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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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Aug 15, 2018

Roger Swanger loves to be outdoors. He’s always up for some hunting, or fishing, or camping. He found that becoming a member at Ducks Unlimited allowed him to find others with similar interests who also happened to also be businesspeople in the community. To strengthen the relationships with some of his clients, he’s even been known to take them clay shooting and to other outside activities.

In this episode, Roger and I talk about how it’s so much easier to connect with others if you’re just yourself. This also gives you confidence, which is what a client wants. It’s important to not only know what you can do, but maybe more importantly, what you can’t do. As Roger says, “Trying to be all things to all people is not a recipe for success and can bring you some disappointment.”

Aug 13, 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, "When Brand Strategy And Corporate Culture Collide" by Levetica Watts.

Aug 8, 2018

Bobby Chadha started playing video games when he would have competitions with friends on his Nintendo. Now, he turns to his Xbox or PC for games of Call of Duty, FIFA, and Civilization. He finds it’s a good way to relax and unwind after work and even creates some fun connections with other gamers at work. He’s even been known to play a game of FIFA on the office Xbox while conducting an interview!

In this episode, Bobby and I talk about how the culture is conveyed to a new employee from the moment they are recruited. The onboarding process is also a way that firms and companies really struggle to make an impact. He says, “Set the expectation that this is a culture of openness and we’re here to be ourselves and bring our whole selves to work.” One example he gives is having each new hire share a fun fact about themselves at their first monthly all staff meeting. Bobby finds that he is always collaborating with others, so taking the time to get to know others makes that much easier in the long run.

Aug 6, 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 Lattice article, "How Much Does Employee Turnover Really Cost?".

Aug 1, 2018

Ivy Anderson wanted to learn yoga because she felt like she needed to learn to relax. She started going to classes at the Peace School in Chicago, which also offered martial arts classes. Several years later, she’s now working on her third-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and loves how it combines with her yoga to impact her life. When she’s not doing that, Ivy is also an avid photographer. What started as taking pictures during long walks or vacations has turned into a blog and a book.

In this episode, Ivy and I talk about how much her yoga and martial arts has taught her to more present in the moment, have more patience, and be calmer and more likable. All of these are skills that make her a much better leader. Her photography allows her to better create an image for a client of the end goal and the firm’s process get there. Ivy is excited to be able to share these passions with others at work and takes the time to get to know others around her. She says, “Look for an organization that allows you to bring your whole self to work because that’s where you will be happier.”

Jul 30, 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 Employee Connect, "Guiding Principles for Building a Successful Organisational Culture" by Bryon Conway.

Jul 25, 2018

Dan Keith started playing the bass guitar after his 6th grade band teacher suggested he give it a try. Just 7 years later, he was in a band that went on tour, performing in a variety of venues across the United States and Canada. He would then go on to get his degree in nursing, become a CEO and a father, so his guitar sat in his closet until a few years ago when he realized how much he missed his passion for playing music.

 

In this episode, Dan and I talk about how much nursing transfers into music because both involve being on a team with others, doing work that others appreciate. As the CEO, he’s always looking for ways to create genuine connections with others in the office. He’s says, “People, in general, would love to talk about it if someone would just give them an ear.” Dan also encourages his staff to go for walks outside the office and creates opportunities for people to create stronger connections by spending time together in a more casual setting outside the office.

Jul 23, 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 his notes from attending the Culture Summit in San Francisco and how one of the sessions discussed an Undercover Recruiter article, "5 Blueprints for Organizational Success".

Jul 18, 2018

Donny Shimamoto grew up in Hawaii with very practical parents, so he didn’t get to travel much until after college. Now he travels all the time and people have gotten to know him through his social media posts about the food he eats wherever he visits. He says he’s more of a pragmatic foodie because he feels it’s less about the cost and more about the taste and presentation.

In this episode, Donny and I talk about how he uses food to relate to others because he doesn’t watch much TV and isn’t really into sports. But everyone needs to eat, so he finds that business meals are a great way to create connections with others. He feels it’s up to each of us to allow others to get to know us better, always asking himself, “How can you create an opportunity for others to relate to you?”

Jul 16, 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 Irish Independent article, "How Understanding the Needs of Millennial Employees can Improve your Business" by Caroline McEnery.

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