Interviews with a range of experts to explore perspectives on power and influence.
The Four Horsemen of Feedback and How to be a Better Teacher
What is the biggest indicator of teacher success? It is probably not what you are assuming. Listen to my conversation with Scott McCue, Dean of Sposato Graduate School (and my cousin) discuss his experience developing and training teachers. Whether you are in the academic or corporate world, he provides insightful and valuable ideas for creating a culture of feedback. He is also a kind, articulate, and thoughtful person.
Bio: Scott McCue is the dean of the Sposato Graduate School of Education. He worked as founding Head at Boston Preparatory Charter Public School from 2002-2012. Before founding BPCPS, he taught History at the Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter School and in the New York City Public Schools. He has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Teachers College at Columbia University and A.B. from Harvard University.
Sit With Your Own Pain to Be a Better Parent and Other Almost Impossible Ideas
When you realize what your kid’s whining jag or tantrum triggers in you, you are in a much better place to respond. Understanding where your stuff ends and your kid's stuff begins involves slowing down and recognizing your own reaction. Listen to Dr. Rachel Barbanel-Fried (known as Dr. RBF) share insights and data around the value and benefits of meditation and breath. She is a smart and approachable psychologist who makes this seemingly impossible stuff seem almost achievable.
Bio: Dr. RBF is a Clinical Psychologist and Optimal Performance Consultant based in Newton Centre, Massachusetts. She consults with executives and organizations looking to elevate performance and reach new levels of success in the workplace and beyond. She also sees individuals, couples, and families in a therapeutic setting who are looking to move forward towards growth, change, and healing. To learn more about Dr. RBF’s background, education, and services check out her webpage https://drrbf.com/about/.
Protect Salmon and Whales in the Pacific Northwest by Listening
Morgan Ruff , Snohomish Basin Capital Program Coordinator at Tulalip Tribes, grew up in the Seattle area and has a deep love of the environment. She works with farmers, tribal members, and community members to tackle issues specifically related to salmon protection. Working collaboratively is necessary for key policy changes. Listen to her explain her learning path towards effective communication.
Morgan lives in Mount Vernon, WA with her family.
How to Parent on an 11 Hour Bus Ride in Tanzania
Listen to my conversation with friend and film editor Celia Beasley about her recent 11 month long trip from Madagascar to Columbia with her two children and husband. She shares some powerful insights around giving kids more latitude, using empathy to limit whining, and why riding on a scooter in Sri Lanka is the perfect time to discuss the birds and the bees. Celia is dynamic and thoughtful and makes me feel like a big wimp.
Celia Beasley is a film editor based in Seattle her recent credits include SADIE, directed by Megan Griffiths and OUTSIDE IN, directed by Lynn Shelton. Her website is: celiabeasley.com. To learn more about Celia’s trip you can find her blog including posts and videos from her kids at http://btfwa.blogspot.com.
20 Year Old Peanut Butter is Not a Big Deal and Other Lessons from a Bosnian War Refugee
When the Bosnian War started in 1992 Tijana Dwight was 15 years old and living in Sarajevo. She was uprooted from her home, spent two years in a refugee camp in Slovenia, and ultimately moved to Los Gatos, CA. Her refugee journey reflects her positive perspective, self-reliance, and love of all math classes. Hear about her experience volunteering at a refugee camp in Greece in 2017 and gather ideas for how to support refugees today.
Bio: Tijana Dwight lives in Santa Clara, CA with her husband and two children. She spent 13 years at PayPal in Large Enterprise Product Marketing and is currently focusing on her family during their children’s most precious years.
The Farther Up You Go The Less You Get
We’re talking about feedback. Listen to difficult conversations expert and executive coach Debbie Goldstein discuss the power of coaching. Despite the fact that she doesn’t like being introduced as an expert or a master coach she is incredibly adept at listening closely to executives and students alike to help them raise awareness around themselves and their strategic choices. Learn about the concept of “doubling” and why it is so important to give people a safe “sandbox” in which to play. Debbie is a partner at Triad Consulting and teaches at Harvard Law School and Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is also an awesome, warm, and smart person.
Debbie is a Principal and the Managing Director of Triad Consulting Group. She teaches negotiation as a faculty member at Harvard Law School and Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has also taught at Tufts University School of Medicine and was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center for many years.
Debbie’s varied clients include Merck, Chanel, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Capital One, Barclay’s, Honda, Standard Bank, Shell, Boeing, General Mills, MetLife, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Citigroup, Prudential and Proctor & Gamble. She has addressed students and alumni at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, University of Denver, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Medical School, Dartmouth’s Tuck Business School and Harvard Business School. Her work often takes her internationally: to Dubai, where she worked with government leaders; to Ethiopia, where she worked with the Members of Parliament; and to Cyprus, where she taught public policy students from across the globe.
She coaches senior executives through difficult decision making and managing critical relationships, and has helped mediate family business disputes. In the public sector, she founded and ran a free legal aid clinic called LINC (Legal Initiative for Children) for the patients at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Chelsea outpost. She has been a featured guest on NPR, and her writing has appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine, the Management Information Exchange Journal, and the Harvard Business Review.
Debbie is a graduate of Williams College and Boston College Law School. After college, Debbie lived in Chicago chasing (and catching) her dream of becoming a jazz vocalist.
The best part of my week!
Swayed podcast showcases such a diverse range of topics and speakers. Sarah has a knack for effortless conversation and engaging her guests from the start. The chats are interesting, smart, funny at times, and I am always learning something new. Looking forward to the next one!
Sarah's interviews are from an intriguing and varied mix of professions and backgrounds. She asks thoughtful questions and pulls out useful information for listeners. The unique perspectives are fascinating and really enjoyable to listen to.
Really enjoying these podcasts! Sarah’s interviews are with such interesting people and address great topics. She asks thoughtful questions — both basic and complex — that generate engrossing conversations with her guests. She approaches the topics with such interest and humor and manages to guide the discussions in surprising and fascinating directions.