Reboot Podcast Episode #16 – Mindful Partnerships – with Zelle Nelson & Maureen McCarthy

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 16 // May 7, 2015

It is in the space between inner and outer world, which is also the space between people–the transitional space–that intimate relationships and creativity occur.


Zelle Nelson

Zelle Nelson

Co-creator of The Blueprint of WE, Co-Founder The Center for Collaborative Awareness

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Maureen K. McCarthy

Maureen K. McCarthy

Co-creator of The Blueprint of WE, Co-Founder The Center for Collaborative Awareness

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Episode Description

What if your agreements with partners and co-workers were more focused on the characteristics of how you come together, related to one another, and work together, instead of what happens when sh*t hits the fan?  What if your co-founder agreement came from a place of hope instead of fear?

Zelle Nelson and Maureen McCarthy are co-founders of The Center For Collaborative Awareness and our guests for today’s conversation. They’ve created a collaborative process called  “The Blueprint of We,”  a mindful approach to build and sustain healthier, more resilient business and personal relationships and partnerships – those that start from a place of hope and openness. They join Jerry to share how they came together, how the process works, and how work can impact relationships and organization.

Show Highlights

“Hell is other people.” – Jean Paul Sartre

“In a business setting we start all relationships with a premise that we have to protect ourselves.” – Maureen McCarthy

“All of the specifics that traditional legal contracts cover, the Blueprint covers as well.” – Maureen McCarthy

“When we enter in to a relationship whether a romantic or business partnership not only do we enter that relationship from a foundation of fear, but we enter that relationship with the expectation of it ending.” – Jerry

“If you think about a traditional legal contract, 90% of the content of that contract is about what happens when shit happens as opposed to saying how do we craft a relationship so that we are not entering this dialogue from a place of fear, but rather from a place of hope.” – Jerry

“Stress is not a bad thing. It is a messenger.” – Maureen McCarthy

“Our conscious mind processes information at 2,000 bits per second, and our subconscious mind process information at 11,000,000 bits per second.” – Maureen McCarthy

“Everything in the subconscious mind is changeable and rewritable.” – Maureen McCarthy

“Violence in the workplace isn’t just between other people and yourself, it is between you and yourself.” – Maureen McCarthy

“I don’t just go to work to earn a living. I go to work to grow and become a better human.” – Jerry

“When I want the best version of you to show up, and you want the best version of me to show up, that space is where we can build what we want to create and unleash our passion.” – Zelle Nelson

“We are seeking the ability to pay our bills, we are seeking the ability to express our soul, and we are seeking the ability for community.” – Parker Palmer

“I now have a mind that operates on joy. Joy is my auto-pilot.” – Maureen McCarthy