The CUInsight Experience podcast: Leo Ardine – Searching inside yourself (#21)

first_imgWelcome to episode 21 of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Hosted by Randy Smith, co-founder and publisher of In case you haven’t already heard of Leo Ardine, let me give a brief introduction. He’s the President and CEO of United Teletech Financial, a board member of the New Jersey Credit Union League, and a graduate of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. And that’s just the beginning! He’s also a coach, instructor, speaker, and facilitator. I’ve been looking forward to this conversation for a long time, and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!We start things off by chatting about meditation. Leo was trying to figure it out, he explains, when he learned that Google hacked meditation to figure out what happens to the brain when people meditate. By combining this with emotional intelligence, he explains, we can become better people. This is what held him to study at Google’s Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute.Speaking of emotional intelligence, we’ll dig into the topic: both why it’s so important (personally and professionally), and whether it’s something you’re born with or can develop. He’ll offer advice on how to get started in meditation, even if you struggle with sitting still, can’t calm your mind, or feel like you’re just generally bad at meditating. Don’t miss this episode, which I hope will help you make progress not only in your career, but your whole life! Enjoy.Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, StitcherHow to find Leo:Leo ArdinePresident and CEO, United Teletech [email protected] notes from this episode:Shout-out: Filene and John ParsonsGoogle program Leo completed: Search Inside Yourself Leadership ProgramBook mentioned: 10% Happier by Dan HarrisShout-out: Aikido master Wendy PalmerArticle mentioned: Human Contact Is Now a Luxury GoodWant more info on Emotional Intelligence? Find out more here.Book mentioned: Emotional Intelligence by Daniel GolemamArticle mentioned: At Germany’s SAP, Employees Mindfulness Leads to Higher ProfitsArticle mentioned: Neuroscience Reveals 50-Year-Olds Can Have the Brains of 25-Year-Olds If They Do This 1 ThingMeditation apps: Headspace and Insight TimerArticle mentioned: Why Google, Nike, and Apple Love Mindfulness Training, and How You Can Easily Love It TooPodcast mentioned: Tim Ferriss Show – Eric Schmidt — Lessons from a Trillion-Dollar CoachShout-out: Leo’s coach, Mike Staver.Article mentioned: David Rock’s SCARF ModelBest album: U2 – The Unforgettable Fire and the Joshua TreeBook mentioned: The Untethered Soul by Michael A. SingerBook mentioned: Desert Solitaire by Edward AbbeyPrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Jill Nowacki #4 (and episode #18), Tracie Kenyon, Samantha PaxsonYou can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here.In This Episode:[00:03] – Welcome back to the show! Randy introduces Leo Ardine, this episode’s guest.[02:42] – How did Leo get involved with the Google mindfulness training program? Will the program accept anyone who wants to take it, or is there a process to get in?[04:50] – Leo talks about whether his work in emotional intelligence is part of this program, or an add-on that he built in.[07:18] – We hear about Leo’s tips and hacks for creating space when we’re under a constant onslaught of emails, messages, and so on.[09:12] – Leo explains to listeners why emotional intelligence is so important, both in our personal lives and as a leader.[11:31] – The nature of work today makes us more insular and pulls our focus in and down, Leo points out.[14:36] – Leo makes another suggestion for listeners: turn off notifications on your phone.[15:44] – Does Leo feel like he has always had high emotional intelligence?[18:47] – We hear about the ROI for the credit union of mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and training in these topics.[22:04] – Does Leo have any hacks for the person who wants to meditate but just can’t sit still?[25:15] – For Randall, journaling is almost a form of meditation as well, he explains.[27:27] – What originally inspired Leo to take the gig as President and CEO of Teletech Financial? And how has that inspiration changed over the course of his time on the job?[29:47] – We hear how Leo would describe his leadership style, as well as how his team would describe it. He also talks about where the transition in his leadership style came from.[34:07] – As a leader, is there something that Leo’s team has heard him say so many times that they could finish his sentence?[35:40] – When Leo thinks back to early in his career, is there a mistake that he made that he also sees young leaders make over and over?[36:24] – We hear about whether Leo has had any memorable failures that led to future success.[39:46] – Leo shares a piece of advice that he has kept going back to over and over through the course of his career.[41:29] – Leo needs six things to function properly. He lists what they are.[42:27] – What does a free day look like for Leo?[43:47] – We shift into the rapid-fire round! Does Leo remember the first time he got into memorable trouble?[44:33] – Does Leo have any daily routines that his day feels off if he doesn’t do?[44:49] – What’s the best album of all time?[45:29] – Does Leo have a particular book that he keeps going back to or recommends over and over?[46:22] – What has become more important to Leo as he has gotten older, and has anything gotten less important?[47:22] – When Leo hears the word “success,” who’s the first person who comes to mind?[48:36] – Leo shares a final ask for listeners, and lists some ways people can get in touch with him. 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of he … Web: Detailslast_img read more

FA Fines Chelsea, Tottenham

first_imgThat incident was missed by the match officials but captured by television cameras, with Dembele subsequently hit with a six-match ban.Chelsea came from two goals down to ensure a share of the spoils, with Eden Hazard’s 83rd minute equaliser confirming Leicester City as Premier League champions at Tottenham’s expense.In a statement confirming the punishment, the FA referenced four separate breaches by Chelsea under rule E20 since November 2014, alongside two offences from Tottenham during the same period.Chelsea and Tottenham were also warned with regards to their future conduct following an independent regulatory commission hearing.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Football Association has fined Chelsea and Tottenham £375,000 and £225,000 respectively for failing to control their players during the 2-2 Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge on May 2.Both clubs have admitted three breaches of FA rule E20 in relation to incidents in the 45th and 87th minutes of a heated London derby.During the first confrontation, featuring numerous players from each side after a challenge between Willian and Danny Rose, Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele attempted to eye-gouge Chelsea striker Diego Costa.last_img read more

Michigan House approves bills giving families and seniors broader tax relief

first_img Categories: Hauck News,News 25Jan Michigan House approves bills giving families and seniors broader tax relief The Michigan House today approved legislation giving Michigan families and seniors broader income tax relief, including a key bill sponsored by state Rep. Roger Hauck of Union Township.The legislation continues and increases personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on their state income taxes. Other bills in the package provide additional tax relief for senior citizens.“This reform – plain and simple – is the right thing to do,” Hauck said. “It will put more money in the paychecks of our teachers, first responders, seniors and families. It will give factory workers and office workers much-deserved relief.”Hauck’s bill ensures Michigan taxpayers will be able to continue claiming personal exemptions on their income taxes after federal tax reforms signed into law last month. In addition, Hauck’s bill increases the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,800 by the 2020 tax year.A bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston provides a tax credit for those 62 and older — $100 for single filers and $200 for joint filers – in addition to the personal exemption increase. A third bill from Rep. Jeff Noble of Northville would allow taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax to continue to claim exemptions.Hauck said the state can afford to provide tax relief without hurting essential public services. The House specifically added a provision to make sure public school funding is not negatively affected by the proposal.“Michigan’s tax spenders – the special interests who like to grab other people’s hard-earned money – aren’t happy about this proposal,” Hauck said. “But that’s not surprising. They are never going to feel like they have enough of our tax dollars to spend. They will never think the time is right for tax relief. But the time is right, and the time is now.”House Bills 5420-22 advance to the Senate for consideration.###last_img read more