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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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Oct 22, 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 PsychCentral article, "Why Work-Life Balance is Futile—and What to Focus on Instead" by Margarita Tartakovsky.

Oct 17, 2018

Ray Strothman is like any other business man that likes to establish and maintain client relations outside of the office through activities like golf. But more so, he provides publicity for his firm Strothman & Company when clients catch him at ballroom dancing events, a perfect opportunity for networking!

In this episode, Ray and I talk about how expressing genuine interest in your co-workers and their passions outside of work can also lead you to try new things and potentially find a new passion of your own!

Oct 15, 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 HR Dive article, "Researchers: Compassion from managers boosts employee productivity" by Valerie Bolden-Barrett.

Oct 10, 2018

Kevin Gienger enjoys two things outside of the office, bicycling and running, and cooking. Kevin had short stints in basketball and track before getting into biking. Kevin has participated in events like a 200 mile bike ride from Seattle, Washington, to Portland, Oregon. He also has a coffee cake recipe featured in a cookbook!

In this episode, Kevin and I talk about why people can be reluctant to share their passions in the workplace how the offices of Boldt, Carlisle & Smith encourage their employees to share fun facts about each other.

Oct 8, 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 Inc article, "Harvard and MIT Say A.I. Isn't Going to Steal Your Job, But Your Colleagues Who Embrace It Will" by Adam Robinson.

Oct 3, 2018

Teryn Grater is an avid world traveler, favoring places best for hiking, kayaking, and other activities of the like. Her travels make for great conversations at ATKG, where she is currently a partner.

In this episode, Taryn and I talk about her vision of an ideal workplace and the experiences she went through to determine that vision. Taryn recognizes the cause of a lacking talent pool in the accounting industry to be the typical overworking climate it provides.

Teryn joined ATKG in 2001 to help out on projects while Melanie had her twin boys. What started out as a favor from one CPA friend to another turned into Teryn becoming a partner in 2003, which was likely, Melanie’s master plan the whole time. Of course, Teryn’s quite strategic herself, so it was very likely part of her master plan as well!

Oct 1, 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 Forbes article, "Pathways to becoming the CEO: Chief Engagement Officer" by Kevin Cashman.

Sep 26, 2018

Chris Meshginpoosh has maintained an actively physical routine outside of work after coming to the realization that his lifestyle was not necessarily the healthiest. A part of this physical lifestyle at one time was his passion for breakdancing. Although he does not do it as much as he did before, Chris will occasionally break into The Robot in the conference room to close out a meeting.

In this episode, Chris and I talk about how it is possible to apply skills from a passion or hobby into your regular work life. Chris’ passion in breakdancing taught him the importance of putting time into developing a skill, overcoming ‘stage fright’, from jumping on to the dance floor in front of a crowd to dressing up as Santa at the office Christmas party, and applying choreography into important business meetings. We also discuss on how the relationships you build through your passions can lead to opportunities in your career and help develop leaders of the future.

Episode Highlights
- The benefits of staying active in an office environment
- How breakdancing taught Chris the importance of choreography in developing client and colleague relationships
- Relationships are not formed solely on your professional skills
- “You do not have to create a different you to be successful in business”

Sep 24, 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 Insight article, "Firms need to distinguish between job and organisation when it comes to employee engagement" by Neil Franklin.

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.”

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