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Letting Go of Approval and Control

Letting go of approval and relinquishing control are things that I’ve struggled with for many years, and continue to work on. My counselor Eleanor recently said to me, “You obsessively seek approval. Stop doing that. And, when you don’t get the approval you want, you go into control. Neither of these things serve you or work very well.” She’s right. Seeking approval and/or trying to control everything can get in our way in life, both personally and professionally, and can stop us from...


Why Embracing Loss and Grief Is So Important to Our Growth

Loss and grief are inevitable parts of life. Both personally and professionally, we face a lot of loss and grief that we have a hard time dealing with. However, even though they can be scary and painful to talk about, and we mostly tend to live in denial about them, it’s essential for us to grapple with these powerful emotions. I share some of my thoughts around loss and grief, and some of my own personal losses of loved ones and people close to me, as well as why it is so important for us...


Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity, and Joy with Dr. Shauna Shapiro

When it comes to the topic of mindfulness and self-compassion, my friend Dr. Shauna Shapiro is an internationally recognized expert. A clinical psychologist, professor at Santa Clara University, and author, Shauna has published over 150 papers and three critically-acclaimed books, including her latest work, Good Morning, I Love You: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Practices to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity and Joy, which comes out today. Interest and awareness of mindfulness and...


Find Your Best Contribution to the World with Tom Rath

As an author and researcher, Tom Rath has impacted countless people with his ideas on how work can improve human health and wellbeing. His ten books, including How Full Is Your Bucket?, Eat Move Sleep, Wellbeing and Strengths Finder 2.0, have sold more than 10 million copies and have made hundreds of appearances on global bestseller lists. His latest book, Life's Great Question: Discover How You Best Contribute to the World, seeks to help people bridge the gap between who they are and what...


How to Stay Relevant in Today’s Noisy World with Bill Cates

Bill Cates is the President of Referral Coach International and author of multiple books including Get More Referrals Now and Beyond Referrals. His latest book, Radical Relevance, is all about how we can break through the noise to get our message out and engage people effectively. Drawing on his over 30 years of experience, Bill shares some essential insights about relevance, resonance, and the importance of creating a human connection. In this illuminating interview, Bill also reveals why...


Making Positive Change with the Start-Stop-Continue Technique

Happy New Year! Continuing the theme of making positive change as we head into 2020, I want to share a technique that you can use to get some clarity now and over the course of the year - for yourself and for your team. The Start-Stop-Continue technique is a simple, healthy, and positive prompt that you can use for yourself personally, with your teams as a group exercise, or even as a whole team exercise. I explain how to use this effective technique in different ways - to give and receive...


Creating the New Year Consciously

It’s the last day of 2019. We’re about to start 2020. There’s often a focus around this time of year on ‘new year, new you’ and making resolutions. This can be tricky for a number of reasons. If we go about it consciously, it can be a sacred and powerful time of creation as we step into the new year. In this episode, I have some specific questions to help guide your process of creation for the new year. I also share some thoughts about how you can think about your goals at different levels —...


Completing the Year Powerfully

2019 is coming to a close, and I have a tradition for the week between Christmas and New Years — completing the year. Whether you’ve had a great year or a bad year or a mixed year of ups and downs, it’s important to take some time to complete the year by acknowledging and honoring it. Reflecting on the events of the year and the things that have happened can be a valuable and powerful exercise, and I have a set of questions I use to guide this process. I encourage you to complete your year...


Give and Receive Feedback, Even When It’s Uncomfortable

In this solo episode, I’m diving into feedback. Here’s the thing about feedback, in general, for me — I don’t always love it. But really, receiving feedback (and giving it) is so important to growth. I share my recent experience of receiving feedback from my editors on my latest manuscript, and how having a “sweaty-palm” conversation really helped move me forward with integrating that feedback. We can all benefit from enhancing our capacity to give and receive feedback, so I have some...


Giving Tuesday Special: Ending The Water Crisis with Scott Harrison

On today’s show we’re re-playing my interview from last year with Scott Harrison, CEO and Founder of Charity: Water. We’re doing this in honor of Giving Tuesday and because the work of Charity: Water is so important and powerful. There are over 600 million people on the planet who don't have access to clean drinking water; this is a solvable problem since the technology and resources are available and it has been Scott’s and his team’s mission for the past 13 years. Scott’s story is...


Presence, Connection, and Purpose with Anese Cavanaugh

On today’s show, Anese Cavanaugh joins me for the second time. She’s an author and speaker, who shares her knowledge around the country about leadership, culture, being positively contagious, nurturing our relationships and creating impact. Anese and I chatted about some of the concepts included in her latest book Contagious You: Unlock Your Power to Influence, Lead, and Create the Impact You Want during our conversation. We talked about intentional energetic presence (IEP),...


Lessons from the Diamond, the Broadcast Booth, and Business with Kyle Peterson

My good friend and Stanford teammate Kyle Peterson joins me today. He was an All-American at Stanford and a first round draft pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in 1997. Kyle made his Major League debut with the Brewers in 1999, but injuries to his pitching arm ended his playing career in 2003. He then pursued a career in broadcasting and was hired by ESPN, where he has been the lead college baseball analyst for the past 16 years. In addition to his successful career in broadcasting, Kyle is also...


Well-Being Drives Success with Megan McNealy

I’m so pleased to have Megan McNealy joining me this episode. She’s a wealth management advisor for one of the top financial firms in the world who specializes in working with senior corporate executives. In addition to her work in finance, Megan started her own company called Well-Being Drives Success. She just released her first book, Reinvent The Wheel: How Top Leaders Leverage Well-Being for Success, where she shares her own story of healing from some significant health...


Appreciate the Small Things

This week we explore the importance of appreciating the small things. How many things do we take for granted? The simplest things, such as having power or being able to take a hot shower are usually underappreciated. Our schedules tend to be packed with obligations and chores that can be urgent, but they can get in the way for us to be able to connect to what is most important and valuable. The confusion between urgency and emergency often prevents us from being truly present and connected...


It’s The Relationships That Make a Team Great with Dean Stotz

I’m very excited to welcome my friend, mentor, and former coach at Stanford, Dean Stotz, to the show this week. He was the Associate Head Baseball Coach at Stanford University for 37 years, retiring in 2014. Dean has been an incredibly important person in my life since he first started recruiting me back in 1991. He has had a huge impact on me by exemplifying what it means to be a great coach, husband, father, leader, and human being. He and his family are like family to me and my family....


Taking Care of Our Mental and Emotional Health

I was inspired by World Mental Health Day on October 10th to share some of my own story and to encourage us to address mental health challenges openly, without shame and stigma. Today on the show, we talk about why we need to be mindful of this, how we can proactively focus on our mental and emotional health and support others, and why more companies are realizing that well-being (both physical and mental) is a fundamental component of productivity and success at work. Key Takeaways [4:45]...


Transforming Our Fear

Fear is a natural, normal, and essential human emotion and experience, especially when we’re growing, changing, and taking risks. Today, I’ll share my own experience of how fear can creep up along with these times of expansion and ways we can rewrite the story we tell ourselves to embrace change, and the fear that often comes with it. We talk about acknowledging fear, viewing it as excitement, and reframing the way we experience it. Key Takeaways [5:28] Going off on your own and starting...


Finding Common Ground In These Politically Divisive Times

With the impeachment inquiry heating up, our already crazy political environment here in the United States seems to be getting even crazier. Many of us have strong opinions and beliefs about what’s happening right now and about politics in general. Our differences on these fronts can lead to us feeling isolated and at odds with the people we work with, live with, and interact with in life. Today on the show, we talk about why it’s important for us to get out of our bubble, listen to...


The Importance of Acknowledging Bias and Privilege

Today we’re talking about bias and privilege, two topics that can be thorny and difficult to talk about, but extremely important for so many reasons, especially in today’s world. I talk about what bias and privilege are, why it’s essential for us to be aware of them, and some examples of each. We also talk about creating a team culture that acknowledges bias and privilege, and at the same time creates an environment of belonging and trust. Key Takeaways [3:39] There are two types of...


Everything is Figureoutable

I’m inspired by Marie Forleo’s fantastic new book, Everything is Figureoutable, and I listened to a great podcast episode featuring Marie and her best friend Kris Carr last week when the book came out. It got me thinking about how we can figure things out and adopt a healthy approach to life and business that sets us up for success. On today’s show, we discuss the difference between a fixed mindset and growth mindset and why it matters, as well as what it takes to challenge ourselves to...