the Impact Leadership Podcast

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Jeff Nischwitz and Craig Mathews founded Cardivera in 2019 to change the heart of leadership. Part of that mission was to create this podcast to carry the message to the world and provide implementable ideas that leaders can use to grow themselves, their teams, and their businesses.

We believe that the difference between good versus thriving organizations is four things:
  1. Leadership – It’s clear that there’s a leadership gap that’s continuing to grow. While there are some good managers and a few who do well at running their business, the evidence shows that we are failing at building strong teams and growing and developing our people. In other words, too many businesses are surviving rather than thriving.
  2. People First — Leadership has always been and will always be about people — building trust, empowering people, inspiring influence and creating collaborative impact as a team. When leaders and organizations commit to and invest in growing their people, they reduce costs, increase engagement, improve execution, amplify profits and accelerate growth. When you put your people first in words and action, you create the secret sauce for a thriving and sustainable business.
  3. Impact Attention and Awareness – Most people issues in organizations are in some way the result of a lack of impact attention and awareness. While most organizations have goals, the true objective for great organizations is impact – impact for our clients, our team and the community. In order to create impact you must be committed to growing your impact attention and awareness.
  4. Think and Do Different – Too many leaders and organizations are continuing to do business, solve problems and pursue opportunities the same way they’ve been doing for many years. The world has changed and this is no longer a viable approach. We share ideas and interview guests to help our listeners think different and to do different. This involves shaking things up and shifting our perspectives and actions while we’re shaking. The ideas, approaches and solutions that we share with our listeners are unique and impactful.
The Leadership Junkies Podcast why can be summed up this way:
  • Heart for people and business
  • Passion for growing people personally and professionally
  • Risk takers willing to ask the difficult questions and offer unconventional solutions
  • Committed to delivering impact and helping our listeners and their teams achieve greater impact
  • Creating leadership and relationship ripples that change the world, personally and professionally
Welcome to the Leadership Junkies Podcast and welcome to a new way of living, leading and impacting!

Jeff Nischwitz

Speaker, coach, consultant, author, and
Chief SHIFT Officer of Cardivera

Known as a Facilitator of Truth, Snow Globe Shaker and the Leader of Shift, Jeff Nischwitz is a man on a mission – a mission to help people shift how they lead and thereby shift their leadership impact. As an international leadership speaker and personal transformation coach, Jeff Nischwitz is known for his unique perspectives, for challenging traditional thinking, and for delivering tangible shifts for leaders to grow their people, build their businesses and enhance their relationships. Jeff is a master inquisitor with the rare ability to ask questions that go beyond the heart of the matter, into the soul of a leader and even an organization. So skilled and intuitive are Jeff’s questions, that his seemingly innocent inquiry, “Do you mind if I ask you a question?” often comes with a warning: Be careful before you say yes, because you may learn, experience, or uncover something that you were not expecting … and perhaps something that you had never seen or known before. 
In addition to being one of the Cardivera founders, Jeff is the Founder and Chief Snow Globe Shaker of The Nischwitz Group  a speaking, consulting and coaching company that transforms people and organizations—one truth at a time! Jeff energizes audiences on a wide range of topics including leadership, relationship building, building self-accountable teams, navigating change and personal transformation. As a leadership and personal transformation coach, Jeff uses his gifts of intuitive listening, pattern spotting and questions to help his clients identify their obstacles and overcome them so that they can grow themselves, their business, their relationships, and their impact. Jeff is also the author of four books including his most recent inspirational book, Just One Step: Walking Backwards to the Present on the Camino Trail (Eagle Heart Press 2020).

Craig Mathews

Strategist, innovator, consultant, and
CEO of Cardivera

Craig is a revenue architect, finding ways to grow business revenue profitably. He is also a serial entrepreneur who has led and been part of seven startups.

Craig started his career in technology, serving as the senior technology manager for multiple firms, completing his tenure in technology as Chief Technology Officer for McKim & Creed, a Fast 50 and Top 200 consulting engineering firm serving the Southeast U.S. He conceived of and launched Blue Sahara, a software company focused on creating revolutionary solutions for the water utility industry, leveraging assisted intelligence and high-performance computing to solve problems in seconds that often took a day previously.

In 2008, Craig started Big Think Innovation, Inc., a business strategy and innovation consultancy. Big Think has advised companies from startups to global firms, providing insights and innovation around corporate strategy, marketing strategy, organizational design, and revenue maximization. Big Think has served clients in six continents.

Craig is a Beta Gamma Sigma graduate of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, where he received his MBA. He is also president of the Raleigh-Durham Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma. He designed his undergraduate major at N.C. State University in Professional Communication and is a member of MENSA.

Craig has also spoken to national and international audiences on topics including leadership, innovation, water security, and IT/Business alignment, among others. He has been a passionate student and practitioner of leadership since high school.