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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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Sep 7, 2017

John Garrett takes his digital recorder around the Accountex Conference to interview accountants who are shattering the stereotype.

In this episode, he talks with a group of Australians who like gardening, traveling, underwater photography, and playing jazz trumpet.

Sep 6, 2017

Jonathan Ankney became an avid cyclist after starting his accounting career, using it as a way to clear his mind from work. In his words, “creative people need to think,” so this is where he’s able to process a lot that he can’t while he’s in the office. On top of regularly riding to and from his off in New York City, Jonathan has also taken his bike to ride all over Korea.

In this episode, Jonathan and I talk about how his cycling has given him many skills that help in his business as a solopreneur: endurance, pacing, and planning. Prior to his accounting career, he was a professional musician, so he’s able to be more creative and mentally nimble at work. All of these traits make him a much better accountant. We also discuss how he was reluctant to share with coworkers at first because he didn’t feel like it mattered to his career. No he connects with other cyclists when he’s wearing his bicycle tie or they see pictures in his office.

Sep 4, 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 an Android app.

This week, John and Rachel discuss an ATD article, "3 Reasons Employee Engagement Is Declining And How Managers Can Improve It" by Victor Lipman.

Aug 30, 2017

Meg Vito grew up exploring with her family, often taking trips as long as three months as her parents made it a priority to see as much as possible. Now she considers herself to be a “weekend warrior”, spending her time away from work hiking, camping, canoeing and exploring the outdoors – not only across Canada but other countries as well.

In this episode, Meg and I talk about how her exploring has given her confidence and self-reliance so she is less afraid to take risks. She also finds that her Philosophy degree has given her some unique critical thinking skills that translate to her being a better trusted advisor for her clients, because "developing trust is one of the most important things we can do." We discuss some of the things that Elements does to foster trust amongst the team and how Meg finds that "Often times when you do a little digging, people are more complex than they appear."

Aug 28, 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 an Android app.

This week, John and Rachel discuss a Chicago Tribune article, "7 Deadly Sins of Employee Communication" by Sujan Patel.

Aug 23, 2017

Sammie Johannes has been weight training since she was 16 years old. Her classes ended sooner than her younger brother’s, so she would spend that time at the gym next door, working with dumbbells and doing some kickboxing. Now, she’s placing in powerlifting competitions and hitting milestone lifts in bench, squat, and very close to this in dead lift. Some of her colleagues have even come to support her at these competitions while she proudly wears her firm’s shirt.

In this episode, Sammie and I talk about how her powerlifting has given her more patience and resilience. Training doesn’t always go according to plan and constructive feedback is taken much better after being coached in the gym. The atmosphere at Accodex allows her to be able to talk about her powerlifting, even being encouraged by one of the founding partners to have a flexible schedule if training needs to happen during the day. But it’s not just sharing you’re your hobby or passion, Sammie adds, "It’s important we also share the why for our hobbies and passions."

Aug 21, 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 an Android app.

This week, John and Rachel discuss a Search Party article, "4 Key Steps for Creating Employee Engagement" by Annette Ainsbury.

Aug 16, 2017

Ed Kless grew up near New York City with parents in a “mixed marriage” – one rooted for the Giants and the other rooted for the Dodgers. Luckily, both teams moved before he was born, so it was easy for him to grow up a Mets fan. He’s attended a game in 18 baseball stadiums across the country, with Citi Field being his favorite. He recalls a great story about being at the game when the Mets won the National League Championship over the St. Louis Cardinals in 2000, chanting Rick Ankiel’s name as he continued to struggle to find the strike zone. He also brings up just how much baseball lingo has made it into the regular business world, with phrases like pinch hit, home run, touch base, and to 86 something.

In this episode, Ed and I talk about authenticity consulting theory, which means saying what you see or saying what you feel. It’s the most powerful tool we have to communicate. We also discuss how it’s easier for an organization to shut down a positive culture than it is for them to foster it, because the latter requires buy-in from the individuals. Ed also says that “Human beings behave by what we believe, not because of what we know.” This is what actually drives our actions. Unfortunately, this is directly at odds with the corporate world, which is based on what you know. So getting to the beliefs of each individual takes some time but results in a strong culture.

Aug 14, 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 an Android app.

This week, John and Rachel discuss a Harvard Business Review article, "Burnout at Work Isn’t Just About Exhaustion. It’s Also About Loneliness" by Emma Seppala and Marissa King.

Aug 9, 2017

Tim Cowley started playing rugby after a friend suggested they both join a team as they were watching a match on TV. It had been several years after his college football ended, but Tim thought those skills would translate well to the rugby pitch. Besides, it was in his blood because his grandfather had played Gaelic Football in Ireland and then a little bit after immigrating the US. He’s also really into table top games and microbrewing beer, all of which give his skills that make him a better CPA.

In this episode, Tim and I talk about how important it is for accountants to know how to network. Through his hobbies, he’s learned that there are a variety of people out there, some with non-traditional jobs, so they might be looking for someone who isn’t a traditional accountant. He also finds that it’s really important to take the time to talk with everyone because "making a non-business connection to others is the key to being a good accountant."

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