Do you feel like you are on autopilot? Just going through the motions-like life is just a blur of commuting to work, calendar event and obligations.  If so then listen up.  I recently interviewed Chris Bartz-Brown the author of a new book entitled ” Wake Up-A Handbook to Living in the Here and Now“.

This is not only a fantastic book, but the book design is exceptional, it really is a handbook–please feel free to take notes on the pages provided.  Chris has provided 54 playful strategies to help the readers snap out of autopilot.  We discussed several playful strategies in our interview together, example “Kill your Television”.  As Chris states, a little television is not a bad thing, but a lot of television wastes our time and our life. What would be the payoff for watching less television?  What else could you do to entertain yourself, read a book, take a walk, exercise, meditate?   All the options seem better than watching television.

How about the idea of noticing what you notice. Most of us are in such a hurry that we infrequently notice the little things in life.  How about carrying a pen or pencil with some paper and just start writing down what you notice? These things could be people, conversations, buildings, articles or a fleeting glance from someone in a passing bus. It doesn’t matter what you find interesting; it only matters that you notice it.  So what is the payoff of this new activity, becoming more sensitized to the world in which we live and as a result enjoying a heightened sense of connectedness and vitality.

Chris’s new book “Wake-Up” is a great easy read with lots of strategies for changing your habits and behavior for the better. If you want to learn more about the book and Chris please click here to be directed to Chris’s website.  

I hope you enjoy this lively interview with author Chris Bartz-Brown.

So what are the real issues that help to foster the environmental concerns that all of us are faced with?   Author Lee Van Ham in his new book entitled “From Egos to Eden” has identified what I personally believe are the biggest issues.

As a nation and society, we live as if we have a Multi Earth filled with resources for constant consumption.  We don’t understand that we need to start living as a society and nation as if we were inhabiting One-Earth and reduce our consumption of resources so that future generations can inhabit our earth and still have the necessary resources, as well as clean air, water, and soil that will be able to be farmed and produce nutritious crops.

As Lee writes ” The changes Earth is making in this 21st century exceed anything we’ve known in 12,000 years. The ecological crises she’s undergoing mean that by 2100 CE she will not longer be home for millions of species, and our species is the primary reason for their extinction.  If you are at all interested in learning about the shift in our mindset about how we live in harmony with mother earth, then I encourage you to listen to my interview with author Lee Van Ham about his book “From Egos to Eden“.

I also encourage you to check out another of Lee’s books entitled “Blinded by Progress“.  You can reach Lee by visiting his website by clicking here, or on Facebook by clicking here. I hope you enjoy this lively interview with a wonderful author and leader in the ecological movement.

 

My good friend Dr. Daniel Friedland MD has written a wonderful book entitled “Leading Well from Within” this book is for anyone who is seeking to leverage the stress in their lives and become a better leader in the process.

I know that many of you reading the blog entry are familiar with “conscious leadership” Daniel provides a platform through his book “Leading Well from Within” that gives the reader an entirely new perspective of what it is like to be a conscious leader.  There is a clear correlation between leadership effectiveness and business performance.  Daniel states that “to lead well from within you need to ensure you have the best driver in the driver’s seat to meet life’s demands”.   To become the best driver you need to understand that how your brain reacts to certain stimuli and conditions, and how you are able to learn to control your response is the secret of being a conscious leader.

The difference between being reactive versus being creative is knowing how to reduce and control your stress and removing your self-doubt, while increasing your inspiration.  All of this activity occurs in various areas of your brain, and you can learn how to modulate this through being mindful.  “Leading Well from Within” is the guidebook for any leader wanting to improve their responses to circumstances and events that if handled properly could become the turning point to improving their outlook about the situation, and the outlook of all those that depend upon a well centered and focused leader.

If you want to learn more about Dr. Daniel Friedland and his new book “Leading Well From Within” please click here to be directed to his website.  You can also connect with Daniel on his Facebook page by clicking here.

 

It is seldom that I come across a book that is packed full of insight, wisdom and real world applications.  I had the honor of conducting an interview with Rebecca Costa the author of ” The Watchman’s Rattle-Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction“, about her new groundbreaking book.

Rebecca states that many of our current world problems are due to the accelerating complexity which outpaces the rate at which the human brain can function and develop new capabilities.  If you feel that our world is moving at breakneck speed and you are not able to keep up with the pace, you are not alone.  In the “Watchman’s Rattle” Rebecca cites civilizations such as and Mayan, Khmer and Roman empires which fell and became extinct due to trying to find quick fixes to their problems.  Drought, food shortages, war, population growth as all factors that we face today, and will require that we think our way out of extinction.  Biological capabilities–the genetic features of each human organism–represent the only common denominator in every civilization and therefore, must necessarily play a role in every civilization’s outcome.  Evolution can not be left out of the conversation, ” The Watchman’s Rattle” the the book that allows for us to have this dialogue and understand our challenges, and hopefully come to a way out of extinction.

Rebecca cites what she refers to as supermemes which are beliefs that have transferred from generation to generation and are at the foundation of the challenges we are facing as a civilization today.  Everything from irrational opposition to extreme economics, Rebecca and I discuss these supermemes in our interview together.

If you are interested in learning more about Rebecca Costa and her fascinating viewpoint on our current state of the world, then I recommend you click here to be directed to her website.

She is also the host of “The Costa Report” which is a online radio show that she does weekly, you can click here to be directed to the show.   

I hope you enjoy the lively interview with Rebecca Costa author of “The Watchman’s Rattle”  Rebecca’s Facebook page, Twitter page

 

I have come full circle with author Glenn Aparicio Parry.  Recently his publicists reached out to me about doing an interview with Glenn, what she did not know is that Glenn and I had previously been affiliated when Glenn was involved in as the director of the SEED Gratitude Institute in Albuquerque, NM.  I just love how the Universe works in bringing people back into your life, just at the right time.

Glenn has written a new book entitled “Original Thinking-A Radical ReVisioning of Time, Humanity and Nature“.  In my interview with Glenn we explore the deep inner realms of our thinking.  How can we reconnect with all the natural ecological and spiritual ways to help restore our world to wholeness?   In other words is our linear and rational thinking at the root cause of our current degradation of our society?   If so how as a species can we reconnect with our “nature”.

As Glenn states “The origin of thinking is thanking. Original thinking is thinking that begins in wholeness, in gratitude for all there is. Thinking that begins in wholeness remains in wholeness, even if ti employs abstract thought for limited purposes. We are always in relationship with the whole.”  If you want to further explore how our thinking is at the center of so much of the dilemma we face as a society, then you won’t want to miss a minute of my interview with Glenn Aparicio Parry the author of “Original Thinking

If you want more information about the book and the author please click here to be directed to his website, or click here to go to his Facebook page, or here for Twitter.

What prevent us from becoming the person we would “really” like to become?  That is a question that we have all asked ourselves and in Marshall Goldsmith’s new book entitled “Triggers: he provides the readers with what he refers to as Triggers that thwart us from becoming that person.  So just what are the triggers according to Marshall?

First is “If I understand, I will do., Second, “I have the willpower and won’t give in to temptation.” Third, “Today is a special day” Fourth, “At least I’am better than…..”, Fifth, “I shouldn’t need help and structure.” Sixth, “I won’t get tired and my enthusiasm will not fade.” Seventh, ” I have all the time in the world.” Eight, “I won’t get distracted and nothing unexpected will occur.” Ninth, ” An epiphany will suddenly change my life.” Tenth, My change will be permanent and I will never have to worry again.”   Do any of these sound familiar?

In my interview with Marshall we explore the reasons, environment and behavior that prevents us from becoming the person we have always wanted to become.   We also discuss about something that Marshall refers to as the power of checklists? Marshall speaks with me about a book called “The Checklist Manifesto”  and explains the power of using checklists to keep us from doing “stupid” stuff.  Marshall has his assistant call and ask him “Daily Questions”, 29 questions that keep him focused and “becoming that person he wants to become”.

If you want to learn more from the master coach Marshall Goldsmith I highly recommend you listening to our interview together, then go out and get a copy of “Triggers“.  This book will provide you with insights and wisdom into your own self sabotage that is getting in the way of you being a better person.

If you want more information about Marshall please click here to be directed to his website, or click here to be directed to his Facebook page.

Thanks for listening. Enjoy learning from one of the real masters.

I have been invited to attend the Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona AZ which is being held May 27-31st.  I just conducted a wonderful interview with Danette Wolpert the film festivals founder and organizer.  I am so excited to bring you this interview to provide my listeners with an in-depth look at what will be happening at the film festival.

This event is being billed as a conscious film festival and rightfully so.  Danette has attracted some of the most interesting and unique film directors and movies.  Not only will you get to screen these amazing productions, but you will have what Danette describes an an immersive and engaging experience with hikes, meditation sessions, journaling,  food tasting and much more as part of your experience.

The film festival premier evening start off with a movie entitled “Sold” actress Gillian Anderson will be attending the session for a Q&A after the screening.  This movie will certainly set the tone for the remainder of the day events.

If you would like more information about the festival or to sign up for tickets please click here to be directed to the Illuminate Film Festival website.  You can also check them out on Facebook, or Twitter.

This is my fourth interview with author Steven Kotler, and his books just keep getting better.  His new release Tomorrowland Our Journey from Science Fiction to Science Fact is a series of essays and in-depth investigation into the inventions and technologies that are rapidly changing our world forever.  He really does provide us with the pivotal moments when science fiction become science fact.  Steven takes us on a personal guided tour of the mind-bending far frontier, and how these advances are radically transforming our lives for the better.

In our interview together we discuss everything from the new advancements in bionics to artificial vision that is allowing people without vision to see well enough to drive a car.  We talk about nuclear fission, the future of space, flying cars and everything in between.

I hope you will take a few minutes out of your day to listen to author Steven Kotler one of the thought leaders when it comes to technology and its impact on society.

Steven Kotler is also the co-founder of “The Flow Genome Project” an international organization dedicated to mapping the genome of flow and open sourcing it to everyone by 2020.

The new book Holacracy-The New Management System for a Rapidly Changing World is a book that will get anyone in business thinking about how to organize their company.  As a matter of fact, many major companies have embraced Brian Robertson’s Holacracy System including the forward thinking organization Zappos.

In my interview with Brian we take an in-depth look into how to design an organization with this new management model.  Holacracy is a combination of individual accountability, team transparency, and flexible, face-paced tactical meetings to help in creating greater levels of efficiency, adaptability and productive operations.  Holacracy also develops absolute habits of making commitments about when you will deliver a particular project or action.  For instance in tactical meetings you capture next action, but do not attach deadlines or commitment to them.  You might be asking why?  Committing to deadlines has downsides and obscures a more dynamic, reality-based approach.  Brian states that by accepting the next action item in your role, is by definition making the commitment to continuously track the action, and to consciously do the action as soon as it becomes the most important item among your possible actions.

I encourage you to listen, take notes and learn from Brian Robertson a man on a mission to transform how organization run, and how the cultures are transformed.  He has a fascinating approach and one that is worth your investigation of time to understand.  If you want more information about Holacracy you can click here to be directed to his book site, or click here to be directed to Holacracy.org.