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.
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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.
Today’s guest is my friend Jonathan Fields, the founder of a mission driven media and education venture called Good Life Project.His books, Career Renegade, Uncertainty, and his brand new release, How to Live a Good Life, are his own soul-searching journeys, as he attempts to answer some deep and important questions that we all face as human beings. Jonathan enjoys hosting The Good Life Project podcast, where he shares powerful ideas and interviews with his global community on a quest to live more meaningful, connected, and vital lives.
Jonathan is thoughtful, curious, and passionate about learning. He gives amazing advice. He is someone I truly believes brings his whole self to the great work he does.And, he’s someone I’m grateful to know and to have had a chance to chat with here on the podcast.
On today’s episode I interview my new friend Tom Kelly.The first time I met Tom, he blew my mind. He is so full of life and love. My friend Robert recommended that we attend a yoga class Tom was leading. He truly brought all of himself to that class - it was extraordinary.After class, when Tom and I first spoke, there was an instant connection.
He is a one-of-a-kind guy with a one-of-a-kind story. In this conversation, Tom shares details and insights from his 25-years as a monk in the Self-Realization Fellowship, how he came to his decision to leave the ashram back in 1999, and how he lives and breathes love, every day of his life.He also talks about starting his own yoga studio, The Soul of Yoga, and his new venture, Love Force Revolution, Inc.
I fly solo in this episode as I explore the common themes of these first fourteen episodes of my Bring Your Whole Self to Work podcast. I also share openly about some of what has been going on in my life, with my work, and behind the scenes with this project.I ‘ve been fortunate to have amazing thought leaders, business leaders, and changemakers on my list of interviewees. My guests have been gracious enough to share the experiences that have shaped their perspectives, and the wisdom they have acquired during their wide-ranging careers, life changes, and personal adjustments.
Recurring topics of conversation include passion, gender, change, sexual orientation, body image, leadership, culture, and more. Each guest has inspired me to look deeper within myself, to investigate what judgments I may have adopted in my own life, where I hold myself back, and how to bring more of myself to my work and life. I look forward to introducing my listeners to more amazing guests, on my quest to gain insights for my upcoming book, Bring Your Whole Self to Work.This episode is full of thoughts, ideas, and insights I have learned through these first interviews and as I continue to explore this multifaceted topic.
My guest on today’s podcast is my friend Joe Greenstein. Joe’s latest creation, InnerSpace, focuses on teaching founders of startups how to take care of themselves and how to build cultures in line with their passions and products. Joe’s career history seems to align perfectly with what he is creating now. He had an entrepreneurial mindset as early as high school, and while in college a paper he wrote turned into a joint business venture with his professor at the time. His early attempts at the next big thing caught the public’s interest, but never showed the promise of longevity. It wasn’t until he created Flixster and acquired Rotten Tomatoes, with his friend and business partner, that he started to move the needle towards business success and financial prosperity. While he is happy to have experienced the chaos of Silicon Valley during his start-up experience and the ultimate sale of Flixster to Warner Brothers, he is passionate about the work he and his team are doing at InnerSpace, and also about his new adventure of fatherhood.
My guest on today’s podcast is Anne Robie. I met her at a Wisdom 2.0 conference. IBM hired Anne immediately after she finished her graduate studies and sent her to Raleigh, North Carolina. She later transferred to the San Francisco Bay area to become the Head of People for StubHub and to spend time with her ailing father.
Anne has recently started Darshan Leadership Consulting, a private leadership consulting and executive coaching business. Anne joins me to discuss the diverse meanings of Bring Your Whole Self to Work, her own personal journey, the mindfulness movement in business, how a person’s gender may impact their ability to be accepted authentically in this new era of leadership, and more.