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Chris Plourde opens Act 2 responding to observations about asking for help, crossing the line to do the work of his own soul’s calling, and moving beyond lingering cultural resistance to getting paid for work he loves. Chris digs deep into patterns of fear, highlighting the courage it takes to break free and follow one’s callings. Mountains – a whole lot of mountains – become a metaphor for getting on the heart’s path that reveals itself only through the “Law of GOYA.”  (And no, Chris is not talking about the Spanish artist!) Expressing gratitude for the butterflies of challenge that invite courage, we begin to wrap Act 2 with Chris sharing the range of the good work he does, helping people become the best possible versions of themselves and, of course, suggesting useful steps they can take to ramp up their own inner work.Chris Plourde is a coach, businessman, father and husband. He works with top athletes, well-known companies, organizations, celebrities, moms/dads and even military special ops.  As a Former Master Trainer and Presenter, he created and presented content both nationally and internationally, on the mental and physical aspects of training for peak performance in all areas of life.  As a former Chief Executive with Men’s Teams and Organizations, he has mentored many men to find their authentic self and create leadership qualities which they bring to their families, communities, and businesses.  He helps his clients gain clarity, establish personal performance habits, create balance, and unleash their true potential in all areas of life. He believes while the needs of every type of person may vary, the core concepts are the same. The way you approach one thing in life is the way you approach everything in life.If Chris has learned one thing in his 20+ years of coaching, it’s that the journey to your most authentic, fulfilled, and happy self begins from the inside out. The process of falling in love with the journey of self discovery means embracing your unique story so that you have clarity on where you have been and where you are meant to be.Visit Chris and learn more: chrisplourde.comFacebookInstagram: @coachchrisplourde
Conscious Performance Coach Chris Plourde spent his early years in Brockton, Massachusetts, as a sensitive kid who learned very early in the game to bury his emotions.  It wasn’t until his move to Marina Del Rey, California in his 20’s that he learned that it was OK to feel.Chris does a brilliant, transparent job of describing the mechanics of shutting down his inner child, reflecting on the limiting “codes” he learned to live by.He found his way to men’s groups at a relatively young age, where he learned to make his way back to the rich world of emotional experience and expression.  At the same time, he also learned to lead men’s groups! Chris shares the story of making his way to his very first men’s group meeting, where he found himself judging the other men in the circle… Only to have the light came on later, when he realized that he was witnessing reflections of himself. We take a wild leap into the emotional realms, pausing for an examination of acceptance. And all that in just the first 15 minutes! We touch on courage, vulnerability, compassion, and a whole lot more, finally rounding out Act 1 with some great places for men to begin their own journeys of growth, including the radical act of asking for help.Chris Plourde is a coach, businessman, father and husband. He works with top athletes, well-known companies, organizations, celebrities, moms/dads and even military special ops.  As a Former Master Trainer and Presenter, he created and presented content both nationally and internationally, on the mental and physical aspects of training for peak performance in all areas of life.  As a former Chief Executive with Men’s Teams and Organizations, he has mentored many men to find their authentic self and create leadership qualities which they bring to their families, communities, and businesses.   He helps his clients gain clarity, establish personal performance habits, create balance, and unleash their true potential in all areas of life. He believes while the needs of every type of person may vary, the core concepts are the same. The way you approach one thing in life is the way you approach everything in life. If Chris has learned one thing in his 20+ years of coaching, it’s that the journey to your most authentic, fulfilled, and happy self begins from the inside out. The process of falling in love with the journey of self discovery means embracing your unique story so that you have clarity on where you have been and where you are meant to be.Visit Chris and learn more: chrisplourde.comFacebookInstagram: @coachchrisplourde
Plunging into the deep end, executive coach and men’s work leader Jake Fishbein opens Act 2 rising powerfully to a question about vulnerability and  realness.We touch on romantic and platonic love, and stepping out of our comfort zones to enjoy richer, deeper, more real conversations.Willing to have your heart broken?Jake’s response is, of course, an enthusiastic “yes.”  And he shares the importance of that answer in a moving moment of recalling his grandmother and her passing, and how heartbreak is, at times, an expression of joy. Jake wraps his wisdom around the connective power of emotions, and we dig into the ways in which denying emotions diminishes our humanity, leading to separation from both self and other. After a rich riff on acceptance, emotional flexibility, and complexity, we wrap with Jake’s powerful recommendations for men starting their own journeys of self-discovery.Jake Fishbein is an executive and personal coach who helps people and organizations make and navigate their most important decisions. He works with small business owners, mid-level executives, and runs men's groups. He's been helping men trust themselves, live authentically and vulnerably, and step into the arena in their personal and professional lives for over half a decade. Jake grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has somehow survived nine years in New York City as a die-hard Red Sox fan. Learn more about Jake:www.jakefishbein.comwww.thearenaseries.comwww.linkedin.com/in/jakefishbeinInstagram: @thecoachjake
A New Yorker hailing (originally) from Santa Fe, New Mexico, executive coach and men’s group leader Jake Fishbein shares his younger days as a Montessori student and explorer of the land.  He talks about his early connection to that land, and how New York is… different.And walking on the concrete of the city rather than in connection with the Earth is where different begins. Jake unpacks some long-time influences, including a couple of translations of the Odyssey and the lessons they hold, then points his narrative lens at his experiences of leading Saturday services for nine months whilst preparing for his Bar Mitzvah. On a recent visit home, Jake found his D’var Torah – the talk centered on the Torah portion he read at his Bar Mitzvah – discovering that the topics he covered are still of interest, noting that he could have written a very similar piece today!We dip into Jake’s work history, highlighting the growth he experienced as he did a reset after the challenges of his first post-university job.At the tender age of 24, Jake joined a men’s group “strictly for research purposes.” (There’s more to that story!)  We look at worst fears, featuring a cameo of Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction”, before closing Act 1 with an instructive nod to vulnerability, truth, and authenticity. Jake’s wisdom and warm is palpable throughout, and we leave well-primed for Act 2! Jake Fishbein is an executive and personal coach who helps people and organizations make and navigate their most important decisions. He works with small business owners, mid-level executives, and runs men's groups. He's been helping men trust themselves, live authentically and vulnerably, and step into the arena in their personal and professional lives for over half a decade. Jake grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has somehow survived nine years in New York City as a die-hard Red Sox fan. Learn more about Jake:www.jakefishbein.comwww.thearenaseries.comwww.linkedin.com/in/jakefishbeinInstagram: @thecoachjake
Jim Young returns to the mic to share the goods on his new book, Expansive Intimacy: How “Tough Guys” Defeat Burn Out My first question: “What led to this book being?”Jim’s response: “The simple answer is seven years.”Jim shares how his drive to achieve and deliver for others led to him hitting the wall (hard) and breaking down. We plunge into the important, challenging work that vulnerability can be, taking a few minutes to put comparison under the microscope. Jim unwraps the qualities of expansive intimacy and offers additional rich context for the title and many of the lessons in his book.  We spotlight shame and the separation it causes and reinforces, and Jim recounts some of his own stories of connections built when shame was shared in psychologically safe places. After a brief touch on the unsustainable nature of fear as a motivator, we wrap with Jim sharing a few subtle secrets from his improv experience sure to help listeners begin to move toward their own practices of expansive intimacy. Jim Young is an executive coach, facilitator, author, and speaker who leverages his experiences from the corporate C-Suite to cure burnout for leaders and organizations. His book,  Expansive Intimacy: How “Tough Guys” Defeat Burn Out, helps men create a roadmap that leads them on through a common modern malaise and into the best parts of life they've ever seen. Website: www.thecenteredcoach.comLinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/thecenteredcoachNewsletter: expansiveintimacy.substack.com
 Raj Sisodia opens Act 2 reflecting on Mother Energy.  From there, we riff on the foundations of Shakti Leadership, move on to one of the “great callings of our time,” cite cultural shifts at Microsoft under the leadership of Satya Nadella, and pay a short visit to Everybody Matters and CEO Bob Chapman’s life- and leadership- changing epiphanies.Raj takes us to South America to set the scene for one of his own transformative experiences that led to a broad, important, multi-generational, extended family healing ritual back in India.Throughout our rich conversation, Raj invites us to look at ourselves, our families, our organizations and, by extension, our world, our place in it, and the opportunity we have to take responsibility for all of it… And ironically, the sense of peace and wholeness available when we accept his healing invitation.After a journey that takes us across cultures, organizations, internal journeys, healing from trauma, energetic realms, and plant medicine, we draw this extraordinary episode to a close with a powerful acronym: LIST.Raj Sisodia is Distinguished University Professor of Conscious Enterprise and Chairman of the Conscious Enterprise Center at Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico. He is also Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Conscious Capitalism Inc. Raj has a Ph. D. in Business from Columbia University. He has published fifteen books, including the New York Times bestseller Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business (2013), the Wall Street Journal bestseller Everybody Matters (2015), and Firms of Endearment: How World Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose (named a top business book of 2007 by Amazon.com) and The Healing Organization: Awakening the Conscience of Business to Help Save the World. Raj has consulted with and taught at numerous companies, including AT&T, Verizon, LG, BorgWarner, DPDHL, POSCO, Kraft Foods, Whole Foods Market, Tata, Tesoro, Siemens, Sprint, Volvo, IBM, Walmart, McDonalds and Southern California Edison. Raj received an honorary doctorate from Johnson & Wales University in 2016 and the Business Luminary Award from Halcyon in 2021. He has served on the boards of Mastek and The Container Store.Links: RajSisodia.comCheck out all of Raj's books here: http://rajsisodia.com/books.htmlOverview of Conscious CapitalismTEDx talk on Reimagining CapitalismTEDx talk on The Healing OrganizationSpeaker Reel
Raj Sisodia is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, award-winning professor and thought leader, and a man on a heart-fueled mission of organizational healing and responsibility.To say Raj’s life experience is far ranging is somewhat like saying outer space is “big.”Born in India into the Rajput subset of the Warrior caste in a system he describes as feudal, Raj moved to several locations – from Barbados to California to Canada - over a short span of his early years. He tells the story of how a group of his friends showing up one morning on their way to an academic event altered his life’s path…Throughout this first half of our conversation, Raj shares the rich, somewhat circuitous journey to finding his way home to his calling – the healing, life-affirming work he does in the world of Conscious Capitalism and organizational leadership.Raj Sisodia is Distinguished University Professor of Conscious Enterprise and Chairman of the Conscious Enterprise Center at Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico. He is also Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Conscious Capitalism Inc. Raj has a Ph. D. in Business from Columbia University. He has published fifteen books, including the New York Times bestseller Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business (2013), the Wall Street Journal bestseller Everybody Matters (2015), and Firms of Endearment: How World Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose (named a top business book of 2007 by Amazon.com) and The Healing Organization: Awakening the Conscience of Business to Help Save the World. Raj has consulted with and taught at numerous companies, including AT&T, Verizon, LG, BorgWarner, DPDHL, POSCO, Kraft Foods, Whole Foods Market, Tata, Tesoro, Siemens, Sprint, Volvo, IBM, Walmart, McDonalds and Southern California Edison. Raj received an honorary doctorate from Johnson & Wales University in 2016 and the Business Luminary Award from Halcyon in 2021. He has served on the boards of Mastek and The Container Store.Links: The Healing Organization: Awakening the Conscience of Business to Help Save the World The Global Rule of Three: Competing with Conscious Strategy Conscious Capitalism Field Guide: Tools for Transforming Your OrganizationEverybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business Firms of Endearment: How World Class Companies Profit From Passion and Purpose, Second Edition Shakti Leadership: Embracing Feminine and Masculine Power in Business Overview of Conscious CapitalismTEDx talk on Reimagining CapitalismTEDx talk on The Healing Organization
Megan Jo Wilson is a force of nature by just about any measure.  She’s not only a brilliant singer and coach – she also applies her formidable heart and creativity to helping entrepreneurs get their helping work out into the world. After running several iterations of "Rockstar Camp for Women," Megan Jo broke the mold in 2019, bringing a group of men through her “yes, you will sing on stage with a live band in front of a live audience” program.And the rest really IS Rock & Roll!Not to give away too many spoilers, but expect to be delighted.Megan Jo Wilson has been coaching humans since 2004, after sobbing through her first training and declaring, “This is very important work.” Since then, she has brought coaching and coach training into hospitals, hair salons, prisons, and board rooms, and has a passion for amplifying marginalized voices.She is the founder and Head Ringleader of “Rockstar Camp for Women” – an experiential leadership program that empowers women to sing on stage with a live band and audience.  Her business program, “No More Playing Small” for Women Coaches is based on her belief that confidence can be learned, and marketing can actually be fun.   She is author of the best-selling business books, “Who the F*ck Am I To Be A Coach” and “No More Playing Small” and she is very delighted to appearing on Mojo for the Modern Man…www.meganjowilson.comDownload her book: Who The F*ck Am I To Be A Coach?!Download her other book: Who The F*ck Am I To Be A Rockstar?! Follow Megan Jo on Facebook & Instagram
Christopher Veal, author, speaker, coach, and combat veteran (Marines), begins today’s discussion about his new book, The Whole Man: Evolving Masculinity, with a critical dissection of masculinity in our recent history.There are, as Christopher muses, two versions of masculinity in the 21st century - healthy and unhealthy - and he admits that his greatest call to exploring this topic was his own daughter, and his desire to be a good example of healthy masculinity in her life.Christopher touches on the importance of evolving masculinity, tipping our hats to Charles Darwin as we riff on keeping the best traits whilst striving for growth.His history included nine years in the Marine Corps, nearly seven years working construction… and even with all that arguably “manly” stuff on his CV, Christopher felt unable to show up on construction sites as his whole self.  He was criticized, after the birth of his daughter, for taking parental leave, lest he be caught doing “women’s work.”We dive into masculine and feminine energies, riffing on how both exist within each of us, and Christopher gives examples of each type of masculinity in action, touching on the patriarchal history of our society, and the messaging that continues to flood young people through popular media.After a brief nerd-out about comic books, we move onto a premise central to Christopher’s message - CAPES (Curiosity, Awareness, Presence, Emotional Health and Stay) - an acronym he plays with in his book as guideposts for evolving men. We visit the stigma surrounding men and mental health, and the impact that stigma has, not only on men, but on the fabric of the larger culture.Christopher wraps the episode with some great recommendations for our own evolution.You can check out the new book here: The Whole Man: Evolving Masculinity and, of course, visit Christopher on LinkedIn and have a look at his website, too!
Joseph Bernstein opens Act 2 expanding on healthy edginess and the vital nature of fierce love. We dive into a moment on the importance of truth and boundaries in relationships, sharing stories about the relationships around us that are built on foundations of complexity.Joseph takes a moment to riff on experience, emotional maturity, and emotional repair, noting that “Uncomfortable conversations only get easier over time.  With practice...” Joseph touches on his work and the importance of recognizing pivotal moments, then guides us through his own personal journey with his name: he spent his early years through high school as “Joey,” then lived most of his adult life-to-date as “Joe.”  After 22 years, with a deep shift in his image as a man, consciously becoming more sovereign, and stepping fully into his marriage and other grounded aspects of his current chapter, consciously claimed “Joseph.”We wrap with Joseph making some sound suggestions for men ready to begin their own paths of inner work and growth – and a couple of special invitations for people in the DC Metro area!Learn more about Joseph on his website!
Joseph Bernstein shares images of growing up in the “80’s and 90’s” suburbs of Washington DC, where he experienced a diverse population of folks from around the world but, as he says, without much diversity of thought and values.Life in his childhood home was, on one hand, supportive, comfortable, and he knew he was loved…On the other hand, the atmosphere was rife with “emotional violence” between his parents, and their dynamic led to a family culture of suppressed emotions, contributing to what Joseph now sees as having led to emotional eating, obesity, and a sense of separation. Joseph riffs on his relationship to his body and the cultural narrative that people living in larger bodies are somehow unworthy of love.He shares the beauty, darkness, and wake-up call that was his first marriage - and subsequent divorce - that put him on a path to “change the script.”Building from that wake-up call, Joseph draws clear contrasts between his early incompetence in relationship and his wildly outstanding competence and success in the world of work, where he made the “aha!” connection that sealed the deal of stepping onto his path of personal growth and responsibility.He found his way to men’s work through a suggestion dropped by a therapist, eventually making his way to the Mankind Project and digging in deep!We wrap Act 1 with Joseph sharing how his MKP experience revealed the range of healthy masculinity, from raw and edgy to tender, vulnerable, and deeply loving.Learn more about Joseph on his website!
Pellegrino Riccardi opens Act 2 discussing the therapeutic nature of writing - and giving a shout-out to the supportive editing and publishing team for their help with his recent book, Drowning Quietly - Memoir of a Man's Shortcomings.“It was cathartic, of course,” he says, citing the work of Brene Brown and adding, “secrecy… it’s the rocket fuel of shame!”  He touches on how healing grows when people connect through sharing stories, calling it a sort of deep “collective therapy.”  He mentions  people approaching him after talks, expressing their gratitude for feeling less alone.Pellegrino reflects on making the decision to love his father powerfully, regardless of his violent behavior, and how that love shocked (gently) that relationship over time.  He circles back to the idea of risk and taking the chance at being vulnerable in loving men, whilst not excusing their bad behaviors.One of the most powerful things Pellegrino surfaces is a distinction between loving and being in love, pointing out that being in love is a chemical process that will eventually wear out, whereas love takes work.“Love is about giving someone the power to destroy you and trusting they won’t use it,” muses Pellegrino. It is a labor of choice - choosing each day to be vulnerable with the ones we love, to risk losing it all for the chance of something rich and real.We close Act 2 with Pellegrino walking his talk, brilliantly and vulnerably.For over 30 years, Pellegrino Riccardi has excited and delighted audiences all over the world with a style of public speaking that brings together the ability to present complex ideas in a simple and accessible way, which is then wrapped up in a seamless fusion of masterful storytelling and observational humour.Pellegrino has a unique ability to quickly connect with a wide spectrum of audiences, from Baby-Boomers to Z Generation, from public sector employees to C-suite executives, from high-risk entrepreneurial enterprises to more “conservative” international organisations.You can find out more on his website, on LinkedIn, Facebook, or "the Insta."If you're a man or know any, Pellegrino's book, Drowning Quietly - Memoir of a Man's Shortcomings, is highly recommended reading!
Author, speaker and communications trainer Pellegrino Riccardi opens Act 1 reflecting on growing up as a child of Italian immigrants in the UK; “You know, once I left the door of the house I was in the UK… When I went back in the house again, I was back in Italy.” He shares the contrasts between his rugged Italian “hillbilly” roots and the relatively polite English schools in which he was educated… and the impact of the dark, controlling - even violent - shadow side of his school experience.Pellegrino discusses the wisdom behind pushing boundaries, drawing on influences that range from comic Ricky Gervais to his own gun-toting, rough-and-tumble cousins he spent time with every summer in Italy.  He reminds us that without pushing boundaries and taking risks, growth simply doesn’t happen.We spend a few minutes on the “Slap Seen ‘Round the World”, leading us into a rich conversation about the roots of violence - including that which Pelligrino experienced, witnessed and, coming full circle, came to perpetrate in his own home.Pellegrino wraps up Act 1 by speaking on the intersections of shame, pain, violence, trauma, shortcomings, and the importance of finding language and other ways of communicating - honestly and transparently - what is present, lest things unexpressed find their way to violent acting out.For over 30 years, Pellegrino Riccardi has excited and delighted audiences all over the world with a style of public speaking that brings together the ability to present complex ideas in a simple and accessible way, which is then wrapped up in a seamless fusion of masterful storytelling and observational humour.Pellegrino has a unique ability to quickly connect with a wide spectrum of audiences, from Baby-Boomers to Z Generation, from public sector employees to C-suite executives, from high-risk entrepreneurial enterprises to more “conservative” international organisations.You can find out more on his website, on LinkedIn, Facebook, or "the Insta."If you're a man or know any, Pellegrino's book, Drowning Quietly - Memoir of a Man's Shortcomings, is highly recommended reading!
Shana James, author, speaker, podcaster, and men’s coach, opens today’s episode describing the genesis of her lifelong quest for understanding the human condition–both psychologically and spiritually. As an inquisitive kid, Shana found herself frustrated by the lack of answers for her curious questions.  She asked herself, “What are people not telling me?”She recalls that even in her earliest days she understood that the arguments, misunderstandings, and confrontations she witnessed at home revealed that, “Whoa!  They’re not fighting about what they think they’re fighting about!”Shana’s yearning for understanding led her to leave home as soon as possible, to pursuing a Master’s in Psychology, to living in intentional community…After participating a workshop created inside that community, she found herself profoundly called to work with men.And in the decades since, the energy of that calling has not diminished!We take a plunge into the deep end of the pool, riffing on intimacy, sex, communication, vulnerability, and a whole lot more.  We pepper in a few words about the stuff that gets in the way – and the stuff that clears the way and opens the gates to more fulfilling, openhearted relationships.A brief, albeit brilliant, detour leads us to “the ‘umm’, the ‘hmmm’, and the ‘ugh,’” which Shana laughingly reflects on as the simplification of humans as complex beings.Shana serves up a treasure trove of wisdom on the topic of sex and men and their oft confusing, even stunted, relationship to pleasure. We close with a discussion of the evolving nature of relationships, the power of mature honesty, and some great recommendations for resources for men seeking to up-level their intimacy – sexual and otherwise…And, of course, Shana shares a bit about her new book, Honest Sex!Shana James, MA Psy., has coached more than a thousand leaders, CEOs, authors, speakers and people with big visions who step into more powerful leadership, start and grow businesses, create more effective teams, increase their impact, get promoted, find love, create a legacy, and become more personally inspired and fulfilled.Held by clients as a "secret weapon," Shana is a translator between women and men, providing effective tools to transform conversations and dynamics into connection and collaboration.Links to more of Shana's good work:August 2022 Masterclass (free): 3 Ways to be Rejection Proof After Divorce or BreakupTEDx talk: What 1000 Men's Tears Reveal About the Crisis Between Men and WomenThe Man Alive Podcastshanajamescoaching.comLinkedIn
Ed Frauenheim launches Act 2 with an exploration of pivotal moments leading to his current work.  “I got into this [work] of masculinity in workplaces through a long-term study of what makes workplaces and leadership good, if not great.”  That study led Ed to joining the research and consulting firm behind the “Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For” list, giving him keen insight into what happens at the confluence of workplace leadership and masculinity.Ed shares how his work highlighted some of the more serious issues within the workplace, for example, leading from models of “traditional masculinity,” which he found can “end up leaving a guy being isolated, rigid, and cold in a world that’s now calling for connection, agility, and warmth.  It’s really not a good formula…”We discuss the big picture of what it means to be whole, and how the full spectrum of energies, both feminine and masculine, can be found in each of us.Ed touches on the “battle for the soul of men,” pointing to the darker seductions of numbing addictions, violent and childish acting out, drawing our attention to the choice point today’s men currently find ourselves in.Ed digs into a series of discussions of his colleagues, including co-author Ed Adams, and the range of work he’s involved in.  He highlights Project Compassion and their important, timely mission of bringing compassion into the world of policing.We begin to wrap Act 2 with Ed taking us on a nickel tour of his latest book, finally bringing it on home with a lovely lesson of compassion learned on an L.A. freeway from his son!Ed Frauenheim is about reinventing masculinity, workplaces and society--and about connecting the dots among the three for a more soulful world.  He is a writer, speaker and consultant who has focused on workplace, technology and culture matters for more than 25 years.  His stories have been featured in Fortune, Wired and USA Today.  Ed spent six years as director of content at Great Place to Work, the global consultancy that produces the annual Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list.  He has co-written four books including A Great Place to Work For All and Reinventing Masculinity: The Liberating Power of Compassion and Connection.   Ed co-founded The Teal Team, a group of professionals dedicated to creating more soulful organizations.  He also co-founded Project Compassion, an initiative to elevate compassion in policing to strengthen the heart of communities. He is the father of two teenagers and husband to artist Rowena Richie. He lives in San Francisco.Find Ed at edfruaenheim.com, on LinkedIn and Twitter - @edfrauenheim
Author and researcher Ed Frauenheim opens  Act 1 reminiscing about his past as a young boy in a suburb of Buffalo, NY, an “idyllic place” where Ed’s early - and somewhat persistent - understanding of what a man was supposed to be took form. As a young man, Ed’s perceptions of manhood were challengingly rigid; “it’s about competition, it’s about being tough, it’s not about expressing emotion, and those were hard rules for me to fit into in a lot of ways…”He shares a story of how, in a hockey game at the formative age of 13 that ended in a shared championship title, he viewed the outcome as a loss, because a tie was not a heroic win.While Ed was arguably very successful on paper, his ideals of manhood led to coloring his  formidable accomplishments as “not quite,” even as a high-achieving student at Princeton University.Ed reflects on how separating self-worth from achievement and one's “win-loss record,” even in things like playing basketball and Frisbee golf with friends, makes room for different kinds of relationships between men.  He touches on important lessons learned from examining competition and introduces the critical practice of forgiveness.Before wrapping Act 1, we wrestle with letting go of armor to open ourselves to more substantial, emotionally vulnerable and connected relationships, bringing it home with a fun examination of how fatherhood offers fantastic opportunities for a reset… whilst stripping away any remaining illusions of control.Ed Frauenheim is about reinventing masculinity, workplaces and society--and about connecting the dots among the three for a more soulful world.  He is a writer, speaker and consultant who has focused on workplace, technology and culture matters for more than 25 years.  His stories have been featured in Fortune, Wired and USA Today.  Ed spent six years as director of content at Great Place to Work, the global consultancy that produces the annual Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list.  He has co-written four books including A Great Place to Work For All and Reinventing Masculinity: The Liberating Power of Compassion and Connection.   Ed co-founded The Teal Team, a group of professionals dedicated to creating more soulful organizations.  He also co-founded Project Compassion, an initiative to elevate compassion in policing to strengthen the heart of communities. He is the father of two teenagers and husband to artist Rowena Richie. He lives in San Francisco.Find Ed at edfruaenheim.com, on LinkedIn and Twitter - @edfrauenheim
Ray Arata kicks off Act 2 with a discussion about Heart Based Leadership – a framework of emotional literacy that Ray distills down to “power of the heart.”  Our conversation quickly turns to real life comparisons between the toxic masculinity of Vladimir Putin and the heart-based Leadership Volodymyr Zelenskyy has shown throughout the ongoing Russian war on Ukraine.  We dip into privilege from a mess of different angles, play with opening “the man box”, touch on accidents of birth, shine a light on what happens when “guys are just guys” in a corporate meeting room with all men and just one woman, poke at facing responsibility and collective homophobia… And that’s just a small sampling of where the conversation goes! Ray shares a few stories from his newest book, Showing Up: How Men Can Become Effective Allies in the Workplace, citing some not-so-pretty examples of unconscious privilege in action.  He underlines the importance of making the effort to develop real-world practices that create true allyship - personally and professionally.  We bring Act 2 home with some great information on the Better Man Conference, some grounded advice on next steps, and an invitation from Ray to reach out!Ray Arata is an award-winning diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) leader and speaker, consultant, and trainer, with global clients from PwC to Verizon to Toyota to Bloomberg. He founded the Better Man Conference for the development of healthy masculinity and men as allies and partners. Ray was recognized by UN Women in 2016 as a HeForShe Champion for Change and received the Ron Herring 2020 award.  His new book is Showing Up: How Men Can Become Effective Allies in the Workplace.  Learn more at rayarata.com and bettermanconference.com.
Ray Arata, author, DEI expert and founder of the Better Man Conference, opens Act 1 by discussing some of the most formative experiences of his life. Ray tells of a “one-two-punch” wake-up call in 1991 that helped shape him into the man he is today, when he faced divorce on two fronts; one from his wife, the other from a business partner, all in the span of weeks. Ray reflects on the pain he experienced (and unconsciously spread) and the growth he was able to achieve later, only after truly examining himself and learning to trade external validation for self-acceptance. Through his experience with the Mankind Project and the introspection it inspired, Ray was able to recognize how his deep-rooted pain and buried emotions contributed to the dissolution of his first marriage: “My then wife didn’t sign up to be my mother, but for all intents and purposes, the little boy in me was running the show.” Ray muses on the importance and impact of MKP’s New Warrior weekend where, in the company of men, he was able to see himself clearly and begin to unpack repeating behavioral patterns. His awakening and transformation firmly on track, Ray learned much about emotions, accountability, integrity, and the importance of being in community with other men doing their own work. “I was determined to not ever go back to sleep,” and to that end, he continued the rigorous work of carefully unraveling himself to build back stronger.Ray wraps Act 1 with a discussion about power and the different ways it can manifest. We riff on the functions - and dysfunctions - of power, drawing key distinctions between the power of wounded shadow and ego versus the power of the heart.Ray Arata is an award-winning diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) leader and speaker, consultant, and trainer, with global clients from PwC to Verizon to Toyota to Bloomberg. He founded the Better Man Conference for the development of healthy masculinity and men as allies and partners. Ray was recognized by UN Women in 2016 as a HeForShe Champion for Change and received the Ron Herring 2020 award.  His new book is Showing Up: How Men Can Become Effective Allies in the Workplace.  Learn more at rayarata.com and bettermanconference.com.
Michael S. Seaver opens Act 2 with a discussion of purpose, mission and the distinction between the two. Michael makes fascinating observations about his process of self-discovery breaking away from the established patterns of his youth to become his own man. He affirms, “I am not the mental models that my parents distilled in me…” For Michael, finding his mission was a series of “iterations and processes,” or as he puts it, his “Earth School” curriculum. Michael expands on this idea of identifying the mental models of our younger days to draw clear conclusions about our emotions.  As he says, “I promise you that you can tie them to an origin event from your childhood.” After slowing down and examining his own emotions against that childhood framework, Michael began to see patterns, subliminal messaging, and programming that informed not only his own experience, but so many aspects of society at large.We discuss novel therapeutic models like Forest Bathing, which Michael expertly explains as one of the best ways to reconnect with the things are natural and matter most to us. Michael lines up the runway in  Act 2 by discussing his new book, “I Know: A Practical Guide for Awakening to What's Within and Finding Work-Life Integration.”  He brings us home with a deeply personal story of a time when, feeling overwhelmed by his life, he laid on his floor contemplating taking his own life.  His savior?  None other than his cat, Cleopatra, and her purrs of love. Michael S. Seaver is an award-winning executive coach, leadership consultant, keynote speaker, and author. He’s on a mission to unlock human potential to help people uncover and live their purpose and live a more meaningful, authentic life. Michael’s unique methodology has revolutionized how leaders can live authentically and how organizations engage employees. He offers no-nonsense strategies to help people find confidence in their life’s narrative, find commonalities across generations working together, and communicate with emotional intelligence. Michael’s newest book, I Know, is available in print, ebook, and audiobook. For more, visit michaelsseaver.com. CONTACTmichael@michaelsseaver.com  SOCIAL MEDIAhttps://www.instagram.com/michaelsseaver/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelsseaver https://www.youtube.com/user/SeaverConsulting https://www.facebook.com/MichaelScottSeaver https://twitter.com/michaelsseaver  
Michael S. Seaver opens Act 1 with stories of growing up in a small town in Michigan, where his life largely revolved around the family business. He recounts those early years, saying, “I’ll never forget those days of never feeling heard or understood for who I was or am today. I always felt emotionally abandoned.” At 18, Michael began to realize that his place in the world was outside of Michigan. He muses on the importance of this revelation, describing it as a building torrent: “first a creek, then a brook, then a waterfall” powerful enough to thrust him into his degree, push him through a divorce, and finally wash him up at the banks of freedom. With freedom came growth, stillness, and reflection – skills vital in a culture that often moves too quickly for its own good.  Michael riffs on how these skills, coupled with his experience in the family business, shaped how he approaches service and relationships.  Yet it wasn’t until age 29 that Michael really knew how he wanted to apply his skills. Michael is one of the lucky few who discovered his true calling at a relatively young age - with help, of course. He recounts his experiences with Pam, a career coach whose wisdom, combined with a battery of assessments, helped set him on his calling’s career path.  We wrap Act 1 with Michael sharing his purpose: to unlock the potential of others. Michael S. Seaver is an award-winning executive coach, leadership consultant, keynote speaker, and author. He’s on a mission to unlock human potential to help people uncover and live their purpose and live a more meaningful, authentic life. Michael’s unique methodology has revolutionized how leaders can live authentically and how organizations engage employees. He offers no-nonsense strategies to help people find confidence in their life’s narrative, find commonalities across generations working together, and communicate with emotional intelligence. Michael’s newest book, I Know, is available in print, ebook, and audiobook. For more, visit michaelsseaver.com or reach him via email at: michael@michaelsseaver.com  SOCIAL MEDIAhttps://www.instagram.com/michaelsseaver/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelsseaver https://www.youtube.com/user/SeaverConsulting https://www.facebook.com/MichaelScottSeaver https://twitter.com/michaelsseaver 
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