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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162: Leaders With Heart Need to Have a Loyal and Dependable Team

Subscribe to the Leadership with Heart Podcast: In this episode, Heather speaks with Matt Manners, CEO & Founder of Inspiring Workplaces. Matt shares his well-founded perspective that the traits of a caring leader are those of a caring human being. Matt’s mission, and that of his company, is to make people’s lives better inside and outside of the workplace. Matt’s whole leadership philosophy is about recognizing others and shining the spotlight on the most deserving of employees throughout organizations worldwide. Leaders with heart know, like Matt, that you need to have a loyal and dependable team, by being a transparent and dependable leader. A Caring Leader will never have to face challenges alone. Key Takeaways: Leaders with Heart are approachable and lead by example. People with purpose and challenge are what change things, not technology. Everyone is a leader, because people can always see you. You want to be the
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161: Leaders with Heart Surrender

Subscribe to the Leadership with Heart Podcast: In this episode, Heather speaks with Mechelle Roberthon, Vice President/Director of Talent Development at Home Bank. Heather and Mechelle both share the opinion that this episode is like being in “Leadership Church”. It is 35 minutes filled with rich wisdom and inspirational stories, which we guarantee will fill you up and leave you motivated for the rest of your day, or even your week.  Lessons learned and discussed in this interview extend beyond the realm of leadership into the reality of being a caring person. Mechelle’s gracefulness, graciousness, mercifulness and willingness to surrender demonstrate the powerful traits that make up caring leaders as well as the hearts of good people.  Key Takeaways: Be transparent, apologize often, and solicit feedback all the time. Be forgiving.  Be consistent—in your home life, your work life and your personal life. Have self-awareness, but make sure you follow up with
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160: Leaders with Heart Lead from Behind

Subscribe to the Leadership with Heart Podcast: In this episode, Heather speaks with Jane Fischberg, previously the CEO of Rubicon Programs. Jane explains how she learned many important leadership lessons. Each trait in her leadership style echoes the humility that she serves with as a leader. She provides beautiful personal examples of setting up her team for success. Her wisdom is apparent as seen in the advice she offers others on their caring leadership journeys.  Key Takeaways: Be a servant leader and lead from behind.  Leadership is more important than money.  Leave behind your legacy.  Find a drive to make space for other minds within your organization-avoid formal education limitations on career progression.  Leading is like directing an orchestra—help all the brilliance and talent shine together under your guidance.  Stretch opportunities and development opportunities can be just as desirable as financial opportunities.  It doesn’t have to be lonely at the
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