Host Andy Vasily interviews inspiring leaders from professional sports, the field of education, and the health/wellness industry to unpack what striving for excellence means and to learn more about the guiding principles that shape their work.
#206- Transforming Teamwork with Jim Roussin
In today’s episode, I have my friend and mentor, Jim Roussin, on the podcast to chat about his book Transforming Teamwork: Cultivating Collaborative Cultures. Jim co-authored this book with Diane P. Zimmerman and Robert J. Garmston. A fantastic read that draws on research and practical experience. In the book, Jim and his co-authors identify and unpack strategies and tools that:
Help to build psychological safety in an effort to get teams to work towards resilient interpersonal relationships. Teach how to use constructive conflict as a powerful catalyst for team learning and transformationEmpower teams to inquire into problems of practice to transform capabilities and produce actionable learningI’ve known Jim for 6 years now and he was the one who trained me as a cognitive coach. This is the third time that Jim has come on my podcast. I love our conversations as they are so full of insight and wisdom.
If you are a leader in any organization, you are sure to find deep value in our discussion today and I highly recommend that you get your hands on a copy of his book. It is sure to help transform teamwork in your own organization.
Jim is currently the Executive Director for Generative Learning which you can find online at http://www.generative-learning.com
In addition to Transforming Teamwork he has also written two other books:
Implementing Change Through Learning: Concerns-Based Concepts, Tools, and Strategies for Guiding Change in (2013); and Guiding Professional Learning Communities: Inspiration, Challenge, Surprise, and Meaning in (2010)
I hope you enjoy our conversation and share this episode with anyone who you feel will benefit from listening to it.
James L. Roussin has worked as an assistant superintendent, language arts teacher, ESL coordinator, ASCD Middle East consultant and adjunct professor.
Jim is currently the Executive Director for Generative Learning. A consulting practice focused on healthy organizations and human development through the lens of natural systems theory and complexity science.
He served as a teaching associate for Human Systems Dynamics (an institute using complexity theory to transform organizational culture). Jim facilitates learning in the following areas: leadership development, board development, Strategic Planning, Cognitive Coaching and Adaptive Schools. Jim was the co-developer and co-facilitator of the West-Metro Teacher Leadership Academy in Minnesota.
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#205-Pencils of Promise with CEO Kailee Scales
On today’s show, I had the wonderful opportunity to interview the inspiring Kailee Scales, the CEO of Pencils of Promise. Every organization that strives to do great things in the world, needs a strongly empathetic, compassionate and caring leader who is deeply committed to creating lasting change. Kailee Scales has embodied these attributes from early in her life. She has been devoted to a life of service for years and firmly believes that Every human being was born free. But we know for many people there are barriers to this freedom. She believes there are processes that allow people to either have freedom of action and decisions or not to have freedom over their actions and decisions and this is what devoted her life to figuring out why this is.
Kailee has raised over $100 million and led domestic and international NGOs to address some of the world’s most progressive social and political issues. Most notably, she served as founding national director of Mentor USA and global coordinator of Mentor International, a drug-abuse prevention organization led by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden, working in close conjunction with HMQ Silvia and United Nations leadership.
From 2017 to 2020, Kailee served as the first Managing Director of Black Lives Matter Global Network. In this role, she was responsible for building infrastructure across the global organization.. She launched the Arts+Culture platform and created BLM’s WhatMATTERS2020, a civic engagement campaign targeted towards Black Millennial and Gen Z voters at risk of disenfranchisement. She also served as the executive producer of the viral video, Rest in Power Beautiful, which aired less than 48 hours after the murder of George Floyd. It was seen over 10M times on social media, BET, CBS, Times Square and the Staples Center.
In June 2021, she was chosen by Adam Braun to serve as the CEO of Pencils of Promise.
This was a deeply insightful conversation and I hope you find a lot of takeaway value in Kailee’s message. I’ve included links to POP in the show notes as well where you can find Kailee on social media. I also encourage to head on over to POP to check out there amazing work. If you are an educational leader or teacher looking to be involved there are lots of ways to connect with them and offer your time. As well, please consider a donation to their cause.
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Pencils of Promise Website: https://pencilsofpromise.org/
#204- 4 X Mindfulness from Scotland with Neila Steele and Andy Vasily
Neila Steele and I have revived our 4 X Mindfulness podcast series. A podcast series devoted to sharing our learning around mindfulness and well-being. Although we've recorded almost 20 of these episodes previously, it's been a few years since we released our last one. This podcast series is a passion project of ours and we hope to start releasing them regularly again.
We hope our listeners gain value and takeaway from these episodes. As I said in the introduction, this podcast series is never about having the right answers, but more so stimulating important discussion around our learning related to mindfulness.
Thanks for listening and please share our 4 X Mindfulness series with anyone who you feel will benefit from listening.
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#203-The Be Positive Foundation with Joe McDonough
In today’s episode, Joe McDonough and I have a deep and moving conversation about his son Andrew, who at 14 years old lost his battle with cancer in 2007. Since that time Joe has devoted his life to keeping Andrew’s spirit alive through their B+ foundation.
In Joe’s own words: The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation honors the memory of Andrew, a 14-year-old athlete and ‘A’ student from Wilmington, Delaware. January 27, 2007, Andrew helped lead his team to victory in a Pennsylvania state championship soccer tournament. Within 48 hours, he was in cardiac arrest. The diagnosis was AML Leukemia. The prognosis was grim. In fact, doctors didn’t expect Andrew to live through the night. Amazingly, Andrew fought for 167 days before going to Heaven on July 14, 2007.
In our conversation today, Joe shares many touching memories of his son Andrew Joe also talks about the process he has gone through grieving the loss of his son and the mission of their B+ foundation. Which is the largest provider of financial assistance to families of kids with cancer in the US, helping nearly 3,000 families this year.
I first learned of Joe’s story as I did my research for my last episode with Cal Fussman. Joe was on Cal’s podcast and that is where I first heard his story. I was so moved by his story I reached out to Joe immediately after to invite him on my podcast.
My podcast has always been a passion project of mine. Although there are many expenses that I pay out of pocket to keep this podcast going. I’ve never asked for money from my listeners, and never intend to.
Even though I do not have a patron page, I am putting a request out there to everyone listening. If my podcast has helped you in any way or if you have found value in it, I would love to ask you this very special favor. After listening to my episode with Joe, it would mean the world to me to have you head on over to his website at https://www.bepositive.org/ways-to-give and make a donation to support the foundation.
If you are on Twitter, please look them up at @bepositivefdn and let them know you heard Joe’s story on my podcast and donated to their cause. As well, please share this episode with anyone who you feel with benefit from listening to it. The more people we can get listening to this episode, the more possibilities of donations going their way.
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#202- The Beauty of Questions with Cal Fussman
On the show today, New York Times bestselling author and longtime Esquire writer, Cal Fussman. He is also the host of the Big Questions podcast I first came across Cal’s work more than 6 years ago when I heard him interviewed by well known podcaster Tim Ferriss. I was immediately drawn to Cal’s amazing ability to tell stories. As you will see in our conversation today, Cal has a very special way with words.
For many years, Cal wrote the ‘What I’ve Learned’ column for Esquire magazine where he had the chance to interview world class leaders from various fields. Here is just a small list of some of the brilliant people he has interviewed over the years:
Mikhail Gorbachev, Jimmy Carter, Joe Biden, Ted Kennedy, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Al Pacino, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen, Dr. Dre, Quincy Jones, Woody Allen, Barbara Walters, Pelé, Yao Ming, Serena Williams, John Wooden, and he also spend a week with Muhammad Ali to write a cover feature about his life.
According to Cal himself--"Questions have guided my life ever since I was seven years old and sent a letter with a question to the President of the United States, and got a reply. Over the years, questions have taken me around the world and into interviews with hundreds of the most talented, compelling and powerful people on earth.:
In today’s episode, Cal discusses the art of listening and the main reasons why he has devoted his life to reshaping health care. He also discussed, in detail, the lessons he learned from interviewing former Soviet Union leader Mikail Gorbachev in an Esquire article published in September 2008.
Be sure to check out Cal’s work at calfussman.com and subscribe to his wonderful podcast on Apple podcasts, Stitcher or Google podcasts or tune into his podcast website at calfussman.com/podcast.
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Big Questions Podcast
Cal's Keynote talk can be found here
Mohammad Ali's Astounding Bursts of Physical Brilliance
#201- The Thin Book of Trust with Charles Feltman
My guest today, Charles Feltman, has spent the last 3 decades deeply devoted to unpacking the concept of trust and through his work, he tries to help people understand that trusting others is not a switch that we simply turn off forever when trust has been broken. He firmly believes that 'trust' is an essential aspect of strong, authentic and productive working relationships. But that trust doesn’t just happen. It takes attention to the words and behaviors that affect trust.
His Thin Book of Trust 2nd Edition provides a simple, powerful framework and language for building, maintaining and restoring trust. Filled with examples, it is designed to help readers pay attention to what matters to consistently build, maintain and, when necessary, restore strong trust in any complex, fast-paced and demanding work environment.
Charles Feltman’s work with TRUST has been embraced by countless leaders around the world who have implemented his framework with great success. Renowned author, speaker and podcaster, Brene Brown, has built her amazing work around Charles Feltman’s definition of trust.
As you listen to today’s episode with Charles Feltman, I hope you find value in learning more about his TRUST framework and how it might apply in your own personal and professional life. If you are a leader, how might you use Charles’ work to build more trusting, positive relationships in the workplace? What might you need to do better? And what actions might you need to take to rebuild any relationships that have been broken due to distrust?
It was an honor to speak with Charles, better understand his own journey, and have a conversation about his powerful book called the Thin Book of Trust. I hope that after this podcast, you get your hands on a copy of the book and share it with your staff or just read it yourself. It is sure to get you to look at the concept of trust through a different lens.
Charles Feltman is an executive coach, consultant and facilitator. he coaches executives and managers in developing the thinking, being and doing that constitute the most effective leadership in their organizations. He also coaches teams and workgroups around issues of trust, commitment, conflict, collaboration, and accountability. In addition to coaching and consulting for Fortune 500 companies since 1990, Charles has served as a community mediator and facilitator for the past 30 years. In all of his work he has helped people successfully confront and deal with issues of trust, betrayal and reconciliation in their work, community and personal lives. Prior to beginning his coaching and consulting business, Insight Coaching, Charles was part of the early boom in the Silicon Valley high-tech industry during the 1980s. He also held management positions in higher education administration in the 1970s. Charles holds a Masters degree in Organizational Development from USC and a BA in Psychology from UCSC.
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Buy Charles' Book: https://www.amazon.com/Thin-Trust-Essential-Primer-Building/dp/0966537394
Special Credit: Brene Brown Video: The Anatomy of Trust
Brene Brown Podcast With Charles Feltman
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