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The Work Seminar is the podcast for people with liberal arts advanced degrees considering work outside their fields of study. Join me for unscripted conversations with MAs, MFAs, PhDs, and the like who made the leap to adjacent or (seemingly) unrelated work after grad school. You'll hear about life's unexpected turns, what guests have learned along the way, their thoughts and advice for finding enjoyable work, and work's role in their lives.
 
EQ Gangster is specifically for leaders, business owners, entrepreneurs & other influencers who are honest enough to admit that they just might be the ones holding themselves back & who are brave enough to change that. Research is showing that your Emotional Quotient (also known as Emotional Intelligence) is a bigger indicator of success than your IQ, your education & your experience. In each episode, Noble offers practical, candid, and often humorous clarity for the modern leader who is bra ...
 
Conversations about using sketchnotes as a learning, problem-solving, and storytelling tool. Sketchnoting is a note-taking technique that taps into the verbal and visual processing powers of your brain, and in this show I chat with folks who are developing their sketchnoting skills so that you can learn from our experience in order to build and apply your own sketchnoting skills to work that you care about. I’m your host Doug Neill, and after getting a Master of Arts in Teaching, I got pulle ...
 
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“Every single individual has a purpose in life, and it is important that we get people to understand how you discover that and articulate it”. Akhtar Badshah In today’s episode 87 of the Meaningful Work, Meaningful Life podcast I am excited to welcome Akhtar Badshah, Founder and Chief Catalyst at the Catalytic Innovators Group. Akhtar is the author…
 
Such a fun interview! Some amazing life lessons from when her purse was stolen. How she maximizes failure. The role EQ plays in finding Executive talent. If you’re ready to take your emotional growth to the next level, join our EQ Mafia at https://www.eqgangster.com/.By Noble Gibbens
 
It all started with a six-month break from her doctoral program. Elizabeth planned to earn a little money at the first viable job she landed. That extended into a full year of employment. And that begat a nine-year stint in pharma and her exit from academia. Since then, Elizabeth’s been an IT executive across varied industries. Nearly everywhere sh…
 
I’m back with the season 8 of Meaningful work, Meaningful life podcast! How can I ignore the Great Resignation movement that has swept the world of work like a tsunami! Millions of employees are resigning massively from their jobs following the Covid 19 pandemic. And it’s not just the white collars people who can afford to leave their jobs but the …
 
A brief discussion about my wins & failures of 2021 & how I thought about them as a former people-pleaser addict. My failures in 2021: https://www.facebook.com/noble.gibbens/posts/10158974881152968 My wins in 2021: https://www.facebook.com/noble.gibbens/posts/10158958955912968 The McKinsey & Company article I discuss about how women managers are mo…
 
Holly dreamt of working in journalism and attending grad school since grade school. And live that dream she did. After earning her master’s in journalism from Columbia, she started in trade pubs, moved to reporting for her hometown The Tennessean, and then founded BirdDog. During that time, Holly’s field changed. Legacy journalism slowly and steadi…
 
I share some of my lessons learned while in Speculator, NY at Camp of the Woods for a speaking engagement. We spoke on the impact of emotional intelligence on relationships & personality. There was even a triggering experience that barely registered on my radar. It would have normally sent me through the roof. So thankful for the emotional fitness …
 
Are you aware when your passion can overtake your self & social awareness? How did it make you feel when you ran into a very passionate person who didn’t know when to shut up & stop talking? How does it make you feel when you’re in conversation with someone who never asks you any questions? How often do you interrupt others in conversation–family, …
 
Caitlin followed the script for landing a tenure-track position to a tee. Conference attendance and panels, publication, university service—you name it, she did it. And excelled at it. But after four years of her search yielding no viable offers, she shelved teaching and explored the non-academic job market. And in the process, she considered her v…
 
This episode is sponsored by ReachUp magazine! You can find out more about this non-profit, ReachUp at https://reachupmag.org/. A humorous Brazilian Jiu Jitsu story leads us into a discussion about our effectiveness w/goal setting & how we can become even more effective at goal setting in 2022. I encourage you all to start a consistent, healthy emo…
 
This episode is sponsored by LimaCharlieNetwork.com, an amazing team of active duty & military veteran podcasters! Check out more info at https://www.limacharlienetwork.com/. Get ready! This episode has a lot of great, questions to use during your After Action Review (AAR) of this past year. Reflecting on the questions in this episode will help you…
 
Dan underwent a “seismic shift” in perspective during the throes of finishing his MM in orchestral performance. After graduation, he stowed away his trumpet…and plans for a performance career. But after a few years, the musical itch resurfaced. He started playing and teaching private lessons again for fun. For work, he landed a general manager posi…
 
Whew, this was an emotional episode for me. I share my thoughts on the importance of grieving & mourning loved ones and a few practical steps on how to grieve & mourn in a healthy productive way. There are also a handful of challenging questions to reflect on about your own emotional availability for those closest to you when they’re going through …
 
Kathy asked me some really interesting questions that were great to reflect on over the past 200 episodes. I’d love to hear how some of you would answer some of these questions, too! Sign up for our New Year Emotional Intelligence 5-Day Challenge, too! Link is below. If you’re ready to take your emotional growth to the next level, join our EQ Mafia…
 
The connection between lobbying and helping organizations develop their board members and DEI programs can be easy to miss. But for Nikki, it’s a clear link. After gaining lobbying experience in grad school, at the state of Michigan under Governor (now US Secretary of Energy) Granholm, and in the nonprofit space, Nikki struck out on her own. But sh…
 
What’s the goal of emotional intelligence? How teachable do you think you are? How does your level of teachableness impact your performance? Two components in the EQi Assessment that make the EQ assessment unique: the Decision Making Composite & the Stress Management Composite. The EQ sub-element, Reality Testing, is in the Decision Making componen…
 
As Naomi’s martial arts studio grew, her time creating art dwindled. She enrolled in a low-residency MFA visual arts program to combat the imbalance. But rather than doubling down on the bifurcation between professional and personal, she tore down the “imaginary brick wall.” Infusing her artwork with her perspective from years of martial arts pract…
 
Two conversations led to two massive breakthroughs that have eluded me for at least 4 years. One breakthrough came from a podcast interview I did w/@amythelifecoach where she helped uncover why I have a tendency to cut people out of my life if they violate one of my boundaries. The other breakthrough came via a conversation w/my wife who helped me …
 
Have you ever done a Genogram before? This episode shares a phenomenal exercise to better understand some of the reasons of why you do what you do. A “genogram” is a family “map”. It’s a great visual way to better understand your family history and how your family history may be impacting your leadership & your personal & professional behaviors tha…
 
There’s the not-unfamiliar route of a fine arts education preceding a media career. And then there’s Jaleh’s path: an MS in digital media turned visual artist who’s amassed over 200k followers on TikTok, and 115k+ on Instagram, since she started painting in October 2020 (!). But overnight success narratives are rarely that simple. Or sudden. Jaleh’…
 
d Stover is a West Point grad, Class of 1996 & played on the Army football team that went 4 - 0 against the Naval Academy. He’s a successful business manager and is absolutely amazing at relationships. He shares some excellent insights about maintaining important relationships. Be your authentic, genuine self. Invest in relationships. Be relational…
 
This episode shares a recent insight into one of my childhood emotional origin stories around my strong desire for Independence. Independence is one of the 15 elements of Emotional Intelligence. My Independence score on my EQi Assessment was very high, but I never understood why. To begin healing an area in your life, even if it is a “good area” (l…
 
Christina watched her adjunct spots, and tentative career plans, evaporate as the Great Recession exacted its toll on higher ed. Faced with fewer classes and less income, she opened her job search to larger cities where she’d have a better shot putting her MA in public address and background in graphic design to good use outside academia. And far o…
 
Rob Actis is the author of the #1 bestselling book The Law of Action. A lifelong go-getter, action taker and serial entrepreneur, Rob used the Law of Action to achieve his lifelong dream of speaking on TV, radio, and, to become a successful audiobook narrator of over 30 titles available on Audible.com. He shares his journey where he discovered his …
 
Courage is the foundation of leadership. Where does courage come from? Where does drive or charisma come from? Is leadership a function of nature or nurture? If you’re not uncomfortable, you’re not growing. I’m a life long-learner. As a life-long learner, I’m always a novice. How have you gotten comfortable in leadership? Leadership continuum: Tech…
 
Lizz took the well-tread barista-by-day, writer-by-night path after finishing DePaul’s MA in writing and publishing program. When work became heavy on the baristaing and light on the writing, she threw her hat in the ring to teach a section of developmental education at nearby Wilbur Wright College. Fast forward ten years, Lizz is now the dean of c…
 
Some relationships will produce a return & some won’t & that’s ok. Invest in relationships anyway. Does your time budget reflect the value you say you put on relationships? Be sure to establish healthy boundaries in both your personal & professional relationships. The consequences can be minuscule or catastrophic. Don’t underestimate or overlook th…
 
It is exciting learning about & discovering people. Active listening (w/your whole body) is rare. Every person you meet is an opportunity to grow, learn & sharpen your listening skills (&, therefore, empathy). Every conversation is an opportunity to make someone feel important, seen, heard & valued with intentional, active, curious listening. How a…
 
Candi finished her MA in social sciences with plans to continue studying her beloved medieval French peasants in a PhD program. Then the unexpected happened: The sourcing job she took during a year off grew on her. After two or three years of internal debate over the doctoral route, Candi opted to focus her career in supply chain. Since then, she’s…
 
How important relationships are—mentally & emotionally. Relationships are good for the soul. The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your relationships. -Michael Fletcher relationship audit When you sow into relationships w/out expectations, you can reap 30, 60, 100 fold. I unexpectedly reaped so much this weekend. So many of my am…
 
This episode is for anyone that travels, has any type of long distance relationships, deploys or goes on TDY and wants effective ideas on how to continue growing your relationships even while apart. Please share this w/anyone you know who also might fit into this category. These are excellent actionable steps that have been game changing for me dur…
 
Dave felt destined for life as a jazz percussionist, and he pursued that passion in earnest. The website design skills he picked up thanks to a “misspent youth” were intended to help pay the bills in between gigs and teaching. But what started as a means to supplement his income soon shifted into his main bread and butter. Now the co-founder of Scr…
 
Bullied, attempted suicide. Became a Youth Minister. Got his Masters In Counseling Worked in the Inner City w/Gangs & people w/substance abuse Earned his PhD in Clinical Counseling & Mental Health Founder of Mayfield Cousnling Centers Author of The Path Out of Loneliness book https://www.amazon.com/Path-out-Loneliness-Fostering-Connection/dp/164158…
 
I’m embarrassed, frustrated, exposed, sad, disappointed, upset at my behavior on a recent Professional Coaching call w/a cohort of about 15-20 other professionals. I share the story in this episode. Where do you seek approval? From whom do you seek approval? From where do you seek validation? From where do you get your value? How valuable do you th…
 
Gillian relocated from New York City to Chicago to explore her identity as a creative writer in grad school after a decade in technical writing and corporate communications jobs. Fast forward a couple years after finishing her MA in writing and publishing, the opportunity to work as a content strategist presented itself. She seized it and never loo…
 
How do you define grace? What is grace? What does grace mean to you? What impacts grace? How much grace do you have for others? How much grace do you have for yourself? How good are you at forgiving others? How good are you at forgiving yourself? 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Matthew 6:14-15 Why do people who love Jesus have the same …
 
Insights from our first EQ Mafia Membership training. How is your EQ impacting or limiting your personality AND your strengths? There are emotionally healthy AND unhealthy versions of each personality. How emotionally healthy are you & how is that impacting how you show up to the world? How is your emotional health impacting or limiting your streng…
 
Such a fun interview with Amy! She shares her backstory & how her tumultuous relationship with her family ultimately led her to developing amazing self-awareness and into a successful career as a Life Coach. Some of the excellent points she shares in this episode: How to develop self-awareness How to differentiate if you need a therapist or a coach…
 
Welcome to The Work Seminar, the podcast for people with liberal arts advanced degrees considering work outside their fields of study. Season 1 is coming soon! Follow the show to hear MAs, MFAs, PhDs, and the like share their stories of finding adjacent and (seemingly) unrelated work after grad school. Check us out at theworkseminar.com or @TheWork…
 
Free Course at eqgangster.com EQ Mafia Opening Soon! Have you ever had a coach? When? For how long? Do a COACHING AUDIT What was the impactful coach you’ve ever had? What impact did they have on you? What lessons did you learn from them? Why were they so impactful for you? Do you currently have a coach? Why? Why not? Do you feel you’re operating at…
 
Lesson 1: A Real Estate Deal Gone Bad! (Don’t lie. Can your character withstand scrutiny?) Lesson 2: From Wuss to Warrior: Peter had previously disowned & denied Jesus 3x & then shortly thereafter, he began re-walking in his calling / purpose by healing many & bringing many into a relationship w/God. Lesson 3: Do you even lift bro? Are you prepared…
 
Some fun & insightful questions from an 18-year old young lady in my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) class: She asked me “So, Noble, what do you do?” “I teach emotional intelligence.” “What does that mean?” she asked. I responded, “I increase the capacity of high achievers.” She asked, “What’s a high achiever?” She asked the following questions: How does…
 
Genesis 4:1-17 Who would you rather be, Cain or Abel? We are all much more like Cain than Abel. That story is in the Bible to tell us we’re much more like Cain than Abel…now what are we gonna do about it? American Indian Cherokee Parable of the 2 wolves God isn’t true because the Bible said so. The Bible is true because God said so. Hold my own bel…
 
How many physical environments have you been to that have gotten you emotional? Where was it? Why did you get emotional? What season of your life was it? I completely got emotional at Lake Cotton near Buena Vista, CO in the mountains as the yellow flickering Aspen leaves were changing. It was almost a transformative experience just being there. One…
 
I was shocked at the amount of progress one of my corporate clients had in the span of just a week. He demonstrated total ownership of his lack of emotional intelligence and took action on every single EQ exercise I recommended. He created tremendous momentum in his emotional growth in just a week. The EQ Mafia will be launching this month! If you’…
 
So thankful for all of you. What are the consequences of being ungrateful? What are the consequences of not being mindful or present? Depressed? Spending too much time in the past. Anxious or stressed? Spending too much time in the future. Mindful & present is the goal in getting a solid grasp of reality. Control what you can control: Actions Attit…
 
1.) Who was the first cut God made from the Israeli army & why? 2.) Who ultimately remained on Gideon’s army of 300 and why? 3.) Did God surround Gideon w/potentially fearless men because Gideon was afraid? 4.) Gideon appeared emotionally controlled by fear almost all the way up to the Israeli army’s attack. 5.) Bonus--what impact did Gideon’s lack…
 
Do I still care what people think of me as a recovering people-pleaser addict? How did people-pleasing dilute my clear-cut goals for the future? How important is goal-setting to you now as a recovering people-pleaser? Would you say emotional & personal growth are the gateways to accomplishing any goal in your life? How personality impacts goal-sett…
 
I’ve had a few of my college classmates reach out to me completely out of the blue and share some kind words that have been rays of sunshine on a cloudy day. Emotional / mental health to receive emotional / mental health to give When is the last time you sent an encouraging message, text, letter, quote, thought to a friend out of the blue. Try it. …
 
If you had to rate your organization’s teachability on a Scale from 1 - 10, how would you rate it? How teachable are you? Is being teachable or coachable important to you (as a leader)? Your organization, family, team will value or reflect the values YOU value. Would your team, staff, company, peers, say you’re teachable? Why? I was a part of an or…
 
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