Join Mike for his new podcast, Bring Your Whole Self to Work. Each week Mike interviews interesting and influential business leaders and thought leaders – getting real with them about their journey through life and work. You’ll hear the truth behind their stories, the wisdom they’ve gain through success and failure, some of the challenges they’ve faced, and what they’ve done to bring as much of themselves as possible to their work. These conversations are designed to give you specific insights and techniques for creating greater authenticity, courage, and fulfillment in your career, as well as ideas and inspiration for how you can create an environment around you at work where people get real, have each other’s backs, and have the courage to bring all of who they are.
My guest on this episode is Jen Glantz. Jen is definitely someone who brings all of who she is to everything she does. Jen has done a number of things in a relatively short amount of time. After graduating with an English degree, Jen was told she had two options, become a teacher or a lawyer. Knowing she had to create her own opportunities, she headed to New York City to follow her dreams and begin her career as a Creative Writer.
Today, Jen runs her own bridal consulting business, has recently released her second book, Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire), has 15-20 monthly revenue streams, writes a successful blog and has an inner sense of urgency which propels her forward to do great things.
In this week’s episode, I share my thoughts on the paradoxical nature of working hard. The value of hard work is foundational to so much of what we have been taught about how to succeed in our culture. The harder we work, the more effectively use our time, the more we demand of ourselves (and others), are all things which are validated everywhere in our society. But does hard work equal success?
In contemplating the difference between healthy hard work and workaholism, as well as the challenge of “efforting,” I wonder if maybe hard work isn’t all it's cracked up to be. Maybe the myth of hard work is actually getting in our way of real success and fulfillment?
In this week’s episode, I talk with Jon Gordon. Jon is an author and keynote speaker, whose core message is positive leadership. During our conversation, Jon details the times he received divine inspiration, which led him to discover his ultimate purpose. Jon is open about his faith, and tells of how it helped him to overcome the fear of trying something he believed he was meant to do, even when he wasn’t certain he had what it would take. He also shares how he helps coaches create great teams through communication, connection, commitment, and caring.
Jon has written 14 bestselling books, including The Energy Bus and Training Camp. His tips have been featured on the Today Show, CNBC, The Golf Channel, and Fox and Friends. He works with companies and sports teams, including Southwest Airlines, Dell, the LA Dodgers, and the Miami Heat, to name a few.
In this week’s episode, I talk about our ability to fully express ourselves and bring all of who we are to the work that we do. We are just over a week into our new calendars, and many of us have started, or are preparing to start, moving forward with our intentions for 2017. Have you considered where you can bring more of who you are into the work that you do in 2017?
Bringing ourselves more fully into our work, requires us to be present and engaged on a daily basis. If we depend solely on the outcome of a project or goal, what aspects of ourselves will be left untended? How can we incorporate all of who we are, to become more fully expressed in our work?I discuss these and other questions related to this in today’s episode.
In this week’s episode, I talk about how we can create the life we want for ourselves in 2017. This special time of year has an energy, a newness, and a freshness about it. It’s time to set our course for what we truly want from life. Setting our intentions for the year ahead should be done from a place of truth and authenticity. Are we able to accept ourselves more completely? Are we able to set goals and resolutions based on our heart’s desire, instead of from our ego’s demand? Are we able to recognize, acknowledge, forgive, and change things which may have held us back in the past?
If 2017 were your last year on this planet, what changes would you make in your life or in your work?
In this week’s episode, I talk about one of my favorite topics - consciously completing the year.We often focus so much attention on the new year ahead, that we don’t take the time to bring the current year to a close.This year has been challenging for many of us - with events in the world and politics, as well as in our personal lives.For me, 2016 was filled with lots of change, loss, growth, and challenge.
Whether we had a great deal, an awful year, or a mix of both, it can be really powerful and useful to reflect on the year as it comes to an end.I talk about some of the questions I ask myself and have asked my coaching clients over the years, and share some rituals you can use to bring the year to a close in the most mindful, helpful, and growth-filled way possible.
It is time to heal, and change, and transform. In this solo episode, I explore how we, Americans, can speak up and engage in an ongoing productive conversation, about things that are uncomfortable and disruptive. I explore how we can connect to each other, when there is an overwhelming desire to fight. I ponder about our abilities to adapt and adopt and engage in meaningful conversations, which could influence significant change.
Dan Henkle is a smart, successful industry leader who is one of the most humble and accessible people I have ever met. He started his career directly out of college, working for Oracle, and moved to Gap Inc., where he has worked for over 25 years. As soon as he started working for Gap Inc., Dan says he felt an immediate values connection with the management team. Employees were encouraged to share their input, wisdom, and expertise directly with the organization’s leaders.
Dan is currently the President of the Gap Foundation, an organization that leads initiatives in the developing world, as well as hiring programs for low-income youth in the communities where Gap Inc. does business. He also serves as the Senior Vice President of Gap Inc.’s Global Sustainability division. Dan blends cross-cultural awareness with humanness, to improve working conditions for employees in the U.S. and abroad.
Mark Shapiro is the founder of AreYouBeingReal.com and the host of the podcast, The One and Only. Mark reached out to me about my work on authenticity a while back and invited me to be a guest on his podcast, right around the time I was planning to launch this podcast. We did the interview, hit it off, and he has helped me in some wonderful ways.
In this interview, Mark shares the story of what it took for him to trust and challenge himself enough to leave his 12-year, steady paycheck job at Showtime; how the breakdown of a personal relationship may have been the catalyst he needed to change his life; and how choosing to be authentic led him to follow his calling.
November 15, 2016This week I decided to do a special episode to share my thoughts, insights, and perspective about the election here in the United States. It’s just me on this one, no guest, and I share openly, vulnerably, and passionately about how I feel about the election and this past week, as well as where we go from here as a nation.
I also talk about how we can bring our whole selves to conversations about politics, even and especially when it is scary and uncomfortable…and, how authenticity is so important for all of us at this time. Whatever our views are on politics and the election, our country and our world are getting smaller – we’re all in this together.