of them. And most people tend to get burnt out when they really are in an unknown. They get anxious, frustrated, disengaged when they don't know where they are, where they're standing, or they're getting no guidance. I truly believe people want to do really well. I don't think they show up in corporate America and want to be terrible." (15:02 | Eric Stone) "You know, whatever your grading is, whether it's a one to five, whether it's a 'meets/succeeds', thing is, what does it mean to 'meet'? What are those key things that would be consistent along the ranking system? What does it mean to 'exceed' or to be 'outstanding'? And what are some of those numbers that would lead to an outstanding performance? And so to me, it's just really getting defined. So you're having consistency." (27:04 | Eric Stone) Links: Learn more about Mike Horne on Linkedin Email Mike at mike@mike-horne.comLearn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike Horne   Learn more about Eric D. Stone: LinkedIn: Instagram: Facebook: Website:   Podcast production and show notes provided by
37:54 10/3/23
Episode 108: Become an Achiever with Ram V. Iyer
"Every one of you is capable of doing a whole lot better than you currently are, period." says Ram V. Iyer. With an impressive background marked by dual master's degrees and experiences spanning Fortune 100 enterprises to Silicon Valley, distinguished business expert Ram V. Iyer brings a fresh perspective on what keeps "smart" people from being successful. For anyone, especially HR professionals, leaders, and coaches, aiming to improve personal and business performance for clients or teams, this is a must listen. Ram delves deeply into heightened self-awareness, highlighting its essential role in understanding one's strengths, weaknesses, and the perceptions of others. He also introduces the concept of "smartness," a step beyond mere intelligence, underscoring the importance of effectively applying knowledge in real-world scenarios. Drawing from his assessments, Ram presents intriguing findings on the pitfalls that often beset highly intelligent individuals, notably a lack of action orientation and a tendency towards perfectionism. Navigating these "success inhibitors," he suggests, can unlock immense potential. The episode also dives into the realm of mindset, with Ram championing the power of a growth perspective. He stresses the value of learning from both triumphs and setbacks, positioning such experiences as foundational to becoming truly unstoppable. Furthermore, he touches upon the significance of fostering a positive relationship with money. Alongside these insights, Ram equips listeners with practical advice and tools to facilitate meaningful transformations in their professional and personal lives. Quotes: "Awareness of self is very different from self-awareness. Self-awareness is simply what you have understood about yourself, but you can also understand and learn a lot about yourself by talking to others who know you well." (11:47 | Ram Iyer)  “The number one reason why people who are highly intelligent are not as successful as they'd like to be is they fail to act. They have poor action orientation. They don't act in a timely fashion. That is behavior. But what I found was underlying it? Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons why. They have high standards. It's not ready yet. By the time you're ready, the market is gone." (18:35 | Ram Iyer)  "You have to go and identify your silent killers of success and mitigate them." (20:03 | Ram Iyer) "You need to have a growth mindset, meaning you're open to listening to the feedback that the assessments are providing." (23:18 | Ram Iyer) "Change takes effort. Change takes time. Change is hard work." (34:47 | Ram Iyer) "Knowledge is useful, but unless you take action, it's fairly useless." (36:00 | Ram Iyer) Links: Mentioned in this episode: Learn more about Mike Horne on Linkedin Email Mike at Learn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike Horne   Learn more about Ram V. Iyer: Website:  LinkedIn:   Podcast production and show notes provided by
37:26 9/26/23
Episode 107: Building Your Resilience Plan for Work Performance & Mental Health
“Resilience is our ability to go into diversity and come out stronger,” says Dr. Marie-Helene, an award-winning practicing psychologist with over 20 years experience in clinical psychology and advisory workplace psychology. Dr. Marie-Helene’s forthcoming book will help you to form your own resilience plan based on your core values both personal and professional and the various demands and sources of supply around you both positive and negative. A cookie cutter approach, she explains, is not effective. Instead, you must build a strategy that is realistically implementable and individualized.  Resilience is not a personality trait, nor does it provide immunity to troubles. Rather, anyone can build resilience over time and is a strong protective factor to our mental health and provides healing from burnout, creating more space for happiness. It also changes over time, influenced by various factors represented in our daily lives.  On today’s episode of Authentic Change, Dr. Marie-Helene offers steps to take to create your own resilience strategy, which considers physical health and nutrition, protecting our relationships, and elements such as time spent in nature or volunteering. The sooner you start building and nurturing your resilience resource the faster you will begin to heal, and with just a small investment of time, you’ll soon be on your way! Quotes: “Things are continuing to change, and the level of change, the pace of change is continuing probably to increase, which in itself, if that's the reality, that's the reality, what's most important is that we just adapt how we work with it and become agile in creating plans that are that we can modify and evolve over time.” (6:11 | Dr. Marie-Helene) “A cookie cutter approach is not working. We're still seeing the burnout rates, we're still seeing increases. And so in burnout in mental health challenges in general. So just having this information is not cutting it. We need to be strategic about it.” (8:24 | Dr. Marie-Helene) “Resilience is not immunity, I would call it a protective factor. It’s protecting us. But it's not solid immunity.” (16:03 | Dr. Marie-Helene)  “The key to experiencing that sense of flow and happiness is being clear on what our values are–and everyone is clear on a few values. I'm talking about many of your values– going a bit broader and deeper. Because that clarity, then, and the alignment between that clarity and how we build our daily, weekly, monthly yearly life, will then have an impact on our sense of happiness.” (23:20 | Dr. Marie-Helene)  “What I say in my work is that unhelpful thoughts will eat your best intentions for breakfast.” (29:36 | Dr. Marie-Helene) Links: Mentioned in this episode: Learn more about Mike Horne on Linkedin Email Mike at Learn More About Executive and Organization Development with Mike Horne   Learn more about Dr. Marie-Helene Pelletier: Join the Book Launch Team: LinkedIn: Instagram: Website: Pre-Order the Book:     Podcast production and show notes provided by
34:01 9/19/23