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A weekly podcast devoted to solving the problems of the world, one conversation at a time. Crack Talk is a weekly podcast devoted to looking at life's seemingly little issues that tend to wreak so much havoc. We look at topics such as relationships, leadership, anxiety, mindfulness, empathy, religion, conversation, and anything else that fits within the psychology of everyday life. Join us each week as we feature special guests, special topics, and special insights as we tackle the problems of the world, one conversation at a time. We keep it clean, fun, informal, and frequently nerdy.

A weekly podcast devoted to solving the problems of the world, one conversation at a time. Crack Talk is a weekly podcast devoted to looking at life's seemingly little issues that tend to wreak so much havoc. We look at topics such as relationships, leadership, anxiety, mindfulness, empathy, religion, conversation, and anything else that fits within the psychology of everyday life. Join us each week as we feature special guests, special topics, and special insights as we tackle the problems of the world, one conversation at a time. We keep it clean, fun, informal, and frequently nerdy.
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A weekly podcast devoted to solving the problems of the world, one conversation at a time. Crack Talk is a weekly podcast devoted to looking at life's seemingly little issues that tend to wreak so much havoc. We look at topics such as relationships, leadership, anxiety, mindfulness, empathy, religion, conversation, and anything else that fits within the psychology of everyday life. Join us each week as we feature special guests, special topics, and special insights as we tackle the problems of the world, one conversation at a time. We keep it clean, fun, informal, and frequently nerdy.

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Episodes

This Is It

8/20/2018
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As per the usual, we veered a little on this one. So you may have heard us discuss 'A First-Rate Madness' by Dr. Nassir Ghaemi on the last episode, and since Jack went out and bought it, we just HAD to discuss it this episode. Don't worry, we still cover Dr. Covey's seventh habit, 'Sharpen The Saw' and all its chewy goodness, however, we did have to talk about Dr. Ghaemi's book for a but because it is just that darn good! There is much crossover between the two, believe it or not, and there...

Duration:00:35:48

It Means Working Together

8/16/2018
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Well, despite our rant regarding Dr. Covey's reference to Sir Winston Churchill somehow being relevant to the topic of synergy (spoiler alert...it isn't), the point of synergy is WORKING TOGETHER. It naturally feeds off of habits 4 and 5, 'Think Win-Win' and 'Seek First to Understand', synergey is about putting the plans and ideas created in those two habits into action. It is not just collaboration, although it kind of is, syngery is about mutually beneficial goals, almost dependent...

Duration:00:47:15

Where Have We Heard This Before

8/12/2018
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Habit #5 seeks to have us look past our own mis- (or pre-) conceptions and engage our empathic system to better ascertain and appropriate what the underlying reasons are for a person's behavior. Catch that? Basically, our erudite vernacular is simply saying it is better to listen first, respond second. We take further issue with Dr. Covey's application of a registered trademark to common English phrases for the sake of marketing and profit, but he is writing a book after all. That aside,...

Duration:00:41:26

Win Some Lose Some

8/9/2018
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We can sum up habit number 4 in one word: empathy. That's right. It's all about truly understanding the other person to really be able to come to a mutual and mutually beneficial resolution because let's be honest, no one likes conflict and to lose a 'conflict situation' feels like we lose part of our stake in life, right? We have to learn to let go of our deisres to best the other person, or get to the front of the line, or have the highest grossing podcast on the planet. Let's take a...

Duration:00:35:24

Get Er Done

8/6/2018
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This episode, we focus on habit number 3, which despite Dr. Covey's insistance it is about imagination, it is really about prioritization (per him). Anyway, the idea is really about focusing on what matters and eliminating what doesn't. We certianly agree with this idea and they are words to live by, but hte interesting thing about weeding out the non-important things is, if all of your non-priority things have been removed, then what is left to prioritize?? We discuss this interesting...

Duration:00:38:09

End of the Beginning

8/2/2018
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Dr. Stephen Covey's second habit of seven tells us to 'begin with the end in mind'. We do like the idea behind it, basically saying have an idea of where you're going. Well, what happens when you don't know where you are going? We all have times where we feel compelled to do something bigger, better, grander, whatever, but we may not know what that is. It isn't as simple as Dr. Covey states in having clarity or vision. Sometimes, the end is all about the journey. We need to take time to...

Duration:00:34:21

Uh...Houston

7/30/2018
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Well, we had a small technical difficulty with Jack's microphone, i.e. the cable is bad and we dont' have a replacement. We know, we should have extras, but we don't so we're stuck. We are going to pick back up on Thursday due to travel committments, so stay tuned and we'll talk to you then!

Duration:00:01:49

Be ACTIVE

7/26/2018
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There is much to be said for Dr. Stephen Covey's book, 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.' This episode marks the first of seven (see what we did there?) where we look at each habit and dissect it a little bit. We don't disagree with Dr. Covey's thoughts and ideas, we just believe they need to be unpacked a little and made a little less 'drive-thru.' What do you think when you hear the term 'proactive?' Does it conjur up images of fortune-telling and telepathic clairvoyance?...

Duration:00:35:51

Habits Nor Wabbits

7/23/2018
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We know you are sad that we are done and moving on from regert, but every good thing must come to an end. And to that end, we are gonna shift our focus a little bit onto the topic of habits. Specifically, we're gonna dig into Stephen Covey's 7 Habits and see if we can unpack them a little more and expose some their soft under-bellies. Not that we think they're wrong, far from it. We just believe there may be more to them than the nice little package they are so neatly wrapped up in. We're...

Duration:00:35:19

Shoulda Beena Cowboya

7/19/2018
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Okay, we know you're probably getting sick of hearing us say 'regert' instead of 'regret', but hey, it is what it is and that's all it is. Right? Right. However, rather than just talk about it, we're gonna talk about how to deal with it. We're gonna apply a common organizational planning technique that helps deal with change systematically. You may have heard it called PDCA, OPDCA, FACTUAL, DMAIC, ABLE, etc. ad nauseum. We're gonna walk our way through a process of journaling, reflecting,...

Duration:00:38:14

All That Glitters

7/16/2018
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So you may have heard of this little thing called 'regert'? Well, it's this nasty little trick our brains play on us where it makes us think we are doing something good, but turns out, OUR BRAINS DON'T CARE! We know, it's confusing, and ironically makes your brain hurt in the process, but that's what we've been talking about: the LAZY brain. This just means that our brains really liek to be efficient, and what's another for efficiency? Lazy. It isn't that our brains don't like ti work, it...

Duration:00:37:55

Repetitive Regert

7/12/2018
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OUR BRAINS ARE LAZY! Now that we have your attention, what we mean is (and have been saying), is that our brains don't want to be burdened with spending extra energy on thinking new thoughts (doe syour brain hurt after that one?). Basically, as we talked in previous episodes, our brains want to schematize, compartmentalize, and anthropomorphise everything we come into contact with (well, not that last, at least not in this context) because it is easier to make a decision on something our...

Duration:00:40:21

Emotional Dynamite

7/9/2018
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We are at war, people. War with the very thing meant to keep us safe. That thing? Our brain and its inner-workings. In a obsessive-compulsive drive, our brains are constantly seeing comfort, clarity, and closure. When our emotions take fire up, our brain is more than happy to comply (and suggest) the worst of decisions to help return to its state of low-energy, high-efficiency existence. It is the brain's way of reaching homeostasis (which is just a bis psycho-babble word meaning,...

Duration:00:37:57

The Devil Made Me Do It

7/5/2018
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Our world is built on 'gotta have it now.' Why do you think Facebook is so popular? Why are there more smartphones on this planet than there are people? Why is there now such as thing known as the 'Google Effect' (The tendency to forget information that can be found readily online by using Internet search engines)? Because we want what we want when we want, i.e. NOW! I want that new car now with a massive interest rate and 8-year loan because I feel invicible in the unknown. I want that...

Duration:00:35:31

Slow Your Roll Cowboy

7/2/2018
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Our worlds (and more specifically, our brains) are often overwhelmed with a need and a drive for urgency. We need that new car NOW. We need that Hostess Cupcake NOW. We agree to something we KNOW we cannot deliver on because of the instant reward. I know that cupcake does nothing for me, but the sweet, chocolately, amazingness that sits before me will make me feel oh so good...now. Yes Mr./Ms. Manager I will take on this new responsibility NOW even though I have no time and in six months I...

Duration:00:39:05

Hello My Name Is

6/25/2018
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When you are labeled, or if you are labeling others, you create a roadblock to your own development and growth. This lasting E-ffect (not A-ffect) can be so sneaky and debiliating, that sometimes we don't even know it is happening. Maybe we do know, but it is entirely possible you may not even know where the label came from or what the label may even be. This is how deceptively destructive labeling can be. Labels are not only applied to people, but they can be applied to businesses,...

Duration:01:04:19

We Are The Champions

6/18/2018
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Do you feel like your boss, supervisor, manager, coach, etc. isn't promoting you like you think he or she should be? How many times do you feel that you are doing everything you can to get that promotion but your boss isn't helping? Maybe it isn't your boss' fault. The problem may very well be YOU. Now hold your temper down a little, we're not saying you're incapable or something, we're just asking if it is possible that you might be overlooking something? We cannot sit back and let others...

Duration:01:03:44

Hold the Mayo

6/11/2018
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So how do you prefer to receive feedback? There is a popular technique in modern organizational studies to utilize the 'feedback sandwich.' This means you open with positive, insert the negative negative, then close with positive again. The idea is it is easier to take and easier to administer. This is all well and good, but the problem is it tends to make the recipient feel handled or maniuplated. In the case of a supervisor/subordinate, if they are called into the office or approached in...

Duration:00:58:28

Motivation

6/4/2018
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Back on track! We do apologize for the late postings these last couple of weeks, but we've have taken the initiative to get back on schedule. Tonight, we drag up that ol' dog of motivation. What does marching band have to do with management? Well, quite a bit as it turns out as you will hear in this (clearly one-side) episode (sorry Jack..). The key point is not to let others dictate who you will be. You may not be able to kick down a door and demand a promotion or a raise, but that...

Duration:01:07:45

The Tick

5/28/2018
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Not much to add other than we hope you all had a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend and you took time to thank a service man or woman, past or present. We are indebted to those who gave the ulitmate sacrifice to help continue the liberties and freedoms we so often enjoy (and possibly take for granted). Aside from that, we are continuing our discussion on what burns us, and this week it is about those people who have their beliefs so buried down into their psyche that they refuse to...

Duration:00:52:14