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.

This is a rebroadcast of a conversation I had with Brad Solomon, Founder and CEO of the CTG Group in the UK on his podcast called The Lockdown Sessions. The Lockdown Sessions is a weekly podcast, hosted by Brad that explores reflections on a broad range of topics including self awareness, self management, learning and development issues and personal growth.

Conversation Highlights

  • Full Catastrophe Living
  • How many books do you have on your shelf that you have not finished?
  • Are you reading a book simply to complete it?
  • What if you worked from a very small list of books and implemented everything in those books?
  • Brad likes for short summaries of important books
  • The Four Agreements
    • Being impeccable with our word
    • Not taking things personally
    • Brad believes this is THE best personal development book ever written and the one he recommends the most
  • Creating with our Word
  • Our experience “pulling cards” and the uncanny truth we’ve found in them
  • Trusting our own inner-knowing (what we already know) and how coaching turns the volume up on that
    • Creating the space to help people truly find and determine their own path
  • Brad pushes me on how I really know when to pick up a book or not
  • Asking the moment what it needs and often waiting for the next one
  • What if the solution to your next problem came from sitting in a room by yourself uninterrupted for 30 minutes with a piece of paper and a pen?
  • Does everyone need a coach?
  • Brad believes everyone could do with a little therapy
  • Brad’s observations in his current work as a therapist with children and teens
  • The first things to come out of our mouth are usually not the most important which makes “What else?” such a powerful question
  • Reading books and collecting ideas from everywhere except inside ourselves stops us from having our own thinking and innovation

Books Mentioned

Yes, the irony is not lost on me that I’ve included quite a list of books from our conversation and I advocate reading less (and implementing more).


  • Hallon by Christian Bjoerklund
  • Cold Funk by Kevin MacLeod
  • Original photo source

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