Podcast Interviews
Discussions with Facilitators, Business Thought Leaders, and More...

Podcast #1

Exploring Conflict & Difference in the Workplace
        An Interview with Diane Musho Hamilton

In this week's podcast I interview Diane Hamilton, award-winning mediator and Zen teacher, on dealing with conflict and difference in our lives and in the workplace.

We start with an discussion of the three "conflict styles" and how they play out in our relationships. By identifying our unique conflict style we can better understand our impact on others and expand our repertoire of responses to difficult situations and conversations. We then briefly explore some of the bio-behavioral research surrounding different "stress response styles" that have been identified in men and women. Specifically Dr. Shelly Taylor's work on the difference between the "fight or flight" and "tend and befriend" stress responses. We finish with an engagement about how to better integrate an appreciation for both "sameness" and "difference" in our lives for better  relational and workplace outcomes.

Diane Musho Hamilton is an author, professional mediator, and facilitator. She has been a practitioner of meditation for more than 30 years and is a lineage holder in the Soto Zen tradition.

Diane was the first Director of the Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Utah Judiciary, where she established mediation programs throughout the court system. She is the recipient of several prestigious awards for her work in this area, including the Peter W. Billings Award from the Utah State Bar, the Utah Council on Conflict Resolution Peacekeeper Award, the Judicial Administration Award and Friend of the Court. Diane lives in Utah, where she is the Executive Director of Two Arrows Zen, a center for Zen study and practice, established in 2008 with her husband Michael Mugaku Zimmerman.

She is the author of Everything is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution.  Her next book is The Zen of You and Me: A Guide to Getting Along with Just About Anyone, to be released March 2017.

*For those interested in looking more into Shelly Taylor's research and the "tend and befriend" response, see links below. I also utilize some of this research in my training workshops

Podcast #2

The Deeper Reaches of Spiritual and Gender Intelligence
               An Interview with Cindy Wigglesworth

In this week's podcast I interview Cindy Wigglesworth, Founder and President of Deep Change Inc., to discuss spiritual intelligence in the workplace.

We start with Cindy's unique and rigorous research in the field of SQ or "Spiritual Intelligence" (distinct from IQ and EQ). We discuss how she is implementing her expertise in SQ and multiple intelligences into the business and corporate setting and the benefits it brings to organizations. We then explore how cultivating SQ relates to gender development and gender intelligence; specifically, the power of integrating polarities that are often associated with binary gender qualities. We end with a discussion about leadership and where we feel the conversation around "women's leadership" needs to go in the future.

Cindy Wigglesworth is the Founder and President of Deep Change, Inc. She originally founded her business (as Conscious Pursuits, Inc) in 2000 to assist individuals and corporations to develop and utilize all four of their key intelligences: IQ, emotional intelligence (EQ), spiritual intelligence (SQ) and physical intelligence (PQ).

Cindy is the author of SQ21: The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual Intelligence and has become a recognized expert in the field of Spiritual Intelligence. Inspired by the work of Dr. Daniel Goleman and Dr. Richard Boyatzis, Cindy has, with the help of PhDs in various fields, created and validated a skills-based SQ assessment (the SQ21™) and has field tested ways to help people build their own SQ. She defines spiritual intelligence as "the ability to behave with wisdom and compassion, while maintaining inner and outer peace, regardless of the situation." Her approach is faith-neutral, faith-friendly and science-friendly. It is appropriate for use as part of a leadership development program, a diversity curriculum or as part of your own personal growth work.