Connections That Matter Podcast
Christina Khoo: Successful Singapore-based financial industry leader turned executive coach on how to continuously learn and grow through any situation

Christina Khoo: Successful Singapore-based financial industry leader turned executive coach on how to continuously learn and grow through any situation

July 16, 2020

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When she answered a blind ad in the local newspaper, a young Christina Khoo had no idea the adventure she would end up on. Twenty-five years later, she had built a thriving life insurance agency, and had learned a ton about leadership, business fundamentals, and how to constantly grow through any experience. When it was time to sell the business and move on to the next chapter, the natural next step was to start coaching others.

During this conversation, Christina shares her experiences growing up in Singapore, and inspires us all to keep learning and following curiosities along the way. We also learn how Christina has learned to “self coach,” which involves asking and answering  certain types of questions.

keywords: #resilience #values #growth #learning #coaching

 

More About Christina

Christina is a leadership and executive coach who works with individuals and teams seeking to create sustainable change by employing a brain-based approach to her coaching. Her belief in the inexhaustible human potential in people fuels her quest to provide inspirational messages, structures and systems to facilitate self-discovery and greater achievements in her clients.

She comes with a background of 25 years in the financial services industry where she honed her skills as a respected leader, coach and motivator to thousands of consultants. A great communicator, her engaging presentations have made her a well sought-after speaker and trainer in the industry. She has graced many platforms and training events both locally and internationally over the past 20 years, addressing audiences on a range of topics from sales & marketing, to leadership and management and personal & professional effectiveness.

Connect with Christina on LinkedIn, here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christina-khoo-pcc-66084b22/

Pete Rayls: Life and Leadership Lessons from a West Point Grad, Historian, Teacher, and Tested Leader

Pete Rayls: Life and Leadership Lessons from a West Point Grad, Historian, Teacher, and Tested Leader

July 2, 2020

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Pete Rayls has an unbelievable story to tell about the life and death consequences of having "connections that matter." During this episode, learn about how a relationship between a Canadian general and his American counterpart prevented World War III...and much more. 

Peter ("Pete") Rayls dreamed of attending the U.S. Naval Academy as a young man. When the rejection letter came, Pete not only didn't crumble, he doubled his efforts. Pretty soon he had offers from both the Naval Academy and West Point. So is the nature of Pete Rayls, whose  blend of humility, intellect, and persistence come together in what can best be described as a model of "quiet leadership." In addition to eventually teaching at West Point, Pete served in the U.S. Army, reaching the rank of major, leading teams in Germany and Iraq, and earning a bronze star along the way.

In addition to sharing reflections from his time at West Point and deployment in Iraq, Pete talks about the role of studying history in making strategic decisions. 

#leadership #quietleadership #westpoint #history #militaryhistory

More About Pete

Pete Rayls is currently a PhD candidate at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. He has six years of teaching experience at the university and secondary school levels, including working as an instructor at West Point. He also has over 13 years of experience in management and supervisory positions while serving in the United States Army, both in the United States and abroad.  

Connect with Pete on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-rayls-b1101044

Dalia Feldheim: On Confronting Toxic Environments and Daring to “Lead Like a Girl”

Dalia Feldheim: On Confronting Toxic Environments and Daring to “Lead Like a Girl”

June 18, 2020

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Fresh off the June 4, 2020 premier of her TEDx talk, "Dare to Lead like a Girl," consultant and seasoned global marketing executive Dalia Feldheim joins the Connections That Matter Podcast to share learnings from two pivotal, contrasting tales of leadership from her work experience. The first was during her time as a young brand manager at P&G, where she was encouraged to be herself and empowered to deliver great results. Dalia went on to play a central role in developing the iconic, award-winning #likeagirl campaign. The second was her experience in a toxic environment later in her career, as a member of the C-suite of another major consumer products company.

In addition to wisdom and learnings from her career journey, we get to enjoy the story of how this Israel-born daughter of British parents ended up routing through Geneva and Moscow, eventually settling down in Singapore. She's now dedicating the next chapter of her career to helping individuals and companies find purpose and joy at work. 

Keywords: #purpose #strengthbasedleadership #mentalhealth #resilience #humansfirst #feedback #leadership #tedx

URL for Dalia's TEDx Talk: https://youtu.be/nAUIJlAhW5c

More About Dalia

Dalia believes that it is time for a new model of leadership. She calls it "Flow Leadership," leading with purpose, passion, and positivity.

In addition to her marketing expertise, having worked at the highest levels for iconic consumer brands, Dalia has never stopped learning, growing, and adapting. She is certified in both leadership coaching and the "science of happiness," and she holds a Masters in Organizational Psychology from INSEAD. She's also working on an upcoming book, and empowering leaders with knowledge and skills through teaching, public speaking, training, coaching, and consulting. 

Find out more about Dalia's work at https://daliafeldheim.com/

 

Helena Goto: From Hollywood Jetsetter to Conflict Resolution Expert and Coach - Seeking Peacemakers in a Time of Reconciliation

Helena Goto: From Hollywood Jetsetter to Conflict Resolution Expert and Coach - Seeking Peacemakers in a Time of Reconciliation

June 4, 2020

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How does a person go from working on film sets in New Zealand to jetsetting with Hollywood elites around the world, to becoming an expert in conflict resolution, to providing top-shelf coaching to executives and teaching graduate students at USC? Well, you're going to find out!

It's hard to find a person with more energy, passion, and dedication than Helena Goto, an L.A.-based coach,  consultant, and ombudsman, who also finds time to share knowledge with graduate students as an adjunct professor at USC. In this hour-long conversation, you'll hear great stories that touch on Helena's fascinating life journey, and how she navigated her way to a career helping leaders have the kind of direct, open dialogue they need to nurture resilient, innovative, healthy teams. 

Although this conversation was taped prior to the recent protests for racial justice, Helena shares on the timely topic of reconciliation in contexts such a conflict resolution and the #metoo movement. Listeners will also learn the key ingredients to an effective apology, the first of which is to acknowledge the facts of what really happened. 

Between the fantastic life stories, great practical tips, and the overwhelming positive energy that emanates from Helena's genuine passion for bringing together "Peacemakers," you don't want to miss the opportunity to tap into the Helena Goto power source. 

For more information about Helena, you can visit Helena's business page at www.gotosinc.com

 

 

Chris Tighe: From rowdy rebel to law enforcement leader–life stories and lessons on risk-taking, resilience, and authentic leadership

Chris Tighe: From rowdy rebel to law enforcement leader–life stories and lessons on risk-taking, resilience, and authentic leadership

May 21, 2020

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Chris Tighe is an award-winning, crime-fighting, straight-talking leader and senior advisor. With over 25 years of Federal government (and private industry) experience, spanning the U.S. Postal Service, Treasury, and Homeland Security Investigations, Chris has stories to tell, and lots of lessons he's learned along the way. But some of the biggest lessons started early in life. At one point briefly homeless, he was taken in by his parish priest, and then went off to a military boarding school, where he learned the value of building trust and practicing discipline. 

During this conversation, Chris shares a lot of stories from his youth, and career, that will resonate for any leader looking to take smart risks, be more resilient, and build trust with their colleagues. 

In addition to entertaining tales from his swashbuckling past, Chris shares a memorable acronym that is a great reminder for any person charged with inspiring others to achieve a common goal. Tune in to learn more about what Chris calls the L.E.A.D.E.R. model:

Leave the... 

Ego behind. 

Accept circumstances and people as they are.

Discipline yourself. 

Evolve.

Respect everyone. 

A Conversation with Mindy Lockard: Etiquette, Leadership, and Tips for Managing Early Career Professionals

A Conversation with Mindy Lockard: Etiquette, Leadership, and Tips for Managing Early Career Professionals

May 7, 2020

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If you are a leader managing young team members, you don't want to miss this episode! Listen to Host Matt Stone's conversation with Mindy Lockard about the connection between principles of etiquette and self-awareness, relationship development, and leadership. Mindy shares stories about what led her to become formally trained in etiquette (after getting a degree in communications), and how she realized that etiquette was about human connection more than rules. She also shares tons of knowledge she's picked up working with youth that is directly applicable in the workplace. Plus, she talks about how she's using her training and talents to empower future leaders with the skills and awareness they need to live more connected, purpose-driven lives, contributing to happier homes, more productive teams, and a healthier society.


More About Mindy Lockard

Mindy Knight is an internationally recognized, Portland, Oregon-based leadership and etiquette expert. 

For more than a decade, Mindy has facilitated interpersonal workshops for college athletes and alumni, government agencies, corporations and professional organizations, and youth of all ages. Mindy’s customized toolkits enable professionals at every stage of their careers and university students to foster and grow “in real life” professional and social networks, fundamental skills in a society where digital devices and social media have eclipsed conversations, meals and even smiles as preferred platforms for interpersonal engagement.

Mindy has been featured as a regular on-air television expert for KATU Afternoon Live, FOX 12 MORE Good Day Oregon, KING 5 Seattle and Huffington Post LIVE and has been featured in publications such as Forbes Woman, Oregon Business Magazine, Women’s Day and InStyle Magazine, Real Simple, Better Homes and Garden and People’s Style Watch.

For more information, visit www.mindylockard.com

 

Christiane Brew: Storyteller, Comedian, Actor

Christiane Brew: Storyteller, Comedian, Actor

April 23, 2020

She's talented, funny, insightful, and a tremendously skilled storyteller. During this hour, host Matt Stone explores with Christiane the links between comedy, storytelling, and building meaningful human connections. 

(Episode Available April 23, 2020) Here’s a preview of “A Conversation with Christiane Brew”

(Episode Available April 23, 2020) Here’s a preview of “A Conversation with Christiane Brew”

April 20, 2020

Christiane Brew is a talented and hilarious storyteller, comedian, actress, coach, and much more! Here's a clip from our conversation. Full podcast episode available Thursday, April 23rd!

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A Conversation with Fitness Expert Bodhi Kenyon

A Conversation with Fitness Expert Bodhi Kenyon

April 20, 2020

In this Podcast pilot episode, listen to Host Matt Stone's conversation with Tokyo-based fitness trainer, Bodhi Kenyon. In this hour-long conversation, Bodhi and Matt discuss stories around continually improving health, relationships, leadership, and improving quality of life. Bodhi shares tips on maintaining mental fitness, dietary health, and building muscle, even if stuck at home. Listen to the end to hear about two specific exercises you can do at home with no equipment! Click here for video demos of the exercises.

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