Episode 042 – Slogans, Symbols, and Story – The Confidence Game

A powerful story pulls us inside its world, reaching the emotions and suspending rational thought. To persuade, inspire, and…to con us.  Listen to hear how and why it works so well.

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A Mountain Road, A Motorcycle, No Guardrails

Fear gripped us as we started down the mountain.  We were in Arizona on a motorcycle tour.  The others were more experienced riders, and used to the terrain out west.  We were used to riding rolling hills with trees and shrubs on the side of the road.  Here were sharp switchbacks and a steep drop-off to the right.

NOTE:  This is the straight part of the road.  No one took pictures on the switchbacks.

NOTE: This is the straight part of the road. No one took pictures on the switchbacks.

One false move and we could go hurtling off the side into the abyss below. 

Episode 041 – Nice Guys Finish Last…Or Do They?

We’ve all heard the expression “Nice guys finish last.” You’ve probably seen evidence that it’s true.  Today we explore this and more as we dig into “Give and Take” by Adam Grant.

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Episode 040 – Who Do You Think You Are? Sam Bennett Part 2

Today Sam turns the question “Who do you think you are?” completely on its head. And we hit the hard stuff, talking about roadblocks to completing your project.

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Swinging For the Fences

We love a home run, don’t we?  The big guy gets up to the plate, swings away, and CRACK!  The bat hits the ball right in the sweet spot, and the ball goes flying over the fence.  The crowd jumps to its feet and roars.  The batter saunters around the bases, sometimes waving his hat in the air to acknowledge the rousing applause.

(c) Ann Thompson

(c) Ann Thompson

A lot of people think that the rest of the game is boring.  They wait for the home runs.  They’re powerful.  Flashy.  Exciting.

Episode 039 – Get It Done: A Creative Conversation With Sam Bennett

Do organized and artist seem diametrically opposed? Sam Bennett teaches us how artistry and organization can coexist to get your creative projects done.

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The Measure of a Moment

What’s a moment worth?  How do you measure a moment?  If you’re a gazillionaire making $1 billion a year, a minute is worth about $190,000. If you’re like the rest of us, not that much in terms of dollars.   What if we use a different lens?  See the value in its ability to change our life, protect us from danger, take our breath away?  What about the moments that change our life’s course, remind us of who we are, or even change history?

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What are those moments worth?