BOO118 – Receiving Feedback

“I have some feedback for you.”  Those words can evoke a reaction in many of us.  How do we learn to open ourselves to other’s perception and at the same time not lose our own pers...

BOO117 – Feedback Part 2

If feedback seems to be the best options, it is helpful to use some basic communication tools to keep it constructive. Resources Books – Crucial Conversations and Difficult Conversations Podcast...

BOO116 – Giving Feedback is Tricky

Feedback is highly valued in our culture.  It is assumed that organizations rich in feedback are more productive.  In this episode, we explore some research and neuroscience that challenges that ass...

BOO114- Facing Hatred

It is important to find a way to take a stand for love and at the same time face our own shadows. Resources Understanding Our Shadow Implicit Association Test – About Implicit Association Test &...

BOO113 – Thinking About Thinking

Sometimes we confuse our thoughts with reality.  And our thoughts can imprison us into patterns that are limiting. Resources Psychology Today – Thinking about Thinking Stillness Even When There...

BOO111- Continuing the Exploration of Balance

Part 2 of a conversation with seasoned coach Karen Kodzik on what does it mean to achieve balance in our lives. Resources Karen Kodzik’s company Resilience Podcast Whole-hearted Decisions Podcas...

BOO110- Exploring Balance

A conversation with seasoned coach Karen Kodzik on what does it mean to achieve balance in our lives. Resources Karen Kodzik’s company Resilience Podcast Whole-hearted Decisions Podcast Living o...

BOBOO4 – Celebrating Kindness

“This program is funded in part by the Community Opportunity Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.” Some feel kindness is the antidote to hatefulness. It does knit a community tog...

BOO109 – REPEAT – Unkind to Myself

How often are we hard on ourselves?  How often do we deny our feelings or push through?  What do we do when we REALLY see that we are being unkind?  In this episode, we explore what to do when we o...

BOO107 – REPEAT – What Am I Avoiding?

It is a powerful question to ask yourself regularly:  What Am I Avoiding?  You will learn more about yourself and become more intentional in your choices.  It is understandable to avoid discomfort ...

BOO106 – REPEAT-Wholehearted Decisions

Great decisions require more than our heads.  How do we bring our whole selves to the decision-making.   Resources Like it or not emotions will drive your decisions today Getting Out of Our Head...

BOO105 – Cultivating Caring Communities

We are ahead of most communities.  We have a community that knows how to care and extend kindness.  Now to build on that ability to respectfully disagree. Resources Parker Palmer’s Habits of t...

BOO104 – REPEAT – Changing the Script

Non-complementary behavior — when we response in a way that changes the script.  For example, meeting hostility with warm or empathy.  Three stories of changing the script. Resources Invisibil...

BOO102 – Creatively Healing

Creating art has been shown to support healing. Research has shown creative processes to reduce loneliness, anxiety and mood disorders.  Art and beauty have also been correlated with reduced need fo...

BOO101 – Living What I Know

It can frustrating to know better than what we actually do.  Why do I forget what I know?  Mastery requires so much more than simply understanding. Resources Persistence Helps – Podcast Becomi...

BOO100 – Finding Happiness That is Already Here

Happiness is not so dependent on our external circumstances as it is our mindset.  Reflecting on practices we can use to remind us of the gift around us each day. Resources Shawn Achor TED Talk Posit...

Repeat – Habit of the Heart – 5

This is the 5th and final episode where we explore the Habit of the Heart from Parker Palmer’s book, Healing the Heart of Democracy.  The 5th habit is: “A capacity to create community. W...

Repeat – Habit of the Heart – 4

n Parker Palmer’s book, Healing the Heart of Democracy, he talks about 5 habits of the heart we need for a robust democracy.  Habit 4 is  A sense of personal voice and agency. “Insight ...

Repeat – Habit of the Heart -3

Parker Palmer believes that if taken together, the 5 habits are critical to sustaining a democracy.  The habits are described as deeply ingrained ways of seeing, being and responding to life that i...

Repeat – Habit of the Heart -2

This podcast explores Habit 2 in the Parker Palmer’s 5 Habits of the Heart; habits that are critical for a vibrant democracy.  This habit is entitled: An Appreciation of the Value of Otherness....

Repeat – Habit of the Heart -1

In Parker Palmer’s book, Healing the Heart of Democracy, he cites 5 habits of the heart that will help us move beyond fear.  Using excerpts from a 2013 interview, we examine the first habit — we ...

BOO99 – Simple is Hard

Simplification is appealing. Less stuff. Less complications.  More space.  And it is one thing to have the intention and another to live out of simplicity. Resources Summary of The Life Changing Mag...

BOO98 – REPEAT – Just Ask

Assumptions can get us into trouble.  Instead of responding to each other based on assumptions, just ask.   Resources Humble Inquiry by Edgar Schein The Four Agreements by Miquel Ruiz “The...

BOO95 – Saying Yes

After reading Shonda Rhimes book, Year of Yes, it raised the question, what do I need to say “yes” to? Resources Shonda Rhimes TED Talk Intentionally Authoring the Next Chapter – Po...

BOO94 – What are the weeds in my life?

It takes a patient garden to remove the weeds from the roots. It takes a patient self-observer to remove the weeds from our life.   Resources Persistence Helps – Podcast Stop Feeding Your I...

BOO94 – REPEAT Finding Kindness

Kindness is all around us.  It is uplifting to notice and remember how many small acts of kindness are in our days.   Resources Self Kindness – Neff Self-Kindness – Germer Random Act...

BOO93 – Celebrating Community

We are interconnected. We can accomplish so much more together.  And the quality of our lives is greatly enhanced when we learn how to be in community. Resources Women’s Leadership Community &#...

BOO92 – Voice Lessons

Do you speak your true voice? Or do you contort it to avoid judgment or to be “right”.  Some reflections on using my voice. Resources Becoming Wise by Krista Tippet A Sense of Personal V...

BOO91- Building Capability

What you focus on makes a huge difference in your well-being.  For example, what do you reflect upon. If you reflect on overcoming challenges or formative experiences you are building your capacity. ...

BOO90 – Living in Uncertainty

We are living in unpredictable times. It is a mistake to think tomorrow will be like today.  The book Simple Habits for Complex Times has several very practical tips. Resources Jennifer Garvey Berger...

BOO89 – Are You Listening

It takes discipline to listen; an intentional focus.  And there is not better way to invest in a relationship, learn and dance through conflict.  What supports our listening? Resources 10 Steps for ...

BOO88 – Year-end Reflection

The wisest ones are self-aware.  We each can develop this capacity by taking time to reflect.  The end of the year is a great time to reflect on what has been and what is emerging.   Resources ...

BOO87- Thankful

One of the most powerful things we can do for our mental health is notice our blessings and express thanks.  It not only makes a difference in your life, it affects those around you as well. Resource...

BOO86 – Presence with a C

Many of us deal with stress during the holiday season. This podcast has a few reminders about how to focus on what matters most. Resources Stress, Depression and the Holidays – Mayo Clinic Tips...

BOO85 – Witnessing

It can be hard to be with another when they are suffering. Many of us try to cheer them up or offer advice to “help” them.  It is much harder and more powerful to learn how to be present,...

BOO83 – REPEAT Healing the Heart – Habit 4

In Parker Palmer’s book, Healing the Heart of Democracy, he talks about 5 habits of the heart we need for a robust democracy.  Habit 4 is  A sense of personal voice and agency. “Insight...

BOO79 – Changing the Script

Non-complementary behavior — when we response in a way that changes the script.  For example, meeting hostility with warm or empathy.  Three stories of changing the script. Resources Invisibil...

BOO78 – Celebrating Partnership

An interview with leading human systems thinker, Barry Oshry.  In 2013,Oshry created the Worldwide Week of Partnership.  After learning about the holocaust as a child, he has pursued a life-long que...

BOO77 – Neither Good or Bad

A colleague asked how I defined positive emotions, as she thought of emotions neither good or bad.  I agree, and there is a life-giving energy when we remember to be grateful, kind and open-hearted....

BOO76 – Bloom Where You Are Planted

Bloom where you are planted involves accepting what is and using our life force in a way that matters.  Stories of different people who have chosen to bloom in difficult circumstances.   Resourc...