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The Coaching Habit With Michael Bungay Stanier

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Join us in today's episode because my guest will paint today's conversation with multiple colors with his insights. Michael Bungay Stanier is the founder of the Box of Crayons and author of the best-selling book The Coaching Habit. Michael explores the role of persistence in his life journey, which allows him to disallow any rejection that will hold him back. He also explains the power of keystone conversation in unlocking deeper understanding and building trust within working environments as …

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Books Are The Gateway to New Perspectives and Connections

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As a voracious reader, my literary journeys span many genres - from the imaginative realms of fiction to the fact-driven worlds of nonfiction and everything in between. My reading habits are as varied as my interests: sometimes, I devour a book cover to cover, sometimes I skim to grasp the highlights, and often, I listen to audiobooks on Audible, absorbing the essence through soundbites. This eclectic approach to reading has profoundly shaped my perspective, continually opening new avenues of th…

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The Good Awkward: Why Embracing Awkwardness Can Be Your Secret Weapon To Personal Growth With Henna Pryor

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Awkwardness and personal growth aren’t two words that you would typically use together in sentence, unless you intend to contrast them. We’re doing the exact opposite in this virtual campfire conversation. Today’s guest, Henna Pryor, firmly believes that embracing our awkwardness and running towards discomfort is our best bet to unlocking the next chapter of success in our lives. Henna tells us how embracing this philosophy has helped her become the best version of herself and how it’s now tak…

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Do You Really Want to Get Uncomfortable?

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“To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself." – Soren Kierkegaard

Imagine a comfortable, familiar room bathed in soft light; perhaps you are lounging on your favorite sofa - this is your comfort zone. It's a cozy place, but outside of this space lies a vast, dynamic world. Stepping outside of the warmth into the unknown can be unsettling, and it’s supposed to be. That jolt is growth knocking at your door.

Our comfort zones are psychological states where things fee…

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Inspiring Vision: Basilica Cistern

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“The true strength of our leadership lies in the depth of our character.”

The Basilica Cistern in Istanbul, Turkey (known in Turkish as Yerebatan Sarnıcı) is one of the most fascinating historical sites in Istanbul. It was originally built during the Byzantine Empire era to store water for the Great Palace. Today, it stands as a testament to the architectural and engineering prowess of ancient times, drawing visitors to walk on raised platforms above the water, marveling at the 336 marble columns…

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Navigating the Fine Line of Authenticity

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“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It's about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen." – Brene Brown

Authenticity in the workplace is often hailed as a key to effective leadership and harmonious team dynamics. It's seen as the golden ticket to building trust, fostering open communication, and creating an inclusive environment. However, there's a less discussed side to this narrative: the risk of o…

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The Science Advocate: Why We Need More Champions for Science and Scientists With Jayshree Seth

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Science advocacy isn't just about championing research; it's about amplifying the voices of the scientists themselves. This role goes beyond supporting the scientific community – it's about igniting a passion for STEM within the next generation. Fueled by a desire to make the world a better place, Jayshree Seth's journey explores the crucial elements needed to cultivate a future driven by purpose, collaboration, and a deep appreciation for scientific progress.  

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Slingshot: Rewriting The Story Of Your Life With Moustafa Hamwi

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We go through life learning the lessons necessary for us to find our purpose. In this episode, we follow the transformative journey of bestselling author and passion reigniter, Moustafa Hamwi. Moustafa, known for his unique lifestyle as an executive nomad, shares his remarkable evolution from a corporate job in Dubai to the realization that the glitz of the party scene didn't fulfill his soul. Seeking deeper meaning, he ventured to India, immersing himself in meditation and reflection with a H…

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The Grounded Leader: Harnessing Humility and Courage

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"True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less." – C.S. Lewis

To prepare our teams for the future, we need to start by admitting that we don't have all the answers. For some leaders, this might seem counter-intuitive. Why would someone follow me if I don’t know the answers? How can they trust me if I am not 100% confident in the plan? But the opposite is true.

I have been working with a CEO at an immuno-oncology therapeutics company. The company’s clinical develop…

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Leading Inclusion: Creating Respectful Environments With Gena Cox

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Inclusion begins with respect: when we see, hear, and value each other, we create a world where everyone belongs. Gena Cox talks about how organizations can truly embrace inclusion in this episode, sharing gold nuggets from her book "Leading Inclusion: Drive Change Your Employees Can See." She explores the definition of inclusive leadership, emphasizing how respect is the cornerstone of inclusion in the workplace. Based on research and her own experience, Gena shares how to create environments…

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