“Manage to Engage” Podcast Latest Episodes

Manage to Engage currently includes insightful excerpts from my weekly group coaching calls and live courses. You’ll hear other dynamic leaders like you grappling with people, money, and time problems, and working through them in a way that creates long-term, meaningful change within their business. You can listen to the episodes here on this page, or subscribe to “Manage to Engage” on your favorite place to download audio content.

154 – Don’t Solve the Wrong Problem – Part 1 – Resistance to Change

What are you resisting?

 

If you need help tracking it down, first find the most significant chronic pain in your life.

 

So often, we are unconsciously resisting some aspect of reality that we don’t want to accept as true until this frustration causes so much pain that we can’t ignore it anymore and we are forced to either change or suffer.

 

Today we’ll analyze where this resistance comes from, including our shared assumption about solving problems that, ultimately, causes us to experience shame – a feeling that only dilutes our problem-solving efforts.

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153 – The Being Aspect of Learning – Part 4 – Learning to Be a Leader

The role of leadership can make you feel unappreciated, lonely, and exposed – but it does get more comfortable if you learn to BE a leader. The process isn’t easy, but nothing in life worth doing is.

 

So today we are going to explore the ways you can practice embodying leadership and the care you have to give yourself so that you don’t end up compromising during the learning process.

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152 – The Being Aspect of Learning – Part 3 – Embodying Philosophy

A few episodes back, we discussed how subjectivism became extreme in our society, which is apparent when we see the popularization of terms like ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news.’ And we can thank Descartes for that.

 

However, even with this subjectivist approach to life, people are not living in accordance with Descartes’ philosophy and examining their perception of the world. Instead, we settle into our beliefs in early adulthood and steadfastly resist being anything different, even for a little while.

 

Today I present to you a different model for living life; a model characterized by the embodiment and sampling of different philosophies and ways of being.

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151 – The Being Aspect of Learning – Part 2 – We Don’t Do Leadership

As we mentioned in the last episode, our education system is not designed to teach us how to embody what we learn and change at the level of being. It’s a formulaic system of tests and regurgitation. Then by the time we reach early adulthood, we tend to crystallize and never change again.

 

That’s not what we offer at Clear and Open. We offer you the opportunity to try on and use different forms of being, and perhaps break free of the system of doing that you have settled into over time.

 

Why is this important? Well, we don’t learn how to do great leading – we have to learn how to be a great leader. So let’s get started.

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150 – The Being Aspect of Learning – Part 1 – Regurgitation VS Embodiment

In this four-part series, we will reframe and expand our definition of learning. To start, we will focus on the difference between learning to become something and learning a set of knowledge in order to do something.

 

Traditional schooling and education invite students to find the formula that works and then regurgitate specific information at the appropriate times. So from a very young age, we are primed to look at learning through this formulaic lens where knowledge is collected and used at the prescribed times but never embodied.

 

I invite you to learn with an orientation towards embodiment – because by doing so, you will find it easier to change and evolve who you are.

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149 – Descartes, Money, Meditation, and Subjectivism – Part 4 – Holding Ourselves Accountable to Reality

Subjectivism has, in many ways, caused the steady decay of the economy, the news, and our shared reality – But there is a common solution to all of those problems.

 

To conclude this series, I will outline the one brave step you can take to help yourself and the people you manage to escape the distortions of our subjective reality.

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148 – Descartes, Money, Meditation, and Subjectivism – Part 3 – Management as a Spiritual Practice

Over the past couple episodes, we’ve discussed how the United States has developed a dangerous relationship with reality.

 

Today we’ll be talking about why businesses are responsible for bringing our society back into truth, and how framing management and leadership as a spiritual practice, like meditation, can help us create companies that can accomplish this.

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147 – Descartes, Money, Meditation, and Subjectivism – Part 2 – Alternative Facts, Fake News, & Ethical Subjectivism

With the rise of ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news,’ we have entered an era characterized by ethical subjectivism. It is the idea of individual rights, which the United States was founded on, taken to a dangerous extreme.

 

It is my truth that when you commit to living in reality, it will support you – and this becomes a challenge when there is no generally agreed upon reality.

 

So today we will explore what it might take to pull us out of this dangerous paradigm.

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146 – Descartes, Money, Meditation, and Subjectivism – Part 1 – Making Money Vs. Earning Money

Here in the United States, especially when it comes to our economy, we live in a false reality.

 

Today we will establish how mediocrity perpetuates this paradigm and what it looks like in practice, laying the foundation for our discussion about Descartes, Money, Meditation, and Subjectivism over the next few episodes.

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145 – People Quit Their Bosses – Part 5 – The Honesty Embodiment Gap 10/11

As a society, we put a premium on honesty – but there’s a massive gap between how we value honesty and how people tend to embody it.

 

In reality, most of us want harmony more than we want honesty. However, a business culture won’t grow or improve without critical and constructive feedback, for both employees and managers.

 

So for the conclusion of this series on why people quit their bosses, not their jobs, I want to help you bridge the honesty embodiment gap so that you can inspire productive change in your organization.

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