After over three decades in the legal-trenches, Mike Bassett has learned to appreciate two things: good conversation & good coffee.
Legal Grounds is an ongoing series of interviews with the people who are shaping our world - legal or otherwise. Witty, irreverent, & always thoughtful, these brief discussions fall somewhere between “Night Court” & Hopper’s “Nighthawks At The Diner”.
With that in mind, we promise your coffee will still be warm when the podcast is done.
(Legal Grounds was written, recorded, and produced by Dust Devil Press)
Legal Grounds | Bunny Young
We talk a lot on the show about the risks we have to take if we want to develop ourselves both professionally and personally.
We use phrases like "taking a leap of faith" or "hit the ground running" to describe the uncertainty and urgency that comes with those risks, but for most of us they don't carry any actual physical danger.
Now sure, you may have been on a retreat where you participated in something like a trust-fall.
But my guest today has a unique insight into the teamwork and preparation needed to take EXTREME risks.
Like lighting-someone-on-fire-and-pushing-them-off-a-building risks.
Bunny Young is a former stuntwoman turned serial entrepreneur and the founder of A Better Place Consulting.
She earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and has gone on to help clients of every size or level tackle dissatisfaction by creating the spaces needed for positive change.
A Licensed Professional Counselor, Bunny is now a business coach and retreat facilitator whose clients include Fortune 50 companies and C-suite leaders.
This is one of those conversations that I never could have planned and included meditations on the nature of work, leadership, and parenthood.
At the end of the day, I would say this conversation is about how leaving a legacy involves building a much different kind of capital than you might think.
Enjoy the show.
Legal Grounds | Thanksgiving Light-Roast
If you're a regular consumer of podcasts, chances are at least one show in your feed has an episode this week centered around "surviving the holidays".
And while I know that people lead complex lives, in all of my experiences, a lot of the stress and 'pain' associated with big gatherings like Thanksgiving is for the most part self-inflicted.
So for this Thanksgiving episode I want to share with listeners the biggest lessons I learned during my annual 8-Day silent retreat.
My hope is that maybe it can help reframe those frustrations so that your holidays are something to look forward to, not something to endure.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving y'all.
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Legal Grounds | Dan MacQueen
As you’ve heard me joke about before, even though I did a little bit of medical malpractice work at the very beginning of my legal career, my high school science grades all but guaranteed it would be a short-lived endeavor.
That being said, when it comes to the kinds of major trucking accidents that our firm deals with, understanding the science behind them has actually been one of the most fascinating parts of my career.
Now, one type of injury that we encounter frequently are T.B.I.s, or Traumatic Brain Injuries.
When I first started practicing, we didn’t have nearly the amount of medical research we do today on the human brain.
But even though the science has grown exponentially, one thing I’m confident in saying is that the more I’ve learned, the more I’ve realized there is so much more we DON’T know than we DO know when it comes to the brain.
Which is why, for me, our guest this week is particularly inspiring for what he’s overcome.
At 28, Dan MacQueen was leading a healthy, active life.
But after an optometrist appointment to identify the cause of his persistent headaches was cut short, he was handed a sealed envelope and told to go directly to the hospital.
After surviving two emergency brain surgeries, weeks in a coma, and months in the hospital, Dan battled through excruciating rehab exercises to rebuild his life and return to a job he loved.
Beyond grateful for the doctors who saved him and the friends and family who supported him, now he wants to pay it forward.
As a keynote speaker, for the past six years Dan has helped teams explore the areas of resilience, mindset, mental health, and social media.
We discuss the importance of knowing where your motivation comes from, what it’s like to have to fight for voice, and why acceptance is the opposite of giving up.
Enjoy the show!
Dan's recent post on mindset after his latest eye surgery.
Legal Grounds | Max Nijst
For those of you who know your history - or your motivational quotes - then you know that Teddy Roosevelt's, "Man In the Arena" speech is considered one of the best observations on the nature of persistence.
But there is another Roosevelt quote from Teddy's distant cousin, Franklin, and it came to mind after this week's conversation.
“Take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly, and try another, but by all means, try something.”
It's almost as if FDR was providing the second half of Teddy's idea; that, yes, "the credit belongs to the person in the arena," but for that person to truly get back up, they must admit what knocked them down in the first place.
My guest today embodies this mentality and is on a mission to help others do the same.
Max Nijst is a substance abuse recovery coach and the founder and spirit behind Fearless Happyness Coaching & Consulting.
He specializes in helping high-performers treat and manage their addictions, while also helping families by educating them about the disease of addiction so they can better support their loved ones
A motivational speaker, Max is also the author of Fearless Happyness: My Addiction. My Battles. My Recovery, as well as hosting the Fearless Happyness podcast.
We talk about how the opposite of addiction is connection, how "No" can be a complete sentence, and why he chooses to spell Happyness with a “Y”.
Enjoy the show!
Legal Grounds | Daniel Cotter
There has been no shortage of headlines about the devastating impact that ransomware can have on an organization – big or small.
And if you’re a fellow Texan, there’s a good chance you heard about the recent, and massive attack that essentially crippled the city of Dallas.
And yet when it comes to the world of technology, so many leaders, often older, are either aware of or worse, actively dismissive of the potential threats floating in the digital ether.
And so while my guest and I will be looking at cyber security through the lenses of the justice system, I would argue that if you own a small business, or work with technology (so basically anyone), there’s a lot to be learned from today’s conversation.
Daniel Cotter has been working on privacy and cybersecurity issues since 1996, including development of terms and conditions and disclaimers on Fortune 500 websites in the late 1990s.
Over his nearly 3 decades of practicing law, Dan has dealt with complex insurance regulatory issues and transactions, reorganizations of holding company systems and has substantial experience with internal investigations and employment-related issues.
A past President of the Chicago Bar Association and an Adjunct Professor at the John Marshall Law School, Dan is also a prolific author of news and legal articles as well as the book, “The Chief Justices” an in-depth look at the 17 men who sat at the center seat.
Our conversation deals heavily with cyber security and the law, but we also touch on topics ranging from tips for young law students to Supreme Court history.
It was a fascinating conversation and I hope you’ll join us.
Enjoy the show!
Legal Grounds | Perry S. Kaufman (Pt. 4)
This week’s episode brings us to the end of our four-part series with Perry S. Kaufman on Fork in the Road moments.
For our first three episodes, we aimed to show founders and leaders how planning for the future is an essential tool for operating in the present.
In our final conversation, Perry and I take a look back at some of the key elements and warning signs that come before these Fork in the Road moments that every founder should know.
But this isn’t just a recap.
Perry and I discuss actionable strategies leaders can take, such as the habit of being inclusive, the art of delegations, and yes - getting up early.
This week’s episode is a lighthearted, practical conclusion to our first-ever multipart series, and I can’t thank Perry enough for coming along for the ride.
Enjoy the show!
"Every Day is a Gift" - Sen. Tammy Duckworth
Mike Bassett is a breath of fresh air! The show is consistently inspirational and educational. He has a unique way of weaving history, current events, and the personal stories of his guests into fascinating tales.
I highly recommend this show!
Awesome podcast and host!
Thank you for sharing!
I wish I had his confidence and charisma
For years, I’ve seen Mike speak and teach at various conferences with the Defense Research Institute. Recently, I participated in podcast with Mike, Bill Kanaski and others. I felt so out of my league, but I realized that without me in the group, there was no one to laugh at. Seriously, I have great respect for Mike and his view on life and litigation. I hope you enjoy this podcast as much as I do.
- Mark Perkins