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Getting Work To Work is a weekly podcast for creative entrepreneurs, storytellers, visionaries, and change-makers who are on a mission of chasing big ideas, telling epic stories, and leaving living legacies. Whether you’re just starting out or have been at this creative and curious life for some time, I hope you’ll not only learn something new in this podcast, but also find yourself challenged and inspired to break through the barriers that hold you back from getting your work to work.
 
I have had the incredible opportunity to be friends with some of the richest people in the world and the grace to sit on streets corner with the poorest of the poor and what I have seen is that everyone wants the same thing. It doesn’t matter how much money they have, what religion they practice, the color their skin, or what border they live behind, everyone I have met wants to be loved and accepted, listened to and heard and acknowledged and validated. The Mosaic Podcast gives voice to tho ...
 
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Where do you even start an introduction when talking with Jay Jay French, the founder, guitarist, and manager of Twisted Sister? Along with Steve Farber, his writing partner of my #1 Business Book of 2021, Twisted Business: Lessons from My Life in Rock ‘n’ Roll, Jay Jay and Steve bring their business insight and wisdom to Getting Work To Work. From…
 
What will the discovery of new ideas and experiences look like in the future? Will you run into the unknown to find them or perhaps wait for others to shape the novel into stable and predictable interactions? These are a few questions inspired by today’s conversation with Richie Lokay, the VP of Product Design and Services at Wunderkind. He brings …
 
I was feeling a little discouraged yesterday. Unsure of what my monologue would be about, I was ready to pull the plug on monologues through the end of the year. But inspiration struck as I watched my wife get an idea for her YouTube channel, film, edit, and then release a video by the end of the day. I saw her drive, passion, and care for her grow…
 
What are you passionate about? A simple question that requires time and intention to discover the answer. Lauren Krasnodembski wasn’t sure what she was passionate about until she began to find the breadcrumbs that led her to a life of impact. Lauren is a transformational life coach, creator of Mind Muscle Motivator, and the author of Reclaim Your P…
 
I love the creative process, especially when it’s fresh and new. The beautiful and frustrating moments of understanding a craft as you develop a repeatable system that transforms raw thoughts and ideas into some finished form. But over time, as you become more skillful in your work, your process becomes internalized and habitual. Before you know it…
 
Do you think you know your ideal customer? Think again. Many businesses create an ideal consumer profile―aiming all their sales and marketing efforts towards this single type of person―and end up missing out on endless opportunities to sell their services or products. Join me for a conversation with Pam Slim, the author of The Widest Net, where we …
 
If there is a question that today’s guest inspires me to think about in my daily life, it’s this: “Why should people care?” Matt Wastradowski is a travel writer who uses his curiosity and insatiable drive to discover Oregon’s majestic places, people, and experiences. In this conversation, he talks about his latest travel guide, Moon Columbia River …
 
If you were to write a book about your life, what would be the captivating moments that would reveal themselves? Christos Kalogirou mined his memories to share stories of his youth in his book, Wild Dogs: An Adventure in Adolescence. From attending a prestigious private school and being expelled to eventually returning, graduating, and even receivi…
 
What do you do if you don't have a list of 10,000 people to cold call, cold email and make offers to? Can you still have a successful service-based business? Robbie Samuels believes this simple truth: "You’ve already met 80% of the people you need to know to be successful." How do you do that? Join me for a conversation with the author of Small Lis…
 
For the past two years, I have kept a reading list of all the books I’ve finished. My goal in 2020 was to finish 120 books, which meant I should read about ten books a month. I hit 121 books on December 31, 2020. This year, I’m on track to finish closer to 130. Before you think this episode is a flex about how many books I read—which it totally is—…
 
As a self-professed word-slinger for capitalism, Sara Rosinsky brings words and stories to life through her company, Shiny Red Copy. She is also the author of Unflubbify Your Writing: Bite-Sized Lessons to Improve Your Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar. In this delightful conversation, she shares her love for words and the stories behind every sin…
 
In addition to founding Twisted Sister, a world-famous heavy metal band that has sold more than 20 million records worldwide, Jay Jay French is one of the top entrepreneurs in entertainment. After taking over as manager in the ‘70s, French developed Twisted Sister into the most heavily licensed heavy metal band in history, leading the group to perf…
 
If there’s one line of dialogue that I will never forget, it’s from the movie Empire Records: “I don’t feel that I need to explain my art to you, Warren.” Fortunately for us, gough is here to explain his art to us, the latest film from Beernuts Productions, Biography Of A Star — Christian Victoria. In our conversation, we talked about all things ar…
 
Have you ever wondered what it takes to navigate and sustain a 42-year independent creative career? Michael e. Stern is here to share a story about desire, goal-setting, perseverance, and resilience as he moves from being behind the camera to leading a team. In this conversation, he talks about who taught him what a producer does, his approach to c…
 
This week, Dave Delaney covers how nice people (agency owners, consultants and other service business professionals can network more effectively. About Dave Delaney: Dave Delaney is a nice guy. He runs a community called The Nice Makers. The Nice Makers is a community of like-minded people who wish to learn best practices for our businesses and car…
 
Earlier today, I had a conversation with a good friend—Hey Kim!—and felt encouraged and empowered to keep producing this show and all the other work I find myself obsessively pursuing. As the creative entrepreneurs listening can attest to, it can be challenging to find the motivation to do the next episode, task, or project, especially when it come…
 
How are you making someone’s life better with your business, no matter how tiny? This is but one question that reveals what today’s guest is all about. Together with his wife, Karene, Chris Lambert-Gorwyn brings their philosophy of heart-centred business to other business leaders through coaching and mentorship, not to mention other business ventur…
 
Collaboration overload. Effective collaboration is critical to personal performance and well-being in today’s hyper-connected world of work. But most organizations have flooded employees with indiscriminate demands to collaborate – consuming 85% or more time each week in email, meetings, and projects that has drifted earlier into the morning, furth…
 
I begin today’s episode with a rhetorical question: Is it time to take a break? If you’re listening to a podcast called Getting Work To Work, you probably could use an extended break. You’re hard-working, pushing yourself to learn and grow, and creating the future. But when faced with the decision to take time off—or even go to bed—you instead dig …
 
The opening paragraph of Debbie Clapper’s artist statement perfectly sums up our time together: “My work’s main intention is to take the viewer beyond the surface level, delving deep into the piece, allowing exploration and self-reflection.” Debbie loves abstract art because it can be anything and nothing. In this conversation, we explore her endle…
 
Sean Glaze's new book Staying Coachable is another fantastic fable that helps us discover the secret to creating more leaders - and about being a better follower ourselves. Sean shares the 4 simple rules in this conversation, along with actionable insights we can do to help us thrive in change, keep climbing, and enjoy relentless improvement.…
 
I’ve been thinking a lot about success: what it is, where it’s present, and how to measure it. Looking back over the show’s history, I haven’t spent a lot of time reflecting on success in the popular sense of the word. I don’t subscribe to or share the methodologies and frameworks that promise followers, likes, influence, and 7-figure paychecks. Bu…
 
You know that dream for your life that you lie in bed every night hoping it comes true? Not only is it possible for you, but you don’t need all the details figured out before starting. And today’s guest will tell you why. Brittany Wagner is a motivational speaker best known for her role in the Netflix documentary series Last Chance U and author of …
 
What happens when your lifelong dream finally occurs after 20 years of perseverance? For data nerd Justin Stanley, he finds his way on the Jeopardy! stage only to face the 3rd-winningest champion in the game’s history. In today’s conversation, Justin shares his journey from qualifying to competing and recounts his favorite and embarrassing moments.…
 
What lights you up? For today’s guest, his obsession with learning new things is how he answers that question. Jeff Straw is a man of many talents: photography, branding, music, and teaching. In this conversation, he shares not only his musical journey from sax to guitar, with a healthy mix of DJ’ing, but also how he built his photography business …
 
How does one overcome imposter syndrome - and what can we do when it comes back at us hard and fast - so we can embrace our greatness? Join me for a conversation with Navy veteran and imposter syndrome buster Jenn Donahue where we go deep on how to overcome imposter syndrome and embrace our greatness. What's most interesting to me is this: only tho…
 
My impromptu support of independent authors continues this week with Aaron Hockley, who just released his brand-new book, The Computer Ate My Photos: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Photography. Aaron is a photographer, speaker, and author fascinated with the intersection of photography and technology. In this conversation, he shares the …
 
Have you ever thought about what your core values sound like and how they fit into the sound universe? Today’s guests on Getting Work To Work have by taking their drive, passion, and hunger for music and sound and translating it into audio branding. Gabo Agüero, Dalmiro Lacaze, and Mauro González are the creative forces behind Drop Music Branding o…
 
Kelley Baker, affectionately known as the Angry Filmmaker, is one of my favorite people. Not only is he a filmmaker, sound designer, and editor, but he is also an author, having penned several collections of short stories and non-fiction books. In this conversation, Kelley and I travel the shores of comfortable and uncomfortable topics: from the jo…
 
How are you using experiments to grow through barriers such as perfectionism, inertia, and the status quo? That is a question I explore with today’s guest, Kay Coughlin, an entrepreneur, podcaster, and life coach for caregivers. She also happens to be my business coach, and I’m her podcast producer. In this conversation, we explore experiments and …
 
What are the keys to sales and marketing success? Listening and communicating effectively, says Darryl Praill, Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) of @vanillasoft. He breaks it down for us all so we can be more effective in this high energy #GerbyCasts.By GerbyCasts with Phil Gerbyshak
 
What dreams are you devoting the remaining time of your life on planet Earth to bring into being? What is your vision for your work and community? How will you know what the right thing to pursue is? Nothing but big questions as I explore dreams and visions. You can probably tell a lot about my state of mind by the books I’m reading. Lately, the th…
 
Where does your curiosity lead you? For today’s guest, Paul Nylander, his curious nature has taken him from the world of high-energy physics to book design as he searches to understand how everything works. Paul is a book designer, engaging storyteller, and owner of Illustrada, a studio that collaborates with small presses and independent authors t…
 
When it comes to raising children in a digital world, every parent feels underprepared and overwhelmed. We worry that our children will become addicted to online games, be victims of cyberbullying, or get lost down the rabbit hole of social media. We warn them about all the things they shouldn't do online, but we don't do nearly enough to teach the…
 
It’s been almost three years since I started talking about Curiosity Builders. In my mind, I knew what I wanted to do: teach and share about the virtues of curiosity. I wrote courses, filmed videos, and started sharing with others. Then something happened. I got stuck in my head. Overthinking ensued and fear took over. And the vision, passion, and …
 
What is the DNA of who you are and what you do? For today’s guest, the answer is in the notes and chords that make up the foundation of his music. Randy George is a bass player and multi-instrumentalist, most known for his work with Neal Morse. In this conversation, he shares the importance of trial and error, and the role influences play in discov…
 
Imagine you're a speaker who wants to speak to a certain company or association, and the final decision comes down to you - who has no book - and someone who has a book. Who do you think will get chosen? Many times, it's the speaker with the book. What about choosing coaches and entrepreneurs? Is it the same? And do we REALLY need a book? Join me f…
 
In the middle of a busy week, my body decided I needed to rest. I don’t like to stop, I want to stay active and productive, but I couldn’t argue with the cold that kindly greeted me early Thursday morning. For four days, I slept, read books, and watched movies. I couldn’t believe all the fascinating things I started thinking about: the role of infl…
 
How will you respond to the next crisis you will face? Dr. Rob Fazio is a Leadership Psychologist and Crisis Consultant who shares several ways to respond to the current crisis we are facing and the one just around the corner with growth leadership. In this conversation, Rob talks about his curiosity around how people change their minds, applying s…
 
John David Mann believes this: "You may not be a professional writer. But everyone tells stories. Whether you aspire to write for a living, or just want to make your emails and social-media posts more authentic and compelling, here’s what I know about you: You string words together to communicate your thoughts and feelings to other human beings." H…
 
I’m a chronic overthinker. I like to tell myself that it’s a new feature of my life thanks to the uncertainty of the times. But if I’m honest with myself and everyone listening right now, I’ve been this way for as long as I can remember. When I overthink, my ability to take action on tasks and projects dwindles until I worry about everything. Decis…
 
What is making your heart smile? What desires are you listening to deep within yourself? How are you aligning who you need to become with what you want to bring to life? These are three questions inspired by today’s conversation with Michelle Boulé, a professional dancer and life coach. In our time together, Michelle shares her journey of growth an…
 
How much of your life do you spend trying to redeem every ounce of value in everything you consume? When you think of growth, what is the first thought that enters your mind? The answer to both of these questions is related. Growth is the result of not wasting any time and making sure that everything is valuable. While this sounds great and all, no…
 
What instantly enters your mind when you hear the phrase “slacking off”? How about “slacking off for fun and profit”? If you’re anything like myself and many others, guilt, shame, laziness are right there, not to mention bonbons. Michael Arnold, the author of Slacking Off: A Successful Way to Work From Home, is today’s guest on Getting Work To Work…
 
If you're a leader of a company in the United States and you see your employees as tools. Tools that you use to earn success for yourself. Then there's a high possibility that your employees wanted you out. Truly human leadership is to not see your employees as a function to success but it's to see them as somebody's precious child. Leadership is s…
 
Are you a dad of a daughter? Then this episode is for you. Dads have a voice. Perhaps the most important voice in shaping a daughter’s identity. In this conversation, filmmaker Brett Culp explores the power of the father/daughter relationship and the essential role all of us play in supporting young women. Join us for a conversation about parenting…
 
Did you know that your story matters and is worthy of sharing with others? If the first thing that enters your mind is doubt, represented by the insecure thought, “Even my story, Chris? You don’t know!” The answer is yes, even your story. We live in a world that elevates a relatively small number of people when there is an abundance of beauty found…
 
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