The Conscious PIVOT Podcast

From entrepreneurship and leadership – to purpose and spirituality – the Conscious PIVOT Podcast is the place for powerful insights, interviews, stories, tools, and actionable advice from people who have successfully reinvented some area of their business and personal life. Gain greater insights to navigate your own pivot, learn how to fully embrace new opportunities, increase your performance, master the art and science of innovation and resilience, and love your life!

Join Adam for a much needed dose of energy, HEART and real talk. Let your pivot begin!


Maria Nemeth helps purpose-driven people everywhere see their greatness and bring it to life. Maria is a lifelong agent for social change. She believes in the great creative opportunity represented by change and our ability to embrace it. Maria is the author of two highly acclaimed books, both of which give people an immediate way to begin putting success principles into practice in their lives. An expert in leadership excellence, personal and professional development and financial empowerment, Maria is the founder and director of the Academy for Coaching Excellence which works in the nonprofit, profit and government sectors. Maria talks about social change, the concept behind her books, and stepping out and choosing how we’re going to live our lives. Enjoy more episodes of The Conscious PIVOT Podcast at AdamMarkel.com or download them on your favorite podcast player. Looking for more wisdom, resources and support for your own business or
Sometimes people think that when you find your purpose the angels appear, the violins play, the rainbows gild the bright sky and everything is just hunky-dory. However, Kute Blackson, dubbed as the next generation leader in the field of personal development, believes that when you find your true life’s purpose and you’re following your truth, that’s when the challenges start. In those moments when we’re faced with difficulties and roadblocks, we’re being prepared and groomed to develop the mental, emotional, spiritual and soul muscles to fulfill our purpose. Kute believes that instead of wanting the “waves of life” to stop, we could instead view them as opportunities to expand our capacity and our ability to serve. Be inspired to fulfill your true life’s purpose as Kute shares his own journey and insights on living in alignment with your truth and who you really are. Enjoy more episodes of The Conscious
It’s a constant in the universe that everything changes. There are changes that we welcome. There are changes that come out of nowhere and catch us off guard. And, there are also changes that we’re consciously creating. How do you deal with change – both the unexpected and the planned – AND continue to live in harmony and enjoy our lives? Author, speaker and executive coach Dr. Ken Druck says all these changes and things that we discover about ourselves are opportunities for us to become our “resilient self”. This requires cultivating the ability re-imagine the future and move into a new space. Learn how you can embrace change and utilize it to experience joy in your life. Enjoy more episodes of The Conscious PIVOT Podcast at AdamMarkel.com or download them on your favorite podcast player. Looking for more wisdom, resources and support for your own business or personal pivot?
Before Mary Cheyne went onto become the 2009 World Champion of Public Speaking, she was a shy computer programmer who hid behind her computer because she was too self-conscious. Many of you might feel the same or have felt that way at one point or another. When Mary started to realize that she wasn’t being true to herself and that there was so much within her to express, she started on her public speaking journey. She decided to work on her public speaking skills so that she could articulate herself in public without feeling self-conscious. This journey revealed to Mary the power of what she embodied and the importance of our presence in every conversation. We don’t know always know what people will take away from how we show up in the world. The secret is to simply be yourself when you’re speaking instead of being somone you assume the
Relationships are fundamental. The quality of our life is equal to the quality of our relationships. Every relationship has ups and downs, peaks and valleys, and having the skill set to build relationships gives you the ability to create and sustain high-quality relationships. Blaine Bartlett, CEO and president of the consulting firm Avatar Resources, Inc. says the average length of most of his client engagements runs about a decade, which in the consulting business is crazy. He says it’s all about the qualitative side of the work that he does with the folks. Blaine shares that compassionate capitalism is all about the ability to build sustainable relationships and focusing on the area of conflict. In his life in business, he discovered early on that an organization is a collection of people that are in relationship. There are interpersonal relationships that people have with each other and the companies and businesses.
Bill Gates once said that we’re already eighteen years into the new century of the future. And that future calls for empowering people within your community – empowering your own leaders. This is an important, even transformative, shift in our world today. Linda Patten reveals some powerful insights about leadership as she talks with me about her book, “The Art of Herding Cats: Leading Teams of Leaders”. Linda’s company is working hard to shift the management paradigm to empowering the people we work with, rather than just managing them. Linda also discusses why now is the time for women to own their leadership ability in order to affect positive and lasting change. Linda is creator of The Art of Herding Cats, a 12-step program that transcends reluctant leaders into powerfully successful leaders. She is also the founder and CEO of Dare2Dream with Linda and Waynflete Event Planning. With 40 years
As a writer, when Alan Cohen taps into a stream of truth or wisdom or heart, it always takes a hold on him. For Alan, writing is a journey of ever deeper authenticity. In fact, ever since he wrote his first successful book, The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, writing has been Alan’s therapy. His writing is always related to topics he’s working on himself or wants to learn about, whether it be sufficiency, grace, relationships, or business. Alan has gained clarity by passing through those challenges as he writes. Alan also shares his secret to success – “getting real” and living from the heart rather than the head.Alan has striven to write as his own therapy. Everything he writes about are stuff that he’s working on and needs to learn, whether they be about sufficiency, grace, relationships, or business. Alan includes those challenges and the clarity he’s gained through passing
For teachers, creating a dynamic environment of joy with students can make all the difference. This is what Bobbi DePorter of the Quantum Learning Network realized after years of research. Teachers graduate university with a set of expectations and goals for the learning environment they’ll create. Yet when they get into the classroom, the real world is often different. It’s an academic tragedy. For example, the students just don’t engage and participate as visualized. Now, through the Quantum Learning Network, teachers are trained in how to create that positive environment of joy so students can love learning. Bobbi DePorter is president of Quantum Learning Network, which produces SuperCamp summer enrichment programs now with 78,000 graduates and programs in 19 countries; and Quantum Learning Education (QL), with programs for teachers, administrators, students and parents. QL has trained over 100,000 teachers and through these programs and the 8 Keys of Excellence movement,
World-renowned photographer and videographer, Carl Studna, is the foremost practitioner of the LuminEssence Method, a new paradigm for radiating the light that resides within all of us, inspiring and revealing each person’s authentic gifts. The LuminEssence Method empowers the energy within us thereby allowing us to fully express it. As a photographer, Carl’s intimate portraits of influential people ranging from Paul McCartney to His Holiness the Dalai Lama are published and acclaimed worldwide. Carl shares the primary theme that weaves its way through all modes of his work – that of life as a sacred journey to be cherished and embraced and awakening  to the splendor that lies in life’s seemingly ordinary moments. He also shares his pivot story around his new release, Evolution of Loving, an intimate glimpse into eight remarkable partnerships that have been consciously built – and in many cases, rebuilt – on a foundation of authenticity,
Things can change in a second, so why not in a day? All it takes is your perspective on gratitude. David Meltzer, CEO of Sports 1 Marketing and #1 best-selling author of Compassionate Capitalism, has seen miracles happen. He’s studied quantum physics with some of the best minds and firmly believes that the universe brings abundance – when we’re open for it and we are of service. David’s pivots proved that gratitude makes every setback a setup. “Gratitude makes my past unbelievable, my present better, and my future brighter.” David shares this and other learning from his triumphs and tribulations that allowed him to be the successful business person and humanitarian he is today. David Meltzer is an entrepreneur, author, humanitarian, and current CEO of Sports 1 Marketing, a global marketing agency whose projects include The Super Bowl, The Master’s, Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the Unstoppable Foundation. David