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Welcome to the #1 podcast for engaging, thought-provoking yet evidence-based health and wellness! If you've been looking for a health & wellness podcast that avoids the fluff and the headline-chasing fads while providing real-world guidance, you just found it. We bring together the world's foremost experts, from researchers to authors to athletes to executives to coaches, sharing their insights about how to make the most of your personal and professional life. We keep the emphasis on evidenc ...
 
Innovation catalyst Kirsten Richert, and career and leadership coach Jeff Ikler help individuals and institutions think differently about change, not as something to fear, not as something they constantly have to react to, but as something they can initiate to have the impact they desire. Through these podcast episodes, they will expose listeners to innovative tools and experienced thought-leaders to help them get unstuck and move toward their desired goals.
 
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At GE, learning is synonymous with leadership. In the Brilliance: Leadership Learning podcast, host Chantelle Nash and other members of Crotonville, GE's premier global learning institute (established in 1956) explore topics essential to individual and organizational development, connecting with influential leaders and experts along the way to share ideas, reflect, and bring us all to success in a rapidly changing world. A BrilliantYOU™ podcast© 2016 General Electric Company
 
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What does it mean to provide candid and compassionate feedback? Why is this “ying” and “yang” of helping staff to improve so important to changing behavior? We’ll get answers to these questions and others from two seasoned educators and prolific authors, bloggers, and podcasters, Joe Jones and T.J. Vari.…
 
You're facing a difficult task in your life (from personal to professional to sport)... Do you realize the way you perceive that task - as either a challenge or a threat - has an impact not only on the outcome but also on your overall health? Additionally, while you may be familiar with self-talk, were you aware that in some circumstances motiv ...…
 
How might you think differently about how your organization works and approaches change? Here, we’ll learn how Rona Wilensky, Ivette Visbal, and a team of educators wrestled with this question when they decided to break the mold of the traditional high school. Rona is the founding and former principal of New Vista, an alternative high school in ...…
 
The concept of effective messaging appears straight-forward. A message is delivered, the recipient processes the message and then makes a decision. However, the reality is very different, as we learn in this intriguing interview with Dr. Tanya Berry from the University of Alberta. Our emotional response plays a role and our current level of str ...…
 
How human is your workplace? How can what works well at work, work even better? Whom do you rely on to initiate change at work: Yourself? Or “leadership” from above? We’ll discuss these and other questions with Mike Vacanti, an organizational change catalyst. Mike is also the inspiration behind the #Human First Club – an intimate conference tha ...…
 
Resilience seems to be THE word in articles, at conferences, schools and even sporting events. While it's popular, does anyone really understand what it means, why it impacts our lives and how to improve it in our lives and the lives of those around us? Dr Chris Bryan joins us on this week's episode. Dr Bryan focused his PhD research on psychol ...…
 
In this episode of “Getting Unstuck – Shift for Impact,” we’re joined by Kris Macc. Kris is the founder and president of KMACC Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in emotional intelligence and leadership development in the workplace. She is also the author of the recently published and highly acclaimed #NOAPPROVALNEEDED, a book that bring ...…
 
Mental health has - fortunately - become a top-of-mind issue in today's world. In the process, the roles of coaches and counselors often becomes blurred. It doesn't have to be that way, as both professions can play a critical role in positively impacting mental health across the spectrum. In this popular throwback episode, licensed counselor an ...…
 
Remote work has been emerging as a trend for the modern workplace, along with the question of what impacts it has for employees and organizations alike.We spoke with Yann Toutant, CEO of Econocom Netherlands and avid believer in remote work, to get his insights on how companies can become remote friendly to both improve the quality of employees ...…
 
Kevin Strauss is the CEO of Uchi, an app for connecting with others authentically and privately. Kevin trained as a biomedical engineer and invented medical devices for improving people’s lives. Over time, he realized that a key element in whether individuals and teams could innovate successfully had more to do with soft-side human skills than ...…
 
Our 50th episode just went live! In this episode, we provide our listeners with a turbo-charged brief overview of all 50. If you joined us recently, this is a perfect opportunity to hear what you've missed that might be worth tracking down. If you've been with us since the start, this is an easy way to remember which ones might be worth a rewin ...…
 
In this episode, we’re joined by Marvin Cadet, a Project Manager for The Mission Continues. The Mission Continues is a national, nonpartisan nonprofit that supports Armed Forces’ veterans to continue their service, and empower communities with their talent, skills and preparedness to generate visible impact. Marvin helps run critical community ...…
 
Is age an excuse? Or a variable to be addressed? In this episode, we chat with Brad Barton, who at the age of 53, ran a 4:19 mile to set the world record. Keep in mind that 4:19 is an impressive mile time for a high school runner - and he did it in his 50's! While he does share some of his running tips and tactics, this discussion is not about ...…
 
In this episode, we're joined by Bill Ruggles, a true Zen-master of project management. Bill will help us demystify the role of PM as it pertains to complex change initiatives. He’ll talk extensively about three factors that organizations must consider when planning a major shift. Along the way we’ll learn how PM can help organizations avoid ha ...…
 
There have been plenty of headlines over the years about the supposed dangers of endurance sports. Starting back in 1984 when Jim Fixx, the author of The Complete Book of Running died of a heart attack in his mid-50's, the suspicions about the supposed dangers of endurance sports have made for great headlines. What doesn't generally hit the new ...…
 
Do you have to be naturally creative to innovate? Or is there a method and are there tools that everyone can use innovate? We’ll explore this question and others with Amnon Levav, co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Systematic Inventive Thinking (S.I.T.), a Tel Aviv-based innovation firm that works with organizations all over the world. ...…
 
Do you have to be naturally creative to innovate? Or is there a method and are there tools that everyone can use innovate? We’ll explore this question and others with Amnon Levav, co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Systematic Inventive Thinking (S.I.T.), a Tel Aviv-based innovation firm that works with organizations all over the world. ...…
 
Is there such a thing as "immune boosting" supplements? Should you eat the core of an apple? Does "bullet-proof" coffee really make you bullet proof? Are probiotics important? Is an all-beef diet a good idea? What is a "go to the park" prescription from a doctor? Is there any downside to caffeine? (hint - only in 2 circumstances). These are jus ...…
 
Sarah Elkins is a keynote speaker, a Gallup certified Strengths coach, the creator of the annual and unique #NoLongerVirtual conference. She is also a communications coach, the host of the podcast, Your Stories Don't Define You. How You Tell Them Will, and the author of a forthcoming book by the same name. The river that runs through her work i ...…
 
Gallup reports that some 70% of all U.S. workers are on the spectrum of disengagement at work. A number of factors converge here: ineffective leadership, a stifling culture, and unclear agreement on what impact the organization is trying have. So, too, does the fact that many workers are grinding away at jobs that reflect neither their passion ...…
 
The world of health and wellness is filled to the brim with fads and deceptive headlines. So every once in awhile, we highlight some of the intriguing updates - and then provide the research behind the intrigue! This episode covers 8 fascinating studies on pressure and performance... how processed foods change our choices...the impact of sleep ...…
 
If you uttered “Ugh, resumes. . . .” when you saw the title of this episode, you’re not alone. Writing resumes is one of those things we love to hate. To sort things out, we went to an acknowledged authority on the subject, Lynda Spiegel of RisingStarResumes. Lynda worked in an HR capacity for most of her career before going solo as a resume co ...…
 
Our genes are not our destiny. Those six words have the potential to change our (and our clients') perspectives on our choices, opportunities and lives. In this engaging interview with Dr. Kenneth Pelletier, he provides the growing scientific evidence and the resultant potential behind how much our genes really do (and don't) affect our outcome ...…
 
What it takes to market to anyone about anything is different today. The smart phone and access to unlimited information on the internet changed everything. It’s no longer about a company's great products and or services – their "features and benefits." According to marketing veteran, Zach Messler, it’s about the buyer – what they are thinking ...…
 
Roger vs. Tiger, Generalists vs. Specialists, Early start vs. finding your path... These are some of the intriguing topics best-selling author David Epstein brought to the table for our fascinating discussion about careers, schooling, health and life! Pulling from his two best-selling books (The Sports Gene and his latest hit Range), he shares ...…
 
Innovations in technology are happening with ever-increasing speed. In this interview, we’ll hear from Neil C. Hughes, a highly respected authority on technology, on how to develop a healthy relationship with it. Neil is a much sought after speaker and writer on technology trends. He hosts the incredibly popular daily podcast, “The Tech Blog Wr ...…
 
Why do we slow down after age 50? Is it our age? Or something entirely different? In this episode, best-selling author, Training Peaks co-founder and one of the original endurance coaches Joe Friel joins us to talk about fitness and performance as we age. The evidence shows that while there are things that change as we get older, most of what i ...…
 
We all have a “river” that runs through our veins – a theme that punctuates our life. Sometimes that theme is muted, and some times it’s loud. And sometimes it’s there, but hidden. Listen in as millennial Jordan Gross talks about his path of self-discovery – how he tore away the obstacles that stood in his way of realizing what he is meant to d ...…
 
How does high tech integrate with high touch in the world of wellness? What question does the Chief Medical Officer for Virgin Pulse never get asked (but should be) in his frequent interviews? What exactly is "radical simplicity" when it comes to health and wellness? We address these and much more in this week's episode of the Catalyst Health a ...…
 
Have you ever caught yourself wondering if you weren’t supposed to be doing something different? Maybe you thought, “I know I’m not cut out for doing ‘this,’” but at the same time "I don't know what a different 'this' might look like." Coach Andrea Barry has heard that observation before – many times before. After a long and successful career a ...…
 
Nutritional guidance can run the spectrum, and advice often depends upon the latest headlines. That's exactly why we were so excited to have Nancy Clark join this week's episode. She is the author of the Sports Nutrition Guidebook, which originally came out in 1990 and is now entering it's 6th edition - that is staying power! You've likely read ...…
 
When we think of “project management,” we probably think of plans, schedules, deliverables, resources, and dependencies among various functional departments. But in the following episode, senior project manager, Bob Prol explains how project management is a “people business.” Projects succeed or fail based on the team members and their efforts. ...…
 
Matt Fitzgerald is the author of some of our favorite books, including "How Bad Do You Want It" and "Ironwar." Now, with his new book on the shelves ("Life is a Marathon"), we thought it was the perfect time to bring this episode - one of your all-time favorites - back the the forefront as one of our rare "throwback" shows. Matt shares his insi ...…
 
In this episode of “Getting Unstuck,” we’ll hear from social activist Orville Morales. Orville is a community outreach and change specialist. We’ll learn how he marshals community support for the causes he’s undertaking – support that has different perspectives on the desired change and on the kind of support need to enact a change. We’ll learn ...…
 
One of your favorite episodes is the live coaching sessions. For some of you, it may be the first time you've hear a Nationally Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach compete an actual session. For others, you're looking for ways to enhance your own coaching. Regardless of what brings you to this episode, you're going to find it engaging and ...…
 
Why do some complex changes stick, while others fail miserably – up to 70% according to the Gallop organization. How much of change failure is the lack of attention paid to planning, resources, and other technicalities of change, and how much responsibility falls on the shoulders of people leading or implementing the change? Listen in as market ...…
 
Age may just be "a number," but it's also an excuse for us to do less, reduce our expectations, and "take it easy." In this episode, we'll explore optimized living with 75 year old multiple-time Ironman Ken Hola as he shares his perspective, strategy and secrets to making the most of life at any age!…
 
Do you separate your problems from your solutions? In this episode, John Sassatelli (GE Power), Michael Sander (GE Renewable Energy), and Gregory Thomas (GE Renewable Energy) discuss how they achieved meaningful, incremental, and efficient change through design thinking to make the most impact on products and processes.…
 
Ice baths, ibuprofen, foam rollers, massage and beer? An entire industry has been created in recent years around the (supposed) science behind recovery. Best-selling author, athlete and science journalist Christie Aschwanden takes them all on by examining the ACTUAL science behind the marketing claims. Whether you're an elite athlete, a weekend ...…
 
How often as a leader do you find yourself worrying about what happened yesterday, or catastrophizing about all the things that could happen tomorrow? In this episode, the third in our series on mindfulness, we’ll get insight into these questions and others with mindfulness teacher Oksana Esberard. Note: We’ll also experience a bit of mindfulne ...…
 
The gentleman known as the "Mayor of Running," the creator of one of the world's best known training sessions (the Yasso 800s), and the Chief Running Officer for Runner's World Magazine joins us to talk life, running and his 40+ year love affair with the sport. If you're a runner, this is a MUST-hear episode for obvious reasons. However, if you ...…
 
What does it mean to be “mindful”? How can you work toward being more mindful? How does the mindful leader behave, and what impact does he or she have on those with whom they work? We’ll get answers to these questions and more in this interview with Michael Bunting. Michael is the author of a number of books, most notably The Mindful Leader. An ...…
 
Dr. Allen Lim, the founder of Skratch labs, knows fueling strategies as well as anyone in the world. From the Tour de France cyclists (including Team Garmin and Radio Schack) to Olympic Champion Gwen Jorgensen, he is the go-to expert when it comes to optimal fueling. In this episode, he provides some great advice for serious athletes, but also ...…
 
How often do you ask yourself “Who am I? Where am I going? How do I get there?” How do you gain personal awareness? How do you present yourself authentically to others? In this the first of three episodes on Mindfulness, we gain insight on those questions by exploring the concept of "contemplative practices" with educators Dr. Esmilda Abreu and ...…
 
There are so many myths about successful aging and the regular choices that will optimize our chances to experience the journey through life in a positive manner. Dr. Alan Castel, UCLA professor of cognitive psychology and author of "Better With Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging" joins us for this episode to help identify what works, what ...…
 
How does your organization approach change? Where do ideas for change come from? How do you assess for change readiness? How do you develop and maintain a culture where change is seen as a vital part of the organization’s focus? How do you hire the right talent for that culture? In this wide-ranging interview, we hear from Tom Parker how the hi ...…
 
We're hearing more and more about the genetic testing that can help identify a personalized approach to nutrition, but does it actually work? This week we're fortunate to have Nanci Guest, PhD, RD join the show to share her insights on this approach and much more from the world of evidence-based nutrition.…
 
Cognitive distortions are self-limiting patterns of thinking that many of us demonstrate in life. These mental biases include “all or nothing thinking,” “overgeneralizing,” and “no control fallacy.” Sound familiar? In this episode, we hear from Courtney Ackerman on how to identify and begin to manage these negative thought patterns. Courtney is ...…
 
When it comes to health and wellness, children (and the teachers/parents at their sides) are facing an uphill climb. Excess weight and obesity are at all-time highs... activity and healthy eating at all-time lows. The combination is extremely harmful both short and long term. In this engaging throwback podcast interview that became one of our m ...…
 
When have you ever been asked – or been forced – to move out of your comfort zone – the arena in which you've historically operated? What did you discover about yourself and your strength repertoire in the process? What lessons did you learn about life? In this episode, we meet Tom Dietzler who suddenly found himself engaged in two roles that w ...…
 
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