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Best-selling author Whitney Johnson (“Disrupt Yourself”) explores her passion for personal disruption through engaging conversations with disruptors. Each episode of this podcast reveals new insights about how we work, learn, and live.

Disrupt Yourself Podcast with Whitney Johnson Whitney Johnson

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 336 Ratings

Best-selling author Whitney Johnson (“Disrupt Yourself”) explores her passion for personal disruption through engaging conversations with disruptors. Each episode of this podcast reveals new insights about how we work, learn, and live.

    Syd and Shea McGee: Make Life Beautiful (Encore)

    Syd and Shea McGee: Make Life Beautiful (Encore)

    This week we're bringing you an extra dose of inspiration. It's our conversation from October 2020 with Syd and Shea McGee, founders of Studio McGee, one of the most successful and fastest growing interior design companies in the country.
    But Syd and Shea didn't start out in the design world. They took a huge risk in jumping to a new S Curve, and it all began with a single Instagram post.

    • 32 min
    General Stanley McChrystal: The Biggest Risk to You Is ... Yourself

    General Stanley McChrystal: The Biggest Risk to You Is ... Yourself

    Sometimes the business landscape can be a battlefield, but this week's guest puts all that in perspective.
    General Stanley McChrystal is a highly decorated U.S. Army veteran who is no stranger to real battlefields. He’s a retired four-star general, and commanded an enormous contingent of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s also an avid student of history, who acutely observes how the great successes and failures of the past are so deeply intertwined with risk management.
    His latest book is called Risk: A User’s Guide, and it documents the unsuspecting factors that undo successful organizations, and provides a framework of preparedness so you can weather the storm.

    • 42 min
    Bob Proctor: Change Your Paradigm Change Your Life (Encore)

    Bob Proctor: Change Your Paradigm Change Your Life (Encore)

    We are excited to share a bonus episode with you this week. It's our conversation with Bob Proctor, originally published in March of 2021.
    Bob Proctor is a towering figure wherever the mention of self-improvement comes into discussion. For more than 40 years, Bob has focused his entire agenda around helping people create enriched lives, full of rewarding relationships and spiritual awareness.
    Listen in to hear about Bob’s journey from obscurity to successful entrepreneur, teacher, author, business consultant and counselor. His latest book, Change Your Paradigm Change Your Life was released in August 2021.

    • 44 min
    Emma McAdam: Stop Trying to Feel Better and Get Better at Feeling

    Emma McAdam: Stop Trying to Feel Better and Get Better at Feeling

    Mental health has never been more top-of-mind than in recent years, and Emma McAdam has built an extraordinary therapeutic resource in an unlikely place: YouTube.
    Emma is a licensed marriage and family therapist best known for her incredibly popular "Therapy in a Nutshell" videos that demystify things like anxiety, depression, and emotional regulation.
    This candid conversation will completely change your perspective on stress, happiness, and why our brains perceive stuff like email as a constant survival threat. Emma also has very practical tips on how to form new pathways in our brains and break the "anxiety loops" that can trap us.

    • 52 min
    Smart Growth: Why My Friend "Eviscerated" the First Draft of My Book

    Smart Growth: Why My Friend "Eviscerated" the First Draft of My Book

    This week, the tables are turned when the host becomes the guest on her own show. Amy Humble, president of Disruption Advisors, interviews Whitney about the challenge and personal growth that comes out of writing a book.
    Smart Growth, which expounds on the S-Curve of learning for organizations, had a dramatic development curve of its own: unbridled excitement at the beginning, with a plummet to the bottom when the work began. It was "laborious and painful."
    But as Whitney explains, writing a book is not a solitary endeavor. "It's a team sport." Many hands have touched Smart Growth. A trusted friend even "eviscerated" an early manuscript — a terrifying ordeal that bore essential fruit.
    As Whitney explains in the book, growth is contagious, which is why personal growth among individuals is critical to organizational growth. The birth of this book is no exception.
    Smart Growth: How to Grow Your People to Grow Your Company is available for pre-order now wherever books are sold.
    We're conducting a quick, anonymous survey to understand our audience better! It takes less than 1 minute, and is enormously helpful. Take it here: 
    Disrupt Yourself Podcast 2021

    • 44 min
    Tanya Dalton: When We Don't Know What's Possible, Anything's Possible

    Tanya Dalton: When We Don't Know What's Possible, Anything's Possible

    If you're not great at long-term planning, you're not alone. In fact, the human brain is wired to seek short-term gains. Neuroscience even shows that we perceive our "future selves" as strangers — people we're aware of, but don't know personally.
    These ideas intrigue our guest Tanya Dalton, a productivity expert whose new book "On Purpose" unpacks success and motivation through a variety of lenses: perfectionism, fear, psychology, and being a woman in a world that suffers from bias.
    Tanya's practical toolkit for knocking down productivity barriers confirms what we know deep down: Most of our blockers are self-inflicted. Most of our fears are not of failure, but of public perception. And when purpose and productivity align, the sky's the limit.
    We're conducting a quick, anonymous survey to understand our audience better! It takes less than 1 minute, and is enormously helpful. Take it here: 
    Disrupt Yourself Podcast 2021

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
336 Ratings

336 Ratings

megan@podcastingyou ,

Incredible Content!

Whitney does such a good job covering a variety of topics. The guests offer valuable insight as well. I would recommend this podcast to anyone looking to be inspired and informed!

Diana, MD ,

Sally Helgeson

Leverage relationships AND be willing to stay and follow up when the response to the request is not immediate- stop telling myself stories that are not true!

Women Rise ,

A must for mid level leaders

I listened regularly to Whitney’s podcast, as I love the S Curve of learning model. But on my morning walk as I was listening to Tuesday’s (8/17), I exclaimed holy crap, that’s it! (Neighbors raised eyebrows) This what’s holding women leaders back! These are what my coaching clients are struggling with. I rushed home and messaged all my mid level women leader clients the link to the podcast. In our sessions this week, we talk about what resonated with them.

Whitney’s podcasts are though provoking, but with practical exercises, to apply to pushing yourself further.
I use her closing remarks, when I end a coaching session. What was of value to you in this session? All of it!!

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