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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

Sex Lies and Videotape

9/24/2018
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Today, Jack tackles the issues of sex and gender and how our society and our biology conflict with one another. He will break down how we tend to create norms (i.e. stereotypes in this particular case) that cause many of the problems we see today. He will help us to see past these 'norms' and understand the person underneath. This serves a nice little break from all our leadership talk, so just sit tight for a few more days and we will be back on that hayride! As Jack says, nothing better...

Duration:00:32:41

Be HEROIC

9/21/2018
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Be HEROIC. There is so muched packed into such a little word. Of course, being an acronym it is obviously loaded, but think about that word 'heroic' for a moment. Does it instill a sense of awe and amazement? Does it make you think of Superman, Batman, and Captain Marvel? What if we told you that deep inside each and everyone of us, beats the heart of a hero? We are not saying to run into burning buildings, dodge bullets, or eat veggie burgers, but we are saying that the potential to make a...

Duration:00:31:36

Sit Ubu Sit

9/19/2018
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So what attribute would you define as being found in a good leader? There are many, and we don't want to poison the well, but seriously, take a few minutes and think about those qualities or traits you see in leaders you deem 'good.' Any by 'good' we really mean effective. Good implies morality, and as we discussed in the last episode, morality does not necessarily correlate with leadership. In this episode, we stumble onto a million-dollar idea and one that will probably lead to many more...

Duration:00:34:40

Feed the Wolf

9/17/2018
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In all this talk about leadership, we have overlooked one key figure in our history who may have a significant contribution, at least from a standpoint of who we acknowledge as effective leaders. Yes, we're talking about Adolf Hitler and whether or not he was an effective leader. Notice we didn't say 'good' or 'bad' because those mean and imply morals, which Hitler was without (at least from our perpsective; he did in fact believe he was acting morally in line with HIS standard of morality)....

Duration:00:28:06

Kiss My Grits

9/14/2018
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Well, life has hit and Jack is out this episode as he spends time focusing on school and work (and school-work), so Tobey will keep the conversation going. We do wish safe travels and hunkering down(??) to all of our east coast friends in light of the hurricane. In this episode, Tobey will dive into some issues with using Lincoln, and many others, who are often referred to as 'great' leaders we should emulate or something. The problem is, we are not THEM, in THEIR time, going through THEIR...

Duration:00:31:39

Superficial Aggregation

9/10/2018
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Abraham Lincoln, along with many others, was a great leader. But by what definition? Was he great because of himself, or because of society? Did he make himself great or was greatness thrust upon him? Today we look at the ever-increasing phenomenon of 'superficial aggregation,' or mkaing something out of nothing. What we mean is, Abraham Lincoln is often cast as one of the great leaders in human history. Scores of books, articles, societies, and the like have tried to push the agenda of his...

Duration:00:33:54

It Takes All Types

9/6/2018
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The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (commonly seen as 'MBTI') is one of the greatest scams of our generation. Built on the work of Carl Jung, the mother-daughter pair of Katharine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers in an effort to simpliply and COMPARTMENTALIZE (EEK!!!) people. Despite their best intentions, that is the inevitable pitfall of this test. Not to mention it is not consistent (reliable, in psycho-speak), let alone misleading. We spend today's episode debunking this popular tool...

Duration:00:42:51

Toil and Trouble

9/3/2018
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How often do you question the 'brilliance' behind 'great leaders'? How many 'quotes' can we use in a single 'show'? Is it possible these 'great leaders' are more a (by)product of time and place (i.e. culture and environment) rather than of inherent skill or ability? We've always said those 'leaders' who found themselves in those positions obviously knew what to do in thsoe situations, but the truth is, had anyone taken Bill Gates' place at that fateful meeting with IBM execs, would Microsoft...

Duration:00:37:22

Better Look Twice

8/30/2018
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Leadership is such a vast area of learning with much left to study, and we are only scratching the surface. There are so many misconceptions and false perceptions about what leadership is, what makes leaders great, and most importantly, how to achieve. Books number in the tens of thousands on how to be a 'great' leader and the truth of it is, it may be one of those topics that can never be fully qualified. MANY theories exist trying to quantify and qualify leadership; Thousands upon...

Duration:00:37:46

Kicking It Off

8/27/2018
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First it was guns. Then it was 'regert.' Now, it's A First-Rate Madness. Sometimes we just land on a topic that is so good, it bears repeating many times in many episodes. For our season opener, we wanted to spend some time giving you an idea of what to expect in season 5, but instead we seemed to have veered somewhat in movie discussion, social challenges, and of course, A First-Rate Madness. There is so much awesome packed into that book, that it is hard to stop talking about. Howver, we...

Duration:00:39:24

Final Thoughts

8/23/2018
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We wanted to say a few final things on Dr. Covey's 7 Habits that we didn't get to on the last episode, and of course, we had to talk about A First-Rate Madness a little more. We have some great topics in mind for season 5 and speaking of season 5, we are so very thankful for each and every one of you who listen and have stuck with us either from the beginning of the podcast, or even the beginning of the week. We are having a ton of fun with this and hope you are too. We are anxious to hear...

Duration:00:27:54

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 (where...

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, we...

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 look...

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? Probably...

Duration:00:35:51

Habits Not 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