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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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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.

May 30, 2018

Tom Wheeland recently took some time away from work to hike with his wife to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. On one of the nights that they camped at the bottom, Tom took some time to look at all the stars he could see without any city light pollution. That’s when he realized, “Any time you can broaden your perspective on the world, you see both the significance -- and insignificance -- of what you do.”

In this episode, Tom and I talk about how this trip and his other passions of playing tennis and watching Notre Dame sports have allowed him to have other dimensions for him to talk about when meeting new people at work. He finds that it’s easier to relax and be himself, whether that’s in the office or on a client visit. This sets an example for others to see that, “The barriers that prevent you from deep relationships melt away if you’re being genuine.”

May 28, 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 Campaign US article, "Here's How to Nail Authenticity in the Workplace" by Rob Davis.

May 23, 2018

Carl Reader started lifting weights a few years ago as a way to stay healthy. He really enjoyed it because he was in control and there are always new goals to achieve when training. The weightlifting routine and principles of mindfulness have helped Carl learn to respond rather than react to business situations.

In this episode, Carl and I talk about how business isn’t B-to-B or even B-to-C, it’s all H-to-H (Human-to-Human), because people are still buying from other people. Because of this, Carl says, “My intention is to really get to know others because that’s where the magic happens.” He tries to treat all relationships the same by having the same persona, both in and out of work.

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.

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