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.
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’.
My guest this week, Sarah Brubacher, is remarkable and quite an anomaly in Silicon Valley. She has been with the tech giant, eBay, for 13 years, she has survived two different forms of cancer, she and her husband recently welcomed a new baby into the world, and she inspires other women through keynote speeches at her Alma Mater, Cornell University.
During our discussion, Sarah shares openly about her experience as Chief of Staff, serving on Devin Wenig’s leadership team. As well as how it feels to be part of the community at eBay dedicated to inclusion and diversity.
My guest this week, Prakash Raman, is the Senior Consultant in Executive Development at LinkedIn. Prakash facilitates conversations and programs that drive diversity and inclusion, among other things, within the organization. The primary goals of his work are to usher in compassion and awareness by understanding the values and differences of everyone in the company. Prakash’s passion lies in paying it forward by participating in Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches Project, and volunteering for the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity.
When you heard about the hate march in Charlottesville, Virginia how willing were you to talk about it? Did you discuss it at work? Did you discuss it with others who are different than you?Did you consider how your personal history influenced your views? This week I explore the topics of gender, race, and diversity. I reflect on the privileges afforded to straight, white males, and how being aware of those privileges may be the key to unlocking empathy and compassion for others.
This week’s episode comes on the heels of the finishing of my manuscript for Bring Your Whole Self to Work. I feel a sense of accomplishment in having my work completed, and I realize having a deadline was a motivator for me. But, did I enjoy the process? Starting any creative project opens us up to vulnerability and discomfort, because we don’t know how it will turn out. What if we could be satisfied with the growth that accompanies the creation, not just the achievement that is the finished product?
I am recording this week’s podcast close to midnight on the eve of my manuscript’s due date. I happily share with you that I have finished the manuscript and will be sending it to Hay House (my publisher) after finishing my final review and writing the Acknowledgements. This week I was provoked to consider my motivation for wanting to change, fix, and heal myself through my personal development work, which is something I wrote a bit about in the book. What if instead of criticizing ourselves for things we feel are lacking, we practiced love, acceptance, and forgiveness? How might we grow, if we had gratitude for our whole selves?
I am recording this week’s podcast from a hotel room near Napa, CA, where I’m focused on finishing the manuscript for my book, Bring Your Whole Self to Work. As I write the growth mindset chapter, it’s forcing me to take an introspective look at the areas of my life in which I employ a growth or a fixed mindset. Growth often require us to be vulnerable and uncomfortable What triggers us to stay in a fixed mindset, when we know growth and development come from our willingness to try and to fail?
I am recording this week’s podcast from a hotel room in Calistoga, CA where I’m focused on finishing the manuscript for my book, Bring Your Whole Self to Work, which is due August 1st. I find myself knee-deep in the creative process, having completed about 37,000 words of my intended 60,000 word objective. I’ve been thinking a lot about what it takes to inspire my creativity, specifically my writing, and how we’re all creative in some way, even if we all demonstrate it differently.
In this week’s episode, I talk about how we can understand and embrace our creative process with more awareness and self-compassion.So often the hardest part of the creation process is dealing with ourselves, not the project itself.What do you need to have in place to nourish your own creative process?