Category Archives: Health/Wellness

Leaders Have Huge Shadows – Paul Marden



Two industry leaders go one on one to discuss leadership, company culture and the changes in healthcare. Anthony and Paul Marden, the CEO of UnitedHealthcare, New Jersey, give insight for young leaders and entrepreneurs that are imperative for success.

In his first question to Paul, Anthony inquiries about Paul’s earliest leadership memories. Paul recalls his early years in sports and how it took the group to come together to lock in on one goal. He remembers how being named captain meant that his teammates were always watching him and he knew he had to work hard and to do the right thing by being in the right place in the right time. In sports, he found that practice was paramount and understood what it meant to be relied upon as a leader.

From his first experiences of leadership, to now being a leader in a large corporation, Paul uses the same principles to guide his colleagues. Through one of the worst work life experiences, he was relied upon to help turn his organization around. Because he had been working hard and doing the right thing, management knew they could put their faith in him to be a part of the team to rebuild the fallen company.

Now that he spearheads the company’s efforts, he also takes a very active approach on helping to shape the culture. UnitedHealthcare’s tagline is “helping people live healthier lives” and that is what Paul strives to do every day in his work. It is engrained in the company’s culture and his goal is to continue to help improve healthcare by making it more affordable and less complicated. During “unfreezing sessions” managers are called upon to immerse themselves in the company’s culture, which includes learning and living by their values of integrity, compassion, relationships, innovations, and performance. Anthony asks Paul how values shape a team and he explains that whether they realize it or not, leaders have huge shadows. A leader will dictate how the rest of the work force will perform by both direct and indirect cultural development.

Paul encourages young leaders to ask for opinions. He explains that soliciting input from a diverse group of people empowers managers to make a better decision. He also advises to never forget the consumer. Paul emphasizes why it is so important to remember why they buy your product. A good leader is one that has integrity and can be trusted upon to deliver on what they say they will do.

Paul’s leadership is not just for his colleagues. Check out his blog, where he continues to help simplify the understanding of the healthcare system for all: http://paulmarden.blogspot.com/


The Youngest Female Franchisor Knows No End with Hakika Dubose-Wise



We are joined with HaKika Dubose-Wise, the nation’s youngest female franchisor, HaKika, aka Kika, is the founder and CEO of Kika Stretch Studio’s. Her business began with a $500 tax return and a never before seen stretching routine creating flexibility while simultaneously reducing tension and increasing circulation. Today, Kika Stretch Studio’s has expanded to 4 locations between New Jersey and New York. She has been recognized in NJBIZ, The New York Times, US News, and more!

 Conditions were not easy and sacrifices were made, but Kika, a former professional dancer and actress, learned from her mother, a serial entrepreneur, the value of a strong work ethic. The lessons she learned and shared are proof that fear has now met its match.

Kika will be the first podcast guest returning for a follow-up spotlight with Anthony. If you have questions or comments for either Kika or Anthony, please send them in the comments box.

 Until then, check out and connect with Kika and her stretch studios:

http://• http://kikastretchstudios.com/

http://• https://www.instagram.com/kikaiam/


The Grind to Greatness with Keith Kefgen and David Mansbach



The Greek word ethos means the character that best describes a person(s) values. When listening to today’s episode, we understand the ethos/values that made AETHOS leaders, Keith Kefgen and David Mansbach, hospitality titans. Combined, they have more than 50 years’ experience in the hospitality space, published a book, and have lectured aspiring professionals.

Keith, Dave, and Anthony discuss the essence of great leaders, learning from obstacles, and along the way we pick up three pieces of advice for setting our own personal and strategic goals.

Find out more about AETHOS through http://www.aethoscg.com/.

 


Jennifer Walsh – Inspirational Visionary



How would you classify someone who started their first business before their 30th birthday, sold it, and can say that business is now part of Amazon’s collection? We’ve run out of adjectives to describe Jennifer Walsh. Oh, and did we mention that Walsh also writes, advises on beauty, and appears on television regularly?

Like most of us, her life’s journey was not planned. She experienced many setbacks, some more personal than others. But through it all, she embraced change and picked up many important life lessons. Now she’s here and eager to share.

If you find yourself walking through the beauty of Central Park, you’re likely to spot Walsh in her latest venture, Walk with Walsh. Walk with Walsh is a walking interview format hosted by Jennifer where her guests discuss what makes a productive leader.

For now Central Park can wait. If you want to see more of Jennifer now, connect with her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BehindTheBrand or on her website at http://walkwithwalsh.com


Mindful Learning with Karen Mayo



Author, entrepreneur, speaker, and executive health coach Karen Mayo has a passion for improving the physical and mental health of everyone she meets. Today, she joins her Roots of Leadership co-author Anthony C. Gruppo to discuss how healthy and mindful eating every day can turn things around.  

 She founded a private health coaching practice specializing in effective diet, and lifestyle changes. Her goal is to increase your confidence in all aspects of life in addition to leading corporate workshops on nutrition and lifestyle for health and vitality.

 To Karen, “A leader’s discipline starts at the dinner table before they ever take a seat at the board table.” https://karenmayo.net