All of us have been through tough times, are going through tough times, or will go through tough times.

In this episode, we discuss looking forward in order to move through those tough times.

This includes three tools:

  1. Set goals
  2. Let things go
  3. Take control of your own future

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We are going through tough times.

We can't avoid them. We have to go through them.

In this episode we discuss four tools to be more resilient in the short-term using the acronym MIND:

M - Models

I - Identity

N - Now

D - Decision-making

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Ariel Garten talks to Mike about the fear of fear and gives tools to get out of our own way.

Ariel is a psychotherapist, neuroscientist, and entrepreneur having started a tech company called Muse.

In this episode, she talks about how fear can get in our way and is driven by parts of the brain that used to help keep us alive, but now may be barriers to our performance.

We get two tools to use that can help us deal with fear including a technique to recognize and move past fear, and tips on meditation that are proven to work.

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Confidence is the key to having a better workplace experience. It is something you need to control and shouldn't be dependent on your boss or coworkers.

We are all human, which means we will all make mistakes.

We will frustrate other people, we will become frustrated ourselves.

If we don't have high confidence, we can end up hating where we work or just feeling bad at the place we spend a lot of our time.

The more we can control our own confidence, the better we will feel and perform.

In this episode, we talk about what confidence is: appreciating our own abilities and qualities that give us a feeling of self-assurance.

We also talk about how to build our confidence in two ways: Journaling and checklists.

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Mike interviews John Voris, the author of Discover the Power That Drives Your Personality. 

John discusses "Life Themes" which gives people structure and guidance in the decisions they make.

Life themes help people deal with stressors they have in life from the decisions they are making to the careers they choose or the organizations they work for.

John can be reached at

His book can be found on Amazon:


There is a difference between knowledge and information.

Knowledge is the key to success.

Information is the facts and data we can point to objectively and transfer easily.

We can see how information can be easily provided and transferred in training and meetings.  It's also what a lot of people are tired of in organizations.

Knowledge is different because it comes from experience and education. It isn't just information, it goes beyond information.

If we understand the concept that knowledge is information, but information is not knowledge, we can do what human beings love to do and what has made us so successful as a species:

We can learn.

We can understand.

We can predict.

If you need any help or would like to talk some more about it, please reach out to me at: 

J Scott is interviewed by Mike Sedam about the importance of people.

The discussion revolves around how to actively listen, engage with people, and develop good solutions.

J Scott gives great advice on how to prepare as a leader and engage with curiosity, not a critical mindset.

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Susan Ibitz talks with Mike Sedam about "human hacking."

Tips about communication, both verbal and in writing are discussed.

Susan's company is the Human Behavior Lab where they unlock the science behind human behavior. She is also a member of the Forbes Coaches Council and lectures at Loyola University Chicago.

She bases her information on how people want to receive, and now how we want to give the information. That nuance is a powerful mindset shift.

Susan starts with discussing the importance of knowing ourselves first.

This leads to how we can use body language, facial expression, tone of voice, and other communication to be more effective in speaking with others.

Susan also discusses words to use in emails so that we can be more effective using written words.

You can connect with Susan on LinkedIn:

Or by visiting

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Mike King, a safety professional in the construction industry discusses safety with Mike Sedam.

Not only are safety topics discussed, but the two Mikes discuss a deeper level of the importance of people and how focusing on people can have a high return on investment for any organization.

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.

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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: or contact her via email:

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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:

For more on the kindness movement:

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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.

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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.

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 for more about the book and to contact Chris or Andras.

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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:

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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.


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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:

Her book can be found on Amazon:

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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.

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You can email Donna for more information at:

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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:

Gary can also be reached at


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:

Cynthia also has some free resources available including:



Video Course:



 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,

There is also a free slip safety scorecard at:

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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