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Being Curious Enough to Avoid a Big Regret

I learned that I could do this.

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Today’s guest is Bill Whiteside, a sales and marketing executive turned software salesman turned writer of narrative non-fiction, specifically a forthcoming book about an incident in Winston Churchill’s tenure as Britain’s Prime Minister during World War II. Our conversation explores the incident, which we then use as an opportunity to examine what makes a great leader great, what constitutes the art of writing great narrative non-fiction — what do you leave in and take out? — the imperative to tell our accurate and truthful history, and perhaps most important, Bill’s personal journey to satisfy his curiosity about one of the most interesting figures of the 20th century.

Bill, on the bench at left. – Bill’s journey of curiosity included a visit to Chartwell, Churchill’s home in the Kent countryside, and his conversation with the most recent descendant of Sir Winston’s marmalade cat “Jock.

Bill’s journey of curiosity included a visit to Chartwell, Churchill’s home in the Kent countryside, and his conversation with the most recent descendant of Sir Winston’s marmalade cat “Jock.” Our conversation underscores why I focus on the podcast and in my coaching on the idea of “getting unstuck.” One of the principles underlying “getting unstuck,” as Bill so eloquently and succinctly puts it, is “there is always a way out” of unwanted situations. In life’s recipe book, forward movement results from pausing long enough to engage one’s curiosity and nurture the courage to explore it.

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Referenced

  • StoryCorps
  • One Small Step

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Jeff Ikler
Jeff Iklerhttps://www.queticocoaching.com/
The river that runs through my career lives – as teacher, publisher, coach, podcaster and author – is helping individuals acquire knowledge, skills, and self-awareness so they can better achieve their desired results and impact. • As Director of Quetico Leadership and Career Coaching, I work with individuals and leaders to overcome obstacles and make sustained changes in their behavior. • I co-host the podcast “Getting Unstuck – Shift for Impact,” where I bring to light inspirational stories of transformation in the field of education. • I am the co-author of the soon-to-be-published book for school educators, Shifting: How Educational Leaders Can Create a Culture of Change.

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