MEANWHILE: A podcast to improve your life
By Michael Terrell and Michael Melcher
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Want interesting ideas to improve your work and life? Hear from two of America’s best executive coaches in MEANWHILE. Drawing on their perspectives from the east and west coasts, Michael Melcher and Michael Terrell sort through the tips, insights and practices that will help you move forward . . . right now. MEANWHILE covers cutting-edge ideas in leadership, career development, resilience, being effective in the workplace, and underneath it all figuring out what brings out your best and makes you happy. MEANWHILE is informative, practical, fun and doesn’t take that long to listen to! Episodes are 20 to 40 minutes, max. Check out the episode list, here.
||ExplicitEP 28: SOCIAL CONTAGION||Michael Melcher says: go forth and contaminate yourselves! In this episode, we examine the idea of "social contagion" – the concept that you are affected, changed and potentially improved by not only your friends, but also by your friends' friends'||10/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP 27: Solo vs. Collaborative Creativity||Is creativity something that best blooms when you work alone or with others? The answer is both! In this episode, Michael M examines some of the ways that creative activity emerges, and challenges you to push some alternate directions.||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 26: Pre-Framing||We typically go through life and work reacting to things, sometimes positively, sometimes negatively. Sometimes we'll pause to re-frame in order to change the energy or make lemons into lemonade. But why not pre-frame things from the beginning? In ..||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP 25: DON'T TAKE FREE SAMPLES||Are free things ever really cost-free? Michael M propounds the idea of avoiding free samples, whether those samples are sugary bites from Costco, push notifications from our technology masters, or other people's random crap. We also hear a fun episod ..||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP 24: The Enneagram||The Ennea-what?! Michael M guides us through a cool and sophisticated personality tool called the Enneagram. It can help you understand yourself, improve your relationships, and get out of your own way. And by listening to this episode you can sav ..||4/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP 23: The Future||The Future. The Michaels talk about the future, and theirs in particular. Views are exchanged, emotions expressed. Podcasting realness ensues.||4/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 22: Stress!||How do you deal with stress? And ideally makes things better rather than worse? Michael M talks about a recent scary experience and analyzes his own responses to it. The Michaels then analyze how stress shows up, what underlying factors can be at pla ..||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 21.5: Asking Permission||Introducing Mini Meanwhile! Supplemental podcasts of shorter length, yet providing they same awesome Meanwhile combination of content and attitude. In this episode-ette, Michael M shares an unexpected insight he learned from becoming a parent, and||1/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 21: Narratives & Alternative Narratives||What kind of stories are you telling about yourself, and is it time to question them? We carry narratives in our heads that summarize what we think of our successes, our failures, our feelings, our hopes. Often these narratives are kind of a drag, s ..||12/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 20: Longstanding Goals||Longstanding goals: Love them or dump them? In historic episode 20, the Michaels discuss what we should do with goals we have been carrying around for a long time but have not achieved or in some cases even worked on. Is inaction a sign that it is t ..||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 19: IC to Manager||So you wanna be a manager. Some managers are great. Sigh. And some managers, sadly, make the world worse. Wherein lies the difference? In this episode the Michaels examine the transition from individual contributor to manager. They offer the POV th ..||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 18: Checking In||The Michaels had a convo that left michael M with a weird aftertaste. So we decided to revisit that conversation and have a more general check in to our relationship. In doing so, we had some interesting exchanges about money, appreciation, what we c ..||9/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 17: Pushy vs. Pushover||Being a capable professional and human being includes being able to say no, ask for help, and negotiate needs. Yet we may shy away from all of these for a variety of conscious and unconscious reasons. In this episode, the Michaels talk about how to ..||8/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 16: Emotional Expression & Regulation||Emotions are powerful but that doesn’t mean we are always aware of them or know what to do with them. As a result, lots of our workplaces are filled with zombie professionals who are there but not REALLY there. Detachment from emotion cuts back on ou||7/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 15: Ego vs. Outcome||Would you rather make your point or get to the best outcome? When you're collaborating with others, is everyone focused on getting to some useful result, or is everyone focused on displaying the gorgeous feathers of their own peacock tails? In this ..||6/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 14: A's and B's||A big factor determining our energy and happiness is the people we associate with. The Michaels introduce the idea of “A” people, who give us energy, and “B” people, who suck the energy right out of us. They provide tips for increasing the num||5/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 13: Conscious Incompetence||Learning should be fun! Or should it? The Michaels dig into the concept of “conscious incompetence” — that part of the learning process when you realize that you kind of suck at something, and that it might be a long time before you become profi||5/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 12: Listening||Is listening the most important professional skill ever? It might well be. But we know that most people don’t listen well, if at all. The Michaels discuss why listening is the sine qua non of good leadership, why listening is the opposite of passivit||4/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 11: Authenticity?||Is being authentic at work a viable goal? Or is it more akin to trading your career for a hill of magic beans? The two Michaels discuss why authenticity matters, how it shows up at work, and whether there are practical things you can do about it. ..||4/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 10: Focus||Let’s put the focus on “focus!" Is it possible to be something other than a reactive zombie? The two Michaels discuss the candle method vs. the pomodoro method and talk about the role the presence plays in being both happy and productive.||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 9: Radical Candor||The two Michaels review the currently hot communications model known as “Radical Candor.” Is this the big new thing? Or just another 2 x 2 matrix with a bunch of unenforceable trademark symbols? They also share their views on having difficult con||3/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 8: New Year, New Goals||Clean slate! We talk about New Years resolutions, including what works and what doesn’t work. Plus, trying out mantras as a different type of goal.||1/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 7: Presidential Election||The Michaels discuss their different reactions to the US election. What do you do when external events turn you into someone you don’t recognize?||1/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 6: Bad Days||On a trip to Mexico City, Michael M deals with a “meh” day by examining perspectives. We talk about when you should blow past bad days and when you should take them seriously.||1/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 5: Appreciation/Negativity||Shocker: The two Michaels believe that an attitude of appreciation works better than negativity or cynicism. Some practices to get there.||1/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 4: Powerful Questions||Be a coach or just sound like one by mastering powerful questions. Using inquiry to open up conversations, meetings and problem-solving. What listening really sounds like.||1/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 3: Vision, Purpose, BHAGS||The two Michaels talk about purpose and vision statements and how to construct them. The difference between vision and goals. Figuring out your real values.||1/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 2: Career Envy/Gratitude||Feel envious of the success of others? Wonder if you are on the right path? Ways to use envy for good, or avoid it entirely. The impact of practicing gratitude.||1/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 1: Creating Space||Why we need space to invite positive things into our life. What Michael M learns by renting a giant dumpster.||1/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Deep thoughts delivered lightly
I've just listened to Episode 2 on envy: The Michaels do a great job of exploring the topic, sharing their own humanness (even when not pretty!) and then scouting out the productive possibilities. They cracked open envy!
It depends on the episode...
I have only listened to a few episodes. The one on A's and B's is a must-listen. It was eye-opening and informative. The one on Radical Candor is not. They clearly haven't read the book or listened to the Radical Candor podcast, yet they still cast themselves as experts on someone else's work.
Mike and Mike have a great pod here. It's quite refreshing to hear a podcast that delves into subjects like listening, feedback, and energy but in a light and engaging mode. It feels like you are out with colleagues over lunch or drinks, not simply reading a blog post. Plus, they're funny. You finish each episode a little more motivated to take on the little challenges in life.