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Crucial Talks Podcast

Summary: The Crucial Talks Podcast help people understand what drives them and others. Appreciative Inquiry, social identity, and self-categorization are the foundations of the Crucial Talks Podcast's focus on systems, industries, organizations, teams, and people. Questions about human behavior and human performance are answered through episodes about safety, leadership, and communication.

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 Crucial Talks Episode 75: Deb Falzoi on the Epidemic of Workplace Bullying and Abuse | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:18

Mike Sedam talks with Deb Falzoi of Dignity Together about workplace bullying and workplace abuse. This is an epidemic in organizations that can have a major impact on workplace experience. As a result, people can feel marginalized and isolated. Organizations can see a lack of productivity, an increase in health-related issues, and can even open themselves up to liability. People are the most precious resource a company has, and understanding the issue of workplace bullying is the first step in improving the workplace and protecting employees. Visit Deb at For more information from Mike, visit The Crucial Talks Podcast will also be broadcast by from 11 to 3 pm Eastern Time.

 Crucial Talks Episode 74: Me with Jay Allen - A Rebroadcast of Safety FM Ep 55 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:20

This is a rebroadcast of Jay Allen interviewing Mike Sedam on the Safety FM Podcast. Visit The Crucial Talks Podcast will soon be broadcast through SafetyFM and will be available on their website, app, and Amazon Alexa. Regular episodes of the Crucial Talks podcast will still be released every Sunday. I didn't want to interrupt that schedule and the great guests we have coming up that is why this episode is being released mid week. Please visit 

 Crucial Talks Episode 73: Dolores Hirschmann Clarity, People, and Ideas | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42:40

Dolores Hirschmann talks to Mike Sedam about the importance of clarity, people, and ideas. In this episode, we talk about the boundaries set within our own minds. This makes us stay within our safety zone which doesn't help people meet external success. Getting beyond those "fences" helps us excel. Big ideas can overwhelm us or seem too big to tackle, but when people commit to the idea, they can overcome internal boundaries. Nothing starts big, it starts with someone saying yes and consistently taking action. Connect with Dolores and her company, Masters in Clarity, at:  

 Crucial Talks Episode 72: Lawrence Henderson - Bridging the Gap, Life, L.O.V.E., and Leadership | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:34

Lawrence Henderson, the author of Bridging the Gap: Life, LOVE, and Leadership is interviewed by Mike Sedam about leadership and the value of people and relationships. The book can be found on Amazon: Mike and Lawrence discuss what connects people, the importance of "human" in human resources, and storytelling. They also talk about how to reframe what we see in order to establish a mindset that can help us succeed. During the episode, the concept of fear, how people are "pack animals" and the transition that happens when we think about others are all covered. Lawrence can be reached at: His website is: Please visit    

 Crucial Talks Episode 71: Regina McMichael The Safety Training Ninja | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:26

Mike Sedam interviews Regina McMichael, The Saftey Training Ninja. During the episode, Regina discusses how to create safety training that doesn't suck. She talks about the need to have outstanding training so that we can have a positive impact. She wrote the book, The Safety Training Ninja, to help safety professionals provide a more engaging level of training. Her book is available from Amazon: Regina talks about how her journey started with a tragedy and how she learned she can have a broader impact by helping others as she provides training. She's touched the lives of tens of thousands of people through her work. Regina and Mike also talk about the danger when organizations "weaponize" safety training, the importance of understanding if training is or is not necessary following a mishap, and the need to make safety training awesome. Regina can be reached through the following sites: ASSP Link 20% off for members: Please visit Mike at  

 Crucial Talks Episode 70: Carrie Wooten on Cleaning a Toxic Work Environment | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42:40

In this episode, Mike Sedam talks to Carrie Wooten about improving the workplace experience. We've all been there. We've worked in organizations with low trust. We've worked for bosses that only understand transactional leadership that looks a lot like bullying. We've been in groups where co-workers don't trust each other, don't communicate, and don't care. In this episode, Carrie talks to us about the need for trust and communication so that we can have a better workplace experience. One that is vibrant, creative, and trusting. We cover topics such as the need for self-awareness, how to leverage differences, communication between generations, perspective, the importance of the lenses we use to view our worlds, intrinsic motivation, strength in teams, self-fulfillment, and emotions to mention just a few of the important concepts. Carrie has also written a book on self-awareness called: It Starts With Me: A Daily Practice to Mastering Self-Reflection. It is available on Amazon here: You can find Carrie on most social media platforms, just search for @realcarriewooten. Feel free to contact Mike Sedam for any speaking opportunities, consulting, coaching, or just to say hello at  

 Crucial Talks Episode 69: Rob Howze on Networking for a Great Cause | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:13

Mike Sedam talks to Rob Howze about his great program called Campfit where he brings 50 kids together for eight weeks. Rob and his team provide these kids with a wonderful gift: the vision and capacity for success. Rob has been shot (yes, with a bullet) and has worked as a personal trainer, minister, speaker, author, etc. He has done what a lot of us do as people. We take everything we have learned, extract the good parts, and learn from them. Rob has taken his experience and continues to build a legacy that he can pass onto these kids to make the world a better place. This conversation, not only gives us insight into the Campfit program, but the importance of the "why" and the "how" using relationships, vision, and a focus on bringing value. There are powerful lessons behind the "why" of Campfit and the "how" of networking. Find out more about Rob at: and more about Campfit at Please visit Mike Sedam at      

 Crucial Talks Episode 68: Melinda Kelly on Diving Deep Within | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:59

Mike Sedam interviews Melinda Kelly about her journey with self-reflection, self-awareness and honesty. Melinda took a deep dive to find the right coach. She learned from her experience and put what she learned into her book: Finding Your Coach, Diving Deep Within. On Amazon: Her experience shows us the importance of trust and honesty with yourself and with others. For more about Melinda J. Kelly, please visit: Please visit

 Crucial Chat: Goals and Groups - Working Without Pay | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 03:12

This Crucial Chat by Mike Sedam discusses what motivates people to keep going in the face of adversity. During the federal government shutdown, Mike was able to see some federal employees that continue to work without pay. What did he see? The employees were working toward a common goal. They stuck together in their teams. They were still looking out for the mission and the people they serve. What drives these people are the same things that drive us all: 1. People are driven by a goal bigger than themselves. 2. People are driven by having relationships. We can do more together than we can alone and we can deal with bad situations better when we feel we are part of a strong, trusting group. 3. People are driven by the esteem they get from the roles they play. Please visit

 Crucial Talks Episode 67: Leadership and the Hero's Journey with Brian Cunningham | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:33

Mike Sedam welcomes Brian Cunningham back to the Crucial Talks Podcast. In this episode, Brian and Mike talk more theoretically about leadership and how the "Hero's Journey" can help bring people to a new level of performance. The discussion talks about transformation, employee engagement, and emotional decision-making. The discussion includes references to Gary Varynerchuk's discussion about people that may want to try something new because they are unhappy in the workplace and the importance of self-awarness. It also mentions Jill Christensen and her work in employee engagement. Please visit for more information or to have Mike speak at your organization.

 Crucial Chat: Sometimes You Take a Ball to the Face | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 03:36

Mike Sedam brings another short crucial chat with lessons about the importance of roles in our decision-making and behavior. This week as my son's second indoor soccer game. He's eight and hasn't really played before. During the game, he had to play goalie. The first time ever. He had only seen goalies play on television and on video games. As social storytellers we all use prototypes to figure out the behaviors of the roles we play. He did the same thing. He tried his hardest to exhibit the behaviors of the "goalie" prototype he had built in his head. As a result, he did fairly well for never having played the position before. Later in the game he also took a ball right to the face. It was traveling fast enough that it took him off his feet. He popped right back up and wanted to keep playing. Normally, a hit like that would have stunned him and put tears in his eyes. This time was different because his role as "soccer player" was so important to him that he stayed in that role. He was also amongst his team, and we all know that being with others makes us stronger. Finally, I learned that sometimes we take a soccer ball to the face. The important thing is we get back up and keep playing our game. Please visit

 Crucial Talks Episode 66 - Dan Oblinger Life and Death Listening | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:27

Mike Sedam and Dan Oblinger talk about Dan's book, Life or Death Listening: A Hostage Negotiator's How-to Guide to Mastering the Essential Communication Skill. Amazon: Dan is a hostage negotiator, speaker, and trainer that focuses on the essential need to actively listen to others. In this episode, the role of "listener" is discussed as something we need to do in anything we do and in any other role we play. Listening adds value to everything we do. Master listeners excel at eight different listening skills. People should listen more and learn more from listening. Email Dan at: Connect with Dan on LinkedIn: To get in touch with Mike please visit and connect via email, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook.  

 Crucial Talks Episode 65: Douglas Vermeeren - Personal Power Mastery | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:11

Mike Sedam talks with Douglas Vermeeren about his book, Personal Power Mastery. Available from Amazon: Doug has interviewed over 400 of the top achievers of today to write his book. He has focused on people as having power over their choices. People are not always prepared to take the outcome of their lives personal. People need to "own it" and that lets them affect changes in their lives. Choice is our biggest fundamental power. Power is the ability to act or take action. Perception allows people to see possibilities and opportunities. How we see things impacts the decisions we make. Emotions are tied to expectations. To connect with Douglas Vermeeren, visit To connect with Mike Sedam, visit    

 Crucial Talks Best of 2018 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:03

Clips from 2018 episodes of the Crucial Talks Podcast. Have a great 2019. Please stay in touch by visiting  

 Crucial Talks Episode 64: Jason Weber Trust, Relationships, and Self-Awareness in the Real World | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 56:43

Mike Sedam talks to Jason Weber about his enterprise-level experience in the state of Wisconsin. This episode applies to multiple industries in both the public and private sector because it discusses concepts that apply to any human-based system. We discuss the need for trust, how to build relationships, and how self-awareness is necessary to help see another person's or group's point of view. Jason is a training and development manager for Wisconsin, but also has his own consulting company, For more information or to connect with Mike, please visit Remember, if we want to understand behavior, we need to understand what drives people.


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