Category Archives: Podcast

372: JFK, the moon, and missing leadership today

on August 12, 2020 in Podcast

You’ve heard people calling for moonshots—challenges so great we take them on as a nation. But regarding sustainability we also ask people to do as little as they can, “here’s one little thing you can do for the environment.” In this episode, I bring you John Kennedy’s speech at Rice on the original moonshot, fraught with peril, expensive, asking a lot. He spoke with resolve we lack today everywhere, entitled[…] Keep reading →

371: Margaret Klein Salamon, part 1: Become the Hero Humanity Needs

on August 11, 2020 in Podcast

Margaret is the Executive Director at The Climate Mobilization. Writing Facing the Climate Emergency brought her to me. Her psychology background leads her to approach the climate psychologically, which I appreciate and consider missing. Our internal resistance, fears, and emotions that we don’t like facing seem our biggest challenges to act. Of course, more research and education help, but we crossed the threshold of knowing enough to act long ago.[…] Keep reading →

370: Viktor Frankl on the pandemic

on August 10, 2020 in Podcast

Many people are looking to return to something they can call normal since the pandemic undid their earlier normal. In the meantime they struggle. Almost everyone I know knows Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning. I don’t know what they think the book applies to, but it applies to exactly this situation. I’ll give the perfectly relevant quote here and elaborate in the episode: We must never forget that we[…] Keep reading →

369: Another Decision From My Past I Feel Ashamed Of

on August 7, 2020 in Podcast

I shared a story with a client the other day that he found deeply meaningful. I’d never shared it with anyone before because it felt so shameful. Enough time has passed that I can talk about it, so I’m sharing it here, but I still cringe over it. When others share stories they say make them feel shameful, it never sounds as serious to me as it seems to to[…] Keep reading →

368: Chester Elton, part 1: Asking and listening across color lines

on August 3, 2020 in Podcast

You’re about to hear a conversation post-George Floyd by two leadership writers. Normally we write for mostly business audiences. this conversation felt more personal. Normally when a friend introduces a potential podcast guest, we start by talking each other’s work and figure out scheduling. With Chester—maybe given his openness and, I think, mine, as well as the protests raging—we jumped into talking about race and our interactions with people of[…] Keep reading →

367: The Surprising Mantle of Leadership

on August 2, 2020 in Podcast

Here are the notes I read from for this episode: Stand up comedians Growing up in 70s I thought everyone would want to lead, to give I Have A Dream speech of their generation Felt so natural, though universal So until recently felt others could do better, wouldn’t want to compete Dawning on my almost nobody wants to Nobody seems to want to change I expect they’ll be happy to[…] Keep reading →

366: The Cops, Jocko Willink, and Joe Rogan

on August 1, 2020 in Podcast

Here are the notes I wrote and read this podcast from: It’s no secret the tension between police and protesters in this country. I’ve talked to a lot of protesters in my day, having protested myself many times, especially in college. In grad school a post-doc once worked as auxiliary policeman Recently listened to Jocko Willink on Joe Rogan’s podcast. I won’t explain who they are because they’re both big[…] Keep reading →

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