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Episode 197: Linda Rottenberg – Why Crazy Is A Compliment

 

Episode 197: Linda Rottenberg – Why Crazy Is A Compliment

Named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News and one of TIME’s 100 “Innovators for the 21st century,” Linda Rottenberg is considered among the world’s most dynamic experts on entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership. A frequent lecturer at Fortune 500 companies, Rottenberg is the subject of four case studies by Harvard Business School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her pioneering work also earned her a host of nicknames: ABC and NPR declared her “the entrepreneur whisperer,” Tom Friedman dubbed her the world’s “mentor capitalist,” Business Insider named her “Ms. Davos,” and for years she was known as “la chica loca” (the crazy girl) for insisting that entrepreneurs existed not only in Silicon Valley but also in emerging markets around the world.

Ms. Rottenberg is also author of the New York Times bestseller, CRAZY IS A COMPLIMENT: The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags, published in October 2014.  In her book, she argues that entrepreneurship isn’t just for young techies in hoodies. Whether you work at a Fortune 500 company, a non-profit, a mom-and-pop, or a startup, everybody needs the mindset to think and act like a change-maker. We all need to be nimble, adaptive, daring, and maybe even a little crazy, or risk being left behind.

Ms. Rottenberg has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Economist, Financial Times, USA Today, Strategy + Business, People, Glamour, and MORE, and has appeared on GMA, The Today Show, Morning Joe, Nightline, NPR, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, and Bloomberg News.  Dell featured her in its “Take Your Own Path” ad campaign and Veuve Clicquot named her Businesswoman of the Year.

A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, Linda lives in Brooklyn with her husband, author and New York Times columnist Bruce Feiler, and their identical twin daughters. (From LindaRottenberg.com)

Episode 197: Linda Rottenberg – Why Crazy Is A Compliment

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“The Greatest Risk Today Is Not Taking A Risk At All.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Common themes of leaders who sustain excellence:
    • Cannot rely too much on assumptions/success of the past
    • Can’t stop taking risks
    • Must continually challenge yourself
  • Start “Stealth”
    • Women at Cholorox started testing on the playground.  After proving it worked, they went to their bosses to implement
  • “It’s the best time ever to test ideas.”
  • Why Linda was called the “Chica Loca” — “The Crazy Girl”
  • “If you’re not called crazy at the beginning of something, you’re not thinking big enough”
  • “The greatest risk today is not taking a risk at all”
  • “People have to give themselves permission”
  • “One of the most famous spin offs was Amazon Cloud Services”
  • “The hardest person to convince to do something new is yourself”
  • Lin Manuel Miranda – Hamilton.
  • Think… “Can I afford to not do my idea?”
  • “Don’t burn the boats, but you do need to close some doors.” The Paradox of Choice
  • The problem with hollow mission statements — Uber
  • Culture can shift based on the leaders — Satya Nadella leading Microsoft
    • GE – Beth Comstock
  • MTV – How they found the best secrets through breaking corporate molds
  • “Stop focusing on your PowerPoint… Test, figure it out, then share.”
  • Jeff Bezos – 2 Pizza Rule
  • Zig when everyone else zags.  Learn to see the world differently
  • The power of being vulnerability to build trust
    • “We’ll follow you anywhere Linda”

“If You’re Not Called Crazy At The Beginning Of Something, You’re Not Thinking Big Enough”

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

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Episode 196: Anthony Iannarino – The Only Sales Podcast You’ll Ever Need

 

Episode 196: Anthony Iannarino – The Only Sales Podcast You’ll Ever Need

 Anthony Iannarino is a bestselling author and internationally recognized speaker on sales, success, personal development, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Anthony’s 3 privately held staffing firms generate annual revenues of $50M. These firms serve some of the most well-recognized brands in the United States.

Anthony speaks to and provides transformational workshops to sales organizations throughout the world. His blog (www.thesalesblog.com) is read by 60,000 people each month, and his Sunday newsletter reaches 80,000 people. Anthony has continually been named one of the 25 most influential people in the world in sales and marketing.

Episode 196: Anthony Iannarino – The Only Sales Podcast You’ll Ever Need

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“Who you are matters more than what you do.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Good vs. Great.  What separates the two?
    • Self Discipline – “Me Management”
    • Prospecting – Opportunity Creation
  • “If your dream client could already get the result they wanted, they wouldn’t need you”
  • Qualities of the best:
    • Caring
    • Other Oriented
    • Leading with insight
    • “The skill set doesn’t matter until the mindset is there”
    • Competitive
  • Is selling an art or a science?
  • Creation of The Sales Blog
  • Consistent processes
    • “I decided I’m a writer… So I write everyday.”
  • Asked to do his first keynote after writing everyday for 10 months
  • “The more you work, the more opportunity finds you”
  • EEA for every keynote:
    • Engage & Entertain
    • Educate – Mindset shift
    • Actionable Ideas – Know how to do something different
  • Interview people from the audience before every keynote.  Get to know them, their goals
  • “The best leaders don’t look at the scoreboard, they look at the players”
  • Winston Churchill leadership
  • Learn from both the good and the bad leaders — Take notes
  • “Leadership is the decision to be accountable for a result”
  • “You need to lead NOW.  You can decide to lead whenever you want, wherever you are.”
  • “Leadership is a decision. A choice.”

“Leadership is the decision to be accountable for a result”

Continue Learning:

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

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

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

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

Did you enjoy the podcast?

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Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by FreshBooksFreshBooks is offering a 30 day, unrestricted free trial to my listeners. To claim it, just go to FreshBooks.com/Learning and enter LEARNING LEADER in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

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Episode 195: Derek Thompson – What Makes Something A Hit? (Hit Makers)

 

Episode 195: Derek Thompson – What Makes Something A Hit? (Hit Makers)

Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic magazine and a weekly news analyst for NPR’s “Here and Now.” He was born in McLean, Va., in 1986, and he graduated from Northwestern University, in 2008, with a triple major in journalism, political science, and legal studies. He hasn’t done much with the latter two. In 2015, he wrote the cover story “A World Without Work” about the future of jobs and technology. “Hit Makers,” his first book on the secret histories of pop culture hits and the science of popularity, comes out in February 2017. He has appeared on Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list and Time’s “140 Best Twitter Feeds.”

Episode 195: Derek Thompson – What Makes Something A Hit? (Hit Makers)

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“Think of speechwriting like a music composer.  Use repetition and choruses.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • What makes something a hit?
    • Is there a formula?  No, there is not a formula… People think there is and that’s a mistake
    • Bottom line: “Distribution beats content” — “This is an unsentimental book”
  • There is power in distribution
  • How did Simon Sinek’s TED Talk go viral?
    • It was shared by people with millions of followers on multiple platforms like Reddit
  • Think: Who is my audience? Broadcast your content to the right audience
  • Why do we always watch Dumber and Dumber and Shawshank Redemption?
    • There is nostalgia in art
    • We are always trying to recover existential love
  • How did Bumble spread?
    • Injected into mainstream consciousness through celebrity — Start with one very attractive sorority and continue to repeat
  • How did Facebook spread?
    • Piggy backed off of other networks (Harvard)
  • How Jon Favreau and President Barack Obama write speeches:
    • They think like musicians
      • Using choruses and repetition
  • The best speeches connect with people where they are — “The power of repetition in song is remarkable”
  • How has Derek made his book a best-seller?
    • Familiarity and repartition followed by surprise
      • Familiar surprises throughout
      • Great distribution

“We don’t like pure originality that much.  We like familiarity.” 

Continue Learning:

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

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

Did you enjoy the podcast?

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

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by FreshBooksFreshBooks is offering a 30 day, unrestricted free trial to my listeners. To claim it, just go to FreshBooks.com/Learning and enter LEARNING LEADER in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

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Episode 194: Nate Checketts – CEO Of Rhone: Leaving Comfort To Make An Impact

 

Episode 194: Nate Checketts – CEO Of Rhone: Leaving Comfort To Make An Impact

Nate Checketts is Co-Founder and CEO of Rhone.  He created the business while working a full time job in New York City.  He would work on the business while making the one hour commute to and from work everyday.  They have since grown 250% year over year and have been named the “hottest active wear brand around.”  During the course of this conversation we discussed why Nate started Rhone and his determination to grow it to be a Billion Dollar Business.

Rhone reported $7.8 million in funding last year from a deep-pocketed group of investors that included former NBA Commissioner David Stern, former NBA player Shane Battier and former NFL Network executive Steve Bornstein among others.

Episode 194: Nate Checketts – CEO Of Rhone: Leaving Comfort To Make An Impact

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“If you want to have a good life, you need to have a good years. If you want good years, you need to have good months.  If you want to have good months, you need to have good weeks.  If you want to have good weeks, you need to have good days. If you want to have good days, you need to have solid routines.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Common themes of leaders who sustain excellence:
    • It’s easy to say someone “got lucky” but that is almost never the case
    • Routine – The best have a routine for long term success. Need good years, need good months, need good weeks, need good days.  You must plan for that success.  Create routines
  • Advice from Jack Dorsey:
    • How to stay focused?
      • Focus on one thing at a time
      • Set specific days for certain meetings and do not deviate.  Take ownership of your calendar and schedule
  • Nate’s Routine
    • Wake up at 5 am
    • Spritual time, meditation
    • Write in The 5 Minute Journal
    • Exercise, Yoga, Running
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – At his desk by 7:30
  • “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.” – Ben Franklin
  • “Be the dentist of your own calendar”
  • The story of getting Rhone started in 2011
    • Nobody was doing premium menswear
    • Feb. 2013 incorporated
    • Spent an hour each way on the train commuting to his job working on Rhone
  • “Why does it feel like taboo to talk about inspiring men?  It shouldn’t”
  • Describing the fund raising process
    • “Raising capital is much more art than science”
    • “The biggest key for us was photography.  People needed to see it”
  • Why Shane Battier is a Rhone guy
  • After raising $8M, how do you decide where to spend that money?
  • Speaking about the success of his Dad, Dave Checketts (CEO of Madison Square Garden, New York Knicks)
    • How to instill a work ethic in your children?
    • What it was like growing up with ultra successful parents and how that impacted him
    • How Nate and his wife parent their children
    • How the quote “He was born on third base and convinced he hit a triple” has motivated Nate
    • How he made money creating a sports camp in his backyard growing up
  • “You can’t teach effort”
  • Books to read:
  • Learning Leader = “I love the idea of being an eternal student.”

“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.” – Benjamin Franklin

Continue Learning:

You may also like these episodes:

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

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

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

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

Did you enjoy the podcast?

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

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by FreshBooksFreshBooks is offering a 30 day, unrestricted free trial to my listeners. To claim it, just go to FreshBooks.com/Learning and enter LEARNING LEADER in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

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Episode 193: Erik Wahl – How To Rediscover Your Creative Genius

 

Episode 193: Erik Wahl – How To Rediscover Your Creative Genius

Erik Wahl offers his high-energy onstage performance as your group’s inspiration. This presentation is equivalent to yelling ‘CLEAR’ as the paddles are positioned to shock the fading pulse of your workforce and enliven their hearts to pursue their jobs as you both originally intended.

As an internationally recognized graffiti artist, and a #1 best selling business author, Erik redefines the term “keynote speaker.” Pulling from his history as both a business strategist and an artist, he has grown to become one of the most sought-after speakers available today. Erik’s on-stage painting seamlessly becomes a visual metaphor to the core of his message, encouraging organizations toward profitability through innovations and superior levels of performance.

He’s the best-selling author of Unthink – Rediscover Your Creative Genius and more recently The Spark and the Grind: Ignite the Power of Disciplined Creativity

Episode 193: Erik Wahl – How To Rediscover Your Creative Genius

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“Performing is not an act of extroversion, it’s an act of connection.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The fascination with “live theatre” — Erik is a performer on stage (art, speaking, message, theatrical)
  • “Transport so the molecules in the room change”
  • How to reverse engineer what we love
  • What happened after Erik was told that “Art was not his strength”
  • Relationship with money and success — how it can be unhealthy
  • Why artists have a different take on life… A life of philosophical gratitude
  • “I built this plane as I flew it”
  • Pursue mastery… Be insatiably curious on how to connect with audiences
  • The power of vulnerability and why you should share more of yourself
  • First paid gig? $1,000 in LA — “I probably sucked.”
  • The tipping point to kick off his speaking/performing career
  • The definition of being introverted… Erik is an introvert.  He gains energy from alone time… Stage time is where the energy is spent
  • Erik’s writing process — “Verbal Vomit” — Fortunate to have great team of editors
  • Why we should all study acting and stand up comedians
  • Thinking, “What will fascinate the audience?”
  • Pre speech routine — Stretching, meditation.  Taking energy from “Me and giving it to them”
  • Decluttering of the mind. Meditate. Think at a higher level
  • “Art is about producing… Thinking… Expanding consciousness”
  • Understanding the value of being uncomfortable
  • “Money is not important to us, we do not sell my paintings”
  • Why audiences are drawn to authenticity and trust
  • Why we should rehearse creativity on a regular basis
  • How much does Erik get paid per speech now? $40,000
  • New ideas? Holographs, Drones, Cirque Du Soleil
  • “Pursue excellence, pursue mastery… Let the money come where it may”

“Creativity is a muscle that must face resistance to create more… Be stronger.”

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

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

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

Did you enjoy the podcast?

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

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by FreshBooksFreshBooks is offering a 30 day, unrestricted free trial to my listeners. To claim it, just go to FreshBooks.com/Learning and enter LEARNING LEADER in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

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