Happy Thanksgiving!

Gratitude is powerful.

People are programmed to lean toward the negative. Negative emotions cause us to think more and we process negative information more deeply than positive information. We just think deeper about the negative.

We're programmed this way because, as a species, negative events had a bigger impact and urgency than positive events.

Although we may be programmed to be negative, being positive and having gratitude has some significant returns.

Gratitude is linked to lower stress, less sick days, higher satisfaction, and a feeling that we can accomplish goals.

It is important in organizations, teams, and individuals.

Thanks for listening and remember, is we want to understand behavior, we need to understand what drives people. Visit me at www.crucialtalks.com

Carolyn Guglielmo is interviewed by Mike Sedam about the concept of "techno stress."

We all know the power devices have over people. Distracted driving is a big concern for many governments. Parents are worried about their kids spending too much time on devices. We can see ourselves being distracted and feeling stress because of constant connection and expectations we place on ourselves because of the devices.

Carolyn talks about the concept of techno stress in addition to giving some solutions.

To connect with Carolyn, visit her LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolyn-mccabe-guglielmo-ms-ryt-gsp-893b058/ or contact her via email: cgmccabe@gmail.com.

To connect with Mike about the podcast, speaking, or consulting , visit: www.crucialtalks.com


Gabriella Van Rij talks with Mike Sedam about her goal to bring more kindness into the world and how this can positively impact the workplace.

To get in contact with Gabriella please visit the following:

For keynotes: www.gabriella.global

For more on the kindness movement: www.daretobekindmovement.com

To contact Mike, please visit: www.crucialtalks.com


Jay Allen speaks with Mike Sedam about Safety.

Jay describes his journey to founding Safety FM, lessons he has learned, and the future of safety.

This discussion has implications for a number of people in several industries. It's as applicable to retail sales as it is for nuclear safety.

Visit jay at www.safetyfm.com

To contact Mike, visit www.crucialtalks.com

Mike Sedam talks with Chris Clearfield about the book he co-authored with Andras Tilcsik, Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About it. https://amzn.to/2mG2cBT

The conversation not only discusses why complex systems fail, but what we can learn from them and how we can apply that learning to systems like social media.

This is a fascinating conversation with takeaways for everyone from safety professionals to CEOs.

Visit https://www.rethinkrisk.net/ for more about the book and to contact Chris or Andras.

Visit www.crucialtalks.com to contact Mike Sedam.

Mike Sedam interviews Dennie Laney, the Vice President of Training and Development for Moo Yah Burger.

Dennie's self-proclaimed responsiblity is to be "people for people." She is a people-focused leader and trainer that understands the importance of understanding people.

In this conversation, Dennie talks about how people behave, how they need to be engaged, and their need to feel both safe and valued.

To connect with Dennie, please reach out to her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dennielaney/

To connect with Mike for speaking or coaching opportunities, please visit: www.crucialtalks.com 


Purdeep Sangha talks with Mike Sedam about how he helps people in business.

Purdeep discusses purpose, mindset, and mindfulness to create a better life.

Rather than always hustling to do more, by focusing on being present, you and the people around you will be happier, which will lead to greater success.



To contact Mike, visit www.crucialtalks.com


Pauline Crawford speaks with Mike Sedam about Magical Conversations.

Conversations can use diversity and inclusion to move things forward. Conversations can be had in a way that everyone feels engaged and empowered, regardless of their role in the organization.

These types of conversations can be beneficial to companies, teams, and relationships.

Pauline's website is: www.missmagicalconversations.com

Her book can be found on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2SCQILo

To contact Mike, please visit: www.crucialtalks.com


Donna Spina speaks with Mike Sedam about how business owners can stand out by focusing on what makes them special and what their customers need.

Communicating and educating clientele is an important part of marketing for businesses. It can also help with internal issues that may be plaguing large organizations.

Visit Donna's website at:


You can email Donna for more information at:


To speak with Mike or to inquire about him speaking to your organization, please visit www.crucialtalks.com.


Gary Salyer talks with Mike Sedam about personal and business relationships.

People that feel welcomed, worthy, cherished, and empowered will have more powerful relationships.

Gary uses a number of stories to help people understand what he has found beneficial to building relationships.

Gary is the author of the book Safe to Love Again. It is available on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1732977801

Gary can also be reached at www.garysalyer.com


Cynthia Zhai talks to Mike Sedam about how to use your voice to have influence.

Our voice is such an important part of our communication. The same words can have different meanings based on our tone, inflection, and how we use our voice.

By working on our voice, we can also change our mindset and our confidence.

In other words, we can work on our voice first, and other benefits will follow.

Cynthia talks to us about gravitas and techniques to build authority and confidence in our voice.

We discuss ways to present more effectively and also how to have one-on-one conversations.

Cynthia's book, Influence Through Voice, can be found on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2JQ6oqI

Cynthia also has some free resources available including:

Website: https://www.powerfulexecutivevoice.com/

YouTube: http://youtube.com/user/cynthiazhai

Video Course: www.bit.ly/voicecrashcourse



 Mike Sedam speaks with Christian Harris a slip specialist from the UK. Christian's experience is not only in slips and falls, but also entrepreneurship and poker. This discussion goes way deeper than merely a talk about how slippery floors can lead to falls. This talk goes into the importance of story, how to change perceptions, and the need to engage with people at all level so fan organization to institute lasting change.

Christian is the managing director at Slip Safety Services, www.slipsafety.co.uk.

There is also a free slip safety scorecard at: https://slipsafety.co.uk/scorecard/

To connect with Mike or to have him speak at your organization, please visit www.crucialtalks.com.


Mike Sedam interviews Daren Martin about his book, A Company of Owners. The book is available here.

Mike and Daren talk about workplace experience, employee engagement, and how we can get there.

This is a positive, proactive, strength-focused conversation about improving our workplaces regardless of the industry we are in.

Visit Daren at: www.darenmartin.com.

Visit Mike at: www.crucialtalks.com.


Many times people need information about how work is actually getting done. Inspectors, assessors, leaders, and peers may all want to see how a person or group of people get their work done. This can lead to valuable learning and improvement.

In order to ensure, our "backstage passes" are never revoked so that we get an unfiltered and open view of what is actually happening, we need two things: 1. trust and 2. accurate storytelling.

If we want to observe others and get accurate information, we need to make sure we uphold the trust placed upon us and we need to make sure we tell the story of what we observe with a high level of accuracy.

Visit www.crucialtalks.com to connect with Mike.

Roger Nierenberg is a Maestro who uses the art of music and orchestras to teach leadership lessons.

The conversation he has with Mike Sedam covers many aspects of leadership and system-thinking using music and orchestras to explain concepts and show examples.

This is a fascinating conversation about how music can be used to accelerate the leadership learning process.

To learn more about The Music Paradigm and Roger's work, please visit www.musicparadigm.com.

I was extremely fortunate to present at a safety conference for a large oil refinery company. It was focused on Behavior Based Safety (BBS). My past experience with BBS (A long time ago) made me think it was focused on people as the problems and if we could fix what people were doing wrong, we could prevent incidents. It also used Heinrich's Triangle and said if we could prevent the little things, the big things wouldn't happen. This really tarnished my view of BBS. I am happy to say, my view of BBS is brighter now. Listen to see why.


Mike Sedam talks with Tracy Mehr-Muska about resilience based on her book, Weathering the Storm. Available from Amazon: https://amzn.to/2MZrXde.

They discuss the seven P's of resilience, Tracy's use of stories from people in her own life, and how we can improve our capacity to be resilient.

Tracy has used her education, experience, and examples to drive home a positive message of resilience that can help people in every facet of life.

Visit Tracy at: https://mehrmuska.wordpress.com/

To contact Mike, visit www.crucialtalks.com


Mike Sedam talks with Dr. Joelle Speed and Chief Dreaming Officer Amy Perkins.

They talk about business, life, and people.

Their story includes creating a network and collaborating because everyone can succeed.

They also talk about how people can live the dreams they have for their lives.

Their focus is on people and how strong we are together.

For more about Dr. Joelle Speedhttps://www.smilegallerykidsdds.com/

For more about Amy Perkins:https://www.keystocourage.com/

To contact Mike about speaking, consulting, or the Crucial Talks Podcast, please visit: www.crucialtalks.com


In this episode, Mike Sedam talks with Sean Romero about how to deal with uncertainty using the OODA loop.

Learn about the importance of Observing, Orienting, Deciding, and Acting to get through uncertainty.

Contact Sean Romero:

Instagram: @faithfully_led

Facebook: faithfullyled.sean

Podcast: Faithfully Led Podcast on Anchor

email: Sean@faithfullyled.com



Mike Sedam talks with Jeannette Peacock of Learn2LearnNow.

Jeanette talks about building the capacity to succeed through skills. Specifically, she helps children learn the skills they need to succeed in the future. Skillbuilding not only helps build capacity, but also shows us the importance of feedback to the process.

Jeanette is using the same processes from her business in a non-profit to help children that would not normally have access to such training.

In this episode you'll hear about capacity-building, how seeing ourselves in a new role can help us transform, and the importance of feedback loops.

Visit Jeanette's business at: www.learn2learnnow.com.

Visit the foundation at: www.steppingupforchildreninneed.org.

Visit Mike about the podcast or speaking to your organization at: www.crucialtalks.com


Mike Sedam interviews Ayn Cates Sullivans about how archetypes and stories help us understand the world around us.

This is an interesting discussion that helps us understand ourselves, our use of prototypes, and how stories have impacted behavior and decision-making for thousands of years.

This helps us understand systems-thinking and our own individual place in the world, in society, and in our organizations.

More about Ayn can be found at: http://ayncatessullivan.com/

Contact Mike Sedam at: www.crucialtalks.com

Mike Sedam talks with Dr. Glenn Livingston about self-transformation.

Glenn has based his work on dealing with his own food addiction and helping others. He provides lessons on self-transformation to overcome addiction to food. He explains the role of different parts of the brain in our decision-making. These lessons not only pertain to our health, but can also be used in other areas where we want to make significant changes in our lives.

The role of groups and how we can crowdsource learning is also discussed as an important way to speed up our transformation.

A digital copy of Glenn's book and additional information can be found at www.neverbingeagain.com.

To contact Mike about speaking or consulting (resilience, decisionmaking, behavior, safety, or risk) please visit www.crucialtalks.com.

Change your filter, look at your world, and transform. Mike Sedam interviews Ani Anderson. Ani is a thought leader, speaker, and coach on the leading edge in personal development. She is also the author of Find Your Soul's Agenda: The One Word That Will Make Your Whole Life a Success. More about Ani and her book can be found at www.findyoursoulsagenda.com.

Ani talks to us about developing ourselves and fulfilling our highest potential. She discusses the benefits of the healing paradigm and personal development paradigm. In other words, she helps people look ahead so they make fulfilling decisions, and also helps them find their own inner resistance. We also talk about what to do when "negatives" show up. The perspective people use in their lives is important. It is a focus on a realistic approach to life.

You can also find her book on Amazon at: https://amzn.to/2HbTDGK

To contact Mike about the podcast or speaking opportunities, please visit www.crucialtalks.com.



Mike Sedam talks with Todd Vande Hei about transformation, leadership, millennials, and stories.

Todd is a successful CEO and entrepreneur in the health and fitness industry. As the CEO of Stark, www.starklife.us, he leads a successful team of coaches and medical professionals that provide best-in-class health and fitness services to clients. 

We discuss how the stories we tell ourselves can impact our success.

Todd also gives us tips on leading millennials and providing an environment where his team can not only succeed, but can also thrive with purpose.

The importance of having a team of professionals that have the capacity to collaborate is also discussed.

This episode is valuable for leaders, business owners, entrepreneurs, and anyone who is trying to transform their life.

For more about Stark, visit www.starklife.us

Todd Vande Hei can be contacted through Stark, or on social media.

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

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

Facebook: facebook.com/profile.php?id=1631073262  

Twitter: https://twitter.com/toddvandehei 

To contact Mike Sedam about the podcast, speaking opportunities, or any other reason, please visit www.crucialtalks.com.


Mike Sedam talks about work that gives people purpose. The journey toward excellence also has defeats and mistakes. Those defeats are opportunities. They are learning opportunities and can lead to a greater purpose and contribute to our goal of seeking excellence. This is a valuable chat about the need people have for struggle and purpose. 

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