The McCarthy Show™
Jim and Michele discuss what it means to actually have a team vs. theoretically having a team. They discuss the hypocrisy endemic to all things team and the difficulties of being a boss on your own team.
Unanimous team decisions are the best way to get results. Michele and Jim discuss how it is possible to retain one’s identity while still getting a team to act with a single voice.
Discussion usually costs a lot of team energy but doesn’t move the team toward solving the problem. Precious time and energy are expended in discussions which could be funneled towards action.
People make lots of mistakes, but the key is not to do something you know is dumb on purpose. If you do something or see something dumb, it is your responsibility to stop this waste.
Jim and Michele talk about the evolution of the core and how they have taken their ideas and had them perfected by others over the past decade.
Jim and Michele talk about rewarding employees… Focusing on morale never actually improves morale and wastes time.
Rewarding employees who show the best behaviours is infintely better than rewarding all employees equally.
How to learn anything from others without driving them nuts. A protocol called Investigate is described.
Witness the investigate protocol in action. Jim investigates Michele about how she feels about step parenting.
We all wait for a genius like Mozart or Einstein to show up and change civilization. Jim and Michele discuss how to create a genius by aggregating the intelligence of a team.
Jim and Michele discuss the origin of the Perfection Game and how it makes giving and receiving criticism an enjoyable experience.
Are you getting what you want? Jim and Michele discuss the personal alignment protocol which is critical to getting what you want.
Michele investigates Jim and how his personal alignment is working for him.
Jim and Michele talk about what to do after figuring out your personal alignment.
Fiona and Alex talk with Michele (their Mom) about how they use the protocols in their life.
Jim and Michele talk about what to do if you aren’t getting what you want.
If you are going to live in the forest, you gotta pay the tax. Men are great to work with, but there is always a price to pay. Michele and Jim give tips and tricks on the different types of taxes you can pay to make working with men easier.
Jim and Michele discuss the concept of templates and that people are exactly like their primary care giver, or exactly the opposite. Unless you are aware of this tendency, it will govern your actions.
If you see something happening that you don’t agree with but do nothing, then you are condoning it. You are responsible for what you see around you.
People are more concerned about meeting their budget than making money for the corporation they work for. Jim and Michele examine the fallacies in modern day budgeting.
See yourself as responsible for the financial well being of the corporation that you have contracted to work with. Michele does a great impersonation of someone who complains about their budget.
What is greatness, and what you can do to defeat Osama bin Laden.
Reorgs are a great way to increase stalling. When there are no more stories about why things aren’t getting done, people usually create reorgs to explain their mediocrity.
Everyone has a pixel. Don’t try and control someone’s pixel – let them control it. Get everyone engaged in making the vision happen.
People are willing to proceed as if they can look into a crystal ball and see the future, wasting time and doing the impossible. Jim and Michele give some ideas to get projects done as quick as possible.
Jim and Michele provide great suggestions on how to effectively accomplish project goals.
Is it really worth an organization’s time to spend the majority of their senior executive’s energy getting ready for quarterly analyst meetings? Wouldn’t this time be better spent making a great company? Jim and Michele discuss a better way of handling quarterly analysts meetings.
Most people look at their boss as a parent, doing anything they say and wanting their boss to take care of them at all times. A better way is to look at this relationship is to view your boss as your best customer. This means doing a great job no matter how they act. You perform a service and they pay you for it.
Have you always wondered what the perfect boss was like? Whether you want to find or become the perfect boss, this episode is for you.
Live from Visilia Country. Jim and Michele explore how asking for help can generate enormous returns.
Jim signs up for the great ask for help experiment.
Jim and Michele talk about Action Camp, the latest product from McCarthy Technologies.
Trying to understand how to work with men? Jim and Michele examine the power structures that men live in and how to optimize their performance when working in teams.
For many people it is taboo to talk about the different strengths that men and women bring to the workplace. Not so for Jim and Michele. Each gender brings with it a set of traits that can provide incredible value to a team.
Rachael, a core certified instructor and inventor of decider, joins Jim and Michele this show. She discusses her observations on how to establish the core in a grassroots fashion and various experiments she is trying.
Rachael continues to talk about her experiences with Jim and Michele. They explore bootcamp at work, projection, and her new equation me=team=product.
Rachael sings a song and continues to share thoughts on improving The Core. Improvements to Decider and Check-in are discussed.
Jim and Michele welcome Mark to the show and discuss his Alignment of Beauty.
Michele introduces a new version of decider aimed at making decisions in large groups. If you work with a big team, this podcast shouldn’t be missed.
Michele continues to share her observations on the next generation of decider.
Why are people so afraid to share or talk about their feelings? Jim and Michele illustrate how feeling are essential to high performance teams.
Jim shares tales from his recent trip to Moscow and Kiev.
Many people take simple ideas and pretend they are complicated when they are afraid of the idea.
People need to think for themselves. Jim recounts how someone followed advice he gave 8 years earlier.
Michele shares how to effectively communicate status to customers and bosses.
Jim and Michele discuss how trying to keep people on an Agenda is unproductive.
Most people give their attention to people exhibiting bad behavior. The best way to get results is exactly the opposite – focus on those people giving the best results.
Rebecca’s joins Jim and Michele to talk about her first experience at bootcamp.
Hiring smart people is key to making an organization great. Jim and Michele share what they look for when hiring great people.
Michele’s dad Donald joins the show to talk about firing individuals that don’t perform.
Jim begins a set of updates about his great ask for help experiment.
In this ongoing saga, Jim shares his observations from Russia on Ask For Help.
Jim goes vulnerable and shares his big personal revelation about the power behind asking for help.
We have a great secret we want to share with the world. Listen and help spread our secret.
Jim and Michele show how the natural world containts secrets to teamwork. They discuss how by observing horses and T Cells we can learn much more about teamwork.
Michele and Jim share their wisdom about prioritization and a funny tennis story.
Everyone is a little bit crazy… How much is too much?
Integrity is one of the hardest virtues to maintain at all times. Jim and Michele discuss integrity and explore tough situations we have all faced at work.
Have you ever noticed that only one person is happy in a marriage at one time? Jim and Michele explore this phenomena.
Every product needs a message in order to succeed. Jim and Michele discuss how to create great messages.
The McCarthy family talks about the rules that they use in their family.
A continuing look into the rules that the McCarthy family lives by.
Are pain and sickness an excuse we use when we are afraid of a situation and don’t want to face it?
Trust is a key ingredient in a healthy team. When high levels of trust exist, magic happens.
Jim and Michele talk about the benefits of using One-One meetings as a way of managing teams.
Michele shares her tips on how to ship software that is late.
Jim and Michele talk about how to take team success and map it to individual careers.
People follow leaders who exhibit vulnerability.
Jim and Michele talk about craziness when people deal with their bosses and the chain of management above them.
Jim and Michele discuss receptivity and how it can drastically improve results on a team.
Jim and Michele discuss how people can fall into the trap of thinking something is overly technical when it is really poor communmication skills or someone trying to make themselves sound important.
If you aren’t getting results, then you are in the middle of drama. Jim and Michele talk about how to recognize drama and the issues surrounding it.
Have you ever noticed that even brilliant ideas are rejected by groups? Michele and Jim investigate this phenomenon and share some ideas to help overcome the resistance.
If your boss doesn’t stop you, you have a great boss. What makes a great boss? What is the employee’s accountability if they have a great boss? Learn the rule of thumb for deciding if you have a great boss, and what your responsibilities are if you do.
A protocol for spreading The Core Technology. How could you boot a group in 90 minutes? Jim and Michele walk through the steps of a viral protocol for quickly booting groups.
“The unique unprecedented moment when spirit touches matter…” Guest Patrick McCarthy and Jim discuss the creative process including definitions of creativity, examples of the creative process, and insights into maintaining creative output. View Patrick McCarthy’s paintings at http://www.patrickmccarthygallery.com/
Whatever your reason for holding back a scary or big idea, imagine that each time you choose not to share these ideas, you are limiting your team’s potential for creativity. Even if your idea is unusual or impossible to realize, someone on your team may be able to think of ways to make some version of it realized, or at least it will inspire them to think of a better one.
Guest Rebecca Frame reports on how she introduced The Core Protocols to her team using the new Cheat Sheets.
Pretend your children have all the ideas and you don’t; pretend the only thing you have on them is experience. Pretend that some better state is true and try it out. Jim and Michele talk about the art of pretending and how it can be used at home and work.
What are the qualities of an adult conversation? Jim and Michele discuss ways in which adults communicate, and methods for improving the exchange of information.
Great designers empathize with those who will be using the product. Jim and Michele work through some design ideas and talk about the importance of a shared vision and techniques for improving the design process.
Pretend we are designed to connect with others at a high-bandwidth, high-intimacy level. Pretend that the impulse to be with people who are just like you is a self-destructive primitive impulse. Pretend diversity is the secret to success.
Jim and Michele talk about art as a means to connect with, and learn from, your unconscious (greater) self. Pretend there are no mistakes in art. Pretend mistakes are where your greater self is trying to break through. When you create art your greater self is unrepressed – access your greater self and accept the flow of genius.
Jim and Michele talk about parenting ideas including their opinions on spanking and manifesting non-violence in the family.
Michele investigates Jim’s work on his Personal Alignment of self-awareness, and Jim describes his recent emphasis on humility.
Jim and Michele introduce the new series about the Core Commitments, a constitution for results-oriented behavior. They share their ideas on what engaged behavior is and how to achieve it as they discuss the first subsection of “Engage when present” – “Know and disclose what I want, what I think, and what I feel”.
The series on the Core Commitments continues by addressing the next two subsections of “Engage when present”: “Always seek effective help” and “Decline to offer and refuse to accept incoherent emotional transmissions”. Seeking effective help is something everyone can improve upon and strengthens relationships. It helps you build trust and become more trustworthy. When you seek effective help you come away as more powerful, more enriched. Jim and Michele also discuss incoherent emotional transmissions – how to recognize when you are behaving in a way that is incoherent and what to do about it.
Jim and Michele discuss the last two subsections of the Core Commitment “Engage when present”: “When I have or hear a better idea than the currently prevailing idea, I will immediately either i) propose it for decisive acceptance or rejection, and/or ii) explicitly seek its improvement” and “Personally support the best idea i) regardless of its source, ii) however much I hope an even better idea may later arise, and iii) when I have no superior alternative idea”.
Commitments two, three, and four of the Core Commitments are explored: “Seek to perceive more than I seek to be perceived”, “Use teams, especially when undertaking difficult tasks” and “Speak always and only when I believe it will improve the general results/effort ratio”, “Offer and accept only rational, results-oriented behavior and communication” and “Disengage from less productive situations: When I cannot keep these commitments, When it is more important that I engage elsewhere”.
Commitments seven through eleven of the Core Commitments are explored: “Do now what must be done eventually and can effectively be done now”, “Seek to move forward toward a particular goal, by biasing my behavior toward action”, “Use the Core Protocols (or better) when applicable” (with “Offer and accept timely and proper use of the Protocol Check protocol without prejudice”), “Neither harm—nor tolerate the harming of—anyone for his or her fidelity to these commitments” and “Never do anything dumb on purpose”.
If you are having emotional behavior that you think is driven by the belief that someone else (or a group) is thinking ill of you then consider that you might not be seeing the situation clearly. The other person’s behavior may be driven by an entirely different motivation. Jim and Michele share ideas on how you can have a productive loving life by overcoming narcissistic emotional triggers using protocols like Perfection Game and Investigate.
The new Defense Secretary fired the Army Secretary for a defensive and poor response to a serious problem. How do people fall into defensive behavior patterns? How can you reduce defensiveness in your own life? The Core Commitments and Core Protocols can help you identify when you are acting defensive and how to act with integrity.
The goodness of an idea is not sufficient enough to get it executed. Get your team aligned around great ideas and then make it happen. Jim and Michele talk about a new team protocol that will get boss support for an idea, and that will propagate that support to the entire organization.
The Core is like a good virus delivering systemic insights. With more people running The Core, the insights exponentially grow; it is an algorithm for reaching your full potential as an individual and as part of a team. This podcast also has updates on the three-person Bootcamp Rachel Rutherford was involved in at Microsoft, and the continued results of Rachel’s Grassroots Booting efforts (see episodes 35, 36 and 37). With guest Rachel Rutherford.
Be where you want to be, not where you are supposed to be. Be there because you choose to be there. The freedom of The Core allows you to align by passion and engage in what you love. Other ideas and topics in this podcast include: fractal aspects of a block, results of a recent 11-person Bootcamp at Microsoft, and the question “what does greatness taste like”? With guest Rachel Rutherford.
The head gap cost is the cost to the team for one person to have access to another team member’s gifts as if they were their own, and vice versa. Jim and Michele discuss how to reduce a team’s head gap cost – increasing the flow of virtues and the combination of geniuses.
The Pass Protocol is the most important of all the protocols, and is at the center of the Core System. This simple protocol ensures that your freedom of choice is not neglected at any time; there is no point at which you are not accountable for the results of your choices. The Pass Protocol helps a team achieve greatness by raising the accountability and responsibility of each team member for the decisions they make.
In their 100th episode Jim and Michele cover a variety of topics. Ideas about Checking In and Checking Out, maturity, awareness, presence, prioritizing, dynamic project management, and happiness are discussed.
The Check In Protocol is an interpersonal connectivity process – it is a method for each person on a team to manage emotions, presence, and their intention to support and adhere to The Core Commitments. Jim and Michele walk through Check In and provide examples and anecdotes of the protocol in use. Check In as deeply as possible; the depth of the group’s Check In translates directly to the quality of the group’s results.
If you realize you are in an inefficient meeting or in a discussion that is going nowhere you have a method of improving the situation: Check Out. The Check Out Protocol requires you to remove yourself if you are in an unproductive situation. If you, or people you are with, are not fully present or if there is someplace else that it would be better for you to be then you should Check Out and do what you need so that you can Check In again. Jim and Michele walk through the protocol and discuss some of the situations in which Checking Out should be used, and provide anecdotes of how Check Out has helped in a range of situations such as family interactions, anger management, and meeting efficiency.
Jim and Michele discuss tips for meeting more effectively. Learn how to reduce the amount of time you spend in unproductive discussion and how to have efficient meetings with measurable outcomes.
Solving a problem can be categorized into four levels with the first and most basic level being the sensory level. The next level is being intellectually aware that what you sense is a problem. Third is understanding that there are multiple options for solving the problem, and the fourth level is implementing the best option. Jim and Michele talk about different types of problems, the problem solving process, and “outcome based motivation”.
Jim and Michele discuss a variety of topics related to energy management such as indications of energy-draining meetings, energy conservation techniques, and the idea of partnering with someone else to monitor each other’s energy.
The product is the team, the team is the product – but what really defines a team at it’s most basic level, Jim and michele dicuss some Before you set out to make a great team, are you even working as a team?
Jim and Michele discuss how it is common to ignore the existence and overwhelming power of the unconscious.
Jim and Michele review the Ask For Help Protocol.
How to use a Decider-like method to get a team into alignment around a better idea that some get and some do not.
As a leader it is crucial that you get help with your blindspots. Jim and Michele also talk about ways to talk to a leader about his or her self-destructive tendencies.
Jim and Michele podcast from the first Seattle area BootLuck. They interview Ben Ellinger, a BootCamp grad who creates games at Microsoft and teaches at the Digipen Institute.
Jim and Michele talk about how our culture tends to reward pure effort. They propose a better idea; rewarding results and minimizing effort.
The Protocol Check protocol is covered.
The Intention Check protocol is covered.