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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 21, 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 CMS Wire article, "5 Ways to Improve Employee Engagement Through Good Leadership" by Dom Nicastro.

May 16, 2018

Mark Lee first got into magic as a way to impress the girls when he was in secondary school. He was good enough to soon begin entertaining at children’s parties by the age of 14 and later become a member of The Magic Circle. He thought this was what he wanted to do for a living until his parents introduced him to Arnie the Accountant, who helped Mark see that he would need to do 3 shows a day, everyday, in order to make a decent living. That’s when Mark decided that he would choose a career in accounting – but still continues to perform his magic, which people from his past, both from school and work, always remember him for.

In this episode, Mark and I talk about how “building relationships with clients is more important than it’s ever been.” He firmly believes that we must each find something of ourselves to share in order to stand out from the crowd, so others will remember you easier compared to other accountants they know. We also discuss how he shared this hobby with coworkers but regrets not doing so more with clients because he felt the pressure from professionalism.

May 14, 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 PayScale article, "How To Use Coaching To Skyrocket Employee Engagement" by Conrado Tapado.

May 9, 2018

A few years ago, Nick Nappo joined his brother for trivia night at a local restaurant. Now, he’s a member of the team that won the World Tavern Trivia Championship held in Atlantic City! He has always “known a whole lot about nothing” so he’s excited to be able to put that to good use to help his team. It started hanging out with friends during the week but soon turned into a team competing across the country.

In this episode, Nick and I talk about the parallels between his team at work and his team that won the championship – “Everybody brings something unique to the team. If you harness those passions and talents, you can maximize your effectiveness as a team.” At first, he was reluctant to share his passion for trivia with his coworkers but realized that this is what makes him unique. Now he has a whiteboard hanging outside his cubicle where he writes tough trivia questions for his coworkers to try to answer, creating a fun way to start conversations.

May 7, 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 Fortune article, "A Burnout Culture Led to Record Attrition at PwC. So It Changed Its Approach" by Andrew Nusca.

May 2, 2018

When Joel McKay worked as a Business and Litigation Consultant in Chicago, he never felt like it was the right fit for him. While he was interested in many things outside of work – like BMX bikes, road cycling, woodworking, snow skiing, and playing drums in a band – he really enjoyed tutoring students on Saturdays. He got into it through a friend and has never looked back, having left the consulting world for a grad school program in school counseling.

In this episode, Joel and I talk about his passions and interests outside of work has always allowed him to build strong connections with others. Instead of clients and colleagues, now he does this with students and their parents. He firmly believes that passions make life richer, adding, “I’m not good at my job if I’m not balanced.”

Apr 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 a The Cut article, “Why Hobbies Make You Happy” by Susie Neilson.

Apr 25, 2018

Bill Jones began exercising about 15 years ago when he weighed 300 lbs. A coworker mentioned that he was going to the YMCA one day, invited Bill, and that’s when he began walking the track. After just six months, he had already lost 80 lbs and was encouraged to keep the momentum going, so he signed up to run the BolderBoulder 10k. Since then, he’s completed 4 Ironman triathlons and 16 marathons!

In this episode, Bill and I talk about him being so focused on work instead of himself is what led to him being 300 lbs. But he was able to overcome that by doing what many thought was not possible. Now he schedules runs during the week, sometime even during the day if he’s going to have to stay late during busy season. He also encourages everyone to find what gives them that release from work and talk about it with others in the office. “Share your passion. People will support you in ways you never imagined.”

Apr 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 a Lawyers Weekly, "The NewLaw Firm Shunning Short-Term Fixes for Staff Engagement" by Melissa Coade.

Apr 18, 2018

Blake Oliver started playing the cello when he was young and eventually became a member of the San Francisco Youth Symphony. As a music major at Northwestern University, he was chosen to attend the prestigious Meadowmount School of Music and participate in the Aspen Music Festival. Although he learned that he didn’t care for the life of a professional musician, he now attends concerts regularly and stays in contact with many of his musician friends.

In this episode, Blake and I talk about how he promised himself never to hide any part of himself when he made the decision to go into accounting. He believes that “People are crying out for authenticity in this world. They want to work with people who are who they seem to be.” It’s his music background that gives him the ability to look at a problem and approach it in a new way. As the accounting profession continues to become more automated, it’s the more creative people that are being attracted to make a difference.

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