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Getting Unstuck – Cultivating Curiosity

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Personal leadership and career coach Jeff Ikler and guests help unlock the innate curiosity we're all born with. Getting Unstuck-Cultivating Curiosity is about seeing the familiar from a different angle or seeing something new as a package of possibilities one can unwrap and consider.

Personal leadership and career coach Jeff Ikler and guests help unlock the innate curiosity we're all born with. Getting Unstuck-Cultivating Curiosity is about seeing the familiar from a different angle or seeing something new as a package of possibilities one can unwrap and consider.


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Personal leadership and career coach Jeff Ikler and guests help unlock the innate curiosity we're all born with. Getting Unstuck-Cultivating Curiosity is about seeing the familiar from a different angle or seeing something new as a package of possibilities one can unwrap and consider.




215: Being Curious to Explore Our Identity and Relevance

My guest in this episode is Sarah Elkins. Sarah is a storyteller, the podcast host and author of “Your Stories Don’t Define You. How You Tell Them Will,” and a Gallup certified StrengthsFinder coach. In this episode, Sarah focuses on the role curiosity plays in informing our identity and how we define the relevance of our lives. And through that focus, Sarah has laid bare the bedrock of emotional intelligence because our personal identity and relevance are two key drivers of our behaviors...


214: Being Curious to Overcome the Uncertainty of Transition

In this episode, the first in the Curiosity series, I’ve asked a number of people to come on the show over the next few weeks to talk very briefly about an aspect of their life that makes them tilt their heads in curiosity and want to know more about how to satisfy it. My first guest is Pat McHugh. Pat is the Executive Vice President of Sales for the hand2mind school publishing company, which develops supplemental curriculum, social and emotional learning products, and hands-on resources....


213: Bridging Our Great Divide by Listening to Understand

My guest in this episode is Mary Thomas-Vallens. Mary, a 40-year classroom teacher in the Irvine California Unified School District, currently serves as a moderator and in various other capacities for the Braver Angels organization, which works to depolarize “reds” and “blues,” “conservatives” and “liberals” and help them become better listeners.


212: The Heart and Art of Advocacy

"It's really all about building relationships. Actually, that's what advocacy is about at its core." Sue Inches is an experienced environmental advocate, educator, and policy consultant. She is the author of the highly acclaimed Advocating for the Environment: How to Gather Your Power and Take Action.


211: Understanding a Very Delicate System: the Supply Chain

When the supply chain works, it’s a beautiful thing. But as the old saying goes, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and given the complexity of most supply chains today, any disruption can have a significant impact. Today's guest St. Claire L. Gerald, an Association of Supply Chain Management Certified Supply Chain Professional, helps us understand why the system is so delicate and how it can impact us.


210: Getting Comfortable with Navigating Change

My guest in this episode is Leanne Gordon, the principal of Leanne Gordon, a firm dedicated to helping individuals navigate what overwhelms them when considering change, their personal or their organization’s false starts in change initiatives, and the inevitable resistance they’ll encounter leading change.


209: "Speak Earth" — Having Meaningful Conversations About the Environment

Tania Marien is an independent environmental education professional and the Director of Talaterra — "Speak Earth" — a network of independent environmental education (EE) professionals who contribute to lifelong learning and environmental health in communities. OK, that’s Tania’s official bio. After talking with her for a couple of hours and studying what she does and how she works, I prefer to describe her as a “citizen for our age”: she’s a connector, an organizer, a contributor, a doer, a...


208: And A River Runs through It

My guest in this episode is Steve Ehrlich. Steve is semi-retired, but now applying his life-long experience in adult learning, psychology, and literature to a new chapter — bringing the transformative lessons and stories gleaned from the fly fishing environment to support personal and professional growth. In this episode, we will wade into the literature of fly fishing — a contemplative, lyrical, and often poetic genre that examines water and our association with nature as a metaphor for...


207: Engaging with History to Help Make Sense of Today

My guest in this episode is Dr. Donna Curtin, a historian serving as the Executive Director of the Pilgrim Hall Museum. Pilgrim Hall is “the oldest continuously operating public museum in the country and America’s museum of Pilgrim possessions. I wanted to talk to Dr. Curtin because as a former high school history teacher and developer of social studies classroom materials for more than 35 years, I’m very concerned about the restrictions being placed on what some history teachers can teach...


206: Discovering the Pathways to Discovering Purpose

My guest in this episode is Bradley Wright, a professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut and host of the “School of Purpose” podcast. When I began to investigate curiosity, Bradley’s focus on purpose was one of the first ideas that intrigued me because I don’t ever remember saying to myself, “That’s why I’m here! That’s what I meant to do in life!” Instead, it was more like, “Well, maybe I could teach.” Curious as I am, I wanted to explore the relationship between my passion...


205: It Is Always About Telling the Story

How do you go about telling a very inviting and understandable story in film? My guest in this episode, Rita Grant, is an award-winning documentary film cinematographer, director, and producer, and the driving force behind Sweet Sage Pictures. In our conversation, she explains how she harnesses her technical skills, curiosity, instinct, and heart behind the camera.


204: Living in Harmony with Yourself and the World

Today I’m joined by Erica Nelson, a member of the Navaho Nation. Erica is a fly fishing guide, host of the “Awkward Angler” podcast, and a contributor to the “Awkward & Clueless Beginning Fly Fishing” show on YouTube. She is a Brown Folks Fishing ambassador, a community that cultivates the visibility, representation, and inclusion of people of color in fishing and its industry. She is also the passionate co-founder of REAL Consulting, which focuses on bringing diversity, equity, and...


203: Being Curious Enough to Avoid a Big Regret

Bill Whiteside is a sales and marketing executive turned software salesman turned writer of narrative non-fiction, specifically a forthcoming book about an incident in Winston Churchill’s tenure as Britain’s Prime Minister during World War II. Our conversation explores the incident, which we then use as an opportunity to examine what makes a great leader great, what constitutes the art of writing great, truthful narrative non-fiction, and Bill’s personal journey to satisfy his curiosity.


202: Telling Your Authentic Story

We rarely reveal our true self to others, and sometimes (very often?) we don’t reveal it to ourselves. Sadly, we can’t interact effectively with others if there are layers of our personal onion between us. Diane Wyzga, a self-described story doula works to help professionals pull back the curtain and get to the heart of their message — their authentic story.


201: Learning About Life and Leadership from a Fly Fishing Guide

What can we learn from non-traditional sources if we’re willing to look at things differently? How can we break out of our often self-imposed boundaries to see what the universe is offering us? For example, this podcast is broadly about “K12 education,” but it’s really about thinking and doing things differently to get different results. And in the case of this episode, what can a fly fishing guide, Spencer Seim, tell us about leadership? And what can we learn from seemingly random events?


200: Caring for Faculty and Staff Through Mindfulness

The "Trauma in Schools" podcast series focus primarily on the trauma that students carry with them into the classroom. But, many school faculty, staff and administrators are also experiencing trauma. COVID has dislocated relationships and put pressure on educators to quickly address ”learning loss.” There is a critical need for school leaders at any level to promote self-care through mindfulness training. Mindful leadership expert, Michael Bunting, explains the first safe steps.


199: Enabling Systems Change Through the Spirit and Science of Collaboration

Those who work for substantial educational change, do so within the context of today’s heated nation and world. Two thought leaders are adept at shining a light on those educators who are trying to lead their communities out of darkness. Dr. Michael Fullan and Dr. Mark Edwards have penned an argument for change that highlights how eight districts are combining the emotional and scientific basis for how educators and communities can work together to address the problems we face.


198: The Neuroscience Underpinnings of Trauma in Schools

If students are in a state of high stress or trauma, the part of the brain that facilitates learning is inaccessible. Thus, student academic achievement rests squarely on the shoulders of student wellness. Neuroscience researcher, Melissa Hughes, Ph.D., explains.


197: Using Simulations to Train Trauma-informed School Personnel

One of the goals of our series is to raise awareness and the level of discourse around student trauma and mental health in general. And if we’re not bringing these subjects out into the open, kids keep all those emotions bottled up inside of them. Dr. Glenn Albright and Kim Weiland from Kognito, a firm that develops avatar-based simulations to help develop trauma-informed educators, explain.


196: A Transformation Story: Can You Hear Me Now?

Periodically on Getting Unstuck, we welcome a change maker to tell their story of personal transformation: how a specific event or catalyst propelled them into a different role or way of thinking from where they once were. Today, we hear from Suzanne DeMaillie who went from being the parent of three children to someone who led a four- year crusade to bring about a specific educational change. And as we’ve learned from countless other examples, bringing about an educational change isn’t...