Join us for conversations with inspirational leaders from all walks of life, as we discuss what it means to be a Mindful Leader in today's world. We will share stories of successes and failures, offer tips for aspiring leaders, and explore the overall messiness of leadership with curiosity, humor, and growth. At Move Mountains, we understand that Mindful Leadership is a constant journey, and we know that we all have the capacity to be leaders. Through meaningful conversations and the proper alignment of Attention, Intention, and Action, we can all rise to the challenges of the world today and make it a little brighter for everyone.
Ep. 37 | John Herrington & Sue Purvis - Back Down to Earth
Joining Charlie in this episode are two extremely accomplished and confident individuals with resumes that have taken them on adventures into the mountains and wilderness of our planet and bold, scientific walks outside the space shuttle.
John Herrington is a retired Naval Test Pilot and NASA Astronaut who was the 143rd person to walk in space and the first Native American in history to do so. He recently worked on an IMAX film entitled "Into America's Wild" by MacGillivray Freeman, released in 2020.
Returning guest, Sue Purvis, is a wilderness medicine and avalanche instructor, author of the book 'Go Find,' and owns Crested Butte Outdoors International in Montana. They met on one of her mountain courses, and the universe saw fit to bring these two extraordinary humans and leaders together.
This fascinating and wide-ranging conversation explores what drives us to solve problems for ourselves, to build or fix things with our own hands, and how to balance the enjoyment with the wellness needs of being.
They discuss leadership, confidence, and the people who've inspired them along the way. They share stories of the people John and Sue have inspired with their work and examples.
In one particularly powerful part of the conversation, they reflect on our need to focus internally on ourselves and not just on constant external distractions. They draw parallels to humanity's dream of finding new habitats in space while we can barely take care of the world we already have.
Nico Page - Embracing Vulnerability and Transparency for Ultimate Growth
What does it look like to show up as your authentic, vulnerable, messy self at work and in life, and engage in real dialogue about the most difficult, divisive, and polarized issues of our times? Charlie and Nico Page, an HR Business Partner with LinkedIn, have a deep conversation about the last few years of racial identity politics, leadership responses, policy creation, power structures, privilege, and discomfort. Beginning with a personal anecdote about giving a speech in which Nico had real emotions rising yet felt a need to ‘perform and be on brand’, the conversation takes in the George Floyd case, how and for whom identity policies are made, a riveting explanation of what D.E.I. actually means, and what it might take to bring real healing and reconciliation to communities.
Choosing to Explore the Possibilities
Russell takes us on a fascinating journey through his family’s bold and life-affirming decision to move from Seattle to Costa Rica for a year, inspired by a Tony Robbins question: “What is your plan?" He and Charlie explore the mindset of possibilities and serendipity, choosing to live as you want to and breaking free from the stories and setbacks that constrain our hopes and dreams. What does it mean to invest in life experiences, and to grow the trust that you’ll be ok rather than retreating to what is known and safe and always manifesting the other shoe dropping? Russell & Charlie explore the 5 steps to get into a life design mindset including grounding stories with facts and finding your guiding principles, and end by asking listeners where in their lives they feel most alive and present.
Finding Your North Star
What is Functional Medicine and why isn’t it the norm in our health care system? Charlie speaks with Dr. Renee Prescott, Pharmacist and Director of Education for PCCA, a compounding pharmacy business based in Houston, about her passion for the more holistic and grounded approach of Functional Medicine and her journey to start her own health coaching business. Renee discusses what it takes to move beyond ‘just the next diagnosis or pill’, and what it takes to find the root causes of the disease that is afflicting the whole body. They make connections between health coaching and mindful leader coaching and the role of mindfulness and finding your ‘why’ in charting a new path to four-directional good health. Renee also muses about the challenges of starting her own business and why she still loves and balances the new venture with her full-time job.
Just Start Something
Take a fascinating journey to Guatemala with Greg Jensen, Founder and Director of Cultiva International, a humanitarian organization working to eradicate extreme poverty one relationship and one garden box at a time. Greg's story is not just about his work on an urgent and complex global issue but is also about rethinking how to solve and define problems and their root causes, how to inspire true empowerment so people can lift themselves up out of dependence, and the value of giving and receiving.
From a bold move to Guatemala with his family 10 years ago in a Honda Minivan to start a trail running tour business, Greg's focus shifted to exploring external and internal poverty. His organization works on the visible, tangible, and external lack of basic needs and resources, but also the internal shame, and interwoven dynamics of motivation, confidence, hope, worth, and purpose that can hold anyone back. He explores the difference between acute and chronic problems, the power of just starting something even if you think you're not really ready for the next thing, and the leadership lessons he's learned along the trail.
Ep. 32 | Speaking Your Truth
Sue Purvis joins Charlie for a deep, thoughtful, and metaphor-rich conversation exploring the possibilities and fears of speaking your truth at home, in romance and relationships, at work, and in life. Sue is the award-winning author of the 2018 book "Go Find." She is also a writing coach, public speaker, and wilderness medicine and avalanche education specialist who has taught on all 7 continents and is based in Montana. Speaking your truth brings up a lot of fear and risk for many; the risk of losing friends, jobs, relationships, and more. "Until I spoke my truth, my story wasn't quite right," explains Sue as she reflects on truth-telling within her ongoing spiritual and emotional journey. The conversation delves into our relationships with parents, time management, check-ins with loved ones, setting boundaries, personal survival, when to say yes and how to say no.