Episode 6 – Momentum: What Is Your Source of Ambition?


“Move from resignation, resentment or even fear, to ambition…you can get there by way of acceptance.” -Kari Granger

Welcome to Leadership Impact, the podcast for modern executives who are reinventing leadership within their organizations. Hosted by executive leadership coach and CEO of The Granger Network, Kari Granger, and Sound Financial Group CEO, Paul Adams, this podcast aims to address the topics of performance and leadership through real life examples. This is the second episode of our four-part series on momentum.

In this episode, Kari and Paul delve into how to cultivate new moods to maintain our most cherished ambitions. Paul uses the story of the Sirens’ Songs in Homer’s Odyssey to make the point that our attention can (and often does) get captured by tangential possibilities, causing us to stray from what we care about most.

Kari shares her own Sirens’ Song, which manifested itself in the form of a pursuit of higher revenue targets to keep pace with her growing company. Because this accomplishment wasn’t connected to the core reason she chose to expand her company, she found herself in a mood of resentment. Kari deconstructs how this mood had a debilitating effect on her ambition. However, using the strategy of cultivating a mood of acceptance, Kari was able to shift from resignation to a new space for her own ambition to flourish.

Kari and Paul reveal how cultivating a mood of acceptance opens a new horizon of possibility. This gives us the context to be able to reinvent a new future based on our ambitions. Finally, Paul challenges the audience to observe how moods affect the ambition of those surrounding them at work and at home in order to connect with our own ambition and think differently about what is possible.

What We Covered:

00:46 – Introducing today’s topic: cultivating moods that support our ambitions

01:52 – Paul recalls the story of the Sirens’ Songs in Homer’s Odyssey

04:54 – Kari discusses her own business ambitions

07:10 – The pressure Kari felt to meet her revenue target

08:56 – Kari delves into the heart of resignation

13:03 – The importance of having key people in your life who are supportive of your ambition

14:17 – Kari speaks on the topic of acceptance

19:36 – Paul challenges listeners to go through the week observing how moods affect the ambition of those around them


Links Mentioned:

Kari’s Website

Paul’s Website

Our work is mosaic art. We read, study, and practice many philosophies, methodologies, and modalities of human performance, to ensure that our approach best serves our clients. We would like to acknowledge all of the thought leaders and organizations, whose ground-breaking work has influenced the Granger Network approach – especially Fernando Flores, Jim Selman, Michael C. Jensen, Julio Olalla, Pluralistic Networks, The Newfield Network, and the Strozzi Institute.

Photo Art Credit:
Thank you to Rosie Kerr for the photo used in this week’s episodic artwork! Check out more of her work at: https://unsplash.com/@rosiekerr

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