25 episodes

We’re all in a moment. And, we’re asking the big questions. Especially about work. Should I join The Great Resignation? Should I stay and just keep on, keeping on. Or, reimagine, reinvent, maybe even start my own thing? Can I really expect more than just a paycheck and stability from work? How do I navigate the overwhelm, burnout, and work-life-bleed that’s turned work-from-home into never-stop-working? What about purpose, joy, excitement, time to breathe, and live? What about that nagging tension between money and meaning, the desire to feel secure and the quest to do something that makes you come alive - that sparks you?
These are the questions we’ll be diving into on the SPARKED podcast. Every week, we invite a listener to share what’s going on in their work & life, then pose a specific question. Then, our host, award-winning author, advisor, and founder, Jonathan Fields, and a rotating lineup of wise mentors from the SPARKED Braintrust will share insights, ideas, strategies, resources and tips to help us all better align what we do with who we are, so we can find and do more of what makes us come alive.

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We’re all in a moment. And, we’re asking the big questions. Especially about work. Should I join The Great Resignation? Should I stay and just keep on, keeping on. Or, reimagine, reinvent, maybe even start my own thing? Can I really expect more than just a paycheck and stability from work? How do I navigate the overwhelm, burnout, and work-life-bleed that’s turned work-from-home into never-stop-working? What about purpose, joy, excitement, time to breathe, and live? What about that nagging tension between money and meaning, the desire to feel secure and the quest to do something that makes you come alive - that sparks you?
These are the questions we’ll be diving into on the SPARKED podcast. Every week, we invite a listener to share what’s going on in their work & life, then pose a specific question. Then, our host, award-winning author, advisor, and founder, Jonathan Fields, and a rotating lineup of wise mentors from the SPARKED Braintrust will share insights, ideas, strategies, resources and tips to help us all better align what we do with who we are, so we can find and do more of what makes us come alive.

    How to Bring more Compassion & Empathy to Leadership

    How to Bring more Compassion & Empathy to Leadership

    Every week on the SPARKED podcast, we invite a listener to share what’s going on in their work & life, then pose a specific question to Jonathan Fields and a rotating lineup of wise and kind mentors - the SPARKED Braintrust. 
    In today’s episode we’re in conversation with:
    SPARKED BRAINTRUST ADVISOR: Karen Wright | Website
    Karen is the founder of Parachute Executive Coaching, acclaimed executive coach, advisor to senior leaders for more than two-decades, and the author of two great books, The Accidental Alpha Woman and The Complete Executive.
    LISTENER: Marcelle - Sparketype: Scientist/Warrior | Anti- Performer
    QUESTION: Listener Marcelle, is looking at leadership in light of the pandemic, recent global events and conflicts and is asking what’s working? What’s not working? And how can she harness her skills to work towards solving some of these big problems. And, how do our Sparketypes fit into this conversation? Marcelle is curious to know how she can impact the future of leadership and to tackle training our leaders to have more compassion and empathy and potentially curb the ‘Great Resignation’ that we’re seeing across the globe. 
    YOUR HOST: Jonathan Fields
    Jonathan is a dad, husband, award-winning author, multi-time founder, executive producer and host of the Good Life Project podcast, and co-host of SPARKED, too! He’s also the creator of an unusual tool that’s helped more than 650,000 people discover what kind of work makes them come alive - the Sparketype® Assessment, and author of the bestselling book, SPARKED.
    So what is your Sparketype? Turns out, we all have a unique imprint for work that makes us come alive, this is your Sparketype. When you discover yours, everything, your entire work-life- and even parts of your personal life and relationships - begins to make sense. Until you know yours, you’re kind of fumbling in the dark. 
    How to submit your question for the SPARKED Braintrust: Wisdom-seeker submissions
    More on Sparketypes at: Discover You Sparketype | The Book | The Workshop | The Website

    Presented by LinkedIn.

    • 32 min
    'How do I rethink the way I'm seeking out funding for a world-changing project in a new way?'

    'How do I rethink the way I'm seeking out funding for a world-changing project in a new way?'

    Every week on the SPARKED podcast, we invite a listener to share what’s going on in their work & life, then pose a specific question to Jonathan Fields and a rotating lineup of wise and kind mentors - the SPARKED Braintrust. 
    In today’s episode we’re in conversation with:
    SPARKED BRAINTRUST ADVISOR: Deborah Owens | Website
    After a long career in leadership in some of the biggest companies in the world, Deborah founded her own consulting firm, Corporate Alley Cat, where she advises and coaches People of Color in all aspects of career visioning and development. She has this incredible ability to see what’s happening under the surface in any given situation, and ask questions that get to the heart of the matter and reveal possibilities that feel both empowering and expansive.

    LISTENER: Today’s listener’s Sparketype - Primary: Maven, Shadow: Scientist, Anti: Essentialist
    QUESTION: Today our listener, who has asked to remain anonymous, shares a story of embracing an unconventional path through academia, medicine and eventually entrepreneurialism. They share how they’ve embraced non-traditional methods - bartering, volunteering & trading - to grow and fund their research project into an endeavor, but are reaching a point where what got them here isn’t going to get them to the vision of a bigger, more formed and resources organization that can make a difference on a much larger scale.
    So our listener is seeking guidance on how to see another way of achieving the goal. How to reimagine the funding model to find the funding needed to graduate the research project into a full fledged business, that is then able to have the greatest impact to the lives of infants and their families. This question is actually more broadly applicable than it may, at first appear, because so many of us are realizing that we can’t rely on what got us to this moment as a way to get to the next big milestone.
    YOUR HOST: Jonathan Fields
    Jonathan is a dad, husband, award-winning author, multi-time founder, executive producer and host of the Good Life Project podcast, and co-host of SPARKED, too! He’s also the creator of an unusual tool that’s helped more than 650,000 people discover what kind of work makes them come alive - the Sparketype® Assessment, and author of the bestselling book, SPARKED.
    So what is your Sparketype? Turns out, we all have a unique imprint for work that makes us come alive, this is your Sparketype. When you discover yours, everything, your entire work-life- and even parts of your personal life and relationships - begins to make sense. Until you know yours, you’re kind of fumbling in the dark. 
    How to submit your question for the SPARKED Braintrust: Wisdom-seeker submissions
    More on Sparketypes at: Discover You Sparketype | The Book | The Workshop | The Website

    Presented by LinkedIn.

    • 37 min
    How to Balance a Family Legacy with Building Your Own

    How to Balance a Family Legacy with Building Your Own

    APPLY FOR THE SEPTEMBER INTAKE OF THE CERTIFIED SPARKETYPE ADVISOR TRAINING HERE.
    Every week on the SPARKED podcast, we invite a listener to share what’s going on in their work & life, then pose a specific question to Jonathan Fields and a rotating lineup of wise and kind mentors - the SPARKED Braintrust. 
    In today’s episode we’re in conversation with:
    SPARKED BRAINTRUST ADVISOR: Jenny Blake | Website
    Jenny is a podcaster, career and business strategist, and an award-winning author of three books: Life After College, the groundbreaking Pivot for navigating what’s next, and her recently published Free Time for optimizing what’s now. 
    LISTENER: Joy - Sparketype: Advisor/Essentialist
    QUESTION: Listener Joy shares a fascinating story of growing up with an iconic entrepreneurial legacy, becoming involved in that family business, then starting, running and selling multiple companies before moving into the coaching space. After losing momentum during the pandemic, and now being ready to step back into coaching in a more authentic, focused way, she asks, when you’re rebuilding, how do you find the confidence to show up, ignore all the shiny object advice that can so easily take you off track, and build around who you really are and what you need and want to offer? When it comes to building a coaching practice Joy asks, how do you put yourself out there in an authentic way? And when building a business in a saturated market, how do you avoid the comparison trap and find the courage to stay in your lane and own your unique talent and offering?
    YOUR HOST: Jonathan Fields
    Jonathan is a dad, husband, award-winning author, multi-time founder, executive producer and host of the Good Life Project podcast, and co-host of SPARKED, too! He’s also the creator of an unusual tool that’s helped more than 650,000 people discover what kind of work makes them come alive - the Sparketype® Assessment, and author of the bestselling book, SPARKED.
    So what is your Sparketype? Turns out, we all have a unique imprint for work that makes us come alive, this is your Sparketype. When you discover yours, everything, your entire work-life- and even parts of your personal life and relationships - begins to make sense. Until you know yours, you’re kind of fumbling in the dark. 
    How to submit your question for the SPARKED Braintrust: Wisdom-seeker submissions
    More on Sparketypes at: Discover You Sparketype | The Book | The Workshop | The Website

    Presented by LinkedIn.

    • 33 min
    How to Harness your Skills to have a Big Impact

    How to Harness your Skills to have a Big Impact

    Every week on the SPARKED podcast, we invite a listener to share what’s going on in their work & life, then pose a specific question to Jonathan Fields and a rotating lineup of wise and kind mentors - the SPARKED Braintrust. 
    In today’s episode we’re in conversation with:
    SPARKED BRAINTRUST ADVISOR: Jadah Sellner | Website
    Jadah is a multi-time founder and CEO of Jadah Sellner Media, the co-creator of the Simple Green Smoothies social and business phenom, sought-after advisor to entrepreneurs, and bestselling author.
    LISTENER: Heidi - Sparketype: Advocate/Warrior | Anti Maker
    QUESTION: Listener Heidi, poses a big question that is very pertinent to this moment in time. She shares her devotion to advocacy particularly around climate activism and asks how do you harness your skillset to show up in work and life and make a meaningful difference? Heidi is hopeful that a lot of us are also asking the same question when it comes to the climate crisis and asks how do you know where to focus your energy to have the biggest impact?
    YOUR HOST: Jonathan Fields
    Jonathan is a dad, husband, award-winning author, multi-time founder, executive producer and host of the Good Life Project podcast, and co-host of SPARKED, too! He’s also the creator of an unusual tool that’s helped more than 650,000 people discover what kind of work makes them come alive - the Sparketype® Assessment, and author of the bestselling book, SPARKED.
    So what is your Sparketype? Turns out, we all have a unique imprint for work that makes us come alive, this is your Sparketype. When you discover yours, everything, your entire work-life- and even parts of your personal life and relationships - begins to make sense. Until you know yours, you’re kind of fumbling in the dark. 
    How to submit your question for the SPARKED Braintrust: Wisdom-seeker submissions
    More on Sparketypes at: Discover You Sparketype | The Book | The Workshop | The Website

    Presented by LinkedIn.

    • 32 min
    How to Assess if your Chosen Project is the Right Project

    How to Assess if your Chosen Project is the Right Project

    Every week on the SPARKED podcast, we invite a listener to share what’s going on in their work & life, then pose a specific question to Jonathan Fields and a rotating lineup of wise and kind mentors - the SPARKED Braintrust. 
    In today’s episode we’re in conversation with:
    SPARKED BRAINTRUST ADVISOR: Charlie Gilkey | Website
    Charlie is a strategic advisor and executive coach, founder of the Productive Flourishing consultancy, and author of the multi-award-winning book, Start Finishing.
    LISTENER:  Kerry - Sparketype: Warrior/Essentialist, Anti: Scientist
    QUESTION: Listener Kerry, shares her experience that many folks find themselves in, when their lifelong career no longer serves their life circumstance, in this case, raising a young family. Kerry shares her passion for writing, leading and problem solving and asks, how do you repurpose your skills when your availability for work changes? And how do you prioritize your own goals whilst juggling the demands of parenting, homeschooling and supporting your partner's business?
    YOUR HOST: Jonathan Fields
    Jonathan is a dad, husband, award-winning author, multi-time founder, executive producer and host of the Good Life Project podcast, and co-host of SPARKED, too! He’s also the creator of an unusual tool that’s helped more than 650,000 people discover what kind of work makes them come alive - the Sparketype® Assessment, and author of the bestselling book, SPARKED.
    So what is your Sparketype? Turns out, we all have a unique imprint for work that makes us come alive, this is your Sparketype. When you discover yours, everything, your entire work-life- and even parts of your personal life and relationships - begins to make sense. Until you know yours, you’re kind of fumbling in the dark. 
    How to submit your question for the SPARKED Braintrust: Wisdom-seeker submissions
    More on Sparketypes at: Discover You Sparketype | The Book | The Workshop | The Website
    Presented by LinkedIn.

    • 32 min
    How to Embrace your Innate Impulses alongside Neurodiversity

    How to Embrace your Innate Impulses alongside Neurodiversity

    Every week on the SPARKED podcast, we invite a listener to share what’s going on in their work & life, then pose a specific question to Jonathan Fields and a rotating lineup of wise and kind mentors - the SPARKED Braintrust. 
    In today’s episode we’re in conversation with:
    SPARKED BRAINTRUST ADVISOR: Cynthia Morris | Website
    Cynthia is the founder of the Original Impulse creative studio and atelier and coaching program for writers, she’s also an author, workshop facilitator, trusted advisor and coach.
    LISTENER: Mell - Sparketype: Maven/Advocate
    QUESTION: Listener Mell, shares an interesting query about how to balance her desire to learn new things and advocate for what she cares about most with a recent diagnosis that may make those desires harder to act on. Mell puts forward the question, how do you embrace your innate impulse and find joy in work and life whilst navigating newly discovered neurodiversity?
    YOUR HOST: Jonathan Fields
    Jonathan is a dad, husband, award-winning author, multi-time founder, executive producer and host of the Good Life Project podcast, and co-host of SPARKED, too! He’s also the creator of an unusual tool that’s helped more than 650,000 people discover what kind of work makes them come alive - the Sparketype® Assessment, and author of the bestselling book, SPARKED.
    So what is your Sparketype? Turns out, we all have a unique imprint for work that makes us come alive, this is your Sparketype. When you discover yours, everything, your entire work-life- and even parts of your personal life and relationships - begins to make sense. Until you know yours, you’re kind of fumbling in the dark. 
    How to submit your question for the SPARKED Braintrust: Wisdom-seeker submissions
    RESOURCES MENTIONED:

    Stumbling toward genius podcast episode with Cory Huff

    How to ADHD YouTube channel

    Book: The Smart but Scattered Guide to Success: How to Use Your Brain’s Executive Skills to Keep Up, Stay Calm, and Get Organized at Work and at Home

    Book: Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

    More on Sparketypes at: Discover You Sparketype | The Book | The Workshop | The Website

    Presented by LinkedIn.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

GretchenMcKay1 ,

So insightful

I took the Sparketype assessment and was blown away. It was so spot on and explained so much about a shift that happened in my work life about six years ago. I find this podcast to be super helpful with how different Park types can use those gifts for good. Love the stories. And bought the book!

kayceemay_ ,

Expert advice on relatable topics

I took the Sparketype quiz, bought the book, and am obsessed with this work! The format of the Sparked podcast is super digestible and content relatable. I love to hear how each coach addresses the question, with Jonathan adding his perspective, and integrating the caller’s 3 sparketype elements. Thanks for launching this podcast!

vybgior ,

Love it!

Another gem! You keeping giving us such great gifts, Jonathan! Thank you!

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