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Burnout does not have to be the price of success in the workplace. There is an art in breaking from the norms for better ways of working together and there are many people leading the way at all levels. We bring you their stories and strategies to inspire better work, with mindfulness and resilience. More information on mindful work breaks and the Power of 2 to 10 at

Burnout does not have to be the price of success in the workplace. There is an art in breaking from the norms for better ways of working together and there are many people leading the way at all levels. We bring you their stories and strategies to inspire better work, with mindfulness and resilience. More information on mindful work breaks and the Power of 2 to 10 at


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Burnout does not have to be the price of success in the workplace. There is an art in breaking from the norms for better ways of working together and there are many people leading the way at all levels. We bring you their stories and strategies to inspire better work, with mindfulness and resilience. More information on mindful work breaks and the Power of 2 to 10 at




027: Emotional Intelligence in an AI World - Tae Chong

Tae Chong is a passionate innovator with solutions to complex community challenges. He is a great storyteller and helps to bring alive the concepts of emotional intelligence which is needed now more than ever. Tae knows that our souls need to be recognized and developed for our best work; and you can’t put a metric on believing in humans. His stories are filled with insights including a reminder that our founding fathers demonstrated significant emotional intelligence in writing our...


025: SheChanges – Take Your Idea for a Spin: Lael Couper Jepson

You are not alone. That is the first thing Lael Couper Jepson wants you to know. We all have dreams and desires mixed with fear. What we are most afraid of is being “caught” failing. We need to learn how to sit with that. What if we faced that thing or idea that scares us with an element of play? Picture a dream or idea you've been carrying with you, and now think…”Wanna give it a whirl? Wanna try? Let’s go find out!” Take your idea for a spin. Lael’s journey included visions of becoming a...


025: Lessons from Inside the Grand Canyon: Amy Wood, Psy.D.

Of the 4.5 million people who visit the Grand Canyon each year, only 1% take the 9-mile journey to the Colorado River below. Most visitors come to the edge of the canyon, take a picture, and leave. Are you taking pictures from above or going further down to enjoy the journey in life? Amy Wood, Psychologist, Coach, and Speaker, talks about an unplanned journey, a choice that many of us would not have made under similar circumstances. Picture a current so fast and unpredictable once you go...


024: Nature, The New Leadership Model - Kris McCrea

Service Leadership and Emotional Intelligence are quickly becoming the foundations of success in business. Kris McCrea helps companies transform by aligning leadership models with nature. Are your employees counting the minutes each day? There is a better way; leading with vision and purpose, allowing people to grow to their full potential Who better to develop your customers and care for your patients than people who feel alive and vibrant. Kris McCrea, President of McCrea Coaching, is a...


023: Patrick Veroneau - Rise Above Your Best

Patrick is a certified Emotional Intelligence Trainer and Coach who believes we can all Rise Above Our Best. He teaches us to use POWER to improve your outlook and results, and CABLES to create stronger team connections. Congruence, Appreciation, Being for Others, Listening, Empathy, Specifics Patrick helps companies develop leaders from day one and his approach can help you improve your work and life. We all get stronger by doing. Patrick Veroneau, Founder, Emery Leadership Group...


022: Diane Darling, She Said It - Quotes from Remarkable Women

This is a perfect time to share the voices of more women. Diane has great ideas for using quotes in presentations to keep your audience on their toes while introducing them to people they may not have heard about. Learn who really said: “Well-behaved women rarely make history.” We all crave stories and inspiration. Whether you are speaking to a group, beginning a meeting, or starting a coaching session, quotes are a powerful way to begin. Diane also talks about her vision for getting more...


021: Dr. Heidi Roberts - Motion Therapy

Join me in conversation with Dr. Heidi Roberts, PT, DPT, author of Amazon-Kindle's newest #1 download (in 8 categories) last week - The Sitting Disease. She is helping people reduce pain every day and her methods can help all of us: 10 minutes to a better you. Heidi founded Motion Therapy in 2012 to bring physical therapy and injury prevention to athletes, professionals, and businesses in their everyday environments. She shares simple and affordable practices to help you reduce pain in...


020 Alex Brookings - bGood: Memorable Moments and Healthy Refueling

Alex Brookings, of bGood ( talks about the power of short interactions to grow customers and build culture. I met Alex as a happy customer of bGood a few years ago. In a fast world, they not only deliver delicious farm-to-table food for lunch and dinner, they create extraordinary and memorable service experiences with their customers. Given my passion around the power of one or two minutes to create positive change, I wanted to learn about the bGood formula and design behind the...


019: Nik Caner-Medley: Improving How We Work and Play - Mindfully

What do International Pro Basketball and Community Business Building have in common? Nik Caner-Medley. You may know Nik Caner-Medley as a former star basketball player at Deering High School or the University of Maryland. Most recently, he has signed a 2-year contract with Movistar Estudiantes in Madrid Spain. What you may not know, is that Nik is a business and community-builder in Portland, Maine. We recorded this show in the Boardroom at Cloudport Coworking Multi-space, while Nik is...


018: Andrew Silsby: Secrets to Employee Wellness Engagement

Andrew Silsby shares the secret to engagement for wellness and business. It involves a tractor, a "dreadmill" and a few other ingredients for an award-winning wellness plan. Andrew E. Silsby is President and CEO of Kennebec Savings Bank, a $900 million mutual banking organization headquartered in Augusta Maine. Silsby started his career in banking as a summer teller in 1986 and joined Kennebec Savings Bank in 1993 where he steadily climbed the ranks to begin leading the organization as...


017: Julie Campilio: Teaching Children Self-Calm in an Anxious World

What if there was a simple and effective tool that could help children who suffer from trauma, kids who put too much pressure on themselves, those with special needs, and perhaps kids who have been bullied. Something that could help the child while also helping the teacher. Julie Campilio has created a simple and powerful solution and she has put it into practice for the past 10 years in schools, positively impacting students (3-18), teachers, and parents. ( Julie...


016: Solutions for Better Meetings

If you work with a phone or computer, chances are meetings are a regular part of your day. Many people I work with attend meetings for 6 to 7 hours each day; particularly those with national and global companies. Nearly everyone I interviewed told me that the meetings they attend are not very effective and the work could be handled in a better way. Several years ago, when working at a large global bank, I attended a training on better meetings which changed the way I manage meetings every...


015: John Moore: For Developers and Programmers - Breaks for Better Work

Join us for an interesting discussion especially for developers, programmers, and tech workers. This will also be of interest if you employ or work with technology experts. For the business owner, breaks are about productivity; for an individual, it is about feeling better at the end of your day. Are you filling your stress cup? Listen to our discussion to learn 1 important thing to do every day. John Moore has spent years in information technology, working with some of the largest...


014: Chris Kast: Engaging a Creative Team of Type A+ Workers

My guest this week is Chris Kast who tells us how thirty, Type A+ brand media strategists and creative professionals find time to connect and engage at work. Chris shares insights on employee empowerment with one of the busiest creative teams in Portland. Their work includes Maine Magazine, Old Port Magazine, Maine Home & Design, Kennebunkport Festival, Love Maine Radio, and Maine Live, just to name a few. Yet this group manages to connect with themselves and community; they support over...


013: Monica Worline - Awakening Compassion at Work - Why it Matters

Join me with Monica Worline for an informative and compelling conversation on the importance of compassion in the workplace. She talks about how fear can get in our way and gives us simple tools to demonstrate compassion in ways that are most meaningful. Did you know that practicing compassion at work is a successful business strategy? Compassionate workplaces have higher levels of service quality, increased retention of talented employees, better innovation, and collaboration. Monica C....


012: Laurie Mitchell - Unum - Making the Healthiest Choice the Easiest Choice

Laurie Mitchell, is AVP of Global Wellbeing and Health Management at Unum. I have known of Laurie for over a decade and have admired her ability to create healthy work programs and benefits that actually improve health. She talks about creating environments for employees that "make the healthiest choice the easiest choice," and works to support work/life integration for her employee population. She also values a good night's sleep - music to my ears!


011: Best Managers and Work Cultures - 6 Stories

What are the most positive management or work culture experiences from your career? Join me in 6 short interviews to learn about their experiences. I talk with Dan Sexton, Lauren Reid, Eli Dolloff, Gretchen Johnson, Laura Sprinkle, and Adrian Espinoza. This is a great reminder that the smallest example in management can influence someone for a lifetime.


010: Tara Healey – Mindfulness In the Workplace; Beyond the Myths and Misconceptions

Join our discussion and learn how to apply mindfulness in the workplace. Where else are you investing in an employee program with a 99.9% satisfaction rate? Tara Healey is the founder and director of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s Mind the Moment program. Tara initially joined Harvard Pilgrim as an health educator and organizational development professional in its HR department, a position which she occupied for over 20 years. She brought a mindfulness course to Harvard Pilgrim’s own staff...


009: For Writers and Illustrators: Jessica Sinsheimer and Julie Kingsley of The Manuscript Academy

Join Jessica Sinsheimer (Twitter: @jsinsheim)and Julie Kingsley(Twitter: @juliekingsley) as they share insights learned through their work as co-founders of There is no need to hate your Google Calendar or fight with your schedule. Learn tips to find balance in the world of writing and creative work. Jessica talks about creating macro impact with micro breaks and shares wisdom from one of her mentors. Julie has ideas to re-charge your perspective physically and...


008: Dr. Glenn Cummings - On Becoming a Best Place To Work - USM

Join me in conversation with Dr. Glenn Cummings, President of the University of Southern Maine. He talks about leading USM's efforts in becoming a Best Place to Work and ends our interview with a special story about Joshua Chamberlain. He touches on Macro Accountability and Micro Freedoms; and holding Administration accountable. USM is embracing diversity, customer service (student satisfaction), and leadership training. Glenn shares his views on the difference between a manager and a leader...