In episode 53, Mike Sedam interviews Kevin Murphy about his book The Three Rooms.

For more about Kevin or his book you can visit:

The conversation about this book lets us look at the power of perception. We also get tools to use to help us be more mindful of where we are. Are we in the past, the present, or the future. These are the three rooms Kevin explains we can be in at any one time.

Kevin's premise is that our experience of life is not what we do or what we have, it’s what we think.

Whichever room your thoughts are in, determines your experience of life at that moment.

The key is to monitor your thoughts.

One question we can ask is "Where am I?"

This is a reminder to be aware of your thoughts.

We could be worried about the future or stuck in the past.

We constantly get triggered by things that disrupt our positive thoughts so we need triggers to bring us back.

In this episode of the Crucial Talks Podcast, Kevin gives us tools that helps to keep us in the present room.

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Cheryl Rice is interviewed by Mike Sedam about the You Matter Marathon. No running is required (thank goodness) in this marathon.

Visit: for more information and for your 30 free cards to hand out. The cards are the size of a business card and simply say "You Matter."

Cheryl's motivation is to provide people with opportunities to connect. Something all of us as social storytellers need and crave.

In this fast-paced world, we are social animals that require the same social connections we always have. This movement is something that can help us connect.

Listen to Cheryl as we learn about the You Matter Marathon and also lessons that help us understand what drives people... social connections.


In this episode, Mike Sedam interviews the second half of the dynamic duo that wrote Conversations Worth Having.

Jackie Stavros talks to us about appreciative inquiry and how flipping the conversation can have a positive impact on how we deal with situations. She gives us two stories: one from an organization she helped and the second from her own personal life.

These stories help us understand the concepts of appreciative inquiry and the tools that lead us to conversations worth having.

Please visit the Conversations Worth Having website at: for more information and an executive summary of the book.

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Mike Sedam interviews Nate Regier, the author of Beyond Drama: Transcending Energy Vampires, and Conflict without Casualties about how his company, helps people deal with conflict in positive ways.

Nate talks to us about conflict and how people can spend energy on drama or compassion. He explains the difference as: 

Drama is to struggle against.

Compassion is to struggle with.

People can do more together than they can apart.

Nate describes the 3 parts of the "Compassion Cycle"

1. Openness – safety and transparency

2. Resourcefulness - being curious and forward thinking while caring about what people have to say

3. Persistence – understanding boundaries and non-negotiables

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In this episode, Mike Sedam talks about the three degrees of influence that was written about in the book Connected by Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler.

Mike uses an example from the show Seinfeld to explain how degrees of separation impact influence people can have on others.  This is important when we are trying to make changes in our organizations or communities.

Mike uses his knowledge of social networks, people as social beings, and the role of identity in decision-making and sense-making to help describe why considering three degrees of influence can help us develop communication strategies when trying to institute change programs.

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Karen Jaw-Madson is interviewed by Mike Sedam about culture and her book Culture Your Culture: Innovating Experiences @Work.

Karen talks about developing a plan so that work experiences can be designed in a way that both people and the business thrive.

Culture has been a huge part of Karen's life and she learned to be aware of social structures which lead to her exploring culture at a societal level, then applying what she has learned and experienced to organizations. 

Karen saw that there was a need she could contribute toward so that work experiences could be designed in positive and engaging ways that not only helps people feel empowered and engaged, but also helps businesses thrive.

Karen can be reached at any of the following locations:


Twitter: @karenjaw

Facebook: /designofworkexperience


LinkedIn: /company/co--/

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Mike Sedam uses an episode of Seinfeld to discuss how our beliefs affect how we see the world around us and how that impacts our decisions.

In Seinfeld, Episode 12 of Season 9, George has a huge wallet where he keeps everything. It is so large it causes him pain. It is also so large it give Jerry a lot to make fun of him about.

We use it to better understand the book, Conversations Worth Having, by Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres.

By listening to the interactions between George and Jerry, we can see how the Constructionist Principle works and why how we have constructed the worlds we occupy can impact our decisions. We also get to use two principles from the book: 1. Having a positive frame and 2. Asking generative questions can change the direction of the conversations we have.

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Cheri Torres is interviewed by Mike Sedam about how to have strength-based conversations to implement change.

Words have power, so we should be intentional of the words we use.

Appreciative Inquiry is the foundation of these conversations and helps us change the lens we use to view a situation. You may be dealing with the same exact situation, but the frame you use to construct the conversations you have can help change the focus, and thus the outcome.

The conversations we have can create safe workspaces which can lead to greater creativity and innovation.

It's not about putting on rose-colored glasses. Having these conversations still recognizes the issues we are dealing with and helps us resolve complex challenges.

The way we engage, talk, and make meaning constructs our reality.

Conversations are not neutral. They either move us in one direction or another.

For more information about Cheri and the book, "Conversations Worth Having" by Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres, please visit:

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Mike Sedam interviews Marques Ogden about self-transformation and trust on Episode 45 of the Crucial Talks Podcast.

Marques Ogden is a former NFL football player that speaks and consults about leadership and transformation. What is so great about Marques is that he is relatable. His story of overcoming hardships relates to all of us. He has been through hard times. He has lost an important loved one. He has had to build his business from the ground up.

Marques gives us three steps to transformation:

1. Identify your inner circle.

2. Set a clear vision.

3. Take action.

He explains this to us with a great story about his spilled milk moment where he decided to transform himself...and he did.

Marques also talks about trust and the three things a leader should do to build trust:

1. Competency.

2. Reliability.

3. Selflessness.

Reach Marques at: for speaking and consulting.

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Host: Mike Sedam

Guest: Melissa Agnes

On Episode 44 of The Crucial Talks Podcast, we talk to Melissa Agnes on her book, Crisis Ready. Melissa is awesome and talks to us about how our organization can build the capacity to deal with a crisis in a way that we can come out on the other side with increased trust and credibility.

This is more than being able to manage crisis, it's about being ready for crisis in a way that helps the day-to-day activities of the organization.

Melissa talks to us about why we need to put people first, the importance of communication, and how the lenses we wear to view our organization, the people in it, and the issues we deal with can impact our decisions.

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