Welcome to the first episode (listen or watch below) of my book discussions. If you've been following along the blog for any sustained amount of time, you've seen my various book commentaries.
This previous effort infused with the current crisis inspired me to bring this book exploration process off the page and into your eyes and ears for topics that could help us better navigate the pandemic and its consequences.
Book Discussion Overview
In this first book discussion, we explore Unlocking Leadership Mindtraps: How To Thrive In Complexity by Jennifer Garvey Berger. You can explore my past book commentary here.
The book explores five quirks that in complexity trap us. The five mind traps are as follows.
Trapped by Simple Stories: Your Desire for a Simple Story Blinds You to a Real One
Trapped by Rightness: Just Because It Feels Right Doesn't Mean It Is Right
- Trapped by Agreement: Longing for Alignment Robs You of Good Ideas
- Trapped by Control: Trying to Take Charge Strips You of Influence
- Trapped by EGO: Shackled to Who You Are Now, You Can't Reach for Who You'll Be Next
Click to listen or watch this discussion about Jennifer Garvey Berger's book about Mindtraps
Welcome to another episode of inspirational people with Nancy Kleppel. We originally got connected through a recent Freelancers Union event via Trupo, which she has been a member for almost 20 years.
Nancy is an Architect by training with thirty plus years collectively in the industry, with various incarnations. She's now a consultant to creative entrepreneurs and professionals who work at some capacity with Built Environments, including architects and engineers.
Nancy is also a co-founder, leader, and collaborator of a one-hundred-plus member relational oriented community, Brick & Wonder. They're helping individuals and organizations who develop and participate in projects that address the built environment better position to be prepared for the unexpected (highly relevant now!).
In this discussion, we talk about how the crisis is affecting us and what we can do to respond. In addition to exploring cultural systems, we also dive into how this pandemic has forced us to reconcile our priorities and why generosity and relationships matter most. My favorite part of the interview is the final section of our discussion.
Click to listen in on this discussion with Nancy about relationships and generosity
Welcome to another episode of inspirational people.
I'd like to introduce you to John Hightower, CEO, and co-founder of Arch + Tower, a company that helps business leaders transform frustrated customers and disengaged employees into vocal advocates and loyal ambassadors under operational excellence. Arch + Tower is also a part of Frazier & Deeter, an award-winning accounting and advisory firm focused on investing in relationships.
Through Jessica Lalley International, John and I were both recently reconnected only to discover that we both participated in the same Lifework Leadership program in 2014!
In this discussion, we talk about why employee empathy matters right now, how EQ (Emotional Quotient) gives us an individual and collective advantage, and how business leaders can effectively navigate this season of uncertainty to take care of their people, their customers, and their business operations.
Click to listen or watch this discussion on empathy in the business context with John Hightower
Welcome to another episode of inspirational people. Today I get the great opportunity to introduce you to and chat with speaker, entrepreneur, and executive consultant, Cheryl Mobley. Cheryl and I were recently connected by a mutual friend, Jessica Lalley (who works with virtual speakers to get their message to a larger audience).
Cheryl has a unique and relevant background to the current Coronavirus crisis we're facing across the globe because of her work leading a hospital during the Ebola pandemic as well as her more recent efforts consulting with executives to make wise decisions. She's someone with experience we can all glean from during this time of uncertainty.
In our discussion, we talk about what it takes to lead effectively and stay calm when we don't feel that calm inside. We also explore decision making (good and bad), theory versus experience, working remotely, and the structure we all need to thrive in life (especially in crisis situations).
Click to listen or watch this interview with Cheryl Mobley
In this excellent episode of Inspirational People, I'm interviewing my friend and LDG (Leadership Development Group) leader Duff Tucker.
We recently met in the fall of 2019 through this LDG development group I'm participating in through Gwinnett Church, our community home. Duff is co-leading, giving us both the opportunity to connect in our monthly meetings, in-person meals before the crisis, and an off-site retreat. Duff also publishes podcast episode on his show, Winning @ Manhood.
In this interview, Duff Tucker and I discuss what living intentionally looks like and how a solid foundation anchors us in life and when storms come unexpectedly crashing in on us (like the current Coronavirus crisis). It is the hard work of building on bedrock, as opposed to sandy foundations, that sustain us during the hardest times of our life.
Click to listen or watch this discussion with Duff Tucker
In this episode of Inspirational People, I interview long-time friend Denise Renee. In 2010, I attended one of her events, and in 2017 she attended my Path of the Freelancer book launch event. In between those events and since 2017, we've stayed connected over social media as we've both pursued our entrepreneurial paths.
After seeing how awesome she has responded to the entrepreneur community in the midst of the Coronavirus, I invited her to interview to share her insights and inspiration on how to respond and adapt when life gets hard and you don't know what to do next.
Listen to what she has to share below.
Click to listen or watch this interview with Denise Renee
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Last Updated 4/19/2020
As mentioned in my last post about my webinar for freelancers (now available on-demand), I've unpaused my 2020 writing break here on the blog to provide you with insights for navigating this Coronavirus crisis. I'm sharing helpful quality links on Facebook here, and fun stuff on the light-hearted side of the crisis here.
In this guide, I share what gives me hope regardless of what happens. As much as I'd like to say things will get better and we'll get through this, there are no guarantees that that will happen. In fact, the evidence indicates that for some of us who get to the other side, we're going to individually and collectively be left with emotional, financial, and physical scars.
This article is broken down into the following three main sections.
- This Coronavirus Crisis Could Be Way Worse & Last Longer Than You Expect
- The Vital Hope We Need For Navigating This Coronavirus Crisis
- Your Comprehensive Guide To Surviving The Coronavirus Crisis
Before I share my hope and the comprehensive practical guide, I'm leaning hard into sharing the reality of the crisis situation we find ourselves within. Without the weight of what's happening now (and in the upcoming weeks and months ahead), you may discount what else I have to share.
Let's begin with the important and unpleasant bad news.
Click to explore this guide on how to navigate the coronavirus crisis