The Atlas

Grow or Die - The Motives and Mechanics of Reframing

Join Lawrence and me as we discuss the nitty gritty of reframing -- how to do it, why bother and what things you need to get clear about in order to decide whether or not it's worthwhile. We have a great discussion about the tough parts of adulting, and who should (and shouldn't) have the power to emotionally hijack us, including what we need to do to prevent it from happening.

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Grow or Die - Toxic Positivity

Join Lawrence and I this week as we discuss a recent hot topic worth spending a few minutes tackling: toxic positivity. What is it? Why do people do it? Why is it unhelpful? And what is a good yard stick to use to determine when being positive about something helps, versus when it stops being constructive?

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Grow or Die - Fairweather Allies?

Join us in this week's conversation as we discuss the reality of post-Covid life, and the 'return to normal' that is starting to roll back a lot of well-intended efforts around diversity. Is it just about company culture? Or bigger things like politics and the economy? Probably a bit of both. Lawrence and I tackle what being an ally really needs to look like in our 'new normal,' and possibly on-coming recession.

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The real life application of happiness research

I have an evolving relationship with social science's quest to figure out what makes people happy. In fact, I used to listen to my former business partner talk about it and have to actively resist the urge to roll my eyes and groan dramatically (and, in all fairness, he knew I was barely containing a scoff, so he mostly just fed me more beer with chips and guac). It always felt so... trivial. I was interested in meaning and impact and a whole host of other things. But "happiness" just felt... trite. And far too trivial to be worth pursuing in its own right.

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Grow or Die - Disruptive Leadership

Today Lawrence and I discussed the notion of disruptive leadership -- how and why it happens, why it matters, and what it can look like from different angles.

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Choosing our Choices

As we age, while we might be upset by it, we fully understand that our bodies change. Whether it's our eyesight, our muscle mass, our running speed or just how much sleep we need, most of us are pragmatic enough to recognize that we have different bodies at 50 than we had at 20.

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Grow or Die - Midlife Transitions, Friendships and a Book to Read

Join Lawrence and me while we discuss Arthur Brooks new book, "From Strength to Strength." Midlife changes, transitioning to new strengths, reviving relationships and more.

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Grow or Die - Anger Management

Anger is universal: we all feel it, we all feel JUSTIFIED in feeling it, and we all have behaviors that are triggered by our anger. But what happens when our behavior when we are angry begins to cost us too much? Is it possible to manage our own anger? Is it possible to help someone else with theirs? Join me and Lawrence as we talk about all the versions -- work, family and ourselves.

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