This week we talk to Johann Berlin
Johann Berlin is the CEO of TLEX U.S. Johann has grown TLEX nationwide and into leading institutions and Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining TLEX, Johann scaled boutique triple bottom line and social sector companies from concept to high-impact with a special focus on innovative and disruptive wellness, leadership, innovation initiatives with the project being mentioned in Harvard Business Review, New York Times, and Wharton Journal.
Johann has participated as a speaker/facilitator at TEDx London, Stanford Center for Compassion, Harvard Executive MBA Alumni Summit, Wharton School of Business, UC Berkeley’s Leadership Symposium, Yale School of Management, Impact Investor Sustainatopia Conference, GE HealthCare’s Health Ahead Summit Paris, and Dartmouth on Purpose.
In This Interview, Johann Berlin and I Discuss…
- The Wolf Parable
- That what you put your attention on grows
- What love means in a corporate environment
- The difference between a question and a wonder
- Moving from desire to finding things that bring you contentment
- It’s not always what you do but that you have meaningful relationships at work
- “Do service”, doing things with honor, treating things as special
- How if you hate your job, you don’t have the energy to do the things you love
- What you resist, persists
- Suppressing your thoughts
- How hating your job causes you to suffer
- His troubled youth
- The role that the kindness of other people has played in his life
- His three reflections on kindness:
- We choose who we are kind to
- No act is too small
- The starfish story
- Don’t lose hope
- Choosing to show up in the moment
- If you honor the moment, you can choose to show up for it
- Living wisely with the changing, advancing age
Johann Berlin Links
A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other.
One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.
The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feed
The Tale of Two Wolves is often attributed to the Cherokee indians but there seems to be no real proof of this. It has also been attributed to evangelical preacher Billy Graham and Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw. It appears no one knows for sure but this does not diminish the power of the parable.
This parable goes by many names including:
The Tale of Two Wolves
The Parable of the Two Wolves
Which Wolf Do You Feed
Which Wolf are You Feeding
Which Wolf Will You Feed
It also often features different animals, mainly two dogs