CNPodcast: Retrospective #26

In the latest retrospective, I share some advice on dealing with praise and criticism, explore how poor communication can ruin good relationships and take on a new challenge (that’s really an old challenge).

Lessons Learned:

Praise and critique can both move you from your path and become distractions.

  • Don’t let emotions interfere with opportunity
  • Don’t be afraid to walk away
  • Stay centered – accept, process, integrate what’s needed and move forward

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CNPodcast #58: Mindshare – Managing Time and Attention

In this week’s episode, I explore the topic of mindshare, the things that get our time and attention. I share the ways that I’ve tried to help manage what gets my mindshare to balance my happiness and productivity.

Show Notes:

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#time #attention #mindfulness #selfcare #mentalhealth

#57: Facing Fear and Being Vulnerable

In this week’s episode, I share how I allowed fear to dominate much of my life choices. I break down the biggest fears that affected my life, what those fears cost me and what it finally took to start making different decisions.  I also explore vulnerability and how facing it can make or cost you the heavyweight championship.

Show Notes:

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CNPodcast #55: Productivity Physics

In this week’s episode, I take a light-hearted approach to discussing the physics of productivity. I’ll highlight some of the more popular rules that govern us and how our awareness of them can improve our work

Show Notes:

Mythical Man Month

Brook’s Law

Pareto Principle (80/20 Rule)

Parkinson’s Law

Hofstader’s Law

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A Big Deal (For Who?)

In this week’s episode, I talk about the need to understand relative impact. From seat reclining and font sizes to access ramps and viral infections, I discuss how empathy is an effective tool in understanding how things that aren’t a “big deal” to us can be huge issues for others.

“Being a calming voice in a sea of panic is one thing. Being reductive and dismissive is another.”

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CN Podcast: Retrospective #23

In the latest retrospective,  I share my latest experience with equipment failures abroad and how rewards/punishment have been affecting my weekly commitments. Whats a bigger motivation, 500 burpees or apple pie and ice cream dessert?

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The Ending Of Things

I’ve had to learn to become more comfortable with the ending of things.

I haven’t always gotten the endings that I’ve wanted.

I’ve often tried to keep things going just to avoid an unpleasant ending.

I’ve also returned to situations I should’ve left alone in order to “fix” the previous ending.

But that’s not how things work.

Some things end on a high note. Some things end in a messy way.

But regardless, they’ve end.

I’ve had to accept the fact that sometimes, the last conversation I had with someone is the last conversation I’ll ever have with them. 

Sometimes, it’s because it’s not possible to have another conversation.

Sometimes, it’s because there’s nothing left to be said.

But I still had to move on.

There’s always another ending to face.

Until the last one.

And getting comfortable with that may be the hardest thing.