I meet people every day with incredible life stories and lessons to share in leadership, entrepreneurship, failure, and success. But the vast majority of daily media is focused on superficial, transactional news. So I started doing in-depth interviews with those people to find out what they’ve learned and how all of us can benefit from their experience. Get ready to start digging deep.
Brian Clark: Don't Ask Unanswerable Questions
On September 11, 2001, in the south tower of the World Trade Center, only 18 people at or above the point of impact survived. Brian Clark was one of those 18 people. More than 20 years later, Brian joins the Digging Deep Podcast to talk about how that day has shaped his life. He describes the thoughts and emotions he experienced that day, and how on-the-spot decisions affected his fate – and the fates of those around him. His story brings up many unanswerable questions about the choices we make, and Brian doesn’t have any answers to those questions. In fact, a key part of what he teaches us is that we shouldn’t even be asking them in the first place. He doesn’t linger in the past, and he doesn’t waste too much time worrying about the future, either. He tells us that things will unfold as they should, and all you can do is live well and love well.
Jean Chrétien: Hard Work, Determination, and Luck
Former Canadian prime minister Jean Chrétien made a career out of being underestimated. In this episode of the Digging Deep Podcast, Chrétien talks about how he became successful, why he was so competitive, and what principles he brought to leadership. He also talks about growing up as the 18th of 19 children, meeting the love of his life, and his first leadership role as the coach and general manager of his hockey team.....when he was just 12 years old. And, he shares insights into what it takes to be an accomplished leader, including under-promising and over-delivering, patience, forgiveness, and second chances. He talks about using conviction, rather than fear, to lead people. And with his 88th birthday approaching, we talk about what keeps him going and how he is as busy as ever.
Digging Deeper : A Look Back at the Top Takeaways
Writer, journalist, and expert parallel parker Chris Jones joins Mark to look back on some of the most impactful moments from the show so far. Mark and Chris reflect on the top takeaways from Murray Sinclair, Janice Dean, Ron Maclean and more in this year end special. From all of us at Digging Deep, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Paul Myers: The Importance of Taking Chances
Author and podcaster Paul Myers wanted to be a rock star, not a journalist and storyteller. But his career has taken him to some amazing places. He’s written books about Long John Baldry, Todd Rundgren, the Barenaked Ladies, and The Kids in the Hall. He’s interviewed Elton John, and spent time in Alcatraz with Stevie Nicks. He’s working on a new book about comedian John Candy. And he's the host of the fascinating Record Store Day podcast. In this episode of Digging Deep, we learn about Paul's creative family, where his love of music began, and delve into the connection between music and memory. He also talks about luck, taking chances, and embracing change. Paul speaks candidly about his relationship with alcohol, and how a question from his wife more than 20 years ago put him on the path to sobriety. And, he tells the story of how an interview with the legendary Randy Bachman ended up with Paul joining him on stage for a concert and even getting an invitation to his wedding.
Amanda Jette Knox: Change Happens; Get Ready For It
Only a few years ago, Amanda Jetté Knox was living a relatively quiet existence with the love of her life and their three children. An email from her middle child changed all that. And then, only a year later, a conversation with her spouse in a Walmart parking lot brought about even more change. Now, Amanda uses the story of her family as a platform to help and inspire other LGBTQ families. In this episode, we talk about why she feels it’s important to share her journey, and the lessons she learned from years of living a life focused on making everyone else happy. She explains why it’s actually good to know things won’t work out the way you planned. And we talk a lot about changes that turn into something bigger than one person or one family – spreading a message of acceptance and inclusivity around the world.
Jay Van Bavel: You Are the Company You Keep
Jay Van Bavel is not your average Manhattanite professor, and this is not your average conversation. Jay explains how group identity shapes our minds and our behaviours – giving us common goals, but in some cases, driving deep divisions. He describes how being part of a group can make us better and healthier -- but also leaves us vulnerable to group-think. We talk about why choosing the right group is the most important decision you’ll make in your life, how identity shapes our response to tragedy, and how a piece of cubed cheese almost killed him, but also helped him form a much deeper relationship.
One of my favourite podcasts
I’ve recently started listening to episodes of Digging Deep and have really been enjoying Mark Sutcliffe’s conversations with his guests. I look forward to walking my dog, mostly so that I can listen to his show and to his excellent choice of guests.
A favourite happening
I started listening to Digging Deep and now it’s part of my things to look forward to. Mark shares his exceptional talent to dig deep so listeners leave with knowledge and inspiration. Thank you Mark!
Digging Deep a good in-depth discussion
Longer format allows for a much more in-depth conversation than many interviews allow. This allows host Mark Sutcliffe the opportunity to shine as he guides his guests through informative and engaging discussions.