Challenge Your Thinking with Dr. Linda Tucker (general)

Elena Dunkle dealt with a serious eating disorder in the years after she was raped at age 13. She recounts her process of coming to terms with the pain she was left to deal with in her memoir Elena Vanishing and here with us in this episode. If you or anyone you know is dealing with an eating disorder we hope you will tune in today. Elena is transparent about her long road towards healing and health; and is an important voice and hopefully a beacon for those dealing with the an eating disorder, as well as for families and friends who don’t quite know what to do. Whether or not you have experienced an eating disorder yourself, or someone close to you has--I know you will be inspired by not only Elena’s resilience, but also the resilience of her family, who rallied around her during some very dark years. The numbers in this epidemic are staggering and it is more than likely you already know or love someone who may be suffering.  Elena's words will likely help.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:42am EDT

Candace Lightner is the Founder of Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and We Save Lives.  She became an unintended advocate when her 13 year old daughter was killed by a drunk driver.  She later founded We Save Lives to further educate and influence the public about (the 3D's) Drunk, Drugged, and Distracted driving.  If you want to understand what it takes to overcome obstacles then Candace Lightner is the episode for you.    

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:43am EDT

Julian Treasure created one of the most popular Ted Talks entitled, "How To Speak So That People Will Listen."  Today, we have a conversation about Julian's idea of consciousness, awareness, mindfulness, and the idea of being present.  Our communication with one another can often be like ships passing in the night--we come and go without taking the time to truly understand what is really going on beneath the surface of the words we exchange, or the way we receive them. Julian has built a career around how words and sounds affect us. He has managed to “see” our words and sounds, and talks about them in a way that helps us to better hear one another...say what we actually mean... and mean what we say. In Julian Treasure’s 5 viral TED Talks and his book “Sound Business”, he encourages us to be  “conscious listeners”: infusing deeper intention into the words we speak. I hope you will "listen in" today.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:18am EDT

Jessamyn Lovell had her identity stolen in a matter of minutes.  What is unique about her is that she managed to turn her experiences into a creative art project that not only brought her acclaim and publicity, but also lessons that have turned into wisdom that she is now sharing with others.  In 2010 Jessamyn turned her back on her wallet for a matter of moments.  Her life would ultimately change in ways she could not have foreseen or wanted to imagine.  What she would later come to realize and appreciate is that her life was also about to change in positive ways she could not have imagined.  We hope you will join us for the lessons learned and ultimately the creativity and wisdom gained for this life experience of hers.  Jessamyn's experiences show us how to find the silver lining in our own lives or at least consider the possibilities. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:30am EDT

Michael Stallard's journey and wisdom comes from realizing how important human connection is and how that translates not only to our intimate relationships but with our business ones, too.  Good and respectful collegial relationships make for happy employees and relationships in general.  Mike has become a leading authority on leadership, employee engagement, and organizational culture. He is the cofounder, president, and CEO of E Pluribus Partners, a consulting firm that specializes in helping leaders create connection cultures to form strong bonds within organizations. He is the author of Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy, and Understanding at Work and a book called Fired Up or Burned Out. He has also been a contributor to several other books and been featured in many publications worldwide, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Fortune magazine to name a few and now he is here with us.  

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:51am EDT

Lee Milteer believes that at some point in our lives we have to get clear of what our purpose is and why we are here.  Even if you have figured that much out you still might not feel you have found your sweet spot.  She is here to help do just that.  Her most recent book, “Reclaim the Magic” is a part of those answers.  If you want to “manifest” what you want in life then this is the episode for you.  She tells us about what may have held her back in life and how she refused to allow anyone or anything to do just that.  If you want to figure out a way to do the same or hear a really good talk I hope you will tune in.  Lee has plenty of helpful hints not only from this book but from some of her others that are sure to inspire you.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:40am EDT

Ash Beckham is a speaker whose "speeches are dynamic, intrepid, highly relatable and intrinsically comical."  "She didn't set out to become a viral sensation with her Tedx talk Coming Out of Your Closet or her Boulder Ignite speech, I am SO GAY." "She was just a person with a lot on her mind and a story to share."  Nonetheless, "her willingness to strike a conversation about tough topics has inspired more than 8 million viewers." Her message is simple: "we aren't that different," and her goal is humble, "help others recognize the power of empathy, respect and conversation."  Ash is someone who will earn your respect.  She has mine.  

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:35am EDT

Peter Larson is a commercial paleontologist who uncovered the most complete specimen of Tyrannosaurus Rex to date.  He affectionately named this massive fossil "Sue" after the woman who initially found her.  He was eventually charged and taken to court by the US Government for illegally removing fossils off of Federal Land even though he had paid the landowner before he removed anything.  It would take him a long time to resolve this and more, and he ultimately served several years in prison as a result.  Peter is a man who believes that giving up is not an option for him.  He believes that fighting for what you believe, and keep on keeping on is the right path in life.  If you are facing any life circumstance where you are considering giving up or giving in we hope you will listen to this episode first.  Peter is currently hoping for a pardon from President Obama before he leaves office.  We wish him that and more and believe that you will too once you listen to his story.      

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:37am EDT

Jamie Cohan is the entrepreneur behind phenomenal Internet successes like Andromedia and Round1 who discusses not only how he got there but how you, too can a build career you can be proud of while keeping perspective amidst the twists and turns they often take.   The overnight successes of entrepreneurs are often fifteen years in the making and Jamie will be the first person to tell you that you need to keep going. You need to be detached from the outcome. He will tell you how he did it and more. One of the things he believes is that you have to stay nimble in the market.  He's had to twist it, turn it and adopt to it and change with the ever changing market. Let him show you how.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:56am EDT

Marilyn Tam, PhD believes that happiness is something we choose.  She is the author of "The Happiness Choice" that features experts who discuss how to live a happy, healthy, successful and dynamically balanced life.  She is a speaker; author; consultant; board- certified executive, corporate, and leadership coach; and the founder and executive director of the Us Foundation. She is the former CEO of Aveda Corporation, president of Reebok Apparel and Retail Group, and vice president of Nike Inc., and a very successful entrepreneur, who has developed and successfully run four companies of her own. If you wonder what it means to be happy or what it takes... Marilyn Tam is here to discuss it in her words and with her life experience.  She is special.  Thank you for joining us.

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