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      LOVE IN ACTION PODCAST

      Deep conversations with the world's leading business experts to explore the big idea that practical love and care is great for people and for profits.
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      Dr Mara Klemich is a consulting psychologist with degrees in clinical psychology and neuropsychology. She is also the co-founder of Heart Styles. For over 30 years Mara and her husband Stephen Klemich have drawn upon their expertise in psychology, neuroscience and leadership to help people become the best version of themselves. They have developed a radical approach to identifying what drives human behavior, and have outlined those principles in their newly-released book, Above The Line: Living and Leading With Heart.

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      Michael Ventura is the founder and CEO of award-winning strategy and design practice Sub Rosa. He has worked with some of the world’s largest and most important brands such as GE, TED and the White House; and has served as a board member and advisor to a variety of organizations. He is a visiting lecturer at Princeton University and West Point, where he teaches design thinking and how to integrate empathy into the creative process. He joins Marcel Schwantes on this week’s show to discuss his book, Applied Empathy: The New Language of Leadership; in particular, how empathy can spark innovation and solve tough challenges that we face as leaders.

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      This week’s show is one of the best yet! Dr. Nate Regier gives Marcel Schwantes and listeners a new way to think about conflict, calling it the greatest untapped energy resource in the world. Considering that Gallup estimates that negative conflict costs the US economy $350 billion a year, Nate’s statement seems doubly shocking. He joins Marcel to discuss this counterintuitive idea as well as his new book, “Conflict Without Casualties: A Field Guide For Compassionate Accountability.”

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      Mikaela Kiner has over 15 years experience in HR leadership roles at major companies such as Microsoft, Starbucks, and Amazon. She is a certified executive coach and the founder of Reverb, an HR consulting and leadership development company that helps their clients create healthy, inclusive cultures. She joins Marcel Schwantes on this week’s show to discuss her powerful new book, “Female Firebrands.”

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      Mike Vacanti returns to the Love In Action podcast this week after the successful launch of his new book Believership: The Superpower Beyond Leadership. In his previous executive roles, Mike has managed mergers and acquisitions and integrated companies with hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue and thousands of people on global teams. Today he is an in-demand speaker and consultant, and the founder of the Humans First Club, the worldwide movement to make humans first in the workplace and in our communities. Mike chats with Marcel Schwantes about his book as well as the work the Humans First Club is doing around the world.

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      In addition to being a sought-after speaker, Dr. Jennifer Goldman-Wetzler is the founder and CEO of Alignment Strategies Group, a premier consulting firm based in New York City. She is also the author of a new book, “Optimal Outcomes: Free Yourself From Conflict At Work, at Home and In Life.” Jennifer joins Marcel Schwantes on this week’s show to show us how we can experience conflict freedom.

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      This week’s distinguished guest is Raj Sisodia, Conscious Capitalism thought leader, international speaker, and bestselling author. Raj is the F.W. Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and Whole Foods Market Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism at Babson College. He has co-authored a new book with organizational innovation expert Michael J Gelb, entitled “The Healing Organization: Awakening The Conscience Of Business To Help Save The World.” Raj chats with Marcel Schwantes about how for-profit businesses can become agents of healing for their employees, customers, and communities.

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      This week’s guest, Dave Mortensen, together with his co-founder, made the bold decision to reinvent the culture of work in their business. Today their company, Anytime Fitness, is the world’s largest and fastest-growing coed fitness club franchise and has earned numerous industry awards including Top Global Franchise and one of America’s Most Promising Companies. Dave Mortensen is the President of Self Esteem Brands, the parent company of Anytime Fitness. He has been featured on ABC’s Secret Millionaire and Be The Boss Canada. He is a sought-after speaker on leadership culture and employee engagement. He and his partner have also written a book, Love Work, about how to inspire a high performing culture at the center of people, purpose, profits and play.

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      John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft, a leadership development company that transforms managers into leaders. In 2017 he was named a LinkedIn Top Voice in Management and Workplace. He is also a renowned speaker and host of the Follow My Lead podcast. He joins Marcel Schwantes on this week’s show to talk about his new book, Building the Best: Eight Proven Leadership Principles to Elevate Others to Success, and to equip you with the tools you need to become the kind of leader the world needs today.

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      We’ve moved from the Information Age into the Imagination Age, and creative thinking skills are now just as important as the so-called ‘hard’ business skills. Imagination plus leadership is the formula to unleash all kinds of potential. So says Brian Paradis, author of the compelling new book Lead With Imagination. Brian is a senior partner of C-Suite Solutions, a national advisory firm that helps health care organizations move from “volume to value.” He served previously as President of Florida Hospital’s central region, a $4 billion enterprise, and under his leadership, it became the number one ranked hospital in Florida for three years.

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      Marcel’s guest on this week’s Love In Action show is Jacqueline Carter. Jacqueline is the international partner and the North American director for Potential Project. She has over 20 years of experience working with organizations around the globe, including Cisco, Marriott and Google, to improve performance. She is also the co-author along with Rasmus Hougaard, of the exciting new book, “The Mind of the Leader: How to Lead Yourself, Your People and Your Organization For Extraordinary Results.” The book is based on extensive research, including assessments of more than 35,000 leaders, and reveals how leaders can disrupt how they lead by training their brains.

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      Whitney Johnson has been recognized as one of the world’s foremost management thought leaders by Thinkers 50 and Fortune magazine. She is an advisor, speaker, and host of the weekly podcast, Disrupt Yourself. She joins Marcel Schwantes to discuss her recent book, “Build An A-Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve,” in which she shows leaders and managers how to reduce turnover and enhance loyalty by leading their team members up their current learning curve and designing their jobs to maximize learning and engagement.

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      Bestselling author Dan Cable is this week’s guest on the Love in Action podcast. Dan is a social psychologist and Professor of Organizational Behavior at the London Business School. He has also been ranked among the top 25 most influential management scholars in the world. His teaching and work are focused on culture and employee engagement, and the link between brands and employee behaviors. His research has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Business Week and his clients include some of the biggest brands on the planet including Coca Cola, Estee Lauder, and Twitter. Dan joins host Marcel Schwantes to discuss his research as detailed in his book, “Alive at Work: The Neuroscience of Helping Your People Love What They Do.”

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      Marcel welcomes Dr. Randy Ross, Founder and Chief Enthusiasm Officer at Remarkable, to the show. Randy is a master of cultural transformation who has traveled internationally as a speaker, coach, and Fortune 500 consultant, building teams and developing leaders. He has a unique understanding of employee engagement and he offers practical solutions for increasing both team morale and performance in his new book “Relationomics: Business Powered by Relationships.”

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      Marcel Schwantes talks with author Dr. Melanie Katzman about her book, Connect First: 52 Ways to Ignite Success, Meaning and Joy at Work. Melanie is a psychologist and executive coach to the world’s top organizations and government agencies. She is also the founder of Katzman Consulting and a founding partner of the global nonprofit Leader’s Quest. She has been featured in The Financial Times, New York Times, Vanity Fair among others, and has made numerous television appearances on ABC, CBS and Lifetime.

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      This week’s guest is executive coach and thought leader, Steve Farber, who teaches that love, rather than being a soft skill as it’s widely considered, is a hard-core leadership principle that helps shape winning businesses and elevates the customer and employee experience. Steve authored the seminal book, “The Radical Leap” — widely considered one of the top 100 business books ever written. He is the President of Extreme Leadership Inc., and he recently released another book, “Love is Just Damn Good Business.” He chats with host Marcel Schwantes about his latest work.

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      This week’s guest on the Love In Action podcast is Richard Boyatzis, a renowned expert on emotional intelligence and bestselling author. Richard and his colleagues at Case Western Reserve University have recently released a new book entitled “Helping People Change,” which reveals their findings about a more effective approach to helping people learn and change behaviors.

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