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How I Came to Coaching and How it Works (82)

Vinod Jain leads this conversation where I share the path that led me to coaching, what I believe about certain things, and how coaching works.

Five Days of My Own (Un)Productivity (81)

I don’t have a typical work week. However, here’s one I chronicled and reflected on with Mike Vardy as an experiment for his podcast.

Working Remote on Purpose with Yann Toutant (80)

Yann Toutant believes companies can be more innovative by creating and working as remote teams. Our conversation explores Yann’s journey and what he’s learning.

Preparing For Your Next Job Interview (79)

Here are some different ways to prepare and think about your next job interview–as the interviewer or the interviewee.

Building and Leading Effective Remote Teams (78)

Alexis Monville, Michael Doyle and I talk about working effectively with remote teams when meeting in person is not possible– a topic that came up as we collaborated on version two of Alexis’ book Changing Your Team From the Inside.

Second Chances (77)

This episode explores the book A Second Chance by Catherine Hoke, my interest in law enforcement and the complexities of incarceration.

How to Create Thoughts and Feelings That Serve You (76)

This riff explores the power of thoughts on feelings and how asking better questions yields better thoughts.

Live Coaching: Why Your Values Matter and How to Find Them (75)

This in-depth episode explores personal values through conversation and live coaching with Michael Doyle.

Creating an Unbroken Chain of Gratitude with Kate Dixon (74)

Kate Dixon and John explore Kate’s discovery of gratitude journaling, all the benefits it has provided, and the impact it’s had on John.

Exploring the Ego with Michael Doyle (73)

This conversation with Michael Doyle (former colleague at Red Hat) explores what we found in Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday and reflect it back on ourselves.

Stranger-Talking Across America with Carolyn Campbell (72)

Carolyn Campbell explains the fascinating journey she’s on to understand rural America by listening to the people she’s sent to by others. I met Carolyn as my first coach several years ago.

Latest Learnings & Challenges (71)

Here are a few things I’ve learned in the past few months.

Walking in Dead Man’s Forest with Michael Marvosh (70)

This deep conversation with Michael Marvosh explores meaning and life lessons with prompts from nature and our own life experiences.

Do You Have a Time or Mission Problem? (69)

Here’s a short riff on a section from Time Warrior by Steve Chandler about alleged “time management” problems.

Getting to Know Vinod Jain (68)

Vinod Jain works as a technology and management consultant in Northern Virginia. In this conversation we explore how get got to where he is today and the personal journey he is on.

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