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Jonno White

7 Questions with Yermi
7 Questions with Yermi

Name: Yermi

Current title: Coach

Current organisation: Yermi Kurkus Consulting

After working in the Prison System for 8 years - a certain experience had me at a pivotal moment - ever since, I have gone out to seek an answer to "If OneUP! was able to transform Jailbirds into Eagles, what can OneUP! transform Eagles into?"
Yermi Kurkus, seeks to empower business owners and their teams to perform at their optimal levels and achieve high levels of success through tools used in Practical Mindfulness.

7 Questions with Yermi

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader of a small or medium enterprise?


2. How did you become a leader of an SME? Can you please briefly tell the story?

It was after working with a certain inmate that attended one of my coaching programs. He was a young 20 year old that was given a sentence that he will never leave prison for the rest of his life.
After the program was over, I kept following up with him.
1. He got a certified university degree in Finance (his dream)
2. He figured out a way to legally advise the family members of inmates and help them with their finances.
3. He later on went on to teach an accredited university program in finances and economics.
4. He also is either hiring or teaching other inmates to advise other inmate's family members and do what he's doing.
This blew my mind. If someone that has absolutely nothing to live for, all of a sudden is thriving in a place such as prison - how much more so can anyone - especially business professionals - thrive when they have everything to live for?
That's how I got started, I felt that it was my duty to go help out other entrepreneurs to succeed and thrive in their lives.

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

My day always starts from the night before.
my top 3 tips:
1. No tech 2 hours before you go to sleep and 2 hours after you wake up.
2. Take small breaks throughout the day
3. Have an adjustable schedule.

4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?

Be agreeable (mind-blowing!!!)

5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

There is no one book - it's a combination of many books. But if I was really to boil it down to one book in particular it would be "The Tanya'' by Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi - it's a Hasidic book that is based on Kaballah (Jewish Ancient mystical teachings) - it taught me how to look deep into myself and how to perceive everything that is around me from a practical standpoint.

6. How do you build leadership capacity in an SME?

By empowering those around me.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader of an SME so far?

Empowering a coach to believe in himself to become a coach full time, quit his day job, and succeed.

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