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Season 1

June 6, 2023

How to Balance Security and Self-Expression at Work

Are you struggling to find work that nourishes your soul - yet still provides stability? Do you feel like you’re dancing between security and soulfulness in your day to day responsibilities? You're not alone. In fact that is ...

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May 30, 2023

How to Find the Courage to Speak Up at Work

We’ve all heard the phrase, “don’t escalate things.” Especially, in the context of work. But, what if there were moments when escalation, done in the right way and with the right intention, was actually the right move? Are th...

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May 23, 2023

How to Outsmart Your Own Blind Spots & Think Outside Yourself

Have you ever struggled with a problem or decision where the solution seemed impossible to see, yet obvious once someone pointed it out? You start kicking yourself for not seeing something that now appears so simple and clear...

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May 16, 2023

How to Turn Many Passions Into a Joyful & Successful Career

We’re often told, the only way to succeed in work - and, in no small part - in life, is to pick one or two things, focus intensively, go all in, and say no to anything that distracts you from …

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May 9, 2023

Is AI Really Coming for Your Job?

You’ve heard about it everywhere - AI, ChatGPT. But what does AI have to do, if anything, with how you live and work and play? With the choices you get to make, and the choices that might be taken from …

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May 2, 2023

Thriving in Mission-driven, Burnout-inducing Work Environments

Do you feel like you're constantly sacrificing your own well-being for the sake of your patients or clients? Do you struggle with burnout and feel like you have to leave your job to take care of yourself? Do you feel …

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April 25, 2023

How to Lead Through Uncertainty (when Your Team Still Hasn’t Recovere…

There’s this myth in the world of business that, if you’re tough enough, practiced enough, and motivated enough, you can push hard, 24-7, for months, quarters, years even and endure all manner of obstacles, stressors, adversi...

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April 18, 2023

The Power of Pause, Play, Perspective & Planning

Have you ever felt like you're on a hamster wheel, constantly running, but not getting anywhere? It's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day routine of life and business, losing sight of the bigger picture. But what if you …

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April 4, 2023

The Unseen Battle: How Anxiety Fuels Achievement

Are you unknowingly harnessing the power of anxiety to drive your success? In today's fast-paced, high-pressure world, it's no secret that anxiety is on the rise. But what if we told you that anxiety could be the key to unloc...

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March 28, 2023

Defying Expectations: Unraveling the Secrets of the Portfolio Life

Are you tired of the 9-to-5 grind? Have you ever wondered what it takes to build a fulfilling and sustainable portfolio career? In today's SPARKED Hot Take episode, we’re back with Joy Batra for part two of our fascinating co...

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March 7, 2023

How Workarounds offer a Solution to the Most Complex Problems

We constantly encounter complex problems at home, in our places of work, and in society at large. Even if we had all the time and money in the world, sometimes no good solution can be found. So, what should we …

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Feb. 28, 2023

How to Find a Sense of Belonging in the Freelance World

Over the last few years, there’s been a massive acceleration in the trend of people leaving mainstream jobs to start their own business, from freelancing or private practices to portfolio careers. Largely in the name of freed...

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Feb. 21, 2023

How to Ask for Help and Actually Get What You Need

Following on from last week’s episode we dig deeper into how to ask for help in a way that is more likely to actually get you the support or guidance you are looking for. Deborah shares supportive guidelines and a …

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Feb. 7, 2023

The Surprising Power of Creative Disappointment

It’s a challenge we all deal with. We show up, work incredibly hard, strive to create something powerful, unique, impactful. And, yet, it lands with a thud. Maybe not an outright failure, but also nowhere close to what you th...

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Jan. 30, 2023

How to Succeed at Anything Worth Doing | 2023 Kickstart

What if this was the year you actually did the thing that you have dreamed of doing, the thing that’s been in the back of your mind for months or years, maybe even decades? The thing that when you think …

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Jan. 24, 2023

How Do You Scale a High-Touch Service Without Losing What Makes It Ex…

Got a career or business question for the Brainstrust? Submit here. You’ve spent years becoming really good at what you do. Expert level. And, you’ve reached the end of your ability to serve clients on an individual basis. It...

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Jan. 17, 2023

How to Make a Big Difference, In a Sustainable Way

Got a career or business question for the Braintrust? Submit here. So many of us look at the world we live in, and wonder how we might make a bigger impact. After a decade in academic setting, with a focus …

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Jan. 10, 2023

How to Hold Onto Your Spark When Work Seems All-Consuming

How do we find the time to make our own art? How do you blend your own creative or expressive practice with running a business? Today’s listener Claudia presents this question. She has been running a successful Paint Your Pot...

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Jan. 3, 2023

How Do We Know What Truly Sparks Us vs. What’s Social Conditioning?

Can social conditioning, past experiences, and external pressure affect the way we explore figuring out our Sparketype? Or, for that matter, any metric we might look to, as a way to help figure out what drives us? And how do …

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Dec. 27, 2022

How to Thrive as a Multi-Passionate Person in a Specialist-Craving Wo…

Got a career or business question for the Brainstrust? Submit here. How do you satisfy an impulse to build a living around multiple passions and be in constant learning and growth mode, in a work world that keeps pushing you …

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Dec. 20, 2022

How to Reimagine Work in a Way that Re-energizes You

Got a career or business question for the Brainstrust? Submit here. Today’s listener Paulina asks, as an Essentialist who thrives and is energized by chaos, problem solving and ‘putting out fires’, when you run your own consu...

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Dec. 6, 2022

How to Move Forward With Self Compassion & Curiosity After Loss

'How do you Move Forward with Self Compassion & Curiosity after experiencing Great Loss?'

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Nov. 22, 2022

How to take a Life-Changing Sabbatical with DJ Didonna

'How do you take a Life-Changing Sabbatical?'

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Nov. 15, 2022

How to Build the Team Habit of Belonging

How do you Build the Team Habit of Belonging?

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Nov. 8, 2022

How to Handle the Parts of a Job You Love that Don’t Come Easily

How can you Handle the Parts of a Job You Love that Don’t Come Easily?

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Nov. 1, 2022

How to Use Your Shadow Sparketype to Amplify Different Impulses

'How do Use Your Shadow Sparketype to Amplify Different Impulses?'

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Oct. 25, 2022

How to convert Creative Inspiration into Action Taking with Cynthia M…

'How do you convert Creative Inspiration into Action Taking?'

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Oct. 18, 2022

How to navigate Career 'Gaps' with Courage & Purpose

'How do you navigate Career Gaps with Courage and is it ok to keep starting over?'

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Oct. 11, 2022

How to Reframe the ‘Portfolio Career’ dilemma

‘How do you Reframe the so-called ‘Portfolio Career’ dilemma?’

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Oct. 4, 2022

Jonathan gets Personal about Creating the Sparketypes

Hosted by keynote speaker & best selling author Cyndie Spiegal

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Sept. 27, 2022

How to unpack Assumptions about your Sparketypes

‘How do you unpack the assumption that your ‘Anti’ Sparketype is the only way to succeed in business?’

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Sept. 20, 2022

HOT TAKE: On Putting Yourself in the Path of Pivot with Jenny Blake

Jonathan & Jenny talk about: How you don't have to have your pivot planned out Using experiments to collect data Following the full body yes What is a project based purpose? How do we look at uncertainty differently? Are you …

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Sept. 13, 2022

SPARKED STORY: Reimagining farming after almost losing everything wit…

Jonathan & Azuraye chat about: The call to come home to the family business Recovering from a natural disaster that almost took everything Using the Sparketypes as a hiring tool Leading with folks’ Sparketypes as a way to rem...

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Sept. 6, 2022

How to Innovate in a Workplace that Adapts Slowly

"How do you handle a drive to innovate inside a system that adapts to change slowly?"

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Sept. 1, 2022

SPARKED STORY: From the military to mentoring with Charlie Gilkey

As we sat down to dive into Charlie’s Sparked Story, I wanted to understand what were his deep impulses for the things that he's done and what have been the through lines.

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Aug. 30, 2022

HOT TAKE: On leading with humanity with Karen Wright

A Sparked Hot Take with Karen Wright on leading and humanity at a time when both are hard to access.

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Aug. 23, 2022

How to Have Patience in the Face of Uncertainty

"When looking for niche job roles that match your criteria, how do you have patience in the process?"

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Aug. 16, 2022

How to Release the need to find ‘Our One True Passion’

'Do we have to choose one specialty or can we release the need to find 'our one true passion'?'

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Aug. 9, 2022

How to Bring more Compassion & Empathy to Leadership

'How can I impact the future of leadership and tackle training our leaders to have more compassion and empathy?'

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July 26, 2022

How to Balance a Family Legacy with Building Your Own

'How do I move on from my iconic entrepreneurial history and show up authentically to build my own legacy?'

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July 19, 2022

How to Harness your Skills to have a Big Impact

"How do you harness your skillset to show up in work & life and make a meaningful difference?"

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July 12, 2022

How to Assess if your Chosen Project is the Right Project

"How do you know if your chosen project is the right project to focus on?"

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July 5, 2022

How to Embrace your Innate Impulses alongside Neurodiversity

"How do you embrace your innate impulses and find joy in work and life whilst navigating neurodiversity?"

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June 28, 2022

How to Reimagine your Style of Entrepreneurship

"What do you do when your goals and your personality type don't necessarily line up?"

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June 21, 2022

How to Finish more Projects you Start

"How do you finish more of the projects that you start or do you need to complete everything?"

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June 14, 2022

How to Seek out Aligned & Anti-Burnout Roles

"How do you find work that aligns more closely with your primary impulse and is less likely to end in burnout?"

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June 7, 2022

How to Trust your Essential Nature throughout your Life

When your roles change throughout your life, how do you know what is your essential nature?

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May 31, 2022

How to Scale while Staying True to Yourself

How do you scale to serve more people while staying true to yourself and your talents?

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