168: Leaders with Heart Look Out for Their People

Subscribe to the Leadership with Heart Podcast: In this episode, Heather interviews Christiano Gherardini, President/Owner at Turnkey Technologies, Inc., a Gold Microsoft Dynamics Partner. Christiano started the company about 27 years ago – and now serves local, regional, and national customers. They sell and implement accounting software and CRM software across the US that help businesses replace their legacy business systems and automate their financials and operations. His company, Turnkey Technologies, Inc., makes businesses more efficient and profitable.   Key Takeaways:  The culture within an organization is an essential aspect of the business. Transactional decisions are straightforward – the human ones are the difficult ones.  As the leader, he must make the hard decisions within the company. Knowing your people outside of the office gives you a better understanding of who they are and their struggles. Getting to know your teams helps you help them. Christiano Gherardini’s Bio Christiano Gherardini is the
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167: Leaders with Heart Understand that Caring is About Action

Subscribe to the Leadership with Heart Podcast: In this episode, Heather speaks directly with her listeners about the inspiration behind her book and some updates regarding the Caring Leadership Ecosystem of the book, assessment, and community. Key Takeaways: Leaders must make their employees feel seen and heard. The Caring Leadership community is now open. There is a free version of the Caring Leadership assessment. The Caring Leadership ecosystem is a support system for individuals who want to be better. Leading with Heart creates a ripple effect. Why Did I Write This Book? In the past I had experienced leaders who made it obvious that they did not care for me or my peers. As an only child I feel closer to my friends, coworkers, and peers than most people because everyone is my brother and sister. Seeing how many of the leaders I interacted with did not take the time
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166: Leaders with Heart Cry Too

Subscribe to the Leadership with Heart Podcast: In this episode, Heather has a heartfelt conversation with Kara Westurn, Regional Director at CharDonnay Dialysis/CDI Health, where she is in charge of overseeing dialysis centers in correctional facilities across the country. This episode is so inspiring, authentic, and real, and is the first episode that has led to tears. Kara Westurn is the poster image for what a Caring Leader is – but she wasn’t always this way. Kara is incredibly transparent in this episode about all the challenges she has faced and what she has learned along the way. She has had every reason to give up but has always chosen to persevere. As a single mother of 5, her resilience is something that she hopes to pass onto all of her children. Tune into this inspiring story about a woman who woke up one day after 18-years in an unhealthy
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165: Leaders with Heart Show Grace

Subscribe to the Leadership with Heart Podcast: In this episode, Heather interviews Eddy Badrina, CEO of Eden Green and Co-founder of Buzzshift. This 20-minute podcast is filled with insightful information about his innovative company Eden Green and what it takes to be a leader. Eddy attributes most of his leadership values to his parents, who immigrated from the Philippines with little to their name and made a life for themselves in Houston, TX. From a young age, Eddy was shown what he refers to as “sacrificial leadership” by his parents who would send over 50% of their income back to the Philippines..  Eddy Badrina has an impressive background which includes working in President Bush Sr.’s administration and being a co-founder of Buzzshift. Now as a CEO, he is the most essential leader of the company and in this podcast, he shares with us the knowledge he has acquired over the
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164: Leaders with Heart Embrace Your Crazy

Subscribe to the Leadership with Heart Podcast: In this episode, Heather interviews Janine Williams, the CEO and Founder of Impulsify, a software company that equips businesses with simple, affordable technology solutions. She refers to herself as a “reluctant CEO” who believed in a product and decided she wouldn’t take no for an answer. Janine believes in “The Adversity Advantage” and her story is quite unique. Her obstacles to overcome adversity began as a young girl and she is proud of what she has built today. She credits her outcome to her foster mother, Mary Elizabeth Hudson, who changed the course of her life from a troubled teenaged girl to a CEO. Janine is vulnerable, relatable, and you can just tell she has the biggest heart – most importantly, she is honest and aware of her flaws as a leader. Listen to Janine’s story as she takes us through what led
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163: Leaders with Heart Lead with Compassion

Subscribe to the Leadership with Heart Podcast: In this episode, Heather interviews Taneshia Nash Laird, president & CEO of Newark Symphony Hall, the vintage 1925 performing arts center in Newark, NJ. The way that Taneshia came to be on Heather’s podcast reveals a uniqueness that accompanies this episode until its end.  The first word Taneshia uses to describe her leadership style is compassionate. This deep found sense of compassion that Taneshia claims to strive for, is revealed through each story and experience which she shares. Taneshia is an incredibly compassionate leader, an imperfect, eager to grow, caring leader in development. Please listen to her story to find some inspiration for your own. Key Takeaways: Leaders are coaches, investing in people professionally.  Caring Leaders guide their employees towards their respective destinations and heal the organization.  Have a willingness to invest in your people. Discover and unearth the strengths of your team at
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