TBLP096 | Nicole Verkindt: Procurement Leader

Nicole is the founder and CEO of OMX, a Dragon on CBC’s Next Gen Den, and a thought leader in the procurement industry.

Today, she sat down with Edwin and shared her inspiring stories on how she focuses on her goals.

Also, she talked about how she grow and expand her business.

Nicole always finds industry gaps and built innovative platforms and technology to fill them.

Listen now to learn more about how she has turned the challenges to build OMX, the only online platform of its kind that serves users from the world’s top defence, aerospace, shipbuilding sectors, and tens of thousands of local suppliers around the world.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Nicole explains how travelling and being location independent gives her the benefits and freedom to accomplish more
  • Recalling interesting experiences that made her become the business leader today
  • Learn the importance of ASKING, addressing the problem right away, proper expectations and setting deadlines as the key to moving forward a business
  • How having different kind of entrepreneurs in a team contribute to their growth
  • Nicole explains why high-level creativity, having good judgment and emotional intelligence is the next big thing for this era
  • Learn the skills that will be suitable for this new economy for young professionals and entrepreneurs
  • The impact of technology in shaping the lives of people
  • Qualities that one must possess when starting a leadership role

Links

Reading List

  • Railroader: The Unfiltered Genius and Controversy of Four-Time CEO Hunter Harrison by Howard Green

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

 

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP095 | Laurie Campbell: Fitness Bootcamp Leader

You need to surround yourself with people who bring up your weaknesses and know your strengths. This is one of the important lesson Barry’s Bootcamp Regional Vice President, Laurie Campbell learned as a woman in business.

Being a female entrepreneur, Laurie went through challenges that she was able to overcome with help from family and peers. In today’s episode, she offered tips and tricks on how to survive the demand in a male-dominated industry. She also gave advice on taking the plunge and setting up a business, to moving ahead when the odds are against you.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Laurie’s transition from being a yoga studio owner to being Barry’s Bootcamp VP
  • What are difficult decisions that allowed her to grow as a business leader
  • Laurie realization that a previous venture is no longer for her
  • The importance of being with like-minded people
  • Laurie’s thoughts as a woman in business
  • What’s the best leadership quality that Laurie has

Links

Reading List

  • American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road by Nick Bilton
  • Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It by Chris Voss with Tahl Raz

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

 

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP082 | Dr. Brynn Winegard: Business Brain Expert

In this episode, Edwin sat down with Dr. Brynn Winegard is an award-winning professor, speaker, and expert. Brynn completed her formal education in Neuroscience, Psychology, Marketing, and Strategy (HSBc, MBA, Ph.D.), coupled with over a decade in corporate marketing working for big companies.

Can business and brain Science merge? Find out in today’s episode as Dr. Winegard talked about her interests in neuroscience, psychology, and marketing. She also shares how she comes up with her tagline “Building Better Business Brains”. Listen and enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Dr. Winegard’s project that stems on the notion that you literally become what you thought (like you can believe yourself into better fitness, better health, and better outcomes)
  • The neuroscience behind our gut feeling
  • Discover how our brains can help us create an external environment that is conducive to achieving our goals
  • How to develop a “believing brain”
  • Winegard’s transition from corporate marketing into building her own proprietary company
  • The thought process that she used to see her full potential and realize that it’s time to move on
  • Advantages of having our brain take a rest on our performance

Links

Reading List

  • From Good to Great by Scott Brouwer
  • Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on the air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP079 | Claire Adams: Media Leader with Purpose

Claire Adams is the co-CEO of Canada’s premier network for driven Millennials, Notable Life Media Group, Inc. It covers all aspects of millennial life including social, professional, and charitable engagements.

Claire loves food and travel. She is very easy going but works very hard. After taking over Notable Life, 18 months ago, she now looks forward to travelling next year.

In today’s episode, Edwin and Claire touched on the topic of leadership fueled by gratitude. She shared how she starts the day and how it commands the rest of it. Claire also opened up on the challenges of re-branding and transforming an organization with a different culture. This episode is full of nuggets of wisdom you can apply to your organization.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The importance of collaborating with like-minded business leaders
  • Why Claire transitioned from production stage manager to an entry-level position and became an executive producer of live entertainment
  • The difference between a Freelancer and an Entrepreneur
  • How to scale a company while introducing a new strategy
  • Challenges they faced when they took over a company with a different culture
  • Becoming a business leader with compassion and purpose
  • Find out how Claire practices gratitude

Links

Reading List

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP078 | Lori Casselman: Lead by Asking

Lori Casselman is a mother, athlete, and fitness advocate who is passionate in giving back to her community.  She is an experienced executive with a passion for building great teams while making innovation in the health and insurance sectors.

On this episode, Edwin and Lori discussed the importance of asking questions to your team members to received their highest level of performance. Lori shared her leadership style when she is new to the position and how you developed the members of your team to be the next leader.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What one leadership lesson she followed to help her decision making
  • How building relationships helped her grow as an emerging leader
  • What the first thing she does when she takes on a new role
  • Why creating a culture of caring shouldn’t be disconnected from creating a high-performance culture
  • Practical ways to develop team members to become business leaders

Links

Reading List

  • Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead by Tara Mohr
  • Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on the air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP077 | Dr. Laura Lee Copeland: Leading with Compassion

Mindfulness has been a buzzword for this year. Can business leaders practice being mindful? Will it benefit their organization? All these questions will be answered today by Laura Lee Copeland, Chief Medical Information Officer at Healthtech.

In this episode, join Laura and Edwin as they discussed why it’s vital to invest in yourself if you want to get the most out of your ability. Laura also shared her struggles during a difficult transition in her career. Tune in to this episode, to discover the benefits you will get out of meditation and how you can be a leader with compassion.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Laura recounts her journey from being an office manager to a resident doctor and now a physician informaticist
  • Opening up on one of the key decision she had to make and take the risk of being an informaticist
  • How Laura win over the limiting beliefs she had on her head while doing her transition
  • Why meditation can help you focus and being mindful in your business
  • Leadership with compassion, find out what this means

Links

Reading List

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP074 | Mara Nickerson: Legal Services Innovation Leader

Mara Nickerson is Osler’s Chief Knowledge Officer and an acknowledged Canadian industry leader in legal services innovation and services delivery. She leads national teams who are responsible for professional development, knowledge management, records and conflict management and is the driver behind the Firm’s implementation of legal project management and process improvement.

Join Edwin and Mara Nickerson, as they discuss why (and how) it’s vital to accept the changes for the law industry and how they are coping with the technology evolution. Mara also shares tips to help lawyers overcome their fears about innovation. 

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Mara’s vital role to ensure that every team member has the information they need when they’re talking to clients
  • Challenge of switching from practicing law to Chief Knowledge Officer
  • What are the steps Mara took to grow as a leader continually
  • Three factors for a Law Firm’s innovation
  • Technology’s effect on lawyers and how Mara’s organization deal with the evolving change

Links

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP071 | Laura Denham: A Notable Story of Leadership

With over 15 years of broadcast, events, content, theatre, and Games Laura Denham has added to her long list of achievements, becoming a Chief Creative Officer at Notable Life. She was a Notable.ca Award Recipient for Leadership. After receiving this award, Laura was offered a post in Notable Life.

Laura is an integrated marketer who has a passion for connecting brands with culture. In this episode, you will learn why creating experiences and connecting with others will give you a different feeling of satisfaction.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Laura’s role at Notable Life; how she drives an authentic connection between members of their community brands
  • In making a difficult decision, why is it hard to commit to things that go into achieving greatness
  • If starting a relationship with a new team, learn from Laura how important to listen first before you talk
  • How getting a mentor helped Laura cultivate her leadership skills
  • Laura’s recommendations for first-time business leaders

Links

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader

 

TBLP065 | Jacqueline Leung: News on the Go

Jacqueline is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Pressed. Not a news junkie by any means, she created Pressed because it’s a product that she needs. Prior to launching her first startup, she spent several years working in marketing roles at companies spanning across industries like sports, food, and media. She has a media degree from Western University and a communications certificate from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

When not busy, you can find Jacqueline having run or trying out a new restaurant. Her future plan is to integrate news to everyone, make it accessible and easy for people. They are doing it now through a newsletter, where they send the top five stories around the world that you should know in a conversational way.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How does Pressed News make it easier and digestible for people to find the news
  • The role of Networking in how Jacqueline grow as a business leader
  • Confidence, Doubt, and Self-awareness; some of the challenges Jacqueline has to face and conquer
  • How does Jacqueline handle stress and anxiety that came along with her role
  • Why is it important for a business leader to be honest with their team members

Links

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.