31 episodes

Welcome to Sound Insight, the podcast that explores our complex relationship with work and life. I’m your host, Cathy Jacob. For 20 years, I’ve coached executives, professionals, entrepreneurs, and creators to do the work they love without sacrificing the rest of their lives in the process. For inspiration in an earbud, each episode will challenge your thinking, expand your perspective and offer practical strategies to take you from tired to inspired.

For a written adaptation of each episode, visit my blog at cathyjacob.com/blog. You’ll find a transcript of the episode plus more articles, recommendations, and practices on the topics I cover here.

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Welcome to Sound Insight, the podcast that explores our complex relationship with work and life. I’m your host, Cathy Jacob. For 20 years, I’ve coached executives, professionals, entrepreneurs, and creators to do the work they love without sacrificing the rest of their lives in the process. For inspiration in an earbud, each episode will challenge your thinking, expand your perspective and offer practical strategies to take you from tired to inspired.

For a written adaptation of each episode, visit my blog at cathyjacob.com/blog. You’ll find a transcript of the episode plus more articles, recommendations, and practices on the topics I cover here.

    The Slow Build: Unexpected Life Lessons From a Younger Self

    The Slow Build: Unexpected Life Lessons From a Younger Self

    Welcome back for Season 3 of Sound Insight!
    One of my New Year's resolutions is to read the stacks of journals collected in my closet. I’ve been journaling since I was about 15 years old. The greatest gift of this exercise is the opportunity to time travel, to be in a kind of conversation with my past self. Not to be fooled by a selective and unreliable memory, but to actually listen to the voice of my younger self.
    What I didn't expect was what she would have to teach me.
     
    You can find an adapted transcript of this episode on my blog, here.
    For future episodes, articles and more, subscribe free my newsletter, the The Slow Sip.

    • 12 min
    Corazón: Essential Practices for Living and Leading from Heart

    Corazón: Essential Practices for Living and Leading from Heart

    What does it mean to lead from heart?
    When we describe someone as 'having heart' we tend to mean two things: they show compassion toward others, and they demonstrate strength and courage. Leading from heart demands that we be compassionate. It also requires inner strength. When we work with leaders, we begin by supporting them to strengthen their inner core.
    In this episode, Cathy explores:
    What it means to build a strong inner core and why it matters to leadership and to life. How training your inner core follows some of the same principles as physical core strength training. Three practices you can adopt to strengthen your inner core and build the essential foundation to lead and live with strength, courage, and compassion. If you'd like an adapted transcript of this episode, you can find it on Cathy's Blog, Field Notes.
    For more on self-compassion from pioneers in this area, read The Transformative Effects of Mindful Self-Compassion, by Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer.
    For more on why so many of us struggle with self-compassion, read Why Is Self-Compassion So Tough? - Cathy Jacob
    For more information on the leadership development programs referenced here, visit Fire Inside Leadership's website.

    • 12 min
    First Aid for the Working Frazzled

    First Aid for the Working Frazzled

    Three “in-the-moment” practices to reduce stress and support your well-being at work.
    Why is work/life well-being so challenging?
    In this episode, Cathy explores why so many of us struggle with work/life well-being.
    What makes this issue so complex? How does seeing it as a complex issue show us a way forward? How can we begin to take steps to create greater well-being in the workplace and beyond? Finally, she shares three in-the-moment practices to reduce your stress, open up new possibilities, and put you in a better position to affect meaningful change.
    If you'd like an adapted transcript for this episode, you can find it on Cathy's blog, Field Notes.
    In this episode, I reference the work of David Snowden and the Cynefin Framework. You can find out more about his work here.
    I also quote and recommend the book, Unleash Your Complexity Genius: Growing Your Inner Capacity to Lead, by Jennifer Garvey Berger and Carolyn Coughlin.

    • 18 min
    The Work-Life Wars: Is Balance the Answer?

    The Work-Life Wars: Is Balance the Answer?

    After decades of promoting work-life balance, stress and burnout are still rampant, if not growing, in our organizations. Have our efforts to create work-life balance failed?
    In this episode, Cathy discusses how our ways of thinking about work-life balance and quality time, which came into widespread use in the 1980's, not only failed to fix the problem, but in many ways, made it worse. She explores:
    The central problem with how most of us think about the struggle between work and personal life and the debilitating stress it creates. How our well-meaning advice on solving the work-life balance issue has exacerbated the problem. Her own experience with burnout, her process of recovery, and what she needed to unlearn to begin to forge a healthy relationship with work. A shift in perspective and a way forward for leaders that puts the responsibility for the problem where it belongs - within a complex relationship between the individual, the culture, and the organizations in which they work. Finally, she proposes that as we debate the future of work and what it will look like, we need to put personal and collective well-being at the center of the conversation. You can find an adapted transcript of this episode on Cathy’s blog, Field Notes.

    • 11 min
    Small Things with Great Love

    Small Things with Great Love

    “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” Attributed to Mother Teresa.
    In this episode, Cathy shares the impact that these words have had on her life. But it wasn't until she dug deeper into the question of what creates psychological wellbeing, that a deeper meaning began to emerge. Cathy explores how these simple words parallel what research tells us lies at the heart of psychological well-being.
    What does it mean to have healthy sense of self? How can we cultivate psychological well-being? How does that relate to our effectiveness as leaders? And how through this understanding a deeper meaning for these words began to emerge. If you’d like to read an adapted transcript, you can find it here.

    • 13 min
    Small Decisions for a Big Life

    Small Decisions for a Big Life

    A Simple Way To Make Everyday Choices That Matter.
    Over the sweep of a life, it is the tiny, seemingly insignificant decisions we make every day that can make the biggest difference. On their own, they don't seem to matter much, but as they accumulate over time, they can make the difference between a rich and fulfilling life or one filled with regret.
    In this episode, Cathy shares a simple approach for recognizing and making the tiny decisions that matter.

    • 10 min

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The key to lasting self-confidence

First time listener here. What a terrific podcast! I'm so impressed that I'm going to go back and listen to all of Cathy Jacob's library. Definitely lots of takeaways. Do yourself a favour and tune in.
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Dawn Burstall ,

Cathy’s insights are sound!

I appreciate Cathy sharing her wisdom in a podcast. The topics that she chooses are both timely and relevant. She does a great job of integrating learning that applies to the personal and ‘business’ aspects of our lives, reminding us that they are inseparable, and that this podcast is for you even if you don’t consider yourself part of the workforce. Her messages are stated clearly, compassionately and concisely. I have learned a few “gems” each episode. Thank you Cathy!

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