As many of you might have assumed by now I am someone who embraces technology. I do know the fine balance between when to use technology effectively and when to put it away and be present with others.

In my quest to find the optimal tools, software and applications I happen to be introduce to the good people at Timeular in Austria.  My friend Charles Byrd who is a productivity guru and does lots of webinars and training on Evernote was the one that recommended Timeular.

In my interview with the Chief Marketing Officer Vanessa Ulrich we discuss this interesting time tracking tool called ZEI that is made of plastic and is octagon in its formation. It tracks your time by laying the device on any one of the eight sides, and each time you switch to a different side it keep track of that particular activity.  It comes with an erasable pen so you can change the activities on the side of the octagon at will.  Also included is a stand so when not in use you can rest the device.

If you are someone looking to better track your time, so you know where you spent time effectively and where you are wasting your time then you are going to want to check out the  Timeular/ZEI device.

I would encourage you to visit the website by clicking here, and if you want to purchase a ZEI to see how effective this cool device is just click here to be directed to the Timeular store.

Also watch this short video about the ZEI, it is truly a game changer for time tracking.

There is no doubt that we all live in a world filled with lots of options, confusion, and moves at a hectic pace.  It seems to whirl by at such a rapid pace that I frequently question my own place in this world.  Do you ever have questions about “what is this all about?”, “why am I here?”.

I know that many of us do and in my interview with Tim Burkett about his new book “Zen in the Age of Anxiety” he helps to provide sound advice and solutions on how to deal with these age-old questions and challenges we all face daily.  His book focuses on many of the topics we question, such as money, sex, desires, failure and humility: and he does it from the Zen perspective which I personally believe it wonderful.

I think a very important point Tim makes in the book is that fear and fear-based thinking is evolutionary.  It is called negative bias and scientists believe it originated as an adaptive mechanism to help humans survive. We all are aware that our need for this fear-based thinking in the type of society we live in today is not as necessary as it was during the times of early man.  But, we still have this fear trigger and it ends up making us overly or passively aggressive, conflict avoidant or frozen by indecision.

What Tim teaches is that during meditation, while our awareness if focused on the breath, or fear-based patterns begin to reveal themselves.  When discomfort arises in the form of physical or emotional pain, we usually respond in one of three ways: we fight it, becoming agitated or irritable, we try to escape the discomfort through fantasy and then feel guilty or ashamed that we are wasting our time in meditation; or we freeze up like a stone, holding our mind in a state of rigid, unfeeling blankness.

Tim teaches the art of meditation and how to release our anxiety.  If you are looking for a way to adapt, and thrive in our ever increasing world of complexity then I highly recommend reading Tims’ new book “Zen in the Age of Anxiety“.

If you want to learn more about Tim you can check out his website where there are resources for reading and listening too. 

If you are ready to have your personal views altered regarding your definition of “Self” then my interview with Robert Levine about his new book entitled “Stranger in the Mirror-The Scientific Search for the Self” is a great place to begin.

Robert and I, explore the psychology of the mind and the big question about “who we really are”? I know this is a deep thought provoking questions and infrequently gets our attention, but during our interview, we explore this questions. Frequently, we just go on with our daily routines of life, and really never give any thought to this question of “Self”. Our brains are the software running the computer-us. The bigger focus needs to be on how we can reprogram our brains-thus reprogram or “self” and what role do we play in that reprogramming process.

Stranger in the Mirror,” is a book filled with examples from multiple personality disorders to a learning more about how our two hemispheres of our brain interact to inform and guide us in our decision-making process. The stories and examples from real life examples are very revealing and inform us about how “we” work.

If you want to learn more about the “Stranger in the Mirror” please visit Robert Levine’s website. There you will find articles and resources on this topic as well as more information about Robert’s other books.

I think that many of us grow up and the thought of what we want to become, or that the perfect vocation is still a distant desire.  We went to school to get an advanced degree, or not and no matter the circumstance of our lives we often dream of doing something different or changing our career path and finding a new vocation.

The huge arena of personal growth attempts to help us answer these questions, but for some reason does not hit the mark and we are still left with the same dreams and desires.

In my interview with Stanford Professor and co-creator of a course called “Designing Your Life” Bill Burnett I get to discuss how he his partner Dave Evans envisioned approaching the subject of career and life development.  The key component in their course is not part of any other course I have ever seen in my 30 plus years of studying personal development, and that component is the use of applying”design thinking skills” to help us answer these questions.

Bill points out that there are five design thinking ideas that help us solve our own dilemmas about our life and careers 1) Connecting the Dots 2) Radical Collaboration 3) Prototyping 4) Gravity Problems 5) Reframing.  To better understand what these design thinking concepts I encourage you to listen to our interview in this podcast.

He states that we should build three Odyssey plans or three different versions of our life for the next five years.  As Dave Evans the co-author states in his Youtube video these are really not plans they are ideas, and the purpose is to find areas of our life where we have an interest in learning more.  So the process is to empathize, define, ideate prototype and test.

I know you are going to find my interview with Bill Burnett very enlightening as well as something that will get you to think about how you have been approaching your life design.

If you want to learn more about the Designing Your Life book, workbook and course, I have attached links below.

I hope you enjoy my interview with Bill Burnett, and I know this will spark a new desire in your to design your life.

Designing Your Life Book Link

Designing Your Life Workbook 

Designing Your Life Book Website

Bill Burnett Presentation Ted X Stanford Talk


I recently had the pleasure of being on a webinar that was being hosted by a previous author guest on our show by the name of Ron Friedman the author of a book entitled “The Best Place to Work“.  He was hosting our guest for this podcast Charles Byrd for a program called “Zero to 60 with Evernote”.

Many of you know that I am an avid advocate of using technology tools to make your life simpler and to become more efficient. Evernote is one of the tools that I have used for years, and I thought I was using it efficiently until I heard the webinar from Charles.

In my interview with Charles, you will learn not only what Evernote can be used to do, but you will be exposed to several really great tips that will make you even more efficient in the use of this amazing cloud-based software system.   If you are not currently using Evernote, I would highly recommend that you take them up on the free trial offer. I would bet that many of you after this podcast will convert to using Evernote.

I am also offering Charle’s course Zero to 60 with Evernote at a significant discount.  You can click on this link and it will take you to the registration page for his online course.  Here you will be exposed to everything from getting started to the advanced tips and tricks that Charles teaches to improve your efficiency in the system.

I hope you enjoy this wonderful interview with Evernote expert Charles Byrd.  You can learn more about Charles by clicking here to be directed to his website as well.

I had the recent pleasure of interviewing author and thought leader Glenn Llopis.  A few year ago we did a podcast about his book “Earning Serendipity” which was his first book.  Glenn has a new book entitled “The Innovation Mentality”, which is focused on bringing awareness to the separateness and silo mentality that is hampering the evolution of our business and the people within the organizations.

The Innovation Mentality  reveals the alarming leadership identity crisis that has developed at companies of all sizes and across all industries nationwide that has created dysfunctional, tension-fueled workplaces and made it difficult to drive sustainable growth. These companies are solving for the wrong opportunities, widening productivity gaps, and unknowingly creating tension with and weakening the potential of their increasingly diverse and multigenerational workforce. They are dismantling the evolution of business growth as they simultaneously elevate the risk profile of the global economy.

The Innovation Mentality puts a stop to all that. Its six strategies compel leaders to have the wisdom and courage to develop a new mindset that breaks free from the templates of old and to renew and reinvent the ways we work. The book shows leaders how business today has become less about the business defining the individual and more about the individual defining the business and what kind of leadership that requires. It forces leaders to be more vulnerable and intimate with people in the workplace and marketplace who have lost trust in and respect for those businesses and brands and have grown frustrated with how they are mismanaging opportunities. It enables leaders to embrace the intellectual capital that lies within the workforce and see diversity and inclusion as a profit center to create change and the future America needs.

If you want to learn more about Glenn’s new book please click here to be directed to his website.  I hope you enjoy the lively and engaging interview with author and thought leader Glenn Llopis.


How many of you have every had difficulty communicating with a co-worker or your boss?  It happens all the time, and miscommunications result in loss of effectiveness, efficiency and unresolved conflict.

In my interview with Susan Dowell the co-author of a new book entitled “Workplace Genie” we discuss the importance of role playing so that we can see the other persons point of view, allowing for better communications and greater levels of empathy.  Workplace Genie is a unconventional tool kit of ideas and ways you can approach the challenges you are faced with, and resolve those issue with greater speed and ease-with effective resolutions.

Improving our interpersonal skills is at the top of the list for employers, because over 75% of the employees that leave the workplace do so because of because they could not get along with their bosses.  These statistics are preventable say Susan and the techniques and behavioral modifications that are required are not difficult to learn and practice.

Some of the basis principles are: 1) Believe everything you tell yourself. 2) Don’t be blinded or distracted by your emotions and personal patterns in dealing with other people 3) Critically examine the situation that challenge you 4) Recognize that you-and everyone else-has more than one self, buy many. 5) Believe that you have the power to take the lead and make things happen.

Please listen to this informative and podcast about “Workplace Genie” with co-author and psychotherapist  Susan Dowell.

You can also learn more about the book by clicking here to be directed to Amazon. Enjoy this podcast with co-author Susan Dowell.


Thousands of families that are being affected by the fact that someone in the family has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  Five and a half million people are living with the disease right now, and it is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.  While advancements are being made with better medications to treat the disease, we still have the unsurmountable costs for caring for loved ones not to mention the additional physical and emotional strain that caring for someone with this disease can create.

In my interview with Rosalys Peel the author of a new book entitled ” Mike & Me-An Inspiring Guide for Couples who Choose to Face Alzheimer’s Together at Home.”   Rosalys and I discuss how she coped with being able to be the primary caregiver for her husband Mike who had Alzheimer’s disease for over ten years before he passed away.

She provides insights and on how to manage as a caregiver, as well as she gives hope for caregivers who may have lost all hope and want to throw in the towel.  She gives hope, and this book is a wonderful guide and resource for anyone dealing with Alzheimer’s patients.

Rosalys learned how to deal with Mike’s disease, and during the process of care giving continued to do the quote “normal” activities of life, like raising grandchildren, taking vacations and kept the flame of romance going in the relationship.

Obviously the task was difficult, but Rosalys provides simple yet poignant advice and guidance to ease the burden you will most likely be faced with.

Please listen to this podcast if you are faced with the challenge of caring with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.  You can check out  Mike & Me by clicking here.

Enjoy this great podcast with author Rosalys Peel.


Everyone is searching for more peace, purpose and freedom in their lives and in my interview with author Cindy Henson we explore her personal journey to seeking these qualities in her life.

In her new book entitled ” Jungle: A Journey to Peace, Purpose and Freedom” Cindy guides the reader through a very personal story that confronts many of the issues that many of us face in obtaining a more sane and fulfilling life.  There is just one twist, Cindy was driven to change her life because she spent years trying to figure out what mysterious ailments were trying to end her life. From doctor to doctor, she spent what seemed a lifetime attempting to figure what was happening to her body.

Cindy’s personal story with the struggles with her health, almost dying to then finding peace by going back to school in Costa Rica at the United Nations University for Peace where she obtained her master’s degree in International Peace and Conflict Studies and Peace Education.   It was a UPEACE that Cindy turned the corner and her physical strength and stamina were at an all time high. She felt the best she had felt in a long time with her daily practice of meditation and long walks in the beauty of the campus in Costa Rica.

Cindy provides practical advice and questions to ponder our lives and what we really desire to be at peace,  at the end of each chapter.  These questions of inquiry are designed to get the reader to ponder a life of greater peace, purpose and freedom.  They make us get real about our life, and find out what really makes us more content.

As Cindy writes “Receiving a another degree was not nearly as important to me as the entirely new way of life.  I still could not believe my good fortune for the opportunity to quit a corporate job that was literally killing me and attend the University for Peace that attracted world leaders in peach and amazing humans from around the globe.”

I encourage you to listen carefully to Cindy as we discuss her new book “Jungle: A Journey to Peace, Purpose and Freedom“– and if you want to learn more about her book please click here to be directed to her website and blog.