Middle Path – Resources

Brené Brown – What's the Difference between Empathy and Sympathy?
Victor Frankl – Youth in Search of Meaning

Researcher and best-selling author, Brené Brown, offers valuable insights on the differences between empathy and sympathy. She reminds us that genuine empathic connections require courage.

Psychiatrist, philosopher and Holocaust survivor, Victor Frankl, speaks to students about the importance of our search for meaning and a way to help others become their best selves.

(1) The Gap
(2) The Hero's Journey Intro and the Knower Trap

Chris Holmberg, creator of Leadership and the Middle Path, explains the dissatisfaction gap, and the importance of making changes not at the level of knowing, but at the level of being.

Chris Holmberg, creator of Leadership and the Middle Path, introduces the Hero’s Journey and explains the first of the three traps we tend to fall into when solving problems.

(3) The Victim Trap
(4) The Sucker's Choice and the Completion of the Journey

Chris Holmberg, creator of Leadership and the Middle Path, explains the Victim Trap, the importance of mutual accountability, and how we can use language to get out of the trap.

Chris Holmberg, creator of Leadership and the Middle Path, explains the sucker's choice and talks about facing our internal enemies, wining and success and the completion of the hero's journey.

(5) Problem Solving and the Hero's Journey – Sensing and Seeking

Chris Holmberg, creator of Leadership and the Middle Path, simplifies the hero’s journey and maps it to a powerful four-step problem-solving model—sensing, seeking, solving and starting.

Maya Angelou – On Winning and Success

Maya Angelou talks about what it means to "just do right" and offers advice on how to live in a way that both satisfies your soul and makes the world a better place—right where you are. 

"Whoa. That's Not Good" – The Victim Trap

A brilliant commercial from Ogilvy shows two people stuck in the victim trap. We laugh or smile at them, and yet metaphorically how often do we get stuck in situations of this nature?

Winning, Success and the Derek Redmond Story

When thinking about winning and success—where 'winning' is defined as a focus on outcomes and 'success' is about how I choose to conduct myself—Derek Redmond's Barcelona-story has a lot to offer.

The Hero's Journey – An Introduction

Author and speaker Matthew Winkler and his team of animators offer a fantastic summary of the hero's journey and it's application to our lives.

Moyers and Campbell on Mythology, the Major Religions and Star Wars

Bill Moyers and Joseph Campbell discuss mythology, the three major religions and the influence of the hero's journey on George Lucas' Star Wars (Episode IV).

Brené Brown – On Vulnerability

Brené Brown on the importance of human connection. In this poignant and entertaining talk, she emphasizes our collective need to be seen and heard, and to know and believe that we are enough.

Coach John Wooden on Winning and Success

He's a bit rapid-fire in his delivery at times, and yet with profound simplicity, John Wooden (inimitable, record-setting coach of UCLA Bruins) offers a new way to think about success and encourages us to seek the best in ourselves and others.

Sherry Turkle – On "Reclaiming Conversation"

Clinical psychologist, Sherry Turkle, makes a compelling case that children develop better, students learn better and employees perform better when their mentors set good examples and carve out spaces for face-to-face interactions.

Inside Man – The Sucker's Choice

A clip from the movie Inside Man shows two characters who have chosen power over principle, and placed their shadow values ahead of doing what’s right.

Henry V – Saint Crispin's Day Speech

When looking for inspiration on how to communicate about vision, mission, values or purpose, it's hard to find a better example than Shakespeare's Henry V preparing his men for battle. This video starts with his pre-speech soliloquy.

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