7 Books To Read To Become A Better Leader

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Many podcast listeners/friends have asked me what books they should read to become a better leader. The totality of this list is in the hundreds… But for now, let’s start with seven. You’ll notice I’m more interested in reading about fascinating stories and the heroes in them than I am about “business” type books. There is so much to learn from real stories and …

The 12 Things I Wish I Knew As A College Athlete

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Over the past week, I met with two college athletes who asked me “what I wish I would have known (and done) while in college?” In order to be better prepared for those conversations, I wrote down some of my thoughts. As I did this, I realized I had a few regrets (primarily for not taking action when I had the …

The Common Denominator of Success

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From Albert Gray’s book The Common Denominator of Success Several years ago I was brought face to face with the very disturbing realization that I was trying to research and explain what it took to be a success in sales, without knowing myself what the secret of success really was. And that, naturally, made me realize that regardless of what other …

Want To Cold Email Your Heroes? Read This…

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  After recording more than 250 episodes of my podcast, The Learning Leader Show, one of the common questions I get from listeners is, “How do you get such high quality guests?”  My consistent reply is “I start by sending them a cold email.”  Their inevitable follow-up is, “What do you write?”  The purpose of my post today is to …

How To Hire A Great Leader

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A good friend of mine recently sent me an email asking for advice: “Ryan, I am in the process of hiring a few management positions. I have eight candidates lined up. What questions do you ask to hire great leaders?” Below are some of my thoughts on: 1) The art of the interview 2) Knowing what you’re looking for, and …

Getting To Know You

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“People Won’t Care How Much You Know Until They Know How Much You Care.” When starting a new leadership role, it’s important to learn as much as much as possible about my team.  Before working to implement new plans and processes, my team needs to know that I care more about them as people than as an “FTE” or an “Employee.”  They are …

The Top 20 Episodes of 2016

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New Listener/Reader? If so, here is a great place to get started. Check out the Top 20 episodes of 2016 Top 20 Episodes of 2016 086: Seth Godin – How To Become Inispensable & Build Your Tribe 095: Sal Vulcano – Creating A Hit TV Show: Impractical Jokers 100: What I’ve Learned Through 100 Episodes 103: Chase Jarvis – 28 …

18 Keys To Sustaining Excellence

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Over the past two years, I’ve recorded 178 conversations (for my podcast The Learning Leader Show) with some of the greatest leadership minds in the world: CEO’s, Entrepreneurs, Professional Athletes… I look for those who have done two things: 1) Sustained excellence over an extended period of time. 2) Have an understanding WHY they’ve performed at such a high level. I …

How To Start A Top-Rated Podcast

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Creating And Launching A Top-Rated Podcast By: Ryan Hawk 98 million people will listen to podcasts this year, according to Edison Research. The reason why, may have to do with the intimacy audio provides. As Malcolm Gladwell notes, “It’s surprisingly easy to make someone cry with audio. Podcasts open you up to emotion.” Creating The Learning Leader Show has allowed me to …

10 Qualities That Leaders Possess To Sustain Excellence

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Over the course of interviewing more than 100 world class leaders for my podcast,The Learning Leader Show, I’ve found that there are certain characteristics that appear to be evident in all of those who have sustained excellence over an extended period of time. What is excellence? The renowned author and social commentator Seth Godin describes excellence this way: “Excellence means …