John Poelstra

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Focusing on What You Can Control (024)

This episode riffs on my thoughts from reading the book “Fire in My Eyes: An American Warrior’s Journey from Being Blinded on the Battlefield to Gold Medal Victory.”

Task Tracking That’s Not Overwhelming or Depressing (023)

This episode explores the different ways I manage my todo list items and along with techniques I’ve learned to avoid feeling overwhelmed by them and get more done.

How to Create and Publish Your Own Podcast (022)

This in-depth episode examines and explains the steps for creating and publishing your own podcast. It looks at the five key ingredients to creating a successful podcast and provides additional resources and recommendations.

What Do You Want? (021)

Are you as clear about what you want as you think? This episode explores some ways to get clearer.

How to Block Distracting Sounds So You Can Concentrate (020)

In this episode I share one of my hacks for creating quiet and peace when I need to concentrate. That hack is ambient water recordings I’ve made myself.

How to Succeed as a Remote Worker (019)

Paul Frields joins the podcast to talk about working remotely and what it takes to succeed. John and Paul also discuss some of the misconceptions about remote work and how to overcome them.

Talking Red Hat, Meetings and Music with Paul Frields (018)

In this wide-ranging conversation, John and guest Paul Frields, talk about working at Red Hat, how they got started with collaborative meeting minutes and Paul’s love of playing the bass.

How to Handle Dominant People at Meetings (017)

This episode explores some techniques for facilitating meetings with stronger personalities or those that dominate the discussion too much.

What Could be Fun? (016)

Sometimes the best way to get your day out of a ditch is to find something fun. Any amount of fun might be good enough. That’s what I explore in this episode.

Being a True Owner (015)

This episode explores the topic of personal ownership through the eyes of two books: Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin and QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work by John G. Miller

What is Good Listening? (014)

This episode explores the topic of listening through the Co-Active coaching model and an article from Harvard Business Review.

Some of My Favorite Things (013)

This episode is a collection of some of my favorite things. It was inspired by some similar things I shared in a recent podcast interview on “How to be Awesome at your Job.”

Collaborative Meeting Minutes: Listener Questions and Feedback (012)

This episode responds to listener questions and feedback from two previous episodes around how to collaboratively create meeting minutes and how a central mailing list repository for meeting minutes works.

Keeping the Vacation Glow Alive Longer (011)

This episode covers some of my thoughts on a recent return from vacation and how to keep the vacation glow going for as long as possible.

What’s Your Criteria? (010)

This episode explores the benefits for setting and agreeing to criteria before making decisions.

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