Mojo for the Modern Man

Ken Mossman

A podcast for people of every stripe - all about the state of men, manhood and masculinity in our ever-changing world. With humility, depth, humor, and more than a little irreverence, Mojo for the Modern Man invites listeners into stories and deep conversations about what goes on at the crossroads of manhood, leadership, creativity, curiosity, vulnerability and responsibility. Mojo for the Modern Man entertains, teaches, invites reflection and engagement - and points toward more sustainable, healthy, and generative expressions of manhood. read less
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Bridges, Battles, and the Unseen with Josh Wilson - Act 1
6d ago
Bridges, Battles, and the Unseen with Josh Wilson - Act 1
What does it mean to truly receive - not just gifts or compliments, but grace, love, and acceptance itself? In this powerful conversation, my guest Josh Wilson opens up about the profound woundings and mixed messages he received growing up, which left him grasping for his identity as a man. We explore how the expectations of masculinity can breed deep insecurities, and Josh's brutally honest recounting of hitting rock bottom on a bridge provides a powerful wake-up call. Ultimately, his story points to the reality that before we can fully receive from others, we must first receive ourselves through radical self-acceptance and self-compassion. It's some raw, insightful stuff any man can relate to.Bio: Josh is an accomplished podcast host, renowned for his contributions to developing top-tier media brands. He has skillfully produced more than two thousand interviews, featuring guests including investors, CEOs, and globally recognized thought leaders.His extensive experience in media has not only honed his expertise but also cultivated an expansive network and solidified robust alliances in the business world. This wealth of connections and insights positions Josh uniquely in the industry.Josh serves as a Capital Market Advisor and member of the IPO team at Greentree Financial Group, Inc. We are a family office based on the belief that the U.S. capital markets are the best and most efficient in the world, Greentree leverages its expertise to assist high-growth companies in accessing the U.S. capital markets through a public listing. In addition to navigating clients through the complexities of a public listing, Greentree also assists numerous public companies with its ongoing periodic compliance filing needs.LinkedinWebsite
Crafting Hope: From Troubles to Treasures with Hawi James Ouma - Act 2
May 7 2024
Crafting Hope: From Troubles to Treasures with Hawi James Ouma - Act 2
In the second act of my chat with Hawi James Ouma, we dive into his incredible journey from being wrongfully arrested to becoming a role model for young boys in Kenya's juvenile system. It all started with eight days in a police station that left him with a new perspective on life: find the treasure in your troubles. Now, Hawi is the driving force behind Life Song Kenya, where he mentors boys who are often stigmatized by society. Hawi’s story story is both heartwarming and jaw-dropping, and his parting words challenge us all to focus on what we have, instead of what we lack – inspiring, to say the least!Bio:About 1 in every 4 boys in Kenya is unfathered, underfathered or misfathered.Growing up without a father or a father-figure causes a boy to feel unappreciated, unloved and unprotected. Therefore, they become more vulnerable to juvenile delinquency, gender based violence, sexual assault, bullying, crime and conflict. They also become prone to dropping out of school, lacking an appetite for life or lacking respect for their mothers or the authority.Through my work, I help create an ideal environment where boys become more aware of who they really are. Together as a co-partners, I’m the catalyst that helps to remind boys and young men of the infinite treasure they possess. When I was being interviewed for a TV Production job, which I wasn’t qualified for, I said that life becomes a beautiful lifesong.LinkedINFaceBookInstagramXYouTube
Crafting Hope: From Troubles to Treasures with Hawi James Ouma - Act 1
Apr 30 2024
Crafting Hope: From Troubles to Treasures with Hawi James Ouma - Act 1
Today I am so thrilled to be joined by Hawi James Ouma, an incredible man who survived some of the most turbulent times in Uganda, only to move back to rural Kenya after his father passed away. Hawi's journey is a cocktail of adventure, confusion, and raw emotion, though despite facing ostracism from his community and a stint in police custody, he found a guiding light in reading and storytelling. Through Shakespeare and Ben Carson, he learned to turn his focus from what he lacked to what he was great at—writing and storytelling. It was the key that unlocked a new perspective on life. Hawi's parting wisdom? Focus on your one thing, the one skill or passion that makes you, well, you – you never know what doors it might open. Stay tuned for Act 2 of our conversation next week!Bio:About 1 in every 4 boys in Kenya is unfathered, underfathered or misfathered.Growing up without a father or a father-figure causes a boy to feel unappreciated, unloved and unprotected. Therefore, they become more vulnerable to juvenile delinquency, gender based violence, sexual assault, bullying, crime and conflict. They also become prone to dropping out of school, lacking an appetite for life or lacking respect for their mothers or the authority.Through my work, I help create an ideal environment where boys become more aware of who they really are. Together as a co-partners, I’m the catalyst that helps to remind boys and young men of the infinite treasure they possess. When I was being interviewed for a TV Production job, which I wasn’t qualified for, I said that life becomes a beautiful lifesong.LinkedINFaceBookInstagramXYouTube
Men's Tears and Mindfulness with Dxtr Spits - Act 1
Mar 19 2024
Men's Tears and Mindfulness with Dxtr Spits - Act 1
In the latest episode of Mojo for the Modern Man, I had the pleasure of chatting with Dexter Spitz, a man who's as deep as he is insightful. Hailing from PG County, Maryland, Dexter opened up about his journey growing up in a whirlwind of family dynamics, divorces, and remarriages. We dove into his coping mechanisms, from creative outlets to the classic trio of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. Dexter didn't hold back, sharing how his sensitivity often left him feeling overwhelmed and seeking escape.But here's where it gets real: Dexter unpacked the importance of compassion and mindfulness, urging listeners to slow down and embrace their vulnerabilities. His reflections on distinguishing between personal and external emotions were not only profound but downright enlightening. It's like he's handing out emotional wisdom nuggets left and right.As we wrapped up, Dexter left us with a challenge: to cultivate mindfulness and compassion as tools for navigating life's twists and turns. This episode was a crash course in emotional intelligence with a side of witty banter.Bio: Jordan “Dxtr Spits” Holmes was raised in Prince George’s county Maryland, a suburb of Washington D.C. His curious mind led him to become a jack of all trades as a scientist/engineer, musician, spoken word artist, and entrepreneur.  Holmes relocated to Chicago in 2014 after graduating from Virginia Tech where he got his degree as a Materials Science Engineer and met his mentor Dr. Nikki Giovanni.He began the pursuit of his music career as Dxtr Spits, a witty, impactful, and energized lyricist. Holmes is the Founder and CEO of “Onli Packs”, an apparel and backpack brand that utilizes art from local artists. He prioritizes community reinvestment and creates community support initiatives utilizing his company and brands. His versatility and hustle has landed him attention locally and nationally including: NPR, The Chicago Tribune, Vocalo Radio, Voyage Chicago, & These Days News.WebsiteLinkedInFaceBookInstagramYouTube
Basement Booze, Family, and the Mirror Moment with Luke Iorio - Act 2
Mar 5 2024
Basement Booze, Family, and the Mirror Moment with Luke Iorio - Act 2
I am back today with Luke Iorio and we kick off Act 2 by diving headfirst into the deep end of personal growth and manhood. Luke, a seasoned veteran in the world of personal development, dishes out some serious wisdom on vulnerability, transformation, and the art of men's work. Together, we uncover the magic of genuine connections and the transformative power of what Luke calls "soul ships" - those relationships that don't let us off the hook easily. As we wrap up, Luke leaves us with a gem: the journey to true freedom and authenticity is paved with friendships that challenge and uplift us.Bio: Luke is a dad, a husband, an entrepreneur, sought-after coach, and adventurer – of this great land and of the human spirit (especially his own). His journey has included working for his own father, starting and running his own small consulting practice, and then going on to join, build, and lead as CEO one of the largest and most prestigious coach training organizations in the world, iPEC.Since iPEC, Luke’s personal work – when he’s not with his family or with a private client – led him beyond the modern practice, science and research that drove his work in coaching, to exploring various wisdom, spiritual, and indigenous traditions as he sought to re-connect to his passion, a deeper purpose and calling, and grow himself to be of more service.Chronicled on the podcast series On This Walk with Luke Iorio, this path after several years led Luke to his current business partner and the organization, Man on Fire Rising. Man on Fire is a men’s personal growth organization focused on helping men rise with passion, power, and purpose. We know that the last breath every man wants is the breath of Freedom – which will be filled with fulfillment, joy, and the knowing that you loved, lived, and gave fully to this life.InstagramLinkedInXFaceBook
Basement Booze, Family, and the Mirror Moment with Luke Iorio
Feb 27 2024
Basement Booze, Family, and the Mirror Moment with Luke Iorio
In today’s episode, I am joined by Luke Iorio, who brings us on a journey through his roots in New Jersey and shares some fascinating family tales, including a surprising brush with Prohibition-era bootlegging. With a mix of humor and introspection, Luke opens up about pivotal moments in his life, including the profound impact of witnessing 9/11 firsthand. Throughout our conversation, Luke emphasizes the importance of self-reflection and reconnecting with our true selves, urging us to take a closer look in the mirror and ask the tough questions about our identity and purpose. As the episode wraps up, Luke leaves us with invaluable advice: to embrace authenticity and delve deep into our innermost truths, guiding us toward a path of fulfillment and self-discovery.Bio: Luke is a dad, a husband, an entrepreneur, sought-after coach, and adventurer – of this great land and of the human spirit (especially his own). His journey has included working for his own father, starting and running his own small consulting practice, and then going on to join, build, and lead as CEO one of the largest and most prestigious coach training organizations in the world, iPEC.Since iPEC, Luke’s personal work – when he’s not with his family or with a private client – led him beyond the modern practice, science and research that drove his work in coaching, to exploring various wisdom, spiritual, and indigenous traditions as he sought to re-connect to his passion, a deeper purpose and calling, and grow himself to be of more service.Chronicled on the podcast series On This Walk with Luke Iorio, this path after several years led Luke to his current business partner and the organization, Man on Fire Rising. Man on Fire is a men’s personal growth organization focused on helping men rise with passion, power, and purpose. We know that the last breath every man wants is the breath of Freedom – which will be filled with fulfillment, joy, and the knowing that you loved, lived, and gave fully to this life.InstagramLinkedInXFaceBook
Yes, There Really is a Monster Jam University - Bryce Kenny, Act 2
Feb 6 2024
Yes, There Really is a Monster Jam University - Bryce Kenny, Act 2
Today I have the pleasure of welcoming back Bryce Kenny, the Mohawk Warrior, and we dive right into discussions of purpose, resilience, and personal growth. Bryce shares his journey of overcoming challenges as a driver, reflecting on the pressures of performance and the importance of identity-driven goals. Through anecdotes and insights, Bryce emphasizes the distinction between pursuing happiness and finding purpose, urging us to uncover our passions and embrace resilience in the face of adversity. Before we wrap up our conversation, Bryce shares some sage words on the importance of turning suffering into meaning, inspiring us to discover our unique paths to fulfillment and how we can achieve positive impacts in our lives and communities.Bio: Bryce Kenny is a professional Monster Jam driver as the Great Clips Mohawk Warrior. Since his 2016 debut, Bryce has earned multiple awards including the 2021 Outreach Award for his work helping those in need and making positive contributions to the community. He also set a Guinness World Record in 2021 for the fastest speed in a monster truck and was the first driver to hit triple mile per hour digits in the sport. In recent years, Bryce has become an inspirational speaker and travels the country speaking to audiences of all ages about finding the courage to chase your dreams and overcome fear. His newest book, Geared for Life (Dexterity, 2023), guides readers to become unstuck in life and shift into the next gear to make a lasting impact on the world. Bryce also participates in national conferences and corporate events through his sponsorship with the international hair salon chain, Great Clips. Official site: www.brycekenny.comFacebook: @warriorbryceInstagram: @warriorbryceTikTok: @warriorbryceYouTube: @brycekennyBook order: www.amazon.com/Geared-Life-Making-Shift-Potential/dp/1947297783
Yes, There Really is a Monster Jam University - Bryce Kenny, Act 1
Jan 30 2024
Yes, There Really is a Monster Jam University - Bryce Kenny, Act 1
Today I am joined by Bryce Kenny, the Mohawk Warrior of Monster Jam, who takes us on a journey through his life, touching upon childhood adventures, early experiences with motorsports, and the crucial decision to prioritize relationships over a racing dream. Bryce shares powerful stories of his grandfather's influence, highlighting principles, sacrifice, and the profound impact of choices. We delve into the intricacies of balancing passion with personal connections, ultimately revealing a valuable lesson: true success lies not just in the pursuit of dreams but in the relationships we nurture. Bryce's advice resonates as he encourages listeners to get their "house in order" and prioritize what truly matters in life.Bio: Bryce Kenny is a professional Monster Jam driver as the Great Clips Mohawk Warrior. Since his 2016 debut, Bryce has earned multiple awards including the 2021 Outreach Award for his work helping those in need and making positive contributions to the community. He also set a Guinness World Record in 2021 for the fastest speed in a monster truck and was the first driver to hit triple mile per hour digits in the sport. In recent years, Bryce has become an inspirational speaker and travels the country speaking to audiences of all ages about finding the courage to chase your dreams and overcome fear. His newest book, Geared for Life (Dexterity, 2023), guides readers to become unstuck in life and shift into the next gear to make a lasting impact on the world. Bryce also participates in national conferences and corporate events through his sponsorship with the international hair salon chain, Great Clips. Official site: www.brycekenny.comFacebook: @warriorbryceInstagram: @warriorbryceTikTok: @warriorbryceYouTube: @brycekennyBook order: www.amazon.com/Geared-Life-Making-Shift-Potential/dp/1947297783
Lifting the Masks with Keith Edwards - Act 2
Jan 23 2024
Lifting the Masks with Keith Edwards - Act 2
In Act 2 of my discussion with Keith Edwards, our discussion unfolds around the complexities of masculinity, the influence of socialization, and the journey towards authentic living. Keith shares anecdotes, including a story about a man questioning his love for football, illustrating the profound impact of socialization on identity. We move through the mazes of masculinity, both toxic and healthy, and we explore the idea of authentic masculinity, emphasizing the significance of curiosity, unlearning, and self-awareness in personal development. Before we wrap up, Keith muses about agency, choice, and conscious decision-making, ultimately highlighting the challenges of early socialization, the ongoing quest for authenticity, and how we, as men, can benefit from the practice of self-reflection.Keith's Bio:Keith helps leaders and organizations make transformational change for leadership, learning, and equity. His expertise includes curricular approaches to learning beyond the classroom, allyship and equity, leadership and coaching, authentic masculinity, and sexual violence prevention. He is an authentic educator, trusted leader, and unconventional scholar. Keith has consulted with more than 300 organizations, written more than 25 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has more than 1,000 hours as a certified leadership and executive coach.He is the author of the book Unmasking: Toward Authentic Masculinity. He co-authored The Curricular Approach to Student Affairs and co-edited Addressing Sexual Violence in Higher Education.His TEDx Talk on preventing sexual violence has been viewed around the world. He is co-host of Student Affairs NOW, the premier podcast for student affairs.WebsiteLinkedIn
Lifting the Masks with Keith Edwards - Act 1
Jan 16 2024
Lifting the Masks with Keith Edwards - Act 1
Today I am lucky enough to sit down and have a conversation with Keith Edwards, delving into his upbringing in a small Wisconsin town, the challenges of bullying, and the key moments that shaped his journey to self-confidence. Keith shares his deliberate choice to embrace a "fake it till you make it" mindset in college, deciding to believe in himself despite past difficulties. We explore his experiences as a camp counselor, the impact of external validation, and his evolving perspectives on men's roles in preventing sexual violence. The episode wraps up with a sneak peek into Act 2, promising a deeper dive into the concept of men's enoughness and the role of the inner critic. Stay tuned for more insights from Keith in the next installment.Keith's Bio:Keith helps leaders and organizations make transformational change for leadership, learning, and equity. His expertise includes curricular approaches to learning beyond the classroom, allyship and equity, leadership and coaching, authentic masculinity, and sexual violence prevention. He is an authentic educator, trusted leader, and unconventional scholar. Keith has consulted with more than 300 organizations, written more than 25 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has more than 1,000 hours as a certified leadership and executive coach.He is the author of the book Unmasking: Toward Authentic Masculinity. He co-authored The Curricular Approach to Student Affairs and co-edited Addressing Sexual Violence in Higher Education.His TEDx Talk on preventing sexual violence has been viewed around the world. He is co-host of Student Affairs NOW, the premier podcast for student affairs.WebsiteLinkedIn
Speak-Up Culture with Stephen Shedletzky
Dec 19 2023
Speak-Up Culture with Stephen Shedletzky
For this special episode I am joined by Stephen Shedletzky, and our conversation begins by unraveling the core themes of his new book, "Speak Up Culture: When Leaders Truly Listen, People Speak Up." Stephen expands on the book's title - delving into the vital role of vulnerability, curiosity, and grounded optimism in fostering environments where voices are heard. We explore the nuances of emotional agility, discuss stories from the book illustrating the impact of authentic leadership, and reflect on the personal growth that emerges when leaders embrace genuine communication. Join us for a heartfelt conversation on the power of creating spaces where individuals feel empowered to speak up, whether in corporate settings or family dynamics.Bio:Stephen Shedletzky — or “Shed” to his friends —  helps leaders make it safe and worth it for people to speak  up. He supports humble leaders — those who know they  are both a part of the problems they experience and the  solutions they can create — as they put their people and  purpose first.  A sought-after speaker, coach, and advisor, Shed has led  hundreds of keynote presentations, workshops, and  leadership development programs around the world. As a  thought leader on psychological safety in the workplace, he supports leaders and  organizations in all industries where human beings work. He is the author of Speak Up Culture: When Leaders Truly Listen, People Step Up (October 2023).  After years on a corporate track, Shed was introduced to and inspired by the work  of Simon Sinek and, soon after meeting him, became the fourth person to join his  team. For more than a decade, Shed has contributed at Simon Sinek, Inc., where, as  Chief of Staff and Head of Brand Experience, Training & Development, he headed a  global team of speakers and facilitators. Shed continues to speak and facilitate with  Simon Sinek helping to create a more inspired, safe, and fulfilled world.  Shed graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business with a focus on  leadership, communication, and strategy. He also received his coaching certification  from The Co-Active Training Institute. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two  young children. Website: https://www.shedinspires.com/LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephenshedletzky/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shedinspires/Twitter: https://twitter.com/shedinspiresYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqS1_nB34wWVIOSK3ZxvrnA
A**holes and Angels - with Jerome Green - Act 2
Dec 12 2023
A**holes and Angels - with Jerome Green - Act 2
I am joined once again by Jerome Green, and we continue our conversation by diving right into what makes working with challenging individuals so rewarding for Jerome. He speaks about his journey of addiction, reflecting on pivotal moments, and finding clarity through spirituality. That journey led Jerome from university work to a distinctive career, Jerome shares insights into his passion for working with “assholes” and his commitment to understanding the unique complexities of each person. We take some time to reflect on the pandemic's impact, the importance of empathy, and the pursuit of excellence over perfection. Before wrapping up our conversation, Jerome imparts insightful words of wisdom, providing a thoughtful send-off that resonates beyond the realm of personal development.Bio by Jerome: I spent 24 years working in higher education, university management, leadership development, and human resources, and just as many years in the pressurized sports world running a youth sports basketball business, coaching young adults, and consulting coaches and athletes both on and off the court. All of my experience, education, and training have helped me build quite a collection of tools and methods to support those I work with and open their doors to discovery. My background translates beautifully to my business today and all aspects of my life. It helped me through what was perhaps my most difficult year, as it was for many, 2020. What I thought was once simple, I no longer take for granted. By embracing a growth mindset and gaining new personal and professional insights, I am now doing some of the best work of my career.Website: https://jeromegreencoaching.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeromegreencoachLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jerome-green-3173b012/Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/IcanwinnowYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChez2vl-MVIoHJ9vbJwxScg
A**holes and Angels - with Jerome Green - Act 1
Dec 5 2023
A**holes and Angels - with Jerome Green - Act 1
Today I am lucky enough to have a conversation with Jerome Green, whose path towards a career in counseling and university leadership roles was paved with moments of self-discovery. He begins by unfolding the story of his youth, detailing the influence of Mr. Miller, a mentor who played a pivotal role in steering him from compliance to rebellion to the complexities of identity and the ongoing process of self-discovery. With a keen focus on heart-centered living, Jerome encourages us to embrace curiosity and face the shadows within and before wrapping up Act 1, Jerome imparts a powerful piece of advice: find your frequency, discover your identity, and remember that all is well.Bio by Jerome: I spent 24 years working in higher education, university management, leadership development, and human resources, and just as many years in the pressurized sports world running a youth sports basketball business, coaching young adults, and consulting coaches and athletes both on and off the court. All of my experience, education, and training have helped me build quite a collection of tools and methods to support those I work with and open their doors to discovery. My background translates beautifully to my business today and all aspects of my life. It helped me through what was perhaps my most difficult year, as it was for many, 2020. What I thought was once simple, I no longer take for granted. By embracing a growth mindset and gaining new personal and professional insights, I am now doing some of the best work of my career.Website: https://jeromegreencoaching.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeromegreencoachLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jerome-green-3173b012/Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/IcanwinnowYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChez2vl-MVIoHJ9vbJwxScg