This week on Voices of Courage, host Ken D. Foster is joined by Greg Milano, the founder and chief executive officer of Fortuna Advisors LLC and a leading expert in capital allocation, behavioral finance, and incentive compensation design.
And Michaela Renee Johnson, an award-winning author, licensed psychotherapist, and host of the podcast, Be You Find Happy, which encourages people to speak their truth with grace and live a courageous life of authenticity, to discuss how we can shift to having more happiness and success in all areas of our lives.
Ken starts off the show discussing how to turn a critical mindset into a positive one that follows personal inner wisdom. We can supersize ourselves by listening to our inner selves and reconsidering how we respond to outside stimuli.
Ken introduces Greg Milano, founder of Fortuna Advisors, and a thought leader and expert in capital allocation, behavioral finance, and incentive compensation. Ken asks about Greg’s idea that you should always act like a CEO at work. Greg responds that you should behave like a leader in how you think about the long term and invest in your business. This is how you are taken more seriously in the workplace and enjoy your own work. Working to make your business meaningful and differentiated will lead to a long-term pay off in money and happiness.
Ken asks Greg for stories of how companies have shifted how the relate to employees after quarantine. Greg says companies that were able to switch to online have found many people like this new healthy work-life balance and they are more attentive and productive throughout the workday. The companies that are thinking about the future instead of only the current situation as they deal with the online transition are eventually going to be the most successful.
Ken asks, how do you work with individuals who are trying to open up their creativity in new circumstances at this time? Greg says measuring performance against plans or budgets might be the worst thing you can do to impact an employee’s performance. Managers should have some autonomy to create a plan that is in line with the company’s goals, but gives them room to be passionate about what they’re doing. Greg authored a book, Curing Corporate Short-Termism, about how companies set goals, measure performance, allocate resources, train people, and more. This book is perfect for CEOs and employees who want to shift their company’s focus from the short term to the long term. You can visit the website FortunaAdvisors.com or Amazon to find a copy of Greg’s book.
Ken introduces Michaela Renee Johnson, an author, psychotherapist, and host of the podcast Be You Find Happy, which addresses being happy and stepping into courage. Ken asks Michaela why she thinks her podcast has found so much success. Michaela said she started to see people using her hashtag on Instagram that she created before the podcast, #beyoufindhappy. In her experience as a psychotherapist she also came to realize that most people are searching for ways to be happy. Michaela talks about the harm of social isolation, as great as FaceTime and Zoom are, we are not getting enough real, physical interaction at this time. Ken asks, how do we find happiness at this time? Michaela says you are responsible for what you consume – make wise choices for yourself and search for things that will make you happy. If the news cycle is upsetting you, take some time off to do something you love. Make an effort to connect with friends and family because everyone is having a difficult time right now. Showing up for friends and family will help you validate yourself and improve your own happiness as well as theirs.
Michaela talks about how to address overwhelming stress – set a timer and allow yourself to worry for 10 minutes. Once the timer goes off, take action. When we take control of our life, we become confident. When we’re confident, we realize we have the tools we need to find success and happiness and need less validation from others.
Ken asks how someone who’s made bad choices finds the courage to step back in. Michaela says you can begin leaning on others, whether through an app, support group, or friends and family, to help you get back on track. Every part of your life is beautiful in its own way – sometimes reaching your lowest is the inspiration you need to find your highest potential. You never stop learning to be happy, it is a lifelong process. If you’d like to read more from Michaela, you can pick up her books Teetering on Disaster and Empowered and Motivational Journal for Women on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other book-selling platforms.