Finance Matters
Multitasking:  Finance Matters

Multitasking: Finance Matters

December 9, 2019

This episode of Finance Matters is about something that doesn't actually exist.  That's right -- multitasking is a myth!  So what are we talking about the whole episode long?  How trying to multitask affects our productivity, our creativity, and our enjoyment of life (hint:  it's not good), as well as what to do instead of multitasking. 

If you've ever answered emails during a meeting, you need to listen in.   If you've never checked emails in a meeting  . . . be honest with yourself; you have.


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Thanksgiving Episode:  Finance Matters

Thanksgiving Episode: Finance Matters

November 22, 2019

Gobble Gobble!  In this pod, we identify the things that make us most thankful at work.  Taking a moment to identify what you appreciate is a great exercise to boost your sense of well-being -- listen in and take a moment for gratitude!


Resources Mentioned:

Start with Why Podcast

Brene Brown Call to Courage Podcast

The Importance of Resilience Podcast

Bridging the Generation Gap Podcast

A Re-Introduction to FEAP Podcast 




Find your True North:  Finance Matteres

Find your True North: Finance Matteres

November 5, 2019

Aaaand we're back!  After a few months' hiatus,  Patty and Brandi are back in the podcast saddle with special guest Lisa Harris of UVA HR's Talent Development team.  In this episode, they discuss Bill George's book, "True North:  Discover Your Authentic Leadership."  We all have an internal compass, and when it's followed closely, we can become authentic, outstanding leaders.  If you've wondered what "leadership style" might suit you best, whether you're in a managerial role or not, check out this episode (and the book!).  Self-discovery, no matter where you are in life, is the first and best step on a path to a meaningful and fulfilling experience. 

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Start With Why:  Finance Matters

Start With Why: Finance Matters

September 9, 2019

Aaaand we're back!  After a brief hiatus, Patty and Brandi get together to discuss Simon Sinek's popular book Start With Why.  Hopefully, we all know what we do for a living, but have you give much thought to why you do what you do?  Tuning in with your WHY can help you prioritize, make better decisions, and generally have a happier, more productive career.  


Resources Mentioned: 

Start W/Why Shortened Ted Talk on YouTube (5 min) 

Start W/Why Longer Ted Talk on YouTube (18 min)

The Golden Circle 

More about Simon Sinek on his website

Embracing a Coaching Culture:  Finance Matters

Embracing a Coaching Culture: Finance Matters

July 12, 2019

Coaching involves teaching people and helping them to grow.  It's different than managing, mentoring, or problem-solving, and it's a leadership style that can change your relationships and your organization.  In this episode of Finance Matters, co-host Patty Marbury and Erika Priddy of Finance Outreach and Compliance talk about Coaching, which is an area of their expertise.  Learn what coaching is, and how some simple coaching questions can change the way you interact with colleagues, supervisees, and even family.


Resources Mentioned

The Coaching Habit, by Michael Bungay Stanier

Contact Patty and Erika via FOC


Brene Brown’s Call to Courage:  Finance Matters

Brene Brown’s Call to Courage: Finance Matters

July 8, 2019

Vulnerability isn't about winning and it's not about losing -- it's about having the courage to show up even when you can't control the outcome.  On this episode, Brandi and Patty are joined by Angela Knobloch and Erika Priddy to discuss Brene Brown's Netflix special "The Call To Courage."  Forbes Magazine recommends viewing Brown's special "immediately."  Whether you have tuned in or if you're just interested in what all the fuss is about, we hope you'll join us to glean some important concepts that can improve your life.


Resources Mentioned: 

Transcript of "Call to Courage"

The Man in the Arena, T. Roosevelt

Brene Brown's website

Check out Brene on YouTube


Productivity and Workflow:  Finance Matters

Productivity and Workflow: Finance Matters

June 11, 2019

We've got two very different guests joining us on today's episode to talk about productivity and workflow:  Jessica Rafter, who works remotely managing our online community, and Mara Hilliar, Executive Assistant to the VP of Finance.  Together we work through strategies we've adopted to keep ourselves organized and productive:  what's worked, modifications we've made, and ideas we'd like to try.  The key thing we've learned?  Experiment with different strategies until you find something that feels comfortable!  There are lots of ideas in this pod, and we hope some of them will work for you!


Resources Mentioned:

Jessica's Previous Pod on Collaboration Fatigue

Our Previous Pod on Organizational Tips

Getting Things Done - David Allen


“Switch - How to Change Things When Change is Hard:” Finance Matters

“Switch - How to Change Things When Change is Hard:” Finance Matters

June 3, 2019

Brandi and Patty welcome Theran Fisher back to the podcast, this time to discuss Chip and Dan Heath's immensely useful book "Switch."  As a part of his role with UVA's Talent Development department, Theran has used "Switch" to help many professionals understand how to understand and motivate themselves and their teams during times of change.  Get on your elephant and listen in!


Resources Mentioned:

UVA Talent Development

Heath Brothers resources on Switch (and their other books, too!)

Power of Habit Podcast


Theran's previous pods:  

Self Awareness and Self- Leadership

Self-Awareness and Work Relationships

The Importance of Resilience:  Finance Matters

The Importance of Resilience: Finance Matters

June 3, 2019

On this edition of Finance Matters, we welcome Lisa Harris, Senior Learning & Development Consultant with UVA's Talent Development Department, back.  This time, we're talking about resilience:  what it is, why it matters, and how we can cultivate it in ourselves and our teams.  We cover a lot of ground in 35 minutes:  "embracing the suck," mindfulness, and jello shots.  Tune in and learn the power of bouncing back!


Resources Mentioned: 

UVA's FEAP Program

UVA Talent Development

Hunting the Good Stuff

Embracing the Suck


Lisa's previous pod:  Bridging the Generation Gap in the Workforce

What’s In It For Us:  Practicing Change in Academia

What’s In It For Us: Practicing Change in Academia

April 26, 2019

Patty and Brandi are joined in this episode by Angela Knobloch from UVA's Organizational Excellence Department.  Beyond her depth of training and breadth of experience in change management and continuous improvement, Angela just gets the human side of change.  Join us for a lively, interesting discussion of the particularities of practicing change in the academic environment.


Resources Mentioned:


Organizational Excellence at UVA


More about Angela / Contact


What is Lean Six Sigma?


What is DMAIC?