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Episode 210: Noah Kagan – How To Start A Business

Episode 210: Noah Kagan – How To Start A Business

Noah Kagan was the #30 employee at Facebook (started there in 2005), and the #4 employee at Mint.com.  He came up with the idea of real-time updates and executed with one engineer (Mark Slee) at Facebook.  He is now the Chief Sumo at Sumo.com (A domain in which he paid $1.5m to own.  We discussed why on this episode).

This episode is different than most in that it was more conversational, and less interview.  There was real-time coaching, and off the cuff conversation about how I should progress The Learning Leader.  If you are uncomfortable with creative use of the English Language (re: use of curse words), then skip this episode.  If not, I think you’ll really like it.

*Photo from becomingsuperhuman.com

Episode 210: Noah Kagan – How To Start A Business

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“You shouldn’t get a job… You should get a career.”

Show Notes:

  • Sustained Excellence = Getting feedback from professionals
    • Noah hired pros from NPR to review his interview transcripts.
    • “Most of the time we have too much.  Need to edit it down.”
  • How to create a narrative — The NPA producer changed his life
  • Employees — “They are not my people. They are people I work with. I don’t like the word employee.”
  • How do you hold others accountable? — Autonomy, coaching, help when needed.  Hire correctly.
  • “What I’m great at is starting…”
  • How the quest to India changed Noah’s life
  • “You’ll almost always push hard on the last lap.”
  • The impact Mark Zuckerberg had on him when he worked for him at Facebook
  • “When I was at Facebook, there was a singular focus: Growth.”
  • “You shouldn’t get a job, get a career.” — “I was a cubicle monkey at Intel”
  • Using a journal to plan your day/week/month
  • “Here is a story I’ve never shared before…”
  • Why you should always ask yourself…”What’s exciting for me?”
  • Why you should go on walks with your spouse/significant other
  • Instead of building something in a month, why not build it by Monday? — Do it quicker than you think possible
    • You need to constantly try and test it out… Don’t overthink it.  Will people pay me for this?  Keep evolving
  • Keys to building your audience
  • “Art of The Deal” is a helpful book
  • Noah’s salary?  Low 6 figures
  • “Good people don’t work for cheap rates”
  • The two ways to scale a business
    • Technology
    • People
  • What Noah learned about vision —
    • Initially didn’t believe in it… But he has matured and fully believes in it. “As I’ve gotten older…”
    • “It’s much easier to get what you want when you know what you want.”
  • The impact of Noah’s Dad dying had on him
    • “I’m much more protective of my time”

“Good people don’t ask for cheap rates.”

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

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by Rhone.  Use the code “Hawkfor 15% off.  Rhone… premium activewear engineered with principle, performance and progress for the modern man.  Rhone builds clothing around 3 main tenants: Cutting-edge Performance, Premium Comfort, and Simplistic Style.

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Episode 209: Jason Redman – The Power Of Humility: From A Wounded Navy SEAL

Episode 209: Jason Redman – The Power Of Humility: From A Wounded Navy SEAL

Jason “Jay” Redman’s  military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (five awards), Combat Action Ribbon (two awards) US Army Ranger Tab and numerous service awards.

On September 13, 2007 while acting as Assault Force Commander on an operation to capture an Al Qaeda High Value Individual LT Redman’s Assault Team came under heavy machine gun and small arms fire and he along with two other Teammates were wounded in the ensuing firefight.  Despite being shot twice in the arm and once in the face, as well as multiple rounds to his helmet, Night Vision Goggles, body armor, and weapon, Jason and his Team fought valiantly winning the fight, ensuring everyone came home alive.

Jay is the author of “The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader.”  His book details lessons learned in leadership and overcoming adversity throughout his SEAL career while also discussing his combat deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as his personal journey with his wife Erica and their three children.  The Trident was selected in 2014 as part of the Chief of Naval Operation’s professional reading program.

*Photo from sofspoken.com

Episode 209: Jason Redman – The Power Of Humility: From A Wounded Navy SEAL

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“If you’re facing death, you won’t be thinking about material things.”

The sign Jay put up outside his door in the hospital after being shot in the face and the arm:

“Attention to all who enter here. If you are coming into this room with sorrow or to feel sorry for my wounds, go elsewhere. The wounds I received I got in a job I love, doing it for people I love, supporting the freedom of a country I deeply love. I am incredibly tough and will make a full recovery. What is full? That is the absolute utmost physically my body has the ability to recover. Then I will push that about 20 percent further through sheer mental tenacity. This room you are about to enter is a room of fun, optimism, and intense rapid regrowth. If you are not prepared for that, go elsewhere.”

Show Notes:

  • Sustained Excellence = Humility… Re-learning how to humble yourself.  Arrogance can ruin you
  • The story of Jay being “ripped in to” by a leader after he made a mistake that could have costs lives… And how that impacted him
  • “Great leaders take a step back… To analyze what happened”
  • “There are no bad teams, just bad leaders”
  • “You have to allow the situation around you to develop before making a decision”
  • How Ranger school helped him stop being selfish, humbled him.
    • Forced to lead in adverse situations, and stop thinking about just himself
  • Story: “I am bleeding out. I can feel my life ebbing away as blood seeps from my body into the Iraqi soil…”
  • “I was hit in the face and my left arm…”
  • How the preparation and training saved his life
  • “If facing death, you won’t be thinking about material things”
  • The sign Jay hung up outside his hospital room
  • The Key Tenants
    • Lead Always
    • Overcome All
  • “That journey in the hospital taught me… If you are a leader, lead always”
  • Building mental resiliency, must build an overcome mindset
  • “The woman behind The Trident” — How his wife Erica acted was heroic (and still is)
    • “She never batted an eye”
    • “When they sent me home, I was a mess, and Erica cared for me.  She was never negative, never questioned me for going to war.”
  • The greatest natural leader Jay ever met — Vince Peterson
    • He always led by example, would never ask you to do something he wouldn’t do
    • He lost his leg below his knee
    • “Selfless, servant leader, humble” — Motivated and inspired you to be better
    • Always remained calculated — Had the ability to drive the team where it needed to go
    • Took ideas from members of the team, dynamic leadership at it’s best
  • Listen as Jay describes how Dave Michaels was shot 27 times, fought back… And then said, “Come get me… They’re all dead.”
  • The Overcome Academy
    • A way for us to give back to veterans
  • www.OvercomeAcademy.org

“If you’re going to be a leader, you have to lead always.”

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

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by Rhone.  Use the code “Hawkfor 15% off.  Rhone… premium activewear engineered with principle, performance and progress for the modern man.  Rhone builds clothing around 3 main tenants: Cutting-edge Performance, Premium Comfort, and Simplistic Style.

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Episode 208: David Novak – How To Be CEO of The Year: “Take People With You”

Episode 208: David Novak -How To Be CEO of The Year: “Take People With You”

David Novak is Co-Founder, Retired Chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands, Inc. (Pizza Hut, KFC, and Taco Bell), one of the world’s largest restaurant companies with nearly 43,000 restaurants in more than 130 countries and territories. He stepped down as CEO on January 1, 2015 and retired from Yum! and Yum!’s Board in May 2016.
During his time as CEO, Yum! doubled in size and became a global powerhouse going from approximately 20% of its profits coming from outside the U.S. in 1997 to nearly 70% in 2014.

David is also the best-selling author of multiple books including Taking People With You: The Only Way To Make Big Things Happen.  In May 2016, he founded OGO (O Great One!) a consumer lifestyle brand on a mission to turn the world on to the awesome power of recognition and remedy what he calls the “global recognition deficit.”

This Spring, he founded oGoLead.com, a digital leadership platform that provides free leadership resources to help people learn how to Heartwire and Hardwire their leadership so they can be more effective leaders and make a bigger difference in their world.

*Photo from chiefexecutive.net

Episode 208: David Novak -How To Be CEO of The Year: “Take People With You”

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“Start leading immediately… Don’t wait until people report to you.”

Show Notes:

  • Sustained Excellence = “You must be passionate about what you do.”  Warren Buffet said he “tap dances to work everyday.” You should strive to do that.
    • Must also be a constant learner/grower.
    • Have a healthy dissatisfaction for the status quo
  • When people struggle at work, it’s typically because they don’t like the job
  • What do you say to skeptics about the “do what you love” advice: “Colonel Sanders started KFC late in life with his social security check.  It’s never too late.”
    • Must be self reflective.  Develop a strategy for yourself.  Do a needs assessment.  Dig hard at understanding yourself.
  • The impact of moving his entire childhood.  Living in 23 states by the 7th grade.  Moved 3 times per year.  Lived in trailer parks most of his childhood.
  • Advice to people early in their career: “Don’t wait until you have a management job to lead.  Start doing it immediately.”
  • “I tried to learn everything I could from the people above me.”
  • “The minute I stopped learning, I asked for another job.”
  • “I looked at my boss as my coach.  A good boss should be a coach.”
  • The manage 2 up plus 2 down strategy:
    • Make your boss very successful and make his/her boss very successful
    • Help the people directly working for you successful and directly help the people that work for them to be great
  • “Every time I met with the CEO, I always brought 3-5 ideas every time we met.  I always brought value to those meetings.”
    • “When a good opportunity came up, he thought of me”
  • Coaching is an “AND” job — Tell them what you like AND how they can improve.  Must do both.
    • The 3X5 note card exercise: Write a strength and a developmental area for yourself and share it with others so they know what you’re working on.
  • How can CEOs get people to trust them and tell the truth? — Ask people what they would do if they had your role.  LISTEN.
    • “You have to be vulnerable enough to want to know the truth”
  • The power of recognition — “The secret weapon I had as a leader was to recognize great performance to drive the behaviors we valued”
  • Why people quit their jobs:
    • Their boss
    • They don’t feel appreciated
  • Utilize the digital leadership platform

“The minute I stopped growing or learning, it was time for me to get a new job.”

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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

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by Rhone.  Use the code “Hawkfor 15% off.  Rhone… premium activewear engineered with principle, performance and progress for the modern man.  Rhone builds clothing around 3 main tenants: Cutting-edge Performance, Premium Comfort, and Simplistic Style.

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Episode 207: Liz Wiseman – How A Rookie Can Become A Multiplier

Episode 207: Liz Wiseman – How A Rookie Can Become A Multiplier

** If you would like to listen to the first conversation I had with Liz, click HERE **

Liz Wiseman teaches leadership to executives and emerging leaders around the world. She is the President of The Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley. Some of her recent clients include: Apple, Disney, eBay/PayPal, Facebook, GAP, Google, Microsoft, Nike, Roche, Salesforce.com, and Twitter. Liz has been listed on the Thinkers50 ranking and named as one of the top 10 leadership thinkers in the world and recipient of the 2016 ATD Champion of Talent Award.

She is the author of three best-selling books: Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work, Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter and The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools. She has conducted significant research in the field of leadership and collective intelligence and writes for Harvard Business Review and Fortune and her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Inc. and Time magazines.

Liz is back on the show for a second time to discuss a revised and updated edition of Multipliers, the acclaimed Wall Street Journal bestseller that explores why some leaders drain capability and intelligence from their teams while others amplify it to produce better results.

(Picture from CanadianBusiness.com)

Episode 207: Liz Wiseman – How A Rookie Can Become A Multiplier

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“Choose to respond with curiosity… Don’t judge.”

Show Notes:

  • Liz asks… What makes a great podcast episode? A host who listens, asks good follow up questions… And a guest who understands why they’ve sustained excellence and can intelligently share quality stories.
  • The great leadership on her son’s football team.  Selflessness, diverse… They all made sacrifices.
  • “We’ve noticed a shift fueled by technology
  • “It’s not about having the answer, it’s about helping the team find the answer.”
  • How should we deal with diminishers?
  • Diminishers don’t realize they lack self-awareness — “Accidental Diminishers”
  • The 5 most prevalent strategies to people use to deal with diminishers:
    • Confront
    • Avoid
    • Quit
    • Quit and Stay
    • Ignore Dimishing behavior
  • If you are being micro-managed, don’t judge or exclude — Instead, be curious, ask why that person is a micro-manager? Think “I wonder why they need to do this?” — This can change your mindset and create empathy for that person.  It will help you be less upset
  • “Choose to respond with curiosity.  I wonder how they got like that?” — Be empathetic
  • Google’s 5 hiring criteria for leaders: Leaders who can move in and out of leadership roles (one day they are in charge, they next day someone else is… Must be fluid)
  • Impacting cultural change — Share common language, behavior, belief, norms, legends, heroes, rituals
  • Creating a culture of trust — In low trust environments, people retreat and regroup.
  • The best leaders are great listeners — FULLY PRESENT with each person they speak with.
  • “Great executives have a buffer between the stimulus and their response.” — They are measured and know when to take emotion out of their decision making process.
  • Need a container to create space and focus
  • How to create an environment where people do their best work…
  • Preparing people for a “Steve Jobs meeting”

“Great executives have a buffer between stimulus and their response.”

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

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by Rhone.  Use the code “Hawkfor 15% off.  Rhone… premium activewear engineered with principle, performance and progress for the modern man.  Rhone builds clothing around 3 main tenants: Cutting-edge Performance, Premium Comfort, and Simplistic Style.

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Episode 206: Sam Walker – The Hidden Force That Creates The World’s Greatest Teams

Episode 206: Sam Walker – The Hidden Force That Creates The World’s Greatest Teams: Captains

Sam Walker is The Wall Street Journal’s deputy editor for enterprise, the unit that oversees the paper’s in-depth page-one features and investigative reporting projects. A former reporter, columnist, and sports editor, Walker founded the Journal’s prizewinning daily sports coverage in 2009. He is the author of Fantasyland, a bestselling account of his attempt to win America’s top fantasy baseball expert competition (of which he is a two-time champion). Walker attended the University of Michigan.

His most recent book is titled, The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates The World’s Greatest Teams

Episode 206: Sam Walker – The Hidden Force That Creates The World’s Greatest Teams: Captains

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“Great captains have an unwavering commitment to defend their principles and speak truth to power.”

Show Notes:

  • The 7 Traits of Elite Captains:
    • Extreme doggedness and focus in competition, often to the point of madness
    • A tendency to play aggressively up to, and often beyond, the limits of the rules
    • A willingness to do thankless jobs in the shadow of more acclaimed teammates
    • A bias against making big speeches in favor of continuous practical communication
    • A talent for displaying their commitment and motivating teammates through aggressive nonverbal means
    • An unwavering commitment to defend their principles and speak truth to power
    • The presence of a “kill switch” for shutting off emotion when it’s not useful
  • Studying the moment when teams went from good to great
  • Why LeBron James is a unicorn
    • “His model of leadership is completely new.”
  • Relation to the business world — Some of the greatest leaders don’t think they deserve the title (job title or to be captain) — Tim Duncan & Yogi Berra
  • The rituals of Tim Duncan
    • Short conversations with each teammate
    • Great facial expressions
    • Effective messaging
    • Never giving big speeches
  • How to be a charismatic connector like Tim Duncan
  • Great captains (and leaders) are not “yes men.” They defend their principles and speak truth to power
  • Jack Lambert purposely left blood on his jersey as a message to his team — Great captains have a talent for displaying their commitment and motivating teammates through aggressive nonverbal means
  • The ability to develop “emotional maturity.” A measured approach
    • As Liz Wiseman said “Great leaders have a buffer between the stimulus and their response”
  • They are able to build resilience

“Great leaders have a bias against making big speeches in favor of continuous practical communication.”

Social Media:

More Learning:

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

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by Rhone.  Use the code “Hawkfor 15% off.  Rhone… premium activewear engineered with principle, performance and progress for the modern man.  Rhone builds clothing around 3 main tenants: Cutting-edge Performance, Premium Comfort, and Simplistic Style.

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