What Would Ted Lasso Do

Dimple Dhabalia and Jeff Harry

What would Ted Lasso Do? We have been asking ourselves this question to get us through the day, to get us through this past year, and to help us navigate the surreal time in which we live. In this podcast, not only do we geek out on Ted Lasso, but we do it through the lens of positive psychology and leadership. Some may see this as just a show, but we have found life-altering lessons in each episode and break them down so you don’t have to. So, whether you’re a diehard TedHead, new to the fandom, fascinated with the world of Positive Psychology, or just want to be a better leader, come along on this rollercoaster journey with us. Together, we can begin to learn what it actually means to BELIEVE.

Be Curious, Not Judgmental
Jun 7 2022
Be Curious, Not Judgmental
Welcome to “What Would Ted Lasso Do?” We’re Dimple Dhabalia and Jeff Harry, two certified Ted Heads and podcast newbies exploring real-world lessons in leadership and positive psychology through Apple TV+’s sports-comedy-drama series “Ted Lasso.” Apart from our mutual love of all things Ted, we both also have backgrounds in leadership and positive psychology – so we figured it only made sense to find a way to combine the two! In our inaugural episode, we share a little about ourselves and talk about how we came up with the idea of starting this podcast. We also examine the lessons “Ted Lasso” imparts and how they relate to the real world.  Join us as we try to answer…what would Ted Lasso do? “There are leaders at every level, but there’s so much that we can learn in terms of different types of leadership and how people show up.” - Dimple In This Episode [01:43] How did we come up with the idea of starting a podcast? [02:33] When and how were we introduced to the “Ted Lasso” series [05:41] Ted Lasso and positive psychology [09:08] Breaking down our first “Ted Lasso” episode [11:39] Jeff background [12:35] Dimple’s background [14:46] Asking “What would Ted Lasso do?” in our everyday lives Resources & Links We’d love to hear from you! #WWTLD  More About Dimple Dhabalia  Radically Human Leadership Is More Important Than Ever  Steps to Creating A Human-Centered Organization More About Jeff Harry  Psychological Safety At Work Your Problem With Play Positive Psychology Playlist
Pilot
Jun 7 2022
Pilot
In the pilot episode of this podcast, we dig into the pilot episode of the “Ted Lasso” series. What is “The Lasso Way,” how does it apply to the real world – and how can we use it to live happier, more positive lives? “This ability to kind of let things roll off your back a little bit more and not take them seriously, I guess, have that faith that they’re gonna come around, like it’s gonna be okay.” - Dimple As a pair of diehard Ted Heads (who just happen to have backgrounds in leadership and positive psychology), we love Ted’s flexible, supportive leadership style.  In this episode we explore “The Lasso Way” and dive into various themes including the virtue of being uncomfortable, toxic positivity, connecting through kindness and a whole lot more. “You’re gonna come across a lot of people who just aren’t gonna see things the way that you do.” - Dimple In This Episode: [02:15] If you’re comfortable doing something, you’re probably doing it wrong [04:42] Introducing “The Lasso Way” [06:40] “Other people matter” mentality [09:40] Ted Lasso and Coach Beard’s chemistry [18:13] Jason Sudeikis’ SNL stint [20:17] Not everything is about you [24:19] The importance of connecting to people, especially during the pandemic [29:52] Making an impact on other people’s lives through kindness [34:04] Ted Lasso and the idea of toxic positivity [43:59] How the word “believe” resonates with us [46:48] “What Would Ted Lasso Do?” lessons to put into practice Resources & Links: We’d love to hear from you! #WWTLD  More About Dimple Dhabalia  Radically Human Leadership Is More Important Than Ever  Steps to Creating A Human-Centered Organization More About Jeff Harry: Psychological Safety At Work Your Problem With Play Positive Psychology Playlist
Biscuits
Jun 7 2022
Biscuits
Are you a lion or a panda? It seems like a silly question – but in today’s episode, we realize the answer may actually teach us a lot about ourselves. “There’s constant opportunities of attunement or opportunities for people to play, and then there’s a lot of times the people that don’t wanna play are the ones that are most miserable.” - Jeff In this episode, we debate the virtues of panda vs. lion, recall the fond days of trapper keepers, and Dimple explains the concept of Bird by Bird to Jeff. Episode 2 also dives into the themes of psychological safety, human-centered leadership, the importance of play and how curiosity and empathy work together. “Every single moment we have is a new moment. Everyday is a new day of school.”  - Dimple In This Episode [02:09] Jeff’s practice of the idea of attunement [05:28] The panda or lion debate [06:36] Human-centered leadership based in empathy [09:41] Treating everyday like it’s the first day of school [12:26] Have you ever won an argument? [14:19] Psychological safety between Ted and Sam [18:00] Providing people the opportunity to be themselves [19:19] Are you a lion or a panda? [21:38] Watching the “Ted Lasso” series with closed captioning [24:48] The importance of a follow-through as a leader [27:52] The anonymous suggestion box [36:00] A healthy type of culture at work [41:18] The importance of patience and gestures [43:32] The “Bird By Bird” metaphor [47:08] What we learned from S1E2 of “Ted Lasso” Resources & Links We’d love to hear from you! #WWTLD  More About Dimple Dhabalia  Radically Human Leadership Is More Important Than Ever  Steps to Creating A Human-Centered Organization More About Jeff Harry  Psychological Safety At Work Your Problem With Play Positive Psychology Playlist
Trent Crimm, The Independent
Jun 14 2022
Trent Crimm, The Independent
“The leader doesn’t always need to be in the trenches. But that leader needs to know what it’s like being in the trenches. The leader needs to know that they are not above it. ” – Jeff What does it take to be a leader? What’s the connection between leadership and kindness? And what does psychological safety have to do with it? This week we dive into those questions as we explore the themes of Episode 3, including leadership, psychological safety, kindness, and bullying. Join us for the conversation and share some laughs as Jeff dishes about his 24-hour date and notices an homage to “Ratatouille,” while Dimple shares the story behind her fear of soccer balls. “Do our actions actually represent our values? If they’re not, what are you doing to actually change that?” – Jeff In this episode (1:15) Jeff being a panda on his 24-hour date  (7:22) Dimple as a goldfish (10:05) 90-second feeling (13:30) Taking Nate the great’s idea (14:49) Ted’s leadership style (15:11) What is psychological safety? (22:04) Rebecca’s leadership style (25:20) Rebecca and Keeley’s blossoming friendship (27:34) Ted and Trent’s game (32:55) Books in Ted Lasso (39:49) The power of follow-through (47:08) It’s the small gestures  (51:08) Dimple and Jeff’s takeaways Resources & Links #WWTLD  Dateable Podcast -   Mindful Performance Enhancement, Awareness, and Knowledge (mPEAK) -   Social Media Links More About Dimple Dhabalia  Radically Human Leadership Is More Important Than Ever  Steps to Creating A Human-Centered Organization More About Jeff Harry  Psychological Safety At Work Your Problem With Play Positive Psychology Playlist
For the Children
Jun 21 2022
For the Children
Why does it feel so scary to be vulnerable – especially with our friends? And why do we always have to be accountable for our actions? Those are the questions we answer today as we explore this episode’s themes – including why being kind to one another starts with being kind to ourselves, and the importance of courageous communication. Jeff also explains his theory of kindness and how to deal with different kinds of a-holes at work, while Dimple discusses her issues with political correctness and the difference between being right and being happy. “The reason why so many of us can be mean to others is because we've been beating ourselves up for so long.” – Jeff In this episode (4:29) Kindness can be challenging (5:45) Dimple’s take on self-kindness (7:24) The episode’s theme: Being available for friends, and vulnerability (10:02) Analyzing Rebecca’s character (13:10) Effects of toxic people and relationships (15:28) Power dynamics   (19:12) Feeling righteous and justified (23:25) Painting yourself as the “hero” of the story you tell (25:08) Courage and honesty is key in difficult conversations (27:48) The fine line with friendships  (28:19) Befriending colleagues (30:38) Two-faced workmates (31:24) Political correctness  (35:56) Taking accountability for what you do (38:37)  Sorry, can’t make a change  (46:08) “Don’t let the wisdom of age be wasted on you.” “We can do whatever we want but we have to do so with integrity and be accountable to ourselves and to people around us.” – Dimple Resources & Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode Jeff Harry’s Dealing With A-Holes At Work Cam Cole   More About Dimple Dhabalia  Radically Human Leadership Is More Important Than Ever  Steps to Creating A Human-Centered Organization More About Jeff Harry  Psychological Safety At Work Your Problem With Play Positive Psychology Playlist
Tan Lines
Jun 28 2022
Tan Lines
Are our lives really built on the choices we make? And if they are, how can we be sure we’re making the right ones?  Episode 5 of “Ted Lasso” lets us dig into some meaty themes – such as the connection between agency and choice, toxic masculinity, being vulnerable in relationships and the importance of change. Jeff also tells a story about the time he was mansplained in Portugal, and Dimple overanalyzes the titles of “Ted Lasso” episodes. We also discuss the strength of the show’s female friendships, the power of reframing our challenges and focusing on gratitude.  “Even that concept of believe - we have a choice. We have a choice to believe in ourselves, to believe that we can do something. We have a choice to find the courage to take those difficult decisions. At the end of the day we can just sit back and hope for the best. But I think a lot of what I felt coming out of this was how much choice we have in a given moment.”  - Dimple  In this episode 01:31 - Last week’s lessons 03:34 - The concept of manifestation 05:54 - Taking accountability for ourselves 09:03 - Dimple’s interpretation of “Tan Lines” 13:30 - Relationships as one of the episode’s themes 14:21 - Ted’s first big monologue 21:56 - Ted and the “believe” sign 26:46 - Jeff on being in a relationship where you’re walking on eggshells 28:24 - How the show’s soundtrack makes the episode more powerful 35:51 - The groomzilla and the bridezilla 40:42 - Toxic leaders and toxic people in the workplace 46:06 - Women supporting women 54:12 - Reframing with gratitude Resources & Links #WWTLD  More About Dimple Dhabalia  Radically Human Leadership Is More Important Than Ever  Steps to Creating A Human-Centered Organization More About Jeff Harry  Psychological Safety At Work Your Problem With Play Positive Psychology Playlist
Two Aces
Jul 5 2022
Two Aces
Do we grow more from one big step – or a hundred little ones?  This week we explore episode 6 - Two Aces - and discuss how Ted’s vulnerability makes him a more empathetic and effective leader – and the lessons we can learn from the way he grows from his grief. We also examine this episode’s themes of agency vs autonomy and living into values, sports superstitions, double standards in gender, and what happens when we don’t allow ourselves to progress after pain.  Jeff also calls BS on team-building events, and Dimple explains the idea of Schadenfreude, or delighting in others’ misery.  “[We] see the world in one of three ways: either as a playground, a place that you can play and explore and everyone is safe to play with; a proving ground where you’re constantly in competition with other people and you feel like you constantly have to prove yourself; or as a battleground where you just see everyone as a threat.” – Jeff In This Episode How being vulnerable in grief leads to growth (03:52) Schadenfreude and healing after toxicity (08:17) Why you can feel like you’ve lost even after a win (10:21) How Jamie and Danny personify the concept of “the shadow and the sun” (13:03) Gwen Gordon’s theory of play (14:47) Sports superstitions as an example of Ted’s positive leadership (20:03) Letting go in order to move forward (24:58) Psychological safety and how leaders can build trust (25:48) Positive psychology and the virtue of feeling your feelings (35:37)  Leaders who gaslight their people (36:58) Dimple and Jeff’s most important episode takeaways (42:09) Resources & Links Mentioned in this Episode Gwen Gordon’s Theory of Play Sockett   More About Dimple Dhabalia  Radically Human Leadership Is More Important Than Ever  Steps to Creating A Human-Centered Organization More About Jeff Harry  Psychological Safety At Work Your Problem With Play Positive Psychology Playlist
Make Rebecca Great Again
Jul 12 2022
Make Rebecca Great Again
It's time to Make Rebecca Great Again this week as we dive into Episode 7 of What Would Ted Lasso Do? We spent a lot of time talking about the overarching theme of limiting beliefs and how they show up for our band of Richmond misfits, and how creating connection, empowering people and leaning into our own agency can help us move past them. We also explore a number of themes this week including radical responsibility, mental health and anxiety and the significance of strong female friendships, and the power of forgiveness. Dimple and Jeff also share their own experiences of overcoming limiting beliefs and explore why the most effective leaders work to help their people be the best versions of themselves, for themselves, and not the company's bottom line. “When we have those limiting beliefs that hold us back, we are kind of putting ourselves under the bus. So for me, noticing when I am running into a limiting belief, it's important to ask what agency do I have in the moment to change it to something else? That’s something I really want to focus on. What is the small action that I can actually do to disrupt it?” – Dimple In This Episode What limiting beliefs are, and what we can learn from the way Ted, Rebecca, Nate and other characters overcome theirs (04:52) The importance of psychological safety in expressing our opinions in a team setting (08:26) Why limiting beliefs often dictate our reality (11:06) The lessons on connection and growth that Dimple learned from one of the best leaders she’s ever worked with (13:05) Radical responsibility and courageous communication (16:58) Rebecca, Sassy and the concept of no-guilt friendships (26:12) Conditioned reactions, fight vs flight and Ted’s panic attacks (31:11) What leaders can learn from Ted about accountability, apologizing and following through (37:39) Resources & Links Mentioned SmartLess podcast with Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes & Will Arnett  John Wooden and the Pyramid of Success Brown   More About Dimple Dhabalia  Why Radically Human Leadership Is More Important Than Ever - Steps to Creating A Human-Centered Organization - More About Jeff Harry  Psychological Safety At Work Your Problem With Play Positive Psychology Playlist
The Diamond Dogs
Jul 19 2022
The Diamond Dogs
This week we dive into Episode 8 - Diamond Dogs and wow was this a juicy one with something for everyone! For leaders out there we explore the theme of emotional intelligence and what it has to do with effective leadership. We also talk about how radical honesty make us happier, and consider when it's better to be curious rather than judgmental.  This episode was also about #relationshipgoals as we watched the beginning of something between Roy and Keeley. We looked at the baggage we carry into relationships, and the power of calling each other out in relationships and friendships, and the dynamics of several other relationships on the show. We dive deep into everyone's favorite monologue and why curiosity is the most underrated tool in the leadership toolbox and realize that there are a lot more WWTLD moments out there than we may be realizing. As we explore these themes, Jeff does his best Rupert impression, and Dimple takes us back to the Sixties to introduce Ted Lasso to Don Draper. “The most important skill that a leader can have is emotional intelligence. And to me, this whole episode was such a demonstration of emotional intelligence and all the facets of it.” – Dimple In this episode (3:38) The ability to manage emotions   (8:26) Radical honesty  (11:16) Analyzing Roy’s raw emotions (17:19) Uncertainty with starting new relationships  (22:23) Discernment of telling the truth  (25:42) Jeff on calling out in relationships (28:45) Rebecca and Ted’s monologue (39:28) Understanding better manners (40:25) Curiosity as a leader’s tool  (42:12) Hurt people, hurt people  (51:56) Snowboarding company only cares for money (55:24) Ignoring bigger issues in workplaces (57:21) Dimple and Jeff’s key points from the episode Resources & Links Mentioned This Week The 4 Components of Emotional Intelligence -   Winter Olympics: Snowboard company Burton defends working in Xinjiang - #WWTLD  More About Dimple Dhabalia  Radically Human Leadership Is More Important Than Ever  Steps to Creating A Human-Centered Organization More About Jeff Harry  Psychological Safety At Work Your Problem With Play Positive Psychology Playlist
All Apologies
Jul 26 2022
All Apologies
Why is it so hard to be accountable and admit when we’re wrong? More importantly, why are we so afraid of creating space to have those conversations?   This week we look at Episode 9, the penultimate episode, of What Would Ted Lasso Do? - All Apologies - and explore what’s at the heart of forgiveness.   We also dive deep into the connection between empathy and forgiveness, the perfectionistic tendencies of high performers, the importance of self-compassion, and what the audacity to BELIEVE looks like.   “Forgiveness is ultimately about growing from the process. … Oftentimes we forgive people not for them, but [for] us. It’s about what we carry and what it does to us. How do you sit down with someone who has destroyed [you] and forgive them?”   In This Episode   ●     Belief, forgiveness and empathy (02:41) ●     Difficult conversations and leadership (04:12) ●     What do you do when you’re wrong? (08:16) ●     Why forgiveness is one of the most difficult – and important – things to do (13:41) ●     How selfishness can distort forgiveness (19:48) ●     The connection between identity and change (23:29) ●     The purpose of our inner critic (28:23) ●     The audacity of belief (34:49) ●     Why we stay in jobs we hate (38:07) ●     Performative activism (45:37) ●     Asking “What would Ted Lasso do?” in real life (55:20)   Resources & Links   Mentioned in This Episode Brene Brown on empathy Magic Moreno and intenSati   #WWTLD ·                          Learn More About Dimple Dhabalia ●                          ●     Why Radically Human Leadership Is More Important Than Ever      4 Steps to Creating A Human-Centered Organization   Learn More About Jeff Harry ○                                   Building Psychological Safety At Work      Solve Your Problem With Play      Jeff’s Positive Psychology Playlist
The Hope That Kills You
Aug 2 2022
The Hope That Kills You
Is it really the hope that kills you? Or is it the lack of hope that’s the real threat?  This question is at the heart of our discussion as we dive into episode 10 - The Hope That Kills You - which also happens to be the final episode of Season 1 of Ted Lasso and our podcast.  This week, we analyze the impact of hope – and what happens in the absence of it – on leadership and teamwork. “You always have an impact on somebody.  So the question is, what type of impact do you wanna have? How do you wanna show up in a room? How do you wanna show up at this moment? Because all of that adds up to something phenomenal and amazing. So what do you wanna do?” - Jeff Harry We also dive deeper into the role of motivation and agency in creating and sustaining hope and empowering the people you lead, and how hope ties into the overarching concept of believe that serves as the thruline of the show.  And finally we turn to the biggest lesson we each gleaned from the first season of Ted Lasso and what we’ll be taking with us as we move into the second!   In This Episode How leaders can empower their teams to succeed, even as roles change (05:53) How failure can make for a valuable perspective, and Brene Brown’s concept of “foreboding joy”  (11:47) Where motivation comes from, and how to use it to create new solutions to problems (13:54) What productive relationships look like between leaders and their people, and trusting others to do their jobs (20:18) Overcoming the impulse to self-protect by “leaning into” disappointment, and the power of hope (24:02) The importance of problem-solving together, regardless of hierarchy or role, and building psychological safety on your team (32:24)  What a “ministry of presence” is, and how just being there can help us get one another through tough times (45:51)  The positive psychology behind allowing ourselves to feel pain (47:17) Resources & Links Mentioned in this Episode Soldiers Who Salsa - Brown on foreboding joy - theory -   More About Dimple Dhabalia    Why Radically Human Leadership Is More Important Than Ever  - Steps to Creating A Human-Centered Organization - More About Jeff Harry  Psychological Safety At Work Your Problem With Play Positive Psychology Playlist