Mike and Gaby Israel Grinberg - Partners in Business and Life

Apr 21, 2021

Season 2, Episode 16


“The way we look at it is, when you have a business partner, your business partnership is built on trust. And if you can't trust your spouse, you got a whole different set of issues, right? It actually helps that you're never questioning the other person's motives – they are both automatically going in the same direction.” – Mike Grinberg on being in business with a spouse

There are many reasons entrepreneurs start their businesses, including necessity. Mike and Gaby Israel Grinberg created Proofpoint Marketing, a remote people first business to business revenue marketing agency, out of necessity to generate income that also met specific family needs. Mike and Gaby share their personal journey that includes their now thriving daughter who was born four months prematurely. Hear how the partners in life became business partners, what works well working with a spouse, the surprising risk of being in business together, and how...

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How to Move from Striving to Thriving

Apr 14, 2021

Season 2, Episode 15


“It felt like my whole life changed once I made the necessary shifts to get in thrive mode.” 

Have you ever felt like you’re working hard but you’re not sure where it’s getting you?

Do you wonder what you’re working towards? 

I used to be the same way. I was striving and achieving, it’s just it was coming at a high cost to me and the people around me. 

It took a lot of unwinding of old beliefs - like I had to work hard to get ahead – and really identifying what work and activities mattered…and which ones didn’t. 

I’m not going to lie. I didn’t make it easy on myself. I took the long route, but now that I’m on the other side, I want to share ways you can move from striving to thriving at a much faster pace than I did. 

Psst…it’s easier than I thought it would be.

If you pride yourself on being a hard worker, but you’d like more ease...

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Kori Stephens on Radical Alignment

Apr 07, 2021

Season 2, Episode 14


“There's a really big disconnect between some of the systems we put in place, and what our community really needs. And that was the struggle for me was trying to figure out how do we bridge this gap? And really show up?” – Kori Stephens

What if our words, actions, systems, and culture were all aligned? What could that do for communities, businesses, and the alteration of leadership? This is a deep conversation that covers a lot of territory with Kori Stephens (she/her), a culture curator, leadership coach, organizational consultant and wholeness revolutionary. Yes, a wholeness revolutionary and you’re going to want to listen to discover how much we need this movement. Kori is the Founder of Resonance Rising which supports her mission through consulting, coaching and the development of the Resonant Leader Lab. Hear how radical alignment is both possible and necessary on this episode of Champions of  RISK.



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Eric Harkins on Leadership

Mar 31, 2021

Season 2, Episode 13


“If you’re not sure, you’re sure.” – Eric Harkins

If your culture sucks, it stems from the top. It’s really that simple. Even simpler, there are a few key areas leaders need to focus on that can and do create great workplace culture. This week we talked with Eric Harkins, President, and Founder of GKG Search & Consulting. His company helps leaders get, keep and grow talent, all of which require certain leadership skills. Eric organized his key lessons from 25 years in HR leadership in his new book “Great Leaders Make Sure Monday Morning Doesn’t Suck”. We talk all about the little things leaders can do to create cultures high performers want to be a part of…and a few of the things leaders don’t do that cause more trouble than they need to.



“Great Leaders Make Sure Monday Morning Doesn’t Suck: A Guide to Building Great Workplace Culture” by Eric...

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Rebekkah Lamar Brunson on Eat Deliciously, Love Freely

Mar 24, 2021

Season 2, Episode 12


“I knew I wanted to share this product with the community around me.” – Rebekkah Lamar Brunson

Rebekkah Lamar Brunson and Bobbi Jo Lamar Brunson created their company, Sweet Troo•Vī Waffle, as a vessel for good.

Not only do they serve up deliciously kind waffles and luxury sweetness, but they’re also committed to spreading love, encouraging change, and doing the most good within their community. Hear about their commitment to youth, partnering with other small minority/woman/LGBTQ+ businesses, and modeling being a TROO human (To Realize your Optimal Opportunities). Hope, love, and inspiration, all on this episode of Champions of RISK.



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Michael Kithcart: 

Hello, I'm Michael Kithcart. I'm a high performance business coach and entrepreneur who helps wornout super achievers move from stuck to unstoppable. Welcome to the...

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Guiding Tips in Times of Uncertainty

Mar 18, 2020

A lot of time has been spent in the past week talking with business owners, leaders, and friends about how to best navigate the daily changes and growing uncertainty with the coronavirus pandemic. It is clearly impacting how we connect, communicate, conduct business, and keep our families, teams and communities safe. Even as people and businesses are making sacrifices, there is genuine concern for others, and large spread help and support offered. We are rising to the occasion on many levels. At the same time, it can take a toll on even the most hearty, positive, optimistic among us. I wanted to share tips that myself and others have found useful in hopes there’s a nugget or two you can add to what you’re already doing to stay resilient and strong.

Things that might be helpful right now:

  1. Show and acknowledge gratitude. There is positive all around us if we choose to see it. At least once daily, preferably morning and night, stop down and identify what’s going...

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Decades Start with a First Step

Dec 23, 2019

I am a big fan of recapping time to see patterns; remembering how much happened, and to reflect on the phases we go through and evolve from.  We’re often reminded of amazing things that happened and that so much more was accomplished, happened, overcome, lost or created than we originally thought.

What can happen in a decade? For me, my professional roles have been varied - business owner, consultant, in non-profit, small company, big corporation, start-up. Goals have been exceeded and some goals missed. Throughout, I’ve been leading, coaching, growing, and discovering.

We have all done more than we think we have in the last year and decade. The benefit of reflecting is slowing down to see how far we’ve come, what we want to keep doing and what needs to stop to get to where we want to go.

As I think back on the decade, there are some lessons that emerge:

  • Stop pushing, let it go – the right answer will be revealed

  • Time is finite, use it wisely

  • There...

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It's about who you are, not what you do

Aug 29, 2019

We have an identity crisis. I see it all around me. An abundance of friends, clients, peers, have been sucked into believing that their job title — what they do — is who they are.

I'm here to tell you it's not true. What you do, the job title you have whether it's CEO, VP, entrepreneur, stay-at-home spouse, educator, or freelancer has absolutely nothing to do with who you are as a human being. And who you are as a human is not only what matters, it's what makes your good at the titles you hold, and it's what attracts people to you, it's how you show up in the world.

How can we change the conversation?

We all question our identity at some point in our lives. It is usually triggered by a significant life moment — selling a business, losing a job, going through a breakup or divorce, losing a parent, or becoming a parent. I see people struggle most when asked who they are (or even genuinely sharing how they are doing) rather than what they do. This response is a...

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The Importance of Planning (even if you're not a strategy geek)

Aug 29, 2019

"Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now."
– Alan Lakein

I am an unabashed strategy geek who loves budgeting and planning season.

Carving out the time to refine or recall the bigger vision, identifying key objectives to get there, and working with teams and team members on how they'll contribute to those goals is a wise investment. It's precious time that helps to lift heads up from the day-to-day, challenge what's possible, examine what's needed, and identify the steps needed to accomplish those goals.  

Companies and people often want the results that strategic planning provides but are reluctant to commit to the process, because it's not the "sexy" side of business. It can easily get overlooked or not fully completed. 

Planning doesn't need to be reinvented or overly complicated. In its purest form, planning takes what seems big, even impossible, and breaks it down to specific, measurable action steps.


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Discovering Who You Are is Life’s Work

Aug 27, 2019

Maybe it's because graduation just came and went, or because people try to remember being a kid in the throes of summer. It feels like there's been an over-abundance of statements made around how it's the job of a young adult to discover and define themselves.

Several times a week, this phrase has popped up in conversation, news stories, podcasts. I'm throwing down the BS flag!

While it's true that fostering and exploring interests is needed in youth, it's also true that figuring out who you want to be and what you want to do with your life is rarely figured out during this time. The human brain isn't fully developed until the age of 25 in young men, 23 for young women. The pressure that society puts on us to have it all figured out is both unnecessary and limiting. It's a significant contributor to the stress and anxiety so much of the population is experiencing, so it's no wonder the anxiety rate of teens has also escalated.

Add to this the "passion" pressure. Some really do...

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