Frame of Reference - Profiles in Leadership

Rauel LaBreche

"Frame of Reference - Profiles in Leadership" and "Frame of Reference" - Coming together are conversational style shows with local, national, and global experts about issues that affect all of us in some way. I’m, at heart, a “theatre person”. I was drawn to theatre in Junior High School and studied it long enough to get a Master of Fine Arts in Stage Direction. It’s the one thing that I’m REALLY passionate about it because as Shakespeare noted, “all the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players”. Think about the universality of that line for just a moment. Think about the types of “theatre” that play out around us every day in today’s world. The dramatic, the comedic, the absurd, the existential, the gorilla theatre (it’s a thing, look it up) that is pumped into our Smart Phones, TV’s, Radios, and PC’s every minute of every day.

Think about the tremendous forces that “play” upon us - trying to first discover, then channel, feed, nurture, and finally harvest our will power and biases in order to move forward the agendas of leaders we will likely never meet. Think of all these forces (behind the scenes of course) and how they use the basic tools of theatre to work their “magic” on the course of humanity. Emotionally charged content matched to carefully measured and controlled presentations.

With that in mind (and to hopefully counter the more insidious agendas), I bring you the Frame of Reference "Family" of podcasts, where the voices of our local and global leadership can share their passion for why and how they are leaders in their community and in many cases, the world. Real players with real roles in a world of real problems. No special effects, no hidden agenda, just the facts and anecdotes that make a leader.

And at the risk of sounding trite, I sincerely thank my wife Ann and my two children Elisabeth and Josiah for continually teaching me what leadership SHOULD look like.

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Episodes

Unmasking Political and Religious Manipulation
Jun 21 2024
Unmasking Political and Religious Manipulation
What if the very beliefs you hold dear are rooted in deception? Join us as we unravel the complex web of lies and manipulation that shape our society. We start with a light-hearted look at the weather in Wisconsin, contrasting it with the timeless, uplifting truths of the gospel. Our discussion navigates through the slippery landscapes of political promises and misleading advertisements, exposing the tactics used to control and divide us. We emphasize the importance of following the lifestyle of a person — Christ — rather than the dogman of a religion, and reveal how personal anecdotes and societal examples demonstrate the pervasive nature of deceit.In our exploration, we dissect the tension between belief, truth, and deception, especially within religious and political realms. We delve into the nature of human kind and the heart's deceitful nature and the challenge of aligning personal beliefs with divine truth. Through current events and historical examples, including the contentious support of Donald Trump by evangelicals, we stress the need for love, understanding, and unity in our fractured world. Our conversation highlights how entrenched prejudices can be confronted and transformed through a genuine commitment to truth and scriptural guidance.Finally, we underscore the paramount importance of truth, justice, and fairness in both personal and societal spheres. Reflecting on historical injustices and modern legal complexities, we encourage listeners to engage in self-reflection and recognize their role in societal divisions. With a nod to a thought-provoking Star Trek: Strange New Worlds episode, we highlight the ongoing struggle between just and unjust laws. Raul and Juan Haldeman Sr. wrap up with a heartfelt sign-off, reminding everyone to prioritize love, stay curious, and tune in for more enriching discussions. Don't miss this episode that challenges you to seek truth in an age of widespread deception!Thanks for listening. Please check out our website at www.forsauk.com to hear great conversations on topics that need to be talked about. In these times of intense polarization we all need to find time to expand our Frame of Reference.
Overcoming Life's Curveballs: Turning Trials into Triumphs with Mike Coy
Jun 14 2024
Overcoming Life's Curveballs: Turning Trials into Triumphs with Mike Coy
Have you ever been thrown a curveball in life and wondered how to knock it out of the park? Join me, Rauel Labrèche, as I engage in a heartwarming and enlightening conversation with Mike Coy, a man whose life epitomizes turning trials into triumphs. From swinging bats to shaping futures, Mike's journey from an aspiring baseball player to a financial planner with a zealous commitment to mentorship unfolds. You'll be let in on our personal banter during a rousing round of 'my favorite things,' bringing a touch of humor and relatability that invites you to see the person behind the achievements.The winds of change often carry a mix of adversity and revelation, and I get candid about my personal battles during the COVID-19 pandemic and a grueling cancer diagnosis. This part of our dialogue is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, as I share what it means to embrace gratitude and purpose in trying times. We traverse the emotional landscapes of nostalgia, health scares, and the rebirth of one's zest for life, providing a sanctuary of solace and inspiration for anyone facing their own struggles.As the final inning of our discussion arrives, we hone in on the profound effects of mentorship and leadership, drawing wisdom from none other than Abraham Lincoln. Through stories of coaching on the baseball field and mentoring in the prison ministry, we reflect on the pivotal role of choice and informed decision-making. Whether you're battling your own inner demons, inspiring others to reach their potential, or simply seeking a dose of encouragement, this episode is your playbook for navigating life's pitches with a winning mindset.Thanks for listening. Please check out our website at www.forsauk.com to hear great conversations on topics that need to be talked about. In these times of intense polarization we all need to find time to expand our Frame of Reference.
Unveiling the Heart of Faith during Turbulent Times
May 31 2024
Unveiling the Heart of Faith during Turbulent Times
When my brother Antowan Hallman Sr. and I began to peel back the layers of our faith, we encountered prayer in a way that was anything but expected. Join us as we navigate the profound shifts from our Catholic upbringing to an evangelical faith that thrums with the pulse of the Holy Spirit's work. This episode isn't just a conversation; it's an invitation to witness how prayer can dramatically shape one's personal journey and the world at large.The fervor of our prayers often reveals the true state of our hearts, and in this discussion, we confront the realities of how our spiritual lives can intersect with the political landscape. Through a candid dialogue, we examine the need for repentance, the allure of deception, and the critical role of discernment in these turbulent times. As we sift through current events and our own experiences, we challenge you, our listeners, to consider whether your actions and petitions are truly rooted in God's will.To cap off our exploration, we delve into discipleship's transformative power and the stark importance of grounding ourselves in biblical truth. Sharing personal stories of spiritual awakening, we highlight the enduring influence of mentors like Dawson Troutman and the necessity of generational guidance in the faith. As we pose the ultimate question of Jesus' identity, we invite you to ponder His place in your life with fresh eyes and a heart open to revelation. This isn't just another episode; it's a threshold where personal decisions can lead to eternal consequences.Thanks for listening. Please check out our website at www.forsauk.com to hear great conversations on topics that need to be talked about. In these times of intense polarization we all need to find time to expand our Frame of Reference.
Memorial Day Memories
May 25 2024
Memorial Day Memories
Happy Memorial Day everyone - and to any Veterans out there that might listen - Thank you for your service.  I keep bringing this episode back for two reasons:  1) We need to remember the profound significance of this day.  This is one day where any other self label (Dem, Rep - whatever) must be placed in the backseat so that we all just call ourselves Americans with a shared debt to those we sent off to war.  Back in 2019 I was honored by being invited to accompany  a cohort of the Badger Honor Flight organization as a media Representative. It was a transformational experience for me.It's one thing to celebrate Memorial Day as a respectful citizen, but an emotionally and spiritually different thing to get a glimpse of what it really means, through the eyes and recollections of those that fought for our country and lost friends and comrades.  These veterans are the first to tell you that THEY are not heroes.  Their friends that paid the highest price for our freedoms are the REAL heroes.  The stories I heard that day bear repeating over and over and over again.  They make this holiday real.  Not with pomp and circumstance and political posturing, but with the heart and soul of humanity.  Their stories made me sad, made me laugh in some cases, but mostly made me appreciate the real people behind this holiday.2) These are stories that need to heard and shared.  It was and incredible honor to share in this day.  I feel a responsibilty to continue to rebroadcast it as much as possible so that people hear  and ponder the significance of these stories so that they can perhaps understand more about what it truely means to be a patriot.  These are people that filmed scenes set in a war, these are the folks that were there, taking fire, and didn't run.P.S.  For the only time in my broadcasting career, I began the day feeling hoarse and by the end of the day completely lost my voice.  At the time that seemed like a catastrophe, but as the day went on, I realized it just might be God's way of telling me "shut up and listen".  I had no choice but to do so.  Good choice.  P.P.S.  At the end of this episode I tacked on a portion of Steven Curtis Chapman's song "We Remember".  If you don't have a copy of it, GET ONE!  It is by far one of the best songs ever written as an anthem of praise and thanks for our Veterans and all those who made sacrifices for our freedoms.  Let's stop fighting with each other over who said what and who voted for whom and. . . just listen.Thanks for listening. Please check out our website at www.forsauk.com to hear great conversations on topics that need to be talked about. In these times of intense polarization we all need to find time to expand our Frame of Reference.
Confronting the Lies of Christian Nationalism
May 17 2024
Confronting the Lies of Christian Nationalism
This week Antowan and I  come together in a candid conversation, we tackle the pressing issue of our nation's division and the discomfort surrounding the name of Jesus Christ in today's culture. We feel the urgency to rekindle the inclusive and compassionate core of Christ's teachings, a topic that resonates deeply with those who yearn for unity amidst the fray. Our heartfelt discourse delves into the need for a collective embrace of these values, transcending political lines and societal boundaries.This episode is not just a discussion; it's an introspective journey through personal failings, the church's stumbling blocks, and the intertwining of faith and politics. We share our vulnerabilities as we grapple with the complexities of scriptural interpretation and the guidance of spiritual leaders. With the rise of Christian nationalism and the historical schisms within the church, we highlight the essential call for love and equality as cornerstones of the Bible's message—principles that must guide us in navigating the murky waters of ideological distortions.Our journey culminates in exploring discrimination and the profound impact of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy, which compels us to confront the dark corners of inequality with the light of understanding and mutual respect. We urge our listeners to take personal responsibility in educating themselves about governance and societal coexistence, aiming for a world where love is the central message that connects us all. Join us in reflecting on the power of unity as we strive to live authentically in our faith, fostering a society where hearts are changed and lives are rescued by the simple, yet revolutionary act of love.Thanks for listening. Please check out our website at www.forsauk.com to hear great conversations on topics that need to be talked about. In these times of intense polarization we all need to find time to expand our Frame of Reference.
The Art of Outsmarting Big Business with SEO
May 3 2024
The Art of Outsmarting Big Business with SEO
Have you ever wondered what it takes to outmaneuver a billion-dollar corporation on Google's battleground? This isn't just a pipe dream, but a reality for SEO maestro Damon Burton, who joins us to share the electrifying saga of his ascension from car enthusiast to digital marketing virtuoso. Buckle up as we unravel Damon's story, where the sheer tenacity of a man and the transformative power of SEO collide, leading to a thriving business that champions the underdog.Turning points are the plot twists of our lives, and Damon's came with the shock of an office raid that left him at a career crossroads. Opting to bank on his own potential, he navigated through the worlds of web design and SEO, armed with wisdom from influential reads and a personal mantra courtesy of Grant Cardone. This episode isn't just about professional gambles; it's a candid exploration of the conditions that feed our decisions and the personal tribulations that shape our paths, including Damon's own health challenges and the guitars that stand as silent witnesses to unanticipated success.As if peering into a crystal ball, we prognosticate the future of SEO in the age of AI, dissecting how Damon preserves the humanity of content in a digital age. Balancing family life with sharp SEO strategies, he exemplifies how altruism and acumen aren't mutually exclusive in business. Immerse yourself in a narrative that stitches together a tapestry of authenticity, strategy, and integrity, demonstrating that the heart of entrepreneurship beats strongest when it's synced to the rhythm of ethical practice.Thanks for listening. Please check out our website at www.forsauk.com to hear great conversations on topics that need to be talked about. In these times of intense polarization we all need to find time to expand our Frame of Reference.
Voting in America Amidst the Echoes of Injustice
Apr 26 2024
Voting in America Amidst the Echoes of Injustice
Weathering the storms of Wisconsin's unpredictable climate, we find ourselves grappling with the headaches of allergies and the heat of a nation's fervent debate on voting rights. Within this episode, Antowan and I draw back the curtain on the tumultuous political theater where the cornerstone of democracy—our right to vote—is under siege. From the systemic barricades to fair access, to combating the hallucinogenic drug of voter fraud, we promise a journey through the complex labyrinth of laws and regulations shaping and destroying the very essence of our civil liberties.This conversation isn't for the faint of heart as we tackle the stark realities facing marginalized communities, the disenfranchisement of felons, and the unnerving echoes of historical injustices that continue to reverberate through the halls of our legal systems. Antowan and I confront the contentious nature of voter ID restrictions and the integrity of elections, juxtaposing the American reality against the ideal of universal suffrage. We slice through the fog of misinformation with the sharp edge of knowledge, urging our listeners to arm themselves with the truth about their rights and the power of an informed vote.As the episode unfolds, we weave a tapestry of empathy and understanding, drawing inspiration from biblical teachings that transcend the barriers of race and nation. We remind you that the fabric of society is not woven with threads of discord but with the yarn of unity and love. Tune in as we advocate for a world where political engagement is not a privilege but a right accessible to all, where empathy is not just a word but a practice, and where every voice can ring clear through the ballot box and beyond.Thanks for listening. Please check out our website at www.forsauk.com to hear great conversations on topics that need to be talked about. In these times of intense polarization we all need to find time to expand our Frame of Reference.
The Poetic Cosmos and the Science of Infinite Energy
Apr 20 2024
The Poetic Cosmos and the Science of Infinite Energy
Embark on an enthralling voyage through the cosmos with Tom Paladino, a trailblazer in the field of scalar energy research. This episode promises to unravel the mysteries of a force that permeates our universe, offering insights into an energy form that powers life itself and connects cultures through concepts like chi, prana, and zero-point energy. As we explore these profound principles with Tom, prepare to be captivated by the poetic and artistic threads that unite celestial marvels, the harmonies of classical music, and the timeless verses of the Bible with the fabric of our daily lives.Delicately woven into this cosmic tapestry is Nikola Tesla's electrifying legacy, his vision of energy transmission, and the technological marvels that sprouted from his genius. We pay homage to Tesla's AC triumph, reflect on his peculiar yet brilliant mind, and dream of a future where scalar energy's boundless potential reshapes our world. This is not just a history lesson; it's a glimpse into the possibilities lying dormant, awaiting rediscovery and application in a world thirsty for clean, infinite power sources.The episode culminates with a provocative exploration of scalar energy as a universal intelligence, a concept meshing with both ancient wisdom and cutting-edge quantum physics. We challenge traditional scientific paradigms as Tom Paladino shares controversial yet fascinating ideas on scalar energy's ability to transcend the physical, nurturing our curiosity about teleportation and the transmission of nutrients. Our conversation is a clarion call for open minds and hearts to embrace a journey of discovery, where science meets spirituality, and the future is limited only by our imagination.Thanks for listening. Please check out our website at www.forsauk.com to hear great conversations on topics that need to be talked about. In these times of intense polarization we all need to find time to expand our Frame of Reference.
A Duet of Strength and Vulnerability in the Face of Adversity
Apr 12 2024
A Duet of Strength and Vulnerability in the Face of Adversity
When the echoes of our past threaten to silence our future, where do we turn for the volume knob? Join me as we unravel the threads of resilience with James and Bear, a couple whose narrative weaves a compelling tapestry of truth and transformation. Our exchange ventures through the poignant power of music, love's unexpected cadences, and the fortitude carved from childhood's harsh landscapes. A reflection on my own journey through the Iran-Iraq war lays bare the tenacity required to reclaim one's story from the shadows of trauma.Amid the cacophony of today's societal discourse, where do we find the melody of authenticity? In conversation with James, a philosopher and bestselling author, and his partner Bear, we confront the specter of toxic masculinity and the generational chasms that challenge our collective integrity. From the tumultuous waves of personal redemption to the tranquil shores of responsible leadership, our guests share their insights on rewriting the script of one's life. We dissect the critical departures from societal values and the pressing need to redefine masculinity beyond its warped modern iterations, advocating for a return to humility and accountability.As we navigate the complex symphony of leadership and personal growth, the contributions of both James and Bear resonate with profound clarity. Their partnership underscores the significance of a supportive foundation, a theme echoed in James's latest literary endeavor, "The Business of Redemption." Their stories serve not merely as a beacon for those adrift in the stormy seas of change but as a testament to the transformative power of embracing one's role at the helm. So, lend an ear and perhaps find the harmony in your own narrative, guided by the experiences and wisdom shared within these conversations.Thanks for listening. Please check out our website at www.forsauk.com to hear great conversations on topics that need to be talked about. In these times of intense polarization we all need to find time to expand our Frame of Reference.
Exploring the Landscape of Fear, Power, and Healing in American Society
Apr 5 2024
Exploring the Landscape of Fear, Power, and Healing in American Society
Embark on a transformative journey with us, as Antowan Hallmon Sr. (the passionate senior pastor of FaithWorks Ministries) and I untangle the complex threads of race relations and anger in American society. We face the hard truths about systemic barriers, the deceptive power struggles, and how grassroots efforts can be a catalyst for understanding and love. From Elon Musk's recent DEI comments to the historical scars that shape our nation's fabric, our conversation is an urgent call to action—a plea for deeper empathy and collective commitment to combating divisive forces that threaten our democracy.Together with Antowan, we probe the roots of societal anger, confronting the reality of fear-based reactions and the diminishing virtue of humility. As we navigate these treacherous waters, our dialogue illuminates the importance of programs like affirmative action, recognizing their role in striving towards equity. We also dissect how power and privilege taint perceptions, and why a true understanding of our shared history is vital in transcending the deceptive battles that pit us against one another. As Valentine's Day approaches, we preview the "Love Covers" series, showcasing love's capacity to bridge divides and foster unity.Concluding this episode, we stress the crucial role of education in distinguishing truth from a sea of misinformation, enabling us to engage with politics more effectively. We highlight the transformative power of a simple pause—how taking a moment to breathe can help us manage our emotional responses to conflicts. This episode isn't just another dialogue; it's an invitation to reflect, to question, and to stand firm in faith and love, as we confront the challenges and embrace the triumphs of forging a more harmonious nation.Thanks for listening. Please check out our website at www.forsauk.com to hear great conversations on topics that need to be talked about. In these times of intense polarization we all need to find time to expand our Frame of Reference.
The Power of Reflective Leadership with Trent Booth
Mar 29 2024
The Power of Reflective Leadership with Trent Booth
When was the last time you paused to consider what makes a leader truly effective? Our latest episode features Trent Booth, CEO of Veritas Leadership Group, who shares his wisdom on the transformative impact of executive coaching. Together, we uncover the parallels between theater direction and coaching, highlighting the importance of pausing and reflecting to ensure that leaders make decisions that resonate with their core values and drive organizational growth. Trent's insights bring to light the nuanced art of leadership, where authenticity and alignment are not just buzzwords but the essence of inspiring change.Wrapped in the melodies of "Fear is Not My Future", we wade into a heartfelt exploration of how our present choices define our identity. Trent and I share personal narratives about the figures who have molded us—from the resilient spirit of Winston Churchill to the tender moments with our own fathers. These stories stitch together a tapestry of our past, informing the leaders we aspire to become. We also delve into the culture of leadership today, recognizing the dire need for resilience and humility, and pondering how adversity shapes the backbone of a true leader.As we close our conversation, there's a moment to reflect on the significant pauses—the kind that can transform a message or forge an intimate coaching connection. We grapple with the overwhelming waves of information in our modern world, emphasizing the urgency for critical thinking. The episode rounds off with a compelling dialogue on how Trent's unique approach to leadership and executive coaching at Veritas might just be the beacon you've been seeking. Join us for a journey through the landscape of leadership, where the power of self-reflection can create an indelible impact on the future.Thanks for listening. Please check out our website at www.forsauk.com to hear great conversations on topics that need to be talked about. In these times of intense polarization we all need to find time to expand our Frame of Reference.
The Art of Wellness in Design with Mahwish Syed
Mar 22 2024
The Art of Wellness in Design with Mahwish Syed
When Mahwish Syed, a beacon of resilience and creativity, graced our studio, she brought with her a tale of triumph that has the power to ignite a transformation within us all. As an award-winning designer and author, she recounts her confrontation with breast cancer and how it became the catalyst for her book "Purgatory to Paradise," a testament to her journey of creating a healing sanctuary at home. Our dialogue traverses beyond her story, extending to the profound impact of our mindset and surroundings on our health, guided by the principles of epigenetics. Mawish's design sensibilities, inspired by films like "A Room With A View" and the Pelican chair, also color our conversation revealing her unique approach to life and wellness.Transformation is a dance with change, and as Mahwish shares her personal narratives of welcoming her son into the world prematurely and facing the trials of cancer, we uncover the strength that adversity can bestow upon us. The episode weaves through the symbolism of the snake and the myth of Persephone, drawing connections between spirituality and quantum physics, encouraging us to welcome change as a harbinger of growth. We dissect the importance of personal mythology, the acceptance of our darker facets, and the liberation found in weaving our passions into our work, nudging listeners towards a journey of self-discovery and authentic existence.Our exploration culminates in a contemplation of the spaces we inhabit and how they can be transformed into sources of healing and rejuvenation. I share insights from my design background, challenging what's commonly accepted as 'healthy' and 'environmentally friendly,' and delve into the importance of making conscious lifestyle choices for our health. From the detrimental effects of blue light to the calming influence of our sensory experiences, we examine practical ways to mold our environments to foster well-being. This episode is an invitation to redefine the way we live, interact, and heal in our personal paradises, all while being serenaded by the inspiring journey of Mahwish Syed.Thanks for listening. Please check out our website at www.forsauk.com to hear great conversations on topics that need to be talked about. In these times of intense polarization we all need to find time to expand our Frame of Reference.
Breaking Down Barriers in the Quest for Racial Unity
Mar 15 2024
Breaking Down Barriers in the Quest for Racial Unity
Have you ever stood at the intersection of admiration and discrimination, trying to reconcile the two as they clash in the realm of sports and beyond? Rauel and Antowan venture into this delicate balance, contemplating the curious mix of widespread celebration and entrenched prejudice that Black athletes like Jordan Love face. Through their stories, we tease out the nuances of racism, the fight for equality, and the possibilities of bridging the gaps that divide us, all while scrutinizing the complexities of race relations in America.When considering diversity and unity, we uncover stark realities and the spiritual and moral battles that underpin them. Our conversation turns to the importance of speaking truth to power, reflecting on an incident where I was confronted with hostility during my community outreach. We dissect the concept of Christian masculinity, the test of maintaining integrity amidst adversity, and the challenges of educating on critical race theory. All throughout, we remain grounded in the pursuit of understanding, peace, and the Christian call to counter hate with love.Closing this powerful dialogue, we bring in perspectives from across the globe, featuring insights from a guest hailing from Kiev, Ukraine, adding depth to our exploration of Christian values in fostering unity. As we navigate the often bewildering political and social narratives, we encourage our listeners not just to question the world around them, but also to introspect and embrace empathy. Let us guide you through this journey as we strive to spread a message of understanding and compassion in tumultuous times.Thanks for listening. Please check out our website at www.forsauk.com to hear great conversations on topics that need to be talked about. In these times of intense polarization we all need to find time to expand our Frame of Reference.
Elevating Those Around Us: Parker Purcell on Nurturing Relationships, Stewardship, and Financial Independence
Mar 8 2024
Elevating Those Around Us: Parker Purcell on Nurturing Relationships, Stewardship, and Financial Independence
Have you ever met someone whose very presence seems to elevate the room? Join us as we sit down with Parker Purcell, a man whose mission in life is to enrich the lives of those around him. We embark on an exploration of leadership and personal philosophy, where Parker, a living example of diligence and heart, shares his insights on nurturing relationships, the joys of fatherhood, and his dedication to physical fitness. Our conversation illuminates the undeniable impact we have on each other and how thoughtfulness can transform interactions into lasting connections.The tapestry of a person's character is often woven with the threads of their simplest pleasures. Parker gives us a peek into his life beyond the boardroom, revealing his favorites that range from the rich flavor of New York strip steaks to the soothing comfort of homemade chicken soup. His passion for country music, and particularly for the soulful tunes of Brett Eldridge, offers a harmonious glimpse into his personal world. It's a mix of culinary delights and melodic favorites that paints a vivid picture of the man behind the mission.Strap in for a venture into the realm of financial wisdom, where Parker's tale of resilience comes to life. From grappling with unemployment to founding EQRP, his company that fosters financial independence through education, his narrative is nothing short of inspirational. We tackle the topic of stewardship, debunk the myth that wealth is a fix-all, and share our reflections on how to manage finances with conviction and purpose. Our discussion is a guidepost for anyone looking to navigate their own path to financial stewardship, emphasizing the importance of learning from risks and the value of experience as the ultimate teacher in the game of investment.Thanks for listening. Please check out our website at www.forsauk.com to hear great conversations on topics that need to be talked about. In these times of intense polarization we all need to find time to expand our Frame of Reference.
Shattering Myths in Women's Wellness and Medicine
Feb 28 2024
Shattering Myths in Women's Wellness and Medicine
Embark on a journey with Dr. Heather Stone, as she champions a healthcare revolution that hears and heals. This episode peels back the layers of systemic oversight in women's health, particularly chronic conditions like fibromyalgia and thyroid disorders. With Dr. Stone's expertise in functional medicine, we confront the one-size-fits-all approach of traditional treatments and unravel the 'Root Cause Approach to Healing.' Discover how understanding the full narrative of a patient's health can be life-altering, and why a personalized, empathetic healthcare regime is the cornerstone of true well-being.Amidst the serious discussion of healthcare, we interlace moments of levity and personal touchstones, from the culinary delights of Brussels sprouts to the heartwarming lure of romantic comedies. These snippets reveal the human side of healing—how the foods we love, the films that transport us, and the melodies that soothe us are integral to our health and happiness. As I unveil my preference for the wisdom found in self-help books and the comforting twang of country music, Dr. Stone emphasizes the importance of creating individual sanctuaries for relaxation and self-care.We wrap up the conversation with actionable insights on the 'Seven Pillars of Functional Medicine' and dismantle the self-limiting beliefs that often hold women back from achieving their full health potential. By challenging the myths surrounding accessibility and affordability of alternative healthcare, we encourage listeners to prioritize their well-being and make informed, proactive choices. Join our vibrant community ‘Happy, Healthy, and Lean,’ where women support each other towards thyroid health and holistic wellness, and take a step towards a future where your health narrative is in your hands.Thanks for listening. Please check out our website at www.forsauk.com to hear great conversations on topics that need to be talked about. In these times of intense polarization we all need to find time to expand our Frame of Reference.
Embracing Sustainable Growth and Integrity in Sales with Justin Janowski
Feb 23 2024
Embracing Sustainable Growth and Integrity in Sales with Justin Janowski
Every year, my wife and I huddle together for an intimate ritual that shapes our journey ahead; this time, we're embracing 'sustainable growth' as our beacon for 2024. Within this episode, I unwrap this personal tradition, illustrating how we translate lofty annual goals into daily strides, and I share a touching reflection brought forth by AJR's "Bang"—a song that tugs at the heartstrings with memories of my late sister Linnea. As we venture through a tapestry of topics, we warmly welcome back Justin Janowski, a beacon of integrity in sales, whose wisdom blends a Christian ethos with staunch leadership, exemplifying how character and reputation can create a passive prospecting environment ripe for success.Have you ever considered how the art of pre-framing in sales could align with your personal values and not just your profit margins? Justin Janowski, a devoted family man and Christian, joins us again to dissect this nuanced approach, emphasizing the importance of character in carving out a referable and prosperous business niche. Together, we dissect the concept of preparation beyond mere skills—delving into the realm of character development—and how our shared dedication to faith shapes ethical business practices to care for all involved in a transaction.The episode is a mosaic of life's aspirations and confrontations, from the thrills of starting a business to the relentless pursuit of personal growth across all spheres. We discuss the exhilaration of entrepreneurship, the humility in success, and the role of God as a steady compass in the tumultuous seas of business. In a world marred by polarization, we also explore the art of fostering understanding across divergent viewpoints through the power of emotional intelligence, effective communication, and authentic leadership. Join us on this journey, and you might just find the courage to transform fear into a catalyst for growth in every facet of your life.Thanks for listening. Please check out our website at www.forsauk.com to hear great conversations on topics that need to be talked about. In these times of intense polarization we all need to find time to expand our Frame of Reference.
Navigating the Intersection of Creativity, Culture, and Technology with Bohdan Palladichuk
Feb 16 2024
Navigating the Intersection of Creativity, Culture, and Technology with Bohdan Palladichuk
Ever felt hemmed in by the rigid nine-to-five grind? My latest conversation with Bohdan Palladichuk, the mastermind behind an innovative Ukrainian design agency, might just be the breath of fresh air your workweek needs. We tackle the art of blending productivity with personal time, unlocking the cognitive secrets to boosting creative output. Bogdan's approach is not about clock-watching but about nurturing a team environment where flexibility leads to flourishing, both professionally and personally. Grab a coffee, and let's wade through the fertile fields of work-life balance, cognitive science, and ancient wisdom.Curiosity didn't kill the cat; it launched a thousand ships in the world of innovation. I'm joined by Bohdan to dissect the curious mind's role in steering the ship of business, design, and tech towards uncharted waters. From guerrilla marketing mishaps to the transformative power of asking "why," we'll share war stories and wisdom gleaned from the front lines. And if you're in the mood for a tale of resilience, stick around for the pivot that turned a period of layoffs into the birth of a mental health startup. It's a rollercoaster ride through the highs and lows of entrepreneurial spirit and the creative drive that fuels real change.Wrap up the session with us as we muse over the crossroads of culture and creativity, drawing parallels between the buzzing streets of Kiev and the serene vistas of Austria. Looking ahead, we speculate on the AI-infused future of music and website design, anticipating a human-centric approach amidst the tech boom. As we traverse from the creative sphere to the global stage, we grapple with the weighty issues of military funding and the moral compass guiding nations. It's a conversation that weaves through the rich tapestry of creativity under pressure, the entrepreneurial zeal that shapes our world, and the boundless potential of a curious mind.Thanks for listening. Please check out our website at www.forsauk.com to hear great conversations on topics that need to be talked about. In these times of intense polarization we all need to find time to expand our Frame of Reference.
Confronting the Legacy of Slavery and Paths to Healing
Feb 5 2024
Confronting the Legacy of Slavery and Paths to Healing
Navigating the tumultuous waters of racial understanding is no simple task.  This week, Antowan and I accept this challenge with open hearts in our latest Frame of Reference episode. We invite you to eavesdrop on a conversation that strips back the layers of the black experience in America, dissecting the past's shadows and today's complexities. From discussing the divisive narrative surrounding critical race theory to sharing personal confrontations that echo the 'crab in a barrel' mentality, our discourse is raw and real, intent on seeking truth amidst a society rife with ignorance and silence.Our journey together wades through the murky misrepresentations of slavery, where we counter dangerous attempts to sanitize its brutal legacy. We unravel the often overlooked socio-economic barriers that continue to shackle aspirations, bringing to light the fallacies of meritocracy through stories of personal strife and systemic hurdles. This isn't just talk; it's a clarion call for awareness, understanding, and a collective movement towards growth and love. Join us as we tackle these pressing issues head-on, seeking to break the barriers of division and foster inclusivity. The struggles and triumphs that shape the black experience are not just history lessons, but living realities that demand our attention and action. We don't just scratch the surface; we probe the depths of what it means to work towards a society where unity isn't just an ideal, but a tangible reality.Thanks for listening. Please check out our website at www.forsauk.com to hear great conversations on topics that need to be talked about. In these times of intense polarization we all need to find time to expand our Frame of Reference.
America's Racial Landscape Through the Eyes of a Pastor
Jan 29 2024
America's Racial Landscape Through the Eyes of a Pastor
When the painful reality of racial injustice collides with the power of faith and activism, conversations can ignite change. That's the essence of this week's episode where Antowan and I begin to traverse the landscape of black experiences in America, unearthing stories of resilience and examining the role of the church in racial justice. Antowan with his profound insights as a senior pastor and community leader, highlights the transformative impact of holiday outreach while reflecting on personal battles against medical bias and the pernicious myth of black pain tolerance.The dialogue intensifies as we confront the hefty matters of institutional racism and the dire need for reparations. We don't just scratch the surface; we dig into the roots of historical revisionism and dissect the systemic barriers that perpetuate inequality. Antowan’s eloquent narrative intertwines with mine to shine a light on the daily trials faced by black communities in the United States. The church's dual role, both as a historical oppressor and a current vehicle for social justice, is dissected, revealing a tapestry of Christian nationalism that has seeped into political arenas.Our journey concludes with a forward gaze at America's future amidst global political shifts and a reflection on the stagnated progress since the days of Martin Luther King Jr. The potency of our exchange lies in the blend of solemn contemplation and sparks of humor, as we toy with the notion of escape to extraterrestrial lands. Yet, the commitment to foster understanding through dialogue remains steadfast. As listeners, you're invited to absorb these narratives and join us in grappling with the pressing racial disparities that mark our nation's present.Thanks for listening. Please check out our website at www.forsauk.com to hear great conversations on topics that need to be talked about. In these times of intense polarization we all need to find time to expand our Frame of Reference.
Decoding International Espionage and China's Ascent to Power
Jan 22 2024
Decoding International Espionage and China's Ascent to Power
Step into the clandestine world with former CIA case officer Brian Fairchild as he joins me on Frame of Reference to pull back the curtain on the life of espionage. We eschew the usual theatrics of spy cinema for Brian's riveting personal narratives that traverse testifying before Congress, training elite forces such as the FBI and CIA, and operating in the shadows where global security hangs in the balance. Prepare to be enthralled by the truth behind the intelligence game, offering a much-needed reality check against the backdrop of Hollywood's spy fantasies.My conversation with Brian tackles head-on the strategic challenges the United States faces, unveiling the emergence of a new 'Axis of Evil' with China at the helm. The geopolitical landscape is shifting under our feet, and Brian expertly illuminates the covert operations and political machinations that define this new era. We dissect the implications of America's defense capabilities, the rise of China's military might, and the potential flashpoints that could reshape the world order. Furthermore, we take a moment to humanize the discourse, reminiscing over the simple comforts of life, from the perfect slice of pizza to the familiarity of a Starbucks coffee, that remind us of the shared human experiences beyond the world of intelligence.As the conversation concludes, Brian leaves us with a compelling sense of urgency to refocus our attention on the global stage. He highlights the precarious nature of the geopolitical chessboard, from the strategic value of Taiwan to the ripple effects of shifting alliances. This episode is not just a fleeting chat; it's a portal to understanding the complex web of international security and the dedicated individuals who navigate it. Tune in to gain an unmatched perspective, and perhaps you'll come away with a heightened curiosity and a deeper appreciation for the intricacies of the world we live in.Thanks for listening. Please check out our website at www.forsauk.com to hear great conversations on topics that need to be talked about. In these times of intense polarization we all need to find time to expand our Frame of Reference.