The Good Office Podcast

The Good Office Podcast

The Good Office Podcast is a show all about using your business as a force for good. International business expert and Founder and CEO of Marie Mae Company Jillian Ryan hosts the weekly podcast that provides listeners actionable ways to do good, lead with integrity, be authentic and practice gratitude - as a consumer, an employee, and as a business owner. For more information about Marie Mae and business school classes please visit https://mariemae.com.

Episodes

September 21, 2021 10 min
The past year has been a time, hasn’t it?  Not only have we endured a global pandemic, but even everyday stresses have changed.

Maybe your business has suffered.

Maybe your relationships were tested.

Maybe peripheral friends dropped out of your life.

Or maybe you lost someone close to you.

Personally, I’ve been through a rough patch the past few months. And me being me, my instinct is to push through and never ask for help.

But it got to...
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Have you noticed each time you go to the doctor for an annual check-up, they’ll go ahead and schedule your next visit in advance? If we’re honest with ourselves, if the receptionist didn’t do this ahead of time we would probably forgo scheduling one at all (or forget to come back) - a lot can happen in a year!

The same goes for our business. How often do we check up and check in with our regular clients? Perhaps you already schedule...
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The Good Office Podcast is 1 year old, and during that time you’ve heard from businesses trying to do good with their platform. Women-owned businesses, businesses run by minorities, and businesses that pay their workers fair and livable wages – through it all we’ve seen some common takeaways.

Marie Mae CEO and Founder Jillian Ryan shares the truth about businesses’ do-good strategies, some unconventional ways you can do good every d...
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s The Good Office Podcast continues to inspire you this summer season to use your business as a force for good, Jillian takes a minute to revisit a special episode - one that takes us through the journey of the entrepreneur's mindset.

In this episode, Jillian talks with Donna Letier, co-founder of Gardenuity, which matches budding gardeners with the best plants for their region and season with convenient grow-it-yourself kits.

W...
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Everyone suffers burnout at one point or another, but Dr. Julia Colangelo has tips to get out of a rut when it becomes chronic. An award-winning professor of mindfulness at Columbia University, she teaches people how to find their flow in both personal and professional life.

After coping with burnout as a social worker, she began a private practice for short-term stress reduction therapy. This new clientele taught her many people di...
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Mindset is critical to overcoming any obstacles - and Lindsey Vertner, cofounder of Unleashed Woman, is living proof. The last thing she remembered was listening to music on the way back from her mother’s house before she found herself on life support following a near-fatal car wreck. She went brain dead multiple times and was told she’d be paralyzed, but she still walked out of the hospital a month later.

Achieving the extraordinar...
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People tend to think of masculine and feminine in terms of biological male and female characteristics. However, Melissa Martin reframes it in terms of a "masculine" doing or giving energy versus the "feminine" receiving energy. When a woman is embodied in her feminine energy where she’s open to receiving love, support, and wealth, she can manifest a new life both personally and professionally.

Melissa Martin helps wo...
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Margaret Alabi is the cofounder of The Pivot Consulting Group, a career and life transformation coaching practice. As a coaching professional, Margaret guides people from where they are to where they want to be without compromising their authenticity.

Marie Mae CEO Jillian Ryan revisits her conversation with Margaret where they discuss:
- Her entrepreneurial and self-awareness journey
- How the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment helps...
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When families are in the aftermath of an unexpected crisis and estate plans aren’t in place, it can be chaotic - and even create generational consequences. Ifeoma “Iffy” Ibekwe seeks to keep people confident and prepared as the principal attorney at Ibekwe Law, fueled by her passion for helping everyone make plans for their passing – regardless of their age or wealth. Encouraging women is her calling, and she believes every woman d...
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This week’s inspirational throwback comes from the marketing mastermind behind the Tory Burch Foundation, Molly Heffernan, who helped bring the global campaign #embraceambition to life. As part of her work, she helps empower women through programs and initiatives that invest in the success and sustainability of women-owned small businesses.

We hone in on some great moments from episode 13, where Molly discusses the origin of the fam...
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Business owners and particularly women tend to put themselves last on their priority list. Women often feel conditioned to put everyone else's needs, desires, and opinions above our own - and owning a business only worsens the issue.

Kaneisha Grayson understands this dilemma all too well as the founder of The Art of Applying, the world’s largest black-owned and woman of color-owned graduate admissions consulting company. That’s ...
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If you want to show appreciation to your team or clients after a tough year, there are best practices to help the gift make a big impact. Putting extra thought into it to go the extra mile can pay dividends – while thoughtless gifts can be worse than sending nothing at all!

Marie Mae CEO Jillian Ryan gives a behind-the-scenes glance at the world of corporate gifting and expounds upon the dos and don'ts. She draws from her busine...
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How often do you begin a self-help book only to throw it by the wayside or forget what you’ve learned? Or you learn the concepts but never put them into practice? Brian Lovegrove is a leadership developer and results coach who believes learning is not enough to make lasting change. He realized that most books and training programs only give the student the theory with little practical experience, so his 5 keys of success guide peop...
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What makes you want to do business with a company? Is it price or product quality? Normally those factors come into play, but strong customer service is often what seals the deal.

In this next installment of The Messy Middle series, Marie Mae CEO Jillian Ryan illustrates her expectations for her brand’s customer service while starting out vs. the reality that unfolded. While customer service is about helping the customer, you can’t ...
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When an organization undergoes change, some team members are on board, some fear the worst, and others struggle with knowing how to proceed. “Intrapreneurs” help advocate and usher in change within an organization - bridging together different concerns, uniting those resistant to change, and forging a path forward. While entrepreneurs disrupt the status quo to create their own business venture, intrapreneurs choose to disrupt from ...
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60% of businesses fail in the first five years, and 83% fail due to poor cashflow management. Michael King of KFE Solutions created his business in 2015 with the goal of helping entrepreneurs understand their numbers so they can make better decisions. When he started out in the business world, he recognized the hurdles standing in the way of understanding financial fundamentals and pledged to fix it for himself and others.

In this e...
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We hear about business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2B) communication. However, we should be thinking in terms of human to human. That’s the common tie, and our humanity is ultimately what speaks to us the most.

This is much of Felicia Sullivan’s goal in her career of building human brands and wielding the power of storytelling in business communications. Her brand strategy helps companies better connect with their c...
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We all love the power of a good story. But did you know it’s also useful in a business setting? Since we’re all humans with emotions, we listen and understand the message better when it’s in narrative form. We also retain it better than when we’re just presented cold data and logic.

Gabrielle Dolan realized the power of storytelling and effective business communication while working in leadership in corporate Australia. Now she enjo...
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“Out of your head and into your bank account” is the tagline of Carrie Koh’s coaching business for high-performing female entrepreneurs. After suffering a personal loss, she realized how often we silo our professional and personal lives and decided work should be fun. Her philosophy is that business shouldn’t be unnecessarily hard to be successful. She launched her business by fostering interpersonal connections and helps leaders f...
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What’s the hardest part of managing a small business? For many, like Marie Mae Founder and CEO Jillian Ryan, it’s cashflow. There are many moving parts with cashflow that can keep small business owners up at night, and it’s even more difficult when you rely on it to go the extra mile in helping others. Jillian draws from her experience to offer tips and tidbits of wisdom when it comes to getting paid and having money in the bank (e...
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