Episodes
“If you can see the space between stimulus and response, you start having the power to choose your response. This is the core of self-leadership and your self-development” – Ana Melikian What is the difference between a stressor and a stress response? The answer—that the stressor is what triggers the stress response—may be simple and obvious, but it isn’t something apparent to us when we’re in a stressful situation ourselves. Sometimes, we even deal with the stressor but...
Published 06/02/23
Published 05/26/23
“We can certainly learn how to be more efficient, how to be high-performance, how to make a bigger positive impact, and still have the energy to enjoy the fruits of our labor—and that is really important.” – Ana Melikian Have you checked in with yourself to see if you’re exhausted at work? Have you asked yourself recently what burnout is? I’ve noticed that whenever I tell people I’ve been focusing on burnout—especially in the context of making a positive impact in the...
Published 05/26/23
“We need to up our game, think differently, and expand our horizons. Elevating our consciousness and becoming better humans, loving more, taking care of our environment—that’s what represents the best you.” – Bernardo Moya Bernardo joins me today to discuss his journey toward self-development. He explains how wanting to improve his communication and sales skills led him to the world of personal development. He describes what drove him to eventually seek personal development...
Published 05/19/23
“Learning to tap into human potential by working smarter and not harder allowed me to achieve my goals without waking up tired every day. I could enjoy life and my family—travel and exercise more.” – Ana Melikian In this episode, I join Jenny Lynne at the Death of a Workaholic podcast to discuss unlocking human potential by working smarter—not harder. We explore my journey with dyslexia and how my relationship with work was shaped when I was around nine years old. We discuss...
Published 05/12/23
“It takes a team, a village, a nation to move this needle of building more housing and getting individuals out of homeless shelters into stable housing.” – Jenna Juniper Jenna joins me today to discuss the personal experiences that led her to work in—and advocate for—affordable housing. She describes how having access to housing enabled her to turn her life around. She explains how the pandemic has affected the cost of living and what it will take to expand affordable housing....
Published 05/05/23
“Wine, when aged, is way more expensive. We value antiques because they represent a different age and tell a different story. Why don’t we apply the same thing to people?” – Phyllis Ayman Phyllis joins me today to discuss how we can shift the conversation around aging. She describes life and aging as the stages of a play and outlines limiting beliefs related to aging and ageism. She explains why it’s the responsibility of older people to embrace strategies that allow them to...
Published 04/28/23
“If you have no idea who you are, then you haven’t been the best you. Work hard and make up for the time and become the best you.” – David Richman David joins me today to discuss transformation, trauma, cancer, and emotions. He describes the wake-up call that made him take ownership of his life’s transformation and what it means to be “response-able.” He explains how putting himself first helped him transform himself physically and why it took him longer to rewire his...
Published 04/21/23
“We have to start from the inside out because that’s where we have the power and control over our own lives. We have to drive our own bus. That’s where it begins.” – Tammy Gooler Loeb Tammy joins me today to discuss how to create career and life transitions and take charge of the uncertainty that comes with it. She explains why there’s so much dissatisfaction in today’s workplaces and why we need to shift our mindsets around professional development and career...
Published 04/14/23
“Where you sit today is the accumulation of all the decisions you’ve made in life. People are responsible for how they want to respond to stimulus.” – Austin Clark Austin joins me today to outline the core concepts from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People that greatly impacted his life and business. He explains how the Moxie Pest Control company has incorporated concepts from the book into its leadership training as it relates to its salespeople, sales program, and...
Published 04/07/23
“When women, queer, people of color, and entrepreneurs do well, the whole world becomes a better place because of justice and power.” – Lindsay LaShell Lindsay LaShell is a marketing activist dedicated to helping purpose-driven organizations direct their marketing toward sustainability and impact. She is the founder of Open Lines Marketing and the creator of the Open Lines Marketing Framework, a one-of-a-kind strategic framework made to advance equity, justice, and sustainability...
Published 03/31/23
“Within us, we have this amazing potential wanting to be unlocked.” – Ana Melikian In this episode, I join Tammy at the Work from the Inside Out podcast to discuss unlocking human potential. We explore my academic journey and how I became fascinated with personal development at a young age. We discuss the several pivots I’ve made in my career and how I became a life coach. We describe the systemic and cultural disruptions of the past few years and how organizations and leaders...
Published 03/24/23
“Everyday people are stepping up and wanting to know that the work they do in their company—whether they’re the CEO or employee—does something good in the world.” – Carolina Miranda Carolina joins me today to discuss B Corporations and B Labs and how an organization can be certified as a B Corp. She explains why B Corporations have an advantage over recruiting and retaining the best talent in the workforce. She outlines the beginning of the B Corp movement in the early 2000s...
Published 03/17/23
“The difference between hard work and being a workaholic is consciously choosing what gets your energy, and when it’s done, putting it down and getting to rest.” – Jenny Lynne Erickson Jenny joins me today to share how she became aware of her workaholism and consciously made steps to move away from it. She explains how workaholism can be a blindspot and how to recognize the cues and red flags of being a workaholic. She describes why workaholics can’t seem to hire the right...
Published 03/10/23
“The inner game of success is where it all begins. Anything you want to put, do, accomplish, or make happen out there will all start with the inner game.” – Joanne McCall Joanne joins me today to discuss why success starts with the inner game. She explains why people repeatedly set goals that they fail to reach. She describes how limiting beliefs stop people from reaching their goals and aspirations and outlines the three steps to take when your inner game is off and you...
Published 03/03/23
“[Cognitive decline] is possible to reverse—and it’s preventable. The reversal works best when you catch it early, and there’s not really too soon a time to start.” – Monica Tarr Monica joins me today to discuss the pillars of overcoming and preventing brain fog and cognitive decline. She shares her experience with brain fog and describes her initial tendency to push through it despite her body’s fatigue. She outlines her journey toward enhancing her brain health and...
Published 02/24/23
“Keep your purpose, vision, and values front and center, and they shouldn’t be just words on a wall. Build a culture and get buy-in.” – Anne-Claire Broughton Anne-Claire joins us today to discuss quiet quitting, its factors, and its antidote. She explains how a changing workforce demographic, corporate culture, and the pandemic impacted quiet quitting. She discusses the power of employee engagement and highlights why companies need to intentionally cultivate...
Published 02/17/23
“If we think about human history, we’ll see that innovation is and has always been our survival skill.“ Natalie Turner Natalie joins us today to outline “The Six ‘I’s of Innovation.” She describes what it takes to infuse, motivate, and drive innovation in organizational life. She explains how organizational culture can increase or stifle innovation in a company and discusses the role of creativity in innovation. Natalie also highlights the need for different...
Published 02/10/23
“When you look at fear as a pointer to past experiences asking to be resolved or healed, the fear of speaking becomes an opportunity through which we can clear up what holds us back in unseen ways.” Linda Ugelow Linda joins me today to discuss speaking with confidence and delight. She explains how society and the modern educational system program us to fear speaking. She describes the relationship between feelings of belonging and confidence in public...
Published 02/03/23
“Commitment requires believing in something you care about—whether it’s your family, your nation, or your profession—and acting consistently with that belief.” – Frank Wagner Frank joins me today to discuss the power of commitment. He shares why he’s passionate about commitment and describes what makes a great leader. He outlines the five areas of commitments a leader should leverage and explains the importance of support and improvement. Frank also reveals the common...
Published 01/27/23
“Coppola presented in The Godfather that crime and business are essentially the same thing, but even among thieves there is a code of honor. What’s missing in today’s business world is loyalty and trust.” Lou Bortone Lou joins me today to discuss the lessons we can learn from The Godfather and how we can apply them to business. He shares why he was captivated by The Godfather at a very young age and how it impacted him. He points out the importance of not letting...
Published 01/20/23
“When you are caregiving, it’s very much like being in an airplane: you need to put on your own oxygen mask first, and then you can help others.” Shain Khoja Shain joins us today to discuss the Sandwich Generation and healthy aging. She explains how the need for caregiving impacts the Sandwich Generation’s careers and why healthcare systems need to invest in prevention. She describes the vital role of building intergenerational connections in healthy aging. Shain also...
Published 01/13/23
“We can embrace mindsets as habits that our minds depend on—formed by previous experiences and the unconscious and conscious beliefs that we form along the way.” Ana Melikian I believe that leveraging our mindsets can allow us to release our potential as individuals, groups, and organizations. But before we can tap into it, we need to understand what a mindset is. The challenge lies in that there are as many definitions of mindset as there are mindset experts. So, when...
Published 01/06/23
“With any habit, especially drinking, it’s important to have an accountability source. Declaring what you’re doing to others makes it more real.” – Rose Ann Forte Rose Ann joins me today to describe her journey to becoming alcohol-free. She points out the lack of conversations about alcohol consumption and the options available to those trying to overcome it. She outlines how alcohol can causes an individual’s mental health to spiral by stealing self-esteem, purpose,...
Published 12/30/22
“Most of us start our businesses because we want to make a difference out there—it’s a way of living our mission, and we are in love with that mission.” – Ana Melikian In this episode, I speak with Toby on the Moving Conversations Podcast to share my life growing up in Portugal and how my curiosity and desire to understand led me to study psychology and pursue a career in academia. I explain why I decided to move to the United States after studying in the UK and...
Published 12/23/22