Intentional Performers with Brian Levenson
Cultivating Curiosity and Range with NY Times Best Selling Author David Epstein

Cultivating Curiosity and Range with NY Times Best Selling Author David Epstein

August 5, 2020

David Epstein joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. He is the author of 2 books: Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, a #1 NY Times best seller, and The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athlete Performance, another NY Times best seller. He was previously a science and investigative reporter at ProPublica, and prior to that, he was a senior writer at Sports Illustrated. He has done amazing work, and has a TedTalk that has been viewed over 8.5 million times.

 

In this episode, we discuss where his curiosity comes from (5:40), his brother (11:40), why he combined his sports and science interest (13:00), how pain predicates behavioral change (14:30), the power of feeling all emotions (17:40), how he thinks about his audience (19:30), how he got over the fear of putting his book out (23:40), if he ever gets imposter syndrome (27:30), preparation vs. performance mindset (29:40), what he does to prepare for speaking (32:40), how he thinks about grit and agility (36:30), the importance of curiosity (44:30), what has allowed him to have conversations with Gladwell and Duckworth (47:00), the value in drilling and playing (53:30), nature vs. nurture in his books (57:10), how we nurture the nature (1:01:20), and what he learned from the Girls Scout CEO (1:04:30).

 

Thank you to David for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check out his newsletter which you can find at https://davidepstein.com/, and also follow him on Twitter @DavidEpstein.

 

I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that will be coming out in October 2020, and you can pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening,

-Brian

The Power of Relationships with University of Texas Men’s Basketball Coach Shaka Smart

The Power of Relationships with University of Texas Men’s Basketball Coach Shaka Smart

July 29, 2020

Shaka Smart joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Shaka is the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at the University of Texas. He was previously the Head Coach at VCU where he helped get them to a Final Four. He is an amazing guy and incredible coach, but this conversation is about his life. He will talk about spirituality, culture, leadership, and we go deep in this conversation. He brings an energy to every conversation he is in, and he’s genuine, curious, and a life-long learner.

 

In this episode, we discuss why he’s drawn to relationships (5:30), the people that have impacted him (6:50), what he loves about basketball (9:10), how he thinks about competition (10:30), what he’d be doing if not coaching basketball (12:10), consciousness (17:40), the spiritual teachers he follows (21:10), how he thinks about ego (22:40), what he’s watching during a game (25:05), his sleep schedule (28:10), how he winds down (31:20), his spiritual framework (34:30), awareness and acceptance (39:30), feeling, emotion, and sensitivity (41:40), his biggest daily challenge in trying to achieve greatness (45:20), the power of curiosity (50:40), what goes through his body when telling a story (56:00), the culture he wants (1:00:30), what he looks for when recruiting (1:02:50), and if he cheers for underdogs as a fan (1:06:20).

 

Thank you to Shaka for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check him out on Twitter @HookEmSmart. We also recommend you check out Bryan Stevenson at the Equal Justice Initiative https://eji.org/bryan-stevenson/.

 

I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that will be coming out in October 2020, and you can pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

 

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Crisis Leadership with Army Veteran Rob Lively

Crisis Leadership with Army Veteran Rob Lively

July 22, 2020

Rob Lively joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Rob recently retired after 28 years of military service as the Command Sergeants Major of a Special Missions Unit within the United States Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, NC. Rob has been at some of the most tense situations that somebody can be at in our military. He is an experienced and proven leader that has operated and led teams and organizations in all kinds of diverse and challenging environments. He was able to lead and influence from the tactical to the strategic, and do so across the boundaries that exist around military services, agencies, and countries. Rob culminated his Army service with the highest enlisted rank in the most competitive non-commission officer position. Rob currently serves on the board of directors of Patriot Defense Group, he’s a consultant for several companies including Tignum, and he founded the Unit Foundation where he serves as President of the Board of Directors.

In this episode, we discuss his childhood (7:40), how football played a role in his life (10:00), his mother (14:40), what it was like playing football at Virginia Tech (17:30), what he’d say to his 14-year-old self (21:20), his hike (24:30), preparation and confidence (29:40), when he began to think about the military (32:40), how hard it was to walk away from football (36:40), why you don’t have to be phenomenally successful every day (41:00), what he noticed being around elite performers (45:00), teamwork in the military (47:40), what makes a good leader (51:00), what 9/11 was like for him (53:00), his perspective on death and loss (56:05), why he doesn’t have post-traumatic stress (59:10), the transition out of the army (1:01:40), what he missed most when he retired (1:06:00), what he does to be the best version of himself (1:07:00), what he’s up to now (1:11:10), and crisis leadership (1:15:00).

Thank you to Rob for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check out https://roblivelyspeaking.com/ if you are interested in a keynote.

I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that will be coming out in October 2020, and you can pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Building Culture with Furman University Men’s Basketball Coach Bob Richey

Building Culture with Furman University Men’s Basketball Coach Bob Richey

July 16, 2020

Bob Richey joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Bob is the head men’s basketball coach at Furman University and you will learn quickly that he is sharp, with it, and extremely intentional as he thinks about culture. He recently completed his third season as the head coach at Furman and it’s his ninth overall as he served as an assistant for his first six years. Coach Richey has had a lot of success during his time at Furman and his overall record is 73-26 with a record of 41-13 in the Southern Conference. He is currently ranked ninth in winning percentage among Division 1 head coaches.

In this episode, we discuss his upbringing (6:00), his brothers (10:00), the values in his family (12:10), who influenced him (17:10), his parents (18:40), why basketball (20:00), switching schools at a young age (22:15), resilience (25:30), what he does to make sure his blind spots aren’t derailing him (27:30), remote leadership (33:40), the power of pausing (38:20) , his experience as Director of Basketball Operations (45:20), if you can be great at everything (49:00), his routines/habits (51:00), what he was like at 27 (55:20), how he shows up now as a head coach (1:05:00), his mindset as a coach (1:09:00), how he gets the right people on the bus (1:13:30), how to find someone special that isn’t in a winning organization (1:19:30), how he thinks about bringing Freshmen in (1:22:40), how he gets feedback from players (1:25:00), committed vs. compelled (1:32:00), and sports psychology and what he does for his staff (1:35:40).

Thank you to Bob Richey for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check him out on Twitter @CoachRichey and check out his team @FurmanHoops.

I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that will be coming out in October 2020, and you can pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Player and Human Development with Toronto Blue Jays President/CEO Mark Shapiro

Player and Human Development with Toronto Blue Jays President/CEO Mark Shapiro

July 8, 2020

Mark Shapiro joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Mark has really been at the forefront when it comes to player development, human development, and baseball. He has been at it for over 25 years, and he worked for the Cleveland Indians organization for 24 years and has been with the Toronto Blue Jays for the last 5 years as the President and CEO. He has worked at the highest level with both the Indians and the Blue Jays, and Marks thinks about and studies leadership development and human development unlike many other people in this world. He understands the value of the mental side and he cares deeply about developing the holistic side of people.

In this episode, we discuss his life growing up (8:10), what he observed from Cal Ripken Jr. (10:30), what he focuses on to get better (14:30), how to manage load management (17:00), how he thought about his relationship with his dad and baseball (20:00), what is different about the son of a big leaguer (25:20), the three-legged stool (31:00), why he’s invested in full-time sports psychologists (33:20), coaching the front office (35:40), the balance between strength and being humble (43:00), what he does to work on blind spots (46:10), what happened to him as a Junior in college (49:45), values inside an organization (54:30), how he focuses on being and becoming (1:00:50), and analytics and sports psychology in baseball (1:04:10)

Thank you to Mark for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to follow him @MarkShapiro.

I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that will be coming out in October 2020, and you can pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

The Power of Little Moments with Congressman Max Rose

The Power of Little Moments with Congressman Max Rose

July 1, 2020

Max Rose joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Max is a Congressman and Army Veteran where he has won all kinds of awards – Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and a Combat Infantry Badge. Max has done a lot in his 33 years and continues to try to leave a legacy and make an impact on this country. He represents South Brooklyn, Staten Island, and is a proud US Army Veteran that serves on the House Committee of Veteran Affairs as well as the House Committee of Homeland Security. He is in the weeds as someone that is making a difference in the security of our nation.

In this episode, we discuss his upbringing (7:30), regret vs. failure (15:40), being present (20:00), powerful conversations (24:20), not being introspective (28:20), the importance of self-awareness (31:20), being a fighter growing up (38:20), what he wanted to be at 16 (40:00), why he wants to be in service (45:00), “thank you for your service” (48:30), what it was like being in NYC on 9/11 (55:40), when the military idea came into his life (59:00), what he learned from the military (1:01:00), what he did after he left the military (1:05:20). what it’s like navigating congress (1:06:50), his thoughts on fame (1:09:00), normalcy and human fragility (1:18:50), and what he does to set himself up to be successful (1:19:50)

Thank you to Max for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check him out on Twitter, Facebook, and his website https://www.maxroseforcongress.com/.

I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that will be coming out in October 2020, and you can pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Culture and Connection with Louis Joseph

Culture and Connection with Louis Joseph

June 24, 2020

Louis Joseph joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Louis is the Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Alps & Meters which expresses a deep appreciation for the rich, memorable mountain experiences through the design of first-class performance outerwear that is tailored, technical and timely. Lou has been at the clothing brand game for quite a while as he has worked at Puma, New Balance, and K-Swiss. He is a value-driven human that cares deeply about culture and connection.

In this episode, we discuss his upbringing (4:20), twins in his family (7:40), his parents (14:40), being a creator (20:20), what he loved about soccer (25:20), the roles he and his brother took on (28:30), the first time he experienced creating (31:20), what allowed New Balance and Puma to grow (36:30), when Alps & Meters came to be (41:30), the name of his company (45:20), his journey starting a company (49:30), and what he does to make sure he’s sharp (54:20)

Thank you to Louis Joseph for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check out https://www.alpsandmeters.com/.

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

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Bringing Together Investment Opportunities and Athletes with Rudy Cline-Thomas

Bringing Together Investment Opportunities and Athletes with Rudy Cline-Thomas

June 17, 2020

Rudy Cline Thomas joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Rudy is the Founder and Managing Partner of a company called Mastery, Inc. which brings together world class athletes, leading technology, media and consumer product companies as well as entrepreneurs and investors to create top tier platform building companies. When we say top tier platform building companies, we are talking about companies like Zoom which was used to put together this podcast. Most recently Rudy was an Executive Producer in the documentary The Scheme which was on HBO and was about College Basketball. In 2007, Rudy founded the Annual Players Technology Summit and now they have Bloomberg as a partner, and they bring together top tier athletes with some of the best thought leaders in technology and venture capital. He currently works as a strategic advisor and resides in New York City.

In this episode, we discuss his childhood (5:45), basketball in his life (9:40), what he wanted to do in life (11:20), his relationship with money (12:30), his college experience (13:40), his internship with the NBA (16:20), his biggest failure (19:40), where his persistence comes from (25:30), what he learned from 3 different mentors (28:30), being an alpha (31:00), when he pivoted out of being an agent (35:10), his mission (36:00), his habits (38:40), Players Technology Summit (39:40), what makes him feel most alive (40:30), and where he likes to get information (42:10).

Thank you to Rudy for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check out the documentary “The Scheme” on HBO which Rudy was involved in.

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

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Team Coaching and State of Mind Research with Alexander Caillet

Team Coaching and State of Mind Research with Alexander Caillet

June 10, 2020

Alexander Caillet joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Alexander is an organizational psychologist, consultant, and a coach that is internationally known for his pioneering approach to team coaching and state of mind research with organizational leaders. He is also an active professor at the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Certificate Program, guest lecturer at American University, and a frequent international speaker on the subjects of change, teams, coaching, and leadership.

In this episode, we discuss his upbringing (5:20), his family (10:50), the benefits of moving around a lot (12:20), the values his parents passed down to him (14:20), state of mind work (22:40), if he would do anything differently as a 28-year-old (28:20), three up and three down (35:00), how to get people to notice their state of mind (37:00), the course that woke him up (43:50), team development (51:30), what makes an effective meeting (55:20), and what he does to make sure he’s at his best day to day (59:20)

Thank you to Alexander for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check out his website https://corentus.com/. For listening to this podcast, if you go to https://corentus.com/heartandresults and put in the password heart&results you can get a lot of great free content.

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

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Developing Leaders that People want to Follow with Halelly Azulay

Developing Leaders that People want to Follow with Halelly Azulay

June 3, 2020

Halelly Azulay joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Halelly is an author, speaker, facilitator, and leadership development strategist and an expert in communication skills and emotional intelligence. In 2006, Halelly founded TalentGrow LLC, a consulting company focused on developing leaders and teams, especially for enterprises experiencing explosive growth or expansion. Halelly is the author of two books, Employee Development on a Shoestring (ASTD Press) and Strength to Strength: How Working from Your Strengths Can Help You Lead a More Fulfilling Life. Her books and workshops build on her 20+ years of professional experience in communication and leadership development in corporate, government, nonprofit and academic organizations.

In this episode, we discuss her upbringing (4:30), when to quit vs. stay committed (9:10), trusting values when making decisions (13:00), her family (16:30), her transition to the United States (23:40), the role of religion in her life (26:40), how she thinks about spirituality (27:50), her vision for herself in college (30:20), risk taking and being intentional (34:00), how she thinks about advice (36:20), when she got interested in communication (43:30), what she didn’t like about advertising and PR (47:20), tools that unlock great communication (51:00), servant leadership (57:30), the power of giving first (1:04:00), and her business (1:09:30)

Thank you to Halelly for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check out her company https://www.talentgrow.com/ where you can find more information about her books and podcast. You can also find her on all social media @HalellyAzulay.

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

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Dangerous Love and the NBA Draft with Chad Ford

Dangerous Love and the NBA Draft with Chad Ford

May 27, 2020

Chad Ford joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Chad has really been living five lives simultaneously for 20 years. He has been an international conflict mediator, a college professor, a senior consultant and facilitator for the Arbinger Institute, executive board member of PeacePlayers, and is probably best known as a writer/analyst/entrepreneur covering the NBA and NBA draft for ESPN. Being a basketball analyst has really just been a side gig for most of the last two decades for Chad. He is really passionate about peace building and it is what he feels he was meant to do on this earth. He has a book coming out in June called Dangerous Love.

In this episode, we discuss his upbringing (6:10), his memory of his Dad (12:00), how he thinks about nature vs. nurture (17:20), why he wanted to get into conflict (19:00), his experience at Georgetown (23:40), his spiritual framework (32:10), when he got interested in the NBA draft (37:10), why he loves the NBA draft (47:30), NBA draft debates (54:00), how he thinks about confrontation (1:02:30), how he sees love and difficult conversations in the sports world (1:10:00), inward mindset vs. outward mindset (1:19:20), and his upcoming book Dangerous Love (1:29:20).

Thank you to Chad for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check out his new book https://dangerouslovebook.com/ coming out on June. You can also check out his blog and podcast at that same website.

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

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Finding Clarity in the Shadows with Marc Polymeropoulos

Finding Clarity in the Shadows with Marc Polymeropoulos

May 20, 2020

Marc Polymeropoulos joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Marc worked in the CIA for 26 years and retired in 2019 after working as an analyst to start his career, and then he moved into operations. He is one of their most decorated field officers and has honed a unique leadership style based on his decision making under pressure, inclusivity, comradery, and competition. He terms this “finding clarity in the shadows.” Marc’s goal is to pass on this knowledge he learned in the CIA to the private sector.

In this episode, we discuss his upbringing (6:10), if he had a vision to go down the road of national security (9:15), what stuck with him from childhood (12:00), why Cornell was interested in him (16:10), how 9/11 impacted his journey in the agency (21:00), the upside and downside of anger & guilt driving action (25:20), what the agency thought of psychological help (28:20), the comradery of the CIA (34:30), what it’s like to live in secrecy (37:20), what makes someone effective in the CIA (43:20), his perspective on leadership right now (45:30), taking accountability as a leader (54:00), the differences in leadership between the CIA and the military (59:10), leadership and this virus (1:05:30), understanding how to lead in ambiguity (1:09:30)

Thank you to Marc for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check out his website https://www.findingclarityintheshadows.com/ where you can find information about his upcoming book. We also encourage you to follow him on Twitter.

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

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Experimenting Without Limits with Chris Sparks

Experimenting Without Limits with Chris Sparks

May 13, 2020

Chris Sparks joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Chris is the founder of The Forcing Function which is a company empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs by transforming the way they think about work. Chris was once ranked in the top 20 in online poker and we’ll talk about his experience playing online and in-person. Now he trains executives on some of the tactics he used to develop a competitive edge so they can reach their highest limits. Chris is a journeyman who has experienced the world, but he is also grounded having done a lot of work on himself. Chris is currently hosting workshops and retreats around NYC and he is helping clients consistently perform at their peak, accelerate business growth, and build lives with greater freedom and purpose.

In this episode, we discuss his upbringing (4:30), his hobbies (9:10), the values his parents passed down to him (12:30), when he became interested in marketing (14:20), when he thought he could play poker full time (15:40), how people reacted when he said he was going to play poker full time (19:20), why he was always trying to be more (22:10), how he handled becoming with being present (28:30), his habits (31:20), his nightly routine (35:40), the differences in online vs. in-person poker (37:00), how his game changes online (39:30), his thoughts on Rounders (43:30), his mindset when preparing vs. performing (45:50), his decision to shift out of poker (47:10), what he was like when he stopped playing poker (51:40), how his life has changed in his new career (57:20), and the power of being in service to others (1:02:30)

Thank you to Chris for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check out his website https://www.theforcingfunction.com/ where you can get the “Experimenting Without Limits” workbook and take his performance assessment. You can find him on all social media channels @SparksRemarks. If something resonated with you, please feel free to reach out to Chris directly.

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

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Dan Pink on the Power of When

Dan Pink on the Power of When

May 6, 2020

Dan Pink joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Dan is a very well-known author that has six provocative books about business and human behavior. His books include the longtime New York Times best-seller “When,” “A Whole New Mind,” “Drive,” and “To Sell is Human.” Dan’s books have won multiple awards, have been translated into 39 languages, and have sold more than 3 million copies. Dan currently lives in the Washington, DC area.

In this episode, we discuss when he knew he was passionate about writing (3:10), what he was into as a kid (7:40), why he went off on his own (8:40), how to be productive with distractions (12:20), his habits to be productive (15:10), his research process (18:00), his mindset when speaking vs. creating (20:10), how he best acquires information (22:10), his ideas for future books (25:10), what’s driving him (28:00), advice he gives to people that want to be writers (29:10), how important legacy is for him (30:30), how he handles re-reading his work from years ago (34:10), advice he’d give to someone going off on their own (35:20), authors that he really likes (36:30), and what he’s noticing in quarantine (38:40)

Thank you to Dan for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check out his website https://www.danpink.com/ and you can find him on Twitter here.

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

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Jordan Steffy on the Power of Connection

Jordan Steffy on the Power of Connection

April 29, 2020

Jordan Steffy joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Jordan played Quarterback for the University of Maryland. Jordan is a mentor at his core and he is a leader. He founded two non-profits called Children Deserve a Chance Foundation and Attollo Prep. At his organizations, they help lead young men and women to college. He is a community leader based on Lancaster, PA and Jordan is somebody who cares deeply about making this world a better place.

In this episode, we discuss what life was like for him growing up (4:30), the mentor he got in 8th grade (7:40), how he thought about money when he was young (10:50), why he was interested in academics (14:10), where he’d be if he didn’t play sports (17:40), his identity in high school (26:20), why playing QB was important to him (29:40), when Attollo Prep became something he wanted to pursue (32:00), his biggest win in college (35:20), how he leans on head vs. heart (38:30), what his routine looks like (41:00), what he does to make sure he’s empowering his people (44:30), leadership is about modeling (49:40), the questions he constantly asks (51:20), what it’d be like if he went through his program before going to Maryland (55:30), what he wishes he knew (59:30), how he created relationships while at the University of Maryland (1:02:30), his entrepreneurial spirit (1:05:50), what he does to intentionally get better (1:11:00), and how he captures the content he inhales (1:13:05)

Thank you to Jordan for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check him out on Instagram and http://attolloprep.org/.

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

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Betsy Butterick on the Power of Communication

Betsy Butterick on the Power of Communication

April 22, 2020

Betsy Butterick joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Betsy is articulate with her words, passionate about the work that she does, and very thoughtful about where she’s been and where she wants to go. She works as a coach and a communications specialist, and her work is right at the intersection of coaching sports coaches and how they are delivering messages to their organizations and teams. She is a thoughtful person that has been in the trenches as a basketball coach and is living her purpose and desire to have an impact with organizations and teams.

In this episode, we discuss why she’s providing free resources for people during this time (4:10), if she’s wired to be optimistic (9:40), her siblings (12:20), the values her parents passed down to her (14:30), fencing and why it wasn’t passed down (17:20), how she maintained strength through hearing stereotypes (22:50), what high school was like for her (30:20), her experience leaving UMBC (38:20), when she realized she wanted to coach (44:40), what she’s missed about no longer coaching basketball (52:30), what makes a good sport vs. executive coach (53:50), how she thinks about communication and what makes a great communicator (1:03:20), how much of her work is asking questions vs. giving recommendations (1:10:30), and how she helps people lean into confrontation (1:13:30).

Thank you to Betsy for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check out her website https://www.betsybutterick.com/, her YouTube channel, Twitter, and Instagram. Check out her online course about Winning with Words.

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

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Former NFL Wide Receiver, Torrey Smith, on Learning from Adversity

Former NFL Wide Receiver, Torrey Smith, on Learning from Adversity

April 15, 2020

Torrey Smith joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Torrey went to the University of Maryland and played football, and then went up the street to play professional football for the Baltimore Ravens after being selected in the 2nd round of the NFL draft. He ended up playing in the NFL for 8 years where he spent the majority of his career on the Ravens, but he also played for the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, and then he finished his career with the Carolina Panthers. He won a super bowl with both the Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens, and he’ll talk about the culture with both of those teams.

In this episode, we discuss his upbringing (3:50), how male figures in his life impacted him as a father (7:10), being one of seven siblings (11:30), post-traumatic growth (14:40), the importance of education (17:40), the decision to not smoke or drink (20:00), how faith played a role in his life (21:30), how emotions play a role in his life (24:00), what makes a super bowl winning team (30:30), when his vision changed to wanting to play in the NFL (34:05), the transition from high school to college (37:10), mindset in preparation vs. performance (44:00), how he got more efficient with his preparation (47:00), his gameday routine (49:40), what he would say to himself when he dropped passes (55:10), how he learned to be adaptable (58:30), what it’s like to win two super bowls (1:02:30), his emotions when he lost his brother (1:04:30), how he went to work the day after a tragedy (1:07:40), and his perspective playing Sunday Night Football after a tragedy (1:11:20)

Thank you to Torrey for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check out the Level 82 fund https://www.torreysmith.org/programs/ where they are taking over a rec center to provide after school programs. You can also find him on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.  

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

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Coronavirus Special Panel: Coaching Leaders During Challenges

Coronavirus Special Panel: Coaching Leaders During Challenges

April 9, 2020

Thanks for joining us for today’s panel on Coaching Leaders During Challenges. I have been fortunate to chat with over 150 remarkable people on my Intentional Performers Podcast. These people have overcome adversity, thought deeply about leadership, and have setup intentional lives for themselves to perform at their best.

The coronavirus has created challenges for so many throughout the world and it is my hope that these panel discussions will help those in need. While everyone on the panel has tremendous expertise, I also want to note that what we are going through is truly unprecedented and there may be questions that the panelists don’t have the answer to. That’s ok.

This isn’t designed to give you the answer to every question you have, instead, it’s designed to have you think deeply about how you can handle this challenging time.

Bio’s Below. 

Scott Eblin

Scott Eblin is president of The Eblin Group, a leadership development firm committed to helping clients lead at their best and live at their best. As a leadership expert, global speaker, best-selling author, and executive coach, Scott works with some of the best-known companies and organizations in the world.

Twitter: @ScottEblin

Website: : https://eblingroup.com/

Jim Harshaw, Jr.

Jim Harshaw Jr. is an NCAA Division I All American athlete, former NCAA head coach, internationally recognized TEDx speaker, and personal performance coach. He has impacted thousands of lives across the world by helping clients and audiences increase resilience, maximize potential, and build high performing teams. His clients include CEOs, entrepreneurs, and leaders from global companies as well as current and former athletes from the NFL, UFC, NCAA, Olympics and the Eco-Challenge.

Twitter: @jimharshaw

Website: https://jimharshawjr.com/

Miranda Holder

Miranda Holder is a leadership coach and the founder of Holder & Co., LLC. With fourteen years of coaching under her belt, she leverages her experience to help her clients be in condition to lead through individual and team coaching, facilitation and leadership development programs. She works nationally and internationally with CEOs, VPs, start-up founders and managers developing their internal and external leadership skills and management style.

Website: https://www.mirandaholder.com/

Sebastian Little

Sebastian Little is an Experiential Learning Designer at McChrystal Group, a management consulting firm in Washington D.C. He is a former collegiate football player from Yale University who conducted research with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence on emotionally intelligent leadership. He also serves as a speaker and mental performance coach where he coaches and works alongside high school and college athletic coaches to build leadership competencies and emotional intelligence within teams.

Twitter: @SebLittle_

www.sebastianlittle.com

IG: @Seblittle_

Coronavirus Special Panel: Leveraging Habits When the World Stops

Coronavirus Special Panel: Leveraging Habits When the World Stops

April 7, 2020

Thanks for joining us for today’s panel on Leveraging Habits When the World Stops. I have been fortunate to chat with over 150 remarkable people on my Intentional Performers Podcast. These people have overcome adversity, thought deeply about leadership, and have setup intentional lives for themselves to perform at their best. 

The coronavirus has created challenges for so many throughout the world and it is my hope that these panel discussions will help those in need. While everyone on the panel has tremendous expertise, I also want to note that what we are going through is truly unprecedented and there may be questions that the panelists don’t have the answer to. That’s ok.

This isn’t designed to give you the answer to every question you have, instead, it’s designed to have you think deeply about how you can handle this challenging time.

Bio’s Below.

Derin McMains

Derin McMains is going into his 20th year of working in the highest level of sports. He has been a professional baseball player, professional baseball coach, and for the last 7 years has been a mental conditioning coach for some of the world’s best baseball players and most elite coaches. He has worked with the San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, and the University of Notre Dame. He currently is the Director of Mental Skills for the San Francisco Giants.

Twitter: @McMainsDmac

Chris Sparks

Chris Sparks is the founder of The Forcing Function, a company which is empowering the next generation of entrepreneurship by transforming the way we think about work. Chris was once ranked in the top 20 online poker players in the world. Now he trains executives and investors to deploy the same techniques he used to gain a competitive edge so that they too can reach the highest limits. His clients consistently perform at their peak, accelerate their business growth, and build lives with greater freedom and purpose.

Twitter: @SparksRemarks

Alan Stein, Jr.

Alan Stein, Jr. teaches proven strategies to improve organizational performance,

create effective leadership, increase team cohesion and collaboration, and develop winning mindsets, rituals, and routines. A successful business owner and veteran basketball performance coach, he spent 15 years working with the highest-performing athletes on the planet (including NBA superstars Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Kobe Bryant).

Twitter: @AlanSteinJr

Jake Thompson

Jake Thompson is a professional speaker and the Chief Encouragement Officer at Compete Every Day, a brand he started in 2011 by first selling t-shirts out of the trunk of his car. Jake works with organizations and individuals around the country, teaching how they can develop accountability, mental resilience, and leadership skills in order to make bigger impacts in their careers and in their life. It’s through his experience and research that he’s discovered how people who harness a competitive mindset against themselves can reach their goals, commit to action over motivation, and step into the leader they were created to be.

Twitter: @JakeAThompson

Coronavirus Special Panel: Communication During Crisis

Coronavirus Special Panel: Communication During Crisis

April 6, 2020

Thanks for joining us for today’s panel on Communication During Crisis. I have been fortunate to chat with over 150 remarkable people on my Intentional Performers Podcast. These people have overcome adversity, thought deeply about leadership, and have setup intentional lives for themselves to perform at their best.

The coronavirus has created challenges for so many throughout the world and it is my hope that these panel discussions will help those in need. While everyone on the panel has tremendous expertise, I also want to note that what we are going through is truly unprecedented and there may be questions that the panelists don’t have the answer to. That’s ok.

This isn’t designed to give you the answer to every question you have, instead, it’s designed to have you think deeply about how you can handle this challenging time.

Bio’s Below.

Melissa Agnes

Author of Crisis Ready: Building an Invincible Brand in an Uncertain World, Melissa Agnes is a leading authority on crisis preparedness, reputation management, and brand protection. Agnes is a coveted speaker, commentator, and advisor to some of today's leading organizations faced with the greatest risks.

Website: www.melissaagnes.com

Twitter: @melissa_agnes

Betsy Butterick

At first glance, communications training and basketball coaching may not seem that similar. But as Betsy Butterick knows, each requires the perfect mix of technique, repetition, playfulness, and trust. As a Coach with Own The Room, she loves helping people discover new skills and reach their full potential in a fun and meaningful way.

Website: www.betsybutterick.com

Twitter: @betsybutterick

Daniel Stillman

Hey there! I'm Daniel, and I design conversations for a living, to help people work together better.  I wear many hats: teacher, workshop leader, coach, mentor, facilitator, writer and always, a designer. Before getting a Masters in Industrial Design at Pratt in Brooklyn, I got a degree in Physics and did crazy things like manage a secret lab on the roof of the Natural History Museum and lead university research acquisitions outreach for a medical venture fund.

Website: www.theconversationfactory.com

Twitter: @dastillman 

Bram Weinstein

Bram Weinstein is the founder of Ampire Media and can be heard weekdays from 3-6 PM EST on "The Bram Weinstein Show" on ESPN 630 DC. As part of his 24 year (and counting) on air career, he spent 7 years at ESPN mainly as an anchor of "Sportscenter" and has appeared on a  variety of programs including "Like it or Not" on Fox 5 in Washington DC, "The Bram Weinstein Show" on The Team 980, as well as analyst roles on NBC Sports Washington. 

Website: www.ampiremedia.com

Twitter: @RealBramW

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