In this episode, Erick Rheam interviews Joe Schotthoefer, Vice President of Operations at Doetsch Environmental Services, Inc.

Joe discusses what it was like to grow up with the family business as a big part of his young life and how it impacted him to work in the family business full time.  Joe describes the business and the importance of the culture of the company and why it means so much to him and his family.

We discuss his family dynamic and their philosophy in how they train and support their team for long term success.  Finally, Joe gives insight on how he approaches the human side of supervising others.

Joe Schotthoefer

Joe Schotthoefer is VP of Operations for Doetsch Environmental Services, a fifth-generation family owned business located in Detroit Michigan. 

Established in 1898, Doetsch is committed to preventing pollution of lakes, rivers and oceans by maintaining underground sewerage systems.

The Doetsch name and reputation have been synonymous with high quality, professional industrial inspection and cleaning services.

Oil spills, hazardous waste, solid waste and sewer line backups are formidable clean-up jobs tackled on a daily basis by Doetsch Environmental Services, a 122-year-old environmental contractor, based in Warren, Michigan.

Doetsch Environmental Services offers professional cleaning services of wet and dry materials, located above or below ground, to municipalities, manufacturing facilities, power plants, foundries, chemical plants and refineries.

Resources Mentioned

  1. Subscribe to the podcast
  2. Rise Above Chaos book
  3. Work with Erick
  4. Doetsch Environmental Services

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In this episode, Erick Rheam interviews West Point Athletics Hall-of-Famer Jason Stewart about his journey from his successful conclusion of his collegiate career and how he leveraged that to pursue a world class running career, while serving his country.

Jason recounts the obstacles he faced trying to find his place on the world stage while navigating his Army career as a Field Artillery Officer and being deployed to Bosnia Herzegovina in the mid 1990s.

Jason describes what it was like to be on the front lines of Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia while losing all of his fitness and the struggle to get back into racing shape in time to compete in the United States Olympic Trials for a chance to represent his country in the Olympics.

Jason outlines three key lessons he learned from his decade of elite running from high school, college, and at the olympic levels and why he’s content influencing the next generation to pursue excellence.

Jason Stewart

Personal:

Married: Tracy – married 23 years

Children: Lily – 21 – Chemical Engineering Senior at Penn State University
            Nate – 18 – Freshman at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis

Work:  

Vice President – Keurig Dr Pepper

Athletic:

UNITED STATES ARMY WORLD CLASS ATHLETE PROGRAM

UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY

CONRAD WEISER HIGH SCHOOL - Robesonia, PA

Career Personal Bests:         

 Other:

Resources Mentioned

  1. Subscribe to the podcast
  2. Rise Above Chaos book
  3. Work with Erick
  4. Jason’s LinkedIn
  5. Army Hall of Fame Page

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In this episode, Erick Rheam interviews West Point Athletics Hall-of-Famer Jason Stewart about his journey from high school soccer star to a world class distance runner for the United States Army.

Jason shares his journey from rising star as a collegiate division I recruit to All-American status and premiere collegiate runner at the United States Military Academy. Jason describes the moment he challenged his Army teammates to commit to a new level of training and mental toughness needed to be one of the best programs in the country. 

Jason not only recounts how that pivotal moment on that training run not only changed the trajectory of his team, but in his own career and what lessons he learned from it.

Jason Stewart

Personal:

Married: Tracy – married 23 years

Children: Lily – 21 – Chemical Engineering Senior at Penn State University
            Nate – 18 – Freshman at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis

Work:  

Vice President – Keurig Dr Pepper

Athletic:

UNITED STATES ARMY WORLD CLASS ATHLETE PROGRAM

UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY

CONRAD WEISER HIGH SCHOOL - Robesonia, PA

Career Personal Bests:         

 Other:

Resources Mentioned

  1. Subscribe to the podcast
  2. Rise Above Chaos book
  3. Work with Erick
  4. Jason’s LinkedIn
  5. Army Hall of Fame Page

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In this episode, Erick Rheam provides the audience with a process to jumpstart their 2024 using some key ideas from his Rise Above Chaos methodology.

Erick challenges the audience to do a 50 day Rise Above Chaos challenge with seven key things to do over the next 50 days to jumpstart their year.  These challenge pieces were carefully selected and arranged so that everyone can start the year focused on the key things to elevate them above the chaos.

Finally, Erick provides a fun exercise that will provide tangible evidence that we have all moved in a positive direction in 2024.

Resources Mentioned

  1. Subscribe to the podcast
  2. Rise Above Chaos book
  3. Work with Erick
  4. The Annual Retreat podcast episode
  5. The Big 3 Post-It notes tool

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In this episode, Erick Rheam interviews speaker, author, podcaster, and productivity expert, Jeff Sanders, on his insights on how to approach the daily grind of life in a healthy and meaningful way.

Jeff shares insights on common mistakes most overwhelmed people make when they approach their days.  He believes it all starts with a realistic plan and learning to cut out 40% of what you plan to complete for the day to allow space for life to happen.

Jeff gives practical advice on how to manage email and why he believes it’s important to wake up thirty minutes earlier in the day and do something that excites you.

Jeff Sanders

Jeff Sanders is the founder and CEO of 5 AM Miracle Media.

He is a keynote speaker, productivity coach, author of The 5 AM Miracle, The Free-Time Formula, and founder of The Rockin’ Productivity Academy.

He also hosts The 5 AM Miracle Podcast, which has ranked #1 in Apple Podcasts in the Self-Improvement and Business categories, been nominated for 7 Podcast Awards, and exceeded 13 million downloads.

Jeff is a productivity junkie, plant-based marathon runner, and personal development fanatic. He also eats a crazy number of bananas. ?

Jeff also consistently shares new and fascinating content about healthy habits, personal development, and rockin’ productivity. Every week you can find him writing and speaking at JeffSanders.com.

Resources Mentioned

  1. Subscribe to the podcast
  2. Rise Above Chaos book
  3. Work with Erick
  4. Getting Things Done methodology
  5. Nozbe task software system
  6. Freedom website blocker
  7. 5 AM Miracle podcast
  8. Jeff Sanders website

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In this episode, Erick Rheam interviews Scott and Shate Hayes, from the Love Haze, and discusses the hard parts of life we often don’t like to talk about with each other.

Scott and Shate discuss their journey together and their passion for helping others.  Erick talks to them about the need for therapy and how Scott and Shate have benefitted from having a professional support them on their journey.

Scott gives practical advice on how to find a therapist and then how to get the most out of the experience.

Resources Mentioned

  1. Subscribe to the podcast
  2. Rise Above Chaos book
  3. Work with Erick
  4. The Love Haze website
  5. Find a Therapist website
  6. Psychology Today website

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In this episode, Jack Swift interviews Erick Rheam as they dive deeper into Erick’s story and how he conquered fear over time by leveraging the people around him.

Not many people know Erick more than his lifelong friend, Jack Swift.  Jack and Erick discuss how fear shows up in life and the power of others in the battle over fear. 

Jack digs deeper into Erick’s relationship with his mother, Patsy, and how she played a major role in building his confidence to face his fears.  They discuss how his wife, Alia, filled a major role in his life as he grew and matured in his life and built his speaking empire with Alia.

Resources Mentioned

  1. Subscribe to the podcast
  2. Rise Above Chaos book
  3. Work with Erick

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In this episode, Erick Rheam, presents part three of a three part series based on the Discover Significance Assessment.

Erick believes everyone wants to live a life of significance and everyone is on the journey towards significance, but it can be long, arduous, and with many detours along the way.  Erick created the Discover Significance Assessment tool so that a busy professional can identify where they are, so that they can formulate an action plan to move forward in the right direction.

In this episode, Erick unpacks the significance mode.  People who scored between 535 and 625 on the assessment are in success mode.  Within each mode there are three phases.  In success mode they are:

Relationship Builder (535 - 560)

Mentor (565 - 590)

Champion (595 - 625)

Erick discusses each phase, steps on how to navigate the phases, and the negative tactics of the Beast and how to mitigate them within each phase.

Resources Mentioned

  1. Subscribe to the podcast
  2. Rise Above Chaos book
  3. Work with Erick
  4. Discover Significance Assessment
  5. The Perfect Day online course

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In this episode, Erick Rheam, presents part two of a three part series based on the Discover Significance Assessment.

Erick believes everyone wants to live a life of significance and everyone is on the journey towards significance, but it can be long, arduous, and with many detours along the way.  Erick created the Discover Significance Assessment tool so that a busy professional can identify where they are, so that they can formulate an action plan to move forward in the right direction.

In this episode, Erick unpacks the success mode.  People who scored between 380 and 530 on the assessment are in success mode.  Within each mode there are three phases.  In success mode they are:

Established Professional (380 - 440)

Emerging Leader (445 - 475)

Respected Leader (480 - 530)

Erick discusses each phase, steps on how to navigate the phases, and the negative tactics of the Beast and how to mitigate them within each phase.

Resources Mentioned

  1. Subscribe to the podcast
  2. Rise Above Chaos book
  3. Work with Erick
  4. Discover Significance Assessment

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In this episode, Erick Rheam, launches a three part series based on the Discover Significance Assessment.

Erick believes everyone wants to live a life of significance and everyone is on the journey towards significance, but it can be long, arduous, and with many detours along the way.  Erick created the Discover Significance Assessment tool so that a busy professional can identify where they are, so that they can formulate an action plan to move forward in the right direction.

In this episode, Erick unpacks the Survival Mode.  People who scored between 125 and 375 on the assessment are in survival mode.  Within each mode there are three phases.  In survival mode they are:

Rock Bottom (125 - 250)

Frustrated Soul (255 - 305)

Hopeful Spirit (310 - 375)

Erick discusses each phase, steps on how to navigate the phases, and the negative tactics of the Beast and how to mitigate them within each phase.

Resources Mentioned

  1. Subscribe to the podcast
  2. Rise Above Chaos book
  3. Work with Erick
  4. Discover Significance Assessment

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