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Belle Curve Podcast
34 minutes | 17 days ago
69. The Post-Pandemic Future – A Conversation with Dr. Neil Lamb of HudsonAlpha
Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Belle Curve is brought to you by HigherEchelon, Inc. – find HigherEchelon at higherechelon.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Belle Curve Book Club Episode is coming up in early June, and we will be doing Wonder Girl – The Magnificent Sporting Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias. This is one of Mary Scott’s all-time favorite books and a great, inspiring summer read! You will be a little bit better for knowing Babe’s story. Way back in April 2020, in Episode 45, 24 episodes ago, we talked with Dr. Neil Lamb of Hudson Alpha in a Belle Curve episode titled “Corona Virus and Credibility.” That seems like a million years ago. As you know, we strive for evergreen topics, but in the spring of last year, we did a couple of shows that were very much in the moment. We just really felt we had to because Covid loomed so large everywhere with everyone in the whole world. It is no less large today, but a lot has happened in a year, and we thought it would be a good time to talk with Dr. Lamb again, get a temperature check, so to speak. We asked Dr. Lamb to break out his trusty crystal ball and give us a sense of what the future may yet hold regarding this pandemic. Dr. Neil Lamb is an award-winning science communicator who leads the educational outreach efforts at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Alabama. He completed his PhD and postgraduate training at Emory University in Atlanta where he was also a faculty member in the School of Medicine. His career shifted from hands-on research to science education when he realized his true calling: inspiring a passion for human genetics and biotechnology in others. This past year, over 1.9 million students, educators, practitioners and members of the general public were impacted by the efforts of Dr. Lamb and his team. Dr. Lamb Tweets at @neillamb, and you should check out his VLOG “Shareable Science” with Dr. Neil Lamb. We talked with Dr. Lamb about our amazement at the progress made fighting COVID-19 and our nagging fears about safety. Dr. Lamb helped us understand about the virus variants. We talked about the future of work and community, and we talked about when herd immunity might be achieved. We closed by focusing for a few minutes on the broader work of Hudson Alpha, especially in the area of genomics and breast cancer. The post 69. The Post-Pandemic Future – A Conversation with Dr. Neil Lamb of HudsonAlpha appeared first on Belle Curve Podcast.
33 minutes | a month ago
68. When Venting is Unhealthy vs Helpful
Belle Curve is brought to you by HigherEchelon, Inc. – find HigherEchelon at higherechelon.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Ever been so mad, frustrated, or upset you just pop off, blow your stack, vent some steam? Think back on a time you vented some negative feelings. Was it helpful, or did it cause you problems? How did you feel about yourself afterward? While the science has not yet reached a consensus, the evidence suggests that that venting may not be as helpful as many of us believe it to be. There is much research that supports the claim that venting is not a healthy way to release anger, though in specific circumstances it may provide some benefits for regulating emotion. It seems to depend on how you vent, as people may vent in many different ways, from writing a lengthy Facebook post to punching holes in the wall. Movies and TV shows might have you believe slamming a fist into a wall or punching bag is a normal, safe way to release anger — after all, you are not hurting anyone. But punching a wall is not a helpful way to deal with anger. Not only will you hurt your hand and potentially damage property, but you might also even get angrier. One study found that venting to a 3rd party (someone who was not involved in the situation that provoked the emotion) could help you feel better, and even more so if their responses were reinforcing (emphasizing internal and controllable causes, such as the offender’s naturally toxic personality) rather than reinterpreting (emphasizing external and uncontrollable causes, such as circumstantial factors). Most of us have probably had the experience of being on the receiving end of these rants and may have witnessed for ourselves how after cycling through the usual responses of ‘oh really’, ‘wow’, and ‘that sucks’, the venter becomes more calm. However, the same study suggests that when venting by engaging directly with the offender themselves, the response received plays a crucial role in either fueling or abating the venter’s anger. If the offender reinforces, for example by ascribing the situation to the offender’s own characteristic behavior, it may be unsurprising that this can act to exacerbate the venter’s anger and escalate the situation. Alternatively, offenders who reinterpret, for example suggesting a consideration for their perspective as well as environmental circumstances, can ease the frustrations of the venter. Research has shown that the difference between positive and negative venting can be focused on the ways in which the person hearing the vent responds, both through speech and action…When people vent, they may not need a verbal response. They want someone to listen.. SOLER is an acronym used in the counseling discipline to teach body language that conveys active listening. S – stands for facing the individual SQUARELY, which means that you are facing the person, both head and body. O – stands for OPEN posture, which means arms are not crossed. L – stands for leaning toward the person. E – stands for maintaining EYE CONTACT. R – stands for RELAXED in the other behaviors listed.” Resources Mentioned: “6 Virtues, and 6 Vices, of Venting” – Dr. Leon F. Seltzer, Psychology Today, April 2, 2014 “Is Venting Good for Us?” – Future Minds Lab, November 27, 2019 “Punching a Hole in the Wall Is a Big Deal” — Healthline, October 27, 2020 “The Psychology of Venting” – Dr. Charity Kurz, Thought Hub, March 16, 2017 The post 68. When Venting is Unhealthy vs Helpful appeared first on Belle Curve Podcast.
31 minutes | a month ago
67. The Push by Ashley Audrain – Belle Curve Bookclub
Belle Curve is brought to you by HigherEchelon, Inc. – find HigherEchelon at higherechelon.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Today’s Belle Curve Book Club Episode is The Push by Audrey Audrain . Click to purchase your copy. Instead of just describing the plot, I’m going to use the author’s own words in a recent interview to give you her view. “Blythe Connor comes from a long history of women who have struggled with motherhood, but she’s determined to break the cycle with her own daughter, Violet. Not long after Violet is born, though, Blythe begins to suspect something isn’t right—she’s different than other children her age and acts in malicious ways. Her husband can’t see what Blythe sees—he thinks her concerns about Violet are all in her head. But when everything Blythe fears is crystalized into one tragic moment, they all must reckon with the repercussions, and the unsettling notion that she might have been right. It’s a story about the anxieties and expectations of motherhood, whether we can ever really know the people we hold closest, and what happens when we don’t listen to women’s truths.” Key Concepts: The Neuroscientist who discovered he was a psychopathNature vs NurtureEpigeneticsFunny Creepy Kid Stories The post 67. The Push by Ashley Audrain – Belle Curve Bookclub appeared first on Belle Curve Podcast.
43 minutes | 2 months ago
66. Why Everyone Hates Millennials – Kristin Scroggin Interview
Belle Curve is brought to you by HigherEchelon, Inc. – find HigherEchelon at higherechelon.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Belle Curve Book Club Episode is coming up on March 23, 2021, and we will be doing The Push by Audrey Audrain . Click to purchase your copy. Today we spoke with generations expert, Kristin Scroggins of GenWhy about the current living and working generations and micro-generations in America: Traditionalists born 1924 to 1933 – Babies of the Great DepressionSilent Generation born 1934 to 1945 – Marked by loyalty and longsufferingBoomers born 1946 to 1955 – Never going to retire because job and identity very intertwinedFlower Children born 1956 to 1965– Children of the Silent Generation who swung far the other wayGen X born 1966 – 1977 – Original latch key kids and grew up taking care of themselvesXennials born 1978 – 1984 – Also latch key kids and took care of themselves but taking on some characteristics of MillennialsFirst half of Millennials born 1985 to 1995 – Parents were more communicative and tolerantSecond half of Millennials or “Gen Z” born 1996 – 2005 – Took on a new name because “Millennial” had negative connotations but many of same traits as their just older brothers and sisters Gen Alpha Born 2006 to 2015 – Might someday be called the “Coronials” or “Quaranteenagers” or “Zoomers” Kristin started trying to understand generational differences while working with millennials as a college professor. She has great admiration for Gen Y or Millennials because of their ability to pivot and flex. Kristin herself is of the Generation X, and her humor and candor about this subject are infectious. Kristin has worked with some huge clients including NASA and Missile Defense Agency, and she jokingly says “We all hate each other” and “I’m able to say things sometimes that HR can’t legally say.” In all seriousness, Kristin helps us to understand that the key to understanding generations is to understand childhood. Specifically, it is important to understand how parents were parenting their children in a given time period. Triggers such as the Great Depression, War, and the Digital Revolution change parenting thus changing the core values of the child. Kristin explains that generations often go in the extreme opposite direction of their parents. Gen Xers for example, the children of Boomers, want to talk with their kids about EVERYTHING because their stoic parents were very focused on competition, stoicism, and work. Their parents were more prone to miss important events in their lives, so Gen X women often focus strongly on their children AND still trying to be successful professionally. Gen X women tend to put a lot of pressure on themselves and stretch themselves professionally and personally while trying to make it all look “effortless.” Kristin makes clear that the things that Millennials do are entirely predictable. Their parents were trying to make them not so overly competitive in unhealthy ways. Dr. Spock’s book influenced parenting, and parents were prompted to exercise more communication and tolerance. So, the result is entirely predictable. Millennials expect to be talked with and want to be understood and their needs met. Kristin also explained that a reason many Millennials are successful is that they know they can walk away because their parents assure them of a soft place to land. This is powerful and effective leverage for Millennials. Generations do not typically get a name until they name themselves. So, time will tell what Gen Alpha will call themselves. In the end, Kristin wraps up by reiterating that everyone has a role to play in the workplace and in other organizations. Understanding what makes people tick helps us be better, helps teams function better, and helps group dynamics improve. In addition to her website, find Kristin at LinkedIn. Resources Mentioned: The Fourth Turning by Strauss and Haugh. Business Insider (2020) – “From Gen Z spring breakers to toilet paper-hoarding boomers, the coronavirus pandemic is a case study in generational differences. Here’s how each generation is dealing with it.” Atlantic (2020) – “Gen-X Women Are Caught in a Generational Tug-of-War” The post 66. Why Everyone Hates Millennials – Kristin Scroggin Interview appeared first on Belle Curve Podcast.
36 minutes | 3 months ago
65. Kicking Imposter Syndrome to the Curb – Kim Meninger Interview
Most of us go through times in our lives when we experience inner doubt and lose confidence, second-guess our success, or deal with unhelpful thoughts that sometimes sound something like: “I’m not as smart as people think I am (or I used to be) and pretty soon they’re going to figure that out and cast me out.” “I better perform at 150% all the time … perfectly … with no mistakes … no matter the cost … or I won’t be enough.” “I don’t deserve my success, it must have been luck.” “Everyone else is a better parent, a better leader, a better spouse, more effective, more … fill-in-the-blank … and I am an outsider. ” Have you ever had any of these thoughts that really go beyond typical competitiveness or a desire to do well, putting you in an unhealthy mental space of anxiety or self-doubt? Have you ever succumbed to them by sidelining yourself from an opportunity you earned? If you have .. if any of this sounds familiar … it’s because it is very common … according to Psychology Today, around 20-30 percent of high achievers may struggle with something called “Imposter Syndrome” .. and roughly 70 percent of all adults will experience the feeling at least once in their lifetime. The feeling of not deserving the success attributed to them is more prevalent among women, research shows, particularly women of color. The Belle Curve hosts discuss this fascinating topic with a special guest and fellow podcaster: Kim Meninger, host of “The Imposter Files.” Kim is an ICF Associate Certified coach and CCE board certified coach with certifications in career, executive, and leadership development coaching. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and an MBA from Boston College and is passionate about drawing upon her decade of corporate experience in high tech to help women become more visible and impactful leaders. Key Points: Imposter Syndrome is an epidemic, to Kim’s view – so many people deal with it and it feels heavy to carry it around and not talk about it. The feeling shows most often for risktakers who step outside of their comfort zones. It shows up a lot in people who have taken a non-traditional path to get where they are.If your environment is not set up for you to do your best work and be authentic to you, it is important to be aware of that. Highlights: How Kim first heard about Imposter Syndrome and how it affected her going forwardKim’s experience in high tech – feeling like she was surrounded by much more technical people and dealing with anxiety.Mary Scott shares her experience with the feeling from when she was an Air Force JAG.How Liz faced it when she got her certification to be a Spin instructor.Rachel’s experience one day filling in as a referee, and as a professional in a field where information compounds daily.Helping your direct reports feel welcomed is a good way to help them feel they belong. The stereotypical workplace is biased toward men and extroverts and ideas for how to make a more supportive environment for others.It’s our natural desire to want to conform – so we tend to pull back when we don’t feel credible in a particular environment. There are physical and emotional symptoms that affect people dealing with imposter syndrome and can present as anxiety, stress, perfectionism, and over-thinking and over-exerting to compensate out of fear of not measuring up.We should reframe our thoughts to think of our strengths – as in, how can what I bring as an introvert add value? – rather than comparing ourselves to others and feeling out of place.It helps to move into a mental space of problem-solving and curiosity to take simple, actionable steps instead of swirling around in anxiety. Resources Mentioned: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome article in Psychology TodayKim’s podcast is “The Imposter Syndrome Files”Hollywood Reporter article about Shonda Rhimes – the African-American woman behind shows like Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and Bridgerton, who talks about her own experience with self-doubt despite bringing a $2B revenue stream to Disney. Kim Meninger:Website: https://ExecutiveCareerSuccess.comLinkedIn: https://www.LinkedIn.com/in/KimMeningerFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/leadingwomendiscussiongroupPodcast: https://impostorsyndrome.buzzsprout.com/Impostor Syndrome Challenge (free): https://executivecareersuccess.com/impostor-syndrome-challenge/If you have listened to Belle Curve for a while, you know we talk A LOT about building awareness, growing emotional intelligence, and becoming better versions of ourselves so can live our lives with purpose, clarity, strength, and hopefully a lot of good humor. One of THE best ways to accelerate all of those good things in your life is to invest in professional coaching. And one of THE premiere sources for coaches who specialize in helping you build mental and emotional skills is our sponsor HigherEchelon. HigherEchelon specializes in coaching groups and individuals for high performance. You can find HigherEchelon on LinkedIn and at higherechelon.com. Invest in your team by investing in coaching and call HigherEchelon to do it. The post 65. Kicking Imposter Syndrome to the Curb – Kim Meninger Interview appeared first on Belle Curve Podcast.
26 minutes | 3 months ago
64. The Power of Your Love Language at Work and Home
It’s the week of Valentine’s Day, so it’s time to talk about love. More specifically, it’s time to translate how we communicate love and appreciation into the workplace and home. 29 years ago Dr. Gary Chapman distilled his years of couples counseling into a book called The 5 Love Languages. From the website: “The premise is simple: different people with different personalities express love in different ways. Gary called these ways of expressing and receiving love the “5 Love Languages.” They are Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time, and Physical Touch. Each individual has at least one language that they prefer above the other” When you know your love languages, and can communicate them to your partner, you have a much better chance of really feeling loved, and thus being able to pull in the same direction. Dr. Chapman and co-author Paul White also wrote The 5 languages of appreciation in the workplace. The “languages” are the same, but how they are interpreted and applied are a little different. Words of Affirmation – This language is about affirming others using written or spoken words, e.g. praise for accomplishments, affirming someone’s character. Quality Time – Quality Time is about giving someone undivided personal attention, e.g. quality conversations, shared experiences (e.g. retreats), small group dialogues. Acts of Service – Acts of Service is about pitching in to help and get things done, though there are nuances to watch for (e.g. asking before helping, finishing what you start), else it may backfire. Tangible Gifts – Tangible gifts involve offering thoughtful, non-monetary gifts to those who appreciate them (e.g. tickets for a soccer match or a concert). Physical Touch – Physical Touch is a much less valued (and more sensitive) form of appreciation compared to the other 4 languages, but can be still relevant in the workplace. Key Points: Take the Quiz here to learn your love languagesKnowing and communicating your Love or Appreciating Languages can reduce tension at home and work.With every positive for a Love Language, there is a corresponding way it can be used to hurt. For example, people whose Love Language is “Words of Affirmation,” words of criticism may sting more. Episode Highlights: Liz, Rachel, and Mary Scott share their own Love Languages, including the one they each scored lowest in. To their surprise, it’s the same one!Belle Curve discussed how they they’ve learned to be mindful of their own Love Languages as well as those of their spouses to keep the peace at home. Belle Curve discussed some of the ways the Languages of Appreciation are useful in the workplace, both in managing employees and in “managing up” by letting their supervisors know what they need to be more successful members of the team. Resources Mentioned The 5 Love Languages BookThe 5 Love Languages QuizThe 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace bookThe Push, Belle Curve’s next Book Club read The post 64. The Power of Your Love Language at Work and Home appeared first on Belle Curve Podcast.
34 minutes | 4 months ago
63. Keeping Confidences
Belle Curve is brought to you by HigherEchelon, Inc. – find HigherEchelon at higherechelon.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Belle Curve Book Club Episode is coming up on March 16, 2021, and we will be doing The Push by Audrey Audrain . Click to purchase your copy. It’s important to carefully consider the importance of confidences. If we treat confidences lightly, there’s every reason to think that relationships will be surface and not deep, that our professions could be stymied, and some would say that confidence keeping has spirit and soul implications. Key Points: Professional confidentiality is required in certain professions.Professionals mush understand what information should be protected and what information must be disclosed. Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, and Christianity all speak to rules for living one’s life and rewards in this life and the next for living “right.” The World Religions tend to reinforce that keeping confidences is right.Keeping the confidences of family members and friends can be challenging and sticky.There’s an important difference between secrets and privacy. Secrets are generally not ok, but privacy is ok. There are different kinds of friends – new friendships and old ones, friendships built around an activity or hobby and friendships that are built around confidences. It is important to understand the kind of friendship you have with your friend before confiding. Sometimes you have a to break a confidence. When you or another break a confidence, there are ramifications.Expect a period of rebuilding after a trust has been broken. Resources Mentioned: Compelling Leadership: The importance of Trust by Dr. Paul BrowningThe Five Major World ReligionsIslam on disclosing secretsHinduism on what should be kept secretJudaism on keeping confidencesHere’s Why Keeping a Family Secret Might Be a Good Thing The post 63. Keeping Confidences appeared first on Belle Curve Podcast.
32 minutes | 4 months ago
62. Are We Chasing Stuff that Doesn’t Matter?
Have you ever worked hard for something you knew was going to pay off, only to be disappointed when that long awaited day finally comes? Maybe you pined for something, some milestone, or even someone. Maybe it was a promotion, a relationship, or even a big event like a vacation or a sporting event. You’ve put time and money and effort into it, only to be left feeling like you strove so hard for something that, maybe, wasn’t worth having. Join us as we discuss Paris Syndrome, buyer’s remorse, the Hedonic Treadmill, and what actually makes us happy. Key points: There’s an actual equation to determine happiness, and much of it is in our control.Most people suffer from buyer’s remorse over purchases large and small.The phenomenon of “Paris Syndrome” is a form of culture shock and disappointment some are said to feel when they visit Paris the first time and find that, despite its glamorous and gleaming depiction in movies and on Instagram, it can be a very grimy, unwelcoming, and decidedly unromantic city.The Hedonic Treadmill is “the observed tendency of humans to quickly return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite major positive or negative events or life changes. According to this theory, as a person makes more money, expectations and desires rise in tandem, which results in no permanent gain in happiness.” https://psychology.unl.edu/can-money-buy-happiness https://www.homelight.com/blog/buyer-buyers-remorse/ https://thehustle.co/how-to-avoid-buyers-remorse/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedonic_treadmill The post 62. Are We Chasing Stuff that Doesn’t Matter? appeared first on Belle Curve Podcast.
33 minutes | 5 months ago
61. 2020: Finding Positives in Tough Times
With the terrible human impact COVID has wreaked, we expect many may not think of 2020 as a positive year. We certainly wish the world had never been inflicted with the pandemic. Even so, we challenged ourselves to answer the question, “Has the pandemic prompted any positive outcomes in our lives?” The truth is, there are some positives, and we hope you too will challenge yourself to think about the positives in 2020 as we move into a better 2021. It’s a good exercise and a mindset gift you can give yourself to really think about what has been good in your life in 2020. Key Points: COVID caused a slowdown and allowed more of some things such as: sleep, family togetherness, and time. COVID drove some of us to tackle the household to-do list and projects that might have stayed on the list FOREVER, COVID sent us outside for our activities. COVID gave us an opportunity to do things that were hard and made us proud. COVID made hold-out employers finally, really accept telework as viable which benefits working women. COVID threatened our health, and we made some health changes in response. Belle Curve is brought to you by HigherEchelon, Inc. – find HigherEchelon at higherechelon.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. The post 61. 2020: Finding Positives in Tough Times appeared first on Belle Curve Podcast.
39 minutes | 5 months ago
60. Top Tips for a Healthy Business and Body with Sarah Longshore Hayes
We’re nearing the end of 2020, which has been a year that has taken a toll on most of us in at least some area of our lives. Perhaps two of those areas, for many, have been in the areas of our bodies, as we have faced the challenge of staying healthy during quarantines, and in the area of work for those who own a small business, work in a small business, or were otherwise in professional situations impacted by COVID-19. In this episode, the Belle Curve hosts interview fitness expert and entrepreneur Sarah Longshore Hayes to find out her secrets for having a healthy body and a healthy business. Sarah is a World Champion CrossFit athlete and the founder and owner of Empire Fitness, which has multiple locations throughout North Alabama. Sarah holds a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and has finished in the top 10 for five consecutive years at the World CrossFit Open, including a 1st place finish. She has more than 25 years of experience in the fitness industry and is a CrossFit Level 2 trainer, as well as a Les Mills Bodypump, RPM, GRIT, and BodyCombat instructor. She also provides nutrition counseling and coaching in her locations. Key Points: To motivate others you have to lead by example. As a leader you can’t assume people know the vision, you have to communicate it. Mentors and coaches are essential, even for visionary leaders who coach others. Sarah’s Top Five Tips To Have a Healthy Business: We have to grow ourselves and constantly evolve to get better and stay ahead so you are not stuck in a old-school mindset. Lead with passion in what you do. Be relentless. Have a mindset that there are no options to not succeed.Focus on your own four walls by being the best you can be, not focusing on competition. All you can do is be your best.Keep the main thing the main thing – whatever your mission is, make that front and center.Make sure that your team is aligned with your vision and everyone is pulling in the same direction by clearly communicating your vision. Sarah’s Top Five Tips to Have a Healthy Body: Allow yourself to follow the 80/20 rule: 80 percent of the time eat with discipline, 20 percent of the time, give yourself permission to eat what you’d enjoy.Move your body every single day.Avoid sugar – sugar disrupts so many things that should go on in a healthy body. The number one feeder for chronic disease is sugar. Get out in the sunshine for 20 minutes every day.Cultivate self-awareness by being present where you are each moment and being mindful about your choices. Resources Mentioned: Sarah’s gyms are Crossfit Madison and Empire Fitness in Madison, AL; Empire Fitness South in Huntsville; and CrossFit Athens in Athens. You can find a lot of resources on the Empire Fitness Facebook page and tune in to Sarah’s FB Lives every Tuesday at noon CST. Belle Curve is brought to you by HigherEchelon, Inc. – find HigherEchelon at higherechelon.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. The post 60. Top Tips for a Healthy Business and Body with Sarah Longshore Hayes appeared first on Belle Curve Podcast.
34 minutes | 6 months ago
59. Navigating Family Drama… Tis the Season!
The holidays are coming, and if you are like so many other families, you may be thinking “here we go with the family drama, fights, squabbles, disagreements, etc.” Internal family dissension can be BAD. It messes with your head and can mess up other areas of your life because it is so hard to compartmentalize when the dissension is with or among those you love the most. Today, we talk about some famous feuds, what we have fought about in our own families, and some ways to cope and make family visits go better. Perspective matters a lot when it comes to this subject, so you’ll learn a little about an important concept, “Narcissism of Small Differences.” You will also learn just how common internal family dissension really is. Need more info? Here’s the resources we used today: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase – Trailer, 1989 The Narcissism of Minor Differences from artofmanliness.com, 2015 Why Families Fight During Holidays – A time for good food, comfort, joy, and … “you could be so pretty if you only lost a little weight.” from The Atlantic, 2013 The 8 Keys to Resolving Family Conflict from Mediate.com The post 59. Navigating Family Drama… Tis the Season! appeared first on Belle Curve Podcast.
34 minutes | 6 months ago
58. Keeping Your Cool Under Pressure
In a time when there are so many things that seem to work against us. How do we keep our chins up and our head cool under immense pressure? The post 58. Keeping Your Cool Under Pressure appeared first on Belle Curve Podcast.
40 minutes | 7 months ago
57. How to be Our Best More Often – Dr. Angie Fifer Interview
On today’s Belle Curve episode, Mary Scott, Rachel, and Liz get to geek out on the science of high performance with guest Dr. Angie Fifer – a HigherEchelon, Inc. mental performance expert who provides executive coaching and training in public and private sector organizations. Fifer holds multiple degrees from Penn State, Cal State and Michigan State, including her Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology. She serves as scientific program chair on the executive board for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and formerly served as a performance trainer at the United States Military Academy at West Point where she worked with teams and individuals in both athletic and military performance domains. Key Points: The mind has a stunning effect on the body and the body has a stunning effect on the mind. The Science of High Performance is best described as the study of how to be our best more often.High achievers have to be careful how they speak to themselves because they tend to struggle with negative self-talk perhaps more than others. There are simple ways to overcome stress that most people ignore, even though there are major health consequences to persisting in a heightened state. Multi-tasking is a myth — we can’t focus well on two or more things that require attention at the same time; however, we can learn to shift our focus quickly. There are learnable, achievable ways to improve our performance that can have dramatic effects on our productivity, well-being, and satisfaction. Episode Highlights: Mary Scott shares the stressful life circumstances that led to her fingers and toes suddenly swelling up and a medical diagnosis. Angie describes why being our best isn’t just about productivity, but also about satisfaction. The key physical and mental steps to becoming intentional (a major aspect of high performance). How our thoughts affect our bodies. Why self-awareness is so critical for well-being and performance. Mary Scott shares how she uses her mind to overcome her body when she is tired.Why self-talk is an easily ignored, but powerful, skill we need to cultivate to be our best and why high achievers tend to struggle with negative self-talk. Why Angie stays away from the phrase “positive self-talk” and what she says instead. What to do when we have self-doubts and fears.What the psychology term “priming” means, why it matters in our day-to-day, and how to leverage its power. A powerful, easy way to use your body to affect your mind that most people ignore. How to take a heightened physical system and restore it to balance. The health ramifications of persisting in stress and simple ways to address it. What Angie does before she starts her day and in-between meetings to re-center. How to do good work in the highly distracting modern work environment and how to set ourselves up for success when we need to get things done. The surprisingly low number of minutes that most people can focus, give full attention, and be at their best before needing a mental break and how to build good habits to maximize that. How Angie’s team at HigherEchelon was able to achieve significant cognitive enhancement results for a national security government customer whose workforce needed skills in managing energy, thinking effectively, improving working memory, working more quickly and more accurately, and providing better customer service in stressful situations while remaining calm and relaxed under pressure. How to appropriately balance our levels of effort so that we are excellent when it matters but not driving ourselves to anxiety, or modeling unrealistic standards to young people, by pursuing perfectionism. Resources Mentioned: People react better to both negative and positive events with more sleep – article about new research from the University of British Columbia.Mental stress and anger may exacerbate heart failure – article about recent Yale. research published in the Journal of Cardiac Failure.HigherEchelon, Inc. is a consulting firm providing Human Capital Services including executive coaching and training in leadership, resilience, adaptability, applied high performance, change management, and a range of mental, emotional, and psychological skillsets meant to optimize organizational performance. The organization also provides a range of technology services such as Salesforce implementations and consulting, Enterprise Technology solutions, Gaming and Simulation services, and Cyber and Engineering Services. Cal Newport’s book Deep Work that Rachel and Liz highly recommend. HigherEchelon on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.Angie Fifer on LinkedIn.BelleCurvePodcast.com. The post 57. How to be Our Best More Often – Dr. Angie Fifer Interview appeared first on Belle Curve Podcast.
39 minutes | 7 months ago
56. Are you Bully Bait?
Researchers have begun scrutinizing the phenomenon of bullying. What they are finding is as sad as it is alarming: Bullies are a special breed of children. The vast majority of children (60 to 70 percent) are never involved in bullying, either as perpetrators or victims. Early in development, most children acquire internal restraints against such behavior. But those who bully do it consistently. Their aggression starts at an early age. It takes a very specific set of conditions to produce a child who can start fights, threaten or intimidate a peer (“Give me the jump rope or I’ll kill you”), and actively inflict pain upon others. Bullying causes a great deal of misery to others, and its effects on victims last for decades, perhaps even a lifetime. The person hurt most by bullying is the bully himself, though that’s not at first obvious, and the negative effects increase over time. Most bullies have a downwardly spiraling course through life, their behavior interfering with learning, friendships, work, intimate relationships, income, and mental health. Tune in to learn more about bullies and victims and how to deal with bullies yourself and / or help a child deal with a bully. Resources: Psychology Today https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/bullying Big Bad Bully https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/articles/199509/big-bad-bully The Biggest Bullies of TV and Film https://www.ranker.com/list/biggest-bullies-of-tv-and-film/analise.dubner The post 56. Are you Bully Bait? appeared first on Belle Curve Podcast.
33 minutes | 8 months ago
55. How to Deal with Workplace Gossip
I have a juicy story to tell you. Did you hear about what Bob did at the Christmas party? Can you BELIEVE what our boss is making us do? Stacy said the wildest thing, but this stays between us, ok? I think we’ve all been tempted to partake in workplace gossip, but studies have shown that workplace gossip kills morale and damage productivity, not to mention be detrimental to trust among co-workers. But it’s such an easy trap to fall into! INC Article Harvard Business Review Article Thanks for the Feedback book Please consider supporting us on Patreon! Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and many other apps. Please leave us a review, it really helps us! Connect with the Belle Curve team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Connect with Mary Scott Hunter on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Connect with Rachel Blackmon Bryars on Instagram and Facebook. Connect with Liz Beshears on Instagram, Lizzy Is Dizzy, Twitter, and LinkedIn Some of the above links are affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase Belle Curve will get a little piece of the action, but it doesn’t cost you anything extra! Thank you for your support! The post 55. How to Deal with Workplace Gossip appeared first on Belle Curve Podcast.
32 minutes | 9 months ago
54. Endings: Professional and Personal Mistakes To Avoid
Journalist and Pulitzer Prize Winner Ellen Goodman said, “There’s a trick to the ‘graceful exit.’ It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, or a relationship is over–and let it go. It means leaving what’s over without denying its validity or its past importance to our lives. It involves a sense of future, a belief that every exit line is an entry, that we are moving up, rather than out.” Today we talked about endings. This may seem like an odd topic, but we find that endings are so often overlooked and so often handled poorly. The ending of one thing often leaves us with a sense of regret or guilt, so that starting the next thing is not smooth. Tune in to this podcast and spend a little time thinking about good endings and bad endings and why good endings are important and usually achievable. Please consider supporting us on Patreon! Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and many other apps. Please leave us a review, it really helps us! Connect with the Belle Curve team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Connect with Mary Scott Hunter on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Connect with Rachel Blackmon Bryars on Instagram and Facebook. Connect with Liz Beshears on Instagram, Lizzy Is Dizzy, Twitter, and LinkedIn Some of the above links are affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase Belle Curve will get a little piece of the action, but it doesn’t cost you anything extra! Thank you for your support! The post 54. Endings: Professional and Personal Mistakes To Avoid appeared first on Belle Curve Podcast.
44 minutes | 9 months ago
53. Top Mental and Emotional Skills We Need Now – HigherEchelon Interview
We talk a lot on Belle Curve Podcast about developing inner qualities like resilience, authenticity, and growth mindsets. And for many of us, 2020 continues to be a year of uncertainty and challenges related to COVID-19. In this episode, we talk to two guests who draw upon backgrounds in psychology, counseling, military service, business, academia, and athletics to share secrets about high performance under mental and emotional pressure and help us understand: The mental and emotional skills we most need right now to thrive as parents, as spouses, as co-workers, as leaders, and as human beings.The easy-to-do high performance skills we already have but don’t always use.Why sometimes the highest performers don’t seem that way at first.How to find “a way forward” during exceptionally hard times.The basic questions to ask if you want to grow your capacity.What you can do as a parent to influence your children’s future mindsets. The greatest way to impact others and your environment.The three ways organizations reacted to COVID-19 and why some thrived.How gratitude, appreciation, and showing care impacts performance.The ONE quality that separates the good from the great. Our guests: Joe Ross, Ph.D is the founder and president of HigherEchelon, Inc. – an organizational performance consulting firm serving major government and commercial clients. He helps leaders and organizations understand & develop the mental and emotional skills that lead to high performance and developed the Resilient & Adaptable Leader methodology. He has consulted with Fortune 100 companies, college and professional sports teams, top tier universities, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Defense among many others. He’s a United States Military Academy at West Point graduate where he was co-captain of the Army football team and later served on the coaching staff. He served our country as an Infantry Officer, leading soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division and deploying to Kosovo in 2001. You can read more about Joe here. Steve Spaulding is the Director of Business Development at HigherEchelon and has 25 years of human behavior, leadership, coaching and development experience. He graduated in the top 20 percent of his class at West Point with a degree in Systems Engineering and Human Factors Engineering where he also played Varsity football. He holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health from Antioch University New England. As an Airborne Ranger qualified armor officer, he deployed with the 1st Cav to Iraq in an escalating security effort. He has served many years mentoring, coaching, and training college students in faith-based non-profit organizations in Texas and at Dartmouth College. He worked as the Assistant Athletic Director for Leadership at Dartmouth and built out what became Dartmouth Peak Performance. His leadership coaching made significant direct contributions to 7 Ivy League titles and a summer program known as DRIVE that was recognized as the leading experiential leadership program at the college and continues at Dartmouth. For more insights and secrets about human performance psychology and how that works in organizations and in life: — Read HigherEchelon recent articles — Connect with HEon LinkedIn and Facebook — Listen to HE’s podcast “Coaching Through Stories” hosted by HigherEchelon Executive Coach Dr. Eric Bean. As always, thank you for listening, we value you, we hope you are managing all the changes in your life and work with adaptability and resilience. Please consider supporting us on Patreon! Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and many other apps. Please leave us a review, it really helps us! Connect with the Belle Curve team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Connect with Mary Scott Hunter on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Connect with Rachel Blackmon Bryars on Instagram. Connect with Liz Beshears on Instagram, Lizzy Is Dizzy, Twitter, and LinkedIn Some of the above links are affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase Belle Curve will get a little piece of the action, but it doesn’t cost you anything extra! Thank you for your support! The post 53. Top Mental and Emotional Skills We Need Now – HigherEchelon Interview appeared first on Belle Curve Podcast.
29 minutes | 10 months ago
52. Stress Busting Life Hacks
In this second edition of our favorite life hacks, we break down how to organize your week and workflow to bust stress and increase productivity. Listen to our first Life Hacks episode Please consider supporting us on Patreon! Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and many other apps. Please leave us a review, it really helps us! Connect with the Belle Curve team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Connect with Mary Scott Hunter on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Connect with Rachel Blackmon Bryars on Instagram and Facebook. Connect with Liz Beshears on Instagram, Lizzy Is Dizzy, Twitter, and LinkedIn Some of the above links are affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase Belle Curve will get a little piece of the action, but it doesn’t cost you anything extra! Thank you for your support! The post 52. Stress Busting Life Hacks appeared first on Belle Curve Podcast.
44 minutes | 10 months ago
51. Race, Reconciliation & Reform.
Today we spent some time discussing race and racism, as well as reconciliation, reform and healing. We’ve carefully chosen three guests whose perspectives and views are important as our country mourns the death of George Floyd and all those who have been victimized. Our guests are: Dana Gillis: Mr. Dana Gillis holds multiple degrees and certifications from James Madison University, Duke, Southern Cal, Northwestern, and for today’s discussion asked him to draw in particular on his 24 year career as a special agent with the FBI and his Masters studies at the University of Cambridge in Criminology and Police Management. Currently, Dana is a senior consultant with Transcend, an organizational consulting company. Dana is the first black president of one of the largest Rotary Club chapters in Alabama. Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dana-gillis-a4895b16/ Transcend Consulting: https://leadfearlessly.com/ Travis Collins: Travis Collins is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Huntsville, AL. He served as a missionary in Nigeria and Venezuela. First Baptist strives to be a Church at the Heart of the City known for Neighborhood Focus, Relational Discipleship, Radical Hospitality, connection with Young Adults, and enthusiasm for Fresh Expressions of Church. Linkedin: First Baptist Church: https://www.fbchsv.org/about-us Sermon at the Courthouse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yp8Lj_Inhgw&feature=emb_share&fbclid=IwAR3ntDPI9tqkAUYYVEKAMnrJr-nEHfxng7RTPqVMjGkhx0uAvhzZW0MWWl0 Daniel Kasambira: Daniel Kasambira is the executive director of the Hogan Family YMCA in Madison, Alabama, which is the largest Y in the state and provides services to more than 15,000 members and serve 30,000 individuals with mission priorities of youth development, social responsibility and healthy living. Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-kasambira-31b48231 Hogan YMCA: https://www.facebook.com/HoganFamilyYMCA/ YMCA: https://www.ymcahuntsville.org/about/meet-y-staff/ Please consider supporting us on Patreon! Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and many other apps. Please leave us a review, it really helps us! Connect with the Belle Curve team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Connect with Mary Scott Hunter on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Connect with Rachel Blackmon Bryars on Instagram and Facebook. Connect with Liz Beshears on Instagram, Lizzy Is Dizzy, Twitter, and LinkedIn Some of the above links are affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase Belle Curve will get a little piece of the action, but it doesn’t cost you anything extra! Thank you for your support! The post 51. Race, Reconciliation & Reform. appeared first on Belle Curve Podcast.
35 minutes | a year ago
50. 5 Keys For Sales Success – Lisa Leide Interview
No matter our career field or volunteer role or personal goals, we are willing to bet selling is at least some part of it – be that selling an idea, selling a product, selling yourself as a service provider, or maybe selling someone on why they should support a cause. Selling is part of life and work and yet – so many of us really don’t like it or at the least, struggle with it, and sometimes even fear it. The social science literature has a name for fear of sales—researchers call it sales call anxiety, or SCA. In one 2000 article in the Journal of Marketing, Willem Verbeke and Richard Bagozzi defined sales call anxiety as, “an irrepressible fear of being negatively evaluated and rejected by a customer” and they say SCA consists of four components: Negative self-evaluationsNegative evaluations from customersAwareness of physiological symptoms (like a queasy stomach, shaky voice, and blushing) andProtective actions like avoiding eye contact and fiddling with the hands. It is fascinating how fear affects our minds and bodies and can get in the way of our goals and that is why we are thrilled to have Lisa Leide, a rockstar sales rep in the pharmaceutical industry, on the show today to help us get better at this. Lisa has been working in pharmaceutical sales for more than 20 years and her resume is packed with awards and honors related to being a top sales performer. She most recently won the Silver award for Agility, Accountability, and Intrapreneurship. She has won awards such as the Top Seed award, Partnership award, she was a two time winner of the Vice President’s award when she was with Merck and in the past ten years or so, she has specialized in working with pulmonologists, immunologists, pediatric pulmonologists among others, and besides all this, she is a wonderful wife and mother and fantastic leader in the community. In this interview, Lisa delivers a wealth of knowledge, know-how, and tips to succeed in any endeavor that requires focus, grit, determination, and the ability to overcome fear to reach our goals. Lisa’s Top 5 Key Components for Sales Success: 1. Be a Subject Matter Expert 2. Be Genuinely Interested In The Customer or Client’s Needs 3. Actively Listen and Craft Appropriate Responses 4. Surround Yourself With Those Who Make You Better 5. Never Take A No Personally Plea Please consider supporting us on Patreon! Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and many other apps. Please leave us a review, it really helps us! Connect with the Belle Curve team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Connect with Mary Scott Hunter on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Connect with Rachel Blackmon Bryars on Instagram and Facebook. Connect with Liz Beshears on Instagram, Lizzy Is Dizzy, Twitter, and LinkedIn Some of the above links are affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase Belle Curve will get a little piece of the action, but it doesn’t cost you anything extra! Thank you for your support! The post 50. 5 Keys For Sales Success – Lisa Leide Interview appeared first on Belle Curve Podcast.
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