Reboot Podcast Episode #109 – With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility – with Dan Harris and Jerry Colonna

The Reboot podcast showcases the heart and soul, the wins and losses, the ups and downs of startup leadership. On the show, Entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and Startup Leaders discuss with Jerry Colonna the emotional and psychological challenges they face daily as leaders.

Episode 109 // July 25, 2019


Dan Harris

Dan Harris

10% Happier Co-Founder and ABC News Anchor

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Episode Description

On this episode of the Reboot Podcast, we’re sharing a special conversation between Jerry Colonna and Dan Harris (ABC News, 10% Happier) that was hosted and recorded by the Rubin Museum of Art earlier this month. In this dialogue, Dan and Jerry explore the importance of radical self-inquiry in leadership and life. Jerry conveys the ways in which the sub-routines of our youth influence the way we show up, meet, and communicate with those around us, and how stepping into adulthood requires that we examine the negative parts of ourselves that we don’t want to own. We hope you’ll enjoy this fireside chat, mini-coaching session, and Q&A all wrapped up in one!

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Show Highlights

Top Quotes:

“You don’t reach out to a coach because everything’s going well.” – Jerry Colonna

“When folks who are in positions of power aren’t willing to do their inner work, the consequence is that we create organizations unconsciously that are designed to make ourselves feel better about ourselves. And we spread toxicity throughout organizations.” – Jerry Colonna

“I don’t set out to ask people to cry, but I believe that we need to feel our feelings. And I believe that many of us, because we don’t feel our feelings, the predominant feeling that we are not feeling as sadness.” – Jerry Colonna

“When we have power and don’t examine these things. We will often outsource to somebody else within the organization all of the negative parts of ourselves that we don’t want to own.” – Jerry Colonna

“How do you unlock the specialness of an organization that’s good at the heart of what’s really going on within the organization?” – Jerry Colonna

“The mess in me honors the mess in you.” – Jerry Colonna

“One of the dangers of actually starting to unpack ourselves is that we start to use it as yet another source of self-loathing and self-criticism.” – Jerry Colonna

“We don’t do use discernment and insight to understand the way in which we are operating in the world only to beat ourselves up. That’s not the point.” – Jerry Colonna

“What if those who were in power set a tone and modeled something different? What if those who held leadership positions actually said, it’s not just my responsibility to produce profit, but to create humane working environments so that the best of us can thrive.” – Jerry Colonna

“Leading through fear can produce extraordinary results in short bursts, but at what cost? The best people will leave if that’s the sustained model.” – Jerry Colonna

“When those who have power don’t tell us what’s going on, we make shit up and it’s about us.” – Jerry Colonna

“Not every negative feeling in the workplace or your community or is in fact a reflection of how broken you are.” –  Jerry Colonna

“What do those who are around me need to thrive?” – Jerry Colonna