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Episode 53: This Isn’t The Job I Thought It Was – Maria Pietroforte

Happy Team Members = Profitable Company

Set yourself up for success!  Today’s guest, Maria Pietroforte, offers customized coaching to help create a culture of connection, intention, and growth.  In this podcast she uses her unique perspective to help inspire ambition in those looking for change and also exposes blind spots that could be holding you back.  If you are thinking about a career change or even just wondering if the job you are currently in is the right fit for you then you definitely want to listen in!

  • 1:10 – Meet Maria – entrepreneur, motivational speaker, organizational strategist with 30 years experience in turnarounds and startups
  • 2:25 – Job opportunities are everywhere and many people are making job changes following the pandemic
  • 3:25 – What if the job isn’t what you thought it would be?
  • 3:53 – Some companies can appear great from the outside, but it’s what they look like on the inside that counts – do they value their employees?
  • 4:44 – Do they say one thing, but do another?
  • 5:27 – People pleasers – why hire people pleasers? – They tend to be customer service people and since they aim to please.  They don’t like to rock the boat, but that also makes it hard to get honest feedback.
  • 6:30 – Companies weren’t structurally built from a place where the team is first.  Most were built with revenue first and this needs to be flipped.    
  • 7:16 – Step 1- talk to someone in (HR is a good place to start)
  • 8:47 – Employee engagement is really important – if you’re not listening to your employees and asking them questions then you’re not going to know what’s going on
  • 9:45 – Do your research! – before you jump ship research the other company to find out if their words match their actions
  • 10:30 – Look at turnover rates – most people know if the position isn’t for them in 6-9 months.  If there is a lot of turnover in this timeframe beware. 
  • 11:39 – Be prepared – have a list of questions for your interview and when your negotiating, including what’s the career path and get an org chart
  • 13:24 – Map it out – clearly show career paths so anyone can see what steps they need to take depending on where they want to go
  • 14:00 – What’s your ambition? – it’s not always just about the money
  • 14:30 – Exit strategy – be aware of your exit strategy and make sure you think about the full picture.  Give notice and let the company have some control over how you announce it and part on good terms
  • 15:33 – Check out websites like Glassdoor – see what people are saying about the organization and formulate questions around what you find out
  • 16:06 – Make a list of what you want – PTO, sick days, bonuses, reviews?
  • 17:01 – If they ask you to join them in less than 2 weeks they aren’t respectful of others in the business place and that’s a red flag
  • 18:18 – If a company is fixed on we can’t, we can’t, we can’t during the interview –  think twice about joining that company

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Episode 52: Leading With Resiliency – Michele Wierzgac

If you don’t go after it, you will never have it!

Want to be an “ass kicking woman”? In Episode 52, guest Michele Wierzgac, author of the forthcoming book, Ass Kicking Women: How They Leverage Their Informal Network For Success, provides tips on how you can set yourself up to be a leader!

  • 1:02 – Meet Michele – Leadership expert, keynote speaker, and author 
  • 2:01 – New book coming soon  – Ass Kicking Women: How They Leverage Their Informal Networks For Success
  • 2:38 – Challenge resiliency – look at the positive side of life
  • 3:07 – Texas Apartment Association – attendees provide motivation 
  • 3:48 – Act as the conduit 
  • 3:58 – Be authentic
  • 5:04 – Be inspired – stories of success and struggles inspired her
  • 5:39 – What is the book about? – Written about everyday people who are successful – not celebrities
  • 6:27 – Discovered 10 core elements to being a successful ass kicking woman 
  • 6:53 – Natural connectors – one element is always willing to help people connect to others
  • 7:45 – Do one simple thing and change your method just a little bit – you will find success
  • 9:45 – Go against the grain
  • 10:10 – Find your spark
  • 11:23 – Be disciplined – be goal-oriented instead of being jealous of others
  • 12:46 – Do one thing at a time – make a list and don’t do anything else until it’s done
  • 13:13 – Being older makes life easier because you’re wiser
  • 14:00 – Start early
  • 14:28 – Be an optimist – always see the light
  • 15:20 – Women Don’t Ask book by Linda Babcock & Sara Laschever – if you don’t have the courage to ask you won’t ever advance
  • 16:38 – “No” is better than not knowing
  • 17:24 – Literally write it out and provide guidance to train young women
  • 19:28 – Ask someone to be your mentor – (yes, you have to ask!)
  • 19:54 – The more you give the more you receive

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Episode 51: Multifamily Technology and Beyond – Lucas Haldeman

With new technology comes new opportunities!

Lucas Haldeman, CEO and founder of SmartRent, joins us to talk about how property owners, managers and homebuilders are using new SMART technology to more effectively manage their operations. Find out how technology like self-guided tours, parking management, access control, and SMART home automation solutions are benefiting both property managers and residents.

  • 1:04 – Meet Lucas – Founder & CEO of SmartRent and has spent over two decades developing web-based technology for the real estate industry
  • 2:42 – Technology –  Why do we need it?
  • 3:00 – Idea for SmartRent – developed as a solution to help operators who were frustrated because there was no good enterprise control of smart homes 
  • 3:56 – Everyone wins – the operator benefited, but the residents wanted it as well.  Over 90% of residents engage with the app on a weekly basis.
  • 5:20 – So what is the SmartRent App – provides seamless integrations and a robust range of product offerings that can all be managed from one interface.  Allows residents to control smart thermostats and let guests in without a physical key, as well as monitor utility usage, environmental sensors, safety and security.
  • 6:40 – Newest product offering – Alloy Parking 
  • 7:27 – Purpose of Alloy Parking – creates a database of what parking exists and where it exists and then layers in resident and guest parking services 
  • 8:10 – How does Alloy work? – features smart sensors in the parking lot and a smart window tag for cars and then it pushes notifications to the driver to let them know where to park
  • 8:40 – Added benefits to owners – Allows owners to monetize guest parking
  • 9:25 – What drives new technology? – Product roadmap comes from customers – it is driven by owners, operators, and residents 
  • 10:31 – 2020- the year of self-guided tours – owners embraced this change during COVID and realized the benefits
  • 11:45 – Key issue – We are trying to lease apartments when people don’t want to be shopping for them – most self-guided tours happen from 7-9 a.m. 
  • 12:35 – Benefit – Technology enhances the work environment and makes a complicated job easier.  Also helps reduce staff turnover.
  • 13:45 – Biggest perk – the unification of all these point solutions is what the residents like the most
  • 15:11 What’s up and coming? – deeper and more integrations including building and mechanical sensors that can help owners understand ESG scores and improve them
  • 17:46 – Teamwork – Everyone is aligning to make this impactful.


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Lucas Haldeman, CEO and founder of SmartRent, has spent the last two decades innovating and developing property management technology for the real estate industry. Haldeman’s in-depth multifamily knowledge and experience uniquely position him to start SmartRent. He felt compelled to create the suite of solutions after noticing recurring pain points for property owners and managers that could be solved with IoT and smart home technology solutions managed from an enterprise level. Prior to founding SmartRent, he served as the chief technology and marketing officer of Colony Starwood Homes where Mr. Haldeman and his team developed a platform that was instrumental in helping the business acquire, renovate, lease and manage more than 40,000 single-family homes. Previously, he served as the CIO and marketing officer for Beazer Pre-Owned Rental Homes and was the founder and managing partner of Nexus Property Management.

Episode 50: Coming Out of A Crisis – Jason Stoughton

“The #1 responsibility of a leader is to define reality.” 

How do you control your thoughts, decisions, and actions during a time of crisis? In EPISODE 50, guest Jason Stoughton joins us to talk about personal development and the steps you can take to provide clarity during difficult times. With easy tips and valuable insight, this is an episode you won’t want to miss! 

  • :56 – Meet Jason – International speaker, coach & trainer in value-based leadership and personal development 
  • 2:39 – We all have a unique story – once we step inside our story and decide to own it we no longer have to stand outside of it and struggle for our worthiness 
  • 2:58 – Jason’s story – grew up in a toxic environment and believed he was the problem.  Contemplating suicide when he heard a message of hope that helped him to see life differently.
  • 4:18 – Rather than letting circumstances define us, they should refine us 
  • 4:41 – To change your circumstances you have to first change yourself
  • 5:20 – A house of mirrors – life can be distorted when your focusing on the wrong things
  • 5:45 – Importance of intentional growth and proper focus
  • 6:47 – We all battle distractions – as leaders we have to have the right context
  • 7:25 – John Maxwell’s definition of a crisis – an intense time of difficulty requiring a decision that will ultimately become a turning point.
  • 8:00 – Like all crises, they will pass – as leaders just need to stay strong and steady
  • 8:27 – As adults, we get set in our ways and tend to lose focus, which results in 3 things
  • 8:44 – First, mind wandering – focusing on what could happen instead of what is happening
  • 9:27 – Second, negative thinking – everything that could go wrong is/will go wrong
  • 9:36 – Third, uncertain anxiety – fear of the unknown
  • 10:57 – Start with clarity – be visible and present 
  • 11:54 – Communicate from a position of awareness
  • 12:40 – Hope is an active virtue
  • 13:52 – Take the initiative – ask the question “Have you thought about this?”
  • 15:33 – Assessment tools (DISC) – understanding how we are wired and the differences in human behavior
  • 18:11 – Focus on ourselves and identify what we can do better
  • 18:28 – ACT – A(apply) C(change) T(teach)
  • 19:18 – Creating a leadership culture – test, fail, learn, improve
  • 20:02 – D style learner – focus on controlling environment and achievement
  • 20:48 – I style learner – cheerleader
  • 21:18 – S style learner – supporting
  • 21:46 – C style learner – committed to the bottom line
  • 22:18 – Relationships are the foundation to success

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Episode 49 –  The Secrets of Winning With People – Rommel Anacan

Say what you meanmean what you saybut don’t say it mean.”

Episode 49 features guest Rommel Anacan – an expert in helping people create relationships that celebrate their INFLUENCE and IMPACT!  Check out our podcast to learn easy tips on how you too can harness the power of human connection to achieve the success you desire!

  • :41 – Meet Rommel – Speaker. Strategist. Consultant. Coach. Writer.  
  • 2:52 – In the beginning – It can take being blindsided by a significant change to realize your communication skills need improvement.
  • 3:41 – Lesson learned – You may cry, but you will also gain the confidence to begin to reframe some things in your life for the good. 
  • 4:30 – Becoming a leader – After you learn to use these skills then you can start to train others on how to connect and communicate
  • 5:32 – Oblivious – Most people aren’t aware of their lacking communication skills.  We take assessment tests, but those just help us see the difference between ourselves and others – they don’t make us aware that we may be part of the problem.
  • 6:55 – Ah-ha moment – This moment usually comes when something bad happens, a discouragement, or a disappointment that shifts your world and makes you aware of your impact on people (both positive and negative).
  • 8:10 – Different people are triggered by different things.  
  • 10:05 – Communication is something we actually need to work on – stop the “it’s them, not me” cycle.
  • 11:01 – Tips to start – Do a deep dive. 
  • 11:50 – Grow & Go – the path to where you want to go is paved by how much you want to grow 
  • 12:09 – Maximize your positive impact and minimize your negative impact.
  • 12:15 – You know what to do – just pause and listen to yourself.
  • 13:12 – Ponder this – If someone were stuck in a car with you for 8 hours what would your impact on them be? 
  • 14:08 – Start your growth journey – It’s going to be messy, awkward, and weird at times, but it will be worth it.
  • 14:20 – The power of 1 – You can trigger change by taking steps forward.  
  • 15:45 – As you grow, they grow.
  • 16:34 – Assume good intentions
  • 17:50 – Be internally & externally aware – know what you bring to the party and pay attention to the signs people give you
  • 19:28 – If what you are doing isn’t working, then do something different 
  • 19:53 – Be authentic 

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Episode 48: Virtual Communication Success – Lori Klinka

Statistics show 85% of your success comes from your ability to communicate well!

In Episode 48, professional speaker, actress, and teacher Lori Klinka joins us to talk about how to communicate virtually.  Over the last year, we have seen a big shift from face-to-face communication to a more virtual setting.  While this has proven to be beneficial it has also caused some challenges.  Lori provides us with tips and tricks to help us make the best of our new virtual communication environment.  Learn how to set up your home office, prepare for a virtual interview, and even how to avoid Zoom fatigue!  

  • :55 – Meet Lori – professional speaker, actress & teacher
  • 2:20 – Use humor – everyone needs to laugh
  • 3:38  -Virtual is not going away. It’s here to stay.
  • 4:04 – Tips and tricks for working from home
    • 4:09 – Keep your computer screen about an arm’s length from you 
    • 4:51 – Have your camera on your computer at eye level 
    • 6:07 – Put bright duct tape above your camera so you remember to look at it when on a call
  • 7:08 – Virtual job interviews 
  • 7:52 – Avoid Zoom fatigue – hide yourself and put your camera on speaker view
  • 9:15 – Up your communication skills to advance in your career
  • 10:21 – Things you can do to improve your professionalism on-line
    • keep the background simple on calls
    • keep people, animals, and clutter out of view
  • 13:02 – Zoom is the new norm
  • 14:24 – Show your personality with your surroundings
  • 15:45 – Improve your communication skills – start with the big picture…think about what they need to know.  Not about what you want to tell them. 
  • 16:21 – Dealing with a contract. – What’s in it for me? 
  • 16:45 – Think about your audience – What do you want them to think, feel and do?
  • 15:53 – What?  So what?  Now What?
  • 17:28 – Get your audience’s buy-in as to why they need to listen to you


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