Doug Hensch

Episode 39 – Giles Watkins – Positive Sleep

How much and how well do you sleep, on average? For the last couple of years, I have been on a crusade to improve my sleep. And, Giles Watkins new book (Positive Sleep – A holistic approach to resolve sleep issues and transform your life) has the answers I’ve been looking for all this time!

Giles and I discuss how much sleep is needed by most people, why sleep is so important and how it can be your “secret weapon” in a competitive business world. He shares his top three tips for getting a good night’s sleep and why business leaders might need to take this more seriously.

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Episode 38 – Bob Kulhan – Getting to Yes AND

Ok, so that’s a pretty cool title for a book! And… Bob Kulhan joins us for a fun discussion about how adopting a “yes AND” mindset can lead to greater productivity, improved communication and more creativity. In this episode, Bob and I discuss how mindfulness can make us better communicators, how “yes AND” promotes the sharing of ideas and why postponing judgment critical to cultivating ideas and exceptional problem solving.

Getting To “YES, AND” – The Art of Business Improv is a great book AND Bob is a great interview! After you buy the book, click here to get a free, practical tip sheet for incorporating “Yes, AND” into your life!

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Episode 37 – Olivier Blanchard – Human/Machine

How many jobs will be lost with the coming AI and automation revolution? What tasks will be replaced? Which careers will be obsolete in 10 years? Olivier Blanchard co-author of Human/Machine – The Future of our Partnership with Machines argues that these may not be the best questions to be asking. Instead, let’s ‘look for the AND’ in the partnerships that we can create to benefit employees, leaders and consumers. Blanchard does not want to paint an overly rosy picture. He and his co-author (Daniel Newman) suggest that we re-frame our goals, the direction we take and look at this through a more positive lens than simply the negative aspects.

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Episode 36 – Rae Ringel – How to Design Better Meetings

When was the last time that you finished a meeting that you attended and thought, “Wow! That was a great meeting…I wish it was longer!” It’s probably somewhere between a long time ago and never. Rae Ringel, executive coach and consultant, joins me to talk about how we can stop this epidemic of wasted time and design better meetings. She talks about how many should attend, who should attend and two things everyone must do BEFORE the meeting even starts. This is a can’t-miss episode for anyone who plans, facilitates or attends meetings!

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Episode 35 – Bob Rosen – Healthy Companies International

Bob Rosen, Chairman and CEO of Healthy Companies International, joins us to talk all things leadership. Bob is a psychologist with over 30 years of experience coaching CEOs at Fortune 500 companies and conducting research on what makes great leaders. He recommends that leaders consider being confident AND humble which allows them to empathize and listen more effectively. Leaders must learn to be comfortable in uncomfortable situations and that they need to take care of themselves, first. Come join us as we talk about the grounded, conscious leader of the future.

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Episode 34 – Jack Fairweather – The Volunteer

How do you define courage? After speaking with Jack Fairweather, author of “The Volunteer: One Man, An Underground Army & the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz,” I am convinced that one of the ultimate examples is a 39 year-old Polish underground operative named Witold Pilecki.

Pilecki VOLUNTEERED to be a prisoner at the infamous Auschwitz death camp beginning in 1940. The goal was to help the Allies get first-hand information on the camp. It is a study in grace, sacrifice, empathy and courage, among other positives human qualities. It’s an episode you won’t want to miss and a book you will want to read.

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Episode 33 – Jen Brown – Think on Your Feet – Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Impromptu Communication Skills on the Job

Jen Brown, author of  Think on Your Feet – Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Impromptu Communication Skills on the Job, helps us understand how learning improv skills doesn’t just make you funny. It’s a life skill that can help you communicate more effectively. She has taught everyone from 3 year olds to CEOs these skills. Tune in for a couple of laughs and some practical tips!

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Episode 32 – Megan McNealy – Reinvent The Wheel

I have heard too many people say something like, “Once I get X done, then I can focus a little more on myself so I can get in shape, eat better, etc.” Impact entrepreneur and well-being expert Megan McNealy joins me for a lively discussion about why this is all wrong.

Based on tons of research and her own personal experiences with an autoimmune disease, cancer and stressful career, Megan introduces us to a simple, science-backed approach that is centered on mind, body AND spirit. And, she argues…don’t wait for the right time to take of yourself. This approach leads to success in other domains of your life.

Check out Megan’s new book, Reinvent the Wheel: How Top Executives Leverage Well-Being for Success (available, 10/22/19) and you can get more wisdom, tips and tools on Megan’s website!

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Episode 31 – Andrea Kramer & Alton Harris – It’s Not You, It’s the Workplace

In their new book, “It’s Not You, It’s The Workplace – Women’s Conflict At Work And The Bias That Built It” Andrea Kramer & Alton Harris argue that these conflicts are rooted in two bias-driven workplace dynamics: 1) the obstacles to career advancement women encounter simply because they are women, and 2) the misunderstandings and stereotypes they face in working with women whose social identities are different from their own—be it because of race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, or parental status. In this episode, we try to debunk some of the myths surrounding this topic and recognize that this an issue we all need to face.

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Episode 30 – Roger Firestien – Create In A Flash

How can we get more creative when trying to solve big problems? This is the question that Roger Firestien, PhD, has been asking (and answering!) for over 40 years! As a consultant, professor and author of six practical, science-backed books, Roger has helped dozens of clients not only solve complex problems, he has taught them how to do this on their own. In this episode, we talk about his journey to this field, how his upbringing encouraged creativity and his new book, Create In A Flash – A leader’s recipe for breakthrough innovation.

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