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We’re Nayla Bahri and Eric Johnson, and we love to talk about the intersection of life and work. Why? Most of us will spend more hours of our life working than doing anything else. The relationship we have with work, and the way we make meaning of our time and experience there, serves as a great platform to explore how we show up to the rest of our lives: relationships, family and parenting, our health, our hobbies and interests, and our general attitude towards the human experience. With insights and observations pulled from our leadership and career coaching, teaching and consulting work, as well as the most relevant research across fields, we’ll talk about the ideas that really impact how you experience work – and your life – and actionable strategies to make work work for you, from the inside out.

Inside Job Nayla Bahri and Eric Johnson

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We’re Nayla Bahri and Eric Johnson, and we love to talk about the intersection of life and work. Why? Most of us will spend more hours of our life working than doing anything else. The relationship we have with work, and the way we make meaning of our time and experience there, serves as a great platform to explore how we show up to the rest of our lives: relationships, family and parenting, our health, our hobbies and interests, and our general attitude towards the human experience. With insights and observations pulled from our leadership and career coaching, teaching and consulting work, as well as the most relevant research across fields, we’ll talk about the ideas that really impact how you experience work – and your life – and actionable strategies to make work work for you, from the inside out.

    You're right, it isn't fair.

    You're right, it isn't fair.

    “It’s not fair!”
    What is fair, what is unfair, and who gets to decide have been prevalent topics in our coaching and our lives recently. What do we do when we feel like we aren’t getting what we deserve despite believing we have done everything we were supposed to do? We tackle all of this, and more, on the latest episode of the Inside Job Podcast.
    We know that making sense of “unfair” situations is at the very heart of the inside job. If we don’t do the work when we feel slighted, then we can become emotionally arrested. The longer these situations become unresolved the more resentment we build up and the more toxic the situation will feel. We must break the cycle and find a better path forward.
    So what are our options?
    We need to start by noticing what’s happening on the “ladder of inference”, a tool we reference and explain during our conversation. In doing so we can notice how we are assigning meaning to what’s happened, how we are allowing assumptions to become reality, and how we are populating simple stories with partial data and biases. We need to move from our own subjectivity about the situation to one with more objectivity, often by getting clearer about the motives and intentions of others who are involved.
    Sometimes this work will help us understand that things were fairer than we realized. And sometimes, it will turn out that we were right – things are unfair. When unfairness is reality, we have to work through sense-making, acceptance, choice, and action. It’s an uncomfortable and painful place to be -- you don’t have to get over it, but you do have to do something about it. You must choose the pain you are willing to sustain for the best possible outcome for you.
    In this episode we help you determine how to do that in a conscious and deliberate way. We also talk about the origin of the phrase “Johnny on the spot” and why it’s not just a portable toilet company in the Northeast.
     
    Inside Job is brought to you by Nayla Bahri and Eric Johnson.
     
    To learn more about us and our work and to join our mailing list, visit www.insidejobthepodcast.com or email us at info@insidejobthepodcast.com.
     
    To learn more about the ideas and resources discussed in this episode, check out our show notes.
     
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    • 35 min
    Navigating Workplace Politics

    Navigating Workplace Politics

    “I LOVE office politics.” ~ No one, ever.
    Office politics has shown up a lot in our coaching conversations recently, as well as in discussions with our friends and family. It makes sense, as budgets for 2022 are being discussed, end-of-year performance reviews are being prepared for, and businesses get back to pre-pandemic working conditions. Of course, for most of us office politics need to be navigated regardless of the time of year or cycle of the business.
    But what are office politics really? And are they always bad? We talk about this and more on this episode of the Inside Job Podcast.
    In summary, office politics are about how people relate to each other and how resources get allocated – so relationships and power. They tend to be experienced when we believe there is an imbalance of influence, which leads us to believe we’re getting the short end of the stick.
    Office politics, however, are more about what’s happening inside of us than they are about what’s happening to us. Most of the perceived unfairness of politics stems from the stories we tell ourselves, the assumptions we’re making about what’s happening when people get together, and the existence of healthy networks that we’re simply not a part of.
    During our conversation we talk about how to make sense of these circumstances, and what to do about it. We talk about personal power versus political power and how to stand up for ourselves when we want to have more influence at work. We also talk about gathering and evaluating evidence, and how to get to the heart of what’s really at stake when we think we’re missing out.
    These things will even help your book club run more effectively. Just ask Nayla.
     
    Inside Job is brought to you by Nayla Bahri and Eric Johnson.
     
    To learn more about us and our work and to join our mailing list, visit www.insidejobthepodcast.com or email us at info@insidejobthepodcast.com.
     
    To learn more about the ideas and resources discussed in this episode, check out our show notes.
     
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    • 31 min
    Quick Wins, Quick Bucks, and the Need for Speed

    Quick Wins, Quick Bucks, and the Need for Speed

    Tom Cruise once said, “I feel the need – the need for speed.” He could very well have been summarizing how many of us are feeling nearly 40 years later. (Yes, it has been that long. #old)
    Whether it be a need for belonging, more money, a clearer identity, more engaging work, or something else so many of us are looking for the short and quick path to “better”. Unresolved pain gets our attention, and that pain is what causes many of us to be impulsive at work and at home and to buy into the promises from companies like LuLaRoe.
    Oh yes, Nayla gets into a rant in this episode about LuLaRoe. You are not going to want to miss it.
    What LuLaRoe – and other multi-level marketing companies – know is that humans are wired to accept the promise of quick fixes when they are experiencing pain. In this episode we talk about the importance of slowing down our decision making and exploring other options to generate momentum in our lives.
    We discuss what quick wins are and are not, and how to create them the right way. We also talk the importance of finding ways to create a substantial and lasting change for the better, and why we should be curious about what we’re already doing well when looking for ways to create more value in our lives.
    And we talk about how Tom Cruise runs, and why Will Ferrell is always in his underwear.
     
    Inside Job is brought to you by Nayla Bahri and Eric Johnson.
     
    To learn more about us and our work and to join our mailing list, visit www.insidejobthepodcast.com or email us at info@insidejobthepodcast.com.
     
    To learn more about the ideas and resources discussed in this episode, check out our show notes.
     
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    • 30 min
    Should I Be Part of the Great Resignation?

    Should I Be Part of the Great Resignation?

    When we know that more than 11 million people have voluntarily left their work between April – July 2021 in the Great Resignation, we pay attention.
    So many of our clients, friends and even family members are asking:  should I be a part of this Great Resignation?
    While it can be tempting to fantasize about being a part of this movement, this episode is about slowing down to take this question seriously. 
    If you’re even entertaining being part of the Great Resignation, what is going on? What hurts? What isn’t working anymore?
    We talk about quitting or exiting as a purposeful choice and what the alternatives could be to walking away from the whole thing.  We explore the distinctions between impulses, dreams and plans, the idea of renegotiation, and some questions you can ask yourself as you figure out where you land in one of the great employment stories of our time.
     
    Inside Job is brought to you by Nayla Bahri and Eric Johnson.
     
    To learn more about us and our work and to join our mailing list, visit www.insidejobthepodcast.com or email us at info@insidejobthepodcast.com.
     
    To learn more about the ideas and resources discussed in this episode, check out our show notes.
     
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    • 30 min
    Everybody's Side Hustlin'

    Everybody's Side Hustlin'

    Does it feel like everyone has a side-hustle going on?
    As part of the great resignation, in the age of Etsy and online businesses, side-hustling has become mainstream.
    And, we’re fans of the idea.
    We dive into the idea of personal projects, consulting practices, teaching, making, and the other activities people engage with outside of their day jobs. 
    Perhaps you’re looking for more income, hoping to manage job vulnerability, testing and trying things out, learning skills with an experience you’ve been craving…. A side-hustle can be a great tool to round out a professional portfolio.
    Side-hustling isn’t without its risk and watch outs, so we cover that, too.
     
    Inside Job is brought to you by Nayla Bahri and Eric Johnson.
     
    To learn more about us and our work and to join our mailing list, visit www.insidejobthepodcast.com or email us at info@insidejobthepodcast.com.
     
    To learn more about the ideas and resources discussed in this episode, check out our show notes.
     
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    • 32 min
    Why You Really Aren't Getting Started

    Why You Really Aren't Getting Started

    You want to get something done and you can’t get going.
    Maybe it’s something new at work, a new personal habit, a home improvement project and you’re standing at the start line for a long, long time.  Before you know it, you’re in a cycle of self-doubt and self-punishment about why you aren’t moving at all.
    If you notice you can’t get started on something, we invite you to explore that as a symptom of something else going on beneath the surface…we dive in deeper in this week’s episode.
    Is it possible that your goal is not really your goal, or it’s an idea that compels on the surface but you don’t have deep longing to see this thing through? Could fear of falling down or getting it wrong be stopping you from starting? Could you be missing knowledge of how do this new thing? Or even, could doing something new mean you have to adopt a new way of understanding and presenting yourself to the world? Or, are you out of energy at this time in your life and something has to come off your plate before you can start something new? Most of all, we encourage you to look within with compassion and self-honesty to learn why you aren’t starting yet, and then, what – if anything – to do about it.
     
    Inside Job is brought to you by Nayla Bahri and Eric Johnson.
     
    To learn more about us and our work and to join our mailing list, visit www.insidejobthepodcast.com or email us at info@insidejobthepodcast.com.
     
    To learn more about the ideas and resources discussed in this episode, check out our show notes.
     
    Let’s connect!
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    • 28 min

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