Posts by Megan Finnern

6: YP Perspective – Agility, Flexibility and Looking Ahead

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Founders of DesignLi, Keith Shields and Joshua Tucker, join us for a conversation on agility and flexibility as young professional entrepreneurs and leaders.

Show Notes:

  • What led them to change directions from education to app development
  • Value of strong relationship in launching and leading a business
  • “Fair” is relative – life is what you make of it and everyone adds own individual perspectives and values
  • Importance of constantly improving yourself and learning through failure
  • Challenges of young entrepreneurs and leaders
  • Evolution and shifts in starting a business
  • Stereotypes around age in the digital industry and working across generations
  • Knowledge and having confidence in your own abilities
  • Consistency, Communication, Continuous Learning, Clarity and Community

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Guest Bios: 

  • Joshua Tucker is a Partner and COO of Designli. Joshua is in charge of delivery and client success, working tirelessly to ensure designers, developers, and project managers deliver amazing products that create happy clients. He has worked on and supervised over 100 projects since cofounding Designli. Prior starting an app development company, Joshua cofounded Applits.com, winner of Inc.com’s Coolest College Startup of 2014. Joshua enjoys photography and fitness when he’s not at work.
  • Keith Shields’ passion lies in creating digital experiences. Luckily, he’s able to do that full-time with Designli – where he helps clients empower digital relationships through the design and implementation of custom mobile software. Outside of work, Keith enjoys fitness, heading up the Ohio State University Alumni Association here in beautiful Greenville, and seeking out the latest and greatest sour beer.
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© 2017 UCYP Theme written and arranged by Luke Pecoraro all rights reserved.

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49: Jim Palmer – Just Say Yes!

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In this episode we have an Uphill Conversation with Jim Palmer on the importance of going after your dreams and just saying “Yes!”

Jim Palmer is a marketing and business building expert and in-demand coach. He is the founder of the Dream Business Academy and Dream Business Coaching and Mastermind Program.

He is the host of Dream Business Coach TV, the hit weekly Web TV show watched by thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners, and he is also the host of Dream Business Radio, a weekly podcast based on Jim’s unique brand of Smart Marketing and Business Building Strategies. Jim is best known internationally as ‘The Dream Business Coach’ and creator of No Hassle Newsletters, the ultimate ‘done-for-you’ newsletter marketing program used by hundreds of clients in nine countries. Read full bio here.

Show Notes:

  • There is no “right” or perfect time, there’s “go time”
  • Entrepreneurs need to get comfortable with unknown
  • Importance of being stretched personally and professionally
  • The “What-Ifs” and what holds people back
  • Trade-offs and priorities of an entrepreneur
  • Managing criticism and opinions of others
  • Jim’s personal story and things he’s overcome
  • Embracing challenges, facing fears, and overcoming self-doubt
  • Importance of forgiveness and forgiving yourself

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Books/Resources:

INTRO AND OUTRO MUSIC (Used by permission):

No Worries (© 2014 Anderson Music, LLC)
Gotta Move On (© 2014 Anderson Music, LLC)

Uphill Conversations is an Uphill Strategies, LLC production

© 2017 Uphill Conversations

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48: Richard Barrett – A Values-Driven Life

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In this episode, Richard Barrett joins us and we take a deep dive into values and culture and how they relate to employee well-being and sustainable performance.
Richard Barrett is an author, speaker and internationally recognised thought leader on the evolution of human values in business and society. He is the founder and chairman of the Barrett Values Centre, a Fellow of the World Business Academy and Former Values Coordinator at the World Bank. He is the creator of the internationally recognized Cultural Transformation Tools (CTT) which have been used to support more than 6,000 organizations on their transformational journeys. To date, more than 5,000 change agents, consultants and coaches have been trained by the Barrett Values Centre to use the Cultural Transformation Tools in over 50 countries. Full bio here.
Show Notes: 
  • Your life will look like the choices you make
  • Cultural entropy and cultural health
  • Methods of surveying individuals to understand values
  • Organizational Culture experiences vary based on position within company
  • Organizational transformation begins with personal transformation of leaders
  • Different stages of psychological development – specifically self-actualization and individuation – and how to meet employees needs at different stages
  • Specific challenges men and women face in different stages
  • Importance of connecting and emotional intelligence
  • Thriving in your role vs. surviving
  • The cost of work-related stress in the U.S.
  • First thing you must do as a leader is learn to lead yourself
  • Importance of adding in the adaptive approach to development and coaching
  • Ways that teams can utilize Richard’s resources to build teamwork
  • Richard’s professional journey from transportation to transformation
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INTRO AND OUTRO MUSIC (Used by permission):

No Worries (© 2014 Anderson Music, LLC)
Gotta Move On (© 2014 Anderson Music, LLC)

Uphill Conversations is an Uphill Strategies, LLC production

© 2017 Uphill Conversations

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5: Mentorship in the Modern World

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In this episode of UCYP we discuss how mentorship and mentor relationships are evolving in the modern era. We dive into the benefits, the challenges and the opportunities.

Show Notes:

  • The word “mentor” can sometimes be intimidating
  • It’s important to be open, authentic and coachable
  • Best mentor relationships happen organically
  • Don’t let fear keep you from asking for initial connection
  • Crossover between mentorship and leadership development
  • Benefit of having multiple mentors – different mentors serve in different ways based on expertise, experience and life achievements
  • Importance of setting relationship ground rules
  • It’s ok to disagree with your mentor and make a contrary choice: know yourself, your values, trust your gut and do what’s best for you and your career
  • If you’re not hearing “no”, you’re not doing enough – it’s ok to fail
  • How to open the door for a mentor to become a coach as you grow
  • Value of peer-to-peer mentor relationships
  • Think of your mentors as an “career board of directors” and evaluate diversity in terms of age, sex, experience, race, etc.
  • Remember that there is incredible diversity within generations
  • Intentional communication to close the gap between + within generations
  • Reverse mentorship / “mentoring up”
  • Coaching vs. consulting and being willing to say you don’t know the answer
  • Coaching is all about asking powerful questions
  • Advice Jamie and Lindsey would offer to generations coming up:
    • “Life shrinks or expands in preportion to your courage”
    • “Take time to figure out who you are and magical things happen”

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Guest Bios:

  • Lindsey McMillion Stemann – Principal of McMillion Consulting, is a business consultant, speaker, writer, and trainer. She has worked with thousands of professionals and organizations on how to use LinkedIn as a business tool to drive revenue. After living in the Washington DC-Metro Area, she moved to Greenville in 2011 and is proud to be closer to her Clemson Tiger Alma Mater. She is co-leading a Navy SEAL initiative in Greenville through The Honor Foundation, a San Diego-based nonprofit. She is also a Leadership Greenville Class 42 graduate and is Curriculum Co-Chair of Leadership Greenville Class 43 and the incoming Class 44.
  • Jamie Patterson – As the Director of Career Services and Student Experience for the Clemson MBA Program, Jamie Patterson focuses on the entire student experience including career services and professional development opportunities.  She runs the internship program for the MBA and teaches courses on Career Development and Business Communication. As a passionate career coach, Jamie takes great joy in watching the Clemson MBA students succeed, while also by helping her corporate connections find exceptional talent for their organizations. Jamie is the 2011 recipient of the Clemson University Board of Trustees Award for Staff Excellence. Jamie is an active member of the MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance, Greenville Society of Human Resource Management, South Carolina Association of Colleges and Employers, and the National Alzheimer’s Association Advocate Network.  She is a mentor for the Greenville Chamber’s Pacesetters Program and will complete Leadership Greenville in 2018.

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INTRO AND OUTRO MUSIC (Used by permission):
© 2017 UCYP Theme written and arranged by Luke Pecoraro all rights reserved.

© 2017 UCYP (Uphill Conversations Young Professionals) (UCYP is an Uphill Strategies, LLC production)

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47: Deb Ingino – Leading from Within

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In this episode of Uphill Conversations, we have another great discussion with Deb Ingino around leadership – taking a deep dive into benefits and challenges of leading from within.

Deb Ingino is a mentor and consultant to leaders who are eager to move into a higher level of performance. She leads individuals and enterprises through a process to discover, leverage and lead with their strengths.

As The CEO of Strength Leader Development, she is a highly sought-after executive mentor, consultant, and speaker worldwide, Deb is well versed in business operations and in the importance of asking key questions most business leaders won’t ask themselves. She brings deep experience in leadership development, strategy, high-performance team building, global operations, brand management, design, product development and training to her work. Her passion is for leaders and their teams to move into a higher level of performance.

Show Notes: 

  • Being recognized as a leader vs. influencer
  • Importance of recognizing and knowing yourself and your gifts
  • Value of understanding the needs, challenges and desires of others
  • Leaders look for opportunities to contribute and serve the greater good
  • Your potential: see it, seize it, serve using it, and simplify it
  • Risk failing in your journey to success
  • “We find our confidence in our competence”
  • Imposter syndrome and maintaining true self in new situations
  • Happiness is temporary, joy is lasting
  • In order to be a good leader, you need to learn to become a good follower
  • Having a values match at the core within an organization or team
  • Leadership means developing others to become leaders
  • Optimism on innate gifts, obstacles and leadership

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INTRO AND OUTRO MUSIC (Used by permission):

No Worries (© 2014 Anderson Music, LLC)
Gotta Move On (© 2014 Anderson Music, LLC)

Uphill Conversations is an Uphill Strategies, LLC production

© 2017 Uphill Conversations

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