64 episodes

Better business results, stronger teams, more successful careers and happier lives often boil down to better relationships, so author and educator Dr. Mike Patterson uses curiosity and kindness to bust biases and break down the barriers that keep people apart.

Through respectful and fun conversations with thought leaders, scholars, and real people in the trenches, Dr. Mike explores what it takes to build dynamic and respectful workplace cultures, while also achieving the loftiest of organizational goals. Each episode creates a clear path to achieving results with, through, and for people.

Mission First People Always's podcast Dr. Mike Patterson: Leadership Expert

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Better business results, stronger teams, more successful careers and happier lives often boil down to better relationships, so author and educator Dr. Mike Patterson uses curiosity and kindness to bust biases and break down the barriers that keep people apart.

Through respectful and fun conversations with thought leaders, scholars, and real people in the trenches, Dr. Mike explores what it takes to build dynamic and respectful workplace cultures, while also achieving the loftiest of organizational goals. Each episode creates a clear path to achieving results with, through, and for people.

    64. Practical Storytelling Techniques for Leaders: Insights from Josh Webb

    64. Practical Storytelling Techniques for Leaders: Insights from Josh Webb

    Ever wondered why some stories stick with you while others fade away? Join Dr. Mike Patterson and storytelling master Josh Webb as they unravel the secrets behind compelling narratives that inspire and move audiences to action!
    About the Episode: Dr. Mike Patterson sits down with Josh Webb, a creative leader with an impressive resume—agency co-founder, SaaS design leader, web3 artist, and documentary director. They delve into the power of storytelling, exploring why stories resonate deeply with us and how leaders can leverage this ancient art to drive change and foster strong team connections.
    Josh shares his belief that great ideas can change the world, people do their best work when they are seen, heard, and valued, and that teams with strong relationships shape the future. These principles guide his approach to storytelling and leadership.
    They discuss the emotional connection that stories create, tracing this back through human history from cave paintings to modern-day brands like Nike. Josh explains how stories, when well-told, engage emotions and drive people to action. He emphasizes the importance of making the audience the hero of the story, a strategy that has made brands like Nike successful.
    The conversation then turns to the application of the hero's journey in business. Josh outlines how companies can use this framework to position their customers as the hero, with the company serving as the guide. He shares practical tips for leaders on using storytelling in their daily work to inspire and motivate their teams.
    Josh also shares his experience directing "Shadow of the Valley," a feature documentary about a missionary and orphanage in Mexico facing cartel violence. He describes the challenges and dedication required to bring such a powerful story to life, drawing parallels between filmmaking and business storytelling.
    Dr. Mike and Josh explore the ethics of storytelling, discussing the fine line between emotional engagement and manipulation. Josh stresses the importance of authenticity and genuinely aiming to solve problems rather than just selling products.
    Key Takeaways: Emotional Connections: Stories connect on an emotional level, making them more impactful than mere facts. Audience as Hero: Successful brands, like Nike with "Just Do It," make the audience the hero of their story. Hero's Journey: The timeless hero's journey framework can be applied to modern business, positioning the company as the guide and the customer as the hero. Ethical Storytelling: Authenticity is crucial to avoid manipulation; genuinely aiming to solve problems builds trust. Documentary Insights: Josh shares his experience creating "Shadow of the Valley," highlighting the dedication required to tell powerful, real-life stories. Conclusion: Josh Webb's insights into storytelling provide practical advice for leaders looking to inspire and engage their teams. His emphasis on authenticity and emotional connection offers a blueprint for using stories to drive meaningful change.
    Call to Action: Hit play to hear the full episode and discover how you can harness the power of storytelling in your leadership journey.
     
    Links for This Episode:
    Social Links and email https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshwebb hellojoshwebb@gmail.com hello@joshwebb.co https://watch.shadowsofthevalley.com Connect with Dr. Mike: 
    Website: https://www.drmikepatterson.com Book: https://www.missionfirstpeoplealwaysbook.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drmichaellpatterson Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therealdrmikepatterson/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/drmikepatterson Buy The Book!: Mission First People Always

    Episode Minute By Minute:
    0:00 Dr. Mike introduces the topic of storytelling and its importance in leadership. 1:16 Dr. Mike welcomes Josh Webb and introduces his background. 2:50 Josh shares his career highlights, including his work in creative leadership and documentary filmmaking.  3:24 Discussion on why stories resonate

    • 30 min
    63. Radical Resilience with Dr. Andy Garrett

    63. Radical Resilience with Dr. Andy Garrett

    How do you navigate the difficult things in life and keep going? Better yet, how do you navigate the tough stuff, take a few gut punches, deal with setbacks, and come back even better? That takes a radical form of resilience and that’s what we discuss in this episode with clinical psychologist, Dr. Andy Garrett.
    Guest Bio
    Dr. Andy is the world’s leading authority on Radical Resilience. He’s a clinical psychologist with over two decades of experience working with executive clients at his Newport Beach practice.  In addition to growing a thriving in-person clinical practice, Dr. Andy is a prolific course creator, author, and keynote speaker teaching corporate radical resilience to top companies around the country.
    Using contemporary research and psychological best practices Dr. Andy has created a framework to replicate the Radical Resilience he directly learned from his grandfather, Carl Karcher, founder of Carl's Jr. This framework helps individuals and corporate teams cultivate a culture of Radical Resilience to thrive during seasons of adversity, and flourish regardless of the environmental context. With decades of clinical research, private practice, and business consulting under his belt, Dr. Andy is guiding companies in Radical Resilience - providing organizations with an antidote to corporate fragility - thereby enabling them to grow and thrive through today’s uncertain economic times. Dr. Andy has been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox News, Sports Illustrated, ISI, the Institute for Educational Advancement among other national publications and news outlets.
     
    What You’ll Learn
    An understanding of radical resilience and how it can benefit you Why successful people lack a sense of fulfillment Why discussing personal core values in the workplace is important Top skills necessary for success in the next decade


    Links for This Episode:
    web: https://www.ag-thrive.com/ email: drandy@ag-thrive.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-andy-garrett  
    Connect with Dr. Mike: 
    Website: https://www.drmikepatterson.com Book: https://www.missionfirstpeoplealwaysbook.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drmichaellpatterson Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therealdrmikepatterson/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/drmikepatterson Buy The Book!: Mission First People Always


    Episode Minute By Minute:
    0:00 Introduction to the importance of resilience and the guest, Dr. Andy Garrett, a clinical psychologist specializing in radical resilience. 1:16 Welcome to the Mission First People Always podcast and introduction of Dr. Andy Garrett. 2:50 Overview of Dr. Andy Garrett's professional background and connection to his grandfather, Carl Karcher. 3:24 Discussion about Carl Karcher and the personal impact he had on Dr. Andy Garrett. 7:08 Introduction to the concept of True North Radical Resilience and its development. 8:16 Core ideas and principles behind the True North Radical Resilience program. 10:00 Launch of the program during COVID-19 and its impact on participants. 13:22 Explanation of the term "radical resilience" and its significance. 15:12 Discussion on authenticity, self-awareness, and their importance in resilience. 17:00 Example of a company with misaligned values and how True North Radical Resilience helps. 18:52 Pillar 1: Establishing clear and consistent direction. 20:00 The importance of having a true north and its impact on leadership and team performance. 21:00 Example of leadership misalignment and its consequences. 22:54 Pillar 2: Mindset and motivation. 24:36 Importance of intrinsic motivation and its benefits over extrinsic motivation. 25:28 Pillar 3: Optimizing physiology for resilience, including sleep, diet, exercise, and active recovery techniques. 27:00 Explanation of active recovery techniques and their benefits. 28:00 Metaphor of cows and buffaloes in dealing with challenges. 29:00 Story of a manager who transformed his approach using the buffalo mindset. 31:00 The criti

    • 40 min
    62. Building an Elite Sales Team with Dan Fantasia

    62. Building an Elite Sales Team with Dan Fantasia

    Introduction
    Revenue is the lifeblood of any business and it’s one of the factors that determines success or failure. As a result, one could rationally argue that the revenue generators are the most important people in any for profit business. But finding high-quality, committed sales professionals isn’t easy. And keeping your top performers can be equally challenging. There’s no worse day for a sales manager than when one of his top producers calls to say that she’s leaving to pursue another opportunity.
     
    That’s why I think my conversation with Dan Fantasia, founder of Treeline, one of the world’s premier sales recruiting agencies, will be so important for you to hear. And even if you’re not responsible for leading sales teams or recruiting sales people, please continue to listen because we’re also going to talk about building teams that excel and have great cultures–topics that apply to every leader.
     
    About the Guest
    Dan Fantasia has been in the field of sales recruiting since 1997 and founded Treeline in 2001. His exclusive focus on helping companies build world-class, elite sales teams has helped to change the lives of over 3,300 sales professionals. Dan has built a deep knowledge of what it takes to build and grow a top-producing business. As a proven sales leader and innovator, Fantasia has created a positively charged culture that promotes the good in every person, resulting in a team that has developed best-in-practice methodologies and technology that continues to revolutionize the industry.



    What You’ll Learn
    How do you hire top producers? How did you build consistently high performing sales teams? What is your system for ongoing talent assessment? What are your options to consider when creating the right incentive plans?  
    Links for This Episode:
    Social Links
    WEBSITE: https://www.treelineinc.com/ FACEBOOK (PERSONAL): https://www.facebook.com/dan.fantasia FACEBOOK (BUSINESS): https://www.facebook.com/TreelineInc LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/treelineinc/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/treelineinc/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/TreelineInc YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/@TreelineInc  
    Connect with Dr. Mike: 
    Website: https://www.drmikepatterson.com Book: https://www.missionfirstpeoplealwaysbook.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drmichaellpatterson Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therealdrmikepatterson/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/drmikepatterson Buy The Book!: Mission First People Always


    Episode Minute By Minute:
    0:02 Introduction to the importance of revenue and sales in business. 1:20 Introduction of Dan Fantasia, founder of TreeLine, a premier sales recruiting agency. 3:03 Discussion about Boston and its sports culture. 3:56 Dr. Mike shares his background in sales and management. 4:23 The importance of sales in any organization and the priority of hiring great salespeople. 5:20 Challenges in finding and retaining top sales performers. 7:18 The importance of understanding the sales model and characteristics needed for top sales talent. 9:00 The process of consulting with companies to find the right sales candidates. 10:07 Real-world challenges in hiring and adjusting expectations. 11:02 The perception of sales as a career and its changes over time. 13:00 Universities offering sales degrees and the positive impact on the profession. 14:00 Differences between a sales professional and a salesperson. 15:00 Different roles within sales and career paths. 16:20 Building a top-producing sales team and strategies for small and large companies. 17:20 The innovator's challenge in hiring the first salesperson and understanding the sales process. 18:50 Importance of building a systematic approach to sales and having patience. 20:05 Setting accurate expectations and having patience with new sales hires. 21:00 Retaining top salespeople and understanding their motivations. 22:25 Strategies for keeping sales teams motivated and happy. 23:5

    • 38 min
    61. Leadership and Customer Success with Jess Osborn

    61. Leadership and Customer Success with Jess Osborn

    Introduction: 
    Over the past decade, the role of customer success has gained importance and prestige. On this episode of the podcast, we have an industry veteran and thought leader who is going to tell us not only why customer success is critical, but how to build high-performing customer success teams and develop leaders from within those teams. So, whether you’re interested in the customer success function or you’re not even sure what customer success means, there will be value for you in this episode because we’re talking about leadership, developing people, and accomplishing an important mission.
    About the Guest
    Jess Osborn is the Vice President of Customer Success at GoCardless where she leads a team that is revolutionizing customer experiences worldwide. Her achievements include steering multi-million dollar portfolios to unprecedented success, all while cultivating a culture of excellence recognized for its impact on company retention and growth.
    Jess has leveraged her experience and passion for human-centric leadership to become a sought after speaker on the customer success circuit. Connect with Jessica via her LinkedIn account.
    Social Links
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessicareserosborn
     
    What You’ll Learn
    Why customer success has become a critical function in many industries Why Human Centric Leadership is critical in for customer success What does it mean to align business success with compassionate leadership How do you build a high-performing customer success team  
    Connect with Dr. Mike: 
    Website: https://www.drmikepatterson.com Book: https://www.missionfirstpeoplealwaysbook.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drmichaellpatterson Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therealdrmikepatterson Twitter: https://twitter.com/drmikepatterson Buy The Book!: Mission First People Always


    Episode Minute By Minute:
    0:00 Introduction to the importance of customer service and building a high-performing customer success team. 1:23 Dr. Mike introduces Jess Osborne, Vice President of Customer Success at GoCardless. 2:50 Introduction to customer success and its importance in the subscription economy. 4:07 What a customer success professional does daily, including the importance of knowing their customers and the difference between face-to-face and digital approaches. 6:07 The difference between an account manager and a customer success manager. 6:54 Jess shares her career journey into customer success and emphasizes the importance of drive and resilience in hiring. 10:00 Jess's passion for helping people achieve their career aspirations and how it became her calling. 13:55 Differentiating between rock stars and shooting stars in a team and handling underperformance. 15:06 Creating opportunities for growth within a company and characteristics of a culture that fosters growth. 17:24 Importance of emotional intelligence and relationship intelligence in leadership, with Jess's analogy of a manager as a gardener. 19:25 The variance in team cultures within tech companies and the importance of team bonding outside of work. 22:51 Quarterly meetups for team building and business meetings to address the challenges of leading a global team with remote workers. 27:08 The future of customer success: importance of commercial acumen and AI in the field.

    • 31 min
    60. Never Say “Calm Down”: How People Unintentionally Escalate Conflict on Your Team with Carol Bowser

    60. Never Say “Calm Down”: How People Unintentionally Escalate Conflict on Your Team with Carol Bowser

    Carol Bowser, J.D is a workplace conflict expert. After practicing Employment Law for several years, Carol founded Conflict Management Strategies when she realized a lawsuit can’t deliver the level of resolution and satisfaction that is gained when people are actively involved in creating solutions to their workplace conflict.
    Carol’s clients come with a wide range of employers because conflict is universal across all industries and types of organizations. Where there are people, there is conflict. The key is to help people recognize and address conflict before it damages working relationships and creates organizational drag. In her over 20 years of experience, she has discovered some universal themes about workplace conflict and loves to share how people at all levels can strengthen their conflict resolution muscles
    Contact Carol at CB@managingconflict.com
    Links
    http://www.managingconflict.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/carol-bowser-2a65691
    https://www.instagram.com/carol.bowser
    What You’ll Learn
    How people inadvertently escalate conflict when trying to de-escalate The most common responses to difficult conversations and now to recognize the responses A simple framework to prepare for the conversation How to set and manage expectations for the conversation

    Connect with Dr. Mike: 
    Website: https://www.drmikepatterson.com Book: https://www.missionfirstpeoplealwaysbook.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drmichaellpatterson Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therealdrmikepatterson/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/drmikepatterson Buy The Book!: Mission First People Always


    Episode Minute By Minute:
     
    0:02 Introduction to conflict management skills as essential for managers and the lack of adequate training in many organizations. 1:23 Dr. Mike introduces Carol Bowser, a workplace conflict expert and founder of Conflict Management Strategies. 3:04 Carol joins the podcast, sharing her location and discussing the beautiful spring day in Tacoma, Washington. 4:03 Emphasis on preventing conflict and navigating it effectively once it arises. 6:31 Carol discusses common and impactful workplace conflicts, emphasizing how terms like harassment and bullying escalate situations and involve extensive investigations. 9:21 Challenges of managing unsubstantiated claims and the fear of retaliation in the workplace. 11:12 Discussion on creating a psychologically safe workplace and the importance of managers understanding their team to effectively manage conflict. 14:34 The importance of never saying "calm down" as it can unintentionally escalate conflict. 17:33 Strategies for managers to prepare for difficult conversations and recognize signs of underlying issues. 21:11 The value of establishing trust and psychological safety within teams to foster open communication. 25:03 Managing expectations and the approach to serious, sensitive conversations in the workplace. 29:30 Carol outlines the various services she provides as a mediator, trainer, and speaker. 33:19 Final advice for listeners on how to be proactive in addressing concerns and managing workplace conflicts.  

    • 35 min
    59. A California Love Story with John Thill

    59. A California Love Story with John Thill

    History provides the opportunity to study the past through the lens of the present, but what makes history so exciting for many of us is those moments when we truly feel transported back to those earlier days to see the world through the eyes of our predecessors–pioneers who laid the foundation for the lives we experience now. And the stories of the past become even more rich and vivid when they involve our own ancestors.
    I’m excited to share my conversation with an author who transports us back nearly 100 years–to a time when the promise of southern California was just beginning. It was a time when the California coastline was still wild and uncharted, the beaches were pristine, and there was no traffic!  And my guest allows us to experience the remarkable sights and sounds of these different times through a beautiful love story.
    Whether you’re interested in the history of California, romance, or how individuals can shape the course of history, you're going to enjoy my conversation with author John Thill.
    About the Guest
    John Wilcox Thill is the author of A California Love Story. It’s the romantic story of Ray and Dora, John’s grandparents recreated through a series of forgotten love letters from his grandparents’ courtship. Within their worn folds, John found a story that was both timeless and filled with emotion, all happening in an era in American history when the future of California was still taking shape.
    John is a graduate of San Diego State University and spent much of his career in managing and producing video content for large organizations. Later, he transitioned to corporate learning and development, and became a partner in a global talent development company.
    What You’ll Learn
    Life lessons about love, commitment, and hard work How much San Diego County, CA has changed over the last 100-years How this author painstakingly and lovingly created a critically acclaimed book Social Links
    Buy the Book on Amazon.
    https://johnwthill.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-thill-6718b48
     
    Connect with Dr. Mike:  
    Website: https://www.drmikepatterson.com Book: https://www.missionfirstpeoplealwaysbook.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drmichaellpatterson Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therealdrmikepatterson/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/drmikepatterson Buy The Book!: Mission First People Always


    Episode Minute By Minute:
    0:02 A journey into the history of Southern California through the love story of Ray and Dora Wilcox. 1:40 Meet John Thill: Discussing his book "A California Love Story," based on his grandparents' love letters from the 1920s. 3:44 The Genesis of "A California Love Story": John shares how discovering a hat box full of love letters led to the creation of his book. 5:14 John discusses how the pandemic inspired him to finalize and publish the book. 6:32 Overview of "A California Love Story": A glimpse into the themes of dreams, love, and success captured through heartfelt correspondence. 9:14 Exploring the changes in Southern California's landscape and population through Ray's experiences. 13:43 Ray Wilcox’s Contributions: Discussing Ray’s involvement in real estate and his role in the development of Camp Pendleton. 16:57 Personal Growth Through Writing: John reflects on the lessons learned about persistence, community service, and family values during his writing process. 26:47 Insights into how John’s storytelling has moved audiences and the personal connections he has made. 30:24: John encourages listeners to consider their own legacies and the importance of documenting personal histories.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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30 Ratings

30 Ratings

AGFamilyMom ,

Love this podcast - full of actionable wisdom!

Saw the most recent episode with Dr Andy on his True North Radical Resilience program (the company I work for had him come in for a workshop - and it was the most impactful training experience I have ever gone through by a wide margin!) - when Dr Andy shared it on LinkedIn - and absolutely loved the conversation between Dr Mike and Dr Andy!

Have now listened to 3 additional episodes and I am loving everything I have heard so far. You can tell that Dr Mike is very passionate about the work he does - and his guests seem to feed off of his enthusiasm - creating discussions that are infused with wisdom, purpose, and passion!

Hope you check this out - I certainly am happy I did!

PeakPerformanceDoctor ,

Dr Mike is the real deal - do yourself a favor and subscribe to this podcast!

Had the great honor and privilege to be introduced to Dr Mike by a common friend - and was immediately impressed by how thoughtful, genuine, and engaging he was.

As our conversations continued on - I recognized how incredibly knowledgeable Dr Mike was - and came to learn that he has a very impressive track record of success working in the corporate consulting and psychology world.

This led to being introduced to this podcast - and eventually to being a guest - and with each level of experience with Dr Mike - my respect for who he is continues to grow (this often isn’t the case when dealing with people who have experienced the success he has!).

I hope you do yourself a favor and subscribe to this podcast - it is absolutely loaded with great interviews and insights - and it is hosted by a man of authority and authenticity!!

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