Itenco: Lessons For the Leading Edge

Itenco: Lessons for the Leading Edge is a daring look at leadership, meaningful work, and inner growth. Join host Nancy Marmolejo, founder of The Itenco Institute and, as she explores what it means to be leading edge in today’s world. With insights into evolutionary leadership, conscious business, creativity, experimental thinking, and the genius we all hold inside, Itenco: Lessons for the Leading Edge will get you to think deeply about the impact you create in your business, leadership, and life. Visit for show notes and more.
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Feb 6, 2017

When you say you need to contemplate something, what do you do? Is it easy to quiet your mind and go to a deep place of thinking...  are you hastily trying to get to a decision?

In this episode, Nancy reviews 3 of her  favorite tools for productive pondering. 

They’re a great addition to your day and easily available online or from your favorite local independent bookstore.

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Listen to the episode to learn exactly how these tools can help you in your decision making, strengthening your intuition, and helping your inner growth. 

1. The Original Angel Cards by Kathy Taylor and Joy Drake.


2. The Compassionate Heart Cards by Edwene Gaines


3. Osho Zen Tarot

You want to get both the cards and the book, The Transcendental Game of Zen

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You may also want to go to your local bookstore that sells spiritual books, metaphysical topics, etc. 

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Jan 30, 2017

Today's episode discusses what Nancy has been up to since taking a "vacation" from iTenco! Discover lessons and takeaways from Nancy's story for you, and how to truly stay on your leading edge. 


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Oct 17, 2016

In his 20’s, Moe DeCarlo was the ultimate ladies man with a 6 figure corporate job. Then one day, the bottom dropped out from under him and he found himself searching for the meaning of life. Through years of self inquiry, he realized his calling was to find out what true love meant. He’s now known as The King of Love Transformation and he helps successful women find love… perhaps he’s making amends for his Casanova ways? 

 I was very curious to ask Moe how his transformation and his message of love and intimacy could tie in to leadership and being on our leading edges. He gives a great example of how a simple compliment can be a bridge to personal growth.

 When Moe tells you his “Wax on, wax off” story, you’ll understand how the little things add up to big results in love, in leadership, and beyond.

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About Moe DeCarlo:

 Moe DeCarlo is known by many as the King of Love Transformation. 

 For over 10 years he's been showing empowered women who are "successful in life, but unlucky in relationships", how to win at love by being more of their true selves and developing empathy for men.

 Born a neglected only child into a dysfunctional family and absentee parents. Moe wasn't hugged or told "I love you" as a child. By his late teens, he had made up for that lack of love with a player persona that carried him through many escapades and pseudo-relationships with women. 

 What started off as a ladies' man living the corporate lifestyle in his 20s, turned into a seemingly incurable bachelor who thought he would NEVER settle down and have a family. Through a divine sequence of events, Moe found his higher self and deeper values after nose-diving his six-figure corporate job. 

After 18 months of deep introspection and searching for meaning, he re-awakened as his authentic self and immediately met the woman who would later become his wife. Together, they overcame and grew beyond the unconscious games and power struggles to create a lifelong relationship based on the 3P's of Partnership, Passion, and Purpose. 

 Inspired by the deep love of his wife and daughters, Moe has dedicated his 30s and 40s to paying back the karma from his immature 20s with women, with interest. He lives in the Bay Area, CA with his beloved wife Angela, three daughters (plus one boy), two dogs, and a man cave.



Oct 10, 2016

Liz Garcia brings so much to the table during this exciting Itenco interview. She is a leadership trainer and coach, podcast host (check out her Life In Brilliance podcast), and has a background as an elite NCAA Division 1 athlete. Here’s what excites me about Liz: she is focused on WINNING and living in BRILLIANCE. No shallow victories when Liz is around, she teaches you how to get everything out of life, leadership, and the world around you.

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Oct 3, 2016

Can you get out of your own way long enough so your audacious self can step forward? Jennie Mustafa-Julock believes you’re here to do something that matters. Her book, Hilda: Tackle Your Inner Naysayer, Get Out of Your Own Way, and Unleash Your Badassery, teaches people how to boldly reclaim their audacious selves and face their discomforts.  No offense to anyone named Hilda, but Jennie created that character to embody the noise in your head that tells you “You suck!”

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Sep 19, 2016
Anese Cavanagh is the author of Contagious Culture and the creator of the Intentional Energetic Presence leadership training. How we show up and how we take care of ourselves is a topic she never tires of. "How you show up matters" she says in her work helping leaders and executives be fully in self-care of body, mind, and spirit. 
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Sep 12, 2016

To grow as a leader, it's not just about you talking. It's about listening deeply. Dr. Ada Luz Gonzalez is an expert in leadership development through listening. A native of Cuba, her experience of limited free speech made her keenly aware of the impact of censorship and being shut out. She developed a body of work that frees people to fully express themselves through communication skills. 

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Sep 5, 2016
In this episode, Nancy takes you on a journey of curiosity by going over 6 surprising benefits of curioisty. Subscribe to this podcast and get updates at 

Curiosity, that insatiable desire to know or learn something, doesn’t just make you an interesting person… it actually has far reaching benefits around happiness, achievement, relationships, and survival.

Holding the thought, “Why?”, can lead to discoveries that open you up to new adventures, discoveries, maybe even a new business or career idea.

The Greater Good Science Center from the University of California at Berkeley studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well being. Their research uncovers findings that aim to make our society more thriving, resilient, and compassionate.

What’s even better is it gives scientific evidence that something I’ve known all along is true: being incurably curious is A GOOD THING!

Here are the 6 surprising benefits of curiosity according to the Greater Good Science Center.


Your brain rewards you for being curious, and that’s a fantastic trade off for human survival! When you encounter something new, your brain releases dopamine, the feel good chemical. That’s incentive to explore and seek novelty.



This goes along with #1. The more dopamine running through you, the happier you feel. The reward of curiosity is shown to create happier people with lower stress levels, higher levels of positive emotions, and a greater sense of well being.



According to the Greater Good Science Center, “Studies reveal that curiosity leads to more enjoyment and participation in school and higher academic achievement, as well as greater learning, engagement, and performance at work. It may seem like common sense, but when we are more curious about and interested in what we are doing, it’s easier to get involved, put effort in, and do well.”


Curiosity can lead you to explore outside your social circles and develop deeper levels of understanding people with different lives, experiences, and worldviews than yours. This expands your empathy. Empathy helps us break down the barriers between us and others, and to move into a more peaceful existence. Findings on the positive effects of empathy have been published extensively by the Greater Good Science Center.


According to the Greater Good Science Center, “One study asked strangers to pose and answer personal questions, a process scientists call “reciprocal self-disclosure.” They found that people were rated as warmer and more attractive if they showed real curiosity in the exchange (while other variables like the person’s social anxiety and their levels of positive and negative emotions did not affect the partner’s feelings of attraction and closeness). This implies that demonstrating curiosity towards someone is a great way to build your closeness with them.”


Studies involving doctors and patients found that the quality of healthcare improved when doctors held genuine curiosity in their patients. By asking questions and listening more deeply, there was less frustration and ultimately more effective treatment.

So go out into the world with a spirit of wonder and awe, look for the new and unexpected, try things you might never would have tried, and see each person you meet as a gift waiting to be revealed.

Aug 29, 2016
Shift your mindset while taking ownership of your creative powers. Diana Bertoldo, in addition to being a huge Aerosmith fan, supports people to give themselves permission to rock their lives and their business. She is about unleashing suppressed creativity to build cutting edge leaders for the 21st century and beyond.
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Aug 22, 2016
Are you stuck in your head and ignoring your body? Has your innovative mind captured all your attention while your physical self yearns for movement? My guest on this episode is fitness expert Cinder Ernst. She's got a different message around fitness than what you usually hear. She wants you to have the strength and stamina to live your life to the fullest and get your work done. She doesn't care what body shape you have or whether you look like a Crossfit model.  She shares some great ideas to stay in your body while your mind and imagination thrive. Subscribe to Itenco: Lessons For The Leading Edge at


Aug 15, 2016
Ali Cudby is an advocate to extend customer relationships beyond the single transaction and create true engagement. She's the founder of Your Iconic Brand and has worked with The New York Times, Golf Digest and several specialty brands to create unique customer service experiences that turn customers into raving fans for life. 
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Aug 8, 2016

Remember as a child, how spellbound you were when being told a story? There’s something innate in us as humans that stories tap into. Our imaginations run wild envisioning the scene, and our bodies lean in wanting to know what happens next.

My guest today is Lisa Bloom,  a master storyteller who uses storytelling to challenge leaders to communicate more powerfully and show up more authentically.

Be sure to stay on to the very, very end of this episode! After completing a wonderful interview with Lisa Bloom, we realized she hadn’t even told us a story! The last few minutes of today’s episode will demonstrate how much wisdom and thought can be provoked through the power of story.

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About Lisa Bloom:

Lisa Bloom, founder of Story Coach, works with organizations developing Transformational Story Leaders, creative yet resilient cultures, and leading powerful change processes with the power of storytelling.  She works with entrepreneurs and business owners that are overwhelmed and stressed to help them find confidence, attract ideal clients and make more money by finding their success story.  And she trains coaches to use storytelling as a powerful approach to impact their clients and grow their business.  

Lisa is a professional Storyteller, accredited Coach, Author, Mentor and Leadership expert. Her groundbreaking techniques have enabled her grow her business and take to the stage where she speaks internationally about this amazing approach to business, leadership and coaching. 

Lisa is the author of the Amazon bestseller "Cinderella and the Coach-the Power of Storytelling for Coaching Success!" and the creator of the Business Story Mastery & Certified Story Coach Programs. For more details:

Jul 25, 2016

Are you turning into an old fogey before your time? Are you catching yourself saying things like “These kids today don’t understand a thing about…..”…. Or are you a milennial feeling like everyone older than you misunderstands you and your entire generation? And… are you feeling these feelings in your work place as well as in your personal life?

Cachet Prescott is my guest today. She does fascinating work with organizatioins around the topics of generational diversity and intergenerational conflict. So the next time you want to yell, “Get offa my lawn”, or scream back “Get off my back, you’re not my mother!” , take a pause… and listen to the tips you’ll hear today on Itenco: Lessons for the Leading Edge.


Jul 18, 2016

I’m sure you’ve been taught countless time management methods to keep you focused and productive. If you’re highly creative or a visionary leader, sometimes those left brained approaches fail us.

Today’s guest is going to teach you The Perfect 15- Minute Day Method. It’s not just about time management. It’s about managing your time, thoughts, and emotions. Pierre Khawand is part Steven Covey, and part Zen teacher. All on today’s episode of Itenco: Lessons for the Leading Edge.

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Jul 11, 2016
Perfectionism is the biggest barrier you have to being on your leading edge. In this episode, Nancy interviews podcaster and consultant Joe Sanok on the perils of getting stuck in perfectionism.
About Joe Sanok
Joe Sanok is a mental health counselor, business consultant, and podcaster.
Joe has the #1 podcast for counselors. As well, his daily podcast, The How to
Become a Consultant Podcast reveals the secrets of becoming a consultant
through interviewing the world's top consultants. With interviews with Pat
Flynn, John Lee Dumas, Chris Ducker, and JV Crum III, Joe is a rising star in
the podcasting world
As a writer for PsychCentral, a keynote speaker, and top-consultant, Joe has
numerous interview topics he can discuss. Joe's humor, natural pacing, and
energy make him an ideal podcast guest!


Jun 27, 2016
On this episode, Nancy interviews Debra Ruh, an advocate for disability inclusion in the workplace. What Debra shares about her journey, how she ended up as an activist for disability inclusion, and the advice she gives for employers will shift your paradigm around disability. 
This interview is going to challenge your assumptions and open your mind to ideas that seldom cross people's minds. 
About Debra Ruh 

When told by "experts" that her daughter, Sara, who was born with Down's Syndrome, would be lucky to push shopping carts at the local grocery store, Debra Ruh refused to accept this. When she told friends and family that she was going to start a for profit organization that would help companies see the worth and potential in hiring disabled employees, she was met with skepticism. Why not start a nonprofit? And could such an idea be feasible? Debra's unshakable faith in the power of human potential and her love for her daughter, led her to create Tec-Access.  TecAccess was a ICT Accessibility firm and the majority of employees were technologists with disabilities.

By 2011, Debra had built TecAccess into a multi-million-dollar firm but realized that her mission was not yet complete. Convinced that "the real disability is being unable to see human potential" she went on to create Ruh Global and is a global disability inclusion strategist. She consults to Fortune 100 companies and nations including Kenya, Oman, Egypt and the Bahamas. Her daughter, Sara, is an internationally renowned keynote and motivational speaker who travels the world inspiring and encouraging others to follow their dreams."

Jun 20, 2016

On this episode, Nancy interviews leadership trainer, speaker, and executive mentor, Michele Molitor of Nectar Consulting. Michele’s passion is helping leaders find their “sweet spot”, that perfect intersection of values, purpose, passion and natural talents. Learn Michele’s 4 Pillars of Confidence to help you be a happy, successful leader.

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About Michele Molitor:

Michele Molitor is an Instigator of Inspiration.

She ignites new ideas, successful strategies and more authentic leadership in her audiences through her passion as a coach, consultant, trainer and speaker.

She is sure to stir the pot and get you thinking at the edge of your comfort zone, which inevitably leads to you shining more brightly and contributing your gifts more authentically to be the best leader you can be.

As a former “workaholic” and “whirling dervish” herself, Michele is uniquely qualified to help other smart, savvy leaders identify their “Genius Zone” so they can more effectively lead from their values, passions, and purpose. With an engaging style and interdisciplinary approach, she provides executives with the Emotional Intelligence tools to help them work smarter (not harder) and build high performing teams for accelerated outcomes and bottom line results.


Jun 13, 2016

There are so many shiny objects dangling about us, especially if you’re marketing a product or service. It can be very overwhelming!

On this episode, Nancy speaks with James Loomstein, managing director of Rogue Digital Marketing Agency based out of Dallas, Texas.

James will teach you a number of excellent lessons that will help you get a handle on digital marketing, decision making,  and leadership. He’s a wealth of information… if you’re looking for great digital marketing advice, consider this your on the spot training.

All on this episode of ITENCO: Lessons for the leading edge.

About James Loomstein:

With more than 15 years experience in strategic planning, digital marketing and consumer insights, James is all about staying a step ahead of the digital marketing status quo. An industry veteran with leading-agency experience, he set out to build an agency that would create compelling digital experiences, deliver actionable takeaways and customize digital efforts to unique consumer bases.

You can find James keeping  it Rogue delivering his opinions on the latest happenings in the Dallas sports world, as an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business and as a sought-after digital marketing speaker.

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Jun 6, 2016

The Power of Zero Tolerance with Isabelle Mercier

Will the real you please stand up? If you’re not willing to risk being who you are, then you’ll miss out on the power of being a stellar brand that changes the world and changes lives. But how do you do that? By having zero tolerance for the things that hold you back, says my guest Isabelle Mercier.  Discover how her 20+ years in branding have led her to this mission of changing the way we value ourselves and use that to communicate who we are and what we do in a way that shakes to the core. All today on itenco: Lessons for the leading edge.

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About Isabelle Mercier

As host of, one of North America’s Top Small Business

Influencers in 2012, Entrepreneur of the year at the 2003 Lauriers

de la PME, and one of the bestselling authors of the business and

marketing book titled, The Next Big Thing: Top Trends From Today’s

Leading Experts to Help You Dominate the New Economy; Isabelle Mercier’s

sole purpose as a brand builder and business performance catalyst

is to empower change and growth.


Isabelle co-founded her first business venture a few years out of

her teens, which quickly escalated to become one of Canada’s most

awarded branding and creative firms; from prestigious international

design awards to national entrepreneur of the year. Isabelle is a

true pioneer in branding, and throughout her career has had the

opportunity to help hundreds of solopreneurs and small business

owners, as well as some influential brands such as A&W, Robeez

Footwear, Earls Restaurants, IMAX Corporation, and HSBC

Investments just to name a few.


With over two decades of hands-on experience in branding and

business growth, as well as extensive learnings from traveling the

globe, Isabelle is determined more than ever to help solopreneurs

and small business owners all over the world catapult their way to

crazy success - while having a blast doing it.

May 30, 2016

Seven is a magical number. There are 7 seas, 7 colors of the rainbow, The 7 Samurai… and according to my guest today, Michael Bungay Stanier, 7 essential questions that can help you work less hard and have more impact.


These are part of his new book, The Coaching Habit, and today you’ll enter a master class with Michael and learn how saying less and asking more can change the way you lead forever. All on Itenco: Lessons for the leading edge.


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About Michael Bungay Stanier:


Michael Bungay Stanier is the founder and Senior Partner of Box

of Crayons, a company that helps organizations all over the world

do less Good Work and more Great Work.

Box of Crayons are best known for their coaching programs that

help time-crunched managers coach in 10 minutes or less.

Michael left Australia 22 years ago to be a Rhodes Scholar at

Oxford University, where his only significant achievement was

falling in love with a Canadian… which is why he now lives in

Toronto, having spent time in London and Boston.

He has written a number of books. The best known with almost

100,000 copies sold is Do More Great Work.

But the one he’s proudest of is End Malaria, a collection of essays

on Great Work from leading thinkers which raised $400,000 for

Malaria No More.

Michael was also the first Canadian Coach of the Year, which is

pretty good for an Australian.

Balancing out these moments of success, Michael was banned

from his high school graduation for “the balloon incident”, was

sued by one of his Law School lecturers for defamation, and his

first published piece of writing was a Mills & Boone short story

called “The Male Delivery”.

Michael wrote this introduction himself, so you should take it all

with a pinch of salt.

May 23, 2016

From her coast to coast travels meeting with America’s small businesses, award winning books, and natural curiosity to learn about others, my guest Pamela Slim expands our notion of community and community building as a leading edge force to be reckoned with.

Find out what Detroit, Michigan and Fargo, ND have going for them that leaders from all over can learn from. Plus much much more…

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May 16, 2016

When Lisa Bodell takes the stage at a TED conference or SXSW, when she consults with her global clients such as HBO or Accenture, or when she’s writing award winning business books, she’s there to talk about CHANGE. Organizational change,  company culture change, leadership change… because without paying attention to what harmful habits and systems we’re creating around our companies, we’re going change. All on today’s episode of Itenco: Lessons for the Leading Edge. Subscribe at

May 9, 2016
In this episode, Nancy interviews Derek Rydall, author of EMERGENCE: Seven Steps for Radical Life Change and the foremost authority on The Law of Emergence.
Think of an acorn. Inside, it has everything it needs to become a mighty oak tree. Like that acorn, you too have everything you need to create a life of purpose, abundance, and success. Every leader needs to listen to Derek and get into action with the Law of Emergence. 
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-About Derek Rydall-

Part of the new generation of spiritual visionaries and thought leaders, Derek Rydall is the author of the #1 Amazon/Barnes & Noble best-seller EMERGENCE: Seven Steps for Radical Life Change and the world’s #1 expert on the revolutionary Law of Emergence.

He has trained top executives at Fortune 500 companies (from American Express to Disney) in empowered leadership and communications, and has coached celebrities and media professionals, including Oscar and Emmy winners, on creating conscious entertainment.

As a regular Huffington Post contributor, and host of the top-rated Emergence podcast on iTunes, he reveals cutting-edge spiritual principles and success strategies to achieve financial freedom and abundance, master productivity and creativity, and gain true wealth and happiness. 

With his global platform, Derek has touched hundreds of thousands around the planet with his message on finding your path, living your purpose and making a powerful impact! 

May 2, 2016
In this episode, Nancy interviews Michelle Vandepas on the topic of purpose and profit. When was the last time you checked in with yourself about being on PURPOSE? And is it absolutely essential that your work and your purpose happen together?
In this interview, Michelle Vandepas offers some fascinating takes on the concept of purpose and definitely turns it on its head! She's going to give you a provocative point of view to consider plus a great daily change up to help you integrate this all into your day.
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About Michelle Vandepas:
Michelle Vandepas, bestselling author and TEDx speaker, works with those called to change the consciousness of the planet. She teaches others to use marketing within their core strengths,  realizing their own big dreams and fulfilling their purpose and mission through entrepreneurship. A successful business consultant, she has started three multimillion-dollar companies and her purpose and profit podcast talks with others making a difference.  Next year she will appear in a documentary film, “Wisdom from Thought Leaders,” alongside Sting and the Dalai Lama. A doctor of divinity, she brings a spiritual bent to her work. Michelle studies tai chi for meditation in motion. She’s been married 34 years (!),  is a mom to one daughter, grandmother to six, and has been a foster mom to ten.


Apr 25, 2016

Good old Dale Carnegie himself said, “An effective leader will ask questions instead of giving direct orders.”

On this episode, Nancy speaks with author and leadership mentor Bob Tiede who challenges us to stop telling… and start listening.

About Bob Tiede:

Bob Tiede develops the next generation of leaders through He has Cru Campus, Josh McDowell Ministry, Global Operations Leadership Development and U.S. Leadership Development.

Bob started his blog, along with Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+ profiles, as a way to better connect with his target audience: Cru’s emerging leaders who are 20 and 30-something. Today, his blog provides a continued source of new tools (new questions) for all of Cru’s Coaches and Leaders and is viewed by leaders in more than 170 countries.

Bob is the author of "Great Leaders ASK Questions - A Fortune 100 List" - a free eBook available on his blog.  During the first week of its release it was downloaded by leaders in over 100 nations. 

Bob and his wife, Sherry, are proud parents of 4 adult children and super proud Grandparents of six incredible grandchildren - all of whom love to ask their Papa Bob questions!

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