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In this episode I speak with Jeff Spahn, a pioneer in leadership forging a new, evolved theory and practice of leading that meets today’s challenges and opportunities. With more than 20 years at the helm of Leading Leaders Inc., Jeff has drawn on his hands-on research and business leadership expertise to develop a proven process that transforms complexity into innovation and optimal business outcomes. He inspires leaders to move beyond the industrial-age concept of collaboration (aka co-labor), reimagine traditional leadership hierarchies, and embrace an innovative process for leading and following at the same time, in the same action—a seismic shift designed for the unique demands of the digital age. We explore Jeff's passion for improvisational jazz and the links with leadership. Which includes collaboration, creativity, the balance of structure/flexibility, energy and fun! We speak about hierarchy in teams and how we can use both hierarchy and equality to our advantage, as well as practical tasks you can do to better know (and lead) yourself, observing your behaviours and showing up better in both business and life. Key highlights include: You still need the hierarchy. But the hierarchy isn't the control. It's there to free the collective flow, the improvisation of the group. Brainstorming is like gathering the pieces and then improv is a way of starting to connect them and see what's appearing that we haven't seen before. What pieces of this puzzle that we are facing are you holding back right now? If everyone brings what they currently think and feel, there's going to be some tension. But if we hold space for that, and allow for the connections, we start to see what this puzzle actually is. And that's the foundation of contemporary innovation. Reimagine hierarchy as facilitating collective flow. Make sure to dive into Jeff's book We the Leader: Build a Team of Equals Who All Lead and Follow to Drive Creativity and Innovation and check out his work in the world at Leading Leaders. #leadership #business #culture #teamwork #change #selfleadership #trust
In this episode I chat with Dave Robinson, a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel and author of The Substance of Leadership: A Practical Framework for Effectively Leading a High-Performing Team (Per Capita Publishing, Sept. 2021). Drawing on Dave’s decades of experience in the military, we cover effective leadership strategies, how to influence the culture, getting people on board, and leading in high-pressure situations. Robinson is also a senior advisor to Fortune 1000 companies in mission-critical industries such as biotechnology, healthcare, transportation and logistics, energy and more. A former fighter pilot and TOPGUN instructor, David is an expert and international speaker on the subjects of organisational leadership and performance improvement. In his final assignment in the US military, he was the commanding officer (CEO) of a $12B aviation enterprise where he managed a fleet of 250 jet aircraft and led over 2,500 personnel supporting global operations. Robinson is the founder and CEO of Vertical Performance Enterprises, which helps executives develop high-performing organisations through effective leadership. The company empowers teams to gain a competitive advantage through proven performance improvement fundamentals. Robinson has guided teams to consistently produce winning results in some of the most complex, uncertain environments in the world. Prior to founding Vertical Performance Enterprises in 2011, David served in several executive leadership positions in the military in the areas of strategy, operations, logistics, safety, human resources, training and more. While serving as the Director of Air Operations in Iraq, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for overseeing more than 20,000 combat missions and over 2,000 medical evacuations. As a strategy director for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, David facilitated numerous studies used to develop the Pentagon’s ten-year vision and budget for the Department of Defence. We discuss what it means to develop a high performing culture within a team or organisation, why strong leadership is vital to organisational success, and we hear about Dave's incredibly inspiring (and hair raising) lessons from the battlefield. Key episode highlights include... Leadership is people centric and management is process centric. Trust is the centre of gravity of a high performing culture. Being a leader of a high performing team requires the three C's - Character (intention), Competence (action) and Composure (emotion). If we are under pressure we may sense the urge to panic, but the key is to maintain that composure because it really sets the tone for how our team responds. Tell them what needs to happen but don't micromanage the how. 'Do this because I told you so' doesn't work anymore. If you can get people to understand the importance and the why behind what you're asking them to do, that's what gets them on board with the mission. First, get them to understand the why, the mission. Then, show them how they can be a direct contributor to that. Check out Dave's work in the world over at Vertical Performance Enterprises, connect with him on LinkedIn and Twitter, and make sure to pick up a copy of his incredible book, The Substance of Leadership. #leadership #business #culture #teamwork #military #navy #unitedstates #change #selfleadership #trust
In this episode I speak with Ryan Houston, who turned a successful rugby league career into a successful one in real estate. We speak about how to look at your career as a sport, why you need to maintain all three pillars of health and the massive changes happening in the local real estate market. Ryan is a partner at PRD Newcastle Lake Macquarie, lover of all sports, health and wellbeing conscious and now he's navigating the new world of parenting. We speak about Ryan's transition from rugby to working with kids in American summer camps, to his journey in real estate and we get a feel for just how passionate he is about Newcastle and all the changes happening here. A must listen-to if you are interested in this stunning place! Key episode highlights include: In real estate you are constantly wrestling every day. And you need to be fit in all three aspects (physically, mentally, emotionally) to ensure that you're going to be the best every single day. There's no wealth without health. Everything that I learned from the sporting scene has been translated to the real estate or business scene, and I feel like that's why every day I can wake up with great energy, and I can be more proactive than reactive. You never know if you don't ask, you never know if you don't do. If you want to connect further with Ryan, the best place to find him is on Instagram @ryanhoustonprd. #leadership #selfleadership #health #wellbeing #business #entrepreneur #sport #coach #growth
In this episode I speak with Mykel Dixon, a speaker, facilitator, author and musician, who brings a unique perspective to how we view leadership and the relationship to our work. Named Australia’s Breakthrough Speaker of the Year 2018*, Mykel Dixon leads a new wave of entrepreneurial savants showing fortune 500 and ASX 200 listed companies how to stay relevant in a 21st-Century Renaissance. A jazz musician by trade, gypsy by nature, fierce non-conformist & prolific anti-perfectionist, his live-learning experiences unite teams, ignite creativity and infuse participants with the skills they need to solve complex 21st-century business challenges. Blending his unique life & business experience, a bias for action and a magnetic stage presence, Mykel’s highly interactive keynotes and conference and event offerings are powerful, poetic and full of possibility. His use of live music, spoken word poetry, visual storytelling and audience participation gives him an unmistakable edge. In this discussion, Mykel's perspective on music and the arts is interwoven with that of leadership, teams and how we view our work from a technical, relational and also collective standpoint. We speak about self expression, committing to a 50 day project, the importance of context in an experience, and how we can derive inspiration from jazz culture and inject it into the way we do business. Key episode highlights include: · There is so much we can take away from the way that musicians improvise and come together, and repurpose that into the world of work and business. · We need to go beyond the shallow surface, the immediate, this is what it looks like, this is what worked last time. And go deeper. · If you can bring that active listening and be present to what's emerging in front of you, you'll notice things that otherwise you might have missed. · It's really important not just to be present, but in that presence to connect with something meaningful. · The busyness of what people think they have on their plate is actually taking them away from the essence of what the role of a leader is all about. Leadership is about the people. It's being present. It's listening. It's showing up. · The work itself doesn't matter, it's who we are as we're doing it. Head on over to Mykel's website to check out the incredible work he does, check out his book EVERYDAY CREATIVE - A DANGEROUS GUIDE FOR MAKING MAGIC AT WORK or connect further with him on LinkedIn and Instagram. #podcast #leadership #business #entrepreneur #speaker #creativity # innovation #author #health #mindset
In this episode I speak with Sam Cawthorn, an incredible story-shower and renowned professional speaker whose mission it is to teach people how to master communication for influence. Sam Cawthorn is the Founder of Speakers Institute Group of Companies and Speakers Tribe and author of 11 books including 4 International Best Sellers. He is both the former Young Australian of the Year and the Edupreneur of the Year. In 2006 Sam’s life changed forever when he was involved in a major car accident which left him with an amputated right arm and a permanent disability in his right leg. Sam went on to become one of the world’s most in demand global professional speakers. His award winning group of training companies runs events globally, teaching people how to master communication for influence. We speak about the impact that the last 24 months have had on professional speakers and live events, why we should adopt a bounce forward mindset, what the hero's journey is and how it's structured for maximum impact, and why exactly 'story-showing' trumps storytelling every time. This episode is jam-packed with tips and techniques on how to communicate for positive influence and is a must-listen to. Key episode highlights include: Yes we have these tough times, these crises, these problems, but it's not about going back to where we've been, it's about bouncing forward into what we can become. We win people's attention as leaders by giving value. But value is not value unless it addresses the pain point or problem of your target listener. In all reality, they don't care about your ideas, they don't care about your message, all they care about is their own pain point and problem. So if you address their pain point and problem, they will gift you their attention. And that's ultimately how we influence other people. If I say to you, let me tell you something you versus me saying let me show you something, it lands totally different to the listener. The longer you pause, the more intelligent you come across. If you want to be a better leader, learn how to emotionally connect. How do you emotionally connect? Be a better story shower. Make sure you check out Sam's website and the Speaker's Institute, and connect with him on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. #podcast #leadership #self-leadership #communication #storyshower #storytelling #health #mentalhealth #wellbeing #business #presenter #facilitator #trainer #speaker #entrepreneur 
In this episode I speak with Oscar Trimboli, who is on a quest to create 100 million Deep Listeners in the world. He is an author, host of the Apple Award-winning podcast—Deep Listening and a sought-after keynote speaker. Oscar is passionate about using the gift of listening to bring positive change in workplaces. Oscar has experienced firsthand the transformational impact leaders and organisations can have when they listen beyond words. He consults to organisations including American Express, AstraZeneca, Cisco, Google, HSBC, Loreal, PwC and Stryker helping chairs, boards, executives and their teams listen to what’s unsaid by the customers and employees. Oscar lives in Sydney with his wife Jennie, where he helps first-time runners and ocean swimmers conquer their fears and contributes to the cure for cancer as part of Can Too, a cancer research charity. We speak about some incredible and hard-hitting facts that will make you want to adjust how you show up when other people are speaking, the differences between being a good listener and a deep listener (hint: it's more about what people aren't saying), and where we can and cannot multi-task and why this is the case. This episode is jam-packed full of tips, but some key highlights include: The number one thing to improve listening is to switch off all electronic notifications. Technology's amazing, but if you become a slave to it you have no processing capability whatsoever. If you have a device near you, and it's turned on, you have the cognitive processing capacity of an eight year old. The shorter your questions, the more effective they are. They're more neutral. And they invite a wider perspective of answer. In some cultures, silence is just a sign of wisdom, respect and authority. It's something that's embraced, not pushed away. It's not your job to make sense of what they say it's your job to help them make sense of what they're thinking Oscar also leaves us with 3 tips to listen to what is unsaid: 1. Ask the question, "Tell me more?" 2. Ask the question, "And, what else?" 3. Simply allow silence. You can connect with Oscar and the incredible work he does by heading to The Listening Quiz, and make sure to check out his podcast Deep Listening. #podcast #leadership #communication #listening #business #selfleadership #team #teamdevelopment
Across this 5-part podcast series, I chat with co-facilitator of Leaders Who Give A Damn, Becky Hammond from Isogo Strong on how to create your success map to learn from 2020 and set your sights for success in 2021. We cover topics such as growth mindset, reflection, goal setting, actions, accountability & partnerships, and word for the year. In this final episode of the series, we dive into your word of the year - again using the supportive Success Map 2021 resource as we go. The 'word of the year' concept has been around for a really long time (even as far back as the 1940s) and for good reason! It is an intentional theme, an anchor word, to take you through the year and keep coming back to. But if it hasn't dropped in yet, don't despair! Think of the process of figuring out your word as an invitation, not a pressure. We end on inviting you to bring your word into each day by asking a reflection question: How am I being *insert word* today? Key points: Let your word of the year just drop in - don't force it Your word of the year doesn't necessarily need to be an action-based one - it could convey that you need more space Allow your word of the year to inspire you and shift your energy Bring your word into daily action via the process of reflection. To create your own 2021 Success Map, head over to the Leaders Who Give a Damn website for the free resource which contains the workbook for this podcast episode. #podcast #personaldevelopment #professionaldevelopment #leadership #culture #business #coaching #coach #successmap #lwgad #leaderswhogiveadamn #2021 #covid #goals #actions #mindset #wordfortheyear
Across this 5-part podcast series, I chat with co-facilitator of Leaders Who Give A Damn, Becky Hammond from Isogo Strong on how to create your success map to learn from 2020 and set your sights for success in 2021. We cover topics such as growth mindset, reflection, goal setting, actions, accountability & partnerships, and word for the year. In this episode, we delve into actions, accountability and partnerships. Like the last few episodes, we will walk you through this one using the Success Map 2021 workbook. We speak about how to chunk down goals with tangible steps, the differences between accountability and support, plus how we need to use discernment when choosing the things we want to action. Key points: Big goals need to be chunked down to actionable baby steps Goals don't just get met by being out there Doing ALL of the things just makes every day overwhelming You need to enjoy the process of achieving your goals To create your own 2021 Success Map, head over to the Leaders Who Give a Damn website for the free resource which contains the workbook for this podcast episode. #podcast #personaldevelopment #professionaldevelopment #leadership #culture #business #coaching #coach #successmap #lwgad #leaderswhogiveadamn #2021 #covid #goals #actions
Across this 5-part podcast series, I chat with co-facilitator of Leaders Who Give A Damn, Becky Hammond from Isogo Strong on how to create your success map to learn from 2020 and set your sights for success in 2021. We cover topics such as growth mindset, reflection, goal setting, actions, accountability & partnerships, and word for the year. In this episode, we dive deep into goal setting and walk you through the Success Map 2021 workbook on this. It's proven that people who set goals are happier, healthier, feel a higher sense of achievement and gain more momentum, self-assurance, and self-esteem. We look at what areas you should consider having goals in, the beauty in being really specific and clear in what you want, and why self-care needs to be in there too. Key points: Have a mixture of smaller goals and stretch goals Visualise to enhance your goal clarity Being the best version of you should always be on your goal list Bring other people on board to help you achieve your goals To create your own 2021 Success Map, head over to the Leaders Who Give a Damn website for the free resource which contains the workbook for this podcast episode. #podcast #personaldevelopment #professionaldevelopment #leadership #culture #business #coaching #coach #successmap #lwgad #leaderswhogiveadamn #2021 #covid #goals
This is part 2 of this 5-part podcast series, where I chat with co-facilitator of Leaders Who Give A Damn, Becky Hammond from Isogo Strong on how to create your success map to learn from 2020 and set your sights for success in 2021. We cover topics such as growth mindset, reflection, goal setting, actions, accountability & partnerships, and word for the year. In this episode, we reflect on 2020, and walk you through the Success Map 2021 workbook on reflection. Reflecting on 2020, Becky and I open up about the year we both had and what themes came through (they may not be what you expect!) and how our core Strengths themes shine through during the reflection process. We also discuss mental health, how there's no switch to make 2021 great, and focusing on how to move past our individual stressors no matter the year or global circumstance. Key points: Allow 2020 to bring you wisdom rather than darkness. Reflect, review, then apply. Did you pause long enough to celebrate the good things? When reviewing, ask yourself how could this be better or more efficient? To create your own 2021 Success Map, head over to the Leaders Who Give a Damn website for the free resource which contains the workbook for this podcast episode. #podcast #personaldevelopment #professionaldevelopment #leadership #culture #business #coaching #coach #successmap #lwgad #leaderswhogiveadamn #2021 #covid
Across this 5-part podcast series, I chat with Becky Hammond from Isogo Strong on how to create your success map to learn from 2020 and set your sights for success in 2021. We cover topics such as growth mindset, reflection, goal setting, actions, accountability & partnerships, and word for the year. In this episode, we dive into the growth mindset. No matter what business you're in, something has changed as a result of 2020. So what learnings are you taking from the last 12 months to allow you to transition into this new year? To allow this growth to take place, we conclude that the most important action you can take is to schedule time for reflection. We also speak about Carol Dweck's thoughts on a fixed v growth mindset and how to value the process not just the outcome, plus touch on The Stockdale Paradox and why confronting our reality is vital to success. Key growth mindset points: - Know how you best reflect - is it through talking it out with others? Is it journaling? Or perhaps having some time alone to process it through your mind? - Review your schedule and discover where you may be filling up your reflection time with other activities. - In your weekly review cycle, identify your points of Stop/Start/Continue: what do I need to stop doing? What can I start doing? What do I need to continue doing to help me be effective? To create your own 2021 Success Map, head over to the Leaders Who Give a Damn website for the free resource. #podcast #personaldevelopment #professionaldevelopment #leadership #culture #business #coaching #coach #successmap #2021 #covid
In this episode I speak with Kent Weed, a powerhouse producer and director who is also extremely passionate about meditation and the full spectrum of health and wellbeing. Kent Weed is a multiple Emmy nominated Producer and DGA nominated Director and Co-founder of A.Smith & Co Productions. He has over 25 years of experience in Television in multiple genres, Music, Talk, Game, and Reality including creating formats such as “American Ninja Warrior”, “I Survived a Japanese Game Show. “ and “Hell’s Kitchen”. He has a unique skill of taking niche ideas and creating formats that appeal to broad audiences. He founded reality television powerhouse A. Smith & Co. Productions with Arthur Smith in 2000 and His career spans 3 decades and He has produced over 150 shows for 45 different networks. He was an executive producer on all of the company’s projects, including the Emmy and People’s Choice Award-nominated hit shows Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, American Ninja Warrior, I Survived a Japanese Game Show, Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura, Full Throttle Saloon, The World According to Paris, Unsung, American Gangster, Pros Vs. Joes, UFC Countdown, The Swan, and Trading Spaces. In addition to his duties as President and Executive producer, Weed also Directed many of the company’s projects, receiving two Directors Guild of America nominations for Spartan – Ultimate Team Challenge in 2017 and I Survived a Japanese Game Show in 2009, in addition to winning the international Rose d’Or award for Best Reality show in 2009. We speak about Kent's 20 year partnership in business and how he's been able to maintain that, how he started on the path into wellness and the huge changes he noticed when he started meditating, ultimately leading him to help others in this area by creating the program, Taming Your Monkey Mind. Key episode highlights include: The key to long-standing relationships in business is respect. Health and longevity is ultimately a combination of mind, body and soul. There's many opportunities for things to go wrong. And if you look at it with a different perspective, you're much more able to deal with those challenges and come up with resolutions. You can reprogram your brain, you can reprogram your thoughts through constant repetition and consistency. The world is chaos and the universe is chaos, and when you just accept things and surrender to them and deal with them in the moment, rather than try to fight and push back, it's much easier to deal with. Have the conversations before you need to have them. You can check out the wellness work Kent does by visiting Live Ur Purpose, and definitely look into Taming Your Monkey Mind - something we all should be doing! Other resources mentioned in this episode were the Waterkeeper Alliance and the book, Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters by Meg Meeker. #coach #business #media #entrepreneur #leadership #health #mindset #wellbeing #entertainment #meditation
Episode 101 is a reflection of the past hundred episodes of the Inspired Energy podcast, and this time it is Murray on the receiving end! Matt Cowdroy, who was our guest for Episode 6 back in 2018, has jumped back on to now chat with Murray about his key insights, lightbulb moments and favourite conversations that have graced this podcast over the last three years. We delve into the overarching themes that have presented themselves across the episodes, like self leadership, the desire to serve others and the yearning to continually learn and develop. Murray shares his aha moments that have happened during specific episodes, how his conversation and listening techniques have developed over time, and also opens up about his dream podcast guests in three very different industries. Some key highlights of this episode include: When going into a planned conversation with someone, you definitely need a level of preparation but be mindful of not over-preparing to a point of losing the curiosity. Create the space for the conversation so that you're not rushing through it, that way you give it the opportunity to develop into something or go in a direction that you may not have anticipated. Look at your field or industry, and see how you can be unique in that. It's super important for everyone to find the time and space to connect with their pack as we move forward. What a way to end 2021 with wrapping up 101 episodes and really reflecting on what has been, before moving into the fresh new year. Again we want to thank Matt for jumping on and facilitating this conversation - you can find out about the awesome work he does over at Think Productive and make sure to listen to his insightful episode back when the podcast began. #podcast #inspired #inspiredenergy #coach #coaching #productivity #leadership #selfleadership #health #mentalhealth 
In this episode I speak with breathwork experts Shane and Angie Saunders of Breathe Me. It is jam-packed full of insight and practical tips to help leaders and their teams become more energised. Shane and Angie are award winning authors, professional coaches, professional speakers, and hosts of The Breathing Edge Podcast. Their common interest in the art (practice) and science (research) of mind-body psychology and the development of optimal self-regulation during performance under pressure led them to weave together an integrated collection of high-performance learning techniques for reducing stress, working in demanding environments. improving sleep, and stabilizing personal energy. These techniques include the union of ancient wisdom of the breath with breathing science to lower reactivity, improve focus, and bring the mind and body into balance. Shane served for 13 years in the Australian Defense Force where he trained military divers, tactical assault experts, and top military performers in mind-body self-regulation science while also assisting them to successfully complete the SAS selection course, which he also completed himself. Angie is from a high-powered background in the entertainment industry in Hollywood where she worked both in front of the camera (singing, dancing, acting and stunts) and behind the scenes in production, coordinating films where personal high performance was central to her profession. Shane and Angie joined forces in Australia, not only in marriage but in their professional work where together they built a business, Breathe Me, that helps people experience and implement multi-disciplinary techniques for improving health and performance. We speak about the physiological effects that breathwork has on the body and mind, some practical techniques that you can implement right now that will help shift your internal state, as well as how something as simple as your breath can affect the energy you bring to meetings and conversations with people. Recently Angie and Shane have been working with the Graduate School of Breathing and Behavioural Science and we talk about this fascinating work too! Key episode highlights include: If your breathing is fragmented and out of rhythm, so will you be in your life. It's not just about having a breathwork practice, it's also learning how to have your nervous system regulate itself in the face of changing environments. Yes you require oxygen. The other part of the equation is that you also require co2 in order for that oxygen to be transported around the body. And if we have those gases out of balance, that affects the blood pH, which affects neurotransmitters that affects hormone release it affects micro tension in the body. The way you breathe will entrain the way other people breathe, and will affect how they're feeling around you. You can find out about Shane and Angie's work and The Energised Leader program over at Breathe Me, or connect with Shane and Angie on LinkedIn. Also check out our previous chat on episode 13 of the Inspired Energy Podcast. #health #wellbeing #mindset #leadership #teamwork #coaching #business #breathwork #breatheme #breathe #gratitude #pause #resilience
In this episode I chat with the effervescent Kelley Wacher, whose mission it is to show people a pathway to self awareness, strengths and leadership excellence through behavioural coaching. Kelley's contribution is to have others find their purpose through managing expectations and limiting beliefs, understanding behaviour and interpersonal communication whilst focusing on strengths building not weakness fixing. This will define a future path and build new cultures, for individuals, teams and leaders. We discuss engagement tips and how to utilise effective spaces for online meetings, how we can find common threads (and lessons) between parenting and organisational leadership, what empowerment really is, and how to make decisions for the majority of people within your business whilst cultivating compassion for the outliers. Key episode highlights include: You bring value by saving someone time, effort and emotion. With trust comes empowerment and with empowerment comes accountability. Empowerment is not about a leader giving someone power. It is about allowing them to let their own power out. There is so much magic in the combination of strengths and talents and how they work together, not just what they mean standalone. Dive into how they interact together, which is actually what makes you unique. You can connect further with Kelley on LinkedIn, her website Corporate Magic, or even be old fashioned and pick up the phone for a chat +61 405 523 507. #strengths #cliftonstrengths #business #leadership #culture #coaching #coach #entrepreneur
In this episode I speak with Tim Montague, an absolute powerhouse when it comes to the global transition to clean energy. His passion leans into both the sustainability and economical aspects of clean energy and this episode is a must-listen for anyone who cares for our future. Tim Montague, M.S., is a solar PV expert, NABCEP PV Technical Sales certified solar professional and host of two podcasts: the Solar Podcast and the Clean Power Hour with co-host John Weaver. Tim is a business development executive for Continental Energy Solutions in Chicago, IL and has been involved with over 40 megawatts of solar projects in the Midwest including portfolios of community solar (3 MW DC), and many commercial, industrial, government, nonprofit and campus clients. Continental has built the two largest rooftop solar projects in the Midwest (Magid Glove and IKEA Joliet) and portfolios of Target and Walmart stores. Tim is passionate for the energy transition and spreading the news and best practices, technology and thought leadership via his two podcasts which you can see at www.CESnrg.com/podcast where he covers topics like pollinator friendly solar, agrivoltaics, low-carbon solar panel manufacturing and much more. We speak about the past and present barriers to implementing solar technology, the future of micro grids for both the highly developed and less developed worlds, the transition to electric vehicles and how the human race needs to really start thinking long term. Key episode highlights include: We need to decarbonize the economy globally. It is a net benefit to society. Solar PV is the number one source of new power globally and it has become cost effective and competitive with all other technologies. An all electric vehicle future it's going to happen whether we like it or not. When it comes to the future of energy and sustainability, we are swimming in good knowledge and information. The question we need to ask ourselves is do we choose to live a good life for the next 5000 or 10,000 years? Or do we choose to really face very challenging times? We'll leave you with Tim's wonderful definition of Inspired Energy, which is energy that is good for people, profit and planet. To connect further with Tim you can find him on LinkedIn and Twitter, and make sure to tune in to his podcast, Clean Power Hour. Other resources/recommendations mentioned in this episode: Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation (must-read book) Redwood Materials (battery recycling) Tesla (electric vehicles) #podcast #solar #climate #energy #cleanenergy #photovoltaic #sunpower #gosolar #solarpower #solarenergy #solarpanels #climatechange #future #power
*warning - this podcast contains discussion on teen suicide* In this episode I chat with Dan Hardie, an experienced teen counsellor and the founder of MyStrengths Australia. He has worked with young people for his entire career and together with the MyStrengths team, have seen over 30,000 teens discover their Strengths and grow to love their own uniqueness. Dan observed that so many teens know their weaknesses, but how many know their strengths? They would come to Dan with all kinds of negative labels that were damaging their self-esteem and confidence. But he wondered, "What if instead of diagnosing what is wrong, we could diagnose what is right? What if I could shift the self-perception from deficits and weakness to strengths, beauty and uniqueness?" It has had such a dramatic effect on adolescent mental health, self-esteem and identity that this has become Dan's life passion - and it's changing the school landscape for thousands. We discuss how Dan shifted from diagnosing people's deficits to focusing on positive psychology and strengths. He believes that the next generation of young people are beautiful, talented, self-aware and passionate - and we're here to cheer them, advocate for them, and celebrate each and every one of them. His hope for the future is that every person could say, I like who I am, I've got what it takes and the future is mine to imagine. Key episode highlights include: How can we diagnose what's right with someone? There's so much gold in young people. Using Strengths, we can find the labels and ideas around a teen's personality that we can celebrate. A teen's self perception and their identity is around the labels that we give them and around the insight into 'who am I?' So how can we choose more positive labels? Liking themselves is such a critical part of teen formation. And so it's our job to help them discover and like who they are. You can connect further with Dan and the great work he does on Instagram. And make sure you check out the MyStrengths Assessment for teens and the Raising Resilience course for parents. Mental Health Support in Australia Lifeline www.lifeline.org.au 13 11 14 Beyond Blue www.beyondblue.org.au 1300 224 636 #teens #strengths #health #wellbeing #mentalhealth #mindset #growth #leadership #personaldevelopment #selfcare #habits #counselling
In this episode I chat with Mya Joseph, a Spiritual Guide, Shamanic Practitioner and Creator in service of others on their soul journey of uncovering their true nature, and guiding them to create and live a life aligned to their souls purpose. Mya is also a podcaster and writer dedicated to sharing wisdom teachings and stories from her own soul journey to guide, inspire and encourage others to connect with their own inner wisdom. This is the episode to listen to when we are just feeling despondent, frustrated or stressed about what's happening right now. We chat about how we are able to come together more effectively as local communities, finding purpose in what we do every day, and go through some practical techniques to help move any heaviness or emotions through and out of the body. Key episode highlights include: This reset is helping people to understand what is important. Have a good look at what you really want, and if it is still true for you. The narrative is shifting from long term future planning, to how can we get the most out of right now. Shift the word 'surrender' to 'allow'. You are allowing the ebbs and flows of this journey to happen. From the wise words of Mya's shaman teacher, "nothing is yours, but everything is for you". Just doing life, doing exactly what you're doing right now, is your purpose. Find the purpose in what you do every day. Inspired energy is bringing our whole selves into an experience. To further connect with Mya you can find her on Instagram, and also check out her podcast - A Groovy Enlightened Life and her website. You can listen to Murray & Mya's previous chat on the A Groovy Enlightened Life podcast and don't forget to check out the Wilcannia gift box initiative to support this regional NSW town. #covid #health #wellbeing #inspiration #gratitude #personaldevelopment #purpose #selfleadership #entrepreneur
In this episode I speak with Richard Sterry, a major contributor to the Strengths coaching community with a mission to empower others to make a lasting difference. We discuss how to use your Strengths to shape and run your business, his incredible Cascade tool and the benefits of finding your Strengths twin! Richard Sterry is a trustworthy contributor to the global strengths movement by equipping coaches with practical resources to make a lasting difference in people's lives. He is the founder of Releasing Strengths which is a Gallup Licensed Partner where he is the person behind the popular Cascade strengths reports and the Strengths Twins initiative. Thousands of coaches in over 60 countries benefit from his tools and resources. Richard lives in the UK and spent most of his early career in IT management. Focusing more on the people, he became a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach in 2015. He is now a major contributor to the Strengths Coaching Community. His top 5 themes are Individualization, Learner, Relator, Maximizer and Harmony. This episode is also a must-listen for those with Harmony in their top Strengths - Richard riffs on his definition of Harmony and how to really utilise this Strength to its full advantage. Key episode highlights include: When business is quiet, don't discount the value of building relationships. Feed your strengths so that they energise you and fill up your cup - especially when going through a big change in your life. If you're working solely in your own business, there's no way you can do everything. Work out what you're good at and what you want to do, and let somebody else do the rest. When someone is deflated and burnt out, there's no point going in on an emotional high and expecting people to be with you. It's about sharing their pain, sharing the feelings of how tough it really is. And just help them little step by little step of finding ways forward. How can you get those moments for deep thinking? How can you build that into your day or your week? Inspired energy is about being true to yourself and fueling that fire within, so then you can make a positive and practical difference to other people. To connect further with Richard and the awesome tools and resources he provides, you can find him at Releasing Strengths (where you can find all about Cascade) and Strengths Twins, and connect with him further over on LinkedIn and Facebook. #strengths #cliftonstrengths #business #leadership #culture #coaching #coach #entrepreneur
In this episode, I speak with Mads Friis, a personal growth and high performance mentor. We discuss habits for top performance, Nordic Biohacking and creating a life that you love from the ground up. From playing different sports at a high level to discovering books by the Dalai Lama and Anthony Robbins, Mads has always been interested in personal growth and high performance. On this journey, he completed different studies and degrees in Psychology at Copenhagen Business School and Harvard University. In his research, Mads found that many of the resources focus 80% on the problems we are facing and only 20% on the solutions. He is on the mission to flip this statistic around to help more people. One of Mads’ biggest passions is building health, performance, and wellbeing-related ventures and projects. Also, exploring what helps individuals feel extraordinary - perform better, live a more meaningful life, and be happy. Mads has co-built 3 successful, impact-driven ventures with KRING. A few years ago he started Growth Island, a podcast on health, performance, business and life's bigger mysteries. health and human wellbeing, where he interviewed nearly 100 world’s experts - doctors, scientists, psychologists, and entrepreneurs. With his management consulting experience from Deloitte, Mads started actively training and consulting startups globally - he worked with +150 startups from all the continents, guiding them through the business model validation and preparation for scale. We go deep into the psychology behind habits, why they matter, how we can build new ones and remove negative ones, as well as how to bring dopamine into any habit to make it more rewarding. We then dive into Nordic Biohacking and how we can use it to mitigate the unnatural world we currently live in. This is a key episode to listen to if you want to increase your performance, full of practical and easily implementable tips! Episode highlights include: - When we continuously do, it's who we become - A habit reward system can be as simple as high-fiving yourself or a pat on the back - Remain focused on what you can do something about, and don't worry about what you can't - Not all biohacks are necessary - choose what feels right for you - Do not discount ancestral wisdom (like meditation, grounding, cold water therapy) when it comes to creating your life. To connect further with Mads, check out his website Growth Island, and find him on Instagram and LinkedIn. P.S. The two Growth Island podcast episodes mentioned in this interview were #76 with Milla Titova and #24 with Dr Scott Sherr. #mindset #growth #leadership #personaldevelopment #biohacking #selfcare #health #wellbeing #habits #highperformance
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