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The Green Apple Podcast: shattering the professional stereotype

“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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Sep 19, 2018

Dave Erb became interested in hunting lighthouses through his passion for boating. Living in Maine has given him so many opportunities to explore areas that are harder to get to, especially by land. It’s been nice time to share with his family, researching lighthouses and finding them while they’re out on the water, which gives everyone such a different perspective. One of his favorite lighthouses is on Halfway Rock in Maine, which is only accessible by helicopter.

In this episode, Dave and I talk about how it’s much easier to start a conversation about interests outside of work that can lead to a conversation about work, but it’s nearly impossible to go the other way. Living in Maine, it was natural for him to talk about his passion for boating but it took people asking him, “so what do you do on a boat all day?” for him to open up about his fascination in lighthouses. BerryDunn encourages sharing outside of work experiences at the start of meetings because, “I think we work better together because of the strength we build from sharing our passions.”

Sep 17, 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 Money Control article, "AI to create new jobs, enhance employee engagement: Report" by Money Control.

Sep 12, 2018

Rachel started geocaching after a friend introduced her to it in college. That’s where you’re in a worldwide scavenger hunt for hidden “treasures” using your GPS. After you find them, you sign or stamp that you were there, put it back for the next person to find, and make note of it online. Unless, of course, it’s your engagement ring – which is the really creative way her husband proposed to her!

In this episode, Rachel and I talk about how geocaching has allowed her to be more persistent and to look at issues at work from different angles. She’s also found it is helpful in making her more creative and keeps the inspiration flowing, which are both ideal when you’re in marketing. At first, she was reluctant to share because she didn’t want it t come across as a distraction. But Rachel began to open up over time, as she got more confident in her work skills and sensing the genuine interest of those around her.

Sep 10, 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 Dan Pontefract article, "You Are Way Too Busy; It's Hampering Your Ability To Think And Be Productive."

Sep 5, 2018

John Bly grew up going to the same lake every summer with his family. After college, he realized he wanted to expand his horizons further than that lake vacation and has since been to over 40 countries on every continent except Antarctica. One of his favorite trips was when he took his family to Aukland, New Zealand a few years ago.

In this episode, John and I talk about how it’s very important to decompress. He’s always going full speed in the office, so he’s found taking a quarterly trip helps him perform much better. John has also learned a lot about himself and others as he’s visited different cultures. Clients and coworkers enjoy hearing about his latest adventure, which helps create stronger relationships in the office. He leads by example because he feels it’s on the firm’s leadership to set the tone for their culture, saying, “If you encourage it the right way, it becomes a family-like atmosphere.”

Sep 3, 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 Christie Lindor article, "People Do Not Quit Companies, Managers or Leaders - They Quit Organizational Cultures" by Christie Lindor.

Aug 29, 2018

Paul Panabaker didn’t start travelling until after he graduated and had some work in Australia. Now, he travels all the time, especially for DFK International conference and also to visit friends in Thailand, where he’s been able to catch some monster fish. He’s also a pretty huge Toronto Raptors fan and has collected a lot of memorabilia over the years.

In this episode, Paul and I talk about how his travels have allowed him the ability to be engaged in other parts of the world and how business might be done there. The conference trips allow him to have in-person meetings with people that he does business with, making it a true connection that lasts. He feels that having a personality means having the ability to communicate with clients and coworkers, saying, “If you can have a relationship that’s a little bit more, then having a personality at work certainly doesn’t hurt.”

Aug 27, 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 FWA article, "Perspectives on Work-Life Integration: How to Make It Work For You" by the Financial Women's Association.

Aug 22, 2018

Elizabeth Pittelkow Kittner joined a bunch of coworkers at swing dance lessons in order for all of them to be able to dance at one of their weddings. She enjoyed it so much that she continues to take lessons and is even known to be dancing at the standing desk in her office as she moves through a problem. And if Bobby Darin’s Beyond the Sea comes on, you better be ready to see her in action.

In this episode, Elizabeth and I talk about how similar change management and dance are because even the smallest of movements can make a big difference. Demonstrating skills developed from outside interests above and beyond technical skills is even more important now, especially with automation and A.I. entering the workplace. She says, “We, at the core, are humans and we need to connect on multiple different levels to have the most effective relationships.”

Aug 20, 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 Achievers article, "Are You Having Fun at Work?" by Samira Hafezi.

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