• Willful Blindness: Interview with Margaret Heffernan


    What’s the number one cause of many business failures? Being blind to threats and opportunities. So, how are our blind spots keeping us stuck and how do we shift to see new, even contrary ideas? Find out in the podcast below.

    Listen to Green Connections host Joan Michelson discuss with top expert, Margaret Heffernan, whose TED Talks on the topic have attracted millions of views, and who wrote the best-seller, Willful Blindness: Why we ignore the obvious at our peril. The book was a finalist for the prestigious Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Best Business Book award.

    Heffernan is an entrepreneur, author of three best-selling business books and consultant with top CEOs worldwide, based on her experience as a former CEO of several interactive media companies and as a former producer for the BBC.

    Find out here how we get in our own way and what we can do to keep our eyes open to threats and opportunities.

  • Innovation at GE Ecomagination

    Deb Frodl

    Deb Frodl

    What do Wal-Mart, Intel, and Statoil have in common? They each just partnered with GE Ecomagination to tackle tough environmental challenges in their business. From energy efficiency to saving water, to reducing waste, eight huge multinationals are collaborating with GE Eco to find innovative solutions.

    Listen here to the Global Head of GE Ecomagination Deb Frodl tell Green Connections host Joan Michelson about how they chose these companies to partner with and how they will work.

  • Think Big, Act Bigger: Interview with Jeffrey Hayzlett

    Jeffrey Hayzlett

    Jeffrey Hayzlett

    “Change, adapt or die.”  That’s the mantra of Jeffrey Hayzlett, former CMO of Kodak, sales consultant, host of business talk shows, author of three best-sellers — and a disrupter of business thinking. He may also be familiar from “Celebrity Apprentice.”

    Hayzlett encourages audiences to “own who you are,” to “think big, act bigger” the title of his new book, and to listen….carefully…to succeed..and he explains how in his conversation with Green Connections host Joan Michelson.

    But how do you “act big” when you don’t have the money? How do you know when to adapt and when to hold firm? What’s his number one tip for succeeding in business and how to broaden your audience? Listen below.

  • From the National Speakers Association: Geeta Nadkarni

    Geeta Nadkarni

    Geeta Nadkarni

    How do you position yourself to be a “media magnet” and monetize the exposure? How can you build your audience and touch more people without hiring a PR firm?

    Listen to GC’s Joan Michelson’s short interview with the effervescent Geeta Nadkarni – who wowed the audience of 1700 professional speakers at the National Speakers Association “Influence” conference.

    Geeta recently launched Baby Got Booked, an online training course that helps entrepreneurs and experts do their own PR.  For tips that you can apply today to get booked, listen below.

    Please click the “download” button below and the interview will play in a new window.

  • From the National Speakers Association: Laurie Guest on Influencing your Audience

    Laurie Guest

    Laurie Guest

    Grapes as eyeballs? Coach, author and speaker, Laurie Guest explains to host Joan how to interject stories, images and humor into your conversations and presentations to engage and influence your audience. That can be a lunch meeting for two, an internal meeting of five, or a conference with hundreds.

    Live from the National Speakers Association annual conference on “Influence,” Guest also talks about the third rail of business: the struggle to set one’s fees and how to set expectations for services delivery. Except for selling widgets, much of what we do every day in business is intangible. How do you know when you’ve had an impact and met your client’s “deliverable”? Listen to Guest address this very candidly.

    All of us can build more successful relationships by using images and stories – and setting expectations that are clear to all sides – so listen now and “up your game” today.

  • From the National Speakers Association: We Can Do It! Conversation with David Dye

    David Dye

    David Dye

    Do you want to grow your career? Feel stuck? David Dye, a leadership and career coach who is president of Trailblaze Inc., explains practical things you can do and say at work tomorrow to boost your performance and your career success in this in-depth interview with Green Connections’ host Joan Michelson.

    Do you manage a team? What are the words your team needs to hear you say? “We can do it!” is one of them, according to Dye, author of the book “The Seven Things Your Team Needs to Hear You Say”. It may sound obvious but it’s amazing how many managers and leaders do not say these words, and who think fear and intra-team competition drives results (Dye says studies prove that strategy is wrong).

    This interview was conducted at the recent annual National Speakers Association 2015 annual conference, appropriately called “Influence.”

    Dye discusses important, practical tips for leaders at all career stages, including those who feel invisible in middle management – and addresses candidly the issues that women in particular face in ways that will surprise you….

    For more information on David Dye go to Trailblaze

  • From the National Speakers Association: “The Dragon Lady of Leadership Accountability” Liz Weber

    Liz Weber

    Liz Weber

    Are you a change agent? Do you want to move up in your organization – or any organization? Then listen to Joan’s fascinating conversation with “The Dragon Lady of Leadership Accountability” Liz Weber, CEO of Weber Business Services. Especially if you’re a woman….

    Liz and Joan reveal behaviors and strategies that can help leaders, change agents, innovators and leaders across industries move up and become stronger leaders — and where they get in their own way. They also address strategies you can use to hold your team accountable for making changes, and might discover how you are blocking your own progress without realizing it.

    This interview was conducted at the recent annual National Speakers Association 2015 annual conference, appropriately called “Influence.”

    Liz also shares her story of how she came to be known as “The Dragon Lady” and why owning it, both literally and figuratively, has empowered herself and her business – once she got over her own internal hurdles.

    For more information on Liz visit Weber Business Services

  • Diane Regas of the Environmental Defense Fund


    Diane Regas

    Listen to Joan talk with Diane Regas on two big environmental issues – the Encyclical and the EPA’s new standards for power plants.  She is the newly minted Executive Director at Environmental Defense Fund with an impressive background in science, law and economics.  So, will it matter?

    Hear her view on the Pope’s “morals before markets” and what can we expect from states regarding the  new EPA standards. What can the average citizen do to help? Reflecting on the progress of recent years Diane offers an uplifting perspective on the strides we have made in environmental impact and confidence in the changes to come.

    Having pushed beyond middle-management she shares advice for women in the “messy middle” and the need for culture shifts in the workplace.


  • Carol Kordich

    Carol Kordich

    Carol Kordich

    You may be sitting on plastic bottles in your car – Carol Kordich, head of Global Sustainable Fabric Strategies and Development at Ford Motor Company explains to Joan how significant parts of several Ford cars and trucks are made from sustainable materials, including seat fabric made in part from the REPREVE material that turns plastic water bottles into car seats.

    Listen to Carol and Joan talk about how Carol is transitioning Ford to achieve its goal of 25% recycled materials in ALL Ford vehicles – including in their big, brawny muscle truck the F-150 – and how they are transforming the supply chain to be more sustainable.

    Carol’s own career transition story is inspiring too. Listen below.

  • Kickstarter Campaign: Going Outside is Saving Lives


    Alisha Camacho

    One of GCM’s videographers, Alisha Camacho launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund her project, Anacostia Unplugged; a free, online documentary series about how going outside is saving lives, preserving the environment, and empowering communities along the Anacostia River.  The campaign ends June 30th – only a few days left to share your support!

    Alisha explains more about her project and the inspiration in the interview with Joan below.

    The documentary series will follow the lives of individuals living along the Anacostia River, and show their journey as they reconnect with the natural environment along this historically neglected and polluted Watershed. Through their stories, we will begin to understand why we need to reconnect with our natural surroundings, the surprising benefits of being outdoors, and the consequences of our plugged in lifestyles. Viewers will ultimately be challenged to examine how our society’s increasingly sedentary and indoor lifestyles are hazardous to our health and quality of life.

    Listen to Joan’s interview with Alisha below.