Season 4 Episode 12: Heart Boss: Conversation with Author Regan Walsh

Cover of Heart Boss by Regan Walsh
Cover of Heart Boss by Regan Walsh

Are you living a life and career of intentional design?  Jason Barger chats with Regan Walsh, author of the new book Heart Boss, about trusting your gut, shedding your shoulds, and creating a life you love.

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1:47 – Jason introduces Season 4 episode 12 of the podcast. Welcome back to the podcast and thank you for listening. We wish to create content that engages your mind and heart and allows you to step back and think and add some positivity to your life. This podcast is an interview with the author of Heart Boss, Regan Walsh.

2:30 – Please leave a review for the podcast

3:40 – We can’t control everything but what we can control is our response. Still a lot of work to do but wanted to remind the audience what is within our control is the temperature we create in the organizations and teams we work with. If you have a suggestion, please send it in to

7:00 – A discussion of the creative process of a book and what is involved. People will celebrate, criticize it, readers come from all directions and the positive side of this is that people will need to hear this and it will resonate with others.

10:02 – Heart Boss is the woman who is all things to all people, she is organizing, working, managing her life and that she should have everything she wants but finds something missing. It’s for that woman to step off the hamster wheel of life and reclaim her life. Jason talks about stepping back and thinking with intention and living a life of design vs a programmed life. Walsh says shedding the shoulds. We think other people want us to do these “shoulds” but really no one is thinking about that.

15:01 – Walsh talks about what was easy to write and what was difficult to write. Walsh talks about how she earned the nickname “one week Walsh” while at a digital agency. At the perfect job, after 1 week she was at a conference call and snuck out halfway and told her boss she was leaving the job. Her boss said, “I am so jealous that you can do that” with her whole life ahead of her. It was quite an amazing experience.

19:13 – The uncomfortable times of Walsh’s life are shared in this book with full force from relationships to struggles learning in school to losing her father at 22. She shaves a powerful narrative of her sharing her truth and what lead her to her choices.

23:57 – You aren’t changing your choosing. Walsh and Jason talk about losing their fathers and how that influences how they react and do business and in life. They were very lucky to having loving and supportive fathers that helped to shape their lives and it carries with them.

29:33 – What do you need now? What are you hoping for? Join the celebration and buy a copy and read the book and to ask for help of support with this book is a great ask and to have the courage to get help and ask for it.

33:00 – We encourage our audience to read, review, and share this book with others to help amplify this message.

You can purchase the book here from the Regan Walsh website.


You aren’t changing, you’re choosing. You are making a choice.

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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.