Want interesting ideas to improve your work and life? Hear from two of America’s best executive coaches in MEANWHILE. Drawing on their perspectives from the east and west coasts, Michael Melcher and Michael Terrell sort through the tips, insights and practices that will help you move forward . . . right now.
MEANWHILE covers cutting-edge ideas in leadership, career development, resilience, being effective in the workplace, and underneath it all figuring out what brings out your best and makes you happy. MEANWHILE is informative, practical, fun and doesn’t take that long to listen to! Episodes are 20 to 40 minutes, max. Check out the episode list, here.
Ep 34: Tips for Creating Structure
How's that working from home going? Not exactly the dream you envisioned? In this episode, Michael explains how decision fatigue, lack of role clarity, and excess discretion can make us feel a little crazy, and introduces a few tools for creating structure amidst uncertainty and chaos.
Ep 33: COVID-19 and Creativity
Hello from amidst the global pandemic! In this episode, we talk about how the opposite of reactivity is creativity. You don't have to drown in online news and anxiety every day. You can do something creative and assert control over your own life.
EP32: Don't Fear Boredom
Boredom has a bad rap. We spent our lives avoiding it. But what if our strategies for avoiding boredom are actually making us more anxious and less creative? What if boredom is not something to be avoided but actually something embraced, or at least .... accepted? In this episode, Coach Michael talks about the uses and benefits of boredom, and gives a bonus tip on how embracing boredom can slow down the passage of time.
Ep 31: The Creative Life
This just in! In this episode, Michael M talks with his long-time bestest friend, writer and writing professor Faith Adiele, about the ingredients of a creative life, the role of humor vs. seriousness and the difference between being a working artist and someone who just lies on the couch eating chocolate chip cookie dough. This episode was ALMOST LOST TO THE AGES and was just recently found and magically put together. Listen now that you can! Whew!
Ep 30: Dealing with Feedback
Can you handle the truth? Or at least can you handle someone's feedback? Feedback is one of our main tools for learning and growth but, ouch, it sure stings sometimes. In this episode, Michael M is joined by his colleague, Bay Area super coach Hanna Hart, to talk through how we can best deal with feedback.
EP 29: The 10,000-Hour Rule
Does perspiration matter more than inspiration? The answer is "yes" and the 10,000-Hour Rule explains why. Michael analyzes why 10,000 hours is so hard to achieve in any career or avocation, but why we should still strive for it. A recollection from Mr. Wilgus, Michael's 8th Grade Algebra teacher. Plus, what if we're becoming expert in something that has not occurred to us?
Like watching The Ellen DeGeneres Show!
The Michaels weave content and humor together seamlessly. This podcast is a must for people who want to laugh while they learn to be more effective, successful and balanced in their life and work. Listeners gain clarity and focus and build confidence and resilience, all while being happily entertained!
It depends on the episode...
I have only listened to a few episodes. The one on A's and B's is a must-listen. It was eye-opening and informative. The one on Radical Candor is not. They clearly haven't read the book or listened to the Radical Candor podcast, yet they still cast themselves as experts on someone else's work.
Mike and Mike have a great pod here. It's quite refreshing to hear a podcast that delves into subjects like listening, feedback, and energy but in a light and engaging mode. It feels like you are out with colleagues over lunch or drinks, not simply reading a blog post. Plus, they're funny. You finish each episode a little more motivated to take on the little challenges in life.