The Art of Communication: Beyond Words Part 2

In this insightful episode of Dadages, Chad Hagle delves into the critical aspects of communication in business. Chad offers a treasure trove of advice, emphasizing the importance of effective communication beyond mere speaking. He challenges the notion that ‘talk is cheap,’ discussing the value and impact of thoughtful conversation in various business contexts.

Chad wraps up the episode with a promise to continue the discussion in the next episode, going up to Business Communication Dadage number seven. Stay tuned for more valuable insights! 

The Art of Communication: Beyond Words

In this insightful episode of Dadages, Chad Hagle delves into the critical aspects of communication in business. Chad offers a treasure trove of advice, emphasizing the importance of effective communication beyond mere speaking. He challenges the notion that ‘talk is cheap,’ discussing the value and impact of thoughtful conversation in various business contexts. Chad wraps up the episode with a promise to continue the discussion in the next episode, going up to Business Communication Dadage number seven. Stay tuned for more valuable insights!

Building Community and Business in Real Estate with Deba Douglas

This episode dives into the intersections of community, real estate, and education with guest Deba Douglas. Chad and Deba discuss her unique approach to real estate, combining her background in education with her expertise in residential real estate to empower and educate others. In this Entrepreneur’s corner edition, Join Chad Hagle as he explores the dynamic world of real estate with Deba Douglas, a seasoned residential real estate specialist. In this engaging episode, they delve into the fusion of community building, educational strategies, and business development in real estate. Key discussions include Deba’s transition from education to real estate, her unique full-service approach to the industry, and insights into empowering leadership and sustainable business growth. The episode is packed with valuable takeaways on scaling businesses, strategic decision-making, and building resilient teams, making it a must-listen for entrepreneurs and real estate professionals alike.

Mastering Uncertainty: Meridith Powell on Competitive Advantage

In this insightful episode of Dadages, host Chad Hagle welcomes Meridith Elliot Powell, a renowned business growth expert, author, and strategist. Meridith, known for her book “Thrive: Strategies to Turn Uncertainty to Competitive Advantage,” shares her expertise on how uncertainty can be a powerful tool for success in both business and personal life. They explore the concept of leveraging uncertainty as a competitive advantage. Meridith shares invaluable insights, resonating with the Dadage: “You don’t have to be the best in the world to succeed. You just have to be the best version of you.”

Mastering Psychology in Leadership: Dr. Art Markman’s Insights on Psychology & Career Growth

Exploring cognitive science in parenting and career development with Dr. Art Markman. Get insights on psychology in business, career tips, and parenting psychology. In this episode of Dadages, host Chad Hagle engages with Dr. Art Markman, a distinguished psychology professor at the University of Texas at Austin. They discuss the application of cognitive science in career, mentorship, leadership, and parenting, inspired by Dr. Markman’s book “Bring Your Brain to Work.” This episode is packed with insights for those looking to apply psychological principles in their professional and personal lives. A key takeaway, reflecting the dadage, “The greatest investment you can make in yourself is investing in the lives of others,” resonates throughout the conversation, emphasizing the importance of mentorship and nurturing in both work and family life.

Unlocking Your Inner Zelensky: A New Year’s Resolution for You

Discovering your inner Zelensky could be the perfect New Year’s resolution! Join us in this episode of Dadages as we explore the inspiring leadership qualities of Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian leader. Our guest, Jessie Kanzer, shares her unique perspective and insights from her book, “Unlocking Your Inner Zelensky.” Get ready to be inspired and motivated to embrace humility, moral clarity, and unity in your own life. This episode delves into the dadage: ‘Extremists paint compromise as weakness because they know it is the only force strong enough to defeat them.’ This episode is a treasure trove for those interested in leadership skills, personal growth, and effective conflict resolution. Key highlights include embracing the power of ordinariness, fostering unity, and the transformative role of humor and spirituality in leadership. Get valuable insights into how embracing your true identity and choosing love over fear can redefine your approach to life’s challenges. For parents and guardians, there’s a special focus on the impact of truth in parenting and the vital role you play in shaping future generations. Don’t miss this episode that seamlessly weaves together themes of leadership, personal identity, resilience, and parental guidance, all while offering a fresh perspective on navigating life’s complexities.

Finding Competitive Advantage in Business & Life

Want to unleash your Inner Superpower? In this insightful episode of Dadages, Chad delves into the concept of superpowers, but not the kind you might expect. He explores the idea of real-world superpowers, focusing on the unique innate abilities each person possesses and how recognizing these can help unleash the best version of oneself. The episode also covers the topic of competitive advantage in business, offering valuable insights into how individuals and companies can identify and leverage their unique strengths in today’s competitive environment.

Extremism VS Centrism Part 2

This special Thanksgiving episode part 2 delves into the complexities of the American political landscape, media’s role in societal polarization, the influence of social media, and the challenges faced in higher education. The discussion spans from the two-party system’s historical roots to contemporary issues like hate speech in academia and the Jewish community’s response to perceived biases. It concludes with a thoughtful reflection on strategies for addressing polarization and fostering understanding.

Extremism VS Centrism Part 1

In this special two-part solo cast episode, released for Thanksgiving and the first anniversary of the Dadages podcast, the host dives into a series of complex and current topics. The episode begins with a reflection on the ongoing conflict in Gaza and its implications, followed by a broader discussion on extremism versus centrism in America.

Reflections on Life and Listening: A Conversation with Mark Goulston

In this episode of Dadages, we are joined by Dr. Mark Goulston, a renowned psychiatrist, professor, and author. Dr. Goulston shares his expertise in listening, negotiating, and managing difficult situations. The first half of the discussion focuses on applying his framework to current world issues. The second half delves into the dadage “Good health is not the only thing that matters, but without good health, nothing else matters,” as Dr. Goulston reflects on his own battle with a potentially terminal diagnosis. Tune in for a thought-provoking conversation on the power of listening and the value of good health.

Chadding with Dads: The Transformative Power of the New Universal Dream with Steve Farrell Pt1

In this episode of Dadages, our host Chad Hagle dives deep with guest Steve Farrell, a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur turned humanitarian. They discuss Steve’s transformative journey from building tech firms to leading a global nonprofit organization. Steve’s new book, “A New Universal Dream,” explores the concept of humanity’s interconnectedness and the potential for personal and societal evolution. This episode offers a perspective-changing exploration of the power of investing in the lives of others and embracing a new universal dream.

Chadding with Dads: A conversation with Ken Honda

In this episode, our host Chad Hagle interviews Ken Honda, a best-selling author from Japan known as a money guru. Ken shares his insights on how to make peace with your money and live a happier financial life. Chad discusses his own experiences applying Ken’s philosophies. Tune in to learn how to make your money happy and improve your relationship with wealth.

Chadding With Dads: A conversation with Ed Center

In this episode of Dadages, our host Chad Hagle sits down with Ed Center, founder of The Village Well Parenting. They go on a journey through the multi-faceted world of parenting. Starting with Jorge’s heartwarming generosity and diving into the complexities of identity, culture, and emotional validation. From the intricacies of queer households and the challenges of decolonized parenting, to understanding neurodivergence and even pineapple snobbery, this episode serves as a comprehensive guide to modern family life. With thought-provoking segments on stoicism, trauma, and even a lighthearted bad dad joke to wrap things up, this hour-long episode is a rollercoaster ride that promises to leave listeners both enlightened and entertained.

Chadding with Dad’s: A Conversation with David Essel Part 1

In this episode of Dadages, host Chad welcomes David Essel, a renowned author, counselor, and master life coach. They discuss David’s new book, “Mental Mastery and Maximum Performance for Professional Athletes,” and how its principles can be applied to anyone’s life. David shares his insights on working with pro athletes and the importance of surrounding yourself with people who excel in their respective fields. Tune in to learn how to take your career and life to the next level.

Can You Do Something Just Because You Can? Part 2

In this episode of Dadages, our host Chad Hagle continues his discussion on the concept of capability. He explores the idea that just because you can do something, it doesn’t mean you should and delves into the importance of recognizing when you may be exceeding your capacity or producing negative consequences. Chad also revisits previous concepts, such as the overdoing mindset and not letting what you can’t do prevent you from doing what you can. Tune in to gain practical insights on managing your capabilities effectively.

Can You Do Something Just Because You Can?

In this episode of Dadages, our host Chad Hagle returns after a week off to recover from a cold. Today’s episode will be personal and revealing, tying into the topics discussed with Josh Wilson last week. The host discusses the major problems that can arise from pursuing perfection, particularly in high-achieving families. The belief that perfection is the standard of achievement in these families can have negative consequences for children, leading to paralysis and an inability to make decisions. Failing to meet the impossible standard of perfection can greatly impact their self-esteem. Tune in for some fatherly wisdom and meaningful insights.

Responsibility is a Luxury (Part IV)

The finale of our four part series on the Dadage, “responsibility is a luxury, accountability is the price you pay for it,” is here! In this episode, host Chad Hagle turns the focus to responsibility and accountability in the home and how to build a family structure that embraces the responsible accountable mindset. Using stories from his own childhood as well as his years as a parent, Chad breaks down the importance of being an example of the mindset, the three stages of accountability children go through, why you need to force the discomfort at times, and a whole lot more. If you’ve missed any of the first three episodes in this series we highly encourage you to go back and watch them first. As always, hit that subscribe button so you don’t miss any future editions of Dadages!

Responsibility Is A Luxury (Part III)

In this third of what is now a four part series on the Dadage, “responsibility is a luxury, accountability is the price you pay for it,” host Chad Hagle takes a look at two societal forces or events from recent years and the impact they have had on undermining the responsible accountable mindset. Those two major challenges to accountability are the generational shift of Gen Z’s workplace perspectives, and the once in a generation worldwide pandemic that has had lasting effects on how we live and work together. While breaking down these two challenges, Chad discusses ghosting, cancel culture, distrust of institutions, the differing definitions of collaboration, and much more. Make sure to follow or subscribe so you don’t miss out on the fourth (and likely final) part of this series, where Chad will focus on the place where you can have the greatest impact in building a responsible accountable mindset: the home.

Responsibility is a Luxury (Part II)

In this second of a three part series on the Dadage, “responsibility is a luxury, accountability is the price you pay for it,” host Chad Hagle takes the concepts around responsibility explored in part one and provides practical ways to embrace them and create frameworks that promote them within your professional environment. During this solocast, Chad discusses how to hire smart and fire smarter, why taking primary accountability as a leader matters, how the bystander effect shows up in business, and much more. If you missed part one we highly encourage you to go back and listen to that episode first so that you’ve got all the necessary context. It can be found on Spotify, Apple, or YouTube. Make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss the third and final part of this series coming Wednesday, August 30th, where the focus will be building a family environment focused on the responsible, accountable mindset and how to instill that in your children.

Responsibility Is a Luxury (Part I)

  • We all know that with great power comes great responsibility, but do we know what great responsibility even means? This episode of Dadages is the first in a two part series covering the Dadage, “Responsibility is a luxury, and accountability is the price we pay for it.” During this first portion of the discussion, Chad breaks down the concepts around responsibility and accountability in a global sense. He defines what they both actually mean, lays out the three different ways you can capture responsibility, and finishes up with three principles learned from the book, “Extreme Ownership.”

Don’t Let What You Can’t Do Prevent You From Doing What You Can

In this week’s solocast episode of Dadages, host Chad Hagle reveals the only four-letter word that was prohibited in his family growing up, can’t. Chad explains how his father not only expected him to figure out how to do something but also expected him to struggle in order to develop self-reliance, and it worked.

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Looking Back

In the first ever Father’s Day episode of Dadages, Chad takes a look back.  Come along and learn more about appreciating life in the past, present and future.

The Deals Not Done

Join host Chad Hagle in this episode, where he explains “Some of the greatest deals in my career are the ones I didn’t do.” This is a Dadage Chad learned from one of his mentors Sam Freshman, real estate executive and author.

Entrepreneur’s Corner with Ryan Lawrence

Go for a drive with us.  This is the first ever Dadages Entrepreneur’s Corner featuring Ryan Lawrence and his innovative retail concept Vintage Chariots.  Learn all there is to know about Chariots, Inc. and get some great business advice from host Chad Hagle.

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The Distance Between Success & Failure – Part 2

Continue with us as we learn even more about building an organization built around the principles of “return on time” management with Chad Hagle.

The Distance Between Success & Failure – Part 1

“In my career, the distance between success and failure has been measured by a single variable – the ability to create a sense of urgency.”

-Chad Hagle

Chadding with Dads: Gary Rappaport

Listen to this episode to continue learning about the world of real estate finance in this series “It Takes Credit To Make Money.”  Chad is joined by Gary Rappaport, one of the leaders in the commercial real estate industry.

Chadding With Dads: Spencer Burton

In this episode, Chad Hagle talks to Spencer Burton in the ongoing series on “It Takes Credit To Make Money.”

It Takes Credit To Make Money – Part 1

In this episode, Chad talks about how much more important credit is than money when trying to start a business or grow a successful enterprise.

Chadding with Dads: A Conversation with Ward Hendon

Ward Hendon is an investor, teacher, and entrepreneur. His career has ranged from practicing law to starting and exiting a pioneering tech-enabled legal services firm, teaching MBA students, law students and incarcerated individuals, investing in promising new businesses, serving on boards, and mentoring/advising a handful of entrepreneurs and CEOs.

Chadding with Moms: a Conversation with Ina Coleman

In this episode, we break the mold and feature our first mom guest, Ina Coleman. She is a multi-talented woman who serves on several prestigious boards, including the advisory board of the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy and the board of directors for River LA and Big Sunday. As a member of Stanford University’s Council of Humanities & Sciences and the board of dean’s advisors for Harvard Business School, Ina brings a unique perspective to the podcast. During our conversation, we dive into the importance of having conversations with your kids, particularly about safety and security as they become young adults. Ina shares her wisdom with us and introduces us to her own “momage.” Tune in for an inspiring and insightful conversation.

For-Profit Philanthropy

I am recommitting myself to philanthropic pursuits through what I have refer to as for-profit philanthropy. I formed a new non-profit organization focused on supporting meaningful for-profit objectives. SPAN – The Student-Athlete Professional Advisory Network. SPAN is focused on supporting worthy NCAA student-athletes in professional development opportunities while they are in school. Initially focused on a rollout at Stanford, SPAN is introducing an evolution of the new structure introduced by the NCAA allowing student-athletes to be compensated based upon the use of their name, image and likeness (NIL).

Chadding with Dads: a Conversation with Robert Wicks (Part 2)

Please make sure that you listen to Part 1 of this insightful conversation from the previous episode if you haven’t already.

During this part, Robert shares some tips and tricks to getting on the same level as your children.

Are you the parent sitting in the bleachers at a soccer game? Robert shares an alternative way to show up to the game.

After this podcast, you’ll be itching to take a hike. Listen now to find out why.


Chadding with Dads: a conversation with Robert Wicks (Part 1)

“The greatest investment you make in yourself is investing in the live of others around you.”

With this Dadage, I share a conversation with my friend, Robert Wicks. He is a philanthropic advisor and an incredible dad who helped SPIRE get off the ground, in my days at Stanford. He has forged a unique path in life by practicing genuine authenticity.  Explore the invaluable lessons Robert shares in our conversation.

Robert Wicks is the vice president of philanthropy at Gladstone and the chief executive officer of the Gladstone Foundation. Prior to joining Gladstone, he was the director of West Coast Advancement at Dartmouth College based in the Bay Area. From 2006 to 2014, he worked in a series of frontline fundraising roles for Stanford’s Office of Development and the Graduate School of Business, specializing in the venture capital and entrepreneurial communities. Robert is a board member for YCore, and has served as an advisor to the social entrepreneurs at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford, and Care Message. Robert has a BA in English from Binghamton University, and was a PhD candidate in the English Department at UC Berkeley.


Chadding with Dads: a conversation with Gil Garcetti (Part 2)

In today’s episode, we continue our conversation with Gil Garcetti. The former district attorney of Los Angeles county, a community leader, philanthropist, a television producer, a published photographer and a husband and father. We’re picking up now with Gil after talking about the importance of the people that come in and out of our lives, and the impact those relationships have on all of us. Gil shares how this phenomenon has played an important role in shaping and steering his life.

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Chadding with Dads: a conversation with Gil Garcetti (Part 1)

In today’s episode, I am honored to share with you my conversation with Gil Garcetti. He is the former district attorney of Los Angeles County, a community leader, philanthropist, a television producer, a published photographer and a husband and father. From humble beginnings to battling domestic abuse as DA in the midst of the OJ Simpson Case, Gil shares with me his fascinating life story.  We also discuss the importance of good physical and mental wellbeing and how engaging with people can transform our lives in ways we could never predict.

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I don’t believe in charity. I believe in philanthropic investment.

In today’s episode, following the series on philanthropy, I discuss Dadage #7. “I don’t believe in charity.  I believe in philanthropic investment.” I share some of the experiences in my life that caused me to devote so much of my time and energy to philanthropy. I talk about the early days in philanthropy. We discuss the differences between charity and philanthropy. I dive into the story around Hurricane Katrina.

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Charity vs. Philanthropy

“I don’t believe in charity, I believe in philanthropic investment”, isn’t just some clever idiom, it’s a way of life, and it’s the result of many experiences and mistakes along the way. In this episode of Dadages, we delve deeper into our series on philanthropy, and talk a bit about what’s happened in my life that caused me to devote so much time and energy to philanthropy. Tune in for a discussion on the differences between charity and philanthropy, and how work with disasters like Hurricane Katrina helped create the distinction.


Defining Philanthropy

The most important thing we have to learn is learning itself”. In this episode, we’re talking about education, and how modern society can and should adapt to new changes as often as possible. We delve into DuBois’s notion that education must not simply teach work – it must teach life – and we dig a little deeper into the term “Liberal Arts”, and how modern perceptions have skewed the classic term. We round out the talk with a look into the future, and, more specifically, how the emergence of AI could render some disciplines obsolete.


Health Matters

“Good health is not the only thing that matters, but without it, nothing matters.” Today’s episode resolves around how to live your healthiest life, and how making positive changes to your health and well-being is one of the keys to a better state of mind.


Chadding with Dads: a Conversation with Geoffrey Small

Geoffrey Small joins Chad with his own perspective on Gen X and family. Chad and Geoffrey open up about the differences between generations and how parenting styles vary across the ages. Geoffrey shares some incredible stories and unique wisdom as he and Chad dive deeper into families, relationships, philanthropy, and the important ways they intersect in our lives.


Gen X

“The last generation responsible for making our parents happy and the first generation responsible for making our children happy, Gen X is at an unfortunate crossroads between the past and the future.” Every generation contributes something to the growth of our society, but what can you individually contribute? How can you share your story? In this episode, we dive into the importance of vulnerability, how to establish meaningful connections, and how to find meaning and joy in our families and responsibilities.


Chadding with Dads: a Conversation with Sean Collinson

Sean grew up in Brooklyn and entered the hip-hop scene under the pseudonym Kid Flash. Now a successful Mediator in LA, Sean has a new life mission, and he’s willing to share it with us on today’s episode. He sits down with Chad to discuss how smart habits, commitment, and a disciplined mindset have helped in to carve out the life and family he always hoped for.


To Thine Own Self Be True

Today’s Dadage comes straight from the Bard himself (also a dad) – “To thine own self be true.” How can you be true to yourself, and how can you make this adage a guiding principle? How can you tune out all the noise around you and stick to your instincts, while still being open to advice and criticism?

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Maximize Your Potential – Absolute vs. Relative

Career growth is the name of the game in this continuation of last week’s episode. We dig deeper into the professional side of “overdoing it” and how that can positively or negatively affect our lives. In our careers – how much is too much? And how do we navigate career roadblocks in order to find the path toward success?


Maximize Your Potential

“Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.” While that may seem like crazy advice, it can actually be a trajectory for success. In this episode, we explore what it means to “overdo it” in the right way and how – with a proper mindset and healthy guardrails – you can achieve your goals.

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Chadding with Dads: a Conversation with Steve Frost

Chad sits down with the voice actor Steve Frost to dive deeper into last week’s Dadage. Together, they explore the importance of making connections, building good relationships to influence your career, and how our families can impact our lives.

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Surround Yourself With Good People

“Surround yourself with people who are the best at what they do, then let them do it.” Our first Dadage explores the company you keep; the good and the bad. What does it mean for us as individuals, and how does it apply to our family, professional, and social lives?


Welcome to Dadages

Fatherly advice, worldly wisdom, and of course, some enviable dad jokes. Welcome to the Dadages podcast. Whether you are a dad, will be a dad, or have a dad, you’ll find applicable advice for all of life’s challenges. From relationship advice to career questions – there’s a Dadage for that!



There’s an old adage that says: Father knows best. But what does he know best about? Tune in weekly for career advice, relationship talk, and a look at life’s problems – all from the perspective of dear old dad.