In this wise and authentic interview, I speak with my friend and colleague Tami Simon about her leadership journey as the founder of Sounds True. Sounds True is a company on a mission to impart spiritual wisdom and thus be in service in the waking up and healing of our world. Sounds true is a company whom publishes over 800 spoken-word audio and music recordings, books, multimedia learning resources, and online educational programs from those prominent in the fields of spirituality, psychology, health, and healing, and original works by writers and lecturers Andrew Weil, Pema Chödrön, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jack Kornfield, Ram Daas, Tara Brach, the Dalai Lama, and is also publishing my upcoming book Shine-Ignite your inner game to lead consciously at work and in the world.
In this interview, we learn from Tami’s 35+ career, she shares about her leadership wisdom to aspiring leaders and entrepreneurs, the inner game practices she uses to embody a strong and inclusive culture and lastly we learn how she is shining her unique light to promote greater consciousness work and in the world. This interview kicks of the 3rd season of the Shine podcast and 2021 with a powerful message.
Waking up the World Summary:
[1:50] Carley introduces the 2021 focus on how the inner game rules the outer game and introduces a leader that embodies conscious leadership — Tami Simon.
[7:25] Tami reflects on the inception and mission of Sounds True publishing company and the need to disseminate spiritual wisdom.
[13:45] The evolution of a multimedia company that effectively delivers dharma to the world, including in Carley’s personal life.
[19:29] Tami’s definition of dharma and the importance of communicating the essential truths of humankind.
[20:35] The best-selling programs at Sounds True focus on meditation, breathing, the seven chakras, empaths, self-care, and desire.
[24:33] Tami aims to touch in with herself throughout the day by connecting with the whole self, including the head, heart, and body, and asking herself “what is needed right now?”.
[28:51] Tami is committed to learning and growing by increasing intimacy with those she is closest to by allowing vulnerability and sitting with grief.
[32:51] The value of leaning into vulnerability, recognizing the fragility of our lives, and embracing the capacity for loving and losing.
[37:46] The guiding lights and consciousness practices that support the culture of Sounds True, including dealing with conflict with kindness.
[43:33] Valuable pieces of wisdom that only come with running a company for 34 years.
[48:48] Nourishing the self in the midst of entrepreneurship can be achieved by connecting with nature and committing to your own health and balance.
[52:51] Tami reflects on lessons she has learned from key conversations, including facing challenges with motivation and optimism.
[1:00:00] What inspires Tami as she continues to move forward with her meaningful work.
[1:02:50] Carley shares four questions that will increase your inner game as you move into the new year.