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Peter Block Podcasts

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14 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Peter Block. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Peter Block, often where they are interviewed.

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14 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Peter Block. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Peter Block, often where they are interviewed.

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Flawless Consulting with Peter Block

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Today we review the key lessons from Peter Block’s book: Flawless Consulting. We dive into interpersonal relationships, analyzing things objectively for optimal results and getting your expertise used. Enjoy and apply!


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Aug 10 2020 · 10mins
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Are You Powered by Connections? with Peter Block

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Peter Block is an author and citizen of Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of nine books including Community: The Structure of Belonging, The Abundant Community with John McKnight and coauthor of An Other Kingdom. His work is in the restoration of the common good and creating a world that reclaims our humanity from the onslaught of modernism.

In this week’s episode, Peter Block explains why listening and connecting are the core leadership strategies needed in workplaces today, how to work with cynics, and what the key questions and conversations have been in his work as an organizational turned community development practitioner-scholar.

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You’ll Learn:
  • [03:32] - Peter explains why listening is a core capacity needed in workplaces today and why being a role model or visionary leader is not necessary.
  • [06:58] - Peter explains what conversations are necessary in shifting organizational narratives.
  • [08:58] - Peter shares how he assesses whether an organization is ready to have a new more positive change conversation.
  • [11:30] - Peter explains what helps him understand concepts like emergence and complex adaptive systems.
  • [12:31] - Peter explains why it’s important to live with uncertainty and side with the cynics.
  • [15:01] - Peter shares why creating wellbeing and change is all about connection.
  • [15:37] - Peter completes the Lightning Round.
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Until next time, take care!  Thank you Peter!

Feb 27 2020 · 18mins

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John McKnight And Peter Block

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In this episode, Bruce Anderson from the Core Gift Institute talks with John McKnight and Peter Block, authors of The Abundant Community.

Peter and John started from different roots in their pursuit of community-building. Peter began his work as one of the pioneers in organizational development, helping organizations create clarity around vision and move forward together. John began his work with a civil-rights focus, working with the ACLU and affirmative action programs. Both of them are elders and anchors in their respective fields, have written extensively, and mentored countless others through their generous commitment to continuous learning and shared knowledge. Fuller biographies are available at the Abundant Community website, peterblock.com, and the Asset-Based Community Development Institute.

More recently, their interests and language are merging around a fundamental question they both share: “How can communities of all kinds see and use the gifts of all community members to create abundance and possibility within.” They joined forces in recent years to author Abundant Community and frequently speak and work together.

Find out more about the Core Gift Institute by visiting our website, www.coregift.org

Thanks to Jeff Hoyt at Hoyt’s Greater Community Radio for vocal additions.

This episode was produced by Laura Byng, with music by Benson.
Dec 06 2019 · 50mins
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#69 – The Power of Community with Peter Block

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It's a new month as we turn into September 2019 and that means a new theme for our podcasts and for our conversations in MLC, our Modern Learners Community. Podcastwise, I'm a little sad that our dive into the theme of Story in August is over. What I've learned is that we tell stories in schools in more ways that we realize, and that the narratives that we create have a huge influence on how kids and teachers experience school on a daily basis. I really hope you enjoyed that series.

But now we're moving on to our next theme, "Community." It's another one of those words that we use often but don't fully define when it comes to our systems and practice. And At a moment in the world when so many things seem to be moving apart, we want to take a look at how we might work to bring things together, to create closer bonds, especially of course in the context of schools. In other words, what does learning within community look like, and what practical steps can we take to make community, rather than individuals, the operating system of schools.

Just a reminder, we do have some structure to this. As we do each month, we'll use the four parts of our Modern Learners Lens to guide our podcast conversations. This week, we'll focus on how community is built on our beliefs. Next week, we'll ask how our ideas about community are changing given the modern contexts we live in. Our third framing will be around classroom practice; what happens when the community becomes the curriculum? And finally, we'll explore how cultures in schools change when community is placed at the center.

I can't tell you how excited I am to kick off this series with the person who wrote the book on community, literally, Peter Block. Through his company Designed Learning, Peter has worked with thousands of people to use the community-building skills he writes about. And let me just say that his book "The Answer to How? is Yes" should be on every school leaders list who is looking to engage in meaningful conversations around change.

In this episode, Peter and I discuss the definition of community, the ways in which schools are focused on competition and individualism, and how to build a different narrative for what learning looks like in schools. Be prepared to be challenged and inspired all at once.

Hope you enjoy it, and don't forget, if you like what you hear, be sure to subscribe and give us a rating and review on your favorite podcast app.

Real fast, inside of MLC+ this month, we are discussing Peter's book. Join us!
Sep 03 2019 · 41mins

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#13. Peter Block (Author of Flawless Consulting and the Abundant Community)

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#13. November 5, 2018. Peter Block, a 78-year-old master of public sector governance consulting and someone passionate about communities, joins me from Cincinnati on a far-ranging, wisdom-filled conversation. Peter has been my mentor and friend. He has been working with John McKnight and Walter Brueggemann on the Economics of Compassion and the Jubilee Project in Cincinnati.


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Nov 06 2018 · 40mins
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EP151 - Author and Community Champion, Peter Block: Connect to Others & Connect to Yourself

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How big’s your community, your tribe, your social circle? In a physical sense, it can consist of everyone within walking distance of where you reside. In a psychological sense, your community can be those who play key roles in your journey. But is this communal sense of belonging essential to your way of life? Author and neighborhood champion, Peter Block breaks down why having a community is critical to all humanity-- starting with you.

Peter’s a partner at Design Learning, a training company that offers workshops designed to build the skills outlined in his books. He’s the author of Flawless Consulting, Stewardship, The Answer to How Is Yes and Community. Peter is part of the economics of compassion initiative of Greater Cincinnati and is a member of his local neighborhood council. He serves on the boards of Elements in Urban Arts Center, and Live Person, a provider of online engagement solutions. Peter’s work focuses on the restoration of the common good and creating a world that reclaims our humanity from the onslaught of modernism.

Discover how your connection to others is the first step to connecting to yourself!

Key takeaways:

The re-introduction. When you rewatch the shows from the 50s, the sense of community is there. People are friendly with their neighbors, they go on vacations with co-workers, and they even know their mailman by name. Times have changed. Go HERE to discover what the new sense of community looks like now…[05:43].

The changed perception. What does your world, your surrounding neighborhood, and those within it look like? Is there something you’re missing? Are others seeing something you’re not? How you interpret your world might sound like an insider’s job, but it’s not. THIS is who you need and why…[13:50].

The neighborhood welcome. All too often we find ourselves stuck in the notion of where do I even turn? But the choice is ours. Creating a new path to belonging, to a communal dynamic that enriches and supports, is simple if you know where to start. Get the ball rolling by asking this ONE question…[20:37].

The generous perception. Generosity is a critical element to connecting to others; but it’s not as simple as the notion of giving. We all have the intrinsic ability to be selfless and kind. Ready to learn something new? Allow your generous nature to help you build relatedness by giving THIS a try…[29:21].

Tune in and turn the volume up for a dose of inspiration and life lessons. You're never more than One Idea Away from a whole, new reality.

Aug 07 2018 · 47mins
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Interview with Peter Block

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Full disclosure: We prerecorded this episode. In our opinion, it is phenomenal. Peter Block is just incredible. Do yourself and your customers and your neighbors and your family, a favor and give this one a listen.

This episode is dedicated to the possibility that a professional can increase their effectiveness in working with their customers (not clients) if they adopt some of behaviors espoused by Peter Block. Adopting these behaviors is not easy as it requires us to think differently than we have in the past. If you believe you can think a bit differently about your professional relationships, you are invited to listen to this episode.
Mar 16 2018 · 56mins
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Remember, Episode 7 - Peter Block: The Structure of Belonging

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My guest for today’s episode is author and consultant, Peter Block. Peter has written a number of books, including Community: The Structure of Belonging, which I read recently and learned a lot from.

What I love about Peter’s book is that it doesn’t just focus on our interactions; it tackles the cultural assumptions and practices that have created the fragmentation that make it difficult to build cohesive communities. It challenges common beliefs about what makes a leader and the most effective ways to bring about change. And, it provides important insights and practical steps to help us build the communities we want to live in.

http://peterblock.com/ commongood.cc/

Intro/outro music, recorded with permission: "Joe Metro," by Blue Scholars.
Feb 27 2018 · 34mins
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328: How to Deal with Opponents and Adversaries, with Peter Block

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Peter Block: The Empowered Manager
Peter Block is an author, consultant, and citizen of Cincinnati, Ohio. His work is about empowerment, stewardship, chosen accountability, and the reconciliation of community. He is the author of several best-selling books, including Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used*, Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest*, and The Empowered Manager: Positive Political Skills at Work*.
Key Points

We become “political” at the moment we attempt to translate our vision into action.
Leadership is the capacity to initiate an alternative future.
Most organizations are conflict-averse.
Being “political” wasn’t always a bad thing. The meaning has been distorted.
Pursue your interests but in a way that honors the interests of others.
Power comes from a willingness to be vulnerable.
When you’re vulnerable, all you’re doing is acknowledging what the world already knows.
As soon as people start complaining, they’ve chosen helplessness.
When we have strong negative reactions to people, it’s our projection.

Types of people in the workplace:

Allies = high agreement / high trust
Opponents = high trust / low agreement
Bedfellows = low trust / high agreement
Adversaries = low trust / low agreement
Fence Sitters = low trust / unknown agreement

Resources Mentioned

The Empowered Manager: Positive Political Skills at Work* by Peter Block
Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used* by Peter Block
The Empowered Manager: Positive Political Skills at Work* by Peter Block

Book Notes
Download my highlights from The Empowered Manager in PDF format (free membership required).
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Dec 18 2017 · 36mins
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208: Peter Block: Freeing Yourself from Consumer Culture

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Peter Block pursues the big questions in his life. What does that mean? Well, after listening to this episode, you'll know and I'll bet you'll do it, too. Peter has such a way with words that when he chooses them and puts them together, deep, profound wisdom is conveyed. It may be 4 words he speaks, but the truth behind them humans have experienced since the beginning of time. In this episode, he introduces you to perspectives on the free market consumer ideology that will set you free. Does it sound like I'm overpromising? You be the judge. (Hint: I'm not).

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 Peter Block is an author, consultant and citizen of Cincinnati, Ohio. His work is about empowerment, stewardship, chosen accountability, and the reconciliation of community.

Peter is the author of several best selling books. The most widely known being Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used.  In addition, he has published Community: The Structure of Belonging, The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods, and The Answer to How Is Yes: Acting on What Matters

The books are about ways to create workplaces and communities that work for all. They offer an alternative to the patriarchal beliefs that dominate our culture. His work is to bring change into the world through consent and connectedness rather than through mandate and force.

He is a partner in Designed Learning, a training company that offers workshops designed by Peter to build the skills outlined in his books. He received a Masters Degree in Industrial Administration from Yale University in 1963; he performed his undergraduate work at the University of Kansas.

Peter serves on the Boards of Directors of Cincinnati Classical Public Radio; Elementz, a Hip Hop center for urban youth; and LivePerson, a provider of online engagement solutions. He is on the Advisory Board for the Festival in the Workplace Institute, Bahamas. He is the first Distinguished Consultant-in-Residence at Xavier University. With other volunteers in Cincinnati, Peter began A Small Group, whose work is to create a new community narrative and to bring his work on civic engagement into being.

His latest book is called: An Other Kingdom: Departing the Consumer Culture

In This Interview, Peter Block and I Discuss...

  • The Wolf Parable
  • His book, An Other Kingdom: Departing the Consumer Culture
  • "I shop, therefore I am"
  • The 4 pillars of the free market consumer ideology under which we live: Scarcity, Certainty, Perfection, and Privatisation
  • If we believe in scarcity, then it's "I win, You loose" or "You win, I lose"
  • The scarcity mindset is a lie
  • We are drawn to leaders who give us the feeling of certainty
  • "A high control civilization"
  • The longing for perfection, or "Is something wrong with me?"
  • Privatisation, or the implementation of Scarcity, Certainty, and Perfection
  • Privatisation says that you cannot trust the collective
  • In order to live the first 3 pillars, it's me vs the government
  • Perhaps, rather than happiness, freedom, and meaning are the point
  • The importance of having a purpose
  • Have we rendered our youth and the elderly purposeless?
  • The problem with consumerism is that no matter how much you have, it's never enough
  • The creation of modernism
  • Neighborliness and Covenant
  • His book, The Answer to How is Yes
  • That questions bring us together and answers alienate us
  • That sadness isn't a problem to be solved, rather, part of being human
  • If someone can convince you that something is wrong with you, they have control over you

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Dec 13 2017 · 41mins