Insight To Action Leadership Innovation Podcast

Humanity stands at the critical intersection where you can actively participate in designing destiny. Business has an important role to play as does each person. Episodes feature leaders in consciousness and in business who are restoring healthy relationships and regenerating Life's support systems by tapping into deeper levels of human potential. #spiritual literacy #business #consciousness #inspired #innovation Thanks to Mark Romero Music for the music.
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Nov 26, 2016


Rich Sheridan hated work. He was one of those guys who took the long way to work, found a way to beam out during the day and was one of the top recognized performers. Seventeen years ago he realized he couldn’t keep working that way so along with a few partners he founded Menlo Innovations and created the workplace he wanted to work at. Today, as companies realize their workplace culture is a strategic advantage to business, companies come to Menlo to find out how to do what Menlo does every day of the week.

Menlo Innovations designs and builds custom software. That sounds pretty ordinary until you hear their purpose.

“Our mission as an organization is to end human suffering in the world as it relates to technology.”TM

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • How to create an intentionally joyful culture.
  • The difference between joy and happiness and why joy includes conflict and diverse views.
  • Why having absolute clarity on who you serve as a company is critical.
  • What he had to learn and unlearn as a leader.
  • The difference between an intrinsic and extrinsic reward system.
  • Why high paid team members become bitter.
  • Why he has the title: Chief Storyteller
  • Tips for creating an intentionally joyful culture.
  • Why the Menlo Ways isn’t the Toyota Way and why you need to find your own way.
  • An invitation from Rich to visit Menlo and learn.

June 2001, Rich Sheridan and three others took lessons learned from experimenting with creating joy and applied them to Menlo Innovations, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. That was fifteen years ago. Today Rich is the CEO and Chief Storyteller of Menlo. Menlo has won the Alfred Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility for eight straight years. The author of Joy, Inc. Rich mentors entrepreneurs and companies bold enough to embark on creating a customer-centric workplace. For more information go to:

This episode features the music of business innovation/Academy of Rock wizard Peter Cook. You'll find more of his music and his business cross over work at


Nov 18, 2016

You hear a lot about autism today. Seen through a pathological lens, autism is a brain disorder. Seen as a specialized form of intelligence, it is a huge pool of untapped talent for companies seeking talent particularly in the IT sector. SAP, Microsoft have launched programs to fill all kinds of roles including software testing, data analysis, quality assurance to IT project management, graphic design, finance administration and human resources. Most of Silicon Valley is on the autistic spectrum. Neuro-diversity adds to the workplace extraordinary ability in pattern recognition, attention to detail, sequencing and logic and, by adding training and support, the required social and communication skills.But you don’t have to be a big company to benefit from this pool of intelligence.

In this episode Carol Simpson, CEO of Focus Professional Services explains why adding neuro-diversity makes your workplace better in terms of communication and productivity outcomes while being socially responsible . Focus provides software testing and data quality services to organizations in the Vancouver, Canada area.

The solution that Carol’s company offers is one that recognizes the unique advantage of neuro-specialized intelligence. Carol’s company hires and trains people on the autistic spectrum, provides training, and then delivers software development services to companies ready to up their performance through adding diversity.

You’ll hear:

  • A story of one person on the spectrum who’d been ‘failed’ by many workplaces, who finally found one where he was accepted and could contribute (after training).
  • Why communication in the workplace dramatically improves thanks to the presence of neuro-specialized individuals on the team who don’t need social approval.
  • The personal reason why Carol started Focus Point Pro and what she’s learned from her sons.
  • How neuro-specialized individuals benefit client outcomes plus how a sense of contribution and belonging benefits the social and resilience skills of Focus employees.
  • How Carol finds overlooked talent.
  • About the adjustments team members make to fit into the workplace and what clients learn through the process of adding neuro-specialized individuals to their teams
  • How Carol deals with unconscious bias, fear of diversity/difference when marketing
  • Tips for employers who claim they can’t find talent?
  • Tips for neuro-specialized individuals who have experienced discrimination or abuse in the workplace by insensitive management or co-workers?
  • A personal story about a high school teacher’s advice to her autistic son and what happened afterward.

To find out more about Carol Simpson’s company go to her website and watch the video featuring staff and clients): 


Twitter @focus_ps

Connect to Focus on LinkedIn:

This episode features the music of business innovation/Academy of Rock wizard Peter Cook. You'll find more of his music and his business cross over work at


Nov 12, 2016

Nearsoft is a software development company with a distinct advantage in attracting and retaining talented developers. In 2007 it all started with 8 staff that is now 240 and growing world-wide. Co-founder Matt Perez is viewed as a pioneer in workplace innovation by my colleague Doug Kirkpatrick and in this interview you'll find out why. 

We talk about:

  • How the company began - the inspiration for starting up as a self-managed company
  • How staff initiated leadership teams function as a dynamic hierarchy
  • The role of transparency in replacing assumptions with real information and in reinforcing fairness
  • Why there's more structure in self-managed companies than where power is centralized
  • The inspiration and benefits to a healthy workplace environment
  • The connection between playfulness and creativity
  • How to scale freedom to contribute
  • How decisions are made in an intentional and structured way

Matt credits the role of Ricardo Semler's book The 7-day Work Week and mentions participation in WorldBlu for freedom-centric companies. At the end, uou'll receive an offer you can't refuse from Matt who is committed and serious about helping other companies both make the transition to workplaces that work for people (including clients). Learn more at 

The episode closes with a track provided by business innovation maestro Peter Cook. You'll find more of his music and his business cross over work at

Much thanks to Doug Kirkpatrick for continuing to steer me to companies leading the way in future workplace design happening today. 

Nov 4, 2016

Companies that mimic life are an emerging genre that operate on radically different principles than traditionally managed companies. The leading exemplars share four distinctive advantages over traditionally managed firms.

They are:

  1. More adaptive
  2. More profitable,
  3. More sustainable,
  4. Longer lived.

As clear profit leaders in their global industries, all receive top grades for sustainability and ethical leadership from independent resources. In addition, their average and median ages exceed a century. 

What is it that these companies do differently? None are tech firms. T

he research index Joseph Bragdon assembled in 1996 includes companies that are in sectors known for being eco-and social risk laden. In this episode, we talk about what Jay's research reveals about companies that see themselves as part of the living system that supports all life on the planet and why these companies lead a return to better business. For more information see For the book head over to Amazon. Companies That Mimic Life

The episode ends with a track courtesy of Mark Romero: Track is called Alignment. Mark's music has been verified by a physicist to restore balance and harmony (coherence) to your physical state.