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Creative Spirits Unleashed
Creative Spirits Unleashed is about becoming more of who you really are by changing your relationship with mistakes, pressure and criticism and adding more balance to your life.
Jul 14, 2022
#42 The Elegant Pivot Series: Developing a Spirit of Inquiry
We are finishing up a series that I've been doing with my coworker, colleague, and daughter, Jen Maneely with my book “The Elegant Pivot”. This is a book I wrote and published in 2001. We've been following the five main principles of the elegant pivot around how to assume positive intent. The fifth principle is to develop a spirit of inquiry. And if you haven’t read my book, or need a refresher on the five principles, they are: 1: Discern Signal from Noise 2: Focus on what You Want 3: Take Nothing Personally 4: Master Your Stories 5: Develop A Sense of Inquiry And boy, did we dive in today on that. My daughter and I actually had a couple of daughter and mommy moments or mommy daughter moments, however you want to put that, where we discovered where some of our patterns come from, and what patterns have to do with asking questions. So, we went into everything from how to ask a good question, how to not interrogate somebody, how to recognize when you're feeling vulnerable, and more. I hope you enjoy this podcast and I hope you enjoyed this series as well with Jen Maneely.
Jun 15, 2022
#41 The Elegant Pivot Series: Master Your Stories
In my latest podcast episode, I again welcome daughter and colleague Jen Maneely. We are continuing our series on The Elegant Pivot. In this episode, we talked about the Chapter titled Master Your Stories. We had SO many stories about making up stories. All too often, we think we know what the other person is thinking or why they said something. More often than not, we are missing the full picture. In fact, I would dare say we never have the full picture, because we can’t truly get inside someone else’s head. The problem with making up stories is when we act on them as if they are true. I’ve done this myself way too many times to count, often with hilarious results. We tell a couple of those types of stories. But we also talked about situations where our stories caused us grief. Making up stories about why something is happening or why someone is doing something is completely natural. Getting invested in those stories as if they are true – rather than treating them like the theories that they are – is at the root of many of our breakdowns. Assuming positive intent is the best move I know to interrupt the cycle. It’s a simple move – but as my book explains, certainly not easy. We get very real in this episode about the challenges of moving from believing our stories to testing our stories. I would love to hear what you like about this conversation. All you have to do is go to the podcast page on my website at www.lynncarnes.com and click the “send a voicemail button” on the right-hand side of the page. Super easy to do and it helps me know what to bring you in future episodes. Of course, also share this episode with your colleagues and friends. I hope you enjoy this episode.
1 hr 4 min
Jun 2, 2022
#40 Robyn Shiller: The Tiny Steps That Make Up Success
My guest for this episode is Robyn Schiller. It was two years ago that I reached out to her husband Warwick Schiller to be a guest on my podcast. He’s a very well-known horse trainer with an extensive video subscription library. Then, a year ago, I got to meet Robyn (and Warwick in person) at the Cactus Reining Classic. We visited after I had gotten to see Robyn ride her reining horse in the show. She mentioned that she used to be in the corporate world, in Human Resources, which definitely made me very interested to talk to her. I invited Robyn on the podcast because there is always more to success than meets the eye – whether we are talking about her performance in the arena, or in the business that she and Warwick run together. Robyn is the behind-the-scenes force that get things done in their business. Soon, she will also be offering her wisdom alongside Warwick at a clinic they are doing in Australia titled Resolving Anxiety in Horses and Humans Masterclass. She previewed some of what she will be teaching in this podcast, especially about how our survival brain can get activated and what we can do about that. One of the themes of this conversation was making the unseen visible to others. The magic is often in understanding that behind the slick surface, there is always more than meets the eye. Our conversation ranged among many topics, dancing between horses and humans and especially what we have in common and what we can learn from each other. There is so much wisdom in this podcast – especially at the end – and if you come away with nothing else, you will learn how it’s the little things that add up to the big things. Guest contact information: warwickschiller.com
1 hr 35 min
May 19, 2022
#39 Geoff Saab: Low Risk Rules
My guest for this episode is Geoff Saab, author of the newly published book Low Risk Rules, A Wealth Preservation Manifesto. If the word “manifesto” gets your attention, that’s exactly what Geoff was hoping for. He really does have a point of view on how to preserve wealth. His ideas apply to all of us, even though he wrote the book primarily for entrepreneurs who had sold their business. Our conversation covered a lot of territory. One of the main themes of Geoff’s book and clearly, in his work with clients, is conviction. He has a point of view on the value of understanding and believing in the companies in which his clients invest. More importantly, he believes in going slow to go fast. His back to basics approach is both unusual and refreshing. Geoff Saab is a wealth manager who has held various positions in tax, estate planning, and insurance, and now serves clients as a portfolio manager within an investment counsel firm. He spent over a decade working in a single family office, advocating directly on behalf of his clients. With his unique experience of working as both a wealth management industry insider and outsider, he has gained a deep understanding of how the industry works (and doesn’t work) for clients. Disclaimer: This podcast is for information and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to form the basis for any offer for any investment product. There are risks involved in any investment product. Additional Topics: · So you sold your business, now what? Where do you invest your money? · Entrepreneurs are living so much in risk, it’s hard for them to know anything different. · Investment doesn’t have to be risky · What do you do with huge blocks of time that you didn’t have before? · Prestigious, Exclusive Investments aren’t always what you bargained for · “Cool” investments aren’t always about you making money as much as it’s just something cool to be a part of. · Concept of conviction · When the whole world is going crazy, do you believe in what you own? · Build your portfolio through concept of conviction · Changing the mindset of your portfolio looking at it as a safety net. · Basic fundamentals are the core of what makes the little things the big things · What you keep out is as important as what you let in Contact: https://geoffsaab.com/
1 hr 9 min
May 5, 2022
Ep. #38: Take Nothing Personally: The Elegant Pivot Series
In my latest podcast episode, I again welcome daughter and colleague Jen Maneely. We are continuing our series on The Elegant Pivot, this time to dive into the practice of taking nothing personally. When a mother and daughter sit down to talk about taking nothing personally, anything can happen. If we had tried to have this conversation a few years ago, it would have been like navigating a minefield. We would have tried to avoid each other’s hot buttons and not hurt the other’s feelings. Not so in this podcast. Instead, this conversation is full of productive tips on what to do in place of taking things personally, like pocket questions. I love pocket questions. A pocket question is a premeditated question to ask instead of the reaction you typically have. They are a way to interrupt predicable patterns and open the door to something new. We go over several examples in this conversation, as well as some scenarios that show you ways to assume positive intent – even in circumstances where the it’s clear the other person might not have positive intent.
Apr 7, 2022
#37: Jennifer Maneely: Focus on What You Want: The Elegant Pivot Series
Don’t think about a big, purple elephant with white polka dots and a pink tail. How did you do? First you had to think about it to not think about it. That’s the point of the principle from chapter 9 in The Elegant Pivot: Focus on What You Want. This week, Jen Maneely joins me again to share our stories on our successes and failures in applying this principle in real life. We never know where one of these conversations is going to take us. We both had a number of insights as we worked through several of our own situations, especially one we debriefed at the end of this podcast. If you have been trying to assume positive intent and found it more difficult than you expected, listening to this conversation will be worth your time. Not only will you give yourself a break – because it’s harder than it looks – you will come away with a few tactics that make it just a little easier to get curious instead of defensive. Additional Links The Elegant Pivot Book The Elegant Pivot Workbook Guest Contact Info: Website: ManeelyConsulting.com Email: Jennifer@maneelyconsulting.com
1 hr 9 min
Mar 24, 2022
#36 Nahshon Cook on Harmony, Balance, the Power of Breath and Vulnerability
My guest for this week’s podcast is Nahshon Cook. We spoke last year in a very memorable conversation. Over the last twelve months, much has changed. He is now an author. His book is titled Being With Horses, and it was my most gifted book over the last year. He has also begun teaching intensives at his barn for horses and their people. As word of his gifts has spread, he is riding the wave of being more well known, which gives him an opportunity to personally grow in ways serve his horses and clients at an even higher level. Nahshon’s book is a series of essays and poems and this conversation has that same feeling to it. I intentionally gave him a lot of space to riff on many topics, which created a necklace full of pearls of wisdom. I will listen and relisten to this conversation, because I learn something new every time. Topics: * Nahshon’s Book: Being with Horses: Meditation * The breath helps us find the courage to own our own suffering * Breath can be a bridge to helping us heal and be free of our trauma * Trauma is the residue of the hurt that happened to you that you hold on to * The only thing beyond freedom is equality * There is nothing as powerful as a changed mind * Mistakes: We can’t get to where we are going unless we learn how to get there * We are all doing the best that we can do, but sometimes the best we can do at a moment may not be good enough for where we need to be, and we have to walk away. * It’s not what we ask others to do, it’s what they THINK we are going to ask them to do. * Awareness can be a powerful tool * How easy it is to be disconnected from the natural world from the modern world * Creating space in ourselves is important for connection. * Disconnecting from breath is creating survival mode * You can only give to someone else what you give to yourself * Greatest hurts come from own expectations * Relaxation can’t be forced. Telling someone to relax doesn’t make them relaxed. Them finding a place of relaxation is the real answer. * What are the steps to relaxing? * You can’t relax until you surrender and surrendering is vulnerability * Having the courage to change course * Fighting right and wrong, someone has to lose and if we don’t fight that war, no one has to lose. * We are running out of time * The radical ideas of giving a horse a voice * How do we get this timeless construct in a construct of time? Presence Additional Links Being with Horses: By Nahshon Cook
1 hr 46 min
Mar 10, 2022
# 35 Jennifer Maneely: Discern Signal from Noise
Remember those old radios, where you turned the dial, navigating through the noise of static? Up and down the spectrum, turn the dial a little this way and then a little that way, until finally, we find music or a person talking. That’s when you know you found the signal. Actually, new car radios also have noise and signal, but the new technology makes it easier to quickly find the channel. Recently, I had a lot of noise while purchasing a new car. Well, isn’t the process usually full of noise? But this time, it wasn’t the pushy sales guy, or the endless back and forth, or the super-duper financing offer that created the noise. *It was the chatter in my head, causing me several moments of surprising indecision. * This week, my podcast series on the book The Elegant Pivot continues with the latest episode titled Discern Signal From Noise. Jen Maneely joins me again to have a deep conversation about the first principle in the book. In this conversation, we share many of our struggles – and victories – in learning to parse through the noise to find clarity. Principles only work if you can apply them in real life, and this episode offers many examples of *how to recalibrate your* *internal guidance system to work for you instead of against you.* Topics: * Discerning signal from noise 1st of the five principles * What is the monkey brain chatter vs. What is real * Assuming positive intent is really easy when we know that the other person has positive intent. * Conceptually, it’s easy to understand the difference. In the heat of the moment, it’s not always so clear. * Negative/Positive Pole learned from Bruce Anderson. * The charge of electricity between car batteries. * Signal: Jen describes what it is like for her, there is a physical sensation that happens * Alignment vs. Unalignment, congruent vs. Incongruent * Incongruence in corporate world * Owning fear can be a good thing when you are building trust and connection * Incongruence in relationships can create a lot of noise * FINE does not need to be in our vocabulary anymore. * Fine means I don’t have any problems I want to share at the moment. * The signal lets us know something is going on, noise is our interpretation of the signal that can come from our own insecurities, worries, made up stories, etc. * Lack of transparency in corporations, there are a lot of things that happen behind closed doors. * Noise comes in when people start worrying about their jobs. * How can corporations balance out the people’s concern with what they cannot talk openly yet? Additional Links The Elegant Pivot Book The Elegant Pivot Workbook The Unbreakable Boundaries Podcast Episode #16 Mentioned in Podcast: How a moment of vulnerability changed everything Contact Information: ManeelyConsulting.com Email: Jennifer@maneelyconsulting.com
Feb 25, 2022
#34 Kendall Lyman: Mining for Conflict
Conflict is necessary for true change. Wait – did I just say that? Does the idea of conflict make you cringe? Come be a fly on the wall in my conversation with Kendall Lyman of The Highlands Group. We started this conversation talking about “mining for conflict” when leading change and this conversation took off from there. Kendall is the co - author of the book Change the Way You Change 5 Roles of Leaders Who Accelerate Business Performance. We had a wide-ranging conversation on why change is so difficult and why leading change is even harder. Kendall has had a lifetime of experiences to inform his approach, and it’s clear in this conversation that he is someone who learns and re-learns from his experiences. He’s also quite gifted at sharing his perspectives, as you will hear in this conversation. Kendall is the founder of The Highlands Group. —a consulting firm specializing in strategy, organizational change, and leadership development. Kendall has been blessed to consult with a wide array of organizations ranging from Fortune 500 to small and midsize firms. He has worked across diverse industries such as oil and gas, lodging, government, and manufacturing helping leaders around the world to navigate change, improve employee engagement, and transform culture. There is so much more to Kendall than this short bio and I highly suggest you visit his website at www.highlandsgrp.com *Additional Topics:* * Mining for conflict in business leadership * The cost of changing: Emotional cycle of change * What is one thing you need to move forward? * Conflict happens whether you are participating or not, so we might as well find it and look at it. * Getting one “Get out of jail free” card: Overcome the unwillingness to not speak truth to power * Change happens inside out, or change happens inside in. * Corporate atmosphere: get on board or get out * WIIFM (What’s in it for me) * Dealing with the Me, We, and They issues * The rule of having to hear something 7-10 times, in different ways * In the absence of information, we have to assume the worst * People don’t need us to solve their problems, but they do need to be seen and heard * Do not take what is mine to give * Leadership: What you do versus what you own *Contact Information:* Website: http://highlandsgrp.com/ LinkedIn Additional Links: Change the Way you Change! 5 Roles of Leaders who Accelerate Business Performance
1 hr 30 min
Feb 11, 2022
#33 Your Brain on Jump Thinking
For this episode, we are doing something completely different. I am starting a series on my book, “The Elegant Pivot” with the help of Jennifer Maneely. Jen is a thought leader in the addiction community and specializes in helping parents set boundaries with their adult children who are caught up in drugs and alcohol. Having been a student of her own mind and now a sponsor in the addition community for fifteen years, she has keen insights into how our minds work. That’s why I turn to her again and again to help me arrest my brain when it’s jumping to conclusions. In this episode, we discuss the Ladder of Inference, which is the subject of Chapter Two of “The Elegant Pivot.” and how we jump up the ladder of inference going from our facts to our fears. This conversation is rich with stories of understanding that no matter what, we are going to make up stories…and they are going to be wrong. That is the point of needing to pivot.
Jan 27, 2022
#32 Kira Higgs: Peace of Mind When You Have No Control
My guest for this episode is Kira Higgs, author, facilitator, strategist. If you have ever had something happen to you that made you feel out of control, you need to listen to this conversation. We started with a serious bicycle accident that Kira many years ago that was one of those life defining moments. Listen to how she made choices to navigate through her recovery. It’s a masterclass in wisdom about what we can change and what we cannot change. The whole conversation is a masterclass – about her wisdom in facilitation, calling out what she sees and helping others get clarity on their thinking. You can’t help but get clarity for yourself in this conversation. Here’s a little about Kira. Kira has been a leader of leaders since the early days of her career. She guides innovative thinking during strategy development, leaning heavily into principles of structural dynamics. As a certified Structural Consultant, Kira unlocks the ideas and vision of her clients to construct clear…
1 hr 18 min
Aug 12, 2021
#31 Diane Osgood: Finding Choice in what We Buy and How We Choose to Buy
Diane has practical ways to help us to help ourselves to help the Earth. Her real passion is finding choice in what we buy and how we choose to buy, so that we don’t destroy the planet we live on. Our conversation started with her role in working with Richard Branson, who has been in the news lately thanks to the Virgin Galactic space flight. She has in interesting take on what drives him to make space flight available. We had several themes in this conversation, which revolved around her passion for the planet. One theme was choice, and showing all of us how much choice we have. Another was around animals, and especially sea life. She has a clear affinity for dolphins, whales, and so forth. She also deeply understands what it takes to get behind the story on where the products that make modern life possible come from. Here’s what she has to say about herself: Diane Osgood is an authority on sustainable and ethical products. For over thirty years, she’s helped companies innov…
1 hr 27 min
Jul 22, 2021
#30 Terri Tomoff: Capturing Hope and Inspiration Through Adversity
Sometimes, you read a book and the lessons stay with you long after you’ve finished the book. That’s what happened for me after I read Terri Tomoff’s book The Focused Fight-A Childhood Cancer Journey: From Mayhem to Miracles. I had the honor of watching this book unfold last year. Terri and I were in the writing in community group through Akimbo where we wrote daily and shared blurbs, plus offered each other encouragement. No one offered more hope and encouragement than Terri, which will not surprise you after you listen to this conversation. We started with her history of going behind the iron curtain as a teenager to win two races in the Polish Olympics. Terri has continued to be an athlete through her life – and her “all things are possible” mindset helped carry her through the battles of her son Ryan’s 5 battles with cancer, including 3 occurrences of leukemia. When you listen to the conversation, you will quickly realize that this is a story of leadership at its ve…
1 hr 48 min
Jul 8, 2021
#29: Peter Barr Living a Life of Adventure
Sometimes when I’m watching a movie based on real life disasters, like Titanic or The Perfect Storm, I find myself yelling at characters on the screen to STOP. Wait another day! You don’t want the story to end this way! Of course, the people in these stories did not set out expecting the worst. They set out expecting their skills to be up for the challenges that awaited them. In this podcast, Peter Barr tells of a harrowing adventure he had on a mountain in Nevada last December. In this case, we are not watching a movie. It’s real. The main character in the story is actually taking us through the adventure, so we know it ends up ok. Nonetheless, I found myself listening back to this story with a part of me wanting to tell him to turn back! Peter, wait another day! There was another part of me that wanted to understand his choices. When Peter and his wife Allison decided to live a life of adventure from their RV last summer, they chose to test themselves on many fronts. Where i…
1 hr 42 min
Jun 25, 2021
#28 Tyler Boyd Betting on Yourself and Your Own Skills
Every year, the Masters Water Ski tournament is held in Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain Georgia. It is THE most prestigious tournament in water skiing. This year, my friend Cyndi Benzel was chief judge and asked me to be the judge’s assistant. During the officials meeting the first night we got there, I ran into Tyler just to say hi. We have been connected on Linkedin for years - because water skiing is that kind of sport. You just connect with everyone involved in the sport. Somehow Tyler and I started talking business and leadership and books that changed our lives.It was one of those moments where I wanted to capture the conversation – so we set the earliest date we could to record this podcast. This conversation gets going very quickly. Before we are five minutes into it, Tyler starts sharing some of his ideas on leadership and performance. He was deeply affected by Carol Dweck’s book Mindset and Annie Duke’s book Thinking in Bets. Both caused him to think differently…
1 hr 40 min
Jun 9, 2021
#27 Vernon Roberts: Creating Authentic Communication in a Virtual Conversation
When the shutdowns started happening last year, we all had to take our “engagement game” up to another level. Suddenly, our meetings became virtual. Once we mastered the “unmute” and “turn on video” buttons, we had to also master keeping people engaged without the benefit of being in the same room. We could no longer read body language…or yawns. Vernon Roberts started mastering virtual engagement before it was cool. He and I worked together in the 90’s, teaching accounting, banking, loan approvals and other dry topics. In that environment, Vernon brought life to the classroom. When he formed Evoke Virtual in 2003, he was ahead of his time. As it often does, this conversation took many interesting turns; not surprisingly, it was engaging start to finish. He has so many tips and tricks, from setting context, using open ended questions, understanding our own interests in a conversation, to hearing what really matters to those we are talking to. Vernon Roberts is an auth…
1 hr 39 min
May 26, 2021
#26: Michele Stowe: A Leadership Development Junkie talks about Developing Leadership Superpowers
Michele Stowe has a thing or two to say about leading change. She also has a thing or two to say about a lot of the most joyous – and least fun – parts of corporate life. From the title of the podcast, it’s probably no surprise to you that Michele Stowe is also a self-described comic book nerd. In our conversation, she tells us about how and why she decided to leverage a comic book tool in her coaching repertoire. It’s the kind of thing that makes you tap your forehead and ask “Why didn’t I think of that?” If you have ever been through a corporate downsizing, whether on the receiving or “giving” end of it, her story about an early experience will hit home. Memories of several of my experiences came flooding back as she described her role, which happened very early in her career. I could just picture 22-year-old Michele wearing her only business suit telling bankers twice her age the reason their badge failed to operate that morning. The story shaped her in very impo…
1 hr 34 min
May 14, 2021
#25 Michael Cohen: Working in Balance with the Cycles of Life
Michael Cohen woke up to the possibilities of acupuncture when he was told he might not run again after a knee injury. His experience was so profound that he decided to dive deeply into acupuncture and Eastern medicine to learn what this different healing modality is all about. In his journey, he discovered that acupuncture is much more than a way to heal; it can also help enhance athletic performance. This conversation opened my eyes to some nuanced ways of thinking about energy, balance and harmony.
1 hr 24 min
Apr 29, 2021
#24 Susan Robertson on Getting Over Mind Created Fear
For this episode, I’m speaking with Susan Robertson, founder and managing partner of Linceis Conscious Business. She is also the author of two books: REAL Leadership: Waken to Wisdom and her upcoming book, REAL Culture: The Catalyst for Conscious Business. Su and I have a long history together that covers a lot of different domains. Before Linceis Conscious Business, she was a founder along with her husband Barry of Stop at Nothing, who ran one of the deepest, most effective leadership programs I’ve ever seen or experienced. Well over 50% of the people who attended that program had positive changes to their lives afterwards, including me. After attending many of the Stop at Nothing programs, I eventually taught the program for about 10 years. With Linceis Conscious Business, she is taking her expertise in human development to a whole new level. When she works with teams, she helps them bring a whole new level of psychological safety and trust to bear – which then brings a new l…
1 hr 39 min
Apr 8, 2021
#23 Bill Goldsmith: No More Being a Victim by Assuming Positive Intent
It’s easy to confuse our circumstances with our interpretation of those circumstances. In this conversation, Bill Goldsmith shares his own journey from feeling like a victim to loving his life and ending his career “100 times betters than it could have been”. Bill also shares a famous story in The Elegant Pivot, where assuming positive intent literally changed the direction and outcome of a critical team meeting.
1 hr 21 min
Mar 5, 2021
#22: Nick Miller. Stop Teaching and Start Telling Stories
If I had to name a theme for this conversation, it would be all about the quality of the question. Nick Miller is a phenomenal question asker – as you will hear in this conversation, where more than once, he turned the table and asked me a question. You will also hear where I asked a question he had no answer for – because I didn’t ask a great question. We covered his weekly sales thought – as he’s coming up on number 1000, on his writing and storytelling mentors, what he learned about asking questions from a graveyard, how he got a famous author and coach to take him on as a client and the only three things we really need to know how to do. Hint: one of them is to learn, and we dove deep on the topic of how we know we are learning, and what he wished he had learned earlier in his career.
1 hr 23 min
Feb 18, 2021
#21 Michèle Stanners on Building Bridges of Reconciliation
In this podcast, Michèle Stanners shares her journey toward reconciliation with the First Nations people of Canada, provides a masterclass in the art of deep listening and demonstrates the value of taking both and artistic and pragmatic approach to facing the challenges of diversity. Her book and podcast of the same name “Unsettled” explores the path to reconciling unconscious bias and racism and build bridges of understanding.
1 hr 29 min
Feb 4, 2021
# 20: Nahshon Cook on Love, Forgiveness, Healing and Communication
“The more you eliminate the need for control, the more you are open to communication.” -Nahshon Cook If you have ever heard the phrase wise beyond his years, you are about to experience that. We barely talk about horses – although we do. We mostly cover fear, the need to control, what forgiveness means and so much more. We started this conversation with me asking him how he connects pain as a gift – and after that, we were off and running. There’s no way I can do his words of wisdom justice. You will just have to listen for yourself.
1 hr 30 min
Jan 20, 2021
#19: Ann Herrmann-Nehdi Can Help You Think Better
Ann Herrmann Nehdi started this podcast by saying “balance is a loaded word…and it’s almost impossible to attain…this exquisite balance.” Right out of the chute, we started this conversation by challenging assumptions and diving into her company’s research on thinking, resilience and managing change in times like these. There’s no one I know who “thinks about thinking” more than Ann. She spends a lot of time working with senior teams as well as those in the “magic middle” of some of the largest companies in the world. The company founded by her father Ned Herrmann has provided HBDI Thinking Style Assessments for 97% of the Fortune 100. She has incredible insight into the inner workings of how decisions get made throughout these organizations – and it’s often different than it appears from the outside looking in. In this conversation, Ann walks us through the model, describing our four “selves” and how those aspects of our thinking can work together to cr…
1 hr 22 min
Jan 7, 2021
#18: Dwayne Hildreth on Coming to Center
After a 30 year career at Nike, Dwayne Hildreth is exploring new territory with horses and music – and when he does something, he goes all out. He had visions of riding off into the sunset on his shiny new Palomino, only to discover that horse ownership, like almost any endeavor, involves a lot more than meets the eye. Nonetheless, he and his two horses are competing – and winning – in the Reined Cow Horse discipline, one of the most extreme of the horse sports. Yet this cowboy also writes and arranges music. His heart comes through in both. If there is any lesson in this podcast, it’s this: the sooner you find your heart, the more you will come to center.
1 hr 28 min
Dec 2, 2020
#17 Jen Maneely: The Non-Drama of Getting Back On the Horse
My Daughter, Jen and I, have actually done several podcasts together over the years, talking about our story through addiction and our adventures working together as a mother daughter team. A little over a month ago, we did a podcast together about how her moment of vulnerability changed everything. We are back for a round two for a very important reason; we are answering the question: Did anything really change?If you have not listened to the first podcast, it is worth your time to go listen to Episode 16 – both to get context for this one might and also to hear how Jen made it to the other side of fear in that incident. In this episode, we go even deeper into her behind the scenes thoughts, feelings and actions, especially around the constant balancing act of meeting goals and yet staying present. We can either be way too future focused or way to now focused. Somewhere in the middle is the magic balance and Jen does a marvelous job of teasing out how she walked that tightrope the s…
Oct 15, 2020
#16 Jen Maneely, How a Moment of Vulnerability Changed Everything
Moments of transformation are often also moments of vulnerability. In this episode, Jen Maneely, Author of Dear Parents, Strategies to Help Your Loved One Through Addiction describes a moment of transformation that almost didn’t happen. When facing fears, we often feel like we are going to die – even when the danger is not life and death. Jen describes how she dealt with one of those fears by asking the question “What’s my responsibility here?” With the right kind of support, she stayed with her fears and literally got back on the horse.
1 hr 22 min
Sep 2, 2020
#15 Heike Neumann on Leading Change when Everything is Changing
Who knew meeting someone at a ski lake wearing the same T-shirt that said, “Women who behave rarely make history,” would lead to a long, rich friendship. In the 15th episode of the Creative Spirits Unleashed Podcast, I’m speaking with Heike Neumann, Vice President of Marketing for Oracle Corporation. In her more than 25 years of experience working in the US and EMEA to market global B2B (Business to Business) tech brands, she has launched marketing strategies in 23 countries. She is passionate about global markets, developing strategies, implementing those, and following through to deliver desired business outcomes with a "get things done" attitude. Her motto in business is, "It needs to be reliable, repeatable, and scalable."
1 hr 39 min
Aug 19, 2020
#14 Peter Barr, Nationally recognized trail builder on living a life of fulfillment
Peter Barr loves adventure and turns into pressure at every opportunity. He also likes to get himself into tight spots to test his wherewithal to solve problems, overcome obstacles and live a life of fulfillment. This conversation is a master class in making the unconventional decisions that may not lead to comfort but definitely lead to personal growth and satisfaction. Peter Barr is a nationally known trail builder, peakbagger and in 2010, completed a through hike on the Appalachian Trail. In this conversation, we talk about yet another major life changing decision he has made to leave a career he cherishes and adores to seek a life of adventure with his wife Allison, living the RV life.
1 hr 20 min
Jun 12, 2020
#13 Jen Maneely The Lessons My Daughter's Addiction Taught Me
Navigating addiction is never easy. In this mother-daughter conversation, we share some of our stories, dilemmas and uncertainties as Jen went through a series of life and death decisions on her road to recovery. Some of the most fun parts of this conversation happened when we learned some never-revealed things about what was going on behind the scenes for both of us.
1 hr 7 min
May 21, 2020
#12 Warwick Schiller, Performance Horses, On listening, Presence, Curiosity and going from knowing to learning.
Every now and then, you find someone who pierces through the noise of all the people vying for our attention with a message that is so clear and compelling, you just have to stop and listen. I found that person a few years ago in Warwick Schiller. Yes, in his videos he was talking about horses. But lots of people are on the internet talking about horses. Warwick is different. He’s really talking about listening, presence and being. He’s sharing his personal transformation. Moreover, he’s not just talking – he’s showing and embodying something invisible that creates a change. That’s what made me reach out to him for this conversation. Most of the conversations on this podcast are with people I know. Most of the people who invite Warwick on their podcast are people who make a living in the horse world. This conversation would be between two people from different worlds who don’t know each other. The question going into the conversation was “where would we find the comm…
2 hr 28 min
May 14, 2020
#11 Corey Vaughn; Putting a life jacket on self-doubt to live his dream as a pro water skier
From the minute we started the conversation, it was evident that Corey Vaughn is a philosopher. He also calls himself the “hippie husband” of his wife Amelia. It was almost surreal to reconcile the deep thinking man I was speaking to with the fact that he’s one of the best in the extremely intense sport of water skiing. And he is a really, really good water skier. He’s one of only a handful of skiers to have run all 6 buoys in the most difficult (41 off) pass, and he’s been on the podium in countless tournaments from Nationals to Pro Tour events. He knows a thing or two about performance under pressure and after learning that you can get burned out even when working on a passion, he’s pretty darn good at balancing his life. In this episode, he shares his practices on dealing with pressure, working through self-doubt and what it takes to keep showing up.
2 hr 26 min
Apr 23, 2020
#10 In the Hot Seat with Podcast Host Julianne Neal and Bruce Anderson of Whinny Tales
In this special episode, we turn the microphone around and Julianne Neal of Whinny Tales interviews Lynn Carnes, executive coach and Bruce Anderson of Natures View and founder of Natural Humanship™. Real change only happens with pressure and discomfort. It’s a natural human reaction to turn away from both. In this episode, we break down the steps to turn into the sensations of pressure and discomfort so that we build a new personal foundation of inner strength. Using the horse as a mirror and a teacher, we recount Lynn’s experience of building her mental tools (which she calls the Invisible Tools) over two years of practice, training, failing, recovering, and doing it all over again. The is the first episode in a series of three.
1 hr 1 min
Apr 16, 2020
#9 Chelsea Mills World Ranked Water Skier Talks Failure as the Only Path to Success
When Chelsea Mills decided to take up tournament water skiing in her 20’s, most people would have said she was a decade too late. She is now ranked number 8 in the world and still improving. She is also a high level tennis coach. Her window into the world of elite sports has given her some powerful insights into the difference mindset can make. She shares many of her insights with us in this episode.
1 hr 23 min
Apr 9, 2020
#8 Nikki Porter, Equestrian Mindset Coach on Leadership, Energy and Truthfulness
The ironic thing about developing self-awareness is that we often need others to hold up the mirror so we can see what is really true about ourselves. Nikki Porter, is the host of “Take the Reins, a weekly personal growth podcast for horse owners.” She effortlessly weaves the parallels between the relationships we have with horses and humans. The lessons apply to how we show up as leaders, the way our energy impacts others and the value of genuine truthfulness. We cover a lot of ground in this conversation about the places we have extraordinary power over our choices, even when facing the biggest pressures and changes of our lives.
1 hr 22 min
Apr 2, 2020
#7 Chris Braund and Karen Van Sickler A Playbook for Adversity
Early 2020 promised to be the year newly minted entrepreneurs Chris and Karen would break through in their business Pampered Pets Inn. After spending most of their careers in the corporate world as project managers, they were thrilled to apply the principles of leadership, process and controls to a business that was just waiting to take off. Then the corona virus swept in and shut down the travel business. Almost overnight, they were forced to pivot on a dime and face realities no entrepreneur wants to face. Listen in this episode about how they evaluated the unfolding situation, navigated their emotions and made their decisions in this active and fluid environment.
1 hr 16 min
Mar 26, 2020
#6 Tammy Tappan Equestrian Artist: Take The Leap and Figure It Out on the Way Down
If you have ever wondered how to take the leap and learn to fly, this episode is for you. Tammy Tappan starts with a story of “doing the mature thing and taking my toys home” after a business deal fell through. Driving a leaky RV through the desert, she followed her inner voice to seek out an art workshop. Her life has never been the same. In this episode, we dissect the methods Tammy used to breakthrough her fear and take chances, even with nagging self-doubt. The artwork resulting from her bravery is nothing less than stunning.
1 hr 34 min
Mar 13, 2020
#5 David Benzel The Sports Family Coach talks influence, culture and becoming.
“If you know how you got there, you can create culture.” David Benzel guides parents, coaches and leaders on the world of influence. From the earliest moments in his career, he has been helping people grow, change their habits, acquire new habits and gain skills. This conversation is packed with wisdom on leadership, change and dealing with the discomfort of going from point A to point B. His special gift is helping parents of elite athletes positively impact their children in a world where the pressure to perform can test the strongest relationships. As a an elite athlete and parent of two elite athletes, he has an insider’s perspective on how to best equip the parents to be at their best. His lessons translate to every domain where performance counts.
Feb 17, 2020
#4 Natallia Berdnikava The first woman to jump over 190 feet
Playing on the world stage as an athlete requires a tough mental game, deep work ethic and resilience. Natallia Berdnikava, world champion water skier and the first woman to jump over 190 feet, exemplifies all of these qualities and she’s willing to share her best thinking on performance. We talk in depth about everything from how to control your negative thoughts, how to visualize success, the keys to making experience count and the value of recovery. Plus, this conversation has a bonus, as she compares living in Belarus to the freedom of living in the United States. Enjoy the many useful insights you can take away from this conversation.
1 hr 21 min
Feb 5, 2020
#3 Bruce Anderson: Let Pressure Teach You to Become Who You Were Born To Be
If you have pressure in your life, Bruce Anderson has a message for you: Pressure can help you become more of who YOU really are. But first, you will have to give up perfection. Bruce is the founder of Nature’s View and he calls his work “Natural Humanship”. On the surface, Bruce looks like a “horse-whisperer” and I found him through a friend in the horse world. But it’s his work with people working with horses that I find unique. Bruce’s method uses the pressure created by the horse to rewrite our scripts on how we deal with all pressure. It’s life changing stuff! In this podcast, we not only talk about his method, we actually use it when we have a huge distraction less than 10 minutes into our conversation. This conversation gets really deep into what makes us act the way we do as humans, how we can change it for the better and how horses can help us save the planet.
2 hr 7 min
Jan 21, 2020
#2 Steve Snyder: In Defense of Management
Today’s guest Steve Snyder has been a leader in many domains, first in the Military as a Naval aviator and Commanding Officer, then in Business and now in Academia. We get into how the different contexts in each domain makes a difference in how you lead – and in the contrast between Leadership and Management. Steve is also an athlete and entrepreneur. He has truly learned to flex his skills by being a lifelong learner. There are so many layers in this conversation. Steve shares his secrets of serving in all of these capacities, and especially in a management capacity, which he believes is an essential element to success that is all too often overlooked.
1 hr 44 min
Dec 30, 2019
#1 Julie Gould: The 4 P's: Passion, Pets, People and Photography
Welcome to the first podcast of Creative Spirits Unleashed, the podcast for people who want more from life than just work. Our first guest has two encore careers and is a master of work/life balance. Julie Gould is the principal of J. Gould Consulting in Washington, DC, a consulting firm for affordable housing and the genius behind the camera of Bright Eyes Photos, capturing magic moments of your beloved pet. Julie's specialty is capturing the essence of what matters in her every endeavor. Our conversation ranges far and wide, from how to say no to seeing the catch lights in the eye of your pet - or the people in your life.
1 hr 37 min