Posts Tagged ‘change’

074 How to Listen to Your Internal Voice to Find Your True Calling with Dr. Rosie Kuhn

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When we’re on the cusp of a transformation, we are often very uncomfortable. We’re not content with our current lifestyle, but we don’t know exactly what to do to find that happiness. Our ideas about our identity and purpose are about to shift, and this can be a very scary prospect. The one thing worse than feeling stagnant is change: we want things to remain the same, because we don’t want to throw away all of our hard work. Who will we be without our achievements? According to Dr. Rosie Kuhn, when it’s time to make that change, “there’s a deconstruction process that you go through.” And the way to get through that deconstruction process is to shut off the external, and look within to find your true calling.

In this episode I speak with Dr. Rosie Kuhn, preeminent thought leader, coach and leadership facilitator. Dr. Rosie is a speaker, author, and facilitator. As a Transformational Life and Business Coach, she encourages her clients to think beyond their limited sense of reality. Her books, blogs, videos and podcasts engage and inspire her audience to question the source of their decision making. Dr. Rosie is considered to be a preeminent thought leader in the field of Transformation and Transformational Coaching. She is the author of many books, including Self-Empowerment 101, and newly published Cultivating Spirituality in Children. As the founder of The Paradigm Shifts Coaching Group, Dr. Rosie specializes in empowering individuals to fearlessly embrace transformation. She has worked in the field of transformation for over 20 years. In this episode, Dr. Rosie and I talk about how you can tell when it’s time to make a shift in your life, how to move away from fear-based decision making and lead with fierce love, and why it’s so important to embrace, rather than resist, transformation.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode

  • How Dr. Rosie inspires her clients to embrace change
  • Why, if you want to be a successful leader, you need to be willing to experience transformations
  • How you can begin your process of transformation

More About Dr. Rosie

Before founding the Transformational Coaching Training at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Dr. Rosie working for 30 years as a life coach, marriage and family therapist, spiritual guide. She began her career as a clinical therapist for addiction recovery programs, and founded the The Paradigm Shifts Coaching Group in 1999.

Dr. Rosie helps people to find the right questions to ask themselves to begin the process of transformation.  “Most people are not asking the right questions,” she explains, adding that then the “source of the insecurity is never revealed and expressed.” Instead, people will often live in cycles of anxiety, knowing that the way they are leading their lives is no longer fulfilling, but not having the tools or direction to make whatever change may be needed.

The most difficult part about making a life change is the vulnerability that is required. As a coach, she says that it is her job to “not support you in avoiding that vulnerability.” Instead, she helps her clients to answer the question: “how do you move forward even though you feel vulnerable, even though its messy?”

This work is essential for anyone who seeks to lead others or wants to find success. “To be truly a leader in the world means you have to face the stuff that’s messy,” Dr. Rosie explains, “because you’re going to lead people through messiness.”

Check Out the Links Mentioned in This Episode!

The Paradigm Shifts Coaching Group with Dr. Rosie Kuhn

Dr. Rosie Kuhn’s books

A Course in Miracles by the Foundation for Inner Peace

Oneness by Rasha

David R. Hawkins’ books

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072 How to Get Ahead in Your Career, on Corporate Boards and in Public Policy with Catherine Allen

Today’s topic is How to Get Ahead in Your Career, on Corporate Boards and in Public Policy and hopefully by the end of the show you’ll be inspired to decide what you want, put your intentions out to the world, and take that calculated risk you’ve been considering,

My guest today is Catherine Allen. For more than 30 years, Catherine Allen has been a leader in business innovation, technology strategy, and financial services. Today, Catherine is Chairman and CEO of The Santa Fe Group, a strategic advisory services company based in Santa Fe, NM. The Santa Fe Group specializes in briefings to C-level executives and boards of directors at financial institutions and other critical infrastructure companies in the areas of cybersecurity, emerging technologies, and risk management.

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What You’ll Learn in this Episode:

  • the three areas to focus on supporting more women in leadership
  • differences between millenial, generation x and boomers when it comes to women in business
  • how many women on a board you need to make a difference
  • what impacts economic performance in business
  • how to get on a corporate board and what expertise you need
  • what Catherine Allen worked with Julia Cameron on, author of The Artist’s Way
  • where she gets a lot of her writing done
  • how to compartmentalize in order to be in the moment in each part of your life

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Links:
Women’s International Study Center
Equal Credit Act
The Santa Fe Group
Reboot Your Life
The Artist’s Way at Work
Mississippi Blood
Warnings By Richard Clark
Design Your Life by Cornell Spears Lopez

050 How to Take Initiative for Change with Thinx CEO Miki Agrawal

Do you ever hear of an innovation and think, ‘why has it taken so long for that to have been created?’ Or maybe you have an idea for an invention or new product, but for some reason you haven’t taken the initiative to dive in and create it. There’s something very scary about committing to creating something new. Change is intimidating, and we fear that if we are the instigators of change, we’ll be met with resistance. Inspiring change is difficult. You need to put your all into it, and have the tools to do it well. According to Thinx creator Miki Agrawal, to inspire change you have to put your all into it, and have the tools to do it well.

In this episode I speak with Miki Agrawal, CEO and Co-Founder of THINX, a high-tech, beautiful underwear solution for women to wear during their periods. Her most recent side project is called TUSHY: For People Who Poop aiming to upgrade the American bathroom experience and to help fight the global sanitation crisis that is affecting 40% of the world. Miki is also the Founder of the acclaimed farm-to-table gluten-free pizza concept WILD and 2015 will mark her 10 year anniversary of having her restaurants open. Harper Collins published her book entitled “DO COOL SH*T” on entrepreneurship and lifestyle design. The book hit #1 on Amazon Bestsellers list in entrepreneurship. In this episode Miki and I talk about where she gets her strength and motivation to discipline herself to making difficult changes in the world, how her health issues revealed to her that she needs to take better care of herself and how she did it, and how she uses dedicated focusing to get more done each day.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode

  • How you can use Miki’s three step fool-proof marketing process to overcome stigma and instigate real change
  • What you can do to practice deeper focus to do more in one day than most people do in a week
  • Where Miki gets her inspiration and what you can do to be fearless and motivated in your ventures

More About Miki

Miki started her company, Thinx, because she recognized that there was a gap in what currently exists and what ought to in the menstrual care industry. Tampons were invented in 1931 by a man, menstrual pads came along in the 60s, and those two products have essentially dominated the market in the last fifty years. Miki explains that a huge reason that advances in menstruation care have been so few and far between has to do with taboo and stigma. It is “so ingrained in the psyche of history that periods are bad. Marketing is such an incredibly powerful and influential tool that it has been able to foster an attitude of shame and disgust around “the thing that perpetuates human life.”

Miki explains that marketing tactics don’t create the stigma, they influence the public to trust the validity of the message. Therefore, we can use successful marketing tactics for our own benefit, such as to address taboo and really change culture. In developing Thinx, Miki created a three step process to address taboo and influence attitude change. This process focuses on innovation, artful design, and relatable communication, and has led to the overwhelming success and celebration of her product.

Thinx is not Miki’s first entrepreneurial venture. She has opened a restaurant in New York City, written a best selling book, and started Icon Undies, pee-proof underwear, and TUSHY: For People Who Poop, bidet toilet attachments. After years of going 100% all of the time, Miki began to feel a lack of balance in her life. She developed an acute thyroid condition and realized she had to “take a hard look at everything in [her] life.” While doctors told her she would need an operation, she chose to “trust [her] body and heal [herself] through that.” Miki now looks at that time as “such a beautiful, eye-opening experience,” because it has taught her that she needs to “live in full integrity” and dedicate herself to ensuring her “thinking, feeling, and saying all align.

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Check Out the Links Mentioned in This Episode!

MikiAgrawal.com

Thinx

TUSHY: For People Who Poop

Icon Undies

DO COOL SH*T

Wild

Maybe It’s You by Lauren Handel Zander

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049 How to Use Adaptability to Overcome Obstacles and Find Success with Merle Lefkoff

Many of us have been raised to think that the way to get ahead is to make a plan. Schedule, structure, and plan if you want to succeed. While thinking of the future is important, we no longer live in such a rigid, structured world. Information develops and changes rapidly, so much so that a plan that may have made sense yesterday no longer makes sense today. According to social change entrepreneur Merle Lefkoff, we ought to be more flexible in the ways we look at problem solving if we want to get ahead in today’s fast-paced world. How can we do this? By changing the way we think about problems, she explains. Instead of viewing challenges and our relationships to them as one-dimensional, we ought to recognize the complex networks and systems that contribute to their development.

In this episode I speak with Merle Lefkoff, a social change entrepreneur whose practice is devoted to the application of nonlinear complex systems thinking to whole system change. Merle holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA and has been a mediator, facilitator, and leadership trainer in conflict zones around the world. Merle received a research appointment as Guest Scientist and Affiliate of the Center for Non-Linear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she worked with computer scientists, physicists and mathematicians exploring in computer simulations how groups form collective identity.  She is Founder and CEO of the Center for Emergent Diplomacy which applies the self-organizing power of Complexity Science to global policy agendas in order to reach resilient and collaborative agreements that address the critical issues of our time. Merle and I talk about how we can view problems as complex systems, how we can use adaptability and flexibility to overcome them, and why this is a particularly important and intuitive relationship for women.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode

  • Merle’s recommendations for getting your kids involved in political thought and activity

  • How you can change your perspective to incorporate a centering morning routine into your day

  • How you can use adaptive solution finding, role sharing, and flexibility to overcome any challenge

More About Merle

As a social change entrepreneur who studies complex adaptive systems, Merle is accustomed to studying humans’ responses to change. She notices that in recent years in social science, there’s been an interest in embracing the notion that change is happening constantly, evolution is happening constantly.” What this has led to is greater fluidity in roles, or role sharing. While historically one person may maintain one career title their entire lives, in today’s world people jump around in titles, roles, and careers. And this is a useful thing, she explains. With so many morphing challenges arising all of the time, “being as adaptive as possible” is the only real way to succeed.

As a woman working in social sciences, Merle is thrilled by this shift. She suggests, “women have always collaborated in these ways. Now we have scientific validation of these models.” Merle sees this movement as a sign of a shift toward a more feminine presence in the corporate world on a large scale. Since the notions of role sharing and flexibility are strongly associated with feminine approaches to overcoming obstacles, it only makes sense to include more feminine thinking, and therefore more females, in the workplace. She sees that “small changes can change the whole system,” and “one of the ways these organizations can move [these changes] along is by letting women rise to the top.”

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All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Merle Lefkoff and Complex Adaptive Systems

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040 The Female Voice in Politics with Ellen Malcolm

What does the word ‘feminism’ mean to you? Do you struggle over whether or not you identify as a feminist Many of us exemplify feminism in our actions in its true meaning, yet some of us have an aversion to identify with the term due to negative associations. EMILY’s List founder Ellen Malcolm has seen the rise and fall and rise again in popularity of the term. To her, the word itself is not as important as fighting for what it really means: equality between men and women. Today I speak with Ellen about how she advocates for gender equality and greater female representation in politics.

My guest today is Ellen Malcolm, founder and board chair of EMILY’s List, an organization that seeks to give female political candidates credibility and resources to win by developing a a donor network that encouraged members to contribute to the candidates EMILY’s List recommends. Ellen is a veteran Democratic activist and fundraiser who began her career as an organizer at Common Cause and later served as press secretary for the National Women’s Political Caucus. In 1980, Ellen went to work at the White House as the press secretary for President Jimmy Carter’s special assistant for consumer affairs. Ellen is a recipient of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Margaret Sanger Award — the organization’s highest honor and has been named one of the most influential women in America by Vanity Fair, one of Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year, and one of Ladies’ Home Journal’s 100 Most Important Women in America. Today I speak with Ellen about the changes and challenges EMILY’s List has faced over the years, the importance of including female voices in politics, and how she has been able to make real, sustainable change nationally.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • What you can do today to encourage more female and family friendly policies
  • How Ellen avoids burnout and why she thinks taking a break from work makes her a better, stronger worker
  • How you can get involved in the political system to make a difference from the inside out

More About Ellen

Ellen has been active in politics since the 60’s. After graduating college in 1969 she became involved in the anti-war movement and participated by demonstrating and becoming active in rallies; fighting from the outside. Ellen says she recognizes herself in Bernie Sanders-supporting millennials today. There is dissatisfaction with the way the government is running, and people want change. For Ellen, after trying to change from the outside and having little success, she “decided that I wanted to go inside the system and make a difference.” She knew that there was little female representation in politics, and decided to take this on as her challenge.

Ellen began EMILY’s List in 1985 to help connect funders with female candidates to ultimately introduce more female voices in to our government. “EMILY’s List is an acronym, standing for “Early Money Is Like Yeast” (i.e., it makes the dough rise),as Ellen recognized that financial backing is the starting point to get women into office. Thirty years later, EMILY’s List has seen the election of 11 female governors, 19 Senate members, 110 House of Representative members, over 700 state and local office successes, and the first female presidential candidate.

Today, EMILY’s list is proud to have seen such incredible change in a short period of time, but Ellen recognizes that there is still significant work to be done. She suggests the best way to initiate more change is for women to run for office, and she encourages any and all women to consider it.

 

Describe one personal habit that contributes to your well-being:

Walk my dogs.

What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?

Public speaking.

What advice would you give to your 25 or 30 year old self?

Expose yourself to a lot of different things.

 

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EMILY’s List

When Women Win by Ellen Malcolm

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

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