Supporting a Multi-generational Team with Tom Power

“Managing a company is like flying an airplane, you know where you want to go, but you’ve always gotta make adjustments depending on which way the wind is blowing.” Joining this episode is Tom Power, President and CEO of Sunshine Minting Inc., the leading domestic and global supplier of precious metal and base metal mint products. Power chats with Jenn about his experience at the helm of the company including his approach as an ‘intrapreneur,’ the importance of allowing yourself the space to make mistakes and the true value of establishing community and a supportive culture among a multi-generational team. And, of course, he shares his definition of mental fitness! 

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GUESTS SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS: 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-power-16b3014
Sunshine Minting Website: http://www.sunshinemint.com/

 

Show Notes:

00:00 Introduction to Tom Power and Sunshine Minting, Inc.

4:00 Tom shares what led him to work for the Sunshine Minting, Inc. company, beginning with the historical NAFTA agreement between the US and Canada in the 90’s

7:18 Jenn asks Tom, given his extensive experience in leadership, “how would you define mental fitness”?

10:59 Tom discusses how the company structure allowed him to develop himself as an ‘intrapreneur’, allowing him the freedom to make mistakes as well as setting up his confidence

12:19 Jenn discusses the dynamic landscape of the workforce, prompting a discussion about how there are currently four generations working together in the overall American workforce

17:47 Tom and Jenn discuss what they believe is a happy medium between the machismo-based definition of mental fitness, and the more empathetic and inclusive definition

23:15 The discussion shifts to the importance of putting together an effective team, and how the concept of accountability sometimes differs from generation to generation

26:00 Jenn and Tom discuss effective techniques they’ve used to learn in order to community effectively with multi-faceted teams

29:04 Tom discusses how he built a circle of trust to combat the self doubt he experienced after becoming a CEO, fortifying his mental fitness

31:00 Tom shares incredibly good advice for other company leaders to address mental awareness and wellness in the workplace – “establish the right culture” 

34:53 Tom leaves lasting words for the PMM audience


Applying Positivity with Eliza McDevitt

“If we only focus on the negative, we are missing a whole half of the human experience.” In this episode, we are joined by Liza McDevitt, AAMS® and Financial Advisor at Raymond James & Associates, Inc., for a conversation about Applied Positive Psychology.

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“If we only focus on the negative, we are missing a whole half of the human experience.” In this episode, we are joined by Liza McDevitt, AAMS® and Financial Advisor at Raymond James & Associates, Inc., for a conversation about Applied Positive Psychology. Liza explains how her experience in business led her to earn a Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology and how she utilizes it in her current role today working with financial clients. On top of that, she shares some positive problem solving advice for us all to follow! 

**Raymond James & Associates, Inc. member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC. Any opinions are those of Liza McDevitt and not necessarily those of Raymond James.

 

GUESTS SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS: 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/little_lizajane 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizajanemcdevitt/ 

 

SHOW NOTES/”KEY TAKEAWAYS”: 

00:00 Jenn opens the show, and Eliza introduces herself to the PMM audience, detailing how she began in business and how it lead her to earn a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology

5:23 Eliza explains what Applied Positive Psychology is, noting its stark difference from classical psychology

11:40 Jenn asks how positive psychology is utilized in Eliza’s current role as a financial advisor

17:00 Eliza explains her definition of the concept of mental fitness

18:46 Eliza discusses how she keeps her personal perspective in check when working with financial clients, regarding what is best for their goals

24:36 Jenn asks, “How can we apply positive psychology when it comes to mental fitness?”, and Eliza puts Jenn on the hot seat!

28:08 Eliza gives the audience some positive problem solving advice and Jenn closes the show

 

QUOTES MENTIONED:

“Psychology is really the field of science that measures the intangible, our thoughts and emotions, which then lead to our behaviors.” – E

“The biggest things that are stressors for people are finances, and finances.” – J

“If we only focus on the negative, we are missing a whole half of the human experience.” – E

“Emotions serve a function.” – E

“No emotion is meant to last forever, it’s supposed to tell you something about what’s going on in your environment, and oftentimes your emotion will feed your behavior.” – E

“…Mental fitness is the ability to tackle whatever life challenges are in front of you through cognitive skills” – E 

“What are those things in the mental space that we can work on that are gonna help us conquer life challenges that come our way?” – E

“You as an individual have the power to curate positive emotions, and make change in whatever facet of your well being that might be lacking…” – E

“Are we doing things that generate positive emotion in our day to day lives?” – E

“Hope is a very powerful emotion, as are joy, awe, and connectedness.” – E

“We do have shorter attention spans these days.” – J

“Whats holding me back? Is there some way I’m thinking about things that isnt’ a perspective that’s helping me? If I shift my perspective will that help me shift my emotions and behaviors…?”


Creating Gateways Through Self Awareness - Part 2

“Ask those emotions, before you push away, what is this trying to tell me?” We are back with Miki Goerdt, clinical social worker, board-certified art therapist and owner of Emerald Leaf Counseling LLC! In part two of this conversation, Miki dives further into the subject of self-awareness and how it helps to guide our choices.

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She also discusses the impact of culture, the importance of understanding the messages tucked into our emotions and why we may need to refrain from always having to define where we are on the mental wellness continuum. Plus, we can’t forget about art! As an accomplished artist, Miki shares the benefits of a regular art-inspired regimen.

 

GUESTS SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/miki-goerdt-a61808157 

Personal Website: https://www.mikigoerdt.com/ 

Emerald Leaf Counseling Website: https://www.emeraldleafcc.com/

 

Show notes:

00:00 Jenn jumps right into Part 2, beginning the show with a very important question for Miki

06:16 Jenn and Miki discuss how culture affects human relation

09:12 Miki discusses how self awareness can lend power to making choices

12:26 Miki tells us why the term “mental fitness” may be inappropriate

20:14 Miki reminds us that we may not always need to define how we feel or where we are on the mental wellness continuum

22:32 Jenn and Miki discuss how a regular art practice regimen assists with her personal self-awareness

25:51 Miki reminds the audience, “each emotion has a message for you”

 

QUOTES MENTIONED:

“…become self-aware of the function of guilt and shame.” – M

“None of us, as a person, are actually detached from the environment we are surrounded by.” – M

“I think that it’s really important to be attached to your culture.” – J

“To make a choice is empowering.” – M

“I happen to think, emotions [can’t] become people.” – M

“You are here, and emotions are actually not you – it’s just something here that you have.” – M

“You can be attached to that anxious person you were, but it doesn’t mean that you have to be anxious your whole life. You have choices.”

“Resiliency, in my book, is defined as pain transformed into strength.” – M

“Mental wellness and resiliency come from collectivistic places for me, and for many of the people who are from marginalized communities.” – M

“In therapy sessions, the power is in the client’s hands to decide.” – M

“Each emotion has a message for you.” – M

“Ask those emotions, before you push away, what is this trying to tell me?” – M

 

BOOKS MENTIONED:

Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help YouFind – and Keep – Love by Amir Levin

https://www.amazon.com/Amir-Levine/e/B003XYKDYS/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1


Improving Our Mental Fitness with Financial Education

“There is a lot of anxiety about money…” On this episode of We Are Everyone, Libby Snyder, CFP, CPFA and Financial Adviser at Merrill Lynch, stops by the podcast to share the insight she has gathered on her path from teaching to helping people with financial planning.

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She explains how understanding the mind runs deeply through both professions and ties them together, including the toll that disregarding financial preparedness can take on people’s wellness. She also describes her own mental fitness perspective as well as why she has learned to surround herself with those who create a positive environment.

 

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/libby-snyder-cfp%C2%AE-cpfa-092a5174

Website – https://fa.ml.com/maryland/bethesda/libby-snyder1/

 

Show notes:

1:47 Libby introduces herself and tells us about her journey from beginning as a teacher to becoming a financial adviser

4:04 Libby explains how her knowledge in education and psychology both relate to her skills as a teacher and financial professional

5:52 Jenn and Libby discuss how the lack of financial literacy in high schools contributes to poor financial decision making in college years

12:20 Libby poignantly answers the question, “how have you maintained your mental fitness and what does mental fitness mean to you?”

14:38 Libby explains that she finds people that align with her values by getting to know what’s most important to them.

16:25 Jenn asks the question, “How do you go about your day practicing mental fitness?”

20:00 Libby drops more wisdom and reminds us to care for those we may not know


Breaking Down the Impact of Media Messaging with Keiana King

“It matters how your audience receives the message.”

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Keina King, a strategic thinker, designer, brand lover, co-founder of Butta Digital Creative Studio and digital marketing copywriter at software supply chain automation company Sonatype, joins Jenn to discuss her creative method as a writer, the value of such roles to an organization’s communication and how working in and consuming types of media can have an impact on mental wellbeing. She also lets us in on how she flexes her mental fitness through reading and journaling.

 

Keiana’s Website: https://www.keianaking.com/

Sonatype Website: https://www.sonatype.com/

Butta Digital Creative Studio Website: https://buttadigital.com/

 

Show notes:

1:20 Keiana opens the show by outlining her journey as a writer for software security automation

4:30 Jenn and Keiana stress the importance of having effective communicators in a content-driven society

8:34 Keiana flexes her mental fitness through reading, journaling and a healthy diversification of media

13:56 Jenn and Keiana discuss how experiencing certain types of media, even as marketers, can be harmful to one’s mental health over time

17:30 Keiana spills on her creative method of separating the internal voice from the voice of the brand

20:36 Jenn lists some famous brands that have capitalized on their communication to create very specific cultural niches

22:23 Creative roles aren’t always valued culturally, but the finished product absolutely is

25:56 More ways to flex mental fitness – chores, dancing, visiting museums, seeing plays, getting outside


Aligning Missions Externally and Internally with Dale Pfeifer, Founder and CEO of Goodworld

“Make sure that the whole person is looked after.” We are so lucky to be joined by Dale Pfeifer, who took time to stop by We Are Everyone to share insight from her journey to becoming one of the leading charitable entrepreneurs through the creation of Goodworld, a company that powers mission-driven organizations with technology that transforms workplace culture, communities and customer connections. Here’s a hint – it includes emphasizing mental wellness.

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She also details why it is so important for her company to support its team as they work to support others. From the practices that her company instills to the view of employee care that they have implemented, we think there will be a lot to take away from Dale as a team member, entrepreneur, changemaker, you name it.

 

Dale Pfeifer LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/dale-pfeifer-a907761/

Dale Pfeifer Twitter – https://twitter.com/dale_pfeifer

Goodworld Website – https://goodworldnow.com/

Goodworld Twitter – https://twitter.com/goodworld

Goodworld Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/goodworld.me/

Goodworld Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/goodworld/

Goodworld LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/company/goodworld 

 

Show notes:

2:31 Dale answers the question, “How does social entrepreneurship play into having a healthy mindset?”

5:00 The discussion continues on the learning curve in becoming a charitable entrepreneur, and how businesses adapted during the onset of the pandemic

7:00 Being able to manage a business during the pandemic helped owners retain a semblance of control and stability during a tumultuous time

9:22 Dale discusses how growing new competencies through online courses in marketing and communication helped her to cultivate a sense of resilience

12:03 Dale gives her definition of mental fitness: taking care of your health from a preparatory stance

13:02 Dale details what her company implements to take care of their employees – mandatory 14-day paid leave, extra time off during major holidays, check-in’s, etc.

15:25 As a company with a social impact-based mission, Dale details how she ensures that the values are aligned externally and internally

17:33 Acknowledging the human element in communication and business relations is very important to the longevity of a company

20:15 Formalized mental recess breaks could be very beneficial to the corporate world; mental breaks already serve to help employees and business owners alike. Dale details the mental recess practice she implements with her life partner.

24:44 Dale brings home the facts, that talking about mental health is incredibly important and beneficial for us all, especially when viewing statistics surrounding employee engagement

 

Quotes Mentioned:

“Mental fitness is key to surviving as an entrepreneur.” – D

“I don’t believe that you can be a successful entrepreneur if you don’t have an optimistic mindset.” – J

“Resilience and grit – something that entrepreneurs have born within them, or you have to acquire that mindset.” – J

“A lot of angst comes from the lack of control.” – J

“I can control my environment and if I need to come up with something to sell… I can do that.” – J

“We live in such a comparing society, which is detrimental to our mental health.” – J

Being able to block out that noise and to stay your course… takes that entrepreneurship mindset and applies it to the greater good for mental fitness and mental health.” – J

“What kind of control can you have over your life when the world hits you with something unexpected?” – D

“A friend that will tell you the truth if the news isn’t good, is a friend indeed.” – D

“…Mental health, but doing it from a preparatory stance.” – D

“When it comes to mental fitness, my guess is that everybody is slightly different?” – D

“I also think of mental fitness as an employer, and I think that’s very important.” – D

“When people are working really really hard, that can impact their happiness, their wellbeing, and their productivity in the long term.” – D

“Make sure that the whole person is looked after.” – D

“As a company culture, we have an open [Slack] policy so that you can talk to anyone, at any moment. We encourage asking questions.” – D

“Communication and witnessing the whole person rather than just the person at work are two very important things.” – D

“The more that we can lean into [the why’s] the more we’re going to have a productive workforce, and the more we’re gonna have happy people.” – J

“Kids have a period of time to run around, adults need that too.” – J

“Mental recess/mental reset can be instilled in corporations.” – J

“We do a 3-minute meditation and a 1-minute gratitude practice… That really helps to focus my mind on all the great things we have already.” – D

“Make a safe place to have a conversation, welcome people’s feelings and thoughts.. they are very very important right now for a growing and thriving team.” – D

“Treat people with grace.” – J


Exploring Music Therapy with Kelsi Tafaro

“Talk therapy allows a person to speak about their topics, but it may be too difficult to discuss. So, music kind of allows for a creative approach and a non-intimidating approach.” Kelsi Tafaro, a board-certified music therapist, neurologic music therapist, special educator and executive director of NeuroSound Music Therapy, LLC., joins Jenn on this episode of We Are Everyone to discuss the therapeutic benefits of music.

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She shares how she was inspired to open her own practice, the scientific support behind music’s ability to alter our moods and how it helps us handle conflict and self-awareness. She also answers questions about the lessons that business leaders can take from music therapy as well as how it has impacted her own mental fitness path personally and as an entrepreneur. Plus, Kelsi and Jenn reveal the songs they listen to for an extra mental boost!

 

Guest’s Social Media: 

Kelsi Tafaro LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelsi-tafaro-585409102

NeuroSound Music Therapy, LLC.: https://www.neurosoundmusictherapy.com/meet-our-team

NeuroSound Music Therapy, LLC. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NeuroSoundMT/

NeuroSound Music Therapy, LLC. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neurosoundmusictherapy/?igshid=10ou0ccyea182

 

Show notes

:00 Introductions

:47 Kelsi shares her background and life history that lead her to music therapy

2:32 Kelsi’s earliest connections to music and how a great teacher lead her to begin her musical healing journey

5:56 The purpose, science and process of music therapy as explained by Kelsi Tafaro

9:45 Kelsi reveals that using client – preferred music is part of her music therapy method and explains how songwriting, active listening and instrument-playing factor into her approach

13:05 Kelsi tells us what she feels about the term “mental fitness”

15:45 Using music therapy strategy, Kelsi explains how she strengthens the mental fitness of others, and gives the case of a child with attention issues

19:19 Jenn poses the question, “What lesson can you learn about yourself through music and art therapy?

20:45 How can the lessons we learn in therapy be applied to the workplace? Kelsi says that businesses are increasingly caring about the mental wellness of their employees

25:45 Kelsi reveals how she flexes her own mental fitness by setting boundaries and learning how to say “no”, while being a mother, wife and business owner

28:22 Jenn and Kelsi discuss her favorite songs for a quick mental boost

29:23 Kelsi leaves us with parting words and offers her services to the public