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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

    • Business
    • 5.0, 8 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.

    Grace and Tolerance: The Antidote to Anxiety and Stress#21

    Grace and Tolerance: The Antidote to Anxiety and Stress#21

    Conflict and leadership frequently go hand-in-hand. Add to the mix a global pandemic that comes with stay-at-home orders, shuttered schools and remote working, and millions find themselves living day-to-day in a powder keg of anxiety and stress. How best to navigate this unprecedented confluence of circumstances to minimize its affect on your family relationships and your business's bottom line? Crucible Leadership founder and BEYOND THE CRUCIBLE host Warwick Fairfax and podcast co-host Gary Schneeberger discuss the indispensable role grace and tolerance play in not just avoiding flare-ups, but encouraging each other at a time when encouragement is more essential than ever. It all starts, they explain, with doing the same kind of self-audit that's critical to learning the lessons of a crucible experience. Then, once you understand how your unique stressors and anxiety triggers affect you, you can take practical steps to defuse tensions with others and keep lines of communication and productivity operating smoothly. "The core of grace," Fairfax says, "is treating other people like you'd like to be treated."To learn more about Crucible Leadership, visit www.crucibleleadership.com

    • 50 min
    Ed Kressy: He Beat Meth Addiction and Psychosis Through Spirituality, Self-Improvement and Service - #20

    Ed Kressy: He Beat Meth Addiction and Psychosis Through Spirituality, Self-Improvement and Service - #20

    For 11 harrowing years, Ed Kressy descended deeper and deeper into the madness of methamphetamine addiction. From believing the FBI was trying to pin the 9/11 attacks on him, to not bathing or brushing his teeth for months, to considering himself married to the voices in his head that tormented his thoughts, his grip on reality slipped away a little more each day. It was a far cry from the life he had known, he tells Crucible Leadership founder and BEYOND THE CRUCIBLE host Warwick Fairfax: a college education, a good job, home ownership in San Francisco. But then the alcohol he turned to in his teens to feel like "there was something I was good at" finally caught up to him, fueling his hellish cycle of helplessness and hopelessness. It was only after actually getting arrested by the FBI that he found his way back through the combined power of spirituality, self-improvement and service. Today, he gives back to his community by volunteering with the police and California jails and prisons -- truly significant work that has, ironically, earned him a community service award from the FBI he once so feared. "Being a value to others," he says, "was ultimately serving my own dreams."

    • 53 min
    Michelle Kuei: Disabled by a Car Accident, She Refused to Settle for "Being Normal" and Discovered Her Inner Diamond -- #19

    Michelle Kuei: Disabled by a Car Accident, She Refused to Settle for "Being Normal" and Discovered Her Inner Diamond -- #19

    She never really had a chance to dream about what her life could be before a tragic car accident at 11 in her native Taiwan left Michelle Kuei with physical and emotional scars that plagued her for 30 years. When her body stopped growing after the crash, her mind started racing with how she would never be "normal." It wasn't just that friendships and romance were hard -- grocery shopping was near-impossible: she couldn't grab anything to put in her cart without first discarding her crutches, and items on even the middle shelves were beyond her reach. But everything changed when she set her mind to fighting through the pain and fear and took up hiking, a pursuit that resulted in her ascending the peak of Machu Picchu and learning that she wasn't just normal, she had extraordinary in her. Finding the diamond inside her rough circumstances, she tells Crucible Leadership founder and BEYOND THE CRUCIBLE host Warwick Fairfax, led her into a rewarding coaching career in which she helps negative self-talkers discover inner strength and beauty by overcoming their fear of judgments. "Each and every one of us," she explains, "is a gift to this world."

    • 53 min
    Overcoming Pandemic Panic: Combatting Fear of the Unknown in Leadership and Life -- #18

    Overcoming Pandemic Panic: Combatting Fear of the Unknown in Leadership and Life -- #18

    Millions worldwide are dealing with fears of the "what if?" right now as the world struggles through the health and economic uncertainties of the coronavirus outbreak. These worries can be upsetting, depressing and even emotionally paralyzing; in fact, one scientific study has determined fear of the unknown can be more distressing than fear of serious injury or death. In this new episode of BEYOND THE CRUCIBLE, host and Crucible Leadership founder Warwick Fairfax offers several encouraging insights into rising above those fears and the hopelessness they can cause, noting that what the world is facing today is a hypercharged crucible experience not unlike what we all face in our lives when more intimate failures and setbacks strike. They key, he and cohost Gary Schneeberger discuss, is finding outlets that create personal calm amid the chaos and continuing to move forward in active combat against the fears that plague you -- uncovering the opportunities that exist behind the challenges. "When fear starts coming on," Fairfax says, "don't wait for it to grow from an ember into a forest fire."

    • 41 min
    Trent Griffin-Braaf: Dealing Drugs Cost Him His Freedom, Prison Taught Him Humility and the Rewards of Serving Others - #17

    Trent Griffin-Braaf: Dealing Drugs Cost Him His Freedom, Prison Taught Him Humility and the Rewards of Serving Others - #17

    His father died when he was 9. Not long after, his mother's drug addiction forced him out of his home to live with his grandparents. Money was tight, school was not his strong suit, and by his late teens Trent Griffin-Braaf was running with the wrong crowd. By 19, he was serving 4-12 years in prison for selling drugs. But he tells Crucible Leadership founder and BEYOND THE CRUCIBLE host Warwick Fairfax that when he had to attend his grandmother's funeral in shackles, unable to hug grieving loved ones because of the chains, he decided he would not allow being locked up to be his legacy. He seized the academic opportunities prison offered, and when he was paroled after three years he dedicated himself to learning all he could to build a life he could be proud of. He landed a job at a hotel cleaning toilets, spent hours soaking up from co-workers the ins-and-outs of their jobs -- and in a few years had become the hotel's general manager. But he had a grander vision -- and risked all he had achieved to launch an airport shuttle serving Schenectady, N.Y.'s hotels. The business took off, and continues to grow: It now serves former inmates in the area not only with assistance in getting to and from work, but helps them find work that will allow them to build their own lives of significance. What has his journey taught him? "I believe in my heart that from doing good you get good," he says.
    For more information on Trent Griffin-Braaf, visit https://www.techvalleyshuttle.com/
    To learn more about Crucible Leadership, visit www.crucibleleadership.com

    • 54 min
    Brad Kullman: Losing His MLB Dream Job Birthed His Vision to Help People Understand How They're Wired - #16

    Brad Kullman: Losing His MLB Dream Job Birthed His Vision to Help People Understand How They're Wired - #16

    As general manager of Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds, Brad Kullman was living his childhood dream of making a living, and life, in the game he loved. But after being passed over for permanent promotions and finally being let go, he moved past the devastation to realize he was free to pursue a passion that had become even more important to him: using the analytical tools he had pioneered as a pro sports scout and executive to help everyday men and women unlock the insights of their hardwired makeup. In this interview with Crucible Leadership founder and BEYOND THE CRUCIBLE host Warwick Fairfax, Kullman explains how standard personality tests offer insufficient help in charting a course to a life of significance for those who experience crucibles and offers insights and resources to help listeners understand and apply the realities of how they're wired. 
     
    To learn more about Brad Kullman and Hardwired Makeup, visit www.maxqperformance.com. 
     
    To learn more about Crucible Leadership, visit www.crucibleleadership.com 

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

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8 Ratings

8 Ratings

ParentOnPurpose ,

Very inspiring!

Loving this new podcast as the stories make me reflect on my own life and and question if I indeed have turned my crucible moment into significance. The hosts inspire me to want to lead a significant life instead of just a successful one and I enjoy learning actionable tips and motivation how to best do that.

LilySanabria ,

Warwick brings it! I’m a big fan!

I interviewed Warwick on Master Leadership Podcast and was so moved by his journey of privilege, loss, wrestling, discovery and rising. His authenticity, courage and generosity move him forward to creating a message from the mess. Oh...loving the accent too!

ItsHowWeROAR ,

Real hope for overcoming failure and setbacks

Warwick Fairfax's story is amazing and inspiring. His hard-earned insights on how to bounce back from life's most devastating moments offer hope to anyone who has ever been laid low by what he calls "crucible experiences."

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