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8 minutes | Jul 1, 2022
Becoming a Team Player (GWTW616)
Are you a team player or a lone wolf? For most of my career, I have worn the badge of the lone wolf. I wanted to show my strength and capability without needing anyone else. I would take offense when wise elders told me I needed to build a team around me: "I'll show you!" Because of this mentality, I would take jobs I knew I could do alone. And even in moments working for larger companies, I was still a loner. I didn't fully engage in the team around me, and eventually, I returned to what worked in the past. But what if the work that I needed to do was let go of old stories and accept what my future self is becoming?
10 minutes | Jun 29, 2022
What Will THEY Say? (GWTW615)
How often do you fear what other people will think and say to you and about you? For as long as I can remember, I've always been afraid of the anonymous collective of imaginary haters waiting to pounce on me the second I put something out into the world. Because of that, I don't like to ask others for feedback, and I often keep my voice silent on issues and topics important to me. Fortunately, I'm slowly learning how to respond to the actual voices of others — in front and around me. The more I do that, the stronger my connection to my creative soul, and my fear of "the others" loosens its grip on me.
10 minutes | Jun 24, 2022
Slow Down and Do Less (GWTW614)
How often do you get ads for proven systems that help you create more content faster? For me, it seems almost daily. A year ago, I would have loved a plan to help me do even more than I was attempting to do. But today, not so much. I want to do less, at a slower rate, so I can do the work that truly matters. In today's episode of Getting Work To Work, I'm going to explore seven bundles of questions that will help you examine a downshift from fast to slow. It's not going to be easy, but much like driving the speed limit, you usually get to the same place at the same time as those weaving in and out of traffic.
11 minutes | Jun 22, 2022
When Your Best Isn’t Good Enough (GWTW613)
As I've been sharing recently on Getting Work To Work, I've been putting myself in situations that reveal how much I don't know. I have to learn as fast and as safely as possible. Most importantly, I have to recover from mistakes quickly. Some days it just feels like my best isn't good enough. Sometimes people get upset, which in turn makes me feel awful. And that perhaps presents the most valuable skill anyone can learn: how to bounce back quickly after a setback, conflict, or mistake. If you are a chronic people-pleaser like myself and want to find a way to be okay with giving your best, even when it isn't enough, this episode is for you.
12 minutes | Jun 17, 2022
How to Learn New Things! (GWTW612)
How do you learn new things? Are you like me and read books and other sources of information until you feel confident enough to try? Perhaps you're like others and love watching videos or listening to podcasts to get the same hit of information acquisition, but in a quicker way. As life-long learners, it seems like there is a never-ending source of learning opportunities until one day you wake up and ask yourself a powerful question: how do you learn new things? I grapple with this question and more in today's episode of Getting Work To Work.
13 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
Attitude of Impact (GWTW611)
As I look back over the past twenty-plus years of working, I can see a clear pattern of behavior that I'm not proud of: an attitude of irreplaceability. I said yes to every task and increased my level of responsibility, not as a way of helping out and making an impact, but to prove that I belonged. To show that my work was great, even if it wasn't that good. And to hold others for psychological ransom about how hard it would be to replace me. What a horrible attitude! Fortunately, as I get older, I not only learn how replaceable I am but how the attitude of impact can actually get me what I always wanted.
48 minutes | Jun 1, 2022
“Solving Massive Problems” with Claire Schmidt (GWTW610)
What problems are you interested in solving? How would you tackle them in unique ways? Claire Schmidt, CEO and Founder of AllVoices, combined a passion for finding the root causes of massive problems with her interest in using technology to develop solutions. In this conversation, Claire talks about how she took her experiences in large companies, start-ups, and non-profits to learn about the issues that affect workers and create a company that provides communication tools for employees and leadership. She shares the importance of asking questions, networking, and building healthy cultures from the bottom-up. Whether you work for yourself or at a large company, there is a lot you can learn from Claire.
11 minutes | May 20, 2022
Road to Creative Recovery (GWTW609)
I was feeling it, massive burnout. Creativity seemed to take every ounce of my energy. My curiosity was absent. I was finishing significant projects, but other things were falling through the cracks. Bills were piling up, and I just couldn't breathe. I couldn't wrap my mind around the work I needed to do to move forward. I was tired of delaying the big decisions I needed to make to begin the healing process. I've been in this place before, and I didn't want to make the same mistakes I did in the past. I wasn't looking for salvation this time, just change. I didn't want to close my business; I just needed some relief. So I did something completely different. And found a new road to creative recovery.
37 minutes | May 14, 2022
“Start Before You’re Ready” with Chandler Bolt (GWTW608)
Have you ever felt the desire to write a book, started writing, only to give up for some reason? Chances are, you are like most people. Fortunately, there is a way to get a book out of your head and into the world. Chandler Bolt of Self-Publishing School is today's guest on Getting Work To Work and he is here to share a few of the methods he uses to write books and create business revenue with them. In this conversation, he introduces the MORE Writing Method, why writing is a short-term sacrifice to develop a long-term asset, and why you don't need to worry about imposter syndrome. He also explains how he prioritizes his work to get a lot done.
48 minutes | May 7, 2022
“Learning in Unexpected Ways” with Michael e. Stern (GWTW607)
As creatives, there is always something new to learn, and occasionally learning opportunities can be found in unexpected places. Michael e. Stern is a commercial photographer, educator, and fine art photographer who is here to share a recent experience engaging with an email scammer. There is so much to learn about clear communication, negotiation strategy, and paying attention to the fine details from this exchange between Michael and the scammer. We also talk about his transition from commercial photography to fine art photography, including websites, identity, and mindset.
51 minutes | Apr 29, 2022
“Catching Lightning in a Bottle” with Tim Tortora (GWTW606)
Today's guest on Getting Work To Work is Tim Tortora, an ex-movie-producer and outsource CFO for producers in Hollywood who has poured his wisdom of a 30-year career into a book, How To Make It In Hollywood: What Writers, Directors, Actors, Producers, and Crew Need To Do To Break In. In this conversation, Tim explains what goes into the production process and how it's like catching lightning in a bottle. He also shares how to make a career in Hollywood, avoiding "The Hollywood Con Men," and how technology is changing the industry. Whether you want to land your dream job in Hollywood or run a thriving creative business closer to home, you need to hear what Tim says.
41 minutes | Apr 22, 2022
“Building a Life-First Business” with Ashley Gartland (GWTW605)
Do you have a life-first business, or do you let your business rule your life? Ashley Gartland is a business coach obsessed with time freedom and space for the things that matter most—for herself and her clients. In this conversation, we explore her subtractive, life-first approach to business, how to do less but better, and the role of experimentation in making changes. We dive deep into permission, beliefs, assumptions, and the stories we tell ourselves. If you are a business owner struggling with burnout or needing to find a better way to run your business, Ashley's wisdom can help you find a path forward toward success and enough.
53 minutes | Apr 15, 2022
“Getting Educated” with gough (GWTW604)
Back on the show to talk about his latest production with BeernutsProductions.com is a long-time friend of the show, gough, from Australia. In this conversation, gough shares stories about all the vignettes, insights, and stereotypes that went into making The Education System. In typical gough fashion, he provides numerous lessons in marketing, brand naming conventions, and handling criticism. Not to mention how to pay better attention during interviews. For filmmakers, he also illuminates deeper insights into his writing style and how he manages his film productions.
8 minutes | Apr 8, 2022
Fresh Routine or Day-Old Poutine? (GWTW603)
I love routines. I used to get up early, read for several hours, write and gather my thoughts for years. Then two weeks ago, my established and well-worn routine crumbled to pieces as my wife and I welcomed a new member into our family: Cosmo, The Wonder Pug. He doesn’t care about my need to read and write. He wants to eat, poop, play, and sleep. Quickly we learned that puppies need structure. As we planned his days, I realized just how much my routine required a reset. It had become a disgusting pile of day-old poutine leftovers.
10 minutes | Apr 1, 2022
Recalibrating Success (GWTW602)
Last week, several friends got together to talk about success and career development. I was invited to participate but couldn't attend due to an appointment, but I've been thinking about the question, "What is success to me?" since then. I didn't feel I had much to offer at the moment. Perhaps it's because I don't have traditional notions of success anymore. Maybe it's just that I don't feel successful or even deserve success. But I think it's more that I have outdated definitions of success. In today's monologue episode of Getting Work To Work, I'm going to share a few thoughts, stories, and ideas about what success is to me today versus 25 years ago when I was starting my career.
43 minutes | Mar 25, 2022
“Exploring LeadershipSOPs” with Edward Tyson (GWTW601)
What does leadership mean to you? Today's guest on Getting Work To Work answers that question by focusing our attention on the intensely personal journey of leadership instead of gimmicks, tricks, and mimicking our heroes. Edward Tyson is the CEO of PerSynergy Consulting and author of From Expert to Executive: Mastering the SOPs of Leading. In this conversation, Ed shares the story behind the LeadershipSOPs: the "Standard Operating Procedures for Structuring, Operating, and Perfecting your Communities of Effort." He also talks about his love of patterns and people puzzles, where insights for leadership come from, and what it means to run people-centered businesses.
45 minutes | Mar 16, 2022
“Craft and the Art of Change” with Gary Rogowski (GWTW600)
Not a day goes by lately where I'm not thinking about reinventing myself and the work I do. I find myself working more with my hands, which lead me to reach out to Gary Rogowski and invite him back on the show for another conversation about craft, failure, practice, process, and constant improvement. Gary is a furniture maker, writer, and teacher. In this conversation, he shares how he reinvented his work over the past year, along with his curiosity for geometry, storytelling, and bird watching. He also has a lot to say about problem-solving, the secret to focusing, finding success with the small things, and how teaching truly impacts a craftsperson.
43 minutes | Mar 11, 2022
“Happiness is a Verb” with Pamela Gail Johnson (GWTW599)
What comes to mind when you hear the word happiness? Would you be surprised to learn that there are 31 types of happiness? Pamela Gail Johnson is today's guest on Getting Work To Work and shares her passion for all things happiness. From her early days of wondering where all the happy people were and forming the Society of Happy People to the four principles she writes about in Practical Happiness, Pamela's work will hopefully broaden your understanding of what being happy means to you. She also describes what happiness zappers are, the impact of happiness in the workplace, and the three happiness holidays recognized worldwide.
11 minutes | Mar 10, 2022
Forgotten Loves (GWTW598)
It's been a week full of reminders of past loves. At times, I was reliving distant memories from the pre-pandemic days, and other times, seeing the echoes of dreams lost in the passage of time. From travel, chasing down photo opportunities in the desert of Arizona, and meeting my brother, to listening to everyday people telling stories about their lives and impacting the community through their service, I felt the rekindling fire of what I once loved to do. And it felt refreshing as I continue my creative journey into the future. What are the forgotten and forsaken loves you've left behind in your creative journey?
48 minutes | Mar 4, 2022
“Demystifying Productivity” with Paul Minors (GWTW597)
Have you ever asked yourself, "How do I use my time more effectively?" What about, "How can I be more efficient?" Paul Minors is a productivity consultant who helps his customers answers these questions and better understand the tools and systems that ultimately deliver more value to customers. In this conversation, he shares his tools of choice—Asana, Pipedrive, and Zapier—and much of his philosophy around automation and productivity. He also illuminates some fundamental concepts, including the source of truth, making time to work on your business, being his own client, and time blocking.
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