Leadership life is complex, fast-paced, and can leave you questioning your sanity! Each week, join award-winning leadership master and best-selling author Kenny Chapman as he takes on critical topics in 15-minute (or less) segments to help you gain conscious control of thoughts, actions, and life in general. Whether you have been leading for five days or five decades, these motivational episodes will give you a fresh perspective about what it means to be an effective leader, how to tackle any situation, how to manage change, and how to ditch stress and overwhelm. If you are looking to “crack the code” of your driven mind and tap into hidden potential, you’re in the right place! Kenny also dives into non-traditional business topics typically reserved for high-level management or entrepreneurial discussions, using personal development as a tool to improve leadership skills and overall confidence.
172. Podcast Pause: Value of a Sabbatical
7:16Kenny announces that he will be taking a sabbatical from his podcast to reevaluate its direction and create more meaningful value. He shares his perspective on sabbaticals and how they can be used to rejuvenate mental health, reevaluate personal and professional development, and gain a fresh perspective. Kenny encourages listeners to consider where they might need a sabbatical in their own lives and challenges them to question everything. He expresses gratitude to his audience for their support and promises to return with new insights and content. 0:00:07 Kenney announces he will be taking a sabbatical from the podcas.t 0:01:42 Kenny discusses different viewpoints and reasons for taking a sabbatical. 0:03:36 Kenny shares benefits of taking a sabbaticla. 0:06:05 Kenny thanks listeners and signs off.
171. Work-Life Harmony
18:46Today Kenny discusses the concept of work-life harmony, which he believes is different from work-life balance. He emphasizes the importance of setting clear priorities and boundaries to prevent work from encroaching on personal time and vice versa. By prioritizing physical, emotional, and mental well-being, individuals can create a fulfilling and sustainable lifestyle. He believes that harmony is unique to each individual and can be achieved by investing in experiences and people that align with one's goals and values. Kenny acknowledges that achieving harmony may require working long hours at times, but it should not come at the expense of personal fulfillment and enjoyment. He identifies 24/7 connection as a major challenge to work-life harmony, as people have conditioned themselves and others to be constantly available. Kenny encourages listeners to be mindful of these challenges and to shut down work when it's time to be over. He also emphasizes the importance of awareness and having conversations with one's team about the impacts of work on personal life. Chapman concludes by encouraging listeners to strive for progress rather than perfection in achieving work-life harmony. He believes that by up-leveling harmony, individuals can improve their overall job performance, well-being, and mental and physical health. To achieve work-life harmony, He encourages listeners to create their own rules for work-life harmony and invest in experiences and people that align with their goals and values. 0:00:45 The difference between work life balance and work life harmony 0:03:41 The brain as a meaning-making machine and dismissing things that don't make sense 0:05:02 The concept of "The Millionaire Next Door" and the importance of meaning 0:08:15 Achieving work life harmony Communicate and delegate 0:10:39 Challenges to achieving work life harmony: 24/7 connection and being mindful of shutting down 0:14:06 Importance of work life harmony and the challenge of achieving it 0:15:07 Strategies for achieving work life harmony: behavior management, self-care, and up-leveling 0:18:16 Create your own rules for work life harmony
170. Anxiety As A Solvable Equation
18:14Kenny Chapman discusses anxiety as a solvable equation. He introduces the equation anxiety equals uncertainty times powerlessness and suggests that anxiety is a feeling that is a multiplication of uncertainty and powerlessness. Chapman emphasizes that surrendering to the reality of constant change is key to mental and personal freedom. As leaders, Chapman believes it is important to help others evolve their consciousness and improve their happiness by improving internal communication and challenging beliefs that may contribute to anxiety. He encourages listeners to challenge the belief that they are anxious people and instead recognize that anxiety is a response to an event they did not have the tools to navigate with a different response. Chapman provides examples of how to manage anxiety, such as identifying areas of uncertainty and powerlessness and taking control of what can be controlled. He also emphasizes the importance of recognizing and changing belief systems around change. Chapman acknowledges that he is not giving advice on medication or minimizing the experiences of those who suffer from anxiety. Overall, he aims to help listeners improve themselves as individuals and as leaders by understanding and managing anxiety as a solvable equation. 0:00:45 Uncertainty in the world can lead to anxiety 0:02:55 Being a leader means having the opportunity to help evolve others' consciousness 0:04:08 Improving internal communication can help challenge beliefs about anxiety 0:06:13 Challenge the belief that you are an anxious person 0:12:14 Recognizing one's own power and control can reduce anxiety in business and relationships 0:14:35 Change is inevitable and the speed of change is increasing, driving anxiety 0:16:14 Focusing on what you can control and being certain can reduce anxiety
169. Emotional Intelligence: More Than Buzz Words
18:25Kenny emphasizes the importance of emotional intelligence and how it can improve communication both internally and externally. He notes that emotional regulation and acceptance are crucial to avoid the rollercoaster of high highs and low lows. Meditation plays a crucial role in emotional regulation, and while it can initially heighten anxiety, it ultimately improves emotional well-being. Kenny shares Daniel Goldmans five key components of emotional intelligence, with self-awareness being the first and most crucial component. Kenny shares personal experiences of his own emotional regulation journey, noting that self-awareness and self-regulation have helped him improve his communication and relationships. He emphasizes the importance of empathy, not sympathy, in understanding and helping others. Kenny believes that people are doing the best they can based on the education that they got and the experiences they have had in life. He encourages listeners to develop their emotional intelligence skills, which can be applied in every aspect of life, to improve decision making, conflict resolution, and building strong teams. Kenny concludes by reminding listeners to be grounded, rooted, and easy with themselves and others, especially during times of chaos and uncertainty. He thanks listeners for being part of the community and encourages them to share the podcast with others. 0:00:50 Emotional intelligence as more than just a buzzword 0:01:54 The importance of emotional regulation and acceptance 0:04:03The benefits of meditation as a tool for emotional regulation 0:06:15 Key components of emotional intelligence, starting with self-awareness 0:08:53 The importance of regulating one's behavior and the benefits of awareness 0:13:24 The importance of empathy in understanding others and their experiences 0:16:53 Improving decision making, conflict resolution, and building strong teams through emotional intelligence
168. Crushing Procrastination
18:44In this episode host Kenny Chapman discusses procrastination and how it can hinder personal growth and success. He challenges the notion that procrastination is always a negative thing, pointing out that delaying certain actions, such as overeating, can be beneficial. However, when procrastination prevents individuals from achieving their goals or living a fulfilling life, it becomes a problem. Chapman emphasizes that the brain is a habit-forming machine and suggests getting leverage over procrastination by creating new habits and breaking old ones. He shares a story about his attorney mentor who would start his day by calling the client he liked the least. This was his way of overcoming procrastination and breaking down the tasks he didn't want to do. He suggests that procrastination has nothing to do with the task itself but rather the feelings associated with it. By acknowledging and understanding these feelings, individuals can stop telling themselves stories and labels that allow them to generalize themselves as procrastinators. Chapman urges listeners to simplify their emotions and feelings and realize that the brain is doing its job of keeping them out of harm. He advises being easy with oneself and setting clear outcomes and prioritizing tasks to overcome procrastination. He also recommends batching time with breaks, especially for creative tasks. 0:00:07 Crushing procrastination 0:01:29 The importance of taking action to optimize life 0:03:56 The potential benefits of procrastination 0:08:04 Strategies to overcome procrastination 0:11:06 Simplify emotions and be easy with yourself 0:15:04 Addressing distractions to crush procrastination 0:17:42 The goal is to become more productive and fulfilled
167. The Powerful Program of Self-Talk
18:31Kenny discusses the power of self-talk and its importance in leadership. He explains that the words we use to talk to ourselves have a huge impact on our mental, physical, and health wellbeing. He encourages people to acknowledge how frequently they talk to themselves and to use those words to create positive dialogue, and that self-talk can help us make better decisions and live healthier lives. Kenny suggests that people should internalize the idea that difficult conversations are merely conversations for clarity and not something to be feared, emphasize the importance of self-talk and suggest that people should look at their self-talk in the moment, as well as in the past and future. Kenny also mention how they used to have low self-esteem, but have since reprogrammed their brain and are now focused on physical fitness, spirituality, and mental health. He is discussing the importance of self-talk and how it affects emotions and behaviour. He talks about how he was a different person six years ago than he is today and encourages the audience to challenge themselves. He explains that self-talk can create emotions such as anxiety, fear, and stress, but also can create self-confidence, peace, and happiness. He encourages the audience to be mindful of their self-talk and to use it to create positive emotions and behaviours. Timestamps 0:00:06 "The Power of Self-Talk" 0:02:02 "How to Have Difficult Conversations with Clarity" 0:04:38 A Journey of Self-Discovery and Leadership Growth 0:07:31 " How to Change Your Mindset and Emotions" 0:12:14 How It Affects Our Emotions, Behaviors, Physiology, and Goal Setting 0:14:29 "The Power of Setting Stretch Goals" 0:15:31 Language and Programs Impact Our Goals 0:17:17 "THow Self-Talk Can Change Your Life"
166. A Calm Mind is a Creative Mind
17:30Kenny is discussing the importance of having a calm mind in order to be creative and effective in the leadership business. He explains that when he has been able to relax, release and surrender to peace and calmness, he has been able to be more creative and be more successful in executive meetings. Kenny is excited to share his knowledge and believes that having a calm mind is essential to being successful in the leadership business. He suggests mindful meditation as an effective way to do this, encouraging listeners to start with even just a few minutes and build up from there. He emphasizes that he is not trying to tell people what to do but rather inviting them to explore what works for them. The speaker offers a variety of techniques to help create a calm mind. He suggests exploring what works best for you, and encourages movement and exercise to free up energy, he emphasizes that growth is about elevation and not renunciation, and encourages people to focus on the big picture rather than the small stuff. He talks about how to slow down the mind, including mindfulness, setting boundaries, disconnecting, freeing up time for yourself, and deep breathing. He emphasizes the importance of controlling the body's fight or flight response by slowing down the mind and breathing deeply in order to avoid anxiety. Timestamps 0:00:06 "Calm Minds Lead to Creative" 0:02:57 "A Key to Unlocking Creative Potential" 0:05:04 "Exploring Techniques to Create a Calm Mind" 0:10:53 "The Benefits of Slowing Down" 0:12:23 Conversation on Mindfulness and Journaling for Stress Relief 0:14:17 Exploring Fear, Inspiration, and the Success Laws 0:16:06 "Creating a Calm Mind for Greater Creativity and Bliss"
165. Increasing the Value of Relationship Currency
15:50Kenny will be discussing how to increase the value of relationship currency. He talks about how, as leaders, having relationships is their currency, and it's just like having money in a wallet. Kenny believes it's important to invest in relationships and make it rain when it comes to the value of relationships. He believes that we have an incredible opportunity to experience life, and so he wants to invest in relationships with humans and incredible life experiences. Effective communication is an essential part of any relationship, whether it be professional, personal, or otherwise. He encourages the listener to pay close attention to what is being said, rather than simply nodding along or waiting for their turn to speak. Listening is a powerful tool that can make a positive impact in a person's life and the life of others. Leaders must practice consistent communication in order to create a successful relationship with their followers. Leaders must stay consistent with their communication and application of principles in order to create an effective relationship with their followers and achieve the desired results. 0:00:06 Increasing the Value of Relationship Currency 0:01:29 Five Tips for Quality Listening 0:03:57 How to Make a Positive Impact in Your Relationships 0:05:14 The Benefits of Consistent Communication for Leaders 0:07:17 The Power of Communication, Accountability, and Relationship Currency 0:11:00 Enhancing the Value of Relationships Through 0:13:04 Accountability, Recognition, and Reward
164. 10 Ways to Create Meaning From Leadership
15:39Kenny goal of the conversation today is to help leaders figure out how to create meaning from their roles, instead of feeling like they are stuck in Groundhog Day. Kenny wants the audience to find joy, bliss, and happiness in their roles, regardless of the challenges that come along. He encourages them to lean into the enjoyment of life and to set aside personal preferences in order to create meaningful experiences from leadership. Establishing clear purpose and values is essential for successful leadership. .. Ultimately, having strong values and purpose can lead to successful leadership. Kenny suggest that purpose and divine intervention play a role in aligning one's work. He then moves on to discuss the importance of developing and empowering others, as well as building strong relationships. The speaker emphasizes the energy that is transferred when developing and empowering others and building strong relationships. He encourages people to build strong relationships, create a positive impact, and embrace challenges and failures as learning opportunities. He believes that it is important to keep learning and growing, no matter what level of success one has achieved. He believes that the universe will keep providing lessons until they are learned. 0:00:06 10 Ways to Make a Difference 0:01:52 Exploring Meaningful Leadership: 0:03:28 Developing and Empowering Others 0:05:05 Embrace Challenges and Learn from Failure 0:08:43 7 Essential Leadership Tips 0:12:47 Staying Open, Seeking Help, and Practicing Self Care" 0:14:28 Ten Ways to Create More Meaning from Your Leadership
163. Observe and Reflect
17:55In this episode, Kenny talks about how he used to think of his driven mind as a curse but now sees it as a gift. He speaks about understanding his own consciousness level and inputs and outputs, and how our brains are meaning-making machines. Kenny suggests observing and reflecting on life. With everything vying for our attention, Kenny encourages us to take a step back to reflect on the situation and gain perspective. Kenny discusses how life is moving faster and faster and how technology is evolving quickly. He encourages the listener to find calmness in the chaos and to be a guide for themselves. Kenny discusses the importance of taking a step back, observing, and reflecting on what is going on in the world and how it affects us. He points out that we are one of the few species with the capability to intentionally destroy ourselves through our own actions, but he also has faith that we are capable of solving the big challenges we face. Remember life is a choice; we should observe, reflect, and recognize that we cannot control everything. 0:00:06 "Observe and Reflect: Taking a Step Back to Navigate the Attention Economy" 0:02:09 "Finding Calmness in a Rapidly Changing World" 0:03:41 "4 Ways to Take Control of Your Mental Health" 0:08:42 Strategies for Staying Focused and Present 0:10:14 Strategies for Observation and Reflection in Leadership 0:14:42 " How to Up Level Your Happiness and Leadership" 0:16:40 "Creating Space for Stillness"