169 episodes

If you're the founder, you're the future

The easiest future of work is the future you create at the beginning.
The one that you establish when you start a company.
Everything else is a battle to change established norms. Systems like to stay the same.
So make one you want to keep--sounds easy, no?
Join me, Leela Sinha, for a showcase of the best ideas out there for changing the way we work (and live) for the better. If you're a leader, if you're a founder, if you're an executive who just doesn't believe the way it's always been is the way it has to be, this podcast is for you. We'll talk ethical growth, real change, and networking that really IS about relationships. We'll get creative about solving the problems that make people quit by deconstructing the assumptions that keep us stuck and asking over and over: where does the power need to pivot? How could this be better...and the big one: where do I have the power to change it?
If you're sick of feeling like you have to trade in your integrity to reach the top of your game, tune in.
See you soon!

PowerPivot Leela Sinha

    • Business

If you're the founder, you're the future

The easiest future of work is the future you create at the beginning.
The one that you establish when you start a company.
Everything else is a battle to change established norms. Systems like to stay the same.
So make one you want to keep--sounds easy, no?
Join me, Leela Sinha, for a showcase of the best ideas out there for changing the way we work (and live) for the better. If you're a leader, if you're a founder, if you're an executive who just doesn't believe the way it's always been is the way it has to be, this podcast is for you. We'll talk ethical growth, real change, and networking that really IS about relationships. We'll get creative about solving the problems that make people quit by deconstructing the assumptions that keep us stuck and asking over and over: where does the power need to pivot? How could this be better...and the big one: where do I have the power to change it?
If you're sick of feeling like you have to trade in your integrity to reach the top of your game, tune in.
See you soon!

    recruiting and delegation

    recruiting and delegation

    "Once you use intensive and expansiveness to develop a job description, to do some hiring, to do some delegation, you can't unsee it. Once you've seen it, it's everywhere. And it's not the only metric you use. But it is a metric that you use consistently. So that you can imagine who will be most successful at what."
    We're going to take a little bit of a break, but before we do: let's talk about hiring, and delegation, and intensives & expansives. Understanding the intensiveness or expansiveness of the people in your team can help you bring people in and assign tasks in a way that sets everyone up for success. And remember, even though you mostly vibe with intensives (if you're an intensive), you still need expansives. And vice versa. We need each other. So let's not do this alone.
    As mentioned, we will be taking a bit of a break and slowing down the release schedule during March. We have a great interview coming up, which will drop on Wednesday, March 20th. Until then, remember that there are lots of episodes and interviews from seasons 1 & 2, so you can always wander through the catalog and find something to listen to in the meantime.
    Thank you all for listening, and for your continued support! Talk soon.
    Transcript and notes:
    https://dev.intensivesinstitute.com/captivate-podcast/recruiting-and-delegation
    Recorded 26 February 2024.

    • 12 min
    Interview: Paul Baron

    Interview: Paul Baron

    Paul Baron: "what they really liked about the wall printer, which is what I'm most proud of, is that every customer we have, becomes a new company. Everybody that buys a wall printing machine establishes a company around this machine, or they've added a revenue stream to an existing company."
    Let us introduce you to Paul Baron, a self-described "serial entrepreneur," who shares insights from his fifty-something year career in sales, and running businesses like restaurants, sporting goods, and beyond. Paul and Leela talk about revenue-sharing models for employees, the risks and rewards of going into business for yourself, pricing your labor and your services, and Paul's latest business venture: The Wall Printer.
    Links!
    Connect with Paul Baron on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pbbaron/
    Check out The Wall Printer machine in action: https://thewallprinter.com/en/
    The Ward's Bridge Inn: https://wardsbridgeinn.com/

    Transcript and notes:
    https://dev.intensivesinstitute.com/captivate-podcast/interview-paul-baron

    Recorded 26 February 2024.

    • 59 min
    honoring the intensity of intensive grief

    honoring the intensity of intensive grief

    "This is the hard part about being intensive: that people have told us all our lives that we're dangerous. And mostly, I will tell you that we are not. That we just need to find the right structures. But the size of our emotional experience means that sometimes we can push ourselves over the edge."
    Grief is enormous. And there is a lot to grieve. And, as intensives, our ways of expressing grief are often unwelcome (at best) in an expansive culture. How do we honor the intensity of our grief, and process it. And also- how do we remember that we can do that, and so much else, in a community? How do we let others take up our burdens so that we can grieve and rest? And how do we take up those burdens for others? As usual, we will look for answers in community, in relationship, and in the earth. And let's also talk about how to keep our grief from harming us, physically. Because there is a shade of truth in phrases like 'my stomach is tied up into knots." And that truth can be very painful indeed.
    Relevant Links:
    About the Tank Man from Tiananmen Square: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tank_Man
    Leela's Substack! And the new poem: https://leelasinha.substack.com/p/fire-to-earth?utm_source=profile&utm_medium=reader2
    The Conspirituality Podcast discusses Project 2025: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/187-project-2025-an-authoritarian-conspiracy/id1515827446?i=1000640530495
    Transcript and notes:
    https://dev.intensivesinstitute.com/captivate-podcast/honoring-the-intensity-of-intensive-grief
    Recorded 26 February 2024.

    • 19 min
    the beauty of the click

    the beauty of the click

    "It's a spark. It's a glimmer. It's the thing that happens that keeps us on the phone for three hours.... It's the shimmer under the skin. It's the joy. It's the relief."
    In the last episode we talked about some of the beautiful variations within intensives and within expansives. Now let's talk about the absolute joy that can be found when like meets like. When you find that you don't have to explain yourself to the other person, when there is ease- when we simply click with someone.
    Transcript and notes:
    https://dev.intensivesinstitute.com/captivate-podcast/the-beauty-of-the-click

    Recorded 19 February 2024.

    • 11 min
    same but different: sief type variations

    same but different: sief type variations

    "How do you get from generalizations to the specificity that allows you to interact with a particular human being that's across from you?"
    Our theme of "Love the One You're With" continues... but let's not make any big assumptions. Intensiveness can be a fairly influential characteristic, but we should always remember that there are wide variations in personalities, even among intensives or expansives. Let's look at some of those variations so that we can get to know who we are talking to a little bit better.

    Transcript and notes:
    https://dev.intensivesinstitute.com/captivate-podcast/same-but-different

    Recorded 19 February 2024.

    • 14 min
    prediction reduces fire drills

    prediction reduces fire drills

    "How do you know who it is that's across from you? What they need, what they want. How you can take care of them, while also under stress and also trying to get a lot of work done. That's where SIEF comes in."
    Continuing our theme of "Love the One You're With." Life is unpredictable, and people are certainly hard to predict. And the best way for us to show we care for Person A will not be the best way to make Person B feel cared for (especially if person B is an intensive and Person A is an expansive.) So if we try to meet everyone's needs in a general, one-size-fits-all way, then no one's needs will get met. And unmet needs are the root of resentment. But good news- SIEF is a tool we can use to understand the needs of the people around us a little better, which will help us get closer to the goal of meeting everyone's needs, all the time.
    Transcript and notes:
    https://dev.intensivesinstitute.com/captivate-podcast/prediction-reduces-fire-drills

    Recorded 12 February 2024.

    • 12 min

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