Wow, it’s been a year of the podcast! So much has happened. I wanted to acknowledge the anniversary ep — which happens to release on election day in the USA — and announcing an upcoming name change for the show.
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- May Lindstrom: The power of having a North Star (#1)
- Barry O’Reilly: Unlearning and creating culture change (#2)
- Christina Wodtke: Unleashing potential with extraordinary teams (#3)
- Marshall Mosher: tough product calls, acclimating to fear & what it feels like to be Iron Man (#4)
- Rich Mironov: Building a thriving product organization (#5)
- Barry Brown: Shaping the shapers (#6)
- Becky Baybrook: culture, candor, and how Millenials are changing management (#7)
- Paula Daniels: Living on the edge of your own invention (#8)
- Amy Edmondson: Building teams where people feel safe (#9)
- Susan Basterfield: decentralized team structures and participatory decision-making (#10)
- Rian Doris & Conor Murphy: Flow — Cultivating the optimal experience of life (part 1) (#11)
- Rian Doris & Conor Murphy: Flow — Cultivating the optimal experience of life (part 2) (#12)
- Muriel Clauson: The Future of Work — identity, engagement, and being future-ready (#13)
- Derik Mills: Cultivating a faculty of wonder in business and life (#14)
- Sam Fankuchen: Leadership and responding to the needs of the world in a time of crisis (#15)
- Holly Hester-Reilly: Building a customer-centric team and product culture (#16)
- Dr Matthew Cook: Beating trauma, identity shifts, and continually recreating who you are (#17)
- Josh Seiden: How to create clarity and lead strategically with outcomes thinking (#18)
- Dan Gould: Fighting unconscious bias and attacking systemic problems with entrepreneurship (#19)
- Nilofer Merchant: Unleashing Onlyness to benefit from the ideas and potential in every person (#20)
- April Dunford: Find your power in the market through positioning (#21)
- Pam Fox Rollin: How to be a decisive leader who helps people come alive (#22)
- Soushiant Zanganehpour: Solving systemic problems with social entrepreneurship (#23)
- Laura Garnett: Find your zone of genius and never fear a job search again (#24)
- Karl Kuhnert: How to find strength in vulnerability and live your values as a leader (#25)
- David Dylan Thomas: Understand cognitive bias to create positive impact in your work (#26)
- Hope Gurion: What nobody told you about being a product leader (#27)
- Rob Walling: Build a great business and let that be enough (#28)
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[00:00:00] Andrew: Happy Tuesday friends. If you’re here in the United States, I also want to say happy Election Day. Today is Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020. And obviously this is a big day for the world. It is the U S election. And I just want to say. No matter what your current political beliefs are for God’s sake, go vote.
Every single vote matters. So if you haven’t voted yet, please put your earbuds in and walk your butt to your nearest polling station. Put your mask on, do the thing. Every single vote matters, whatever your, political beliefs are: you voting matters. Having said that, I actually just wanted to release a really short episode today, in lieu of the normal types of episodes I put out which are
you know long form conversations, going deep with really interesting creators and entrepreneurs and thinkers. today I wanted to have something a little bit shorter and to Mark the moment, not the moment of the day U S election, but actually that this episode is the one-year anniversary episode of this podcast. 364 days ago. This show went live on the inner tubes on, on Apple podcasts. That was
[00:01:00] November 5th, 2019, and man, Oh, man so much has happened in that time. It blows my mind. I can’t believe that was a year ago already.
So just, I wanted to take a second to reflect on the first year of this journey together. First of all, I want to say thank you so much for listening and coming on this journey with me, it means a lot to me. I absolutely love every single time I get an email or a tweet from someone who listens.
I respond to every single one of them and I just love it. whatever it is that you have to say or whatever your thoughts are, I really enjoy hearing from you making this journey that we’re taking together. And that really was the intent of their show is, Hey, let’s go in this learning journey together.
I’m not coming at this from the perspective of being an expert. I am here first and foremost as a learner, I want to learn and I want to find out, you know, the premise of the show: ENLIVEN, most people don’t know where that name came from. It came from this idea of, wow, wouldn’t it be amazing if we had a world full of companies and organizations that made
[00:02:00] everything they touched better.
And that idea was what I personally label and enlivening organization. And I think that’s a beautiful, aspirational, ideal. It’s something I believe in today, even more than I did back when I started this show. And it’s something that I’m still pursuing and plan to keep pursuing for as long as I can imagine.
And this show really was born out of a question of, wow, that’s a really cool idea, is that real? Could that be real? What would it take to make that real ? it was the idea of exploring, is there a there there? And how crazy am I with this wacky idea of an “enlivening organization”?
And if there is something there, what does it take to do it? How do we make that real? And that’s really where this show. Started and what a journey we’ve been on together. We’ve had 28 incredible guests on this show over the last year, over 2000 minutes of final produced audio, which is crazy to me.
That’s over, that’s almost a day and a half straight of listening time. And I know some of you listening have listened to every single minute of those. I want to thank you so much for doing that. I do not
[00:03:00] take it for granted, and I really, really appreciate you coming on this journey with me. It really means a lot to me. So. You know, wow. What a year we’ve had in 2020. Everything from COVID and George Floyd and all the social justice work. You know, if there’s anything that 2020 has taught us, 2020 is really been a reminder of the fact that control is an illusion.
And all we really have is the choice to show up. How do we show up? Where do we show up? Do we show up what do we do when we do show up? , what do we wake up and give our time and our energy to? That’s really the choice that I think we all grapple with.
It’s something I think about a lot now is what am I going to get up and do tomorrow? How am I going to show up in that journey? And I really hope that as I look to the next year of this podcast, that it becomes an even better resource for you for all of us, for me in going forward. And to that end, I want to make an announcement that I’m going to be rebranding the show. as I’ve explored these concepts over the last year, I realized just recently there was actually a
[00:04:00] clearer and more direct way to express the central idea, what this is really about. Maybe a more direct way to say it is that whatever we’re doing, let’s Make Things That Matter. That’s really what the show is about.
I hope this show is and becomes a phenomenal resource for all of us to use our time. Well, you know, like I was saying just a second ago. At the end of the day, that’s really all we have is how do we show up and what do we give our time and our energy to. And I believe that every single one of us is a creator and we all have something unique to contribute to the world .
Every single one of us, I believe, wants to get up and spend our days developing and expressing who we are and bringing some bit of our contribution and our light into the world to make our slice of the world just a little bit better. You know, we don’t have to change the entire world. listen to the most recent episode, episode 28 with Rob walling for a deep exploration of that idea of what is enough and what does having in creating enough mean as a creator, as an entrepreneur? And the idea though, is that
[00:05:00] whatever you’re doing, whatever I’m doing, all of us are creators. We’re all makers of something. Whether it’s a product, a meeting, a team, The vibe in a room that people show up in whatever it is, you’re a creator and whatever it is you make, I want you to use your time and your energy and your talents to Make Things That Matter and bring a little bit more of your light into the world to make your slice of the world a little bit brighter.
So starting fairly soon, you’re going to see this podcast show up in your feed as Make Things That Matter. And it’s going to have new cover art and a new title, but there is nothing else that’s changing. You don’t need to resubscribe. You don’t have to do anything at all. It’ll literally just be an in-place swap with a new name and a new cover art, but it’s all the same feed. So there’s nothing for you to do. I just wanted to give you a heads up that if you suddenly see in whatever podcast player you use that ENLIVEN, it’s not there and Make Things That Matter is I just wanted you to be aware of that.
Anyways, my friends with all of that, I’m really excited to go on the next year of this journey together and to explore, how do
[00:06:00] we make each Make Things That Matter? What are all the tools, the resources, everything at our disposal to use our time and our energy as well, to contribute something and to develop and express ourselves as we do that.
And I just realized, actually, this is the first time I’ve done a solo episode. Every single other one has been with the guests. This is kind of interesting and fun. So if it feels a little bit weird, I am kind of fumbling through this. This is my first time doing this format.
Let me know what you think, I would love to hear what the show has brought into your world over the last year. You know, you can hit me up on Twitter. . Send me an email at andrew [at] enliven dot fm. I’d love to hear from you: what stood out to you about the show over the last year, where it’s finding you today and what you’re looking forward to in the next year. I’m really excited, and I look forward to our next year together. So with all that, my friends… It’s funny. I used to sign off every episode saying “leave them better than you found them.” But I think now I’m going to say with all that, my friends “go make something that matters!”
Thanks. And I’ll see you out there.