The Connected Leadership Podcast

Contagious Enthusiasm with Dr Adam Dorsay

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In this episode of the Connected Leadership Podcast, Andy Lopata welcomes Dr. Adam Dorsay, a licensed psychologist and executive coach based in Silicon Valley. Dr. Adam Dorsay works with high-achieving adults (including professionals, executives, entrepreneurs, and professional athletes). Adam is the host of SuperPsyched, an award-winning podcast, and he has given two highly regarded TEDx Talks: one about men and their emotions and the other about friendship in adulthood. His book on the topic of the four ways people connect will be available later this year. 

Andy and Adam discuss the importance of genuine connection, sharing personal stories and insights. Andy reflects on his initial meeting with Adam, highlighting the power of shared interests and human connection. They discuss the impact of empathy and enthusiasm in building relationships, emphasising the need to look beyond job titles and surface-level conversations.

The conversation touches on cultural differences, with Andy providing a British perspective on reserved behavior versus American enthusiasm. They explore how values play a crucial role in forming meaningful connections, for example in bridging gaps between people with vastly different backgrounds.

The discussion also delves into the challenges of feigned interest and how to navigate conversations when interests don't align. Adam stress the importance of authenticity and creating inclusive environments where people feel comfortable being themselves.

Andy and Adam explore the essence of genuine connection and its impact on our lives. They emphasise the importance of curiosity, listening, and learning as fundamental aspects of meaningful relationships. Adam highlights the power of engaging with others authentically, even when discussing topics one may not initially find interesting. He also shares insights on loneliness and the value of feeling useful, suggesting that volunteering and engaging in purposeful activities can combat feelings of isolation.

The role of technology in connection is also touched on, with both speakers agreeing on the disruptive nature of smartphones and the importance of being present in interactions. They also discuss the concept of connection in various forms, including connection to oneself, others, the world and spirituality; highlighting how these connections contribute to our overall well-being and sense of purpose.

Andy and Adam conclude the episode with a lighthearted exchange, showcasing their rapport and the natural connection that can develop through genuine conversation. 

Overall, the episode highlights the transformative power of genuine connection, showing that by focusing on shared values and interests, we can foster deeper, more meaningful relationships in both personal and professional settings.

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