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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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Jun 27, 2018

Chris McCabe has been playing both hockey and lacrosse since he was young. He had an older brother who also played, so he helped mentor Chris. Later, he attended the University of Vermont, becoming the captain of the Men’s Lacrosse team and later named to the 40th Anniversary Lacrosse team at UVM. Chris went on to play professionally for the Boston Blazers of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) and was inducted into the University of Vermont Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.

In this episode, Chris and I talk about how his playing sports gives him the strength and perspective to have a successful career. He finds that making a connection with others in the office makes a huge difference. He says, “It’s this inherent interest we have in one another that makes it a nice experience when we come to work.”

Jun 25, 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 Think Growth article, "Why Culture Doesn’t Just Happen" by Katie Burke.

Jun 20, 2018

Hannah Horton had owned a fiddle since she was young but could never find somewhere to take lessons. Then she moved to Nashville, started working at LBMC and was staffed on a client with Abby Parsons. One day it came up that Abby also had always wanted to try to learn to play, so they decided to sign up for lessons. Not only did this give them a reason to look forward to Saturdays during busy season, but it helped them in ways they couldn’t have imagined.

In this episode, Hannah, Abby, and I talk about how their fiddle lessons have opened up a lot of conversations in the office, allowing them to develop relationships with people in different service lines and even in different offices. They say, “It’s a fun, positive thing to talk about… a morale booster.” This made many people realize they needed to find hobbies as well.

Jun 18, 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 Harvard Business Review article, "Research Shows a Simple Way to Increase Your Engagement at Work" by Michael Parke and Justin Weinhardt.

Jun 13, 2018

Darcy Boerio always enjoyed running, especially when her son was a baby and could be pushed in a jogging stroller. But once he was too old for that, Darcy struggled to find a fitness activity they could both do together. She was talking with a friend who did karate with her daughter and thought that it wouldn’t hurt to go. With her friend as an accountability, Darcy and her son have made it a regular thing.

In this episode, Darcy and I talk about how she had been reluctant to talk about this with others in the past because she didn’t think it would matter. But she’s since found that, “It’s a good long-term benefit to get to know your coworkers.” Since most of her team now works remotely, it’s even more important make the effort to create those connections.

Jun 11, 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 Entrepreneur Europe article, "It Really Pays to Have a Rich Company Culture" by Eric Siu.

Jun 6, 2018

Mark Winburn had always played musical instruments but it never occurred to him to try singing until he was at a Young Life meeting. Then he started with his college choir and later became a member of his church choir. But then work began taking more of his time, so he put his singing passion on the shelf for a few years. What work took away, it gave back, when his work party had karaoke, giving him the opportunity to rekindle his passion. And now he’s a finalist in Houston’s Pride Superstar competition!

In this episode, Mark and I talk about how his singing competitions have allowed him to create a positive spirit of camaraderie with others in his firm. He’s been so moved by the support he’s gotten at his performances, seeing several of them in the audience. Mark says, “For me, singing is me breathing in happy.” He’s very cognizant of others needing to find and share their interests as well, so he’s careful not to schedule things that will interfere with this.

Jun 4, 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 Idea Vault article, "4 Ways Corporate Culture Positively Affects Your Bottom Line" by Eric Sivertsen.

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