This is the second interview with Dr. Kenneth Pelletier.  I invited Dr. Pelletier back, because he is the author of many great book on health and wellness.  In particular he seminal work entitled ” Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer” peaked my interest, and I thought my listeners would enjoy learning more from Dr. Pelletier.

While “Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer” is not a new book, it’s content is ageless.  Today researchers and physicians know more about the links between stress and many of our modern day illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, arthritis, inflammation, diabetes.

In my interview with Ken we discuss the links between our health and mental imagery.  We all know that what we “think about and dwell on” has a tremendous impact on our physical health.  Negative thoughts can create a direct biochemical impact on our physical body that manifest into stress, then that stress causes our system to produce cortisol, and too much cortisol does have a negative impact on our vascular system and the release of excessive cholesterol.

Practicing stress-reduction techniques such as meditation and biofeedback is a great step forward in the prevention of psychosomatic disease.  While there are many types of meditation, in the Eastern tradition the meditator works toward a psychological state which is termed as transcendental awareness or satori.  There are two basic methods by which this state is achieved: 1) restriction or focusing on attention on an object of meditation or 2) opening of attention, in which the meditator places himself or herself in a state of undistracted receptivity to external and internal stimuli. Meditation is one of the very simple way for people in our modern world to reduce stress, and to shift our focus on the negative to one of neutral or positive.

Stress play such an important role, and controlling our thoughts is one of the best ways to reduce stress.  If you want to learn more about Dr. Kenneth Pelletier and his books, talks and lectures an what he advocates to reduce stress please visit his website by clicking here.

I hope you enjoy this great interview with Dr. Kenneth Pelletier.


I have known author Judi Neal for over 15 years.  My original connection with Judi was through an organization she founded called “Spirit@Work”.  She is certainly a thought leader and pioneer in the arena of organizational and personal transformation.  When I learned about her new book entitled ” Handbook for Personal and Organizational Transformation” I knew it would be an opportunity to take a deep dive into a subject that most leaders in business need to learn more about.

While this 600 page textbook entitled “Handbook for Personal and Organizational Transformation is not going to attract the average person to rush out and purchase this textbook, the compilation of research and this opus is well worth the investment if you are attempting to transform your organization’s culture.

In my recent interview with Judi we discuss the the fact that organizational transformation is impossible without personal transformation.  “Einstein said that we cannot solve problems from the same mindset that created the problems.  In order to see positive change occur in the world, we must shift our consciousness to a high level of thinking and being, but we must also have systems or approaches that scale up, so that there is a collective shift in consciousness in groups, work teams, villages, governments, and corporations”.

The aim of this book is to expand the reader’s thinking and to encourage readers to be courageous about their involvement in creating transformation, at whatever level they feel called to do so.  It will serve as an essential resource for researchers and students of organizational culture, leadership, and change management, as well as consultants, business and team leaders, and anyone interested in global trends and their impact on corporate culture.

If you want to learn more about Judi and her work please click here to be directed to her website at Edgewalkers.  Judi is also the author of a great book entitled “Creating Enlightened Organizations.”  This book is a much more condensed read, and would be a good place to start if you are looking to learn more about organizational transformation.

Technology has created the illusion that today’s worker feel “highly connected” to one another, when in reality most feel isolated from their colleagues.  What they crave most–and what research increasingly shows to be the hallmark of the highest-performing workplace cultures–is a sense of authentic connection with others.

In my interview with author Dan Schawbel the author of the new book ” Back to Human-How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation”  we discuss how he is helping the next generation of leaders create a workplace where teammates feel genuinely connected, engaged and empowered–without relying on technology. ”

In Dan’s research with 100’s of top young leaders they revealed that technology as a double-edge in that it helps improve operational efficiencies and keeps us constantly connected, but at the cost of human touch.  Young leaders see technology as a way to push information out quickly and efficiently, yet as the same time it can make the workplace more dysfunctional.

If you see your organization dealing with issues of isolation between workers, and this is affecting the engagement and productivity of your workforce then you are going to want to listen to this interview with author Dan Schawbel about his new book “Back to Human-How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation.”  To learn more about Dan and his new book please click here to be directed to his website.

Thanks for listening, and I hope you enjoy this interview with Dan Schawbel author of “Back to Human”


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.