October 10, 2017
PERMISSION TO SCREW UP is the laugh-out-loud, inspiring story about how Kristen learned to lead, not despite her mistakes, but because of them. As she took her business from living-room-based startup to local powerhouse, Kristen made almost every mistake in the book: giving out hugs instead of feedback, fixing employee errors instead of enforcing accountability, and throwing parties instead of cultivating meaningful relationships. But when things weren’t working and failure seemed imminent, Kristen turned her problems into opportunities to learn and grow.
PERMISSION TO SCREW UP follows Kristen’s journey to build a company in which people are happy, loyal, productive, and empowered—even as they scrub toilets. Though she started as an almost comically inept leader, Kristen is now a sought-after CEO who teaches others how to lead by rejecting perfection and embracing mistakes. And a decade later, Student Maid is thriving.
September 14, 2017
Toni Freeland is the Director of Learning and Development at Wolverine World Wide, a global footwear and apparel wholesale and retail organization with 12 brands, including Merrell, Saucony, Sperry, Keds, and Chaco. Over her 22 year career with Wolverine, Toni has served in a variety of Human Resource roles including talent acquisition and
recruitment, employee relations, learning and development, and organizational development. Listen in as Toni discusses how she works to help others realize their potential, one person at a time, one interaction at a time, one day at a time.
June 14, 2017
Today, Dr. Jerry Zandstra sits down with Jerry Kaminski, learning and development leader at Consumers Energy. Having spent over 30 years in L&D, Jerry has worked at multiple multinational organizations and has led thousands of people. Listen in as Jerry discusses how he works to effectively develop roughly 16,000 people every year.
March 20, 2017
Today, Dr. Jerry Zandstra sits down with Matt Brunk, training lead at Chipotle Mexican Grill. With a background in film, Matt has worked hard to bring "edutainment" to Chipotle. By mixing entertainment and education, Matt has created material that has resonated well with the restaurant's younger workforce.
January 12, 2017
Today, Dr. Jerry Zandstra sits down with Morris Sims. Morris spent over 30 years, leading the training and development efforts at New York Life Insurance Company and now speaks and writes on developing people to their fullest capacity.
October 19, 2016
Today, co-founder Dr. Jerry Zandstra sits down with Heiko Fischer, Founder and CEO of Resourceful Humans. Before starting Resourceful Humans, Heiko became the youngest head of Human Resources at Crytek, a European video game company. Though he resides in Berlin, Heiko was able to sit down with Dr. Zandstra and talk about how he works to turn Human Resources on its head.
September 15, 2016
Today, co-founder Dr. Jerry Zandstra sits down with Alexandre Havard, author of a number of books including "Virtuous Leadership" and founder of the Havard Virtuous Leadership Institute. Alexandre holds a law degree from René Descartes University and travels the world to promote classical virtues as the basis for effective leadership. Listen in as Alexandre talks about his experience as well as what he's learned about the power of classical virtues and leadership in the workplace today.
August 19, 2016
Today, Dr. Jerry Zandstra sits down with Gretchen Stroud, Vice President of Global Training at Hilton Hotels. Gretchen has worked all over the world, directing the training efforts of Hilton Hotels. She's lead training efforts for multiple companies over the span of 15 years and is passionate about growing individuals. At Hilton, she trains thousands of employees in over 100 countries, in multiple languages, every day. Click below to hear her take on how to make training effective.
July 20, 2016
Today, Dr. Zandstra sits down with Yu-kai Chou, gamification guru. Yu-kai was one of the very first people to study gamification, back in 2003, and has since written several books and spoken on the topic around the world. In 2015 he was rated #1 among the "Gamification Gurus Power 100" by RISE and has received the "Gamification Guru of the Year Award" two years in a row by the World Gamification Congress.
June 21, 2016
Today, Dr. Jerry Zandstra was able to sit down with Kristen Hadeed, founder of StudentMaid. In 2009, Kristen Hadeed was just another college student who couldn't afford a pair of jeans. Needing cash, Kristen decided to start her own cleaning business called Student Maid. Eventually, her business grew to employ over 500 students. Today, Kristen spends her time running Student Maid and teaching people how to effectively lead millennials.