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The Green Apple Podcast: there's life beyond the cubicle

“Recovering CPA” John Garrett talks with professionals who are shattering the stereotype by being known at work for a hobby or passion. Accountants, consultants, lawyers and other professionals are doing some really cool things after they leave the office -- things that impact their careers in surprising ways.
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Jul 18, 2018

Donny Shimamoto grew up in Hawaii with very practical parents, so he didn’t get to travel much until after college. Now he travels all the time and people have gotten to know him through his social media posts about the food he eats wherever he visits. He says he’s more of a pragmatic foodie because he feels it’s less about the cost and more about the taste and presentation.

In this episode, Donny and I talk about how he uses food to relate to others because he doesn’t watch much TV and isn’t really into sports. But everyone needs to eat, so he finds that business meals are a great way to create connections with others. He feels it’s up to each of us to allow others to get to know us better, always asking himself, “How can you create an opportunity for others to relate to you?”

Jul 16, 2018

The Green Apple Podcast does weekly "Green Apple Slices", where John Garrett and Rachel Fisch discuss a recent business article related to the Green Apple Message. These shorter segments are released each Monday, so don't miss an episode by subscribing on iTunes or an Android app.

This week, John and Rachel discuss an Irish Independent article, "How Understanding the Needs of Millennial Employees can Improve your Business" by Caroline McEnery.

Jul 11, 2018

Jennifer Warawa and her husband have been foster parents for a little over four years. Since they didn’t have children of their own, the couple decided to get certified after hearing about a small nonprofit agency in Atlanta that was struggling to find foster homes for the children in their system. Shortly thereafter, they were given two foster kids who were with them for nearly two years. One of the favorite memories for Jennifer is when her business connections, who had become personal connections, sent her foster kids Christmas cards from all over the world.

In this episode, Jennifer and I talk about how having foster children allows her to get a different perspective. No matter how crazy work might seem, there are other things much more important than work and seeing her foster kids helps remind her of that. Talking about being a foster parent with client and coworkers has been easy because she feels that business becomes personal. She also says, “Your vulnerabilities are what give you a unique perspective at work.”

Jul 9, 2018

The Green Apple Podcast does weekly "Green Apple Slices", where John Garrett and Rachel Fisch discuss a recent business article related to the Green Apple Message. These shorter segments are released each Monday, so don't miss an episode by subscribing on iTunes or an Android app.

This week, John and Rachel discuss a Chief Executive article, "Employee Experience Boiled Down To One Word" by Lior Arussy.

Jul 4, 2018

Jim Bourke started collecting baseball cards as a kid and now has every Topps baseball card except one – Mickey Mantle’s 1952 rookie card #311. He says he’ll be buying it the day after his last child graduates college. He grew up outside of New York City and was fortunate enough to attend many Yankees games growing up, which fueled his passion for baseball cards. Now, he also goes to the All-Star Game every year and coached his son’s Little League teams.

In this episode, Jim and I talk about how passion for something, no matter what it is, makes you stand out. He tells young accountants that he mentors, “Find something that’s yours and take it to the next level.” He learned early on in his career that in order to be successful, it was necessary to develop both his personal and professional lives. He’s also known for creating experiences for those around him, whether that’s taking staff someone unique while they’re out of town on a client visit or it’s sitting in the front row with clients at Yankees games and taking pictures with some of the players.

Jul 2, 2018

The Green Apple Podcast does weekly "Green Apple Slices", where John Garrett and Rachel Fisch discuss a recent business article related to the Green Apple Message. These shorter segments are released each Monday, so don't miss an episode by subscribing on iTunes or an Android app.

This week, John and Rachel discuss an Inc article, "5 Ways to Develop More Meaningful Relationships at Work" by Beth Fisher-Yoshida.

Jun 27, 2018

Chris McCabe has been playing both hockey and lacrosse since he was young. He had an older brother who also played, so he helped mentor Chris. Later, he attended the University of Vermont, becoming the captain of the Men’s Lacrosse team and later named to the 40th Anniversary Lacrosse team at UVM. Chris went on to play professionally for the Boston Blazers of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) and was inducted into the University of Vermont Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.

In this episode, Chris and I talk about how his playing sports gives him the strength and perspective to have a successful career. He finds that making a connection with others in the office makes a huge difference. He says, “It’s this inherent interest we have in one another that makes it a nice experience when we come to work.”

Jun 25, 2018

The Green Apple Podcast does weekly "Green Apple Slices", where John Garrett and Rachel Fisch discuss a recent business article related to the Green Apple Message. These shorter segments are released each Monday, so don't miss an episode by subscribing on iTunes or an Android app.

This week, John and Rachel discuss a Think Growth article, "Why Culture Doesn’t Just Happen" by Katie Burke.

Jun 20, 2018

Hannah Horton had owned a fiddle since she was young but could never find somewhere to take lessons. Then she moved to Nashville, started working at LBMC and was staffed on a client with Abby Parsons. One day it came up that Abby also had always wanted to try to learn to play, so they decided to sign up for lessons. Not only did this give them a reason to look forward to Saturdays during busy season, but it helped them in ways they couldn’t have imagined.

In this episode, Hannah, Abby, and I talk about how their fiddle lessons have opened up a lot of conversations in the office, allowing them to develop relationships with people in different service lines and even in different offices. They say, “It’s a fun, positive thing to talk about… a morale booster.” This made many people realize they needed to find hobbies as well.

Jun 18, 2018

The Green Apple Podcast does weekly "Green Apple Slices", where John Garrett and Rachel Fisch discuss a recent business article related to the Green Apple Message. These shorter segments are released each Monday, so don't miss an episode by subscribing on iTunes or an Android app.

This week, John and Rachel discuss a Harvard Business Review article, "Research Shows a Simple Way to Increase Your Engagement at Work" by Michael Parke and Justin Weinhardt.

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