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Putting Humans First with Mike Vacanti

We’re at an inflection point and it’s time for a business culture shift. Today we have Mike Vacanti, the founder of the HumansFirst Club, here to share about the movement, the community, and what happens when you bring like-minded and like-hearted people together to put humans first. What is the HumansFirst Club? It’s a consortium of people interested in understanding and recognizing that we can create business environments where people can grow and thrive. Its simple mission is to ‘ignite...


Unwrapping Your Purpose Package

We’re kicking off the new year with another solo episode. For many, this is a time of New Year’s resolutions, transitions, or taking those next steps. For this episode, we’re exploring the idea of purpose and using new language to frame it: What does it mean to unwrap your Purpose Package? What is the Purpose Package? The Purpose Package refers to two things: (1) purpose as a gift that arrives in your life and that you have to share with others, and (2) the benefits you receive when you...


7 Hopes for You in the New Year

This is the first episode of 2019, and it comes with a disclaimer. This one might be a little weird. In fact, it could be the weirdest episode we’ve done yet! While the actual New Year only comes, well, once a year, these seven hopes should be with you every month of every year, starting right now. That you are awakened to purpose, and that you awake and arise to purposeful living Purpose is a choice that we all make on a daily basis. Do we live for ourselves or for something larger?...


The Top 11 Books on Purpose

Welcome to the last episode of the Higher Purpose Podcast for 2018. This special release is coming to you on Boxing Day and we’re wrapping up this year with the 10 most influential and inspirational books Kevin has read this year, and his takeaways from each of them. Leading from Purpose by Nick Craig Purpose is defined as the unique gifts you bring to the world that only you can bring, the way you bring it. “Purpose is most valuable to us when there are no right answers, just choices for...


Creating a People and Service Centered Business with Josh Watts

Have you ever started a business you didn’t know anything about? On the show today is Josh Watts, CEO of MedTrust Holdings, a private ambulance provider who specializes in "inter-facility care”: the medicine in between buildings when patients transfer from one facility to another. Josh got into the private ambulance business after beginning in aviation sales and recruitment, and shares what that journey was like, the challenges along the way, and what it’s like to be one of the fastest...


Hospitable Leadership and the Discipline of Hope with Terry Smith

On today’s episode, we have Terry Smith, Lead Pastor of The Life Christian Church, and the author of The Hospitable Leader: Create Environments Where People and Dreams Flourish. What does it truly mean to be hospitable, and how can it transform your leadership? And what do you know about the discipline of hope? What does it mean to be a hospitable leader? Being a hospitable leader is about creating environments of welcome. It’s a worldview, mindset, approach, and philosophy that can have...


Becoming the Chief Joy Officer of Your Company with Rich Sheridan

We’re pleased to welcome Rich Sheridan back to the Higher Purpose Podcast. He joined us for episode 36 and what a great episode it was! Rich is the author of two books: Joy, Inc. and Chief Joy Officer. He’s also the CEO, Chief Storyteller, and Tour Guide of Menlo Innovations, a software design and development company. In this episode, we dive even deeper into creating a culture of joy in the workplace and what that looks like in practice. Starting from the top Where do you begin? By...


How Purpose Intertwines in Business and Life

Joining Kevin today is Jeremiah Smith, the Founder and CEO of Simple Tiger. Simple Tiger is an SEO agency specifically for software companies, helping them drive simple, effective marketing for clients they love. Today, Jeremiah shares the joy of discovering purpose along the way: in business, in life, and how the two intertwine. A business with a clear set of values Jeremiah’s company, Simple Tiger, has a clear set of values — simplicity, integrity, and joy — that’s evident as soon as you...


Creating a WD-40 Culture with Garry Ridge and Stan Sewitch

We’ve got a dynamic duo joining us today to talk about the epic partnership they share and the culture they’ve helped build in WD-40 Company. Garry is the CEO and Stan is the CHRO of this wildly successful organization. Today, they share their stories about creating a unique and fulfilling company culture, what it means to run a business with values at the forefront, and emphasizing the importance of fun and meaningful work. When Garry became CEO, he realized micromanagement wasn't...


Experience, Innovation, and Transformation with Chris Holt

Our guest today is Chris Holt. She is the Chief Experience Designer at Holy Redeemer in Pennsylvania, a faith-based institution that offers diverse healthcare services to families and patients. In this episode, she tells the story of her organization’s innovative transformation that centers on purpose and service. What she did differently - looking at experience as a way to innovate, will inspire you. About ten years ago, Holy Redeemer began an initiative to become more innovative as an...


Bringing Your Business Culture to Life with Hagen Kern

What’s different about a business when it’s grounded in purpose? Everything. Your business’s culture is your only real competitive advantage: people can attempt to copy your products and positioning, but no one can copy your culture. When companies don’t design their culture in a specific way, they allow it to be 'by default.' But purpose-powered businesses have a unique culture, because they recognize the power and privilege of designing one that is an expression of their purpose to the...


The 10 Characteristics of Purpose-Powered People

We live our lives in search of our purpose. We go where everybody else goes, trying to answer the same questions everyone else is asking. But then you realize you're different, weird even! The answers everyone else finds don’t make sense to you or don’t live up to your expectations. If this sounds like you, congratulations! You manifest the signs of a purpose-powered individual. Today, Kevin shares the 10 characteristics of a purpose-powered individual and how you can tap into that power to...


Faith at Work with Bob Hasson

How do entrepreneurs balance faith and business when one is focused on trust and confidence in the unseen, and the other relies on facts and data? It might not be a matter of balance. Perhaps you are making results-driven decisions because you’re listening to your calling. Bob Hasson, CEO at Hasson Inc. and co-author of “Business in Honor,” shares his insights on living as a person of honor in business and how faith fits into work life. It's amazing how Bob's painting career led him to...


Experiencing and Cultivating Abundance with Juliana Park

Are you living your life in alignment with what you value? Last week, Kevin and Juliana talked about the origins and fundamentals of the scarcity and abundance loops. It was such a powerful conversation that Kevin invited her back this week to take you deeper into the mindset loop discussion. In particular, they dive into how you can cultivate abundance in different aspects of your life. Recently, Juliana talked about 2 mindsets: the scarcity loop and the abundance loop. According to her,...


Abundance and Scarcity Loops with Juliana Park

Have you ever been pressured into making a decision that didn’t sit well with you? What happens when we silence our gut alarms and signals? Join Kevin and Juliana Park for a life-changing conversation grounded in abundance and purpose. They talk about what leads us to poor decision making and how we can shift away from the scarcity mindset. They will unravel the experience that led to the wisdom in Juliana’s book, The Abundance Loop, and how it can change your mindset today. How is Juliana...


HR on Purpose with Steve Browne

Are you the same person at work as you are at home? Are you ‘busy’ or are you ‘full?’ Is your life gloomy or great? It might be time for a mind shift. Imagine what would happen if you were to reframe your thoughts around purposeful intentions and action. It could drastically change the way you live at home AND at work. Join Kevin and his guest, Steve Browne, as they talk about the power in feeding the positive mindset, our choices, and how they affect the people around us. Steve Browne is...


7 Mindset Shifts You Need to Make Now

Last week, Kevin had a deep and insightful conversation with Nick Tasler about what good people do when bad things happen to them. They touched on Dr. Viktor Frankl’s view on “Tragic Optimism” - the unwavering belief that life is good despite episodes of adversity. This inspired Kevin to share 7 mindset shifts that will ground your life in gratitude and meaning. 1. Changing your default setting to become more receptive to opportunities. How do you naturally respond to unbelievable...


What Good People Do When Bad Things Happen with Nick Tasler

Life doesn’t always go the way we want, and we’re left wondering why. You might wonder why bad things happen to good people, but you should be wondering what good people do when bad things happen. Life doesn't always seem fair, but there's a way to overcome this mindset issue. Navigating North with Kevin today is Nick Tasler - an Organizational Psychologist, Speaker, the author of 4 books, and father. Together they discuss how to adapt to change, become a better decision maker, and the...


Navigating North in Business, Leadership, and Life

So many things seem the same from day to day, but today is uniquely different. That’s the guiding thought in today’s podcast as Kevin unpacks what that means to him. How can you take today and make it matter? We are all on a journey to somewhere we’ve never been, and it’s up to you to make every minute count. Network, Share Ideas, and Grow Ready to connect to other purpose powered people like yourself, so you can network, share ideas, and grow together? Join us in the Higher Purpose...


10 Tips for Living with Higher Purpose Starting Today

Life is — and will always be — full of twists and turns. It’s a pendulum swing between triumph and defeat, fulfillment and frustration, clarity and confusion. On this journey, we all walk towards finding, following, and fulfilling our higher purpose. In today’s episode, Kevin shares 10 tips that you can practice today to start living with higher purpose and why you’ll be glad you did. Kevin’s ability to welcome and encourage rich conversations with people has played an instrumental role in...