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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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No one is born a leader they are shaped and inspired to be!

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Way to go Ryan! I love seeing Ohio kids turn into successful People.

iTunes Ratings

815 Ratings
Average Ratings
783
14
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2
8

Leadership

By LCpl Cassman - May 11 2020
Read more
No one is born a leader they are shaped and inspired to be!

Learning Listener

By BuckeyeHomer - May 04 2020
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Way to go Ryan! I love seeing Ohio kids turn into successful People.
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The Learning Leader Show With Ryan Hawk

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Rank #1: 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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The Learning Leader Show

“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 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 #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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The Learning Leader Show

“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:

You may also like these episodes:

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: 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:

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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 #4: 191: Robert Herjavec - Shark Tank Investor + Listener Q & A

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Episode 191: Robert Herjavec - Shark Tank Investor + Listener Q & A

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The Learning Leader Show

"You don't have to be born in this country to have success in this country." - Robert Herjavec

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Common themes of leaders who sustain excellence:
    • Have a deep passion for their craft
    • They bring a unique value proposition
  • You don't have to come from a big city to make something happen
  • Leadership:  People don't want to be managed, they want to be led... You must provide value to the company
  • Robert's thoughts on immigration and the fact that you don't need to be born in this country to be successful
    • "It's a testament to hope... and it's really hard."
  • "You Don't Have To Be A Shark"
    • "You don't have to be mean to be effective.  Some sharks aren't nice.  Be yourself, be real..."
  • Questions from YOU (the listeners) answered as part of the Q & A portion
    • "What is it that inspired you to start The Learning Leader Show?" -- Mauricio Dulon from La Paz, Bolivia
    • "How do you coach for disciplined execution when all you get from your client are excuses? -- Norma Scott Garrell from Olive Branch, Mississippi
    • "How do you add value as the mentee in a mentor/mentee relationship? -- Ben Arwine from Chicago, IL
    • "What benchmarks do you use to gauge how you're doing in your leadership journey?" -- Brian Westerfield from Troy, OH
    • "Is there any one guest whose advice or experience haunts you (in a good way)? -- Shawn Fuller from Ontario, Canada
    • "What has been the biggest surprise for you in this journey?" -- Ryan Jacobs

Continue Learning:

You may also like these episodes:

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

Episode 071: Nate Boyer - 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

Did you enjoy the podcast?

If you enjoyed hearing Robert Herjavec 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 FreshBooksFreshBooks is offering a 30 day, unrestricted free trial to my listeners. To claim it, just go to FreshBooks.com/Learning and enter LEARNING LEADER in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

Feb 16 2017

34mins

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Rank #5: 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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The Learning Leader Show

“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 #6: 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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The Learning Leader Show

“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."

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 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 #7: 127: Adam Grant – How Originals Impact The World

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Episode 127: Adam Grant – How Originals Impact The World

Adam Grant has been a leader I’ve admired since I read his NY Times best-selling book, “Give and Take” in 2013.  The book changed my life.  It changed how I view the world and how I view success.  The path to success and sustained excellence is different than I originally thought and I have Adam to thank for you.  It was an absolute thrill to have this conversation with Adam.

Adam Grant is Wharton’s top-rated professor and a New York Times writer on work and psychology. He has been recognized as one of the world's 25 most influential management thinkers, the 100 most creative people in business, the 40 best business professors under 40, and Malcolm Gladwell’s favorite thinkers.

Adam is the author of two New York Times bestselling books translated into 35 languages. Originals explores how individuals champion new ideas and leaders fight groupthink; it is a #1 national bestseller and one of Amazon's best books of February 2016. Give and Take examines why helping others drives our success, and was named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, Apple, the Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal—as well as one of Oprah's riveting reads and Harvard Business Review’s ideas that shaped management.

Adam received a standing ovation for his 2016 TED talk on the surprising habits of original thinkers and was voted the audience's favorite speaker at The Nantucket Project on the success of givers and takers. 

Episode 127: Adam Grant

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The Learning Leader Show

“It’s a myth that you have to be a big risk taker to be a successful entrepreneur.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Being a dedicated learner and always raising the bar leads to sustained excellence
  • Realizing he had no excuse not to share his ideas with the world after he made tenure
  • Why Adam does not consider himself an Original
  • It’s not that we struggle with creativity, it’s Originality where we are lacking
  • Getting invited to the main TED conference
  • The process for writing and delivering a world class TED talk
  • The importance of having a coach – Adam had 4 speaking coaches helping him prepare and edit his TED Talk
  • How to deal with a Taker who has success
  • Why procrastination helps spur creativity
  • Creativity and curiosity are the starting point for all originality
  • The best originals think about risk like a stock portfolio
  • A learning leader cares more about getting better than they do about their own ego

 “I don’t think we struggle at creativity, we struggle at originality.”

Continue Learning:

You may also like these episodes:

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 Adam Grant 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 AdamGrant.net

Adam Grant is Wharton’s top-rated professor and a New York Times writer on work and psychology. He has been recognized as one of the world's 25 most influential management thinkers, the 100 most creative people in business, the 40 best business professors under 40, and Malcolm Gladwell’s favorite thinkers. Previously, he was a record-setting advertising director, a junior Olympic springboard diver, and a professional magician.

Adam is the author of two New York Times bestselling books translated into 35 languages. Originals explores how individuals champion new ideas and leaders fight groupthink; it is a #1 national bestseller and one of Amazon's best books of February 2016. Give and Take examines why helping others drives our success, and was named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, Apple, the Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal—as well as one of Oprah's riveting reads and Harvard Business Review’s ideas that shaped management.

Adam received a standing ovation for his 2016 TED talk on the surprising habits of original thinkers and was voted the audience's favorite speaker at The Nantucket Project on the success of givers and takers. His speaking and consulting clients include Google, the NBA, Merck, Goldman Sachs, Pixar, Facebook, Johnson & Johnson, the United Nations, the U.S. Army and Navy, and the World Economic Forum, where he has been honored as a Young Global Leader. His New York Times articles on Raising a moral child and How to raise a creative child have each been shared over 300,000 times on social media.

Adam was profiled in The New York Times Magazine cover story, Is giving the secret to getting ahead? He was tenured at Wharton while still in his twenties, and has received the Excellence in Teaching Award for every class that he has taught. He is the founder and host of the Authors@Wharton speaker series, and co-director of Wharton People Analytics. He has designed experiential learning activities based on The Apprentice in which students have raised over $325,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation while developing leadership, influence, networking and collaboration skills. He serves on the Lean In board and authored a New York Times series on women and work with Sheryl Sandberg, including Speaking while female and Madam C.E.O., get me a coffee.

Adam earned his Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan, completing it in less than three years, and his B.A. from Harvard University, magna cum laude with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He has earned awards for distinguished scholarly achievement from the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, and the National Science Foundation. He has more than 60 publications in leading management and psychology journals, and his pioneering studies have increased performance and reduced burnout among engineers and sales professionals, enhanced call center productivity, and motivated safety behaviors among doctors, nurses and lifeguards. His studies have been highlighted in bestselling books such as Quiet by Susan Cain, Drive  by Daniel Pink, and David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell.

May 25 2016

36mins

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Rank #8: 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."

Social Media:

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 #9: 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.”

The Learning Leader Show

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 #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: 088: Ryan Holiday – How To Find The Best Mentor & Viewing Obstacles As Opportunities

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Episode 088: Ryan Holiday – How To Find The Best Mentor & Viewing Obstacles As Opportunities

Ryan Holiday is a fascinating thinker.  I appreciate his stories and the manner in which he views the world.  This conversation was entertaining and educational. Ryan is an incredibly interesting person.  During our time together, Ryan talked about stoicism and why he’s fascinated by it as well as you should be willing to work for free (as long as it’s for the right person).

Ryan Holiday is a media strategist and prominent writer on strategy and business. After dropping out of college at nineteen to apprentice under Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power, he went on to advise many bestselling authors and multiplatinum musicians. He served as director of marketing at American Apparel for many years, where his campaigns have been used as case studies by Twitter, YouTube, and Google and written about in AdAge, the New York Times, and Fast Company. 

His most recent book, “The Obstacle Is The Way” is based on the Stoic exercise of framing obstacles as opportunities. The book has sold more than 100,000 copies and was reportedly read by the New England Patriots during their 2014 Super Bowl Victory over the Seattle Seahawks as well as distributed through the locker room of the Seahawks in the following offseason by the team's front office.

Episode 088: Ryan Holiday

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“The best leaders are process oriented… Not results oriented.  They are focused on doing great work more than on acquiring lots of money.”

The Learning Leader Show

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are the common characteristics of leaders who have sustained excellence?
  • Why should we be willing to work for free?
  • Why was it the right decision for Amelia Earhart to knowingly be paid less than her male counterparts?
  • What did you learn working for Robert Green?
  • Why don’t you like the title for your first book, “Trust Me, I’m Lying?”
  • How do you “trade up the chain?”
  • What is the proper strategy for your first book?
  • What specific changes have you made to grow your following?
  • What is your process for writing?
  • Define a great learning leader…

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The importance on being process oriented rather than results oriented
  • Why working for a fantastic mentor will massively accelerate your success
  • Austin Kleon – “Say yes, until you can afford to say no”
  • Why using a job as a journalist as a great excuse to interview people
  • Stoicism is an ancient Greek school of philosophy. The school taught that virtue, the highest good, is based on knowledge, and that the wise live in harmony with the divine Reason (also identified with Fate and Providence) that governs nature, and are indifferent to the vicissitudes of fortune and to pleasure and pain.
  • A very interesting Amelia Earhart story
  • Why continuous learning is the key to success

“An hour of Sheryl Sandberg’s time is hard to quantify.  It is so valuable.”

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.  Ryan Holiday is a leader who leads an very 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 RyanHoliday.net

Ryan Holiday is a media strategist and prominent writer on strategy and business. After dropping out of college at nineteen to apprentice under Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power, he went on to advise many bestselling authors and multiplatinum musicians. He served as director of marketing at American Apparel for many years, where his campaigns have been used as case studies by Twitter, YouTube, and Google and written about in AdAge, the New York Times, and Fast Company.  His most recent book, “The Obstacle Is The Way” is based on the Stoic exercise of framing obstacles as opportunities. The book has sold more than 100,000 copies and was reportedly read by the New England Patriots during their 2014 Super Bowl Victory over the Seattle Seahawks as well as distributed through the locker room of the Seahawks in the following offseason by the team's front office.

His first book, Trust Me I’m Lying—which the Financial Times called an “astonishing, disturbing book”—was a debut bestseller and is taught in colleges around the world. He is the author of two other books and is now published in 16 languages.

Jan 11 2016

57mins

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Rank #12: 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 #13: 095: Sal Vulcano – Creating A Hit TV Show: Impractical Jokers

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Episode 095: Sal Vulcano – Creating A Hit TV Show: Impractical Jokers

Sal Vulcano is an extremely intelligent and funny learning leader. I absolutely loved having him on the show.  For all of the fame and notoriety Sal has gained from his hit TV show and his worldwide comedy tour, he is one of the most down-to-earth people I’ve ever met.  In addition to being a fun fan of Sal’s work, I had the good fortune of meeting him at a charity golf event a year ago and I’ve really enjoyed keeping in touch with him ever since. 

Sal Vulcano: The Tenderloins, a New York-based comedy troupe, whose four members – Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano – are the creators, executive producers, and stars of truTV’s hit series, Impractical Jokers. Currently in its 4th season, Impractical Jokers follows the guys as they coerce one another into doing public pranks while being filmed by hidden cameras. The 4th season premiere drew more than two million viewers and the program consistently earns Top Five rankings in its timeslot for key demos. This season continues to take dares to outrageous levels with a whole new arsenal of over-the-top hijinks, bringing the show and the guys to new locations and setting each other up for some of the most uncomfortable antics yet. 

Their highly successful tour, “The truTV Impractical Jokers ‘Where’s Larry?’ Tour Starring The Tenderloins,” is a mix of stand-up, never-before-seen hidden camera videos, stories and insight. The tour has crisscrossed the country playing to 2000-8000 people per market.  

This episode is brought to you by Mizzen+Main.  My newest favorite shirts are Mizzen+Main. I work out every day and I enjoy the feel of my workout clothes. These shirts feel exactly like my workout gear does. The 4 way stretch fabric is like no other dress shirt I’ve ever felt before. Originally I purchased one shirt to try them out. When someone told me they would feel like my workout clothes, I didn’t believe them. Then I ordered one… After feeling the shirt and wearing it, I immediately purchased 6 more button down dress shirts and two Henley’s. They are my best looking, best fitting, and certainly the best feeling shirts I’ve ever worn. I promise you will agree after trying one on.  A few Mizzen+Main shirts would make for a great gift for anyone who wears button down shirts.  After you try 1 or 3 out, send me a tweet @RyanHawk12 to let me know your thoughts!  When you go to check out, use the code “ryanhawk” for free overnight shipping or if you want to buy 3 shirts (which is what I do), use the code “ryanhawk3” and you will receive $50 off!

Episode 095: Sal Vulcano – Creating A Hit TV Show: Impractical Jokers

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The Learning Leader Show

“Our secret sauce is our friendship.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Passion for your craft  & immersing yourself in it are the qualities of people who have achieved high levels of success
  • The discipline it takes to be great
  • Defining Impractical Jokers and how it became a smash hit
  • Discussing why Sal got a tattoo of Jaden Smith’s face on his leg and what was Jaden’s reaction when Sal showed it to him!
  • The difference between being on stage and TV
  • Starting Lean at the beginning and how the show has grown
  • How they put together an episode – Everything that goes into it
  • Idea generation – Who? How? Why? Where?
  • Being prepared for inspiration to strike at any moment
  • Writing anywhere and everywhere at all times
  • What happens when those on film won’t agree to let it air? How it affects the group
  • Comedians that have influenced Sal (I was amazed and really enjoyed hearing Sal’s knowledge of the history of comedy)

 “We sacrifice for the show.” – Sal discussing why he got a tattoo of Jaden Smith’s face on his leg

Continue Learning:

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

Episode 085: Jessica Lahey – Why Your Parenting Style Is Wrong

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.  Sal Vulcano 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 thetenderloins.com

Sal Vulcano: The Tenderloins, a New York-based comedy troupe, whose four members – Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano – are the creators, executive producers, and stars of truTV’s hit series, Impractical Jokers. Currently in its 4th season, Impractical Jokers follows the guys as they coerce one another into doing public pranks while being filmed by hidden cameras. The 4th season premiere drew more than two million viewers and the program consistently earns Top Five rankings in its timeslot for key demos. This season continues to take dares to outrageous levels with a whole new arsenal of over-the-top hijinks, bringing the show and the guys to new locations and setting each other up for some of the most uncomfortable antics yet. 

Their highly successful tour, “The truTV Impractical Jokers ‘Where’s Larry?’ Tour Starring The Tenderloins,” is a mix of stand-up, never-before-seen hidden camera videos, stories and insight. The tour has crisscrossed the country playing to 2000-8000 people per market.  

Feb 04 2016

1hr 9mins

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Rank #14: 120: Andrew Brandt – Learning From A World Class Negotiator

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Episode 120: Andrew Brandt – Learning From A World Class Negotiator

Andrew Brandt leads a fascinating life.  A great mentor of mine told me to always be on the lookout for others who have had “success in multiple life categories.” In Andrew’s case, he’s done that throughout his life: Stanford graduating Cum Laude à Georgetown Law à NFL Player agent à VP and head negotiator for The Green Bay Packers à Top Business analyst for ESPN/Writer for The MMQB/ Leader at Villanova.  This is a very insightful conversation on The Learning Leader Show.

Andrew Brandt is an ESPN Business Analyst. He’s a weekly columnist; at The MMQB.com Andrew is also the Exec. Director, Moorad Center at Villanova. He focuses on trying to stay true to the good and never peaking.  Previously, he was the Vice President of Player Finance and General Counsel of Green Bay Packers.  He was in charge of The Packers Salary Cap as well as negotiating all of the player contracts for the team.

Episode 120: Andrew Brandt – Learning From A World Class Negotiator

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The Learning Leader Show

“There are a lot of fathers of success but few of failure.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Self-discipline, internal motivation, having a lack of complacency leads to sustained excellence
  • The story of Ricky Williams asking him to work for Master P!
  • What it was like being in the middle of an NFL “war room” on draft day
  • Working as an NFL agent with David Falk and Bobby Orr
  • Writing, teaching, broadcasting are the three pillars of his career
  • Wharton to Villanova
  • Supporting coaches who are forward thinking and innovative like Chip Kelly
  • Unfortunately, most coaches and GM’s are just trying not to get fired
  • How to become a great negotiator
    • Never let emotion override focus – “Emotions fade, focus doesn’t”
  • Keeping Aaron Rodgers on hold while waiting for a trade offer prior to drafting him!
  • An incredible Drew Rosenhaus story
  • Not using the word “former” in the description for anything he does – Looking forward, living in the present.  Learn from the past but moving forward
  • Stay true to the good and being in “constant beta mode” is the definition of a learning leader

 “Stay true to the good… And never peak.” – Andrew Brandt

Continue Learning:

You may also like these episodes:

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 Andrew Brandt 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 Twitter

Andrew Brandt is an ESPN Business Analyst. He’s a weekly columnist; at The MMQB.com Andrew is also the Exec. Director, Moorad Center at Villanova. He focuses on trying to stay true to the good and never peaking.  Previously, he was the Vice President of Player Finance and General Counsel of Green Bay Packers.  He was in charge of The Packers Salary Cap as well as negotiating all of the player contracts for the team.

May 01 2016

49mins

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Rank #15: 186: Jason Van Camp - Green Beret: 300 Kill/Capture Combat Missions - Comfort In The Uncomfortable

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Jason Van Camp is what Malcolm Gladwell would refer to as an Outlier; an exceptional person who is successful not just because of his personal accomplishments but his will to win and unique ability and willingness to unlock the potential of others. A decorated Green Beret, world traveler, and loyal friend, Jason has mastered the art of storytelling that reflect many of his own life adventures.  Jason is honored to be the Founder and Chairman of Mission 6 Zero.

Jason was born in Washington D.C. and raised across the Potomac River in Springfield, Virginia. In 1995, Jason was accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point. While at West Point, Jason played Linebacker for the Army Black Knights football team, served a two year LDS-Mormon mission to Russia, and, upon graduation, won the prestigious General Loeffke Award for Excellence in Foreign Languages.

After graduating from West Point, Jason volunteered to attend U.S. Army Ranger School in Fort Benning, GA where he earned his Ranger tab (2002). Jason then began a one year tour to Korea serving a few miles from the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) between South and North Korea.  Immediately after serving in Korea, Jason was deployed with the 101st Airborne Division in the invasion of Iraq (2003). In 2006, Jason won the coveted Green Beret and began serving as a Detachment Commander with 10th Special Forces Group in Fort Carson, Colorado.  As a Detachment Commander, Jason led his team on close to 300 combat missions to kill/capture high value targets as well as created and commanded one of the largest Foreign Internal Defense Force in U.S. history, training nearly 4000 Iraqi and Kurdish soldiers in hand to hand combat, raid and patrolling techniques, unconventional warfare and personal security detail tactics as well as deploying these forces on the battlefield.  During his 14 years in the U.S. Army, Jason has won numerous awards, notably the Bronze Star with V device for Valor as well as two additional Bronze Stars during numerous combat rotations as a Special Forces Detachment Commander in the Middle East and Africa.

In 2013, Jason earned his MBA from Brigham Young University and it was there that he developed a passion for entrepreneurship. Jason believes in servant leadership, the art of determination, and the power of storytelling. This philosophy has served him well in his life and has made him an experienced speaker and proponent of Mission 6 Zero’s six-domained Total Warrior Intelligence model. Jason is passionate about his experiences and his stories resonate with any audience; students, athletes, businesspersons that wants to be “passionate about passion.”

Episode 186: Jason Van Camp - Green Beret: 300 Kill/Capture Combat Missions - Comfort In The Uncomfortable

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The Learning Leader Show

"Repetition is the mother of learning."

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Common themes to sustain excellence:
    • Understand the importance of simplicity
    • They know who they are
    • High level of self-awareness
  • The process for Army Special Forces Selection
  • The situational awareness training done in the military -- how that helped Jason
  • You must understand why you made the decision you made -- Must be thoughtful
  • Graduating from West Point -- Progressing to Special Forces (why did he do this?)
  • What life is like as a football player at West Point
  • Becoming a Ranger and taking the next step to become a Green Beret
  • 3 Deployments to Iraq - actions taken and what was learned
  • Leading 300 Kill/Capture combat missions
  • Being promoted within the military
  • Speaking with Nate Boyer -- "The difference between the success last year and the failure this year is Leadership"
  • Securing the very first Consultant deal with his new company with the New York Jets for $60,000
  • The strategy to create a meaningful leadership training session with an NFL team
  • "After 5 seconds on stage, you better have something to say"
  • Keys to earning laughs from the audience
    • Absolute confidence
    • Handling bad situations
    • Gather information from people in the audience before your speech
    • Use names/examples of people in the crowd
    • Ask for hecklers (be careful with this and make sure you've planned well)
  • 7 Ways to get comfortable with being uncomfortable
    • Start
    • Don't quit
    • Push yourself past your comfort zone
    • Embrace the suck
    • Be around like minded people
    • Recognize your improvements
    •  Rinse. Repeat
  • The Thayer method of learning employed at West Point

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Jan 16 2017

1hr 7mins

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Rank #16: 100: What I’ve Learned Through 100 Episodes Of The Learning Leader Show

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Episode 100: What I’ve Learned Through 100 Episodes Of The Learning Leader Show

First and foremost… Thank YOU.  Thank you to the loyal listeners and supporters of The Learning Leader Show.  The feedback I receive from you inspires me to continue seeking out world class guests and preparing so hard for each and every episode.  To honor this incredibly special episode…#100…we are shaking things up a bit!  Today I will answer questions posed to me from YOU, the fans of the show.  Do you have questions for me?  To ask, simply subscribe to my newsletter on www.LearningLeader.com  and send me a note.  In the future, I plan to incorporate more of your questions into my show, so please subscribe and share your questions. It’s an honor to have my good friend and mentor Greg Meredith  join me for this episode as a facilitator.  He focuses on the questions that have been posed to me, along with questions he has come up with while being a loyal fan of the show. Want more episodes like this? Send me a note, I love hearing feedback from you. 

Episode 100: What I’ve Learned Through 100 Episodes Of The Learning Leader Show

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“I Would Urge You To Cause A Ruckus.  We Need More People Like That…”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Fearing mediocrity… Being intrinsically motivated to be great
  • How to understand and focus on you “important but not urgent” time
  • What separates great leaders from good leader…
  • Kat Cole’s words… “Courage and Confidence mixed with Humility and Curiosity
  • Opening up as the host of the show – Being more vulnerable, sharing my voice in a bigger way
  • Mastering a new skill
  • Making Money From The Show – My views
  • The Best Team Win I’ve Ever Experienced
  • The most talented teammate I’ve ever played with…
  • My dream family vacation
  • How to be a value-adder/giver when you don’t have much to offer? What can you do to add value when you do not have a lot of experience, few resources, and an under-developed network?
  • The small difference between making it in the NFL and coming up just short
  • In one sentence, why do I do this?

 “I Believe Everyone Can Be A Leader And I Show Them How.”

Continue Learning:

You may also like these episodes:

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 this style of answering questions from fans/listeners of the show, please don’t hesitate to send me a note on Twitter or email me.

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

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Life rewards those who take action—and I take bold action with The Learning Leader Show to ensure we have world class guests from which to learn. That occasionally means picking up the phone to call a stranger or sending a cold email to anyone on the planet. I want to hear from YOU. If you know of an inspiring leader that should come on the show, email me or hit me up on Twitter where I’m @RyanHawk12

The great John Wooden said, “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” Thanks for choosing to be a friend of The Learning Leader Show. This show is about giving us all the opportunity to surround ourselves with great friends that can help us grow, improve and build our brightest future. I hope you get as much out of this show as I do. Here’s to Leading!

Feb 22 2016

56mins

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Rank #17: 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 #18: 045: Chris Fussell – Gun Fights To Board Rooms: The Similarities In War And Business

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Episode 045: Chris Fussell – Gun Fights To Board Rooms: The Similarities In War And Business

Chris Fussell is an incredible learning leader.  Truly on another level when it comes to work ethic, grit, and intelligence.  I was absolutely honored to have this conversation with him… And even more proud to now call him a friend.

Chris Fussell is the Chief Business Development Officer at McChrystal Group, leading the sales, marketing, and client relations teams.  He and his team are responsible for identifying and growing McChrystal Group’s network and client base, and for positioning CrossLead as a 21st century leadership model and globally-recognized brand. Chris is an author of the firm’s forthcoming management book, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement in a Complex World.

Chris was commissioned as a Naval Officer in 1997, and spent the next 15 years on US Navy SEAL Teams, leading SEAL elements in combat zones around the globe. From war-torn Kosovo, to counter-terrorism operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, to highly specialized efforts in the troubled areas of the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa, he experienced the modern evolution of the US military’s Special Operations community, first on SEAL Teams Two and Eight, then in the Naval Special Warfare Development Group.

Chris was selected to serve as Aide-de-Camp to then-Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal during General McChrystal’s final year commanding the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), where they served a year together in Iraq. He witnessed first-hand the Special Operations community’s transformation into a successful, agile network.

Episode 045: Chris Fussell – Gun Fights To Board Rooms: The Similarities In War And Business

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“People that are truly world class are comfortable in their skin.” – Chris Fussell

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are common characteristics of world class performers?
  • What is the primary role of an Ade De Camp?
  • Why does General McChrystal only eat one meal per day? Do you?
  • Why did you and General McChrystal risk your lives to be out in the field with the team fighting?  Is this common?
  • What are the primary differences in the civilian business world versus what you experienced on the battlefield?
  • What specific tactics do you use to make CrossLead stick?
  • What is your morning routine?
  • What is your favorite book?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The importance of being comfortable in your own skin
  • How Chris specifically was able to “buy time” for General McChrystal
  • The real work of an aide de camp and how it’s similar to that of the chief of staff for The President
  • Chris’s approach to selling and relationship building
  • His fear of being bored
  • The elements that define a quality life

 “A leader must be real… They must be authentic.” – Chris Fussell

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.  Chris Fussell 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 McChrystalgroup.com

Chris Fussell is the Chief Business Development Officer at McChrystal Group, leading the sales, marketing, and client relations teams.  He and his team are responsible for identifying and growing McChrystal Group’s network and client base, and for positioning CrossLead as a 21st century leadership model and globally-recognized brand. Chris is an author of the firm’s forthcoming management book, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement in a Complex World.

Chris was commissioned as a Naval Officer in 1997, and spent the next 15 years on US Navy SEAL Teams, leading SEAL elements in combat zones around the globe. From war-torn Kosovo, to counter-terrorism operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, to highly specialized efforts in the troubled areas of the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa, he experienced the modern evolution of the US military’s Special Operations community, first on SEAL Teams Two and Eight, then in the Naval Special Warfare Development Group.

Chris was selected to serve as Aide-de-Camp to then-Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal during General McChrystal’s final year commanding the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), where they served a year together in Iraq. He witnessed first-hand the Special Operations community’s transformation into a successful, agile network.

In 2012, Chris left the Naval Special Warfare Development Group in order to join the McChrystal Group. Prior to becoming Chief of Network Management, he served as a Project Lead for a client engagement. Chris is also a Senior Fellow for National Security at New America, a Washington, DC-based non-partisan think tank dedicated to understanding the next generation of challenges facing the United States. Chris is actively involved in several non-profits dedicated to helping veterans and their families, and holds a seat on the Board of Directors for the Navy SEAL Foundation.

Chris earned a Masters Degree in Irregular Warfare from the Naval Postgraduate School, receiving the Pat Tillman Award for highest peer-rated Special Operations Officer in the program. His thesis work focused on the interagency collaboration and intelligence sharing processes that drove effective, cross-silo collaboration during the peak of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Aug 13 2015

52mins

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Rank #19: 151: Kris "Tanto" Paronto - 13 Hours: A Secret Soldier Of Benghazi

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Episode 151: Kris "Tanto" Paronto - 13 Hours: A Secret Soldier Of Benghazi

Kris Paronto - “Tanto” as he is affectionately known in security contracting circles - is a former Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment and private security contractor who has deployed throughout South America, Central America, the Middle East and North Africa. He also worked with the US Government’s Global Response Staff conducting low profile security in high threat environments throughout the world.

Mr. Paronto was part of the CIA annex security team that responded to the terrorist attack on the US Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, September 11th, 2012, helping to save over 20 lives while fighting off terrorists from the CIA Annex for over 13 hours. Mr. Paronto’s story is told in the book “13 Hours” written by Mitchell Zuckoff and his five surviving annex security team members. Michael Bay directed the movie (based on the book) titled "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi"

Episode 151: Kris "Tanto" Paronto - 13 Hours: A Secret Soldier Of Benghazi

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“I Will Never Ask You To Do Something I wouldn't Do Myself"

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Being selfless, of service to others, and sacrificing will help you sustain excellence
  • Humility, strength, and faith have led to Tanto's success and his ability to stay alive
  • "The best leaders continually learn"
  • All of the death he saw in Iraq and other war zones helped prepare him for the Benghazi attacks
  • How accurate the movie "13 Hours" was to what happened in real life
  • How often he still speaks with the other soldiers from that night
  • Did he really wear shorts (like the movie portrays) that night? If so, why?
  • "Rangers are experts at belt fed weapons"
  • Why they were forced to wait 25 minutes at the annex prior to leaving
  • What it was like hearing on the radio, "GRS (his group), where are you? We are going to F'n die"
  • Tanto's thoughts Hillary Clinton's leadership (not good)
  • Why there were forced to sign 2 non-disclosures -- including one at the memorials
  • The amount of money you can make in 9 months as a security contractor
  • What happens when you come home from a job over seas and how it negatively impacts your life
  • How PTSD has impacted him
  • The CIA fired him for telling his story publicly -- telling the truth
  • Tanto and his teammates voted... They all chose to tell the truth -- And it got them fired
  • What it's like to be in the audience for one of Tanto's speeches

“Hillary Clinton is a failed leader. This is not a political statement. She is a sociopath." - Kris "Tanto" Paronto

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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 047: David Marquet - "Turn The Ship Around"

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

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Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

Bio From kristantoparonto.com

Kris Paronto - “Tanto” as he is affectionately known in security contracting circles - is a former Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment and private security contractor who has deployed throughout South America, Central America, the Middle East and North Africa. He also worked with the US Government’s Global Response Staff conducting low profile security in high threat environments throughout the world.

Mr. Paronto was part of the CIA annex security team that responded to the terrorist attack on the US Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, September 11th, 2012, helping to save over 20 lives while fighting off terrorists from the CIA Annex for over 13 hours. Mr. Paronto’s story is told in the book “13 Hours” written by Mitchell Zuckoff and his five surviving annex security team members. Michael Bay directed the movie (based on the book) titled "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi"

Aug 17 2016

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Rank #20: 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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