CategoryThink Queerly Podcast

Think Queerly is a podcast about human-hearted leadership for queer-thinking people where I share my insights as a coach and thought leader through an intersection of self-examination, queerness, neuroscience, and my study of the Tao Te Ching. My intention is to help you see the world differently, to think queerly, to lead from your uniqueness, and to create solutions for the betterment of humanity that impacts the world.

 

4 Questions to Determine What You Need to Let Go Of

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When you prioritize what’s most important, instead of what needs to get done, you reduce frustration and increase joy. Recently, I had a conversation with a friend and colleague. We got to talking about our work schedules and he told me that he’s changing how he works during the week. He will complete all client work and administration on Mondays...

How to Create Trust and Certainty in Challenging Times

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The Covid-19 pandemic is social disruption like we’ve never seen before The Covid-19 Pandemic is challenging all of us to remain calm, to not slide into doubt, fear, and the darkness of depression, or worse, to lash out in frustration, anger, and desperation. You might even say, “Well, Darren, how could we not?” While some of us are more...

Seizures, Tears, and Chasing Thieves: Getting Certainty In Overwhelming Times

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COVID-19 reveals how some things change while others become more apparent In this episode, I share a few stories about two incidents that I’ve been a part of over the last few weeks that have had a profound impact on my understanding and observations of human behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic. The biggest challenge lately has been what some...

Owning the Problem Is the Nature of Personal Responsibility

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If we don’t work on ourselves to understand our true nature, we will never understand human nature in others Personal responsibility is the practice of managing our ego and recognizing that not doing so is a lack of self-awareness, and thus limiting of one’s personal growth and social well-being. When you realize that the ego prefers excuses as a...

Timeless Wisdom in a Pandemic: Give Up the Need for Control

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A Meditation on Verse 20 of the “Tao Te Ching” — what it can tell us about the COVID-19 Pandemic Do you want to improve the world?I don’t think it can be done. The world is sacred.It can’t be improved.If you tamper with it, you’ll ruin it.If you treat it like an object, you’ll lose it. There is a time for being ahead,a time for being...

If Ever There Were a Time to Tell the Truth…

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Why the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown is the pivotal moment to choose to be free by discerning your truth. This is a powerful thought experiment prompt that could reveal far more about who you are, now during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown than at any other time. “If ever there were a time to tell the truth, what do I need to say? Who do I...

Why Gay Shame Is Your Superpower

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Diversity is a gift of uniqueness and creativity When did you realize that you had to forgive yourself first, before anyone else, for your gay shame? Gay shame is a term used (and possibly coined) by Alan Downs, author of The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing up Gay in a Straight Man’s World. Downs worked as a therapist for gay men, many...

HIV/AIDS in Contrast with the COVID-19 Pandemic — Lessons in History

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Think Queerly Podcast Leadership Discussion — TQ125 EPISODE SUMMARY What are the similarities and differences between the HIV and COVID-19 pandemics? In what ways are they comparable? Might it be offensive or “triggering” to those who survived the HIV/AIDS pandemic to compare COVID-19 to this period in time? EPISODE NOTES In this Think Queerly...

Who Do You Want to Be During the Covid-19 Pandemic?

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How can you be the best version of yourself during this time of unprecedented disruption? Think Queerly Podcast, Episode 122 Show Notes We are all trying to do and be our best, respect physical distancing, staying at home, and keeping ourselves and those we love safe from infection. But what happens when we read too much news, or get caught up in...

A Novel Pandemic — How a Virus Could Unite Humanity

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Thinking queerly about social evolution as a result of a crisis. I’m seeing hints of the possibility that the COVID-19 pandemic could become an exceptional social experiment, one that could have political ramifications — a kind of socialism-light — one that exposes the damaging problem of aggressive capitalism (the impossibility of sustained...

Darren is a leadership coach in Toronto, Canada who helps his clients to connect and embrace their uniqueness and freely create the life they want. He writes and podcasts regularly about Queer Leadership.