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You are more than your failures and setbacks. We share stories of leaders who have moved beyond life’s most difficult moments to lead lives of significance, and insights on how you can do the same. Hosted by Warwick Fairfax.

Beyond the Crucible Crucible Leadership

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    • 4.8 • 21 Ratings

You are more than your failures and setbacks. We share stories of leaders who have moved beyond life’s most difficult moments to lead lives of significance, and insights on how you can do the same. Hosted by Warwick Fairfax.

    Gaining From Loss V: Marisa Renee Lee #142

    Gaining From Loss V: Marisa Renee Lee #142

    What does OK look like after you’ve been through a devastating loss? How does the new person you become in the aftermath of that loss go on living even as you go on grieving?
     
    This week, we talk with Marisa Renee Lee, a former official in the Obama White House and a regular contributor to Glamour, Vogue and The Atlantic. She discusses at length the struggles she endured after her mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, then battled and succumbed to breast cancer when Marisa was just 25 years old. She set that emotional journey between the covers of her book, GRIEF IS LOVE: LIVING WITH LOSS.
     
    In it, she offers a roadmap for readers to help them navigate the complexities of sadness and joy that accompany not just the loss of a loved one, but the loss of anything you love. And the first healing step on that journey, she says, is giving ourselves permission to grieve … even as we continue to love who or what we are grieving.
     
    To learn more about Marisa Renee Lee, visit www.marisareneelee.com
     
    To explore Crucible Leadership assets, and take our debut e-course DISCOVER YOUR SECOND-ACT SIGNIFICANCE, visitwww.crucibleleadership.com

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Gaining from Loss IV: Rabbi Steve Leder #141

    Gaining from Loss IV: Rabbi Steve Leder #141

    Rabbi Steve Leder thought that after officiating more than 1,000 funerals, he understood death and the loss experienced by those it leaves behind. But it wasn’t until his own father passed away that he felt in his heart, rather than just knowing in his head, the depth and breadth of losing a loved one.
     
    The lessons he’s learned and the applications he’s still living out have made clear to him that the losses we experience in life can be the fuel for living more intentionally. He says that we can craft a life today that will make us good ancestors to our family that follows.
     
    To learn more about Rabbi Leder, visit www.steveleder.com
     
    To explore Crucible Leadership assets, and take our debut e-course DISCOVER YOUR SECOND-ACT SIGNIFICANCE, visit www.crucibleleadership.com

    • 42 min
    Gaining From Loss III: Kayla Stoecklein #140

    Gaining From Loss III: Kayla Stoecklein #140

    It is fair to ask what gain Kayla Stoecklein experienced from the loss of her husband, Andrew, to suicide in 2018. What good could possibly come from where she found herself after such a devastating tragedy? What beauty could be birthed from those terrible ashes?
     
    In our conversation with Kayla this week, she answers all those questions in ways that will inspire you as much as they surprise you. She discusses with Warwick the moving and meaningful truths she’s packed into her book -- Rebuilding Beautiful: Welcome What Is, Dare to Dream Again, and Step Bravely into What Could Be – which documents her journey of, as she puts it, discovering how loss gives us new eyes to see the grace threaded through all humanity.
     
    Her encouragement to all of us? A beautiful world waits for us on the other side of loss. A world so expansive it has room for our pain.
     
    To learn more about Kayla Stoecklein, visit www.kaylastoecklein.com
     
    To explore Crucible Leadership assets, and take our debut e-course DISCOVER YOUR SECOND-ACT SIGNIFICANCE, visit www.crucibleleadership.com 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Gaining from Loss II: Jason Schechterle #139

    Gaining from Loss II: Jason Schechterle #139

    Jason Schechterle was a rookie Phoenix police officer in 2001 when his stopped squad car was slammed from behind at more than 100 mph and burst into an inferno. The unimaginable burns he suffered left him in a coma for two and a half months. He woke up unable to see, his appearance dramatically altered by his injuries and the surgeries he underwent to treat them. He struggled emotionally with what had happened to him – but never gave up the fight, or gave up hope that he’d win it.
     
    In this second episode of our special fall series GAINING FROM LOSS, Schechterle takes us on the journey of how he received the emotional and physical scars he still carries – but also how he found hope and healing that underscores a critical truth: the power of the human spirit can never be underestimated or extinguished. The motto that’s guided him through it all? Sometimes the most beautiful, inspirational changes will disguise themselves as utter devastation. Be patient.
     
    To learn more about Jason Schechterle, visit www.burningshield.com
     
    To explore Crucible Leadership assets, and take our debut e-course DISCOVER YOUR SECOND-ACT SIGNIFICANCE, visitwww.crucibleleadership.com

    • 56 min
    Gaining From Loss I: Shelley Klingerman #138

    Gaining From Loss I: Shelley Klingerman #138

    We kick off our fall series GAINING FROM LOSS with Shelley Klingerman’s story of grit in the face of grief after her brother, Greg, a 30-year veteran law enforcement officer, was shot to death in an ambush while leaving a government building – a senseless and evil act.
     
    From that tortuous crucible, Klingerman has dedicated herself to celebrating the essence of Greg and helping his fellow officers via the nonprofit she founded not long after his killing: Project Never Broken. Her organization extends hope and healing through stressing resiliency to other law enforcement officers and their families struggling through the aftermath of trauma. Through every step, she is committed to no longer accepting the things she cannot change, but changing the things she cannot accept.  
     
    To learn more about Project Never Broken, visit www.projectneverbroken.com 
     
    To explore Crucible Leadership resources, visit www.crucibleleadership.org 

    • 51 min
    BEST OF 6: Nancy Koehn, Part 2 #137

    BEST OF 6: Nancy Koehn, Part 2 #137

    Ernest Shackleton and the men he was leading on an expedition to cross Antarctica had piled up a breathtaking number of life-threatening crucibles by late 1915.  Stuck motionless in polar block ice for months, hundreds of miles off course with no way to communicate their location to anyone who could help, Shackleton and his men were running low on the supplies they had already been forced to ration in miserly fashion when their greatest disaster struck: The ice that had trapped their ship now closed in to crush it, leaving the men fully exposed to the bitter cold with no choice but to traverse the ice floes that surrounded them in desperate search of safety. 
    Shackleton’s mission had changed for good from one of discovery to one of survival for himself and his men. On this episode of BEYOND THE CRUCIBLE, Harvard Business School Professor Nancy Koehn, who profiles Shackleton in her Wall Street Journal best-seller Forged in Crisis, explains in detail how the British polar explorer’s only hope was to forget the disasters he and his crew had endured and “face forward” with grit, ingenuity and improvisation. “Crisis leaders get better and better and better,” she tells host Warwick Fairfax. “You can see it iteratively if you study them like I do.”
    To learn more about Nancy Koehn, visit www.nancykoehn.com
    To explore Crucible Leadership resources, visit www.crucibleleadership.com

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

David Richman Author ,

Awesome hosts and show!

I had an awesome conversation with Warwick and Gary on Beyond the Crucible Podcast. They are very professional, passionate, and genuine in what they do. Truly an inspiring show. To hear the crucible moments their guests have endured and to see how they have come out on the other side is both thrilling and inspiring. Kudos to Warwick for being so open and for bringing us such amazing stories.

USNA 1985 ,

Excellent Podcast

I enjoyed being interviewed by Warwick and Gary. Sharing our stories helps others recognize their crucible leadership moments and opportunities. The interviews are inspiring and help us all live life to the fullest.

Alison Pena aka Bad Widow ,

Moving past those crucible moments

Warwick and Gary share with their guests about how the crucible moments everybody goes through change our lives forever. This podcast taps into our humanity and bravery with such vulnerability that it’s safe to be moved by the stories. We see ourselves in them. They show how powerful being broken open can be and how heartbreak can transform a life.

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