The Art of The Break

Burnout does not have to be the price of success in the workplace. There is an art in breaking from the norms for better ways of working together and many people are leading the way - at all levels. Join the conversations to inspire change in your work and for others; with mindfulness and resilience.
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Improving health and business through The Art of The Break. Conversations with inspiring people who are creating paths to better ways of working.

Feb 25, 2019

Tae Chong is a passionate innovator with solutions to complex community challenges. He is a great storyteller and helps to bring alive the concepts of emotional intelligence which is needed now more than ever.

Tae knows that our souls need to be recognized and developed for our best work; and you can’t put a metric on believing in humans.

His stories are filled with insights including a reminder that our founding fathers demonstrated significant emotional intelligence in writing our Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

And because this is Tae, he will discuss the powerful environmental impact possible through upcycling.  Think about this…if we use our clothes for just three months longer than we normally do, it is the environmental equivalent to taking 1 Million cars off the road.

Tae Chong - Bio

Tae Chong is Manager of Social Enterprise and Workforce at Catholic Charities. He is currently working on three projects: creating a microenterprise ecosystem of 10 to 12 small businesses, connecting people in recovery and asylees with employment opportunities, and he is working on a research project to extend the career of skilled older workers at Catholic Charities.  Tae has over twenty years experience working with the immigrant and refugee populations in Maine.  He has worked with this population as an educator, advocate, policy maker, social service provider and as a business advisor. 

Tae has been a speaker at MaineLive and Ted Dirgio, and he was named as one of Maine’s 50 most influential people by Maine Magazine and he attended the White House Conference on retaining and recruiting immigrant and refugee knowledge workers. 

Learn More about Tae on LinkedIn 

Dec 20, 2018

You are not alone. That is the first thing Lael Couper Jepson wants you to know. We all have dreams and desires mixed with fear. What we are most afraid of is being “caught” failing. We need to learn how to sit with that.

What if we faced that thing or idea that scares us with an element of play? Picture a dream or idea you've been carrying with you, and now think…”Wanna give it a whirl? Wanna try? Let’s go find out!”  Take your idea for a spin.

Lael’s journey included visions of becoming a Rockette, A Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader, and an attorney in Boston. What she is…is a writer, artist, performer, instigator of change, visionary, a champion for women’s storytelling and a community builder. She also rides shotgun for organizational business leaders to make the compelling case for change – breathe life into a new vision, or lay down the bigger bolder expectations of how to approach their work.

In this conversation, we talk about how Fear and Desire are linked. You know you are doing it right when it feels good.  Go ahead and try.

Lael Couper Jepson Bio

Lael likes to add fuel to what’s already smoldering. She is a seasoned boat rocker and professional instigator of change, with a penchant for women’s leadership.  She jumped ship in 2006 after eleven years as an organization development consultant in the corporate world and founded SheChanges to work with people who share her impatience with the pace of change – people ready to buck the rules, challenge the status quo, and dare to create the change they want to see happen – ready or not. 

“Truth be told, my mission is to start a revolution – one that leverages the power of women to re-imagine our world. Whether it’s meeting one-on-one, facilitating a group, speaking on stage or leading a weekend retreat, there is always a call to action embedded in my work, designed to inspire, ignite, and unleash the creativity, passion, and ingenuity we carry inside ourselves.” Lael Couper Jepson

Nov 10, 2018

Of the 4.5 million people who visit the Grand Canyon each year, only 1% take the 9-mile journey to the Colorado River below.  Most visitors come to the edge of the canyon, take a picture, and leave. Are you taking pictures from above or going further down to enjoy the journey in life?

Amy Wood, Psychologist, Coach, and Speaker, talks about an unplanned journey, a choice that many of us would not have made under similar circumstances.

Picture a current so fast and unpredictable once you go through if you make a mistake, you can’t go back to repeat it; you are only able to go forward and try to do better with the knowledge from that experience. A lot like life.

Amy’s observations and insights are extremely relative in our fast-paced world. Take a few minutes and join the conversation from her experiences on the river. Perhaps you will find an idea to make your day and life better.

You can learn more about Amy Wood and her book, Life Your Way, at

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Sep 14, 2018

Service Leadership and Emotional Intelligence are quickly becoming the foundations of success in business.  Kris McCrea helps companies transform by aligning leadership models with nature.

Are your employees counting the minutes each day? There is a better way; leading with vision and purpose, allowing people to grow to their full potential

Who better to develop your customers and care for your patients than people who feel alive and vibrant.

Kris McCrea, President of McCrea Coaching, is a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation, a Master Practitioner in Energy Leadership, a Microsystems Coach through The Dartmouth Institute. She is also is an active member of the Forbes Coaches Council, so be on the lookout for her articles and comments on  Learn more at 

Jul 24, 2018

Patrick is a certified Emotional Intelligence Trainer and Coach who believes we can all Rise Above Our Best. He teaches us to use POWER to improve your outlook and results, and CABLES to create stronger team connections.

Congruence, Appreciation, Being for Others, Listening, Empathy, Specifics

Patrick helps companies develop leaders from day one and his approach can help you improve your work and life. We all get stronger by doing.

Patrick Veroneau, Founder, Emery Leadership Group

Patrick Veroneau is the founder of Emery Leadership Group, which is named after his dad who died when he was 18.  He has been a consultant for over 10 years in the areas of leadership development and ethical influence. He has a Masters in organizational leadership and is Certified coach through iPEC and a Certified Emotional Intelligence trainer and coach through Genos

Patrick has developed leadership and team building models to help people and organizations to “rise above their best”.He loves speaking to youth groups around the idea, “your past is your power” and has started to implement that more with adults.

Feb 21, 2018

This is a perfect time to share the voices of more women. Diane has great ideas for using quotes in presentations to keep your audience on their toes while introducing them to people they may not have heard about.  Learn who really said: “Well-behaved women rarely make history.”

We all crave stories and inspiration. Whether you are speaking to a group, beginning a meeting, or starting a coaching session, quotes are a powerful way to begin. 

Diane also talks about her vision for getting more women onto Corporate Boards and tips for refueling as an Introvert.

Buy your copy of She Said It and start quoting more remarkable women today! BUY HERE 

Learn more about Diane Darling on her WEBSITE 

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Dec 4, 2017

Join me in conversation with Dr. Heidi Roberts, PT, DPT, author of Amazon-Kindle's newest #1 download (in 8 categories) last week - The Sitting Disease. She is helping people reduce pain every day and her methods can help all of us: 10 minutes to a better you.

Heidi founded Motion Therapy in 2012 to bring physical therapy and injury prevention to athletes, professionals, and businesses in their everyday environments.  

She shares simple and affordable practices to help you reduce pain in less than 10 minutes a day, using the 3 "C"s. She is leading the way with great energy to make work better!

You can also learn more at

Sep 18, 2017

Alex Brookings, of bGood ( talks about the power of short interactions to grow customers and build culture.

I met Alex as a happy customer of bGood a few years ago.  In a fast world, they not only deliver delicious farm-to-table food for lunch and dinner, they create extraordinary and memorable service experiences with their customers.

Given my passion around the power of one or two minutes to create positive change, I wanted to learn about the bGood formula and design behind the experience.

Every time I walk into their restaurant, I leave with a smile and an even better disposition. Alex shares a few of his secrets.



Jul 17, 2017

What do International Pro Basketball and Community Business Building have in common?  Nik Caner-Medley.

You may know Nik Caner-Medley as a former star basketball player at Deering High School or the University of Maryland. Most recently, he has signed a 2-year contract with Movistar Estudiantes in Madrid Spain. What you may not know, is that Nik is a business and community-builder in Portland, Maine.

We recorded this show in the Boardroom at Cloudport Coworking Multi-space, while Nik is here for the summer. He is the owner and developer.

Co-working and multi-space environments have captured my attention as a business owner in recent years. The opportunities for greater collaboration in the community and improved blending of work and life are tremendous and inspiring.  

In more than 20 years of office-working, this has been the most supportive and motivating environment I have experienced. There are better ways of working and I hope you enjoy the conversation. 

Learn more at Cloudport.