People want pure, clean, safe air and water but keep polluting. Many feel If I act but everyone else doesn’t, what difference does it make?

Leaders help create meaning and purpose. Leaders help people do what they want but haven’t.

This podcast brings leadership to the environment—replacing doom and gloom with acting on your values, joy, and integrity.

You’ll hear leaders act on their environmental values, struggle, and then say: I wish I had done this earlier. Thank you for getting me to start!

Upcoming guests include

  • Col. Everett Spain, West Point’s Head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership
  • Bea Johnson, NY Times named “Priestess of waste-free living”
  • B. Jeffrey Madoff, Director, writer, professor & producer of Victoria’s Secret Road to the Runway

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Our first in-person expert panel featured

  • Vincent Stanley, Director Patagonia
  • Robin Nagle, TED speaker, author, NYU professor
  • RJ Khalaf, Dalai Lama fellow, TEDx speaker

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Episode 000: the back story:


088: Bea Johnson: The Priestess of Waste-Free Living

September 19, 2018
Bea Johnson's blog and my bestselling book, Zero Waste Home (20 languages and #1 on, waste management category), have launched a global movement, inspiring thousands of people throughout the world to live simply and take a stance against needless waste. In them, she proposes a simple guideline, my 5R’s: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot (and only in that order). The New York Times called her "The Priestess of Waste-Free Living." CNN called her "The mother of the zero waste lifestyle movement." I call her a role model. After a few years avoiding packaging, I've reduced my waste to one bag in 16 months. Her family of four produces a tenth of what I do. And her house is beautiful, they save money and time. It's joyful. If you compare your waste to Americans or other westerners, get to know Bea. She will influence you to improve your life. Whatever your values regarding cleanliness and caring, she lives them as fully as anyone you'll meet. For tips and insights on her waste-free lifestyle, join her on Facebook,  Instagram and Twitter (@zerowastehome). And watch her videos, including her multiple TEDx talks.
Bea Johnson

088: Bea Johnson: The Priestess of Waste-Free Living

Bea has become a role model, maybe even a hero to me.

People keep saying they're impressed with my waste. It's easy to allow your standards to slide.

One problem: my fellow Americans waste more than nearly anyone in human history. I don't want to relax my cleanliness and integrity.

Bea has reduced waste for longer and has spoken more about it. She knows what works, what doesn't, how to express it, and more.

Most of all, she enjoys it. Like anyone, she started with doubt and incredulity. She worked through the challenges, which shows that you can too.

In our conversation she shares what works, how to start, how to face and overcome challenges, and, most of all, how to enjoy living by your values. As with everyone who takes on the difficult challenge of choosing between a deep value and comfort and convenience, the choice improved her life.

You will find your life improves the same.

Listening to Bea will get you started.

Show Notes

For tips and insights on her waste-free lifestyle, join her on Facebook,  Instagram and Twitter (@zerowastehome).

And watch her videos, including her multiple TEDx talks.

087: The U.S. Constitution guides my environmental behavior

September 17, 2018

Why do I think about the United States Constitution when my pressure cooker finishes cooking? Or when I leave a room?

The U.S. Constitution guides my environmental behavior and has since I learned it in elementary school.

Today is U.S. Constitution Day since today in 1787 the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia and that's why today I'm sharing why I love the document, live by it, and think about it daily---specifically Article VI, paragraph 2, which I read and talk about in today's post:

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

86: Awareness means nothing. Or less.

September 12, 2018

Neither the environment nor your life responds to your awareness. They respond to your behavior.

People who speak the truth say, "I'm telling the truth." People who lie say the same thing.

People who are aware say they are aware. People who are unaware say the same thing too. Only we're all unaware of what we're unaware of. Saying we're aware only reveals our ignorance of our unawareness. That's pride.

If you want to improve the environment or your life, claiming awareness may sound like progress and may get you social approval, but in more cases it stops people from acting.

What works? Humility. Viewing action as skills that you develop and practice. How do you develop skills? Practice, practice, practice.

The results? Greatness, authenticity, genuine self-expression, and all the other results of mastery, even from environmental skills.

Want results? Avoid seeing awareness as a goal. Act. Do. Develop skills.

084: Geoffrey West, part 1: Simplicity beneath it all

September 10, 2018

Geoffrey West's work beautifully and elegantly ties biology to how we interact with our environment. Amazingly, his unique views lead to the same conclusions as mine, though coming from totally unrelated directions.

You've never seen work like his.

If you love nature and science, you'll love Geoffrey's approach. You'll see life and death in new ways.

I hope you'll also catch my enthusiasm for his view and a chemistry in our conversation, which I see stemming from the passion and view of the world physicists have that drew me to the field and that tell us new, important things.

I kept the conversation mostly intact since if you like nature, you'll appreciate his views. If so, I urge you to stick through to the end, where his views converge with mine.

083: Alisa Cohn, part2: When a guru stumbles

September 8, 2018

Alisa shares what happens behind the scenes to everyone, including world-ranked coaches and speakers.

Listening to a podcast with leadership in the title means you've probably read many gurus' books and watched their videos, which are all edited and produced to make them look perfect.

We know they aren't perfect.

Alisa is humble, open, and generous enough to share what few top leaders do.

I bet you'll find her reactions very similar to yours, but I bet also with key differences. Those differences in how she handles not meeting her expectations are what put her on those world rankings.

082: Ben Feder, Part 1, Take off your shoes

September 7, 2018

Ben Feder is a high level executive who realized he was losing the things that were important to him due to his pursuit of success -- until then defined by others' values.

We talk about him taking a year sabbatical with his whole family in Africa, Asia, and Bali, and how it transformed his life and his family.

I share how much I’m enjoying his book and how even though he wrote it for his family, its being personal makes it more universal.

If you've thought about an extended retreat, Ben's insight and experience will help you with your vision.

085: Daniel Bauer, part 2, Going car-free is liberating

September 4, 2018

Going car-free is liberating.

Daniel got rid of a car! He chose to from Texas!

And he thanks me for inspiring him.

Would you think losing a car would cripple your life? Listen on to hear how it brought him joy and happiness. Yes, that's right. Getting rid of what Americans associate with freedom and independence brought him more freedom and independence.

Daniel discusses enjoying not having a car. Being able to ride his bike everywhere has changed his perspectives in ways he couldn't have predicted. We also discuss the challenges including the weather and if curses me during these times of struggle.

You’ll also hear how Daniel uses my book to teach peer leaders in his mastermind groups on perspective and leadership.

081: Jonathan Haidt: The Coddling of the American Mind

September 4, 2018

I met Jonathan at the World Science Festival and recorded a podcast interview of him that changed my approach to leadership—in principle and in practice. I seek more opposing views. I listen more. I look to learn their intent and the beliefs and values motivating that intent. I challenge myself more.

As he colorfully said to me:

We are going through an extraordinary time in which social media and other recent changes are turning us all into self-righteous jerks.

Our combined jerkitude threatens to destroy society.

We all have to turn it down, be more humble. We don't know the truth. We don't have privileged access to the truth and we have to give each other the benefit of the doubt.

080: Nataly Kogan, Part 1, Influencing others to live happier

August 31, 2018

Happier Now

Nataly starts by sharing her personal story of her family escaping Russia to America, navigating life with immigrant parents. She shares some vulnerable and raw experiences. Even so, she shares feeling blessed to be living in Detroit projects. Listen for why.

She talks about taking many wrong turns, decades chasing happiness through achievements and success, trying to hide from feelings of pain, sadness, or stress. She hit a wall, but eventually discovered happiness here and now, not always having to strive, is the key.

Nataly shares her 5 core happier skills that you can implement now. They're free on her page, with videos, and comprehensively in her book Happier Now. When talking about her challenge we talk about making it fun for her family.

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