The Boiling Point Podcast

The New Economy

Introducing Amanda Hachey

If 20th century capitalism was characterized as corporations maximizing shareholder value, a lot has changed with the beginning of the 21st century.  Early adopters are changing how business is now being done in the new economy.  Millennial entrepreneurs are looking to make real impact in the world AND make a tidy profit at the same time.  Amanda Hachey has been on the cutting edge in this shift in attitude. 

While at school at the University of New Brunswick-Saint John, Amanda got to notice a paradox between some of her business courses and her political science classes.  In the business courses, all she would hear about is maximizing profit.  In the building next door, her poli sci classes were taking about how 20th century capitalism was ruining the planet.  What she couldn’t understand was why these two groups working so closely by each other couldn’t communicate to find a better answer.

Amanda now works as a Sustainability Sherpa for Conscious Brands and her job is to help companies navigate from the “base camp” at which they currently stand to a higher elevation which benefits the community, employees, stakeholders, and the environment.

Amanda has worked and lived across the world, but after her travels she realized the place that really needed help was at home.  In her two years of working in New Brunswick, she was a vital part of taking the province from having zero B Corp companies to eight.  She and Conscious Brands still have a ways to go though; their mission statement is to help 1,000 brands transition to the new economy by the year 2020.

 

In this episode

  • Amanda gives us some background as to why she is so passionate about the new economy.
  • She tells us about her initial frustration during the initiation of the movement and how things have changed.
  • She tells us about some companies that are taking the plunge toward sustainability including Wal-Mart.
  • Amanda comments on how she convinces companies that are on the fence to make the right move.
  • We hear how making the “right” move can help your business with bottom-line savings, employee engagement, and better owner appreciation.
  • Amanda also defines the difference between a Sherpa and a Consultant.
  • Dave notices how Amanda drips with passion and practicality and how she can properly promote her passion.
  • Greg is reminded again that you can work within a creative and purpose driven company.
  • Dave also notices how Greg is great at making people feel like they missed the biggest, greatest party.

 

Links and References

- Conscious Brands Website

Amanda's Email

Amanda on Twitter

Conscious Brands on Twitter

Bob Willard's Sustainability Advantage

 

 

 

Direct download: BP054AmandaHachey.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 12:18pm EDT

What it Means to Care

Introducing Clyde Wray

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our daily lives and future plans that we don’t take the time to stop and truly experience the moment.  Really, the ability to take in the moment is synonymous with taking the time to care.  Clyde Wray is a man who takes the time to feel the moment and truly care.  Clyde is an actor, director, poet, playwright, and author, who knows the true value of caring. 

Originally from New York, Clyde eventually settled in Saint John, New Brunswick where he now works in the arts.  The need to care doesn’t just extend to those who work in the creative industries, teachers, healthcare workers, and clergy; it is also essential in business.  When you don’t care, it extends into everything you do in your business. Your employees and customers will get the feeling you don’t care enough, and they might mimic your attitude.  

Too often, entrepreneurs spend their time hyper focused on the future that they forget those daily moments.  This is just another form of avoiding a caring attitude that can result in dashing those future plans anyway.  In today’s episode, Clyde teaches us what caring truly means and how it can help you and others in your daily life.

  

In this episode

 

  • We meet Clyde and his voice that was made for podcasting.
  • Clyde explains how sometimes caring is not the same thing as “not making waves.”
  • He explains why it is important to care about yourself before you can care for another.
  • Clyde also points out the importance of letting yourself feel authentically.
  • We discuss how the all mighty $ can blind the entrepreneur from caring.
  • Clyde reveals a moment in his past where he went through some tough times, what he took from the experience, and how it continues to inspire his daily life.
  • Clyde challenges us not to fear your feelings.  The highs and lows of life are all part of the tapestry of life.
  • Clyde also gives a great example of the difference between sympathy and empathy.
  • He also explains how using candor in difficult situations can really be a great form of caring.

 

Links and References

Clyde's Website

Clyde's Facebook

Clyde's Twitter

For more of Clyde's great voice, check out this promo for a Hemmings House children's pilot, "Monkeytown"

Monkeytown 3 Minute Promo from Hemmings House on Vimeo.

 

 

 

 

 

Direct download: BP053ClydeWray.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 7:57pm EDT

Happy Birthday to the Boiling Point Podcast

That’s right we made it to our first anniversary.  We have had so many amazing guests, insights, and opinions from which we have learned so much (and we hope you did to).  In this episode, Greg and Dave reminisce over the past year of podcasts and set the stage for the year to come.

As always we thank you for tuning in and we promise you another year that will be worth remembering.

  

In this episode

  • Greg and Dave reflect on their favorite episodes and the nuggets of information that they internalized the most.
  • Both agree that the most memorable episodes where from the guests that just “dripped” with passion.
  • Dave and Greg agree that moving forward the episodes will be theme based but will still have excellent guests.
  • Greg and Dave talk about some of the books they have read/listened to over the last year.
  • Greg appreciates the time that the podcast gives him with Greg and the discipline having the show has given him.
  • Greg also loves the show is making an impact and his helping people connect and be more empathic.
  • Dave loves the way that the podcast has increased his conversation skills and how the podcast is resonating with so many.
  • Dave and Greg also preview the first episodes of our next year.

 

References

The episodes Dave and Greg love

- Dino Dogan

JaNae Duane

Chris Hadfield

David Alston

The books Dave and Greg having been "reading

Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin

Belushi: A Biography by Judith Belushi Pisano & Tanner Colby

Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull & Amy Wallace

Good to Great by Jim Collins

The Speed of Trust by Stephen M. R. Covey

 

Direct download: BP052BirthdayEpisode.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:30pm EDT

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