Info

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.
RSS Feed Subscribe in Apple Podcasts
The Green Apple Podcast: there's life beyond the cubicle
2018
May
April
March
February
January


2017
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2016
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2015
December
November
October
September


All Episodes
Archives
Now displaying: March, 2018
Mar 28, 2018

Wade Becker is always up for an adventure – whether it’s flying in his experimental class airplane or SCUBA diving in the Palau Islands in the South Pacific. As a kid, he would read the National Geographic magazines dreaming of being able to explore other parts of the world. Thanks to the flexibility of working in public accounting, he’s been able to do just that.

In this episode, Wade and I talk about how “business wasn’t meant to be boring.” Clients always reach out looking for technical expertise but by the end of that first conversation, he’s interested in creating a deeper connection with that person – usually by asking about their passions and interests outside of work. He finds it’s always good to have a plethora of things to talk about with a client, in the same way that “a painting that is one color is typically not as stimulating as something that you see many different colors on.”

Mar 26, 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, "Want a Better Everything at Work? Use These 3 Strategies to Boost Happiness and Results" by Ellen Petry Leanse.

Mar 21, 2018

Wesley Middleton was young when he learned that he could play the piano by ear. He began to play in church and even picked up the trumpet when he was in high school. Now he’s followed in his father’s footsteps and plays the organ in his church’s band. They have several YouTube videos that he will share with others in the office so they can all see his passion for music.

In this episode, Wesley and I talk about how his being in a band has made him a better leader at his firm. He’s learned to make sure that his instrument isn’t too overpowering, so the band can come together to build one sound – similar to his accounting firm coming together to have one voice to serve their clients. He also talks about how they try to get everyone in the firm to open up with how they have fun and where they go on vacation, because “there’s no question that everything we do outside the firm directly impacts how things are conducted inside the firm.”

Mar 19, 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 Business 2 Community article, "Turning Workplace Happiness Into Business Success for SMEs" by Matthew Foster.

Mar 14, 2018

Nina Kaufman was called to come back to her faith after her Grandfather passed away and she soon found herself chanting Torah as part of the service. This is difficult because it involves telling a story with music while understanding the text in two languages. She also runs at least one 5k a month with her husband, including the Midnight Run in New York City’s Central Park on New Year’s Eve.

In this episode, Nina and I talk about how her outside of work interests allow her to “clear the mechanism”, to borrow a quote from the movie “For the Love of the Game.” The performance aspect of chanting Torah has made her much more comfortable when speaking to large audiences. And her running has taught her to let go and realize that not everything needs to be so competitive. But the biggest impact is the way she’s now able to relate more with her clients. “My clients wanted to get to know me and hear more about the person behind the professional.”

Mar 12, 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, "Budget-Friendly Tips To Boost Employee Happiness" by Alan Kohll.

Mar 7, 2018

Patrick Kmieciak started tutoring when he was in college after a friend said that he was going to do it. A friendly competition arose between the two to see who could do it fastest. Patrick ended up winning and he helped his first client go from failing at mid-terms to getting a C+ and being able to graduate. Patrick was even invited to her graduation party!

In this episode, Patrick and I talk about how his tutoring keeps everything fresh, so it helps him understand business better and directly helped him pass the CPA Exam with such a high score to get the Elijah Watt Sells Award. It also helps him understand how best to communicate with others. And whether he’s in the office or he’s tutoring students, he’s found that, “People like people with a personality and some sort of uniqueness about them.”

Mar 5, 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, "Attention Entrepreneurial Leaders: Are You -- And Your Employees -- 'Bore-E-Gaged?'" by Randy H Nelson.

1