The Collective Wisdom Podcast with Cat Preston
Caroline Harvey: The biggest waste of time is comparing yourself to others

Caroline Harvey: The biggest waste of time is comparing yourself to others

November 30, 2021

Hey there, my wise friends and welcome to episode 45 of The Collective Wisdom Podcast. I'd like to wish anyone who's joining me from the US a very happy Thanksgiving weekend. It's really a great time of year to remind ourselves of all the people we're truly grateful to in our lives. And my guest today, Caroline Harvey has a really touching story about doing just that. We're also coming up to a year since I started this podcast. So it's my chance to say a huge thank you to all the amazing guests I've had on the show so far. So many of them are unsung heroes who are quietly getting on with making a difference to the lives of the people they serve. And I include Caroline amongst them, as in her capacity as a public speaking coach. She's helping people to really find their voice and then tap into creative ways of expressing it and bringing their true present to a stage or presentation. And if you listen very carefully, you may hear the word bark in the background as when we were recording there was a dog who must have been listening in and was putting in some practice finding his own voice. However, we didn't let it deter us from what was for me a fascinating and very informative conversation.

 

caroline@carolineharvey.me

www.carolineharvey.me

es.linkedin.com/in/caroharvey

 

ENOUGH. Unlock a life of abundance starting right where you are

 

Benjamin Zander Ted Talk

 

Song: 'Babylon' by Don Maclean

 

Wisdom: The biggest waste of time is comparing yourself to others

Michelle Welsch: Leap and the net will appear

Michelle Welsch: Leap and the net will appear

November 23, 2021

Hey there my wise friends, and welcome to episode 44 of Collective Wisdom, which is all about leading with empathy. And as if by magic, there was one of the most beautiful examples of doing just that. This weekend,  I was watching one of my favourite TV shows 'Strictly Come Dancing'.  'Strictly' has evolved over the years into something that's more than just a dance competition. Behind all the spray tans and the fabulous costumes. It's really about showing people that if you put in the hard work and face your fears that you're always capable of far more than you often believe.

This week, all our hearts were completely won over by Rose Ayling-Ellis and her partner Giovanni Pernice. Rose is the first deaf contestant on the show and has had us all completely in awe with the way that she is nevertheless able to respond to the beat in the music that she can actually feel. So in their dance this week, there was a moment where they cut the music, and we all had just a tiny glimpse into roses world. Not only was the dance itself breathtaking, but it gave us all a chance to experience true empathy. There was no pity here for a woman who can't hear, but instead a whole new level of understanding of what it means to be deaf.

It was radical empathy that called my guest today to do the work that she's currently doing in Nepal. Michelle Welsch not only founded a social enterprise, The Learning House, which helps so many young people in Nepal get access to the education that allows them to really lean into their brightest fullest potential as humans, but she's done this without the backing of a team or resources to help her.

It's grit and tenacity, empathy, and a beautiful vision of what's possible if you keep going that have been the driving force behind her work. Michelle’s positivity and energy are infectious. And I'm just so thrilled she's here to join me to share her story.

 

Michelle Welsch, MSW

www.michellewelsch.com - about me

www.learninghousenepal.com - my education center in Nepal

Tweet me @redheadlefthand

 

Watch Giovanni and Rose on Strictly Come Dancing - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QejOzrlovTQ

 

Song ‘Lucky’ by Russ

Wisdom ‘Leap and the net will appear’

and ‘Find your tribe’

Adanna Onuekwusi: The art of simplicity simply means making peace with your complexity

Adanna Onuekwusi: The art of simplicity simply means making peace with your complexity

November 16, 2021

Hey there, my wise friends and welcome to episode 43 of Collective Wisdom, which today is all about the art of writing and what it can do for you. I'm in a very happy position that after years and years of filling up many, many, many, many notebooks with ideas and thoughts and reams of randomness. It did turn into a bit of a book project. I know you're probably thinking, God is she still going on about that, but the truth is that having spoken to and listened to a lot of writers, both here on the podcast and at literature festivals, and anywhere else I can find those conversations. I realised that the outcome really is not the point. It's what writing can do for you to help you find clarity about your identity, the conflicts that you find within you. Does anyone else have that experience of holding two seemingly conflicting ideas in your head at once?

Well, my guest today has a lot to say on that subject. And she has so much to share about how the practice of creating writing can really help you to understand yourself a bit better. As well as being a very gifted teacher, Adanna is also a coach. So that means that she has a superpower for really prompting you to not only find your own creative expression, but then to use it perhaps to help you guide through a transition or a challenge or, or simply moving towards doing more of what really lights you up, both in life and at work for anyone interested in the art of writing. This episode is a real gift and I'm so grateful to Adanna. So here she is to tell us a bit more about her story.

 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/invictawriters/?hl=en

 

LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/adanna-onuekwusi-ma-pgce-307282175

 

Website: https://www.invictawriters.com/

 

Song ‘Strength, Courage and Wisdom’ by Indie Arie

 

Wisdom: ‘The art of simplicity simply means making peace with your complexity’

 

Damon Bowen-Ashwin: We really can do ANYTHING if we put our minds to it

Damon Bowen-Ashwin: We really can do ANYTHING if we put our minds to it

November 9, 2021

Hey there, my wise friends. There's definitely a sense of celebration and optimism in the air this week. There's a new moon. Some of you are celebrating Diwali and the victory of light over darkness. It's that same sense of positivity and optimism that drew me to my guest today. Damon Bowen-Ashwin, who is still in the middle of his story. Having been diagnosed with a brain tumour two years ago, he's just finished a gruelling 30-Day round of radiotherapy and is now embarking on a course of chemotherapy. But his courage, resilience and determination to get through this challenge is just so compelling. I went into this conversation knowing that I was going to hear from a remarkable man who is full of compassion, humility, and empathy. Those are all the qualities that I'd seen in Damon when we met whilst training together last year, but what I found was way beyond that. He shared how, although this has without doubt, been one of the most frightening times of his life, what has also come out of it is a beautiful love story, which just made my heart sing.

A story about meeting Wim Hof, who has been a powerful mentor and source of inspiration, and who actually got in touch with Damon because he also was so touched by his story. And ultimately, it's a story about the power of self-belief, and an understanding that we always have more choices than we think we have when life takes an unexpected or unwanted turn.

I love talking to Damon. There were moments when I had tears in my eyes and moments when we just laughed. I hope that his relentless faith and optimism in the face of huge adversity bring the same sense of joy to you. So here's Damon to tell you his story.

 

Adapt and Flow Mindset and Positivity Coaching - https://www.adaptandflow.co.uk/

 

damon@adaptandflow.co.uk

 

Adapt and Flow You Tube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUFEKX6-emp8LXI45maYg3A

 

Damon Bowen Ashwin on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/damon-bowen-ashwin-cpc-eli-mp-97423811/

 

Adapt and Flow on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/adapt_and_flow_dba/

 

Adapt and Flow on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1781845782000011

 

Wim Hof - The Iceman - https://www.wimhofmethod.com/

 

Song:  'The Way It Is' by Bruce Hornsby - https://open.spotify.com/track/6V50MyHPGhEmwYu0Wdyf0t?si=a3542914f65f48e7

 

Wisdom: We can do ANYTHING if we put our minds to it

Enough: Unlock a life of abundance starting right where you are

Enough: Unlock a life of abundance starting right where you are

November 2, 2021

Hey there, my wise friends and welcome to season five of The Collective Wisdom Podcast. We're kicking off this new season with a little bit of a difference because rather than having one or two guests this week, I have 16. Yep, I like a good challenge. Why the party? Well, because over the summer, I was lucky enough to be involved in a collaborative book project with a group of friends who are all members of an online community I'm part of called The Right Company, which was founded back in 2018 by Bernadette Jiwa and Mark Dyck to support freelancers, solopreneurs, and business owners. A few of us have been working together on that project. And this week, we're celebrating the launch of our book into the world. It's called 'Enough: Unlock a life of abundance starting right where you are'

In the book, we share our own perspectives on how we've set about doing work that feels aligned with our values, and gives us that sense of fulfilment, whilst also leaving us with enough time and energy to focus on perhaps the other things in life that matter to us. We've shared our compelling stories where we distil all the advice and wisdom we've learned along the way. We share insights from failures, celebrate creativity with poetry, and ask some powerfully reflective questions that we've often asked ourselves.

It's our hope that reading our stories will inspire you to reflect on your own answer to the question of 'what is enough?' and explore your own unique gifts and creative talents to focus your attention on what it is you really want to achieve in life. Perhaps finding the encouragement to taking steps towards building or rebuilding a life that is rich in every sense of the word.

In short, we hope it's a call to action for how to use that propelling question of 'What is enough?' as a compass for living life on your terms.

 

Show Notes Quote (Timestamp):

 

ENOUGH: Unlock a life of abundance starting right where you are

 

Song: Up and Up by COLDPLAY

 

Contributors:

Jeremy Deedes - Words not deeds

Kim LeClair - East Willow

Sue Heatherington - Quiet Disruptors

Jackie Davis on LinkedIn

Joel Hughes - Glass Mountains Website Design

Caroline Harvey - Public Speaking Coach

Ian Berry - Wise Leaders

Darcy Lee - Heartfelt

Pete Michaels - Rock and Roll Copy

Claudia Brose - Living and Working with Attention

Ulla Raaf - Logosynergie

Tricia Van Vliet - The Wellness CPA PLLC

Jacquie Landeman

Con Christerson

 

Mark Dyck.com

Bernadette Jiwa: The Story of Telling

 

Edited by Siobhan Curham

 

Daniel Bauer: You’ll never go wrong treating people right

Daniel Bauer: You’ll never go wrong treating people right

October 26, 2021

Hey there, my wise friends and welcome to Episode 40 of The Collective Wisdom Podcast.

I have an amazing guest to bring Season 4 to a close. Daniel Bauer is a teacher, coach and mentor. it's fair to say, to millions of people. He runs a really successful podcast called Better Leaders Better Schools, which although it's aimed at educators and school leaders, is actually relevant for anyone who wants to seek some professional development.

He asks better questions, he has conversations with really inspired people, and his love of learning comes through all the time. Danny believes that the number one thing that makes a difference to students is the quality of the teaching and the quality of leadership in schools. And as a school leader himself, he could never quite understand why schools were set to compete against one another, when actually if they collaborated and supported and encouraged one another, school leaders learn to get better together.

So he set up a series of masterminds and has just written his latest book, which is called 'Mastermind Unlocking Talent Within Every School Leader' And it's all about the wisdom and experience that he's learned in the process of setting up these masterminds. How that encouragement and support has really built up a network of school leaders who are becoming better leaders every day. He lives and breathes his own philosophy, which is that everybody wins when a leader gets better.

 

Daniel Bauer is an unorthodox Ruckus Maker who has mentored thousands of school leaders through his Better Leaders Better Schools blog, books, podcasts, and powerful coaching experiences.

 

Mastermind: Unlocking Talent Within Every School Leader is a book that reimagines what professional development for school administrators looks like in order to meet the needs of all school leaders who currently feel isolated and overwhelmed.

 

Websites and Social Links

BLBS Website: https://betterleadersbetterschools.com

 

Mastermind Book: Unlock the talent of school leaders

 https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/mastermind/book275490#description

Book discount code: Use "RUCKUS" for 20% off the cover price + free shipping!

Book website with bonuses: https://www.betterleadersbetterschools.com/mastermindbook/

 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielevanbauer/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/alienearbud

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alienearbud/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danevanbauer?ref=bookmarks

Medium: https://alienearbud.medium.com/

BLBS on Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/better-leaders-better-schools-podcast-daniel-bauer/id1036167679?mt=2

 

Sir Ken Robinson 'Do schools kill creativity?'  TED TALK 

 

Song: Waskara by Oliver Mtukudzi

 

 https://open.spotify.com/track/3fDzjCoOuYUgCyTjY768Iz?si=08b4d26f6fb1414b

 

Wisdom: You’ll never go wrong treating people right

 

Enough: Unlock a life of abundance starting right where you are  

A collaborative book project by members of The Right Company 

Vanessa Rigg and Keyna Doran: How to save an orchard

Vanessa Rigg and Keyna Doran: How to save an orchard

October 19, 2021

Hey there, my wise friends and welcome to Episode 39 of The Collective Wisdom Podcast. This week we're celebrating two very important national days. The first was yesterday, Monday the 18th of October, which is International Menopause Day. And I just like to say a huge thanks once again to Dr. Rebecca Lewis, who so kindly joined me back in Episode 35 and shared her immense wisdom about how to get informed and how to get access to the help you need to have a healthy menopause, including the balance app that was launched by the Newsome clinic, which really gives women the chance to track their symptoms and get the help they need. And this week also marks national Apple Day, Thursday the 21st of October is a very important day for celebrating orchards across the UK and to raise awareness of the environmental impact just to remind people of the importance of orchard fields, and nature to humanity in general. So to celebrate that I have two superstar guests with me this week, Vanessa Rigg, and Keyna Doran, who have together worked tirelessly to save and protect the over 100 year old World's End orchard in Chipping Camden. So find out all about the two of them, their story about orchards and why they matter so much.

 

Friends of Wolds End Orchard Facebook Group - https://www.facebook.com/SaveWoldsEnd/

 

Campden Edge Youth Arts Charity - https://www.facebook.com/SaveWoldsEnd/  

 

Song My Best Friend's Girl by The Cars - https://open.spotify.com/track/1SRkKyJ2JjMZgyDWC30zKv?si=2cd8adfbbf2d49b2

 

Music Credo Mass in C Minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - https://open.spotify.com/track/0hneOtkiKbXm4oreUfWzaI?si=43ec56b767894b84

 

Wisdom: Get informed and be prepared before you go into battle.

Marco Houwen: Don’t underestimate what you can achieve in 10 years

Marco Houwen: Don’t underestimate what you can achieve in 10 years

October 12, 2021

Hey there, my wise friends and welcome to Episode 38 of The Collective Wisdom Podcast. My guest this week, Marco Houwen, who as well as being a fellow iPEC coach, is also a founder, CEO and investor. And his latest business creation is a business called Zentrapreneur and the eternal art of being, which has as he describes a simple aim to equip entrepreneurs with the insight practices and personal awareness that reveal what's just beyond one's own external conditioning. Marco believes this is the only personal leadership experience that helps leaders to align who they truly are, with what they do. And in doing so leading the way to an enlightened entrepreneurial era. That leaves the digital Dark Ages forged in Silicon Valley behind. His vision is for a world where the operating system for authentic value creation and personal leadership is fully aligned with the progress of the human race. I sat down with Marco to talk about some of the challenges along the way, how he's crafted this vision, how he's come to these conclusions, and to hear just a little bit more about his story.

 

Find Marco Houwen online:

 

https://www.zentrapreneur.com

 

https://www.linkedin.com/company/zentrapreneurship/

 

Just Beyond Yourself’ by David Whyte - https://onbeing.org/poetry/just-beyond-yourself/

 

Song You can’t rush your healing by Trevor Hall - https://open.spotify.com/track/7kdJcH97qbvW7ubH6ukOTf?si=58957b7cf3e7407f

 

Wisdom: Don’t underestimate what you can achieve in 10 years

 

ENOUGH: Unlock a life of abundance starting right where you are - https://enoughthebook.co/

A collaborative book project by members of The Right Company.

Rien MacDonald: We are all imposters. Have some self-compassion and jump into the arena

Rien MacDonald: We are all imposters. Have some self-compassion and jump into the arena

October 5, 2021

Hey there, my wise friends and welcome to Episode 37 of The Collective Wisdom Podcast, which is all about hope in the face of challenge. My guest today is Rien Macdonald and, it's true to say he's been facing a few challenges of his own lately, having lost his job and living in Melbourne where lockdown continues and the obvious challenges that presents. In fact, we wanted to make this episode precisely because we recognise just how many people are facing really tough times at the moment. We also talk about mentors, and it is a great chance to reflect on what one of my favourite mentors, Robin Kramer once said to me, which is, “no one got to be where they are today alone.” So this is a chance to thank the mentors in my life, and I know Rien has also been really grateful for the support he's received in helping him to get started with his new business. It's also true that as my lovely friend Melissa Camilleri says, “we rise by lifting others.” So having the opportunity to help someone always has a positive impact. I hope that Rien’`s positive energy and his amazing stories help make your day a bit brighter.

 

The Hope Initiative - https://thehopeinitiative.simplecast.com/

 

The Hope Initiative Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hopeinitiativepod/

 

RUKKUS - https://www.rukkus.com.au/

 

Trust the Process - Cat's Episode on The Hope Initiative - https://thehopeinitiative.simplecast.com/episodes/42-trust-the-process

 

The long and the short of it podcast - https://thelongandtheshortpodcast.com/

 

Wisdom: We are all imposters. Have some self compassion and jump into the arena

 

Songs

 

Days Like This’ by Van Morrison - https://open.spotify.com/track/3xINh6YqkLfucEtjoa4x7D?si=d2ea8f0273d84ef0

 

Spanish Sahara’ by FOALS - https://open.spotify.com/track/3xINh6YqkLfucEtjoa4x7D?si=d2ea8f0273d84ef0

Mandell Conway: Eat the chicken and spit out the bones

Mandell Conway: Eat the chicken and spit out the bones

September 28, 2021

Hey there, my wise friends and welcome to this episode of The Collective Wisdom Podcast. This September marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers. And for my guest today, September the 11th 2001 was a day that changed his life forever. At 8:46am a plane crashed into World Trade Centre one between floors 93 and 99. Mandell's mother Brenda worked on the 97th floor. Mandell tells the story of the huge hole that was left in his life and the lives of his family that day. It's the heartbreaking story of a 13-year-old boy calling the same number over and over hoping she would pick up the phone at the other end. Telling of the weeks of searching and trying to stay hopeful before finally having to arrange a funeral without a casket. Mandell's story is about the strength of character he's found over the years through faith, forgiveness, and his love for others. Brenda named her youngest son Mandell after the Great Nelson Mandela, and Raheem which means compassion. And she saw in him those great characteristics of strength and kindness, way before he saw it in himself. I'm truly honoured to have been trusted with this story that pays tribute to the wonderful mother, wife, sister and daughter Brenda was and how the seeds of love that were planted in the 13 years she and Mandell did have together were ultimately a gift that he's still cherishes to this day.

Mandell is a beacon of light in a troubled world. If you want to hear more from him you will find him hanging out on Instagram here: 

 

Mandell Conway on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/mandellconway/?hl=en

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