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“We have choices about how we show up, about the choices we make, and what we do. It’s there that we can start to listen to that deepest, highest part of ourselves. When we do, when we live in this “Full Body YES.” Then we light ourselves up and that light then reflects against everybody else’s light, and we light them up as well.” – Scott Shute 

Are you maximizing the time you spend doing the things you really care about? Today’s Finding Brave guest reveals how you can discover what is most important to you and why, which will set you on the path to empower yourself by zeroing in on your strengths and inner self.

Scott Shute is the Head of Mindfulness and Compassion Programs at LinkedIn and has been an active advocate for customers and employees in the technology space for over 20 years, with roles ranging from sales, customer advocacy and customer service leadership. While serving as LinkedIn’s Vice President of Global Customer Operations, Scott managed a team of over 1,000 employees before switching gears to combine his long-time passions for practical leadership practices and operations experience. Scott’s mission to change work from the inside out by mainstreaming mindfulness and operationalizing compassion has lent to his leadership style and allowed him to live in the intersection of the workplace and ancient wisdom practices. 

As Scott shares, by understanding that you have a choice to give a “Full Body YES” to what you really want, you’ll realize the amount of control you truly have in your life. The key is to realize that at all times it is your responsibility to take the reins of your life and move towards your own destiny, whatever that may look like to you. 

Highlights from this Episode: 

  • Scott’s experience with “failure” that ultimately led to him to gaining employment with LinkedIn [5:12]

  • What he feels has contributed the most to the tremendous success he has achieved in his career [7:18]

  • Why building true connection with others is so important to Scott, and what he believes holds most people back from doing this [10:44]

  • What “toxic positivity” is all about, and the harmful impact it can have [16:51]

  • The way Scott would handle a situation with someone who is damaging the culture of the organization [20:01]

  • His fascinating view of the “inner self” [20:54]

  • How Scott leads others while teaching the value of mindfulness and compassion in his daily work [22:54]

  • What we can all do to start operationalize compassion in today’s corporate setting [26:37]

  • The “Full Body YES” and the power that choice has in our lives [31:55]

  • Scott’s 4-step process taking responsibility for the choices we make [35:13]

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New Book, The Full Body Yes: Change Your Work and Your World from the Inside Out (May 2021

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My 2 Books Were Honored This Month in “100 Great Books in Leadership!”

I’m absolutely thrilled and honored to be included in a powerful new list of “100 Great Books” in the leadership space, from the journal Leader to Leader, compiled by Bruce Rosenstein, Managing Editor of Leader to Leader, celebrating his 10th anniversary in that role and the 100th issue. The journal is co-published by Wiley and The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Forum.  This list is a perfect place to start if you want to read about every aspect of essential leadership today. I’m thrilled to see many of my friends and colleagues in the leadership space on this list as well, including the illustrious Herminia Ibarra, Chip Conley, Marshall Goldsmith, Whitney Johnson, Guy Kawasaki, Bev Kaye, Debbe Kennedy, Jim Kouzes, Tom Rath, Michael Stallard, Sally Helgesen, and Daniel Goleman.                                                                                       ___________________________________________________________

Other resources mentioned:

Scott’s LinkedIn Learning Course, Essentials of Mindfulness and Compassion 

All of His Courses on InsightTimer

Firms of Endearment: How World-Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose by Raj Sisodia, David Wolfe & Jag Sheth

Finding Brave Episode 173 with Paul Marciano

Kathy’s Power Gaps Survey & Support To Build Your LinkedIn Profile To Great Success

Her TEDx Talk, Time To Brave Up & Free Career Path Self-Assessment

Kathy’s Amazing Career Project video training course & 6 Dominant Action Styles Quiz

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“I have always loved roles where I could be a coach, a mentor or a teacher.” [7:18]

“I’ve been living and teaching mindfulness and compassion, without using those words, for my entire career. I just found an environment where that message could sing.” [8:16]

“When we find somebody who we can give our whole selves to, we can really be there with them and draw the entire iceberg into full view. That is a beautiful thing, and those are friends you hold the most dear.” [13:43]

“When we [as leaders] share our own challenges, that gives our employees and peers license to have real conversations.” [14:23]

“No matter how high of a performer a person is, if they’re a jerk you have to set the example and remove that person. If you really care about your culture, there’s no compromise on that.” [20:16] 

“There’s the deeper part of ourselves, I think, that is the real us. When we listen and tap into that part of ourselves, life just goes better.” [21:26]

“Every moment of our lives, if we take from our perspective of choice, we put ourselves in the driver seat. We can move from being a victim to a player in our own lives.” [34:11]

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