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Episode 212: Max Joseph – Catfish, Leadership, Making It Count, & Pete Berg

Episode 212: Max Joseph – Catfish, Leadership, Making It Count, & Pete Berg

Max Joseph is one of the creative minds behind MTV’s Catfish and the director of the indie film We Are Your Friends, has teamed up with the social media app Vero to launch a new documentary series, Charismatic Thinker.  He started as an editor, then become a director. He has written, directed, or produced over 64 short films including commercials and web videos. He worked with Casey Nesitat for his famous video for Nike titled, “Make It Count.”  It has received more than 25,000,000 views. Recently, he released his latest documentary, DICKS: Do you need to be one to be a successful leader?  It has received critical acclaim and I highly recommend it. (We discussed “the making” of that film during this conversation).

 

Episode 212: Max Joseph – Catfish, Leadership, Making It Count, & Pete Berg

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“Every time I surrender to my passion, something amazing happens.”

Show Notes:

  • Sustained Excellence = Understanding the importance of leading and managing
  • Why make the film about leadership?
    • Max is a nice guy, not a bully… Was one of the bullied
    • He thought, “If I were a dick, would I be more popular?”
      • “Do I need to be a dick to be a good leader?”
  • As the director it is sink or swim… “You’re thrown into it. I did not learn how to lead or manage.”
  • Sports can be an education in leadership — If you don’t have that growing up, how do you learn how to lead?
  • A Disagreeable Giver — (Adam Grant) — Most reduced form of the film. As a protective measure, that is the lesson in being a great leader
  • “I do think you need to, not be a dick, but turn off the empathy meter some…”
  • A leader must
    • Prioritize the greater vision
  • Why he wanted to talk to Pete Berg (“I thought he would say, “You need to be a dick to be a good leader.”) Most people said you didn’t need to be one to be successful.  Max was looking for someone who said the opposite.
    • His paradigm — “You need to be a good coach”
  • “All great leaders have a very strong backbone”
  • Max’s parents were too supportive
  • “Being a dick is about ego… You’re a dick if you’re putting people down just to do it.”
  • How to make a living as a smart creative:  “I’ve always wanted to do this. I love all aspects of filmmaking. I went to Hollywood after college to do this.”
    • First job was cutting reels for directors — “Look you’re not the next Spielberg, but can you make this DVD?”
  • “I was a curious, excited, young filmmaker”
  • How did he get the job on Catfish?
    • He emailed Neev after the movie came out… The other guy who was supposed to film and be on the TV show dropped out at the last second. Max said yes and the rest is history (6 seasons, 99 episodes)
    • Read the book: The Surrender Experiment
    • “Every time I surrender to my passion, something amazing happens”
  • “Editing is like being a doctor. You need to put things back together after tearing them apart.”
    • “I’ve had to get better at not being a hero”
  • The famous Nike “Make It Count” video with Casey Neistat
    • Max got to LA 13 years ago. Initially he was unhappy. He hated it.
    • He took a vacation backpacking through Europe and thought, “I love editing, there is real passion there”
    • “Just focus on enjoying one thing I love and that will be enough to sustain happiness”
    • Casey called him and asked him to be his first editor
    • He asked him to fly to New York and then travel the world for the Nike video
    • Casey got a tattoo during it… “Do More”
    • Embrace the adventure… Let the project grow from it
  • Advice: “Everyone has a gift… Has a genius for something. I get really unhappy if I don’t do what I love for at least an hour a day”
  • Read Big Magic by Liz Gilbert
  • Look up Max on YouTube and Vero

“I’ve always wanted to do this. I love all aspects of filmmaking.” 

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Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by Rhone.  Use the code “Leaderfor 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 211: Vanessa Van Edwards – How To Be Instantly Irresistible

Episode 211: Vanessa Van Edwards – How To Be Instantly Irresistible

Vanessa Van Edwards is a published author and behavioral investigator. She is a professional people watcher—speaking, researching and cracking the code of interesting human behavior for audiences around the world. Vanessa’s groundbreaking workshops and courses teach individuals how to succeed in business and life by understanding the hidden dynamics of people. Vanessa is a Huffington Post columnist and Penguin author. She has been featured on NPR, the Wall Street Journal, the Today Show and USA Today. She has written for CNN, Fast Company and Forbes.

Vanessa has spoken to groups across the globe from the stage at the Consumer Electronic Show to presenting research at MIT. She has used her research to consult for numerous Fortune 500 companies including American Express, Clean and Clear and Symantec.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emory University in 2007 and is SETT certified with Dr. Paul Ekman, SUBx certified with Dr. David Matsumoto, is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and certified in Statement Analysis. She is the author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People.  

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Episode 211: Vanessa Van Edwards – How To Be Instantly Irresistible

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“Vulnerability is sexy.  There is science to prove it.”

Show Notes:

  • Sustained Excellence = Being a people reader (not a mind reader)
    • Try to listen to others more than anyone else
    • Get to KNOW the person
    • 3 Skills
      • Decoding – Leaders who are able to read others accurately
      • Encoding – Your ability to send accurate signals to others… What can I do to excite others?
      • Self-Regulation
  • The art/science of inspiring others
  • We decide if someone is a winner or a loser… Do they feel pride or shame? If we feel pride, we take up more space, shame = less space
  • Charisma — How to be instantly irresistible?
  • The most charismatic people
    • High Warmth
    • High Competence
    • Must have both
    • Lucille Ball is a great example. I Love Lucy
  • Do you need high levels of charisma to be an effective leader?
    • You do not need to be extroverted… Or a booming leader
    • Quiet, contemplative types can be phenomenal leaders
  • How to handle a room with a lot of people networking if you’re an introvert?
    • Your key in this room is to try and create 1 on 1 conversations. Play to your strengths
    • Don’t stand in the center of the room
    • Stand at a high bar table
    • Low light areas
  • Conversation hacks:
    • Sparks – The brain looks for hits, not misses
    • “Anything good happen lately?
    • “Working on anything exciting?”
  • Ask soft yes/no questions…
    • “A really skilled decoder is a better listener than anyone else”
  • “Vulnerability is sexy.  There is science to prove it.”
  • “Relatability comes down to ties.” — Saying “Oh, me too” creates a tie with that person.
    • “You want this, I want this…” type speeches
  • The 7 micro-expressions

“The most charismatic people have high warmth and high competence.”

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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 “Leaderfor 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 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.

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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.

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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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More Learning:

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

Episode 071: NateBoyer – 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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