Reboot Podcast Episode Episode 0 – Reclaiming Our Stories: A Journey of Belonging and Reunion

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.


Marshall Pollard

Marshall Pollard

CEO of Staydrmn

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Jerry Colonna

Jerry Colonna

Author of Reunion

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Episode Description

Welcome to The Reunion Podcast, where we dive deep into stories of connection, reunion, and the power of radical self-inquiry. In this episode, Marshall and Jerry Colonna, your hosts, explore the importance of storytelling as a catalyst for belonging and understanding. They delve into the concept of Reunion, emphasizing the need for diverse narratives that represent different experiences and foster empathy and compassion.

Jerry and Marshall call for active listening, dialogue, and holding space for stories that deserve love, safety, and belonging. They explore how good leadership can transform lives, inviting leaders to consider their own journey of self-discovery and the impact it has on others. 

Get ready to challenge your perceptions and discover the transformative potential of embracing diverse voices and perspectives.

Key Questions for Leaders to Consider:

  1. How can storytelling foster a sense of belonging and understanding within your organization or community?
  2. What steps can you take to create spaces for diverse narratives and experiences to be heard and valued?
  3. Are you actively listening and holding space for stories of those who deserve love, safety, and belonging?
  4. How can you cultivate a culture of radical self-inquiry among your team or community?
  5. In what ways can you leverage the power of storytelling to unlock empathy, compassion, and meaningful connection in your leadership journey?

Show Highlights

Memorable Quotes: 

“Why do we have people holding power who hurt people all the time? And what I assert is that our inability to process in a healthy way, that which formed us.”— Jerry Colonna 

“Our inability to turn around and confront the demons, instead of just running from the demons, ends up hurting people who have less power.” — Jerry Colonna 

“Until all humans feel love, safety, and most important, belonging, then you are not leading anything. You are not utilizing your power. You are not making a difference in the world.” — Jerry Colonna 

“Whether it’s a transgender woman, a black EMT worker, or a 16-year-old boy, these incidents are all rooted in this profound fear of someone who is not like me. It’s all connected, and it’s all in service to a mindset that has given expression in colonization and extractive capitalism, exploitation of other human beings.”— Jerry Colonna

“If we’re not living out this lifestyle of cultivating what’s been untold, if the stories that we’re sitting with are not intergenerational, not intersectional, not representing different experiences in this journey of reunion, then we’re not really in for it.” — Marshall Pollard