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048 The One Thing – Nick Murphy

In the wake of publishing his new book, Unboxed, and in the midst of laying out content strategies for this year, Nick has noticed that his productivity has taken a nosedive—not for a lack of things to do but because he has so many obligations that he’s not sure which ones to prioritize and focus on. But The ONE Thing, a book by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan, has been instrumental in helping him separate the wheat from the chaff in his work life and focus on what really matters. In this...


047 The Non-Profit Path and a Cause Worth Supporting – Brian Russo

Brian Russo is the executive director and co-founder of the nonprofit organization Eye Heart World, which is based out of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Eye Heart World combats and raises awareness of sex trafficking throughout the United States, as well as providing support and aftercare for victims of that trade. He strongly believes in the ability of nonprofits to create effective change and encourages listeners to apply their skills in that field. In this episode, Brian explains how nonprofit...


045 Authenticity is the Key to Leadership – Erin Hatzikostas

Erin Hatzikostas is the founder and CEO of b Authentic Inc, which offers several programs promising to train leaders to be authentic, accessible and effective. Prior to launching b Authentic inc, Erin spent 22 years in the corporate world, including serving as the CEO for a large health financial company. Both then and now, she strives to bring honesty and humility to corporate leadership. In this episode, Erin discusses her lengthy career in the corporate world—including becoming a CEO in...


044 The World Needs You to Express Your Point of View – Nick J Murphy

A recent chat with friend, fellow author and former guest Josh McLean (Episode 30) got Nick thinking about how a fear of corporate backlash holds us back from being authentic at work and voicing opinions that could lead to great change and show our colleagues who we really are. While it’s true you should speak and act responsibly, and be empathetic to others with your feelings, this doesn’t mean you should stay silent when there’s room for genuine advice and commentary. In this minisode,...


043 The Future of Work – Elatia Abate

Elatia Abate is an entrepreneur and human capital expert who specializes in the future of work. She is a partner and futurist-in-residence with the Fesa Group, a one-time TEDx speaker, and teaches at Stanford University and the University of Toronto. Apart from thinking endlessly about how work will change in the coming decades, she’s also into improv comedy. In this episode, Elatia discusses her career transition, some overlooked tips for career planning, and what the future has in store...


042 Why Reframing Reality is a Useful Skill to Develop

Nick’s book Unboxed: An Unfiltered Guide to Creating a Career on Your Terms, has officially hit the shelves! But unfortunately, its launch day did not go off without a hitch, with Amazon actually linking the Ebook version to the wrong paperback. Luckily, while panic did rear its ugly head, Nick was able to collect himself and make the most of what was ultimately a fairly successful launch day. In this minisode, Nick discusses the hectic book launch, how he was able to pull himself together,...


041 Gender Inequality at Work – Julie Kratz

Julie Kratz is a leadership trainer, certified master coach, and a certified unconscious bias trainer with an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Following a significant career pivot, she created the Pivot Point process for female leaders to develop their own winning plans. Julie is the author of two books (Pivot Point and One) and is a frequent keynote speaker who promotes gender equality. In this episode, Julie discusses gender inequality in the universe, the...


040 Quitters Win All the Time – Dr. Lynn Marie Morski

Dr. Lynn Marie Morski holds many titles: she’s a physician in both sports and family medicine, an attorney, and former adjunct law professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. A self-described “quitting evangelist,” Lynn Marie is the author of Quitting by Design and host of the Quit Happens podcast. In this episode, Lynn Marie discusses how a bad job can be both emotionally and physically unhealthy, suggests some ways you can figure out your ideal work day, and attacks the myth that...


039 Choice is an Action – Nick J Murphy

Nick’s new book Unboxed: An Unfiltered Guide to Creating a Career on Your Terms is now available on Amazon. To give you an idea of what you can get out of it, Nick is using this episode as an opportunity to share one of the lessons you’ll find between its covers, namely how to go about making a change in your professional life once you’ve realized you feel boxed in and unfulfilled by your current role. For this first minisode of 2019, Nick walks you through three steps he outlines in his...


038 How to Get Where You Want to Be with S.H.I.F.T. Principles – John Hinkle

John Hinkle is a life/business coach, mastermind leader, and the author of Shift: Moving From Where You Are to the Life You Want. Through his S.H.I.F.T. Principles, he helps the “working worried” and other career-driven people who’ve found themselves stuck in a rut take control of their goals and build a workable life plan. For this first episode of 2019, John breaks down these SHIFT principles point by point, emphasizing why taking personal ownership is the most important step of all, and...


037 How the Language We Use Drives Our Narrative – Nick J Murphy

The 4-day seminar Nick attended in Nashville last week has him thinking about the importance of language and crafting a narrative for our personal and professional lives. Even if we aren't actively thinking about the words we use, they can end up influencing how people perceive us and how we perceive ourselves. In the last minisode of the year, Nick discusses why you need to put conscious effort into both what you say, and how you say it and proposes a holiday challenge you can take him up...


036 How Self-Awareness Can Guide Us Through Turmoil – Lindsay Ibis

Lindsay Ibis is a fitness and nutrition coach who trains her clients under the FASTer Way to Fat Loss program. Lindsay made her way into personal fitness coaching after nearly a decade working for Target’s corporate division and a brief stint as an assistant preschool director. A self-described “recovering perfectionist,” she holds her work and productivity to only the highest of standards. In this episode, Lindsay discusses her struggles in the corporate world, how she felt balancing a...


035 Are You the Thermometer or the Thermostat – Nick J Murphy

Nick’s had a very busy week, having been in Nashville since Sunday. While the experience has been exciting, it’s also left him feeling exhausted, seeing as how he’s had to balance the trip with family life and setting up plans for next year. It’s a stressful time, to say the least. In this week’s minisode, Nick discusses the personal realization that he’s come to over the last few days, why stress never just “happens,” and how you can take a stand against life’s stressors rather than let...


034 Why Embracing Failure Is the Key to Your Success – David Schwendiman

David Schwendiman is an international business coach who works with both organizations and individuals, helping to empower them and build the careers that they previously only dreamed of. He knows that there are right and wrong ways to pursue a side-hustle and is happy to dispense with some tips so you can take up your passion even if corporate life still calls to you. In this episode, David relates his own experiences with failure and what he learned from it, explaining how embracing your...


033 YOU Are the Variable – Nick J Murphy

They say that victory lies in preparation, be it planning, acquiring the necessary skills and connections, or having the right resources. But even the most methodical planners might lack the certainty that they can accomplish what they’ve set out to do. This confidence may be the surest sign that everything is in its right place for your plans to take root and grow. In this week’s minisode, Nick reflects on his own apprehensions during the earlier stages of his career, what it feels like to...


032 How to Find Your Passion – Laura Rupp

Laura Rupp is a career advisor based in Cincinnati who runs a consulting firm aimed at high school students and recent graduates. A former philosophy major and lifelong seeker of answers, she believes everyone has a chance at success as long as they understand themselves and know what they want to achieve. She knows that it’s never too early to believe in yourself. While most of our listeners likely aren’t about to graduate high school, they will still hear some solid career guidance advice...


031 The Success Wheel – Nick J Murphy

Nick was approaching the end of the writing process for his upcoming book, Unboxed, when sickness walloped his family. In his struggle to balance writing, his company and this podcast with tending to his family's needs, he realized the measures you'll need to keep on track if life throws you a curveball when you least need it to. In this week’s minisode, Nick lays out his tried and true four-stage “success wheel” process to help you when you find life piling on unexpected challenges. THE...


030 How to Spark Personal Transformation – Josh McLean

Josh McLean is a financial analyst and continual learner who lives with his family in Portland, OR and finds energy and drive through self-improvement. Success and stability have not always been a staple of Josh’s life, having struggled with anxiety, drug and alcohol dependency, and even a brain injury in the previous two decades. But thanks to personal transformation, he’s since worked as a finance manager with Nike and KinderCare Education, and recently published his first book, Catalyst:...


029 – We Have a Lot to Be Thankful For – Nick J. Murphy

We have a lot to be thankful for. If you’re going to step back and take stock of what you have in life and how you can make the most of it, there isn’t a better time of year to do it than today, Thanksgiving! Before you dig into what is hopefully a splendid feast, take just a few minutes to check out this week’s Transform U minisode. In this special minisode, Nick breaks down five aspects of his life he’s most thankful for and how you can use them to find perspective on your own. THE FINER...


028 The 4 Simple Steps to Building Your Digital Brand – Ryan Rhoten

Ryan Rhoten uses digital marketing strategies to help business professionals develop their own brands. He is the author of CareerKred: 4 Simple Steps to Build Your Digital Brand and Boost Credibility in Your Career, as well as the host of the BRAND New You and CareerTech podcasts, the latter of which explores how technology is changing the career landscape. In this episode, Ryan lays out his four-step process for building a Kredible brand, why you should secure your personal brand before you...