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Episode #279: James Clear – How Tiny Changes Can Equal Remarkable Results (Atomic Habits)

Episode #279: James Clear – How Tiny Changes Can Equal Remarkable Results (Atomic Habits)

James Clear is the author of Atomic Habits, the creator of the Habits Academy, a weightlifter, and a travel photographer.

His writing is focused on how we can create better habits, make better decisions, and live better lives. He combines ideas from a wide range of disciplines including biology, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and more.

He believes that you do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.

His work has been covered by dozens of major media outlets including The New York TimesEntrepreneurTIME, and on CBS This Morning.

James’ previous appearance on The Learning Leader Show was in front of a live audience in Columbus, OH. CLICK HERE to watch/listen.

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“Habits don’t add up. They compound.  It’s a hockey stick.”

Show Notes:

  • “It’s important to know how everything works together.”
    • Ojai, CA – Circle talking about book writing
  • Atomic = Atom, small, tiny.  Habits should be small
  • “Habits are the atoms of our lives”
  • “It’s about the collection of habits”
  • “They are small… but put them together… they compound and are powerful.”
  • The system is in four stages.  They stages are:
    • The cue – gets attention
    • The craving – in the brain
    • The response – the habit, behavior
    • The result – what happens
  • Feedback loops – The cookie example
  • “My readers and I are peers.  An essential part of the process is to write about it. Try things out.  Everything I’ve published has been revised many times.”
  • The four laws:
    • Make it obvious
    • Make it attractive
    • Make it easy
    • Make it satisfying
  • The Goldilocks rule – Steve Martin
    • People burn out or get bored.  How to stay motivated…
    • Be stretched just beyond your capacity but not too far. “Always stay just on the edge…”  Steve Martin kept expanding his sets by just a few minutes each time until he had a 60 minute set.  He started small with just a few minutes of material.
    • Make sure you “stretch yourself… just a bit… everyday.”
    • Be the person who gets the additional task done
  • How to do this all as a parent? — “Life is in seasons…”
    • “If you want to double your productivity, get 8 hours of sleep.”
  • The plateau of latent potential — A melting ice cube.  A 1 degree change
  • “Habits don’t add up, they compound.  It looks like a hockey stick.”
  • “Outcome based habits vs identity based habits.”
    • Focus on identity based habits.  Be the type of person who wakes up early and works out.
  • The importance of being able to delay gratification
  • Weightlifting – Reinterpret signals.  “Being sore feels good.”  Re frame how you think about something like soreness
  • “Happiness is simply the absence of desire.”
    • When you observe a cue, but do not desire to change your state, you are content with the current situation
  • “Being curious is better than being smart.”
    • Need to be eager to learn and accomplish things
    • “Your actions reveal how badly you want something”
  • “We can only be rational and logical after we have been emotional.”
  • System 1 = feelings
  • System 2 = Rational, math problem
  •  System 1 always leads the way
  • The Learning Leader Circle — Apply

Being curious is better than being smart”

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Episode #278: Mitch Albom – Tuesdays With Morrie & The Five People You Meet In Heaven

Episode #278: Mitch Albom – Tuesdays With Morrie & The Five People You Meet In Heaven

Mitch Albom is an internationally renowned and best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician. His books have collectively sold more than 35 million copies worldwide; have been published in forty-nine territories and in forty-five languages around the world; and have been made into Emmy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed television movies.

His most well known book is Tuesdays With Morrie.  Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of Mitch’s time spent with his dying college professor (13 Tuesday’s), through which Mitch shares Morrie’s lasting gift with the world. Now the best-selling memoir of all time,Tuesdays with Morrie began as a modest labor of love to help pay some of Schwartz’s medical bills. Today, the book has sold 16 million copies in more than 50 editions around the world.

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“Giving makes me feel like I’m living.  Taking makes me feel like I’m dying.”

Show Notes:

  • Commonalities of sustaining excellence:
    • Humility
    • They contribute to the world – “Morrie did the bravest thing I’ve ever seen.”
    • Howard Schultz – The last person in line to get a book signed.  After all of his employees
  • “Some of the greatest performers I’ve ever met are painfully shy: jazz musicians, Barry Sanders, Joe Dumars.”
  • Tuesdays With Morrie – “He was my college professor.  I had not talked to him in 16 years.  I saw him on TV talking about having ALS.”
    • Morrie – “I’m a teacher. That’s what I do.”
  • Why was it so popular and shared so much?
    • “Death ends a life but not a relationship”
    • “You can live within the hearts of people you help/touched.”
    • “You have to make time for those relationships while you’re here.”
  • “I write about living.  Death informs everything about how we live.”
  • “I try to write about reflecting on life.”
  • Why this theme?
    • “I liked listening to stories from my uncle growing up.  His World War 2 stories.”
    • “I spent so much of my youth myopically focused on career success.  For many years I thought how far can I get?”
    • “I wanted to explore what makes a better life?”
  • Supporting 47 children in Haiti — Taking two to college now.
  • “Giving makes me feel like I’m living.”
  • “Taking makes me feel like I’m dying.”
  • Being part of Sports Reporters on ESPN
    • Writers are critical thinkers and can be good on TV when thinking deeply
  • Core pieces of advice:
    • Be humble
    • Be curious – Ask questions
    • Don’t lose self in the field you choose.  Life can be brief.
    • “Find out who you are and what you value, and do that.”
  • Advice from a security guard:
    • Read the best books
    • Listen to the best music
    • Observe the best art
    • Surround self with the best people – Osmosis
    • Immerse yourself with what you value
  • The Learning Leader Circle — Apply
  • Use the “Get To Know You Document

I wanted to explore what makes a better life?”

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Episode 234: Jocko Willink — Why Discipline Equals Freedom

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Episode #277: Tom Goodwin – Life Advice From The #1 Influencer On LinkedIn

Episode #277: Tom Goodwin – Life Advice From The #1 Influencer On LinkedIn

Tom Goodwin is the Head of Innovation for Zenith Media. He speaks around the world at industry events, and he’s a best selling author.  He has also been named the #1 Influencer on LinkedIn.

His role at Zenith, a top 3 global agency investing over $30bn per year on growing their clients’ business, also includes writing, speaking and consulting about the future of advertising, business, media, and digital transformation. He believes that things have never changed so fast before, but will never change so slowly again. He thinks that technology is creating ever more powerful threats to business, but even greater opportunities. He thinks this is the best time to work in business, but we need to embrace change, to look ahead, to leverage imagination, and to unleash the power of the new.

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“We shouldn’t worship busyness.  We should worship output.”

Show Notes:

  • Commonalities of sustaining excellence:
    • Confidence + Conviction
    • Ability to make quick decisions with limited amounts of information
    • Faith in their judgement
  • “There is a feeling in the room when a quality leader walks in. A charisma, an energy, a presence.”
  • How does one develop charisma?
    • “Introversion is more interesting to me.  Great presenters are introverts.  They are empathetic and think of the audience first.”
  • There is “cultural permission” when you’re on stage.  The audience is rooting for you to succeed.  Use that energy and positive vibes
  • The importance of a proper introduction
  • Head of Innovation at Zenith.  What does that entail?  “An observer. Reading a lot.  Gain perspective through a lot of global travel. You learn more from countries outside of the U.S. where we have everything that we could want or need.”
  • How he became the #1 Influencer on LinkedIn?
    • First, look for the differences in commonality vs causation.  There is a difference
    • “I orchestrate a conversation on LinkedIn.  I facilitate it through my articles.  I don’t claim to know everything.”
    • “I got quite irritated.  I got fired at my job for being outspoken.  I started sharing my beliefs and it caught on.”
    • “Because I wasn’t filtered, it hit a nerve with people.  I am not careful with my words.”
  • How to gain support for your passion/side hustle while working at a big company
    • “Encouraging this attracts great candidates and helps retain top talent.”
    • “Senior management needs to support and encourage it.  If they have envy or are insecure, then it won’t work.”
  • “Large companies need to understand why they got big.  Those reasons may not be what gets them to the next level.  We need to rethink rigidity.”
  • “Life is about creating good problems.”
  • “We need to create a culture of progressive criticism.”
    • The Apple commercial: “It took 1,000 No’s to get to a Yes”
  • “We shouldn’t worship busyness.  We should worship output.”
  • The reason for writing Digital Darwinism
  • Life/Career Advice:
    • “Don’t worry.  Too many people spend their youth thinking their career would take a tidy path. It’s not. My career has been quite messy, but it’s worked out fine.  Be humble, thoughtful, and empathetic.”
    • Develop curiosity – “The UK education fuels curiosity, fuels interest.  That doesn’t seem to happen in the States.  We need a breadth of the world. Like James Dyson or Elon Musk.”
    • Build a network – “Job postings. That’s not how the world works and it won’t in the future.  I want sparkly talent that has five other jobs.  Don’t be afraid to nurture multiple talents.”
    • Have a sense of humor.  It helps ease the mood/tension and makes you more enjoyable to be around.
  • Issue: “We’re obsessed with being correct rather than being helpful.  That’s not good.”
  • Why joining The Learning Leader Circle is a good idea
  • Use the “Get To Know You Document

We’re obsessed with being correct rather than being helpful. That’s not good.” 

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Episode #276: Scott Belsky – How To Find Your Way Through The Hardest Part Of Any Venture (The Messy Middle)

Episode #276: Scott Belsky – How To Find Your Way Through The Hardest Part Of Any Venture (The Messy Middle)

Scott Belsky is a polymath. He’s an executive, entrepreneur, author, and investor (and all-around product obsessive). He currently serves as Adobe’s Chief Product Officer and Executive Vice President, Creative Cloud. Scott co-founded Behance in 2006, and served as CEO until Adobe acquired Behance in 2012. Alongside his role at Adobe, Scott is a Venture Partner at Benchmark – a venture capital firm based in San Francisco.

Fast Company’s list of “100 Most Creative People in Business.”

Scott is also the author of the international bestselling book Making Ideas Happen.  His most recent book is titled, The Messy Middle.

Scott actively advises and invests in businesses that cross the intersection of technology and design, and help empower people, among other criteria. In addition to Scott’s work with Benchmark, he is an early investor and advisor in Pinterest, Uber, and Periscope (now part of Twitter) as well as several others in the early stages.

He attended Cornell University as an undergraduate and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

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“Management is about people. You have to be at a personal level when you’re a manager. It doesn’t scale. It’s not supposed to.”

Show Notes:

  • Commonalities of sustaining excellence:
    • The ability to sustain curiosity – “you need to keep paying attention with a tuned up curiosity.”
    • “They say no more often”
  • “Get into the motion of trying things instead of perfecting things.”
  • How to compartmentalize?
    • “I build windows of time in my day to not pay attention to anything but the deep work. No email, no social media, no checking book sales.”
  • On flights, dedicate time to deep work
    • No wifi, this is alone time to do work
    • Odd reward mechanisms: “I only allow myself to listen to certain music when it’s time to write.  When I’ve accomplished deep work for hours, I reward myself with treats. But only after the work is done.”
  • Answering the “what do you do” question:
    • “I am obsessed with products.”
    • Adobe purchased his company, Behance
    • Seed investor
    • Best selling author
    • “I help creatives create”
  • How to pursue a side hustle when you work at a big company?
    • “Every person needs to be their authentic self”
    • “You have to feed it. The thing that distracts you. The thing you stay up late to keep working on because you love it.  That’s where you should continue to give energy.”
    • “A labor of love is always worth it.”
  • The Messy Middle — 820 Evernote notes whittled down to the most effective 120 pieces.
  • Making the leap from individual contributor to manager:
    • “Don’t depersonalize it when you become a manager.  A team is like a carefully crafted immune system.”
    • “Management is about people.  You have to be at a personal level when you’re the manager.  It doesn’t scale.  It’s not supposed to.”
    • “Don’t do reviews, do regular check ins… How’s it going?”
  • “The stories are the culture of your team.  You’re the amplifier of the stories.”
  • Qualities to look for in a person to hire:
    • “Every conversation with that person should be more interesting than the last one.  They should become continually more interesting.”
    • “There is value on analysis & strategy… But equally important is empathy & intuition.”
    • Intuition = truthfulness with self.  High level of self awareness. Be willing to seek feedback.  Be truthful with yourself.
  • “A successful creative entity must be comfortable alternating between the two creative phases: Ideation and Execution.”
    • Walt Disney mastered this.
    • “Stimulate people to think differently.  Help people suspend disbelief in themselves.  What if we did this 100X better?” – Larry Page
  • The importance of “staying in the early innings” — “We’re just getting started.”  This encourages people to keep trying new things.
  • “Hire people for initiative rather than experience.”
  • “Anything extraordinary ever achieved comes from ordinary means.”
  • Advice for young professionals — Find these three overlaps:
    • Figure out what you’re genuinely interested in.  What do you stay up doing for fun?
    • What skills do you have or could possess through learning?
    • What is the opportunity?
      • “Take the steps to get into that overlap”
      • Don’t make short term money decisions.  Find the overlap over the extra $10K in salary
  • Why we all should have a common place journal
  • Why joining The Learning Leader Circle is a good idea
  • Use the “Get To Know You Document

Get into the motion of trying things instead of perfecting things.”

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Episode 234: Jocko Willink — Why Discipline Equals Freedom

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Episode #275: Joe Navarro – The World’s #1 Body Language Expert (FBI Special Agent)

Episode #275: Joe Navarro – The World’s #1 Body Language Expert (FBI Special Agent)

Joe Navarro spent 25 years at the FBI, working both as an agent and supervisor in the areas of counterintelligence and counterterrorism. Through his work he was able to study, refine and apply the science of non-verbal communications. His acumen in this field and his success as a spy-catcher, led Joe to begin training FBI agents and the intelligence community. 

Today Joe is recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on reading non-verbal communications and he is regularly interviewed on programs such as NBC’s Today Show, Fox News, ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS’ Early Show, BBC News, and for publications such as The Washington Post, South China Morning Post and Psychology Today.

Personally sought out by CEOs of a number of major global organizations, Joe provides the same personalized hands-on attention, which made him famous at the FBI and at Harvard Business School where he has lectured annually for the past six years. His books include the international best-seller, What Every Body is Saying, and most recently, The Dictionary of Body Language.

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“Curious people are usually exceptional. Lead with curiosity.”

Show Notes:

  • Commonalities of sustaining excellence:
    • They are exceptional observers
    • They understand the needs, wants, desires, fears, and opportunities of themselves and others
    • Strong attention to detail
    • High levels of self and situational awareness
    • “I don’t go where the puck is.  I go where it’s going to be.” – Wayne Gretzky
  • Some leaders can get mired in the mindless day to day actions.  The great ones focus on what’s most important.
  • Understanding non-verbals can lead to deep relationships.
  • “One of the reasons we study non-verbals is so we can be empathetic.”
  • Moving to The U.S. as an 8 year old refugee from Cuba — Joe could not speak the language, so it forced him to pay close attention to the non-verbal communication from his teachers and peers.
  • The amazing focus of The Wright Brothers and how that led to their success
  • Why the FBI called Joe when he was graduating from BYU
  • “In the FBI, I was a paid observer.  I detected when something was wrong with the person right in front of me.”
  • How do we become what we are capable of?
    • “It starts today.  What are my limitations right now?  Am I observing the things I should be observing?”
    • “People are what’s most important.  We have to be better observers.”
  • “Education is a continuous process.  I still see myself as a student.”
  • “Curious people are usually exceptional.”
  • “Communication is both reflexive and fluid.”
  • Do not be cynical or expect people to lie.  Treat everyone with a blank slate. Ask questions.  Listen.  Ask follow up questions…
    • “I never assume to have all the facts.  I want to hear what you have to say before I make a conclusion.”
  • “Our job as leaders is to ask questions, not presume we know all the answers.”
  • JFK vs Nixon debate:
    • Why did the TV viewers think JFK won while the radio listeners thought Nixon won?
      • JFK was tan, good looking, put makeup on, wore a tailored suit.  Nixon had a cold, suit didn’t fit as well, didn’t wear makeup, he didn’t look as good as JFK.
  • How we dress is important:
    • “Everything is communicating something about us.”
  • Winston Churchill — “He always rehearsed what he planned to say in a meeting.”
  • Also think, “How can I say this in the fewest number of words?”
  • Abraham Lincoln spoke for 2 minutes and 26 seconds for the Gettysburg Address.  The speaker before him spoke for 2 hours.  We remember people who can effectively be concise.
    • “Choose each word carefully.”
  • How an introvert can succeed at a networking event?
    • “It’s a performance.  Lead with curiosity.  Ask questions. Get to know one person at a time.”
  • Why joining The Learning Leader Circle is a good idea
  • Use the “Get To Know You Document

“Focus on being a better observer.”

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

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

Episode 200: Keith Hawk & AJ Hawk — Showing Up, Doing The Work, Earning Trust, Helping Others, Winning The Super Bowl, Celebrating #200

Episode 234: Jocko Willink — Why Discipline Equals Freedom

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