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The Green Apple Podcast: don't let professionalism suffocate your personality

“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. We discuss how these passions continue to impact their career in surprising ways.
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Sep 20, 2017

Tony Nitti has been pursuing passions outside of work since before he even started his first job out of college. Having graduated a semester early, he had extra time before needing to report to the Arthur Andersen office, so he moved to Vermont to ski nearly every day. This lead to him pursuing other passions over the years, including racing mountain bikes, back country skiing, and climbing – all reasons he moved to Colorado. After narrowly surviving a brain aneurism several years ago, he’s now more committed than ever to these passions and maximizing his time here.

In this episode, Tony and I talk about how important it was for him to realize that he was completely removed from the things that made him happy by working longer hours and being stuck in a never-ending race to get the most billable hours. He says, "If I let the passions part of me die then everything in my life is going to suffer." Professionalism preaches a false hope that grinding out more hours is the path to success. It’s much better to feel satisfied in all areas of your life, realizing that your hobbies and passions are much more a part of you than your job is. These are also the ways that we’re able to connect with others in a stronger way. “The real skill I have isn’t my understanding of tax law but that I have the ability to communicate it with people because I am an actual person.”

Sep 18, 2017

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, "7 Traits That Will Help You Build Great Teams that Deliver Amazing Results" by Gordon Tredgold.

Sep 13, 2017

Jaime Rein knows what working under pressure is like, having been a trained chef for many years prior to getting into bookkeeping. When she made the move, she thought she was leaving that world behind but quickly realized how much her training benefited her bookkeeping career. Being flexible to pivot at any moment, working through stressful times, being confident in your skills, having grace under fire, and “presenting the plate” to the customer are all very similar in both worlds – and things Jaime does very well. While training to be a chef, she learned the phrase “mise en place”, which is French or everything has it’s place, which just so happens to be exactly the same as bookkeeping.

 

In this episode, Jaime and I talk about how she was reluctant to share her past with clients for fear they wouldn’t take her seriously. The only downside she’s found is now people are nervous inviting her over for dinner thinking that she’ll be judging their cooking. She has realized how much she’s able to relate to her clients because most of them are also small business owners who have big dreams but could be at a point where they might need to walk away, which she proves is completely okay. Most importantly, by sharing passions you begin to realize that no one really conforms because we all have a story that is both unique and brilliant. In Jaime’s words, "It makes life a little bit brighter when you’re not talking just numbers."

 

Jaime Rein is the owner of Rein Business Services in Prince George, British Columbia.

 

She graduated from the College of New Caledonia with a Bookkeeping degree and later earned her CPB designation.

Sep 11, 2017

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 talk about their highlights from the Accountex Conference in Boston last week. From Rachel's breakout session and panel discussion, to John being on The Key Accounts Facebook Live video, to the Sage VIP Event, and then the TSheets private tour of Fenway Park, they both had a great time and appreciated meeting so many of their listeners!

Sep 9, 2017

John Garrett takes his digital recorder around the Accountex Conference to interview accountants who are shattering the stereotype.

In this episode, he talks with a group of professionals who have interests outside of work including coaching ladies kickball, taking part in triathlons, connecting and sharing resources on social media, and traveling.

Sep 8, 2017

John Garrett takes his digital recorder around the Accountex Conference to interview accountants who are shattering the stereotype.

In this episode, he talks with a group of Australians who like gardening, traveling, underwater photography, and playing jazz trumpet.

Sep 7, 2017

John Garrett takes his digital recorder around the Accountex Conference to interview accountants who are shattering the stereotype.

In this episode, he talks with a group of Australians who like gardening, traveling, underwater photography, and playing jazz trumpet.

Sep 6, 2017

Jonathan Ankney became an avid cyclist after starting his accounting career, using it as a way to clear his mind from work. In his words, “creative people need to think,” so this is where he’s able to process a lot that he can’t while he’s in the office. On top of regularly riding to and from his off in New York City, Jonathan has also taken his bike to ride all over Korea.

In this episode, Jonathan and I talk about how his cycling has given him many skills that help in his business as a solopreneur: endurance, pacing, and planning. Prior to his accounting career, he was a professional musician, so he’s able to be more creative and mentally nimble at work. All of these traits make him a much better accountant. We also discuss how he was reluctant to share with coworkers at first because he didn’t feel like it mattered to his career. No he connects with other cyclists when he’s wearing his bicycle tie or they see pictures in his office.

Sep 4, 2017

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 ATD article, "3 Reasons Employee Engagement Is Declining And How Managers Can Improve It" by Victor Lipman.

Aug 30, 2017

Meg Vito grew up exploring with her family, often taking trips as long as three months as her parents made it a priority to see as much as possible. Now she considers herself to be a “weekend warrior”, spending her time away from work hiking, camping, canoeing and exploring the outdoors – not only across Canada but other countries as well.

In this episode, Meg and I talk about how her exploring has given her confidence and self-reliance so she is less afraid to take risks. She also finds that her Philosophy degree has given her some unique critical thinking skills that translate to her being a better trusted advisor for her clients, because "developing trust is one of the most important things we can do." We discuss some of the things that Elements does to foster trust amongst the team and how Meg finds that "Often times when you do a little digging, people are more complex than they appear."

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