Lasso Lessons: Ted on Life, Leadership & Learning

Lasso Lessons: Ted on Life, Leadership & Learning

Cathy and Mike break down each episode of Ted Lasso with an eye towards what it can teach us about life, leadership, & learning.


March 22, 2023 22 min

After the big loss, Beard battles his personal demons while exploring a different side of Richmond.   Join Cathy & Mike as they explore lessons in leadership and adult development in Ted Lasso. The original After Hours as part of a larger subgenre.  Scorsese meets Joe Frank.  A Blue Moon hangs over Wembley.  The haunting of Gary Lineker and Thierry Henri.  The downside of Cognitive Reframing.  The British class system meets billiar...

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With the big game looming, Dr. Sharon crashes, Jami knocks down a bully, Rebecca and Sam finally get together, and Ted makes a stunning (and yet maybe expected) revelation.  Join Cathy and Mike as they break down S2E8 of Ted Lasso, “Man City”.  

Brené Brown shows up again.  Different modes of coaching: Supervision, Management, & Leadership.  Admitting mistakes at work:  What does the Trust Equation tell us about the impact?

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January 11, 2023 22 min

Keely needs space, Nate mocks Colin, and Ted isn’t quite ready to engage in therapy.  Join Cathy and Mike as they break down S2E7 of Ted Lasso:  “Headspace” with an eye towards lessons in leadership and learning.  We once again discuss how to have Difficult Conversations and Cathy provides an approach to deal with Immunity to Change:  What to do when you need to make an important change but something is holding you back.  



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November 30, 2022 28 min

Everyone is stuck in a bad pattern; how can they escape?  Join Cathy and Mike as they break down S2E6 of "Ted Lasso, The Signal”, with an eye towards lessons in leadership and adult learning.  Esther Perel finally shows up, and Brene Brown reappears.  Ever more fathers and sons.  Birth of a “Wonder Kid”.  Difficult Conversations and curious questions. How do you deal with stress: Fight, flight, or freeze?  

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October 19, 2022 31 min

Nate seeks status, Roy strives to discover where he belongs, and Rebecca seeks love. Join Cathy and Mike as they break down “Ted Lasso” S2E5, “Rainbow” with an eye towards lessons in leadership.    It’s Rom-Communism at its best at Richmond AFC when Ted provides the light in the Dark ForestCognitive Reframing, redux.  The Hero’s Journey–and branding!?!   Power poses and calm clarity in the-winner-takes-all society.  And Cathy ex...

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August 17, 2022 20 min

It’s Christmas time in Richmond.  The Higginses throw a party,  Roy & Keely go in search of a cure to a noisome problem, and Ted and Rebecca bear gifts. Join Cathy and Mike as they break down “Ted Lasso” S2E4, “Carol of Bells” with an eye towards lessons in leadership.  The “Trust Equation” returns, morale runs high, and how is and isn’t a workplace like a family?


Other podcasts mentioned:

Coach Ron Adams on Coaching Superstars o...

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August 3, 2022 23 min

Rebecca’s young protege maybe teaches her a thing or two.  How will Sam deal with Dubai Air?  And can Jamie find a way back?  Cathy and Mike break down S2E2 of Ted Lasso, “Do the Rightest Thing,” with an eye towards lessons in leadership.  

John Wooden warrants yet another cameo.  Is Rebecca a reverse anger translator?  Gen X vs Gen Y on bringing your values to work.  And what to make of “Led Tasso”.

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July 20, 2022 34 min

Join Cathy and Mike as they look at Season 2, Episode 2: “Lavender”.  Even by “Ted Lasso” standards, this episode is jam-packed with storytelling.  Jamie wants to return to the team, Roy considers career alternatives, Nate grows into his role, and Dr. Sharon rebuffs Ted’s attempts to get to know her better.  Fathers and sons abound: Hamlet, Prince Hal, & The Prince of Tides.  And is Ted evolving his decision-making process?



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June 28, 2022 36 min

And we are back!  With Season 3 scheduled for later this summer, we thought we should catch up on Season 2.  So here’s our take on S2E1:  “Goodbye Earl”.  After the death of a beloved mascot, Danny now believes that “Football is Death”.   Nate isn’t the best new manager, Roy struggles with life off the pitch, Rebecca wonders about her new boyfriend, and Ted can’t quite handle the sports psychologist that they have brought in to hel...

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In this special edition of Lasso Lessons, join Mike as he explores the traits on the second tier of John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success in light of Nate’s rant: Self-control, Alertness, Initiative, Intentness.  Just in time for the NBA playoffs!


Mentioned in the Pod:

S1E3: “Trent Crimm, The Independent

S1E7:  “Make Rebecca Great Again

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December 13, 2021 34 min

We’ve come to the end of the first season, and so much has changed.  Join Cathy and Mike for their breakdown of S1E10 of "Ted Lasso:  The Hope that Kills You." British pessimism, and Ted’s optimism.  Trick plays or elaborate set pieces?  A brief history of white boards.  Richmond, London & Lake Placid, New York.  A spit take too far?  Freud finally makes the pod, and Cathy finally gets a chance to discuss polarity theory.  The poet...

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November 16, 2021 32 min

Join Cathy and Mike as they break down Ted Lasso S1E9, “All Apologies.”  On first hearing Smells Like Teen Spirit.  Fenway Park (Boston) vs. Camp Nou (Barcelona).  The later career of Thierry Henry. Is Keely telepathic? Boom Chicago and the origins of Ted Lasso.  More Rupert vs. Ted.  Turns out Rebecca is actually good at apologies!  Difficult conversations.  And Cognitive Reframing returns.


Books Mentioned:

Why Won’t You Apologi...

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November 4, 2021 32 min

It’s the day after, everyone must deal with the consequences, and Ted and Rupert engage in a pointed contest. Join Cathy and Mike as they discuss S1E8 of Ted Lasso. Birth of The Diamond DogsShakespeare vs Walt WhitmanEmotional Intelligence spawns EQ.  How cognitive reframing can help with emotional hijacking. Does lack of curiosity kill the cad?  And Ted’s origin story.


In Memoriam:  Aaron Beck on Cognitive Restructuring.


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October 27, 2021 26 min

The team heads to Liverpool, an impossible match is won, and strangers collide.  Join Cathy and Mike as they discuss S1E7 of “Ted Lasso: Make Rebecca Great Again”. “Hotel California”, Glasgow, Scotland. The leisurely pace of  “The Rockford Files”.  Brett’s sports jacket.   Ted’s hair as emotional barometer.  Transformational storytelling.  The dangers of catastrophizing and Nate’s turn as insult comic.  Finally, towards a new “old”...

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October 21, 2021 32 min

Danny Rojas shows up, words lose their meaning, and a curse befalls the team.  Join Cathy and Mike as they break down S1E6 of “Ted Lasso: Two Aces”.  Semantic satiation.  Ted’s anger as motivation.  The “No Schadenfreude Zone”.   Negative reinforcement and Pavlov’s Tartt.  And healthy competition meets David Mamet.  


Also in the Episode:

Ted’s “Practice” speech and Allen Iverson

The “Dutch angle”

Evil Spock and Bizarro Superman


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October 13, 2021 21 min

Join Cathy and Mike as they break down S1E5 of Ted Lasso, “Tan Lines”.  Ted’s work/life balance.  Transparency and curiosity in communications.  Immunity to change.  And the no “jerks” rule.


Also in the pod:

Robert Keegan’s Immunity to Change

Robert Sutton’s The No [Jerk] Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One that Isn’t

Bonus:  What the British Say and What They Really Mean

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October 5, 2021 33 min

Join Cathy and Mike for our breakdown of S1E4 of Ted Lasso, “For the Children”.  This episode of Ted Lasso is jam-packed with advice.  Find out who in FC Richmond’s extended family follows Netflix’s 4 A's of Feedback--and who most definitely doesn’t.  Also: Buffy and the 2 Ruperts. The power of “holding environments” and perspective-taking.  Finally, are you Team Lasso or Team Seinfeld?


Also on the pod:

No Rules Rules: Netflix an...

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September 29, 2021 25 min

Join Cathy and Mike as we break down S1E3 of Ted Lasso, “Trent Crimm, the Independent”.  What does Lincoln’s assassination have to do with Ted Lasso?  Cathy in London.  Why does Ted give the books he does?  The influence of John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success on Ted’s coaching philosophy. And the importance of “leadership declarations”.


Also discussed in the pod:

Our American Cousin

The Beautiful and Damned

Ender’s Game

A Wrinkle in...

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September 21, 2021 25 min

Join Cathy and Mike as they break down S1E2 of Ted Lasso, “Biscuits”.  Cathy and Mike play a little “First concert/Best concert”, and uncover the origin of Mike’s Ben & Jerry’s addiction.  They introduce a new pyramid:  Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs”.  Then they try some chin chin and reveal how Sam’s snack relates to “Biscuits with the Boss”.  What’s up with “What up With That?”  And how you can use the “Trust Equation” when taking...

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September 10, 2021 23 min

Cathy and Mike break down Ted Lasso S1E1: "Pilot".   Find out why Ted learns everyone's names, and maybe even over-praises Nate's sports drink.  While Coach Beard reads up on soccer tactics, Ted indulges in Kerouac: how is this an example of "Inclusive Leadership"? Ted vs. Rebecca in communications styles.  And learn how you too can flip the pyramid for organizational success!

Also Mentioned:

Inverting the Pyramid: the book & the o...

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