Ep 254- Clear Thinking, Winning Action

clear thinking for clear action

clear thinking for clear actionMost people go through their lives without a clear intention and purpose for the things they do and the decisions they make.  Maybe you can relate.  Maybe you make decisions based upon limiting beliefs of the past.  Maybe you make decisions based upon what your mom or dad would want you to do.  Perhaps you do the things you are currently doing because it’s what you’ve always done.  Taking time to think clearly about the things you are doing helping to ensure that you are engaging in activities that feed your purpose and your ability to create value.

It’s easy to dismiss thinking and the process of discovering your purpose.  In the moment, it probably doesn’t feel valuable to you. The more you step back and assess the things you are doing, the more you will move forward with efficiency and effectiveness because you are working on, and in, purpose.

Clear thinking makes you a better communicator and a better director and participant in action.  For this week, ask yourself “what am I doing?” and “why am I doing these things?”

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Ep 253- New Year, New You?

New Years Resolutions

New Years Resolutions

You and I both know that the magical turning of a calendar year does not unlock some hidden super power that didn’t exist for you before.  A new year can be a time for hope and optimism and a time to create space to assess where you are at and where you want to go.  Maybe you have made some New Years resolutions to create this change.  We are now a month into the year and I have one question, is the new year creating a new you?

Creating resolutions will fail when you value what you are doing over who you are being.  If you don’t address the inner self game, the outside rules and checklists that you create for yourself likely aren’t going to create the sort of lasting change you are looking for.

This week’s podcast lays out three specific areas to focus on with your inner game to ensure that your resolutions are long lasting and permanent.

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Ep 252- Finding the Power in Your Morning Routine

Starting a morning routineIt’s been little bit since I have talked about the morning routine that we call a power hour. My friend Mike was asking some questions about my morning routine and rather than answer him directly with a message, like a normal person, I decided to record a podcast episode about it.

The most practical way to change who you are is to change what you do.  ~ James Clear from Atomic Habits

How you start your day can make a big difference in how you show up in that day.  The Power Hour routine serves to create space for you to participate in the expansion of your mind, body and spirit.  This doesn’t mean that if you don’t do a morning routine you will be a failure or that of you do a morning routine you will be a wild success.  In my years of performance coaching, I have seldom seen people try a Power Hour and regret it or feel like it didn’t create power for them.

If you don’t have a morning routine, now’s your time to give it a shot.

Check out my tips and ideas on how to get started by checking out the podcast in iTunes or clicking the player above to listen.

Ep 251- How to Create Great Quarterly Goals

How to set Quarterly goalsHaving a well organized and empowered team is your path to growth and freedom.  Growth and freedom are two outcomes that I strive to achieve with every leader that I work with.  Goal setting helps to achieve growth and freedom by orchestrating the work that needs to be done by giving the team specific direction with which to operate.  In light of how valuable goal setting is, I wanted to create this week’s podcast on how to create great quarterly goals so that you have some dos and donts to take back to your business.

Total Experience Design (TXD) is about creating a business by design and not one by default. Planning is one of the primary ways that you create a business by design.  Goals are one of the outcomes of the planning process. Planning and goal setting are simple concepts.  Most people know of them and understand the concept of doing.  The challenge with goal setting and planning is that they are really easy to ignore and not pay attention to on a regular basis.  Great experiences happen through the commitment to consistent, time tested fundamentals. Fundamentals aren’t sexy but they create aggregate success that looks and feels amazing when you look at the finished product.

Here’s the link to run your objectives through to assess: Quarterly Goal Tool.

When the authors of the book Beyond Default dropped by the show a few months ago, they talked about trajectory and changing your default trajectory.  Take a look at where your business is headed and ask yourself how goal setting can change and improve the trajectory of your own business.

This week’s podcast explores the power of goal setting and staying plugged into the goal setting process. You can listen by clicking the player above or you can subscribe in iTunes.  Ratings and sharing are always appreciated as well.

Talk with you again soon.


Ep 250- The #1 Rule for Influence

Creating influence as a leader

Creating influence with your team is simpler than you think.  There is a lot of information out there on how to lead and manage better.  Your primary key to influence already exists and is easy to do. The problem is it’s also easy not to do.

At the heart of Total Experience Design is intention.  A while back I talked to you about how I try and run my day, with intention and integrity. If you get this right then you can be the kind of leader who follows through. This is the kind of leader your team wants to work for.  Someone they can trust and someone who is moving things forward.

In today’s podcast, I will cover:

  1. The power of doing what you say you are going to do.
  2. How to avoid creating a habit of failure.
  3. What to do to ensure that you will execute at a high level.

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Ep 249- How to Do Growth Well

Doing growth well

Doing growth well is about creating that beautiful tension between exposing weakness and then using your purpose to work through that weakness in a powerful, creative way.

Growth is one of those areas that you either learn to embrace or you learn to avoid.  To keep yourself in a growth space means that you acknowledge that you don’t have all the answers and being ok with that.  It also means that your growth is likely going to change you in unfamiliar and uncomfortable ways even though that growth has created positive outcomes in your life.

Our process of Total Experience Design is about continuous improvement that leads to creating deeper experiences and connections with the people that you do business with.

Today’s podcast is about how to grow well and continue moving yourself and your business forward.

We talk about:

  • Embracing failure
  • Growing in your self awareness
  • Creating space to reflect on where you are currently at
  • Getting the outside support you need to make growth happen

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Ep 248- Bringing Your Passion to Life (interview)

Podcast interview with Charles Van Kessler

I have had the priviledge of knowing Charles Van Kessler for almost a year now.  He has attended some workshops that I have done in the past and always been a gracious participant and a true value creator.  Charles has a story that I felt the world needs to hear around bringing your personal passion to life.  Today we talk about and share his story.

What would you do if:

  • You narrowly eluded Nazi encampment during World War II.
  • After that, you are dropped off at an orphanage by your own mother.
  • You move from Europe to the USA and start a family and a new life there and try to make your way.
  • Take eight years to launch a liquid vitamin product
  • and then….

….By the grace of God, you have an amazing life.

Listen to this week’s podcast on how Charles overcame these obstacles to create a great product and do amazing things to give back to kids in need.  Check out the podcast by clicking the player above or subscribe in iTunes.

I take the Passion 4 Life liquid vitamin every day and it’s amazing.  Check out their product and story here.



Ep 247- Context. How Many Of Us Use It?

One of the most damaging communication techniques in a relationship is using assumptions.  Assuming what people know. What they think. What they will or won’t do.  When you don’t help people understand or help them fill in the blanks, people will come to their own conclusions.  Those conclusions tend not to be too positive either.  Context can be a powerful tool for giving a well rounded set of information about the organization and the leadership of the organization.  The question is, are you using it.

In the Total Experience Design methodology, we talk about leadership being a key component to creating a high level experience.  Experience starts inside the organization.  Communication is the tool that leaders use to organize, inspire and move the people in the organization. If you miss setting context, you are missing your ability to communicate powerfully.

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Ep 246- Embracing Failure and Critics

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

~ Teddy Roosevelt Man in the Arena

No one enjoys failure and/or criticism.  In today’s podcast, I don’t suggest that you like these things but we can learn from them.  We can also protect ourselves from the impact that failure and criticism has on our ability to create value for others.

In this week’s show, I talk about:

  • How failure and criticism reveal where your heart is
  • Where to focus yourself to stay above fear
  • Why relationship capital is essential
  • Who to listen to

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