Mike Mooney, reputation, mindset, leadership, inspiration, motivation

Shift Your Life – Mindset Monday Interview

January 20, 2021

Shift Your Life If you have a dream, if you have a vision of who you could be and what you are truly here to do, then you have to listen to this episode of Mindset Monday with host Denise Zack! I get deep into my journey from a highly successful executive in professional motorsports to a professional speaker, coach, and author. In this episode, I share a ton of thoughts on my experience with emotion, let downs, and self actualization! Some of the key stories include:– How my wife and I prepared for this life-changing pivot – Why July 8, 2006 was my day of ‘giving up’ and the seed it planted for what I am doing today – How people who said they would be there for me didn’t show up and that forced my focus to be only on today; not some date down the road – The words from my 14-yr-old daughter on the reality of hard work that blew my mind (and still does!) – Recognition that we all have a Soul Mission to go after while we are living NOT sleepwalking! My story is one of self development, self healing, and self actualization to living an intentional life of impact and purpose. Please check out the episode on my YouTube channel here Learn more about my journey here

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Crisis of Values

December 24, 2017

We have a problem.  That’s right, we have a problem.  It’s not someone else’s problem – it’s our problem as leaders. The floodgates have burst opened through traditional and social media channels on the subject of people in power abusing their positions by taking advantage of those further down the organizational chart.  The storylines read of sexual misconduct, harassment, and greed, to name a few behavioral trends. Have these stories been told because people are fed up and are ready to name names? Is it because there are more news outlets willing to cover these stories? Perhaps it just took one brave person to step up and tell their story for others to find the courage to do the same?  I believe it’s a combination of all of those and more.  However, what I also know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, is that these stories shine a spotlight on the crisis of values that we see in leadership. The word values is one that we grew up hearing about and were told to reflect upon, think about, and use in our daily activities to guide us through the maze of life.  What we are seeing is a significant disregard of values by people in positions of leadership and power.  This chasm between values and behavior is what I’ve seen time and time again when deconstructing crisis situations over my 25-year career. Media reports make us first-hand witnesses to the void in the individual’s value in themselves, their relationships, their intentions, and their legacies.  Ultimately their actions, not just from a year or two ago, but some accusations spanning decades, are all being judged in the court of public opinion delivering career-shattering verdicts. These power plays have been happening for thousands of years and are not isolated to people on the public stage.  And, these behaviors are not gender based either as I think about inappropriate male student/female teacher relationships that are just as much about position and power as a senior-level executive or influential TV talking head.  But in today’s world of instant information sharing and online lynch-mob trolling, the stakes are at an all-time high. In many cases, careers have been ended, families have been split, decades of work have been unravelled, and legacies forever tarnished. And this isn’t just an issue for those in the public eye.  I can think of a person in my life who was a very close friend and was fired from his job of 10 years for embezzlement, which ended with jail time and a divorce.  Can you think of a scenario in your life that has hit close like this? What could have stopped these missteps from occurring? Some cases may have required professional counseling, however, at the foundation of this is a lack of values – plain and simple. Our values should be at the core of who we are … or, at least they should be! Our values are not negotiable … or, at least they shouldn’t be! Our values are what make us stand up for what we believe even when not popular … or at least they […]

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