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Monica Parker on Turning Wonder into a Superpower

In this episode, we’re joined by Monica Parker. Monica brings to the table a vast knowledge of navigating and communicating organizational change. An international speaker and presenter, she is a regular contributor to several platforms, including The Guardian and Thrive Global and has also appeared on CNN and BBC Worldwide as an authority on organizational culture, change management, and inclusion. Monica is the author of The Power of Wonder; The Extraordinary Emotion That Will Change the Way You Live, Learn, and Lead. This episode is going to blow your mind…

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Monica Parker on Turning Wonder into a Superpower

In this episode of The Ryan Hanley Show, Ryan Hanley is joined by Monica Parker

Monica brings to the table a vast knowledge of navigating and communicating organizational change. An international speaker and presenter, she is a regular contributor to several platforms, including The Guardian and Thrive Global, and has also appeared on CNN and BBC Worldwide as an authority on organizational culture, change management, and inclusion.

Monica is the author of The Power of Wonder; The Extraordinary Emotion That Will Change the Way You Live, Learn, and Lead.

This episode is going to blow your mind…

Episode Highlights:

  • Monica shares practical ways to find wonder, including taking a wonder walk, trying new things, and creating a wonder mindset through slow thought and gratitude practice (7:37)
  • Monica mentions that authenticity directly enhances and is enhanced by wonder and is linked to humility, which boosts job satisfaction, engagement, motivation, and performance. (19:19)
  • Monica discusses incentivizing ideal behavior and the importance of recognizing the diversity of value that people bring to a company. (33:19)
  • Monica explains the benefits of wonder over happiness, how wonder can deepen our emotional vocabulary, and how it can lead to pro-social emotions. (37:24)
  • Monica discusses the concept of psychological richness and how it contributes to a wonder mindset, which is not just a moment but a mindset that can be created. (43:15)
  • Monica mentions that wonder can be found in little moments and can be amplified when shared through storytelling or journaling. (48:34)

Key Quotes:

  • “Authenticity is another one of those elements that is directly enhanced by wonder and also can enhance wonder.” – Monica Parker
  • “Psychological richness, to me, is the underpinning of what then creates a wonder mindset. And that’s one of the things I always try to say, again, Wonder is not a moment. It’s a mindset, it’s something we can create.” – Monica Parker
  • “I want people to start using the language of wonder and not shy away from it so that we start sharing this language as something that’s pivotal to who we are, it’s critical to who we are as humans. It’s not just a hobby, it has gravitas. It’s how our soul thrives and if we share that with other people, then it helps it grow within us.” – Monica Parker

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