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Getting Unstuck – Cultivating Curiosity

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Personal leadership and career coach Jeff Ikler and guests help unlock the innate curiosity we're all born with. Getting Unstuck-Cultivating Curiosity is about seeing the familiar from a different angle or seeing something new as a package of possibilities one can unwrap and consider.

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209: "Speak Earth" — Having Meaningful Conversations About the Environment

June 28th, 2022

50:30

Tania Marien is an independent environmental education professional and the Director of Talaterra — "Speak Earth" — a network of independent environmental education (EE) professionals who contribute to lifelong learning …

208: And A River Runs through It

June 21st, 2022

51:42

My guest in this episode is Steve Ehrlich. Steve is semi-retired, but now applying his life-long experience in adult learning, psychology, and …

207: Engaging with History to Help Make Sense of Today

June 14th, 2022

53:17

My guest in this episode is Dr. Donna Curtin, a historian serving as the Executive Director of the Pilgrim Hall Museum. Pilgrim Hall is “the oldest …

206: Discovering the Pathways to Discovering Purpose

June 7th, 2022

42:32

My guest in this episode is Bradley Wright, a professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut and host of the “School of Purpose” podcast. …

205: It Is Always About Telling the Story

May 31st, 2022

55:01

How do you go about telling a very inviting and understandable story in film? My guest in this episode, Rita Grant, is an award-winning documentary film cinematographer, director, and producer, and the driving force …

204: Living in Harmony with Yourself and the World

May 24th, 2022

47:57

Today I’m joined by Erica Nelson, a member of the Navaho Nation. Erica is a fly fishing guide, host of the “Awkward Angler” podcast, and a contributor to the “Awkward & Clueless Beginning Fly Fishing” show on …

203: Being Curious Enough to Avoid a Big Regret

May 17th, 2022

52:29

Bill Whiteside is a sales and marketing executive turned software salesman turned writer of narrative non-fiction, specifically a forthcoming book about an incident in Winston Churchill’s tenure as Britain’s Prime …

202: Telling Your Authentic Story

May 10th, 2022

47:21

We rarely reveal our true self to others, and sometimes (very often?) we don’t reveal it to ourselves. Sadly, we can’t interact effectively with others if there are layers of our personal onion between us. Diane Wyzga, …

201: Learning About Life and Leadership from a Fly Fishing Guide

January 4th, 2022

44:08

What can we learn from non-traditional sources if we’re willing to look at things differently? How can we break out of our often self-imposed boundaries to see what the universe is offering us? For example, this podcast …

200: Caring for Faculty and Staff Through Mindfulness

December 28th, 2021

41:58

The "Trauma in Schools" podcast series focus primarily on the trauma that students carry with them into the classroom. But, many school faculty, …

199: Enabling Systems Change Through the Spirit and Science of Collaboration

December 21st, 2021

47:09

Those who work for substantial educational change, do so within the context of today’s heated nation and world. Two thought leaders are adept at shining a light on those educators who are trying to lead their …

198: The Neuroscience Underpinnings of Trauma in Schools

December 7th, 2021

35:53

If students are in a state of high stress or trauma, the part of the brain that facilitates learning is inaccessible. Thus, student academic …

197: Using Simulations to Train Trauma-informed School Personnel

November 30th, 2021

43:46

One of the goals of our series is to raise awareness and the level of discourse around student trauma and mental health in general. And if we’re not bringing these subjects out into the open, kids keep all those …

196: A Transformation Story: Can You Hear Me Now?

November 23rd, 2021

50:19

Periodically on Getting Unstuck, we welcome a change maker to tell their story of personal transformation: how a specific event or catalyst propelled …

195: Closing the Post High School Divide

November 16th, 2021

35:15

Some students from low-income communities – often kids of color – may lack aspirations for a post high-school future because they feel it’s simply …

194: Treating Students as a Natural Resource

November 9th, 2021

37:33

As today’s guest observed, “Many kids fall through the cracks somewhere.” Maybe they’ve experienced trauma outside of school, and as a result, they …

193: Giving Student Voice to School Reform

November 2nd, 2021

47:14

Over the years, we've heard a lot of ideas from teachers, administrators and thought leaders on how to reform high school so that the institution …

Worth it #23: Wait, I'm Thinking Here, OK?

October 29th, 2021

4:34

This week I talked with Janani Pathy, Principal of the Bill Hogarth Secondary School in Markham, Ontario Canada. Janani is one of those “unstuck” …

192: Tending the Garden of Future Leaders

October 26th, 2021

42:10

Over the summer, we’ve been running a series called “Unstuck” where we’ve profiled school leaders who are not just getting unstuck, they’re already …

Worth it #22: And This Led to That

October 22nd, 2021

5:02

This week I talked with Peter McWain, the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Sante Fe Public Schools. We reviewed a number of positive …

191: Changing the K12 System of Education — Update

October 19th, 2021

23:17

We recorded our first interview with Peter McWain, Santa Fe Public Schools Director of Curriculum and Instruction during the summer of 2018. As …

190: Changing the K12 System of Education

October 19th, 2021

1:09:30

We recorded our first interview with Peter McWain, Santa Fe Public Schools Director of Curriculum and Instruction during the summer of 2018. As …

Worth It #21: I Know You Can Do It

October 15th, 2021

6:39

This week I talked with Dr. Lindsay Lyons, an educational coach who helps teachers integrate student voice in classroom learning so as to develop shared classroom leadership. There's a lot of interest in student agency, …

189: Creating the Right Environment for Shared Leadership

October 12th, 2021

46:02

If you asked people to identify the qualities they want to see in high school graduates, most people would respond with points such as Independent …

Worth It #20: The Power of Plural

October 8th, 2021

6:20

This week I talked with Erin Mote, co-founder of the Brooklyn Lab Charter School in Brooklyn, New York. Erin is passionate about helping the school's …

188: Helping Students Unlock Their Superpower

October 5th, 2021

56:06

Erin Mote is the cofounder of the Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School, a community-based school organization that serves more than 1000 students. She …

Worth it #19 — Give Your Imposter Syndrome a Time Out

October 1st, 2021

4:53

This week I talked with Daniel Bauer, podcast host, author, mastermind facilitator, and coach. He has defined the art of growing leadership talent that seeks to change education to better serve 21st century students. He …

187: The Art of Unlocking Leadership Talent

September 28th, 2021

37:22

We’ve been running a series called “Unstuck,” which focuses on school leaders who are not just getting unstuck, they’re already "unstuck." And by …

Worth It #18: Take Time for Yourself

September 23rd, 2021

4:55

This week I talked with Dr. Daisy Morales, the new Superintendent of the Live Oak School District in Santa Cruz, CA. Daisy’s big concern coming into …

186: Developing a Wellness-Focused Culture

September 21st, 2021

41:31

Dr. Daisy Morales is the new Superintendent of the Live Oak School District in Santa Cruz, CA. Like other smart, experienced leaders, Dr. Morales …

Worth It #17: Nurturing the "Beginner's Mind"

September 17th, 2021

4:43

This week I talked with Connie Liu and Jordan Mareno of “Project Invent,” an organization that brings innovation, design thinking, and community …

185: Developing Community Changemakers

September 14th, 2021

39:04

Teaching kids 21st century skills is not new news. Fortunately, most school systems have instruction in place that addresses the 4Cs or variations of …

Worth it #16: Redefining the Impact of Global Warming

September 10th, 2021

4:42

This week we talked with Sunny Summers, the Founding School Leader of New Harmony High School in New Orleans. Our conversation centered on how one …

184: Hiring Teachers Who Have That "Thing"

September 7th, 2021

48:29

This interview is part of our “Unstuck” series. By "Unstuck," we mean our guest is leading or embracing a major shift in student learning, instruction, ongoing teacher professional development, community relations, or …

Worth It #15: It's Critical to Think Critically

September 3rd, 2021

5:19

This week we spoke with K12 social studies educator, Casey Jakubowski, Ph.D.. Our conversation dove into the debate about the purpose of teaching U.S. History. Is it about instilling patriotism, examining the promise of …

183: Whose History Is It Anyway?

August 31st, 2021

48:49

The teaching of U.S. history and civics is in the news a lot these days. We’re seeing controversy and divisiveness around the approach we should take …

Worth It #14: W.A.I.T. – Why Am I Talking?

August 27th, 2021

5:59

This week we spoke with Principal Michelle Pinchot who was asked to turn around a low-performing school. Rather than jump in immediately with a bunch …

182: Unleashing the Power of a Team of Teacher Leaders

August 24th, 2021

45:25

This interview is part of our “Unstuck” series. By "Unstuck," we mean our guest is leading or embracing a major shift in student learning, instruction, ongoing teacher professional development, community relations, or …

Worth It #13: Aspire to Make a Difference

August 20th, 2021

3:53

In this week's podcast, we talked with Mike Matsuda, Superintendent of the Anaheim Union High School District. Mike's focus has been to build a …

181: Stressing The Urgency for Change. Now.

August 17th, 2021

45:06

This interview is part of our “Unstuck” series. By "Unstuck," we mean our guest is leading or embracing a major shift in student learning, instruction, ongoing teacher professional development, community relations, or …

Worth It #12: Behold, Something Greater Than Yourself!

August 13th, 2021

3:59

This week we chatted with Yasmeen Robbins, an Instructional Review Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Instruction. Her role takes her …

180: Getting Unstuck - Breaking Down Leadership Silos

August 10th, 2021

45:10

This interview is part of our “Unstuck” series, which focuses on school leaders who are not just getting unstuck, they’re already "unstuck." And by …

Worth it #11: Valuing Experimentation. Failure. And People Speaking Out.

August 6th, 2021

5:57

This week we chatted with an Assistant Superintendent of the Mesa Arizona Public Schools, Dr. Randy Mahlerwein. Randy believes that educators need to …

179: Creating the Psychologically Safe Environment for Change

August 3rd, 2021

53:11

If school leaders want staff to feel comfortable designing and initiating changes to benefit students, they have to create a culture of psychological …

Worth a Listen, Look, or Read #10 — Build Capacity with One Question

July 30th, 2021

4:51

This week on "Getting Unstuck," we chatted with Principal "Missie" Patschke on the need to build leadership capacity with all staff. The necessity of building the capacity of others to lead is not a new idea. It’s not …

178: What Can You Achieve by Playing the Role of #2?

July 27th, 2021

45:03

In this conversation, we hear from elementary school principal Dr. Melissa "Missie" Patschke, a leader who instinctively gets how you build capacity …

Worth a Listen, Look or Read #9 — What Can Leaders Learn From Trees?

July 23rd, 2021

5:22

This week we chatted with Assistant Superintendent Constantino “Costa” Aquilar regarding his district’s now six-year shift to broaden its students' …

177: Shifting? Focus First on the People Making the Shift

July 20th, 2021

50:44

In this interview, "Costa" Aguilar, Assistant Superintendent of the Merced Union High School District details the shift his district started six …

Worth a Listen, Look or Read #8 — Keep it Simple

July 16th, 2021

5:09

This week we enjoyed getting an update from Principal JoAnne Duncan. JoAnne first appeared on our show last October. She impressed us with how she tried to simplify her staff's approach to managing COVID by keeping them …

176: How Can We Overcome Challenges? — Update

July 13th, 2021

16:48

We aired our first interview with Principal JoAnne Duncan in October 2020. With that challenge staring this young principal in the face, we focused …

175: How Can We Overcome Challenges?

July 13th, 2021

39:28

Today we welcome someone working on the frontline of education. Elementary school principal, JoAnne Duncan, is a big-hearted, inspirational leader – …

Worth a Listen, Look or Read #7 — What's Important Now?

July 9th, 2021

3:57

This week we talked with Dr. Deb Gustafson on how she is again applying Jim Collins' flywheel principle, this time as an Assistant Superintendent, to …

174: How Do You Stay Focused on What Matters? — Update

July 6th, 2021

21:42

We first spoke with Dr. Deborah Gustafson in December 2019 about how she had applied Jim Collins’ principle of the flywheel to her work as an …

173: How Do You Stay Focused on What Matters?

July 6th, 2021

1:15:07

One of the problems that plague most organizations is when and how to change. For many, the process looks like fruit-of-the-month club: they try …

Worth a Listen, Look or Read #6 — "Go Outside and Play"

July 2nd, 2021

5:51

This week we talked with three guests on the idea of unstructured play for children. One of our guests, Hannah Beach, describes “unstructured play” …

172: Why Do Our Children Need Time for Self-initiated Free Play?

June 29th, 2021

57:06

When COVID first impacted education over a year ago, one of the messages we heard from educators is that “we need to address the social and emotional needs of our students.” That message was driven by the concern that …

Worth a Listen, Look or Read #5 — Constraints Are the Innovators Best Friend

June 25th, 2021

6:12

Innovating in education can be challenging because of red tape, limitations, and a constant lack of funds. But this week's guest, George Couros, …

171: How Should We Innovate to Improve Student Learning?

June 22nd, 2021

59:14

A recent guest on our show remarked that "The discussion in education has moved beyond the question of ‘Do we need to transform education to make it more responsive to the needs of students in the 21st century?’ That …

Worth a Listen, Look or Read — Physician, Heal Thyself

June 18th, 2021

4:25

In this week's episode of “Getting Unstuck”, we talked with Dr. Deborah MacNamara, a school counseling psychologist on why it’s important for leaders …

170: Why Focus on Building Relationships?

June 15th, 2021

45:05

Given what school leaders may face this fall — > lingering exhaustion brought on by managing the last year and a half under the cloud of COVID, …

Worth a Listen, Look, or Read – Two Guideposts for Catalysts of Change

June 11th, 2021

3:05

This week we reintroduced you to Jamahl Hines, an Assistant Principal and the founder of the Future Educators of Diversity, a program that creates a …

169: How Can You Serve as a Catalyst for Change? – Update

June 8th, 2021

9:56

We first aired this interview with Jamahl Hines last November. His story continues to inspire us as an example of an effective change catalyst. It …

168: How Can You Serve as a Catalyst for Change?

June 8th, 2021

51:44

Sometimes circumstances are the catalyst for driving a change that you never anticipated. Assistant Principal, Jamahl Hines relates his experience in this story of transformation.

Worth a Listen, Look, or Read – Solving Problems Through External Partnerships

June 3rd, 2021

4:15

In this week's "Worth a Listen, Look or Read,” we enrich the theme of external partnerships through a story that recently aired on NPR’s “Morning …

167: What Can Educators Learn From a Business Leader About Change?

June 1st, 2021

49:10

What can we learn about leading transformational changes from someone outside of K12 education? In this episode we talk with Rich Razgaitis, co-founder and CEO of FloWater to learn: • the importance of having a succinct …

Worth a Listen, Look or Read — the Concept of Resistance

May 28th, 2021

3:23

In this weekly mini-feature of Getting Unstuck, we provide you with a new way of thinking, some unique content, or a critical skill that speaks to our mission of helping leaders wherever they are get unstuck and achieve …

166: Why Increase Student Agency?

May 25th, 2021

42:56

One of the most fundamental shifts we're seeing is a move toward greater student agency. When educators and educational systems focus on students as active navigators of their own learning and development, great things …

165: Why Focus on Writing in the Social Studies?

May 18th, 2021

42:38

We know that writing as a life skill is made even more necessary as the business world increasingly demands workers who are critical thinkers who can …

164: When is the Right Time to Make Changes in Education?

May 11th, 2021

59:02

When is the right time to make changes to K-12 education? Now? Later? Today’s guest, Dr. Kim Fleming, President of Core Education, a consulting firm …

163: What Roles Can Social Studies Education Play?

May 4th, 2021

48:46

In this episode, Jeff takes a nostalgic trip, and social studies educators Larry Cuban and Phil Roden discuss the state of social studies education today, wrestling with both the purpose of social studies education: Is …

162: How Do We Create Better Learning Experiences? [P2 Case study]

April 27th, 2021

21:18

"How do we create and spread better models of learning for young people, so that they can truly thrive in the world? asks Jenee Henry Wood, Head of …

161: How Do We Create Better Learning Experiences? [P1 Philosophy of change]

April 27th, 2021

35:43

"How do we create and spread better models of learning for young people, so that they can truly thrive in the world? asks Jenee Henry Wood, Head of …

160: How Do You Design a Different Type of School Experience?

April 20th, 2021

43:10

What’s considered when creating a school experience for today’s students facing tomorrow’s world? A unique combination of design principles and ethos …

159: Where Do You Find Lasting Happiness?

April 13th, 2021

47:51

As a former teacher turned speaker and happiness coach, Kim Strobel helps schools, businesses, and organizations prioritize their happiness and …

158: What Happens When Students Drive Their Learning? [Abridged interview]

April 6th, 2021

28:11

Students must be able to drive their own learning to fully reap its benefits explains teacher Ben Pendarvis. If we want active citizens, reflective …

157: What Happens When Students Drive Their Learning? [Full interview]

April 6th, 2021

47:08

Students must be able to drive their own learning to fully reap its benefits explains teacher Ben Pendarvis. If we want active citizens, reflective …

156: Are You Renting Someone Else's Story? [The Exercise]

March 30th, 2021

13:40

Do you confidently sing your life song? Or is it still waiting inside of you to be played? Educator Barbara Bray helps us understand the importance of those questions as they apply to today's students. Barbara is an …

155: Are You Renting Someone Else's Story? [The interview]

March 30th, 2021

39:02

Do you confidently sing your life song? Or is it still waiting inside of you to be played? Educator Barbara Bray helps us understand the importance of those questions as they apply to today's students. Barbara is an …

154: Want to Improve Race Relations? [Abridged interview]

March 23rd, 2021

29:58

Want to help improve race relations? You can start by understanding what’s going on in that 3lb weight sitting on your shoulders. Jason Greer, the …

153: Want to Improve Race Relations? [Full interview]

March 23rd, 2021

48:58

Want to help improve race relations? You can start by understanding what’s going on in that 3lb weight sitting on your shoulders. Jason Greer, the …

152: Why Do You Do What You Do? [Abridged interview]

March 16th, 2021

21:04

Here on Getting Unstuck, we’ve focused on companies and their leadership only when we’re aware that they’re doing something extraordinary in the area of change. So we were pleased in this episode to talk with Rick …

151: Why Do You Do What You Do? [Full interview]

March 16th, 2021

41:54

Here on Getting Unstuck, we’ve focused on companies and their leadership only when we’re aware that they’re doing something extraordinary in the area of change. So we were pleased in this episode to talk with Rick …

150: What Type of Education Do We Need for a Future We Can't Predict? – [Abridged interview]

March 9th, 2021

19:55

Innovate within our current schools? Transform education completely? “The reality is, we have to do both," argues Professor Tom Hatch, a professor at …

149: What Type of Education Do We Need for a Future We Can't Predict? – [Full interview]

March 9th, 2021

42:19

Innovate within our current schools? Transform education completely? “The reality is, we have to do both," argues Professor Tom Hatch, a professor at …

148: How Can We Take Learning Outside the Classroom? [Abridged interview]

March 2nd, 2021

14:10

In this episode, we hear from Grace McGuirk, a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s Degree in Public Health. Grace is the Evaluation Manager and Nutrition Advisor with the Sage Garden Project, a program that provides …

147: How Can We Take Learning Outside the Classroom? – [Full interview]

March 2nd, 2021

27:59

In this episode, we hear from Grace McGuirk, a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s Degree in Public Health. Grace is the Evaluation Manager and Nutrition Advisor with the Sage Garden Project, a program that provides …

146: What Are We Doing to Our Children of Color [Abridged interview]

February 23rd, 2021

19:48

Children of color are held in virtual bondage through the negative stereotypes that define them as threatening, violent, criminal, poor, and …

145: What Are We Doing to Our Children of Color? [Full interview]

February 23rd, 2021

44:52

Children of color are held in virtual bondage through the negative stereotypes that define them as threatening, violent, criminal, poor, and …

144: Developing Student and Teacher Agency – Heather Clayton Staker

February 16th, 2021

37:07

According to author and education researcher, Heather Clayton Staker, "schools can be a microcosm of the world that we want our children to grow up …

143: Staying Grounded on What Matters

February 9th, 2021

48:28

Even without COVID-19, leading a class, school or district isn’t easy. You have to be focused on what matters most. Key to that, as argued here by …

142: Looking at Student Performance in a New Way – Ben Rein

February 2nd, 2021

40:43

The traditional high school transcript reinforces outdated modes of education, limits learning to single subjects, and impedes the pursuit of …

141: Unleashing Learner-Centered Educators – Chris Unger

January 26th, 2021

39:30

Our current system of education is broken. The structures and practices starting with our federal system, down to the states, to the districts, to …

140: Understanding Student Disengagement in School

January 19th, 2021

52:07

When the Gallup organization measured student engagement in school, they found that engagement drops from 5th grade on. Only about half of students …

139: Exploring the World of Work – Gregg Brown

January 12th, 2021

39:40

In this episode, we talk with Gregg Brown. Gregg spent 30 years in the telecommunications industry.  He became an instructor at the Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) where he taught marketing …

138 Helping Students See a Life Purpose – Patrick Cook-Deegan

January 5th, 2021

40:24

In this episode, we talk with Patrick Cook-Deegan. Patrick is a leader in reimagining adolescent education through the lens of purpose learning. He …

137: Creating a Life of Possibility: "How Fascinating!" – Ben and Roz Zander

December 29th, 2020

55:57

“It’s all invented anyway, so we might as well invent a story that enhances our quality of life." Here we are fortunate to chat with two amazing guests: Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander. Ben is the conductor of …

136: Listening Carefully to Yourself – Lorraine Flower

December 22nd, 2020

49:02

What’s it like to sense on a spiritual level that the work you’re doing isn’t the work you’re supposed to be doing? Lorraine Flower's transformation story from corporate executive to corporate change agent – someone who …

135: Learning How to Learn – Ed Hess

December 15th, 2020

41:39

One of the ongoing changes we’re increasingly experiencing is artificial intelligence: the simulation of human intelligence in a machine. Simply put, …

134: Leading the Authentic Life – Shelley Paxton

December 8th, 2020

39:47

How in touch are you with your deepest values? How much are you leading your life in alignment with them? Author Shelley Paxton tells her story of …

133: Releasing the Leader in Every Kid — Todd & Adam

December 1st, 2020

44:23

How can educators help to develop the leader in every child? Educators Todd Nesloney and Adam Dovico explain.

132: Encouraging Greater Student and Teacher Agency — Beth Hawkins

November 24th, 2020

39:29

What qualities do successful school systems share. Education journalist Beth Hawkins gives her perspective from what she has seen in her extensive …

131: Asking "How can I best support my students?" — Jaime Casap

November 17th, 2020

52:19

Education transformation evangelist, Jaime Casap, asks – and begins to answer – “What’s holding us back as a nation from truly reforming our …

130: Being More Human-Focused at Work — Mark LeBusque

November 10th, 2020

45:58

In this episode, “human-focused” thought leader, Mark LeBusque – educator, trainer, speaker, podcaster, author, coach – asks and answers a …

129: Becoming the Catalyst for Change — Jamahl Hines

November 3rd, 2020

51:07

Sometimes circumstances are the catalyst for driving a change that you never anticipated. Assistant Principal, Jamahl Hines relates his experience in this story of transformation.

128: Helping All Students Think Critically . . . Like a Lawyer – Colin Seale

October 24th, 2020

40:46

If you could ensure that students develop one skill in school, what would it be? Educator and attorney, Colin Seale, argues for thinking critically.

127: Making Sustainable Educational Changes - Grant Lichtman

October 20th, 2020

38:12

The world is rapidly changing. So, too, are the needs of tomorrow’s workforce. How do we change education accordingly? Education reformer Grant Lichtman explains.

126: Connecting to Overcome Challenges – JoAnne Duncan

October 13th, 2020

39:28

How do you lead people effectively when nothing is as it used to be? Principal JoAnne Duncan explains that connecting with people begins with listening.

125: Harnessing "Us" to Power Innovation — David Price

October 6th, 2020

45:01

Innovation is often described in terms of its process – the mechanics of harnessing ingenuity. David Price (OBE) points the spotlight on the people powering the process.

124: Teaching as Transformational Leadership — Dr. Robert E. Quinn

September 29th, 2020

51:36

What distinguishes good teachers from “the best” teachers? (It’s not content knowledge.) Thought-leader of change in education, Dr. Robert Quinn provides an absorbing answer.

123: "Opening Up" Education — Ben Owens

September 22nd, 2020

45:20

How might we figuratively break down the walls of the classroom and share ideas in an effort to improve teaching and learning? Ben Owens, CEO of Open Way Learning explains why and how we need to do just that.

122: Envisioning Schools as 'Learning Organizations' – Andrew Sachs

September 15th, 2020

48:51

How do we best prepare kids to succeed in today’s fast-evolving world? STEAM coordinator Andrew Sachs explains how part of the answers comes down to …

121: Looking at What's Best for Kids Now – Melissa Romano

September 8th, 2020

41:30

A lot of times when we ask why we are doing something in education a certain way, we get the answer "Because we've always done it that way." One educator who challenges that assumption is Melissa Romano, candidate for …

120: Using "Visible Learning" to Improve Student Success – John Hattie

September 1st, 2020

39:17

The educational research is pretty clear: two critical factors move the student success dial the most (1) understanding how teachers think about their instruction and student learning, (2) how students learn, and the …

119: Utilizing the Power of Place – Tom Vander Ark

August 25th, 2020

48:48

Innovating in today's schools is tough for a number of reasons. There are historic barriers and sometimes frankly, there's the inertia of leadership. …

118: Focusing on the REAL WORK – not FAKE work

August 18th, 2020

44:20

We all like to think we’re working hard, right? The sad fact, though, is that most of us spend a lot of time doing “fake work,” which is emotionally draining and non-productive. And someone who has researched the …

117: Impacting Teaching, Learning, and Relationships with Technology - Chris Nesi

August 11th, 2020

51:53

How do you teach during these challenging times? Experiment. Try something. Try something else. And above all, nurture student relationships. Teacher …

116: Stepping Back to Address our Biases – Principal Anthony McWright

August 4th, 2020

45:15

How do we move forward as a national around the discussion of race? We start, says principal Anthony McWright, by acknowledging our biases.

115: Teaching Students Before Teaching Subjects - Principal Chris Lehmann

July 28th, 2020

51:59

Why won’t a cooker-cutter approach to transforming schools work? Principal of the innovative Science Leadership Academy, Chris Lehmann explains.

114: How to Create Safe and Inclusive Schools - Dimitry Anselme

July 21st, 2020

47:49

Today we welcome Dimitry Anselme, the Executive Program Director for Professional Learning and Support at “Facing History and Ourselves.” The mission of this nonprofit organization is to use lessons of history to …

113: Building New Learning Pathways for Students and Teachers – Dr. Ken Wallace

July 14th, 2020

48:08

“The best thing we can ever do for kids is help them find their ‘why’ in life.” Dr. Ken Wallace, Superintendent of District 207 in Park Ridge, …

112: Looking at Learning from the Neuroscience Perspective - Melissa Hughes Ph.D.

July 7th, 2020

47:52

Fundamental to changing schools so that they’re more beneficial to a student’s future is understanding how students learn. Neuroscience researcher …

111: Aligning Changes to the Vision to Bring About Student Success - Evan Robb

June 30th, 2020

51:31

Innovating in education just to innovate is pointless. Ideas on how to change education abound. The key, according to veteran principal Evan Robb is to align everyone around a vision of student success.

110: Creating the Right Environment for Educational Change

June 25th, 2020

43:41

Whether you’re a parent, an educator, or just a concerned citizen, you have a big stake in what happens in our classrooms – the incubators of our future. If you listen to education transformation advocates, we need to …

109: Breathing Real-World Learning into the Classroom – Mike Oliver

June 23rd, 2020

54:56

Today we welcome Mike Oliver, Principal of Zaharis Elementary School in Mesa Arizona. Mike and his team have shaped this extraordinary school over …

108: Refocusing on Our Kids and Schools - Richard Gerver

June 18th, 2020

52:10

Whether you’re a parent, an educator, or a concerned citizen, you have a big stake in what happens in our classrooms – the incubators of our future. If you listen to education transformation advocates, we need to build …

107: Developing Caring Leadership - Mark Smylie & Karen Seashore Louis

June 16th, 2020

48:30

Today we're joined by professors Mark Smylie and Karen Seashore Louis. Mark and Karen along with Joseph Murphy are the authors of Caring School …

106: Improving Education by Doing Better Things Instead of Doing Things Better

June 11th, 2020

1:07:25

Today we are joined by author Ted Dintersmith. Ted's LinkedIn profile reads “change agent” – and the changes he’s focused on are at the intersection of “education, innovation, and democracy.” He is the author of What …

105: Approaching School Change through "Radical Incrementalism" – Mike Soules

June 9th, 2020

50:02

Today, educational leaders and schools are barraged with suggestions and directives to do “this” and “that” to improve student performance and …

104: Collaborating to Affect Real Change – Dr. Lynne Pierson

June 4th, 2020

50:03

Here, we welcome Dr. Lynne Pierson, an experienced educational professional with successful leadership achievements in urban, rural, suburban and …

103: Creating the More Responsive Organization - Anthony Kim

June 2nd, 2020

52:04

Anthony Kim, consultant and author of The New School Rules, is an advocate of embracing new management practices that allow continuous adaptation in …

102: Living a Life by Design Through Emotional Intelligence - Teresa Quinlan

May 28th, 2020

56:25

If you’re a leader or teammate, you’re going to need to support the social and emotional health of your colleagues. To do that effectively, you must …

101: Unleashing Your Superpower to Driver Personal Change – Stacy McCoy Prime

May 26th, 2020

42:27

We all have a superpower – a unique gift to share with the world. The question is, how are we going to unlock, grow, and share it? Schools can help …

100: Creating a Life of Possibility: "How Fascinating!"

May 21st, 2020

56:47

Today we are deeply fortunate to sit down with two amazing guests: Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander. Ben is the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Youth Orchestra. Rosamund is a …

99: Developing Success Mindsets – Ryan Gottfredson PhD.

May 19th, 2020

51:47

It's pretty accepted today by thought leaders that you can't effectively lead others until you know yourself and manage your behaviors appropriately. Understanding our various mindsets is key to building that …

98: Using a Social and Emotional Approach with Student Discipline – Jim Collin

May 14th, 2020

53:04

School discipline has traditionally seen administrators and teachers mete out punishment for inappropriate student behavior. There’s another way …

97: Leading Change During A Crisis – April Armstrong

May 12th, 2020

56:15

Leading complex changes – especially during a crisis – requires leaders to be master balancers in that they have to manage both the human aspects of change , e.g., resistance to change, motivation, and consensus …

96: Reducing Virtual Distance – Dr. Karen Sobel Lojeski

May 7th, 2020

56:14

People think “virtual distance” is a function of geographic dispersion, but it's not. It's really the psychological and emotional distance that is …

95: Creating the Heart-Centered Vision – Chris Mason and Dr Melissa Patschke

May 5th, 2020

55:15

As authors Chris Mason and Dr. Melissa ("Missie") Patschke describe it in their new book, Visioning Onward, “visioning” is more than just another prescription for a lofty sounding Mission or Vision statement that we see …

94: Leading with Gratitude - Chester Elton

April 28th, 2020

50:40

It’s our pleasure to welcome Chester Elton back to Getting Unstuck. The thematic river that runs through Chester’s books, coaching and consulting is …

93: Reclaiming Our Students – Hannah Beach and Tamara Neufeld Strijac

April 21st, 2020

58:42

Why are children more anxious, aggressive and shut down than ever before? And what can be done to reverse this course? In this episode of Getting Unstuck, we'll get answers from educators Tamara Neufeld Strijack and …

92: Leading in a Time of Crisis: Part 13 - Education Transformation Advocate Richard Gerver

April 17th, 2020

14:24

Welcome to Part 13 of a special series: "Leading Schools in a Time of Crisis." In these conversations, we probed how educators are helping their …

91: Leading in a Time of Crisis: Part 12 – Senior Director of Technology Michele Dawson

April 16th, 2020

13:54

Welcome to Part 12 of a special series: "Leading Schools in a Time of Crisis." In these conversations, we will probe how educators are helping their …

90: Leading in a Time of Crisis: Part 11 - Dr. Jeff Hawkins and Steve Miletto

April 15th, 2020

37:14

Welcome to Part 11 of a special series: "Leading Schools in a Time of Crisis." In these conversations, we will probe how educators are helping their …

89: Taking Care of the Whole Child

April 14th, 2020

56:29

With the huge focus on curriculum and testing, educator, consultant and author Jocelyne Chirnside cautions that we’re missing  a critical part of a …

88: Leading in a Time of Crisis: Part 10 – Principal Zaharah Valentine

April 14th, 2020

16:01

Welcome to Part 10 of a special series: "Leading Schools in a Time of Crisis." In these conversations, we will probe how educators are helping their …

87: Leading in a Time of Crisis: Part 9 - Educators Toni Faddis and Giulia Longo

April 13th, 2020

34:17

Welcome to Part 9 of a special series: "Leading Schools in a Time of Crisis." In these conversations, we will probe how educators are helping their …

86: Leading in a Time of Crisis: Part 8 - co-Principal Vic Goddard

April 10th, 2020

13:52

Welcome to Part 8 of a special series: "Leading Schools in a Time of Crisis." In these conversations, we will probe how educators are helping their …

85: Leading in a Time of Crisis: Part 7 - Principal Mike Oliver

April 9th, 2020

19:01

Welcome to Part 7 of a special series: "Leading Schools in a Time of Crisis." In these conversations, we will probe how educators are helping their …

84: Leading in a Time of Crisis: Part 6 - Superintendent Dr. David Schuler

April 8th, 2020

15:40

Welcome to Part 6 of a special series: "Leading Schools in a Time of Crisis." In these conversations, we will probe how educators are helping their …

83: Our Book Announcement!

April 7th, 2020

14:24

Today on “Getting Unstuck,” authors Kirsten Richert, Jeff Ikler, and Margaret Zacchei unabashedly talk about their new book, Shifting: How School …

82: Leading in a Time of Crisis: Part 5 – Educators Dr. Ken Wallace and Jill Geocaris

April 7th, 2020

20:12

Welcome to Part 5 of a special series: "Leading Schools in a Time of Crisis." In these conversations, we will probe how educators are helping their …

81: Leading in a Time of Crisis: Part 4 - Principal Evan Robb

April 6th, 2020

18:21

Welcome to Part 4 of a special series: "Leading Schools in a Time of Crisis." In these conversations, we will probe how educators are helping their …

80: Leading in a Time of Crisis: Part 3 – Middle School Director Kim Pence

April 3rd, 2020

22:10

Welcome to Part 3 of a special series: "Leading Schools in a Time of Crisis." In these conversations, we will probe how educators are helping their …

79: Leading in a Time of Crisis: Part 2 – Principal Margaret Zacchei

April 2nd, 2020

15:40

Welcome to Part 2 of a special series: "Leading Schools in a Time of Crisis." In these conversations, we will probe how educators are helping their …

78: Leading in a Time of Crisis: Part 1 – Principal Carol Kampa

April 1st, 2020

16:39

Welcome to Part 1 of a special series: "Leading Schools in a Time of Crisis." In these conversations, we will probe how educators are helping their …

77: Nourishing Believers for Sustained Organizational Success

March 31st, 2020

48:40

Enabling sustained organizational success today forces us to look at the leadership staff relationship differently. Mike Vacanti explains how we need to refocus our perspective.

76: Listening Carefully to Yourself

March 24th, 2020

52:42

Our lives are rarely linear. Most of us start out “here” and then make a series of twists and turns. Sometimes we’re the driver. Sometimes fate and opportunity take the wheel. And sometimes someone else says “I’ll …

75: Changing Schools to Better Support Students

March 17th, 2020

52:56

What changes can schools and school leaders make to better support students today as well as their future growth? Educator Steven Miletto offers …

74: Leading with a Human-centered Focus

March 10th, 2020

43:02

What does human-centered leadership look like? And how does it impact effective change? We offer some answers with our friend and Value Through …

73: Getting Diversity and Inclusion Right

March 3rd, 2020

1:07:53

There are moral and business arguments behind any diversity and inclusiveness effort. Expert Jennifer Brown explains how to leverage both for organizational health and success.

72: Avoiding the Advice Trap

February 25th, 2020

1:00:28

Coaching is now recognized as essential leadership behavior, but it can be challenging to practice. Leaders have to replace one set of behaviors and their rewards with another. Michael Bungay Stanier, author of The …

71: Growing Oneself to Help Grow Others

February 18th, 2020

1:04:10

What does someone do with their life if emotional and physical pain is all they have ever known? What happens when they hit "rock bottom"?  In this "transformation story," Lisa Sargese explains how she drew on spiritual …

70: Awakening to Life's Purpose

February 11th, 2020

45:16

Many of us have experienced that nagging feeling that “There has to more to life than this.” But, what do we do about it? Some of us do nothing other than listen to our inner critic about our shortcomings. Garry Turner …

69: Leading with Language

February 4th, 2020

42:16

As leaders, how is what we say and how we say it critical to staff growth and organizational success? In his new book, Leadership is Language: The Hidden Power of What You Say – and What You Don’t, L. David Marquet (USS …

68: Owning Our Own Mental Health

January 28th, 2020

1:10:29

How do you best manage life’s transitions, and the inevitable ups and downs of life? In this episode of Getting Unstuck, we’ll hear some interesting suggestions based on the concept of "Emotional Empowerment" from Dr. …

67: Growing Out of Adversity

January 21st, 2020

47:35

Our lives are rarely linear. Most of us start out “here” and then make a series of twists and turns. Sometimes we’re the driver. Sometimes fate and opportunity take the wheel. And sometimes someone else says “I’ll …

66: Understanding Team Dynamics

January 14th, 2020

1:00:38

In this conversation, we are joined by Tara Nolan. Tara is a leadership coach, a team coach, a facilitator of leadership training programs, a keynote …

65: Connecting to Our Higher Purpose

January 7th, 2020

47:29

Our lives are rarely linear. Most of us start out “here” and then make a series of twists and turns. In this series, we call “Transformation Stories,” we interview one individual about how they came to be where they are …

64: Making Incremental Change to Drive Big Results

December 31st, 2019

16:36

The New Year fast approaches, and that means ‘tis the season of “New Year’s resolutions.” It’s not surprising that we take on these goals. Most of us …

63: Facilitating Organizational Change

December 24th, 2019

26:09

What does real organizational change look like in action? We’ve talked a lot about change here on our podcast, and we written extensively about the …

62: Learning from Apollo

December 17th, 2019

1:06:18

"The Eagle has landed!" The success story of the Apollo space program is well known. Less well known is how the Apollo team overcame hurdles and …

61: Leading with Intentionality

December 10th, 2019

53:13

What are the hallmarks of an organization that relentlessly seeks to operate within a culture of continuous learning? And what does the leader look …

60: Changing by Staying with What Works

December 3rd, 2019

1:14:19

One of the problems that plague most organizations is when and how to change. For many, the process looks like fruit-of-the-month club: they try …

59: Understanding the Charismatic Persona

November 26th, 2019

50:59

Most of us could likely identify someone we think is "charismatic." But when it comes to defining charismatic qualities, we're likely to fall silent …

58: Improving Problem Solving Through Employee Engagement

November 19th, 2019

45:09

Organizations thrive and survive on the creativity of their employees. But what constitutes “creativity”? Are we born with it? Can it be drawn out of us by our teammates, manager, or the type of work we do? And what is …

57: Rethinking How We Can Best Reach Students

November 12th, 2019

1:02:22

The performance of U.S. education is often the recipient of criticism – and much of it is justified. Despite mountains of research on what works and the strong effort of most educators, many of the students coming out …

56: Connecting Through Effective Communication

November 5th, 2019

1:05:35

Why do some of our communications land as intended and others don't?

Say “Hello!” to Lila Smith, a messaging consultant and “Communications …

55: Saying "No!" to Adversity

October 29th, 2019

46:34

Most of us encounter adversity of some juncture during our lives. How we respond to it says a lot about who we are. Heather Younger certainly …

54: Moving Away From Who You Were

October 22nd, 2019

40:28

In this "Transformation Story," we talk with Jessica Du Bois. Jessica is a consultant and leader in the employee benefit industry who helps …

53: Providing Candid and Compassionate Feedback

October 15th, 2019

1:05:51

What does it mean to provide candid and compassionate feedback? Why is this “ying” and “yang” of helping staff to improve so important to changing behavior? We’ll get answers to these questions and others from two …

52: Challenging Assumptions About Teaching and Learning

October 8th, 2019

1:03:33

How might you think differently about how your organization works and approaches change?

Here, we’ll learn how Rona Wilensky, Ivette Visbal, and a team of educators wrestled with this question when they decided to break …

51: Putting Humans First in the Workplace

October 1st, 2019

1:08:41

How human is your workplace? How can what works well at work, work even better? Whom do you rely on to initiate change at work: Yourself? Or “leadership” from above? We’ll discuss these and other questions with Mike …

50: Recognizing the Only Person's Approval a Woman Needs

September 24th, 2019

57:58

In this episode of “Getting Unstuck – Shift for Impact,” we’re joined by Kris Macc. Kris is the founder and president of KMACC Solutions, a …

49: Nurturing Your Inner Circle

September 17th, 2019

59:50

Kevin Strauss is the CEO of Uchi, an app for connecting with others authentically and privately. Kevin trained as a biomedical engineer and invented medical devices for improving people’s lives. Over time, he realized …

48: Changing How We Support Veterans and Communities

September 10th, 2019

48:07

In this episode, we’re joined by Marvin Cadet, a Project Manager for The Mission Continues. The Mission Continues is a national, nonpartisan nonprofit that supports Armed Forces’ veterans to continue their service, and …

47: Managing Projects Effectively for Change Success

September 3rd, 2019

53:02

In this episode, we're joined by Bill Ruggles, a true Zen-master of project management. Bill will help us demystify the role of PM as it pertains to …

46: Part 2 – Innovating Inside the Box

August 30th, 2019

37:57

Do you have to be naturally creative to innovate? Or is there a method and are there tools that everyone can use innovate? We’ll explore this …

45: Part 1 – Innovating Inside the Box

August 27th, 2019

48:58

Do you have to be naturally creative to innovate? Or is there a method and are there tools that everyone can use innovate? We’ll explore this …

44: Listening for How We Tell Our Own Stories

August 20th, 2019

1:00:14

Sarah Elkins is a keynote speaker, a Gallup certified Strengths coach, the creator of the annual and unique #NoLongerVirtual conference. She is also a communications coach, the host of the podcast, Your Stories Don't …

43: Becoming Engaged and Energized at Work

August 13th, 2019

56:59

Gallup reports that some 70% of all U.S. workers are on the spectrum of disengagement at work. A number of factors converge here: ineffective …

42: Writing the Right Resume

August 6th, 2019

52:33

If you uttered “Ugh, resumes. . . .” when you saw the title of this episode, you’re not alone. Writing resumes is one of those things we love to hate. To sort things out, we went to an acknowledged authority on the …

41: Creating the "Killer" Marketing Message

July 30th, 2019

56:32

What it takes to market to anyone about anything is different today. The smart phone and access to unlimited information on the internet changed everything. It’s no longer about a company's great products and or …

40: Creating a Healthy Relationship with Technology

July 23rd, 2019

44:45

Innovations in technology are happening with ever-increasing speed. In this interview, we’ll hear from Neil C. Hughes, a highly respected authority …

39: Embracing a Life of Curiosity

July 16th, 2019

45:02

We all have a “river” that runs through our veins – a theme that punctuates our life. Sometimes that theme is muted, and some times it’s loud. And sometimes it’s there, but hidden. Listen in as millennial Jordan Gross …

38: Discovering What You Were Meant to Do

July 9th, 2019

48:40

Have you ever caught yourself wondering if you weren’t supposed to be doing something different? Maybe you thought, “I know I’m not cut out for doing ‘this,’” but at the same time "I don't know what a different 'this' …

37: Implementing Change Through Project Management

July 2nd, 2019

1:13:44

When we think of “project management,” we probably think of plans, schedules, deliverables, resources, and dependencies among various functional …

36: Engaging Individuals and Communities in Effective Change

June 25th, 2019

59:42

In this episode of “Getting Unstuck,” we’ll hear from social activist Orville Morales. Orville is a community outreach and change specialist. We’ll learn how he marshals community support for the causes he’s undertaking …

35: Changing with Intentionality

June 18th, 2019

1:03:36

Why do some complex changes stick, while others fail miserably – up to 70% according to the Gallop organization. How much of change failure is the lack of attention paid to planning, resources, and other technicalities …

33: Mindfulness Part 3 > Changing to Become a Mindful Leader

June 4th, 2019

1:02:53

How often as a leader do you find yourself worrying about what happened yesterday, or catastrophizing about all the things that could happen …

32: Mindfulness Part 2 > Envisioning the Mindful Leader

May 28th, 2019

1:11:07

What does it mean to be “mindful”? How can you work toward being more mindful? How does the mindful leader behave, and what impact does he or she …

31: Mindfulness Part 1 > Pausing for Self through Contemplative Practices

May 21st, 2019

1:12:36

How often do you ask yourself “Who am I? Where am I going? How do I get there?” How do you gain personal awareness? How do you present yourself authentically to others? In this the first of three episodes on …

30: Nourishing Organizational Purpose

May 14th, 2019

48:23

How does your organization approach change? Where do ideas for change come from? How do you assess for change readiness? How do you develop and …

29: Moving Away from Cognitive Distortions

May 7th, 2019

47:17

Cognitive distortions are self-limiting patterns of thinking that many of us demonstrate in life. These mental biases include “all or nothing …

28: Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

April 30th, 2019

50:48

When have you ever been asked – or been forced – to move out of your comfort zone – the arena in which you've historically operated? What did you discover about yourself and your strength repertoire in the process? What …

27: Becoming a Servant Leader

April 23rd, 2019

1:01:51

Who is the best leader with whom you have ever worked? What made them so? Was it their technical knowledge and the application of their experience? Was it how they worked with staff? A combination of these qualities?

In …

26: Getting Work Done Cooperatively and Collaboratively

April 16th, 2019

1:03:06

What do we mean by “soft” or “interpersonal” skills? Where do you see them – or the absence of them – in the workplace? Which ones do you consistently demonstrate? In this episode, we’re joined by Mary Schaefer, an HR …

25: Accelerating Staff Performance

April 9th, 2019

1:22:55

What are your experiences with performance appraisals? Useful? A waste of time? Somewhere in the middle? In this episode, Steve Paul, former owner of …

24: Learning to Invest in Yourself

April 2nd, 2019

46:53

Do you find yourself living your life, or someone else’s? Do you routinely invest in yourself to carve out your own identity and solidify your life? …

23: Increasing Employee Loyalty and Retention

March 26th, 2019

1:01:18

How can organizations best engage their employees to create real loyalty? What impact does leadership have on employee loyalty and engagement? What do we need to know about employee retention today?

In this episode, we …

22: Nearing Retirement? Step Into Your Bold Self!

March 19th, 2019

59:01

Your life’s clock is ticking. What’s the trip you can’t afford not to take? What’s the activity you can’t afford not to do? Who is the person you can’t afford not to meet?

In this episode, we meet septuagenarian Jane …

21: Analyzing the Potential for Change in a Complex System

March 12th, 2019

1:10:10

What is the goal of U.S. education in an ever-changing world? What do we want for our students when they walk across the stage to receive their high …

20: Getting Out of Our Own Way

March 5th, 2019

1:06:35

In this episode, we interview Joe Kwon who, as he says, “pulls back the curtain” on life in his entertaining and informative “Why it Works” podcast. …

19: Moving Out of the Depths of Pain

February 26th, 2019

34:31

Our lives are rarely linear. Most of start out "here" and then make a series of twists and turns. In this "Transformation Story," we talk with Shelley Brown. Shelley’s life took a dramatic turn due to a physical …

18: We are Living in Transition Now, What Stories Help Us Navigate this New Normal?

February 19th, 2019

56:06

How do you view life’s changes? As a series of one-off events that are largely disconnected from each other? Or as an ongoing transition? To get a perspective on those question, we listen in on an interview our friend, …

17: Becoming a Brave Leader

February 12th, 2019

1:11:37

How do you show up as a leader at work (and in life)? What impact do you want and need to have to feel engaged, energized, and accomplished? In this episode, Kirsten and Jeff talk with leadership expert, Kimberly Davis, …

16: Finding Your Inner Voice

February 5th, 2019

45:33

Our lives are rarely linear. Most of start out "here" and then make a series of twists and turns. In this "Transformation Story," we talk with Becca Bycott. Becca's life began to take a major turn one day riding the …

15: Creating a Culture of Change

January 29th, 2019

46:19

How do you view change – as episodic or as a constant? In this episode, which is Part 2 of a two-part series, we’ll continue to explore the idea of …

14: Creating a Culture of Change

January 22nd, 2019

1:00:55

How do you view complex changes – as one-offs, or as a constant to support getting desired results? In this episode, which is Part 1 of a two-part …

13: Implementing Complex Changes

January 15th, 2019

57:55

OK, you’ve agreed on a plan for a complex change. Now, what do you need to consider to implement the plan? How do you get staff buy-in? In the first part of this episode, we'll suggest some answers to those questions. …

12: Experimenting to Find the Sweet Spot of Action

January 8th, 2019

1:01:28

How can organizations and individuals experiment with change in a way that reduces risk and prevents the “fixedness” monster from keeping them stuck? In this episode, we focus on the experimentation phase of change for …

11: Overcoming Obstacles: Adapting to Protect the Heart of Your Idea

January 1st, 2019

1:04:20

New ideas are often met with criticism and concern. In this episode, Kirsten and I review a number of strategies individuals and leaders can employ to overcome obstacles to change. Midway through this episode, we talk …

10: Reinventing Yourself. Again.

December 25th, 2018

37:37

Our lives are rarely linear. Most of us start out “here” and then make a series of twists and turns. In this series we’re calling “Transformation Stories,” we interview one individual about how they came to be where …

9: Generating Ideas that Can Move You Forward

December 18th, 2018

58:35

You or your organization are stuck. How do you break free and come up with new ideas to help you move forward? Dr. Esmilda Abreu, Getting Unstuck's producer, interviews hosts Kirsten Richert and Jeff Ikler to share a …

8: Getting to Know Innovation Consultant Kirsten Richert

December 11th, 2018

59:22

Here, Kirsten is interviewed by Joe Kwon, our friend and host of the uniquely formatted "Why It Works" podcast. We'll learn what motivated Kirsten to …

7: Getting to Know Career and Leadership Coach Jeff Ikler

December 4th, 2018

55:24

Here, Jeff is interviewed by Joe Kwon, our friend and host of the uniquely formatted "Why It Works" podcast. We'll learn why Jeff chose coaching as a …

6: Recognizing Obstacles to Moving Forward

November 27th, 2018

1:20:38

Effective change leaders acknowledge what is holding them back. Hosts Jeff and Kirsten explain how individuals and organizations can recognize how …

5: Envisioning the Future

November 20th, 2018

1:00:51

Unlock your potential to get unstuck by actively envisioning your ideal future state. Host Jeff Ikler interviews educator Dr. Melissa Hughes, author of Happy Hour with Einstein. Dr. Hughes shares her insights on how the …

4: Conducting an External Assessment

November 13th, 2018

58:13

In this podcast, we look at how those exploring a potential change can ready themselves and or their organization by learning more about the broader external environment, including trends in society, economics, new …

3: Looking Inward to Gain Awareness

October 31st, 2018

1:00:45

In this episode, hosts Kirsten Richert and Jeff Ikler recommend the counterintuitive strategy of pausing – intentionally slowing down to conduct an …

2: Acknowledging that You Are Stuck

October 31st, 2018

1:00:30

In this episode, hosts Kirsten Richert and Jeff Ikler review the “why” behind their respective practices of serving as an innovation catalyst for organizations, and a career and leadership coach for individuals. They …

1: Introducing "Getting Unstuck"

October 23rd, 2018

55:41

In this first episode, innovation catalyst Kirsten Richert, and career and leadership coach, Jeff Ikler, explain their mission – to help individuals and institutions think differently about change, not as something to …

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