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Episode 227: Jeff Goins – How To Be A Thriving Artist (Real Artists Don’t Starve)

Episode 227: Jeff Goins – How To Be A Thriving Artist (Real Artists Don’t Starve)

Jeff Goins is a writer, keynote speaker, and award-winning blogger with a reputation for challenging the status quo. He is the best-selling author of five books, including Real Artists Don’t Starve, and The Art of Work, which landed on the best­ seller lists of USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, and the Washington Post. His website Goinswriter.com is visited by millions of people every year. Jeff was previously on The Learning Leader Show Episode #028

Episode 227: Jeff Goins – How To Be A Thriving Artist (Real Artists Don’t Starve)

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What does it take to stand out? “Show UP, Do the Work, and most importantly: FOLLOW UP. Nobody does this.”

Show Notes:

  • Real Artists don’t starve
  • Starving artist vs. Thriving artist
  • The myth of the starving artist
  • Why Michelangelo was a thriving (rich) artist
  • “Do you really have to starve to be an artist?” — No
  • You aren’t born an artist (or a Leader) — It’s a result of the choices you make. The human brain is malleable. A person can learn and master a craft.
  • “Leaders are made. Artists are made.”
  • The story of John Grisham — A lawyer who wrote novels on the side.
    • He wrote one page a day for years… And then he had a novel
  • You can gradually re-create yourself
  • Wake up a little earlier every day and do the work. Make it a habit
    • Change happens slowly
  • The way we talk about it is not actually the way we do it.
  • We do not need to take a giant risk. When we look at the facts, we can take measured risks
  • 2 Resources at The University of Wisconsin — A study of 5,000 entrepreneurs
    • The Two Types
      • Burn The Boats — 33% more likely to fail
      • Side Hustlers — People who didn’t initially go “All In” statistically were more likely to succeed
      • It took Jeff two years to quit his job. He built one year of runway
  • The rule of apprenticeship — Ryan Holiday – Be an Anteambulo. Clear the path for others
  • A “master piece” came from the time of Michaelangelo
  • What it takes to stand out — Show up, do the work, FOLLOW UP (nobody does this), show what you’ve learned, help others
  • Jeff has lunch every Wednesday with a mentee — Rarely do they follow up. Do this.
    • “The best thing you can do is take notes, and follow up. Put it into action.”
  • Jeff was/is mentored by Michael Hyatt — He followed up constantly
  • How do you do X? “It’s easy to talk about stuff, it’s hard to do it.”
  • “If you’re teachable, it puts you in a class of people that sits apart.”
  • Do not work for free — The rule of value
    • Charging brings dignity to the work
    • “Working for free is often not the opportunity we think it is”

“Leaders are made. Artists are made.” — “You aren’t born an artist.”

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

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

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

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by Callaway Golf. We have partnered to give away The #1 selling Driver in 2017.  The Callaway GBB Epic Driver.  This club is valued at $499 and we are giving one away to a loyal listener of the show.  To enter the drawing: Tweet (or post on Instagram) a favorite leadership quote from an episode of The Learning Leader Show and tag/@ me on Twitter or Instagram.

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Episode 226: Steve Wojciechowski – How To Win Every Day

Episode 226: Steve Wojciechowski – How To Win Every Day

Steve Wojciechowski is the head basketball coach at Marquette University. He has has enjoyed a wealth of success in collegiate basketball as both a player and a coach. Wojo has established his “Win Every Day” philosophy as the foundation for the Marquette program. Wojciechowski also served as court coach and scout for the USA Basketball Men’s National Team. He helped lead on-court duties as well as game preparation from 2006-12, including the program’s gold-medal performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics. The Olympic teams included NBA greats such as Marquette alumnus Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

As a player, Wojciechowski (“Wojo”) was named the top defensive player in the country his senior year, a two-time All-ACC choice and honorable mention Associated Press All-America. He appeared in 128 career games for the Blue Devils and earned 88 starting assignments.

Episode 226: Steve Wojciechowski – How To Win Every Day

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“My greatest edge was that I didn’t think I had an edge.”

Show Notes:

  • Sustained Excellence. Common Themes of Leaders who Sustain Excellence:
    • Passion – A fire to pursue their “why”
    • Discipline – Daily habits, routines, rituals to be best every day
      • Coach K — Sit down and analyze after every single game to improve
    • Great Learners – Hungry learner. How to do it better?
  • WIN Everyday – daily process to pursue excellence in every way. Basketball is a vehicle for that (for Steve)
  • Develop trust – “Not always done quickly, but definitely done intentionally. Must be consistent, you must do what you say you will do”
  • Wojo’s Dad’s hard hat — It’s hanging up at his house as a reminder of what hard work looks like
    • “The first great team I was on was the Wojciechowski team. My dad was a longshoreman. Did hard work and hard labor.”
  • Going to Jesse Itzler and Sara Blakely’s retreat. A 90 yard hill, 40% grade… An endurance race
    • Growth – Getting outside of your comfort zone
  • “As a long time listener of your show, I marvel at your guests”
  • “My greatest edge was that I didn’t think I had an edge”
  • Why it was important to be teamed with Russians and other international players who didn’t speak English at a high school all star camp
  • Coach Krzyzewski (Coach K)’s reason for excellence:
    • Ability to build relationships with players as people
      • Incredible communication skills
      • Intentionally taking time to build relationships
    • Preparation – Disciplined preparation
      • Habits, routines
      • “His preparation on a daily basis is championship level”
  • How has Coach K showed Level 5 leadership to help his assistant coaches be great when they earn their own head coaching job?
    • “He allows coaches to take ownership – He pushed them and allowed them to have a voice. On the job learning”
  • Culture
    • Start with your value system: What do you believe in? How do you build it?
  • Wojo’s Stated Values:
    • Pursuing excellence – WIN every day
    • Being Selfless
    • Being Accountable – “Do what you say you’re going to do”
    • Being Relentlessly competitive
    • Discipline – Do what need to do at the time it needs to be done
  • How is it coaching millennials?
    • There is a lot of noise. Continuous feedback loop. Need to be constantly engaged. But kids still want the same things… They want to grow, want discipline, be part of something special… Something bigger than them
    • How to communicate with young people?
      • Social media: Must use it, need to be there
      • Spend most time face to face with them
  • Typical day?
    • Be intentional about how allocate time
    • Plan ahead — Must cover what’s most important. Must prioritize
    • Control own energy – Track sleep and work out daily
    • Set weekly goals (write them down) for face to face interactions, time to learn/read/podcast listening, time with family/friends. Carry a book to help keep track
      • “Sometimes I fail, sometimes I crush it”
  • Read The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
  • Read Legacy
  • Learning Leader – I was first turned on to the show because of the title.
    • Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant – “Their ability to learn was what I was impressed with most about them. LeBron remembered everything you said.”

“Their ability to learn was what I was impressed with most. LeBron remembered everything you said.” — Wojo discussing his time coaching Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant as a USA Basketball coach

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More Learning:

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

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

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

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

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by Callaway Golf. We have partnered to give away The #1 selling Driver in 2017.  The Callaway GBB Epic Driver.  This club is valued at $499 and we are giving one away to a loyal listener of the show.  To enter the drawing: Tweet (or post on Instagram) a favorite leadership quote from an episode of The Learning Leader Show and tag/@ me on Twitter or Instagram.

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Episode 225: Dan Heath – The Power Of Defining Moments

Episode 226: Dan Heath – The Power Of Defining Moments

Dan Heath is a Senior Fellow at Duke University’s CASE center, which supports social entrepreneurs. At CASE, he founded the Change Academy, a program designed to boost the impact of social sector leaders.

Dan is the co-author, along with his brother Chip, of three New York Times bestsellers: DecisiveSwitch, and Made to Stick. Amazon.com’s editors named Switch one of the Best Nonfiction Books of the Year, and it spent 47 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. Made to Stick was named the Best Business Book of the Year and spent 24 months on the BusinessWeek bestseller list. Their books have been translated into over 30 languages.

Previously, Dan worked as a researcher and case writer for Harvard Business School. In 1997, Dan co-founded an innovative publishing company called Thinkwell, which continues to produce a radically reinvented line of college textbooks.

Dan has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the Plan II Honors Program from the University of Texas at Austin. One proud geeky moment for Dan was his victory in the 2005 New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest, beating out 13,000 other entrants. He lives in Durham, NC.

Episode 225: Dan Heath – The Power of Defining Moments

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“What have you failed at this week?” “There’s no such thing as a good mentor who doesn’t push you.”

Show Notes:

  • Sustained Excellence. Common Themes of Leaders who Sustain Excellence:
    • Decision making – The ability to make a string of good decisions
      • Avoid traps
      • Narrow framing — Cannot just think of 1 option
  • Decisions are often made because of political reasons, persuasive people, or PowerPoint… They should be made through experiments instead
  • The process of writing with his brother Chip Heath
    • 10 year age gap (54-44)
    • They are different people. The work is the glue for their relationship
    • Chip is a professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business
    • The life changing effect of their book Switch. They hit the jackpot –> Time magazine, The Today Show
  • What is it that allows change to happen?
    • Our brains are wired with two independent systems:
      • Rational
      • Emotional
        • What makes change difficult is when those 2 disagree… The same forces are at place within organizations. The heart of Switch — The emotional side is stronger than the rational side. We must get that in order to change.
  • How do we make an experience better? — We must take the reins to make a moment better
    • The John Deere new hire experience — You leave your first day thinking “Wow, I belong here.” They intentionally take care of their people.
    • Transition moments are so important. We need to pay attention to them and be aware. –> Graduation, weddings, retirement, first day at a new job, etc
      • “Cultures pay attention to big moments”
  • Sara Blakely story growing up… The question her Dad asked her and her siblings at the dinner table — “What have you failed at this week?”
    • We need to get comfortable with trying new things… And failing sometimes. It builds resilience, GRIT
  • David Scott Yaeger 2 part formula for mentors and mentees
    • High Standards + Assurance — “I have high expectations for you… And I know you can do it.”
    • “There’s no such thing as a good mentor who doesn’t push you.” — STRETCH
  • The powerful story of Eugene O’Kelly and how he chose to live his life when he found out he had 3 months left to live
    • “I experienced more Perfect moments and Perfect days in two weeks than I had in the last 5 years or than I probably would have in the next 5 years had my life continued without the diagnosis.”
    • Look at your own calendar, do you see perfect days ahead? Could you create 30 perfect days? What would it take to motivate you to create a Perfect Moment?

“Look at your own calendar, do you see perfect days ahead? Could you create 30 perfect days? What would it take to motivate you to create a Perfect Moment?”

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More Learning:

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

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

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

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

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by Callaway Golf. We have partnered to give away The #1 selling Driver in 2017.  The Callaway GBB Epic Driver.  This club is valued at $499 and we are giving one away to a loyal listener of the show.  To enter the drawing: Tweet (or post on Instagram) a favorite leadership quote from an episode of The Learning Leader Show and tag/@ me on Twitter or Instagram.

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Episode 224: Mike McDerment, CEO Of FreshBooks – Lead With Trust

Episode 224: Mike McDerment, CEO Of FreshBooks – Lead With Trust

Mike is the co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, the world’s #1 cloud accounting software for self-employed professionals. Built in 2003 after he accidentally saved over an invoice, Mike spent 3.5 years growing FreshBooks from his parents’ basement. Since then, over 10 million people have used FreshBooks to save time billing, and collect billions of dollars.

Episode 224: Mike McDerment, CEO Of FreshBooks – Lead With Trust

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The Learning Leader Show

“We give trust to earn trust. Lead with trust. That’s the world I want to live in.”

Show Notes:

  • Sustained Excellence. Common Themes of Leaders who Sustain Excellence:
    • Been through something hard
    • Strong morals – set of values, make upstanding decisions, believe in people, don’t compromise
    • Creative
    • Surround self with great people
    • Strong desire to grow
    • Default Trust to “ON”
  • First Principles — Distill things down to underlying system: The act of taking a problem and breaking it down
  • Building FreshBooks — “I didn’t know anything about anything.”
  • The #1 place to work — have won awards for their culture
  • What do you do? “We are in the business of saving people time.”
  • Moving to his parents basement to start the business… Running lean
  • Culture takes deliberate thought
    • Must have people who are diverse but share your values
    • Need guidelines/rule sets
  • The 9 Values:
    • Passion – Love your craft
    • Ownership
    • Results
    • Change – Bring learning and growth
    • Honesty
    • Fun – Deliberately make it fun
    • Empathy
    • Strive – Stretch
    • Trust
    • Secrecy – Open inside, but nothing leaves from inside
  • Values/Culture used in 2 ways
    • Publicly recognize people living the values
    • Swiftly eliminate people who don’t embody those values – Listen, hear, be open. Recognize that cultures need to be hacked, evolve, change.
  • Inner office dating? Why is that promoted? What does it mean?
  • Everyone spends the first month in customer service. All build that foundation — Why they prolong onboarding and how that leads to long term success
  • Make decisions today to win in 3-5 years
  • Decided to re-platform even though the rule is to “never re-write or re-platform”
  • “How do you minimize risk, but maximize impact?”
  • “Something that no one had ever done before. Create a new company in secret.”
  • Lead with trust: “We give trust to earn trust. Lead with trust. That’s the world I want to live in.”
  • Imposter Syndrome and FEAR. Embracing it
  • “Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable” — It’s the path to growth. Nobody has all of the answers
  • Advice to 20 year old — He was lost, not doing well. Realize that everyone else is too. Nobody knows what they are doing even if it looks like they do.”
  • Read — E Myth (Michael Gerber), Idea Virus (Seth Godin), Execution (Ram Charan)
  • Learning Leader — Per Mike, “That’s me.” The challenge & personal growth.

“How do you minimize risk and maximize impact?”

Social Media:

More Learning:

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

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

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

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

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by Callaway Golf. We have partnered to give away The #1 selling Driver in 2017.  The Callaway GBB Epic Driver.  This club is valued at $499 and we are giving one away to a loyal listener of the show.  To enter the drawing: Tweet (or post on Instagram) a favorite leadership quote from an episode of The Learning Leader Show and tag/@ me on Twitter or Instagram.

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Episode 223: Kim Malone Scott – Using Radical Candor To Be A Great Boss

Episode 223: Kim Malone Scott – Using Radical Candor To Be A Great Boss

Kim Scott is the best-selling author of Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss without Losing your Humanity. Kim is also the co-founder and CEO of Candor, Inc., which builds tools to make it easier to follow the advice she offers in the book. She is also the author of three novels.

Prior to founding Candor, Inc., Kim was a CEO coach at Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter, and several other Silicon Valley companies. She was a member of the faculty at Apple University, developing the course “Managing at Apple,” and before that led AdSense, YouTube, and Doubleclick Online Sales and Operations at Google.  Previously, Kim was the co-founder and CEO of Juice Software, a collaboration start-up, and led business development at two other start-ups, Delta Three and Capital Thinking.  Earlier in her career, she worked as a senior policy advisor at the FCC, managed a pediatric clinic in Kosovo, started a diamond cutting factory in Moscow, and was an analyst on the Soviet Companies Fund. Kim received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA from Princeton University.

Episode 223: Kim Malone Scott – Using Radical Candor To Be A Great Boss

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The Learning Leader Show

“It is important for leaders to be learners, not tellers.”

Show Notes:

  • Sustained Excellence. Common Themes of Leaders who Sustain Excellence:
    • They care about their people as humans, they care personally
    • They are honest, not worried about being liked all the time, they are willing to challenge directly
  • Can you be both liked and respected?
    • Yes, but you shouldn’t strive to be popular
  • Jony Ive and Steve Jobs story — Steve told them the team their work was of poor quality. Jony said, “Why were you so harsh Steve?” Steve asked, “Why didn’t you tell them the work was bad? It’s your job to do that.” Jony replied, “I didn’t want them to be upset or distraught.” Steve said, “You are vain. You just want to be liked.”
  • The biggest mistake new bosses make is trying to be liked by everyone and NOT being direct.
  • Your employees should never have to say, “Why didn’t you tell me sooner?” — A great boss gives directly feedback in a timely manner
  • A great boss creates an environment where everyone can tell the truth (up, down, and sideways in an organization)
  • Understand the framework
  • How to created this culture?
    • Start by asking for feedback. You can’t give feedback if you’re not willing to take it.
    • Go to question: “What could I be doing to make it better for you?”
    • Use a “Start, Stop, Continue” exercise
  • Create a “Speak Truth To Power” environment
  • Embrace the discomfort
  • “Listen with the intent to understand… Not just waiting to talk.”
  • Must reward the candor — When you receive good feedback, you must implement it. You must fix the problem.
  • Google/Sheryl Sandberg story
    • Sheryl’s feedback: “You said “um” a lot during that presentation, would you like a speech coach?” — “No, I’m fine, thanks.” — “Kim, when you say “um” every third word, it makes you sound stupid.”
      • Sheryl knew she need to be very direct with Kim and they built a relationship of trust and care. That’s the only way she was able to get through to Kim and help her
  • Hiring is the most important decision you will make as a leader
    • “If you’re not dying to work with that person, don’t hire them”
    • Steve Jobs – “It’s better to have a hole than an asshole”
    • Dick Costolo – “You can’t just hire great people and get out of their way. You must invest time in helping them, develop them even more.”
  • Jony Ive – “New ideas are fragile. You must create space to talk about them.”
  • “Your job as the boss isn’t to be the decider, it’s to make sure everyone knows who the decider is.”
  • The Wright Brothers — Watching birds for hours –> Learning how to build wings for human airplane flight
  • Dick Costolo — Build in 2 hours of “think time” per day in your calendar
  • Career advice:
    • “Quit talk of building a great resume, build a great life”
    • Find people to have career talks with… Recount your life story with them. Zero in on changes you’ve made. Think “What motivates you about work?” Understand what drives you, what matters, why? — Think about your dreams… Make sure your dreams and values are in alignment. Create a plan
  • “It is important for leaders to be learners, not tellers.”

“When you say “Um” every third word, it makes you sound stupid.” — Sheryl Sandberg’s direct feedback to Kim after a presentation to Larry & Sergei

Social Media:

More Learning:

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

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

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

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

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by Callaway Golf. We have partnered to give away The #1 selling Driver in 2017.  The Callaway GBB Epic Driver.  This club is valued at $499 and we are giving one away to a loyal listener of the show.  To enter the drawing: Tweet (or post on Instagram) a favorite leadership quote from an episode of The Learning Leader Show and tag/@ me on Twitter or Instagram.

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