I always enjoy my interviews with author David Sibbet, he is engaging, informative and speaks about a subject that more people should be aware of and that is visual graphics and consulting.

You might be asking why should you want to know more about this vocation or practice?  Visual Consulting which is the title of David’s new book is the synthesis of helping people, either in groups or individuals solidify their dreams, thoughts, ideas and provide a mapping of that visual into something that is usable and will help them reach their aspirations and dreams–what could be better than this.  It is like mind mapping, but on steroids.

In my recent interview with David we got to explore the many aspects of Visual Consulting, and two in particular are worth a second mention.   The first is the “Liminal Pathways Change Framework”  and the second are the “Seven Challenges of Change”.  When a graphic facilitator or visual consultant is brought into an organization usually the organization is going through change, and hopefully they are embracing the change process–but usually not.  You see organization can’t change unless the people in the organization change.

In the Liminal Pathways there are three phases of change: 1) Separation 2) Liminality and 3) Integration.  To learn more about this process please click here to be directed to Geisla’s  blog–she is David’s co-author, I know you will find it interesting and answer any questions you might have about this process.

The “Seven Challenges of Change” is the second process that is addressed in “Visual Consulting” and it has seven (7) phases 1) Activating Awareness 2) Engaging Change Leaders 3) Creating and Sharing Possibilities 4) Stepping into A New Shared Vision 5) Empowering Visible Action 6) Integrating Systemic Change 7) Sustaining Long Term.  If you want more on this change model just click here to be directed to David’s blog.

I trust you will enjoy this engaging and informative interview with David Sibbet the author of yet another great book entitled “Visual Consulting” If you want to learn more about David and Gisela please click here to be directed to the Grove Consulting organization in San Francisco.

I think that may of you listening to my podcasts are readers of the books from Napoleon Hill.  I have a special guest on this podcast, Jeffrey Gitomer and he has taken the content from the first writings of Napoleon Hill which are over 100 years old and put this into a new book entitled “Truth Living“.

In our interview together we discuss some of the 23 Lessons that Napoleon Hill teaches throughout this book, with commentary by Jeffrey Gitomer.  Success means different things for different people, but I think we can all agree that there are certain principles that never change and because we are creatures of habit we need to be reminded of the simplicity of these principles.

Lesson #1 is Success Is Up To You, while this sounds so simple and it is– “The ability to succeed is a matter of self-inspiration and a full understanding of human nature and a knowledge of your own mind’s latent powers.–Napoleon Hill.  As Jeffrey states thousands and thousands of people will read “Truthful Living”, but less than 5% will adopt the principles, take action necessary and receive the rewards presented in the book.

Lesson #2 Finish What You Start, again something we all know. “It seems to me that one of the great purposes of life is to: BE HAPPY ALL THE TIME AND TO MAKE OTHER HAPPY!”-Napoleon Hill.  As Jeffrey states “Finishing what you start requires that you take cynicism and negativity and convert them into optimism and positivity. Drive. Determination. And a vision to see the outcome and take daily steps toward that goal, or as Hill would say, that “definite major aim”.

Truthful Living is filled with wonderful lessons and commentary from author Jeffrey Gitomer.  It is one of the most well laid out books I have seen in sometime, easy and fun to read.  If you want to learn more about the author just click here, if you want to learn about the Napoleon Hill Foundation just click on the name to be directed to the Napoleon Hill Foundation.

I know you are going to love this interview with Jeffrey Gitomer about his new book entitled “Truthful Living

In my recent interview with Dr. Kenneth Pelletier the author of a new book entitled “Change Your Genes, Change Your Life” I learned more and became aware of how our genetics really don’t play the most significant role in our predisposition for disease.  “One of the reigning assumption of genomic researchers had been that our genes are deterministic in their expression. But the new epigenetic research demonstrated that this premise is largely false. Instead, we have come to see that our genes respond, or more specifically our epigenome responds, to how we interact with our world.”

This finding should be a relief to almost everyone listening to this podcast.  Just think about it, we control the outcome of our health, not our ancestors. “In other words, our lifestyle choices and our life conditions play a large part in ow our epigenome functions, which in turn determines the function of the underlying genome.  What we eat, drink, and breathe, our stress levels, our use of pharmaceuticals, our interaction with the immediate physical environment–these are the essential factors in genetic expression.

If you want to learn more about this fascinating research from one of the leading scientists in the study of epigenetics then definitely get a copy “Change Your Genes, Change Your Life” and listen carefully to this podcast with Dr. Kenneth Pelletier.  You can get more information about this new book by visiting Dr. Pelletier website by clicking here.

Enjoy this wonderful interview on “Change Your Genes, Change Your Life“.

We all certainly have craving for foods that we like and give us pleasure to eat, but how do these cravings work and how can we curb or eliminate these cravings.

In my interview with Dr. Elena Zinkov ND we discuss her new book “Crave Reset-A Breakthrough Guide to Mastering the Psychology and Physiology of Cravings.”  As Elena states ” An unhealthy relationship with food is formed over time.  You usually don’t see it as a bad habit until it starts to have a negative impact on health: increased weight, anxiety, digestive issues, skin breakouts, and fatigue. Genetically some people have a predisposition to crave certain foods.  From a evolutionary perspective, humans are driven to seek out pleasure and avoid pain, and food can create pleasure instantly while temporarily numbing the pain.  Physiologically, people can experience a neurochemical or hormone imbalance that can impact decision around food, which I frequently see in women with thyroid and adrenal dysfunction or people with serotonin deficiency.  Food cravings are a combination of biological, genetic, evolutionary and environmental causes, and not just what you eat or don’t eat.”

Inattentional blindness is often the culprit of our decisions around food. In other words where does your attention go when grocery shopping or in the buffet.  Do you focus on the plethora of healthy options or on what will provide instant gratification?

In my interview with Dr. Elena Zinkov ND about her new book “Crave Reset” you will learn what causes your cravings and how to reduce them or turn them off.  If you want more information about Dr. Zinkov you can click here to be directed to her website where you will find a no-cost download on sugar cravings.

I encourage to visit her website and download the free book, you can also read blog entries about food cravings and healthy eating.

I hope you enjoy my interview with Dr. Elena Zinkov ND about food cravings and how to eliminate them.

 

 

The essence of life is how well we get along with others.  In my interview with author Guy Finley about his new book “Relationship Magic” we explore the importance of building and maintaining good loving relationships.

It does not matter if it is your significant other, a co-worker, or a sibling how we look at and respond to others while in that relationship will determine the meaning and significance we place on sustaining that or any relationship. We have all had our buttons pushed by others but it is how we react to our buttons being pushed that really determines our relationship with self and others.

As Guy states “If it weren’t’ for what the other person manifests, that so stirs up in us what it does, we would have never known the truth that now sets us free: what we’ve really been running from, all along, is the fear of our own negative reaction, and how easily that wave of anger or resentment can carry us away.  Seeing this as true give us the strength to properly step up and challenge not only what we’ve taken to be our “tormentor”, but also parts of yourself so easily given to feel tormented. ”

We all have choices, and reacting to something said about us will just take you deeper into the negative.  Attempt to see your relationship from the others point of view, stop and take time to evaluate before responding, listen and make sure you are being heard.  Relationship Magic is as much about you evaluating your own inner feeling and emotions as it is being an observer of your relationships.  It is the differences between you and your partner that help perfect both of you-not only as lovers and friends, but also as individuals.

If you want to learn more about “Relationship Magic” please click the book title to be taken to the book website.  You can also learn more about Guy Finley by going to the Life of Learning Foundation website by clicking on the link.  I hope you enjoy the great interview with author and spiritual guide Guy Finley.

I have interviewed Chip Conley in a previous podcast about his book “Emotional Equations“, and I have alway appreciated his perspective as an author and thought leader.

In my interview with Chip about his new book entitled ” Wisdom@ Work” we explore what it is like to be a mentor and modern elder in a work environment at Airbnb which is mostly populated with workers in their 20’s and 30’s.  We all live in a world in which the accelerator seems to be stuck at full throttle, where the speed of our workplace has become difficult to navigate let alone make sense of.   As an elder in the workplace, Chip coaches people to take time to communicate and better understand one another.  He states “that for the first time we are seeing the power of intergenerational transfer of wisdom that flows in both directions. This offers the elder the opportunity to be raw again by being receptive to learning in a new way.”

Chip states that “Often an elder is brought into an organization to solve a problem in an area of domain expertise.  But just having them focus their mind on this area to the exclusion of anything else can be counterproductive to both the elder and the company.  I found that bringing a beginner’s mind to areas of the company where I was relatively clueless helped create a more catalytically curious company, and I was the occasional midwife to epiphanies in a few meetings. ”

Chip teaches four major lessons in “Wisdom@ Work” 1) Evolve 2) Learn 3) Collaborate 4) Console and if you want to learn more listen to our engaging and interesting interview together.  You can also check out the book website by clicking here or you can go to Chip’s website to learn more about Chip and his new book “Wisdom@ Work“.

Enjoy our interview together.

Hopefully everyone who listens to my podcasts enjoy engaging in the learning process, and that you do it for fun, entertainment and because you are curious.  Curiosity is probably the number one reason people want to engage in the learning process,  they want to explore the new and exciting world of the unexplored.

In my interview with author Kelly Palmer we discuss the topic of learning and the edge it provide organizations in her new book co-authored with David Blake entitled ” The Expertise Economy-How the Smartest Companies Use Learning to Engage, Compete and Succeed.”  

“The pace at which the future of work is changing continues to accelerate, and companies that fail to adapt remain at risk”. states Palmer.  ” Gone are the days when a four-year degree guarantees job security and the skills to stay relevant for an entire career.”

In my interview with Kelly we discuss some of the seven guiding principles to help build the skills that are critical to an organization’s success, now and in the future.  Some of those principles are:

  • Making learning a competitive advantage: Companies that build a culture where learning is part of the overall strategy-and sometimes that people love and want to do-will have a clear advantage.
  • Embracing personalized learning: Technology enables personalized learning, a key factor in helping people integrate learning with their own work.
  • Combat content overload:  Curate the abundance of learning resources available to help employees learn what they need, when they need it.

If you are attempting to evolve and develop the learning environment within your organization then this interview with Kelly Palmer about her new book “The Expertise Economy” is a must listen!

If you want more information about the book please click here to be directed to the book website, or click here to learn more about the author and her company Degreed.

 

We live in a time of greater environmental devastation than ever before. Unprecedented wildfires, floods, earthquakes, and storms are occurring across the globe. Polar ice caps are melting. Sea levels are rising and temperatures are climbing.  An increasing number of species are facing extinction. Economies and governments are tottering.

In my recent interview with contributing author Matthew Fox about a new book entitled “Order of the Sacred Earth” we dialogue about many of these issues, and how the politics and religions play a role in it’s reversal.  This book has two other authors as well, Skylar Wilson and Jennifer berit Listug and the problems we face as a society are addressed in the book from several generational viewpoints which really helps to make this an interesting and informative read.

The development of the order is the brainchild of Matthew Fox, and it was his vision to heal the earth by healing ourselves and the tremendous decisiveness that contributes to so many of the problems that exist socially, environmentally and economically.  The intersection of spirituality and activism is at the center of human evolution.

The ecocide that is facing our planet and our species is, at heart, not just a political or technological problem, but a spiritual problem. It derives from a false consciousness that claims that humans are more important  than other species and that other species exist to serve our needs. It derives, as Pope Francis has put it, from our narcissism as a species.  Therefore, we must do our inner work to liberate ourselves from anthropocentrism and greed and power-over dynamics and economics systems that appeal to these shadows in human consciousness, in order to succeed in making the next and big leaps to a healthy relationship with the Earth and her creatures“, states Fox.

If you want to learn more about the “Order of the Sacred Earth” then click here to be taken to the book website.

I hope you will join me in this very engaging and informative interview with author, activist and theologian Matthew Fox.

Creating a compelling vision for your business and getting your employees to become engaged in the fulfillment of that vision is an art.

Learning how to be the leader that can create that vision and keep your employees excited about the vision is the topic of the book “Leading with Vision-The Leader’s Blueprint for Creating a Compelling Vision and Engaging the Workforce” by authors Simon Vetter, Bonnie Hagemann and John Maketa.

In my recent interview with Simon we talked about the quantitative data from over 400 companies who participated in Trends in Executive Development Survey, and the results.

Simon poses this questions “Is your company operating in a fog, getting disoriented, uncertain or even list in the minutiae, managers and employees being fearful of making a decision or feeling nervous and scared of taking action?

Or “does your company have a compelling vision with a clear sense of direction; a well-defined path for the future; people being courageous and decisive, taking initiative and calculated risk, enthusiastic and joyful to be part of an exciting journey?

In “Leading with Vision” Simon outlines six pieces to the puzzle 1) Imagine the invisible 2) Vet the vision 3) Creation options 4) Decide for change 5) Communicate effectively 6) Forster understanding.  If as a leader you can develop these abilities you can make the invisible visible.

If you want to learn how to embody courage, forge clarity, build connectedness and shape the culture of your organization then my podcast with author Simon Vetter is a must listen too.

If you want to learn more about “Leading with Vision” click the book link or you can click here to be directed to Simons’ website.