Inner Peace and Positivity: Episode 272 of the Action Catalyst Podcast

John J. Murphy is the founder (1988) and CEO of Venture Management Consultants, Inc., a firm specializing in creating lean, high-performance work environments.

As a business consultant, John has delivered services to some of the world’s leading organizations, including ADP, AlliedSignal (Honeywell), BMW, Chase, the CIA, GE, GM, GSK, Hilton, Lockheed Martin, Merck, the Michigan State Senate, Perrigo, Prudential, Raytheon, Spectrum Health, Target Stores, Teva, and the US Navy.

As an educator and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, John has trained thousands of people from over 50 countries, including Fortune 500 executives, project leaders, military leaders, managers, and black belts. He has also mentored dozens of project teams in organizational development, operational excellence, business process innovation, and Lean Six Sigma applications.

As a speaker, John has delivered keynotes and seminars throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Among those, he has shared the stage with General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Zig Ziglar, Denis Waitley, Rocky Bleier, and Anthony Robbins.

As a critically-acclaimed authority on peak performance, transformational leadership, and healthy mind-body-spirit, John has appeared on over 400 radio and television stations and his work has been featured in over 50 newspapers nationwide.

John is the author of 19 books and numerous articles. His books include Zentrepreneur, Half-Full, The How of Wow, Pulling Together, Agent of Change, Habits Die Hard, Stepping Up, Reinvent Yourself, Leading with Passion, Sage Leadership, and the 2010 Editor’s Choice (Allbooks Review) Best Inspirational Book of the year, Beyond Doubt.

Prior to consulting, John served as corporate director of human resources for Paulstra CRC, an international automotive division of Hutchinson SA in Paris, France.  In this role, John led numerous operational excellence projects, resulting in multi-million dollar improvements and significant culture change.

John is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (BBA Finance) and the University of Michigan’s Human Resource Executive Program. He is also a former quarterback for Notre Dame. John now lives in Palm Beach, Florida.

Show Highlights:

  • Motivation is external. Inspiration comes from inside us; it’s our purpose in the world. -John Murphy
  • 4 steps to inner peace: 1. let be 2. let go 3. let see 4. let flow. -John Murphy
  • Whenever you’re feeling stressed, you’re not present. You’re projecting something negative onto the future. -John Murphy
  • The law of attraction is that we reap what we sow. The energy we put out into the world is what we reap back. -John Murphy
  • I begin every morning with a 20-30 minute meditation. -John Murphy
  • Be the change you wish to see in the world. -Gandhi
  • We change culture by immediately modeling the new behavior. -John Murphy
  • The idea isn’t that we resist change; we resist pain. -John Murphy

John’s closing thoughts: What if the change is positive? What if the change is going to feel good? What if the change is going to make things a lot easier? Talk about motivation and inspiration. I think this is what drives every entrepreneur. They’re not afraid of change because they’re making it. They’re approaching it because they have a vision of something better.

The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

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