Jazzed About Work Jazzed About Work features lively, informal conversations about everything it takes to create a resilient and rewarding career. In each segment, host Beverly Jones interviews professionals who can share their expertise related to the workplace. Her guests go beyond the research and get personal, as they talk about their interesting and often surprising professionals paths. Jones is an executive coach who wrote the handbook on building career resilience, "Think Like an Entrepreneur, Act Like a CEO." She draws on her own experience as she talks with guests about everything from smart ways to lead, to their favorite techniques for career management and reinvention. Every segment blends good stories with practical suggestions for navigating your career.
Jazzed About Work

Jazzed About Work

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Jazzed About Work features lively, informal conversations about everything it takes to create a resilient and rewarding career. In each segment, host Beverly Jones interviews professionals who can share their expertise related to the workplace. Her guests go beyond the research and get personal, as they talk about their interesting and often surprising professionals paths. Jones is an executive coach who wrote the handbook on building career resilience, "Think Like an Entrepreneur, Act Like a CEO." She draws on her own experience as she talks with guests about everything from smart ways to lead, to their favorite techniques for career management and reinvention. Every segment blends good stories with practical suggestions for navigating your career.

Most Recent Episodes

Kerry Hannon talks about her new book, "In Control at 50+"

Popular author and career futurist Kerry Hannon says the workplace has changed forever, and for older workers that brings some good news. In this episode, she talks about her new book, In Control at 50+, which offers insights about the current job market as well as tips on how people over 50 can navigate their careers. Her advice includes taking stock of what's important to you, looking at a wide range of job options, and being willing to redeploy your skills. Kerry urges you to embrace technology, even if you don't want to, and acknowledges she is still working on that. And she describes new mechanisms to help people reenter the job market after time away, like "returnships" and state programs to connect employers with experienced workers. For more insights from Kerry, visit: https://kerryhannon.com

Mark Dyson says "job search is a lifestyle" and connecting with others matters

This show features a wide-ranging conversion between Bev and jobs expert Mark Anthony Dyson, about the changing workplace. They note the generational divide in many organizations, and they discuss ways younger and older workers can learn from one another. Mark says you can expand your career savvy simply by hanging out with colleagues who aren't like you, because some knowledge is "caught, not taught." He says you can always find time to promote your career because — whether you're on the bus or in a barber shop — your phone lets you learn, share content and connect with others. And Mark advises job seekers to research carefully and listening deeply, so you can become "the prescription to an employer's job description." For more, check out Mark's website: https://thevoiceofjobseekers.com/

Mark Dyson says "job search is a lifestyle" and connecting with others matters

DEI expert Lukeisha Paul tackles the underemployment of college grads

Perhaps 40% of recent college graduates are underemployed, and the problem particularly hits diverse and first generation grads. Our guest, Lukeisha Paul, says it's not always easy for young people to work their way in, and work their way up, complex organizations, but there are ways to help. Lukeisha is the U.S. head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for GroupM, a global advertising and media company. And she's active in the GroupM/Coop Career partnership to give practical support to grads. Lukeisha explains how the Coop program helps cohorts of young people develop upward mobility by acquiring in-demand digital skills, strong peer relationships, and an enhanced sense of self. And she offers tips for grads who maybe struggling. For more, see: https://coopcareers.org and https://www.groupm.com/

Active outdoor activities can change your career and your life, says Danny Twilley

West Virginia University Assistant Dean Danny Twilley is passionate about encouraging people to spend time outdoors. In this episode, Danny says research shows that active outdoor leisure can support creativity and a sense of connection, as well as health and happiness. He says getting outside can help you recover from work stress, promote well-being and stimulate learning. Even taking a 20-minute walk in a city park can help you unwind. Danny also describes how the Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative is building on West Virginia's rivers, mountain trails and other natural attractions to convince savvy remote workers to move to the state. And Danny talks about job opportunities developing across the U.S. as a result of the growing interest in spending more time outside. To learn more about Danny's activities, checkout LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danny-twilley-49923699

Active outdoor activities can change your career and your life, says Danny Twilley

Your workspace should support your performance, says Doug Shapiro

Today's guest, Doug Shapiro, understands that the space where you work can impact your productivity, your creativity and how much you enjoy your job. He's a thought leader in the design industry, a respected observer of the interplay between work culture and physical places, and the vice president of research and insights at OFS, a furniture company. Doug says how we work has changed forever, and now offices must deliver choices about how tasks are done. He says that, wherever you perform your work, your space can support calmness, a sense of belonging, and productivity. And he offers tips for a creating supportive environments, like assuring access to daylight, introducing a touch of nature, and generating energy with high impact, vibrant spaces. For more insights about design, check out Doug's lovely podcast, Imagine a Place https://ofs.com/imagine-a-place/podcast

Let's support women entrepreneurs, says Debby Cole

Today's guest, Debby Cole, was brought up to "be a Southern lady." But she stepped away from that role and became an entrepreneur. Starting small, she created a landscaping and construction business, then spent 35 years building it into a thriving organization, and managing multi-million-dollar projects. Next, she pivoted again, to become a speaker, writer, photographer and passionate champion of women who dream about flourishing businesses, and lives. Debby tells us about her beautiful new book, She (Believed She Could So She Did), which presents portraits of 35 Texas women who – by design or circumstances – found themselves creating or leading companies. She also talks about ways to help women thrive as entrepreneurs. Read more: https://www.deborahcoleconnections.com/ See her book: https://amzn.to/360Tnt1

Sitting is the new smoking, says Stefan Zavalin

This episode focuses on one habit with surprising power to slow you down, in work and in life. We're talking about sitting, or, more precisely, the widespread trend of sitting down during way too much of the workday. Our guest is Doctor of Physical Therapy Stefan Zavalin. In his new book, Sit Less, Stefan explains how reducing the time you spend sitting could improve both your health and your productivity. Today we talk about how and why you should create a new habit of getting up and moving around more often. And we explore Stefan's vision, which includes changing organizational cultures to bring more movement to the everyday life of office workers. Read more: https://amzn.to/3AZErqv Visit Love to Move: https://www.ltmmtl.com

Kevin Eikenberry helps remote workers be great teammates

Today's topic is how to be a strong team member and thrive at work, even when your coworkers are across the country. Our guest, Kevin Eikenberry, is an engaging speaker and podcaster, a well-known leadership expert, and the co-author (with Wayne Turmel) of the best-selling book, The Long-Distance Teammate. Kevin offers helpful tips about how to stay motivated and connected with your team when you work remotely. He says the key to leadership these days is flexibility. And he explains how you can succeed at work by managing your productivity, potential and proactivity. For more information go to The Kevin Eikenberry Group site: https://www.kevineikenberry.com/

Compassion for self supports intuition, says intuitive Karen Hager

Today's guest, Karen Hager, started as a child actor and grew up to be a publishing professional. At the same time, she studied at an Episcopal seminary. But instead of being called to the ministry, she stepped away to forge her career as an intuitive guide. She is passionate about teaching people to connect with their own natural intuitive awareness, and says sometimes becoming more intuitive starts with showing ourselves compassion. Today she shares no-nonsense advice about developing your intuition. And we talk about why compassion, collaboration and curiosity about the needs and aspirations of our colleagues are so important in the workplace. Find out more about Karen and her work at https://karenhager.com.

Employer values impact staff turnover, says Ethan McCarty

How an organization performs on societal and ethical issues greatly influences the willingness of its employees to stay on the team and be committed players, suggests today's guest, Ethan McCarty. He's the founder and CEO of Integral, a prize-winning communications agency which helps clients enhance organizational cultures and activate employees to do their best work. Here, Ethan describes results of the Employee Activation Index, a survey of how workers perceive their employers' performance, undertaken by Integral and The Harris Poll. And he explains how people who understand and support their employer's values are more likely to push for its success, including by speaking up on social media. Download the Index here: https://www.teamintegral.com/insights/