52: Jon McConnell + Nathan Gamble – Meet our Ride-along Partners

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Live from the Exchange Co. Coffee bar and bake shop in Simpsonville, SC, Tim and Megan chat and laugh a LOT with two of our friends, loyal listeners and ride-along partners Jon McConnell and Nathan Gamble.

Show Notes:

  • Brief history of our interconnecting and different relationships
  • How Jon and Nathan help pre- and post-show, audio testing, fun and great feedback and ideas
  • Keeping the office environment productive and fun
  • Podcasting experience and tricky interview moments
  • Importance of being able to be open to others’ views and beliefs
  • Random questions, favorite guests, and memorable quotes
  • OODA loop – observe, orient, decide, act
  • Jon and Nathan’s random and hilarious Uphill situations
  • Suggestions for Megan and Tim for the coming year – interviews, workshops, coaching and growing the Uphill Strategies business
  • Never be ashamed of what inspires you
  • Be thoughtful on who you allow to speak into your life
  • Others can help you recognize your blind spots

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7: YP Perspective – Co-Work & Collaboration

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Young Professionals Harold Hughes and Ben Moore join us for an Uphill Conversation on startup culture, collaboration and co-work space.

Show Notes:

  • Helicopter parents in the workplace
  • Building and protecting community
  • Taking ideas to execution – risk, evidence, confidence
  • Establish credibility by sharing your idea and build your tribe
  • “It makes more sense to lose my shirt today than my house tomorrow”
  • Know your goals and drive towards them: be flexible, but keep your eyes on your “North Star” (your focus and mission)
  • Misconceptions on startup culture
  • Supporting innovation and the startup community in Greenville, SC
  • Benefits and challenges of co-work space and finding your niche
  • Importance of building both a diverse and inclusive co-work community
  • Be prepared for obstacles, the unexpected, and the “dips”
  • Predictability is overrated, learn from yours and others’ failures
  • It’s limiting to think and live on “what-ifs”, you need to focus on “blooming where you’re planted”
  • Value of perseverance and hard work

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Guest Bios: 

  • Harold Hughes is the Founder & CEO of BANDWAGON – an online marketplace and fan community designed to improve the game day experience for sports fans everywhere. As a leader in the growing startup community in Greenville, South Carolina, he is the Co-Managing Director of Collective: a coworking space for small teams and entrepreneurs, Director of the Founder Institute Greenville chapter, and is a member of NEXT, and the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. Harold is actively involved in the community with ventures like, Rebuild Upstate, TEDx and Hands On Greenville. As a strong believer in mentorship, he makes time to speak with youth and his fellow peers about his journey to entrepreneurship and how he has found success along the way.
  • Ben Moore is the Founder & CEO of tForm – an advanced manufacturing company for the packaging industry and Co-Founder & CEO of parmetric – a technology and manufacturing company built for designers and engineers.  Continuing his passion for engineering, design, and manufacturing Ben is actively involved and sits on the board for Technology Schools and Career Centers around the Upstate.  As a leader in the growing startup community in Greenville, South Carolina, he is the Co-Managing Director of Collective: a coworking space for small teams and entrepreneurs and Director of the Founder Institute Greenville chapter.

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51: Tim Pecoraro – People, Leadership + Growth

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After a year of podcasting, we are celebrating our One Year Anniversary! In this episode, we turn the mic around and interview Co-host Tim Pecoraro. He talks about his love of people, leadership, and growth through adversity.

Show Notes: 

  • What has changed in Tim’s world since the very first episode
  • Tim’s joy in helping and uplifting others
  • Doing the right thing is subjective
  • It takes hard work to change your circumstances
  • Behavior follows belief and self-belief is incredibly important
  • What drew Tim to Coaching and Leadership
  • Coaching and mentoring are not synonymous
  • Value of time, ideas, and expertise
  • Importance of finding your own “sacred space” to be still and think deeply to discover your own clarity
  • How influential mentors and faith impacted Tim’s life and happiness
  • Genuine connection and engaged communication
  • Tim’s optimism about continuing to get compelling guests on our two podcasts, building Uphill Strategies and completing his book

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50: Ryan Hawk – The Learning Leader

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On this episode of Uphill Conversations, we delve into the topic of leadership with Ryan Hawk. He shares how his personal experiences and his Learning Leader Show podcast have shaped his life and leadership style.

Ryan Hawk is the creator and host of The Learning Leader Show, a top rated iTunes business podcast that focuses on learning from the smartest, most creative leaders in the world (including such luminaries as Simon Sinek, Seth Godin, Kat Cole and Adam Grant). Hawk’s podcast has exploded on a global scale with listeners in 134 countries world-wide. Ryan also writes for The Huffington Post on the topics of leading and empowering others. In addition, he is an executive at a Fortune 500 company in a Leadership role. Full bio here.

Show Notes:

  • Good interviews require prep and true listening
  • Making connections and building relationships
  • Value of repetition and curiosity
  • Leadership is a choice and comes with great responsibility
  • Serving others, vulnerability and leading with trust
  • Not allowing others that negatively impact your mindset
  • Intentionally making time for deep work and leading from within
  • Empowering those you lead by giving them problems to solve
  • Parallels in leading, coaching and parenting
  • Preparing people by stretching and pushing them before releasing them to do the job
  • Hiring people who can adapt – who have faced adversity, who have grit
  • High-performers must do a better job celebrating their wins and not just successes of others
  • Importance of establishing daily habits and rituals
  • Teaching the value of hard work, love and respect
  • Raising our daughters to be strong women
  • Ryan’s uphill challenges + what he’s optimistic about
  • Megan + Tim’s input on common themes we hear from leaders on Uphill Conversations

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Resources / Books: 

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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

Connect with Keith & Josh: 

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 co-founding Designli. Prior starting an app development company, Joshua co-founded 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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