How Leaders Lead with David Novak

By David Novak

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David Novak hosts real leadership conversations with the best CEOs, Founders & Entrepreneurs in business, sports and entertainment to talk about how they get such incredibly good things done and how they are making a difference in their communities. David, a former co-founder and CEO himself, has been asking great questions and learning from top leaders his whole life. Now he breaks down the key learnings so that by the end of each episode, you’ll have something simple you can apply as you develop into a better leader.

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Marisa Thalberg, Lowe’s Chief Brand and Marketing Officer—Embrace Big Changes with Curiosity
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There’s that old saying that the only constant is change. Isn’t that the truth? And it’s especially true for leaders. We’ve always got to be scanning the horizon for the next disruption or big idea. Some leaders see those shifts coming and feel threatened. But great leaders know how to embrace those big changes with curiosity – and they’re the ones who find the new opportunities that big changes always bring.  This conversation is going to help you become that kind of leader. Our guest is Marisa Thalberg, the Chief Brand and Marketing Officer of Lowe's – and an absolute legend in the marketing world.  She was out ahead of digital and social at Estee Lauder. Her keen instincts at Taco Bell redefined the brand at a crucial time. And now, she’s at Lowe’s, looking ahead to how data and loyalty are once again changing the game. If you want to learn how to leverage big changes for your business, this is the conversation for you. We’re going to see exactly how great leaders embrace big changes with curiosity. You’ll also learn: The trick to connecting dots that others might miss in order to differentiate a brand How to lead a creative process – and the #1 thing to avoid when you start Practical ways you can maximize sponsorships Three things every business leader should know about working moms
Aug 11, 2022
Guy Raz | 3 More Questions with David Novak and Koula Callahan
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Welcome back to 3 More Questions, an episode series where we continue the conversation that we started last week with our featured guest. On this episode, we're talking about our interview with Guy Raz, the host and creator of two wildly popular podcasts "How I Built This" and "Wisdom from the Top." Listen in to hear even more about why it's important to act in the service of others. If you want a simple plan to improve as a leader, you can get one here for free — https://howleaderslead.com/plan
Aug 08, 2022
Guy Raz, Creator and Host of NPR's "How I Built This"—Acting in Service of Others
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Guy is a remarkable leader who not only has the most soothing voice you’ll ever hear, but the motivation behind all that he does is something we can all learn from and be inspired by. And it’s this: he wants to serve his listeners and add value to their lives.  I’ll tell ya’ ... I can’t think of a better quality of leadership than that—doing all that you do in service of others.
Aug 03, 2022
Bill Harrison | 3 More Questions with David Novak and Koula Callahan
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Welcome back to 3 More Questions, an episode series where we continue the conversation that we started last week with our featured guest. On this episode, we're talking about our interview with Bill Harrison, the former Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase. Listen in to hear even more about why it's important to prepare the next leader. If you want a simple plan to improve as a leader, you can get one here for free — https://howleaderslead.com/plan
Aug 01, 2022
Bill Harrison, JPMorgan Chase's Former Chairman and CEO, on preparing the next leader
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Have you ever worked for somebody who’s taken you under their wing and believed in you enough to pave the way for you to take his or her job?  Let me tell you, throughout my career, I’ve had the great fortune of this happening to me multiple times.  But here’s the sad thing, I don’t think this is all too common of a story. Too many leaders have a “you work for me” mentality and the last thing they want is for you to take their job. So they actually hold you back. So what do we do about this? Well, we can learn to be the kind of leader who can identify top talent and do whatever is required to help them succeed in their careers, so that they’re prepared to take your job or another another job like it. On this week’s episode, you’re going to learn how to do this from one of the all-time greats. Bill Harrison is an example to follow in how he prepared the next leader of JPMorganChase (Jamie Dimon).
Jul 28, 2022
Dawn Sweeney | 3 More Questions with David Novak and Koula Callahan
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Welcome back to 3 More Questions, an episode series where we continue the conversation that we started last week with our featured guest. On this episode, we're talking about our interview with Dawn Sweeney, former President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association.  Listen in to hear even more about why speaking up when something can be better is a quality of great leaders. If you want a simple plan to improve as a leader, you can get one here for free — https://howleaderslead.com/plan
Jul 25, 2022
Dawn Sweeney, Former National Restaurant Association President and CEO, on speaking up when something can be better
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Today’s guest is Dawn Sweeney, the former President & CEO of the National Restaurant Association. Steve Jobs used to say of Apple: “Excellence is the price of admission.” What he meant by that was that excellence was standard operating procedure. It’s what was expected. In an environment like this, colleagues push each other to make things better. They push the boundary of what’s possible, and if someone feels like a project or an idea can be better, they speak up! Dawn Sweeney, and the great leaders I know, do this very same thing. They speak up when something can be better. They don’t accept the status quo, but instead have the courage to push for making everything the best it can be. This, my friends, is what it looks like to strive for excellence. And doing things with excellence is the mark of a great company. If you haven't already, sign up for my weekly leadership development plan and get the tips you need to get prepare for a busy week straight in your inbox on Sunday evenings. Go to https://howleaderslead.com/plan and sign up today.
Jul 21, 2022
Rob Manfred | 3 More Questions with David Novak and Koula Callahan
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Welcome back to 3 More Questions, an episode series where we continue the conversation that we started last week with our featured guest. On this episode, we're talking about our interview with Rob Manfred, Commissioner of MLB. Listen in to hear even more about how finding common ground is a quality of every great leader. If you want a simple plan to improve as a leader, you can get one here for free — https://howleaderslead.com/plan
Jul 18, 2022
Rob Manfred, Commissioner of MLB, on finding common ground
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Have you ever been in one of those situations where you have to make a tough call and you know that no matter what you choose, someone won’t be happy? What are you supposed to do in those moments? Well, Rob Manfred is no stranger to this dilemma. Each and every day, he has to manage relationships with the 30 team owners, the players, the fans, and the union. What you’ll hear in this conversion is how Rob finds common ground to keep moving forward. Finding common ground is not always easy, but it’s a skill that I’ve found in so many of the leaders I respect. Baseball fan or not, I know there’s a lot for you to learn about leadership from today’s conversation. If you haven't already, sign up for my weekly leadership development plan and get the tips you need to get prepare for a busy week straight in your inbox on Sunday evenings. Go to https://howleaderslead.com/plan and sign up today.
Jul 14, 2022
Jason Kelly | 3 More Questions with David Novak and Koula Callahan
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Welcome back to 3 More Questions, an episode series where we continue the conversation that we started last week with our guests. This week, we're talking about Jason Kelly, Cofounder and CEO of Ginkgo BioWorks. Today my co-host Koula Callahan asks me about learning from companies in other industries, communicating vision to get employee buy-in, and explaining the complexities of Yum! Brands with clear and compelling stories. If you haven't already, sign up for my weekly leadership development plan and get the tips you need to get prepare for a busy week straight in your inbox on Sunday evenings. Go to https://howleaderslead.com/plan and sign up today.
Jul 11, 2022
Jason Kelly, Ginkgo Bioworks' Cofounder and CEO, on how to simplify the complex
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Today’s guest is Jason Kelly, the cofounder and CEO of Ginkgo Bioworks, the largest designer of synthetic DNA in the world. Think back to the last time someone asked you what you did for a living. For as simple of a question this is, it can actually be really hard to answer. The reason is, in the back of your mind you might be thinking “where do I even start?!”  Running a business is complex! But until you learn to simplify all of the complexity and learn to talk about what you do in a simple way, you’ll be limiting the kind of impact you could be making as a leader. And this is something that Jason Kelly has mastered. I mean, tell me a more complex business to have to explain than a synthetic biology platform company. And yet, Jason has learned to simplify the complex. I’m no bioengineering buff but when I hear Jason talk about Ginkgo and what’s possible with the technology they’re pioneering and scaling, he has me leaning in!  So whether you’re leading a billion-dollar brand or a small business, how you communicate as a leader matters. The great leaders I know have learned to simplify the complex.
Jul 07, 2022
Ken Langone | 3 More Questions with David Novak and Koula Callahan
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Today is the first edition of 3 More Questions, an episode series where we continue the conversation that we started last week with our guests. This week, we're talking about Ken Langone, Cofounder of The Home Depot. To co-host the show, I’m bringing in someone from my team so we can dive deeper into my conversation with Ken and learn a little more about leadership. Koula Callahan leads our content and marketing, and today she gets to turn the tables and ask ME three questions based on last week's episode. Let's get started! If you haven't already, sign up for my weekly leadership development plan and get the tips you need to get prepare for a busy week straight in your inbox on Sunday evenings. Go to https://howleaderslead.com/plan/ and sign up today.
Jul 04, 2022
Ken Langone, The Home Depot cofounder, on being there for people
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Today's guest is really special. He’s a person I love with all my heart and who's been a mentor of mine for several years. He's Ken Langone, the Cofounder of The Home Depot and Chairman of NYU Langone Health.  Now, here's a guy who's had more success than you could ever imagine in almost every way you could think about it. He's the most popular guest host of Squawk Box. He’s sought out on every major issue by the media. He's even been featured on 60 Minutes for his breakthrough thinking at NYU Langone Health. He's an incredible business leader and a renowned philanthropist.  And one thing will be absolutely clear when you listen to this conversation. The reason why he's had so much success is his deep down belief in the power of people. There's no doubt Ken believes that you have to recognize people, recognize talent, believe in them and show up for the people you have the privilege to lead.
Jun 30, 2022
Carol Loomis, Fortune Magazine's Former Senior Editor-at-large, on taking it one step at a time
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Today’s guest is Carol Loomis, Former Senior Editor-at-large at Fortune magazine. There’s so much I admire about how Carol has navigated her career. She’s blazed her own trail and done things no women had ever done before in the journalism field, which has paved the way for women in other industries too. Not only did she create what is known today as the Fortune 500 list, she was an advisor, editor, and friend to Warren Buffet, who she’d talk to almost daily for decades. She even wrote a book about him called “Tap Dancing to Work.” But what stands out to me about how Carol leads is that she’s taken one step at a time. She pushed through barriers and made a name for herself by doing excellent work until she retired from Fortune after working there for 60 years. There’s a lot to learn about her tenacity and drive, and her one step at a time approach.
Jun 23, 2022
Jon Rahm, Golf's Defending US Open Champion, on using history as your guide
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There's so much to admire about Jon Rahm. He's obviously super talented, absolutely the real deal, and an extraordinary competitor. But I think you'll be surprised to learn that one of his most distinguishing characteristics is his love for the history of the game.   Not only does it help him to appreciate those who’ve come before him, but he uses what he’s learned to give him a competitive edge and help him in the heat of battle.  Knowing your history can be your advantage too. Because here's the thing: the best leaders I know use history to learn from and inspire them about what’s possible.
Jun 16, 2022
Bill Acquavella, Art Dealer and Head of Acquavella Galleries, on reputation being everything
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Today’s guest is Bill Acquavella, one of the most renowned art dealers in the world and Head of Acquavella Galleries. In the art business, reputation is everything. Bill has sold hundreds of millions of dollars worth of art and his customers, people like Mick Jagger and Steve Wynn and Henry Ford II, have absolute trust in what they’re buying from him. They’re confident spending money with Bill like they do because of the confidence they have in him. So the question for us is: how do we build up our reputations as leaders where people will trust us in the big moments?  Well, this is an episode chock full of stories from some of Bill’s biggest deals. We can learn to build up trust by hearing how he’s built up his. It’s true for Bill and it’s true for leaders … reputation is everything.
Jun 09, 2022
Juliet Funt, Author and Consultant to Fortune 500 Executives, on Taking a Minute to Think
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Today’s guest is Juliet Funt, the CEO of the Juliet Funt group where she’s a tough-love advisor to Fortune 500 companies like Google, Costco, Nike, and Spotify. She’s also an author and we’re going to be talking about her book A Minute to Think throughout the conversation.  Now when was the last time you had a minute to think? Because if you’re like a lot of leaders, your calendar is jam packed and when you’re not in meetings, you can hardly keep up with constant emails and a task list that seems to have no end.  So what are we supposed to do about the kind of work where we need to stop and think before we respond? Or when we need to strategize about a crisis that’s imminent?  There just doesn’t seem to be time! And it’s costing us in more ways than we even realize. Juliet is about to teach us how we can get rid of the busyness in our lives so that we can show up as better leaders. There are so many practical takeaways in this episode and I can’t wait for you to listen in.
Jun 02, 2022
Ryan Serhant, Real Estate Entrepreneur and TV Star, on Going All In
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Today’s guest is Ryan Serhant, star of Bravo’s television series Million Dollar Listing: New York and Sell it Like Serhant. He also runs a wildly successful real estate firm. We all know that a leader casts a shadow in their organization, meaning the people in the company mirror what they see in their leader. The truth is, some leaders aren’t fully committed. While they may be clocking in everyday, their teams can see them going through the motions, and so what they get in return is a disengaged team that’s mirroring their lack of commitment. But then there are leaders like Ryan who go ALL IN! They are the leaders who are excited to go to work, and their excitement and energy spill over to their teams, and as a result, they have engaged teams who bring their best each and every day. My guess is that you probably want to be a leader—and have a team—more like Ryan. How can you make that happen?  Well, what you’re about to learn from Ryan Serhant is what it looks like to go all in and the impact that approach will have on the team you lead.  And boy, does Ryan have some crazy stories! I’ll let him tell the full version, but there was a time he flew to Europe in an attempt to close an $8 million deal for an apartment in New York. Talk about going all in!
May 26, 2022
Paul Varga, Brown-Forman's Former Chairman & CEO, on stewarding your brand and your people
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Today’s guest is Paul Varga, the former Chairman and CEO of Brown-Forman, the largest distilling company in the world with brands like Jack Daniels and Woodford Reserve.  They have a saying at Brown-Forman, “Build Forever.” The company started in 1890, and the way Paul sees it, it was his responsibility to steward two key parts of the business. He wanted to continue to build their iconic brands, but he also made it a top priority to build their people up as well. Because what a tragedy it would be if the brands grew and their people didn’t grow with it!  What you’re about to hear is why Paul cared so deeply about developing his people and ultimately, how that drove success in their business. The great leaders I know build forever, stewarding both their brands and their people. 
May 19, 2022
Molly Fletcher, Keynote Speaker and Former Sports Agent, on learning to be an effective negotiator
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Today's guest is Molly Fletcher, who CNN hailed as the female Jerry Maguire, for her work negotiating over $500 million in contracts as a sports agent.  If I were to ask you what you do for a living, my guess is you likely wouldn't respond with “I'm a negotiator.” But when you think about it, you're in negotiations multiple times a day: as you collaborate with your team about a project deadline, as your leadership team debates what the company should focus on, and even something as simple as which restaurant you should go to for a client meeting. You constantly have to work through a variety of priorities to settle on a satisfactory decision. The great leaders I know understand that they are constantly negotiating and have learned to navigate these situations extremely well. And you're about to learn negotiation from someone who has done a lot of it. 
May 12, 2022
Patrick Spence, Sonos' CEO, on Building to Last
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Today's guest is Patrick Spence, the CEO of Sonos. So many tech companies that build consumer products are set up in a way where they make their products obsolete every time they launch a new product. The idea is that the minute the new device is available, their customers will abandon the old product and buy the newest model.  But what's interesting is that Sonos has a very different strategy. They set out to build their products to last. They want their customers to have their products for a long, long time. It's a unique approach in their industry. But there's something about it, that core principle that ties in well with the mark of a great leader.  You see, the great leaders, I know, they build the last, they make decisions to keep the brand strong beyond just the present moment. They develop leaders in their organization. So there's always a pipeline of strong talent when new opportunities arise. They treat their customers with dignity and respect, which breeds long term brand loyalty.  I could go on and on and what you're about to hear from Patrick Spence, and how he leads Sonos as their CEO, is that he's leading with this build the last approach in all aspects of the business. I can't wait for you to listen in.
May 05, 2022
Terry McGuirk, Atlanta Braves Chairman, on knowing where you need to go
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Today's guest is Terry McGurk, the Chairman of the Atlanta Braves. In 2016, right after the Braves went 68-93 (a pretty rough season), Terry told me that it would take five years to turn the franchise around. Well guess what? He had a turnaround plan that worked. And in 2021, the Braves won the World Series, which is exactly what he predicted.  In this episode, you'll hear him talk about how they did this. But the lesson for us here as leaders is that Terry had extreme clarity about where he and the organization needed to go.  Many leaders don't have a clear vision for their teams. Instead, they get caught in a vicious cycle of responding to emails and attending meetings without doing the necessary work to pause and zoom out and get clear about where the company needs to go.  The goal of the leader is to take their team to victory. And we can't do that if we haven't first identified exactly where we need to go.  You're about to hear how a great leader like Terry McGuirk had a clear view of success and how he assembled a team around him to execute that vision.
Apr 28, 2022
Larry Bossidy, Honeywell's Former Chairman and CEO, on getting things done
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Today’s guest is Larry Bossidy … the former chairman and CEO of Honeywell International and author of the book Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done. Have you ever put together a business strategy that didn’t work? Or perhaps the plans to execute that strategy weren’t effective and ultimately, you failed? Building a strategy is one thing and executing it successfully is another.  But Larry knows what it takes to get things done and in this conversation, you’re going to hear how he leverages three things, just three things to make big things happen: people, strategy, and operations. It was the process and discipline he put around those parts of the business that made his teams successful and it’s what you can focus on as a leader if you too want to be successful.
Apr 21, 2022
Elane Stock, ServiceMaster Brands' CEO, on learning to give up control
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Today’s guest is Elane Stock, the CEO of ServiceMaster Brands. There’s an adage I’m sure you’ve heard: the only way to gain control is to give up control. If you’ve ever run a business or led a team, you know how true this statement is. I’m sure you also know how hard it can be to give up control.    But if we want our companies to grow, we have to learn to trust our partners and team members and allow them to do their part to build the business. What you’re going to hear in this episode is how Elane has learned to give up control while running a franchise system where her company owns the brands and the franchisees own their independent businesses. Whether you’re struggling to give up control running a large business with franchisees or running a small business, there’s a lot here for you on today’s episode.  And here’s what I want you to learn today: the great leaders I know have learned to give up control. 
Apr 14, 2022
James Gorman, Morgan Stanley's Chairman and CEO, on knowing who keeps you grounded
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Today’s guest is James Gorman, the Chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley. In Australia, there’s something known as the Tall Poppy Syndrome. In a field of poppies, there are always one or two that stand out from the rest and it disrupts the beauty of the field. And so for that reason, they’ll snip off those poppies … they trim them down so they don’t stand out amongst the others. What’s interesting is that as a culture, Australians do this with one another. If someone starts to succeed and think too highly of themselves, they help to keep each other grounded. And it’s important for all of us, as leaders, to know who keeps us grounded. Humility is vital if we want our success to be sustainable.
Apr 07, 2022
Jim Nantz, Emmy Award-Winning Sports Broadcaster, on showing up prepared
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Today’s guest is Jim Nantz, an Emmy Award winning sports commentator, and in my opinion, the top sports commentator in the world! He’s the voice of the NFL on CBS, the NCAA’s March Madness, and golf—in particular, the Masters. As you well know, Jim is an incredible storyteller and communicator. He is able to pull stories and statistics seemingly from nowhere that really capture the moment.  What you may not realize is just how much work he puts in to prepare for every broadcast. Regardless of how much time you spend in front of a camera, showing up prepared is a quality of great leaders. And I’ll tell you, Jim is an exceptional leader who’s at the top of his game. I think you’re going to learn a lot from Jim and be inspired by how he does his work.
Mar 31, 2022
David Novak and Jason Goldsmith discuss their new book "Take Charge of You" in an exclusive interview with Donna Barton Brothers
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Today, we're going to talk about a book that I coauthored with my friend Jason Goldsmith, a sports performance coach for world class athletes. The book is available now wherever you buy books, and is titled Take Charge of You: How Self-Coaching Can Transform Your Life and Career. Now, what makes this book different is you can obviously read this book from front to back, and I know you'll enjoy the stories that Jason and I tell. But the big differentiator is that we have great exercises and tools that you can use in this book to help you coach yourself to reach your full potential in your life and career. This is a book you can not only read, it's a book you can use again and again to take yourself to new heights. Now, you know, I usually do these podcasts myself and ask all the questions, but I thought it'd be a lot of fun to let you hear from both Jason and I and have someone else interview us. So I asked my friend Donna Barton Brothers to sit in and guide our conversation. Donna is a former jockey and world renowned broadcaster for NBC. She's the one you see at the Kentucky Derby interviewing the winner on horseback (while riding backwards). So we're off to the races! Let's not wait any longer. Here's a very fun conversation with two of my good friends, Donna Barton Brothers and Jason Goldsmith.
Mar 24, 2022
Sneak peek of "Take Charge of You" read by David Novak
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In this BONUS episode of How Leaders Lead, David shares the introduction to his new book, Take Charge of You: How Self-Coaching can Transform your Life and Career. Find out how to take the methods and metrics of coaching into your own hands and find the success you want in life.
Mar 22, 2022
Tom House, Coach to Elite Athletes and Cofounder of Mustard, on learning from the best
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This week’s guest is Dr. Tom House, a world-renowned expert in the biomechanics of throwing who's coached elite athletes like Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Nolan Ryan, and Greg Maddux. He's been called a quarterback whisperer and a pitching guru, but if you ask him, he prefers to simply be called “coach.”  Tom is the preeminent pioneer who brought science into the coaching equation. For decades, Tom has used elite athletes to create models that others can replicate. For example, if you're a little league pitcher or high school quarterback, Tom has developed technology that will compare your mechanics and timing to Nolan Ryan or Tom Brady. Now just think about the coaching that provides young up-and-coming athletes! The leadership lesson for us here is that we should do the same in business. We should look to those who’ve come before us that have been wildly successful and mirror our approach to what they do to build healthy, high-performing businesses. The great leaders learn from the best and then apply those learnings to be even more successful themselves. You're going to learn: How to learn from the best and democratize that information How to make a habit of continuous improvement How to embrace failure as a more valuable learning experience than success What Tom learned when he slowed down Sandy Kofax’s pitch, and how that information transformed coaching How to turn broken players into top-performers Why preparation is more valuable than talent How Tom Brady became one of the fastest quarterbacks in NFL history How Drew Brees went from a busted, career-ending shoulder injury back to top-performance The story behind Disney’s movie Million Dollar Arm How to bring out the best in your team members PLUS, Tom’s advice the parents of student athlete (hint: the struggle is worth it).
Mar 17, 2022
Stephanie Stuckey, CEO of Stuckey's Corporation, on how to reimagine your brand
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Today's guest is Stephanie Stuckey, the CEO of Stuckey’s. This company started in 1937 by Stephanie's grandfather who opened a single store in eastern Georgia. It was one of the country's first roadside retail shops. At its peak in the 1970s, Stuckey’s had grown to 368 stores in 40 states, along pretty much every major interstate. From humble beginnings to a roadside empire. But then, things turned for the worst due to external threats and internal weaknesses. When Stephanie took over the business in 2019, she was faced with challenges in every aspect of the business.  How do you reimagine a brand and get the train back on the track? Well, you can't live in the past. You can't be thinking about how it used to be. You have to think about how it has to be TODAY. So she went to work thinking about new possibilities, new ways to make money, and new ways to satisfy customers. The result? A company that was losing money is now profitable again and the brand legacy has been restored.  So whether you're leading a turnaround like Stephanie is or simply need to reimagine the way you get things done in your company or with your team, there's a lot you can learn from this week’s episode, like: How to revive a brand How to generate new revenue streams The benefits of an entrepreneurial mindset  How to build rapport with customers and partners How to cultivate employee involvement  PLUS, how a has-been company is making a comeback in 21st century style.
Mar 10, 2022
Shantanu Narayen, Adobe's Chairman and CEO, on planting the vision
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Today’s guest is Shantanu Narayen, the Chairman and CEO of Adobe. It’s the leader’s job to communicate the vision of the company in a way that ignites the hearts and minds of the people they lead and plant the flag of a big idea. Our teams don’t show up simply for the paycheck. They want something bigger to be a part of, a compelling vision to get behind that infuses all kinds of meaning and passion into their day to day. Since 2018, Adobe’s valuation has tripled and is now at 300 billion dollars. That type of growth is possible because of the work Shantanu has done to lead his team toward a compelling vision. Adobe is a team of innovators and they’re chasing a vision they believe in, one their team is pursuing together, and with passion. There’s a lot we can learn from Shantanu and how he’s igniting the hearts and minds of the people he leads. In this episode, you’ll learn: How a software engineer becomes a CEO, and what roads and flags have to do with it How to prioritize long-term innovation AND short-term execution How to disrupt your own company in order to stay ahead of competitors Why having data AND a narrative matters in an Adobe performance review Why this year’s stock price is not a good indicator of current performance PLUS, Why your vision may not yet be aspirational ENOUGH
Mar 03, 2022
Larry Senn, Senn Delaney's Founder and Chairman, on helping others be at their best
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Today's guest is Larry Senn, who's actually the father of corporate culture, and the Chairman and Senn Delaney. Larry and his business partner were hired by Sam Walton in the early days of Walmart. And it was there that Larry began to understand the intangible part of an organization that really makes a difference. Today, we call this company culture, which is simply defined as the way people behave and the way they work together. Believe it or not, Larry published the world's first research on corporate culture, and has spent his entire career helping organizations be at their best, when you think about it, helping others be at their best. That is what being a great leader, and a great coach is all about. And I'll tell you, Larry has made quite an impact in my life as my coach over the years. In this episode, you’re going to learn: How Larry built a flower business and bought a Jaguar K 120 sports car at age 18 How Larry learned that he was in the wrong career after college, and what he did to make a change What Larry learned as a consultant for Sam Walton before Walmart went big How to build exercises that inspire employees to embrace change  What jigsaw puzzles reveal about teamwork How to build actionable work values and principles  Why it’s hard to get company cultures to change How to develop the mindset of a leader The best and worst things leaders can do for (and to) their companies PLUS How to thrive at work and home without making compromises
Feb 24, 2022
Brittany Fuisz, Malibu Mylk's Founder and CEO, on never losing the startup mindset
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Today's guest is Brittany Fuisz, the Founder and CEO of Malibu Mylk. Building something from scratch is not easy. In fact, the majority of businesses that launched don't make it past five years. So what is it that allows some companies to thrive while others fail? Whoever leads the business in the mindset they approach their work with is a key ingredient in the success of a company. And in my conversation with Brittany, you're about to see a unique mindset on full display as she tells a story of launching Malibu Mylk. Brittany has what I call a startup mindset, and what I mean by that is incredible passion to make something big happen and truly change the world. They're not willing for someone to tell them what to do. They think outside the box, they give themselves the permission to charge forward and they attack every unknown and challenge with optimism. In this episode you’ll learn: What’s going on in the milk category How to build a brand from scratch as an outsider How a celebrity’s advice sent Brittany down an unexpected career path How Brittany scaled the success of her blender to something that could be mass-produced How to respond to setbacks in quality What it really takes to be ready for a meeting with Whole Foods How the Malibu Mylk subscription model works The formula for a great culture How to embrace pushback that improves the brand PLUS, Brittany shares a promo code for getting your own batch of Malibu Mylk! Find the tools you need to become a better leader at https://howleaderslead.com. Get your first order of Malibu Mylk 20% off when you use the promo code LEAD20 at checkout.
Feb 17, 2022
Scott Hamilton, Olympic Gold Medalist, on how to get up after you fall down
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Today's guest is Scott Hamilton, an Olympic gold medalist and founder of the Scott Hamilton Cares Foundation, an organization that is working to eliminate cancer. Now, Scott obviously doesn't need much of an introduction. You already know about his gold medal and figure skating. You probably have seen his incredible backflips on the ice. And you have likely watched him as a commentator on the Olympics over the years. And while you may know him for his successes, you may not know about the challenges that he's had to overcome to win. His childhood illness, cancer, multiple brain tumors, the times he's fallen on the ice in critical situations. Scott says any goal will always have obstacles, difficulties and setbacks. You will be defined not by those setbacks, but by how you respond to them. There's so much that we can learn from Scott about how to get up after we all fall and let me tell you something, we all do. I'm so excited to have you listen in. Here's my conversation with my new friend – and soon to be yours – Scott Hamilton.
Feb 10, 2022
Ken Chenault, AMEX's Former Chairman & CEO, on embracing constructive confrontation
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Today's guest is Ken Chenault, the Former Chairman and CEO of American Express, and the current Chairman and Managing Partner of General Catalyst, a dynamic private equity firm. Now, if you run a business or lead a team, there are moments when you need to lean into confrontation. And I don't mean dance around the confrontation, I'm talking about facing it head on. For a lot of people, this can be really hard to do, really intimidating. But the great leaders I know, like Ken, have learned how to engage in constructive confrontation. In this episode, you'll also learn:
Feb 03, 2022
Aneel Bhusri, Workday's Cofounder, Co-CEO and Chairman, on walking the talk of your core values
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Today's guest is Aneel Bhusri, the Co-Founder, Co-CEO and Chairman of Workday, an American on‑demand financial management and human capital management software vendor. When Aneel started Workday with David Duffield, they defined a handful of core values for their company. Now this is pretty common practice for business leaders, but here's the problem. A lot of leaders write down the company values and never think about them again. They even laminate them, put them up on the wall, but I’ve got to tell you, all they do is collect dust. But that wasn't the case with Aneel and his Co-Founder Dave Duffield, they decided that investing in their people was going to be the number one value at their company. So how did they live out that value?  Well, believe it or not, they personally interviewed the first 500 team members they hired. Now that's something that says they value people over anything else. The key lesson here is that they aligned their schedules and their priorities with the company's number one value. You see, the great leaders I know walk the talk of their core values. They just don't write them down and forget them. They actually use their core values to dictate how they spend their time, and how they focus their energy. We have a lot to learn from today's conversation, including: Why Aneel shifted from applying for a job at Apple to join an HR software startup instead How a hostile takeover led to a new venture What value system Aneel and Dave built the company around Why the Co-Founders interviewed the first 500 employees together, regardless of other work and time priorities  Why Aneel looks for “shiny new penny folks” when hiring talent Why the tech team goes off-site every few years to talk about the future How to get customers involved in innovation How to build partnerships between humans and machines that don’t compromise the work value of either Why Aneel prefers having a Co-CEO Why Phil Mickelson does Workday advertising PLUS Aneel’s advice for aspiring leaders Find the leadership tools and resources you need to up your game at https://howleaderslead.com
Jan 27, 2022
Ginni Rometty, IBM's Former Chairman and CEO, on embracing discomfort to grow
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Today’s guest is Ginni Rometty, the Former Chairman, President and CEO of IBM and current Co-Chairman of the OneTen Initiative. Rising through the ranks from systems engineer to CEO, Ginni has learned to be comfortable with situations outside her comfort zone, because that’s where she grew the most in her journey as a leader. While leading IBM, Ginni learned what was essential about IBM that must endure before making changes that set the company up for future growth in new industries. And so what you're about to hear from Ginni, and what you'll learn from her journey to become CEO of IBM, is that great leaders are comfortable being uncomfortable.  In this episode, you’ll learn:  How to mentally process a promotion to the top job - especially as a woman How Ginni’s mother modelled the courage and leadership Ginni needed to succeed Why propensity to learn is more important than a college degree in a job candidate Why women don’t put themselves forward for new assignments and how to help them go the distance Why preparing for the next job might actually a bad idea How to make the leap from being an individual contributor to a leader who coordinates other people effectively How to focus on the long-term with conviction and a thick skin Why Ginni’s favorite IBM achievement is employee engagement How the hybrid cloud works and the future of artificial intelligence at IBM and around the world How the OneTen Initiative intends to tap hidden pools of talent by changing priorities in hiring PLUS, Ginni’s single biggest piece of advice for reinventing yourself and your company   Check out videos from this episode and other great interviews at https://howleaderslead.com
Jan 20, 2022
Dave Calhoun, Boeing's CEO & President, on restoring stability in a crisis
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Today's guest is Dave Calhoun, the President and CEO of Boeing, the largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners Defense, Space and security systems. Dave joined Boeing as CEO in January of 2020, and little did he know the challenges that he’d be up against only a couple months later, when COVID hit. But what Dave has shown is the great leaders restore stability in the midst of a crisis. When we are thrown a right hook that we don't expect when things are a bit chaotic, we look to great leaders to show us how we should think and behave. Now what you're going to hear in this interview is how Dave helped Boeing navigate not only COVID and the massive impact that it had on the airline industry, but also how Boeing has handled the situation of their 737 Max, which was banned from flying passengers due to two plane crashes in 2018 and 19. Now it takes a strong leader to navigate those situations and restore stability on the other side.
Jan 13, 2022
Will Ahmed, WHOOP's Founder and CEO, on prioritizing the right data
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Today's guest is Will Ahmed, the Founder and CEO of WHOOP, a wearable fitness tracker that measures a few key metrics to help top athletes and everyday consumers achieve peak performance. You're going to learn that Will is an incredibly sharp young leader. Believe it or not, he's in his early 30s, running a company that was recently valued at $3.6 billion. Running a company at that level requires a whole other level of discipline, when it comes to focusing in on what truly matters. If you want to keep your business healthy, no matter what size a company you lead, it's imperative that you measure and keep your eyes on a few vital metrics at all times. You're going to learn: How problems with athletic overtraining led to a company that helps monitor sleep The hidden side of sleep and the WHOOP tracker How WHOOP can compete with the Apple Watch How simple metrics lead to better decision-making How Will went from student athlete to company builder How Will maintains steady focus through delegation and meditation Why the WHOOP business model emulates Peloton instead of FitBit How to “Growtain” your customers How to be excellent in multiple complication industries at once How WHOOP built promotion partnerships with top athletes and sports networks How to find and develop people who are high intensity AND high humility Why WHOOP pays its employees to sleep PLUS Will’s best advice for entrepreneurs
Jan 06, 2022
The Best of 2021
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To round off 2021, today’s episode features six of David’s favorite insights from the year from leaders like Marvin Ellison, Indra Nooyi, and Tom Brady. You’re going to learn about how to react to overwhelming and scary situations with focus, confidence, planning, and communication. Plus, David will teach you his number one exercise for taking stock of where you are now in order to work towards where you want to go. In this episode, you’ll learn: David’s 3x5 exercise for self-evaluation going into a new year Tom Brady’s model for clear, current communication with teammates Niren Chaudhary’s process for bringing clarity and purpose to overwhelming situations Indra Nooyi’s advice for balancing work and home life Kara Goldin’s conviction about how to escape the bondage of fear in business Andy Roddick’s ritual for staying focused to play point after point in tennis without losing it Marvin Ellison’s story about learning to stand out as himself rather than blend in as someone else Check out https://howleaderslead.com/best-of-2021/ for more great leadership insights, and go to https://howleaderslead.com/survey to share your great insights about the podcast!
Dec 30, 2021
Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors Head Coach, on unlocking the power of the team
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Today's guest is Steve Kerr, the head coach of the Golden State Warriors. Earlier in his career as a player, Steve won three NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls alongside the one and only Michael Jordan. He then went on to win two more titles playing for the San Antonio Spurs, and then he became a coach and won three more titles for the Warriors. Needless to say, this guy knows how to win, and he knows how to build teams that win. What you may be surprised to learn, though, is how he does it. The way Steve leads is by understanding the power of the team, from superstars to bench and everything in between. You're going to hear all about this on today's episode, as well as how you too can apply Steve's insights to whatever team you happen to be leading. In this episode you'll learn: Who Steve Kerr learned from in order to coach Why joy matters in casting the vision for a team What a great team player looks like How to coach superstars and the bench What it takes to rack up 300 passes a game How to work past mental barriers to perform with excellence How to motivate the team How to delegate areas of weakness with strength What Steve learned from playing with Lute Olson, Phil Jackson, and Gregg Popovich Why Steve wanted to let the Warriors coach themselves one game Who Steve would pick if Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant all came out in the draft in the same year What Steve thinks about The Last Dance documentary How Steve balances priorities at home and on the court Find the tools you need to become a better leader at https://howleaderslead.com.
Dec 23, 2021
Eric Gleacher, Pioneer in the Mergers and Acquisitions Business, on taking the right risks
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From the United States Marine Corps to Wall Street, Eric Gleacher believes the world belongs to the aggressive. After one round of golf with the right person, the trajectory of his career changed as he pursued his dream of working in finance. After only four years at Lehman Brothers, Eric became a partner and was a large part of establishing the merger and acquisition department. Against the advice of many around him, Gleacher left Lehman Brothers to start his own firm. These risks and experiences have culminated in Gleacher’s book, Risk, Reward, Repeat. Listen as David and Eric discuss the indelible impact of the Marines, working with flawless integrity, and how to take the right risks. in this conversation, you're going to learn: The story behind Eric’s new book, Risk. Reward. Repeat How golf helped Eric get to Wall Street Where mergers and acquisitions all started What the Marines taught Eric about confidence, integrity, and leadership How to take risks in your career How the My Nickel argument can transform your meetings with potential clients
Dec 16, 2021
Alexa von Tobel, Inspired Capital's Founder and Managing Partner, on leading through uncertainty
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A force of positivity and pioneer of Financial Technology, Alexa von Tobel felt so strongly about democratizing financial advice for Americans that she dropped out of Harvard business school to build her first business, LearnVest, in 2008. After revolutionizing digital financial services, she sold LearnVest the very same week that she gave birth to her first child. Now, Alexa von Tobel is the Managing Partner of Inspired Capital, a venture capital firm which she founded in 2019.  You'll also learn: How growing up in a medical family and losing her Dad in high school prepared Alexa for life and leadership. How studying the psychology of happiness prepared Alexa to quit business school during a Recession and start a finance education company. What leaders can do to lead through uncertainty and stay sane, healthy, and fulfilled. Why Alexa sold LearnVest to Northwestern Mutual and started a venture capital firm in New York City. The fastest way to get “no” and “yes” when fundraising. The importance of having people around you who believe in you, encourage you, and keep you accountable. The one thing you need to do in order to succeed.
Dec 09, 2021
Scott Mahoney, Peter Millar's Chairman and CEO, on going the distance for quality
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Scott Mahoney, the Chairman and CEO of Peter Millar, goes the distance to for quality in how he shapes the brand and develops his people. Coming up in business, it wasn’t until Scott worked at Polo that he found his love for golf and apparel sales married in an exciting career. He was inspired to buy Peter Millar during the long drive back from a USGA meeting, and moved quickly to scale the brand up. Scott leads with attention to getting things done more efficiently by getting people excited to do them. For example, knowing that Peter Millar product can only be sold once store associates put it on the floor, Scott and his team designed the shipping arrangements to be intuitive for stockroom employees to handle. He even threw a mint in the shipping box to sweeten the deal. Scott was quick to bring nearly everything in house to ensure the quality of product, marketing, promotion, finance, and production, and has taken the apparel world by storm as a result. SHOW NOTES Peter Millar then and now How Scott got into fashion and sales at Polo How the crazy idea to buy Peter Millar became reality  Turning a golf sweater company into a lifestyle brand Getting into Nordstrom and the trick to getting product from box to shelf Getting into brick and mortar Clothing the US President’s Cup golf team Building an e-commerce business with the same great quality Getting to the top and staying focused  Building a high-quality culture Lightning Round Find the tools you need to become a better leader at https://davidnovakleadership.com and https://howleaderslead.com.
Dec 02, 2021
Dr. Neal ElAttrache, Orthopedic Surgeon, on why we shouldn't chase passion
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Dr. Neal ElAttrache is a renowned American orthopedic surgeon best known as the Lead Physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Rams — as well as his patents and innovation in sports medicine. As a leader, Neal believes strongly in the three “A’s” — Affability, Availability, and Ability. Listen as David and Neal discuss why chasing passion is a sure way to set yourself up for failure and burnout, and that there’s something better to chase. Show Notes Intro Finding joy in performing Tommy Johns surgery Growing up to become a surgeon Pursuing purpose over passion in your career How to think critically and sensitively as a surgeon What it's like serving as team physician for the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Dodgers Working with Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Torre, NFL coach Sean McVeigh, golfer Brooks Koepka, and the legendary Tom Brady How to be mentored and mentor others Lightning Round Advice for aspiring leaders Find the tools you need to become a better leader at https://davidnovakleadership.com and https://howleaderslead.com.
Nov 18, 2021
Rob Light, CAA's Managing Partner, on learning to listen
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The Creative Artists Agency, or CAA as it’s commonly referred to, is the world’s largest talent and sports agency. CAA represents the top artists in show business — names like Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa, Ben Platt, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and more. At the helm of the music division is Rob Light, a managing partner and worldwide chief. The trajectory of Rob’s career changed in one night... the night he attended his first Bruce Springsteen concert. Listen as David and Rob discuss starting in the mailroom, revamping the Las Vegas concert scene, and why he turned down an opportunity to be the fourth hire at MTV. SHOW NOTES Intro The scope of Creative Artists Agency and how COVID-19 disrupted music How Bruce Springsteen jumpstarted Rob’s career in music How to recognize and develop young talent--including Dua Lipa How to be a valuable agent and leader How Rob Light created the music boom in Las Vegas What Rob learned from turning down the chance to help build MTV How to close deals decisively and get a win-win. How Rob coached a young associate to work for Beyoncé How Rob signed Sting in a single phone call What it was like working with Prince How to test for honesty with golf Lightning Round 3 Bits of Advice How to balance a fast-paced career with family How to live in the moment for others. Farewell
Nov 04, 2021
Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo's Former Chairman and CEO, on the future of work, family, and life
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How do leaders navigate conversations about the challenges parents, and especially women, face in the workplace? The first step is to simply have the conversation and get the shared perspectives of men and women. In this special episode from the How Leaders Lead Insight Series, Ashley Novak Butler, the Executive Director of the Lift-a-Life Foundation, interviews her dad, David, and Indra Nooyi about Indra’s new New York Times best-selling book, My Life in Full: Work, Family, and Our Future. Indra shares her story about growing up in India and the support she had to pursue her career while being a devoted mom, and the challenges she faced that she wants to remove for women coming up behind her in business, including problems with HR, childcare, and even cobblestone paths. 0:00 | Show intro 2:16 | The story behind Indra Nooyi’s memoir, and why work-life balance is the wrong goal. 9:48 | Upbringing: What Indra and David learned from their families that equipped them for future success, and how to extend those benefits to others. 16:42 | Coming up next week… Rob Light, Managing Partner of Creative Artists Agency 24:39 | How to set expectations for juggling the priorities of work and family with your spouse in order to have a fulfilling marriage. 35:15 | The surprising link between Mom guilt and the perfection gene. 40:01 | Expanding the presence of women in leadership. 46:26 | Advice for dealing with condescending behavior towards women.  49:47 | How to protect your reputation and health in business. 55:10 | Insights on mentorship and advocating for talent in general and women in particular. 58:51 | How to improve human resources to better serve all talent, and the implications of how two different people viewed the same cobblestone pathway. 1:08:48 | How to help women re-enter the workforce. 1:11:07 | Family lightning round 1:13:01 | How to make work-family life work. 1:14:45 | Farewell Find the tools you need to become a better leader at https://davidnovakleadership.com and https://howleaderslead.com.
Oct 28, 2021
Entrepreneurial Caregiving with Jessica Kim, Founder and CEO of ianacare | Leading with Lots of Love
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Co-founder and CEO of ianacare, Jessica Kim was thrust into the role of caregiver when her mother fell ill. Both of her parents moved in with her, and through this challenging and isolating time, Kim discovered the need to connect and offer support to those in similar positions. Listen as Jessica and David discuss the realities of caregiving, the power of empathy and launching a new business during a pandemic. Show Notes 0:00 | Intro and welcome 2:07 | The ianacare origin story 10:06 | Pivoting the business to work through COVID-19 13:11 | Leading with passion and precision 21:05 | How work with co-founders and scale a startup the right way 24:09 | How to lead remote and hybrid teams 31:31 | Jessica’s upbringing and path to becoming an entrepreneur 37:15 | What starting a baked goods company taught Jessica about mentorship, branding, and career trajectory 44:07 | How to work with big companies as an entrepreneur 50:07 | Twitter Insights: What Jessica thinks about reverse pitches, startup hustle, and expanding conversations about diversity 54:41 | Lightning Round 57:41 | Farewell and David’s closing insights Find the tools you need to become a better leader at https://davidnovakleadership.com and https://howleaderslead.com.
Oct 21, 2021
Adventures from the Golf Course | How Leaders Lead Insight Series
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Anyone listening this show knows that I am absolutely passionate about the game of golf, and how blessed I am to have been able to play with some of the top players in the game. So we thought we'd mix things up a little bit and create an episode featuring some of the best stories we've heard from around the golf course - some that I'm sure you've never heard before, and you definitely don't want to miss. Grow yourself as a leader with resources from https://davidnovakleadership.com and https://howleaderslead.com.
Oct 12, 2021
Chick-fil-A Chairman & CEO Dan Cathy | Leading with Faith
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As Chairman and CEO of one of the largest family-owned businesses, Chick-Fil-A, Dan Cathy attaches an “in-training” modifier to his name cards as a reminder to continue learning, growing and making mistakes. As a leader, Dan believes that internal service quality will be reflected externally, which informed the decision to remain closed on Sundays. Listen as David and Dan discuss humble beginnings, 75 years of sales increases, and why Chick-Fil-A remains privately owned.
Oct 07, 2021
Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterback | Leading with Performance
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Tom Brady, quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, leads with Performance. Coming to Tampa Bay after winning his last Super Bowl with the New England Patriots in 2019, Tom was excited to learn how to play football with a new team. He learned that no one wanted to hear him say, ‘here’s how the Patriots did this,’ and so he focused on building trust with his teammates, working together to build a new playbook together. Clear, current communication, or CCC as Tom calls it, is essential to getting 11 players on the same page, and Tom had to do that in the context of COVID-19 distance and separation guidelines. After losing his first game with the Bucs to the New Orleans Saints, Tom realized just how much work lay ahead of him and the team he led on the field. Working hard was only part of the challenge, because activity is not the same as achievement. Performance is all about focusing on the goal and steps to get there.
Sep 23, 2021
President & CEO of SHRM, Johnny Taylor | Leading with Empathy
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Representing HR professionals from around the world, Johnny Taylor is President and CEO of SHRM, The Society for Human Resource Management. With a background in law and HR across many different industries — the connective thread for Taylor has always been people. Listen as David and Johnny discuss impacting 115 million people through SHRM, what he learned at Blockbuster, and redefining the reputation of HR.
Sep 16, 2021
Leading with Anticipation | Jimmy Dunne, Vice Chairman and Senior Managing Principal at Piper Sandler
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Jimmy Dunne, one of the founders of Sandler O'Neill + Partners which was acquired by Piper Jaffray in January 2020, leads with true tenacity, anticipation and grit. Nearly decimated by the attacks of September, Jimmy led his firm, Sandler O'Neill, to become the largest independent full-service investment banking firm focused on the financial services sector. Listen as David and Jimmy discuss the emotional impacts of 9/11, transitioning in your career, and opening Seminole Golf Courses to a wider population of players. Check out the Global Game Changers & Lead4Change lessons for teaching the children in your life about the heroes who stepped up to serve after the 9/11 attacks at https://911lesson.org.
Sep 09, 2021
Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Alberto Carvalho | Leading with Smarts
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When Alberto Carvalho took the job as Superintendent of the country’s fourth largest district, Miami-Dade, he was faced with an impossible challenge. To overcome three levels of bankruptcy for the school district, Carvalho reinvented the school system, eliminating poor performers and focusing on results and data-driven decision making. Listen as David and Alberto discuss this successful turnaround, why he fired nine principals his first week, and being knighted in his home country of Portugal.
Sep 02, 2021
Andy Roddick, Former #1 Tennis Player on Leading with Initiative
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Formerly the #1 tennis player in the world, Andy Roddick leads with mental strength, preparation and a sense of humor. Since his retirement from professional tennis in 2012, Roddick has been inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. As a businessman, Roddick has found success with his non-profit, The Andy Roddick Foundation, and his Tennessee Bourbon brand, Sweetens Cove. Listen as David and Andy discuss rituals, staying grounded and transitioning skills from the tennis court to the boardroom.
Aug 26, 2021
Leading with Solutions | Becky Frankiewicz, President of ManpowerGroup North America
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Becky Frankiewicz, the President of ManpowerGroup North America, leads with a dauntless drive to find and deliver solutions to significant problems. As a marketing and finance executive in various roles at PepsiCo, Becky took on the challenges of turning around Quaker Oats and creating better snack options for working women. When she was invited to take the helm at ManpowerGroup, which is a human resources company, Becky discovered to her great surprise that her ability to serve customers, do sales, and manage finance and marketing gave her a unique skillset to lead a company that exists to connect workers to jobs. In a world that is getting more automated and run by artificial intelligence, Becky is more confident than ever that this is a great time to be human. All that’s required is for leaders to shift from seeing what people have done and put on their resumes to discerning what they can do to grow their skills moving forward.
Aug 19, 2021
Leading with Curiosity | Timo Boldt, Founder and CEO of Gousto
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​​Timo Boldt, the Founder and CEO of Gousto, leads with the curiosity to set big goals and learn everything he needs to achieve them. Timo is disrupting the grocery and restaurant categories in the United Kingdom with his subscription meal kit company, which he founded at the ripe old age of 27 years old. Now, Gousto is the largest meal kit company in the United Kingdom, a unicorn company valued at well over a billion dollars with close to 2,000 employees. Gousto delivers fresh ingredients for tasty home-cooked dinners with easy-to-follow recipe cards and perfectly measured ingredients. As an entrepreneur, Timo leads with a focus on constant learning. He is a true innovator and big believer that nothing big happens without getting people on board, so culture is his number-one priority.  Check out Timo's leadership podcast, Boldt Flavors, at https://boldtflavours.com. Go to https://takechargeofyou.com/ to pre-order David's new book!
Aug 12, 2021
Insight Series: Avid Learners
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In this special episode of the How Leaders Lead podcast, listeners will learn that all top leaders are incredible “AVID LEARNERS” - people who’ve demonstrated a real commitment to continuous learning throughout their careers. They all learn by DOING. They all ASK a lot of QUESTIONS and LISTEN CLOSELY for real insights. And at some stage of their career, each of them has learned from FAILURE. So subscribe, and we’ll deliver more impactful – and actionable – insights as the year continues!
Jul 29, 2021
Lonnie Ali, Director & Vice Chair of Muhammad Ali Center - Leading with Grace
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Today’s guest is Lonnie Ali, the wife of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali. Lonnie is an incredible leader who has devoted her life to making the world a better place. In 1992, Lonnie incorporated and served as Vice President and treasurer of Greatest of All Time, Inc. or (G.O.A.T). Today she is a lifetime director and vice chair of the Muhammad Ali Center, a non-profit museum and cultural center that she and her husband opened in 2005. Lonnie Ali has been active in various charitable causes including advocating for children’s rights and Parkinson ’s disease research. From 2010 to 2013, Lonnie served on the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. She was the 2010 recipient of AARP’s Inspire Award, was named in 2012 as one of Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women, and inducted into The National Consortium for Academics and Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
Jul 23, 2021
Leading with Intensity | Former CEO of NASDAQ, Bob Greifeld
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With a 20-year history in technology, Former CEO of NASDAQ, Bob Greifeld is a relentless leader in every way imaginable. An English major-turned computer specialist, Bob approached his job interview at NASDAQ in a strategic way, laying out his detailed plan for the ailing stock index. He had studied NASDAQ for years and knew what needed to happen. Bob believes that a person’s gut instincts aren’t merely a sixth sense, but rather the convictions that rise from collecting years of mental data on a given issue. Listen as Bob and David discuss sleeping on big decisions, his first encounter with Jeff Bezos, and his book, Market Mover.
Jul 22, 2021
Jeff Lawson, Co-Founder & CEO of Twilio | Leading with Understanding
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Co-Founder and CEO of Twilio, Jeff Lawson is a serial entrepreneur and technologist with a career including both large companies and a series of start-ups. Jeff leads with knowledge, a visceral connection to the customer’s problem, and the understanding of how to connect executives with software developers. Listen as Jeff and David discuss his time at Amazon working for Jeff Bezos, his view on how to define real customer problems, and why he cleverly returned all of his wedding gifts.
Jul 08, 2021
Global CEO of Dentsu International, Wendy Clark - Leading with Fervor
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Wendy Clark is CEO of Dentsu International, a 120 year-old multinational media and digital marketing communications company headquartered in London. As the first female CEO of a big six global advertising agency, Clark approaches leadership like a marketer and attributes her success as a leader to this strategy. Listen as David and Wendy discuss bringing your full self to work, maintaining challenger mentality, and how to use underestimation as fuel.
Jun 24, 2021
Leading with Savvy - Mickey Drexler, Former CEO of The Gap, Banana Republic and J Crew
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Former CEO of The Gap, Banana Republic and J.Crew, Mickey Drexler has always had a keen instinct for merchandising and a philosophical commitment to following his gut in business. Drexler’s impact on pop culture is astounding as his fingerprint can be found on almost every fashion retail success over the last thirty years. Listen as Mickey and David discuss creative energy, landing on the name “Old Navy”, and designing the first Apple store with Steve Jobs.
Jun 10, 2021
Stephen MR Covey, Bestselling Author, Keynote Speaker, Speed of Trust Global Practice Leader - Leading with Trust
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Former President and CEO of Franklin-Covey Leadership, Stephen M. R. Covey felt compelled to transition his career from business leadership to thought leadership with his book, The Speed of Trust. Listen as NewYorkTimes and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Stephen and David discuss mission-driven business, feeding your strengths and the influence of his father Stephen Covey. Great leaders gather insights, and we'd love to hear your thoughts on the show at https://howleaderslead.com/survey/
Jun 03, 2021
CEO of Amway, Milind Pant - Leading with Adventure
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As CEO of Amway, the world’s largest direct selling company, Milind Pant attributes his professional success to cultural sensitivity and leading with love and empathy. With a career full of global roles and travel, Pant swears by daily exercise and meditation to promote a balanced life. Listen as Milind and David discuss social commerce, the gig economy, and how Instagram has surprisingly become one of his most important communication tools.
May 27, 2021
Commissioner of the WNBA, Cathy Engelbert - Leading with Competitive
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Cathy Engelbert, the first Commissioner of the WNBA, is no stranger to trailblazing. Formerly an executive with Deloitte for 33 years and eventually their first female CEO, Engelbert was thrilled to return to basketball after her own college career and being raised by a former NBA player. Listen as David and Cathy discuss diversity and inclusion in the WNBA, the challenges facing women’s sports, and the incredible support of the late Kobe Bryant.
May 13, 2021
Previous Walker Cup Captain, John "Spider" Miller - Leading with Dignity
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John “Spider” Miller leads with Dignity. From humble beginnings in Indiana as one of eleven children, Spider learned how to work hard. His work ethic and commitment took him far in amateur golf as Captain of the US team in the 2015 and 2017 Walker Cup. In this conversation, David gets Spider’s story, insights on running a family business the right way, and an inside look at golfers like the late great Arnold Palmer. 
May 04, 2021
Founder of KIND Snacks, Daniel Lubetzky - Leading with And
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Founder and Executive Chairman of KIND Snacks, Daniel Lubetzky understands that living outside of society’s boundaries and traditional definitions is where kindness and creativity is found. The son of a holocaust survivor and raised in Mexico, Daniel attributes his success in leadership to his father whom he thinks of as an original “servant leader.” Listen as Daniel and David discuss ownership culture, the need to be challenged, and his book, “Do the KIND Thing.”
Apr 29, 2021
NBC Sports Reporter, Former Jockey & COO of Starlight Racing, Donna Barton Brothers - Leading with Communication
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The Kentucky Derby is this Saturday and in this episode you'll get an on-the-track look at the Derby. You'll ride along with David and Donna as they discuss the first time she got bucked on a horse, being a woman in a male-dominated sport, interviewing the winning jockeys at the Derby, and the failures that set up Donna for her success. Donna Barton Brothers was born into the horse racing world. She grew up around horses as the daughter of a successful female jockey. Donna found success as a jockey winning over 1,100 horse races and then became an award-winning sports analyst and commentator for NBC Sports and currently serves as COO of Starlight Racing.
Apr 27, 2021
Part 2 | Augusta National Golf Club Chairman, Fred Ridley
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In Part II of this episode, we’re back with the Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, Fred Ridley. Listen as the Chairman and David discuss the impact of the pandemic on the Masters, putting his team members first, and how to honor the past while pushing towards the future.
Apr 14, 2021
Part 1 | Augusta National Golf Club Chairman, Fred Ridley | Leading with Respect
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Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club since 2017, Fred Ridley is the man behind the Masters. As a lawyer and winner of the American U.S. Amateur Golf Championship, Ridley brings a comprehensive understanding of both the sport’s history and its evolution. Listen to Part I as the Chairman and David discuss rubbing shoulders with Jack Nicklaus, starting the first Augusta National Women’s Tournament, and giving back to the community of Augusta, GA.
Apr 13, 2021
Hint Water Founder & CEO, Kara Goldin | Leading with Undaunted
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Founder and CEO of Hint Water, Kara Goldin found success in journalism at Time and at tech startups in Silicon Valley. Her early ambitions changed after discovering her hectic travel schedule led to an unhealthy lifestyle. In her pursuit of health, she discovered an untapped category in flavored water with simple ingredients. The mother of four children under six at the time, Kara put in the time, research, and money necessary to start bottling Hint Water, knowing that if the venture failed she could fall back on her tech background. Listen as Kara and David discuss fear, John Legend and her new book, Undaunted: Overcoming Doubt and Doubters.
Apr 01, 2021
Leading with Disruption | Jesse Cole, Founder of Fans First Entertainment & Owner of Savannah Bananas
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In this episode David sits down with Jesse Cole, Founder and CEO of Fans First Entertainment and Owner of the Savannah Bananas baseball team. Jesse leads with Disruption, turning pain points upside-down into crazy awesome features. As the author of Find Your Yellow Tux: How to Be Successful by Standing Out, Jesse disrupts the concepts of authenticity and individuality with his commitment to wearing a yellow tuxedo everywhere he goes. This, along with all-you-can eat meal tickets and calling every fan to thank them for their support, is just a part of Jesse’s conviction that normal marketing will only yield normal results. They way to thrive is to be different in ways that turn people’s pain points into exciting solutions, which Jesse strives to do every day at Grayson Stadium when his team plays.
Mar 26, 2021
Allbirds Co-Founder, Joey Zwillinger - Leading with Urgency
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David gets the story behind Joey Zwillinger, the Co-Founder of Allbirds, who left a promising career in biotechnology driven by the fear of mediocrity. Joey knew that he would be disappointed in himself if he didn’t build his own company, and if he couldn’t make a significant impact on the problems surrounding climate change. A drive for excellence, balanced with a fear of mediocrity, has pushed Joey to solve perplexing problems like how to make a truly all-natural shoe that is more comfortable than what the big competitors are churning out.
Mar 18, 2021
Panera CEO, Niren Chaudhary - Leading with Spirit
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Niren Chaudhary, CEO of Panera Bread, believes that a strong leader defines reality while also creating hope and optimism through delivering a clear vision. By articulating the core mission of Panera, Niren restored the company’s former stronghold as leader in the category. Listen as David and Niren discuss Panera through the pandemic, democratizing coffee, and his connection to Netflix's film, “The Sky is Pink.”
Mar 04, 2021
Leading with Fearless - Me and the Bees Lemonade Founder and CEO, Mikaila Ulmer
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Fifteen-year-old founder and CEO, Mikaila Ulmer has made history with her purpose-driven company, Me & The Bees Lemonade. An entrepreneur since age four, Mikaila collaborates with her parents and mentors to continue to grow the company and its sister nonprofit, Healthy Hive Foundation. Listen as David and Mikaila discuss going viral on Shark Tank, the power of purpose-driven brands, and what it really means to “dream like a kid.”
Feb 25, 2021
Leading with Impact - Lowe's Home Improvement CEO, Marvin Ellison
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Marvin Ellison, CEO of Lowe's Home Improvement, has made a career of tackling challenges that no one else would, or could, face. He attributes his success to this approach and to embracing the “best you” you can be. Listen as David and Marvin discuss humble beginnings, his first day as CEO, and why assimilating into corporate culture is the wrong strategy.
Feb 18, 2021
Leading with Team - President & CEO of Dick's Sporting Goods, Lauren Hobart
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Lauren Hobart, the newly appointed CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods, is an incredibly well-rounded leader with over 25 years of finance, consumer and retail experience. As one of only 41 female CEOs leading a Fortune 500 Company, Hobart relishes the ability to champion young women to achieve their full potential. Listen as David and Lauren discuss her success in digital and e-commerce, collaborating with Carrie Underwood, and the importance of communicating a clear vision.
Feb 04, 2021
Leading with Command - General Ray Odierno, Former Chief of Staff, U.S. Army
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Former Chief of Staff of the Army, Ray Odierno is a retired four-star general of the United States Army and current chairman of USA Football. With a background in team sports, General Odierno utilized team dynamics in his leadership style as Commanding General. Listen as David and General Ray discuss diversity and inclusion in the Army, providing options for the commander in chief, and how to avoid toxic leadership.
Jan 25, 2021
Starbucks CEO, Kevin Johnson on Leading with Joy
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Kevin Johnson, CEO of Starbucks, has brought the power of vulnerability to his role. After succeeding Starbucks’ founder and CEO Howard Schultz in 2017, Johnson believes strongly in preserving the legacy of the brand while embracing the innovation necessary to push the company into the future. Listen as David and Kevin discuss distributed leadership, people over profit, and how he learned transcendental meditation through Ringo Starr.
Jan 14, 2021
Leading with Calm - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia President & CEO, Madeline Bell
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Madeline Bell, President and CEO of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), has redefined her title during the global pandemic from CEO to CRO, or “Chief Reassurance Officer”. From bedside to the boardroom, Madeline started her career right out of college as a nurse at the very same organization she now runs. Listen as David and Madeline discuss the progress of the COVID-19 vaccine, believing in yourself first and how to “keep calm, and carry on” amidst a global crisis.
Dec 17, 2020
Leading with Zeal - Weezie Towels Co-Founder & CEO, Lindsey Johnson
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Lindsey Johnson and her co-founder Liz Eicholz were close friends before starting their groundbreaking luxury “bathleisure” brand, Weezie. With a background in finance, Johnson was a natural fit for CEO while her partner excels in creative direction and brand building. Listen as Lindsey and David discuss first-time foundership, what sets Weezie products apart, and how to carve out your own unique success story.
Dec 03, 2020
Leading with Belief - John Calipari, University of Kentucky Head Basketball Coach
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Head coach of the University of Kentucky NCAA men’s basketball team, John Calipari’s approach to leadership (and coaching) is direct and fearless. Affectionately known as “Coach Cap,” he has been named Naismith College Coach of the Year three times, and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. Listen as David and John discuss communication and trust, eating KFC with Warren Buffet, and how to build a successful team year after year.
Nov 19, 2020
Leading with Preparation - Jack Nicklaus, Golfer, Businessman & Philanthropist
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Jack Nicklaus, nicknamed the Golden Bear, has dominated the game of golf. Known around the world as one of the best players of all time, Nicklaus won 117 professional tournaments over his 44-year career. Listen as David and Jack talk about the important lessons he learned from his father, the great advice he gave Rory McIlroy, the importance of family and many other incredible stories of leaders he admires including previous presidents and other successful athletes.
Nov 12, 2020
Leading with Win-Win, Former Honeywell CEO, Dave Cote
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A firm believer in the power and rarity of independent thinking, Dave Cote, former Honeywell CEO and current Executive Chairman of Vertiv Holdings, released his first book this year, “Winning Now, Winning Later.” The book, released in June, expresses his knack for individualist thinking by analyzing and challenging the current, accepted trends in leadership. Listen as Dave and David discuss leading amid a pandemic, his tenure at Honeywell, and his goals for the future.
Nov 05, 2020
Leading with Humility - Home Depot former CEO, Frank Blake
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As a lawyer working in mergers and acquisitions for Home Depot, Frank Blake was shocked to be offered the job of CEO in 2007. For the next eight years, he experienced a crash course in leadership at the highest level. Taking cues from his son (a store manager at the time) and “Built From Scratch”, the story of Home Depot, Frank employed the “inverted pyramid” approach to his new role. Listen as David and Frank discuss the power of handwritten notes, avoiding the CEO “bubble”, and why he decided Home Depot should stop opening new stores.
Oct 29, 2020
Leading with Principle - NBCUniversal Chairman, Steve Burke
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Steve Burke, Chairman of NBCUniversal for the last nine years, landed his dream job. Ignoring his family and mentors’ advice, he followed his intuition to NBCUniversal after working next door to his father’s old office at Capital Cities/ABC. Listen as David and Steve discuss running Euro Disney, what he’s learned from Warren Buffett, and teaching people to think like owners instead of renters. 
Oct 22, 2020
Leading with Purpose - 822 Group Founder & CEO, Mory Fontanez
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Founder and CEO of 822 Group, Mory Fontanez is a purpose coach whose mission is to cultivate mindful, EQ-driven leadership in a capitalistic culture. She guides other leaders and CEOs to identify and then employ their intuition, helping them establish authentic values and an actionable mission for their organizations. Listen as David and Mory discuss the everchanging consumer zeitgeist, harnessing chaos, and the role that love can play in corporate America.
Oct 15, 2020
Leading with Guts - PwC US Chair & Senior Partner, Tim Ryan
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After more than thirty years with PwC, Tim Ryan was elected Chair and Senior Partner by his peers in the spring of 2016 for his aggressive growth plan and long history with the company. But when a racially charged shooting took place that summer, listening to his employees’ rousing response motivated Tim to drastically shift his plans. Against the advice of many, Tim immediately pivoted his focus to address racial injustice both at PwC and in society at large. Listen as David and Tim discuss his toughest client experience, the Oscars mixup, and why he wrote a letter to his partners in 2040.
Oct 08, 2020
Part 2: Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase Chairman & CEO
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In part two of this interview, Jamie Dimon talks with David about growing up in Queens, the Bear Stearns acquisition, the future of the American dream and what prioritization looks like when you’re leading the world’s largest financial institution.
Oct 01, 2020
Part 1: Leading with Real - Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase Chairman & CEO
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Jamie Dimon has served as the Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, the largest of the big four American banks, since 2005. Born into a family of stock brokers, Jamie has led through the 2008 financial crisis, a massive emergency heart surgery, and now a global health pandemic — What’s his secret to success? Anticipating every possible outcome, reading constantly and continuing to learn from those around him. Listen as David and Jamie discuss the global economy, battling cancer, and the future of America.
Sep 29, 2020
Leading with Relationship - Mark Messier, NHL Hall of Famer
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Former Captain of the New York Rangers and NHL legend, Mark Messier attributes his success to building close relationships with his teammates outside of the game. One of the greatest ice hockey players of all time, Messier started his professional career with the Edmonton Oilers alongside his friend and fellow hockey legend, Wayne Gretzky. He is a six-time Stanley Cup champion — and the only player to ever captain two teams to Stanley Cup Championships. His playoff leadership while in New York ended a 54-year Stanley Cup drought in 1994, earning him the nickname "The Messiah.” Listen as David and Mark talk about his transition from the Oilers to the Rangers, what it felt like to lose Gretzky as a teammate, and how to galvanize individuals to maximize team performance.
Sep 24, 2020
Leading with Care - CEO of CVS Health, Larry Merlo
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Larry Merlo, CEO of CVS Health, started his career as an impassioned pharmacist with no aspirations for the C-suite. Through his passion for pharmacy and level-headed vision, he has led CVS Health to incredible success through streamlining their mission statement, balancing the roles of teacher and student and never losing sight of the consumer and their health— including the historic decision to eliminate the sale of tobacco products. Listen as David and Larry discuss Covid-19 testing, Arnold Palmer, the opioid crisis and healthcare innovation.
Sep 17, 2020
Tom Brady, Legendary NFL QB—Back Up Your Goals with Disciplined Action (Part 2)
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Listen to the second part of our conversation with Tom Brady, quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If you haven’t heard the first part yet, find it on the podcast feed – you’re going to want to start there.  In the second half of our conversation, we talk about Tom’s upbringing, which is where his incredible discipline really starts.  Tom also talks in depth about the specific mentality shifts that helped him break through the ranks in college – and this was despite being a pretty dispensable sixth round pick in the draft.  Oh, and apologies to Atlanta fans, but yes, he talks about what was going through his head in that epic Super Bowl game against the Falcons when he and the Patriots were down 28-3 and came back to win it all.  In every story, in every answer, Tom is teaching us a huge leadership lesson: if we want to lead well, we have to back up our goals with disciplined action. It’s not enough to just set a goal or want to succeed. We’ve got to show up and make the choices that will actually result in hitting those goals.  That’s the kind of walk-the-walk leadership that people actually follow.  You’ll also learn: Tom’s advice to parents for how to talk to their kids The inspiring question Tom asks when things don’t go right The key advice Tom got that helped him move up the ranks even when opportunities were scarce  The #1 ingredient your team needs to navigate day-to-day conflicts as they arise The mentality you need to muster up when you’re down (and what Tom used in the epic Super Bowl comeback against the Atlanta Falcons) The time Tom got locked in the stadium at Notre Dame and what he had to do to escape
Sep 11, 2020
Tom Brady, Legendary NFL QB—Back Up Your Goals with Disciplined Action (Part 1)
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Today’s guest is Tom Brady, the quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And if you know anything about Tom Brady, you know he’s incredibly disciplined. His nutrition, his fitness, his training, his prep, his mindset – the guy has an elite level of dedication to being his best. And that hard work is a huge reason why he is the greatest of all time, the GOAT! But here’s what a lot of people miss. And I want to make sure you don’t miss it. What we’re really seeing when we see Tom Brady’s hard work is someone who has said: I am willing to back up my goals with disciplined actions. In the NFL and in business, everybody wants to win. But not everybody is willing to work hard in order to win. Tom is. His actions prove just how committed he is. He walks the walk, day in and day out, both off the field and on it. It sets him apart as a leader.  And it’s the big takeaway for you today: as a leader, do you back up your goals with disciplined action?  You’ll also learn: What you can do to change or capitalize on momentum How you establish yourself as a leader in a new environment Why Tom performs at a high level in tough situations (you may not like the answer, but it’s so good!) Tom’s #1 piece of advice for when you don’t feel 100% confident in a situation All the details of Tiger Wood’s mind-blowing warm-up shots before their charity golf match
Sep 10, 2020
Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo’s Former Chairman and CEO—The Power of Elevating Others
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Today’s guest is Indra Nooyi, the former Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo. Indra is an incredibly accomplished leader. In her twelve years in charge at PepsiCo, she navigated all kinds of challenges – a global recession, major restructuring, sweeping changes in consumer habits. And yet, in those same twelve years, PepsiCo sales had risen by 80%. That kind of leadership is impressive. But what’s even more impressive is how Indra does it – by looking for ways to elevate others and build them up. She intentionally carves out opportunities for the people she serves.  And this isn’t just pie in the sky stuff. It’s practical. In this episode, Indra goes into detail about PepsiCo’s leadership development and retention strategies. She talks about increasing diversity and calling out bias. And she shares her own story as a woman of color and immigrant from India.  Great leaders intentionally elevate the people they serve. And that’s the big leadership lesson waiting for you in this episode today.  You’ll also learn: Creative ways to celebrate your team (including one you HAVE to try) Specific strategies to boost diversity and inclusion How to stick to a vision, even when the naysayers are (very!) loud The one mistake you should never make when communicating during a crisis How to call out workplace bias The single biggest thing consultants can do to add value The six paragraphs Indra reads every week to stay inspired What it’s like working with Jeff Bezos as a board member for Amazon
Sep 03, 2020
Leading with Panache - Bobbi Brown | Founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics & CEO of Beauty Evolution
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How does the creator of one of the world’s most well known beauty brands, pivot to the wellness category and find her footing in a place where authenticity, realness and reality are key? David gets the story behind Bobbi Brown, the brand and the woman who turned her lipstick-making hobby into a billion dollar brand, only to sell it in search of a new challenge – the wellness market. He gets to the story behind the story, where from an early age, Bobbi watched her grandfather in his business, building up security and comfort to be “Just Bobbi.”  Always working to make things better, Bobbi left Estée Lauder after 22 years to try her hand at wellness products. This gave her the freedom to solve problems in unexpected ways and lead a creative team who is not content with the norm. Her lack of fear and excitement to jump into new opportunities with a risk of failure, keeps Bobbi from feeling like she missed a moment. Her desire to create something more authentic has driven her through her career. Whether it be more natural toned lipsticks and makeup that bring out the innate beauty in women, or finding that natural product that brings out the best in someone - has naturally guided her devotion to raising up other women, creating role models and to pursue wellness and success in life.
Aug 27, 2020
Leading with Decency - Ajay Banga, CEO of Mastercard
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David talks with the CEO of Mastercard about his work to make fairness as important a trait of leadership as empathy. David gets Ajay’s story about growing up in India and learning to create plans B and C for every situation. Ajay shares his vision for creating financial inclusivity that empowers low-income people to access the funds and credit they need to thrive without depending on corrupt government support. Ajay also explains how diversity is closely linked to innovation, and how the responsibility of leaders is not to create unbalanced privilege for a few, but to level the playing field for all and recognize success from wherever it comes.
Aug 20, 2020
Leading with Drive - Ethan Brown, Founder & CEO of Beyond Meat
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Hear how Beyond Meat Founder and CEO Ethan Brown pushes his people with intense loyalty to drive success all while delighting his customers with better protein options that don’t change why people enjoy meat.
Aug 14, 2020
Leading with Intent - CEO of the PGA of America, Seth Waugh
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In this episode, David talks with the CEO of the PGA of America to find out how Seth is leading in light of COVID-19 externally, and improving communication internally. When he left finance on Wall Street and joined the PGA of America, Seth discovered a disconnect between headquarters and the Professional instructors that required him to reshape the culture to have better communication and trust, where no bad attitudes would be allowed to poison the atmosphere. Seth is also working to make the PGA more diverse from headquarters to the golf course.
Aug 06, 2020
Leading with Clarity - Doordash Co-Founder & CEO Tony Xu
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Tony Xu leads by breaking problems down to the lowest level of detail - almost to the point of applied mathematics. That’s why he worked every step of delivery for the first year and a half that DoorDash existed as a company. Tony is committed to hiring and training employees that have a strong ownership mentality and bias towards action that spurs them to get 1% better every day. Using high-powered data and logistics, Tony wants to help small business owners serve more customers—even during the COVID-19 economic slump. Such a big task requires Tony, and his people, to break problems into smaller pieces, so that by understanding the twenty steps that go into delivery and the many steps required to helping small businesses survive and thrive, they can make good things happen for restaurants, dashers, and consumers. 
Aug 06, 2020
Kendra Scott, Founder & Executive Chairwoman of Kendra Scott—Strive for Simplicity
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Today’s guest is Kendra Scott, Founder, Executive Chairwoman of the popular jewelry brand Kendra Scott. Have you ever gotten stuck because you felt so overwhelmed by how complicated something seemed?  It can happen when you launch a new initiative, start a new role, or come up against a new challenge.  In those moments we leaders can overcomplicate things! And when we get bogged down like that, it’s really tough to make good decisions and keep our teams moving.  If you can relate, then you will love this conversation with Kendra. She knows how to strive for simplicity when she comes up against a challenge. And let me tell you, she has faced her fair share of challenges – from a business failing early on in her career … to being pre-judged as a blonde woman from Texas … to now, navigating the ever-shifting landscape of running a retail business. But with persistence, she pinpoints the heart of an issue – and with creativity, she finds a simple, effective solution. And her team loves her for it. There’s a lot we can learn here about how to strive for simplicity. You’ll also learn: The power of showing gratitude to your team How to leverage your failures Practical ways to fight complacency on your team One incredible “rule” that transforms and simplifies customer service Why rejection can work for you The specific ways Kendra developed herself as a “self-taught” entrepreneur How Kendra balances parenthood and business
Jul 30, 2020
Evan Spiegel, SNAP CEO—Secrets of Fostering Innovation
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Today’s guest is Evan Spiegel, CEO of Snap.  The tech world is driven by innovation. And Snapchat has set the gold standard for getting new ideas to take off, ever since 2011 when Evan Spiegel co-founded the company while he was a student at Stanford.  But there’s a lot more to Snapchat’s success than just having these good ideas. They have created a culture where those ideas can actually develop. They have communicated those ideas to teams and stakeholders. Oh, and most importantly, they have actually turned those ideas into reality. But it hasn’t always been easy – especially back in 2018 when some of those new ideas triggered an 80% drop in stock price and a very public outcry. Now, of course, you may not be out to build Silicon’s Valley’s next big thing. But every leader needs to know how to create a culture where big ideas thrive and become reality. So if you want to understand the secrets of fostering innovation, then you don’t want to miss this episode. You’ll also learn: A fundamental insight about human nature that will change how you think about product development The one thing Evan wished he’d fully understood about going public The #1 piece of advice Evan got early on – and probably what you need to hear today What mistakes to avoid when you’re growing quickly His surprising response to competitors ripping off his company’s products Practical ways Evan grew – and keeps growing – in his leadership role  The one common denominator in all Evan’s biggest past mistakes (and how it helps him now)
Jul 30, 2020
Leading with Greatness - Larry Fitzgerald | Former Arizona Cardinals WR
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Larry and David talk less about Larry’s career as a football player and more about Larry’s leadership in the community during divisive times, his philanthropic efforts, what leadership looks like on the field (people follow those who work the hardest, regardless of their position), and how sports bring diverse people together and breaks down walls. David opens by getting Larry’s origin story about going from the son of a sportscaster in Minnesota to being the youngest player in the NFL as a wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals. David then gets Larry’s stories and insights from the world of pro football, along with his life advice for young leaders about learning, handling criticism, and what sports can teach a divided nation about unity. David then asks Larry about his experience in the world of business and how he has adapted to that world. After the Lightning Round, David asks Larry a series of questions about his work in the community and his family.   Larry Fitzgerald works hard. He isn’t concerned about having a title people respect. Instead, Larry wins people over by setting an example worth following, and by investing in the people around him on a personal level. By being the best player and business person he can be in practice, Larry knows he will be ready to perform at the big game on Sunday. Even at the game, Larry sets an example by making precise plays instead of relying on raw athleticism. 
Jul 30, 2020