Candor with Rebecca Johnson, Natalie Johnson and Michelle Spehr

Michelle Spehr knows about truth with care. With a rich background in communication, Michelle joins Rebecca and Natalie Johnson from Vidl Work on the Energy, Connection, and Courage at Work series to explain why radical candor is vital for effective teamwork and personal growth. She discusses the neuroscience behind communication, including how to avoid triggering others' self-protection modes, and shares a personal story that highlights the importance of delivering truth with care. This episode underscores how practicing candor fosters energy, connection, and courage in professional settings.

Rosie in My Pocket: Kintsugi

In this episode, Rosie Ward emphasizes the importance of embracing imperfections inspired by the Japanese art of Kintsugi. Rosie reflects on the beauty of allowing one's flaws and scars to be visible rather than hiding them in pursuit of unattainable perfection. Through small doses of learning and inspiration, Rosie challenges listeners to leverage their imperfections to show up as the best version of themselves in the world.

Lead Different Podcast: Premier Episode

My dear friend, Dan Dominguez, recently launched his Lead Different Podcast. So when he asked me to be his first guest to launch it, of course I said, “WHY Not!” He has been an avid supporter of our work and is so gracious about the transformative impact our Courageous Leadership Program had on him. We...

You Have a Voice – and it Matters!

Between all of the disconnection and chaos that is happening in the world and the almost daily conversations I’m having with leaders and teams lately, I’ve been thinking about the power of using our voice in productive ways and what holds us back and gets in our way. Do any of the following sound familiar...

Lessons About Life & Leadership From Parenting a 13-Year-Old

I’ve previously written blogs about incredible life and leadership lessons I’ve been gifted from my son, Peyton. And I know I’m not alone. When I’m doing developmental work with leaders, I regularly hear comments from them on how applicable the skills and tools are to parenting; it’s not in a paternalistic or condescending way but more...

Build Your Own Yellow Brick Road

When’s the last time you let yourself dream big – I mean really dream? I’m not talking about having a moment where you wish for something more but then just as quickly short-circuit it with dismissive thoughts. I’m talking about holding space to let yourself really envision a bigger, brighter future. In his book, The...

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