BOO138 – REPEAT – 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 – Podcast Missin...

BOO137 – REPEAT Finding Happiness

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...

BOO136 – Possibilities

We think we know what is real and what is possible.  And research by Dr. Ellen Langer indicates we should think again.  Maybe our questions shouldn’t be “Can I?”  Maybe they shoul...

BOO135 – REPEAT 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...

BOO134 – Trapped in My Story

Early on, we learn a story of who we are supposed to be, how we are supposed to do life.  These stories become our reality. “I have to be strong.”  “I have to put others needs befo...

BOO133 – Cultivating Gratefulness for World Peace

Expressing gratitude knits a community together. It creates a positive ripple of connection.  It is easily done and it is one small way we can contribute to a healthy community. Resources Daily Good ...

BOO132- Hard to Hate Up Close

Brene Brown, in her new book, says it is hard to hate up close, move in.  We are living in the  land where us and them is more common then the notion that we are all in this together.  We each can ...

BOO131 – REPEAT 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 ...

BOO130 – REPEAT – Resilience

Resilience is a key to success, especially in times of change.  Reviewing the literature, Diane Coutu summarizes the themes in her Harvard Business Review article – How Resilience Works?  ...

BOO130 – It’s Contagious, Pass It On

Kindness is contagious.  People who witness or receive kindness are more likely to be kind.  It isn’t that hard. How do we bring more kindness into our communities? Resources Kindness is conta...

BOO129 – Celebrating Kindness Part 2

We do have the capacity for great cruelty and great kindness.  I’m curious how to grow the kindness side of nature.  To support that reflection, I am sharing a few local stories that celebrate...

BOO128 – Celebrating Kindness Part 1

We do have the capacity for great cruelty and great kindness.  I’m curious how to grow the kindness side of nature.  To support that reflection, I am sharing a few local stories that celebrate...

BOO127 – REPEAT 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...

BOO126 – Noticing

What are you noticing?  Learning how to be present, to notice what is here, mindfulness — it can change your life. Many sources find it a key to resilience, creativity, health, and happiness. R...

BOO125 – Mindfulness Changes Us

Richie Davidson and Daniel Goleman sorted through the research to find the outcomes from rigorous and replicable research.  The results are summarized in the December 2017 Mindful magazine.  The ev...

BOO124 – REPEAT – Cultivating Community

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...

BOO122 – Story Editing Part 2

“We become the stories we tell ourselves.” Dr. Nick Nissley How do we nudge our story into a healthy direction each day.  This episode continues to explore the research cited in Dr. Timot...

BOO121 – Story Editing

“We become the stories we tell ourselves.” (Nick Nissley).  Dr Timothy Wilson has researched and found powerful methods to nudge our stories in a healthy directions. Resources Dr Wilson t...

BOO120 – Self-Awareness is Hard

Self awareness is the top quality of successful leaders.  It is a key to living an intentional and joyful life.  And it is very hard to observe ourselves as so much is driven by that adaptive uncons...

BOO119 – Changing for Real

We don’t need to be fixed.  We grow and change by learning to be more present with whatever shows up.  That capacity softens the hold of our ego. Resources Deep Living Interview with Roxanne H...

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...

BOO112- Getting the Most Out of Work

Part 3 of a conversation with seasoned coach Karen Kodzik on what career advice she would give to those new in their career or mid-career workers. Resources Karen Kodzik’s company Resilience Pod...

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...

BOO103 – Resilience

Resilience is a key to success, especially in times of change.  Reviewing the literature, Diane Coutu summarizes the themes in her Harvard Business Review article – How Resilience Works? Resour...

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....