John Poelstra

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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.

October 2018 Changes, Beginnings, Endings and More (67)

Here’s what happened and what I learned in October 2018, a couple of which were the culmination of how the year started.

Plugging Leaks to Focus and Execute (66)

It’s easy to get off track and lose focus. Here are some of the ways I have been attempting to sharpen my focus and execution.

Leading From Within with Stephani Roy McCallum (65)

Stephani Roy McCallum is a leader who helps people have difficult conversations. In this conversation she navigates a deeper of understanding of what leadership really is and how to be an effective leader.

September 2018 Learnings (64)

Here’s a recap of the things that happened in September 2018 and what I learned from them.

Changing Teams From the Inside with Alexis Monville (63)

Alexis Monville from the Red Hat Engineering Leadership team joins me to talk about his experiences leading, developing and changing teams. He’s also the author of a new book: Changing Your Team From The Inside.

Summer 2018 Learnings (62)

Summer 2018 was a busy time with lots of trips, continuous learning and new ways to grow.

Getting to Know Kathy Jorsch (61)

Enjoy this wide ranging conversation with author, singer, business owner and entrepreneur, Kathy Jorsch.

Setting a Present and Future Focus (60)

It’s easy to get stuck in the past, and yet there’s not much it gives us. Here’s an encouragement to live in the present and look to the future.

Better Ways of Learning with Dave Stuart Jr (59)

This conversation explores teaching, experiential learning, leadership and so much more with Dave Stuart Jr. These 6 Things: How to Focus Your Teaching on What Matters Most is his latest book.

No Excuses (58)

This short riff considers what it might look like to live a life of “no excuses.” It was inspired by a story about Navy SEAL training combined my list of beliefs which center around personal ownership.

Manifesting with Nancy Jamieson (57)

Nancy Jamieson and I explore her interest in podcasting by sitting down to record an episode. We talk about her experiences how she believes life works.

Figuring Out What You Want with Tina Robinson (56)

Tina Robinson is back to delve into the often murky topic of figuring out what we want. Together we share some ways to get clearer.

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