Season 6 Episode 40: This Is Me: vulnerability + courage

This is me shows a man climbing a mountain and looking ahead at the tough journey that lies in front of him.
Season 6 Episode 40: This Is Me: vulnerability + courage

Our people, our teams, our companies, our world needs our authentic selves. Leaders and cultures who honor authenticity, vulnerability and courage will breathe life into others. Just ask The Greatest Showmen.

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Jason introduces Season 6 episode 40 of the podcast, This Is Me:  vulnerability + courage. Welcome back to the podcast on corporate culture and leadership and thank you for listening. We engage thought leaders like CEOs, CFOs, managers, VPs, directors, and more for this podcast. 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. We deep dive into today’s topic.

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 to

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“She stood out and sang, ‘This is Me.'”

5:10 – Jason thanks his listeners for helping release his new book, Breathing Oxygen on Amazon as a top new book in its category. The response was tremendous and launching anything in the world today requires courage and vulnerability which is the topic for today. Thanks for reading it and sharing your stories online.

6:00 – On the last episode we redefined what the word toughness means with all the uncertainty and challenges it just requires grit. Listen to the last episode here.

7:00 – Jason talks about the movie, the Greatest Showman, one that Jason really enjoys. It is a musical that is based on the true story of PT Barnum, played by Hugh Jackman as the famous showman and creator of Barnum and Bailey Circus. There was a Youtube clip about the process of when they are trying to make the movie and gathering to do a rehearsal that struck fire online. The day they were to make the decision to green-light this movie, one of the actors was very nervous to sing the main anthem for the movie called, “This is me”. A lot of riding on this song. You can see her own insecurity and watch this video below to feel the energy here and see what happens.

14:10 – Courage happens here in this clip from the Greatest Showman as you can see how powerful this moment is to all involved. Her teammates then feel that energy and build off that energy and come and support her in that moment. At the very end of the song the music gets really soft and emotional and she belts out with such passion, “This is me!”. Chills and goosebumps ensue to see her courage to go for it in the final moments of the video.

16:10 – We’re all being invited to stand behind the music stand to protect ourselves but what we are called to do is to move beyond it and share our gifts and be authentically us. An inspiring speech from Jason ensues about authenticity for ourselves and the people around us to share our gifts with others. Leaders who understand this and are committed to breathing in this kind of oxygen are the ones who will inspire people going forward.

Questions to Ponder

  1. In what ways do you need to move beyond the music stand in your life and career? Where are you hiding behind it? 

  2. What examples of vulnerability and courage have moved beyond you to inspire you?

  3. What practices would help you breathe differently to help you practice this type of vulnerability and courage?

Jason shares at the end of the episode how to help as part of the book launch team. The best way is to read and share the new book below. It makes a great gift for your team. If you have unique ideas to help share the book contact

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Remember, the best leaders, teams, & cultures stimulate progress by recalibrating their thermostat together.

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Breathing Oxygen, the new book from Jason Barger. Now Available!

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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.