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How to Come to Terms with the Emotional Aftermath of the Election

A Conversation with James Mapes

Author of Imagine That - TotalPicture Radio interviewJames Mapes

Welcome to a special Leadership Edition of TotalPicture Radio. I'm your host, Peter Clayton. How to Come to Terms with the Emotional Aftermath of the Election is something many of us, myself included, are struggling with.

Several days ago I called my good friend James Mapes to get some advice and hopefully. coping strategies. We had been planning to get together to record and interview regarding his new book.

I met James about 10 years ago when I was hired to film a presentation he gave at Lincoln Center in New York City. He is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, and personal performance coach. 

His latest book IMAGINE THAT! Igniting Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance was released last month. 

Questions Peter Clayton asks James Mapes:

First, tell us... who is James Mapes?

As you know James, the shock of this election and divisiveness created over the past year has strained many families, many friendships, and many work relationships. Your thoughts?

It seems to me that social networks -- especially Facebook and Twitter - have not helped - in fact they've exacerbated the animosity, anger and betrayal many people are trying to come to terms with. Do we need a cooling off period?

I know you've been invited to speak to a number of groups regarding the election. Tell us about your experiences.  What has been the mood, and the predominant  issues the audiences have been dealing with?

James, how can we start to move to a place of healing and reconciliation?

Which brings us to this...  a large number of people are very happy with the results of the election. How can HR leaders and managers help build bridges to bring employees on different sides of the political spectrum back together?

I want to talk with you about your new book IMAGINE THAT! Igniting Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance - because I think you would agree that so much of your book deals with the very issues we've been discussing.

First, give us some background...  How did Imagine That come about?

In the interest of full disclosure, Imagine That has an interactive video component which I worked on with James and produced. So you wrote a book, James. Why did you want to include the 21 videos we created?

One exercise in your book  I believe can help our listeners - you call "changing your perspective can help you reframe your thinking" - could you briefly describe this for us?

One technique you taught me is saying "Isn't that Interesting?" Explain this.

Another - "be aware that anger is almost always a cry for help"  - seems particularly relevant.

You write, "being aware is more important than being intelligent - can you expand upon this concept?

What do you mean by "you see as you think?"

Another point in your chapter "Set the Stage for Loving Communication" that has been particularly difficult for many of us over the past year, "Recognizing that everyone is right from his or her point of view means respecting the dignity of others even if you don't agree with them."

A lot of what we've discussed today really reflects a fear of change. Many of us are terrified what will happen to our country, our government over the next four years.

Which leads us to Let Go of the Rope!

Any final thoughts or suggestions for our audience James?

How can people best connect with you?


Peter Clayton

About Peter Clayton

Peter Clayton, Producer/Host, is an award-winning producer/director of radio, television, documentary, video, interactive and Web-based media who has created breakthrough media for a wide array of Fortune 100 clients.


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