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Life. Purpose. Leadership
24 minutes | Jan 18, 2022
Ep87: Breaking the patterns
In this episode Michelle Cheyne of Instinctive Living and Content College and I discuss what it takes to break the patterns in our lives? We create our own story. And our story is our interpretation of past and present events and experiences. We can tell ourselves all the negative things, and believe it. So what is stopping us doing the opposite. What makes us break the patterns?
23 minutes | Jan 12, 2022
Ep86: Effective altruism is about doing good better
Our resources are limited, so we have to use them wisely. Effective altruism is a philosophy and social movement focused on answering one question: How can we best help others? In this Part 1 of 2 episodes Sandy Forbes Taylor and I explore what effective altruism is. And consider two principles of altruism: Using evidence and reason to find the most promising causes to work on. Taking action, by using our time and money to do the most good we can.
23 minutes | Dec 15, 2021
Ep85: How can we reach peak performance?
A state of flow is technically defined as an “optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best." The term flow state takes its name from the sensation it confers. In flow, every action, every decision, arises seamlessly from the last. In this state, we are so focused on the task at hand that all else falls away. Action and awareness merge. Our sense of self vanishes. Our sense of time distorts. And performance goes through the roof. But how do we get into a state of flow? In this episode Kate Fletcher and I explore the pinciples, dimensions and practical steps needed to get into a state of flow to reach peak performance levels.
26 minutes | Dec 7, 2021
Ep84: Listening to my own solutions
Things are not always black and white, or just so...or even yen and yang. Sometimes life isn't what it seems. There is power in embracing the whole of you, by listening to our own solutions. In this episode Michelle Cheyne of Instinctive Living and I discuss the good bits and the bad of life. The ups and the downs. And suggest letting go of "the bits of life" and "seeing the bigger picture" brings peace and fulfilment.
23 minutes | Nov 30, 2021
Ep83: How leaders build trust
Effective leaders need their team’s trust. But how do you get that trust? How do you get it back if you’ve lost it? In this episode Kate Fletcher and I explore these very questions. And expand on three behaviours which are suggested as essential. Namely, positive relationships, expertise and judgement and finally consistency. We argue you don’t need to be perfect at the behaviours to be a trusted leader. But you do need to be good at them.
28 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
Ep82: You don't have to justify yourself
We offer (or don't) an explanation of our choices for a variety of reasons. We can be motivated by fear, guilt or self-doubt. Or we can also be honouring ourselves and others. I've realised I put a lot of energy into explaining my decisions. Why I've made the choice I have. Or bigger still; justify why we are here at all. What about not justifying yourself. In this episode June Whiteman and I ask why do we need to know why? Can things, can we, not just be so.
30 minutes | Oct 28, 2021
Ep81: The Power of Slow Deep Thinking
We attend more meetings, send more emails and work significantly longer days than pre-pandemic. Constant expectation, with no time to think. Many of us are surrounded by our partners, family members, children and other housemates 24/7. A quiet commute, solitary lunchtime break, or end-of-day silent office seem a thing of the past. For many of us, time alone in stillness to think is more important yet more difficult to find than ever. In this episode Kate Fletcher and I consider how we can, even under today's conditions, make time for thinking? How can we use the power of slow deep thinking to create value?
30 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
Ep80: Why you should improv your life
Intent is the heart of living a life of purpose, of meaning. We seem to spend our lives doing and having. Driven by lists to achieve, in order to feel like a success. It's the life of accumulation, of stuff. What if there was a different starting point? What if there is an alternative way "to have it all? In this episode Michelle Chynne of Instinctive Living and I discuss "the alternative starting point." And consider the merts of improv'ing our lives.
35 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
Ep79: Powering Through Tough Times, Not!
Let's be honest: things are changing rapdily. The world is chaotic right now, and struggling entrepreneurs (and the rest of us) are scrabling to maintain any sense of control during these tough times. But perhaps that's the thing; we need to let go of our need for control. Perhaps we ought not to power through. But then what? In this episode Nicole Bremner of East Eight and I talk at length about our personal struggles with mental health challenges. Losing money and position. And consider our need to balance a healthy mindset and lifestyle with striving for that proverbial entrepreneur success.
27 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
Ep78: What I am, is it what I do?
We spend a great deal of our lives doing. Doing the housework, doing the job. Building the career. Taking the kids to football. Doing the ironing. Having the meetings. Giving the presentation. Making dinner. So what I am, is it what I do? Am I the sum of all that I do? Or am I not just what I do? In this episode Sam Pearce of Swatt Books and I discuss what makes us who we are.
28 minutes | Sep 25, 2021
Ep77: Stop rescheduling your life
Do you put the brakes on when doing something you love? We all seem to get stuck on "what I should be doing" or "who I should be." What if you stopped rescheduling your life...your joy. And lived now. In this episode Cheryl Laidlaw of Reyl Design Group and I explore how we can stop rescheduling our joy.
30 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
Ep76: Why are we remembered? Part 2
What is it that makes us want to be remembered? What if we lived life, and not sort to "portray life." What is success? What is achievement? Leaving a legacy, is this it? In this episode (Part 2 of 2) Michelle Cheyne of Instinctive Living and I discuss what it means to be remembered. We explore Descartes' famous dualism philiosphy. And we try to unpick his..."I think therefore I am" ...hypothesis.
29 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
Ep75: Why are we remembered? Part 1
What is it that makes us want to be remembered? What if we lived life, and not sought to "portray life." What is success? What is achievement? Leaving a legacy; is this it? In this episode (Part 1 of 2) Michelle Cheyne of Instinctive Living and I discuss what it means to be remembered. We explore Descartes' famous dualism philiosophy. And try to unpick his..."I think therefore I am"...hypothesis.
22 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
Ep74: Being normal is the new extraordinary
Striving to improve is a very everyday human thing. Driving forward and growing is how we are built? Self-improvement is the name of the game. Isn't it? What if being "normal" was the new extraordinary? In this episode Kate Fletcher and I explore our motivations for self-improvement, and consider whether being "normal" is enough.
7 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
Ep73: My Game - Anxiety & The Art of Doing Nothing
In this episode I talk about how our brain is telling us to do something about our anxiety immediately to keep us safe. I suggest the problem with doing something about the anxiety is that it creates more anxiety later. And I propose when we stop attending to our anxiety, we train our brain that the situation is not important.
25 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
Ep72: How do we unsubscribe?
Is it possible to let go of the boxes we think we must be in? Life seems to be filled with expectation, after expectation. But what do we really want? The career? The house. The annual holiday abroad? The money? Or something else entirely? In this episode Michelle Cheyne of Instinctive Living and I explore: how do we unsubscribe to the life we think we want? And sign-up for the life we know we want.
21 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
Ep71: Doyle & Me - Perception - The Final Frontier
Your perception may not be my reality. In this episode Annalea Doyle and I explore what it means to truly have what we want. We seek to explore our perception of the world around us, and how this perception may not necessaily be our reality.
29 minutes | Aug 6, 2021
Ep70: How do we realize our potential?
We are all exhausted at times. Pulled from pillar to post. We place some much expectation on ourselves. How can we see our true capability? How do we realize our potential? In this episode Kirsty Duck of Face2Face HR and I explore how to use our natural born curiosity; to understand ourselves better. And better realize our potential.
26 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
Ep69: Check-listing my way into unhappiness
Why are we fixated on the accumulation of stuff? What is it that drives us to measure success by what we have? The career. The house. Money. The 15 minutes of fame. There is so much more to life than the aquisition of things. We talk endlessly about valuing experience and life itself. Yet we are fixated on material possessions. In this episode Lianne Weaver and I ask: how can we let go of our fixation, and value the journey within?
22 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
Ep68: Part 2 - The gold within us
In this episode (Part 2) Michelle Cheyne of Instinctive Living and I explore what is the gold within us? What is our true essence? Our bliss. Our real nature and potential. Our purpose. How do we merge the power of mind with the essence of our heart? Understanding the value of conciousness. This is part 2 of 2.
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