Intentional Performers with Brian Levenson
Mark Groves on the Power of Human Connection

Mark Groves on the Power of Human Connection

December 11, 2019

Mark Groves joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Mark is a human connection specialist but putting a title on his work doesn’t do him justice. Mark is an emotional translator, writer, speaker, coach, and his clients range from businesses and leaders to couples and individuals. Mark really cares about the deepest of emotional connections that we have with ourselves and other people, and he loves studying love. He studies relationships and communications and is very thoughtful about how we are showing up for ourselves and for the people that we love.

In this episode, we discuss how it works for a company to take time to work with him (7:20), his upbringing (9:00), the message his dad shared about divorce (12:00), the skills that create great communication and relationships (20:00), how mastering personal relationships affects the business world (23:40), pain and love and emotions (27:00), when he started to lean into his emotions (30:30), what experiences at rock bottom teach us (34:30), what allowed him to learn from failure at 27 (38:40), when he got into the work he does now (41:30), what it was like to leave a nice six-figure salary (43:20), where he draws the line on sharing (45:50), how he’s built his social media following (50:10), how he feels when he gets powerful messages (54:10), what his writing process looks like (57:10), how he thinks about the me-too movement (1:00:10), and what he intentionally does to make sure he’s his best (1:05:10)

Thank you to Mark for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check him out on Instagram @createthelove, YouTube, and his website http://markgroves.tv/.

Lastly, if you liked this episode and/or any others, please support us at Patreon or follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Hamish Brewer on Leaving a Legacy and Creating a Culture of Family

Hamish Brewer on Leaving a Legacy and Creating a Culture of Family

December 4, 2019

Hamish Brewer joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Hamish is a Principal and is somebody who is relentless, tattooed, and a skateboarding Principal. He is a high-octane guy constantly calling on his students to be relentless. He has become known as an educational disruptor that challenges the status quo and is constantly looking to innovate and help his students however he can. Hamish does things differently and he is known for working with some of the most at-risk students in America, and he flat out gets results. He is real, authentic, genuine, and what you see is what you get. He has won all kinds of awards, he is nationally known as a Principal, he has written a best-selling book, he has given a Ted Talk, and he is somebody that is living, breathing, and doing things to make this world a better place.

In this episode, we discuss where he gets his enthusiasm and energy (6:10), what life was like growing up (7:30), why he thinks he and his brothers have had success (9:20), where he grew up (11:30), how he brings his journeyman mindset to his students (14:30), his religious framework (16:10), how he went from dropping out of high school to becoming a Principal (17:20), what he would’ve been like at a school where he was the Principal (21:00), where he sees education going (22:20), how he captures what poverty means (25:10), mental health in schools (28:00), how he teaches his students resilience (31:00), the legacy he wants to leave (33:20), how he makes sense of his social media presence (37:00), how he manages his fear of failure (40:20), how he thinks about fearlessness (42:00), how he brings out the best in his staff (43:20), why he puts his office in the middle of the school (45:40), how he thinks about working with parents (49:10), what he does to make sure he’s at his best (54:40), his use of the word love (57:40), what it’s like for him when the kids leave for summer (1:00:30), and how he wrestles with the desire to be in the school system vs. impact outside of the school system (1:03:10)

Thank you to Hamish for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check him out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. You can also find his website at https://hamishbrewer.com/. He is also a best-selling author of Relentless: Changing Lives by Disrupting the Educational Norm that can be found on amazon. He is also about to release relentless skateboards which will be giving everything back to kids. Humanity Stoke is also coming out in the Spring which is a documentary he will be in with Tony Hawk.

Lastly, if you liked this episode and/or any others, please support us at Patreon or follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Asking Great Questions and Being Grateful with Brian Levenson

Asking Great Questions and Being Grateful with Brian Levenson

November 27, 2019

In this episode, I discuss gratitude and Thanksgiving (2:30), becoming a better communicator (4:00), three levels of listening (4:50), assumptions, assessments, and assertions (8:40), examples of great questions (11:30), and takeaways (21:30).

If you liked this episode and/or any others, please support us at Patreon or follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Scott O’Neil on Sports Business and Creating a Culture

Scott O’Neil on Sports Business and Creating a Culture

November 20, 2019

Scott O’Neil is the Chief Executive Officer of Harris Blitzer Spots & Entertainment, an organization with the ambition to become the most impactful sports and entertainment company in the world through the pursuit of innovation and performance. You will hear about Scott and his involvement with innovation and how much he values high, elite performance for himself and the teams that he’s involved with. Scott is responsible for the organization’s leadership, strategic vision, operations, and growth including the pursuit and acquisition of sports teams and organizations, entertainment, and consumer-facing properties. Scott wears many different hats and is involved with many different organizations including the Philadelphia 76ers, the New Jersey Devils, and the Prudential Center. He is also involved with Team Dignitas, an internationally renowned e-sports team, the Sixers Innovation Lab, the Delaware Blue Coats, and the Binghamton Devils. He has over 20 years of experience in the NHL, NBA, and NFL that has earned a reputation as a leader of leaders and is one of the best in sports business. He really grounds himself in the present and thinks about the culture they are creating inside these organizations.

In this episode, we discuss what his childhood was like (5:00), why he thinks all of his siblings are in business (7:50), how he feels thinking about his mom doing amazing work (11:00), why he got into sports (12:40),what his vision for his career was (14:00), his morning routine (15:20), how he thinks about management and culture in several different places (16:30), how he defines his mission (18:50), how he thinks about spirituality (20:10), why coaching his kids is so important to him (22:00), how he emotionally stays level over the course of a season (26:20), what part of his life he’s working on (27:40), how he’s used executive coaching (29:00), how he leverages mindfulness/meditation (33:05), what he looks for in talent (35:20), if he has conversations with his parents about being in it vs. on it (39:30), and where he feels most alive (41:20)

Thank you to Scott for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check him out on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Lastly, if you liked this episode and/or any others, please support us at Patreon or follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Brain Coding and Mental Health with Kip Watson

Brain Coding and Mental Health with Kip Watson

November 13, 2019

Kip Watson joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Kip is a former professional football player that was also an elite gymnast when she was a kid. She works in the world of sports psychology and I think you will find her to be a very thoughtful and intentional human-being who lives with spirit, emotion, and thinks about her mindset on a daily mindset. Kip will be vulnerable in this conversation, and she will share what she’s learned and is continuing to work on with herself and why she is so passionate about making an impact with people in and outside of the sports world.

In this episode, we discuss her experience with gymnastics (3:50), what her environment growing up was like (6:00), why she wanted to play football (9:30), how she got into gymnastics (12:40), her early success in gymnastics (17:00), how to view winning (19:40), the importance of consistency (22:10), brain codes and her intake form (23:20), how she develops nature (27:20), her drive to play professional football (30:00), what she learned about herself playing football (34:30), her tough times (37:40), what changed after low moments in her life (42:20), how religion has guided her (44:10), what she does to strengthen her mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual (47:20), how she handles her routine under stress (50:20), what it is like parenting two athletes (52:40), and why sports psychology as her vehicle to make an impact (59:40).

Thank you to Kip for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check her out @kipfit on any social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn) platform, and her website https://www.braincodecorp.com/.

Lastly, if you liked this episode and/or any others, please support us at Patreon or follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

How to Build Resilience with Van Brooks

How to Build Resilience with Van Brooks

November 6, 2019

Van Brooks joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Van played football growing up and today he works in the non-profit world in inner city Baltimore where he helps to mentor and develop a lot of our youth. Van is incredibly thoughtful, intentional, and resilient.

In this episode, we discuss why he was interested in sports at a young age (4:50), his relationship with his family (5:50), what it was like playing lacrosse (8:40), the values his parents passed down to him (10:30), what his experience at Loyola Blakefield was like (11:30), how he balances humility and confidence (15:40), the value of education (17:30), what it was like adjusting to his private school (19:30), what it was like being in two different communities (22:20), the transformative moment in his life (23:50), what he remembers when he woke up (28:20), what it would be like to go to Georgetown Prep (30:00), the thoughts running in his head in the hospital (31:50), tipping points that changed his views (36:30), how he applied athletics to his life after athletics (40:00), his high school graduation day (43:20), how he thinks about sticking out vs. fitting in (46:50), what it was like going to Towson (52:30), where he gets his therapy from (54:40), when he started the foundation and helping others (55:20), why he focuses on middle school (58:40), what the next ten years looks like for him and the foundation (59:30), what makes him feel most alive (1:01:00), what’s the draw to staying in Baltimore (1:02:40), how he thinks about working in the business vs. on the business (1:05:30), and giving a fish vs. teaching how to fish (1:07:40).

Thank you to Van for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check him out on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram. You can also find his personal website https://www.vanbrooks.com/ and support his organization https://www.safealternative.org/.

Lastly, if you liked this episode and/or any others, please support us at Patreon or follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

How to Create Success through Failure with Jim Harshaw Jr.

How to Create Success through Failure with Jim Harshaw Jr.

October 30, 2019

Jim Harshaw Jr. joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Jim is an educator by trade and coach by passion. He is a former Division 1 all-American Wrestler and we will talk about his experiences wrestling. Jim has also failed; he’s been broke, out of shape, and out of balance with his family at times in his career. He knows what it feels like to do 100 things in a day at 100 mph and still get nothing accomplished. Jim has set out to help others create clarity, focus, and consistency as an executive coach.

In this episode, we discuss what life was like for him growing up (5:00), how the culture of wrestling helped him (8:10), how competition brings out the best in us (12:40), his family situation growing up (14:00), the message about academics growing up (15:50), how he instills work ethic in his kids (19:20), how he shows inspired action (21:40), what it means to be blue collared (26:40), what it was like wrestling at UVA (32:40), what he did to get better his freshmen year (34:30), what it looks like to compete with joy (43:00), focusing on the process (47:00), why he got into coaching (48:20), what it was like going from wrestler to coach (50:40), his experience going back to UVA (54:00), why he decided to start his own business and what happened to the business (55:20), the dark place he was in (58:00), the mechanics of the reveal your path system (1:02:10), aligning your values to your work (1:05:20), the last two parts of his program (1:08:20), and where he sees himself ten years from now (1:12:00)

Thank you to Jim for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check out his podcast, “Success Through Failure,” and his website https://jimharshawjr.com/ where you can set up a free call with him. You can also find him on Twitter @jimharshaw and Instagram @jimharshawjr.

Lastly, if you liked this episode and/or any others, please support us at Patreon or follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Derek Fitzgerald on Overcoming Incredibly Difficult Situations

Derek Fitzgerald on Overcoming Incredibly Difficult Situations

October 23, 2019

Derek Fitzgerald joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Derek is a survivor of non-hodgkin’s lymphoma, heart failure, and ultimately a heart transplant. After receiving his life saving transplant in 2011, Derek entered the world of endurance sports and became dedicated to helping others going through their own healthcare journeys. He’s an advocate for cancer research, heart, health and organ donation. He founded the Recycled Man Foundation, a non-profit organization designed to improve life for those affected by significant health changes. Since 2011, Derek has upheld his life mission to honor his donor’s gift and has completed over 90 endurance events including a coast-to-coast bike ride and multiple iron man races. He has also completed the prestigious world championship in Kona, Hawaii. He is the only cancer survivor and heart transplant recipient to complete a full ironman distance race. Derek is living life to the fullest and has handled his adversity with unbelievable grit, determination, and perspective.

In this episode, we discuss his childhood (5:05), why he was interested in film (6:50), what soccer was like for him as a kid (8:10), what being in the band was like (11:00), how his view on winning has changed (12:40), what he studied in college (16:40), why he was passionate about film (19:20), what he enjoyed most about film making (23:00), how his background in music and film helped him progress in his career (25:00), where his work ethic comes from (28:30), starting a company called M3 (30:40), what makes a good problem solver (32:00), what it was like running an organization (33:05), what changed at age 30 (34:30), what it felt like when he heard he had non-hodgkin’s lymphoma (37:20), how he went from an invincible 30-year-old to focusing on getting stronger (39:20), if there are any downsides to being step by step (42:20), how he ended up after putting in all the work for his health (44:40), how he responded to hearing he had heart failure (49:20), how he processed his business being about his illnesses (52:30), his experience when his heart gave out (57:00), whether faith plays a role in his life (59:20), how his transplant went (1:02:20), if he changed after he got the new heart (1:07:30), when fitness became something he wanted to compete in (1:12:40), the advice he gives to people (1:17:10), and what he’s up to now (1:21:30)

Thank you to Derek for coming on the podcast. He has started a foundation called the Recycled Man Foundation https://www.recycledman.com/, and there mission is to improve the quality of life for people that have gone through significant life challenges by making them more active. Derek has also been doing speaking engagements and you can find him at https://www.recycledmanspeaks.com/. You can find Derek and the Recycled Man Foundation on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. He also has a tech company where he has taken his experience as a patient and turned it into a way to help people through technology and that is called IronHeart Technologies and can be found at https://www.ironhearttech.com/.

Lastly, if you liked this episode and/or any others, please support us at Patreon or follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

How to Network and Build Relationships with Rob McClanaghan

How to Network and Build Relationships with Rob McClanaghan

October 16, 2019

Rob McClanaghan joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Rob is regarded as the premier NBA skill development trainer in the game today. Rob has over 15 years of experience helping elite athletes hone their skills and realize their full potential. His cliental and his client list is insanely impressive with players such as Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Stephon Curry, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Al Horford, John Wall, and Candace Parker. We talk about what makes those athletes special and what he’s witnessed since he has an up close and personal seat into who they are as people and what they do to work on themselves. Rob also played basketball at Syracuse University where he was a 3-year basketball letterman as a walk-on where he played in three NCAA tournaments. Rob has also built a unique personal brand by leveraging three main principles that resonate not only in sports but also in the corporate world. He believes in the power of networking, building relationships, and professionalism.

In this episode, we discuss what his childhood was like (5:00), faith in his family and the values his parents passed down to him (7:40), why he decided to walk-on at Syracuse (9:50), what he would say to critics (12:30), what it was like to make the Syracuse team (15:00), where his confidence comes from (16:00), where confidence comes from in elite athletes (20:00), what he learned about teams at Syracuse (25:20), what makes a good leader (27:20), what his senior year at Syracuse was like (28:30), why coaches had confidence in him (29:50), why Jim Boeheim played him (32:00), the reaction he got from his hometown when he found out he was playing (33:30), his experience moving from playing to coaching (36:00), when skills training became a possibility for him (37:20), what it was like working with pros out in Vegas (40:20), how he cultivates creativity (41:30), how he thought about making this his own business (43:00), where he feels most alive (45:40), the similarities between the players he works with (49:30), how curious the players are when they’re not in training (51:30), what he does to make sure he’s crisp and clear for his players (52:30), what it was like losing his dad (53:40), what his book his about and what he’s up to now (55:00), what the top athletes do mentally to be their best selves (58:10), and his thoughts on the mindset in preparation vs. performance (59:15)

Thank you to Rob for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check him out on Instagram @robmacnba or Twitter @RobMacNBA. His book, “Net Work” came out October 1st and you can order it on Amazon here. You can find everything related to Rob’s work on his website http://robmacbasketball.com//

Lastly, if you liked this episode and/or any others, please support us at Patreon or follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Matthew Del Negro on How to Overcome Adversity

Matthew Del Negro on How to Overcome Adversity

October 9, 2019

Matthew Del Negro joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Matthew is an actor that has played a wide range of roles in features both on tv and in theater. He has worked on tv shows such as Scandal, Sopranos, West Wing, Showtimes United States of Tara, MTV’s Teen Wolf, and now he’s on a show called Goliath on Amazon Prime. He is a philosopher at heart, a deep thinker, and he will talk about how he’s been reflective throughout his life and how that’s led him to this journey of acting. He’s also a podcast host, and his podcast 10,000 No’s has all kinds of incredible guests. Matthew is on a journey and he’s trying to find out how he can be a great actor and great at other parts of his life. He is obsessed with adversity and hearing no, and how others have developed a relationship with adversity and how to turn failures or no’s into opportunities.

In this episode, they discuss what he was doing in San Diego (5:00), what life was like growing up (8:20), the lessons he learned from sports (12:30), where turning no’s into yes’s came from for him (14:20), when lacrosse came into his life (16:40), what it was like playing lacrosse at BC (18:20), how he got into acting (23:00), the moment he decided he wanted to be an actor (25:50), how his parents reacted to him saying he’d be an actor (27:30), what his vision was like in his 20’s (29:00), how he’s changed as an actor (30:40), his religious framework (33:20), the similarities and differences between lacrosse and being an actor (38:20), the systems or processes he’s put in place to handle rejection (41:00), the priming he does before he performs (43:15), questioning of his identity (47:30), how he defines success (51:20), what makes a great story (55:10), how to cultivate connection (56:00), his mindfulness techniques (58:40), and what has most helped shape him (1:01:00)

Thank you to Matthew for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check out his podcast, “10,000 No’s” at https://www.10000nos.com/. You can find him on Instagram @mattydel, Twitter @MatthewDelNegro, Facebook @delnegrofansite, and you can email him at info@10000nos.com.

Lastly, if you liked this episode and/or any others, please support us at Patreon or follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian