Welcome to The Executive Shaman Podcast. Here, Executive Shaman Dr. Krystal White and other Thought Leaders chat for 30-minute about all things related to transformational leadership.
Listen in to be entertained, educated and engaged by the real-life (often imperfect) application of leadership models, evidence-based research, and innovative ideas.
This is a time in human history that demands more of us. We need to bring more of our true selves into every aspect of our lives. In particular, our professions need our souls present.
We’re on a journey, and invite you along.
Episode 51: Start & Stop in Season 2
We are in a season of great opportunity, and also uncertainty. Most of us function out of survival, success or transformation. In the course of a single day, we move in and out of each state. We are defensive or overly appeasing, we work to earn recognition or stability, or we guide ourselves and others to grow. Season 2 is all about what ACTIONS you can do or avoid to operate from a growth mindset, lead limitless and shape the future of professional lifestyles. Each month, Krystal and her comrades offer you an episode guiding you to STOP a behavior and another guiding you to START one. We are aiming to get really practical on how you can lead the next generation to their more meaningful, progressive production. It's time to tune in and speak out. Our tribe needs you.
Episode 52: Get Rid of Gossip
Many of us like to interact and exchange. We like to give and receive. Information (typically in the form of words or images) is the main thing we exchange at work. Often, teams and individuals meet their needs for exchange in unhelpful ways through slander or gossip. COL Farrell and Krystal discuss how leaders can increase their personal awareness of this tendency and also influence others to reduce these destructive tendencies.
Episode 53: Start Using Words Powerfully
On Average, an adult uses over 7000 words a day. When is the last time someone said something to you at work and your attention peaked, your heart clapped or your body leaned forward? I’m sure you can easily think of a meeting where nothing one person shared was memorable. The discipline we’d like to focus more on this month is improving the competent and consistent use of language. Believe us, if you want your words to positively impact others, it requires INTENTIONAL focus and practice. Jonathan and Krystal provide some guidance on how to be a more confident and competent communicator. Our upcoming Mindful Men program (details to be announced soon!) will amplify the communication skills of leaders---aiming to guide them to use their words to positively impact listeners.
Episode 54: Stop Trying to Balance it All
The myth that we can “achieve balance” leads to burn out, inauthentic posturing and perfectionistic individualism. Leaders, especially senior and executive leaders, must stop passing along the message that staff need to “balance their work with their lives.” Given that many people willfully and happily devote their significant contribution to “work”, this message just doesn’t “add” up. Why don’t we make healthy organizations instead of forcing staff to “balance” it all? Setting priorities, honoring boundaries and asking for help must replace this over simplistic, and covertly dangerous, message.
Episode 55: Start to Help Others Take More Risk
The adult brain has a lot of built in systems to reduce and avoid risk taking. Our beautiful emotional systems go on high alert when we sense risk and activate our controlled logic system. Simply: our minds “talk us out of” risky behaviors. Our higher mind, however, understands that we get better results when we behave in “non-standard” (aka risky!) ways. Pauline and Krystal discuss how to influence others to take risks, innovate and motivate others to do the same. We suggest how to take result-driven risks at work and share a few personal commitments.
Can I Slow Down & Grow Up?
We are a culture always on the go. Many of us have resisted slowness and being at home for a long time. The average person in the US commutes 26 mins each way to work each day. That comprises NINE full days each year. For myself, I've chosen mobility and multi-focus for the better part of the last decade. Those 5 am wake up calls to teach spin used to fuel me. I boasted in The Letter Code that I needed less than 6 hours a night to sleep. I have re-defined my resistance to rest in the past 18 months. This process has NOT been pretty, and it has prepared me for this current, temporary experience. What once made me adaptive and flexible NOW only inhibits my growth.
Without question, this is the time where we are being forced to slow down. Time. Take it. Will we fight against slowing down? Numb ourselves out on netflix, gaming, online shopping, youtube and news obsessions? Or mindfully, lovingly, use it to remember to tend to our "homes" -----our mind/bodies/spirits, our dwellings, our intimate relationships, our professions. This short podcast offers some guidance on what obstacles we are likely to encounter, and some encouragement to persist WITH PATIENCE the name of "upping" our collective growth.
Reflection and rewards
Each time I listen to Dr. White’s podcasts, it promotes and provides moments of reflection. She gets me to dig deep, listen and make positive change. Every time a reward is revealed. I am thankful.
I love this podcast. The variety, perspective, and insight teach me something every time I listen!
Asking the right questions
The first time I met Krystal was on a phone call intended to discuss business. She was actually thousands of miles away in Europe. Regardless of the distance, within the first two minutes of the conversation, there was a connection. Business was never even discussed. You can’t explain it or even define it. I felt instant trust and understanding. As our conversation continued, her questions were deep and unique. The one that made me pause, “What lie are you living?” The purpose of the question, is to find your truth. Let the journey begin.