This ExtraOrdinary Life

Do you want more joy, fulfillment, and abundance in life than you have right now? Do you long for your life to be extraordinary? We do. Join Kevin Monroe and friends each week for conversations exploring how your life can become more extraordinary. It’s easier than you might imagine.

Conscious Capitalism with Alexander McCobin
Alexander McCobin was on his way to a Ph.D. and a career in academia when he changed life paths and started Conscious Capitalism, an organization and global movement that blends philosophy and practicality to promote ethics in business. Alexander...
36 min
The Secrets of Small Giants with Bo Burlingham
Just over 10 years ago, Bo Burlingham wrote Small Giants - a book about “companies that choose to be great, instead of big.” Now Small Giants is a movement, a community, and an annual Forbes list. Kevin talks to Bo about the rise of...
65 min
An Experiment in Developing Human Capability wi...
Kevin sits down with Bruce Ballengee, founder and CEO of Pariveda Solutions. Pariveda is a tech consulting company doing things differently. The mission of Pariveda is helping people achieve their highest potential – including both their clients and...
57 min
Business as Poverty Reduction with Brandale Ran...
Brandale Randolph is a social activist and entrepreneur who is working to alleviate the cycle of poverty through business. He runs the 1854 Cycling Company, a company that employs those who are most at risk of living in poverty – specifically,...
51 min
Upleveling Your Business, Your Leadership, and ...
Kevin is currently in the first phases of the Extraordinary Experiment. What is the Extraordinary Experiment? It’s a program open to anyone who wants to join - anyone who believes that living an extraordinary life is within your reach. Each week...
21 min
The Changing Face of Investing with Lisa Cooper
Kevin talks with Lisa Cooper of Figure 8 Investment Strategies, a group that brings a multicultural perspective to financial advice and investment management. Lisa describes her purpose as creating positive social change through business. Business is...
54 min
Shaping Your Legacy with Tom Ziglar
Kevin sits down for an inspiring conversation with Tom Ziglar, of Ziglar, Inc. Tom was the President and CEO of Ziglar until eight years ago, when he began speaking and motivating others to change their lives. Tom and Kevin discuss how to live life on...
51 min
Writing Your Own Story with Cyndee Lake
Cyndee Lake says her purpose is helping other people become their best selves. Cyndee is the Chief Purpose Officer of Blank Page, a company that helps people connect to their purpose through designing meaningful experiences and creating the space to...
51 min
Find a Way to Say Yes With James Boettcher
When James Boettcher was just starting out as a young entrepreneur, the new business he had just bought burned to the ground right before opening day – after he had already invested all of his loan money in renovations. That was Fiasco Gelato, a...
46 min
Inside Look at the Profiles of Purpose in Business
Forty episodes, that’s nine months of podcasting - it’s been quite a journey! Kevin talks about some of the biggest things he’s learned along the way, first among those is that if he had waited for clarity before starting the podcast, he’d...
16 min
Zingerman's and Beyond with Ari Weinzweig
Ari Weinzweig opened Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan 36 years ago with one business partner and 2 employees. Now Zingerman’s has grown to include 700 employees, the original deli, a bakery, a candy manufactory, a Korean restaurant, a...
54 min
Social Enterprise with Russ Stoddard
Kevin sits down with Russ Stoddard, founder of Oliver Russell, a consulting business that is all about creating social and environmental impact. Oliver Russell focuses on four core values: social responsibility, creativity, collaboration, and moving...
47 min
Story Driven with Bernadette Jiwa
Sometimes we spend so much time comparing ourselves to others that we forget to emphasize what we’re contributing to the world through our business. Kevin talks to author and branding expert Bernadette Jiwa about story-driven branding and the...
57 min
Cultivating Joy with Rich Sheridan
Why is joy elusive to so many people, especially at work? Have you ever thought about joy as a business value? Kevin talks to Rich Sheridan about his new book Joy, Inc., and about how to create a radically different kind of workplace culture based on...
49 min
Transformational Travel with Jake Haupert
While we may embrace the quest for progress and improvement in our working lives as a heroic journey, many of us view travel itself as a time for leisure. In this episode, Kevin and guest Jake Haupert from the Transformational Travel Council and...
47 min
Flourishing in Business with Gabriel Grant
Gabriel Grant graduated from Yale with a Ph.D., so it might surprise you a bit to learn this his purpose in life is using research to help create a world where all life flourishes together from people experiencing their lives as a calling. What does...
35 min
Explore, Discover and Transform Work with Gary ...
Charting a new path for your business is not just about making a few improvements - it’s about the transformation of individuals and institutional culture. Today, Kevin talks to Gary Adamson of Starizon about how to create real transformations in...
57 min
Love is the Foundation for Effective Leadership
Mentioning love in the workplace is corporate heresy. We pretend like it doesn’t exist inside cubicles. Today, Kevin explores why love is the foundation for effective leadership, and how eliminating fear from the workplace is an incredible way to...
25 min
The Primary Colors of Servant Leadership
Our past few episodes have focused on servant leadership and how to make your business better with the principles Kevin espouses in his own business and life. It can seem very overwhelming. Today, Kevin brings the discussion full circle with a simple,...
31 min
Pivoting Your Life and Living Your Purpose
Business owners and entrepreneurs, especially the purpose-powered ones, tell about a time in their careers and lives when they made a pivot. And most of the time, they talk in past tense. What’s done is done, so you don’t always get a real-time...
52 min
Servant Leadership Is Not Soft with Jeff Harmon
Jeff Harmon has a unique way of viewing the world. He was diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening condition that put his mortality right in front of his eyes. That played a big part in Jeff’s mission to change the world through servant...
42 min
The 10 Signs of Servant Leadership
For the last 8 years, Kevin Monroe has introduced servant leadership to all types of leaders from over 50 different countries. Kevin has found, to his delight, that while these leaders might not know what servant leadership is, when they learn about...
28 min
Transformative Power of Servant Leadership
What is servant leadership? The simple answer is that you lead through serving. The real answer is much deeper than that, and today, Kevin talks about some of his bold claims about how it can work. His ideas have even been called unrealistic, but they...
28 min
The Barriers to Purpose with Dr Michael Hudson
On our paths to purpose, we all meet with barriers that make us wonder if we'll ever find what we are meant to do or how we will do it. Today, Kevin talks with his good friend, Dr. Michael Hudson, about many types of barriers and how they both have...
34 min
The Clarity Conundrum
What's the Clarity Conundrum? You've probably felt it. You know you have a purpose. It aches in your chest to be fulfilled, but you can't put your finger on exactly what it is. That's the conundrum part: trying to find clarity. Are you creating your...
27 min