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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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Oct 30, 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 a WFLA article, "Balancing Your Life and Career" by Jena Abernathy.

Oct 25, 2017

Chris Brown grew up the son of a preacher and always knew that he would want to do some ministry when he grew up. In the 6th Grade, he learned to play the guitar and brings that talent to both the stage at church and at firm recruiting events. He regularly led worship through college and played his guitar during services. Rather than make that his career, he realized that he could do more by being a CPA and doing this as a passion on the side, acting as the part-time worship pastor at his church.

In this episode, Chris and I talk about how putting “Worship Pastor” on his resume helped him stand out from other candidates coming out of school. It’s also very encouraging to hear the leadership at Beall Barclay completely embrace that while Chris is working hard to be the best accountant he can be, his true passion is something different. He appreciates that and feels like it makes for a more positive work culture, “You can do accounting anywhere. If you find a place where you enjoy the people you’re with, that’s where you need to be.”

Oct 23, 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 Accounting Today article, "The Three Foundations of a Strong Firm Culture" by Daniel Hood.

Oct 18, 2017

Amy Vetter has wanted to be a CPA since she was a little girl, to follow in the footsteps of her grandfather. At the age of 12, she was even doing the books for her mother’s cleaning service! In high school and college, she discovered explored her artistic side by painting and playing the violin and viola, but the steady nature of an accounting job won out in the end. More recently, after achieving success in the business world, she realized she needed to be more mindful and took up yoga. She describes it as being transformational, so she became a yoga instructor and opened her own yoga studio.

In this episode, Amy and I talk about how she was able to use her yoga to pivot into a new career on the technology side. It’s allowed her to take time away from work to be alone with her mind and to remember to breathe. This is something that she has built into her weekly routine because she says, "We're better at work and at home if we intentionally make time for our passions."

Oct 16, 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 a Bloomberg article, "People Start Hating Their Jobs at Age 35" by Chris Stokel-Walker.

Oct 11, 2017

Dave Finklang achieved what most little boys only dream of – becoming a pilot. He flew for Chautauqua Airlines for several years before retiring to pursue his accounting career. Dave decided to pair his Aviation degree with a minor in Accounting because he grew up around a small business that his father and uncle owned, so he saw first-hand how accounting was used in making business decisions.

In this episode, Dave and I talk about the direct correlation between being a pilot and a tax accountant, including how to manage people with different personalities, quick thinking skills, and the methodical nature of planning. Thinking ahead of his clients is not much different than thinking ahead of an airplane midflight. And it’s allowed him to have a huge advantage when talking to clients. He said, "When you use your hobby as an ice breaker, it let’s people remember you and differentiates you in the marketplace."

Oct 9, 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 a Huffpost article, "5 Surefire Ways to Make Yourself Happier at Work" by Tiffany David.

Oct 4, 2017

David Leary is all about collecting splat points. If you go to an Orangetheory Fitness gym, you also collect splat points and now automatically have a connection with David. He also plays ice hockey and is an avid runner. Although he claims to run like a hockey player, his highlight was getting 2nd place in his age group in the Mt. Lemon Half Marathon.

In this episode, David and I talk about his exercise and running has allowed him to connect with others. Running is fairly common so when he’s at a conference, David likes to organize a group to run together, which allows them to connect in an informal way. He also says that running is similar to his work, where you put one foot in front of the other and do the best you can do. He’s always shared his passions at work, from ice hockey to exercising, and has never put up a boundary between his personal and professional lives. He believes being genuinely authentic is important and adds, "People are too worried they have to be somebody they aren’t so they fit the stereotype."

Oct 2, 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 a Workforce article, "Creating Happiness: Creative Workers Claim to be Happiest at Work" by Ariel Parrella-Aureli.

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