Productive Flourishing (formerly the Creative Giant Show) explores how to do the work that matters to become your best self in the world. Host Charlie Gilkey and occasional co-host Angela Wheeler take listeners on a deep dive into the lives of leaders, changemakers, creatives, and entrepreneurs who are thriving in life and business by doing work that matters. Listen in to see how they cultivate meaning, success, and happiness as well as their approach to productivity, business, health, and the challenges (yes, even the deep, dark ones) that show up in their lives.
Jennifer Brown: How to Be an Inclusive Leader (Episode 250)
Jennifer Brown is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and Diversity and Inclusion expert who is deeply passionate about building more inclusive workplaces where more of us can feel welcomed and heard. In this episode, she discusses how the landscape of DEI has shifted in the two decades she’s dedicated her talents to the industry, and more about the launch of the second edition of her book, How to Be An Inclusive Leader. Jennifer and Charlie discuss the importance of investing in our current and future allies, and Jennifer challenges us to get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable.
Jadah Sellner: Build Your Life With L.O.V.E. (Episode 249)
Tara McMullin: Unpacking the Code of What Works (Episode 248)
This week, we welcome writer, podcaster, and producer Tara McMullin back to the show. Tara talks about her new book, What Works, and how it led to a deeper look into the cultural codes that influence our goal-setting. She and Charlie also talk about why we are reluctant to ask for help when we really need it, and why the need for validation can lead to us spreading our energy and resources too thin. Tara also shares some great advice for becoming the lead character in your own life, and the balance between over- vs. under-commitment.
Mark Nepo: Navigating Storms of the Human Experience (Episode 247)
Mark Nepo is a poet, spiritual advisor, and New York Times best-selling author. He returns to the show for a great conversation on finding the strength to meet adversity, quiet courage, and embracing the one beautiful life you’ve been given. Mark discusses themes from his latest book, Surviving Storms: Finding the Strength to Meet Adversity. He talks about some of the personal and professional challenges he has overcome in his life, and how the storms and fault lines in our life can ultimately make us better. Mark shares a few spiritual and philosophical takeaways that we learned during the pandemic, and unpacks the two aims of education.
Lisa Nicole Bell: How Creativity and Curiosity Can Fuel Success (Episode 246)
This episode features writer and Behind the Brilliance podcast host, Lisa Nicole Bell. She has some great wisdom and golden nuggets about rethinking time management, creating and sticking to a “to don’t” list, and both avoiding and bouncing back after burnout. Lisa shares her own personal story of walking away from one career to focus on the simple and small things that moved her more in the direction of her values, passion, and natural energy.
Kate Strathmann: Building Business Partnerships - Cooperative or Collective? (Episode 245)
If you’ve ever wanted to do interesting projects with friends and family but traditional business ownership models didn’t feel quite right, this episode is for you. Kate Strathman is an artist, writer, and rebellious spirit. As a multidisciplinary business owner, Kate taps into each of these traits to help others build equitable team structures and dream up alternative business models that may have never previously existed. In this episode, Kate talks about the definition of a collective and how it differs from a cooperative, how to know what purpose, structure, and operating model to use, and what to do when you know it’s time to shift. Kate also discusses how we can better create value for people through our business.
Charlie, host of the podcast, highlights all aspects of entrepreneurship, creativity and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!
A must listen!
Love love love this podcast! The excellent conversations Charlie has with his guests here on Productive Flourishing are consistently insightful, engaging, and actionable. No matter the topic, I always walk away a little better equipped to take on the world. Highly recommend!
Excellent tips and strategies
Charlie is a great interviewer. I found his podcast after having read his book, Start Finishing. I recommend both for creative entrepreneurs.