The Kangaroo Leadership by MaxFab Consulting

The Kangaroo Leadership by MaxFab Consulting

Welcome to "Kangaroo Leadership," the podcast that embodies the spirit of progress and resilience by showcasing inspiring leaders and entrepreneurs who exemplify the remarkable traits of kangaroos. Just like these iconic marsupials, our guests possess an unwavering commitment to moving forward, no matter the challenges they face. In each episode, we dive deep into the stories of these exceptional individuals, exploring the qualities that define their leadership style. Our guests share their insights, experiences, and wisdom, offering valuable lessons and practical advice for aspiring leaders.

Episodes

July 18, 2024 65 mins

Having Simone Knego on the show was fantastic. She shared her life journey which included adopting three children from Africa and South Korea—and her work with women and how she’s helped many navigate life and be better at self-confidence and believing in themselves. Simone is an international speaker and award-winning author of the best-selling book “The Extraordinary UnOrdinary You.” She’s also a two-time TEDx Speaker, and her wo...

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I talk with Kevin Hyer, Esq., Founder/CEO of The Hyer Calling Foundation, a Center City Philadelphia-based nonprofit that educates businesses on the benefits of promoting and maintaining a Recovery-Friendly Workplace.

Prior to forming the foundation, he practiced labor law for ten years in different capacities at Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, Compass Group USA and SEIU Healthcare PA. In long term recovery from Methamphet...

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In this episode, I talk with Shelby Jo Long, an experienced executive, professional speaker, international speaking coach, and four-time international best-selling author. She is CEO of Business Dynamics and Impact Legacy Partners, where she helps visionaries develop an infrastructure for their business and influence. Her particular method helps ingenious entrepreneurs position
their idea in the marketplace. Her bestselling book...

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I enjoyed having Jon Rennie on the show. Jon is Co-Founder, President & CEO of Peak Demand Inc., a manufacturer of critical components for electrical utilities. He is a former U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine Officer who made seven deployments during the end of the Cold War. Prior to starting Peak Demand, he led eight manufacturing businesses for three global companies. He is the author of three best-selling leadership books and is ...

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I had a great time talking with David “Coach” Kitchen, Founder of Edge Leadership Academy. He is a former Division 1 Coach turned entrepreneur, and a PhD Candidate with a master's degree in sport psychology. Outside the classroom, he has a decade of experience building leaders, culture, and mindset at the highest levels of sports and business. We talked about the growth in ourselves and how to grow others, our life teams and ho...

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In this episode of my podcast, I had the pleasure of chatting with Kendra Moore, CMPE, a seasoned healthcare professional with 30 years of experience. Kendra currently serves as a practice manager in pediatrics, showcasing her expertise in the field. Originally from Nebraska, she has called Montana home since 1989. During our conversation, Kendra shared valuable insights on leadership in healthcare, emphasizing the significance of ...

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I had the pleasure of hosting Dave Worstell, publisher of Billings Gazette Communications, on the show. Together, we explored thetopic of growth amidst adversity. Hailing from Havre, Montana, Dave's journey began at Montana State University and then spent eight years in retail management.

In 2003, Dave started with Billings Gazette Communications where he transitioned through various roles in advertising, marketing, and operati...

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In this episode, I sit down with Cathy Grider, the Workforce Development Manager at the Billings Chamber of Commerce, to explore her journey and mission to cultivate a thriving and inclusive community in Billings, Montana. Born and raised in Billings, Cathy's deep-rooted connection to the city fuels her passion for fostering engagement and unity.

We explore Cathy's foundational values instilled by her family, her dedication...

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I loved having Kimberly J Benoit on the show. She believes we all bring our own “BS” to the workplace buffet so kicking toxic cultures has to start from the inside out. Known for The We’ve All Done It™ Framework, Kimberly is a leadership & workplace toxicity expert who coaches, consults, and speaks for organizations needing fresh strategies to keep great leaders, unite teams, and combat toxicity. As the bestselling author of th...

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Thrilled to have Jan Barlow, Founder of Better Job Fit, Inc. share her insights on the show about aligning with our work and putting the "human" back into human resources. Jan's personal experience of being positioned to fail after being assigned a new manager and forced to work in an ill-suited position caused her great personal and professional loss. Her negative experience inspired her to launch Better Job Fit, a n...

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Tiffany Miller-O’Brien, a fourth-generation Montanan, grew up on a ranch outside Billings, Montana. After high school she left to study fashion design in Seattle where she spent ten years as a freelance costume and apparel designer as well as a stylist and special events coordinator for companies such as the Bon Marche, Macy’s, and Nordstrom. In 2009, she traded the concrete jungle of the city to return to her roots and spent the n...

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My friend and fellow leader Lonnye Finneman joined me to talk about his career change from Director of Pharmacy to Executive Pastor at Faith Evangelical Church in Billings, MT, and his recent experience working with me and his team to become the first-ever church to receive the Vet READY Certification. He shares how he and Faith E Church serve veterans, why they implemented Vet READY, takeaways from this process, and how it will im...

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I had the pleasure of talking with Aly Eggart, the Leisure Marketing Director for Visit Billings. Aly grew up in eastern Montana before moving to Billings to earn her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Public Relations through Montana State University Billings. Her tourism career began in 2016 when she joined the Visit Billings team. Aly talks about the nuances of her work in bringing Billings to the world and how we can do...

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I enjoyed my conversation with Sarah Schroefel, who wears many hats. From serving on the Yellowstone Guardianship Council, the Billings Officials Association, and as a field marketer for TDS Fiber, Sarah stays active in her community as a leader and role-model for many. We discuss her journey after losing her mom to cancer right before she started high school and how that experience shaped her leadership. We also cover her love of ...

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I had the pleasure of having Steve Arveschoug (pronounced “Arveskow”), Executive Director of the Big Sky Economic Development in Billings, Montana, on the podcast to talk about his leadership journey, his struggles personally and professionally, share some leadership lessons, and what he wants his future self to be. You won’t want to miss this episode where you’ll get useful and insightful leadership nuggets from a seasoned leader ...

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Kurt Toenjes Ph.D., is the Dean of the College of Health Professions and Science at Montana State University Billings. During the COVID-19 pandemic he played a key role in MSUB’s response, serving as the deputy incident commander for the COVID-19 response team providing a science-based perspective to the university’s decision making. Dr. Toenjes was also a key player in obtaining the funding for the Yellowstone Science and Health...

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I had the pleasure of hosting Dallas Knight on my podcast. Her extraordinary journey spans from a dedicated Army combat veteran to a visionary executive in the corporate world. Transitioning seamlessly from military service, she embarked on a remarkable career as an Intelligence Analyst with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Her unparalleled dedication earned her an appointed role within the DEA, where for nearly a deca...

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I recently had the wonderful Jennifer Reiser, Chief Operating Officer of the Billings Chamber of Commerce and Owner of Jennifer Reiser Consulting on the podcast. She is a multifaceted professional with expertise in fostering growth of individuals, teams, and communities and works with people and businesses to identify challenges, develop solutions, create efficiencies, and build systems to support future growth and success. We spen...

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I was honored to have Dr. David Park on the show. We covered his leadership journey starting with immigrating to the U.S. as a small child and navigating and overcoming multiple challenges in medicine and education. We also dive deep into diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and how it pertains to building strong communities. Dr. Park is the Vice President and Founding Dean of Rocky Mountain Vista University—Montana Colle...

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I was so happy to have Darla Tyler-McSherry on the podcast. She is the founder and visionary leader for Ask In Earnest, an initiative designed to bring awareness, education, and prevention strategies to the issue of suicide in the farm and ranch community. Darla has a Master's degree from the University of Montana and has worked in the college health setting at MSU Billings for 25 years. Raised on a wheat farm west of Big San...

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