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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.






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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

Author Wendy Behary on Narcissism and High Performance

Wendy Behary is a founding fellow and consulting supervisor for The Academy of Cognitive Therapy (Aaron T. Beck Institute). Wendy has a specialty in treating narcissists and the people who live with and deal with them. She is the author of "Disarming the Narcissist -- surviving and thriving with the self-absorbed” translated in 10 languages. Narcissism and world-class achievement have an interesting relationship. When we think of those who excel on the world stage, it'd be easy to conjure...

Duration: 01:18:34

Psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman on Authenticity, Creativity, and Confidence

Scott Barry Kaufman is primarily interested in using solid psychological science to live a creative, fulfilling, and meaningful life. He's earned his research chops -- He received a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Yale University, and an M. Phil in experimental psychology from the University of Cambridge. He's the scientific director of the Imagination Institute, and conducts research in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Scott is also an author -- In...

Duration: 01:30:38

SportsCenter Anchor Lisa Kerney on Growth Mindset, Vision, Being Present

Lisa Kerney is an anchor of the evening and night editions of SportsCenter. In this conversation we learn what it's like to have a childhood dream -- and -- more importantly how to make decisions that map-onto making that childhood dream come to life. When we see people who are doing what they always wanted to do -- they have much to teach us about what it takes to set a long term vision -- how to persevere through the ups and downs -- and how to fuel the passion that is required to "play...

Duration: 01:01:34

Warrior Tu Lam on Warfare, Service, Survival

This conversation is with Tu Lam. Tu is a modern day warrior, respected by his peers to have a very special understanding of elite war fighting. Tu shares how he was raised as a warrior. This conversation will challenge you -- as his world view, his spiritual framework and his warrior craft are beautifully complicated and nuanced. I have an incredibly high regard for those who dedicate their life to noble purposes. There are many ways to live with conviction -- ranging from pacifism to...

Duration: 01:38:44

Tribe Talk Pilot: What It Means To Set The Mind

Normally we sit down with people who are world class - masters of craft - and we work to deconstruct and decode how they became who they are. I want to do something a little bit different here. The podcast landscape - it's really fun obviously - but there's no rules, there's no path, there's literally no map about how this is supposed to work. One of the things that I've wanted to do is answer some of the questions that come our way through social media. And there's great questions on the...

Duration: 00:10:28

In Remembrance: Tottenham U23 Coach Ugo Ehiogu

This conversation is with Ugo Ehiogu, whom I just met in Great Britain. He was a former English professional footballer. If you're in the states you would call him a soccer player. He had a long career- from 1989 to 2009 and at the time I met him he was the coach of the Tottenham Hotspur under-23 team. Ugo had this inner brilliance, this humility and thoughtfulness that was apparent right from the first interaction. It was the handshake and the eye contact that gave it away. It was the...

Duration: 00:34:26

Stanford Professor Tina Seelig on Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

Tina Seelig is a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Management Science and Engineering, and a Faculty Director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program at Stanford University School of Engineering. At Stanford, she teaches courses and leads three fellowship programs focused on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Dr. Seelig earned her PhD in Neuroscience at Stanford Medical School, and has authored 17 books, including Insight Out (2016), inGenius (2012), and What I...

Duration: 01:38:16

Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Toto Wolff on Risk, Innovation, and Winning

This conversation is with Toto Wolff. If you follow Formula One, you know what Toto has helped build over the past handful of years. He's an owner and the Executive Director of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - along with wider responsibilities as Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport. Formula One is known as the tip of the arrow when it comes to motorsports -- their cars are the fastest road course racing cars in the world, being able to maintain very high cornering speeds (pulling...

Duration: 01:00:08

GRAMMY Winner Nile Rodgers on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Music, Collaboration

This conversation is with Nile Rodgers. If you've listened to music in the last 40 years, you've heard his work. By trade, he's a musician and a producer -- He's a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for Musical Excellence. He's done the hard yards to understand the nuances of himself and his craft, to be able to express the inner music, in ways that have influenced the rhythms of the world. What I wanted to learn most in this conversation is how Nile understands music, and how he's...

Duration: 01:36:44

Google Pioneer Chade-Meng Tan on Joy at Scale & Global Peace

Chade-Meng Tan (Meng) is a Google pioneer, award-winning engineer, international bestselling author, thought leader and philanthropist. He retired from Google as its Jolly Good Fellow at the age of 45. He is Chairman of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute and Co-chair of One Billion Acts of Peace, which has been nominated eight times for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is also Adjunct Professor at the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in the National University of...

Duration: 01:34:02

Sleep Expert Pat Byrne on Sleep Science & Leveraging Technology

This conversation with Pat Byrne is really about the building of an entrepreneurial venture based on sleep technology. The importance of getting quality sleep is a well accepted principle, research based, and on average we need to get somewhere between seven to eight hours of sleep a night to be the best version of ourselves, to be vibrant, and to have the capacity to think clearly and quickly. Pat has been one of the pioneers in the field that have been able to bridge well-accepted...

Duration: 01:37:15

Former Pixar CFO Lawrence Levy on Decision Making & Relationships

Lawrence Levy is the author of To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History. It was named Amazon’s Best Business and Leadership Book of 2016 Formerly a Silicon Valley lawyer and executive, Lawrence was hired by Steve Jobs in 1994 as CFO and member of the Office of the President of Pixar. He was responsible for guiding Pixar's transformation from a money-losing graphics company into a multibillion-dollar entertainment studio. He later joined Pixar's...

Duration: 01:34:53

Part 2: TEDx Creator Krisztina "Z" Holly on Innovation, Impact, and Manufacturing

Krisztina "Z" Holly is an MIT-trained engineer, tech entrepreneur, and pioneer. She was curator and host of the first ever TEDx (TEDxUSC) and founder of two university innovation centers at MIT and USC. Z hosts The Art of Manufacturing podcast and is Chief Instigator of MAKE IT IN LA, LA Mayor Garcetti's non-profit initiative to celebrate and support the nation's largest community of makers and manufacturers. In part 2 of the conversation, we discuss what is often overlooked about the...

Duration: 01:14:40

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