Walking with the Bible & Constitution, Where Faith and Politics Converge: A Conversation with Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

In this episode of Suite Talk we sit down with U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver of Kansas City, MO for a serious, yet at times playful, conversation about faith, family, creative expression and social justice.

Congressman Cleaver has worn many hats during the past four decades—City Councilman, Mayor, radio talk show host, husband and father—all while pastoring the St. James United Methodist Church in Kansas City.

Like his hometown standing at the confluence of two powerful rivers, Congressman Cleaver has spent his life navigating mighty forces at the intersection of secular and sacred worlds. He offers a unique perspective our current social and political landscape.

Some of what we learn include: what he does to relax (get ready for this one), how to talk God and what it’s like to watch your son come into his own.

Lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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Consciously Curated: Sharpening Focus, The World is Watching, Trumpland

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Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

The Art of Manliness: 11 Ways to Strengthen Your Attention
“Try to attend steadfastly to a dot on the paper or on the wall. You presently find that one or the other of two things has happened: either your field of vision has become blurred, so that you now see nothing distinct at all, or else you have involuntarily ceased to look at the dot in question, and are looking at something else. But, if you ask yourself successive questions about the dot,—how big it is, how far, of what shape, what shade of color, etc.; in other words, if you turn it over, if you think of it in various ways, and along with various kinds of associates,—you can keep your mind on it for a comparatively long time. This is what the genius does, in whose hands a given topic coruscates and grows.”

Mic: Music for Your Mind and More
“What we found was the more a child trained on an instrument,” Hudziak told the Washington Post, “it accelerated cortical organization in attention skill, anxiety management and emotional control.”

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Suite Talk: Leading to Follow, A Lesson in Leading, Following, Life and Death

 

Acacia Bamberg Salatti

In this episode of Suite Talk, Acacia Bamberg Salatti shares how she learned that sometimes the best thing you can do is to let another shine.

“I was the supporting actor in a long running sitcom,” she says. “My job was to make the stars of the show look good and not mess up the plot.”

In the course of caring for her ailing parents, Acacia gains powerful insights about subduing ego, learning your strengths and weaknesses, and when leaders need to follow.

We recently sat down with Acacia to explore in greater depth the myriad issues raised in this piece. You can find the conversation, broken in two parts here and here.

We invite you to lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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Suite Talk: Interview with Executive Coach Matt Cross of Performance Applied

Matt Cross, founder of Performance Applied

In this episode of Suite Talk we hear from Matt Cross, the founder of Performance Applied, which provides executive coaching for rising leaders.

Our conversation focuses on the differences between management and leadership and how you can apply a leader’s mindset not just in the workplace, but in all areas of your life.

Matt’s mission is to help you perform at a higher level by keeping you out of the weeds and focused on what matters most! Check out his nifty five-day action plan to help you take stock of where you are and where you want to go.

An expert in organizational psychology and leadership, Matt has an intense curiosity for how individuals win the inner game and perform at their peak.

Here’s some of the material referenced in our conversation:

We’ll hear from Matt again soon, but for now, lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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Consciously Curated: Dying Alone, What Parents Read, Careless Whispers, Coming Back and Funky Grandma

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Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

NY Times: Social Isolation is Killing Us

Social isolation is a growing epidemic — one that’s increasingly recognized as having dire physical, mental and emotional consequences. Since the 1980s, the percentage of American adults who say they’re lonely has doubled from 20 percent to 40 percent.

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Thoughts on America, on this day

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Photo by Edewaa Fosterhttp://iipixphotography.com

My oldest son, Middleton, was born on July 4th in Washington DC. A few hours, later fireworks erupted in celebration across our nation—I’d like to think in honor of him.

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