Welcome to Difficult Conversations with Dr. Anthony Orsini. Today, my special guest is Mike Vacanti, Founder of HumansFirst and author of Believership: The Superpower Beyond Leadership. Following many years in advertising and marketing, Mike launched early stage start-ups and led merger and acquisition initiatives for publicly traded tech companies. His teams exceeded expectations, consistently beat the challenge, learned a lot, and as Mike said, “Had some fun along the way.” He believes “It’s much more than what we accomplish, it’s who we become along the journey!” His mission is to lift others, helping people discover their potential, embrace a growth mindset, and achieve at inspired levels. Mike has transformed businesses and inspired people to perform at levels they didn’t think possible. He is known as a great listener and collaborator, and a creative problem-solver. He consistently delivers on the belief that the heart of any organization is people- People drive results! As always, Dr. Orsini keeps his promise about two things, that you will feel inspired, and you will have learned valuable lessons to be a better and more compassionate communicator.
Mike tells us about himself and how he went from mergers and acquisitions to transitioning into starting HumansFirst. We learn about these events, who attends them, and how his intent was to help people break patterns. Dr. Orsini and Mike have a discussion on changes in cultures in the workplace and how the younger generations are really driving change in the workplace because they want to work for companies that believe in them. We also find out Mike’s views on improving cultures in companies and why some companies are so open and some are not, He tells us how essential it is that leadership buy into it. Mike tells us about another book he wrote with Teresa Quinlan called, You Belong Here: HumansFirst Stories, which is a compilation of different people’s stories. He shares one of the stories in the book written by Claude Silver, a previous guest on this podcast. This book is full of inspiration and in a world full of so much sadness now, Dr. Orsini says, “Just read it because it will make you feel better!” Mike discusses his other book, Believership: If you enjoyed this podcast, please hit the follow button.