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Concentric

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Any successful relationship starts with finding your center - the truth at the core of who you are.  Only then can you develop the ability to truly connect with someone else. Concentric is about aligning with people who share a common center. This show gives you the tools and the skills to do just that through practical training, real-life stories and examples, and in-depth interviews with people who have taken this journey and come out the other side better for it. Welcome to Concentric.  We're glad you're here.

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Ep11 Developing a Vision in Order to Influence
May 19 2022
Ep11 Developing a Vision in Order to Influence
Welcome to Episode 11 of Concentric!  Today, Gary and Jason talk about developing your vision and the importance of that in order to lead and influence others.  You know, even for ourselves, we need a clear vision of where we're going and why we're doing something to really accomplish any kind of goal in life.  And when it comes time to get folks on board that you need help from, you're 100 times more likely to influence them if you have that clearly defined vision.  And we sense that in others.  We've seen those people who just believe so strongly in what they're doing, that we almost don't even hear the word, that they're saying to us.  But we're on board.   And we've witnessed the opposite as well:  the folks who are saying all the right things, but you're just not buying it.  You don't know what it is, but something is off.  Sometimes that feeling comes when someone is dishonest and they're trying to trick you into something.  But often it's the fact that they're not confident in what they're telling you.  So, having the skills to not only develop a vision and follow through with it but to communicate that vision is very important.  So that's what we really dig into today:  developing those skills of defining that vision in order to influence others.  All right, let's jump in.
Ep11 Developing a Vision in Order to Influence
May 19 2022
Ep11 Developing a Vision in Order to Influence
Welcome to Episode 11 of Concentric!  Today, Gary and Jason talk about developing your vision and the importance of that in order to lead and influence others.  You know, even for ourselves, we need a clear vision of where we're going and why we're doing something to really accomplish any kind of goal in life.  And when it comes time to get folks on board that you need help from, you're 100 times more likely to influence them if you have that clearly defined vision.  And we sense that in others.  We've seen those people who just believe so strongly in what they're doing, that we almost don't even hear the word, that they're saying to us.  But we're on board.   And we've witnessed the opposite as well:  the folks who are saying all the right things, but you're just not buying it.  You don't know what it is, but something is off.  Sometimes that feeling comes when someone is dishonest and they're trying to trick you into something.  But often it's the fact that they're not confident in what they're telling you.  So, having the skills to not only develop a vision and follow through with it but to communicate that vision is very important.  So that's what we really dig into today:  developing those skills of defining that vision in order to influence others.  All right, let's jump in.
Ep10 Human Skills Business Performance
May 10 2022
Ep10 Human Skills Business Performance
Welcome to Ep10 of Concentric. Today we're talking about two of my favorite subjects:  business and people, and more specifically the relationship between the two.  Balancing the business/people dynamic is great and messy and hard and wonderful. More and more, business leaders and the public at large are recognizing personal development and how it relates to business.  There have been some people, though, who go out there and say, "Invest in personal development and you'll be successful tomorrow!  That's all you need." There are some other folks who are like, "That's all trash and nonsense.  Focus on the business fundamentals. That's how you grow a business." In reality, those are extremes and if any strong division occurs, it's from each "side" thinking the other side is that cut and dried. What we dig into today is the messy middle.   Of course, you don't just go read Think and Grow Rich and that's all you need to know to have a successful business.  But at the same time, even though it's possible to grow and succeed in business:  sell a widget and make a bunch of money with no focus on yourself - how are you in the process?  Is there a level of fulfillment that you miss out on?  And do you grow faster, develop a better team, or are you more successful in business when you focus on some of those aspects of personal development? Gary and I certainly feel like the answer is yes.  Everything that you do, business included, is just better when you consistently grow and improve as a person and learn how to relate to somebody, whether you're selling them something or you're managing a team. If you are practicing self-leadership and developing those skills, it's just going to go smoother. It's going to be better. Everyone's going to enjoy the process more. So that's what we get into today. So many insights. I think you're gonna love it. Let's jump in.
Ep9 Self-leadership and Managing Mental and Emotional Triggers
May 5 2022
Ep9 Self-leadership and Managing Mental and Emotional Triggers
Welcome to Ep9 of Concentric. We really dive in on this concept of self-leadership quite a bit on this show already.  Because it's so foundational to everything else that we teach and really just what we believe in this world.  It's so important to take control over your own experience in life, rather than leaving it up to the rest of the world to dictate how you're going to feel or how you're going to operate.  And maybe it sounds simple.  But it's actually tough when we do get triggered by things out in the world, and we react to that triggering event, rather than stopping and going, "Okay, why am I so upset about this?"  Gary dives into how important our mental and emotional states are to just being consistent and congruent and showing up in life, how we want to show up, and certainly when it comes to leading others.  We can't possibly do that without leading ourselves first.  So this is an amazing foundational episode in which Gary gives us insights on how to do this because it's very difficult to course correct when you are being triggered by something, especially in the moment.  It takes the foundational work beforehand so that in the moment you can call upon that decision that you've made, or insights that you've gained, in order to not have that same emotional response.  Make sure you check out the full episode and share it with someone you think needs to hear it!
Ep8 The Real Power of Personal Development
Apr 23 2022
Ep8 The Real Power of Personal Development
Have you heard this crazy idea that improving yourself improves over 97.861% of all relationships in your life? In Ep8 of Concentric, Gary De Rodriguez and I are talking about the real power of personal development - making yourself better as you go through this life. Gary gives us some real insight into not just how to do it, but how to think about it as you go through this process. People often look at self-improvement and personal development in terms of "Let me get this handled, and then I'm good". But it's really this ongoing process (and I promise that I don't mean that in an overwhelming "things never get better" way). Quite the opposite. It's a constant improvement.  It's not like you gain some of these skills and then you're instantly a phenomenal speaker,  all your relationships are perfect, or you make a million dollars the next week. And sure, nobody would say that that's what they're expecting. But there's a little part that does feel like "Let me solve this one thing. And then I'm off to the races." And what actually happens is you get to that next level a little faster. You encounter the challenges that come into your life (or challenging people) and you react differently.  You handle them differently, which makes your life different. Those are the insights that we get into today. And how to approach this endeavor not to get it all figured out but to get on the right path and move in the right direction.  And then as you get these distinctions for your life, they build on each other.
Ep7 How to Use Your Identified Values
Apr 10 2022
Ep7 How to Use Your Identified Values
Welcome to Ep7 of Concentric. This is our third in a three-part series around values. If you haven't watched episodes five and six, basically, you need to go do that.  It will really give you some context around what we're talking about here. In Ep5, we dug into the importance of values, and in Ep6, Gary took me through the process of figuring out what my top five values are. In Ep7 here, we get into really answering the questions, "Great, I have these.  What now? What do I do with this information around what my top values are?  Both at a broad level and also just day-to-day - how do I use the disinformation that I have now to improve my relationships, improve my quality of life, improve how I feel about myself?" So, this is super valuable and a lot of fun. You know, as I mentioned in Ep5, we did this series on values early on in the show because it's so critical.
Ep6 How to Identify Your Top 5 Values
Apr 9 2022
Ep6 How to Identify Your Top 5 Values
Welcome to Ep6 of Concentric, this is our second in a three-part series around values. If you haven't checked out Ep5, I encourage you to do so.  It really sets the stage and gives you context around what we're talking about here:  the incredibly important aspect of identifying your values In this episode, I dig in and go through this process.  I did it several years ago. But as we talked about in episode five, your values often evolve and change either dramatically or subtly as you enter different stages of life and you have new experiences. It was really eye-opening to go through this process again with Gary, even with how difficult it can be.  And you'll see why it can be so difficult.  I'm forced to ask myself some of the tough questions. But on the other side of this process, it's so valuable, so insightful to have this information.  To realize, "Oh, that's why I'm frustrated here. I don't get along with this person here. Or I do get along with this person because they're aligning with my values, or I'm frustrated here because I'm fighting my own values."  So in this episode, we dig deep and give you some insight into how you can do the exact same thing.
Ep5 Why Knowing Your Values is Critical
Apr 6 2022
Ep5 Why Knowing Your Values is Critical
Today starts our three-part series on Values. We wanted to get into these early on because discovering your values and really identifying those top five values specifically ... it's foundational to everything you're going to do in life.  Certainly in your relationships, in how you interact with anyone in life, but especially how you interact with yourself. And when you find those uncomfortable moments in life, or when you feel that overwhelming frustration, again ... especially with yourself, a lot of times you're living outside of those values and counter to what you truly value in life. And if you haven't taken that time to identify what those are, how are you ever going to win? How are you going to get past those frustrations? I did this process for the first time several years ago with Gary.  A very uncomfortable process to go through!  I joke about that because it's tough. It's asking a lot of the hard questions, but it's phenomenal on the other side. Going through that process creates so many "aha" moments.  And it's so worthwhile. So, in this first episode of the series, we dig into why it's critical that you figure these values out and why specifically it's your top five values, and what that means. In Episode Six, we get into me going through that process and really getting a picture for you to see, "Okay, how can I whittle these down?"  Here are all the options that I could have.  But how do I identify mine and then pit the values against each other, essentially, to see which ones come out on top, identifying which ones are really core to you at this stage in your life? And then in Episode Seven, we get into "Great, I've identified these.  Now what?  What's life like now? How do I use these insights to move forward and to improve my relationships?"
Ep4 The Power of Flexibility in a Relationship
Mar 15 2022
Ep4 The Power of Flexibility in a Relationship
There is tremendous power in being flexible in a relationship. In this episode of Concentric, we get into the psychological purpose for being flexible and  Gary shares some tremendous insights on building relationships, whether personal or business. A couple of things to look out for in this episode on flexibility: - How to approach any potentially rough conversation with openness and flexibility to get the best possible outcome while still standing firm in some nonnegotiables. - Walking away amicably -  Sometimes you can be as open as possible but then there is still not going to be a resolution.  Gary gives us some fantastic tools when you find yourself in that situation.
Ep3 Strong Relationships are Critical to Business Growth
Nov 19 2021
Ep3 Strong Relationships are Critical to Business Growth
Welcome to Ep3 of Concentric. In this episode, we're digging deep into two big topics that I am so passionate about ... relationships and business. And specifically, how critical it is to have both working together. I love the fact that now more than ever before, people are understanding how those two things come together. They've always been intertwined, but before it was way too common that humanity and business were siloed in terms of what to improve on at work. As I see more examples of companies really developing their people throughout the organization, the beautiful thing to me is that it's good business.  We're taking these things that were traditionally kept separate and we're bringing them together to benefit both aspects, humanity, and business. And we don't just talk around the idea of these subjects.  Gary goes in-depth on how to make this happen.  How to transform an organization.  How to develop your people in a way that really does improve your bottom line while having this incredible ripple effect throughout the organization and beyond. So, you can be somebody who starts a company and develops the people within your organization, and realistically affect hundreds, even thousands of lives. It's incredible to me:  two amazing, important aspects in this world coming together and how we can make it all better.
Ep2 Your Foundational Relationship with Self
Oct 23 2021
Ep2 Your Foundational Relationship with Self
Welcome to Ep2 of Concentric. Today we jump into one of the (if not THE) most important aspects of developing great relationships and building alignment with others:  your relationship with yourself. It's critical that we finally understand what causes us to behave in certain ways or relate to particular people the way we do.  But once you do the work and get some of that understanding ... what do you do about it? You will be amazed at how quickly you can change the beliefs you hold and reverse the effects of negative experiences in your life with the tools that Gary teaches. We dig deep into how vastly different his approach is to traditional talk therapy practices and how you can take some of those next steps to get past those unconscious blockages in your life. This is an exciting and foundational topic, so dive in and let's make some big shifts in our lives.
Ep1 Relationships Are Everything
Oct 23 2021
Ep1 Relationships Are Everything
Welcome to Ep1 of Concentric. We are so excited to have you on this journey with us on creating transformational relationships in all areas of life. My co-host on this show, Gary de Rodriguez is an absolute master at helping people shift certain core elements within themselves and empowering them to go on and build alignment with the important people in their lives. And that's exactly what we're doing here with this show. We thought it was important to start with why relationships are so important and some foundational concepts that everything else builds upon.  For example, Gary dives into the Drama Triangle and the Creator Triangle.  Understanding each of these helps you shortcut your journey to real relationship growth. By the way, if you're listening to the podcast version of the show, you can check out the video version on YouTube to see some of the diagrams as Gary talks through those concepts. Now, let's jump in.
Launch Episode - A New Show to Build Alignment
Oct 23 2021
Launch Episode - A New Show to Build Alignment
Welcome to Concentric. Gary de Rodriguez and Jason Croft have put this show together to help you with the most important skill you can have:  building alignment with yourself and those around you. Your relationship with yourself and your relationship with everyone you come in contact with is foundational to your human experience.  We are the happiest and most fulfilled when our romantic, business, family, and friend relationships are thriving. But it takes work. It takes developing a purposeful set of skills to navigate how you relate to yourself and others. Gary is a master at helping people develop and improve upon those skills.  Not only has he gone on this journey himself, but he's coached over 11,000 people over the years along their journeys as well. This show is here to share why aligning with others is so important and give you the tools to do so, in a way you've never experienced. In this episode, we discuss some of these foundational topics as well as what's coming in the episodes ahead.