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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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Apr 26, 2017

Cindy Schroeder is such a fan of all things Disney, that she considers herself to be a true "Disnerd". So much so that she's an Annual Walt Disney Passholder, allowing to take in as much Disney as her schedule will allow. She's been able to go behind the scenes at the Disney parks and other perks that would make any Disney fan lose their mind. By sharing this passion with clients, Cindy has been pleasantly surprised to find that there's always someone that shares your passion. She says, "If you don't talk about it, you'll never find those other people."

In this episode, we talk about how much the Walt Disney experience made her marketing skills so much better. It's even more impactful than going to a CPE marketing breakout session at a conference! She learned the attention to detail matters to how your clients feel, so she sends really fun cards and other treats to her clients on random days.

Apr 24, 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 Stitcher.

This week, John and Rachel discuss a Virgin Pulse article, "Organizational Culture".

Apr 19, 2017

Stacy Mueller might be the most popular person in the office, taking the time to bake cakes to celebrate people's birthdays. Seriously, who doesn't love cake?!? She's also known for quilting and making ginger bread houses, both things that she's perfected through years of family gatherings.

In this episode, Stacy and I talk about how these passions help humanize her and give the office an opportunity to take a break from only talking about work demands. We also discuss a new policy INT implemented during the interview process where the candidate meets with a few people for a cultural fit interview. The staff don't ask any technical questions at all but instead focus on the candidate's outside interests and personality, two things that are vital to a healthy work culture.

Apr 17, 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 Stitcher.

This week, John and Rachel discuss a UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School article, "Four Steps for Improving Employee Engagement".

Apr 12, 2017

Brian Wagner wasn't exactly in love with fly fishing the first few times he went, but a friend had invited him and promised cold beer was involved. After a few times, he began to learn the knots and techniques to catch fish and it became a lot more fun. And while unplugging from work is nice, there are many parallels -- no matter how much you study the technical skills, to truly excel, you must also learn the "art" of both fly fishing and business.

In this episode, Brian and I talk about how his fly fishing has built some really strong client relationships. It's also given him the ability to hone some skills that translate straight to the office, like focusing, remembering to be in the moment, and patience -- as Brian says, "Nothing good happens when you rush it." I also really liked talking with Brian about how it's up to individuals to own their career but the organization must support it, which includes sharing passions or creating shared experiences as a team. The last thing Brian wants is for everyone in the firm to be the same (i.e., accountants who only talk about accounting) because that'd be a very boring place to work.

Apr 10, 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 Stitcher.

This week, John and Rachel discuss a Nikkei Asian Review article, "Japan Inc. moving toward 4-day work week".

Apr 5, 2017

Rebekah Brown is a foodie. She's also a football superfan. And very involved in her church community. No matter where she is, whether it's work or one of these other activities, Rebekah always brings her whole self. She loves talking about restaurants, sharing recipes, and cooking meals with her family and friends. And because everyone needs to eat, she's always got something to talk about with others.

In this episode, Rebekah and I talk about how important it is to take time to learn about yourself. We also talk about how she has the confidence to bring all of herself to everything she does. She finds that it's easy for work to get stressful, so talking about your hobbies and passions a little makes work more fun and allows you to have strong bonds with coworkers to make it through the tough times.

Apr 3, 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 Stitcher.

This week, John and Rachel discuss a Harvard Business Review article, "What Great Managers Do Daily" by Ryan Fuller and Nina Shikaloff

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