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Latest Episode5/17/2022

Episode 328 - Emery Rubagenga - A Mindset of Excellence To Change A Nation's Destiny

Ep. 328
There are fewer better examples of what visionary leadership can do than the Rwandan progress. After the tragic civil war of 1994 that killed nearly 1 million Rwandan citizens in less than 100 days, leaders of the fourth-smallest country in Africa realized that they had to start by improving their leadership skills to change their country's fate.Less than 20 years later, they decreased poverty and unemployment significantly, increased life expectancy, and established universal health care. Rwanda is a leading country in gender equality, its economy keeps growing, and malaria and maternity mortality rates dropped.Emery Rubagenga, CEO of ROKA Global Resources, the leading ore mining, processing, and exporting company in Rwanda, visit us to talk about the remarkable Rwandan progress. Emery is also a board member of the African Wildlife Foundation. Thanks to his participation in the Eisenhower Fellowships 2022 Global Program, we were lucky enough to get a hold of him.In this episode, we get to size the power of proper leadership using the Rwandan example as a point of reference. Emery kindly described his home country's beauties, the challenges they faced throughout history, and the impressive changes they're experiencing. We also talk about how technological improvement impacted rural areas and students' lives and the reality-change effects of instilling the right mindset of excellence in leaders.Tune in to Episode 328 of Becoming Your Best and learn about the Rwandan experience and their commitment to becoming the best version of themselves.Some Questions I Ask:Could you talk about your experiences at the Eisenhower Fellowships 2022 Global Program? (4:33)What factors are creating such a powerful difference in the success of Rwanda today? (15:41)In This Episode, You Will Learn:How was Rwandan reality, and how it has dramatically improved during the last years (4:37)Emery shares some of the experiences lived during his visit to America (8:111)About a visit to the Rwandan jungle and learning how to say 'hi' in the Gorilla language (11:50)The story of Clare Akamanzi and the results of adopting a mindset of excellence (20:19)Connect with Emery:LinkedInTwitterBecoming Your Best Resources:Becoming Your Best WebsiteBecoming Your Best University WebsiteBecoming Your Best LibraryEmail: support@becomingyourbest.comBook: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful LeadersBook: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your PerformanceFacebook Group – Conquer Anxiety
5/17/2022

Episode 328 - Emery Rubagenga - A Mindset of Excellence To Change A Nation's Destiny

Ep. 328
There are fewer better examples of what visionary leadership can do than the Rwandan progress. After the tragic civil war of 1994 that killed nearly 1 million Rwandan citizens in less than 100 days, leaders of the fourth-smallest country in Africa realized that they had to start by improving their leadership skills to change their country's fate.Less than 20 years later, they decreased poverty and unemployment significantly, increased life expectancy, and established universal health care. Rwanda is a leading country in gender equality, its economy keeps growing, and malaria and maternity mortality rates dropped.Emery Rubagenga, CEO of ROKA Global Resources, the leading ore mining, processing, and exporting company in Rwanda, visit us to talk about the remarkable Rwandan progress. Emery is also a board member of the African Wildlife Foundation. Thanks to his participation in the Eisenhower Fellowships 2022 Global Program, we were lucky enough to get a hold of him.In this episode, we get to size the power of proper leadership using the Rwandan example as a point of reference. Emery kindly described his home country's beauties, the challenges they faced throughout history, and the impressive changes they're experiencing. We also talk about how technological improvement impacted rural areas and students' lives and the reality-change effects of instilling the right mindset of excellence in leaders.Tune in to Episode 328 of Becoming Your Best and learn about the Rwandan experience and their commitment to becoming the best version of themselves.Some Questions I Ask:Could you talk about your experiences at the Eisenhower Fellowships 2022 Global Program? (4:33)What factors are creating such a powerful difference in the success of Rwanda today? (15:41)In This Episode, You Will Learn:How was Rwandan reality, and how it has dramatically improved during the last years (4:37)Emery shares some of the experiences lived during his visit to America (8:111)About a visit to the Rwandan jungle and learning how to say 'hi' in the Gorilla language (11:50)The story of Clare Akamanzi and the results of adopting a mindset of excellence (20:19)Connect with Emery:LinkedInTwitterBecoming Your Best Resources:Becoming Your Best WebsiteBecoming Your Best University WebsiteBecoming Your Best LibraryEmail: support@becomingyourbest.comBook: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful LeadersBook: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your PerformanceFacebook Group – Conquer Anxiety
5/10/2022

Episode 327 - Curiosity and Knowledge Lead to Happiness, Health, and High-Performance

Ep. 327
Being in a leadership position implies that we must set the pace and direction our teams should follow. However, that does not mean that we have all the answers, and there is nothing out there for us to learn. In fact, it's quite the opposite; the more we maintain our curiosity and the urge to learn new things, the bigger the chances are of becoming better leaders for our teams.In this episode, we focus on one of the 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders: applying the power of knowledge to our lives.Establishing a mentally and physically healthy life with solid finances, strong relationships, and a strong brand as our vision, we explore how the power of knowledge can help us get there.We dive into four powerful sources of knowledge all of us have access to -- with proven results for many successful and high-performing leaders -- that can immediately impact our lives: mentors and coaches, books, forums or mastermind groups, and the last one, podcasts, seminars, webinars, and any other social broadcasts.Tune in to Episode 327 of Becoming Your Best to learn how to make your curiosity push you into being in a constant learning process.In This Episode, You Will Learn:·Setting a clear vision, the mandatory first step (2:14)·About the multiple challenges that show up as we run our business (3:01)·Curiosity is at the foundation of learning (5:09)·About my mentors and how they've helped me (8:51)·What reading does to our brains and how to increase the number of books we read by 100% (13:06)·How being around other successful and high performing people can elevate our game (18:46)·Why podcasts and seminars are such a great source of information and excellent curiosity triggers (22:41)Resources:·Book: Ron Chernow - Alexander HamiltonBecoming Your Best Resources:·Becoming Your Best Website·Becoming Your Best University Website·Becoming Your Best Library·Email: support@becomingyourbest.com·Book: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders·Book: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your Performance·Facebook Group – Conquer Anxiety
5/3/2022

Episode 326 - Focus on the Inside Game and the Outside Game Will Improve

Ep. 326
When was the last time you checked in with yourself, your habits, and your personal and professional relationships to see how they are serving you in becoming the best version of yourself?In today's episode, I share seven ways to make sure we are living a life by design and focus on our inside game, which will, eventually, reflect on our outside game. We delve into the importance of being aware that situations are neutral; our attitude towards them matters. You’ll also learn how to use the G.I.G.O model in your favor -- Greatness In, Greatness Out.In addition, we value the importance of having a deep and meaningful connection with God, being aware that we are not our thoughts (initially), and embracing the power of Pre-week Planning. You’ll also find out why you should constantly invest in yourself and the crucial role people around you play in your life.Tune in to Episode 326 of Becoming Your Best, to learn all you need to know about the best ways to check in your inside game, so your outside game can harvest the results.In This Episode, You Will Learn:Checking our attitude is something all of us should be doing quite often (2:56)Greatness In, Greatness Out (6:48)Pre-week Planning to enhance our inside game massively (9:32)Our thoughts don't define who we are, but we must certainly be aware of them (12:28)Being connected with a higher power is crucial to having direction, purpose, and hope (16:14)We must constantly be sharping our saw (18:31)People matter. Why we must be aware of who we surround ourselves with (19:49)Becoming Your Best Resources:Becoming Your Best WebsiteBecoming Your Best University WebsiteBecoming Your Best LibraryEmail: support@becomingyourbest.comBook: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful LeadersBook: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your PerformanceFacebook Group – Conquer Anxiety
4/26/2022

Episode 325 - Shawna Schuh - How Finishing School Can Help Leadership Thinking!

Ep. 325
True leaders are lifelong learners. Those in leadership positions must have an inherent love for learning new things and be humble enough to understand they don't know what they don't know. This thought is one of the many valuable lessons our guest, Shawna Schuh, learned throughout a life of working with and forming leaders from virtually every industry.Raised in a modest home, Shawna was sent to finishing school, where she ended up teaching for over 20 years. Shawna would teach young girls and help them achieve their dreams of becoming models, but after many years of guiding hundreds of teen girls on how to put themselves together, she discovered her true passion: forming leaders.Shawna Schuh is a lifetime adventurer, entertainer, and leadership expert. She holds a Master's Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and worked with Nike, Columbia Sportswear, Fashion Group International, and the National Speakers Association. Shawna also has two TEDx talks to her credit and a passion for helping leaders lead their teams effectively.In this episode, we dive deep into Shawna's unique and infectious view on leadership. We talk about her upbringing, the influence finishing school had on her life, her thoughts on what makes a good leader, and why she believes leaders should become masterful questioners. Shawna also shared the three things most leaders do that limit their possibilities and the massive importance for leaders of having a clear intent guiding their actions.Tune in to Episode 325 and enjoy Shawna's leadership masterclass.Some Questions I Ask:Tell us about your background, including any turning points in your life that's had a significant impact on you and what you're doing today (3:25)Tell us about finishing school? What do you teach these young ladies? How did you prepare them? (7:22)What are some of the limiting things leaders do? (21:05)In This Episode, You Will Learn:About why Shawna's mother sent her to finishing school and Shawna's breakthrough moment being there (4:40)The primary purpose of being a leader is to make things easier for others; it is about helping people come out with their own brilliance (10:22)Shawna shares some tips to become a master questioner (15:04)Three things leaders do that limit them (21:08)The power of placing a question behind an affirmation (29:48)Resources:Book: John Gottman - Eight DatesBook: Richard Rohr - Immortal DiamondConnect with Shawna:websiteLinkedInInstagramBecoming Your Best Resources:Becoming Your Best WebsiteBecoming Your Best University WebsiteEmail: support@becomingyourbest.com
4/19/2022

Episode 324 - The Calm in the Storm with Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Ep. 324
Growing up, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe's mother would tell her she was a problem solver, an agile thinker, and bound to do hard things. Dr. Robyne's mother had steadfast confidence in her child; she knew her child was an extraordinary being. What she didn't know, however, was that those words would save her daughter's life.Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a Keynote Speaker, Writer, and Educator. She specializes in resiliency. She helps people navigate stress, change, leadership, and personal wellness in the workplace. She is the author of Calm Within the Storm and the protagonist of an incredible survival and resiliency story.In this episode, Dr. Robyne shares her impressive survival story of escaping from death's fingers in a river's cold waters. We have an inspiring conversation about resilience, self-awareness, peace, and values. We also talk about the massive difference a consistent champion can make in a child's life, the importance of accepting that having hiccups along the way is normal and expected, and how to increase our abilities to bounce back when we fail.Tune in to Episode 324 to know the benefits of staying calm under the storm, and learn the best ways to incentivize your resiliency.Some Questions I Ask:Could you talk about your background, including any turning points that helped you get to where you are today (3:09)Tell us about the book; how did that come about? (10:30)What does it really mean to be resilient? (12:09)In This Episode, You Will Learn:Dr. Robyne shares her breathtaking survival story (4:15)How can self-awareness, peace help us build resilience (16:31)The power of finding the peace that connects our values (19:52)Dr. Robyne shares some key points of her book (23:02)Our nervous systems just want to keep us alive; it doesn't care about our happiness (28:32)Resources:Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe's websiteBook: Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe - Calm Within the Storm: A Pathway to Everyday ResiliencyConnect with Dr. Robyne:LinkedInInstagramTwitterBecoming Your Best Resources:Becoming Your Best WebsiteBecoming Your Best University WebsiteBecoming Your Best LibraryEmail: support@becomingyourbest.comBook: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful LeadersBook: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your Performance
4/12/2022

Episode 323 - Richard Newman - Body Talk That Makes a Difference

Ep. 323
Many years before becoming a world-class communication expert, Richard Newman struggled to make friends at school and interact with other kids. Unaware of his condition, high functioning autism, which wasn't diagnosed until he was 44, Richard recognized his major flaw was his communication skills. He became passionate about upgrading his communication skills, so he read every communication book that fell into his hands.Following his passion for becoming a better communicator, Richard decided to live in the foothills of the Himalayas in a tiny Tibetan monastery, where he spent 6 months teaching English to the monks and learning Nepali.Richard Newman is the Founder & CEO of UK Body Talk. He is also a Keynote Speaker, an award-winning writer, and a Communication and Pitch Coach.In this episode, Richard shares his story of becoming a communication leader and expert. We talk about his experiences living with the Tibetan monks, his life as an actor, and the incredible techniques he learned about body language, how we express ourselves, and what we generate in the receptors of our message. Richard debunks some myths about communication; he highlights the power of storytelling and gifts us with two pro communication tips for leaders and entrepreneurs.Tune in to Episode 323 and learn everything you need to know about how to communicate in a fun, engaging, and productive way.Some Questions I Ask:Tell us about your background, including any turning points and what got you into the world you're in today (3:43)What are some tips that you can share with our listeners about how they can physically carry themselves when communicating? (12:34)Can everyone become a better communicator? Or are some people just born better at this than others? (19:39)In This Episode, You Will Learn:Richard shares where his passion for body language comes from (7:19)To be a great leader, you must be a great communicator (12:31)Gestures really matter (17:10)Keys to good storytelling (24:25)The importance of congruency and lift (29:06)Everybody can improve their communication skills (30:38)Resources:UK Body Talk websiteUK Body Talk TwitterConnect with Richard:LinkedInInstagramBecoming Your Best Resources:Becoming Your Best WebsiteBecoming Your Best University WebsiteBecoming Your Best LibraryEmail: support@becomingyourbest.comBook: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful LeadersFacebook Group – Conquer Anxiety
4/5/2022

Episode 322 - Alisa Goodwin Snell - Are You A Master or Disaster of Communication?

Ep. 322
Regardless of their age or how long they have been together, couples experience tension, arguments, or discussions at some point. The outcome of those moments and whether they turn that moment into a huge fight or a friendly conversation depends entirely on how they respond to their spouse's comments. If they feel attacked, they'll react aggressively. If they put their senses together and acknowledge how much they love the person in front of them, they will respond differently.There are several techniques really easy to implement in our lives to prevent us from getting into unproductive arguments, and our guest, Alisa Goodwin Snell, visits us to teach us exactly how to do it.Alisa Goodwin Snell is the Nation's #1 Dating and Relationships Strategist. She is an author, podcast host, and the creator of the Lasting Love Academy, a platform that supports singles and couples to find the formula for loving and lasting relationships.Throughout our conversation, we delve into Alisa's personal story and why she decided to help people find their way into healthy and lasting relationships. We talked about the three red flags all of us should be aware of when we meet someone new, how to train ourselves to detect those red flags in a short time, and the ESP and the ARE model. We also dive into the difference between being a master or a disaster communicator, how to avoid falling into our ego's traps, and preventing unnecessary arguments with our spouses.Tune in to Episode 322 and learn everything you need to know about the best way to solve issues without getting into an argument with your significant other.Some Questions I Ask:Tell us about your background, including any turning points in your life that led you to where you're at today (3:33)You talked about ESP; could you explain what it means? (7:28)What are the four horsemen of disasters of communication? (24:35)In This Episode, You Will Learn:How to recognize almost immediately any of the three red flags (7:38)How we can get into secure attachment with our couple using the ARE model (10:11)The difference between being a master or a disaster of communication (15:05)What are the self-soothing techniques, and how can they assist us in preventing arguments and discussions (22:52)Resources:Lasting Love Academy websiteLasting Love PodcastBook: Sue Johnson - Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of LoveAlisa Goodwin Snell's booksConnect with Alisa:LinkedInFacebookInstagram