Longtime friend Deahna takes me through the story of her son Grant, being born needing open heart surgery, surviving that, and tragically dying from a feeding tube accident at 11 days old. We talk about his death, and becoming a patient safety advocate, taking a Griefcation, and how she forgave the nurse that killed him.
Deahna also walks me through using medical malpractice not for financial compensation, but to direct positive procedural change to save lives - and experiencing the results and impact of her work firsthand.
We are releasing this episode on April 8, Grant's birthday.
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I can't write a summary of this episode and Mike's story.
Mike has ridden across the country on his bike twice. The first time after beating cancer. The second time, after a heart transplant, to meet his donor's family.
I won't do it justice. Mike's words, and the writing of A.C. Shilton is perfect.
Please, before you listen to this episode, read this article on Bicycling.com.
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March 22, 2020.
Perspective, inspiration, on what you can control, and your decisions.
I wanted to share a story of extreme isolation, survival and inspiration from Earnest Shackleton.
In January 1915, his ship and 27 men were stuck in the ice near Antarctica. What they did to not only survive - and thrive is amazing.
I would suggest starting with this IMAX film, Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure.
Full video available on Vimeo here.
Please reach out with your ideas on these topics at podcast (at) thewarmfront.com.
Next up is Learned Optimism, by Martin Seligman.
I've talked about this many times, but control, or even the illusion of control over your situation has incredible mental and physical benefits.
The title for this episode comes from Warren Zevon.
You can't steer a parked car.
This phrase, shared to me by Owen Jones, started a great relationship. Owen and I cover his journey from an engineer in England to Janesville, Wisconsin to helping people answer the question "What do you want to retire as?" We talk about leaders giving permission and accepting consequences, employing your talents but being aware of your obligations, showing your value to a potential employer, and being eye level with your customer.
#careersuccess #wisdom #talentmanagement #philosophy
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What would you do if your heart failed? Or when you checked into the hospital again, you were told you would never be going home?
My friend Jonathan Siegel faced that in 2017. After contracting a virus in his heart, he had a 3rd degree bundle block, and end stage heart failure.
In August 2017, he received a heart transplant.
We talk about mortality, seeing the sunrise, hot wings and gratitude.
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I sit down with Benji McPhail, program director for 105.5 FM, The Colorado Sound.
You need to listen to this station, period. We go through his musical journey - starting in 5th grade, getting weeded out of journalism in college, to being a milkman in 2008, to curating an amazing music collection. How do you grow a station with zero marketing dollars? Get people in a good mood, dive deeper into the artists - give listeners what they want, and a bit of what they need.
I also get a longtime question answered: Why KBCO loved the steaming dumpster fire of a song called "Welcome to the Boomtown" by David and David. Trust me, if you've never heard this song, DON'T. You've been warned.
Please listen and add the statio, 105.5 FM to your friend's car stereo!
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I sit down with Gail and Bruce Montgomery to talk about the impact the improv mindset can have on an organization.
We cover the neuroscience and brain effects and disruption of improvisation, NASA, GoreTex, the Ted Talk "Your Brain on Improv" by Dr. Limb, and the work Meridith Grundei.
Gail and Bruce will also be having a book signing on Saturday February 22nd, 2020 in Evergreen, Colorado. For more info, visit bit.ly/ImprovBook.
I met Anna, founder of Ship Sunshine and Drop Ship Like It's Hot at the 2019 Denver Startup Week, where she and Margaret Davidson from BokkBaby talked about building philanthropy into their businesses.
Anna takes us through how her personal practice of sending gifts to friends expanded into a business - making being thoughtful actionable. We talk about the startup's mission the first year - to survive, then the isolation of being a founder, and her productivity practices, the power hour, and The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.
We may actually record our Think and Drink session!
Magic Link: http://bit.ly/MagicLinkAnna
I'm also volunteering for the Colorado Technology Association, for the C-Level at Mile High on March 26. Learn more here: https://coloradotechnology.org/c-level-mile-high/. If you are in technology in Denver, you need to attend this unique event.
Like many episodes of this podcast, the idea starts with something small, but not insignificant. During our first conversation, Sheevani Desai mentioned her Impressionista blog. In The Marriage Scoreboard Sheevani writes about the concept and perhaps unconscious practice of a scoreboard in marriage.
I was intrigued by this, but also with how well written, insightful, and candid - and fair - the idea was captured. I knew this would be a compelling, fascinating conversation around balancing dreams, goals, reality.
A small favor - if you enjoyed this episode, please share it with one person.
Here is a link to Sheevani's blog: https://www.impressionista.me/
8 years ago, when dear friend Nate Elsen introduced me to Josh Sprague, I had no way of knowing the impact he'd have on my journey.
I know Josh would genuinely and humbly deflect being called an inspiration - but defining the word as 'the act of influencing opinons' definitely applies here.
Many examples exist for me as an entrepreneur, but they mostly are two dimensional - in books, magazines, the interwebs.
When Orange Mud was in Colorado, and I saw first hand the growth, challenges, work and perseverance Josh, his family and his team put in. That provided inspiration, and continually influenced my opinion of myself and the Warmfront as a company, believing that I could do this too.
Not only to grow and succeed, but to do it the right way - learning and doing with enthusiasm.
When Josh and I booked this podcast, it was on the trail. I was riding, he was hiking with his kids.
I've borrowed so many ideas from Josh and Orange Mud, but the one that I never forget is the WHY and HOW to run a company.
No matter how busy he is with training or working, he always took my call, or returned an email within minutes. He taught me how to do product photography, and so many other skills that helped The Warmfront take a step forward.
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