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Playlist: Labor Day Special: Business, Networking & Employee Engagement

Compiled By: Chuck Wolfe


Perfect for Labor Day programming. Award winning CEO Vineet Nayar puts employees first and generates excellent business outcomes. Dr. Jay Vadiveloo creates an innovative strategy for helping small businesses to thrive. Kathy McAfee helps individuals find and keep meaningful jobs.

Labor Day Put Employees First! CEO Vineet Nayar has a unique and successful business strategy: "put employees first"

From Chuck Wolfe | Part of the The Emotion Roadmap: Take the Wheel & Control How You Feel series | 58:54

I have worked with many CEOs and Vineet Nayar is special. He is Vice Chairman and CEO of HCL, a multi-national award winning techonology company. His performance as a leader has been spectacular. In the June-July edition of Harvard Business Review he is featured in an article about "How Great CEOs keep their teams connected". In our interview we discuss how his business strategy to put employees first and customers second has created outstanding business results and inspired performance.

Chuck_wolfe_radio_talk_show_host_wpkn__2__small Vineet Nayar is Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HCL Technologies Ltd. (HCLT), a $3.5 billion global information technology services company. Vineet is an acknowledged management visionary and a radical thinker who architected the company’s “Employee First, Customer Second (EFCS)” strategy, which transformed HCL’s business. Vineet became President of HCL Technologies in 2005 and during the next five years, he led a remarkable turnaround whereby the company expanded its employee base from 30,000 to more than 75,000, while tripling revenues and doubling its market cap.

In 2007 Vineet became CEO and under his leadership, HCLT has been named “Best Employer” in India and Asia by Hewitt Associates, a “Best Employer in UK” by CRF Institute, “Workforce Management Optimas Award for HR Innovation” in the U.S. and among the world’s “Most Democratic Workplaces” by WorldBlu.

Labor Day: Creating More Jobs by Helping Small Businesses Succeed

From Chuck Wolfe | Part of the The Emotion Roadmap: Take the Wheel & Control How You Feel series | 59:57

Graduate students at UCONN are helping small businesses learn about enterprise risk management and they are producing stellar results.

Wolfe_ei_picture_for_web_small Enterprise risk management is a big deal for big business but it is typically not affordable for small businesses. Learn how Jay Vadiveloo is using actuarial graduate students as consultants helping small businesses survive and thrive. Listen to Jay describe the Research Center at University of Connecticut where the action is taking place for a phenomenal graduate school experience where students are helping real business people manage their enterprise and their risk. Listen to Lu Mah, one of Jay's students talk about how her project team helped a bagel company grow and thrive.

Labor Day Helping People Find Work: Learn how to network successfully from keynote speaker and author, Kathy McAfee

From Chuck Wolfe | Part of the The Emotion Roadmap: Take the Wheel & Control How You Feel series | 20:47

Networking is a skill that is critical for finding and maintaining a worthwhile job. Many people are uncomfortable and some even fearful about approaching others. Overcoming emotional resistance comes in part from being confident in knowing how to network successfully. Kathy provides excellent tools to help you become a successful networker.


Kathy’s practical/tactical tips and friendly butt-kicking style of motivation will help to stretch the thinking of the audience and give useful ideas that they can use immediately to create greater success in business/life. Kathy is a motivational speaker, marketing consultant, accomplished black belt martial artist, and author of Networking Ahead for Business. In the interview you will hear practical advice, concrete strategies and help for overcoming any emotional resistance you may have.

Emotional Intelligence and Burnout: An Interview with Cary Cherniss

From Chuck Wolfe | Part of the The Emotion Roadmap: Take the Wheel & Control How You Feel series | 34:39

Dr. Cary Cherniss is currently the director and co-chair (with Daniel Goleman) of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations. He is also Director of the Organizational Psychology program at Rutgers University. He is an expert in EI and workplace stress. Our interview is about the Consortium, about the differing definitions of EI, and about how to recognize signs of burnout and what to do about it.

Wolfe_ei_picture_for_web_small The mission of the EI Consortium is to advance research and practice of emotional and social intelligence in organizations through the generation and exchange of knowledge. The Consortium is highly respected and one of the first organized efforts to provide information for public consumption about the rapidly growing field of emotional intelligence. Dr. Cherniss has been a leading pioneer in these efforts.