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Guest: Shirzad Chamine, author of Positive Intelligence

Part I - Live Event
Part II - Bonus Interview

Shirzad Chamine is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, Positive Intelligence: Why Only 20% of Teams and Individuals Achieve Their True Potential and How You Can Achieve Yours. 

 Shirzad is the former CEO of the largest coach training organization in the world, CTI. He has trained faculty at Stanford University and Yale business schools. A preeminent C-suite advisor, Shirzad has coached hundreds of CEOs and their executive teams. His background includes a BA in psychology, an MS in electrical engineering, and an MBA from Stanford. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and his son and daughter are among his greatest joys in life (in fact he once stepped down as CEO to spend more time with them). He is currently CEO of Positive Intelligence, ranked #567 in the 2023 Inc 5000 List…a passionate “Culture First” company that believes in creating a better world of work.

"Transformational change is... 20% Insight, 80% Muscle"

We often know what we need to do to be effective, but we sabotage ourselves. We must build mental fitness – Positive Intelligence, or PQ – by weakening our mental “Saboteurs” and strengthening our mental “Sage”. Leaders with high PQ develop new brain "muscles" and access 5 untapped “Sage” powers: Explore, Empathize, Innovate, Navigate, and Activate. These mental Sage powers enable leaders to be grounded and agile in any situation and to create a thriving team environment.


Discover Your Saboteurs: Take the Assessment

Is your mind serving you or sabotaging you?

With Positive Intelligence (PQ), you discover how to identify and conquer your top mental Saboteurs, including the Judge, Controller, Avoider, Stickler, Pleaser, etc.

These Saboteurs can override our good intentions, subconsciously triggering a defensive reaction and undermining our effectiveness – in meetings, in relationships, and our daily decisions and actions. The first step to conquering your Saboteurs is to identify them and expose their lies and limitations.

Positive Intelligence for your Team or Organization

Eight out of 10 teams never reach their full potential. The PQ® Program for mental fitness enables your team to achieve optimal performance and wellbeing at work and beyond. The PQ Program will help your team build the mental muscles needed to ignite lasting positive change across your organization.

Learn more and Watch a 3-Minute Overview of the PQ Program

Multi-million Dollar Grant for Coaches

Discover why Positive Intelligence has committed to a multi-million dollar grant exclusively for coaches. See whether you are eligible and learn how you can apply for this grant for a seat in the seven-week PQ program. The next Grant Program cohort starts Sat, January 20th, 2024. Space is limited, apply now.

How to 100x Your Impact as a Coach

This Episode Brought to You by Culture First LIVE Event

Christy interviewed Shirzad for a LIVE event with Culture First, a movement of people who believe a better world of work is possible and are willing to take action to make it real. Culture First is a global community with 100+ chapters worldwide, so listening in were people around the globe, from Denver to Dubai & Michigan to Melbourne.

As an active member of the Culture First Community and Leader of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, Christy saw what kindred spirits the Culture First and Positive Intelligence communities are and was delighted to bring them together. Thank you Culture First & Jessie Jacob for hosting such a rich conversation!

  • 6 months ago

Guest: Kim Scott, author of Radical Candor

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Kim Scott is a two-time New York Times bestselling author. In this chat, we talk about her first iconic book, Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity

Kim is a former tech executive, leading critical teams with founders at Google, Apple, and YouTube – and, she’s been a Coach to CEOs at Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter, and more.

Daniel Pink, Author of the bestseller Drive & A Whole New Mind says “Kim Scott has a well-earned reputation as a kickass boss and
a voice that CEOs take seriously.

"Reading Radical Candor will help you build, lead and inspire teams to do the best work of their lives."
 -- Sheryl Sandberg, former Facebook COO & author of LeanIn

 Gain insight on being a leader who cares personally but also challenges directly…and how to create a culture of candor.


Take the Radical Candor Quiz 

How Radically Candid is your communication? Answer five questions selecting the option that best represents how you would typically respond in the given situations to test how you show up on the Radically Candid scale.

Laugh and Learn Your Way to a Feedback Culture

Featured in The Economist, The Feedback Loop — a laugh-and-learn training program that includes a workplace comedy starring David Alan Grier — helps you develop a candid culture of effective feedback. This is a binge-worthy, not cringe-worthy, Netflix-style feedback training course for your entire team.

Learn more and preview here. Get 10% off here.

Radical Candor (Updated Edition): 
Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity

The idea is simple: You don't have to choose between being a pushover and a jerk. Using Radical Candor -- avoiding the perils of Obnoxious Aggression, Manipulative Insincerity, and Ruinous Empathy -- you can be kind and clear at the same time. Radical Candor is packed with guidance to help you improve your relationships at work and beyond and is available in hardback, softcover, Kindle, and Audible.

Just Work: How to Root Out Bias, Prejudice, and Bullying to Build
a Kick-Ass Culture of Inclusivity

Just Work is Kim Scott's newest book, revealing a practical framework for both respecting everyone’s individuality and collaborating effectively. This is the essential guide leaders and their employees need to create more just workplaces and establish new norms of collaboration and respect.

Are Radical Candor and Psychological Safety at Odds?

In our chat, Kim mentions the FastCompany article she wrote with psychological safety pioneer Amy Edmondson.
GREAT NUGGETS from these 2 leading minds discussing the interplay of psych safety and candor. A must-read if you want to grow a culture of innovation, inclusion, or high performance.

Having a “safe” environment can seem at odds with the notion of radical candor…Psychological safety isn’t about being COMFORTABLE all the time. Without an environment where candor is welcome, a team can’t perform at their best. It’s about embracing the discomfort. "When leaders are confident enough to solicit and reward feedback, this encourages employees to say what they really think."

FastCompany: 4 steps to create psychological safety in your teams 

Connecting with Kim - is packed with resources...a blog, videos, virtual workshops, digital courses and more. Find articles from Fast Company, Forbes and more at: and resources galore at

  • 7 months ago

Leadership Lessons with Ted Lasso

  • Guest: Gary Ware

  • Guest: Jessie Jacob

Leadership Lessons with Ted Lasso - Taking the High Road
w/ Guest: Gary Ware

Gary Ware is the Author of the acclaimed Playful Rebellion: Maximize Workplace Success Through the Power of Play. Gary is a keynote speaker, a certified coach, and an improv guy with a decade of experience performing improv theater. He's a leadership and team facilitator.

Following years of burnout climbing the corporate ladder, in pursuit of an outdated, impersonal, and cookie-cutter "dream," Gary Ware now works with young-and young at heart-professionals to help them incorporate play into their lives and experience how it can improve every part of living, from confidence and energy to attitude and creativity.

Playful Rebellion will help you discover how to find joy and wonder in the mundane again, and how to use the superpowers hidden within yourself. You'll learn the steps to become a Play Rebel, and the advantages of being one, from satisfying our deepest emotional needs to getting through that boring Zoom meeting.

Connect with and learn more about Gary at Amazon: Playful Rebellion


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Guest: Maurice Brewster, CEO of Mosaic Global Transportation

Maurice Brewster is the CEO and Founder of Mosaic Global Transportation. Leading in adversity is a topic Maurice knows all about.

As a premier provider to corporate clients in 400 cities, including Johnson & Johnson, Verizon, Google, Facebook and other Silicon Valley giants, Mosaic watched business go from 2000 trips a day to zero in an instant when Covid-19’s Shelter in Place ended all employee shuttles and event transportation overnight. Mosaic was recently featured in a Wall Street Journal article on how businesses are being impacted by the Corona virus. Listen in for an authentic conversation on the topic of leading through uncertainty.

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Mosaic Featured in the Wall Street Journal 

“We’re nervous,” said CEO Maurice Brewster, thinking about how to get 100+ employees back to work. “I’m hoping and preparing for two months. But my gut is telling me this is going to take a lot more than that.”  Full article here.

Connect with Mosaic and Maurice

Mosaic Global Transportation is the new benchmark in executive transportation for meeting planners around the world.

Phone:  800-398-7881

  • 4 years ago

Guest: Michael Bungay Stanier, author of The Advice Trap

Michael Bungay Stanier is the author of The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever, the best-selling coaching book of this century. Written for time-crunched managers, parents or friends who want to be a little more coach-like, it’s about discovering a ”different way of being with people.”

In 2019, Michael was named the #1 thought leader in coaching, and was shortlisted for the coaching prize by Thinkers50, the “Oscars of management”.  

Michael’s new book is The Advice Trap: Be Humble, Stay Curious, and Change the Way You Lead Forever. In our interview we chat about how to tame your Advice Monster and what it takes to stay curious just a little bit longer with the people around us, every day. 

What Brene Brown has done for vulnerability...Michael Bungay Stanier has done for curiosity."
 -- Tom Kolditz, PhD, Brigadier General, Director, Doerr Institute


Take the Questionnaire: What's Your Advice Monster? 

Are you inclined to Tell-It? Do you have a penchant for Save-It? Or is Control-It your BFF? Take the questionnaire to discover which of the three Advice Monster personas is strongest in you. Less than 10 minutes to complete, and you’ll get a detailed report including a list of tactics to help you tame your particular flavor of Advice Monster.

Cheat Sheets

Take advantage of these download resources at: GetTheGoodstuff    >> How to Ask a Question Well
                                            >> How to Interrupt Someone
                                            >> How to Be Appreciative
Put these sheets somewhere you’ll see them regularly, practice, and change the way you lead forever.

The 7 Essential Coaching Questions

By saying less and asking more—you can change your way of being with people...and get better outcomes.
 >> Get straight to the point in any conversation with
        The Kickstart Question
 >> Uncover new answers with The Awe Question
 >> Save hours of time for yourself with The Lazy Question,
        and hours of time for others with The Strategic Question
 >> Get to the heart of any interpersonal or external challenge
        with The Focus Question and The Foundation Question
 >> Spark insightful "Ahas" with The Learning Question

Don't Fall Into the Advice Trap

Michael & Marshall Goldsmith (America's #1 Coach by INC and Fast Company) discuss the Essential Coaching Questions featured in both his books.

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More Transformational Questions

In the Interview, Michael shares a great article by Tim Ferris, author of The Four-Hour Work Week and Tribe of Mentors.
See what he says are the “17 Questions that Changed My Life.”  What might they do for you?

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  • 4 years ago

Guest: Marshall Goldsmith, author of Triggers

Marshall Goldsmith is a world-renowned business educator and coach and leading expert in his field. His distinct ability to get results for top leaders has enabled over 150 CEOs, including the CEO of Ford Motor Company and the President of the World Bank, to achieve impactful change with his coaching

Marshall has authored 39 books, including NYTimes #1 best-sellers, Triggers: Creating Behavior Change That Lasts—Becoming the Person You Want to Be and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. He has been awarded America's #1 Executive Coach by INC and the World's Most Influential Leadership Thinker by Thinkers 50. In In this episode, Marshall shares how to achieve lasting habit change for becoming the person we aim to be. He’s honest, he’s upbeat, and he’s deeply insightful.


6 Leadership Tips from Ford CEO Alan Mulally 

It’s no wonder Ford Motor company went from economic distress to glowing profitability under Alan Mulally’s watch. He was warm-hearted and authentic, but he was also disciplined in putting systems in place to succeed in making hard changes. Hear Marshall describe his client in this episode, and see 6 Leadership Tips from Alan in this article.

Everyone Getting Better, Every Day

Marshall shares the powerful example of CEO Hubert Joly, his client who has installed a system at Best Buy where everyone in the company is clear on something in which they can improve. Talk to anyone and say, “What do you want to get better at?”...”You’ll hear, ‘My name is Pat and I want to be a better listener’.” When everyone in the company is getting better...that’s competitive advantage.

The Factors that Influence Overall HAPPINESS

Marshall and his daughter Kelly Goldsmith (PhD & Vanderbilt professor), collaborated on a survey of several thousand adults to uncover exactly what factors influence overall happiness. What they found? It has everything to do with where you point the finger when your attitude needs an improvement.
Download the article and survey results.

Up Your Game with Daily Questions

A cornerstone of Marshall's coaching practice, and a centerpiece of his book Triggers, is the 6-question practice. To support your own daily habit of asking yourself the right questions, try using this app for consistency and accountability.

Atul Gawande's The Checklist Manifesto shows the simple 
yet powerful result of adding structured accountability 
to what you do, citing it in 
Marshall's own book, Triggers..

Marshall cites How Women Rise as
a source of inspiration for making permanent, healthy change

One of Marshall's enduringly popular titles is What Got You Here Won't Get You There.  Marshall and Christy discuss the importance of personal "adult growth spurts" to address life's ever-changing challenges.

Moving from Feedback to Feed Forward

Marshall mentions the concept of "feed forward instead of feedback." This article explains how you can keep the focus of peer input on learning to be right rather than showing you were wrong. 

What's Your Mission?

Marshall, like many others, cites Peter Drucker as a foundational influence. He remembers Drucker telling him, "Our mission in life is to make a difference, not to prove how smart we are." To read about Peter Drucker's influence on organizations of all types, check out the Drucker Institute website.

"My mission is simple. I want to help successful people achieve positive, lasting change in behavior."

To connect with Marshall and his work go to:

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