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Episode Info: Today I am interviewing Eric Kaufmann. I asked Eric on the show to discuss his book Leadership as a Hero’s Journey – The Four Virtues for Transforming Uncertainty and Anxiety into Results and to share practical ideas and tools that deepen a leader’s ability to be efficient, effective and deliberate; a leader whom people are drawn to follow. Eric’s journey contains 13 years of leadership consulting, management at Fortune 100 firms, degrees in business and psychology and a quarter century of Zen practice. He has also given a TED talk called Transformation Myths and Legends. I am so glad to have Eric on the show because he gives a massively important message to us regarding ‘comfort’. As a leader you must explore your comforts with personal relationships, business relationships, and the results you are getting in every area of your life. Are you ‘leaning into’ the problems and discomforts in your business and personal life? Or are you running away from or avoiding them? The Western World can make us soft as men and women because we get mesmerized by external ‘things’ and ‘results’ and we forget that our results could be better if we got the INSIDE right first and this would drive the external results we so crave. In my conversation with Eric we explore his work with Executives who are tackling their lives as a Hero would. The Hero’s Journey (as popularized by Joseph Campbell) has three parts: Leaving the familiar in order to seek a valuable prize Encountering challenges and risks that demand personal sacrifices Sharing and teaching what you learn back with fellow men and women The Hero’s journey as Eric describes it takes enormous courage and the resilience to deal with fear, discomfort, and uncertainty in new ways that you may not have considered before. The segments of the modern day hero are developed in the following areas: Focus – What are you creating? Courage – What are you avoiding? Grit – How do you sustain in the face of discouragement and fatigue? Faith – What are you yielding to versus remaining rigid? Please enjoy my conversation with visionary thought leader and executive coach Eric Kaufmann. There are additional resources and summarized show notes below. Books Leadership is a Hero’s Journey? What Does it Take to Evolve Into a Great Leader? - RedZone Leadership as a Hero’s Journey: 4 Virtues for Transforming Uncertainty and Anxiety into Results Videos 3 steps toward Leadership as a Hero's Journey Your FEAR and How it Manifests in your Behavior Why Great Leaders Break the Rules Leadership begins at the end of YOUR comfort zone Motivation is a Drug Keynote Speaker Video Introduction to Sagatica Consulting TEDx Talk Transformation Myths and Method Blogs Motivation - A Drug for Lazy Leaders What EXACTLY is Coaching? Eric's Recommended Books Leadership is a Hero’s Journey? What Does it Take to Evolve Into a Great Leader? - RedZone How to Meditate Full Catastr...
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