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442: Your Most Important Work is Always Ahead of You with Cynthia Covey Haller
38:09

Stephen M. R. Covey has been one of my most favorite authors to interview. I’ve had that opportunity now three times! So when he suggested I talk to his sister about the book she was finishing up, a book co-written with their late father, I didn’t hesitate to say “yes.” That new book, out today, […]

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Sep 27, 2022
441: The 4 Key Components to Taking Smart Notes
16:21

When it comes to effective note-taking—or what I like to call note-making—most of us have never been properly trained. In today’s episode, I walk through the four key components you need to understand in order to turn your useless notes of the past into your smart notes of the future. Simply put… If you want […]

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Sep 20, 2022
440: A New Approach to Making Business Personal with Vincent Pugliese
55:30

Today’s guest first visited the show back in Episode #223. I also invited to speak at my online conference back in 2019 called the Boss-Free Virtual Summit. His name is Vincent Pugliese and, over the years, he’s gone from professional sports photographer to staring his own business and, now, to sharing what he’s learned in […]

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Sep 13, 2022
439: How to Future-Proof Your Business with Jonathan Brill
36:32

My guest today says that, at this moment, rogue waves are forming under your business. Emerging technologies, changing demographics, the data economy, automation, and other trends―the undercurrents of radical, systemic change―are crashing into each other. When they converge, they’ll produce sea changes that sink companies and wash away entire industries overnight. If your competitor can’t […]

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Sep 06, 2022
438: How to Engage Your Employees and Drive Organizational Excellence with Patrick Veroneau
37:45

Some might say it’s a publisher’s dream. Others might suggest it’s a technique that is overused. When it comes to an author’s use of acronyms to help illustrate their methods, I am an absolute fan. In the book featured on the podcast today, there are no fewer than four (maybe even five) acronyms used to […]

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Aug 30, 2022
437: Got Years of Notes Scattered All Over the Place? Let’s Fix That!
18:47

When it comes to effective note-taking, the kind that leads to breakthroughs, to new ideas, being able to remember where you stored a specific thought, connecting new ideas to existing ideas and more, understanding your note-taking archetype, or style, is a key first step. I first learned about note-taking archetypes from Anne-Laure Le Cunff over […]

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Aug 23, 2022
436: The Undefeated Marketing System with Phillip Stutts
38:59

Today’s guest has made some pretty incredible strides in the first four decades-plus of his life. When I was his age, I was floundering in year one as a solopreneur. For Phillip Stutts, he’s eight years in to running Win BIG Media (and Go BIG Media) and already at a BILLION dollars revenue! Needless to […]

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Aug 16, 2022
435: How Anyone Can Turn An Unsolved Problem Into a Breakthrough Success with Danny Warshay
46:03

There seem to be a lot of college professors writing books these days; or at least I’m interviewing my fair share of them. That many are writing their first (or in some cases second, third, or fourth) book is for good reason. Their research and experiences testing their theories in the classroom is something few […]

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Aug 09, 2022
434: Leading with Heart with John Baird and Edward Sullivan
48:13

This week on the podcast, I’m delighted to bring you two authors for the price of one. They are John Baird and Edward Sullivan, both of Velocity Coaching Group. Their book together is called Leading With Heart: Five Conversations That Unlock Creativity, Purpose, and Results, and it’s already spent a few weeks on the Wall […]

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Aug 02, 2022
433: Why You MUST Write a Book with Honoree Corder
34:35

What is the single best tool an entrepreneur needs to build, boost, and grow their business? Win an Olympic Gold Medal? Sure! That’d be great. But apart from that? Write a book, of course! So says today’s returning guest, Honorée Corder, author of 20-plus books including 2016’s You MUST Write a Book: Boost Your Brand, […]

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Jul 26, 2022
432: How Creativity Rules the World with Maria Brito
46:37

Many people believe—maybe you are one of them—that you’re either born creative or you’re not. Today’s guest suggests that nothing could be further from the truth. Why is it a room full of school children will say “yes” to the question of whether or not they’re creative, and demonstrate it in myriad ways, only for […]

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Jul 19, 2022
431: LinkedIn Profile Optimization for Dummies with Donna Serdula
36:01

Something I’ve always struggled with—and I’m guessing you have as well—is getting the most out of my LinkedIn profile. If you were to ask me about my LinkedIn strategy is, I’m not sure I could give you a clear answer. That’s why I’m excited to welcome a special guest today who literally wrote the book […]

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Jul 12, 2022
430: The Secret Society of Success with Tim Schurrer
46:54

My good friend Jody Maberry, who interviewed me about my book back in Episode #385, recently reached out about introducing me to a young man who’s just published his own new book. His name is Tim Schurrer and he is the author of The Secret Society of Success: Stop Chasing the Spotlight and Learn to […]

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Jul 05, 2022
429: The Magic Formula That Will Make You Rich with Noah St. John
38:22

Recently, I was able to welcome a first-time guest named Honoreé Corder. Honoreé is making a return visit in just a few weeks. In the mean time, I’m chatting with an author she was kind of enough to introduce me to a few weeks ago. I’m glad she did. His name is Noah St. John […]

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Jun 28, 2022
428: The 5 Secrets to Lasting Love from the Go-Giver Marriage with John David and Ana Gabriel Mann
54:16

I admire anyone who manages to write or cowrite as many as thirty books in their lifetime. This person’s work has been featured on the podcast before, but he’s not yet been a guest…until today. I’m talking about John David Mann, co-author of The Go-Giver (with Bob Burg—Episode #098), and now author of The Go-Giver […]

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Jun 21, 2022
427: Simple Money, Rich Life with Bob Lotich
37:58

I’ve known today’s guest for several years. We live near each other and have met in person on two previous occasions. The first was at my book launch party last August. Bob Lotich was kind enough to show up and give support to the project. The first time I ever met Bob was to help […]

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Jun 14, 2022
426: A New Way to Think with Roger Martin
49:13

This episode marks the third week in a row I’ve welcomed a university professor (or former professor). First Harvard, then Yale, and today’s guest, formerly of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. I feel smarter just having been around them these last few weeks. That guest today is making a returning visit to us. His name […]

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Jun 07, 2022
425: A Radical New Way to Negotiate with Barry Nalebuff
47:27

Last week we chatted with a Harvard professor. Next week, we’ll chat with a professor at a prestigious college in Canada. This week, we receive a visit from at professor at Yale University. That professor’s name is Barry Nalebuff. One of his early experiences negotiating was when he and a former student sold their tea […]

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May 31, 2022
424: Deep Purpose is the Heart and Soul of High-Performance Companies with Ranjay Gulati
38:01

When you end an interview with a Harvard Business School professor and he tells you your questions made him think, it kinda makes your day (or maybe your week, your month, your year, or, perhaps your life)! Though we may not see eye-to-eye on all the issues he presented, I consider the chance to chat […]

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May 24, 2022
423: How to Grow Your People to Grow Your Company with Whitney Johnson
32:38

When a guest who’s been on the podcast more than any other guest recommends another author to you, your ears perk up quite bit. That was the case for me when four-time guest Liz Wiseman suggested I meet author Whitney Johnson. I am so thankful to Liz for that introduction because her new book came […]

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May 17, 2022
422: 7 Biblical Principles for Being Purposeful, Present, and Wildly Productive with Jordan Raynor
41:42

I love books on the topic of productivity. It’s a topic about which plenty of books have written. Some might argue we don’t need any more books on productivity. That is not the case for the latest productivity book I read. It’s now at the top of the list of best all-time productivity books in […]

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May 10, 2022
421: Four Simple Choices to Scale Your Impact with Chick-fil-A’s Mark Miller
37:25

Today’s guest is on the executive team of one of the nation’s most successful companies. That company is Chick-fil-A. I’m talking, of course, about Executive Vice President of High-Performance Leadership, Mark Miller. He’s been a guest on the show before to talk about Win Every Day. His latest book, though, is called Smart Leadership: Four […]

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May 03, 2022
420: A Radical New Approach to Greater Success and Fulfillment with Brian Moran and Michael Lennington
30:15

One of my favorite productivity books ever is one called The 12 Week Year: How to Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months by Brian Moran and Michael Lennington. Though I didn’t get a chance to interview them about that book when it came out, I was delighted when a […]

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Apr 26, 2022
419: Your Super-Serious Guide to Modern Money Management with Joe Saul-Sehy
43:27

When it comes to other podcasters, one person I’ve always admired is also today’s guest on Read to Lead. His name is Joe Saul-Sehy, and what he’s built over at the Stacking Benjamins podcast is pretty amazing. He also happens to have a new book out (surprise) that I’m delighted to help put on your […]

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Apr 19, 2022
418: How Truly Great Leaders Unleash Greatness in Others with Stephen M. R. Covey
48:15

Today I welcome back for the third time – and the second time in less than a year – one of my favorite authors. He’s got a brand new book out (released last week) and I can’t wait to tell you more about it. My guest is none other than Stephen M. R. Covey, whose […]

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Apr 12, 2022
417: How to Find What You Love, Love What You Do, and Do It for the Rest of Your Life with Marcus Buckingham
50:32

What an awesome and incredibly important discussion I have for you today! It’s my long-awaited sit-down with none other than Marcus Buckingham. I first got the chance to hear Marcus speak fifteen, or maybe, twenty years ago at the annual Global Leadership Summit in Chicago. Marcus was captivating AND inspiring that day. His new book […]

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Apr 05, 2022
416: The Extraordinary Unordinary You with Simone Knego
25:11

Sometimes you record an interview and it gets mangled by the technology. Something beyond your control goes wrong. It happens. Then, sometimes, the person responsible for recording the conversation forgets to click the record button. Yep. I did that. The second time in nine years. But, thankfully, most people are really forgiving. That’s certainly an […]

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Mar 29, 2022
415: Restoring Meaning, Purpose, and Fun to Your Life and Work with Dr. Sunil Raheja
29:59

It’s not often the case, but my guest today is someone I’ve had the chance to get to know over the last six to eight years. His name is Dr. Sunil Raheja. We first met when he became one of my early podcast coaching clients (you can check out his blog and podcast here). We […]

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Mar 22, 2022
414: Taking Your Next Book From Blank Page to 10,000 Copies Sold with Chandler Bolt
33:41

Today’s guest is making at least his third appearance on the Read to Lead Podcast (it’s hard to keep up these days). Chandler Bolt has updated the content of his bestselling book that also has a slightly revised subtitle. It’s now called Published: The Proven Path From Blank Page to 10,000 Copies Sold. And you […]

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Mar 15, 2022
413: Leveraging the Power of Visual Thinking in Leadership and in Life with Todd Cherches
31:18

Today’s guest is the second person I’ve had on recently to chat about the power of visual thinking. A few weeks ago, it was three-time guest Dan Roam. Today, it’s the CEO and co-founder of BigBlueGumball, Todd Cherches. Todd’s recent book is called VisuaLeadership: Leveraging the Power of Visual Thinking in Leadership and in Life. […]

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Mar 08, 2022
412: Strategies for Creating a High-Revenue Microbusiness with Elaine Pofeldt
38:22

I first met today’s guest when I discovered her last book The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business. Immediately, I invited her to appear as a speaker for my online Boss-Free Summit. She was great! Her name is Elaine Pofeldt, and she’s just published a follow-up to that book called Tiny Business, Big Money: Strategies for Creating a […]

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Mar 01, 2022
411: The Actions That Will Make AND Keep Your Family Rich with Chris Bystriansky
34:59

Few would argue there are many more lucrative options to building wealth than through real estate investing. That’s the expertise of my guest today, Chris Bystriansky. But more than that, Chris has managed to instill the concepts of passive income through real estate into the brain of his six-year-old daughter, ensuring that she will likely […]

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Feb 22, 2022
410: Creating the Most Persuasive Presentations of Your Life with Dan Roam
44:04

My guest today is someone I’ve learned a ton from when it comes to creating and delivering better presentations. His name is Dan Roam. I was first impacted by his first book called The Back of the Napkin (links to his books below). Then, it was Show and Tell and Draw to Win. Later, I […]

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Feb 15, 2022
409: Break Free From Daily Burnout, Struggle Less, and Thrive More in Work and Life with Nataly Kogan

Today’s guest is someone I’ve wanted to have on the show for several years now, ever since her first book was published back in 2018. I’m talking about Nataly Kogan. She is a successful entrepreneur, highly sought-after keynote speaker, and founder and CEO at Happier Inc., a company that has helped more than one million […]

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Feb 08, 2022
408: How to Lead a Life of Significance by Embracing Your Trials with Warwick Fairfax

I have so much respect for today’s guest. Most people, especially at age 29, would have crumbled under the weight of losing control of their family’s one-hundred-fifty-year-old company. Not Warwick Fairfax. Now, that’s not to say what he went through wasn’t incredibly difficult. It certainly was. But Warwick is not your average guy. Now 30+ […]

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Feb 01, 2022
407: A Battle-Tested Guide to Unshakable Performance with Dr. Nate Zinsser
33:47

The book I’m featuring in today’s episode is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I’m two-thirds of the way through the book (about 200 pages in) and have already taken 35 pages of notes. I’ll easily have 50 pages of notes by the time I’m finished. That book is called […]

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Jan 25, 2022
406: A Cure for Anxiety From Former Anxiety-Ridden Workaholic Charlie Hoehn
35:32

Today, I am excited to introduce to you an author I’ve just recently met, but who has written at least five books so far. I’m especially thankful to former guest Honoree Corder who put him on my radar. Thank you, Honoree! His name is Charlie Hoehn and he describes himself (among other things) as a […]

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Jan 18, 2022
405: How the Power of Pace Can Help Your Organization Achieve All-New Levels with Elizabeth Knox
39:19

Work well and live well. That is a great tagline. It just happens to be the tagline for a consulting firm called MatchPace, founded by Elizabeth Knox. Elizabeth, thanks to an introduction by my friend Lisa Lewis, is my guest on the podcast today. Elizabeth’s mission is to give organizational leaders and their teams strategies […]

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Jan 11, 2022
404: A Proven Plan for Leading Successful Meetings, Dynamic Workshops, and Effective Training Events with Paul Maltby
41:21

Over the years, I’ve definitely read my share of books on the topic of public speaking. It’s a skill I believe I will never stop improving upon. As leaders, I think that goes for all of us. Being able to effectively communicate one’s ideas – one-on-one or to a group – is critical to our […]

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Jan 04, 2022
403: How History’s Awesome Twentysomethings Got It Together with Robert L. Dilenschneider
34:19

Sometimes I come across someone who has managed to write a number of books that have somehow NOT been on my radar. Today, I get the chance to “fix” that by featuring an author of nearly 15 books to date. His name is Robert L. Dilenschneider. He’s written books like Decisions, Power and Influence, and […]

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Dec 28, 2021
402: Reclaim Control and Make Every Situation a Win-Win with Gail Rudolph
37:12

I’ve had the chance, recently, to welcome more and more guests on the show that have been introduced to me by previous guests. It’s a nice problem to have. Let me take this moment to give a shoutout to Honoree Corder, our guest from just last month in Episode #399. Thanks to Honoree, I get […]

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Dec 21, 2021
401: How Great Leaders Prepare, Perform, and Prevail with Jim Afremow and Phil White
35:40

It’s not often that I get to interview two authors in a single episode. Today’s show, though, is one of those kinds of shows. And we’re incredibly fortunate to have them both. I’m talking about Jim Afremow and Phil White. Together, they’ve co-authored a new book called The Leader’s Mind: How Great Leaders Prepare, Perform, […]

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Dec 14, 2021
400: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger, and Multiply Your Impact with Liz Wiseman
48:33

Today’s episode is a milestone episode in so many ways. It’s episode 400, of course, but several other “yours, mine, and ours” type milestones are also at play. To hear about each one of them, click the play button below. Today’s guest, Liz Wiseman, has been one of my favorite leadership authors for the better […]

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Dec 07, 2021
399: Applying Relationship Rules in Business for Ultimate Success
36:04

Since beginning the Read to Lead Podcast over eight years ago, I’ve had the chance to meet more than my fair share of people whose talents include helping others write and publish books (in addition to a few of their own). One of those people is Karen Anderson, a strategic book advisor and coach, associate […]

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Nov 30, 2021
398: Learning and Development Programs That Stick with Meredith Bell
32:22

Today’s guest has been helping train leaders and their teams for several decades. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone else with her level of training experience. Her name is Meredith Bell.  She is president and co-founder of Performance Support Systems, a global software company. Since 1994 she has helped develop brain-based, online assessment […]

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Nov 23, 2021
397: Thursday is the New Friday with Author Joe Sanok
42:11

I feel like my guest today is a bit of a kindred spirit of sorts. Numerous times during our conversation, I thought of many examples from my own life of several of the topics we discussed. We see eye-to-eye on a lot of things, not the least of which is many of us are caught […]

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Nov 16, 2021
396: How to Write a Non-Fiction Book That Sells with Julie Broad
27:38

Writing a book can be one of the smartest moves for your business success. But you need more than writing skills to create an impressive book that readers will love. You also need a plan to market, sell, and leverage your book into a new level of leadership within your industry to reach your professional goals.

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Nov 09, 2021
395: How Leading Organizations Blend the Digital and Physical with Robert E. Siegel
28:07

Business leaders are continually told they need to embrace digital disruption wholeheartedly to thrive in the 21st Century. Not true! Nothing in life or business is ever that simple.

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Nov 02, 2021
394: Take Your Life Back From Your Business with Dr. Sabrina Starling
35:51

Grinding it out is grinding us up. Work should support life, not the other way around. The irony is the less we work, the more effective we become. In The 4 Week Vacation, you will discover strategies to build a thriving life and business. Get ready to take your life back!

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Oct 26, 2021
393: You CAN Change Other People with Peter Bregman and Howie Jacobson
31:21

In You Can Change Other People, the world's number-one executive coach, Peter Bregman, and Howie Jacobson, PhD, share the Four Steps to help the people around you make positive change – even if they've been stuck for years.

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Oct 19, 2021
392: Stimulate Greater Engagement and Productivity with Roy Heintz
32:20

I have Jamey Lutz to thank for introducing me to today’s guest. Jamey himself was a guest not that long ago. I enjoyed talking with him immensely, so when he recommended I look into the work or Roy Heintz, I listened. Roy is a professional speaker who has been impacting crowds all over the world […]

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Oct 12, 2021
391: Take Back Your Time the Guilt-Free Way with Christy Wright
28:44

You weren't created to live busy and burnt out, unhappy and unfulfilled. You shouldn't be haunted by some elusive idea of balancing it all. There's more to you right now. Today. And it starts with taking back your time the guilt-free way.

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Oct 05, 2021
390: The Magnetic Leader with Chris McClure
34:27

Are you ready to become the kind of leader who draws people together, brings out their personal best, and creates truly rare results?

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Sep 28, 2021
389: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short Term World with Dorie Clark
38:40

How can we break out of the endless cycle of feeling rushed, overwhelmed, and perennially behind to create the kind of meaningful lives we all seek? We need to start playing The Long Game.

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Sep 21, 2021
388: How to Build a Profitable Business in Any Economy with John Meese
42:25

Survive and Thrive paves the path for any entrepreneur to start from scratch and build a profitable business in any economy, including this one.

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Sep 14, 2021
387: 8 Tools You Need to Get Paid the Money You Want with Jill Young
48:08

Create a better future for yourself and your company starting today with Jill Young's The Earning Advantage.

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Sep 07, 2021
386: How to Listen Like You Mean It with Ximena Vengoechea
35:32

Learn how to listen like you mean it and get back the lost of true connection...with my guest today Ximena Vengoechea.

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Aug 31, 2021
385: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career with Jeff Brown
32:26

Today, I am a guest on my own show featuring books, highlighting my new book, which is all about how and why you need to make the most of books. It doesn't get any more meta than that.

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Aug 24, 2021
384: The Truth About AI and the Future of Humanity with Steve Shwartz
23:34

Much of the conversation around AI is overblown with regard to its capabilities. What's the truth about AI? Steve Shwartz has the answer.

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Aug 17, 2021
383: The Speed of Trust is the One Thing That Changes Everything with Stephen M. R. Covey
37:50

When it comes to a legacy-filled family tree, it’s hard to think of a stronger example than the one the Covey family continues to grow. My guest on the show today, Stephen M. R. Covey, brings to his writings the perspective of a practitioner, as he is the former President & CEO of the Covey […]

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Aug 10, 2021
382: 7 Practical Tools to Take Charge of Your Career with Ted Fleming
32:18

Ted Fleming, head of talent development for DVS, shares simple, powerful advice for finding the right job or growing in an existing role.

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Aug 03, 2021
381: Lead with Your Values to Advance Your Career with the Wharton School’s G. Richard Shell
43:55

The essential guide to standing up for your values at work. Protect your integrity by committing to The Conscience Code.

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Jul 27, 2021
380: Big Ideas for Fueling Irresistible Corporate Cultures with Jamey Lutz
34:32

Do your employees approach each day with a want to or a have to mindset? What might be possible if they embraced their jobs as a noble calling? What if they found the workplace to be irresistible, and therefore, "unleavable?"

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Jul 20, 2021
379: Finding Purpose and Passion in Your Career and Personal Journey with Dr. Charles Redd
32:35

My guest this week is a nationally recognized Fortune 500 business leader, adjunct professor, speaker, and ministry founder. With more than 30 years of exceptional performance in both business and ministry, he has a profound approach to developing successful leaders.  His name is Dr. Charles Redd and his track record of transforming underperforming sales teams […]

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Jul 13, 2021
378: The 8 Step Blueprint To Building A Profitable Personal Brand Business with Mike Kim
56:46

Craig Lemasters shares techniques he has used in a lifetime of helping Fortune 500 companies tackle the challenge of getting unstuck.

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Jul 06, 2021
377: How to Unlock and Activate the Wisdom of Others with Craig Lemasters
27:27

Craig Lemasters shares techniques he has used in a lifetime of helping Fortune 500 companies tackle the challenge of getting unstuck.

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Jun 29, 2021
376: The 8 Pillars of Trust That Drive Results with David Horsager
39:21

David Horsager introduces readers to his Eight Pillars of Trust through the journey of a senior leader who thought success was certain.

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Jun 22, 2021
375: Develop Today’s Team for Tomorrow’s World of Work with Eric Shepherd
25:40

Talent Transformation unearths the twelve fundamental factors for long-term organizational success. It reveals how to keep pace with the future of work and overcome the challenges posed by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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Jun 15, 2021
374: Staying Engaged and Connected While Working from Anywhere with Kevin Eikenberry
34:03

Even before the coronavirus hit, remote work was growing at nearly 30% per year, and now it's a fact of life. Are you just on a remote team, or are you a great teammate?

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Jun 08, 2021
373: 50 Lessons for Life and Leadership with Brian Sanders
16:49

Brian Sanders shares an intimate portrait of his own father and the life lessons he learned by his side. This book features fifty original, powerful stories that will shape the lives of its readers, helping them to become better leaders and people.

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Jun 01, 2021
372: How to Talk to Yourself the Way God Talks to You with John Stange
34:59

Change your life by changing the messages that enter your mind! Learn to see yourself through God's eyes by spending thirty-one days feeding your heart a new, biblical message of encouragement.

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May 25, 2021
371: The Walk-On Method to Career and Business Success with Jim Roddy
34:32

Some books not only serve as great teaching tools for your personal and professional development but, sometimes, they’re also inspiring to read. I’m excited to let you know that I’ve got just such a book for you to check out today. It’s called The Walk-On Method to Career and Business Success: 31 Underdogs Who Became […]

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May 18, 2021
370: The Unconventional Path to Breakthrough Ideas with Cyril Bouquet
38:38

How do people come up with truly original ideas? The answer is to think outside the box – way outside the box.

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May 11, 2021
369: Future-Proofing You with Jay Samit
41:03

With the right mindset and insight, anyone can become a millionaire.

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May 04, 2021
368: When Grit, Grace, and Faith Take Depression Head-On with Victoria Mininger
32:10

Victoria Mininger candidly shares her painful battle with clinical depression and lays out practical steps she used to fight it every day.

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Apr 27, 2021
367: The Quest to Build a Culture That Rocks with Arnie Malham
33:02

Business is hard, but the challenges that make business hard are more than just obstacles - they provide the foundation for building and strengthening a culture that attracts the best people to do the best work.

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Apr 20, 2021
366: Win at Work and Succeed at Life with Megan Hyatt Miller
32:07

Refuse the false choice of career versus family. You can achieve the double win in life.

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Apr 13, 2021
365: The Surprising Solution to Overthinking with Jon Acuff
34:10

Soundtracks, the new book from Jon Acuff, offers a proven plan to change overthinking from a super problem into a superpower.

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Apr 06, 2021
364: The Power of a Graceful Leader with Alexsys Thompson
27:40

Through her experience with this disconnect in her own leadership and having coached hundreds of leaders in their integration journey, Alexsys Thompson offers tools, tenets, and some relatable stories to support you in your journey toward becoming an integrated and graceful leader.

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Mar 30, 2021
363: The Common Path to Uncommon Success with John Lee Dumas
30:49

John Lee Dumas’s 17-step roadmap will help you accomplish your #1 goal in life, as it has for so many others, by showing you how to properly focus on your vision of success until it becomes your reality.

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Mar 23, 2021
362: Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You with Mark A. Herschberg
33:53

Mark's book The Career Toolkit will help you master networking, negotiating, communicating, leading, and career planning. It's a multivitamin for your career.

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Mar 16, 2021
361: 12 Indispensable Success Secrets from the Hype Handbook with Michael F. Schein
43:08

If you're a business owner, entrepreneur, executive, artist, activist, or thinker who can honestly say that you are truly trying to make the world a better place, it is your moral imperative to learn how to harness raw emotion and irrational thinking to your benefit.

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Mar 09, 2021
360: Advice for Working Moms from Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer Joann Lublin
32:18

A longtime Wall Street Journal career columnist and mother compares two generations of women - boomers and GenXers - to examine how each navigates the emotional and professional challenges involved in juggling managerial careers and families.

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Mar 02, 2021
359: How to Make Your Family Business Last with Mitzi Perdue
30:00

Your family business faces a 70% chance of not making it to the next generation. The good news is you can change those odds, and Mitzi Perdue's book gives you the tools to do it.

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Feb 23, 2021
358: Resilient By Nature with former NFL Great Reggie Williams
26:16

Reflections from a life of winning both on and off the football field.

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Feb 16, 2021
357: The Leader’s Guide to Unconscious Bias with Pamela Fuller
28:32

A timely, must-have guide to understanding and overcoming bias in the workplace, from the experts at FranklinCovey.

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Feb 09, 2021
356: Mastering the Art of Public Speaking with Michael J. Gelb
32:56

Public speaking master Michael J. Gelb's techniques will help you clarify and shape your message so that your audience — no matter how big or small, in person or virtual — will care about it.

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Feb 02, 2021
355: Discovering the Hidden Forces That Drive Your Best Work with Todd Henry
42:28

We don't need to find the "perfect job" or have the "perfect life" to fulfill our potential. Instead, we can change how we show up in our lives every day - to make the work we do become the work we love.

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Jan 26, 2021
354: How to Stay on Top Forever with the Help of Today’s Tech Titans
44:34

Join Jeff as he interviews the author of Always Day One: How the Tech Titans Plan to Stay On Top Forever.

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Jan 19, 2021
353: 99% Invisible’s Roman Mars on the Hidden World of Everyday Design
26:40

Jeff Brown sits down with 99% Invisible's Roman Mars to discuss his new book The 99% Invisible City.

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Jan 12, 2021
352: How to Get Paid for What You Know with Jonathan Milligan
33:17

Jonathan Milligan gives you a simple four-step framework to rise above the noise and build a real business.

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Jan 05, 2021
351: 22 Ways to Stop Procrastination with Eat That Frog! author Brian Tracy
27:12

Eat That Frog!, the million selling book by Brian Tracy, has now been adapted specifically for students!

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Dec 29, 2020
350: The Rise of an Iconic Brand with former Dunkin’ Donuts CEO Robert Rosenberg
31:20

In 35 years as CEO of Dunkin' Donuts, Robert Rosenberg grew the company from $10 million in sales to over $2 billion, with more than 3,000 outlets. Here's how he did it...

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Dec 22, 2020
349: How to Be Unapologetically Ambitious with Shellye Archambeau
28:29

Shellye Archambeau recounts how she overcame the challenges she faced as a young black woman, wife, and mother, managing her personal and professional responsibilities while climbing the ranks at IBM and subsequently in her roles as CEO.

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Dec 15, 2020
348: Lessons for Today’s Leaders from Bold Decisions that Changed History
25:16

Lessons for today's leaders from bold decisions that changed history. My conversation with Jan-Benedict Steenkamp on the Read to Lead Podcast.

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Dec 08, 2020
347: Lessons In Leadership from the Greatest Leaders of All Time
23:46

How to last as a leader...strategic steps from the greatest leaders of all time. My conversation with Brian Sanders.

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Dec 01, 2020
346: Raising Your Kids in a Tech-Driven World with Arlene Pellicane
40:22

To learn about the five A+ Social Skills your kids need to effectively navigate today's tech-driven world, check out my conversation with author Arlene Pellicane.

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Nov 24, 2020
345: Solve Any Problem Faster, with Less Risk, and Lower Cost with Stephen Shapiro
28:02

Apply just one of the 25 lenses from Stephan Shapiro's new book and you will quickly discover better solutions. Apply all of them and you will be able to solve any problem - in business and in life.

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Nov 17, 2020
344: The Practice and Shipping Creative Work with Seth Godin
22:56

A conversation with Seth Godin about his new book (his 20th) called The Practice and what goes into shipping creative work. (23 minutes)

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Nov 10, 2020
343: The Self-Evolved Leader with Dave McKeown
35:50

For a renewed picture of leadership excellence, help on becoming the best leader you can be, and a detailed roadmap to get there, check out my conversation with Dave McKeown, author of The Self-Evolved Leader.

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Nov 03, 2020
342: Close the Gap Between Dreaming and Doing with Kary Oberbrunner
39:30

Unhackable is the 30-day elixir for creating flawless ideas, leveraging superhuman focus, and achieving optimal human performance through flow.

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Oct 27, 2020
341: When More Is Not Better with Author Roger L. Martin
29:13

Filled with keen economic insight and advice for citizens, executives, policy makers, and educators, When More Is Not Better is the must-read guide for saving democratic capitalism.

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Oct 20, 2020
340: The Bridge From Your Dreams to Your Destiny with Mark Victor Hansen
25:39

What a treat to chat with the co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Mark Victor Hansen. Here we dive into his latest book Ask: The Bridge From Your Dreams to Your Destiny.

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Oct 13, 2020
339: What Mothers Never Tell Their Daughters with Dr. Michelle Deering
43:23

Join me as I discuss relationships, race, and family in this episode with psychologist, speaker and author Dr. Michelle Deering.

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Oct 06, 2020
338: 48 Days to the Work (and Life) You Love with Dan Miller
30:09

In this 20th anniversary edition of 48 Days to the Work (and Life) You Love, you will find everything you need to move you toward finding - or creating - work you love in just 48 days.

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Sep 29, 2020
337: Change (the) Management with Author Al Comeaux
36:45

Change (the) Management draws on Al Comeaux's decades of experience in-seat as a change champion and senior executive at well-known companies, as well as decades of research on the subject of organizational change.

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Sep 22, 2020
336: Building an Unbeatable Business with Square Co-Founder Jim McKelvey
39:38

The Innovation Stack is an irreverent first-person look inside the world of entrepreneurship, and an inspiring business narrative that's much bigger than the story of Square.

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Sep 15, 2020
335: How to WIN in a World of Comparison with Renee Vidor
28:29

One of the amazing things about hosting a podcast, particularly an interview-focused podcast, is the opportunities it presents to meet truly amazing people. A podcast facilitates this in a number of ways. In the case of today’s guest, I first met her after speaking at an author conference she attended in 2018. Her name is […]

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Sep 08, 2020
334: The Business of Friendship with Shasta Nelson
34:22

We need to change our mindset.  The phrase “I’m not here to make friends,” is the opposite of how we should think about our workplace. So says my guest today who is an expert on building healthy and appropriate friendships in the workplace. Her name is Shasta Nelson and she was an absolute delight to […]

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Sep 01, 2020
333: Great Leaders Live Like Drug Addicts with Michael Brody-Waite
43:35

When multiple friends reach out to you unsolicited and suggest you consider the same author, you pay attention. First, thank you to Clark Buckner and Jeff Sanders. They know an amazing guest when they see one and were both quick to alert me. Who is it they’re recommending? None other than Nashville entrepreneur Michael Brody-Waite. […]

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Aug 25, 2020
332: Knockout Networking with Michael Goldberg
32:19

In Knockout Networking, Michael Goldberg provides you with the same lessons he's shared with industry titans, helping anyone become an expert at prospecting while building and maintaining client relationships.

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Aug 18, 2020
331: How’s the Culture in Your Kingdom? with former Disney VP Dan Cockerell
45:45

How's the Culture in Your Kingdom? introduces relevant examples, compelling stories, and common-sense concepts that prepare leaders to lead their own kingdom.

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Aug 11, 2020
330: Leadership Lessons from Hockey’s Greatest Coaches with Craig Custance
43:47

I learned a ton about leadership from hockey's greatest minds, thanks to @CraigCustance. He's my guest this week on #ReadtoLead.

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Aug 04, 2020
329: 3 Steps to Create a Life Full of ENERGY and Live Your Best Every Day
31:22

This was the missing piece - the icing on the cake - to my already solid calendar and planner system.

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Jul 28, 2020
328: Three Secrets to Building Strong Leaders with Alain Hunkins
35:18

Alain Hunkins and I discuss his new book Cracking the Leadership Code: Three Secrets to Building Strong Leaders.

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Jul 21, 2020
327: The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur with John Jantsch
28:59

Join me as I celebrate seven years of hosting Read to Lead with a way-overdue visit from the one an only @ducttape (aka John Jantsch)!

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Jul 14, 2020
326: Win Every Day with Chick-fil-a VP Mark Miller
27:35

Chick-fil-a VP of leadership development, Mark Miller, brings his 'A' game to the Read to Lead Podcast.

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Jul 07, 2020
325: Building a Brand People Love From Day One with Emily Heyward
24:44

The cofounder and chief branding officer of Red Antler, the branding and marketing company for startups and new ventures, explains how hot new brands like Casper, Allbirds, Sweetgreen, and Everlane build devoted fan followings right out of the gate.

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Jun 30, 2020
324: The Future of Behavior Design with Dr. BJ Fogg
37:02

While technically today’s featured book was released in 2019 (December 31 to be exact), I’ve dubbed it my favorite book so far this year! Upon reading it, I immediately wanted to share it and attempt to teach its concepts to others. That, to me, is the mark of a great book. What is this amazing […]

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Jun 23, 2020
323: Using Authority, Warmth, and Energy to Get Exceptional Results
30:35

If you’re not a big fan of the sound of your own voice, you’re certainly not alone In fact, that opinion puts you squarely in the majority. Most people can’t stand the way they sound. Remember hearing your recorded voice played back for the first time? Yeah. Probably not fun. Most of us are not […]

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Jun 16, 2020
322: The Vital Change That Will Level Up Your Business with Mike Michalowicz
32:33

One of my favorite people (and not just one of my favorite authors) is this guy! The goofy-acting one in the pic below. His name is Mike Michalowicz, and this episode marks his third appearance on the podcast. You can find those other two here and here (he also appeared as part of my Boss-Free Virtual […]

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Jun 09, 2020
321: Habits of a Champion with Dana Cavalea
28:22

One of the greatest things about creating something like a podcast is the doors it opens, allowing you to meet people you wouldn’t have otherwise met. For me, one of those people is Sherri Griffin. In her words, she is Read to Lead’s biggest fan. Who am I to argue? It’s because of Sherri that […]

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Jun 02, 2020
320: Maximize Profits by Investing in Your People with Sherry Deutschmann
35:29

Sometimes those in my network will suggest authors for the show they know personally. When this happens, I’ve been known to be skeptical. Though we have the best of intentions, it can be difficult not to recommend someone we personally like, even if their work is just ‘okay.’ As soon as I cracked open this […]

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May 26, 2020
319: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People 30th Anniversary Edition
50:19

What an honor it is to be asked to participate in the launch of the 30th Anniversary Edition of the #1 business book of the 20th century! And what a treat it is to talk to the son and namesake of the author himself, Mr. Stephen M. R. Covey. I can honestly say, if the […]

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May 19, 2020
318: 5 Steps to Kill Busyness with Garland Vance
43:09

A couple of years ago, I had the tremendous opportunity to speak at a conference attended by about 500 authors from around the world. One member of that audience was a man named Garland Vance. According to Garland, he decided right then and there that, once his book was finished, he would make it his […]

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May 12, 2020
317: No One’s Listening and It’s Your Fault with Pam Marmon
25:51

When I first chatted with today’s guest for this week’s episode, a very specific phrase kept coming to my mind. She is a ‘breath of fresh air.’ Hopefully, it won’t be the last time she and I talk. Her name is Pam Marmon, and if there’s anyone who should know what it takes to successfully […]

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May 05, 2020
316: Could You Survive Shark Tank?
33:01

One of my favorite things about creating content on a regular basis is the people I’m able to meet along the way. Often times, those people I meet and I become friends. Occasionally, I get to invite those friends onto the show. Such is the case with today’s guest, Pierce Marrs. Pierce has been hosting his […]

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Apr 28, 2020
315: Thinking Like a Boss with Kate Crocco
31:24

I often field requests from publishers and publicists pitching books intended for, mostly, women (or, mostly men). Almost universally I find that I get just as much, personally, out of books intended for the other gender (women in my case). Such is the case with today’s featured book by Kate Crocco. One of my favorite […]

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Apr 21, 2020
314: The Surprising Power of Business Experiments with Stefan H. Thomke
35:47

When I think back to my time in college, I can’t help but think about how much of that time I wasted. So much so that I ended up dropping out of college after about two years in (Sorry Butler, it’s not you…it’s me). I would eventually return, studying a different discipline and, interestingly, did […]

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Apr 14, 2020
313: Building a Compelling Subscription With Robbie Kellman Baxter
39:00

It’s true. While working out the details in booking today’s guest for the show, I found another email exchange we’d shared nearly five years ago. In this brief exchange, we talked about her coming on to the show. That visit NEVER materialized! Why? Because I completely lost or forgot about the email. Well, it’s time […]

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Apr 07, 2020
312: The Vision-Driven Leader with Michael Hyatt
36:36

As I say in today’s podcast, I buy this author’s books before I even know what they’re about. There are only a few of these kinds of authors on my list, but Michael Hyatt is one of them. His latest effort is a book called The Vision Driven Leader: 10 Question to Focus Your Efforts, Energize Your […]

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Mar 31, 2020
311: The Life-Changing Power of Trusting Yourself
29:41

Today’s guest is one of my favorite people to interview. She always brings her A-game. This marks her third appearance on the podcast, and for good reason. She brings her A-game to all her books as well. Her name is Margie Warrell and her latest is a book called You’ve Got This: The Life-Changing Power of Trusting […]

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Mar 24, 2020
310: Leading with Gratitude with Adrian Gostick
31:26

When I first became aware of today’s featured book, I wasn’t convinced an entire book on the topic was necessary. The idea of showing gratitude seems, well, pretty straightforward. We all know what it means, and most of us can recognize the value of showing it on occasion. The problem is most of us aren’t […]

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Mar 17, 2020
309: Discussing the Art of Doing Nothing with Celeste Headlee
32:30

Today’s guest wins the prize – if there indeed were a prize – for fastest repeat appearance on the show. That’s right, we first heard from Celeste Headlee when we chatted about her last book. Her new book, out today, is called Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving. Wow, is […]

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Mar 10, 2020
308: Cracking Complexity with David Benjamin
29:28

When I was first presented with the idea behind today’s featured book, I’ll admit I was skeptical. It seemed hard to believe that an actual formula could be applied to – and help solve – truly complex business problems. My guest today, David Benjamin, along with his co-author David Komlos, have turned me into a […]

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Mar 03, 2020
307: 30 Hacks for Bringing Joy to Your Job with Bruce Daisley
38:42

It’s easy to fall into the mistaken belief that the way we work today is the way it has sort of always been. In reality, what we know as work today has only been practiced for the last 200 years or so; a mere drop in the ol’ history bucket, if you will. My guest […]

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Feb 25, 2020
306: The Successful Speaker with Grant Baldwin
43:17

My guest today has been a friend of mine for a few years now. I’ve learned a ton from him just watching him and picking up on how he does what he does. What makes him special? In my opinion, he’s one of the best there is at his craft: the fine art of public […]

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Feb 18, 2020
305: Ditch the Me Mindset and Change the World
33:07

At first, I wasn’t convinced I could learn a lot about business from a book written by a physician. Well, let’s just say that fortunately – without yet realizing it at the time – I followed one of the key tenets of this doctor’s new book. I opened my mind to the possibility he may […]

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Feb 11, 2020
304: Discover How You Contribute to the World with Tom Rath
27:30

It was more than a dozen years ago when a colleague of mine at the time, Teresa White, first introduced me to the work of today’s guest. I’m almost embarrassed to admit I hadn’t already been studying his work. You might say Teresa’s introduction makes this interview today possible. I’m talking about Tom Rath, author […]

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Feb 04, 2020
303: Riding the Next Wave of Disruption with Paul Estes
27:27

I have long considered myself a recovering perfectionist. So much so that I’ve often fallen victim to the fallacy that I need to do everything myself in order for it to be done right. I still struggle – almost weekly – with effectively delegating certain aspects of my business, but I’m trying to get better. […]

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Jan 28, 2020
302: Never Go With Your Gut with Gleb Tsipursky
41:41

Nothing drives a business toward disaster as fast as poor decision making. Behavioral economics and cognitive neuroscience studies reveal that our flawed mental patterns — what scholars call cognitive biases — trigger the poor decisions at the root of countless business disasters. And that chestnut advice to “go with your gut” is actually a strategic […]

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Jan 21, 2020
301: Delivering the Ultimate Customer Service Experience with Micah Solomon
37:49

Today’s guest is a fireball of personality. He is a joy to talk to and possesses what you might call Automatic Positivity (more on that concept inside the show). His name is Micah Solomon and he is the world’s leading authorities on customer service, the customer experience, consumer trends, hospitality, and company culture. He is […]

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Jan 14, 2020
300: Sharpen Your Marketing Message and Cut Through the Noise with Bill Cates
37:44

I am fortunate to be able to meet a consistent amount of pretty incredible people. That’s partly because of other incredible people who are thoughtful enough to make the effort when they know someone I need to know. Such is the case with today’s guest. I have to give a big thanks to William Wright over […]

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Jan 07, 2020
299: Unlock Your Power to Influence, Lead, and Create the Impact You Want
38:55

Regardless of where you are in your career, today’s guest says, how you show up matters. Your intentions, energy, and presence as a leader set the tone, creating a positive – or negative – culture and results. In her follow up to Contagious Culture, Anese Cavanaugh offers the tools, and inspiration we need to become […]

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Dec 31, 2019
298: Master Your Code with Darren J. Gold
31:13

A few weeks ago, I summarized what I considered to be my favorite book of the year. That book is The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek. With respect to Simon, after reading the book by this week’s guest, I couldn’t help but wonder if I’d made that declaration too soon. Suffice it to say, Darren […]

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Dec 24, 2019
297: A Practical Guide to the Design and Implementation of Strategy
24:30

I love it when a guest from the past makes a return visit to the podcast. That’s a pretty good indication they brought plenty of value the first time around. Today’s featured author is just such a guest! His name is Dr. Chuck Bamford, and he first appeared back in July 2015. His new book, […]

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Dec 17, 2019
296: Earning a Debt-Free Degree with Anthony O’Neal
25:25

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that my guest on this episode of the podcast has probably been told at least a few times that his views just might border on the extreme. After all, he’s not only suggesting the idea of college without loans, he actually encourages you to pay […]

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Dec 10, 2019
295: The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek
24:11

Some days I am fortunate to read a book that completely changes the way I think and view the world. Today is one of those days and I am excited to tell you about it. The book in question was the featured book in my online book club just last month. Even though I hadn’t […]

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Dec 03, 2019
294: Exceptional Presentation Delivery with Tim Pollard
52:43

Today’s guest, you might say, takes what he does very seriously. Another way to say it might be that he’s a little extreme. However, no one can deny that he is very good at what he does. That’s why I love talking to him so much. His name is Tim Pollard and his new book […]

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Nov 26, 2019
293: Attract Top Talent and Build a Thriving Culture
30:23

There’s the saying that goes ‘Nice guys finish last.’ Then there’s the nice guy who proves he’s the exception to the rule. And in the world of mortgage brokers, nice guys can be an anomaly. But today’s guest is trying his best to change that, starting with sharing about his own leadership style. His name […]

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Nov 19, 2019
292: Transform Your Business Through Meaningful Engagement
48:06

My guest today brings a ton of knowledge around the topic of developing true engagement both internally and externally. She also brings with her a lot of excitement and downright fun. Make no mistake. Amanda Slavin (pronounced SLAY-vuhn) is definitely right where she is supposed to be doing exactly what she was made to do. […]

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Nov 12, 2019
291: How to Have Conversations That Matter with Celeste Headlee
31:52

Over the years, I have been asked numerous times to recommend books on helping to improve communication skills. My go-to list is a short one but includes my favorite and most effective books on the topic. There is now a new book and a new author topping that list for me. Her name is Celeste […]

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Nov 05, 2019
290: Build Your Business, Quit Your Job, and Live Your Ideal Lifestyle
38:34

I’ve never met today’s guests in person, but from the moment I began talking with them, I felt like I’d known them for years. It is obvious from the get-go that they sincerely are all about helping others realize their lifestyle dreams. Their names are Tom and Ariana Sylvester and their brand new book is […]

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Oct 29, 2019
289: Taking the Work Out of Networking with Karen Wickre
30:05

My guest today has spent time at both Google and Twitter. So, to say she knows a bit about networking is a gross understatement. Now, she’s a senior consultant at the global advisory firm Brunswick Group, and shows no signs of slowing down. Her name is Karen Wickre (WICK-ree) and her book is called Taking […]

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Oct 22, 2019
288: The High Achiever’s Guide with Maki Moussavi
32:31

One thing I am truly passionate about is helping others break through limiting beliefs and realize dreams they never thought possible. That’s why I’m excited about today’s podcast guest who specializes in just that. Her name is Maki Moussavi and her new book officially releases today! That book is called The High Achiever’s Guide: Transport […]

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Oct 15, 2019
287: How to Grow Your Business Like Amazon
36:15

It’s not often I can say that I’ve had the privilege to dine at the home of my podcast guest. I can today, however. I’m talking about Steve Anderson. His wife Karen is his co-author (she also makes a fine dinner host). This brand new book is called The Bezos Letters: 14 Principles to Grown […]

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Oct 08, 2019
286: Escape the 9-5, Create a Life You Love, and Still Pay the Bills
50:59

You know when you go outside on a pleasant day and there’s that perfect breeze in combination with just the right amount of warmth from the sun on your face? That’s pretty much the same feeling you’ll get from hanging out with my guest today. Delightful, effervescent, fun, and cool (yes, cool) are all words […]

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Oct 01, 2019
285: The 10 Laws of Trust with JetBlue Chairman Joel Peterson
25:47

Every so often I get to have a conversation with someone I never dreamed I’d be talking to. Today is one of those days. Several years ago he released a book with a publisher that has since been acquired. This new publisher decided today’s guest’s book needed a rerelease and we are the beneficiaries of […]

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Sep 24, 2019
284: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life
31:37

Every so often, someone reaches out to me and says, “You’ve gotta talk to so-and-so.” Sometimes I’m skeptical, but when it’s a good friend that is doing the talking, my ears perk up. That was the case when it was suggested I chat with today’s guest. His name is Nir Eyal and he did not […]

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Sep 17, 2019
283: Creating a Remarkable Culture with Chick-fil-A Veteran Dee Ann Turner
30:33

During my last stint in radio, which spanned a 14-year period, a Chick-fil-A restaurant was eventually erected less than a mile down the street. I wasn’t yet familiar with the phenomenon that was the chicken sandwich, but I soon would be. To say that my interactions with this establishment’s staff were the best I’ve ever […]

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Sep 10, 2019
282: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination
37:06

I love biographies. As it turns out, so do many listeners to Read to Lead. Other than an audio summary once or twice, I’ve never featured an interview with a biographer on the show before. That is about to change as, today, I welcome author Brian Jay Jones. His latest book, released earlier this year, […]

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Sep 03, 2019
281: How You Too Can Find a Business Within You
33:05

For the last six years, I’ve worked for myself. The transition wasn’t planned, per se, but was long overdue. I’d desired to do my own thing for such a long time but had allowed myself to get complacent because I had a “safe and secure” job. There is no “safe and secure” when working for […]

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Aug 27, 2019
280: Why Your Customers Hate You and How to Fix It
29:22

When it comes to seeking out authors to consider for the show, one of the first things I look at to gauge my own interest is their book’s title. So, when I was introduced to the book being featured on today’s episode, needless to say, it immediately got my attention. It’s called Nincompoopery: Why Your Customers […]

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Aug 20, 2019
279: Stand Out, Grow Your Tribe, and Build a Successful Business
41:09

What can I say about today’s guest but that he’s one of the nicest (and most successful) guys you’ll ever meet. In other words, Pat Flynn is proof positive that the saying nice guys finish last is a myth. In his latest book Superfans: The Easy Way to Stand Out, Grow Your Tribe, and Build […]

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Aug 13, 2019
278: How to Become the Leader You Would Follow
39:59

More than in recent memory, I have a ton in common with today’s guest on Read to Lead. That’s the fact that we both have learned many valuable leadership lessons the hard way. His name is Scott Jeffrey Miller of FranklinCovey, and his new book is called Management Mess to Leadership Success: 30 Challenges to Become […]

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Aug 06, 2019
277: How to Succeed in a Project Driven World
34:49

Today’s show and guest is the result of an introduction by another, much-loved guest. This former guest is Dorie Clark. Dorie has appeared on Read to Lead twice before. Recently, though, she introduced me to the man who sits in the guest chair today. His name is Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez. Antonio is the world’s champion in project management, recognized […]

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Jul 30, 2019
276: 50 1/2 Ideas to Become a Digital Leader
31:39

If you run a business, at one point or another you’ve probably said to yourself when facing some obstacle ahead of you, “What would Amazon do if they were in this situation?” Or maybe, “What would Jeff Bezos do?” One person who is uniquely qualified to answer that question is my guest on the show […]

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Jul 23, 2019
275: Get Better Work, Take More Time Off, and Finance the Life You Want in the Gig Economy
32:25

If you’ve followed me even for a few months, you probably know that one of my favorite topics is the changing world of work. In fact, in late April, I hosted an online conference called the Boss-Free Virtual Summit, an event whose purpose was to help as many as possible discover all that is available […]

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Jul 16, 2019
Encore Episode: 5 Killer Books on Public Speaking and Effective Communication
47:32

As I take some time off to visit with family, I decided to create this special encore episode just for you. If you’re new or relatively new to the podcast, chances are good you’ve not experienced Episode #200 before. And if you’ve missed Episode #200, you’re even less likely to have heard the five interviews […]

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Jul 09, 2019
274: An Audio Summary of Free to Focus by Michael Hyatt
13:04

Every month for the past two-plus years, I’ve been meeting with members of my online book club to talk through the most recent book we’ve gone through together. Last month, that book was one whose focus is on productivity. But not just any kind of productivity system. No. This productivity book gets right what so […]

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Jul 02, 2019
273: Applied Empathy with Michael Ventura
28:08

When a publicist recently reached out to me about the book I’m featuring today, I almost passed on it. I was in a hurry (and I get a lot of requests). But then I reread the email and realized who the author and his company have worked with. Folks like GE, Nike, Warby Parker, and […]

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Jun 25, 2019
272: The Daily Decision That Changes Everything
26:03

I’ve known today’s guest for a number of years. I actually can’t remember where and how we first met. But one thing that has stuck with me over the years is how, every time I see him, I always end up walking away with so much more clarity toward my life and business. This mystery […]

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Jun 18, 2019
271: 7 Keys to Greater Success in Your Personal and Professional Life
41:56

Since I began the practice of running a few times a week beginning in August of 2016, I’ve managed to work in a few local 5K races here and there. Today’s guest, a self-described recreational athlete, set her sites just a little bit higher; deciding she was going to find a way to get to […]

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Jun 11, 2019
270: 7 Simple Actions to Get the Right Things Done and Achieve Your Goals
34:07

I first met today’s guest at a conference I was keynoting back in 2016. She was one of those rare folks who immediately put me at ease with her friendly demeanor and positive attitude. Her name is Mridu Parikh and now, three years later, she has written a brand new book called Accomplish It: 7 […]

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Jun 04, 2019
269: The All-New Second Edition of Same Side Selling
34:53

How valuable would it be for a seller to have the buyer’s perspective? How many books about selling are co-written by a sales expert and a professional buyer? As far as I know, there’s only one, and it’s the one being featured on today’s episode of the Read to Lead Podcast. Same Side Selling: How […]

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May 28, 2019
268: How to Use Productive Conflict to Get Your Team Back On Track
48:25

My guest today is Liane Davey, a New York Times bestselling author, and a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review. Liane has worked with executives at companies such as Amazon, Walmart, Aviva, 3M, TD Bank, and Sony.  She says that, in the workplace, “conflict” has become a dirty word. Most believe it to be antithetical to […]

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May 21, 2019
267: Making Your Company Fit for Human Life
39:06

My guest today is Moe Carrick, a consultant, entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, and author who is passionate about the role work plays in creating meaning for our lives. I believe she offers a fresh, honest, and direct roadmap for leaders everywhere who seek to make their workplace “fit for human life.” And, she offers advice for workers and encourages […]

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May 14, 2019
266: 6 Energy Habits to Master the Business Travel Life
49:04

I first met today’s guest just less than three years ago at a podcast conference taking place, that year at least, in Chicago. His name was Bryan Buckley, and he was as energetic a 40-something guy as I’ve ever met. Lucky for me, Chicago is his hometown. Otherwise, who knows if we would have met that […]

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May 07, 2019
265: Ryan Levesque on the Single Most Important Decision Before Starting Your Business
49:07

One of the most generous people I know is the guy who makes a return visit to Read to Lead nearly four years after his first stop. His name is Ryan Levesque and he’s the kind of guy that, on the day his new book releases, he decided to GIVE IT AWAY along with a […]

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Apr 30, 2019
264: Life Is Too Short to Do Things You Can’t Stand!
11:12

Back in 2016, my friend Jeff Goins shared some strong feelings on Facebook about complaining when it comes to your job. I’ve included an excerpt of that post below: I’m sorry, people. But you can’t hate your job and do nothing about it. Either change your circumstance or stop complaining. Your employer deserves better—and so do you. […]

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Apr 23, 2019
263: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, And Live Your Best Life
34:43

Some people just seem to have it all together. Others actually do. Today’s guest is in the latter category. I’m talking about Laura Gassner Otting, a highly sought after speaker, consultant, and executive coach. Laura brings both tough love and wisdom and offers a no-holds-barred look at what it really takes to get out of your own […]

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Apr 16, 2019
262: How to Win Life’s Trials Without Losing Yourself
28:56

One of the things I love about hosting Read to Lead is the wonderfully talented and interesting people it enables me to meet. Today, that person is former trial lawyer Heather Hansen. After 20 years of winning trials in the courtroom, Heather teaches us how to use those skills (asking questions, mastering objections, building credibility […]

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Apr 09, 2019
261: Great Leaders Have No Rules with Kevin Kruse
46:24

Today’s guest is a New York Times bestselling author and has written over a half dozen books. How then could this be his first visit on the show? I’m not sure I can answer that. But, I’ve decided to make the most of my time with Kevin Kruse and squeeze not one but TWO interviews […]

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Apr 02, 2019
260: How to RESET Your Mindset
41:29

I’m excited about today’s guest for two reasons. One is she’s here sharing her experience and expertise about mindset. The other is she’s one of 32 speakers worldwide who’ve accepted my invitation to join me for my upcoming online conference called the Boss-Free Virtual Summit. Her name is Natalie Eckdahl and her new book is RESET […]

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Mar 26, 2019
259: Nurturing the Crazy Ideas That Transform Industries
56:31

If you’ve ever wondered how I get some of my guests to come on the show, you can thank, well, my guests. As I’ve progressed through this journey called a podcast, I’ve had the opportunity to network with some of the smartest people on the planet. One of them is bestselling author, Dorie Clark. Dorie […]

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Mar 19, 2019
258: Dead End Job? Do This Next!
9:07

Today, I want to share with you some crucial career advice, at least one element of which has taken me longer to learn than I’d like to admit. These are the next three steps you need to take if your current job is no longer fulfilling you and you’re not sure what to do next. Now, […]

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Mar 12, 2019
257: Marketing Rebellion: The Most Human Company Wins
31:45

Today’s guest is someone whose work I’ve admired from afar for quite some time. I never knew that one day another guest would, out of the blue, make one of those “Hey, you guys should meet!” introductions. Thank you, Steve Woodruff! His name is Mark Schaefer. Mark has more than 30 years of experience in […]

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Mar 05, 2019
256: 3 Reasons to Leave Your Day Job and Go Boss-Free
7:42

Are you unhappy where you’re at in your career? Did you dread getting up this morning and driving to work? If so, then today’s episode is especially for you. Recent studies show you’re not alone. An Inc.com article from last year pointed out that over 70 percent of workers say they are dissatisfied in their jobs. […]

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Feb 26, 2019
255: How to Gain an Authentic, Dedicated and Diverse Audience From Scratch
34:30

Would you believe that over 60 billion online messages are sent on digital platforms every day? So says my guest today, Brendan Kane. If that’s indeed the case, then it’s no surprise that only a select few succeed in the mad scramble for customer attention. This means that the question for anyone who wants to […]

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Feb 19, 2019
254: Employee to Entrepreneur: How to Earn Your Freedom and Do Work That Matters
33:13

Are you living for the weekend? Are you dissatisfied at work? Are you itching to do something that is important to you? Wondering how to explore whether entrepreneurship is right for you without giving up your day job? It’s okay. You’re secret’s safe with me. And my guest, Steve Glaveski, promises to remain mum too. Steve’s new […]

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Feb 12, 2019
253: Vocal Leadership: 7 Minutes a Day to Communication Mastery
29:09

This, for me personally, is one of the most fun conversations I’ve had with a guest. I so identify with the power of one’s voice to influence and impact. Arthur Samuel Joseph has an incredible background training world-class athletes, actors, and politicians in the discipline of Empowerment Through Voice. I’m fascinated by his work. It […]

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Feb 05, 2019
252: Cultural Brilliance is the DNA to Organizational Excellence
22:45

Don’t be tempted to underestimate the power of culture. Even if its primary impact is to make a profit, every business impacts its workforce, the community in which it resides, and society at large through its branding, products, or services. My guest today, Claudette Rowley says, take the iPhone for example. Although it’s only one […]

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Jan 29, 2019
251: How Lasting Change Can Happen in an Instant
35:38

If you read my About page, you’ll see that one of my goals is to help you transition from the things you’d like to do, to actually doing them. As the page reads, “to help you go from intention to implementation.” In today’s featured book, author James Fell desires to help you do the same, […]

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Jan 22, 2019
250: Redesign Your Business to Work Less, Earn More and Be Free
28:15

This week on the podcast, I’m fortunate to again welcome a returning guest, someone I think is simply an awesome individual. Her name is Natalie Sisson, and you’d have to go all the way back to Episode #023 to hear our first chat together. Hard to believe it’s been over 5 years. Natalie’s new book […]

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Jan 15, 2019
249: How Ordinary People Built Extraordinary Wealth – and How You Can Too
21:05

Today’s guest is making his second visit to the guest chair, and I’m thrilled to have him back. Why? Several reasons. Not the least of which is he has a knack for bringing a ton of value to any conversation in record time. And today is no exception. Chris suggests our culture feeds the lie […]

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Jan 08, 2019
248: 3 Books You Must Read to Make the Most of 2019
10:01

Today’s episode, the first of 2019, is special. I’ll be sharing three books I believe you must read if you want to make the most of 2019. All three of these books have been featured selections in my members-only online book club – more on that later. Two of these books have been featured right […]

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Jan 01, 2019
247: Hospitable Leadership with Terry A. Smith
33:16

When I agreed to interview today’s guest, there were two key things I didn’t know about him and his new book. As I cracked it open I learned that not only was he the pastor of a large church in a suburb of New York City, but that Jesus (yes, that Jesus) would be at […]

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Dec 25, 2018
246: Leader by Choice? Yes, says Andres Valdes
33:05

Imagine growing up and being surrounded by more negative influences than you can count. Do you resign yourself to your circumstances or do you believe you have the power to change your life’s trajectory? Today’s guest is the perfect example of someone who defied the odds mostly by choosing a different story for his future. […]

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Dec 18, 2018
245: The Path to Mastery with Thane Marcus Ringler
30:59

I tend to approach personal growth books written by 20-somethings with a fair amount of skepticism. My thinking is, what could someone who’s spent less than half as much time on earth as me possibly have to teach me, much less the rest of the world? Well, while I can begin my journey as a […]

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Dec 11, 2018
244: Building a Successful Business Through Faith in People and a Culture of Hospitality
26:13

I was reluctant at first when I became aware of the book I’m featuring on today’s show. I wasn’t convinced there was much for me to learn about business from someone running a successful restaurant company. Call me narrow-minded, but I had doubts about whether the success traits in what I see as a cutthroat […]

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Dec 04, 2018
243: Success in Business Begins with Clarity
37:15

Just a few weeks ago, I’d never even heard of today’s guest. It’s amazing how fast you can take to someone else’s message when it’s delivered in the right way. That is certainly the case for Steve Woodruff, the King of Clarity, and my guest today on the show. In a world filled with noise […]

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Nov 27, 2018
242: Building Atomic Habits with James Clear
46:55

I first met today’s guest in September 2015 as he and I sat together on a panel at the first-ever Tribe Conference put on by mutual friend Jeff Goins. His name is James Clear, and he is best known for his ability to distill complex topics into simple behaviors that can be readily applied to […]

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Nov 20, 2018
241: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation
29:56

Making a return visit to the show this week is three-time author Dan Schawbel. Dan last made an appearance a long, long time ago. In fact, it was Episode #010 when Read to Lead was barely two months old. This time, Dan is here to teach us how to better create team and organizational connections in […]

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Nov 13, 2018
240: The Serving Mindset: Stop Selling and Grow Your Business with Farnoosh Brock
37:50

Several of my guests this month are authors who are making return visits to the show. Today’s guest is one of them. Farnoosh Brock first appeared on Read to Lead on episode #039 all the way back in April of 2014. In her brand new book out today called The Serving Mindset: Stop Selling and […]

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Nov 06, 2018
239: How to Master Content Strategy with Pamela Wilson
35:22

My guest today, Pamela Wilson, has been helping people get their ideas out into the world since 1987. She started her career as a marketing consultant and graphic designer and began her online business – bigbrandsystem.com – in early 2010. At BIG Brand System, she helps ambitious people build online businesses based on their hard-earned […]

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Oct 30, 2018
238: 8 Surefire Ways to Dramatically Grow Your Business by Becoming the Obvious Choice
21:55

In today’s solo episode, I dive into what I’ve learned over the last 10+ years about standing out as an organization or personal brand. A complete grasp of these concepts is what allowed me to successfully navigate leaving my traditional job and venturing out onto my own over five years ago. I’ve given talks on […]

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Oct 23, 2018
237: How the Disruption of Education Helps Lifelong Learners and Experts with Something to Teach
34:20

I’m not sure why, but if you’ve written a book and your name is Dan or Danny, you have a greater likelihood of appearing on Read to Lead. It must just be a name that parents of sons who are also fans of books just happen to like. In the case of today’s guest, I’m […]

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Oct 16, 2018
236: Managing Talent Risk in a High-Stakes Technical Workforce
30:32

My guest today is a former Microsoft and Expedia employee. He has also founded his own knowledge transfer and consulting company. I’m talking about Steve Trautman. His previous books include Teach What You Know: A Practical Leader’s Guide to Knowledge Transfer through Peer Mentoring and The Executive Guide to High-Impact Talent Management, a book co-written with David DeLong.  […]

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Oct 09, 2018
235: The Complete Guide to Creating Customers with Word of Mouth
30:49

Today marks the return of a two-time guest and the appearance of a first-time guest, all in one show! One of my favorite authors, Jay Baer, is here, and he’s brought with him his co-author Daniel Lemin. Their new book, out today, is called Talk Triggers: The Complete Guide to Creating Customers with Word of Mouth. […]

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Oct 02, 2018
234: How the Smartest Companies Use Learning to Engage, Compete and Succeed
31:23

Keeping our skills in sync with fast-changing markets is the biggest challenge of our time So says my guest today, Kelly Palmer, and her co-author David Blake. Kelly and David have written a brand new book called The Expertise Economy: How the Smartest Companies Use Learning to Engage, Compete and Succeed. They say that, in […]

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Sep 25, 2018
233: Stretched Too Thin with Jessica N. Turner
22:15

My guest today has been writing for years, first as a blogger via The Mom Creative and, more recently, as an author – including a Wall Street Journal bestseller. I’m talking about Jessica N. Turner, author of the brand new book, out today, called Stretched Too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt, Work Smarter, And Thrive. Jessica […]

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Sep 18, 2018
232: Adopt These Digital Habits for a More Balanced Life
31:55

Today’s guest is a great example of someone who should have been on the podcast before now, and numerous times to boot. To make up for my oversite though, Arlene Pellicane and I will touch on several of her books in our conversation today. We spend the majority of our time discussing concepts from her […]

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Sep 11, 2018
231: How to Go From Overwhelmed to Highly Efficient and Reclaim Your Life with Kris Ward
36:53

Today’s guest knows how to get attention. In a good way, of course. She reached out to me recently with her compelling story that included a personalized video she created. Kris shared with me that she was inspired to write the book when the cards life had dealt forced her team to move forward without […]

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Sep 04, 2018
230: How Collaborative Advantage Beats Competitive Advantage with Paul Skinner
35:04

The history of business strategy, so says my guest today, has been built on the idea that businesses must compete to win. But what if the competitive model of business is now broken? In today’s interconnected world, could strategies to create competitive advantage actually be holding your business back? Paul Skinner, a strategic consultant and […]

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Aug 28, 2018
229: Design Your Business to Run Itself with Mike Michalowicz
39:13

By age 35, Mike Michalowicz had launched two multimillion-dollar companies. Today he is the co-founder of Profit First Professionals, a membership organization of accountants, bookkeepers, and business coaches who teach the Profit First method. He is also the co-founder of the Provendus Group, a consulting firm that utilizes his business growth methodologies. He is the […]

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Aug 21, 2018
228: The Most Important Meeting of Your Life
38:37

If you’ve achieved any amount of success in your business, then you may be among those who realize it’s not come without sacrifices. Sacrifices that affect your relationship with your spouse and your children. As you no doubt realize, it doesn’t have to be that way but, unfortunately, it can often seem to be easier said […]

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Aug 14, 2018
227: How to Revolutionize Your Career and Make Big Things Happen
32:23

Three years ago this month, I had the privilege of appearing on The Art of Adventure podcast. The host, Derek Loudermilk interviewed me about reading and podcasting (surprise!). Fast forward a few years and he’s leveraged what he’s learned interviewing fellow adventurers, and has turned that knowledge into a new book. Derek has lead a […]

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Aug 07, 2018
226: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership
23:07

If you work in a traditional office setting but have coworkers who work remotely, you’re probably a bit jealous from time to time. They don’t have to commute all the time. They can work in their pajamas. The list goes on and on. Funny thing is, if you’re the one working remotely with coworkers who […]

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Jul 31, 2018
225: How to Reinvent Yourself as a Leader (Because Eventually You’ll Need To)
33:06

As much as I didn’t want to admit it at the time, I’ve been at a point in my career when I realized I had “stalled out.” Not only was I no longer growing in my skills and abilities, I’d gradually become less and less useful to my company as a result. I’d come to […]

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Jul 24, 2018
224: 7 Simple Steps to Doing Work You Love
45:07

It’s here! It’s actually here! With this episode, Read to Lead officially turns FIVE! I’m delighted to say that today’s guest is worthy of such a special episode. 🙂 Her name is Christine McAlister. Christine is the founder of Life With Passion, a company that helps high-achieving and motivated entrepreneurs use their unique gifts in […]

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Jul 17, 2018
223: The Key to Your Future Freedom Lies in Freelancing
48:45

Vincent Pugliese was living a photographer’s dream; traveling the world, photographing amazingly successful people in politics and sports, and winning accolades and awards while doing it. The only problem was, despite all the hard work he was putting into his craft, it made not one bit of difference in his income. Working for a newspaper […]

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Jul 10, 2018
222: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing with Dan Pink
36:26

Today’s guest makes a return visit to the podcast, and I’m very excited about it because he is one of my all-time favorite authors. I’m talking about multiple New York Times bestselling author Daniel Pink. Dan first appeared on Read to Lead over four years ago for Episode #028 to talk about his last book […]

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Jul 03, 2018
221: Your Guide to Personal and Financial Success as a Creative Entrepreneur
38:53

I’ve known today’s guest for less than two weeks. That’s just how fast this young woman can make a fabulous impression. Lisa Robbin Young says that if you’ve been struggling to “make it” as a creative entrepreneur, if you’ve been thinking about turning your passion into your career, if you’ve been trying to figure out […]

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Jun 26, 2018
220: Communication Secrets to Get From Good to Great

This week’s guest is the kind of guest that makes other authors go all giddy. Seriously. Last time he was on the show, Carmine Gallo had one New York Times bestselling author telling every speaker he knew about one of Carmine’s past books. In his new book called Five Stars: The Communication Secrets to Get […]

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Jun 19, 2018
219: How Successful Leaders Turn Innovation Challenges Into New Value Frontiers
24:18

Whereas last week’s guest just published his fifteenth book, this week’s guest happens to be a first-time author. It has been a lifelong dream and about three years in the making for Alice Mann, and her new book is an amazing accomplishment! (Want to publish your own book in less than 90 days? Keep reading.) […]

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Jun 12, 2018
218: Revolutionize How You Work with The Fun Formula
41:10

I’ve known of today’s guest for several years. In fact, he’s now written 15 books in all. How, then, has it taken me 5 years into the show to invite him on? So many books, so little time I guess. But, better late than never. Worth the wait? Absolutely! Not only is Joel Comm a super-fun and […]

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Jun 05, 2018
217: How the World’s Leading Entrepreneurs, Thought Leaders, and Cultural Icons Achieve Success
32:13

Today’s guest has specifically addressed an issue that I’ve longed to see tackled but was never sure how to go about. I’m talking about how to take a classic and loved-around-the-world book, and update it for today’s generations while still maintaining the integrity of the original. Somehow, James Whittaker has managed to do just that […]

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May 29, 2018
216: How to Cope with the Changing World of Work
33:19

My first chat with today’s guest came roughly a year ago. That’s when I was invited to appear on his podcast. His name is Stephen Warley, and he blogs at Life Skills That Matter. Stephen and I have kept in touch off and on since then, so when he emailed me about a topic idea […]

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May 22, 2018
215: The 5-Step Blueprint to Getting a Seat on the Executive Team
25:17

I first met today’s guest just a few weeks ago via Skype. He was looking for a podcast coach and mentor, someone who could help him take his show to yet another level. His name is Greg Layton, and I immediately liked his drive and his demeanor. I also appreciated that, when scheduling our meeting, […]

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May 15, 2018
214: How to Break Free From the Trap of Success
24:51

Imagine starting your day thinking you were going to close a deal that would net you $1 Million, only to see the deal fall through in the eleventh hour, costing you $3 Million. In 2010, that very thing happened to today’s podcast guest. His name is Gene Hammett. Since that time he’s managed to not […]

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May 08, 2018
213: How You Can and Why You Should Consider a Sabbatical Soon
23:37

I believe this episode may represent the first time I’ve ever featured a memoir on the podcast. There are so many valuable lessons contained in this book that the decision to feature it was an easy one. That book is written by the former CEO of Take-Two Interactive (now with Tencent). If that company sounds […]

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May 01, 2018
212: Grow Your Business, Attract More Clients, and Make More Money
33:22

I love a good story. Some of my favorite business books are filled with compelling and thought-provoking stories. Then there area handful – books from the likes of Andy Andrews, Bob Burg, Pat Lencioni and others – that don’t just include a few good stories, but are themselves told in narrative form from beginning to end. […]

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Apr 24, 2018
211: How Hidden Networks Can Transform Your Life and Career
33:18

Not many people can claim to have delivered a TED Talk that’s been viewed millions of times. Today’s guest, however, can do exactly that. His name is David Burkus, and this episode marks his second appearance on the podcast. Here’s hoping David’s TED Talk mojo will rub off. His new book is called Friend of […]

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Apr 17, 2018
210: 8 Steps to Launching Your Own Mastermind Group
17:37

Someone once said that, in the years ahead, you’ll be the same person you are today except for the books you read and the people you meet. That could not be more true for me and my life. You’re well-acquainted with my love for books and my belief in the dramatic impact intentional and consistent […]

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Apr 10, 2018
209: Take Control and Be More Optimistic About the Future
24:25

My guest today is someone I’ve had the pleasure to get to know a bit over the past few years. He’s a fellow podcaster, a relatively new author, and is adamant in his belief that the financial planning industry is in dire need of some change. His book is called Rock Retirement: A Simple Guide […]

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Apr 03, 2018
208: How to Stay In Love With Your Entrepreneur
35:27

If you are an entrepreneur – whether you’ve launched a company, a lifestyle business, or are working as a freelancer – or you’re the person married to one, today’s episode is one you do not want to miss. My special guest today is Dorcas Cheng-Tozun and she has over a decade’s worth of experience living […]

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Mar 27, 2018
207: How to Take Your Startup From Idea to Empire
35:37

You no doubt know that I read. Like, a lot. At least a book a week anyway. You may not know, however, that I spend time not just reading books, but also a handful of trusted sources in the magazine world. My favorites include Success, Wired, Fast Company and Inc. Today’s guest, in fact, is […]

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Mar 20, 2018
206: How to Take Charge of Your Brain and Program More Happiness Into Your Life
43:14

If no one ever told you, you may not have realized what a tremendous networking tool hosting a podcast can be. Especially an interview-driven one like Read to Lead. It’s thanks in no small part to a young gentleman named Clark Buckner that you’re hearing this episode today. Clark was kind enough to recommend, and […]

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Mar 13, 2018
205: How to Achieve Success, Create Balance, and Experience Fulfillment
36:29

Later this week, the world will celebrate International Women’s Day. What’s that you ask? In short, it’s a “strong call to #PressforProgress motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.” What better way to celebrate and observe this day than to welcome to the show two internationally successful businesswomen, each […]

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Mar 06, 2018
204: Finding Happiness, Focus, and Productivity No Matter How Busy You Are
40:56

It wasn’t that long ago that today’s guest found himself in the ER wondering whether he’d just suffered a heart attack. This despite the fact that he was a marathon running, healthy eating, 32-years-young man. What in the world?! The good news for Jeff Sanders is it was actually something relatively minor (an esophageal spasm, […]

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Feb 27, 2018
203: How to Leave a Legacy (a Tribute to My Father)
11:31

Monday, February 12, I got the phone call everyone dreads. My father, aged 81, had passed away in his sleep that morning. What I’ve learned since my father’s passing was the incredible impact he had on everyone he encountered. I knew him as a generous, kind, compassionate and loving man. What I failed to realize […]

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Feb 19, 2018
202: How to Think Like a Superconnector, Not a Networker
53:54

If you’re anything like me, you struggle with networking. I’ve maintained a long-held disdain for these, often, after-work events. I’ve recently realized that one of the reasons I’ve detested it so, is because I was mostly doing it wrong. Thankfully for you and me, today’s guest is here to help us understand the ‘right’ way […]

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Feb 13, 2018
201: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future
30:38

I’d heard the name before. In fact, we are even “connected” – whatever that means – on several social media platforms. But, when former Read to Lead guest Kary Oberbrunner asked if I’d like an introduction to Skip Prichard, I said “absolutely!” I mean, I knew Skip, but I didn’t really KNOW him. That introduction led […]

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Feb 06, 2018
200: A Look Back at 5 Killer Books on Public Speaking and Effective Communication
50:53

Wow, what a road this has been. Over 4 1/2 years after the podcast began, episode 200 is here. It has been an incredibly rewarding journey. I’ve decided to take a look back over the last 100 episodes and feature 5 episodes that centered around one of my favorite topics. These episodes each touch on […]

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Jan 30, 2018
Episode #199: Hiring, Firing, and Creating an Amazing Team Culture
41:23

Today marks a first in at least two ways. My guest appears on the show for the first time. And it is – to my knowledge – the first time a guest has appeared whose book came about, in part, by my personal encouragement and prodding. Chris Mefford has been a long time friend, and […]

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Jan 23, 2018
Episode #198: How to Be the Leader Creative People Need
40:55

Today’s guest joins a rare group of people. He’s now one of only four people to have appeared on Read to Lead three times. It is an honor and a delight to welcome back Todd Henry as he celebrates the release of his fourth book! Todd has appeared previously to talk about Die Empty: Unleash […]

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Jan 16, 2018
Episode #197: The Secrets of Effective Leadership
41:31

I’ve known today’s guest by reputation (it’s a good one) but our paths, until recently, had never crossed. But who would discover the Read to Lead Podcast while searching through iTunes attempting to find a few decent leadership-based podcasts? Yep, that’s right. Brad Lomenick. After skimming past shows, Brad realized he and I had a […]

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Jan 09, 2018
Episode #196: 5 Steps to Achieving Your Most Important Goals
37:41

To say I’ve been anticipating sitting down with today’s guest for a long time would be a major understatement. Since Read to Lead began back in mid-2013, Michael Hyatt has been on my short list of people to seek out. If you’ve ever read my About Page, you know his is among the names I’ve […]

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Jan 02, 2018
Episode #195: Eight Keys to Achieving Your Goals
30:54

Today’s guest on the podcast has an amazing story. In fact, his writing a book was directly impacted by two previous Read to Lead authors. His name is Mark Schinnerer, and an amazing leader I’ve had the chance to get to know over the last year or so as Mark is a member of the […]

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Dec 26, 2017
Episode #194: Leadership from the Inside Out with Kevin Cashman
36:20

My guest today has been involved in the leadership space for the better part of 40 years now. It’s a wonder I’ve taken this long to get around to having him on. Please join me in welcoming Kevin Cashman to the podcast. He’s the author of the award-winning The Pause Principle: Step Back to Lead […]

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Dec 19, 2017
Episode #193: The Best Book I’ve Read This Year
21:17

If you’re anything like me, you enjoy reading business and personal growth-type books because you understand the value of lifelong learning. You’re dedicated to your personal and professional growth. I shudder to think that much of my 20s was spent spinning my wheels as I put a halt to learning. Really. I remember thinking when […]

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Dec 05, 2017
Episode #192: Learning to Embrace Your Imperfection
29:17

Today’s guest is another one of my favs, and is making his third appearance on the show. Only two other guests have enjoyed that many appearances (Liz Wiseman and Jeff Goins if you’re keeping score). I’m talking about New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jon Acuff. Jon is a guy after my […]

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Nov 21, 2017
Episode #191: How to Lead with Gratitude
35:54

I first met today’s guest just about two months ago at a conference in my hometown of Nashville. Little did I know that our lunch together would turn into an ongoing discussion that would lead to learning more about his amazing life, business, and book, a conversation that would eventually lead me to invite him […]

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Nov 14, 2017
Episode #190: High-Stakes Leadership with Constance Dierickx
29:19

Prior to interviewing her for this episode, I’d never interacted with Constance Dierickx before. I learned during our time together that, not only is she a master of her craft, she’s also a hoot! That’s right. I don’t remember the last time I laughed during an interview as much as I did this one. I’ve […]

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Nov 07, 2017
Episode #189: How to Monetize Your Expertise
38:35

When you look at her body of work, there seem to be few things she hasn’t done. It’s one of the many things I like about her. In addition to authoring what is now her third book, and the one we’ll dive into today, Dorie Clark has done something few have been brave enough to […]

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Oct 31, 2017
Episode #188: How to Lead When You’re Not In Charge
32:48

Sometimes when I come across an author whose book I’d like to feature on the show, I’ll just reach out on Twitter inviting them on. It’s a great way to attempt to connect with an author I have no prior relationship with. Still, sometimes there is a response and sometimes not. In the case of […]

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Oct 24, 2017
Episode #187: Live Your Startup Dream Without Leaving Your Day Job
34:01

I was first introduced to today’s guest well over a year ago by former Read to Lead guest Amy Whitaker. Amy joined us back in episode #134 and, soon after, made the introductions via email. Unfortunately, it was an intro I completely dropped the ball on. Patrick and I exchanged pleasantries, and that’s as far […]

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Oct 17, 2017
Episode #186: Ending the Unconscious Habits that Hijack Your Business
31:07

If you’ve been a member of the traditional workforce for any length of time, you’ve no doubt have come face to face with…ego. Truth is, we all have. It’s just that sometimes, it’s our own. Ego, Shayne Hughes argues, is single-handedly working sabotage our businesses every day. Shayne and I discuss this topic in depth along […]

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Oct 10, 2017
Episode #185: Building a StoryBrand with Donald Miller
41:07

Late last decade, I had a blog where I often wrote reviews of some of my favorite reads. Big surprise, right? One of those reviews was about a book by a guy named Donald Miller. That same Donald Miller, or Don as I sometimes refer to him, is my guest this week on the podcast. […]

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Oct 03, 2017
Episode #184: Alan Alda on The Art and Science of Relating and Communicating
31:46

Over the course of my life, I’ve had the opportunity to interview and meet a lot of interesting and amazing people. It’s one of the many reasons I love it so much. But if, when I started this project, you’d have told me I would one day interview today’s guest, I wouldn’t have believed it. […]

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Sep 28, 2017
Episode #183: Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months
14:56

I read, like, a lot. And though many of the books I read (and the authors who write them) wind up being featured on the podcast, there are plenty that don’t (and not because they’re not worthy). Sometimes it just comes down to scheduling or any other number of issues. Suffice it to say there […]

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Sep 19, 2017
Episode #182: The Top 10 Ways to Be a Great Leader
26:45

I first met today’s guest at a conference and immediately suggested he needed to be a guest on the podcast. That was 2 years ago! Well, better late than never, as Dr. Hans Finzel, president of HDLeaders joins us to talk about what he’s learned from over 30 years in positions of leadership. His latest […]

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Sep 11, 2017
Episode #181: How to Achieve the Success You’re Wired For
33:13

If you’re anything like me, your childhood included hearing about the need to be “well-rounded”, a mantra that often came from a well-meaning parent or teacher. My guest today, though, says we weren’t wired to be well-rounded. She says that, in order to achieve the success you’re wired for, you need to focus on your […]

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Sep 05, 2017
Episode #180: How to Start a Business While Working a Full-Time Job
42:24

If you’ve ever desired to start your own business, you may have toyed with the idea of saving up some money, quitting your job, and going all in. My guest today, though, has a better model he calls overlap. It’s just like it sounds. It’s possible to leverage the margins of life outside your job […]

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Aug 29, 2017
Episode #179: How to Become the Person Others Follow
40:01

There is no shortage of books that talk about leadership. Few, though, actually help you learn how to lead. Fortunately for you and me, our guest today has not only taken on the challenge of solving this problem, he’s done so quite successfully. I’m talking about Joshua Spodek, author of Leadership Step by Step: Become […]

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Aug 22, 2017
Episode #178: How to Market Your Book with Joanna Penn
39:18

The Creative Penn is a moniker I’d heard before. Until recently, however, I wasn’t familiar with the person behind that name. That person is Joanna Penn, author of a number of fiction books and a specialist in inspirational books for authors, including How to Make a Living with Your Writing, The Successful Author Mindset and Successful […]

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Aug 15, 2017
During August, Try My Members-Only Book Club for Just $1
2:49

My 16th wedding anniversary was last Friday and, apart from some nasty weather Friday afternoon, Annie and I had a wonderful weekend celebrating. So much so it’s put me in a generous mood. 🙂 Yesterday wrapped up month six of Read to Lead University. In that time, members and I have read AND met live to […]

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Aug 01, 2017
Episode #177: How to Turn Fear into Health, Wealth and Happiness
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Recently, and out of the blue, I had a friend and former client introduce me via email to today’s guest. As I studied up on him, I decided to check out his book. The main title was, initially at least, lost on me. But when I read the subtitle, that’s when it all came together. […]

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Jul 25, 2017
Episode #176: How to Find a Mentor and Why You’ll Benefit from Being One
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Today’s guest was first to appear on the show around three years ago. But then, she abruptly canceled. More on the details surrounding that story inside today’s episode. The woman I’m referring to is Claire Diaz-Ortiz, probably best known as one of the earliest employees at Twitter, as evidenced by her first-name-only Twitter handle (@claire). […]

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Jul 18, 2017
Episode #175: The 4 Best Interviews from the First 4 Years
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After 175 episodes, it’s safe to say I have a few favorites that stand out. That said, it’s tough narrowing down such a list to just four interviews. Why four? Well, this weekend marks the 4th Anniversary of the Read to Lead Podcast. I’ve decided, therefore, to celebrate by picking my four favorite interviews during […]

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Jul 11, 2017
Episode #174: How to Energize People Every Day
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Today’s guest first came on the scene with the release of her first book back in 2011. Her name is Kristi Hedges, and that book was The Power of Presence: Unlock Your Potential to Influence and Engage Others. The book experienced a bit of an inflection point in 2014 and Kristi’s career has been a […]

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Jul 01, 2017
Episode #173: Busting Through the Starving Artist Myth
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Today we’re joined by the guest who now holds the distinction of appearing on Read to Lead more than anyone else.  That nod goes to one of my favorite authors, Jeff Goins. His latest book is also probably my favorite of the five he’s written to date.    (photo of the author by Ashley Goins) That new […]

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Jun 22, 2017
Episode #172: Achieve Focused Success in a Distracted World
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I read, like, a lot. And though many of the books I read (and the authors who write them) wind up being featured on the podcast, there are plenty that don’t (and not because they’re not worthy).  Sometimes it just comes down to scheduling or any other number of issues. Suffice it to say there […]

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Jun 06, 2017
Episode #171: How to Make Your Next Career Pivot
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The only move that matters is your next one! So says today’s guest on the podcast. That would be none other than Jenny Blake, author of Life After College and the book we’re diving into today called, Pivot: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One.   Her five part framework for planning your next pivot […]

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May 23, 2017
Episode #170: The Science of Succeeding with People
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I just learned that, earlier this month, this week’s guest became a bestselling author. We sure know how to pick ’em.  I’m talking of course about Vanessa Van Edwards who finds herself at #4 on the WSJ list, ahead of folks like Sheryl Sandberg and Tony Robbins.  Like I said. We know how to pick […]

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May 16, 2017
Episode #169: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter
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Only one guest has ever appeared on the show three times. Until today, that is.  Guest Jeff Goins can no longer claim sole possession of “most visits on the Read to Lead Podcast” as Liz Wiseman returns to talk about her first book Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter.  It’s been revised an […]

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May 09, 2017
Episode #168: Tame Your Inner Critic and Conquer the Fears Holding You Back
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As a highly sought after keynote speaker, today’s guest is making an impact on people all around the world. I am delighted to welcome back to the show a returning guest. Her name is Margie Warrell. Margie first visited the show back in Episode #091 as we discussed her then new book Brave.  This time she’s […]

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May 03, 2017
Episode #167: Why You Really SHOULD Sweat the Small Stuff
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When a New York Times bestselling author visits the podcast, I consider it a pretty big deal. When one agrees to do it a second time, I begin to wonder what’s wrong with them. I’m kidding of course. And, I’m delighted that, nearly four years later, New York Times bestselling author Andy Andrews is back for […]

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Apr 25, 2017
Episode #166: How Companies Like Facebook, VMware and 5-hour Energy Dominate Markets
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When multiple people in my life, otherwise unrelated to one another, are recommending I read a particular book, I pay attention. I’m pretty smart that way. So, when I was unable to get away from one recent recommendation, I finally decided to give it a go. And I’m glad I did.   The book I’m talking […]

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Apr 11, 2017
Episode #165: Becoming a Pro at Live Video Streaming
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I can point to a couple of people who were super influential in my desire to launch this podcast. Today’s guest is one of those people.  Luria Petrucci was making a splash and breaking new ground when she launched her own video podcast called GeekBeat.tv over 11 years ago back in late 2005.  Not long after that, […]

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Apr 04, 2017
Read to Lead University Registration is Open!
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I’ve got some great news. My exclusive book club, created especially for listeners of Read to Lead, has officially re-opened for only the second time. I call it Read to Lead University. There are only 50 spots available, and several of those spots have already been snagged by those who were on the standby list […]

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Mar 30, 2017
Episode #164: Pursuing Your God-Given Purpose
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My guest today, despite his relatively young age, is a leadership expert. I should know. I’ve been following his work for several years and he never ceases to amaze me with his consistent and excellent work.  His name is Paul Sohn and it’s one I believe you need to get to know.  A little over […]

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Mar 28, 2017
Episode #163: How to Fuel a Lifelong Love Affair With Your Customers
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According to today’s guest, as brands “we must dedicate ourselves to becoming a facilitator of the transformations people want to make in their lives.” The reason, according to Tara-Nicholle Nelson, is because of the number-one factor limiting your company’s success. Disengagement.  She dives into this and more in her new book, The Transformational Consumer: Fuel a […]

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Mar 22, 2017
Episode #162: Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined with Scott Sonenshein
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I’m not sure what it is exactly, but I seem to have a soft spot for books written by college professors. They’re some of my favorites in fact.  Going all the way back to some of the early episodes of the show back in 2013, Wharton School professors like Jonah Berger and G. Richard Shell […]

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Mar 14, 2017
Episode #161: How to Lead Yourself and Others to Great Success
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I thoroughly enjoyed my chat with today’s guest, author Angie Morgan.  What I appreciated most about our conversation was how she succinctly and effortlessly articulated her ideas. I encourage you to listen through the first time as you would normally…to learn more about how leadership can and should be exercised at all levels of an […]

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Mar 08, 2017
Episode #160: How to Outsmart Your Instincts and Drive Your Company Forward
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We are all descendants of risk-averse ancestors. That, according to my guest this week, Adam Hansen, and his co-authors Edward Harrington and Beth Storz. What does this nugget mean for you, you ask? Well, these same self-preservation instincts that helped your great, great, great, great, great, great (and so on) grandparents avoid threats and evade […]

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Feb 21, 2017
Episode #159: How to Beat Your Competition by Becoming the Obvious Choice
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The word disruption gets thrown around a lot these days. After all, there seems to be few industries not impacted by some sort of disruption, whether by the internet, changing business models, new customer expectations, or all of the above.   This phenomenon is behind the passions of Julie Williamson, PhD, co-author of the book Matter: Move […]

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Feb 14, 2017
Episode #158: Living a Life of Significance with Aaron Walker
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I’ve crossed paths with today’s guest more times than I can count. I knew who he was and was familiar with his work, but just never worked up the nerve to introduce myself.  Dumb right? It wasn’t until an event called Tribe Writers put on by Jeff Goins, that Aaron Walker decided to approach me […]

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Feb 07, 2017
Episode #157: Mastering the Art and Science of Exceptional Presentation Design
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I’ll be the first to admit I have a soft spot for books on messaging. For me, it’s just a subject area where I feel as if there’s always something more or new to learn. And if my writing in the margins, and all the highlighting and underlining I’ve done inside my copy of today’s featured […]

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Jan 31, 2017
Episode #156: How to Consistently Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
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If you’ve ever heard phrases like, “the ‘magic’ is in the comfort zone” and others like it, then you’ve been exposed to some of the myths associated with successfully stepping outside your comfort zone. In the myth above, the reality is the “magic” can happen both inside and outside your comfort zone. If only there […]

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Jan 24, 2017
NEW: Read to Lead University Book Club
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First, let me thank you for being such a loyal listener and fan of the Read to Lead Podcast. It means more to me than you know. Really! You may recall that at about this time last year, I was in the midst of planning a spring launch of something called Read to Lead University. […]

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Jan 19, 2017
Episode #155: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity
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Today’s guest is a favorite among her students. She’s a Professor of Management Practice at the London Business School where she teaches on the Future of Work and directs an executive program on Human Resource Strategy.  She was also named best teacher at London Business School in 2015. I’m talking about Lynda Gratton, co-author of […]

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Jan 10, 2017
Episode #154: How to Find Success and Significance as a Leader
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Today’s guest has had success at just about every turn. Lucky for you and me, she’s chosen to share all she’s learned over the years in a brand new book.  Her name is Elise Mitchell. And though you may not have heard of her, she’s on a first name basis with Walmart, Procter & Gamble, […]

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Jan 03, 2017
Episode #153: The 12 All-Time Best Business and Personal Development Books
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My recent blog post where I curated the 12 most-recommended books from my nearly 150 author interviews has been a big hit. I decided then that I should turn it into a podcast episode so that more people can be exposed to it, hence this podcast-specific post. If you’d like to read about the complete list instead […]

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Dec 13, 2016
Episode #152: How to Go from Blank Page to Published Author with Chandler Bolt
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I am always delighted to welcome a previous guest back for another line of questioning.  This time we get to hear again from Chandler Both. Chandler first visited us in Episode #070 of the show when we talked about his then new book called Book Launch. This time around, Chandler is again out with a […]

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Dec 06, 2016
Episode #151: 3 Ways to Be a Leader Others Can’t Help But Follow
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I’ve worked for my share of bad bosses. Truth is, I used to be one of them.  Hard as it is to admit, my idea of leadership was once predicated on the idea that, as the leader, there was no one smarter on the team than me. Therefore, it stood to reason, the organization was […]

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Nov 29, 2016
Episode #150: Leadership Lessons from the Marines
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Whether it’s a layoff, a fender bender, or a typical Monday, we’ve all had our share of bad days.  I’m going to go out on a limb though and assume your worst day didn’t include being shot in the head by a sniper and nearly dying. But that exact scenario was indeed the worst day ever […]

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Nov 22, 2016
Episode #149: 4 Business Books Every Leader Should Read
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I relish the opportunity to appear on other podcasts.  I enjoy sharing from my personal experiences – warts and all – and would like to think there are valuable lessons in those stories for others. As you might imagine, a question I’m asked in virtually every interview I say “yes” to, centers around what books for […]

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Nov 15, 2016
Episode #148: Master Content Marketing with Copyblogger’s Pamela Wilson
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The career trajectory of today’s guest has been nothing short of amazing.  I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Pamela Wilson for about two years now, right about the time she began working for Copyblogger, serving as executive vice president of educational content. Funny thing is, just six short years ago, she didn’t consider herself a writer. What […]

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Nov 08, 2016
Episode #147: Discover the Science of Adventure with Jon Levy
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Today’s guest says being intentional about the planning adventurous moments in your life is just as important as practicing intentionality in your life in general.  Jon Levy’s new book is called The 2am Principle: Discover the Science of Adventure. In it he argues that adventures don’t happen by accident. Jon shares his EPIC Model of Adventure, a […]

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Nov 01, 2016