Ep222: Wrestling with Adversity

When you find out you are riding with the descendent of a nationally acclaimed blind wrestler, you know you’re in for some stories. And it turns out, we can turn those stories into some …

Ep221: Replay - The Art of Finishing Well

We don't talk about endings enough, especially not ending things well, with as much celebration as we began them. And that is exactly what this episode is about.

Why is that important for …

Ep220: Diversity of Thought vs. Culture

Whether it’s politics, sports or happy hour, sometimes your company culture can make others feel uncomfortable. At what point do you make changes to …

Ep219: Board Games & Company Culture

Your company culture, a new board game, and all the ways they relate.

Why is that important for business? 

A new board game allows people to make …

Ep218: Little Decisions Lead to Big Culture

Culture – whether in your business or in your family – isn’t just established in big picture planning. It is established in the little decisions that …

Ep217: Languishing Between Gears

Feel like you’re languishing right now in these uncertain times? Let’s talk about reframing that experience a bit. 

Why is that important for business? 

There is a lot of uncertainty in the …

Ep216: A Taste of Community

There are a lot of logistics to consider in coming back to work, but one thing you might not be thinking about is the change to community. Does community still matter, and how will it look …

Ep215: Practice, Risk & The Necessity of Failure

What if trying new things was like football training camp, and you had an audience – and even media – present while you were trying to figure things out? Wish you had time to practice …

Ep214: Pushing Through

Ever have to muster the energy to do something you don’t want to do, but really should do? How do you change your energy? And how do you know when …

Ep213: Replay - Hijacked Meetings

REPLAY OF EPISODE 75: Audience Q&As can quickly devolve. Someone wants to share a story instead of a question; someone else wants to demonstrate …

Ep212: Indecision & PREgrets

Have you ever found yourself saying “I’m going to regret this”, but doing it anyway? Let’s talk self-sabotage and the frustrating world of pregrets. 

Why is that important for business? 

Ep211: Taxicab Lights & Opportunities

Opportunities, luck, and leaving room in your business life for what you actually enjoy – just a few of the things we need to talk about in this episode. 

Why is that important for …

Ep210: Confidence & the Truest Expression of You

Can you build confidence directly, or do you have to come at it obliquely, through just being yourself? Let’s discuss.

Why is that important for business? 

People often think of confidence …

Ep209: Employee Engagement & You

Where does your responsibility to keep your employees end, and their responsibility to speak up start? Let’s sort that out in the next 20 minutes or so!

Why is that important for business? 

Ep208: Apologies Per Hour

This is a rant about a bad experience at the bank, but it also ends up being an important lesson about a metric you’ve probably never heard about: …

Ep207: On(board)gaming

Learning a new board game can be frustrating – it’s a lot of information to learn without any real context. And it might also reveal a lot about things in your business, like onboarding …

Ep206: Country Clubs & Company Culture

When you get a chance to be among random groups of strangers, it can quickly become clear that there are always commonalities that bind us. And we …

Ep205: Leadership & Responsibility During COVID

Leadership means making decisions for your company and everyone in it. And sometimes, especially when it comes to things like COVID and health, those decisions are extra challenging. 

Why …

Ep204: Pastries and Perseverance

What can we learn from a software used to ring up pastries, that ends up helping with cancer treatment? If this episode is any indication, a lot. 

Why is that important for business? 

In …

Ep203: The Sombrero on the Wall

Have you ever thought you nailed an interview – maybe even had a standing ovation-level interview – but still ended up in second place? Maybe went out and celebrated and got yourself a …

Ep202: Never-Ending Not Change

You can learn a lot about how to handle change (and seemingly never-ending not change) by taking two 20-hour train rides. Or you can just listen to Jodi’s story instead. 

Why is that …

Ep201: The Importance of Culture

Ever struggle between what’s best for your client, and what’s best for the culture of your organization? Both are critical to your long-term success, …

Ep200: Business Lessons from Scammers

Have you ever thought about a scammer, “you are very bad at your job?” What if, instead, it’s an issue of leadership at Scam Headquarters? What if …

Ep199: The Next New Normal

What are you excited to return to, post-pandemic, and what parts do you plan to bring into your “new normal”? Sometimes, a meme can spark some really interesting conversations. 

Why is that …

Ep198: Replay - In Sickness and In Health

REPLAY OF EPISODE 69: When illness befell the Hume household, Jodi learned an important lesson about empathy, and how bad we can be at empathizing if …

Ep197: You-Shaped Feedback

How do you pick a mentor? What is necessary to being a good mentor? And do you still need a Sherpa if you have already summited the mountain?

Why is that important for business? 

Mentors or …

Ep196: Training Your People to Fetch Pillows

It turns out, you can train a dog to stop barking if you train him to retrieve throw cushions instead. Let’s find out how that trick can work with humans.

Why is that important for …

Ep195: Brakes vs. Breaks

A lot of car ads discuss the importance of going from zero to 100, but rarely they talk about how well they go from 100 to zero. And it turns out, neither do businesses. 

Why is that …

Ep194: Verve & Business Opportunities

When you see a business opportunity, it’s natural to focus on the potential return on investment, and the consequences if it doesn’t work. But it’s important to remember another key …

Ep193: Actionable Clarity

Overwhelmed with all the plates you have to keep spinning as an entrepreneur? It might be time to examine some of those plates and see which ones you don’t actually need to be spinning. 

Ep192: Expectations & Insulin

Whether you are responding to a college applicant or your insulin-dependent wife, sometimes it can be a thin line between building expectations and …

Ep191: Am I Getting Warmer?

Feedback is important, even (maybe even especially) if it is negative. But in the absence of something that tells you when you are getting warmer, it can be hard to find the right path.

Why …

Ep190: Protecting Your Referral Cred

Referrals – they’re the lifeblood of business, so they say. But how do you make sure you keep your referral cred (much like street cred, but with referrals) when you can’t assess the …

Ep189: Overwhelm and the Stomp

Business and life are full of moments of overwhelm and disorientation. And in those moments, we need to take a moment to identify what works to help …

Ep188: When The Home Office Isn't Working

How do you delineate when work ends and home life begins when both happen in the same space?

Why is that important for business? 

There is something important to many people about the …

Ep187: Your Gut vs The Data

Do you ever get data that has historically proven accurate and helpful, but just ignored it because…you wanted to? How do you determine when to …

Ep186: Rules, Guardrails and...Kevin

How do you balance too many rules with too few? How about exceptions? And where do you fall on Methodists and Evil Kevin? Let’s talk about all of …

Ep 185: Generational Superpowers

Is there a generational divide in your business or place of work? Leaning into the differences – and the superpowers – of each generation can make your business stronger. For instance, how …

Ep184: Entrepreneurs Can’t Get No Satisfaction

Billy Joel and Hamilton sang about it, but what is your relationship with satisfaction? How can entrepreneurs, with their knack for always striving, develop a relationship with …

Ep183: The Garbage Bag Full of Salad & Working Remotely

Ever been so focused on the planning that you don’t take into account the delivery method? Ah, the lessons we learn from a garbage bag full of salad, …

Ep182: Success Mindset & Quarantine Shaming

There is a big difference between how the haves and the have nots think and talk about money, access and resources. Those differences show up in your …

Ep181: Tell Me The Truth

“Tell me the truth” – are there any four words more fraught with potential discord than those? 

But if someone asks you a “tell me the truth” question, it’s important to consider that might …

Ep180: The Value of Suffering

If you’ve ever seen a debate about student loan forgiveness, then you’ve heard some version of, “I had to pay my loan back, so should they.” But at …

Ep179: Bonuses in a Bad Year

For a lot of companies, bonus season is coming up. Because this has been an especially strange year, it feels extra challenging to balance the desire to show your people they are valued, …

Ep178: Company Culture & The Importance of Snow Days

Remember snow days? Remember how exciting it was to have that found day? It’s important to find ways to incorporate these experiences into your lives, even when everything is virtual. 

Why …

Ep177: Expectations with a Side of Peaches

What can a peach the size of your face teach you about expectations? Let’s discuss!

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How do you manage expectations to avoid disappointment, while avoiding complacency? How do you go from …

Ep176: Engagement, Hope & Drowning Rats

This episode will be released on a pretty significant voting day in the U.S., which gets us thinking about how voting (and NOT voting) relates to business. How do you get people to tell you …

Ep175: Finding the Path of Least Resistance

Rant alert! In this episode, we talk about the frustrating ways that businesses make it hard for us to give them our money, and the importance of keeping things easy and keeping the …

Ep174: A Lesson in Creativity from a Dictator

We cheat on our own podcast for a story this week, as we talk about This American Life, North Korea’s former leader Kim Jong-il, creativity and risk. 

Why is that important for business? 

Ep173: Assumptions at The Drive-Thru Window

Ever written a whole story based on a flash of behaviour from someone else? In a twist of irony, in this episode, we explore the process of writing a …

Ep172: Navigating Negative Feedback

Received some negative feedback? Before you react or internalize the feedback, we have a few things to say that may change your mind about what it means. 

Why is that important for …

Ep171: BLM & Your Business

You get an email from a customer demanding you fire an employee for something you don’t think is wrong. How do you handle it?

Let’s talk about it. 

Why is that important for business? 

The …

Ep170: The Art of Pruning for Growth...

A tomato failing to ripen because it is stuck in a bramble of unpruned branches doesn’t sound like it would be an analogy that would relate to …

Ep169: Dog Parks and Discontent

What can pro-dog Ohio teach us about expectations and how efforts to make things better can actually make things worse? Let’s find out!

Why is that important for business? 

What is done to …

Ep168: Bruce Banner vs The Hulk

How you define a win, for yourself and for your client, can determine what decisions you make. It’s important to take the time to remember what is actually important – what satisfies your …

Ep167: Truth in Advertising and Bears

Ever have a product or service’s description leave something out that didn’t quite make you want to complain, but falls into the category of “would …

Ep166: What You Should & Shouldn't Tell Your Staff

When do you talk to your leadership team about your business challenges? How about your spouse? When does leadership mean “this is my problem to …

Ep165: The Cost of Indecision

When you are faced with a decision – whether it be about a job candidate, a summer cottage, or Thai food – it’s incredibly important to figure out the difference between a need and a want. …

Ep164: Meditation and The Art of Businessing in the Moment

Whether in meditation or business, it’s important to periodically ask yourself – what’s going on right now, in this moment. Because as important as the future is, we just don’t have enough …

Ep163: The "Too Much" Club

How many times have you been told you are “too much” for someone – too loud, too talkative, too pensive. Now – how many times have you let someone …

Ep162: Staying vs Not Leaving

Have you ever thought about the difference between staying and not leaving? There is very different energy between the two, even though we confuse them. Sometimes the middle lane seems like …

Ep161: Giving Space for Brilliance

The phrase “means and methods” might not mean a lot to you, but it can make all the difference in both employee satisfaction, and the success of your business. Which is why we want to talk …

Ep160: Expanding vs. Evolving

You’ve probably spent a lot of time and money figuring out how to talk to new clients. But how much do you know about your existing clients? Do they know you value them?

Why is that …

Ep159: How to Pivot When Temporary Turns Permanent

What was once thought of as a temporary situation that we just had to get through is starting to feel a lot more permanent. Let’s talk about how that realization changes the approach. 

Why …

Ep158: The Process of Finding The Answers

As businesses and services slowly start to re-open, the need for communication and transparency is needed more than ever. 

Why is that important for business? 

Right now, there are so many …

Ep157: Navigating Life Post-Quarantine

Little by little, we are starting to re-experience things we did before Covid-19 and finding them completely different. Whether it’s in-person facilitation or a lunch out at a restaurant, …

Ep156: Diversity of Thought or Completely Unacceptable?

What is your line between diversity of thought, and completely unacceptable, in your business? And how do you tell you are being fair when you make that judgement? Super simple topic with …

Ep155: Racism in the Professional Realm

How do you talk to people in a professional realm about racism? This isn’t the kind of thing we are going to have solid answers on – in fact, that’s …

Ep154: Intentional Buying in Inconvenient Times

So much about how we interact and who we interact with is being changed by our experience of COVID-19. Where before we might have not been putting much care into these decisions, now, we …

Ep153: Awkward COVID Conversations...

COVID conversations are about to get super awkward and much more prevalent. So if tricky conversations aren’t your thing... it’s time to learn. (Last week’s replay episode also has some …

Ep152: Emotional Hygiene

This week, Jodi and Eliot talk about how emotions in business relate to dental hygiene and peanut M&M's. Trust us – it makes sense.

Why is that important for business? Often people are …

Ep151: Time Off During COVID

What happens to holidays when you don’t leave your house? 

Let’s talk about how much harder it is to tell people you are taking a day off when …

Ep150: Planning your COVID Return?

There is lots of talk about re-opening businesses and returning to work right now, and it is undoubtedly on your mind. Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple answer to how or when is right for …

Ep149: It's All Becoming a Blur

Technology allows us to do so much from the comfort of our homes. But just because we can doesn’t mean we should. Once everything is jammed into the …

Ep148: Missing Your Commute

For a lot of people, the morning commute to work has been reduced to about 10 feet. Theoretically, that is extra time we now have to do other things. But maybe that commute was exactly the …

Ep147: Are You Down with PPP?

Are you and your business applying for support from your government during COVID-19? Your answer might say more about your style of entrepreneurship than you think!

Why is that important …

Ep146: Pandemic Emotions & Business

Emotions are running high right now, and while business leaders shouldn’t feel the need to become counselors, we are being called on right now for …

Ep145: So, Here's My Puppy...

We’re not here to Pollyanna the coronavirus, but one of the things we hope we can learn from this is that business is a human experience. There is a …

Ep144: The New Normal

“Progress looks like a new set of problems”. As you evolve towards a goal, you have new problems to deal with that you’ve never had to deal with …

Ep143: Decision Making & COVID-19

There’s so much to talk about with Covid-19, you can hardly blame us for having a second episode on it. Let’s talk about the behind-the-scenes decision making happening in businesses right …

Ep142: Leadership, Courage and the Coronavirus

Are you prepared to deal with large scale problems, like the Coronavirus, in your workplace? Although we don’t have a ready answer for how to deal with issues like this, we do have some …

Ep141: Metaphor and The Danger of Words

Feeling misunderstood? Maybe you need a little metaphor in your life!

Why is that important for business? 

“Metaphor is how we nail the jelly of …

Ep140: Remember This One Thing

College is a really big buying decision, and it can teach us a lot about buying decisions in our business, and why it’s important to not just give …

Ep139: Customer Care in Terrible Times

If you handle it right, sometimes the biggest snafu can turn into real business. 

Why is that important for business? 

When the very thing you offer to clients - your core competency – …

Ep138: Boundaries and the "Quick Question"

We often rely on other people to self-screen in our relationships – to not ask too much of us, to know when “a quick question” turns into “I clearly need to hire you”. But when others …

Ep137: The Need for Time Guardians

Being the guardian of your time can bring up all kinds of issues. You want to be accommodating, and you don’t want to disappoint people. Which is why sometimes, you need to outsource to an …

Ep136: Support vs. Abandonment

It’s not often that you use a room full of orphans with puberty as a metaphor, but when you talk about abandoning new clients, who just bought a …

Ep135: Leaving Space for The Solution

Tough conversations are…well…tough. But we make them harder by tensing up and predicting how tough they will be. We make them harder when we don’t …

Ep134: The Complacency Scale

When things are going well, it’s natural to want to stay where you’re at. But at what point does lack of change become complacency? Where does contentment stop being a positive in business?

Ep133: Overwhelm and The Problem with Prioritizing

Found yourself with a paralyzing list of things to do? Where you can’t start anything because there are fifteen other things that need to get done first? 

Overwhelm comes in at least 35 …

Ep132: Stop Ignoring the Solution

Have a business problem? 

Before you start dismissing solutions, listen to this. Because there’s a very simple rule to finding solutions that you are …

Ep131: All Sides of the Decision

In this special by-listener-request episode, we talk about the importance of helping your team understand your decisions, and the even greater importance of setting up a joke before …

Ep130: Structure Before Success

What can we learn about our own businesses from the cannabis industry? Well, sometimes we design our culture to reflect the product we are selling, …

Ep129: The Butterfly Effect and Business

Sometimes, our actions today ripple out and have long term effects. We know this. But it’s wild to think that what happens in 2019 might cause a Christmas tree shortage in 2030. 

Why is …

Ep128: How to Make Everything Easier

Does social support help just as much as physical support when facing an obstacle? 

Jodi has been reading NIH studies before she has even had her morning coffee, and it turns out that …

Ep127: "Just Give Me a Minute."

We aren’t always game for business talk. But it is hard to set a boundary between private and business time if you are unclear on the boundary you are setting. For those fuzzy areas, where …

Ep126: The Danger of Expectations

Expecting a Christmas bonus? Readying to give one? Listen to this first! Because, though you might not think it, “bonus” can mean more than one thing. Getting it wrong is the difference …

Ep125: Office Space and Your Future

Let’s talk about strength of commitment, and designing your space to support your future, not just your present or past. 

And to make it even more interesting, let’s throw in an …

Ep124: The Benefits of Thinking Small

There is no shame in losing out to Butter, as Eliot finds out, but sometimes, there is shame when it comes to time and productivity. And we want to fix that.

Why is that important for …

Ep123: Sugar, Spice & Radiating Values

Does your business radiate your values like a spice company? Find out in this episode!

Why is that important for business? 

Have you heard about the spice company that spent more money on …

Ep122: Hacked & Happy About It

Getting hacked is bad. Of course it is.

But what if…it’s not all bad? What if being hacked is the key to some really big marketing questions?

Why is that important for business? 

Despite 17 …

Ep121: Negotiation Log

When is process valuable, and when is it a distraction from the productivity it is supposed to create? As always, we come at this question from the angle of stories about things like …

Ep120: Gratitude Denied

Uh oh – someone tried to show gratitude to Eliot again! Let’s revisit an early episode of So Here’s My Story, where we talk about compliments, thanking someone, and all of the ways to drive …

Ep119: The Fear of Reaction

How do you know when you are overreacting, and when you should call in help? Whether it’s double pneumonia or a product recall, making a decision to …

Ep118: Lofty Goals & Lawn Gnomes

When you set lofty goals that not only don’t serve your larger objective, but actually work against you, you might want to reflect on this episode about Homeowners Associations, lawn …

Ep117: Communication Triage

“You look so beautiful that I almost didn’t recognize you.”

Ever have someone deliver a compliment with that kind of precision and deftness? Sure, …

Ep116: Happy Birthday... Give Me Your Money

Have you ever received one of those messages from a friend from high school, who clearly just wants to sell you something? Or had someone try to jump …

Ep115: Grin-Worthy Goal Setting

Can you feel the difference between setting a goal and setting a Big Grin Goal? We sure can, and we want to spend some time talking about it.

Why is that important for business? 

We’ve all …

Ep114: Ask Anyway (Joe Natoli Part 2)

It’s part 2 of our lovely dalliance with guest host, Joe Natoli, and he has a lot to share, including how to say no to non ideal clients, how to …

Ep113: Why All Business is UX (Joe Natoli Part 1)

We have a guest host today, and he has a great (2-part) story about finding the right work, making the invisible visible, and helping humans find new …

Ep112: When Ranting Actually Matters

How do you tell when something is just a quick rant, and when something actually matters? Well, we’ve got a story about that. Or a series of rants, as the case may be. 

Why is that …

Ep111: We Are Baltimore

Leadership isn’t about taking responsibility for just the parts you like; leaders don’t get to separate themselves from their organization. And as much as this episode is about the things …

Ep110: The Value of Imperfect Steps

It’s important to remember that clarity comes through action. For instance, clarity that two semi-introverts might not like to be the stars of their own party. And that there might be a …

Ep109: Harmonizing for Fun & for Profit

In business, sometimes you need to lead, and sometimes you need to follow. Like singing harmony, it’s a balancing act of merging talents. And if …

Ep108: The Problem with The Ask

When you’re starting a new venture, you’re all passion and enthusiasm. But can you expect your team to be the same? How much is too much to ask of the people around you?

Why is that …

Ep107: Rabbit Development

You probably don’t expect the story of a rabbit statue at a Shinto temple in Japan to be the inspiration for an episode about the importance of deepening your business relationships, but …

Ep106: Business IS Personal

Ever fallen in business love and just assumed you will be working together forever? Typically, life just doesn’t work that way – employees and teammates come and go in our career, even when …

Ep105: It's Bigger than the Job Description

There’s the part of the job that is in the job description and the part that is harder to define, but typically just as (if not more) valuable. This amorphous magic that someone brings to …

Ep104: Unhealthy Competition

Ever found yourself in the middle of a “who slept less or worked more” competition? It happens to the best of us, and it is always weird. So why do we do it? Let’s see what our intrepid …

Ep103: The Tragic Flaw of Leadership

Ego is a requirement of entrepreneurship, but it can also be an obstacle. Let’s go back to the recession of 2007/2008, where Eliot recounts some of his personal failings for us, so we can …

Ep102: Unintended Consequences

Are there any places in your business where you are falling short of expectations? You might be surprised. There are elements of service and care that, when present, make little impact. Yet …

Ep101: When Things Go Sideways

Sometimes things go sideways. Especially when we have big plans, but absolutely no…”plan”. Like, for instance, our “plan” to make last episode a …

Ep100: Stop Missing Milestones (Our 100th Episode!!)

It’s a very special 100th episode, which leads us to this important question: how do we celebrate milestones?

It turns out, this is harder than it sounds.

Why is that important for business?

Ep99: When Good Marketing Gets Gross

There’s a difference between taking a side door into an opportunity and gaming the system. Just what that difference is and why it matters is what we want to talk about in this episode.

Why …

Ep98: How to Take (and ignore) Feedback

Feedback can be a tricky thing. If you listen to every opinion that you hear, it’s easy to get lost. But if you ignore valuable input simply because you don’t understand the perspective, …

Ep97: Why You Need People that Can See Your Blind Spots

Business is chock full of snarly, complicated problems, and sometimes, they are especially hard to wrangle when we are close to them. Like watching …

Ep96: Chaos Engineering: Being Prepared When Disaster Strikes

While you can’t always be looking down at your feet in business, sometimes, short-term solutions are necessary. They can give you enough momentum and …

Ep95: Hiring (and firing) Your BFF

Have you ever hired a close friend or a family member? There is so much that is wonderful about hiring someone you already trust. But there are also …

Ep94: The Best Foundation (and lipstick?) for Your Business

It’s not often that a quest to find the perfect red lipstick leads you instead to a great business analogy. But when it happens, it’s probably going to happen to Jodi.

Let’s talk about …

Ep93: How to NOT Mess Up Your Onboarding

Have you ever used the phrase “integrity is our watchword” in an onboarding document? Do you have a “behind-the-scenes tour” you give new hires, to show them what working at your company is

Ep92: The Pitfalls of Passion

There is a lot of talk about “finding your passion” in this world. For some, their passion is so clear that it is almost inevitable. For others, though, the idea of finding their passion …

Ep91: Is That the Best You Can Do?

Today, we meet Eliot’s sadistic side.

In a story about the baseline criteria that he demands from his students (as well as a little glimpse into how he enjoys making students squirm), we …

Ep90: The Last Place You'd Ever Look for Inspiration...

What work culture are you strengthening or weakening every day with your language, your behaviors and your messaging? Maybe you need to make it more …

Ep89: Delegation Disaster

A simple holiday trip to Grandma’s house teaches us a lot about delegating and the balance between micromanaging and full autonomy in this episode.

Ep88: Be Creative NOW

What behaviors are you encouraging and measuring in your business? Are those behaviors actually creating the results you want? It might just be that …

Ep86: Intentional Failure

As you can imagine, the process of learning to do a headstand is a challenging thing. But did you know that it can also lead to a powerful business …

Ep85: Speak Volumes in an Instant

We were inspired to look at the business of our 50th Facebook member for business inspiration, and she didn’t disappoint. Rachel’s strong brand identity gives us an important reminder to …

Ep84: Pacing For The Long Run

What can you learn about business through learning to run? We have a special cohost this week, and she teaches us an important lesson about regular …

Ep83: When The Customer Needs to Hear NO

Going into an audition as an actor, you have to make a decision about how you are going to play a character. You can play it as you think the director wants to see it, or you can make your …

Ep82: Priority Hack

Most businesses dream about having their best year ever. But that doesn’t mean it comes without new problems and without competing priorities. There’s a limit to what you can say no to and …

Ep81: Business Karaoke

A night of karaoke might not seem like the most logical place for an epiphany about company culture. But that’s the beautiful thing about using …

Ep80: Ever Been Business Depressed

Motivation – Morning Routine

This week, Jodi and Eliot talk about how motivation and routine are linked, and what filing cabinets and pit stops on a race track have to do with business. 

Ep79: Embarrassment

It can be hard to ask for help, especially when the stakes are high or when you are supposed to be the leader. Almost as hard as asking for help in …

Ep78: Fault

We often don’t see the way we are influencing and affecting those around us. We don’t make the link from our behavior to what we see pervade our …

Ep77: When Time Does Not Equal Money

Time is a valuable commodity, and we hope all of our listeners properly value their time. 

We also know that our time does not inherently have the same value to others, including our …

Ep76: Being Sold

You can learn important business lessons from just about any source, including a squeegee kid with a surprisingly nuanced sales approach.

 

Why is that important for business?

The biggest …

Ep75: Hijacked Meetings

Audience Q&As can quickly devolve. Someone wants to share a story instead of a question; someone else wants to demonstrate their own expertise …

Ep74: Confidence - An Origin Story

Have you ever been in a conversation with someone who ignores the substance of the conversation, and instead present themselves as an authority based on their experience or resume, instead …

Ep73: I Would Have Hired You But

How hard are you making people work to hire you?

Sometimes in business, people make it hard to give them money. Like you are drowning, and they need you to fill out twelve forms in …

Ep72: Deeper Connections - LIVE FROM NYC

In this episode, we are podcasting live from the National Association of Broadcasters Show New York and talking about fist-bump people, Jewish high …

Ep71: Quitting

When her son wants to quit something, Jodi and her husband must decide if they want to encourage him to stick with his commitments or applaud him for knowing what he wants. And this common …

Ep70: Komen

Eliot recently spent 3 days walking 60 miles for the Susan G. Komen foundation, and as usual, came home with a bunch of ideas for what your business can learn from the experience. In this …

Ep69: In Sickness and In Health

When illness befell the Hume household, Jodi learned an important lesson about empathy, and how bad we can be at empathizing if we haven’t …

Ep68: Platitude Smackdown

Business platitudes: they aren’t wrong, but they also aren’t right. And they annoy Jodi.

So let’s talk about them!

Why is that important for business?

There are many business platitudes …

Ep67: The Devil

Ep 66

It’s starts with a movie and this famous dialogue:

“What do you think the Devil is going to look like if he's around?

…He will be attractive! …

Ep66: Max Leadership

Sometimes, all you need is a public restroom and a therapy dog to teach you some important lessons about leadership. This episode is such a time.

 

Why is that important for business?

The …

Ep65: Fresh Start

Ep 65

Ah, September. Not only does it usher in the birthdays of your two favorite podcasters, but for many (or just Jodi) it is also a time for fresh starts. And even if you don’t naturally …

Ep64: Secret Burger Joint

Ep 64

You know all those things you have to do in business, but you really dislike? What if it were possible to strip your business down to just the necessary and even – gasp – the …

Ep63: Not Giving a Dam

Not just any host of a popular podcast would be able to turn a disagreement with their spouse into a lesson for business. But that’s exactly what …

Ep62: Seattle or San Diego?

Sometimes... you need to stop and get out the map. Yessss... we know it's 2018, but WAZE just doesn't WORK for the metaphor we're trying to use in this week's episode. Today, Jodi & …

Ep61: When To Sweat The Small Stuff

In this episode, we talk about how the little things more than just count – they are what make up people’s first impressions of your business.

Why is that important for business?

People are …

Ep60: Care and Feeding

Ep 60

It turns out, customers are a lot like cats – they are a lot happier when you follow their specific care and feeding instructions. 

Everyone …

Ep59: Staying vs Not Leaving

Ep 59

Have you ever thought about the difference between staying and not leaving? There is very different energy between the two, even though we confuse them. Sometimes the middle lane …

Ep58: Pee my WHAT? The Encore Performance

Pee my WHAT? The encore performance

What does peeing your pants have to do with better business? This week, we revisit our very first episode, over a year ago, where Jodi and Eliot talk …

Ep57: Certainty

Ep 57 – Certainty

Have you ever noticed a tendency to view things in a binary, all-or-nothing way? Does delegating frustrate you, because you worry …

Ep56: The Red Hen

Ep 56 – The Red Hen

The notion of choosing politics over business has been in the news lately, and it begs the question: how you know when choosing …

Ep55: Is It Too Late for Me?

Ep 55 – Is It Too Late for Me?

Ever heard a 20-something lament about how it’s “too late” for them to do something?

In this episode of So Here’s My Story, we talk about the idea of it being …

Ep54: Pick Your Lane

Ep 54 – Pick a Lane

In traffic, it is critical that other drivers be able to anticipate your behavior; you need to be clear about your direction and your intentions if you want everyone to …

Ep53: How the Yanni v.s. Laurel Debate Relates to Business

Did you listen to the now famous “Laurel vs Yanni” audio that has been making its rounds on social media? Despite an ingrained reluctance to …

Ep52: The Business Sommelier

“I fired a client recently”, Eliot says, with a twinkle in his eye and some understated elation in his voice.

And so begins today’s story.

Sometimes, we have clients that, although they are …

Ep51: The Line Between Satisfied and Full

You can hardly expect Jodi to go to Italy without bringing back some stories. In this episode of So Here’s My Story, we learn about what eating for pleasure might have to do with business, …

Ep50: Nicht Tiefgründig

“I wish I could, but I just can’t”.

Have you ever heard that phrase and thought to yourself, “yes, you could. You just don’t want to”? Have you ever …

Ep49: "With Your Tray Tables Locked In an Upright Position"

Sometimes in your organization, there needs to be a bit of transparency. But, it needs to be just the right amount. How do you give your employees a peek behind the curtain without …

Ep48: The Shared Priority

Have you ever had a client try to get you to serve two opposing masters at once? How do you get them to settle on a priority so that you can move forward?

In this episode, we talk about …

Ep47: Sink, or Swim, or Other

Whether it is learning the guitar, jumping in the pool, or doing something brand new in business, feeling foolish is a powerful motivator to keep us …

Ep46: The Art of Finishing Well

We don't talk about endings enough, especially not ending things well, with as much celebration as we began them. And that is exactly what this episode is about.

Why is that important for …

Ep45: The Second Question Zing

Ever have the networking equivalent of a glass of water: it has substance, but no flavor? This episode is all about those conversations you have that don’t feel like a connection at all. …

Ep44: How Strong is Your Core (Competency)?

If you are someone who has ever worked with a fitness trainer, you have probably heard their mantra: “engage your core”. It turns out, almost everything you do in fitness becomes easier, …

Ep43: When Words Go Awry

When you enter a new environment or talk to someone who isn’t as intimately familiar to yourself as you are, it can be hard to navigate the language gap. Even when you think you know what …

Ep42: The Power of the Petty

Here you are, just trying to live your life, trying to use your brain to solve complex life problems or just navigate your way through Costco, and …

Ep41: The Sound of Silence

Knowing when to show up is an art form all its own. Ever found yourself saying more than you should, just to fill the silence?

This episode is all …

Ep40: There is an I in team

It isn’t uncommon for businesses to be stalled by interpersonal conflict, which seems like it might call for some serious Business Couples Counseling. But at the root of that conflict can …

Ep39: How to Combat Your Inner Business Toddler

In business, emotions can run high. And when emotions are high, often our inner Business Toddler comes out, which can make professional discourse seem impossible. In those moments, all of …

Ep38: When Knowledge Isn't Enough

Have you ever been given information – fascinating information, even – that you almost immediately forgot? There was most likely a critical piece missing in your education on that topic - …

Ep37: Of Paper Towels and Nespresso Machines

Over at the World Wide So Here’s My Story Podcast Headquarters, we have lots of great discussions. But this one is special, because it all started …

Ep36: The Massage Saga Continues...

Have you ever walked into a space, and something in the environment made you uncomfortable? Or maybe you entered a work space and thought “this space is perfectly suited to the work being …

Ep35: Want-Shaming Free Zone

Have you ever asked someone a question – a deeper question that gets at who they really are – and received an “I don’t know” in return? This episode is all about the really good …

Ep34: Vibrancy in the Low Places

January can have a weird energy for many people, both personally and in business. And all of us, whatever our season of lower energy, could use a …

Ep33: Own That Rant

Have you ever actually felt the exact moment that you lost all respect for a professional associate? In this episode, Eliot and Jodi discuss how straddling two messages in an attempt to be …

Ep32: You Need a Kristi

Do you ever get stuck in overthinking? Either indecision or second guessing the decision you already made? Well, so has Jodi (not Eliot – he’s perfect!), and in this episode, we try to …

Ep31: The Price is Right

Feeling like you can’t get clients to understand your value? This episode of So Here’s My Story is all about showing potential clients the difference between your work as a commodity, and …

Ep30: New Years Evolutions

New Year’s Evolution

It's New Years. Want to avoid setting the same ole' “just add water, have shame in 3 weeks" resolutions? This is the episode for …

Ep29: Cancer & Kudzu

Sometimes we set goals – like business growth – not because they are true goals, but because it feels like we are a failure if we don’t achieve them... Have you started your 2018 goal …

Ep28: Quack, Quack

Quack, Quack

You know those early American Idol contestants? The ones with…less than stellar singing skills? Have you ever wondered why none of their …

Ep27: Patre-OFF

Are you in the mood for a rant? This week, Jodi and Eliot air some grievances about the newest changes to the Patreon fee structure, all in the spirit of championing honest business …

Ep26: Mental Feng Shui

Episode 26

Have you ever found yourself adding unnecessary steps to a project? Made something simple way too complicated? This week, Jodi and Eliot talk about the mental feng shui that …

Ep25: "Does This Look Infected to You?"

This week, Jodi and Eliot talk about the situations where you don’t want to collaborate; there are times when you want the experts to lead. And it …

Ep24: Is There Anything ELSE I Can Help You With?

Episode 24 We’ve all had the experience of feeling like a company doesn’t care about us, but how many of us have examined how our own clients experience working with us? This week, Jodi and …

Ep23: A Story Taylor-Made

This week, Eliot and Jodi discuss Taylor’s car shopping experience, implicit bias, and the benefits of curiosity.

Why is that important for business?

As Taylor’s story illustrates, ignoring …

Ep22: Controlicating (Yes, that's exactly what we meant.)

This week, Eliot and Jodi talk about those moments in business where we have irrational, emotional reactions and what that intrepid traveler, Indiana Jones, teaches us about how to deal …

Ep21: What Kipling Saw

This week, Jodi and Eliot talk about that famous business poet, Rudyard Kipling, and what he has to say about riding the ups and downs of business.

Why is that important for business?

“If …

Ep19: Will & Grace-less

We watched the new Will & Grace, and at the risk of losing diehard fans, we have some ideas about how it relates to your business. This week, Eliot and Jodi talk about knowing your …

Ep18: The Agony and Ecstasy of High Expectations

This week, Jodi and Eliot talk about the psychology of loss, VIP sections, and goldfish the size of a continent, terrorizing the ocean. It all makes …

Ep17: Laser Focused Apathy

This week, Jodi and Eliot talk stereo equalizers, Top Gun, and goals, and how they all relate to your business.  

Why is that important for business?

Sometimes, defining a minimum can be …

Ep16: Being Ready Is Overrated

This week, Jodi and Eliot talk about bringing the wrong size of clothes into the dressing room, comedian Kumail Nanjiani, and Jodi’s seeing eye dog, which is apparently our team member …

Ep15: Empty Out Your Trophy Room (With Chris Brogan)

This week, Jodi and Eliot talk about jiu jitsu, palm writing, and other interesting things that totally make sense once you listen to the episode.   

 

Why is that important for business?

Ep14: I've Had It Up to Here With You People!

This week, Jodi and Eliot talk about how emotions in business relate to dental hygiene and peanut M&Ms. Trust us – it makes sense.  

Why is that important for business?

Often people are …

Ep13: PLEASE Don't Say Please.

PLEASE Don’t Say Please

What does thawing bait in the microwave have to do with boundaries in business? This week, Jodi and Eliot discuss hard boundaries and why it’s not always kind to be …

Ep12: Corporate Imposter Syndrome

Tamsen Interview

This week, Jodi and Eliot interview Tamsen about when Imposter Syndrome shows up in organizations. 

Why is that important for business?

Imposter Syndrome is usually an …

Ep11: Cringe-worthy Compliments

This week, Jodi harasses Eliot into seeing how critical it is to be able to take a compliment.

Why is that important for business? Knowing your value, and using it as a foundation for …

Ep10: Two Tickets to Paradise

Have you ever had someone throw up a barrier when you are just trying to determine if you want to work with them? This week, Eliot and Jodi talk about how a $50 charge at a travel agency …

Ep09: We've seen your hustle. Let's see your Hooky.

Nutrition and business – how much do they have in common? This week on So Here’s My Story, Jodi and Eliot talk about the importance of taking a break, in nutrition, and in business.

Why is …

Ep08: My Safeword Is Cinnamon.

Why would you need a safe word in business? This week on So Here’s My Story, Eliot and Jodi talk about clients we don’t love.

Why is that important …

Ep07: Just Say... THAT.

Just Say… THAT

What could parenting anger possibly have to do with business? This week on So Here’s My Story, Eliot and Jodi talk hard conversations …

EP06: Ever Been "Business Depressed?"

This week, Jodi and Eliot talk about how motivation and routine are linked, and what filing cabinets and pit stops on a race track have to do with business.

Why is routine important for …

Ep05: Christmas in July...?

Christmas in July…

EP04: How can a couples' massage POSSIBLY leave you cranky...?

How could a couples' massage possibly leave you cranky...? 

What do couples’ massages and unfulfilled expectations have in common? Probably not what …

Ep03: When Leadership = Looking Dumb?

When Leadership = Looking Dumb? 

“Are we weird?” is the topic at hand this week, and Jodi and Eliot talk about how a lot of business people feel …

Ep02: Rule Number One

Rule #1

What do a parking ticket and a cashier’s cheque have to do with business? This week, Eliot and Jodi talk about the importance of not making …

Ep01: Seriously? We're starting with a Pee Your Pants story...?

Pee my WHAT? What does peeing your pants have to do with better business? This week, Jodi and Eliot talk about the importance of sharing those …

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