Ethan Nichtern – The Road Home – Ep. 30 – Leadership and the Art of Growing Up with Jerry Colonna

Ethan Nichtern - The Road Home - Ep. 30 - Leadership and the Art of Growing Up with Jerry Colonna

This time on the Road Home Podcast, Ethan Nichtern is joined by leadership coach Jerry Colonna for a conversation around balancing leadership and wealth with the principles of mindfulness and spiritual practice.

Jerry Colonna is the CEO, and co-founder, of, an executive coaching and leadership development firm whose coaches and facilitators are committed to the notion that better humans make better leaders. For nearly 20 years, he has used the knowledge gained as an investor, an executive, and a board member for more than 100 organizations to help entrepreneurs and others to lead with humanity, resilience, and equanimity. Learn more about Jerry’s offerings at

Beyond Words

Jerry shares an intimate look at what brought him to mindfulness and meditation practice. He reflects on his early Buddhist training that allowed him to see the world in a whole new way.

Leadership and the Art of Growing Up (7:00)

Ethan and Jerry discuss the challenging subject of balancing leadership and wealth with mindfulness and spiritual practice; a major topic of conversation in Jerry’s new book, Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up. Jerry looks at how our upbringing in childhood affects our relationship to money and community.

“Later in my life, I came to understand that the pursuit of money that had driven me was best understood as a pursuit for safety. Once that I understood that was going on, I felt free of the fear that I would have enough because I had the means to actually see that relationship.” – Jerry Colonna 

Wealth, Ethics and Attachment (21:30)

Is there a way to have an ethical and non-attached relationship to money? Jerry and Ethan talk about applying the principles of the Buddha’s Eightfold Path to how we approach wealth.

“Money itself should be merely one of the tools we use to navigate life. The problem is the stuff that we attach to it that end up creating the problems for us – not the thing itself.” – Jerry Colonna 

Join entrepreneur Michael Mayzel and David Nichtern for a conversation around integrating the business and spiritual worlds on Ep. 4 of the Creativity, Spirituality & Making a Buck Podcast
Bucking The System (40:45)

What challenges do the patriarchal roots of most cultures present to the practice of ethical leadership? Jerry looks at how we can approach leadership in cultural environmentw that nurture dominance and inequity.


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