In this episode, Mike Sedam interviews the second half of the dynamic duo that wrote Conversations Worth Having. The book is available from Amazon:

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. His book is available on Amazon:

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. Her book can be found on Amazon:

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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