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.
This week I chat with Diana Chapman. Diana is a trusted advisor to senior leaders within some of the top companies in the world. She is an advocate for personal growth, personal responsibility, and conscious leadership. I find her no-nonsense approach to life and business refreshing. Diana is the co-founder of the Conscious Leadership Group and the co-author of 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership: The New Paradigm for Sustainable Success. During this episode, Diana shares her important outlook on life, leadership, and success.
This week I speak to someone who shares my passion for authenticity, Henna Inam. In 2010, Henna left her job to start her own consulting company, Transformational Leadership Inc. She works with leaders and organizations - helping them enhance their team culture. Henna’s approach to authenticity starts at the foundation of awareness and appreciation of self. Her book, Wired for Authenticity, and her keynote speeches shift perspectives and deepen connections.
This week, I speak to the inspirational Gay Hendricks. I have respected and admired Gay for many years. Through his best-selling books, especially The Big Leap and Conscious Loving, he helped shift my mindset and my approach to relationships and success. For 45 years, Gay has been a leader in relationship transformation, peak performance, and mind/body therapies. He joins me today to share his insights, perspectives, and examples of what bringing your whole self to work means to him. Gay’s curiosity and passion have made him a true Renaissance man.
This week I speak to my dear friend Kristine Carlson. I met Kris through her late husband, Richard. Richard mentored me and generously helped me to get my publishing career started. His groundbreaking bestseller, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, impacted me like no other book ever has. During this episode, Kris and I fondly remember Richard’s selflessness, discuss how our culture deals with loss, and Kris tells me about her very personal new book, From Heartbreak to Wholeness, which will be released in June 2018.
This week I have the pleasure of talking to Kim Scott, the Author of the New York Times bestselling book, Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity. Kim has had a very successful career in technology - working for startups and tech giants Apple and Google, and then working as a CEO coach and advisor at Dropbox and Twitter, among others. During our conversation, Kim shares her insights about gender, leadership, teamwork, writing, and her important work around radical candor.
This week I talk to the multi-talented and inspiring Jenna Ushkowitz. You may know Jenna from her work on Broadway or as Tina on Glee or from one of her podcasts. Last year, I had the pleasure of being on an episode of her Infinite Positivities podcast and her new podcast, Epic Fail, asks actors to share what they believe to be some of their biggest failures and what they learned from those experiences. During today’s show, Jenna talks about being committed to the career she started at age three, what it felt like to be involved in a project (Glee) that changed her life and the lives of others, the importance of embracing vulnerability, and her new film Hello Again.
Recent natural weather-related disasters and the abundance of political crises prompted me to verbalize my thoughts about the fundamental uncertainty of life. When we are not pushed into decisions by things that are out of our control, how much risk do we actually take? How many unknown journeys do we embark on? It is always easier to stick with what we know but how does that help us grow?
In this solo episode, I explore how human beings engage with one another, how we take a stand or speak up, and how we express ourselves when faced with hot-button, emotional issues. Last week, the President publicly commented about the athletes and teams who are taking a knee during the national anthem to protest racial oppression and inequality. And as a former pro-athlete, who always stood with my hand over my heart in front of the flag during the national anthem, I wonder what I will do the next time I am at a sporting event and the national anthem is played? I believe this issue goes deeper than politics, deeper than the social commentary it’s about who we are as human beings.
How do we respectfully take a stand for what we believe in?
In this solo episode, I examine how we can be a force for good in the midst of all the intense, difficult and challenging things happening in the world right now. In the wake of a negative political climate, natural disasters, and the events in Charlottesville, among other things, it can be challenging to focus on the good stuff. Focusing on the good stuff doesn’t mean always being positive or accepting a spiritual bypass — I mean being a force for good.
How can we show up and be a force for good when times seem dismal?
At age nine, after a fire burned 100% of his body, John O’Leary was given a 1% chance to live. John chose life. During his physical recovery, John was inspired by the people who were rooting for him to rise above the hardships and to live life to its fullest. His parents, classmates, and even a total stranger believed in his ability to overcome the tragedy. So he did. John embraced who he truly was and chose to be a victor.
Today, John is a husband, father, author, podcast host, and a keynote speaker. Through his organization, Rising Above, John inspires others to embrace all the possibilities life has to offer and to live life ‘On Fire’.