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Christian Chernock: Designing a Life | Building for the Future

Christian Chernock: Designing a Life | Building for the Future

August 21, 2019

Passion is the result of a good life design, not the cause.

Bill Burnett & Dave Evans, Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

 

I knew that Christian's story would be interesting because while he was building his residential development business he also finished a Masters degree in Transpersonal Psychology at Naropa University in Boulder, CO.   This all came on the heels of an existential exit as a professional golfer as a result of a career-ending back injury.  Let all that sink in!  

He now owns and operates Christian Chernock Properties, a design + build firm in Dallas that focuses on the revitalization of historic and conservation districts.  His intellect and focus on sustainable and future-focused design pushes the edges - and some local residents’ buttons, too!  

Christian’s background as a high performing athlete and his ongoing commitment to ‘leave it all on the field’ have been instrumental to his success.

Here's what to listen for in the interview.  Detailed notes and links can be found on the Rise Leaders Radio website page.  

  • How Christian integrated the concepts of Lifestyle Design, self-awareness and professional support to move him through this critical life transition.
  • Lifelong passions as clues for living a fulfilling life.
  • The importance of finding and giving oneself over to the right teachers and to committing to deliberate practice in service of your greatest desires.
  • Reduce overwhelm and build confidence by breaking big goals into manageable milestones and do-able steps.
  • The challenge of architecting an environment that elicits pride 100 years from now while also addressing historic preservation, increasing density, rising rents, and building codes. Generating an evolutionary future that respects the past and protects the sense of place is a tall order!

 We covered a lot in this interview.  I hope you enjoy it!

Elevate Your Part of the World-

LeeAnn

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Jennifer Touchet’s Visionary Leadership and Creating A Win-Win-Win

Jennifer Touchet’s Visionary Leadership and Creating A Win-Win-Win

June 26, 2019

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

– Margaret Mead

I begin Season 1 by interviewing Jennifer Touchet.  She played a pivotal role in saving a parcel of land that was slated for re-development at the end of the street where I now live.  I was not expecting to learn such deep and transferrable lessons from her.  I knew by reading the donor names and invocation inscribed in a rock at the entrance of Twelve Hills Nature Center that a significant effort had been undertaken and that someone(s) had been in charge. Jennifer shares wisdom that is useful for anyone, anywhere, leading change.

EASTER EGG ALERT!  Stay tuned to the end of this episode to hear my visit to Seedschool, a small school that convenes weekly at Twelve Hills in a converted bus named Matilda.  The owner, Jennifer Stuart, is another Oak Cliff Hero.  You’ll be delighted by sounds of children learning!

This interview was so full of learning for me!  Here's a peek of what you'll hear:

  • Jennifer's effective communication style that creates space for multiple perspectives
  • The importance of a multi-stakeholder orientation and knowing where the power lies
  • The power of a collective vision and keeping aligned to that
  • Win does not mean winner-take-all
  • Staying open - no permanent enemies and not permanent allies
  • The relationship of commitment and experience

I’ve provided tips for effectively leading change, along with links for templates and additional exploration.  Check out the website episode page for much, much more detail.

Thanks for tuning in - I'd love to hear back from you!

LeeAnn