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As HR Professionals our work is centered on people. It's at the core of why we do what we do. Sometimes we need a reminder of the human element we protect and nourish within our organizations. Samm Smeltzer hosts this podcast filled with raw conversations on connection and caring about our people. It's time we recognize that HR is more than a function, it's a way of leadership...with people at the heart of it.
 
Create Magic At Work™ is on a mission to equip senior leaders with tools they need to be a true servant leader and actually understand what that means. Improve employee engagement, retain top talent, transform workplace culture to have less stress and drama. Take a listen and help create healthy leaders and workplaces with us.
 
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The Small Steps, Big Successes Podcast

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The Small Steps, Big Successes Podcast

Bobbi Billman: Online Entrepreneur, Lifestyle & Business Coach, and Blogger

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Welcome to the Small Steps, Big Successes podcast, where you’ll find inspiration, motivation, and helpful tips for those times in your life when you are experiencing a difficult transition or change. This podcast is a series of conversations that are designed to motivate and inspire you on your path to success. Our discussions relate to topics in personal development, intentional goal setting, personal & business coaching, moving through difficult life transitions, and finding your way to ha ...
 
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Do you leave work and go home to vent to your partner about work? You may think this is harmless. After all, you’re just letting off some steam but it could have a long term affect on your relationship. Raven Shamballa is a Master Energy Healer, a spiritual counselor and senior yoga teacher for over 25 years. She holds a master’s degree in counseli…
 
Are you feeling stuck in your leadership position or business and not sure which direction to turn? Jon is a Business Coach, author, speaker and podcaster. He helps successful business people get unstuck and grow their business. Jon has wanted to be a Business Coach/ Author / Speaker since he was 18. His dad gave him a set of tapes by Brian Tracy: …
 
What would it feel like to achieve everything you’ve ever wanted but at a slower pace and still lead a happier life? KC Rossi is a Mindset & Leadership Coach who helps high-achieving women go from people-pleasing burned-out perfectionists to profitable powerhouses. She’s been a full-time entrepreneur since 1991 and has built six and 7+ figure busin…
 
A TABOO TOPIC IN SOME WORK SPACES? THE SECRET SAUCE TO FEELING RESTED... DO YOU EVER WONDER WHY SOME LEADERS LOOK SO RESTED AND PUT TOGETHER? Samm Smeltzer has passionately pursued the missing elements for employee engagement within organizations, and this path has led her to a place the working world often avoids, Spirituality and Eastern Medicine…
 
We are wrapping up both the end of the year and the end of Season 2 here on the HRart of It podcast! Can you believe it? For this final episode of the season, we are taking a look back at the top 5 most downloaded episodes of the entire year. Listen along as Samm shares highlights and key lessons from some of our most inspiring conversations on the…
 
How do you collaborate with your team? Do you take the time to ask their opinions, check in with them, find out what they need from you as their leader? In this episode, Amy is joined by Robert “Bo” Brabo. Throughout his career, Bo has always focused on the people, helping them tackle their issues as if they were his own. Since retiring from the US…
 
In Chinese Medicine, the kidneys are known as the energy storage tanks, which our very yang-filled lives drain quickly. In this episode of the HRart of It podcast, we focus on caring for our kidneys. The exercise Samm shares with us is a quick way to refill these tanks. It will come in handy when you need that little pick-me-up. For the month of No…
 
How comfortable are you at work? Do you feel that you can truly be yourself or do you show only a version of yourself for fear of being judged by colleagues? In this episode, Amy is joined by Sean Moore. Certified in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University and after 20 years in the telecom industry, Sean decided to start a consulting compan…
 
Our current go-to onboarding plan has so much room for improvement. On this special episode of the HRart of It Podcast, Samm hosts Talent Strategy & Leadership Development expert Jen Thornton in a conversation on cultural onboarding. Learn why we should care about neuroscience when doing culture work and when forming retention strategies, as well a…
 
Since the COVID pandemic, the way people work has changed and some may be wondering, is there a place for middle managers in the workplace and if so, what role do they play in the health and wellbeing of their employees? In this episode, Amy is joined by Roly Walter. Roly is the founder of Appraisd, an employee performance management system that is…
 
Regardless if you are a parent or not, we all have moments where we witness the upcoming generation and wonder about the world that awaits them. It is the upcoming generation that holds the hope for a much better future if we are willing to take a look at ourselves today. In this episode, Dr. Traci Baxley joins Samm to discuss how we need to show u…
 
That midday office slump may just seem like an inevitability, but it's actually just one of the many common symptoms of the damage we are doing to our bodies with our unhealthy eating habits! Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo, founder of the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology and our podcast guest for today, walks us through exactly what a typical high-su…
 
Being a curious and creative learner has set Valerie apart from becoming an accomplished leadership coach and professional speaker. For the past 20 years, Valerie’s career has taken her to many different countries and to work with people of many cultures. She’s worked for Up with People, the international leadership program, the Dallas Regional Cha…
 
Let’s reimagine what wellness at work could look like with this week’s podcast guest Ari Gronich. Ari starts the conversation off with the fact that our current definition of wellness just scratches the surface of what our workplaces so desperately need right now. In fact, effective and caring wellness programs can be the key to fixing a company’s …
 
Have you heard of SQ or spiritual intelligence? Do you know what it means or why it’s important in the workplace? Join Amy in this episode as she breaks it all down. You will learn: The definition of spiritual intelligence and how it links to emotional intelligence The four quadrants that make up SQ21 How you can learn what level you’re at by takin…
 
Living in alignment with your Connected Path isn’t always easy. Samm is back in this solo episode to let you know you’re not alone in your personal growth and evolution journey. She’s giving us a connected check-in, sharing where she is on her own journey and what motivates her to keep moving forward. Yes, there are growing pains to overcome, but t…
 
Are you an empath or do you work with one? If so this episode of the HRart of It podcast is full of great information that may help you or that other person avoid that dreaded empath hangover. Samm interviews Kara Lovehart, a holistic intuitive medium and healer. Kara and Samm, both empaths themselves, discuss how to determine if you do indeed have…
 
How can you build authentic connections in the workplace as a leader? Scott Rodgerson is a veteran of retail management. He started his leadership career with Home Depot in a management training program in 1998. He has his Bachelors Degree in Economics from the University of Utah and Masters of Business Administration from Westminster College. Scot…
 
What do you do when you’ve achieved your goals yet you still don’t feel happy? Well, even though Rebecca Morrison was a happily married mom and lawyer with a two-decade career in Big Law and Finance, she felt something was missing. That feeling led her on a quest to figure out whether it was possible to be both successful and happy. Now a Happiness…
 
Have you heard of EQ or emotional intelligence? Do you know what it means? Join Amy as she breaks it all down in this episode. You will learn: The definition of emotional intelligence and how that leads to asking about spiritual intelligence The three parts that make up emotional intelligence How you can create your own emotional management strateg…
 
We often talk about people being the greatest asset in business and life (this is why the podcast exists) but today we have a podcast guest who can prove it. Traci Duez uses Axiology to mathematically prove that people hold the highest value above all else. Axiology, the study of the nature of value and valuation, can measure how people think and s…
 
The time is now: we must support our people in the midst of this Employee Mental Health Crisis. Mental health expert Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge joins us on the podcast to discuss how workplaces can prioritize the mental health and wellness of their people and why they absolutely must start today. Beyond our baseline of wanting our employees to be ha…
 
On this episode of the HRart of It podcast, our guest Micah Lorenc walks us through Gallup’s Clifton Strengths Assessment, a strengths-based development tool that breaks down an individual's greatest and lowest strengths. This is no ordinary, forgettable personality test. The magic of this tool and Micah’s deep understanding of it is it allows us t…
 
Are you a corporate leader, HR exec or CEO that wants to create healthy workplaces? Then this podcast is for you! Create Magic At Work™ is on a mission to equip senior leaders with tools they need to be a true servant leader and have a deep understanding of what that means. Improve employee engagement, retain top talent, transform workplace culture…
 
HR is stuck and limited by this preconceived myth about what the role of HR is in our businesses and organizations. In this episode of the HRart of It podcast, our guest Carol Sanford joins us to flip this myth upside down. Carol walks us through the 9 roles that we each need to move through not only at work, but also in life. She shares how HR’s a…
 
Generation Z is quickly going to make up about 30% of the global workforce. This episode of the HRart of It Podcast is all about highlighting this next generation of HR practitioners and the power and passion they have to change the workplace for the better. This is an interview with Aleah Vaske and Kaylee Wurth, two of the four change makers behin…
 
The worldwide Black Lives Matter protests following the murder of George Floyd in 2020 has put a much-needed spotlight on systemic racism in corporate America. As businesses place the responsibility of cleaning up these chronic problems on HR and DEI, tensions have risen and too often HR and DEI find themselves at odds with one another. Why is that…
 
In this episode, Jeff Harry turns the tables on Samm and interviews her about the current state of HR and why woo woo is so desperately needed in our workplaces. This is a conversation that all people-centered leaders should hear as Samm and Jeff discuss everything from how HR is misunderstood to the difference between dragons and unicorns. Lastly,…
 
In this final episode of the 2021 Book Club, Samm uses takeaways from “The Five-Element Solution” by Jean Haner to describe a new way of looking at the world and our workplaces. Now that we know the five elements are both everywhere, affected by everything, and needed for balance in our lives, what can this knowledge mean for our workplaces? Join u…
 
The Book Club walks through the next 70 pages of The Five-Element Solution by Jean Haner. In this next section of our reading, Haner describes a set of prescriptions on how to reset and re-balance your elements using simple tasks. We chat about Japanese forest bathing, the elements present in our homes, in our food, and even in our beer! Everything…
 
This week the Book Club discusses "The Five-Element Solution", a book by Jean Haner. Based on the Chinese Five Elements – Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal, this book shows readers how the elements play out in their personalities and lives. Each Book Club member shares stories about how their dominant elements show up in unexpected ways, like Liz…
 
As an introduction to our next Book Club book, host Samm Smeltzer invites her husband Josh to join her in a discussion on "The Five-Element Solution" by Jean Haner and how it relates to their relationship. Based on the traditional wisdom of the Chinese Five Elements – Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal, this book allows people to understand themse…
 
In this podcast episode, the Book Club wraps up the last pages of A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. We chat about how having an inner purpose and striving for greatness can pull us away from staying present and aware in our everyday lives. As Tolle explains, greatness is a fantasy of the ego while the foundation for greatness is honoring the small thin…
 
As entrepreneurs we often look like we have everything together, but in this episode of The HRart of It Podcast, Book Club reveals some of these challenges in the context of this week’s reading, A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. These struggles include being challenged by unfair criticism, letting go of fear of the future, and living in the present mom…
 
In this episode, the Book Club discusses how understanding the pain body and knowing that the ego and the pain body are ultimately just out for our destruction, can make us more compassionate toward others in difficult situations. Other topics include how our consumption of media and entertainment changes drastically once we begin the Awakening pro…
 
This week the Book Club is reading the next 70 pages of Eckhart Tolle’s book, A New Earth. Tolle’s delivering some hard hitters all about the role of the ego in our lives which leads us to the big discussion of how do we take this into the workplace and especially how do we take this home as parents? All this and more in this next episode of The HR…
 
Our third book in the 2021 Book Club is A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. The first 70 pages of A New Earth inspired a conversation about battles with the Ego as well as stories about each of our own religious upbringings and how they may have played out into our own Awakening journeys. Grab your copy of A New Earth and hit the listen button, because y…
 
Before jumping blindly into the hiring process, leaders need to ask themselves: what do I want my workplace culture to look like? What do I want it to feel like? Putting it simply, onboarding shows respect for new employees and is a prime opportunity for leaders to begin shaping a positive and innovative culture. These topics and more as the Book C…
 
Curiosity is at the core of what makes us human. It helps us understand our work and how we fit into the whole, and it can also help us to build bridges between one another. All this and it’s still often seen as a negative in the workplace. The Book Club discusses the next 70 pages of the book Courageous Cultures by Karin Hurt and David Dye. More o…
 
This week the Book Club dives into the second book on our list, “Courageous Cultures” by Karin Hurt and David Dye. This book already has us deep in conversation about both the power that comes from and the struggle to exhibit courageous authenticity. “Courageous Cultures” is a book that promises to be a roadmap for workplace leaders to create a cou…
 
Tune in as our 4 Book Club members discuss their biggest takeaways from the last pages of Simon Sinek’s groundbreaking book, The Infinite Game. We continue to weigh the infinite game’s incredible rewards against the consequences that will ultimately arise, even bringing in specific examples from different perspectives. Tune in and determine if you …
 
The Book Club on The HRart of It Podcast continues by discussing the next 70 pages of Simon Sinek’s book “The Infinite Game”. Our conversation explores new topics including physical versus mental health needs at work during a pandemic, becoming a change agent, and worthy rivals. All this and more in this next episode of The HRart of It Podcast. Fin…
 
Big announcement! Today we officially announce the relaunch of Leadership Arts Associates as The HRart Center. We pronounce HRart as “heart”. This center is a restorative and growth community for HR Practitioners, where we are driven to create clarity so that HR practitioners are empowered. This evolutionary change to our business was inevitable si…
 
This week on the HRart of It podcast, the Book Club reflects on the next 70 pages of “The Infinite Game” by Simon Sinek. The group opens up about the inspiring revelations hidden within these chapters, as well as the skepticism that might follow. Imagining this revolution reveals the challenges sure to arise and the level of bravery that we all nee…
 
Welcome to our first Book Club episode of the second season on The HRart of It podcast! We are so excited to introduce you to our 4 Book Club members who will walk us through their experience as they read 4 incredible books - 10 pages a day, 70 pages a week. Join us as we unpack the first 70 pages of The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek. Are you playin…
 
Sabrina Osso, Founder and CEO of OSSO SAFE, joins us on the podcast this week to discuss the inseparable connections between workplace violence and home violence. Following the recent violent workplace events in both Georgia and Colorado, this is a lesson we all need right now. “If we want to make public spaces safe, including the workplace… we mus…
 
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