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Bright Insights

53 EpisodesProduced by Paul BrightWebsite

Listen to this innovative approach combining psychology and organizational leadership concepts for less stress and more success!

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Z is for Zeal: maintaining excitement and passion through new leadership

September 23rd, 2021


This is the final episode of season 2. It's been a long road, but I live by my words, and my zeal for this podcast has kept me going.

What keeps you going? What pushed the passion? I'll talk about the importance of …

Y is for Youth: A Conversation with Jadon Brooks

July 14th, 2021


Jadon Brooks is off to a good start: At 13, he's already engaged in 3 different business ventures with no plans to stop any time soon. If you think I'm kidding, check out his fitness Instagram!

Despite all that flex, …

X is for X out public self-criticism: how to be a better public speaker.

June 30th, 2021


If you're a new leader, expect to be a public speaker whether you like it or not.

Yes, it can be scary. But there's one thing you absolutely MUST …

W is for Worry

June 16th, 2021


Do you find yourself worrying excessively over your leadership responsibilities? Are you tired of people telling you "don't worry" without trying to understand why you're worrying?

This episode may not be the one you …

V is for Vision: Creating a vision for yourself

June 2nd, 2021


I've spoken in the past about how to create a vision for your organization when you're new to leadership.

But what about creating one for yourself now that you're in leadership?

I talk about ways to do it, starting …

U is for Unique: How to stand out as a leader

May 19th, 2021


When you're ready to elevate your organization or business amongst the competition, rely on your uniqueness. Learn how to discover what it is about you that stands out (in a positive way), and how to make it work for …

T is for Trauma: A Conversation with Whitney Walker of Women Waken

May 5th, 2021


Leaders, if you feel your emotions are getting beyond the best of you, or you're completely forgetting any sort of self-care, or your relationships are breaking down now that you've taken the might be time to …

S is for Sleep

April 21st, 2021


The myth of "if you're sleeping, you're not working hard enough" is still running rampant. But there's too much practical research showing that lack of sleep eventually has significant, negative consequences on your …

Bright Insights Trailer

April 18th, 2021


Subscribe to the Bright Insights podcast so you can learn to lead with less stress and more success. We do this through helping you build tools for …

R is for Restorative Practices

April 7th, 2021


America is coming out of the pandemic.

Leaders will be going back to the workspaces and interact for longer with coworkers and customers.

How do …

Q is for Questions

March 3rd, 2021


I would argue that one big mistake new leaders make is assuming everyone assumes they have all the answers to every question.

You don't have all the …

P is for Pivot: Interview with Pastor Nate Stonestreet

February 24th, 2021


Prepare to Pivot! Some of you have already learned this the hard way during the pandemic, but leaders do need to be prepared to pivot. Sometimes your vision is perfect, but an imperfect world can de-rail the path …

O is For Optimism

February 17th, 2021


Optimism is probably one of the hardest things to come by; even harder when there's a global pandemic.

However, leaders can keep their organizations …

The Tactical Pause

October 19th, 2020


I am taking a tactical pause from creating new episodes. It's not a cancelation, or discontinuation, but a pause with a purpose. Listen in to find out why I'm taking the pause and what you can look forward to in the …

N is for Networking: An Interview with Arish Rivers

October 5th, 2020


Arish Rivers is a master at networking. He doesn't let a contact die, and every connection leads to something better for both parties.  Music promotions, podcasts, band ambassadors, apparel, supplements, spirits; if …

M is for Meditation

September 21st, 2020


Meditation isn't just spiritual chants and yoga. It's not just stuff you can use an app for, either. It can be done many ways.

And if you are a …

L is for Language

September 14th, 2020


When you transition from employee or solo preneur to leader, you have to adjust your language. The words you use and don't use have a ripple effect. …

Part 2 K is for Knowledge with Bill DeMarco

August 24th, 2020


We continue on with Bill DeMarco's interview. Here we talk about his role in Air University's Department of Education Leadership, cognitive …

K is for Knowledge, Part 1 with Bill DeMarco

August 17th, 2020


I'm very excited to bring you part one of this discussion with retired Air Force Colonel Bill DeMarco, Chair and Dean of Air University's Education …

J is for Joy

August 3rd, 2020


Finding Joy will help jumpstart that "juice" in you that makes you a great leader!

But how do you find joy when things are tough all over? There are four ways. I talk about them in a pretty straight forward, quick and …

I is For Introspection

July 27th, 2020


What makes you do what you do? That's what Introspection will teach you.

Sometimes learning to look within starts with seeing how you come across to people. This episode features an excercise you can perform with the …

H is for Health: How to stay healthy as a leader

July 14th, 2020


When you get into management and leadership, it's easy for your self-care to slip. Your planned times to work out and eat right can get muddled.

So how do you stay on track?

I enlisted help from my good friend Charity …

Go for a walk mini-episode

July 9th, 2020


This is a mini-episode about how to take a healthy walk for your mind- and not your body!

A mind-healthy walk, as short as five minutes, can significantly change the trajectory of your day in a good way. But there are …

G is for Gratitude

July 1st, 2020


How to find moments of gratitude when leadership becomes challenging!

Trust me. It's possible.

Visit Bright Insights Media for more leadership tips and tricks.

If you're ready to start having less stress and more …

F is for Failure and Faith

June 24th, 2020


This episode features a correspondence interview I did with Erik Allen, Owner of Top Rated MMA.  

We talked about his failures.

You're going to fail in some way as a leader. Even experienced leaders fail. 

But how do …

E is for Emotional IQ

June 17th, 2020


Hello, Bright Lights!

We're resuming the A to Z series with this episode on Emotional IQ.

Yes, Emotional IQ is a buzz phrase that's spreading in …

Coronavirus Crisis and How To Lead, Part 4: Give Yourself Away

May 27th, 2020


Sorry/not sorry for the unannounced six week break.

Sometimes life takes you for a loop and you gotta ride the wave until it settles.

The Coronavirus Crisis didn't get me sick, but my mind needed to rest, even when I …

Focused Breathing in Five minutes

April 13th, 2020


I recorded this episode about 2 months before the Coronavirus outbreak. It was designed to be a mid-season break for the A to Z series. But I feel it's still relevant now.

I have a longer version of this focused …

Coronavirus Crisis and How to Lead, Part 3: Grief

April 6th, 2020


Grief is a part of our lives and a normal process when dealing with loss. Sadly, this crisis will produce loss, and we will grieve. But how do you do it? What is it that you can grieve? How do you lead others THROUGH …

Coronavirus Crisis: How to Lead, Part 2: Leading With Gratitude.

March 30th, 2020


In the midst of leading through a crisis such as with this Coronavirus pandemic, it can be difficult to find confidence-boosting sources. However, …

D is for Diversity: Increasing your workplace diversity with Dr. Cynthia Pickett

March 23rd, 2020


D is for Diversity.

BLUF: Increasing your workforce diversity can increase your bottom line.

It's easy to take over as a manager and leave everything "as is" when it comes to who makes up your workforce. But to get to …

CoronaVirus Crisis: How To Lead, Part 1.

March 21st, 2020


The BLUF: I'm pausing the A to Z series in order to provide helpful episodes as you lead others through this Coronavirus crisis.

No matter how …

C is for Confidence: Building confidence with Murray Unger

March 16th, 2020


C is for Confidence.

The BLUF: Build confidence in yourself before you build it in your team.  It's a process, and just because you're good at your job doesn't mean you're 100 percent ready to teach others at the next …

B is for Baseline: Why It's Important To Remember Where You Started

March 9th, 2020


B is for Baseline

This is a fairly short and to the point episode of why it's important to remember where you started once you became a leader or THE leader in your organization. The "firsts" are progress markers. And …

A is for Anxiety Management: How to handle anxiety as a leader with Kip Brooks

March 2nd, 2020


Season 2 is kicking off strong with A is for Anxiety Management! Every episode this season will focus on tools leaders can use to improve their …

Season 2 Preview

January 25th, 2020


Season 2 is coming! This season will be dedicated to providing at least 26 different principles that new leaders can use as they learn how to guide their subordinates to a common vision!

And it won't be just my words, …

Season 1 Wrap Up

October 2nd, 2019


This is the season 1 wrap up episode!


Show notes:

1. Summary of the various episode series

2. Shout outs to contributors

3. A preview into what's coming, to include approximate launch of Season 2, video …

Part 5 Leadership 101: Servant Leadership

September 11th, 2019


The fifth and final part of the Leadership 101 Series: Servant Leadership. Almost every leader says things that servant leaders embody: "I have an …

Part 4 Leadership 101: Authoritative Leadership

September 4th, 2019


Take a trip down history lane as I review General George Patton, his authoritative leadership style, and how to manage it towards long term success if this tough-as-nails style is what you use.

Show Notes:

-How Patton …

Part 3 Leadership 101: In Groups, Out Groups

August 28th, 2019


In Part 3 of the Leadership 101 series, we explore Leader Member Exchange theory, also known as LMX, and how you may be unintentionally creating "in" and "out" groups with your employees. And does Batman have the …

Part 2 Leadership 101: Creating Your Own Culture

August 21st, 2019


Once you decide to hire people to work towards your vision, you've got to establish your work culture. But before you decide how people are going to …

Part 1 Leadership 101: A Clear, Concise Vision

August 14th, 2019


Part 1 in the Leadership 101 series: A Clear, Concise Vision.  If you plan to have employees, you're money-making idea won't go very far without a clear, concise vision. Learn why it's the one thing you gotta have set …

You Don't Have Haters

July 31st, 2019


There are people who you might think are haters because they have negative things to say about you. But the truth is that they aren't all haters. In fact, there are three kinds of people who look like haters but really …

Part 5 Maslow, Motivation, and Your Organization: Self-Actualization

July 17th, 2019


The final part in the "Maslow" series explores how to retain employees who are reaching their peak performance. In some cases, it's actually beneficial to let them go! Find out why, and visit the Bright Insights website

Part 4 Maslow, Motivation, and your Organization: Self-Esteem Needs

July 4th, 2019


Are you finding ways to boost your employees' self-esteem? What about your own? People stick around where they are loved. Learn how to be the positive force for yourself and others (even when things suck at the moment!) …

Part 3 Maslow, Motivation, and Your Organization: Love and Belongingness

June 15th, 2019


Do your employees feel like they belong? Many workers will stick around longer if they make good friends at a work center. Learn how to foster a friendly work environment while boosting production in part three of the …

Part 2 Maslow, Motivation, and Your Organization: Safety and Security Needs

June 15th, 2019


How safe and secure do your employees feel about their job and their work center? We address this in part 2 of the "Maslow, Motivation, and Your …

Part 1 Maslow, Motivation, and Your Organization: Physiological Needs

June 15th, 2019


The first in the Maslow, Motivation, and Your Organization" Series: Physiological Needs. Learn how your approach to the most basic human needs can …

Inconceivable: OCD, ADHD, PTSD: Do you have them?

May 4th, 2019


Can you say you have OCD, ADHD, or PTSD without a true diagnosis? Listen here, and follow the website for more information.

Inconceivable! Series: Schizophrenia

March 22nd, 2019


Schizophrenia is among the most common misused psychological terms. It gets mixed up with Multiple Personality Disorder. After the podcast, you can …

Inconceivable! Series: Narcissism

February 28th, 2019


Listen to find out if you or someone you know is either very self-confident or narcissistic like the wrestler Ric Flair (image created by Chad Stanhope). When you're done listening to this podcast, visit the Bright …

Inconceivable! Series: Bipolar Disorder

February 13th, 2019


My friend Sarah Francis helps dispel bipolar disorder misconceptions by discussing her symptoms, the book that helped with the diagnosis, how she …

Inconceivable! Series: Therapy Myths

January 26th, 2019


The "Inconceivable!" Series focuses on myths and misunderstood psychological concepts and disorders. This first episode in the series, "Therapy …

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