Sharpen: The podcast for young professionals
Sharpen: The podcast for young professionals
Kirby Green
"As iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another" Sharpen is the podcast for young professionals to sharpen their gifts and influence in the workplace and beyond
Episode 77: Productivity, Purpose, and Peace with Mitadru Dey
Productivity, purpose, and peace.  Do you find that you are lacking in all or any of these things? In this episode, I sit down with Mitadru Dey as we discuss how these three “P’s” are the mantra he lives by and why they are so important. He also shares with us how he came to understand these traits and how it has helped him to grow in his own career.Mitadru shares with us his struggle with feeling that he could not properly communicate with his clients due to English being his second language and how he overcame that and worked through it, and now helps others to do the same.  He has a heart for helping young professionals in India to rise up and be leaders in the businesses and companies they work for.We also discuss how we can learn so much about productivity from children and why they are the masters of productivity.  I am so honored to welcome our guest, and I know you will love the content we dive into.Topics covered: Staying productive. Dealing with nervousness in communication. Getting more comfortable speaking in front of others. Building soft skills for the entrepreneur. The power of networking.Follow Sharpen U: Website: https://www.sharpenuniversity.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sharpenuniversity/ Sharpen U Courses: https://www.sharpenuniversity.com/staysharp 5 Vital Soft Skills You Need: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VCUbcV_l3-iwu-g7bnuGEU25c8QV8J_o/view?usp=sharing Connect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:Website: http://www.kirbyogreen.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/kirbyogreen/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirby-green-15288364/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharpenpodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/KirbyOGreenPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kirbyogreen/If you have questions you would like answered on our next episode, click here: http://www.kirbyogreen.com/contact-1Listen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotify
Jun 7, 2021
29 min
Episode 76: Sharpen U: Soft Skills Are Not Soft
I have heard it said in workplaces that they can teach hard skills, but they have to find people with soft skills.  Well, I am here to challenge that mode of thinking. While some of us have been fortunate enough to have had mentors and people to guide us in our personal and professional development, many of us have not had the opportunity to learn soft skills.  But they can be learned. I am super excited to announce the launch of Sharpen University, a place where we can help young professionals develop those soft skills and continue to improve their abilities, and skills in the workforce.  I believe we all need encouragement and support in this area and can all hone our craft and learn more.  In fact, that is one of the key elements to develop any skill set, being a lifelong learner and never quit improving.Topics covered:How to stay happy and mission-focused in the workplace and beyond.Why soft skills are so important.Why you should be a lifelong learner.How you lead in the workplace. Follow Sharpen U: Website: https://www.sharpenuniversity.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sharpenuniversity/ Sharpen U Courses: https://www.sharpenuniversity.com/staysharp 5 Vital Soft Skills You Need: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VCUbcV_l3-iwu-g7bnuGEU25c8QV8J_o/view?usp=sharing Connect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:Website: http://www.kirbyogreen.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/kirbyogreen/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirby-green-15288364/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharpenpodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/KirbyOGreenPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kirbyogreen/If you have questions you would like answered on our next episode, click here: http://www.kirbyogreen.com/contact-1Listen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotify
Apr 5, 2021
12 min
Episode 75: Prepare, Pivots, and Proceed with Aaron Seabron
Curiosity can lead us to learn about things that we may not have even thought we needed before, but can lead us to new opportunities.  In this episode I sit down with Aaron Seabron and we discuss how much he learned by staying curious in jobs that were not his dream jobs.  He shares with us how by recognizing the areas he was weak in he was able to hone his skills so that he could better step into his dream job later on in life.We also dive into the importance of hard skills that are transferable in just about every job and how due diligence is so important. As young professionals we are often seated at a table with many people who have far more years of experience than us, so how do we approach that?  We talk about humbleness and the importance of being willing to learn and be gracious regardless of whether good or bad happens.  Finally we talk about preparing.  We come back to the due diligence aspect and how to make sure we are ready as much as possible to face challenges that come up and try to surprise us.  This not only helps us stay accountable but it keeps us sharp so that we can keep up with those who have more experience.Questions asked:Were you always naturally curious?How did you build your hard skills set?How can you influence those who have more experience than you?Topics covered:The importance of curiosityMaking sure to do your due diligenceBuilding relationships in the workplaceHow to build your skill set in jobs that are not the dream jobConnect with Aaron:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aaron-christopher-seabron-a5120b15/Twitter: https://twitter.com/whobutaaron?lang=enConnect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:Website: http://www.kirbyogreen.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/kirbyogreen/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirby-green-15288364/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharpenpodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/KirbyOGreenPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kirbyogreen/If you have questions you would like answered on our next episode, click here: http://www.kirbyogreen.com/contact-1Listen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotify
Mar 8, 2021
33 min
Episode 74: Young Professionals As Leaders with Dr. OJ Oleka
With the right resources and given the opportunity, anyone can succeed.  That is the message that we are discussing today.  In this episode, I talk with Dr. OJ Oleka as we discuss his own personal journey and how education transformed his father’s life, and as a result, also changed his own. Because of the drastic change in his own life, this led OJ to begin to look into the systems in place and learn how education both to adults and children could drastically change the landscape for many families.We think that the worst experiences are a direct reflection of who we are, that we are our mistakes, and that we are our worst selves.  So how do we flip that script?  How do we see the good in ourselves, and realize that everyone is highly capable?  We dive into the importance of vision and how to cast a clear vision.  In addition we discuss the importance of mentors in developing both the good in ourselves, as well as establishing a vision.Lastly we talk about stepping into leadership roles, and leading, even in small areas, it begins to snowball and we begin to see other opportunities around us that we can lead in.  One thing typically does lead to another.  If you have a goal of leading a business, start asking what it looks like to lead in that specific role.  Then ask how or what you can do right now to make strides towards that end goal.Questions asked:What impactful work have you been a part of?Where did your vision from an early age stem from?How do you think about your purpose?How do you develop such a clear vision?Topics covered:Effective  means for ending  poverty.How education can change the trajectory of someone’s future.Applying what you have learned to train others.How to create vision.Connect with OJ:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ojoleka/Connect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:Website: http://www.kirbyogreen.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/kirbyogreen/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirby-green-15288364/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharpenpodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/KirbyOGreenPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kirbyogreen/If you have questions you would like answered on our next episode, click here: http://www.kirbyogreen.com/contact-1Listen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotify
Feb 15, 2021
41 min
Episode 73: Young Professionals as Grief Leaders in the Workplace with Anthony Casablanca
Sometimes in life, we can get so caught up in chasing the corporate ladder that we forget the importance of the work itself.  In this episode, I sit down with Anthony Casablanca as we dive into the importance of not just chasing titles, but working and living with intention and finding a deeper purpose in our work.In addition, we dive into the vast subject of grief.  Anthony believes that any emotional event that we can experience can cause us to grieve.  This affects our performance.  So how do companies and leaders deal with this grief?  Anthony states that one of the true signs of a company that handles it well is one that engages well.  Leaders that step in before something is off, and acknowledge what is happening before it affects an employee’s performance.Leaders have to understand that they are an intricate part and a support system for their employees.  When leaders can properly establish that, it doesn’t just build a strong relationship, it also helps build up the employees and creates an atmosphere of respect as well as boosting productivity.Questions asked:How do you define grief?What does it look like to think well about grief?How can a young professional think about being a grief leader?Topics covered:Why impactful tasks matter more than titles.Living life with intention.How grief and leadership go hand in hand sometimes.How work and personal grief coincide.Connect with Anthony Casablanca:Website: https://griefleaders.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthonycasablanca/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ-F44CuSJC3-AMF4FqtAzgThe Dying Art Of Leadership Book: https://www.amazon.com/Dying-Art-Leadership-Grieving-Employees/dp/1098321170/Connect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:Website: http://www.kirbyogreen.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/kirbyogreen/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirby-green-15288364/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharpenpodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/KirbyOGreenPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kirbyogreen/If you have questions you would like answered on our next episode, click here: http://www.kirbyogreen.com/contact-1Listen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotify
Jan 19, 2021
33 min
Episode 72: Career Pivots with Travis Martin
Strategy among companies is constantly shifting.  Jobs that we didn’t even know about now exist, and on the other hand jobs that used to be prevalent are no longer a thing.  So how do we stay current in this ever-shifting work environment?  In today’s episode I sit down with Travis Martin and he talks about his own personal journey from working with large companies to shifting into a more entrepreneurial standpoint and working with startups. We talk about the importance of self-awareness of our roles in a company and if we are tapping into our own abilities and giftings or if we are missing out on putting them to their best use.  We also dive into knowing when you are ready to move on or if you need to put in the work to get through whatever difficult time you are experiencing in the workplace, and how both of these times are crucial to both our personal development and career development.Questions asked:Was changing career paths something you always thought would happen?How do you pay attention to nudges you feel to alter your career path?How do you make a career transition?How do we plan our future with the ever-changing work environment? Topics covered:Recognizing when it’s time to switch careers.Knowing how to move into another career.The importance of mentors.How to pay attention to the inner “nudges”.Connect with Travis:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/travisjmartin1/Connect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:Website: http://www.kirbyogreen.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/kirbyogreen/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirby-green-15288364/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharpenpodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/KirbyOGreenPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kirbyogreen/If you have questions you would like answered on our next episode, click here: http://www.kirbyogreen.com/contact-1Listen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotify
Dec 7, 2020
25 min
Episode 71: High Impact LIFE with Pete Ochs
Work diligently, live simply, risk wisely, and give generously, and love unconditionally. In this episode, I sit down with Pete Ochs as he discusses how he has slowly learned over the years how his life is not ownership, but stewardship. So if that is the case how do we properly steward our lives, and what does that look like on a practical day-to-day basis?Pete shares wisdom that he has learned how to run a business in an honorable way. This comes through living simply, deep healthy relationships, a strong moral code. Pete shares with us when the big switch came for him when he stopped viewing himself as the owner of all his business and instead saw himself as a steward and how that dramatically changed the way he did business.He also shares with us how he began to employ prisoners in his business, and how the impact that has had has gone beyond what he even thought was possible when he started that endeavor.Questions asked:“How do you think about generosity in your work?”“What is the practical side of getting through difficult times?”“What is the one thing starting off in the business world we should know?”Topics covered:The different stages of life.How to approach risk-taking.How to view our life as stewardship.How to plan your life.Resources Mentioned:Paul’s Book: High Impact Life:https://www.enterprisestewardship.com/online-storeConnect with Pete:Website: https://www.peteochs.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EnterpriseStewardship/?ref=settingsLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/enterprise-stewardship/Twitter: https://twitter.com/EStewardship3Connect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:Website: http://www.kirbyogreen.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/kirbyogreen/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirby-green-15288364/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharpenpodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/KirbyOGreenPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kirbyogreen/If you have questions you would like answered on our next episode, click here: http://www.kirbyogreen.com/contact-1Listen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotify
Nov 2, 2020
28 min
Episode 70: Racial Equity in the Workplace with Bryana Clover
What does it mean to promote diversity both at home and in the workplace? In this episode, we sit down with Bryana Clover and discuss what that looks like. She tells us her story of moving to Texas from Detroit and entering the AG world as a young black woman. What challenges she was met with as a result of that, and how she got to the place of helping companies and individuals better understand diversity.We tackle some tough subjects that many try to cover over in this episode, but that are so necessary to discuss. Bryana shares with us her own struggles she faced because of her skin color, along with how opportunity can look different to people of different skin colors.When it comes to the workplace we generally consider it a diverse group and equal in all regards, but we learn of many forms of micro-aggression that can come across in the workplace, that may seem harmless to some, but in fact when we get to the root of it, is very harmful.Questions asked:“What’s the encouragement to pursue brave places while breaking through barriers?”“What was your first 10 years of work like?”“How do you mentor and pursue relationships with impact to create a culture of diversity?”Topics covered:How color affects opportunity.Micro-aggressions towards people of color.How do you break through barriers as a person of color.How to cultivate diversity.Resources Mentioned:Invitation to Brave Space Poem: https://www.facinghistory.org/resource-library/invitation-brave-spaceConnect with Bryana Clover:Website: https://1619consulting.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bryclo/?hl=enPodcast: Lunch and UnlearnSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6MN87ezbHPN1IPUaByV6XRiTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/lunch-and-unlearn/id1524170499Connect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:Website: http://www.kirbyogreen.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/kirbyogreen/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirby-green-15288364/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharpenpodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/KirbyOGreenPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kirbyogreen/If you have questions you would like answered on our next episode, click here: http://www.kirbyogreen.com/contact-1Listen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotify
Oct 5, 2020
37 min
Episode 69: Roots and Community with Blake Willoughby
As a young professional in the workplace, it can be challenging to really make a stance on things you believe in, and also admit your shortcomings. In this episode, I sit down with Blake and we talk about how crucial it is to play into your strengths, and admit your weaknesses so that those around you can help not only feed your strengths but also help you in the areas you are still learning in.We also talk about the challenges of COVID 19 and how it’s important to adapt to new circumstances. But how do we adapt and keep up with modern changes, while still staying true to our community and making sure they are being heard and that we are still giving them the time that they need and desire?And finally, we talk about building relationships both with your generation and with others, as well as how staying in constant touch with your fellow employees and customers can help you form solid bonds that are not easily broken.Questions asked:“How do you balance staying community-minded while also bringing about change that is needed?”“What would you want to change in the early years of your career?”“How do you form relationships across multiple generations?”Topics covered:How different perspectives are helpful in business.Why you should make sure you are talking to your employees and customers regularly.Adapting and maintaining who you are in uncertain times.Knowing when it is okay to not respond immediately to work.The importance of humility.Resources Mentioned:https://livelikelandon.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thelivelikelandonfoundation/Connect with Blake Willoughby:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/blake-willoughby-8a552714/Connect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:Website: http://www.kirbyogreen.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/kirbyogreen/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirby-green-15288364/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharpenpodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/KirbyOGreenPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kirbyogreen/If you have questions you would like answered on our next episode, click here: http://www.kirbyogreen.com/contact-1Listen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotify
Sep 14, 2020
26 min
Episode 68: Ownership and Your Authentic Self with Lisa Granadino
When it comes to taking ownership over our lives what does that look like? Both on a personal and work level. How do we step up and say the hard things both at home and at work without pushing people away? How do we step into our calling, and feel confident in the work we are producing and the way in which we own ourselves?In this episode Lisa Granadino sits down with us and discusses how not only is it necessary to own the situation for our own personal growth and mental health, but how it opens up opportunities with those around us to forge better relationships, stronger work partnerships, and how it causes us to effectively get more work done. This comes through actionable steps which Lisa lays out for us, as well as staying open to the growth mindset which we also dive into. So if you feel like you sometimes take a backseat to problems or to who you are as an individual, then this episode is for you!Questions asked:What is ownership?How do you grow the muscle of courage?Topics covered:How to take ownership.Breaking things down.How to stand up for yourself.Shifting your thinking from this is happening to me, to this is happening for me.Resources Mentioned:Extreme Ownership Jocko Willink and Lief Babin: https://www.amazon.com/Extreme-Ownership-U-S-Navy-SEALs/dp/1250183863/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=extreme+ownership&qid=1592320893&sr=8-3Connect with Lisa Granadino:LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/lisagranadinoConnect with Kirby and Sharpen Podcast:Website: http://www.kirbyogreen.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/kirbyogreen/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirby-green-15288364/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharpenpodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/KirbyOGreenPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kirbyogreen/If you have questions you would like answered on our next episode, click here: http://www.kirbyogreen.com/contact-1Listen to Sharpen on:iTunesStitcherGoogle PlaySpotify
Aug 5, 2020
34 min
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