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#20: Joanna Burgraf - Worst Advice Ever: Follow Your Passion

by Influence Ecology / December 19, 2016

 

Joanna Burgraf is a Chicago-based senior lead for an award-winning creative services team managing ten brands at Enova International, a company using technology to develop innovative financial products. Having endured an expensive journey to consider a career change, she found that to follow your passion was the worst piece of advice she'd ever gotten. You'll hear how this fashionable but naive empowerment slogan shifted her focus — from working on being a valued cooperative member of a larger team — to the self-engrossed, navel-gazing, isolating habit of finding one’s true "Self."

After the break, we'll hear a Guru Talk by Co-Founder Kirkland Tibbels. This talk originally aired earlier this year — and we can't study it enough. Recorded in May of 2015, this webinar introduces three different orientations to action: Self-Action, Inter-Action, and Trans-Action. As we are the leading business education in trans-actional competence this segment is designed to illustrate the naivety and danger of Self-Action.

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Note: Self-Action, Inter-Action, and Trans-Action are terms introduced in Transactionalism: An Historical and Interpretive Study (Influence Ecology. Phillips, Trevor J., 2015-11-22. Tibbels, Kirkland; Patterson, John, eds.) and in Knowing and the Known (Dewey, John; Bentley, Arthur Fisher. 1949-01-01. Beacon Press).

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#20: Joanna Burgraf - Worst Advice Ever: Follow Your Passion

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#19: The Brothers Koren - We Weren't Careful What We Wished For

Isaac Koren and Thorald Koren are originally from Australia and moved to the United States, living in New York. They've since relocated to Ojai, California.

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#18: Ana Athanasiu - The Asset / Liability Quotient

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#17: Sean Gillespie - Can You Survive An Indifferent World?

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#16: Peter Burgraf - Swept Away by a Powerful Current

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#19: The Brothers Koren - We Weren't Careful What We Wished For

by Influence Ecology / December 12, 2016

 

Recording artists Isaac and Thorald Koren (The Kin) got everything they asked for: record deals, international notoriety, playing big arenas (touring with Coldplay, Pink, Bon Jovi, and Rod Stewart) — but hadn't quantified what to wish for or how to transact for it. Naively assuming their talent, passion, and fame would eventuate into their personal and financial satisfaction, they confronted a sea of indifference and inventoried their lessons to help others. They launched the Alchemy of Creative Expression (A.C.E.), developing a method to help the talented musician, artist, or executive unleash their unique voice and turn their talent into gold.

In our guru talk, we'll hear Co-Founder Kirkland Tibbels address the importance of both knowing your aims — and transacting accordingly.

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#18: Ana Athanasiu - The Asset / Liability Quotient

by Influence Ecology / December 5, 2016

 

Ana Athanasiu lives in the San Francisco Bay area of California and is an internet pioneer who had a vibrant career in telecommunications and software development. Best known for the work she did on teams at Sun Microsystems in the mid-eighties — they invented XML — adding speed and usability to internet browsers. Able to retire in 2002, she's spent the last 14 years raising kids and supporting business executives, local non-profit endeavors, and sole-proprietorships toward market and financial solvency. She also co-manages her family’s real estate and stock speculation engagements. She has much to say about the asset and liability of personality traits that offer both extraordinary value and harsh lessons. She is now studying Transactionalism with Influence Ecology and is working on advanced degrees in ethics and behavioral economics and data science. Our guru talk addresses the asset and liability aspect of Transactional Behavior — where our greatest assets, if not tended to, can also be our greatest liability.

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#17: Sean Gillespie - Can You Survive An Indifferent World?

by Influence Ecology / November 28, 2016

 

Sean Gillespie is a successful artist who creates award-winning abstract sculptures from his one-man studio in Denver, Colorado. His work can be found in exclusive galleries, national juried shows, and in corporate installations across the United States. Influence Ecology's members include business and creative professionals from all over the world; we educate not only executives and entrepreneurs but also artists, designers, musicians, writers, and filmmakers -- and today perhaps we'll tackle the question: How do you make a living as an artist?  It might be common to assume that artists make terrible business people, yet the same can be true in many professions. In all cases, what is required is transactional competence: knowing how to construct a recurrent business offer that meets your individual aims for work, career, and money. You'll hear Sean's journey and, how a little a study -- goes a long way. In today's guru talk, we listen in on a Membership Webinar to hear Kirkland Tibbels explain the nature of indifference and how we might navigate an indifferent marketplace.

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#16: Peter Burgraf - Swept Away by a Powerful Current

by Influence Ecology / November 21, 2016

 

Peter Burgraf is Vice President of Business Development at Q2 Business Capital in Chicago, Illinois. Peter, like many people in early life, was swept away by the idea, plugged in self-help books and traditional mantras, that “If you just work hard, everything will turn out fine.” He was young, had a ton of debt, and no way of getting out of it. He had some big goals and didn't want to wait 25 years to move into a position that might provide the income he needed to support his family. He began to develop his transactional competence and now, at age 35, he has not only satisfied some rather lofty financial aims but is also newly married, a homeowner, and a father. Co-Founder Kirkland Tibbels talks about how we're all sold on and swept away by unexamined ideas, platitudes, and beliefs that, ultimately, are never going to help us satisfy our ultimate aims.

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#15: Tim Guest - The Right People in the Right Roles

by Influence Ecology / November 14, 2016

 

Tim Guest, Managing Director of Infinite Wealth, helps everyday Australians reach their financial goals. After having first retired at the age of 27 as a self-made multimillionaire, he is now an investor, entrepreneur, financial educator, and motivational speaker and author well known for leading seminars promoting financial literacy and education. Thousands of people each year attend his seminars, making him currently the most watched independent financial educator in Australia. His entrepreneurial journey includes some valuable lessons about the cost and complexity of rapid growth and how his study with Influence Ecology dramatically changed the way he operates his businesses. In our guru talk, we hear Co-Founder Kirkland Tibbels speak about "Personality and the Transactional Approach," giving each of us new ways to work more efficiently with differing personalities.

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#14: Tamara Kleinberg - The Tension Between Optimism and Reality

by Influence Ecology / November 7, 2016

 

Our featured interview with Tamara Kleinberg addresses the many struggles entrepreneurs face in navigating the two worlds of optimism and reality. You'll hear why seductive goals, big plans, and quick wins are not how successful and ambitious professionals build a surplus of wealth, free time, and certainty. Tamara calls herself an 'Innovation Enabler' and is the founder of The Shuuk, an online testing ground for new products. She is a sought-after keynote speaker and author on innovation and entrepreneurship, has run multi-million dollar businesses, and has launched a few of her own. We'll also listen in on a webinar where Co-Founder Kirkland Tibbels talks about what we call "State of Mind," and in particular, how you and I evidence our State of Mind to other people when we are transacting. There are four States of Mind, and in this talk, Kirkland discusses the state we call "Naiveté."

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#13: Marne Power - Measured Practice is Her Priority

by Influence Ecology / October 31, 2016

 

Marne Power is deliberate at making measured practice a priority. An organizational learning and development specialist at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, Virginia, Marne is also on the faculty of Influence Ecology, teaching people to take the proper and incremental actions to move mountains. Her primary role here is leading a 12-week program designed to put priorities into practice — to make these habits a natural part of our daily life. We'll talk a bit about her journey, but today we'll also ask her about the lessons learned by those she teaches and hear examples of how most results are quite achievable when you identify, commit to, and take the proper actions within a consequential environment. Co-Founder Kirkland Tibbels will speak on the nature of consequence and how it is often the missing component in most transactions.

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Throughout this and other episodes, you'll hear our guests refer to "FOT," which is an acronym for our Fundamentals of Transaction program.

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#12: Nathan Havey - I'm a Millennial. Is My Generation Entitled?

by Influence Ecology / October 24, 2016

 

Nathan, the founder of Thrive Consulting, asserts that "business is the greatest organizer of human effort" and identifies as a millennial, audacious about positive change but eager to temper his conceit and entitlement. He says, "I was the classic entitled millennial, unwilling to put in the work to get competent, and falsely assuming I was naturally gifted beyond compare and impatient with those who couldn't see my brilliance." Nathan is a much sought-after presenter on conscious business and is an active member of the American Sustainable Business Council. He is an enthusiastic participant in the Conscious Capitalism movement and serves as chair of the board for Conscious Company Magazine. We'll hear a talk by Co-Founder Kirkland Tibbels on the subject of conceit or entitlement and how it arises when you and I are simply naive to the reciprocation required in all of our transactions.

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#11: James Walls - How to Labor Less

by Influence Ecology / October 17, 2016

 

James Walls, Product Marketing Director with Dimension Data in Singapore, explores the subject of labor and addresses how nowadays the ethic of 'working long hours' is no longer a badge of honor. In fact, the notion of doing more does not itself produce more income or more value. You'll hear how James, who seems to have been weaned on labor, hard work, and intense pressure — began to find freedom, peace of mind, and satisfaction through the development of his transactional competence. Today's Guru Talk by Co-Founder Kirkland Tibbels offers more on this subject. In this talk, you'll hear Kirkland speak about what we call the biological Conditions of Life — and how, when these are threatened, we have a tough time satisfying other conditions.

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Throughout this and other episodes, you'll hear our guests refer to "FOT," which is an acronym for our Fundamentals of Transaction program.

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#10: Joe & Joni Rocco - Don't Compete on Price, Compete on Value

by Influence Ecology / October 10, 2016

 

Joe & Joni Rocco, a husband/wife small business team from Denver, Colorado, demonstrate the benefits of being a specialist in a highly commoditized industry: they don't compete on price, they compete by offering a variety of characteristics of value. From working weeknights and weekends, late-night bids, high-stress, and a fatherless family, they now enjoy a life that is quite the opposite. They came to understand one another's Personality and Transactional Behavior and reduced an 80-hour work week to 40. Co-Founder Kirkland Tibbels talks on the Characteristics of Value that are considered and applied when constructing a business offer. In this talk, you'll hear Kirkland state, "If you are worried about the direct competitor, you are worried about the wrong thing." You'll hear why this is — and how to go about constructing a valuable offer that first satisfies you.

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#9: Shonit Jagmohan - Respect Your Offer or No One Will

by Influence Ecology / October 3, 2016

 

Shonit Jagmohan is an optometrist living in Melbourne, Australia. As a health AND business professional, he offers an excellent case study in specialization, authority, and scarcity. A Fellow of the International Academy of Orthokeratology, he states, "I help fix your eyes while you sleep." Being someone who is usually a 'yes' to everything, positive about everything turning out, and wanting to keep options open, he learned to decline — and that he can be known and revered for what he declines. Later, Vice President Drew Knowles leads a conversation based on a quote from Kirkland Tibbels — "If you don't respect your own offers, no one else will" — a great lesson in the willingness to decline.

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#8: Louisa Da Silva - Beware the Ambitious Arsonist

by Influence Ecology / September 26, 2016

 

Having immigrated to the United States from Brazil, Louisa Da Silva, owner of DS Cleaning and Maid Service, found that her stream of new ideas created 'fires' that her team had to extinguish. Previously overworked, stressed, and unhealthy, she's now planned for and living a balanced and focused life. Also, Co-Founder Kirkland Tibbels discusses the naivety and danger of 'Self-Action', a very common and widespread orientation to activity in which the individual sees themselves as an overlord of things outside their control.

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#7: Sue Rhomberg - What Is Your Legacy?

by Influence Ecology / September 19, 2016

 

Sue Rhomberg of Living Legacies not only works with people to capture their life's story, she has the commitment to celebrate their life. Her work offers an uncommon perspective on what a legacy is — and (you'll be surprised to discover) what a legacy isn't. Co-Founder Kirkland Tibbels talks on the unavoidable Conditions of Life all human beings face (legacy being one of them) — and why there is a hierarchy to satisfying them. You'll hear how so many people may be working on the wrong thing.

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#6: John Baigent - Starting Over at 57

by Influence Ecology / September 13, 2016

 

As a property developer, John Baigent lost practically everything in the global financial crisis of 2007-2009, then recovered just in time to lose it all again in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, a quake that caused widespread damage in New Zealand's second-largest urban area. He's not only overcome what would sink most people — he also continues to thrive. Our 'guru talk' is with Co-Founders John Patterson and Kirkland Tibbels. In this talk, you'll hear how most people just lack the ambition to live as they aspire to live . . . that they'll wait for life to "turn out" and do not produce the situations, conditions, and environments they require to live a productive and satisfying life. John Baigent is not like "most people."

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#5: Angela Meharg - Do What Counts

by Influence Ecology / September 5, 2016

 

Having realized she could never work enough hours to meet her income goals, Angela Meharg, CEO of Datisfy speaks about how a simple solution can scale into a business that is truly rewarding. Datisfy was founded specifically and exclusively to offer a solution for business owners who use QuickBooks to build customized reports that QuickBooks can't provide. Angela's journey not only demonstrates how a consultancy becomes an expanding enterprise, but it also teaches us a great deal about how we have grown indifferent to the fundamentals of reciprocation. Co-Founder Kirkland Tibbels talks about having authentic gratitude for the opportunities we have to live as we aspire.

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#4: Dr. Gary Ward - Don't Disregard Your Biology

Influence Ecology / August 30, 2016

 

Dr. Gary Ward has been a family physician and GP for 30 years. Gary and his wife Claire live in Perth, Western Australia. Gary talks about how we disregard our biology; that somehow in our conceit and entitlement, we have come to think that we are above it — that we sometimes forget that we are merely an organism in an environment. Co-Founder Kirkland Tibbels talks about our ancient brain and how we are programmed to respond to threats in the heat of some of life's most important transactions.

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#3: Trisha Tyler - How to Increase Your Value

by Influence Ecology / August 23, 2016

 

Working as a principle in a large health care enterprise, Trisha Tyler of Mercer Health & Benefits talks about how to create value for the companies that you work for, saying, "When you become reliable for that value, you get to do what you love and increase your income accordingly." One of her passions is the value of our oceans, and in her spare time she works on shark and ocean conservation. We'll also hear a talk by Co-Founder Kirkland Tibbels about why so much of what we are doing may not be valuable work. Recorded during a global conference, he's joined on stage by Kiwi Vice President Drew Knowles in an example that may sound very familiar.

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#2: Marcus Bell - Most People Won't Practice

by Influence Ecology / August 23, 2016

 

Beginning piano at age two, Marcus Bell of Bellringer Productions, a music producer in Los Angeles, CA, explains how counter-intuitive it is to focus, and why so many people have a difficult time simply practicing. Also, we'll bring you a taste of one of our most popular webinars by listening in on a 'guru talk' with Co-Founder Kirkland Tibbels. This webinar introduces the principle of 'Personality and Transactional Behavior' and describes how it impacts your ability to get what you need or want.