My interview today is with David Hutchens, the author of Circle of the 9 Muses: A Storytelling Field Guide for Innovators and Meaning Makers, and is creator of the Learning Fables — a book series that uses narrative and metaphor to illustrate principles of organizational learning. With titles that include “Outlearning the Wolves” and “Shadows of the Neanderthal,” the popular business fables have sold more than a quarter-million copies in over a dozen languages.section of narrative, leadership, and complex systems change for more than 20 years. Today we talk about creating connection with story – in business, in our personal lives, and even in a college admittance interview. Tune in today to hear a down-to-earth conversation about how businesses and people are using story to remove the barriers that stand between them and to create new levels of understanding that result in sales, connection, and even scholarship.
You don’t get out of bed in the morning without hope. We have hope in many things. Hope in God, hope in family, hope our efforts will bear fruit, hope we’ll find that perfect someone, hope we’ll overcome a sickness, hope that life holds beauty, hope the toilet won’t back up, hope our kids will live well, hope we get the job, hope we get pregnant, hope we don’t get pregnant, hope we’ll lose 10 lbs.…hope is the reason we keep on keepin on. But what happens when you hit those patches, the dissolving of a relationship, the terminal diagnosis, the loss of a job, severe bullying, despair and overwhelming self-criticism for another failure, and hope gets up and walks out of the room? Today’s episode is all about HOPE – the good stuff. Tune in to find a little – or a lot.
Today I bring Jeff Soelberg to the table. He’s just your average middle age guy whose life changed for the better on July 6, 2016, when he lost 3 of his fingers in a work accident and severely damaged his wrist. Over 8 months and 6 surgeries, hundreds of stitches and 1000s of hours of PT, he returned to work a different man. A better man – with a whole new life.
Today’s story is dark. This is the first story shared on the podcast about rape. Violently gang-raped when she was thirteen years old, and raped three more times before the age of eighteen, Madeleine has experienced more trauma in her life than most ever will. Living in a state of shock and self-loathing, it took her years of struggle to confront the buried memories of that first attack and begin to undo the damage it wrought, as men continued to take advantage of her fragility in the worst possible way. Yet, after growing up with a burden no teenager should ever have to shoulder, she found the heart to carry out the best revenge plan of all; leading a fulfilling and happy life. For Madeleine, forgiveness was the key. True forgiveness takes genuine effort. It takes a real desire to understand those who have done us so much harm. It is the ultimate act of courage. Tune in for her raw story.
What is YOUR impossible? What boundaries have you set for yourself for how far you can go? It’s commonly acknowledged that we set our own limits, and this idea of redefining impossible got really serious with today’s guest James Lawrence, aka the Iron Cowboy. In 2015, he started out on this crazy quest to set a record for completing 50 Ironman distances in 50 states in 50 days. Tune in for his story about how he made this happen and how you can redefine your own impossibles.