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Apr 1, 2020

Jim and Jan watched Tom Hanks in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, which portrayed a real-life friendship between Mr. Fred Rogers and journalist Lloyd Vogel. The leadership, moral and philosophical lessons were many, and Jim & Jan recount their favorites. Listen in to hear what Jim & Jan saw as the most important lesson in the movie for leaders - now more than ever. 


Key Takeaways

[3:25] Mr. Rogers had the ability to intently listen and demonstrate true caring for the other person.

[4:25] Leadership is the ability to move people emotionally.

[5:55] Jim is not a big fan of active listening. It involves repeating answers back to people. When it comes to listening, he prefers curiosity and asking great questions.

[6:50] Mr. Rogers had a genuine curiosity and took the time to observe people.

[9:55] It’s a gift to be able to share someone’s burden just by listening to them.

[12:10] William Deresiewicz said, “Introspection means talking to yourself, and one of the best ways of talking to yourself is by talking to another person.”

[13:30] If you forgive a jerk at work, they’re just going to keep doing the same thing again. Jan shares why past guest Dr. Tom Morris believes forgiveness is the highest form or moral leadership.

[15:05] The real test of a leader’s effectiveness is when it does not come from a place of legitimate authority.

[17:25] Mr. Rogers was able to break through to the jaded reporter, Lloyd Vogel, by being incredibly giving, tenacious, and present.

[20:20] Many of the bad behaviors we see in the workplace are due to levels of insecurity.

[24:25] If you want to be great, you have to go to the next level of being really caring and understanding for others.

[28:10] Find the good in others. It’s that simple... and that hard.

[28:35] During this crisis, you might find that you do not like who you are. The good news is, you can manage your responses.

[34:00] Humans are wired to come together in crisis, or else we wouldn’t have survived this long.

[35:35] Jim and Jan are excited to hear from you! Reach out and let them know what your ideas are for future shows!


Quotable Quotes

  • “One of the greatest gifts we can give is our attention.”
  • “Good listening is curiosity.”
  • “Through your actions, you will change that other person. You’re not going to change them by having a conversation with them.”
  • “Forgiveness is as much for you as it is for the other person.”
  • “Being good takes work.”
  • “Anything mentionable is manageable.”


Resources and Books Mentioned


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