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The Green Apple Podcast: don't let professionalism suffocate your personality

“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. We discuss how these passions continue to impact their career in surprising ways.
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Apr 12, 2017

Brian Wagner wasn't exactly in love with fly fishing the first few times he went, but a friend had invited him and promised cold beer was involved. After a few times, he began to learn the knots and techniques to catch fish and it became a lot more fun. And while unplugging from work is nice, there are many parallels -- no matter how much you study the technical skills, to truly excel, you must also learn the "art" of both fly fishing and business.

In this episode, Brian and I talk about how his fly fishing has built some really strong client relationships. It's also given him the ability to hone some skills that translate straight to the office, like focusing, remembering to be in the moment, and patience -- as Brian says, "Nothing good happens when you rush it." I also really liked talking with Brian about how it's up to individuals to own their career but the organization must support it, which includes sharing passions or creating shared experiences as a team. The last thing Brian wants is for everyone in the firm to be the same (i.e., accountants who only talk about accounting) because that'd be a very boring place to work.

Apr 10, 2017

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 Stitcher.

This week, John and Rachel discuss a Nikkei Asian Review article, "Japan Inc. moving toward 4-day work week".

Apr 5, 2017

Rebekah Brown is a foodie. She's also a football superfan. And very involved in her church community. No matter where she is, whether it's work or one of these other activities, Rebekah always brings her whole self. She loves talking about restaurants, sharing recipes, and cooking meals with her family and friends. And because everyone needs to eat, she's always got something to talk about with others.

In this episode, Rebekah and I talk about how important it is to take time to learn about yourself. We also talk about how she has the confidence to bring all of herself to everything she does. She finds that it's easy for work to get stressful, so talking about your hobbies and passions a little makes work more fun and allows you to have strong bonds with coworkers to make it through the tough times.

Apr 3, 2017

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 Stitcher.

This week, John and Rachel discuss a Harvard Business Review article, "What Great Managers Do Daily" by Ryan Fuller and Nina Shikaloff

Mar 29, 2017

Brett Cooper is always looking to feel more personally connected with others. It started out organizing activities for his peers at his first public accounting firm but then shifted to those less fortunate half the world away. After volunteering domestically for a few years, Brett decided he needed to be able to see and talk with the people he was helping, which led him to use his accounting background in India, Uganda, Kenya and now Rwanda. He likes that he is maximizing the value of businesses while also maximizing the value of his personal life.

In this episode, Brett and I talk about the beauty of sharing diverse experiences. It's crucial for everyone to determine their own happiness, know who they are, and own it. We also talk about the fear of being perceived as "not serious" if you show that you have passions that are equally important as your job. In the end, it's up to you to overcome that fear because, as Brett says, "Either fear dictates your choices or you do."

Mar 27, 2017

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 Stitcher.

This week, John and Rachel discuss a Forbes article, "An 'Employee Value Proposition' Mindset Just Might Fix Employee Engagement" by Rod Wagner.

Mar 22, 2017

Lauren Thiel follows the motto "Always be yourself, unless you can be Beyonce!" As a little girl, Lauren's parents enrolled her in dance class in hopes that it would teach her discipline. What they didn't realize she was now heading down a path where dance was a going to be a part of her life forever. After getting her degree in Accounting, she was able to use her business skills to help a friend start Bey Dance, a fun, inclusive and divalicious dance school inspired by Beyonce's music and dancing.

In this episode, we talk about how her dancing has increased her self-confidence and made her a better presenter. Lauren feels it's important to remember that your firm or company hired you for you, so if you don't share a bit of your whole self at work, you're denying your firm, your coworkers, your clients, and your career, from seeing the full potential you can bring. In Lauren's words, "I mostly do accounting but it's about being much more than that."

Mar 20, 2017

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 Stitcher.

This week, John and Rachel discuss a Business 2 Community article, "Are You Creating Deep Interactions?" by Dave Brock.

Mar 15, 2017

Ron Baker really hates the billable hour. I mean really, really, really hates it. And you can throw in timesheets, too, while you're at it. It all started after he left his job at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. to start his own firm and realized how annoying it was for his clients to be billed this way. He immediately started value pricing and hasn't looked back since, having written several books and coached many other firm owners to do the same. And, oh yeah, he's a pretty decent golfer who loves to travel.

In this episode, we talk about how professionals aren't paid for tasks but rather are paid for outcomes. Unfortunately, many professional services firms have a vision that's too narrow and utilitarian, which creates an anti-innovation culture that is slow moving and measuring the wrong metrics. As Ron said, "We don't build relationships by being efficient!"

Mar 13, 2017

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 Stitcher.

This week, John and Rachel discuss a Forbes article, "Being Engaged at Work Is Not the Same as Being Productive" by Ryan Fuller and Nina Shikaloff.

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