Reboot Podcast Episode #112 – Stay and Face It – with Fleet Maull

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 112 // September 13, 2019


Fleet Maull

Fleet Maull

Author, Consultant, Trainer and Executive coach

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Episode Description

On this episode of the Reboot Podcast, Jerry is joined by Fleet Maull, a fellow coach, social entrepreneur, and author of the recently released book, Radical Responsibility. In this conversation, Fleet shares how his experience in the US prison system served as the impetus for the formation, development, and personal application of his radical responsibility philosophy. As Fleet characterizes, mindfulness, compassion, and the practice of loving-kindness are at the crux of radical responsibility. By embracing ownership for each and every circumstance we face in life (without assigning blame or cultivating a victim narrative) we are better able to reflect upon our current situations and assess creative solutions for moving forward.

In considering radical responsibility, Jerry and Fleet tackle three important questions: How am I complicit in creating the conditions I don’t want? In what way can I take ownership for circumstances that I may not have any complicity in? What can be gained from holding your seat amongst the chaos of life?

Fleet Maull on Twitter | Radical Responsibility | Naropa University | How to Practice Tonglen | Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up

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Show Highlights

Top Quotes:

“That whole prison system, early on, was a real dark matter in the sole experience and then eventually became an incredibly transformative path.” – Fleet Maull

“The brokenhearted experience that you went through, and the pain and suffering that you went through, informs everything that you do, as a man today.” – Jerry Colonna

“Radical responsibility is voluntarily embracing one hundred percent responsibility and ownership for each and every circumstance we face in life. Internally within ourselves and in the world around us.” – Fleet Maull

“All prisoners perceive themselves as victims, of one kind or another. And actually most of them have been victimized in their childhoods.” – Fleet Maull

“We’ve all be enculturated that either someone else has to be blamed, or I’m gonna have to take the blame. And we’ve all experienced plenty of blame and shame in our lives we don’t want anymore. So we instinctually deflect and instinctually blame.” – Fleet Maull

“When I see my part in the pathway to some circumstance, that gives me the opportunity to create different circumstance.” – Fleet Maull

“This being the conditions of your life, what will you do about it?” – Jerry Colonna

“There’s something very powerful about being able to sit with strength in a warrior stance and being able to say, “This is my life. And I, with discernment, understand the ways in which I have contributed and that all of the conditions that have unfolded.” And now, what shall you do with this?” – Jerry Colonna

“As leaders. As people going into support prisoners. People running companies. Our spouses. Our children. What we have to offer is the extent that we’ve done and we’re doing our work, so that is not in the way of our open heart and our authenticity and our genuineness.” – Fleet Maull

“Those who are dying, still deserve dignity.” – Jerry Colonna

“I finally realized that the hole in my gut was my higher power. That’s where I needed to go. That’s where I would find my higher power.” – Fleet Maull

“It’s a choice where you want to live vis a vis the circumstances of our life. And it may be a hard choice and it may be a heroic choice, but there is choice. But seeing that we have that choice, and exercising that choice is our way into authentic relationship. And really everything that we value in life.” – Fleet Maull