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Humans, Now and Then explores how our rapidly changing world impacts our human experience, now and in the future. If you like the show, please share with others to help get them involved in the conversation about the future.


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Humans, Now and Then explores how our rapidly changing world impacts our human experience, now and in the future. If you like the show, please share with others to help get them involved in the conversation about the future.



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Gordon Tredgold: Going from Managing to Leading in a Disruptive World

Let's be honest: the core principles of leadership are evolving, by necessity. So, in this disrupted landscape, how can leaders best support their teams while successfully demonstrating their company's values? In this episode, I speak to Gordon Tredgold, CEO of Leadership Principles and one of the world's top leadership experts, about how our significantly disrupted world has impacted leadership, and why it's important that we simplify complex processes so that people can be successful. Gordon Tredgold has been listed as a Top 10 Leadership Expert by Global Gurus, and a Top 100 Leadership Expert by Inc. Go to to learn more about his work, as well as his renowned leadership blog. Make sure to subscribe to Humans Now and Then so you don't miss the amazing episodes to come. Follow Humans Now and Then: Connect with host Rebecca Scott on LinkedIn, or reach out to learn more about how you can increase employee engagement and team performance through the Innovate Your Leadership Program:


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Jordan Harbinger: The Power of Networks Built on Trust

We often hear about the importance of building strong networks on our path to success. However, we may not always get the best advice on how to do this, which could lead to driving people away instead of building strong relationships that last. In this episode, I speak to Jordan Harbinger, networking expert and host of the Jordan Harbinger Show, about the importance of building networks based on trust, and one common trait shared by the most successful people: they leverage strong systems that keep them moving forward. Episode Notes: Check out Jordan's FREE 6 Minute Networking course on his website at Also, check out the Jordan Harbinger Show wherever you stream your podcasts. Make sure to subscribe to Humans Now and Then so you don't miss the amazing episodes to come. Follow Humans Now and Then: Connect with host Rebecca Scott on LinkedIn:


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Ryan Stanley: Leading and Living with Gratitude

During challenging times, we often fall into the trap of focusing on what we lack, that we don't have enough of something, like money, success, or time. But what if instead, we put ourselves in a place of gratitude, and allow ourselves to pursue those things that align to our purpose, those things that make the world a better place? In this episode, I speak to professional life coach Ryan Stanley about the importance of gratitude, and the power of stepping into who we are, our unique selves. Visit to learn more about his amazing work and to find his book. Episode Notes: During the call, Ryan mentions Dr. Joe Dispenza. You can learn more about Dr. Dispenza at Make sure to subscribe to Humans Now and Then so you don't miss the amazing episodes to come. Follow Humans Now and Then: Connect with host Rebecca Scott on LinkedIn:


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JC Granger: Relationship-Based Marketing and the Future of BizTech

It is a fascinating and challenging time to be in marketing. The technology landscape is rapidly growing, but maybe not as fast as the growing concerns about consumer privacy. So, how to companies continue their marketing journey into the future while maintaining the trust of consumers? In this episode, I speak to JC Granger, CEO of Infinity Marketing Group, about the future of marketing, and how to consider balancing that with consumer trust and privacy. Bio: J.C. has 20 years in digital marketing experience. He launched his agency in 2011 and finds particular joy in empowering tech companies to grow while discovering exponential digital sales success. J.C is a passionate and skilled marketer who takes pride in Infinity Marketing Group’s ability to deliver a comprehensive ROI for its clients. Resources: Future of BizTech Podcast Subscribe to Humans, Now and Then on Apple Podcasts or wherever you stream. Follow Humans, Now and Then on Social Media: Instagram @humansnowandthen Facebook @humansnowandthen Twitter @humansnownthen


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Gordon Locke: The Power of Storytelling in Communicating your Brand

We all like a great story. A great story captures our attention, pulls us in, captures our imagination and evokes strong emotions that help us connect to the characters and their experiences. So, how can you tell such a story about yourself or your organization? In this episode, I speak to Gordon Locke, President of Pace Communications, about the importance of effective storytelling, and how strong emotion compels us to connect to and believe in the stories that we hear. Bio: Gordon Price Locke is a veteran of storytelling and an expert on emerging trends and technology in the brand story space. He is President on one of the largest independent agencies in North America, Pace, specializing in integrated marketing and brand story development. Gordon has served as a VP, SVP and CMO in marketing and communications roles with leading brands such as Hawaiian Airlines, Sabre/Travelocity, Rosenbluth-American Express. He began his career as a writer and photographer and his journey has taken him to 40+ countries and residencies in Washington, DC, Honolulu, Dallas and now Greensboro, NC. Resources: Brand Attachment—Building Emotional connects Across the Customer Journey: BB&T Bank Life Changing Decisions Video: BB&T BANK - LIFE CHANGING DECISIONS Subscribe to Humans, Now and Then on Apple Podcasts or wherever you stream Follow Humans, Now and Then on social media: clubhouse @rebeccascott facebook @humansnowandthen twitter @humansnownthen instagram @humansnowandthen


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Robert Bogue: Leveraging Confident Change Management to Shape the Future

Massive disruption typically comes with both needs and opportunities for change. So, under challenging circumstances, how can organizations effectively address change during challenging times? And, is is possible to do so while avoiding and addressing the potential for burnout? In this episode, I speak to Robert Bogue, business leader, author and public speaker, about how organizations can address critical change initiatives with confidence in order to achieve success. Bio: Robert Bogue has a driving passion for delivering solutions through both teaching and learning. His drive for resolving problems is fueled by his creativity and innovation to find solutions that others cannot. A business owner and community leader for over 10 years and 17-time Microsoft MVP, he has authored 27 books and edited over 100 additional books. He knows how to ignite engagement, stop from burning out, and freeze a snowballing conflict in its tracks. Rob's Confident Change Management Course: Six Keys to Confident Change Management book Rob's website to help combat burnout: Resources: Rob's SharePoint Shephard's Guide for End Users: You can find out more about the following at Kurt Lewin's Change Management ModelDr. John Kotter's 8-Step Process for Leading ChangeThe Prosci ADKAR change management modelThe William Bridges Transition ModelWicked Problems was a concept developed by Horst Rittel and Melvin WebberMore information about Ethnography Subscribe to Humans, Now and Then wherever you stream. Make sure to follow the show on social media: clubhouse: @rebeccascott


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From Suffering to Growth: Finding Purpose from Death Row

When we're at our worst, what does it take for us to forgive ourselves and forge a better path forward? And, is this a possibility even from a place like Death Row? I kick off Season 3 of Humans, Now and Then with a conversation with Tessie Castillo, author of Crimson Letters: Voices from Death Row, along with one of her co-authors Alim, who joins our conversation from North Carolina's Central Prison death row. Bio: Tessie Castillo is an author from Durham, North Carolina. She co-wrote her first book, Crimson Letters: Voices from Death Row, with four men serving death sentences in North Carolina, whom she met while volunteering at North Carolina’s Central Prison in 2014. Michael J. (Alim) Braxton is a co-author of Crimson Letters: Voices from Death Row. He has been a death row inmate at North Carolina's Central Prison since 1996, sentenced to death after the murder of a fellow inmate while serving a sentence for a previous murder. Alim has since taken accountability for his actions, has found his faith, and advocates for innocent prisoners on death row. Resources: Alim mentioned Henry McCollum, who was released from North Carolina's Death Row after 30 years once he was proven innocent. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to death row, along with his brother, when they were teenagers. More information here: According to the National Academy of Sciences, at least 4% of people who are sentenced to death are innocent: Alim mentions Elrico Fowler as one death row prisoner who maintains his innocence. This article explains the complicated nature of death row convictions in North Carolina, especially those occurring several years ago. Subscribe to Humans, Now and Then, and follow the show on social media to continue the conversation: clubhouse: @rebeccascott


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Kyle Sanders: Going the Distance to Shape a Better Future

What it is take to go the distance? When the chips are down, how do we find the courage and will to continue on so that we can achieve our purpose? In this episode, I speak with Kyle Sanders, the Founder of Legacy Consultants Group and the host of the Legacy on Purpose Podcast, about what he's learned from participating in endurance events, the importance of truly living our purpose, and how these tie into effective, meaningful leadership. Bio: Kyle Sanders is the Founder of Legacy Consultants Group and the host of the Legacy on Purpose Podcast. He prides himself on creating significant client relationships built on a mutual alignment of values, philosophies and expectations. He believes in helping clients see the grander vision of their lives and the people they care about. His clients have chosen him as their lead advisor because of his dedication, empathy and integrity. In his personal time, Kyle is an avid endurance runner, and enjoys spending time with his family. Website: Legacy on Purpose Podcast: Resources: Kyle discussed the 29029 Everesting Event, where he participated on Stratton MT, VT. 2021 events are currently sold out, but you can learn more about the experience here: Jessie Itzler, co-founder of 29029 Marc Hodulich, co-founder of 29029 Colin O'Brady Mona Patel More about the Moab 240 endurance running event David Goggins, "Can't Hurt Me" Ohio University study about inheritance Dave Ramsey - Financial Health expert Author Dr. Wayne Dyer Jay Shetty, author of Think Like a Monk Lewis Howes, author Subscribe to Humans, Now and Then on Apple Podcasts or wherever you stream. Follow Humans, Now and Then on Social Media:


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Shawn Harper: What it Takes to Win at Shaping a Better Future

What do you think it takes to win? Is winning only a possibility for some, or can a winning mindset help you overcome all odds to achieve your biggest goals? In this episode, I speak to Shawn Harper, former NFL Player, Motivational Speaker and Business Owner, about why you were designed to win, and why what we believe about success may be all wrong. Bio: Shawn is a former NFL Player (Rams, Colts, NFL Europe) turned Motivational Speaker and Business Owner. Growing up, he had several learning disabilities along with a broken home and poverty. Any of these factors could have turned him into a statistic, but with a "No quit" mindset and special people who entered his life, he was able to overcome many challenges and use his platform to inspire and impact hundreds of thousands of people. Website: To order his FREE e-book The Winning Edge: 8 Principles That Will Bring Out the Winner in You, go to Subscribe to Humans, Now and Then so you don't miss any of the amazing episodes coming soon. Follow Humans, Now and Then on Social Media:


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Leading Beyond Crisis to Shape a Better Future

What does it take to lead beyond a crisis? During massive disruption, should leaders only focus on pulling through, or can they effectively adapt and evolve in order to prepare for what comes next? In this episode, I speak to Ben Baker and Claire Chandler, authors of 'Leading Beyond a Crisis: A Conversation About What's Next,' about what leaders need to do today in order to futureproof their business, even while working through a crisis. Bios: Ben Baker As the founder of Your Brand Marketing, Ben helps clients understand what makes them special, unique and engaging. For the past 25 years, he has been helping companies communicate internally and developing the next generation of leaders. Through his work, brands tell engaging and meaningful brand stories that elevate and engage employees and compel customers to take action. Claire Chandler Claire helps complex, growing businesses build sustainable, profitable organizations. As the president and founder of Talent Boost, she leverages over 25 years of experience in business leadership, human resources and communications to boost leadership alignment and effectiveness. Through her work, leaders become magnets for the right talent to achieve their mission. Resources: Leading Beyond a Crisis: A Conversation About What's Next Claire and Ben's video series "Creating the New Normal: Leadership in a Post-pandemic World" Leading Beyond a Crisis intro video Before you go, make sure to subscribe to Humans, Now and Then. Follow the show on social media:


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Beth Killough: The Nature of Leadership for our Human Herd

As Humans, we belong in a group. Much like horses, belonging to a group (or herd) allows us to truly thrive. So, what can we learn from horses to help us better connect with those around us, and enable us to lead in more effective ways? In this episode, I speak to Beth Killough, owner of The Circle Up Experience, about how we can see our true nature through the eyes of a horse, and what we can learn from animals to help us center on our human selves. Bio: Beth Killough is the owner of The Circle Up Experience, a consulting firm which provides leadership training and culture development to corporations, universities, teacher groups, first responders, and non-profit organizations. Circle up has trained thousands of leaders all over the country and has designed long-term culture programs to transform workplace relationships. Beth has an MA degree in Clinical Psychology from Santa Clara University and an MFA degree in Creative Writing from Arizona State University. A life-long cowgirl, writer, professor, and a licensed psychotherapist, Beth has 20 years of experience working with people to awaken their innate leadership gifts so they can live and work with more authentic relationship and connection. Circle Up’s model of Natural Leadership and experiential learning with horses integrates human psychology, animal behavior, and natural systems to offer a unique approach to personal and professional development. This approach moves quickly through the rhetoric in human groups and gets to core human issues. Circle Up has been featured on the PBS television show, Start Up, and has been profiled in Forbes magazine. Beth is a seeker and a truth-teller who brings heart and humor into her work. She is gifted at finding The One Question that needs to be asked and using her cowgirl courage to ask it. Beth owns Take a Chance Ranch in Morgan Hill, California where Circle Up hosts workshops. The ranch also hosts women’s events, recovery groups, weekly meditation with Dhammakaya monks, horsemanship events, and art programs. Beth and her human family live on the ranch an ever-growing menagerie of animals who support and participate in the Circle Up work. Resources: Ellen Langer on Mindfulness: Make sure to subscribe to Humans, Now and Then so you don't miss the amazing episodes coming soon. Follow Humans, Now and Then on social media: Follow host Rebecca Scott on LinkedIn:


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Yassmin Abdel-Magied: Making the Choice to Change the World

When you recognize that the world needs to change, what will you do next? Will you look to others to initiate the change you seek, or will you muster the courage to stand up and make the change you wish to see? In this episode, I speak to 2020 LinkedIn Changemaker Yassmin Abdel-Magied, a Sudanese-Australian writer, broadcaster and award-winning social advocate, about her journey to make an impact and how to overcome our fear in order to stay true to our principles, as well as ourselves. Bio: Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a Sudanese-Australian writer, broadcaster and award-winning social advocate with a background in mechanical engineering. One of the 2020 LinkedIn Changemakers, Yassmin is a globally sought-after advisor on issues of social justice, focused on race, gender and faith. She has travelled to 24 countries delivering keynotes on inclusive leadership, tackling unconscious bias and achieving substantive change. Yassmin’s internationally acclaimed TED talk, What does my headscarf mean to you, has been viewed over two million times and was chosen as one of TED’s top ten ideas of 2015. Yassmin has published a memoir and two fiction novels with Penguin Random House and has a number of screenwriting projects in development. Her social and current affairs commentary has appeared in TIME, The Guardian and Teen Vogue and she is a regular on the BBC, Aljazeera, TRT and Monocle 24. In all her work, Yassmin is an advocate for transformative justice and a fairer, safer world for all. Learn more about Yassmin's story by visiting Resources: Couples counselor and relationship expert Esther Perel Subscribe to Humans, Now and Then, and follow the show on social media: Make sure to share your question for the world by using #heresmyquestion Follow host Rebecca Scott at


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Janice Scholl: Helping Women Shape their Financial Future

According to a recent McKinsey & Co and LeanIn study, 1 in 4 women are considering leaving the workforce or stepping back from their career paths because of the additional demands placed on them due to the pandemic. So, how does this impact our ability to maintain or improve our financial health? In this episode, I speak to Janice Scholl, host of The Money, Career, & Motherhood Podcast, about how women can take charge of their financial future during difficult times, and the importance of coming together to discuss solutions to the pressing problems facing families today. Bio: Janice Scholl has spent her entire career talking about money and business. Through her time as a commercial banker, consultant and mentor to budding entrepreneurs, she helped clients create solid business and financial strategies to help propel their business to success. While working with aspiring female entrepreneurs, Janice noticed that the same four themes kept repeating: ● Many women are uncomfortable with finance, both in their business and in their personal life. ● Women want access to more women mentors and advisors. ● Women often start businesses because they feel the corporate world doesn’t fit their lifestyle. Few are motivated by purely financial reasons. ● Mothers didn’t want money to drive their family decisions. From these themes The Money, Career, & Motherhood Podcast was born. Now Janice spends her time helping mothers gain confidence and understanding about money, career, and business topics as they relate to motherhood and family – the way many women actually think about money. Janice loves helping mothers implement business and financial strategies within their families to help each family member thrive. Check out The Money, Career & Motherhood podcast at Resources: Women leaving the workforce during the pandemic: LeanIn and McKinsey's Women in the Workplace report: Women are leaving the workforce at four times the rate of men Subscribe to Humans, Now and Then so you don't miss some amazing episodes coming soon. Make sure to follow Humans, Now and Then on Social Media: Follow host Rebecca Scott at


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Alain Hunkins: The Secrets to Building the Leaders of the Future

How do we shape the leaders of the future? Is there something to the trend of promoting high performers into leadership, or should we rethink the behaviors that are required of effective, proactive leaders? In this episode, I speak to author, keynote speaker, facilitator and coach Alain Hunkins, about the three keys to effective leadership, and the importance of putting people first. Bio: A sought-after keynote speaker, facilitator and coach, Alain Hunkins is a leadership expert who connects the science of high performance with the performing art of leadership. Leaders trust him to help unlock their potential and expand their influence, leading to superior results, increased engagement, higher levels of retention, and greater organizational and personal satisfaction. He has a gift for translating complex concepts from psychology, neuroscience and organizational behavior into simple, practical tools that can be applied on the job. Over the course of his 20+ year career, Alain has worked with tens of thousands of leaders in over 25 countries, and served clients in all industries, including 42 Fortune 100 companies. He delivers dynamic keynotes, seminars, and workshops covering a variety of leadership topics including communication, teambuilding, conflict management, peak performance, motivation, and change. With his Master’s in Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Professional Theater Training Program, and a BA from Amherst College, Alain also serves on the faculty of Duke Corporate Education, ranked #2 worldwide in 2019 by Financial Times on its list of customized Executive Education programs. Alain has lectured at UNC Kenan-Flagler’s business school and Columbia University. Alain has authored over 400 articles, and been published in Fast Company, Forbes, Business Insider, Chief Executive, Chief Learning Officer, The Association for Talent Development, CEO Refresher, and the American Management Association. A certified co-leader for ManKind Project International, a non-profit whose mission is to help men lead lives of service to their families, communities, and workplaces, he’s based in Northampton, MA with his wife and two children. Drawing on Alain Hunkins’ decades of experience training tens of thousands of leaders across 25 countries, Cracking the Leadership Code: Three Secrets to Building Strong Leaders will help you shorten your leadership learning curve and accelerate your leadership growth. Building on a simple model of Connection, Communication, and Collaboration, the book will open your eyes to the obvious and not-so-obvious reasons why leading today is so difficult. You’ll learn how to better address everyday leadership challenges and receive dozens of tools you can employ right away. Research-based, field-tested, and story-driven, Cracking the Leadership Code is a practical guide to becoming the effective, proactive leader you aspire to be. Learn more about Alain and his book at Resources: Article about a leader's use of pronouns: Robert Reich's Pronoun Test: Article about projection bias:,can%20lead%20to%20this%20bias. Subscribe to Humans, Now and Then so you don't miss the amazing interviews to come. Follow Humans, Now and Then: Follow host Rebecca at


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Paul McCarthy: Why Fired Leaders are the Future of Leadership

When a leader is fired from an organization, what are your initial thoughts? While this could be seen as a failure by the leader, what if, in some cases, it actually represents an organization that does not tolerate new ways of thinking? In this episode, I speak to Paul McCarthy, author of the upcoming book Fired Leadership, about why we may need to reframe why top talent gets fired. Bio: Fascinated by people and why we do the things we do, Paul is a non-traditional thinker who thinks big, questions deeply, and strives to create the conditions for leaders of all levels to have honest, courageous and forward moving conversations that build strong and healthy organizations. Paul’s background in anthropology, sociology and social policy creates a natural curiosity about culture, social structure, and how this informs and shapes corporate systems. This exploration formed his desire to help people and organizations be the best they can be. Paul is a straight talker who reframes perceptions and provokes change conversations so that leaders can make a difference and deliver results. Paul is focused on defining the true intention and purpose of an organization in order to align around a preferred future. While he sees value in challenging the status-quo, he is a trusted client collaborator, and a key influencer of how leaders are shaping the future workplace. He has operated as a leader within big firms based in the UK and Canada and brings a global perspective to his work. His real-world experience, guidance and expertise informs and supports leaders and leadership teams in navigating through existing and future opportunities and challenges. Paul is involved in several game changing quests to better understand what leaders and organizations of tomorrow will need to set themselves apart. Currently, he is exploring the topic of why leaders are fired. This will be the focus of his upcoming book, speaker series and leadership development program, which will be underpinned by a counter intuitive theory that future leaders and organizations will set themselves apart by the current attributes that they are fired for in today’s organizations. Simply put, Paul’s mission over the last 25 years has been to rid the world of toxic leaders, one leader at a time. An avid traveler, Paul has explored over 30 countries, is a veteran snowboarder of Canada’s best powder, and divides his time between western and central Canada. Paul passionately provides mentorship to the next generation of young entrepreneurs and future leaders through collaboration with non-profit organizations or simply over a cup of Earl Grey You can find Paul on Linked in at Otherwise on Twitter at Resources: Amanda Lang, The Beauty of Discomfort An article discussing the research of Amy Edmundson and Anita Woolley, discussing why organizations need a "fertile soil" in order to make leadership development effective so that they can grow. Subscribe to Humans, Now and Then to make sure you don't miss out on amazing upcoming conversations. You can also follow the show on Twitter @humansnownthen, or on Instagram @humansnowandthen. Follow host Rebecca Scott on LinkedIn at


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Evan Carmichael: A Purpose-Driven Path to Shaping the Future

What will you choose to do today that makes a difference? Is your work driven by your purpose, or are you holding back from doing work that really matters? In this episode, I speak to Evan Carmichael, Author and YouTuber who aims to help entrepreneurs with what he calls the world's biggest problem: people don't believe in themselves enough. Bio: Evan believes in entrepreneurs. At 19, he built then sold a biotech software company. At 22, he was a venture capitalist helping raise $500k to $15mil. He now runs the biggest YouTube channel for entrepreneurs with over 2 million subscribers, wrote 4 books and speaks globally. He wants to solve the world's biggest problem. He's set 2 world records, uses a trampoline & stand-up desk, owns Canada's largest Salsa Dance Studio & has a giant Doritos bag in front of him all day long to remind him that he’s stronger than the Doritos. Toronto is his home. He's a husband, father, TSM fan and Teemo Main. Evan's website: You can also find him on social media: Subscribe to Humans, Now and Then wherever you stream. Follow Humans, Now and Then on: Follow Rebecca on LinkedIn at


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Dr. Kelly Waltman: The Art of Great Feedback

Meaningful feedback can be a gift that can help us work at our best. However, ineffective feedback can lead to unintended consequences, such as employee disengagement and an inability to work at our best. In this episode, I speak to Dr. Kelly Waltman, Founder and CEO of SLR Leadership Consulting, about the importance of effective feedback, how to structure it in a way that leads to better performance, and why effective feedback is critically important to our personal and professional growth. Bio: Dr. Kelly Waltman is the Founder and CEO of SLR Leadership Consulting, LLC. She has over twenty years of professional development and public speaking experience. From the classroom to the board room, she has designed content for groups of all sizes and in a variety of settings. She also brings over a decade of managerial and leadership experience to her work. Her consulting work focuses on business communication and cultivating a feedback culture within an organization. In addition to her work with SLR Leadership Consulting, Kelly founded She Leads and Reads, a monthly book club and content curation site focused on personal and professional development books. Resources: Cost of ineffective communication costs $37 Billion across US and UK My appearance on Kelly's live podcast: Subscribe, rate and review Humans, Now and Then wherever you stream. Make sure to follow:


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Alma Derricks: Walking a Tightrope Toward a Better Future

Knowing ourselves well can allow us take forward strides toward shaping the future. However, when we also understand and appreciate those around us, it can create magic in teams and organizations, setting up the field for game-changing innovation. In this episode, I speak to Alma Derricks, Founder and Managing Partner of business and brand strategy company REV, about knowing ourselves, understanding those around us, and why at this point in time, it's more important than ever that we bring our very best forward to shape a better future. Bio: Alma Derricks is an accomplished business and brand strategist with over 20 years of experience building inventive new businesses at the edges of established media, entertainment and consumer products companies. Known for her shrewd cultural insights and engaging bedside manner, she is the Founder and Managing Partner of REV, a brand management company that partners with accomplished creators, entrepreneurs, and leadership teams to leverage their expertise into distinctive and profitable new ventures. Alma has created new businesses and customer strategies for an array of media, entertainment, hospitality, and consumer products companies including Verizon, NBCU, Fox, Redbox, Blue Man Group, Mattel, Amazon, and Southwest Airlines; launched ground-breaking digital networks for Star Trek, Peanuts, and Dilbert; and held senior management positions at HBO, Paramount, El Rey Network, Deloitte, and Cirque du Soleil. A native and current resident of Los Angeles, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Georgetown University. Resources: Visit Alma's website at Alma's Tightroping workshop: Information about the Basadur Profile: Rebecca's Basadur Results: While you're here, click Subscribe to Humans, Now and Then. Please rate and review so that Rebecca can continue to bring great guests and meaningful content. Follow Humans, Now and Then on social media: Connect with Rebecca on LinkedIn at She'd love to hear your feedback about the show!


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The Alpha Echo Project, and Your Mission to Build a Stronger Team

We often discuss the importance of company culture in terms of an image, a feeling, or a cool atmosphere. However, what happens when we think about it in a tactical sense, at the ground level, within teams, when high stakes are on the line? In this episode, I speak to Erik Mineo and Alexis Brandolini, Co-Founders of the Alpha Echo Project, about what they've learned about teamwork from an elite Army unit, the importance of strong trust within teams, and why understanding individual responsibilities is critical when achieving important goals. Bios: ERIK Co-Founder of Alpha Echo Project and native of Long Island, NY and currently living in Maryland, Erik is a Reserve duty Infantry Officer who holds widespread experience in asymmetric warfare, counter-insurgency, and Special Operations Force missions in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Units include the Asymmetric Warfare Group, 75th Ranger Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, and Johns Hopkins University ROTC. Erik’s awards include two Bronze Stars, a Joint Service Commendation Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, and German and Australian Airborne Wings. Erik has earned the Army’s coveted U.S. Army Ranger School Tab, Airborne Parachutist Wings, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and is Army Level I Combatives qualified. In his Reserve duty, he serves as an operation officer in the 301st Information and Psychological Operation Command. He also served as a Branch Manager and Financial Advisor in the financial services sector, where he earned his Series 7, 66, and 26. ALEXIS Alpha Echo Project’s Co-Founder and originally from the Philadelphia suburbs, Alexis is a graduate of the University of Richmond Robins School of Business, where she earned a BS in business administration with a concentration in marketing. A 2020 Hall of Fame inductee for her high school, Alexis was a 4-year full scholarship lacrosse player and served as Captain two consecutive years. Alexis worked in commercial and residential real estate development and at US Lacrosse before she ventured into the world of advertising when she was accepted into the prestigious Brandcenter at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned a Master of Science in Business with a concentration in Strategic Planning. She was offered a highly coveted internship working on the Burger King account with the ad agency Crispin, Porter + Bogusky, later named Agency of the Year so many years that it was named Agency of the Decade (2000s). Alexis soon earned a position with The Martin Agency after a class project won the agency new client business with The Learning Channel (TLC). Her TLC work received the Jay Chiat Gold award for strategic planning in branding. From the World Bank Group to professional sports and several brands, teams, and leaders later, Alexis still enjoys sports and building businesses. Visit their website at Resources: General Stanley McChrystal, Team of Teams. Before you go, make sure to subscribe, rate and review Humans, Now and Then on Apple Podcasts or wherever you stream. The full transcript will be posted to within a few days of publishing.


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David Burkus: Build a Better Culture to Shape a Better Future

In our significantly disrupted world, can leader overcome extreme challenges in order to bring together stronger teams, while building a better culture? In this episode, I speak to David Burkus, best-selling author of four books and one of the world’s leading business thinkers, about healthy work conflict, the impact of our human networks, and what it really takes to build a positive company culture. Bio: One of the world’s leading business thinkers, David Burkus’ forward-thinking ideas and bestselling books are helping leaders and teams do their best work ever. He is the best-selling author of four books about business and leadership. His books have won multiple awards and have been translated into dozens of languages. His insights on leadership and teamwork have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, USAToday, Fast Company, the Financial Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CNN, the BBC, NPR, and CBS This Morning. Since 2017, Burkus has been ranked as one of the world’s top business thought leaders by Thinkers50. As a sought-after international speaker, his TED Talk has been viewed over 2 million times. He’s worked with leaders from organizations across all industries including Google, Stryker, Fidelity, Viacom, and even the US Naval Academy. A former business school professor, David Burkus holds a master’s degree in organizational psychology from the University of Oklahoma, and a doctorate in strategic leadership from Regent University. Click here to learn more about David’s books Click here to learn how to bring David to your event or company. Click here to find several FREE resources from David on his website. Find David at, or follow him on LinkedIn at Resources: Significant rise in mental health issues reported during the pandemic: Research from Artis International, a group that studies international terrorists Muzafir Sherif and the Robber's Cave experiment (realistic group conflict theory) Ray Dalio's TED Talk discussing Radical Transpaency The 1856 savage beating of Senator Charles Sumner on the floor of Congress: Subscribe, Rate and Review Humans, Now and Then on Apple Podcasts or wherever you stream. Follow @humansnowandthen on Instagram, and Facebook, or @humansnownthen on Twitter. The transcript for this episode is available at