Episode 32: Jason M. Valadão reads from Exceptional Every Day: An Empowering Process to Unlock Your Why and Transform Your Life

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Discover Your Purpose and Design a Life That Is Fully Yours

In Exceptional Every Day, Jason M. Valadão, M.D. will help you transform your life. Using a method called The Process, this book enables you to create and achieve personal goals by helping you understand how to prioritize what is meaningful to you, allocate your time appropriately, and maximize productivity. By gaining control of your life and mastering your time, you’ll be empowered to explore your passions and interests, and create an exceptional and fulfilling life for yourself and your loved ones. It all starts with you.

Valadao_AU-photoIn this book, you’ll learn how to manage your life and value the journey along the way instead of focusing only on the end results. This “why,” the core desire that motivates you to succeed, will help you discover the steps that you can take each day to grow, and will inspire you to share your energy with others so that you can live out your purpose. Filled with exclusive tools and insightful stories, Jason will guide you to discover and create an individualized roadmap that will lead you to the life that you desire.

Exceptional Every Day not only promises to transform lives, it delivers.

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Episode 30: Kourtney Whitehead reads from Working Whole

Working Whole“Our work should be a manifestation of who we are and what we believe.”

Do you want more from work than just a paycheck or a title? Are you ready to manifest a work life rooted in joy, purpose, and contentment?

Career expert Kourtney Whitehead will guide you on a self-discovery journey to bridge the gap between your spiritual life and your work, and help you bring intention and satisfaction to your professional life. In Working Whole, she shares eight principles that will free you to be inspired and joyful in your life and work callings. She advises that when we commit to living our beliefs in these eight core areas (humility, surrender, discipline, gratitude, connection, love, power and patience), we can work authentically and live fulfilled.

Drawn from her long career as a recruiter, counselor and coach and her work with everyone from new hires to seasoned executives in transition to high-achievers preparing for retirement, Kourtney shares tips and tools for handling the expectations, choices, conflicts, challenges and opportunities we face in our work life. She leads you through a transformative experience to become more creative, energized, observant, accepting of change and open-hearted.

In this book, you’ll learn:
* How to assess the particular conflicts that work life exerts on your spiritual values
* How well you’re integrating your spiritual beliefs into your life
* What actions will move you from feeling disconnected and uninspired in your work, to realizing a deep level of satisfaction
* How to negotiate real-world obstacles, like an untrustworthy boss or a job that makes you feel trapped

With a warm tone and featuring informative content, exploratory exercises and actionable suggestions throughout, Working Whole provides a clear framework for making life and career decisions, both big and small, allowing you to reach your highest potential and live your most fulfilled life.

About the expert: Kourtney Whitehead has focused her career on helping people reach their work goals, from executive searches to counseling to career transitions, through her positions at top executive recruiting firms and consulting companies. Her site, SimplyService.org, is an online community focused on supporting the creation of spiritually centered work lives. She is a sought-after speaker and podcast guest. Her new book, Working Whole, shares how to unite spiritual and work life. Learn more at SimplyService.org.

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Episode 28: Rick Miller reads from Be Chief: It’s a Choice, Not a Title

be chiefConventional wisdom about Chiefs and power is all wrong. It says Chiefs are special. Chiefs are chosen. Chiefs have titles. And only those at the top have the power to be Chief.

But today, reports indicate that 7 in 10 workers are not giving 100% on the job. Why? Mostly, they feel powerless. Researchers estimate the cost of this lost productivity at over $500B annually.

We need a new way to think about Chiefs and power, and we need new tools to create powerful organizations.
To Rick Miller, being Chief has nothing to do with position or title. And power has nothing to do with authority or control. Rather, Rick defines a Chief as anyone who fully and enthusiastically connects what they do to who they are, personally and professionally. Rick defines power in terms of the clarity, energy, and impact we can all choose to build.

Miller is a different kind of turnaround specialist who has led million- and billion-dollar organizations that have unlocked employee productivity, tripled growth rates, and delivered sustainable growth using a strategy to cultivate teams of powerful Chiefs. As a student-teacher and a player-coach Miller, shares strategies that work for Chiefs at all levels.

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Episode 26: Sherry Cormier reads from Sweet Sorrow: Finding Enduring Wholeness after Loss and Grief

sorrowFew of us know how to navigate the territory of traumatic loss successfully. Sweet Sorrow shows how we can respond and grow stronger from loss and suffering. Written by a psychologist and certified bereavement trauma specialist in the decade following the loss of her husband, father, mother, and only sibling, this carefully considered work provides perspective on grief and healing over time. This longer-term approach allows readers to have a more complete and accurate picture of the oscillations of grief over time. The book describes not only the immediate agony of the author’s losses, but also the process of starting over and making a successful new life as a single person full of hope and joy.

Sweet Sorrow combines the author’s psychological expertise and clinical experience with the compelling art of memoir to illuminate the surprising ways in which loss survivors can grow and even thrive to achieve wholeness after heartbreaking, traumatic losses. Using findings from post-traumatic growth, as well as evidence-based psychological approaches, Sweet Sorrow illustrates through story and example, ways for grief survivors to start over, to manage chaos and stress, to let go, and to heal with new strategies and re-storying. Sweet Sorrow also provides resources and recommendations for self-care, as well as tips and suggestions for all of us trying to respond creatively and helpfully to those around us suffering loss.

Ultimately, Sweet Sorrow is a book of inspiration intended to accompany readers through the processes of loss and grief much like a helpful Sherpa might guide a lost traveler.

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Episode 25: What Anyone Can Do: How Surrounding Yourself with the Right People Will Drive Change, Opportunity, and Personal Growth

anyoneMost of us don’t seek advice or reach out to others for help very easily. In part, it’s because we’re conditioned to see life as an individual endeavor rather than a team sport. Or because we believe that asking for help makes us look weak or incapable. We regard self-help as by-yourself-help. News flash: no one in the history of the world has ever achieved any level of happiness or success totally by themselves.

In his 1976 book The Long Run Solution, Joe Henderson suggested that becoming truly accomplished at running (or at anything) doesn’t typically require us to perform superhuman feats. In fact, success is frequently realized by those who simply do the things anyone can do that most of us never will.

In What Anyone Can Do, with the help of Leo Bottary’s Year of the Peer podcasts guests (and playful illustrations by Ryan Foland), you’ll discover that if you surround yourself with the right people, you’ll do the things anyone can do far more often. And when you do that, you and the people around you will realize more of what you want out of business and life. It’s that simple.

The Power of Peers (2016) made a strong case for how and why formal peer groups are so effective. This book steps outside the formal peer group arena to examine all the important relationships we have in our lives (parents, teachers, spouses, mentors, children, mentees, etc.) and provides a practical approach and specific framework for harnessing their power for your benefit (and theirs). It’s what anyone can do. You’re anyone, right?

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Episode 22: Mark Perna reads from Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generations

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Bridge the Gap and Reach the Why Generation

If you’ve ever struggled to motivate the young people in your sphere of influence, Answering Why is the game-changer you’ve been looking for. From the urgent skills gap crisis to the proven strategies to inspire our youngest generations, Answering Why addresses the burning questions faced by educators, employers, and parents everywhere.

Author, CEO, and generational expert Mark C. Perna shares his wide experience and profound success as both a single dad and performance consultant for education and workforce development across North America. Readers will be empowered to:

– Embrace the branch-creak crisis moments of life
– Make meaningful, productive connections with the Why Generation (anyone under 40 today)
– Bring relevance, self-discovery, and passion to the learning process

The Why Generation is asking a serious question, and it’s time to answer it. This book will help awaken the incredible potential of young people everywhere and spur them to increased performance on all fronts, so they can make a bigger difference–which is exactly what they want.

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Episode 20: HV MacArthur reads from Low Man on the Totem Pole: Stop Begging for a Promotion, Start Selling Your Genius

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Originally, the bottom piece of the totem pole was actually viewed as the most critical structure of the totem pole. They would contract the best artists to carve out what would end up being the foundation of the entire piece. Somewhere along the lines we’ve lost sight of this concept and have begun undervaluing the critical role that each of us plays, regardless of title or hierarchy. We’ve handed over our power to be an “employee” vs. business owner. But the workplace is going through a revolution. We are experiencing more career fluidity than ever before. Organizations are getting flatter and flatter. At the same time, we are coming out of a tradition of extremely high levels of command and control that were great for efficiency when the work place was a simple assembly line structure, but severely limits the productivity of our current complex work environments. You owe it to yourself to take ownership of your work back, regardless if you are a an independent contractor, run your own business, or set up shop under the umbrella of a larger organization; you are a business owner. This book provides a road map where there is none. The tips, insights, and real-world examples are set up to help any individual carve out their own path, regardless if they are currently working in a job to make ends meet, sitting in an executive leadership position trying to carve out a stronger brand and broader influence, or a career “employee” getting ready to reinvent into the next chapter of work successfully.

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