Lasso Lessons: Ted on Life, Leadership & Learning
S2E6:  ”The Signal”

S2E6: ”The Signal”

November 30, 2022

Everyone is stuck in a bad pattern; how can they escape?  Join Cathy and Mike as they break down S2E6 of "Ted Lasso, The Signal”, with an eye towards lessons in leadership and adult learning.  Esther Perel finally shows up, and Brene Brown reappears.  Ever more fathers and sons.  Birth of a “Wonder Kid”.  Difficult Conversations and curious questions. How do you deal with stress: Fight, flight, or freeze?  

S2E5: ”Rainbow”

S2E5: ”Rainbow”

October 19, 2022

Nate seeks status, Roy strives to discover where he belongs, and Rebecca seeks love. Join Cathy and Mike as they break down “Ted Lasso” S2E5, “Rainbow” with an eye towards lessons in leadership.    It’s Rom-Communism at its best at Richmond AFC when Ted provides the light in the Dark ForestCognitive Reframing, redux.  The Hero’s Journey–and branding!?!   Power poses and calm clarity in the-winner-takes-all society.  And Cathy explains her complex feelings regarding role plays.


Swinging on a Rainbow” by Frankie Avalon

She’s a Rainbow” by the Rolling Stones

S2E4:  ”Carol of Bells”

S2E4: ”Carol of Bells”

August 17, 2022

It’s Christmas time in Richmond.  The Higginses throw a party,  Roy & Keely go in search of a cure to a noisome problem, and Ted and Rebecca bear gifts. Join Cathy and Mike as they break down “Ted Lasso” S2E4, “Carol of Bells” with an eye towards lessons in leadership.  The “Trust Equation” returns, morale runs high, and how is and isn’t a workplace like a family?


Other podcasts mentioned:

Coach Ron Adams on Coaching Superstars on the Knowing Kenning podcast

“Julia” with Betsy West and Julie Cohen on the Top Docs podcast

S2E3:  ”Do the Rightest Thing”

S2E3: ”Do the Rightest Thing”

August 3, 2022

Rebecca’s young protege maybe teaches her a thing or two.  How will Sam deal with Dubai Air?  And can Jamie find a way back?  Cathy and Mike break down S2E2 of Ted Lasso, “Do the Rightest Thing,” with an eye towards lessons in leadership.  

John Wooden warrants yet another cameo.  Is Rebecca a reverse anger translator?  Gen X vs Gen Y on bringing your values to work.  And what to make of “Led Tasso”.

S2E2:  ”Lavender”

S2E2: ”Lavender”

July 20, 2022

Join Cathy and Mike as they look at Season 2, Episode 2: “Lavender”.  Even by “Ted Lasso” standards, this episode is jam-packed with storytelling.  Jamie wants to return to the team, Roy considers career alternatives, Nate grows into his role, and Dr. Sharon rebuffs Ted’s attempts to get to know her better.  Fathers and sons abound: Hamlet, Prince Hal, & The Prince of Tides.  And is Ted evolving his decision-making process?


Referenced in the pod:

Anarchy in the UK

Tear it Up

Bad to the Bone

S2E1:  ”Goodbye Earl”

S2E1: ”Goodbye Earl”

June 28, 2022

And we are back!  With Season 3 scheduled for later this summer, we thought we should catch up on Season 2.  So here’s our take on S2E1:  “Goodbye Earl”.  After the death of a beloved mascot, Danny now believes that “Football is Death”.   Nate isn’t the best new manager, Roy struggles with life off the pitch, Rebecca wonders about her new boyfriend, and Ted can’t quite handle the sports psychologist that they have brought in to help Danny.  Cathy and Mike discuss the challenges of cross-cultural communication; starting out as a new manager; coaching vs. therapy; and the importance of vulnerability in your personal life–and even at work.


Discussed in this pod:

Brene Brown’s Ted talks and her book Dare to Lead

Radiohead’s Karma Police

Aime Mann’s Wise Up

Squeeze’s  Goodbye Girl

Extra: Wooden’s Pyramid of Success, Tier 2

Extra: Wooden’s Pyramid of Success, Tier 2

May 3, 2022

In this special edition of Lasso Lessons, join Mike as he explores the traits on the second tier of John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success in light of Nate’s rant: Self-control, Alertness, Initiative, Intentness.  Just in time for the NBA playoffs!


Mentioned in the Pod:

S1E3: “Trent Crimm, The Independent

S1E7:  “Make Rebecca Great Again

S1E10:  ”The Hope that Kills You”

S1E10: ”The Hope that Kills You”

December 13, 2021

We’ve come to the end of the first season, and so much has changed.  Join Cathy and Mike for their breakdown of S1E10 of "Ted Lasso:  The Hope that Kills You." British pessimism, and Ted’s optimism.  Trick plays or elaborate set pieces?  A brief history of white boards.  Richmond, London & Lake Placid, New York.  A spit take too far?  Freud finally makes the pod, and Cathy finally gets a chance to discuss polarity theory.  The poetry of Donald Rumsfeld, and why 4-square matrices belong on PowerPoint slides.  The dangers of the extremes.  Cognitive reframing returns, and Blue Ocean Strategy emerges.  Join us in the new year for season two of Lasso Lessons, and you’ll never walk alone.

Books mentioned on the pod:

Polarity Management: Identifying and Managing Unsolvable Problems

Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant

S1E9:  ”All Apologies”

S1E9: ”All Apologies”

November 16, 2021

Join Cathy and Mike as they break down Ted Lasso S1E9, “All Apologies.”  On first hearing Smells Like Teen Spirit.  Fenway Park (Boston) vs. Camp Nou (Barcelona).  The later career of Thierry Henry. Is Keely telepathic? Boom Chicago and the origins of Ted Lasso.  More Rupert vs. Ted.  Turns out Rebecca is actually good at apologies!  Difficult conversations.  And Cognitive Reframing returns.


Books Mentioned:

Why Won’t You Apologize:  Healing, Big Betrayals, and Everyday Hurts

Difficult Conversations:  How to Discuss What Matters Most


Bonus:  Weird Al’s Smells Like Nirvana

S1E8: ”The Diamond Dogs”

S1E8: ”The Diamond Dogs”

November 4, 2021

It’s the day after, everyone must deal with the consequences, and Ted and Rupert engage in a pointed contest. Join Cathy and Mike as they discuss S1E8 of Ted Lasso. Birth of The Diamond DogsShakespeare vs Walt WhitmanEmotional Intelligence spawns EQ.  How cognitive reframing can help with emotional hijacking. Does lack of curiosity kill the cad?  And Ted’s origin story.


In Memoriam:  Aaron Beck on Cognitive Restructuring.


47 Milk Puns

Snopes on “Be curious, not judgemental”

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