The Hearth

The Hearth

The Hearth is for you if you're a business leader with a team. Here we have conversations about how to keep growing when you feel you've reached your capacity. When what you're doing is working, but you're starting to see the cracks. When there's a gap between where you're at now and where you want to be. Here we find ways to transition through struggle of survival toward creating a thriving business that supports you and your team as whole humans.Your host is me, Candice Elliott. I am a strategist & mentor who specializes in working with business owners who are going through periods of growth, especially when you add more people to your team. The practices and systems that worked when your team was smaller just don’t seem to fit anymore. When you’re caught in stress and reaction it's tough to reimagine the way that you created your world of work, both your own personal one, and the one you created for others. I help people align their values and business practices to build practical, sustainable, thriving work ecosystems. And no, this isn’t just some work utopia talk. To do this I bring forward my decade-long professional background in human resources and organizational development working with growing businesses across many sectors, and my decades-long search for meaning and wholeness which includes researching the history of work and how it came to be what it is today, practicing a trauma-informed approach to business, and integrating work, life and spirituality into a meaningful whole. Let's take this journey together.Learn more about Candice and her work here:


September 21, 2023 42 mins

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 1 of The Hearth.

I'm so excited for Season 2, and I'm so happy you're here.

This season we will be exploring what success in business can look like.  How do you define success in the business world?  What does that look like to you?

This season my wonderful guests and I will be sharing with you different ways success can look like, aside from the numbers.

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Who says business success can't be an all-inclusive affair?

Join me and my guest, Erica Courdae, a seasoned DEI coach, consultant, and beauty industry veteran, as we take on the challenge of transforming established business models.

In this episode, we will discuss traditional ideologies and reimagine a more inclusive and equitable path to success.

Our episode will navigate the uncharted territori...

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September 21, 2023 32 mins

What if I told you that the conventional concept of workplace wellness is outdated and ineffective and that the responsibility of managing stress shouldn't solely rest on the shoulders of employees?

Perhaps the Job Strain Model is no longer suitable for the contemporary work environment due to evolving job demands, a diverse workforce, and the rapid advancement of technology. 

In this episode, we unpack the...

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June 1, 2023 10 mins

In today’s episode, we wrap up Season 1 and I share with you what to expect in Season 2.

Thank you so much for tuning in every week to listen to The Hearth.

If you want to stay connected with me on this short break, subscribe to my newsletter here:

I’ll see you in Fall 2023!

If something you heard today brought a smile to your face or a spark to your heart, and...

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In today’s episode, I chat with Darrie Ganzhorn about transitional employment.

Darrie Ganzhorn is Director of Programs and Operations for the Homeless Garden Project in Santa Cruz, California.

The Homeless Garden Project provides sanctuary, refuge and meaningful work for homeless citizens within the healing environment of a three-acre organic farm in Santa Cruz, California. This unique urban garden and farm is inspired by t...

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In today’s episode, I welcome Cyndie Lane.  Cyndie Lane is a psychotherapist specializing in Internal Family Systems, a relatively new and highly effective healing approach that is changing how psychotherapists work with and view their clients’ problems.  

In short, IFS seeks to help clients find compassion and curiosity for the parts of themselves that create suffering and havoc in their lives.  Fundamental to this modality is...

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In today’s episode, we talk about navigating maternity leave as a small business owner.

CONTENT WARNING: I talk about abortion, childbirth, miscarriage, depression, anxiety, and postpartum.

My husband and I are having another baby in August, and I wanted to share my approach to maternity leave.

Here’s a sneak peek of the episode:

  • I share my experience of not being well cared for within our traditional Western me...
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In today’s episode, we talk about people-centered management at Lime Technologies with Tiffany Jones & Kat Lee.

People-centered management empowers employees to do their best work, clearly communicates the company’s goals, and shows them the path to success.

Moreover, employees remain a company’s most valuable asset.  Thus, it becomes increasingly important for businesses to treat their employees with respect and apprec...

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April 27, 2023 32 mins

In today’s episode we talk about hiring a group of people, 5 or more.

Perhaps you’re adding a new department to your company, or adding a new employee or two to an existing department. Perhaps you’re adding entry level team members, director level people, etc.

First and foremost, congrats on growing and expanding your business!

Here’s a sneak peek of the episode:

- Asking yourself “how do this new position I’m hirin...

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April 20, 2023 27 mins

In today’s episode, we talk about Resolving Conflict in the workplace.

Here’s a sneak peek of the episode:

Communication challenges:

  1.  Between the business leader and an employee/team 
  2. Between departments 
  3. Between employees

-  The framework I use to understand what’s going on when there are communication challenges I need to help resolve.

  1. We start with the person and their own psychological safety & own trauma.
  2. In...
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April 13, 2023 17 mins

In today’s episode, we talk all about 1099’s & Employees:

  • What makes an independent contractor an independent contractor.
  • What makes an employee an employee.
  • The Borello test
  • How I can help you figure out if your employee is a true employee or just a 1099 independent contractor.
  • How I can help you hire your first employee or independent contractor.

Links Mentioned:

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April 6, 2023 27 mins

In today’s episode we talk all about raises.

Here’s an episode sneak peek:

  • Giving raises
  • Things I discuss with my clients when they’re thinking about giving raises
  • How I conduct “benchmarking” for my clients
  • The tools I use when assessing the job market to help you create your raise
    • Indeed
    • The Economic Research Institute’s Salary Assessor
  • MIT’s Living Wage Data
  • If you have a budget and have a set amount for raise...
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In today’s episode, we are doing a behind-the-scenes on my new offering, Let’s Lead Together.

Let’s Lead Together is an annual membership for business and non-profit leaders with up to 40 employees that helps you:

  • Offload the time-consuming and repetitive HR responsibilities that keep you from focusing on the things that only YOU can do
  • Gives you the structural Organizational Development and Human Resources support to ge...
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March 23, 2023 27 mins
In today’s episode, I welcome Maris Bergrune.  Maris is a ritual animist, spirit worker, oracular medium, and singer/musician.  She specializes in seiðr, oracular and sound mediumship, ancestral and soul healing, curse/pattern unraveling, and compassionate de-possession work.

In this episode, we talk about the following:

  • Why Maris wants to help others connect with the spirit world and the...
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March 16, 2023 53 mins

In today’s episode, I share my story with you.

I planned for this episode to be the first episode of The Hearth but felt a pull in a different direction.  13 episodes in, and here it is.

I hope you enjoy my story.

Links Mentioned:

 Guide to Doing Work Differently

This show has been created for you, and we want to hear from you. Tell me how you are challenged, how you are inspired, and the kinds of conversat...

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March 9, 2023 30 mins

In today’s epsiode I welcome my friend and client Kara Meyberg Guzman to talk about her experience being the co-owner & CEO of Santa Cruz Local, a local news organization that serves my city, Santa Cruz, California.

In this episode we talk about:

  • How Kara became the CEO of Santa Cruz Local.
  • The challenges she faced building a news organization.
  • Policies she and her team have implemented to create a sustainable workplace allowin...
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This episode is part two of how today’s modern world of work came to be.

In part one, Episode 9, we explored the transition from the Roman Empire through to Feudalism, the development of Capitalism, and the industrialization of work.

Today we will dive into the 1800s through to the age of technology.

We’ll cover laws specific to the United States, specifically laws that increase the rights of the worker while limiting the abuses and p...

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February 23, 2023 46 mins

On today's episode, Natalie Ross, Co-Founder and Podcast Hostess of Earth Speak, shares with us how she’s able to help her clients market themselves in a way that is authentic to who they are.

Natalie is a trauma-informed marketing consultant who left her science background to instead, explore nature, intuition, and spirit.  

Here’s a taste of our conversation:

  • How Natalie came to marketing as her career
  • Money trauma
  • The best i...
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The world of work has lots of expectations and rules: the way people behave, the way we dress, the amount of time we work and not work, our capacity for handling stress, these are all often unspoken and unexamined assumptions about the way that work "should be".

We expect all people, regardless of their personal abilities, morals and capacity, to conform to these expectations. We do this to the extent where we force people...

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Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson joins me today for a discussion about navigating fear with courage.  Shebreh recently ran for Santa Cruz County Supervisor and experienced a very tough race.  She shares openly and honestly about her experience, the things that spark her fire, and the things that she is going to leave behind.  Here's a taste of our discussion:

  • The challenges of running for office
  • Grounding in values through painful ...
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