Obstacle Course

Bringing Leadership to Life

Episode Summary

For our 34th episode, we sat down with Peter McCoppin in his living room and discussed his extraordinary life as a world renowned Symphonic conductor, Musician, Host/broadcaster, Key-note speaker and Executive Coach. Peter's heart and mind are on full display in this episode and we HIGHLY recommend you follow along in the show notes to catch every gem Peter offers up on topics such as identity, self esteem, flow confidence, leadership, fear, mindfulness and much more! We end off the conversation by discussing Peter's leadership in bringing the now world famous Symphony Splash to Victoria's Inner Harbour! In the introduction, John tries to be deep. This! Is Obstacle Course. Let's flow.

Episode Notes

John #almost made it through an Introduction without being.. John...

No, we're not including Peter's home address in the show notes. Nice try listeners. :)

Yo-Yo Ma is not slang for something. He is a world class Cellist.

We talk a lot about flow on the podcast. We loved Peter's description: "Flow is breathless, meditative, effortless, everything is bathed in light and connects everyone in an experience of community that is wondrous." - Peter McCoppin

"When you're in your head, you're dead." - Tony Robbins

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act but a habit."

"When we're doing something well, we become invisible."

"Why are people afraid? Because they think they may not be good enough and maybe they won't be loved."

"Everything you need to know about leadership is already within you. You can't teach anyone anything they didn't already know for that would be as to give sight to blind eyes." - Plato

"The image is already in the stone, I just take away the excess." Michaelangelo

"Leadership is not position, it's behaviour."

"Our work is to discover our work." Anonymous

Our work is an agency not an entity.

Every successful person has endured obstacles and experienced failures along the way. Many credit those same obstacles/failures as CRUCIAL to their eventual success.

"Emotion is the most powerful anchor for memory."

Peter was mentored by the great Erich Leinsdorf.

We love these gems by Helen Keller.

"Life is either an amazing adventure or nothing at all."

"What could be worse than blindness? Sight without vision."

"The only things we get to keep are that which we've given away."

Here's the list of Peter's Phenomenal Coaching Questions:

  1. When am I at my best?
  2. What will I never do?
  3. What one word best defines me?

Who am I? What do I want? Why do I want it?

"To be a leader; do what you love in the service of people who love what you do." Steven Farber

Before responding, STOP - Stop, Take a Breath, Observe, Proceed.

If you've never experienced Victoria's annual Symphony Splash, it needs to be your next thing! For the past 30 years, it's been delighting hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world. Peter made it happen!

Peter ends this remarkable episode by echoing the great Joseph Campbell's words of advice: Follow your Bliss.

If you want more Peter, check out his website!