Bricks+Brands Podcast

Bricks+Brands Podcast

We feature heart-centered leaders who have shed toxic workplace culture practices by sharing their experiences to inspire listeners to usher in a balanced life-work integration full of creativity, innovation, and self-expression. This show covers topics including workplace culture environment, leadership, well being, mental health, creativity, and innovation.


May 17, 2022 55 min

In this episode of the Bricks+Brands Podcast, my guest Ralph Rathburn has run international businesses in Asia for over 32 years, helping to entertain tens of millions of Japanese people through the facilitation of tours such as "Disney On Ice," "Disney Live," and other live entertainment shows. 

Meet Ralph Rathburn
For 32 years he's run international businesses in Asia. Ralph founded and managed 4 businesses ...

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On this episode of the Bricks+Brands Podcast, my guest is a Chief Chaos Organizer based in Berlin, Germany with a focus on helping people and organizations become more collaborative, innovative, flexible, and transparent, moving towards flattening hierarchies, improving employee engagement and adapting an ever evolving environment. 

With an impressive skill set including strategy development, requirements analysis, business proc...

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This week on the Bricks+Brands Podcast we’re speaking with a leadership expert on a mission to inspire new business owners to believe that leadership is simple.

In this conversation, we cover:

  • Why leadership is S.I.M.P.L.E.
  • What #Beinterested means to her
  • Ways to boost engagement with your team
  • Meet Rhonda Delaney
    Rhonda is on a mission to inspire NEW BUSINESS OWNERS to believe Leadership is S.I.M.P.L.E.


    Because EVERYONE deserv...

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    In this episode of the Bricks+Brands Podcast, we’re speaking with an international consultant who has been a pioneer in remote work since 2012.

    In this conversation, we cover:

  • Hybrid & remote work
  • Employee engagement
  • Employee advocacy
  • Leadership
  • Future of workplace culture
  • Meet Nola Simon

    She's an international consultant who has helped develop hybrid/remote work teams for the last 10 years. People hire Nola because she knows ...

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    As leaders and managers, we have a lot going on in our head. Often, too much. And because of this, it makes communicating with our team and asking for help a lot harder.  This week on the Bricks+Brands Podcast, I'm talking about a topic that can be hard for leaders to open up about: transparency and how to embrace it.

    By not being transparent, it can create unnecessary friction and tension between you and your team. They may...

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    This week on the Bricks+Brands Podcast, we’re talking with certified Insight Coach and Meditation teacher on the powerfully transformational effects meditation can have on our lives and in our work.

    In this conversation, we cover:

  • Her journey into coaching
  • How meditation has transformed her life
  • Her newly published children's book
  • Plus the practice of Ho'oponopono
  • Meet Ipek

    Ipek Williamson is a Certified Insight Coach, Listene...

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    This week on the Bricks+Brands Podcast, we explore reconnecting to self through creativity, innovation, and leadership with a facilitator and coach who happens to have a computer programming background.

    In this conversation, we chat about:

  • What innovation is and why it’s critical to the workplace
  • What creativity means to Steven and how he taps into it
  • The importance of leadership & culture
  • Team development; and
  • Self-awareness of ...
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    My guest this week on the Bricks+Brands Podcast helps organizations create the processes, tools, and team habits necessary to deliver breakthrough innovations. 

    In this episode, we cover a variety of topics including:

  • What innovation is
  • Defining problem solving styles
  • Communication effectiveness
  • Leadership
  • Kirton Adaption-Innovation Theory
  • Meet Benjamin Atkinson

    Through his work as Director of Innovation of Production Engineering at To...

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    This week on the Bricks+Brands Podcast, my guest is an intellectual property, tech, and cannabis attorney based in Los Angeles, California to discuss creativity, workplace culture, communication, and technology.

    In this episode, we cover:

  • How Justin started his career in computer science
  • What creativity means to him
  • How he transitioned into law
  • Intellectual property
  • plus LEGO
  • Meet Justin 

    Justin Battle is an intellectual property, tec...

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    Have you ever thought about why difficult, confrontational conversations so hard to have? 

    Maybe, you've spent the majority of your life and career avoiding them. Know that you are not alone.

    My guest this week helps leaders overcome the art of avoidance, empowering them to understand and honor the beautiful complexity of the humans they serve. 

    In this conversation, we cover:

  • Why are difficult conversations so hard to have?
  • How c...
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    My guest this week on the Bricks+Brands Podcast is a digital fluency pioneer. Originally from Germany, she moved to Silicon Valley just over 10 years ago with a suitcase and an idea.

    In this conversation, we cover:

  • What Digital Fluency is
  • How you can train in it 
  • Why it matters in today’s business environment
  • Why it’s a superpower for women
  • Meet Simone

    Simone is a corporate innovation expert and digital fluency pioneer. She arrived i...

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    My guest this week is a leadership expert on a quest to equip new and advancing leaders to leverage their uniqueness, unleash their leadership potential, and become the leader only they can be.

    In this episode, we cover:

  • Why Leadership is so hard to define
  • How to become a great leader
  • The Great Resignation
  • Why Values are so important as a leader
  • Plus a whole lot more!
  • Meet Karen

    Karen founded PeopleThink in 2000 and the name says it all. ...

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    My guest this week makes it easy for coaches, consultants, speakers, and solopreneurs to write a world class book in five weeks and get clients BEFORE they're published. This means that you can create the life that you want, the business you love, AND make a bigger impact right away!

    In this episode, we cover:

  • Becoming a unique expert
  • Magnetizing vs Selling
  • How to Stand Out
  • Smiling Meditation
  • Plus a whole lot more!
  • Meet Ben
    He is a thr...

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    This week on the Bricks+Brands Podcast, my featured guest is known as "The Original Neuro Skills Coach.” He developed an original program from scratch after years of experience as Neuro Program Director for several world-renowned organizations. 

    Throughout this conversation, we cover:

  • Understanding Neuroscience at a high-level
  • The link between patterns and play
  • Accelerating Productivity
  • and More!
  • Meet Nathan

    Through his program, N...

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    This week on the Bricks+Brands Podcast, my featured guest draws on a broad range of experiences as a corporate HR professional, public speaker, career coach, classical musician, and a proud introvert to inspire others towards meaningful work and productive workplace relationships.

    Throughout this conversation, we cover:

  • Value of a Professional Community
  • Networking for Introverts
  • Productive Communication
  • and More!
  • Meet Erich

    Erich is a...

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    This week on the Bricks+Brands Podcast, my featured guest uses experiential hip-hop inspired training methodologies to help his clients achieve their business goals.

    Throughout this conversation, we cover:

  • Workplace Culture 
  • Creative Problem-Solving 
  • Collaboration 
  • Innovation AR/VR/MR 
  • Inclusivity; 
  • and More!
  • Meet Jason William Johnson

    Jason is actively involved in the Chicago business community as an entrepreneur,  professor, small bus...

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    I had the great opportunity to meet Brian Reinbold  at a virtual event, hosted a mutual friend. From that initial meeting, we chatted via Zoom and quickly became friends. 

    We touch on a variety of topics throughout our conversation, but the common theme throughout is a motto that Brian proudly wears on his myriad of T-shirts: "Celebrate Every Day."

    In this episode we talk about finding our purpose and how it can help guide yo...

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    Creativity is becoming an essential skill in the workplace of tomorrow. And yet, it is getting squandered by the push from employers to be more productive.

    Here's the thing: creativity is not the polar opposite of productivity. In fact, when we can tap into our creativity, we're able to solve problems much more quickly, be more productive, and collaborate with less friction. 

    When leaders allow their teams the environment to...

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    I came across PlayAction International while scrolling through Twitter. Something about the organization caught my attention and I felt called to send them a message to connect and learn more. I quickly received a response from the marketing team and was connected with Murielle Maupoint, CEO of the organization and my guest this week.

    In this episode, we discuss leading through COVID, what play is and why it is critical, not only f...

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    When it comes to understanding organizational structure, processes, and systems in order to produce the best results, my guest is one of the best at helping her clients turn their ideas into reality.

    In this episode, Michelle and I explore entrepreneurship and corporate cultures. As an entrepreneur, it's easy to get stuck in the mindset of "having to do it all," whereas in corporate, you may have a wide set of skills, b...

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