The Leading Edge Podcast: Becoming Your “Best Self” for Leaders with Brent Carter
This week, Travis Nipper sits down with Brent Carter, Vice President Organizational Development at GES – Global Experience Specialists. Brent and Travis tackle the topic of Becoming Your “Best Self” for leaders. He takes us deeper on the challenges of leader stress in these times, shares his framework for improving to a place where we can be our best self and our best leadership-self.
Brent shares with us how he is connected and what expertise he has gained over the years as an executive coach, leadership facilitator, and “reformed computer geek.” (2:28)
Brent takes us deeper on the challenges of leader stress in these times to a place where we can be our best self and our best leadership-self. (4:35)
Brent talks about how the idea of “best self” leadership got on his radar. (6:27)
Brent talks about what causes people to want to change and then how can they actually makes the change. (8:05)
Brent shares his experience of getting out of the “New Year’s Eve” mindset. And how to move from “wanting to make a change to actually taking steps to make change. (9:30)
Brent share some examples of the status quo we may try to break free from in all our roles and talks about some less obvious indicators that we may be tired of the status quo. (12:09)
Where should we start when we are truly ready to be that next best version of ourself and why Brent cautions us against taking too narrow of a focus and what we can learn from maintain our automobiles that guides us. (14:25)
Brent overviews how we can use a Mind, Body, Heart, Spirit as part of breaking down a broader scope of approaching your best version of self. (16:25)
Really…how busy is your mind? (18:02)
How to be aware of where your mind is going and your mindset. Brent shares some tips to help with this. (19:10)
What is a learning log and why should you have one? (21:35)
Brent responds with what role schedules, routines, and boundaries play in helping us improve our thinking and mindset with relations to where you fit on work/personality assessments (DiSC, MBTI, etc.)? (22:34)
Brent moves us into a discussion of the body and how it speaks to us and what we do about that. (23:58)
What is overconsumption therapy and Brent shares how he and his wife have adopted a modern twist on their yoga classes. (25:40)
How to feed your heart and what is the difference between happiness and joy. (28:23)
What does worry do to trigger negative impacts? Brent shares a great resource in Dr. Richard Boyatzis at Case Western Reserve University. (31:04)
Brent shares the idea of a “gratitude journal” that he has used with leaders in the past. Brent also shares the importance of letting others know you are grateful for them..and thanking them for it! (32:40)
Brent responds to what the spiritual component of the model means. (35:10)
Brent gives us some individual advice on how deep we should go with the spiritual reflection part of the model. (36:48)
Travis asks for advice for leaders that want to be the best for themselves and their teams and others as well. Brent offers some practical advice and how to “create your own target”.(39:30)
Brent wraps up with a few final points and shares what he thinks is the biggest danger for leaders. (42:25)
Brent Carter, Vice President Organizational Development at GES – Global Experience Specialists
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