Career stewardship is about taking control of your career. Join Michael Melcher, one of America’s best executive coaches, and learn the insights and practices that will help you be not just successful but also fulfilled. Each of our 20 episodes will introduce you to compelling new ideas that will help you create the career you want. Michael and his special guests go beyond conventional wisdom and dig into the nuances of topics like values, vision, relationship building, interviewing, career pivots, ageism and more–along with the special idea of “20 Minutes a Day.” Grounded, motivational and funny, with plenty of real-world examples, the Career Stewardship podcast will help you shape your evolving career. Because why shouldn’t you have the career you want?
What Is Awareness? And How Do I Get Some?
This week we go DEEP and ask: If you were really present in your life, as opposed to being stuck in your head most of the time, what might you experience? Michael is joined by executive coach Duncan Drechsel, who walks us through the subtleties of this thing called awareness: what is it, why it is important, and how we can develop it. We learn how cultivating awareness fits into leadership – and how our busy, task-oriented work lives seemed almost designed to prevent any actual awareness. Duncan shares three specific techniques for beginning to cultivating this mysterious but essential quality and – spoiler alert – none of these have to do with thinking harder.
Coach Your Brain
You have a brain and, guess what, it has an impact on how you function. What can you do to make sure it functions well? In this week's episode, we speak with executive coach Deb Elbaum about what we can learn from modern brain science. Deb trained as a physician before going into coaching, so she's a great source for distinguishing evidence-based realness vs. wishful thinking. Among other things, we learn about the continued plasticity of the brain, why breathing and movement are so important to optimal brain functioning, and how you can use language to start creating new neural pathways. Listen in and learn how to help your own brain do its best work!
"You Can Do More Than You Know" Courage and Leadership in the Not-for-Profit World
Michael Roberts is the Executive Director of Comprehensive Youth Development (CYD) in NYC. CYD partners with three public high schools to give support to students from disadvantaged backgrounds so that they can complete high school and start adult life successfully. (Michael M has been on the Board of Directors of this org for more than a decade.). Michael R is best known for his leadership and experience in the philanthropic and not-for-profit worlds, but he actually started out as a Broadway performer. He shares with us why courage is so important, what his parents taught him about planning for careers. and how to figure out where to make your mark in the not-for-profit world.
The Person You Cannot Disappoint Is Yourself: Talking Career Transition with Ailsa Chang
In this week's episode, we have a special guest, NPR host Ailsa Chang, who shares her own career story. Ailsa grew up as a high achiever, which led to a career in corporate law that she discovered she had no interest in. In her 30s, she enrolled in a Master's program in journalism and decided to pursue the much rockier road of radio journalism. And look at her now! Ailsa shares how likely success seemed when she started (spoiler alert: not very), why the radio is a more visual medium than television, and what it's been like being an Asian-American reporter during a year of attacks against Asian-Americans. She also shares the interesting fact that legions of people constantly tell her how she should speak, act and be, which is why any good career starts with embracing yourself. Not to be missed!
Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World, with Dorie Clark
In our Pride Month special, Michael interviews bestselling author and general cool person, Dorie Clark, author of Reinventing You, Stand Out, Entrepreneurial You and, forthcoming in September, The Long Game. Dorie explores how to reorient ourselves to see the big picture so we can tap into the power of small changes that, made today, will have an enormous and disproportionate impact on our future success. We also talk about how careers have changed in the past 30-50 years, and how to approach shaping your career when many of the past paradigms have gone way. And we also share how we ended up with excellent mental health notwithstanding growing up in the dark, homophobic past and what learnings there might be from that.
Are You Thinking of Writing a Book? with Jennie Nash
Sometimes career stewardship involves writing a whole entire book! This is not a task for the meek but it is doable – and maybe it's doable with less pain than is normally associated with the process. In this week's episode, we speak with author, publisher and book coach extraordinaire Jennie Nash, who is the CEO of Author Accelerator and happens to be Michael Melcher's very own and highly valued book coach. Michael and Jennie talk about what would-be authors do wrong, why writing a book will probably not change your entire life but still possibly be worthwhile, and the role that book coaches can play in helping you get where you want to go. A lively, entertaining episode!
Inspiring and Practical
Michael brings us people who took their careers into their own hands, even challenging themselves to go beyond their horizons. A recent episode, #30, featuring a former foreign student and immigrant ‘Emily’ who networked her way through a geographical/cultural/linguistic/industry transition is a prime example. Such an episode could end up being too much of a ‘how-to’ manual or an overly dramatic recollection but Michael kept the interview very grounded balancing the practical with the inspirational - resonating for former foreign students like myself, and relevant for those in similar situations about to launch their own transition. Looking forward to hearing more stories like this!
Inviting Host Brings Best of Guests
Michael brings out the best in his interview guests. He shares perspectives, causes us to consider more, and forges new connections and ideas. It’s wonderful that Michael makes this available to the world!
Excellent, clear and entertaining
Michael brings to life key topics that everyone needs to create an engaging career. He does this with clear advice born out of extensive personal and professional experience and in an entertaining way through stories, the shared, diverse experiences of others, and the suggestion of immediate steps to take that Michael makes sound fun! Highly recommend.