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105: Alfredo Deza–Yet

Alfredo Deza shares what it’s like to be an Olympian, how he found his way to software and how others can get started there too. We also explore the power behind the word “yet.”

104: Issac Roth–Experimenting with Fidelity

Issac Roth helps me explore the grim and frustrated perspective I had on the state of the world in August 2020, and redeem it aided by old memories from OpenShift & Red Hat.

103: Decomposition, Fire and Optimism with Issac Roth

Issac Roth and I cover a wide-range of topics linked to our personal lives, our work together at Red Hat and the technology world in general–all sparked by wildfires he almost lost his house to.

102: Questioning Your Answers

I’m back in another conversation with Brad Solomon where we get into the mechanics of effective coaching.

101: What Do You Really Want?

Brad Solomon and I continue our reflections and riffs about what’s present to us. This time it’s about being present, journaling, and the power (and difficulty) of getting clear about what you want.

100: Your Four-Year-Old Self

Brad Solomon and I set off on another unplanned exploration into what’s present to us in the moment, including sharing childhood pictures of ourselves.

99: Exploring The Coaching Habit with Ken Dreyer

Ken Dreyer and I discuss The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier. Our conversation evaluates the book and examines Ken’s experiences putting it to work.

98: Full Catastrophe Living and a Shelf Full of Books

Brad Solomon and I talk about all the books we’ve started and not finished, what the full catastrophe of life is and how implementing what you know is more powerful than continuing to acquire more knowledge.

97: CHOOSING in an “I Don’t Know” World

Brad Solomon and I explore the power of choosing, experiments, discipline, habits and what we are making of the time that is COVID-19.

96: The Power of a Heart at Peace

Alexis Monville and I discuss The Anatomy of Peace, a pivotal book in my own personal transformation and path to discarding judgement.

95: Journaling to Save the Day

Here’s how I salvaged a day that might have turned out very differently though the simple act of writing down what was going on in my head.

94: Choosing Outside of Fear

On his birthday this year, Rick Tamlyn committed to a whole year of not making any decisions from a place of fear. That reminded me of other things he taught me and the power of making choices.

93: Giving Feedback and Taking Responsibility

Alexis Monville and I reflect on a time I gave feedback that was not well received and what we both learned from it. Hopefully you’ll learn something too.

92: Understanding and Using Archetypes

Meg Buzzi, Tina Robinson and I explore archetypes and their usefulness on Massively Useful Thing.

91: Not the Remote Work Yann Toutant Envisioned

Yann Toutant and I explore what it means to work remotely in a time of Covid-19 and what we are taking from it.

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