The Next Level with Jeff Agostinelli

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May 29, 2017

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My guest today has compiled a body of work in his book, The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever, that maps out how to master the art of asking questions. If you are a coach, a leader, parent, or part of a team, The Coaching Habit is full of actionable tools to master the art of asking questions and help you become a cooperative leader and teammate.

This book is sure to become a manual for a new style of leadership and go down in history as a coaching classic.

Michael Bungay Stanier is the Senior Partner at Box of Crayons, a company that helps organizations do less Good Work and more Great Work. He’s the author of several books, including The Coaching Habit and Do More Great Work. Michael has written for or been featured in numerous publications including Business Insider, Fast Company, Forbes, The Globe & Mail and The Huffington Post.

Today we'll unpack The Coaching Habit and many more of Michael's findings in the areas of coaching, leadership, communication, and work.

In this episode you'll learn

  • The importance of moving from insight to action.
  • Moving away from always wanting to give advice, to wanting to ask more questions, and how this can revolutionize your impact as a coach.
  • The Magic of undivided attention, how to not be caught up in your own head while coaching, and the impact of having a genuine curiosity to really understand where someone is at.
  • The difference between bad, good, and great work. And how to evaluate your life and make sure you are engaging in more great works.
  • How to identify, test, and know when you are ready to go all in or move to the next step.
  • How to dial in your focus, say no more clearly, and quickly find the people and projects that you should really be working with.
  • The difference between the 2 types of coaching, And how to utilize both to have the most impact… Coaching for performance and coaching for development
  • The power of beginning a question with the word “WHAT” and how it can open the door for more exploration.
  • How adding the words “FOR YOU” at the end of a sentence, can make a question more personal instead of theoretical/abstract… This will tighten the focus, and help embed insight and learning into that person.
  • How to use accountability when coaching, so you are not working as hard but having more impact in the process.
  • The 3 P’s - Projects, People, and Patterns… How to use these 3 different lenses to explore, and get real about the challenges of your life.
  • and so much MORE…
May 22, 2017

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My guest today is at the forefront of leadership, helping leaders understand what it takes to create a company culture that fosters the talents and skills of the entire team.

Dov Baron has been speaking internationally for over 30 years, he’s the man with a finger on the pulse of the evolving world of NextGen leadership. One of Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Leadership Speakers to hire, Dov Baron is a master storyteller! Considered by many as the leading authority on Authentic Leadership, and the founder of Full Monty Leadership and The Authentic Speaker Academy for Leadership. Outside of his speaking and training Dov works with multi-disciplinary leaders and executive teams to build the bonds that create organizational cultures that become Fiercely Loyal.

Dov is a bestselling author of several books. His latest book is Fiercely Loyal; How High Performing Companies Develop and Retain Top Talent. He also writes for and has been featured in many industry magazines including being featured on CNN, CBS Small Business Pulse, SHRM, Yahoo Finance, Boston Globe, Business in Vancouver, USA today, CEO, Entrepreneur and many more.

In this episode you'll learn

  • What the new face of leadership looks likeWhy you can't lead based on the old model of command and control
  • Why you can't lead based on the old model of command and controlWhat it means to be a purpose driven individual and have a purpose driven company
  • What it means to be a purpose driven individual and have a purpose driven company
  • What makes leaders come up short in creating loyalty in their companiesDov's unlikely story that got him into the leadership space
  • Dov's unlikely story that got him into the leadership spaceHow to show up as an authentic leader
  • How to show up as an authentic leaderDov's big mistake and lesson learned about becoming and staying true to your own style of authentic leadership
  • Dov's big mistake and lesson learned about becoming and staying true to your own style of authentic leadershipWhy the younger generations are demanding higher levels of authenticity and accountability
  • Why the younger generations are demanding higher levels of authenticity and accountabilityHow leadership is more about the legacy you leave than the way you lead
  • How leadership is more about the legacy you leave than the way you leadThe top characteristics that make up great leaders
  • The top characteristics that make up great leadersThe surprising truth about what actually drives our default leadership style
  • The surprising truth about what actually drives our default leadership styleand so much MORE…
  • and so much MORE…
May 15, 2017

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The journey of self-discovery can often seem very focused on a single point, just us an individual. But, without looking at the bigger picture of where we got most of our beliefs and values from misses the picture. My guest today has a very intriguing and unique perspective on how longevity is culturally learned.

Dr. Martinez is a clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in how cultural beliefs affect health and longevity. He proposes, based on credible research evidence, that longevity is learned and the causes of health are inherited. He has studied healthy centenarians (100 years or older) worldwide and found that only 20 to 25% can be attributed to genetics - the rest is related to how they live and the cultural beliefs they share. In addition to longevity, he also explains why our immune system is not just a protector. Instead, it responds to the cultural premises we learn to perceive the world.

Today we'll unpack what biocognitive science is and do a deep dive into his most recent book, The MindBody Self: How Longevity is Culturally Learned and the Causes of Health are Inherited.

In this episode you'll learn…

  • What biocognitive science is
  • How our culture influences our health and longevity
  • How our identity as described in our cultural context gets woven into our mindbody and how to understand it and create change
  • The role we play as co-author in every relationship
  • How illness and wellness are culturally defined
  • Adopting a middle-way consciousness with the definition of illness and wellness
  • How the immune system has morals and an ethical system that it assimilates from your culture
  • How thoughts and emotions affect the nervous, immune, and endocrine system
  • Finding enjoyment in all conditions between adversity and good fortune
  • The difference between need and love
  • and so much MORE...
May 8, 2017

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My guest today was tested in the way no parent every wants to be or thinks they will.

Mo Gawdat is the Chief Business Officer at Google’s [X]. At Google, his team is responsible for exploring “moonshot” dreams like the much-lauded self-driving car and providing global internet access by using sub-orbital balloons. For being at the top of a "dream team" though, Mo realized in 2001 that he was miserably unhappy and spirits were far from sailing above the clouds. So he did the one thing he knew how to do better than anything: he put his engineering experience to work and, by using data and research, he created an algorithm and “solved” happiness.

Thirteen years later, Mo’s algorithm would be put to the ultimate test. After the sudden, senseless death of his son Ali, Mo and his family turned to his equation which saved them from depths of despair. With a new sense of purpose and a drive to honor his son's memory, he began the #10MillionHappy Mission designed to make at least that many people realize that happiness is within their control.

Today we'll dive into the framework behind Solve for Happy and so much more.
We dive into topics like

  • Mo's "modern day warrior" journey that led him to Solve for Happy
  • The 6 Grand Illusions, the 7 Blind Spots, and the 5 Ultimate Truths
  • Understanding the true meaning of happiness in the modern world
  • Happiness as your default setting
  • How happiness is truly the absence of unhappiness
  • The passing of Mo's son and how Mo dealt with the loss
  • Reframing happiness as a state of peace
  • How the modern world has confused happiness with what Mo calls "weapons of mass distraction"
  • How to identify when you are engaging in distraction instead of true happiness
  • It's not the events of life that make you unhappy, it's the way you think about the events of life that make you unhappy
  • and so much MORE...
May 1, 2017

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I’m constantly on the lookout for new and interesting approaches to health and healing. This medicine is much more traditional, and is starting to make it's way into the western world. I'm yet to personally experiment with Kambo medicine, and I invited Simon Scott on the show today to chat about this peculiar frog venom.

Simon Scott grew up in England and studied Computer Science to Masters level. He moved to Asia in his mid-twenties to work in Post Production and was there for 5 years, Thailand, Singapore, and Hong Kong. After being headhunted to the States to work in a Hollywood design company he won an Emmy for his work and used that as a catalyst to become an American citizen. After a decade of working for leading Hollywood film post-production companies Simon started Mac Guff, and boutique post-production company in Santa Monica CA. For five years Simon and his team produced many award winning TV Commercials for leading brands such as Hummer, Acura, DeBeers and Panasonic. It was during this time that Simon became stressed, overworked and had a hard time dealing with the riggers of running his company.

After much soul-seeking, he decided to leave his career to find something more personally rewarding, something closer to his heart. Simon sought out answers in South America, in Colombia where he worked with Kambo Medicine and also drank the medicinal brew Ayahuasca over 50 times. It was during this period that he realized his deep desires to facilitate healing for others. As this desire grew stronger, people showed up for healing and Simon steadily grew a solid reputation as a practitioner of Kambo. Simon has worked with Kambo now for 7 years and has been proving the Kambo medicine to others for over 5 years.

He has worked with 1000’s of people from all over the world and has a perfect safety record with the Kambo medicine. Simon is the creator of the website, which is an authority on the Kambo medicine and which helps people to research Kambo before deciding to work with it. Simon currently lives in Sedona Arizona where he facilitates Kambo ceremonies.

We dive into topics like

    ⁃    Simon's journey to discover
    ⁃    Kambo medicineistening to your soul's calling
    ⁃    The power of more traditional plant medicines to open the heart
    ⁃    Ayahuasca and DMT
    ⁃    The difference between Ayahuasca and Kambo
    ⁃    The power of Kambo to eliminate emotional toxins from the body
    ⁃    The traditional uses of plant medicine and Kambo
    ⁃    Simon's first experience with Kambo
    ⁃    Why some of the plant medicines and Kambo are not so readily available here in the West
    ⁃    Using discernment when it comes to natural medicines
    ⁃    and so much more…