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Finding Mastery: Conversations with Michael Gervais

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Dr. Michael Gervais is fascinated by the psychology of high performance, in rugged environments. Throughout the past 15 years, Michael has been in the trenches with some of the best performers in the world – some who shift how we conceive what’s possible — others who have pushed their own boundaries — ranging from hall of fame athletes to action sport game-changers, entrepreneurs, Mixed Martial Artists, to musicians who influence the rhythm of the world. He’s excited to share the many paths toward mastery and provide very applied practices that we can all use to be and do more in our time together.

Dr. Michael Gervais is fascinated by the psychology of high performance, in rugged environments. Throughout the past 15 years, Michael has been in the trenches with some of the best performers in the world – some who shift how we conceive what’s possible — others who have pushed their own boundaries — ranging from hall of fame athletes to action sport game-changers, entrepreneurs, Mixed Martial Artists, to musicians who influence the rhythm of the world. He’s excited to share the many paths toward mastery and provide very applied practices that we can all use to be and do more in our time together.
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Dr. Michael Gervais is fascinated by the psychology of high performance, in rugged environments. Throughout the past 15 years, Michael has been in the trenches with some of the best performers in the world – some who shift how we conceive what’s possible — others who have pushed their own boundaries — ranging from hall of fame athletes to action sport game-changers, entrepreneurs, Mixed Martial Artists, to musicians who influence the rhythm of the world. He’s excited to share the many paths toward mastery and provide very applied practices that we can all use to be and do more in our time together.

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Episodes

Boeing Vice Chairman Ray Conner on Courage, Servant Leadership, Imagery

11/22/2017
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This conversation is with Ray Conner, who was responsible for running America's largest manufacturing export, Boeing. If you're not familiar with the company, you've likely put your life in their hands (if you've been in an airplane). Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners, defense, space and security systems. Ray is the Vice Chairman of The Boeing Company, and a member of the Boeing Executive Council. We met when he served as the...

Duration: 01:23:18


Coach Anne Parmenter on Resiliency, Mindset, Ethics

11/15/2017
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Imagine being within striking distance of your lifelong dream, only to come to a fork in the road. Continue onward but in doing so, put others lives in danger, or turn back and potentially never have another shot at fulfilling your dream. What would you do? How would you respond? Ethical decision making under duress is a fascinating process. I don’t know anyone that says, “I’m a bad human being. I’m a terrible human being and I do bad things. But some people put up an armor, a shield...

Duration: 01:18:07


USC Dean of Religious Life Dr. Varun Soni on Mindfulness, Leadership, Spirituality

11/8/2017
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Varun Soni is the Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California (USC) and the first Hindu to serve as the chief religious or spiritual leader of an American university. In a time where it feels like we have never been more divided, this conversation is about unity. It’s about empathy. It’s about diversity. It’s about curiosity and regard. There is so much to learn in this conversation. Varun has been personally impacted by some of the most influential thought leaders...

Duration: 01:23:09


Author David Epstein on Sport Gene, Curiosity, Self-Discovery

11/1/2017
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This week’s conversation is with David Epstein. David is author of the New York Times bestseller The Sports Gene. He is a science writer and investigative reporter at ProPublica, and before that was a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, where he authored or co-authored a number of the magazine’s most highprofile pieces. Despite his success as a writer, David didn’t always know that was what he was meant to do. Prior to becoming a science writer, David was an 800-meter runner and...

Duration: 01:30:33


Thrive Global CEO Arianna Huffington on Well-Being, High Performance, Habit Development

10/25/2017
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This conversation is with Arianna Huffington. Arianna is the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, the founder of The Huffington Post, and the author of 15 books, including, most recently, Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. Arianna has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, in 2012 won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. In August 2016, she launched Thrive...

Duration: 00:35:32


Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Luke Walton on Coaching, Leadership, Relationships

10/11/2017
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On this podcast, we get to hear from many different vantage points: artists, scientist, elite military, politicians, those who run highly successful businesses, and those who have been on the razor’s edge in the sports arena. When it comes to elite sport, there’s a rare breed that have succeeded as both player and coach — and winning championships in both roles is almost unheard of. That is why I wanted to sit down with Luke Walton, head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Luke played in...

Duration: 01:09:19


Author Robert Rabbin on Fighting Cancer, Curiosity, Authenticity

10/4/2017
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In January 2012, Robert Rabbin was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and told he had a few months to live. However, in keeping with his contrarian nature, he took a non-conventional path. Robert began his professional journey in 1985, after spending 10 years living and working with meditation master Swami Muktananda in India. Long before then he was on a pursuit – a pursuit to understand the “why”. The questioning and the wondering, has been the signature characteristic of his...

Duration: 00:59:16


Army Major Mike Erwin on Optimism, Relationships, Transitions

9/27/2017
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This conversation is with Army Major Mike Erwin. Mike served in the US Army for 13 years, including 3 deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the Founder and President of The Positivity Project, a non-profit strengthening leadership and relationships through a deeper understanding of character. Mike is also the board chair of Team Red, White, and Blue, providing a network that helps veterans to combat their tendency to isolate themselves as they go through a difficult transition from...

Duration: 00:51:20


Victoria's Secret CEO Jan Singer on Authenticity, Confidence, Control

9/20/2017
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In this conversation we sit down with Jan Singer. Jan is the Chief Executive Officer for Victoria’s Secret Lingerie, the world’s most recognized and beloved intimate apparel company. There are thousands of apparel companies across the globe. How do the successful one’s stand out? Part of the success is tapping into the psychology and philosophy of their potential customers. The clothes we choose are in many ways a reflection of our personal philosophy. Jan has a clear understanding of...

Duration: 00:55:28


Microsoft EVP Judson Althoff on Striving for Excellence and Finding Balance

9/13/2017
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Judson Althoff is executive vice president of Microsoft’s Worldwide Commercial Business organization. He leads the company’s commercial business strategy and over 40k people across the globe in a whole range of functions that need to work closely together in one coherent team for a company in the midst of digitally transforming itself with it’s customers. Leading that many people who have to work that closely is in itself intriguing. Doing that while being part of a leadership team...

Duration: 01:14:56


Executive John Nordstrom on Building Corporate Culture, Relationships, Authenticity

9/6/2017
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This conversation is with John Nordstrom -- of the Nordstrom high-quality fashion retailer in the US -- who's history has gone from a small shoe store, to having over 350 large luxury department stores -- to being publically traded on the NYSE -- to being in the middle of a potential family buy back. This conversation is about a man who cares for others. Cares for his family. Cares for his customers. It's authentic -- and it's one of the reasons the Nordstrom company has been successful....

Duration: 00:42:36


Dr. Albert Bandura on The Theory on Creating Human Results

8/30/2017
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This conversation is with Dr. Albert Bandura. This conversation was an honor. He's literally a living legend in the field of Psychology -- He's an extraordinarily innovative scholar whose work in social cognitive theory has become an incredible resource in academics and for practitioners dedicated to human excellence His theories are part the core pillars with my work with elite teams, athletes, and performers. It was a complete joy to learn from him in this conversation, after I've...

Duration: 01:15:47


English Cricketer Alec Stewart on Authenticity, Work Ethic, and Vision

8/23/2017
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In these conversations, it's my intent to really dig, relentlessly dig, to work to understand the truth. The truth of the nature of the conversation, but also the truth of the person. And opening up is challenging - it's a really hard thing to do, as many of us can recognize, to be authentic and to be vulnerable. But in this conversation with Alec Stewart, it just worked and it was a pleasure. Alec is a former English cricketer, a right-handed batsman-wicketkeeper and former captain of...

Duration: 00:52:52


Texas Basketball Head Coach Shaka Smart on Bringing Out The Best in Others

8/16/2017
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Shaka Smart is the Men’s Basketball Head Coach at the University of Texas and he's got a phenomenal way about himself. It just jumps out of this conversation how much he cares about other people, how invested he is in relationships, how he's working to be the most authentic person he can be — and at the same time pull that out of other people. He's definitely a relationship-based coach, which is obvious in this conversation, and he's got a real crisp point of view about how to help...

Duration: 01:38:03


Major MJ Hegar on Escaping Death, Remaining Calm, and Trusting Self

8/9/2017
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First - real quick if you haven’t heard yet, we are pivoting from an ad-supported model to a crowdfunding model and we really need your support! You can learn more at findingmastery.net/support - it would be greatly appreciated. We’d love to see this podcast exist for a long time but that only happens if we have your support. And for those who aren’t familiar with Tribe Talk - it’s where I answer questions related to the podcast and high performance. I just recorded a new episode last...

Duration: 01:33:24


Special Announcement: Support Finding Mastery, Tribe Talk and More!

8/3/2017
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Hey Finding Mastery listeners, You may have gathered from many of our Finding Mastery guests that trying things, adjusting, pivoting, are all consistently brought up during the conversations. We want to try something new… I love how passionate our community is.. our tribe. And this isn’t just a one way we street, we listen to you. We’ve heard your feedback on ads so we want to try something else. We’re going to try out an ad-free model. If we get enough support to keep this thing...

Duration: 00:06:20


Warriors President Rick Welts on the Warriors Success, Culture, Leadership

7/24/2017
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This conversation is with Rick Welts. He has 40 years of experience in the NBA and is currently the President & Chief Operating Officer of the Golden State Warriors who have just won their second championship in 3 years. He owns the rare distinction of being part of championship teams in the NBA (2), WNBA (2) and NBA Development League. We talk about risk -- both private and public risk….and how important alignment in life is (who you are and how you live your life. Rick is known to be...

Duration: 01:40:54


Dr. Harry Edwards on Human Rights, Sport and Society

7/17/2017
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This conversation is loaded. The center of the conversation is Dr. Harry Edwards journey to impact human rights through the experiences of the African American athlete. Often times when people are asked, what they want most in life, the response,, without hesitation, is "to be happy -- or to have peace." I know for sure that I don't want, just happiness. I don't want just one of the core emotions. I want to be connected to them all, not muted from the ones that are uncomfortable. In this...

Duration: 01:44:24


Siri Co-Founder Adam Cheyer on Having a Vision, Approaching Insurmountable Challenges, and Authenticity

7/10/2017
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This conversation is with Adam Cheyer. If you have an iPhone, you know Adam's work. He was the co-founder of Siri, Inc. He's now the Co-Founder and VP of Engineering at Viv Labs. If you're not familiar with this company, check out Viv.ai Their mission is to: Radically simplify the world by providing an intelligent interface for everything. He's also one of the founders of Sentient Technologies, which was founded in 2007 and has generated over $143 million in funding since its...

Duration: 01:27:17


Author Jon Gordon on Team Building, Relationships, Connection

6/26/2017
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Jon Gordon is a best-selling author: including The Energy Bus, The Carpenter, Training Camp, The Seed, You Win in the Locker Room First and The No Complaining Rule…..and his newest book: the power of positive leadership Jon has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, The Golf Channel, Fox and Friends….and….seems like every other week I hear about him speaking to teams in the NBA, NFL, MLB….or keynoting conferences. Jon has spirit. And I think people are so attracted to him, because...

Duration: 01:18:26

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