Jason Barger checks-in with ESPN Analyst, Ohio State Football legend, former 1st Round Draft Pick of the Dallas Cowboys, Bobby Carpenter, during times of isolation and quarantine in April. This fun and engaging conversation focuses on navigating our way through challenging times inside our own minds, routines, family units and work life as well as the power of continuous learning. What temperature do you set for your own life and for those you’re living and working with?
1:09 – Jason welcomes former number one draft pick for the Dallas Cowboys, OSU Buckeye football player, and ESPN analyst Bobby Carpenter.
3:25 – Bobby Carpenter is a professor at The Ohio State University and discusses his busy schedule which has changed a lot due to the quarantine.
5:47 – Jason asks Bobby about the mind-body connection and how that works during these times. Bobby stresses that the early morning at 5:30 am is where he starts with a run. Physical exertion has always been therapeutic for Bobby and how he calibrates his thermostat everyday.
8:55 – A sedentary lifestyle is really detrimental to people’s lives. People are living a more sedentary lifestyle now and Bobby discusses that.
10:22 – Jason and Bobby talk about Bobby Carpenter’s local experience with OSU football, Jim Tressel, and interpersonal development. What is important today is to foster connection and community with people using technology. Bobby enjoys making things competitive and fun and does so with others to tell stories and invest in people around him.
13:40 – Teams and organizations are getting creative through forced innovation. We are finding new habits and adjusting to create connection. Jason and Bobby discuss how people and organizations are adjusting to today’s world and quarantine.
16:00 – There are better ways to do things and people and organizations are making those needed changes to forge stronger relationships during this time. What if we thought about it slightly differently? They both discuss core principles, balance, routines, and how people who can adapt are thriving in today’s world.
19:55 – We all have different strengths and weaknesses, how do we bring out the best and lift up the strengths of those around us? An engaging talk about introspection begins. Bobby enjoys playing piano in his spare time and that is one tool that helps him see the world differently. People now have at least an extra hour in the day that they are not driving and to use that time in a focused and positive way is possible now.
24:10 – What do you want to give you attention and focus to? “Time is the most precious gift that we have.” Bobby Carpenter. A very inspiring message from Bobby about time and focus is found here.
26:05 – A fun anecdote is shared about them going to breakfast together as Jason ordered a meal with 2 eggs sunny side up, Bobby ordered a 6 egg omelet; that is his usual breakfast!
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ABOUT THE THERMOSTAT
Conversations and micro-thoughts to engage your mind and heart.
A thermostat is proactive. It sets the temperature in a room. Controls the temperature. Regulates the temperature. But in today’s distracted, fast-paced and digital world, it’s easy for individuals and organizations to act more like thermometers, slipping into reactionary thinking, becoming scattered and inconsistent. The most compelling leaders, teams, organizations, families or collection of humans of any kind operate in thermostat mode. They calibrate their mind and heart to set the temperature for the vision and culture they want to create. Jason Barger, globally celebrated author, keynote speaker, and founder of Step Back Leadership Consulting, is the host of The Thermostat, a podcast journey to discover authentic leadership, create compelling cultures and find clarity of mission, vision, and values.