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Run Your Life Show With Andy Vasily

Andy Vasily

Host Andy Vasily interviews inspiring leaders from professional sports, the field of education, and the health/wellness industry to unpack what striving for excellence means and to learn more about the guiding principles that shape their work.

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#207- Alan Dunstan & Lewis Keens: What We Can Learn From Fear
May 27 2022
#207- Alan Dunstan & Lewis Keens: What We Can Learn From Fear
Alan Dunstan and Lewis Keens join me on the show for a discussion about the role that fear plays in our lives in regards to our growth and learning. As Alan and Lewis co-host their own podcast called Infinite Leaders, we decided that we would release our conversation on both of our podcasts. Both Lewis and Alan have leadership roles in education and have a combined 33 years of experience between them. They are passionate about leadership development and have devoted themselves to not only learning as much as they can about what great leaders do, they regularly share this knowledge on their Infinite Leaders podcast which now has more than 60 episodes. Great story here…..Alan was Lewis’s physical education teaching in high school many years back. After graduating from high school, Lewis and Alan developed a deep friendship which led to them working together for many years in Asia at a top international school. We decided to connect and do this podcast as we have many similar values and beliefs when it comes to leadership development. In our conversation today, we unpack what fear is and why it is so important in our life. We not only look at it from an evolutionary perspective, but also strategies to grapple with fear when faced with uncertainty, challenge, and hardship. Alan and Lewis bring a load of experience and knowledge into this conversation today. It was a pleasure to connect with them and I look forward to further collaboration.About Alan Dunstan and Lewis KeensAlan DunstanAlan is an accomplished, values-driven educator with over 20 years’ experience in a number of schools across the world. He takes great pride in building successful departments and coaching teams while promoting physical literacy to all students. Alan is an avid reader and an advocate of research-based practice. He values good old fashioned 'graft', humility and working in a happy, safe environment.Alan leads the PE team and is a member of the Primary Leadership team at the Diplomatic Quarter Campus of British International School, Riyadh. He is currently working towards a Master's degree in Educational Leadership.Lewis KeensLewis is a committed learner with over 13 years’ teaching experience in England and British International schools in Southeast Asia. Lewis leads hard-working teams with a focus on shared values, professional behaviours and a clear vision. He admires humility, honesty and kindness in others.Lewis is the current Chair of The Federation of British Schools In Asia (FOBISIA) PE & Sport Executive Committee, working to support the development of PE and Sport across over eighty member schools in the region. Lewis is the Director of Sport and a member of the Senior Leadership Team at The Alice Smith School, Kuala Lumpur. He is currently working on finding out more about his own roots by researching his family tree.Connect with Alan and Lewis:Alan Dunstan: Twitter: LinkedIn: Keens: Twitter: Infinite Leaders Podcast can be found here:
#207- Alan Dunstan & Lewis Keens: What We Can Learn From Fear
May 27 2022
#207- Alan Dunstan & Lewis Keens: What We Can Learn From Fear
Alan Dunstan and Lewis Keens join me on the show for a discussion about the role that fear plays in our lives in regards to our growth and learning. As Alan and Lewis co-host their own podcast called Infinite Leaders, we decided that we would release our conversation on both of our podcasts. Both Lewis and Alan have leadership roles in education and have a combined 33 years of experience between them. They are passionate about leadership development and have devoted themselves to not only learning as much as they can about what great leaders do, they regularly share this knowledge on their Infinite Leaders podcast which now has more than 60 episodes. Great story here…..Alan was Lewis’s physical education teaching in high school many years back. After graduating from high school, Lewis and Alan developed a deep friendship which led to them working together for many years in Asia at a top international school. We decided to connect and do this podcast as we have many similar values and beliefs when it comes to leadership development. In our conversation today, we unpack what fear is and why it is so important in our life. We not only look at it from an evolutionary perspective, but also strategies to grapple with fear when faced with uncertainty, challenge, and hardship. Alan and Lewis bring a load of experience and knowledge into this conversation today. It was a pleasure to connect with them and I look forward to further collaboration.About Alan Dunstan and Lewis KeensAlan DunstanAlan is an accomplished, values-driven educator with over 20 years’ experience in a number of schools across the world. He takes great pride in building successful departments and coaching teams while promoting physical literacy to all students. Alan is an avid reader and an advocate of research-based practice. He values good old fashioned 'graft', humility and working in a happy, safe environment.Alan leads the PE team and is a member of the Primary Leadership team at the Diplomatic Quarter Campus of British International School, Riyadh. He is currently working towards a Master's degree in Educational Leadership.Lewis KeensLewis is a committed learner with over 13 years’ teaching experience in England and British International schools in Southeast Asia. Lewis leads hard-working teams with a focus on shared values, professional behaviours and a clear vision. He admires humility, honesty and kindness in others.Lewis is the current Chair of The Federation of British Schools In Asia (FOBISIA) PE & Sport Executive Committee, working to support the development of PE and Sport across over eighty member schools in the region. Lewis is the Director of Sport and a member of the Senior Leadership Team at The Alice Smith School, Kuala Lumpur. He is currently working on finding out more about his own roots by researching his family tree.Connect with Alan and Lewis:Alan Dunstan: Twitter: LinkedIn: Keens: Twitter: Infinite Leaders Podcast can be found here:
#206- Jim Roussin: Transforming Teamwork
May 18 2022
#206- Jim Roussin: Transforming Teamwork
In today’s episode, I have my friend and mentor, Jim Roussin, on the podcast to chat about his book Transforming Teamwork: Cultivating Collaborative Cultures. Jim co-authored this book with Diane P. Zimmerman and Robert J. Garmston. A fantastic read that draws on research and practical experience. In the book, Jim and his co-authors identify and unpack strategies and tools that: Help to build psychological safety in an effort to get teams to work towards resilient interpersonal relationships. Teach how to use constructive conflict as a powerful catalyst for team learning and transformationEmpower teams to inquire into problems of practice to transform capabilities and produce actionable learningI’ve known Jim for 6 years now and he was the one who trained me as a cognitive coach. This is the third time that Jim has come on my podcast. I love our conversations as they are so full of insight and wisdom. If you are a leader in any organization, you are sure to find deep value in our discussion today and I highly recommend that you get your hands on a copy of his book. It is sure to help transform teamwork in your own organization. Jim is currently the Executive Director for Generative Learning which you can find online at addition to Transforming Teamwork he has also written two other books: Implementing Change Through Learning: Concerns-Based Concepts, Tools, and Strategies for Guiding Change in (2013); and Guiding Professional Learning Communities: Inspiration, Challenge, Surprise, and Meaning in (2010)I hope you enjoy our conversation and share this episode with anyone who you feel will benefit from listening to it. About Jim: James L. Roussin has worked as an assistant superintendent, language arts teacher, ESL coordinator, ASCD Middle East consultant and adjunct professor.Jim is currently the Executive Director for Generative Learning. A consulting practice focused on healthy organizations and human development through the lens of natural systems theory and complexity science.He served as a teaching associate for Human Systems Dynamics (an institute using complexity theory to transform organizational culture). Jim facilitates learning in the following areas: leadership development, board development, Strategic Planning, Cognitive Coaching and Adaptive Schools. Jim was the co-developer and co-facilitator of the West-Metro Teacher Leadership Academy in Minnesota.Connect with Jim: LinkedIn:
#205- Kailee Scales: Pencils of Promise  (CEO)
May 8 2022
#205- Kailee Scales: Pencils of Promise (CEO)
On today’s show, I had the wonderful opportunity to interview the inspiring Kailee Scales, the CEO of Pencils of Promise. Every organization that strives to do great things in the world, needs a strongly empathetic, compassionate and caring leader who is deeply committed to creating lasting change. Kailee Scales has embodied these attributes from early in her life. She has been devoted to a life of service for years and firmly believes that Every human being was born free. But we know for many people there are barriers to this freedom. She believes there are processes that allow people to either have freedom of action and decisions or not to have freedom over their actions and decisions and this is what devoted her life to figuring out why this is. Kailee has raised over $100 million and led domestic and international NGOs to address some of the world’s most progressive social and political issues. Most notably, she served as founding national director of Mentor USA and global coordinator of Mentor International, a drug-abuse prevention organization led by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden, working in close conjunction with HMQ Silvia and United Nations leadership. From 2017 to 2020, Kailee served as the first Managing Director of Black Lives Matter Global Network.  In this role, she was responsible for building infrastructure across the global organization..  She launched the Arts+Culture platform and created BLM’s WhatMATTERS2020, a civic engagement campaign targeted towards Black Millennial and Gen Z voters at risk of disenfranchisement.  She also served as the executive producer of the viral video, Rest in Power Beautiful, which aired less than 48 hours after the murder of George Floyd. It was seen over 10M times on social media, BET, CBS, Times Square and the Staples Center.  In June 2021, she was chosen by Adam Braun to serve as the CEO of Pencils of Promise. This was a deeply insightful conversation and I hope you find a lot of takeaway value in Kailee’s message. I’ve included links to POP in the show notes as well where you can find Kailee on social media. I also encourage to head on over to POP to check out there amazing work. If you are an educational leader or teacher looking to be involved there are lots of ways to connect with them and offer your time. As well, please consider a donation to their cause. Connect with Kailee: Twitter: of Promise Website:
#203- Joe McDonough: The Be Positive Foundation
Apr 30 2022
#203- Joe McDonough: The Be Positive Foundation
In today’s episode, Joe McDonough and I have a deep and moving conversation about his son Andrew, who at 14 years old lost his battle with cancer in 2007. Since that time Joe has devoted his life to keeping Andrew’s spirit alive through their B+ foundation. In Joe’s own words: The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation honors the memory of Andrew, a 14-year-old athlete and ‘A’ student from Wilmington, Delaware. January 27, 2007, Andrew helped lead his team to victory in a Pennsylvania state championship soccer tournament. Within 48 hours, he was in cardiac arrest. The diagnosis was AML Leukemia. The prognosis was grim. In fact, doctors didn’t expect Andrew to live through the night. Amazingly, Andrew fought for 167 days before going to Heaven on July 14, 2007.In our conversation today, Joe shares many touching memories of his son Andrew Joe also talks about the process he has gone through grieving the loss of his son and the mission of their B+ foundation. Which is the largest provider of financial assistance to families of kids with cancer in the US, helping nearly 3,000 families this year.I first learned of Joe’s story as I did my research for my last episode with Cal Fussman. Joe was on Cal’s podcast and that is where I first heard his story. I was so moved by his story I reached out to Joe immediately after to invite him on my podcast. My podcast has always been a passion project of mine. Although there are many expenses that I pay out of pocket to keep this podcast going. I’ve never asked for money from my listeners, and never intend to. Even though I do not have a patron page, I am putting a request out there to everyone listening. If my podcast has helped you in any way or if you have found value in it, I would love to ask you this very special favor. After listening to my episode with Joe, it would mean the world to me to have you head on over to his website at and make a donation to support the foundation. If you are on Twitter, please look them up at @bepositivefdn and let them know you heard Joe’s story on my podcast and donated to their cause. As well, please share this episode with anyone who you feel with benefit from listening to it. The more people we can get listening to this episode, the more possibilities of donations going their way. Connect With Joe:Website:
#202- Cal Fussman: The Beauty of Questions (Esquire Writer/Best-Selling Author)
Apr 22 2022
#202- Cal Fussman: The Beauty of Questions (Esquire Writer/Best-Selling Author)
On the show today, New York Times bestselling author and longtime Esquire writer, Cal Fussman.  He is also the host of the Big Questions podcast  I first came across Cal’s work more than 6 years ago when I heard him  interviewed by well known podcaster Tim Ferriss. I was immediately drawn to Cal’s amazing ability to tell stories. As you will see in our conversation today, Cal has a very special way with words.For many years, Cal wrote the ‘What I’ve Learned’ column for Esquire magazine where he had the chance to interview world class leaders from various fields. Here is just a small list of some of the brilliant people he has interviewed over the years:Mikhail Gorbachev, Jimmy Carter, Joe Biden, Ted Kennedy, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Al Pacino, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen, Dr. Dre, Quincy Jones, Woody Allen, Barbara Walters, Pelé, Yao Ming, Serena Williams, John Wooden, and he also spend a week with Muhammad Ali to write a cover feature about his life. According to Cal himself--"Questions have guided my life ever since I was seven years old and sent a letter with a question to the President of the United States, and got a reply. Over the years, questions have taken me around the world and into interviews with hundreds of the most talented, compelling and powerful people on earth.:In today’s episode, Cal discusses the art of listening and the main reasons why he has devoted his life to reshaping health care. He also discussed, in detail, the lessons he learned from interviewing former Soviet Union leader Mikail Gorbachev in an Esquire article published in September 2008. Be sure to check out Cal’s work at calfussman.com and subscribe to his wonderful podcast on Apple podcasts, Stitcher or Google podcasts or tune into his podcast website at calfussman.com/podcast. Connect With Cal:Twitter: Questions PodcastCal's Keynote talk can be found hereMohammad Ali's Astounding Bursts of Physical Brilliance
#201- Charles Feltman: The Thin Book of Trust
Mar 27 2022
#201- Charles Feltman: The Thin Book of Trust
My guest today, Charles Feltman, has spent the last 3 decades deeply devoted to unpacking the concept of trust and through his work, he tries to help people understand that trusting others is not a switch that we simply turn off forever when trust has been broken. He firmly believes that 'trust' is an essential aspect of strong, authentic and productive working relationships. But that trust doesn’t just happen. It takes attention to the words and behaviors that affect trust.His Thin Book of Trust 2nd Edition provides a simple, powerful framework and language for building, maintaining and restoring trust. Filled with examples, it is designed to help readers pay attention to what matters to consistently build, maintain and, when necessary, restore strong trust in any complex, fast-paced and demanding work environment.Charles Feltman’s work with TRUST has been embraced by countless leaders around the world who have implemented his framework with great success. Renowned author, speaker and podcaster, Brene Brown, has built her amazing work around Charles Feltman’s definition of trust.As you listen to today’s episode with Charles Feltman, I hope you find value in learning more about his TRUST framework and how it might apply in your own personal and professional life. If you are a leader, how might you use Charles’ work to build more trusting, positive relationships in the workplace? What might you need to do better? And what actions might you need to take to rebuild any relationships that have been broken due to distrust? It was an honor to speak with Charles, better understand his own journey, and have a conversation about his powerful book called the Thin Book of Trust. I hope that after this podcast, you get your hands on a copy of the book and share it with your staff or just read it yourself. It is sure to get you to look at the concept of trust through a different lens.About CharlesCharles Feltman is an executive coach, consultant and facilitator. he coaches executives and managers in developing the thinking, being and doing that constitute the most effective leadership in their organizations. He also coaches teams and workgroups around issues of trust, commitment, conflict, collaboration, and accountability. In addition to coaching and consulting for Fortune 500 companies since 1990, Charles has served as a community mediator and facilitator for the past 30 years. In all of his work he has helped people successfully confront and deal with issues of trust, betrayal and reconciliation in their work, community and personal lives. Prior to beginning his coaching and consulting business, Insight Coaching, Charles was part of the early boom in the Silicon Valley high-tech industry during the 1980s. He also held management positions in higher education administration in the 1970s. Charles holds a Masters degree in Organizational Development from USC and a BA in Psychology from UCSC.Connect With Charles: Website: Charles' Book: Credit: Brene Brown Video: The Anatomy of TrustBrene Brown Podcast With Charles Feltman
#199- Brittany Wagner: Creating A Lasting Impact
Feb 22 2022
#199- Brittany Wagner: Creating A Lasting Impact
In this episode, Brittany joins me to discuss her book Next Chance You: Tools, Tips, and Tough Love for Bringing Your A-Game to Life. As well, we speak about her role in the popular Netflix series Last Chance U and the work she did helping more than 200 student-athletes academically quality for nationally respected NCAA division 1 schools.  In today's chat, we unpack the themes of resilience, self-belief, overcoming trauma, and finding purpose in life. It was a honor to have Brittany on the show to speak about her amazing work. Brittany's Bio:Brittany Wagner is a nationally respected athletic academic counselor and motivational speaker best known for her role as the breakout star of the hit Netflix documentary series, Last Chance U. Recognized for her compassion, encouragement, and no-nonsense attitude, Brittany guided many young men to academic/professional success despite run-ins with the law, extreme poverty, abandonment, and often a complete lack of academic preparedness. She has helped over 200 football players academically qualify for nationally respected NCAA Division I schools, and all of the students Brittany advised who are currently playing in the NFL, also hold college degrees. Brittany’s inadvertent stardom led to feature interviews with ABC’s Nightline, The Dan Patrick Show, GQ, The New York Times, The LA Times and Sports Illustrated — to name a few.For the past 4 years, Brittany has traveled all over the country as a motivational speaker. In the fall of 2017, she launched her own company, Ten Thousand Pencils (10KP). Through 10KP, she is able to aid at-risk youth by working individually with high school and college-level administrators, counselors, and teachers to help them build relationships with these students and better support their emotional, social, and academic needs. Brittany’s first book: Next Chance You: Tools, Tips and Tough Love for Bringing Your A-Game to Life is available for pre-orders now and will be published on September 7th of this year. A new, scripted television series based on Brittany’s personal and professional life is in the making! Actress Courteney Cox will be portraying Ms. Wagner in this series. Michael Strahan is also an executive producer on the project. Lastly, she is an adjunct professor in the College of Business at The University of Montevallo and is a boxing coach at Battle Republic. Brittany earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Sports Communication and Administration from Mississippi State University, and currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama with her daughter, Kennedy. Connect With Brittany: WebsiteTwitterYou can find her book Next Chance You: Tools, Tips, and Tough Love for Bringing Your A-Game to Life hereSpecial Credit to: Opening Marching Band SongGood Morning America InterviewPodcast Intro #1Podcast Intro #2
#196-Dagur Sigurðsson: The Icelandic Way of Sport (Olympic Handball Head Coach)
Dec 12 2021
#196-Dagur Sigurðsson: The Icelandic Way of Sport (Olympic Handball Head Coach)
My guest, Dagur Sigurðsson, and I have known each other for almost 20 years. It was great to reunite with Dagur and bring him on my show to talk about his amazing journey in professional sport and playing/coaching the game at the Olympic level. Dagur  represented his country of Iceland in the Summer Olympics held in Greece in 2004 and over the years developed himself into a world renowned coach in the sport. He spent time in Austria before going on to coach professionally in Germany and lead the German men’s national handball team in the world championships and the Olympics. Dagur has a distinct coaching style that sets him apart from others and as you listen to this episode, you will learn about what he believe is most important in leading and coaching others and how he strives to deeply connect with those around him in order the lift them up and push them to be their best. As a family man, he is deeply committed to his loved ones and as a coach/mentor to his athletes, he is equally committed to helping them strive for excellence and through his leadership, he believes that context is everything and that a leader must deeply understand the context of the organization in order to put leadership moves into action that spark continued growth and progress. Dagur is on a mission as the Japanese men's Olympic handball coach and recently had the opportunity to lead his team in the Tokyo Olympics. He has signed on through the Paris 2024 Olympics and everything he is now doing is helping to plant the seeds for slow and continuous growth over time in order to put his athletes in the best position possible for competition. As well, he is deeply committed to spreading a love of the game of handball in Japan. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did.  More About DagurRead here:
#195-Rudy's Story with Rudy Ruettiger
Dec 4 2021
#195-Rudy's Story with Rudy Ruettiger
My guest today, Rudy Ruettiger, exemplifies what it means to have the deep resilience and persistence needed to make a dream come true. For those who are not familiar with Rudy Ruettiger, his life story was made into a major motion Hollywood sports film in 1993 and to this day, nearly 30 years later, still stands as one of the most inspiring sports movies out there. In fact, in the words of the late, great Kobe Bryant: “If Rudy could accomplish what he did without being blessed with the physical talent to play football at that level, what could I accomplish if I worked as hard as he did? After watching that movie, I decided that I would always work as if I'm the last man on the team that had everything to prove.”Kobe describes Rudy as being the one person who's had the biggest influence on his life and he literally broke down in tears the day he met Rudy in person letting him know what a difference he made in his life and career. As well, 4 US presidents were so moved by the movie that they wrote hand written letters to Rudy himself. The 4 presidents were both Bushes, Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama. Rudy Ruettiger was an undersized walk on who earned a spot for two years on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team in the 1974 and 1975 seasons. Although he did not dress for games, he was given the opportunity to put on the uniform and dress in the last home game of his senior year in 1975 and got in the game in the the closing minute to record his first ever tackle in the final moments of the game. The final scene of this movie is a moving tribute to who Rudy was and why he was so loved.His story, however, is about so much more than football which is why Hollywood and Notre Dame deeply supported the making of this movie.  Full disclosure here, as a college football player myself back in Canada in the 1990s, I was an undersized player who had to work very myself to have a chance to be starting quarterback and punter for my university team. The movie Rudy was a great inspiration to me at the time and taught me that I needed to push myself even harder to be the best I could be with the talent I possessed.In our episode today, Rudy and I talk about what it was like for him growing up in the family of 14 brothers and sisters, the loss of his best friend which ultimately sparked his desire to quit his job and move to South Bend Indiana to make the Notre Dame dream happen, and we also talk about his spirituality and the desire he has to make a difference in the world by sharing his story. We also chat about Hollywood actor Sean Astin who played his character in the movie and how he and Sean collaborated in order for Sean to do the very best he could in the role of Rudy in the movie. I was super excited to record this podcast with Rudy, but due to technical difficulties and a poor internet connection, there were a number of glitches that prevented us from recording the entire interview. After editing, I managed to capture only 17 minutes of our 40 minute conversation but there are still some gems in there. Connect with Rudy:Website: Documentary: Movie:
#194-The Mindset of a Champion with Canadian Olympian Andrea Proske
Nov 27 2021
#194-The Mindset of a Champion with Canadian Olympian Andrea Proske
My guest today epitomizes what it means to follow a dream and to completely transform oneself into an olympic champion. Andrea Proske joins me for a discussion about her amazing life journey. At 27 years old, Andrea had very limited experience with team sport and although an active person by nature, she had never pursued excellence in her life through sport, let alone had never rowed in her life. At 27, She was working in the hotel industry at the time and had the opportunity to compete in her first Tough Mudder race. After this race, she became inspired to change her life and to find something new and challenging to tackle. As she says in this episode, she felt stuck in her life, not sure what to do. She wasn’t sure what this new challenge was going to be, but would go on to give rowing a try and what a story this turned out to be as 3 short years later she earned herself a spot on the Canadian Women’s National Rowing Team. In our conversation today, we unpack the roles of resilience and determination in Andrea’s life and how she was able to overcome numerous obstacles throughout the 8 years that she took up the sport of rowing, including a serious accident in 2015. In Andrea’s own words, Failing forward quickly became her motto…. she braved injuries, underperformance, the firing of an abusive head coach, falling out of the boat more times than she cares to admit,  a global pandemic and a historic Olympic postponement. But along the way she learned valuable lessons on handling failure, burnout, uncertainty… and the power of sisterhood.On Friday, July 30th, Andre Proske’s dreams came true as her and her team of 9 won Canada’s first gold medal in rowing in nearly 20 years. In this episode, Andrea talks about the Tokyo Olympics and what life has been like since winning gold. She also shares the work she is doing now and what her biggest hopes are in moving forward in her life. Wherever you are in the world listening to this, I hope you find value in this discussion as there is so much that we can learn from Andrea’s journey. About Andrea: In her Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020, Andrea Proshe was a member of the women’s eight that won gold. It was Canada’s first Olympic gold in any women’s rowing event since Atlanta 1996 and the first gold in the women’s eight since Barcelona 1992.As a club rower looking to break onto the national team in 2016, Proske attended her first international regattas in Amsterdam (Holland Beker) and London (Henley Royal Regatta). The highlight was winning the senior women’s single sculls at the Henley and by the end of the year she was received her invitation to the national team.She first represented Canada on the senior international circuit in the double sculls with Gabrielle Smith in 2018. In their World Cup debut as a duo, they won silver in Lucerne. Later that summer, they finished sixth at the World Rowing Championships. They won another World Cup medal in 2019, this time a bronze in Rotterdam. They capped the season with a fourth-place finish in the double sculls at the world championships, qualifying the boat for Canada for Tokyo 2020.Connect With Andrea: Website:
#193-Finding Your Very Best With Dr. Michael Gervais
Oct 16 2021
#193-Finding Your Very Best With Dr. Michael Gervais
On the show today, Dr. Gervais, joins us to take a deep dive into who he is and the work he does. We will explore the themes of personal excellence, vulnerability, self-awareness and pursuing mastery of things that matter most. Dr. Gervais feels fortunate to have worked with some of the most talented people across the globe helping to unpack the guiding principles that they have put into action in their life, with consistency, to have the profound impact that they have through their craft. Michael has done over 300 podcast interviews, as well has worked in the field of high performance psychology for more than two decades. His podcasts are deep, rich and full of wisdom/insight and he not only learns from some of the best in these interviews, he also challenges them, in the healthiest ways possible, to reflect deeply on their own life and oftentimes many of his guests walk away from these conversations with deeper wisdom about themselves. He has changed countless lives through the life lessons he shares not only on his podcast but also through his amazing online course Finding Your Best that he co-designed with his business partner and close friend Pete Carroll head coach of Seattle Seahawks. About MichaelAs a sport/performance psychologist, Dr. Michael Gervais is one of the world’s leading experts on the relationship between the mind and elite performance. Over the course of a 20-year career working with world class performers and organizations, Dr. Gervais has developed a  framework for the mental skills and practices that allow athletes to thrive in pressure-packed environments. Gervais’ influence can be felt across many touchpoints of popular culture.  His clients include the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, world record holders, Olympians, MVPs from every major sport, internationally acclaimed music artists, and Fortune 50 CEOs.Gervais has worked across  three summer Olympic Games (Tokyo, Rio, London) and two winter Olympic Games. He has served as the Olympic high-performance psychologist for USA Beach Volleyball,  USA Beach Volleyball, USA Women’s Indoor Volleyball, and, most recently, USA Surfing in Tokyo.  Dr. Gervais is the host of the popular Finding Mastery podcast that explores the psychology of the world’s most extraordinary thinkers and doers. In 2020, Gervais wrote an Audible Original, Compete to Create: An Approach to Living and Leading Authentically, with NFL coach Pete Carroll. He also created a six-week online course to bring the principles and practices of high performance mindset training into businesses and homes. A published, peer-reviewed author and nationally recognized speaker on optimal human performance,  Dr. Gervais has been featured in premier media outlets including NBC, ABC, FOX, CNN, ESPN, NFL Network, Red Bull TV, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Outside Magazine, WIRED, Sports Illustrated and ESPN The Magazine.Connect with MichaelWebsite: Your Best Course: Audiobook: thanks to Bronx band Conversing with Oceans for the podcast music
#192-Innovative Global Education With Tania Lattanzio
Oct 11 2021
#192-Innovative Global Education With Tania Lattanzio
When Tania Lattanzio reflects back on early days in her life, she has great appreciation for growing up in a bi-cultural family as it helped her develop a deep curiosity of culture and travel from a young age. This love of travel would help open the doors of possibility for Tania and provide her with many wonderful experiences that allowed her to see the world and learn more deeply about people and culture. Tania knew early on that she wanted to be an educator and, after university,  was willing to take the risk to leave Australia to find one of her first teaching jobs in London, England. It was this experience that opened many doors for Tania and as she continued on her path in education, she began to develop a deep appreciation and passion for teaching and for creating classroom environments that inspired young people to take more control of their own learning journeys.Tania’s path in education would continue to evolve for her in many different ways ultimately leading her to take on a position working for the ASIA PACIFIC IB OFFICE as a professional development trainer and It was through this experience that Tania was able to further develop her craft and lead many workshops for teachers around the world. She loved being able to visit schools, meet different educators, and help them to develop their own teaching practice. Tania moved on from the IB and launched her own consulting agency and is now Director of Innovative Global Education. In this role she works as an educational consultant throughout the world helping to develop and conduct professional learning for teachers and leadership, modelling pedagogy in classrooms and working intensively with teaching teams, through mentoring and coaching, to improve planning, teaching and assessment.As you listen to this conversation today, you will hear the passion that Tania has for the work that she does. She shares deep insight in this episode and it is my hope that any educator and educational leader will have take away value that they can apply in the work that they do. I want to thank Tania for taking the time to be on the podcast and for being willing to share her story and the work that she does. And with that, let’s jump right into this discussion with Tania Lattanzio. About TaniaTania Lattanzio is an experienced international educator. Previously a teacher, coordinator, and manager with the International Baccalaureate, she is now Director of Innovative Global Education. In this role she works as an educational consultant throughout the world.This role involves developing and conducting professional learning for teachers and leadership, modelling pedagogy in classrooms and working intensively with teaching teams, through mentoring and coaching, to improve planning, teaching and assessment.A key focus of Tania's work is developing and designing conceptual curriculum for schools, this work involves conceptualising curriculum across subject areas and year levels. This also involves equipping teachers with ideas and strategies to ensure that the learning has a conceptual focus.An advocate of inquiry, she works with educators to provide students with an education that is purposeful, meaningful and relevant to their lives, where students have opportunities to be motivated and have agency of their learning.A passionate educator Tania works closely with educational settings to specifically meet their needs through supporting school reform, making significant shifts in pedagogy and developing conceptual curriculum frameworks in both local and international settings. Tania has worked with schools and teachers from early childhood through to high school.Connect with TaniaWebsite:
#191- The Tai Chi Lady with Jacqui Weatherly
Sep 25 2021
#191- The Tai Chi Lady with Jacqui Weatherly
In this episode, Jacqui  Weatherly, also known as the Tai Chi Lady, shares what early days were like for her growing up in a small rural community outside of Adelaide, Australia. Her father, a former physical education and dance teacher was a mentor to Jacqui and exposed her to multiple different forms of outdoor activities such as rock climbing, hiking and other pursuits. This allowed Jacqui to easily be able to tackle difficult physical challenges in her life from a young age. In her last couple of years of high school, Jacqui transferred schools and went to live with her grandparents in the city. She talks about this being a very difficult transition for her as she went from living in a very small town where she knew everyone to moving to a big city and attending a high school where she did not know anyone at all. Despite the difficulty, Jacqui learned a lot about herself through this experience. Jacqui would go on to pursue a career as a physical education teacher internationally and settle in Nanjing, China for 7 years at the Nanjing International School as head of the physical education department. As you listen to this episode you will hear Jacqui describe some of the mental challenges that she went through over the years and how these challenges truly sparked within her a desire to look within and to seek a major change in her life in order to find more fulfillment and to better understand herself. As well, you will hear the framework that Jacqui applies to combat fear and doubt in her life. She describes tackling fear in her life in a way that allows her to not be controlled by it and to embrace it so that she can constantly grow and learn in meaningful ways in her life. Jacqui speaks openly and candidly about the impact that anxiety has had on her and takes us through how her journey of TAI CHI has genuinely helped to physically and mentally transform her life. What was initially meant to be a year off studying CHEN Tai Chi in rural China has turned into a 6 year journey of pursuing mastery of her craft. Jacqui shares many life lessons learned through TAI CHI and also shares insight into how any teacher, whether they be a classroom teacher or physical education teacher can begin to apply basic elements of TAI Chi with their students. About Jacqui WeatherlyJacqui was born and raised in Australia. After finishing school, she completed a Bachelor of Education Degree in Secondary Physical Education. She taught Physical Education and Health for 17 years in Australia, the USA and China. She resigned from her job as the Head of the PE Department at Nanjing International School in June 2016 after 7 years, to follow her passion to study martial arts. She studied Chen Style Tai Chi full time for a total of 2.5 years at the Traditional Tai Chi School in Yangshuo, China.Jacqui begun competing in Tai Chi competitions in September 2017 and has won numerous gold, silver and bronze medals in both taijiquan and taiji weapons events in China, Hong Kong and Australia over the past 5 years.She was an intern teacher for beginners at the Yangshuo Traditional Tai Chi School in 2017/2018. This allowed her to deepen her knowledge, understanding and application of Tai Chi to effectively pass on the culture, skills and theory to other students.Jacqui now lives in Brisbane and is currently working on her own school, "Qi, Myself & Tai Chi", where she hopes to continue teaching Tai Chi to help improve the health and overall wellbeing of herself and others, whilst also passing on the ancient traditions and art of Tai Chi.Connect With Jacqui:Instagram-
#190- The First 90 Days of Instructional Coaching with Dr. Jim Knight
Sep 4 2021
#190- The First 90 Days of Instructional Coaching with Dr. Jim Knight
It was a pleasure to have Jim Knight back on my podcast for a second time. I wanted to have Jim back on my show to take a dive into his Radical Learners online course called the First 90 Days of Instructional Coaching. Today’s conversation is pretty much focused on ideas and insight related to this course which you can find at courses.radicallearners.com/collections.In this course Jim Knight introduces the foundational principles, skills, and framework necessary for the first 90 days of instructional coaching, including The Partnership Principles, The Impact Cycle, and resources for coaching in action.I have been going through the course with some of my colleagues at The KAUST School in Saudi Arabia and it has sparked some excellent discussions on our leadership team around the role of the coach and how best to maximize time in order to be the most effective coaches that we can be for those who we serve. In our conversation today Jim and I review what the impact cycle is, how to facilatate discussions with teachers around their ‘current reality’ in order to set relevant, timely and meaningful goals, and to then look at strategies that they can apply in order to meet those goals. As well, Jim and I discuss the roadblocks that get in they way of successfully implementing and going through the impact cycle. Jim shares a lot of insight and knowledge that can be applied to the work that any coach does, but also major considerations when trying to deepen the impact that teachers have on student learning. It was an honor to have Jim back on the show. I hope that this conversation between Jim and I sparks some thinking on your part and that you get some valuable takeaway from this episode. About JimJim Knight, Senior Partner of ICG, is a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He has spent more than two decades studying instructional coaching, writing several books on the topic.  Jim’s articles on instructional coaching have been included in publications such as The Journal of Staff Development, Principal Leadership, The School Administrator, and Teachers Teaching Teachers. Jim directs several research projects, including Pathways to Success, a comprehensive, district-wide school reform project in the Topeka, Kansas, School District. Jim also leads the Intensive Instructional Coaching Institutes and the Teaching Learning Coaching annual conference. Jim has presented and consulted in more than 40 states, most Canadian provinces, and around the world. He has also won several university teaching, innovation, and service awards.Connect with Jim:Website: Learners:
#189- Leading With Character: 10 Minutes a Day to a Brilliant Legacy with Dr. Jim Loehr
Sep 1 2021
#189- Leading With Character: 10 Minutes a Day to a Brilliant Legacy with Dr. Jim Loehr
Dr. Jim Loehr is a world-renowned performance psychologist, Co-Founder of the Human Performance Institute, and author of 17 books including his most recent book… Leading with Character- Ten minutes a day to a brilliant legacyIn the opening of his latest book, Leading with Character, Dr. Jim Loehr describes a pivotal moment in his life that happened when he was 16 years old. He considers this moment to be his first exposure to real evil in the world and explains how this experience would go on to greatly shape the career path that he would one day take. From his more than 35 years of experience and applied research, Dr. Loehr believes the single most important factor in successful achievement, personal fulfillment, and life satisfaction is the strength of one’s character. He strongly contends that character strength can be built in the same way that muscle strength is built—through energy investment.He has worked with hundreds of world-class performers from numerous arenas of sport, business, medicine, and law enforcement, including Fortune 100 executives, FBI hostage rescue teams, and military special forces including navy seals and green berets.Dr. Loehr’s ground-breaking, science-based energy management training system has achieved world-wide recognition and has been chronicled in leading national publications, including the Harvard Business Review, Business Week, Fortune, Newsweek, Time, US News and World Report, Success, Fast Company and Omni. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Nightline with Ted Koppel, the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and CBS Morning News, and the Oprah Winfrey Show, as well most recently, he was on the very popular Tim Ferris podcast.In this episode, Dr. Loehr and I take a deep dive into the major themes that he wrote about in his latest book Leading with Character: Ten Minutes a Day to a Brilliant Legacy and the power that personal journalling can hold in our lives when we stick with it, when we are consistent and when we are very honest with ourselves. We unpack many of the themes he discusses in his book including how to construct a powerful, robust personal credo that will become a source code for vetting all future ethical decisions and for helping to build a strong and meaningful life and leadership legacy in order to have the deepest impact possible on the world. Dr. Loehr's Bio:Dr. Jim Loehr is a world-renowned performance psychologist, Co-Founder of the Human Performance Institute, and author of 16 books including his most recent, The Only Way to Win. He also co-authored the national bestseller The Power of Full Engagement. From his more than 30 years of experience and applied research, Dr. Loehr believes the single most important factor in successful acheivement, personal fulfilment and life satisfaction is the strength of one’s character. He strongly contends that character strength can be built in the same way that muscle strength is built throught energy investment. Jim Loehr is also well known for his individual work with top-flight athletes and Olympians. A sampling of his elite clients from the world of sport include: golfers Mark O'Meara and Justin Rose; tennis players Jim Courier, Monica Seles, and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario; boxer Ray Mancini; hockey players Eric Lindros and Mike Richter; and Olympic gold medal speed skater Dan Jansen. Connect with Dr. Loehr:Website: his latest book at:
#188- Learners Without Boarders with Dr. Yong Zhao
Aug 27 2021
#188- Learners Without Boarders with Dr. Yong Zhao
In this conversation, Dr. Yong Zhao and I unpacked many different layers of his life and his work. However, we devote much of this episode discussing his latest book Learners Without Boarders-New Learning Pathways For All Students which was published in July 2021. Dr. Zhao has written more than 20 books and has spoken and presented in many countries around the world and is widely recognized as one of the most influential education scholars. It was a pleasure to have this conversation with Dr. Zhao and I hope that anyone listening will benefit from hearing about his work and research. Dr. Zhao's BioYong Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas and a professor in Educational Leadership at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education in Australia. He previously served as the Presidential Chair, Associate Dean, and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he was also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. Prior to Oregon, Yong Zhao was University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where he also served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Confucius Institute, as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and a fellow of the International Academy of Education.Yong Zhao has received numerous awards including the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association, Outstanding Public Educator from Horace Mann League of USA, and Distinguished Achievement Award in Professional Development from the Association of Education Publishers. He has been recognized as one of the most influential education scholars.Zhao was born in China’s Sichuan Province. He received his B.A. in English Language Education from Sichuan Institute of Foreign Languages in Chongqing, China in 1986. After teaching English in China for six years, he came to Linfield College as a visiting scholar in 1992. He then began his graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. He received his masters in Education in 1994 and Ph.D. in 1996. He joined the faculty at MSU in 1996 after working as the Language Center Coordinator at Willamette University and a language specialist at Hamilton College.Connect with Dr. ZhaoTwitter: Zhao most recent book Learners Without Boarders can be found here: