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Welcome to Free Your Inner Guru, the podcast for and about conscious leaders and change-makers. Hosted by Laura Tucker, Free Your Inner Guru is designed to inspire with strategies that work and stories that resonate. Leaders share stories and insights from their journey so we can learn how to connect to our inner wisdom. Guests share the philosophy, tools and strategies they use to embrace their core values and carve out an empowered, meaningful path to lasting impact.
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Nathanael Garrett Novosel wants to help you systematically create a life that is meaningful to you. In his career as a professional researcher and advisor, Nathanael has researched psychology, evolutionary biology, organizational best practices, leadership decision making, business, technology, finance, and philosophy to understand how the world as we know it works and why. In his book The Meaning of Life: A Guide To Finding Your Life’s Purpose, Natanael has laid out a framework to help you systematically create a life that is meaningful to you. Using the 8 Principles of the Meaningful Life, Nathanael and I explore a wide range of topics from why growth is the scientific point of life, the difference between beliefs, values and ethics, why people join cults, and why ethics with the ultimate trade between freedom and safety is at the core of our interactions with each other. It’s a conversation for the topics of today and events today. Although the subject material is serious, the conversation was quite a bit of fun. Nathanael Garrett Novosel is a professional researcher and advisor with over 20 years of experience studying individual and group behavior. Nathanael has spent much of his career using the insights from this research to help the world’s leading executives solve their most pressing organizational challenges and create their strategic plans. Noticing the common drivers of success in all areas of life, he decided to devote his research, problem-solving, and advisory skills to helping people live the best lives possible. Mentioned in this episode: Books: The Meaning of Life: A Guide to Finding Your Life's Purpose, Nathanael Garrett Novosel Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Mihaly Czikmihaly The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins Find Nathanael online: Website Facebook Instagram Visit lauratucker.com Photography Daily Letter Visit freeyourinnerguru.com Podcast episodes Shop the new Merch! - Use LAUNCH15 for 15% off until 11:59 pm ET Monday, February 15, 2021
A story about my first quiet Christmas resonates with Christmas 2020. May your focus this holiday season bring you ease and grace. Laura Original video on Instagram Original blog on lauratucker.com
Author and therapist Bridgit Dengel Gaspard explains how the double bind is often the cause of why we get stuck just short of accomplishing our goals. Have you ever been caught between a rock and a hard place, unable to find a palatable - let alone winnable - option? If you've ever felt this way, you'll recognize your situation as a double bind. "One of the best-kept secrets of your Inner Critic is that it plays both sides of the double bind. It tells you that you're not good enough as it pushes you to be better." No one enjoys being stuck and the misery is amplified when we have accomplished multiple steps toward a cherished goal - whether breaking a bad habit, losing weight, building a business, finding a mate, or finishing a degree - but just can't seem to complete it. In The Final 8th: Enlist Your Inner Selves to Accomplish Your Goals,  Bridgit Dengel Gaspard guides readers through the process of identifying and speaking with their inner selves - such as the inner critic, perfectionist, artist, and risk-taker - to figure out which of them are supporting their goal and which are impeding it. Bridgit explains the key concepts of voice dialogue and how we can use this method to enlist the wisdom of our inner selves to get across the finish line.  She guides me through the Voice Dialogue Method so that we can have a living, breathing example of how this method works.  Then we take a deep dive into "the double bind" and how essential it is to understand this dynamic in our lives if we truly want to be free. Bridgit Dengel Gaspard, LCSW, is a former performer who earned a master's degree from Columbia University and teaches at numerous professional settings including Omega Institute. She is a former performer who earned a master's degree from Columbia University and teaches at numerous professional settings including Omega Institute. Conversation highlights: How Bridgit discovered Voice Dialogue and why she is focused on people who are stalled short of the finish line of their goal. Meeting your primary and secondary Inner Selves Why it’s healthy to talk to the different parts of yourself. A surprising conversation with one of Laura's inner selves. What we can all learn from our Inner Asshole. (Yes, we all have one!)Deep dive: The unresolvable dilemma of the double bind and how unwinding it frees up your energy and gives you more choice.Deep dive #2: The parentified child - celebrating latch-key kids. Children of the 70s finally have their moment.Why the Final 8th is a success issue.Practicing safe success: strategies to get across the finish line, assuming it is a finish line that wants to be crossed. Mentioned in this episode: Book - The Final 8th: Enlist Your Inner Selves to Accomplish Your Goals Bridgit's website Twitter - @bridgitgaspard Instagram - @bridgitdengelgaspard Want more conscious conversations in your life? Support the podcast and join the Free Your Inner Guru® Leadership Community at patreon.com/freeyourinnerguru More information about the Leadership Community here
K A Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge. K A Tucker has published 31 books and is the internationally bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series, He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, The Simple Wild, Be the Girl, and Say You Still Love Me. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, Publisher's Weekly, Oprah Mag, and First for Women. She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance 2013 for TEN TINY BREATHS and Best Romance 2018 for THE SIMPLE WILD. KEEP HER SAFE made Suspense Magazine's Best of 2018 list for Romantic Suspense. While her success as an author is impressive, K.A. is also a fierce advocate for children with autism and human rights. Kathleen also happens to be my sister-in-law. Every now and then we’d be talking life, and business, and I’d say something like “you should come on the podcast.” Well, we finally made that happen this past summer just as she was in the middle of a book launch. And guess what? She’s in the middle of another one now. Since we recorded in the summer, there’s been a few updates that I’ll give you at the end. Because, well, she’s prolific in her craft. In the meantime, enjoy this conversation that alternates between all-business and two sisters-in-law having a laugh, mostly at ourselves. And a little bit at each other. Conversation highlights Kathleen shares what it was like to start writing on maternity leave, and continue while parenting two children with very different needs.Transition from corporate career to full time author.Genre switching - from Young Adult Fantasy to Contemporary Romance.The business of being an author.From self publishing to publisher contract to self publishing.Deadlines and motivation, writing with a gun to your head.Building the writing muscle and finding rhythm.Balancing creativity with the left brain activities of the business.Having a voice on issues vs keeping your opinion to yourself as a creative and public figure.Impact of the pandemic on fiction writing.Delayed gratification and grey hair.On self care, self forgiveness, and giving yourself grace. Mentioned in this episode: Website - katuckerbooks.com Instagram: @katucker_Facebook: @katucker.author The Simple Wild Series: The Simple Wild Wild at HeartForever Wild Ten Tiny Breaths Wondery’s Guru: The Dark Side of EnlightenmentApple PodcastsSpotify Free Your Inner Guru® Episode 67 with Charles Wilson Laura's Instagram - @lauraatucker Want more conscious conversations in your life? Support the podcast and join the Free Your Inner Guru® Leadership Community at freeyourinnerguru.com/leadership-community. Enjoy!
Seth Godin is the author of 19 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. Seth’s also the founder of the altMBA and The Akimbo Workshops, online seminars that have transformed the work of thousands of people. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. You might be familiar with his books Linchpin, Tribes, The Dip , Purple Cow, and This Is Marketing, an instant bestseller around the world. His newest book is The Practice: Shipping Creative Work. Conversation highlights: Why courses don’t work.The change Seth seeks to make.What marketing is and what marketing is not.What it means to pick yourself.Scarcity as a tenet of the industrial age.Why you get to pick yourself.Different kinds of fame and the smallest viable audience.Empathy and generosity as core values and compass of leadership.The solution for imposter syndrome and self censorship.The pandemic. Now what are we going to do?How Seth built the Creative’s Workshop and wrote The Practice.The process of turning “pro.”Why streaks are important.Perfection, perfect, and good enough.The mistake of listening to unqualified critics.The journey of the creative professional vs the journey of the hack.Marketing and moralitySynchronous vs asynchronous communication and learningThe role of genre in creating an impact with your work, or hiding from it.Where The Practice fits in the book store. Mentioned in this episode: Seth's blog Book: The Practice: Shipping Creative Work The Creative's Workshop Free Your Inner Guru® Leadership Community Winter of Self Care™ Workshop Memorable Quotes from Seth Godin: "Our craft, our work, our art is an act of generosity, that if we can get out of our head that we are taking, and embrace the idea that we have a chance to give. Then, we’re more likely to give to people.You can’t use it as an excuse to hustle people, to take. Use it as fuel for finding the thing inside you that you can actually contribute. give, simply because they can." "Every time the world has gone sideways, Spanish flu, WWII, the world has got better because people show up. Not from the top. Not because it’s an edict. Because you and me say, “How can I make things better?”" "It’s up to us if we are picking ourselves to decide what we want to be known for. It’s essential that we not permit ourselves or anyone else deniability just because it’s “doing my job.” I think if you’re doing your job, you’re responsible for the work whether or not someone asks you to do it." 📷 Photo credit: Darius Bashar Want more conscious conversations in your life? Support the podcast and join the Free Your Inner Guru® Leadership Community at freeyourinnerguru.com/leadership-community
Louise Karch is a name whisperer and the author of the multi-award-winning book Word Glue: Find your Million Dollar Brand Name. Louise Karch has been naming things all her life. She believes that naming and conscious leadership go hand in hand. Word Glue is like having an award-winning naming agency in your pocket. It’s a beautifully designed handbook that contains all of Louise’s naming secrets. Conversation highlights: Louise shares how she realized that naming is her superpower. Louise breaks down how the name Free Your Inner Guru® didn’t simply come from the ethers. The relationship between conscious leadership and the names you create. Self care: Rituals and practices that keep you in the best place to show up and serve with empathy, especially in turbulent times. Why Louise is giving away her secrets. Once you’ve got a name: Why a strong brand is not just a logo. It’s a small world after all: Louise and Laura’s common connection to Wade Gilpin of Sherpa Creative. The journey to become an author: Why Louise believes writing a book will change your life. Mentioned in this episode: Connect with Louise Karch online: wordglue.co LinkedIn Word Glue cover design: Wade Gilpin, Sherpa Creative Word Glue internal design: Julia Afflekt, Apexiva Seth Godin's The Marketing Seminar Want more conscious conversations in your life? Support the podcast and join the Free Your Inner Guru® Leadership Community at freeyourinnerguru.com/leadership-community
John Larson wants to transform coaching from “all conversation” to something more tangible and meaningful in the world.  John Larson is the founder of CoachAccountable, a powerful tool designed to make coaching better, and bring it to the mainstream. In this high energy conversation, John shares how his own personal development journey led him to create CoachAccountable, a platform that turns coaching into documented wisdom.  John’s enthusiasm for his work is unparalleled, and he’s got an inspiring entrepreneurial journey to share. Conversation highlights John Larson shares his introduction to the self help industry through Landmark Forum and his subsequent desire to make coaching more reliable and tangible. How that desire led to creating CoachAccountable to bridge the gap in between powerful coaching conversations. The entrepreneurial journey between the 2009 launch of version 1 to crickets, to the successful launch of version 2 in 2012. How Laura found CoachAccountable and it became her main business tool. Laura and John on why people think self help programs are “cult-y”. Why Facebook Groups are a terrible business tool for coaching. Why being oblivious to your competitors makes for doing your best work. Memorable quote “As a culture, coaching’s not a known quantity. If we can get to the point to where the most hard-nosed bean counter can look at the outcomes of any given coaching engagement and think that just makes sense, then we’re in a good place.” Mentioned in this episode: Visit CoachAccountable online *Links in this episode are affiliate links.  There is a 30 day free trial. If you’re a coach and register for CoachAccountable through this link, a portion of your investment will go producing Free Your Inner Guru®. Free Your Inner Guru on social: Instagram Facebook Laura Tucker on social: Instagram Facebook Want more conscious conversations in your life? Support the podcast and join the Free Your Inner Guru® Leadership Community at freeyourinnerguru.com/leadership-community (Coaches are most welcome!)
Podcasts make us laugh, cry, learn and have the power to inspire.  In this special solo episode for International Podcast Day, I share all the reasons I’m grateful for podcasts – as a host and an avid podcast listener. At the end, I’ve got a special invitation for you to join me for a live celebration this coming Friday, October 2nd. Mentioned in this episode: Contact me on Instagram or on Facebook Want more conscious conversations in your life? Support the podcast and join the Free Your Inner Guru® Leadership Community at patreon.com/freeyourinnerguru
Psychic and spiritual advisor Julie Min is back for a deep dive into the role of personal responsibility in our healing journey. Julie Min is a psychic, spiritual counselor, and a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and the fatal sweat lodge led by James Arthur Ray. It’s hard to believe it’s been three years since Julie’s first visit to Free Your Inner Guru. She is back to share wisdom gained from her life experience and commitment to the healing journey.  In this deep dive, Julie shares her backstory and throws the doors open on the life and thoughts of someone who has psychic ability. Conversation highlights: Julie’s opinion of the Wondery podcast Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment. Why the being labeled a victim can be uncomfortable and unhelpful. What it means to “willingly give your power away.” How personal responsibility is a key strategy in Julie’s response to childhood sexual abuse. Red flags and psychic warnings leading up to the tragedy of the Sedona sweat lodge. Julie’s key strategy to connect to your inner wisdom. Choose love now:  Julie’s tribute to Kirby Brown, James Shore, and Liz Neuman. Memorable quotes from Julie Min: “Part of the conscious path, the spiritual path, is recognizing where other people have responsibility and where we have responsibility in the choices we’ve made.” “If I could take personal responsibility, then I had an action plan. Even though it was going to be hard, there was something I could do.” “The only way we can trust ourselves is to actually trust ourselves. We have to act on the knowledge we have been given.” Mentioned in this episode Julie’s first visit to Free Your Inner Guru – Episode 20 – Julie Min:  From Tragedy and Survivor’s Guilt to Forgiveness, Happiness, and Love Julie Min on Facebook Want more conscious conversations in your life? Support the podcast and join the Free Your Inner Guru® Leadership Community at patreon.com/freeyourinnerguru
This is a continuation of the conversation with Brandy Amstel in Episode 70.  Listen to find out whether or not we saw James Arthur Ray as a guru, the dynamic between leader and learner on the personal growth journey, agency and self governance, and looking for the light side of self help. If you haven’t listened to Part 1,  I suggest you back to Episode 70 for context.  Listening online?  You can find it here.. Mentioned in this episode: Wondery’s Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment on Apple Podcasts on Spotify Enlighten Us documentary on Youtube Connect with Brandy Amstel: Visit brandyamstel.com On Instagram On Facebook Connect with Free Your Inner Guru: On Instagram Facebook Group Want more conscious conversations in your life? Support the podcast and join the Free Your Inner Guru® Leadership Community at patreon.com/freeyourinnerguru
Brandy Amstel is an award-winning sculptor, painter and filmmaker.  “Being expressed is my art.” Brandy Amstel has a passion for using her gifts, skills and talents to generate a deeper spiritual conversation about the human experience and what it means to live from love, freedom, and full self expression. Brandy is featured in episodes 1 and 2 of the Wondery podcast Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment.  I invited Brandy to be a guest so that she could have a voice on topics that have previously been left on the cutting room floor. We talk about her life’s journey, before and after the tragic events of Spiritual Warrior in 2009, her current view of the transformational industry, and how tremendous healing is available, even when you express yourself and things don’t go as expected. Mentioned in this episode: Wondery’s Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment on Apple Podcasts on Spotify Enlighten Us documentary on Youtube Connect with Brandy Amstel: Visit brandyamstel.com On Instagram On Facebook Want more conscious conversations in your life? Support the podcast and join the Free Your Inner Guru® Leadership Community at patreon.com/freeyourinnerguru
We need to shake up the status quo. Laura Tucker reflects on her involvement in the Wondery podcast Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment. In this episode I share what it was like to participate in this huge podcast and why I lend my voice to projects that tell the story about what happened at James Arthur Ray’s Spiritual Warrior retreat in October 2009 when Kirby Brown, James Shore, and Liz Neuman died after a “sweat lodge” ceremony gone wrong. I am so grateful to everyone who has become emotionally invested in this story, and who want more and want better for the industry that has sprung up around being your best self. Mentioned in this episode: Wondery’s Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment on Apple Podcasts on Spotify At lauratucker.com Laura’s Daily Letters Articles and podcast episodes related to Spiritual Warrior and Guru For Members Only – Read weekly installments of my memoir in progress. Want more conscious conversations in your life? Support the podcast and join the Free Your Inner Guru® Leadership Community at patreon.com/freeyourinnerguru
Brad Warner and Free Your Inner Guru host Laura Tucker talk about Letters to a Dead Friend About Zen and the dangers of pushing for a spiritual breakthrough before you are ready. Brad Warner is a Soto Zen priest, bass guitarist for the punk band Zero Defex and the author of Letters to a Dead Friend About Zen. In his most recent book, Brad Warner introduces us to Zen Buddhism through the perspective of letters he writes to his friend Marky, who has died of cancer. But he’s not just talking to Marky, he’s talking to you in the frank tone and language of telling it like it is, to a close friend on borrowed time. First, I loved this book and highly recommend it.  Second, I’ve been saving this interview for just the right time. We recorded this interview three days after I sat for my interview for the just-released Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment podcast by Wondery. After speaking about Zen Buddhism and Letters to a Dead Friend About Zen, Brad and I get going about some of the issues in the spirituality and self help circles that have become important to me based on lived experience.   It was reassuring to speak to a spiritual leader about why all things don’t work for all people, and the dangers of inducing altered states in the pursuit of spiritual growth. Enjoy this big conversation with someone who doesn’t shy away from going counter to the status quo. Conversation highlights: Why Brad started writing letters to his dead friend Marky. How Brad became a Zen monk, without setting off to be a monk. Is Zen Buddhism a religion, or a lifestyle? Sitting Zazen without a goal to be mindful or a better person. Re-thinking detachment: The Sanskrit word that’s usually translated as attachment has a double meaning of fuel. Laura on how meditation is like running: Even my worst run was better than the run I didn’t take. Brad on how Zen practice is like playing music, especially in front of a group. The dark side of meditation and the pitfalls that can happen when you extract mindfulness from the ethics and culture surrounding it. The down side of using drugs and altered states to push for spiritual experiences. Mentioned in this episode: Book – Letters to a Dead Friend About Zen Brad’s Blog – hardcorezen.info Hardcore Zen Youtube Channel Want more conscious conversations in your life? Support the podcast and join the Free Your Inner Guru® Leadership Community at freeyourinnerguru.com/leadership-community
Charles Wilson is a pianist and composer who believes music is medicine. Artist and composer Charles Wilson plays the piano and tours at the highest levels of the music industry.  He has worked with Justin Timberlake, Rhianna, John Mayer, Demi Lovato and Cirque de Soleil’s Michael Jackson Immortal. Charles shares his professional journey, including his recent return to his roots in classical music. At his publisher’s request, began to compose a ten track classical piano album at the beginning of 2020. While the pandemic shut down everything around him, Charles got to work.  He made a promise that he would compose – for others to see – every day for 100 days in Seth Godin’s The Creatives Workshop, where we met. After 107 consecutive days of composing, writing and sharing, Charles thought his album was complete.  But then he received a second request – to compose an eleventh track – a “George Floyd piece.” In this conversation, Charles Wilson shares what it was like to go back to the keyboard to compose a piece of music that encompasses his desire for equality, his many personal experiences of racism, and the global Black Lives Matter movement that George Floyd has come to represent. Special bonus:  During our interview, Charles and I discovered we were both at the infamous Toronto SARS concert on July 30, 2003.  I was in the audience, and he played keyboard for Justin Timberlake.  If you’re familiar with the story, you’ll know it wasn’t Toronto’s finest moment.  I’ll leave it for you to listen to the full story, but Charles was generous to send over some photos from that day. Mentioned in this episode: Charles Wilson on Instagram – @wilsoncharlesofficial Seth Godin – Akimbo Workshops Want more conscious conversations in your life? Support the podcast and join the Free Your Inner Guru® Leadership Community at freeyourinnerguru.com/leadership-community
Nafissa Shireen is an Income Growth Mentor and Coach, the owner of Believe & See Ranch, and the host of Living Forward TV on YouTube. I invited Nafissa on to pick her brain about why British Columbia has had a less dramatic experience of the COVID 19 pandemic compared to Ontario, Quebec, and much of the United States. We had a big conversation that touches on every theme that’s important to this podcast:  conscious leadership, coaching, spirituality, marketing in the self help industry.  And then there is the pandemic, and a deep dive into how horses help raise consciousness and the transformation Nafissa wants to bring to the equine industry. Everything is moving so quickly these days, it’s relevant to share the context of when our conversation happened.  We recorded on May 7, 2020, back when all anyone had on our minds was the pandemic. On June 5, Nafissa shared a post on Facebook with her response to George Floyd’s murder, and subsequent events. Since its contents are relevant to every part of our conversation, I received her permission to read it after we said “goodbye.”  As a bi-racial person of colour, with a Muslim sounding name, I didn’t want to squander the opportunity to amplify her voice on racism and anti-racism. It’s my pleasure to introduce you to a big conversation with Nafissa Shireen. Conversation highlights: Challenges we each experienced as a woman in leadership in the male dominated corporate environment. What it was like for Nafissa to be called the “token brown girl” when she never saw herself as an ethnic or  religious minority. The very different journey we each made from corporate to coach. Our different takes on why so much of the marketing for coaching focuses on making “6 figures” and “7 figures.” Is it really all about money? The power of meaning and purpose:  Nafissa illustrates how her passion and point of view on horses informs her business goals.  We also get a huge education on how horses are trained and the awareness she wants to bring to the equine industry. Nafissa explains the transformational power of horses from both a scientific and spiritual perspective. The distinction between coaching, consulting and mentoring. Why Nafissa is tired of hearing “in these uncertain times” and “crisis.” Why Dr Bonnie Henry is an exemplary leader and what we can learn from her approach to the pandemic. Mentioned in this episode: Nafissa Shireen online website Instagram – @nafissashireen Living Forward TV on Youtube Believe and See Ranch website Instagram – @believeandseeranch Laura Tucker on social Instagram – @lauraatucker Facebook Free Your Inner Guru on social Instagram – @freeyourinnerguru Facebook Want more conscious conversations in your life? Support the podcast and join the Free Your Inner Guru® Leadership Community at patreon.com/freeyourinnerguru
Listen. Empathize. Amplify. In this episode, host Laura Tucker shares her point of view on racism, the role of shame in suppression, and how we can all use our power of influence for good. Mentioned in this episode: Written version of “Where Can We Use Our Power for Good?” David R Hawkins, Power vs Force:  The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior Want more conscious conversations in your life? Support the podcast and join the Free Your Inner Guru® Leadership Community at patreon.com/freeyourinnerguru
Jill Castle says every child, from toddler to teen, wants some level of autonomy and agency. She says it’s all very normal, but it can throw parents for a loop.  It’s difficult for parents to know in their heart that they are struggling, and not know where to get help. In this episode, Jill Castle and Free Your Inner Guru® host Laura Tucker talk about the dance between getting what you need as a parent, raising an independent, autonomous child, and how systemic change is needed to raise more physically and psychologically empowered humans. Meet Jill Castle: Jill is one of North America’s premier child nutrition experts. Known as a paradigm shifter who blends current research, practical application and common sense, Jill inspires audiences to think differently about child nutrition and feeding kids. A sought-after speaker, advisor, and media contributor, Jill has inspired TEDx, government, medical and parent audiences. She serves on the Board of Advisors of Parents Magazine, and a handful of privately held child nutrition companies. Jill is the author of Try New Food, The Smart Mom’s Guide to Starting Solids, Eat Like a Champion, and co-author of Fearless Feeding. She pens The Nourished Child® blog, is the voice behind a popular podcast of the same name, and regularly contributes to US News & World Report’s For Parents. Conversation highlights: Jill shares how she became a pediatric nutritionist and her subsequent challenge of having a child who was not interested in eating. The powerful impact media and marketing has on children and their parents. The role of a parent’s intuition in guiding your child’s nutrition. Jill’s biggest frustration about nutrition. Avoiding overwhelm: why the breaking it down into what you CAN do works. Changes Jill would like to see in the North American nutrition culture. How Jill works with nutritionists and dietitians to have a broader impact as a leader. Memorable quotes from Jill Castle: “You have to know your child. I ate my humble pie and learned a lot. I had seven years of education and training in my field, and I struggled. What is it like for parents with no education, training and experience feeding children?” “I have great compassion and experience for parents who are struggling.” “I would like to see companies and corporations offering this kind of education to their employees. They are working parents. They don’t have the time to go see a nutritionist if they have a problem.” Mentioned in this episode: Jill Castle’s website The Nourished Child® Podcast More information on the Free Your Inner Guru® Community Free Community, Connection & Coaching Zoom Calls Support the podcast or join the members only Patreon community Want more conscious conversations in your life? Support the podcast and join the Free Your Inner Guru® Leadership Community at patreon.com/freeyourinnerguru
The expression “pandemic pivot” is making me nauseous. Especially when it’s used in marketing. Apparently I’m not alone on this one. How we use our words says a lot about us, literally, figuratively, and spiritually.  And some things are just cringe-worthy. Whether the cause is the words themselves, how they’re being used, or the person using them, we should pay attention. Would you want to know if you are triggering a barf reflex? Mentioned in this episode: Update: The free Community, Connection & Coaching Zoom Calls have become the Free Your Inner Guru Leadership Community Free Your Inner Guru® Patreon Community Laura Ambrozic, aka LA’s LinkedIn post for sanitation stations and reasonably priced sanitizer Want more conscious conversations in your life? Support the podcast and join the Free Your Inner Guru® Leadership Community at patreon.com/freeyourinnerguru
James Victore is a MoMA artist, designer, and author of Feck Perfuction – Dangerous Ideas on the Business of Life. James Victore joins Laura to explore his book Feck Perfection and creativity as an essential leadership skill in our suddenly changed world. Highlights from this conversation, recorded on March 26, 2020: How social isolation and physical distancing have affected James Victore’s day to day life and business. Why we can’t operate out of fear and resistance. The importance of establishing a new normal. Why being weird is our original default, and a source of power. What happens when creatives choose to fight. What James would like to see come out of our time of challenge. Fear and scarcity vs becoming resourceful The role of creativity, innovation and humour in emerging as a leader. Memorable Quotes: On leadership: “Part of the problem with the world right now is creativity on a cultural level comes from top down. The world has very few creative leaders right now.” On his role as a leader: “All I can do is keep moving and keep doing what I’m doing and try to come at it from a place of love and compassion and creativity. And to be of service.” Mentioned in this episode: James’  book Feck Perfuction Website:  jamesvictore.com Instagram: @jamesvictore Want more conscious conversations in your life? Support the podcast and join the Free Your Inner Guru® Leadership Community at patreon.com/freeyourinnerguru
Have you been feeling disconnected in this time of physical isolation? We can be physically isolated and still use one of our superpowers – creativity – to connect with others in new ways.  In this unprecedented time of physical isolation, Free Your Inner Guru host Laura Tucker explores the importance of community and connection. Mentioned in this episode: Want something to make you smile?  Here’s Laura’s family singing Happy Birthday on Zoom Want more conscious conversations in your life? Support the podcast and join the Free Your Inner Guru® Leadership Community at patreon.com/freeyourinnerguru
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