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So, Here's My Story... is the only business podcast that promises wildly useful lessons from the absurd, the poignant and the seemingly irrelevant. This project arose out of a burning hatred of bullet point blogs, canned solutions and highlight-reel business conversations that look nothing like the realities of leadership. Business is messy and unpredictable. Business has depth and nuance. Business is more than spreadsheets. Business is stories.


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So, Here's My Story... is the only business podcast that promises wildly useful lessons from the absurd, the poignant and the seemingly irrelevant. This project arose out of a burning hatred of bullet point blogs, canned solutions and highlight-reel business conversations that look nothing like the realities of leadership. Business is messy and unpredictable. Business has depth and nuance. Business is more than spreadsheets. Business is stories.








Ep227: Our Final Story

It’s our final episode, and we have a lot to say, including thank you so much for listening! Why is that important for business? We are sad (and grateful and excited and…) to announce this is our final episode. As we reminisce about some of our favourite memories – including our live event and the Stalking Face Cake – we also want to impart some final lessons from our decision to end the podcast here. And obviously, we want to thank everyone for listening and supporting us since we started...


Ep 226: Organizational Depressive State

Is your business in a rut? Is everyone showing up with “Non-Player Characters” energy? When you have an Organizational Depressive State, it can be hard to get out of it – or can it be as simple as one person, one change? Let’s discuss! Why is that important for business? When you walk into a business and feel like your life force begins to immediately drain – like everyone is walking around with NPC (Non-Player Character) energy, it can feel like it’s impossible (or at least exhausting) to...


Ep225: Hoarding and Hermione

How do you strike the balance between keeping things that you might not ever need, and getting rid of things that you might regret not having? Why is that important for business? Having exactly what you need but nothing extra is a Nirvana that few can ever attain. It might show up in the amount of stuff you have, in your processes, or even in your systems. Even space can be hoarded – there is something about having more space that is associated with success, and something about...


Ep224: Do You Expect to Be Heard?

Do you expect to be heard? Or do you just assume that how things are is how they have to be? Why is that important for business? Do you have a say or a voice? Do you expect to be heard? If your whole experience in life is being heard, then it is more likely that is your expectation. If you are systematically and systemically overlooked, it doesn’t build the confidence to speak with authority about things. Where can you start using your voice where you currently think you have no power?...


Ep223: Tight Glutes & Communicating Needs

Like all good lessons about asking for what you need in business, this lesson starts in a massage parlor. Why is that important for business? You need to be aware of your needs (in business and in life) and communicate them effectively. Sometimes, when you are staring at a blank page, you just need to figure out what the first sentence should be and start from there. There is nothing about work and leading that doesn’t involve identifying what is needed and asking for what is needed. In...


Ep222: Wrestling with Adversity

When you find out you are riding with the descendent of a nationally acclaimed blind wrestler, you know you’re in for some stories. And it turns out, we can turn those stories into some business lessons! Why is that important for business? There are interesting challenges to being blind when pursuing a sport like wrestling – it can be harder to see what’s coming, but you become very skilled at dealing with what’s in front of you. An honest understanding of your strengths and weaknesses,...


Ep221: Replay - The Art of Finishing Well

We don't talk about endings enough, especially not ending things well, with as much celebration as we began them. And that is exactly what this episode is about. Why is that important for business? Consider ending your business, or a product line, or even a relationship with a client or a team member – are you putting in the same effort to make a beautiful ending as you did when you started? Instead of ending by tapering off into a fizzling nothingness, celebrate everything that was; end...


Ep220: Diversity of Thought vs. Culture

Whether it’s politics, sports or happy hour, sometimes your company culture can make others feel uncomfortable. At what point do you make changes to include people, and at what point is that watering down an important aspect of your culture? Why is that important for business? In the office, sometimes cultures develop that can be polarizing. How do you handle it when new people come into conflict with the existing culture? How does diversity of thought and perspective reconcile with not...


Ep219: Board Games & Company Culture

Your company culture, a new board game, and all the ways they relate. Why is that important for business? A new board game allows people to make choices that would benefit everyone. And more people were interested in taking that choice – to advance the game for everyone – instead of just progressing closer to the ultimate goal of winning. People who played the game chose collaboration over playing simply for the objective of winning. Which makes us think about company culture. What are...


Ep218: Little Decisions Lead to Big Culture

Culture – whether in your business or in your family – isn’t just established in big picture planning. It is established in the little decisions that you make all the time about what’s important to you in the moment. Why is that important for business? Sometimes in business, we make lists of our values and try to establish a culture around that. But often it is the small moments – where we have to make decisions about what really matters in that moment – that create culture. What you...


Ep217: Languishing Between Gears

Feel like you’re languishing right now in these uncertain times? Let’s talk about reframing that experience a bit. Why is that important for business? There is a lot of uncertainty in the world and in business right now – lots of things are changing and many people feel unsettled and unmoored, or even like they are languishing. A recent episode of Hidden Brain, featuring Anthony Burrow, focused on this experience: “A lot of the identity contingencies – the way in which we think of...


Ep216: A Taste of Community

There are a lot of logistics to consider in coming back to work, but one thing you might not be thinking about is the change to community. Does community still matter, and how will it look different in a post-COVID world? Why is that important for business? There are ripple effects to this isolation. The next phase of business evolution, post-COVID, will look different in terms of building community, and it’s worth considering what that will look like. We have been talking policy, but we...


Ep215: Practice, Risk & The Necessity of Failure

What if trying new things was like football training camp, and you had an audience – and even media – present while you were trying to figure things out? Wish you had time to practice something new in private instead? Maybe it’s not as simple as one or the other. Why is that important for business? To be successful in business, we need to give people the freedom to try and fail and evolve. And it would be nice to be able to do that in private. But there is also the danger that you can get...


Ep214: Pushing Through

Ever have to muster the energy to do something you don’t want to do, but really should do? How do you change your energy? And how do you know when it’s a losing battle? Why is that important for business? What do you do when things just are not working? How far do you push a lack of energy? Sometimes, when you have to make it work, changing your environment can totally shift your energy – it’s like layering other colours into the fabric. You can also change the rules to match the energy...


Ep213: Replay - Hijacked Meetings

REPLAY OF EPISODE 75: Audience Q&As can quickly devolve. Someone wants to share a story instead of a question; someone else wants to demonstrate their own expertise and “teach from the seats”. No one seems to know how to ask a succinct and relevant question and you can feel the frustration from the group. As the leader – whether it be in front of a large audience or just at your staff meetings – you must consider the impact of these contributions on the room, and your goals. This episode is...


Ep212: Indecision & PREgrets

Have you ever found yourself saying “I’m going to regret this”, but doing it anyway? Let’s talk self-sabotage and the frustrating world of pregrets. Why is that important for business? Often, we think too much about the consequences of making a bad decision, and not nearly enough about the consequences of making no decision. The decisions made through indecision/lack of a decision have consequences that we often ignore – sometimes they set a precedent, or simply waste a lot of time and...


Ep211: Taxicab Lights & Opportunities

Opportunities, luck, and leaving room in your business life for what you actually enjoy – just a few of the things we need to talk about in this episode. Why is that important for business? “I skate to where the puck is going, not where it has been.” Wayne Gretzky Luck is not a cloud of magic that you walk into. Luck is opportunities realizing they are standing in the same room together. If you want to do something different than what you are doing, you have to let other people know that...


Ep210: Confidence & the Truest Expression of You

Can you build confidence directly, or do you have to come at it obliquely, through just being yourself? Let’s discuss. Why is that important for business? People often think of confidence in terms of external validation, but if that’s the case, it can easily be cannibalized because you get worried how people will react. But what if the most confident thing you can do is just be you? This can look like put on a “CEO posture”, where you are filtering the perception of confidence through...


Ep209: Employee Engagement & You

Where does your responsibility to keep your employees end, and their responsibility to speak up start? Let’s sort that out in the next 20 minutes or so! Why is that important for business? Trying to help an employee who seems unenthused find their spark for work can be important to help retain your staff. But maybe it’s not your job to fix something without even knowing if work is the problem. Reading other people’s energy is a skillset, but at some point, you have to trust the person to...


Ep208: Apologies Per Hour

This is a rant about a bad experience at the bank, but it also ends up being an important lesson about a metric you’ve probably never heard about: apologies per hour. Why is that important for business? An interesting metric for a business to consider is how many apologies your people are issuing per hour. If you have that many apologies to make, then there’s a big problem. It’s demoralizing for your team, and probably indicates you have prioritized something else over customer care. What...