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Leaders are learners. The best leaders never stop working to make themselves better. The Learning Leader Show Is series of conversations with the world's most thoughtful leaders. Entrepreneurs, CEO's, World-Class Athletes, Coaches, Best-Selling Authors, and much more.

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Leaders are learners. The best leaders never stop working to make themselves better. The Learning Leader Show Is series of conversations with the world's most thoughtful leaders. Entrepreneurs, CEO's, World-Class Athletes, Coaches, Best-Selling Authors, and much more.

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A deeper convo than you’ll find elsewhere

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Ryan is not only an OG podcaster, his interview skills are truly great. You get to hear amazing guests talk about things they don’t seem to share elsewhere. Love this show!

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Great information that reveals relevancy in today’s workplace. Jeepsjku

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765 Ratings
Average Ratings
735
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A deeper convo than you’ll find elsewhere

By jacunzo - Nov 26 2019
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Ryan is not only an OG podcaster, his interview skills are truly great. You get to hear amazing guests talk about things they don’t seem to share elsewhere. Love this show!

Relevant

By k15_jku - Jun 18 2019
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Great information that reveals relevancy in today’s workplace. Jeepsjku

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Leaders are learners. The best leaders never stop working to make themselves better. The Learning Leader Show Is series of conversations with the world's most thoughtful leaders. Entrepreneurs, CEO's, World-Class Athletes, Coaches, Best-Selling Authors, and much more.

Rank #1: 140: Carol Dweck - The Power Of A Growth Mindset

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Episode 140: Carol Dweck - The Power Of A Growth Mindset

Dr. Carol Dweck's work is the foundation for what it means to be a learning leader. To be in a constant state of improvement... "In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that's that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don't necessarily think everyone's the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it."

Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference. Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports.

Episode 140: Carol Dweck - The Power Of A Growth Mindset

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The Learning Leader Show

“Growth mindset leaders want to be challenged."

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Focusing on growth -- having a desire for a challenge and learning from setbacks leads to sustained excellence
  • People with a fixed mindset are afraid to find out that they aren't very smart
  • Growth mindset leaders want to be challenged
  • Fixed mindset leaders have a deep seated insecurity. They have to keep showing that they're a genius.
  • Don't declare that you have a growth mindset -- Instead figure out what triggers you into having a fixed mindset. Start there.
  • Questions to ask people in an interview to understand their mindset
  • Sharing credit or taking it all for yourself? It shows a lot about your mindset
  • When was the last time you were wrong? (It should be often)
  • "Don't praise the intelligence. Praise the process."
  • Do NOT reward children for getting straight A's
  • Taking the stairs -- Develop Grit 
  • Be aware that doing something the hard way will benefit you (and your children)
  • "I want your listeners to do something way outside of their comfort zone..."
  • Why as a young manager you need to focus on collaboration -- Ask others for help
  • Learning Leader = "I loved it. Merging of Learning and Leadership. Helping others learn. Serving them.

“I have always been deeply moved by outstanding achievement and saddened by wasted potential.”

Continue Learning:

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Episode 082: Dan Pink – The Science of Motivation, Legendary Writer & Ted Talk

Episode 086: Seth Godin – How To Become Indispensable & Build Your Tribe

Episode 107: Simon Sinek – Leadership: It Starts With Why

Did you enjoy the podcast?

If you enjoyed hearing Carol Dweck on the show, please don’t hesitate to send me a note on Twitter or email me.

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

Bio From MindsetOnline.com

Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., is one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Her research has focused on why people succeed and how to foster success. She has held professorships at Columbia and Harvard Universities, has lectured all over the world, and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her scholarly book Self-Theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development was named Book of the Year by the World Education Federation. Her work has been featured in such publications as The New Yorker, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe, and she has appeared on Today and 20/20.

Jul 10 2016

50mins

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Rank #2: 170: Simon Sinek - Why "Together Is Better"

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Episode 170: Simon Sinek - Why "Together Is Better"

Simon Sinek sparked a movement with his bestsellers START WITH WHY and LEADERS EAT LAST. His newest book, Together Is Better, will inspire more readers to ask for help, help others, and discover their own courage through a charming story about change. Simon Sinek is an optimist. He teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. From members of Congress to foreign ambassadors, from small businesses to corporations like Microsoft and 3M, from Hollywood to the Pentagon, he has presented his ideas about the power of why. He has written two books, Leaders Eat Last and Start With Why and is quoted frequently by national publications. He was previously a guest on The Learning Leader Show, Episode #107 which remains one of the most popular episodes in the show's history... This one is even better.

Episode 170: Simon Sinek - Why "Together Is Better"

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“Most people live their lives by accident as it happens. Fulfillment comes when we live our lives on purpose."

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • "We're social animals and we need each other"
  • The goal is to find ourselves in a place that we dream to go to
  • "Joy comes from relationships we form when we feel someone cares about us"
  • Why The Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas is incredible (the people)
    • Their employees love their jobs -- Why? Their managers constantly work to make the employees lives better
  • Why you must be a student of leadership
    • Often times someone gets promoted based on current performance, but they are rarely trained on how to lead.  Leaders must take time off to regularly train on leading others. Most don't unfortunately. "All the best leaders I know are students of leadership."
  • Execution: The leaders are responsible for the people who are responsible for the results. It's a human job. Consistency and intensity. Daily practice of little things (ie. ban phones in meetings, instead of people texting and email, they will talk)
  • Need to know what we stand for and what we are against
  • Why Jack Welch is a bad leader
  • "Jack Welch is a blight on the business world. GE needed a $300B bailout." - Simon Sinek
  • Being willing to say "I don't know." Having the courage to speak up when you don't know. Ask questions.
  • "Courage is not a deep internal fortitude. When we feel someone cares about us, we're able to make courageous decisions."
  • How Simon started his business as a consultant
  • How his TEDx Talk changed his life
  • Why successful athletes suffer from depression
  • "People come first... Winning is second." - John Wooden
  • Why you must know your "why." What you're a part of...

"Leadership: It's a human job. The daily practice of little things. Consistency and intensity."

Continue Learning:

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Episode 078: Kat Cole – From Hooters Waitress To President of Cinnabon

Episode 071: Nate Boyer - Green Beret, Texas Football, The NFL

Episode 073: Jay Bilas - World Class ESPN Basketball Broadcaster, Toughness, Fixing The NCAA

Episode 107: Simon Sinek – Leadership: It Starts With Why

Did you enjoy the podcast?

If you enjoyed hearing Simon Sinek on the show, please don’t hesitate to send me a note on Twitter or email me.

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by Daor Design - Daor Design will help you build your brand like nobody’s business. Most of their work falls into one of four categories: Logo Design, Print Design, Web Design or Digital Marketing. They pride themselves in being a trusted, valued resource for their growing family of clients.

Oct 23 2016

56mins

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Rank #3: 107: Simon Sinek – Leadership: It Starts With Why

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Episode 107: Simon Sinek – Leadership: It Starts With Why

Simon Sinek is a bucket list type of a guest.  He is a literally hero of mine.  His TED Talk, “How Great Leaders Inspire Action” is one of my all-time favorites.  It’s also happens to be one of the most popular TED talks of all time.  I loved learning more about Simon the person… As well as some of his newer views on leadership...  I loved how emotional Simon got at certain points in this conversation… Especially when we discussed how it takes courage for great leaders to step up and make tough decisions.  We had a fascinating conversation on this episode of The Learning Leader Show.

Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home every day feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them. A trained ethnographer, he is the author of two books: the global best seller, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action and his newest book, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t.

Fascinated by the leaders and companies that make the greatest impact in their organizations and in the world, those with the capacity to inspire, he has discovered some remarkable patterns about how they think, act and communicate and the environments in which people operate at their natural best. He has devoted his life to sharing his thinking in order to help other leaders and organizations inspire action.

He is best known for popularizing the concept of Why and for the talk he gave on the subject that became the second most watched talk of all time on TED.com.

Episode 107: Simon Sinek – Leadership: It Starts With Why

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The Learning Leader Show

“If You Care To See Others Succeed, That’s Why You Lead”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Having courage to stick to your values leads to sustained excellence
  • Lt. General George Flynn, USMC is a great example to follow
  • Leadership is a choice – Everyone has the capacity to lead
  • If you have a desire to see others succeed, that’s why you lead
  • Why mass layoffs never used to happen and why they do now
  • The great leaders don’t believe in headcounts… They believe in heart counts
  • Unfortunately… Bad leaders don’t have the courage to sacrifice
  • Why Gary Ridge (CEO of WD-40) is a great leader – He puts his people first
  • Learn Simon’s process for learning new things
  • How to be a great public speaker? Only talk about things that you care about and understand
  • Being a learning leader means approaching every day with the curiosity of a little kid

 “Leadership is a choice – Everyone has the capacity to lead”

Continue Learning:

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Episode 001: How To Become A Master Connector W/ Jayson Gaignard From MasterMind Talks

Episode 078: Kat Cole – From Hooters Waitress To President of Cinnabon

Episode 082: Dan Pink – The Science of Motivation, Legendary Writer & Ted Talk

Episode 086: Seth Godin – How To Become Indispensable & Build Your Tribe

Did you enjoy the podcast?

If you enjoyed hearing Simon Sinek on the show, please don’t hesitate to send me a note on Twitter or email me.

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

Bio From StartWithWhy.com

Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home every day feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them. A trained ethnographer, he is the author of two books: the global best seller, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action and his newest book, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. Fascinated by the leaders and companies that make the greatest impact in their organizations and in the world, those with the capacity to inspire, he has discovered some remarkable patterns about how they think, act and communicate and the environments in which people operate at their natural best. He has devoted his life to sharing his thinking in order to help other leaders and organizations inspire action.

He is best known for popularizing the concept of Why and for the talk he gave on the subject that became the second most watched talk of all time on TED.com.

Mar 16 2016

34mins

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Rank #4: 220: Robert Greene - The Laws Of Power & Mastery

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Episode 220: Robert Greene - The Laws Of Power & Mastery

Robert Greene is an American author and speaker known for his books on strategy, power and seduction. He has written five international bestsellers: The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War, The 50th Law and Mastery. In addition to having a strong following within the business world and a deep following in Washington, DC, Greene’s books are hailed by everyone from war historians to the biggest musicians in the industry (including Jay-Z and 50 Cent).

"Do Not Speak Unless You Can Improve Upon The Silence."

Show Notes:

  • Sustained Excellence:
    • Self Mastery
    • Self Control -- "We are emotional animals, governed by emotions. It can get you in trouble."
    • Self Discipline
    • Flexibility -- Ability to adapt
  • Why Napoleon was successful? He had a front line obsession
  • Writing a book with 50 Cent
    • "Never let your guard down"
  • Law 4 - Always say less than necessary. "Do not speak unless you can improve upon the silence."
    • Learn the power of being quiet
    • If you're upset about an email, do not respond emotionally. Wait 24 hours and then respond with a level head
  • Law 9 - Win Through Your Actions, Never Through Argument. "Demonstrate, do not explicate."
    • Commit to action. Words are devalued
    • "Show them. Don't talk."
  • Law 10 - Infection: Avoid The Unhappy and Unlucky
    • You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with
    • "We absorb the energy of other people."
    • Look to "level up" your peer group at all time"
  • How to deal with a person in a power position who you do not like or respect?
    • Do not let them see you upset. Do not show them emotion (when they try to rile you up)
  • Did President Trump read The 48 Laws of Power? He appears to have used some of the laws to help get elected:
    • Law 6 - Court attention at all cost
    • Law 17 - Keep others in suspended terror. Cultivate an air of unpredictability
    • Law 27 - Play on people's need to believe to create a cult like following
  • Very common in business for an "aggressive, loud yeller" to push people around and somehow get promoted... But once they have to actually lead and manage people, they fail miserably
  • Rappers, movie stars, athletes quoting (even tattooing) The 48 Laws. How has that impacted you? Great satisfaction, but even more from "regular" people who email him and said his work helped them start a business or quit a bad job.
  • "Sometimes you don't know what you're intended to do. It pays to have an open mind." -- Robert didn't write The 48 Laws of Power until he was 38 years old
  • "The human brain does not learn unless it is excited"
  • Cesar Rodriguez -- "Trust The Process" -- You must get reps, reps, reps in order to achieve any level of excellence
    • Think long term and put in the necessary work to be great
  • Advice: "You were born with a purpose. Tap into what makes you different and unique. There is tremendous pressure to fit in. You will have success if you dig deep, be adventurous, try things out. Respect your unique-ness, something great will happen."

"The Human Brain Does Not Learn Unless It Is Excited."

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More Learning:

Episode 078: Kat Cole – From Hooters Waitress To President of Cinnabon

Episode 216: Jim Collins -- How To Go From Good To Great

Episode 179: How To Sustain Excellence - The Best Answers From 178 Questions

Episode 107: Simon Sinek – Leadership: It Starts With Why

Aug 27 2017

1hr 12mins

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Rank #5: 180: Michael Watkins - The First 90 Days: How To Ensure Success In Your New Role

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Episode 180: Michael Watkins - The First 90 Days: How To Ensure Success In Your New Role

Dr. Michael Watkins is the author of Your Next Move: The Leader’s Guide to Navigating Major Career Transitions, and the international bestseller The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at all Levels, which The Economist called “the on-boarding bible.” With more than 750,000 copies sold in English, and translations in 27 languages, The First 90 Days has become the standard reference for leaders in transition. Recently The First 90 Days was named one of the best 100 business books of all time.

Drawing on the perfect combination of research and hand-on experience, he has spent the last two decades working with leaders – both corporate and public — as they transition to new roles, negotiate the future of their organizations, and craft their legacy as leaders.

Episode 180: Michael Watkins - The First 90 Days: How To Ensure Success In Your New Role

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“I help leaders and their teams make good career transitions."

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Common themes to sustain excellence:
    • Learning Agility - Not shy about learning, and they don't expect themselves to have all the answers
    • Diversity of Experience - Multiple functions, multiple companies
    • Delicate balance between humility and ego
  • Jeff Immelt from GE is a good example
  • Confidence vs. Ego -- Desire to achieve, but cannot create echo chambers.
  • The First 90 Days -- Michael's world-wide best selling book on how to transition to a leadership role
  • The Leadership Pipeline - Another book to help make the transition from individual contributor to management. It's a completely different skill set
  • The toughest move/promotion is the very first one
  • The common traps leaders fall in to -- Relying only on what they're good at. Must broaden skills. You have to be a force multiplier.
    • Common Issues and problems leaders run in to: "Coming in with the answer. Not building lateral relationships. Engaging on the wrong side of learning."
  • Why you must re-learn how to learn
    • How is the culture different?
      • Politically
      • Technically
  • Who is the "dream team?" The five people you must meet immediately upon taking a new role
  • The importance of the boss and the role she plays in helping
  • Momentum -- Creating early wins.  Why you must make this happen
    • Look for little irritants to remove
    • Secure a win by thinking differently
  • Your first public address to the group -- Prepare, Prepare, Prepare. The first impression is vital
  • How to prepare for a management (role) interview
  • Why a "One Sheet" of your core beliefs is better than a 30-60-90 day plan

“You have to be a force multiplier. You can't be a super-rep."

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Episode 078: Kat Cole – From Hooters Waitress To President of Cinnabon

Episode 071: Nate Boyer - Green Beret, Texas Football, The NFL

Episode 073: Jay Bilas - World Class ESPN Basketball Broadcaster, Toughness, Fixing The NCAA

Episode 107: Simon Sinek – Leadership: It Starts With Why

Did you enjoy the podcast?

If you enjoyed hearing Michael Watkins on the show, please don’t hesitate to send me a note on Twitter or email me.

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by  Mizzen and Main: Performance fabric menswear. The most comfortable/durable dress shirts you will find on the market. I personally own 22 of them. To get free shipping, use the code "ryanhawk" -- To get $50 off when you purchase three shirts, use the code "ryanhawk3" -- Thank you for your support!

Dec 12 2016

50mins

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Rank #6: 216: Jim Collins - How To Go From Good To Great

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Episode 216: Jim Collins – How To Go From Good To Great

Show Notes:

  • Sustained Excellence:
    • Never go to a meeting without writing down 5 questions prior to the meeting
    • Always follow up the meeting with at least a page of notes -- Share those with your mentor
  • What made you say yes to The Learning Leader Show after 2 1/2 years?
    • It requires intense focus to prepare
    • This is a teaching moment
    • Only say yes if it's going to be impactful. The team determined this show was the right place to do that
  • Always ask yourself -- "How can I make myself useful to the world?"
    • This was advice originally given to him by Peter Drucker
  • A great teacher can change your life in 30 seconds -- Peter Drucker did that for Jim
  • "I am constitutionally unemployable" -- Why Jim feels this about himself
  • His curiosity has led to the success and most importantly... Great questions like:
    • How to turn something into an enduring great company?
    • How someone or a company can go from Good To Great?
  • Jim most admired Peter Drucker when he was 35 years old...
    • The story of their first meeting and how Peter was the curious one... Kept peppering Jim with questions to start the conversation (much like Jim did to me to start this conversation)
    • "The ultimate zen master with bamboo stick"
  • Drucker - "It seems to me that you spend a lot of time worrying if you will survive. You probably will survive. You seem to focus a lot on the question, "how to be successful?" That is the wrong question. The right question is "How to be useful?"
  • What would it have cost Jim to not publish Good To Great after he finished the manuscript? -- More than $100m.  He had to get it out in the world.  He felt it was his responsibility to do so...
  • Another great mentor said to Jim... "When seeking an entrepreneurial path... Cut off all other options and GO."
  • "Everything is driven by by questions"
  • Can a good company become a great company? How?
  • Level 5 Leader
    • Starts with confronting the brutal facts
    • Personal humility and professional will
    • Not what, but who -- Get the right people on the bus
  • Does not happen in one fell swoop or a leap. It happens over time. Flywheel -- Create momentum
  • Understand the hedgehog concept -- An expert in one thing... Knows it very well
    • 3 Parts of the Hedgehog concept
      • Deeply passionate about it
      • Encoded for it... You're really good at it. An expert
      • Economically, you can make money from it
  • Level 5 Leaders:
    • What cause do I serve?
    • Humility to serve... It's not about them
    • Willful -- Able to make difficult decisions
  • For the best Level 5 Leaders... How do they sustain it?
    • It's easier for them because they understand their personal hedgehog -- It helps them remain renewed after many years
  • "Measured Risk" vs. "Burn The Boats"
    • Fire Bullets... Then Cannon Balls
      • For Jim, this was his first two books + his time as a professor at Stanford before he decided to leave to start his own company
  • You must navigate your path.  It doesn't mean you take unfounded risk... Fire bullets first, then cannonballs
    • "If you never fire a cannonball, you'll never make it.
  • "BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal)
    • How to write a good one?
    • Take calibrated, calculated risk --
    • Have things to keep you alive even if everything goes wrong
      • Productive Paranoia
  • Validation - What are points of success you can look to?
    • Jim's wife Joann committing to winning an Ironman race... She was a consultant at the time.  She was also a runner. She tried biking and was very good at it.  Eventually she practiced, took measured risks, and won the Ironman race
  • "If you were a trial attorney and had to win the case, what evidence would you use?"
  • The Flywheel principle and putting it to use for Jeff Bezos and the Amazon team -- How could they build momentum? After Jim met with Jeff Bezos and his leadership team in 2001, Amazon executives were elated; according to several members of the team at the time, they felt that, after five years, they finally understood their own business.Most important for young leaders -- Jim's advice
  • "FIRST WHO, THEN WHAT?"
    • Who do you want to mentor you? Who do you want to mentor?
    • Who do you want to be your friends? Who do you want to work with? Who do you want to spend time with?
    • The most important question is WHO
    • You don't need to answer WHAT until you answer WHO

"The most important question is WHO. First WHO, then WHAT. Who will be your mentor? Who will be your friends? Who will you help? Who will you spend time with? You don't need to answer what until well after you've answered WHO."

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Jim Collins is a student and teacher of leadership and what makes great companies tick. Having invested a quarter century of research into the topic, he has authored or co-authored six books that have sold in total more than ten million copies worldwide. They include: GOOD TO GREAT, the #1 bestseller, which examines why some companies and leaders make the leap to superior results, along with its companion work GOOD TO GREAT AND THE SOCIAL SECTORS; the enduring classic BUILT TO LAST, which explores how some leaders build companies that remain visionary for generations; HOW THE MIGHTY FALL, which delves into how once-great companies can self-destruct; and most recently, GREAT BY CHOICE, which is about thriving in chaos – why some do, and others don’t – and the leadership behaviors needed in a world beset by turbulence, disruption, uncertainty, and dramatic change.

Jul 30 2017

1hr 10mins

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Rank #7: 336: Neil Pasricha - How To Build Resilience & Live An Intentional Life

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Episode #336: Neil Pasricha: How To Build Resilience & Live An Intentional Life

Full Show notes can be found at www.LearningLeader.com

How To Build Resilience & Live An Intentional Life

NEIL PASRICHA is the the author of six books including: The Book of Awesome, a spinning rolodex of simple pleasures based on his 100-million-hit, award-winning blog 1000 Awesome Things, The Happiness Equation, originally written as a 300-page love letter to his unborn son on how to live a happy life, Awesome Is Everywhere, an interactive introduction to guided meditation for children, and How To Get Back Up, a memoir of failure and resilience released as an Audible Original. His latest book is called You Are Awesome. His books are New York Times and #1 international bestsellers and have sold millions of copies across dozens of languages.  His first TED talk “The 3 A’s of Awesome” is ranked one of the 10 Most Inspiring of all time.

Notes:

  • Commonalities of leaders who sustain excellence:
    • They read a lot
    • They unplug regularly - "the genesis for all my best ideas."
      • "Create untouchable time" for yourself
  • The CEO of Wal-Mart -- How did he create this time?
    • He's the CEO BECAUSE he always made this part of his way of operating.
  • Neil worked in a senior level corporate role for Wal-Mart for 10 years
    • His side hustle was writing and speaking
      • He didn't quit his job until he had successfully built his side hustle for eight years!
  • Ask yourself two questions:
    • Which of these two decisions will I regret not doing more on your death bed?
    • What will you do if it fails?
  • The farmer with one horse fable: A farmer had only one horse. One day, his horse ran away. His neighbors said,“I’m so sorry. This is such bad news. You must be so upset.” The man just said,“We’ll see.” A few days later, his horse came back with twenty wild horses following. The man and his son corralled all twenty-one horses. His neighbors said, “Congratulations! This is such good news.You must be so happy!” The man just said,“We’ll see.” One of the wild horses kicked the man’s only son, breaking both his legs. His neighbors said,“I’m so sorry.This is such bad news. You must be so upset.” The man just said,“We’ll see.” The country went to war, and every able-bodied young man was drafted to fight. The war was terrible and killed every young man, but the farmer’s son was spared since his broken legs prevented him from being drafted. His neighbors said, “Congratulations! This is such good news.You must be so happy!” The man just said, “We’ll see . . .”

    What is up with this crazy farmer, right?

    Well, what’s up with this crazy farmer is that he has truly developed resilience. He has built up his resilience. He is resilient! He’s steady, he’s ready, and whatever the future brings, we all know he’s going to stare it straight in the face with eyes that scream,“Bring it on.”

    The farmer has come to understand that every skyrocketing pleasure or stomach-churning defeat defines not who he is but simply where he is.

  • What do most commencement speeches get wrong?
    • Do what you love only if you're willing to accept the pain to continue doing it...
    • The grind.  A lot of small losses add up.  Can you handle the pain that you will need to endure to do what you love?
  • Is it better to be a big fish in a small pond?
    • Yes.  Academic research shows it benefits you even up to 10 years after you leave the pond...
    • Don't but the $5m condo in NYC.  Continue to find places where you can purposefully win.
    • Rig the game to win.
  • "Different is better than better."
  • Add a dot-dot-dot...
    • Neil's mom: "I always just added the word yet to everything..."  It's not a NO, it's a "not yet."
    • You have to just "keep going."
  • The two minute morning routine that takes the worry out of waking up:
    • In your journal write three things:
      • I will let go of...
      • I am grateful for...
      • I will focus on...
  • Neil's goal setting:
    • Set the lowest possible goals.  Set goals that you will hit.
    • "Extrinsic goals don't work."  
  • Why joining The Learning Leader Circle is a good idea

Oct 27 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #8: 082: Daniel Pink – The Science Of Motivation, Legendary Writer & TED Talk

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Episode 082: Daniel Pink – The Science Of Motivation, Legendary Writer & TED Talk

Dan Pink is one of my all-time favorite writers and speakers.  He truly understands the importance of an intense focus on continuous improvement.  His focus and work on “Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose” is fantastic.  We are extremely fortunate to have Dan share his knowledge with us, the loyal listeners of The Learning Leader Show. 

Dan Pink is the author of five provocative books — including three long-running New York Times bestsellers, A Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell is Human. Dan’s books have been translated into 34 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide.   In 2013, Thinkers 50 named him one of the top 15 business thinkers in the world. 

Dan’s TED Talk on the science of motivation is one of the 10 most-watched TED Talks of all time, with more than 19 million views. His RSA Animate video about the ideas in his book, Drive, has collected more than 14 million views.  Before venturing out on his own 18 years ago, Dan worked in several positions in politics and government, including serving from 1995 to 1997 as chief speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore.

Episode 082: Daniel Pink – The Science Of Motivation, Legendary Writer & TED Talk

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The Learning Leader Show

“For a sales professional, I look for: Conscientiousness, Willingness to develop expertise, and Ambiversion.”

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are the common characteristics of high achievers?
  • What was your proves for quitting your job as a speechwriter and becoming a full time writer?
  • What was your preparation process for your legendary TED Talk?
  • What are the specific skills needed in order to remain in control of your career?
  • How does your research have an effect on the profession of sales?
  • Why do we struggle to implement and execute on what we learn from books/speeches/workshops?
  • What advice would you give to your 20 year old self?
  • What books have had the biggest influence on your life?
  • What does being a learning leader mean to you?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The critical components of sustaining excellence: Curiosity, Generosity, Hard Work
  • What it was like writing speeches for Al Gore
  • The process for starting his own business and leaving his comfort zone
  • The specific traits he looks for in a sales professional
  • His interview process to increase his odds of hiring the right people
  • The specific elements of “To Sell Is Human”
  • Focusing on one small task and doing it daily
  • Drew Brees and moving the chains… Getting first downs
  • Habit Formation and how to do it
  • Having a Growth Mindset vs. a Fixed Mindset

“Focus on moving the chains.  Can I do one small thing every single day?”

Continue Learning:

You may also like these episodes:

Episode 001: How To Become A Master Connector With Jayson Gaignard From MasterMind Talks

Episode 034: Jimmy Hatch – Shot While Searching For Bowe Bergdahl And Sky Diving With Gabby Giffords

Episode 004: How Todd Wagner (and Mark Cuban) Sold Broadcast.com To Yahoo! For $5.7 Billion

Episode 010: Shane Snow – How To Accelerate Success Using Smart Cuts

Did you enjoy the podcast?

This was a jam packed episode full of great content.  Dan Pink is leader who is constantly learning in order to help us all live a better life. Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

Bio From DanPink.com

Dan Pink is the author of five provocative books — including three long-running New York Times bestsellers, A Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell is Human. Dan’s books have been translated into 34 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide.   In 2013, Thinkers 50 named him one of the top 15 business thinkers in the world. 

Dan’s TED Talk on the science of motivation is one of the 10 most-watched TED Talks of all time, with more than 19 million views. His RSA Animate video about the ideas in his book, Drive, has collected more than 14 million views.  Before venturing out on his own 18 years ago, Dan worked in several positions in politics and government, including serving from 1995 to 1997 as chief speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore.

He received a BA from Northwestern University, where he was a Truman Scholar and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a JD from Yale Law School. He has also received honorary degrees from the Pratt Institute, the Ringling College of Art and Design, and Westfield State University.

Dec 21 2015

57mins

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Rank #9: 006: Hal Elrod Tells You How To Be Insanely Productive Before 8:00 AM

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Episode 006: Hal Elrod Tells You How To Be Insanely Productive Before 8:00 AM

Wow! Hal is an absolute ball of energy.  He kept me on my toes this entire conversation.  Even after we stopped recording, Hal kept offering up great advice on how to improve my life as well as my podcast.  He is an incredibly giving person.  This episode was one of my favorites because I truly felt inspired throughout.  Hal is honest, open, and direct with his message.  It is fantastic and can be put into practice TODAY!

“This might sound funny, but my number 1 goal is for you to like me.”      - Hal Elrod.

Welcome to Episode 006 with the author of “The Miracle Morning,” Hal Elrod

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The Learning Leader Show

“Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” – John Wooden 

Some Questions I Ask:

  • Why do many people grasp the ideas you articulate intellectually and yet fail to implement them in a meaningful way?
  • How do you so effectively use story telling in your presentations?
  • Share with me your sales process… Let’s hear it.
  • How did you break the Cutco record within your first 10 days on the job?
  • What is your specific morning routine?
  • What negative self-talk have you had to overcome?
  • Do you operate out of a sense of obligation to anything or anyone?

“If you live your life like 95% of the people out there, you’ll get what they get.”  - Hal Elrod.

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The essence of the Miracle Morning
  • The importance and the art of storytelling
  • How utilizing the 6 Life Savers will positively impact your life
  • How to deal with self-doubt
  • How to start every day at a level 10
  • The Power of Accountability
  • How he sold 50,000 books
  • How to execute on your plan
  • The thought process we have surrounding dreaming big

Continue Learning

You may also like these episodes:

Episode 001: How to become a master connector with Jayson Gaignard from MasterMind Talks

Episode 002: How to take over and set bigger goals with Chris Brogan

Episode 003: The incredibly interesting story of Maurice Clarett and how he built a 6 figure income after spending 4 years in prison

Episode 009: The Creative Leader’s Guide to making money by thinking outside of the Box with Jason Zook (SurfrApp)

Did you enjoy the podcast?

As I said before, Hal is an incredibly giving person. He is an absolute professional and is a phenomenal leader.  Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Bio:

Hal Elrod is a #1 bestselling author, international Keynote Speaker, hall of fame business achiever, one of America’s top Success Coaches, national champion Sales Manager, record-breaking Sales Rep, ultra-marathon runner, grateful husband & proud father.

Known as “Yo Pal Hal” since hosting his first radio show at age 15, his greatest triumph came at age 20 after he was hit head on by a drunk driver and found dead at the scene…

Despite being clinically dead for six minutes, in a coma for six days, breaking 11 bones and being told he may never walk again, Hal defied the logic of doctors and the temptations to be a victim, and he bounced back to prove that ALL of us are capable of overcoming extraordinary adversity to create extraordinary results in our personal and professional lives. 

Hal has appeared on dozens of TV and radio shows across the country, and he’s been featured in numerous books, including The Education of Millionaires, the all-time bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Cutting Edge SalesThe 800-Pound Gorilla of SalesReleasing the ChainsLiving College Life In the Front Row, andThe Author’s Guide To Building An Online Platform, to name a few.

His #1 bestselling book, The Miracle Morning and his highly acclaimed #6 bestseller, Taking Life Head On!are two of the most acclaimed books on Amazon with a combined 120+ 5-star reviews.

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

Apr 24 2015

46mins

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Rank #10: 242: Daniel Coyle - The Secret Of Highly Successful Groups (The Culture Code)

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Sustained Excellence = "They're over themselves" - They do not have an ego. They figure out the big truths, get over feelings, have clarity, vision. Great communicators - Like an athlete, they can be obsessed.  Keenly aware, active listeners, intentional with actions.

  • Why write The Culture Code?
    • Spending time around great teams and businesses, "I love the vibe, it's different." Had a desire to understand how that happens.  How to create trust"Typically we think of culture as in your DNA or not, but it's not.  "Great culture is something you can learn"The competition with Dan's two brothers growing up led to this fascination and curiosity with building great team culture"We routinely deeply underestimate our environments and the effect they have on us."
      • "As leaders, we need to create the conditions for excellence"The 3 Skills -- 1) Build Safety 2) Share Vulnerability 3) Establish Purpose
        • Build Safety - Why do a group of kindergartners do better than a group of CEOs?  The kindergartners have now agenda or care about credit.  They focus on doing the best work.  CEOs (in the study) were worried about who got credit and tearing each other down.
          • Safety is the single most important piece of foundation needed for great culture
          • Greg Popovich overdoes the "thank yous" - He regularly says thank you to the members of his team.
          • A painstaking hiring process - The single most important decision is "who's in and who's out."
            • You should script the entire first few days of a new employees time at a company -- Pixar example (20 minute mark) -- "At Pixar, we hired you because we need you to help us make our movies better."
          • John Wooden would routinely walk the locker room and pick up trash
        • Share Vulnerability - Functional notion that's so important
          • "Sharing a weakness is the best way to be strong" -- Navy SEALs example: The AAR (After Action Review)
          • The most important 4 words a leader can say, "Anybody have any ideas?"
            • Also, "I screwed up"
          • Over-communicate expectations
            • "We shoot, move, and communicate
            • "The only easy day was yesterday"
          • How to be a great listener
            • "Your goal as a listener should be to add energy." Ask questions, don't just sit there and nod.  Listen and absorb.  Help them leave higher than when you arrived.  Follow up to go deeper.  Being a great listener is a heroic skill.
            • Have "empathy and energy" as a listener -- dig in to assumptions (unearth)
          • Aim for candor, but avoid brutal honesty - good groups care about relationships, not brutality.  Candor is a better word
          • "Culture: From the Latin word cultus, which means care."
          • Great teams are made up of players who don't want to let their teammates down.
            • Greg Popovich and other great coaches disappear on purpose to let their team figure out it through tough moments.  Smart leaders create opportunities for teams to struggle and figure it out. --> "The leaders job is to make the team great without him/her."
          • Build a wall between performance review and professional development -- When you combine the two, you get neither.  Toggle, create safety so you can be more open and honest.
          • Establish Purpose
            • What's important now?  You must define that
            • Value statements aren't super useful -- "fill the windshield with a story."
            • Clear narratives guide attention
            • Name and rank your priorities

Jan 29 2018

56mins

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Rank #11: 072: Jon Gordon - Optimistic People Win More | The Energy Bus

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Episode 072: Jon Gordon - Optimistic People Win More | The Energy Bus

Jon Gordon leads an inspirational life.  He’s had high moments and very low moments.  He openly shares some of the lowest moments of his life as well as the specific thoughts process he developed in order to go from the lowest of lows to an international superstar author and key note speaker. We are extremely fortunate to have Jon share his message with us, the loyal listeners of The Learning Leader Show. 

Jon Gordon's best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA, MLB coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals and non-profits. He is the author of numerous books including The Wall Street Journal bestseller The Energy Bus, Soup, The No Complaining Rule, Training Camp, and The Carpenter. Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers. His clients include The Atlanta Falcons, LA Clippers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Campbell Soup, Wells Fargo, Northwestern Mutual, Publix, Southwest Airlines, Bayer, West Point Academy and more.

Jon is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Masters in Teaching from Emory University. He and his training/consulting company are passionate about developing positive leaders, organizations and teams.

Episode 072: Jon Gordon - Optimistic People Win More | The Energy Bus

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The Learning Leader Show

“When I hear the phrase Learning Leader, I think YES! YES!”

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are some common characteristics all high achievers share?
  • Why should we strive to be a craftsman instead of a carpenter?
  • What made you write “The Energy Bus?”
  • How was the main character George actually a depiction of you?
  • What mile do most people quit running in a marathon? Why?
  • What are energy vampires? How should we handle them?
  • What does being a learning leader mean to you?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The importance of vision and why it helps you achieve your goals
  • Changing your viewpoint and how to do it
  • Passion and purpose leading to happiness
  • Designing it. Why you must design it prior to building your business and the life you want
  • Life is a series of marathons and boxing matches
  • If you can see it, you can create it
  • A learning leader? YES!  I love it

 “Life is a series of marathons and boxing matches.”

Continue Learning:

You may also like these episodes:

Episode 001: How To Become A Master Connector With Jayson Gaignard From MasterMind Talks

Episode 034: Jimmy Hatch – Shot While Searching For Bowe Bergdahl And Sky Diving With Gabby Giffords

Episode 004: How Todd Wagner (and Mark Cuban) Sold Broadcast.com To Yahoo! For $5.7 Billion

Episode 010: Shane Snow – How To Accelerate Success Using Smart Cuts

Did you enjoy the podcast?

This was a jam packed episode full of great content.  Jon Gordon is a leader who is constantly learning in order to help us all live a better life. Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

Bio From JonGordon.com

Jon Gordon's best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA, MLB coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals and non-profits. He is the author of numerous books including The Wall Street Journal bestseller The Energy Bus, Soup, The No Complaining Rule, Training Camp, and The Carpenter. Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers. His clients include The Atlanta Falcons, LA Clippers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Campbell Soup, Wells Fargo, Northwestern Mutual, Publix, Southwest Airlines, Bayer, West Point Academy and more.

Jon is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Masters in Teaching from Emory University. He and his training/consulting company are passionate about developing positive leaders, organizations and teams.

Nov 16 2015

22mins

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Rank #12: 310: David Epstein - Why Generalists Will Rule The World

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#310: David Epstein

Full show notes can be found at www.LearningLeader.com

David Epstein is the author of the forthcoming Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World , and of the top 10 New York Times bestseller The Sports Gene. David has master’s degrees in environmental science and journalism, and is reasonably sure he’s the only person to have co-authored a paper in the journal of Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research while a writer at Sports Illustrated.  David has given talks about performance science and the uses (and misuses) of data on five continents; his TED Talk has been viewed 7 million times, and was shared by Bill Gates.

Notes:

  • Leaders who sustain excellence =
    • Voracious learners
    • Voracious readers
    • They attack obstacles
    • Extremely interested in people and about themselves
  • The Sports Gene
    • Having great reflexes is a trained skill -- Pro baseball players cannot hit a pro softball pitcher because they have not trained their reflexes to understand the arm angle (Albert Puhols could not hit Jenny Finch even though she throws slower than the average MLB pitcher)
    • "Chunking" is what world class athletes or chess-masters do.  They pick up on cues from the person's body (or the board) and that helps them make quicker decisions -- Ex:  A baseball player understands/learns the cues of a pitcher and what pitch is coming and at what velocity
  • Sports is a "kind learning environment."  It is more black and white than the business world.  In order to translate this to the business world, try to create a kinder learning environment.  Need as much information available as possible.
    • Create an environment where feedback is happening on a regular basis
    • The business world is not as kind of a learning environment
    • The "annual review" is a horrible way to run a business.  Feedback should be happening on a regular basis... Daily.
    • Bill Campbell would go to the meetings of the leaders he coached and gave immediate feedback.
    • Create a feedback loop for yourself from mentors/people you trust
    • "Everyone needs a coach" -- David regularly takes writing courses to stay sharp and learn
  • David's writing process:
    • The first year = Read 10 scientific papers per day.  He reads a TON
    • Advantage David has created = An expansive search function
    • Have a "master thought list" -- Storyboard, shift scenes around
    • He did film editing as a form of cross training for writing a book and becoming a great storyteller
    • 29 of 32 NFL first round draft picks in the 2017 draft played multiple sports.  Cross training is critical for long term success
  • David debated Malcolm Gladwell on stage in front of a huge audience and changed Malcolm's mind.  Watch here.
  • Athletes that delay specialization excel more than those that specializes (golf is the only exception to the rule)
  • The most effective leaders are constantly updating their mental models
    • It should be celebrated when someone changes their mind because better evidence has surfaced
    • Darwin changed his mind
    • Lincoln changed his mind
  • A 'deliberate amateur' = Someone who loves an activity.  "I don't do research, I do search." It's a constant experimentation to learn
  • In a LinkedIn study, the results of a review of all profiles of people who made it to the C-Suite =
    • Went to a Top 5 Business School
    • "The single most important factor is they worked in different functions within a company."  They were generalists.
  • The people who make the most impact with number of patents filed work across classes.  They are wide ranging generalists.
  • Sales is a great entry point for any business -- Learning marketing and sales will benefit you in every job you will ever have
  • "Take your skills and apply them to a problem where those skills aren't being used."
  • People underestimate how much the world will change -- Must be able to adapt and learn
    • "We learn who we are in practice, not in theory."  -- Take action.  Do the work.
    • Work to accumulate experiences
    • Try something, go all in on the thing you are doing in that moment.  100% focus.  Invest everything you have in it.
      • Then reflect on it -- "We learn in moments of reflection."
  • "When you're 23, don't worry about getting ahead, get information about yourself.  Focus on learning."
  • Use the "Get To Know You Document"
  • Why joining The Learning Leader Circle is a good idea

May 12 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #13: 335: Deconstructing The Art & Science Of Public Speaking With Jay Acunzo

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Full show notes can be found at www.LearningLeader.com

Episode #335: Deconstructing The Art & Science Of Public Speaking With Jay Acunzo

This is another bonus episode with my friend, Jay Acunzo.  We deconstruct the art and science of public speaking in this bonus episode. "I'm trying to help you see something different that fundamentally changes your work for the better."

Notes:

  • The goal:
    • Help your audience see something different that fundamentally changes their work for the better.
    • Everything I'm doing (when speaking) is helping you get from where you're at to where you want to be.
  • How to put a talk together:
    • Prompt driven -- Anticipate the questions that will be asked and answer them.
    • The coaching of Andrew Davis for Jay... "He's been really instrumental in helping me build a speaking business
      • "The Dialog Outline" -- You break up a talk you're giving into it's component pieces making it a modular talk.
        • "You're sharing the things others need to hear at the right moment they need to hear it... So they're anticipating what comes next..."
    • Put yourself in situations to "talk out your thoughts" to generate ideas... "Learn through speaking."
  •  Process to prepare:
    • The value of rehearsal -- Is it needed?  How much?
    • Memorization vs. knowing your content cold → How to not sound like a robot, but still remember what to say?
    • Visual aids (PowerPoint, Keynote) -- "If I need the slides, I'm not ready." - Jay.  Slides should be use to reinforce the message.  You should never need to look at them.  They are there to be additive to your message for your audience.  
    • The 30 seconds before going on stage?  The optimal self talk... Interesting to hear the dramatic difference between Jay's approach and mine...
      • Get emotionally cross-faded.  "Wow, I get to do this.  This is so cool." (The words Jay says to himself the instant before he goes on stage."  And then... "Watch this." Assuring people that "I'm going to have some serious fun."
      • "Get ready... I'm about to put on a show." -- Use your excitement and confidence to serve the audience.
  • How to start a speech:  What to do and what NOT to do:
    • The first part of the speech is the shared goal - "What does everyone in the room want?"
      • "The Vanguard." - The front line you send out to begin the attack...
    • Do NOT start by saying, "I'm so excited to be here."  Of course you're excited.  Don't waste that time.  It's too important to wander into the speech.
  • Speaking Framework:
    • (Mine: story → science → practical application)
      • Story -- People remember stories
      • Science -- Empirical evidence/data to support the story
      • Application -- This is what it means for YOU
    • Storytelling -- How to become a better storyteller?  Great storytellers can rule the world...
      • Give a "feature story" -- And then reveal your hidden truth.
      • And then break it down into a methodology.
    • Engaging the audience - some speakers walk in the crowd, some ask questions regularly… The optimal ways to engage the audience
    • The element of surprise -- How to create ‘moments’ for the audience (surprise, ‘aha’ etc)?  How to ensure you are enlightening them and not just regurgitating stuff they already know...
    • The keys to Q & A and why it should never be the last thing you do on stage...
  • Film the audience to see their reaction to your message... Study that to see what hits.
  • How to add humor appropriately
  • Coaching/feedback -- The intentional actions taken to ensure improvement.  Why you should have a coach.  Who is your kitchen cabinet?
  • For corporate world mid-level managers who have to do QBR’s (quarterly business reviews) -- How can they make those more exciting?  (Most are dreadfully boring full of random stats, charts, bar graphs, etc)
  • Study the 'intentionality' of stand up comedians.  Everything you say is for a specific reason.
  • Be thoughtful and intentional with your actions.
  • Persuasive presentations have logos, ethos, and pathos (from Talk Like TED)
    • Logos - Backing up your argument with data
    • Ethos - Credibility of the speaker 
    • Pathos - Establish an emotional connection

Oct 23 2019

58mins

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Rank #14: 246: Patrick Lencioni - The Five Dysfunctions Of A Team

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Pat is the founder of The Table Group and the author of 11 books (including The Five Dysfunctions of a Team)which have sold over 5 million copies and been translated into more than 30 languages. The Wall Street Journal called him "one of the most in demand speakers in America." He has addressed millions of people at conferences and events around the world over the past 15 years. Pat has written for or been featured in numerous publications including Harvard Business Review, Inc., Fortune, Fast Company, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek.  This is the second time Pat has been a guest on The Learning Leader Show.  To listen to the first conversation we had, CLICK HERE.

Prior to founding The Table Group, Pat worked at Bain & Company, Oracle Corporation and Sybase.

Show Notes:

  • The email he received from Miami Heat coach, Erik Spolestra, after his first appearance on The Learning Leader Show
    • How he helps professional sports teams
    • Why NFL teams focus on the wrong things when deciding who to draft
      • Teddy Bridgewater vs Johnny Manziel
    • The characteristics of a great teammate:
      • Humility
      • Hunger
      • Emotional Intelligence
    • The success of Nick Foles in The Super Bowl
      • The camaraderie built by coach Doug Pederson of The Philadelphia Eagles
  • "I'm meant to work with people..."
  • The origin story - How Pat started his own business... and why?
    • Potential to work with Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt
    • The biggest moment in the growth of his business?  Speaking at Willowcreek Church(50,000 people watched)
  • Doing a "talk" instead of thinking of it as a "keynote speech" -- "I'm just talking with the audience."
  • Why turn leadership issues into fables?
    • "We don't read books, but we read yours."  They are so interesting.  "I keep reading your books because I want to see what happens next."
  • Leaders must:
    • Have difficult conversations -- must do the hard things
  • What are the biggest mistakes a new manager makes?
    • "You cannot avoid the discomfort"
    • "Being a leader is uncomfortable"
  • The best leaders are "pushers"
    • The Steve Jobs and Jony Ive story -- "You're so vain"
  • Keys to a great culture:
    • Leaders must be intentional about behaviors they want
    • Must be brutally intolerant if people don't do it well
  • How Pat helped Southwest Airlines
    • Codify their culture -- It had never been done before
  • Working with Chic-fil-a
    • Their CEO wasn't too big to do dishes and clear the plates
    • "They gave snacks for my trip home"
  • "You don't come up with culture, you look at what's there"
  • The importance of stories
  • Pat's business: There are 45 consultants all over the world.  They are:
    • Humble
    • Hungry
    • Smart

"Being a leader is uncomfortable.  You cannot avoid the discomfort."

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Feb 26 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #15: 044: John LeFevre - @GSElevator: This Episode Might Offend You

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Episode 044: John LeFevre - @GSElevator: This Episode Might Offend You

This episode is different from any other I’ve recorded for The Learning Leader Show.  Turney Duff describes my guest best for CNBC: “In some memoirs, the author tries to pull back the curtain to provide a glimpse into a particular time and place, but LeFevre attempts to rip the drapes right off. He gives a naked look at how business in the world of finance is conducted. LeFevre captures the "Glengarry Glen Ross"-type of attitude that some believe is required to be successful on Wall Street. He doesn't shy away from witnessing and partaking in some of the seedier antics of sharing non-public information, price-fixing, misogyny, drug use and good old-fashion cut-throat office politics.”

John LeFevre created the Goldman Sachs Elevator Twitter account (@GSElevator) as a parody of banking culture. He tweeted anonymously for years as he gained hundreds of thousands of followers with his notoriously outrageous and often offensive tweets. He was eventually revealed as the author of the account.  That Twitter account propelled him to earn a six figure book deal titled, “Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, and Billion-Dollar Deals.”

Episode 044: John LeFevre - @GSElevator: This Episode Might Offend You

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“I feel an obligation to call out social injustices.” – John LeFevre

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are the specific reasons behind your success?
  • What was your strategy behind growing the @GSElevator Twitter account?
  • What is an average “day in the life for you?”
  • When someone receives a six figure advance for a book, when exactly do you get paid?
  • Will this book become a movie?
  • Do you care if people like you? Are you okay with being polarizing?
  • What did you do with your first bonus check? ($75,000)

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Why John is so transparent and has spoken up about the Wall Street culture
  • His PR strategy to grow a twitter account
  • How Tucker Max initially helped with his book deal
  • If it’s wise to give Lena Dunham a $2 million book advance
  • Crazy stories about his day to day life in NYC, London, and Hong Kong
  • Why he felt compelled to share information about illegal happenings including bankers colluding on fees
  • Why he said writing this book turned him into a feminist
  • How John has learned and grown up from his earlier days (he’s married and a Dad now)

 “Investment bankers take themselves too seriously.” – John LeFevre

Continue Learning:

You may also like these episodes:

Episode 003: The Incredibly Interesting Story Of Maurice Clarett And How He Built A 6 Figure Income After Spending 4 Years In Prison

Episode 002: How To Take Over And Set Bigger Goals With Chris Brogan

Episode 004: How Todd Wagner (and Mark Cuban) Sold Broadcast.com To Yahoo! For $5.7 Billion

Episode 010: Shane Snow – How To Accelerate Success Using Smart Cuts

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This episode was different and very interesting with the inimitable John LeFevre.  Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

From CNBC:

Turney Duff describes my guest best for CNBC: “In some memoirs, the author tries to pull back the curtain to provide a glimpse into a particular time and place, but LeFevre attempts to rip the drapes right off. He gives a naked look at how business in the world of finance is conducted. LeFevre captures the "Glengarry Glen Ross"-type of attitude that some believe is required to be successful on Wall Street. He doesn't shy away from witnessing and partaking in some of the seedier antics of sharing non-public information, price-fixing, misogyny, drug use and good old-fashion cut-throat office politics.”

John LeFevre created the Goldman Sachs Elevator Twitter account (@GSElevator) as a parody of banking culture. He tweeted anonymously for years as he gained hundreds of thousands of followers with his notoriously outrageous and often offensive tweets. He was eventually revealed as the author of the account.  That Twitter account propelled him to earn a six figure book deal titled, “Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, and Billion-Dollar Deals.” 

Aug 10 2015

1hr 7mins

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Rank #16: 117: Tim Urban – Using Procrastination to Perform A Ted Talk & Befriend Elon Musk

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Episode 117: Tim Urban –  Using Procrastination to Perform A Ted Talk & Befriend Elon Musk

Listen carefully to both the beginning and the end of this conversation.  Tim Urban is one of the most thoughtful leaders that I have ever met.  As a listener I found Tim to be patient and thoughtful in his responses to my questions, sometimes taking a minute or so before his point came across.  Genuinely, I loved that about him.  Be prepared for an incredibly funny, yet insightful conversation on The Learning Leader Show.

Tim Urban has become one of the Internet’s most popular writers. With wry stick-figure illustrations and occasionally epic prose on everything from procrastination to artificial intelligence, Urban's blog, Wait But Why, has garnered millions of unique page views, thousands of patrons and famous fans like Elon Musk. (Bio from Ted.com)

Episode 117: Tim Urban –  Using Procrastination to Perform A Ted Talk & Befriend Elon Musk

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“Life is like a white canvas.  Most people paint in white.  White paint on white canvas.  You don’t even notice them.  The people who paint in different colors make things happen.  They lead.  You notice them.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Doing something that makes a splash… Changing what others do, continuing to reinvent yourself leads to sustained excellence
  • Seth Godin has a great knack for constantly reinventing himself because he’s always searching and noticing
  • How writing about a number of different topics helps you learn
  • 7 Ways to be insufferable on Facebook
  • The secret (not really) to getting 4,000 people to pay you for your blog content
  • Getting invited to the main TED conference
  • The pain of coming up with a topic for his TED speech
  • The imposter syndrome… Feeling like he didn’t belong with the other TED speakers
  • The process for writing and delivering a world class TED talk
  • How Elon Musk became a fan of Tim’s work
  • Getting a phone call from Elon and discussing how they could work together
  • Humility and confidence are the qualities of great learning leaders
  • The opposite of arrogance… Having an open mind and being humble is the definition of a learning leader

 “One of the few things I feel like an expert on is procrastination.” – Tim Urban

Continue Learning:

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Episode 001: How To Become A Master Connector W/ Jayson Gaignard From MasterMind Talks

Episode 078: Kat Cole – From Hooters Waitress To President of Cinnabon

Episode 082: Dan Pink – The Science of Motivation, Legendary Writer & Ted Talk

Episode 086: Seth Godin – How To Become Indispensable & Build Your Tribe

Episode 107: Simon Sinek – Leadership: It Starts With Why

Did you enjoy the podcast?

If you enjoyed hearing Tim Urban on the show, please don’t hesitate to send me a note on Twitter or email me.

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

Bio From Ted.com

Tim Urban has become one of the Internet’s most popular writers. With wry stick-figure illustrations and occasionally epic prose on everything from procrastination to artificial intelligence, Urban's blog, Wait But Why, has garnered millions of unique page views, thousands of patrons and famous fans like Elon Musk.

What others say:

With “Wait But Why,” Tim Urban demonstrates that complex and long-form writing can stand out in an online wilderness choked with listicles and clickbait.

“Wait But Why has captured a level of reader engagement that even the new-media giants would be envious of.” — FastCompany, 2015

Apr 20 2016

52mins

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Rank #17: 074: Tim Kight – The Secret Weapon Behind Ohio State’s Success

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Episode 074: Tim Kight – The Secret Weapon Behind Ohio State’s Success

Tim Kight is an incredibly dynamic speaker. He is a great combination of extremely high intelligence mixed in with great experience around some of the best leaders in the world, including legendary UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden.  I absolutely loved this conversation with Tim.

Companies across the United States are recognizing speaker Tim Kight as a powerful voice on the performance of people and organizations. With a contagious energy, Tim provides insight into the “physics of performance.”

Tim’s ability to connect with and inspire individuals, teams, and leaders has yielded exceptional reviews from organizations throughout the country.  A dynamic speaker, Tim combines a unique background of research and practical experience to bring compelling insights to the real-world challenges of leading, managing, and winning in today’s competitive marketplace.

After briefly attending Ohio State University, Tim Kight received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and graduate degree from Princeton.  He has 25+ years of experience consulting in healthcare, banking, professional services, manufacturing, and athletics. He now lives in Columbus, OH.

Episode 074: Tim Kight – The Secret Weapon Behind Ohio State’s Success

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“Leaders create the culture that drives the behavior that produces results.”

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Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are the common characteristics of successful leaders?
  • What was it about John Wooden that made him so effective?
  • Why did you start Focus 3?
  • What does your company focus on?
  • What is your process for coaching and leading others?
  • How did you develop such a great working relationship with Urban Meyer
  • How do you implement and execute on the plan once it is established?
  • What is the 30 Day Above The Line Challenge?
  • What does it mean to be “Above The Line or Below The Line?”
  • What is the first thing you think of when you hear the phrase learning leader?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The importance being intentional and purposeful
  • Firsthand knowledge on what it was like to be around John Wooden when he coaches his teams
  • “Whole part whole” and “Zoom in Zoom out”
  • Urban Meyer and what specifically makes him world class
  • Why your response is what you should focus on (as opposed to the event that precedes it)
  • The importance of self-talk and attitude
  • “All behavior is driven by attitude and mindset”
  • How Ohio State handled the JT Barrett OVI situation and why their structure helped them be better prepared for the adversity
  • The importance of humility and how it leads to success

“Event + Response = Outcome” – Tim Kight

Continue Learning:

You may also like these episodes:

Episode 001: How To Become A Master Connector With Jayson Gaignard From MasterMind Talks

Episode 034: Jimmy Hatch – Shot While Searching For Bowe Bergdahl And Sky Diving With Gabby Giffords

Episode 004: How Todd Wagner (and Mark Cuban) Sold Broadcast.com To Yahoo! For $5.7 Billion

Episode 010: Shane Snow – How To Accelerate Success Using Smart Cuts

Did you enjoy the podcast?

This was a jam packed episode full of great content.  Tim Kight is a leader who leads an incredibly interesting life. Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

Bio From Focus 3

Companies across the United States are recognizing speaker Tim Kight as a powerful voice on the performance of people and organizations. With a contagious energy, Tim provides insight into the “physics of performance.”

Tim’s ability to connect with and inspire individuals, teams, and leaders has yielded exceptional reviews from organizations throughout the country.  A dynamic speaker, Tim combines a unique background of research and practical experience to bring compelling insights to the real-world challenges of leading, managing, and winning in today’s competitive marketplace.

After briefly attending Ohio State University, Tim Kight received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and graduate degree from Princeton.  He has 25+ years of experience consulting in healthcare, banking, professional services, manufacturing, and athletics. He now lives in Columbus, OH.

Nov 23 2015

52mins

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Rank #18: 078: Kat Cole – From Hooters Waitress To President of Cinnabon

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Episode 078: Kat Cole – From Hooters Waitress To President of Cinnabon

Kat Cole is an incredibly intelligent leader.  She truly understands the importance of being authentic in her role as a leader.  She firmly believes that develops trust with her people and also makes her more approachable.  We are extremely fortunate to have Kat share her knowledge with us, the loyal listeners of The Learning Leader Show. 

Kat is Group President at FOCUS Brands and responsible for building FOCUS Brands revenues and profits through global licensing, manufacturing, and ecommerce. Previously, she was President of Cinnabon, Inc. accountable for leading and growing the multi-channel brand team that drove record comp sales growth, brand expansion and franchise evolution during her tenure. Prior to her role with FOCUS Brands at Cinnabon, Inc., Kat initially work at Hooters as hostess, waitress, general manager and eventually promoted to a Vice President role at Hooters of America, Inc., a multi-channel brand which operates company and franchise restaurants.

Episode 078: Kat Cole – From Hooters Waitress To President of Cinnabon

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“Great leaders have the combination of courage and character mixed with curiosity and humility.” – Kat Cole

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are the common characteristics of high achievers you’ve spent time around?
  • Americans seem to yearn for someone from the Private sector to be leader of our country (ie: Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina), would you consider running for political office?
  • Where does your confidence come from? Have you always been that way or has it been developed over time?
  • How did you get the President of Cinnabon job?  What was the process?
  • How were you able to get 10 high level CEOs (including Ted Turner) to write you a letter of recommendation to get your MBA?
  • How did you meet Adam Grant?  He discusses your story often
  • What does being a learning leader mean to you?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Courage & Confidence mixed with Curiosity and Humility are the traits of the greatest leaders
  • The importance of her Mom and the leadership and giving she exposed Kat to
  • How she went from Hooters waitress to President of Cinnabon
  • The importance of being prepared for your opportunity
  • The amount of work it takes leading up to big interviews in your life… It’s not just about the interview… It’s what you’ve done leading up to that moment
  • Kat’s take on politics and her potentially running for office
  • How to handle “takers” having short term success
  • How she was able to get letters of recommendation from 10 top level CEOs
  • Why “giving no matter what” is a long term strategy for success AND the right thing to do

“When you go to a new job or a new location, you will suck.  It builds humility… And that’s a good thing.”

Continue Learning:

You may also like these episodes:

Episode 001: How To Become A Master Connector With Jayson Gaignard From MasterMind Talks

Episode 034: Jimmy Hatch – Shot While Searching For Bowe Bergdahl And Sky Diving With Gabby Giffords

Episode 004: How Todd Wagner (and Mark Cuban) Sold Broadcast.com To Yahoo! For $5.7 Billion

Episode 010: Shane Snow – How To Accelerate Success Using Smart Cuts

Did you enjoy the podcast?

This was a jam packed episode full of great content.  Kat Cole is a leader who is constantly learning in order to help us all live a better life. Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

Bio From Focusbrand.com

Kat is Group President at FOCUS Brands and responsible for building FOCUS Brands revenues and profits through global licensing, manufacturing, and ecommerce. Previously, she was President of Cinnabon, Inc. accountable for leading and growing the multi-channel brand team that drove record comp sales growth, brand expansion and franchise evolution during her tenure. Prior to her role with FOCUS Brands at Cinnabon, Inc., Kat initially work at Hooters as hostess, waitress, general manager and eventually promoted to a Vice President role at Hooters of America, Inc., a multi-channel brand which operates company and franchise restaurants.

Dec 07 2015

47mins

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Rank #19: 287: Robert Greene - 5 Strategies For Becoming A Master Persuader (Part 1)

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Episode #287: Robert Greene - 5 Strategies For Becoming A Master Persuader (Part 1)

Robert Greene teaches the most important subject of all – understanding people’s drives and motivations, even when they are unconscious of them themselves. Drawing from the ideas and examples of Pericles, Queen Elizabeth I, Martin Luther King Jr, and many others, Greene teaches us how to detach ourselves from our own emotions and master self-control.

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Dec 10 2018

54mins

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Rank #20: 211: Vanessa Van Edwards - How To Be Instantly Irresistible

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Episode 211: Vanessa Van Edwards - How To Be Instantly Irresistible

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"Vulnerability is sexy.  There is science to prove it."

Show Notes:

  • Sustained Excellence = Being a people reader (not a mind reader)
    • Try to listen to others more than anyone else
    • Get to KNOW the person
    • 3 Skills
      • Decoding - Leaders who are able to read others accurately
      • Encoding - Your ability to send accurate signals to others... What can I do to excite others?
      • Self-Regulation
  • The art/science of inspiring others
  • We decide if someone is a winner or a loser... Do they feel pride or shame? If we feel pride, we take up more space, shame = less space
  • Charisma -- How to be instantly irresistible?
  • The most charismatic people
    • High Warmth
    • High Competence
    • Must have both
    • Lucille Ball is a great example. I Love Lucy
  • Do you need high levels of charisma to be an effective leader?
    • You do not need to be extroverted... Or a booming leader
    • Quiet, contemplative types can be phenomenal leaders
  • How to handle a room with a lot of people networking if you're an introvert?
    • Your key in this room is to try and create 1 on 1 conversations. Play to your strengths
    • Don't stand in the center of the room
    • Stand at a high bar table
    • Low light areas
  • Conversation hacks:
    • Sparks - The brain looks for hits, not misses
    • "Anything good happen lately?
    • "Working on anything exciting?"
  • Ask soft yes/no questions...
    • "A really skilled decoder is a better listener than anyone else"
  • "Vulnerability is sexy.  There is science to prove it."
  • "Relatability comes down to ties." -- Saying "Oh, me too" creates a tie with that person.
    • "You want this, I want this..." type speeches
  • The 7 micro-expressions

"The most charismatic people have: high warmth and high competence."

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Episode 078: Kat Cole – From Hooters Waitress To President of Cinnabon

Episode 071: NateBoyer - Green Beret, Texas Football, The NFL

Episode 179: How To Sustain Excellence - The Best Answers From 178 Questions

Episode 107: Simon Sinek – Leadership: It Starts With Why

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