Episode 22: The tradition leader

December 17th, 2017

This podcast is dedicated to making you think differently and reflectively about your roles with your friends, your colleagues, and your family. Every culture has traditions and they are key to our culture. They’re important because they are the fabric of a family, a community, a workplace, a classroom, and civilization.

  • Who is the tradition leader in your culture?
  • What values will you model when celebrating ?
  • How will you demonstrate your gratitude for the traditions? 
  • What traditions have gotten lost and lead the tradition once more?
  • Lastly, who in your life will not have the opportunity to celebrate a tradition and how can you weave them into your cultures fabric this season?

Buy the Well Pennies Holiday Song Jingle Bells here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/jingle-bells-single/575053297


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Episode 21: A lasting legacy

December 10th, 2017

Join us for a discussion that explores your legacy and how two headstones in a colonial graveyard sparked deep reflection. We will explore how you and the way you lead and live define your legacy.


  • How consistent are you in living your life in the service of others?
  • Can you be described simply by those you are around?
  • When you lead – do you lead from your core values?
  • Finally, write down the six words you’d like to define your history.
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Episode 20: Don’t worry — be happy

December 3rd, 2017

Happiness is a key driver for success, engagement, and satisfaction. This episode focuses on the keys to being a happy leader. They are: friendship, kindness, movement, getting caught up in what you are doing, purposeful reflection, having a set of guiding principles and being optimistic.

  • Will you find a way to persevere when faced with an unhappy situation and model for others the strength it takes to be an optimist?
  • How are you going to serve others this week by modeling happiness?
  • Of the qualities discussed for happy people – what one area can you focus on this week so that you can grow your own happiness?
  • Finally, who is the least happy person you know and how can you shine a lot of light on them this week to help heat their spirit?
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Episode 19: A buffalo named Auggie

November 26th, 2017

Leaders are always on the look out for opportunities to find buffalos and emulate their behavior, learn from their choices, and observe them in their natural settings. We ourselves gain courage from seeing others take a risk or doing something different. Join us for an episode where we explore how the main character from the book WONDER can inspire us all to be a little more buffalo.

  • When faced with an uncomfortable situation what will you do different this week?
  • Take sometime to think through the situations you may face this week and reflect upon your response.
  • Describe the characteristics of others with courage.
  • If you are in the triangle of conflict – can you think empathetically for the person who needs your help and take that first ride on the road to courage for others?


See Sharon’s story at: www.graymatter-matters.com

WONDER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ob7fPOzbmzE


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Episode 18: The Kid Doctor- a conversation with a Dan Hagerman

November 22nd, 2017

This episode is a conversation with Dr. Dan Hagerman. We learn about his education and how he formed his thinking around many of the issues facing parents and children today. We discuss everything from peanut allergies to autism, ADHD to picky eaters as well as why he believes things are a little bit the same and different for today’s children and parents.


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Episode 17: Thanksgiving: Giving your gift — a gift

November 19th, 2017

How do we take the tradition of Thanksgiving and shift it a little to increase the true nature of giving thanks? Join me for a discussion on how to make sure that those around you recognize what it is they’ve done for you.


  • Reflect on who you will be around this thanksgiving. What have each of them taught you?
  • Once you identify the learning from those in the room—how can you quickly articulate the gift they’ve given you?
  • Can you make this year different for yourself and others by bringing to light how thankful you are for the gift they’ve given you?

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Episode 16: Thinking about thinking

November 12th, 2017

This episode explores thinking and more specifically – divergent thinking. When did all the creativity and ability for adults to come up with bold new ideas slow down or even stop? We explore the need for adults to stop interfering in the creativity of children and work together through collaboration to be divergent in our thinking.

  • As a parent, teacher, leader – how can you promote divergent thinking?
  • If you’re in a leadership position, how can you promote divergent thinking by allowing people to figure out how to do what needs to be done instead of telling them and disengaging them in the process?


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Episode 15: A conversation with State Superintendent Tony Evers

November 8th, 2017

Episode 15 is a conversation with Wisconsin State Superintendent Tony Evers. We discuss everything from his days growing up on the grounds of a hospital, to making cheese and the current state of public education in Wisconsin and the nation. Join us for a great discussion around educational practices and the future of learning. This episode was recorded in the summer of 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Episode 14: Choices v. Decisions

November 5th, 2017

Episode 14 asks you to reflect on your mission and describes the difference between choices and decisions. The distinction is great and we need to know the difference. So take a listen and be prepared to write your mission.


  • Using three terms – answer this question – why do you exist?
  • How can you use this process to support the leadership others?
  • How can you use this process in all areas of your life to advance yourself and others?
  • What is the difference between choices and decisions?
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Episode 13: Where did all the fun go?

October 29th, 2017

Fun – why is it such a big deal when something turns out to be fun? Why is it when people tell you “it’s going to be fun” so many of us sigh? Life should be purposeful. Life should be engaging. Life should have deep meaning.

Should'nt life also be fun?


  • Did you know that the oldest recorded joke is from around 1600 BC and is a Sumerian fart joke? Why is being fun or funny viewed as a lack of seriousness?
  • In a world where everyone looks at a screen in their hand to capture a moment in which they are living—what can be done to capture that moment in a non-electronic way and make it fun?
  • If you are not having fun – who are you dragging down with you? As you approach your week – how can you turn the normal into the abnormal experience and make it memorable and fun?
  • Finally, how can you reinforce those in your life that are fun so that they know you enjoy what they do for you and how can you pay that forward to others?


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