Episode #14 Look Beyond Yourself
One of the most critical skills that leaders can master is the ability to see the bigger picture. Dr. Michael Brown has a conversation this week with Casey Greenawalt about a counterintuitive key to personal growth.
Life is bigger than me. I’m not the only person here.Gabe Dunbar
- Our default posture in life is to look no further than our own desires.
- We will never become the best versions of ourselves if we only ever look at ourselves.
- Until we take the time to consider others’ perspectives, our perspectives will remain incomplete.
- We may be the main characters in our own story, but we are not the main characters in everybody’s story.
- Paradoxically, the more of ourselves that we offer to others, the more of ourselves we will have left to give.
- Great questions deepen relationships, increase understanding, and elicit questions in return.
- Enter each environment committed to being more interested in others than interesting to others.
- Regularly utilize the phrases “Help me understand…” and “Tell me more about…” prior to sharing your own perspectives.
- Approach conflict with the question, “How is this affecting us?” rather than with the question, “How is this affecting me?”
In This Episode
The Selfish Advantage
Is it possible that our self-centered tendencies may actually serve a greater purpose? This week, Dr. Michael Brown and author of A Book About Friendship, Sammy Adebiyi, introduce a powerful paradox that could transform our relationships.
Look Listen Learn
More than ever, dialogue surrounding racial equality and social justice are at the center of our collective attention. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Corey Norris unpack the essential components of conversations that build empathy and create understanding.
Consider Different Perspectives
As we go about our daily lives, our backgrounds, preferences, and ideologies come with us. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Dr. Chet Hesson talk about the all-important habit of stepping back from our preconceived notions and allowing ourselves to truly look at the world through the eyes of another.