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175 – Don’t miss the big picture

We risk losing sight of the bigger picture when we focus on one detail. Listen to hear how a recent participant in one of Mark’s …

Feb 2, 2023

174 – We have enough – Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller

Don’t strive for excess; be content with ‘enough’. Listen to hear the Joseph Heller quote that inspired his friend Kurt Vonnegut’s tribute poem.

Jan 25, 2023

173 – Knowledge can come from any source with Maria Marenco

Knowledge can come from any source; be cautious about what ideas you dismiss. Listen to hear how a 10-year-old girl and her mother helped Apollo 11 land on the moon and return to Earth safely.

Jan 17, 2023

172 – Feedback doesn’t work

Giving feedback doesn’t work; strengths, not weaknesses, offer growth opportunities. Listen to hear how Lionel Messi became one of the world’s best football players.

Dec 20, 2022

171 – Everybody matters

Caring about the growth of your people is more likely to lead you to success than treating them like resources. Listen to hear how Bob Chapman transformed his family business so that its revenue grew from $18 million to over $2 billion.

Dec 13, 2022

170 – One person can change the world

Change comes from unexpected sources. Listen to hear how Malcolm McLean changed the world transportation landscape.

Dec 8, 2022

Replay 136 – Experiences change minds

Suggestions and arguments don’t change minds, but experiences do. Listen to hear how a husband finally persuaded his wife to buy herself a new, improved bike.

Nov 29, 2022

169 – Model beneficial behaviours

Model the behaviours that will benefit your entire team. Listen to hear how Captain James Cook saved his crew from scurvy.

Nov 22, 2022

168 – It’s not about you

Don’t get caught up in the moment. It’s not about you. Listen to hear how some stern words eased Jason Alexander’s anxiety and pushed him back onto the acting path.

Nov 15, 2022

167 – Believe in your people

Believe in your people, and they’ll believe in themselves. Listen to hear how the support of a coach and school principal changed Michael Lewis’ life. 

Nov 8, 2022

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