The Motivational Intelligence Podcast

Oct 26 2020 63 mins 4

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Dr. Gregory Shea: A World-Renown Expert in Change on How to Avoid Team Distraction and "Get to the Work", Build an Environment to Facilitate Change, Fight Cancer and Find Spirituality
Oct 26 2020 108 mins  
In this episode of The Motivational Intelligence Podcast, we’re bringing you a closed door conversation with one of the world’s leading experts in the field of change, Dr. Gregory Shea. Dr. Gregory Shea serves as President of Shea & Associates, Inc, is an Adjunct Professor of Management at the Wharton School, and is Senior Fellow at its Center for Leadership and Change Management. Dr. Shea did his undergraduate work at Harvard, got his masters degree in Management Studies from the London School of Economics and got his PhD in Administrative Science from Yale. He’s authored or coauthored 6 different books heavily focused on Leading Change, including his most recent “Leading Change: 8 Keys to Success” published by the Wharton School Press, and “Your Job Survival Guide: A Manual for Thriving in Change” published by Financial Times Press. He’s also published scores of articles in places like the Sloan Management Review and forthcoming the California Management Review. He can be found on LinkedIn as Gregory Shea, and on his website: In this episode, we get into his experiences fighting cancer, the concept of leadership proximity, how to quote “get to the work", systems thinking, and a whole bunch more. Please enjoy this wide ranging conversation with Dr. Gregory Shea.

Garry Spence: How to Spot The Magic Moments that Shape Our Lives
Sep 28 2020 84 mins  
Hey there, welcome back to The Motivational Intelligence Podcast.  I’m Sean Johnson, and today we have a gem of an episode for you, as Dave and I sat down with Garry Spence. A quick bio of Garry: Garry Spence is Senior Vice President and Head of Client Engagement for Lincoln’s Retirement Plan Services.  His team is focused on boosting retirement readiness of the more than 1.5 million participants that Lincoln serves. Garry joined Lincoln Financial Group in 1992 and has served in various leadership roles over the past 27 years. He has served as a financial advisor, sales manager, and executive leader. Garry received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Georgia, where he also played tennis on a full scholarship - and has his FINRA Series 7, 24, 6, 63 and 65  licenses. Garry and his wife, Missy, live in Charlotte, North Carolina, and have three children and four grandchildren. In other word’s, he’s incredibly qualified to be a leader of the financial world, and once you listen to this interview, you’re going to be glad he is. In this conversation, we talk about living a life of contribution, the resolution passed by the Georgia House of Representatives honoring his mentors (which was a first on the podcast), the job he got cutting lawns that shaped his future, and much much more. Garry is just a phenomenal human being, and one of the most genuine people you’ll ever meet. So without further ado, please enjoy this conversation with Garry Spence.

Marc Hebner: How One of the Top Technology Executives was Raised by a Super-Hero Single Mother
Feb 16 2020 80 mins  
On this episode of The Motivational Intelligence Podcast, Dave Naylor and Sean Johnson interview a very special guest: Marc Hebner. As VP of Sales for NEC's US, Latin America and Canadian channel operations, Marc is responsible for the Enterprise Technology Unit sales. This includes more than 600 Solutions Integrators covering all UC, Contact Center, IT Platform, XaaS, and Smart Enterprise solutions sold through the channel as well as, having responsibility for the success of ETU's Direct sales organization. Marc is a 14 year veteran of NEC and has held various positions during his tenure including; NEC Financial Services Regional Sales Manager, ETU Business Development, Vertical Practice Specialist, Enterprise East Sales Director and now, VP of Sales. Marc is a highly energetic and motivated leader focused on executing with excellence on ETU's transformation to help build the "NEC of the future" leveraging the "NEC as a Service and Smart Workspace" framework. Show Notes 00:00:39- Introduction 00:01:33- Marc’s Childhood and Upbringing 00:05:20- Marc’s Mother’s Amazing Journey 00:11:47- Marc’s Role Models and Mentors 00:13:51- Learning What Not To Do 00:17:49- Being Vulnerable For Your Team 00:20:34- The College Years 00:24:44- The Early Days Of Sales 00:28:07- Changing Career Paths 00:29:50- Small Wins 00:32:49- First Leadership Role 00:36:01- Shifting Mindsets 00:42:19- The Perfect Fit 00:44:10- Keeping Things Positive 00:46:17- NEC 00:48:25- Coaching & Opening Up Minds 00:52:19- Innovation and The Startup Mentality 01:01:22- Seeing Results 01:06:45- Making Difficult But Right Decisions 01:12:14- The Four Boxes 01:14:13- Marc’s Advice to His Younger Self 01:15:33- Conclusion

Roland Williams: Inside the Rams 98 Super Bowl Win & The Playbook That Got Him There
Feb 02 2020 70 mins  
Sports fans, this episode is for you! This week on The Motivational Intelligence Podcast, Sean Johnson and Dave Naylor interview Roland Williams, legendary NFL star, Super Bowl champion and philanthropist. Roland grew up in Rochester, New York and is a graduate of East High. He also attended Syracuse University, where he was one of the nation’s top student athletes. He then went on to play for the St. Louis Rams, the Oakland Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Roland has won the St. Louis Rams “Rookie of the Year” award and the NFL “Unsung Hero” award. He is also a two time winner of The Oakland Raiders “Man of the Year” award, the American Football Conference Championship with The Raiders, and last but certainly not least, winning Super Bowl 34 with the St. Louis Rams, which has been referred to as one of the greatest Super Bowls of all time. Check out Roland's website: Show Notes 0:07- Intro 1:00- MTV “Made” 2:33- Coaching Philosophy 3:46- Attacking Flawed Belief Systems 7:47- How Roland Stays Motivated 10:56- Mental Muscles 16:15- Roland’s Childhood 19:11- Getting Started With Football 22:22- Using The Mental Muscles 25:19- Mentors 27:59- Natural Ability 32:30- Transforming From Worst to Best 38:28- A Great Coach 42:50- Leaders Of The Team 45:25- Jerry Rice 48:09- Champion Academy 55:23- How To Help 58:09- Secret Project 1:00:15- Bringing NFL To The Corporate World 1:03:42- Advice To 16 Year Old Self 1:04:28- Closing Thoughts

Nannette Nocon: How to Set Goals, Ask for Help and Lead People from Poverty to $600 Million in Assets Under Management
Dec 29 2019 62 mins  
This week on The Motivational Intelligence Podcast, we have a very special guest: Nannette Nocon, a very successful private wealth advisor at Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. She leads her own team, known as Nocon & Associates. She has been ranked by The Financial Times as one of the top financial planners in the nation, managing over half a billion dollars’ worth of assets for individuals in 26 different states. Nannette is also a part of The National Woman's Hall of Fame. In addition to that, she's won the prestigious ATHENA Award, which is given to women who have made significant investments in three areas: business, community service and in the advancement of women. Nannette is a highly motivated and goal-driven individual who is always looking to help others (and herself) be the best they can be. “Cultivate passion by setting the bar higher than your former self,” she says. Show Notes: 0:09- Intro 1:57- The Watch Story 5:11- Life In The Philippines 6:33- Goal Setting 9:20- Resetting The Bar Each Year 11:28- Goal Direction At A Young Age 15:18- Can-Do Attitude 19:18- Asking Yourself The Right Questions 22:04- Finding The Right Women To Mentor 24:25- Applying To College 29:26- Being Persistent 31:02- Delivering The Best To Her Clients 36:46- Building A Team of Successful People 39:51- Delegating Tasks Properly 42:36- Celebrating Success 45:43- Key Points In Growing Caliber 48:13- Knowing When Enough Is Enough 52:09- The Greatest Lessons Of Success 56:27- Final Thoughts

Ep 27: Gratitude: Strength Training for the Heart
Dec 15 2019 54 mins  
This week on The Motivational Intelligence Podcast, Sean Johnson and John Casey take a deep dive into gratitude and all of the happiness it brings. Successful people are often very happy people, but why is that? It is likely that they are practicing gratitude daily. While gratitude is mentioned very frequently during this time of year, many studies and research show that making a daily habit of practicing gratitude can be a completely life-changing experience. Even something as simple as keeping a “Gratitude Journal” where your write down everything you are grateful for each day can reduce negative feelings and change your mindset. Show Notes: Ep 27: Gratitude: Strength Training for the Heart 1:06- Intro 8:41- Unlearning Innate Traits 10:11- Working Together 11:28- How Does Gratitude Improve Our Life? 12:12- New Relationships 13:09- Physical Health 14:16- Psychological Health 22:25- Enhancing Empathy & Reducing Aggression 23-34- Sleeping Better 23:55- Improving Self-Esteem 25:19- Mental Strength 29:24- Grateful Beliefs 33:34- Helping Others 35:20- Appreciating Where You Came From 36:45- Journaling 38:45- How John Helps Others 41:59- Random Acts of Kindness 43:51- The Little Things 49:03- Final Thoughts Learn more about the articles and books referenced throughout the podcast here: 7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude The Neuroscience of Gratitude and How It Affects Anxiety & Grief 31 Benefits of Gratitude: The Ultimate Science-Backed Guide Play It Away: A Workaholic's Cure for Anxiety by Charlie Hoehn The Revolutionary Trauma Release Process: Transcend Your Toughest Times by David Berceli

Jennifer Andrews (#MoveForJenn)- How a Woman with One Leg Inspired the World to Move!
Dec 08 2019 77 mins  
Jenn Andrews: How a Woman with One Leg Inspired the World to Move! This week on The Motivational Intelligence Podcast, we have a very special guest named Jennifer Andrews. Born in Englewood, NJ, she is a former corporate sales executive turned health and wellness coach. Jenn's world was turned upside down after discovering a lump on her foot while getting a pedicure, leading her to being diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer called sarcoma. The week before her surgery, she recorded a Facebook live video that unintentionally went viral, as she requested others to appreciate their mobility and to MOVE in their favorite form of exercise on her surgery date. In the video, Jenn said, “Mobility is a gift and it's something that a lot of us take for granted because it's something that we're born with,” Jenn’s video quickly went viral, so much so, that #moveforjenn was trending on several different social media platforms. This video lead to a movement. Watch the full video here! That was just the beginning of Jenn’s impact on the world. After losing her right foot in March of 2018 and adapting to life as an active amputee, she quickly learned that activewear prosthetics were not covered by insurance. She and her husband, Miles started thinking about all of the cancer survivors who were not leading active lives because of this expense. This gap between what is “covered” as a benefit and what is left as an out of pocket expense had to be filled. Jenn and Miles made this their mission with the Move for Jenn Foundation. Their focus is to grant funds for activewear prosthetics to cancer survivors and sarcoma research. The mission of the Move For Jenn Foundation is to offer grants to sarcoma researchers and those who have suffered the loss of a limb to sarcoma or other affiliated diseases. The foundation’s goal is to raise awareness through fundraising events, while also helping amputees afford or obtain an active-wear prosthetic, allowing them to regain strength and mobility faster, getting them back to the physical activities they enjoyed prior to amputation. Jenn resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, two kids and three dogs. She is a two time sarcoma survivor and amputee and her story is incredibly inspiring. This is definitely an episode you don't want to miss! Listen to episode 26, “Jennifer Andrews - How a Woman With One Leg Inspired The World to Move” Show Notes: Jenn Andrews: How a Woman with One Leg Inspired the World to Move! 0:15- Intro 3:26- Life After College 5:55- Noticing A Difference 7:40- No Sign of Cancer 8:58- The Diagnosis 11:00- Check-up Appointments 18:04- The Tumor Board 19:26- Dealing With Emotions 23:44- Medication 28:02- Lack of Outreach and then Reaching Out 35:06- The Facebook Video that Went Viral 37:02-#moveforjenn 41:14- Making a Difference 45:14- Move for Jenn Foundation 46:19- Re-learning How to Walk 49:12- Finally Walking Again 53:26- Hannah’s Positive attitude 54:58- Running a 5k 58:36- Sponsoring her own race 1:08:13- Golden Nuggets 1:11:59- Final thoughts and the takeaway 39:15- Conclusion/final thoughts

John O'Leary: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life
Dec 01 2019 87 mins  
Welcome back to The Motivational Intelligence Podcast! This week, we are interviewing John O’Leary, a well-known international and inspirational speaker, podcast host, and author. When he was just a young boy, John was playing with fire and gasoline in his home and caused a major explosion that burned 100% of his body, leaving him with a 1% chance of living. With the help of his family, the hospital janitor and an incredibly positive perspective, he survived. He now inspires a great amount of people around the world to go beyond just “living.” His podcast, “Live Inspired,” is in the top 20 of the business category in Apple Podcasts and his book “On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life” was an instant #1 best seller, selling more than 40,000 copies in less than a year! Link to John’s book, “On Fire: The Seven Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life”: Help us improve the podcast in 30 seconds: Show Notes 1:16- Intro 4:31- Shocking subtitles 5:15- The life changing incident 8:11- Dying or living 9:27- The fight to come back 14:08- Learning something from everyone 17:06- First day home from the hospital 19:19- No tolerance for a victim mentality 21:01- Denial vs. self-acceptance 29:27- "Would you do it all again?" 33:10- Gratitude 35:12- Sense of purpose 45:29- "I want to be a part of the team that changes the world" 47:40- Getting out of the victim mindset 51:22- "It's not perfect, but it's good." 54:03- Children's mindset 58:31- Coping with kids 59:35- Nurse Roy 1:07:33- Glenn Cunningham 1:12:51- Success 1:14:07- How to let go of fears and choose love 1:18: 13-Og Mandino 1:20: 18- Final thoughts

Kevin Flynn: Climbing Mt. Everest (with Pneumonia), Flying Planes & Winning Ad Awards
Nov 03 2019 83 mins  
Kevin Flynn has lived a truly extraordinary life. He has climbed all seven of the highest mountains in the world, as well as the forty-six Adirondack Peaks. He has even written a book about his experiences titled “Mount Everest: Confessions of an Amateur Peak Bagger.” On top of all that, he is an instrument-rated private pilot and runs a highly successful and award-winning advertising agency. During his interview with Dave Naylor, he tells many inspiring, emotional and, at times, raw stories about the lessons he’s learned and the journey it took him to get to where he is now. Help us improve the podcast in 30 seconds: Shownotes 0:27- Introduction to Kevin 1:50- Kevin explains how his career and hobbies came to be 3:12-Mountain climbing 10:02- The appeal of the mountains 12:48- FWA 15:48- First trip to Everest 18:24- "Don't worry about it until it happens." 21:36- The Four Camps 28:25- "It could never happen to me." 33:57- "I cashed in my chips too early.” 36:11- "You'd be surprised what the body can do, and the mind quits before the body. You probably had it in you to make it, you just limited yourself.” 38:02- Coming home 40:54- Going back to Everest 50:57- "I'm really tired, but everyone's tired on Everest." 53:21- Making it to the summit... and getting pneumonia 1:00:06- A dicey helicopter ride 1:01:14- The Long Journey Home 1:07:07- "Not making Everest the first time was a godsend because it made me stronger and better and smarter” 1:11:04- Giving your 17-year old self advice 1:14:37- Learning to fly by accident 1:18:20- Conclusion

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