Reboot Podcast Episode #92 – The Love That Heals: Welcoming in Our Shadow – with James Hollis (re-release)

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 92 // October 5, 2018


James Hollis

James Hollis

Jungian analyst & author

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Episode Description

Exploring one’s shadow is no easy undertaking. The idea of getting to know what Jung referred to as, “That which I do not wish to be” is rarely considered an exciting prospect. Yet we implore all leaders to be courageous and get to know and learn to work with their shadow. It is only when we do the work to make the unconscious conscious, that we are able to build true compassion for ourselves and others; freeing us to become the leaders we were born to become.

James Hollis is a Jungian analyst, author and lecturer whose work has inspired and influenced us at Reboot. In this episode, Jerry and James talk in depth about the Jungian concept of shadow, how shadow shows up in leadership, and what we can do once we become aware of our shadow.

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Show Highlights

“The shadow is continuously spilling into the world, whether we are aware of it or not.” – James Hollis

“We can’t take people farther than we’ve traveled ourselves.” – Carl Jung

“How am I complicit in creating the conditions at my company that I say I don’t want?” – Jerry Colonna

“You can’t take an organization farther than you’ve traveled yourself.” – James Hollis

“Do you think you have a soul? And if you do, what is it asking of you?” – James Hollis

“Until we make the unconscious conscious, it will control our lives and we will call it fate.” – Carl Jung

“Why are the people around me so greedy?” “Great question. Who hired them?” – Jerry Colonna

“[Looking at your shadow] takes courage. Or desperation.” – James Hollis

“What’s wrong in the world is wrong in me as well.” – James Hollis

“Nothing human is alien to me.” – Latin playwright Terence

“It’s a summons to love the unlovable parts of ourselves.” – James Hollis

“What if you find the most wretched person on earth is lurking in your own soul?” – Carl Jung

“It’s not as if the shadow can be left at home. It comes with us to the work environment.” – James Hollis

“I can’t take my company farther than I’ve taken myself.” – James Hollis

“It’s not what I do, it’s what it’s in service to inside, that makes the difference.” – James Hollis

“The world is no better than what I bring to the table.” – James Hollis