As an inspiring, thought-provoking and engaging Season 2 of the podcast comes to an end, Jason reflects on the messages of this season and the ideas we can’t afford to forget. He also answers questions submitted during Season 2 and inquiries about the uncertain times surrounding the coronavirus. What’s next?
0:49 – Jason recaps the season and begins the season 2 finale. Thanks to all the listeners out there for your support, you make it all possible. Messages of hope is what we all share for you at this moment along with some special announcements.
2:40 – We all have an f-ing problem. We forget, we forget so many times where we go through an experience and we forget the path that we have walked. The best learning is when we rinse and repeat so that they stick. Jason shares a recap journey and some of the themes that we shared.
4:45 – We started season 2 asking to commit to these micro podcasts and to let our being drive our doing. All glory comes from daring to begin. What was your vision for this year? What dares will you take? Daring to begin is not a one-time thing.
6:50 – We live in a world of choices. Culture is our competitive advantage. Teams that aren’t focused on our culture will be the companies that lose post-COVID-19.
8:24 – Episode 4 was a great interview with Stephanie Jackson and Govindh Jayaraman which was a great interview that you will want to check out if you missed it.
8:57 – Episode 5 was about the ecosystem of cultures. That every team, every organization, every culture is made of different species and the examples of the Galapagos islands.
9:30 – In Episode 6, Jason shared the powerful words from Brene Brown, “clear is kind”. Being direct and honest with how we communicate is kind.
10:25 – In Episode 7, there was a great interview with the chief people officer from Wendy’s, Coley O’Brien. They have over 250K employees in 40 different countries, think about the efforts they are putting into place.
11:08 – In Episode 8, we talked about how language drives behavior. What is the language that we are all using? The values, the mission, is it clear, compelling, and is it connected?
12:01 – Episode 9 goes into attendance vs engagement. Attendance is not good enough anymore. What we as people want is not just attendance, we want engagement. The best cultures and leaders are engaging the hearts and minds of their people and getting proactive on how to do that.
12:50 – Episode 10, was a fascinating interview with former number 1 NBA draft pick, Greg Oden. Ohio State Buckeye and Portland Trailblazer Greg Oden who is honest, open, authentic, funny and definitely an interview that great leaders can’t afford to miss. So many great lessons in this episode.
13:20 – In Episode 11, we talk about the positive mindset and the pulling of energy from negative to positive. Using a battery as a metaphor for how energy flows was shared. This was recorded before the COVID-19 pandemic but the themes and lessons resonate strongly through these times.
14:10 – In Episode 12, we talk about daredevil leadership. We must define what authentic, courageous, and compelling leadership means. Not just leaders that recklessly make decisions but leaders that are willing to care and serve and help those around us.
15:07 – In Episode 13, courage is sitting in ambiguity. A powerful reminder when we don’t have all the answers when the future is uncertain for us to remember that how we navigate ourselves personally and professionally through this is that courage is being able to sit in times of ambiguity.
15:40 – In Episode 14, leading change through the lens of the process leaders are going through during COVID-19. How do we lead change, what is the process? This episode explains the 6 A’s of leading change. Essential to listen to today.
16:17 – In Episode 15, trust the process is a deep dive and expansion that focuses more on leadership and COVID-19. Why do we have doubts? Why are we unsure of what is going on?
16:49 – In Episode 16, hungry dogs run not just faster but with more purpose. What are the attributes of elite athletes, musicians, community leaders? It isn’t just about going faster.
17:17 – It has been an amazing season 2, if there has been a message that resonates with you then please rate and review it and share it with others in your life.
Q + A
18:00 – Reflection questions that have been coming in from the list. What are some resources or books that you suggest during this time of COVID-19?
- College basketball podcasts, or a hobby that brings your joy to separate yourself and focus on something different.
- On being with Krista Tippett is a great one during this time.
- Whatever gives you time to reflect and retreat
- Simon Sinek’s new book, Infinite Game
- Stillness is the key by Ryan Holiday
- Jason has also been reviewing and reading his own previous books, Step Back from the Baggage Claim, Remember, & Thermostat Cultures
22:19 – Do you have a favorite pod episode from Season 2 and why?
Jason said he loves all the interviews, the messages, the synergy, they are all great examples of people that are working with the world to inspire change. Thinking back to the interview with Stephanie Jackson and Govindh Jayaraman contained powerful stuff in that. The interview with Coley O’Brien from Wendy’s, Greg Oden some very inspiring stuff. I really like the micro pod-style, it is a nice nugget of powerful thoughts and consciousness packed into them. Culture being your competitive advantage is really one that Jason likes.
23:50 – How has coronavirus impacted your speaking engagement business?
Like every business out there, there have been delays, postponements, and a whole lot of ambiguity and uncertainty. Jason is happy to report he has not had one outright cancellation of any event that he was set to do. They have just been postponed at this point. In terms of the client’s that Jason works directly with to focus on culture and engagement he is taking advantage of remote and online communication to convey thoughts and messages to organizations. We are getting creative to do that virtually now and bring a mindset that helps them be prepared not only for now but for coming out of this.
26:30 – Jason shares a powerful message about community.
27:00 – Give me a favorite coronavirus meal or how did I pass the time activity?
Meal: chicken wings, I am a big fan of chicken wings, Jason’s wife and he will brine and slow cook chicken wings
Activity: Nerf Gun wars with the kids, setting up forts and having fun and embrace it this time the best we can
29:45 – Questions to ponder, step back and ask:
- What temperature will you set in the coming days, weeks ahead?
We hope you are ready to dive into Season 3! Interviews will be coming up soon and Season 3 will be released this summer. Please rate and review us as it really helps us amplify these messages.
If you like the podcast, have a question, or just want to share your thoughts for about daring to begin please leave a comment below.
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.