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Episode 21: Surrendering to What Is with Martine Cannon

In this time of great uncertainty, Martine Cannon's voice and wisdom provide a sense of calm and compassion.  In this episode, she and I engage in an "emergent" conversation, meaning we surrender the illusion of control and allow what is to be present.  Martine...

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Episode 20: Centering on Love with Steve Beckett

In this episode, I welcome my friend and mentor Steve Beckett.  Steve is an amazing human being and has such deep wisdom as we all navigate the situation with Covid-19. We talk about the situation as it stands in the UK and the US as of March 17, 2020, including: How...

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Episode 19: Adjusting to a New Reality

In this episode, I share a few personal updates on what me and my family are doing in response to the Coronavirus.  I then shift into three "frames" that have been helpful to me as I watch our leadership/citizenry come to terms with the virus: First is the "Stockdale...

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Episode 18: A Different Take on Coronavirus

What else is there to talk about these days? Coronavirus is dominating our media, our lives, and our thoughts.  It calls up our greatest fear, our own mortality and the impermanence of things.  It is VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity) on steroids. ...

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Episode 17: Rethinking Our Political Situation

Turn on the news today and you're likely to see two talking heads (or more) fighting with one another over whose views are right, which political leaders are "stupid" and "immoral."  I don't know about you, but I'm tired of it.  I'm tired of the Facebook posts where...

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Episode 16: Four Fundamental Fears That Hold Us Back

In this episode, I go "solo" and share my experience working with people on facing fears in a VUCA world.  There are only two things we naturally fear when we come into the world: falling and loud noises.  We come to develop four fears during our life: 1. The fear of...

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Episode 15: Unlimit Yourself with Nathanael Zurbruegg

Nathanael Zurbruegg is a survivor, but more than that he is an inspiration.  His 31 years on the planet have been quite difficult from a medical perspective, yet he has found the grace and tenacity to live life to its fullest in the face of challenging circumstances. ...

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Episode 12: Unlocking Our Potential with Dr. Ruben Perczek

In this 12th episode, I interview Dr. Ruben Perczek about his life and experiences as a high performance athlete, coach, speaker, and spiritual practitioner.  Dr. Ruben is a highly sought after speaker, coach, and advisor to individuals, teams, and organizations, but...

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Episode 11: Healing Our Wounds with Mark Rako Fabionar

In this episode, I am joined by Mark Rako Fabionar, an incredible soul of a man who has committed his life and work to healing people, organizations, and systems.  Rako cultivates transformative environments for people to experience deeper connection, insight, and...

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Episode 8: Going Deep with Pro Athlete Ryan Leech

In this episode, I welcome professional mountain biker and Integral Coach Ryan Leech.  Ryan is the founder and head coach of the Ryan Leech Connection, an online mountain biking skills training company with a mission to cultivate a lifelong passion for the sport of...

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Being Fully Present in a Complex World with William Walker

In this episode, I am joined by William Walker, a coach and entrepreneur who works with individuals, teams, and organizations to develop sustainable practices that meet with their specific circumstances.  William's coaching is integrally informed, developmental, and...

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Episode 5: Scaling VUCA Leadership with Mike Tetreault

In this episode of the Fully Integrated Leadership Podcast I welcome my friend, former colleague, and Chief People Officer of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Mike Tetreault.  For the past four years, Mike has been leading a team that is responsible for scaling VUCA...

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Episode 2: VUCA and Optimal Learning with Dr. Theo Dawson

In this episode of the Fully Integrated Leadership Podcast, I welcome my friend and colleague Dr. Theo Dawson from Lectica.  Lectica's mission is to "help the world think better" by supporting optimal learning—the kind of learning that can be applied immediately in...

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Episode 1: Learning to Live in a VUCA World

In this first episode of the Fully Integrated Leadership podcast I talk about why I am starting this podcast: Because of my own struggles with overwhelm and anxiety My desire to spread the message about what I have learned so that others can overcome their own issues...

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How To Determine if Your Problem is Complex

VUCA How do you determine if a challenge you are taking on at work is, in fact, complex in nature?  This is a question I get asked a lot, and it's one I see organizations, teams, and individuals struggling with as they determine strategy, make decisions, and solve...

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Four Fundamental Fears

Fear is a powerful motivator of human behavior.  Every day, I see people holding themselves back because of fear, and the VUCA world that leaders face is teeming with fear-based situations.  But did you know we human beings come into the world only natural fearful of...

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How to Plan in a VUCA world

Pearson’s Law states “that which is measured improves.  That which is measured and recorded improves dramatically.”  My clients are taught to live by this law through tracking their annual goals, quarterly goals, and weekly progress.  This blog post lays out the major...

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The Cycle of Experience

One of the most critical factors separating good leaders from "Fully Integrated" leaders is the commitment to personal mastery.  In the groundbreaking book The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge names this as one of the five disciplines that is necessary to lead in...

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Two “Must Haves” for VUCA Leaders

As a leadership coach, I am often asked “What do you think defines a great leader?”  I have answered this question so many times that I thought writing a post about it made sense.  Let start by saying there are a lot of skills that are needed to be a leader, and every...

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The Importance of “Specificity Training” in Leadership

There are lots of leadership books, articles, blogs, and trainings out there.  Each of them is filled with information, skills, tools, frameworks, and models for how to get better at being a leader.  I am big fan of these, but I find one area lacking in many of them...

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A New Way of Thinking To Thrive in VUCA

I am reading a great book titled The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking.  Roger Martin is the author and makes a compelling case for leaders finding a "both-and" solution when others see only an "either-or"...

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Four Common Cognitive Biases

Did you know that a person named Michael is statistically more likely to marry someone named Michelle over someone named Brenda? Did you know that a person named Denise is statistically more likely to become a dentist over a lawyer?  And did you know that...

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Three Skills for VUCA

I am often asked by people who learn about my leadership coaching, “So, what do you recommend I do to work in these Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous situations?” First, I tell them that there is no “silver bullet” and it’s not a...

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How To Make Change Happen in VUCA

In my coaching, there is an inevitable conversation where the leader understands they must make a fundamental change. It could be that my 360 peer interviews uncovered a major flaw in their leadership, or we might discover they are underperforming in one of the VUCA skill areas we know they need to be strong in to lead their team or organization. 

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Testimonials

I can definitely say I am a better CEO because of the work I've done through David's coaching. However, the benefits go well beyond work; I am seeing improvements in my life as a father, a husband, and a friend, just to name a few. the Fully Integrated Leadership program is one of the best investments I have made.

Jim Walker - CEO of PrimeSouth Bank