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Applying Peer Group Learnings to Business Teams with Leo Bottary


In this episode of Training Unleashed, Evan’s guest Leo Bottary, founder and managing partner of Peernovation, LLC, gives you a different way of thinking about the culture of accountability. The conversation centers around applying the learnings from peer groups into teams in your business. Leo explains how peer groups can help with employee retention and engagement, AND retention of information taught in training!!!

When Evan asked Leo, how he decided to take what he learned about peer groups and recreate it inside an organization? he explained the concept has been a decade in the making. That in looking at what made a peer group effective and what made a team effective—there were a lot of similarities. In peer groups you have “individuals who come together to help one another achieve their individual goals. While a team comes together to achieve a collective goal or shared work product.”

Evan asked Leo to tell us what he’s learned about peer (groups) that can be brought into an organization?

One of the things that Leo touched on is the concept of psychological safety being fundamental to peer groups. That when people come together as a group, they need to trust each other and feel that they can safely talk about what they don’t know, what they’re afraid of and what mistakes they’ve made. Leo continued by explaining, “When they come together, they’re sharing, often times deep personal and business issues with one another, they have trust that what happens in the room stays in the room. And that they’re helping one another in that way. And in teams it’s not a lot different, you’ve got to be able to share and be open with one another as peer groups do.”

Leo shared five things that he thinks are important learnings from peer groups that can be applied to teams, as well as the best way to roll out the concept to your organization. Listen to the entire interview to hear them all… and remember to stay to the end to hear his one big tip!

About Our Guest

Leo Bottary is the founder and managing partner of Peernovation, LLC. He is a sought-after thought leader on Peer Advantage and Peernovation, emerging disciplines dedicated to strategically engaging peers to achieve personal and organizational excellence. A popular author, keynote speaker, and workshop facilitator, he also serves as an instructor for Rutgers University and Opinion Columnist for CEOWORLD Magazine.

Prior to teaching for Rutgers, Leo was an adjunct professor for Seton Hall University, where he led graduate-level online learning teams and on-campus residencies in the areas of leadership and strategic communication. In April 2015, he was named adjunct teacher of the year for its College of Communication and the Arts.

Earlier in his career, Leo served in senior leadership positions at Mullen and Hill & Knowlton, where he was also Director of Client Service for the US. In the mid-1990s, he founded a public relations agency that a leading industry trade publication hailed as a regional powerhouse, new media pioneer, and great place to work. Leo earned a BA from Jacksonville University, an MA in Strategic Communication and Leadership from Seton Hall University, and completed his doctoral coursework at Northeastern University.

2021-04-21T14:19:17-04:00January 20, 2021|

Establishing a Noble Purpose with Elizabeth Lotardo


In this energizing episode of Training Unleashed, Evan speaks with Elizabeth Lotardo, VP of Client Services at McLeod & More (and self-proclaimed training nerd) about the concept of noble purpose behind the book, “Selling with Noble Purpose,” that Elizabeth co-authored. According to Elizabeth, purpose-driven organizations score high in customer retention, employee engagement and other quantitative metrics.

Evan kicked off the interview by asking Elizabeth, “what is a noble purpose?”

Elizabeth’s response, “A noble purpose is a declarative statement about the impact you make on someone else. You’ll hear a lot in business we talk about the why, the higher calling, some people call it a mission or a vision, we call it the noble purpose. It is the essence of why you exist as a business or why you exist as a person.”

Evan continued the conversation by asking, “what was the genesis of the idea” of a noble purpose?

“The genesis of the idea is that people want to feel good. Beyond food and shelter we have core needs as human beings for belonging and significance. We want to be part of something greater than ourselves and we want our work to matter.”

Elizabeth continued, “[t”he crux of nobel purpose, Selling with Noble Purpose, the first edition which obviously came first, was born out of a research study which identified how that feeling of pride how that impact lens played out in a sales capacity. What we know is that sales is really measurable and you can see now from the research a clear difference in sales and in other professions of the people who do keep that purpose at the fore of their heart who show up every day to make an impact on their colleagues and customers and the people who are only focused on their own individual metrics.

“The difference in performance is really clear on an individual level and of course an organizational level. We’re seeing all kinds of data that the organizations who operate as purpose-driven businesses hit it out of the park on metrics like customer retention, innovation metrics, employee engagement, all those quantitative things we work so hard to adjust.”

Elizabeth notes that being a purpose-driven leader or being a purpose driven employee is a learnable practice and the way you learn it is by through closely connecting with the impact you have on others. She shares an exercise to help people find their purpose or connect to the purpose of your organization. But, you’ll need to tune into the episode to get her recommended exercise.

And, don’t forget to listen to the end of the episode for Elizabeth’s tip!

Elizabeth’s Giveaway

If you think your sales team could use a little more purpose, check out our assessment: Creating a Tribe of True Believers today!

About Our Guest

Elizabeth Lotardo is a consultant, researcher, and co-author of Selling with Noble Purpose: How to Drive Revenue and Do Work that Makes You Proud.

As the VP of Services at sales leadership consultancy McLeod & More, Elizabeth leads sales transformation initiatives for clients like Oracle, G Adventures, and Fiserv. She is a popular LinkedInLearning author, and her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and on NPR.

With an undergraduate degree in advertising from Boston University and a Master’s in Organizational Psychology, Elizabeth has enabled firms to drive employee engagement, competitive differentiation, and ultimately revenue.

2021-04-21T15:15:52-04:00January 12, 2021|

Creating a Framework for Well-Being with Paul Sherman


In this episode of Training Unleashed, Evan speaks with Paul Sherman, executive coach and co-founder of Ask What Matters?! about the importance of well-being and the benefits of well-being as a learnable skillset and how it enhances performance and engagement in the workplace.

“When we think about wellness think about physiological wellness…” Paul explained, “Well-being is an entirely different construct. It builds on wellness. So when you think about well being, I see myself in the training and well-being business. Well-being is fundamentally about having people be grounded at their best selves. So when you think about the components of well-being, yes there’s the physical health side, which encompasses wellness, but you also look with well-being, you look at having the sense of purpose. Having clarity about who you are fundamentally. What you want in the world. Who you want to be in the world. So, there’s an element of personal leadership with well-being. And there’s also, too, an element of social connection.”

Paul continued, “so when you look at the three prongs of well-being: it’s purpose, it’s health—both physical and emotional, and connection.”

Evan asked Paul to go deeper into leadership and mindset, and how they relate to well-being.

“If you cut to the chase, well-being is fundamentally about you being your best person. In all aspects of your life. You being as non-reactive and as creative and responsive as you can be. And I use the word leader when I talk about well-being because when your well-being is high, you’re actually the leader of your life. A leader across the board. In all aspects of your life.”

Listen to the episode to learn more how you can create a framework for well-being in your organization to enhance performance and engagement.

Paul’s Giveaway

We are pleased to offer Training Unleashed listeners a complimentary Kindle version of our book, Ask What Matters?! A Practical Approach to Your Total Well-Being. Email Paul, [email protected] to get your copy today.

About Our Guest

Paul Sherman, executive coach and co-founder of Ask What Matters?!, is a certified professional coach, workshop leader, and author specializing in individual, team and organizational performance. Over his 25 year career he has brought his unique blend of people and business acumen to over 50 major corporations and government agencies worldwide. His extensive experience includes leadership development, organizational assessment, and implementing strategic change initiatives including mergers, product launches, and new information technologies.

A pioneer in the emerging field of Team Coaching, Paul is co-founder of Team Coaching International (TCI), a global coaching services company with a presence in 45 countries. He is co-author of Team Coaching: A Systems View, published in the International Journal of Coaching in Organizations. He has been a featured speaker on the topic of team coaching vs. team building at the annual international conference of the Association for Talent Development. Paul’s team coaching specialties include cross-functional, project and leadership teams in a variety of disciplines and industries.

As an executive coach Paul is committed to helping middle and senior level managers to develop their values-based authentic leadership in the context of managing for results. He is a firm believer that in order to change behavior, one must look at the underlying thoughts, beliefs and feelings that drive behavior. His clients characterize his coaching style as candid, passionate, feedback-intensive, empathetic, authentic, pragmatic, and business-focused.

2021-04-21T14:21:42-04:00December 15, 2020|

Large Group Orientation with Amanda Gallant


In this episode of Training Unleashed, Evan speaks with Amanda Gallant, Director of Human Resources at Sunday River about orientation, training across multiple lines of business and training volunteers.

As with many seasonal businesses, Sunday River has challenges that come with transitioning to their busy season and adding over 1100 team members with 400-500 new hires—especially this year with the added challenge of managing the transition during a pandemic.

When Evan asked about the big idea Sunday River implemented to manage orientation this year, this is what Amanda had to say:

“Our orientation, up until to this year, is super fun. We have this big blow out every October typically where we get 400 to 500 people that come back to the resort—it’s typically rehires and very few new hires that come to this big orientation. But it is anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and we talk about the resort updates, new things—capital project that we’ve done over the summer. It’s like our welcome back homecoming party. Um, so this year with COVID it’s been a challenge because we still want to have this fun atmosphere and community building piece of it but we really can’t get a group of 400 to 500 people in one room at the same time.

So, what we decided to do, and actually our CEO of Boyne, Allan Curcher, sent an email to us promoting what a large retailer was doing in their parking lots to get more people just to be outside and do things. It was a drive-in movie theatre. It was in this retailer’s parking lot. And so we were looking at it… and he was proposing it with the idea of can we do this with guests? Is there something—a fun activity we can do with guests. One of our team members on the senior team members, our GM of the Summit Hotel said, ‘why don’t we do that for orientation?’

Listen to the whole episode to find out more about Sunday River’s COVID-style orientation.

About Our Guest

Amanda Gallant is the Director of Human Resources at Sunday River Resort in Newry, Maine. She started at the resort in 2013, holding various positions in the Marketing department before transitioning into Human Resources in 2017. Amanda graduated from Husson University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Administration. Having grown up in the Western Maine Mountains, her return to the area after college was a natural fit.

2021-04-21T14:22:33-04:00December 8, 2020|

Using the Entrepreneurial Operating System for Growth with Jeff Chastain


In this episode of Training Unleashed, Evan speaks with Jeff Chastain founder of Admentus, Inc. about how he helps businesses become more operationally efficient and effective using the Entrepreneurial Operating System.

Jeff explains his approach to Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS), “EOS is based on the foundation, it’s like the old parable of build a house on the rock or build it on the sand, the house is the same. Every business is going to face storms, whether it’s a global pandemic or a key employee leaving—it all comes down to the foundation.”

He continues, “What have you got your house built on? What do you have your business built on? And if you have a solid foundation on it, when it comes time for the storm, or when it comes time to scale or grow, it’s much easier to do so successfully, because you’ve got that foundation laid.”

Don’t forget to listen for Jeff’s tip at the end.

Jeff’s giveaway

A free 90-minute workshop! Visit to sign up for the workshop.

2021-04-21T14:24:27-04:00December 2, 2020|

Storytelling Video with Trevor Rappleye

Evan Hackel sits down with Trevor Rappleye. Trevor is the CEO Of Corporate and Franchise Filming, a company that specializes in producing hi-quality video content, specifically storytelling video. Some topics discussed include what storytelling video is, how to produce engaging video content for today’s audiences, best practices when it comes to video equipment and more. Visit to learn more. Thanks for listening!

2021-04-22T10:38:39-04:00October 27, 2020|

Business Coaching with Sky Stephens


Evan sits down with Sky Stephens. Sky is a coach with Association of Professional Builders. APB helps transform custom home builders into professional home builders through marketing and coaching support. Some topics discussed include how APB got started and what it is today, how to get companies to buy into business coaching, best practices for keeping training alive and exciting, thoughts on the benefits of having a company book club and much, much more. 

2021-04-22T12:08:00-04:00October 19, 2020|

Responsibility and Accountability with Ed Evarts

In this episode Evan Hackel sits down with Ed Evarts. Ed Evarts is the founder and president of Excellius Leadership Development, an organization focused on coaching mid- to senior- level leaders and their teams in business environments. Some topics discussed include Responsibility vs. accountability, advice on how to have a successful career, how responsibility impacts companies, thoughts on business culture and milestones and more. To learn more about Ed and his company Excellius visit

2021-04-22T10:44:51-04:00October 8, 2020|

Thriving in Difficult Times with Meridith Elliott Powell

In this episode Evan Hackel is joined by Meridith Elliott Powell. Meridith is a motivational business speaker, business growth strategist and award-winning author. Some topics discussed include how uncertainty can be a necessity for growth, best practices for conditioning yourself for change, accepting change and how to benefit from change, thoughts on moving from speaking in person to speaking virtually and more. Visit for more information on Meridith and details on her free offer. Thanks for listening!

2021-04-22T10:40:06-04:00September 29, 2020|

Data Best Practices with Dr. John Johnson

Evan Hackel sits down with Dr. John Johnson. John founded and helped build Edgeworth Economics into a world-class economic consulting firm, bringing together a group of the brightest, most rigorously trained economists in the industry. Some topics discussed include how data can improve training in your organization, best practices for obtaining data and how to track results, the importance of properly analyzing data and more. Click HERE for more information on Dr. John Johnson..

2021-04-22T09:53:58-04:00September 23, 2020|
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