Creative Spirits Unleashed

Creative Spirits Unleashed

Creative Spirits Unleashed is about becoming more of who you really are by changing your relationship with mistakes, pressure and criticism and adding more balance to your life.

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July 14, 2022 56 min

We are finishing up a series that I've been doing with my coworker, colleague, and daughter, Jen Maneely with my book “The Elegant Pivot”. This is a book I wrote and published in 2001. We've been following the five main principles of the elegant pivot around how to assume positive intent. The fifth principle is to develop a spirit of inquiry. And if you haven’t read my book, or need a refresher on the five principles, they ...

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In my latest podcast episode, I again welcome daughter and colleague Jen Maneely. We are continuing our series on The Elegant Pivot. In this episode, we talked about the Chapter titled Master Your Stories.  

We had SO many stories about making up stories. All too often, we think we know what the other person is thinking or why they said something. More often than not, we are missing the full picture. In fact, I would dare say we nev...

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My guest for this episode is Robyn Schiller. It was two years ago that I reached out to her husband Warwick Schiller to be a guest on my podcast. He’s a very well-known horse trainer with an extensive video subscription library. Then, a year ago, I got to meet Robyn (and Warwick in person) at the Cactus Reining Classic. We visited after I had gotten to see Robyn ride her reining horse in the show. She mentioned that she used to be ...

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May 19, 2022 68 min

My guest for this episode is Geoff Saab, author of the newly published book Low Risk Rules, A Wealth Preservation Manifesto. If the word “manifesto” gets your attention, that’s exactly what Geoff was hoping for. He really does have a point of view on how to preserve wealth. His ideas apply to all of us, even though he wrote the book primarily for entrepreneurs who had sold their business.   

Our conversation covered a lot of territo...

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In my latest podcast episode, I again welcome daughter and colleague Jen Maneely. We are continuing our series on The Elegant Pivot, this time to dive into the practice of taking nothing personally. When a mother and daughter sit down to talk about taking nothing personally, anything can happen.  

If we had tried to have this conversation a few years ago, it would have been like navigating a minefield. We would have tried to avoid e...

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Don’t think about a big, purple elephant with white polka dots and a pink tail. How did you do? First you had to think about it to not think about it. That’s the point of the principle from chapter 9 in The Elegant Pivot: Focus on What You Want.  

 This week, Jen Maneely joins me again to share our stories on our successes and failures in applying this principle in real life. We never know where one of these conversations is going t...

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My guest for this week’s podcast is Nahshon Cook. We spoke last year in a very memorable conversation. Over the last twelve months, much has changed. He is now an author. His book is titled Being With Horses, and it was my most gifted book over the last year. He has also begun teaching intensives at his barn for horses and their people. As word of his gifts has spread, he is riding the wave of being more well known, which gives him...

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Remember those old radios, where you turned the dial, navigating through the noise of static? Up and down the spectrum, turn the dial a little this way and then a little that way, until finally, we find music or a person talking. That’s when you know you found the signal. Actually, new car radios also have noise and signal, but the new technology makes it easier to quickly find the channel. 

Recently, I had a lot of noise while purc...

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February 25, 2022 90 min

Conflict is necessary for true change. Wait – did I just say that? Does the idea of conflict make you cringe? Come be a fly on the wall in my conversation with Kendall Lyman of The Highlands Group. We started this conversation talking about “mining for conflict” when leading change and this conversation took off from there.

Kendall is the co - author of the book Change the Way You Change 5 Roles of Leaders Who Accelerate Business Pe...

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February 11, 2022 57 min

For this episode, we are doing something completely different. I am starting a series on my book, “The Elegant Pivot” with the help of Jennifer Maneely. Jen is a thought leader in the addiction community and specializes in helping parents set boundaries with their adult children who are caught up in drugs and alcohol. Having been a student of her own mind and now a sponsor in the addition community for fifteen years, she has keen i...

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My guest for this episode is Kira Higgs, author, facilitator, strategist. If you have ever had something happen to you that made you feel out of control, you need to listen to this conversation. We started with a serious bicycle accident that Kira many years ago that was one of those life defining moments. Listen to how she made choices to navigate through her recovery. It’s a masterclass in wisdom about what we can change and what...

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Diane has practical ways to help us to help ourselves to help the Earth. Her real passion is finding choice in what we buy and how we choose to buy, so that we don’t destroy the planet we live on.  

Our conversation started with her role in working with Richard Branson, who has been in the news lately thanks to the Virgin Galactic space flight. She has in interesting take on what drives him to make space flight available.  

We had se...

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Sometimes, you read a book and the lessons stay with you long after you’ve finished the book. That’s what happened for me after I read Terri Tomoff’s book The Focused Fight-A Childhood Cancer Journey: From Mayhem to Miracles. I had the honor of watching this book unfold last year. Terri and I were in the writing in community group through Akimbo where we wrote daily and shared blurbs, plus offered each other encouragement. No one o...

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Sometimes when I’m watching a movie based on real life disasters, like Titanic or The Perfect Storm, I find myself yelling at characters on the screen to STOP. Wait another day! You don’t want the story to end this way! Of course, the people in these stories did not set out expecting the worst. They set out expecting their skills to be up for the challenges that awaited them. 

In this podcast, Peter Barr tells of a harrowing adventu...

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Every year, the Masters Water Ski tournament is held in Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain Georgia. It is THE most prestigious tournament in water skiing. This year, my friend Cyndi Benzel was chief judge and asked me to be the judge’s assistant. During the officials meeting the first night we got there, I ran into Tyler just to say hi. We have been connected on Linkedin for years -  because water skiing is that kind of sport. You j...

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When the shutdowns started happening last year, we all had to take our “engagement game” up to another level. Suddenly, our meetings became virtual. Once we mastered the “unmute” and “turn on video” buttons, we had to also master keeping people engaged without the benefit of being in the same room. We could no longer read body language…or yawns. 

Vernon Roberts started mastering virtual engagement before it was cool. He and I worked...

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Michele Stowe has a thing or two to say about leading change. She also has a thing or two to say about a lot of the most joyous – and least fun – parts of corporate life. 

From the title of the podcast, it’s probably no surprise to you that Michele Stowe is also a self-described comic book nerd. In our conversation, she tells us about how and why she decided to leverage a comic book tool in her coaching repertoire. It’s the kind of ...

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Michael Cohen woke up to the possibilities of acupuncture when he was told he might not run again after a knee injury. His experience was so profound that he decided to dive deeply into acupuncture and Eastern medicine to learn what this different healing modality is all about. In his journey, he discovered that acupuncture is much more than a way to heal; it can also help enhance athletic performance. This conversation opened my e...

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For this episode, I’m speaking with Susan Robertson, founder and managing partner of Linceis Conscious Business. She is also the author of two books: REAL Leadership: Waken to Wisdom and her upcoming book, REAL Culture: The Catalyst for Conscious Business.

Su and I have a long history together that covers a lot of different domains. Before Linceis Conscious Business, she was a founder along with her husband Barry of Stop at Nothing,...

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It’s easy to confuse our circumstances with our interpretation of those circumstances. In this conversation, Bill Goldsmith shares his own journey from feeling like a victim to loving his life and ending his career “100 times betters than it could have been”. Bill also shares a famous story in The Elegant Pivot, where assuming positive intent literally changed the direction and outcome of a critical team meeting.  

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