Tae Chong is a passionate innovator, finding solutions to complex community challenges. He is also a wonderful storyteller and helps us to understand the importance of emotional intelligence, something we need now more than ever in an artificial intelligence world.
Tae knows that our souls need to be recognized and developed for our best work; and you can’t put a metric on believing in humans.
His stories are filled with insights including a reminder that our founding fathers demonstrated significant emotional intelligence in writing our Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
And because this is Tae, he will discuss the powerful environmental impact possible through upcycling. Think about this…if we use our clothes for just three months longer than we normally do, it is the environmental equivilant to taking 1 Million cars off the road.
Learn More about Tae Chong on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tae-chong/
Tae Chong is Manager of Social Enterprise and Workforce at Catholic Charities. He is currently working on three projects: creating a microenterprise ecosystem of 10 to 12 small businesses, connecting people in recovery and asylees with employment opportunities, and he is working on a research project to extend the career of skilled older workers at Catholic Charities. Tae has over twenty years experience working with the immigrant and refugee populations in Maine. He has worked with this population as an educator, advocate, policy maker, social service provider and as a business advisor.
Tae has been a speaker at MaineLive and Ted Dirgio, and he was named as one of Maine’s 50 most influential people by Maine Magazine and he attended the White House Conference on retaining and recruiting immigrant and refugee knowledge workers.
ERH: How did you become interested in emotional intelligence relative to artificial intelligence?
Tae Chong: Well, they seem to be at odds with one another, and that’s what artificial intelligence and emotional intelligence is really all about. I think everyone can attest to the fact that because of social media and how social media uses a lot of data, it uses patterns that we like or dislike, to feed us information that persuades us. We are in this environment of extreme echo chambers because of artificial intelligence. I wanted to figure out, “Well, how do we get back to being more centered, and how do we get back to being more human?” What emotional intelligence tells us and what artificial intelligence tells us is that we need to explore our creative, our emotional, and spiritual sides. That’s something that a computer or an algorithm can never do, and I believe that’s why we were put on this planet. If robots and artificial intelligence can do our mundane day to day stuff, that’s actually a blessing. That allows us to be a more complete, fuller human being.
Tae Chong: There are also opportunities in [AI]. There are people in the artificial intelligence world, like Jack Ma, who’s this incredible pioneer. He’s kind of like the Jeff Bezos of China, and says, “Look, robots and computers are going to take over. We are giving you permission to be more spiritual. That’s actually a good thing, so let’s figure out how to start a business and how to start programs around that.”
ERH: That’s beautiful. What are some examples that you have seen of the two working well together; technology working on our behalf, and not controlling us?
Tae Chong: Right here in Portland, Maine. Neighbors in Need is a great example. Whenever you can use artificial intelligence or software to connect people on an individual level, that’s a beautiful thing. Neighbors in Need is a grassroots program, like Craigslist for do-gooders. There are almost 1,000 members locally, and there are a lot of iterations throughout the country where volunteers and do-gooders can say, “Someone in our community needs a bed.” Or, “Somebody in our community needs a ride to such and such.” And then people just volunteer. It’s that human connection where we hear what people are saying and we hear what people’s needs are, and we are moved by our empathy and compassion, that that allows that to work.
It may seem like it’s a small, trite thing, but for Maine, we’re the oldest state in the nation, and when we become more welcoming of others, it changes the dynamics of our entire state. A thousand people seems like a small number compared to a big city, but in Maine, without new arrivals, asylum seekers, there would be no population growth in the last five years. So having 1,000 people; say, 500 asylum seekers or 500 people, from away, it opens the door for other people to come to Maine and to help our economy to grow and flourish. Greater Portland’s economy is fifty percent of Maine’s economy, and so if Portland is not welcoming, it affects the entire state. A thousand people doing all this good through volunteer work has an incredible ripple effect.
Tae Chong: Yeah, and you are a part of that, and that human connection is what makes us unique and not something that a computer or AI can ever do. It’s that individual connection that we have to make with one another so that we can evolve as a community and as a species, and I think that’s the upside of having computers allow us to make those personal connections.
ERH: That’s such a beautiful example. I often use the term, “Eye to eye, and heart to heart.” I think that we are starving to be seen and heard, and to be loved and accepted. To your point about new people arriving in our state, we need new people everywhere because of the aging population and it makes our communities so much richer.
You are not alone. That is the first thing Lael Couper Jepson wants you to know. We all have dreams and desires mixed with fear. What we are most afraid of is being “caught” failing. We need to learn how to sit with that.
What if we faced that thing or idea that scares us with an element of play? Picture a dream or idea you’ve been carrying with you, and now think…”Wanna give it a whirl? Wanna try? Let’s go find out!” Take your idea for a spin.
Lael’s journey included visions of becoming a Rockette, A Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader, and an attorney in Boston. What she is…is a writer, artist, performer, instigator of change, visionary, a champion for women’s storytelling and a community builder. She also rides shotgun for organizational business leaders to make the compelling case for change – breathe life into a new vision, or lay down the bigger bolder expectations of how to approach their work.
In this conversation, we talk about how Fear and Desire are linked. You know you are doing it right when it feels good. Go ahead and try.
Lael Couper Jepson Bio
Lael likes to add fuel to what’s already smoldering. She is a seasoned boat rocker and professional instigator of change, with a penchant for women’s leadership. She jumped ship in 2006 after eleven years as an organization development consultant in the corporate world and founded SheChanges to work with people who share her impatience with the pace of change – people ready to buck the rules, challenge the status quo, and dare to create the change they want to see happen – ready or not.
“Truth be told, my mission is to start a revolution – one that leverages the power of women to re-imagine our world. Whether it’s meeting one-on-one, facilitating a group, speaking on stage or leading a weekend retreat, there is always a call to action embedded in my work, designed to inspire, ignite, and unleash the creativity, passion, and ingenuity we carry inside ourselves.” Lael Couper Jepson http://www.shechanges.com
ERH: I am thrilled to be here with you just days after your SheSpeaks event which was a magical experience. And I am feeling blessed to be in the community where you are doing this work. With that, talk about what fuels you and how you got into your work.
Lael Couper Jepson: Yeah. Thank you so much for coming out last week; I’ve still got that in my bones.
So, powered every day and how I got into this could be two separate answers, but I suspect that one, laughter, is most important to me. Not taking myself so seriously and at the same time also seeing that I matter; taking this one life that I’ve been given and making it matter and making it count every day.
There is this balance that I hold for myself, sometimes imbalance between reverence and irreverence. And laughter is a big part of that. And assuming responsibility for my gifts and who I am and how I show up, good, bad or ugly is also part of that. So, that’s how I fuel myself, sort of tending to that balance. I think that’s a big key of how I got where I am is that tending, which helps me stay present to my life.
You know that question, where do you see yourself in three to five years? I’ve always detested that question. I don’t really want to see myself in three to five years because it takes away the Easter egg hunt that I see my life as. I am following where I’m being led and keeping my eyes open. And for me, laughter and that irreverence and that play that I insist on bringing to my life, facilitates that movement forward. And it’s also the same for the people that I work with, my clients.
ERH: The laughter was so present at SheSpeaks and the joy with the people in the room. I feel it whenever you walk into the room, and hear it in your voice. It’s much needed where we are today in this world. I love the Easter egg analogy too. I have used the word journey since childhood, because I feel like it’s what keeps us present to the miracles that are all around us each day. (more…)
Of the 4.5 million people who visit the Grand Canyon each year, only 1% take the 9-mile journey to the Colorado River below. Most visitors come to the edge, take a picture, and leave. Are you taking pictures or enjoying the journey in life? Amy Wood, Psychologist, Coach, and Speaker, talks about an unplanned journey that many of us would not have chosen under similar circumstances.
Picture a current so fast and unpredictable once you go through if you make a mistake, you can’t go back to repeat it; you are only able to go forward and try to do better with the knowledge from that experience. A lot like life.
Amy’s observations and insights are extremely relative in our fast-paced world. Take a few minutes and join the conversation from her experiences on the river. Perhaps you will find an idea to make your day and life better.
Click HERE to learn more about Amy Wood and her book, Life Your Way.
ERH: I am here today with Amy Wood. She is a psychologist, a certified coach, speaker, collaborative law facilitator, and former Dow Jones manager. She has spent over 20 years leading others to greater fulfillment and achievement. She has helped countless adults all over the country become happier and more productive. How did you get interested in your work, Amy?
Amy Wood: Well, I have always been interested in psychology, and there’s actually a very simple answer to this. I went to college wanting to do something very, very practical so I could graduate and get a job right away. I thought of psychology and people kept telling me you’re going to be in school forever if you go into psychology.
So I got a degree in communications and graduated in four years. I moved to Chicago from New Orleans where I was in college and got into marketing and advertising and PR. I worked for a few different magazines. It was a lot of fun, but I wanted to do something more meaningful, and so I decided to go back to school and get my doctorate. That’s how I ended up moving to Maine and starting a practice.
ERH: That’s a great story and I like the fact that our paths are on these incredible journeys, right? And I know you have recently completed another journey, talk about that.
Amy Wood: Sure. So, I think the biggest source of stress for adults today is the constant overwhelm. Too many choices, too many disruptions, distractions, moving way too fast, and with way too much information. It’s just completely inundating at all times. There’s this new movement that’s been going around, and you said you got the book [Essentialism], which I love that book. There’s a lot of books on essentialism now, but the idea is different from minimalism.
Service Leadership and Emotional Intelligence are quickly becoming the foundations of success in business. Kris McCrea helps companies transform by aligning leadership models with nature.
Are your employees counting the minutes each day? There is a better way; leading with vision and purpose, allowing people to grow to their full potential
Who better to develop your customers and care for your patients than people who feel alive and vibrant.
Kris McCrea, President of McCrea Coaching, is a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation, a Master Practitioner in Energy Leadership, a Microsystems Coach through The Dartmouth Institute. She is also is an active member of the Forbes Coaches Council, so be on the lookout for her articles and comments on Forbes.com. Learn more at https://www.mccreacoaching.com
ERH: Let’s start with how you began this work. How did you envision leadership models turned upside down?
Kris McCrea: That’s an interesting question. For me, it goes back to growing up on a farm. From an early age being on the farm allowed me the capacity, to see people be able to do their role with purpose; everyone had a role. It meant that they were able to show up and do what they did and have pride in it.
Later as I went through school and college and moved into the workforce I quickly noticed and recognized that people weren’t always honored for the gifts that they brought to the table. I began thinking about how to get back to that place. A place where people feel a sense of pride and purpose in what they do each and every day, as opposed to just going in, hopping on the maze and looking at your watch, counting down the minutes until the workday is over.
Each of us can “Rise above our best” with simple behaviors. Patrick Veroneau shares with us practices that work as effectively at home and in our personal lives as they do at work.
He is a certified Emotional Intelligence Trainer and Coach. He developed POWER to help individuals improve outlook and results, and he uses CABLES to create stronger team connections. Patrick helps companies develop leaders from day one and his approach can help you improve your work and life.
Patrick Veroneau, Founder, Emery Leadership Group: http://emeryleadershipgroup.com
ERH: I am here today with Patrick Veroneau, the founder of Emery Leadership Group. It was named after his dad, who died when Patrick was 18. Patrick has been a consultant for over 10 years in the areas of leadership development and ethical influence. He has a Master’s in organizational leadership and is a certified coach through iPEC and a certified emotional intelligence trainer and coach through Genos. He develops leadership and team-building models to help people and organizations rise above their best.
His previous work was in medical sales, which helped him to always ask why. He loves speaking to youth groups around the idea, “Your past is your power,” and has started to implement that more with adults. He is passionate about finding ways to help others identify and develop behaviors that positively impact them and those around them. Welcome, Patrick.
Patrick Veroneau: Hey, Elizabeth. Thank you so much for having me on the show. I don’t hear the origin of my company told often, so it was nice to hear that. Certainly, my dad, although not one that held any sort of title of leader, if going back to the quote by John Quincy Adams which says, “If your actions inspire somebody to dream more, do more, learn more, and become more,” then my dad was certainly a leader. That’s really how I went about naming the company after him, it was about his ability to inspire me.
ERH: It was wonderful learning that story about the name; it’s beautiful. I want you to talk a little bit about how you got into this work, because you and I know each other through our organizing together the DisruptHR conference in Portland, Maine, which just happened in June, and I am inspired by your talk around onboarding people and developing leaders at organizations right from the beginning.
Patrick Veroneau: It has been about 10 years since I have formally been in the work, in terms of Emery Leadership Group. Prior to that, I was involved in sales training and mentoring, and have always had an interest and a passion for developing people. I started my own company because I felt like I watched so many opportunities where, because of behaviors, less was achieved. And if you look in terms of any of the engagement research that’s out there now, the needle hasn’t moved in over two decades, in regards to understanding that only about a third of employees within an organization are engaged.
Patrick Veroneau: In terms of the origin, when I went back to get my master’s, I was saying, “Well, why is that? What is it that creates disengagement?” And it was all around this idea of behaviors. If we believe that leadership is not in a title, that it’s really about actions that inspire, my thought process in this is to say, “Well, then why wait two years for somebody to go through a leadership development program? Why not set a core set of behaviors that revolve around engagement and leadership actions that inspire, right on day one within an organization?” That’s really what I’ve been focusing on now.
ERH: And for every single employee, right?
Patrick Veroneau: For every employee. Doesn’t matter.
ERH: Talk about that.