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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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May 31, 2017

Amy Hancock first started modeling as a baby. She's now travelled all over the world for photoshoots, both as a model and as a photographer. The modeling especially has given her confidence and, as a naturally shy person, it pushed her out of her comfort zone. All of this has been a huge benefit now that she is the owner of her own company.

In this episode, Amy and I talk about how she was almost living two separate lives, hiding her modeling because she worked in a male-dominated industry. She didn't want to be judged or give them a reason to doubt her technical skills. What she realized after the fact is that most of this was in her own head and once it's out there, "the right people will think it's cool."

May 29, 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 CultureIQ article, "Improving Employee Engagement" by Sarah Greesonbach.

May 24, 2017

Steve Snyder is a college football tailgating expert. Specifically, Penn State football. He's been a fan for a long time but it wasn't until his kids started going there that he was able to justify getting season tickets. He quickly realized that having food and drinks before and after games was a great way to develop friendships with people both in and out of the office. So if you're at a Penn State game and see a German flag flying, tell Steve I'm the one that sent you over.

In this episode, Steve and I talk about how changing the environment to outside the office helps people relax and be themselves. This leads to deeper relationships back in the office as you now have a shared experience to talk about. We also learn Steve's secrets to a happy life are: a good mattress, a good spouse, and a good job that you like going to. And since he's been in firm leadership roles, he makes sure to show a genuine interest in those around him. He says, "Do right by your people and all things will come together."

May 22, 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 Human Resource Executive Online article, "6 Tips to Increase Employee Engagement" by Sreeni Kutam.

May 17, 2017

Warwick Jackson is a currently a member of the Killarney Vale Bombers, an Australian Football Club. Prior to this team, he helped the Pennant Hills Demons win multiple Grand Finals championships. He got started in Australian Rules Football when he was a kid but stopped playing for some time to focus on university and his career. Then a coworker at his first accounting firm invited him to come play for his club and the rest is history.

In this episode, Warwick and I talk about how playing football has helped his business career. By playing sports for so many years, he's learned to be open to coaching, be resilient to fight through tough times, and to have fun -- celebrating "wins" is important. Now that he's a partner, he likes to lead by example. He says, "Work is only a part of our lives. I want to make sure it adds to my team's lives, not subtract from it."

May 15, 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 Forbes article, "The Top Three Factors Driving Employee Burnout" by Joyce Maroney.

May 10, 2017

Scott Duda was given a choice by a Partner when he first started in public accounting -- either take Friday afternoons off to network and golf or you can stay in the office and work. Through that Partner, Scott learned how to network through golf, developing new relationships and strengthening current relationships. He also happens to cheer for Ohio State sports, especially football. During our talk, it comes out that we were both rooting for our respective teams at the Notre Dame vs Ohio State football game in 1996!

In this episode, Scott and I talk about the best way to build relationships and to build teams is to just be yourself. He talks about how it's okay to not be an expert at everything but instead just know who to reach out to. Scott even tells his staff, "It's okay to not know everything. As a matter of fact, trying to learn everything will slow your career down.

May 8, 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 Fast Company article, "Why Engagement Happens in Employees' Hearts, Not Their Minds" by Mark C. Crowley.

May 3, 2017

Meri Amber is a singer of crazy songs. The geek pop singer-songwriter graduated from the University of Sydney with a degree in commerce (accounting) but has gone on to a popular music career performing her original songs all over Australia and New Zealand. She's even written an entire album of accounting songs. The corresponding music videos got her a lot of attention, so I was excited she could take time to talk with me.

In this episode, Meri and I talk about how important being creative is in the world of business. Not breaking the law creative but the kind of next level thinking based on the data given. Clients aren't paying so much for the work but more how are we going to use this information? And we talk about being worried to share your passions with coworkers or clients because you think they won't relate. She says, "You need to show it if you want other people to acknowledge it!" It's even better if you can correlate it to a benefit for the firm, which isn't as difficult as a lot of people think.

May 1, 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, "Why the Millions We Spend on Employee Engagement Buy Us So Little" by Jacob Morgan.

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